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Girl Scout Cookie Pairings

It's a question that comes up often this time of year. What wines and beers should I pair with girl scout cookies?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed experts to find the answer. Basically, you want sweet wines and beers, but they offer some more specific recommendations. For instance:

Thin Mints: a sparkling Shiraz, or a hoppy, chocolatey American porter.

Samoas: a fortified wine (such as R.L. Buller Victoria Tokay), or a dry, Irish stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Read the full list
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Mar 04, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Alcohol

Beer Jelly Beans

Beer flavored jelly beans are now available from Jelly Belly! Can Sangria and Merlot flavors be far behind?
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Feb 10, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Alcohol

Big Whiskey

My, what a big bottle you have!

From Life - Mar 31, 1961.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 23, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Advertising, Alcohol

Can You Believe It

Canned wine? They say its coming soon. Wonder what it will taste like.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Nov 15, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Alcohol

Welch’s Family Wine

I'm sure this product, with its lookalike packaging, offered many kids a handy excuse for sampling booze. "But Ma, I thought I was drinking Welch's grape juice!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 23, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Children, Teenagers, 1950's, Alcohol

Whiskey Toothpaste

Invented by fresh-out-of-college entrepreneur Don Poynter in 1954, who laughed all the way to the bank since the stuff proceeded to become the best-selling novelty item of the 1950s and 60s, despite the efforts of some states to ban it. But eventually the market was flooded by imitators, at which point Poynter branched out into crossword-puzzle toilet paper and trick lighters, and continued to make oodles of money. [via]

The Lima News - Feb 12, 1957

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 03, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: 1950's, Alcohol


I bet you will stand still for this!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Oct 02, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Alcohol

Sourtoe Cocktail Club Update

There have been several posts (here and here) on WU about the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. You join the club by going to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, and consuming any drink that has floating in it a severed human toe. Your lips must touch the toe. Finish the drink, and you're a member of the club.

However, the rules clearly state that you CANNOT chew, swallow, or otherwise damage the toe. If you do, you must pay a fine of $500.

Joshua Clark of New Orleans recently decided that he was willing to pay $500 to be known as the guy that swallowed the toe. So now the Downtown Hotel is looking for a new toe. And they've upped the fine to $2500 to deter any copycats. [Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 19, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Alcohol

Beer Gut

Auto-Brewery Syndrome was the diagnosis for a 61 year old man who kept turning up drunk without drinking any alcohol. Doctors actually isolated him in the hospital with only food and non-alcoholic beverages they supplied and still his blood alcohol content became elevated. The answer they came up with was that the man's intestinal tract contained so much brewers yeast that it acted as an internal brewery. He was becoming drunk from the inside when he consumed carbs. He was looking for a cure for a disease many people would be trying to catch!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Sep 17, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Alcohol

Powdered Beer

Six packs and kegs are heavy and difficult to carry everywhere. So for those hard to reach party destinations try powdered beer, just add water and drink,drink, drink!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Sep 03, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Alcohol
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