Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies’ eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it’s Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.
Your last iced coffee of the season
The objective of most post-Starbucks coffee shops has been an almost authoritarian pursuit of purity. But it seems we’re turning a corner. This summer the Kaffe Tonic, a mixture of espresso and Fever Tree tonic served over ice at Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco, caught on.
Update your food pyramid
Fruit beers have long been the redheaded stepchildren of the beer world. But now American brewers are using more complex bases — stouts, brown ales, rye ales and barleywines among others — and taking cues from the Belgians, those oldest of fruit beer brewers, to harness the nation’s harvest, from pumpkins to pluots. These are the best fruit beers of their labor.
Everyone Loves the Hefe
If you associate wheat beer with Blue Moon and a slice of orange, this is your primer to the world of American brewers doing something more with their wheat malt. They’re adding aromatic hops. They’re open fermenting. They’re cultivating a beer that’s front-palate friendly with a full finish. These ten are perfect examples.
Beware of the dark side
We review Highland Park’s latest edition to their core lineup of single malts, Dark Origins, which is defined by a high percentage of double first fill sherry casks and a peatiness yet unheard of from the brand.
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Supplies Passable Camp Beer and Excellent Soda
Leave it to an Alaskan to invent a new way to drink alcohol outdoors. Pat Tatera, the founder of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages, developed a system for carrying concentrated forms of both alcohol and soda into the wild for hikers to make their own carbonated beverages in minutes with the help of stream water and small carbonation pouches.
Some very old wine indeed
Taylor Fladgate, one of the council of elders in the Port world, released a 50-year-old tawny port in 2014. In honor of our other stories about Portugal, we raised a glass of it.
The slow creep of one wine collector's addiction
I come from a family of beer drinkers, firmly rooted in the blue-collar heritage of my grandfather’s construction and carpentry business. My father likes to say that it was his own skill at unskilled labor that paid his way through college. He whole-heartedly embraced the craft beer movement. My brothers share his taste for the malt, but my passion has been for wine.
Vin from the bargain bin
You and Andrew Jackson walk into a wine store. Read on to find out what you come out with.
A pocket-sized whiskey connoisseur
Brent Stiefel and Mikael Mossberg didn’t know much about whiskey when they met up for drinks in May of 2011. Like many people navigating an ocean of Scotch and bourbon, they “were intimidated by folks with mustaches”, Stiefel says, but didn’t want to drain their bank accounts by buying every bottle to learn more about what they liked and what they didn’t. Feeling a booze-filled higher calling to drink better (and more), the two began drawing up plans for the ideal whiskey resource they’d been searching for but never found.
Four Award-Winning Whiskies
On a recent visit to Aberlour distillery smack dab in the middle of the famed Speyside region, our task at hand was to gain an appreciation for the distiller’s unique malting, mashing, blending and maturation processes, and of course, the tasting.
A Prime Spot in Scotland's Scotch Valley
Among the big names of the central Speyside region — Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Ardmore — Aberlour garners less recognition than most. And yet it’s consistently produced one of the most decorated single malt whiskies, with more than 185 awards since the mid-1980s. We walked the grounds of their distillery, which has continuously produced since 1879.
Originally brewed in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, as a summer treat for farmers who spent hours under the hot sun, saisons often taste spicy, earthy and yeasty, and contain ABV levels that typically run between 4% and 8.5%. Other than a glass of ice water, they’re about as refreshing a drink as you can get on a hot summer day. Here are seven favorites.
two traditional drinks and a classic cocktail with a twist
Will Elliott of NYC’s Maison Premiere shows us the steps to making three types of absinthe drinks: a drip, a frappe and a Sazerac, with a twist.
5 Great Wines Escape their Bottles
We got our hands on five canned white wines to find out if they’re a clever packaging solution or just an excuse to drink more white wine.
Two Biologists teach Montreal how good craft brews can be
A little over two decades ago, Stephane Ostiguy and Jean-Francois Gravel met while studying science at McGill University. Neither got their degrees — but they do make some of the best beer in the world at Dieu du Ciel, Montreal’s best craft brewery.
Highly Alcoholic, Highly Worthwhile
After years of global vilification and false stigma, absinthe is making a comeback. We tasted six new American versions.
Get Your Glass in Order
There are serious benefits to matching your glass to your beer. Here’s our guide to the different types of glasses and the brews you should sip out of them.
An afternoon with a surfer, winemaker, and philosopher
“Why do I surf, why do I make wine?” Johan Reyneke says, laughing to himself. “I don’t know. It just happened. It’s just meant to be.” In this short film by The Perennial Plate, Reyneke surfs in False Bay and explains the way he makes wine. They’re two disciplines that may seem quite different but are actually quite similar through the lens of his life’s philosophy.
It isn’t a big secret that we’re more than a bit enamored with the beauty and mystique of all things Cuban. That includes the ubiquitous mojito. And while the original recipe will suffice any day, adding the sweet, tangy flavor of grapefruit should boost the mojito to the top of your summer “To-Drink” list.
American Beer Meets Irish Whiskey
Among the fastest growing trends named by brewers at the American Craft Beer Festival was barrel aging, so it’s no surprise that the world’s largest Irish whiskey producer, Jameson, is constantly approached by craft brewers looking for used barrels. Despite this, not once in Jameson’s 234 years of distilling whiskey had the company loaned their barrels to a U.S. company. Well, not until this year, when they gave KelSo Beer Co. founder Kelly Taylor ten barrels to use for an aged IPA.
Drowning in Beer
Only in its seventh year, the American Craft Beer Festival is already the largest beer festival on the East Coast. Unlike the West Coast-dominated Great American Beer Festival, the American Craft Beer Festival isn’t a competition; brewers aren’t asked to pay for their booth space, and they are reimbursed for the beer they serve at the festival. This allows more smaller breweries to attend, and it also makes the festival something of a celebration of beer for beer’s sake.
Rosé season is upon us, and while we generally advocate for consumption of pink wine year round, the same warm weather that begs for draping oneself in white linen and opening too many shirt buttons demands the freshness of a crisp, vibrant rosé. Here are our ten favorites.
Extra Extra Anejo
For the past 18 years, agave-mogul Enrique Fonseca Cerda has been aging the world’s oldest tequila. We headed down to the NoMad, Manhattan, for a taste.
Meet Your Summer Drink
A michelada makes a shandy embarrassed to be liquid. We caught up with our friends at The Third Man in New York for three variations on the drink: one original, one with rhubarb and bourbon, the last with tequila and grapefruit.
Founder of Oskar Blues
GP correspondent Will McGough goes for a bike ride with beer pioneer Dale Katechis and ends up with a bloody elbow and an appreciation for the canned beer movement.
Peaty and Proud of it
Laphroaig’s 18 year old is divisive for more than its bold flavor profile — it replaced the beloved 15 year in 2009. We give it a try.
The Revolution is Here
If you haven’t yet joined the home brew revolution, you’re missing out on a lot of fun. We test out one starting point, the one gallon home brew kit from Northern Brewer.
Pop the Top With Style
Ten different top poppers for ten different kinds of bottle-opening guys.