Latest Short Reads

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The Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Once more has the humble American mason jar raised its head in the cocktail world. And once more is it a joy and pleasure to behold. And, yes, once more do we want one.

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Bar10der

At some level, we can’t help but respect the Ikea-ish Bar10der’s Swiss Army approach to combatting the entire gamut of problems that the bartending world could possibly ever throw at you.

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Salt Made From Tears of Anger

Liquid tears are for rookies. When real men cry, we shed pure, solid, smoke-infused salt. Don’t believe us? Buy some (it stands up splendidly on the rim of a Margarita).

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Master of Malt Origins

It’s funny the way ideas resonate simultaneously. Take this new range of singe estate gins from Master of Malt and a recent discussion on terroir. Dirt on the mind, it seems.

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The Great American Bar Crawl

The whole of the U.S. condensed to a mere 9-bar bar crawl? Thank the good Leslie Pariseau over at GQ. And then go and see who made the cut…

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Shanghai Debut Hennessy

Director David Lynn’s short, Shanghai Debut, takes on the Maker Film for Hennessy V.S.O.P. Elegant, evocative, and all about booze.

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Shrimpy’s & Fictitious Inspiration

Shrimpy’s, the latest pop-up from Bistrotheque, has three interesting things going for it: long-term transience, its Ruscha-esque signage, and the entirely fictitious Shrimpy himself.

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Art Beyond The Glass

Bartenders are real people too. And now many of LA’s bar-types are getting a chance to flex their creative, non-liquid muscles. All real bartenders. All real artists.

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50 Ways To Open Your Beer

While we could muster something about this inspirational work of beer-art, it’s probably best to let it speak for itself. Plus, the chaps over at Kegworks got to the Paul Simon gag first.

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Captain Morgan Black Chest

Dark, brooding, luxurious, and with a leather-clad hip flask. Plus it comes in its own tidy-looking chest. Yespleaseandthankyou.

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The Kamm & Sons Foundation

£1000. And it can’t be a cocktail. This has to be one of the more interesting cocktail competitions to date. And it’s from a boutique brand that we love. Well, that’s handy…

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The Dream of the 1890s

Ironic videos might well abound, poking fun at revivalism. But this Portlandia video is just genius. So wax your ‘tache, hand-carve an ice-cube, then crank up the volume and enjoy.

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170 Year Old Beer

Whisky from the future. Now beer from the past. Is the scientific recreation of a 170 year old beer from remains found in a sunken ship foolish or fascinating?

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Beer Is Good

Beer makes you smart. Fact. (Well, sort-of-fact.) But it does a whole lot more than even that. Don’t believe us?

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U.S. Whiskey Map

Sometimes it’s your keys you can’t find. Sometimes it’s the way back home. And sometimes you just need to find the nearest whisk(e)y distillery.

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We Are What We Eat

The folks at Massive Health break down the wheres, whats, whens, hows and with whoms that drive our food consumption.

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Political Affiliation By Drink

It has long been known that one’s bar order speaks volumes about you. And now there are numbers and pictures to prove it.

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Cuppow & the Audio Jar

The humble mason’s jar, beloved from Williamsburg to Dalson, goes convertible. Need a take-away coffee cup? How about an open source speaker system? Ball’s have it covered…