Top Hangover Cures

Here at the Barwhiz Blog we’ve given you plenty ideas on how to have a great night out. From the best party cities, to the best drink recipes, to even the best drinking games.

But after all that fun what about the next morning? Don’t think that we’re just going to leave you hangin’.

We’ve compiled a list of the very best in hangover cures to aid in the effects of an amazing night out, but before we can even begin to cure our hangovers, we should first take a look at what exactly a hangover is:

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A hangover is the name given to the sickness following a night of heavy alcohol consumption. (In fact the name hangover itself was once called veisalgia, a Norwegian word for “uneasiness following debauchery”).

Symptoms of a hangover include physical effects such as headaches, nausea, diarrhea, sensitivity to light and sound, weakness, muscle cramps, fatigue, dehydration and an increase of heart rate and blood pressure. In extension to these physical symptoms, psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and a poor sense of well-being may also be felt.

Now that we have a better understanding of what we’re up against, let’s look at some helpful fixes and then a few false remedies:

Water

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The most effective way to relieve the symptoms of a hangover is through the steady intake of water. For every drink you consumed the night before drink one glass of water the next day. If you want to lessen the effects before they happen, mix in a glass of water between every alcoholic drink you have the night of.

Sports Drink

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Sports drinks can help you to replenish any lost electrolytes if you have become too dehydrated, but you have to be careful about which sports drinks you consume. Those that contain caffeine will actually be counterproductive as caffeine is a diuretic just like alcohol. If you have the option between water and a sports drink, it’s best to stick with the water.

Eggs

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It’s not the greasy spoon breakfast special that will help to cure your hangover, but just the eggs alone. This is because eggs contain a compound that actually helps to break down alcohol induced toxins in the body.

Fruit

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Fresh fruit is packed full of all the essential vitamins and nutrients the body needs after a long night of slowly poisoning yourself. The nutrients in fruit will help to get your body of toxins, and one of the best fruits to do this is:

Bananas

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Since alcohol depletes the body of potassium, which in turn can cause many of your hangover symptoms, one of the best ways to replenish your body’s supply is with a banana.

Painkillers

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Although some painkillers, like aspirin and ibuprofen, may reduce the severity of a hangover headache they will in fact increase the intensity of any gastrointestinal pain you may be feeling. One painkiller, acetaminophen, should never be taken as a hangover cure as alcohol can actually increase its toxicity.

Hangover Myths:

Hair of the Dog

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This term “the hair of the dog that bit you” refers to drinking more alcohol to get rid of your hangover. In reality this tactic only prolongs your hangover and increases its power. Also it makes you an alcoholic.

Greasy Food

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We all crave that greasy plate of ‘acon and beggs the morning after a night of partying, even though we know it will only make us feel worse. Ironically enough, greasy foods may actually help to lessen the effects of a hangover if they are first consumed before drinking.

Coffee

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As previously mentioned, caffeine is a diuretic, so although coffee may be our go to beverage in the morning, it in fact increases the effects of a hangover by dehydrating you further.

Burnt toast

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The idea behind this myth is that the carbon in the burnt toast can act like a filter and help to filter out the toxins left in your body after a night of binge drinking. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

Over the counter “hangover cures”

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If I have to explain to you that there is no such thing as a miracle in pill, then my friend, I’m afraid that you may still be drunk.

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Most Popular Drinks At A Bachelor Party

You’ve decided to take the plunge and have finally proposed to your girl – or were brow beaten into a proposal. Whatever the case, congrats man. So what if she now carries your boys around in her purse next to her lipstick and tampons. That doesn’t mean you can’t take them out and dust them off for one last night of debauchery.

If you want to set out on an epic night for your bachelor party we have a list drink ideas for you. So crank up some Queen and take a look at our pick for the Most Popular Drinks At A Bachelor Party:

Beer

Beer Bottles

Beer is pretty much the staple for any party, but this is not just any party – this is your last night as a free man, and you can’t very well play Drink the Beer without any beer.

1 case of beer

Twist cap, chug and repeat.

Irish Car Bomb

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If you need to really get the party going, a couple of these bad boys will do in pinch.

¾ pint Guinness stout
½ oz Bailey’s Irish cream
½ oz Jameson Irish whiskey

Pour stout into a pint glass and allow it to settle. Fill shot glass with Jameson and float with Bailey’s. Drop the shot glass into the pint of stout and chug.

