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How To Pour The Perfect Beer In 9 Easy Steps

This video is an instructional video from the Stella Artois brewery in Belgium. In this video you will learn how to pour the perfect beer in nine easy steps. That’s all … just nine steps. If the bar is busy all bets are off.

You are bound to get thirstier watching your bartender go through this ritual for every Stella poured. But, on the other hand, wouldn’t you like the next person who pours you a beer to take this much care? Cheers!

A Sailor’s Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet

Sailor Martin, as described by his creator and “handler”, is an unspeakably vile tattooed and pierced sailor (ventriloquist dummy) who stars in some very funny video mash-ups of vintage songs and public domain films.

In this hilarious short film, Sailor Martin gives us what could only be described as a sailor’s tour of the liquor cabinet. Hang on for a wild ride as you discover some new cocktail recipes with Sailor Martin!

Using Beer To Explain Our Tax System

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our  taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay  $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest)  would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.” Drinks for the ten now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But, if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing.
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four
continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” ”Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!” “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!” ”Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they all discovered something very important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Beer Has A Huge Pint-Sized Problem!

You’ve just paid $3.00 per gallon for gasoline. So, if there is any money left in your pocket, you just might stop at your favorite tavern on the way home for a frosty $5.00 pint of beer. But wait, that pint of beer you are accustomed to drinking has been shrunk to 14 ounces and you paid for a pint – 16 ounces. D’oh!

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The beer industry has slowly raised prices over the past few years as the price of hops and barley has risen dramatically. The increased cost of brewing beer is now being passed along to taverns and restaurants which has lead some dispensers of the golden liquid to start “short pouring” their customers by using smaller 14 ounce “pint” glasses called “falsies” or “cheater pints.” This is reminiscent of when coffee manufacturers resized the pound of coffee to 13 ounces by not filling coffee cans with an honest pound.  Some establishments are even dispensing beer as a “profit pour” by using the foam to occupy more space in the cheater glass. Beer drinkers have noticed and they are starting to complain.

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Not only are the beer drinkers complaining, they are fighting back. Websites and discussion forums dedicated to the subject of beer are now directly exposing bars and restaurants that engage in the use of the 14 ounce falsie beer glasses while giving free advertising plugs to those who still pour an honest pint of beer. The founder of BeerAdvocate Magazine is urging beer drinkers to “raise a fist and refuse to pay” when served a short poured pint of beer. If that’s not your style, then next time you feel shorted on your pint, ask for a “top-off” after the foam on their profit pour has settled. After the initial surprise of being caught cheating, the bartender will probably just give you the beer.

The Bunny Dip

Playboy Bunnies were cocktail waitresses at the Playboy Club. Originally open from 1960 to 1988, except for a short revival in Las Vegas from 2006 to 2012, the Playboy Club no longer exists.

The Bunnies had to know 143 brands of liquor and how to garnish over 20 cocktail recipe variations. In addition, the Bunnies had to learn certain maneuvers to work at the Playboy Club. They had to stand a certain way in front of customers. This was called the “Bunny Stance.” While resting or waiting in the club, a Bunny had to sit on the back of a chair or rail without sitting too close to the customers. This was called the “Bunny Perch.”

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The most famous requirement of the Bunnies though, was slick movement called the “Bunny Dip.” To perform this action, the Bunny had to lean backwards very gracefully while bending at the knees with the left knee lifted up and tucked behind the other leg.

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The Bunny Dip was conceived in order to allow the Bunny to serve cocktails while keeping her very low-cut Bunny costume in place. A very clever maneuver indeed, although it most certainly deprived the men at the club of the buxom views they were seeking. But then again, that’s what the magazine was for right?

Bar Bell

Ring out for another round!

Place this old-fashioned bar bell behind your home bar, in rumpus room, kitchen. Hammer jumps up and clangs bell when you pull the leather thong. Watch them come running for a few “brews!”

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Bright red wood with silk screened message that encourages hospitality and frivolity! Convenient wall hanger. 7 x 3 1/2″.

A most unusual stocking stuffer.

7806 – Bar Bell . . . . . . . . . $1.29