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There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]

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Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Your great-grandmother was probably a pretty cool lady. If she lived in New York, she may have sipped an exciting new cocktail called a Bloody Mary, which, as the story goes, was invented in the 1930s at the St. Regis hotel’s famed King Cole Bar (named for the iconic 1908 mural on one of its […]

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Eight Bartenders Reveal How to Make Killer ‘Signature’ Wedding Cocktails

Eight Bartenders Reveal How to Make Killer ‘Signature’ Wedding Cocktails

Thanks to the craft cocktail revolution, happy couples tie one on in style when they tie the knot. “Signature” wedding cocktails are a mainstay of modern nuptials, meant to perfectly encapsulate their personalities, courtship, spirit preferences, and budget. It’s a tall order. As Brides reported last June, Americans are getting married later in life, meaning […]

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This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

Anyone who’s been to a bar in the last 10 years knows that the craft cocktail movement has bequeathed an obsession with all things artisanal. Bitters, shrubs, and infused syrups have gone from unusual additions to must-have ingredients with cult followings. At the forefront is Dram Apothecary, a Colorado company that produces craft bitters, syrups, […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Generally speaking, Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not a fan of cocktail pairings. “I only provide them when requested,” he says. Morgenthaler is bar manager of Clyde Common, a lauded restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon.“And when I do, the most important consideration is balancing strengths, not flavors.” Morgenthaler is not alone. Many sommeliers and chefs contend […]

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Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

There’s nothing quite as bittersweet as drinking a wine, loving it, and then, over the subsequent years, seeing that wine get more and more expensive, to the point at which you simply can’t afford it anymore. On the one hand, you’re happy to have had the opportunity to drink the wine when it was still […]

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If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

Like most of the strange yet amusing things on planet Earth, flair bartending is probably best explored via YouTube rabbit hole. Almost immediately, you’ll encounter the self-proclaimed “Bruce Lee of bartending,” a man who wears the kung fu icon’s famous yellow jumpsuit while juggling four bottles in slow motion at a Taipei cocktail bar. A […]

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