Overdrive

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They say this stuff gives you wings, so you may still have a chance to escape.

3 oz Red Bull
1 oz vodka

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into rocks glass and chug.

Kamikaze
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Ever wonder why all those pilots signed up for that gig? They were all married. Just sayin’.

1 ¼ oz vodka
¼ oz triple sec
¼ oz limejuice or sour mix

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into shot glass and kiss your ass goodbye.

The Ole’ Ball and Chain

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‘Nuff said.

1 oz Bacardi Tropico
2 oz cold sake
4 oz Japanese green tea
splash of sour mix

Pour all ingredients into pilsner glass filled with ice. We all know you are kind of a Geisha anyway, so go ahead fancy boy, and garnish that drink with a lime wedge or twist.

Jagerade

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The sun may be on the horizon but the party’s not over yet. Time to replenish some of those lost electrolytes.

8 oz chilled Gatorade energy drink
4 oz Jagermeister

Pour all ingredients into Collins glass filled with ice and guzzle back that sweet nourishing nectar.

Bloody Bull
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Ah, the breakfast of champions. If your best man did his job right you’ll still be partying when 11 o’clock in the morning rolls around – or whatever time it’s legal to start serving alcohol again.

1½ oz vodka
2 oz. tomato juice
2 oz beef bouillon

Pour all the ingredients in a highball glass over ice; add a squeeze of lemon and a dash of pepper. Drink slowly, because once you’re done, so is your freedom.

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Most Popular Drinks To Serve At A House Party

 
Whether you are trying to save money, or are just getting tired of the club scene night after night, weekend after awesome weekend, the classic house party is always a fun and inexpensive alternative to going out.

We’ve already given you the Complete Guide For Throwing A House Party and reviewed the
Most Popular Drinking Games, so today we will provide you with the Most Popular Drinks To Serve At A House Party.

#1 – Beer

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Whether you serve it on tap, in the bottle or in the can, you can’t go wrong with having a full stock of beer at your house party. If you are throwing a kegger, always buy double the amount, especially if it is going to be a big party, because that draft beer doesn’t last long. A little trick to save some money but still look like you only buy the premium stuff is to start with a keg or two of the premium and then serve the low-grade suds once everyone is feelin’ fine.


#2 – Cocktails

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It doesn’t matter if you make them fruity or boozey, cocktails are a staple for any house party. The best way to ensure you have enough variation is to grab your standard bar well of bottles, that’s vodka, gin, whiskey and rum (white and dark if you really want to impress your guests). Grab a variety of mix, from fruit juices to soft drinks and throw in some fresh fruit for garnishes. Also, if you don’t have an ice machine at home make sure you purchase a couple of bags of ice – and it is probably not a bad idea to have a blender on hand either.


#3 – Shots & Shooters

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Another staple of the house party is shots and shooters, so make sure you add a few liqueurs to your shopping list as well. In addition to your cocktail liquors, to make some of the most popular shots and shooters you will need tequila, amaretto, goldschlager, jagermeister, sambuca, and various flavours of schnapps. However, by far the most popular shooter at any party is the famous Jell-O Shooter, so don’t forget to stock up on some J-E-LL-O.


#4 – Punch

Punch

They say a proper punch contains at least five ingredients, one of which is sweet, one is sour, another is strong, the other is weak and the final one is spiced. You can’t go wrong with serving punch at a house party, and best of all it is a great way to serve a lot of people easily and affordably.

Since a BarWhiz drink post isn’t complete without at least one recipe, we’ll share with you our favourite punch:

Strip & Go Naked

Pink cocktails

1 case of your favourite beer
26 oz bottle of rye
26 oz bottle vodka
26 oz bottle spiced rum
8 cans of frozen pink lemonade
crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in a large vessel such as a ‘clean’ garbage can, mix well and serve in classic red cups. Stripping and going naked is optional.

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What To Do When You Have Too Many Empties

 
Beer Store

Just the other day I happened to walk past the local Beer Store delivery truck and noticed their new logo, “We were green before green was cool”. I bet the hipsters just loved that one.

I know I’ve been ‘recycling’ my beer bottles, well ever since my very first beer – everyone always remembers their first. In fact, back in my first year of college, my roommate and I saved up all of our empties and cashed them in to fund a year-end kegger, but not before we first built a throne out of them. Oh college.

