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Celebrating Craft Beer at the Commons Brewery

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Celebrating Craft Beer at the Commons Brewery

Get your growlers ready, because American Craft Beer Week is upon us once again! 2016 marks its 11th anniversary, celebrating America’s small independent craft breweries and the drinks they provide to their thirsty patrons. Established by the Brewer’s Association, brewers in all 50 states will participate in the week-long festivities, including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers, and more. For a full list of events in your state, visit Craft Beer’s incredibly detailed event list here. Or, even better, use Niki Ganong’s award-winning Field Guide to Drinking in America to help you check off each...

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The Mint Julep and the Kentucky Derby Go Hand in Hand

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The Mint Julep and the Kentucky Derby Go Hand in Hand

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously running sports event in the nation. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17th, 1875 and has happened annually at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May ever since. It’s a grand social affair wrapped in the trappings of a sporting event (or the other way around, depending on where your priorities lie). The traditions of a derby event are heavily borrowed from the British; the awards, the hats, the pageantry. But the Kentucky Derby has a few traditions that stand out as distinctly American additions to the event. An integral...

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Bringing Back The Brewster

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Bringing Back The Brewster

It’s the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US, and the second most popular in the world. It’s also one of the oldest—first discovered during the Neolithic era, around 9,500 BCE. This beverage was an integral part of societies from Mesopotamia to medieval Europe. And despite its widespread popularity, and initial inclusivity to women, its production has become a real boy’s club—excluding women not only from its ranks, but largely from its customer base as well. In fact, in the US, women make up only twenty-five percent of its consumers and ten percent of its industry jobs. Any ideas as...

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Raise a Glass to Five Great Films about Bootlegging

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Raise a Glass to Five Great Films about Bootlegging

The 88th Academy Awards is a big night for movie lovers, with box office hits like The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road competing for the coveted Best Picture award, along with a handful of other awards. To celebrate the world of cinema, we’ve compiled a list of movies inspired by bootlegging. While only a few of them earned Oscars in their day, they have since risen to notoriety in the world of cinema.  1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977) While this 1977 film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Editing, it didn’t manage to take home the...

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Five Boozy Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day

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Five Boozy Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day, the holiday where, for 130 years, we’ve looked to the humble woodchuck for meteorological advice. The ‘official’ groundhog is known as Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sages of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire. Some 20,000 people will gather outside Phil’s burrow on Gobbler’s Knob to witness his prediction. For those of us that can’t make the trip, here’s some facts befitting of a holiday dedicated to rodent weather psychics: 1. Thought to be the birthplace of Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has some of the nation’s strictest liquor laws. Read more about them in the...

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