Sour beer: It sounds like something worth spilling out, and not crying over. In fact, sour beer has enthralled many American craft brewers, who, like the one I visited, are turning out fascinating brews that will challenge many people’s expectations of what a beer can be.
"Spurned by tapped-out investors and tightwad bankers in challenging times, restaurateur-wannabes are turning to their neighborhoods, and the wider community of the Internet, to finance their dreams. It is part of the same movement toward community-supported financing that has capitalized farms, independent grocers, bookstores and other small businesses. Many primarily philanthropic Web sites like Kickstarter and Kiva.org have sought small sums in support of high-risk ventures, arts groups and charities under the rubric of microfinancing and crowd-sourcing.”
“A one-star increase in Yelp rating leads to a 5-9 percent increase in revenue." That’s a big deal right there. When consumers have information that they trust (especially from multiple users or particularly detailed reviews) it influences decisions."
“Chain restaurants have declined in market share as Yelp penetration has increased." The internet saving small business? Maybe. It’s certainly equalizing the information advantage enjoyed by famous brands."
“Located on Pike Street, this cocktail bar has a copper still in the back, cranking out small batches of gin and vodka behind a glass wall. Out front, bartenders sling cocktails made from the bar’s own line of gin and vodka, as well as the usual booze staples found behind other bars.”
This lucky gent got a twin-dose of double-happiness this week when @nytlev asked me to peek into B.A.D. BURGER& JOE DOUGH! Two great tastes in ONE East Village, if you ask a real DIGEST-UTANTE like me :P
The new truck is specially designed for mobile restaurateurs. The Nissan NV is smaller than the standard food truck, so it can fit into smaller roadside spaces. It has chrome bumpers, and built-in bluetooth technology.
"Named for an area of the Scottish Highlands, it calls for The Macallan 12 and cinnamon syrup in place of the more traditional American whiskey and sweet vermouth. It’s a simple switch, but one that takes the cocktail staple to the next level for holiday-season dinner parties. Topped with a dusting of fresh nutmeg, sipping it anywhere is a multi-sensory experience."
Leave it to one of TV’s most impressive ‘staches to come up with the perfect comb. TheOfferman Woodshop Mustache Comb ($75) get their name from Nick Offerman — also known as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and are hand carved out of various exotic and local woods, with a non-toxic finish. Just the thing for keeping yourMovember growth in check.