Melissa Clark’s recipe for wine-spiked cheesy puffs? Yes, please. Gilt Taste
Say hello to the captivating Rieslings of Alsace. New York Times
Got a beer belly? Try heading out for a jog. AHN
Jack Daniels turns 161 and NYC’s South Street Seaport is ready to party. Food Republic
Meet the new generation of California’s white wines. SF Gate
Welcome to Imbibe Magazine's between-issues look at liquid culture with drink recipes, news and more. From coffee to cocktails, Imbibe celebrates your world in a glass.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Melissa Clark’s recipe for wine-spiked cheesy puffs? Yes, please. Gilt Taste
Monday, August 29, 2011
All you have to do to make yourself eligible to win is click here and email to tell us about your favorite Kentucky bourbon of the moment. Entries are due by Wednesday, August 31, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, and we'll randomly select a winner on Thursday, September 1. And click here for a full schedule of this year's festival.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
All you have to do to make yourself eligible to win is click here and email to tell us about your favorite southern-inspired drink. Entries are due by Sunday, August 28, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, and we'll randomly select a winner on Monday, August 29. Good luck!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Among the first to jump on the opportunity was Beer Engine, which offers a dozen rotating taps pouring a mix of house-brewed favorites and pints from craft brewers around the country, and V The Market, which boasts an incredible selection of bourbons (naturally), as well as more than 250 craft beers and wines, cheeses, and chocolates from around the world. According to Johnson, there are two more liquor-licensed businesses in the works, including a cocktail bar and a new restaurant, and though that puts Danville at its six-license quota with the liquor board, he says if demand remains high, the town could be awarded several more licenses over the next few years.
There are still nearly 40 dry counties in the state of Kentucky, but Johnson hopes Danville’s success will inspire other towns in the state to follow their lead. “Kentucky is a fantastic travel destination,” says Johnson, “and ultimately the dry vs. wet option can become about more than just drinking—it can be about historic preservation, economic development and entrepreneurship.”
Is a new style of Guinness coming to a store near you? Irish Emigrant
An Argentinean forest may hold the key to cracking the genetic code behind the unique yeast strain of lagers. Los Angeles Times
Archeologists discover ancient shipwrecked wine jugs off the coast of Albania. The Boston Globe
Pizza beer? If The Bruery’s behind it, it must be delicious, right? LA Weekly
Sick of single-bathroom bars? You’re not the only one. Bon Appétit
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Check out our list of the latest and greatest ready-to-drink bottled coffees.
Photo by Stuart Mullenberg
Friday, August 19, 2011
$12/pack of 6, shopnumitea.com
Thursday, August 18, 2011
It seems not a week goes by without another notable wine bar, cocktail lounge, coffeehouse or bottle shop opening—here’s a quick roundup of where we’re looking forward to imbibing this month.
8th Street Bottle Shop
Los Angeles’ favorite beer chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune curated the 100+ craft beer selection at this downtown bottle shop inside Ced Moses’ Golden Gopher, so good brews are aplenty.
417 W. 8th St., Los Angeles; 8thstreetbottleshop.com
Open a mere week and already generating positive buzz, the Barrel Room (co-owned by sommeliers Nikki Goddard and Sarah Trubnick) focuses on small-production, terroir-driven wines, with a rotating list that highlights various regions around the globe. This month’s menu offers up more than a dozen flights (with everything from bubbles to obscure French whites to Loire reds), “comparisons” (blind tastings of two different wines), dessert wines and even a wine cocktail.
620 Post St., San Francisco; 415-775-8100; barrelroomsf.com
The Milk & Honey crew heads Down Under to open their first Australian bar with a focus on, what else, the classics.
Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude St., Fitzroy, Australia
Sip clandestine cocktails like the namesake Jbird Swizzle with jasmine-infused rum, Don’s spices, blueberry syrup, fresh fruit and bitters, or the North Garden with apple brandy, bourbon, scotch, demerara and bitters at this intimate new penthouse bar in midtown Manhattan. The space is small, so reservations are required, but you can book via email. Photo courtesy Jbird.
251 W. 48th St., New York City; jbirdny.com
Houston's latest cocktail lounge gives locals plenty to choose from, whether it's a classic Clover Club, a refreshing Constantino (aka Hemingway Daiquiri) or a summery Mai Tai. Pair those with an order of truffle fries, and you'll have a new favorite hangout.
5175 Westheimer Rd., Houston; 281-940-4636; prohibitionhouston.com
Rise and shine with a shot of Stumptown Hairbender espresso at this cozy Murray Hill café in Manhattan. Bonus points for locally made pastries, ice cream from Jane’s in Kingston, N.Y. and frozen yogurt made in-house.
122 42nd St., New York City; 212-663-7493; rizecoffee.com
Head to Sasha Petraske’s new subterranean Tribeca bar for jazz (often played on a classic Steinway, no less) and equally enticing cocktails (from their index of more than 400 classic and contemporary fixes).
