As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church. Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]
On the patio of a brewery founded in 1318, I discovered what Kölsch beer is all about, and it’s not fancy hops, new recipes, or top-fermenting yeast. It’s also when I realized the way we think about Kölsch in America is all wrong. O.K., so top-fermenting yeast is part of it. But this light-bodied German […]
Here’s a theoretical question for you to roll around the old noodle: If you vividly remember a weird movie trailer, or a Simpsons joke, or a funny commercial from childhood, but are completely unable to find a trace of it on YouTube, did it ever truly air? Perhaps not.
Want to go to Dartmouth? Good for you. That’ll cost you just $69,474 a year. That price tag might seem insanely high and definitely includes a cost category vaguely labeled “miscellaneous,” but think of what you’re getting: it’s an Ivy League school, probably a great first step toward a super-corrupt political career, and—wait for it—the […]
It’s spring. Just about that time. Not time to plant seeds, though probably that, too. Not even time to clean your closets, Eminem style. It’s time for the next generation to fall in deep, mustachioed love with Burt Reynolds. And in the many wonderful ways to do that (here’s a suggestion), the best recommendation is […]
No one would ever argue with the reality that war is tough, and that the men and women who elect to serve are a truly special breed. But it might come as some surprise that during World War II the British and U.S. governments believed soldiers were so vital that they were willing to go to great […]
Ever been at a party where beer rations were running low and noticed the sudden stir of whispers, suspicious looks, hoarded cans, and unapologetic double-fisting? Imagine it’s 1620, and this is happening on board a ship full of exhausted religious runaways, after 64 days on rocky seas, right after you’ve landed—in the wrong place. This […]