October 25, 2005
This has been floating around the Web for a couple months now, but it's such an interesting idea we couldn't help but cover it. Apparently, a German company is deveoping a nicotine-laced beer called NicoShot to help cut down the craving for people trying to quit smoking, or at least make it through a night out without stepping outside to smoke.
Nautilus GmbH Laboratoriumsbedarf announced today the recent European launch of NicoShot™, the world’s first smoking-cessation beer containing a shot of natural nicotine, about what you would get in a couple of regular filtered cigarettes.
NicoShot is brewed to the German Purity Law of 1516 and contains 3 milligrams of naturally derived nicotine alkaloids, 63 calories and 4.5 carbohydrates, with 6.3% alcohol by volume per 250 ml shot can. The cutting-edge nicotine beer is fire brewed separately and a standardized herbal extract of natural tobacco leaf Nicotiana tabacum L.) of the Solanaceae nightshade family is added at the end of the natural brewing process.
The press release goes on to state that "NicoShot...can significantly control cigarette cravings, yet it tastes like a fine imported European beer." Why do we picture it tasting more along the lines of when someone puts a cigarette out in your beer can?
Read the full press release here.
October 24, 2005
We found the following news report about Coors today, and we have to admit it makes us a bit worried.
According to a news report in Monday's Denver Post, Coors Brewing Co. uses waste from the beer production process to produce approximately 1.5 million gallons of ethanol, which is then sold in the wholesale market.
Coors, which partners with area engineering firm Merrick & Company to produce the alternative fuel, said they plan to build another ethanol facility due to the success of the program, according to the paper.
Not that we have anything against alternate energy sources - we love anything that will help battle high prices at the gas pumps. Plus, we think it's great to see beer fueling something other than bar fights and blackouts. No, our major concern is that if they start putting beer into gasoline, we'll have a full-time job keeping the interns from drinking the 93 octane.
Read the full story at CNN Money.
October 23, 2005
Halloween's only a week away, and you're not ready yet. Oh, you might think you're ready, but you're not. Want to know how we know? Because you don't have a Skull Shaped Beer Funnel, that's why.
Just pour beer into a skull-shaped funnel, wrap your lips around the base of the attached spine and chug it down. What could possibly be more Halloween than that? Get yours, along with other eerie imbibing implements, at FrightCatalog.com.
(Thanks for the tip, Dan!)
October 22, 2005
We told you about the Bing Bong beer pong table a couple weeks ago, and we were giddy as school girls about the idea of a portable beer pong table. Ours arrived yesterday, and we have to say, the thing just looks damned cool. We pulled it out of the box, and suddenly everyone in our office was grouped around, begging to set it up and play.
We did unfold it and set it up, and our initial assessment is that the folks at Bing Bong aren't lying about its portability. It clocks in somewhere around 20 pounds, and has two suitcase handles attached to the side. For the record, we will be playing our beer pong with beer instead of water, even in the face of the Budweiser's Bud Pong shenanigans. Our livers have written letters to the governor, asking for a pardon, but we promise to play responsibly.
We'll be doing a full review ASAP, but in the meantime you can learn more about Bing Bong tables and get one of your own.
October 20, 2005
You mean people were playing beer pong with BEER? Say it ain't so!
Anheuser-Busch will discontinue a national promotion called "Bud Pong," a drinking game the company says is supposed to be played with water.
However, participants in the game — played with a ping pong ball and plastic cups — often were drinking beer as they lost points, according to a front-page story Sunday in The New York Times.
The No. 1 U.S. brewer has been promoting Bud Pong competitions since July, supplying tables, balls and glasses to wholesalers across the United States.
Players on one team try to sink a ball into another team's liquid-filled cups. If successful, the opposing team must drink.
Anheuser-Busch says the game's instructions called for water to be consumed during play, not beer, which is the company's main product.
Seriously...we can understand the CYA
aspects of saying beer pong shouldn't be played with alcoholic beverages
. But for a company like Bud to pretend they thought something called "Bud Pong" was going to be played with anything other than beer is like a certain cigarette company saying a certain cartoon camel
wasn't supposed to appeal to kids.
Read the article about the pulling of the promotion at USAToday.com, plus read the New York Times article that started it all. And ask yourself why anyone would play beer pong with beer, when they could play with cool, refreshing cups of stale tap water.
Update: Apparently, there are now charges that underage kids were playing Bud Pong with beer...didn't we mention something about them earlier? Spooooky.
(Thanks for the tip, Wil)
We're all about DIY drinking and the desire to make your beer cooler faster, or at least for longer. The Peltier Beer Cooler seems slightly over the top to us, but it's damned cool nonetheless. Maybe we should tell this guy about these new inventions we've heard of...coolers and ice.
