• Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Get Your Hands on Kings County's Rare Peated Bourbon

    Upon opening in East Williamsburg in 2010, Kings County Distillery (63 Flushing Avenue) became the city's first post-Prohibition distillery. Although co-founder and master distiller Colin Spoelman could trace his roots back to the land of bourbon, he was clearly influenced by the single-malt traditi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Syndicate 56/8 and the Art of Solera Blended Scotch

    Scotland is synonymous with Single Malt, a drink made with fermented barley from a single distillery. But this particular style of whisky, highly revered throughout the world, is hardly the be-all/end-all of Scotch. In fact, many folks regard Johnnie Walker Blue Label -- a blend -- as the most elega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Poland Spring Is the No. 1 NYC Beverage Brand, Proving New Yorkers Really Do Hate Themselves

    Earlier this month, Poland Spring -- a company that filters free, decently clean water, and then packages it and sells it for a profit -- launched a "cheers" campaign highlighting its status as New York's no. 1 beverage brand. The company did so in support of the NYC Marathon, which is a fine enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Here's a Whisky Festival for the Chosen People -- and Everyone Else

    Specialized booze festivals are nothing unusual -- there seems to be one every other week dedicated to craft beer, artisanal cocktails, Bourdeaux wines, or whatever people want to drink. New York hosts at least two major whisky events each year: Whisky Fest in the fall and Whisky Live in the spring. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Whiskey Flows in Greenpoint at The Moonlight Mile

    "I have three passions," says Garry Embry. "Rock and roll, whiskey, and beer." The three converge at The Moonlight Mile (200 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, 718-389-3904), the bar he just opened in Greenpoint. Embry was laid off from his corporate job after 21 years, and he and his wife decided it was ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Irish Coffee Day

    National Irish Coffee Day is tomorrow, and if we can learn anything from the whiskey-spiked cup o' joe, it might be this: never underestimate your airport bartender. In 1942, you see, when turbulent weather caused a herd of disgruntled travelers to deplane at an airbase in Foynes (a port town in Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Catskill Distilling Company's Extraordinary Spirits

    In the Southern foothills of the Catskills, Dr. Monte Sachs runs the Catskill Distilling Company, an establishment that continues to rake in awards for the Defiant rye whiskey, Most Righteous bourbon, Peace vodka, Curious gin, grappa, and buckwheat spirit. The tasting room is directly across the str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    StilltheOne: A Journey from Hedge Fund to Honey Vodka

    Blue Hill at Stone Barns is well known in the New York food world as the emblem of fine food and quality ingredient cooking, and the empire's reach is about to expand into custom spirits, distilled with the help of StilltheOne Distillery. StilltheOne opened the doors to its vodka and gin distillery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Celebrating Barrels, Mash and "God's Stuff" with Van Brunt Stillhouse (VIDEO)

    "While I love the creativity of telling stories on television," Van Brunt Stillhouse proprietor Daric Schlesselman told us, "one of the things I find frustrating about television is it's so ephemeral. Once you tell a story, it's sort of gone. My hobbies have always been cooking, brewing beer, and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Kings County Distillery Heating Up The Whiskey Still of Brooklyn (VIDEO)

    In The Spirit: Kings County Distillery from Eve Turow on Vimeo. Behind the Navy Yard gates sits Kings County Distillery, the first Brooklyn whiskey distillery to open after Prohibition.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The 10 Best Distilleries in NYC(-ish)

    A few weeks ago, we put up a list of the top 10 breweries in NYC(-ish). But beers are not the only alcohol brewing in New York. The distilling world is also on the rise after a shift in New York distilling laws in 2002 when the passage of a law allowing farm distillery licenses helped begin to resto ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013


    This show’s hotter than a leprechaun with a pot of gold

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    How to Make the Blonde Manhattan from Lilium

    Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Veronica Lake, Danny Bowien. Recognizable names? Sure. Blond New Yorkers? You bet. (Looks like you're one of us now, Danny.) Lighten up your drink order this holiday with the Blonde Manhattan from Lilium in Union Square. Being served as a tribute to the 79th annivers ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 12, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    October 10, 2012


    NYC Food Film Festival Heats Up

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Bourbon 101 with Trey Zoeller, founder of Jefferson's Bourbon

    Today we chatted with Trey Zoeller, the founder and master blender of Jefferson's Bourbon who gave us a brief history lesson and elaborated on the difference between whiskey and bourbon. He carries on the tradition of his ancestors, the McLains and the Kynes, who have roots deep in the bourbon indu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Virgil's Real Barbecue's Spring Races

    The drink: Spring Races The bar: Virgil's Real Barbecue The price: $12 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons pineapple, 2 sprigs mint, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1 1/2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye whisky, 1/2 ounce lemon, 1/2 ounce lime juice, splash soda, shake with rocks

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Billy Deal on Noorman's Kil's Collection of 326 Types of Whiskey

    Noorman's Kil, a Williamsburg grilled cheese joint and bar, prides itself on its massive collection of whiskey--the bottle count is currently at 326. The bartenders there help customers navigate this intimidating selection by holding free whiskey tastings every Wednesday and being ready to share eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    It's a Fried Chicken Feast at Yardbird, Miami's New Southern Hotspot

