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  • My Favorite Cider is from Dickens

    August 14th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    Cider Although it’s best served cold, hard cider is red hot. The segment is still a small part of the bottled spirits that Americans love to swill, but the top five ciders grew at an astonishing 23% last year. Can you name anything else that grew 23% last year besides Kenny Britt’s rap sheet? More bars are beginning to add cider on tap to their assortment of draft beers Don’t be afraid to ask for a Snakebite from your favorite barkeep next time you belly up. The drink is quite popular in England with a half and half mix of lager and hard cider. Or if Read More

    Although it’s best served cold, hard cider is red hot. The segment is still a small part of the bottled spirits that Americans love to swill, but the top five ciders grew at an astonishing 23% last year. Can you name anything else that grew 23% last year besides Kenny Britt’s rap sheet?

    More bars are beginning to add cider on tap to their assortment of draft beers Don’t be afraid to ask for a Snakebite from your favorite barkeep next time you belly up. The drink is quite popular in England with a half and half mix of lager and hard cider. Or if you really want something challenging, try a cider cocktail like a Devin Gin which is 3 oz. of cider mixed with a shot of gin and a floater of Triple Sec. I’ve also heard that adding a shot of Fireball on top of your pint of cider makes you more attractive to the ladies and the ladies more attractive to you after you’ve had 5-6 of them.

    A particular hard cider you should seek out is Wandering Aengus, named after a character is a W.B Yeats poem. This excellent Oregon cider is made from a blend of some of your favorite apple varieties including Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Not only is it delicious, but when you tell a cute girl at the bar that your drink is named after that Yeats poem about the endless search for love, maybe she’ll want a Dickens Cider.


  • Sky Blue Cafe now open for Dinner

    August 9th, 2012 by DrinkUp
    Skyy Blue Cade First off, let me start by saying if you haven’t been there – YOU ARE REALLY MISSING out – Sky Blue Cafe at 700 Fatherland St. is frickin amazing.  Here are a few of my favorites – Fish & Grits, Homemade Gnocchi, Roast Pork Loin w/ Walnut Pesto, and this puff pastry stuffed with chicken and goat cheese that is unreal.  They even serve deep-fried oreos.  This is a local favorite that has been supplying great coffee, breakfast, and lunch for years.  Now they have expanded to dinner! OK, now that I have got y’all hungry, you need to go in and grub for dinner.  Enjoy a bottle of wine while you are at it. I Read More

    First off, let me start by saying if you haven’t been there – YOU ARE REALLY MISSING out – Sky Blue Cafe at 700 Fatherland St. is frickin amazing.  Here are a few of my favorites – Fish & Grits, Homemade Gnocchi, Roast Pork Loin w/ Walnut Pesto, and this puff pastry stuffed with chicken and goat cheese that is unreal.  They even serve deep-fried oreos.  This is a local favorite that has been supplying great coffee, breakfast, and lunch for years.  Now they have expanded to dinner!

    OK, now that I have got y’all hungry, you need to go in and grub for dinner.  Enjoy a bottle of wine while you are at it.

    I was able to snag a copy of the entire dinner menu.

    Sky Blue Cafe Night Menu

    Until Next Time,

    -DrinkUp


  • Who Knew? 9-1-1 is Not a Beer Delivery Service

    August 8th, 2012 by Drink Up
    911EmergencyCall_feat1 Some may think of running out of beer on a Saturday night as a minor emergency……… For Allen Troy Brooks, it was a reason to call 911.  “Hey, you want to take me to the store?” Brooks, a 67-year-old man from Columbia, Tenn. (That’s right a native Tennessean – I feel like a proud father), asked the 911 dispatcher. “I want to go to the store to get me a beer. I’ll pay you.”  “OK. Sir. I can’t take you to the store to get a beer,” the dispatcher said. Read More

    Some may think of running out of beer on a Saturday night as a minor emergency………

    For Allen Troy Brooks, it was a reason to call 911.

     “Hey, you want to take me to the store?” Brooks, a 67-year-old man from Columbia, Tenn. (That’s right a native Tennessean – I feel like a proud father), asked the 911 dispatcher. “I want to go to the store to get me a beer. I’ll pay you.”

