Thirsty Thursday- 6 December

Ronnie is out this week with the flu, but Presidente has been drinking plenty this week and happy to cover for him.

Ronnie is out this week with the flu, but Presidente has been drinking plenty this week and happy to cover for him.

The weather here in Atlanta finally decided to dip into temps that make the birds and your balls disappear for winter.  There are only a few weeks left until Christmas and it is time to make it feel a lot more like Christmas! … as in getting together with friends and family and get hammered on some good shit.

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First off, I got to knock out two birds with one stone while traveling for work this week.  While winding down after a conference, a co-worker and I decided to bust out something special from our cabinets at home.  I brought along a delicious Evil Twin Brewing & Westbrook Brewing collaboration called “Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break”.  This delicious American Imperial Stout is chock full of flavor with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and habanero peppers added and then aged in maple bourbon barrels.  This 10.5% ABV puppy was aging in my cabinets and was just awaiting a special occasion.  BeerAdvocate has it as a 4.4/5, but no one uses a 5 scale anymore because we’re adults and fractions are hard.

Rating : 9.2 / 10

 

As Ronnie mentioned last week, we aren’t giving enough love to the brown liquors… and #AllLiquorsMatter.  My co-worker brought a nice bottle of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel.  This delicious 10 Year Old (can you say that?) was smooth and the perfect nightcap to end a long couple of days out of town.  It was well balanced and consistently receives high scores from enthusiasts.

Rating : 9.4 / 10

 

 

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After getting home and having a night to relax with no real sports to be watched, I busted open another Evil Twin Brewing & Westbrook Brewing collaboration and the base of the previous beer mentioned called “Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break”.  Similar to that one, this had been sitting in my cabinet aging for about a year and it was even more delicious as the first one I had.  This ale has coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and habanero peppers added and also comes in at 10.5%.  This is one of the smoothest 10.5% beers I’ve ever had.  You get the different notes of the coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, and vanilla… and then a nice little heat from the Habanero at the end to let you know that you are alive.  This is probably my favorite beer when it gets cold out… and luckily I have one more stashed away.

Rating : 9.5 / 10

 

 

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The final entry I’ll share this week is this aggressive bourbon from Elijah Craig.  It’s their Elijah Craig Small Batch, Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  This motherfucker comes in at 133.2 proof and will definitely put some hair on your balls… but it is really smooth for that strength.  You have to keep in mind, this isn’t for everyone… you have to have an appreciation for bourbon.  So don’t share this with just anyone.  I have this bottle for my home collection and bust it out every once in awhile.  At roughly $60-70/bottle, this is a solid purchase to keep around.  There are better options out there, but usually at twice the price.

Rating : 8.6 / 10

 

 

That’s it for this week, folks.  Ronnie will be back next week as we continue to prep you for Christmas and New Year’s Eve drinking.

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Thirsty Thursday-22 November

Ronnie continues his Thirsty Thursday Series with a Thanksgiving Edition featuring Wild Leap, Oconee, and Funky Buddha beers

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. While you’re eating your great turkey day feasts, I hope you are also indulging in a few cold beers. Or as my uncle would say “Col-burs”.  I’ll probably just have a little whiskey instead of filling up on beer. We have three separate gatherings to attend and I have absolutely zero discipline. Enough about me. Lets talk about booze. I have quite a few beers to tell you about today.

Since it is Thanksgiving, lets start with a beer you will wish you could eat. Wild Leap Rollin’ Deep Cinnamon Roll stout isn’t as sweet as it sounds but it’s very good. With an 8.5 ABV and 40 IBU, you can taste the alcohol strength with the cinnamon. As much as I did enjoy this dessert beer, I probably wouldn’t want more than 1 or 2 at a time. One by the fireplace during the holidays would be perfect.5ABC6F41-9298-4387-9148-9DB84CB1C41B

