New York State’s Burgeoning Whiskey Appellation, Empire Rye

A robust designation of distillery and spirit standards

The concept of Empire Rye solidified in 2015 thanks to the efforts of six New York State craft distilleries. Today, the designation embodies several rigorous standards that aim to elevate an entire regional whiskey style and signify to consumers what’s in a bottle. More than a dozen distilleries have pledged to commit throughout 2019 and 2020, joining nine current producers. And this is just the …

Word of Mouth: Portland, Oregon

The quintessential PNW city has grown up but its kept its inventive charm

Portland‘s culture of individualism has fostered some of the country’s best bars and restaurants, as well as experimental and ambitious shops. The PNW city—surrounded by the beauty of Mount Hood and spliced through with the splendors along the Willamette River—has a longstanding history of harvesting quality produce and accessing fresh seafood. Even in the city’s newest fleet of bars, restaurants and shops, there are innately …

Celebrating Cocktail Culture Through the Ages at Bibo Ergo Sum

A new three-part menu divides drinks into eras at this LA bar

While seated with Bibo Ergo Sum owner Tait Forman and general manager Daniel Zacharczuk, at a table of glistening drinks, we looked around the glamorous, comfortable room with new eyes. Bibo (as it’s referred to) evokes the cinematic style of a classic art deco bar in Paris or Hollywood, but the goal of the symmetrical interior design by Home Studios was to feel both timeless …