     “OK. Sir. I can’t take you to the store to get a beer,” the dispatcher said.

     Undeterred, Brooks told the dispatcher she could “come now.”

     “No sir,” she said. “You’ve got 911.”

     Brooks was arrested for making 911 calls  in a non-emergency. He contends he incorrectly dialed and was trying to reach his friend.

     Brooks had called 911 11 times in the past month. Many of the calls were hang-ups, police told ABC News’ Nashville affiliate WKRN.

     Brooks was taken to jail and released on a $1,500 bond.

     

    Until Next Time,

    -DrinkUp


  • Carnival Cruise Lines Ups Their Cocktail Game at Sea

    August 3rd, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    Carnival Cruise Carnival has always billed themselves as the cruise line with “The Fun Ships.” Having sailed several time with them, I can personally vouch for the fact that alcohol is a big part of all that fun and the drink of the day is literally thrust in your face upon boarding before you’ve even had a chance to figure out where the pool is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… But ordinarily, the bars on a cruise ship are pretty generic varying mainly by their location on the decks. Inside bars tend to be a little clubbier with a rotating entertainment schedule or a piano Read More

    Carnival has always billed themselves as the cruise line with “The Fun Ships.” Having sailed several time with them, I can personally vouch for the fact that alcohol is a big part of all that fun and the drink of the day is literally thrust in your face upon boarding before you’ve even had a chance to figure out where the pool is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    But ordinarily, the bars on a cruise ship are pretty generic varying mainly by their location on the decks. Inside bars tend to be a little clubbier with a rotating entertainment schedule or a piano bar and the occasional cigar lounge. Poolside and outdoor decks bars are a little more laid back with bartenders wearing shorts and pitching buckets of beer and drinks with umbrellas in them. The psychology of onboard payment for drinks is pretty fascinating. Since most cruises have all-inclusive food options, there’s a natural tendency to get into binge mode when eating and drinking.

    However, since you have to pay for your drinks in most cases, they won’t let you run a tab all night so that you can see just how huge your bar bill is getting. Instead, you close out with your ship account credit card after every round. Waking up with a pocket full of $17.00 receipts somehow isn’t nearly as jarring as finding one bill for $200+. The day of reckoning comes at debarkation when all those little tabs get added up and presented to cruisers as part of the final master bill. My cabin steward had to knock to get me to open the door because the bill wouldn’t slide under the door.

    So if we’re gonna pay that much having fun, the drinks better at least be good, am I right? Here’s where Carnival is stepping up with their new Fun Ship 2.0 program. Over the course of the next couple of years, they are investing $500 million to refurbish many of their ships to include a series of concept bars that aim to upgrade the quality of your boozing experience. The highlight property will be the Alchemy Bar, kind of an ala carte bar where patrons use something that looks like a pharmacy pad (or a SatCo order form) to choose their liquor and either a  fruit or herb like mango or lavender to create their own unique perfect cocktail which will then be crafted by a trained bartender for only $8.95. You can upgrade to an even swankier cocktail with premium liquor for only a buck more, and for cruise ship prices that ain’t half bad.

    Two other new bars will make you choose sides as to whether you are a “blue” or a “red.” The Red Frog Pub strives for a Key West meets the Caribbean vibe, serving a huge selection of rums, cocktails and beers, including Carnival’s own Thirsty Frog Red beer in a bar that features foosball and shuffleboard for the full beachfront experience. They will also serve tall columns of beer that you can take back to your table and not have to bother the bartender every time you and your friends need another refill. You can buy that round, buddy.

    The Blue Iguana has a Mexican theme and features beers from south of the border and numerous brands of tequila. It’s next to the Mexican cantina onboard, so you can get your fill of food and beer without having to waste valuable steps. I think I’ll be a red.

    In addition to these fun lounges, Carnival is also revamping some of their other bars. Fahrenheit 555 will be a contemporary steak house with a hidden bar for the cool kids. The Piano Bar 88 will be located on the Promenade Deck and will serve strong tropical cocktails to loosen up your pipes and encourage you to howl along with the piano player. When you start swaying from side to side and singing along to “Piano Man,” I’m out. The Library Bar will serve intimate cocktails and wine from Enomatic dispernser machines. WHo knew reading could be so much fun?

