Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WINE GOOD FOR KIDNEYS




An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.
And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the researchers added.
"Those [with healthy kidneys] who drank less than one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower risk of having chronic kidney disease than those who drank no wine," said study author Dr. Tapan Mehta, a renal fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, in Aurora.




PALCOHOL'S PREDECESSORS





While Palcohol's possible, eventual existence is throwing everyone for a loop, it appears powdered alcohol has existed, at least in theory, on the fringes of the substance world for a while. 
The first US patent (3,436,224) for powdered alcohol was filed in 1964 by Harold E. Bode of Cleveland, Ohio, and granted in 1969. It describes a number of water-soluble substances for creating alcoholic beverages.
According to the patent, the process involved dehydrating a "starch-based polysaccharide material until the moisture con ten [sic] is less than 0.75%," cooling that material to a "food flavor vapor-sorbing temperature." 
The next step is "exposing the said dehydrated material to anhydrous ethanol," and, if desired, to "one or more anhydrous food/beverage flavors from the group comprising carbon dioxide, and aroma volatiles from cereals, fruits or vegetables." 
In short, dehydrate some carbs, cool them, expose them to anhydrous ethanol and, if you want, add some flavorings, and voila—alcohol in Kool-Aid form.
The resulting products would be dry and reconstitutable "beverage powders." 
The patent also specifically mentions "beer beverage powder," one with "anhydrous malt syrup solids," and "volatile beer flavorings and aromas."
But apparently, this approach didn't work brilliantly. 
Gen Foods Corp followed this patent with its own, filed in 1972 and granted in 1974, dissed the product in the previous patent, saying it produced a cloudy and "undesirably sweet" beverage with "relatively low levels of alcohol fixation" that needed "excessive amounts of carbohydrate fixative." 
The product was also described as too viscous with poor appearance and texture.
Instead, Gen Foods Corp proposed a flowable powder using dextrins as the carbohydrate, which could produce a substance that was up to 60 percent ethanol by weight. 
When mixed with water, the powder would produce a "low-viscosity, clear, colorless" alcohol. Gen Foods Corp's patent also cites a British patent, GB1138124, which is not available online.
Alcoholic powders never quite made it to market in the US, even though the patents in question should have expired at least 20 years ago, throwing the market open to anyone. 
In 2008, rumors circulated that a company named Pulver Spirits would release an alcoholic powder, but all that remains of the company are third-party mentions on various forums and blogs; its site is now defunct.
Europe, on the other hand, has approached alcoholic powder slightly more directly. 
One company, Subyou, appears to have once sold powdered alcohol (circa 2005) online. 
Now, per the company's site, it sells powdered energy drinks. A group of Dutch students scandalized the media in 2007 withBooz2Go, 20-gram packets of powder that produced a three-percent alcohol beverage when mixed with water. 
One of the students told Reuters that the powder form of the product would allow them to sell to underage kids (the legal drinking age in the Netherlands was 16 at the time, but is now 18 as of January 2014).
The most recent example of alcohol powder is not instant, but can be added to juice for a fast-tracked brewing cycle that makes a beverage of 14 percent alcohol in 48 hours. 
The product, called Spike Your Juice, was originally sold in August on firebox.com; originally, it was only sold to the EU, but is now available on Amazon.




POWDERED ALCOHOL "APPROVED IN ERROR"





Don’t get too excited over the approval of powdered alcohol, or Palcohol — it was a false alarm. Although the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gave Palcohol the stamp of approval April 8, a bureau representative told The Associated Press that the "label approvals were issued in error," and Palcohol isn’t really approved at all

Lipsmark, the parent company of Palcohol, gave up the label approvals on April 21, saying there was a “discrepancy on our fill level — how much is in the bag.”

“This doesn’t mean that Palcohol isn’t approved,” Lipsmark’s statement continued, somewhat erroneously. “It just means that these labels aren’t approved. We will re-submit labels.”

