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  • Unreal News Challenge 2005!

    published December 28, 2005

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  • Drinks of the Year

    published December 28, 2005

    Reflection. Who needs it? Another year down, a few dozen more to go. What do you want Drink of the Week to say about it? That this year meant... More >>

  • Naughty Santa

    published December 21, 2005

    Santa Claus, as you know, wasn't always 68 years old. When he set out to become the king of December, he was a young man paying his dues. At 21,... More >>

  • A pint of Bass, an Irish coffee, a pint of water and another shot of whiskey

    published December 14, 2005

    It was a long time coming, that's for damned sure. The bar at the intersection of Arkansas and Arsenal sat tauntingly vacant for at least four... More >>

  • Pumpkin Brandy Alexander

    published December 7, 2005

    Some may say, "Enough with the pumpkin already. It's December. Bring on the nog, the coffee and whiskey drinks. Bring on the stouts." But Drink of... More >>

  • La Russa Palooza

    published December 7, 2005

    A few weeks back, KTVI-TV (Channel 2) sportscaster Martin Kilcoyne interviewed Cardinals manager Tony La Russa about his post-season vacation. La... More >>

  • Chimay Red Trappist Ale

    published November 30, 2005

    It may come as a shock that, in the 83 years that Drink of the Week has been writing this column, we've never once highlighted Blueberry Hill.... More >>

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    published November 30, 2005

    A Million Miles Away Milemarker and My Chemical Romance are from different worlds. The former is an... More >>

  • Laclede's Lament

    published November 23, 2005

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  • Ting Tang

    published November 16, 2005

    Let's overthrow the martini glass! Who likes drinking out of them? Who, in fact, can even control them? Even the most perfect cocktail... More >>

  • Skin City

    published November 9, 2005

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  • Theraflu (Natural Lemon Flavor)

    published November 9, 2005

    "Warm soothing relief" is how they describe this drink on the package, but they forgot to add "Delicious!" Theraflu's 2005 vintage is one for the... More >>

  • American Music Club with Spoon

    published November 9, 2005

    Mark Eitzel has such an imposing presence that after American Music Club broke up in 1995, he seemed guaranteed a riveting solo career. But... More >>

  • Tunnel Vision

    published November 2, 2005

    Nearly six months ago, a team of Pinnacle Entertainment's top executives engaged in a freewheeling discussion during a first-quarter earnings... More >>

  • Castle Rock Carneros Pinot Noir 2004

    published November 2, 2005

    Sometimes the best wine deals are right beneath your nose. They get lost in the muddle of bottles that line shelves in no discernible order at... More >>

  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    published October 26, 2005

    In Hell, the sparkling stereo system has been assembled by Satan's sound guys, with an eye to mid-range and treble. There is no bass, and... More >>

  • Rack & Roll

    published October 19, 2005

    The felt on Mark Wilson's pool tables is as flawless as the greens at Augusta National. Every afternoon, when the Billiard Bullpen slowly comes to... More >>

  • Arnold Palmer Sr.

    published October 19, 2005

    Vodka and iced tea, the secret weapon of many a stealth drunk. Vodka: odorless, colorless. Iced tea: strong enough to mask a little booze, and... More >>

  • French 75

    published October 12, 2005

    The tiny storefront just down from the Sidney Street Café sat vacant for eons. The last humans it held were likely blue-haired secretaries... More >>

  • Stevie Nicks

    published October 5, 2005

    It's best to roll up to the bar Spicoli-style, in a custom van painted with palm trees. Slide open the van door and tumble out, playing finger... More >>

  • Red Lantern

    published September 21, 2005

    On the first rainy night of fall, we click down the tracks, through the fog, in a mid-century rail car. Despite the trouble outside, at least... More >>

  • Pilsner Urquell

    published September 14, 2005

    At Mosaic on a Thursday night, the house beats are dropping from the ceiling, landing like water balloons on the perfectly coifed heads of... More >>

  • Plantation Old Reserve, Barbados

    published September 7, 2005

    Arrgh, budding sailors, go ahead and find Barbados on a map. It's right near Guatemala, ain't it? No, it's sandwiched between Trinidad and... More >>

  • Rusty Nail

    published August 31, 2005

    Where are the hot chicks? Where are the well-hung stallions living on the edge, playing roulette like they're in Monte Carlo? The wheeler-dealers?... More >>

  • 10 Cane Rum

    published August 24, 2005

    Those of you with fond memories of the Rocket Bar -- watching Neil Hamburger cut it up, or seeing Interpol before they went worldwide -- please... More >>

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