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Patriot1776 
Posted: 22-Mar-2009, 11:00 PM
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Had my first real beer a few weeks ago when me and the parents were in Chattanooga and there wasn't any O'Douls to be found without going in a supermarket, and we weren't doing that. Asked mom if I could have one of her bottles of Bud, and I felt a tad tipsy immediately after drinking it. Then told mother that's the only one I'm having, to keep myself from getting aquainted with it and wanting it instead of O'Douls.

(Abstains from real alcohol for not only religious reasons, but also to keep from developing a serious drinking habit.)


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Posted: 23-Mar-2009, 11:35 AM
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*cringes at hearing Bud called real beer* wink.gif

A good thread, and I'm sad I've missed it before now.

In the morning, it's at least 2 large cups of strong coffee. French press is preferred, but usually made by drip.

In the afternoon, I will occasionally have a Sugar-Free Rockstar, but that's pretty rare.

At church (Reformed Protestant, and Jesus drank wine, remember) it's wine for the Lord's Supper, and coffee or Black Chai Tea with milk for fellowship afterwards.

My evening "soda" is tonic water with a few dashes of bitters, either Angostura or Regan's Orange. Bitters contain alcohol, but when it's only a couple dashes, it's negligible. Less than an O'Doul's I would assume.

In terms of adult beverages, there are a bevy of contenders.

Lately, I've become partial to gin. I'll occasionally have an old-school martini. (4:1 gin to vermouth, a dash or 2 of orange bitters, and a twist of lemon.) Sometimes a gin and tonic.

However, my one drink "passion" is beer. There are so many types of beers, both lager and ales, that are flavorful and worth drinking, it'd be hard to list any one as my favorite. My favorite style of beer would be Scotch Ales, for a number of reasons. I also brew my own beer on occasion. I prefer the darker ales and lagers.

In fact, right before my son was born, I brewed a beer for him that we're going to age for 21 years, so when he comes of age, he'll have a beer to drink that was brewed for him before he was born. 16% abv is my estimate, so it should age nicely. smile.gif

So there we go! What I drink! smile.gif


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Posted: 08-Apr-2009, 10:51 PM
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I do like my coffee, the blacker and stronger the better. My favorite is Americano, I didn't know about the beneficial effects until I read this thread. Knew there was a reason I liked it besides the flavor. Other than that, I get dark roast and make it at home. My favorite right now is Espresso from Boca Java. I just make it in a drip coffee maker since my espresso machine seems to be on the fritz.

Tea can be good too, I like Earl Grey, but discovered that without milk and sugar it's bitter and nauseating. If you really want a caffeine boost, try Morning Thunder from Celestial Seasonings in Boulder Colorado. And after reading James Michener's Centennial, I like Oolong Keemun from China. Tastes like the end of a tarred burnt rope steeped in hot water.

That smoky flavor is one of the reasons I like Laphroig Scotch whisky, among others. I'm mostly Irish, but Irish whiskies don't usually have the smoke, except for Connemara and Michael Collins single malt.

Beer is always good, with many beneficial effects. I brew my own, and hang about a local brewpub way too much. I really like dark beers like Stout and Porter. Made the pilgrimage to St. James Gate to sample the holy Guinness at the source. It really does taste better, but that may be a mostly psychological effect. Who cares? It's wonderful anyway.

Have I left anything out? Probably. Gotta save something for later. At least that's what I tell my clients, cuz I'm a travel agent too. Spend the time, enjoy the place, save something for later. Gives you a good excuse to come back.


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QUOTE (Taliesin @ 23-Mar-2009, 09:35 AM)
*cringes at hearing Bud called real beer* wink.gif

Got that right. The reason they advertise mass produced fizzy yellow water as "ice cold" is that the cold temperature numbs the taste buds so you don't know how crappy it really is.

The new Bud American Ale is better than the usual generic crap, but still not real beer. Makes a reasonable substitute when it's the best the place carries. Always lobby for better beer when I can. Who knows if it can help?
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Posted: 08-Apr-2009, 11:11 PM
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QUOTE (Patriot1776 @ 22-Mar-2009, 09:00 PM)
(Abstains from real alcohol for not only religious reasons, but also to keep from developing a serious drinking habit.)

I used to do that. Years ago, a Christian who drank would be tarred with the reputation of hypocrite, as alcohol was seen as incompatible with holiness. so I was a teetotaller, in order to avoid tarnishing the reputation of Christ.

However, these days, a Christian who drinks is considered open-minded and cool, and I've discovered there are far more opportunities for ministry in a pub than in a church. You'd be amazed what kind of conversations you can get into when sitting at the bar with a Bible and a beer.

As pointed out, Jesus drank wine, even supplied some for a wedding feast at Cana. Paul advised Timothy to take some for health reasons. We are certainly warned in Proverbs to beware of strong drink and Paul advises against drunkenness, but the use of alcohol in moderation does not seem to be incompatible with Christianity.

I leave other religions to their own devices.
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For health reasons I gave up alcohol. I just posted about Bock (dark) beer on another thread and I had a bit of a craving. I still think about a double of good scotch on the rocks. I settle for iced green tea, a poor substitute.

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Posted: 12-Apr-2009, 11:14 PM
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I prefer my Scotch neat, though I discovered last weekend that a little bit of ice can really open up the flavors. Rocks tend to water it down though, so I don't like to overdo it.

