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The History of Sangria

The History of Sangria

It’s hard to avoid summer sangria these days. Bubbly sangria, rosé sangria, Hennessy sangria, red, white, blue sangria — the Spanish wine punch has deviated so far from its simple origins it’s nearly unrecognizable. For years, sangrias have been gracing red and white picnic cloths and restaurants with outdoor seating. Sangria seems endlessly adaptable, vaguely Spanish, […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guinness

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guinness

Walk into any bar, and you’re likely to see a familiar tap or bottle: Guinness. The Irish stout is arguably the most well known imported beer in the United States. But how much do you really know about the brand? VinePair reached out to the head archivist of Guinness to bring you 10 facts about Guinness that […]

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I Miss Old Beer Ads So Much

I Miss Old Beer Ads So Much

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.

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A Cultural History of the Hand Grenade, From the Man Who Started It All

A Cultural History of the Hand Grenade, From the Man Who Started It All

The history of New Orleans is soaked in booze. It’s dripping in cocktail culture, influential bars, and cocktail legends. Then there’s Bourbon Street: 13 blocks of strip clubs, bars, and debauchery. And where there’s debauchery in New Orleans, there’s a good chance there’s a bright, Ecto-Cooler green Hand Grenade in a plastic container nearby. Hand […]

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Do People Actually Play Darts Better Drunk? Johns Hopkins Decided to Find Out

Do People Actually Play Darts Better Drunk? Johns Hopkins Decided to Find Out

In April of 1920, a permit asking for permission to purchase 34 gallons of rye whiskey for “scientific research for educational purposes” was filed at Johns Hopkins University. National Prohibition had just been enacted, and the country was officially dry. Alcohol for serious scientific purposes, however, was generally allowed. This particular serious scientific purpose? Whether […]

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