Archive for the ‘beer’ Category

Aussie PM Chugs a Beer

April 21, 2015

Aussie PM Chugs a Beer

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott chugged a glass of beer in 7 seconds on Saturday whilst celebrating with members of the UTS Bats Australian Rules football club. The schooner reportedly held about two-thirds of a pint; assuming an Imperial Pint of 568 ml, that’s about 380 ml.

Former PM Bob Hawke is said to have chugged 2.5 pints (1420 ml) in 11 seconds back in 1955. Mr.Hawke’s rate of chug (1420/11) was 129.09 ml/sec, while Mr. Abbott’s rate of chug (380/7) was a puny 54.29 ml/sec. Mr. Abbott is a Liberal and Mr. Hawke was a Labor leader; perhaps there’s a political lesson here.

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Drink Beer Day

September 28, 2013

Drink Beer Day

September 28th is Drink Beer Day in the USA, an ancient holiday first celebrated way back in 2009 as “Arthur’s Day” after Arthur Guinness, who founded his brewery on September 28, 1759 (which may have been his birthday).

More:

“25 Amazing Facts for Drink Beer Day,” Jason English, Mental Floss

“Day Devoted to Hoisting Guinness Starts to Leave a Bitter Taste,” Douglas Dalby, New York Times

“Guiness-Fueled ‘Holiday’ Troubles Many in Ireland,” Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

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Sumerian Suds

June 20, 2012

Sumerian Suds

Peter Damerow of the Max Planck Institute recently used an ancient Sumerian drinking song in his research on the brewing techniques of Mesopotamia. The song, from the 3rd millenium BC, was dedicated to a woman saloonkeeper and glorifies Ninkasi, goddess of brewing.

Excerpts:

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St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

March 17th marks an American popular and commercial holiday with roots in the liturgical calendar. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (1848) started and ended at memorials to George Washington and allowed Irish Americans to demonstrate both their love of their heritage and allegiance to  their new country. For many today the holiday presents an opportunity for adults to dye their tongues green.

 

Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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Hot Super Bowl News

February 5, 2010

Hot Super Bowl News

Many people suggest healthy, nutritious snacks for this Sunday. Balderdash.

Healthy snacks for Super Bowl Sunday, the collective national rite where real Americans drive drunk to gather on home couches and watch 300-pound men with enlarged hearts give each other concussions and torn ligaments live on digital television? Hardly. Save those healthy snacks for watching touch football or cricket.

Sunday’s menu is a single word: Pizza. 

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DC Food Blogger Happy Hour February 3rd

February 1, 2010

DC Food Blogger Happy Hour February 3rd

Lift your spirits this Wednesday at the DC Food Blogger Happy Hour. This month’s venue is the AGAINN gastropub. More information and RSVP here.

DC Food Blogger Happy Hour
February 3, 2010, 6 to 8 PM
AGAINN
1099 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202.639.9830

Near Metro Center and Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro stations.

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Blogs With Bite

January 20, 2010

Blogs With Bite

Blogs with Bite is an occasional omnivorous sampling of food blogs and sites we find particularly tasty. Follow the trail of bread crumbs back to earlier editions, starting here. 

Here’s a fresh serving of Blogs with Bite:

Fancy Fast Food —  “Yeah, It’s Still Bad for You — But See How Good It Can Look!”

Cicerone Certification Program   Education program to develop sommeliers for beer.

International Central Services Toaster Museum   “The world’s largest online toaster exhibition.” Jens Veerbeck’s beautifully designed site features US and European bread-browning devices and  answers mankind’s eternal question, “What’s my old toaster worth?”

Chakali Recipes, primarily from the state of Maharashtra in western India. In English and Marathi. Read more about Maharashtrian cuisine here and here. There are cooking videos (in several languages), too.

The Candy Wrapper Museum  “… where wrappers are to be enjoyed as art, nostalgia, and humor.” In the name of  paper preservation, the curator ate most of the perishable, corrosive candy bars, an astounding act of professional sacrifice.

White on Rice Couple Todd Porter and Diane Cu cook, garden, write, photograph, and blog with élan. They offer readable tips on all these topics, plus a recipe index. Sierra and Dante help (they recommend the flax seed dog biscuits).

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Christmas Cheer

December 25, 2009

The Bowen Beer Bottle Band, under the direction of Matt Bowen.

We suggest Bach as an encore (a Donald Allured transcription). 

Happy holidays.

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DC Blogger Meetup Wednesday December 9th

December 8, 2009

DC Blogger Meetup Wednesday December 9th

This month’s Washington, DC Blogger Meetup is today, (Wednesday, December 9, 2009) at 7 PM at a new venue, a Dupont Circle watering hole (near Metro). RSVP by 4 PM Wednesday (requires free Meetup registration).

Founded in 2002, this Meetup provides opportunities for Metro DC area blog writers and readers to share experiences and tips, drink beer, socialize, drink beer, and plan collaborative blogging projects and other events. Did we mention that beer is available?

Spend a couple of hours with other DC bloggers this evening. You can blog about global warming later tonight.

 UPDATE:

Did you miss the event? Catch up with bloggers who were there:

Web Master Tool Center

Durosia.com

Free World Pulse

Comings and Goings

Kiss My Country

Titanium Effect

I Run For You

In The Feeds

e-ssay.org

Spleeness.com

 

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Turkey Torching Tips for Guys

November 24, 2009

Turkey Torching Tips for Guys

The National Fire Protection Association claims “turkey fryers that use oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for acceptably safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer.” Wimps! Thursday is Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for college football and a four-day weekend. That’s when Real American Men generate Code Orange air quality by incinerating poultry on the patio.

Any pantywaist metrocurian can cook on those SUV-sized natural gas, propane, electric, or gelignite-powered barbecue grills with all those fancy features (good subwoofers do help spread sauce evenly, though). Nah, let’s get ready to deep-fry some turkey. Here’s how:

1. Put Fire Department on Speed-Dial. Keep your cell phone in your welding apron pocket. It is unwise to enter a flaming residence to use the telephone.

2. Purchase more equipment. You can never have enough Real Guy outdoor cooking gear. Buy some new stuff at Home Depot first. Don’t bother with those electronic gizmos at Leading Edge; you can never read the LCD screens outdoors anyway. Williams-Sonoma? Isn’t that the California wine the wife likes?

3. Don’t forget the turkey. Make sure it is big enough to bother with. Double-check to make sure you are not buying a goat or lamb.

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