Boozin’ Barber

By , June 24, 2011 in whiskey

While alcohol trends aren’t exactly my boozin’ beat (apologies for going wild with the alliteration), every so often, my shenanigans intersect with a liquor phenomenon. In this case, I feel it appropriate to report. I’ve been aware of “real man” barbershops for some time now. They’re a little pricey, but with the extra dough, you get a solid cut, a clean shave, and a slap in the face to keep you grounded. Okay, maybe not the latter, but many of these establishments will give you something just as good: a whiskey drink while you wait. Even though whiskey has never made me act like a real man (if it has, I’m the handsiest, most prone-to-crying real man you’ll ever meet), I love the concept. So when I heard about Tommy, I was intrigued. I’ve perused the Yelp page of many a bar, and never have I read an entry that… Read More »

Be a beer activist

By , June 24, 2011 in Beer

You like beer, right? I assume you do since you’re reading this blog. So, as a presumed beer lover, may I also assume that you like variety in your beer? I probably can’t assume this quite so readily but, it is human nature, right? I mean, the cereal aisle at the grocery store wouldn’t be so long if we all liked the same thing all the time, would it? That, to me, has been the success of the good beer movement over recent years. Brewers pushing the limits on what beer is and a consuming public lapping up all the delicious beer that they’re producing. While all this is going on, law makers are working to make it work. With things like ingredients, alcohol levels and packaging constantly changing in the beer market, the laws regulating the beer industry sometimes don’t make sense. And then sometimes, interests not really interested… Read More »

Cabana Nights

By , June 17, 2011 in Administrative

It’s worth admitting that, when leaving a strip club to get food, the options easily accessible by foot are probably the options to stay away from. It’s also worth admitting that, under the influence of enough overpriced PBR, 24-Hour Mexican food is king. And it was under the rule of Her Highness, Queen Flauta, that Max and I left behind the neon lights and smudged mirrors of the Tattletale Lounge to find sustenance. Our destination: Taco Cabana, “The Original Mexican Patio Café!” (Alternate slogan: “You think your chips taste like cardboard!”). The only two places I’ve ever seen a Taco Cabana are at the top of this “Adult Entertainment Corridor” and sporadically while driving across the state of Texas. Incidentally, the only times I’ve ever considered eating Taco Cabana were while I was “Strip club? Sure!” drunk or “There may not be another restaurant for 300 miles” hungry. The food… Read More »

Beerpong after College

By , June 8, 2011 in Beer, Beer Pong, drinking age

I know what you’re thinking. Another post about beer pong? First of all, I’m impressed that you’ve read this far and I understand if you quit following as themes are already being repeated. Second of all, Not! Because I’m attacking it from a totally new angle this time! While I still have much respect for adult professional beer pong players (from what I remember of the Atlanta Satellite WSOBP Tournament, even the girls could’ve beaten the crap outta me), I need to come clean about my position on post-collegiate recreational beer-pong: Recreational beer pong has no place in the life of a college graduate. Say it with me. Beer pong after college is what I imagine sex after forty to be like: Embarrassing, forced, and everyone’s arguing about the rules. First, there’s the preparation. There is no greater shame than for a grown man to buy ping pong balls and… Read More »

Vegas: Part 2

By , June 2, 2011 in Beer, las vegas, miller lite

Previously on Boozin’ Blog, Vegas: -En route to L.A., our fearless partiers realize there’s nowhere with an open room as it is the weekend of the Billboard Music Awards (We would’ve crashed with Justin Bieber, but I’m still pissed that he stole my haircut and my girl, Selena). -I propose that this is not a problem: We can just party until check-in time tomorrow and try our luck again. -I realize that I have a friend in Vegas who will allow us to sleep on her floor. -We all breathe secret sighs of relief. -We successfully party until 6 a.m. without doing anything but walk aimlessly up and down the strip. Vegas, baby! __________________________________________________________________ Vegas, day two began with possibly the greatest wake-up call ever: A freezing cold cylinder being forced into my frail, near sober hands. “Here. It’ll help.” Our host – or should I say beer angel? –… Read More »

