Brett Kavanaugh declared he “liked beer” during his confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court.
The comments came after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting him when they were in high school.
Trump was “extremely put off” by Kavanaugh’s comments, according to Mark Meadows.
President Donald Trump was “extremely put off” when then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly declared that he “liked beer” during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, according to Mark Meadows’ new book, “The Chief’s Chief,” which came out Tuesday.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July 2018 to succeed the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. At the time, Kavanaugh was a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
That September, Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings grew highly contentious after a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accused him of sexual assaulting her when they were in high school together in 1982.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations that he sexually assaulted Blasey Ford at a party while under the influence of alcohol. In one part of his defense, Kavanaugh centered on his drinking habits in his youth and mentioned that he liked beer around 30 times.
“I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018.
“We drank beer, and you know, so did, I think, the vast majority of people our age at the time. But in any event, we drank beer, and still do. So whatever, you know,” Kavanaugh said when grilled by senators about his past.
Meadows, then a North Carolina congressman and close Republican ally to Trump, writes in his new book that the president was “extremely put off” by Kavanaugh’s comments about beer.
“We thought that his nomination would be a slam dunk. But when the heat started, that calm façade melted,” Meadows writes of Kavanaugh in his book.
Trump was also “disappointed” that Kavanaugh appeared “almost apologetic” during the hearings, which the president viewed as being “weak,” Meadows writes.
“If there is one thing for which President Trump has absolutely no tolerance or patience, it’s weakness,” Meadows writes.
Amid the controversy, Trump also briefly considered dropping Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court pick, according to Meadows. But the president ultimately decided to stick by Kavanaugh, who was confirmed by the Senate in October.
Kavanaugh joined fellow Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed in 2017, on the bench. Trump’s last Supreme Court pick, Amy Coney Barrett, joined in 2020, forming a 6-3 conservative majority.
Jared Isaacman, the billionaire owner of Fast4Company funding the Inspiration4 mission, sent a tweet in August calling to auction off the hops load to a brewery to benefit St. Jude children’s hospital.
“Space hops! Far out,” the Sam Adams Twitter account tweeted back. “We’ll take this to the brewery team.”
The company got its head brewer, David Grinell, on the phone with the Inspiration4 team prior to Wednesday’s launch to iron out the details of the beer production, a spokesperson told Insider.
As part of the hops acquisition, Sam Adams has also agreed to donate $100,000 to St. Jude toward a goal set by Isaacman. Isaacman aims to raise a total of $200 million for St. Jude for pediatric-cancer research.
“We’ve actually always talked about sending beer to space,” Matt Withington, director or marketing at Sam Adams told Insider. “Jared’s tweet, and the immediate response from our drinkers, signaled the right moment for us to jump on and fulfill this dream.”
Insider calculated the cost to transport a pound of cargo on the Crew Dragon spaceship is about $5,500, according to numbers provided by Space.com. That makes the cost of sending the 66 pounds of hops around $361,000. Sam Adams has not yet determined a price for the brewed beer once the hops come back down to Earth.
Scientists and brewing experts are still unsure about the definitive effects of a microgravity environment ingredients used to make beer. One University of Colorado research project found that beer brewed in space can contain a higher level of alcohol than on the ground. The Boston brewery says it is excited to see what kind of beer it can brew with Inspriation4’s hops.
The currently unnamed Sam Adams-produced beer, which the company says will probably be a traditional West Coast IPA, will go on sale later this fall, according to the company.
The contrary effect drinking beer has on muscle growth is a serious First World problem – but not for much longer.
When two gym enthusiasts from Hamburg in Germany spotted a gap in the market, they quickly developed the solution for those wanting to enjoy a beer after work and yet still reap the benefits of their workout: JoyBräu, the protein beer.
Beer instead of protein shake: the idea born at the bar
The founders of the new protein drink, Tristan Brümmer, 23, and Erik Dimter, 24, explained to Insider how they came up with the idea of replacing protein shakes with beer.
“It all started in Singapore,” Brümmer explains. Their employer sent them to South-East Asia, Brümmer to Kuala Lumpur, Dimter to Singapore. “Erik lived in an apartment block where there was a gym. We both worked out, trained together and met regularly with colleagues at the bar after work, as you do.”
One evening after the training they were sat there – a protein shake in one hand and a beer in the other.
“Neither of us was keen on the taste of shakes and drank them more for the health benefits than the taste,” Brümmer said, “so we thought that there must be a way to combine the delicious taste of beer with the health benefits of a protein shake.”
That’s how JoyBräu, the athlete’s beer, was born in the summer of 2015.
What’s in the protein beer and how it tastes
The protein beer is alcohol-free. Unlike beers that contain alcohol, JoyBräu beer supposedly supports the recovery and growth of muscle mass.
