Andrew Thomas

Writer

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Andrew Thomas is a freelance writer and reporter. He has written for publications such as Spoon University, The Austin Chronicle, Best of Austin, and VinePair. He also continues to develop a portfolio of short fiction and non-fiction. He currently resides in New York City.

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VinePair
01/03/2018
Breweries In California Can Now Pay For Your Ride Home

The emergence of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft has made it easier than ever to not get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. Particularly in cities like Los Angeles where public transportation is limited, the availability of ride-sharing companies has significantly lowered the amount of drunk drivers on the road.

VinePair
10/05/2017
Applebees Serving $1 Margaritas for the Entire Month of October

Any $1 menu item grabs people's attention. Whether it's a dollar pizza slice or a dollar beer, the novelty is always exciting. Now Applebee's is offering $1 margaritas for the entire month of October. Cleverly named "Dollaritas" are served on the rocks, but it's unclear what kind of tequila Applebee's is using.

VinePair
09/21/2017
Taco Bell Is Selling Booze in 300 New Locations

It's 2 a.m. and you're craving a chalupa, but you want to keep the night going. You've snuck a flask into Taco Bell before, but you've learned that's generally not advisable. Soon, you can ditch the flask entirely because Taco Bell is opening 300 to 350 new locations that serve alcohol.

VinePair
01/11/2018
Russian Man Steals Tank, Crashes Into Shop To Get More Wine

One Russian man has given a whole new meaning to the phrase "getting tanked." Local Russian news outlet Hibinform reports that a man stole an armored tank from a motorsports facility, drove it through the forest, and rammed it into a convenience store in Apatity, Russia.

VinePair
01/10/2018
Lyft's New Beer Will Drive You Home

Drinking and driving is an avoidable, dangerous decision. Fortunately, with the wide availability of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, making the right call has become easier than ever. Ride-sharing services and breweries have been teaming up to promote responsible, safe drinking with discounted rides.

VinePair
01/09/2018
Dogfish Head Claims To Brew The Ultimate Desert Island Beer

Dogfish Head is known for its IPA selection, most notably its critically acclaimed 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute IPA brews. However, the brewery is also known for its diverse portfolio of styles ranging from Belgian whites to sours. Creativity is central at Dogfish Head, and the brewery's latest release showcases the team's imagination and vision.

VinePair
01/04/2018
Bud Light Loses Sponsorship Of UFC To Modelo By Way Of Technical Knockout

When the Boston Red Sox dropped Budweiser and made Samuel Adams the team's official beer, it seemed fitting that a local beer company became a local baseball team's sponsor. Now, a whole sports organization is saying goodbye to Bud Light. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is adopting Modelo Especial as the new official beer of the UFC.

VinePair
12/15/2017
Stone Brewing Trolls Trump With I'M PEACH Double IPA

A few months ago BrewDog sent a case of Make Earth Great Again beer to the White House to object to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and now it seems they're not the only ones making protest beers. This month Stone Brewing Co.

VinePair
01/16/2018
A Pop-Up Bar Made Of Legos Is Touring The World

There's a high probability you played with Lego blocks when you were a kid, but unfortunately the realities of adulthood have prioritized a career over becoming a master builder. However, Lego enthusiasts in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia will have an opportunity to enjoy a pint and reminisce about simpler days when Lego made their architectural dreams a reality.

VinePair
01/08/2018
These New Grown-Up Gummy Bears Are Infused With Tito's Vodka

People can get pretty creative when it comes to boozy sweets, and the latest alcohol candy combination is no exception. Tito's Handmade Vodka has teamed up with Sugarfina to create two different vodka-infused sweets. Known as a solid vodka that has grown rapidly in popularity, this latest collaboration with candy brand Sugarfina is sure to be a sweet hit.

VinePair
01/04/2018
Thief Steals A Bottle Of Vodka Worth $1.3 Million

There were a lot of high profile booze heists in 2017, such as the Paris Catacombs wine burglary and the $800,000 La Maison du Whisky score but we're only a couple of days into 2018, and one Danish thief is already upping the ante.