double-oh Cocktails – shaken, not stirred

By , May 31, 2011 in Cocktails, Vodka

What’s James Bond’s favorite drink? C’mon, say it with me: Vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred. That line is so famous one could be forgiven for thinking that the world’s best known employee of MI-6 drinks nothing else. Not so. Try 28 other drinks slurped up by Jimmy B. and the girls throughout 23 films. So, why are we talking about this? Well, now there’s an app for that. The Bond Mixology covers them all with recipes, descriptions of the movies and even scenes that feature the drinks. It also provides a shopping list and serving instructions. If you’re into apps, Bond films and cocktails, this is definitely the thing for you. Happy mixing! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I desperately need a beer! doubble oh Cocktails shaken its more than just a shaken martini not stirred James Bonds cocktails revealed in an app

Molson Coors shoving it’s way into craft beer

By , May 30, 2011 in Beer

I’m really not sure why this kind of thing irritates me, but it does. Molson Coors, recognizing that craft and specialty beer is the fastest growing – not to mention the only growing – market in beer these days, is moving to grab as much of that market as it can. That’s basically the gist of their press release. This isn’t really a new thing, Molson Coors has been working on the strategy for a while now in Canada. Back in 2005 they bought up smaller brewery Creemore Springs Brewing Company and in 2009 Granville Island Brewing Company through Creemore. Now they’re consolidating these established brands under the umbrella of Six Pints Specialty Beer company. That’s all well and good with me. I’ve often hoped that big brewers like this would dump some of their money into brewing some really good beer and thus far into this story it seems… Read More »

Bar behind bars

By , May 28, 2011 in Beer, Tequila, Vodka

You know that scene that seems to show up in every cop movie or TV show where the cops approach the old cellmate of their main suspect? The guy is always still in jail and the suspect apparently shared a vital piece of information to the cops’ case with him. The cellmate asks for a reduced sentence, which is denied, then he asks for – say it with me – a transfer. It seems like every prison out there is the worst one and every other prison is better than the one in which the old cellmate currently resides. Anyway, they make the deal, transfer the prisoner then find out that he lied but, now it’s too late and the cops are powerless to do anything about it. They are frustrated but they move on. I’ve often wondered if I were in the same position – the prisoner’s, not the… Read More »

More store brand beer

By , May 27, 2011 in Beer

Have you noticed that retail chains have been selling their own beer lately? It’s happening more often all the time. One of the earlier chains that I know of was Trader Joe’s with their popular line-up of beer. Then Costco came along followed by 7-11, Walgreens and others. In some cases, the beer was interesting and added to the diversity of the beer landscape, even if it was available in only one place. In other cases, it was swill that hardly did anything but add to the diversity of malt liquor labels in a store. Either way, these beers have always been contract brews, beers brewed by an established brewery but branded and labeled for another company, in this case the retail stores selling it. The latest example kind of catches my fancy. The store is Piggly Wiggly, a chain of grocery stores that inhabits the South, with the curious… Read More »

Vegas Part 1: Forever Pre-game

Vegas. The benchmark of epic weekends. The gold standard of bad decisions. And, for better or for worse, just a four-hour drive from my new home in Los Angeles. Only two weeks old in a new city, my brain swarmed with reasons that making the trip might be a huge mistake. Unfortunately, it also provided me with my new go-to rationalization: “Today’s huge mistake is tomorrow’s Boozin’ Blogpost!” Piling into the car with three friends, I was terrified of the night to come. To slather on an extra layer of Irresponsible (which, if you ask me, should taste a little bit like mayonnaise with a hint of Icehouse), we had nowhere to stay. Set to arrive at 2 a.m., the only plan was to party until check-in time the next day… at which point we would hopefully find an affordable hotel. We are very stupid boys. And though we had… Read More »