September 28, 2007
We've always had a pretty close interest in home brewing. Our personal romance with the idea started in high school, when our group of friends realized The Man wouldn't let us buy beer, but we could buy the kits and recipe books with no problem. Let's just say fortune favors the patient.
We have had our trials and tribulations with brewing over the years - exploding wort, funky flavors due to lackadaisical sanitation, you name it. That's why we're enjoying reading Brew Dudes, a site started by some friends of ours chronicling their own experiments with being Brewmeisters. Part journal and part primer, Brew Dudes hasn't been around for very long, but we're excited to watch them grow. Just remember fellas, don't do what we did - wash your bottles thoroughly.
See what they're cooking up at Brew Dudes
September 28, 2007
We're going to go out on a limb here and say the fellas over at My Science Project are obsessed with Jell-O shots. Not that there's anything wrong with that by any means - we've scarfed our fair share of 'em ourselves - but they've taken the creation of these desserty, drunken treats to a much higher level. They've experimented with creating the strongest shots
, and even the proverbial flaming Jell-O shot
- we haven't seen this kind of dedication since our own attempts to find a pudding shot recipe
The newest attempts from these mad, mad geniuses? Their latest obsession is to find the best-tasting Jell-O shot, and they tried out a brain-bending amount of different booze and Jell-O combinations to find out which worked best. They even tried out some specialty shots - the one that caught our eye was the Chocolate Covered Cherry, but they also whipped up Fuzzy Navels, Jager Bombs, and our own personal favorites, various pudding shots.
So what were their ultimate findings? Like we'd spoil the surprise. Head on over to MyScienceProject.com to gorge on all the Jell-O shots you can handle.
September 27, 2007
Have we mentioned we like getting in new booze for review? If we haven't...we do. We just got in two new bottles of very disparate types of liquor, and we couldn't be more fired up to give 'em a shot. That's us skipping, over there on the right.*
Averna Amaro Siciliano
We don't know much about Averna, but considering it's called "Amaro," we fully expect it to be something like the grandpa of amaretto. We'll keep you posted. Until we can, learn more, dig up some info on your own at Averna.it.
What we do know about Christiania is that it A) contains potatoes (we don't know what's special about the Trondeleag variety but we'll look into it), 2) involves Nordic water (go Vikings!), and D) named after a famous Norwegian king. And there we have it...intriguing as all hell. More at ChristianiaVodka.com.
* ok, so we lied - the image from this story was
stolen acquired from iSkip.com.
September 25, 2007
We've been thinking lately it's been a while since we sunk our teeth into a bottle of bourbon, and lo and behold what should arrive on our doorstep? A bottle of Corner Creek, that's what. For those of you who, like us, hadn't previously heard of the stuff, it's an 8 year old reserve bottling that's bottled at 88 proof.
The funny thing is everyone who saw the bottle quickly thought it was wine, an easy mistake to make based on the slope-shouldered shape of the bottle. We pulled the cork and took a whiff and we can confirm it's definitely not vino, and we're really looking forward to tasting it.
Learn more at CornerCreekBourbon.com
September 24, 2007
This just in - flavored liquor tends to be a good seller. Just look at the success of flavored vodkas and rums, and you'll know there's a niche to be filled for just about any kind of flavored booze. One liquor we hadn't thought about seeing move into the flavored field yet was Cachaca, but it appears that day is here already.
We just got in samples of three varieties of RioD, a premium Cachaca that we received in unflavored, "passion" (which we're guessing is passionfruit), and lime-flavored. We haven't had a chance to try it yet, but we're looking forward to reviewing it for posterity. Expect us to make many, many varieties of everyone's favorite drink (well, ok...ours at least), the caipirinha.
September 21, 2007
Football season is upon us, which means you're once again under the oppressive thumb of stadium drink prices. If your combo of a Beerbelly and flask doesn't quite get you juiced up enough for the fourth quarter, it's definitely time to start thinking about a Sippin' Seat.
The Sippin' Seat is an ingenious combination of seat cushion and booze smuggling device, with a bladder and hose hidden inside that holds three beers or a bottle of wine. We can't see how you'd go wrong, really...plus it'll help you avoid those 'rrhoids you usually get from the cold stadium seating. It's a win win!
Learn more at PapaBert.com
September 20, 2007
We just learned about Bambu - no, not the rolling papers, it's a white rum that's going to be launching in October. We don't have many details, but we do know about a launch party that's coming up on October 4. If you're planning to be in the NYC area on that particular Thursday (or even if you weren't planning to), you should check 'em out and get a little taste of the goods. Get the full details of the event by clicking the image on the right.
Find some more details at BambuRum.com [as of press time the site's not live, but here's hoping]
September 19, 2007
It's official - there is no reason for you not to have chilled Jager shots in your house at all times. We're not about that bottle in the freezer, either. We're talking about the full-on Jager chiller you see in your favorite bar - the one that hangs from the wall? Now you can have three of them for less than the price of an iPhone! Or you could get just one - wuss.
Either way, thank you Skymall ! [via Uncrate]
September 18, 2007
No, we're not suggesting you go out there and make babies - we're talking about buying a copy of Knocked Up next Tuesday (Sept 25) when it comes out on DVD. As you probably already know, Knocked Up is the story of two people who face the familial consequences of a long night of drinking and an irresponsible choice or two - it was also one of our favorite movies of this year.
