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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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What is Armagnac?

Looking for the perfect after meal sipper? Not quite a digestif but something you can still enjoy with your dessert or beside your coffee? Something classy, because let’s face it, it’s almost 2019 and maybe you’re looking for alternatives to your normal routine. Well, come learn all about the oldest spirit from France, Armagnac. Cheers to learning!

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Mulled Cider

It’s finally getting chilly in California and with the holidays right around the corner, we figured we’d give you a recipe that is sure to help you get through it all whilst keeping it remotely healthy. Mulled Cider has been a staple of wintertime activities thanks to the scents the ingredients create, but you have to do it right. We’re teaching you exactly what to do, how to properly spike it, and a video of our attempt (which turned out pretty great.) Cheers!

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What is Kir?

If you’ve ever had proper hors-d'oeuvres at an aperitif hour or French dinner party- you’ve more than likely had no choice in the drink pairing. That drink is a Kir Royale and though you may have heard of it you’d be surprised to learn Kir has it’s very own fascinating story. We dove deep into this iconic wine-liqueur with Nazi resisting roots, cheers to learning!

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Mulled Wine

It’s that wonderful time of the year where holiday beverages are making splashes and a big way! Restaurants and bars are adapting to the December seasonal changes and are showcasing some classics! Today, we’re teaching you how to make Mulled Wine, all about where the wild idea of hot wine came from, and more. Cheers!

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