• Twins Fans Can Now Get A Bloody Mary Garnished With Cold Pizza

    Hrbek’s Pub, the bar and restaurant at Target Field named for former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek, offered up a ridiculous Bloody Mary last year that was garnished with a cheeseburger for $18. Of course, the insane drink resulted in tons of press for Hrbek’s, which meant they’d have to come up with something even better this year. And it looks like they have. This season Twins fans can get the College Daze Bloody Mary for $19, described as: This Bloody Mary will bring back the memories (or not)! This cool Bloody Mary gets a cold slice of Pepperoni Pizza which is just what you need with a Bloody Mary! If that wasn’t enough you also get all the other fixings! Beef Stick, Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheese Cubes, Pepperoncini, Olive, Celery, & a Pickle Spear. Served with a Bud Light Beer Back. Damn…guess it’s time for a road trip.

  • Eight Modern Speakeasies With Real Roots in the 1920s [Link]

    Hip, 1920s-inspired speakeasies are all the rage these days, with interestingly-mustachioed bartenders making old-timey drinks like Sidecars and Lime Rickeys. But why go to these places that were simply inspired by the gin joints of yesteryear when you can visit the real deal? Check out these eight speakeasies with real roots in the days of Prohibition.

  • Boozy Genius Invents K-Cup Machine for Jello Shots

    In the ever changing world of alcohol ingestion, Oregon entrepreneur Jeff Jetton created a device which can crank out 20 Jell-O shots in about ten minutes. The Keurig-style machine uses k-cup pods to hydrate, heat and chill a single shot of alcohol infused gelatin. Jevo officially launches at a Vegas trade show next week, and Jetton imagines the first units will be in bars by early 2016. The brand also stresses there are plenty of good uses that do not involve booze, but lets be honest. To date, the company has raised more than $4 million from angel investors across the country and from one local institution.

  • How To Make Your Own Wine [Infographic]

    Homebrewing is all the rage these days, but the fact is, it’s not all that easy to make a good beer. But whereas many of us have become beer snobs, we’re much more forgiving when it comes to wine. As long as it tastes good enough to not spit out immediately, most of us are satisfied. And it’s not hard to make! So take a look at this infographic and with a small investment and a little bit of patience, you’ll be able to make your own wine that’s a step above pruno. Just remember, these prices are in pounds, so multiply by 1.5 to get an approximation in dollars.

  • The World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Is From…Taiwan?

    When you think of single malt scotch, you probably think of burly, bearded men distilling whisky in foggy, heather-filled moors of…Scotland. After all, the place is in the name. But these days, the best-rated single malts are coming from nowhere near Scotland. Last year we told you about the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 from Japan, which received top honors in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Now the World Whiskies Awards have named Taiwan’s Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique the world’s best single malt. The 58.6 per cent ABV whisky has previously been awarded New Whisky of the Year in the 2012 Whisky Bible and was described at the awards as “surprisingly smooth on the palate” and “like Bourbon-infused milk chocolate.” Kavalan says the whisky is aged in American oak barrels that previously held both white and red wines. Sounds pretty good, huh? And at $140 for a 700ml bottle, the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique is quite affordable as far as the world of single malts is concerned. So…anyone know if Clan MacGregor won any awards?

  • The Chemistry Of Guinness [Infographic]

    In case the plethora of daytime drunks bedecked with shamrocks didn’t clue you in, today is St. Patrick’s Day. That means that even those of us who aren’t Irish will play The Pogues on the jukebox and drink a pint of Guinness. In fact, 13 million pints of Guinness will be imbibed today. While your drinking your pint with other revelers, use this infographic to explain why the bubbles appear to fall, what gives the brew its bitterness, and where the dark color comes from. And for your Pogues selection, I suggest “The Body of an American.”

