Friday, December 26, 2014

Where are you boozing New Years, New Years Eve?

IT'S NEARLY 2015, BITCHES! Where the fuck did 2014 go? What a year! Let me say that again with some emphasis, WHAT A FUCKING YEAR! Congratulations on making it this far.

Now, the important question, where will you be boozing for New Years? We got wind of a few events that sound like a pretty damned good might not even need to pack a flask (who am I kidding, ALWAYS pack a flask...add that as resolution for your 2015).

Craft beer lovers rejoice! There's an event for you:
Check out Drink Philly's Craft Beer New Year where, for $75 you can enjoy an open bar, a dinner buffet (eat it all) and a champagne toast at midnight.
You know you want it, beer that want beer.

If you were looking for something a little more...trendy, fret not there's a party for you. This year The Piazza's Masquerade, 15 at the Piazza promises to be a good time. Hopefully this crowd will do less 'pissing all over the neighborhood'. Part of the ticket sales benefit MS Society - that's right, start your year with a celebration and a pat on the back because you're boozing for charity, Bitches! With Tit's Handmade Vodka as the open bar sponsor, I'm fairly certain you'll be the best kind of drunk, not the kind of drunk who pees on things, and bones in stranger's driveways. Buy your tickets now for that event, starting at $85. Don't forget to hit social media when you buy your ticket #nyepiazza #cliquecities

Sucker for a great display of fireworks? Don't miss out on the New Years Eve celebration happening at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Get in a good skate, then cozy up with some boozy refreshments.

Tickets are a steal at only $30 a piece for the 10pm-1am session!

I keep thinking about that terrible Katy Perry song...I'll have to drink more whiskey to make it go away. I feel filthy...I'm filthy.

Maybe you're a bitch who's into boats! You too can sleep on a bunk and enjoy the chilly, but I'm certain, fantastic view of the fireworks from the Battle Ship New Jersey.

Tickets are $75 and you can reserve your bunk for the sleepover. Reservations are a must and this event is family friendly. Family friendly might mean it's time to start on that flask resolution we discussed earlier. Extra points if there's a cat on your flask!

Stay drunk, Bitches!

Have a happy fucking New Year too!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Tis the season to drink porters!

As you all know, we at This Drunk Bitch hate the winter. Like, really REALLY hate it. The cold, the wind, the absence of the's all dreadful.

But for me, there is a bright spot in this otherwise bleak, dead, wintry wasteland. All of the best dark beers are in season, especially my beloved porters.

I've been a huge fan over the last few weeks of the Magic Hat Winterland Variety 24 pack. I'm always a fan of variety packs because I hate committing to just one beer, especially if I haven't tried it yet. I know, I know- Magic Hat is kind of mainstream, but good beer is good beer!

So, inside this variety pack is quite possibly my new favorite porter: Starlit Star Anise Porter. It has a nice strong anise-forward nose, and then the taste is a really nice mild anise flavor at the front and then progresses toward a silky, dark chocolatey finish. What I really love about this beer is that it could have been too sweet, it could have been too much spice, or it could have tasted like straight up black licorice (fucking GAG), but it didn't. It's super balanced and mild in flavor, and the anise plays perfectly off of its texbook porter backdrop. I will definitely be bringing a case of this to get drunk with my family on Christmas day.

The rest of the beers in the variety pack are pretty delicious too. If porters aren't your thing, you can try my second favorite, Snow Roller Hoppy Brown Ale. It still encompasses the flavors of the holidays, just with a little more of that hoppy bite we all love, and it's a bit lighter-bodied and less viscous than the porter.

So go out and pick up this great variety pack, and share it with someone you love this holiday season. Or drink it all yourself. I don't know your life.

Stay drunk, bitches!

...and Merry Fucking Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ugly sweaters, eggnog and Chirtmas carol karaoke!

It's time for a Christmas Eve, eve party! Face it, you probably need the holiday cheer, or at least the holiday spirit, which I assume means holiday booze...because I'm a drunk Bitch. The Gaslight, is hosting an ugly sweater, Christmas carol karaoke party, Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 and each one who braves the mic will be rewarded, with extra liquid courage!

