Admit it...sometimes you want to punish your friends for drinking your beer. They come over, they just assume they can dig in, and suddenly you're looking at a forlorn little fridge full of only...shudder...food. Go ahead, let them drink all they want, but tell them they can only do it with the shock bottle opener - it'll whack them with a nice little electric charge with every beer they open.
PS - Anybody else get a feeling this wasn't on purpose...that they're just making the best of a design flaw? At least it's less than four bucks, anwyay.
Remember how we were talking the other day, about how awesome it is to play video games while drinking beer? You remember - you said new video games kind of suck to play while drinking because there are too many bumpers and directional sticks nunchuks, and it all gets in the way of just having a beer while you play the game? We agreed with you, and now we present to you the greatest thing ever invented for drinking beer and playing games. Way better than the Octane 120 (and cheaper too), the Arkeg brings together all our vices in one place.
Refrigerated keg (5 gallons, but hey), and a tap sticking out of the side of the game cabinet? Check. 69 games and on a PC platform so you can upload more? Check. There's more, but that's all we need really. Did we mention it has Gauntlet 1 & 2? It's only four grand too - relax, we're pretty sure your kids will forgive you for spending their college fund if it means they can play video games.
A bottle opener in house key form. This is one of those ideas so simple, you sort of wonder why no one's done it before. Or, maybe they have and we just never heard about it. OR, maybe they have and the government suppressed the idea to keep people buying twist-offs instead of bar bottles. OR...no, we're done.
Anyway, the brutal simplicity of a beer bottle opener you can slide in amongst your keys is blinding as the sun.
We never made any secret of our love for Buzzard's Bay Brewing in Westport, MA (we've visited them a few times now), but that was just based on their beer. Now the Buzzards have given us a good chuckle (and something to think about when we head to Mass) in an email we received from them this morning. For those who haven't heard, Massachusetts will start taxing beer (which was previously un-taxed) at a rate of 6.25%, beginning this Saturday (more at Boston Globe), and Buzzards Bay has a fun way to thumb their nose at the prospect, which we've included below.
To mark this lugubrious occassion, Buzzards Bay says, "THIS SATURDAY...declare yourself!"
We will offer a growler re-fill at $6.99 ($6.58 plus $0.41 tax) for anyone who states, "This new sales tax bites my Buzzard." (or use your own colorful metaphor).
For those who like the new sales tax (and I know there are quite a few who voiced anger at my anti-tax emails), please simply stay quiet or say "I LOVE NEW TAXES!" and you will be levied a fee of $8.50 ($8.00 plus $0.50 tax) for your growler re-fill.
LET ME REPEAT! State clearly, "Taxation with representation ain't so hot either...I hate this new tax" and pay $6.99 on your RE-FILL. Choose to say nothing or state, "I LOVE TAXES; they are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society!" and fork over $8.50 for your RE-FILL.
OH! And if you are a State Rep or Senator? Please present your I.D. and we'll offer you a special price of $20 ($18.83 plus $1.17 tax) for a grower re-fill. Gov. Deval Patrick? We'll honor this same price for our Governor (and his staff) as well.
Looks like you're in luck if you can make it to Westport on Saturday. More about Buzzard's Bay Brewing at BuzzardsBrew.com.
Welcome to our fully full-on review of the Bottle Throttle, our latest gadget designed to get beer into us at the speed of light. We were excited (and a bit nervous) to try it after its creator told us of its 2-3 second delivery time, and when we couldn't browbeat any of the interns into stepping up to the plate, our fearless leader himself was the first to try it.
That's right - Editor in Chief vs Bottle Throttle in a fight to the drunk.
We're not sure if you could actually ride a bike wearing the Dolores Chiller from Timbuk2, but this messenger bag cooler is sharp-enough looking to make us want to try. Important features include the insulated interior, the included metal bottle opener, the ballistic nylon construction, and the waterproof lining. Oh, and the space - there's enough room in here for you to shove in at least a twelve pack with ice. We think we're in love, even though the price tag is just north of a C-note.
During our long and storied career here at Liquor Snob, we've dedicated some serious time to technology dedicated to filling you up with beer really, really quickly. From the Bottle Blaster to the Shotgun Key, from Flabongo to Bongxedo, we've done considerable damage to our collective livers in the pursuit of the best way to shotgun beer.
A gentleman from Calgary claims our search is over. Clint Franklin, creator of the Bottle Throttle, claims his doodad is better than all those other doodads out there. Does the Bottle Throttle get you from zero to twelve ounces as quickly as he claims (averaging about three seconds)? There's only one way to find out...testing, testing, testing. And he sent us two for racing purposes!
You can pick up your own Throttle for about ten bucks; we'll hit you with a full review once we've put it through its paces.
Craft brewers rejoice at the CarboPouch. This little doo-hickey is designed to let smaller shops sell their beers onsite without having to buy all kinds of bottling equipment. Maybe in the future you'll get these instead of growlers at your local brewery. We know we'd use them...they're kind of like Go-Gurt for grownups.
Our friends over at Brew Dudes have gone all Web 4.0, and are going to share the brew log of their first all-grain beer brewing exercise, Chelmsford Pale Ale. We're talking pictures, descriptions, video, feats of strength, and poetry readings. Or maybe only some of that...we'll see how things shake out.
Anyway, we'll be waiting with bated breath to see how it all comes out, and c'mon...this is your chance to see a little piece of Web history. Get in while the getting's good! It's only a placeholder right now, but head on over there and feel the anticipation in the air.
In these down economic times, we're all looking for a way to throw away money. Wait...that doesn't sound right. Let's try that again.
In these down economic times, we're all looking for a way to spend twenty or thirty bucks on a contraption designed mainly to waste beer. No, that still doesn't sound right. Third try is a charm.
Hey everyone, check out this crazy beer squirt gun! It costs twenty bucks ($30 if you throw in the holster) and according to their video it's designed to squirt beer in your friends' ears! Sticky, annoying, AND expensive!
Screw it. Here's a video of the thing in action. It's got a girl in it.
Update: Even if you're not into buying this to do the equivalent of shaking up a beer and pouring it out, on rewatching the video we noticed it's got a bottle opener on it. Value!