All Posts by: Julian Stern

Drinking Songs

By , September 23, 2012 in Administrative

File these two under “beer drinkers are pretty f***in’ cool”. First, Deschutes Brewery, a craft brewer from Bend, Oregon, is no stranger to culture. They’ve produced this short film about two hipsters roadtripping through Oregon “from Black Butte to Mirror Pond to Green Lakes”, all incidentally landmarks that their beers are named after. Their proudest namesake, however, is the Deschutes, a majestic central Oregon river that the people at the brewery are dedicated to conserving. In their latest effort, they’re rounding up indie artists to record and produce covers of river songs on the river itself. First up is Eric D. Johnson of The Fruit Bats with his rendition of The Byrds’ “Ballad of Easy Rider”. [via DraftMag] There are more Deschutes River Recordings on the horizon, but if you can’t wait for your beer-inspired ballads, check out this original diddy from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, a San Francisco “rock/country/soul”… Read More »

POTUS Potable 2: THE REVEAL

By , September 6, 2012 in Alcohol Law

Three day weekends rock, but you also miss a few things: Monday traffic, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you- get out of my head!- and news. It is a statistical approximation that over 70% of office drones receive a majority of their news from aimless clicking every Monday morning. No Monday? No news. Which is why you may have missed this juicy deet: on Saturday, September 1st, the White House released two of their buzzed about home brew recipes in a blog post by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives (Click through for the recipes as well as a video worth the watch for any homebrew fanatic). [via The White House] You can catch up on Presidential beer news here, but we’ve also got a few new details, in light of the news:… Read More »

Brew’s News

By , August 30, 2012 in Administrative

Tampa’s in the news this week! Hm? Not sure what an “RNC” is and I don’t believe in hurricanes, but SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta’s favorite beer factory, has announced a trek south as it expands to Tampa and Orlando this fall. BeerPulse reports that SweetWater’s flagship pale ale, 420, will be rolling out on Tampa taps in October and Orlando’s in November. IPA and Blue will later follow suit, and each will be available in 6-pack. This is all thanks to the brewery’s “new 250-barrel brew house and the addition of a slew of fermentation tanks.” And since we’re focusing locally, it’s worth noting to all Atlanta readers that Sweetwater’s new rye IPA, “LowRYEder”, will be kicking off next Saturday, September 8th with a launch party and car show. If I were in the ATL, I’d be there (not that I’m a huge car fan; I just miss The George… Read More »

POTUS Potables

By , August 23, 2012 in Alcohol Law

In a re-election year, everything POTUS comes under speculation at some point, and 2012 is no different. This is a booze blog and not an anything else blog, so I tend to shy from topics that may distract or overpower our beloved subject matter, but I can no longer ignore them: beer coverage in the 2012 election has reached a critical mass. It’s time for action. [JIM WATSON / AFP- GETTY IMAGES; Time article]   Let’s catch up: -Back in February, POTUS Beer came on the scene when President Obama served his homebrewed White House Honey Ale to partygoers alongside offerings from Green Bay and Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling. [via Draft Mag, Gawker, Obama Foodorama] -The topic of Presidential Brews laid low for a while, coming back into the spotlight when he visited Ziggy’s Bar in Amherst, Ohio, and made safe, but ultimately not his own decisions on what to drink…. Read More »

Brewchelor’s Degree

By , August 18, 2012 in Beer, bootleg, science

The official summer doesn’t end until September 21st, but that means nothing for most of us. Summer is done when school starts. Whether you’re ushering kiddies off to middle school (bless you), about to start your final year of college (f*** you), or somewhere in between (I feel you), that summer buzz dies when the first bell rings. But what if it didn’t? What if back-to-school was just a time to continue the party, or at least the science behind the party? For anyone lucky and bold enough to pursue a degree in fermentation science, this fantasy is the reality. After dabbling in three rounds of my own homebrew (IPA, Dubbel, Porter, in case you’re wondering), I can’t say I haven’t itched to test and grow my knowledge in a classroom setting, but three things are keeping my silly dreams at bay: 1. I’m already living out one set of… Read More »

