We're pretty sure by now you've seen those Heineken beer kegs in pretty much every store from here to Amsterdam. If you've had the hankering to give them a try but were waiting for the perfect opportunity, here's your chance. Pick up the Heineken Beertender, stick one of those little mini-keggy-things in there, and drink up. Hey, after a couple of 'em it'll end up cheaper than going out, so that's great as long as you really like Heineken.
We can't tell you how many times we've thrown our hands in the air over the prospect of paying retail for a beer pong table. It's something that has to come up, like, twice a day. "I'd love a new beer pong table, but I can't justify paying retail!" That's where Beer Pong Coupons comes in - right now they've got discounts of up to $35 off portable beirut tables. So what're you waiting for?
As you know, the Super Bowl is only a few days away, and it's time to start thinking about what you're going to drink. You could stick with your standard beers and whatnot, but you may want to class up your party, like if your grandma or your priest or your parole officer is going to be there. What better way to do that than with these 60 second cocktail recipes from Herradura?
Not only can you mix them up during a commercial break, you definitely need to drink rapid fire tequilas on a Sunday night. Trust us, it's always a good idea.
We're a little behind the 8 ball on this, but we got a tip that Sparks Energy Drink is on the chopping block. Apparently, a bunch of state district attorneys have a problem with the fact it's an alcoholic energy drink, packaged like Red Bull and other popular ones, and maybe aimed, just a little bit, at younger drinkers. We haven't had good experiences with alcoholic energy drinks (read our Tilt review) but hey...some grown up type people like 'em. Do they have to suffer?
Twelve buzz-kill state attorney generals who brought claims that Sparks -- the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink -- was being marketed to underage drinkers and have reached an agreement with booze giant SABMiller to reformulate the recipe so as not to include caffeine or taurine or any energy-drink ingredients.
As an of-age Sparks drinker whose enjoyed it on bike rides, at Christmas parties and before job interviews and hospital visits, this is terrible news.
Everybody needs a pick-me-up now and again, even if it's just being picked up out of the gutter after a few too many. When we're feeling low, we tend to head over to the Modern Drunkard for pearls of wisdom (make that pearl onions...soaked in vermouth). Today's treat? Their roundup of the 10 best things about liquor, from its ability to unite humanity, to its yin/yang scale from exuberance to hangover.
A small sample:
10. It brings the joy.
"Why on earth aren't people continually drunk? I want ecstasy of the mind all the time."
There isn't enough joy in the world, and that's a fact. If there was, alcohol would have been dismissed as a mere disinfectant long ago.
I know, I know--we should just get "high on life" and then we wouldn't have to bother with the booze. And I've noticed that it seems to work for some people. What I've also noticed is those people all seem a little, well, insane.
We're not usually ones for waxing patriotic, but not too long ago, the 44th president of the US was sworn in to much pomp and circumstance. He made a great speech, and we can't think of any way to celebrate that moment better than acknowledging the men and women who spend their lives protecting the nation and its citizens. That's why we're telling you about Brave Spirits line of liquors, made up of Valor Vodka, First In Whiskey, Standing Guard Gin, and At Ease Rum.
Brave Spirits is for Soldiers. Marines. Sailors. Airmen. Police officers. Fire fighters. You come to the rescue. You protect. You defend American freedom. You are America's bravest.
We honor you by celebrating your bravery and dedication with something to truly call your own.
For every bottle sold, Brave Spirits donates $2 toward charities that support the men and women of America's military, fire departments and police departments.
So far, they've donated $19K, and here's to more.
Brave Spirits are distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC, as well as on select Army and Air Force bases. They are are also available nationwide from several online merchants. More at Brave Spirits
We've said before we think the Old Fashioned is our barometer drink to help us decide if we like a bar or its bartenders. If they can mix a good one, we'll take off our hat. If they look at is blankly, we find somewhere else to go. It's a classic. Maybe THE classic. It's even got a damned type of glass named after it.
The folks at AskMen have put together profiles and recipes for the Old Fashioned and other classic cocktails if you want to spend some time getting back to your roots. They've got Harvey Wallbangers (in the running for best cocktail name ever), Gin Marinis (no flirtinis here), and all sorts of great stuff. Plus, we're interested in their take on our Old Fashioned, because their recipe calls for brandy instead of the rye or bourbon we've always used. Color us intrigued.
Do you ever have one of those moments where everything comes together exactly, a lilting song of perfection with each piece fitting into the puzzle almost of its own accord? This is the opposite of how things went with our KU:L Vodka review. That's not to say we didn't like the stuff...quite the contrary. It was just a comedy of errors of lost notes and spacey editors that started way back in November. But you know what? We think KU:L is tasty enough and a good enough value you won't mind the wait.
