It’s Friday. Time to cast off the shackles of work and head out to your local happy hour. But tonight, don’t let it be Lowenbrau; class up your bacchanalia and upgrade your libations with a new drink. There are a bunch of video podcasts out there trying to teach you how to appreciate the finer spirits in life. As with all our podfights, I’ll run through a few of the best, and at the end you can pick your favorite in our Best of the Booze ‘Cast poll.
Wine Library TV
Gary Vaynerchuk (or “Gary V”) is the grand poo-bah of vino, and his daily podcasts are more entertaining than they should be considering they’re little more than a guy from Jersey slurping wine. I’ve written about his frenetic show before. Phrases like “bringing the thunder” when describing cabernets is par for the course. He may be over the top, but he definitely makes drinking wine fun.
Cocktails on the Fly
I have mixed emotions about Fly‘s host Alberta Straub. She tended bar at the Orbit Room here in San Francisco and made the most delicious drinks ever — but she was such an artisan that it took forever to get served (a literal buzz kill). Straub could be a little more lively on camera, and she doesn’t bother to change outfits when taping multiple episodes, but she knows her stuff and can whip up some truly inventive drinks.
Tiki Bar TV
You gotta hand it to the Tiki crew — the put on a heckuva show. It’s not just people in front of a camera, it’s got characters, a script — each show even has a plot. Sure, it’s a bit too cheesy for my taste, but high production values and original cocktail concoctions save the day.
It’s a tough call, but for me, I love Gary V. He drops some serious fruit bombs on a daily basis and I don’t get as inebriated when chugging his suggestions. But which one is the Absolut best? The creme to your de menthe? The Poncho to your Villa? Cast your vote in our poll and drink up the comments.