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A Social Media Community for Wine? We Like the Sound of That

Bottlenotes is an online forum created for the soul purpose of uniting wine and beer enthusiasts with experts, events, products, and community. They are the leading wine related interactive social media platform out there, and their e-newsletter, the Daily Sip, has an enormous following for a fledgling organization.

The Daily Sip features content on all things wine related, and directs readers to specific regions and varietals, as well as the tastemakers, influencers, and prominent business owners in the wine industry.

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Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Grab a 5 Cent Cocktail

Got a nickel? Great. This Wednesday (as in tomorrow), head on over to BFB at 55 Gansevoort St. and use that nickel wisely. That's correct--just 5 little cents buys you your first cocktail at Owl's Hour at the Pub, and when you're done with that one, enjoy $8 specials to follow. This is the very last Owl's Hour, brought to you by Owl's Brew, of the season and you do not want to miss it. After all, when will you ever get the chance to enjoy a 5 cent cocktail in Manhattan ever ever again? Exactly.

Don't forget to RSVP to hoot@theowlsbrew.com

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Weekend Pick: 5th Annual Mass Brewers Festival at World Trade Center

Kick off Labor Day Weekend with a different kind of event at the 5th Annual Mass Brewers Fest. Who doesn’t like an event that involves endless booze?

With over 100 different beers and over 30 breweries in the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, you are guaranteed to have a great time and leave extremely drunk! This event offers craft beer lovers to sample a few local favorites and check out beer created exclusively for the festival.

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Williamsburg's Starbucks is Now a Wine and Beer Bar too, Because Obviously

Hipsters, beware! Another Starbucks is coming to Brooklyn — and this one will leave an even bigger mark than the last.

Remember when Starbucks moved into Williamsburg and was met with adversity from the local residents? Well, all of that has died down, but the neighborhood’s second location is planning to appeal to customers in a whole new way. The company has officially confirmed that they are seeking out a liquor license for their N Seventh Street location, opening between Bedford Ave. and Berry St.

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10 Things to Look Forward to at the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

As die-hard beer lovers, we could not be more excited about the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival happening on September 27th. Insomuch, we've been stalking the event's page, eager to learn what to expect and prepare accordingly. And as it is our jobs, we also wanted to share this information, and so we present a list of our favorite beers that you'll be able to find and try at the festival. At the moment there are 39 breweries signed up (with more coming) for this day, so it will be easy enough to find your perfect brew!

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Korean Grain Coffee is All the Rage

Let’s be honest, for most New Yorkers, the only proper way to start the day is with a good cup of overpriced coffee. A magic stimulant which gives us the energy to survive and function, caffeine is more than just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. This doesn’t mean, however, that the human race is content with enjoying coffee in its most simple forms; rather, we are constantly concocting new ways to enjoy the drink and all its attributes.

Welcome in misugaru, a Korean grain-coffee, a healthier choice that doesn’t leave you with a caffeine-headache — and it’s next big thing here in NYC!

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Weekend Pick: No Middle Ground Tasting

There’s nothing we love to drink more than beer – except, maybe, coffee. Now what if those two could be united in some single, flawless beverage? Well, All About Beer Magazine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Counter Culture Coffee have worked together to make that dream a reality. This new beer, called No Middle Ground, has infused Counter Culture’s incredible coffee into an experimental IPA to create an amazing concoction like nothing you’ve ever tried before.

You can try out this limited edition beer completely free at a tasting this Friday. For two hours you can sip the unusual brew as well as sample hot and iced Counter Culture Coffee and light snacks. Attendees will also get a free trial of All About Beer Magazine, whose 35th anniversary is coming up soon this year.

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Fried Chicken in Your Bloody Mary is Now a Thing

The meat-cocktails have finally crossed the line. Sobelman’s Pub ’N Grill (1900 W St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233) has added a $50 Bloody Mary to their menu, garnishing every order with cheese, sausage, mixed vegetables, shrimp, and, you guessed it, a whole fried chicken. Yes, an entire chicken, breaded, deep fried, and set on top of your cocktail right next to two skewers of bacon-wrapped jalapeño cheeseballs…

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The NYC Rum-Down

National Rum Day is finally here, and you’re probably wondering how to celebrate this amazing boozy holiday in the city. Well, no worries here are all the spots you need to be on Saturday, August 16th.

1. Mother Ruin (18 Spring St.)-
Although they’re celebrating well in advance, Mother Ruin’s is hosting a Bloody Jerry bar on Tuesday, August 12th from 6pm-8pm. The bartenders will mix drinks featuring Sailor Jerry Rum, but you’ll be able to garnish random food concoctions to make your drink as tasty as ever!

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Weekend Pick: Late Night Happy Hour at the Strip Joint

The new Philly spot the Strip Joint is best known for their delicious and absurdly affordable steaks, but they also have a hell of a happy hour.

Get here Saturday at 11pm for a night owl special, which features a $15 sangria carafe, $4 specialty cocktails including their Spicy Moscow Mule, and their craft beers and hand-selected wines for $3 apiece.

While you’re there, take the chance to check out their steak menu, which will get you a steak maison, New York strip, or even a filet mignon for less than a Jackson. It’s hard to top that for a late-night bar snack.

What: Late Night Happy Hour at the Strip Joint

When: Saturday, August 9th, 11pm

Where: The Strip Joint, 918 S 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA