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Las Vegas Happy Hour + The Happy Hour Gang = Happiness!

We are so excited about our upcoming meeting that we have been double dog daring the days to go faster!

A few months ago we reached out to Las Vegas Happy Hour.  They have an amazing website that list happy hour times and locations by neighborhood!  THEY ARE AWESOME!

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But that’s not all that makes us happy….they are going to stop by our next meeting at Landry’s!  EEP!

Ok Wayne & Garth you can stop now.  No guys, seriously. stop. You’re giving us a headache.

You can RSVP for our next meeting here: eventbrite_monogram

Or find us on the book of face here: facebook

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Cruise Update

Today is the last day for the $50 deposits. But don’t let that stop you from joining us on a fun filled adventure! (EDIT:  If you call our gal, she’ll hook you up with an extension!)

Many people still think cruising is for the over 45 crowd. I ensure you it’s not. It’s a great time to relax, catch up and enjoy doing something new.

It’s one of only times you will be happy to allow your phone to take a break.  The shows are cheesy, the drinks are expensive (read our post on this), but the food is good, the friends are plenty and experience can’t be beat.

Here are some photos of the last HHG cruise to Mexico.

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Cruising….on a Sunday Afternoon…

Yes, we know the song is Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon by The Rascals, but today we wanted to talk about cruising.  No not in our Impala down the strip, but on a boat.  A really big boat.  5 years ago, some Happy Hour Gang members took a cruise to Mexico, we called it the Alcholocaust. (yes in hind sight, the name was…well…let’s just say it wasn’t our finest moment.

This was a cruise that brought a lot of people together whom are still friends today. People bonded over tacos, Unicorn Blood, silly hats and an 80’s prom.

If you didn’t already know, Ki..Ki..Ki..Kina and Johnny T are married, and will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary next year.  So what did they want to do to mark their 1/10th of a century together?  You guessed it!  They want to go on a cruise.

Which brings us to the real reason for this entry: How do we sneak all that alcohol on board?

Now as you know, getting alcohol on board a cruise ship is one that requires cunning, stealth and being calm at the time of boarding.   Here are our top 5 tips for you.

1. Do not pack your alcohol in a carry on bag.

When you head to boarding, your first stop is a metal detector and X-Ray machine. Right behind the boarding agent you will see a bin filled with all the failed attempts to sneak alcohol on board.  Water bottles filled with vodka, 6 packs of water bottles with one bottle filled with gin.  Yup, they all didn’t work. Oh and don’t think about adding a few bottles in the middle of a carton of soda, they will rip it open and check. Plus, X-Ray, duh.

2. Buy one drink on board in a souvenir cup.

Yes we know it’s $20, but you can use the cup again and again with your own stash. Brilliant right?

3. Be consistent.

When you pack your suitcase, remember that consistence is key!  Don’t fold all your shirts and then have all your t-shirts rolled. If you roll everything, not only will you have a lot of extra room, for more stuff, but it will not look suspicious when they open up to check.

4. Small bottles work great.

You know which ones we’re talking about, they are always on sale for $1 at the cash register. A few of those can be easily stored in your toiletry bag. Smart huh?

5. Stuff your shoes.

If you use the plastic liquid flask, stuff them in your shoes, and don’t over fill! See more tips on THIS PAGE.

So a few of the members are getting ready to head to Alaska next year, and if you would might want to join us, give Kerstin Thompson a call at Norwegian Cruise Lines and ask to join The Great Theivagt Cruise. 954.514.4152.
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My New Favorite

My current number one favorite, for now at least, is Ardbeg Corryvreckan. This is made by the Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay. They are known for their peat monsters. To the uninitiated, we can talk a bit about making scotch. Single malt scotch is 100% barley, image (1)as opposed to corn, rye, wheat or barley in various combinations in America and Canada. The barley is doused with water and allowed to sprout just a bit. Then it is dried. This is where Islay gets its signature flavor. It’s much too damp to dry the barley without assistance. Given a lack of many tress, they use the most commonly available combustible materail peat.

Peat is a brown soil made up of decayed vegetation. It forms in areas of poor drainage or otherwise unusually wet conditions. The vegetation falls into the standing water and slowly decomposes. More plants grow atop this decaying matter and feed off the carbon dioxide released by the vegetation below. Layer upon layer develops over thousands of years to reach the depths found in peat-lands today. This soil can be cut and laid out to dry and later burned to provide heat and smoke.

The peat found in many parts of Islay allows the whisky distilleries to dry the malted barley and arrest the process of the seed turning to plant. This is enough to develop enzymes in the barley which will be used to convert starches into sugar for the yeasts to feed on. Along with this will be the phenols which come from the smoke of the burned peat used. These phenols, cresols, and other compounds will lend their part in shaping the aroma and taste of the whisky.

What can you expect to smell and taste if you get a glassful of an Islay whisky like Corryvreckan? I get smells of coal tar, band-aids, something akin to Listerine, pears, and depending on the alcohol by volume, smells from ethanol in general. What I taste can often be described as medicinal, or tarry, with a deep flavor of over-brewed espresso, image (1)menthol, and dark chocolate, with a nicely balanced sweetness. The finish lingers, with the ashy campfire smoke of Islays, as well as more tar and dark chocolate covered cherries, accompanied by a nice sweetness. Even though the abv is quite high at over 57%, the burn is scarcely noticeable. Adding water can bring even more scents and flavors out, though I mostly stick to drinking my scotch neat without water.
Do not expect to taste all these things, especially on the first time out. My first experience of it was a mess. I couldn’t differentiate a single thing. I couldn’t even tell what I was smelling, good or bad. My second and third experiences were much better. Then the bottle sat for a long time while I tried many other whiskys. Then I got bored and came back. What a difference! It was like I had never tried it before. I could taste so many things. It was wonderful. I had found a new favorite.

You may not smell or taste anything I listed. You may catch on to things I missed. If you smell or taste it, then that is what you smell and taste. But it is interesting that when someone else tells you what they experience, that you can suddenly realize you get that too; and that in turn can unlock more of the puzzle for you. It’s a matter of trial and error, and reading or asking about others’ experiences to see if they help you at all. If not, no worries. Even if you can smell and taste things that sound like they would be great, you may still hate the impression you get. Works very well in reverse too, obviously. Coal tar and disinfectant smells may not seem yummy, but they can be. Just a matter of having a spirit of adventure and seeing if it pleases you. But if you initially hate things like I often do in scotch, do not hesitate to try again another day. Your tastes may suddenly change for the better! Do not be scared scotchless!