Micah Lemon

Commonwealth’s Tyler Hudgens recommends a winter warmer punch, which includes sherry, scotch, honey liqueur, and Appleton 12 Year. Photo: Elli Williams

Punch bowl: Dusting off the tradition of the communal beverage

Before the water cooler, there was the punch bowl. The bowl contained the original social medium—a beverage spiked with alcohol—and it brought people together. Groups of people congregated around the bowl, catching up on gossip, making merry, and enjoying one another’s company. Sumerian art from as early as the 3rd century BC reveals that it’s […]

Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider shares tricks of the trade and her favorite aspects of cider-making. Photo courtesy of Diane Flynt

Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt crafts cider from heirloom apples

Cider is not on the mind of most diners and tipplers when they’re out on the town. In fact, most people may be surprised to know that the cider industry in the United State is currently experiencing an explosion of craft beer proportions. It’s easy to imagine winemakers as slight Frenchmen, or beer brewers as […]