Drink of the Week: The Band Wagon (TCM Fest Salute #3)

The Bandwagon.For fans of classic era film musicals, 1953’s “The Bandwagon” usually ranks somewhere just below “Singin’ in the Rain” in terms of sheer greatness. Devotees of director Vincente Minelli might even argue it’s somewhat better. At the same time, like it’s competition, the final film I saw at this year’s TCM Fest is not a movie that takes itself seriously. Indeed, the whole point of the film is that even just a little too much gravitas can have some pretty disastrous show business outcomes. It’s also a given by the conclusion that, when something isn’t working, it’s best to throw out your original idea and start something new.

Not unlike the behind-the-scenes story of an initially troubled Broadway musical, my road to creating a decent drink was beset by troubles. To start with, I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I decided to skip a few days drinking, leaving me only a couple of nights to work on this week’s drink.

My problem, once I finally got started, was that I was somewhat overly besotted with one of the lesser known numbers from the film, the adorably mock-Teutonic “I Love Luisa” and its intoxicating refrain, “More beer!” Indeed, I had so much luck with some previous drinks topped off with beer that I was sure my conception was sound. It wasn’t.

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Bag a Stone: Keystone Light’s “Hunt for the Great White Stone” with Chuck Testa

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To us, no beer pitchman was ever as cool as Keith Stone, patron saint of Keystone Light and role model to many. “Always smooth,” Mr. Stone was never harried in his approach to the ladies, and always had an answer for everything, predicated on smoothness, just like Keystone Light.

How could you not love Keith Stone’s “Smooth Musings?” It still makes me long for the taste of a cool, freshly-cracked, crisp, spot-hitting, proprietary blend of awesome that Mr. Stone has been peddling for years, right now, here in the office.

This winter, Keystone Light has come up with the coolest reason to slam light beer that you’ve never thought of – The Hunt for the Great White Stone. Here’s how it works:

You buy an orange 30-pack of Keystone Light. Each one contains three styles of cans:

1) Standard orange hunting cans
2) Cans featuring white antlers
3) The Great White Stone

What is the Great White Stone? The Great White Stone is an elusive white can with the head of a deer buck on it that’s hiding in select orange packs of Keystone Light.

After you bag a Great White Stone, you can artfully mix your orange hunting cans and cans with white antlers to create your own legendary mount that even Keith Stone would be proud of.

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Product Review: The Drinking Jacket

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Before I received the Drinking Jacket for review, I couldn’t even spell the word “neoprene.” But now, after imbibing in its sweet, sensual delights and the life-altering trajectory I’ve been on since we met, I can’t sleep in a bed if the sheets aren’t neoprene with a thread count of 1,000.

Having this jacket added so much fun to my tailgating experience, and made me much stealthier in my approach to entering sporting events with previously purchased libations.

But this isn’t just a jacket that will help you import your favorite export. It’s stylish, goes with anything and is extremely comfortable. Not only that, but it does an amazing job of keeping you warm and your beverages cold.

Let’s go over the highlights:

Bottle Opener Zipper: This was the feature that got the most compliments and the one I used the most. And it isn’t just another light, crappy zipper made by that YKK zipper magnate. This zipper actually has some weight to it for leverage purposes, is long enough to be useful and non-descript enough that no one will notice its true purpose.

Deep Inside Pockets: They are deeper, darker and bigger than you think. Think of them like your ex-girlfriend or ex-spouse – a bottomless pit that is vacant and empty, the depths of which no one can truly see from the outside.

Sunglasses Holder: You don’t realize how important something like this until you spend a cumulative total of over $500 on three separate pairs of shades that you lost at three separate Kansas City Chiefs’ games.

Foldable Drinking Mitts: The end of each sleeve has a hole for your thumb and is intentionally longer to cover your hand. Not only that, but they are lined with slip-resistant drink grips.

Neoprene Beer Koozie Pocket: Go ahead, stick a can or a bottle in there and watch your friends gawk when you whip it out at a choice moment. And, it’s still cold, gurrrl.

I.D. & Money Pocket: Located on the right sleeve just below the shoulder, this will help you “shoulder” the responsibilities of the day; namely, not losing your identification or your scrilla. It’s genius because it’s a pocket you won’t need for anything else (and that you can’t easily access once you enter “Full Retard” mode), and that you won’t mindlessly shove stuff into during your excursion.

In total, the Drinking Jacket has 12 features that you didn’t even know you needed, until now. You guys, you need this in your life. Buy it via the website here.

  

Product Review: Bud Light’s Bud-E Fridge

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The most difficult part of ushering the new Bud-E Fridge into my life was fitting it into my car. Once that was sorted, the smoothness took hold. The Bud-E Fridge will gently force your life to conform around your love of Bud Light.

This month, Bud Light launched the ultimate in smart technology innovation: the Bud-E Fridge. It’s a first-of-its-kind home smart refrigerator that enables you to view real-time information from your fridge via your phone, no matter where you are.

Developed from the ground up by Bud Light, the Bud-E Fridge provides you with real time updates – including the number of Bud Lights in your fridge, temperature and even when your favorite sports teams’ games are approaching – to make sure you never run out of Bud Light.

The interesting thing about the Bud-E fridge is the way people reacted to it. Without alerting house guests of its presence, I ushered them into my living room quietly to gauge their natural, organic reactions, and every single person smiled and laughed immediately when they saw it. Half of them asked for a Bud Light, which I happily served.

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The coolest physical feature of the fridge is the LED readout on the outside front of the door, which displays the exact number of Bud Lights you have in your fridge (seven at time of publication) at that exact moment in time. Go ahead, help yourself to a BL, and let the door close. Notice anything? The Bud-E fridge LED readout subtracts from your overall total and makes a sad sort of “wah-wah” sound as the number decreases.

The coolest non-physical feature is the Bud-E app. From your smartphone, numerous features are available. You can see exactly how many Bud Lights are in your fridge to plan a potentially necessary trip to the store, and the Bud-E Alarm sends a push notification that lets you know when someone is getting into your fridge and reducing your precious stock of ice cold beer.

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Summer grilling with Guinness Blonde American Lager

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They say that blondes have more fun, and we were given a chance to test that theory when Guinness sent over some samples of the latest addition to their beer family – Guinness Blonde American Lager – and challenged us to come up with the best summer barbeque dish to pair alongside it. After taking just a few sips of the crisp, savory beer, which “blends floral and citrus notes with a unique biscuit malt flavor,” we quickly realized that, unlike their heavier stouts, this would go well with just about any summertime dish.

So we decided to keep it simple and make a classic burger-and-fries combo, because Guinness Blonde – which is produced in Latrobe, Pennsylvania – is described as an American lager, and what’s more American than that? It’s something that anyone with a grill and basic cooking skills can make, and it tastes even better with gourmet burgers from Omaha Steaks, who graciously provided the meat for the challenge.

Granted, our finished dish probably won’t be winning any awards for originality, but we tried to get a little creative with our all-beef burger, which was topped with Guinness Blonde-infused BBQ sauce (yeah, we went there), Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese and crispy onion straws on a brioche bun. We paired our BBQ burger with grilled corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes and, of course, a bottle of Guinness Blonde American Lager, and it was every bit as delicious as it looks in the picture below.

For more about Guinness Blonde American Lager, be sure to follow Guinness on Twitter at @GuinnessUS and use #BlondeBBQChallenge to show off your own food pairings. And for other Guinness-inspired dish ideas, check out GuinnessHooley.com.

  

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