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  • The Many Varieties of Whiskey (Infographic)

    Pop Chart Labs, the creators of some of our favorite visual data charts have FINALLY created a visualization of whiskey. The chart features different variations of grandpas ol’ cough syrup ranging from Kentucky Bourbon to Irish Single pot, the chart breaks down different distilleries and brands as well. “A spirited taxonomy of the ultimate amber elixir, this chart categorizes and distills all the major varieties of whiskey–from scotch to bourbon to single malt to moonshine.” The Many Varieties of Whiskey $29  

  • An Insiders Look At RSVLTS Las Vegas Adventure With Johnny Appleseed Cider

    Johnny Appleseed Cider took us to Las Vegas for a whirlwind VIP jaunt that included a Ludacris concert, a private after-party in Hard Rock Hotel’s Hangover suite and the opportunity to be the first consumers in the world to try the new Sweet and Intense cider. We had a camera following along the while time capturing all the actin as it happened.

  • The Top 50 Best Craft Breweries In America of 2014

    In 2013 the craft beer industry saw another year of unprecedented growth with sales up an astounding 9.6 percent. Craft beer is more than just a passing trend and with nearly 3,000 craft breweries across America producing thousands of different variations the Brewers Association,  the largest organization of brewers in the United States, released their annual list of the top 50 craft breweries ranked by their 2013 beer sales volume. How did your favorite craft brewery fare?

  • THE 15 MOST UNDERRATED CANNED BEERS, AS PICKED BY SERIOUS BEER NERDS [Link]

    Just because you want a fine craft beer doesn’t mean you need to reach for a bottle. More and more microbreweries are jumping on the aluminum can bandwagon and putting good beer in cheap cans. Thrillist put together a list of these 15 underrated canned beers for the next time you don’t want to drink from a bottle, but you don’t want to drink Schlitz or Hamms, either. Not that there’s anything wrong with Schlitz or Hamms, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to try something a little different.

  • Heineken Put on a Show to Reveal the Legendary Side of Ordinary People (Sponsored)

    Last month Heineken put on a mind­blowing interactive theater show at New York’s The McKittrick Hotel. It was part play, part choose­your­own­adventure mindwarp, with an eclectic cast of characters who encouraged the audience to become a part of the show. When guests arrived, a few lucky attendees were invited to take on the challenge; to think on their feet, stay cool under pressure, and take the stage in a variety of challenging scenes. Those who said yes were treated to a bizarre sequence of dream­like events­­ everything from starring in a Bollywood film to performing standup comedy for a grumpy old man. You just gotta watch the video. “The Guest of Honor” provided an opportunity for everyday people to get outside their comfort zone and take the stage. In past “social experiments,” Heineken has sent people to unknown destinations around the world on the spot, and broadcasted holiday karaoke­ singers in Times Square. What legendary scenes will Heineken pull off next? And will you take the stage? Join the conversation with #guestofhonor and #openyourworld.

  • Animated Map Shows Exploding Wine Consumption In The U.S. Since 1994

    Since 1994, American wine consumption has experienced year over year growth. Many attribute the sparking of this phenomena to an event that happened a little less than three years prior. In November 1991, 60 Minutes aired a report about French diets and heart disease rates: The French Paradox: the fact that the incidence of coronary heart disease in France is 40 percent lower than it is in the United States. This, despite a French diet high in fat and cholesterol. American and French researchers interviewed by “60 Minutes” pointed to an apparent relationship between moderate alcohol consumption, particularly red wine, and a lower rate of heart disease. We won’t be seeing Amazon Drones dropping off wine anytime soon, but this was a 60 Minutes report that did get taken seriously; red wine sales quickly jumped. Within a couple of years, all wine sales turned in the right direction. American wine sales bottomed out at 449 gallons in 1993. Since then, we’ve drank more wine than the previous year, every year. Of course we’ve added a lot of people since 1993. And that’s what the chart below shows — per capita wine consumption, per state, since 1994. These numbers are actually more »

