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Bartender Spotlight: Jasper Adams on Beer City's Cocktail Scene

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Bartender Spotlight: Jasper Adams on Beer City's Cocktail Scene

Despite its title as “Beer City, USA,” Asheville, North Carolina is more than just a craft beer destination. The Southern city celebrated “Asheville Cocktail Week” last month to highlight its local mixology talent and vote for the best Bloody Mary in the city. According to Imperial Life bartender Jasper Adams, Asheville has a high concentration of impassioned bartenders, ardent food professionals, and a great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails. Imperial Life has adopted techniques like hand-cut ice and barrel-aged cocktails to provide a richer customer experience for its patrons. From percolation to maceration, every new technique offers a way...

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Booze Laws Roundup

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Booze Laws Roundup

The 2016 legislative sessions saw no shortage of booze-related bills introduced to the House and Senate. Although not all of the bills make it through, there have been several changes and additions to drinking laws in the United States. As the 2016 legislative sessions draw to a close, take a look back on some of the alcohol-related laws that passed: 1. Michigan’s House Bill 4895 revised a gas station liquor license provision to allow retailers with a gas station to sell beer and wine as long as they have at least $250,000 worth of non-alcoholic inventory. The bill will go into...

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The Mint Julep and the Kentucky Derby Go Hand in Hand

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The Mint Julep and the Kentucky Derby Go Hand in Hand

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously running sports event in the nation. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17th, 1875 and has happened annually at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May ever since. It’s a grand social affair wrapped in the trappings of a sporting event (or the other way around, depending on where your priorities lie). The traditions of a derby event are heavily borrowed from the British; the awards, the hats, the pageantry. But the Kentucky Derby has a few traditions that stand out as distinctly American additions to the event. An integral...

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Explore San Antonio's Fiesta Event With a Native

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Explore San Antonio's Fiesta Event With a Native

Fiesta® San Antonio began in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor those who fought in the Texas Revolution and has expanded into an eleven day party all across the city. This year, it celebrates its 125th anniversary when it kicks off on April 14th and takes over downtown San Antonio until the 24th. As a San Antonio native, I’m a seasoned Fiesta veteran, and I’ve learned the tricks of the trade to get the most out of the celebration—from knowing the best way to crack a cascarone on someone, to knowing when to cheer at the parades. Before you...

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Bartender Spotlight: Jacquelyn Zykan on Drinking Like a Local in Kentucky

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Bartender Spotlight: Jacquelyn Zykan on Drinking Like a Local in Kentucky

When Jacquelyn Zykan offered up a drinking tip as a bartender in Louisville, Kentucky for The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws by Niki Ganong, she was quick to recommend Old Forester bourbon whiskey to anyone who wanted to drink like a local. Now, she works for Old Forester as the “master bourbon specialist,” traveling the country conducting trainings, tastings, and events on behalf of the brand.  Introduced in 1870, Old Forester was the first bourbon to be bottled in sealed glass bottles, and, according to some legends, it was the bourbon used to create...

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