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Students Say Doc Forced Them To Drink, Take Ketamine, Examine His Penis

John Hagmann’s misconduct hearing with the Virginia Board of Medicine was today. He didn’t show up. But students he had allegedly abused were there, and testified how Hagmann subjected them to invasive medical procedures, bizarre drug- and alcohol-fuelled “cognition” experiments, and sexual assault.


How Patrón Uses Big-Arse Rocks To Make Delicious Tequila

When Patrón invited me to their distillery in Mexico last month, I was hesitant. I didn’t think I’d see anything new. I’d heard the company talk up its centuries-old “tahona” method of production, but wrote it off as yet another brand trying to get in on the craft distilling trend. But I agreed to go anyway. Because tequila.


Why Brewers Are DNA-Testing Beer For Bacterial Infections

It’s a feeling I hope you never experience: You crack open an ice cold beer after a long day, take a sip expecting the familiar hoppy, bubbly goodness to hit your taste buds and instead, you get a mouthful of flat, acrid sludge.


How To Kick A Bad Habit

After our call to stop drinking bottled water, we asked for reader advice for how to kick a bad habit. You responded with with hard-earned wisdom and tips for how to cut back or cut out everything from sugar to smoking. Here’s how to break free.


Meet The Robots Who Will Steal Bartenders' Jobs (or Not)

So, they say robots are supposed to be stealing all our jobs. Soon. And service jobs at especially at risk. Included in that group? Those who usher us through the magical portal of happy hour: bartenders.


Yes, Oxytocin Makes You More Trusting And Generous. So Does Booze.

“The Moral Molecule.” “The Cuddle Hormone.” If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve heard about many of the near-magical effects of the hormone oxytocin on the brain. It makes people more altruistic. It reduces anxiety and increases trust. But it’s not the only chemical that affects the brain that way.


The High-End Magic Behind The Best Vodka I've Ever Had

I do not like vodka. Let me start there. In fact I’ve previously written that a vodka soda is the world’s most dangerous drink because you will fall asleep and choke while drinking it’s so fucking boring. So, when I walked into the Woody Creek vodka distillery near Aspen, Colorado, it was not without a great deal of scepticism.


The Beautiful Ancient Art Of Making Sake

Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan is a 144-year-old family brewery that makes sake the old-fashioned way. That is, they make sake in a way that preserves a 2000-year-old tradition. Erik Shirai made a beautiful short of the people at Yoshida and the process of making sake in his film The Birth of Sake, and it looks like it will be an incredible watch.


The Top 100 Tasting Beers In The World In One Beautiful Visualisation

Data Looks Dope’s Max Einstein made this beautiful chart that shows what the top 100 tasting beers in the world are (according to BeerAdvocate.com). You won’t find (my favourite) big brand, watered-down, beer-flavoured swill in the visualisation but you will see the best beers broken down by name, ABV and style of beer.


The Making Of This Black Crystal Bottle Is Ridiculously Precious

Video: There’s a problem when you make things too precious, people are going to be afraid to use it. Take this Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac bottle, it’s made by Baccarat Crystal and passes through the hands of 20 people before it’s finished. Sure, it’s fun to see black crystal transformed into a decanter for liquor worth thousands of dollars, but it’s also utterly ridiculous.


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