Surely each and every one of you remember where you were on the bleak day that insanely caffeinated, insanely alcoholic energy drink Four Loko was banned in New York, back in 2010. Pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, who called Four Loko a "toxic and dangerous brews," the State Liquor Authority stopped ... More >>
[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Riff Raff was meant to deliver his long-anticipated debut album, Neon Icon, earlier this week. Alas, tragedy struck when an incident at the manufacturing pla ... More >>
A convicted sex offender accused of violently raping a woman at Hudson River Park last month told police that he doesn't know if he raped the woman because he'd consumed five Four Lokos before the attack -- but that was only after drinking vodka, and smoking weed and K-2, a brand of synthetic mariju ... More >>
At least the bottles aren't dusty. The hand-written sign at the bodega beckons with the subtlety of a cougar at a frat party. $8 CHAMPAGNE, PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Indeed, Verdi's Sparkletinis (marketed as Italian spumante, labeled as a malt beverage "with natural flavors") taste like a ... More >>
If you thought you'd heard the last of Four Loko, were you ever wrong. After removing caffeine from the recipe last year, Four Loko's makers have agreed to change the label to read, "This can has as much alcohol as 4 regular (12 oz. 5 percent alc/vol) beers." That should do the trick. [FOX Ne ... More >>
Love beer so much you want to lather with it? Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with a Williamsburg soapsmith to make artisanal beer soap. [Brooklyn Paper] The Cuba Libre is more than just a "rum and Coke." Add bitters, a splash of gin, and Key lime juice or Meyer lemon juice to kick yours up a ... More >>
Victoria BekiempkisFour Loko founders: "We're the victims here."Jay Cheshes takes a break from eating for Time Out to talk to the founders of Four Loko for The Fix. This must-read examines how the caffeinated cocktail in a can came to be and just what led to its downfall (which, of course, is ... More >>
A protest album of sorts from a Brooklyn DJ is bound to piss off at least a few people now that it's made the newspaper. The record's cover art equates the banning of caffeinated alcoholic drinks with September 11 on its cover, as pictured to the right. The New York Daily News decided to give ... More >>
New York State Senator Jeff Klein is still ramping up with campaign against the the new Four Loko, which was stripped of all caffeine after national controversy sparked by sick kids and even death. But he says the new brew is still not safe enough and should only be sold in liquor stores. Now ... More >>
Four Loko is back on bodega shelves in a caffeine-free and thus theoretically safer incarnation. But authorities still see fit to freak out about it. Eighteen Bronx bodegas were caught selling the new Four Loko to an underage undercover auxiliary cop. And in Albany, lawmakers are introducing ... More >>
Michael Mustica, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, alleges in a new lawsuit that drinking 2-and-a-half cans of Four Loko on a trip to Atlantic City last year gave him permanent heart damage, a "heart arrhythmia," to be specific, though the seaside slots have been known to get hearts racing too. ... More >>
veryeasyenergydrinks.comDo these look like they'd be good for you?While it might not come as any surprise, at least there's now medical evidence that energy drinks aren't great for the youngins. A study published yesterday in Pediatrics reports that energy drinks have no health benefits for ... More >>
Just when you thought the outrage had calmed, Four Loko is implicated in a pair of teenage deaths in California. Aaron Saenz, 15, and Chelsea Taylor, 16, were found dead in a Huntington Beach apartment, an empty can of the highly caffeinated, very alcoholic Four Loko close by. Police are sayi ... More >>
Fuel up.You might not want to put it in your body, but a new use for the caffeinated cocktail in a can Four Loko has been found. According to Salon Food, it might just end up in your car's fuel tank. Ethanol producers are taking truckloads of the stuff off the hands of wholesalers looking to ... More >>
NEVER FORGET.Four Loko, the nectar of the gods, is now doing something else besides making people break into houses naked. A lot of the leftover-Loko in Virginia is being turned into gasoline by a company called MXI Environmental Services. Jalopnik reports, "MXI distills the ethyl alcohol in ... More >>
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Following the premature deaths of Blue Elm and Xiao Ye, 198 Orchard Street will next birth a taqueria, according to next month's Community Board 3 SLA agenda. The owners, Barraza Foods, have applied for a license transfer, though presumably they won't try to serve any Four Loko on the premise ... More >>
nybarfly.comSoon to come in hot form Now that winter's officially begun, it's time to get out the Snuggie and curl up with the booze. Cocktails can be tricky when it's cold, but luckily a new trend is about to be sprung upon New Yorkers: the hot tiki cocktail!
