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 Wednesday 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

Store-Bought Flavored Vodka Is Abominable. Make Your Own.

Despite what the liquor snobs'll tell you, vodka's always fine, and sometimes it's downright necessary. When you're dealing with a top-flight mixer such as fresh grapefruit juice or your own proprietary Bloody Mary blend (Spicy Hot V8 with a Bacos rim? You tricky devil!), you don't always want to gum up the works with… » 4/23/14 2:53pm 4/23/14 2:53pm

Map: Over 200 Bars In NYC Worth Drinking At

The designers over at Pop Chart Lab have put together a sharp-looking, albeit somewhat arbitrary map of over 200 "distinguished" New York bars, broken down by category (click here for a larger version). If you have a lot of money and plan on living in the city for a couple years, you should check them all out. » 4/22/14 6:17pm 4/22/14 6:17pm

Spring Beers, Ranked

Good news: No matter how you do your seasonal accounting, it's definitely spring now. You're already kinda bored with baseball, you've got mud in previously undiscovered orifices, and your favorite fair-weather hot dog stand will come and go before Dick Vitale screams at you again. Furthermore, I solemnly swear not to… » 4/14/14 12:35pm 4/14/14 12:35pm

Chart: Do You Know Your Whiskey?

Whiskey is delicious and fun to drink, but it's tough to keep track of the diverse offerings and industry nomenclature. Pop Chart Lab has your back: Similar to what they did with beer, they've put together a great graphic on the taxonomy of whiskey. They even managed to nail the geographic details of the extremely… » 4/09/14 5:14pm 4/09/14 5:14pm

Don't Watch Sports At Sports Bars

With the NCAA tournament winding down and football season still a long ways off, we're finally transitioning out of peak sports-bar season. Kentucky and Connecticut are going to win Saturday, and then Kentucky and the rest of us are going to win Monday, because every sporting drinker's life is improved when he or she… » 4/04/14 2:16pm 4/04/14 2:16pm

Canned Beer Is The Best Beer

Although I've recently moved into an apartment with three ceiling fans, seven windows, and a bedroom door, I do not consider myself a wealthy man. But every Thursday, my wife comes into a little bit of money, and if I time the transaction just right, I can occasionally buy something useful before she blows it all on… » 3/28/14 4:12pm 3/28/14 4:12pm

Over 1,200 California Wineries On Two Beautiful Maps

Following up their poster of 2,500+ American breweries, Pop Chart Lab has put together two lovely maps featuring 1,200+ California wineries. If you're real hardcore, you can go compare them to some soil maps and impress people with your intimate knowledge of terroir. If you're less hardcore, take a look at them while… » 3/24/14 4:42pm 3/24/14 4:42pm