  • Jameson’s Limited Edition St. Paddy’s Day Bottle got it all Wrong

    Jameson has finally embraced the St. Paddy’s Day spirit with a fifth annual release of their limited-edition St. Patrick’s day bottle. The bottle was designed by award-winning illustrator Dermot Flynn featuring Irish imagery and slang from Jameson’s native land. While a limited edition bottle defaced with bar-talk is a cute angle to take for an irish whiskey brand, we have some suggestions for next year. Regret Where’s my phone? Where’s my tooth? What happened last night? Who are you? I threw up green. No more. Never again. Ok, one more shot. If this bottle’s half full, then you’re in trouble.

  • The Most Popular Beers Around The World [Infographic]

    Vinepair is just killing it when it comes researching beer trends. In recent weeks they’ve examined the best-selling brands in the US and offered a calorie counts of each and now they’ve widened their scope to see which beers are the top brews around the world. Vinepair looked for the most recent data from each country, but if the info wasn’t available or couldn’t be verified, thecountry was not included. In total, over 100 countries are included on the map. We’d like to congratulate Baltika, who not only dominated the Russian market but also took the top spot in the most notorious of beer snob former Soviet Republics, Azerbaijan. And for more great beer and wine infographics, fllow the Vinepair blog.

  • Evoke Your Inner Don Draper with the Official Mad Men Barware Set

    You’ll never be as cool as Don Draper. Sorry to bust your bubble, but tailoring a grey suit, buying a coat rack specifically for your after hours fedora and applying for a creative position at Saachi & Saachi will still never make you as cool as Don Draper. Once you come to this realization, then you could drown your sorrows at the bottom of a bottle, just like Don, it’s about as close as you’ll get to being as cool as the Don. The Mad Men Edition Mixology Collection will get you halfway there, all you have to do is fill it, then empty it again using your face hole. The crystal barware specialists at Waterford have partnered with Lionsgate to create a limited run of period-influenced barware with gold and platinum accents, so you can drown your blanketed rage of life with class and dignity, just like Don! The collection features highballs, glasses, pitchers, and decanters all with metalic accents and intricate detail.

  • Mad Men Dining Week Coming To NYC

    The final season of AMC’s Mad Men begins next month and although we’re sad to see it go, we’re pretty excited about this latest promotion for the show. From March 23-29, New York City restaurants will be celebrating Mad Men Dining Week. For just $19.69 (clever) you can get two cocktails or a two-course lunch of entree with appetizer or desert. The food is a great deal, especially considering the participating restaurants include swanky joints like Le Cirque, but it’s the cocktail deal that really excites us. Usually if you’re paying less than $10 for a cocktail in Manhattan, it’s made with paint thinner and malice, so enjoying a Maker’s Mark drink in some of Manhattan’s classiest bars for such a great price is something special. For more details on the promotion and the menus at participating restaurants, check out NYCgo.

  • The Science Of Getting Drunk [Infographic]

    If we drink too much, which isn’t all that much really, we get drunk. All of us. Even that annoying dude double-fisting at the party claiming he’s “not even drunk.” And once we’re drunk, we run the risk of getting sick and/or waking up the next morning wanting to die. But through an understanding of what we’re subjecting our bodies too, we can determine measures that might make us feel not so horrible after a night of drinking. So before heading out tonight and celebrating that it’s almost Friday and therefore almost, almost the weekend, learn a little something about alcohol and your body so you have material for your drunken ramblings later.

  • COUNTING CALORIES IN 50 POPULAR BEERS [Infographic]

    Looking to lose weight? Well if you eat food AND drink beer, you might have some trouble unless you introduce exercise (gasp!) into your daily routine. Apparently beers, even those advertised as being low calorie, are calorically dense. And interestingly enough, Michelob Ultra and Natural Light both seem to be your best bet when it comes to ABV and calories. It just depends on what stigma you’d rather have applied to you. I’ll just keep drinking high-calorie stouts and porters and do a few jumping jacks between pints.

