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Re: WTA's Alcohol Thread
« Reply #375 on: January 26, 2011, 03:46:20 pm »
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    Re: WTA's Alcohol Thread
    « Reply #376 on: January 27, 2011, 12:31:47 am »
    The egg nog in Mexico has booze in it, but the one I buy here at the store doesn't.  WTF?

    Actually, it isn't that bad, but I think I like the one sans booze, since you can drink more.

    They make an alcoholic version, and non-alcoholic version.  I'm not sure of the alcohol sales laws in California, but in Pennsylvania, anything not beer or wine is typically reserved for the state store.  Alcoholic eggnog would be treated identical to say, vodka or rum.  Obviously, must be 21 to purchase. 
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    « Reply #377 on: January 27, 2011, 12:50:53 am »
    Since I had never seen the one with booze here, I only thought that the one in Mexico had booze.  I mean, I haven't been around that long, and I don't know everything...yet.
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    « Reply #378 on: January 27, 2011, 10:25:09 am »
    You're better off buying ( or making ) the non alcoholic stuff and then adding the alcohol of your preference.  That way you get to pick the flavor and the strength you want.  Some folks add brandy, some add rum, some add bourbon, some add Irish whiskey - you get the idea.
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    « Reply #379 on: January 27, 2011, 11:18:20 am »
    OK, this may sound wierd - but I need some suggestions for some gulping liquor.

    See, the Mrs, for whatever reason, loves the TV show "The Biggest Loser."  And part of her fun is vocally disliking various contestants.  Her responses to her disliked player(s) run along the lines of "I just want to punch that chick/dude in the face," and "I can't stand that b*tch/a**hole."

    So, I'm making it a drinking game - nothing to do with the show, and all about her response to watching the show.  (And yes, she knows, and I have her permission.  We just have to watch on Hulu on Friday night).

    It's been a long time since college.  What's appropriate liquor for such an endeavor?

    I don't claim to be an expert on this kind of thing but I suppose it depends on your taste.  Most gulpers ( shots I presume ) prefer an 80 proof version of their favorite type of whiskey rather than the higher proof versions.   Nearly all hard liquor is available at that strength.  The hard core types will do what is referred to as a "boilermaker" which is a shot with a beer chaser.  An hour of that will leave you with a respectable buzz unless "the Mrs." is in a particularly vocal mood.  In that case get her to bring you a blanket and just stay on the sofa  ;D .   An alternative might be to make up a pitcher of margaritas or screwdrivers and just drain the glass at the appropriate moment.  Something over ice is a little less in your face than a shot straight up or "neat" to borrow a term from our British brethren. 

    Canadian whiskey is probably the most even tempered and predictable of the bunch followed by Irish whiskey and some of the premium vodkas.  Light rum would be next followed by dark rum.  Bourbon, brandy, Scotch and tequila all tend to be more flavorful and somewhat less predictable.  As I said, all of these are available at 80 proof in various brands at most retail liquor stores.  Higher proof versions are also available up to 151 proof ( roughly 75% alcohol ) but I wouldn't recommend them as "gulpers".

    Some of the brands I have tried and would drink again if offered:

    Canadian:  Wiser's, Canadian Club, Black Velvet, Pendleton   -   Irish:  Jameson's, Old Bushmills, Powers, The Tyrconnell   -    Vodka:  Seagram's Extra Smooth, Finlandia, Ketel One, Tito's  -  Light rum:  Bacardi, Cruzan,  Mount Gay  -  Dark rum:  Meyer's, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate, Pusser's British Navy rum  -  Bourbon:  Weller's  Maker's Mark, Henry McKenna, Buffalo Trace  -  Brandy:  E & J, Hennessy, Christian Brother's  -  Scotch:  J & B Rare,  Dewar's White Label,  Johnnie Walker ( red or black ), Cutty Sark  - Tequila:  Sauza Commemorativo or Hornitos ( reposado ),  El Jimador ( reposado ),  Herradura ( reposado ),  Jose Cuervo Gold

    Not a comprehensive list to be sure but maybe a place to start.  Some of these are quite good and none of them completely suck IMHO.  Your taste may vary but generally speaking you get what you pay for - more expensive is not always better but often times is.  If something intrigues you try to find one of the miniature bottles that are usually available at large retailers like Bev Mo or Total Wine and More and try it before buying a large bottle. 

