April 21, 2011
Ahoy faithful readers (if there are any left) - you might have noticed we haven't been posting much. After over five years of writing about booze pretty much every damned day, we sort of came to the conclusion that maybe we were over it. Not the drinking, of course...never the drinking. But, after a nice little unintentional break we're back and more excited than ever, and what better way to jump back into the fray than with a story about beer for your royal johnson?
And by that we mean Royal Virility beer, Brew Dog's contribution to the royal wedding everyone's constantly nattering about nowadays. And they didn't make any old beer - they made one to make sure the Prince's Willy keeps a stiff upper lip on the wedding night, with a "7.5% ABV India Pale Ale...infused with natural aphrodisiacs like herbal viagra, chocolate, and Goat Weed." Hell yes, but if you want it you'll have to act fast - they're only making 1,000 bottles and they'll go quick even at $17 a pop.
Royal Virility Performance Beer [via Uncrate]
April 11, 2011
Wouldn't an entire year's supply of beer for only six dollars be amazing? Let's sit and drool thinking about that. Aaaaand, scene.
While actual beer for that low a price might be a pipe dream, you can get a year's subscription to Beer Connoisseur Magazine for only $6 right now. That's four issues about the proof God loves us and wants us to be happy, at a buck fifty each. Get on it, but get on it fast, because the deal runs out in about 5 hours.
Tanga (via Deal News via B. Real Ferguson - thanks for the link)
April 5, 2011
A New Zealand brewery is frothing up some controversy with its announcement of a new cherry-flavored "breakfast beer" designed to taste good in the morning.
We hope it goes well with Pop Tarts, but have a feeling the whole thing is more publicity stunt than attempt to get you to drink beer in the AM. Why? Because people who are going to drink beer in the morning already drink beer in the morning - and no lager with a hint of cherries is the root cause, we can pretty much guarantee.
That's not stopping folks from freaking out about it. Which means they're talking about it. Which means they're playing right into Moa's clever little hands. All we can say is give us some Moa of that breakfast beer. See what we did there?
Moa Brewery [via CocktailGoGo]
March 9, 2011
We've covered beer pouch hoodies before, but we're re-inspired to wear beer-friendly outerwear ever since we discovered the Columbia Koozie jacket., the greatest addition to clothing since the invention of the tube top.
We like this Kegworks beer pouch hoodie on its own with its beer pouch that replaces the traditional kangaroo pouch, but if you wear this with the Koozie you'll be a brew force to be reckoned with. One beer in the sweatshirt pouch, two in the Koozie pockets, one in each hand, and one in your belly - that makes a six-pack much easier to transport, doesn't it?
KegWorks Beer Pouch Hoodie Sweatshirt: Large
February 28, 2011
While we're patiently waiting for the Worst Cold in the World (TM) to loosen its grip on us so we can smell well enough to do some reviews, we've been spending our time trolling around looking for a new bottle opener for the Liquor Snob offices.
Don't ask us how we stumbled across this one, but it seems like a good way to get your bottles open while also channeling your inner ninja - or at least your inner misunderstood teen. Not sure why it's called the "bartender" when it adds extra steps most bartenders wouldn't want but hey - who're we to judge?
Black Butterfly Bottle Opener
February 14, 2011
You might notice we seem to be studiously ignoring Valentine's Day, and that's because we are. Instead, we'll focus our attention on greater things, such as these beer-based marshmallows covered in beer & pretzels. We can think of nothing we would love so much - thanks Cupid...and thanks for the link, Jay.
...a thick and fluffy housemade beer marshmallow is dipped in milk chocolate and topped with our beer & pretzel brittle bits for a treat that settles the sweet v. salty and cruchy v. chewy debates. It's all good!
Get yours at truffle truffle
January 11, 2011
If you're looking for a nice little DIY project for your garage, maybe you should consider building a cooler in the shape of your smartphone's operating system logo. That's whats going on in the picture above, and it actually looks pretty cool. Of course, you could always just drink beer out of a pre-existing cooler but A) it won't up your nerd street cred and B) you won't get featured on the Internet unless you do something awesome.
Head to Engadget for the full story and a video detailing the construction of the above vessel.
January 3, 2011
If you ask most people what is the best drink to pair with cheese, it's a safe bet the bulk of them will say "wine." We've had it burned into our brains that wine and cheese taste great together and are easily paired, but while in some cases it may be true, wine isn't the only libation you can pair with your favorite dairy treat.
At the tail end of 2010 the folks at Serious Eats put together a nice little treatise on pairing cheese and beer, and they submit the pairing can be far superior with beer over wine.
Here are three simple reasons that beers go better.
1. In general cheeses and beers speak at the same volume level on the palette.
2. Beer's carbonation makes an excellent foil for the creaminess and fat of most cheese.
3. The refreshing aspects of most beers offer a fine complement to the salt in many cheeses.
That said, you can't just pair any cheese with any beer and expect bliss.
We agree with the sentiments, and we've never seen it put so concisely why beer and cheese are such a delicious combo. Check out their full article
for a nice little rundown on pairings that work.
In a fit of state pride, we also grabbed some great pairing information specific to Vermont cheeses from the iFoodTV and Cabot Cheese websites. If you're not a local woodchuck (or even if you are) you can also check out some great recommendations and pairing tips from ArtisinalCheese.com.
So what excellent beer and cheese pairing information did we miss out there on the Web?
December 23, 2010
I don't know what to say about this glorious contraption. One part transportation, two parts heaven with built-in kegs and taps, pizza sleeves and even a solar-powered boombox. On top of that, it's got a figurehead on the front in the form of a creepy-ass doll. Do want - but these things are custom-built so we imagine we'd have to get in line.
Gizmag [via Jalopnik]
December 14, 2010
Our Editor-in-Chief is continuing on his DiY kick, and he just picked up a book called Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation. Most of the book is just as new agey as you might expect, but there are some hidden gems in there we really want to try to make. From discussions of historical beer ingredients and the history of brewing to recipes for all kinds of meads and beers, this book has plenty of information to feed your inner beer nerd.
One chapter that might be especially interesting to our readers is the one entitled "Psychotropic and Highly Inebriating Beers." In it you will find recipes for ales containing everything from wormwood to rosemary to sage to something called "gruit." One thing we found interesting about this book is that many of the recipes will send you to your grocery store (or more likely health food store) rather than your local brew shop.
On top of everything else, this book posits that beer can actually be healing and sacred, rather than just a social lubricant and sorrow-drowner, as our society often treats it. Kickass!
At Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation