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  • Happy Repeal Day – A 1933 Celebration

    December 5th, 2012 by DrinkUp
    prohibition-repeal December is a month filled with company holiday parties and the all important Christmas and Hanukkah.  However, a much more jollier holiday is actually today – Repeal Day.  That’s right, on this day, a mere 78 years ago,  the greatest country in the world apologized for its lack of good judgement and repealed Prohibition.  I don’t know if any of you saw Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition” but it was an amazing glance at the past, reminding us that not too long ago in this country, you could get thrown in the slammer for drinking a simple glass of wine, pint of beer, or glass of bourbon.  It was against the 18th Amendment. You were breaking the Read More

    December is a month filled with company holiday parties and the all important Christmas and Hanukkah.  However, a much more jollier holiday is actually today – Repeal Day.  That’s right, on this day, a mere 78 years ago,  the greatest country in the world apologized for its lack of good judgement and repealed Prohibition.  I don’t know if any of you saw Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition” but it was an amazing glance at the past, reminding us that not too long ago in this country, you could get thrown in the slammer for drinking a simple glass of wine, pint of beer, or glass of bourbon.  It was against the 18th Amendment. You were breaking the law.

    During prohibition (January 1920 to December 5, 1933), people were forced to get their fix from bootleggers, speakeasies, and any other sort of black market trades.  These sorts of things have gotten popular again today (cough, cough – Patterson HouseBoardwalk Empire, etc.) The only good things that came out of prohibition were the drinks and sweet bar vibes that prohibition created.  I now have a show to watch on Sunday nights reminiscing of the old days when I wasn’t around.

    Let’s toast to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a lifelong non-drinker, who contributed tons of dough to the Prohibitionist Anti-Saloon League and was a outspoken supporter for repeal.  Let’s also flip the bird to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union who caused the damn problem in the first place.

    Happy Repeal Day,

    -DrinkUp


  • Get It To Go With a Growler

    November 27th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    TheFillingStation1 Back in the old days before electricity when I was growing up, we used to be able to buy milk jugs of beer on tap from gas stations in Florida while on vacation. That made it very convenient to drink and drive, since clearly you were already driving when you arrived and would soon be drinking before your beer got flat and warm, so they discontinued the process. My friends and I adapted and learned to drink in stationary locations for the most part, unless there was a pontoon boat involved. Now the world has come full circle with the explosion in popularity of growlers, Read More

    Back in the old days before electricity when I was growing up, we used to be able to buy milk jugs of beer on tap from gas stations in Florida while on vacation. That made it very convenient to drink and drive, since clearly you were already driving when you arrived and would soon be drinking before your beer got flat and warm, so they discontinued the process.

    My friends and I adapted and learned to drink in stationary locations for the most part, unless there was a pontoon boat involved. Now the world has come full circle with the explosion in popularity of growlers, 64 oz. containers that consumers can fill up at their favorite beer store, grocery mart or even gas stations. Of course, most folks aren’t driving out of their way to bring home two “thirsty-two ouncers” of Miller High Life like filled our milk jugs of yore.

    Instead, growlers have become a way for connoisseurs to experiment with and enjoy craft beers in their own homes. Because bottling is expensive, draft beer is a much more economical way for these small breweries to distribute their products, making them more likely to expand into new markets to the joy of beer nerds everywhere. Plus, beer on tap just tastes better than bottle or cans.

    You can even buy your own nifty insulated steel growlers to replace that plastic jug you’ve been schlepping around with the labels like “Old Leg Humper” or “Tactical Nuclear Penguin.” I swear I’m not making this stuff up. The even better news is that Nashville is fixing to have a great new option for growler fans. Opening soon in 12South is The Filling Station. Located in the building previously occupied by Halcyon Bike Shop, TFS will offer 24 brews to go at very reasonable prices.

    Correct me if my math is wrong, but 64 oz. is less than a six-pack of regular sized cans or bottles. Heck, that’s not even one in dog beers! Sounds like an easy afternoon’s work to me…


  • One £80 glass is as potent as ten pints of lager

    October 16th, 2012 by Drink Up
    Brewmeister Our crazy UK friends informed us about a new beer – I use that term lightly…… 130PROOF Exert from DailyMail There’s a lethal weapon in my hand. It might look to you like a bottle of beer. But this one could knock you dead. Called ‘Armageddon’ — the name is no accident — it is the strongest beer in the world. At 65 per cent alcohol, it’s stronger than whisky or brandy and 16 times more potent than a standard pub lager. This 330ml bottle contains 22 units of alcohol — the equivalent of ten pints of Carlsberg. Read the entire article here Until Next Time, -DrinkUp Read More

    Our crazy UK friends informed us about a new beer – I use that term lightly…… 130PROOF

    Exert from DailyMail

    There’s a lethal weapon in my hand. It might look to you like a bottle of beer. But this one could knock you dead.

    Called ‘Armageddon’ — the name is no accident — it is the strongest beer in the world. At 65 per cent alcohol, it’s stronger than whisky or brandy and 16 times more potent than a standard pub lager.

    This 330ml bottle contains 22 units of alcohol — the equivalent of ten pints of Carlsberg.

