I don’t know how many of you are guilty of this, but I know I am, andÂ not ashamed to admit it.Â I pick out my wine by the packaging! Ok so now that thats out in the open, I’d like to say that more often than not the wines I choose are hits.Â For me it’s not just the label that I take into consideration, the bottle and the name also play a major role.Â
And after spending a week drinking non stop in the Outer Banks, I found this handy article in my inbox Buying Wine For Its Label from our friends at Mainstreet.Â To my relief there are more people like me, aspiring winos, and collectors who have been known to buy for the label as well. This is becoming such a phenomenon that wineries have started to take notice, “a number of wineries, hoping to better sell their wines as essential lifestyle accessories — and perhaps make them a little more collectible — are putting art work on their labels”. Make sure to check out the complete article here!
“Desmond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin, has been making gin for 40 years – longer than anyone else in the world. To celebrate this milestone, Desmond has traveled to New Orleans for his ‘Ruby Jubilee,’ a global fete to be attended by drink luminaries from around the world.Â The event coincides with Tales of the Cocktail, a culinary and cocktail festival in the French Quarter.” (Source: Marketwatch)
Desmond is the sole guardian of the original gin recipe.Â The same one that was developed back in the 1820s – Quite the responsibility if you ask me.Â He is a even so privileged as to overlook every step in the production of Beefeater – I hope taste testing is one of the processes.
In recognition of Desmond’s accomplishments, five of New Orleans’ finest mixologists prepared specialty cocktails:
4 parts Beefeater Gin
4 parts balsamic vinegar
3 parts fig preserves
3 parts orange marmalade
2 parts elderflower liqueur
1 sprig of basil
1 large strawberry
1 fresh egg white or pasteurized equivalent
Orange zest for garnish Read the rest of this entry »
In case anyÂ of you are from the area or will be down in Lafayette, LA tomorrow you shouldÂ definitely check out theÂ Gulf Brew:Â
“The AcadianaÂ Arts CouncilÂ is excited to announce that we are gearing up for theÂ second annual Gulf Brew, which will beÂ held atÂ Parc InternationalÂ in downtown Lafayette on Saturday, July 19, 2008.
In the style of Germanyâ€™s Oktoberfest, the AcadianaÂ Arts CouncilÂ is inviting festival-goers to sample the best brews the Gulf South has to offer. Held in conjunction withÂ Southern Open 2008, anÂ exhibition showcasing artwork from artists living in the South from Texas to Florida, the AAC has invited microbreweries and brewmeisters from the same southern states to offer Acadiana a taste of their specialty brews at this one-of-a-kindÂ beer festival.
The “Beer Man” at a baseball game is as revered as the game of baseball itself.Â They’re friendlyÂ and more importantly they bring the beer right to your seat so you don’t have to miss a pitch.Â Â If you go to enough games (as I do) you even begin to build a relationship with the guy.
Such is the case with Wayne McMahon, a 60-year-old beer vendor for the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre for the past 6 years.Â Â Wayne, who can be identified by his well known beer holler, “ICEEEEE……. Coolllllddddd………..Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrr!” was fired for selling without carding.Â A mystery shopper happened to be sitting in the crowd, asked for a beer, Wayne forgot to card him, and he was fired on the spot… A little harsh don’t ya think? Read the rest of this entry »
An Australian man, Michael Leary,Â convicted of his seventh drunk-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer (How was he not broke?).
He was heartbroken after a break-up (FROM 5 YEARS AGO!!!) and drowning his sorrows in alcohol (Apparently in this case it did not alleviate his depression well enough – Click Here For Previous Story).
He was notÂ jailedÂ as the judge notedÂ Leary had quit drinking since his latest arrest (right), but he banned Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months (This seems like the ultimate punishment for a man with this addiction!).
The judge even went so far as toÂ poke fun at Leary’s favorite beer, Melbourne Bitter, in a part of the country where drinkers can be as loyal to beer brands as they are to football teams.Â
The judge was quoted saying, “(That is) poor judgment on two counts there — drinking that much and drinking Melbourne Bitter.”
Now I take a few things away from this.Â One, this man has a serious drinking problem, anyone who spends what was probably his entire weekly salary if not more on beer needs help.Â I’m not sure simply “banning” him from holding a beer will do the trick.Â That said, the judge took this case way too lightly.Â He treated it like a joke. At least thats what the sentencing sounds like to me. In the US this guy would have almost certainly been jailed, or at least sent to rehab!
According to Kevin Baruch, host of the Food Network’sÂ “Thirsty Traveler” and a number of otherÂ “Cocktail Kings”Â the following are the world’s best cities for a Pub Crawl:
Place: Toronto, Canada
Reason: West Queen West is ideal for a bar crawl,Â because of its “funky mix of hotel bars and stand-alone establishments like Sweaty Betty’s and Reposado.”Â According to Baruch you should start the crawl at the bohemian chic Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar where the 1930s wooden bar is the perfect spot to down a Labatts â€” or two then head to the hipster Drake Hotel bar, whichÂ alwaysÂ sports the newest cocktail. Read the rest of this entry »
First of all we would like to thank you for taking part in our FIRST monthly contest of many to come.Â We received a lot of interesting drink submissions so before we go ahead and announce the winner I’m going to go through the WORST tasting combinations submitted to us (YES we did try them ALL, was one drunken weekend):
I call this one the “Rim Job” – Cheese WhizÂ around the rim of a can of beer… No Bueno. Sorry Gretchen, I’m sure some love it.
The “Michelada” – Pour your beer into a glass filled with ice and add the juice of one small lemon. Add a dash of soy, Tabasco and Worcestershire. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. For some, a true Mexican Michelada is not complete without a shot of Tequila mixed in.Â Do I need to explain why I did NOT like this drink???
Today is a sad day as the USA has lost another great American brewer to foreign acquisition.Â Â Belgian-Brazilian InBev’s new offer of $70 per share was accepted Sunday by Anheuser-Busch – America’sÂ largest brewery.Â