Kelli Kobor

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'Brieing' Is a New Trend Where Middle-Aged Women Eat MDMA Wrapped in Cheese

Like butt-chugging, but for grown-ass women with lots of money and a penchant for fromage d'Affinois.<p>If you’re a middle-aged woman with a tremendous amount of disposable income, it’s so hard to be <i>satisfied</i>, you know? Like, how does one find fulfillment, especially in those empty hours between …

Middle Age

Catching the rosé cider buzz, with a tasting of our favorites

Everything is coming up rosé lately, from slushies to sorbet, spirits to cocktails (rosé margaritas anyone?), so it seems natural that the fast-growing hard cider industry would grab on to the trend. Greg Hall of Virtue Cider, the Michigan-based artisan maker, is among them.<p>“We said to ourselves — …

Cider

A Beginner’s Guide to the Dizzying World of Caribbean Rum

Photo by Ganna Martysheva/Shutterstock<p>Rum tasting may be one of the many joys of a trip to the Caribbean, but the sheer number of types, names, ages, …

Whiskey

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

Pondering the Pint: Is athletic beer a myth?

(<i>Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer</i>)<p>When it sounds too good to be true, but still intriguing, research may help separate fact from lore. "Athletic" …

Olympic Village

This new beer is developed specifically for breast cancer patients

Mamma Beer is a limited-edition brew created by Mamma Help, an organization formed by breast cancer survivors, and creative agency Y&R Prague. Brewed by Zatec Brewery, it is the first beer developed specifically for people with breast cancer who are enduring chemotherapy. <b>The alcohol-free beer has a</b> …

Breast Cancer

Here's how much beer Americans consume in each state

Beer is still the most popular alcoholic beverage in America, though that demand is not spread equally. Here are states and regions that stand out:<p><b>Utah</b><br>The Beehive State has unusually low levels of beer consumption for a couple of reasons. First, the state has a high population of Mormons (~60%), …

Alcohol

Point Reyes winery embodies “natural wine” movement

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Wine & Spirits

This Michigan lawn chair will pour you wine with the pull of a lever

This sounds perfect for the wine lover's backyard.<p>You may recall that last December, we wrote about Matt Thompson, a metro Detroit man who used his …

Detroit

Purr-fect! A 'cat cafe' combines wine and felines

MILWAUKEE -- For those who love cats -- and for that matter, wine -- Sip & Purr could be the purr-fect way to spend a day.<p>Milwaukee is about to get its first cat cafe, a place where customers can cuddle with kittens and enjoy a drink.<p>The cafe itself will be cat-free when the operation opens June 1. …

Pets

Satellite data strongly suggests that China, Russia and other authoritarian countries are fudging their GDP reports

China, Russia and other authoritarian countries inflate their official GDP figures by anywhere from 15 to 30 percent in a given year, according to a new analysis of a quarter-century of satellite data.<p>The working paper, by Luis R. Martinez of the University of Chicago, also found that authoritarian …

Political Science

Whisky lovers may hit the rocks as Japanese producer runs dry

Suntory to stop selling two lines, including the Hibiki 17-year-old blend drunk by Bill Murray in Lost in Translation<p>Whisky lovers around the world will have to go without some of their favourite tipples after a major producer in Japan announced it was suspending sales of two prestigious whiskies …

Bill Murray

The World's Most Underrated Wine Regions

While researching his fascinating new book, Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey Through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine (Abrams), drinks expert Jason Wilson set out to try a good share of the world’s nearly 1,400 types of wine grapes you haven’t heard of—a quest …

Grapes

Best $15-and-Under Wines

Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle picked these exceptional bargain bottles, all available for $15 or less.

Flavors

A Meadery Grows in Brooklyn

And former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse is behind it.<p>Brooklyn is home to breweries, wineries, and distilleries making everything from …

Wineries

Welcome to the Jungle raises another $8.4 million

French startup Welcome to the Jungle is raising a funding round of $8.4 million (€7 million) from XAnge, Bpifrance and Kima Ventures, as well as existing investors Jean-Paul Guisset and Michael Benabou.<p>Welcome to the Jungle is taking a different approach to job recruitment. The startup isn’t going …

Startups

Has wine gone bad?

‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the biggest split in the wine world for a generation.<p>By Stephen Buranyi<p>If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been …

Wine

I Tried the Global Favorites Menu at That Fancy New McDonald's in Chicago, and I'm Left Wondering Why America Can't Have Nicer Things

Shouldn't the country that unleashed McDonald's upon the world have the best McDonald's menu?<p>Barely out from under the shadow of one of the …

McDonald's

Diving into Chicago's bar culture -- 31 days of dives, taprooms, wine bars and more

Chicago is a city known for its robust drinking scene. From top cocktail bars like Aviary and The Whistler to neighborhood haunts like Inner Town Pub and Map Room, to cozy wine boites like Webster's Wine Bar, there's a watering hole for all manner of palates. This month, the Tribune's Food & Dining …

Food & Dining

Man who helped save more than 2 million babies gives final blood donation

James Harrison has donated blood for 60 years, but unlike most donors, his blood contains a precious antibody that is used to make a lifesaving …

Medicine

This alchemist's guide to alcoholic beverages is clever and lovely

Musician Regaip "Rego" Alp Sen created this cool and comprehensive alchemist's guide to alcoholic beverages. Colors and sidebars denote pairing …

Alcohol

The best beer gardens in Chicago

When summer finally arrives in Chicago, there's no better place to spend a sunny afternoon than in a beer garden. While many of these outdoor …

Philadelphia

Has Rosé Gone Too Far? Taste-Testing 10 New Pink Outrages

No matter what you do or where you go this summer, you won’t escape rosé. The pink boom just keeps expanding. One out of every 36 bottles of wine …

Wine

The Vineyard Where Retired French Soldiers Make Wine

In Provence, Foreign Legion veterans report for duty among the vines.<p><i>“Tu n’abandonnes jamais les tiens, ni au combat, ni dans la vie.”</i> These words …

Pneumonia

These Are the Best Spirits in the World

These are the best whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, and more, as decided at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.<p>A little-known whiskey …

San Francisco

Wine sellers charge "gangster tactics" by Liquor Commission over shipping sales

A national group of wine sellers is accusing the New Hampshire Liquor Commission of abusing its power and using “gangster tactics” to block wine …

New Hampshire

The Unwritten Rules of Tasting Room Etiquette

Showing up in a party bus, making faces after sampling a wine or bragging about your 4,000-bottle cellar will not put you in the good graces of any …

Wine

The Art of Canned Wine

Oregon Winemakers Are Making the Jump to Wine in a Can by Andrea Damewood<b>Unpopular opinion</b> about canned wine: Actually, the stuff is great.No longer …

Selling

How to Pair Wine With Breakfast

The lumberjack breakfast is one of the world’s great feasting opportunities, some combination of eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, and pancakes, all of …

Breakfast

Mormons severing all ties with Boy Scouts, ending long bond

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year and place its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it is developing. The move ends a nearly century-old relationship that was based on their …

Religion