Issue 30

Industry

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Facebooking Reality: The responsibility we all share

In 1992, Madonna wrote the original Fifty Shades of Grey, entitled Sex. There was an uproar (as expected) from the conservative community regarding the dark and explicit nature of the book. In a television interview regarding the negative response from

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Portrait of a Bartender: Benton Alexander 0

One of the things I’ve learned over the past several years, ever since I started my journey in bartending, to be honest, is that bartenders come in all shapes and sizes. They all have different areas of focus, knowledge, attitudes,

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Good Training is Hard to Find 0

Social media outlets and pop culture trends are creating a new breed of consumer that is more product-educated and less responsive to marketing gimmicks. They are challenging our industry to up its game as they demand an elevated food and

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Making the Grade: A Day with Nebraska’s Imperial Wagyu Beef 0

It was a Japanese military leader who predicted that Wagyu beef would power soldiers through war, and give them vital energy to fight for hours. An animal that once was utilized to tend rice fields and serve as an agricultural

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Diving into the Future: What lies ahead for the American dive bar

I recently read an article suggesting that the existence of the American dive bar is being threatened by the onset of craft cocktail culture. The article was critical of a particular market where even iconic dive bars are closing their

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Wine Wishes

Dear Santa, Once again, thanks for the terrific Christmas. The time spent with family and friends, the gifts, the food… everything was spectacular, as usual. I can hardly wait for next year. Speaking of which, I thought I might get

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Beer Chat: Nebraska’s beer can revolution

Once thought of as the official vessel of the American adjunct lager (AKA: macro lager), the aluminum can has become somewhat of a darling in the craft beer world. At this point, well over 500 breweries across the nation are

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Talk Radio Show ‘It’s Saturday Morning’ to Feature Food and Spirits Discussion

What are your plans for the weekend? Looking for a new place to dine or enjoy a few spirits with friends? Are you wondering what shows, charity or local sporting events you could attend? An interesting one-hour lifestyle show, It’s

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Becoming a Professional Bartender with the USBG

The United States Bartenders’ Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing the professional future and reputation of bartenders through the provision of comprehensive education and training, incredible networking opportunities, competition platforms, healthcare benefits and more. For the past year,

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Arrivaderci Vivace

My partner, Ann, and I said goodbye to an old friend this past month and I suspect a lot of you did as well. That’s what it was like selling our business, Vivace, after 21 years. That’s about 7,700 days

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