A 0.33-liter bottle of the vegan low-carb drink contains 21 grams of protein. Of these 21 grams, 10 grams are the essential amino acids BCAA.
These are essential building materials for encouraging the muscle fiber tears that occur during training to repair themselves. Each bottle also contains L-carnitine and beta-alanine, both of which are beneficial for fat burning, explains JoyBräu founder Dimter – so the beer is even suitable for those on a diet.
The protein beer costs a little more than usual beer.
We wanted to find out for ourselves whether it tasted any good. Insider’s verdict? Fruity with a bitter aftertaste and, at first, slightly reminiscent of an apple spritzer or cider.
It’s certainly adequate as a summery refreshment. But real beer fans would probably be disappointed by the beverage, namely as protein beer has little of that bitter hops taste.
Yet the founders are well aware of this: “We had our product developed with our focus on summer. Our current beer is a very light beer, a bit citrus-like, with a fruity note. We didn’t bring out an extremely bitter beer, but a nice post-workout refreshment for the summer.”
Product expansion is an important topic. Brümmer explained: “We’re already developing non-alcoholic wheat. Of course, from time to time, we get feedback like: ‘It tastes more like shandy than a nice bitter beer.’
We can deal with that kind of thing because that’s exactly what we thought at the start. We must and want to respond to the feedback of our customers and expand our product range accordingly.”
Implementing the idea: ‘We never really knew if it would work out in the end’
After their flash of inspiration in Singapore in 2015, it took several years before the product was ready for the market.
“We’d been tasting in my cellar for a while,” said Brümmer, an amateur brewer. “We tried to mix a little protein powder into the home-brewed beer. That, as you can imagine, went badly awry and ending up tasting pretty awful. We then realized quite quickly that if we really wanted to do this, we were going to have to get help from outside.”
They tried to exchange ideas directly with breweries. They wanted to get started as soon as possible.
“As is normal when you have a quirky product idea, you want to test it out as soon as possible and to get it on the market,” explained Brümmer.
But they hit a stumbling block here too.
“Breweries weren’t really taken with the idea,” says Brümmer.
Because German laws on beer purity are so important, it was difficult to convince anyone it was a good idea. Even those they were able to persuade had technical difficulties.
“You need analytical equipment and a laboratory,” said Brümmer, “which standard brewers don’t have. That’s why we sat down and thought of a new strategy.”
They then approached universities specializing in brewery and beverage technology, and that’s how their partnership with the Berlin Technical University (TU Berlin) came about. Yet it still took more than a year to get to the finished product.
“The biggest challenge was really to stick at it. We never really knew if it was going to work or not. But we were totally committed to the idea, did more market research, talked to more people, and the more we delved into the idea, the more convinced of it we became.”
Until the last month of development at the TU Berlin, it wasn’t clear whether it would really work and whether the two could even produce a marketable product. “Having that pressure there for over two and a half years, especially when you’ve invested all your savings in this one venture is, of course, an immense burden.”
In the end, it worked: the beer is now produced in a family-run private brewery near Kaiserslautern – and JoyBräu is just really taking off.
Fibo 2018 as a springboard
After JoyBräu won the Innovation & Trend Award at Fibo, Germany’s largest fitness fair, things really took off for the duo.
“We’d calculated conservatively that in the first year, we’d distribute via our website and would only sell to private consumers and not commercial distributors. By the second year, we’d wanted to venture into selling the product in the gyms,” Brümmer said.
At Fibo, it wasn’t just fitness studios showing an interest in protein beer; wholesalers and exporters wanted to market the product to other countries too.
“Thanks to Fibo, we were completely sold out straight after so we were left in a pickle of sorts, where people wanted more beer when we were completely sold out,” Brümmer said.
The founders have already been signed with various fitness studios that want to test the beer at their bar and in the vending machines.
Plans for the future: away from startup and into premium
JoyBräu’s founders’ ideas didn’t just go to plan – thanks to Fibo they exceeded their goals. That’s why they’re refocusing their strategy on the long term.
A big issue now is the personnel: “We need to massively expand our team,” Brümmer said. “Up until we did Fibo, there were only two of us. It meant that there were huge burdens for us in the last weeks. Luckily, we’ve already found two more team members and are still looking for sales support.”
Marketing is also to be significantly expanded, through Facebook and Instagram.
Three years ago, Torie Fisher witnessed a man accost her wife at the Atlantic City Beer Festival. Fisher and her wife are brewers, but the man didn’t believe it.
“There’s no way she’s a brewer,” Fisher said the man yelled in the direction of her wife. He became “visibly irate,” she said, and her teammates had to talk him down.
Fisher served in the Army for 13 years before founding Backward Flag Brewing Co., a veteran- and woman-owned brewery, in 2015. She’s worked there since, along with her wife.
