Monday, January 18, 2016

Favorite Beers and Who Loves them Around the World

Did you know that Bud Light is America's favorite beer? What's yours?

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Every Country's Most Popular Beer

For Thousands of years beer has filled the bellies of humanity. Beer defies borders and stretches into almost every culture on the globe. The beer companies of the world are some of the most successful businesses ever known.

Huge international business conglomerates are purchasing breweries of all different sizes. A more newsworthy acquisition recently has been the purchase of Pabst Brewing by a Russian corporation. This means my local beer of Lone Star has even less of a foothold in Texas – where it’s regionally sold. Other regional brands like Old Style, and Washington’s Rainer brands are also owned by Pabst, or should I say some business man in Russia.

With the exponential growth of craft beer, market leaders like Budweiser and MillerCoors have all but given up competing with the small breweries. They now just seem to swoop in and purchase the popular craft breweries like there’s no tomorrow.

Although today’s infographic is on a global scale, you must understand a lot of these international beers are owned by just a few companies. If somehow a popular national brew isn’t owned in any way by a foreign agency, you can guarantee their international distribution deal is.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Winter has Arrived!

10 Winter Cocktails for Cold Nights
By Vicki Santillano

Hot beverages are the perfect prescription for chilly autumn and winter nights. Fortified with brown liquors and heavy creams and spiced with seasonal flavors, like cinnamon and mint, these winter cocktails are comfort in a glass. Just one sip will make you feel a little toastier—and perhaps a little toasted, as well.

1. apple cider
This cocktail has all the standard accoutrements of the hot cider you remember as a kid, like cinnamon sticks and cloves, but with one adult addition: bourbon. Add orange slices for a festive, citrusy garnish. Get the recipe

2. peppermint patty
Already a cold weather staple, hot chocolate is made even better with a splash (or three) of peppermint schnapps. (Crème de menthe also works well.) It makes a decadent yet refreshing liquid dessert. Get the recipe.

3. mulled wine
Sometimes called Glühwein or glögg, mulled wine is red wine that’s been heated and mixed with sugar; spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; and orange and lemon slices. Bon Appétit’s version incorporates brandy into the mix. Get the recipe.

4. cherry pepper martini
Though martinis aren’t hot temperature-wise, the pepper-infused vodka in this particular variety is sure to warm you up from the inside out. A little grenadine nicely complements the subtle heat in’s winter cocktail. Get the recipe.

5. hot toddy
A hot toddy actually does wonders for a sore throat and stuffy head, thanks to its soothing ingredients, like honey and whiskey. A smidge of orange juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon help it go down even easier. Get the recipe.

6. irish coffee
This winter cocktail turns coffee naughty with the addition of Irish whiskey and a little whipped cream on top. This recipe comes from the Buena Vista, a famous café in San Francisco that first brought the drink to the United States. Get the recipe.

7. winter julep
Imbibe magazine’s winter take on the light, summery mint julep utilizes peppermint tea and brown sugar to create a drink that’s heartier without sacrificing any of the tastiness. Don’t forget the mint sprig! Get the recipe.

8. the blizzard cocktail
If you thought the Peppermint Patty sounded rich, check out the stats on the Blizzard, a cocktail featured on Martha Stewart’s website. It’s whiskey, hazelnut and Irish cream liqueur, and coffee, topped off with Grand Marnier whipped cream. Like the name implies, this is only for extreme sweet tooth situations. Get the recipe.

9. hot buttered rum
Hot buttered rum has all the makings of a delicious and comforting baked good: butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. It’s almost as if a buttery caramel cookie was melted down and poured into a mug, making the perfect winter cocktail. Get the recipe.

10. tom and jerry
A Tom and Jerry cocktail is similar to eggnog in both its taste and its association with the holidays. The main difference is that it’s served hot instead of cold, which enhances the bold flavors of the spice blend and the Jamaican rum in’s recipe. Get the recipe.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 Hangover Remedies: What Works?

"The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge." 
Don't get your hopes up

Traditional hangover remedies often aren’t effective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse. Find out what hangover cures will help, and what is too good to be true.

The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge. 

Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies.

However, traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse.

1. Hair of the dog
Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after. "The worst thing to do is to have another drink," says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pa., and the chair of the American College of Physicians' board of governors.

The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic, Dr. Cutler explains, and you need to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.