    Perhaps the bar I’m most excited about is Carnival’s joint venture with EA Sports. Their sports bar will serve beer in bottles and on draft in an environment with a 24/7 sports ticker and multiple games on the televisions. It stinks being at sea when you’re favorite team is playing and you’re in the dark. I didn’t know I won my fantasy football league for a week last because I didn’t have access to all the games. I missed out on a whole week of gloating and self-satisfaction until I got home. You’ll also be able to play all the video games you want in the EA Sports Bar, but really get outside and get some fresh air while you’re at sea, you pale shut-in!

    The two ships that sail to the Caribbean and Mexico out of New Orleans are undergoing these upgrades over the next year, so by next fall you should be able to really have fun on the Fun Ships. Tack on a day or two in the Big Easy on the front end or the back of your trip, and I guarantee you an unbelievable cocktailing good time. And a hangover.


  • $1 Jell-O Shots every time USA wins a gold medal

    July 25th, 2012 by Drink Up
    olympicsofbeer_1 Olympic Trivia Night…$2 Red, White & Blue PBRs for Opening Ceremony…$1 Jell-O Shots every time USA wins a gold medal  Sam’s Sports Grill, one of my favorite sports joint, is getting sports fans excited about watching the 2012 summer Olympic games. Not only will every game be shown on HDTVs, but Sam’s will also host several in-store and social media games for patrons and feature a gold-medal-worthy drink special. “The Olympic Games is the ultimate sporting event. Everyone can feel a part of the action and it’s just another fun way for us to encourage Team USA spirit and patriotic enthusiasm among our customers,” said Read More

    Olympic Trivia Night…$2 Red, White & Blue PBRs for Opening Ceremony…$1 Jell-O Shots every time USA wins a gold medal 

    Sam’s Sports Grill, one of my favorite sports joint, is getting sports fans excited about watching the 2012 summer Olympic games.

    Not only will every game be shown on HDTVs, but Sam’s will also host several in-store and social media games for patrons and feature a gold-medal-worthy drink special.

    “The Olympic Games is the ultimate sporting event. Everyone can feel a part of the action and it’s just another fun way for us to encourage Team USA spirit and patriotic enthusiasm among our customers,” said Sam Sanchez, owner of Sam’s Sports Grill. “We’ve got some fun things lined up, and we hope customers think of us as THE place to watch every game, every night.”

    Sam’s own version of the summer games will kick off on July 25 with an Olympic-themed trivia night that begins at 8 p.m. at the Hillsboro Village location. The top three trivia winners of the night will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, as well as Sam’s gift cards. Sam’s Olympic trivia will continue online throughout Aug. 12, as Olympic-themed trivia questions will be posted to Sam’s Twitter and Facebook pages every day. Followers and fans can send in answers each day for a chance to win prizes.

    To commemorate the 2012 Opening Ceremony on July 27, Sam’s will sell $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon Tall Boys to customers who wear red, white and blue into the restaurant.

    Customers can also look forward to regularly celebrating Team USA victories. Every time the USA wins a gold medal, Sam’s will sell red, white and blue Jell-O shots for $1 to customers who are present at the time of the win.

    And that’s not all. July 27 through Aug. 1, Sam’s will also host a social media giveaway in which Facebook fans can register for a chance to win a Titans’ VIP Preseason Package to the Aug. 30 game against the New Orleans Saints. The package includes:

    •  2 tickets to the Titans/Saints game on Aug. 30
    •  2 pre-game field passes (can be on the field up to 20 minutes before kickoff, must be 18 or older)
    • VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of LP Field before the game (locker room, press conference room, tunnels onto fields, press box, club level)

    Participants can register at http://ow.ly/cmt9a by entering their name, email and phone number. One winner will be drawn on Aug. 2 and announced on Sam’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/SamsSportsGrill.

    For more information about Sam’s, visit SamsSportsGrill.com or get instant updates by following Sam’s on Twitter @SamsSportsGrill.