October 9, 2005

Tilt Energy Drink With Alcohol Review

Tilt Energy DrinkWe've been hearing a lot about the new spate of alcoholic energy drinks that are hitting the market, and we've been curious for a while. We've been fans of the old "mixing liquor with Red Bull" trick for a while, and new products like Anheuser Busch's B to the E (or B^E as the cool kids write it) and Sparks are hopping on the bandwagon for a little while now.

We hadn't tried any of the combo drinks, and the original point of this story was to do a comparative test of a few different kinds. The problem was, we couldn't bring ourselves to buy something called Bud to the Extreme, and the only other kind of alcoholic energy drink we could find was Tilt, also made by Anheuser Busch. We picked up a can of Tilt, and read the label which said the drink was a "premium malt beverage with caffeine, ginseng and guarana extracts, natural flavors and certified color." Certified color? What the hell does that mean? We shrugged and bought the can hoping for the best.

The best is not exactly the word for it. Where we were expecting something light and crisp along the lines of Red Bull and vodka, or our new favorite Red Bull and Tuaca, Tilt is sickly sweet and syrupy, with an oddly disturbing beer taste on the back end. In fact, it tasted like someone left an open can of Budweiser out in the sun for a few days, then stirred in a packet of Kool-Aid.

Anheuser is marketing Tilt as a happy hour drink, something you would drink right after work before a night of going out. And it will probably do well with young hipsters who want a rush from their beer...this stuff has 6 percent alcohol, more than beer, and more caffeine in it than Mountain Dew, another EXTREME beverage. Plus, in Tilt's defense, we have a friend who claims to really like it a lot, although what does he know? He just sits around and drinks coffee all day.

Rating:Two out of Five Liquor Snob Icon

Learn more about Tilt, B^E and Sparks at their respective sites.

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October 8, 2005

Bombed Beer Pong Game Arrives for Review

Bombed Beer Pong GameWe got our review copy of the Bombed Beirut game in the mail yesterday, and we'll be reviewing it this weekend. As we reported earlier this week, the Bombed game package comes with two racks, enough cups to play and 3 balls. There are also

One thing we thought was interesting when we got the package out of the shipping box is that at the bottom of the box, in fine print, it says "Not intended for use with alcoholic beverages." We guess that means we'll have to do our review with refreshing fruit juice, or maybe some Coors Cutter non-alcoholic beer. Actually, we may bend the rules a bit and play with beer...don't tell on us.

Learn more about the game at GetBombed.com.

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October 6, 2005

Get Bombed With Beer Pong Game

Bombed Beer Pong GameYou'll have to forgive us if things are a little blacked out here at Liquor Snob over the next couple days, because this is apparently the week of Beer Pong. Yesterday, we covered the Bing Bong portable beer pong table; today, it's a Beirut system called Bombed.

We should mention that earlier, we mistakenly said said Beer Pong and Beirut were the same game. A couple notes from irate readers later and we're properly chastised...apparently, beer pong is played with paddles, and in Beirut you toss the ball at the cup. If that's the case, we play Beirut and have been calling it the wrong name for years. Consider it noted.

Bombed is a Beirut (or Beer Pong...take that, irate readers!) game system that lets you rack up the cups, just like you would in pool. Each tray has slots specifically designed for keg cups, allowing you to fill the cups easily and create that beer-amid we know so well from our college days. Plus, it looks like it'll minimize the cup knockovers that happen when you hit the cup near the rim, cutting down on beer wasteage. Fun AND economical!

The Bombed system includes 2 racks, 3 balls, 20 cups, 2 wash cups and official rules, for $14.99. Wait a second...wash cups? Whatever happened to the way we used to play, where you drank the beer, grit and dust balls and all? Oh well, you can't stop progress. One thing it doesn't come with is a table, so you'll have to supply your own, or become a true juggernaut by combining this system with Bing Bong.

We've got a Bombed game on its way to the Liquor Snob offices, so we'll try it out and keep you posted. That's right...we'll play hours and hours of Beer Pong and Beirut, testing our limits and the game's, because we care about you, the reader.

Learn more and Get Bombed at their website.

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October 4, 2005

Bing Bong Portable Beer Pong Table

Bing Bong Portable Beer PongOne problem we've always had with beer pong (or Beirut, as some call it) is that it's hard to find a good place to play. Outside of frat houses and the Liquor Snob offices, there are very few places with a ping pong table available for use, and even fewer places that will let you spill beer all over them. Trying to build a table never works either, because you never think of it until you're already half in the bag, and it never comes out level or playable, if you ever get anything put together at all.

