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Friday, August 29, 2014

Drink of the Week: Green Flash Green Bullet

Want to rile up a bunch of brewers? Get them talking about the word “craft,” which is exactly what contributing editor Josh Bernstein does for our latest cover story. It’s a term that’s used and abused in the beer world (and the beverage world as a whole) and one that doesn’t seem to be finding a universally accepted definition anytime soon. But for the moment, we’re setting the debate aside and taking it easy with a Drink of the Week that every beer enthusiast should be able to enjoy. The latest bottled release from San Diego’s Green Flash brewery, the Green Bullet performs a sneak attack on the palate—smooth at the start with dual-action hops mid-mouth and a walloping 10% ABV creeping up on the finish. The best way to end any argument? Open and share. Greenflashbrew.com for distribution info. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Surveying the damage of Napa’s most recent quake. Yahoo

An actual 99-pack of beer? Count us in. Gizmodo

Bordeaux sadly loses its Baroness. New York Times

Every state, ranked by its beer. Thrillist

Friday, August 22, 2014

Drink of the Week: Confederados Cocktail

Photo: Justen Clay
When it comes to drinking seasonally, summer is our favorite time of year. One of our favorite flavors of the season? Melon. The inherent sweetness of melons means little or no extra sugar is needed to mix a balanced drink, while their juiciness lends enough liquid to level out high-proof spirits. We highlight three favorite melon recipes in our July/Aug issue, and today’s Drink of the Week—the Confederados cocktail from The Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur, Georgia—is another gem. In it, cachaça and fresh lime combine with a sweet-tart watermelon shrub for an easy-to-mix drink that’s ripe with summery flavors.

1/2 fresh lime (cut into 4 wedges)
2 oz. cachaça
1 oz. watermelon shrub
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: pickled watermelon rind (optional)

Muddle the lime wedges in a shaker tin/glass. Add the remaining ingredients, shake with ice and fine-strain into a chilled glass. Garnish, if using.

Watermelon Shrub: Combine 1 cup of fresh watermelon purée, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of white balsamic vinegar in a large jar. Cover and shake to combine. Let sit overnight, then fine-strain. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Is coffee's third wave selling out? Fast Company

Wine ratings, deconstructed. Wine Folly

Matt Kramer's go-to wine? It's not what you might expect. Wine Spectator

Watch a latte artist at work. Fast Co. Create

Crafting cocktails at 35,000 feet. Yahoo

Friday, August 15, 2014

Drink of the Week: Ponzi Pinot Gris 2013

It may be hot outside, but we’re fully prepared with today’s Drink of the Week, the 2013 Pinot Gris from Ponzi Vineyards. A quintessential summer quaffer, this crisp, steel-fermented Pinot Gris is light and bright, with notes of lemon acidity, fresh herbs and black pepper—just the thing to keep you cool all weekend. $17, ponziwines.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Mapping the fingerprints of terroir. BBC

The bidding for one wine conglomerate is stretching into the billions. New York Times

Leaves, twigs—what other fillers may be lurking in your morning cup of coffee? Time

The wine fraudster learns his punishment—and it isn’t pretty. Vice

Baseball fan? Guess which home fields have the best beer selections. Yahoo

Those beer labels? Only approved by one guy—this guy. Daily Beast

Monday, August 11, 2014

Q/A with Ryan Maybee of Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival

Bar owner, bartender, event producer, Imbibe's 2013 Bartender of the Year .... meet Kansas City's Ryan Maybee. We caught up with Maybee—co-founder of Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival—to find out what he has in store for this year's POP Fest (August 20-24) and why he thinks Kansas City has the coolest cocktail scene around.

