Latest in Proof
  • Stella Macus
    Published 3 days ago
    Getting Drunk For The First Time

    Getting Drunk For The First Time

    This is a true story of my experience at one of the companies I worked a few years ago. The company had a very free and happy culture, thanks to my highly social and extroverted boss.
  • Marco Cardoni
    Published 3 days ago
    Confession Corner: The Prom Heist

    Confession Corner: The Prom Heist

    Forgive me Vocal readers, for I have sinned. Wait! Forgive me again, because there is something I must do in order to be worthy your forgiveness. Yes, it pains me so, but I must first put my transgression, my crime, my utter shame into writing. I will not omit a single dreadful detail from the egregious episode for fear of damning my eternal, online soul. I have my reputation and the view counts on my subsequent articles to think about! After years of torment, carrying around a burden of guilt like the bloke with the chains around his neck from that Charles Dickens book (the one with The Muppets in it), it shall be a great relief to me to finally open up about this subject. I also hope that this article somehow finds its way to the person my friend and I wronged all those years ago because part of me feels like this magical, storybook scenario would bring a sense of closure and catharsis to everybody involved. The other part of me would probably just be grateful for the extra click on my article to be honest (free money and all that). So, without any further ado (not adieu), I shall relay my outrageous – but unfortunately very true – tale unto you all. This, my friends, is the story of The Prom Heist.
  • Pankaj Rattan
    Published 6 days ago
    A History of Wine

    A History of Wine

    Wine has a long past, and specific bottles of wine can have their own story too. These two aspects add significantly to wine's fascination, but wine's place in our cultural history is the larger and grander theme. Wine was one of the first things that Man created, and it has held a special place in many cultures.
  • Marcia Frost
    Published 8 days ago
    Star Union Spirits

    Star Union Spirits

    I have visited many distilleries around the U.S., as well as in other countries around the world. Star Union Spirits is one that stands out. It has a combination of unusual spirits, location, and lounge concept.
  • Shane McHugh
    Published 9 days ago
    BOTRYTIS!

    BOTRYTIS!

    "BOTRYTIS" were the first words Gerhard Kracher shouted at the top of his lungs while pointing to a stunning portrait of shrivelled grapes behind him as we commenced our Zoom call to talk about his and his family's stunning portfolio of wines, particularly the sweet wines that have made them synonymous in said category for many a year.
  • Emma Ress
    Published 10 days ago
    A True Wisconsin Summer

    A True Wisconsin Summer

    “Sweet or sour?”
Staff Picks
  • David Wyld
    Published 17 days ago
    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    With all its many styles, variations and forms, the martini continues to be a mainstay among Americans. In fact, the wildly popular martini is the second best-selling cocktail nationwide, according to Nielsen.
  • The Beer Collection
    Published 2 months ago
    Brewing Your Own Beer, 101

    Brewing Your Own Beer, 101

    A new series, aimed at the novice or wannabe homebrewer
  • Regina Bass
    Published 3 months ago
    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Making drinks has always been a big hobby of mine. I was a barista for a few years, and had experience both teaching and attending numerous coffee seminars. I watched the World Barista Championship for fun, and I was practically a caffeine addict by the age of 14 (although that's another story) . Making artisan drinks was fun, and with the amount of time I spent exploring different concoctions, it came to no surprise that I would soon venture towards mixology as well. As an 18 year old from California I wasn't even sure I was legally allowed to attend a bartending school. But one morning I found myself calling a local bartending school for more information, and that same week I was enrolled.
  • Kate Crouthamel Nelson
    Published 4 months ago
    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed

    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed

    5 Reasons My First Attempt at Quitting Drinking Failed
  • George Swagger
    Published 4 months ago
    Alcohol Pairing Tips From Experts

    Alcohol Pairing Tips From Experts

    Planning to host a dinner party soon? Impress your guests by delivering a great dining experience through impeccable alcohol pairing. Alcohol pairing is a skill that can be learned by simply combining good tastes. When you carefully curate your alcohol pairing, you are also enhancing the taste of the alcohol, as well as the food and cigar collection that you paired it with.
  • Marcia Frost
    Published 7 months ago
    Spirits for Holiday Parties and Gifts

    Spirits for Holiday Parties and Gifts

    At one time, you could go into a store and find a liquor aisle to browse through. That aisle has now turned into a dozen aisles, with spirits you probably never even heard of. Some of those liquors you may never want or need. When you do want something different for a special occasion or a gift, how do you know where to start?
Featured Collections
Alcohol
  • Femicure Healthcare
    Published 2 months ago
    Does Alcohol Affect Male Fertility? Facts You Need To Know

