Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND





Yukon Jack Wicked Hot:  $3

Arta Reposado Tequila:  $5

Cherry Southern Comfort:  $3

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka:  $3 (or $1 with any beer)

Ciroc Amaretto vodka:  $3

Ciroc Peach Vodka:  $3


FOLLY




From Irish to Canadian, Bourbon to “Scotch” (or “spirit drink”), most whisky categories across the globe have tentatively started to step onto the flavoured spirits bandwagon.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

JD'S TENNESSEE FIRE PROCEEDS WITH CAUTION (FOR GOOD REASON)




When Brown-Forman launched the first permanent flavored variety of Jack Daniel's three years ago, the marketer went all-in, plugging the Tennessee Honey line extension with a national TV campaign featuring a "King Bee."

But the launch of Jack's second year-round flavored line extension, cinnamon-flavored Tennessee Fire, is being accompanied with decidedly less buzz. Bottles are only available in three states: Oregon, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. 
There are no glitzy TV ads. 
And the marketer is still evaluating whether to take it national.
Why the caution? It goes back to "being respectful of the Jack Daniel's trademark," said Casey Nelson, senior brand manager for the Jack Daniel's flavor portfolio. "The more you innovate around a certain idea, there are certain risks associated with that."



Fireball has proven that there is no accounting for taste.

And that goes for JD's Honey and Tennessee Fire, too.

A passing fad, nothing more.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEPENTHE BAR, BIG SUR





BIG SUR: A NEPENTHE MOMENT


Cocktail:  209 Gin Martini (Drink American)
View:  Mother Nature


Clubhouse on Wheels

BE AWARE OF ALCOHOL





Be aware that we're here, serving the finest libations at the best prices.


PASS THE PICKLE JUICE





“Are you seriously going to drink that?” is not a phrase you often hear at a Portland dive. 

But on an unusually warm early spring evening at Church, everyone else crowded around the bar seems to be questioning my sanity as I stare down two shot glasses: a boot filled with Evan Williams bourbon, and a glowing, cloudy burst of salty, savory housemade pickle brine. 

Behold the pickleback, the wonderful cheap-booze-and-vinegar-chaser combination that has been a New York staple since a Bushwick bartender coined the name in 2006 and started slinging pickle juice as a way to mask the flavor of lower-shelf whiskey. 





NATURAL HANGOVER REMEDIES




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS





Southern Comfort Cherry:  $3

Mix it with cola and you've got Cherry Coke.


Pinnacle Whipped Vodka:  $2

(We just want to get rid of it.)

Toby Keith - I Love This Bar




HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN FANTE (1909-1983)




From The Graveyard Shift by Thomas Van Stein




8 BEERS TO STOP DRINKING


Guinness is often praised for it’s smoothness.  However, several investigations proved that Guinness ingredients are quite disturbing. The beer  contains fish bladder and high fructose corn syrup.

Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. 
But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. 
Which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. 
While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. 
Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. 
Some to protect its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.
Here’s some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:
  • GMO Corn Syrup
  • GMO Corn
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Fish Bladder
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Natural Flavors
  • GMO Sugars
  • Caramel Coloring
  • Insect-Based Dyes
  • Carrageenan
  • BPA
  • & lots more!




Monday, April 7, 2014

12 COCKTAILS TO DRINK BEFORE YOU DIE






Have you ever had a proper Manhattan

Or tried the all-time bartender favorite Negroni

If you answered no to either question, we suggest you get to drinking.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

GIN IS HIP




Classic Gin and Tonic
Harder than it looks, and not how your old uncle may do it. 
Barney Says: "Ice is your friend," so fill the glass to the top with big chunks. You don't want to wash the gin out with too much tonic. 

Glassware matters - raid nana's cupboard or the op-shop for good, heavy, even cut crystal, tumblers. 

Pour on 45 ml gin, top with tonic (Barney uses Quina Fina or East Imperial for their classic higher quinine, lower sugar taste). 

Drink and repeat.




