I am not ashamed to say that I love a good drink. With few exceptions, I have found most wines, beers, and hard liquor in all its varied forms to be wonderful, wonderful things. Of course that train of thought has led me to eventually seek out the best and the brightest – as well as the strangest – in the realms of alcohol. So, for your delectation and delight, some examples of beer, wine, and general booze that I classify as steampunk!
1. Kraken Rum: This probably goes without saying, all things considered. The label/bottle alone are extremely good reasons to buy it. The rum itself, however, may take some getting used to for those more accustomed to Captain Morgan and Bacardi. It packs a serious, burning punch when you drink it straight (as myself and some of my more adventurous friends have been known to do.) In mixed drinks it loses that nasty/lovely caustic element and goes down nice and smooth. The flavor is heavy on vanilla, with other spices like cinnamon and cloves acting as ‘backup dancers’, if you will. (Please note, you must say ‘Release the Kraken’ when you open it. It’s the law.)
2. Steam Whistle Beer: I mentioned this umpteen blog posts ago, but Steam Whistle, if you can get it, is an excellent, light, Canadian pilsner, eminently drinkable. It goes great with luncheon type food and is very refreshing. The label itself is what causes me to class it as steampunk, and the brilliant green bottle is also very pretty to look at. One small problem; I haven’t been able to find it in the US, despite much scowering.
3. Ichabod ale: From the New Holland brewery, this is a wonderful seasonal beer. They use pumpkins in the mix (which I cannot taste) and spices (which I most definitely can). The end result is one of the few dark-er beers that I actually enjoy. (As a rule of thumb I almost always drink IPAs, partially because I love how they taste but also because most people don’t like them and therefore won’t steal mine.)
4. Midas Touch: Derived from the chemical sampling of the inside of an ancient, cauldron, this stuff is apparently pretty damn close to what ancient people used to get sloshed on. It’s good, albeit pricey (saffron is used in the brewing process), middle of the range on the sliding scale of pale to dark beers, and while I don’t know that it’s one of my favorites, it’s still a great way to strike up conversation at parties.
5. Biere de Mars: An awesome Belgian beer, this stuff comes in an ENORMOUS bottle, and you will be tempted to drink it all in one go. And in this case, you can give in to temptation. The stuff is amazing -light, bubbly, and otherworldly. It makes me want to climb aboard the Enterprise or the TARDIS and go whizzing through space.
I have not, however, been able to find a steampunk gin. Any suggestions on that front are welcome.