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Buying Whiskey Online Shouldn't Be Scary

Check out these tips to get you sipping
Sep 24, 2014 2:00 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 2:00 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 3:00 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 3:30 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.

Fall Preview 2014: 6 Things To Look Forward To In The World Of Wine

New in regions, wine bars, retail and auctions
Aug 26, 2014 2:00 pm

Contributor Chad Walsh writes about wine and other beverages frequently for Food Republic, and currently serves as beverage manager for The Dutch in New York City. Here, he digs deep into the wine industry zeitgeist to offer a few things on the horizon this fall — in terms of regions, wine bars, retail and auctions.   

Cocoa Tea: The Best Hot Beverage You're Not Drinking, But Should Be

And we are NOT talking about hot cocoa
Aug 18, 2014 9:00 am

First things first: Cocoa Tea is not the official married name of Ice-T's wife Coco. It's a hot drink from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and a complete 180 from that tired, sugar-filled cup of hot cocoa with the tiny, completely artificial marshmallows that you love so much. You can think of cocoa tea just like your morning cup of coffee, except instead of roasted coffee beans, it's brewed with roasted cocoa nibs. Mind blown yet?

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. 

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? 

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