Beverages

Meet the New Brut IPAs

February 20, 2019

A year ago, brut IPAs were barely on anyone’s radar. Now they’re in the spotlight....
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Brandy Earns New Respect

January 9, 2019

Better brandies, and more types of brandy, are capturing consumers’ fancies....
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Baijiu is the best-selling liquor on earth (largely because of the number of people who consume it in its native China). Its aroma is super-funky, and that’s a good thing. At 100-to-120 proof, it’s not to be trifled with. But this ancient spirit can definitely be enjoyed....
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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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