But male patrons and clients who enter the New Jersey establishment neither expect nor believe that Fisher’s an integral part of the business, she said, adding, “It’s never assumed that I’m the owner.”
“I’ve seen somebody come in, get a beer, and shake the hand of one of my bartenders. They said, ‘This is a great place you have here. You must be the owner,'” Fisher said.
She continued, “I got these big, burly guys working back there, and they’ll point to me and say, ‘Well, actually, she’s the owner.'” Fisher said the man replied, “I thought this place was veteran-owned.”
Fisher said that in the nearly six years that Backward Flag has been open, she and other women staff members have experienced sexist and demeaning comments like that one.
A chasm opens
After a brewer asked women on Instagram last week to share sexist comments they’d received from men while on the job, the brewing industry began to react to the widespread allegations of sexism and harassment.
Many of the submitted comments showed encounters similar to Fisher’s.
Brienne Allan, the brewer who asked Instagram users to share their experiences, posted a series of 10 stories highlighting the demeaning comments women brewers said they received daily at their jobs. She received more than 800 responses.
“Me, standing on top of a ladder, a guy from behind the bar, ‘Watch out for that glass ceiling up there,'” one user submitted to Allan’s call.
“The male brewers being professional brewers while I’m just an amateur brewer,” another submission read.
“OK, but where’s the person in charge here? You can’t be it, you’re a woman,” one comment said.
Other submissions detailed harrowing incidents of sexual harassment and assault against women working at various breweries.
“Owner of brewery would drink and try to kiss and grope his female employees on the clock – me included,” a submission read.
“Warehouse coordinator got drunk and told me how hot and sexy I was ‘with tattoos working those tap handles,'” a woman wrote, as seen in one of Allan’s Instagram Stories.
In direct messages to Allan, women called out specific breweries and named men who they said harassed female employees or created a toxic work environment.
After these stories began pouring in, a social-media user gathered about 200 accusations from Allan’s stories and saved them in a public Google spreadsheet, identifying by name the brewery where each alleged incident happened. The document also identified men accused of harassment and assault.
The document is not a comprehensive list of all the accusations and experiences women shared, and it’s unclear who created it.
The accusations have garnered so much momentum that major breweries have responded with apologies. And some men mentioned by name – such as Jacob McKean, the founder and CEO of Modern Times Beer – have resigned.
“I’m sorry that anyone has ever had to face harassment at Modern Times,” McKean said in a statement posted to Twitter. “No one should ever have to be traumatized at work, and it guts me that people have under my watch.” Modern Times, which has locations across the West Coast, was mentioned 18 times in the compiled list of accusations.
Beer and its connection to frat boys
In popular culture, beer is commonly associated with the trappings of masculinity, such as frat houses and football games. But the drink has a long history that involves women-powered capital and labor.
The first-known beer recipe hails from a Sumerian hymn dedicated to the beer goddess Ninkasi, fermented at the time for use in religious ceremonies. Other cultures also honored beer goddesses of their own and created beer dedicated to them.
In the Middle Ages, beer making was believed to be a woman’s work, a process that eventually evolved into a way to bring in extra cash to the household. That’s how the term “alewife” came to be.
Alewives were able to monetize beer and use the profits to support their families. But the Catholic Church, a deep and permeating influence during the Middle Ages, condemned alewives and alehouses, believing both to be extensions of witchcraft and out of bounds with common gender norms.
When the industrial revolution began, alewives slowed down their own beer-making operations because of speedier production methods. And in the mid-20th century, large beer companies such as Budweiser and Heineken began aligning their brands with images of “manliness.” These ads typically depicted housewives pouring tall, foaming growlers of beer for their husbands.
Since then, beer culture has largely been associated with men.
Cayla Marvil, the cofounder of Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Massachusetts, disagreed with the assertion that the drink isn’t for everyone. “Beer is an incredibly accessible beverage, but media does not depict it that way,” she said.
But Marvil is eager to turn that around.
“Breweries can be a really powerful place for social change,” she said. “There’s so much variety to it. It’s not just about crushing pints with your bros at the frat house or whatever it is.”
Marvil said that when patrons come up to her and tell her they don’t like beer, she can usually “find a beer that they’re going to enjoy.”
“I hope that it’s becoming a bit more exciting and accessible for everybody, but media does not depict it that way,” she said.
The masculine connotation that beer carries has a direct effect on how women brewers are treated.
Women brewers who spoke with Insider said they’re regularly asked by patrons whether they themselves enjoy beer or patrons assume that the women around them don’t enjoy beer.
Fisher, for example, said most of her brewery’s patrons are men, some of whom answer for their wives when staff members help with beer selections.
