Looking to lose weight? Well if you eat food AND drink beer, you might have some trouble unless you introduce exercise (gasp!) into your daily routine. Apparently beers, even those advertised as being low calorie, are calorically dense. And interestingly enough, Michelob Ultra and Natural Light both seem to be your best bet when it comes to ABV and calories. It just depends on what stigma you’d rather have applied to you. I’ll just keep drinking high-calorie stouts and porters and do a few jumping jacks between pints.

  • Your Bottle Of Scotch Is About To Get Smarter

    When you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a bottle of scotch, you want to be sure that you’re getting the legit product that hasn’t been tampered with somewhere along the supply chain. Science offers us methods to ensure the legitmacy of our drams, but unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to a spectroscope. However, a new device is about to make our bottles smart and give us all the info we need. Norwegian printed electronics company Thin Film Electronics is teaming up with Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits and owner of the Johnnie Walker brand of scotch whisky, to help you ensure your bottle of Blue Label is the real deal. Thin Film’s smart label is a sensor that requires no power source and transmits info over radio waves. This sensor can be read by a smartphone app and depending on if the bottle has been opened or not, the radio transmission will differ. And unlike unsecure QR codes, the sensor cannot be reproduced or modified. The tags, which only add a few cents to production costs, will go into production later this year for the premium Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Let’s hope they add functionality that more »

  • The 20 Most Popular Beers in the United States [Infographic]

    Big Beer is a big business in America. Total annual sales stand around $100 billion. Craft Beers, as defined by the Brewer’s Association, are booming, yet still only account for around 15% of the beer sold in America. On a volume basis, craft beer’s share of the market is about half of that, due to its premium pricing. So what’s America drinking? A whole lot of light beer, most of which is made by a handful of monstrous macro brewers. America’s most popular beer is Bud Light – by a couple billion dollars. Yes, Bud Light’s U.S. sales alone would lodge it firmly within the Fortune 500.

  • This Is How You Bring The Juicing Craze To The Bar [Link]

    Do you want to take part in the juicing craze but you’re afraid it means you have to give up your precious alcohol? Fear not! It turns out that those fresh, healthy juices also make great mixers. Check out these recipes and start incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juices into your cocktails. It finally makes sense why I never like kale juice–I wasn’t adding any tequila!

  • Horny Goat Brewing Perfects Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

    Porters, those deliciously dark beers that are often overlooked by new imbibers, have often enticed us with flavored offerings. It began with vanilla and chocolate, which are both delicious, but in recent years, brewers have become more adventurous with their flavors, reaching the apex of beer flavor fusions with the introduction of chocolate peanut butter. I’ve had chocolate peanut butter porters before, such as Liquid Bliss from Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until I got a hold of Horny Goat Brewing Company’s Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter that I realized just how great the concoction could be. I had never heard of Wisconsin’s Horny Goat Brewing Company and at $11 a 4-pack, it was a bit more expensive than the $12 per 6-pack I was used to paying for Liquid Bliss. But variety is the spice of life and I was feeling muy caliente! As soon as I popped open the bottle, I was hit with a strong aroma of peanut butter and a less intense chocolate accent. It smelled like dessert and absolutely nothing like beer. If this was a blind taste test, I would have thought there was a peanut butter more »

  • How To Make The Perfect Margarita [Infographic]

    Pre-made margarita mix is for chumps. To celebrate National Margarita Day  we give you an infographic on how to make the perfect margarita. Summer is fast approaching and nothing spices things up like a delicious margarita on the rocks. Most guys don’t realize how easy it is. If you want to get real fancy check out our article “Avion Tamarindo Margarita” on how to make the recently crowned best tasting margarita on Earth. How to make the Perfect Margarita Salt, for rimming the glass (optional) Ice 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave) 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec) Dash of sugar — We would also like to share with you a favorite at The Roosevelt’s office, The Beer Margarita. A simple, easy to make margarita you can pull off as a regular drink. A refreshing drink without the dainty glass and little pink umbrella. How to make the Beer Margarita (makes 6, 1 cup servings) 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate 12 fluid ounces tequila 12 fluid ounces water 12 fluid ounces beer ice 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • A Beautiful Infographic Showing Where All Your Favorite Whiskeys Come From

