Nearly 60,000 people have pledged to drink a Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, to help set a world record for the World's Largest St. Patty's Party. (Get in on it here
. and use the reference code BACH
Some of you have been asking where you can find a bar or pub serving Guinness. Well I'm here to help. Head over to Guinness' Facebook
page, and use their Pub Finder. Just enter in your zip code, and it'll hit you with a map listing the closest bars that'll be happy to pour you a pint.
You can even see "pint ratings" and leave a rating of your own. (Should your bartender not pour it perfectly
While we're talking about pouring pints, our friend and Guinness Master Brewer, Fergal Murray, also has some ideas on how you should drink that pint.
First he recommends
With St. Patty's Day around the corner, and many of you signed up to participate in the World's Largest St. Patrick's Day Party (details here
), I thought it might be a good idea to know how to pour the perfect pint.
So I spoke with Fergal Murray, the Master Brewer for Guinness (that's him on the right), and the mastermind behind the Perfect Pour. It's a 6 step process/ritual that Murray came up with to make sure you get a great looking Guinness and a great tasting Guinness every time.
"The pint must be crafted and looking perfect and beautiful," he says. "We taste with our eyes first."
And who are we to argue with a guy who has made a living drinking beer? So here are
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Guinness is looking to set a Guinness World Record. And you get to be a part of it. The best part is, you don't have to risk life and limb with some crazy stunt, eat a bunch of live crickets, or balance anything heavy on your head. You don't really need to have any special talents at all.
That's because Guinness is attempting to set the record for The Largest St. Patrick's Day Celebration ever. So becoming a part of legend is as easy as celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a pint. (And you planned on doing that anyway, so you might as well make it historic.)
Here's all you need to do: Head over to Guinness.com
and click on "Join the Party." You'll get a pledge form where you promise to toast St. Patrick's Day with a pint of Guinness. (Beer Fact: About 13,000,000 pints of Guinness are consumed around the world on that day.)
All they need is your first name, your zip code and an optional referral code. That code is BACH
. (That way they know I sent you, since I promised Guinness I'd help them get partiers to pledge.)
Then have a
If you've been around the world of spirits (and by "spirits" I mean liquor, not ghosts), you've heard the term "Angel's Share."
When distillers put their precious liquid in barrels for aging, a certain amount gets evaporated or soaked into the wood. Leaving less coming out of the barrel than what went in. This is what distillers call the Angel's Share. The payment made to the heavens for allowing them to make such incredible spirits.
And while no one can capture the liquid that has evaporated into the air, Jim Beam has finally figured out a way to extract the juice that had been forever trapped in the barrel's wood. They've taken back that share from the angels, and dubbed it the Devil's Cut
Using their proprietary process, the mad geniuses at Beam have taken this recaptured bourbon and added it back into an extra-aged, six-year premium bourbon creating the finely balanced 90 proof Devil's Cut with deep notes of vanilla and, of course, rich wood and oak. It has an intense, yet smooth, flavor that is like no other bourbon you've tasted.
And while I usually post recipes for any new liquors I talk about for you to mix up, this time I am refusing. Flat out. If ever there was a bourbon to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, this would be it. If you're insistent, you can add a little cola. The Devil gets his cut either way.
$23.99 - 750ml
Iím not a huge fan of wine, and I canít profess to know that much about it. For me wine is a bit like golf. I just donít get it. Besides, my beer-drinking schedule leaves very little room for deviation. What I can
appreciate, however, is a good story and Alex Elman Wines
has just that.
If this were just another wine importer/private labeler story Iíd have lost interest already, but the story of Alex Elman Wines is definitely more than that. When Alexandra Elman was 27, diabetes took her sight. What the disease failed to take from her was her sense of purpose and the passion for what she loves.
Having spent nearly her entire life surrounded by and involved with the world of wine, Alexís determination and desire to share her love of fine wines with the world lead her to found Alex Elman Wines.
