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There’s a New Book Club Dinner Series on Tap

Flora brings books, drinking, dining, and discussion together.
July 12, 2019

A Liquor Entrepreneur Proposes Trakal as an Indigenous Spirit

Sebastian Gomez has come up with a spirit, Trakal, that embodies the flavors and essence of Patagonia.
June 21, 2019

Home-Field Advantage Leads Robin Kim Win

The East Bay Spice Company mixologist competed with six others in three rounds to earn bragging rights as The Best Bartender in Berkeley.
May 24, 2019

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana Lets Tamarind Shine in Cocktails

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana is one of the few restaurants to celebrate this under-discussed aspect of Mexican cuisine — and even incorporates tamarind into its cocktails.
April 19, 2019

Stan Yee Establishes a New Park Street Hang Out

Town Tavern occupies a prime corner and space to create a community bar with drinks and bar food for his friends and neighbors.
April 5, 2019

Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop Brings a Cider Renaissance to Rockridge

Co-owners Olivia Maki and Mike Reis create a cider extravaganza to a former shoe store, and their new bar has been hopping since day one.
March 29, 2019

Classic Cocktails Get an East Bay Twist

Sometimes subtle, sometimes over the top, inventive updates on some old favorites give the classics a new edge and surprising flavor profiles.
March 29, 2019

Nosh Box: Tasting Cuba Libre

If there’s a national Cuban dish it’s clearly ropa vieja. This is shredded flank steak that has been brazed in a zesty tomato-paste and beef-broth sauce. Throw in onions, bell pepper and garlic, then season with cumin and cilantro. Finally, a dash of olive oil and vinegar are added for mouth-feel and balance. But ironically, most Cubans don’t eat it, because beef is controlled by the state in Cuba, and is too expensive for the natives.
March 1, 2019

Phosphate Drinks Are Back in Favor at Benchmark

The bygone quack elixir with a toxic-sounding name is making an unexpected comeback as an avant-garde cocktail ingredient.
February 22, 2019

East Bay Whiskey Arrives From Home Base Spirits and Wright & Brown Distilling Co.

Two local distillers with similar stories take their time getting their whiskies to the people.
January 25, 2019