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Dec 04, 2014

Amazing Macro Photos of... Dried Whisky?

Phoenix, AZ photographer Ernie Button has been experimenting with this amazing shots of dried single malt Scotch whisky under a microscope. Really? Really.    

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Dec 02, 2014

Brewed, Part II: Preparing for Brew Day

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While the first brew can be intimidating with so many items to collect, at this point the time has come to lay it all out and prepare for brewing. Let’s take a look at the pieces we need for a fast and easy brew day.  

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Oct 13, 2014

5 Awesome Fall Beers You Should Try this Season

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Fall is officially upon us, with its cool evenings, warm and windy days, and the exceptional flavors of my favorite season. As the weather cools down, we heat the kitchen up with long-cooked roasts, simmered soups, and plenty of spiced deserts. But the changing of seasons also rouses a plethora of fall-flavored beers to compliment the heavy meals the cooler weather inspires.

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Aug 21, 2014

Apparently, Everything We Think We Know about Hangovers is Wrong...

You may have been told that the less desirable effects of alcohol - the disturbed sleep, the morning-after headaches, the drama in your gut - come from dehydration, or impurities from barrel aging, or mixing spirits, wine, and beer in a single session. I've always thought (or, um, learned) that it's the sugar in sweeter drinks that does the deed, coupled with the dehydrating effects...but, even if you DO drink water, or don't have multiple spirits, the effects can still be intense.

Turns out - we've got it all wrong. 

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Aug 11, 2014

How to Make Quinine Syrup for a Better Gin and Tonic

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Last summer, I shared my favorite trick for instantly upgrading your gin and tonic: use a better tonic water.

And what's the best tonic water?

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Aug 01, 2014

Use the Summer Cocktail Generator to Make Just the Right Drink

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Summer is the best time for trying all kinds of new, cold drinks. While winter drinks almost always warm you up, summer cocktails are much more context-specific: are you hanging out in the backyard on super hot day? Enjoying an early evening cookout? Staying out for fire-lit evening? There's the right drink for that.    

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Jul 30, 2014

Your Favorite 'Craft' Whiskey is Likely Made in a Huge Factory

Huh. The Daily Beast shares that most bottles of 'craft' whiskey - those determined by branding using phrases like "small batch," "handcrafted," "artisanal," and always with a local designation, probably come from a huge, macro distillery in Southern Indiana.   

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Jul 09, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 9, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


Some thoughts on getting the most out of your barber and summer haircuts...which are, mostly, centered on not trying to do much here. Sometimes straightforward conveys more personality than you think. 

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Jun 20, 2014

The (Mostly) Official Drink of Every World Cup Nation

The gathering of nations for the 2014 World Cup has many, as often only international sports competitions actually can, learning about the cultural traditions of other nations.   

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Jun 06, 2014

Happy Hour: Up Your Summer Gin Cocktail and Make "The Stolen Negroni"

Summer weekends are the perfect time to test out a new cocktail. Stop by the store on the way home from work, grab a new bottle and some citrus, and spend the rest of the weekend gathering with friends and nailing it down, just right. 

This weekend, I'll be trying out an update on my number one, very favorite, easy-to-order-cause-its-hard-to-mess-up-unless-they-shake-it cocktail, the Negroni, by cocktail blogger Emily Arden Wells. 

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Apr 25, 2014

How to Drink All Night Without Getting Drunk

 

Esquire's Aaron Goldfarb recently hung out with Jim Koch, the co-founder and chairman of the brewery behind Samuel Adams, and, unexpectedly, learned the brewmeister's trick for being able to taste and drink socially professionally without losing his composure.   

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Apr 17, 2014

The Many Varieties of Whiskey

Pop Chart Lab released their latest project, a categorization of all the styles, types, regions, and labels of whiskey from around the world.    

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Mar 27, 2014

25 Whiskey Quotes from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved It Best

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Most have heard, and can quote, the famous line attributed (probably inappropriately) to Benjamin Franklin, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And plenty of us have likely created our adages to remind ourselves of experiences with tequila, wine, or some other overindulgence. But, throughout the last few hundred years, many of our greatest writers, thinkers, and humorists have dedicated their lines to that most aged and crafted of spirits: whiskey.   

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Mar 24, 2014

How to: Properly Pour Beer in a Glass

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A beer "head" of foam is, like most things in life, an example of perfect balance; too much and its undrinkable, and if not enough, you can't full experience the unique compounds of a given brew. 

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Mar 18, 2014

An Excellent Bargain Bottle: Our Pick for the Best Budget Liquor

created at: 03/18/2014Like many things, the world of spirits and liquor is a spectrum. On one end, there's the only-there-for-ABV stuff that college kids drink, on the other, the collections and high-end bottles of fine connoisseurs, with plenty of options in between. And while there are the days when something special is the only way to go, there are also plenty of time when you want a budget bottle that works: something for mixing, something to bring to a party, or a good-enough bottle to share with guests.    

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Mar 12, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: March 12, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

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Creative duo Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves created this series of food maps inspired by their own passion for travel. 

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Mar 11, 2014

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This March

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Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table ordered.

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Mar 08, 2014

The Best Affordable Irish Whiskey: 5 Bottles to Try Under $30

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Do me a favor this St. Patrick's Day: skip the green beer. Please. But, while you're not drinking that silliness, do try some Irish Whiskey. Often overlook by bourbon and Scotch drinkers, the Irish whiskey tradition is as old as it is varied. In fact, they kinda invented it.    

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Feb 28, 2014

How to: Make Cheap Beer Tastes Delicious with These 11 Creative Beer Cocktails

It happens. Some well meaning person will bring over a cheap six pack of pale lager and then drinks something better, leaving you with the remains in the fridge. You pick up a few Pacificos at your local Mexican market thinking, "Oh, I actually like this." Or, you find your self at an all day party - a wedding reception, perhaps - where the beer is free, but leaves something to be desired. 

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Feb 18, 2014

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This Winter

created at: 02/18/2014

Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table ordered.

Then, there's the rest of us; those that I

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