Drinking

10:19am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Germans Are Drinking Less Beer These Days, But Why?

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 3:57 pm

A waiter carries beer mugs during the 2012 Oktoberfest in Munich.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

For centuries, Germany has been synonymous with beer. Tourists flock from around the world to take part in the country's many beer festivals, including the famous Oktoberfest.

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2:15pm

Mon February 25, 2013
The Salt

The Vaportini: A Cocktail Inhaled, Not Stirred

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:49 pm

A sip or a hit? Jack Faller sucks up a bourbon Vaportini at Red Kiva lounge in Chicago.
Courtesy of Andrew Nawrocki/Time Out Chicago

Here at The Salt, we've heard about some whacky cocktail trends swirling around the country recently — from bacon-infused mescals in Washington to liquid nitrogen martinis in San Francisco.

But why do you need to drink your cocktail when you could inhale it instead?

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9:14am

Sat February 23, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 438: Mavericks, Monopolies And Beer

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 9:27 am

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Two big companies have hatched a plan that could allegedly take money out of the pockets of ordinary Americans. And it's not just any money: it's our beer money.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the biggest brewer in the world, wants to buy Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block the acquisition.

On today's show: The story behind the case, and what it says about monopolies, competition and government regulation.

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3:10am

Sat February 23, 2013
The Salt

A Dramatic Way To Uncork The Bubbly: Use A Sword

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 7:07 pm

1:38pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Salt

English Whisky Aims To Give Scotch A Run For Its Money

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:03 pm

Darren Rook checks out a new still at The London Distillery.
Kirsty Chant Courtesy of The London Distillery

Move over, Scotland. It's time to make room on the shelf for English whisky. London's first distillery in over a century is about to begin production of single malt whisky in a former Victorian dairy.

Darren Rook and his partner decided to open The London Distillery after reading about Australian distilleries. "We wondered why there were none in London," he tells The Salt.

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