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New Year’s Resolutions for the TauBu Life

Want to live the TauBu life this year? Amp up your New Year's resolutions.

If you’re looking to put some excitement into your life during 2012, you’ve found the right blog. The makers of TauBu beer and the beautiful TauBu Girls have a few suggestions for your list of New Year’s resolutions. Get ready to give your boring old life a wicked punch, amp up your style and live the TauBu life:

  • Resolve to ditch the gym: These days, gyms look a bit more like nightclubs with the lights on. They’ve become more social hangouts or pickup markets than real exercise centers. Plus, even those who really do keep their garden-variety resolution and actually exercise at the gym don’t always get their money’s worth. That’s why TauBu Girl Kali recommends ditching the gym for some real, hardcore exercise. Extreme or outdoors activities like surfing, skateboarding, hiking or rock climbing help work more of your muscles in more ways because the movements are not repetitive like they are on the stair stepper at the gym.
  • Resolve to face something that freaks you out: Eleanor Roosevelt famously said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Turns out it’s one of TauBu Girl Edita’s favorite quotes. “If you can manage to balls up and conquer that one challenge you’ve been avoiding, you’ll be shocked at how powerful you feel,” Edita promises. And that confidence no doubt will spill over into other areas of your life, pushing you to see just how awesome you can be.
  • Resolve to prove them wrong: Got a critic telling you that you aren’t quite strong enough, smart enough, talented enough, etc. to grab that goal by the horns? TauBu Girl Lauren dares you to prove him/her wrong. Truth be told, criticism is often just a way for a wimp to mask his own fear. If he lacks the cojones to get the job done himself, he surely doesn’t want you publicly one-upping him. Whether it’s landing that trick or getting that job or winning that hottie’s attention, show ‘em how it’s done.
  • Resolve to take a stand: See an injustice that boils your blood? Got a cause that you believe in wholeheartedly? TauBu Girl Anna wants to know what you’re gonna do about it. It ain’t enough to say you support a cause. If you’ve got a TauBu kind of attitude, get out there and take some action. Start a petition, throw a fundraising event, feed some homeless, rescue a shelter pet, teach an at-risk kid a new skill, stand on the bow of a dinghy and scream obscenities at Japanese whalers — whatever it is you believe in, make it an active part of your life.
  • Resolve to have more fun: All work and no play makes for a very dull life. We’ve all got to make a living and deal with the minutia that life throws at us. But having a little fun helps make all the non-fun stuff a bit more bearable, TauBu Girl Amanda says. So, while you’re filling up your calendar with meetings and errands and trips to the dentist, make sure you schedule some time to rip it up or just chill out.

What’s your biggest, baddest New Year’s resolution? TauBu wants to know. Post it on our Facebook Fan page.

TauBu Celebrates Toe Wiggling, Bad Poetry, Zucchini Pranks and Angels in August

How will you celebrate "Be an Angel Day?" TauBu wants to know!

Each month boasts a list of nationally recognized-but-little known and sometimes odd observations. Makers of TauBu, the best new beer on the market, are loving August’s list of bizarre holidays. Pop the top on a can of your favorite TauBu flavor and make celebratory plans.

August is:

  • Admit You’re Happy Month – We sure are!
  • National Catfish Month – Check our next blog for a delish TauBu beer-battered catfish recipe.
  • Peach Month – The next new TauBu flavor, perhaps? See our Facebook fan page wall to vote and comment.
  • Romance Awareness Month – Shouldn’t every month be Romance Awareness Month?
  • National Picnic Month – Be sure to pack that cooler with plenty of TauBu Evil Apple, Wicked Punch and Midnite Berry.

This month also has some very interesting daily observations. The TauBu Girls’ favorites?…

TauBu Girl Anna loves National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (Aug. 1) and Wiggle Your Toes Day (Aug. 6). “Dig your toes into the soft beach sand or dangle them in the pool while enjoying a big ole’ slice of raspberry cream pie with a cold Midnite Berry. Yum!”

TauBu Girl Yashira loves the aggressive oddity of Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night (Aug. 8). “Apparently, zucchini ripens so fast that farmers are always stuck with way more than they can possibly cook or sell,” Yashira explains. “So people started sneaking baskets of it onto neighbor’s porches because they literally couldn’t give it away. Actually, I’d rather hide in the bushes with my own basket of zucchini and use it to pelt anyone trying to unload another bushel on me. Great nighttime target practice.”

TauBu Girl Jolyne is a Bad Poetry Day (Aug. 18) champ. “I admit it – I suck at poetry. Another reason I play football.”

TauBu Girl Courtney can’t wait for Be an Angel Day (Aug. 22) and Kiss and Make Up Day (Aug. 25). “I’m an angel every day. Really, I am. Except sometimes, I’ll pick a fight just to get to the kissing and making up part.”

TauBu Girl Lauren is all about Ride the Wind Day (Aug. 23) and Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26). “Last year, I bungee jumped off a bridge. This year, I’m hang gliding off the Makapuu Cliffs in Oahu, Hawaii.”

