We all love to drink every now and then. And those who don’t knows someone who does. The holiday season is a great excuse for upgrading your overused cocktail recipes or for learning more about the wines and beers you should be having with dinner.
Whether you’re looking to expand your beer knowledge, get some entertainment tips for your holiday dinner, learn about food, drink and music pairings, or even design your very own beer label, you’re going to find something to your taste in these awesome 6 websites for alcohol lovers.
Tastings is a huge drink index which contains lots of wines, beers and spirits, along with helpful articles about all three. The website’s interface could use a facelift, but information-wise, it’s complete heaven for anyone who’s interested in alcoholic drinks.
Browsing the various articles can keep you busy for a while, but don’t miss out on the searchable index. When searching, you can narrow your search by score, price, country and more, and choose from a wide selection of categories.
The search yields a list of beverages that match your criteria, sorted by score, with gives you a short description for each drink, along with the producer’s or importer’s contact information.
If beer is your passion and wine is not really your thing, give Beer Advocate a try. Beer Advocate is a worldwide index of beers, pubs, beer stores and everything else to do with beer. All beers and beer places are reviewed by both users and the site owners, which are known as “The Bros”.
The site is very informative too. If you have always wanted to know the real difference between American Stout, English Bitter and German Pilsner, head over to the “Beer Styles” page to learn all about it. From there you can browse all relevant beers, complete with scores and full reviews by drinkers.
Each beer gets a users score (BA score) and an official score from The Bros. You can decide for yourself who you trust more. Beer Advocate even publishes a monthly magazine which you can subscribe to or buy from their website.
All in all, this is an awesome website to discover interesting beers from all around the world, and decide exactly which beer you’re going to get next time you’re abroad.
Drinkify is a whole other take on alcohol loving. This website will not teach you anything about wine harvests or food matching. What it will give you are perfect drink-music pairings.
Well, maybe not perfect all the time, but it can sure give you some inspiration for your next party. Simply enter the artist you’re listening to, and get a cocktail or a drink that goes along well with it. The site uses The Echo Nest and Last.fm as sources, so it should recognize any somewhat known artist you try. Give it a shot!
That’s The Spirit
Continuing on the same line as Drinkify, That’s the Spirit focuses on the entertaining side of drinking. Be it wine, beer or cocktails, this website will teach you all you need to know about entertaining with alcohol. From party planning tips and how-to guides (ever thought of setting up your own home bar?) to complete guides on how to entertain with beer and wine, you’ll find all of that here.
On top of that, the website includes a large cocktail recipe database, which is searchable by every kind of ingredient you can dream up.
If this is too complicated for you, try the most popular cocktails list for some inspiration.
Have you ever dreamed of brewing your own beer? Do you think your favorite beer could use a new label? Well, these are not things Labeley can really provide, but what it can do is let you design your very own beer label, for free!
Start by choosing your main label shape, and continue by choosing from the wide array of available colors, graphics, banners and ribbons. To finish it off, add your text, shape it the way you want, and you have your label.
You can now download your label, share it with your friends on Facebook, Google+, etc., and even place it on your website using the provided code snippet. This is the place to let your beer creativity run wild!
At its core, Bol Cocktails is really a commercial site, but it made this list for one feature which I failed to find anywhere else. Some people know exactly what they like in their cocktails. Others, like me, find it easier to think in terms of taste and strength. Bol Cocktails lets you search its cocktail index using those exact terms.
Simply find the right square for you on the taste-strength grid (e.g., weak and very sour), and immediately get loads of suggestion for cocktails that match those criteria. You can, of course, also search the database by ingredients, glasses, and even preparation methods.
The website is also a great source of information for bartenders and wannabes alike, and while its slightly confusing to navigate through, there’s some great information to be had.
Are you drunk yet? Did you find your inspiration for your next holiday party? If not, you can always check out Steve’s Top 10 Free Beer Related Applications For Your iPhone for some on-the-go inspiration.
Do you know of some more excellent websites for drink lovers? Did you find the perfect drink in one of these websites? Share in the comments!
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