And donít even think sheís out for the sympathy vote. Rather than let her disability stand in her way, sheís found a rather cunning way of leveraging it. Címon, she calls herself "The Blind Wine Chick." Now thatís giving fate the middle finger. So with the help of her big-headed yellow dog Hanley (her words, not mine), Alex
As I've said many times before, it's always a good idea to include some sweeter, fruitier drinks at the pool party or barbecue, for the ladies who want to imbibe but aren't in the mood for your famous bourbon and Coke, or shot gunning beers.
Not that it's "girlie" in anyway, but the new Cruzan Strawberry Rum
will allow you to mix up some cocktails the ladies will love. Mention "strawberry" and they're in. And the touch of ginger Cruzan's added to the mix, takes some of the edge off the sweetness. So it's not to syrupy, or cavity inducing. After all, a drink still needs to be a drink. We'll leave the sugary stuff for the kids.
Here are a few recipes you'll want to have at the ready at your next backyard bash:
Cruzan Mojito with a Twist
2 parts Cruzan Strawberry Rum
2 tsp. sugar
3-4 mint leaves
Juice of half a lime
Muddle sugar, mint, lime juice, and a splash of club soda together in a tall glass. Add rum and garnish with a strawberry.
Cruzan Strawberry Mai Tai
1 1/2 parts Cruzan Strawberry Ginger Rum
1/2 parts Dekuyper Orange Curacao
1 1/2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 parts Simple Syrup
1/2 parts Finest Call Orgeat Syrup
Fill mixing glass 3/4 with cubed ice, strain
The Samuel Adamís Utopias MMXI has just been released, and beer aficionados across the country (except for the states in which itís banned), are scrambling to get their hands on one of the rarest beers brewed in the United States (A bottle will set you back $150). Just in case youíve forgotten click here
for a Utopias refresher.
Utopias is one of those things in life that you either get or you donít. I put it in the same category as scotch and cigars. When it comes to Utopias I get it. I think itís one of the most creative and remarkable beer creations of the last 50 years, and a true testament to the skill and dedication to the art of craft brewing that Samuel Adams has become famous for.
Since itís really meant to be enjoyed after dinner, why not pair Utopias with dessert? To make the perfect companion for something as over-the-top as Utopias Sam Adams partnered with New York Cityís Butch Bakery
to come up with a pair of cupcake recipes designed to hold their own against the 27% ABV behemoth.
Butch Bakery has taken the estrogen content of cupcakery to near ppm levels with their guy-friendly creations, and their two Utopias-inspired recipes are no different. Two words for ya, buttercream and bacon. A half-pound of bacon...
So put that apron on, pour yourself a snifter of Sam Adams Utopias and get to baking. And if youíre feeling extra inspired, try putting a tablespoon or so of Utopias into the frosting in place of the vanilla for a real treat.
Milk Chocolate Buttercream
Caramelized Bacon Bit Topping
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
DRINK | FOOD
June 18, 2011
If your dad tends to lean more toward the less-than-usual side, toasting him this Father's Day will require something more than beer. Or even the usual vodka or whiskey. If that's the case, you might want to reach for a bottle of Pisco Portůn
The native spirit of Peru, pisco is distilled from lightly fermented grape juice, with no water added to dilute or adulterate the spirit. Pisco Portůn is hand crafted at Hacienda la Caravedo, the oldest working distillery in the Americas (since 1684), and employs a labor intensive process that uses about fifteen pounds of grapes to make every bottle. That's a lot of grapes, and dad's worth it.
So mix him a cocktail worthy of his dadhood, the Capitan
(a drink that's man enough to finish with a maraschino cherry, and feel good about it), and let dad know he will always be the captain of the family ship.
Pisco Portůn Capitan
1 1/2 oz Pisco Portůn
1 1/2 oz vermouth
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When you crack open a few beers over to Dad's this weekend you can do more than just celebrate Father's Day...
To celebrate national flag week and the patriotic season leading up to July 4th, Budweiser has altered its iconic can by creating a red, white and blue Patriot Can.
But it isn't just about a new design, and giving NASCAR fans the ability to wave a flag and drink a beer with one hand. During the run up to July 4th, a portion of the sales of all Budweiser products will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation
which provides scholarships and other assistance to the families of fallen and disabled service members. That's a show of patriotic pride that beats the hell outta your obnoxious neighbor mowing his lawn in his American flag boxers.