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The Great Bourbon Rebellion of 2013 Succeeds

<b>Without putting too fine a point on it: we won!</b> Over the weekend, Maker's Mark, distillers of (usually) fine bourbon and recent whipping boys of distilling blogs across the country, reversed their decision to lower Maker's alcohol content from 45 to 42 percent. The announcement came through a noon …

A Maker's Mark They Aren't Watering Down

<b>When the news hit over the weekend</b> that Maker's Mark was actually trying to water down their classic hooch, the gut-reaction was one of offense and bewilderment, if not utter revulsion. We've proven time and again in the pages of Esquire that the crafting of hard liquor is a big fking deal. And …

14 Chefs Reveal Their Secret Hangover Cures

Unlike most of us, chefs know how to whip up a remedy fast.<p>It happens, even to—some would say, <i>especially to</i>—culinary experts. Chefs keep weird hours. The work is hard and the nights are late. Plus there's the inherent sense of community found both intra- and inter-restaurant. A late night, lots of …

How to Buy Wine: A Holiday Drinker's Guide

<i>Welcome to Eat Like a Man's 2012 Holiday Survival Guide, wherein we tackle some of the season's thorniest issues in food and drink to help you make it to January in one piece.</i><p><b>It is said that a true connoisseur</b> <b>can</b>, in a single sip, tell not just which region a wine is from, and not just which …

Should I Be Drinking This? 'Vintage' Vodka

<b>Like a kicked dog,</b> I have developed an instinctive aversion to anything described to me as "a new concept in the vodka category." Experience has dictated that vodka innovation tends toward the stomach-churning. This includes flavorings better suited to a six-year-old's lunchbox than a 90-proof …

What I've Learned (at WhiskyFest): Dave Broom

<i>Whiskey writer</i><p><b>Drinking in the 18th century</b> in Scotland, in the Highlands, the cup would be filled with whisky and passed from one to the other, and they would keep drinking for twenty-four, sometimes forty hours, until they all fell over.<p><b>As soon as you get civilization,</b> you get distillation. It's a …

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Something to Drink: 3 Rums You've Never Heard of

<b>There's a deep connection</b> between Boston and rum. More than 150 distilleries operated in New England at the time of the American Revolution, and they made some of the world's best rum.<p>Whiskey replaced rum as America's drink shortly after the nation gained independence, but by then the world was in …