Blue Moon spring seasonal variety pack tonight.
OT: Friday Night Drinking Thread (what are you drinking)
The bite is the hops they used in that beer. I thought it was pretty good for a spring seasonal. An unfiltered wheat with a slight hop profile. I'm not a huge Sam Adams fan but liked that one.
Still deciding, but it will be without the Wings on my TV, which makes justingoblue a saaaaaad panda.
Yea, I was worked up for a while. After her (apparently, she's claiming she's a 34 year old mother on another thread) "non-threat" I was done being angry, and I was just looking to get the word out on the other stuff. Love you guys for standing by me there, even when it was obvious I wasn't exactly happy.
Anyway, life is good with the exception of the lack of Red Wings/CCHA in my living room. megangoblue had a great game today against a good team at her tournament and should be calling soon, I have a good wine chilling and I'm trying to decide what to watch tonight. The weather isn't really motivating me to go anywhere, especially since I know I won't be able to drive back.
What are you up to tonight, WD? How's life been lately? Any plans for the evening or something interesting on the TV?
I was considering getting Scorsese's Hugo, which I haven't seen yet. Sadly, megangoblue is gone until next Thursday, she's mowing 'em down in West Virginia at the moment.
We need to hear BD analyze some music after a twelve pack or so. We pick the songs, so we'll intersperse Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Warren Zevon with some Katy Perry and Miley Cirus, and we'll see how profane we can get him.
Brewed some beers at the Vineland Brewery in St. Paul, MN.
Just opened a hoppy ale..."100% Evil"!
...to get through tonight's high wind watch.
That's one of my top three beers.
It's always on my list when I go to Ashley's. And sometimes, they actually have it when I order it.
There's a disturbing lack of Chic Fil A's here in Michigan. #HomeSick
I have to agree with you there. Chick-fil-A is delicious, I've been there twice in my life and I still crave it.
Chic Fil A's waffle fries, oh yeah.
It may just be chicken on a bun, but it's awesome.
There's one in toilet bowl Ohio that isn't too far if you are in A2. Totaly worth the drive. I drive out to Sonic in Westland too, another goodie.
I live 5 minutes away from a chick fil a, but I can't do the sweet tea, or fast food for that matter.
What do you know about that Silver Bullet Band, son?
What part of 'Bama do you hail from?
Great American Pale Ale. Growler size. Awesome!
Love sweetwater! Auzzie rolls FTW. Black and tan is great there too.
Six pack of tall boys, Miller High Life.
A fine tequila to go with my Bass Ale.
Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Founders Breakfast Stout and Double Trouble
Zombie Dust is delicious. Got 2 cases from 3 Floyds brewery last weekend and I plan on heavily depleting my stash this weekend.
Good on ya, mate. I had some Zombie Dust at Paddy Longs in Chicago, tasty, tasty stuff. I love the Apocalypse Cow from FFF. They make some fine, fine, beers.
bell's two hearted ale, bell's hopslam, and surly abrasive ale. i'm stocked right now.
2 fingers of Glenfidich, 1 ice cube
My in-law gave me a bottle of Admiral Nelson's. Not sure what to do with it, honestly.
Donate it to some students, then write it off as a charitible gift.
Problem solved, two parties (pun intended?) win AND you get to stick it to the government.
It makes a good mixer for pina coladas and daqueries and such. Also, you never know when you'll be entertaining and someone will ask for rum. Its not like it goes bad.
My in laws are here...
Hopslam, several of them.
With some shots of Gran Centanrio Tequila. That is such a great tequila.
Diet Vernors + Dragon Berry/Strawberry Bacardi. And it's amazing.
At a youth flag football game on a 75 degree Florida winter night. Life's good.
McMasters and Vernors way the hell up near Lake Superior.
Blue Label scotch, got it as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend's mom. Pretty good stuff but not my favorite scotch.
she sounds like the greatest future mother-in-law on earth
A fine combo of a 40 oz Milwaukee's Best, followed by a homebrewed Barleywine, and perhaps a RyePA...Or maybe a nice oatmeal stout.
Eagle Rare 17 year and one cube of ice
I bought a fifth of Eagle Rare at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, KY last year. Very, very nice bourbon.
Are you from Kentucky, did you buy in KY, or option C? I ask b/c I was under impression this wasn't widely available.
