What’s Dave Drinking?

In the current world of craft beer lovers, lagers (and especially classic German lagers) are often considered boring by experts & casual drinkers alike. But I really enjoy a beer that can be subtle while still having interesting textures and flavors. And there are quite a few smal
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What’s Old Is New Again

Thanks to the current spirits & cocktail craze, producers & importers have been unearthing ancient spirits that were nearly extinct. Sometimes they were extinct & have been brought back to life. And sometimes they have become terrible shadows of their original incarnati
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What’s Dave Drinking?

When it comes to cocktails, sometimes I just crave a Perfect Manhattan like the one I drank last night. Not perfect as in made perfectly (although it was quite good) but Perfect in that it was made with both sweet & dry vermouths instead of the classic version with only sweet. It
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Contact Form Errors & Apologies

My stalwart web designer has caught a problem with the contact forms I’ve been using on the site, which is why they’ve been pulled off for now. If anyone has filled out the form but not heard back from me, I’m truly sorry but the message never got through & has
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What’s Dave Drinking?

There are very few drinks that I identify with summer more than Gin & Tonic. I’ve always loved the juniper-mellow Plymouth Gin from England, and I’m a fan of the Dorothy Parker Gin made down the road from my house. But the state of tonic water in the American market is
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What’s Dave Drinking?

I love unusual riffs on classics, especially when the riff is actually a throw-back to the roots. For example, Camillo Donati Malvasia is a wine I love. Because it’s biodynamic, it is frizzante (mildly carbonated) & the funkiness of natural fermentation balances the sweetnes
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What’s Dave Drinking?

I admit there are lots of times I prefer a drink from an older & more-established producer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any new folks making booze who I think are doing a great job. Suerte Tequila is a great example. They’re a very new company who just sta
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What’s Dave Drinking?

Sour beer isn’t for everyone (apologies to the woman in my Farmhouse Beer class who was horrified by a gueuze) but those of us who love them find them to be super refreshing. My old haunt (as both customer & bartender) Spuyten Duyvil is doing their annual sour beer bash toni
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What’s Dave Drinking?

I’ve been on a bit of a crusade the last few years to get people to try good aged rum. Rum is so much more than something to mix with coke or an ingredient in a fruity cocktail. The subtle sweetness & deep earthiness of the better aged rums are instant hits with people who a
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Dave’s Debut at ICE

I’m super excited to teach my first class at The Institute of Culinary Education next Thursday, July 25. I’m doing a class on Farmhouse Beer, exploring the history of this ancient genre through the modern interpretations. Of course there will be several delicious beers to
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