Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey

Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey.
The Johnson Distilling Company
Bardstown, KY
50% Alcohol (100 Proof)

I've reviewed and tasted a few unaged and/or barely aged white lightnings, white dogs, white whiskeys, moonshine or whatever you want to call them over the past couple of years.  And generally, they're a bit underwhelming and overly sweet.  The only exception was Germain Robin's Low Gap whiskey which is far and above the best white whiskey I've ever tasted. So now, we have another in the lineup, The Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey.


Budweiser Project Twelve No. 63118

Budweiser Project Twelve
Batch No. 63118
Amber Lager
St. Louis, Missouri
IBU's: ? (Low)
6.0% Alcohol
Here's a review of the third beer from the Budweiser Project 12 variety pack, Batch No. 63118.


Heineken Dark Lager

Heineken Dark Lager
28 IBU's
5.0% Alcohol

Now if you haven't tried regular Heineken, then you probably don't drink a lot of beer.  The regular is still one of the better macro beers out there, especially on a hot summer day.

So, what have we now?  
Ahh yes, a review of Heineken Dark Lager, something for a colder Fall or Winter day.  


Layer Cake Primitivo 2010

Layer Cake
Primitivo a.k.a. Zinfandel
Pure Love Wines
Puglia, Italy
Vintage: 2010
Now we're talking, another review of a Layer Cake Wine.  Here we have the 2010 Layer Cake Primitivo (Zinfandel).


Budweiser Project Twelve No. 91406

Budweiser Project Twelve
Batch No. 91406
Amber Lager
Los Angeles, CA
IBU's: ?
6.0% Alcohol

Here is another beer from the new Budweiser Project Twelve collection pack, this is a review of Budweiser Batch No. 91406.


Making Homemade Hobo Jug Wine

Making Homemade Hobo/Jug Wine

For awhile now, I've been wanting to make homemade wine.  But I'm not talking about the fancy pants, artisanal craft wine, I'm talking nasty rotgut, ghetto style wine.  One step above prison wine and without needing to make it in a toilet or garbage bag...  and without having to be someone's bitch. 

Homemade hobo wine, also called jug wine, is made from pretty easy to find ingredients.  Here's the list of ingredients you need:


Korbel Brandy

Korbel Brandy
Korbel California Champagne Cellars 
40% Alcohol (80 Proof)

You rarely hear about California brandy.  It's always the stuff from Europe that garners attention.  Not that there isn't amazing brandy made in California (Germain-Robin for example), it's just not that big of industry here in American compared to say our wine or craft beer cultures.


Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

Samuel Adams
Holiday Porter.
Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
40 IBU's
5.8% Alcohol

Here is another beer from the 2012 Sam Adams Holiday Variety Pack, my review of the Samuel Adams Holiday Porter.


Budweiser Project Twelve No. 23185

Budweiser Project Twelve
Batch No. 23185.
Amber Lager
Williamsburg, Virginia
IBU's: Unknown, but low.
5.5% Alcohol

Well, it's been a long time since I reviewed a Budweiser beer.  

Back when I started this website, I reviewed Bud Light Lime which was actually only my second review ever on here!  Talk about crazy!


Layer Cake Malbec 2011

Layer Cake Malbec.
Pure Love Wines
Mendoza, Argentina

And here we have it, the 2011 Layer Cake Malbec.

If you read through some of my amazing wine reviews, particularly the Malbec reviews, it won't take long before you see me mention the Layer Cake Malbec.  


Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka

Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka.
Alcohol Content: 30% (60 Proof).

Ahh yes, another new Smirnoff vodka to review.  

I swear they come out with two new flavors of Smirnoff every month or two.  Last time it was Fluffed Marshmallow and Whipped Cream, but now it's Kissed Caramel and this bottle, the Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka.


Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale

Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale
Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
8 IBU's
5.8% Alcohol

Well, here's another from the Samuel Adams Winter variety pack, a review of the White Christmas Ale.

This is a Limited Release beer, but I'm honestly not even sure it's sold in regular six-packs.  It might only just be in the winter pack.


What is Alcohol? - Part 1

What is Alcohol?
 Part 1

We all hear a lot about alcohol: 
the swirling, 
the smelling, 
the tasting, 
the drinking, 
the benefits, 
the socializing,
the enjoyment,
the hazards, 
the stupidity,
the arrests,
the hangovers,
the pregnancies,
the awesome review blogs...  

But, what is alcohol?  

Now don't get me wrong, I'm no physician, merely an awesome beverage reviewer (although I do have a Masters Degree -- I didn't get these fancy pieces of paper for nothing!  I have the student debt to prove it!).   
I figure you should at least understand something about the booze you're pouring down your drunken throat.  So let's get back to basics, and I promise this will be at least mildly interesting...   Plus, hey, maybe you can use this knowledge as some sort of weird pick-up line, "Hey baby, I'd like to see your yeast metabolize my sugars, then distill it down real good!"  Okay, so that might not work... and it sounds kind of gross, but if you try that line out, let me know.

