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  • The Comprehensive Guide to Every Brewery in the United States

    With more and more breweries emerging in the U.S. per year it’s no surprise why it’s so intruiging to see where the majority of them are popping up. At the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries. Pop-Chart Labs has created their second installment of breweries across the U.S. updated and redesigned onto a monster print taht measures in at over seven square feet with over 1,400 breweries from craft to macro and everything in between.

  • Bud Light’s New Spot Gives More Insight into A Wild 3 Day Adventure Called ‘Whatever, USA’

    As you’ve probably seen on TV, Bud Light looks as though they’re buidling and skinning out an entire town, as well as, I’m sure, providing an ample amount of beer for consumption around town. As per the commercials, Whatever, USA’s charismatic Mayor stresses the hilarious and absolutely random acts and events they’ll be showcasing at the town, like Arnold Schwarzenegger playing ping-pong. In their newest spot Whatever’s Mayor highlights some of the wacky things we’ll be expecting at the town like a harmonica playing pony and a literal boat load of Bud Light. Not much else is known about the super secret project, but nothing like this has ever been done before. Let’s hope they got permits for drinking in public. Sign up to win a trip to Whatever, here.

  • The U.S. Now Has More Than 3,000 Breweries [Link]

    At the end of June, the US had 3,040 operating breweries, the highest number since the 1870s. Of course, in the 1870s, with their archaic technology, there wasn’t nearly as much beer being produced. This is quite a milestone for a nation that saw just 80 breweries in operation in 1980. But what does this mean for the business? Is this beer bubble about to burst? Should I hold off on brewing my own Cooch Hooch?

  • 8 OF THE MOST PATRIOTIC ALCOHOLIC DRINKS YOU CAN HAVE ON THE 4TH OF JULY [Link]

    With the 4th of July weekend about to begin, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself imbibing an alcoholic beverage in the next three days. But since we’ll be celebrating America, you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking something patriotic and not committing a faux pas, sipping on a cognac with your pinky in the air. So look through this list and be sure to drink like a true American. You can go without your Islay single malt for one weekend.

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • Crown Royal Celebrates 75 Years With Monarch Blend

    Picture it, Canada 1939. King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarchs to journey across North America. To celebrate the occasion, a Canadian entrepreneur sampled over 600 blends of whiskey to devise the blend that would be known as Crown Royal. As a nod to the royals it was created for, the bottle was placed in a purple felt bag, representing the purple robe of royalty. The King and Queen’s train was stocked with 10 cases of the whiskey and a Canadian institution was born. Fast forward 75 years later. A thirsty Roosevelt is invited to sample the Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend. This particular Roosevelt is usually a single malt drinker who turns up his Romanesque nose at any blend, especially those that are rye-based. But when it comes to tasting a limited edition blend, why the hell not? If there’s something to be said about all the Crown Royal blends, it’s that they are all easily drinkable. Even a whiskey newcomer will be able to take a straight sip of Crown Royal Deluxe without grimacing, which is rare in that $30 range. The Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend is just as drinkable but more »

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • Find these Beers Hidden in Paris and the French Countryside

    Two years ago, Smithsonian writer Alastair Bland hid bottles of beer and hard cider throughout southern France and invited readers to find them with just one request: leave a beer in its place for a future scavenger to find. Bland then expanded his “Find the Beer” game to the United States, hiding beers in California and the Pacific Northwest. Recently, he found himself back in southern France and decided to see what beers readers have left behind in his hiding spots. He also decided to hide some more around France.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive Beers [Infographics]

    Are you a beer drinker who enviously watches scotch and wine connoisseurs spend big bucks on their drink of choice? Chin up, for there’s plenty of expensive brews out there for you to blow money on, too! Whether they’re brewed with barley that’s been in space or water from an iceberg or jammed into a taxidermied critter, these 10 beers will cost you considerably more than a case of your favorite macrobrew. But remember, just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they’re good. Case in point: a PBR is on the list…

