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The Sip

From beers and breweries to specialty cocktails and wine, here's the latest news from the beverage industry around Chicago and around the world.

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Chicago’s Douglas Kim is MGM sommelier overseeing 350,000 bottles of wine at Las Vegas resorts

MGM Resorts International recently announced the promotion of Kim, a master sommelier, to the role of director of wine for its Las Vegas resorts.

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Logan Square’s Lost Lake bar to close permanently

Last call will be Jan. 15, two days after the establishment’s seventh anniversary.

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English sparkling wine is on the rise for celebrations

"There’s been a splurge of interest from overseas in recent years as wine media and critics have started to talk more fondly and more positively about the wines from England," one expert says.

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Paris bar marks 100th birthday of Bloody Mary cocktail

According to Harry’s Bar history, bartender Fernand Petiot invented the drink and the recipe was first published in a book called "Harry’s ABC of Cocktails" in 1921.

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Restaurants coming to Lake View’s Southport Lanes

Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group says it plans three operations in the space starting next summer.

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Prosecco name is center of dispute between Italy, Croatia winemakers

The makers of Italy’s hugely popular sparkling wine Prosecco are fighting to prevent Croatian winemakers from using the name Prosek for their sweet dessert wine.

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Chicago card game will punish trivia also-rans with a mean shot of Malört

Just one game of Chicago Handshake is enough to get you "a little toasty," one of its creators says. The loser of each game has to down a tallboy beer and a dreaded shot of Jeppson’s Malört.

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Kentucky bourbon production skyrockets despite pandemic

Bluegrass State bourbon producers filled nearly 2.5 million barrels in 2020, setting a new production record.

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Why coffee could cost you more at groceries, cafes

After hovering for years near $1 per pound, coffee futures — the price large-volume buyers agree to pay for coffee upon delivery months down the road — doubled in late July, reaching heights not seen since 2014.

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Love infusions in your cocktails? You can make them at home

Here’s what’s fun about infusing: It’s about mixing flavors. It’s about taking pieces of wisdom you might have picked up from cooking and applying them to mixology.

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Enjoy a refreshing strawberry-balsamic shrub in your next summertime beverage

Shrubs are enjoying a resurgence, back in vogue as a cleansing refreshment, as well as a flavorful syrup for mixing with sparkling soda or proseco.

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Premium tequila brands aim to change perceptions about the spirit

"There’s been a lot of effort put into educating people and making them understand that tequila isn’t just the spirit to shoot. It’s a really complex spirit" that takes time and expertise to produce, one expert says.

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French wine that spent year aboard Space Station is for sale for $1 million

Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Proceeds from the sale will fund future research by Space Cargo Unlimited.

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Bronzeville’s Turner Haus Brewery, Sip & Savor to open Chicago’s lone Black-owned brewery

The brewery signed off on sharing space within local coffee shop chain Sip & Savor’s location in the historic Rosenwald Court Apartments.

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Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark: behind production of top-selling bourbons, a new push to go green

Beam Suntory, producer of top-selling Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, is committed to planting 500,000 trees annually by 2030, with a goal of planting more trees than are harvested to make barrels to hold its aging whiskeys.

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Pepsi Blue is coming back in May for the first time since 2004

The berry-flavored soda, first released in 2002, will be sold in 20-ounce bottles and multi-packs while supplies last.

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Ex-Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnet to make new whiskey in Tennessee

Company Distilling will first open a 4,000-square-foot (3,712-square-meter) tasting room and restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee.

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Budweiser giving away free beer with proof of COVID vaccination

Now through May 16, or while supplies last, U.S. residents 21 and older can enter the "Reunite with Buds" giveaway with proof of vaccination.

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Brewers take a cue from Gatorade, adding electrolytes to lower alcohol beers

After a workout, beer-makers want you to think about having a beer with electrolytes added to it rather than swigging water or Gatorade to replenish what you sweated away.

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Professional tasters savor fine wine that orbited Earth

Researchers in Bordeaux, France, are analyzing a dozen bottles of the precious liquid — along with 320 snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines — that returned to Earth in January after a sojourn aboard the International Space Station.

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New wave of bars without booze creating plenty of buzz

Aimed at the growing number of people exploring sobriety, the bars pour adult drinks like craft cocktails without the alcohol.

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Black-owned Turner Haus Brewery aims to set up shop in Bronzeville

After rave reviews from family members, brewery co-founder Steven Turner decided to make his beer dreams a reality.

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Giant lemon can snag you a free bike from Goose Island Beer

The company is giving away 50 bicycles to celebrate "312 Day" on March 12, to anyone who can find and redeem one of 50 giant lemons strategically scattered across Chicago, to coincide with the release of 312 Lemonade Shandy beer.

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Moet Hennessy, Jay-Z Champagne brand launch partnership

Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac, known familiarly as Ace of Spades because of its distinctive label, is produced in France’s Champagne region by a father and son who are 12th- and 13th-generation wine growers.

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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake returns Feb. 15, alongside Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

The light green shake is made with vanilla soft-serve ice cream, artificially flavored Shamrock Shake syrup and whipped topping.

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Haymarket Brewery’s Harold’s ’83 Honey Ale to be sold in cans

In March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the city, craft beer makers Jay Westbrook and Sam Ross created one of Haymarket Brewing’s best-selling beers.

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Coca-Cola rolls out new soda infused with coffee and big-time caffeine fix

All 12-ounce cans have 69 mg of caffeine while Coca-Cola says the same serving of a Coke has 34 mg and a Diet Coke has 46 mg of caffeine. The average cup of coffee has 95 mg.

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French wine, grapevine snippets headed home after year in space station

None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February. That’s when Space Cargo Unlimited will pop open a bottle or two for a wine tasting in Bordeaux by some of France’s top connoisseurs and experts.

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Mountain Dew going pink — launches first new soda flavor in more than a decade

Mtn Dew Major Melon will give soda fans a watermelon flavor, and will also be available with zero sugar.

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Does a hot toddy really help relieve cold symptoms?

One expert says that the ingredients that make up a hot toddy can help you feel better — though he doubts a doctor would prescribe the drink as a "cure-all."

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Adler Planetarium, Empirical Brewery launch new beer

As part of an ongoing partnership, 25% of proceeds from the sale of Space for Everyone beer will support the planetarium’s digital programming.

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Kosher wine: Some history and traditions about the Hanukkah celebration staple

One expert helps explain some of the history behind kosher wine, a popular drink for the eight nights of Hanukkah celebrations, which starts on Dec. 10 this year.