Month: October 2009

The Best Holiday Beer is…

Beer'eur Recommended
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Let’s cut to the chase, Stella Artois may be the best all around beer that fits every occasion, especially the holiday beer category. Stella is a great beer that has enough body to go with just about every type of meal and works in the winter and summer and for any type of event. Let’s run down a list of events on the upcoming holiday calendar and see how Stella holds up as a the best beer and best overall drink of choice for the specified event. The rating system below is based on a scale of 1-10 with 10 = the best possible choice to replace the traditional alcoholic beverage served at the following:

OCCASION               Traditional Alcoholic Beverage                    Stella Factor

Halloween Party:            spicy porter/stout, maybe Pumpkin Porter       6 points

Thanksgiving feast:        white or red wine, beer, mixed drinks               8 points

Invited to a friends:       Red Stripe, Guinness and any $7+ 6 pack         9 points

Christmas dinner:          egg nog & brandy, all beers especially

winter beers, all wines and all hard booze        9 points

After work drink:          Anything in the fridge of liquor cabinet                  8 points

Happy Hour:                Cheap beer and rail drink specials                           10 points

First Date:                    If going to their house and you are a gal                 10 points

You are a guy and she’s not a beer fan:              7 points

You are a guy and she’s a big beer fan:             10 points

This post, it must be noted, is a result of an overwhelmingly positive reception from some beer drinking experts regarding Stella as the best holiday beer and any major event. Stella Artois is a can’t go wrong beer to host with or present to the host/hostess of a party or event (even when the host and hostess are not beer fans). The simple reason for this is, you always have the best beer option for yours truly and in some cases there will be more for you. The only area where Stella scored 6 points (still a good score) is for Halloween where a Pumpkin Porter (e.g. 4 Peaks Brewing Company) is a superior choice but it may bot be as universally accepted as Stella. In this case, bring the beer to drink for yourself! If the holidays event calendar has you frazzled and you are not sure what to bring to your upcoming event(s), you can go with a specialty beer and bottle of wine but Stella 6 pack is always a good choice…or check out the Beer’eur Top 5 Beer List.

Comments on this post (from a former online version):

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Top 5 Beer List – Best Beer Related Videos

#5 – Banned Triborg Beer Commercial – One More Beer Please!

#4 – Banned Super Bowl 2007 Bud Light Commercial Guy and Girl Skinny Dipping

#3 – Rodney Carrington – Titties and Beer

#2 – Heineken – Girls, Eat Your Heart Out!

#1 – Miller Lite Commercial Uncensored Cat Fight

…and Honorable Mention
The 12 Beer Diet

Budweiser & Clamato, Breakfast Beer?

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Budweiser’s test marketing of a beer plus clam juice combination seems to have been successful (to Them); Budweiser & Clamato con sal y limon, Chelada. This may be in response to Miller Light Chill, Chelada Style. Budweiser also has a version with Bud Light. Is this a breakfast beer in disguise? The nutritional facts per 12 ounces are 186 calories, 20.3 carbohydrates and 5% alcohol.

As for the taste, if you like tomato beer or in this case, clamato beer, than you will not be disappointed. In fact, the upside of Anheuser Busch making it is if you mixed beer with clamato on your own, you would get a result that is 2.5% alcohol where in this case you get a full strength, 5% alcohol beer. It is interesting to note that the beer can is in Spanish and English and moreso in Spanish, hence the tagline, La Combinacion Perfecto and the description tag, con sal y limon. Some other marketing on the can is natural flavor and certified color (exciting).

Overall, I can see grabbing one of these as a morning hangover cure or better known as a breakfast beer. With the extra calories and tomato base, this may be the ultimate hair of the dog after a long night of alcohol consumption. If you go way back to the original Bloody Mary, you will find it was comprised of beer and tomato juice. Some refer to this as a bloody beer but I think Budweiser quickly passed on this name for the all so original Budweiser & Clamato. I do not see this as a big seller and more so limited in its distribution to the high Hispanic population areas of the country since the can is more in Spanish than English.