“They’ll bring in their wife, and they don’t even give her the ability to speak,” she said. “I see that so often – where I’ll ask the woman what she prefers to drink, and they like to chime in and answer for her: ‘Oh, she doesn’t like beer.'”
“I’ll end up just kind of ignoring them and talking to their wife, and start asking questions,” Fisher continued. “And a lot of times I will find a beer that she likes.”
The public reckoning is forcing breweries to change
On Tuesday, the Brewers Association, a craft-beer trade group made up of thousands of brewers and distributors, sent out an email obtained by Insider inviting its members to engage in a three-part webinar on harassment and sexism in the industry.
The first part began on May 27, and the webinar is expected to continue on the fourth Thursday of June and July. As part of the webinar, “participants will craft an action plan and learn how to handle a complaint and what an investigation process looks like,” the registration invitation said.
But women-owned breweries are not waiting around.
As women in the industry come to terms with their own experiences of harassment or sexism, they’re leading the charge and changing the breweries they own from the inside.
In light of the revelations, Marvil of Lamplighter is reevaluating the way her brewery does business.
From now on, Lamplighter plans to ask its distributors, vendors, and partners to sign statements saying they do not condone harassment, sexism, or misogynistic behavior in the workplace, Marvil said.
“We’re going to be more intentional about these partnerships, and we are now monitoring the news surrounding our suppliers and vendors,” she added.
“Clearly harassment and sexism are out there, and it’s much more prevalent than we believed,” she said. “We want to make sure we are not supporting or associating ourselves with what’s going on.”
Laura Dierks, the founder and CEO of Interboro Spirits and Ales in Brooklyn, is workshopping strategies to make her brewery a more inclusive and open space, she said.
She and other female colleagues have talked about beginning to openly address biases at work, such as when women are talked over in meetings or made to feel like their ideas aren’t as valuable as those of male colleagues.
“We’re going to be creating anonymous surveys and getting feedback at meetings with no names attached,” she said.
Dierks for a long time kept silent about her experience with harassment and sexism while on the job.
A prospective business partner once asked Dierks how she planned to balance work and motherhood. Her business partner, Jesse, at the time had smaller children than she did, but he was never asked such a question, Dierks said.
“How does a woman answer that question, sitting next to someone who also has children but happens to be a man and will never be asked that question about how good a dad he’ll be?” Dierks said. “Never in a million years, right?”
Because the man who had asked the question was a prospective business partner, Dierks, though dumbfounded, answered the question: “Yes, my husband is very supportive of me and helps me out at home. I have an au pair. I have somebody to help me with the children in the house.”
Questions like that aside, Dierks has experienced something far more sinister. Right before the pandemic hit, Dierks was at a conference in Miami when a man pushed her into a bathroom and tried to assault her, she said.
Dierks, 53, believed she would be safe from assault because of her age. “‘Why would anybody do this to me?’ was my thought,” she said. “I felt like [harassing behavior and assault] wasn’t going to happen to me ever again because I’m not young, and thinner, and all these things. Yet it did.”
Dierks said she didn’t tell anyone except her husband about the incident. She added, “Because we’ve been taught to not talk about these things.”
“What motivates me now is the courage that many younger women than me have,” she said, when asked why she chose to speak up now.
She added: “I didn’t have that courage when I was younger. And I think that the power in numbers is there. The connectivity we feel to each other, and the support that we provide for each other as women, is much stronger in a public way than it ever was before.”
Trying to carry two bottles of wine, a handle of whiskey, a six-pack of beer, and some bitters to stock our bar cart might as well be an Olympic sport. But the task of buying alcohol doesn’t have to be so strenuous, and for anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to go outside to the store, there’s always alcohol delivery.
We’ve broken down how to buy alcohol online and the best places to order from whether you’re into spirits, wine, or beer. Some can get you your alcohol within a couple of hours of ordering, while others may have set shipping schedules.
One thing to keep in mind with any alcohol delivery service is that each state has its own laws.
Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah have outright bans on booze deliveries to private citizens. In almost all other states, wine deliveries are perfectly legal, though they will require a signature from an adult who’s 21 or older in most places. Check the National Conference of State Legislatures‘ Direct Shipment of Alcohol Statutes page for the most updated information.
Wine.com boasts the world’s largest online wine selection, letting you find your old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines.
There’s no shortage of choice at Wine.com, where you can shop by varietal and region, or browse various curated lists and deals. You can also pick up gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories to supplement your bottles.
Each product page features helpful winemaker notes, reviews from trusted critics like James Suckling, and additional information about the vineyard. There’s also a live wine expert chat function in case you need extra help.
In addition to home delivery, the site offers order pickup from more than 10,000 participating locations including Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Safeway.
If you anticipate ordering often, get the annual $49 membership, which is called the StewardShip program, and gives you free shipping on every order for a full year with no purchase minimum.
