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  • Proper Technique for ‘Butt Chugging’ – Ask a UT alum

    October 1st, 2012 by Drink Up
    Pike A University of Tennessee student denied “butt-chugging” wine, but bloodstains, his injuries and eyewitness accounts told a different story, UT records released show. The members of fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha apparently chugged the wine — through one orifice or another — as part of a “blackout party,” with one member posting pictures to Twitter, and tried to destroy evidence afterward, according to a UT police report. Alexander P. Broughton, 20, of Memphis was treated for severe alcohol poisoning Saturday after he arrived at the University of Tennesee Medical Center unconscious with a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.45, according to police — a potentially deadly concentration more than five times the legal limit. Read More

    A University of Tennessee student denied “butt-chugging” wine, but bloodstains, his injuries and eyewitness accounts told a different story, UT records released show.

    The members of fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha apparently chugged the wine — through one orifice or another — as part of a “blackout party,” with one member posting pictures to Twitter, and tried to destroy evidence afterward, according to a UT police report.

    Alexander P. Broughton, 20, of Memphis was treated for severe alcohol poisoning Saturday after he arrived at the University of Tennesee Medical Center unconscious with a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.45, according to police — a potentially deadly concentration more than five times the legal limit.

    Knoxville and UT officers reported finding empty bags from wine boxes and passed-out frat boys at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, where at least one member told investigators they’d been “butt-chugging” wine, according to records.

    Butt-chugging — a term that’s made the round of headlines, newscasts and jokes this week — refers to the practice of using alcohol enemas to get drunk faster.

    UT officials had met with frat leaders from across campus just 10 days before to review rules against drinking on campus.

    Broughton told police he’d drunk four to six beers before getting to the Pike house and then drank half of a half-full 5-liter box of cheap red Franzia wine, according to UT police records.

    Broughton “does not remember anything else until he woke up in the hospital,” UT police Lt. Dana McReynolds wrote in a report.

    “Mr. Broughton stated that according to his fraternity brothers he finished off (the box) and won the game.”

    He tried to explain bloodstains found throughout the Pike house as the result of a fight, according to a report.

    Investigators didn’t buy it, particularly given injuries to Broughton’s rectum and a bloody mess found in the Pike house restroom.

    “In front of the door there was an empty plastic bag,” UT police Sgt. Angela O’Neal wrote. “There was bloodstained tissues on the sink, the sink counter top and the floor. I observed two of the toilet stalls had blood on the floor. … “There was a plastic bag with a pink wine in front of the couch and a red solo cup containing this same liquid.”

    In the meantime, the Pi Kappa Alpha national office in Memphis has suspended the local Zeta Chapter for 30 days pending the outcome of its investigation.

    UT has indefinitely suspended the Zeta Chapter.

    The chapter’s suspension means members cannot engage in any fraternity activities and can’t have nonmembers in its house unless they are students participating in a meal plan.

    Officers cited 12 Pike members on charges of underage drinking.

    Broughton has since recovered and returned to classes. His family says they dispute police accounts but haven’t given specifics.

    Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/world/butt-chugging-alcohol-enema-ut-student-denies-claims-but-cops-say-evidence-tells-other-story#ixzz283RDqzKh


  • Miniature x 100,000 is HUGE!

    September 24th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    mini-liquor-bottles Back in the day, I remember when the state of South Carolina used to require all bars to pour mixed drinks from miniature airplane bottles to ensure that pour sizes were uniform and that all taxes were being collected. The SC legislature finally dragged itself into the 20th century and allowed bartenders to free-pour, so now about the only place you see miniature bottles is on airplanes or in pockets and purses at football games. But apparently there’s still a pretty good volume of airplane bottles being consumed, enough so that a team of 18 airport employees at JFK in New York were able to Read More

    Back in the day, I remember when the state of South Carolina used to require all bars to pour mixed drinks from miniature airplane bottles to ensure that pour sizes were uniform and that all taxes were being collected. The SC legislature finally dragged itself into the 20th century and allowed bartenders to free-pour, so now about the only place you see miniature bottles is on airplanes or in pockets and purses at football games.

    But apparently there’s still a pretty good volume of airplane bottles being consumed, enough so that a team of 18 airport employees at JFK in New York were able to rip off over 100,000 miniature bottles in a theft ring that was finally broken up after a 9-month investigation called “Operation Last Call.” That’s a crap-ton of 50 ml bottles! Not to mention anything about the stellar inventory management and accounting processes of the airport managers at what is by far my least favorite airport in the world, (I spent a couple of nights there…don’t ask) but apparently there is still a market for the mini bottles.

    Do you take advantage of display of tiny bottles by the front door of your favorite liquor store? They are placed near the register not just to promote the impulse buy like the Tic Tacs at Kroger, but also to encourage shoppers to try something new without having to invest in a $25 bottle.