  • Milton Glasier Has Some Critiques for Modern Craft Beer Labels

    World renowned graphic designer, Milton Glasier has a few critiques for the world of craft beer. Glasier, responsible for designing the Brooklyn Brewery, DC Comics and infamous I ♥ NY logo has a tried and true recipe for success when designing for the masses while portraying a grass roots aesthetic. The 84-year old design legend thinks the secret sauce to a good craft beer logo is in seeming like you don’t know what you’re doing. Come across “quirkily amateurish”. Glasier told the NY Times “The one thing you don’t want to look like is Budweiser,” Glaser says. “This creates a paradox: How do you deliberately create the illusion of not knowing what you’re doing when you actually do?” Glasier’s full list of critiques can be seen on NY Times.

  • FROM BEER BATHS TO WHITE-WATER RAFTING: 12 BREWERIES THAT GO WAY BEYOND JUST TOURS [Link]

    Looking to travel to different craft breweries around the world? They’re all interesting at first, but soon enough, you’ll get sick of the same old tour again and again. Good thing Thrillist has put together this list of 12 breweries that offer more than just the standard walking tour. These tours have you creating your own beer, watching movies, rafting, and even bathing in the sudsy nectar of the gods.

  • Klingon Beer? Make It So

    The Federation of Beer, a Canadian company who produces Vulcan Ale, the first official Star Trek beer, exlcusively in the Great White North has announced their second brew, which will be available here in the States. Warnog, a drink imbibed by those relief map faced Klingons on TV’s The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, will be released as a “Roggen Dunkel” style ale, brewed by Indiana’s Tin Man Brewing Company. A press release from the Federation of Beer describes the beer: “Warnog’s aroma is predominantly mild banana and clove produced by the German wheat yeast, supported by subtle sweet malt character from the use of Munich malt. The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor. The inclusion of wheat and caramel malts help to round out the mouthfeel of this beer, making this Dunkelweizen hearty enough to be called a Klingon Warnog.” The aforementioned flavors are a bit different than most would ascribe to a Klingon’s palate, but it makes sense that Earthlings would like things a bit lighter. At least they didn’t try to make the highly intoxicating Bloodwine. Yet. 

  • Jack Daniels Plays with Fire

    It was inevitable. Fireball was a great idea while it lasted, but in the whiskey game something as game changing, yet easily copied will eventually lead to the heavy hitters stepping in and creating their own version of it. Jack Daniels, the biggest of players in the whiskey game has created Tennessee Fire a  70-proof liqueur perfect for taking shots and for stepping on toes of smaller cinnamon infused whiskey distillers. available April 2014.

  • Win A Bud Light March Madness Mini Hoop Table [Giveaway + 5 Photos]

    Your bracket is set and there is a good chance it’s already busted, thanks Dayton!  Bud Light wants to make sure that one lucky RSVLTS reader is prepared for their Final Four party in the most epic way possible. They’re letting is give away the following Bud Might Mini Hoops table so you can challenge friends to various games that involve accurately tossing ping pong balls in 35 seconds or less for years to come.

  • 2 Refreshing Drinks You Need To Order This Spring (RSVLTS Drink Infographic)

    Spring reminds us of the beginning of baseball, the end of winter hibernation, people actually smiling, women walking around Manhattan without bras on, but most importantly; Day Drinking. Next time you’re at an out door happy hour spot, drinking on a weekend day, or hell, at your job, concoct one of these guys. It’s a drink you’ve heard of, but probably haven’t the slightest idea whats in it. The Tom Collins isn’t just for the country club anymore. Also try his hybrid freak of deliciousness “The Arnold Collins.”

  • How You Can Drink Like An Irishman On St. Patrick’s Day [RSVLTS Drink Infographic]

    Today is undoubtedly going to be an epic St. Patricks Day. Whether you’re hosting a party or running around your local city following the parade (by that we mean going from Irish pub to to Irish pub to pub to bar to Mexican bar to Irish pub) try out this easy to make Irish drink. If you’re more of a traditionalist, then just have a f–king glass of whiskey.  

