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5 Bottles Ripe for Drinking: Hard Apple Cider's Moment is Now

Craft hard cider has us all juiced up for fall
Oct 22, 2014 2:00 pm

Late October is peak apple season, when the last of the apples are ripe for picking. You may already know that when given time to ferment, apples also make awesome booze. Cider has experienced a boost in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to rising enthusiasm for craft beer. Make no mistake: cider is not beer, but there’s something about the taste of boozy, warming cider that makes it the perfect drink for fall.

It's Like A Piña Colada, But With Pig's Blood

Chicago bartender so went there
Oct 22, 2014 10:00 am

Greater collaboration between the kitchen and bar has resulted in all sorts of interesting food-booze mashups in recent years. But, at Chicago’s Kinmont, bartender Jason Brown has taken the culinary-cocktail crossover to another level with one ingredient, in particular: pig’s blood. You can thank Warren Zevon and San Francisco's Chinatown for inspiring Brown's bloody concoction. More this way.

Just Add Corn Purée: Cornelia Cocktail Recipe

A unique tequila-based cocktail that actually works
Oct 17, 2014 2:30 pm

Ironically, the Cornelia cocktail did indeed get its start in the kitchen as a chilled corn soup with basil sorbet and black truffle coulis, which inspired its creator, Xavier Herit of NYC's Wallflower to incorporate the ingredient into a tequila and mescal-based drink. Corn has a natural sweetness, and building this flavor properly means not letting the vegetal flavor overpower the expected freshness and bright profile that makes a cocktail refreshing. Ready to shake it up? 

Pucker Up, Show LoverBeer’s BeerBera How You Really Feel

Sour beer fan? This Italian bottle is superb.
Oct 17, 2014 2:00 pm

When it comes to food and wine, Italy simply does not mess around, which I assumed and confirmed firsthand when I spent a summer in Treviso. Today, there are at least 500 small breweries in Italy, and at least a dozen brews are available stateside. My most exciting discovery: LoverBeer’s BeerBera, a wild ale brewed with grapes aged in oak barrels — a fitting tribute to the country’s prestigious winemaking traditions of old, combined with their impressive breweries of new.

Hating On Fancy Beer Is Suddenly In Style

And the craft beer message boards are on fire
Oct 17, 2014 10:00 am

Hating on craft beer is totally in right now. First Thrillist tried to pick apart IPAs, then sour beers. Now, internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur David Chang is taking to GQ to defend the awesomeness that is "lawnmower beer," a custom passed down from his grandfather. As you can imagine, the craft beer message boards are lighting up.

How To Carbonate Cocktails At Home

Two liters of French 75? Yes please.
Oct 15, 2014 1:00 pm

The professional bartender and home enthusiast have several options for carbonating both cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. On the cocktail front, carbonation adds a fizzy effervescence to cocktails that might, traditionally, but drunk still. Plus, they are fun to make. Here's how to do that exactly.

Big Breweries Are Crafting A Deal For Beer Supremacy

Could the key ingredient be craft beer?
Oct 15, 2014 11:00 am

While the proposed Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of SABMiller may be the story that graces business pages for months to come, the importance of smaller craft acquisitions by both of these major brewers shouldn't be overlooked. The deal would give the resulting company an international stronghold, but wouldn't combine its U.S. breweries. Allow me to break down the specifics of the issue, then we'll segue into important recent craft acquisitions to help define this battle of big beer.

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