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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:47:03 PM »
The Trappist is The Saint.

For the rest of you folks, Crispin makes other ciders, be sure we are talking about the same ones which are detailed in the blog post. They are about $7 per bottle.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:15:38 AM »
I happened upon three of these at my local store. Don't waste your time, two of the three absolutely sucked and the third, The Saint, was only passable IMO.

The editorial came off like the guy at the record store telling me my band sucks because they're on a major label.


The definitions released are arbitrary and a IMHO a more than a bit laughable. The AS link I posted earlier in the thread hit the nail on the head. Tell my buddy who brews at Redhook he doesn't brew craft beer...because they are partially owned by a major conglomerate? How about the flip side, the craft brewery owns an alcopop? (Oh, no he didn't. Oh yes I did!) ;)

Personally I believe the vast majority of beer drinkers can see right through the BMC brands masquerading as craft. Now when I sit at the bar, the folks who start out drinking say Blue Moon or Shock Top, quickly move on to something else that is craft. We should be thanking BMC for promoting craft using "me too" beers as opposed to ostracizing some of the oldest breweries in the US.

Bottom line is good beer is good beer, it really doesn't matter what you label it, nor who brews it. I dare someone at the BA to call up Nick Floyd and tell him that because Alpha King was once brewed and bottled by AS it wasn't craft beer during that time. How about the folks at Goose Island? Today your beer is craft, now that you have sold the business the beer is fizzy yellow stuff. I'll take a four pack of that fizzy yellow Bourbon County Stout any day! ;)

August Schell responds

Kinda interesting that they once brewed Three Floyds Alpha King at AS. I guess back then TF wasn't craft? ;)

All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:09:37 AM »
Thanks for the correction, I knew something appeared suspect when I typed it.

That Guy Fieri sandwich knife is the bomb. We have some plates with a lip and can put the sandwich in them and cut with ease. A normal knife just doesn't work as well. I got it on a whim and have to admit I use it all the time.

I did forget about a bread knife. The thinner the blade the better IMO. I like a cheapo bread as well. Not even sure mine has a brand ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:24:42 AM »
There is some douche on there listing four of the bricks for $1800. And yes, if that is any homebrewer who has that listing, I called you a douche!

What is funny is people bidding on the empty cardboard.

All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:09:12 AM »
We had a nice long thread on this in the past, might be worth a read:

My $0.02, you only need a few knives. A like a Chef's, a paring and then maybe something like a boning. I wouldn't event get a set. Find individual knives you like and which fit your hand. The German style tend to be heavy, Japanese lighter. You can go high end or low end, but if you don't use the knife it is no better than a paperweight. I keep mine in a nice divided drawer insert and so they are off the counter and no one sees them.

If I was to just get some knives today I would probably go with/think about (Amazon links) some of the following to keep the costs down:
Victorinox Chef

Paring Knife

Utility Knife

Sandwich Knife (I really use this one quite a bit)


Also be sure to get a sharpening steel.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:23:07 PM »
Two of the three Raleigh area stores in NC were sold out within 5 hours. The reports are there were no massive lines or anything, just continual transactions till it was all gone.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:59:02 PM »
Today was (is) the day. In this blog post are the list of stores who have the beer:

This is what my backseat looked like at 9:06am this morning.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Duvel Rustica
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:33:13 AM »
From Ommegang, pretty darn delicious. Think of the Belgian version with a more earthy and rustic character. Getcha some!

The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: November 15, 2012, 05:34:13 AM »
My wife took this one earlier in the fall.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:32:08 AM »
$8? Try nearly $15 with a discount applied...

I didn't find any pumpkin in it, of course I have never found much pumpkin in any pumpkin beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:39:19 AM »
Had this beer last night and enjoyed it immensely. Of course if the bottle had not told me there was pumpkin in there I would have thought it was a Saison or more precisely a Grisette. The price of admission was a little steep, but it was pretty tasty. Of course I have NEVER had a pumpkin beer where the pumpkin was showcased and I'm not convinced pumpkin in and of itself has much aroma and flavor character in finished beer.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Hurricane broke the house I"m buying D:
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:23:33 PM »
I should have bowed out when the "tighten the bolts" comment was made...  ::)

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