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Events / Re: I hate ticket sale threads
« on: October 11, 2016, 06:40:42 AM »
Without the ticket sale posts I would not have found tickets to the fest before getting to Denver. I wouldn't mind them being directed to the For Sale section or perhaps a sub-section for event tickets, but I spoke with a nice homebrewer and he sold me his tickets which was easy for both of us.

Beer Travel / Re: Denver
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:32:22 AM »
Probably should have mentioned we will have a car.

Beer Travel / Re: Denver
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:30:33 AM »
We tend to land on the foodie side, but white tablecloth is not our scene. It's more about flavors and interesting dishes. I'd much rather have a great bowl of Pho than a huge steak. Of course a place with a solid beer list and a great menu would be the cat's meow! Based on the suggestions it seems we might just have to go with some Yelp suggestions on the food.

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?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:15:13 AM »
18 is divine, but Hakushu 12 is a better bargain. Maybe I should say was a better bargain. Just went online and it appears what was once an $80 price tag is now nearly a Benny.

Another one you'd like is Nikka Coffey Grain and it falls in at about $65. (Coffey is a still, so don't confuse it with Coffee.)

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.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:18:55 AM »
Buffalo Trace is releasing their O.F.C. Bourbons by donating a bottle to charitable organizations to use for fundraising. 200 bottles are in the first release.

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: September 26, 2016, 05:53:59 PM »
Oh yeah!

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: September 26, 2016, 03:14:08 PM »
If you are in Denver on Wednesday night come by and say hello. So far all I know is two of the finalist and who will be the MC for the event.

All Things Food / Re: Peanut Butter
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:25:34 AM »
Quick update: When first made the peanut butter was warm from friction and flowed easily. We store our PB in the fridge because it takes us a long time to go through a jar normally. After chilling this spread better than some of the natural brands, but not as well as the national brands. You can add some oil to the mix and end up with a smoother and creamier product according to what I have read.

All Things Food / Re: Hoisin
« on: September 19, 2016, 06:02:11 AM »
The first time I made it I misread the rice wine vinegar to be TBSP instead of Tsp and it was quite thin, but very tasty. It also stores like a champ.

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 / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:10:41 PM »
Got GABF tickets for Thursday so now I think we're all set. Win, lose, or draw this is gonna be a great week!

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