– No Drinky Drinky- Perfect Timing

finger2 I feel like Edward Scissorhand(s) with a ring finger casualty. I do twitch the metal splint up and down when I am not banging it into things.

(ie. blurry movement pic.)

Sunday  evening , I was preparing to cut turkey fillets with my handy-dandy way too sharp and too long 8″ Global Knife and you know what happens. Yes, the knife thinly slicing the turkey as a slicing machine would , Horizontally cutting slipped and cut my pointer finger Vertically Wha? and if you think about it,imagine it , a vertical and horizontal  line graph Yes but in a Sward Tai Chi  fluid Air Movement in which I have no idea how my finger was cut . Well,I have a few stitches and  now Today on the opposite hand,  Five days out I have a paper cut  on my ring finer.

Just the weekend One wants to drink…

Oh, and the reason for this post, I cannot drink because it impedes healing. What Timing!

I have been typing too long as it is. Another beer review soon.



Date on Bottles.. Decoding..

I have had some interesting  craft beer situations happen.

I did not know there really is a best drink by time frame with craft beers,  Especially seasonal or special brews. I do know about the  Duvel date . Seems It Is important to know these things.

ithicabeersunMy quest for a Guinness replacement is still ongoing.  I had one  Craft beer from Ny Ithaca  Beer Co. Midnight Sun Black Lager considered a Schwarzbier. It was a hopeful start, I had one and it was something I wanted to try again. There was one lonely six pack left in a 10 mile radius, it was 5 minutes away. I don’t chase beer ,so I picked it up. Okay ,so  this beer Is  A Seasonal. Not much info is on the website. This is a few months after the winter . So it must be March or April, And I don’t drink things right away. I  had  one and  few days later another.  It wasn’t quite as crisp as the first one I had tried. I gave the rest to my  friend. Anyway .

The beer  is dark mahogany  with a tan headithicsunglass. When it is at its peak time frame, it is malty and dry  with a   mix of smoke  with hints of coffee and  a bit of bitter chocolate  and  stickiness but fades, a bit thin. This mellows as time passes as  it did with the ones from the six pack but the  bitterness  became stronger .  It is 5.5 ABV 165 calories.  Worth a try as a winter warmer . I would  buy respectfully  within its STF :Short Time Frame. November,  December, January, Possibly February.   Probably  taste different on tap at Ithaca. Moral is : Now I know to look for a bottle date.



about Beer A Guinness Alternative, Stout Quest

It’s been on my mind, How do I go about telling a tale about the  small town craft brewery that is trying to supply as  a more  widely and available  brewery.

As it began , I was on a quest to find a beer I could enjoy as  a different stout than Guinness. Again, this is  around Christmas time.
I found and  had a single bottle of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. Which, I would  like and appreciate the vanilla  mix with hints of Roasted Coffee and Cocoa  and  Bourbon  Whisky spice. You can guess the  Hints of You know what .
And Yes I did. . ABV  8 % a little high for me, then the calories are up there as well.

I proceeded to hunt and  find  a few that I could purchase.

I was  happy  becuase of the taste. I chilled and opened  this new-found one and it didn’t taste  quite the same. Nor did it have the same aroma as described above. A little off.
I wasn’t  going to give up, cold is till acceptable Bourbon-ish with little vanilla and cocoa, until as it sat and warmed up. It was not Bourbon-y but sour . At this point it was almost done. I sink poured the rest.
But I felt not quite right . Stomach off. The next day I called the distributor and asked if anyone reported bad or off beer.  No, but  took down my info and situation. I called the brewery and the next day they were going to settle the bill and told me the beer had been “retired“.  I saved the beer. I then inspected the bottles and a few had hairline cracks. No Way.. Way.. I was beside myself.  And the bottles a bit spotty to boot.  A little bit of a heresy  pickle going on… Just got a bad batch I guess…

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Yea great… New to craft beer, and finding a Guinness alternative. Should I  try to go on with this endeavor?
I was contacted by  a  representative of the brewery. He wanted to come to the house  Taste and Take the beer.  Probably  to see if I was okay-Reassure me that I am okay. And  asked if I wanted anything.
Some glassware would be nice,I guess.
He arrived after a half hour of talking, informed me that contaminated beer wouldn’t hurt me.
Even though my stomach wasn’t right,very sour stomach.
He sat down,Opened the beer and took a sip. Put the cap on and said” Yep, that beer is not right”. He took it and gave me an assortment of other beer offerings. He forgot the glassware but sent them to me. Nice , non nucleated cuvee type  and some tap-room mini glasses.

merrymonk copy.jpg I went to have one of the new offerings,  wouldn’t you know it some of those had cracks in them. I informed  the representative,I was told ” It has something to do with pressure in the bottle ,it happens”.

You know, I didn’t touch those unique bottles. Glad they were responsive though.   Inquiring  about the brewery, seems they do have some solid beers.

 I have told this tale to a few. It has become apparent that someone arriving  at  my house to” Pick Up, Taste and Take back” is very unusual.

You may begin to fathom the reason I was encouraged to start this type of blog.

I did pick up a real sour ale to see what that is about.  Not tried  as of yet.

Still on a Guinness alternative quest. Even though I know there is no such thing.

Maybe Guinness adjacent is a better way to think about it. Bring back the isinglass.

Gentle reminder:  Always  check your Bottles ..

about Beer….

guinnessdraughtcc2Okay ,So this begins my odd beer  journey…

One day I had a headache , I would rather do with out the whole head issue to begin with.  It has been a long time since I partook  in drink, eating is right up there with ,well enjoying a meal,just cut out spirits. I have friends that know what beer pairs  well with what food. Usually the Belgian variety.  Some cause a headache. Seems like that with most. Once in a while I would go for a Grey Goose mixed with a splash of something.

So , one day I was discussing my headache and was told,don’t you know”Guinness  is Good for You ” I was told.

I have  had Guinness  on tap , it has been ages.  I went on a quest to find a single bottle.This was around Christmas time 2016. I had no idea about the  Christmas time Special Brews. I was overwhelmed by the colors and choices of craft brews, local , imported. Geesh…  Boxes of Good Cheer Gift sets.I was looking around and spotted the Guinness draught, in a bottle.   My head swimming. I picked up the bottle ,ran away and came home. Read about the right temperature,sorted through copious videos  about  Guinness and the  Pour . But , I did not have the proper glass. Oh nooo.

What to do , well the bottle says drink it out of the bottle. No Special Guinness glass necessary. Whew.. So, I did Chill it at the right temp,from the bottle it went.

I had gas pains for days, thought I had pancreatitis. But , I only had one.. Guinness. Besides the proper glass issue, Guinness  was  good, did not induce anything except gas and  traveling gas pains…

So, as it goes. … First thoughts: smells like Guinness, a little thin  and lighter than I remember, Huge  on  bubbles…   -Need to try again for Proper review.-

I have been discovering different varieties,  trying to stay with  with barley malt beers. Cause.. You know..  I want to try something different…  Guinness with be there..

Unfortunately I didn’t save or take a pic of my Guinness Draught bottle. Why do? there would be time ..This picture Courtesy of Creative Commons  Guinness Draft Beer Bottle(part of a 3d project) by oski, published May 15, 2012 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:23087

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Cheers    Im JudeB