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Welcome to the Golden Age of Sparkling Water

Welcome to the Golden Age of Sparkling Water

The pastel grip of LaCroix is inescapable. The sparkling water brand inspires endless memes, roasts, and pronunciation debates. It even made a cameo on HBO’s ”Girls,” which means LaCroix has either hit peak cultural relevance or is officially uncool. It’s one of several bubbly beverages making waves. Americans spent $2.2 billion on carbonated waters from […]

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Berger Grüner Veltliner 2017

Berger Grüner Veltliner 2017

While the days of summer may be numbered, the heat is sticking around, and as we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I’m thinking of fresh, interesting, and affordable white wines that are easy to drink on their own but pair well with a variety of foods. One that stands out is from Austria, […]

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With Rising Popularity Comes Endless Iterations of the Classic Aperol Spritz

With Rising Popularity Comes Endless Iterations of the Classic Aperol Spritz

What’s bright and bitter and loved all over? It’s the Aperol Spritz, the super Instagrammable, fizzy aperitif that’s popped up everywhere from music festivals to happy hours nationwide. Everyone’s new favorite drink isn’t exactly new, and its exploding popularity isn’t exactly an accident. Aperol was created by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy in 1919.

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10 Easy Pleasing Golden Ales to Soak Up This Summer, Ranked

10 Easy Pleasing Golden Ales to Soak Up This Summer, Ranked

Golden ales, also known as blonde ales, are making a splash this summer. As more craft beer drinkers turn toward simpler pleasures, golden ales new and old are finding life everywhere from dive bars to boutique brewpubs. These sunny-hued brews are light, easy-drinking alternatives to hoppy IPAs and everyday lagers, landing somewhere in the middle […]

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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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