May. 26th, 2009 11:07 am
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Bacon-flavoured vodka is new party drink

Drinkers have found a new tipple to swill down and we're not telling porkies over this one. Party-goers are said to be squealing with delight over bacon-flavoured vodka.
It's all the rage in Seattle and, at £20 a bottle, it ain't chep.
Recipes include a bacon Bloody Mary and a bcaon-chocolate Martini.
Drinker Brittney Levang told WPTV: "My first reaction was ewwww. But then I tried it. It's pretty good."

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Water into wine - a miracle? Nope, a plumping mishap by bungling Italian authorities.

The Marino Grape Festival normally features a fountain in the square where free wine flows. But at this year's festival sparkling chilled white wine started flowing through the reisdent's own taps.

The free wine was hailed as a "Miracolo" by people in the town south of Rome.

They said housewives doing the washing up or running a bath suddenly noticed a strange smell of alcohol.

Adriano Palozzi, the embarrassed mayor of Marino, said that water engineers had inadvertently misdirected the flow of wine into the domestic supply.

The mistake was quickly spotted and reversed, but not before many quick-thinking residents had filled buckets, jugs, and any containers that came to hand.

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Taken from, written by Tom Phillips

We've all sent emails we regret after stumbling back home late at night in a fog of alcohol-fuelled bravado - a pathetic plea for reconciliation with an old flame, forwarding furry porn to your grandma, or accepting job offers to work at Metro. The sign of an ill-advised night is no longer a traffic cone on your oven the next morning, but something titled 'IVE WANTD TO SAY THIS FOR A LONG TIEM JEREMY' lurking guiltily in your Sent Mail folder.

If only there was some kind of drunkenness detector that could stop you from baring your virtual soul to loved ones and authority figures after a night on the funny juice. Well, now there is.

Google have just unveiled a feature for Gmail called Mail Goggles. It allows you to specify times and days when you fear you might be a bit tipsy (say, after 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays) - and if you try to send an email after that, it'll force you to take a sobriety test. If you're not of sufficiently sound mind to complete some basic arithmetic puzzles...

...then you're also not in any fit state to be emailing anybody.

This is great step forward in making the internet booze-compliant. Now, if somebody could just make similar drunk-filters for Twitter, Facebook, MetaFilter and this blog, then we could finally enjoy the glorious world of alcohol without the lurking terror that we're going to end up doing the web equivalent of what this guy did.

Image courtesy of Google from this Gmail Blog post

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If you like ice cold beer in the summer time then you will love this new frozen treat.

A restaurant in the US has just been granted permission to sell frozen beer on a stick.

The summer-time favourite was invented by Chef, Frank Morales, at the Rustico Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, when he accidently froze his cherry-flavoured beer in the freezer and soon realised it was a tasty treat.

Radley Balko reported on his blog Hit and Run that Virginia has a law stating the beverage must be “served in its original container or immediately after pouring”.

However, now that the restaurant can legally sell the “hopsicle”, the state is awaiting confirmation of the alcoholic ice-lolly's legal status.

Mr Balko says he tried the 'cherry-flavoured' frozen treat with a Belgian kriek base and was very impressed.

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Police in southern Germany say that 200 crates of beer spilled from delivery truck and formed a slippery beer puddle that disrupted traffic for over an hour - but caused no injuries. 

Munich police say the truck was transporting the beer from the Bavarian capital to a neighboring town Monday evening when siding on the truck's trailers broke. 

Bottles crashed onto the highway flooding it with foamy wheat beer and disrupting traffic for 90 minutes. 

The brewery suffered losses of some €10,000 in the beer tragedy. 

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Driver buckles beer in car -- but not child

DARWIN, Australia (AP) -- An Australian driver who secured a carton of beer in his car with a seat belt but left a 5-year-old child unrestrained was fined 750 Australian dollars ($710; €460), police said Tuesday.

Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the unregistered car on Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs.

The 30-can carton was strapped in between the two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, on the vehicle's floor.

"The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained," Burnett told reporters Tuesday.

"I haven't ever seen something like this before," he said. "This is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child."

The driver was fined for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and for failing to ensure a child was wearing a seat belt.

Alice Springs Police Superintendent Sean Parnell expressed shock at the incident in a statement released Tuesday.

