Do you want free stuff around the holidays? Of course, we all do! That's why we've just started following Imbibe's 12 Days of Giveaways. They'll be giving away an item per day of their " favorite items of 2013," starting each day at 9 AM PST.
Today's item is a Williams-Sonoma wine glass and decanter set, and you can enter anytime until midnight PST tonight.
With Fall sporting events coming quickly down the pike, it's time to start thinking seriously about your tailgating options. Bon Appetit has put together an extremely thorough tailgating article that runs down your options, from which tailgating association to join (they have those?), to which magazines to subscribe to, to how you can spend that extra $150,000 you have lying around (pictured).
Of course, you don't have to go quite as luxury as all that, but there are some options for making your life a bit easier as you root, root, root for the home team - we'll add more if we think of anything we're missing.
Tailgate Table for a 2-Inch Trailer Hitch: This four-foot long table quickly and easily attaches and detaches from your 2" trailer hitch, giving you all kinds of room for life's essentials - burgers, dogs, beer, and maybe even some cocktails.
Portable Bar: If you can't figure out why you might need a portable cocktail creation tools whilst you're tailgating, you probably shouldn't be tailgating. Just make sure it's out of sight when security strolls by - and you mix cocktails responsibly.
Portable Beer Pong: Apparently, the trend is to play Beirut with cups of water on the table these days, out of squeamishness of drinking beer full of floaties from the ground. Kids these days, amirite?
Beer Can Covers: The jury is still out on how well these camouflage a beer can, and you're SOL if you're drinking from bottles (hint: you shouldn't be), but in our experience most of the security in the parking lots is fine as long as you don't wave your beer cans in their faces.
The Triple Distilled Diagram of Alcohols chart by Pop Chart Lab organizes various alcohol types together into one educational and fun to read (Especially while enjoying a tasty alcoholic beverage) print design. A limited edition of five hundred 18″ x 24″ signed and numbered prints are now available to purchase...
Oktoberfest is still a few months away, but it's never too early to plan for your blackout festivities. This year, don't waste your time in some sports bar drinking "spaten" that tastes suspiciously like Budweiser...head directly to the source (that's Germany, FYI) and do it for free with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest dream trip contest. And if the chance to go to Germany isn't enough, sign up because the consolation prize is lederhosen (not joking).
...Hacker-Pschorr is making it easy to enter, as every beer enthusiast 21 years of age and over, can enter on Facebook. Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Facebook offer includes: Airfare to Munich for two people, three nights' Munich hotel accommodations, Hacker-Pschorr Brewery Tour, and VIP seating and hospitality within Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Tent.
Enter online at www.facebook.com/HackerPschorrUSA. Entry deadline is May 31, 2012. Offered to U.S. residents at least 21 years old at time of entry or older, void where restricted or prohibited by law, and subject to Official Rules.
This dude got picked up for intoxication, and he wasn't quite sure he was guilty. In fact, as he says in the video, the issue isn't intoxication but "brotherhood of man on the planet earth." I think it's really about being able to say "let me go" to a cop 100x from the back of a cruiser without feeling a nightstick on your adam's apple. Oh, you also get to irritate the cop. This guy's a genius - he'd get 1,000 Internet points but he's Canadian (or at least he was picked up by the RCMP)...what's the exchange rate nowadays?
Budweiser's Band of Buds challenge isn't something we'd normally think about covering, but hey - rules are made to be broken. Turns out we have some friends of friends who won their regional semi-finals, and they're headed to Vegas next week (December 15-18) to try to win the whole shebang. We're not just posting about them because our buddies at Music Festival Junkies told us to, though - check out our reasons, as well as their competition video, below.
Their submission video features beer can baseball, beer shotput, and a foot race - and is frickin' hilarious from beginning to end..
The crew contains a dude who looks like Russell Brand on acid, another fellow who rocks a sweet Kerry King beard, a third gentleman who looks like he ate the rest of Slayer and wears a wrestling unitard, and a suspiciously normal-looking guy who we'd let do our taxes.
Halfway through the music is by Korpiklaani, our favorite Finnish folk metal band.
'Tis the season for buying gifts, it being Cyber Monday and all, but it's also the season for scratching your head over just what to get people. We're having the same problem, so we decided to see what you, our readers have bought for yourselves and others this year, to help with the hard decisions. We crunched the numbers and broke things out into five quick and easy categories.
