Q: What's better than a portable, inflatable beer bong? A: A GIANT portable, inflatable beer bong with three tubes.
A while back we reviewed the Jellyfish, a nifty little contraption designed to let you take your beer chugging habit wherever you go. If being able to chug two beers out of a plastic tube isn't enough, those mad geniuses at Beersudz LLC have come out with the Giant Jellyfish, a three-tube monstrosity capable of holding more beer and allowing more people to nurse at the beer teat.
This thing is enormous, the Megalodon to the original's Great White (oops, we might be mixing nautical metaphors here) and we're excited to give it a try this weekend.
We're usually huge fans of Miller products (Champagne of Beers 4 Life!) but we tried Miller Chill recently and were unimpressed. It's described as a Chelada and judging by all the Spanish on the site, it's being aimed at the Latino market. We hope they like the taste of salty, lime-flavored ass, because that's what they're being given.
We got our hands on a few bottles of Magic Hole IPA and Kennebec Summer Ale from the Kennebec River Brewery back in June, and due to circumstances beyond our control we haven't been able to post our review until now. We're actually bummed it took us so long because we think Kennebec is actually a really interesting operation, and we had every intention of mentioning them on the site before now.
First, a few items about the brewery itself, and then on to reviewing the actual beer. The brewery is part of the Northern Outdoors whitewater rafting family, located up in The Forks, Maine. They make a whole bunch of different beers, including Big Mama Blueberry Ale, Arthur's Hazelnut, and Penobscot Porter along with the Magic Hole IPA and Kennebec Summer Ale we tried. The beers are available at various times of the year in bottled form, as well as on draft.
Now that we've gotten the introductions out of the way, read on for the full review of their Summer Ale and IPA.
We have spent many a sleepless night wondering what gives beer its delicious odor. Maybe you haven't, but that's just because you're not as dedicated to drinking as we are...slacker. Anyway, scientists have apparently isolated individual chemicals that give hops their hoppiness, which could be a technological breakthrough for flavoring beers...and allow us to sleep at night.
To identify more chemicals that give hops a spicy character, the chemists hooked two people up to a machine called a gas chromatograph. That machine would separate out every single chemical in an essential oil extracted from high quality hops -- allowing the evaluators to smell each chemical one by one. That’s right, they lean over a tabletop machine while it delivers odors directly to their nose through a long, straight tube. The same technique, gas chromatography-olfactometry, has been used to study the aroma of wine, coffee, and even manure.
Colt 45 Malt Liquor is trying to hip up its image by setting up a hipster website and partnering with comic book illustrator Jim Mahfood to draw "Tales of Colt 45." One cool thing about it is you can submit your own Colt tales and possibly get them illustrated as well. Just think - your face eternally captured on a malt liquor website!
...you'll find things like an incredible paper bag/koozie combo, insouciantly mustachioed buddy icons, and graphic novel Tales -- like that of the nefarious Carl, who woos another man's woman with his 16oz cans. You'll also have an opportunity to tell stories of your own legendary nights, which're hopefully filled with friends, delicious beverages, and one deliciously beverage-soaked mustache.
The art is cool but the tales didn't really resonate with us, at least not the ones we've read so far. All we can say is bring back Lando Calrissian. Only Billy Dee Williams can bring forth the true power of Colt 45.
We've been on a few bar crawls in our time, and we have to say they can be damned fun if they're executed correctly. We just found out about the Great Boston Beer Marathon, which starts in the Fenway area and makes its way to the Allston/Brighton area, and it sounds like they're doing it right. If you're in the Boston area on June 23 and have some free time between noon and 2AM, we recommend you check out this event we can only assume will become a full-on tradition.
Just think - if you play your cards right you could end up just like the people who run that other Boston marathon - delerious and exhausted, with bloody nipples.
We've got some good news, and we've got some bad news. The good news is Kegerators.com is giving away a free kegerator. Yup, one kegerator, totally free to the person who goes to their site, fills out an entry form, and wins the drawing. You plop in your name, relevant information, and give a good story about "why I deserve to win," and you're on your way to kegerator-y goodness.
The bad news, you ask? The bad news is the contest runs through August 1, 2007, so you won't be able to enjoy the free goodness of your new kegerator during the summer - but here's to a beer-soaked Autumn!
A list of 100 beers, most of which we've never heard of before. That's something we can get behind, and we now have a "to do" list for 2007 - it's nice to have a purpose.
Find the link to the list, along with some thoughts on the list from our pals over at The Sporting Life, after the jump. As a bonus, also check out the list of all craft breweries that were open as of the end of 2006, which was mailed to us by the fine folks over at Buzzard's Bay Brewing. Between the two lists, hopefully you'll find that magical brew that encourages you to quit your job and become a full-time drinker.
We've got two words for you...BEER JELLO. It's like Jello shots...but with beer! We love finding products that are on the bleeding edge of technological progress.
We’ve all been in this situation: You’ve just finished dinner, and dessert is coming up, but your beer just won’t taste right chasing down something sweet. “What do I do?” You ask yourself, but your desire for dessert AND beer tears you apart. Naturally, you decline the sweets and opt for something salty to go with your frosty beverage.
That’s all in the past, because now you can have your beer and eat it too with the Yebisu beer jelly, a gelatin desert that is based on, smells like, and tastes like (you guessed it) Yebisu Premium Beer.
What we'd really like to do is let the above video do the talking for how we feel about the Jellyfish Beer Bong. After all, it's in the spirit of our Thongs 'n Beer Bongs post, and as far as we're concerned a pretty lady drinking a beer bong is far better than anything we could put on the page. However, we really can't beg off like that, so see below to find out what we thought of this gizmo.