"This serves as a timely reminder to all drivers to ensure they wear seat belts and ensure as is their responsibility that all passengers in their vehicle are secured in the appropriate manner," he said.

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Drunk man fails to notice knife in back

A man woke up after drinking binge to find a knife in his back.

Yuri Lyalin failed to notice the six-inch (15cm) knife until his wife woke him up, according to Russian media.

Mr Lyalin, 53, an electrician, took a bus home, ate breakfast and apparently slept soundly before his spouse noticed it. 

He was rushed to hospital but doctors told him no vital organs were damaged.

The drinking pal who plunged the knife into his back after playing a variation on Russian roulette, faces trial.

"Unique and intriguing the case may be, but the accused faces a severe punishment," said Pavel Vorobyov, a deputy prosecutor in the northern city of Vologda.

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Beer counting bottle opener tells you how bad you are

Drinkers who lose track of how many beers they've downed can now turn to a computerised bottle opener to keep count for them.

The Beer Tracker records the times it is used to lift the lid on a bottle and keeps a tally on a digital display.

'Next morning, you will be able to work out exactly why your head feels the way it does. The bottle opener will keep track long after you have forgotten,' said Marc Davies, whose online gift shop sells the £3.99 gadget.

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From the BBC

The close battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to secure the Democratic nomination for the US presidency is captivating many across the world.

The charismatic Illinois senator is drawing big crowds at campaign rallies in a phenomenon known as Obamamania.

Kenya, where Senator Obama's father came from, is not immune from this either, but here, another Obama is riding on the crest of a wave.

This one, though, comes in the form of a brown bottle and is called Senator beer.

In many slums and low income areas, people who find beer too expensive often resort to cheap home brews.

But these potent drinks which include traditional spirits known as chang'aa have on a several occasions proved lethal.

Some consumers have died and others have been blinded. It's believed brewers spike the beer with deadly additives.

So one brewery, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), spotted a market opportunity for a cheap beer that is also safe.

The result: Senator Keg beer, known simply by drinkers as "Obama".

The beer became an instant hit when it was launched in 2004 at about the same time as Barack Obama was elected as senator of Illinois.

Fears of alcoholism

The product has proved as popular as the US senator in the intervening years, but with more beer for less money there are fears it could contribute to a rise in alcoholism in Kenya.

EABL's Corporate Affairs Director Ken Kariuki rejects this.

He says that normally poorer people are consuming drinks with an alcohol content of around 40%. By contrast Senator beer is only 6%.


"So you are almost forcing a responsible consumption of alcohol, only this time you're packaging the product in a more affordable and hygienic manner," Mr Kariuki explains.

But others are worried that cheap beer can create more alcoholics.

Dr Frank Njenga, chairman of the National Campaign against Drug Abuse, says more needs to be done to tackle alcohol abuse.

"Alcohol problems require the intervention by all the players, chief of which is the government through its agencies and also those in the industry," he says.

Dr Njenga, who is also a prominent psychiatrist in Nairobi, says everyone must work together to combat the rising trend of alcohol consumption.

Certainly bar owners are not complaining.

On a good day, John Kameta, who owns the Bro Jimmoh bar in Nairobi, can make up to $100 from sales of Senator beer.

"With the high cost of living, people from across all income brackets are turning to Obama beer each evening," he says.

So what do Kenyans make of the new liquid Obama?

"I like the way it is served - from a jug, instead of a bottle. Most people think you get a larger serving from a jug," one devotee told me.

So while the outcome of the US elections may not matter as much in Kenya as it does in America, here every visit to the local watering hole is a vote of confidence in their Obama.

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Police hunt for stolen Guinness
By Diarmaid Fleming
BBC NI Dublin correspondent
Gardai in Dublin are on the lookout for 36,000 pints of beer stolen from the Guinness brewery.

More than 400 kegs were stolen in what is likely to be the largest carry-out of drink this Christmas.

A man drove a truck into the yard on Wednesday, and left with a trailer containing 180 Guinness kegs, 180 Budweiser kegs, and 90 Carslberg kegs.

Police estimated the haul to be worth at least 64,000 euros (£46,000), at wholesale prices.

However, this figure would be considerably more if Dublin pub prices were charged.

The robbery occurred the same day as a special Garda operation known as Freeflow was launched to ease traffic congestion and combat drink-driving over Christmas.