  • Your Bottle Of Scotch Is About To Get Smarter

    When you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a bottle of scotch, you want to be sure that you’re getting the legit product that hasn’t been tampered with somewhere along the supply chain. Science offers us methods to ensure the legitmacy of our drams, but unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to a spectroscope. However, a new device is about to make our bottles smart and give us all the info we need. Norwegian printed electronics company Thin Film Electronics is teaming up with Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits and owner of the Johnnie Walker brand of scotch whisky, to help you ensure your bottle of Blue Label is the real deal. Thin Film’s smart label is a sensor that requires no power source and transmits info over radio waves. This sensor can be read by a smartphone app and depending on if the bottle has been opened or not, the radio transmission will differ. And unlike unsecure QR codes, the sensor cannot be reproduced or modified. The tags, which only add a few cents to production costs, will go into production later this year for the premium Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Let’s hope they add functionality that more »

  • The 20 Most Popular Beers in the United States [Infographic]

    Big Beer is a big business in America. Total annual sales stand around $100 billion. Craft Beers, as defined by the Brewer’s Association, are booming, yet still only account for around 15% of the beer sold in America. On a volume basis, craft beer’s share of the market is about half of that, due to its premium pricing. So what’s America drinking? A whole lot of light beer, most of which is made by a handful of monstrous macro brewers. America’s most popular beer is Bud Light – by a couple billion dollars. Yes, Bud Light’s U.S. sales alone would lodge it firmly within the Fortune 500.

  • This Is How You Bring The Juicing Craze To The Bar [Link]

    Do you want to take part in the juicing craze but you’re afraid it means you have to give up your precious alcohol? Fear not! It turns out that those fresh, healthy juices also make great mixers. Check out these recipes and start incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juices into your cocktails. It finally makes sense why I never like kale juice–I wasn’t adding any tequila!

  • Horny Goat Brewing Perfects Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

    Porters, those deliciously dark beers that are often overlooked by new imbibers, have often enticed us with flavored offerings. It began with vanilla and chocolate, which are both delicious, but in recent years, brewers have become more adventurous with their flavors, reaching the apex of beer flavor fusions with the introduction of chocolate peanut butter. I’ve had chocolate peanut butter porters before, such as Liquid Bliss from Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until I got a hold of Horny Goat Brewing Company’s Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter that I realized just how great the concoction could be. I had never heard of Wisconsin’s Horny Goat Brewing Company and at $11 a 4-pack, it was a bit more expensive than the $12 per 6-pack I was used to paying for Liquid Bliss. But variety is the spice of life and I was feeling muy caliente! As soon as I popped open the bottle, I was hit with a strong aroma of peanut butter and a less intense chocolate accent. It smelled like dessert and absolutely nothing like beer. If this was a blind taste test, I would have thought there was a peanut butter more »

  • How To Make The Perfect Margarita [Infographic]

    Pre-made margarita mix is for chumps. To celebrate National Margarita Day  we give you an infographic on how to make the perfect margarita. Summer is fast approaching and nothing spices things up like a delicious margarita on the rocks. Most guys don’t realize how easy it is. If you want to get real fancy check out our article “Avion Tamarindo Margarita” on how to make the recently crowned best tasting margarita on Earth. How to make the Perfect Margarita Salt, for rimming the glass (optional) Ice 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave) 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec) Dash of sugar — We would also like to share with you a favorite at The Roosevelt’s office, The Beer Margarita. A simple, easy to make margarita you can pull off as a regular drink. A refreshing drink without the dainty glass and little pink umbrella. How to make the Beer Margarita (makes 6, 1 cup servings) 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate 12 fluid ounces tequila 12 fluid ounces water 12 fluid ounces beer ice 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • A Beautiful Infographic Showing Where All Your Favorite Whiskeys Come From

    For the casual whiskey or bourbon drinker you might not care about where your brown stuff comes from, but as your palette advances you’d be surprised how flavors correspond with distillery locations. To keep profits high and distilleries running, most brands diversify, but things have gotten a little out of hand as of late. Only four major parent companies produce the majority of the whiskey and bourbon you drink, Brown-Forman, DIAGEO, Pernod and Suntory have a complete stronghold on the game. Take a look at this wonderful infographic and next time someone tells you they taste a distinct distilled difference between Knob Creek and Makers call them on BS.  

