The Year In Beer And Booze: Did you know that that if you consume more than two alcoholic beverages a night, the Health Department says you are a "heavy drinker"? Health professionals, what do they know? We drank a lot this year, and aside from our inability to remember some things that would probably just haunt us anyway, we've never felt so alive. And let's face it, who needs memories when we've got Google? For example, the Google machine tells us we devoted an entire month at Gothamist to the topic beer, something we've never done before (that we can remember) and would love to do again (if someone will kindly remind us). As part of our wall-to-wall beer coverage, some exciting things came to light. Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver revealed what the worst beer in the world is, beer expert Joshua Bernstein told us what the five best beers in NYC are, we told you where to find the best refreshing beer cocktails, and gave you tips for making your own beer in your apartment... or just how to make the jump to getting a keg in your apartment. To be sure, beer is not the only alcoholic beverage we, uh, report on for Gothamist. Whisky expert Heather Greene told us why women should drink more Scotch, Kombucha Cocktails became a thing, The Vault at Pfaff's opened and became one of our favorite Manhattan cocktail dens, a Four Loko ban went into effect, Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau went Brooklyn, and PDT's Jim Meehan told us how he's finally come to terms with that "speakeasy" label. But our favorite drinking story of the year? Our highly scientific ranking of the five best barkeeps in NYC, with profiles on Sunny Balzano at Sunny's Bar, Donald O'Finn at Freddy's in South Slope, Lucy Mickevicis at Lucy's on Avenue A, Mark Penza at Billy Mark's in Chelsea, and Dave Pollack at The Diamond in Greenpoint. We'll pick another 5 for 2012âlet us know your favorites in the comments.
John Del Signore