BTW, I got some whisky stones for Xmas this year as an alternative to ice. Not quite as cold, but it does prevent any unwanted watering down of the whisky.
I actually live in Florida, I got it from Total Wine and I am on a call list for whenever they get it in. I found out about Eagle Rare when I was in college, I went to school at Miami(NTM) and did a bourbon trail tasting. I love the 10yr, but every know and then I have a few fingers of the 17 year. I need to get some whiskey stones, the only thing I use for this is a bourbon snifter.
The girlfriend got me a great set from Sur-La-Table, and they weren't very expensive. You can get them shipped if there isn't one near you.
i got a set as well, though most nights I actually prefer a solitary ice cube with my scotch. my reason? Because scotch on the rocks (best drink on earth) eventually turns INTO scotch and water (2nd best drink on earth)!
Before I got them, I almost never drank liquor with ice. I really don't like the water getting into my drinks. That goes for soft drinks as well, I just don't like it for whatever reason.
I prefer my drinks on the rocks, but I guess I am partial due to not trying whiskey stones. But my go to drink is crown and water
If I were to drink scotch that was really high end I would definately go with the stones to prevent watering down, but when Im just drinking Glenlivet or Glenfidich or anything like that I dont think the ice is masking any subtle flavors, and I enjoy the taste of it.
sounds like you are a fan of the speyside single malt scotches, those are usually the ones i go to. I am not a fan of the blended scotches like johnnie walker
generally, yes. but I have a single malt from Oregon (of all places) that Im thoroughly enjoying right now.
Irish and Rye are my go-to whiskey's, although I usually only drink Irish straight. Also, if I'm motivated I'll grab a bottle of bourbon and make an Old Fashioned, which is basically the only drink involving liquor I use actual ice with.
Have you tried Red Breast Irish whiskey?
I had never heard of it until this winter. Within a few days around Christmas this year, I had a glass of that (neat) and a glass of Pappy Van Winkle 20 (a splash of water). Those two drinks spoiled me from Jameson and Makers/Jim Beam for a good while.
I have never had Pappy Van Winkle, but I have heard good things. Red breast is one of my go to's for Irish Whiskey, but I rarely drink Irish whiskey
My uncle had the Pappy Van Winkle. It's funny, he's much more of a wine/beer guy (he has a wine cellar and his neighbor homebrews, I believe) but there's something that compels him to grab a bottle of that each year. It's very good, although my palate still isn't very sophisticated; lots of vanilla as far as taste goes, very very little bite.
I love seeing all the Hopslam on these every friday. I'm going with the Shorts Aorta Ale I think, but its early, that may change.
I wish we could get shorts down here in Virginia.
Sampled so far tonight:
- Epic Brewing Brainless on Cherries (Belgian style ale)
- Bell's Two Hearted Ale (decided to throttle back on Hopslam as I'm down to last 2 six packs)
Brewery Vivant - Triomphe
A nice Belgian IPA
It is! I had some at the Winter Beer Festival last weekend. Good, good stuff.
I think I'm the third person to say Two-Hearted tonight.
And yea I feel a bit emasculated drinking it haha. It's all I got. Not that I'm ashamed at all to say I like red wine. But a night in watching a movie and drinking red wine alone seems pretty lame. But if I wasn't sick, I'd totally be out with friends poundin beers and gettin tail brah!
As far as being emasculated, gladiators drank it, don't forget that.
Nothing feminine about red wine. I have a hard time respecting a man drinking whites, because they might as well be a fu fu drink. Absolutely no shame in the red wine game, though. However, BEWARE OF THE HANGOVER
Agreed. I've had women notice the merlot or mark west pinot noir swag in public and mention how they love when a man drinks wine. Agreed though white wine is for pussies.
Can you or someone else please explain this sentiment? How can a particular type of grape be for "pussies"? For the record, I'm not trying to be defensive here; I'm proudly drinking a very good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc tonight that has some amazing complexity, and is very refreshing at a temperature close to freezing. Any answers here won't change that, I'm genuinely curious.
