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  1. More bottles of Champagne will be uncorked on December 31—specifically during the final minutes before midnight—than at any other time of the year. That being said, not all Champagnes are created...
  2. The story is legendary among cigar enthusiasts: In 1962, with the stroke of a pen, President John F. Kennedy signed a decree banning the import of all Cuban products to the United States. This, of...
  3. Russia’s connection with vodka goes back a long way, possibly as far as the 12th century. Vodka is one vice that was common among royalty and peasantry alike; and while various czars over the...
  4. Another year, another Valentine’s Day, another surplus of boring, unoriginal gifts. Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against a stunning bouquet of flowers or a box of handmade artisan chocolates...
  5. Given the ongoing presence of vampires in the media, plus a fascination with the zombie apocalypse, few cigars are more timely yet surrealistic than those by Paul Stulac , with their gothic gold,...
  6. Pistol in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor famously claims, “the world’s mine oyster.” The metaphor has been used countless times since, but on the topic of oysters themselves, all are not...
  7. Artisan does not even begin to describe the level of craftsmanship that goes into each brew hailing from the Bruery in Southern California’s Orange County. With humble beginnings as a home-brew...
  8. Half a world away from Belgium, in San Diego, Calif., sits the Lost Abbey , one of America’s premier brewers of Belgian-style beers. Drawing inspiration from the brewing traditions of Belgium and the...
  9. Caramel brown in color, the complex De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Quadruple Belgian ale is brewed with a heavy grain bill of six different malt varieties that imparts an 11 percent ABV. The beer...
  10. When John Hall opened the Goose Island brewpub in Chicago in 1988, he joined an elite club of just 124 craft brewers. Today, that number has ballooned to nearly 2,000. But before such a vast number...

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