    Does Alcohol Affect Male Fertility? Facts You Need To Know

    A person’s overall health and well-being depend on various aspects. Most people are very much aware of the fact that alcohol abuse can cause various health problems. However, very few people are aware that regular consumption of alcohol can also damagingly impact male fertility. Traditionally, it used to be believed that women should not drink while pregnant, but it is only half-truth. Alcohol consumption, even before pregnancy, can also cause some serious problems with fertility, especially to the male as per the fertility doctors in India.
  • Ashley Terrell
    Published 2 months ago
    VODKA:  The Multi-purpose Household Essential

    VODKA: The Multi-purpose Household Essential

    When I began drinking vodka, I didn't agree with the taste very well. Perhaps due to my lack of alcohol knowledge at a young age, but the taste was rough and the after taste was awful. I didn't care if you mix it with orange juice, kool-aid, punch, or soda - I was not a fan of vodka!
  • Daniel Falconer
    Published 3 months ago
    Myths About Alcohol You Shouldn't Believe

    Myths About Alcohol You Shouldn't Believe

    If you’re of above legal drinking age, or for some of you, even if you’re below it, you’re likely to know exactly how it feels to go to the bar and order your first alcoholic drink. The excitement and buzz that comes with it, ahead of a night that’s usually packed full of more twists and turns than an episode of Game of Thrones. Chances are you’ve also heard some big claims made about drinking and everything that comes with it, so we’re here to separate the fact from the fiction with ten myths about alcohol you shouldn’t believe.
Bars
  • Katie Manning
    Published 11 days ago
    Second Place in On the Rocks Challenge
    Sail Away to the BVI

    Sail Away to the BVI

    Soggy Dollar bar is the most famous beach bar you have never heard of.
  • Andy Potts
    Published 15 days ago
    Come for the beer, but what about the community?

    Come for the beer, but what about the community?

    With Britain’s coronavirus lockdown coming to an end, more and more pubs are talking up the possibility of pulling pints once again after July 4. Welcome as that news is, though, it is far from clear what a post-COVID pub might look like. For many publicans, there’s still some way to go before a ‘new normal’ can be ready.
  • Heather Lee
    Published about a month ago
    Kanza Calling

    Kanza Calling

    Friday: Go to work, get home by 9pm, get dolled up, get my butt to Kanza.
Bartenders
  • Regina Bass
    Published 3 months ago
    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Bartending School - Is it worth it?

    Making drinks has always been a big hobby of mine. I was a barista for a few years, and had experience both teaching and attending numerous coffee seminars. I watched the World Barista Championship for fun, and I was practically a caffeine addict by the age of 14 (although that's another story) . Making artisan drinks was fun, and with the amount of time I spent exploring different concoctions, it came to no surprise that I would soon venture towards mixology as well. As an 18 year old from California I wasn't even sure I was legally allowed to attend a bartending school. But one morning I found myself calling a local bartending school for more information, and that same week I was enrolled.
  • Savannah Aichem
    Published 4 months ago
    God's Favorite Bar

    God's Favorite Bar

    It’s often said that bartenders are like cheap therapists, and most days that feels like the truth. So, one day when I saw a reserved older man, sitting at the end of my bar all alone and looking like he had the world on his shoulders, naturally I went over and asked what he wanted to drink. He smiled kindly, his eyes crinkling around the edges just a little.
  • Shoshannah
    Published 6 months ago
    What they ask for "Whatever's good but not boozy."

    What they ask for "Whatever's good but not boozy."

    We've all been there. You're working the bar, making everyone's specific drinks as they ask for it and tell you exactly how they like it. Then someone comes up and says, "eh, I don't know, whatever's good but not too boozy."
Beer
  • Pam Jannes
    Published 26 days ago
    Beer and Health?: 5 Craft Breweries You Can Try and How Beer Can Benefit Your Health

    Beer and Health?: 5 Craft Breweries You Can Try and How Beer Can Benefit Your Health

    Let’s face it, 2020 has been one heck of a ride so far, and not necessarily the good kind. However, summer is finally upon us, and we’re all hoping for the opportunity to redeem ourselves and really enjoy this year! Many of us are coming off of quarantine and we are happy to begin socializing, to a certain extent, and living our best lives.
  • The Beer Collection
    Published 2 months ago
    Vegan Friendly? Think Before You Drink That Beer

