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Manhattan's "Phallus Palace," Oslo's move become car-free, snow season apps and more in our journey through the internet

Oslo Moves to Become a Car-Free City In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to limit congestion, reduce pollution and make the city more walkable. Other cities have launched similar initiatives with slight …

A Visual History of Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Beer

Dating back to 1975, Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale arrives in mid-November and disappears by early January every year. Though consistent in style, the recipes and labels change annually. Regarding the latter, artist Jim Stitt chooses a new seasonal tree to hand-draw. As for the former, the recipe shifts its spice profile. The beer is an exemplary display of craftsmanship and holiday spirit. Some even cellar the previous years’ …

Anchor Brewing Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale

San Francisco's storied brewery introduces an herby Belgian-style beer for summer

As a visit to NYC’s CultureFix taught us last spring, saison-style beers are incredibly refreshing when the mercury rises. While many are hard to come by, San Francisco’s storied Anchor Brewing recently released a Belgian-style farmhouse ale that plays on the same clove-like, fruity notes of a saison, only with a slightly more herbal taste. The fourth brew in the limited edition Zymaster Series, the …