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Beer Wine & Spirits

Nosh Box: Better to Give than to Receive

If it’s better to give than to receive, why is gift selection often such a predicament? Sometimes difficulty is inevitable. But in many instances it’s avoidable, especially when gifts are food and beverage related, where size, style, and fashion preferences aren’t part of the equation.
December 01, 2018

Slushie is Just Another Word for Alcohol-Infused Goodness

While the adult slushie may be a bit elusive today in the Bay Area, bartenders say it’s a moneymaker that pleases the masses and may become a mainstay.
November 13, 2018

Butterfly Pea Blossom Astounds in Bear’s Lair Tavern Cocktail

Watch this vodka-soda concoction turn colors before your eyes.
November 06, 2018

Nosh Box: Tiny Bubbles in November

TAll that glitters is not gold. And all that bubbles is not Champagne. November revolves around Thanksgiving, fall’s centerpiece holiday. And now is the time to commissary for December’s feasts and celebrations. This advice applies especially to holiday wines, because many low-production varietals are likely to be available now. As time progresses, supplies have nowhere to go but down.
November 01, 2018

How to Recreate Brennan’s Irish Coffee at Home

The just-closed West Berkeley stalwart may not have invented Irish coffee, but it certainly perfected it.
October 17, 2018

Hello Stranger’s Oaksterdam Tastes, Smells Like Pot

The most popular drink at the trendy bar won’t get you high, because it’s full of OG Kush terpenes, not THC.
September 26, 2018

East Bay Spice Company Surprises With Its Golden State Curry

Curry and other ingredients come together nicely for this cocktail.
August 28, 2018

Nosh Box: Nothing to Wine About

More than 85 kinds of grapes grow in California. And the seven leading varieties—in order of popularity and bulk sales—are all wine grapes: cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, sauvignon, syrah and zinfandel. When it comes to the fruit of the vine, all the splash and glory reside with those grown to ferment into wines.
July 01, 2018

Where to Try Génépy in the East Bay

The mysterious Swiss Alps herbal liqueur is having a moment.
June 29, 2018

Beer, Whiskey and Duck-Fat Fries at Beer Baron

The Rockridge newcomer brings craft cocktails, farmers market-sourced fare, and beaucoup beer to the neighborhood.
June 11, 2018