This Wearable Band Will Tell You How Drunk You Are

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A new gadget called Proof, by Milo Sensors, has the power to revolutionize the way we monitor whether or not we’ve had too many drinks at happy hour.

The wearable wristband monitors your blood alcohol content while you drink, making it possible for you to determine whether you’re ready to drive at the end of the night. According to Mashable, the wristband reads alcohol molecules through your skin.

Proof features a soft wristband and a disposable cartridge that is capable of tracking your alcohol activity for over 12 hours. The accompanying app works kind of like the fitness tracking apps, allowing you to check in on your current status. The difference, of course, is that you’re tracking a very specific kind of activity.

Milo Sensors has even taken things one step further, and created an additional feature where your friends and family can monitor your (and each other’s) level of drunkenness. This could be a good or a bad thing … On the one hand, it could be something parents get for their college student so they can keep a very close eye on the unlucky kid, or it could lead to increased shenanigans. For example, kids could get carried away in competition of who gets the drunkest. Perhaps an age limit on this device would be prudent?

Daily Mail reports that there’s also a very useful feature that enables you to set your limit ahead of time and the app will alert you when you’ve reached it. Likewise, it can predict how drunk you’ll be later on, or tell you what time you’ll be sober and ready to drive.

Proof was developed under rigorous testing by NIH, who spent $100,000 determining just how effective it was. As it turns out, NIH reports that it’s about as accurate as consumer-bought breathalyzer tests. Like I said, this could revolutionize the way we monitor our drinking. It’s scheduled to come out later in 2017, and is expected to cost about $100 to $150. No more excuses for your DUI’s!  … Not that there were any to begin with.

Sources: Mashable, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Mashable, Grey Goose/Instagram

Tags: alcohol, drinking, happy hour, Milo Sensors, Proof, Wearable
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Chipotle Is Now Giving Away Free Booze To Lure Back Customers

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In a bid to woo its customers back after a string of foodborne-illness outbreaks in 2015, Chipotle has decided a new tactic is in order: getting its patrons drunk.

The fast-casual chain is now offering discounted or free alcoholic beverages as part of a new “Happy Four Hours” promotion, reports CNBC. The promo includes 2-for-1 and half-price deals on alcoholic drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September.

Did you even know that Chipotle served alcoholic beverages, like margaritas and beer? No? Well, that’s probably because it sort of doesn’t. The deals are only valid at around 300 of Chipotle’s booze-serving locations in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago, according to the company’s happy hour website.

“We know that [limited-service] restaurants do well at breakfast and lunch, but dinner tends to be more of a place for full-service restaurants to succeed,” Darren Tristano, president of Technomic, told CNBC. “With the younger generation, who is looking for affordable beverages, limited-service can be that place.”

“If this promotion proves to be a success, we see the potential for it to be offered in other parts of the U.S. and perhaps throughout more of the year,” added Mark Kalinowksi, an analyst for Nomura.

Admittedly, half-price or buy-one-get-one margaritas sounds like a blissful pairing with Chipotle’s standard fare — but will it be enough to restore the embattled fast-casual burrito chain to its former glory?

“Unfortunately, I think only time is going to help them with the sales hole,” Tristano concluded. “I think consumers are very forgiving, but it’s going to take more time.”

Sources: Chipotle, CNBC / Photo credit: Miosotis Jade/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Booze, Chipotle, happy hour, promotion
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Why Beer Is So Good With Greasy Food, And How To Pair It (Recipe)

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Have you ever been halfway through your third pint and second plate of junk food and wondered why you scarf down beer and greasy food together so often? Why is it that you are always drawn to bar food when sipping a cold one?

It is well known that your willpower to resist a big greasy burger or giant plate of loaded fries decreases significantly after a night of heavy drinking – in fact, it’s pretty much scientifically proven at this point that drunchies are a real thing. Scientists still don’t know exactly why though – besides the obvious lowered inhibitions factor.

But while drunchies might remain a scientific mystery, it’s pretty clear as to why we actually enjoy a nice pour of ale with greasy food, and it’s actually pretty simple.

“One reason people love to drink beer with burgers is that beer actually ‘cleanses the palate’ which makes it well suited to spicy and greasy foods,” reps from The Churchill and The Hudson, two Los Angeles bar/restaurants that go out of their way to provide the perfect meals and snacks to go with your beer or cocktail of choice, told Cooking Panda. “Beers tend to have an underlying bready flavor to them that allows them to pair with just about anything!”

So we say, embrace it! Enjoy the food pairings, and the next time you are indulging in a greasy burger or something fried, crack open a nice malty beer and enjoy!

For burgers, we recommend something with a slight bitterness, like a lightly-hopped pale ale, or maybe even a very mild, gently-hopped IPA, like the kind you might find in a Midwestern Bar, to cut through the thick greasy flavors of the burger. Go even lighter for chicken, and try a stout with stuff like shellfish, gamey meat and dessert.

Looking for more perfect pairings? The Hudson makes some mean Crispy Fried Chicken Sliders with coleslaw and fries that are absolutely perfect when washed down with Summerbright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, which is the Hudson’s beer of the month this July. If you’re looking to save a little money, check out Dollar Beer Night at the Hudson on Sunday July 3, where you can get a Summerbright Ale for just one buck:

And at the Churchill on Monday July 4, which also has $1 Summerbrights:

Want to craft your own perfect pairing at home? Grab a Summerbright Ale and read on to learn how to make the Hudson’s delectable Crispy Chicken Sliders.

Crispy Chicken Sliders

Part 1: Crispy Chicken for Sliders

Ingredients:

     Half gallon buttermilk

     3 heaping tbsp. Spanish paprika

     4 heaping tbsp. granulated garlic

     2 heaping tbsp. onion powder

     2 tbsp. cayenne pepper

     small pinch oregano

     small pinch thyme

     good pinch salt

     good pinch pepper

Instructions:

Whisk all together in a container that will fit your chicken, marinate and fry to perfection.

Part 2: Coleslaw Dressing

Ingredients:

     1/2 gallon mayonnaise

     3 tbsp. sugar

     small pinch salt

     splash apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. The dressing should taste sweet but with a tangy punch from the apple cider vinegar.

Delicious! Now put it all together, crack open your beer, kick back and indulge!

Source: Doctor Stu's Science Blog / Featured Photo Credit: Eric Bigger/Instagram

Tags: beer and food pairings, chicken sliders, happy hour, Los Angeles Restaurants, why do beer and food go together
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Here’s Where ‘Happy Hour’ Got Its Name

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If you’ve ever wondered where the term “happy hour” came from, here’s your answer!

Happy hour is a sacred time for both drink aficionados and casual drinkers — it’s the time to unwind with a beverage after a long day at work. Huffington Post revealed that the beloved tradition was named by none other than the U.S. Navy!

The first reported happy hours, according to the Huffington Post, were in 1914 and held by the Navy. They didn’t, however, include much alcohol. Instead, happy hours were weekly entertainment programs that were aimed at alleviating boredom. The shows included live music, dancing and movie showings.

In the prohibition era, beginning in 1920, Americans began using the term in relation to drinking. Because alcohol was illegal, friends would arrange meetings before dinner at speakeasies and drink — thus creating the cocktail hour.

The next time you get a happy hour special at a bar or pub, make sure to thank the Navy!

Source: Huffington Post / Photo credit: Pixabay

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