"No Sissy Drinks:" Catskill Provisions Marries Honey and Rye Whiskey

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Catskill Provisions
Before Catskill Provisions founder Claire Marin started working with bees, she wanted to work like them. "I was very much taken by their work ethic and how it's a one-for-all type of society," she explains. "When I managed sales teams, it was my goal to make us more like a beehive so that we could be more efficient and supportive of each other."

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Hack the Bar: What to Order When the Boozy Pickings Are Slim

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Pink gin: A good low-faith order in a bad bar.
If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Station during the holidays or figure out a gate change when your flight is, inevitably, delayed. You'll likely find yourself in a mediocre airport (or train station) bar to accomplish that nerve-soothing pre-gaming, and once you're home, your bar choices might be limited to the types of joints that pour mass-produced beer, crappy sour apple martinis, or highballs with plastic jug whiskey (but hey, you still need a cocktail, because families are stressful). So here is our early Christmas present to you: A guide to hacking the bar -- any bar -- and drinking well, even when your boozy pickings are slim.

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Five Spots to Celebrate Repeal Day and Repeal Day Eve

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Celebrate the fact that alcohol dumping like this no longer happens.
The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can raise a glass to the rectifying of that great mistake.

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Cocktail Omakase Night at SakaMai Tonight

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Omakase--or chef's choice--usually only applies to sushi offerings at high-end Japanese spots. But SakaMai takes the concept to a brand-new level by moving it from the sushi bar to the sake bar, offering a cocktail omakase night that's distinctive in this city.

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Meet a Sake Samurai (and Get a Buzz on) Tonight at Sakamai

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A bit of sippable good news came by way of the folks over at Sakamai sake lounge: the crew will be hosting its inaugural "sake samurai happy hour" tonight.

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Mars Bar Location Becomes 12-Story Luxury Apartment Building

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As many longtime tenants on the Lower East Side say goodbye to beloved dive bars, others will be privy to living in a luxury residential building on the very same corner that used to house Mars Bar. The Wall Street Journal reported that nine tenants who live in two small walk-up buildings on Second Avenue and First Street struck deals to buy "cooperative units in a new 12-story building," which will be known as Jupiter 21. These residents paid the jaw-dropping price of $10 per apartment.

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Brooklyn Pour Announces Second Round of Brewers

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After announcing 40 brewers a couple of weeks ago, Brooklyn Pour has added its second round of brewers, bringing the total so far to 60, already breaking last year's total. The event takes place on Saturday, October 6, and you can find tickets at the Brooklyn Pour website.

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White House Releases Controversial Homebrew Recipes

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Last week we, the people, demanded that the president release the recipes for his White House home brews -- the beers he enjoys so much, he is carrying some along the campaign trail.

How did the White House respond? By making adorable beer puns and sharing the recipes, at last:

With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it.
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Heineken Releasing Two New Beers Soon

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Heineken is releasing two new beers in the U.S. this month: Amstel Wheat and Tecate Michelada.

According to Reuters, Amstel Wheat will be sold in bottles in the Northeast, Chicago, and Minneapolis after a year-long test of the beer on draught.

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Obama Will Release The White House's Beer Recipe

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We did it, everyone. Following a public outcry, petition, and the filing of a federal Freedom of Information Act request, the Leader of the Free World will release the White House's beer recipe.

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