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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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Can Bats Save Tequila?

Can Bats Save Tequila?

A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]

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Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Chile’s geology and climate are perfect for making wine. With the ocean on one side and the Andes on the other, Chile’s vineyards get the benefit of salty winds and cooling airs, plus wide day-to-night fluctuations — perfect conditions for grape growing. And yet, up until the mid-’80s, the wine produced in Chile was by […]

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How Whiskey Helped End Reconstruction in the South

How Whiskey Helped End Reconstruction in the South

The Reconstruction period of the United States immediately after the Civil War was the country’s attempt at a reset. Slavery was abolished, former slaves were made citizens, and black men were able to vote for the first time in the country’s history. But Reconstruction was also plagued by corruption that aided in the ultimate failure of […]

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Climate Activists on What Pulling Out of the Paris Accord Means For Beer & Wine’s Future

Climate Activists on What Pulling Out of the Paris Accord Means For Beer & Wine’s Future

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will start the process of taking the United States out of the Paris climate accord. It will take up to four years to break off from the agreement, but once that happens, the United States will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only major countries not involved […]

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The Head of the Prohibition Party Doesn’t Care if You Drink

The Head of the Prohibition Party Doesn’t Care if You Drink

The 2016 presidential election was divisive, to say the least. In addition to the split between Democrats and Republicans, third-party voters for the Green Party and the Libertarian Party seemed fed up with the whole system. But you may be surprised to find out that another third party received more attention than it has in decades: the […]

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