10 REASONS TO DRINK BEER




1. Healthy heart– Beer contains Vitamin B6, it gives a healthy heart. It has polyphenol, an antioxidant like in red wines that alleviates coronary artery disease (CAD). This alcoholic beverage acts as a blood thinner, reducing the risk of a heart attack. Malt liquor boosts high-density levels of lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol that lowers incidence of developing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
2. Fortifying the bones – Beer impacts strengthening your bones. Indeed, due to its high silicon and malted barley content, each sip is a boost to bone density. Even postmenopausal women are advised to drink this ale. Hops in the stout contain phyto-estrogens the decrease hot flashes and combat osteoporosis by strengthening bones preventing inferior bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.
3. Preventing the development of kidney stones – This brown bottle is capable to reducing kidney stones in middle-aged men by 40%. After drinking barley pop, the individual urinates clarifying the capability of the alcoholic beverage to act as a diuretic and thus cleanse the body of substances that are considered to be kidney-stone builders.
4. Fights against cancer – Hops with xanthohumol is a powerful antioxidant in dark beer and can assist your body in stopping the early stages of tumor growth or cancer.
5. Alleviating high blood pressure – Studies proved that drinking two to three amber brew a week lowered by 14% risk in high blood pressure in women. Such an alcoholic drink also has the potential to reduce chances of developing diabetes. Drinking such a refreshing brewski would conveniently cleanse colon and attain a much better bowel movement.
6. Giving other health benefits -. This brew is a sleeping aid on account of B vitamins and hops is a natural sedative. This chill beverage contains iron, potassium, riboflavin, zinc and several nutrients. A bubbling pint of chill is teeming with B6, B12, folate, and other minerals.
7. Acting as beauty aid – Beer contains protein; such a refreshing beverage could make skin and hair look much more appealing. This amber nectar nourishes hair and makes it extra smooth and soft.
8. Hydrating function – Studies showed that this beverage from malted grain is even better than water. Students ran on a treadmill in high temperatures. Half the subjects were given water, the other half were given lager. And those who drank beer had slightly higher effects of rehydration.
9. Keeping creative juices to flow – Most creative people doing extensive mental work do not need long walks, games of darts, and anything else designed to take your mind off the problem, couple of pints with a friend down the local pub starts loosening your creative juices.
10. Socializing booster – You may not be the life of the party, but a beer or two will loosen your tongue and do away your inhibitions. This magical brown bottle is your key to social success.




    GLOBAL HANGOVER REMEDIES


    Bulgarian tripe soup




    Angola – Caldo de peixe (fish soup with potatoes and cassava)
    Australia – Pie floater (peas soup with a meat pie on top)
    Belgium – Kater salade (salad with herring as the main ingredient)
    Bulgaria – Shkembe chorba (very simple tripe soup)
    Colombia – Caldo de costilla (soup made from beef ribs)
    Czech Republic - česnečka (garlic soup with potatoes)
    Georgia – Khashi (Powerful soup with tripe)
    Germany – Katzenjammersuppe (soup with German saussage and sauerkraut)
    Greece – Patsas (soup made from sheep tripe)
    Hungary – Lángos (Fried bread, spread with garlic)
    India – Palak Masoor Dal (soup with lentils and spinach)
    Japan – Misoshiru (soup with miso and seafood stock)
    Korea – Hae jang guk (soup from pork spine with ox blood)
    Mexico – Menudo (tripe soup with Mexican spices)
    Moldova – Zeama (chicken soup with egg noodles)
    Mongolia – Bantan (creamy soup with meat and dough crumbs)
    Netherlands – Haring met uitjes (salted herring with onions)
    Panama – Sanocho de gallina (chicken soup with a lot of exotic ingredients)
    Peru – Aguadito de pollo (soup from a whole hen)
    Peru II – Cerviche (raw fish in citrus juice)
    Poland – Zurek (soup with Polish white saussage and hard boiled eggs)
    Russia – Malosolnije ogurtsy (homemade dill pickles in brine)
    Senegal – Yassa (spicy chicken dish with white rice)
    Serbia – Podvarak (dish with sauerkraut, bacon and rice)
    Spain – Pincho de tortilla (bites made with potato and egg)
    Thailand – Pad ki mao (spicy dish with noodles and chicken)
    Uganda – Luwombo (chicken and mushrooms steamed in banana leaves)




