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The Gun Was Loaded. With Vodka.

The Gun Was Loaded. With Vodka.

It was another sleepy Friday night in Edmonton in the middle-class suburb of Dovercourt, Canada. During a routine traffic stop, police noticed a 24-year-old man behaving erratically, waving around — my goodness — a submachine gun. Eventually, he started pointing it at the EPS officers on the scene. Fearing for their lives and the safety of others, the […]

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28 of This Fall’s First Crop of Pumpkin Beers, Tasted and Ranked

28 of This Fall’s First Crop of Pumpkin Beers, Tasted and Ranked

Pumpkin beer is divisive. Mocked by many but purchased by millions, the category perplexes retailers, brewers, and consumers alternatively delighted and overwhelmed by all-pumpkin everything. In the spirit of giving the people what they do (and do not) want, we gathered 28 pumpkin beers and ciders to create the one and only ranking you need.

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A 6-Bottle Introduction to Cachaça

A 6-Bottle Introduction to Cachaça

If you’ve had any experience with cachaça, it’s likely been in Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha. But there’s so much more to the spirit. Cachaça is a sweet, vegetal, and usually clear liquid made from fresh sugarcane juice. It’s most similar in taste and style to rum, which is primarily made from molasses, and rhum […]

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Two Years Later, White Girl Rosé Is Still Here. Because Instagram.

Two Years Later, White Girl Rosé Is Still Here. Because Instagram.

Rosé isn’t just a drink anymore. It’s a lifestyle of leisurely, day-to-night decadence. It’s easy-drinking, reliable. An open bottle of rosé means everything’s right with the world, even if that’s not really the case. Or especially if that’s not really the case. Few have capitalized on the rosé-as-a-lifestyle trend better than Swish Beverages, the company […]

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Are Napa’s Century-Old Italian Roots Finally Bearing Fruit?

Are Napa’s Century-Old Italian Roots Finally Bearing Fruit?

Sangiovese, that thin-skinned and temperamental Italian grape, has many boosters. Tuscans will tell you that the varietal can only grow in their region’s rocky, clay-based galestro soil. There, the fine balance of constant sunlight with moderate temperatures permits Sangiovese to ripen evenly. “Sangiovese is like an Italian man,” says Beppe D’Andrea, the affable senior brand […]

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