    The next time you’re shopping for booze or wine, grab yourself a handful of a few different bottles that catch your eye. Throw some Fireball bottles in your tailgate picnic or a shot of Prichard’s Flavored Rum in your lunchbox. (As long as you don’t get fired or operate heavy machinery.) If you’re going to a party, don’t buy a bottle of the second cheapest wine, put together a potpourri of Jim Beam Bourbon, Herradura Tequila, Skyy Vodka and Dewar’s Scotch as a host gift. Or the next time you’re the host, put out a bucket of minis and let your guests experiment while they mix their own drinks.

    That’ll give you more time to catch folks peeking in your medicine cabinets.

     


  • It’s Restaurant Week – Sept. 10 – 16

    September 10th, 2012 by Drink Up
    NashvilleOriginalsLogo Today marks the first day of the glorious week known as restaurant week.  Nashville Originals Restaurant Week is a semi-annual event celebrating local dining. The food at all of these restaurants are spectacular and LOCAL.  Take my advice and get the hell out there and go to as many of these places as you can.  I also recommend using the crazy savings on food towards booze, booze, and more booze.  Support your local Nashville spots and drink heavily (ensure you have a ride home). Participating Restaurant Specials Until Next Time, -DrinkUp Read More

    Today marks the first day of the glorious week known as restaurant week.  Nashville Originals Restaurant Week is a semi-annual event celebrating local dining.

    The food at all of these restaurants are spectacular and LOCAL.  Take my advice and get the hell out there and go to as many of these places as you can.  I also recommend using the crazy savings on food towards booze, booze, and more booze.  Support your local Nashville spots and drink heavily (ensure you have a ride home).

    Participating Restaurant Specials

    Until Next Time,

    -DrinkUp


  • Whiskey Bent and Nashville Bound

    September 6th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac
    Nashville Whiskey Fest It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the brown likker around here at Drink Music City. So you can imagine our excitement to hear the announcement that Midtown Wine and Spirits was organizing the first (hopefully) annual Nashville Whiskey Fest for September 20-22 at the downtown War Memorial Auditorium. They have assembled a comprehensive list of and breweries, really more than we can list in this space. Just assume that your favorite will probably be poured and you can check here to confirm if they’re coming. Thursday night’s event will be a VIP tasting led by Harlen Read More

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    It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the brown likker around here at Drink Music City. So you can imagine our excitement to hear the announcement that Midtown Wine and Spirits was organizing the first (hopefully) annual Nashville Whiskey Fest for September 20-22 at the downtown War Memorial Auditorium. They have assembled a comprehensive list of and breweries, really more than we can list in this space. Just assume that your favorite will probably be poured and you can check here to confirm if they’re coming.

    Thursday night’s event will be a VIP tasting led by Harlen Wheatley – Master distiller from Buffalo Trace – at the Tennessee State Museum. Check out the details on this amazing event:

    Join us as Harlen Wheatley hosts a night to remember. An intimate setting, the Tennessee State Museum will set the mood, as you are able to indulge in some of the world’s finest and most highly allocated Bourbon Whiskies. To add more pleasure to your palate, Porter Road Butcher will be providing delectable hors d’oeuvre made using Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Weller Reserve Bourbon. Harlen Wheatley will talk about his life in the whiskey world, how he came to be the Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and walk you through 9 pouring’s, explaining the uniqueness and story behind each whiskey. Bourbon being tasted will include:

    • Buffalo Trace
    • Blanton’s
    • Eagle Rare 10yr
    • Eagle Rare 17yr
    • Sazerac 18yr Rye
    • George T. Stagg
    • Thomas H Handy
    • Sazerac Rye
    • William Larue Weller
    • Pappy Van Winkle 20yr

    Along with these incredible bourbons each guest will receive a special edition Nashville Whiskey Festival Tasting Glass as well as a collectors edition flask from the distillery. This is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

    Friday night will feature “Women and Whiskey,” two of my favorite things. Representatives of Troy & Sons, Bulleit and Willett Distilling Company will be paired with three local female mixologists to sample through their whiskeys and then compete in a cocktail contest. The fabulous Heather Byrd and Marcia Masulla will lead a lively Q & A sessions to reveal the secrets of working as a woman in a man’s world of whiskey.

    Saturday from 1:00 until 6:00 is the main event with a massive tasting of products from over 30 craft distillers. There will also be VIP tastings of some rarer whiskeys for those willing to shell out a little extra scratch for early access to the tasting tables. Educational seminars will take place throughout the day, and you can drink during class. Just like college! What, not your college?

    Tickets for all of the events are available at the festival website, so line up a babysitter and arrange for a ride home. It should be epic!


  • 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.