    For the casual whiskey or bourbon drinker you might not care about where your brown stuff comes from, but as your palette advances you’d be surprised how flavors correspond with distillery locations. To keep profits high and distilleries running, most brands diversify, but things have gotten a little out of hand as of late. Only four major parent companies produce the majority of the whiskey and bourbon you drink, Brown-Forman, DIAGEO, Pernod and Suntory have a complete stronghold on the game. Take a look at this wonderful infographic and next time someone tells you they taste a distinct distilled difference between Knob Creek and Makers call them on BS.  

  • Pancake Day: Which Beer Makes The Best Batter? [Link]

    Apparently the day preceding Ash Wednesday is known as Pancake Day, which just happens to be tomorrow. We weren’t aware, but we’re not going to fight it because pancakes are delicious. But what would make them more delicious? How about beer? Sure, it’s worth a shot! Beer makes pancakes light and flavorful, but with so many types to choose from, which beer should you go with? Find out with this guide from The Guardian comparing pancakes made with an amber, pale, blond, milk stout, and bitter.

  • Impress Your Valentine’s Date With These Simple Cocktails

    Tomorrow marks the day when every man who isn’t single wishes he was (at leas a little bit). You can never be sure how your gift will be received but at least a little bit of booze will make whatever you bought go over somewhat better. And if it doesn’t, just have another drink! This season, we’ve been warming up with Crown Royal’s new Regal Apple offering. It’s still a whiskey, like Crown Royal’s other offerings, but it’s been mixed with regal apples, making for a sweet and sippable dram that even a whiskey neophyte can enjoy. And as a bonus, the green felt bag makes for a perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift (or not). Once you get you and your significant other a bottle of Crown Royal Regal Apple, here a couple cocktails that are easy to master. The Scorchin Winter Warmer is perfect if, like us, you’re stuck in the frozen tundra of New Jersey while the Apple of My Eye will cool you down when things heat up.

  • Here Are the Parent Companies Who Actually Make Your Precious Craft Beer

    Contrary to popular belief, your precious, meticulously brewed craft beverages aren’t brewed in the basement of some mad scientist, in fact some of the most popular craft breweries are, in fact just a subsidiary of one of the few large macro breweries of the U.S. VinePair has created a map highlighting the location and parent company of some of the more popular “craft” breweries around the U.S. VinePair noted, “This map is not an effort to wade into the debate of what is and isn’t a craft beer — a debate which was recently amplified by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s marketing department during the Super Bowl, and an inflammatory profile of Jim Koch, the man who created Sam Adams. It’s also not a judgement of quality. Some of the beers on this map are great. Some aren’t. Either way, we believe you should drink what you like. We also believe you should know who made that beer though, which is why we created the map.”

  • These Are the 6 Bar Mixers You Should Absolutely Positively Use [Link]

    Are you trying to assemble the ultimate bar at your home but you’re not sure what the must-have mixers are? Instead of stocking up on big jugs of overly-sweet syrups and mixes for drinks you’ve only heard about in stories your grandparents tell about going to the Copa in 1962 to see Louis Prima, opt for these low-calorie, fresh ingredients. And if you don’t know what to do with these delicious mixers, recommended cocktails are also provided. Your guests (and their insulin levels) will thank you.

  • How Your Favorite Booze Is Made [Infographic]

    Cave paintings depicting early man wearing his necktie around his head after a tough day at Slate Rock and Gravel Company prove that man has been imbibing alcoholic beverages for thousands of year. And much like opium, anything we’ve enjoyed for so long must be good for us. But over time, industrial processes have removed us from the production of our booze and we are often ignorant of where it comes from. So get in the DIY spirit and check out this infographic then go to the liquor store and buy some booze (it’s much easier) and wash that newfound knowledge away. Then repeat.

