Your Brain on Alcohol vs. Coffee (Infographic)

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re big fans of beer here at The Lowdown. More importantly, we’re even more habitual coffee drinkers. One of our biggest posts of all-time was our look at how alcohol affects your brain when it comes to heavy drinking and hangovers. Now, we look at things from the perspective of how alcohol and caffeine affect your brain before you’re too far gone to function.

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The Most Popular Beers in the World (Infographic)

If you’re a long-time fan of The Lowdown, you know that one of our favourite things is alcohol. That’s why we have so many alcohol-themed posts on the blog and drinking jokes on the podcast. So when I saw this look at what the most popular beers in the world in each country are, I knew that I had to post it on the blog and post it two days after St. Patrick’s Day. I kind of dropped the ball on that one. But it’s still a cool infographic and you might learn something about your country’s drinking habits. I certainly was surprised with Canada’s results.

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The Super Bowl and Beer (Infographic)

There aren’t many party days bigger than Super Bowl Sunday. There are big parties, vast quantities of food eaten and, of course, even more vast quantities of alcohol drunk. For the football fan, beer is the beverage of choice. Approximately 50 million cases of beer (for about 1,200,000,000 bottles/cans of beer) will be consumed on Sunday.

For a breakdown of what will be drunk and how much will be spent (among other interesting tidbits), we have an infographic about beer and the Super Bowl after the jump. Continue reading

Man Lab: How to Survive Oktoberfest (Infographic)

If there’s one thing that we love here at the Man Lab, it’s a good brew. And there are few places better to get your drink on than at your local Oktoberfest. Now it’s very easy to roll up to Oktoberfest and drink lots of beer only to fall flat on your face in a pile of your own vomit. But our friends at Accredited Online Colleges have some tips to keep you going for a long time in the tents and a few more planning tips to get you through Oktoberfest. Continue reading

Man Lab: The Language of Beer [Infographic]

While we at the Man Lab are known to encourage you to buy a cocktail or two at the bar or club to impress women, we don’t want to say that you can’t drink beer. The problem is that people get into a rut when it comes to drinking beer. It’s very easy to grab a Bud or a Corona or (god help us) a Coors Light and pound that back all night. The thing is that there is so much more to beer that the standard popular North American lagers.

So for today’s Man Lab tips, we have a look at beer from the different types to what makes them special and how to describe your beer other with a phrase other than “ice-cold, easy drinking.” Continue reading

Sunday Link-Off: The Power of Social Media

We’re a little late with the Sunday links. We had a complete internet failure for the last 24 hours at Lowdown HQ. To make up for it, here’s Keira Knightley.

Given Friday’s massive earthquake in Japan, it’s appropriate that we lead with this first-hand account. (Jalopnik)

Twitter was going its dinger during the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Are you still trying to figure it out? Here’s a bare bones guide to Twitter. (The Atlantic)

And it’s probably best that you start on Twitter soon. Facebook will ruin your marriage. (The Guardian)

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Epic Meal Time – Meat Salad

This week, the crew of Epic Meal Time are back with a fresh take on salad. The old saying popularized by The Simpsons is “You don’t make friends with salad.” It looks like the EMT boys are trying to prove that adage wrong by making a salad solely with meat. Continue reading

Not News of the Week

It’s that time of week again. It’s all the news that’s not fit for print. It’s the Not News of the Week.

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes their culinary daring when it comes to deep-fried foods. A man with a set up at the Texas State Fair is adding two very unique products to his menu. He’s now selling deep-fried beer and deep-fried frozen margaritas. The deep-fried beer is a beer-filled pretzel dough square. When you bite into it, the beer pours out. The deep-fried frozen margarita is a funnel cake batter mixed with tequila, dusted with margarita mix and served in a salt-rimmed plastic glass. You need to be over 21 to order them and it’ll take more than a few to even give you a buzz. Continue reading

The Humanoids: Back to School

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back off for another 10 months of having their heads crammed with stuff that they’ll quickly forget over the intervening two months before the next school year. That is unless you’re at college or university. Then you’re learning stuff that is generally useful to you. Actually, at least around my neck of the woods, the kids aren’t in school today. Teachers are already burning a day off today because school had to start early because Labour Day was later this year. Universities and colleges don’t need to start the year earlier to get in all the teaching they need. I’m sure elementary school and high school teachers would protest my insinuation that they are wasting their and the kids’ time by starting school early. They’re wrong, though. The whole first week of school is a waste anyway. Why not start the Tuesday after Labour Day and actually get down to business right away? And don’t get me started about the waste that is the month of June. Anyway, the subjects of today’s series of skewerings need to go back to school or have to their associates back to school. It’s an amazingly eclectic lineup that I’ve got today. Something for the whole family here.

This week’s radio show news is good news. Jackie and I are taping the season premiere on Saturday. Our new boss at CHRW wanted to hear the show early. The news will be a little dated but we’ll manage somehow. We’re still waiting to hear back from Activision and Harmonix about getting games to review but no dice so far. I was hoping to make GH5 and The Beatles: Rock Band the centrepieces of a music special but those dreams are disappearing quickly. By the way, have you checked out the new car wall index we put up on the blog? Continue reading

Not News of the Week

Remember: If it’s not worth talking about, then it’s definitely not news. This week’s Not News theme is booze and porn. Things that actually come up quite often on the radio show.

The Beer on the Wye festival in Herefordshire, England was supposed to run until Sunday night before they ran into a problem. They had a bigger turnout than expect that drank more per person than expected and ran the taps dry on Saturday. The organizers thought they had enough beer to handle the larger crowd (30% larger than the previous year’s) but ordered another 200 gallons of beer on Saturday just in case it was needed. Turns out that it wasn’t enough. Unfortunately that meant the cancellation of Sunday’s Family Day at the beer festival. Continue reading