November 3, 2006
We just found out about an online TV station called LX TV, which covers luxury living and has shows about everything from food to entertaining to...you guessed it...liquor. They offer a few different booze-related shows, including a segment called "Drinks With LX-TV" where the station interviews media and entertainment figures over a dram, which could be interesting. The other main segment we liked was Whisky 101, where they send a correspondent to the Brandy Library to take some of the mystery out of tasting and serving Scotch...Ethan the sommelier has a whole lot of good information for you about accompaniments, aging, malts and etiquette.
We can't link you directly to the the stories we're talking about, but we won't go off on a rant about how people set up their Flash-based websites. Instead, we'll point you right at the LX-TV home page and let you browse through the stories you like yourself. Enjoy!
October 27, 2006
A while ago we told you about Scotch scented perfume, and we guess the concept did well - or the scent industry has been spending too much time sniffing its own products. The newest product that will allow you to smell like a booze hound without actually getting drunk is a Courvoisier-based cologne, which just happens to be the drink of choice of the Ladies Man. That's probably EXACTLY the image you're going for. Plus, it luckily is available in both eau de toilette and eau de parfum forms, so you've got that going for you.
We found this snippet thanks to Days That End In "Y" and we can't help agreeing with Mike's assessment that you might as well just take a dip in the real thing - especially since this stuff costs $100 for 75ml. Hell, Courvoisier VS only costs $26 for 10x that much (Internet Wines & Spirits).
Beauty On-Line (via Days That End In "Y" - Smell Like a Lush)
October 3, 2006
We've never seen a downside to combining our liquor with meat, but usually we keep the steak on the plate and the booze in the glass, unless we're marinating or something. Leave it to folks in Vegas to one-up us by mixing actual meat cocktails, from the Bacon Martini (which contains - you guessed it, bacon!) to the Beefytini (a heady concoction of gin, vermouth and "jerky juice). Plus, the article at Chow.com says the addition of bacon takes the nastiness out of bottom-shelf vodka - could it be we've found a replacement for our Gray Kangaroo?
August 29, 2006
There seems to be a lot of traffic at our nation's southern borders, but it's not all Mexican folks heading north to find a new way of life. There are lots of American companies heading southward to buy out new and interesting products - including Tequila. Brown-Forman is the latest to do so and they've bought Casa Herradura, a widely respected Tequila brand.
While some tequila lovers were upset by the new acquisition, others said the knee-jerk reaction would quickly pass and that prices of the agave drink might come down in the long run.
"It doesn't bother me. The Americans generally do business better and that could lead to lower tequila prices," said Juan Camacho, a newspaper kiosk owner. "How many tequila drinkers are going to complain?"
We're not worried...we've had dealings with some Brown-Forman folks and they strike us as nothing but top notch - plus we liked their other tequilas. Casa Herradura Tequila is available at Internet Wine & Spirits - we recommend starting out with the Blanco and the Reposado.
August 3, 2006
We knew it! We knew there was an environmental benefit to the massive quantities of beer we drink, beyond the ability to recycle aluminum and glass!
Enjoy a drink with an environmentally clean conscience - beer bran, a by-product of brewing beer from barley, can be used to clean polluted waters
NOW there is another reason to enjoy that glass of cool beer on a hot summer evening. Beer bran, a by-product of brewing beer from barley, can be used to clean polluted waters.
via New Scientist
July 24, 2006
This just in - we found out recently that the word "buzz" has other meanings than that pleasant feeling you get after you take your fourth or fifth drink. Apparently it can also relate to the "buzz" on the street, or what people are saying about something. We learn something every day...too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of this post.
Anyway, we just heard Bong Vodka, the Dutch booze we yelled at you about last September, is continuing its dedication to elevating art AND buzzes (the good kind) with a program called Spirit of the Brand. It gives artists a chance to get their names and work out there to be seen, and it gives you an opportunity to have your bong-shaped vodka decorated with some damn-cool art. Plus, they're looking for more artists, so if you have some art you think would look great on a bong...err, bottle...or other Bong Vodka paraphernalia this is your chance.
If you're impatient you can check out spiritofthebrand.com for more info, or you can chill out and read on for more details about the program below.
