Washington, D.C.’s Best Bars & Brewpubs

by R. Carnavale December 1st, 2016
Given that Washington, D.C. is the home of national lawmakers and that the city is a hub for national and international visitors, it's no wonder that our nation's capital is home to several fantastic bars and brewpubs.

The City Tap House
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Smoky and Sweet, “The Mezcal Old Fashioned”

by Jason Lightner November 22nd, 2016
I've been accused on more than one occasion of being a minimalist. Indeed, it's difficult to justify all of the pomp and circumstance which surrounds the creation of more than a few classic and contemporary cocktails. I'd usually much rather pour liquor into a glass and lift it to my face. That method, my friends, is what's known as the path of least resistance.

And so, many of the cocktails you'll see me feature here are meant to amaze not
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Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal

by Jason Lightner November 17th, 2016
One of the more elusive spirits in modern times, but one that is quickly gaining favor is mezcal. Made from the Mexico native maguey plant (itself a form of agave), mezcal is to tequila as scotch is to bourbon. Smoky, earthy, and briny, this is a drink for connoisseurs and, depending on the brand and style, sometimes comes with a steep learning curve. In addition to the spirit's distinct flavors and aromas, mezcal (like scotch, bourbon, and cognac) must
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  • Luksusowa Vodka

    by Jason Lightner November 10th, 2016
    An easy recipe for warmth in these chilly months is, without a doubt, a tasty adult beverage. Few spirits tend to warm the soul quite like a good vodka, warm or otherwise, and today we'll be taking a look at a newcomer to my local spirits shop, Luksusowa. A Polish potato vodka, Luksusowa (which means "luxurious") is produced in Zielona Góra according to a recipe which dates back
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  • Smoking Loon, Chardonnay, 2012

    by Jason Lightner November 3rd, 2016

    Smoking Loon

    California, Chardonnay, 2012


    When you find a wine producer you thoroughly enjoy, it's only natural to pick up each and every bottle of theirs you can get your paws on, right? I really hope that's the case, as I've simply fallen in love with Smoking Loon's entire catalogue of wines. From their whites to their reds, from their sweet to their bold,

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  • Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur

    by Jason Lightner October 27th, 2016
    There's something to be said for gimmicky spirits and liqueurs — from the various flavored vodkas and whiskies which have cropped up over the years, to the incredible depth of the catalog of schnapps and infusions adorning the cordials aisle at my local liquor store — all of these have made the fine pastime of cocktail making an interesting one, indeed. We first mentioned Mama Walker's Maple Bacon
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