  • We’ve Gone Gaga For Blood Orange Gose

    I am a huge fan of sour beers. After all, what could be better than something that tastes like Warheads AND gets us buzzed? That’s why I was so excited last year when I heard that Anderson Valley Brewing Company released The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose. For you beer newbs, Gose (pronounced “Go-zuh”) is a tart and salty German wheat beer. Anywho, I went searching for the AVBC Gose around New York and New Jersey and came up with…nada. Then late last hear I heard about a Blood Orange Gose from the brewer and decided not to get my hopes up. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I was greeted with a stack of cases of AVBC Blood Orange Gose in Jersyey City earlier this week. Without a second thought, I paid $10.99 for a six-pack and ran home, with all the excitement of Charlie after unwrapping his golden ticket to the chocolate factory (but slightly less song and dance). Gose’s are usually quite salty and incredibly tart. Don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious, but certainly not for everyone. That’s why AVBC decided to make a much more approachable Gose with the addition of blood more »

  • Hot Beer, Anyone? [Link]

    Believe it or not, there was once a time when people didn’t care how blue the mountains were on the label, and would actually drink their beer hot. As more and more craft breweries resurrect long-lost beers, there has been a noticeable absence of the warm ales of yore. And since it’s currently colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra, now is the perfect time to consider bringing back those warm brews. But before you pour your Schlitz in a mug and throw it in the microwave, check out the history of this long lost libation.

  • New Top-Chef Restaurant, ‘Talde’ Takes Jersey City Food to the Next Level

    Downtown Jersey City eateries will be popping up by the dozens in the coming year, but the king of the castle has planted his flag in the ground for now. Top Chef All-star, Dale Talde, has officially opened “Talde” Jersey City, the second with his namesake after the acclaimed success of his Park Slope restaurant. Talde, with partners John Bush and David Massoni, took on the venture over a year ago and it was worth the wait. The building which the restaurant now calls home has a beautiful historic facade built in the 1800’s and was previously home to the Jersey City Police Department, which gives it the raw loft style Jersey City is synonymous with. The Talde/Bush/Massoni partnership also recently opened Carrino Provisions, directly next door. Carrino is an Italian market/restaurant in partnership with HGTV’s Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of Kitchen Cousins. We had the pleasure of dining at Talde for it’s opening night and honestly had trouble choosing the right plates from it’s wide array of menu selections. Talde brought the heat from his Brooklyn menu with items like pretzel pork and chive dumplings with a spicy mustard sauce, and the bacon pad Thai, both which I had, both were phenomenal. more »

  • Personalized Miniature Oak Barrels Are The Perfect Gift For Whiskey Lovers

    Every whiskey lover dreams of creating their own unique dram, flavored and aged to their tastes. But time, money, and space make barrel aging 200 liters of whiskey for years at a time an unlikely endeavor. That’s why these miniature barrels from UncommonGoods are such a great purchase. Available in bothe 2 liter and 5 liter sizes, these miniature barrels are made form American White Oak and hand crafted without the use of glue or nails. Curing and cleaning materials and instructions are included along with essences to create your very own whiskey or rum. With proper care, the barrels will last 8 to 10 years and their small size means the aging process is accelerated up to 10 times. To top it all off, the barrels are personalized with whatever you want, making them not only functional, but also superb display pieces. The Personalized Whiskey Barrels are available from UncommonGoods for $85 (2L) and $200 (5L).

  • The Non-Beer Snob’s Guide to Ordering at a Craft Beer Bar [Link]

    With the craft beer revolution charging ahead at full speed, we now have more brews to choose from than every before. But sometimes, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to drink, especially if you usually just reach for something from Budweiser or Miller. And when if you don’t know what you want, a craft beer bar can seem like an unwelcoming place. With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing a beer and enjoying yourself even if you’re not a beer snob.

