Two buck Chuck!

This might be my favorite news story ever. Talk about David and Goliath (even if this particular Goliath is pretentiously affected):

Two Buck Chuck wins Prestigious Tasting

On the winning side: cheapskates, pensioners, graduate students, winos.

On the losing side: people who bring bottles of wine to parties with the price tag still on them, wine connoisseurs, most vineyards and their owners, lit majors.

People who are really, really into fine wines and beers annoy the shit out of me. Perhaps that makes me a philistine. Or just makes me the kind of person that thinks there’s nothing more annoying than hanging out at Hamilton’s and hearing some loudmouth go on and on about the relative qualities of the different beers like he’s leading some sort of field biology class on hops and barley. I’m glad you enjoy your beer. I’m glad (for you) that you can differentiate between the ten identical Continental pilseners they have on draft. I’d be more glad if you’d shut the hell up about it and enjoy it in silence. Write a magazine. Do a podcast. I’m trying to watch the Padres here!

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  1. My friend Kelly reminded me of this chestnut from the New York Times. To cut to the chase, Smirnoff won their blind taste test.

    Tasting Report: In the Best-Selling Category, a Best Seller Stands Out

    BEST VALUE
    Smirnoff United States Grain
    80 proof
    $13
    ***
    Pure, clean and ultrasmooth, with pleasing texture and classic vodka aroma.

    Wyborowa Poland Single Estate Rye
    80 proof 1 liter
    $30
    ***
    Elegant and intriguing, with mild flavors and great persistence.

    Belvedere Poland Rye
    80 proof 1 liter
    $34
    ***
    Great smoothness and purity, with good texture and body.

    Absolut Sweden Level Grain
    80 proof
    $24
    ** 1/2
    Smooth and substantial, with flavors of flowers, lemon grass or nuts.

    Hangar 1 United States Straight Wheat and Grain
    80 proof
    $30
    ** 1/2
    Pleasing, with complex flavors and a suggestion of sweetness.

    Vox Netherlands Wheat
    80 proof
    $23
    ** 1/2
    Smooth and neutral, with savory flavors and a touch of alcoholic heat.

    Olifant Netherlands Grain
    80 proof 1 liter
    $17
    **
    Subtle, yet rich and complex.

    42 Below New Zealand Wheat
    84 proof
    $24
    **
    Straightforward, pure and smooth.

    Skyy United States Grain
    80 proof 1 liter
    $16
    **
    Unusual flavors of mint and lime.

    Teton Glacier United States Potato
    80 proof 1 liter
    $20
    **
    Clean and light on the palate; odorless and tasteless.


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