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In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, it was Killepitsch in Dusseldorf, and now, we head to Grand Cayman to try out some of the local rum, Seven Fathoms, which is aged underwater.
Rum that hails from the Caribbean is far from breaking news, but we feature this particular brand for the unique way in which it is aged - seven fathoms, or 42 feet, under the sea off the coast of Grand Cayman. The idea definitely sounds a bit wacky on the surface, but once you dive in, it seems to make sense in theory.
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We thought this was pretty widely known, but recent conversations have revealed that it is apparently not common knowledge that Southwest Airlines offers a free first cocktail on a handful of days throughout the year.
Here is the complete list, starting with the next to occur, just FYI:
• St Patty’s Day (3/17)
• Mother’s Day (5/11)
• Memorial Day (5/26)
• Father’s Day (6/15)
• SWA Birthday (6/18)
• Independence Day (7/4)
• Chase Customer Appreciation Day (8/11)
• Halloween (10/31)
• Thanksgiving Day (11/27)
In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, it was Vana Tallinn in Estonia, and now, we head to Germany for a taste of the little-known Killepitsch.
Unless you are visiting Frankfurt, the German city that doesn’t drink beer, you will definitely be throwing back pints and liters with regularity while in Deutschland. Such is the case in Dusseldorf, famous for its amber-colored Altbier and its rivalry with nearby Kolsch-producing Cologne. But the small city on the Rhine has a syrupy dark side, one that came about during an air raid in World War II.
As we told you in yesterday's mailbag, the Dutch side of St. Maarten is the place to party. But where is the best value? Most tourists head to the infamous Sunset Beach Bar to watch the planes come in, but we like to recommend a spot on the opposite end of Maho Beach, the Driftwood Boat Bar. Cheap and down to earth, you still have a view of the planes taking off and landing, and most importantly, it serves up one hell of a rum punch.
Eight different kinds of rum fill your plastic cup more than halfway up before splashes of tropical juices create a base for a final blast of booze at the top. Surprisingly, the concentrated juices camouflage the rum well and it tastes great (not like a cup of rum!), but there's no hiding -- you will be feeling fine by the time you reach the bottom. The price? A reasonable $6, considering the amount of rum. Check out the two cups on the right:
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We’re all about the beverage cart, and we’re not talking about the difficult decision regarding Coke or Diet Coke. We’re interested in new additions to the in-flight menu, so we wanted to share that Alaska Airlines is adding a new option to their mile high menu.
The airline is starting up a little in-flight beer tasting, as they’re welcoming Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.'s Old 55 Pale Ale into the cabin. Things will be limited to Bombardier Q400 flights between spots like Anchorage and Fairbanks as well as Anchorage and Kodiak. However, even with the limited availability—we certainly can't complain about a free drink while up in the air.
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With the 2014 New York City Beer Week set to kick off this Friday, the cure for the cold weather is just around the corner in the form of craft beer.
You can still get tickets to the opening ceremony in Grand Central Terminal ($75) as well as a number of beer-paired dinners next week, but as we learned at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last fall, the best part of these festivals typically takes place outside of the main events in the form of tap takeovers and happy hours. Not only are they cheaper, but they tend to be more social in that it feels like a bar scene instead of a convention.
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In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. For this inaugural run, we zip over to Estonia for a taste of its infamous Vana Tallin.
Estonia is a relatively new country, having gained its independence from Russia just over twenty years ago in 1991. Its most wide-scale attraction, Old Town Tallinn, looks like it should be on the top of a wedding cake with its medieval castles, and our sis HotelChatter dished on some of its properties, including one where the KGB literally bugged the hell out of its guests.
Miami is known for a lot of things - beautiful beaches, the nightlife, shopping, and huge frozen cocktails.
On a recent trip to Miami Beach we were bombarded by hostesses offering 2-for-1 drink specials, 60 oz strawberry daiquiris, and martinis the size of our heads. We resisted falling into the giant drink tourist trap, but it did get us wondering: if you wanted to drown yourself in a mammoth Miami frozen margarita, where's the best place to go?
Here's a look at three Miami joints doing frozen drinks right:
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The weekend after the Super Bowl is usually a little bit of a let down. There’s no parties, nothing on television, and you realize that it’s going to be a good chunk of time before the sun returns to welcome spring. That’s why we suggest drinking away the blues, and there’s no better way to do that than during the Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival on Long Island. They bring a great beer festival right into the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and what you get combines our love for a good beverage with our fascination of flying things.
The museum—and festival—does its thing in Garden City, and the fun is scheduled to start on February 8. There’s just one session on Saturday, and things will run between 7pm and 10pm. However, if you’re looking for a little more time with the planes and pilsners there’s a VIP session that will get you access to everything beginning at 6pm. Tickets are a little more than most beer festivals, as regular admission will set you back $65 if ordered ahead of time online—and $75 if obtained at the door. Just be assured that your admission does included unlimited samples in a two-ounce sampling glass, and of course you can bring home the glass as a souvenir.
We’re in the arctic of Norway, waiting for the Northern Lights to come out to play. As we told you yesterday, predicting if, when, or where they will appear is spotty, so the only thing to do is kick back and let the anticipation build. We’ll break down some individual adventures in specific towns in a future post, but for now, let’s run down a few Norwegian treats that will help keep your spirits high in the Arctic Circle:
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For those lucky enough to have the day off, the first three-day weekend of the year arrives in just a few days. The country honors Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 20, and that means it’s your first chance to get away for a long weekend during 2014. There’s so many places to escape for a few days, but if you’re looking for a suggestion—how about hitting up Vermont for the weekend. Here’s a few of our picks and recommendations if you’re looking to get away for the weekend.
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The weather outside is certainly frightful, but drinking a beer or three is certainly going to make things a little more delightful. The winter beer festivals are now arriving in a city near you, as brewers work to get lagers, ales, and all things spiced and seasonal ready to sip and sample. We can’t mention all the events around the world, but here are three winter beer festivals where you can warm up this month.
Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio
They’re promising over 225,000 square feet of craft beer awesomeness right in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, as the Columbus Winter Beerfest is set to do thing across two days on January 17 and January 18. Over 300 different beers will be in attendance from breweries around the region and the world. Brew Kettle, Cellar Rats, and Columbus Brewing Company are just a few of the local options, but they have the full list on their website. It’s even available as a spreadsheet—so you can disguise at as work in your office—where you can filter and search things to your heart’s content. Tickets are $50 during the day of the event, but only $40 if you order in advance. Things start on each day beginning at 7:30pm, and your admission includes up to 25 samples in a five ounce souvenir mug. The last pour finishes up at just before 11pm—cheers.