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The Pub / Re: "Brewery shut down after band sprays pig blood"
« on: June 28, 2014, 10:02:55 AM »
I suspect the band is comprised of a bunch of douchebags and that is their schtick.

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 28, 2014, 05:19:31 AM »
Actually 4% - 38 = 76%, 40 = 80%...that can take something from smooth to hot.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 26, 2014, 04:12:41 AM »
Sazerac is another Buffalo Trace product. I just saw some in a store.

I really like Bulleit Rye, but it's not high dollar. I don't care for Knob Creek Rye quite as much.

That's about all I have at the moment, you might find this interesting:

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:03:09 PM »
I have a bottle of Russel's Reserve 10 year in the queue, if I like it I might have to try the Rare Breed, or if I can find the RB at a bar I will try it there.

Three you should skip based on the reviews I can find are the Diageo Orphan Barrel Series. As far as I can tell all are overpriced for what you get. Old Blowhard, Barterhouse, and Rhetoric. I cannot find a review that makes me want to blow $75-100 per fifth even if they all are 20 year incantations.

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:57:32 PM »
If you like the Lunazul, you would love the Don Julio or the Tres Generaciones. I discovered I never finished off the 100 Annos and so I need to rid myself of that boring Tequila. I see Margaritas in my future. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:44:13 AM »
I should have said I got the Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch. I do not like the EH Taylor Rye and cannot find the EH Taylor Single Barrel (yet). The small batch is a $40 price point. I think the Single Barrel is about twice that.

Rye - what's funny about the Rye is the price is $70 in most stores along the NC border in SC, with the exception of one which has it at $105. I tried it in a brewpub which had an outstanding selection of Bourbons and hated it.

The Pub / Tequila
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:37:13 AM »
I could have sworn we had a Tequila thread, but nothing came up after a search. Not sure when I started liking the higher end Tequilas, but it was quite some time ago. Personally, I don't care for Blanco and if I never do another Tequila shot it will be too soon. I gravitate toward Reposado and Anejo, but typically land back on Reposado. Of course I am talking 100% Agave, otherwise skip it.

My newest find is Lunazul Reposado which I bought because it was inexpensive for a party. At $15 in our stores on sale it seemed like a steal, but I yesterday I drifted across the state line into SC and found it for $12 and change on a cash transaction. I also picked up a bottle of Lunazul Anejo for something like $17. I'll be giving it a whirl in a few weeks. The Reposado is darn tasty at a really affordable price point. Here's a blog post which has some of their history.

My go to Reposado for the house has been Cuervo Tradicional for year until I spotted the Lunazul. I tried the 100 Annos Reposado not long ago and it was pretty boring stuff. Good enough for mixing, but not enough character to enjoy over ice. 1800 is ok, but I prefer something a little more spicy and when both Lunazul and the Cuervo are lower in price it just has to sit on the shelf.

I think my first bottle of better Tequila was Cabo Wabo and I recall paying $50 for the fifth. I saw it recently for $35 which is more like where it should be priced. Don Julio Reposado is a fave, but the $50+ price point seems a little steep when you figure I could get it in Mexico for a song, or at least for listening to a 5 min timeshare talk. I really, really enjoy Tres Generaciones Anejo, but it also has a price point which gives pause.

I have two Casta worms, one is a Casta Pasion Añejo (blue) and the other is Casta Pasion Extra Añejo (red). One of these days I'll crack them open. I've had Casta Gusano Extra Añejo, but not the other two.

Maybe someone else has some Tequila thoughts.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:01:56 PM »
Crazy day in the stores today. Picked up two Elmer T Lee, another bottle of Colonel EH Taylor, a bottle of Old Medley 12 Year and a bottle of Wathen's Single Barrel. It might be awhile till I can work these into the queue.

I suppose one could enter it as both a Clone and a DIPA, but unless it was the best clone and the best DIPA it would not be assured of a medal.

For a "clone" judge panel they would probably want to have a smartphone and google at their fingertips in case they ran into a clone they had never tasted. I remember way back in the day with my De Dolle Oerbier clone having to write out a description for the judge panel.

It should be noted once the Guidelines are out for public comment the place to comment and offer feedback is the BJCP Forums so we have an archive which can be reviewed.

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:30:41 AM »
I tend to use pots and pans instead of trying to levitate liquids and foods directly over the flames. I could, but it saps my strength to get the liquid to remain cohesive while levitating above open flames.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1908 Wahl & Henius Volume II
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:09:58 AM »
Old school, paper and all that jazz. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1908 Wahl & Henius Volume II
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:44:01 AM »
I think I have them lined up, will know early next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / 1908 Wahl & Henius Volume II
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:59:02 AM »
Does anyone have the 1908 W&H, specifically Volume II?

I can find scans of the first volume, and some libraries who have the second volume, but none in my area. If you do have the book, please let me know, I am interested in two pages from it.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:13:20 AM »
Since others brought it up, the judging assignments was kinda crap.
1 - no labels - thanks for nothing - it's very minor, I brought my own, but if you can print out a sheet you can make labels.
2 - long line for judge registration - seemed completely silly. They had to mark your name off a sheet, I can mark my own name off a sheet. I skipped the line and turned in my sheet. If I passed you, I'm not sorry, I see no reason to wait in a long line when I printed my sheet ahead of time.
3 - I recruited a judge from another table so we could make four pairs. Seems odd I would have to do that. The other table had something like 12 judges and we had 7. It wasn't a big deal, but had it not happened we would have slowed in our entry judging.
4 - I heard some group of judges sent 4 beers to the mini-BOS. Really? Can you not decide on the best three beers from your flight? Are you all first time judges? (If this was you, yes I am calling you out.)
5 - I heard one group took HOURS to judge their flight. That is ridiculous. If you had two judges and 36 beers you should finish in 360 minutes. 4 judges 180 minutes, 6 judges 90 minutes, etc. (If this was you, yes I am calling you out. Speed up or let everyone know you probably should not be judging because the pyramids were built in less time.) [If I've missed some critical fact let me know, but to start judging at 9am and not finish till 1:30+ seems to indicate a problem with the judge panel.]

1 - our stewards were awesome
2 - 2nd beers from the cellar were retrieved very, very quickly
3 - plenty of cups, sheets, etc - again, our stewards were awesome
4 - no egos at our table - well, except mine
5 - our stewards were awesome ;)

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