September 2, 2008

Delicious Sedition with Mutineer Magazine

mutineer_magazine.jpgRick over at Martini Groove just covered a cool-looking new magazine called Mutineer, and we thought we'd share it with you. Looks like this rag's right up our alley, with good advice, humor, and a little bit of attitude.

Take a bit of Maxim, add some A.D.D., throw in some comic book stylings, then get drunk. Now you know how they came up with Mutineer Magazine.

This magazine is not for the Master Mixologist trying to create a drink by learning the techniques of Molecular Gastronomy. This one's for today's cocktail crowd that wants to learn a bit more, branch out a bit, and have a bit more fun.

Mutineer Magazine [via Martini Groove; make sure to head over there because he's got a "super secret" link to their first issue]

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August 28, 2008

Liquor Snob Profiled at GearCrave.com

gearcravelogo.jpgWe're not ones to toot our own horns (well, maybe occasionally when the Victoria's Secret catalog comes in). However, we were just profiled for Gear Crave (aka The Men's Buying and Lifestyle Guide) and we thought we'd share it with you, our loyal reader. We think it came out pretty well, and not just because it's about us.

Check it out over at GearCrave.com.

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August 20, 2008

Jessica Simpson to Promote Dallas Stampede Beer

jessica_simpson_smile_7_big.jpgWe just got word that Jessica Simpson, aka the reason Daisy Dukes were invented (sorry, Catherine Bach) has been tapped to market a Texas beer called Dallas Stampede. We're not marketers per se, but here are our ideas for the campaign:

  • Market their beer as the Chicken of the Desert

  • Make a life-size cutout of her for each liquor store, and remove a small piece of clothing for every case that is sold in that location (yeah, we know they did that in Major League)

  • Advertise that they drop a pair of her underpants into every fifth batch of Dallas Stampede beer, but don't tell anyone which batch is which
Yeah, we know - we're marketing geniuses. Let us know if you want us on your corporate team.

via Dallas News (Thanks for the tip, Travis)

Image via Hollywood Tuna

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July 29, 2008

Note to Self: Reincarnate as Pen-Tailed Shrew

treeshrew_2.jpgOK, so this doesn't have much to do with our mission statement or whatever, but it's pretty damned cool. Maybe we can get them to start doing some guest reviews or something.

For the last 55 million years, the pen-tailed shrew has survived on a diet consisting of beer.

How's that for an evolutionary bender?

The shrew lives in the forest of Malaysia and feeds on the flowers of the bertam palm. Produced year-round and constantly fermenting, its nectar is about 3.8 percent alcohol -- roughly equivalent to a Sam Adams light.

from the Wired Science Blog

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July 21, 2008

Wine in a Pop Top Can: Not Just for Hobos Anymore

wine_cans.jpgWe're all for booze-related innovations here at Liquor Snob, and we can see some real potential for drinking wine out of a can with a pop top. We could finally live our dream of shotgunning wine, and it would be much easier to sneak it into movie theaters - we won't tell you where we had to hide our corkscrew when we watched The Dark Knight this weekend.

The Wine Can [via DVice]

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July 14, 2008

Inbev Buying Anheuser Busch for $52B

art.busch.file.ap.jpgYep, 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.

via CNN

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July 8, 2008

Independent Spirits Expo is Tonight!

Calling all NYC readers - if your taste runs toward the independent in your booze, we've got the event for you. It's the Independent Spirits Expo, featuring all sorts of liquors we've tried and loved here, including our perennial favorite Orange V vodka, Zuidam gin, Zyr Vodka, and Scorpion Mezcal.

It all goes down tonight at the Astor Center in the East Village between 5 and 8 (sorry for the late notice), and the price is only $25 for all sorts of great stuff. If you're interested, register through the link below and get 40% off (that means only fifteen bucks for you non-math types).

Head over to Thrillist for more details and to rock the discount.

The tasting will feature vodkas, rums, cachacas, whiskies, and specialty liquors, including:

Castries Peanut Cream Liquor
Mae De Ouro Cachaca from Brazil
Brinley family of exquisitely flavored rums from St. Kitts
Zuidam Gin from Holland
Zyr Vodka From Russia
Orange V - Florida Orange Flavored distilled in the USA
Tuthilltown Spirits, Whiskeys and Vodka from NY's Hudson Valley
Rhum Clement from Martinique
Scorpion Mezcal From Mexico
Luna Sueno Tequila
44North Vodka
Square One Organic Vodka
Martin Miller's Gin
St. Germain
Uluvka Vodka
Bluecoat Gin
LOFT Organic Liqueurs
Tru Organic Vodka

more info at the Astor Center

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June 24, 2008

Absinthe at Home: Still More Brands Coming to US

Remember a few years ago, when the only way you could get absinthe was to order it online for exorbitant prices, or convince a friend to mule a bottle or two back from Europe? Those days are over, friends, because we're suddenly about to see a glut of absinthe brands hit American shelves. We've already seen Lucid and Kubler, and according to our friends over at The Real Absinthe Blog, you can expect to see a whole lot more.

Bevlaw, a firm concentrating on the federal regulation of alcohol beverages. has been keeping track of the product and label permissions given to absinthes, and recorded 12 by May 2008. These include the early launches such as Lucid, Kübler and St. George, the more recent launches such as Grande Absente Originale, Le Tourment Vert, and La Fée Parisienne, and some that have yet to reach the market. These include Mythe Absinthe Traditional, Libertine, and Mata Hari Absinthe Bohemian.
Head on over to The Real Absinthe Blog to read more, which includes all sorts of interesting news and a bunch more brands. We've included an image from the upcoming brand that intrigues us most - we're not sure what absinthe creme liqueur tastes like, but we can pretty much guarantee it's not your grandma's Bailey's.

kubler_la_creme_label.jpg

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June 20, 2008

Little Pints, Big Problem

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.

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.

Wall Street Journal [via Kegworks Blog]

falsie_pint_glass.jpg

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June 11, 2008

Creepy GPS and Breathalyzer Teddy Bear

robot_teddy.jpgHere's a weird little gadget being developed in (where else?) Japan - a teddy bear that acts as a GPS and breathalyzer. Apparently it uses some Tron-like robot technology from the future to be able to tell you about nearby landmarks as you drive, and contains a sensor in its neck that allows it to "smell" if you've been drinking and yell at you.

Our question is - if it thinks you're going to drink and drive, does it auto-dial 911 or does it continue to glibly tell you about nearby Chuck E Cheese restaurants?

Pink Tentacle [via Popgadget]

(PS - did you know Chuck E Cheese was started by the guy who invented Pong? Neither did we until yesterday!)

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