Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Drinks




'Tis the season to raise a glass! Whether you plan to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly, a darkly spicy holiday beer, toddies by the fire, or a festive bowl of punch for a crowd, we've got everything you need in our guide to holiday drinks. Watch our Bartender Basics video series for tips straight from the pros on making garnishes, shaking cocktails, and more; see our picks for the best whiskeys to buy this season; get gift ideas for the wine, beer, and cocktail lovers in your life; and browse more than a hundred holiday drink recipes for sparkling cocktails, punches, the ultimate eggnog, and more.

 Click here for a list of Spiced Drinks Click here for a list of eggnog recipes  Click here for a list of Sparkling Cocktails  Click here for a list of Hot Drinks Click here for a list of Holiday Punches

Article courtesy of Saveur.com
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Best cocktail, wine, and beer apps

Do you ever have trouble deciding what drink you're in the mood for, or want to try something new but not sure what, or know you had a great drink before but can't remember the name of it?  Here are a few great apps that can solve all your libation frustration!

It’s five o’clock everywhere: Best cocktail, wine, and beer apps
Article courtesy of Kelly Montgomery 


There are literally millions of apps out there to download on your iPhone, iPad, or other device, but it can be difficult to figure out which ones are worth a download and which are a waste of time. We’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed down a long list of beer, wine, and cocktail apps to bring you the best of what’s out there when it comes to your favorite libations. Whether you’re looking for a quick cocktail recipe, a bar that has your favorite beer on tap, or the right wine to buy for your current mood, we’ve got you covered with these fun apps.



This app is great for learning about cocktails, making drinks at home, or choosing a cocktail when you’re out on the town. You can look for cocktails based on the type of alcohol, by category, or even by color. If you’re making something at home, tell the app what you have in your liquor cabinet (in a fun illustrated user interface) and Cocktail Flow will give you recipes based on what you already have. It will also suggest another list of drinks that you could make if you added one or two easy items to your home bar. We like the highly visual design of this app and the variety it offers. 


This app is on the simpler side and is best used when you’re feeling spontaneous at a bar and want to try something new. The app uses a fun spinning dial to let users scroll through a hand-picked selection of popular, unusual, and classic drinks. Once you’ve landed on one, the app tells you exactly what’s in it and how to make it. If you’re the pickier type, you can search or narrow things down by type of alcohol, but we’ve had the most fun landing on random drinks and giving them a try. 

Mixologist, $.99

If you’re a cocktail lover or a bartending nerd, it’s probably worth the dollar to get this app, which seems to include every possible feature we’ve seen in a variety of other cocktail and drink apps. This one has thousands of drink recipes, browsable by category or ingredient, ratings and comments, a top rated drinks section, the ability to add favorites or custom-made drinks, and more. We like that this app also includes recipe recommendations based on what’s in your liquor cabinet, and it even includes useful bartending terminology, tips and tricks, what glassware you should have, and a fun shaker to find a random drink listing.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Join us for our annual Halloween Party at Harry's this Friday, October 31st!


Join us for Harry's annual Costume Party on October 31st 9pm-1:30am!  We will have live music by The Little George Band and a costume party and contest!  Winners announced at 12:30am!  

Prizes include:
  • 1st place is $100 Harry's gift certificate
  • 2nd place $50 Harry's gift certificate
  • 1st & 2nd place trophies for ALL categories
Categories include:
  • Best Couple
  • Scariest
  • Cutest
It's only a few days away! What are you going to be for Halloween?  Not sure what you are going to be for Halloween yet?  Here's are a few last minute ideas!


30 Clever Last-minute Halloween Costume Ideas

If you need a clever Halloween costume in a pinch, these ideas are just the ticket. We all have been there: scrambling to find that last-minute costume, and more than likely coming up with something that is, well, not great. Here are funny costumes that will have your friends thinking you are so clever that you have been conjuring up the idea for months. All the items on this list are items that you may already have around the house, and if you don’t, they are very inexpensive to buy. You don’t have to wear an elaborate costume to get a chuckle, and what is most fun about these costumes is letting your friends see if they can figure out what you are.
Deviled Eggs
1.     Wear a bridal gown and sneakers. - Runaway bride.

