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Hooch: On the beertail trail

"Whiskey then beer, have no fear; beer before whiskey, mighty risky." Or something like that. Versions of this cautionary consumption chestnut have been around forever. But what of beer and whiskey at the same time in the same damn glass? What about beer cocktails? It's really surprising that we...

  • Hooch: Talking mezcal with Lane Harlan

    Hooch: Talking mezcal with Lane Harlan

    Whenever I engaged in cocktail banter with casual acquaintances this spring, and I brought up that Baltimore was soon to acquire its first mezcal bar, I’d get one of two responses: blank stares and crickets, or something along the lines of “Dude, I don’t touch tequila—it makes me crazy.” So, yeah,...

  • Hooch: Canada's Alberta Dark Batch Rye rolls into Maryland

    Hooch: Canada's Alberta Dark Batch Rye rolls into Maryland

    While we wait a few months for the high-end Pikesville rye to debut locally, and a few years for homegrown rye to flow, help for our rye whiskey cravings has recently arrived from up north where a slumbering giant might finally be awakening. A rep from Canada's Alberta Distillers Ltd. was in town...

  • Hooch: Homemade infused vodka makes better bloody marys

    Hooch: Homemade infused vodka makes better bloody marys

    Which is better? Cookie-dough vodka or bubblegum vodka? It’s a trick question. Both are odious. The good news is that the flavored-vodka fad appears to be past peak. “Vodka is so 2012,” the Wall Street Journal declared recently. The article anointed whiskey the sales-growth leader among spirits,...

  • Rye whiskey is back, baby!

    Rye whiskey is back, baby!

    Rye whiskey is back, baby. Well, duh. You’d have to be living under bridge in Pyongyang to be unaware of this bar-rail revival. All the drinks mags tout its glory and the whiskey’s resurgence loomed large in my January cover story on local craft distilling. But now I can quantify the comeback....

  • Hooch: Hot cocktails for a cold winter

    Hooch: Hot cocktails for a cold winter

    Are you an imbiber who believes that the cold months constitute brown-liquor season? Some Facebook friends of mine discussed this a while back as if the whiskey-only-in-winter position was a given—up there with the hoary prohibitions against white slacks after Labor Day and the like. One even has...

  • Hooch: Expanding our gin knowledge

    Hooch: Expanding our gin knowledge

    Forget everything you think you know about gin. OK, maybe you don’t have to go that far. Maybe you’ve been out in front of the crush of developments (and redevelopments) in this tipple from the Middle Ages as it collides with 21st-century craft distilling. For me, the traipse down Gin Alley these...

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    Looking for low-end liquor? Consider Kentucky Gentleman bourbon—$6.99 a fifth, or $12.99 by the plastic “family pack” handle. But you just know this whiskey is as gentlemanly as Mike Tyson in a headlock. Russia banned Kentucky Gentleman imports this summer after the country’s scientists said it...

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