The ultimate lists of what alcohol has to offer: A roundup of the world's best wines and favorite bars, and instructions for optimal alcohol enjoyment.
Weird Drinking Laws in America
Alcohol has had an odd history in the court of law. During Prohibition, alcohol became illegal, which, it turned out, did little to stop people from drinking. Shocking. As the drinking age creeps higher and higher with the passing years, many people feel constricted when it comes to alcohol laws. However, rest assured that, while alcohol restrictions throughout the United States may be a pain, some states have laws that are not only oddly strict, but strictly odd.
33 Booze Life Hacks Every Drinker Needs to Know
Elevate your bartender, mixologist and sommelier skills to the next level with these 33 booze hacks: Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers hot, is not water-soluble but is alcohol-soluble. Take a swig of vodka to stop the heat. Make cheap wine taste expensive by “aerating” it in a blender for 30 seconds. Use tube socks to keep your bottles from breaking when traveling with booze. Create your own vanilla extract by slicing vanilla beans lengthwise and storing them in a cheap bottle of vodka for a month. Don't water down your white wine with ice; use frozen grapes instead.
Essential Beer Gadgets
It seems that everyone and their bearded hipster neighbor is starting a micro-brewery these days. We’ve found the essential beer gadgets sure to enhance every aspect of your brew experience.
Craft Beer Trends That Need to End
Craft brewing has been a booming business for the last few decades or so. Of course, with the rise of these small breweries comes the rise of silly gimmicks. Most of these trends stem from marketing magic, trying to trick you into buying things you don’t really want, while some are just baffling craft beer trends that need to end. I’m proposing we collectively agree to let these fads slip silently to the wayside. Let’s keep the focus on what makes craft beers great and what sets them apart, not a bunch of ridiculous barroom trends. Some are annoying, some are pompous, and some are just plain weird. Beard beer anyone?
Is Your Bartender Actually Into You?
Pull up your barstool if you’ve ever been stumped by that age-old question: is the girl or guy tending the bar actually flirting with me, or simply trying to lock in a good tip? Maybe she is just being nice and polite. Maybe those looks he’s giving me aren’t suggestive and I’m totally imagining things. Maybe I should stop smiling so much before I get caught by my wife/partner/best friend who I secretly quite like but haven’t found the perfect moment to say so yet. We feel your pain. And the good news for all those who joined us at the bar is we are here to help. Take a few hearty gulps of our free advice and you’ll soon know for sure if your bartender is actually into you.
29 Rules of Drinking
Most would agree that getting drunk is easy–but getting the right kind of drunk? Not so much. Nights spent drinking with friends are supposed to be some of the greatest times... but if you overdo it you will end up with your head in the toilet, or left with only a fuzzy recollection of that thing you definitely shouldn't have said. The art of drinking is undoubtedly a tricky one.