According to the author:
While drinking certain dark beers in the sun, I came to think about how to keep the beer cold until I finished it. Normally this isn’t a big problem as I usually finish them before they get warm, but on really hot days this can be a problem. Having some hardware lying around in my apartment, I decided to build something that could keep the beer cool.
Learn more about the Peltier beer cooler at Grynx.com
Plus, if you have even more spare parts lying around and too much time on your hands, check out the jet-powered beer cooler, an oldie but a goodie.
(Thanks, Eric and Sarah!)
October 19, 2005
OK, we admit, we're a little bit late getting on the Uber Tap bandwagon. We heard about it a few weeks ago from our friends over at Bombed, but we completely forgot to cover it, and now the Daily Candy and Gizmodo got in line before us. Shame on us. Luckily, with the Uber Tap all three of us can be served at once, and no one's going home thirsty. We'll figure it out amongst ourselves who's going to hold the cups and who's going to run the foot pump to keep the beer flowing.
Plus, all is not lost for faithful Liquor Snob readers. Even though we were apparently sleeping one off when the news about the Uber Tap broke, you're still the first to hear about its ingenious companion, Ultimate Cocktail. Slosh your liquor and mixers together in the Ultimate Cocktail tank, attach a keg tap (or Uber Tap if you really have a need for speed), and you can tap any beverage you want.
The site says that "by linking a keg tap to the Ultimate Cocktail, party throwers can now eliminate the all too common mess, sticky floor, and drunken beverage contamination, while providing their guests with a signature cocktail for any event." We love it when a plan comes together.
Learn more about the Uber Tap and the Ultimate Cocktail
Other Uber Tap coverage: Daily Candy and Gizmodo
October 17, 2005
Think you've got the hand-eye-liver coordination it takes to be a world champion beer pong player? You can find out in January, but you have to act fast; the registration deadline is not far away.
Nope, we didn't know this existed either, but it sure does make a hell of a lot of sense. Beer pong is making a resurgence (or did it ever go away?), and it's been showing up on our radar all over the place, from the Bombed game to portable Bing Bong tables.
Before you even have time to recover from your New Year's hangover, the World Series of Beer Pong will be taking place in Nevada from January 2-6, 2006. This is the largest beer pong event in the country, and there will be 120 games being played at any given time, with over 120 kegs of beer involved. If that doesn't get your motor running, maybe the words "$10,000 Grand Prize" will do it for you? That's right, there are some pretty big stakes, but don't let the dollar signs in your eyes throw off your depth perception.
You'll have to pay for your own transportation and food, but the tournament rates are pretty reasonable - you'll pay $370 if you want a single room, or if you cram four people in your room you'll pay $230 apiece. This includes lodging for your four-night stay, tournament admission, free tournament beer and an all-you-can eat barbecue for each of the three days of the tournament. Does life get any better than that?
Learn more at the World Series of Beer Pong site. Or, get your beer pong balls out of your purse and sign up for the event, but don't hesitate; the registration period ends on November 1.
October 14, 2005
Don't be surprised if you start to hear the word "Michelada" a little more often. In a time when beer cocktails are starting to become more popular, the Michelada is a spicy version that is coming on strong from south of the border. Your basic Michelada is beer served with lime juice, assorted sweet-and-sour spices, chile pepper or Tabasco and ice, in a glass with a salted rim.
Sounds pretty tasty, and according to the Houston Chronicle you can expect to find pre-made versions and recipe mixes springing up soon all over the US. Or, read on if you want to mix up your own batch.
Continue reading: "Make Mine a Michelada"
October 12, 2005
We didn't need any new gussied-up beer ads to tell you that Miller High Life is the champagne of beers. We've been drinking it for years, savoring it more for the low price than for the taste. That's why we reported on High Life's new ad campaign last month with some trepidation...we had a feeling that it was going to focus a little too much attention on our undiscovered gem.
It turns out we were right...according to the Slate ad report card, people are digging the new campaign.
This spot is laughably formulaic. Its recipe for nostalgia includes a basket of familiar ingredients. 1) The sequence of iconic snapshots. 2) The wildly overused marimba theme from the film True Romance (which is itself derived from an older composition featured in Badlands). 3) The medley of vague, airy musings about savoring "the moments."
This voice-over script is a tribute to inanity. "These are the moments that matter. Sometimes I don't know what will come next. But then it does. Like it always does. It's you. Your life is made up of a history of moments. It's a scrapbook packed with the photos of your life." And on, and on.
But amazingly, I think the ad works. Simply because it looks like no other beer ad that's out right now.
The thing that made us most nervous was Slate's claim that "according to an industry expert I spoke with, is almost certainly to start charging more per case again for Miller High Life (or 'increase the pricing power,' as they say)." First it happened with PBR, now with the champagne of beers. If you need us, we'll be stocking up on the high life while we can still afford it.
You can download the TV ad spots at MillerHighLife.com, under "See My TV Moments."