March 15, 2007

Pre-St. Patrick's Day Irish Whiskey Tips

Most of our loyal readers know we're not the biggest St. Patrick's Day fans (it's a good thing our Irish family members don't read this site, eh?). It's nothing against the Saint Patrick, and his leading of the snakes out of Ireland and whatnot - well done, Pat. It's just that it turns out to be the biggest (or second biggest, if you count New Year's) amateur drinking night of the year. Not to be too Scroogey, but if we want to get overcharged for Guinness we'll just head into downtown Boston any night of the week.

But, just so you don't think we've forgotten about the holiday, we found an interesting roundup of what Irish Whiskey is all about, over at The Scotch Blog of all places. Kevin has some good things to say about the stuff, and drops some science on what Irish whiskey really means, below.

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March 14, 2007

Bartender Anime Video

To be honest, we don't mess around much with Anime anymore. Nothing personal, but after the requisite mind-bending Akiraviewings and our distasteful brush with tentacle porn in Uritsukidoji, we decided to leave well enough alone. There is a particular show that has been brought to our attention, however, that sounds pretty interesting. It's called Bartender, and it sounds right up our alley - see what we found out about it below, and see a video of the opening credits from the show as well.

Genius bartender, Ryu Sasakura makes the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Seeking his "Glass of God", individuals from all different walks of life visit his bar. With both a compassionate ear and a godly drink, Ryu helps people with their problems.
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March 13, 2007

Kegulator Makes Math Obsolete

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There was a time when it was a complete pain in the ass to try to figure out how much beer to buy for a party. Usually, the only way to make sure you had enough was to buy too much, but at least with our friends, that became a self-fulfilling prophecy and everything in the house went into someone's gullet no matter how much we buy.

Thankfully, that's no longer a problem thanks to the Kegulator, a sweet Web widget that lets you enter how many folks are drinking and how drunk you expect each to get on a scale of Tipsy to Hammered. Not only will it calculate how much beer you need, it also factors for spillage and recommends the amount of ice, and cups to get. Guess we can get rid of our old Casio calculator watch now.

Check it out at Kegulator.com.

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February 6, 2007

Liquor Rule of Thumb: Finish it Fast or Chuck it

Liquor CabinetThere's a perennial question that some people seem to have - how long is too long for that bottle of booze in your liquor cabinet? We say some people have that problem because most of our liquor bottles have a pretty short half life. But we can picture it, you open up the doors of ye olde liquor cabinet and find that dusty old bottle of Bailey's your grandma brought over for Christmas '86...can you still drink it?

Check out the massive list of expert assessments from the Chicago Tribune to get some interesting rules of thumb - including the fact that the Bailey's is fine if it's been refrigerated. Good to know.

We've distilled the article down to three main points:

1. Distilled spirits don't go bad; they fade.

Once the bottle is opened, the air inside starts to oxidize the alcohol, causing it to fade in taste and aroma. Heat and sunlight can cause the sugar in the alcohol to crystallize, changing its taste. So be sure to store those bottles in a cool, dry place.

2. Cream and fruit and herb liqueurs will spoil.

Liqueurs that have cream in them or are based on fruit or herbs are another matter. Although the alcohol content keeps the cream or fruit or herbs from spoiling quickly, the liqueur does have a limited shelf life once opened.

3. More air = less flavor
Once a bottle of liquor gets down to the quarter-bottle level, the alcohol starts to quickly evaporate the longer it is kept. So either finish it fast or chuck it.

Read the full article at Topix.net

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February 5, 2007

Irritating Bar Bet Video


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We just realized the title of this post is a bit misleading. The video isn't irritating...the bet is. Here's a great example of an old chestnut of a bar bet where you bet that if you can drink 5 beers before your sucker...errr, companion can do a shot, they buy all your beers. One of the rules is that they can't touch you or your drink, but you may want to specify that they can't wrap their jacket around their fist and rail you in the face.

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January 29, 2007

Measure Your Liquor with Google Calculator

Zlotnian CalculatorThey say necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to drinking you couldn't be more right. Gone are the days when you had to use your Zlotnian calculator (pictured) to figure out how many drinks are in your bottle of liquor. The mad geniuses over at Urban Monarch have gone and figured out yet another way Google can be useful for boozers.