Budweiser & Clamato, bloody beer, original Bloody Mary, breakfast beer, tomato beer, clamato beer, hair of the dog, hangover cure or is Budweiser going for refreshing summer treat? You decide.

Budweiser is test marketing a new beer, Budweiser & Clamato con sal y limon, Chelada. This may be a response to Miller Light Chill, Chelada Style. Budweiser also has a version with Bud Light. Is this a breakfast beer in disguise? The nutritional facts per 12 ounces are 186 calories, 20.3 carbohydrates and 5% alcohol. As for the taste, if you like tomato beer or in this case, clamato beer, than you will not be disappointed. In fact, the upside of Anheuser Busch making it is if you mixed beer with clamato on your own, you would get a result that is 2.5% alcohol where in this case you get a full strength, 5% alcohol beer. It is interesting to note that the beer can is in Spanish and English and moreso in Spanish, hence the tagline, La Combinacion Perfecto and the description tag, con sal y limon. Some other marketing on the can is natural flavor and certified color (exciting).

Overall, I can see grabbing one of these as a morning hang over cure or better known as a breakfast beer. With the extra calories and tomato base, this may be the ultimate hair of the dog after a long night of alcohol consumption. If you go way back to the original Bloody Mary, you will find it was comprised of beer and tomato juice. Some refer to this as a bloody beer but I think Budweiser quickly passed on this name for the all so original Budweiser & Clamato. I do not see this as a big seller and more so limited in its distribution to the high Hispanic population areas of the country since the can is more in Spanish than English.

Budweiser & Clamato, bloody beer, original Bloody Mary, breakfast beer, tomato beer, clamato beer, hair of the dog, hangover cure or is Budweiser going for refreshing summer treat? You decide.

The Most Common Terms for Being Drunk

top terms for being drunk Beerfest Drunk BarryIf you are a beer drinker, chances are you have either been described by others or by yourself with one of the terms below. I am sure I did not get them all but I think I covered the most popular ones. When making this list the “Asshole” scene in Beerfest where Barry, Jay Chandrasekhar, comes to mind…Barry is playing the game asshole and as a result of being punished as the asshole, he gets hammered. The scene that follows is hilarious (and one you do not want to experience, especially if you know how it ends).

So here is the list of most common terms for being drunk:

  • Amped
  • Bent
  • Blacked-out
  • Blasted
  • Blind
  • Blitzed
  • Blotto
  • Bombed
  • Buzzed
  • Clobbered
  • Crocked
  • Destroyed
  • Drunk
  • Fried
  • FUBAR (F#$*ed Up Beyond All Reality)
  • F#$*ed Up
  • Hammered
  • High
  • Hooched Up
  • Intoxicated
  • Inebriated
  • Juiced
  • Loaded
  • Looped (Loopy)
  • Liquored-up
  • Mellow
  • Obliterated
  • On a Bender
  • Passed Out
  • Pickled
  • Plastered
  • Pissed
  • Pie-eyed
  • Plowed
  • Polluted
  • Ripped
  • Sauced
  • Shnockered
  • Sloshed
  • Stoned (dual meaning here)
  • Shit-faced
  • Smashed
  • Soused
  • Tanked
  • Toasted
  • Trashed
  • Twisted
  • Wasted
  • Wiped-out
  • Wrecked
  • Zoned

…and feel free to add to the list in the “post a comment” area below!

Top 5 Best Hangover Cures…Hair of The Dog Anyone?

top 5 best hangover curesOk, I have to admit that having a beer, the first thing in the morning, has been tried and it works. Hair of the dog, jumping back on that train, fighting fire with fire, etc. We have all been in hangover hell and do we want to be back there? No…if it can be avoided without the extreme choice of not drinking at all, let’s avoid it. Therefore, what are the best hangover cures?

