Hot Tip: You Can Buy Booze at Costco and Sam’s Club Without a Membership

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Wholesale chains are great places to go for food like hot dogs, rotisserie chickens, and massive cheese wheels. But in many parts of the country, stores like Costco and Sam's Club also offer impressive selections of beer, wine, and liquor. In addition to being cheap and plentiful, the booze sold at bulk stores comes with another perk: They're often some of the only items for sale that you don't need a membership to purchase, according to Lifehacker.

The benefits that come with store memberships—such as access to bulk groceries, water deliveries, and even cheap funeral accessories in Costco's case—are well worth the annual fees for many customers. But even if you aren't willing to pay $45 to $100 upfront to do your grocery shopping, a visit to a bulk outlet may be worth the trip if you're looking to stock up on alcohol.

Thanks to a legal loophole in some states, retailers aren't allowed to require customers to sign up for memberships before buying alcoholic beverages. At Sam's Club, that means you can pick up a 12 pack (or a 30 pack) at any location without proving you're a member first. The way Costco handles booze sales is less clear. Though the chain won't disclose the specifics of its policy, according to Lifehacker, "word on the street is that you don’t need a membership to buy beer, wine or spirits if you shop in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont."

So if you find yourself near a wholesale store and want to do all your beverage shopping for the month at once, don't be afraid to walk in without a membership card. The stores carry the same big-name brands as regular outlets, and even the store-brand options are popular with customers. But if you want to take home a robot-prepared pizza to go with your Costco beer, you may need spring for that membership.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Fargo Brewing Company's New Beer Cans Feature Adoptable Shelter Dogs

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Photography by Adri/iStock via Getty Images

There are worse ways to sell a product than by slapping cute pet pictures on the packaging. At first glance, it may seem like that was the strategy behind Fargo Brewing Company's new beer cans, which feature real dogs on the labels. But the pictures are meant to do more than move beer off the shelf. Each can showcases a real shelter dog that's up for adoption, and by sharing their photographs, the North Dakota beer company hopes to help these puppers find their forever families, WTSP reports.

Jerad Ryan, a volunteer at the nonprofit 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, got the idea while working his day job at Northern Plains Label. Part of the company's business comes from printing labels for local breweries. Instead of just sticking their own logo on the can, Ryan wondered if breweries would be open to sharing that real estate with shelter dogs in need of homes.

4 Luv of Dog Rescue has since partnered with Fargo Brewing Company to make that plan a reality. Six rescue dogs—Nyx, Bizzy, Jensen, Hobie, Moby, and Virginia—have been chosen to have their faces featured on select cans of Fargo Original Lager. Each dog is what the shelter calls a "One-der" dog, or a pup that can only be placed in homes with no other pets. This makes them more difficult to adopt, which is why 4 Luv of Dog Rescue felt they would make perfect candidates for the project.

Fargo produced 40 cases of the special beer cans, 25 of which were sold at a special launch event on November 4. The remaining cans will be available for local buyers to purchase through the end of the week, with a portion of the proceeds going to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue.

[h/t WTSP]

ALDI’s Wine Advent Calendar Will Soon Be Here for the Holidays


Getting candy from an Advent calendar is perfectly fine for kids, but adults may be craving something a little more sophisticated for the holidays. This wine Advent calendar from ALDI gives you a new reason to celebrate every day leading up to Christmas.

According to Delish, ALDI's Advent calendar was a huge success when it originally rolled out in U.S. locations at the end of 2018. The hit product is returning for the 2019 holiday season, and festive wine connoisseurs can pick up one starting November 6 at ALDI stores that sell alcohol.

For $70, you get a box containing 24 mini-bottles of vino that come from various countries around the world, including South Africa and Australia. And whether you prefer your wine red or white, dry or sweet, sparkling or still, there's a bottle that fits your tastes.

This wine variety pack from ALDI is just one example of the many creative Advent calendars made with grownups in mind. If you prefer to get in the holiday spirit with a can of craft beer, there's a calendar for that, too: It's available from Costco for $10 less than ALDI's wine version.

[h/t Delish]