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Read This and Drink with Confidence

Ask anyone who drinks alcohol and you’ll hear something different from everybody. One will attest that tequila makes them euphoric and social, another will attribute their sudden rush of aggressiveness to too much Jack Daniels or Vodka. While there is plenty of scientific study about how alcohol affects the brain, there is still not a lot of information on how different types of alcohol work on the body. If you’ve ever wondered how to drink with more confidence, read on!

 A “Standard” to Live By

Did you know that all alcohol whether you’re talking about wine, beer, whiskey, or tequila is the same? All drinkable alcohols are made from ethanol, and ethanol just so happens to be what gets you drunk. The NIH thus has created the “standard drink” model so people can understand that all drinks regardless of their respective sizes contain the same amount of ethanol. A standard drink refers to 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of liquor, or 5 ounces of wine.

The Factor of Environment

The way in which you consume alcohol, as well as the environment where you consume it both play important roles in how it will affect your body and mood. Having a few beers while watching TV will feel different than taking 2 back-to-back shots at a club with your friends. This is because your choice of drinking environment is reinforcing the experience you want to have. For example, if you like to philosophize around the fireplace, sipping on a peaty scotch is probably a better choice than shots of Jägermeister and Red Bull.

The company you keep while drinking is also indicative of your mood while drinking. Studies have shown that when individuals are with others that are drinking heavily, they’re more inclined to feel just as intoxicated as their comrades even if they haven’t drunk as much. Choose your friends wisely when you’re planning on consuming alcohol, it will influence your experience heavily.

In the Mix

Are you feeling uncharacteristically tired or hyper after a few cocktails? If your drink is mixed with highly caffeinated or sugary liquids, it will quench the intoxicated feeling even though you’re taking on the same amount of alcohol. Sugar has been found to actually mitigate the effects of intoxication because it slows down the entry of ethanol into the bloodstream.

Conclusion

The best strategy for a fun night out on the town is to moderate your drinking and keep in mind that your experience with alcohol is hinged on both who you’re with as well as what you’re mixing your alcohol in if anything. When you feel like having a standard drink (or two) in an inviting and fun atmosphere, visit Johnny’s Bar & Grill today.


A Brief History of the Speakeasy

At Johnny’s Bar & Grill, we’re passionate about not only serving up the best food and drinks around but an amazing experience as well. This commitment to what we do have gotten us curious about how the American bar tradition really took off in the first place. So we followed the historical trail all the way back to the roaring twenties when the speakeasies rose to prominence. After learning the colorful history of early American bar life, we put together this brief history of the speakeasy for you to enjoy!

History of the Speakeasy

The History

America has always had a storied history with bars and alcohol. What’s more iconic of the Wild West than the saloon? This love affair with bar life skyrocketed at the time you would least expect. In 1920, prohibition was set into law and all sales of alcoholic beverages over 0.5 alcohol became illegal. Soon after, people looking to get their fix of beers and spirits had to do so in secret. Thus the speakeasy was born.

In the need for secrecy, most speakeasies opened within already established shops and restaurants. These speakeasies were often guarded by a doorman who requested a password that those in the know would be able to give him. This helped to prevent government agents from infiltrating the speakeasy and added to the members’ only environment. These hidden bars became host to a vibrant cultural and music scene and were responsible for the growing popularity of things like swing dancing and jazz music.

To put into context how popular these establishments became, for every bar or saloon that legally existed before prohibition, at least a half dozen speakeasies took their place. The term “speakeasy” came from the unspoken code to have a sense of anonymity and to prevent drawing suspicion when drinking at the bar. These spots quickly became a hotbed for crime and illicit behavior, with gangs and criminal organizations providing the liquor. Many of the famous gangsters of the time like Al Capone, gained notoriety hustling alcohol.

Many popular drinks were birthed during this era. Drinks like the Mule and Rum Monkey were created as code names to obscure that people were talking about alcoholic drinks. The lively environment and competition between speakeasies fostered many a great drink. During the time of prohibition between 1920 and 1933, drinking culture reached new heights and the party has never stopped since.

While the Volstead Act that started prohibition may be over, Johnny’s Bar & Grill is still carrying the speakeasy drinking environment alive. With tons of great drinks and a fun atmosphere that flappers and gentlemen back in the day would dance all night long, we’re the perfect place for your good times!

Drinking Smarter During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is the perfect time to warm your body up with alcohol. That said, alcohol consumption spikes up during this festive time and results in higher DUI incidents. You’ve probably heard of the phrase “drink responsibly”, and understanding the implications behind that phrase isn’t very difficult. No one recommends taking six shots within one hour or that you have to finish a bottle of wine before the night ends. The way you consume your alcohol is up to you, but we’re going to offer ways in which you can drink smarter and save yourself from turning a Christmas party into a nightmare. Drinking in moderation will not only help you enjoy your festivities but also shape your drinking habits for non-holiday events or activities.

Hydrate.

Alcohol dehydrates you fast; it’s a diuretic, which means you’re going to run to the bathroom quite often. Because you’re flushing out the fluids from your body, you’re going to lack key electrolytes and experience a worse hangover than if you’d stayed hydrated. Drinking water in between your alcoholic drinks is essential to staying hydrated and maintaining your composure in a social setting. Don’t ever feel ashamed for carrying around a cup or bottle of water – you know your body best!

Use low-calorie mixers.

It’s easy to pack on a lot of calories during the holidays, especially during Thanksgiving. When you’ve got alcohol on the menu, you’ll want to stay wary of how much you’re consuming. Try weaving in low-calorie mixers such as no-calorie sodas or tonics. Dabble in some alcoholic experiments because you’ll never know what you might create that’s beneficial for your weight and health!