    Lauren ShockeyWinner winner, chicken dinner​Fork in the Road was in Miami over the weekend and paid a visit to one of the buzziest restaurants around, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, 305-538-5220). While Floridian cuisine might be best known for stone crabs and Cuban sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Banana and Brown Sugar-Infused Jack Daniel's at Common Ground

    The drink: Banana and brown sugar-infused Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey The bar: Common Ground Bar & Restaurant (206 Avenue A, 212-228-6231) The price: $10 The ingredients: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, banana, brown sugar

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    A Boozy Gift Guide For Every Holiday Party Invitation

    Forbesphotographer / FlickrTis the season to get drunk​Holiday parties are starting this weekend, meaning it's time to get druuuunk. You're going to want to make sure that you've got an ample supply of Blowfish and other hangover remedies, but if you're attending holiday parties this season, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    The Shanty Bar Will Bring Even More Craft Spirits to Brooklyn

    ReeseCLloyd/Flickr​The craft-spirits movement in Brooklyn just won't end. Gothamist brings word that the New York Distilling Company and its bar, the Shanty (9405 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, 718-369-3749), will open for business later this month. Tom Potter, Allen Katz, and Jason Grizzanti's bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The City's Best Inexpensive Wine Lists; The World's Most Expensive Whiskies

    ​Dale DeGroff, often cited as the father of the cocktail renaissance, will star in On the Town With Dale DeGroff: A Salute to Saloons, Neighborhood Bars and Legendary Cocktail Palaces, at the Cornelia Street Café this October. The musical cabaret show isn't such a stretch for the celebrity mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    A Primer to the Moonshines on the Market

    Kings County DistillerySome of the fine moonshine available for purchase in liquor stores​ New York City's underground moonshiners might be making jugs of hooch on the down-low, but if you don't have a bootlegger supplying you on the sly, fear not. Liquor store shelves are beginning to be sto ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2011

    Tracking Down The City's Moonshiners

    Not to bust them, but to drink with them

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Scotch Lesson, Beer Tasting

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Scotch Whisky: A Regional Tasting Tour Astor Center Friday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join booze expert Karl duHoffmann for this primer on single malt scotch. You'll get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Kings County Distillery Already Too Big for Its Britches

    kingscountydistillery.comWhiskey grows in Brooklyn.​Brooklyn's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, Kings County, released its bourbon earlier this month after just about a year of peddling nothing but an un-aged white whiskey. It looks like business is good, because the distillery is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Bourbon Boom Boosts Kentucky Distilleries; S.E.C. Stops Crowdsourced Buyout of PBR

    ​Kentucky bourbon distilleries have spent at least $150 million expanding their facilities as demand for bourbon explodes in the United States and across the globe. [Daily Mail] Ten of the city's best beer shops suggest 10 of their favorite brews. [Grub Street] The S.E.C. stops two ad execs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Dennis Pogue Gives Us a History Lesson That Involves Making George Washington's Whiskey

    (This is not Dennis Pogue.)​Whiskey is as American as apple pie. At least that's what Dennis Pogue, chief archaeologist at Mount Vernon, would have you believe. Over the last several years, he's spent much of his time making George Washington's whiskey (our first president was a distiller, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    The Dutch's Naren Young Talks Barrel-Aging Cocktails, Stealing Pickled Ramp Juice

    Naren Young ramps it up.​After months -- or was it years? -- The Dutch has finally arrived. Foodies are duly losing their minds, but drinkies (you know who you are) are also flocking to the place. Head barman Naren Young enlightens us about what they're so excited about, including that barrel- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    There's Some Really Old Whiskey Being Served at The Rose Club

    barockschloss/flickrWhiskeys of yore.​It isn't everyday that you get to taste a bourbon as old as your grandfather, but you can do so at The Rose Club at The Plaza throughout February while supplies last. A flight of nine American whiskeys, including several discontinued bottles, such as a Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Rosé in the Wintertime; Vintage Beer All the Rage

    ​Andrew Lloyd Webber sold $5.6 million worth of French wine at Sotheby's Hong Kong, including a 1982 case of Château Pétrus for $77,564. [Wall Street Journal] Emilio Estevez finds comfort and inspiration in his backyard vineyard, Casa Dumetz, where he often writes dialogue. [NY Times] Herb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Balvenie Encourages You to Make Your Scotch

    A group of 40 adults has paid $95 each to deconstruct and reconstruct The Balvenie Signature Batch this evening at Astor Center. As luck would have it, we had the chance to participate in a little preview of the event with drinks makers Shingo Gokan of Angel's Share, Albert Trummer of Apotheke and J ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Dispatch from the Bacon and Bourbon Expo

    The expo on the second floor of the Astor Center seems to shimmer in the cold night air (click to enlarge). Online it was a billed almost like a class, but it felt more like a trade show once I'd arrived at the Bacon and Bourbon Expo early Thursday evening. On the main floor, whiskey exhibitors of ... More >>