  • The Shake, Radler & Roll [Drink Infographic]

    Summer time is always the best time to drink outside. Sun shining, birds chirping, the quintessential time to have a drink in the great outdoors. The right summer beer is really a matter of opinion, but summer beers have been ubiquitous with light and citrus, now Amstel is taking a concoction used in Europe that the Dutch have been drinking for years. Dubbed Radler after a European style of mixing beer and lemon juice, makes a shandy type beer with a truly standout flavor. The Amstel Radler is only 2% alcohol, making it a refreshing beverage that can be consumed all day long, but if you’re looking for a little kick add in a shot of tequila with a couple lime wedges, shake it up and you have yourself a refreshingly pungent summer cocktail.

  • What Her Drink of Choice Says About Her: Women Who Drink Whiskey Have More Fun

    Ever wondered why your ex who drank whiskey loves to party while your vodka-sipping female friend prefers to giggle with other women in the corner when she goes out? Perhaps you’re not reading enough into how their “going out” personalities correspond to their preferred inebriating beverages. Of course, no guide like this ever holds 100% true, but take a look next time you’re at a bar or club and see whether the girl drinking wine doesn’t looked totally pissed off and arrogant, or whether…well, you can see the details below.

  • An Awesome Device For Keeping Your Beer Cold This Summer

    Don’t get us wrong, we love Imperial Stouts and Geuze and other beers best served at warmer temps, but when summer hits, there is nothing better than a freezing cold light macrobrew. The makers of Kirin Ichiban, which is basically Bud with a cool looking dragon on the bottle, realized this and in 2012 they developed a machine that produced a whipped, frozen, slushie-like foam to insulate your beer and keep it extra cold. The super cold beers were a hit in Japan and a battery-powered home version of the device was soon developed. Now you can order your own from Japan Trend Shop for $69 (plus $47 shipping to the US). With an El Nino summer coming our way, the price just may be worth it.

  • Make the National Drinks of Brazil and Croatia for the World Cup Kickoff

    With the World Cup kickoff just hours away, we thought we’d really get in the spirit by making ourselves each team’s national drink. After extensive hours minutes of research we came to the conclusion that Croatia’s drink of choice is simply plum brandy. Yup, plum brandy. Not just any plum brandy, however, it’s called Slivovitz and it will burn your insides like acid if you’re not careful. Croatians have been sipping on this for millions of years and it is the drink of choice for most of eastern Europe. The plums and their ground kernels are first crushed and pressed then yeast, starch, and sugar are added making for a strong and warm brandy, keeping your insides furnace warm. Great for a Serbian winter, not great for a summer day. Add some ice and maybe some tonic for a Slivovitz Collins. Patent pending. The national drink of Brazil, on the other hand, is a wonderfully sweet mix of natural sugars and citrus. Caipirinha is made with cachaça, a sugar cane hard liquor,sugar and one lime cut into quarters. The drink was originally created in 1918 in São Paulo as a medicinal remedy, but has spread to become the most popular alcoholic drink in Brazil. So with that, make both. Drink both. See what hits the palette better. more »

  • Unscripted Reactions To Laphroaig Scotch [Video]

    To Scotch drinkers, Laphroaig distillery offers a line of Islay single malts that are some of the tastiest and most complex of whiskys. But, as I’ve found when offering a dram to friends, the strong, smoky flavor is not for everyone. For those who don’t normally drink Scotch, Laphroaig can come off as smelling and tasting like pine tar or an old leather baseball glove. Laphroaig assembled a group of people not familiar with their 10-year single malt and filmed their reactions. Not everyone enjoyed the drink, and Laphroaig is okay with that.

