Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sake it too me

It's freaking cold outside I just got home from the gym and I need to warm my body and my spirits.  What does that mean? it's Sake time.  I'm know no snob.  When I was small child my pops use to drink warm while having sushi.  That was how I was introduced to it and I still enjoy it warm to this day but most commonly drink at room temp. When I went to Japan in 2006 I started drinking it cold.  I found myself walking the streets of Tokyo buying 1 cup servings at the the local AM/Pm's (yes AM/PM's).  Drinking in public was not illegal just not something the locals do.  I wasn't going to pass this opportunity up

Splurging on a big bottle while in Japan my friend behind me is splurging on imaginary Sake.

I enjoy my Rice Beer (Sake) it's actually closer to beer than wine (made from grain not fruit) cold, hot and at room temp.  Right now I'm drinking hold on.... Ahh hot because it's about 60 degrees in my house.
I usually heat my Sake in a small ceramic container inside of a sauce pot full of water.  I take the sake out just as the outside water begind to boil.  In Japan they have a button on the microwave just for Sake (as we do for popcorn and pizza) but I try not use the microwave that much, if I do I heat at 50% for a few minutes and the ceramic gets extremely hot. 

I don't like the tiny sake shot glass sized cups it's normally drank out of instead I like to use tea cups. When drinking it cold I use a small Irish cream glass.

For the most part I drink Cheap Californian Sake. It taste good I know fresh (Sake you do not want to age) and it's cheap.  Tonights bottle cost $3.50 from Ralph's.  Some Japanese sake's add distilled alcohol to increase potency and decrease cost of the production.  In the United States I believe this practice is actually Illegal.   My bottle of Gekkieikan was produced in Folsom CA.  

Too much typing for now I got a bottle drink.

One of the Greatest Inventions of All time

So here's the situation you come home from a tough day at the beach,(or work but I prefer the beach) being the lazy drunkard that you are you find your fridge empty of beer.  The weather is freakin hot and your not sure if you can make it all the way to the store to replenish your stock. A last you remember that you have two cans of Milwaukee's Best rolling around in the trunk of your since the last ball game you tailgated at.  The problem is they are currently about 150 degrees almost too hot to pick up.  You could put them in the fridge or freezer but you don't have time that. You need your libations NOW.  If only their was some magical Wizard that could turn your beer almost instantly ice cold?

But wait there is

The Chill Wizard
It's no coincidence that the Chill Wizard stinkingly resembles Mr Einstein.  
Not only did Albert figure out how to put bubbles in beer using his theroy of relativity (as we learned in the critically acclaimed movie "Young Einstein") His theories were fundamental in the advancement of beer chilling technology

I believe as soon as the Manhattan Project project was finished scientists began hard at work on this marvel of modern technology.  If only they had started work on it  before the atom bomb, the joy of cold beer for all may have ended the war peacefully.  I could be wrong (Highly Unlikely) but I believe it was this invention created in 1957 (Perhaps) that spawned the United States Government to create an off shout for it's best Scientists (the designers of Chill Wizard) to get us on the moon and thus NASA was born.

Such a beautifully simple invention. It consists of a small motor powered by 2 AA batteries shelled in a plastic case.  At the end of the motor is a small suction cup that sticks to the bottom of your beer.  The motor slides in place on a plastic box w/lid.  Place a few ice cubes below your beer and few on top and your ready to flip the switch  and start spinning.  Because the the beer inside the can is spinning in a circle pressure does not build up. After about 1 minute (maybe 90 seconds)  your beer goes from room temperature to Ice cold.(colder than in the fridge)

I bought the chill Wizard about 15 years ago (I'm 31 now) I must of been using on Soda's back then that I didn't want mom to see in the fridge (yep that's my story and I'm sticking to it) It also came in handy about 3 years ago when I had this roommate who would drink all the beer from the fridge in the middle of night.

 The Chill Wizard is a great way to protect yourself from beer thievery.  

My chill Wizard is still going strong after all these years.  Judging by the box it came in (which I still have for some reason) it was packaged in 1992.  I think I paid about $15 dollars for this priceless gift of cold beer.  It's a hard item to find on the internet but can easily be replicated at home for a couple bucks.  If you got the cash you could try the Cooper Cooler which also does wine bottles. I have not tried it myself but have heard it works well.  Perhaps I'll ask Santa for it next time I see him at the mall.