According to the Palcohol website, there are six different types of powdered alcohol, including cocktails (Lemon Drop, Mojito, Powderita, and Cosmopolitan), as well as rum and vodka. Each packet will contain the equivalent of one shot. Well, little packets will be awfully easy for youngsters to sneak past their parents — good going, Palcohol.





7 FOODS TO CURE A HANGOVER




1.
The obvious to start off with is water. Water helps to hydrate the body since alcohol is known to dehydrate. Get as many electrolytes into your system as you can; head to your closest convenient store and grab a sports drink. Coconut water has also proven to hold electrolytes for hydration and is a natural source of fluid.
2.
This may seem like an unusual combination, but bacon and doughnuts is the perfect choice for those of you who can’t choose between a sweet or savoury breakfast after a big night out. Yep, after being made on a top Chef challenge, this combination can help to cure those bad headaches and unsettled tummy!  So why not try it?
3.
Even though you may feel like eating nothing after a big night out because of an unsettling stomach, a fat, greasy hamburger might be the right choice to rid the hangover. You need the right grit, grease, substance such as mayonnaise, red onion marmalade, applewood smoke bacon and blue cheese which can do wonders for a hangover!
4.
The mac ‘n’ cheese has made a return! With the perfect combination of carbs and protein, this dish will help with your unsettled stomach and will help you recover!
5.
Another food that many wouldn’t know would help is the banana! Alcohol draws water from your body’s cells making you run to the toilet a lot when drinking, this is drawing out potassium within your body which can be linked to weak muscles and high blood pressure. Bananas are great for shooting your potassium levels back to where they should be and giving you energy for the busy day ahead!
6.
Eggs are forever a delicious breakfast food and, in this case, a great hangover dish! Eggs break down the bad toxins in our body that are still in there and they are proven to reduce the symptoms of a hangover. So why not scramble some eggs in the morning?
7.
Lastly on our list is grilled cheese! This popular breakfast food consists of a toasted sandwich with cheese between the slices; you can also get creative and spread some avocado on the bread and have tomato, ham and cracked pepper inside. This quick and easy breakfast has carbs, proteins and vitamins; all the things you’ll need to cure a hangover!





Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GIN TRUMPS VODKA





Far too many Americans turn up their noses to gin, never expanding their booze palates beyond vodka and the occasional margarita; and this is a damn shame. 
Juniper can be an aquired taste, but with a wide array of gins appearing on the shelves of the city's best bars – some of which taste more of citrus or cucumber than juniper – there's every reason to believe that there's a gin out there to suit every taste. 
And there's nothing more refreshing on a warm day than the most classic of classic highballs, the gin and tonic.
Any bartender will tell you that when it comes to mixology, they'll always turn to gin before vodka as the base of a cocktail, because why use something that has no flavor profile of its own when you can be adding another level of flavor with a nice gin? 
Gin is flavored vodka, basically, and different gins have been made by infusing different combinations of botanicals. 
Juniper is usually the primary flavor, but there could be dozens of others in there including cardamom, star anise, orange, balsam, grapefruit, cucumber, and coriander.
There's no better place






PALCOHOL





A portable solution for busy boozers who want to drink while going about their daily activities, Palcohol is apparently perfect for a quick-fix cocktail, but definitely not suitable for snorting

