Tue March 11, 2014
The Salt

For A Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need The Motion Of The Ocean

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:48 am

Jefferson's Ocean bourbon is aged on the high seas, a technique that takes advantage of basic physical chemistry. The bottles sell for $200 a piece.
Courtesy of OCEARCH

From its earliest days as America's homegrown whiskey elixir, Kentucky bourbon has been traveling on boats.

In fact, boats were a key reason why Kentucky became the king of bourbon. In the late 1700s, trade depended on waterways, and distillers in the state had a big advantage: the Ohio River. They'd load their barrels onto flatboats on the Ohio, which flowed into the Mississippi, taking their golden liquor as far down as New Orleans.

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Mon March 10, 2014
The Salt

The Upside Of All This Cold? A Boom In Ice Cider

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:41 pm

The icy winter is just what's needed for tasty ice cider.
Herb Swanson for NPR

If there's anything most of us are tired of this winter, it's bone-chilling cold.
It's enough to drive you to drink.

Literally. Because frigid weather is just what some enterprising artisans need to make a dessert wine that has been showing up on trendy tables and menus. Ice cider was invented in Quebec in the 1990s.

This time of year, it's fermenting on the other side of the border as well, as a few snowy states try to tap into the locavore market and turn perishables into profits.

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Wed March 5, 2014
The Salt

Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 1:49 pm

An ad for Vampt's Lean Machine "recovery ale," which will be marketed as a sports drink later this year, if funding allows. Researchers say drinking beer after working out has some advantages, but there are big caveats.
Courtesy of VAMPT

There may be some good news brewing for fitness and beer enthusiasts: Somewhere in the north, a Canadian beverage company has concocted a low-alcohol, protein-packed "fit beer" that is expected to be marketed as a sports drink later this year, if funding allows.

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Tue February 18, 2014
The Salt

California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Chardonnay grapes are picked in the Stelling Vineyard at Far Niente winery Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, 2013 in Oakville, Calif.
Eric Risberg AP

California may be stricken by drought, but this month it's also celebrating a record wine grape harvest for 2013.

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Fri February 14, 2014

Volatility Can Take All The Fun Out Of Spending Bitcoin

A growing number of Colorado brick-and-mortar businesses are accepting Bitcoin. But the currency remains volitile.
Grace Hood KUNC