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Hey, did y'all see the new Adam Lambert video "For Your Entertainment"? I sure did. As you'd expect, he dresses in all black with sparkly studded accessories and sings while people writhe around him. He also holds a snake. Less expected is the new symbol of rock star stature: an absinthe fountain. RISKY! You'll notice that the pouring absinthe fountain doesn't appear to have ice in it, and that given its color it looks like they put absinthe in the fountain instead of ice water, and that the other fountain appears to be filled with sugar cubes. No matter! What... Read more →

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Lady Gaga's new video "Bad Romance" has some product placement in it, this time for Nemiroff vodka. I usually don't care about things of this nature, but when Lady Gaga does something it's good to pay attention. In her previous video for LoveGame, people were apparently drinking Campari out of the bottle on the subway while watching Gaga dance. How this impacted sales of Campari I do not know. In Bad Romance, we get a flash of the bottle in the beginning then a second shot of it being poured into a glass around 2:28. (If you can't see the... Read more →

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I received a copy of the new documentary Beer Wars, released this week. I found it to be both interesting and annoying. The story is about the big brewers versus small ones and how hard it is in the current system to launch a small brand. It was interesting to learn how both shelf space and distribution are controlled by major brands, how they'll release "category killer" products just to knock out the competition from upstarts, and how much money is spent lobbying congress. The big flaw with the film in my opinion is that director/writer/producer Anat Baron chose to... Read more →

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Tequila and Fernet, Together at Last

I haven't had the Manana Despues yet, but I fully support it in theory. It's a version of the Fernet Branca Cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book, using blanco tequila instead of gin. Jay from Oh Gosh! has the recipe video with Tiffany Short of The Gibson here. Yes she pronounces Fernet incorrectly, but to be fair I wasn't sure we were saying it right in San Francisco until Count Branca came to town and confirmed it. Read more →

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A Catchy Tune About Drinking Irresponsibly, Brought to you by Patron Tequila

Oh my, this advertisement song by Paradiso Girls featuring Lil Jon and Eve called "Patron Tequila" kind of has "major club hit" written all over it. I kind of love it, cheesy as it is. I have the refrain stuck in my head, where I do not want it. It goes like this: I want Patron, tequila I'm drunk on margaritas And Patron, tequila Me and my mamacita The call to get shitfaced is repeated not just in the line "Who wanna get drunk?" that's called out many a time, but also in this verse: By the end of the... Read more →

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