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Spirit guide: Craft-distilled offerings to seek out this autumn

- The Washington Times

More distillers than ever before are trying their hand at craft whiskeys, vodkas and other spirits, which is great as you too can drink "hyper-locally" thanks to new products being concocted everywhere from Florida to, incredibly, Alaska. When next you're at the liquor store, bypass the big brands in favor of some craft spirits, such as the ones highlighted here.

Bourbon products made by Cleveland Whiskey in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Eric Althoff / The Washington Times)

Cleveland Whiskey of Ohio makes bourbon in less than 24 hours

- The Washington Times

The common wisdom I'd heard was that bourbon must -- simply must -- be aged in barrels for at least five years to in fact be considered "bourbon." But at Cleveland Whiskey in Ohio, founder and CEO Tom Lix is a firm believer that technology can accomplish in days what a barrel stashed underground would take a half-decade to do.

 The Tenleytown location of Massage Envy officially opened Thursday in Northwest. 
 (Christopher Jason Studios)

Tenleytown in Northwest welcomes Massage Envy to the neighborhood

- The Washington Times

At long last, Massage Envy has come to the District. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based pampering service has had capital-area locations in College Park and Lanham in Maryland, as well Arlington, Virginia, but with the opening of the company's new Tenleytown location in Northwest, the business has at last breached the capital sphere (or rather, square).

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Smithsonian will offer Laura Chenel's goat cheese samples at Thursday event

- The Washington Times

Laura Chenel's will be on hand Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with samples of its award-winning products at the event "FOOD in the Garden - Fermentation Nation" at the National Museum of American History. The Northern California cheesemaker was awarded two first-place awards and two second-place honors at the American Cheese Society's 34th annual competition on July 28 in Denver.

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A fresh pour: Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley wines offer complex taste profiles

- The Washington Times

California's Sonoma County certainly doesn't lack for wineries, and oenophiles are finding even more to love in the microclimate of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, where vintners are producing more and more complex vinos to add to the delicacy that is the Golden State's grape-based golden harvest. There are as many wines in Dry Creek Valley as there are ways to enjoy them, but here are a few to keep an eye out for.