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Space Whiskey Safely Returned To Earth

Back in 2011, a group of alcoholics masquerading as scientists managed to somehow persuade their bosses that sending (very small) vials of whiskey to space was a viable ‘experiment’. Four years on, the whiskey has eluded the clutches of the ISS astronauts and has landed safely back on Earth.


Happy Hour: I Took A Bath In A Giant Tub Of Beer (For My Health)

The Czech Republic is a nation renowned for its beer. The home of Pilsner, with first class breweries everywhere you turn, you’re as likely to find a great place to stop off for a pint on its street corners as you are to see a McDonald’s. However, for my recent trip to the Czech Republic I wanted to go one better than just getting sloshed drinking beer — I wanted to bathe in the stuff.


The Stinky Science Behind Your Skunked Beer

The phrase “skunked beer” is no misnomer: As the American Chemical Society tells us, the molecule that gives skunky beer its stankitudinous flavour is almost identical to the one found in skunk spray. But how does it get in your beer? And how on earth do you keep it out?


Happy Hour: Drink Boxed Wine

Any possible objection you have to boxed wine is wrong. I am here to tell you why.


Fill This Metal Blood Bag Flask With Other Life-Giving Liquids

The unique shape of this stainless steel flask makes it look like a blood bag full of life-giving serum for the T-1000 from Terminator 2, and that’s not too far from the truth. The prototype for the Liquid Body Flask was actually created by pumping water into a couple of panels of stainless steel welded together at the edges until they inflated like a water balloon.


Mitten-Hidden Flasks Will Warm You Inside And Out

A toasty pair of knitted mittens will certainly keep your hands warm in winter, but what about the rest of you? In addition to a parka and long underwear, nothing helps your body fight freezing temps like a belt of bourbon, or a shot of whiskey. And no matter where you are, you can secretly nip at the hooch with these flask-packing mittens.


Every Country's Drinking Preferences, Mapped

Ever wondered which nation likes beer best? Which prefers to sip at a glass of wine? Or which one slams back the most spirits? Well, this map shows exactly that.


Why Beer Isn't Sold In Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it’s cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is there another factor at play?


Happy Hour: Who Invented Tequila?

Although tequila dates back only a few hundred years, people have long used the heart of the agave plant to make delicious, alcoholic beverages.


How Scotch Was Invented

Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life”, and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky, often nutty, occasionally fruity elixir is poorly known, and in fact, its precise origin is lost to the mists of time (or more likely, drinking Scotch).


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