New customers can also take $20 off orders of $100+ with the code “NEW2021“.
Shipping cost: Varied and based on the number of bottles and the size and weight of your order
NakedWines.com lets you support independent winemakers around the world and you’ll receive big discounts so you can stock your wine supply for less.
If you’re interested in getting to know the winemaker behind each of your bottles, you’ll love NakedWines.com, which specializes in lifting up independent wine labels around the world. You can become an “Angel” who invests $40 a month directly in up-and-coming winemakers, and in return, you’ll get wholesale prices (up to 60% off wine) and a free gift bottle every month.
Even if you don’t want to become an Angel, you can still shop the large variety of red, white, sparkling, rose, and sweet wine on the site and try the user-friendly filtering system. You can even browse winemaker profiles to hear directly from the source, read customer reviews, and easily shop all the wine from that maker.
There’s a generous welcome offer of $100 off your introductory case that includes six bottles of reds and whites. For future orders, there is a six-bottle minimum.
Shipping cost: $10 for orders under $100. For orders $100 and more, delivery is free — except for Hawaii (+$70) and Alaska (+$130).
Tippsy is a great way to explore Japanese sake à la carte or through a monthly subscription box.
If you’ve never drunk sake outside of a Japanese restaurant, you’re missing out on a whole world of booze. And if part of the reason is that you’re not sure what to order or what to pair it with, you might want to sign up for Tippsy.
Tippsy is an online store for sake, and it keeps the category from being overwhelming with taste profiles, pairing suggestions, translations of Japanese labels and descriptions, and more. Bottles can be purchased a la carte or through a subscription that arrives one, two, or four times a year. Each box contains six 10-ounce bottles, and your first box comes with a Sake 101 guide with tasting notes, and suggestions on food pairings and even what temperatures to enjoy the sake.
This is a great way to expand your palate and knowledge of alcohol without venturing out to a Japanese restaurant.
Currently, you can get $10 flat shipping on all orders, or earn free shipping if you order six or more bottles.
Membership cost: Starting at $93/box for subscription, à la carte bottles starting at $10 — Jada Wong
Craft beer enthusiasts will be happy with Craft City‘s impressive inventory that tends towards smaller brewery labels.
If you have a particular craft beer in mind — maybe you tried it while traveling or you bought it from a store once and never saw it again — chances are that Craft City carries it. It also happens to be a great place to buy other fizzy drinks, like craft kombucha and craft soda.
You can enjoy the nation’s best craft breweries, from more well-known names like Ballast Point and Allagash to labels you’ve never heard of. The nice thing is that you can buy single bottles rather than full packs, so you can create a fully customized beer stash.
Some of the products include ratings from Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, plus each page tells you exactly how much stock is left and whether you need to act quickly to snatch up your favorites. There’s also a cool Product Comparison tool if you’re between two beers and want a side-by-side breakdown of their differences.
Shipping cost: Based on your specific location, and generally, we found you’ll pay between $10 to $16 for ground shipping.
For alcohol delivery within the hour, Drizly provides the most reliable, well-designed, and widely available service.
Drizly works with your local liquor stores to get you wine, beer, spirits, and even mixers, snacks, and party supplies quickly. Delivery’s free in New York City and only $5 in other areas. Drizly service is available in more than 220 markets nationwide.
Stock and pricing really depend on your neighborhood retailer, but you should expect all the big brands and bar essentials, as well as more unique offerings such as craft brews, bottles from local distillers, and exclusive wines. They should cost you the retail price, or a little more, though Drizly also regularly runs deals and promotions to save you some money.
Both the website and app are easy to use and you can look at your past purchases to make reordering a breeze.
However, since it does charge a premium on common bottles and brands, we recommend going to other sites or your local liquor store for the bottom- and middle-shelf stuff and focusing instead on all the rare vintages and limited offerings — if you have the budget.
You’ll also find custom engravings, fancy crystal and barware sets, and gift baskets. If you ever want to make someone in your life — be it a partner, relative, or business contact — feel special, ReserveBar’s the place to find the best boozy gift.
At the time of this update, if you buy three bottles you can get the fourth for 50% off with code “THEFINALS.”
Shipping cost: Shipping is $15-$35 for orders under $149. It’s free on orders over $149 with the code above.
Flaviar is an accessible starting point and community for people wanting to expand their experience with spirits, and it offers no shortage of member-exclusive features to dive into and explore.
The world of fine and niche spirits can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the scene. But if you’re interested in trying small-batch whiskeys, vodkas, tequilas, and more, personalized spirits subscription service Flaviar is an excellent place to start.
In addition to providing quality options (including rare bottles) at great prices, Flaviar also serves as an online community for fellow fans (600,000+ strong) to get together and talk about everything spirits-related.
