Kevin Kosar

Kevin R. Kosar is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute and the author of Whiskey: A Global History. He is the editor and founder of AlcoholReviews.com and a contributor to The American Spectator’s Great American Saloon Series.

Good Alco-News: America’s Spirits Business Is Booming

 

The U.S. drinks business is booming, despite the finger-wagging by neo-prohibitionists. Last year’s liquor volume sales climbed 2.4 percent to 220 million cases, and the revenues were up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion according to data released by the Distilled Spirits Council. Does this means America is on a bender? No. In fact, Americans are […]

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American Craft Beer-Makers Set Up In Mexico

 

When you think of Mexican beer, light lagers like Corona, Pacifico, and Negro Modelo probably come to mind. But American-style craft beer also has been gaining market-share for years. With 60 million potential customers and $20 billion in annual revenue, the Mexican beer market is an appealing target. Some U.S.-made stouts, ales, and other hearty […]

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Warming Winter Whiskeys

 

I am a seasonal drinker. What tastes best to me in the summer swelter is not what I hoist in the chillier months. Since the cold began its bite some weeks back, for example, I have not had a single gin drink, despite it being a spirit I adore. Mostly, my glass of late has […]

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Prohibition Rising

 

December 5 was Repeal Day. Eighty-three years have passed since that dreadful social experiment, Prohibition, was killed. We think we are living in strange times — but what a weird era that was. Politics makes strange bedfellows, and what an odd coalition lobbied for Prohibition — some women, Christian fundamentalists, Nativists, racists, progressives, capitalists, socialists, […]

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Regulators Chase Cat from Bar and Are Shocked When Mice Appear

 

One of New York City’s oldest bars recently was shut down for a few days. McSorley’s Old Ale House has operated in the East Village for 162 years and even kept its doors open during Prohibition. (It peddled “near beer” during those dark days.) It’s a grand old place, whose walls and ceiling are covered with […]

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Angling for Bass, Salmon, and Drinks in Traverse City, Michigan

 

Let me state up front: I caught no fish. This was not surprising, seeing as the weather was lousy for bass — cold (40s) and blustery — and I had no salmon lures. I was in town for all of 36 hours, and two precious hours of fishing were lost because I had to schlep to […]

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Finding a 21st Century System for Booze

 

Traverse City, Michigan (population 15,000), is a gorgeous bay town near the northern end of Lake Michigan. The town, which oozes charm, has very good restaurants and genial denizens. In the autumn, both salmon and steelhead run through the Boardman River, which snakes through town. But Traverse City also was a slightly amusing choice for […]

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Taking a Vacation From Hop-Bomb Beers

 

Do I like America’s hoppy ales? Absolutely. I had my first one maybe 20 years ago. I can’t for the life of me recall what brew it was — a Sierra Nevada? An ale produced by one of my homebrewing friends? Regardless, the flavor was a revelation. My palate was so used to the thin, […]

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Unusual Drinks (Part 1)

 

There is something very satisfying about having a go-to drink. After a long day of work and kid care, a glass of whiskey is very welcome. The Kosar house bourbons include Four Roses Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Weller 12-year (and Special Reserve), and Woodford Reserve. Big bottles of Bulleit and Old Forester can be had […]

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Stanford’s Batty Booze Ban

 

The mercury is trending downward, the leaves are turning red and orange, and fresh faces flood campuses across our nation. Autumn is back. It’s a lovely annual recurrence. At Stanford University, however, something this year has changed: liquor has been mostly banned. The policy, announced last month, is baroque: In an effort to reduce the […]

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