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The 20 Essential Fruit Beers Any Serious Beer Drinker Should Know

These subtle and complex brews will challenge any preconceived notions you might have about this misunderstood category.<p>Some drinkers hear the term …

From Monastery to Mainstream: Belgian Beer 101

It is a universally acknowledged truth that the Belgians make some of the best beer in the world. At least, that was the common opinion during the …

Patagonia vs. Donald Trump

We all knew the legendary outerwear company Patagonia lived and breathed the adventurous life. We knew they cared about the environment. But it wasn’t till Trump came along that we realized they were ready to fight.<p><b>Patagonia was built</b> in the image of its founder, Yvon Chouinard. In late January, …

Black Lives Matter

The Zombie Amendments To The Constitution You've Probably Never Heard Of

The first 10 changes to the Constitution were easy. Since then, it has been an uphill battle every time, and some of those battles are, at least technically, still undecided.<p>We are speaking of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and those first 10 are, of course, better known as the Bill of …

George Washington

Imagining a science-fiction future

By harnessing the imaginations of science fiction writers, a California company may have already helped to protect our future selves.<p>In 2010 Ari Popper was searching for something. He didn't know what it was exactly, but he figured he probably wouldn't find it as the president of a market research …

Where to hop into the bitter world of IPAs

<i>Welcome to Gateways To Drinkery, where</i> The Takeout <i>offers an entry-level course on our favorite libations, and some suggestions on where to start</i> …

Making Spectacular Beer Isn’t Enough Anymore

It is a great time to be a beer enthusiast. Consumers have more high quality options available than ever before....<br>read postThe post Making …

How Craft Breweries Are Helping to Revive Local Economies

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — As Equilibrium Brewery opened for business here on a recent Saturday morning, fans were already lined up outside for a fresh batch of its hazy-colored ales.<p>The travelers, who came from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, snapped up as many cans and bottles …

Best IPAs in America

As the craft beer world has grown to support over 4000 unique breweries around the United States, no style has kept up with India Pale Ale. As of …

Here’s What The Trumpists Don’t Understand About American Greatness

Consider what the state of our nation would be without the accumulated protections over a century of progressive legislation.<p>The case for Donald …

The war against Pope Francis

Pope Francis is one of the most hated men in the world today. Those who hate him most are not atheists, or protestants, or Muslims, but some of his own followers. Outside the church he is hugely popular as a figure of almost ostentatious modesty and humility. From the moment that Cardinal Jorge …

Christianity

Everything you ever wanted to know about Russian vodka - Russia Beyond

“Vodka is a lubricant that reduces tension between Russians and the reality around them,” Dmitry Bykov, a contemporary Russian author, once said. “Without vodka, the vulnerable soul of a Russian and cruel reality would scratch each other, but alcohol helps Russians to deal with the world.”<p>Bykov was …

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Quit Your Job and Become a Brewmaster

Craft beer. You love it — the hoppy goodness it brings, the camaraderie it incites, the happy chemicals it releases in your brain. If only there was …

Craft beer's big impact on small towns and forgotten neighborhoods

Brewing is behind plenty of comeback stories in cities and rural areas across the U.S.<p>When Neil Gurnsey grabs a drink at his favorite bar, he’s delighted when nobody knows his name.<p>Gurnsey loves to see his new watering hole, the taproom at Hand of Fate Brewing, packed with people from outside …

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How the American Empire Destroyed the Kingdom of Hawaii

Capt. James Cook arrived in Hawaii, the first known Western explorer to do so, in 1778, and was baffled by the island cluster populated — against all …

Why I’m a communist—and why you should be, too

In the short preamble to <i>The Communist Manifesto,</i> one of history’s most widely read texts, you can tell that the authors have <i>had</i> <i>it</i>, right up to their beards. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were clearly sick of explaining that communism was <i>not</i> a synonym for evil or naivety, but a historical stage …

A Guide To Tasting Beer Like A Pro

At its best, tasting beer can be as deep and rewarding as tasting wine, whiskey, or port. Of course, developing a tasting acumen requires time and effort. Building your palate is a journey of a thousand sips, but what are we looking for when we taste a beer?<p>To answer that, we’ve compiled a …

Mapping The American Brewing Renaissance

The Numbers Behind America's Brewing Renaissance<p>So what does this count of "permitted" breweries mean actually mean? As Brewbound helpfully explains, …

Live your dream: How to start a craft brewery

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>You’re with friends at your favorite craft brewery enjoying some tasty ales when it hits you: …

Where’s the growth coming next? Just follow the beer

If you wanted to invent a foolproof system for tracking which neighborhoods are soon-to-be hotbeds for revitalization, gentrification and the M-word …

Will Arnett prank calling a toy store as Lego Batman is so damn funny

Will Arnett is clearly a man of many talents.<p>On the surface, prank calling a British toy store while impersonating Lego Batman doesn't <i>sound</i> that …

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If you want to change reality, consume more science fiction

Each of us contemplates the long-term future of our species at some point. Will we survive self-destruction? Will we migrate to the stars? Both as individuals and as a society, we typically call on imagination to ponder the big questions. Whether we choose to look 10 or 1,000 years into the future, …

The Best and Worst Presidential Memoirs

Jefferson set an impossibly high standard for subsequent presidents in many areas, including memoir. No one matched him until Grant, and since then …

As socialist Venezuela collapses, socialist Bolivia thrives. Here’s why.

Venezuela’s economy is a catastrophe of Dickensian proportions. And for plenty of readers, that’s hardly a surprise. Every time I write about it, dozens pipe in with some variant on the same comment: “Socialism leading to total ruin — who would’ve thought?!” The temptation to read Venezuela’s …

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The Best Video Game Gamepad Controllers

There have been many different ways of playing video games on a console (and sometimes PC) over the years. Some have been better than others.<p>How do …

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

Fitbitters of the world, unite! How the Soviets invented fitness tracking

Health and fitness monitoring devices promise a future of good health and pre-emptive diagnosis. Not to mention reduced (for some) insurance premiums. So what connects our new obsession with personal productivity with the dogma of Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin?<p>At this year’s Ars Electronica festival in …

Fitness Technology

The Good Cheese Guide: Is Your Favorite Cheese on the List?

Good cheese is a high-fat cheese that is actually beneficial for your health. You probably think you should say goodbye to your favorite cheese if you want to drop a few pounds or eat healthier. But don't totally restrict yourself from the slushy goodness just yet. High-fat cheese may get a bad rap …

Rich get richer in college sports as poorer schools struggle to keep up

Powered by multimillion-dollar media rights contracts and rising ticket-sales revenue, the richest schools have spent aggressively: on private jets, …

Everything you think you know about the collapse of the Soviet Union is wrong

Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party …