It carries more than 20,000 different spirits and every three months, members can pick out one full-size bottle and a curated Tasting Box filled with various samples. There are many other perks, including member reviews, articles about different spirits, cocktail recipes, and interviews with industry experts.
The modern wine club model is nearly perfect in Winc‘s hands, from its large and on-trend bottle variety to its streamlined browsing and customer rating system.
Winc is always updating its stock of wine, which it produces based on consumer interests and emerging trends. That means you’ll always have something new to look forward to when you do your monthly wine shopping haul.
Winc’s site is easy to use and browse for different varietals and regions, and you can view member ratings and descriptions for each wine. We also love it because its wines are pretty affordable, ranging from $13 to $32 a bottle.
Amateur wine enthusiasts can start with the Palate Profile, which will point them in the right direction of different wines to try. Membership isn’t required to order from Winc, though it can save you some money if you regularly consume wine.
Right now, new customers can take $20 off four bottles or more.
Membership cost: $59.95/month, or order a minimum of three bottles starting at $13/bottle
Beer of the Month Club has more than 25 years of experience recommending craft beers and uses three criteria — quality, freshness, and variety — to curate its 12-packs.
This club has been around since 1994 and is more than familiar with the best craft beers you should know about. Its panel members have some impressive experience up their sleeves, including over 100 collective years in the brewing industry and 500 beers rated every year to bring you only top-tier beers.
Beer of the Month currently offers five different membership types: US Microbrewed, US and International Variety, Hop Heads Beer, International Beer, and Rare Beer. You’ll get 12 bottles that represent two to four beer styles and breweries, plus profiles and tasting notes.
The subscription is aimed at people who want to develop their taste in beer or simply find it too time-consuming to do the research and work themselves.
Right now, you can save up to $30 off prepaid orders. Use the code “SAVE10” for $10 off a 4-shipment order, “SAVE15” for $15 off a prepaid 6-shipment order, and “SAVE30” for $30 off a prepaid 12-shipment order.
Membership cost: $29.95-$38.95 a month, plus $15 shipping.
One of America’s largest beer makers, Molson Coors, had to halt production this week the company said.
“Molson Coors experienced a systems outage that was caused by a cybersecurity incident,” the company said in a statement. That systems outage has led to a variety of issues for the company, including “brewery operations, production, and shipments,” according to an SEC filing.
In short: Hackers forced the maker of Coors to stop making beer.
Molson Coors is America’s second-largest beer producer, behind only Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch, according to the Brewer’s Association. The company brews its namesake brands Molson and Coors, as well as Miller, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s, Redd’s Hard Apple, and Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, among others.
It’s unclear how much of the company’s beer production has been halted by the breach, nor is it clear how this will impact the company’s expected production.
A Molson Coors representative did not respond to request for comment as of publishing.
The SEC filing said Molson Coors, “is working around the clock to get its systems back up as quickly as possible.”
No timetable is given on when the company expects to return to normal production. Molson Coors has “engaged leading forensic information technology firms and legal counsel,” the filing said, and it’s investigating the breach.
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I’d started brewing beer when I was 21 at college in Oregon and kept doing it as a passion. After graduating from college in the 2008 economy crash, I didn’t have much luck job-wise.
My degree was in marketing and economics, and while I initially had a job lined up, after graduation I was laid off before I even started, so I worked part-time jobs and brewed on the side. After four years of unstable temporary jobs, I decided to go back to college. I enrolled in Siebel Institute of Technology – out of Munich, Germany, and Chicago – for a masters of brewing.
It can be challenging to get in the door in the brewing industry.
My first job was as a keg washer in Portland. People were willing to work for free, but I was lucky enough to get the paid gig of keg washing. From there I moved up to the cellar, and then brewer. I even helped someone start a brewery in Portland.
In 2018 Big Island Brewhaus was looking for a head brewer. They approached me with a two-year contract, I said yes, then they moved my family out to Waimea and I started to run the brewery.
As my contract came to an end, the vice president of operations at a nearby private residential club community called Kohanaiki contacted me to see if I’d be interested in being the master brewer at their brewery. I took on the job in May 2020, just as the pandemic worsened and everyone went into lockdown.
The brewery had been shut down and vacant for quite some time before I came along. So during the pandemic, while the club had no members, I cleaned, reorganized, and resurfaced the tanks. When guests started coming in early October 2020 and everything slowly started reopening, that’s when the ball started rolling.
This brewery is much smaller than I experienced in past jobs. At the corporate breweries where I worked before, I was never in charge of accounting, management, or any of the paperwork. At Kohanaiki, I’m a one-man team, so I need to pay attention to the budget and spend at least a few hours every day answering emails.
