HOPPY HOBBY

Three local homebrewers discuss their craft

CAMERON ALME, CHRIS COLLIER, NATE WATKINS

Half art, half science, homebrewing is a hobby that satisfies the curious, detail-oriented mind. Collectively, the estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the U.S. produce more than 2 million barrels of brew a year. It’s like a grown-up chemistry set for expressing creativity. With a supportive beer community in Atlanta, the craft beer scene […]

MUM’S THE WORD

Celebrate your No. 1 lady this Mother’s Day with a beverage in Buckhead

Toast mom with cocktails from the Bloody Mary bar at Dantanna’s

Public service announcement: Mother’s Day is rounding the corner—May 14, to be exact. If you have forgotten this, or are aware of the date but haven’t made any plans yet, there’s still time. Fortunately, the Buckhead area is chockablock with events […]

THE SWEETEST THING

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH THIS SPRING WITH A DESSERT-INSPIRED DRINK.

Farmburger’s Adult Float

Savory flavors have had a big moment in cocktails the last several years with ingredients such as truffle and bacon infusions, pickle brine and bacon garnishes enticing the thirsty. While savory is still welcome, why not mix up your early spring sipping with something sweeter? Supplement the season’s famed julep with a […]

DRINKING LESSONS, LEARNED

Make 2017 the year you become a beverage expert.

It’s a new year, which means new opportunities for enhancing your bartending skills, becoming a homebrewer or learning to talk intelligently about wine and beer. As you polish off this year’s self-improvement plan, take note of the myriad options for increasing your beverage knowledge— all within the Buckhead area!

Learn How to Taste

Of course you know how to drink […]

ENTHUSED? INFUSE!

Ranging from herbs and fruits to vegetables and spices, infused liquors are all the rage.

moscowmule_photobytomasespinoza

Infusing liquors with new, flavorful ingredients has become a popular way to incorporate depth and personality into both classic and contemporary cocktails.

“The benefit of creating an infusion [over using an ingredient in a simple syrup or muddling it] is that it’s consistent,” says Ben Yabrow, beverage director at Himitsu in Buckhead […]

SHERRY AMOUR

The KYK Cocktail at Gypsy Kitchen, made with bourbon, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, quince and lemon.

The KYK Cocktail at Gypsy Kitchen, made with bourbon, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, quince and lemon.

The elegant aperitif is experiencing a hip rebrand as the must-have cocktail ingredient

Unless you’re a character from “Downton Abbey,” a glass of sherry after dinner may not sound particularly modern. […]

PUNCH DRUNK

Gin Punch Bowl_Photo by Our Labor of Love

THE AGE-OLD, SHAREABLE BEVERAGE IS HAVING A NEW MOMENT

In terms of party drinks, punch stands on its own as the quintessential shareable beverage. Finding a role in your grandmother’s heyday and at your own college frat parties, punch had—and still has—a definitive place as a social beverage.

According to David Wondrich’s book Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the […]

A VISION IN WHITE

FLORAL VIOGNIER JUST MIGHT BE THE GRAPE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS SUMMER.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier is recommended by Manjula deSilva at Sherlock’s Wine Merchant

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier is recommended by Manjula deSilva at Sherlock’s Wine Merchant

True, it’s a heavier white than your typical summery riesling or pinot grigio, yet its incredible nose and lush body earn […]

BARREL NO. 8

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar unveil its fourth private Four Roses barrel this month.

Bourbon Bar 4_High

This past February, I joined Michael Magnole, manager of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in the InterContinental Buckhead, and Maxime de la Grange Sury, the hotel’s director of food and beverage, on a visit to the Four Roses Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. The swanky restaurant and bar in the hotel […]

BOURBON BOUND

Rick Tapia has been preparing for his bourbon brand his entire life…

Rick Headshot

If you look at Rick Tapia’s background, all roads seemingly lead him to where he is right now: the owner of newly minted, small-batch bourbon brand, J.R. Revelry, sold at liquor stores, such as Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits and Savi Provisions in Buckhead.

Tapia started his career in the alcohol business 19 years […]