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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:52 pm

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Ethyriel wrote:Excellent, I'll call in a few meth labs to throw the 5-0 off our scent.

Wrong reference. In mine, the Frog was quite cute at the time.


In that case, I'm totally lost. Don't worry, I'm used to it.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:56 pm

Ethyriel wrote:
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Ethyriel wrote:Excellent, I'll call in a few meth labs to throw the 5-0 off our scent.
Wrong reference. In mine, the Frog was quite cute at the time.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:16 pm

Cigar City Brewing's Maduro brown ale. Nutty, earthy, and as the bottle says, goes GREAT with a fine cigar.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:09 pm

That explains it, I can't stand Burt Reynolds.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:43 pm

Bruichladdich 'The Organic'.

Very nice stuff, smooth and delicate. Never had organic scotch before.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:05 pm

Ethyriel wrote:That explains it, I can't stand Burt Reynolds.

Well, if you want to swap beer from one end of the US to the other ...
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:26 pm

Captain Ned wrote:Well, if you want to swap beer from one end of the US to the other ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnRwQjTYfGI&t=01m19s

I've got another Killian's Irish Red here.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:28 pm

It's about time someone picked up what I was putting down. :D

Yes, it's brain fluff, but for the period it's damn good brain fluff.

For the record, I never saw Coors on my side of the Mississippi until several years after that movie.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:59 pm

God, diesel for $0.479, my TDI is sobbing.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:14 pm

Captain Ned wrote:It's about time someone picked up what I was putting down. :D

Yes, it's brain fluff, but for the period it's damn good brain fluff.

For the record, I never saw Coors on my side of the Mississippi until several years after that movie.

Ok I was a kid when I watched those movies. It's time I re-watched them again. Do I even need to get parts 2 & 3 of S&TB or just the first one is good enough?
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:16 pm

thegleek wrote:Ok I was a kid when I watched those movies. It's time I re-watched them again. Do I even need to get parts 2 & 3 of S&TB or just the first one is good enough?

2 & 3 are abominations. Stick with the original.

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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:32 pm

Ethyriel wrote:God, diesel for $0.479, my TDI is sobbing.
http://www.tucsongasprices.com/index.as ... =Y&intro=Y
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:37 am

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Ethyriel wrote:God, diesel for $0.479, my TDI is sobbing.
http://www.tucsongasprices.com/index.as ... =Y&intro=Y


Thanks, that helped.

Man, this Of Love and Regret was awesome. I'm interested what it would have been like fresher, since I usually feel that saisons lose a lot with age, but the flowers were where this one was at. It was a medium amber on the orange side, nice and gentle in the malt. The nose was mostly lavender, and the first thought when tasting it was lavender leading into chamomile. Then I started to get into the heather (which I recognize from Fraoch), which seems to work along with the dandelion to blend the chamomile and lavender together, even though I don't taste the dandelion individually. Underneath I'm getting just a subtle hint of resiny hops. I'm tasting some of the kind of dank marijuana flavor that characterizes Our Side, the Stillwater/Mikkeler collaboration, and oddly enough, a little of the woody resin flavor that I was getting in Ruthless Rye. I have to hunt for both of those, though, the flowers are definitely forward on this, but still nice and subtle.

Stillwater listed three malts (barley, wheat, and Belgian aromatics?), so maybe it wasn't the rye in the Ruthless Rye that was doing it. I do know that this particular flavor was a lot more present in the yeast sediment. I just loved this beer, and the kind of orange glow was really nice. If it wasn't $5.50 for an 11.2oz bottle I'd be buying a few more.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:54 am

Why can't a lot of beer be distributed in Michigan?
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:06 am

paulWTAMU wrote:Why can't a lot of beer be distributed in Michigan?

