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The Pub / Budweiser Big Pack
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:51:43 AM »
Saw this posted on FB. Anyone else who saw it notice the price is out of whack?


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The Pub / Shrubs
« on: July 26, 2017, 10:37:27 AM »
My wife has been on a shrub kick lately and has tried to get me on board. She bought a ginger shrub anticipating I would mix it with Bourbon, but vinegar and Bourbon just do not mix. If you are not familiar with shrubs they are basically a fruit and vinegar infusion. What I have found is they make a fantastic vinaigrette, but in a drink I don't find them very tasty. Anyone else have any experience with shrubs?

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The Pub / My DBF
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:08:36 AM »
When we moved into the house in 1998 I was just starting to homebrew and I had my dorm fridge, purchased in 1985, as my DBF. As the hobby progressed I either purchased or was given a fridge from a friend and I used it for beer and fermentation. It died not long after and I purchased a fridge and an upright chest freezer which was for fermentation, and beer. Eventually I got an 8' long bottle cooler. We purchased a side-by-side and I think I gave away the garage fridge moving the house fridge out there. It was much more energy efficient having been bought in 1994. Well over time things have died. The bottle cooler died and I was sad for days. Loved that thing although it was an energy hog. The upright freezer crapped out and it had to go. I was left with my single fridge from 1994 and my wife started taking over space to where I no longer had a DBF.

Fast forward to last year when my wife wanted to ferment some kraut so I setup the old dorm fridge on a temp controller. So now at least I had something which wasn't ambient temps to store beer. Recently my wife reminded me we had never purchased a fridge for the kitchen which we remodeled in 2011. I broke down and purchased a fridge which was delivered yesterday and we moved our side-by-side to the garage. The beauty of it all is I now have my DBF back and of course if I needed to I could load up the side-by-side. My wife had been mentioning how much beer I had in the garage fridge so I made it a point to move here beers, wines, and ciders to the side-by-side. As it turns out she had almost as many beverages as I did in the DBF.

Anyway, I am celebrating the return of a DBF to the house. Sure I have some water and Gatorade in there as well as sausage casings, dry yeast, etc. But just having the fridge back is a wonderful feeling! :)

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The Pub / RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« on: June 05, 2017, 03:48:47 PM »
In case you were not aware, RateBeer sold a minority stake to ZX Ventures which is an arm of AB Inbev.
https://www.ratebeer.com/forums/ratebeer-investment-announcement_296260.htm

Dogfish Head put out a press release today:
https://www.dogfish.com/blog/message-sam-current-ratebeer-changes

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Beer Travel / Barcelona and Rome
« on: May 22, 2017, 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?

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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)

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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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/266346363817568/

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

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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.


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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.

https://mashbang.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/sierra-nevada-12-oz-bottle-recall/

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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:

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

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

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

West
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:
http://www.bjcp.org/electioncenter.php

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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.

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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. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4gaBfrRLk

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

https://mashbang.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/oatmeal-stout-price-increase/

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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?

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