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Win a Copy of 'The Meat Hook Meat Book'

Taming a large brisket is a difficult challenge

5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking

The title wasn't "5 Distilleries You Should Be Supporting"'s "5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking". They are on this list because they taste good.

So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery...

Awesome article, and I agree with KevinMofM too. I've always had that dream in the back of my head that I would open the next cool brewery in town and be that cool guy sipping beer in the taproom of the brewhouse, going to chef's beer dinners, etc. It's actually refreshing to get a dose of reality. Thank you, Collin! Cheers, good luck, and thank you for channeling your passion in a way that results in beer in my fridge!!

The 10 Best Budget Bourbons

I just got a bottle of the Heaven Hill BIB last week, and it is GREAT! I am a huge fan of both Rittenhouse and Old Fitzgerald, and the Heaven Hill stacks up very well with them...and it's even easier on the wallet!

Ask a Cicerone: Breweries to Watch in 2014

I think Minnesota's Craft Brewery explosion is being neglected from this discussion. Surly, Fulton, Indeed, Dangerous Man, Excelsior, and MANY others are cranking out consistent variations on favorites and crazy unique twists. They are winning awards and deserve to be a part of this discussion!

Stock Up for the Holidays With These Go-To Spirits

I can 2nd the Old Overholt for being a GREAT value rye. I wouldn't choose it over Rittenhouse if I have a bottle of each in front of me though!

For me, Wild Turkey 101 is a little to close to Rittenhouse in flavor profile, so I would substitute Old Fitzgerald Bottled In Bond (100 proof) as my go-to value bourbon.

Cook the Book: 'Maximum Flavor'

making yeast starters for pizza dough, and beer brewing!

Awesome New Whiskey: High West Campfire Bourbon-Rye-Scotch

I've REALLY enjoyed the High West whiskeys that I've tried. In fact, I liked my bottle of Rendezvous Rye so much that I ran out and got bottles of Old Overholt, Old Grand Dad, and Wild Turkey (to drink on regular nights and make my Rendezvous last longer!).

New Wild Turkey Forgiven is a Bruiser of a Bourbon/Rye Blend

I've really enjoyed High West's Rendezvous Rye. It sounds like the Forgiven acts similarly to the Rendezvous Rye too...slaps you in the face with the first sip, but mellows out quickly, and begs for another sip!

Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

My wife's birthday cake with almond butter cream frosting!

Ask a Bartender: What's the Most Unlikely Place You've Ever Had A Great Drink?

Jen Queen's answer sounds like it was missing "So I ate some mushrooms on my couch, and an hour later..."

Cook the Book: 'Treme'

Growing up in a small midwestern town, it was all about the hotdish/casserole!

Old Fashioned

I like to use Rittenhouse 100 and a few drops of Fee's Cherry Bitters. I use an ice sphere made from distilled water, and after a few minutes in the glass, it's diluted perfectly. Keep it simple!

Market Tour: The Ferry Building, San Francisco

Our vacation tradition in SF always involves an afternoon at the Ferry Building...a loaf of bread, and bottle of chilled white, and a whole mess of oysters...heaven!

Fiery Peach Salsa from 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

I like to add some grated ginger to peach salsa instead of all the sugar. It compliments the heat of the peppers and brightens the whole thing up, without adding more sweetness.

Ask the Critic: What 'New York' Food Souvenirs Can I Bring Home?

Mike's Hot Honey from Paulee Gee's! Transports PERFECTLY, and is only in New York!

5 Ballparks with Great Craft Beer

Target Field (Minnesota Twins) has a GREAT selection of local and craft beers at the ballpark including Surly and Fulton...two Twin Cities FAVORITES! The Fulton Taproom is in the shadow (almost literally) of Target Field too for pre-game and post-game tasting.

Ask a Bartender: What Would Your Last Drink On Earth Be?

A pitcher of Rittenhouse Manhattan. I'd sip that thing as slowly as I could to saver every last drop!