Autumn has just begun; the leaves are starting to change here in the Northeast, and there's a tang of fall in the air. It can only mean one thing...Oktoberfest. If you're looking for festivities in your area, we've found a roundup of Oktoberfest festivals all over the United States.
So get out your dirndls and your lederhosen, hitch up your liver, and get out there and drink some beer! Find an Oktoberfest near you.
September 21, 2005
Here at Liquor Snob, we dream of a world where every single item on our body can be used to open a beer. We've succeeded with lighters, wedding rings and even belt buckle bottle openers, but our feet have always been tragically underutilized. We don't know if you've ever tried to open a beer with your typical flip-flop, but it isn't pretty. That's a problem no more, because the fine folks at Reef have developed sandals with a bottle opener built right in, so you can pop the top on your beer or soda and barely break stride.
They're a bit spendy, with a price point around $40, but just ask yourself...is it worth it so you can be the first guy on your block to kick off a shoe and open a lady's beer? If so, buy your Reef Fanning sandalsand make sure to brush the dirt off the sole before you pop the top.
Learn more at the Reef site.
We've had our eye on these bottle opener belt buckles from Body Candy for a while. At first we were nervous...we don't usually go for clothes that have slogans like "Got Beer?" and "Rock Star" emblazoned across them. You might feel the same way, but just like us, you'd be missing the big picture - you can amaze your friends with your foresight and open a bottle anytime, anywhere.
We love our opener belt. Plus, it's worth the price of admission to see the nervous look on your friends' faces as you offer to open their beer and move it toward your crotch. Believe us, the look of relief on their faces is priceless when you stop at the belt buckle, pop the top and hand it back.
We like our classic style belt buckle (pictured), but you can browse the full line and buy a belt buckle bottle opener in your own style.
What would happen if you turned a beer keg into a robot? In a perfect world, it would also have legs to follow you around - a little R2D2 of malty beverage goodness. The people over at Kegbot have done the next best thing...they've installed a robot brain in their kegerator that allows it to perform a whole host of tasks.
We're not kidding - this thing has multi-user access control with iButton, drink and user tracking, thermostat software, and our personal favorite - an AIM chatterbot interface. According to the the Kegbot site, the chatterbot "responds to questions such as 'what is the beer temperature?', 'who had a drink last?', and can be trained to do more." Plus, " in the future, it is expected that an extension will be added to this bot to allow it to pester known drinkers. 'mike, you had a drink 45 minutes ago, and i'm currently ice cold. want another?'" It doesn't get any better than that.
Continue reading: "Kegbot: The Future is Now"
September 20, 2005
Ever wished you had access to perfectly poured draft beer in the comfort of your own home? Hoping and dreaming for all that without the usual $500-$600 expense of your typical kegerator? We have the same dream, and we finally found it.
What is this miracle product, you ask? It's called PerfectDraft, and it's heaven sent...to Europe. That's right, the PerfectDraft, which is made by Philips, is currently only available in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands or Germany. Definitely one to think about starting a letter-writing campaign for, or at least putting on your Christmas wish list. Learn more about it at PerfectDraft (hint: if you want to read it in English, go to the Belgian site).
Continue reading: "Draft Beer at Home with PerfectDraft...Almost"
September 17, 2005
Don't ask us why, but there are some days when you need to have six beers on you, but you can't carry them in a cooler or bag. Maybe you're going for a jog, maybe you're sneaking them into a movie theater, but whatever your reason, we've done the research to find out your options.
Not only do the Beer Belt and the Hops Holster offer amazing portability and comfort, you can bet you'll be on the cutting edge of fashion. Or maybe not. Whether it's for you or for a beer drinking friend, we've compared the two so you'll know which one to buy. All in all, we think the Hops Holster is the better deal, but we leave the final decision up to you.
Slogan: "Never Be Thirsty Again"
Stats: "Hold a six-pack without your hands! Our fully adjustable beer belt allows for hands free convenience while keeping your precious beer at no further than an arm’s length. Accommodates both cans and bottles."
