Tipsy Tales

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For One Bitter Experience with Unicum


Imagine you are at home, busy, working against a deadline; you don’t have time for any shit. A bore rings you up and announces he is on his way to your home to spend the whole day with you. Poof! You are bombed!  Is there anything in the world which would drive him away? If you were a Hungarian you would not be asking me. Instead you would be rinsing the glass with an evil glee itching to serve him … Continue reading

The Old Man and the Drink


Cuba, 19th Century. Fortified with bottles of Canchanchara strapped to their saddles, the mambises led by Antonio Maceo, were a strong force to be reckoned with. The drink made of rum, lime juice and ‘honey’(Cuban molasses) was not only a thirst quencher, but it was also an excellent pain killer for the Cuban guerrilla soldiers fighting against the Spanish for their independence during the 19th century. Ask the 63 year old American General William Shafter who was chocking the Spanish … Continue reading

Leffe: The Perfect Abbey Beer


Long long ago water was more dangerous than alcohol. You name a disease; all the microorganisms which caused it were dutifully present in drinking water. You took one sip of the mucky water those days you would be rushed to the hospital or an abbey nearby to be administered with medicines steeped in alcohol. Distillation and brewing cleared the mud making water potable. Just like we buy packaged drinking water, they sought spirits to stay away from dirt and disease. … Continue reading

Heather Ale: A Toast to Viking Courage

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Ever heard of heather ale in your life, the tastiest drink ever brewed in the world? “It was Sweeter that honey, Was stronger far than wine.” If you haven’t yet, I am sorry. The drink is history. The most you can get near to it now is by reading Robert Louis Stevenson’ poem, ‘Heather Ale.’ “They brewed it and they drank it, And lay in blessed swound For days and days together In their dwellings underground.” Heather (a sort of … Continue reading