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Scientists Built a Fake London Pub to Film Strangers Drinking Alcohol

At London South Bank University's shiny new pub, the drinks are free but they, uhh, may or may not actually contain alcohol. And it's not a real pub, actually. Oh, and there are little cameras all over the place tracking your every movement. Read More >>

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We Drank Beer Concentrate So You Don't Have To

You've spent the entire day hiking in the backcountry. Filthy, sweaty, and tired, you want nothing more than to fall to the ground and fill your mouth with cold, life-restoring beer. Well, you kind of can; Pat's Backcountry Beverages claims to have the answer to every camping ale addict's prayers: a hyper-potent, concentrated beer gel that comes in its very own packet. Just add (carbonated) water. Read More >>

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Reimagining the Home Bar of the Future

Take a look at this video. It's a concept from Pernod Ricard called Project Gutenberg, and it's what the home bar of the future could look like. We've definitely seen plenty of robot bartenders in the past, but this is something different. This is something you actually might want prominently displayed in your living room. Read More >>

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How Long You Have to Work Minimum Wage For One Beer, By Country

No matter where in the world you live, you're working for the weekend. How much you can enjoy said weekend, though, varies greatly from country to country. Meet Quartz's Beer Index. It'll make you glad you're not in Georgia. Read More >>

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Woman Rides Horse into Tesco as Neknominate Trend Hits the Mainstream

The dumb neknominate trend continues to spread across the planet like an unwanted idiot-zombie invasion, with a woman from Bishop Auckland managing to out-do her local clown competition by riding a horse into Tesco to impress internet drunks. She only necked a Pepsi, though, so wasn't drink-riding. Read More >>

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Pubs Will Stay Open Later for England's 2014 World Cup Matches

This summer's World Cup takes place in sunny Brazil which, once British Summer Time starts, puts us four hours ahead, meaning many matches will go on late into the night. Those who enjoy a bevvie with the football will be pleased to hear then that the government is set to relax pub closing times for England's games, letting UK footie fans enjoy the matches and a pint into the early hours down their locals. [BBC] Read More >>

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Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine in Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon focused missions to possibility of longer term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo programs came in dehydrated cube form, or squeezed from a pouch, and was universally regarded as inedible. Read More >>

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How Two Big Brand Boozes are Moving Forward by Going Backward

Original recipes are one of those things coveted most in marketing. Remember how excited everyone was about Coca-Cola Classic after the New Coke fiasco? Well, sometimes spirits-makers want to get in on that action as well, whether that means a limited-edition release like Beefeater is doing with Burrough's Reserve, or whether it's a complete replacement of the brand's main product, à la Pernod Absinthe. We recently spent some time with both of these new/old products. Here's the skinny. Read More >>

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Five Scientific Steps to Pouring the Perfect Beer at Home

Pouring beer at home can be hit and miss: too much foam, not enough, and never ever the same as in a bar, that's for sure. But help is at hand, in the form of beer science. Read More >>

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The 20 Weirdest, Coolest Liquor Bottles in the World

Generally speaking, it's what's inside a bottle that counts. It could come out of a yak udder just as long as it still tastes like a fine, single-malt Scotch. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little creative packaging. And booze bottles come in some of the most creative, decadent, and just plain bizarre designs you can imagine. Read More >>

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Lancaster Uni Plans Spot Fines for Drunk Students

There's a sense of unease among student drinkers at Lancaster University's Lonsdale College, where university bosses have announced plans for a £200 spot fine for drunkenness along with a £250 fine for being seen buying a drink for someone who's clearly already a bit far gone. Read More >>

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Are We Responsible Enough for a Motorway Pub?

The UK's first motorway service station pub is now ready for business, with budget burger and booze trough Wetherspoons opening its Hope and Champion pub at junction two of the M40. A welcoming break in a familiar atmosphere, or a deadly temptation to make long trips whizz past quicker by getting hammered? Read More >>

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Fire, Punching, Toilets and Bikes all Part of "Neknominate" Binge Drinking Trend

Unruly boozers from Australian and New Zealand have launched an exciting new way to get too drunk too quick, with the concept of "neknominating" mates to drink in weird ways and filming the results appearing to catch on. Read More >>

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Icelandic Innovators are Making Beer out of Whales

These days brewers get pretty creative with what they put in their beer. You can get beer containing anything from doughnuts to moon dust. And, wacky as it is, weird beer is a pretty fun conversation starter. That is, until you start putting endangered species in it. Read More >>

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With Mates Like These, You'd Never Get Drunk Ever Again

If you're at a party, and you like to knock back the sauce quicker than your body can handle it, just get a cab home. Never, ever, ever fall asleep. Or your mates might do this to you. Read More >>

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Mmmm, Beer: Watch 46,939 Litres of Barleywine Wort Ferment, Get Wild

What you are about to watch is beer getting weird. Before California based brewery Sierra Nevada bottles Bigfoot, its classic barleywine style ale, the wort goes through a six day fermentation process that sees a whopping 90,000 litres of liquid appear to bake like bread, roil like a contaminated foam party in Ibiza, and overflow like a sentient creature from a 1950s horror film. Read More >>

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