Temperance maps are among America’s most curious creative legacies. Missionaries, sobriety activists, and similarly minded reformers used cartography to promote teetotalism in the 19th century, 100 years prior to nationwide Prohibition. An unsubtly proselytizing precursor to infographics, these elaborately imagined maps visualized the benefits of abstinence from alcohol. Among their architects was Rev.
Don’t call it a comeback. Just a generation ago, our entire planet was pretty much Gose-free. Today, however, the craft beer world has fully embraced Gose, the once-extinct, sour-salty beer style from Germany. Sites like Ratebeer.com list thousands of commercially brewed versions, with more added every week. It has become a go-to recipe for homebrewers […]
Named for the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi Brewing makes beer from the heart. Helmed by the humble Jamie Floyd, who had been brewing up small batches of beer at a local restaurant in the early 2000s, and Nikos Ridge, who returned to his (and the brewery’s) hometown of Eugene, Ore. after a brief NYC […]
You probably don’t think about erstwhile presidential hopeful Howard Dean while brewing your morning pick-me-up, but some analysts think coffee cost him the nomination. In January 2004, just prior to the critical Iowa caucuses, a right-wing organization funded a PAC-TV advertisement that famously derided the Vermont governor as a “tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving” dolt. […]
Tequila, despite being one of the most popular spirits in the world, is also among the most misunderstood. If you’ve had the spirit, you’ve most likely had it in a Margarita or imbibed tequila cruda, the classic shot-with-salt-and-lime combo served at dive bars the world over. The thing is, if you’re served tequila with salt […]
With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]
What if I told you a new, limited-edition bourbon was hitting the market soon. Eighteen years old, 99 proof, finished in Fussigny Cognac casks. There are only about 5,000 bottles available. What would you pay for that? What if I told you the bottle itself was in a French crystal decanter, delicately acid-etched with the […]
You may have seen Miller refer to its celebrated Miller Lite brand as “the original light beer.” You may have even seen the brewing giant claim in modern television commercials that Miller invented light beer. The thing is, it didn’t. The true father of light beer was Dr. Joseph L. Owades, a biochemist and Rheingold […]
Scotch is… confusing. If you’re new to it, trying to pick Scotch whisky is like trying to figure out which estranged relative to talk to at that big, terrifying family reunion. The Macallan, fortunately, is one Scotch it’s easy to love immediately.