Tomorrow is "Repeal Day," the 80th anniversary of when our forefathers' palates and good sense ratified the 21st amendment and subsequently cut off the 18th amendment, allowing We The People to form a more perfect union by imbibing freely. If you're inclined to knock one back for constitutional am ... More >>
Chip Tate, the founder and distiller of Waco's Balcones Distillery, packed his suitcases full of booze and headed to New York City last week for the World Wine and Spirits Competition. The tiny distillery tucked under a bridge has been racking up the hardware of late, the first distillery to have be ... More >>
It's the blue volcanic soil in the Mexican state of Jalisco that creates the perfect conditions for the blue agave plant to grow. After about five years of enduring a dearth of beatings from the sun, agaves sprout a quiote, a large stem that protrudes from the core, piña, which can grow more than 1 ... More >>
The Holy Grail Pub in Plano is hosting a bourbon event this week that craft beer fans (or just straight bourbon fans) should note. Last year the Holy Grail had a day dedicated to all things bourbon, including both whiskey tasting flights and special tappings of limited release bourbon-aged beers. Th ... More >>
Deep Eddy pool in Austin is the oldest man-made swimming pool in Texas. According to the Friends of Deep Eddy site, in the early 1900s locals flocked to this natural pool where a large boulder in the Colorado River created a natural eddy. Springs from the banks of the river pushed in fresh cool wate ... More >>
If your interest was piqued a couple of weeks ago when Scott Reitz told us about his bottle of Balcones single malt whiskey, or perhaps even before that you read about it in The New York Times, well, you're in luck. See also: - Tasting Balcones Single Malt Whiskey - Texans Make Scotch Whisky Bette ... More >>
Shame on us for not seeing this sooner. A Waco distillery whooped up on the Scots in the whiskey distillin' business a month ago. They won Best in Glass, a recent whiskey competition, beating names I'm sure you'll recognize like Macallan and Glenmorangie, just to name two. See also: - Texas Distill ... More >>
Remember when Sean Connery ordered a Smirnoff martini "shaken, not stirred," while appearing in Goldfinger? The vodka bottle's label was not-so-casually displayed facing the camera, kicking off a whorish product placement campaign that runs through all the Bond films. Back in the Connery days, thoug ... More >>
It would seem that spring is (kind of) here; the patios are packed, my thermostat has officially made the switch from heat to cool and all the grass is a lovely shade of emerald, at least until a freak snowstorm hits a week from now and life as we know it comes to a grinding halt. (And obviously I ... More >>
The smell of brewing coffee filled the air, rich and fragrant with undertones of cocoa and nuts. The dark brown, slightly viscous liquid dripped ever so slowly through a paper filter into an oversized glass flask -- a Chemex coffee maker, the likes of which I'd never seen before. It was an unseason ... More >>
Tim Burton, co-owner of Burton's Maplewood Farms in Medora, Indiana, is a purveyor of Grade B maple syrup. Burton used to be in IT, but he moved out to the woods with his wife, where he's now grown a fuzzy beard and schleps through snow to look at trees all winter. He sells his tree nectar to good ... More >>
FacebookHum: Now being served at Private Social.Private Social bar manager Rocco Milano is like a young redheaded Santa, ready to grant all your alcoholic Christmas wishes, or maybe the fourth Wise Man, bearing obscure aperitifs and rare scotches in place of frankincense and myrrh. Perched ... More >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsIt's a bad year to be a peach in the Lone Star State. A lot of North Texas orchards lost their crops this season to freezing weather and hail storms. Perusing the PickYourOwn.org website for the area, many farmers have thrown in the peach towel for this summer, but promis ... More >>
The Mavericks will face the Miami Heat tonight at Miami's American Airlines Arena in game 1 of the NBA Finals. While some Mavs fans will be there sporting their Dallas pride, those who didn't make the trek down to the Sunshine State will be able to catch the game at bars around town. Special game ... More >>
Via.... imagine how the people who sell it feel. Actually, no need to imagine it: The D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States issued a press release today demanding the state of Texas drop its "outdated law banning Sunday liquor sales," especially considering the many millions i ... More >>
When I went to Rio, I became obsessed with drinking Caipirinhas. You can find them in Dallas almost anywhere they have cachaca on hand. But I found a new obsession in St. Kitts, which should be much easier to get, called the Caipiroska. The only difference between the two is that the Caipiro ... More >>
The spirits company responsible for St-Germain, an elderflower cordial beloved by cocktail geeks, is adding another ingredient to Texas bartenders' arsenals. Crème Yvette, now available in six states nationwide, is slated to be released in Texas next month. The liqueur -- made from violets, ... More >>
Shortly before the vote on Proposition 1, which allowed for the citywide off-premise sale of beer and wine, we noted: Goody Goody Liquor and Vantex Enterprises, the parent company of Centennial and Big Daddy's, contributed $30,000 to the anti- campaign under the moniker No Alcohol PAC/Neighborhoo ... More >>
If you're interested in this list, you may want to do this.It's not all vodka out there. As mixologists keep reminding their customers, there are all sorts of interesting spirits to fuel happy hours. Here, City of Ate presents five still-underrated alcoholic drinks: Canadian whiskey Whiskey ... More >>
Cocktails, brunch, and perfect spring patio weather. What a civilized way to start the week. My wife and I have been indulging our food fetish alfresco as of late, since last winters freeze has retreated, and the all-too-brief-in-Texas good weather of bluebonnets and Blue Bell ice cream gives wa ... More >>
Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk Ramblers at Sweetwater.Pretty sure we got no sleep this weekend. Here's how our weekend began: Sleep Whale, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and Ola Podrida on Friday night. Check out Spike Johnson's slideshow right here.
Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk RamblersBand: Whiskey Folk RamblersVenue: Sweetwater Bar & GrillTime: 12:15 a.m.It seemed like, no matter where I went in Denton on Friday night, everyone appeared to be much cooler than I was. At Hailey's, people's jeans were a little tighter than mine. At Dan's Sil ... More >>
Sarah JohnsonBananas Foster Recipe Demonstrated by Chef Chris Hughes of Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Do you own a bowl? Do you have ice cream in your fridge? Do you have a banana and orange lying around your kitchen? Do you have liquor store that you can drive or walk to? Do you own ... More >>
In testing out the theories and recipes and perfect stomach liners for this column, I've realized (I actually always knew, but epiphanies are so much more on trend these days) that due to the "event" quality of a girl drink, we can drink fewer of them than just any ol' regular mixed drink or beer ... More >>
Riedel tequila glasses.Years ago I took a glass tasting course from Riedel--which I'm sure you understand means I sampled wine from Riedel stemware.It's an extraordinary thing: wine poured into a normal red or white wine glass tastes very different when served in one designed for the specific gra ... More >>
Patrick Michels/Vanessa Pike-Russell via FlickrEach week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food...or in this case, smoke.The gentleman at Pogo's was adamant when I asked the usual "which wine would go best with" question."I wouldn't pair it with wine, ... More >>
I personally think zubrowka and aged genever are the finest spirits one can drink. But neither are easy to find, unless you travel.Zubrowka is a flavored vodka generally associated with Poland, where they've been distilling and drinking it for a good six or seven centuries. Pale gold in color, it ... More >>
In the fifteen years of tending bar Chancy Jones put in before taking a job at Windmill Lounge, he remembers shaking up two--maybe three--Negronis. Three months at the cocktail dive on Maple and he's an expert."I've probably made 40 or 50 of them," he says.But the complex, bittersweet and herbal fix ... More >>
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