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The Pub / Baseball 2016
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:47:41 PM »
I think we need a full on Baseball thread for this year. I just got back to my hotel here in Cincinnati having just watched my Cubs beat the Reds. It was nice to get a win. Been having a bad stretch here. Beautiful stadium here by the way. Kris Bryant had an epic game. 5-5 with 3hrs, and 2 doubles. This is a fun team to watch.


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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:36:42 PM »
Blended with grilled jalapeños does sound amazing. I will have to do that. I did blend them with roasted garlic and olives and make a killer pasta as well.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: June 26, 2016, 05:36:28 PM »

This years garlic scapes.

Whoa! That is awesome! Any specific plans for them? I keep throwing them in stir fries, and pickling them.

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 21, 2016, 05:25:01 PM »
Back to the Cavs, so happy to see a Cleveland team win a championship. I agree that some loyalty from the players would be nice, but it just doesn't happen in this day and age. I was amazed the Cavs were able to re-sign James after his rookie contract. I wish we had not needed him to win a championship. As a almost 20 year resident of Cleveland, I will never forgive him for the arrogance of his stupid televised "decision." He's a punk with some basketball skills, with no class or loyalty. When you let your posse drive your decisions, and put up with their nonsense, you will make the non loyal decision every time as they only care about how much cash you bring in. If he finishes his career in Cleveland,  I will still feel this way

I don't really understand this. He came back, apologized, and won a championship. What more could you want from him?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:52:55 AM »



Hoppy brewing and come to visit me one day.
It's certainly on my list to come up and visit some day, Leos. I'm down in Iowa, probably 5-6 hour drive there.
So when are you coming?
There's no telling...but I'll definitely be letting you know when I do!

It's worth the trip, especially if you like lagers.  I can't wait to see the new place. I am heading up later this month, or sometime next month.

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The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:35:14 AM »
I guess I would put him the blues category for this thread, but Townes van Zandt never made a bad album. I highly recommend the movie Heartworn Highways for some good outlaw country in the '70s.

John Prine's first album is almost perfect as well. Another person who I think it underrated is Steve Goodman.

Ten Years After put some great stuff, as did the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Big Star has been getting some love lately.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:07:20 AM »
Rhubarb is not too shabby in a saison.

Yup! That is the plan for the bulk of them.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:24:37 AM »
Strawberries are coming in this week. Had my first one last night. Nothing like a strawberry that is still warm from the sun. I saw my last blackberry variety did indeed survive the winter. Currents and Gooseberries are starting to come in, and a couple of the Raspberries have flowered. Elderberries have some lovely blooms as well. I have a few more rows of Sweet Corn and Carrots to plant this evening. I got the Tomato patch set up this weekend as well. Rhubarb patch is looking very good. Might need to match that up with said strawberries.

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The Pub / Re: The 2 B's
« on: May 13, 2016, 01:36:26 PM »
Wrigley Field is locked into Anheuser Busch, so the best you can hope for is some Goose Island beers. I've seen reports of Matilda on tap, but haven't seen it. The Chicago beer scene is booming, so it's too bad they can't find some space to highlight the locals. US Cellular is supposed to have better choices, but that would mean you were at a White Sox game  ;D

I haven't been to Mobile Phone Park in ages. We used to go to Comisky all the time as a kid. I would love to see Chris Sale pitch though. Yeah, I haven't been impressed with Wrigley's offerings. Owing to the inconvenience of getting to Wrigley, I have preferred to see the Cubs in Milwaukee. We are going to see them in Cinci this year, which I am looking forward to.

We went to Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago, and sat in the "craft and draft" section. Lots of good options there, and the food was quite good as well.

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This is really awesome, Amanda! KC Bier Co is one of the best breweries I have ever been too. I will be hitting it up next weekend in fact. It would have been cool if I had come in time for this one when it's ready. I bet it will be tasty.
Next weekend? As in 4/30 or 5/7? (I can never tell) If it's 4/30, you should grab tickets to Parkville Microfest. 7 homebrew clubs and 40+ breweries, including KCBC. :)

I will be in KC on 4/30. We may end up at the Microfest. Sounds awesome. Thanks for the heads up!

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This is really awesome, Amanda! KC Bier Co is one of the best breweries I have ever been too. I will be hitting it up next weekend in fact. It would have been cool if I had come in time for this one when it's ready. I bet it will be tasty.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 09, 2016, 07:12:10 PM »
I wish I could get a sample of that Seasoned Wood Col. Taylor. Must be amazing stuff.

Decided to try something new today: Roughstock Montana Bourbon barrel strength. Coming in at 118 proof, it needed a splash of water. Very good though, albeit a bit pricey. Full mouthfeel, spicy with a little sweetness.

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The Pub / Re: Goose Island five years on
« on: April 02, 2016, 10:05:19 AM »
Interesting talk with Brett Porter, GI's brewmaster, on scaling up his recipes.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/ct-food-0324-goose-island-beer-20160328-story.html

I've been sad to see Green Line APA everywhere now. When they launched it, it was draft only and only in Chicago city limits. Green Line pays tribute to the El train line that's closest to their brewery. It was a solid beer.

Good article. Green Line APA has been on tap at one bar in Champaign ever since it came out. It is a towny bar, and has always been pleasant. I am also weirdly sad to see it widely available. It has been a long time since I've had a 312. I used to love mixing that with a melomel in the summer.

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All Things Food / Re: St Patrick's day Boiled Dinner
« on: March 17, 2016, 05:23:27 PM »
Whoa! That looks great! Did you bake or fry those?

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All Things Food / Re: St Patrick's day Boiled Dinner
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:14:35 PM »
Sounds Delicious!

We will be making cabbage and cheddar pie, along with some colcannon. I will drinking New Glarus Coffee Stout, and Great Lakes Raspberry Porter.
I like the cabbage and cheddar pie idea, I've never had it before. I don't feel like making a crust and will save the carbs for the stout. I think I'll use the basic filling ingredients and make cabbage and cheddar cakes, which will go better with the salmon. I'm thinking I'll cook the salmon with a similar spice mix as corned beef then make either a mustard or stout glaze.

I never thought of the cake idea. I may do that one next. I think that will go nicely with salmon. I have been big on cooking my fish lately with a mayo/mustard mix.

Cheers!

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