    Hopefully this helps.  Remember, life is too short to drink cheap whiskey or smoke cheap cigars.  ;D   Slainte.

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    « Reply #381 on: January 27, 2011, 08:25:16 pm »
    We do make a lot of Redhook, and it's tasty. I would not have chosen it to represent us though.

    I agree that life is too short to drink bad whisky. The only blended whisky I'll allow is Walker. Anything you find people drinking whisky wise that requires an addition like ice or pop should be avoided.

    As to whiskey - bourbons or Canadian - I like the better bourbons and just about all the Canadians. I don't care for Irish at all.
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    « Reply #382 on: January 27, 2011, 08:44:14 pm »
    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2011/01/the_united_states_of_beer.php



    How do they not select Big Sky Brewing, makers of Moose Drool, for Montana?  Or Flying Dog, makers of Doggy Style Ale, for Colorado?

    And I'd rank Red Hook at least third best from Washington.
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    « Reply #383 on: January 27, 2011, 08:52:55 pm »
    Oooooohhhh....  Moose Drool.....




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    « Reply #384 on: February 01, 2011, 08:43:54 pm »
    More news from Texas-any home brewers out there?

    http://brewednotbattered.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/day-22-hb-660-the-beer/

    To support the TX HB660 legislation, many of our fine local brewpubs have developed House Brown 660, and offered up the recipe as shareware.  Enjoy!  (And save me some!)
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    « Reply #385 on: February 12, 2011, 07:19:38 am »
    Deschutes Brewery Northwest Pale Ale.  It's really good!  First time I've tried it.  Photo taken by the new IPhone

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    « Reply #386 on: February 14, 2011, 08:26:18 pm »


    Riesling, aging nicely.

    Next, at the recommendation of Thernlund, is a Malbec.  Not sure what I'll do after that.  Maybe a Zinfandel for the ladies.  No idea why, but they tend to like Zinfandel. 

    Couple more batches, I'll move over to beer.  Probably start with an Imperial stout
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    « Reply #387 on: February 14, 2011, 08:46:17 pm »
    I expect that I can get a reasonable discount on a bottle of RevDisk Vinyards 2011 Malbec, yeah?  :D


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    « Reply #388 on: February 14, 2011, 09:52:04 pm »
    I expect that I can get a reasonable discount on a bottle of RevDisk Vinyards 2011 Malbec, yeah?  :D


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    Very discounted.  Per federal law, it is illegal to buy homemade beer or wine.  You can only give it away.  It's similar to producing firearms.  You can make your own, all day long without any license.  Can't sell 'em.  The illegality is technically in tax evasion. 

    I will need to research the legality of shipping wine across state lines. 
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    « Reply #389 on: February 15, 2011, 11:29:38 am »
    The selection of good microbrews here in greater Bragg-topia is somewhat limited.

    This was the back of my truck when I left Carlisle Barracks headed back to Ft. Bragg in 2008.



    The only beer in there that wasn't from PA is the Arrogant Bastard all the way in the back.
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    « Reply #390 on: February 22, 2011, 03:30:19 pm »
    The selection of good microbrews here in greater Bragg-topia is somewhat limited.

    This was the back of my truck when I left Carlisle Barracks headed back to Ft. Bragg in 2008.

    The only beer in there that wasn't from PA is the Arrogant Bastard all the way in the back.

    I think I'd like going on road trips with you!

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    « Reply #391 on: February 22, 2011, 04:22:19 pm »
    If any of ya'll are ever in the Harrisburg, PA area - the box labeled Scratch Beer comes from the Troegs brewery, and is basically a brewmaster's experiment, which may or may not become a full production beer.  That was Scratch #9 for 2008, IIRC.  They're only available at the brewery.
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    « Reply #392 on: February 22, 2011, 11:56:06 pm »
    If any of ya'll are ever in the Harrisburg, PA area - the box labeled Scratch Beer comes from the Troegs brewery, and is basically a brewmaster's experiment, which may or may not become a full production beer.  That was Scratch #9 for 2008, IIRC.  They're only available at the brewery.

    I'm in the Harrisburg area.  Think I need to make a trip to the brewery in one of the upcoming weekends...
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    « Reply #393 on: February 23, 2011, 12:05:53 am »
    I'm in the Harrisburg area.  Think I need to make a trip to the brewery in one of the upcoming weekends...

