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by Andrew Kotowski
August 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 648

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

brigcampbell wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Wow this thread is spectacular
+1
Would have been nice when I was over in both places each year :D

As always, Akkurat for beer!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 15th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3395
Views: 179744

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Traveling out to Seattle this weekend. Any good spots to get some bourbon I may not be able to get in Atlanta? Best Whiskey selection in America is Canon, you'll pay up for it, up on Capitol Hill. I'd also suggest Rockcreek, Zig Zag, Bitteroot, WhiskyBar, and Radiator Whiskey. +1 on Canon, hands do...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 15th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2294

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Thanks again for this thread - enjoying our 25th anniversary at Esperanza as I type. Prices were pretty crazy, but I had an ungodly amount of Chase Ultimate points and wasn’t afraid to get a crappy ROI on them. Service has been great - concierge scheduled everything for us in advance, champagne and ...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 9th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Case of it in the fridge at a liquor store in Lafayette at $6.99/bottle. Also scooped up a Modern Times/Pizza Port collab called Gentle Reminders that I’m looking forward to trying.
by Andrew Kotowski
August 9th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

That beer is not supposed to be a NEIPA, Andrew. It's probably my favorite of their lineup. Or, more precisely, it's not supposed to be a "hazy", as the term is used these days. I’m really enjoying it. Thought I was missing something based on the notes... Strikes me as the IPA I’d expect if Rick ca...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 9th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Interesting experience with this one (Maine Beer Company, Another One) - just noticed that the stamped date on it is 12/25/2018. Was still a great beer, but I didn’t get any of the “New England IPA” notes from the BA comments (mango, passion fruit, etc). Still a great beer that was abnormally crisp.
by Andrew Kotowski
August 8th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Will be heading on an Arizona / LA trip in December / January with my wife. We'll be in LV for 2 nights (one of which is NYE unfortunately). From what I can see on here, the following options look good: Lamaii Sparrow & Wolf Both more adventurous cooking? If you come across anything else in the gen...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 7th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurat Recs for Santa Clara and San Jose...
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: Restaurat Recs for Santa Clara and San Jose...

If you like Mexican food, the El Burro in the Pruneyard has good food and lots of it. There are a couple other good restaurants in the Pruneyard. As far high end or trendy places I can't help. I had re-heated El Burro Chile verde, from the their last night (Cinco de Mayo, 2017) tonight. Still epica...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 7th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12227

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Robert Dentice wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 10:32 am
Looks like Maison Sota is opening September 10th and now taking reservations.

Chef Sota was formerly the Chef of Clown Bar.

Can't wait to go.
Hope it goes through this time; not sure what happened previously, but he ended up back at Clown Bar fairly quickly, iirc.
by Andrew Kotowski
August 6th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Thanks Mark. I called and they said $35/bottle max of two can’t be same wine/vintage as on their list. That’s pretty typical, from what I’ve seen. Call and confirm the wine before you go though; I looked online and (Delmonico) didn’t have one of the bottles I brought listed, but when I arrived, it ...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 5th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Have been wading my way through a bunch of week old Pliny and Blind Pig, which were on the shelf at While Foods in Walnut Creek. That said, I REALLY enjoyed this one by Alvarado Street Brewery (Monterey/Salinas). Was shocked at how much this reminded me of the Modern Times juice bombs I’ve had.
by Andrew Kotowski
August 4th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

@Matt - we debated over whether or not we’d go back next year, given location. Food was great, as were the cocktails and I thought I had people trained after Lamaii and Sparrow & Wolf. But, when you get out of a Tech Check at 20:45 and drive 30 mins to get there, the post-dinner drive back is rough!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 3rd, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Funny you wrote that re: Alpine, as the ONLY reason I ordered was that I have seen post after post from you on Alpine’s Nelson-hopped beers. I’d read your posts on the post-Green Flash decline, but was holding out hope for the Nelson beer. I picked some other random beers up (mostly Alvarado Street,...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 3rd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

In the immortal words of the poet Juvenile...