Throne

So I wondered, what do others do when they have too many empties? Here are just a few examples that I found:

#1 – Beer Bottle Temple

If you have ever enjoyed a Trappist beer, then you know how much monks love their suds. Some even go so far as to say that they invented beer, but we know today that beer has a much older history than when Benedictine monks began brewing it in the 6th century. Whatever the case, this group of Buddhist monks in Khun Han, Thailand found a very creative way to use up their unwanted empties – they had over one million of them – and built the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, also known simply as the Million Beer Bottle Temple. Kinda’ puts my throne to shame.

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#2 – Beer Bottle Chandelier

Beer Bottle Chandelier

This beer bottle chandelier is a unique piece of beer bottle art that most likely graces that finest beer bottle mansions in the land. Well actually it can be found at ‘On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina’ in Los Angeles, California, but we do have a beer bottle house coming up next.

#3 – Beer Bottle House

Calico Glass House

Located in the former mining town of Calico, California, this now historical landmark ghost town is the home of the Calico Glass Bottle House. Although it was not an original structure of the mining town, it was built to show that miners typically used what they had handy to build homes in the desert. And after a hard day of mining silver, there’s nothing like knocking back a few hundred bottles of beer.

Another great find is Grandma Prisbrey’s bottle village in Simi Valley, California.
In the website it’s written “Bottle Village is a one-third acre site covered with an assemblage of shrines, wishing wells, mosaic walks, structures and follies constructed primarily from discarded glass bottles.”.
They have great photo galleries of the place, here’s a picture (click on it to see one of the photo galleries):

Beer Bottle Village

#4 – Beer Bottle Sculpture

TsingTao beer bottle statue

Located on the famous Beer Street in Qingdao, China, is a sculpture made entirely from Tsingtao beer bottles. The sculpture actually forms the character 九 that has the same pronunciation as part of the characters that make up the word beer.

#5 – Beer Bottle Lamp

The finished lamp

For those of us without the architecture background that it would take to create a beer bottle building there is always the option of making a lamp. However, it does only take one bottle, so I’m not quite sure what you’ll do with the other 23 of them… ah yes, bring them back for a refund and turn them in for more beer.

Casas de Botellas

It is not beer, but if you’ve read so far and still interested in the bottle house trend,
know that in South America there are several countries with bottle house building projects.
Check out Casas de Botellas, a project dedicated to helping the poor have a place to live by building houses made of bottles, along with other materials often referred to as garbage.

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Best Of Oktoberfest 2012

 
Oktoberfest 2012

With over 300 events planned annually, Oktoberfest is by far the largest beer festival in the world. The 2012 Oktoberfest marks the festival’s 202nd anniversary since its inception in 1810, where it originated as a celebration to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

The festival typically runs from September 22nd to October 7th and can be virtually found in every corner of the world. With over 300 Oktoberfests to partake in, here at the BarWhiz Blog we didn’t have the time, or the resources, to cover them all. For that we are sorry. We did however send some of our best researchers out and have brought back photos for four of the most wunderbar Oktoberfests across the globe. Prost!

Germany

Oktoberfest 2012

This year the Munich Oktoberfest fairgrounds were one-fifth smaller, due to the inclusion of the traditional Zentral-Landwirtschaftsfest, an agricultural fair that occurs every four years during Oktoberfest. Although not a record high for the festival, 6.4 million people did attend over the 16 days and consumed a total of 6.9 million litres beer, making Munich’s Oktoberfest the largest in the world.

Here are some great shots of the festival:

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Costumes @ Oktoberfest 2012

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United States

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012

The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States is without a doubt the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati festival. It takes place each year along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and although not as old as the original, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has been around since 1976. This year over 500,000 people attended the festival between September 21st to the 23rd and were able to participate in such events as the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, marshalled by the Cincinnati Reds great Tom Browning, the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship, and the Cincinnati.com Glockenspiel. Oh, and we can’t forget to include the annual Running of the Wieners.

Here are some pics of this year’s festival:

Running Of The Wieners (13)

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012

Brazil

Oktoberfest-2012

Brazil is in the running for the 2nd largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany with their Oktoberfest Blumenau festival. This 18-day Oktoberfest just started this past Wednesday and we’ve already had a chance to see everything it has to offer, and more! This year the Oktoberfest celebrations have spilled out across the city and encompass more than just the traditional German Park area. Last year 564,000 people attended the festival and it is expected to surpass that this year. We can tell you, from just the first few days of the festival, we don’t see them having any problem surpassing last year’s numbers.

