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The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 05, 2011, 09:02:17 AM »
Actually I think rum is the coke of spirits. ::)

No rum goes in coke :D

Not my rum! While any spirit can be diluted with mixers of various types (and if that's your preference, more power to you), I prefer my to drink my spirits (including rum) straight and undiluted. Of course, that presupposes quality spirits. If you think rum needs to be consumed with coke, I'd suggest you try some of the aged rums such as Zaya (probably my favorite rum).

As with my beer, I like my spirits with flavor. Probably why single malt is my drink of choice. I understand that cocktails can provide a different range of flavors, some very enjoyable, but my personal preference is almost always for straight, aged spirits sipped slowly & appreciatively.

Even when drinking cocktails or mixed drinks, my preference is for one that presents (and tries to compliment) the essential flavor & nature of the spirit - rather than covering it up with overwhelming sweet flavors. As such, when mixing a rum drink, I'd much prefer a dark rum with club soda & lime as opposed to rum and coke. Each to his own, but I've found that those who prefer mixed drinks generally don't really like the essential flavor of the spirit they're drinking. I do, and therefore a cask strength Islay whisky with a drop or two of water is the perfect mixed drink, IMHO.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:43:53 PM »
second of all,

(sorry)  :)

don't be sorry, just part of the ever 'changing' soundtrack to our lives.
and, don't ya know...... what a long strange trip it's been! don't know about you, but there've been a lot of changes in my life. keeps things interesting. at least I've never been bored.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:42:22 PM »
second of all,

(sorry)  :)

don't be sorry, just part of the ever 'changing' soundtrack to our lives!

The Pub / Re: International Bacon Day
« on: September 04, 2011, 09:37:09 AM »
BTW...not quite like the weaz but...I am also a huge bacon fan.   ;D

bunch of us right, for sure. but somehow weaze has become the poster child for this kinda stuff ;D

The Pub / International Bacon Day
« on: September 04, 2011, 04:48:02 AM »
Hey, Weaze,
How are you celebrating International Bacon Day?

mmm, breakfast is no challenge, blt sandwiches for lunch, bacon martini at cocktail time, a pork-fest for dinner, bacon ice cream for dessert. gotta remember to put this in as a recurring event on the calendar.

life its own-self is all the excuse for a party we need, but events like this certainly help,

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 04, 2011, 04:16:07 AM »
thanks, all, for the good wishes.

no, I haven't had the opportunity to try the Dripping Springs vodka. Sound good. So many liquors, so little time.  :D

Jeff, Tom,
No, my territory doesn't get down to either Tampa or Dunedin. It is pretty large though, all of area code 352 plus a little bit. That's about a dozen counties. I get as far down towards Tampa as Spring Hill & Hernando Beach on the west, and to Clermont (towards Ocala) on the east. And then up to Lake City on the north, actually past Lake City to the GA border (though there's just a few places north of Lake CIty).

I really can't wait to get the list of single malts we'll be representing. That's my passion in the liquor world, for sure.


The Pub / Changes
« on: September 03, 2011, 11:05:21 AM »
It's been a little over a month now since I started a new job. I can tell my life has changed by the way I read/post on this forum. Don't know if anyone noticed, but I haven't been posting hardly at all for the last 5 weeks or so. And it seems like I'm not having the time to read every post like I used to. I don't think it's just me though, this forum has grown & become much more active. That's a very, very good thing... but I'm not having the constant computer access or time to keep up like I used to.

I am now selling liquor. What a change! Opening up more to the spiritual side of life ;D

I've started working for Liquor Group Florida, a small niche distributor out of Jacksonville. We don't sell the big name brands at all, no Crown, Jack, Smirnoff, etc. It's all products that I hadn't heard of before - and neither have the liquor store owners, bars & restaurants that I'm targeting. We sell more unusual & unique products, things new to the market, smaller distilleries, some of the new American micro-distilleries. Couple that with the fact that I have a large territory that has been previously very, very underworked and so it's been a challenge. Also, August has been very slow. Summers always are, but coupled with the current economy, the stores all seem to be reordering just what they've sold, nothing new. Still, I've been selling enough to get by.

But Sept is here, along with football season and all the drinking & partying that brings. Especially here in Gainesville & North Central Florida. The Gator Nation does seem to like its alcohol. I'm on commission only (plus a little for gas/car/phone) &  currently not making enough money, but I've got hopes that things will start picking up soon. I'm certainly enjoying work a lot more than previously & that's worth a lot. Willing to give it a few more months & see if it's going to work long term.