    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    WHISKEY WAR




    The liquor business is always interesting, but lately some of the best stories have come out of Tennessee. Consider what happened recently at the George Dickel distillery, which has been making fine whiskey and rye for 130 years in Tullahoma, Tenn.
    On March 20, the distillery received an e-mail from Keith Bell, director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which regulates the wine, beer, and spirit industry in the state. The subject: “Storage of Product.” Bell proceeded to inform the distillery that it was in violation of a 74-year-old state law because it was keeping some of its products in a warehouse in Louisville, Ky.
    The people at Dickel found this curious. Eight days later, the George A. Dickel Co. sued Bell in federal court, saying “on information and belief, the state of Tennessee has never before sought to enforce the geographic limitations of the Storage Statute against any other” licensed distillery. The attorneys for George Dickel said the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause permitted the distillery to store booze in a neighboring state, and that if the archaic stricture were enforced, it might have to curtail its whiskey production, which, in turn, would likely result in layoffs at its Tennessee operation.




    VODKA & THE SECRET HISTORY OF RUSSIA




    Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. 

    But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics.

    In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. 

    Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan the Terrible through Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics presents the secret history of the Russian state itself-a history that is drenched in liquor. 

    Scrutinizing (rather than dismissing) the role of alcohol in Russian politics yields a more nuanced understanding of Russian history itself: from palace intrigues under the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet leadership, vodka is there in abundance.



    STRANGEST VODKA FLAVORS


    One of the worst bottles of booze ever invented.

    Vendors are hard-pressed to give it away, so why would anyone in their right mind drink it?

    We’ve discussed the nuanced philosophy behind flavored vodkas in the past, but here it is again.  

    Vodka exists as a neutral spirit, which is both a blessing and a curse.  

    Vodka earns its keep for American drunks by finding a way to let orange juice get you drunk, but its ability to meld with various flavors means that, more than any other type of alcohol, liquor companies will churn it out in dozens, if not hundreds, of different and often unnecessary varieties.  

    And we get it, we really do.  

    Some people don’t like the taste of alcohol and want to get drunk fast by putting four shots of raspberry vodka into a cup of fruit punch.  

    We remember being nine years old too.



    INDIAN HANGOVER CURE: PALAK MASOOR DAL





    But every country has its own traditional dishes to make the process go faster. 
    We like to give you a taste of the international anti-hangover cuisine. 
    In this episode we present you a cure from India. 
    This huge country with it’s countless cultures and subcultures has many different dishes. 
    However palak masoor dal is not bound to a certain area in particular and is also quite popular in surrounding countries like Sri Lanka or Bangladesh. 
    With the key ingredients lentils and spinach it’s even a healthy dish when you’re not hungover.




    Friday, April 4, 2014

    WHY DIVES ARE THE BEST





    There is nothing better than a dive bar. Rather than getting all dressed up and spending extra money to journey across town, wouldn't you rather just walk to the corner looking however you want with the few bucks you already have in your pocket?
    Dive bars are unpolished, imperfect places filled with unpolished, imperfect people, just like us. And that's just one of many things things that make these establishments the best.




    CHOOSE THE RIGHT BEER





    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    TASMANIAN WHISKY: THE BEST IN THE WORLD?





    Tasmania often feels closer to Scotland than Sydney, in climate and scenery: with cool air, grey skies, lush countryside and water everywhere, I am reminded of Islay, the Hebridean gorse and heather replaced by native eucalypts. Tasmanian peat, too, shares many traits with its Highland counterpart – although peat is not a strong characteristic in the island's single malts.



    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    U.S HISTORY THROUGH A BOURBON BOTTLE



    Too many teachers have a knack for making American history as boring as possible — an instantly forgotten jumble of dates and names — so if you fell asleep in civics class, you wouldn’t be the first. 
    However, the refreshingly entertaining new book “Bourbon: A History Of The American Spirit” tells our nation’s entire tale with a big splash of Kentucky’s finest.
    You’ll learn a f*ckload about the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, the Civil War, the Wild West and beyond, and you’ll actually enjoy it. 

    Learning U.S. History Is More Fun With 'Bourbon'


    William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos knew their way around a bottle of bourbon. So did Warren G. Harding, who kept a private stash in the White House during Prohibition. But maybe Harding was simply following doctor’s orders. As one Detroit physician, responding to bourbon’s purported medicinal value, prescribed it: “Take three ounces every hour for stimulant until stimulated.”


