Beverage Stories

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Sydney Oland

    Surimi (Fake Crab) Salad Rolls

    There’s a lot to love about fake (imitation might be a better word, but let’s be honest) crab. It is made from pollock, which is a very sustainable fish, it is inexpensive especially compared to the “real” counterpart and it is delicious. more

    Sep 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Miche Genest

    Dreamtime, Bourbon Time

    I’ve always loved the stories where people slip out of the present and into a different time; kid’s stories like Tom’s Midnight Garden, or the Narnia series, or, in adult fiction, The Time Traveller’s Wife. There’s something compelling about the... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Michelle Eshpeter

    Making All the Right Stops for a Delicious Evening

    Let’s make this as easy as possible. No cooking and no fussing, follow these directions and you will arrive at a delicious dinner destination. First stop, sushi night! Sushi is one of these tricky food-wine pairing combinations. Wasabi, pickled... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Michelle Eshpeter

    Benefits of Boxed Wine

    If you drink wine in the Yukon, certainly you have had a glass of Copper Moon wine. Maybe out of a glass bottle, but probably out of a box. I personally love that the Yukon wine drinking community has embraced alternative packaging and the pile of... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Miche Genest

    Sweet news: Northern bitters make beautiful drinks

    Yukon concocters, experimenters, cocktail lovers and fans of northern botanicals, take cheer! A kindred spirit walks among us. She is Jennifer Tyldesley, and as you will have recently learned in these pages, she makes her own small-batch bitters... more

    Feb 22, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-02-08, Graphic: Michelle Eshpeter

    The Best Trend in Wine

    This is a wine trend that anyone could enthusiastically embrace – wine and chips! Planning a casual night of watching a show or reading by the fire welcomes a glass of wine and a little snack into the evening. But the snack suggestions with wine... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, Image: by Michelle Eshpeter

    Cutting the Cost of Wine

    Everything about wine is fun. It is delicious on its own and it is wonderful with food. There is a wine to match every mood, celebration or weather. All of this fun isn’t exactly free, though. Wine costs dollars and calories, two things that many... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

    Something Different is Always Brewing

    Winterlong Brewing Co. is absolutely, positively, not a mass production brewery -- in spite of market forces. The owners, Marko and Meghan Marjanovic, call market research “playing around.” They call complications “the fun part” and frustrations... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Michelle Eshpeter

    Bordeaux vs Meritage

    Picking up a new bottle of wine can be as difficult as cracking a secret code. What do all of these symbols and words mean? What mystical juice is hiding inside the bottle? At the end of the day, we just want it to be tasty – right? Let’s decode... more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Rick Massie

    For the Love of Beer

    Kaori Torigai loves beer in much the same way others love baseball. Or World of Warcraft. Like baseball, there are a mind-boggling array of statistics to consider. And, like World of Warcraft, there is a huge cast of characters. And, as in both... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: by Miche Genest

    From the Ashes of A River Fail: Two Cocktails

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about heading off on a trip down the Wind River. I was concerned that our group, with all our goods and chattels for the 17-day journey, was going to be overweight for the flight to the put-in at McCluskey Lake... more

    Aug 4, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Miche Genest

    Mai Tais at the Whistle Stop Pub

    Most of us who came of age in the 70s have a Tiki experience somewhere in their cocktail history. Mine was in Jasper, Alberta in the winter of 1975, when I was working at Jasper Park Lodge. My pals and I celebrated every major event – birthday... more

    Jun 2, 2016

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    Miche Genest

    The Dark and Stormy

    Here’s a tip for you travelling cocktail lovers: not everyone shares your love. Your hosts may not have the stocked liquor cabinet and pantry shelves filled with syrups and bitters to which you have grown accustomed. You do not want to burden them more

    May 19, 2016


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    Angela Szymczuk

    This Parrot Delivers

    Cigar lovers: get ready to drool. In the heart of Philadelphia there is a posh cigar lounge called Ashton Cigar Bar. This trendy hub spot features over 300 whiskeys and 200 top brand cigars. The atmosphere is just as decadent as the cigars, featuring more

    May 12, 2016


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    Selene Vakharia

    Healthy Drinks

    With some calling smoothies a health risk and others acting completely smoothie obsessed, you may be wondering whether you should fill your glass or not. more

    May 8, 2016

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    Miche Genest

    The Cocktail Family Tree

    I have a Cocktail Confidante to whom I turn when I need inspiration or advice. He is an amateur beverage scientist who approaches his subject with the curiosity, passion and dedication of a Marie Curie or Frederick Banting. more

    May 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Courtesy of Miche Genest

    The Old Fashioned

    The Old Fashioned takes us right back to the beginning of the history of cocktails. In 1806 a reader wrote to the editor of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper published in Hudson, New York from 1801-1807, asking about the meaning... more

    Apr 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: Miche Genest

    Taking Stock

    In Scottish households it’s a New Year’s tradition to scour the house clean on December 31st to prepare for the coming year. My household has a fair whack of Scots’ influence, and I will say we passed the vacuum over the rugs on the 31st, but it... more

    Jan 28, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTO: Miche Genest


    A familiar sight at many a gathering during the holiday season is the punch bowl, ranging in formality from fine, etched crystal to battered salad bowl, filled to the brim with a fruity, bubbly concoction, set on a tablecloth stained here and... more

    Jan 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Miche Genest

    First Cut Gin is Here!

    There’s a new gin in town, just in time for the holiday season. Yukon Spirits, the hardcore younger sister of Yukon Brewing, has recently released the latest addition to its “Concepts” line: First Cut Gin. Why First Cut? Because this is the first... more

    Dec 17, 2015

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