Normally, the word "mocktail" would never, ever be found on this website. Ever. But we're bending our firm rule about that because it seems juuuust about every female we know (other than the Liquor Wife, praise be to Jebus) got knocked up has been in the family way and has recently or is about to squeeze out a squalling poop factory bundle of joy.
One of the things we've noticed is that the moms-in-waiting kind of shafted on cocktails with the whole "not really allowed to drink" thing, and we've sensed a steely note in their voices as they ordered another water or juice. Thankfully, Natalie Bovis-Nelsen (The Liquid Muse) has written a book of virgin cocktail recipes that could help give some variety and partially scratch the itch.
Within these pages are 75 original Preggatini recipes highlighting fresh juices, herbs, and garnishes as well as ideas for Preggatini Parties - a modern spin on the humdrum baby shower. Organized by pregnancy stages and symptoms, this lavishly illustrated, pocket-sized, virtually intoxicating guide also offers quotes from famous mums about pregnancy and health and such options as 'De-virginize for Dad' - making these drinks applicable to all.
We're particularly interested in the 'De-virginize for Dad' concept, but you could probably figure that out for yourself.
We have seen the future, and it is Bar2D2. The dude who made it is obviously A) a genius, B) our kind of drunk, C) a man with some time on his hands.
Here's what he told us:
BaR2D2 is a radio-controlled, mobile bar that features a motorized beer elevator, motorized ice/mixer drawer, six-bottle shot dispenser, and sound activated neon lighting. The robot is driveable so you can take the party on the road! It was created in my garage using standard hand/power tools and readily available parts and materials.
Someone sent us this link a while back, and we didn't cover it then because we were more than a little creeped out. However, the idea of turning a dead rodent into a container for liquor has grown on us (apparently) because we're covering it now. So anyway, if you need a varmint-based vessel for your booze, you know where to go now.
Our friends over at The Snow Junkies just pointed us toward a movie that's sure to be right up our alley called "The Best Bar in America." We just watched the trailer, and while we thought it could have used more bars, or a cameo by yours truly, we put together a list of our five favorite moments, in no particular order:
The preponderance of bearded men (the main character has a gnarly one)
Some dude shooting traffic signs from the sidecar of a motorcycle
Some old dude sliding a beer bottle down a bar so it can be smashed over the head of someone who may or may not be dressed like a priest
The use of "California Stars" by Billy Bragg and Wilco in the soundtrack of a movie about Montana
We just found this interesting post on Boing Boing about absinthe-flavored lollipops. That's all well and good, but if you're feeling adventurous and want to save yourself the two bucks, we have a recommendation. You can replicate our first absinthe experience (read: uninformed and overserved), you should throw a full box of Good N Plenties into a bottle of vodka, drop in a couple tabs of acid, punch yourself in the face, and chug the whole mess. On second thought, stick to the lollipops.
We understand the urge to reduce the calories in beer. We really do. No one wants to end up looking like Peter Griffin just because he likes to have a few sudsy cold ones every day, but can we keep it reasonable? Most light beers taste like someone emptied a beer bottle and filled it with cold water - do we really have to remove any more flavor?
Apparently, we do. Consumer Reports will be featuring blind taste tests of two types of beer in its February 2009 issue - two low calorie beers from Miller (MGD 64 and Miller Lite) and two chelada-like lime beers (Bud Light Lime and Miller Chill). We don't want to spoil it for you, but when Miller Lite is considered to be the "more complex and heavier-bodied" of two beers, we're all going to hell in a handbasket.
As for the lime beers, we won't color your opinions with our own (unless you're chelada curious), but apparently the lime flavor masks any actual beeriness. On the bright side, maybe they'll be the Bartles & James or Bacardi Breezers for a whole new generation of high school kids who hate the taste of beer.
After our success with the Glog recipe we tried before Christmas, we've been interested in checking out some other traditional cocktail recipes. Lo and behold, we get an email from someone representing Mount Gay Rum, with a recipe for hot buttered rum, something we've never tried. We like hot, we dig butter, and we love rum, so expect us to give it a try.
Check out the recipe after the jump, and happy rumming.
Welcome to our first post of the year - go team 2009! Our first post focuses on the Can Grip, a snazzy little competitor for the koozie that will turn any beer (or soda, we suppose) can into a mobile stein. Not only does it eliminate the need for a can coaster because of the solid plastic base, it also helps keep your can cooler. How, you ask? Because at the rate of speed you drink beer it's not external temperature that's warming your beer, it's the warmth radiating from that monkey paw you call a hand. Less hand equals less heat.
If you ask us, the only way the Koozie beats these things is that you can hide the fact you're drinking something narsty like Bud Light. Just think of it as the Can Grip keeping you honest. Pick them up for around four bucks apiece (check for retailers through the Can Grip site) or buy 'em wholesale and get your own custom message added to the handle.