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The Most Popular International Beers, Ranked

This Friday is International Beer Day, which combines two of our favorite things: learning about new cultures and drinking. In honor of this most sacred holiday, we gathered together some of the most popular lagers and ales from around the world, and then checked in with the beer geeks at RateBeer.com to rank them from best to worst.

1. Of course the country with the best taste in beer is Germany. Beer and Germany go together like peanut butter and jelly, or that one Grease song where everyone just shouts random noises. Their fave is the Krombacher Pils.

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Fourth Annual “Brooklyn Pour” Craft Beer Festival

Are you an indecisive beer drinker? Do you have a hard time choosing between your favorite brews? Well, this event is for you. The Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival features over 100 different kinds of foods for you to choose from.

On Saturday, September 27th, the fourth annual “Brooklyn Pour” Craft Beer Festival will take place, hosted by Village Voice. It’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for adults. With the option to drink every kind of beer you can think of, (though we suggest you don’t) this is the beer drinker’s dream.

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Weekend Pick: Boston Harbor Wine Tasting

Grab a glass and climb aboard! One of three Boston Harbor Wine Tastings takes place this Saturday, August 2nd! Join Boston Fun Cruises for a casual evening of boozing and cruising.

Meet at The Barking Crab's marina behind the restaurant for the wine tasting from 6-7pm. After the tasting, refill your glass and set sail aboard Belle for a 90-minute cruise around the Boston Harbor from 7-8:30pm. Your $25 ticket includes the wine tasting and the cruise, but beer and wine will also be available for purchase during the duration of the cruise.

Enjoy a true New England experience cruising around Boston Harbor this Saturday with a glass of wine in your hand!

What: Boston Harbor Wine Tasting

When: Saturday, August 2nd, 6pm

Where: Aboard Belle from The Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper St., Boston

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Bottlenotes: Around the World in 80 Sips

The place to be in the Hamptons this past Saturday, July 26th, was the 2nd Annual Bottlenotes: Around the World in 80 Sips wine tasting event. Seasoned wine lovers and beginners alike sampled a wide variety of wines from five continents with accompanying delicious hors d’oeuvres. Under a high wood-beamed ceiling covered with lanterns and lights, patrons truly took a tour of some of the finest wines around the globe. Devine chocolates courtesy of Brix and creamy cheese and charcuterie platters provided attendees the perfect pairings for each unique sip. From champagnes, unique red blends, rosés, and pinots to Sancerre, chardonnays and Malbecs, there was something for every wine lover.

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After Work, Drink These

Tired of ordering vodka soda after gin and tonic because you aren’t creative enough to think of another clear colored liquor to get you to September? We thought so – and we’ve got you covered.

Check out our list of summer cocktails that will help these hot, humid weeks fly by comfortably, while keeping your gin intake to a bare minimum.

1) The Woods (48 S 4th St., Williamsburg)

Though in a far flung corner of Williamsburg, The Woods has recently added an outdoor space that boasts a laid-back, reggae themed vibe – perfect for anyone’s idea of summer imbibing. We recommend the Painkiller – frozen, sprinkled with nutmeg, and packing the heaviest punch you’ve ever received from an innocuous milkshake. The ginger Mai-Tai was a close second though, spicy and refreshing, with dark rum and the familiar picante kick that comes from fresh ginger. All of the Tiki cocktails are served in festive, island themed mugs (complete with mermaids!) and the bartenders are attentive, kind, and relaxed – exactly what you need to forget that you live in an 8,000 degree city.

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All Hail National Scotch Day


This Sunday, July 27th is an extremely exciting, anticipated holiday for Scotch connoisseurs and fanatics. All hail National Scotch Day!

* Hakkasan New York

For those celebrating National Scotch Day in the city, you are in for an awesome treat. A prime venue to sip and savor top-notch Scotch on this festive date is Hakkasan New York. Whether you choose to relish the venue’s scrumptious signature dim-sum brunch, or are craving a divine dinner, Hakkasan’s modern-Cantonese fare pairs ultimately with the venue’s impressive Scotch selection.

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Refresh…Tiki Style

Whether you’re in the mood to complement your meal with something simply refreshing, or craving a fun evening of summery sips with friends, Joonbug has Beantown covered with the best roundup.

* Brass Union (70 Union Sq, Somerville, MA)

Prepared with Espolón Reposado tequila, orange & pomegranate juices, fresh pineapple and coconut foam, Brass Union’s ‘Jumpman Julep’ ($10) will certainly delight. The coconut foam adds an awesome finishing touch to this innovative cocktail…a definite must-try.

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Celebrate National Tequila Day--Here's How!

Today is National Tequila Day. We don’t know why, exactly, but we do know that it’s a great excuse to bust out all of your favorite tequila cocktails, and try out some brand new ones, too! Here are all the exciting, tequila-themed ways to celebrate today.


Troy Liquor Bar (Downstairs, 675 Hudson St.) is serving a brand-new cocktail, the Forbidden Fruit, made with Don Julio Silver, Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup for an modern, herbaceous twist on the classic paloma.

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Gear Up for National Tequila Day in Beantown

With National Tequila Day just around the corner, all urbanites should know the juicy lowdown…specialty cocktail scoop, that is.

Joonbug has the ultimate roundup prepared for Beantown to throw it down tequila style this Thursday, July 24th. Our list of restaurants will be serving up luscious cocktail specials in honor of the occasion. It’s time to celebrate…

* Besito Mexican (75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA)

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NYC's 7 Greatest Hotel Bars

1. The Ace Hotel Bar (20 W 29th St.)

Hotel bars can be swanky, classy, or elegant, but rarely cool. The Ace Hotel Bar pulls off that feat handily, with comfy communal couches, a great menu of cocktails and small bites, and of course the ability to get Stumptown coffee delivered right to your seat.

2. The NoMad Library Bar (811 7th Ave.)

The NoMad Library Bar isn't just one of the best hotel bars in the city -- it's one of the best bars in the city, full stop. They serve tasty, if overpriced, upscale pub food and have a cute library-themed decor. But the real star is their cocktail menu. Their bartenders are all Death & Co. expats and their concoctions are amongst the best in the city.