🍻 Welcome to Fingers!

Fingers is an independent newsletter by me, Dave Infante, about drinking culture, being online, and beyond, read by thousands of people each week. It’s a smart, funny, and utterly unorthodox mix of award-winning journalism, interviews, and cultural criticism about how, what, and why we drink—and the money, power, and politics that both dictate and derive from the answers to those questions.

With each edition of Fingers, you’ll get new, thought-provoking, original coverage of some vital aspect of drinking in America, unsoftened by mainstream publishers’ “brand safety” concerns, and unbought by the booze business advertising dollars they’re concerned about in the first place.

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You’ll also join a growing community of people who like drinking, thinking, and occasionally thinking about drinking. If you’re looking to make your inbox a little less sober and a lot more fun, Fingers is for you.

👏 Praise for Fingers

  • “Fingers… is largely focused on the spirits and drinking world, but it’s also got a very healthy muckraking streak to it, and reports on a lot of labor issues in the beverage industry that anyone who cares about working conditions will find fascinating whether or not you know what a double IPA is which I still do not to be honest.” — Luke O’Neil, Welcome to Hell World

  • “The content is good.” — Kate Bernot, beer reporter and editor, Good Beer Hunting and Craft Beer & Brewing

  • “Dave is the best beer writer in America. Smart, informed, funny, and occasionally outraged. He’s equal parts enthusiast and gadfly, and well worth a few measly bucks a month.” — Joe Keohane, journalist, editor, and author of The Power of Strangers

  • “A particularly astute and hilarious reporter who covers drinking culture, being online, and beyond.” — Austin L. Ray, Georgia Brewsletter

  • “David Infante’s free and highly entertaining newsletter about beery matters.” — Stan Hieronymus, Appellation Beer

Fingers was recognized as a Substack Featured Publication in December 2021.

📰 Fingers in the media

My recent coverage of the beer industry as a writer-at-large for VinePair can be found here.

If you’re an editor, podcast host, or video producer who wants to commission or book me, or discuss reprinting one of my stories, or anything else, please get in touch: dave@dinfontay.com.

👨🏻 More about Dave Infante

I’m two-time James Beard award-winning journalist with a strong voice and a passion for storytelling. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Splinter News (RIP), HuffPost, The Guardian U.S., Thrillist, PUNCH, and others. Currently, I contribute to VinePair as a writer-at-large covering the beer business.

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