September 21, 2005

Kegbot: The Future is Now

Kegbot in Debug ModeWhat would happen if you turned a beer keg into a robot? In a perfect world, it would also have legs to follow you around - a little R2D2 of malty beverage goodness. The people over at Kegbot have done the next best thing...they've installed a robot brain in their kegerator that allows it to perform a whole host of tasks.

We're not kidding - this thing has multi-user access control with iButton, drink and user tracking, thermostat software, and our personal favorite - an AIM chatterbot interface. According to the the Kegbot site, the chatterbot "responds to questions such as 'what is the beer temperature?', 'who had a drink last?', and can be trained to do more." Plus, " in the future, it is expected that an extension will be added to this bot to allow it to pester known drinkers. 'mike, you had a drink 45 minutes ago, and i'm currently ice cold. want another?'" It doesn't get any better than that.

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September 20, 2005

Draft Beer at Home with PerfectDraft...Almost

Perfect DraftEver wished you had access to perfectly poured draft beer in the comfort of your own home? Hoping and dreaming for all that without the usual $500-$600 expense of your typical kegerator? We have the same dream, and we finally found it.

What is this miracle product, you ask? It's called PerfectDraft, and it's heaven sent...to Europe. That's right, the PerfectDraft, which is made by Philips, is currently only available in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands or Germany. Definitely one to think about starting a letter-writing campaign for, or at least putting on your Christmas wish list. Learn more about it at PerfectDraft (hint: if you want to read it in English, go to the Belgian site).

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September 16, 2005

Review: Rotating Drink Dispenser

Here at Liquor Snob, we hate mixing drinks. That's probably why we instituted our "No More Than Three Ingredients" rule for the cocktails we swill...errr, sip. We've found a contraption that will take a lot of the irritation out of bartending.

Rotating Drink DispenserThe Bartender's Rotating Drink Dispenser doles out liquor in standard 1.5 ounce shots, making shot glasses and measuring cups obsolete. On top of that, you can keep up to four different bottles in there at once, handy if you're making different types of cocktails or, say, Long Island Iced Tea. The Amazon site has this to say about the contraption:

Create the perfect Manhattan for a guest without measuring cups or shot glasses. All you need is this handy drink dispenser from Global D├ęcor. It holds four, 1-liter bottles of alcohol or mixers, and rotates to allow home bar tenders to mix party-pleasing beverages without juggling bottles. The tool is made of sturdy aluminum with a broad base for enhanced support. Spring-loaded rods keep bottles and their contents secure while in the dispenser. The dispenser pours precise, measured, 1-1/2-ounce liquid shots for martinis, daiquiris, and more.

When we checked, these bad boys were on sale, marked down from $89.99 to $39.99. Sounds like a bargain to us - buy your own rotating drink dispenserat Amazon.com.

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September 15, 2005

Liquor Filter Puts the "Lure" in "Liver Failure"

Personal Liquor FilterWhat more can we say about the Gray Kangaroo personal liquor filter that hasn't already been said? This critter has already been mentioned in magazines like Maxim and Stuff and gone on the Warped Tour. Not only that, they have an awesome mascot, and judging by the lovely lady caressing the Gray Kangaroo on the website, they know how to appeal to their target market. Based on all that, if the darned thing works we're ready to drink ourselves into a gray, furry stupor.

So what does it do to your liquor? It basically does the same thing a Brita or Pur would do for your drinking water, trickling it through a charcoal filter to remove impurities. And what's so bad about those impurities, you might ask? They, along with dehydration and bad judgment, are the things that leave you green around the gills after a night on the town. The basic premise is that you can have a high-end experience for rotgut prices. Buy a bottle from the lowest shelf (the site says it works best with vodka, but will work its magic on any pre-packaged hard liquor), run it through the filter, and voila. Fewer impurities means fewer hang overs, assuming you drink responsibly.

Gray Kangaroo Liquor FilterBut does it work? The site says "Try it: you will be amazed and never go back to high priced booze. Our customers aren't customers they're fans! Even if you believe in this product you have no idea how cool it is untill you try it!"

We're convinced. We'll be getting in touch with the fine folks over at Gray Kangaroo in the next few days to get our hands on a review model and put it through its paces. If you can't wait to hear what we think, head on over to the Gray Kangaroo site and buy a personal liquor filter of your own. You can get your hands on a single Gray Kangaroo for $29.95, or buy one with a spare filter for $40.95. Plus, they'll send you Emergen-C as a free gift, and a couple copies of everyone's favorite Modern Drunkard Magazine.

Don't forget to check out the "Featured Video" on the home page, which gives you advice on what to do if you've "Got the chicks back to the house but can't seal the deal." Priceless. Plus, learn more about Modern Drunkard in the Liquor Snob archives.

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September 4, 2005

Stemless Wine Glasses - Would You Like a Goblet or a Tumbler?

Stemmed glasses have long been a mainstay of wine tastings, because wine snobs say holding the glass by the stem keeps your pesky body heat from changing the taste of your wine. According to a recent article in Time magazine, however, "the hippest new wineglasses, like the O series from Riedel, leave the stems on the vine. Stemless glasses are sturdier, can be stacked in your cupboard, and fit in a dishwasher. Purists say the stem keeps the hand from warming the wine, but most palates don't notice."

Read the full article, The Story of O, at Time (Subscription Needed)

If you're looking to get your hands on this next generation of wine drink ware, Amazon carries a full line of the aforementioned stemless "tumblers" from the Riedel O series, with different types for various wine varietals, plus assorted colors. Prices start at around $14.95 for a set of two.

Buy Riedel stemless wine tumblersat Amazon

If you're like me and you want to be on the forefront without breaking the bank, Amazon also carries a suspiciously similar line of stemless "goblets" from a company called Libbey. They only have two varieties, a narrow one for whites and a wider one for reds, but you can get sets of four glasses for $14.99.

Buy Libbey stemless gobletsat Amazon.
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