White and red grapes grow next to each other in many parts of the world. Take a look at this map of the Bordeaux region of France. Map locations 25, 33, and 34 are famous for growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes, while others are famous for all manners of red, dry white and sweet white wine. What's the distinction that makes one "masculine" and one "feminine"? I don't get it, and I would sincerely like to hear the reasoning behind this idea that has now been posted twice. What do people who hold these views drink when eating fish, many chicken dishes, or with a dish that doesn't stand up to, for example, a Chianti?
Edit: Champagne is arguably the most famous white wine in the world. Is that also for "pussies", or do you and others that think like you drink champagne on NYE or during celebrations?
Nice rebuttle. I've always wondered where this "stigma" came from as well. I will say this: Many wine drinkers in their first years of partaking in the practice (like myself, I've slowly incorporated wine into my repertoire over the last 4-5 years) start with the whites and advance to the reds as one progresses; hell maybe it is just me. But the reds are more of an acquired taste, to me, and it'll take a few more years (along with flat out drinking more and better wines) to be able to frequent and truly enjoy red wines. All of that said, it has nothing to do with the masculinity of one variety over the other.
I've only started drinking anything decent (I'm 22*) recently and wine gets about 1/3 of the attention craft beer does from my exploring. I think you're right about moving on to darker and more complex wines, it makes sense intuitively. Also, anecdotally, a ton of people start drinking Jack Daniels or Crown Royal and end up switching to scotch as they get older. Talking about beer, most people don't start with stouts, porters and Imperial IPA's.
*and actually learned some things while typing it, so that's a plus.
Since you have whiskey stones, I don't think you have to worry about anthing you drink being considered effeminate.
You're right on the money Justin, at least for me, and I'm an old man (40). Scotch drinkers (snobs, like me) end up in single malt islays (lagavulin), beer drinkers end up in ipas or their own home brew menageries. Wine drinkers end up in the big reds (Malbec/Cabs/Bordeaux). If I drink a white, its a buttery chardonnay like La Crema. In terms of booze, I keep a liquor cabinet full of mixer quality stock spiritis (smirnoff/barcardi/el jimidor/tanqueray/jack) and then a higher level of things I like to practice snobbery with (bookers/herradura/some rum my sister brought me from puerto rico etc). I think this is the way many folks are set up just because its practical to have the stock for mixing and the good stuff for sipping. I really don't drink liquor, its more for the company, that is to say the women-folk in my life like fluffy drinks.
A really long response to a simple minded sentiment shared by alot of men. Obviously my pie chart game isnt helping here and i have a life so no poll questions are gonna happen. Lets just say, in my business if you are at dinner with the older execs that i deal with, and you order a white, its "sweep the leg johnny time". No mercy.
Im not a novice or young drinker so i guess as some comments have indicated im onto the scotch and reds phase. But then again i never started with wine coolers it was miller lite (still a solid choice) capt mo (love it) jack, double ipa, imperial stouts, now johnny walker. I guess white wine is something never on my radar because i never started with zima??
Catena 2009 Malbec
Mr. Pibb cherry zero from Moe's
Buds at home while I watch the wings put on a clinic. Then whatever is on special when I meet the boys at the neighborhood bar.
Torpedo Extra IPA
Slamdunkel, Glenfiddich, Grey Goose, and now a Spaten. I'm just ding some spring cleaning.
Growler of Scotty karate fresh from dark horse brewery in Marshall, MI. Brought it all the way to Pittsburgh with me baby!
Been waiting for it
Drinking with my Chi Psi brothers here before we ski Vail tomorrow. Rolling Rock tonight. Which apparently comes in 30 racks here. Sweeeeet
Sam Adams Alpine Spring. Celebrating the tornadic outbreak in the greater Cincinnati area. Kidding of course. Some very scary storms this evening.
Had this the other day. Wasn't impressed. Seems like the usual Sam Adams flavor lacking. No?
After a former Ann Arbor resident who moved to Canada, this is the closest approximation I've found to Bell's Oberon. It's a rather poor imitation, however, as the flavour of a freshly squeezed orange slice tastes like it has been added to the beer through chemical additives - The label does, however, say that orange peel is one of the ingredients.
Southern Tier Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale. First time drinking it. It's meh.
Makers and tears. Tree just fell on the house... kid slept straight through it, resilient li'l bastard.
Wow, I hope the damage isn't too severe.
Best of luck to you sir, and may your insurance adjustor be kind.
Captain and cokes and bar room jokes have me feeling fine.