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 [...]




Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash By Liz Crowe By now you probably realize (or you already knew) that I write these highly scintillating, oh-so-educational, boozy missives for the folks at Brick Mag a few weeks ahead of time. Under pre-March 2020 circumstances, this wouldn’t be a big deal. However, we are living in, as so many deep-pocketed corporations keep reminding us, “challenging times.” I mean, really guys? Maybe come up with something new? Anyways, as we are existing in these Extreme Quarantimes, when we don’t know from state to state what we can do with ourselves, much less what day of the week [...]

WELCOME BACK SUMMER BEER2020-08-01T07:57:01-04:00



Photo by Raoel Croes on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Ah, summer. But yet…not, somehow. We’ve all heard the phrase “the new normal” so many times by now, I won’t beat you over the head with it. But yeah. It’s new, alright. And whether we like it or not, it’s definitely going to be our normal going forward. Right around mid-March of this year, my resolutions to not drink alcohol during the week went sailing right out the window along with basketball tournament season and my daughter’s college graduation ceremony. I have little to complain about as my household remains supported by [...]

IT’S NOT A QUARANTINI, IT’S A CLASSIC2020-07-01T07:07:38-04:00



Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Hello and happy Shelter-in-Place Day Number…who knows?  As I sit and ponder the relative importance of talking about rosé wines at this particular moment in the world’s history, I’m feeling both stir-crazy and anxious. But you know what? At the same time, I also believe that things will improve, so both while everything is nuts and after, you owe it to yourself to learn a thing or three about the “other wine” — that is to say, not red, not white, but pink. Let’s start with a few basics. Firstly, rosé is not a grape. It’s [...]

NO WAY! ROSÉ?2020-05-30T12:01:32-04:00
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