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BYCU

I had a BYCU ready for today, but then I saw this article at Modern Farmer: “Modern Farmer’s Best of 2016: All About Alcohol.”

Booze, hooch, tipple, wobbly pops. There are as many nicknames for alcohol as there are different kinds and ways to prepare it. In 2016 Modern Farmer covered a lot of alcohol-related stories, from the discovery of a 5,000 year-old Chinese beer to the rise of American craft gin to a how-to on growing your own hops. It’s enough to make your head spin (and not from overindulging).

I haven’t had a chance to review the individual stories, but it looks like there’s a lot of good stuff. I’m particularly interested in this story: Gin may be the quintessential British spirit, but small-batch distillers in the United States have begun producing some fantastic bottles worthy of our erstwhile overlords.

When you’re in London, you’re pretty much required to drink beer or gin, just like you’re pretty much required to drink red wine in Rome. Because I can’t drink beer, I drank a lot of gin and was stunned at how much better the London gin drinks tasted. Since then, I’ve been reading occasionally about gins and tonics, learning that Britain is simply better at making both and, even if you can find gins with the same names over here, they’re often not the same product. I’m curious to know what the American entrepreneur is doing to level this playing field.