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• Sidetrack has banned Stolichnaya in protest of Russia’s antigay laws. More bars have followed suit, says Chicagoist.

• Dr. Peter Engler’s authoritative study of the south-side submarine sandwich monstrosity known as the Jim Shoe also includes an epic photo gallery.

• Chuck Cowdery visits Michigan State’s house distillery.

The Aviary’s Charles Joly won American bartender of the year at the Tales of the Cocktail, reports the Stew.