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The Reads:

Cocktail Confidential

December 2018

Pints of Passion

Osage Casino offers very approachable beers from Nine Band Brewing with an on-site brewery that’s more than 4,000 square feet.

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Donna Leahey
October 2018

Simply Gin-ius

With a collection of boutique wines and spirits in The Boxyard, Riley’s Wine and Spirits promises to fill what has been somewhat of a void in downtown as far as alcohol offerings go.

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Lindsay Morris
September 2018

Hop Hop Hooray

Confused how to broaden your beer horizons from the standards like Coors and Bud? Learning about beer is easy and fun, and best of all, you get to learn by tasting.

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Chris Greer
July 2018

Boozy Brilliance

Summertime delights to keep you hydrated, happy and get the party started at the speakeasy-style bar MixCo.

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Gina Conroy
May 2018

That’s the Spirit

With the aid of coconut water, Twisted Spiritz has developed a blend of taste and smoothness with II Vodka that people can enjoy without the typical burn that comes from drinking some vodka neat.

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Gina Conroy
April 2018

Coming to a Head

Though abstinence has always been the surest way to avoid a head-pounding hangover, it’s not always practical. Consider these tips, tall tales and worth-a-tries to make for a happier morning.

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Gina Conroy
March 2018

Sunday Bloody Funday

Whether you like yours spicy, tangy, smoky, or loaded up with all sorts of gourmet garnishes, it's easy to find a concoction that's a bit more substantial than a mimosa on a weekend morning.

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Donna Leahey
February 2018

Your Body on Booze

There's no clear evidence indicating the type of alcohol you drink affects your state of drunkenness. So what really happens inside your body when you imbibe?

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Rob Harmon
January 2018

In the Eye of the Beer-holder

While you shouldn’t judge a beer only by its label (it does need to taste good too, right?), most brewmasters will tell you a creative design will help their brew stand out on a crowded shelf.

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John Tranchina
December 2017

Making Spirits Bright

Wrapping your fingers around one of these holiday cocktails will remind you why cold weather and the stressful holidays can be wonderful.

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John Tranchina
November 2017

Toasting Tradition

The vibe at Caz’s Pub falls somewhere between dive bar and eclectic man cave, with a seat at the bar (or tables) for anyone who enters, regardless of where they fall in the social spectrum.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Pour Decisions

With so many specialty brews available this time of year, what really sets Oktoberfest suds apart from the usual go-to beers?

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Bar Bucket List

Not every trip to your local watering hole is going to be memorable. But utilize a few of our ideas and it may become legendary.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2017

Ale Yeah!

Dead Armadillo is cranking out innovative beers, plenty of small-batch suds and consistent favorites thanks to brewmaster Tony Peck’s process and a desire to put a cold pint in your hand.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2017

Ferment to Be

Chris and Vonnetta Allenbaugh have been not-so-quietly taking the local wine-making scene by storm with the stunning Blind Luck brand of wines that appeal to the eye and to the soul.

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Michele Chiappetta
June 2017

Splendor in the Glass

Tired of the overplayed trendy drinks? Area bartenders pour it on straight with their recommendations for getting the most enjoyment out of each sip.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2017

Pour the Win

What’s the best beer-delivery method: cans, bottles or draft? Let’s explore the merits of each.

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Rachel Wright
April 2017

Beerly Beloved

With craft brewing becoming a trend, we’re practically swimming in small-batch suds. Thanks to groups like Marshall, Prairie and others, our cups are running over with porters, IPAs and session ales.

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Rachel Wright
March 2017

Shamrocks and Shindigs

For everyone who believes there are only two kinds of people in the world — those who are Irish and those who wish they were — the 918 has plenty of options for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Rachel Wright
February 2017

Grape Expectations

Picking out a great bottle of cabernet sauvignon at the liquor store, or even just a glass of sauvignon blanc while out for a nice meal, isn't as hard as some wine connoisseurs might make you think.

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Rachel Wright
January 2017

Sip Service

Whether you’re dining, out for a drink, or spending the entire night at the bar, don’t forget the gratuity. But figuring out how much and when to tip can make your head spin more than the booze.

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Rachel Wright
December 2016

Brewed Awakening

There are a number of persistent myths about craft beer that unfairly distort facts and confuse. We demystified a few of these so that you can hold your own against a know-it-all.

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Rachel Wright