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Welcome to Boise Drinks: Drink Up

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According to the International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture, offering a toast before drinking is rooted in partaking of "ancient sacrificial libations in which a sacred liquid was offered to the gods... in exchange for a wish, a prayer summarized in the words 'long life!' or 'to your health!' To that end, all of us at Boise Weekly offer a toast to the health, well-being and long life to each of the distillers, vintners, brewmasters, bartenders and waitstaff who make the Treasure Valley such a luscious libation-friendly destination.

As you've already discovered, Boise Weekly's Boise Eats/Boise Drinks is a flip-able publication which, on one side, guides you through the best places to dine and, on the other, guides you through some of Boise's best restaurants, pubs, taverns, coffee spots, tea shops and shake shacks. In other words, welcome to the flip side, where we serve up several tantalizing stories that may have you rethinking where, and even how, you drink in the Treasure Valley.

For example, BW's Lex Nelson examines Boise's growing effort to push back against plastic straws. Global plastic consumption worldwide is something close to 300 million tons. That essentially means for each of the planet's 7.6 billion humans, we're consuming 88 pounds of plastic per year. And curtailing plastic straws is considered to be a "gateway" effort to help people start dealing with the problem. For the record, Lex was among the first to report that a select group of Boise restaurants and bars have decided to move away from plastic and toward biodegradable or reusable straws.

BW's Harrison Berry brings life to the iconic blues song, "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," with a trawl through three Boise bars.

Additionally, Harrison examines the evolution of subscription programs at some of Boise's favorite coffee shops.

Lex returns to visit Bardeny in Eagle to witness the manufacturing of its cassis (blackcurrant) liqueur.

Finally, Harrison takes us along to Meriwether Cider's new downtown Boise hotspot on Ninth Street.

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