Help crowdsource funding for a bar and in return, get free beer for life. Crazy? CRAZY LIKE A FOX. The strategy worked brilliantly for Northbound Brewpub in Minneapolis:
Amy Johnson and her two business partners needed to raise $220,000 to secure a bank loan and fulfill their dream of opening a restaurant that served beer brewed right there at the pub. They went to investors who offered to give heavily for a voting share in the restaurant. But since the potential investors had no experience in the restaurant industry, the owners backed away.
And then came the idea from some friends and family who wanted to help out. “They were, like, ‘I’ve got a few grand, but I don’t have too much money,’ ” Johnson recalls. “And people kept saying this over and over, and we latched onto the idea. Why not just take a couple grand from everybody and then we’d have all the money we’d need?”
60 Minutes does not mention that it also helps to be rich. According to US News:
Wealth and, more broadly, socioeconomic status, play a powerful role in determining how long we live.
When it comes to weddings, it can seem like there is nothing new under the sun. Mashed potato bar where you fill up martini glasses with cheddar, chives, and bacon bits? Ethiopian food buffet complemented by buckets of injera on each table, thoroughly confusing the elderly Jewish guests? Karaoke? A Simpsons theme? Done and done (and I mean done). If you can’t provide your guests with an original experience, though, at least you can let them have fun — like by mixing their own drinks!
Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a video of some guys in matching zip-up sweaters telling us they’ve found a way to turn water into wine. Okay, that ‘way’ involves ‘adding the ingredients necessary to make wine’ but still: JESUS STUFF.
According to Eater, The New York City Hospitality Alliance has issued a press release reminding everyone that bottomless drinks at brunch are illegal. Thanks, guys
Drone deliveries are likely to be a part of our future, and with Wisconsin brewery Lakemaid already delivering beer to customers, the future is now! Except it shouldn’t be, at least according to the FAA. According to TechCrunch.
Kyle Swenson went on a quest to find $1 draft beers where he lives in South Florida (I have also gone on a similar quest before), and discovered that the rise of brewing costs may make the $1 draft beer bar special a relic of the past (though, impossibly, he does find it).
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.)