The wooden door that leads, eventually, to Harold Black, a new 1920s-style “speakeasy” above Acqua Al 2 in Eastern Market, is unmarked, and the inside reveals nothing but a long empty hall. I would have missed it if I didn’t know it was there. The hallway leads up a set of stairs, then down another […]
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There's nothing like slumping sales to encourage inventiveness among the America's mega-breweries. Even in the bear market, craft beer sales rose 7.2 percent last year, while shipments of corporate piss-water declined by five million barrels. The fact is, people are willing to shell out a little more for a good brew. Chicago-based MillerCoors, a conglomerate […]
Two recent pieces about alcohol, while not exactly beer-related, are worthy enough to bring to your attention. The first, by the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell, challenges our assumptions that alcohol consumption dulls experience and makes the drinker less attuned to his immediate environment. Instead, Gladwell argues, alcohol's real effects are to encourage a kind of […]
On Dec. 5, 1933, just 10 months after Congress proposed it, enough states had finally ratified the 21st Amendment so that America could, once and for all, repeal Prohibition and end the country's long Noble Nightmare Experiment. I'm not sure if it's residual relief, or just another excuse to party, that continues to fuel our […]
To get the cocktail-speak down you have to realize that Prohibition was not the cause of cocktails, which is a common misconception, but the demise of them. The Golden Age of Cocktails was prior to prohibition during the late 19th century, approximately between 1860 and 1917.
Everyone seems to be marking the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed that disgusting American experiment in ruining a good drunk. Some of the more interesting stories include: