Great American Saloons & Spirits


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The Benjamin Lobby Bar and Lounge at Washington’s Trump International Hotel

 

All too many hotel bars are little more than shoddy afterthoughts, soulless spaces where hotel guests, and almost no one else, may grab a quick drink or two before setting off for — or after returning from — somewhere more interesting. Lobby bars in particular often seem to have been hurriedly plunked down in the […]

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A Schlafly Tribute — and Praise for Phyllis, Too

 

Real St. Louisans, people with roots here along the great river, either loved or loathed Phyllis Schlafly. But all would agree on one critical point: She wasn’t a Schlafly. The former Miss Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was married to a Schlafly. Her husband, the late J. Fred Schlafly, was the lawyer scion of a Swiss-German Catholic family prominent […]

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Welcome to Virginia

 

Craft distilling may be undergoing a renaissance, but in the shadow of George Washington’s Mount Vernon (home to one of the nation’s first distilleries), you can barely get a full flight of whiskey. Were Washington, our nation’s original craft distiller, operating his still today, he would face a dizzying array of state-imposed regulations and taxes. […]

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Beer Pong: Drinking America’s Woes Away

 

Reddit burped up a popular post for the upcoming July 4th holiday: Beer Pong but with Roombas! Great. Young Americans, putting their God-given freedom to work have created a more challenging game to get drunk. Not to be that girl at the party (you know, the one who sits in the corner, stone sober, judging all […]

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My Father’s Day Drinks Wish List

 

Man does not live by bread alone. And a father, well, he needs even more, what with the middle of the night wake-ups, the tantrums, and the exploded filthy diapers. I have four children. Under the age of 10. Just this evening, my four-year old got out of bed 7 or 8 times with assorted […]

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Pennsylvania’s Awful Alcohol Laws Turn Rational Citizens Into Criminals

 

I am a criminal. I regularly break the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At least once a month, I drive across the border to New Jersey, pull into the parking lot at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor in Lawrenceville, go in the store and buy booze. I’ll get a half-dozen bottles of wine, a few […]

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Bourbon Made In Ohio? You Betcha

 

Sitting on my desk is a tumbler of bourbon. Its deep amber color shines out through the dewy glass. Tom’s Foolery is its whimsical name. It is 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume), and tastes of corn, apple, vanilla and barrel char. It is a little fiery, despite being being aged 3 years. A new […]

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The 21st Amendment Continues to Choke the Drinks Trade

 

Is it time to abolish the 18th AND the 21st Amendment? Tennessee recently passed a law limiting any company from owning more than two liquor-store licenses. Why? Well, current holders of liquor licenses don’t want out-of-state grocery chains to enter the market and, gasp, sell more brands of liquor at lower prices. Would that this […]

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Wine Review: Bring A Little Romance Into Your Weekend

 

Variety is the spice of life. It’s time to try another grape. I admit i — I keep a box of Pinot Grigio in the fridge. I also have various Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Pinot Noirs on my wine rack. These are my House wines, the wines I sip (or gulp) after a day at the office […]

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Pennsylvania’s Bad Beer Regulation System Lives On

 

Eight years down the road, supermarket beer sales are changing the entire alcohol beverage sales category in Pennsylvania, and not for the better. Given our state’s comically byzantine alcohol laws, Pennsylvanians remain pathetically happy that some of us are now allowed to buy beer in supermarkets. If it seems remarkable that this has only happened […]

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