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In the last year, the bourbon-loving city has become a destination for ingenious cocktails and great beer.
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Beer taps and bar stools have replaced the pews at this former Unitarian church. Its 26 taps pour US brews from Three Floyds and Green Flash, as well as obscure Belgian beers. holygralelouisville.com.
Owner Michael Trager-Kusman and chef William Tyler Morris met at NYC’s The Breslin. At Rye, they serve drinks like the Vecchio (vodka, amaro, rosemary syrup) and an Italian menu. ryeonmarket.com.
Upstairs from the Blind Pig gastropub, Meat features drinks from guest mixologists, including local star Larry Rice of the whiskey bar The Silver Dollar. His Butchertown Sour combines gin, house-made Falernum, mole and lemon bitters. meatlouisville.com.
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Today, Bravo announced the fourth season lineup for Top Chef Masters, premiering on July 25 at 10 p.m. ET. Twelve talented contestants will include nose-to-tail enthusiast Chris Cosentino of L.A.'s Incanto, NYC master of Mexican cuisine Sue Torres from Sueños, and Takashi Yagihashi, an F&W Best New Chef 2000 who owns Takashi and a new yakitori joint called Slurping Turtle in Chicago. A force to be reckoned with, Yagihashi often applies classic French techniques to Asian ingredients as in his Mustard-Glazed Chicken with Arugula and Bok Choy. While Yagihashi's original recipe called for cooking the bok choy in butter and generously dressing the salad, F&W’s healthier version cuts the amount of fat used for the bok choy and features a light and flavorful salad dressing combing oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.
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He’s a co-creator of Aviation Gin; now he’s making drinks at Portland, OR’s pizza-cocktail bar, Oven and Shaker. ovenandshaker.com.
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Strong, stirred drinks (all $10) are Kalkofen’s specialty at Brick & Mortar in Cambridge, MA. brickandmortarbar.com.
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Romée de Goriainoff
The Parisian mixologist has opened a new outpost of his Experimental Cocktail Club in Manhattan. experimentalcocktailclubny.com.
The journeyman Seattle bartender finally has his own place, Canon, which specializes in whiskey drinks. canonseattle.com.
Long at Boston’s Eastern Standard, Cannon’s new lounge, The Hawthorne, is just next door. thehawthornebar.com.
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