Even though it’s more work, I prefer the structured system and being tuned in on the business side. Other breweries I’ve worked at didn’t have a budget, so it was easy to go a little crazy spending, but here, I know what I can and can’t spend.
It’s hot in Kalaoa, so club members tend to prefer light, fruity beers over dark beers.
The best part about my job is I can brew whatever I like. We mostly create beers that are around 6.2% alcohol. IPA sells well on the island, as does rosé beer and other fruity variations. I’m currently working on a spiked apple cider beer – Belgian double style. I plan to ferment it with apple juice. I also have oak chips soaking in rum, which I’ll add to the beer when aging for a rich flavor.
During the hot months, I also have seltzers on hand. I fought this craze for so long, but eventually I had to give the people what they want, which is seltzers and rosé beer.
Since we’re a microbrewery attached to the resort, I often chat with members, ask their opinions, and listen to their requests of what they’d like to drink. I’m open to brewing anything and everything, as long as I know it will work.
Working in a small brewery, I’m also able to turn over funky ideas quickly. In corporate brewing you have to make a certain number of kegs for that one beer, but here I can make just one keg of a beer before moving onto another to keep it varied.
I can also more easily work with different yeasts. In a corporate environment, brewers are held to a style of yeast in-house, but here, I can make small batches with different yeasts. I don’t even need to use the same yeast again.
Coming from the mainland US, I’ve experienced new challenges while brewing in Hawaii.
A challenge I’ve faced with brewing on the island is water quality. I’ve lived in places where the water quality is good, but here, the water is littered with sodium. I use reverse-osmosis water from nearby Kona, to which I add calcium, magnesium, and other elements to get the flavor profile I want.
Another difference of brewing on the island compared to the mainland is access to local exotic fruits. The club has an onsite biodynamic community farm, and my friend also has a family farm where I can visit and buy different fruits. Anytime I need inspiration or want to see what fruits are available, I’ll go directly to the farm, try different fruits, and instantly think of new beers to make. I allow the flavors and fruits to guide me, rather than creating a recipe and not having the right ingredients to carry it out.
As the island began welcoming back visitors and members around October when the pre-testing COVID travel program started, I began preparing for events. We held Oktoberfest, but instead of the usual German lagers, I also showcased different German beers to introducing unique styles of German alcohol to club members.
We’ve also recently opened to “meet the brewer” events. I show the members what I do and teach them about beer, from the specifics of the brewing process to the variety of flavor profiles. We also do a tasting, where they can try all the different types of beers we have on tap.
As a master brewer at a micro-brewery, I can merge brewing with business ideas.
The brewery is near the 18th hole of the resort’s golf course, so when I first joined Kohanaiki I thought it would be great to set up space for golfers to have a pour after their game. We began offering this last year after reopening, and now guest golfers can watch sports, have a beer, play darts, or just sit and socialize.
Recently, I’ve been thinking of brewing a Mexican mocha. Think spicy, locally brewed coffee, and a touch of lactose for a darker side beer. There’s also a champagne-style beer in the works. I’m looking to incorporate grapes, so it would be a base beer with half grapes.
I have many ideas and time to explore them. It’s just one of the many perks of working at a private microbrewery.
Natasha Bazika is a freelance writer currently based in Sydney. She has contributed to CNN Travel, Architectural Digest, Housebeautiful, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, and more. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
For something that’s supposed to make your night more fun or relaxing, shopping for alcohol isn’t exactly easy.
Even if you go into a liquor store knowing what type of alcohol you’re looking for, there are countless brands to consider. And, after you make your purchase, you have to keep those glass bottles safe and secure through a bumpy car ride (or worse – a long walk home).
Luckily, online delivery services are making the ordeal of buying alcohol much more convenient and enjoyable, as they do for most things (see: buying mattresses, gourmet foods, and even large house plants). You won’t have to figure out how to lug five bottles of wine home or make a mad dash to the store 15 minutes before your virtual happy hour starts.
Companies that sell alcohol online also help you discover new varieties. With the help of personalization algorithms, their recommendations are often scarily accurate. You’ll waste less time and money by taking advantage of these online guides.
If you want to buy your alcohol online, we’ve rounded up our favorite retailers below and divided them into these categories:
General online shop: For when you know exactly what you’re looking for
Discovery-based: For when you’re not sure what you like
Kits and mixers: For cocktail cravings
Most places have implemented contactless delivery and ID scanning, and the elimination of customer signatures to minimize contact with its delivery people, so be sure to pay attention to delivery methods.
Here are the 18 best places to buy alcohol online:
General online shop: For when you know exactly what you’re looking for
Indie purveyors are brought to the forefront at NakedWines.com, where “Angel” customers act as investors to support small winemakers around the world. To become an Angel, you deposit $40 to your account every month to spend at any time on more wine. This membership gives you access to exclusive wines, discounts (40%-60% off), and tasting events.