The Bing Bong portable beer pong table seems to be the solution to all our problems. It's a lightweight aluminum folding table that weighs 20 pounds and wraps up into its own carrying case. It's got extendable, locking legs, and it looks sturdy enough to handle even the roughest bumping from a drunken competitor. Plus, the Bing Bong table offers a waterproof surface to avoid damage from spills (not that those ever happen in beer pong), and you can check out their printable PDF of suggested rules, so you'll never have to argue about what happens to the losing team.

It retails for $149, which is a great deal, especially if you play a lot or can get a couple people to chip in. Learn more and get your own at the Bing Bong Tables site.

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October 1, 2005

Heineken Sues InBev Over PerfectDraft

Heineken BeertenderEarlier this week, we covered the PerfectDraft, a home draft beer system. This week, we heard that Heineken is suing PerfectDraft manufacturer InBev, for infringement of "intellectual property rights."

Apparently, Heineken is in a tizzy about the similarity of PerfectDraft to its own product, the Beertender. We don't know what intellectual property is, but we know we can get behind the idea of draft beer at home. We'll be monitoring this case to see how it works out, but all we can say is "Can't we all just get along?" We don't know who invented it first, but we don't really care. Our question is when we're going to be able to get one of these systems here in the states - currently they're only available in Europe.

Learn more about PerfectDraft, and compare it to the Heineken Beertender, and then somebody let us know when we can get our hands on either system.

Read more about the the lawsuit at Forbes.com.

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September 28, 2005

Ring Beer Bottle Opener: Handy and Portable

Ring Beer Bottle OpenerWe have a friend who opens his beer bottles with his wedding ring. He claims it does no damage to the ring, and it certainly makes for a cool party trick if you're hurting for an opener. We have our doubts that your typical gold ring should be put under such strain, and we don't feel like sleeping on the couch again, so we've dug up a ring bottle opener designed for the purpose. If nothing else, it'll go with your handy bottle opening belt buckle and sandals.

From the Amazon product description:

Be the life of the party with the bottle opener you wear! No more forcing open bottle tops with lighters or on the side of a table, just slip the ring on your middle finger, hook the ring on the bottle top and lift your wrist...Pssssshhhh. The bottle opens with ease!. Select from six sizes. To measure your ring size, place the thickest part of your middle finger (usually the middle joint) against a ruler, measure it and match against the closest size listed on the drop down menu. The ring works best when fitted snugly on your finger.

Buy your own ring bottle opener at Amazon, and stay out of trouble with your wife the next time you want to show off the beer-opening strength of your ring finger. It comes in two sizes.

We also found a similar product from ThinkGeek, via Gizmodo.

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September 27, 2005

Quaffer Shot Glass with Built-In Chaser

Quaffer Shot Glass - Jager BombWe saw the Quaffer online a couple years ago, but we forgot the name and we've been wracking our beer-soaked brains to remember ever since. On more than one occasion we've been known to assign the Liquor Snob interns the task of finding "that cool shot glass that holds the chaser," and bird-dogging them through the Liquor Snob offices when they came up empty. No longer...Quaffer is now burned into our hearts and minds.

The Quaffer shot glass operates on a demonically simple premise that we file in the why-didn't-we-think-of-that category. You put your chaser into the lower, larger chamber where it will enter your mouth last, rinsing away the taste of the alcohol.

You float your liquor, which has a lower density, on top of the chaser. Then you drink them both together. No more shot-grimace-chaser...it all goes in at once so it takes the bite right out of the booze. They also make an extra-large Beer Quaffer designed for beer drinks, like Car Bombs and Sake Bombs.

We have a legendary love for all things Jagermeister, so our favorite recipe from the Quaffer site was the Jager Bomb - Jager on top, Red Bull in the bottom (pictured). We'll be getting our hands on some Quaffers in the near future, and we'll let you know if they work as well as we'd like to think they do.

You can buy the shot glasses, plus find all sorts of Quaffer information and more recipes, at the Quaffer site.

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New England Beer Fest: Saturday, October 29

Craft Beer ToastWe're big fans of the Beer Advocate Beer Fests...we went to the Extreme Beer Fest last fall and had an extremely good time, and we're looking forward to our next one. On deck is the New England Craft Beer Fest in Boston, which will take place on October 29, 2005.

