May 8, 2006
What do you think about when you think of Open Source? If you're a programmer, maybe you think about Unix. If you're a blogger, you might think about Creative Commons. If you're a drunk, it might just mean Vores Øl.
Wondering what that cryptic mix of symbols means? It means a free beer recipe that anyone can use as long as they share it. Check it out below, and you're on your way to being the next brewing tycoon:
We are launching the open source beer FREE BEER (also known a Vores Vores Øl) version 1.0. We are applying modern open source ideas and methods on a traditional real-world product - beer. The recipe and the whole brand of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons license, which basically means that anyone can use the recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of the recipe. You are free to earn money from FREE BEER, but you have to publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. You can use all the design and branding elements, and are free to change them at will, provided you publish your changes under the same license ("Attribution & Share Alike").
- Learn more about the English version of the recipe at the Voresoel
April 12, 2006
...it's a fuel tank for a sex machine. This t-shirt, available from Deez Teez, isn't exactly our style - but it's damn funny and might pair well with that "Mustache Rides 25 Cents" mesh cap you picked up at Urban Outfitters during a weak moment. Plus, we we can't help but think it's the perfect vehicle to hide your Beerbelly stealth beverage dispenser in plain sight.
From the Deez Teez site:
This Ain't A Beer Belly It's A Fuel Tank For A Sex Machine
That's right! And the tank is full baby!
An old school favorite saying brought to you by DeezTeez.
This quality t-shirt is yellow/gold with brown print. A great looking tee. Enjoy!
This shirt usually runs for $15.99, but you can get it for less than twelve bucks during their Tax Break Special. Pick one up and browse through the other funny t-shirts (we're partial to the Team Ramrod shirt from Supertroopers) at Deez Teez
April 6, 2006
So we got a package last week, a cardboard box the size of the liquor bottles we consistently see strewn across our doorstep. It didn't really phase us much, until we peeled away the cardboard to find a silver cylinder that for some reason reminded us of Spock's coffin from Wrath of Khan. This had us pretty intrigued - what kind of high-end booze could deserve such royal treatment? Some 50 year old scotch? Vodka made out of Elvis's tears? We were all atwitter as we flipped the latches, and to our bewilderment we found - a single bottle of Heineken Light?
Don't get us wrong, we love Heineken. But when we're thinking about reviewing something, we usually need more than a few sips to make our decision. Hell, with Screech Rum we had to finish the whole bottle. But, we gave it a college try, and we discovered that - wait for it - it tasted like Heineken Light.
We love the crisp, hoppy taste of Heineken, and you can stuff your whole "beer in green bottles tastes skunked" argument. We think they did a pretty good job Light-ifying it, and while one of our reviewers said it tasted like someone just rinsed out a Heineken bottle with cold water, the rest of us thought it did a pretty good imitation of one of our favorite beers. That's not to say you wouldn't be able to recognize the difference between regular and light in a blind taste test, but as long as you're expecting a light beer, this has its moments. We know it sounds like we're damning the stuff with faint praise, so we'll come out and say that it's definitely the kind of beer that would hit the spot on a sweltering summer night, and if you're a "green beer" fan who wants to shave off some calories (or carbs, or whatever's hip today), it'll be worth a try.
If you're looking for validation, Rick over at Martini Lounge had a similar opinion to ours, but he went as far as summing up the second half of the bottle he drank as offering "the anti-taste." Anyway, we're pretty sure we'll drink this stuff again, espeically since we're trying to get down to our bikini weight, and if you want to learn more head on over to the Heineken Light site.
April 5, 2006
Let's say you had $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket. What would you do with it? If you were Australian, you would probably bet your friends that you could start a website that would generate a billion page views, and you'd probably make that $1,000 be payable in beer. Or at least, that's what one enterprising Aussie did.
See what he has to say:
I've setup this page to show my slacker mates that I will beat them. The money I earn from the ads I'll use to get boozed up and laugh it up at my lazy mates who thought this couldn't be done. That'll show them for telling me I was off my head trying this stunt. As some old man once said "It just needs some elbow grease" ... or something.
