Humans in general have a thing for alcohol. Drinking alcohol has been a part of the human experience for essentially as long as there have been humans. But why do humans like alcohol so much? The answer could go all the way back to evolution and what’s known as the drunken monkey hypothesis.
People in Japan don’t drink much wine — just an average of four bottles a year per person, according to Kiyoshi Yokoyama, the chairman of Japan Wineries Association. But the history of wine in Japan goes way back, further back than the history of wine in the United States, in fact. In 1543, Portuguese Jesuits sailed […]
Every year, the Court of Master Sommeliers adds a few new members to its ranks. With a dismal 8 percent pass rate, the test to become a Master Sommelier is widely considered one of the hardest tests in the world. That difficulty has led to a level of prestige for the 236 Master Sommeliers.
There’s a strong argument that vodka is America’s spirit. It doesn’t have a homegrown American story like bourbon, or the long colonial history of rum. Vodka, in the American mindset, lacks the prestige of wine or the ubiquitousness of beer. Yet it’s the most consumed liquor in the country, and an American vodka was recently […]
American craft beer is bigger than ever, both in number of breweries and stylistic influence. As the craft beer “trend” turned into a stable, profitable, and growing industry over the past 20 years, there have been plenty of defining moments. Some moments center on specific beers, others on buyouts, and a few on industry shifts […]
Anything can happen in the heat of battle, and sometimes, nothing can cool it down like bottles of beer. Just look at William Speakman, a private with the British Army’s King’s Own Scottish Borderers during the Korean War. He’s one of the only living people to earn the Victoria Cross, the British Army’s most notable […]
Imagine: It’s the time of day when you start to craze a Gin and Tonic. Not just any Gin and Tonic, but a homemade Gin and Tonic, because you don’t want to leave the house. You have the gin (naturally), and the lime, but you somehow don’t have the tonic. So you decide to improvise […]
What if you could order a side of social justice with your half-price IPA at Happy Hour? Your local watering hole may shed more light on cultural trends than you think. Throughout history, there are some interesting parallels between our favorite bar tradition and women’s fight for equal rights. “Happy Hour” initially had little to […]
It’s hard to miss the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. It’s towers are no longer the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere, but it’s been immortalized in movies. Plus, walking the bridge is on nearly every tourist’s checklist. Yet deep underneath the bridge is a wine-soaked history most of the country is unaware of.