Vodka

Farrar spruiking for RTD manufacturers?

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Yesterday I posted that the RTD producer of the tipple of choice of Hamilton’s 9 year olds – Independent Liquor has remained tight lipped over the incident.

Saying nothing leaves the void to be filled by others.

Spanishbride said it all;

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Our Pinko Mate on Socialist Bars

David Farrar interrupts his travel blog to have a sook about police not wanting to waste resources on policing drunken bogans after 3am. The rest of us have to subsidise him and his mates if they want to stay out to 3am boozing.

I wish the Police would stick to their jobs and not try to become like the Mutaween. It is not their job to decide people must stop dancing in town by 3 am.
I’ve often been in town after 3 am. You may be at a function until around 11 pm, and then want to head out with a few friends to carry on talking and drinking. We’re not being rowdy, not drunk, not causing problems – just enjoying some drinks and conversation. On other occasions we may mix that in with some dancing, which you know is legal and okay to do after 3 am.  Read more »

Proof: Champagne is a socialist’s drink (so long as someone else is paying)

I hope no one tells Cactus Kate about this startling new discovery…tough to be fair she buys her own champagne…because no one else can afford her preferred tipple.

It’s official: champagne is a socialist’s drink. That’s according to a consumer study from the US that has correlated what people imbibe with their voting habits. Apparently, wine-drinkers are most likely to turn out at elections (the hangovers are lighter than for spirits) and rum is the most bipartisan tipple of all. Right-wingers prefer whiskeys such as Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. Left-wingers like prosecco, vodka, gin and champagne.

The survey has plenty of gaps. What if, like me, you spent New Year’s Eve mixing your drinks? Does that shot of vodka washed down with a glass of whisky make me an undecided voter, or just a diabetic waiting to happen? And what’s the significance of people’s taste in nibbles? Red meat for the conservatives; canapes for the socialists. Meanwhile, those of us who prefer a fun party to a political party just abstain from eating altogether.

The survey is American, so how would it translate into British politics? Well, in my experience, fiscally unsound Labourites will drink anything that’s put in front of them. So long as someone else is paying.

Or how would it translate into NZ politics.

I somewhat suspect that Labour politicians no longer drink beer, with the exception of Shane Jones and Damian O’Connor…they alone would drink beer and from the bottle.

If they were drinking beer it would probably be Stella Artois or that Mexican rubbish.

The Greens though they’d want something recycled…probably their own urine.

The Maori party would drink only Lion Brown…seems suitable if you get the pun.

Act? The younger hipster types would be Absinthe drinkers for sure. Top shelf for the older ones.

National…fine wines with quality beers for BBQs. The Young Nats would certainly hook into Farrar’s free liquid panty remove…if only they were into chicks.

Bright Idea for Independent Liquor?

Isn’t this just dandy. Some clown thinks it’s a great idea to flog off RTDs in a sachet. Let’s see how that works out for them.

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Sachets of alcohol designed to be slipped discreetly into purses and pockets are being sold in liquor stores, alarming police and alcohol-watch groups.

Branded as “Cheeky” and “Sneaky”, the shots are easily concealed, palm-sized alcopops promoted as drinks to carry all the time.

Already banned by some retailers in Britain, they are the cheapest single drink on sale, at just $2.

Looking more like a condom, these 20% alcohol RTDs are being pushed as a new way to score with the ladies. Even their Facebook page is happily promoting them to young girls.  Read more »

Police investigating Independent Liqour’s The Mill

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It’s never a good look for a company to ignore solutions to problems handed to them on a plate – especially from a person they said was a poor parent. But that’s what’s happened.

Big Booze company Independent Liquor copped it in the slats for selling its Red Square Vodka online to kids via it solely owned The Mill outlet.  The Mill’s GM Bevan Seddon told Gavin Holmes that as a parent, he should be responsible for his lying son. Nice work Bevan.

But Gavin Holmes wasn’t done with Independent Liquor. He has come back and thrown the cat among the pigeons by asking them why they don’t adopt a Department of Internal Affairs Initiative to stop kids buying booze online.  Read more »

Crisis at Independent Liquor deepens

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On Saturday I blogged about a new report showing 70% of alcohol intake of girls aged 14-17 is from RTDs.

If that wasn’t tidy enough for Independent Liquor’s boss Julian Davidson, we now see Independent Liquor’s solely owned The Mill booze outlet selling its Red Square Vodka online to kids.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the kid’s parent was essentially told by Independent Liquor/The Mill’s GM Bevan Seddon that;

“because our son was prepared to lie about his age we had failed in our moral duty as parents”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Seddon denies this, but confirmed he made a comment about telling him that his son had lied. Then, just to put icing on the cake, Bevan Seddon kept digging, and slammed the parent by saying

“all parents should be accountable for the actions of their teenage children”.

If it’s not bad enough that young girls aged 14 years are tucking into RTDs, Independent Liquor’s own nationwide retail outlet The Mill is flicking Red Square Vodka online to more kids.  Read more »

The Whacky World of Wendyl Nissen, she talks about boozing, vodka, wine and homepathy

On Friday Wendyl Nissen once again mislead listeners over products. This time it was wine.

Have a listen as she boasts about getting hammered on Vodka because it is pure and at the same time saying she doesn’t trust wine because you never know what they are putting in it.

She either doesn’t know what she is talking about, or is deliberately lying. Since she touts herself as a food expert one assumes she is doing it deliberately.

In order for something to be called wine the Food Standards Australia NZ stipulates:

1             Interpretation

In this Standard –

wine means the product of the complete or partial fermentation of fresh grapes, or a mixture of that product and products derived solely from grapes.

wine product means a food containing no less than 700 mL/L of wine as defined in this Standard, which has been formulated, processed, modified or mixed with other foods such that it is not wine.

2             Addition of other foods to wine during production

The following foods may be added to wine during production –

(a)          grape juice and grape juice products; and
(b)          sugars; and
(c)          brandy or other spirit; and
(d)          water, where the water is necessary to incorporate any permitted food additive or processing aid.   Read more »

Which country has the worse drinking problem?

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Speaking of BBQ season…

It’s obvious that the Labour Party MPs need some fortification during these stressful times.

The Whale suggests Bacon Flavoured Vodka drunk from Meat Shot Glasses.

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Green Hypocrite in a Gay Red Shirt

Kevin Hague was pictured in the DomPost yesterday wearing a red shirt to protest John Key’s “gay red top” comment:


The shirt advertises Absolut vodka and this from an MP who has spoken out against alcohol advertising.

Once again a Green MP covers himself with the shield of sanctimony.