We at Joonbug are serious when it comes to the important stuff, which is why we felt it was so essential to inform you, our dear readers, about a hallowed national holiday that is on the horizon. That’s right: this Sunday is National American Day, and we wouldn’t want you to neglect your patriotic duty to drink some delicious beer. That’s why we’ve decided that it’s time for a rundown on the beautiful brew.
- Beer is one of the oldest beverages ever produced, dating back to (at least) the 5thMillenniumBC. The development of beer is tied intimately to the development of agriculture: pretty much every culture that domesticated a cereal also developed beer soon after. Think back to all of the hallowed ancient cultures in history, the founders of modern civilization: the Mesopotamians, the Ancient Egyptians, Peruvians, and Zulus. Now picture them all standing around kegs, because they were all massive beer drinkers.
- We’re not kidding—they took their beer really seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the Code of Hammurabi included a decree that brewers who watered down their beer would be executed. Cause of death? Drowned in their own shoddy beer.
- Beer has been the subject of religious veneration throughout history, as well as a central theme in world mythology. The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Zulus all had beer goddesses (called Ninkasi, Tenenit, and Mbaba Mwana Waresa respectively) while the Norse Gods had a personal brewer, Ægir, who served them endless beer in magically refilling cups. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, more lines are devoted to the origin of beer and brewing than to the origin of mankind.
- Though “monk” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of beer, they were actually tremendously influential in the history of beer. During the Middle Ages, monasteries became some of the first organizations to brew beer as a trade, using the profits to provide services to pilgrims and the poor. To this day, various monasteries inBelgiumbrew some ofEurope’s best small-batch beers. Don’t worry, though—they didn’t go thirsty back then, and they still don’t. Most brewing monasteries sizeable portions of beer in their daily rations.
- And, again, though the first thing you think when you think “patron saint” might not be beer, there are not one but four patron saints for suds:Saint Augustine, Saint Arnulf ofMetz, Saint Luke the Evangelist, and Saint Nicholas.
- Historically, beer has been a woman’s trade. Among the Wari people of ancientPeru, only elite women were allowed to brew, while Ancient Egypt had a written law that barred men from making and even selling beer. Even during the Middle Ages, women dominated the beer scene: they adopted the methods used by the monastery monks to brew in their own home. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that beer became a male-dominated field.
- Beer has also historically been the people’s drink, the great unifier (and it sure beats death and taxes). Rich and poor people alike have always enjoyed getting their brew on…and on, and on, and on. In pre-modernEurope, when water quality was dubious at best, beer was drunk multiple times a day, with every meal. That means it’s likely that even the famously prude Puritans drank beer with their breakfast.
This year’s Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Festival was full of local and exotic brews, with a bit of kitsch and a touch of irony that truly made this event Brooklyn. The third annual rendition of this beer festival was held at Skylight One Hanson, the previous location of Williamsburg Savings Bank. A DJ spun hip-hop and pop tracks in the center of the huge hall, amping up day drinkers for the awesome party to come. Guests grabbed a two once tasting glass off an elegant marble teller’s counter upon entry, and wander into this magical space of ever-flowing kegs.
Friday, September 20th
Swing by NYC hotspot Pacha to hear Deniz Koyu and Felix Cartal spin. Doors at 10PM. Admission is $10 before midnight. Click here to get on the list.
Pacha, 618 W.46th Street
Indie rockers Vampire Weekend return to their home city to headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center with support from Solange and Sky Ferreira. 8PM. Get tickets here.
Beer season is upon us! Though NYC may not have full-blown Oktoberfest festivities, there are plenty of events around the city celebrating local breweries, and, more importantly, those who want to indulge in local brews.
We’ve been there--stressed out from a long work day and hankering for an ice-cold beer. Happy hours, birthdays, promotions, we can think of a thousand and one reasons to go spend some time at our favorite pub. Sure, the costs add up, but it’s important for our sanity to unwind at the day’s end. However, it's important to make smart decisions with our hard earned dollars. Statistically, young professionals of this generation give less charity than our older generation. Whatever the reason may be, it is time to now draw focus on how we can change this. What if the money spent on that much needed beer could simultaneously fund a cause for good? Good news: it actually can, at least in Washington, D.C. where, Cause, a philanthropub, donates 100% of its proceeds to charity!
