By William Brand
Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 1:12 pm in Uncategorized.
OK, this is the topper in Christmas weirdness and it actually looks like it might be useful: Meet the iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter for iPod. It costs $79 and attaches to an iPod or – I guess – an iPhone.
You connect it to the iPod, then hit a button and little wand comes out, blow into it and a readout appears showing the percentage of alcohol in your breath. Sounds handy. Actually, I’m not sure what the iPod has to do with it, since it looks like a self-contained unit.
Oh yes, it’s also an FM transmitter and sends your tunes wirelessly to –- not sure where.
Here’s their video.
I’ve seen these devices on line for as low as $17.95 like this one here.
But I don’t know if I’d risk my driver’s license on something bought at steep discount on the net. Personally, I take public transit whenever possible. I rely on beerbybart to get me to my destination.
One more possibility for a Christmas present would be a subscription to a beer magazine. The Alstrom Brothers, Todd and Jason, (beeradvocate.com) are offering a one year sub to their new magazine: Beer Advocate, $30 for 12 issues. That’s far from cheap, I realized. But then, I really like the tone of their mag; it’s low on bs, with lots of useful info.
Two other beer magazines are the pioneering All About Beer, $20 for six issues, and Brew Your Own, aimed at homebrewers, 8 issues for $25.
On to beer… Bad news about the Sprecher IPA2, the stellar double IPA from Wisconsin I reviewed last week. I got a sample from the brewery rep. He said they had a distributor network set up throughout the state, but the distributor in Los Angeles went belly up. Now they’re regrouping. The beer should be in Beverages & More stores next month.
Black Diamond Winter Ale from Black Diamond Brewing, Concord, CA. is finally out. The brewer, Derek Smith, said it’s brewed with a yeast “similar to Chimay” and weighs in at 7.2 percent ABV. It’s dark, with a mildly spicy nose and a bone dry finish. Wish it wasn’t so dry, but then I’m prejudiced toward big and malty. THREE STARS – . It’s in stores around Contra Costa County (Suburban San Francisco) and in good stores in Alameda County.
Another new beer, making its way into fine beer stores here is Ballast Point Big Eye India Pale Ale. Nice beer: 6 percent, big rocky hjead, hops on the nose, cirus and pineapple. Taste is dry with a hoppy finish.THREE STARS. In 22 oz. bottles.
And another… Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock, 7.2 percent, in 25 oz, flip top bottle: Nice beer, not a stunner, but quite drinkable. It’s fairly sweet with lots of caramel. THREE STARS –.