There will be a few special cocktails available for only $5 at the event. An Elf on the Shelf sangria, with cinnamon, mulling spices and cloves.  Then there's The Snowball, which is Chef Jason Cichonski's rendition of Eggnog. For the record, Elf on the Shelf - the little weird guy you people put all over your home - creeps me the hell out. Stop it.

“We wanted to do something fun and different to celebrate the season,” says Chef
Cichonski. “I can’t think of a better way than singing drunken Christmas carols in cheesy
holiday sweaters.”

If you were looking for a way to really let loose on a Tuesday, this could be the answer to all of your wants! Put on your ugly Christmas sweater, extra points if it lights up or plays a tune and head to The Gaslight at 120 Market Street, in Old City. The Ugly Sweater party starts at 9, get there early and booze hard! 

Just for fun I decided to post this photo of my cat Jeffe, with Santa. It's a bit difficult to see, but Jeffe's ugly Christmas sweater is a Santa Suit. He's gonna be so embarrassed. #catsinclothes

Ho, ho, ho Merry Christmas! 

oh - and

Stay Drunk, Bitches! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moderate amounts of booze might just help your immune system! SCIENCE!

That's right, bitches! In a recent studyrhesus macaques (monkeys - which were chosen for their similarities to the human immune system) who were moderate drinkers showed an enhanced response to booster shots. This study compared a control group which consumed only sugar water, as well as a group of rhesus macaques who were booze hounds and drank more than just the moderate amount. 

Clearly, with a boozy holiday fast on our heels this is great news! If you're a moderate drinker, you're probably helping yourself fight off those winter sniffles. At least we live in a time where we no longer need a prescription to booze. 

Please note that we are in no way scientists...but it's great when science agrees with our lifestyles! WOOT! 

Stay drunk, Bitches! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Drunk Bitches love's stuff to buy.

The season of buying people shit is approaching and you want to make sure to get the Drunk Bitch in your life something they won't be able to live without. Sure there is always the 'buy them a bottle of booze' cop-out but you're better than that...or at least you want to seem like you are.  Great news! We might just be able to steer you in the right direction!

Why not share some cocktail inspiration with Katie Loeb's book Shake, Stir, Pour-Fresh Homegrown Cocktails: Make Syrups, Mixers, Infused Spirits, and Bitters with Farm-Fresh Ingredients-50 Original Recipes. Katie is a favorite of mine, right now you can find her shaking up cocktails at the Trestle Inn a few nights a week. We're bringing shop local to a whole new level! With a forward by Jose Garces and 50 recipes to inspire you to experiment with your cocktails, this book is the perfect gift. If you're Drunk Bitch is also a fan of cooking at home, this is the perfect gift for them.

For the history buff, consider checking out the Wines of The American Revolution tastings at Pinot Boutique in Old City. Pinot has quite an event list, if you haven't checked it out you really should, there's a little something for everyone. The Wines of The American Revolution event appears to run each Saturday through 2015 and sounds pretty awesome, tickets are priced at $25.00 a person, totally affordable.

Whiskey is magical, and for those of you who are lucky enough to know a Drunk Bitch who loves whiskey, here's a perfect pairing for them! This Whiskey Lovers set available at Hipster Home in Chestnut Hill. It comes with the two beautiful tumblers and 6 whiskey stones for only $60.00 - free shipping! Bonus points if you also find them a bottle of Old Powers to add with it. *Hint hint*

I am partial to whiskey and whiskey related things, so I'll also suggest you check out the Whiskey Wedge! Here's a great way to chill, but not water down your whiskey. You can purchase this beauty at Swag Boutique in Northern Liberites, of course it's also available on their website, only $14.95 and fantastic. 

Know a wine loving hockey fan like Tara? Then here's what you could get for them! Chaddsford Winery has Flyer's wine, the preferred wine of the Philadelphia Flyers available for purchase. For only $15.99 a bottle, it's totally worth the know since we in Philadelphia can't actually have booze shipped to our homes. Damn it. Chadsford suggests serving the wine slightly chilled, like my soul. 

