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The nerd’s guide to cocktails

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The New Year has dawned. The hangovers have passed (hopefully). Now you are wondering what was in your cousin’s mystery punch and plotting ways to get him banned from every liquor store and wine shop in a 100-mile radius. Armed with a New Year’s resolution to not to be a victim to anyone alcohol-infused whims again, you seek knowledge and understanding. Ever the student, you know that there is more to mixology than just pouring libations into a cup and praying for the best. Lucky for you, you have a friend in Dave Arnold. “Shaken, not stirred” takes on new meaning after reading Dave Arnold’s Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail. (W.W. Norton, November 2014). The…

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Where would you and your beer lover like to go?

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Forget pint glasses—your cabinets are stocked with Pilsner Glasses, Weizen Glasses, Tulips, and Steins. Cases of microbrews appear on your doorstep every month. Your long weekends away are determined by the ranking of America’s Best Beer Cities. On Super Bowl Sunday, you will roll your eyes at the Budweiser commercials and instead drink craft beers, or even the latest home brew. If all of this sounds familiar, then you either are a beer lover, or you live with one. If you live with one, you might be wondering about the next frontier for beer connoisseurs (so you can give a thoughtful gift, of course). Patrick Dawson’s forthcoming book, Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews that Improve over Time (Storey…

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