Haven't you always secretly wondered what would happen if a ninja
accidentally stumbled into, say, Bill and Ted's time traveling Phone Booth
and ended up somewhere around 7th century BC, only to come face-to-face with a feisty Spartan
? Have you not pondered what would happen if you locked up an Apache with a Gladiator
inside some sort of 21st century battle dome
? Are you frustrated because you feel like there's nobody doing proper scientific studies to see what would happen when you pit two historically violent warriors
that could have never actually met in real life? Worry no more people - I present to you Spike TV
's newest offering - Deadliest Warrior
! [more inside]
It's Philly Beer Week.
And that is pretty great. But what is really cool is this, the keg Hammer Of Glory
. Scroll down and click embedded video to watch. It made its way through Philadelphia by bike, foot, and wheelbarrow to the opening tap, where the mayor used it to tap the first keg.
Lone Star Beer
. Immortalized in song
, it bills itself as the National Beer of Texas. Once brewed in what is now known as the historic San Antonio Pearl Brewery
, it's still brewed in Texas, though Texas anti-hipsters will be chagrined to know that Lone Star's latest owner (since 1999) is Milwaukee-based Pabst
. Still, it's the cheapest
beer in Texas, and the bottles have an extra perk: a rebusnot this guy
on the inside of the cap
. (A good bartender or waitperson'll bring you that with yer longnecknot this one
.) This guy
has collected nearly all (he's missing TWO!) of the 400+ puzzles and their answers
. Metafilter, it's beer-fifteen.
An American woman is showing off her amazing mouth
on Japanese TV
Top 10 Science Fiction Flicks For The Thinking Man (beerandscifi version)
- The Portland based blog (with a very admirable focus) takes on the Rotten Tomatoes list
with a less dull alternative. (via
It's party season and a good time to start thinking about topping last year's lame office party. It may have been a few years and maybe you have forgotten some critical lessons from college. Thankfully, there is a science
to keg beer. Think it all through and make some plans
. You could also hide the vodka and tonic for you and your close buds and be a dick
to everyone else. Have fun!
Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head
, spent some time talking to the New Yorker
about his experiments in brewing, many
are considered to be "extreme beers." The article (very briefly
) portrays Garrett Oliver
, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery
, as waving a dismissive hand at such brews, but Oliver steps in
to say that his opinion was misrepresented. [more inside]
Quantum of culture.
Terminology from quantum theory
shows up frequently in art
. Robert P. Crease
gauges the impact
of quantum mechanics on popular culture. [Via]
You fell asleep, watching a dvd.
It's Friday, so after a long week, you decide to put in a movie and tune out the world. When you regain consciousness, you wonder if you even made it 5 minutes in.
The vault at Pfaffs
where the drinkers and laughers
meet to eat and drink and carouse
While on the walk
pass the myriad feet of Broadway
As the dead in their graves
And the living pass over them
, recking not of them,
Laugh on laughers!
Drink on drinkers!
! "[S]cientists have proven
that 'beer goggles
' are real — other people really do look more attractive to us if we have been drinking. Surprisingly, the beer
goggles effect was not limited to just the opposite sex among the ostensibly straight volunteers recruited for the study — they also rated people from their own sex as more attractive."
(Chicago link) is a dandy little site that lets you know where to score free and/or cheap eats and/or drinks on any given night in your area (assuming 'your area' = NYC
, or the aforementioned Chi-town
). The places are rated, and visited personally by the website's bloggers
, but who cares? It's free booze. [more inside]
Have you ever wondered what a real IPA
tasted like after the long, hot journey to India? Pete Brown found out. [more inside]
– An American beer titan
may be bought up by evil Europeans
, only you can save it!
ESPN's Paul Jackson tells the tale of 10-Cent Beer Night
and the ensuing riot in Cleveland on June 4, 1974.
"Try Legal Weed"
is the slogan printed on bottle caps made by Weed, California brewer Mount Shasta Brewing Company's latest microbrewed lager
. The ATF has ordered the brewer not to use the caps
, as they may "mislead consumers about the characteristics of the alcoholic beverage." [more inside]
: Authors pair their work with the appropriate beverage.
'Is there any chance there would be some Brain Death left?'
Brain Death was the creation of two homebrewers and certified beer judges, both brewers of whom are highly respected in their hobby. (For reasons that will become apparent, they wish to remain anonymous.) A potent barleywine (OG 1,100), Brain Death contained an extra ingredient that one of the euphemistically calls "special hops".
If you who hear a symphony each time you open a beer, here's
a little Friday fun.
(Check out the 'Behind the Scenes' video too.)
NB: Flash and music.
Benefits of Beer
There are a ton of these but this is by far my favorite.
