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The Road to Prohibition Was Due North of the Gulf of Wretchedness, According to These Maps

The Road to Prohibition Was Due North of the Gulf of Wretchedness, According to These Maps

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.

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This Homebrewing Historian Is Unearthing Extinct, Old-World Beer Styles

This Homebrewing Historian Is Unearthing Extinct, Old-World Beer Styles

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 […]

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Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

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. […]

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If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

If You Drink Tequila With Salt and Lime, You Don’t Like Tequila

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 […]

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Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

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 […]

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Miller Didn’t Invent Light Beer. It Didn’t Even Invent Miller Lite.

Miller Didn’t Invent Light Beer. It Didn’t Even Invent Miller Lite.

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 […]

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