    We have a good micro brewery in Fort Wayne. Mad Anthony Brewing Company. Award winning and good food.

    http://madbrew.com/

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    « Reply #394 on: February 23, 2011, 01:16:45 pm »
    What is special about Arrogant Bastard? 

    I've seen it for sale at the deli shop across the street here and naturally, it reminded me of WTA.
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    « Reply #395 on: February 23, 2011, 01:42:41 pm »
    What is special about Arrogant Bastard? 

    I've seen it for sale at the deli shop across the street here and naturally, it reminded me of WTA.

    Well, it has a fun name, and a fun slogan ("You're Not Worthy!").  It has a very strong flavor, though not as hoppy or bitter as Ruination IPA, from the same brewery. (Another favorite of mine.)  I recomend it from a glass, rather than straight from the bottle.  (Did I mention it comes in 22 oz bottles?)
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    « Reply #396 on: February 23, 2011, 08:13:04 pm »

    Hey Thernlund.  No luck yet on scoring a Malbec.  My supplier doesn't have any and will need to order it for me.  Gods alone know when that will be.  I'll look around for alternative suppliers in the meantime.  Riesling turned out very nice and is starting to get popular.  I have a Pinot Noir fermenting at the moment.  Probably do at least another batch of Riesling, plus a Zinfandel.  Chicks love the Zinfandel, for reasons beyond my understanding.  Might do a Chianti to put on the shelf.  Dunno about that yet.  When I can score the necessary ingrediants for a Malbec, I will make one.  I'm kinda looking forward to making a Bordeaux, so it's high on my list. 

    Note to self - wear friggin old clothing while working on red wines.  Looks like I stabbed someone. 
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    « Reply #397 on: February 23, 2011, 08:22:52 pm »
    Hmmmm....  I do love me a good Pinot about as much as a Malbec.


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    « Reply #398 on: February 23, 2011, 08:44:08 pm »
    Hey Thernlund.  No luck yet on scoring a Malbec.  My supplier doesn't have any and will need to order it for me.  Gods alone know when that will be.  I'll look around for alternative suppliers in the meantime.  Riesling turned out very nice and is starting to get popular.  I have a Pinot Noir fermenting at the moment.  Probably do at least another batch of Riesling, plus a Zinfandel.  Chicks love the Zinfandel, for reasons beyond my understanding.  Might do a Chianti to put on the shelf.  Dunno about that yet.  When I can score the necessary ingrediants for a Malbec, I will make one.  I'm kinda looking forward to making a Bordeaux, so it's high on my list. 

    Note to self - wear friggin old clothing while working on red wines.  Looks like I stabbed someone. 

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    « Reply #399 on: February 23, 2011, 09:01:25 pm »
    MD 20/20. Boon's Farm. Something David Kosher Wine. All same same. Dry, sweet, fruity, woody...make up yer mind and get drunk already. LOL!

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    Ah...  Low-end fortified wines are wine + malt liquor or neutral grain spirits.  It is illegal to produce fortified wines without a license from the BATFE to do so, as distilling is entirely regulated.  Homebrewing of beer or wine is unregulated for noncommercial purposes below 100 or 200 gallons per year depending on the number of persons in a household.  Much the same as noncommercial firearm manufacture of non-NFA weapons.  It is tax evasion, essentially.

    "Party wines" is the homebrew term for sweet or overly fruity wines.  Those are acceptable under the law to homebrew.   They have a very short shelf life (for wines) and should be consumed within six months.

    I will take your selection advise into consideration.  But I will likely stick with my current selection for the near future.  Any suggestions are of course welcome.  I'm not exactly a "wine snob".  I got into homebrewing mostly for gift purposes, because I hate shopping and I'm a frugal person.  I'm not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, I just don't waste money when I don't have to do so.  In one batch, I've recouped roughly a third of the capital costs of equipment purposes by giving wine as a gift instead of purchasing roughly equivalents from my state's monopoly of wine and distilled alcohol sales.  Basically I'm spending approximately $4 per bottle (and roughly 3-5 minutes total time per bottle, which is on rough par with traveling to the nearest "good" state store) plus amortization instead of $15-$30 per bottle.  

    I actually don't drink that much.  I extremely rarely drink to the point where I am drunk.
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