2.    Paint a shoebox black and affix it on your back. - A refrigerator magnet.

3.     Wear all white, and attach old milk cartons, wrappers, etc. to you. - White trash.

4.     Wear all black and stick a postage stamp (enlarged is best) on your chest. - Blackmail.

5.     Wrap yourself in wrapping paper with a tag: "From: God, To: Women". - God's gift to women.

6.     Attach sugar-cubes (or candy) all over yourself. - Sugar-Daddy or Sugar-Momma.

7.     Tie a CD around your neck while carrying a lighter. - A CD burner.

8.      If you don’t plan on attending, say you're going as a cable-guy - since they never show up.

9.     Get a small dumbbell and stare at it intensely. - Watching your weight.

10.    Tape a photo of an enlarged quarter to your back. - A quarterback.

11.    Place a pot on your head. - A pot head.

12.    Wear black clothes and put on white face paint - A mime

13.    If you have an old black leather jacket, jeans, and some hair gel - 50s guy.

14.    Place a piece of Styrofoam under your t-shirt. Stick a fork in it – You’re 'done'.

15.    Wear all white, and paint a yellow circle on your stomach, so that you are an egg.   Wear horns and carry a pitch fork. – a deviled egg

16.    Dress in all pink and carry a feather - Tickled pink.

17.    Carry a quarter and a hammer -A Quarter-pounder.

18.    Paint one of your fingers gold. - Gold finger.

19.    Dress normally, but pin some dryer sheets, socks and hand towels to your shirt - Static cling.

20.    Carry around some paper, and if someone asks what you are tear one up. - A paper shredder.

21.    Wear a catcher's glove and stick pieces of rye bread to you. - Catcher in the rye.

22.    Use string or tape to attach stuffed animals of cats and dogs to an umbrella. – It’s raining cats and dogs.

23.    Wear normal clothes, but tape a dollar on each ear. - A Buccaneer. (Buck-an-ear).

24.    Dress in a nice suit, but attach legal documents to it. - A law suit.

25.    Hold a toy airplane. When someone asks what you are - An aircraft carrier.

26.    Put a sign that says "Go Ceilings!!!" on your shirt, and cheer - A Ceiling Fan!

27.    Dress all in black, wear a shot glass around your neck - A shot in the dark!

28.   Write the letter C seven times on your face and arms. - The Seven Seas.

29.    For a couple: one dresses as a brick; one as a mason. - A brick-layer.

30.    Wear red, white, and blue - Instant American Flag.


Article courtesy of Holidays Central

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Big Weekend in Pismo Beach!

There's a lot going on in Pismo Beach this weekend!  Two of the biggest events of the year on the same weekend!  The Pismo Beach Clam Festival in Downtown Pismo and the Huckfest in the Pismo Dunes!  Here's some links to help you navigate through the excitement!



 The Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 17-19: 68th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival

A community tradition since 1946, the Pismo Beach Clam Festival features a live parade, best local chowder contest, surf contest, food, Beer & Wine Garden and Pier Pub, music and the Friday night wine walk. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com.



The Huckfest
October 17-19: 6th Annual Huckfest Off-Road Event & Concert
“Huckfest originally began as a group of friends who would show up at the Oceano Sand Dunes to jump their trucks for distance and glory.” Bragging rights were the only prizes to be awarded, but if you know anything about off-roaders you know that bragging rights are everything. Every year the group got bigger and bigger, more and more competitors showed up to test their metal and to claim those coveted rights. Eventually, it grew so large that Oceano SVRA Parks required permits for the 2012 event. Fast forward to 2013, the event grows by “leaps and bounds” from 5,000 spectators to over 15,000 in one year, an increase not anticipated by organizers.

The spirit of Huckfest has always been to go big or go home while putting on a good show. 2013 was big, bringing in competitors and spectators from across the country and debuting the first ever monster truck on the Oceano SVRA. Although there have been growing pains along the way, Huckfest continues to evolve with the original vision in mind. The show is bigger than ever and 2014 promises to be the best year yet. With a new spin on off-road, Huckfest is making its mark in the industry attracting all walks of life while promoting local economic growth and putting on the “gnarliest high-flying off-road action you will ever see.”
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Coors Light knows what they are doing when it comes to design and product display!

New Coors Light Packaging Showcases Design Innovation
BY CANDACE WALTERS
BRANDS


New Coors Light Packaging Made with Millennials in Mind

Why would Coors Light focus on design?

Well, consider this: According to research done by Kelton Global, 7 in 10 legal-drinking age millennial consumers said the last time they saw a product in a store they “had to have,” was because of the product’s design.

Add to that the consumer’s desire for fresh approaches, new experiences and design, and it’s clear why innovating the look and feel of the Coors Light pint and can is a big opportunity for Coors Light.

Coors Light 2014 Spring and Summer Packaging Designs

I was excited to be involved in the design development for the dynamic Coors Light spring and summer packaging designs. We developed a number of design solutions that were meant to show Coors Light in a new, refreshing way. After interviewing consumers, it was clear which designs rose to the top.