Here are some shots of the first few days:

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Canada

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Although Canada’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations take place at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, who by the way also lay claim to the 2nd largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany, I decided to choose a smaller event. Just one hour outside of Canada’s Capital City is a little town called Vankleek Hill, who is home to one of the best independent breweries, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. Each year Beau’s takes over the agricultural fair grounds and hosts their very own Oktoberfest. In it’s 4th year the celebration has grown from a one-day event to include an entire weekend. On Saturday alone tickets were sold out for the 5000 capacity event. From keg toss contests, to spouse carrying races, this little festival that could has everything an Oktoberfest goer needs. Need proof? Check out the following photo gallery:

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

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Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Silver Mullet or Crud Light Lyme?

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

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Most Popular Drinks Every Bartender Should Know

 
Hey, Bartender

Tip from BarWhiz: Also check out our Periodic Table of Alcohol which gives great information about popular drinks

Besides being able to pour a proper pint, every bartender should have a solid backing knowledge of the most popular drinks. Not every patron knows what they want to order and those that do know want it made the way it is supposed to be. Of course there are hundreds of drinks a bartender SHOULD know, but we’ve decided to go with the classics. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular drinks every bartender should know.

#1 Cosmopolitan (aka – Cosmo)

Cosmopolitan

Thanks to the ladies in Sex and the City, every middle-aged woman out on the town thinks it is not a complete night until they have consumed a multitude of Cosmos.

1oz vodka
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice
½ oz cranberry juice

Chill a martini glass. (add ice, water) Shake the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice. Empty the chilled glass, strain the contents from the shaker into the martini glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.

#2 Classic Martini

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The martini can keep it dry or wet, clean or dirty, infused with apples or bacon. There are literally hundreds of variations of the martini these days with the production of flavoured vodkas and creative bartenders. Anyone who has ever seen a James Bond movie knows that he prefers his martini made with vodka not gin, and shaken not stirred. Keep it simple. There is a reason it is a classic after all.

2 ½ oz gin
¼ oz dry vermouth

If someone really knows their martini, they will certainly be the first to tell you how they prefer it prepared. If not, follow these and you will be safe. Toss a handful of ice cubes into a mixing glass adding the gin and vermouth. Stir or shaken (as denoted). Strain into a martini glass and finish with a skewer of olives or a twist of lemon peel.

#3 Bloody Caesar

Bloody Caesar

There is a Bloody Mary and there is a Bloody Caesar. If you are a bartender you know the difference. If you don’t know, then you are not a good bartender. I prefer to build mine from the ground up, and why not be a little dirty about it too (extra Worcestershire).

Here is my personal recipe:

1 oz vodka
7 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
pinch of salt & pepper
4 oz Clamato juice

Rim a tall rocks glass with celery salt. Squeeze a wedge of lime and drop into the glass. Fill with ice. Add vodka, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce, and fill with Clamato juice. Bang salt & pepper shakers over the top two times. Garnish with a wedge of lemon & lime, a dash of horseradish and two skewered olives.

#4 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple cocktail

Unfortunately the world is populated with people who do not imbibe alcohol but still like to pretend they enjoy a cocktail from time to time. It is also a standard for children at restaurants who want to feel like adults. Every bartender should know how to whip up a Shirley Temple.

2/3 cup lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale
2 tbsp grenadine
1/3 cup orange juice

Fill a tall rocks glass with ice. Add the soda, grenadine and juice; still until combined. Classic garnish is an orange skewered with a maraschino cherry.

#5 Screwdriver

Screwdriver Cocktail at Hostaria del Piccolo

Every woman loves them and men cannot get enough of them at Sunday brunch with the family.

1 oz vodka
½ cup orange juice

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add vodka and juice.

#6 Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

If you had trouble with the Screwdriver, then this is probably going to throw you for a spin. Seriously. If you did not know what this is, if you even have to read what a Cuba Libre is, then please quit your job as a bartender.

1 oz white rum
½ cup coca-cola

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add rum and coke. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

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Strange Brew – 12 Strange Beer Names

 
We’re not talking about the classic Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie. These strange brews aren’t used for evil mind-control purposes, although they may alter your perception. The strange in these brews are all about the names.

