Why Being “First” Isn’t Enough: A Call to Craft Distilleries in the U.S.
Nov15

Why Being “First” Isn’t Enough: A Call to Craft Distilleries in the U.S.

Earlier this week, an editorial I had published on Distiller.com seemed to strike a chord with the whiskey drinking public. Called “What We Consumers Want from Craft Distilleries,” the piece advocates for craft producers to stop all the B.S. and just give us what we care about—first and foremost, quality products, and those that are made and showcased with transparency, authenticity, and meaningful locality. I originally...

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Hunting for the Best Bulleit Boilermaker
Apr07

Hunting for the Best Bulleit Boilermaker

Bulleit set out on a search to find the best boilermaker tandem for their whiskeys. I boldly stepped up to the plate to help them in the endeavor, but decided to bring a local twist to the effort—seeking out unique DC craft brews for my beer and whiskey combos, highlighting some of what’s happening in the local beer scene. Here are the results. Bulleit Bourbon & 3 Stars Brewing Madness Old Stock Ale First up, I tried a...

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Recapping The Year That Was As A Roving Booze Reporter
Jan16

Recapping The Year That Was As A Roving Booze Reporter

I certainly don’t keep the busiest travel schedule or log the most miles among my friends and colleagues in the world of spirits, food, travel, and lifestyle journalism, but nevertheless 2016 proved to be a year well spent on the road. Here are half a dozen highlights, along with links to where you can read all about the adventures for yourself. Ireland—St. Patrick’s Day with Jameson (March) If anybody knows how to...

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Freelance Life: When Sites Go Bankrupt, You Lose Cash – The Story of Mode.com’s Unpaid Contributors
Oct30

Freelance Life: When Sites Go Bankrupt, You Lose Cash – The Story of Mode.com’s Unpaid Contributors

A Billion Dollar Website Went Bankrupt. Guess Who Got Screwed. “Being a freelance writer must be awesome!“ – Everyone. There’s no commuting, no boss on my case, no dress code, and no limit to how much time I can take off or when. Of course, there’s also no guaranteed salary, no health benefits, and no paid time off, either. That said, the perks are pretty damn nice, and obviously I’m of the belief...

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First look: Sneak Peek at The Shaw Bijou from Kwame Onwuachi
Oct27

First look: Sneak Peek at The Shaw Bijou from Kwame Onwuachi

Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s The Shaw Bijou is set to open on November 1st. As the finishing touches were being taken care of, the team opened their doors for a sneak preview to showcase the space, its concept, and several dishes and drinks. What To Expect A visit to the former Top Chef contestant’s digs will offer a a 17 course tasting menu, as well as a lavish, guided experience. When you enter you’ll be whisked away to...

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