Booze

Amtrak Hacks

You need to stake a claim to two seats toward the exact middle of the train car. The “middle” part is crucial.

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“So, What’ll You Have?”

Bars! So alluring. So inviting. So terrifying to the uninitiated, the cash-poor, the afraid-of-doing-something-wrong. When I studied abroad in Denmark, everything about the drinking culture was more relaxed. Kids are allowed to buy alcohol starting at age 15 and virtually the only drunks you see stumbling about or yelling on trains are rowdy visitors over the line from Sweden, about whom Danes roll their eyes.

Once my friends and I stopped at a supermarket for beer on our way to one of Copenhagen’s zillions of parks, where we planned to drink and watch farmers bring sheep in for nighttime grazing. The guy at the check out patiently scanned each bottle and placed it, clinking against its fellows, in our backpack, until the backpack bulged like Santa’s shoulder bag. Finally he looked up at me and said, “ID please?” I gaped at him with the suavity of Urkel. He grinned and said, “Just kidding, welcome to Denmark!”

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The Cost of Things: Beer for Life, $1000

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?”

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Old People Can Be So Cute

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.

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Make-Your-Own-Cocktail Bars at Weddings Now a Thing

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!

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Ever Wish You Could Buy An Accelerated Wine-Making Device For The Home?

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.

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Unlimited Drinks at Brunch Are Illegal, Endangered

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

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The Whelps of Wall Street: What It’s Like to Work as a Junior Banker in the Post-Crisis Era

Initially, Roose thought about going undercover as a banker, but as an English major who dropped an economics class after three weeks and a name that was easily Google-able, he switched gears and decided to shadow young bankers for three years as they left college and started their careers on Wall Street. His book, Young Money, is about what it’s like to work as a junior banker in the largest financial institutions in the world, and how Wall Street’s culture and recruiting efforts have shifted in the post-crisis era. I spoke to Roose while he was in town this week promoting his book.

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FAA Says No to Drones Delivering Beer

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.

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In Search of the $1 Draft Beer

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).

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