April 9, 2007

Time to Get Three Sheets

We face a lot of jealousy when we tell people what we do. A common response is "So people just send you booze, and you drink it and write about it? How do I get that job?" As cool as our day-to-day is, we're having a similar reaction after watching "Three Sheets," a TV show available only on HDTV where comedian Zane Lamprey travels from country to country, sampling the local drinks and drinking customs, then walking through the traditional hangover remedies. Sounds like a sweet gig, even when you think about the fact air conditioning isn't exactly prevalent in most of the countries he goes to.

The show is educational and damned funny, and watching just a couple episodes was almost enough for us to want to spring for an HD setup. Learn more about it at MOJO HD - specifically you can read an episode list to find out which countries he's hit, and even watch a full episode online. Also, read on for one of Zane's blog entries about Lambanog, a traditional Phillipino coconut liquor we'd never heard of.


The next day we traveled to Tayabas, in the Quezon Province, where I was to learn about Lambanog, the national drink. The drive was about 120 miles, or five hours by van (I thought LA traffic was bad - Yikes!). When we reached Tayabas, we turned down a dirt road and traveled for a few more miles to a path leading into the jungle. From there we walked... After a few minutes, we arrived at a lambanog factory, which looked like a 100-year old barn (probably because it was), where I met a gentleman who showed me his lambanog distillery, that looked more like a dilapidated moonshine still. He then introduced me to his twice distilled lambanog, which was 166 proof (or, 83 percent alcohol).

Jagermeister, for example, is 70 proof, and Jack Daniels is 80. This stuff was 166! And since this was a "drinking" show, and not a "baby duck-eating" show, I drank it. At first it was warm... And then it burned. I would imagine that gasoline tastes similar - or possibly better. I should mention that the lambanog that they typically drink over there is diluted to about 80-90 proof. I should also mention that, as my "surprise" to Christina, I made her drink some of the 166 proof lambanog. But, after she took the shot, we realized that the bottle she was drinking from was 170 proof. And she vomited. Whoops!
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from the Three Sheets Blog

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 9, 2007 7:47 AM
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