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5 Cider Makers Producing Incredible Hard Cider Around The United States

The cans and bottles to seek out
Feb 24, 2015 1:00 pm

From balanced dry, semisweet and off-sweet ciders to honey and pecan-flavored ones, the American cider industry is exploding. Here are five producers poised to make an impact on the category in the coming years. 

Jim Meehan Is One Busy Man In Portland

Cocktail pro has PDX plans in the works
Feb 13, 2015 11:45 am

Jim Meehan is recognized as one of the country’s top bartenders. The cocktail pro made a name for himself at his legendary New York City bar PDT, and took home the James Beard Foundation’s first ever Outstanding Bar Program Award in 2012. He is also — as of this past autumn — a resident of Portland, Oregon. And he's wasting no time in planning his next moves.

10 Vodka Cocktails That Challenge The Chill

Cold out there? We had no idea. Thanks, vodka!
Feb 11, 2015 2:30 pm

If you're as familiar with snow and ice as we are here on the East Coast and you're about ready to give up and move to Florida (Grandma totally had it right), you may want to tuck into a nice vodka cocktail...or 10. Winter's not going anywhere, folks, it's clear as vodka. Really want to drive the point home? Infuse that vodka with beets first.

Why The American Wine World Freaks Out About In Pursuit Of Balance

The hot tasting returns to NYC on February 23
Feb 5, 2015 3:00 pm

There are wine tastings nearly every day in New York and San Francisco, but few, if any, are talked about in the wine community as much as the annual In Pursuit of Balance tasting. Considering its limited scope — only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in California from 33 wineries are on offer — it may be hard to understand why it’s become an unquestionably seminal event. Yet it has. Here's why. 

10 Warming Winter Cocktails For A Blustery Evening

Prime slow-sippers to keep from freezing over
Jan 27, 2015 2:30 pm

Chances are if you live in the area affected by Winter Storm...shucks, already forgot its name. Let's go with Milton, Winter Storm Milton. If you're a member of the Northeastern region of the U.S. rocked by this unfortunately named spank on the ass, you're going to need a strong cocktail, because yay for working from home! It'll make shoveling so much more fun. 

How To Host Your Own Blind Wine Tasting

Bring the wine and foil, we supply the format
Jan 22, 2015 1:00 pm

When someone hands you a glass of wine and says, “Here, try this Cali Chardonnay,” it’s hard to be objective. Without realizing it, you’re already judging the wine based on all the Cali Chard you’ve had in the past, or what people have told you about it. That’s partly why, hands down, the best way to get to know wine is to blind taste on a regular basis. Rachel Signer breaks down the best ways to conduct such a tasting and keep even your most educated drinkers guessing.

Meet Dr. Don Livermore, The Mad Scientist Of Whisky

The doctor is in and fielding our liquor questions
Jan 9, 2015 2:00 pm

Thankfully for fans of brown liquor worldwide, there are gentlemen like the esteemed Dr. Don Livermore, Master Distiller for J.P. Wiser’s, a literal expert in whiskey-making and aging with a Bachelor's in microbiology — as well as an MS and Ph.D in Brewing and Distilling from Edinburgh's Heriot Watt University. We recently had him tell us all about Canadian Whisky.

What The Hell Is Colorado Whiskey? For One Distiller, The Answer Is Complicated.

The twisted genealogy of a truly American spirit
Jan 5, 2015 1:00 pm

Colorado whiskey nomenclature is a tangled mess. The grain comes from all over the Midwest, the liquor is distilled and aged in Indiana and the bottling is done in Denver. It’s named after an old Colorado mining town and sold in bottles that proclaim its Colorado bona fides, like the fact that it’s made with “pure Rocky Mountain water.” So what is Colorado whiskey? Whatever the hell distiller Jess Graber says it is. Here are the ones we're sipping.

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