With the rise in popularity of microbreweries, as well as craft and homemade brews, there are some pretty strange sounding beer names on the market. Here are just a few of them:

#1. Arrogant Bastard Ale

Produced by the Stone Brewing Company out of Escondido, California, this 7.2% abv this aggressive ale was actually banned in a few states due to its profane language.

#2. Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

Monty Python Holy Grail Ale

This 4.7% Holy Grail of ale was brewed by the Black Sheep Brewery out of North Yorkshire, England. It was released in 1999, just in time for the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. in 1999.
Ten years later on the 40th anniversary Holy Grail is still going strong. It’s a full-flavoured hoppy golden ale with dry finish – just like their humor.

#3. Buttface Amber Ale

Buttface Amber Ale

The Big Horn Brewing Company out of Washington brews this American-style amber ale. Drink too many of these bad boys and you may end up butting your face against the wall… or worse, the floor.

#4. He’brew: The Chosen Beer

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This San Francisco brewing company, Shmaltz Brewing, brews a number of different beers under their He’brew: The Chosen Beer line. Types include Origin Pomegranate Ale, Funky Jewbelation, Messiah Nut Brown Ale, and Genesis Ale. Nothing like a cold refreshing beer with a smooth aftertaste of blasphemy.

#5. Moose Drool – Brown Ale

Moose Drool

Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula, Montana has a few interesting names for their line of beers, with the strangest by far being Moose Drool. Using four different varieties of both malts and hops, this brown ale is surprising easy drinking at 5.1% abv. But if you have too much of it, the Moose isn’t the only thing that is going to be drooling.

#6. Face Plant Winter Ale

Faceplant Winter Ale

The Nelson Brewing Company brews this certified organic winter ale out of British Columbia, Canada. At 6.5% abv, this may be the first beer that can predict your future – after consuming too much of it that is.

#7. Hoptimus Prime – India Pale Ale

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Considered a Double IPA, Ruckus Brewing Company’s Hoptimus Prime uses five different hop varieties, and three different types of malts, which results in a very hoppy beer. Now Autobots, roll-out!

#8. Yellow Snow – India Pale Ale

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Your mother always said, ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’, but she never said anything about drinking it. Rogue Ales out of Newport, Oregon brew this IPA that is golden in color and hoppy in flavor.

#9. Moylan’s Kilt Lifter – Scotch Ale

Moylans Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale

At 8.0% abv, this scotch style ale will blow the kilt off even the most robust of beer drinkers. Produced by Moylan Brewing out of Novato, California, they suggest their Kilt Lifter is best enjoyed if you let it first warm slightly in your glass. A beer that strong, I don’t think it will have a choice.

#10. Old Leghumper

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Akron, Ohio is home to the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company who have quick an extensive selection of beers, 16 to be exact. Although the names range from Irish Setter Red to Barktoberfest (you get the theme), the strangest name bay far is their robust porter, Old Leghumper. Using two types of roasted malts, Old Leghumper is a rich porter with a chocolaty taste.

#11. Pigs Ass Porter – Porter

Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter

This little piggy went to the bar, and this little piggy went to a club. This little piggy picked up another little piggy and this little piggy went “wee wee wee” after drinking too much of Harvest Moon Brewing Compnay’s Pigs Ass Porter. With plenty of body, this porter is brewed with four different kinds of malts creating a creamy, smooth, slightly chocolate tasting brew that even Orwell’s Napoleon would enjoy.

#12. Polygamy Porter

Polygamy Porter

The Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City, Utah is responsible for brewing this dark, medium bodied brew with a hint of chocolate and malty flavors. At only 4.0% abv, when it comes to Polygamy Porter why just have one!

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Most Popular College Drinking Games

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When the BarWhiz research crew isn’t out on assignment looking for the best party cities or in the lab coming up with extensive lists of the most popular drinks, you can find them in the BarWhiz conference room – which is what we call the pub down the street – playing an assortment of drinking games.

What can we say; it’s a great team building exercise that helps with both morale and to get the creative juices flowing. When it comes to creating drinking games, virtually anything can be turned into one – and by anything, we really mean anything.

Back in collage friends of mine invented a drinking game that involved a set of dice and the trivia cards from Trivial Pursuit. It was dubbed, Drink Asshole, because the longer you played the game, the more belligerent you became. Sadly, Drink Asshole did not make our list of the most popular drinking games. I suspect that it has something to do with being the only BarWhiz researcher that hails from Canada.