Long story. Watch "Beer Wars". the big 3 (bud/miller/coors) prevent it.

even some smaller places can't cuz of costs or can't produce enough (ie: new glarus)

dogfish head gets a lot of this. tons of states complain they cant get DFH beer to their state.

michigan can't get new belgium beer (next year in 2013 they will finally ship here!). michigan can't get a lot of west coast beers (russian river, 21st amendment, etc).
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:59 pm

Pour that 75 minute extremely slowly, my typical bottle conditioned pour ended up 2/3 head. I kind of like it, but it needs some age. The fermented maple syrup is interesting. I can taste that it's maple, but it doesn't really taste like maple. It's pretty dry, at least relative to expectations, and I'd love it if that dried out, fermented maple flavor was in the spotlight. Unfortunately it's not, even though it's not very hoppy at all compared to what I was expecting, the hops are just bitter and after the first 13 oz glass they just got in the way. I found myself having to slow down so that the bitterness didn't overwhelm all the other flavors. So I think it's going to be better in maybe 18 months, though I'd like to try it fresh cask.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:26 pm

Boylan's Birch Beer. Mm.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:47 am

thegleek wrote:
paulWTAMU wrote:Why can't a lot of beer be distributed in Michigan?

Long story. Watch "Beer Wars". the big 3 (bud/miller/coors) prevent it.

even some smaller places can't cuz of costs or can't produce enough (ie: new glarus)

dogfish head gets a lot of this. tons of states complain they cant get DFH beer to their state.

michigan can't get new belgium beer (next year in 2013 they will finally ship here!). michigan can't get a lot of west coast beers (russian river, 21st amendment, etc).
Cry me a river, gleek. You have no idea how well you have it in Michigan ;). Oklahoma can't get anything by New Belgium or any brewery that ships their beer cold, since Oklahoma doesn't allow beer over 3.2% ABW to be stored cold in a liquor store. Add to the fact that beers over 3.2% and wine can't be sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. at all. Liquor stores cannot open before 10am are forced to close by 9pm every day and aren't allowed to be open on Sundays or holidays. I believe that places selling 3.2% beer aren't allowed to sell it between the hours of It was only within the past few years where liquor stores were allowed to be opened on election days. If I'm not mistaken, only Kansas and Utah's liquor laws are more restrictive than Oklahoma's.

Dogfish Head is a rarity in this state, as well. I'm fortunate enough to live near a really good liquor store where the owner is more than happy to order what he can, free of charge, if they don't currently have it in stock. I have been able to buy many different beers that I normally would have been unable to. The problem is that there has often been times where his distributors don't carry the beer, wine, or spirit , so his hands are tied. In my opinion, the three-tiered system is beyond ridiculous.

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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:53 am

Dizik wrote:Liquor stores cannot open before 10am are forced to close by 9pm every day and aren't allowed to be open on Sundays or holidays.

I live in a fairly conservative suburb of Chicago. Until about a year ago we had a local ordinance prohibiting sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday. The city council came to their senses and realized that everyone was just going to neighboring suburbs to stock up on beer for game day. They rolled the start time back to 8:00 AM -- EARLIER than many other suburbs in the area -- reasoning that this would keep more of the liquor tax revenue here. Surprised the heck out of me; until just a few years ago you couldn't even pay for liquor in the normal checkout lines at grocery stores (all alcohol had to be segregated in a separate area of the store, with a dedicated register just for alcohol sales). Guess things are loosening up a bit.

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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:09 am

Liquor stores cannot open before 10am are forced to close by 9pm every day and aren't allowed to be open on Sundays or holidays.

We do that too :( And grocery stores cannot stock anything over (I think) 13%, so basically beer and wine (Neither of which I can stand). It makes me sad, and I rather suspect it drives up the cost of liquor. And, at least here, something like 1/2 of all Panhandle counties are totally dry. Thankfully Potter county isn't and I live right on the border of it and Randall (which is dry).
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:23 pm

"Blue laws" are weird that way. Aside from bars and food service/vending, which are a whole 'nother ball of wax, Colorado only permits full-strength carry-out liquor sales at one location per license, and only issues one license per individual and business entity, with all other locations capped at 3.2%. In practice this means liquor stores are always stand-alones, while grocers and convenience stores stock everything at one location only and a small selection of 3.2% beer and malt/wine cooler drinks everywhere else. Sunday sales above 3.2% were prohibited until just a couple years ago, when the legislature finally passed a bill to kill that restriction. A parallel bill to remove the single-site restriction was killed by the liquor store lobby, but that was kind of expected -- they didn't like the Sunday sales bill either, since it took away their only vacation day, but they knew they had to roll on one in order to quash the other.