How are you celebrating this month? Let us know. And make sure to enjoy TauBu – the best new beer – while you’re at it.

TauBu Girls’ Great Beer Movie Picks

The 1996 Jon Favreau/Vince Vaughn film "Swingers" is a TauBu pick for great beer movies.

Here at TauBu, we love three things more than anything: beautiful women, great beer and funny movies. So, we popped open a few cans of Evil Apple, Midnite Berry and Wicked Punch and are set to enjoy a movie marathon with the TauBu Girls’ top picks for great beer movies. Here’s what’s on the TauBu marquis (In no particular order)…

TauBu Girl Jolyne’s great beer movie pick: “Swingers” (1996)
Mike (Jon Favreau) breaks up with his six-year sweetheart and heads to LA to make it in the movies. But he can’t get a break – in film or with the LA women. And he misses his girl. So his best friend Trent (Vince Vaughn) and company make it their business to help get Mike some play while drinking it up and cuttin’ a fool in the neo-hipster underground lounge scene. Says Vaughn in one of a-few-too-many lines apparently designed to launch a new catchphrase, “You’re so money and you don’t even know it!”

TauBu Girl Anna’s great beer movie pick: “The Hangover II” (2011)
All Stu wanted was a nice, respectable bachelor brunch and a quiet night on the beach drinking a few beers and roasting marshmallows before his wedding in Thailand. What he got was a rude awakening in a seedy Bangkok apartment, a shaved head, a tattoo, cocaine-dealing money with a missing finger, a kidnapped Buddhist monk and a missing future brother-in-law. Good times.

TauBu Girl Courtney’s great beer movie pick: “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977)
On a dare, Bandit and Cletus pick up a truckload of beer and a hitchhiking bride-to-be who just left her groom at the altar. Turns out said groom is the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. The plot takes the whole bunch of ‘me on a high-speed run across the Southeast and owes so much of its story to beer that it wouldn’t make sense if you tried to edit the booze out. Classic comedy.

TauBu Girl Anna’s great beer movie pick: “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978)
Beer. Toga parties. Beer. John Belushi in a pirate suit. And more beer. What’s not to love?

TauBu Girl Lauren’s great beer movie pick: “Three Little Beers” (1935)
Larry, Curly and Moe take jobs as deliverymen at a brewery, but sneak a little time on the greens to practice for a company golf tournament. Before you know it, the golf course is destroyed, the three make a run for it in their beer truck and, as they say, hilarity ensues. Seriously – what better cinematic mix than the Three Stooges and beer? It’s less than 20 minutes long (see it on YouTube), but ranks right up there with the best beer flicks ever.

What’s your favorite beer flick? Leave us a comment or post on the TauBu Facebook fan page. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for one of the latest, greatest drinkin’ movies…

 

TauBu Girls Offer New College Grads a Little Advice

From the TauBu Girls and all of us here at TauBu - Congrats, grads!

Congrats, grads! Lift a can of TauBu high-octane beer and toast yourself for a job well done. Graduating college is a huge deal and you’ve earned yourself a party. Once you’ve sobered up, though we’ve got some sobering news for you: The frat boy/sorority girl life is done. Welcome to the real world. And take a little advice from our TauBu Girls. Granted, it’s the same stuff your folks have been telling you for months and you probably don’t want to hear it. Except that this time, it’s coming from the gorgeous TauBu Girls. We know – they’re young and some of them are still in college themselves. But they’re hot. And smart. And already have successful gigs. So pay attention…

From TauBu Girl Lauren: Lots of college grads are having a tough time finding work today. If you’re lucky enough to land a nice gig in your field of study right out of college, respect it. No one will snicker when you stroll into the office 15 minutes late looking like Zach Galifianakis. And those 40 reasons for not having your class assignment done won’t cut it with your boss when your client reports are due. You’ll soon find yourself out of a job and the apartment complex where you’re living now won’t be as lenient as the dorm ward when you’re late with the rent.

From TauBu Girl Yashira: Learn to handle your money. Budgeting is simple, but it ain’t easy. Just realize that you don’t have to run out and buy all the trappings of an adult life yet. The car you drive now probably runs just fine and there’s no shame in consignment furniture. Bar tabs add up quickly when you’ve got time on your hands and no 8 a.m. class the next morning. Live within your financial means, start saving now for retirement (seriously – now!) and get some health insurance.

From TauBu Girl Jolyne: Go back to school. Take a little break from the classroom, but keep learning. Take an art class, sign up with a Toastmasters chapter, go on a cultural exchange vacation. All those experiences will serve you well over your career. They’ll encourage creative thinking, boost your confidence and may prove to be great networking. You never know who you’ll meet along the way.

From all the TauBu Girls and the staff at TauBu, maker of America’s best new high-octane beer, congratulations, graduates. Now, go forth and conquer!

TauBu Girl Lauren’s Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe

Mmmm - TauBu Lauren cooks up beer battered onion rings Evil Apple style.

