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Mickey Finn. It’s a name you know, but you might not even know why.

The name is synonymous with evil deeds done in the dark, and with good reason! Not too long ago, when someone passed out after imbibing an alcoholic drink, people often said they were “slipped a Mickey.” But few know how this phrase came about. But here’s the history of that ignoble saying and how it started – with one of the most notorious bartenders that ever mixed a drink. His name was Michael Finn, but his friends all called him Mickey.

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Figuring out the story of the first brewery in America, isn't hard - we just have to look at the records!

When Europeans arrived in the New World they were culturally dependent on that most popular of beverage - beer! When I say culturally dependent, I mean it! In their lives they drank beer with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even on breaks in between work. Kids drank it, pregnant moms drank it, and even old grandma sipped beer throughout the day. Sure, you say, they might have been used to it, but that's different than being culturally dependent, right?

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Yes, the Global COVID Pandemic has put a pinch in the plans of anyone who's into traveling, and especially so for whisky connesiuers looking to find a new place to sample their favorite drink. But, while we can't actually fly across the world to sample a dram or two, we can start planning for a getaway once 'Rona is in the rearview mirror. Here are three travel ideas for the whiskey (or whisky) lover for their post-pandemic break out!

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The spirit that we call Tequila has a pretty colorful history that some might find surprising. For starters, did you know it was introduced by Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500s. Legend has it that when they first arrived from Spain in the early 16th century, they brought with them casks of brandy, the distilled wine they made and enjoyed back home.

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This article was originally written as a presentation for the 2019 Nightclub and Bar Show in Las Vegas - and it got a pretty good response so we decided to post it here too. We made this piece for people who own bars and want to know how to make their bars more successful. We hope some of the ideas and strategies here bring you lots of success!

Eight years ago we decided that what this world needs is a travel guide to the oldest bars in this country, and so since then we’ve been on the road quite a bit trying to find those historic bars still left in the US. Sadly, there aren’t many left – all the old, neighborhood bars seem to be closing at a pretty fast clip, but we’ve been lucky enough to find some real classics that are still serving throughout the US. It hasn’t all been easy (at least that’s what we told our wives), but it’s certainly been worth it. As a result we wrote our book, Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs, and Dives of America.

The upshot is that we’ve been able to document over 170 of the oldest bars in America in 25 major cities. These are places that arguably built this country, and we think that they should be recognized for the treasures that they are.

 

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