The spring “shatter” design represents the transition from winter to spring and breaking through the ice.
The summer design reminded people of good times with friends, summer holidays and refreshing Coors Light on a hot summer day.
The new approach to design is being extended to other Coors Light items and the whole team is excited to unveil our new limited availability t-shirt designs, making their debut this summer.
Coors Light strives to be the design leader in the beer industry. It’s an exciting time for the brand and I can’t wait to see how people respond. Keep an eye out for these new designs over the next few months and let us know what you think in the comments below!


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Is Watching Football Making You Smarter?

Is Watching Football Making You Smarter?
The Science Behind Why Being an NFL Fan Is Good For Your Brain
Article courtesy of AskMen.com
"Not only is watching football not causing you the kind of brain damage veteran linebackers have to worry about, it may actually be making you smarter."

If you're an American, chances are you watch football. In fact, chances are you watch a lot of football. A recent Harris poll determined that 73% of American men watch football on a weekly basis. A quarter of the football-watching public spends between 6 and 10 hours a week glued to their screens; another 6% spend the equivalent of a part-time job following their favorite teams. Yes, football has replaced churchgoing as America's most popular Sunday pastime. Amen. 

And while we here at AskMen certainly have no problem with that, there's a wider perception that, well, time spent eating nachos and cheering on your favorite team from the comfort of your couch is time wasted. That seems to go double if you paint your face and wave a giant foam finger around. Well, cheer up, faithful football fans: we're here to tell you otherwise. Not only is watching football not causing you the kind of brain damage veteran linebackers have to worry about, it may actually be making you smarter.  

Memory And Brain Function
Think of what it takes to be a diehard football fan. Chances are you can name every player on the team, when they joined the league, what college they went to, and what their season and career averages are across a half-dozen relevant statistical categories. A study commissioned by the Archives of Neurology found that repeated mental exercises like the ones done by devoted fans memorizing player stats not only provided a temporary boost in cognitive function but actually permanently altered brain structure — in other words, being a football nerd is actually literally improving your brain. That same study found that people who engaged in these mental games for long periods of time actually reduced their risk of contracting Alzheimer's disease in later life, so not only will your Sunday binge-watching make you smarter, it may also help stave off future brain decay (which is a pretty convincing argument if anyone’s trying to ask you to stop watching football and wash the dishes, for instance).

Language 
Football fans use language in unique ways, and part of being a fan is understanding the lexicon behind the game. Anyone who’s sat at a bar and listened uncomprehendingly to diehard fans discuss the finer aspects of their sport knows this all too well. A study out of the University of Chicago that used fMRI scans to monitor the brains of hockey players, fans and non-fans during a game found that just watching a sport or listening to a sport being discussed lit up the areas of the brain associated with language and linguistics. Basically, listening to football makes you a better listener in general.

Motor Function
One of the oldest and most important studies on sports spectating and cognition comes from the University of Parma, in Italy. Have you ever been watching a game and witnessed a spectacular feat of athleticism, like a one-hand, over-the-shoulder touchdown catch, or a nimble running back finding the smallest hole in the offensive line. Your jaw hits the floor and you ask how the hell anyone could do that?! Well, it turns out that your brain is silently piecing together the answer. While observing macaque monkeys, researchers discovered that the same areas of the brain that fired up when a monkey reached out to grab a delicious snack from a researcher's hand also fired up when the monkey was only watching that action being performed. They were teaching themselves how to perform the action just by watching. We’re not saying that you’re going to be the next Drew Brees just by watching the Saints QB run right and throw left, but you might just become a little less clumsy.
So the next time your girlfriend, wife or friends decide to hassle you about your watching too much football, sit back, take a long, slow drag of a fine cigar or a swig of your favorite brandy and inform this philistine that they need to avail themselves of the latest neuroscience research, posthaste. Then turn your painted face back to the TV and enjoy the rest of the game in peace.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WE Completed the Challenge!


Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar 
has completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Vickie Stinson & Mike Frey completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
 Click Here to watch the video of Mike Frey, owner at  Harry's, and Vickie Stinson, manager at Harry's, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Just what is ALS?
Ice Bucket Challenge ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Spread Awareness
When doing the challenge, please use the hashtags #icebucketchallenge, #alsicebucketchallenge, and #strikeoutals.

Please be thoughtful about water usage! If you’re in an area of the country or world affected by drought, repurpose the water for later use or help spread ALS awareness by becoming an ALS advocate, joining the Walk to Defeat ALS® in your community, getting involved in our fundraisers, or sharing information about this disease via social media. Or you can make a donation instead at www.alsa.org/donate.


For more information, visit www.alsa.org.
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