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Summer Shrub Punch: A Classic Cocktail That Won’t Leave You Stuck Behind The Bar

Austin's Midnight Cowboy shows us the ropes
Jul 29, 2014 3:00 pm

To maximize time with guests and avoid getting stuck behind the stick, batching and chilling a round or two of drinks before the event can showcase your adept drink skills while still allowing time to socialize. To kick off your summer menu, we asked head bartender Michael Phillips of Austin’s lauded Midnight Cowboy for a distinctive summer punch recipe. 

Learn How To Spot Fake Wine, And Other Handy Info For Oenophiles

Panel includes judge from infamous wine-fraud case
Jul 28, 2014 4:00 pm

On Aug. 6, a panel of experts notably including Richard M. Berman, the federal judge currently presiding over the high-profile trial of convicted counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan — will convene in New York City to lay out the facts on wine fraud and other legal issues of interest to oenophiles. Find out how crooks fool you with phony labels and other tricks. More intel this way.

David Duchovny Could Have Been A Beer-Drinking Russian Cosmonaut!

Plus, highlights from the translated comments
Jul 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Welcome to David Duchovny's latest fantasy: being Russian! Dude, I'd fantasize about being Russian for a well-paying Siberian Crown beer endorsement deal. In this commercial — for a brew one Rate Beer user reviewed as "not Budweiser, fairly thin and generally not remarkable" — Duchovny wonders from the vaguely erotic confines of a space suit if his ancestors had not emigrated from the motherland, what might he have been?

What's Blowing Up In Wine These Days? Bottles.

What's the deal with the Coravin? Are they safe?
Jul 28, 2014 1:00 pm

If you've heard about a new wine device lately, the Coravin, it was probably because of a recent full recall of the devices issued by the government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission. There had been indications for months that something was up. After a few cases of exploding bottles, the company issued some advice. So, should you still pony up and buy this game-changing wine gadget? 

Alms for the Pour: Crowdfunding Breweries Is A Very Good Thing

For real craft beer fans, this one's a no-brainer
Jul 25, 2014 2:00 pm

I'm generally very much in favor of crowdfunding campaigns. They're an effective way to help support local breweries that might not yet have the facilities to increase production or distribution outside their city, let alone outside of their street. Plenty of breweries now making waves have benefited from it...one craft fan favorite is being a little sketchy, and here's how you can make the right choice.

Steady Sticks: Never Spill Wine All Over Your Picnic Again!

Hydrate yourself (not grass) with vino al fresco
Jul 25, 2014 1:00 pm

The lawn doesn't enjoy being inebriated like you do, so kindly spill your glass into your mouth and not on the grass, if you would. Now that we've gotten manners out of the way, let's discuss Tovolo's Steady Sticks for the ultimate drink-nic. Ready to be an al fresco superhero? 

Templeton Rye Is More Than Great Whiskey, It's American Folklore In A Bottle

Al Capone was a big fan of Iowa town's main export
Jul 24, 2014 3:00 pm

In his new book, Gentlemen Bootleggers, author Bryce Bauer explores how a tiny German Catholic town in rural Iowa became a mecca for illegal rye whiskey during Prohibition. Here's the quick-and-dirty backstory on a quintessentially American brand, Templeton Rye.

GlobALE Warming: The Fall of Summer Beer

Pumpkin beer hits shelves in July? Seriously?
Jul 24, 2014 1:00 pm

It looks like the beer world will be having an exceptionally long summer and equally early winter. I noticed a December expiration date while drinking a summer ale. There's nothing wrong with drinking summer seasonals well into fall, but isn't it brewed "just" for summer? Is this some kind of beerpocalyptic warning with seasonals showing up literally months before the season hits? Why are pumpkin beers flying off the shelves right now? Where exactly are we getting pumpkins in June?

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