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Visiting 3 of the Best Breweries in the U.S. and 2 Books To Get You Prepped

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“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S. Thompson said that and while I agree with him I’m not at all opposed to a cool Pabst Blue Ribbon. So I guess in Dr. Gonzo’s eyes I’m the scum of the earth. But I also like IPAs which doesn’t bode well for me either seeing as some scientists would say I’m a psychopath. What do I do? Who the hell am I? Before going further down the rabbit hole of my drinking habits and existential paradox, let’s take a look at what I believe to be the three best breweries in the good ol’ U.S., baby! Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. (Roseland, Virginia) The newest but also one of the best. Located in the…

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Prohibition: Lost Drink Recipes from a 1920s Bootlegger

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Equal parts history, chemistry and alcohol make a delicious formula for an entertaining read. You don’t need to love drinking to enjoy Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual (Countryman Press, October 28 2015). The new book from noted whiskey enthusiast and author Matthew Rowley was inspired by a notebook of illegal liquor recipes from the 1920s, Rowley’s annotations add depth and candor to an already fascinating historical artifact. Popular television shows set during the period, such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders, tend to tell a somewhat glamorized tale about the crime organized around alcohol production and smuggling during Prohibition. However, in Lost Recipes of Prohibition, the booze itself is the star of the story,…

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