We've also gotten our hands on a recipe for a Knocked Up Martini, which we've included below...we recommend serving it with a condom on the side. We'll be pre-ordering our copy so we can drink and watch the hijinx all over again on Knocked Up Night - maybe we'll even come up with ideas for a drinking game. Let us know if you think of any.
The Knocked Up - Unrated (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) is available at Amazon; learn more about the movie at KnockedUpMovie.com.
Continue reading: "Let's Get Knocked Up (on DVD)"
September 17, 2007
What better place is there to advertise your love of beer-related games than on the back of your automobile? This is the best idea we've seen since our drunk friend asked those cops for a ride to the liquor store. The tire cover fits on your SUV, Jeep, etc...and it'll go right along with your beer pong table, empty beer cans, and stacks of keg cups.
Beer Pong Champion vinyl spare tire cover
September 13, 2007
What do you get when you mix The Simpsons with drinking? Well, you get pretty much our entire college experience, but if you're lucky it can also take the form of this cool Simpsons hip flask set. It comes with a flask and four shot glasses, for when you're drinking with Grimey, Tibor, and Stuart the Duck.
Simpsons Flask Set [via uberreview]
September 12, 2007
Are you a beer pong addict? Do you see any long, flat surface and picture yourself playing Beirut on it until your fingertips bleed? With Portopong, you can turn those dreams into a reality.
Portopong is an inflatable beer pong table that takes the guesswork out of the game. Do we have enough tables? Are we regulation length? If I take that last shot of beer, will I put my eye out on the corner of the table when I black out? (The answers are yes, yes, no, if you're curious).
Plus, if you play in the pool, you don't need a rinse cup, and since it's inflatable you can bring it anywhere you go - though we can picture you passing out from blowing it up way before you take your first drink. Pick one up at Portopong.com for $10 off the regular price (sale ends September 15).
September 11, 2007
We've been looking for a quality flask lately, but the ones we find tend to hold only 8 ounces of liquor. Now, four shots might be enough for breakfast or to help you muscle through an episode of Rock of Love, but it's not enough for everyday use. Of course, we could always go with the giant Orvis flask, but that might not be quite as portable as we'd like.
Luckily, we've found the perfect compromise - a quality flask that holds 16 ounces and won't give you a hernia when you try to lift it when it's full. Go ye forth and drink like a private eye.
Stainless Steel 16 oz Mirror Finish Liquor Flask
September 10, 2007
Calling all Boston boozers - we've discovered an interesting opportunity to get a bit blotto on wine all while keeping your conscience clean. No, we're not talking about juicing on sacramental wine...in fact our thoughts were entirely secular. A friend of ours let us know about an event where you can be bussed out into the woods, given a wine tasting, and then go apple picking, all to benefit charity.
As long as we're kept away from the ladders after a couple glasses of wine, we can't see a down side at all. Learn how you can hit an apple festival, stock up at the Nashoba Valley Winery, and benefit the On Your Feet Project all at the same time at their Wine and Apples page. The event itself is on September 30; just make sure you buy your tickets by September 26...though it may sell out earlier than that.
September 6, 2007
We're not going to lie - we have an inherent nervousness about corporate blogs. We're not tooting our own horns here, but blogging is hard work. You have to become the postal service of the Internet...y'know, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these bloggers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." To make a long story short, while blogging sounds great on paper, we don't always trust the corporations to keep up their intensity without coming off as self-serving, especially if there's no direct contribution to the bottom line.
That's why we've been pleasantly surprised by the Stella Artois Blog...they've only been around for a week or so, but we like their tone, they're posting on the regular, and they're giving us some interesting information to boot. We've learned about Stella Draught Masters, met some Stella beer tasters, and picked up some additional Stella nuggets. Plus, keep an eye out to learn more about the new Stella website that's on the horizon - they're promising it'll be a cinematic experience.
September 5, 2007
We're not going to lie to you - currently, Herradura is our favorite tequila in the blanco category (we haven't actually tried their reposado or other bottlings). We tried it this summer and fell in love with it with a quickness - it tastes great, mixes well, and doesn't make our wallet bleed. That's why we're excited to try the drink recipe we just heard about, Three Amigos con Herradura.
It was put together to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day on September 16; we'll probably just mix up a few glasses and celebrate with those other Three Amigos we love so much.
Oh, and ps - sip, don't shoot.
Continue reading: "Three Amigos con Herradura"
September 4, 2007
Alas, the mighty "Beer Hunter" has fallen. Michael Jackson, the man who brought legitimacy and true passion to the field of beer tasting and writing, died this weekend at the age of 65. A globe trotting, beer tasting inspiration to us all here at the Liquor Snob offices, Mr. Jackson continued to write prolificly even as he battled with Parkinson's. He will be missed.
More details at the Washington Post; see a video interview with him at Youtube.
If there are two things we love, they're drinking whiskey and riding bikes. Thinking about combining the two gets us giddy with anticipation...even if that combination involves a 90 mile ride through the Deep South.
If you're wondering what in tarnation we're talking about, see the details on the three-day bicycle tour of multiple Bourbon distilleries below...and don't forget to bring your helmet and padded britches.
Continue reading: "Raise Your Kentucky Spirits...on a Bike"