Wine, Beer & Cocktails

Consumer Reports

Why Are Cocktails So Expensive Right Now?

With some drinks now costing as much as a nice meal, it’s hard not to wonder whether the drink is worth it.

07/01/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Bartenders Anonymous

Bartenders Are Begging You to Avoid These Amateur Drink-Ordering Moves

We asked several unnamed drink makers to reveal what they wish they could tell customers, but can’t.

07/01/2022 Photography by Kim Doleatto

Cheers!

Sarasota's Best Bars

Whether you’re looking for a toes-in-the-sand tiki hut, a secretive speakeasy or a big boisterous beer garden, Sarasota has the bar for you.

07/01/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Lauren Jackson, Allison Forsyth, and Kim Doleatto

Best brews

Summer Beer of the Week: Big Top Brewing Company's Hotter Blonde

Looking for something refreshing to sip while lounging in the pool? Try this golden ale spiced up with jalapeños.

06/30/2022 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Best brews

Summer Beer of the Week: Motorworks Brewing's Low Light

Looking for something refreshing to sip while lounging in the pool? Try this "very light lager" flavored with lemon and lime.

06/29/2022 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Five O'Clock Somewhere

Corporate Ladder Brewing Is Crushing the Sour Beer Game

An award-winning Palmetto brewery is knocking out outrageously flavorful beers.

06/14/2022 By Lauren Jackson

What to Buy Dad

Wine Is an Excellent Father's Day Gift

And here are some of your best bets.

06/08/2022 By Bob McGinn

Straight to the Source

Now Is a Great Time to Plan a Trip to Wine Country

The cost of going to Napa Valley has skyrocketed, but there are many less-explored and more affordable regions to visit this year.

05/18/2022 By Bob McGinn

That time of year again

Forks & Corks Is Back!

While the popular Grand Tasting won't take place this year, there are plenty of other great wine and food events happening.

05/04/2022 By Bob McGinn

Lime Time

Where to Find Sarasota’s Best Margaritas, Just in Time for Cinco De Mayo

A great margarita will never go out of style. Here are some of our favorites.

05/03/2022 By Megan McDonald and Allison Forsyth

Don't Mock It Till You Try It

Cool Off With a Refreshing Mocktail From Siesta Key Oyster Bar

Alcohol-free versions of cocktials are all the rage these days. Here are four to try.

04/26/2022 By Samantha Lane

Guest Star

Wine Icon Bo Barrett Visits Sarasota

Barrett, of California's Chateau Montelena, recently participated in a spectacular dinner at Michael's Wine Cellar.

04/20/2022 By Bob McGinn

Springtime traditions

How to Select the Right Wine for Easter and Passover

Wine plays an important role in the celebration of both holidays.

04/06/2022 By Bob McGinn

Stuff We Like

Ron del Barrilito Is Now Easy to Find in Sarasota, and I'm Very Grateful

The Puerto Rican rum has been a cult favorite for decades.

03/28/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Globetrotting

A Part-Time Sarasota Resident Is Making a Fun New Wine Show on PBS

The show follows Liora Levi and Yolanda Año as they visit different wine regions around the world.

03/23/2022 By Bob McGinn

Your Health Questions Answered

Are You 'Sober Curious'?

This movement arose last year and involves reducing alcoholic intake for the health and mental benefits.

03/09/2022 By Allison Forsyth

War and Wine

Ukrainian Winemakers Are Helping Their Country Resist the Russian Invasion

Wine bottles are being used to make Molotov cocktails.

03/08/2022 By Bob McGinn

Black History Month

African American Winemakers Are Changing the Face of the Wine Industry

"The goal is to create diversity in all levels of the wine business."

02/24/2022 By Bob McGinn

Thirst down

Forget the Beer. This Year, Break Out Some Nice Wine at Your Super Bowl Party.

And which appetizers and snacks to pair them with.

02/09/2022 By Bob McGinn

Suds 'n Spokes

Grab a Beer and a Bike at This New Bradenton Bike Shop

The bar sells beer, seltzers, energy drinks and CBD water.

02/03/2022 By Allison Forsyth