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Ask Adam: Is It Bad Manners to Bring Another Brewery’s Growler to a Taproom?

Ask Adam: Is It Bad Manners to Bring Another Brewery’s Growler to a Taproom?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com. Is it bad manners to bring another brewery’s growler to a taproom? Absolutely not. I realize some breweries have a policy that they will only refill their own growlers. I find that policy not only ridiculous, but also completely hypercritical — if you self-identify as “craft” you should also care […]

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The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

Kyle Hilla has a special touch. At the Statler, a recently restored hotel in downtown Dallas, Hilla’s interactive cocktails span the Fine China’s Sino-French Connection, which requires a French press, and Bourbon and Banter’s “most Instagrammable cocktail,” which necessitates the use of a tiny hammer. While his creations may sound playful, Hilla’s attention to detail […]

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A Field Guide to Sherry, the Most Versatile Wine You Aren’t Drinking

A Field Guide to Sherry, the Most Versatile Wine You Aren’t Drinking

Sherry has a PR problem. Much to the chagrin of its enthusiasts and producers, sherry has a reputation for being sweet, dessert-like, and out of style. On many American wine lists, it’s an afterthought at best. The ironic reality is that the fortified wine from Spain’s Jerez region, also known as the Sherry Triangle, is […]

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Drinking Haute Boilermakers at the World’s First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

Drinking Haute Boilermakers at the World’s First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

Craig Sindelar was drinking beer with his father when the lightning bolt struck. Sindelar, a sommelier with some 20 years in the industry, most recently at three-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago, had impulsively ordered a nice malt whiskey to sip with his beer. He was taken aback by how well the two went together. “My job […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Champagne Taittinger

10 Things You Should Know About Champagne Taittinger

Taittinger’s non-vintage brut Champagne is a refreshing, fruit-driven bottle of bubbles. You’ve no doubt come across it in your local wine store, given that the Champagne house is one of the region’s largest producers. You may, however, be less familiar with the proper pronunciation of the brand’s name. Or, it may come as a surprise […]

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11 Telltale Signs You’re in a Great Craft Beer Bar

11 Telltale Signs You’re in a Great Craft Beer Bar

Craft beer bars are everywhere these days. There are good ones, and there are bad ones. Then, there are great ones. The abundance of beer-focused establishments is a natural progression in the U.S., considering most of us live within 10 miles of a brewery. But not all beer bars are created equally. Some are stuck in […]

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