Most Popular Drinks For Camping

Ecard about camping and drinking

#1 – Beer

Beer can in a cup holder
Beer goes with camping like peanut butter goes with jelly. So it’s no wonder that beer has taken the #1 spot for most popular drinks for camping. If you are car camping you can bring everything from a case of bottles to a beer keg with you. However, if you decide to do some real camping, you know like where you hike into the woods, or paddle upstream in a canoe, you will want to bring something that is a little easier to transport, like cans.

Typically 1 litre of booze will add an additional 1-pound to the overall weight of your backpack. Since everything you bring in you must also be brought out, you may find these tips to lightening your load for getting loaded very helpful:

Leave the cooler at home.
Coolers are not only unnecessary, but they can also be extremely heavy. Thankfully the great outdoors offers many ingenious ways to chill your suds:

Cooling beer bottles in a river
Place your beer in a body of water. Find a place where the current won’t carry them away and your beverages will stay cold all day.

Using a red sock as a beer koozie
If there is no body of water around you could always use a sock. Simply wet a clean sock and put your beer inside. Hang the sock from a tree and as the water evaporates the heat will be drawn away from the beer, which in turn will cool it down.

Mix your own beer.
Powdered beer by Pat’s Backcountry Beverages
If you really want to save some room in your pack, you can always mix your own beer with Pat’s Backcountry Beverages (www.patsbcb.com/beer-concentrate). This powdered beer is light and easy to carry. All you need is a carbonating water bottle and some water. In no time you’ll be enjoying some freshly mixed brews.

#2 – Whiskey, Scotch and Rye

Flask of 'emergency water'
It can get cold out there in the wilderness. That’s why every camper, from the hiker to the car camper, should carry along a trusty flask of some firewater. A few sips of some good whiskey, scotch or rye and your blood will be sufficiently warmed to make it through the night.

#3 – Wine

Tetra pack of French Rabbit Chardonnay
Sure you cooked your dinner over a campfire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t class up your meal with a nice Chardonnay. A fine tetra pack of wine is a must have for any camping trip. Not only are the tetra packs easy to transport, both in and out of the woods, but best of all you won’t have to use that corkscrew option on your multi-tool pocketknife.

#4 – Cocktails

S'moretini
We couldn’t have a list of the best drinks for camping without including at least one cocktail recipe. And since a night around the campfire isn’t complete without having a least one round of s’mores we have come up with the S’moretini.

2 oz marshmallow vodka
1 oz chocolate liqueur
splash of half and half
chocolate syrup and graham crackers for rim
marshmallow for garnish

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into martini glass rimmed with chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs and garnish with roasted marshmallow.

Shot Pak's premixed cocktail selection
If making mixed drinks is not your specialty, you can always purchase premixed cocktails such as, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos and even Kamikazi’s that come packaged in lightweight plastic bags. Check out all the flavours available at Shot Pak (www.shotpakinc.com).

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Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.

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World’s Top Whiskey Festivals

“Show me the way to the next whiskey [Festival]. Oh, don’t ask why, oh, don’t ask why. For if we don’t find the next whiskey [Festival], I tell you we must die, I tell you we must die…”

That’s right folks! We’ve already brought you the BarWhiz Blog’s Top Beer Festivals, as well as the Top Wine Festivals from all over the globe. Today we bring to you the Top Whiskey Festivals.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz Blog Picks for the World’s Top Whiskey Festivals:

***Please note: Due to the overwhelming amount of amazing whiskey festivals out there we’ve decided to limit our selection to just a few of those on the list that will be happening this calendar year.***

Jura Distillery Whiskey Festival – Jura, Scotland (May 29th – 30th, 2013)

It’s not too late to join the Jura Distillery to celebrate their 50th year anniversary with, what some are saying, will be the greatest whisky festival ever! They will have four new bottlings to try, including a pre-release of their 40-year-old whisky. Not to mention interactive sessions held by some of the best whisky experts around. There will also be local food, music and distillery tours available. So what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Scotland today and experience this once in a lifetime whisky festival.

