Attention! The Olympics have been going on for a few days now, but it is not too late to begin playing drinking games centered around them! Finally a sport where everyone wins! My only addition would be to take a drink every time the Queen makes a terrifying frowny face...even if it's only in your imagination.
We've been pretty interested in the concept of beer running lately, though we admittedly spend more time focused on the beer part than the running part. Last night we stumbled across an article at Offtrackplanet about Hashing, a game that brings a new level to the beer run. All you need is some friends, a good area for running, some booze - and maybe a flashlight.
The rules look pretty simple:
One person (or a small group of people) are selected as hares and given a head start to create a trail using either chalk, flour, or a chalk-flour combo. While the hares are running ahead, the rest of the hash gets as sloppy as possible in a short time. Then, already sporting a solid buzz, they take off in attempt to catch the hares by following the symbols the hares have left behind.
We will say we think they're missing an opportunity to add some spice to the chase if they gave about 80% of the booze to the hares. It weighs them down a bit sure, but it definitely adds motivation for the rest of the pack.
Check out the rest of the story - including the history of the hash, the symbols used by the hares, and the importance of hashing nicknames - at What the F*ck is Hashing?
Whether you're trying to maintain your bikini weight and still have some fun, or just looking to stay healthy this summer, we found some good drinking advice from Gizmodo's Happy Hour series.
They've outlined what they call the Seven Deadliest Drinks, and while there were a couple no-brainers on their list like Moonshine (the bootleg stuff - can you say potential lead poisoning?) and "Malternative" beverages (a breeding ground of artificial sweeteners, gross chemicals and general douchiness). But there were a few that came as a surprise even to us.
Finally, in man's never-ending quest to make his beverage more voluptuous, we get the Boobzie - a Koozie with breasts. Seems like a must-have gift for Bros, Lax Bros, and your grandpa - so basically anyone you wouldn't want to have dating your sister.
We've seen a few things lately poking gentle fun at the mixology culture, including a damn funny picture series. While we have the eye droppers and the multiple bar spoons and more shakers than you can shake a cocktail pick at, we can still laugh, and we think this Mixologist music video is the cream of the crop. (via WeirdAndWacky)
Remember Supersize Me, the documentary where Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days? It's OK if you don't, but either way you should watch this video from comedy troupe The Whitest Kids You Know where he tries the same experiment with Jameson's. It's like the ultimate Physical Challenge - and the best line by far - "That coat check girl has a name!"
Let me paint a word picture for you. The other night, I was working behind the bar and I had two things occur within about 5 minutes of each other.
One - I had someone come in and order three Yeunglings in a bar that's an approximately seven hours from the Yeungling brewery, in a state in which no bar has ever carried Yeungling ever. A few minutes later, someone ordered an Old Fashioned - one of my favorite cocktails in the world but which takes a goodly amount of time to make - while there were approximately one millionty people waiting for me to pour them a beer. And let me just say - this was a Tuesday.
We're big fans of the uptick in distilleries in our home state of Vermont, from Smuggler's Notch to Vermont Spirits. One brand we've seen more of on local liquor store shelves lately is a pair of flavored rums from an outfit called Dunc's Mill.
We haven't had a chance to try them out yet, but the idea of an Elderflower rum, as well as the Vermont-obligatory Maple rum, definitely pique our interest for cocktails. Both products are available in VT - not sure about where else - and are made with Fair Trade ingredients, organic sugar cane, and "local flavors."
Note: Their website says they're the oldest continuously-run distillery in Vermont - guess we're just late to the party!