First, Then: Elevated Beer and Shot Combinations

The pairing doesn't have to be a battle between the poor and the poorer

Dive bars and specials go hand in hand. Yet, even some of the newest, most carefully conceptualized bars offer specials to appease the common drinker’s insatiable desire for the sweet release of liquor and the habitual task of sipping a beer. While most bars offer adjunct lagers and well liquors, the Boilermaker—as the combination is untraceably named—doesn’t have to be a pair of the poor …

Hudson Valley Brewery Makes Beer Based on Instinct, Not Instructions

This upstate New York upstart is already drawing drinkers by the hundreds

Hudson Valley Brewery, a mid-level upstart, has the prowess of a business bound for broader horizons. Their beer—oftentimes pillowy, velvety or (on the occasion when its sour) almost more like Kombucha than beer—is consistently named among the best in the country. The brand’s success thus far certainly pertains to the fact that beer doesn’t have to fit into any theoretical box. Other, stricter drinks—like wine or …

Brookfield Place’s 5 Borough Challenge: Best Brews of NYC

14 breweries from across the Big Apple compete for accolades

One of NYC’s most dynamic public spaces, Brookfield Place New York’s Winter Garden, will embrace two dozen local breweries for the first-ever craft beer competition on site. All five boroughs are represented, including global heavy-hitters like Brooklyn Brewery and smaller (but equally-compelling) producers like Staten Island’s Killsboro Brewing Company. Known as the 5 Borough Challenge: Best Brews of NYC, the event is free to attend …

Beers on the US/Mexico Border

Scottish beer brand BrewDog wants to make beer not walls. While it might seem like an impossibility, they want to build the Bar on the Edge—which will straddle the US/Mexico border. In a press release, co-founder James Watt says, “Beer is a universal language and has a heritage and legacy that far outdates the creation of most nation states.” The brand is no stranger to …

“Hair of The Dog” is Real

Peer-reviewed scientific publication Journal of Pain (which sounds like an excellent album title) has reported that booze is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophen—which certainly explains why so many people use the “Hair of the Dog” excuse to get over a hangover. The study has shown that a blood alcohol content of approximately 0.08% (around three or four drinks) results in “a small elevation of …