Alcohol Drinks

Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Beer Just Became A Reality

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Fans of Guinness will have a new entry into the iconic line of stouts to drool over. 

The brand has added an all-new beverage in the form of Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer

This nitrogen-based drink is an amalgam of roast coffee cold brew and Guinness’s bold stout flavors, along with the rich notes of espresso, chocolate, and caramel. 

While coffee-flavored, the Nitro Cold Brew beer will feature no added caffeine outside of the natural flavoring and boast a 4% ABV. 

Guinness’ Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer is now a permanent addition to the Guinness line of beverages. It made its debut in March and is currently expanding to more stores nationwide and internationally within the next year. 


Guinness Brews Limited-Edition Gingerbread Stout For Holidays

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Guinness is releasing two new beers that are sure to brighten the mood on an expectedly bleak holiday season for anyone who lives and breathes stouts. 

The new Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout takes the warm flavors of gingerbread and bakes them straight into your beer. Brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the stout boasts an 11% ABV. Holiday pairing suggestions for the gingerbread stout include roasted pork with fig, vanilla pan cotta, or creme brûlée. 

I might just have it with some Little Ceasars this holiday if we’re being honest. 

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Also joining shelves will be Guinness’ barrel-aged Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels, which features notes of chocolate, bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. At 10.5% ABV, the Imperial Stout boasts an oaky finish. 

You can find these two new Guinness stouts at retailers nationwide for a limited time. Not gonna lie. That gingerbread stout sounds delightful. 

Alcohol Beer Brand Cravings Sweets

These Boozy Chocolates Are What You Need To Get Through The Holidays

Christmas is fast-approaching with retailers being swarmed by mobs of holiday shoppers. If you’re like me, you probably wait until the last minute to grab gifts, wrongly assuming a strategic edge. No matter your approach, finding the perfect presents can be a tad stressful. New babies tend to pop out yearly and shoe sizes grow quicker than heavy snowfall. It’s worth it of course, few things bring more joy than the smile on a loved ones face after receiving the perfect gift. 

Furthermore, along with joy, the holiday season always offers treats to help take the edge off. Spiked eggnog is an obvious favorite. Rum cake is another. For true sweet and slizzard spirits, boozy confections are definitely this year’s go-to. These clever creations contain enough alcohol content to give your Santa hat an extra lean. Below are a list of boozy chocolates that are sure to get you through the holiday hooplah:

1. Cognac Pine Cone

andSons’ Cognac Pine Cones are crafted to be the perfect balance of French Delamain and 61% dark chocolate ganache. Two pieces come in each box at a retail price of $15.50. 

2. Eggnog Snowmen Box

Hand-painted with care, andSon’s Eggnog Snowmen Box offers a fun take on a holiday confection. Each snowman is made with Tahitian vanilla eggnog white chocolate ganache, nutmeg and a touch of rum. Try taking a bite of one and saying that three times fast. You have the option of purchasing a box set of 6 or 13 at $19.50 and $39.50 respectively.

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3. Anthon Berg Liquor Bottles

Featuring a wide selection of premium liquor brands like Remy Martin, Cointreau and Grand Marnier, there’s no better companion for your holiday sweet tooth. These miniature bottle shaped treats are made with delectable dark chocolate and have an alcohol content that ranges from 2.5%-5%. A box of 16 bottles will run you just under $25.

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4. The Cocktail Menu by Butler’s Chocolates

These cocktail inspired chocolates are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred. Including 8 varieties of popular cocktails like Espresso Martini, Classic Gin Martini and Whiskey Sour. You can be the life of the mixer with this Great Taste Award winning box for just $20.  

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5. Guinness Liqueur Chocolate Pints

What better way to show your love for beer than with these pint-sized Guinness liqueur-filled candies? Crafted in Ireland, each piece is 2.29oz and made with delicious dark and white chocolate. Grab a round at your local World Market for under $10. 

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6. Baileys Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

This 10 oz jar of creamy delight comes packed with Dutch cocoa, sweet butter and Baileys. It’s the perfect topping for holiday desserts like ice cream and cake. True chocolate fiends can enjoy it by the spoonful for $12.95.

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7. Poire Williams Pear Chocolate Liqueurs

Why dip your fruit into chocolate sauce this holiday season when you can have fruit shaped chocolate with a saucy interior? This pear-shaped dark chocolate is filled with Poire Williams Brandy which is distilled from Bartlett pears, a unique pear liqueur known for its intense flavor of sweet, ripe pears. Each gift box is just $17.95.

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8. Jack Daniels’ Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar is pretty self explanatory. Made with Swiss milk chocolate, you can have your syrupy choice of Jack Daniels’ Black Label or their sweeter Tennessee Honey for $10.95.

As you can see, your sweet tooth is covered this holiday season. If you’re still trying to figure out a holiday gift for those special someones, look no further than these selections of boozy confections. Getting chocolate wasted will take on a whole new meaning this Christmas.

