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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:22:51 PM »
FWIW Four Roses Single Barrel is great. It was great neat and on the rocks.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:50:57 PM »
I'm late to the party, but do enjoy trying Bourbon's. I'm not a purist, but always try it neat and on the rocks before heading off in other directions. I personally don't like Woodford, to me it is harsh, alcoholic and has an acidity I despise. I also don't like Booker's, too alcoholic for my tastes.

I like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Blanton's and all come from the same distillery. That might explain why I like them all. For the money BT and ER are tits.

I also like Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, and Bakers.

I've been working on Four Roses Small Batch and to me it is just a little boring and slightly harsh. If you really, really want boring get some Jefferson. Lexington bourbon (the brand) is pure monkey juice. Larceny wasn't bad at all when I got it for $15 after a $10 rebate. At $25 I'd go for something else. ;)

I recently had some Reservoir from Richmond, VA which is stupid expensive and just not enjoyable to consume. Harsh, acidic and alcoholic.

Bulleit I like, but I'm currently out of at home.

I believe Four Roses Single Barrel is on sale at our state owned liquor stores so I may go out today and grab a bottle.

If you want to know the lineage of Bourbon, GQ had a recent article which had a nice graphic.

The Pub / Re: OK one more thread on the Brewery bubble
« on: December 06, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »
Here is what is going to happen. We are going to have a hop or grain shortage and breweries are going to close like crazy. We are now heading to 110 breweries in NC and it wasn't that long ago we had 40. Many of these are small and do not have contracts for their hops and grain so when the ingredients become scarce they will have little choice but to close up shop. It isn't like every farmer is going over to barley and hops to meet demand for the crops.

I love that we have so many new breweries and I hate that many of them are mediocre at best. We have one where I live which sells everything they make out of their current location. They are planning a large off-site expansion to distribute and have hired some new staff. If their beers do not improve they will fail. Currently their business is making bank, but when you have a good location and are the neighborhood bar/hangout you can get by with a mediocre product. Once you distribute and are on draft in new locations it is a different ballgame.

On the bright side NC is one thirsty state. Every brewery that opens seems to have no problems selling everything they make. At some point we will reach saturation and shelf space is already filled. Unless more draft accounts pop up or they grab them from breweries outside of NC the ability to sell the products will be limited to the tap room. I must say our laws regarding tap rooms are outstanding. I can remember when one of the first opened and it was opened two or three nights a week for two or three hours. Now that same one opens in the afternoon and stays open until late at night every day of the week. It's a beautiful thing!

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:31:09 PM »
Mekong in Richmond has one called the Superbowl. It's like $10 and would be enough Pho for three. I eat the normal size for $6.50. ;)

We keep getting the Pho Bo I mentioned earlier in the thread. We get them locally for much less than Amazon has them. I seem to recall it being about $9 for 6.

Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:47:34 PM »
I need to relink my old website. Here is my article from a long long time ago.

The Pub / Re: Duvel-Moortgat to buy Boulevard
« on: October 17, 2013, 08:43:48 PM »
If anything, Duvel made Ommegang better, not that it was bad, but they have moved it to another level. Now Boulevard has been putting out some outstanding beers lately so I'm not sure how they will take something like Tank 7 to another level. Should be fun to hide and watch.  8)

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:38:44 PM »
It should be pointed out my favorite place for Pho just won First Place Best Beer Bars from at the GABF

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 13, 2013, 03:11:18 PM »

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg?
« on: October 11, 2013, 05:51:55 PM »
If you calculate what I have already spent on grills and rebuilding grills it doesn't sound that crazy. I currently have one gas grill and two smokers, one vertical with a sidebox and the Akorn and I also have a bullet smoker I haven't used in quite some time. I must admit I hate my latest gas grill. It just sucks, I'd be better off broiling most things. I think this is my 5th or 6th gas grill. Figure $300-500 a pop and it doesn't take long to afford the king daddy! ;)

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg?
« on: October 11, 2013, 05:17:43 PM »
Now, now, now, a BGE isn't exactly a Caddy. It's more of a Chevy, good dependable transportation with a good reputation. If you really want to drive the best then spend some real dough... ;)

Seriously, when my metal Akorn dies I will probably get one. Of course the 32 is $6K and the 23 is $'ll only cry once ;)

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg?
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:58:29 PM »
I went the cheap route and got a CharGriller Akorn when Lowe's Home Improvement had a sale. I had a $25 off coupon and was able to get it delivered for less than 3 bills. There is a must do modification. It required a Weber grate ($11) and a pizza stone ($15) to use as a heat shield. The total for that mod was about $25.

I've used it for grilling, smoked chicken, pulled pork and brisket and must say I am sold. I don't believe it will last forever since it is insulated metal, but is a great way to get into the Kamado world at a bargain price. The total weight was also a bonus at only 95lb. At first I was gun shy of getting it, but after reading some reviews online it became clear this was legit.

It looks like Lowe's still has it for 3 bills if you have one near you or can have it delivered to the store. I had mine delivered to the store and picked it up. It takes about 45 minutes to put together.

Beer Travel / Re: Theater Breweries
« on: October 09, 2013, 12:34:55 PM »
Yep, Asheville Brewing Co.

The Pub / Re: Beer billionaire
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:59:35 AM »
What I find irritating is I seriously contemplated buying shares of the company around 2000 at $8 per share, but it was fluctuating so wildly on a daily basis I did not. It's at $226. Where's the facepalm emoticon when you need it.

The Pub / Re: Another Beer Name Lawsuit - this one Utter BS
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:11:43 PM »
The other logo was a blatant rip off.

We will just have to agree to disagree. I never saw it that way and never would. I'd hang a jury. ;)

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