Tag Archives: Craft

Season’s greetings by (robot) hand

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more throughout December.

Season’s greetings

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to ask the tough questions. Like, who gets onto the Christmas card list this year? The nice cab driver who returned your iPhone last week. Or Julie from Personnel, who was definitely a bit snippy in the elevator this morning. It’s a significant task, sharing the seasonal love, but fortunately help is at hand. A robot hand, to be precise.

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Age-It-Yourself

Age-It-Yourself

Watch out, whiskey drinkers. Everything you know – or think you know – about taste, process and quality could be about to change.

Having realised that the difference between top-shelf whiskey and cheap whiskey is largely down to the amount of time spent in the barrel and the kind of wood used, some clever chaps have invented a way for you to ‘age’ your own whiskey.

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G&T A&E

G&T A&E

It’s that time of day again. The clock’s just struck five (or three. Or midday. Or ten in the morning.) You’ve had a hell of a week. And all you can think about is an ice-cold, citrusy gin and tonic.

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Bubble bath

Bubble bath

Milk? Nope. Chocolate? Try again. Gold? As if. According to Hungarian craft brewery Hedon, the most hedonistic substance to bathe in is good old beer.

They’ve chosen a little man submerged in the stuff for the brand’s logo, which is placed atop of some pleasingly simple bottle designs.

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Another dimension for 3D printing

Another dimension

It all began in 1984 when Charles Hull (Chuck to his mates) created the first 3D printer. In the thirty years since we’ve seen toys, bikes, cars, prosthetic limbs and replacement hips run off the 3D production line. Someone’s even created a 3D printer that prints 3D printers.

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Equal steaks

Equal steaks

What happens to the feathers of chickens killed to make nuggets? To the wool of lambs slaughtered for Sunday roasts? Or the hide of cows used for meat?

Hang on, we can answer that last one. At least, we can if you live in New York. Husband and wife team Andrew Tarlow and Kate Huling are a restaurateur and leather goods specialist respectively. They both require one common ingredient – cattle – so they use the same cows.

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Call the local shots

Call the local shots

Global recipe; local taste. That’s the formula behind Pernod Ricard’s brand ‘Our/Vodka’. And it seems to be working a dream.

After launching in Berlin, Our/Vodka has just found its way to American soil, starting with Our/Detroit. The idea is simple: fund local micro-distilleries and give local entrepreneurs the freedom to make the brand their own.

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Brew It Yourself

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Old Engine Oil, Kim Jong Ale, Hoptimus Prime, Moose Drool, Old Leghumper, Tactical Nuclear Penguin. Just a few of the weird and wonderful names that have appeared on the labels of beer bottles around the world. But now visitors to a bar in Glasgow have been given the opportunity to brew their own tipple (and presumably name it too).

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The dog’s bottles

BrewDog has just opened its first shop, BottleDog (see what they did there).

Describing itself as your ‘one-stop-shop for all things craft beer in London’, BottleDog stocks over 250 craft beers, as well as ‘growler’ refills (that’s ‘flask’ to you and me), and equipment and advice for home brewing.

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Brief encounters

We’ve all been there (well, fifty per cent of our readers probably have). You put on your bestest, frilliest, laciest, naughtiest underwear, put up with discomfort all evening, only for everything to be whipped off in seconds and discarded on the floor in the heat of the moment.

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