75 Murray St., New York City; 212-513-1234
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Men say buh-bye to their beer gut with the help of Manx. Daily Mail
Rockers AC/DC launch their own wine label. New York Post
Starbucks’ CEO cuts off political contributions. CNN
A Chinese white dog may soon enter the U.S. market thanks to Diageo’s new major stake in the brand. Wall Street Journal
The science behind beer goggles. Food Republic
Should coffee shops be able to limit your laptop usage? Gothamist
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Products arrive at the Imbibe office on a daily basis for us to taste, test and review—sometimes more often than we have the space to write about. Since not all of these products make it into the pages of the magazine or website, we decided to start a regular feature on our blog that offers a peek at what we’ve been receiving lately. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest deliveries.
The latest entry into the spiced rum category, Oakheart’s spice is subtle, but the flavor is smooth with buttery, vanilla notes, tea-like tannins and a hint of smoke on the finish. It’s set to be on shelves in September. $12/750 ml., bevmo.com
Sumarroca Temps de Flors 2010
An aromatic and expressive blend of Muscat, Xarello and Gewürztraminer from the Penedes region just outside of Barcelona, this white wine begs for a sunny front porch and the afternoon off. Floral aromas, bright acidity and an olive-y finish make it a perfect match for shrimp, scallops and calamari. $18/750 ml., winejunction.com
Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout
A collaborative brew between Stone, Tröegs and homebrewers Jason Fields and Kevin Shepphard, this decadent (but not heavy) stout combines notes of bittersweet cocoa with tangy sour cherries and roasted coffee. Recently released as a part of Stone’s Collaboration series, expect to see it on the shelves through the end of summer. stonebrew.com
Millars Wood-Roasted Coffee Sunset Espresso Blend
From a small, family-owned business near the base of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, the green beans for this coffee are first aged in a 25-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrel before being roasted with a variety of local hardwoods on an antique cast iron drum roaster. It’s dark, full-bodied and smoky, and certified-organic to boot. $19/lb., millarscoffee.com
Smugglers’ Notch Vodka
Distilled from corn, winter wheat and Vermont water, this small-batch vodka is light, smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness and peppery spice. It’s currently only available on-site at the distillery and at retail locations throughout Vermont. smugglersnotchdistillery.com
Monday, August 15, 2011
Finalists will be chosen in December after a series of semi-final rounds of judging, and a grand prize winner will be announced at the beginning of January and will receive a five-day trip to Spain, including airfare, hotel and tours of at least two wineries. Click here for rules and more details on how to enter. And for a little inspiration, check out this delicious cocktail recipe combining reposado tequila with a Rioja-pear syrup.
Friday, August 12, 2011
$16.95-$18.95/16 oz., pokpoksom.com
2 oz. Gammal Krogstad or other aged aquavit
1 oz. Honey Som drinking vinegar
3 oz. soda water
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled Collins glass and stir to combine.
Matt Mount, House Spirits, Portland, OR
Thursday, August 11, 2011
here and email to tell us about your favorite San Francisco bar and/or bartender. Entries are due by Sunday, August 14, at 11:59 p.m. We'll randomly select one winner to win the two tickets and notify that person by Tuesday, August 16. You must be at least 21 years old the attend. Good luck!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Two words: Butterscotch budino. Food Shed
A coffee-fueled social experiment encourages strangers to use one guy’s Starbucks card. CNN
The enchanting wines of Croatia. Wall St. Journal
The King of Beers preps for a makeover. NPR
The future of wine kiosks in Pennsylvania is uncertain. The Mercury
Friday, August 05, 2011
$12/750 ml., boulevard.com for distribution info
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Want to add a little more decadence to your next milkshake? Add a splash of booze! This summer, bartenders around the country are spiking their frosty favorites with everything from tequila to bourbon to crème de menthe, and we couldn’t be happier. Seriously, ice cream never tasted better.
A pinch of cayenne adds a kick to this spirited combo of coffee ice cream, tequila and chocolate. Click here for the recipe.
Bourbon St. Shake
Bourbon and vanilla are a natural match, but add Nutella to the mix and you get this delicious shake from Brooklyn Bowl. Click here for the recipe.
Key Lime Pie Shake
The pie house classic gets a milkshake makeover in this blend of vanilla ice cream, gin, lime juice and graham cracker crumbs. Click here for the recipe.
Save the cherry on top and infuse that fruity flavor right into this spirited combo of vanilla ice cream, cherry brandy and a splash of absinthe. Click here for the recipe.
Thin Mint Milkshake
Break open that box of Thin Mints you’ve got stashed in the freezer and grab a blender for this dreamy shake from food blog Piece of Cake. Click here for the recipe.
This unexpectedly delicious blend of coffee ice cream, reposado tequila and Crème Yvette is named after the King himself, who was known for his affinity for quirky flavor combos. Click here for the recipe.
Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake image: Shauna Sever, pieceofcakeblog.blogspot.com
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Think you know which country consumes the most alcohol per capita? CNBC
Can drinking red wine help prevent sunburns? CBS News
For a barista, elbow and wrist strains are no joke. Food Republic
There’s a new beer in town from Dogfish Head and Portsmouth Brewery. Portsmouth Patch
What does the high cost of aging whiskey mean for America’s craft distillates? The Atlantic