December 7, 2011

Margaritaville Mixed Drink Mixer

margaritaville_mixer.jpgIf you're one of those people who'd rather socialize with guests at your holiday party, rather than mixing their drinks, Margaritaville has a new option for you. They've put together this tidy little machine that will allow you to attach a bottle of booze (vodka, rum, whatever) and four different types of mixers. Guests can then choose their own poison (figuratively) while you're flitting around fluffing pillows and twittering at bad jokes.

The gizmo will let you pour a double (though your guests don't have to know that), and will even let you surprise yourself with a random concoction. If we had this machine, we'd attach a bottle of vodka, then fill the other canisters with rum, tequila, gin and whiskey and see how many button presses it would take to black out mix a Long Island Iced Tea.

At Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker

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December 1, 2011

AT-AT Liquor Cabinet Just In Time For Xmas

at_at_liquor_cabinet.jpgDrool cleanup in Aisle 3...can we get a drool cleanup in Aisle 3? I can't say I've been on the market for a new liquor cabinet, but this glorious piece of work mashes my Star Wars Nerd button and my Liquor Nerd button right at the same time. I'm already dreaming about using my harpoon and tow cables to bring this sucker down, then lightsabering my way in to get the boozy goodness inside.

Guess I'd better keep dreaming, though, because I don't think this sucker's for sale. [Thanks for the tip, Jay]

Make [via Gizmodo]

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October 19, 2011

SoCo Fiery Pepper Arrives for Review

soco_fiery_pepper.jpgWe just got our review bottle of Southern Comfort's Fiery Pepper, a tabasco-infused twist on the whiskey liqueur. We can't wait to see what the addition of a little fire does for a spirit that's always been on the sweet side. Our review bottle came with a smoke detector and four light-up shot glasses too - we're looking forward to bringing the heat.

Learn more at SouthernComfort.com

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October 18, 2011

CocktailGoGo at Portland Cocktail Week

PortlandCocktailWeek.jpgPortland Cocktail Week is happening out in Portland this weekend (left coast Portland, not right coast Portland), and it just so happens our second-favorite drinks site is going to be right there in the middle of it. That's right, CocktailGoGo will be be co-sponsoring two events, and you can expect them both to be liver-asploding fun.

The first event is on the official roster - The Bon Vivants present Triple Buck - and is scheduled from noon to five on Saturday:

The Bon Vivants present Triple Buck with Cocktail Go Go and the good dudes from Bar Lab during Portland Cocktail Week and featuring the beautiful whiskies from the Brown Forman Portfolio. Come drink whiskey as it was intended, show off your Buck Hunter skills, take part in the old-fashioned reckoning, dance your ass off to the foot stompin' music of Portland's own Vandamonium, and get fat on face melting ribs and sides.

We have inside info on the second event, a.k.a. the Bus-a-Move Tour, and all we can say is it involves a double-decker bus, a tour of five area bars, and a whole lotta drinkin'. Those of you hitting up Portland this weekend should keep an eye out for CocktailGoGo representatives to see if you can weasel your way into either or both events.

Get more info about this weekend's doings at Portland Cocktail Week and hit up CocktailGoGo on Facebook.

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October 11, 2011

The Rum Diary [book]

rum_diary.jpgHunter S. Thompson. Puerto Rico. Johnny Depp in underpants. Copious amounts of mini bottles. A mermaid from Connecticut. Those are the images we can dredge out of our booze-soaked brains about the trailer for upcoming film The Rum Diary. We do recall that the movie looked kickass, and we always love reading a good HST yarn, so we do believe we'll pick up the novel.

"Disgusting as he usually was," Hunter Thompson writes in this, his 1959 novel, "on rare occasions he showed flashes of a stagnant intelligence. But his brain was so rotted with drink and dissolute living that whenever he put it to work it behaved like an old engine that had gone haywire from being dipped in lard."

We always knew Mr. Thompson was magical, but it's kind of uncanny how he peered into the future to describe the entire Liquor Snob staff.

