10 Things You Didn't Know About Amaro, The Bitter Liqueur Of Your Dreams

Herbal liqueurs are growing in popularity
Oct 28, 2014 12:00 pm

You’ve swilled Negronis and sipped Fernet with the best of them, but there is more to amari than meets the aperitif. The European herbal liqueurs that span centuries of (dubious) health claims are as varied as the continent itself. Learn the bitter truths about these versatile spirits. Emily Saladino gives it to you straight.

Let's Play The Gérard Depardieu Drinking Game!

How to drink wine and champagne all day: ready, go!
Sep 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Somewhere in a universe where people believe the things super-famous actors say about their personal lives, lies this headline: Gérard Depardieu: I Drink 14 Bottles Of Wine A Day And I've Killed Two Lions. That sounds like an awesome universe to play a drinking game. To play the official verison, you'll need 14 bottles per person, so let's round down slightly and go with one case per party. And two stuffed lions. Whoever speaks the most passable French goes first. 

Is This The End Of New York City's Irish Pubs As We Know Them?

Irish watering holes are shutting down. Why?
May 19, 2014 12:00 pm

New York City has long been a friend to the Irish pub. Dedicated fans, a mix of office works, college kids and happy hour hounds, have enjoyed pints of Guinness and drams of Jameson for decades — just about as far back as anyone can remember. But is a new generation of barfly, coupled with rising rent costs and a shift in drinking preferences, putting these bars in jeopardy?

American Amaro: How An Old European Liqueur Became The Biggest Thing In Bartending

U.S. producers are making their own bitter versions
May 13, 2014 12:00 pm

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, American distillers’ admiration for foreign booze knows no bounds. Take for example, the case of European bitter liqueurs, which are steeped with an assortment of herbs and spices and tempered with a sweetener. Riding on the coattails of this burgeoning curiosity are a handful of American distillers devising bitter elixirs of their own. Read on.

Ninjas Vs. Unicorns: My Awkward Childhood Fantasy Played Out In Craft Beer

It's the brew world's weirdest rivalry in a bottle
Feb 7, 2014 2:30 pm

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first: I was really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, pretty much anything ninja. I also watched My Little Pony (and now my secret's out). Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s been my fantasy for years to see ninjas and ponies duke it out, and thankfully there’s now a series of beer helping me live out this perfectly normal fantasy. It's awesome.

Arctic Ale: The Extra Hoppy, Extra Boozy, Extra Badass Beer Of Explorers

Looking at a forgotten chapter in brewing history
Feb 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Arctic exploration in the 19th century was tough work for bands of intrepid adventurers heading to the Pole. There was freezing to death, say. Also starvation, boredom and polar bears jumping out of the water to "resolutely seize and devour whichever dog or human being was sitting closest to their jaws," as Jon Mooallem writes in Wild Ones. But really, explorers were more concerned about their beer. This beer was arctic ale. So, what exactly is arctic ale? 

Weekend Drinking Assignment: The Super Bowl Of Beers

Seattle vs. Denver, battle of the brews. Fight!
Jan 31, 2014 3:00 pm

While it’s practically a national holiday every year, Super Bowl 2014 will be particularly exciting because of the teams involved: this could very well be the first craft beer Super Bowl. Here are seven of the best brews from both cities in the category of IPA, sour, stout, barleywine, wheat, fruit beer and ballsiest beer. I know that’s not a style but hey, it’s a game of balls. 

Weekend Drinking Assignment: Stay Warm Like A Czar With Russian Imperial Stout

Dark, hoppy and strong brews for a chilly weekend
Jan 10, 2014 2:00 pm
best russian imperial stouts

It’s generally unpleasant outside and while spring may be just a mere two months away, these are the dark days of winter. You need a beer that will warm you up. Here are five Russian Imperial Stouts that you’ll likely be able to find at your local specialty store. I suggest pairing them with cheese and perhaps a cigar, as both the the dark fruit flavors and roastiness match up perfectly. Let’s toast to the perfect winter beer.


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