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Kentucky Is Neither the Birthplace Nor Apex of American Whiskey

Kentucky Is Neither the Birthplace Nor Apex of American Whiskey

Virginia is in many ways the true birthplace of American whiskey. As we let that sink in, note that Kentucky will always be known as America’s preeminent whiskey destination. But its eastern neighbor is giving it a run for its money. Virginia distilleries bottle some of the best American whiskeys available today, and, more surprisingly, […]

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Christmas Beers Combine History and the Holidays in a Frosty Glass

Christmas Beers Combine History and the Holidays in a Frosty Glass

‘Tis the season, and that means Christmas beer. The seasonal style has a long history in brewing cultures worldwide, from France’s bière de Noel, to Germany’s weihnacht, to contemporary American iterations from Elysian, Anchorage, and many others. The Beer Judge Certification Program sets out certain guidelines for what characterizes a Christmas beer.

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Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

My grandmother was a stern, fastidious woman. She had a live-in housekeeper, and her home was always tidy. She wore expensive jewelry and got her hair done professionally several times a week. She frequently sent back food at restaurants and would chew out waiters who brought her an imperfectly made Martini. So it was quite […]

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The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

Among the more optimistic advertising slogans (”I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” ”Diamonds are Forever”) lies Miller High Life’s ”The Champagne of Beers” assertion. It’s so bold it reads almost as a dare, like when a celebrity self-identifies as down-to-earth in an interview aboard a private plane. Miller’s Champagne dreams, however, are surprisingly […]

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How Friendsgiving Became an Almost-Official Holiday

How Friendsgiving Became an Almost-Official Holiday

It’s the kids’ table, all grown-up and a little bit defiant. ‘Tis the season of Friendsgiving. A Pinterest– and Instagram-worthy event that brings non-relatives together for a Thanksgiving-adjacent feast, Friendsgiving has become the gravy of November. Everyone is doing it, which means Kylie Jenner already did it. Ranging from a potluck of paper plates to […]

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AB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery

AB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery

Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.

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Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church.  Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]

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Why Do We Call Drinks ‘Shots’?

Why Do We Call Drinks ‘Shots’?

Ask a bartender to give you a shot and he or she will not present you with a bullet or new opportunity. It’s clear that you want a pour of liquor served neat in a small glass — that’s what ”shot” has always meant, right? Not really. As with many drinking terms, the origin of ”shot” […]

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