Happy 3rd Birthday, Hip Flask

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Three years old – The Hip Flask has officially reached blogging toddlerhood.  Over 200 posts and counting!  So let’s take a moment for a birthday celebration, to fondly look back over the past year.

Much of the last year was indeed spent looking backwards into history: into 1920s era writers and slang; into the history of American brewing; and into books reminiscing about drinking during a simpler time.

I’ve discussed modern topics as well, from workplace drinking (and its fallacy), to globalization, as well as several new beers (domestic and international), and even whisky.

It’s been a great third year for the blog – more of you are reading and subscribing than ever, from both the U.S. and around the world.  And it’s been great fun writing, although my posting frequency is less than I’d like. If only there were more hours in the day.

So what’s on tap in the coming months? Here are a few ideas you’ll likely soon see:

– Some words on Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, including a few nice memories of visiting Vienna some years ago.

– My thoughts on rum on the rocks as a simple, alternative, summer cocktail.

– New Recommended Reading entries, including Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl, by David Wondrich, and The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, by Tilar Mazzeo.

– A special (non-drinking) piece remarking on two Polish heroes of World War II, based on two books I’ve recently read (but not discussed here).

– The completion of a couple of partially written posts on Krušovice Černé, a dark Czech beer as well as my thoughts on high-efficiency bartending.

– New installments of my recurring series, Booze News and A Drink With…  (Have a favorite celebrity or historical figure – fictional or not – you’d like to see? Let me know with a comment or by email.)

Most importantly, thanks to you all for liking, subscribing, commenting, and generally making The Hip Flask’s third year so enjoyable.  If you like what you read, be sure to tell your friends – maybe they will, too!  The more, the merrier!




  1. Congrats THF! I raise my sample of The Glenlivet Alpha in your honor. Keep up the great work!

  2. Huge congrats indeed! That’s very exciting!!! 3 years is a long time in blog-land (I think so, at least…). Can’t wait to see what the next 3 have in store! Cheers to you!

    • Thanks WW! Keep up the great writing (and distilling) yourself!

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