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Why Is Oktoberfest Held in September?

Why Is Oktoberfest Held in September?

What’s in a name? This question may or may not reverberate among the 7.2 million revelers heading to Munich’s Oktoberfest in mid-September. This year the festivities start on September 14, more than two weeks before month’s end. Oktoberfest ends early the following month, on October 6. What gives? Why is the majority of Oktoberfest held in […]

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Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.

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In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

Denise Marlere runs a thriving brewing business from her home. Her husband, Nicholas, is a butcher. This may sound like a hipster couple in the Hudson Valley, but our duo lives in Bridgewater, England, in the 1300s. Our story ends in 1401, when Denise dies and leaves her brewing supplies and business to her servant, Rose. […]

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How Spain’s ‘Potato Jesus’ Inspired an Award-Winning Wine

How Spain’s ‘Potato Jesus’ Inspired an Award-Winning Wine

Beauty may be subjective, but when an amateur artist in Borja, Spain single-handedly ruined a painting of Jesus Christ beyond repair in 2012, it was obvious. We’ve all made mistakes in public, but this one was bad — really bad. Until it wasn’t. In fact, this error transformed an obscure work of art into an international […]

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I Love You, Doc: A Brief, Boozy History of Alcohol as Medicine

I Love You, Doc: A Brief, Boozy History of Alcohol as Medicine

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Santa Cruz, Calif., is currently conducting a study using cannabis to treat veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s reportedly the “first-ever U.S. study of smoked cannabis for a mental health condition or medical condition.” It could lead to medication. To help people. Soldiers. Meaning legalization fear-mongers can stand down […]

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The Cult Liqueur That Fought an Argentine War and Changed South American Law

The Cult Liqueur That Fought an Argentine War and Changed South American Law

Within two short decades of his arrival in Argentina, American immigrant Melville Sewell Bagley had not only created an iconic national drink, but single-handedly shaped the future of the country’s trademark and patent laws. Born in Bangor, Me., Bagley was working in a dry goods store in New Orleans, La., when the American Civil War […]

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Manifest Your Destiny at the Westernmost Bar in the Continental U.S.

Manifest Your Destiny at the Westernmost Bar in the Continental U.S.

The siren song of California warbles with star-making allure. Promises of gold, agricultural wealth, world-class wine country, and, of course, marquee lights have seduced centuries of pilgrims to point wagons west. (And east, north, or south, depending on their point of origin.) Those hoping to manifest destinies with a drink in hand should peck the […]

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