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Friday, March 28, 2014

Drink of the Week: Seattle Cider Co. Dry Hard Cider

Cider is in the midst of a serious resurgence, perhaps nowhere more so than in the Pacific Northwest where dedicated cider bars and cider microbreweries continue to set up shop. Case in point: Seattle Cider Company, the Emerald City’s first cider company since the start of Prohibition. Opened last summer, the cidery cans two year-round brews, including today’s Drink of the Week—the Seattle Cider Co. Dry Hard Cider. Crafted with fresh juice from a bushel of Washington State-grown apples (think Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji and Red Delicious) and fermented completely dry, it’s tart and tangy with fresh apple flavors and a creamy carbonation that deliciously reflects this next generation of domestic craft cider. seattlecidercompany.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Ever wondered what happens when you pour beer into a hot frying pan? Rocket 24

A peek into Arab coffee culture. Al-Monitor

Guess which wine store was just slapped with $500k in fines. Eater

Are Americans getting even pickier about their coffee? Huffington Post

So what exactly do Millennials like to eat and drink? Bon Appetit

Watch how a smattering of hipsters take their coffee. You Tube

Guess which governor just installed beer taps into his mansion? USA Today

Friday, March 21, 2014

We're Hiring!

We're gearing up for Negroni Week 2014, and we're looking for a temporary, part-time Marketing Assistant to help with our efforts. The Marketing Assistant will work alongside our Marketing Director and assist in managing our 2104 Negroni Week outreach and promotions. We’re looking for an excellent communicator who is very detail-oriented, deadline-driven and able to multitask and work well under pressure. You must be based in Portland, Oregon. Think you're the right fit? Email your cover letter and réesumé to hireme@imbibemagazine.com by March 28.

Mid April–Mid June

·      Help execute outreach strategy for Negroni Week
·      Research potential participating bars/restaurants and partners
·      Manage communications with bar/restaurant participants
·      Contribute to and help maintain the Negroni Week website and blog
·      Help manage Negroni Week’s social media calendar
·      Assist in Negroni Week event coordination
·      Help identify PR opportunities and story lines
·      Contribute to media list development
·      General administrative support and assistance

·      Experience in the public relations, marketing and/or communications field
·      Knowledge of the national cocktail scene
·      A keen eye for detail and solid writing and communication skills
·      Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while staying organized
·      Basic design and HTML skills a plus

About Negroni Week
In the summer of 2013, Imbibe launched Negroni Week, a celebration of one of the world's great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. From June 2-8, 2014, bars across the U.S. (and some around the world) will be mixing up their favorite Negroni variations and donating a portion of proceeds from each one sold to a charity of their choice. Last year, hundreds of bars participated in Negroni Week, and we expect even more to be part of the 2014 festivities.

Drink of the Week: Steven Smith Teamaker Big Hibiscus Iced

With spring in the air, we’re gearing up for warmer weather with today’s Drink of the Week—the Big Hibiscus Iced from Steven Smith Teamaker. A loose-leaf tisane intended for icing, this tea combines ruby red hibiscus with ginger, elderflowers, rose petals and Indian sarsaparilla into a cooler of epic proportions. It’s the creation of Steven Smith (profiled in our current issue), the master tea purveyor who helped launch big brands such as Stash and Tazo and now has his own eponymous brand. $8, smithtea.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

6 Cocktails to Welcome Spring

Photo: W&P Design
Gardening, longer days and the first teases of summer weather—spring is blossoming at last, and we’re ready. Here are six cocktails we’ll be sipping this season. 

Cel-Ray Spring Tonic (pictured above)
Verdant and as refreshing as that first warm breeze of spring, you’ll be sipping this celery, lime and cucumber cocktail all season long.

Grapefruit Margarita
Pink as a just-burst cherry blossom, this recipe makes enough for a crowd—what better excuse for a party could there possibly be?  

Pimm’s Cup
A classic Pimm’s Cup is one of the most refreshing cocktails and still a staple for warm weather sipping in Britain.

A little bourbon, a little rum, some lime and mint? We wouldn’t mind being marooned with one of these in hand.

One Sunset
Red grapes may seem more at home in a wine glass, but we love the pop of flavor they add to this bright beer cocktail.

Southside Fizz
Gin, mint and fresh lemon—a classic quencher that will carry you well into the summer months.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Free drinks to Google glass wearers. SF Gate

An interesting infographic of major coffee chains coast to coast. Dead Spin

Beer madness begins! Washington Post

It seems K Cups aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Mother Jones

Just a few more reasons as to why you should drink Bandol. New York Times

Friday, March 14, 2014

Drink of the Week: Deschutes Fresh-Squeezed IPA

In the Pacific Northwest, hops could easily be considered a food group all its own. A key ingredient to the region’s piney, citrusy, ever-so bitter IPAs, hops are a Northwest brewer’s best friend. And today’s Drink of the Week—the Fresh-Squeezed IPA from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery—combines a trio of these resinous flowers (mosaic, citra and nugget) with a subtle mix of malts for an assertively hop-forward West Coast-style IPA. A recent addition to Deschutes’ year-round lineup, the Fresh-Squeezed IPA started its nationwide roll out earlier this month, just in time for beer-and-barbecue season. deschutesbrewery.com for distribution info

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

A hilariously unaired commercial documenting the very distinctive flavors of malort. Shift Gig

What Crystal Head vodka would look like if it had a face. Drizly

Looking back on the legend of a winemaking pioneer. Wine Enthusiast

Can a new machine turn water into wine? Atlanta Journal Constitution

Are a number of coffee farms in danger due to a recent sale? West Hawaii Today

Friday, March 07, 2014

Drink of the Week: Slate Coffee Roasters Kenya Gaturiri AB

The Pacific Northwest, coffee-obsessed? Maybe just a little. From its bootstrap beginnings back in the early 1970s to today’s fully entrenched coffee culture, the PacNW bean scene is better than ever. And today’s Drink of the Week—the Kenya Gaturiri from Seattle’s Slate Coffee Roasters—is one of our favorites from the region. Helmed by two of the area’s top industry pros, Slate roasts select lots from some of the world’s best coffee farms and co-ops. This high-elevation Kenyan is slowly fermented before being dried on raised beds, yielding a bright, fresh cup with fruit-forward flavors of tart cherries, candied pineapple and melon.
$14/250 grams, slatecoffee.com