On Tuesday we drank what will probably be our only Four Loko, unless we get really lucky, or unlucky, and someone who has a bucket of them or maybe a secret storehouse in Queens gives us one. Because Four Loko is effectively over. This is the last day that New York retailers will be allowed t ... More >>
As someone who consumed a nearly full can of Four Loko last night and is paying for that ill-advised move in delayed mental and visual responses, circular logic, lack of focus, and a world of regret, I feel well equipped to comment on today's latest ban of things that teenagers like. A law no ... More >>
Y'all have a lot to say, which we like. And you're funny, too! Here are some of our favorite Tweets from the Village Voice Web Awards last night, based off those who used the recommended #webawards hashtag. It's kind of like living it all over again, minus the Four Loko. And the unbearable pa ... More >>
cbslocal.comDoes Four Loko go better with beef or chicken? A Philadelphia chef, following in the footsteps of Eddie Huang, has begun stockpiling Four Loko and will be serving tasting menus in which he pairs the dishes with different flavors of the soon-to-be-extinct booze.
Listen. We put together a little thing tonight that we thought you might enjoy: The first-annual (?) Village Voice Web Awards, wherein we honor the victors of various categories (really hoping for an Awesome Tweets nod) and throw a thoroughly random-ass assemblage of folks onstage, including ... More >>
Via NYU LocalTonight, as we light the sixth candle on our menorah, one Jewish household will be drinking their sixth Loko -- at least, metaphorically. NYU student Samantha Jinishian and her roommates have constructed a work of art (religious iconography?) they've dubbed the "Four-Loko-norah." ... More >>
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At last it's Friday afternoon. As the day retreats into a shroud of seasonal gloom, it's time to look back on the week that was. Lauren Shockey, a lifelong New Yorker, lists her top ten childhood restaurants that still exist. Our Man Sietsema goes to Staten Island for some meat and murder. 'Brook ... More >>
adambaumgoldgallery.comAsk away!Wondering where to take your out-of-town grandparents for dinner when they visit? Want to know the city's best spot for drunk food? Dying to learn our favorite Four Loko flavor? Now's your chance to ask the critics! Email us at email@example.com and we'll ... More >>
Fresh Off the BoatEddie Huang sucks down the cause of Xiao Ye's demise. Four months after it opened, Xiao Ye has closed.
