Expand your drinking palate with this monthly installment of new booze.
When it comes to drinking in college, it’s all about simplicity and affordability. In many cases, quality is thrown out the window in favor of quantity—48 Natty Lights will keep the party happy much more effectively than 12 Columbus IPAs.
I’m not hating. I get it. I still love a good PBR, and from time-to-time I get a little weird with vodka and Red Bull. But when I’m just looking to kick back one or two before calling it a day or a week, it’s hard to pass up two IPAs that will get me tipsy like 10 shitty beers does, but I don’t feel bloated or any of the nasty feelings that come with cheap beer.
With this monthly installment of new booze to try, the idea is less is more. You don’t need to slam back 10 of these drinks to catch a buzz, and if honesty is the best policy, I don’t recommend drinking more than three or four of these in one night. These drinks are stronger than most wells liquor drinks you’ll find on campus, and some of these beers boast an alcohol percentage nearly triple that of most domestic beers (i.e. Bud Light, Miller Lite, you know, the shit your dad drinks).
Beer: Four String’s Hilltop Lager
I know I just told you that this list will feature beers that offer a higher alcohol percentage, but Hilltop is one of those delicious craft beers that mimics PBR only it has a much fuller flavor similar to the difference between a Bud Light and Budweiser. The ABV is low, 4.2%, but you’ll be hard pressed to find these drinks being served in anything under 16 oz. If you are already hip to Hilltop, you’re probably thinking I’m late to the game here since Hilltop has been around for a minute now. But, the reason I am saying snag this now is because we don’t really know how much gas is left in the tank for Four Strings. Just in October, the announced they will be closing down operations which means Hilltop just went from being that craft alternative to PBR that you can find at almost any grocery store near campus to an elusive drink that will soon become a thing of the past.
Cocktail: A classic Manhattan
I know you’re probably freaked out at the idea of ordering any liquor drink that doesn’t have any mixers, but a classic Manhattan is a good jumping point if you are growing tired of the run-of-the-mill wells vodka and Sprites every weekend. This drink is literally just liquor and add-ins (bitters and sweet vermouth) to mask the taste of the strong flavor of the whiskey, plus it comes with a cherry which is undoubtedly the best part of finishing the drink. Most bartenders at any place will know how to make this drink—maybe not the clubs and smaller bars on campus that are just trying to quench the thirst of the masses, but then again, this isn’t really a drink you’d have during a wild night at Bulls. Think of this drink as a great way to kick off your night—if you drink two of these bad boys, you’ll be feeling it, don’t worry. A good place to grab one of these would be from the experts at Bottle Shop. There’s so many different ways to do this drink—Bulleit Rye is my personal whiskey of choice thus far—and they should be able to steer you in the proper direction.