  • How To Avoid A Hangover [Infographic]

    St. Patrick’s Day has arrived and chances are you re going to do a little bit of drinking today. Maybe even a lot of drinking. Before you do, check out this helpful infographic on avoiding the dreaded hangover so you’re not a vomiting zombie at work tomorrow morning. So stock up on some B vitamins and Pedialyte then go out and make an O’Jackass of yourself. Slainte!

  • Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time

    Patrick Dawson explains how exactly a cellar quality beer is distinguished and told apart from your everyday beer. Beer, like wine is made from a wide variety of ingredients some which age better than others. This book will let you know which beers could stand the test of time and what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. Also included is a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers to add to your collection. Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time $11  

  • Here’s a Chart You’ll Want to Drink to

    Nothing quite like kicking back with a Sam Adams after a hard day’s work?  Think again.  Using 10 years worth of beer reviews (from Beer Advocate), Beerviz has created three sets of interactive charts–for lovers of light, medium, and dark respectively–to help you expand your beer-drinking horizons. The easy-to-use Beerviz graphics allow users to compare beers according to taste, aroma, and appearance.  If you know of one beer you like, there’s a similar beer out there that you might like even more.  Each beer has its own scouting report, complete with “style,” “ABV,” and “Average Rating.”  Casual and coed drinkers beware: you won’t find data or comparisons for Natty Light or Coors.  The infographic is targeted towards serious enjoyers of high-end hops. Here’s to finding the perfect brew for you!

  • The Arnold Collins [RSVLTS Drink Infographic]

    Spring reminds us of the beginning of baseball, the end of winter hibernation, people actually smiling, women walking around Manhattan without bras on, but most importantly; Day Drinking. This spring when you’re at an outdoor happy hour spot, drinking on a weekend day, or hell, at your job, concoct one of these guys. It’s a drink you’ve heard of, but probably haven’t the slightest idea whats in it. The Tom Collins isn’t just for the country club anymore. Also try his hybrid freak of deliciousness “The Arnold Collins.”

  • J&B Tattoos Their Whiskey Bottles [12 Photos]

    Blended scotch whisky producer J&B has been around for about 150 years, which just so happens to coincide with the arrival of tattoos in Great Britain. Royal Navy sailors would get tattooed in foreign lands and soon enough the fashion caught on back home, with Prince Bertie, who would become Edward VII, getting inked for the first time in 1862. J&B decided to celebrate the art of tattooing with the production of 25 tattooed bottles. These bottles aren’t just wrapped with some lame Ed Hardy sticker, though. Each bottle is covered with a latex skin, the same material used to practice tattooing, then a real tattoo is applied by Sébastien Mathieu, owner of Le Sphinx, a private tattoo room in Paris. Each bottle took about 20 hours to complete. Unfortunately, the bottles are all for sale in France. Oh well, at least we have these pictures and a making of video to look at.

  • 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.

  • Forensic Facial Reconstruction Of Crystal Head Vodka Skull

    Crystal Head Vodka, the Herkimer dimond-filtered premium spirit founded by actor and self-described spiritualist Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander, is well known for its unique skull-shaped bottle modeled after the legend of the mystical crystal skulls. Nigel, a Scottish forensic artist, decided to reconstruct the face of the nameless skull, undoubtedly after having a few too many himself. The result is one of the happiest faces ever seen, most likely due to the 80 proof innards. Just imagine, they could charge twice as much for a sculpted “Laughing Creep Vodka.” Now for someone to develop a crackpot legend about the face…

  • A Look Inside The Newest NYC Hot Spot: Tao Downtown [22 Photos]

    The newest hot spot in New York City is Tao Downtown located in the Meatpacking District’s Maritime Hotel. Tao Downtown takes up multiple spaces in the hotel, with a restuarant, bar and lounge on the the ground level; a large main dining area on the cellar level; and a separate lounge spanning the mezzanine and cellar levels. The design features plenty of nods to Asian culture while also resembling a dark, underground hangout. For more information and reservations, visit Tao Downtown. If you go, please bring us back some chicken gyoza. Thanks.

