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Non-Alcoholic Spirits: Why Not Whisky?

It’s been six months since I’ve had real whiskey. Maybe my palate has changed– but the NA spirits being introduced today are shockingly good. None of them quite duplicate bourbon (okay, maybe my palate is just right) but if you’re looking for a substitute, there are some pretty decent options. I’ve recently tried three different “whiskies”, from three different “distillers”. A quick warning about all NA spirits: they are not meant to be consumed neat. Not a one of them. I assure you, you will …

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What We're Drinking Right Now (Jan. 20, 2023 edition)

Once a week (or so), we post a beverage (or two) that we are enjoying right now. These aren't be long reviews analyzing the drinks, just what it is and a sentence or two about why it's our go-to right now. We may even talk about the foods that pair well with those beverages. You never know! [This article contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.] Carla and Tom - We went old school this week. Some …

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Beer and Being Diabetic

I remember parts of the phone call vividly. “We got your test results. You’re diabetic.” I managed to let the medical assistant from my doctor’s office know that I appreciated her calling and I would discuss it more with the doctor at my appointment. I said good-bye and hung up. Then I sat there for a bit and then I told Tom. “My A1C is 7 and I’m officially diabetic.” I said “officially diabetic” because I had been pre-diabetic for years. My A1C had been hovering in the 6.3-6.5 range for so …

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The Best Part of Waking Up

They say the path to Hell is paved with personalized Instagram ads. Wait, no, it's "good intentions," isn't it? I always get those two things mixed up. Don't get me wrong though, in general, I 100% do believe that personalized ads on social media are effectively the opening of the rabbit hole that's sooner or later going to lead the Alice in all of us down into a dark, corporately-controlled, advertising Wonderland. But that's a rant for another time (and probably a whole other place). Rail as …

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What We’re Drinking Right Now (Jan. 6, 2023 edition)

Once a week (or so), we post a beverage (or two) that we are enjoying right now. These aren't be long reviews analyzing the drinks, just what it is and a sentence or two about why it's our go-to right now. We may even talk about the foods that pair well with those beverages. You never know! [This article contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.] Carla - The last few years, we’ve really gotten …

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2023: (Not Just) Dry January

Happy 2023! If you’re someone who’s doing a Dry January– you’ve come to the right place. Yes, I know this is Hoperatives. Yes, I know we focus on better beer. But in 2023, those of us who are sober, sober-curious, reducing our alcohol consumption or just want to have some other options? Well, we finally have them. The last time I went dry was in 2017. And honestly, there just weren’t many options, and the ones we had were pretty bad: sparkling cider tastes nothing like Champagne. Mocktails were …

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Hoperatives: the 2023 Edition

Exactly fourteen years ago, a brand new bouncing baby blog was born. And though there was a test post before it, that was indeed the title of the first post on Hoperatives. It started like this: Welcome to Hoperatives, a place for believers in better beer. What's better beer? It's not just the beer you like, it's the beer you love. It's the beer you'll search for far and wide, the one you'll drive long distances to sample and buy, the one you'll hoard for yourself or grudgingly share, but only …

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