Blood, Bondage, and Silver Bullets: How To Drink Gothic

Vampires and zombies, ruined castles and gloomy dungeons: the scary tropes of Gothic horror, which first terrorized the world 250 years ago with the publication of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, still colonize our imaginations today. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by mixing yourself a Silver… » 5/23/14 5:00pm 5/23/14 5:00pm

I rode my bike north up 1st Avenue in Manhattan yesterday, and was right behind a guy who got hammered by a taxi making a left turn onto E 7th. The bike path is protected, the intersections with traffic lights are protected with separate signals for bikes and for drivers turning left, but the intersections without… » 5/18/14 11:31am 5/18/14 11:31am

Let Sixpoint's Mad Scientists Show You How to Invent a Brand New Beer

Gizmodo has teamed up with Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery to create a limited-edition IPA called Hop Tech 431, brewed especially for the Home of the Future. Last week, we looked at the story behind HBC 431, the mysterious and experimental hop we've chosen to brew with. Today, we're exploring exactly what goes into… » 5/12/14 6:23pm 5/12/14 6:23pm

Raise Your Glass for the Dragon Slayer

Around the world, but especially in America, the feast of St. Patrick—the patron saint of Ireland—on March 17 is celebrated with a pint (or several) of Guinness. Meanwhile, St. George's Day on April 23, when we could be raising a glass to the dragon-slaying patron saint of England, tends to pass by without a mention,… » 4/18/14 5:00pm 4/18/14 5:00pm

A Weekend Of Dark Beer With The World's Greatest Stout Glass

It's just not fair: every single grape varietal and wine style, including some that no one has ever even heard of (Kalterer See Auslese, anyone?), has its own specially designed glass. Even Coca-Cola now has one. But, for beer, your standard mouth-delivery vehicle is the same, whether you're drinking the wateriest Bud… » 4/04/14 5:00pm 4/04/14 5:00pm

Join the Debate: 3D Printed Guns or Government Regulation?

Here's the question: in a world where the design of a 3D printed gun is freely available on the internet, can we—or should we–regulate open source design? Or are limits impossible in a world of anonymous file sharing? Does any attempt at control go against the whole spirit of open source, decentralized innovation? » 4/01/14 2:00pm 4/01/14 2:00pm

These Brand New Bitters Bring Biodiversity to Your Cocktail

By day, Rachel Meyer is a plant evolutionary biologist researching crop genomics at NYU. But, by evening and weekend, she is on a mission to get more botany into your cocktail—and she's shared an exclusive new drink recipe with Gizmodo to show how. » 3/28/14 5:00pm 3/28/14 5:00pm

The Best Refreshing Beers for the First Weekend of Spring

It's the first full day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which calls for celebration. Yesterday, on the equinox itself, you may have balanced eggs on end, danced in a circle with bells on your legs, or simply admired the animated horticultural Google doodle. Today, however, it is time to update your Happy Hour… » 3/21/14 5:00pm 3/21/14 5:00pm

Learning the Lost Art of Ice Harvesting in Maine

In 1805, a twenty-three year-old Bostonian named Frederic Tudor launched a new industry: the international frozen-water trade. Over the next fifty years, he and the men he worked with developed specialized ice-harvesting tools, a global network of thermally engineered ice houses, and a business model that cleverly… » 3/13/14 3:40pm 3/13/14 3:40pm

Licking Ice Cream To Make It Sing With NYC's Weirdest Orchestra

Last week, at a former bodega in Alphabet City, food designer Emilie Baltz and smart object designer Carla Diana conducted the second performance of their "Lickestra"—a "musical licking performance" involving conductive ice cream cones, four volunteers, and a pre-recorded soundtrack of peculiar tones and baselines… » 2/20/14 5:41pm 2/20/14 5:41pm

Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon-focused missions to the possibility of longer-term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo… » 1/31/14 3:20pm 1/31/14 3:20pm