Back that ass up!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 3rd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Modern Times MT6! - nothing like the MT5 I remembered, exceedingly tart. Good beer after the tart bite wears off, but a let down after the epic beer that was MT5. Modern Times Nova Colony - holy sourness. I did not enjoy, but Scott, Charlie, etc will likely think it’s their beer of the year. Alavara...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 2nd, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Glenn will be proud of me :)
by Andrew Kotowski
July 31st, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 55
Views: 3251

Re: Another Flannery PSA

by Andrew Kotowski
July 31st, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1950
Views: 162198

Re: Steak Porn

On the subject of salting science, this is an interesting video from Meathead: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/forum/grad-school-seminars-with-pitmaster-professors-aa/8067-video-dr-greg-blonder-the-magic-of-salt-so-vital-and-so-misunderstood-53-mins?fbclid=IwAR18EPV-u9YSvp477fms57v8NTLU4q2MZpJGPd...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 29th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Having my first Ft. George 3-Way this season and Andrew, you're wrong. This is delicious. Am glad you like it; I had another pour on draft tonight and continue to believe it’s a confused beer, trying to find a middle ground between a hazy and a Pac NW IPA. I thought it was thin, missing malt in the...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 28th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Having my first Ft. George 3-Way this season and Andrew, you're wrong. This is delicious.
Had a single four pack of the initial run and it was nothing to write home about. Glad to see it was better for you... YMMV.
by Andrew Kotowski
July 24th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Paris

Cannot tell you how happy I am that we moved back. Our 3rd floor apartment in the 16th had no AC and was an oven when the temp hit 85. I genuinely cannot imagine what 109 would be like :O

I spoke with a colleague and she was going to sleep in a car, which was parked in underground parking...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 23rd, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 58
Views: 3235

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

Enjoying some Maille black truffle from the Paris tap, albeit from April. Great, great stuff.
by Andrew Kotowski
July 18th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Go Sparrow and Wolf!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
July 15th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Lamaii was solid tonight. We hit both Hirtzberger bottles and closed with a 2013 Schafer-Frolich Bockenhauer Riesling. Carson Kitchen was underwhelming, which was disappointing, given the hype from some foodie friends. On the bright side, I finally got to meet up with Jim Brennan. The wine list was ...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 13th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

CarneVino is permanently closed :(
by Andrew Kotowski
July 11th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 55
Views: 3251

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Andrew W. wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Delivery day!

10 Jorges should last me a month or two... These hangers are giant this time, and my first experiment with their pork...
That awkward moment when you see somebody else post a Flannery haul and you realize... DAMNIT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION.
by Andrew Kotowski
July 10th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Echo and Rig looks awesome, but drive looks brutal (~25-30 mins from the strip). Also considering Carson Kitchen, which looks great and is downtown.
by Andrew Kotowski
July 9th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8540

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Looks like Kitchen at Atomic is slowing down a bit; they're closed Mon/Tues now. Any chance somebody has a great idea for a place in a similar price range? Footing the bill for a six top of international people, which means I'm a baller on a budget ;) Lamaii looks good, but might be a little adventu...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 7th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28247

Re: Your Gin?

Wish Plymouth Navy Strength was sold in the US. Mark, I see Plymouth Navy Strength all the time in the US. Try Astor Place Wines and Spirits in NYC. Saw it there last week. Thanks, Mike. It is now widely available, which is a good, but dangerous, thing. [cheers.gif] Picked up a bottle because I rem...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 5th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 4415

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

I’m usually around 30 mins at 300 with a cut like that, as it’s pretty damn thick, but that’s with the kamado running warm. I’ll leave the top off when I’m searing and flip every minute, so I don’t get the gray/WD ring. On a Weber kettle, I keep the lid on and do the same, as you don’t have anywhere...
by Andrew Kotowski
July 5th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 4415

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Michael Sopher wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 4:52 am
Bought my first Jorge cuts (along with many hangers and other odds and ends from mismatched section)

Any tips on reverse sear method for the Jorge? And what about outdoors on a grill?
Gas, charcoal or kamado?
by Andrew Kotowski
July 3rd, 2019, 3:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 55
Views: 3251

Re: Another Flannery PSA

How do you cook hangers or skirt without them still being fairly chewy or is that just the way they are Just cook to med rare and cut it against the grain. The grain changes direction throughout the piece of meat, so it isn't super straight forward. Its chewy if rare and chewy if cut along the grai...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 28th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3395
Views: 179744

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Adam Noble wrote:
January 19th, 2019, 4:34 pm
I saw the pot still for I think $80 post tax, and the Willet Rye small batch for around $100 also post tax. I didn't buy either one.
Total Wine in Bellevue has the 750 at $59.99 ($69), the 1.75 at $96.99 ($122.47) and the willett family estate Rye...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 27th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Poured my wife a slug of the Tiger Millionaire last night while I was grilling. “Yech. This is super sweet. Is this even beer?” Poured her some Revision Smoke and Mirrors and she was much happier. Too funny. She probably has a point. Maybe you're going through your mid-life crisis and just want to ...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 27th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 1900

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Good god. Cap at $2500 seems strange? I wired a bit more than that via HSBC, while based in France. Didn't have any problems with Chase in the US, either.