  • Pancake Day: Which Beer Makes The Best Batter? [Link]

    Apparently the day preceding Ash Wednesday is known as Pancake Day, which just happens to be tomorrow. We weren’t aware, but we’re not going to fight it because pancakes are delicious. But what would make them more delicious? How about beer? Sure, it’s worth a shot! Beer makes pancakes light and flavorful, but with so many types to choose from, which beer should you go with? Find out with this guide from The Guardian comparing pancakes made with an amber, pale, blond, milk stout, and bitter.

  • Impress Your Valentine’s Date With These Simple Cocktails

    Tomorrow marks the day when every man who isn’t single wishes he was (at leas a little bit). You can never be sure how your gift will be received but at least a little bit of booze will make whatever you bought go over somewhat better. And if it doesn’t, just have another drink! This season, we’ve been warming up with Crown Royal’s new Regal Apple offering. It’s still a whiskey, like Crown Royal’s other offerings, but it’s been mixed with regal apples, making for a sweet and sippable dram that even a whiskey neophyte can enjoy. And as a bonus, the green felt bag makes for a perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift (or not). Once you get you and your significant other a bottle of Crown Royal Regal Apple, here a couple cocktails that are easy to master. The Scorchin Winter Warmer is perfect if, like us, you’re stuck in the frozen tundra of New Jersey while the Apple of My Eye will cool you down when things heat up.

  • Here Are the Parent Companies Who Actually Make Your Precious Craft Beer

    Contrary to popular belief, your precious, meticulously brewed craft beverages aren’t brewed in the basement of some mad scientist, in fact some of the most popular craft breweries are, in fact just a subsidiary of one of the few large macro breweries of the U.S. VinePair has created a map highlighting the location and parent company of some of the more popular “craft” breweries around the U.S. VinePair noted, “This map is not an effort to wade into the debate of what is and isn’t a craft beer — a debate which was recently amplified by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s marketing department during the Super Bowl, and an inflammatory profile of Jim Koch, the man who created Sam Adams. It’s also not a judgement of quality. Some of the beers on this map are great. Some aren’t. Either way, we believe you should drink what you like. We also believe you should know who made that beer though, which is why we created the map.”

  • These Are the 6 Bar Mixers You Should Absolutely Positively Use [Link]

    Are you trying to assemble the ultimate bar at your home but you’re not sure what the must-have mixers are? Instead of stocking up on big jugs of overly-sweet syrups and mixes for drinks you’ve only heard about in stories your grandparents tell about going to the Copa in 1962 to see Louis Prima, opt for these low-calorie, fresh ingredients. And if you don’t know what to do with these delicious mixers, recommended cocktails are also provided. Your guests (and their insulin levels) will thank you.

  • How Your Favorite Booze Is Made [Infographic]

    Cave paintings depicting early man wearing his necktie around his head after a tough day at Slate Rock and Gravel Company prove that man has been imbibing alcoholic beverages for thousands of year. And much like opium, anything we’ve enjoyed for so long must be good for us. But over time, industrial processes have removed us from the production of our booze and we are often ignorant of where it comes from. So get in the DIY spirit and check out this infographic then go to the liquor store and buy some booze (it’s much easier) and wash that newfound knowledge away. Then repeat.