VinePair
01/02/2018
Genius Kiwis Build Their Own Island To Outwit Public Drinking Ban

Let's all admit it, open container laws are a draconian, antiquated concept of the past. Some enlightened cities don't prohibit consuming booze in public, and New Year's Eve revelers were able to drink openly in places like Paris or New Orleans.

VinePair
01/08/2018
Champagne House Hires Adult Film Star and the Founder's Family is Furious

Sex sells, and one Champagne house is taking that approach to heart with the hiring of its latest brand representative. Charles de Cazanove has partnered with former adult film actress Clara Morgane, and debuted a sparkling rosé named after her. But one of the descendants of the family that originally owned the Champagne brand is less than amused.

VinePair
01/03/2018
Breweries In California Can Now Pay For Your Ride Home

The emergence of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft has made it easier than ever to not get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. Particularly in cities like Los Angeles where public transportation is limited, the availability of ride-sharing companies has significantly lowered the amount of drunk drivers on the road.

VinePair
01/10/2018
Betty White's Secret? Vodka & Hot Dogs

Nationally adored actress Betty White, who is best known for her role as Rose Nylund on "Golden Girls," will turn 96 on January 17th. Not only has she won 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, she has had the longest career as a female entertainer in television history.

VinePair
01/02/2018
Genius Kiwis Build Their Own Island To Outwit Public Drinking Ban

Let's all admit it, open container laws are a draconian, antiquated concept of the past. Some enlightened cities don't prohibit consuming booze in public, and New Year's Eve revelers were able to drink openly in places like Paris or New Orleans.

VinePair
12/19/2017
Republican Tax Bill Will Have Big Savings For Trump Winery

Whether Congress will pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is uncertain. If the bill does pass President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law; and that means his Trump Winery will receive a nice tax cut as confirmed by a spokesperson for The Wine Institute, one of the organizations that supported the cut for wineries in the bill.

VinePair
01/04/2018
Applebee's Is Selling $2 Blue Moons All January

We're always looking for a solid happy hour, and it looks like Applebee's is on a roll with another new drink special. In October Applebee's debuted its month-long dollar Margaritas, and in December the restaurant chain launched month-long $1 Long Island Iced Teas. Now Applebee's is capitalizing on one of the most popular Belgian-style beers ...

Austin Chronicle
05/11/2015
First Look: Shake Shack Austin

Last Tuesday marked the grand opening of Shake Shack on South Lamar. After expanding outside the East Coast to Chicago and Las Vegas, the famous New York chain has finally opened a location in Texas. As the culinary capital of Texas, it was only natural that Austin would get the honor.

VinePair
10/24/2016
Take a Wine-Fueled Train Ride Through the Smoky Mountains

North Carolina is known for its breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains and its lush pine tree forests. Drinking a glass of wine almost seems like a prerequisite for taking in the idyllic scenery. Fortunately, the Uncorked line on the Smoky Mountain railroad is offering a train ride that combines scenery with wine.

VinePair
08/23/2017
These One of a Kind Coupe Glasses Turn All of Your Drinks Into Rainbows

Starbucks unicorn drinks, cookbooks dedicated to rainbow flavors, entire city guides to finding the craziest "unicorn food." It's safe to say we're in the age of rainbow-unicorn food and beverages. Now, thanks to Urban Outfitters, you can serve up Instagram-worthy rainbow cocktails in your own home with color-changing cocktail glasses.

VinePair
08/22/2017
Party in the Upside Down at the 'Stranger Things' Pop-Up Bar

For those of us shaking in anticipation for season two of Netflix's Stranger Things, a new pop-up bar in Chicago's Logan Square is sure to take the edge off. Emporium Popups, an offshoot of Emporium Arcade Bar, specializes in themed pop-up bars throughout the year, and the Upside Down Bar is Emporium's latest addition to the series.

VinePair
09/06/2017
The Drunkest Vacation Cities on Instagram

People seem to document everything on social media these days - particularly during the holidays, when Instagram and Facebook is flooded with photos of frosty pint glasses, icy Margaritas, and countless bottles of rosé. That collective obsession led an alcohol awareness group to conduct a study of which vacation spots people drink the most at.

VinePair
07/20/2017
Blue Wine is Finally Coming to the U.S.

