Once upon a time, you used to meet people in bars. Some were cool, some weird, and one or two might become dear friends — or, in an ideal world, the love of your life. In this bygone era, people gathered at bars to socialize, blow off steam, and share news of the day. They […]
There are beers, there are cocktails, and there are beer cocktails. Then, there are also beers that taste like cocktails. Cocktail-inspired beers are a new style of beverage that inventive brewers have brought to our attention in recent years.
Emmy-nominated actress Pamela Adlon sips a lot of wine with her co-stars on the hit FX series ”Better Things.” Very rarely do viewers get a look at which labels are being poured. But during the Season 2 finale, titled “Graduation,” the cameras zoomed in for a brief close-up of one particular bottle. The label is […]
At a commercial break during the finale of ”The Bachelor” (don’t judge), Progressive, the insurance company, aired an advertisement about a group therapy meeting called the “Dad Support Group.” Most so-called dad jokes are pretty toothless, but one line caught my attention. It was delivered by a bespectacled blonde woman wearing a collared shirt under […]
If you walk into a bar and are handed a leather-bound tome in which spirits are listed by country of origin, you know you’ve entered a serious operation. If, on the other hand, the drinks list is accompanied by squiggly line art of tiki mugs and volcanoes, you can rest assured these folks don’t take […]
With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]
Dog Beer. Dawg Grog. Pooch Hooch. (O.K., that last one isn’t real, but it totally should be.) As craft beer exploration and merriment have become more commonplace among humans, and with many breweries and bars welcoming patrons’ furry friends, companies are responding with the next best thing to getting drunk with your dog: dog beer. […]
The Negroni was a fairly obscure cocktail as little as 10 years ago, familiar only to bartenders and dedicated Italophiles. Then more and more industry folks started falling for it, citing its versatility and relatively foolproof rubric. By 2013, Negronis were a national obsession. Their mainstream popularity launched an annual Negroni Week and countless culinary […]
Wassail wasn’t only the first all-cider bar in New York City — it was one of the most acclaimed spots in town. The design was “upscale tavern,” with rich woods and a gorgeous white marble bar top. It offered dozens of obscure ciders on tap and hundreds more in bottles.