The Beer Archaeologist.
"Biomolecular archaeologist" Dr. Patrick McGovern
has unearthed millennia-old
alcohol recipes and ancient medicinals
, "by analyzing residues in ancient pottery. Now he's working with brewer Sam Calagione, (of Discovery Channel's Brew Masters, (autoplaying video)
) whose pub Dogfish Head
serves up beers
based on recipes that are thousands of years old." (Via) [more inside]
One person’s helpful mood improver, though, is another’s worryingly effective stimulant.
is 15 percent alcohol by volume, a bit stronger than most wines. Also, each 750 milliliter bottle contains as much caffeine as eight cans of Coke." Scottish authorities are trying
to reduce alcoholism in the country, but consumers still love their Buckfast, which has been linked to violent behavior
by some, and dismissed as merely a scapegoat by others
. [more inside]
China's Latest Innovation: Fish Wine
The French used grapes
, Russians fermented potatoes
, Koreans put ginseng
in their drink
and Mexicans distilled cactus
plants to make fiery tequila
Now China has made wine out of fish.
These are the first words Charles Bukowski
speaks in John Dullaghan'
about the poet
, famous for his writing
and infamous for his drinking
. The audience member might respond, "To hear your story, Hank
, that's what I want."
The movie opens
with friends (Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Bono) and colleagues and lovers and fans recounting the myth
; theirs are stories of blades pulled on the maitre d' of the swanky Polo Lounge
in Beverly Hills, of dangling dicks revealed in public, of a drunk
who'd just as soon crack his bottle over your head than share its contents. (more inside)
Scotland shamed: Japan wins whisky challenge.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre hosted a tasting in Toronto, and a 20-year-old Nikka Yoichi
, distilled in Hokkaido, beat out a 16-year-old Lagavulin
(my own favorite) and 12-year-old whiskies from Cragganmore
(also excellent). This is reminiscent of the 1976 tasting
in which California wines beat out French ones and put California on the map; can America someday produce a world-class scotch-type whisky
(the preferred spelling in Scotland), or shall we simply continue to take pride in our bourbon
Officially the greediest, laziest
and most drunken
country in the West. What dubious, highly debatable sources of pride do you
attribute to your own country?
The Top Five Wino Wines
"Don't drink too much of any of these or you might find yourself at the local middle school sniffing bicycle seats." Ranked by Worst Taste, Getting Wasted, and Warmth. (via coudalpartners)
Ever Try Getting Wine Shipped in the U.S.?
Looks like Montana had set up a "wine connoisseur" rule that allowed for some shipping into the state if you filled out some paperwork, blah blah blah. PAIN!
As someone who enjoys a good wine and wanted to order a bunch of it earlier in '02 when I was in Sonoma, CA and have it shipped home, only to be crushed when I couldn't have it done, I'm looking for a way to get this to work.
Anyone else come across these various laws? Anyone else live in a state where they CAN get wine shipped in to them? 13 states allow reciprocal shipping from other partner states, and 14 others have some strict rules about it. Will opening these rules up allow minors an easy way to get alcohol?
Some great links at the bottom of the article, too.
The Holiday Season Without Vintage Port? Unthinkable, Dear Fellow!...
But what vintage? I suggest the year
you were born. Find out what your Vintage Port was like; how it's drinking now and what it says about your
particular harvest (More inside
What's your favorite type of liquor?
After the success of the beer thread
, I figured some people might want to talk about their favorite scotches
, and gins