A Very Whiskey Christmas

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The Vaportini Liquor Inhaler is exactly what it sounds like. “About 5 minutes after the vessel containing the spirits is placed on the base, it is ready to consume. The recommended amount of spirits is 1 ounce. One inhales through the straw and holds their breathe for a moment and then exhales.” Apparently, it hits your bloodstream immediately. Higher-proof bourbons, in particular, vape well.  Price: $40


“The Godfather by Mario Puzo Secret Safe Flask Book” comes with a stainless steel 6 oz. flask. It has a magnetic closure so your booze won’t leak. A great novel for great liquid. Price: $56


Sparq Whiskey Stones hhis set of 9 soapstone rocks will keep your whiskey cold — if that’s how you or your guests drink it — without watering it down. These also work well if you’ve got a bottle of unchilled white wine you’re looking to crack open. Price: $20


Whiskey “shaving soap” Scented with whiskey and cederwood, “Portland General Store’s Old Fashioned Wet Shave Soap” is a fine addition to any whiskey-drinker’s toilettree kit. Because, well, why not? Price: $24



Whiskey soap and while you’re at it, get some Dish Whiskey Soap. Sixteen ounces of “barrel-aged, charcoal-filtered, whiskey-inspired sink soap. Now you’ll never not smell like booze. Price: $16



Roly Poly Rocking Whiskey Glasses These hand-blown old fashioned glasses roll around without spilling. Perfect for children, or whiskey. Set of 6. Price: $35


Vintage cigar box with hidden bottles of whiskey It’s quite possible that this gift will make your whiskey drinker doubly happy, as cigars and whiskey often go hand in hand. Price: $75



1 Liter personalized whiskey barrel Maybe your whiskey drinker is more into blue jeans than smoking jackets. In that case, a decanter will not do. Go for this personalized whiskey barrel instead. Price: $60


Whiskey Cask Cabinet This awesome cabinet is made out of an old whiskey barrel, in case you want your entire bar to be whiskey themed. Price: $325


Crystal Skull Head decanter another variation on the decanter, this time with a bit of a morbid twist. Comes with two shot glasses. Perfect for the drinker with whiskey on the brain. Price: $30.43

whiskeyrum-making-kitWhiskey/rum making kit The only thing that compares with drinking great whiskey is making it? This kit allows the whiskey lover in your life to do just that right at home. They can deviate to rum too if they want. Price: $25-$70





Ketchup and Mustard Gun

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This pistol comes with two reusable cartridges that holds any of your favorite condiments, like BBQ sauce, ketchup, *mustard or mayo. All you have to do is load a filled cartridge into the gun, pull the trigger and douse your food BA style.
*Lusty Monk Mustard

The Condiment Gun, $14.99 @Think Geek

Penn State grandma gives a beer bong a whirl

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Whiskey Flasks Made From Classic Nintendo Video Game Cartridges

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nintndo whiskey flask

Ink Whiskey founder Matt Cornell and his team have created The Entertainment Flask, a concealable series of whiskey flasks made from classic Nintendo video game cartridges. They also made some fantastic alcohol-themed labels based on well-known NES video games. Ink Whiskey is raising funds on Kickstarter to help with production costs.


The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar

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The 24 windows each reveal a 3cl sample dram of delicious Premium Whisky. Contents may vary slightly due to the very nature of the premium expressions and single cask goodies that lie herein, but rest assured that there will be a real treat for you every day inside the ultimate advent calendar, whether from a top distillery in Scotland or even from somewhere more exotic…

Available from Master of Malt 

Crime & Punishment Chile-infused Beer

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CRIME-AND-PUNISHMENT-BEER-570Stone Brewing Company’s newest creations, chile-infused, red and green jalapeños, black nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalis. Crime & Punishment is built on a blend of three different brews — Arrogant Bastard Ale, OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Aleonce brewed and infused, and aged in bourbon barrels.


Farmer says beer is for the birds

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TIPSY_TURKEYS_34150511Farmer says beer for birds improves flavor, Turkeys on Joe Morette’s farm in Henniker, N.H., belly up to a trough and drink beer. Morette, who has been giving beer to his birds since 1993, insists the brew makes birds fatter, more flavorful and juicier. “It’s not a strong, gamey flavor; it’s a nice turkey flavor,” he says.

HENNIKER, N.H. — When it comes to pairing beer with poultry, Joe Morette isn’t too fussy. His turkeys will drink just about anything.
Morette, who is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been giving his birds beer since 1993, when he and his workers popped open a few cans after work on a hot July day. A turkey knocked one over and started drinking, he said, and they’ve been sipping the suds ever since.
Morette, who prefers serving the turkeys lager, insists the beer makes birds fatter, more flavorful and juicier.
“Oh, yeah, it’s noticeable,” he said. “It’s not a strong, gamey flavor; it’s a nice turkey flavor.”
Longtime customer Dan Bourque, a Manchester attorney, said he hasn’t had a bad bird yet from Morette. He said the turkeys are far superior to the supermarket varieties.
“We find the gravy is much darker and much tastier,” he said. “The bird overall has a slightly different taste that is very appealing.”
The animal rights group PETA said turkeys shouldn’t be fed beer and “farmers across the country use questionable practices to keep costs down or to alter the taste of animals’ flesh because their priority is profit, not the animals’ welfare.”
But a poultry expert with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension said it is unlikely that the birds are suffering.
“I don’t know exactly how much beer each turkey is consuming, but it would have to be a lot in order for it to kind of have the same effect as too much beer on people,” said Carl Majewski, a field specialist in food and agriculture.
Kathi Brock, national director of Humane Heartland, which oversees the treatment of farm animals, said that standards from the American Humane Association don’t prohibit serving beer to animals.
“I consulted with an avian veterinarian who said that while giving beer to turkeys is not a standard protocol, hops could be beneficial for the intestinal tract,” Brock said.
Morette’s turkeys are not the first animals to consume alcohol. Japanese farmers have been said to feed cattle beer to stimulate their appetites. And a winemaker and farmer in the south of France have experimented with feeding cows the remainders of pressed grapes to produce meat they’ve dubbed “Vinbovin.”
During one recent feeding, Morette’s birds dipped their beaks repeatedly into the foamy liquid in a watering trough. A few minutes later, at least one appeared rather dazed, with eyes narrowed to slits and beer dribbling out of its beak. But the rest seemed alert and no worse for wear.
Holly Ramer,
The Associated Press

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