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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 14, 2019 at 23:02. 3 comments

Four Loko just Four Loko’d hard seltzer

Four Loko just Four Loko’d hard seltzer

It’s the best summer ever to be a hard seltzer drinker. White Claw and its ilk are seemingly everywhere, with the number of hard seltzer brands swelling by the day. This week alone, we heard news of Natural Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon’s new lines of seltzers. But there is one ring to rule them all, and it comes from the terrifyingly caffeinated booze grenade you thought you’d forgotten:...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 14, 2019 at 05:42. 24 comments

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail
Takeout DraftFood. Fantasy sports. Debating over Slack. Welcome to The Takeout Draft.  

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Every week, we will select a topic of conversation from the food and drink world. Takeout writers will then field a team via the snake draft format. After five rounds, The...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 12, 2019 at 23:35. 21 comments

Liquor sounds great, more Americans say

Liquor sounds great, more Americans say

2019, am I right? It’s the year that’s felt like one giant “Lemon, it’s Wednesday.”

Psychic malaise may be partially to blame for Americans’ increasing fondness for liquor, or maybe we’ve just finally reached the apex of the small-batch bourbon trend. No matter the cause, liquor’s popularity is on the rise, according to the results of a poll recently released by Gallup.

Beer still dominates as...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

By god, PBR hard coffee might actually serve a purpose

By god, PBR hard coffee might actually serve a purpose

When Pabst Blue Ribbon launched a whiskey , people raised their eyebrows. When it launched a 5% ABV hard coffee, people rolled those eyes. But then word began trickling in from the five states—Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia—in which the PBR hard coffee was sold. People say it’s kinda good?

An avowed fan of coffee, beer, and day drinking, I couldn’t let this new product go...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 29, 2019. 5 comments

Copious booze blamed for cruise ship brawl that, for the record, did not involve clowns

Copious booze blamed for cruise ship brawl that, for the record, did not involve clowns

I do my best to avoid checking Twitter on weekends. On Saturday, though, I opened Twitter to send a tweet and saw these headlines: “Bloody fight starts on UK cruise ship after ‘clown’ shows up.” If nothing else, the news stories served as a strong reminder of why I enacted that no-Twitter-on-weekends policy.

But, it turns out, those initial reports besmirched the good name of clowns...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 26, 2019. 24 comments

Why are people obsessed with White Claw?

Why are people obsessed with White Claw?
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Since my taste test of hard seltzers , people have begun turning to me as their personal Hard Seltzer Explainer. I field the questions at parties, via text, on Twitter: What are hard seltzers made of? Who’s drinking them? But above all: Why are people so obsessed with White Claw?

Let’s first...

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Jul 26, 2019. 5 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: The bartender refused to accept my ID

Ask The Salty Waitress: The bartender refused to accept my ID
The Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.  

Hi Salty, Recently I was at a restaurant/bar out of state and decided to get a drink while we waited for the table. When the bartender asked for my ID he took an unusually long time examining it before...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 16, 2019. 10 comments

Study: “Secondhand drinking” harms 1 in 5 Americans

Study: “Secondhand drinking” harms 1 in 5 Americans

Once America better understood the risks of secondhand smoke, publicly lighting a cigarette—especially around children—came to be seen as almost an aggressive act. A study recently published in the Journal Of Alcohol And Drugs suggests “secondhand drinking” is its own social ill, causing harm to 20% of Americans annually.

Researchers from the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 15, 2019. 24 comments

Man sues over TGI Fridays menu that didn’t list drink prices

Man sues over TGI Fridays menu that didn’t list drink prices

Just two weeks ago, I opened the menu at Brady O’Generic’s Pub & Grille in the Seattle airport, where I could read that a Caesar salad would set me back $12 and a burger would total $15. But the beer, wine, and cocktails? No prices listed there. It’s a pet peeve of mine—I know I’m about to be ripped off, but I’d like to know by how much—and, apparently, I share that grievance with one Robert...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 15, 2019. 17 comments

Everything you need to know about baijiu, China’s funky and complex crown jewel spirit

Everything you need to know about baijiu, China’s funky and complex crown jewel spirit
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Welcome to Gateways To Drinkery, where The Takeout offers an entry-level course on our favorite libations, and some suggestions on where to start drinking them.