  1. Water is the source of life and your first line of defense to prevent a hangover. If I wanted to prevent a hangover, try rotating every drink with a glass of water. But this is a literal buzz kill. Pounding water before you go to bed is good too…water in the am helps but you are a bit late and will need other options at this stage.
  2. Home-Remedy-to-Cure-a-Hangover hangover_heavenNux Vomica or Dr. B’s Hangover Haven. The active ingredient in Dr. B’s Hangover cure is nux vomica that is better known as poison oak. You can get Dr. Bs online and nux vomica in a health food store but I would go with Dr. B’s  and order it online. This is a liquid you take 10 drops of every 30 minutes until you are back to normal and it is fast acting. You can also take this before you start drinking in one or two doses or before you go to bed (or pass out). This can make for a happy morning when you wake up.
  3. Another great hangover cure is Excedrin. It has caffeine, aspirin, calcium carbonate and other active ingredients that help kick that hangover to the curb. Redbull, aspirin and Tums will work too but I do like Excederin (but do not take it before bed unless you are immune to caffeine).
  4. Sublingual B12 in mega doses right before you go to bed is another easy and relatively effective hangover cure. You can spend a lot of money buying designer sublingual B12 or you can get a great low cost best hangover curessublingual B12 vitamin at Trader Joes for more than half the cost of any other product on the market. Does it work, sublingual B12? Well, when my Dad was in the Navy, they gave every shipman B12 when they departed the ship and when they returned (drunk). The Navy knew back then the power of vitamin B12 and now so do you.
  5. Lastly and by far the most extreme is the IV. If you have a firefighter friend, paramedic or doctor that can hook you up, this will main line relief to you the fastest. After all, a hangover is a result of dehydration and nothing nourishes the body faster than an IV of insulin fed directly into the bloodstream and maybe add vitamin B12. Not always a readily available option but now you know and it can be a lifesaver. I do not speak from experience (yet) but I am a witness to the cause and effect and I am in if/when this option arises.

Best Beer to Bring When Making New Friends, Red Stripe

Red Stripe BeerLet’s say you have been invited over to a neighbor’s house or going to a party and meeting people for the first time. You know they are beer drinkers but you are not sure the type of beer they like. Two words, Red Stripe (ice cold beer). Red Stripe is a great beer for these types of occasions because it is a lager and relatively light and it is Jamaican. Jamaican beer or as they like to say Hooray Beer Mon!

Making new friends over a 6 pack or twelver of ice cold Red Stripe beer is always a good time and somehow gets you thinking about the crystal blue Caribbean ocean, hanging out on the beach and enjoying the finer things in life with an ice cold Red Stripe beer in your hand. Yes, you can put this down as a beer fact, Red Stripe is always a great gift to show up with when going to neighbors, friends or family. Make sure you have a sixer in your fridge. It takes the thinking out of the equation so you never show up empty handed (that is if you can keep your paws off it in the meantime).

Top 10 Fall Beers for Hosting a Beer Tasting Party

Now that the fall is here, the lighter body beers get some seasonal competition from the darker and often stronger winter and fall beers. Oktoberfest is here and there are many good options with fall and winter beers just hitting the market (like limited edition Oktoberfest beers).  These beers are a bit heavy but a great way to taste them all and not over do it is to have a fall beer tasting party. The first thing you will need to do is have a great list of fall beers to serve at you beer tasting party.Fall Beer Party List

  1. Sierra Nevade “Oktoberfest”
  2. Spaten “Oktoberfest – Ur-Marzen”
  3. Dogfish Head “Pumkin’ Ale”
  4. Dogfish Head “India Brown Ale”
  5. Full Sail Brewing Co. “Amber”
  6. New Belgium 1554 (best with fresh ground pepper on the head…yes, try it!)
  7. Great Divide Brewing Company “Hibernation Ale
  8. Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  9. Murphy’s Irish Stout
  10. Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

Host a Fall Beer Tasting Party

A great beer tasting is a fun way to spice up any gathering. Here’s what you need to know to host one like a pro.

  1. Arrange the fall beers to be tasted from mild to wild and taste in this order.
  2. Provide sheets to rank each beer.
  3. Pour roughly two to three ounces of beer into each glass.
  4. First swirl the beer in your glass to release the aroma. Then stick your nose in the glass and smell, just like wine tasting and then taste.
  5. Evaluate the beer on color, clarity, aroma, flavor, mouth feel and aftertaste.
  6. Cleanse the palate between each tasting with sliced baguette, pretzels or plain crackers and water.

