Fri October 11, 2013
GABF 2013

Great American Beer Festival Shares The Love (And Beer)

A lucky couple renews their vows at the Saint Arnold Chapel. Cheers, hoots and hollers followed their successful renewal.
Jim Hill KUNC

More than 12,000 beer lovers crowded into the main hall of the Colorado Convention Center to kick off the annual Great American Beer Fest. Inside, there’s a lot more to do than just sampling the offerings of 624 breweries. For example you can renew your wedding vows.

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Wed October 9, 2013
Craft Beer

Meet Dave, A 19-Year-Old Craft Beer With A $2,000 Price Tag

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:00 pm

Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave on sale for $2,000 apiece sold out within a few hours.
Courtesy of Alan Sprints

Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, Ore., makes a beer so rare, and so sought after, that it can fetch $2,000 a bottle.

It's called Dave. And no, it's not something out of a Portlandia sketch.

Dave is a barleywine — a strong, dark beer with 29 percent alcohol content. It's been aged for 19 years, first in oak barrels and then glass bottles.

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Sun September 22, 2013
The Salt

Move Over Vodka; Korean Soju's Taking A Shot At America

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 1:35 pm

Boxes of empty Jinro soju bottles sit in a downtown Seoul, South Korea, shop on April 1, 2005.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Every year, the trade magazine Drinks International puts out a list of the top-selling alcohols in the world, and in the category of spirits, there is one brand that more than doubles the sales of its closest competitor every year. Smirnoff, Jack Daniel's and Bacardi don't even come close.

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Mon September 9, 2013
The Salt

Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 12:18 pm

America's Signature Whiskey: Some craft distilleries, like Catoctin Creek in Virginia, are making a whiskey that's 100 percent rye to showcase the grain's spicy, peppery flavor.
Courtesy of Catoctin Creek

Ten years ago rye whiskey was on the brink of extinction.

Despite its venerable history as the whiskey made by George Washington, only a handful of distillers were bottling this quintessentially American spirit. And you definitely couldn't order a rye Manhattan at your local cocktail lounge.

My, how times have changed.

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Thu September 5, 2013
The Salt

Japanese Whiskey Teases U.S. Consumers By Playing Hard To Get

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:31 pm

Suntory's 30-year-old Hibiki whiskey took home the top award at the International Spirits Challenge in 2003. This unexpected triumph was Japanese whiskey's big coming-out party on the global spirits stage.
Courtesy of Suntory

Scotland is the de facto king of whisky. But now an unlikely challenger — Japan — is making a name for its whiskey far beyond its borders. Unfortunately for Americans, this highly coveted Japanese whiskey is very hard to come by.

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