This time last year, my wife and I lived in Boca Raton, Florida. There are many beautiful perks to living that close to the ocean, especially in that particular area. During the moving process, we had many conversations about spending an abundant amount of time on the beach living like island people. The thing is, we still had to work and sweeping sand got old quick. We ended up doing a lot of things there that we would have done if we were at home in Atlanta. Wings and beer on football Sundays at Duffy’s Sports Grill was our go-to. Something we have plenty of around Atlanta is breweries, and in Oakland Park, FL I found another great one. Funky Buddha beers have really been making their way into Atlanta lately and my tenure in south Florida is a big reason why I’m very excited to try all their brews. This week, I had their Pineapple Beach. Pineapple Beach is a Blonde Ale with Pineapple added. At 5% ABV and only 20 IBU, this is what I would consider a “crushable” beer. Great flavor, easy to drink, and perfect for a day at the pool…But since its November, perfect for during some football on the weekend or at brunch with your friends.4d301f4c-c45c-43c5-9d54-a7e26f58756a

Now that I’m back in Georgia, I get to take in my local sports news and banter on one of my favorite radio stations, 92.9 The Game. Every day from 2-7pm, we listen to Carl Dukes and Mike Bell discuss Atlanta sports and much more. They’ve partnered with Oconee Brewing Company who have released their HEY MAN blonde ale. Hard to find at first, I finally found it on the beer menu at Wade’s in Smyrna. Now I have a 6-pack in my fridge….well 3 of them. Very good beer and at 5% alcohol, very easy to drink. I suggest you have a few during the Falcons games while in the ATL. Cheers.9977BB94-ADC9-409B-AF23-759C50C96C53

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next Thursday.

 

 

Thirsty Thursday – 15 November

Who doesn’t like a drink or 30 on the weekends? Or on any day for that matter. Beer, wine, liquor, white lightning…Whatever your preference, we all partake in some sort of liver destroying beverage once in awhile. As an adult, most of us learn the whole “quality over quantity” mantra, and that’s what I’m here to tell you about. The good shit. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Thirsty Thursday.

Over the past 7 or so years, the craft beer world has really taken off. There seems to be a new beer on liquor store shelves every other day. When I turned 21, the cool thing to do was going up to the local Taco Mac and trying all the different brews. I still remember some of the pints that I enjoyed the most. Dogfish Head Aprihop, Tommy Knocker Butthead, and one of my all time favorites Ommegang Rare Vos. To this day, eight years later, I still try as many different beers as I can. About the same time that I became a legal beer drinker, two local breweries opened for business here in Georgia. Red Hare Brewing and Monday Night Brewing aren’t two of my preferred breweries just because they’re locals. They got the good shit.

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We’ll start with Red Hare. As Eddard Stark would say, winter is coming. With winter comes one of Red Hare’s seasonal favorites, Sticky Stout. An oatmeal stout with hints of chocolate and coffee, dark in color and a little over 6% ABV. Usually I enjoy one, maybe two stouts at a time because of how heavy and rich the flavor can be. That’s not the case with the Sticky Stout. Very light for a stout and while the flavor isn’t very rich, it is still very good. I suggest having about 6 of them with a few S’mores around a fire like I did.

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Another beer I had this weekend was Han Brolo by Monday Night Brewing. A hazy pale ale, 4.7% ABV, 25 IBUs. Hazy is just another word for unfiltered. You idiots think it looks cool so a lot of breweries have stopped filtering some of their beers and calling them “Hazy”. As you may know by the IBUs, Han brolo isn’t too bitter for a pale ale. If you really enjoy strong IPAs, this is your light beer. This is not my favorite beer from MNB but still very drinkable and I hear it’s fairly popular. Try it out.
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Saying you don’t drink to get drunk is like saying you like Hooter’s wings. It’s bullshit. Trying all those great beers is nice but lets face the facts, people, beer doesn’t always get the job done. Sometimes you need a little kick in the ass. When the beer isn’t doing the job, I usually turn to whiskey. There are 2 different ways to drink a good bourbon. On the rocks, as I almost always do. Or when I’m feeling fancy, I’ll make an old fashioned. Whiskey neat is just a big shot you sip on. I’ll take some ice. One of my go to bourbons is Buffalo Trace. I can’t tell you how people taste caramel, mint, and molasses when they sip whiskey, but I can tell you one thing…Shits good. From start to finish, this Kentucky bourbon is smooth. Buffalo Trace is the runningback that doesn’t hold out. He always gets the job done and isn’t overpaid. The James Conner of bourbon. That’s all you need to know. Usually about $25 or less for a 750ml bottle. Another great bourbon from the same distillery is Eagle Rare. Slightly higher price point. Also great taste.

Look for my article next Thirsty Thursday as I try some brews from Funky Buddha Brewery.