Name: Palcohol.
Age: Weeks old, regulation-wise.
Appearance: Illicit-looking white powder.
Is it illicit? Not at all. In fact it's been approved for sale by the USAlcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
And what is it, exactly? It's powderised alcohol.
Come again? It's alcohol in powder form. Just add water.
You mean it turns water into wine? It turns water into either vodka or rum, or optional flavours including cosmopolitan, mojito and the Powderita – a powdered margarita.
Move over, Jesus! There's a new miracle worker in town! There is indeed: Mark Phillips, inventor of Palcohol.
Tell me more about him. "Mark is an active guy," according to the Palcohol website. "After hours of an activity, he sometimes wanted to relax and enjoy a refreshing adult beverage."
You know who Mark reminds me of? Me! Mark didn't want to carry bulky bottles of alcohol on his activities, so he invented Palcohol. But it has loads of other handy applications.
Really? I can't think of any. What about adding it to food for an extra kick?
Rum on your cornflakes? The Palcohol website suggested vodka on eggs, but it's the same idea – drinking at breakfast "to start your day off right".
Great thinking! What other advice does the website have? It suggested taking Palcohol into expensive venues to jazz up soft drinks, and mentioned "the elephant in the room".
Which is what? The already high rates of alcohol-related disease in the US? No – "snorting Palcohol".
Can you? Apparently you can, but you shouldn't.
They shouldn't have put the idea in my head, then. To be fair, all that advice came from a part of the website that was "experimenting with some humorous and edgy verbiage about Palcohol". It wasn't meant to be public, and it's since been removed. They've also added "volume" to the powder to make snorting it more trouble than it's worth.
Do they have any revised suggestions? Only that you consume Palcohol responsibly, and treat it the way you would any other form of alcohol.
I can't do both - which is it?
Do say: "Take your Pal wherever you go!"
Don't say: "Stranded in the desert? Use Palcohol to turn your urine into beer!"




EGG-CELLENT HANGOVER REMEDY





There are those mornings when there simply isn't enough energy and hand-eye coordination at your disposal to make breakfast and a cocktail. 
Here's the good news: We have the drink to solve that problem. As a public service to the hungover, every week we track down the best bartenders in America and ask them to share their favorite hair-of-the-dog remedies. 
This week, a thick, rich, kitchen sink of a hangover cure.




Monday, April 21, 2014

COMING SOON: POWDERED ALCOHOL




As if alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, and pills of various kinds aren't enough to give Americans a buzz, the federal government has approved a new product: powdered booze, reports Gawker. 

Even the company behind it, Palcohol, says the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval caught it off guard. 

The product is now expected to hit shelves in the fall, giving consumers six just-add-water options to choose from, including straight options like vodka and mixed offerings like Cosmopolitan. 




DRINKING HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT





It sounds like another diet gimmick or some alcoholic's wishful denial, but a new book by science writer Tony Edwards, compiling and analyzing a “wealth of medical evidence claims that drinking alcohol does not make you fat; on the contrary, alcohol can actually help you lose weight.




GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN






IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH...






1) Tracking the quantity of alcohol consumption. Making an effort to count the drinks of realizing the quantity of alcohol consumption per day or a week may help motivate the person to reduce alcohol.
2) The size of the drinks and the number of times drunk also should be measured. The website of NIAAA helps alcohol consumers who wish to reduce their drinking. They have been proved to be very useful in assessing and cutting down alcohol consumption.


3) It suggests tips to decide how many days a week one may drink and how much he/she should drink.
4) The suggestions help to pace and space the drinks which enables the consumer to be on the alert.
5) Diet has an important role in drinking. The above suggestions include what type ofdiet to be taken so that the alcohol consumed may be absorbed into the body system.
6) It points out the triggers to be aware of and avoided. The triggers induce a person with the urge to drink.
7) There are also suggestions to handle the urge to drink by distracting oneself or changing the situations of the urge.
8) The consumer should be able to say “No” if he/she is offered a drink at an inappropriate time.




Alcohol is only healthy when consumed in small amounts.


BEER PREVENTS HYPERTENSION




Beer, with or without alcohol, can prevent high blood pressure if consumed moderately, as part of a balanced diet, according to Spanish researchers who defend the good properties of that millenarian beverage.

The research, carried out by the Association of the Spanish Society of Hypertension-Spanish League to Fight Arterial Hypertension and the Beer and Health Information Center, shows that beer's low content of sodium and high content of potassium are positive for health.




