A collective formed to create an industry community
Apr 20, 2015 3:00 pm
Twenty-seven-year-old Cooper Cheatham’s organization, G.L.A.S.S. — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Spirited Sipping — is all about creating community by bringing together the mixologists, brand reps and beverage directors who often feel marginalized in a heteronormative, male-dominated industry. It has grown quickly, expanding to cities across America and securing a sponsorship from Absolut. Read on for an in-depth look at the organization.
Tequila is just one of many spirits — more specifically, one of many agave spirits — native to Mexico. How did a drink from one region, made from a single local plant, come to represent the entire country? It’s a question few people think to ask…that is, until they start discovering Mexico’s other spirits.
You won’t make it very far in the Bay Area without finding excellent beer, whether at local breweries or beer bars. While brewhounds from around the world regularly make pilgrimages to malt meccas like Sierra Nevada in Chico, Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa or San Francisco’s original craft brewer, Anchor Brewing, there are dozens of classics and newcomers opening monthly all around the region. Here are 10 of the best destinations, plus additional recommendations to further your sudsy adventures while in town.
It’s Craft Beer & Spirits Week at Food Republic, which has us taking a close look at the small producers of fine potables around the United States. We can’t write long about all of these producers. But we wanted to call out some of our favorites craft spirits makers — as decided on by our editors and regular spirits writers — for the next time you are sitting at the bar or standing in your neighborhood bottle shop in need of inspiration.
The Cuba Libre’s history and lineage may have been lost to decades of political unrest and passionate nationalism, but as it evolved through the years, there’s no doubt many still enjoy this reliable taste of the islands. It’s not easy to make a classic drink complex and still hit the mark, and while the Cuba libres we’re used to might have a more cloying taste, the rum, or rhums in this case, are what make the Agri-Cola cocktail at NYC’s Locanda Verde sing.
Don’t expect to succeed your first time. Or fifth.
Apr 17, 2015 9:00 am
Making latte art is hard. There, we said it. The beauty of the finished product, however, just might be worth the hard work involved to master it. Think of the last time you walked out of your local coffee shop with a freshly poured latte, topped with a perfectly assembled steamed-milk heart or tulip. We’re betting you took at least a second to admire it (Instagram it?) before that first sip. Here’s a short instructional video on how to pull it off.
More than a year has passed since Colorado made it legal to buy and consume marijuana, and signs of the change are nearly everywhere. Not so much at your local bar, however, where taps continue to flow with the state’s finest homemade suds despite the newfound easy access to a highly popular alternative intoxicant. Linnea Covington reports from America’s reigning cannabis capital.