Win $50 Worth of Free Wine!

rafflecopter-50Who wants free wine?

Our friends at Underground Cellar are hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway, offering a $50 gift card which you can put towards free wine from their online shop. All you have to do is click the giveaway link above and hope your name is drawn!

Who are these folks? Through the Underground Cellar online community you can interact directly with crazy prestigious vintners and aficionados, get access to private stashes of small-production wines from high-end wineries and receive free upgrades on your wine purchases. Join today at undergroundcellar.com to start reaping the benefits!

Update: Congrats to our winner, Bill Tuttle!

Etch Your Own Flask… And Win One!

drinkhacker collapsible cupHip flasks are a dime a dozen these days — but one you get to engrave yourself, with your favorite logo, initials, a picture of your kids, or whatnot, now that’s worth checking out.

PersonalizedFlask.net may be a rather obvious name, but it’s a website that makes, well, personalized flasks. They are stainless steel items, engraved by laser with the design of your choice. Pick off the rack initials or go crazy and upload your own images. The company sent me some credits to try it out, and I did.

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Watch George Dickel’s “Raising the Bar” – And You Can Win Cool Stuff!

So here’s a new thing.

Our friends at George Dickel — who have just launched their own Rye Whiskey nationally — got it in their heads to put a group of teams together and tasked them with building the “perfect bar.” They turned it into a short-form reality series for Hulu, where one episode is airing each week, six in total.

The craftsmen all made custom bars, some relatively orthodox, some decidedly not. It’s fun to watch all of this happen… but wait, there’s more! In fact, it’s where you come in. Dickel has paired up a bunch of us blogger types with the master crafters on Raising the Bar to see if we can’t upgrade these things a bit.

Drinkhacker’s been buddied up with — appropriately — Team Robotics, a trio which is angling to build a bar that comes equipped with a robotic pump that scoots around the bar to dispense shots of Dickel. How’d they do? Take it away, Hulu!

So, what do you think Team Robotics can do to enhance its fantastic creation? Dickel will be judging Team Drinkhacker’s suggestions — and building the winning ideas by hand. Submit the best bar enhancement, and you could win it! What are we talking about? The sky’s the limit. Laser-etched glassware? Hydraulic barstools? A conveyer belt for shots? You tell Dickel, and if ours is the most creative, most original, and most representative of American craftsmanship — just like these bars — Dickel will have them made (handmade, of course) and sent to us. For real. Just make sure your idea makes this bar “even more badass than it already is.”

To clarify: If you come up with the winning idea, your dream will become a reality, your reality. Because Dickel and Drinkhacker will send it to you.

What say ye? Send us your wild enhancements for Team Robotics’ wild robotender and we’ll pass the best idea of the lot on to George Dickel’s panel of judges. Winners will be announced in a few weeks. Meanwhile, check out the Hulu series, and post your killer concept in the comments section below, on Facebook or Twitter, or send them to us via email. (Links for all at the top of the page.)

Good luck, and happy drinking!

Contest: Win a Copy of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

KBWThe folks at the University Press of Kentucky have been kind enough to supply us with three copies of Michael Veach’s new book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage to give away to the three randomly selected people who can send the answers to the following questions to [email protected]:

1. True or False:  There are more barrels of bourbon in the Commonwealth of Kentucky than there are people.

2. What are the major differences between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey?

Send us over the answers along with your physical mailing address and you’ll be entered to win. Hurry though, as the contest ends at noon PST on March 15, 2013!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker or Null Media employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

Contest: Lapham’s Quarterly Issue Giveaway

ladiesSo the fine folks at Lapham’s Quarterly have been generous enough to give away a copy of the Intoxication issue to the three randomly selected people who can send the answers to the following questions to [email protected]:

1. Name a traditional hangover remedy used predominantly in Poland.

2. Complete the following quote from Melville: “Better sleep with a
sober cannibal than a _______ __________”

3. The allowed amount of whiskey a lumberjack was allowed to drink on
the job in 1850s Wisconsin:
a) 3.5 oz b) 4 oz c) 4.5 oz d) 5 oz

4. Name the artist behind the following lyrics: “When someone
overshoots the measure of his drink / He’s no more in control of tongue
and mind / He says wild things that make the sober blush / And feels no
shame in anything he does while drunk”

5. Which drink contains a larger percentage of alcohol: sake or port?

Send us over the answers and you’ll be entered to win. Hurry though, as the contest ends at noon PST on February 8, 2013!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker or Null Media employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

Review and Giveaway: SKIL iXO Vivo Wine Bottle Opener

skil ixo vivo kitI’m not one to swoon over the romance of drinking wine, but even I find that de-corking your bottles with a power drill is a little nutty.

SKIL, unhappy to dominate the world of DIY construction and IKEA desk-building projects, is entering the wine world in the only way it knows how, by offering a tiny power drill with a corkscrew attachment.

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Win a Trip to Scotland, Courtesy of Jura Whisky

This just in from our pals at Jura. A week in Scotland, why not?

Jura single malt whisky, in partnership with Olympus, is launching an online photography competition (www.jurawhisky.com/communityspirit) to find images from across the world that best embody the theme of ‘community spirit’.

Three budding amateur photographers are being offered the chance to win an unforgettable trip to the island of Jura, off Scotland’s dramatic West Coast. The island is famed for its small and close-knit community of less than 200, united by the island they love and the warmth of its people. The walls of the Distillery Visitor Centre are adorned with photos of Diurachs (the Gaelic name for the people of Jura) past and present, who have all played their part in contributing to the island’s famous community spirit.

To experience Jura’s island life for themselves, amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs that best tell a story of community spirit. These images could include photos of groups or individuals that evoke the spirit of the neighbourhood in which they live, or even photos of festivals and events that conjure the character of a particular place.

Each one of the three winners and their partners will enjoy a week’s all-expenses stay in the exclusive Jura Lodge and a VIP tour of the Jura distillery and island. The winners will also receive an Olympus PEN E-PL3 camera to create a lasting memento of their visit to Jura, and a photography workshop on the island from award-winning photographer David Nightingale (www.chromasia.com).

To enter, applicants must upload a photo that captures community spirit onto an e-postcard template along with a description in 50 words or less of why that picture tells a story of community spirit. Jura will assess a shortlist of the very best ‘postcards’ and pick three lucky winners – one from North America, one from the UK and a third from the rest of the world.

The competition, which can be found by visiting www.jurawhisky.com/communityspirit, opens today (Monday, 11 June) and will run for eight weeks, closing on Friday, 3 August.

Entrants are encouraged to share their e-postcards with friends and family. Every week for eight weeks, Jura will be awarding an Olympus VG-170 camera and a bottle of Jura 16 year old to the photo which receives the most public votes during the course of that week.

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