The 2014 NFL season will kick off tonight in spectacular fashion, as the defending champion, defensive-minded Seattle Seahawks host the explosive, Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers in a rematch of the notorious Fail Mary game. Since your attention will undoubtedly be focused on game action over the first few weeks — at least until your team starts 0-3 — we've taken the liberty of putting together a cheat sheet to help with off-field (read: couch) drinking.
A little history gives way to a LOT of fruit hooch
Sep 4, 2014 2:00 pm
For years, cider was the gluten-free option — one bartender pitched it to my girlfriend as "like beer, for girls." Dizzyingly sweet, teeth-numbingly chilled, and about as nuanced as club soda, most mass-made ciders, perries, and fruit wines are "artificial compassings." True, there's a new crop of craft ciders out there, and a few brewers and mead makers use all-natural local fruit. The beauty of fruit-based booze, though, is how easy it is to make yourself.
With an especially cool summer and crisper weather already in the air, it’s easy to sense the smell of apples and campfires soon approaching. Those not ready to give up summer yet might enjoy this shoulder-season drink, dating to about 100 years ago, and with a base spirit from one of the first licensed distilleries in the United States: Laird’s Bonded Applejack; essentially, a distilled apple cider first made here by a Scotsman back in colonial times. Incredibly, this cocktail can still be found on menus today after a century in existence, and yet it is virtually unknown.
Shepard Fairey dropped by NYC's Soho House last week for a luncheon to introduce his new label design for a limited-edition bottle of Hennessy. A report, and beauty shots of the handsome design, this way.
Cocktail bars are opening across major American cities almost as fast as Starbucks these days, transforming the way we drink for the better. But, they don’t stop at just making great drinks. The best operators know full well that people expect to be transported through detailed decor, inventive menus and attentive service. Brian Quinn breaks down the new places that are doing it best, from coast to coast.
While we still might be weeks, or even months away, it's high time to plan an awesome fall calendar. Whether you’re tailgating at opening day or looking for your next craft beer road trip destination, we’ve got you covered. You're going to love this year's collaborations and yes, plenty of pumpkin brews.
Say hello to the latest debauchery to come from Austin-based brewery Austin Beerworks: the 99-pack. It weighs 82 pounds. It’s seven feet long. And most importantly, it really does hold 99 beers. Read on.
Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing is known for creating wildly fantastical craft beers with labeling to match, as in the astronaut unicorn hurtling through space on its Imperial India Pale Ale bottle. The label for its latest offbeat brew, "Brown & Stirred," goes in an entirely different direction. The beer, a collaboration with Longman & Eagle, is a strong rye ale (10.5 ABV) inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. The label features a whimsical drawing of a bottle of beer high-fiving a cocktail by Cody Hudson, who shares more details right here.