A group of about 20 “chronic alcoholics” in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark were spending their days fighting, shouting, making comments at women, and generally disturbing the peace, so the state-funded Rainbow Foundation Project, put them to work — voluntarily. Strange as it may seem, most parties — the participants, the foundation, the neighborhood residents — seem satisfied with the arrangement.
All this week, I’ve been reading about how we’re on a brink of a global wine shortage, which was based on a report by Morgan Stanley Research and quickly made headlines (“Drink It While Your Can!” some headlines warned).
Traditionally beer has been the everyman drink, but wine is catching up because young people will literally drink wine anywhere anytime. E. & J. Gallo, who own Barefoot (the number 1 wine in the U.S. lol), want to be part of wine’s takeover of the beverage market by making wine the drink you crave even when you’re parched with a line of wines meant to be served over ice. HAHAHA that already exists it’s called chardonnay.
Mental Floss reports that Canadian beer company Molson placed beer fridges across Europe that’s stocked with free beer and can only be opened by someone with a Canadian passport. I’m not usually into gimmicky ads like this, but I enjoyed this one. Maybe it’s because it’s just a few days before Canadian Thanksgiving. (Happy early Thanksgiving, Canadian friends.)
Not anymore! But at one time, maybe! Stan Fedun explains why alcoholism is so rampant in Russia (1 in 5 Russian men die from alcohol related illnesses): “Stalin used vodka sales to help pay for the socialist industrialization of the Soviet Union. By the 1970s, receipts from alcohol again constituted a third of government revenues.”
One of my favorite things to do when I didn’t have any discretional money to spend (or really, even when I did have money to spend) was go to one of the New York Public libraries and spend a day going down every aisle browsing all the books to find a random interesting book to read (I didn’t know I wanted to read a book about cognitive therapy or an unauthorized biography of Anna Wintour until those books came before my eyes). The new Bexar County BilbioTech library is less aisle-browsing and more Apple Store (the library was inspired by Steve Jobs, according to Government Technology, and county officials have compared the digital library to an Apple Store in initial plans). If a digital library encourages more people to visit or check out books because they think it’s an Apple Store, then good—as long as they don’t throw away all their books.
My boyfriend and I recently moved into a Classy Adult Apartment, and to celebrate, we wanted to have a Classy Adult Housewarming. We considered having a beer and cheese tasting party (à la this) but decided it was out of our tiny budget, and more importantly, we would rather just buy cheese and eat it ourselves. We eventually decided on a beer-swapping party.
Friend of the site: JOE PRESSER made this video about the Bloody Mary in his free time because some people have hobbies that involve art creation and contribution of knowledge in important fields. I’ve watched it 6 times—it’s very soothing, very nice. Brava, Msr. Presser.
I will not order a cocktail if it has a dumb name. I will pick anything other than the cocktail with a dumb name. If it can’t be avoided, I will point to it. “This one,” I’ll say. Or “the gin one.” Won’t say the dumb name.
According to The Washington Post, English sparkling wine is becoming an alcoholic beverage people want to drink because, as winemakers contend, climate change has created “increasingly hospitable temperatures” for vineyards in southern England, resulting in French champagne makers to buy land in the U.K.
It’s sort of a joke that the hipster beer of choice is PBR (mostly because it’s cheap, probably), but now there is actual data and heat maps that proves this to be true.
This year was my attempt to work toward soothing the gut-clutching financial guilt.
And fancy is what I felt last night when a friend invited me to have a drink at the sort of place that forbids jeans and sneakers—the sort of place that’s “jacket required” for men, preferably with a tie.