As if there wasn't enough variety among red and white wine, the Spanish company Gik is now selling blue wine in the U.S. The product has been available in Europe since last year (which made the internet collectively freak out), but regulatory issues in Spain suspended its American debut, according to .

VinePair
08/18/2017
The Scientific Reason Why Whisky Tastes Better With Water

Whisky drinkers can be awfully protective of their hooch, particularly when it comes to the issue of water dilution. Proponents of the purist approach often argue that ice or even a couple of drops of water can ruin the integrity of your favorite Bourbon, Rye or Scotch.

VinePair
08/16/2017
Jennifer Lawrence Wants to Take a California Wine Trip With You

Have you ever wanted to hang out and drink wine with a celebrity for a good cause? Good news, because that's exactly what Jennifer Lawrence has in mind. JLaw has teamed up with Represent.Us - a grassroots campaign that raises money to combat political corruption, promote competitive and equitable elections, and to make sure our political leaders represent us.

VinePair
09/05/2017
Eataly's Massive Italian Wine and Food Theme Park Opens in November

Eataly has become a popular destination for fanatics of Italian culture and cuisine since it was founded in 2004. The large Italian marketplace is known to be much more than an Italian grocery. The locations in New York City, Boston, and Chicago are restaurant hubs, cooking class locations, wine stores - you name it.

VinePair
09/06/2017
Richard Branson Rode Out Hurricane Irma in his Wine Cellar

It's hurricane season, and there hasn't been much time to pause after hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm barreling through the Caribbean toward Florida. Residents in the storm's path have prepared by boarding up windows, taking shelter or evacuating.

VinePair
08/14/2017
'Snake Venom' Might be the Strongest Beer in the World

When many people think beer, they think of a low alcohol content, refreshing beverage that can be consumed in volume at barbecues or tailgates. Which makes sense: Most beer hovers between 5 and 10 percent alcohol by volume. But the brewers at Brewmeister went the complete other way with what they allege is the strongest beer in the world.

VinePair
09/15/2017
Take a Wine & Beer-Fueled Train Ride Through New York's Adirondacks

The Adirondack Mountains offer breath-taking views of upstate New York, which can be a welcome escape for urbanites looking for a break. But wouldn't those breath-taking views be even better with some breath-taking wine and beer? Yes. The answer is yes.

VinePair
09/21/2017
This Aldi Wine Advent Calendar Has 24 Days' Worth of Wine

As children, many of us remember the excitement of the Advent calendar. Each day during the 24 days leading up to Christmas, we would wait in anticipation for that small, heartwarming bit of chocolate. And even though we're adults now, the Advent calendar makes many of us nostalgic.

VinePair
09/21/2017
This New, Sims-like Game Lets You Build Your Own Winery

If you love wine and you miss playing The Sims, today is your lucky day. General Interactive Co., based in Singapore and the U.K., released a game called Terroir: A Wine Making Tycoon Game today. Now anyone can build her own virtual vineyard and wine estate without any of the capital or manual labor required in the real world.

VinePair
09/20/2017
This Brewery Filters Its Beer With Dinosaur Fossils

Breweries are always trying to do something original or unique to distinguish themselves from the competition. Whether it's using a particular hop, aging in oak barrels, or adding fruit, breweries are always trying to do something different. Most beer goes through a filtration process, but at Kangaroo Island Brewery in Australia, they're doing something you couldn't imagine: filtering beer through dinosaur fossils.

VinePair
09/25/2017
Rihanna May be Starting Her Own Wine Brand

Pour it up, pour it up. It looks like Rihanna is coming out with her own celebrity wine. Early Monday morning, folks on Twitter unearthed a trademark application for Fenty Estates Wine and Spirits Company with the stated goods and services listed as "distilled spirits; wine." Fenty is Rihanna's last name.

VinePair
09/26/2017
Cheers: Craft Breweries Added $67.8 Billion to the Economy in 2016!

Drinking quality craft beer is fun. We love to talk about the history, the styles, and the breweries, but often we overlook the economic impact of craft beer. Not only do many craft breweries make charities a priority as the industry contributed $73.4 million to charitable causes in 2016, but the amount of money they contribute to the U.S.

VinePair
09/27/2017
NPR Wants To Sell You Wine

Attention politically and civically conscious listeners of NPR: Prepare for breaking news. After your long commute home from work listening to your favorite public radio station, you'll be able to pop a bottle of wine specially selected by NPR when you amble through your front door.

VinePair
09/28/2017
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade Celebrate Signing With Wine

There are many great bromances, but none quite as great as the one between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. To culminate Wade signing a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, the former Miami Heat teammates poured some red and clinked glasses to celebrate their reunion.

VinePair
09/29/2017
These Booze-Filled Advent Calendars Are Actually Available In The U.S.

Each day of December leading up to Christmas guarantees a piece of chocolate from the Advent calendar, but chocolate doesn't always cut it. Fortunately, Aldi released an Advent calendar this season featuring 200-milliliter bottles of wine for each calendar day. Unfortunately, the Aldi Advent calendar is only available in the U.K.

VinePair
09/29/2017
Dunkin Donuts Just Released Its First Beer and it's Pumpkin Spiced

America runs on Dunkin', and now it's running on Dunkin' beer. Dunkin' Donuts teamed up with Catawba Brewing Company to release the coffee chain's first ever brew. Dunkin' Punkin' Brown Ale is a cold brew, pumpkin-flavored beer that uses Dunkin's flavorings, according to Fortune.

VinePair
10/02/2017
Sip Wine With Santa on Napa Valley's Santa Train

Wine trains seem to be quite the trend in 2017 with the Uncorked line in North Carolina and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. But the country's most notable wine region isn't one to be outdone. The Napa Valley Wine Train, which of course always serves wine, is converting to a full on Polar Express Santa train.

VinePair
10/04/2017
The Best Baseball Stadiums for Craft Beer, According to 130,000 Reviews

There's nothing better than a beer and bratwurst while watching baseball, America's great pastime. And while the major macro brewers out there tout being "America's beer," some stadiums are also great locations to enjoy America's true beer: craft beer. Review Trackers took on the challenge and analyzed 130,000 stadium reviews to find the best ballpark for craft beer.

VinePair
10/04/2017
The Best Halloween Pop-Up Bar is in Washington D.C.

October is finally upon us, meaning Halloween is approaching quickly. Prepare yourself for trick or treating, haunted houses, and costume parties. However, in Washington D.C. you won't have to wait until the 31st to begin the spooky festivities. A Halloween pop-up bar in our nation's capitol called Pub Dread will feature a spooky Halloween theme for the entire month of October.

Austin Chronicle
02/02/2015
First Look: Chi'Lantro Restaurant

With each passing month, Austin's feast becomes a little less mobile. Chi'Lantro is the latest food truck to trade wheels for a foundation, opening a storefront earlier this month. Their first restaurant allows for an expanded menu, beer, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning.

Austin Chronicle
12/12/2014
Hey Porter

If porters aren't that popular in America, heaviness is partially to blame. While the milkshake creaminess of stouts has found a niche, porters remain misunderstood. But Hops and Grain's new Porter Culture is likely to change some minds. The notes of roast coffee and dark chocolate give the beer a light-smoky, bittersweet character.

Austin Chronicle
05/20/2015
First Look: Craftsman

Brandon Testa has been fascinated with barcraft ever since moving to Austin for college. Eventually, that led to his own place. Finding the right location wasn't easy, but he has now forged his first creation: Craftsman. The baby blue bungalow features a prominent wraparound porch outfitted with Testa's grandpa's patio furniture.

Austin Chronicle
04/08/2015
Beyond the Pale

Hops and Grain Brewery might be on a roll. Hot on the heels of the release of Porter Culture last fall, H & G will be offering its first year-round draft beer - A Pale Mosaic. Thanks to some brewery upgrades and long-term contracts to purchase Mosaic hops, the previously limited-edition release is poised to be your go-to.

Austin Chronicle
03/13/2015
First Look: The Wheel

The most distinguishing feature of new bar the Wheel may be the darkness. Dimly lit red candles barely illuminate the lacquered wooden tables and I can hear peoples' conversations better than I can see their faces. I know I've stumbled into a good spot.