  • We’ve Gone Gaga For Blood Orange Gose

    I am a huge fan of sour beers. After all, what could be better than something that tastes like Warheads AND gets us buzzed? That’s why I was so excited last year when I heard that Anderson Valley Brewing Company released The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose. For you beer newbs, Gose (pronounced “Go-zuh”) is a tart and salty German wheat beer. Anywho, I went searching for the AVBC Gose around New York and New Jersey and came up with…nada. Then late last hear I heard about a Blood Orange Gose from the brewer and decided not to get my hopes up. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I was greeted with a stack of cases of AVBC Blood Orange Gose in Jersyey City earlier this week. Without a second thought, I paid $10.99 for a six-pack and ran home, with all the excitement of Charlie after unwrapping his golden ticket to the chocolate factory (but slightly less song and dance). Gose’s are usually quite salty and incredibly tart. Don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious, but certainly not for everyone. That’s why AVBC decided to make a much more approachable Gose with the addition of blood more »

  • Hot Beer, Anyone? [Link]

    Believe it or not, there was once a time when people didn’t care how blue the mountains were on the label, and would actually drink their beer hot. As more and more craft breweries resurrect long-lost beers, there has been a noticeable absence of the warm ales of yore. And since it’s currently colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra, now is the perfect time to consider bringing back those warm brews. But before you pour your Schlitz in a mug and throw it in the microwave, check out the history of this long lost libation.

  • New Top-Chef Restaurant, ‘Talde’ Takes Jersey City Food to the Next Level

    Downtown Jersey City eateries will be popping up by the dozens in the coming year, but the king of the castle has planted his flag in the ground for now. Top Chef All-star, Dale Talde, has officially opened “Talde” Jersey City, the second with his namesake after the acclaimed success of his Park Slope restaurant. Talde, with partners John Bush and David Massoni, took on the venture over a year ago and it was worth the wait. The building which the restaurant now calls home has a beautiful historic facade built in the 1800’s and was previously home to the Jersey City Police Department, which gives it the raw loft style Jersey City is synonymous with. The Talde/Bush/Massoni partnership also recently opened Carrino Provisions, directly next door. Carrino is an Italian market/restaurant in partnership with HGTV’s Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of Kitchen Cousins. We had the pleasure of dining at Talde for it’s opening night and honestly had trouble choosing the right plates from it’s wide array of menu selections. Talde brought the heat from his Brooklyn menu with items like pretzel pork and chive dumplings with a spicy mustard sauce, and the bacon pad Thai, both which I had, both were phenomenal. more »

  • Personalized Miniature Oak Barrels Are The Perfect Gift For Whiskey Lovers

    Every whiskey lover dreams of creating their own unique dram, flavored and aged to their tastes. But time, money, and space make barrel aging 200 liters of whiskey for years at a time an unlikely endeavor. That’s why these miniature barrels from UncommonGoods are such a great purchase. Available in bothe 2 liter and 5 liter sizes, these miniature barrels are made form American White Oak and hand crafted without the use of glue or nails. Curing and cleaning materials and instructions are included along with essences to create your very own whiskey or rum. With proper care, the barrels will last 8 to 10 years and their small size means the aging process is accelerated up to 10 times. To top it all off, the barrels are personalized with whatever you want, making them not only functional, but also superb display pieces. The Personalized Whiskey Barrels are available from UncommonGoods for $85 (2L) and $200 (5L).

  • The Non-Beer Snob’s Guide to Ordering at a Craft Beer Bar [Link]

    With the craft beer revolution charging ahead at full speed, we now have more brews to choose from than every before. But sometimes, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to drink, especially if you usually just reach for something from Budweiser or Miller. And when if you don’t know what you want, a craft beer bar can seem like an unwelcoming place. With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing a beer and enjoying yourself even if you’re not a beer snob.

  • Brew Your Very Own Presidential Honey Beer With This White House Recipe

    Before the big game, President Obama sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and talked politics, football (obviously) and beer, white house home brewed beer actually. In fact Obama’s home brew is the first brewed White House beer since George Washington brewed his own in the late 1700s. We decided to do a little recon work around this and in 2012, Obama’s team actually released two recipes he himself brews in the White House Kitchen. The first is a full flavored honey ale made with tons of malt, even biscuit malt and home made White House honey and the second is a Honey Porter Ale a darker, fuller beer the POTUS could kick back and relax with. We managed to find the recipes at WhiteHouse.gov, so take a look and feel free to try our your own Presidential honey brew.

