Staff Picks

  • Ted King
    Published about a month ago
    Why you should drink better cocktails.

    Why you should drink better cocktails.

    Try thinking of a cocktail like a good book. You can be cheap and just read the Wikipedia summary, or you can buy the full version and get all the subtle details that make life worth living.
  • David Wyld
    Published 5 months ago
    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    With all its many styles, variations and forms, the martini continues to be a mainstay among Americans. In fact, the wildly popular martini is the second best-selling cocktail nationwide, according to Nielsen.
  • The Beerologist
    Published 7 months ago
    Brewing Your Own Beer, 101

    Brewing Your Own Beer, 101

    A new series, aimed at the novice or wannabe homebrewer If you like beer, I get you. Me too!. If you brew your own beer, fantastic! I love to brew and share my creations!
  • Regina Bass
    Published 7 months ago
    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Making drinks has always been a big hobby of mine. I was a barista for a few years, and had experience both teaching and attending numerous coffee seminars. I watched the World Barista Championship for fun, and I was practically a caffeine addict by the age of 14 (although that's another story) . Making artisan drinks was fun, and with the amount of time I spent exploring different concoctions, it came to no surprise that I would soon venture towards mixology as well. As an 18 year old from California I wasn't even sure I was legally allowed to attend a bartending school. But one morning I found myself calling a local bartending school for more information, and that same week I was enrolled.
  • Kate Crouthamel Nelson
    Published 8 months ago
    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed

    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed

    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed On January 1st, 2016, I decided my New Year’s resolution was going to be to quit drinking. Nothing bad happened the night before. I just found myself drinking more than I normally did (being it was NYE) and noticing that it wasn’t really adding to the experience. If anything, actually, it took away from it. I wasn’t as present for my kids as I could have been and I feel asleep before it was even midnight because of all the wine and champagne I drank. I thought back to when I was in high school and overall did not drink much and was perfectly happy. I wanted to go back to feeling like that. If your track record with New Year’s resolutions is anything like mine has been, then I probably don’t have to tell you that this one didn’t last. I made it to mid-April, so about 3 and a half months. I eventually ended up stopping again in late 2017 and when I did, a book I read said that if you have not been successful with quitting drinking in the past, it is because you have not had the right tools. That, combined with all the buzz I was hearing about how failures and setbacks are lessons you can learn from, caused me to sit back and analyze why this earlier attempt was not successful. I have been able to narrow it down to 5 main reasons:
  • George Swagger
    Published 9 months ago
    Alcohol Pairing Tips From Experts

    Alcohol Pairing Tips From Experts

    Planning to host a dinner party soon? Impress your guests by delivering a great dining experience through impeccable alcohol pairing. Alcohol pairing is a skill that can be learned by simply combining good tastes. When you carefully curate your alcohol pairing, you are also enhancing the taste of the alcohol, as well as the food and cigar collection that you paired it with.
  • Marcia Frost
    Published 12 months ago
    Spirits for Holiday Parties and Gifts

    Spirits for Holiday Parties and Gifts

    At one time, you could go into a store and find a liquor aisle to browse through. That aisle has now turned into a dozen aisles, with spirits you probably never even heard of. Some of those liquors you may never want or need. When you do want something different for a special occasion or a gift, how do you know where to start?
  • Laura Odegard
    Published about a year ago
    How This Digital-First Winery Can Suggest Your Next Favorite Wine

    How This Digital-First Winery Can Suggest Your Next Favorite Wine

    When you first visit Winc.com, you’re greeted by a flashing message that promises the experience of a hand-delivered, hand-picked, and hand-crafted world of wine. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll find an easy-as-1-2-3 formula to discover the wine of your dreams: 1 quiz, 6 questions, 4 bottles and 5 million reviews. This pairs perfectly with their millennial-aged customer base who love to take quizzes to learn more about themselves.
  • Walter Rhein
    Published about a year ago
    What Is a Pisco Sour?

    What Is a Pisco Sour?

    What is a Pisco Sour? Oh, you don’t know? Then, sir, or madam, I envy you. Because your first experience with the world’s greatest cocktail is still in your future, while mine is in the distant and ever more opaque past.