But I digress. So without further adieu, here are the most popular college drinking games (Thank you Howcast for sharing these videos):

#1 – Beer Pong

One of the most popular college drinking games by far is Beer Pong. It’s easy to learn, fun to watch, and requires a specific set of skills that cannot be found anywhere else. The only downside with Beer Pong is the amount of room that is required to play a proper game.

#2 – Edward 40 Hands

Typically part of a frat hazing ritual, Edward 40 Hands has developed into a staple in the repertoire of college drinking games. The premise is simple, and in reality, it is much more of a test of endurance than a game of chance. After all, you have no way of going to the bathroom until you finish your beers.

#3 – Flip Cup

Flip Cup works in a pinch if you don’t have the room, or the balls, to play Beer Pong. Think of it as the Beer Olympics relay race. Instead of passing a baton you have to drink a beer and flip a Red Cup. The first team to finish is hailed as champions and the losing team, well… nobody cares about the losing team.

#4 – Kings

Also known as King’s Cup, Circle of Death, Ring of Fire or Waterfall, this simple card game is one of the most social drinking games on the list. Each card represents an action or activity that the person drawing it, or the whole group, has to perform. There are no winners or losers in Kings, just a whole lot of drinking and good times.

#5 – Power Hour

Not unlike Edward 40 Hands, Power Hour is not really a game, per se, it’s more of a test of stamina and endurance. Although it may sound easy – take one shot of beer every minute for 60 minutes – it is a lot harder than it sounds. After you have mastered Power Hour you can move on to the tougher Century Club. It’s the same game, but it is now one shot per minute for 100 minutes.

#6 – Quarters

Perfect for college students that need to save a bit of money, this game only costs a quarter. Well, only requires a quarter. You still need to buy your own beer. Although the game is simple – you bounce a quarter off of a table and try to get it into a glass – it does take some skill. Usually, the worst player at the table will end up drinking the most.

Bonus Drinking Games

Here are two of my absolute favorite drinking games of all time:

Three Man

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Three Man is by far the fastest way to get a night going. This simple dice game should be played fast and furious, and usually one round at being Three Man is all it will take.

The premise is simple; each person takes a roll at the dice. The first to roll a 1 and a 2 is designated Three Man, from that point forward anytime a 3 comes up the Three Man has to take a drink.

Here are the other rules:

  • If the dice total 7 (4 & 3, 5 & 2, 6 & 1) – The player to right of roller drinks
  • If the dice total 11 (5 & 6) – The player to left of roller drinks
  • If the dice total 9 (5 & 4, 6 & 3) – Sociable (Everyone Drinks)
  • If any 3 turns up – Three man drinks
  • Doubles – Each number represents 1 drink to give away. e.g. two 4′s equals 8 drinks
  • Three Doubles in a Row – Make a rule
  • Snake Eyes (1 & 1) – Roll Your Own Destiny (The player who rolled the Snake Eyes must roll one die and drink the corresponding number of drinks. If another 1 turns up, the player must then roll both dice and drink the corresponding number of drinks)

There are only two ways to get out of being Three Man. The first is if someone else rolls a 1 and a 2, then they become the new Three Man. The second, more devious way, is if Three Man rolls a 1 and a 2, then they get to designate who becomes the new Three Man. Remember that person who get giving you all their doubles? Well it’s payback time!

Battle Shots

Battle Shots

Remember that Battleship game you loved playing when you were a kid? Well now it’s all growns-up, and instead of annihilating your opponent’s battleship, you are the one getting annihilated.

It should go without saying that here at BarWhiz we do not condone under-aged or irresponsible drinking in any manner. Remember, responsible drinking does not mean you can’t still have fun, so wait until you’re 21 and in the meantime practice your quarter and ping-pong ball tosses.

Author: Corey Rozon

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Weirdest Flavors Of Vodka

From cocktails made with ground up frogs, insects, horse milk and even cow urine, over the years the BarWhiz Blog researchers have had to try some, well let’s just say, interesting (gross!) drinks.

We thought it was about time to give them a little break from the disgusting and let them try some of the weirdest flavors of vodka being distilled today.

Buttered Popcorn Vodka

Caramel Popcorn Martini

Hopefully (never) coming to a theatre near you. I drew the line at popcorn-flavoured jellybeans.

