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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 10, 2017, 03:25:52 AM »
Not sure about the airport. When we came out from retrieving our luggage I don't recall any businesses. The airport staff was very friendly as was everyone in Ireland so they would always be glad to point you in the right direction.

Tesco (think of it as similar to WalMart) is all over and will sell the SIM. It was not as seamless as I had hoped and took some phone setting changes to make it work, but that could have been my thrown away Android phone.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:56:10 PM »
At the time we went I don't believe Verizon had a $10 per day plan. I would research if certain areas of the country have cell service since certain areas can be quite remote. I used the Garmin because I did not have a phone at the time capable of working in Ireland other than our throw away. It was such an inexpensive Android phone it did not perform well.

The Garmin was interesting because it was displaying in mph and so I did the km/hr conversion on the fly.

Ireland is awesome, I want to go back right now!!!!!!!!

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:52:53 PM »
Raleigh/Durham Area (in no particular order)
Big Boss
Lynwood Brewing Concern
Trophy Brewing
Clouds Brewing (taproom is downtown)
Crank Arm
Compass Rose
Oak & Dagger
Bond Brothers
Durty Bull

Sweeten Creek (fantabulous sandwiches)
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Oscar Blues
Green Man (go to Dirty Jacks)
One World
Twin Leaf
French Broad
Ginger's Revenge

Olde Mecklenburg
Sugar Creek
Three Spirits
Triple C
Blue Blaze

There are many, many more including cideries to visit. All of the above are breweries or brewpubs. There are all kinds of tap rooms and restaurants. Asheville has a sake brewery (Ben's Tune Up) which also brews beer.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:15:15 AM »
Pulled two steaks directly from the freezer and seasoned. Ran them at 125F for almost 4 hours and then seared for about a minute per side. They were perfect.

The Pub / Re: Shrubs
« on: July 26, 2017, 01:37:53 PM »
At one time I thought about trying my hand at Kombucha and was just about to buy a scoby when I realized I like it, but not on a daily basis. My favorite is from Buchi out of NC and it is called Fire.

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?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:33:54 PM »
Finished up my bottle of Wildcatter 8 Yr tonight. A darn nice glass as all the Frank-lin products tend to be. This one says Elite Brands, At 90 proof I found at best with a cube. I think the price point was something like $35.

The Pub / Re: Tipping ettiquite
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:13:10 AM »
When I was a banquet waiter our pay was $1.77 and was less than half the minimum wage at the time. Now our tips were guaranteed as part of the price, but we hustled to get work done and get out because staying an extra hour paid you nearly nothing.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:07:12 PM »
Yesterday - The Beatles

The Pub / Re: Tipping ettiquite
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:47:02 AM »
I despise tipping, and love the European tipping scheme.

It's all fun and games until you get crappy service. I remember a bar in Gent where we were barely waited on. Today I would have probably left after 10 min with zero service and after the 20 min without receiving our drinks.

The Pub / Re: Tipping ettiquite
« on: July 14, 2017, 06:05:57 AM »
In this case there are no servers. My initial thought it no tip, or a paltry one, kinda like when you get takeout and give a buck or two to be sure your food isn't contaminated by saliva. I was in one of those type beer bars and they did not accept tips, but any "tip" on a CC was given to a particular charity.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:00:46 AM »
Train, Train - Blackfoot

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's in your beer fridge?
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:11:31 PM »
Way too many higher ABV beers. Of course you can spy some PBR and Fat Tire in there as well as a smidge of Gatorade. Quite a bit of Bigfoot, Samichlaus, all the GOT beers, etc. I can see some New Glarus as well as a Dogfish Head WWS. What you don't see is my Fantome beers, they are in a separate fridge. ;)

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 05:45:49 AM »
Back Where You Belong - 38 Special

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Cost of a Sixer?
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:09:03 AM »
One of our best local bottle shops allows you to break a six pack. Of course the cost per bottle is more, but you can variety to your heart's content.

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