Category Archives: Adult Beverages

Dogfish Breweries and the American Beer

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Just finished reading a stupendous article from the New Yorker about Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Breweries and maker of “extreme” beers. I recommend it for home brewers and beers snobs alike, as it touches on things like his thought process for inventing new beers or even re-inventing old ones from ancient texts and chemical analysis of petrified tomb hooch. It also has a fair bit about the history of brewing in the US, and why we’re getting the micro brew boom today.

My favorite two ideas in the somewhat lengthy and culturally through article (it is the New Yorker, don’t forget) :

1) American macro beer lost its flavor around the turn of the century because the generational palate had grown up on cheap sweats and coca cola and didn’t like bitter, among other reasons.

2)Beer is brewed, wine is made; Wine can happen naturally if you leave out juice and is expected to vary from vintage to vintage , but beer is coaxed into being through elaborate man-developed processes and precise science to be the same again and again.

Read the article here.

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Shots for Bordem: The Train Simulation

I’m going to start out by saying you shouldn’t do this. It was a bad idea, influenced by beer and severe bordem, that shouldn’t be repeated unless you desire punishment. Or maybe some excitment.

My roommates and I had a habit of trying to find the worst possible youtube videos, and one day we stumbled upon real-time screen cap videos of people playing Microsoft Train Simulator. With no added sound. Why would anyone want to watch this crap? Oooo cool, he pulled into the side track to let the freight train go by… for 5 minutes. This deserved its own drink:

1 part Kahluha for the track
1 part Vodka for the fuel
1 part chocolate whey protein body-building powder for the gravel

Shake over ice, drink immediately before it congeals/settles/turns.

Imagine taking shots of sickly sweet chocolate sand, and you’ll understand why you should/should not do this. Toot Toot.

Brush your teeth like a rockstar

I can’t turn down novel liquor. I suppose one could have a worse vice, but I impulse buy the strange dusty stuff on the back of the shelves all the time. Dr. McGilligcuddy’s Mentholmint Schnapps has ended up in my hands on several occasions because of the old thyme style label of a man with a dog but never made it to the checkout counter because of a fear I had; namely the fear that a whole 750mL would go to waste. My spendthrift ways of not wasting food would kick in if this stuff was minty rubbing alcohol and I’d be stuck with a semi expensive bottle of 1800s cure all snake oil. When I saw an airline bottle I finally gave in to the mystery.

To solve this one for you- it’s really really good, as long as you like a fresh mint kick. I was expecting something along the lines of toothpaste and got a fresh and exciting dose of menthol that lingers in the mouth and throat. It perked me up and made my throat feel fresh and tingly in the same vein as an Altoid. It’s sweet and slightly viscous, and makes a fine post-rockstar-bender breath freshener/hair of the dog (if there is no Jack Daniels straight from the bottle laying around, that is).

Bottom Line: B+ for a lightly alcoholic, sweet, refreshing drink thats great on the rocks

So little drinks, so much time…. No, Scratch that. Then reverse it.

Something happened to me the other night that hasn’t in awhile- at my girlfriends apartment the roommates were having a party and didn’t know what to make. Usually keeping a stock myself, such things rarely occur. In need of a drink recipe nothing beats the Willy Wonka explosion of Liqurious. A great site to browse, it’s a conglomeration of blogs about different drinks with recipes and (what really wins my heart) beautiful presentation pics. Just like a kid in a candy store, I usually want to try everything on their front page.

Website: http://www.liqurious.com/
Final Grade: A++, Great Site, Will Drink again!

Edit: Like, seriously, I just clicked on a link from there on how to make suspended frozen alcohol blobs to add to champagne to make it dance like a lava lamp. How cool is that?

What to Drink in Munich

Munich is a funny city in that you can drink pretty much wherever you want; there are stalls at train stations, in subways, on the street, in the museum, and in the parks. Actually, drinking with friends is done especially well in the parks at beer gardens. Now that I’ve left Germany, the thing I will most likely miss most is sitting under the wide fronds of a fragrant chestnut tree eating and drinking with friends in a manner which is more socially acceptable than here in America.

But what do you drink when you’re there?

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The Beer With A Golden Ticket


James: The other week super-awesome-mega self proclaimed Irish Yankee drinking band Ceann was making a rare tour stop in NJ, at my freakin college. I was so pumped, I really love these guys and their music. With songs like ‘Pabst Blue Ribbon’ containing lyrics like “Get ready for the show stopper/We’ll sing along with Dennis Hopper/Heineken, man fuck that shit, Pabst Blue Ribbon is the beer that keeps on Giving/For Such a modest price you get a beer you drink twice.”

Needless to say, I was ready to drink my fill of Pabst and then some. I went to two local liquor stores to score the beer of steel works and scenesters but came up empty. At the second store, I saw what I figured would be close enough: Golden Anniversary Beer. Pabst got a blue ribbon in 18xx, Golden Anniversary got a golden medal in 1987. Both cost like $5 a twelve pack. It was on.

I wish it was off. I can honestly say, this is the worst beer I have ever purchased. It tasted like water with beer and tin can flavorings, and probably was left over from the originally award winning 1987 batch stored in old diesel drums. Trying to choke them down at a party, a man known to wear and sleep in the same clothes for a week exclaimed that it was the worst beer he had ever tasted. It’s really that bad. (The only thing keeping it from being the worst beer that I’ve ever tasted is because I brew my own and did an experiment involving 10 pounds of malt and distillers yeast. It was so foul no known human could finish even one.)

Jess: I had our usual “taster’s shotglass” of this stuff, and I have to say that Golden Magic Ticket beer is probably the worst beer I have ever had. I have quaffed the likes of natty, of bud, of god knows what else during my tenure at college but this stuff tastes like yak urine and not in the good way. If there is a good way. I hate to be crass here but I’m pretty sure this beer actually causes every single problem in the entire world just by existing. Little kid with a hole in his shoe in India? Golden Anniversary Beer. Bee population plummeting? Golden Anniversary Beer. I really, really, REALLY tried to pretend it was drinkable, but I couldn’t get past one sip. At college events they should provide this if they don’t want us getting drunk. Seriously.


Bottom Line: Buying Golden Anniversary Beer leads to sad dissapointment and that crunched up “That is awful” look. $5.99 for a twelve pack.

Nellie’s Place

This review was originally in the Ramapo News–and was our first review ever! Enjoy the nostalgia.

 

Jess: Rumor is, a guy left Kinchely’s Tavern in the ‘80s due to his girlfriend, a waitress there, cheating on him with the guy who cuts the veggies. Found ‘em in the back bent over a container of ricotta. Disgruntled he took the secret bar pie recipe to Nellie’s Place, a similar restaurant in Waldwick, NJ. The pizza there is pretty much the same, so it’s a good place to check out when the long lines and dodgy atmosphere of Kinchley’s isn’t what you’re into.

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