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All Things Food / Re: Pizza Time
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:57:23 PM »
Akorn is 100lb and has wheels. ;)

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Time
« on: April 24, 2017, 05:08:15 AM »
For those with an HOA, just get an Akorn Kamado (on sale at Lowe's until 4/26) and raise a large thick pizza stone into the dome with some fire bricks.

As an added bonus you can grill and smoke with it. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Charleston, SC Breweries
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:38:20 AM »
By chance was just in Charleston. It was for work so not beer centric. If you need a great restaurant suggestion which is more foodie than steak and seafood try Five Loaves. They have a location near downtown on Cannon Street. The food was great and their beer was SC, but in cans. As far as the SC breweries most are putting out solid brew. Coast is an old favorite and Holy City has a great porter. I have not ventured to Westbrook, but haven't been turned off by their brews when I have found them on draft. A Google search yielded a bunch I have never heard of in the area so try them all. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:47:22 AM »
FWIW - word on the street is Hi-Wire is killing it currently. Previously they were mediocre at best, but many good friends are giving them high marks. Another in the area is Zebulon Artisan Ales out of Weaverville. There wares are stellar.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 15, 2017, 07:47:51 AM »
McClelland's Highland Single Malt was only $22, but it is a pass. Too harsh and alcoholic for my tastes and too much cedar and oak character. Water didn't temper it, the only thing which did was having a few IPAs before a glass of it.

The Pub / Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:14:05 AM »
Just saw a brewery post on Facebook about their Trivia Night featuring Harry Potter.

As I know next to nothing about it I think I'll pass. ;)

The Pub / Re: Not so local after all...
« on: April 10, 2017, 05:23:51 AM »
Darn North Carolina posers!

Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:25:28 AM »
I didn't live in Asheville...

Which explains a lot.  ;)

Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: March 29, 2017, 05:12:09 AM »
Sounds like you just didn't soak it up since you lived there. It has had a great beer scene for nearly 20 years. Sure there are newer breweries which get some hype or make the beeriodical headlines, but even without Wicked Weed, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and Oskar Blues the scene was fantastic. As far as Burial, I have found them hit or miss thus far.

Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: March 28, 2017, 07:34:24 AM »

It wasn't about three years ago... a lot of that explosion is very recent (of course, right after I move away). 

Of course it was, it has been for several years. It didn't take the Beer City USA title in 2009 (a tie), 2010, and 2011 without having a great beer culture. It has exploded recently, but has always been great.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 26, 2017, 02:38:48 PM »
E.H Taylor Small Batch is my go to, difficult to find so I hoard it, currently 3 bottles at the house. It retails around $40. Elmer T. Lee is also very difficult to snag so if you see it, buy all they will let you get. The last time I was able to get two bottles and still have one. I believe they were $36 ea. Toki is very nice. In NC it is $30, but everywhere else it goes higher, I saw it for much higher in CA.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:47:25 PM »
Finishing up a bottle of Medley Private Stock 10 Year Bourbon. Turns out this one was rare and I didn't even know it. Only sold in 20 markets and 1,000 cases. It is a Medley/Frank-Lin creation and despite not being but 90 proof came off as a bit hot without a cube. It had a cedar aromatic neat which blossomed into rye and brown sugar with a cube. If memory serves it was a 60 beans and at 40 it would be a no brainer, but at 60 it only commands the price because it's a bit rare.

All Things Food / Re: Wings
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:40:16 AM »
I don't do really hot foods and I also don't fry wings, I smoke them. My favorite is to smoke the wings with hickory and then to get a bottle of George's Hot and George's Original and mix them 50/50. Take about half a bottle of the mix and simmer it down till it coats a spoon. Toss the wings in the thickened sauce and serve. Easy and delicious.

A brewpub in Blacksburg, VA does spicy garlic smoked wings. They are manna from heaven.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »
Finishing off a fifth of West Cork Irish Whiskey Bourbon Cask tonight. Much less sweet neat as compared to 2 Gingers. Was a bit fusel when first opened, kinda grew on me over time, but rather boring all things considered. Not bad by any means, but missing the expected Bourbon character other than an oak presence. At $22, worth trying if you decided to give it a whirl.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best Method to Crush Raw Wheat?
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:30:57 PM »
I bought my wheat already cracked in the past. I cannot remember where. It always reminded me of steel cut oats.

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