A recent change of computers and operating systems has slowed me down a bit of late, so I thought I’d jump back into the blog with a quick summary of a few items that caught my eye in between episodes of database collapse and fits of uncontrolled cursing:
- A company called Havana Beverages is promoting what they call the “Easy Mint Julep,” composed by simply mixing one part bourbon with three parts Havana Mojito, a cane sugar sweetened soda designed to taste like a Mojito without the rum. I haven’t tasted it yet, so I’ll reserve comment – save to say that no reputable Mint Julep recipe I’ve ever come across calls for lime – but the press release put me in mind of this hilarious video clip.
- Pabst Brewing has unveiled plans to resuscitate the one time king-of-the-hill brand, Schlitz. Accompanied by the tag line “Go for the Gusto,” the beer has been reformulated to its recipe from the 1960 and packaged in an old-style long neck bottle with retro-looking label. Again, not something I’ve yet tried, so I’ll reserve further comment.
- Miller Brewing has decided to take its previously test marketed Miller Lite Brewers Collection national, beginning this fall. This is something I have tasted – although not the Amber, samples of which froze solid and subsequently leaked half their contents during shipping – and so I can comment on what you can expect. The Wheat has a nose resembling something akin to the canned fruit salad my mother used to serve and a sweet, citrusy body that both dries and thins towards the finish, while the Blonde Ale offers a lightly toasty, faintly hoppy nose and just off-dry, mildly toffee-ish body that ands with a reassuring hit of mild bitterness. Both are thin-bodied, which presumably will help them appeal to light beer drinkers seeking to “trade up,” but I think calling them “craft-style,” as did the original press release, is stretching reality more than just a bit.
- And finally, the unfortunate news has just come in via Associated Press that the proposal to make the Sazerac the official cocktail of Louisiana has been rejected by the state Senate. According to the report, three senators declared that it would “send the wrong message” about the state if they were to honor an alcoholic beverage. My question: Don’t these boobs know where they live!?