Father’s Day lunch, graduation parties and summer cookouts call for some yummy eats this month. TauBu Girl Lauren, who happens to be quite the culinary goddess, shares her favorite beer battered onion rings recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup TauBu Beer (Lauren’s fave with this recipe is Evil Apple)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of  lemon zest, finely grated
  • 4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 large white onions cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices and separated into rings
  • Sea salt (enough to flavor it the way you like it)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving

Here’s what you do:

Mix the flour, salt and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk, Evil Apple beer, egg, and lemon zest. Let it stand for about 20 minutes so all the flavors seep into one another. Meanwhile, pop a baking sheet into your oven and preheat the oven to 200 degrees. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil over a medium-to-high heat. Dip the onion slices into your batter. Be sure to turn them over so the whole ring gets coated. Gently drop the slices into the oil. And by gently, we mean gently. Seriously. Or you’ll end up with a greasy mess and a flavorless chunk of onion. Cook your onion slices for about two minutes. Turn them over a time or two until they’re golden brown.

Once they’ve got that beautiful golden brown look, move your onion rings onto a stack of paper towels to let the excess oil soak away. Season your onion rings with salt, them place them on the baking sheet to keep them warm. Serve them up with the lemon wedges for squeezing and drizzling a little more flavor on them. Of course, make sure you’ve got some cold TauBu Evil Apple, Midnite Berry and Wicked Punch on hand too. Then, practice looking modest to prepare for the endless compliments and recipe requests you’re gonna get from your guests.

TauBu Girl Lauren Shares her Fave Cinco de Mayo Recipe

TauBu Girl Lauren's fave Cinco de Mayo recipe for Seven Layer Bean Dip - shamelessly stolen from the Food Network.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! TauBu Girl Lauren, here. Know what the holiday means? Betcha don’t. If you’re like millions of others, you probably think it’s Mexico’s Independence Day. If so, well, you’re wrong. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually a commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French Forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico’s civil war that lasted from 1857 to 1860 wrecked the country’s finances, so new President Benito Juarez suspended payments of foreign debts in 1861. French Emperor Napoleon III was not amused, so he sent his troops to collect the debt racked up by the previous government. Long story short: confusion, negotiation breakdowns and rains that left the main battlefield a muddy mess led to a victory for the people of Puebla over the French troops.

Here in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is simply a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. And celebration means food. So here’s my fave Cinco de Mayo recipe – Seven Layer Bean Dip. Everyone loves it and nobody has to know that I actually ripped it from the Food Network. Enjoy!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 15-ounce can of refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce (I use Tobasco)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 4 scallions cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 16- to18-ounce jar of green chili or tomatillo salsa
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 16- to 18-ounce jar of chipotle salsa
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 diced plum tomatoes
  • Pimiento-stuffed jumbo Spanish olives or black olives, chopped
  • Tortilla chips

Here’s what you do

  • Heat the refried beans in a small nonstick pan over medium heat and season with hot sauce. Transfer the beans to a small, deep casserole dish. Scrape pan clean with a rubber spatula and return to heat.
  • Add a little extra-virgin olive oil to the pan and raise the heat to high. When the oil smokes, add and sear the scallions for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green salsa to scallions and heat through. Add cilantro, remove the salsa from heat, and layer it on top of the beans.
  • Return the same pan to the stove, lower the heat to medium and add the black beans. Heat through and season with the cumin, then layer it on top of the green salsa.
  • Top the black beans with a layer of chipotle salsa. Mix the sour cream with the lime zest and juice and spread the mixture on top of the chipotle salsa.
  • Combine the meat of two ripe avocados with the garlic, lemon juice, jalapeno and salt to form a chunky guacamole and layer it over the salsa. Garnish the dip with the final layer of diced tomatoes and sliced olives.
  • Pop open a big bag of tortillas and a few cans of your guests’ favorite TauBu malt liquor flavor, put on that cheap faux-sombrero you bought last summer in that tourist shop in Tijuana and get your Cinco de Mayo partyin’ on.

 

Meet Lauren: February 2011 TauBu Girl

February 2011 TauBu Girl Lauren

She’s the picture of “blonde ambition” and she’s the February 2011 TauBu Girl. Lauren is all business during the weekday, working as a top-performing advertising agency rep that could sell ice to an Eskimo and get top dollar and a bonus for it. We’re not surprised – we’d definitely buy something from her.

Come the weekend, though, Lauren ditches the suits and stilettos for a bikini and bare feet. She’s a Florida girl who grew up in the sands of the Atlantic coastline, but she’s not just a beach babe. Favorite pastimes include deep sea fishing and she looks forward to marlin season in the Florida Keys each year.

So what’s TauBu about Lauren?

“If a guy can do it, I can do it,” she says of the motto she grew up hearing from strong-willed women in her family. She busted her butt to break the glass ceiling at companies she’s worked for, out-selling the suits who thought they had cornered the corner offices and moving up the business ladder at a heart-pounding pace. No doubt she can outsell you, out-angle you, and out-smart you any day of the week. We suggest you just stay outta her way.

Favorite quote: “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” – Bette Davis