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Multnomah Whiskey Library

The Portland, Oregon membership-based bar’s revamped concept is driving diversity in the whiskey world.

The beauty of the whiskey industry is that it’s made up of people from diverse backgrounds and palates. Whether a buddy, cocktail, or visit to a distillery served as your introduction to whiskey, there’s enough room at the bar for you. With enough appreciation of whiskey’s heritage coupled with keen curiosity, you might even find yourself an invaluable industry insider – such as Multnomah Whis

Marianne Eaves talks all things Forbidden Bourbon

Marianne Eaves, Kentucky’s first female master distiller, talks to American Whiskey Magazine about her newest project, Forbidden Bourbon

Even before being declared “a distinctive product of the United States” by Congress in 1964, bourbon had long been a fixture in American drinking culture. Bourbon is based on tradition – which hasn’t always been so welcoming to everyone. The laws and regulations behind “America’s native spirit” have lurked in murky territories, such as barring women...

Rothes Glen Review: A Whisky Lover's Paradise

Scotland has many wonderful whisky regions, but arguably the most esteemed is Speyside. Situated between the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains, Speyside is known for its lush green rolling hills, sprawling pine forests and pristine rivers and lochans (Scottish Gaelic for a small lake). While there are several quaint B&Bs and boutique hotels within this heartland of Scotch whisky country, there’s only one exquisite castle catering to connoisseurs of the golden brown-hued spirit: Rothes Glen.

I Traveled To New Orleans To Enjoy Delicious Spirits At Tales Of The Cocktail

What happens when a vivacious bevy of spirit professionals and imbibers descend upon the “Big Easy?” You get the world’s premier cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail. Founded in 2002, TOTC has blossomed from being an annual walking tour of iconic New Orleans bars to becoming the ultimate glow-up it is today: a week-long celebration of everything the spirit industry embraces.

Each year, TOTC chooses a theme that captures the essence of a facet of the beverage industry they want to highlight

Royers Round Top Cafe is Sweet as Pie

JB grew up working weekends at the eatery while attending the University of Texas and took over as owner nearly seven years ago. Though the café has garnered national attention and praise from the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Eater, the Royers’ success hasn’t come without challenges.

In 2020, the café had to amend operations and lost out on the big antique show crowd due to the pandemic. “Jamie had to pick me up off the ground outside crying because I didn’t know how we would make it..."

The Best Tequilas for Making Margaritas, According to Spirits Experts

Who doesn’t love a good tequila-based cocktail while basking in the sun poolside? It’s the peak summer vibe. With its refreshing palate and divine agave-forward aroma, tequila cements itself as a multi-dimensional spirit — ranging from robust reposados to full-bodied añejos to the silky mouthfeel of blancos.

How to Pick the Best Tequila for Margaritas

Unlike color-rich reposados (aged a minimum of two months) and añejos (aged a minimum of one year), tequila blanco has only aged for a few weeks...

8 of the hottest hotel bars in Austin

Austin, Texas, is world-renowned for its delicious BBQ and Tex-Mex fare. However, the city is also full of alluring bars offering robust cocktail programs in less thought-of places: hotels. Many properties throughout the city have established themselves as go-to hubs well beyond a place to lay your head. Whether you’re an Austin local or a tourist, there’s a tasty thirst-quenching cocktail to sip at one of these luxe hotels.

'The Office' Stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey Are Ready to Talk About What Happened at Chili's

Many memorable “firsts” might happen at a chain restaurant, from first dates to first kisses to first sizzling platter entrees. For the iconic NBC comedy series The Office, one (among so many) of the most popular episodes, “The Dundies,” marked the first time the cast ever ventured outside of the cubicle-filled set. And where was this fan-favorite episode shot? Chili’s.

Now, ten years since the show's finale, two former The Office stars — Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who also co-host the Of

Kinder's Most Well-Known Chocolate Bar Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

Kinder Chocolate is a hit throughout Europe, but now American chocolate lovers will finally be able to enjoy one of the brand’s most popular offerings stateside — no flight required. The Ferrero Company confectionery brand’s flagship product, Kinder Chocolate, will be available in the U.S. for the first time beginning in August.