  • Sam Adams Summer & Porch Rocker

    There are two beers you need to know about this summer. So you’re outside swiggin back a few and realize there’s a big wold of beer out there, and sometimes a straight up Budweiser is just what the doctor ordered, but for the days when you’re not working in the coal mines, try a refreshing summer brew that makes you enjoy the weather before those inevitable heatwaves cometh and taketh away the life of the season. Sam summer is a golden yellow with a lace-leaving tall white head. The al is an American Wheat, brewed with malted wheat, lemon zest and grains of paradise, a rare African spice. 5.30% ABV which will leave you buzzed without feeling few after a few. Sam Adams Porch Rocker is a fruity beer, laced with hints of lemon and spritz. Picture a reshreshing blend of beer and lemonade with a carbonated splash.  4.50% ABV. The quintessential beer for 90 degrees +.  

  • World Mug: Here are New York’s Best Soccer Bars [Link]

    With the World Cup kicking off June 12, plenty of bars around New York City will be trying to lure you in by pretending like they are really into the sport. But if you want an authentic experience surrounded by true fans of the game, the Village Voice has put together a guide on how to find the best soccer bars around the city. With tips on which fans are in which neighborhoods and how you should choose which team to support, this guide will help you enjoy the games and maybe learn a little something about the sport rather than pounding domestic macrobrews with people who don’t know Ronaldo from Ronaldinho.

  • Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon

    Russell’s 10 year was given it’s name from the legendary 3rd Generation Master Distiller Jimmy Russell of the Wild Turkey Distillery. The 10 year is leaps and bounds above your usual Wild Turkey, at first met with a kick of spices then a calming sweetness followed by an oak taste. The sweet and smoothness makes Russell’s 10 year a more than approachable batch, great for hanging out on a summer’s eve house pourch in Kentucky or a rooftop in Brooklyn. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Batch Bourbon $30

  • Class Up Your Derby Party With These Bulleit Cocktails

    The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow and even if you know nothing about horse racing, it’s a great excuse to throw a party. But what do you do if, instead of being a Southern gentleman, you’re a just a simple Jersey jamoke who wouldn’t know the finest seersucker from outlet mall nearsucker? Luckily, Bulleit Bourbon enlisted the aid of master mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail, to teach us Yanks all about that classic Derby cocktail, the Mint Julep. The first two recipes, an antebellum Mint Julep 1862 and Whiskey Smash, were adapted by Dale from “How to Mix Drinks,” an 1862 drink recipe book by Jerry Thomas which is one of the most well-known bartenders’ guides ever published. The final drink, a Modern Mint Julep, is Dale DeGroff’s updated take on the classic cocktail using Bulleit Bourbon for a less sweet and more whiskey-spiced experience. Whichever you choose, all three will be sure to keep the vapors away. So what are you waiting for? Put on your white suit or big dress and even bigger hat and get your Derby on!

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Drinking in Public

    Sometimes, you just want to drink fermented things and act like a fool. It’s human nature. Drinking is a great lubricant (pun absolutely intended) for social interaction. I love a good night out, complete with strong cocktails, two-for-one deals, and overhearing those girls continuously yelling “OH MY GOD THIS IS MY SONG!” I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, though. Have you ever blacked out and decided it was a great idea to sing onstage in front of people? Ever had to clean drunk-puke off your Doc Martens? Yeah, it’s not exactly a Kodak Moment. Do as I say, not as I do. Here are some ways to avoid looking like a douchebag the next time you go out drinking: Don’t be a cheapskate. Remember: You have to pay for drinks, drunk food, taxi fare, and adequate tips (15-20% or more!There are apps for this! You have no excuse!). Dress for the bars you are attending, not the bars you want to be attending. People will stare at the guy in the leisure suit at a dive bar. In the same vein, if the place looks fancy on Yelp, you should probably shower and put away your muscle tee. Know more »

  • The Most Popular Drunk Foods Around The World

    BuzzFeed Yellow has produced a rather insightful video on the choice food for a late night drunk snack around the globe. In America the perfect compliment to a long night of boozing is pepperoni pizza, while in Japan a bowl of ramen hits the spot. Italians keep it fairly light with a porchetta sandwich they enjoy a bowl of champ (whipped potatoes).

  • 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