Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont

Not even a year old, the award-winning aged gin makers release their first whiskey

Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia’s Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah’s Beehive Distillery does something similar. Not even a year old, Middlebury, Vermont-based Stonecutter Spirits’ flagship product—the Single Barrel Gin—is aged in bourbon barrels, and has already become …

Feeling the Burn

Six different indie foods to relieve your spicy fix, from Hawaiian beef chips to sweet Korean gochujang

There’s something about the temperature rising that makes you want to follow suit. If you’ve found yourself pouring Cholula over every single dish lately (I too, purchase mine in bulk by the half-gallon), break out of the rut with these artisanal delights that show off the versatile use of chile peppers, from sweet to smoky. Rather than try to make you cry, these handmade foods …

Images of Italy’s Charming Corner Stores

In his photo series “Heroes,” Italian photographer Francesco Pergolesi preserves the charm of mom-and-pop shops before they’re overrun by corporate brands. Tapping into his memories as a young child where he wandered the streets of his home village Spoleto, Pergolelsi captures the exterior of old-school corner shops throughout Italy and the dutiful owners that watch over them each day. From grocers to florists, butchers, woodworkers …

Brooklyn’s Luft Coffee

The new local roasters serving up small batches at an internet radio station

About five years ago, Blair Smith’s twice-a-day coffee pitstop at NYC’s Kaffe 1668 led to him striking up a friendship with barista Justin Rodriguez behind the counter. Smith then met mobile developer Aaron Sutula in a coffee seminar held by an espresso machine company. “I took a day off of work to go,” remembers Sutula. “And Blair was the only other person who also took …

Studio Visit: Inkwell Helmets

In a bathroom-sized space in Manhattan, Danielle Baskin rethinks bike helmets as a billboard for personal expression

Danielle Baskin first popped up on our radar as the artist who was painting the easily recognizable (and for those from the Northwest, iconic) PDX airport carpet patterns onto bike helmets. Evidently, she paints a lot more than that (though these are going to become a hot commodity once the airport replaces the carpet this winter). Baskin designs and paints landscapes, video game throwbacks, educational …