We've got some great products - an amazing range of tequilas, a couple of good rums, several good vodkas, gins, wines, liqueurs, whisky, etc. Side benefit is I'm drinking some new and interesting things - gotta build my product knowledge, right?  :D

For example, this afternoon we had a simple but awesome lunch. Sardines on pumpernickel rolls, some perfectly ripe honeydew melon, and a couple of dirty martinis made made with Crater Lake Desert Juniper Gin from a small micro-distillery in Oregon. They pick the juniper berries wild in the high desert, distill in pot stills. Very soft, flavorful gin. I just barely coated the inside of chilled martini glasses with a dry vermouth, and used habanero olives & a bit of the brine. Yummy!

Starting next month we'll be representing 3 or 4 of the best independent bottlers of single malt whisky... Signatory, Murray McDavid, etc. I can't wait! Single malts are a passion for me and it's going to be a blast.

Anyway, this has been a long, non-brewing related post but I feel really close to y'all and wanted to let you know why I haven't been posting much of late. This forum is truly wonderful. When TechTalk shut down, I was skeptical about the forum but it didn't take long for me to love it. Y'all are great and I'll try to keep up, but probably won't be posting much till I get more on top of this new situation.

if you're still reading, thanks!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer science
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:23:51 AM »
when this article was posted on our club email list, one member (Jack Jordan) posted the following thoughts....

Plenty of room for conjecture, but it makes sense that a wild yeast from Patagonian beech tree galls would be spread to Europe as soon as the Euros explored the place...probably not by transporting the galls (which if they had an ink/dye use would still not make much sense in a beercellar), but by transporting casks made on-the-fly out of local inoculated beechwood (every carrack had a cooper in the crew, since a lot of provisions were stored in barrels...even if the staves had been heated during the cask making, the tops n bottoms would not be, and also there wouldve been plenty of opportunity for cross-contamination via tools and later the cask contents)...Spain and Germany were under one emperor in those days, which would account for a used southern-beech cask making its way from a Spanish port to a German cellar...good thing they didnt have modern sanitizers.


The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:14:55 AM »
Weaze weebles, but he don't wobble.

Yeast and Fermentation / Traveling and Sex in the Yeast World
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:32:07 PM »
well, that got your attention, now check this out.....

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: De Struise Pannepot 2010
« on: August 13, 2011, 09:48:12 AM »
yeah, mon!! Struise rocks! I'm looking forward to a tasting being put on in a few weeks by a friend & fellow Hogtown Brewer, Jim Ritchhart.

The name of the event will be 'Fade To Black'; as we will be starting with lighter Struise beers and working our way towards dark oblivion.

Here's the line up:

Bottled    Beer                                          ABV
2010      Tseejes                                        10
1/2010    Svea IPA                                      7
9/10        Ignus & Flamia                             7   (Jim helped bottle this one...)
2006       Pannepot                                     10
2006       Pannepot Grand Reserva               10
2007       Pannepot                                     10
2007       Pannepot Reserva                        10
2010       Pannepot                                     10
2009       Pannepeut                                    10
9/2010    Sint Amatus                                 10.5
3/2010    Cuvee Delphine                             13
1/11        Outblack                                      10
9/9          Black Albert Batch '0'                    13
9/9          Black Damnation I                         13
9/9          Black Damnation II Mocha Bomb    12
3/10        Black Damnation III Back Mes        13
3/10        Black Damnation IV Coffee Club      13

The tasting will be on Sat, August 27th in Ocala, FL. There are still 2 seats available (cost $45 including food)- so if anyone close by is interested let me know. Uthirsty?? Jeffy? Blatz?

The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: August 07, 2011, 11:07:48 AM »
Drew, put the others aside for later & go right to The Name of the Wind. The 2nd book, The Wise Man's Fear, is out now as well.
Name of the Wind is f**kng awesome. Wise Man's Fear was good but not as compelling. Still, can't wait for the next one. Rothfuss is excellent.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Uh-oh... Leaky Keg Blues
« on: July 08, 2011, 05:11:40 AM »
late to the party, and not much to offer. didn't sleep well last night so.....

wasn't Leaky Keg Blues a Steve Earle song? (just kidding)

Beer Travel / Re: The Goose has extended it's range....
« on: July 02, 2011, 04:03:04 AM »
you "sit corrected?"
why is that? because you won't "stand for it?"   ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Home Glycol system
« on: June 29, 2011, 02:48:30 PM »
yeah, mount the keezer to the ceiling and the taps could then be mounted on the floor... maybe right next to the couch. just a short run, the beer would stay nice & cold. maybe just use a muffin fan to circulate cold air from the keezer into the tap tower. you wouldn't even need to get up to get a beer. sweet!!! ;D

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