If you want a piece of the action I have provided a host of interesting things for you to do while you are here.
So what does that mean to you? It means it's your moral imperative to click on over to OneBillionViews.com
and check it out. For one thing, you'll find all sorts of cool stuff, including a link to our good buddies over at Bottle Blaster
among other cool sites. For two things, every page view counts, and you'll be giving the greatest gift a human can give - the gift of beer.
March 16, 2006
We don't usually say things like this, as we try to maintain our detached irony, but we're so excited about this one, we can barely contain ourselves. We have long sung the praises of the mini fridge - not only does it hold beer, but you don't have to go all the way to the kitchen to get it. Move over, you tiny fridge - we have seen the future, and it is the Skybox beer vending machine.
Think about it...it's like one of those vending machines they have at your office, but there's a twist. Actually two twists. Twist one - you don't have to put in quarters to get things out of it. Twist two - you can stock it with wonderful, tasty, nutritional beer, instead of that evil sugar water they're usually stocked with. As for the possible down sides, you have to stock it yourself, and you have to pony up for it in the first place, and it's not all that cheap. C'mon, though - it holds 64 cans (or 32 bottles), you can punch that big button every time you want a beer, and you're going to be the envy of your friends. Face it, if you're getting a tax refund this year, or you're just expecting permission to decorate your man cave, this is the gadget for you.
Oh yeah, the other selling point is that they're customizable. You can outfit yours to reflect your best beer brand, your favorite sports team, or your number one NASCAR driver, if you swing that way. So check out the Skybox site, and don't forget to invite us over for beers when you get yours.
March 9, 2006
If you hear a cracking sound in the background as you read this, it's because we're having the interns flogged for not finding the Oh! My Glass so we could be the first ones to break it on the Web. For the love of Mike, it's a beer glass bottle opener, and we weren't the ones to find it? It's not like we even drink out of glasses - we're more prone to just bite off the bottle cap and pour it in our mouths - but we loves us some unique bottle openers.
For those of you snobs that insist on the finer things with your beer like "drinking it from a glass" alongside stuff like "showering daily" or "walking upright," then here's the tool for you.
This little baby holds a full bottle and has a built-in bottle opener right in the bottom. You'll never experience the shakes as you look through drawer after drawer for the bottle opener again.
Sure, it's plastic, but you knock things over all the time anyway.
via Martini Lounge blog: Glass With Bottle Opener
Oh, and by the way, we picked up this story from a blog we've started checking with some regularity, the Martini Lounge. Rick Dobbs, the guy who runs it, seems pretty darned knowledgeable, and he's got a good sense of humor...plus he's got the coolest tagline we've seen in a while. "Saving the world, one drink at a time" - why couldn't we have thought of that? Check him out at martini-lounge.blogspot.com.
February 13, 2006
When we're looking for a nice, healthy drink that'll also give us a buzz, we usually just depth charge some booze into our vitamin water and call it a day. But if you're looking for your healthy drink to be on the malt and hops side, the fine folks over at The Sporting Life have uncovered a news report about vitamin-packed beer that should fit the ticket. The beer contains folic acid, B vitamins and other vitamins as well, and in theory at least, tastes like a regular brew.
Vitamins are good for you, so if you shove a bunch of vitamins in a beer, the beer must be good for you, too…right? A Texan brewer is claiming so, marking his new beer “Stampede” as a healthy beer because of its enhanced contents. The real question is this: are hangovers from vitamin beer less severe?
Read the full article at The Sporting Life - A "Healthy" Brew
February 10, 2006
Have you ever noticed you can have great conversations with a stranger in a bar? And no, we're not talking about the kinds of conversations where the end goal is getting in their pants, though we have nothing against those chats. We're talking about the random discussions that can be stirred up by two people who've never seen each other before, and the only thing they have in common is the proximity of their bar stools.
You can talk about anything - religion, politics, whether Michael Jackson is really the King of Pop, whatever you want, without being self conscious, and it can often be a freeing experience. Or, you can just walk away with some great stories about this crackpot you met in a bar.