    MARK TWAIN ON DRINKING







    Monday, March 31, 2014

    ANGEL'S ENVY


    Available at BoHenry's

    Angel's Envy's whiskeys represent the vision of Lincoln Henderson, an iconic Brown-Forman master distiller who helped develop some of the company's most well-known brands, including Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.
    When Henderson and his son Wesley founded Angel's Envy in 2010, they wanted their whiskeys to be distinct but not too distinct.
    "It's a fine balance," says Wesley Henderson, the distillery's chief operating officer. "You have to understand what your customer appreciates about bourbon and where you can and can't go."




    DEFINING THE DIVE





    Dive bars face a tug-of-war: they’re either worshiped or ostracized. 

    This must stop. 

    Dive bars are just like any other bar — plus or minus a few roaches and/or bathroom stall sex stories — in that “good” or “bad” depends on who’s asking. 

    The Jersey Shore cast goes head over slutty heels for a sweaty-floored, skull-shaking house music club, for example. Wall Street types might take you to a joint with a pretty waitress, blue lighting and $18 whiskey-cokes. 

    Your cousin from the country’s spot has cigarette butts on the floor and Willie Nelson competing with the crack of a cue ball; your hipster cousin visits the same spot, actually. 

    Whatever your cup of tea, we contest simply that “dive” not be used to describe a place that sucks: it should be a place that sucks with vigor, or with style, or with crassness. 

    Here are the sordid watering holes that our staff believes, in their slightly perverse estimations, capture the true spirit of the dive bar.




    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VINCENT




    Hangs at Bo Henry's



    PURISM IS BACK





    Fancy cocktails are now passé.

    The new trend is craftsman beer and liquor straight or with a single mix.

    At BoHenry’s we stock over 33 varieties of beer, six on tap.

    Our “well” is quality.

    We serve a full spectrum of whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and tequila—including many top-shelf bottles.




    5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WINE


    Sean Kirkpatrick
    Hangs at BoHenry's


    1. Increases longevity and has anti-aging properties
    Wine drinkers have been shown to have a 34% lower mortality rate than people who enjoy spirits or beers. A certain compound called resveratrol can also be found in moderate quantities in red wine. Resveratrol aids in the rebuilding of muscles and keeps the blood vessels healthy.
    2. Reduces risk of breast cancer
    While most alcoholic drinks increase the risk of breast cancer, red wine does the complete opposite. Chemicals found in the skins and seeds of red grapes — which are present in the making of red wine — reduce estrogen levels and promote testosterone in premenopausal women, lowering their risk for developing breast cancer.
    3. Prevents cataracts and blinding diseases
    Because the resveratrol in red wine helps keep the blood vessels healthy, it also stops the out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eyes, which can cause blindness and the development of cataracts!
    4. Improves Lung Function and Protects from Liver Disease
    Studies by Dutch scientists show that pure resveratrol and white wine can improve lung function and reduce the risk of developing lung cancer in moderate wine drinkers. Research done by a team from UC San Diego School of Medicine also revealed that some antioxidants in red wine could also reduce the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
    5. Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
    Resveratrol is quickly establishing itself as something of a wonder drug, as the chemical is said to improve insulin sensitivity. Resistance to insulin is one of the major factors contributing to the development of Type-2 diabetes.




    HANGOVER CURE




    #6  Tylenol, Advil
    #5  Vitamins – B6, B12, B1
    #5  Caffeine
    #4  Water
    #3  Hair of the Dog
    #2  Food - Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Bananas, Asparagus, Prickly Pear (interesting article here, if you’re someone who just has to know “why?”)


    #1   the girl & the fig Balsamic Bloody Mary



    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    GIN IS MAKING A COMEBACK


    Available at BoHenry's


    As we celebrate 2014 as the “year of gin”, it is only apt to talk about gin. 

    Yes, much has been said about gin-and-tonic, and how it is a bit boring, yet, we all love it. 

    Today, it is no longer perceived as a ladies’ drink or an old man’s drink. 

    Sipping gin is suddenly fashionable.


    Drink American