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Inebriation and Intoxicants

Even Can’t Literally Cocktail

The Yuzu bar in Lakewood, Ohio is offering a new "menstrual-themed" cocktail to help raise money for a local women's shelter. From their facebook post:

It's that time of the month-- time for a new menu that is-- like this new cocktail-- Even Can't Literally / a berry #margarita thoughtfully complimented with a tampon applicator garnish / also $1 towards every purchase of this drink go to a donation fund for a #cle area women's shelter.


Posted By: Alex - Fri May 17, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Body Fluids, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Grasshopper Beer

Offered by Benchtop Brewing Co. of Norfolk, Virginia. The name of the beer is Chapulin Exchange, but the star ingredient is grasshoppers, as well as chipotle peppers and lime zest. The brewer won't say exactly how many grasshoppers each beer contains. But whatever the number is, I'll pass.

More details: pilotonline.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 11, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Insects

Gold-Fermented Champagne

Here's a new thing for rich people to spend their money on! Winemaker Leclerc Briant has announced that it's producing the world's first-ever champagne that will be fermented and aged in a gold barrel. In fact, it's apparently the first wine of any type to be aged in gold. It'll go on sale in 2021.

But why gold? The winemaker explains in an interview with thedrinksbusiness.com:

Explaining the reason for trialling a gold-coated barrel – which [head winemaker Hervé Jestin] admitted was “very expensive” – he said it was due to the metal’s unique solar properties. Commenting that there is “a resonance between solar energy and the wine”, he told db that the use of gold would, he believes, “increase the level of solar activity during the first fermentation”. He also recorded that “gold makes a connection with cosmic activity” – an important part of biodynamic principles – while noting that the wine stored in the gold-coated barrel was “completely different” to those from the same plot that had been fermented and aged in other types of vessel.

In response, the folks at thedrinksbusiness.com noted that they "struggled to understand how the gold would affect the fermentation, other than providing an inert and impermeable container for the process."

Of course, it probably won't change the flavor at all. But it's gold, so it will certainly affect the price!

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 27, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Overpriced Merchandise

Miller Vortex Bottle

Many of you might remember the Miller vortex bottle. Its selling point was that the neck was ribbed on the inside, which supposedly allowed the beer to pour out faster. Apparently there just wasn't a large enough community of speed drinkers who cared about this to allow the vortex bottle to be much more than a passing gimmick.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 17, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Drunken Walking

drunken walking is beginning to get the attention it merits. The problem appears so intractable that federal Department of Transportation officials have allocated $370,000 this year to study how and why this type of accident occurs.

Actually, although it sounds odd to study the problem of drunken walking, I wouldn't want to trivialize the problem. There was a case just recently here in San Diego of a young college student who decided the quickest way home from the bar was to walk across I-8. She didn't make it.

Tallahassee Democrat - Jan 1, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Weird Studies and Guides, 1990s

Miller Clear Beer

One of the most notorious marketing failures in the beer industry: Miller's decision to create a beer that not only tasted like water, but looked like it as well. It was an outgrowth of the "clear craze" of the 1980s and 90s (making transparent products because, as wikipedia notes, "clarity was equated with purity and freedom from artificial dyes").





Staunton News Leader - June 27, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Products, 1990s

Malt Duck

Introduced in 1972, this was a combination of beer and red grape juice. So, like a beer-wine, which sounds odd to me, but apparently it had quite a few fans. It stayed on the market through the 1980s, and in 2016 the Sprecher Brewing Company decided to bring back a new version of it altered to appeal to "contemporary taste preferences."





A review of its modern incarnation:

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 06, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Alcohol

Cognac and yogurt

Trénais is a wonderful marriage between the finest cognac from Charente and the smooth, light yogurt of Holland.


Not a combination that would have occurred to me. But who knows. Perhaps it was really good.

Apparently this product was, like Touch of Yogurt Shampoo, an attempt to cash in on the yogurt craze that was sweeping America at the time.

Texas Monthly - Nov 1983



The Santa Clarita Signal - Aug 24, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 06, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1980s

Sanatogen Tonic Wine

Back in 2016, Paul posted some ads for Sanatogen Tonic Wine from early in the 20th century. Here are some more ads for this fine product, but from later in the century (1960s), in which the marketing team decided to focus on how this medicinal wine was the cure for a housewife's blues. Feeling bored at home, run-down by the kids? No problem, just take a little swig of Sanatogen and you'll be numb to your problems in no time! "That's lovely... that's better"



Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 31, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1960s, Alcohol

Wine on Tap, version 2.0

We've previously we've posted about wine on tap in hotel rooms. Such as the Hotel Terminus in France, which in 1953 ran pipes through the walls to achieve this.

There's now a more high-tech alternative. The Plum Dispenser is a $1500 gadget that stores several bottles of wine, but dispenses a glass at a time — allowing hotel guests to buy a single glass in their room rather than a whole bottle. It's basically wine on tap. Though the prices aren't cheap:

At La Confidante, the Plum in every room dispenses Evesham Wood pinot noir from Oregon ($5.25 for a 2-ounce glass; 5 oz. for $16) and Justin sauvignon blanc ($4, $12) from Paso Robles.

$16 for 5 ounces of wine? You could go to a local supermarket and buy an entire bottle for that.

More info: North Bay Business



The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) - Jan 7, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Inventions

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