Anyway, alcohol is perhaps the oldest psychoactive known to man.  Even monkeys and other animals have been seen drinking it in the wild.  Technically, of course, we are talking about ethanol (aka ethyl alcohol), the kind of alcohol you can safely drink (in moderation).  Now don't confuse this with isopropyl alcohol, a disinfectant, or methanol (methyl alcohol) which is used as a solvent, as a fuel for race cars, and in the making of formaldehyde.  One will make you happy, one will make you sick, and one will cause blindness and metabolic issues.  

That's my kind of party!

So what in the heck is alcohol?  Well, alcohol is a byproduct of fermentation whereby yeast metabolizes sugars into carbon dioxide (CO2) and ethanol.  (*Que random Bill Nye the Science Guy reference*) If you've ever had a bottle conditioned beer, you've experienced the full process, as these beers have yeast added directly into the bottle, either for the full fermentation or to simply add additional carbonation without having to use added pressurized gas.  
Sounds cool because it is. 

Alcohol, itself, is a clear, neutral spirit (*Bob's Interesting Fact of the Day: 190 Proof alcohol, like Everclear, is the highest proof that can be made by regular distilling methods, past that and the water won't separate any further).  Most alcoholic beverages, whether it be vodka, whisky, wine, or beer, are flavored the way they are simply as a result of the type of liquid in which the sugars were originally contained (ie. grapes, wheat, honey, etc.), the strain of yeast which did the fermenting, AND the processing from that point onward (distilling, filtering, aging, adding ingredients, putting into a fancy bottle).  The point is, the end alcohol contained in each is virtually the same.   

But understand that just because the alcohol is the same, does not mean the remainder of the product is the same!  Quite the opposite!  It's the rest of the booze, that remaining 60% for most hard liquor or 86% for most wine, etc., that makes all the difference.  How a product is treated and processed are critical to its final flavor and quality.  

The secondary compounds (whether inherent or added) in a given type of booze can make your "buzz" from the alcohol feel differently.  This is why a beer buzz feels different from a wine buzz, and a tequila buzz makes you get in bar fights.   

What actually happens when you drink alcohol?  Well, the alcohol is absorbed via your stomach and your small intestine.  The key here is that your stomach can only absorb 10-20% of the alcoholic content, whereas your small intestine can absorb 70-80%.  This is exactly why drinking on an empty stomach will get you drunk faster, but drinking with or after a meal blunts the effects, since the food gets stopped up at the pyloric valve (which is the nifty gatekeeper between the stomach and small intestine) until it is digested further.
The whole rumor about food "soaking up" the alcohol is a bunch of BS.  

Granted, there are some interesting things which can change your absorption rates.  For example, citrus speeds up your metabolism of alcohol, whereas carbonated beverages or spicy foods can essentially "tickle" your pyloric valve causing food and drinks to pass through more quickly, thus increasing how much alcohol gets metabolized.  This is why you got wasted at that weeknight party from only a couple cocktails.  Not because you're a lightweight.   
Okay, so maybe you really are a lightweight, but at least now you have an excuse...  

There are other ways to increase your absorption of alcohol, but since they involve body cavities, feminine products, and intravenous drug use, I'm not going to talk about them.  Don't even bother looking them up, they're dangerous, potentially lethal, and go against the whole responsible enjoyment of quality beverages that I endorse.  Seriously.

Anyway from there, your liver metabolizes 95% of the absorbed alcohol that's in your bloodstream.  A portion of the remaining 5% is excreted by your lungs.  This is how breathalyzers can detect alcohol in your system just from you exhaling into a machine on the side of the road.  This is also why sucking on pennies or using breath mints doesn't defeat a breathalyzer.  I've heard reports of people hurrying and using mouthwash when they are getting pulled over by the police, then blowing a massively unreal blood alcohol content reading (the machine was picking up the alcohol in the bloodstream AND the alcohol content of the mouthwash still lingering in the mouth)(*Reminder: Don't Drink and Drive).

On an interesting note, hardcore alcoholics do NOT need to drink as much to get drunk because as your liver starts to fail, it cannot no longer metabolize effectively and therefore excrete alcohol from your system.  Now you know.   

So, that's it for today's post.            

COMING SOON: What is Alcohol? - Part 2 where I go over alcohol's effects on your mind, body, and bank account. 

Also included: alcohol's history, health benefits, hazards, and obscenely lowered inhibitions leading to things we would all like to forget the next morning.


Remember, please drink responsibly.

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