In June 2018, Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing hosted Green City, a beer festival dedicated to “all thing hoppy.” Some of the hottest names in the industry attended, including Los Angeles’s Monkish and Richmond’s The Veil. All brought several of their of-the-moment, New England-style IPAs (NEIPAs).
Depending on your age and tolerance for prerecorded laugh tracks, the name ”Cheers” either brings to mind a much-beloved barroom sitcom that launched legendary actors’ careers, or a commercial-crammed network show that your parents watched before you (and Netflix) were born. What it probably doesn’t make you think about are grotesque robots and the United […]
Just a decade ago, your average American probably didn’t know what IPA stood for. They certainly didn’t use it in polite conversation, and almost definitely never drank these India Pale Ales. The boom in beer culture in the 2000s, however, has finally spawned a society where craft beer has become ubiquitous, and now most of […]
In July 2008, the Seattle microbrewery Elysian made a special beer for the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records, the influential local record label that had launched the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The pale ale was called Loser, a sarcastic term of endearment at Sub Pop, whose higher-ups were more interested in artistic integrity […]
“I was scared to death,” Derek Wallace tells me. The New Hampshire man had a major, if enviable problem. He had way too much whiskey. “I was constantly worried that something bad was going to happen to it,” he says. There are bottles of booze spread all throughout Wallace’s home. Many of his top-shelf offerings […]
The billionaire art collector was a regular at Billy Sunday, a hip amaro-based cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. He was dazzled every time he drank its intriguing cocktails, many made with vintage ingredients and obscure amari. Hmmm, he thought, wouldn’t it be swell to have this great of a cocktail bar right there […]
“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” lamely jokes the guy in your office who thinks he’s being naughty for having a light beer at a 3:30 p.m. offsite meeting. Today his coworkers might snicker at his so-called transgressiveness. Yet for most of history, drinking before 5:00 p.m. was perfectly acceptable, if not necessary. Many people drank in […]
What if I told you a new, limited-edition bourbon was hitting the market soon. Eighteen years old, 99 proof, finished in Fussigny Cognac casks. There are only about 5,000 bottles available. What would you pay for that? What if I told you the bottle itself was in a French crystal decanter, delicately acid-etched with the […]
Wassail wasn’t only the first all-cider bar in New York City — it was one of the most acclaimed spots in town. The design was “upscale tavern,” with rich woods and a gorgeous white marble bar top. It offered dozens of obscure ciders on tap and hundreds more in bottles.