  • Brew Your Very Own Presidential Honey Beer With This White House Recipe

    Before the big game, President Obama sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and talked politics, football (obviously) and beer, white house home brewed beer actually. In fact Obama’s home brew is the first brewed White House beer since George Washington brewed his own in the late 1700s. We decided to do a little recon work around this and in 2012, Obama’s team actually released two recipes he himself brews in the White House Kitchen. The first is a full flavored honey ale made with tons of malt, even biscuit malt and home made White House honey and the second is a Honey Porter Ale a darker, fuller beer the POTUS could kick back and relax with. We managed to find the recipes at WhiteHouse.gov, so take a look and feel free to try our your own Presidential honey brew.

  • Tour Your Favorite Scotch Distilleries From Google Maps

    If you enjoy single malt scotch whisky, you probably dream of visiting your favorite distilleries. And with the hefty price tags of each tasty dram, your Scottish vacation will remain nothing but a dream. But fear not, for Diageo and Google want to help you out. Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, is no stranger to scotch whisky, controlling such popular brands as Johnnie Walker, Oban, Talisker, and Lagavulin. And through the magic of Google’s Business View, Diageo is now inviting you to tour four of their iconic distilleries in Scotland. 360-degree virtual tours of the Cardhu, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Talisker, and Lagavulin distilleries are now available via Google. So go ahead and tour the distilleries on Google so you won’t feel so bad when you forego a vacation to buy a bottle of Talisker 30.

  • Don’t Bogart Oskar Blues’ Pinner IPA

    It’s no secret that the folks at Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery enjoy their state’s liberal attitudes toward cannabis. Hell, they’ve even promoted the fact that an empty can of Dale’s Pale Ale can be used as a smoking device. But with their latest brew, Oskar Blues’ love of marijuana is more evident than ever. Named after the slang term for tiny joints, Pinner Throwback IPA is actually Oskar Blues’ lowest ABV offering at 4.9%. So it’s on the weaker side, like a pinner. And once you pop the top, you are greeted with a very familiar aroma that reminds you just how closely related hops and cannabis are. If that’s not enough for you, to really make their point, the cans are stamped with “Can I Be Blunt?” above the logo. The not-so-subtle brew is already available in Colorado and North Carolina where Oskar Blues breweries are located. All 41 states where Oskar Blues is available will begin selling Pinner beginning March 1. Remember, don’t bogart that can. Chug, chug, pass.

  • From Gluten-Free Beer to Kombucha, Alcohol Options for Health-Conscious Drinkers [Link]

    With so many choices available thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the craft beer movement, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker. In fact, even people who couldn’t drink beer before are finding ways to enjoy a cold brew. Coconut water, kombucha, and gluten-free ingredients are all finding their way into concoctions made to appeal to a broad demographic of health-conscious drinkers, enabling more and more people to get buzzed. And what could be wrong with that?

  • Crown Royal Regal Apple Is A Flavored Whiskey Everyone Can Enjoy

    The popularity of whiskey has surged in recent years all across the board. Once the drink of cowboys and old men in suits, men and women imbibers of all ages are now enjoying the water of life. One such reason may be the emergence of flavored whiskeys that serve as an inviting introduction to the spirit. Whereas many distillers dove right in, releasing flavor after flavor in an effort to see what would stick, Crown Royal has taken a more thoughtful approach to introducing flavored varieties. And we are most thankful for that. Crown Royal Regal Apple is only the second flavored whiskey from the Canadian distiller after Crown Royal Maple, which came out over two years ago. Crown Royal has taken their time to perfect Regal Apple and after one sip, it’s clear that their effort was not in vain. Regal Apple is first and foremost a Crown Royal whiskey. It has that velvety smoothness that is tough to beat in it’s entry-level price range. Although the “whiskeyness” of the dram is simplified compared to other offerings from Crown, it’s for the best, because more than anything, Regal Apple is about apple. Regal gala apples were selected to impart more »

  • 78 Cocktails Every Party Monster Should Know

    Forget old-school measures like ml and oz. Information is Beautiful calculated their own universal metric. One of any ingredient represents one part of any measuring vessel you choose: cup, spoon, lid, shoe, whatever – it’s your party! These universal recipes scale up for any level of mayhem. Enjoy please, but drink responsibly.

  • Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies [Link]

    It’s just about that time of year when Girl Scouts accost us in front of grocery stores and force us to break our New Year’s resolutions and buy way too many cookies. We all know we’re going to buy them, so we might as well make the best of it and enhance the already delicious cookies great beers. But with so many beers and cookies to choose from, where do you begin? Craft Beer and Brewing asked the experts to ensure we get the most out of our cookie indulging.

  • Jim Beam’s New Rye Uses An Old Recipe

    Jim Beam already produces America’s best-selling rye whiskey, but as interest in rye increases, thanks especially to the craft cocktail explosion, the distiller decided it was time to reformulate the iconic brand. But instead of creating some new flavored or infused whiskey, as so often is the case these days, Jim Beam looked to the past. Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is made using one of the Beam family’s oldest recipes to produce a rye whiskey that is bolder, higher proof (90 versus 80), and spicier. The reformulation will impart more of a rye kick when used in cocktails. The new recipe will replace the old Jim Beam Rye along with changing the familiar yellow label to a green label with a more modern look. Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye rolls out in the US this month with a suggested retail price of $22.99 for a 750ml bottle.

  • Science is About to Replace Mixologists With a Less Smug Machine

    Mustache wax and suspender stocks plummeted recently after news that the Somabar had surpassed it’s Kickstarter goal. The Wi-Fi connected craft cocktail appliance created specifically for the home kitchen has once day left on it’s Kickstarter page, but it has already reached nearly 6x it’s goal of $50,000. Mixologists across the globe, be afraid. This is only the beginning. It can make over 300 drinks. How does it work? Simply, fill the Soma pods with your favorite ingredients – alcohol, juice, syrups – and you’re ready to start experimenting. It’s static mixing technology ensure’s your cocktail is thoroughly mixed before it is dispensed into your glass, then, boom. You have yourself a perfectly mixed cocktail. The only thing missing that look of distain you’ve become accustomed to when asking what it recommends.

  • Ralph Lauren Opens Polo Bar In New York City [9 Photos]

    This past fall, superstar designer Ralph Lauren opened his Fifth Avenue flagship Polo store, attracting fashion shoppers from all over the world. And today, Ralph Lauren is hoping to win over diners (and drinkers) with the opening of his first NYC restaurant, Polo Bar. The Fifth Avenue eatery promises a “casual yet refined setting,” being the sort of place where you’d expect Ralph and his buds to exchange fox hunting stories or something while sipping on brandy and wondering what the poor people are doing. Of course, being a Fifth Avenue bar with Fifth Avenue prices ($24 burger), Polo Bar probably won’t become a regular hangout for schlubs like us, but with its extensive cocktail menu, including an impressive selection of single malt scotch, the Polo Bar will definitely be a place to imbibe on special occasions.