Remember we can't guarantee any of these items will be part of Cyber Monday sales - just think of this as a nice addendum to our Holiday Shopping Guide to laser-focus your shopping efforts and keep you out of the bad gift club.
Oversized Drinking Glasses
It probably says a little something about our audience when the biggest sellers in 2010 were oversized drinking vessels. The biggest seller was the The Full Bottle Wine Glass, but you can also pick up the XL Champagne Glass or the XL Beer Glass, which holds five bottles.
We're consistently surprised at just how popular breathalyzers are, but we can't deny the strong sales, especially for Alcohawk products. This year's biggest sellers were the Slim and the ABI, followed closely by the PT500.
We already covered our Top 10 Booze Books in our holiday shopping guide, but we wanted to call out a few that seem to be exceedingly popular. 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die - which is awesomesauce for even the slightest of whiskey nerds - is completely worth picking up.
Decanters and Gift Sets
It's always nice to give a liquor nerd a means to display the object of his obsession, and one of the most popular items for this seems to consistently be the Bormioli Rocco Selecta 7-Piece Whiskey Gift Set, which includes six rocks glasses and a decanter, all reasonably priced. You can also get just the Dedalo Decanter from the same folks if you don't want to spring for the glasses.
If you'd like to step it up a bit, the Godinger Dublin is a popular and slightly pricier six-piece decanter option.
We here at Liquor Snob would like to with you and yours a great Turkey Day, and we came up with some ideas for things you can do while you're waiting for the tryptophan to wear off so you can go back for round two:
The folks over at Cracked.com are funny, funny sons of bitches - at least most of the time, which is more than we can say about ourselves. They're also, apparently, immense fans of "Top 5" lists, since they publish approximately 1.2 million of them per month. This one's a couple weeks old, but hey - there's always room for reading about lives that were made better by booze.
NASA actually launched an investigation looking for this sort of thing after the infamous incident in 2007 when former astronaut Lisa Nowak tried to kidnap her ex's girlfriend while wearing a diaper. Headed by Col. (Dr.) Richard E. Bachmann Jr. of the US Air Force, the investigators uncovered something that makes Attempted Interstate Infantilist Kidnapping look like charity work: On no fewer than three separate incidents, NASA had cleared astronauts to fly missions -- including two shuttle missions--while completely fucking tanked.
We'll come out and say it - we know something about hangovers. We'll also say we've tried a few different pre-boozing hangover remedies in our time, including PreToxx.
When we tried it last time we found PreToxx did a pretty good job of staving off the most vicious aspects of a hangover (headache, nausea) by master blasting our systems with vitamins and good stuff to fight off the bad stuff. As an added bonus, it didn't give us the green apple splatters (look it up) like a certain other brand did.
But the folks at PreToxx aren't resting on their laurels - they've updated the formula and dropped the price, and sent us a fresh new bottle. So, we decided to do what we do best - test drive a few of the pills and pour some drinks on them. Like right now. Here's hoping that new prickly pear and a whole lot of vitamins B and C can help stave off the effects of what we plan to do to ourselves tonight. We'll keep you posted.
Sometimes, when your friends are passed out, you have to go the extra mile. Those days, after drawing Sharpie mustaches on their faces, or painting them green, or putting them in funny positions and posting the pics and video to the Web...there's too much time lag between when they wake up and when they find out about it. For those days, you need the "While You Were Out Cold" notepad, to let them know exactly what kind of vile shenanigans you were up to as soon as they open their bleary, glitter-encrusted eyes.
We're starting to get into this Bacardi True Originals series, showcasing different types of bartenders. We can see where they're going with it. We have to admit we were nervous for this one after we saw perfectly good bar utensils start flying through the air. Yes, we were impressed by his aerodynamic artistry, but we kept wanting to yell "STOP BOUNCING THE BOTTLE ON YOUR DAMN ELBOW AND MIX THE DRINK ALREADY!"
Then, we read over at A Dash of Bitters that this dude is a real bartender (named Nicolas Saint-Jean if you're curious) and all is right in the world again - and this is our favorite video in the series. Now we need to just get ourselves one of those vanilla pod straws...
As you most likely know, we usually take things very seriously here at Liquor Snob. Occasionally, however, we like to let the starch out of our collars and let our hair down, so to speak, and this video has certainly tickled our funny bones. This is probably NOT what you want to do when a cop asks you to take a breathalyzer test...we're guessing this guy got tazed the moment the cop stopped laughing.
In fact, you should probably pick up a breathalyzer of your own so you can practice at home. Just saying, is all.