Does beer go bad? Have I been drinking spoiled beer? Should I go to a doctor?! Calm down, you're fine. Beer is certainly perishable, but it won't spoil in the way, say, a quart of milk does. Beer past its expiration date isn't unhealthy, but it is sad and not delicious. Today, I'm here to guide you through the ins and outs of buying fresh beer.
Why is Sumatran coffee so contentious? Coffees in Sumatra are traditionally processed using a method called Giling Basah, or wet-hulling, which results in a coffee that leaves the farm with a much higher moisture content than other methods used more popularly worldwide. Coffee processed this way tend to be described as herbaceous, spicy, wild, mushroomy, funky, earthy, and other things that may or may not sound good to you.
Well spirits are, in a way, the bar's default: when you ask for a vodka-soda or rum and Coke, it's the well vodka or well rum that usually ends up in your drink.
A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color.
Fat-washing: it might sound like a process for getting rid of bacon grease on your shirt, but it's actually a clever cocktail technique that adds savory flavor to spirits. We take a look at the science of what's actually going on with this tasty trick.
As the weather warms, we get really excited for the first afternoon spent at a picnic in the park or someone's backyard, sipping something refreshing and cool.
These tools make life a little simpler and cocktail-making a little more fun.
If anyone understands the relationship between cheese and beer, it's Steve Jones, owner of Portland, Oregon's Cheese Bar. Here's his advice on learning to pair your favorite cheeses with their best beer match.
If you're picking up a sixpack for taco night, what style of beer should you choose? We asked our crew of experts.
You might be familiar with Mexican horchata, but do you know the Spanish version made with tiger nuts? Here's how you can make this creamy and rich nonalcoholic drink at home.
If you usually drink white wine, try these reds.
Add a little salt, sweet, sour, and even umami to your cocktails with the tasty new bitters from Bar40.
In spring, we celebrate rebirth, rejuvenation, and fertility, and for many centuries the egg has symbolized those concepts. Here are a few tips on using eggs in cocktails, and a few recipes you should try.
We asked bartenders across the country: How do you prevent (or, barring that, cure) a hangover?
Traditional histories don't usually mention that our colonial forefathers (and mothers) swam in a sea of booze from breakfast till bedtime.
If you haven't experimented much with mezcal, this cocktail, made with grilled mango and ancho chili peppers, is a great place to start.
12 years after opening my first coffee shop, I'm opening another—my sixth. I've learned a lot about opening and running coffee shops, some through making major mistakes. There's the obvious stuff (manage your cashflow, pay your taxes, etc.), the almost-as-obvious stuff (use good quality coffee, hire good people), and the stuff that nobody tells you about but may make the difference between running decent café and a really great one. Today we'll focus on that last category of advice.
Breweries, wineries, distilleries; Portland, Oregon has them all. Its craft beverage scene is the envy of cities around the nation. But sake? Yep: I visited SakéOne in Forest Grove to view the sake-brewing process firsthand and learn what distinguishes Oregon sake from Japanese.
We asked our crew of beer experts about the advantages and risks of draft vs. bottled beer (and also what they think about craft breweries packaging beer in cans.)
If you want your cocktail to stay icy-cold, a chilled glass can help. But what's the fastest way to get those glasses down to temp?