Monthly Archives: December 2014

Oh, Malört!

If you find yourself in Chicago, don’t even think about leaving without drinking some Malört, the fairly, umm, aggressive-tasting tipple based on the Scandinavian wormwood-infused spirit, bësk (Malört actually means wormwood).

Jeppson’s Malört, launched legally in the Windy City in 1934 (but sold “medicinally” during Prohibition) was, and more or less the only game in town. In the past couple of years small, local craft distilleries have released spirits they called Malört, but the Carl Jeppson Company, which owns the original, filed to trademark the name, essentially forcing the others to remove it from their labels and call it something else (usually bësk). Some have yet to comply.

It’s hard to find a bar in Chicago that doesn’t have a stash of the spirit, but some are more conducive than others to putting you in the Malört state of mind.

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Book-Market-V3 The Holiday Book Market at Brooklyn Brewery is just six days away. If you buy your tickets today, you’ll get $5 off the already low ticket price for the two and a half hour open bar. So for TODAY ONLY, each ticket costs only $15. For 2.5 of BEER! Buy today….The ticket price reverts to $20 tomorrow.

Use promo code DRINKNY.

Purchase tickets here.

Holiday Book Market at Brooklyn Brewery 12/15

Jeff Cioletti here… I am thrilled to be part of this event, even though I don’t have a book coming out until some time next year. Still, I’ll be selling DVDs of my film, Beerituality, and possibly signing them if you need my signature for identity theft purposes and such.

But forget about me. You really want to head to Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St. in Williamsburg) to buy books from and hang with the likes of Brooklyn’s Steve Hindy (author of “The Craft Beer Revolution”) and Garrett Oliver (“The Oxford Companion to Beer”), Shmaltz Brewing Co.‘s Jeremy Cowan (“Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah”), Lew Bryson (“Tasting Whiskey”), All About Beer editor John Holl (“The American Craft Beer Cookbook”), Beer Union‘s Sarah & Giancarlo Annese (“Beer Lover’s New York”) and Beer Advocate‘s Ben Keene (“The Great Northeast Brewery Tour”).

Twenty bucks gets you open bar for the evening. Hope to see you there. Read the rest of this entry