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Drag Queens, Labor Rights, and the Cruel Power Dynamics of Gay Nightlife

Drag Queens, Labor Rights, and the Cruel Power Dynamics of Gay Nightlife

In less than a decade, drag has gone from late-night sideshow act to mainstream art, covered in the world’s most esteemed publications. A queer renaissance — heralded by shifting social norms, changing fashion trends, and one particularly notable TV show — is creating an entertainment boom that bars, nightclubs, and programming managers are eager to […]

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A Spirited Roadmap to Continental Europe, the World’s Next Whiskey Frontier

A Spirited Roadmap to Continental Europe, the World’s Next Whiskey Frontier

If you’re concerned about the single-malt Scotch shortage, the Irish whiskey shortage, the Japanese whisky shortage or a possible bourbon shortage, you might want to look beyond the usual suspects for your next bottle. For example, you could try Germany, which is, after all, home to almost twice as many whiskey producers as Scotland.

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Drinking Haute Boilermakers at the World’s First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

Drinking Haute Boilermakers at the World’s First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

Craig Sindelar was drinking beer with his father when the lightning bolt struck. Sindelar, a sommelier with some 20 years in the industry, most recently at three-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago, had impulsively ordered a nice malt whiskey to sip with his beer. He was taken aback by how well the two went together. “My job […]

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With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

When AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company, acquired Shanghai-based pioneer Boxing Cat Brewery, it sounded an alarm for China — and the world. Ever since, every single member of China’s craft beer community has been debating how to respond. Some secretly hope that a conglomerate will come knocking on their doors with a large […]

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Cursed by Cuteness: Champagne Splits Are Easy to Love, but Hard to Embrace

Cursed by Cuteness: Champagne Splits Are Easy to Love, but Hard to Embrace

“Everyone wants to talk about the big Ford truck,” Derrick Westbrook says. “No one wants to hear about your tiny hybrid.” Westbrook, a Chicago-based sommelier, is explaining why single-serve sparkling wine bottles don’t generate as much industry cred as magnums and other large-format vessels.

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Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

It’s officially #stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout. The elevated price […]

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Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Long Island Iced Teas are spirited enablers. Boozy, sticky-sweet, and often served in a vessel one can only describe as Big Gulp-esque, it’s one iconic cocktail most adults would just as soon forget. And yet the stalwart mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, and cola persists. It is an integral facet of American […]

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