Sorry it stunk for you :(
by Andrew Kotowski
June 27th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Poured my wife a slug of the Tiger Millionaire last night while I was grilling.

“Yech. This is super sweet. Is this even beer?”

Poured her some Revision Smoke and Mirrors and she was much happier. Too funny.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 26th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 325
Views: 29128

Re: Rye

Adam Noble wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Alas no luck at the 2 West Seattle locations.
Will you be on the Eastside any time soon? I can probably pick one up and hold for a bit. If you’re headed to Bellevue, I work in Lincoln Square. Chances of me hitting W Seattle are slim to none :)
by Andrew Kotowski
June 26th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 325
Views: 29128

Re: Rye

Anyone tried Whip Saw Rye? Looks like a winemaker collab gone Rye. Picked up a bottle at $40, but after checking online pricing (~$50-$55), I’m thinking it might be a fire sale, given WA state’s usual price gouging. Where did you buy it? I'd pick up a bottle to try. QFC in Sammamish. Looks like a o...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 25th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Hello. My name is Andrew and I have a Modern Times problem. The Easy As is my least favorite of this line-up and feels a bit on the thin side. I’m still wondering wtf is up with these labels, as it feels like they’re designed to cause a seizure after 3 or 4 beers. So far, preference has been: * Tige...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 25th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Not quite as much of an orange juice bomb as the Tiger millionaire - I would agree this is a great beer.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 25th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Pretty sure this is the largest “can” I’ve ever bought at 19.2 ounces. Here’s the MT description - Pillars of Eternity. The excellent folks from Holy Mountain Brewing recently visited the Belmont Fermentorium to summon forth this ridiculously tasty decocted IPA. We set aside a small portion of the p...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 25th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 325
Views: 29128

Re: Rye

Anyone tried Whip Saw Rye? Looks like a winemaker collab gone Rye. Picked up a bottle at $40, but after checking online pricing (~$50-$55), I’m thinking it might be a fire sale, given WA state’s usual price gouging.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 25th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1950
Views: 162198

Re: Steak Porn

Surprise visitors = time to fire up the grill. Teriyaki flank below (Painted Hills)
by Andrew Kotowski
June 24th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

My Portland buddy just showed up at the house, bearing gifts :)
by Andrew Kotowski
June 23rd, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended wine shops in Seattle?
Replies: 21
Views: 1108

Re: Recommended wine shops in Seattle?

Anyone had dealings with Mad Wine in Seattle or Seattle Wine Co. in Bellevue? Don’t know about the legal stuff Chuck mentioned below, or how it resolved... but I found Seattle Wine Co (in Bellevue) by accident this weekend and picked up some decent wine at good prices. Drinking a Brewer Clifton Cha...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 22nd, 2019, 2:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1950
Views: 162198

Re: Steak Porn

Picked up a nice USDA Prime T-Bone on sale tonight, tossed it on the grill.
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by Andrew Kotowski
June 21st, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Ft George Skies of Wonder (Cream) was much better...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 21st, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399131

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Am still waiting for the hype to kick in.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 66
Views: 2207

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Modern Times if youre in LA Looks like he's in Oregon so he has a MT locally, and I agree, outside Monkish, MT is my favorite west coast haze producer. If I were to list my favorites overall it could well take up a page or two ! champagne.gif Cheers, Bud +1 on going to the local MT in Portland. Bee...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 19th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 464
Views: 39741

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Really enjoying reading this. https://www.amazon.com/Death-Co-Modern-Classic-Cocktails/dp/1607745259/ref=asc_df_1607745259_nodl/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=%7Bcreative%7D&hvpos=%7Badposition%7D&hvnetw=o&hvrand=%7Brandom%7D&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=%7Bdevicemodel%7D&hvlo...

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