Tagged: beer

| Posted in Booze News, Zombies

The drinking dead

Are you bored with your Downton Abbey wine? Growing tired of the latest Game of Thrones beer? Perhaps it’s time you started drinking another TV-flavored booze.

In a tribute to AMC’s The Walking Dead, Dock Street Brewing in Philadelphia is releasing a special batch of beer, called Dock Street Walker. The brew does more than just tie its name to a show arbitrarily, it’s actually got ingredients inspired by the show. Namely, this American pale stout has goat brains in it.

Of course, true fans of the show will know that the zombies on The Walking Dead don’t care about brains, it’s the flesh and everything else, too. In fact, there are very few zombie universes out there where the undead even care about which part of the body they are chowing down on. So this really is just a salute to certain aspects of zombie culture, and — hey, where are you going?

| Posted in Booze News

Kegger at the governor’s mansion!

Not to be outdone by his counterpart in Virginia, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has had beer taps installed in his mansion.

It needs to be said, wearing a suit all day is stressful work, that’s why it’s perfectly acceptable for the C-suiters and government execs to keep booze in their offices. But Hickenlooper is now mainlining it. He’s got three taps, which will of course feature different Colorado beers.

Of course, the marijuana crowd chimed in to harsh Hickenlooper’s mellow, saying that the governor is eager to embrace craft brewing, but continues to keep marijuana at, like … dude, what were we talking about?

| Posted in The McBournie Minute

The McBournie Minute: St. Paddy’s Day is apparently in the summer

If you’re into drinking on Mondays, today is a big day for you. Once again we’ve reached St. Patrick’s Day, the one day anyone wears green, in honor of a Scotsman who invaded a country, saw there were no snakes, and claimed to have driven them out himself.

In Ireland, so I am told, today isn’t really a big deal. Sure, it’s cause for celebration, but the pubs used to be closed for the day until the 1970s because it’s a Catholic feast day. So really, the Irish go out and drink, but they don’t get as crazy as we do here in America.

Then again, maybe they can just hold their booze better. Continue reading

| Posted in Booze News

Come and get your beer, Canada

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the U.S.-Canada men’s and women’s ice hockey outcomes when the teams faced each other in Sochi last month. The winner would get a case of beer from the loser’s home country. The five of you out there who care about hockey may also recall that the U.S. teams of both genders both lost. That means Obama owes Harper two cases of beer

But he hasn’t paid up yet.

Finally, Obama’s doing something truly American: not admitting that we lost. We did that in the War of 1812 (we got our asses handed to us, but got a sweet treaty), the Korean War (draw), and Vietnam (Rambo doesn’t count), and we’re doing it again! Mr. Harper, if you want some of America’s finest beer, why don’t you come down here and take it from us.

| Posted in Booze News

Ireland: Land of low beer prices

The Irish may not drink as much per capita as Americans, but they certainly have a reason to. We’re not talking about emotional reasons, we’re talking about economic reasons.

As it turns out, beer costs less than water in some Irish supermarkets, way less. In some locations, a bottle of beer costs only 50 Euro cents, while a bottle of water costs 1.50. Let’s keep in mind that beer is made from water, and has other fun stuff, like alcohol added into it.

We can only assume that water costs so much because whiskey comes out of the faucets at home.

| Posted in Booze News

Hunting the brew whale

It’s no secret that humanity’s greatest threat today is whales and dolphins. People have been eating them for thousands of years, and using them for fuel for a few centuries. We’ve come close to defeating them, but not close enough. What could be better than eating these mammals of the sea? Making them into beer.

Now, an Icelandic brewery has figured out how to do it. A brewery has teamed up with a whaling company (they still exist) to create a beer made with the byproducts of processing whale meat and oil. The beer is meant to celebrate an upcoming festival for the Norse god Thor. (You may remember that Thor: The Dark World was all about defeating the whales.)

If you want some whale beer, you’d better head to Iceland before Feb. 22, after that, it goes extinct.

| Posted in Booze News

May God brew with you

The next time you walk into a bar, be careful, there may be a church service going on.

Across the country, several churches are turning to suds to attract new congregants. Most of the ministries are Lutheran, which makes sense, because only heathens could come up with an idea like this. Other congregations stay in their churches and bring craft beer to the pews.

So if you’ve got a hangover on Sunday morning, maybe you should have the hair of the dog with Jesus.

| Posted in Booze News

Amid supply shortfall, wine industry hopes Jesus comes back soon

Because of the shortage of grapes, it is no longer peanut butter jelly time.
Because of the shortage of grapes, it is no longer peanut butter jelly time.

Folks, we got some shocking news for the purple-toothed. You may want to put your breakfast cab down for a moment: the world is running out of wine.

According to the lushes at Morgan Stanley Research, all the wine-producing countries in the world fell short of global demand by 300 million cases, or as they call it in France, “Wednesday.” It’s the biggest wine shortfall in your lifetime, and next year doesn’t look much better.

What’s the solution? Wean your girlfriend off of wine and get her to start drinking beer and liquor. Just make sure she doesn’t learn to like whiskey, you don’t want to have to share your stash.

| Posted in Booze News

Government shutdown is going to kill your buzz

Still think the government shutdown isn’t affecting you? It will certainly be affecting your taste buds and your liver.

The shutdown has shuttered the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a little-known agency that approves everything about beer, from the construction of new breweries, to labels for the bottles, to the recipes themselves. That means that brewers who planned to introduce a new beer in the months ahead now has to wait until after Congress figures something out.

And even then, there will be backups. If only this could have prevented Samuel Adams from releasing its winter beer two weeks into fall.

| Posted in Regular Post

“They’re going to take me away and make me drink!”

Ever feel like hanging out with the guys, but you know if you say so to your lady friend that she’s going to have a problem with it? You should probably dump her.

At the very least, you should avoid doing what a man in Texas did. Police say a man in Edinburg, Texas staged his own kidnapping so he could have a few beers with his friends. His wife told authorities that two armed, masked men forced their way into their home and made off with the man. A manhunt was soon launched, but nothing was found.

He came home the next morning, saying his captors had let him go.