Archive for the ‘Drink’ Category

Westvleteren XII

Posted on 14 December 2012


I was interviewed last night for the US Westvleteren XII release. We made the front page of our local paper. 🙂 Here’s the story and video.

Story Link: Beer today gone tomorrow: Best brew ‘on the planet’ has short shelf life in U.S.

Real-Sugar Pepsi

Posted on 20 February 2009

In the middle of April, Pepsi also will begin distributing Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, which features those brands formulated with sugar.

This is a big deal since mainstream soft drinks in the United States are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Typically, the only way to get soda from the “big guys” with real sugar is to import it (i.e., Mexican Coke) or wait till Passover (Kosher Coke, Kosher Pepsi).

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I’m a diet-Coke drinker, specifically “Coke Zero”, but I hear there is a big difference between real-sugar and HF Corn Syrup. I’ll definitely try Pepsi Throwback. Even fans of Coke should support the product if they want a real-sugar version of their own favorite beverage.

Unfortunate name choice though. “Thowback?” Really?

Pepsi Throwback, Mountain Dew Throwback » Sugar-Sweetened Pepsi-Cola And Mtn Dew Without High Fructose Corn Syrup (Hfcs) » Bevreview.Com
The imagery conjured up by this naming choice is one of a man curling his lip in disgust and “throwing it back” at the grocer. Sometimes even when they get it right, they get it wrong.

Crystal Head Vodka

Posted on 26 December 2008

Crystal Head Vodka
Triple Herkimer Diamond filtered, Newfoundland deep aquifer pure spirit vodka.”

Brought to you by Dan Akroyd. More here.

Pokka Xpress Coffee

Posted on 30 June 2008

I carried a few drinks back with me from Malaysia to test with the family. First up is “Pokka Xpress Coffee”. The label assured me that this drink was brewed “from Coffee Beans”. Always a good thing when dealing with the part of the world that brings you Kopi Luwak.

The color when poured was an unappealing brown. The taste, although watery, offered up decent coffee flavor with little sour or bitter aftertaste.

Unfortunately, I’ve no way to know the caffeine content of this drink. The label was wonderfully vague about the specifics, rather referring to some obscure measure called “Tenaga” or “Energy”.
Pokka Xpress Coffee

Whatever Tenaga is, Pokka Xpress has 95 kcals of it.

I suspect I expended more than 95kcals lugging this can back with me.

UPDATE – Tenaga is the largest utility company in Malaysia. It’s all beginning to make sense now.

The rear of the can lists the ingredients as “Water, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Milk, Sugar, Permitted Stabilizer, and Permitted Flavouring.

Pokka Xpress Coffee

Hrm. Permitted Flavouring.

What is good Tequila?

Posted on 20 June 2008


A post on the topic at least a decade in the making.

From bbum’s “Weblog-o-Mat”, via Daring Fireball

Matanzas Creek Winery 2005 Chardonnay

Posted on 16 March 2008

Light and delicious, we enjoyed this greatly.

Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on 3 February 2008

Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, originally uploaded by Squidly.

A group of us do football picks during the year. The person with the best record at the end gets to pick a single bottle of the beverage of their choice. This year our friend Brian won, and with a bit of persuasion on my part he chose Hewitt Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon. It was $80, which was one of the priciest wines I’ve had in my life. Very, very, good.

Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Then again, at $80 it could taste like liquified liver and I’d tell you it was spectacular.