    Read the entire article here

    Until Next Time,

    -DrinkUp


  • Drink Great Wine; Help a Good Cause

    October 15th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    RS_Holidayposterlo res Rodney Strong Vineyards makes some superb wines. Their reds are especially exemplary, particularly their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfendel and Pinot Noir. They also release some nice Chardonnays from the Sonoma Coast, so whether you’re a red or white drinker, there’s something in the portfolio for you. Rodney Strong also has a strong philanthropic bent, donating millions of dollars to national charities like United Way and Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong campaign. They have another program that contributes to local communities where they have a strong retail presence, and Nashville is one of those fortunate towns. There are only eight other cities benefiting from Read More

    Rodney Strong Vineyards makes some superb wines. Their reds are especially exemplary, particularly their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfendel and Pinot Noir. They also release some nice Chardonnays from the Sonoma Coast, so whether you’re a red or white drinker, there’s something in the portfolio for you.

    Rodney Strong also has a strong philanthropic bent, donating millions of dollars to national charities like United Way and Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong campaign. They have another program that contributes to local communities where they have a strong retail presence, and Nashville is one of those fortunate towns. There are only eight other cities benefiting from this deal, so we’d better go ahead and take advantage of it!

    For the third year in a row, Rodney Strong has partnered with Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee to assist them with their efforts to feed over 28,000 people in the Nashville area. How can you help out? It’s easy…just drink!

    For the months of October through December, Rodney Strong will make a donation for every glass of their wine sold at participating restaurants and bars. Randy Rayburn’s Midtown Cafe and Sunset Grill are two of the restaurants leading this charge, but ask your favorite watering hole if they are part of the program. If they say no, then ask “why not?”

    At wine and liquor stores, Rodney Strong is also making a donation for every bottle sold to consumers. Most of your favorite retailers have signed up for the program, including Frugal MacDoogal, Bud’s, Red Dog, RED, Midtown, West Mead Wine and Liquor Mart and…well, you get the story. Just about all the big boys are in, but don’t be afraid to ask.

    So when you’re choosing a glass to go with dinner or a bottle for home or a holiday gift, consider buying some of the fine wines from Rodney Strong and do some good!

     


  • No More eBooze on eBay

    October 8th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    f051_2 I’ve always thought it was strange how local laws have so strictly regulated our liquor industry here in Nashville, only recently allowing direct shipment of wine and spirits to consumers after producers jump through hoops and pay registration fees for the right to ship. But at the same time any old schmo could list a bottle of Pappy on eBay for $300 and some other schlemiel will get into a bidding war for the right to ship it illegally to his home. (Elementary Yiddish lesson for proper usage: A waiter who spills the soup on a patron is a schmo. The unlucky person who gets Read More

    I’ve always thought it was strange how local laws have so strictly regulated our liquor industry here in Nashville, only recently allowing direct shipment of wine and spirits to consumers after producers jump through hoops and pay registration fees for the right to ship. But at the same time any old schmo could list a bottle of Pappy on eBay for $300 and some other schlemiel will get into a bidding war for the right to ship it illegally to his home. (Elementary Yiddish lesson for proper usage: A waiter who spills the soup on a patron is a schmo. The unlucky person who gets soup spilled on him is a schlemiel. Now go forth and work that into your everyday vernacular.)

    There’s not much wrong with the regulated system in Tennessee, especially with regards to preventing underage drinking. The folks at ABC’s 20/20 developed a pretty simple sting operation where a 13-year old was easily able to have two bottles of vodka delivered to his house. While you have to honor his ingenuity, at least some of us learned some valuable graphic arts skills by faking ID’s in the 1980’s when Tennessee still used paper driver’s licenses. I said “some” of us to ensure plausible deniability.

    But seriously, it only makes sense that once you’ve gone to all the effort to set up a system that has many safeguards to prevent minors from purchasing alcohol, you’d want to close the eBay loophole. Fortunately, the company has self-regulated after the outcry of the 20/20 segment. Their official statement on the situation is:

    “eBay will not allow our marketplace to be used as a way to circumvent laws regarding the sale of alcohol, particularly the illegal sale of alcohol to minors. We are beginning the process of removing listings of beer and spirits. We expect to allow these listings again after developing and implementing additional, reasonable requirements to support seller compliance with our policies and applicable laws. We will continue to allow listings by pre-approved, licensed wine sellers.”

    The old policy allowed for the selling of “commemorative bottles” that happened to have alcohol in them, but if Sammy Hagar has his picture on a bottle of tequila, that counted as commemorative. Yeah, it’s in honor of the fact that he sold his stake in Cabo Wabo for $80 million!

    In addition to making it harder for minors to buy, this new regulation may slow down the rapid escalation in truly collectible spirits like single malt whiskys and vintage bourbons. Good for them, I say. Your favorite retailer should be the one to set the market for what a bottle should cost, and there are strong governmental guidelines in place to ensure fairness in the marketplace. If you want an even shake or maybe access to a rare bottle, the best way to go is to make a friend of your local liquor or wine store owner. Ask his or her advice, shop there consistently and let them know what you like and what you’re looking for, and there should be no need to go poking around eBay anyway.

    Unless you’re looking for an F 18/A Hornet jet fighter.