Micah Lemon

Greg Benish buys whiskey for The Whiskey Jar. Photo: RammelkampFoto.

Whiskey business: Locals keeping up with global demand for aged grain spirits

A “global whiskey renaissance”—that’s what the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is calling the trend in spirits over the last five years. Domestic and international demand for whiskey—bourbon in particular—has forced some of the largest producers to warn consumers of impending shortages, as demand is significantly outpacing supply. U.S. Whiskey exports topped 1 […]

Recent changes to ABC regulations mean you can imbibe guilt-free with C&O's specialty cocktails and house-made infusions. Photo courtesy of C&O Restaurant.

Infusion profusion: ABC overhauls law; barkeeps rejoice

“Yeah, that’s a Special Order Item. You need to submit a Special Order form.” “I know, I submitted a Special Order form eight months ago.” “You’ll have to submit a Special Order form for any Special Order Items.” “I did—eight months ago—and I’ve been requesting the item every week since. Any progress on that request? […]

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 […]