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Electrolyte-Infused Brews and Race Day IPAs: Inside the Brave New World of Sports Beer

Electrolyte-Infused Brews and Race Day IPAs: Inside the Brave New World of Sports Beer

“It is hard work and sometimes a pain to train,” Caitlin Landesberg, a runner and the founder of Sufferfest Beer Company in San Francisco, says. “Beer helps balance that.” Landesberg created Sufferfest because she wanted a celebratory, somewhat healthy drink to toast a race with her friends. Sufferfest beers are brewed with extra magnesium, potassium, […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

America is a large country, and so what’s popular in one geographic area might be unknown in another. Angelenos could tire of avocado toast (theoretically!) before it reaches Maine. And Texans find it adorable when New Yorkers struggle to pronounce “kolache.” Still, certain trends have legs. They travel across the country and, in some instances, […]

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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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Sour Beer-Infused Soft Serve Is All About Pushing Boundaries and Having Fun

Sour Beer-Infused Soft Serve Is All About Pushing Boundaries and Having Fun

“I grew up on Mister Softee, and have fond memories of chasing down the truck come summer,” Bryan Brushmiller, the brewmaster and owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Md., says. Many of us have similar childhood memories, but only Brushmiller was inspired to make sour beer-infused soft-serve ice cream. J.R.E.A.M., Burley Oak’s line of […]

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Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Brewery Ommegang, an esteemed, Belgian-influenced operation in upstate New York, recently released Saison Rosé, a 7.7 percent ABV farmhouse ale. “The beer was partly born out of recent popularity of rosé,” brewmaster Phil Leinhart says. “But we’ve been thinking about doing a beer with hibiscus for a while.” Ommegang is not alone. Some of the […]

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The 20 Most Important Cocktail Bars in New York City Right Now

The 20 Most Important Cocktail Bars in New York City Right Now

New York City nightlife spans everything from lovably grimy dives to historic hotel bars to thumping dance clubs on the shores of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Its cutting-edge cocktail culture, however, is rightfully world famous. For more than 20 years, the city has been pursuing creative and at times cerebral mixology. It birthed the global speakeasy movement, […]

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Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

In an era rife with rainbow bagels and unicorn foods, “butterfly pea flower” sounds like a made-up ingredient. It is, however, a very real plant that hails from equatorial Thailand and Malaysia. In nature butterfly pea flowers are royal blue, like a Mets cap or the opening credits to ”The Simpsons.” They’re used in teas […]

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Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Rosé is arguably the wine industry’s biggest success story of the 21st century. Winemakers worldwide are producing more pink juice than ever before, and those of us in the U.S. have more to choose from than any other time in our history. As with any other product category, from brick oven pizza to alternative rock, […]

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Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” Dick Cantwell, brewer and author of ”Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale,” says. He’s absolutely correct. The Brewers Association ranks IPAs just behind American lagers and light lagers in nationwide popularity. Beer styles within the category span all-out hop […]

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