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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
Finished off the Kirkland Signature Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged in Bourbon Casks this weekend. IIRC it rang in at about $48 and while it was tasty, it was not complex enough to keep me interested. I'd much rather have a Monkey Shoulder at a sub $30 price tag, or a handle of their 12 year blended for $38 with more than double the volume.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:40:02 AM »
Ran the pork loin again at 140F. Did not have time to thaw it properly so I seasoned it thoroughly and let it run an extra half hour. It went at least 2 hours at temp and was fantastic after I seared it for a few minutes.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 06:00:04 AM »
Driving wasn't bad most of the time. The most difficult thing for me was shifting with the left hand and dimming the lights since that was on the left hand on the car we had rented. It was impossible to shift and manipulate the lights. So rain+night+hills+curves+oncoming traffic = difficult driving. Of course you could rent an automatic, but turn in your man card. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 01, 2017, 01:12:05 PM »
Dingle was wonderful. Wish we had spent more time there than we did.

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?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:16:05 AM »
It simply cannot hurt the flavor unless you keep it in there partially filled for a long time. Seems like a good idea to me when you don't want to carry the full bottle somewhere. It should still be poured in a glass for consumption unless you are mixing with something.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:22:10 PM »
I thought I was drinking Double Cask, but I haven't opened the bottle yet. It's Macallan Fine Oak 10 and I think it was 40 something.

Beer Travel / Re: Barcelona and Rome
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:05:37 AM »
So I'm back from Barcelona and Rome and will eventually update my thought on Barcelona. In the meantime let's talk Rome. I did not find any appreciable craft beer presence in Rome. I did see one listing for a local APA on a menu, but it was 12 euro and I didn't feel like shelling out almost $15 for a bottle or can of unknown APA. I ordered a Ceres Stout at one place, but of course it was from Denmark. I did a few specialty Morettis, but they were nothing to write home about. There were a few beers here and there, but most of the list were not Italian beers. At least the food was wonderful and wine was flowing. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:57:56 AM »
FWIW - as of today we have 264 permitted brewery locations in NC, you should strive to try them all. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 30, 2017, 09:27:29 AM »

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:34:34 AM »
Compare the article to my list above. I would also suggest you map the breweries. Most are not situated beside each other with the exception of those in Asheville.

You might try using this. The breweries are indicated in Red.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 23, 2017, 05:32:37 PM »
Either make it into the zone or don't bother.

100% THIS^^^^

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:05:59 AM »
Based on the comments on this thread we loaded up and drove to St. Matthews, SC which was in the middle of totality. They were having a small festival and we joined in. It was about a 4.25 hour drive down which wasn't too bad. Could have been a bit shorter if people were driving as normal.

I saw all the effects either before C2 or after C3 so that was cool. We left about 10 min after C3 started. The traffic home was a nightmare and took over 6 hours. When we left it was mapping in at 3.75 hours and traffic just got worse and worse.

I think for April 2024 we'll make a better plan. Maybe stay the day before and the day after.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:55:59 AM »
I found a Google map with expected traffic in certain areas. Our plan is a backroad path to a small town situated very close to the center of totality. I just have a difficult time believing the route I chose will back up with traffic until I get almost to the edge of the total eclipse area and it all works out we would be there a few hours early.

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 17, 2017, 09:40:49 AM »
Google the cideries in NC, there are several and all are pretty good.

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