America is Loco for Four Loko

Few things can illuminate the fact that we’re a nation governed by jackasses as completely as how our officials treat the production, marketing, and consumption of alcohol. Four Loko – John Adams would have drunk it if he could. Witness the recent furor over Four Loko, a ridiculous and sugary prepackaged cocktail of caffeine and […]

Jeppson’s Malört: Chicago’s Answer to Fernet-Branca

A few weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on Fernet-Branca, a nearly undrinkable bitter Italian liqueur that is a giant hit in San Francisco, where 90% of all Fernet sold in America is consumed. Today, while tooling around the interwebs, I stumbled upon another regional favorite considered nearly undrinkable by all but its most ardent […]

The Liquor Locusts

The Liquor Locusts

"The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind." ~H.L. Mencken

The Dangers of Thirst

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~Jerome K. Jerome

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The Jug of Empire!

The Jug of Empire!

"How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey!" ~Mark Twain