There is something about a nice, cold beer at the end of a hot summer day. And if you live in San Francisco, there is something about a nice, cold beer anytime because our “summers” are filled with fog and drizzle. That doesn’t mean we don’t need a few great bars for beer (and cider) to make us feel like we can join ranks with the rest of the country.
The new hot spot in the Tenderloin, Mikkeller Bar, has been generating a lot of buzz lately. Could it be related to the wide selection of beer on tap (over 40 different ways to wet your palate), that puts the Toronado to shame? This is a great place to grab a beer after work with co-workers. The bar has an open feel that is very inviting and makes you forget about the riffraff waiting for you outside. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the beer selection; if you are unfamiliar with any of the beer on tap (or all of it), your server is bound to be extremely knowledgeable in finding something that will satisfy your craving for a Racer 5. If you feel yourself getting peckish after a few brews, try the pickled vegetables or one of their in-house sausages served with fries.
If you’ve ever tried to shotgun a beer then you probably know it can be a bit confusing, and definitely messy. Fortunately for us, the beer gods at Gizmodo have felt fit to bestow some of their worldly knowledge upon us. Meet the “Shark Fin,” an easier, less messy, and perhaps more classy way of shotgunning a beer.
Although not specifically created as a way to shotgun a beer, what else would be the point of puncturing a perfectly good can? The idea does however operate off the same basic principles you would see while shotgunning, although probably a bit more refined. Rather than stabbing the can at the bottom, cracking open the lid and then trying to drink out of the hole you made with your keys, the Shark Fin takes a far more polite route.
Their language may be a mess, but the German people do have a few things figured out, and one of their greatest achievements was putting beer in liter tall mugs. Well now after a long time of being away, Prost is back in Lincoln Park to give you the full German beer hall experience.
Prost is quite a bit different from any other bar in the area. First off, there is the seating. There are very few bar stools, and no little, round evenly spaced cafe style tables that allow for the creation of an isolated microcosm for you and your friends. No, Prost utilizes the antiquated beer hall design. An isle separates two rows of long wooden benches that seat you next to strangers, and work with the beer to optimize the social experience, because that’s how the Germans view beer. It's something that promotes bonding, which is true. Hey, fist fighting can be considered bonding too!
Sometimes it's important to make a good impression. Lets pretend for a minute that tonight you're going on your first date with someone that you've never met before and with whom you have no mutual friends. Of course this is the age of Internet dating sites so you have access to a well formatted and organized profile of your potential mate. You know they are highly educated, well traveled, and advised you to message them only if you can “show them something new.” That’s the problem faced by the modern metropolitan single. Everyone has gone to college and everyone has been abroad. Suddenly you're realizing your resume isn't quite as impressive as you thought it was. So how do you sweep this globe trotting, jet setting, purveyor, of culture off their feet? You obviously bit off a little more than you can chew. Don't worry there is a place right in Lincoln Park that is an eclectic bar and grill experience unlike anything you've ever experienced. It's name you ask? Oh of course, The Peasantry.
OTC is one of the few restaurants in Miami that has given me the same kind of satisfaction I received after having meals in Paris, which is saying a lot when one compares our local burgeoning food culture to that of the perhaps the most important food city in the world (read review here). The order-at-the-counter restaurant has been making waves in Brickell’s dining scene ever since it opened with its honest, flavorful, and reasonably priced à la carte menu that enables diners to create their own meals from a variety of proteins, sandwiches, sides, and salads in addition to its ever-changing selection of craft beers. If you have yet to become addicted to this casual eatery’s cuisine, then now is as good a time as ever as OTC has recently unveiled a brunch menu and is launching its Beer Week this coming Tuesday, January 22nd.