Bushmills Live – Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (June 19th – 20th, 2013)

Okay, so this is not so much a whisky festival as it is a music festival, and even though whisky didn’t make our Most Popular Drinks At A Music Festival list, knowing that this festival is put on by Bushmills, there is certainly to be a lot of whisky flowing. This festival will provide 500 lucky whisky fans the chance to sip some handcrafted whisky while listening to some amazing musicians, all the while taking in the Old Bushmills Distillery. Sounds like a pretty amazing whisky festival to me!

Whiskey Rebellion Festival – Washington, PA (July 11th – 13th, 2013)

Back in the good ole days of America’s beginnings, when George Washington was commander and chief, a new tax was being placed on farmers who sold their grain in the form of whisky. Something they strongly resented. So much so that protesters violently opposed the new tax, going as so far as tarring and feathering tax collectors. Today things are much more peaceful, but for three days each year in Washington, PA the Rebellion holds true. The Whisky Rebellion Festival celebrates the historical significance of the protest, with re-enactments of the tarring and feathering of tax collectors, parades, live music, food, and of course good ole fashioned whiskey drinking. This is definitely not your whisky connoisseurs festival.

Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest – Bend, OR (August 30th – 31st, 2013)

Originally starting out as a beer festival for craft brewers who understood the importance of aging their brews in oaken casks, this festival has recently open its palate to include those for the taste of a fine whiskey. Taking place next to the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Bend, OR will be transformed into a whiskey tasting paradise, and will include a wide selection of some of the finest small batch American bourbons and ryes.

Speyside Whisky Festival – Dufftown, Scotland (September 26th – 30th, 2013)

The Speyside Whisky Festival is unique in that the tastings are not centrally located. During this festival several distilleries, many who are not open to the public, throw open their doors and invite whisky connoisseurs of all walks of life to sample a wide selection of fine malts. Through the festival mini-bus trips are planned to allow festivalgoers the chance to experience what each distillery has to offer. The most notable tour is the Seven Stills Tour, which includes all of Dufftown’s distilleries on a single trip.

Whisky Live Festival – TBD, South Africa (October 2013)

As of the date of publication for this post the Whisky Live Festival had yet to release any details of the 11th annual festival, but if it is anything like 2012 you are sure to be in for the time of your life. Billed as the “the benchmark for spirit shows globally” by award-winning whisky writer Dave Broom, the Whisky Live Festival has built itself a reputation as being the largest, liveliest and most entertaining whisky festival, not only in South Africa, but also the world. This is definitely the must attend event of the year.

International Whisky Festival – The Hague, Netherlands (November 15th – 17th, 2013)

The Grote Kerk in The Hague, Netherlands hosts the International Whisky Festival each year, and with over a hundred brands of whiskies available for tasting, this makes for one of the most spectacular festivals of its kind. The festival also offers the opportunity to learn more about whisky with their selection of Master classes, hosted by both Dutch and English speaking whisky experts. If you don’t want to spend the entire festival in a dusty old church you can always hop aboard the Whisky Tram and see the sites of The Hague while enjoying some single Scottish malts.

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Most Popular Drinks At A Music Festival


Spring has finally sprung, and with the onset of the warm weather, for those of us north of the equator, it means we can finally enjoy a cold one outdoors. From outdoor patios to backyard parties one of the best places to enjoy a refreshing ice-cold drink is at an outdoor music festival.

Before we divulge the list of the most popular drinks at a music festival we’d first like to provide you with some words of caution. There are many key elements to surviving a music festival, especially a multi-day one. Remember, it’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. So pace yourself and above all, remember to hydrate.

