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Tag Archives: Prohibition

• Chivas Brothers to triple production at Glenlivet Distillery

Chivas Brothers to triple production at Glenlivet Distillery

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whiskey and premium gin unit of France-based Pernod Ricard, is planning to triple production capacity at its Glenlivet Distillery. The company had applied to the Cairngorms National Park Authority for permission to build new facilities and upgrade existing facilities at Glenlivet site near Ballindalloch on Speyside. Work under the proposed expansion […]

• Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Few drinks are as steeped in controversy as the Old-Fashioned, particularly since the name refers to two different drinks. One is a drink at its most austere — just a brown spirit, typically but not always whiskey, along with bitters, sugar and maybe a few drops of water and/or a twist of lemon or orange […]

• The Secret Origins of the Bloody Mary

The Secret Origins of the Bloody Mary

From Prohibition, Paris, and something called a “Bucket of Blood,” to Hemingway, and your hangover. When you think of the few “classic” cocktails that bartenders even know how to make anymore, none has a more storied past than the Bloody Mary, this year celebrating its 80th birthday. In fact, if it weren’t for the 18th […]

• List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal. And crazy.

List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal. And crazy.

Maine brewers and taverns are puzzled by enforcement of an old law that bans the potency numbers from menus and signs. Maine’s beer industry is booming, and at the heart of the craft beer movement is a cadre of brewers who are pushing the limits of what beer can be, with sub-genres, niche products and […]

• Welcome to the 21st Century: Virginia Finally Easing Happy Hour Rule

Welcome to the 21st Century: Virginia Finally Easing Happy Hour Rule

As you may know, Prohibition was repealed in 1933. That means it’s been more than 80 years since Americans abandoned the catastrophic folly that fueled organized crime and turned otherwise law-abiding folks with a taste for liquor into outlaws. Yet many states – yes, I’m including Virginia – continue to treat alcohol as a vaguely […]

• Edgar M. Bronfman, Dead. Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram

Edgar M. Bronfman, Dead. Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram

Edgar M. Bronfman, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who as chairman of the Seagram Company expanded his family’s liquor-based empire and who as president of the World Jewish Congress championed the rights of Jews everywhere, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. His death, of natural causes, was confirmed by the […]

• 7 Ultimate Destinations for Booze Aficionados

7 Ultimate Destinations for Booze Aficionados

If you think of drinking as something to be done on your couch or in a dive bar, you’re not a booze aficionado. But if you’re willing to hop on a plane to find out more about your favorite beer, wine or cocktail, you most certainly are. If that’s the case, these seven destinations around […]

• Americans Toast 80th Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal Dec. 5

Americans Toast 80th Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal Dec. 5

Many Americans this week will toast the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals. They may also want to toast one unintended consequence of Prohibition: a renaissance of cocktail creation that began […]

• Booze trend of 2013? Moonshine

Booze trend of 2013? Moonshine

Moonshine was a DIY staple of the Prohibition era, a backwoods rotgut that could make you blind or see God, sometimes both. And now, among small-batch boutique American whiskey distilleries, it’s one of the year’s hottest booze trends. The Discovery Channel docudrama Moonshiners may account for some of this newfound glamor. But industry experts say […]

• Stature in the rye: Canadian whisky regaining its good reputation

Stature in the rye: Canadian whisky regaining its good reputation

Tish Harcus invites me to stick my finger in a divot in the brick. Visitors always want to see the bullet hole. As Canadian Club’s “brand ambassador,” it’s part of Harcus’s job to educate people about the whisky and its history. In the basement of the Canadian Club Brand Centre in Walkerville, Ont., I learn […]

• Buffalo Trace Distillery Named National Historic Landmark

Buffalo Trace Distillery Named National Historic Landmark

Buffalo Trace Distillery has been named a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. It now joins the ranks of fellow landmarks such as the Alamo, the White House and the Empire State Building. There are only 2,577 such designations in the US. The distillery described the honour as, “a rare, intact example […]

• Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Cider is making a major comeback — and I don’t mean the juice that comes in small boxes with a straw. I’m referring to the fermented type, which in the U.S. is always called “hard cider,” to distinguish it from the nonalcoholic juice. Believe it or not, up until the mid-19th century, cider was the […]

• Wahoo! Homebrewing is Now Legal Across America

Wahoo! Homebrewing is Now Legal Across America

Today is July 1st, and besides being the first day of a short work week we’re all riding out to get to the fireworks, barbecue and beer, it also marks a significant milestone for homebrewers. Today, a law legalizing homebrewing goes into effect in Mississippi, which was the last bastion of backwards brewing bans.  That […]

• The Rebirth Of Rye Whiskey & Nostalgia For ‘The Good Stuff’

The Rebirth Of Rye Whiskey & Nostalgia For ‘The Good Stuff’

It used to be said that only old men drink rye, sitting alone down at the end of the bar, but that’s no longer the case as bartenders and patrons set aside the gins and the vodkas and rediscover the pleasures of one of America’s old-fashioned favorites. Whiskey from rye grain was what most distilleries […]

• Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

For centuries, European vintners used monstrous concrete tanks to ferment and store their wines, a technique used in California’s oldest wineries before Prohibition. Now, concrete is making a comeback. North Coast wineries are trying an old technique in a new way, installing small, portly concrete tanks that look like creatures from another world. In Sonoma […]