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THE WORLD’S 2 BIGGEST BEER COMPANIES ARE MERGING. HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS.

What does ABI buying SABMiller mean for choice, price, and the fate of craft beer?

 
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THE POLITICS OF SPLITTING THE CHECK ON A FIRST DATE

Earning money is hard. Dating is hard. Deciding when, how, and on whom to spend your money on a first date? Also hard, people!

 
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THE MOST SEXIST NAMES & LABELS IN CRAFT BEER

Heteronormative sex sells, and for a long time, it’s been used to sell beer to men.

 
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TOM COLICCHIO JOINS THE NO-TIPPING MOVEMENT

The Top Chef head honcho’s NYC flagship is just the latest establishment to join the growing ranks of US restaurants that have elected an alternative pay structure to our country’s confounding gratuity system.

 
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AMERICAN CHEESE IS BAD CHEESE: AN UNPOPULAR OPINION

It has come to my attention that many people enjoy cheeseburgers made with American cheese. I believe this is not only appalling, but also wrong. It is my conviction that American cheese is, if not The Worst Cheese for Cheeseburgers, a Very Bad one. Furthermore, if you believe otherwise, I consider you a craven, tasteless creature full of homogenized wretchedness and latent lactose shame.

 
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INSIDE THE RUMORED AB INBEV/SABMILLER MERGER

If it sounds like a big deal, that’s because it IS a big deal. Though this colossal brew union — which would unite longtime rival brands like Budweiser, Coors Light, and Miller Light in one global stable — is far from consummated, I called Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association and all-around beer industry expert, to ask him what an acquisition of this magnitude would mean if it happened.

 
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5 HARBINGERS OF CRAFT BEER’S IMPENDING CIVIL WAR

An on-the-fly report on the flurry of craft beer acquisition & merger news in Fall 2015, pegged to the early October announcement of Dogfish Head’s 15% sell-off to a private equity firm.

 
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WHAT I MISS MOST: SUBURBAN SUPERMARKET AISLES

I got homesick in the narrow-ass soup aisle of a Key Food in Williamsburg five years ago.

 
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A BEGRUDGING DEFENSE OF THE BOUNCER

When it comes to the all-holy, booze-soaked universe of the American bar, there is one distinction that matters above all others. Are you inside the bar, knocking back shots, rocking the jukebox, and maybe playing a spirited game of fun-tongue with an attractive stranger? Or are you outside, in line, under-liquored, and plainly unloved? It all comes down to which side of the door you’re on. A bar’s door is the threshold between the harsh world outside and the lush paradise within; between you and alcohol; between the person you are, and the person you want to be.

 
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THE 7 CIRCLES OF BRUNCH HELL

I love brunch. We love brunch. Combining breakfast and lunch into a cheesy, greasy, boozy weekend debauch is a brilliant idea, both in theory and in practice. This is an undeniable truth, and anyone who says otherwise is a largish fool. Lowercase-b brunch is heaven. But that’s not the only brunch there is.

 
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AMERICAN BEERS OF YESTERYEAR: 23 OLD-SCHOOL BREWS YOUR PARENTS DRANK

In this great future, we can’t forget our past, so I looked back on the near-forgotten dark ages of American beer — before craft beer, green-bottle imports, or even nationally distributed light lagers.

 
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WHY I HATE SOMETHING YOU PROBABLY LOVE: IPAS

I’ve never told anyone this before, for fear of being set upon by homebrewers, hopheads, and frat bros that’ve been totally numbed to reason by high-ABV swill. But I feel …

 
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BEER PONG: THE LIVING HISTORY OF AMERICA’S GAME

There are surely many things that’ll get your ass kicked in a basement in Hanover, New Hampshire, but nothing will put it at risk so swiftly as throwing a ping-pong ball.

 
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BAR FIGHT: WHY CRAFT BREWING IS ABOUT TO GO TO WAR WITH ITSELF

There’s been talk over the last year of a craft beer bubble, fueled by the meteoric rise of the American craft movement in the 21st century. But the growth we’re …