Continue reading: "Bong Vodka Cranks Up Artist Buzz"
July 6, 2006
As most of you know, Charles Bukowski is pretty much the patron saint of drinkers. Well, he's the patron something anyway - all we know is our liver cringes every time it hears his name. We recommend you try to get in touch with your inner Bukowski any chance you get, whether by reading his books or watching Barfly, one of the best drinking movies known to man.
Now, they're making a new Bukowski movie based on his book Factotum, starring Matt Dillon as Henry Chinaski, the down at the heels Bukowski doppelganger played by Mickey Rourke in Barfly. The fellas over at Chud.com have gotten their hands on a Factotum poster, and it shows Dillon being pretty damned badass, if we do say so. Check out what they have to say, and then head on over to Chud to see the poster.
Continue reading: "Bukowski Movie Poster Released...Still Relatively Vomit-Free"
June 22, 2006
Things haven't been going so well for the beer industry lately as more and more people put down their suds turn to hard liquor. As we reported last fall, Anheuser Busch is still planning a move into the spirits category to try to make up for some of their lost sales.
"The loss of beer volume to wine and hard liquor has accelerated in recent years," company president August Busch IV told a liquor industry group earlier this month.
"And if this trend continues, we at Anheuser-Busch will have to reevaluate our business model going forward in terms of expanding beyond beer and broadening our position within the total alcohol industry," Busch told the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, according to a transcript of the speech.
Anheuser-Busch is simply trying to remain relevant with consumers that are constantly searching for interesting products, said Benj Stein, whose beer industry newsletter reported Busch's comments last month.
via MSN Money
So it won't be a total move away from that frothy, tasteless brew you drank in college - consider it more of dipping a toe in the hard liquor pool. Called "Jekyll and Hyde," Bud's first booze is two separate liquors designed to be mixed together and drunk, or apparently mixed with beer. All we know is we hope it tastes better than their trip into alcoholic energy drinks, because we still throw up in our mouths a little bit when we think about Tilt.
June 20, 2006
Everyone should have a hero - someone who stands for everything they hold dear, exemplifies a life lived well...and drinks every freaking day. We believe we've found that man in Matt Chimento, a young man who has made it his mission to visit 1,000 in 2006. Let's repeat that for the hard of hearing - he's going to visit one thousand bars in 365 days. Some quick math says that's an average of nearly three different bars per day...now that's some gumption.
We first heard about Matt's quest a couple months ago when we stumbled across his MySpace page, but we were convinced that boredom, scheduling problems or liver failure would put an end to it soon enough. Shows what we know - as we reach the halfway point of 2006, Matt is celebrating his 500th bar in Manhattan this Saturday, June 24th. Sadly, we can't make it, but if anybody makes it down to the Mad River Grille we'd love to hear about just how much he punishes his liver at each appearance.
Two (possibly) interesting facts:
- Apparently, Matt got his idea from another visionary on a similar journey - a mysterious figure known only as The Beer Man. With a name like that, we should teach him the Liquor Snob secret handshake.
- Speaking of secret handshakes, if you want to get to know the crazy crackers here in the Liquor Snob offices, check out our MySpace page and add us as a friend. You'll find us to be stalwart allies and generous lovers...or whatever it is you need us to be.
June 16, 2006
Our hippie friends keep telling us we should drink green tea instead of coffee, because it has antioxidants in it. We don't drink tea. We drink coffee. A lot of it. In fact, we like our coffee like we like our women - hot, bitter and full of bourbon.
Tea is supposed to be good for you because it fights free radicals. We just found out that coffee is good for you because it fights cirrhosis of the liver. Advantage: Coffee. Considering our lifestyle, we're considering starting mainline coffee injections instead of just drinking it.
Researchers reported on Monday that drinking coffee cuts the risk of cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol -- by 22 percent per cup each day -- but they stopped short of saying doctors should prescribe coffee for that reason.
Perhaps that's why our liver is in a perfect state of wine/coffee consumption. The report from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland, California, was based on a look at data from 125,580 people.
More at SingleServeCoffee.com - Coffee May Cut Alcohol Liver Damage