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Beer Travel / Barcelona and Rome
« on: Today at 07:50:47 AM »
I have three nights in Barcelona followed by four in Rome coming up in September. Any suggestions for beer/breweries in either or both cities?

The Pub / 2018 GABF Judging
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:28:44 AM »
Received the email last night I was selected as one of the new judges at GABF for 2018. Very excited at this opportunity. I know several people who have judged for many years and last year decided to apply. Before work just did not allow me to take enough time off to judge so I had not tried to get on the panel. My current position allows me to take off when needed so this will work out wonderfully!

Of course now I get to wait until September 2018...  8)

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. ;)

All Things Food / Brussels Sprouts & Bacon
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:25:30 PM »
So my wife took a bag of fresh brussels sprouts and added salt and some pressed garlic and then topped with pieces of bacon and baked at 350F for 25 minutes. The house smelled divine and the dish was divine.

The Pub / Sierra Nevada Recall
« on: January 23, 2017, 06:00:29 AM »
Several brands packaged in Mills River in December/January are under voluntary recall by SN. Apparently the bottle could break in some manner causing the piece of glass to fall into the bottle.

Events / 2017 BJCP Board Elections: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South, West
« on: January 20, 2017, 06:12:48 PM »
This year four of the seven BJCP Board of Directors positions are up for election. For 2017 those regions are:

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Tennessee

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas

California and Hawaii

Potential candidates will need to be nominated (by themselves or others) and have 5 endorsements.

Nominations are now being accepted through February 15. The details can be found here:

All Things Food / Philippine adobo
« on: December 27, 2016, 05:44:06 PM »
Happened to catch Bourdain in the Phillipines and one of the dishes he had was adobo. Decided to give it a try and it is delicious.

2 lb chicken cubed
2 lb pork cubed
8 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 onion chopped
3 bay leaves
1 tsp peppercorns
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water

Combine everything and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge. Cook on low simmer for 2 hours. Reduce liquid till thick and serve over rice.

The Pub / HBO Documentary - Risky Drinking
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:40:30 AM »
I watched the documentary Risky Drinking on HBO last night and gotta say it was a debbie downer. It would be great to show to someone who has not yet started consuming alcohol or someone who you feel might be at risk for abusing it. On the bright side Booze Traveler was in Ireland at 10pm on Travel Channel so it lightened the mood round the house. ;)

The Pub / Oat Shortage
« on: November 27, 2016, 11:05:31 AM »
Looks like Canadian oats are gonna be in short supply in 2017.

Beer Travel / Denver
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:29:11 AM »
I've been to Denver before, but I'd like to get some suggestions on taprooms/restaurants to not miss. I really don't care about a brewery tour, but like eclectic brewery taprooms or taprooms which should not be missed. On our last trip it was cold and snowy part of the time and it was a whirlwind. This time we have a longer schedule, but Wed night we are at Wynkoop and Thurs at GABF.

We have been to Falling Rock and Hops & Pie and several other joints. I have Freshcraft on my hit list, but what else is a must visit in Denver and the surrounding areas?

Events / Beer Drinker Of The Year Finals - 10/5 - Wynkoop
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:09:30 AM »
Please pass the word along for anyone who will be in Denver next week to come by Wynkoop Wednesday night and witness the spectacle that is the Beer Drinker Of The Year finals.

All Things Food / Hoisin
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:27:05 AM »
We had been making homemade lettuce wraps and one of the ingredients in my wife's recipe was hoisin and when we ran out I went to the interwebs and in a pinch made my hoisin. She likes it better than the jar stuff so I guess from now on we will make it from scratch. Should make about 1/3 cup.

4 TBSP Soy Sauce
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
1 TBSP Honey (or Molasses)
2 Tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tsp Sesame Oil
1 Tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce
1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
1 Clove Minced Garlic

All Things Food / Peanut Butter
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:21:08 AM »
I remember as a kid we had a place called The Peanut Shack which had a peanut butter machine with a hopper fully of roasted peanuts and it spit out a really chunky and oily peanut butter. It had a great flavor, but was far from perfect. We were running out of peanut butter at home, we don't use much, and so I decided to check into one of those machines. Turns out there are two versions. The home version is awful per reviews and the commercial version was far too expensive. I went to the web and figured out everyone makes it in the food processor and supposedly it was super easy. My next trip to Aldi I picked up a jar of dry roasted nuts for perhaps $2 and this morning I whipped out a batch of peanut butter.

2 cups dry roasted nuts
3/4 tsp salt (to taste)
1 1/2 tbsp honey (to taste)

Pulse processor until nuts are broken into small pieces. If you want chunky peanut butter remove them now and add back at the very end. Once nuts are broken up run continuously for a minute and scrape down as needed. Repeat twice more. Over the time you will see it change from raw nuts to spreadable peanut butter. Now add salt and honey. Run for two more minutes. At the very end you can add back the nut pieces for chunky just enough to incorporate.

I did smooth today and it tasted awesome. I had planned to make chunky, but added the pieces too early and got smooth.

The Pub / Voluntary Disclosure Initiative - AKA Beer Nutrition Labels
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:15:35 PM »
Sounds like a scheme from BMC leading to a negative ad campaign against craft brews to me.

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