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The Great Eggnog Riot

The Great Eggnog Riot

Sylvanus Thayer—whose name sounds like a lizard-rat-man hybrid Lord Voldemort would keep caged for dark-magic rape rituals—took command of West Point in 1817. Within a...
Natty Light

Strange Brews: Natty Light

“Natty” (or “Unnatural Light,” as it’s also called) has long been the unofficial beer of students and the cash-strapped everywhere. As the market analysts say,...
Jeppson's Malort

Strange Brews: Jeppson’s Malort

I don’t know how many countries actually signed the Evil Booze Nonproliferation Treaty of 1903, but we can safely say it was a total...

What’s the Word? Thunderbird!

What's the word? Thunderbird! How's it sold? Good and cold. What's the jive? Bird's alive. What's the price? Thirty twice. —1957 radio jingle Maverick, Silver Satin, Triple Jack:...
Papa and Jinny

Papa and Jinny

No one is certain where or when Ernest Hemingway began his long relationship with the tall silver flask he called Jinny, but a handful...

A Killer Drink

What you drink can say a lot about you—for better or worse. It seems that, with astonishing frequency, murderers tend to be connected with...
Pocketful of Joy

Pocketful of Joy: The Hip Flask Manifesto

A hip flask is a container for liquor like a Molotov cocktail is a bottle for gasoline. If you've carried the former or hurled the...

On the Trail of Mickey Finn

Somebody… Somebody… Somebody put somethin'  In my drink.  —The Ramones Over the course of humankind's long, lovely relationship with liquor, various persons have, at various times and for various,...