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We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What’s the Best Beer to Pair With Your Barbecue?

We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What’s the Best Beer to Pair With Your Barbecue?

American barbecue pairs well with beer, wine, cocktails, sunshine, and rain. There’s something especially appealing, though, about drinking a cold beer with a plate of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and the collards or cornbread that rightly accompany them. Doug Psaltis, chef-partner of Bub City in Chicago and cofounder of the city’s annual Windy City Smokeout, […]

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Six of the Biggest, Boldest Red Wines to Drink Chilled This Summer. No, Seriously.

Six of the Biggest, Boldest Red Wines to Drink Chilled This Summer. No, Seriously.

The idea of drinking red wine when it’s hot outside can seem counterintuitive. Who on earth would want to pop open a red when the grill is going? A glass of white or rosé seems so much more refreshing. The problem is, red wines go so much better with what’s on your grill than the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Beer With BBQ (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Beer With BBQ (INFOGRAPHIC)

“The art of brewing beer and smoking meats are both time-honored traditions,” Doug Psaltis, chef-partner of Bub City and co-founder of Chicago’s annual Windy City Smokeout festival, says. We agree completely. Barbecue is among America’s proudest contributions to the global culinary canon, in summer and always. That’s why we’ve compiled perfect beer pairings for 12 […]

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6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

It’s 2:59 p.m. on a sunny Friday in June. The heat is borderline criminal, and everyone in your office (even your boss) is packing up and heading out. You can’t stand another minute in your office and are craving something bright and refreshing to set your weekend off right. Enter Mezza di Mezzacorona Italian Glacial […]

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Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc 2016, Roussillon, France

Usually, I’m all about complexity in wines — the various layers that make wine interesting and take it beyond just alcoholic fruit juice. How does oak aging factor in? Can you detect minerals that reflect a wine’s terroir? How about spice or floral notes? Saline or earth? The list goes on. Students of wine live […]

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6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

6 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

Summer is here, and with longer days and poolside lounging comes the need for a good book. This is not, however, the time for challengingly cerebral volumes like Jancis Robinson’s  (excellent) ”Wine Grapes.” Nor is it the time for dense histories on the origin of corn whiskey. The best summer reads bring the season’s easy-breezy […]

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Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Mexican lagers taste like the weekend. Not just when the fifth of May falls on a Saturday, either. Cracking open an ice-cold Corona or straight-from-the-cooler Tecate is reminiscent of beach trips, cookouts, game days, and sunny afternoons doing or avoiding yard work. The category gets its crisp, light flavor profile from the German-style Vienna lager […]

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