2. Greasy breakfast
There’s no scientific evidence that a heaping helping of bacon and eggs will ease hangover anguish, even though many people swear by it. "Greasy food is just going to give you heartburn," says Dr. Cutler, who recommends sticking with easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal. "You want to get calories right back into your system." 

Eat light and stay hydrated, agrees John Brick, PhD, an alcohol research scientist and author of The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook. "No specific foods are recommended, although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people," Brick says.

3. Alka-Seltzer
Alka-Seltzer turns 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.

All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.

4. Hangover pills
There are lots of hangover "cures" in a bottle out there—such as Chaser, PreToxx, and RU 21—but very little evidence to back up claims. "Hangover pills that have been studied are not effective, or only help against a few complaints…but not all," says Joris C. Verster, PhD, an assistant professor of psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who studies hangovers. A 2005 review article in the journal BMJ identified eight peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled studies of hangover remedies, and concluded that "no compelling evidence exists" to support their use. Dr. Cutler suggests taking a multivitamin instead to restore the nutrients your body may have lost during a binge.

5. Coffee
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, skipping java when you’re hung over may—or may not—be a good idea, Brick says. You may wind up layering a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your hangover woes when you miss your regular morning fix.

That said, caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. "Both of these may make the hangover worse," Brick says. "If you drink coffee regularly, you might try a very small amount in the morning. Wait 30 to 60 minutes and see how you feel."

6. Water and sports drinks
Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day. In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover. Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that congeners—toxic substances found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey—may also play a role. 

Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you've lost will likely help you feel a little less miserable. "Juice, water, Gatorade, all those things—they're going to make you feel better," says Dr. Cutler.

7. Take pain relievers
For women who have PMS-related pain such as cramping, breast tenderness, backaches, or headaches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can provide some relief. 

These include ibuprofen (Advil and similar drugs) and naproxen (Aleve). 

Or you can try over-the-counter remedies specifically aimed at PMS like Pamprin and Midol. These often combine some sort of pain reliever with caffeine.

8. Exercise
A gentle workout could help you feel better, if you can manage it (and that's a big if).

"Remember: If you've been drinking heavily, you could be a little dehydrated, you could be metabolically behind on your nutrition, and exercise is going to require hydration and nutrition," Dr. Cutler says. "Exercise is always the right thing to do, but I don't think [on] the morning you wake up with a hangover, exercise is what you need." What you really need is rest, he adds.

9. Sauna
Think you can "sweat out" the alcohol and other toxins you may have consumed during a night of partying? Think again. A sauna can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes in your body. "The last thing you need is to disrupt the normal blood-flow patterns by extreme heat," Dr. Cutler says.

If you're already somewhat dehydrated, excessive sweating can be harmful, and even deadly. Researchers from the Finnish State Alcohol Company's Research Laboratories, in Helsinki, warn that sauna bathing while hung over carries "real health risks," including dangerous drops in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.

10. Sleep
People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later, the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake. Although sleep deprivation won't by itself cause a hangover, it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.

If you have the luxury of "sleeping it off" the next day, do so. Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you. "The body’s got an amazing capacity to heal on its own," says Dr. Cutler.

In the end, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Harry's New Year's Eve Party!

We are all SOLD OUT for New Year's Eve!
Have a great time and be safe!

Get your tickets for the best New Year's Eve Party on the  Central Coast happening at Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar on December 31st from 9pm-2am!  

Tickets include seating, a catered dinner by Willow Ranch BBQ, a Champagne Toast, and Live Music by MGB!

There are a limited amount of seats available, so call today to get your tickets reserved!  

Premium Seating is $50/person
Standard Seating is $30/person

Stop by the bar at 690 Cypress Street in Pismo Beach or call us at (805) 773-1010 to purchase tickets over the phone!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Winner of the Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway and her Story!


Harry's is pleased to announce to you that the winner of the Beach Cruiser Giveaway is Sandy B., a breast cancer survivor herself!

Harry's would like to thank each and every one of you who contributed to the success of this fundraiser/raffle!  We raised nearly $1900 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society!

We all were very happy when we found out that the winner of our Harry's Beach Cruiser Giveaway was an actual Breast Cancer Survivor!  It couldn't have happened to a more excited and grateful person!  

Sandy was kind enough to share her story with us in order to share with all of you and raise more awareness.  Below is Sandy's story in her own words.