    Vegan Friendly? Think Before You Drink That Beer

    If you read this article, you may be a vegetarian or a vegan and like beer. To you I say: Read on!
  • Andrew Dixon
    Published 2 months ago
    I Might Have to Sue Corona

    I Might Have to Sue Corona

    Upon reading this title, you might think I'm some idiot American, which is kind of true, I won't argue with that, but, I'm not thinking about suing the virus, I would obviously lose. The virus would mop the floor with me. I want to sue the beer company, and no I don't think that they started the virus either. They did unknowingly cause a kitchen fire in my house, but that's a different story. I have something else against them.
Cocktails
  • Elliot Adamson
    Published 10 days ago
    Pick Your Poison: The Snakebite

    Pick Your Poison: The Snakebite

    A cocktail love child born from gothic British pubs and raised by Mediterranean summers.
  • Muse.Monkey
    Published 10 days ago
    Christmas In July

    Christmas In July

    Christmas is my favorite season and I just couldn’t wait.
  • Andy Clark
    Published 11 days ago
    Shootin' The Breeze

    Shootin' The Breeze

    Summer is here; the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the grass tickles beneath your bare feet and the smell of sun-cream is already transporting you to far-flung places filled with heat and relaxation.
Diy
Fact Or Fiction
  • Alana Redmond
    Published 2 months ago
    8 Surprising Ways You Can Get a DUI

    8 Surprising Ways You Can Get a DUI

    When you hear “DUI,” most people immediately think of being arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence. However, many states have different policies on how and what is defined as a motor vehicle. Here are a few strange ways you can get a DUI.
  • Daniel Falconer
    Published 3 months ago
    Myths About Alcohol You Shouldn't Believe

    Myths About Alcohol You Shouldn't Believe

    If you’re of above legal drinking age, or for some of you, even if you’re below it, you’re likely to know exactly how it feels to go to the bar and order your first alcoholic drink. The excitement and buzz that comes with it, ahead of a night that’s usually packed full of more twists and turns than an episode of Game of Thrones. Chances are you’ve also heard some big claims made about drinking and everything that comes with it, so we’re here to separate the fact from the fiction with ten myths about alcohol you shouldn’t believe.
  • Joseph D. N. Kendrick
    Published 2 years ago
    Drinking Rituals from Around the World

    Drinking Rituals from Around the World

    One of my favorite hobbies is exploring what drinking is like in different parts of the world. Have you tried Japanese whisky or Korean Soju? What about lesser known European spirits like Ouzo and Jenever? Along with tasting these international beverages, it's important to understand the drinking culture in the regions where they originated. Here are some of my favorite drinking rituals from around the world—I encourage you to try them for yourself!
History
  • The Beer Collection
    Published 3 months ago
    Let's have a Bush Beer at the Secret Pub

    Let's have a Bush Beer at the Secret Pub

    Ever heard of secret pubs? Hideouts in the bush where villagers would get together and drink beer? This is the story of Aitu and its neighbouring islands, part of the Cook island group. Read on to learn more about this lesser known and very local beer style!
  • Neal Litherland
    Published 4 months ago
    Who Was The Real Captain Morgan?

    Who Was The Real Captain Morgan?

    Captain Morgan is a name known far and wide, but today the only fear it generates is in people who can't quite remember what they did after their eighth shot of rum on Saturday night. However, unlike some products that come up with catchy names and memorable mascots to go with them, Captain Morgan was a real person. Beyond simply existing though, Captain Henry Morgan wrote his name in gunpowder and blood all throughout the Caribbean in the 1600s.
  • Pious
    Published 5 months ago
    Why haven’t humans ban alcohol?

    Why haven’t humans ban alcohol?

    In fact, many countries have banned alcohol, at some point in history. A typical example is the famous American period of Prohibition.
How To
  • mardanny
    Published 11 days ago
    Putting the Virgin in Mary

    Putting the Virgin in Mary

    Living in the heart of America (Midwest) is the perfect opportunity to write about a concoction that can knock you right on your a**! The classic Old Fashion loved by Wisconsinites, the Bootleg every Minnesotan knows how to make blindfolded, and Busch ‘lattes’ Midwesterners call Busch Light for whatever reason. The list goes on!
  • David Wyld
    Published 17 days ago
    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    4 Steps for Perfecting the Classic Martini

    With all its many styles, variations and forms, the martini continues to be a mainstay among Americans. In fact, the wildly popular martini is the second best-selling cocktail nationwide, according to Nielsen.
  • Duncan Ainsworth
    Published 2 months ago
    Homebrew Mead

