5 Ways to Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again 

Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting.… » 12/19/14 5:00pm 12/19/14 5:00pm

How to Drink All Night at the Holiday Party and Not Be That Guy

Listen, drinking all night is not healthy. But it's holiday party season, that perfect storm of open bar and all of your colleagues waiting to see who will be this year's obnoxious, puking, passed out and/or dead person at the party. Don't be that guy. » 12/12/14 5:00pm 12/12/14 5:00pm

First off, let's review the science of drunk. In order to survive…

A Beginner's Guide to American Single Malt Whiskey

A couple years ago, American single malt whiskey had its Bottle Shock moment. Just like the California wines that beat the French in a blind taste test back in 1976, an American single malt trounced the Scotch in the prestigious Best in Glass competition. And if you're not already a fan of the burgeoning genre, you… » 12/05/14 5:00pm 12/05/14 5:00pm

Netflix-Style Booze Recommendation Works Surprisingly Well

We all know that desperate feeling of standing alone, motionless, and confused in a bottle shop. You need to take a decent bottle to a dinner party but have no idea what to get. Wouldn't it be magical if a could just read the labels and tell you what's good? Well, yes it would be, and thanks to a new app called Next… » 11/28/14 5:00pm 11/28/14 5:00pm

I Zapped My Wine With an Ultrasonic Decanter and It Tasted Pretty Good

Technology that can age wine within minutes sounds like it belongs in the same too-good-to-be-true boat as those ads for that "one food that kills belly fat." But the inventor behind a device that claims to do just that, the Sonic Decanter, recently invited to me to test out this fantastical technology. Does it work?… » 11/21/14 5:00pm 11/21/14 5:00pm

The Weirdest Alcohol Laws in America

Growing up in New England, I got used to seeing the supermarket beer aisle shrouded in white plastic every Sunday, lest the alcohol tempt us at a sacred time (thanks Puritans!). The region certainly has some pretty restrictive alcohol laws, but they're hardly the oddest. For that, let's take a tour around the country… » 11/14/14 5:00pm 11/14/14 5:00pm

Wet Hop Beer: The Real Seasonal Brew You Should Be Drinking This Fall

Late fall brings us a preponderance of seasonal brews, from ciders to Christmas porters to Glögg. But one you may not have heard of—and one you should definitely try—is wet-hopped beer, which is suddenly popping up in taprooms and being written about in Bon Appetit. So what is it? » 11/07/14 5:05pm 11/07/14 5:05pm

Morphing Cocktails Are the Perfect Halloween BOOze

Look, cocktails are great. You know it, I know it. But after you pour one and then it just sits there, being all delicious. How mouth-wateringly boring, right? Well, in honor of tonight's revelry, we've got a handful of morphing cocktails that bring a heavy dose of eye-candy. They should pair nicely with the heavy… » 10/31/14 5:00pm 10/31/14 5:00pm

How Much a Bottle of Whiskey Costs in Every State

It is Friday, which means it is an excellent day for a whiskey drink. Inspired by The Awl's quest to catalog the cost of cigarettes in every state, we decided to hunt down the price of a bottle of liquor in every state so you can know exactly how much more or less that stiff pour is costing you than neighboring… » 10/24/14 4:00pm 10/24/14 4:00pm

We Tried This Whiskey-Enhancing Stick of Wood So You Don't Have To

Whiskey is in my blood. Not literally—well maybe a little right now—but since my dad's side of the family is from Scotland and I grew up in Tennessee, I like to take the spirit seriously. So when I heard of a gadget that would make cheap whiskey taste top shelf, I was pretty excited. Until I tried it. » 10/17/14 5:00pm 10/17/14 5:00pm

I Took a Bath in a Giant Tub of Beer (For My Health)

The Czech Republic is a nation renowned for its beer. The home of Pilsner, with first class breweries everywhere you turn, you're as likely to find a great place to stop off for a pint on its street corners as you are to see a Starbucks or McDonalds in the U.S.. However, for my recent trip to the Czech Republic I… » 10/10/14 5:00pm 10/10/14 5:00pm

Pregame Like a Pro With the Best Tailgating Gear

Sure, you could celebrate the victories and lament the losses of your favorite sports team in front of a gigantic HDTV. But wouldn't you rather sip those ice cold brewskis and munch on delicious grilled meats a little bit closer to the action? The tailgate party is still one of America's favorite pastimes, and you… » 10/03/14 5:32pm 10/03/14 5:32pm

GrowlTap Review: Keep Craft Beers From the Brewery Fresh at Home

I'm not sure where this should fall on the spectrum of pride to shame, but it has been years since I've tapped a keg. Raging house parties aren't quite as frequent in the years after college, but drinking delicious beer at home for a little take-the-edge-off tipsy pleasure remains a pastime for, well—a lot of us. » 9/12/14 5:00pm 9/12/14 5:00pm

This Cocktail Concocted By IBM's Watson Isn't Half Bad

The surreal strength of IBM's famous supercomputer, Watson, is now available to the public (for a fee). And to mark the occasion, the company threw a little party last week and served a very blue cocktail. Naturally, I whipped up my own slight variation when I got back to the office. I call it the Big Blue Hurricane. » 9/05/14 5:00pm 9/05/14 5:00pm

How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead

Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavor and character. A beer that was supposedly America's first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavorless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until… » 8/29/14 8:07pm 8/29/14 8:07pm