Erick Castro is a bartender’s bartender. After a career working at many of San Francisco's great cocktail bars, he has opened a new bar in sunny San Diego called Polite Provisions, part cocktail bar and part old-fashioned pharmacy counter, complete with egg creams. Instead of telling you what Erick is doing, I thought I would let him do that himself. I bellied up to his new spot and asked him some questions.
Crack open these bad boys at your next backyard bbq
May 9, 2013 2:01 pm
With so many different flavors both on tap and on the grill, it can be a task to to pick one style of beer to compliment it all, so we're sharing our favorite suds for getting your flame on. Whether it's cooking around a campfire or tailgating at a baseball game, you'll want something accessible. Here are 10 beers we're going to be drinking by the grill all spring and summer long.
Sometimes, you need a closer. Think flowers on Valentine’s Day. Or Mariano Rivera, circa 2008. For Italians, the ultimate summertime closer is limoncello, the bright, bracing digestivo that is sipped from May to mid-September. It’s time to learn how to make Italy’s summer spirit in your own kitchen. Read on.
Check out the new trailer - released today - for the upcoming documentary Somm, which takes an emotional and illuminating look at the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam, previously fully shrouded in secrecy. Since its inception almost 40 years ago, less than 200 individuals have reached the exalted Master Sommelier level. Read on.
The warmer weather brings with it singing birds, blooming buds and an undisputable hankering for pink wine. It’s hard to believe rosés once had a stigma. Nowadays, they’re pretty much a given in the summertime. And why not? Here are 8 to try right now.
As you may have noticed, we're slightly obsessed with hard cider. The popular tavern drink in the U.K. and parts of France and Spain is getting big in the U.S., with drinkers looking for a change from wine or beer, with gluten-free drinkers and for me, when I am looking to pair something with a savory crèpe. Turns out, we're not alone. Next week, Stella Artois will launch Cidre in the U.S., a European-style cider.
Yeah, yeah, you can open a beer with your phone, on a table corner, with another beer. We've all seen your beer-opening repertoire (and fetched band-aids for your beer-opening fail injuries). But from the land that brought you the best beer drinking food west of the izakaya: fun with tractors!
Grilling season: where there's smoke, there's beer
May 6, 2013 2:03 pm
Brewing a smoked beer isn’t easy to pull off, so while there are some great examples, there are also plenty of duds, which at their worst can be like drinking a fireplace. While the smoke can be intense, it shouldn't deter you. Seriously, if you’re a real grilling fan and you haven’t ventured into the world of smoked beers you owe it to yourself to check out these 6 winners.