    Homebrew Mead

    So recently I wrote about my experiences with making mead and experiencing with different flavour combinations, so now I figured I would share my process of how I made it.
Humanity
  • Stella Macus
    Published 3 days ago
    Getting Drunk For The First Time

    Getting Drunk For The First Time

    This is a true story of my experience at one of the companies I worked a few years ago. The company had a very free and happy culture, thanks to my highly social and extroverted boss.
  • Ashley Rae
    Published 12 days ago
    A Pink Jeffrey for Your Wild Side

    A Pink Jeffrey for Your Wild Side

    It all started in high school.
  • Rana Ali
    Published 2 months ago
    Go Hard at Home

    Go Hard at Home

    I always knew I’d be an alcoholic. It was a bit of a delayed vice due to the insufferable tendency some bald bitch had of playing God.
List
  • Daniel Falconer
    Published 3 months ago
    Best Wineries in Virginia

    Best Wineries in Virginia

    When it comes to the best wineries in Virginia, there are a lot of options and places to consider. While there are brilliant wineries all over the East Coast, nothing quite compares to Virginia. As the United States’ Wine Country, Virginia is home to all sorts of wineries and vineyards, making it a little tough at times to choose exactly where you should be heading for the best experience. To narrow down your search, we’ve put together a list of 10 of the best wineries in Virginia, so you can look through them and make an informed decision of where to go!
  • Steaaphen Davis
    Published 3 months ago
    Treat Your BBQ Guests to Four of the Best Cocktails

    Treat Your BBQ Guests to Four of the Best Cocktails

    The summer months will be rolling in soon and we all know what means. Backyards up and down the country will become the host to numerous BBQ’s on the weekends with hosts and guests all enjoying some great food and refreshing drinks. However, for the latter, it doesn’t always have to be cold beer. Why not try something a little different by adding some popular cocktails for your guests to drink?
  • Hollie Tury
    Published 6 months ago
    Top 9 Alcoholic Parma Violet Drinks

    Top 9 Alcoholic Parma Violet Drinks

    Alcoholic beverages and nostalgic sweets have always had a rather experimental relationship ever since the early days of unusual mixing. But, for a specific audience, a certain sweet comes to mind. And, when swirled with the perfect liquer, can often leave a punchy note that can make a collective Swizzels lover swoon. This, of course, is all about parma violets and all of their gorgeous glory.
Review
  • Alexis Hustus
    Published 2 years ago
    The Ginger Tea Reviews: Darjeeling and Pear Sangria

    The Ginger Tea Reviews: Darjeeling and Pear Sangria

    Hello, and welcome back to another fruity edition of the Ginger Tea Reviews! Tea is my passion, and I am making it my goal to share my passion with the world! Today, we are going to be talking about a recipe from a great cook book, The Culinary Tea.
  • EmmaLeigh Rivera
    Published 2 years ago
    The Tipple Tattle: Bonneville Brewery

    The Tipple Tattle: Bonneville Brewery

    About 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake City, nestled in the small town of Tooele is a great craft brewery called Bonneville Brewery. Now, Utah isn't traditionally known for their alcohol but with a new generation of brewers on the rise, Utah is quickly becoming fertile ground for the growing industry. Bonneville is what I would describe as the perfect brewpub with a great balance between innovative brews and delicious eats.
  • Bum Wine Bob
    Published 3 years ago
    BWB Malt Beverage Of The Week — ZIMA

    BWB Malt Beverage Of The Week — ZIMA

    ZIMA is BACK! If you've been living under a rock for the last month and haven't heard the news, the original flavored malt beverage, Zima is back for a limited time only!
Wine
  • Pankaj Rattan
    Published 6 days ago
    A History of Wine

    A History of Wine

    Wine has a long past, and specific bottles of wine can have their own story too. These two aspects add significantly to wine's fascination, but wine's place in our cultural history is the larger and grander theme. Wine was one of the first things that Man created, and it has held a special place in many cultures.
  • Shane McHugh
    Published 9 days ago
    BOTRYTIS!

    BOTRYTIS!

    "BOTRYTIS" were the first words Gerhard Kracher shouted at the top of his lungs while pointing to a stunning portrait of shrivelled grapes behind him as we commenced our Zoom call to talk about his and his family's stunning portfolio of wines, particularly the sweet wines that have made them synonymous in said category for many a year.
  • Shane McHugh
    Published 17 days ago
    Pinot Paradise

    Pinot Paradise

    “I had a full summer drinking Dujac, DRC and de l’Arlot and I thought to myself, these are the kind of wines I want in my cellar.”