Issue 30

Libation Conversation: Crafting the Perfect Cocktail

Let me just start by saying that I think wine is terrific, and for that matter so is beer. There are a nearly infinite number of wines and beers available to those inclined to pursue them but, in the end,

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Le Drunken Frog

I’ve had many brilliant ideas in my day. Like how I always think it’s a good idea to ease my tension from the week with a few too many drinks on Friday night. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem so brilliant when

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How Italians Drink Wine

As I sat next to my father at the dinner table and stared at his glass of wine, I mustered up the courage to finally pop the question: “Dad, can I have a sip?” “Sure, but not too much.” The

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The Beginnings of Bourbon

There are lots of reasons to be proud of America. One of my favorites is Bourbon. Bourbon encompasses the great elements of American history in liquid form. Its history is tied to the history of America itself. It’s a story

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Smoking 101

Last issue I wrote about some of the basics of cigar etiquette including cutting, lighting, ashing and extinguishing your cigar. Now that we’ve gotten the actual smoking component out of the way we can go back to the beginning –

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Exploring Your Feelings (about beer)

This column will be an exploration of beer and brewing. To be clear, soon we’ll begin to dive more deeply into various beer styles but for now, we need to establish a baseline. For those of you who might not

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Microbrews Hit the Metro

The American micro-brew phenomenon that came to roost here in the 1980’s has increasingly grabbed the attention of beer drinkers across the country.  Where it was once relegated to yuppie bars in major metropolitan areas, it’s now not too hard

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Smoking 101, or How to Smoke a Cigar Without Looking Like an Idiot

Cigars are supposed to be a fun, relaxing pastime enjoyed by people from all walks of life. But whether you read the Robb Report or Maxim, you should know a few simple rules that won’t leave you looking foolish in

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Valentine’s Day: A Day for Beer

Cynics and singles bash Valentine’s Day by calling it a “Hallmark Holiday”. Men loath the pressure of buying the correct size lingerie, securing dinner reservations and sending flowers to their significant other’s work. Valentine’s Day usually gets condensed to a

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Spring into Beer!

Not surprisingly, beer consumption peaks during the heat of summer; with an abundance of outdoor, beer-friendly activities. A cold beer is the perfect teammate for a baseball game, and the ideal drink for picnics or post-yard work refreshment. When autumn

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