Born in the back of a Guatemala bar in 2006, and launched in the U.S. in 2010, Ilegal Mezcal has seen a lot in its short history. The mezcal brand supports a multitude of artists and human rights organizations, has raised more than $50,000 for advocacy groups, and once launched a very famous anti-Trump campaign. […]
In February 2018, photogenic friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber launched Casamigos Mezcal, a joven iteration of the ancient Mexican agave spirit. It retails for $59.99. Clooney and Gerber are not the only estadosunidenses embracing mezcal. In the last five years, shipments to the U.S. have reportedly quadrupled.
Pre-ban absinthe — made before the spirit was outlawed in the U.S. and most of Europe around 1914 — is one of the rarest drinks on earth. Although the last bottles of it were produced just before World War I, it’s not completely uncommon to hear about serious collectors owning rare absinthe bottles dating back […]
How do your drinking habits stack up against your neighbors’? And how about versus those on the opposite side of the country? We analyzed data from annual alcohol surveys and reports to see who is drinking the most, and where. The East Coast is home to three of the top five hardest-drinking states, although no […]
The small town of Santa Catarina Minas, about an hour south of Mexico’s Oaxaca City, has mezcal roots that predate the Hispanic period. Fourth-generation master mezcalero, Eduardo (Lalo) Ángeles (pictured, above), left his family’s Real Minero mezcal operation in 2014 to form his own, Mezcal Lalocura. At Lalocura, Ángeles produces over 20 expressions of the […]
“I don’t want another drink.” That’s not a normal thought for me. I’ve written about beer for years. Even weirder, I was thinking that in Salt Lake City, Utah. Known for its religious population and gorgeous scenery, Utah also has the strictest alcohol laws in the United States. Part of me believed the entire state […]
Among the plethora of spirits that populates the modern bar, few have as long or mysterious a history as Chartreuse. This funky herbal liqueur has been produced by monks in France for more than 200 years, using a recipe that dates back to the 16th century. The two main varieties of Chartreuse are known by […]
“Rotten grapefruit, sugar, and regret.” “Oh, this isn’t too bad, it’s kind of floral and light tasting! Oh, wait, it’s legitimately furniture varnish.” “The ghost of a grapefruit that died under suspicious circumstances.” Those are some of the gentler responses you’ll get if you ask people about Jeppsen’s Malort, the Chicago spirit that has become […]
Not only is Tanqueray almost 200 years into the gin game, the company actually helped drive the evolution of the category itself. It was part of the mission to transform gin from “Christmas tree fire water” to something actually respectable.