Austin Chronicle
12/24/2014
Holiday Dinner for the Slacker

It's the holidays, and you want to relax. Rest assured, your family and friends don't care. They just want to party, and they're looking at you like you are a member of the Donner Party. Never fear - just because you're lazy doesn't mean you can't pull off a holiday meal.

Austin Chronicle
10/16/2015
First Look: Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is the latest entry to the evolving North Lamar nightlife scene, melding the food and drinks of an upscale gastropub with the relaxed feel of a neighborhood bar. The multicolored bungalow jumps out at you as you make a short turn off Lamar.

Austin Chronicle
11/20/2014
EAST Eats: Sa-Tén

Sa-Tén can be a little difficult to find. We passed it twice before we noticed a small, collapsible sign. Finding the cafe tucked into a corner of the Canopy's gallery space was like being let in on a secret. With the East Austin Studio Tour heading into the second weekend, it's one we expect won't be kept long.

Spoon University
01/25/2014
How to Pair Beer with Every Meal

When eating at a restaurant, it's common for your server to provide you with an opinion on which wine goes best with your meal. You rarely hear which beer would compliment your dish. Beer is, and should, be considered an equal culinary player in pairings between food and beverages.

Spoon University
03/05/2014
Over Not-So Easy

Oh, you can have eggs so many ways. Whether they're scrambled or sunny side up, eggs are easy and delectable, and they are appropriate for eating any time of day. However, some styles of egg are a little more difficult to master and can cause some unwanted frustration in the kitchen.

Spoon University
02/07/2014
How to Make a Lamb and Potatoes Dinner

Taking your significant other out to dinner on Valentine's Day will make them happy. It's a no brainer. Flowers and dinner and you're in the clear. But if you really want to make her swoon, cooking a romantic dinner will show that not only do you care, but you also made something especially for her.

Spoon University
04/16/2014
Taco Joint: Quality tacos close to home

Just north of Dean Keaton lies a discrete (yet colorful) taco joint, coincidently called Taco Joint. Unfortunately, after four years in Austin I only recently discovered this little gem. The moment you walk in you know you're in a special place. A myriad of colorful sketches line the walls surrounding a few non-descript tables and an open kitchen.

Spoon University
05/27/2014
How to Open a Beer Bottle With a Sliding Door

So you really can't find anything to open that beer bottle, huh? I don't believe you. For the sake of quenching your thirst, there is another way to open the beer bottle that you have not likely thought of. Although I recommend the fulcrum technique, this one also works pretty well.

Spoon University
01/31/2014
The Great BBQ Debate: To Sauce or Not to Sauce

Texans are diehard advocates of enjoying a juicy, smokey and unadulterated piece of brisket, but sometimes sauce can give barbeque that extra flavor and kick that will make your mouth water. In the right moment, there's nothing better than a succulent piece of meat that has been smoking for hours.

Spoon University
02/26/2014
Dirty Martin's Place

When you walk into Dirty Martin's on 28 th and Guadalupe, you are comforted by the sight of a simple lunch counter, inviting booths and the hum of the open kitchen. Either take a seat inside and soak in the liveliness of the kitchen, or relax outside on the patio on a sunny day, beer and burger in hand.

Spoon University
04/24/2014
Pop That Top Off: How to Open Bottles Without a Bottle Opener

Every year, a massive amount of bottle openers are sold because most of us manage to lose the ones we buy. A scary amount of openers seem to go missing wherever I'm living, and I can't imagine where they go. Since I can never seem to find one when I need it, I've had to become a little more resourceful.

Spoon University
02/27/2014
How to Make Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

No one can deny the savory and magical omnipotence of bacon. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or anywhere in between, bacon has proved itself time and again as one of our favorite epicurean delights. And peanut butter is a versatile element in any kitchen that makes up some of our most beloved snacks, including PB&Js and Reese's Cups .

Spoon University
04/05/2014
How to Make an Impressive Steak Dinner for Date Night

There's nothing sexier than making a silky, creamy steak sauce from scratch. The best part? It's not that hard. It does take a little more time and a little more discipline than just throwing some A1 on your steak, but you'll discover that this recipe for shallot sauce is actually quite easy.