August 12, 2008
Long have we dreamed of pouring our black and tans through the back of a turtle. Now, we can live that dream with the Brutul Lagerhead. It's got a clever name, it's cuter than a bent-up spoon if you're trying to get your special lady into black and tans, and it has an included bottle opener. Not too shabby for ten bucks.
Brutul [via Boing Boing]
August 6, 2008
There seems to be some kind of attrition rule for beer and wine glasses in our house - we can never have more than a few of each. That's probably because the more people drink, the more likely they are to drop or knock over their glass. That's why we like the idea of these sturdy-looking beer and wine glasses made from recycled auto windshields. The bonus is they're thick and strong and made from safety glass; we just hope they washed all the bugs off 'em before they turned them into drinking vessels.
Uncommon Goods [via Uncrate]
August 4, 2008
A while back, we posted a story about the resurrection of Naragansett Beer - it was going back to its old formula and presumably, its old glory days. This was welcome news to fans of the original brew, which was inextricably linked for many in the Rhode Island and Boston areas with good times. It looks like Schlitz (y'know - the beer that made Milwaukee famous?) will be getting the same "how's your father" in coming months.
Schlitz's owner, Pabst Brewing Co., is re-creating the old formula, using notes and interviews with old brew masters. The maker of another nostalgic favorite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, it hopes baby boomers will reach for the drink of their youth, otherwise known as "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous." They also want to create a following among younger drinkers who want to know what Grandma and Grandpa drank.
via Dallas News
July 14, 2008
Yep, you read that right - American beer juggernaut Anheuser Busch is being bought out by a foreign company. We should've read the writing on the wall back when AB started mucking around making horrible-tasting hard liquor, but we really didn't think about it much. We have two questions - A) will they still be able to go with red state marketing campaigns if they're not owned by 'Mericans, and B) will they be able to create a Budweiser beer that doesn't taste vaguely of Clydesdale piss?
InBev is the world's second largest beer maker, with brands that include Stella Artois and Becks.
The deal must be approved by shareholders and European and U.S. antitrust regulators. The merger will produce the fourth-largest consumer product company worldwide.
July 9, 2008
Ahhhh, flip cup, the sport of kings. For too long, this game has been the overlooked drinking game, or what you play when you have cups for Beirut but no ping pong balls. We just got an email from some folks, appropriately named "The Flip Cup Guys," looking to change that by organizing the world's largest Flip Cup Tournament. We're hoping they can do for FC what the World Series did for beer pong.
Keep reading for more information.
Continue reading: "Flip Cup Guys Host World's Largest Flip Cup Tournament"
June 20, 2008
We've been noticing a disturbing trend lately, in the fact that a lot of restaurants are starting to serve their beer in smaller glasses. Yeah, there's still the chance to get the 30 ounce monstrosity at Applebee's or something, but we've been noticing "Lady Pints" (glasses closer to a half pint than a full one) popping up all over the place. For some reason in our area, it's most prevalent when you order Smithwick's. Apparently, we're not the only ones noticing it, and there's something even more insidious than truly smaller glasses - the use of "falsies."
Beer prices at bars and restaurants have risen over the past few months, as prices of hops and barley have skyrocketed and retail business has slowed alongside the economy.
Wall Street Journal
Some restaurants have replaced 16-ounce pint glasses with 14 ouncers -- a type of glassware one bartender called a "falsie."
And customers are complaining that bartenders are increasingly putting less than 16 ounces of beer in a pint glass, filling up the extra space with foam.
[via Kegworks Blog
June 17, 2008
Let's face it - we're heading into some eco-conscious times here. It's not just hippies that are paying attention how to lessen their carbon footprints and reduce, reuse, recycle. One way to conserve is to reuse your beer pong cups instead of tearing through 30 or 40 of those red plastic keg cups every weekend night.
That's where the ReRack cups come in - they're heavier duty cups designed for beer pong, and you can use them over and over with no waste. You don't seem to be sacrificing anything for the environment, either - the cups have four different levels of fill lines which allow for the perfect amount of liquid in every cup, and they have a wider base than keg cups so there's less chance of knocking them over with an errant throw.
Each set of ReRack cups comes with 10 red cups and 10 black, as well as a rinse cup for each side. What more can you ask for to salve your eco-conscience?
at ReRack Cups
June 16, 2008
Last week, we took the Web by storm with our story about the Bierstick, a mammoth syringe for getting up to two cans of beer into your system in two seconds or less. This week, we have one in our grubby paws. We can't wait to check it out, though we are a little bit concerned we'll hit our gag button with our first attempt. That's why we're planning to make one of the interns take the first swing and see what happens. Expect a review ASAP.
Bierstick [read our original bierstick coverage]
June 9, 2008
It seems everyone's trying to build the better beer-drinking mousetrap these days, and they're getting inventive doing so. Some of our favorites have so far have been the Flabongo and the Giant Jellyfish, but a new contender has entered the fray.
The Bierstick is a device shaped like a giant hypodermic, but no, we're not suggesting you inject booze like Motley Crue did - this hypo has a mouthpiece instead of a needle. According to the instructions, you just fill it up with beer and press the plunger to ingest it at your own speed. Seems like an interesting rapid-beer-consumption alternative to the beer bong, but of course that remains to be seen.
The Bierstick costs about $20; find out more at Bierstick.com, and we'll get a review 'stick ASAP.
May 29, 2008
Here's exactly what we need for our barbecues this summer - a keg tap we don't have to pump. We've experimented with all kinds of taps over the years, and one that we don't have to worry about some jackass overpumping sounds damned sweet. This one comes with a US sankey good for most domestic kegs, and needs to be plugged in to operate, but you can buy a battery pack that will let it run for four hours without charging or plugging.
at Kegworks and Amazon