Posts tagged alcohol
Posts tagged alcohol
Trip Gabriel, writing for the New York Times:
The disappearance, considered a theft by Sheriff Pat Melton of Franklin County, was reported Tuesday, the sheriff said. He suspects an inside job that took place in the past month or two, after the white-oak barrels, aging on the cooler lower floor of a warehouse, were debunged and the amber bourbon bottled and labeled before the annual deliveries. […]
Sheriff Melton said the culprit stole 195 bottles in three-bottle cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, which has a suggested retail price of $130 a bottle, and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, with a suggested price of $69. The thief had an obvious motive: the secondary market for the scarce whiskey is hot. A single bottle of 20-year-old Pappy, as aficionados know it, sold at Bonham’s auction in New York on Sunday for $1,190.
No commentary; I just love whisky.
Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press:
Some Michigan lawmakers say they want to make sure pub goers don’t get shortchanged on their beer.
A bill introduced last week would amend the Liquor Control Act to make it an an offense to “advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer.”
Beer is, of course, the utmost seriousest of business in Michigan.
I also enjoyed this quote:
Bar owner Mark Sellers of Barfly Ventures, based in Grand Rapids, said the term pint is often used in Michigan as more of a description of the style of beer glass than an exact unit of measure.
Yep, a pint is qualitative now, not quantitative.
Although, as Colin points out, there are several different definitions of a pint and the whole thing is just a mess, as all units of measurement that aren’t metric inevitably end up. You should really check out that Wikipedia article, because the whole situation is a hilarious disaster. The article also contains this excellent bit of wikismug:
One US fluid pint of water weighs approximately one pound (16 ounces), resulting in the popular saying, “The pint’s a pound, the world around.” The saying is incorrect, since 1 US pint weighs 1.04375 pounds, and does not apply the world around, because the imperial pint used in Britain and its former colonies weighs 1.25 pounds.
Michaeleen Doucleff summarizing a case study published in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine on NPR’s The Salt blog:
The patient had an infection with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Cordell says. So when he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut.
At one point, he checked into a hospital with a blood alcohol content of 0.37, so this is not awesome in any way.
Phil Broughton on bartending at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica:
I recall pouring glass after glass of Crown Royal for a person that, against all odds, was still managing to sit on a stool and semi-coherently ask for another drink. There were three people that individually pulled me aside and said, “Dude. STOP SERVING HIM. He is so far gone it’s not even funny.” Assuming they remember, as it was a decade ago, they were drinking too, and the ravages of hypothyroidism in Antarctica on memory, they probably still blame me for serving irresponsibly. I had a different perspective. I try to keep in mind and control the most serious danger and deal with the other ones as they come up. The most dire danger in Antarctica is always failure to respect the absolutely lethal environment of Antarctica itself. I was far happier to serve until I could guide him over to a couch to pass out than to see him stagger out into the -85F night.
His whole account sounds nightmarish. Somehow “if you don’t get pass-out drunk, you’ll probably die” seems plausible.
Jessica Gresko, AP:
Idaho officials may face a sobering lawsuit over their ban on a vodka that makes a cheeky reference to polygamy, a Washington law professor says.
In a letter dated Wednesday and published on his website, George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley informs Idaho officials he will sue on behalf of the producer of Five Wives Vodka if the state doesn’t reverse its decision not to allow the vodka’s sale. He says the ban is unconstitutional and he gives the state 10 days to reverse its position.
I mean, maybe a dick move on Idaho’s part, but why would you name alcohol that in the first place? These guys are totally trolling right.
Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP:
Turn-of-the-century teetotaler Carry A. Nation began her campaign against drinking by busting up saloons in Kansas, which to this day has some of the strictest liquor laws in the country. But even in the town where her legacy is enshrined, the influence of the hatchet-wielding crusader is waning.
Residents in Medicine Lodge, where Nation lived for about a decade in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the site of the Carry Nation Home Museum, approved a measure this week to allow Sunday liquor sales for the first time at least since Prohibition.
The vote, which the county certified Friday, allows the sale of beer and liquor on all Sundays except Easter. In November 2010, voters in Barber County, where Medicine Lodge is located, also voted to legalize liquor by the drink in bars and restaurants.
Wikipedia has a good rundown on Kansas’s alcohol laws, which are pretty strict as far as the procurement of booze in the U.S. goes.