Craft beer bars are everywhere these days. There are good ones, and there are bad ones. Then, there are great ones. The abundance of beer-focused establishments is a natural progression in the U.S., considering most of us live within 10 miles of a brewery. But not all beer bars are created equally. Some are stuck in […]
It was a long winter in NYC. On a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon in early March, however, a few days after a nor’easter hit, Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue was teeming with life. Traffic filled the two-lane thoroughfare, and residents seemed eager to make the most out of the first spring-like day of the year.
Anyone can sneak a few brown-bagged bottles into her luggage and transform even the dodgiest motel room into a private pub. (Other people do this, right?) But for those seeking slightly more elevated experiences, several American breweries offer overnight accommodations, either at or adjacent to production facilities. Boutique hotels are also getting in on the […]
It’s easy to mock ”Bar Rescue” because it should be the greatest show in television history and it manages to fall just a bit short, ranking somewhere in the upper-middle echelon along with ”Kate and Allie” and ”Good Times.” But even though it’s not everything it could be, it’s still reliably good and occasionally transcendent.
Just a few years ago, brewers who cranked up the ABV to 20+% or triple-digited the IBUs in their brews could garner enough gee-whiz media coverage and genuine beer-geek fascination to turn a tiny inroad in the market into an expressway. But these days, brewers need to display more than mere technical audacity to merit […]
Even in this craziest of political seasons, most of the mainstream media’s campaign coverage falls into two familiar categories: stories reporting the latest poll results alternating with reminders that polls are meaningless. The most obvious reason polls are getting less accurate by the day is their overreliance on the shrinking demographic of people who make […]
Boston can be a strange place to live if you’re not at least tangentially involved in higher education, because the social ebb and flow is dictated by academic holidays and micro-seasons unbeknownst to us outsiders.
Saturday afternoon, I went to a 3-week-old craft beer bar on the fringes of Boston’s Faneuil Hall tourist district, which is a tricky location to open a place with dozens of exotic draft beers and no macro lager.
If you’ve ever visited a nice beer bar, you may have noticed a small sink your bartender uses to rinse your beer glass before serving you.It’s called a star sink, or a glass rinser. That sink looks like this: You press the glass rim down into the glass rinser, which shoots a mist into it. […]