  • City Screenprints Combine Iconic City-scapes with Signature Cocktails

    Dublin-based design studio me&him&you created a series of iconic city landmarks around the globe and their signature drink. Each drink is a famous cocktail recipe inspired by the city. The series was inspired by friends and family of the design studio that have moved to some of the major cities around the globe and upon visiting we’re urged to try that signature drink. London’s wide array of gin has made the gin & tonic a staple brit drink and Manhattan… well is a Manhattan. You can get your prints on the me&him&you design site.

  • Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made [Video]

    For the past week, Newcastle has been releasing videos about the Super Bowl ad they would have made if they had the advertising budget to make a Super Bowl ad. They don’t, so the videos have been descriptions of how awesome the ad would have been, storyboards of the unmade ad, and even a focus group reaction to the ad that never was. Now Newcastle has released a behind the scenes video with the ad’s star Anna Kendrick, who complains about there not being an ad in which to star and not even being allowed to say the words “Super Bowl.” She also pretends not to be hot, winning us over even more. Kudos to Newcastle for using the Internet to make a viral campaign that will pay off for them way more than blowing all their cash on 30 seconds during the big game. Check out all the ads at IfWeMadeIt.com.

  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It’s Still Illegal [Link]

    Thanks in part to shows like “Moonshiners” on Discovery Channel and the ever growing craft spirit business, home distillers are on the rise. This new generation of bootleggers may have artisanal intentions, but the fact remains that it is still an illegal practice as far as federal law is concerned. But if this is true, how are people getting the supplies so easily? How are the laws bypassed? And most importantly, how can you make your own hooch?

  • Top Chef Hugh Acheson’s Super Bowl Wings & Cocktails

    The Super Bowl is almost upon us and if you don’t have your food recipes ready in the huddle already, then you just might be in trouble. Enhance your game with these rum-infused recipes created by Hugh Acheson specifically for the Super Bowl. We got the most scrumtrulescent Rum-wings recipe you’ll ever try complimented with a couple of cocktails, because nobody should be sober bowling it. 

  • Mogwai’s Whiskey And Other Odd Celebrity Endorsed Spirits

    To coincide with the release of their new album “Rave Tapes,” Scottish band Mogwai decided to release their own brand of whiskey. Makes sense, right? Of course not. But this certainly isn’t the first time celebrities have slapped their names on booze to increase the price tag and stuff their coffers. Here are some of our favorite celebrity endorsed spirits from over the year. The name’s attached certainly don’t up the quality of the drinks, but the novelty value is priceless.

  • Wine Cocktail Guide [Infographic]

    The weekend is just about here and you’ve worked hard all week long. You deserve a drink to celebrate. But why get the same old cocktail you always imbibe? This weekend try one of these wine cocktails suggested by some of London’s best cocktail bars. As a Lewis Carroll fan, I’d go with Callooh Callay’s suggested recipe on this frabjous day.

  • Drink Like A Cowboy From These Copper Shot Glasses

    The purveyors of hancrafted, made in the USA, unique items at Jacob Bromwell have a set of copper shot glasses available that are sure to make you feel like a cowboy drinking whiskey in an Old West saloon. Each shot glass is handmade and 100% copper (an increasingly precious commodity). They hold 1.5 ounces of your favorite spirit (or sarsaparilla, for you teetotalers) and will never rust. You can keep them polished if you’d like, but if left untreated, they’ll develop a cool patina effect. A set of 4 will set you back $149, but you are paying for excellent American craftsmanship and they are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Available now from Jacob Bromwell.

