AIR MAIL. The travel stories we liked and clicked this week.
Sip. Dec. 12, 2012, signified the day of deliverance for most Trappist Monks in Belgium, and it also marked the release date of their much-anticipated Westvleteren 12 brew, which now ships internationally—six-bottle bundles go for $84.99.
Shop. A retail-coffee shop version of pop-up project Rudy’s Barbershop, whose previous gambit this summer appeared at the Ace Hotel, opened its Williamsburg outpost Tuesday in a post-industrial building that was once a federal bank. The shop will offer menswear and Portland-based, Brooklyn-crazed Stumptown coffee through January 2013.
Discover. A Cambridge University volcanologist stumbled upon a ring of stones that he has traced back to a historical campsite on Antarctica once deemed the “highest camp” during the 1912 “Race to the Pole.”
Taxi! Hailing a ride with New York City’s yellow taxis is often a grueling effort should you find yourself on Broadway in the 40s or stuck in a thunderstorm in SoHo, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will soon make it easier for New Yorkers by allowing them to prearrange rides via their smart phones starting Feb. 15, 2013.
See. The country’s oldest university art museum, the near encyclopedic Yale University’s Art Gallery, recently re-opened after an extensive renovation and expansion. The traveling “Société Anonyme: Modernism for America" exhibit of more than 240 works runs through July 14, 2013.