Pints of Positivity

By , August 15, 2012 in Beer

2012: An election year, and the supposed end of the world. You’re bound to find some articles with titles like “12 Real Signs of the Apocalypse” or “7 Pieces of Legislation [Candidate] Has Passed That Will Make it Legal to Kick You in the Nuts”. Frankly, it can all be very depressing and, even worse, repetitive. So considering all the negativity running around our newsfeeds, it’s nice to see that the beer world has kept things positive. Without further ado… 3 Ways Beer Is Still Awesome 1. Craft beer is on the upswing. According last week’s press release from The Brewer’s Association (via BrewPulse), “ Dollar sales [for small and independent craft brewers] were up 14 percent in the first half of 2012, while volume of craft brewed beer sold jumped 12 percent during that same time period.” This is excellent news! Despite “this economy”, people are still coming out… Read More »

Beer 2.0

By , July 30, 2012 in Administrative

Remember back in October when I shared the fun, but ultimately useless website, WhereTheF***ShouldIGoForDrinks (blogpost here, website here)? Well, beer-loving hackers are at it again as two brew-friendly geek endeavors have gone public in the past week. 1. Pubdar In many ways, Pubdar is similar to WTFSIGFD. It’s British and not too practical, but potential for loads of fun. The mobile app (by Google Play developer, Pinecone) is extremely simple: activate the app (available only for Android at press time) and a green diamond against a red brick facade locks on and points to the closest pub to your current location. If you’re not feeling that bar (the app also tells you the name of the chosen watering hole), you can hit “Next pub” and the app will point to the next closest. PROS: -Unlike WTFSIGFD, this an app instead of a website, and actually useful while “in the field”…. Read More »

JD: Nice Guy

By , July 25, 2012 in Administrative

You don’t need it. You probably don’t even want it. But I’m here today with a new reason to drink Jack Daniel’s! Apparently, they’re nice guys? In a July 23rd Businessweek article by Claire Saddath, it was revealed that, when it comes to trademark violations, Jack Daniel’s is actually pretty easy-going. This is especially surprising as they get ripped off all the time. Anyone who’s been on a college campus in the past ten years will remember seeing a multitude of greek organization–or even academic club–t-shirts riffing on the iconic black and white logo. In the article, David Gooder, managing director of the chief trademark counsel for Jack Daniel’s, has a refreshing take on handling violations: “We get so many infringement situations a year, and we look at each of them separately. We don’t have a standard approach to them; we just do what we think is the most fair…. Read More »

Eco-Friendly Empties

It may surprise you to find out that I am a passive environmentalist. I’m not out chaining myself to corrupt corporations or holding one of those annoying clipboards on a street corner, but I do very much love recycling. It’s one of those things that leaves a feel-good buzz of productivity while requiring little no energy on my part. Me:   “Where should I put this bottle?” You: “In that brown paper bag.” Me:   “Done.” You: “YOU’RE A SAINT!” Much of the time, I limit my save-the-earth activities to those that can be done with a flick of the wrist, but every now and then something sustainable comes along and, while it requires work on my part, the final product is pretty frickin’ cool, so I give in. Which brings me to “beer bottle beer glasses”. Last week, while hopping around the internet, educating myself on the state of beer, I… Read More »

5 Slurpable Cocktails

By , July 16, 2012 in Administrative

The week after July 11th (National Free Slurpee Day) is a melancholy one. Those of us who partook are lamenting the fact that a gratis frozen slush drink no longer awaits us, and those of us who missed it- well, I don’t think I need to spell out the tragedy there. But we at BoozinGear are advocates of forward-thinking! Do not grieve lost opportunity. Let it inspire! Say, “How can I do better? How can I one-up my fleeting romance with complimentary, icy, sugary gloop?” The answer is simple: make it boozy. The only thing better than a free slurpee? A cheap slurpee with a kick. With two months of summer left, you’ve got plenty of time to mix and match your favorite beat-the-heat (and beat-the-sober) brain-freezers, but here are a few ideas to go with my 5 favorite flavors. Bone Slurpateet! ~Don Julian 1. Coke F**k variety. F**k your… Read More »