What they don’t tell you is that google understands the unit “shot.” So simple queries like “shots in a pint” or “shots in 750ml” (example) will tell you how many drinks you get of each bottle. (The answers are 10.6 and 16.9).

If you are splitting a bottle with several friends, simple add a “/” and the number of people drinking. So, “shots in 1.5 litres / 5″, tells you that a handle of vodka will give you and four of your buddies 6.7 shots each.

Urban Monarch - Measure Drinks with Google Calculator

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December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas from Liquor Snob

Santa's Naughty ListWe're hoping you've been nice all year, because this is the day of reckoning. Did you find bottles under the tree, or lumps of coal? Either way, we hope you're having a great holiday, and if you don't celebrate we hope you're having a great day anyway.

In the spirit of the season we've wrangled up one more cocktail recipe for you - they call it the Minty Mistletoe. It's an unfortunate name but the drink tastes great.

Minty Mistletoe
Ingredients:
• 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
• .25 oz. peppermint schapps
Directions:
• Add Baileys Irish Cream and peppermint schnapps
• Shake with ice and strain into martini glass
This recipe comes to you via TheBar.com, which we mentioned to you back in the salad days of early '06, and they have over 400 good recipes - at least if you're into Diageo products. And not to get too Grinchy, but this is exactly the reason why we hate Flash sites - we can't link to the recipes for you and you'll have to go dig them up yourselves. First you have to register, and then you can access the recipes by clicking on "Occasions." Luckily the content is good, and we'll stop our Bah Humbugging to once again wish you a Merry Xmas.

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December 19, 2006

Drink Shots, Shoot Drinks

Drinkin' ShotsWe've found a new booze site we really dig, so we thought we'd let you know about it in time for your holiday reading - y'know, when you're avoiding your family, huddled in front of the computer? Anyway, the site is called Drink Shoot, and it's a side gig of Kevin from The Scotch Blog. Actually, it's a rogue's gallery of writers, including Rick from Martini Lounge and a few others (we'll leave it up to you to figure out who Angry Guy is).

The site is like the Traveling Wilburys of booze blogging, featuring an all star cast...and when we start submitting we reserve the right to be Tom Petty.

They've got all sorts of interesting stories going on there, including one our sister site Cheap Fun Wines picked up about Barefoot Bubbly (apparently you can make sparkling wine in California and call it Champagne...who knew?). Other interesting reads include bAD ADs, a note on our favorite Rye whiskey, and some seriously silly shit. Give 'em a read and let us know what you think.

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December 4, 2006

Buy Beerfest on DVD

Beerfest DVDWe don't ask much from you. All we can do is tell you to go out and buy Beerfest on DVD (Amazon). We know it didn't get the greatest reviews. We know it was only in the theaters for 15 minutes. We know you didn't go see it.

Now is the time for you to break that cycle of violence. Buy a copy for yourself. Buy a copy for your friends. Buy a copy for your Sponsor. Just buy a copy and laugh your ass off. You won't regret it.

Amazon - Beerfest (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

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Celebrate Repeal Day with Dewar's

A World Without BoozeRepent all ye abstainers, for Repeal Day is upon us! For those of you who haven't heard of Repeal Day yet, it's the day America's Prohibition laws were repealed, allowing Americans to drink sweet, sweet booze again without having to smuggle it from Canada or make it in their bathtubs. If you ask us, that's almost better than Christmas (sorry Jesus).

We got our hands on a funny video called Celebrate Repeal Day, which you can find over at Google Videos, where Dewar's envisions a world where Prohibition was never repealed. A chilling thought, indeed. Also, if you want more info on Repeal Day head on over Jeffrey Morgenthaler's blog - we'd never heard of Repeal Day until we read his post a little while back. Also, in honor of Dewar's pro-Repeal Day sentiments, we've included a bunch of their cocktail recipes, including an Old Fashioned and a Rob Roy, after the jump so you can celebrate in style.

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