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Is Beer on Tap Really the Best?

Paul Blow

Bottle or tap? When choosing a beer, I used to think: "Tap, of course. Always." Yet, in Charles Bamforth's book , the professor of malting... READ MORE

What’s “Wineglass Sake”?

Paul Blow

In recent years, sake consumption has been declining in Japan. And rough times have been compounded by the recent earthquake and tsunami. ... READ MORE

Pairing Syrah with Spring Ingredients

Paul Blow

Not long ago I was with a couple of friends in the country. It was raining heavily, and we were making a meal of some of the first treats... READ MORE

100-Plus Proof: Crazy, or Trendy?

Paul Blow

The other day, I gave a curious friend a sip of rum from my bar. Before I could say anything, he'd eagerly tilted back his head and downed... READ MORE

The Next Big Drink You’re Going to Hate

Paul Blow

Sorry, tequila, mezcal, and pisco. I love you, but the most naturally complex (no flavors added) white spirit in the world is Moutai (also... READ MORE

Beer Pints Are Just Too Big

Paul Blow

When we use the cliché we're generally talking about something very small. So why is it that the pint glass, as the most common Am... READ MORE

Why Loire Wines Are Like the Movie “Moneyball”

Paul Blow

I recently was in France, checking out natural wine bars in Paris and attending an epic tasting of the wines of the Loire Valley. On my fl... READ MORE

Belgian Brewers Are Copying Us!

Paul Blow

Sure, Belgian beer is big in America. And American brewers have been making their own versions of Belgian styles for a handful of years. B... READ MORE

Vodka Tries to Get Hip

Paul Blow

First off, I have to confess that I'm drinking gin as I write this meditation on vodka. And this gin tastes really good after taking sev... READ MORE

New Year’s Drinking Resolutions

Paul Blow

Most people's New Year's resolutions contain something about not drinking, or not drinking as much. I, on the other hand, set goals about ... READ MORE