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Anchor Distilling makes three unique rye whiskies in a tiny corner of a big brewery in Potrero Hill in San Francisco. I visited, probably for my 6th time, to learn the story of how it all started and how the whiskies are made. Read more →

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Irish Whiskey was once one of the most popular spirits in the world and declined from thousands of distilleries down to just two by the late 1900s. Sales are once again skyrocketing on the back of Jameson's success, but things were pretty grim for a while. I knew many of the causes of the decline in Irish whiskey, but learned a few more in conversation with Kilbeggan brand ambassador John Cashman. Here are reasons that he laid out. 1. The Irish Temperence Movement in the late 1830s that flared up again later in the century. 2. The invention of the... Read more →

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I'm reading a lot of books about malaria while researching quinine and tonic water. So far, none of them have included more than a single sentence about tonic water. That's a little bit frustrating. However, the story of the curse of malaria in world history, the discovery of a natural cure in Peru, the efforts to propagate the tree elsewhere, and then the understanding of the disease and what caused it (which came much later after finding a cure) are fascinating. The tale involves all the major political powers from the 1600s forward and every hot, humid climate on earth.... Read more →

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The first three ingredients were spirit, sugar, and water. It was fourth one that changed drink history forever. The 75-millimeter M1897 was considered a dangerous weapon- until one mixologist did this. The customer wanted something stronger than his usual Americano. You won’t believe how the bartender responded. The waitress wanted a pink cocktail she heard about from a friend. What the bartender made her would change television history. They said he was getting too old to shake drinks, but in this argument it was the bartender who had the last word. He stopped in for a quick drink on the... Read more →

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