The Village Voice hosted their annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event last night in the best way they know how--by bringing together the beautiful people of NYC to taste some of the best booze in town (and outta town). The event was commissioned to celebrate the holidays, as well as commemorate the most important peice of American history-- the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the prohibition era. And what better way is there to celebrate the end our country's boycott of the most indispensable liquid substance since H20?
Hot egg nog and spiked cider may be holiday classics, but why not shake things up a little this holiday season with tequila? Baron Spirits International recently launched a new premium platinum tequila which is 100% organic, Kosher, and gluten free. It adds a new punch to, well, your holiday punch! Each small batch is handcrafted in Jalisco, Mexico, where it's made of 100% prime agave and triple distilled, and the quality is evident with each smooth sip.
After battling cancer, Jana Khaimoff wanted to build a business for her children, and she embarked on a two-year tequila fact-finding experience,to launch her brand. Her seach led her to the family-owned and operated Ansan Distillery, which oversees each step of the process: from growing and harvesting the agave to the triple distillation and bottling.
The abundance of craft breweries in attendance at this years NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest demonstrated how popular craft beer is to beer lovers. This weekend at the Lexington Armory, beer coinossuers beat their cold weather blues and warmed up to some delicious winter style craft beers at this year's festival.
When we first walked into the massive armory, we didn't know where to start. With over 150 breweries in attendance the journey to finding our favorite craft beer began. With our 2 oz. shot glass in hand we started on the left side of the armory with some hard ciders and IPA's at breweries like Ace Cider, River Horse, St. Lawrence and McKenzies.
Green bell pepper. This is all we can taste on our first sip of Beaujolais Nouveau. Green bell pepper, freshly cut grass, celery…this glass of wine was starting to taste like one of those juices that always cost too much money and leave you even hungrier then you were before you started.
The atmosphere at Murray Hill’s Terroir on Thursday night was warm, bustling, and very French. With fast paced servers sporting berets and Edith Piaf crooning in the background, it was a lovely night for sipping wine and chatting about your Thursday. The first glass we had was the cause for celebration that evening, the 2013 L’Acien Beaujolais Nouveau. Making its debut on the third Thursday of every November, wineries across the city rolled out this year’s yield. Because Nouveau is meant to be drunk young, it hasn’t had the opportunity to develop any complexity, and that coupled with the extreme vegetative properties of this particular glass of wine left much to be desired for certain palettes. Others disagreed, and went as far as ordering a second glass of wine.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to drink, be merry, and kick off the fast approaching holiday season. To do so, The Village Voice is hosting a gathering to celebrate the best holiday spirits for the season! Guests will be able to taste some of the best spirits from over 25 + distilleries, wineries and more from NYC and beyond. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be served, there will be a live jazz quartet, a DJ and more.
There are many reasons New Yorkers have been opting to cross water and explore the streets of Brooklyn, but for food enthusiasts like us, it’s usually in search of delectable dishes and creative cocktails. Feeling a little thirsty on a recent fall Friday, we were hankering for an artfully made cocktail without all the hoop-jumping involved in visiting one of Manhattan’s premiere speakeasies. Instead, we hopped the F train into Cobble Hill to check out the highly revered Clover Club, a frontrunner in the Brooklyn mixology movement.
One of the best things about the change of seasons is, of course, the change in beverages. You'd be hardpressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy a steamy hot chocolate on a cold winter night, but we're looking to go a little bit harder than that here. With the recent explosion in craft brewing here in the states, every brewery, from the most micro to the international conglomorates, are trying their hand at creating the perfect seasonal drink. One of America's most enjoyed brewsmiths, Burlington, Vermont-based Magic Hat, has upped the ante in recent years, expanding their selection from the well-known #9 "Not Quite Pale Ale," and two other year-rounds, "Circus Boy Hefeweizen" and "Single Chair Ale Pilsner", to also include libations for every season. Magic Hat was kind enough to send out a sampler of a few bottles on this year's menu, including the Humdinger Series Graupel wheat wine ale, heart of Darkness stout, and G-Thing! ginger spice ale.
Devotion Spirits, Inc. is proud to announce that they are the first and only brand in the world to receive approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to have "Gluten Free" and "No Sugar Added" labels on their new line of gluten free and sugar free vodkas.
With the increase in gluten sensitivity, many Americans are finding themselves needing to change their diet. But gluten is not only found in foods that we consume it is also found in certain beverages. If you are currently in the market for gluten free alcohol you may be coming up short in your search. Now with Devotion's new line of gluten and sugar free vodkas, everyone can enjoy guiltless drinks!
This weekend we celebrated our favorite brews at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken at their NovemBEERfest.
It was the perfect Saturday afternoon to try some beers at Village Pourhouse. Whether they were domestic brews like Blue Moon and Brooklyn Lager,or some beers that we never heard of like Thailand's Singha, or the Carribean's Carib, everyone was happy to test out some cold ones while snacking on great food and watching some football with friends in the pourhouse's laidback environment.
Fashion, books, and coffee typically live in separate worlds--especially because coffee has a tendency to ruin both of the former when accidentally knocked over. While it us true that the three things have little in common, aside from their mass appeal, they now share a store in the Flatiron District. It turns out, when properly organized, they make quite an eye-catching trio.
Club Monaco has partnered with Toby's Estate Coffee and Strand books to open up something of a stylish, intellectual, gastronomical trifecta on 5th avenue. Not only does the partnership attract three separate audiences, it's also a welcome addition to the neighborhood for hardcore shoppers who need a break before continuing to break the bank.