ReserveBar is the perfect place to shop for yourself and pick up gifts because it offers premium brands like Johnnie Walker and Ciroc. It’s also where you’ll find cool limited-edition products such as the Game of Thrones collection and rare beauties like a $3,650 Louis XIII cognac. To make it shine on your bar cart, add a custom engraving to a spirit of your choice.
Thrive Market is a marketplace focusing on natural, non-toxic, and healthy brands, so its wine selection is narrowed down to varieties that are pesticide-free, have no added sugar, and are even biodynamic. They come in variety bundles or 6-bottle cases.
Drizly has your alcohol needs covered by delivering whatever you’re in the mood for in under an hour. Search the exact liquor, wine, or beer you need on Drizly. The prices aren’t marked up, and the delivery fee is only $5.
Saucey isn’t available in as many cities as Drizly, but it promises even faster delivery (30 minutes) and it’s free, with no minimum purchase required. Get your Bud Light alongside your Ballast Point, then pick up some snacks to pair with those icy cold beverages.
Minibar is available in more markets than Saucey and is great for people who want the option of in-store pickup or exclusive wines. Delivery fees can depend on your local store, but you’ll still get your order within the hour.
FreshDirect offers the full grocery-shopping experience, with none of the inconveniences. The New York-based delivery service carries both local and name-brand alcohol and runs deals every week, just like your local grocery store. It has a whole section of organic wine, plus a category called Select Sips, which features wine and spirits sourced from around the world.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Wine.com is the world’s largest wine store, where you can shop wine from regions as different as Africa, China, and Greece. Though the options are vast, they become a little easier to navigate with a filtering system, professional ratings, and a recommendation engine. Become a member for $49 annually to receive free standard shipping with no minimum orders.
California-based winery Winc, which was co-founded by sommelier Brian Smith, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes. The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc’s own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There’s no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month’s shipment any time you want.
Note: Firstleaf is providing contact-less delivery by eliminating customer signatures.
The barriers of entry to Firstleaf are low: it has a great introductory offer where you get your first six bottles for just $39.95, plus free shipping. Afterward, you’ll receive six bottles at a time, at a frequency convenient for you. The company prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you’ll like, and if you don’t like a bottle, you’ll get a refund.
Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine glasses of wine packaged in individual vials. Vinebox’s unique bottling technology ensures they maintain their full flavor and mouthfeel as they make their way to your doorstep. Each quarter’s box contains seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. With each box, you’ll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions. Vinebox also has holiday boxes in festive packaging (currently unavailable), which are great as gifts or a treat to yourself.
Two MIT grads are behind the monthly wine club Bright Cellars, which sends four new wines each month for $80. The company has a competitive curation process — it says it only picks one out of every 12 wines it tries for the monthly collections and promises to show you hidden gems from vineyards in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and South America.
The only drawback of loving craft beers is that you can’t always buy all the ones you want to try. Every day, Tavour gives you access to two beers you can’t normally get in your area (say, Anchorage Brewing’s IPA) and you claim the ones you want. It delivers to your door, so you get an international craft brewery tour without ever leaving your house. The experience also connects you to a community of fellow beer lovers.
Flaviar is a club for those who love fine spirits and have a desire to explore beyond the usual names (e.g. Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker). With a membership, you get a complimentary full-size bottle, plus a Tasting Box every quarter, free distillery tours, and access to detailed bottle profiles. It prides itself on sharing rare and previously unattainable whiskey, rum, cognac, and more.
Recipe cards, top-shelf spirits, and all the ingredients you need for two different cocktails are included in each month’s SaloonBox. It sends you only what you need to make the drinks, which means nothing ever goes to waste and you don’t have to search high and low for obscure ingredients. Each box is meant for two people, so pick your favorite person to try delicious cocktails like Blueberry Bourbon Collins and Kentucky Rosaritas.
Shaker & Spoon doesn’t send you the liquor, but it will send you everything else — syrups, bitters, mixers, garnishes — to make 12 drinks. The three recipes in each box are designed and recommended by actual bartenders, who will be sad to miss you at the bar but understand the desire to simply stay in tonight.
You don’t have to wait each month to shop for a variety of delicious cocktails at Cocktail Courier. They usually come in multiple serving sizes, so you can serve up drinks to your entire friend group, and come with the alcohol. The site also sells barware and party supplies.
For gourmet gifts like fancy chocolate, creatively flavored popcorn, and picnic-worthy charcuterie boards, we love shopping at Mouth. It’s also where you can shop the drinks to go along with these delicious snacks. The mixed drink kits, unfortunately, don’t contain the liquor. However, you’ll be more than happy with the artisanal mixers, seasonal specials, and quality barware offered by the site.