Umami Mart’s Shochu Gumi Club

Exploring the world of this distilled spirit, with origins tracing back to the 16th century in Japan

Once a food and drink blog that transformed into an online shop and brick-and-mortar bar, Oakland-based Umami Mart—founded by Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano—centers on functional design, kitchen accessories, barware, food and beverages. Umami Mart’s ever-growing selection of shochu, and Akabori and Kumano’s interest in learning more, inspired them to write about the distilled spirit (most commonly made from barley, rice or sweet potato) and to …

Recreating Long-Lost Liqueurs at Waterpocket Distillery

Delving into history for unique and botanical-rich spirits

Within the field of archeology, one of the most distressing concepts is the unfathomable amount of lost history. While traces of physical entities such as the Irish Crown Jewels, Roanoke Colony, and Amelia Earhart’s airplane may resurface in the future, an extraordinary number of intangible concepts have disappeared forever—namely languages, cultures and cuisines. Therefore, countless organizations and private businesses race to preserve the legacy of …

Interview: Paul Feig on Artingstall’s London Dry Gin

When a search for the perfect martini turns into making your own gin

The way Paul Feig—of Artingstall’s London Dry Gin brand—talks about cocktails sounds like a pitch for a classic movie, which makes sense considering he’s also a prolific director. Feig is known in the industry for valuing downtime, making sure all casts and crews on his projects spend no more than 10 hours shooting, leaving time for drinks, dinner and a full night of sleep. It …