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When it comes to at-home entertainment, preparation is everything. So if you don’t want to abandon your guests in order to make a last-minute run to the liquor store this season or seem clueless about your wine selection, take some tips from the experts by constructing the ultimate at-home bar. The Tools You’ll need something to shake, stir, and strain cocktails; this can be as simple as a mason jar and a pint glass or you...
Last week, Jimmy Carbone, one of New York City’s most vociferous craft beer advocates, ushered in this year’s class of Good Beer Seal award-winners in a brief ceremony held in the cavernous back room of his East Village pub, Jimmy’s no. 43. The sudsy celebration marked the end to the Good Beer Seal’s jam-packed and overwhelmingly successful July Good Beer Month, the yearly 30-day period devoted to all things craft beer evangelism, and recognizes...
This past Polar Vortex winter, I do believe I set a personal record for bourbon consumption. As temperatures plummeted and sidewalks turned to tundra, I steadily drained liter bottles of Benchmark and W.L. Weller. Brown spirits warmed me as banshee winds whipped through my poorly insulated Crown Heights apartment and provided courage as I took my dog on teeth-chattering walks, praying he’d relieve himself before hypothermia took hold. Before my will and liver were permanently...
It’s hard to believe that Covenhoven, Prospect Heights’ beloved little bottle shop and taproom, has been around for an entire year already. It feels like just yesterday that I received a curious email from fellow beer writer (and my former neighbor) Josh Bernstein, alerting me to Covenhoven’s inception. “Think: Bierkraft for Crown Heights,” he wrote. “But, with a few fun wrinkles.” When I looked up the address and realized it was mere steps from what...

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