  • Taste Your Grandfather’s First Single Malt With Glenfiddich The Original

    In 1963, Scotch drinkers who weren’t fortunate enough to live in Scotland were only familiar with blended scotch, a category dominated by Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, and Dewar’s. Single malts were simply ingredients to be used in blends and, outside of some small operations, never sold on their own. But Sandy Grant Gordon, great grandson of William Grant, knew that Glenfiddich’s single malt was great and deserved to marketed on its own. With that, the single malt category was born. Over 50 years later, Glenfiddich pays homage to that original single malt with the aplty named The Original. Released in November and limited to just 24,000 bottle worldwide, The Original is already becoming tough to find. And with one taste, it’s easy to see why. Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, who was born 9 years after the 1963 single malt was released, recreated the classic scotch using the notes of former Master Distiller Hamish Robertson along with Glenfiddich’s collection of vintage drams. What’s most interesting is how light and noncomplex The Original is. Whereas most scotch today is aged in oak barrels, sherry casks were much more prominent back then. The result is a lighter and surprisingly sweet scotch. At more »

  • 10 Need-To-Know Tips for Cooking With Wine

    With the holidays behind us, you may find yourself with a few (dozen) bottles of unfinished wine. But before you start pouring it down the sink, resolving never to drink a drop of alcohol again, try using it in your cooking. Red or white, still or bubbly, all wine has a place in cooking. Plus, the alcohol cooks out of it, so you’d still be keeping your temperance resolution. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your leftover wine.

  • This Beer Will Help You Reach Your Creative Peak

    Do you notice that you’re better able to think up solutions to problems while imbibing beer? Probably not, because research has shown the “creative peak” to occur at a blood alcohol concentration of .075–a level that can be hard to gauge. Less alcohol and you may be overthinking too much while any more and might just be stupid drunk. To help drinkers reach their full potential, creative agency CP+B Copenhagen teamed with Rocket Brewing to create the Problem Solver. A 7.1% ABV India Pale Ale, the Problem Solver includes a scale on the side of the bottle that tells you how much to drink based on your bodyweight to reach the sweet spot of .075 BAC. Unfortunately, the brew is only available in Copenhagen, so until then we’ll just have to keep drinking ourselves stupid in a neverending quest for our creative peak. Bottoms up!

  • The Many Varieties Of Whiskey [Infographic]

    If you’re new to the brown stuff or even a seasoned veteran, trying to figure out what you’re looking at when you’re browsing the liquor stuff can be a daunting task. Gone are the days when you were limited to two or three Irish whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and ryes. Don’t get us wrong, the immense variety is a great thing, but finding something to new to try can be a daunting task. Thankfully, this infographic from Pop Chart Lab makes the process much easier. Enjoy it below, learn a little something, and pick up a print for $29 from Pop Chart Lab.

  • The Difference Between Being Hungover In Your 20s Vs. Being Hungover In Your 30s

    Being hungover is NOT FUN. But I’ve always thought the common belief about the older you get, the worse your hangovers are is bullshit. My hangovers are no more worse in my late 20s than they were at 21, but my threshold and expectations for how to handle myself when hungover is much, much different. What do you think, older Bros? Is this video -ish or what?

  • Everything You Need to Know About Beer

    The world of beer today is complex to say the least. With craft beers becoming more prevalent in the bars and liquor stores, the industry is getting competitive and with competition comes progress and experimentation. Some of the most delightful beers on the market are hybrids in some sense and with that comes a very difficult task in categorizing. Business Insider decided to take on that task by creating a taxonomy of most major beer styles. Begin in the center and choose your own destiny.

  • The Drinking Jacket Just Earned Almost 1000% It’s Goal on Kickstarter

    Zane Lamprey is America’s favorite drinker. He’s made a career of traveling the world drinking for the betterment of man. He’s hosted shows like Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy and most recently a crowd funded show called CHUG all based around finding the coolest watering holes spanning the globe. Somewhere along the way Zane had an epiphany; a jacket. A jacket made for drinking, fully equipped with pockets lined like a beer coozie, made especially for a beer bottle or can, another pocket made for a flask and a zipper that doubles as a bottle opener. If that’s not enough, the jacket comes with foldable slip resistant drinking mitts. The Drinking Jacket began funding on Kickstarter with a goal of $50,000 and is nearly at $485,000 with less than a day left on it’s window for accepting funds, so if you’re hoping to grab one of these donate while you still can. The Drinking Jacket