If none of these ideas are going to work for you, I might suggest buying a gift card to the recipients favorite place to imbibe, or just taking the 'I put no real thought into this gift so here's a bottle of booze with a ribbon on it' approach. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A sober month to celebrate.

Just a bit of bitchy humor. 
For many years, at the request of my mother I've spent one month a year sober. My mother is in recovery, she's a part of the AA program and has been sober for some time. She worries that I'll end up with an issue similar to hers. For this reason I take a month off of boozing and enjoy life as a sober person, at her request.

Surprisingly I don't often feel tempted to booze during my sober month. I find that it's a good exercise of will power and really I kind of like the sober perspective. I still go out to bars with friends, I'm just the sober party. I like keeping my same routine, going to bars, attending parties and spending time with friends. I sip on a water or a ginger ale and listen to the drunk babble that I'm usually a part of and it makes me smile. Last night there was drunken chatter of stockpiling oil and being epic an epic wingman and I thought to myself, 'this is awesome, I have the kind of friends who talk about oil stockpiling and solar roads while hammered.' 

If you've never tried to give yourself a boozy break, I do suggest you try it. You'll learn a lot about the people you surround yourself with, some of it will be good, some will be bad and it might give you insight into the kind of relationships you're building. You might find that your friends aren't above trying to peer pressure you into a drink, even though your sobriety is a choice, maybe you'll find that some are more than willing to participate in social activities that don't involve booze or maybe you'll find out that some of your friends are real assholes when they are drunk. 

The real thing is you might learn a lot about your own personal relationship with alcohol. In my years of boozy breaks I've personally inspired a few friends to give it a try. Some have found that their relationship with booze isn't one that is healthy for them. They try to follow their normal routine and find that temptation is too great, or that they cannot be in certain social situations without a bit of social lubricant. While there's not always a problem with having little self control, there is also a fine line between that and alcoholism. 

Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a real thing. I have seen it first hand, and watching someone you care about fall into a pattern of alcohol abuse is terrifying, confusing and easy to try to and overlook. I don't want to get too preachy on it, because clearly I love boozing, but I do want to encourage you all to do so responsibly. If you or someone you love is suffering from signs of alcoholism, please don't ignore it, ask yourself some questions, start a conversation, offer your support or reach out for help.

If you know of a great resource or have an experience you'd like to share, please leave a comment. 

Drink responsibly, Bitches!  

Love Susan

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why you should get drunk at holiday parties

We've all seen them- those condescending holiday party etiquette rules laid out by the Matha Stewarts and Clinton Kellys of the world. They usually contain some standards like, don't eat all the hors d'oeuvres, don't fuck your date in your aunts powder room, and the one rule that is ever present on every list- DON'T GET DRUNK.

We'll that, my friends, is fucking bullshit.

How awkward are family parties? For most of us, we all only get together a few times a year, and the older we get, the more distance we all have between us. Know what makes all of that go away? Booze! That's right. There's nothing like sitting around a table catching up with cousins you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving over a lovely bottle of whiskey or a few bottles of wine. Personally, I'm partial to the craft beers of the season, especially since winter beers are strong as hell, but you can get as creative as you want.

And let's not forget that there's always a ton of food at these get togethers. Remember when you were home from college on Thanksgiving break, hungover as hell from your night-before-Thanksgiving shenanigans?  Remember how fucking good that turkey tasted after all that drinking? Most of us don't go out for "high school reunion night" (as I affectionately call it) anymore,  but you can still get that same overwhelmingly satisfying feeling of drunk eating by actually, well, drunk eating!

The important thing to remember is that all parties are more fun when you're all drinking and enjoying yourselves. Why people try to shame us into making exceptions for the most wonderful time of the year, I'll never understand. And don't be embarrassed if you get a little sloshed. If you're reading this blog, chances are your family already expects you to be the drunk one. Just don't be the dickhead who shows up empty handed and drink everyone else's booze.

So go forth and drink, and have a wonderfully inebriated holiday season!

Stay drunk, bitches!