Our Thoughts: While their model does add some sex appeal, the beer belt loses some points because its "pockets" are open on the sides, so we can't see it keeping the beer very cold. You'd better hope it's snowing outside if you want cold beer, or plan to drink up pretty quickly.
Available at: Baron Bob Gifts
Slogan: "Forget Double Fisting - Roll With Six Cans at a Time"
Stats: "Adjustable waist: 28" to 48" Height of each beer pocket = 4" plus 3/4" lower for the strap that holds can at bottom. So 4 and 3'4" inches is height of each pocket. Diameter of each individual beer pocket is 3" Hidden pocket: 5" wide x 3 and 1/2" long vertically."
Our Thoughts: The Hops Holster features neoprene pockets, the same material used in wet suits and the like, and each pocket functions as a mini-cooler. The Hops Holster site also features keg coolers and shoulder bags, if wearing beer in a belt doesn't quite do it for you.
Available at: HopsHolster.com, or call 888-886-HOPS.
September 14, 2005
"Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink." We're not kidding...that's the slogan for kidsbeer, a new non-alcoholic brew being released in Japan, targeted at the younger set. It's basically just soda, but its color and packaging are designed to let kids feel like little boozers.
"The beverage, one of whose ingredients is the Latin American plant guarana, sells for around 380 yen per 330-milliliter bottle. The bottles themselves are colored brown to make the drink look even more like its more potent counterpart, the company said."
We wonder how many the tots will have to drink before they exhibit other booze-related traits. We can see it now: "Oh, man I just tried to call my mommy on my candy cell phone, then I threw up behind the monkey bars." It might seem kind of shady, but If nothing else, at least Japan is getting their kids ready for college.
Read more about kidsbeer at The Japan Times.
September 13, 2005
If there's anything we like more than drinking beer, it's drinking beer while eating something cooked in beer. While the alcohol in the food will have cooked off, you still get the satisfaction of knowing you're ingesting booze in two forms as you wash it down with a sip.
We've had a copy of Cooking and Eating With Beer for the last few years and we've loved every recipe in there. There's also information about pairing foods with beers, and other great info, plus people are always impressed with the food. The book is out of print, but you can still find it, along with other books about cooking with beer at Amazon.
Plus, check out tons other great information for the beer chef at beercook.com, including a whole bunch of recipes in the beercook.com database.
September 11, 2005
Miller Brewing will be shifting the perspective of its TV ads, moving away from its typical male-centric ads to one featuring someone from the fairer sex. In an industry inundated with sex-sells advertising this might not sound shocking, but you might be surprised by who that woman is.
"Beginning next week, the "High Life Man" campaign will give way to spots featuring a female figuratively and literally out of this world: the "Girl in the Moon" character who has symbolized High Life on packages, signs and ads since 1907, four years after the brand was introduced.
The moon maiden, believed to have been inspired by a Miller family daughter, granddaughter or goddaughter, is to be brought to life to narrate commercials that are 30, 60 and 90 seconds long, to be followed by online and retail ads. The spots, by the longtime High Life agency, Wieden & Kennedy, take a highly unusual tack for mainstream beer advertising, typically aimed at, if not the lowest common denominator, then perhaps the very next one up."
Read more at nytimes.com.
The campaign will start Thursday during the season premiere of "Survivor," and the long version of the ads will be viewable at millerlightlife.com.
September 9, 2005
We got some not-so-shocking news from the Great White North today that Canadian alcohol sales rose last year.
"Canadians bought more beer, wine and spirits last year, but the growth in alcohol sales slowed slightly, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. In total, Canada's beer and liquor stores and agencies sold more than $16.1 billion worth of alcoholic beverages during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004, up 4.9 per cent from the year before."
The article goes on to say that while the sales are up, the growth has slowed down overall as compared to the year before. Hey, we're not judging - we grew up in VT, so we know what those long, cold winters are like when there's not much else to do but have a couple beers and some back bacon. All we can say is, "Bottoms up, you hosers!"
Read the full article, Canadians spending more on alcohol, at ctv.ca.