My name is Sandy and I am the very proud winner of the pink beach cruiser that was raffled off last month to promote breast cancer awareness. Being a three year breast cancer survivor myself, I was elated to hear I had actually WON the bike, but hearing that the raffle raised almost $1,900 for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event was even more exciting!

When I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer three years ago I knew nothing about this horrible disease that affects 1 in 8 women. I believed that cancer happens to others…not me! Wow, was I given a wakeup call when I felt a lump in my left breast while showering one morning! I knew immediately something was not right, and made an appointment to have it checked out by my primary care doctor. During his examination, he confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing, but if you insist, I will send you to the breast center for a diagnostic mammogram.” 

My gut instinct told me to make the appointment at the CMH Breast Center, and a few days later I was told, again… “The lump you feel is nothing” by two radiologists who looked at the mammogram images. However, this time, one radiologist saw “something suspicious” about two inches away from the lump I felt and ordered a biopsy within a few days. 

One week later I received the news that I indeed had “invasive lobular breast cancer.” I was immediately referred to a surgical oncologist who explained to me what my options were, and confidently told me “the lump you feel is nothing.” After careful research regarding lobular breast cancer, and learning that this type of breast cancer would most likely occur in my right breast, I made the difficult decision to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. This decision ended up saving my life, because when the pathology came back on my breast tissue after my first surgery July 18, 2012, it was determined that the original lump I felt in the shower WAS in fact breast cancer, and the FOUR doctors who told me it was “nothing” were wrong. 

I endured five major surgeries over the last three years and am happy to say I am currently cancer free and healthy. I have taken an anticancer drug called Tamoxifen every day for three years to keep my cancer from coming back somewhere else in my body. Studies have indicated that if breast cancer recurs, it will happen within the first five years, so I have two more years taking Tamoxifen before I am “out of the woods.” 

I could go on and on about the endless doctor appointments, the sudden onset of hypochondria and the financial burden a cancer diagnosis can place on a person, but I won’t burden you with those things. 

In closing, I would like to say that breast cancer does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity or even gender. My advice is to be your own advocate, your own doctor, and never, never take no for an answer if you truly feel something is wrong. I didn’t and it saved my life. 
So ladies…get your mammogram! Educate yourself about breast cancer because it truly is an epidemic. Early detection saves lives, and I am living proof of that. Thank you again for listening to my story, and thank you Harry’s for your contribution to promoting awareness!
~ Sandy B.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

28 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Uh-oh . . . Halloween is almost here, and you may not have your costume ready. Don't panic; we've got you covered. Here is a list of costumes that you can put together in minutes. Most of them can be created with items you already have in your home!
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Crazy Cat Lady
If you're already a crazy cat lady in real life, you will probably have a bunch of cat plushies in your home. Stick them on you, wear a bathrobe, and do up your hair in curlers to instantly show off your crazy cat lady status.

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Error 404 Page
Are you totally over costumes this year? Buck the trend by writing the words "Error 404: Costume Not Found" on a plain white shirt.
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Take a cue from Jim from The Office for what might be the easiest costume on the planet.
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Party Animals
Party like a wild animal in your animal-print outfits!

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God's Gift to Men/Women
This is such a no-brainer costume. Look really great, then tie a ribbon around yourself. Finally, attach a tag that says God's gift to men or women (depending on which gender you want to bestow your beauty upon!). You don't have to put yourself in a box; a gift tag is good enough!
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Risky Business

Probably the easiest costume ever — throw on a pair of shades and wear a white, collared button-down shirt.
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Identity Theft
Stick name tags with different names all over your shirt for a pun-tastic identity theft costume.
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Candy Rappers
This play-on-words costume is so punny and easy to make.

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Join us Saturday, Oct 31st, for our annual Halloween Costume Contest at Harry's in Pismo Beach! Live Music by The Little George Band @ 9pm ($5 cover). Winners will be chosen at 11:30pm. 

  • Categories and prizes are:
  • 1st Place wins $100 & Trophy
  • 2nd Place wins $50 & Trophy
  • Best Couple wins 2 Trophies
  • Prettiest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Scariest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Funniest Costume wins a Trophy
  • Most Outrageous wins a Trophy
  • Most Original wins a Trophy
  • Best Employee Costume wins a Trophy

*Anmals are NOT allowed as part of a costume.

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