Cheers! At These Robot-Filled Airport Bars, Everybody Knew Your Name

Cheers! At These Robot-Filled Airport Bars, Everybody Knew Your Name

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 […]

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Nice Haul! The Definitive Craft Beer Urban Dictionary

Nice Haul! The Definitive Craft Beer Urban Dictionary

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 […]

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Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

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 […]

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From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

“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 […]

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These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

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 […]

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From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

“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 […]

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Can the NBA’s All-Star Oenophiles Teach Us Everything We Need to Know About Wine?

Can the NBA’s All-Star Oenophiles Teach Us Everything We Need to Know About Wine?

On January 29, at around 8:30 p.m., like many of the 604 people I follow on Instagram, @kingjames posted a picture of what he was drinking that evening. Of course, @kingjames is NBA superstar Lebron James, and his drink was a $125 bottle of 2013 Nicholas Allen Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon — a pricier bottle than […]

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