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What's new, interesting, or odd in the world of Knoxville's alcoholic beverages and the people who consume or sell them.

  • Cheers, Y'All Published 12/14/2011 at 4:28 p.m. 0 comments

    While we still drink plenty of toasts, we have somewhat lost the art of toast-making. It used to be a popular form of verse and entertainment, with partygoers competing to top each other in puns and rhymes. These days, apart ...

  • State of the Boozin’ Published 9/21/2011 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments

    It might not be a great time to be an American, but it is a very, very good time to be a drinking American. Whether you’re a wine sipper or a beer guzzler, a Scotch snob or a cocktail connoisseur, ...

  • Hard Cider That's Not Too Sweet Published 8/17/2011 at 1:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Even as hard cider has become a more common commodity in grocery store coolers here, it has tended toward the syrupy. But cider is slowly overcoming its reputation as—not to put too fine a point on it—a sort of sugary, ...

  • One-Mix Drinks Published 7/20/2011 at 3:55 p.m. 0 comments

    As much fun as it is to play with a well-stocked bar, toying with different bitters and juices and liqueurs, there’s still a lot to be said for simplicity. Especially when it’s a hot July day and you mostly want ...

  • Drink Your Veggies Published 6/22/2011 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments

    The mixology renaissance of the past decade has led to both rediscovery and invention of all kinds of garden-laden libations. Whether muddled, infused, juiced, or reduced, fruits and vegetables are making their way from the food pyramid to the bar ...

  • Warm Weather Drinker Published 5/25/2011 at 2:30 p.m. 0 comments

    Here in Knoxville, as we enter the season of outdoor imbibing, the rules can seem almost as arbitrary. The profusion of patios downtown and elsewhere attest to the popularity of the activity. On a sunny day or humid evening, the ...

  • Mint Conditioned: Why Mojitos and Juleps Taste Like Spring Published 4/20/2011 at 3:44 p.m. 0 comments

    Mint juleps and mojitos are distant cousins, culturally—one a hallmark of Dixie aristocracy, inescapably entwined with the Kentucky Derby, the other a Cuban concoction redolent of sugar-cane fields and endorsed by Ernest Hemingway. But stylistically, they have a lot in ...

  • The Seoul Power of Soju Published 3/16/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments

    Soju has a near-universal presence on that South Korea’s dining tables akin to that of wine in Italy or sake in Japan. You cannot at the moment find soju in Knoxville. But it has been making inroads in the U.S. ...

  • Bourbon Renewal Published 2/9/2011 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments

    Until relatively recently, bourbon played off Kentucky’s down-home image. It was unpretentious, honest, accessible (the sweetness of the corn makes it friendly to whiskey dilettantes), a workingman’s drink that could also accompany a lawyer’s poker game. But that was your ...

  • Sparkling Wines That Won't Hurt Your Wallet Published 12/22/2010 at 3:21 p.m. 0 comments

    For a long time, the choices available to Americans on the bubbly front were stark: spend a lot and get something good, or spend a little and get something bad. But as with so much else in our age of ...

  • I’m Dreaming of a White Russian Published 12/1/2010 at 3:43 p.m. 0 comments

    I can’t pinpoint the exact year that I first declared a personal White Russian Season, but I can tell you the origins of it.

  • Pumpkin Beer: Can it be Good? Published 10/20/2010 at 5:40 p.m. 0 comments

    As other breweries and pubs opened across the country, many of them looking to Buffalo Bill’s for inspiration, some began trying their own pumpkin experiments. And what started as a larkish novelty has now become an established seasonal offering. The ...

  • September Fest Published 9/15/2010 at 9:40 a.m. 0 comments

    Americans love Oktoberfest, or at least what they think of as “Oktoberfest”: lots of beer drinking, and funny pictures of mustached men in lederhosen and buxom Bavarian maids.

  • Looking for a Good Lawn-Mower Beer Published 8/4/2010 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Even beer snobs have to mow the lawn sometimes. And when it’s 95 degrees with 70 percent humidity, even less strenuous outdoor activity—like sitting on a patio in the shade—can seem to call for something a little crisper, colder, dare ...

  • Tennessee ’Shines Published 7/7/2010 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments

    Tennessee is wholeheartedly embracing the mountain dew, turning it licit with a law last year permitting distilleries in 44 counties rather than the three where they were previously allowed. One of those is Sevier County, which last week saw the ...