Booze

Are Russians Alcoholics to Support the State? (They Were at One Point)

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.”

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An Apple Store-like Public Library

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.

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Parties on a Budget: The Six-Pack Swap

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.

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And Here is Your Open Thread

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.

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How Your Cocktails Get Their Names

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.

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Boy Band Beer

Sounds like a dad joke, but it’s not.

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Melting Glaciers, But the Wine is Great!

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.

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Cheap Beer Proven to Be Popular Among Young and Hip

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.

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I’m Not a Bartender, I’m a Bar-Back

“On busy nights I don’t stop moving for about five hours. The next two to three are spent doing restock and cleaning up. I walk out the door with cash in my pocket.”

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The Year I Learned What Things Really Cost

This year was my attempt to work toward soothing the gut-clutching financial guilt.

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Here’s Your One Chance Fancy Don’t Let Me Down

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.

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My Boozey Beverage Secret

A secret about beverages.

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