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    • Eggnog has been around since the beginning of time. At least it seems that way. I mean, I don’t know about all of you, but eggnog has just… always been around. Even great grandmama didn’t have a story of where eggnog came from - eggnog was just there.     Eggnog was like my uncle Brian. He’d show up about once a year out of n...

    •   I landed in Portland, OR for the first time in my life and, I was lucky enough to stumble across the coolest, most unique, historical, full of character joints I have walked into in a very long time.   Brass; dark wood; dim lighting; forest green leather seats and barkeeps in fitted black slacks, white buttoned shirts with fitted bla...

    • American Bars wants to you know, as you should be aware, except for Killer Clowns, everything goes this Halloween. Be careful as always, out there.    In Truth, America has an entire slate of Drinking Holidays that tend to occur about every couple of months. They are specifically selected, developed and designed that way. Take a look at...

    • Last week, self-driving truck start-up Otto teamed with Anheuser-Busch to successfully deliver a semi-tractor full of beer from Fort Collins, through Denver and on to Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak. For the majority of that 120-mile trip, the truck's driver left his seat and observed the road from the comfort of the sleeper berth. An...

    •   Here it is the end of October and American Bars has not chatted about Oktoberfest. That is due to the concerns about safety and threats of violence that permeate the noble festival this year.  There are Oktoberfests all over the world. A Google search turns up Oktoberfests everywhere from Mumbai, India to Anchorage, Alaska. However, t...

    • There is something historical yet a touch scary about drinking in a pub once owned by Al Capone at the height of his gangland operations. Shaker’s Cigar Bar is the place, located in Milwaukee. Besides an historical footnote, apparently it is also a haven for ghost hunters.   Shaker's Cigar Bar boasts delicious food, and a sordid history.&nb...

    • As we move closer to Halloween, American Bars brings you more of our series of bizarre bars to get you in the mood for the holiday.  If you go to Key West, most will visit its most famous bar where those who would like a little literary history and a whole bunch of morbidity with their cocktail. The place is known as Captain Tony’s Saloon o...

    • We are rapidly approaching Halloween. What used to be a kiddie holiday has been rapidly transformed by the alcohol giants into an mashup adult bacchanalia, costume gala, and Mardi Gras, all rolled up into one vast international drink fest, adding to the packed full calendar of other drinking holidays.  American Bars wants to invoke the spirit...

    • American Bars has been writing about our observations on a wide array of themes in the craft beer world and how the brewers are responding to those continued changes.  If one trend sums up this year in craft beer, it’s that many brewers have embraced crisp, clean and highly quaffable beers. Drinkability is key. It’s no doubt that these br...

    •   Yes, Starbucks calls theirs "Expresso Cloud" and promotes it as brand new. For those who know about the classic drinks like Irish coffee and Boilermakers, it’s simply a nice new mashup. The only question is whether you have it for breakfast or not. American Bars will note the Starbucks offering soon, but since we are based in Long Beach, ...