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‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

At first stroll, the Green String Farm at Cline Family Cellars doesn’t seem different from other agricultural plots in Sonoma wine country. Rows of vineyards cover the landscape, a barn rises on the horizon, and chickens cluck happily in the distance. The place looks, feels, and sounds like Sonoma. But then, if you’re lucky, you’ll […]

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Leap of Faith: Is Craft Beer the New Church?

Leap of Faith: Is Craft Beer the New Church?

This month, the Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., announced it will be serving beer at services and opening a brewery next summer. The news received its fair share of backlash but Chris VanHall, Greater Purpose Community Church pastor, stands by his choice. “There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol […]

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Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

In July 2008, the Seattle microbrewery Elysian made a special beer for the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records, the influential local record label that had launched the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The pale ale was called Loser, a sarcastic term of endearment at Sub Pop, whose higher-ups were more interested in artistic integrity […]

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Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Porto tonico, a breezy combination of dry fortified wine and tonic water, is one of the world’s great aperitifs. It’s easy to make, fruity without being sweet, and gently refreshing. In Portugal, the early-evening cocktail is so widespread it almost seems compulsory. After work, you relax with a porto tonico. Going to the beach? Have […]

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Do Pedialyte Hangover Truthers Have a Point? (Maybe)

Do Pedialyte Hangover Truthers Have a Point? (Maybe)

Colin Joliat, the 35-year-old editor of the website Boozist.com, swears by Pedialyte. “I’ve been drinking Pedialyte since the early aughts, primarily as hangover prevention,” he says. “It has always worked wonders for me if consumed before bed after a night of heavy drinking.” Laila Gailani, the bar manager of Zeppelin Station in Denver, Colo., agrees. […]

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Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

This spring, Buffalo Trace commemorated the filling of its 7 millionth barrel of bourbon with a celebration at its Frankfort, Ky., distillery. The barrel in question was signed by a bunch of workers and some visiting journalists and then rolled through the crowd into the tiny Warehouse V, a “single barrel” warehouse/tourist attraction, as Sazerac […]

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