  • Value Of Dollar In Burgers And Beers [Infographic]

    Lonely Planet’s “How To Land a Jumbo Jet” contains all sorts of useful information presented through 56 infographics. By far, the most useful of these is the visual guide below which illustrates the value of the US dollar in burgers and beers around the world. It’s a tad disheartening. I’ve been watching lots of “Lilyhammer” on Netflix and Norway looks like a great place to visit, but 10 bucks for a fast-food burger?? Guess I’ll just go to the Philippines instead and drink 70 cent beer. 

  • If Domestic Beer Commercials Were Honest [Video]

    I’ve got no problem with cheap domestic beer. I often choose to drink Schaefer, PBR, Schlitz, and others of their ilk, but this honest beer commercial from Random at Best is still pretty damn funny and accurate. I could go on and on about how much I enjoy the taste of Genesee Cream Ale (and I really do) but what it mostly comes down to is this: it costs $7 for a 12 pack and it gets me drunk. And now I’ve gone and made myself thirsty. Anyone want to grab a beer? Maybe something domestic?

  • The Bountiful Breweries of the United States of America

    The most comprehensive survey of beer-making ever, this beautiful 60” x 40” wall map features over 2,500 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs from across the United States.  Perfect for hanging on the wall of your bar, den, or mancave, this cartographic masterpiece plots those celebrated locales known for plying this great nation with its lifeblood—delicious, thirst-quenching beer.  Includes insets for brewing hotbeds (Denver, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes), as well as a design that pays homage to the mapmaking of yore–a giant, multi-colored paean to the noble brewers of America.

  • Bar10Der 10-in-1 Bartending Tool

    We’re all grown up now and Jack and coke just doesn’t cut it. Mature palates require mature cocktails, but those intricate drinks also require a lot of tools. Luckily, the Bar10Der is here to save you space and sanity. Only 8.75 inches, this is a lot of tool in a small package. You get a bottle opener, corkscrew, strainer, jigger, extendable stirrer, 4 inch knife, channel knife, muddler, reamer, and zester all in one. Available for $40 from Brookstone. Now go order one and make me a spicy mojito.

  • Remember That Sweet Air Hockey Beer Pong Table? Here’s How to DIY

    If you can remember that far back, a few weeks ago, the internet spiked with the innovative brilliance of a few bros who created an air hockey beer pong table. A new game, with new skills which will ultimately lead to bromantic intoxication. The skilled toolmen responsible for this revolutionary creation, built an imgur with a step by step process to help you achieve table themed drinking game glory. “All in all took about 200 bucks and 2 weekends to make, including the 50 dollar 4″ drill head and 80 for the table. It helps make the jersey hurt less.” Check their page for the full breakdown.   

  • Quench Your Thirst 90s Style With Clearly Canadian

    Clearly Canadian, everyone’s favorite carbonated beverage of the 90s, is returning. Through the Clearly Canadian Revival Campaign, you can pre-order a case of Wild Cherry, Orchard Peach, Country Raspberry, or, the nectar of the gods to my childhood palate, Mountain Blackberry. Once 25,000 cases are pre-ordered, production will begin. For every 5 cases you order, you get a 6th free. You are also given a referral ID that will result in a free case for every 5 referrals. I just hope that once this becomes successful, Clearly will bring back Orbitz, too. If you want to get your hands on one of the first cases, head on over to Clearly Canadian and place your order.

  • You Can Now Earn a College Degree in “Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation”

    Because, why not? The United College of Hipsters- just kidding- Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina has implemented a course aimed at students hoping to earn a degree in “Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation” through the applied science program. The craft beer industry is rapidly expanding and worth more than $10 billion dollars according to the Colorado-based Brewers Association and  with around 400 new breweries opening in 2012. BRCC will give students a chance to make alcoholic beverages at the professional level. The college anticipates the state government will step in an approve funding before it launches this fall. With the industry exploding at the seams and demand for skilled brewers and distillers growing with it, a program that trains students in mechatronics and the practical skills of fermenting wine, brewing beer and distilling liquor. For more info on the story click here

 
 
 
 
 
 

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