Drinking

12:19pm

Tue January 14, 2014
The Salt

Tobacco Returns To The Bar, This Time Inside Cocktails

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 1:09 pm

The Step-dad cocktail at Bar Charley in Washington, D.C., features house-made tobacco bitters.
Courtesy of Leo Schmid

Take a sip of the Oaxacan Fizz at Father's Office in Los Angeles and you'll discover the unmistakable taste of tobacco. That's because this cocktail is sweetened with a small amount of tobacco-infused sugar syrup.

"A lot of people say, 'I only smoke when I drink,'" says chef-owner Sang Yoon. "We say, 'Now you can do both.'"

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3:02pm

Fri January 10, 2014
The Salt

American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 2:27 pm

Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the first official Trappist brewery outside Europe, will go on sale next week in Massachusetts.
Nick Hiller The Spencer Brewery

The town of Spencer, in central Massachusetts, isn't well known for ... well, anything, really. But it's about to become internationally famous — at least in beer-drinking circles.

Spencer is home to St. Joseph's Abbey, where robed monks are busy brewing the first American Trappist beer. If all goes as planned, Spencer Trappist Ale will be available in Massachusetts retail stores by the middle of next week.

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1:47am

Thu January 9, 2014
The Salt

Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:21 am

Sebastian Zutant is the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Washington, D.C. He's also a sommelier. He and a friend at DC Brau have developed their own beer-wine mashup.
Allison Aubrey NPR

If you're a beer lover and your significant other tends more toward wine, is there a drink that can satisfy both of you?

How about a beer-wine mashup, combining two of mankind's oldest beverages?

"To me, it's kind of the magic in the middle," says Sebastian Zutant, sommelier and owner of the D.C. restaurant The Red Hen.

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1:49pm

Thu January 2, 2014
The Salt

Cork Versus Screw Cap: Don't Judge A Wine By How It's Sealed

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:18 pm

Winemakers are increasingly turning to screw caps. Now consumers are learning to get over their prejudice for cork, too.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Step aside, cork.

If you're a wine drinker, you've probably noticed that screw caps are no longer considered the closure just for cheap vino. Increasingly, bottles of very good wines are unscrewed, rather than uncorked.

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12:15pm

Tue December 31, 2013
The Salt

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:39 pm

Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process?
Victor Bezrukov Flickr.com

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."

Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.

But is she right?

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