At The Rum Diary: A Novel

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October 10, 2011

7 Reasons to Allow Booze in the Office

office_drinking.jpgWe've always been a fan of drinking in the workplace. We're not talking shameful hidden drinking, or sneaking a beer during lunch - we're talking having a full-blown social pop on occasion without going out to a bar. It doesn't often happen, but when it does - responsibly of course - there can be some real benefits to allowing the old social lubricant to grease its way into the workplace.

KegWorks put together a nice little list of seven reasons why you should be able booze in the office:

Here are 7 Reasons Drinking at Work is a Good Thing: Feel free to send them to your boss)

1. It's relatively low cost (as far as benefits go) but it's a perk your employees will really enjoy and appreciate. They're sure to go around boasting about how incredible their company is and that's really valuable PR.

2. It reduces stress - when you know there's a cold one waiting for you at the end of a taxing meeting, the meeting doesn't seem so impossible anymore.

3. It encourages socializing and team building - some people open up more with a beer in their hand than they ever do around the coffee pot. Creating a corporate culture where people feel relaxed is a beautiful thing.


See the rest of the list at the KegWorks blog.

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October 7, 2011

Backpacking With Booze

winebag.jpgWe've spent a goodly amount of our Liquor Snob career discussing how to bring liquor to places most people wouldn't think of. From the Beer Belly (and the Wine Rack) to the Bootlegger, we've smuggled more booze than Canada during Prohibition.

That's why we love this article at Mother Nature Network about how to bring drinks when you go backpacking. Nobody wants to lug glass bottles or coolers around when they're hitting the trail, but there are alternatives. Our favorite was buying a box of wine and just taking the wine pouch out of the box...we've done that before, but we never though of inflating the bag afterward to use as a pillow.

at MNN

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October 3, 2011

The Happy Table of Eugene Walter (Book)

eugene-walter.jpgWe've received a copy of a book entitled "The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink," and being the bourbon enthusiasts we are, we jumped at the chance to review it. If you're not familiar with Mr. Walter, he was, according to his Wikipedia page, a "screenwriter, poet, short-story author, actor, puppeteer, gourmet chef, cryptographer, translator, editor, costume designer and well-known raconteur." Sounds like someone we'd like to get to know.

As we page through the book, we find all kinds of recipes, from cocktails (including more variations on the Julep than you might know existed) to a wide variety of Southern-influenced foods. Not all of the recipes feature liquor, but the ones that don't are deep fried and bacon-inclusive enough to make even Paula Deen blush - and we're pretty sure she wears a Camelbak full of melted butter. From Caribbean Flank Steak to Pensacola Shrimp to Hangover Punch, there's a little something for everyone in the book.

The real appeal for us is the colorful way in which the commentary and recipes are written, making it a real treat compared to your typical recipe book. For example, the "Maryland Julep" recipe calls for you to "gather the mint while the dew is still on it" and gives very explicit instructions on how to handle it next. We think cocktail enthusiasts and gourmands alike will find something for them in in this book.

At The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink

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August 15, 2011

Build-A-Luge Will Let You Do Just That

build_a_luge.jpgHow much is it worth to you and your friends to be able to build a shot luge? We hope you said "I dunno, like a hundred bucks..." because that's how much the Build-A-Luge Blackout Edition will run you. Containing everything you need for said blackout, from ice trough to stand to pourers, for less than the cost of a single college textbook. There is no downside.

Learn more at Build-A-Luge.com.

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August 2, 2011

This Friday is International Beer Day

international_beer_day.jpgIn our world every day is beer day, but this coming Friday August 5 is something special - International Beer Day - because there's nothing better on a summer Friday than enjoying some tasty, tasty beer. Here's what the IBD website has to say about the nature of the celebration:

The purpose of IBD is threefold:
  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
  2. To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
  3. To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.

Yeah, we'll drink to that. For more information, and to find a local celebration, check out the International Beer Day website. You can also friend them on Facebook and join the IBD Facebook group if that's your thing.

We like to think of it as an opportunity for macro- and micro-brew drinkers alike to come together as one and say "Beer frickin' rules!" (or words to that effect) and clink their bottles, cans and fluted glasses together. No matter what, you know we'll be celebrating the day at Three Penny.

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