I've had some decent Bocks, best one was a couple of years ago in a local brewpub where I was the officiant at the Blessing of the Bock, a traditional springtime exercise.
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Posted: 13-Apr-2009, 11:06 AM
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When I was in Scotland, I toured the Glengoyne distillery, and our lovely tourguide said this in her beautiful Scottish accent (I'm paraphrasing):

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With regards to HOW one ought to enjoy one's whisky, some say you should add a wee bit of water to it, or ice.  Our personal view at the Glengoyne Distillery is that if we thought there should be more water in our whisky, we'd have added it when we made it.  However, enjoy it however you like.  The only requirement is that you DO enjoy it.
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I got this in an email today from Guinness:

This year marks our 250th anniversary, so it's time to celebrate! We're happy to announce to you, the loyal 1759 Society, the launch of our Special Edition Guinness® 250 Anniversary Stout on April 24th.

We couldn't be prouder of this stout. Using a unique brewhouse process that combines the use of stout and ale malt, it's a distinctive carbonated stout with a clean, smooth finish. This is especially exciting, as we haven't introduced a new stout to the US since 1967, when we first started importing Guinness® Draught.

It's only available for a limited time, so on April 24th, pick some up at your local retailer or go out with some friends and try a pint of our brand new brew!

I don't know if my area will get it but I thought I would just pass the word around


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QUOTE (Taliesin @ 13-Apr-2009, 09:06 AM)
When I was in Scotland, I toured the Glengoyne distillery, and our lovely tourguide said this in her beautiful Scottish accent (I'm paraphrasing):
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With regards to HOW one ought to enjoy one's whisky, some say you should add a wee bit of water to it, or ice.  Our personal view at the Glengoyne Distillery is that if we thought there should be more water in our whisky, we'd have added it when we made it.  However, enjoy it however you like.  The only requirement is that you DO enjoy it.

Well, quite right of course. I don't believe in watering down the whisky. However, I have been educated to understand that there are oils in whisky, which float on top of the alcohol. If one puts just a drop or two of water into the glass, it disperses those oils, allowing the volatile ingredients underneath come come forth. It's not a matter of watering the whisky down, it's a matter of learning to release its flavors.

I was similarly disinclined to put ice in whisky, until challenged by a master whisky ambassador to put just a small chip or two into the tasting glass. I was very surprised at the increase in the flavor. It works.

It doesn't pay to be such a purist about the "rules" that you can't learn a new thing or two and enjoy your beverages more. I once experienced a hostess who had been told that Guinness is always drunk warm because that's the way beer is drunk in Britain and Ireland. And indeed it's true that "ice cold" beer in America is often done that way to numb the taste buds and prevent the drinker from truly experiencing the not so great flavor of cheap domestic beers, while Europeans in general tend to prefer their beer less than "ice cold." However, it's not warm, it's cellar temperature, much as you'd provide for a fine cask-conditioned beer. Cellar temperature is 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, above ice cold, but certainly not warm, despite the American propensity for claiming that the beer is "warm."

Suffice it to say, Guinness draft in the bottle is not at its best at 75 degrees F. And good Scotch can be enhanced by a few drops of water or a chip of ice. Keep the mind open. And the mouth when you taste Scotch, by the way, as it allows the fumes to circulate through the olfactory system and also enhances the flavor of the whisky.
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Posted: 02-May-2009, 10:27 PM
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lol, be at ease. smile.gif I told the story as a jest, which is how our tour guide meant it as well. smile.gif

Most ales ought not be consumed as cold as most Americans want it. Lighter colored lagers, however, are a style that needs to be served chilled.

I just bottled the beer I brewed for my newborn son tonight. It's a Russian Imperial Stout that we have named IAIN-BRU, after him. smile.gif (And the tasty Scottish soda.)

We estimate we hit about 16% abv, though I'll know more once I do the math. (And once I find the Original Gravity to compare against the final gravity.)

We brewed it to age for 21 years, so that when my son is 21, he will be able to drink a beer that was brewed for him before he was born. smile.gif The ingredients were a baby shower gift from my buddies to me.

I had a sip of the sample I drew to measure gravity, and it was MIGHTY tasty!!! Malty, RICH, with anise notes that I attribute to the rich malt combined with a high amount of alcohol.
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On this lovely sunny evening, I'm having a refreshing Vex Kiwi Mango Vodka Cooler with Club Soda on ice wine.gif ahhhhh biggrin.gif thumbs_up.gif


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I've got a friend in Ct, who's also a member of the SCA and one helluva brewer of meads, ales, stouts, etc.

Gods......I don't dare even try to think of which one of the many brews that I've had over the years would be my favourite.

My tastes have changed a tad over the years........tho I still have a fond spot for Wild Turkey 8 yr old bourbon smile.gif

I'm definitely a coffee drinker.......never was there such an ambrosia made for lowly human consumption !

Still like Glenfiddich, do drink tea, especially a number of the herbal brews and , if anyone's interested, I've got a .doc format listing of a large number of mead recipes that I can u/l to the forums.

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I've recently found Mojito's......Oh MY !!!!!!!!

I also know of the same brewer that my Lord Seamus knows in the SCA and HIS meads and other beverages I do enjoy....they taste so much better than commercially brewed concoctions to me.

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Had my second real bottles of beer ever, two shortnecks, this past Father's Day in fact! biggrin.gif
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