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Take A Closer Look At Languedoc Wines With Pascaline Lepeltier

The Master Sommelier steers us in scenic direction
Oct 8, 2014 1:00 pm

You can’t win titles like “Best Sommelier in the Loire Valley” or place runner-up in the national version without an exhaustive knowledge of individual appellations and their seeming endless, often minutely different, rules and specifications. It was no wonder than that Pascaline Lepeltier cinched the Master Sommelier exam here in the US, and I was excited to sit down with her to taste and chat at the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon. 

7 Craft Coffee Liqueurs Worth Rethinking The Kahlua Move

Rethink the White Russian with buzzy new brands
Oct 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Craft distillers across the country are now encroaching on Kahlua turf, using natural ingredients and teaming up with local coffee roasters to produce rich-tasting artisanal hooch that recalls a well-made cup of Joe. Emma Janzen breaks down her favorites.

A Man Walks Into A Bar, Is Treated Well: 6 Tips To Earn Respect, Not Be An A-Hole

You think you have the bar manners thing mastered?
Oct 7, 2014 9:00 am

Consuming alcohol at a bar, whether it’s a simple shot-and-beer dive or a high-minded cocktail haven, is an act most people of legal age believe they’ve mastered. But, just like your pronunciation of “Laphroaig” or that Negroni you keep attempting to make at home, there’s always room for improvement. Writer Drew Lazor asks bartenders around the country for ways we can become better drinkers.

5 Weird And Cool Spirits We Discovered At The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

New vodka and amaro, while discovering raicilla
Oct 6, 2014 10:00 am

Throw over a hundred distillers together in a hotel ballroom and you’re bound to find more than just a wild party. There was some interesting booze to try out. This year’s annual Independent Spirits Expo in Chicago featured around 500 (!!) new and existing gins, tequilas, rums and more curiosities from distillers around the country. While it’s impossible to hit every sample at the event, here are some of the most interesting things we stumbled across.

Buying Whiskey Online Shouldn't Be Scary

Check out these tips to get you sipping
Sep 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Buying whiskey online, like many other pleasures in life, requires patience, skill and perhaps a little luck as well. While some might think clicking-and-buying liquor is a simple affair, like snagging the latest Dean Koontz on Amazon, it most certainly is not. There are several things you need to consider as you aim to hunt down that cult craft distillery bourbon or rare Scotch you must have a bottle of in order to complete your collection.

What Are Craft Cocktails? Let's Ask Jessica Sanders Of Drink.Well In Austin

Why 'It's a good time to be drinking in Austin'
Sep 9, 2014 1:00 pm

It's one of the most discerning drinking towns in the country, which would make opening a bar in Austin, Texas a fairly harrowing experience. Not for Michael and Jessica Sanders, the husband-wife team behind the two-and-a-half-year-old drink.well, a cocktail bar and restaurant where pretention gets checked at the door (probably guns too, this being Texas). The Sanders' altruistic approach to cocktail-making has made drink.well an instant classic, and as you can see in our interview with Jessica, their philosophy on everything from what is a craft cocktail to how to mix a drink is as refreshing as an ice-cold margarita on a hot Austin night. 

8 New Places To Drink Exceptional Cocktails Around The United States

The era of the pretentious bartender is over
Aug 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Cocktail bars are opening across major American cities almost as fast as Starbucks these days, transforming the way we drink for the better. But, they don’t stop at just making great drinks. The best operators know full well that people expect to be transported through detailed decor, inventive menus and attentive service. Brian Quinn breaks down the new places that are doing it best, from coast to coast.

In Chicago, Great Design Collides With Even Better Craft Beer And Fried Chicken

Cody Hudson talks Pipeworks beer, Parson's chicken
Aug 26, 2014 2:30 pm

Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing is known for creating wildly fantastical craft beers with labeling to match, as in the astronaut unicorn hurtling through space on its Imperial India Pale Ale bottle. The label for its latest offbeat brew, "Brown & Stirred," goes in an entirely different direction. The beer, a collaboration with Longman & Eagle, is a strong rye ale (10.5 ABV) inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. The label features a whimsical drawing of a bottle of beer high-fiving a cocktail by Cody Hudson, who shares more details right here.

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