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August 2007


Booze hero Michael Jackson died Thursday. This obituary by the AP only recognizes him as a beer critic, which is odd considering he is at least as well known as a whisky expert. He wrote both the Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch and the World Guide to Beer. He went public only recently with the information that he'd been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for 20 years, though he died of a heart attack this week. Whatever you're drinking this weekend, raise a glass of it to Michael Jackson in recognition of the passing of a legend. Labels: news Read more →

Looking forward to purgatory

Doesn't this drink sound crazy? I need to get some Rittenhouse Rye just to try it out. The recipe comes from Gary Regan's cocktail column in the SF Chronicle. Purgatory Makes 1 drink Adapted from a recipe by Ted Kilgore, bartender and bar manager at Monarch Restaurant, Maplewood, Mo. 21/2 ounces Rittenhouse 100-proof straight rye whiskey 3/4 ounce Benedictine 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse 1 lemon wedge or twist, for garnish Instructions: Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full of ice and add the whiskey, Benedictine and Chartreuse. Stir for approximately 30 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add garnish. Labels:... Read more →

Booze, light up my life

Gizmodo reports on a new LED-enhanced cork for lighting up your bottle collection. It makes me feel sorry for Ty Ku sake liqueur, who spent all that money for a customized light-up bottle. Labels: news, packaging Read more →

Naked hula dancing not distracting enough

Creative beer shoplifting attempt: One masked, but otherwise naked, man hula danced in a convenience store to create a distraction so that his buddy could steal a case of beer during the confusion. Unfortunately it didn't work. Perhaps they should have thought smaller. If I were a convenience store worker and someone offered to do a masked naked hula dance in exchange for a beer, I would have said yes. It would probably be the only thing interesting that happened all day. Labels: beer, funny, news Read more →

Complicating things

I saw two similarly industrial-strength home drinking solutions today. The first is a carbonation system that uses a 20lb CO2 tank and makes enough seltzer for a year. The experimenter wanted to avoid using proprietary Soda Club CO2 tanks so he/she developed this system that only took ten minutes to put together after buying a ton of big parts on eBay. Clever, but kinda ugly. Not so ugly, but much bigger is a self-contained brewery that cost a mere $4,315 to build. Damn! Labels: beer, homemade, mixer Read more →

Don't have a cow

Here's the downer antidote to all the upper energy drinks on the market: Blue Cow Relaxation Drink. What's in Blue Cow that will help me relax? Our proprietary blend of safe, relaxation-inducing ingredients includes Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower, Hawthorne Berry, Lemon Balm and most importantly, Suntheanine┬«. What is Suntheanine┬«?* Suntheanine┬« is Taiyo International's patented brand of pure L-Theanine, the primary amino acid found in green tea. I think it's only distributed in southern California right now, but I'll try it when it gets here. As I'm a total stress-case, a non-alcoholic relaxant sounds good to me- and to my liver.... Read more →

Caliente Cocktails

In September's San Francisco Magazine I have a story on Cantina, a bar I may have mentioned here once or two hundred times already, as part of the Latin cocktail trend. The story isn't online, so run screaming to your local newsstand to pick up the new issue. Labels: bars, camper_clips, SanFrancisco Read more →

Goofy Beer

This article lists the Seven Beer Wonders of the World- all the recent goofy beer you've heard about- beer for your dog, pizza beer, bilk, etc. Labels: beer, funny Read more →