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Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Choice is brilliant until it’s a burden. Most of us crave variety, yet we fear change. These dichotomies make the business of being a human rather tricky. They also make life interesting, of course. And they are at the heart of two seemingly disparate modern phenomena: Tinder, the popular dating app; and Coravin, the wine […]

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Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop Bars Are Beautiful Fantasies That Never Deliver

Rooftop bars are irresistible. If you meet friends at one tonight, the vista might include a city skyline or nearby waterfront. It will look great in photos. You will look great in photos. Someone in your vicinity will say, ”Whoa, epic!” before night’s end. But if you go to a rooftop bar tonight or any […]

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Hop Take: Craft Breweries Are Fighting With AB InBev Over Disaster Relief Because of Course They Are

Hop Take: Craft Breweries Are Fighting With AB InBev Over Disaster Relief Because of Course They Are

Well, at least the beer industry made it out of the Super Bowl without any wars waged between Anheuser-Busch and small and independent brewers. Just kidding! We totally had you there for a second. Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial, ”Stand by Me,” advertises the company’s emergency water program, a disaster relief effort that involved the donation of […]

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Crunching the Numbers on ‘Diet’ Wine, The Innovation No One Needs

Crunching the Numbers on ‘Diet’ Wine, The Innovation No One Needs

As 2018 marches on, resolutions wane. Our annual self-improvement schemes, proclaimed just weeks prior, fall by the wayside — and under the microscope. Dry January survivors question its value. Dieters squint at scales. Earlier this week, one Whole30 adherent divulged that her temporary cleanse left her lactose intolerant. For those of us hoping to drop […]

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We Threw a Dinner Party With Blue Apron Meal Kits and Wines. Here’s What Happened.

We Threw a Dinner Party With Blue Apron Meal Kits and Wines. Here’s What Happened.

If you have participated in any form of social media in the past three years, then you know the meal kit delivery trend isn’t just happening — it’s taking over. A few clicks and a credit card are all you need to get anything from lasagne Bolognese to vegan cupcake ingredients delivered to your door. […]

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Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, for example, biodynamic farming, where in order to use the term you need to undergo rigorous certification. There are no rules for what constitutes “natural.” Tracing the movement’s origins is difficult […]

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AB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery

AB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery

Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.

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Surly Brewing’s Ben Smith Would Bring Coors to a Desert Island

Surly Brewing’s Ben Smith Would Bring Coors to a Desert Island

If you haven’t been to Minneapolis recently, you’re missing out. The city is bustling with art, food, culture, and, most importantly to any rapidly growing city, great beer. Front and center of that is Surly Brewing. Surly debuted in 2005 and delivered its first beers in 2006. The following year, BeerAdvocate named it the best […]

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