by | Jan 18, 2017

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,…

by | Jan 9, 2017

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…

by | Dec 7, 2016

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…

by | Nov 23, 2016

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…

by | Nov 9, 2016

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…

by | Oct 21, 2016

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…

by | Oct 20, 2016

With all the focus on Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) cracking down on sidewalk alcohol sales, it might have been easy to miss its stern warning about following alcohol regulations after what happened in Connecticut. A “national liquor store…

by | Oct 6, 2016

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…

by | Sep 22, 2016

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…

by | Sep 9, 2016

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,…

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