The majority of music festivals have a strict no outdoor alcohol permitted policy, so unfortunately you’ll have to stick with drinking what is available. If you’re more of the unscrupulous type you can always try one of these 6 inventions to smuggle booze into festivals… but if you get caught you didn’t hear that from us. Now on with the drinks:

#1 – Beer

By far the most popular, and most accessible drink at a music festival is of course beer. Whether it comes on tap, in the bottle or in the can no music festival experience is complete with a plastic cup of frothy goodness.

#2 – Wine

For the higher classed drinker, or just those of you that don’t like a cold refreshing beer, the second most popular music festival drink is wine. If you don’t want the dreaded black-teeth of red wine, we suggest sticking with the white.

#3 – Coolers

Coolers, whether wine, vodka or some other kind of sugar laden beverage is another popular drink for many festival-goers. Even if you don’t like coolers, at any given moment you may be Bro Iced, so be prepared and be careful out there.

#4 – Cocktails

Although not the most popular drink at a music festival, they can be the most delicious, and most dangerous. If the music festival you are attending offers cocktails, make sure you following our words of caution: pace yourself and stay hydrated.

#5 – Specialty Drinks

As alluded to, you typically don’t have too many options when it comes to types of drinks you can purchase at a music festival, so sometimes you have to improvise and create your own. With a plastic glass of beer, some ice and a can of el Jimadore (or any other premixed margarita) you can make your very own Beergarita!

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How To Read The Economy Based On Sales Of Alcohol


When our current recession began way back in 2008, people began scaling back on all non-essential items, from big-ticket items such as cars, real estate and vacations, to smaller expenses like eating and drinking out. One of the industries that seemed to be recession proof was, and continues to be, the alcohol industry.

Even while the unemployment rate soared, alcohol sales have consistently risen each year since 2008. However, the key to reading the economy based on sales of alcohol is not how much people are purchasing, but rather what brands they are purchasing and where they are consuming their alcohol.

In the summer of 2008, PennLive.com, a comprehensive news and information website for Central Pennsylvania released an article, “Alcohol sales thrive in bad economy – July 12, 2008″. In it, vice president in client service and beverage alcohol for Nielsen’s polling service Danny Brager stated that, “Alcoholic beverages are withstanding the economic slowdown very well, compared to other categories that might be considered indulgent or non-necessities. To many consumers, alcoholic beverages are an affordable luxury.”

A year later, the Maneater, the official student newspaper of the University of Missouri, reported in their article, “As economy flops, alcohol sales soar – March 10, 2009″, that the sales of alcohol continued to rise. According to the article, in 2008 both Pennsylvania and Connecticut reported a rise of 4.7% in alcohol sales. The Division of Liquor Control for the Ohio Department of Commerce also reported that alcohol sales rose 4.75% from 2007 to 2008.

By 2009, it was also apparent that the alcohol shopping habits of consumers had changed, as shown by this quote from Victor George, the owner of Stadium Market, “If we’ve seen anything, it’s not less sales, but we’ve just been selling less expensive liquor.” George went on to say that the lower-end vodkas had been selling better than the high-end ones.

Jump ahead two years to 2011 and the story hadn’t changed much. Alcohol sales were up by nearly 10%, and consumers were purchasing, and consuming, more fiscally minded. In the article released by CNN Money, entitled, “Alcohol sales thrive in hard times – June 9, 2011″, Esther Kwon, the alcohol industry analyst for Standard & Poor’s, had this to say, “People will buy less and they will move to different venues, meaning moving to home instead of a bar. But people will continue to drink, regardless.”

By the end 2012, it began to look like there may be a chance for economic recovery, as reported in the Royal Gazette’s article, “Surging liquor sales defy recession – November 22, 2012″. They reported that, “according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the US, sales of “high-end” alcohol increased in by 5.3 percent in 2011. In 2009, high-end alcohol sales decreased by 3.5 percent.”

