Beverages

Jersey brewers, looking to the past for inspiration (and improved flavor and texture), are revive the centuries-old method of bottle or cask conditioning....
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Pétillant-naturel—pét-nat for short—is both a sexy debutante in today's wine world and a form of sparkling wine that predates Champagne by centuries....
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Care for a refreshing chardonnay? A marvelous merlot? You'll find plenty to sample on these trails, linking some of the state's top wineries....
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Japan Rises to Rival Scotch

September 19, 2018

Japanese whisky (which adopts the Scotch spelling) isn’t exactly new. But it’s taken off as a category in recent years, and demand has outpaced what was already a limited supply....
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The Mocktail: All Grown Up

August 14, 2018

Good news for teetotalers as well as those who just want to lighten up: Mixologists are putting as much thought and creativity into their alcohol-free cocktails as their regular ones. The results are delicious....
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New Ways to Drink Pink

July 5, 2018

Pink had a breakout year as fashion color in 2017, and now mixologists are picking up on it in quite tempting ways. ...
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Catch some sun and some suds on these brewery trails....
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William Heritage Winery in Mullica Hill becomes the first New Jersey winery to put wine in a can: the 2017 William Heritage Dry Rosé, now available in four-packs....
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Pisco, an unaged distilled spirit made in Peru and Chile, is the basis for the famous pisco sour cocktail. But pisco is becoming a mixology favorite and is turning up in enticing new cocktails....
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White wines aren't just for the summer months. Before spring rolls around, enjoy the colder season with this selection of winter whites....
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Chocolates for your Valentine are nothing new, but Libations columnist Tara Nurin recommends snuggling up with your sweetie and a bottle of a surprisingly complex chocolate stout....
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In their new book, Clean Cocktails, holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli propose a potent mixology minus artificial ingredients. ...
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Creativity was on tap as Garden State mixologists crafted storied cocktails at the fifth annual Iron Shaker competition....
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At the Iron Shaker competition, creativity was on display as world class bartenders created stunning cocktails. Here are two of our favorites....
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Partners have turned a single block in Montclair into a restaurant fiefdom, culminating in the smash opening of their pub, the Crosby. ...
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Aperitifs in The Spotlight

December 5, 2017

Aperitifs, which are relatively low in alcohol and semidry, with herbal notes, make ideal appetite stimulants....
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Tart Beers for Turkey Time

November 7, 2017

The category known as sour beers deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table. Some are fruity, but all deliver varying degrees of refreshing tartness....
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Making wine (as opposed to marketing, selling or writing about it) has long been a male domain. But Jersey’s female head vintners are changing that. ...
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Lager, a Beer Most Naked

September 14, 2017

Fermentation can generate unpleasant “off” flavors, which in ales can be masked by assertive fruit, hops, malt and higher alcohol levels. But lagers can’t resort to such fixes. ...
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A handful of South and Central Jersey tavern owners protest possible changes in brewery rules....
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