Enjoy in moderation.

No matter what kind of drinker you are, you should slow down and enjoy the festivities. You don’t want to pass out within an hour after gulping down shots of tequila and wake up the next day without really conversing with friends or family. Most things in life should be enjoyed in moderation because too much of it can ruin the experience or fun. That doesn’t mean you have to cut alcohol out of your celebrations – just be aware of your limits!

Remember why you’re celebrating.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget why you’re drinking in the first place because the alcohol kicks in pretty quickly. With the holidays just around the corner, you’re going to see family and friends who you haven’t connected with in a long time. The precious days that you have off from work might be the only ones you can use to see loved ones. Don’t let overconsumption of alcohol get in the way of celebrating the holidays!

Conclusion

Despite what anyone says, you can drink smart. That doesn’t mean you have to call yourself the “sober crew”; you’re just taking sips in moderation while focusing on the holiday party. We’ve outlined just a few tips, but there are plenty more that you can take into consideration when you’re spending time with friends and family for the holidays. What’s most important when consuming alcohol is that you’re hydrated and you’re eating enough food to satisfy your cravings for the rest of the year!

The Spirit of Whisky

Have you ever walked into a bar for happy hour to wet your whistle a little with some whisky? Most people do. Whisky is one of the most enjoyed spirits across the nation. When the fire-water isn’t enjoyed neat or with an ice cube, it’s being paired with some coke or as a sour. There is no wonder why it is one of the most profitable spirits in the world.

But, why are there so many terms for it? Whisky, Whisky Bourbon, and Scotch are just a few of the names that this elixir goes by. All these names can cause confusion for what is essentially the same drink. We here at Johnny’s Bar and Grill are here to shed some light on your favorite drink.

The different names for what is essentially the same drink is boiled down to the ingredients and the region where it was made. The grain being used determines what type of whisky you are going to get.

USA

In the United States, Bourbon and Tennessee dominate our pallets and the market. First, we have Bourbon, which must contain at least 51% corn – the rest is a mix of rye, wheat or barley. About 95% of all Bourbons are distilled in Kentucky, they are synonymous with one another.

On the other hand, Tennessee Whisky must be produced in Tennessee. That may sound redundant, but whisky producing is very territorial, and Tennessee Whisky makers abhor being referred to as Bourbon. The charcoal filtering process that it goes through makes it unique to other whiskeys.

International

In the UK, we have smooth and delicious Scotch. Scotch is essentially Whisky, but made in Scotland. Scotch is mostly made with malted barley. Unlike most whisky’s that go well with mixing, Scotch is best enjoyed neat, or on the rocks. You don’t want to ruin that trademark bite that goes with a good Scotch. Canadian Whisky is known for its lighter and smoother taste.

Canadian Whisky, or Rye Whisky is popular with our neighbors to the north. It is often known as Rye Whisky because rye is a popular addition to give it its distinct taste. Let’s not forget about the Irish and their Whisky. It is popular for its amazingly smooth and less than sweet taste. In order to be considered Irish whisky, it must be aged in Ireland for no less than three years.

Now that you know a little bit more about the spirit of whisky, we hope the next time that you sit in a bar and order some fire tonic you feel a bit more informed. Enjoy one for us!

What’s in a Beer

Not everyone drinks beer, but when they do, they love it. Beer is one of the most widely consumed adult beverages in the country. According to a Gallup Poll done in 2017, beer continued to be American’s go-to alcoholic beverage. Today, the popularity of beer has reached new heights.

With so many breweries across the country, the options have never been better. There are two primary styles of brewing: Ales and Lagers. We here at Johnny’s Bar and Grill want to shed a little light on the two beer styles because who doesn’t want to learn more about beer?

Lagers

While some may prefer the taste of other beers, there is no doubt that when it comes to sheer volume, lager has made its mark. Lager gets its name from the German word lagern, or to store. They have bottom-fermenting yeasts, which steep at the bottom of a fermentation container, and is then stored at cold temperatures until it’s ready to drink.

Lager style is king in the United States, not because it tastes better than ales, but rather by the sheer volume that is consumed. In 2017, 19 of the top 20 highest selling beers in the United States are lagers. If you have been to a party, restaurant, or bar it is almost a certainty that you have been sipped on a lager.

Popular Lagers

Budweiser

Coors Light

Miller Lite

Ales

On the other hand, ales are brewed with a top-fermenting yeast in warm temperatures. This results in a sweeter, fuller bodied taste. Interestingly enough, ales were seen as nutritional in medieval times. Its low alcohol content helped keep people hydrated without getting them drunk and seen almost as a meal substitute. The alcohol helped keep the precious nectar preserved and was deemed a safer option as to water, as it was often filled with bacteria.

Today, ales are as diverse as they are delicious. From pale ales and Indian pale ales to stouts and porters, this style of beer is known for its versatility. Ale has been around since the time of antiquity and continues to be delicious to this day.

Popular Ales

Newcastle Brown Ale

Guinness

Goose Island IPA

Beer is one part art, one part science, and all parts amazing. There is a reason why this beverage has been around for thousands of years. If you prefer lager to ales, great! If you prefer ales to lager, fantastic. There is nothing wrong with that. Or you can be like the vast majority of beer connoisseurs, and you can simply enjoy both.

We here at Johnny’s Bar and Grill are proud to serve both of these great styles of beers, and if you want to learn more, be sure to visit our website.