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What you don’t remember from Alcoholiday

A recap of Scienceline’s favorite time of year

January 5, 2011

Alcoholiday isn’t one of those holidays you remember much of (if you do, you’re doing it wrong).  But never fear, Scienceline has rounded up all your Alcoholiday fun into one easy-to-locate place.

To kick off the festivities, Ritchie King took us into the cape wearing, quirky world of Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Then we went to wino land, to meet vintner Dave Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes area of New York State.  Visit him and his winery in a video profile by Stephanie Warren and Ritchie King.

After that, things get a little less classy, and Rose Eveleth explains why getting on a bike after all that beer and wine is not a good idea.

And to wrap things up, Katie Palmer gets down and dirty with the ever-mystifying (and disgusting) phenomenon of cork taint – the stuff that makes some new bottles of wine smell moldy.

As an added bonus, here are some more Alcoholiday links, to keep the party going.

Beershots is a collection of photomicrographs, taken of beers from around the world.  From the frat room floor to a pub in London, they make the brown stuff beautiful.

National Public Radio’s Kara Newman confesses that she doesn’t like champagne, which can make New Years Eve difficult.  But never fear, she has some recipes to liven things up.

Even the Royal Society of Chemistry celebrates Alcoholiday!  Read their profile of Darcy O’Neil, a bartender who uses chemistry to keep the rest of us happy.

If you’re interested in maps, Alcoholiday is the most wonderful time of the year!  Here’s a map of alcohol and cigarette importers, one that helps you find local brewery, and another that compares bars with grocery stores.

And here’s my very favorite: a Bill Nye the Science Guy drinking game.  You’re welcome.

So on behalf of the Scienceline staff, we hope you all had a fun and safe Alcoholiday!  We certainly did.

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About the Author

Rose Eveleth graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in ecology and a minor in writing. She spent the last four years there poking around in labs, studying krill, climbing trees, riding bikes and perfecting her fish doodles. A sucker for being lost in strange places, she recently wandered her way through Costa Rica, Portugal, Tokyo and Bonaire and is excited to take her wandering to the epicenter of strange places, New York City.

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