Freeflow officers manning many checkpoints across the city are expected now also to be on the look out for any large quantity of stolen drink flowing through Dublin's traffic.

The stolen trailer has since been found at Slane Hill in County Meath. It was empty.

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Denver's dubious award - drunkest city
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Taken from Mental_Floss:

Turns out, the best drinking stories in history are actually, well, historical. So raise a glass to your forefathers and marvel at these tales.

1. Admiral Edward Russell's 17th-Century throwdown

Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.

The record for history's largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer's party that employed a garden's fountain as the punch bowl.

The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.

A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests' cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.

The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn't end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.

The Industrial Revolution wasn't all steam engines and textile mills. Beer production increased exponentially, as well. Fortunately, the good people of England were up to the challenge and drained kegs as fast as they were made. Brewery owners became known as "beer barons," and they spent their newfound wealth in an age-old manner -- by trying to party more than the next guy.

Case in point: In 1814, Meux's Horse Shoe Brewery in London constructed a brewing vat that was 22 feet tall and 60 feet in diameter, with an interior big enough to seat 200 for dinner -- which is exactly how its completion was celebrated. (Why 200? Because a rival had built a vat that seated 100, of course.)

After the dinner, the vat was filled to its 4,000-barrel capacity. Pretty impressive, given the grand scale of the project, but pretty unfortunate given that they overlooked a faulty supporting hoop. Yup, the vat ruptured, causing other vats to break, and the resulting commotion was heard up to 5 miles away.

A wall of 1.3 million gallons of dark beer washed down the street, caving in two buildings and killing nine people by means of "drowning, injury, poisoning by the porter fumes, or drunkenness."

The story gets even more unbelievable, though. Rescue attempts were blocked and delayed by the thousands who flocked to the area to drink directly off the road. And when survivors were finally brought to the hospital, the other patients became convinced from the smell that the hospital was serving beer to every ward except theirs. A riot broke out, and even more people were left injured.

Sadly, this incident was not deemed tragic enough at the time to merit an annual memorial service and/or reenactment.

3. New York state of mind: The Dutch ingratiate themselves to the natives

In 1609, the Dutch sent English explorer Henry Hudson westward for a third attempt at finding the fabled Northeast Passage. A near mutiny forced him southward, and upon reaching land, he encountered members of the Delaware Indian tribe.

To foster good relations, Hudson shared his brandy with the tribal chief, who soon passed out. But upon waking up the next day, he asked Hudson to pour some more for the rest of his tribe. From then on, the Indians referred to the island as Manahachtanienk -- literally, "The High Island."

And not "high" as in "tall;" high as in "the place where we got blotto." Most people would agree that Manhattan has stayed true to the spirit of its name ever since.

4. The worst aftertaste in history

In 1805, British Admiral Horatio Nelson was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar off the coast of Spain. Most sailors were simply put to rest at sea, but as an admiral, Nelson had to be brought back to England for an official burial.

To preserve his body during the voyage home, the second-in-command stored Nelson's body in the ship's vat of rum and halted all liquor rations to the crew. Not a bad idea, but when the ship reached port, officials went to retrieve Nelson's body and found the vat dry.

Disregarding good taste (in every sense), the crew had been secretly drinking from it the entire way home. After that, naval rum was referred to as Nelson's Blood.

5. Indian elephants raid the liquor cabinet

No wonder they don't sell beer at the circus. Apparently, elephants like to get wasted. In fact, an outpost of the Indian army in the jungle region of Bagdogra has been under attack ever since a local herd of elephants raided the base in search of food and discovered the soldiers' entire winter rations of rum.

Since then, the pachyderms have regularly raided the base for a drink and have smashed down all defenses put up by the army, including electrified fences and firewalls.

According to The Daily Telegraph, "An officer recently posted there explained that the elephants broke the rum bottles by cleverly curling their trunks around the bottom. Then they empty the contents down their throats. They soon got drunk, he said, and swayed around. They enjoy themselves and then return to the jungle."

This is by no means a singular incident, though. The animal kingdom is well-known for its ability to identify fruit that's begun to ferment. Anthropologists even believe this is how early man discovered alcohol -- by observing the strange behavior of animals on a fruit bender. 


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