As of January 2013, there were more signs of economic recovery. Not only were sales of high-end alcohol on the rise, up 15.9% for super premium vodkas, as reported by Time Magazine (” Cheers! Increase in Liquor Sales Bodes Well for Economic Recovery – Jan. 31, 2012″), but wholesale liquors were also on the rise. According to Matt Mullins, a spokesperson for the Department of Liquor Control, “The wholesale of liquor to restaurants and bars is a good indicator of the strength of the economy,” Mullins said. “We have seen the wholesale of liquor to restaurants and bars increase the past two years.” (From: “Alcohol sales may indicate improving economy – January 28, 2013″).

To further the positive outlook of the economic rebound based on alcohol sales, the Time article also mentioned David Ozgo, chief economist for DISCUS, stating that consumers are once again purchasing high-end spirits, which indicates, “a classic pattern we see during a recovery. During a recession, we see consumers go to value brands”.

This shift from consumers buying low-end value brands to purchasing high-end brands, both in the liquor stores and in restaurants and bars, can be seen as a very positive sign for economic recovery, both for bars, liquor stores, spirits manufacturers, and even the economy as a whole.

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The Newbie’s Guide To Surviving A Bar Brawl

 
Fight Club

Here at the BarWhiz blog we talk a lot about the best party cities, the best cocktail recipes, and even the best way to pickup a girl in a bar. Seeing as all three could very well be a recipe for disaster, alcohol sometimes brings out the worst in people, today we are going to talk about the best way to survive a bar fight.

#1 – It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

1 – It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint

In other words, pace yourself with your alcohol. We all know that the sauce can do crazy things to some people, and although you may be a happy drunk the guy sitting next to you might be the complete opposite. Your good natured sarcastic comment could very well land you in the middle of a bar brawl, so if you pace yourself, you may have an advantage against your opponent.

#2 – Walk Away

walking out the door

Probably the best way to survive a bar brawl is to not get into one in the first place. Sometimes that can be easier said than done, but if you have the ability to do so, just walk away. Bar fights typically stem from some sort of intoxicated misunderstanding, so be the bigger person and leave. Just make sure you don’t turn your back on the hostile drunkard as you do so.

#3 – Use Your Powers Of Reasoning

Funny Pictures

Although not the easiest thing to do when dealing with an over-agitated, hypersensitive, intoxicated individual, but if you are unable to walk away try using your powers of reasoning before the fists, or bottles, start to fly.

#4 – Seek Help

4 – Seek Help

If your gift of the gab is getting you nowhere, you still have another option to save your hide before it comes down to fisticuffs. Bar staff is used to dealing with intoxicated and aggressive individuals, and for the most part, bar fights aren’t good for business. So seek out the assistance of the bouncers or even the bartender, it is their responsibility to eject the individual, not yours.

#5 – Prepare For The Attack

5 – Prepare For The Attack

If nothing is working up until this point it is time to prepare for the inevitable attack. Get yourself in a defensive posture, one that is not menacing – you don’t want to look like you are encouraging the fight. Firmly plant your feet, lean forward slightly and position your open hands, palms forward, by your face. As one last ditch attempt to stop the fight loudly say, “Stay back! I don’t want to fight you!” Worst-case scenario, you will draw the attention of onlookers, who can be used as potential witnesses to vouch for your self-defence claim, if things should become ugly. Best case, the attacker will either back down or the bar staff will intervene.

#6 – Prepare For The Attack (2)

6 – Stay Alert

Strength in numbers usually prevails, so even the drunkest of bar bullies will usually not start a fight unless they are confident in the support of their friends, should the fight not turn in their favor. You will need to stay alert, keeping an eye on both your attacker and those people around you. It is also a good idea to know where all the exits are located, should you have the opportunity to make a quick getaway.

#7 – Act Crazy

Crazy Face with Sunburn

You are now locked eye-to-eye with your opponent and there is no turning back. Your only hope is that the bar staff, or the attacker’s more level-headed friends, will intervene before the fight can begin. You still have one more option however. You can try to make the drunkard back down by acting crazy. So give your best and loudest war cry. If it doesn’t intimidate your opponent at least it will draw more attention to you.

