June 10, 2008
Police pulled over an inebriated man driving a motorized cooler over Memorial Day. Apparently he was swerving and driving in an unsafe manner - he couldn't have been going too fast, but the folks at Autoblog had a good point about why this was an extraordinarily dumb idea.
Under New York state law, driving any motorized vehicle must be done sans alcohol, and that means anything from cars and boats to motorized coolers falls under the letter of the law. While some would argue that the electric cooler doesn't pose a real threat to pedestrians or other motorists, we'd disagree. This idiot could have caused other drivers to swerve to miss him, and strike others in the process.
Note to self: Make sure to hit the breathalyzer at home before driving off on our own Cruzin Cooler
May 8, 2008
Talk about dedication to drinking - it's come to our attention that we're strictly amateurs. We've never even considered going to the great hereafter ensconced in a giant beer can, much less actually built the coffin and used it as a beer cooler.
April 28, 2008
...or bottle service, anyway, and in doing so the city is once again showing the fringes of its puritanical heritage. Boston has some serious identity problems when it comes to booze - for
an Irish town a town with a pub on every corner, there are a lot of stupid rules imposed on drinking (we're looking at you, anti-happy hour legislation). We're not necessarily down with bottle service or the VIP image that goes with it, but if people want to look like their favorite fresh-out-of-rehab celebrities and OC rejects, who're we to stop them?
Most people see bottle service with VIP treatment at a hot club in a big city a special treat and a perk of being able to afford spendy bottles of booze. But one Boston official disagrees and is cracking down on the clubs that offer bottle service to their clients. His argument? That the price of the bottle causes patrons to feel they have to down the whole thing before the night is over which, consequently, steps on the toes of the "happy hour" law of a two-drink max per patron.Boston Herald
April 4, 2008
We can see a whole lot of uses for personalized liquor bottle labels, from holiday gifts to corporate events to weddings and groomsman gifts. Looks like the folks at Pernod Ricard felt the same way because they're offering a service where you can customize labels on their bottles, for hard liquor brands including Chivas, Glenlivet, Wild Turkey, and Kahlua; and for wines including Jacob's Creek and Mumm Napa.
You can order up to five labels at a time, and the best news is they're completely free. You just make your brand/bottle choices and customize the label with everything from personalized text to images. Then you just paste them onto bottles you have and voila - gift opportunities or lying about how you know Mr. Glenlivet himself is within your grasp.
at Your Gift Label [via Springwise]
March 19, 2008
For a long time, Scotch was a mythical and confusing beast to us. It seemed like something that was only drunk by railroad barons and other people who wore monocles. After putting some effort into it, and the tutelage of some friends, we were slowly able to piece things together, recognize flavors by region, and lose the intimidation factor that had kept us away from the drink in the first place.
We just received an email press release saying our comfort zone could change, due to some new rules being cooked up by the British government and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). We're drinking generalists here, not Scotch specialists, but even we can see a lot of the new rules could confuse issues and make it even harder for neophytes to understand what they're buying and ensure the high quality they might expect.
...some feel it's a smokescreen to further enhance the commercial interests of a self-regulated industry. "New rules are to strengthen existing laws, protecting whisky regions, targeting counterfeiters, and protecting consumers" says Bruichladdich's MD Mark Reynier. "Some are good rules, others more disingenuous; consumers are to be protected from counterfeiters only so they can be ripped off by the industry instead.
Strong words. But the item that really caught our eye was here:
(Under the new rules) Cardhu 'blended malt' could look exactly the same as the highly successful Cardhu 'Single Malt' (400,000 cases) and yet it could theoretically be 99% of unknown, lesser, single malts of a completely different even inferior style or flavour.
Read the full press release below.
Continue reading: "New Scotch Rules on the Horizon"
March 11, 2008
OK, so this isn't strictly liquor-related, but it does fall in line with all the booze-related 'bots we've covered in the past. This crazy mofo got sick of seeing the bad seeds sprouting around his bar, so he built a frickin' robot to chase them off. Awesome.
In downtown Atlanta, Rufus Terrill didn't like some of the folk who were hanging around his bar, O'Terrills, so he built himself a simplified robocop which he controls by remote. Consisting of an old meat smoker that he says still smells like chicken, a spotlight, an IR cam, a water cannon and a loudspeaker, the bot stands 4 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs.
at Gear Live
March 4, 2008
We'll come right out and say we've spent some time in our lives drinking beer to Dr. Dre's album, The Chronic. Does that mean we're excited about the news that he's putting his name on a line of hard liquors? Well, we're not in college anymore (dating ourselves, are we?) but yeah, we'd tip a 40 in honor of his creation - assuming there aren't buds floating in it or something.
The first products will be a premium cognac selection, followed by a sparkling vodka. He also has plans to create a tequila.
February 29, 2008
We've always had a love/hate relationship with St. Patrick's Day. We love it because it's an unabashed reason to
get paralytically drunk celebrate the life and times of St. Patrick, who drove the snakes from Ireland. We hate it because the bars are too crowded to actually get a beer because everyone thinks they're Irish, and it tends to turn into a strange, sloppy amateur night.
That's why we're not sure how we feel about making it a national holiday, which is what the folks at Guinness are striving to do. Of course, just think...no more having to think up excuses why you can't work on March 17. Our favorite has always been to say the pipes burst in our basement, when we were really preparing to get bursted.
We know this completely reeks of marketing stunt, and we have no idea if it's even possible, but we'll sign their damn petition because it's the right thing to do. Of course, if they were true geniuses, they'd be lobbying to get March 18th off from work instead, and call it "Guinness's Hair of the Dog Day." That way they'd be getting our money two days in a row...on top of the other 300 days when we're shelling out for a pint.
Get more info and sign the petition at Proposition317.com; learn more about the cascading elixir itself (like you don't know) at Guinness.com
February 12, 2008
We don't even want to dignify this, but we felt we should cover it. And you realize, of course, we're talking about Irish Car Bombs, not those other ones.
At least, now we know to never, ever, ever go to Virginia again.
Yes, there is a place in the cocktailian United States where a bartender can spend a year in jail for serving some of the most common cocktails. A 75 year-old law in Virginia makes it illegal for an establishment to sell any mixed drinks in which beer or wine is combined with distilled spirits. That eliminates a lot of drinks...
February 5, 2008
Sometimes, the fates intertwine to bring us momentous days. As you (probably) know, today is Super Duper Tuesday, the day we unwashed masses get up off the couch and go vote in political primaries. As you also (probably) know, this year it falls on the same day as Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras. In case you're unaware, that's the day America's unwashed masses want to go to New Orleans to drink heavily and take off their shirts.
There's probably something clever we should say here about the overlap, but we're too jet lagged right now. Instead of indulging in our rapier political wit, you'll have to content yourself with our visual representation, which took longer than you'd think to make while we waited for our plane.