The Beer Mapping Project
is a Google Maps mashup with brewery and pub locations. So far, they cover eight countries
, including Belgium
, the UK
, and, well, Italy
. There are of course multiple regions
of the US
Drinking Songs & Barroom-lore
is an unbelievable collection of audio
and other materials related to "traditional drinking songs (many bawdy), toasts, recitations and other bar-room folklore." If that's not enough, check out ARRR!!!'s sea shanties and drinking songs
and/or Barstool Mountain's Top 100 Drinking Songs
. Still not enough? Well, OK. [more inside]
No wonder why Canada won't meet their Kyoto targets
A University of Alberta researcher is calling on Canadian beer drinkers to go green and toss their energy-guzzling beer fridges, found in one of three households across the country.
Cook Thanksgiving Dinner with Beer-Based Recipes
Oh, and don't forget to stock your fridge with the recommendations listed in "Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner
". Happy Turkey Day!
Chocolate and the Beer of the Ancients
. New archaeological evidence suggests that primitive beer brewers
were the first to discover
the goodness of chocolate.
Is the hopocalypse upon us? Hops
are an essential ingredient in beer (even dictated by law
in Germany). But recent shortages
and rising worldwide demand (pdf)
have many craft brewers
, hops dealers
worried. How can you cope? Maybe it's time to try some gruit
: Showing the rest of the world that there's nothing Americans can't turn into alcohol
"If barley be wanting to make into malt,
We must be content and think it no fault,
For we can make liquor to sweeten our lips,
Of pumpkins, and parsnips, and walnut-tree chips."
But why stop at using pumpkin as an ingredient? Let cog_nate
show you how to use it as brewing equipment
. (via Projects
When happy hour
's over, and it's time to cruise back to trash someone's loungeroom, continue the tight-arse tradition with Boozle!
Man buys Allsop
, relists it as Allsopp
- proving that on eBay, presentation is everything. via b3ta
Michael Jackson the Beer Hunter
(not the other one) passed away
this morning. Beer fans remember the man
and his impact on the world of beer. Among other things, he is responsible for establishing the definition of worldwide beer styles
. He is also credited with reviving the Belgian beer industry and inspiring the U.S. microbrewing renaissance. I'll raise a glass of ale to him tonight because he was a friend and inspiration.
The Bender Brewer Project.
Inspired by an episode of Futurama
in which boozy robot Bender
is used to brew beer
, Star Wars ASCII animator
Simon Janson decided to build his own Bender to use to brew his own beer. Among the many careful details that went into this project was to actually build the robot's brain out of a 6502 processor
, as specified in the show, and to build a remote detonator to operate his brain
In praise of Budweiser,
in which Daniel Davies defends Budweiser, claiming that it is in the right in it's copyright fight
with the Czech brewer Budvar and that the rice in Bud is not a modern cost cutting development but is an essential ingredient in brewing an American pilsner
. Worth reading whatever your view on Budweiser is for the brutal attack on the Welsh town of Wrexham
in the footnotes.
you can do with beer. (Besides drink it.)
With a typically punny Hollywood Reporter headline, the news is out that Anheuser-Busch's new video site with Original Content (launched during the Super Bowl, naturally) is not nearly as popular as expected. The promoters blame the registration/age-verification requirement for discouraging users (noted here
earlier today), but 21 State Attorneys General say it's not discouraging enough
. But is the content any good?
Here are a couple reviews
No, I didn't link or even mention the site's obvious address. I don't want anybody to think I actually encourage stuff like this ;)
The Beer Launcher.
From the starry eyed minds of the students of Duke University comes the next great innovation in humankind's continued struggle to stay sedentary.
Cool Stuff Being Made:
Each week the National Association of Manufacturers posts a new, generally-lengthy video of something being made.
Rolling Rock is sorry for their offensive new ad. Never mind that no one was complaining about the ad because they never aired it-- they are spending millions on radio, web and print media to let you a) see the ad
b) understand how terrible it is
and c) know how very, very sorry they are to have made it.
The recently bought out Rolling Rock brand is hoping this manufactured controversy
will somehow convince people to drink their beer.
On a less serious note, 12 signs you drank too much
. (May be NSFW--some partial male nudity)
Historic Glass Bottles.
Bill Lindsey of the BLM created a tremendous resource to assist you in identifying and dating most utilitarian glass bottles and jars produced in the United States and Canada between the early 1800s and 1950s. Check out information on glassmaking
, bottle dating
, and bottle types
. Of particular interest to me are the pages on liquor
, and beer
is a Google Maps and happy-hour mashup. It includes mostly US cities, with decent Australian representation ... plus Paris, France and Windsor, Ontario. Sorry, direct city links don't seem to work.