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Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

You may consider it poor manners to publicly discuss politics, especially with a beer in your hand — and especially in 2018. But beer and politics have always been intertwined. Early American public houses slung brews while patrons debated the news of the day. As legend has it, in 1775, a young apprentice was sipping […]

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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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Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Like time, consumer outrage flies on the internet. Earlier this month a line of incredibly ill-conceived novelty wines tied to ”The Handmaid’s Tale” inspired such immediate digital fury that the distributor, Lot18, canceled the wines one day after they were announced. Now we’ve turned our collective grimace toward plastic straws.

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Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

“Georgia and the vine are very similar in their character,” Lado Uzunashvili says, “If they are not stressed a little bit, they don’t give you their best results.” Uzunashvili owns the Mukado winery in Georgia and represents the 11th generation in a long line of esteemed Georgian winemakers. It’s an impressive heritage, matching the oldest […]

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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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