Donut Vodka

Glazed Donut Vodka from 360 Vodka

D’oh! There is no longer the need to make the choice between glazed donuts and vodka. Duff Beer might have a run for its money.

Bacon Vodka

Bakon flavored vodka. Mmmmmm, yuck.

Beer = good. Bacon = good. Beer + Bacon = epic!

Smoked Salmon Vodka

Smoked Salmon Vodka

First Palin now this. Thanks Alaska.

Wasabi Infused Vodka.

Chipotle Vodka

Of course, we can layer this on top of the salmon vodka and voila! You’ve got yourself a Sushitini.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Vodka
Peanut Butter & Jelly Vodka???

You know what time it is, don’t ya? It’s peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time , peanut butter jelly time. Now where he at, where he at, where he at. Now there he go, there he go, there he go. Peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly… well you get the picture.

Cotton Candy Vodka

Mmmm

This vodka reminds me of my youth. Spending the summer at the local carnival, with the smell of cotton candy wafting from food vendors and the reek of Vodka from the carnies. Ah, nostalgia.

Snake Vodka

Snake Vodka, London

Surprise, it’s Snake Flavored Vodka, made with real snake! Okay, we couldn’t let the researchers get away without having at least one gross drink.

Author: Corey Rozon

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On Tap, In The Bottle Or In The Can

 

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When it comes to the format in which you drink you beer, whether from the tap, the bottle or the can, the choice is really in the eye of the beer holder. However, some amateur beer connoisseurs swear by one form or another as being the best tasting format.

Jerry Bushon of New Belgium Brewing Co., one of the biggest microbreweries in the US, disagrees: “From a sensory perspective, there is virtually no difference in the beer. Blind tasting has shown that the beer is consistent throughout.”

We’ve decided to delve a little deeper and try to uncover once and for all which suds are the best, from the tap, the bottle or the can.

On Tap

Beer Kegs, State Fair, St. Paul, MN

When it comes to beers on tap they are typically carbonated by force injection with various levels of CO2 and sometimes nitrogen. Some beer drinkers feel this can change the taste of beer, while others prefer this format, especially from a freshly tapped keg.

Although many Brewmasters agree that the taste remains unchanged on tap we decided to investigate a little further and found some advice from a professor, specifically the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at University of California, Charles Bamforth.

As the author of, ‘Beer Is Proof God Loves Us’, Bamforth says that when it comes to drinking beer on tap, “If the person knows what they’re doing and at the end of the day they’re cleaning the lines and then rerunning the beer through the taps to expunge any cleaning solution, it has the potential to be the best.”

The difference in taste, when drinking a beer on tap, is likely more a hygienic issue rather than a change in taste from the vessel that the beer is transported in. If you can find a bar that cleans their lines every night, than this may be the best option when it comes to drinking beer on tap.

In A Bottle

3rd February 2008 - Beer bottles

Before the beer is bottled for shipping it is usually given an extra dose of dextrose, yeast, or other forms of sugar to help create carbonation, and sometimes they are even force carbonated. Some think that this process changes the taste from its keg counterpart, however Professor Banforth’s disagrees, “If there are 50 beers on tap, what do you order? Something out of a bottle.” His reasoning being that many things can go wrong with the beer that is on tap, from staleness to bacterial infection because of unclean lines.

In The Can

Beer Can Fence

Once thought to be only good for cheap mass produced suds, cans are becoming very popular in the craft-brew circles as the vessel of choice. Not only are cans lighter and more portable than their glass counterparts, but they also offer better protection from light and oxygen, the two causes of spoiled beer.

Clearly the can may be the real winner here, but with many establishments only offering selections on tap or in the bottle what is a poor beer drinker to do?

If the bar carries many brands, some of them won’t be as popular as others. Beer that has sat around longer, especially those from a keg or bottle, will tend to loose their delicious flavours and take on a more ‘skunky’ taste.

The very first thing you should do before you place your order is ask the bartender which is the beer they sell the most. This will minimize the risk of getting a beer that has sat around for a long time. Whenever possible it is advised to drink locally and never imported. When it comes to imported beer the Professor of Beer states, “There’s an above-average chance that it has aged unprofitably. Even bottles that have traveled far are pretty much out of the question.”

Brewmasters and Professors aside, you could always follow the advise of good ole’ Hank Thompson, “On Tap, in the can or in the bottle, to me it will all taste the same.”

Author: Corey Rozon

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