Photo by OlyaKobruseva on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Ah, February… there you are with your hearts, flowers, chocolates, expensive dinner dates, and fancy, overthought cocktails. I see you. And I’m about to teach the loyal Booze 101 readers what kind of extras to have on hand in order to make you — the cocktails, that is. Not the hearts, flowers, chocolates, or dinner dates. I’m not here with recipes, but I can recommend a few sites for that later. First, let’s talk about those fancy bottles sitting at the bar that only get used every now and then, and why you should consider [...]

THE JOY OF LIQUEUR2021-02-01T09:31:34-05:00



Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Oh, hello there. Sorry, I wasn’t ignoring you. I’ve been busy burning all my calendars that have the year “2020” on them, hang on a sec... Okay, here I am! And do I have some fun info for you on this, the first day of the first month of a brand new year! We all know about the tradition of serving and imbibing the bubbly for celebrations, like the one that helped us turn the page away from 2020 and launch ourselves headlong into 2021. But what do you know about that bubbly, hmmm? Never fear. [...]

BRING ON THE BUBBLY2021-01-01T09:36:49-05:00



Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe If you’re reading this...congratulations! You deserve a pat on the back — or, dare I say, a drink. It’s been a long nine months. If you’re like me, you’ve gone through several stages of grief and/or semi-acceptance since March 16, 2020. Mine look like this: 1) Terror, 2) More terror, 3) Uncertainty, 4) Boredom, 5) Frustration, and 6) Ongoing ennui. Each of these stages correlated to a level of alcohol consumption that left my wine cellar completely empty and my tolerance level even higher than before — which is saying something that I probably shouldn’t admit. [...]

A VERY VEGGIE HOLIDAY2020-12-01T09:37:55-05:00



Photo by Drew Farwell on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Welcome to November! I’ve had a bit of an epiphany of late, with regard to our monthly chats here in Brick Mag. It occurs to me that I’m being a touch exclusionary. I mean, not all of you drink alcohol, I assume. And here I am prattling away as if we all enjoy the same level of tolerance—mine being one that I’m simultaneously proud of and embarrassed about. Given the events of the past nine months, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of you former semi- or complete teetotalers changed your ways.* [...]

THE MOCKTAIL REVOLUTION2020-11-01T09:24:21-05:00



Photo by Aung Nyi on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Welcome back one and all to your monthly drinking advice column. This time around, instead of talking about what’s in your glass, we’re going to have a conversation about the glass itself.  Again, as with all things Liz and Boozey in BRICK, these are merely guidelines, not hard and fast (read: snotty and exclusionary) rules. Rest assured, I’ve been known to yank the almost empty bladder from the wine box and milk it into a coffee cup… more than once actually, since March of this year. So when I’m saying “you should [...]




Photo by Maude Frederique By Liz Crowe This fall is bringing with it a lot of firsts, most of them related to the fact that we’re living through a real-life Stephen King novel vis-à-vis this pandemic. However, I’m not allowing this to disguise the fact that for yours truly, this will be the first fall I won’t be launching myself headlong into soccer season. I’m sure many of you have experienced the simultaneous joy and pain of watching your kid play a sport. I had three of them (kids who played sports), the last one going as far as playing on a Division [...]

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