"To bring Kinder Chocolate stateside is a monumental moment for the legacy of the Kinder Portfolio — a power brand beloved by millions across the globe," Catherine Bert

Port Is More Than Just Dessert Wine

You might think port can only be served with dessert, but this fortified wine from Portugal is about more than its sweet, save-for-after-dinner reputation.

"Port is a drink that not everybody immediately learns about because it tends to be more about red and white wine. Port is a niche of the wine industry and requires a bit more knowledge not only because there's a lot of traditions, but there's also a very wide variety of styles," says Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor Fladgate, one of the oldest

See an Exclusive First Look at Zhu’s ‘Elevated Ravewear’ Line: ‘A Big Part of This Is That I Can Bring Dance Culture Into Fashion’

It’s an accomplishment for an artist to partner with a swanky fashion house, yet a next-level achievement is unlocked by designing a collection one’s self, from inspiration to garment. For Steven Zhu, better known as Grammy-nominated producer ZHU, the feat has been reached with the debut of his rave culture-inspired NIGHTDAY fashion line.

This past March, ZHU hosted a private preview to those in the merchandising world in his showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. Thi

4 Ways to Take the Traditional Margarita From ‘Good’ to ‘Grand’ With Grand Marnier

When you think of summer, perhaps thoughts of coconut-scented sunscreen, bathing suits, and cold cocktails come to mind. Whatever the case may be, the allure of the fun, citrusy Margarita remains the undefeated warm-weather libation of choice. Historically, imbibers’ attention to citrus and sour cocktails peaks in April, May, and June. According to Drizly consumer insights, Margaritas are the most popular cocktail in the United States.

Disko Cowboy Is Throwing the Best Parties in Texas

Dave Wrangler, better known as Disko Cowboy, is a renowned DJ, music producer and the founder of Vinyl Ranch, his honky tonk-meets-Studio 54-themed parties. In the process, he’s established a singular niche for himself: the disco-loving urban cowboy.

The Austin-based DJ may have launched the Vinyl Ranch concept in 2007, but his forward-thinking vision of the brand extends beyond the confines of music and nightlife. “As I’m getting older, I don’t necessarily see myself on a stage DJing forever,”

Imbibe & Vibe: Moon Boots

The multidimensional work highlights Dougherty’s signature blend of house music, soul and disco stylings—with a zesty touch of unadulterated joy, which shines through each track. My favorite, “Come Back Around,” featuring indie sensation Cherry Glazerr, has me ready for sunny days ahead with the vibrancy of a syncopated bassline.

Read on to find out more about what Dougherty likes to drink and how he thinks music and cocktails are perfect partners.

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Luck Presents Potluck Was a Celebration of Indigenous Cuisine with Award-Winning Chefs and a Willie Nelson Serenade

Each springtime, Willie Nelson’s annual Luck Reunion Music Festival at the star’s Luck, Texas ranch near Spicewood is one of the hottest tickets in town. Created by Luck Presents, the fest’s kickoff event, Potluck, is an intimate culinary experience and fundraiser complete with a performance by the legendary singer himself is an even hotter ticket to secure.

Each year, Potluck features a theme paying homage to America’s roots through delicious eats. This year’s event focused its foodie attendee

Kx5 Interview: “I like his Zen”

So much has happened in EDM since 2008, when the electronic musician deadmau5 and DJ-producer Kaskade released the collaborative dance hits “Move for Me” and “I Remember.” From its pop-cultural zenith circa 2012 to the rise of the more house-influenced and minimal techno sounds of today, electronic dance music has demonstrated its adaptability as well as its staying power.

Through all the trends and hype, deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman, 42, a TIDAL Artist Owner) and Kaskade (Ryan Raddon, 52) have m

Meet The Xicana Indigenous Beauty Maven Bringing More Intention To The Industry

In my teen years as a deeply pigmented, self-proclaimed makeup queen, finding the perfect blush and lipstick shade was a daunting experiment. Then came the discouraging hunt for the right hue of foundation and powder. Most “deep” or “dark” shades served as a glaring (and ashy) veiled reminder that not all skin tones are deemed worthy of a perfect makeup match.

Yet, I was merely one of many in the sea of Black and brown people looking for their ideal makeup palette in the one-size-fits-all beaut
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