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Local Mixologist Makes Waves in Cocktail Culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Talking with Lindsay Laubenstein could drive you to drink — in a good way. Her enthusiasm for cocktail culture is contagious. Laubenstein, vice president of the Southern Ohio Bartenders’ Guild and currently behind the bar at Igby’s, recently developed the cocktail menu at Barrio Tequileria, and previously tended bar at Enoteca Emilia.   

Rhinegeist Taps Into Cincy's Brewing Past

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Rhinegeist head brewer Jim Matt had to order new pint glasses just a week after the opening of Over-the-Rhine’s newest craft brewery. “People liked them so much that the first 1,500 walked out the door,” Matt says, noting that all eight kegs they sold at nearby Neons were gone by 9 p.m. opening night.   

Ice, Ice, Baby

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I had an epiphany recently when I stopped to order my favorite iced coffee from BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill and their ice machine was on the fritz. “Try it cold, without ice,” the barista suggested. “Some of our customers like it better that way.”  

50 Ways To Love Your Growler

Fifty West Brewing ties craft brews to Cincinnati’s beer past

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
“You ever have those moments where you just get really excited in life and you can’t sleep?” asks Bobby Slattery, co-owner of Fifty West Brewing Company.   

Bourbon Ball

Forget the wine: Tips on throwing a bourbon tasting party

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Over the years, I’ve entertained in my home with just about as many different types of parties as I could find in books or online, and I thought I’d pretty much run the gamut until I came across the idea of hosting a bourbon tasting while attending last month’s Bourbon Classic in Louisville, Ky., led by John Shutt of Blanton’s Bourbon.   

Beer Pairing Dinners

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I’ve been to wine pairing and cocktail pairing dinners, but I just hit my first beer pairing dinner. I guess I’d never considered that with the variety of styles and flavor profiles available in beers now, there are enough subtle nuances to intrigue chefs and to bring out the best in their dishes.   

Spring Tonic

2 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A “spring tonic” used to be a home remedy that was supposed to cleanse your system. As grannies would say, it was “good for what ails you.” This spring, I think I’ll take my tonic the tasty way — with gin.   

Local Symbiosis: MadTree Brewing and Napoleon Ridge Farm

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Add this to your list of local beers: MadTree. They’ve been up and running since the end of January, filling kegs and growlers, and are about to start canning for broader distribution.   

Maker's Mark Promotes Honest Bourbon

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Why would Maker’s announce that they were reducing the percentage of alcohol in their bourbon from 45 percent to 42 percent (90 proof to 84 proof), cause an uproar and then reverse the decision within days?   

Tea Time

Get your 'Downton Abbey' on with Churchill's Fine Teas

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
One of the very first things I had to learn when I became British-by-marriage was how to brew tea properly. It was soon apparent that English tea with milk is one of those things you mess with at your peril.  

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