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Month: April 2018

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Saison Smash

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Saison Smash

When I first dipped my big toe into the world of beer a few years back, farmhouse saisons were what I gravitated towards. I was definitely drawn to the name first; doesn’t it sound like something that just had to be a part of my life?? Once I started tasting them, I was not disappointed. I found them to be light in body, low in alcohol, yet with a rustic quality that made them so much more complex, especially if they were made by a craft brewery. As I did some research, I learned that the complexity of a saison

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Monday Masters: Silent Spring

Monday Masters: Silent Spring

I have often said that one of my favorite moments of any evening out is when I first sit down at the bar. It’s all about grabbing a really good spot, settling in, and anticipating everything that the night has to offer. In order for that particular moment to be all that it can be, several key components have to fall into place. First off, I’d better be sitting in an awesome bar, with an amazing vibe, and an aesthetic that makes me feel like I’ve been transported to someplace incredible. Secondly, I need a cocktail list that really intrigues me. But even when these two factors are in place, things can all fall apart rather quickly if the bartender isn’t engaging or makes me feel less than welcome or comfortable. In fact, I like to think of the bartender as the element of this equation that holds it all together.

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Friday Musings: In Transition

Friday Musings: In Transition

While every transition from one season into the next has meaning, I think that most of us view the shift from winter into spring to be the most personally symbolic. This shift becomes especially relevant if we’ve had a particularly tough winter and we feel so ready for it to be over. This spring has made us wait longer than most. It’s the middle of April and the East coast has continued to see temperatures in the 40s, despite the fact that there are daffodils everywhere and trees that are trying valiantly to bloom.

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Golden Word

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Golden Word

Who among us has not wished for the Midas touch where everything we come in contact with, literally or figuratively, turns to gold? Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, located in Milton, Delaware, opened in 1995 and seemed to immediately have their own Midas touch as they soon became one of the fastest growing microbreweries in the country. In 1999, they collaborated with molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania, whose specialty is researching and finding evidence for

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Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Today I’m closing out my Monday Booktails series with one last drink from Sasha Petraske’s Regarding Cocktails. It was developed by Sam Ross (who also created the Penicillin cocktail) for fellow Milk & Honey alum, Toby Maloney, who was looking for a new summer cocktail for his bar in the Wicker Park area of Chicago called The Violet Hour. The drink is a riff on the amazing equal parts cocktail called the Last Word, which first appeared at The Detroit Athletic Club in the 1920s,

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