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What is Lambanog?

Happy Monday! Today, we’re taking you to the Philippines (just kidding but wouldn’t that be nice?) we’re discussing all about their national spirit Lambanog. This strong and powerful coconut liquor/toddy wine/arrack is the life of the party in many South Asian cultures. More commonly seen in Paradisiac culture this island liquor is the life of any party in South East Asia . Let’s dive into what makes Lambanog so amazing, Cheers!

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What is Seco?

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we’re exploring the region of Panama, their national liquor there is Seco, and it can be used in a variety of different ways to make cocktails to meet just about every taste preference. So how did Panama nail versatility and keep it all to themselves this whole time? We dug up the story and much more. Cheers to learning!

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What is Feni?

Happy Monday! Today, we’re taking you deep into Southeast Asia, to the state of Goa in India, where the country’s national liquor is made- Feni. Today, Feni’s 400 year history makes it a national treasure plus it’s still a favorite Goan staple for delicious cocktails and an important contributor to India’s most valued export. Come on a journey to Goa with us and learn about what makes Feni so deliciously unique! Cheers to learning!

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What is Guaro?

The Pura Vida lifestyle is the motto of the summer for the 1.7 million tourists and the local Ticos of Costa Rica. Their national spirit, Guaro, plays a big role in that. Learn all about the sugarcane liquor that took over the country from its humble kitchen beginnings to the number one selling spirit from FANAL and why you won’t see it in the U.S. anytime soon. Cheers to learning!

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What is Grappa?

We’re starting this week off back in the heart of Italy to explore the digestif known as Grappa. History hasn’t been so kind to the “poor man’s wine” and we found out exactly why, who made it a luxury item, and why it will soon be as important as wine. Cheers to learning!

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What is Mama Juana?

Grab your swimsuit and your suitcase, today we’re heading to the Dominican Republic! We’re learning all about their national spirit Mama Juana. Never heard of it before? You’ve probably never visited DR, but worry not because we’re here to pump you up with knowledge for when you do go. This is a crazy one guys, so let’s get right to it. Cheers to learning!

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What is Arak?

If you thought we were staying in the western hemisphere to learn about liqueurs, you are dead wrong. Let’s keep heading east from Italy to the Mediterranean and learn about Arak- the anise liqueur that reigns over countries such as Lebanon or Indonesia. If we know anything about those cultures is that they know higher extremes than the rest of us, so as they say: “When in Rome…” except we’re not in Rome, so let’s dive into this wild liqueur. Cheers to learning!

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What is Drambuie?

Happy Monday everyone! We’re switching things up today and visiting Scotland to explore all about the mysterious Drambuie. Turns out the Scots have more than scotch cultivating up there! Learn all about how this liqueur played a major part in Scotland’s history, which families fought hardest to keep it alive, and where you can find it today. Cheers to learning!

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What is Amaro?

We’ve talked French liqueurs up a great deal, but what about its ultimate competitor? Italy has some of the best spirits and liqueurs out there. So today, we’re choosing the boot this time and focusing on a wide range of bitters Italians have perfected. Grab a shaker and a rocks glass because we are talking about Amaro today! Cheers to learning!

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What is Aguardiente?

Unless you’ve been backpacking through South America you may have never heard of Aguardiente. Lucky for you, we’re liquor nerds (plus, Mariana is Colombian) so we studied up on the sugarcane liquor that rules Colombia and a few other countries. Who knew they were brewing more than coffee down there?! Cheers to learning!

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Imperial Western Beer Company

Happy Hour Score: 4/5

Overall Score: 4.4/5

The Harvey House was a historic point in Union Station’s history, so it is admirable how much the team of Imperial Western Beer has cared for the overall function of the place and how well decorated it is. They’ve been on the cover of LA Weekly and on the mouth of every major publisher in the state for a reason. They’re here for quality beer, good times, and to bring people back to Union Station with their Happy Hour. Check out what we ordered and a backstage look of their brewery when we visited. Cheers!

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