Imbibe: Tell us about POP Fest this year. What are you most excited about? 
Ryan Maybee: This is our third year doing the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, and it continues to grow. As for the events I’m most excited about—I love the concept behind Dale DeGroff’s “On The Town.” We’re hosting it this year at The American Restaurant, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has ties to Joe Baum and James Beard. We’re offering a cocktail menu inspired by Dale’s days at The Rainbow Room. We’re also bringing in teams from additional cities this year for the Midwest Melee. Teams competing against each other are from Denver, Chicago, Indianapolis, Omaha and the defending champs, St. Louis. And the tribute to Kansas City Jazz at The Kill Devil Club, sponsored by Tanqueray, is always a highlight for me. 

Imbibe: How has the KC scene changed over the past five years? Where do you see it five years from now?  
Ryan Maybee: The scene has grown by leaps and bounds, and I can now proudly say that there are so many great bars and bartenders in KC that I can’t even begin to name all of them. We’re really coming into our own, and I think we’re establishing our own unique style. Five years from now, I think it will be even bigger, and I bet a lot of other bartenders and chefs from around the country will be able to identify a specific Kansas City or Midwest style that will be emulated by others. 

Imbibe: You’re a KC native. If you had to describe the cocktail scene in three words, what would they be? 
Ryan Maybee: Fun, engaging and hospitable.

Imbibe: What makes KC a hot spot for cocktails right now? 
Ryan Maybee: I think the fact that we’re centrally located and a bit off the beaten path plays to our advantage. It’s different and refreshing. And, just like any good bar, you need to have much more than just great cocktails in order for the cocktail to be fully appreciated. That’s where our personality, our creativity (we have an amazing arts and music scene) and the overall culture of Kansas City comes into play. If you visit KC for great cocktails, you’ll find them. But you’ll also get much, much more.

Imbibe: If you had a friend coming to visit KC for one day only, where would you send them?  
Ryan Maybee: Thou Mayest or Oddly Correct for Coffee. They’d have to visit The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and The Liberty Memorial for a beautiful view of our skyline. Lunch at Oklahoma Joe’s for the best BBQ on the planet. A stroll through the Crossroads Arts District for galleries, shops, and Happy Hour at any number of awesome bars. Too many great restaurants to list for dinner. Drinks at Harry’s until closing time at 3 am. And, if they’re doing it right, they’ll end up at The Mutual Musicians Foundation for an after-hours jazz jam session and then Town Topic as the sun rises. 

Imbibe: What’s your favorite drink of the moment?  
Ryan Maybee: The Horsefeather: Rye (or blended) whiskey, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and a squeeze of lemon. Very refreshing during the summer, yet still a robust whiskey cocktail.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Drink of the Week: Suja Elements Cold Brew Tea

Cold-brew coffee is a thing. And apparently, so now is cold-brew tea. A new addition to the grab-and-go convenience of bottled drinks in market cooler cases, Suja (the company perhaps best known for its line of organic bottled juices) recently debuted an assortment of cold-brewed organic and biodynamic teas. While some flavors are softly sweetened with fresh fruit juice, we’re hooked on the simplicity of the Unsweetened Biodynamic Black—a cooling mix of nilgiri, Darjeeling and assam teas steeped cool and bottled sans fancy flavoring or additives—just the summery cooler for an afternoon on-the-go. sujajuice.com for distribution info.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Drink of the Week: Two Roads Lil’ Heaven IPA

Photo: Joshua M. Bernstein
Has our Instagram feed this week left you hankering for a beer? For that, you can thank our Brooklyn-based beer correspondent and contributing editor Joshua M. Bernstein (@joshmbernstein) who’s taken over our photo-focused feed this week to uncap some of his favorite session-worthy IPAs of summer. He’s popped the top on bottles and cans from New York to Colorado, and for today’s Drink of the Week he detours to Two Roads Brewery in Connecticut—maker of the citrusy session Lil’ Heaven, which Bernstein cracks into at one of his favorite neighborhood hangs, Covenhoven. Want to know which other brews Bernstein is drinking? Stay tuned to our Instagram feed (@imbibe) throughout the weekend for more of his picks!