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How The Prisoner Went From Outsider Wine to $285 Million National Phenomenon

How The Prisoner Went From Outsider Wine to $285 Million National Phenomenon

Emmy-nominated actress Pamela Adlon sips a lot of wine with her co-stars on the hit FX series ”Better Things.” Very rarely do viewers get a look at which labels are being poured. But during the Season 2 finale, titled “Graduation,” the cameras zoomed in for a brief close-up of one particular bottle. The label is […]

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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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Craft Brewers: Actually, You Don’t Have to Apologize for Liking Fizzy Yellow Beer

Craft Brewers: Actually, You Don’t Have to Apologize for Liking Fizzy Yellow Beer

At a commercial break during the finale of ”The Bachelor” (don’t judge), Progressive, the insurance company, aired an advertisement about a group therapy meeting called the “Dad Support Group.” Most so-called dad jokes are pretty toothless, but one line caught my attention. It was delivered by a bespectacled blonde woman wearing a collared shirt under […]

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America’s Best Tiki Bars Are Making the Case for Whiskey

America’s Best Tiki Bars Are Making the Case for Whiskey

Tiki, that all-American fantasia of faux-Polynesian flavors and decor, is among our most enduring cocktail movements. Now a new gang of tiki drinks is sweeping American bars, and they’ve swapped rum for whiskey. But don’t worry — they still have those tiny umbrellas. Cynics without a spiked coconut in their hands might argue that the […]

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Contract Brewing Is Losing Its Stigma, Whether Beer Geeks Like It or Not

Contract Brewing Is Losing Its Stigma, Whether Beer Geeks Like It or Not

“Brewed locally, somewhere,” is the motto of Stillwater Artisanal, an undeniably cool brewer that has called many places home. Born in Baltimore in 2010, and currently based in New York, Stillwater has brewed around the world and is now planning to open a facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Stillwater is a contract brewer, a company that […]

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The Drinks Menu at This Singapore Bar Is a Bag of Gummy Bears

The Drinks Menu at This Singapore Bar Is a Bag of Gummy Bears

If you walk into a bar and are handed a leather-bound tome in which spirits are listed by country of origin, you know you’ve entered a serious operation. If, on the other hand, the drinks list is accompanied by squiggly line art of tiki mugs and volcanoes, you can rest assured these folks don’t take […]

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This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar couldn’t exist anywhere other than Boulder, Colorado. Kooky to its core, it’s no coincidence that this Colorado mountain town was the setting of ”Mork & Mindy,” a 1970s sitcom starring Robin Williams as a suspenders-wearing extra-terrestrial. There’s an otherworldly vibe to the place.

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A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

It’s sloppy at some places,” Pittsburgh sommelier John Wabeck says of the wine scene in his adopted hometown. “In the summer, you can still get warm red wine. I’d love to stamp that out.” Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is more often associated with Boilermakers — a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer […]

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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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