We checked the Beer Advocate site and came up with the stats for the New England Beer Fest, which will feature "tasty craft brews from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont." Over 125 beers from more than 30 New England breweries will be on tap, and there will be the usual beer education forums, plus tasty treats on hand if you're worried there's not enough blood in your beer stream.

Looks like the VIP spots are already sold out, but tickets are still available for the afternoon and evening sessions for $22.50 each. The afternoon session runs from 1 PM to 4:30 PM if you want to get your drinking started during the day, and the evening session goes from 6 PM to 9:30 PM if you only get your beer on at night.

Learn more at the Beer Advocate Festival page.

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September 26, 2005

First Rule of Beer Club...Don't Talk About Beer Club

Super TroopersWe've got to say, while we didn't see Dukes of Hazzard when it came out, we're big fans of Jay Chandrasekhar and the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. We're huge fans of Super Troopers, and while we're a bit more lukewarm about their follow-up Club Dread, it definitely had its moments. Pina Coladaburg? Genius.

So, we always pay attention when any Broken Lizard news hits the InterWeb, especially if it has to do with booze, and today we hit pay dirt. IESB.net caught up with Mr. Chandrasekhar, and it seems the Super Troopers alum are getting back together for a new movie about underground beer festivals in Europe. The flick, called Beer Fest, will be about "the secret underground beer games in Munich, much like Fight Club or Death Sport," he says, “like, 5 man international teams having beer games, not to the death but something close.” Beer club? We're in.

Even more importantly, there's news on the Super Troopers front as well. See below for more info from IESB.net:

He says the Broken Lizard gang is thinking about making Super Troopers ’76, based in 1976 where they play their fathers. He says they would be unable to continue from the end of the original because they have all become local cops and they “thought it would be cockamamie to go back to being Troopers.”

If Super Trooper ’76 does happen it would most likely be after Beer Fest. The much rumored Greek film is not ready to be shot due to the weather. “Its going to be winter so we may do it when the weather gets better.”

Don't just wait around for the sequel, though - buy your own copy of Super Troopersor Club Dreadat Amazon.com, or buy them bundledtogether.

Via IESB.net.

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September 25, 2005

What do you call Beer Cocktails? Beertails? Cockbeers?

BeertailsWe're seeing articles all over the InterWeb saying beer cocktails are the next big thing. Actually, we've got to say we're a bit worried about the sissification of booze nationwide, what with those lemonadey malt beverages and flavored vodkas and whatnot. Whatever happened to paying for your buzz with a grimace and a shudder? We've been mixing beer and liquor together for years...it's called a boilermaker.

Anyway, we're off on a tangent again. Apparently "beertails" have made a big splash this summer, and continue to be hot. We found the beertail recipes below at That's the Spirit. If nothing else, most of them look like good hangover remedies.

The Classic Shandy:
Background: Both the American Heritage Dictionary and UK legislation have defined the "shandy", short for "shandygaff," as a mixture of beer and ginger beer, ginger ale or lemonade. This drink gives all the pleasures of beer with the refreshment of lemonade - a tangy, tasty drink.

This old English tradition dates back to the 17th century. Although the origin is not clearly known, some believe that is was named after a local English pub where the beer was not of the best quality and was "flavored" with a sweet lemon mixture.

Fill a pilsner or beer mug with lager and top with ginger ale, ginger beer or lemonade. If you are a bit more adventurous, try a Shandy with limeade. Don't be afraid to add ice to this drink. You can't do that with your beer.

More Beertail Recipes:
Lager and lime: Add a dash of lime juice or lime cordial to a light lager.

Snakebite: Mix your favorite beer (usually a heavier beer, like stout [in the LS offices we use Guinness]) half and half with cider.

Black Velvet: Mix stout and champagne, half and half.

Beer Bloody Mary: Mix beer and tomato juice, half and half. Add a dash of Tabasco and a dash of Worcestershire.

Red Eye: Add a shot of tomato juice to any ale or lager (this cocktail is also known as Tomato Beer or a Red Rooster). If you add a splash of Tabasco, the drink becomes a Ruddy Mary.

Liverpool kiss: Mix a dark beer with Cassis.

BeeSting: Dark beer and orange juice.

Skip and go naked: Combine beer, lemon juice and gin, with a dash of grenadine.

Broadway: Popular in Japan, mixing beer and cola is known as a Broadway

Caribbean Night: Beer and an ounce of coffee liqueur.

South Wind: Beer with a shot of melon liqueur.

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