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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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Why Only Trashy Wine Bars Give You Giant Pours

Why Only Trashy Wine Bars Give You Giant Pours

If a goblet filled with seven fingers of Merlot is sloshed your way across an assumedly sticky bar, it might seem like the bartender has taken a liking to you. That may be true (you’re so great!), but, sadly, one thing is certain: The person pouring the wine doesn’t care about what’s in the glass.

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Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

It’s one of the most divisive areas in winemaking. Fermentation, by either wild or industrial yeasts, has become synonymous with the battle between all that is natural, and the convenience and consistency of man-made machination. If natural wine risks becoming a runaway train, then wild fermentation is a flag you wave as it passes by. […]

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A Brooklyn Distiller and His Two-Headed Monster Are Turning Craft Beer into Whiskey

A Brooklyn Distiller and His Two-Headed Monster Are Turning Craft Beer into Whiskey

Dave Kyrejko loves beer. He also loves whiskey and science. And that’s where the monster comes in. “Yep, it’s the two-headed monster,” Kyrejko tells me. “That’s the official name.” We’re standing inside Interboro Spirits and Ales, an airy warehouse-turned-craft-brewery in an industrial stretch of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Beer Taste So Good

These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Beer Taste So Good

Terms like ”fruited” and ”flavor-forward” may evoke wine tastings but, when it comes to complex beverages with nuanced flavors, don’t count beer out. As the craft beer industry continues to grow and diversify, more beers are hitting the market with layered flavors and aromas. Sometimes those nuances come from added ingredients, but often they result […]

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These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Wine Taste So Good

These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Wine Taste So Good

Wine tasting notes can seem like they come from a Mad Libs generator. Everything from specific flowers and fruits to descriptors like ”zippy” are meant to help drinkers understand the flavors in a glass of their favorite wine. But behind the tasting analogies and loving descriptions of wine as living art, there’s science. All the […]

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Why Does My Jaw Tingle When I Drink Sour Wine or Beer?

Why Does My Jaw Tingle When I Drink Sour Wine or Beer?

It’s a hot day and you’re parched, so you grab a nice, refreshing white wine or sour beer and take a big swig. Immediately, the back of your jaw right underneath your ear tingles in an unpleasant, borderline-painful way. Then, two sips later, you’re completely fine and can drink with impunity. What’s the deal? First […]

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