#8 – Defence Is The Best Offence

8 – Defence Is The Best Offence

Being on the defensive is a not only a great tactic for self-survival, but it will also help you if and when the law gets involved. If you are seen to throw the first punch, more often than not, you will be considered the instigator. Not only will you get ejected from the bar, or worse banned, but you may also face legal ramifications. So be on the defence and keep moving, it’s harder to strike a moving target. Look for cues when your attacker is going to throw a punch. If you followed the advice in the first tip you shouldn’t have a difficult time dodging what comes at you.

#9 – Act Decisively

Face

You can only stay on the defensive for so long. If help has yet to arrive you may have to take matters into your own hands. Counter your defence with an offensive attack. It greatly helps if onlookers have witnessed that your attacker has landed the first punch, but this doesn’t mean you have to take one square in the face. As Zaron Burnett III advices, “When it comes to getting hit… counter to every instinct you have, don’t avoid it. Instead move towards it. When some dude throws an obvious punch, shove your forehead at his fist. This will hurt him far more than it does you. Then when your attacker recoils in pain- it’s your turn to swing.”

#10 – There Are No Rules In A Bar Fight

Punch in the Throat!

For good or for ill, you are now fully committed to this bar fight, at least until the bouncers break it up or one of you goes down. The trick is to make sure that your attacker is the first to hit the floor. In order to survive you must keep fighting until one of these things happens. Remember, there are no rules in a bar fight, so strike vulnerable areas first. A head butt to the chin, knee to the groin or even thumb to the armpit will not only be unexpected, but it will also hurt like hell. You can also use your open palm, targeting the bridge of the nose or even the throat. It’s amazing how fast a bar fight ends when your opponent realizes he is having trouble breathing. It’s also not a bad idea to continually scream, “Stop! I do not want to fight you!” throughout the ordeal, even while you are pummelling your opponent. Surviving a bar brawl is not only about getting out with your skin intact, it’s also about saving you from spending a night in jail, or worse.

#11 – Protect Yourself From Weapons

whisky and bar fights... I

One of the biggest risks of committing to a bar fight is the use of weapons, and we are not only talking about the conventional type, such as guns and knives. In a bar, everything is a potential weapon, from bottles and beer mugs to pool cues and barstools. You not only have to worry about your opponent drawing a weapon, but also their friends. This is why staying alert is so important. If a weapon is drawn try to distance your self as much as possible from the person wielding it. You should never use a weapon yourself, not only for the legalities involved, but also the weapon can always be knocked from your hands and used against you. If you can’t get a physical barrier between you and the weapon-wielding attacker, use a chair or barstool to keep them at bay until the help arrives.

#12 – Fending Off Multiple Attackers

12 – Fending Off Multiple Attackers

There may come a point in the bar fight, especially if you are winning, when you may have to face multiple attackers. If this happens your best defence is to keep your back against a wall so no one can attack you from behind. Just as in dealing with an attacker wielding a weapon, try to distance yourself and get some form of physical barrier in between yourself and the attackers. The most important thing here is to make sure you stay on your feet, if you fall you’re done for.

Although we may have given you some of the worst-case scenarios, for the most part bars can still be a very fun and safe place to party. The staff will do their best to break-up any fights that occur as quickly as possible. However, in the advent that you have to commit yourself to a bar brawl, stay alert, be on the defence and remember, the best way to survive a bar brawl is to not get into one is the first place. So be the bigger person, and just walk away.

Author: Corey Rozon

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Periodic Table of Alcohol

Welcome to BarWhiz, where we always like to talk about parties, nightlife and of course alcohol.

Whether you’re a regular drinker or just like a cocktail every now and then, you might find yourself missing the ingredients, curious about knowing more beverages and wishing you had some visual aid.