OK, if you want to go a little less highbrow, have a Sunday football party and go a little more upscale than the usual by serving these fall beers with your favorite football Sunday appetizers …and go nuts!

How Do You Cook Beer Can Chicken is Answered

beer_can_chickenThe post on the best non-alcoholic beers was not too popular with the beer drinkers. Therefore, if you did go out and buy non-alcoholic beer and find it less than palatable, there is a great use for it if you bought it in a can, beer can chicken. Making beer can chicken is as easy as it looks; buy 1 or more whole chickens, clean and prepare properly, crack open a can of beer, place ass end through the top of the beer can and push down so a little of the chicken is showing, fire up the bar-b-que and cook the chicken as you normally would. The beer can chicken process will add moisture and flavor to the chicken but I do recommend basting the chicken a few times and adding spices for an extra kick. You and your guests will have something to talk about “beer can chicken” and look forward to as you watch in awe of such a simple concept while of course drinking a beer.

Beer can chickenFor those of you gadgets fanatics that need a move conventional way of making beer can chicken, you can find in catalogs and online, contraptions like the one above that make the process more civilized but not better in taste. Those that have tested this beer can chicken version find the tail end of the chicken does not cook uniformly or as fast as the conventional way. This causes the top of the chicken to get over cooked to get the bottom half cooked properly. I would stick with the original concept or put good use to those non-alcoholic beer cans you have.

beer can chickenThis version above for making beer can chicken combines the tradition of using the beer can and a modern invention to make it easy for the chicken to stay upright and not fall over during the cooking on the bar-b-que. Simply add the beer can in the middle and add the chicken (ass end) over the beer can and cook for 30 to 40 minutes and enjoy.

drunken chickenThe above item’s claim to fame is to be the original beer can chicken invention or also known as drunken chicken. The beauty of this one is you can make beer can chicken 4 at a time and seems to have no drawbacks with the design. This appears to be the necessary bar-b-que gadget for the master griller feeding a large group. Not to mention can be the talk of the town to those unfamiliar with beer can chicken. If you have experiences with any of these three versions for making beer can chicken, your comments are welcome!

For Beer Can Chicken, What Beer is Best?

I have polled beer can chicken grillmasters to get their opinion on what type of beer is best for making beer can chicken. The results are in and they vary from, whatever is in the fridge, whatever I don’t want to drink to you need to use a quality beer. I personally see a dark beer being used if you like a richer tasting chicken and a light beer to just add the moisture without adding much in the way of flavor. A correction and caution needs to go out to anyone considering a Guinness can for making beer can chicken. The issue is the plastic charger in the can. It will melt in the grilling process and the result will be bad. Whatever your beer flavor, enjoy grilling this summer with a tasty beer can chicken.

What Are the Top 5 Best Non-alcoholic Beers?

Sometimes a non-alcoholic beer hits the spot, especially if it is during work hours. So which non-alcoholic beers are the best ones to reach for when you feel like having a beer without the alcohol?

  1. top 5 best non-alcoholic beersSt. Pauli NA – a good crisp taste, not sweet like the majority of non-alcoholic beers and a bit of the skunky taste that is good and hard to find in a non-alcoholic beer.
  2. Clausthaler – Crisp, clean and a little bitter. A tad sweeter that St. Pauli NA and therefore why it is #2.
  3. Kaliber – A product made by Guinness has to make the top 3; good flavor, smooth and has the familiar Guinness flavor.
  4. O’Douls Amber – being a Budweiser fan, this is a good tasting non-alcoholic beer with a few more calories than the others and worth it for the taste.
  5. O’Douls – still Budweiser and still good. A bit lighter, very drinkable and no sweet aftertaste like the others not on the top 5 list.

Others that were tried but failed, Beck Haake, Sharps, Buckler (Heineken), Pabst NA, Old Milwaukee NA and I think this list is long enough. Stick with the top 5 best non-alcoholic beers listed above and you will agree with me that they are the best.