  • Tour Your Favorite Scotch Distilleries From Google Maps

    If you enjoy single malt scotch whisky, you probably dream of visiting your favorite distilleries. And with the hefty price tags of each tasty dram, your Scottish vacation will remain nothing but a dream. But fear not, for Diageo and Google want to help you out. Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, is no stranger to scotch whisky, controlling such popular brands as Johnnie Walker, Oban, Talisker, and Lagavulin. And through the magic of Google’s Business View, Diageo is now inviting you to tour four of their iconic distilleries in Scotland. 360-degree virtual tours of the Cardhu, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Talisker, and Lagavulin distilleries are now available via Google. So go ahead and tour the distilleries on Google so you won’t feel so bad when you forego a vacation to buy a bottle of Talisker 30.

  • Don’t Bogart Oskar Blues’ Pinner IPA

    It’s no secret that the folks at Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery enjoy their state’s liberal attitudes toward cannabis. Hell, they’ve even promoted the fact that an empty can of Dale’s Pale Ale can be used as a smoking device. But with their latest brew, Oskar Blues’ love of marijuana is more evident than ever. Named after the slang term for tiny joints, Pinner Throwback IPA is actually Oskar Blues’ lowest ABV offering at 4.9%. So it’s on the weaker side, like a pinner. And once you pop the top, you are greeted with a very familiar aroma that reminds you just how closely related hops and cannabis are. If that’s not enough for you, to really make their point, the cans are stamped with “Can I Be Blunt?” above the logo. The not-so-subtle brew is already available in Colorado and North Carolina where Oskar Blues breweries are located. All 41 states where Oskar Blues is available will begin selling Pinner beginning March 1. Remember, don’t bogart that can. Chug, chug, pass.

  • From Gluten-Free Beer to Kombucha, Alcohol Options for Health-Conscious Drinkers [Link]

    With so many choices available thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the craft beer movement, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker. In fact, even people who couldn’t drink beer before are finding ways to enjoy a cold brew. Coconut water, kombucha, and gluten-free ingredients are all finding their way into concoctions made to appeal to a broad demographic of health-conscious drinkers, enabling more and more people to get buzzed. And what could be wrong with that?

  • Crown Royal Regal Apple Is A Flavored Whiskey Everyone Can Enjoy

    The popularity of whiskey has surged in recent years all across the board. Once the drink of cowboys and old men in suits, men and women imbibers of all ages are now enjoying the water of life. One such reason may be the emergence of flavored whiskeys that serve as an inviting introduction to the spirit. Whereas many distillers dove right in, releasing flavor after flavor in an effort to see what would stick, Crown Royal has taken a more thoughtful approach to introducing flavored varieties. And we are most thankful for that. Crown Royal Regal Apple is only the second flavored whiskey from the Canadian distiller after Crown Royal Maple, which came out over two years ago. Crown Royal has taken their time to perfect Regal Apple and after one sip, it’s clear that their effort was not in vain. Regal Apple is first and foremost a Crown Royal whiskey. It has that velvety smoothness that is tough to beat in it’s entry-level price range. Although the “whiskeyness” of the dram is simplified compared to other offerings from Crown, it’s for the best, because more than anything, Regal Apple is about apple. Regal gala apples were selected to impart more »

  • 78 Cocktails Every Party Monster Should Know

    Forget old-school measures like ml and oz. Information is Beautiful calculated their own universal metric. One of any ingredient represents one part of any measuring vessel you choose: cup, spoon, lid, shoe, whatever – it’s your party! These universal recipes scale up for any level of mayhem. Enjoy please, but drink responsibly.

 

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