Drink

The Problem With Craft Spirits For Craft’s Sake

Not every indie upstart is a true liquor craftsman
Apr 23, 2015 10:00 am

We asked writer and barman Naren Young for his take on the craft-sprits boom, and whether this current obsession has any downside beyond the usual morning-after effects.

A Craft-Beer Revolution Is Happening In Ireland Right Now. Here’s Where To Drink.

7 pubs to visit in Dublin for the crafty good stuff
Apr 23, 2015 9:00 am

With interesting new breweries opening and customers looking for more choice, an increased number of Irish pubs are focusing on craft beer and turning their backs on mainstream brands like Guinness. The craft-beer sector has tripled in size in three years, and sales were up 50 percent in 2014 alone. With this increased production, a large number of craft-centric pubs have sprouted up in Dublin over the past couple years. Here are seven to visit.

Chicago Craft Distilling Grows Up

Passionate producers are making a name
Apr 22, 2015 2:00 pm

Chicago’s cocktail scene shows no signs of slowing down, leaving those who make spirits locally with more and more shelf room to showcase their efforts. And similar to the city’s top bartenders, these master distillers are taking their own creative risks with flavors, aging and spirit choices. Whether born from family legacy or two pilots’ travels abroad, here are nine distilleries in and around Chicago worth experiencing firsthand.

9 Craft Breweries Making Great Local Beer In Charlotte, North Carolina

The Queen City is the next big beer hub down South
Apr 22, 2015 12:00 pm

Local beer finally arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the opening of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in 2009. Since then, the Queen City has quickly developed a thriving craft-beer scene. Charlotte-based writer Daniel Hartis breaks down the local breweries that you need to know.

St. George Spirits Is America’s Craftiest Distillery

A Bay Area pioneer, always pushing boundaries
Apr 22, 2015 10:00 am

Since its founding in 1982, St. George Spirits has developed a reputation as one of America’s pioneering craft distillers and easily one of the most fun to visit. Inside the company’s massive 65,000-square-foot Bay Area facility, you’ll find the laboratory, where wacky and wonderful distilling experiments hint at the next product in the pipeline. Writer Virginia Miller examines the legacy of this innovative distillery.

Check Out This Documentary On Malört, The Spirit That’s Proud To Be Undrinkable

Stories of the wormwood-based, Chicago-made liquor
Apr 21, 2015 2:00 pm

Filmmaker Marc Pearlman’s first Malört experience marked the beginning of a new friendship. He had recently sold his Fender Jagstang to a bartender at the Sovereign in Chicago’s Rogers Park who wanted to honor the trade with a “mystery shot.” The shot turned out to be Malört, the wormwood-based Swedish schnapps that proudly boasts only 1 out of 49 men will drink it after the first “shock glass.” Pearlman was so intrigued that he created a 17-minute documentary about the spirit’s history.

10 Great Places To Drink Craft Beer In Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital has a great beer-bar scene
Apr 21, 2015 12:00 pm

In the past decade, the D.C. craft-beer scene’s cup has runneth over as bars and restaurants continue to pump up their offerings. With an abundance of microbreweries opening in and around the District, there are plenty of locally made options available. Oftentimes tough to find outside of the region, these area brews ensure your beer-drinking experience in Washington is a unique one.

Flavorless No More: How Craft Distillers Are Changing The Way We Think About Vodka

It’s a new era for the once-maligned liquor
Apr 21, 2015 10:00 am

Once stigmatized as an odorless, flavorless spirit and often shunned by contemporary liquor elitists, vodka is gaining newfound respect, thanks to craft distillers across America. Writer Alia Akkam examines this new era of post-Stoli glasnost and finds something previously unthinkable: real flavor.

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