Alcohol Beer Culture

This Is Why We Drink On St. Patrick’s Day

Americans are notorious for finding excuses to drink, as evident by happy hours and even Taco Tuesdays. If there’s anything that even remotely resembles a holiday, it’s a great reason to drink. We even gladly accept holidays from other cultures if it means we can pop open a brewski with our friends.

The Irish have a reputation for having a good time with alcohol as well, so it makes sense to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night of drinking, as was the tradition in the Middle Ages.

USC Professor Lisa Bitel, who is an expert on St. Patrick’s Day, said the reason people started drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, was simply because it was a feast day in Ireland.

“In Ireland… when you had a feast day, especially for a national saint, it’d be a great day for celebration, and people would eat and drink,” Bitel said.

Even in Medieval Times, the Irish were just like us, looking for any opportunity to celebrate. But here in the U.S., we’ve seemingly upped the ante on the festivities.

“It’s compounded by the English characterization of the Irish as drunkards,” Bitel said. “That’s an old one.”

While the origins of St. Patrick’s Day drinking can be linked back to Irish celebrations in the 15th century, it has totally become Americanized since then, what with the parades and green-clad parties.

Heck, until the 1970s, pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick’s Day, so there probably wasn’t the rampant drinking you’d expect on the holiday.

Don’t let that fool you, though. The Irish still have a solid reputation for their drinking, as Bitel said there are English government accounts from the 1500s where complaints came down of the Irish introducing English troops to whiskey and getting super lit with them.

It’s all a global party now. Even Ireland does big parades, too, granted they might be mostly attended by Americans, but it’s a parade nonetheless.

You probably could have guessed that we took another country’s culture, blew it up, and made it something way bigger than it probably should be, but if the Irish were cool with feasting and drinking to celebrate the patron saint, then we sure as hell can chug a Guinness and do the same here in the America.


Hard Rock Cafe Created A Burger With Whiskey Bacon Jam And Guinness Beer Cheese For St. Paddy’s Day


With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we’re seeing tons of Irish-themed food items it restaurant menus. One that caught our eye is Hard Rock Cafe’s newest burger.

The Guinness & Jameson Bacon Cheeseburger boasts an Angus Beef patty that’s topped with Jameson Irish Whiskey bacon jam. It also features tomatoes and seasoned arugula drenched in a Guinness Stout cheese sauce.

Patrons can get the new burger with regular seasoned fries, or an upgrade that gets those very fries doused in Guinness cheese sauce and bacon. The burger meal is paired with Guinness Stout.

The Guinness & Jameson Bacon Cheeseburger is available now at all participating Hard Rock Cafe locations through April 10.

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Scientists Discover Foam Discourages Drink Spillage

I love millennial scientists.

As much as I desperately want revolutionary battery life and cures for diseases, it’s always great when an experiment comes from a bar and Starbucks.

For Emilie Dressaire, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, inspiration came in the form of a latte, and for Alban Sauret, researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, it was a Guinness.

Both, along with several colleagues, had noticed and were intrigued by the damping effect foam has on beverages and how that facilitates carrying them.

In a paper recently published by the American Institute of Physics and co-authored by François Boulogne, these researchers discovered that foam (from your latte or a stout) minimizes sloshing. By carefully adding one layer of foam at a time, they saw that five layers of foam (15mL or 3 teaspoons) correlated with less movement from the liquid beneath it by tenfold.

More foam didn’t have a significant effect on the liquid sloshing, nor did foam in the middle of the glass. The foam clinging to the sides of the glass are what dampens sharp movements from the liquid.

While this has larger implications for the way we transport substances like fuel, we’re more concerned with not spilling hot coffee all over ourselves and not looking like sloppy drunks on our third sixth eighth beer.


Packaged Food

Guinness-flavored Potato Chips Are a REAL, Delicious Thing

One of our biggest vices is munching on pretzels, chips, peanuts and any other snacks we can get our hands on when we go drinking. Imagine our delight when we discovered, at the Fancy Food Show, that Burt’s potato chips had their own line of Guinness-flavored chips.
Not only do they come with the original flavor of Guinness, but also a Rich Beef Chili option. Because nothing washes down a nice, hearty bowl of chili like a glass of beer, it’s understandable that Guinness would want to combine the two.
Verdict: Not bad. Not bad at all.
The chips are thick cut and hand-cooked, seasoned with roasted barley and hops. Together, these make them taste pretty much like the bittersweet stout from Ireland. They can be found at UK retailers in various sizes or purchased online.
We’re hoping, however, we don’t see any beef chili Guinness cans in the booze aisle anytime soon.

Guinness Experiments with New Blonde American Lager


Our neighbors across the pond are heading stateside for their latest offering: Guinness Blonde American Lager. Guinness’ parent company Diageo teamed up with City Brewing Company — a contract brewery operating in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee — to craft the new beer made with Mosaic and Willamette American hops.

The brand touts the blonde as a “crisp, refreshing tasting beer with a rich, delicious flavor, brewed in America in the Guinness traditions”. Expect to see the lager roll out in 12 oz bottles and on draft. While the exact launch is still hush hush, Beer Street Journal predicts it will be sometime this August.

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