Usually these kinds of meetings are spontaneous, the byproduct of riding the pine in your favorite drinkery for hours on end. Dean at FancyABrew.net is trying to change that, however, by encouraging people to find complete strangers and share a brew with them, kick starting those kinds of chats. Dean's dream is that more people will have a spontaneous brew with a random stranger, and document it for posterity.
At the very worst you will meet new people and become part of our little world we like to call Brewtopia. To join our world you must complete one very simple task, you must go and have a brew with a complete stranger, photograph said event for proof and then return to tell us all of your quest.
I will add the photo to this site and you will become an official Brewster and member of Brewtopia. Think of the envy of your friends and work colleagues, it is more than probable that the opposite sex will see you in a different light, you will become more productive, funny, witty, powerful and you will be added to the list of Brewtopia members for eternity.
That's what we like to hear! It should also be noted that Dean is British, and apparently the British call tea "brew," so you can get away with sharing a cup of that with a stranger if you want to give your liver a break. Learn more at FancyABrew.net
, and don't be discouraged by the fact that Dean hasn't updated the site since November...even if he doesn't post your picture, at least you'll have memories of shooting the shit with a complete and total stranger.
via Cool Website Ideas
January 30, 2006
Actually, we're already out here - Park City to be exact. We got here just on the heels of the Sundance Film Festival, and crazy Utah liquor laws notwithstanding, we're having a great time. We're taking a little R&R and skiing, and doing a little work - we're field testing those Cold Pole flask ski poles we told you about so long ago. We'll be carrying on with our liquor reviews when we get back home, but we couldn't bring the bottles along without fear of landing in the clink, due to the aforementioned crazy laws.
We have discovered a new beer that we like a lot out here called Squatters IPA. Maybe it's the altitude, but we think it's one of the better IPA beers we've had in recent memory. You can learn more about it at Squatters.com, and we'll be keeping you posted about other good booze from the land of the Mormons. Also, if you're from Utah or have any insight to cool local beers or liquors, please shoot us an email at news AT liquorsnob DOT com. We just heard about Polygamy Porter (slogan - Bring some home to the wives) which we're dying to try, but we'd love to hear about more.
January 23, 2006
We were surprised to learn recently that January 17 was Ben Franklin's 300th birthday - if you'd asked us we would've said he doesn't look a day over 275. But apparently the old coot...err...famous patriot...is having his theoretical tercentenary, and while we wouldn't want to light the candles for his cake, someone has come up with a great way to celebrate. Introducing Poor Richard's Ale, a recipe chosen in a national contest to represent this famous beer lover. The recipe was distributed to brew houses all over the country, so you can get a taste of history pretty much wherever you live.
During January 2006, breweries all over America will honor Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday by serving a beer specially brewed for the occasion. Formulated to resemble a quaff that Franklin himself might have enjoyed and brewed in small batches by independent breweries nationwide, Poor Richard’s Ale offers the perfect beverage for toasting a man some call “The First American.”
“Franklin is widely quoted as saying: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,’” said Ray Daniels, Director of Craft Beer Marketing for the Brewers Association. “So when the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary asked us to help create a beer to celebrate this milestone we were happy to become involved.”
In October, the Association held a competition to identify a suitable recipe and then began enlisting brewers from across the country to brew batches of Poor Richard’s Ale. As a result, scores of breweries and other pubs will serve the celebratory beer in January. It will even be on tap at official birthday celebrations to be held in Philadelphia on January 17th.
The recipe for Poor Richard’s Ale was chosen by a panel of award-winning brewers and others with an eye toward history. It included two distinguishing ingredients: molasses and corn. Both were common in ale during colonial times and each would have helped to reduce the colonists’ dependence on imported British ingredients—a fact that would surely have pleased Franklin.
Find out where you can get your hands on a pint of Poor Richard's Ale, and commemorate him in your own way. Before you know it you'll be Farting Proudlyand flying kites in thunderstorms.