We’ve decided to gather some popular alcoholic drinks and make an easy visual aid, with this periodic table, you can find recipes for a lot of popular cocktails, or simply read about some new alcoholic beverages you don’t know.

Please let us now what you think in the comment section. Enjoy!

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Top 22 Countries To Open A Bar [Infographic]

According to a recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe is the booziest area on the planet, as can been seen by the following chart:

Alcohol Consumption By Country

Global Alcohol Consumption by Country - World  Map

According to the data, there are 22 countries that consume, on average, 12.5 litres and over per person. So if you are looking to open a bar, these saucy countries might be a good place to start.

You might be saying to yourself, “But wait, what kind of bar should you open? Should it be a wine bar, a martini bar or a pub?” Well I’m glad you asked.

We’ve taken the research a bit further to find out, by country, what these booze hounds really like to drink. No need to thank us, just buy us a beer, or four, at the bar sometime.

1. Austria

Wine – 32%
Beer – 53%
Spirits – 13%
Other – 2%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Vienna

2. Belarus

Wine – 9%
Beer – 20%
Spirits – 43%
Other – 28%

Best type of bar to open: Cocktail Bar
Best city to open your bar: Minsk

3. Croatia

Wine – 47%
Beer – 37%
Spirits – 15%
Other – 1%

Best type of bar to open: Wine Bar
Best city to open your bar: Hvar

4. Czech Republic

Wine – 16%
Beer – 57%
Spirits – 24%
Other – 3%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Prague

5. Denmark

Wine – 39%
Beer – 45%
Spirits – 16%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Copenhagen

6. Estonia

Wine – 7%
Beer – 34%
Spirits – 57%
Other – 2%

Best type of bar to open: Cocktail Bar
Best city to open your bar: Tallinn

7. Finland

Wine – 23%
Beer – 46%
Spirits – 28%
Other – 3%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Helsinki

8. France

Wine – 62%
Beer – 17%
Spirits – 20%
Other – 1%

Best type of bar to open: Wine Bar
Best city to open your bar: Paris

9. Germany

Wine – 27%
Beer – 53%
Spirits – 20%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Munich

10. Hungary

Wine – 40%
Beer – 35%
Spirits – 24%
Other – 1%

Best type of bar to open: Wine Bar
Best city to open your bar: Budapest

11. Ireland

Wine – 20%
Beer – 53%
Spirits – 19%
Other – 8%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Dublin

12. Latvia

Wine – 10%
Beer – 33%
Spirits – 56%
Other – 1%

Best type of bar to open: Cocktail Bar
Best city to open your bar: Riga

13. Lithuania

Wine – 14%
Beer – 45%
Spirits – 36%
Other – 5%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Vilnius

14. Moldova

Wine – 36%
Beer – 37%
Spirits – 33%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Any type of Bar
Best city to open your bar: Chisinau

15. Poland

Wine – 13%
Beer – 56%
Spirits – 31%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: Krakow

16. Portugal

Wine – 55%
Beer – 31%
Spirits – 10%
Other – 4%

Best type of bar to open: Wine Bar
Best city to open your bar: Lisbon

17. Romania

Wine – 22%
Beer – 39%
Spirits – 39%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Any type of Bar
Best city to open your bar: Belgrade

20. Slovakia

Wine – 15%
Beer – 36%
Spirits – 49%
Other – n/a

Best type of bar to open: Cocktail Bar
Best city to open your bar: Bratislava

21. UK

Wine – 30%
Beer – 43%
Spirits – 21%
Other – 6%

Best type of bar to open: Pub (Bar focusing on Beer)
Best city to open your bar: London

22. Ukraine

Wine – 7%
Beer – 32%
Spirits – 61%
Other – 1%

Best type of bar to open: Cocktail Bar
Best city to open your bar: Kiev

Author: Corey Rozon

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