Eggnog Flavoring Goes Critical, Demolishes New Jersey Food Lab

Maybe you were thinking that eggnog gets its flavor from nutmeg and cinnamon and sugar and booze. Maybe you were thinking that if anything about this rich, sweet beverage were harmful, surely it'd be the raw egg and the cream, and the occasionally gastrointestinally hazardous combination of alcohol and those… » 8/05/14 3:18pm 8/05/14 3:18pm

18 Underrated Beers

Last week we published a list of 18 Overrated Beers, featuring the irresponsible and unsubstantiated claim that there exist—right here on this very earth!—people unwilling to trade the middle seven years of their lives for a case of Yuengling. We did this because last week, at least, we were trolls and haters, who… » 8/05/14 9:59am 8/05/14 9:59am

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 12-Pack, Ranked

Last week, I said that the current number of breweries in the United States—we're up to a bit more than 3,000—is unsustainable, and I was probably wrong. As long as these fledgling operations keep a modest focus on their home markets, there's no reason we can't have a German-style system that supports nano breweries… » 8/01/14 11:25am 8/01/14 11:25am

Bartender Unwittingly Serves "Flaming Lithuanian"

Keep an eye on the balding fellow, leftmost among the guys in white shirts at the start of the video. Look at that poor bastard. Dude's tired and depressed from a long day of middle-managing a Lithuanian bioinformatics firm or whatever, just minding his own business, trying to have a drink and a good time, trying to… » 7/29/14 1:03pm 7/29/14 1:03pm

18 Overrated Beers

I take very seriously my role as the Lone Listicler, keeping my own counsel and avoiding the corrupting influences of scuttlebutt and daylight to provide the Beer Internet with its only fair and accurate source of rankings, slander, and bullshit. But I was nervous about this compilation of overrated beers, so I broke… » 7/28/14 9:46am 7/28/14 9:46am

Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit

Crowd-funding is a great hustle. Remember a couple weeks ago when some dude threatened not to make potato salad unless we bought him a solid-gold pony with diamonds for eyes, and we actually went for it? Of course, many professional bloviators saw this as the exact moment when society’s collective handbasket… » 7/23/14 10:52am 7/23/14 10:52am

American IPAs, Ranked

The British invented India pale ale in the 18th century, but despite having been born in one foreign country and named for another, IPA has evolved into a distinctly American art form. Excellent IPAs are now made all over the world, but America's unrivaled dedication to hops and bombast have effectively made this… » 6/30/14 10:13am 6/30/14 10:13am

Citrus-Beer Smackdown: Bud Lite Lime Vs. Coors Light Summer Brew

These are boom times for the better-than-Bud beer-drinker. Last year, sales of craft beer—which I will never try to define, but which all warring factions of whiners and definers seem to agree means, at a bare minimum, "beer made in a less industrial fashion by smaller, independent, more quality-conscious… » 6/20/14 2:15pm 6/20/14 2:15pm

How To Make A Caipirinha, Brazil's Weird-Ass National Cocktail

I'm fired up for the World Cup, and you should be, too, even if you, like me, don't know shit about soccer. Or make that especially if you don't know shit about soccer. The beauty of The Most Popular Game on Earth™, at least for the open-minded neophyte, is that it's so breathtakingly easy to follow: a basic scoring… » 6/13/14 2:32pm 6/13/14 2:32pm

The World Cup Of Beer

Beer is one of the oldest hallmarks of civilization; parts of the 'Code of Hammurabi' regulated the production of beer, and the Sumerian pantheon featured Ninkasi, a goddess dedicated to that golden beverage. The world's oldest continuing food-production regulation is the Reinheitsgebot, promulgated in 1516 by William… » 6/12/14 7:05pm 6/12/14 7:05pm

Is New Hampshire Really The Drunkest State In The Union?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released its 2014 report on alcohol consumption in the United States, with figures for per capita alcohol consumption updated through 2012. Converting various boozes to pure ethanol volumes, the researchers estimated that the country as a whole drank… » 6/11/14 12:17pm 6/11/14 12:17pm

Map: Do You Live Near More Bars, Or More Grocery Stores?

Over on Flowing Data, Nathan Yau has put together a new series of maps comparing whether bars or grocery stores are more common in different parts of the country. This is not new territory—Floating Sheep made the original bar/grocery map back in 2010—but there are some nice additions here. Specifically, Yau's data is… » 5/29/14 2:52pm 5/29/14 2:52pm

Are These The Best Home-Brewed Beers In America?

After spending the last few millennia in aggressive pursuit of leisure and convenience, mankind—by which I mean a vocal minority of reasonably well-off people who are bloggers or my friends—has started voluntarily emulating a dirtier, more troublesome era when we had to make things for ourselves. » 5/20/14 12:10pm 5/20/14 12:10pm

Make A Mint Julep And Capture The Fake Majesty Of The Horse Track

Remember how Regressing was the best part of Deadspin until they pulled this unconscionable bullshit and we had to fire-murder poor Reuben and Kyle, who were probably decent dudes, but at a certain point, enough's enough? Well, we here at the Concourse are aiming to atone for some of our dead brothers' sins by… » 5/02/14 2:35pm 5/02/14 2:35pm

Mexican Beers, Ranked

Cinco de Mayo used to be a nice little half-holiday on which Americans drank Corona and tequila after work in a vague but earnest tribute to Mexico. What exactly did Cinco de Mayo signify? Maybe it commemorated the beginning of a just reign or the end of a cruel one; perhaps it had something to do with a great hero's… » 4/30/14 10:04am 4/30/14 10:04am