Costco figured a way around the single-site restirction by contracting a private, independently-licensed liquor store to set up shop at each of their Colorado locations, and then supplying them with all of the standard Costco fare at wholesale. Now that Trader Joe's is serious about moving into the state I expect they'll finagle a similar arrangement at their stores...otherwise their grocery business will get eaten alive by Sunflower Market, which got here first.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:28 pm

I just remember one glorious liquor store in downtown Denver that was gigantic...and wonderful. Oh so wonderful.

right now I'm drinking water after taking benydryl. Ate something I should not have (no clue what the hell it was) and my throats all puffy. So drugs and water. Lots of both.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:01 pm

just brew it! wrote:[
I live in a fairly conservative suburb of Chicago. [...] until just a few years ago you couldn't even pay for liquor in the normal checkout lines at grocery stores (all alcohol had to be segregated in a separate area of the store, with a dedicated register just for alcohol sales). Guess things are loosening up a bit.


I vaguely remember setups like that at Jewel and Dominicks before I moved out here from Crystal Lake, but that was way back when I was 15. In Buffalo, where I have a lot of family, grocery stores only recently were allowed to carry beer at all, and I think wine too. In that case, it resulted in a lot of really good liquor stores with excellent selection and prices.

I'm glad we don't have much to compete with here in Tucson, besides a rather young beer scene. Though my local brew pub is meeting a lot of resistance about expanding into neighboring pads in the location they operate their brewery. Some of that must be because they're bordering the UA campus, because a couple other brew pubs in town are much larger.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:05 pm

I'm glad I don't live in one of these states:

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Alcoholic_beverage_control_state

Well, OK, not really, as I'm not that big into alcohol, all things considered. Still, I find that interesting.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:26 pm

Ethyriel wrote:I'm glad we don't have much to compete with here in Tucson, besides a rather young beer scene. Though my local brew pub is meeting a lot of resistance about expanding into neighboring pads in the location they operate their brewery. Some of that must be because they're bordering the UA campus, because a couple other brew pubs in town are much larger.

I went to Nimbus (both locations) last time I was out there. Seemed decent.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:32 pm

I guess Alaska isn't on that list, but we do have some restrictions that other states consider to be "controlling" and others consider to be too open. For instance, beer and liquor cannot be on normal store shelves in a grocery store. They have to be in a separate section of the grocery store that is meant for people 21 and older, they have their own cash registers. You can purchase other things in there (bringing your groceries in to buy with your alcohol). Its like an unwritten rule that you don't if you have a lot of stuff, unless you want to get dirty looks from people waiting to buy a few bottles of wine or whatever.

This blew my mind because when I was down in Washington state for some job training, I found that beer could be sold like soda in the grocery store, but liquor had to be sold in a separate segregated section just like Alaska. Some states apparently allow for BOTH to be sold in the grocery section out in the open.

I can understand why Alaska does it like this though, as we actually have the highest vehicle related deaths associated with alcohol. Hell we just had 4 young people driving a dodge neon get struck by a drunk driver who was in an F-250. Killed 2 of them on impact and the other 2 were hurt pretty damn bad. The drunk actually had a suspended license and had been recently out of jail for aggregated assault. Crazy stuff. People gotta learn to know their limit and not drive after drinking, something this state has always had a problem with.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:56 pm

Welch wrote:Some states apparently allow for BOTH to be sold in the grocery section out in the open.

Illinois is actually like that, but many individual municipalities have stricter rules.
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Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Postposted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:11 pm

Vermont is a "control state" but it really isn't that bad. No Blue Law days/hours restrictions beyond no retail alcohol after midnight (bars go to 2AM and if you need to make a retail beer or booze run after midnight, I impugn your planning skills) and stores are reasonably well-distributed both in geography and products. Groceries/C-stores/anyone else can sell beer & wine up to 17%; anything beyond that has to be purchased in a liquor store.
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