Baijiu

The lowdown: Pronounced bye-gio (like the first half of “Giovanni”), this grain-based spirit from China has a mixed reputation...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 12, 2019. 16 comments

Last Call: Turns out, there are laws when you’re drinkin Claws

Last Call: Turns out, there are laws when you’re drinkin Claws
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Whatever your thoughts on the hard seltzer explosion, the phenomenon now has its quintessential viral moment courtesy of comedian Trevor Wallace’s YouTube video titled *drinks...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 10, 2019. 23 comments

Women who give up alcohol improve their mental well-being, reports Journal Of No Shit Sherlock

Women who give up alcohol improve their mental well-being, reports Journal Of No Shit Sherlock

Despite headlines about “sober bars” and better options in non-alcoholic beer, Americans on the whole are still big drinkers. One in six Americans binge drinks every week , and while women don’t do so as frequently as men, we’re not not getting drunk, either. And—hold on to your butts, ladies—a new study suggests that if we gave up even our moderate drinking, we’d feel better. Shocking, I...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jun 13, 2019. 18 comments

Should articles about alcohol come with a warning?

Should articles about alcohol come with a warning?

I’m sorry for the worlds I’m about to rock: Beer is not a health food. Neither are natural wines or low-proof cocktails. I hope you read the “no shit” tone there, but as low-alcohol and active-lifestyle beers target a more health-minded consumer, it bears evaluating how we talk about alcohol and its relationship to our physical and mental well-being.

This New York Post headline I read this...

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Kinja Kinja Jun 06, 2019. 18 comments

Jay-Z has made five times more money from booze than music

Jay-Z has made five times more money from booze than music
Hot LinksWe spend way too much time on the internet  

This week, Forbes declared that Jay-Z is the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire—to be precise, he has “accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion,” thanks to a “steadily growing kingdom [that is] expansive, encompassing liquor, art, real estate (homes in Los Angeles, the Hamptons, Tribeca) and stakes in companies...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jun 03, 2019. 20 comments

University Of Georgia will sell alcohol at football games, starting at $25K

University Of Georgia will sell alcohol at football games, starting at $25K

This will work out well if the Monopoly man turns out to be a Bulldogs fan. The University Of Georgia, like other colleges and universities, recently revised its no-booze-sales-at-football-games policy and will begin offering beer and wine at its stadium. But there’s a catch, and it’s a $25,000 catch.

As Sports Illustrated reports, the only fans who will have access to the beer and wine...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot May 30, 2019. 23 comments

What’s the best-tasting hard seltzer?

What’s the best-tasting hard seltzer?

Remember the hard soda craze? It seems like a distant memory now, though it was just a few years ago that beverage companies were betting big on alcoholic root beer, orange soda, and the like. The boom didn’t last, as drinkers moved on to the next novelty—to say nothing of America’s growing wariness about sugar. But like a phoenix from hard soda’s ashes, hard seltzers rose to heights few...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot May 29, 2019. 24 comments

Bar owner takes issue with water-only customers: “It really affects our business”

Bar owner takes issue with water-only customers: “It really affects our business”

She’s calling it Watergate. Sam Espensen, owner of Bristol Spirit tasting room in Redfield, Bristol, in the U.K., likely didn’t realize the sensation she’d cause when last week she tweeted a complaint about customers who only order free tap water at her bar. Her since-deleted tweet sparked a fierce debate about non-drinkers, hospitality, and a bar’s bottom line. She’s says she’s even received...

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Kinja Kinja May 23, 2019. 13 comments

Last Call: No, this is how you say Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Last Call: No, this is how you say Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

I spent a week in New York City recently, seeing Rachel Bloom and the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend live at Radio City Music Hall, eating a bunch of great food, doing a very cool

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Kinja Kinja May 23, 2019. 8 comments

NYT investigates the shoey, finds Kacey Musgraves is a genius

NYT investigates the shoey, finds Kacey Musgraves is a genius
Hot LinksWe spend way too much time on the internet  

Remember the shoey?

Formula One racing trademarked drinking booze out of a shoe

If I won a professional sporting event—an occurrence less likely to happen than a huge meteor…

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Yesterday, The New York Times published a delightful longread about “Australia’s grossest drinking tradition,” a practice which, as you might guess from...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot May 15, 2019. 24 comments

Just holding a beer makes women appear less human, study finds

Just holding a beer makes women appear less human, study finds

A drunk woman is a particular kind of unseemly. She’s often played for laughs—in movies, on reality TV, etc.—and the jokes typically build on the assumption that her drunkenness is tawdry in a way that a man’s drunkenness is not. Men are jocular drunks; women are trashy, ribald drunks. New research, highlighted in The New York Times’ In Her Words newsletter, found that a woman need only hold...

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