And to think people were worried about what The Kids would do drunk on Four Loko! It would appear the State Liquor Authority drank so much Four Loko (or so much of the Four-Loko-as-Reefer-Madness craze-flavored Kool-Aid) that they raided accomplished restaurateur, chef, blogger, and boozing r ... More >>
That tinny, sad sound you hear is the sound of the bottom of the barrel being scraped by the manufacturers of Whipped Lightning, a booze-infused whipped cream that is now being targeted to college students mourning the loss of Four Loko. It's got an 18 percent alcohol content, comes in nume ... More >>
You've seen it kill kids, get banned, and be reproduced at home. This past weekend, the much-maligned caffeinated cocktail Four Loko, a/k/a "Blackout in a Can," was featured on Weekend Update With Seth Meyers. Co-founder Chris Hunter (portrayed by Jason Sudeikis), isn't the only one defending the ... More >>
Consider the shark jumped. The $3 canned beverage, both caffeinated and alcoholic, has already been banned in New York, with distributors halting their local deliveries on Friday, and now we here at Runnin' Scared are moving to ban the drink from the internet. Our teeth are shivering from the sugar ... More >>
I'm not sure if the Taiwanese think Americans are categorically insane, or if all the people who work in Taiwanese television are categorically insane, but yet again, those wacky Taiwanese folks at Next Media Animation have succeeded in both animating and (kinda) capturing the insanity of the Four ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Eater rounded up 10 of the city's best themed restaurants, including Mars 2112, Jekyll & Hyde Club, and the new Brooklyneer. Grub Street expressed its (and especially Daniel Maurer's) contempt for Tonic East. The Feast got excited about having Thanksgiving dinner out t ... More >>
C'est l'après-midi de vendredi! Alors, les articles de la semaine ... Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC. Amanda Hesser talks Charlotte Russe, Chesapeake crabcakes, and the new Essential New York Times Cookbook. Jackie Hoffman doesn't do shellfish, cooks a nice chicken, and likes a big ... More >>
The Four Loko Protest And/Or Vigil, Starring Anamanaguchi Union Square Park Wednesday, November 17 Better Than: Going down without a fight. Even before New York banned Four Loko, the energy drink that supplements the caffeine equivalent of three cups of coffee with taurine, guarana, wormw ... More >>
Yesterday, The Atlantic Food Channel posted a recipe for "a really horrible beverage" that is sort of supposed to mirror the flavor profile of Four Loko. A valiant effort, but here's a much simpler homemade version.
FOUR LOKO BANNED, FOUR LOKO DRINKING GAME, FOUR LOKO MADNESS
Colors of a beautiful rainbow...Four Loko, known as "liquid crack" to certain admirers, was officially banned this weekend, no longer to be delivered to your friendly neighborhood bodega after December 10. Unlike just any garden variety booze, Four Loko didn't only make people sick -- it made ... More >>
Sen. Chuck Schumer already won the war against crazyjuice booze drink Four Loko in New York, as it's soon to be banned statewide. But what about the rest of America? In all fifty United States, no Four Loko is safe.
There's a new New York City drinking survey out, and chances are, you're a drinker, because more than half of New Yorkers of legal drinking age are (congrats!). We were surprised and vindicated to find, however, that New Yorkers on average (53%) actually drank less than the nationwide average ... More >>
Never forgetIt was too good to be true. We warned you last weekend that Four Loko, the $3 canned, caffeinated beverage that equals something like six beers and a cup of coffee, was in danger of being banned by the state of New York. Just yesterday we had some indication that Senator Chuck Sch ... More >>
Last weekend we learned that New York state, led by Senator Chuck Schumer, was attempting to ban the caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko by circumventing the FDA and changing the law. Then, in a typically antagonistic move, daring the authorities to touch him, local chef Eddie Huang, a.k ... More >>
Everybody just stop yelling, OK? Photo by Daniel Snyder.In the week we talked about Odd Future, kidnapping and murder, and why we sometimes like the things that repel us, we also saw the group live--alongside every other music critic in the city. They struck a weird balance to the other big r ... More >>
Hundreds of patrons gathered for one last drink at Ruby's Bar in Coney Island on Saturday to protest a landlord's decision to shut down the Depression-era dive. [NY Post] The latest wine by Bordeaux's Château Latour is actually a Burgundy, which is rather surprising considering the two regi ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisCan o'...something. If you've read anything about Four Loko recently, you're well aware that a mere sip of the fruity, caffeinated malt liquor will immediately push you into a crack and hate-crime binge. The chemical cocktail supposedly gets you drunker faster, making it ... More >>
Rap music has had a long history of product endorsement, and although these tributes to the controversial malt energy drink Four Loko ("Loke" for short) may recall the St. Ides commercials of the early '90s, these songs follow more in the tradition of the Pack's "Vans." The next generation's Lil B ... More >>
Apparently there is a cheap alcoholic energy drink called "Four Loko," the New York Daily News tells us today. Also NPR, ABC, CBS, Harvard Crimson, Chicago Sun-Times, and so on and so on and so on lately. That's just the first page of Google! Now New York is working to ban it.