Sunday, April 20, 2014

11 SIGNS YOU'RE IN A DIVE BAR



There are a lot of people out there trying to look the look and talk the talk without having the substance to back it up. 
People love to sound like they're a little raw, a bit rough around the edges and filthy behind the ears. 
But you can spot the difference between those who want it and those who live it.
Dive bars are no different. 
Everyone loves drinking in derelict watering holes, and many savvy bar entrepreneurs have sought to create that environment as if a great dive bar is merely a look. 
But it's so much more than that.




NEW HANGOVER CURE



Hangover Prevention Patch details
Supplemental Facts Serving Size: One Patch, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value Acai Berry – 20 mg. Vitamin A – 1 mg. Vitamin B12 – 1000 mcg. Vitamin B2 – 1.7 mg. Vitamin B3 – 19mg. Pantothenic Acid – 5 mg. Vitamin B6 – 2 mg. Folic Acid – 4000 mcg.  Vitamin D – 5 mcg. Vitamin E – 10 mg.Vitamin K – 80 mcg. Thiamin B1 – 150 mg. Daily Value Not Established.




Saturday, April 19, 2014

DRINKING IS HEALTHY




Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body, The Daily Mail reports.

His conclusion - drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day - that’s four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine - which typically contains around 10 units.

He also believes that drinking more than the current recommended daily intake may in fact be healthier than being a teetotaler.

“The weight of the evidence shows moderate drinking is better than abstaining and heavy drinking is worse than abstaining – however the moderate amounts can be higher than the guidelines say,” Dr Poikolainen reportedly told The Mail.





10 REASONS BEER GOOD FOR YOU


1. Beer Reduces Stress
Alcohol in general has been shown to reduce stress. This one is obvious, and
may be the best reason beer is good for your health.
2. Beer is Good for the Heart
A study was conducted from 1982 - 1996 on the elderly. It was found that those
who drank at least 1.5 per day had a 20-50 percent less chance of having heart
failure.
3. Beer Improves Blood Circulation
Beer increases your "good" cholesterol, or HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
cholesterol. Its basically a kind of blood fat, so it reduces blood's tendency to clot.
4. Beer is Chock Full o' Fiber
The fiber comes from the cell walls of the malted barley. A liter of beer can have
as much as 60% of your daily recommended fiber. The extra fiber will keep you
regular and can also lower the risk of heart disease.





Friday, April 18, 2014

MORE FOLLY





If the vendor snuck in a bottle with our order (as they try to do), we would charge $2 a shot and still have this bottle by Christmas.

What are these booze companies thinking?


BUKOWSKI'S 10 TIPS






1. Don’t settle.
“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”
2. Love yourself.                        
3. Live life to its fullest.
“What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.”
“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.”
4. Don’t fear pain, without it, you can’t experience happiness.
“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”
5. Be your own unique self and shamelessly express it in all you do.
6. You’re stronger than you think.
7. Don’t fear death.
“There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower.”
8. Have confidence in yourself.
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts.”
9. There are much worse things than loneliness.
“There are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do it’s too late and there’s nothing worse than too late.”
10. Life happens, don’t always take it so seriously.
“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”




HANGOVER HEAVEN





If you’ve ever suffered from a brutal hangover, and I know you have, you’ve seen the dark depths of hell. 
Imagine if there was a magical bus that could rescue you from the hangover underworld and take you to hangover heaven. 
Well, there is–– if you’re in vegas and have a bunch of money. 
Meet the Hangover Heaven Bus
It’s a mobile medical service that scoops up unfortunate souls and cures their hangovers in a heavenly style. 


Hangover Heaven Bus Is The Expensive Cure


Hangover Heaven is the brainchild of Dr. Jason Burke, a certified anaesthesiologist who graduated from North Carolina’s Duke University. 

Dr. Burke has dedicated his career to the study and treatment of hangovers, after noting that patients in hospital recovery rooms experience similar symptoms after receiving anaesthesia.

The hangover doctor who can cure you in 45 minutes - Telegraph


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.