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by Andrew Kotowski
September 19th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Save $50, give this a shot.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 19th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Drinking a 2019 Rueben's Crikey Fresh Hop and it's fantastic. I've always enjoyed the Rueben's line-up, but I've never been blown away by one of their beers. Still not THERE, but this is pretty damn good and is a massive improvement over last year's release. I’ve always found Ruben’s beers - across...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 19th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Drinking a 2019 Rueben's Crikey Fresh Hop and it's fantastic. I've always enjoyed the Rueben's line-up, but I've never been blown away by one of their beers. Still not THERE, but this is pretty damn good and is a massive improvement over last year's release.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 19th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32108

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Heavier focus on grilling and the science of cooking, but love Meathead Goldwyn. Also talks at length re: marinades and why he doesn't brine or use wet marinade. http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/the-firecast-podcast-episode-57-meathead-goldwyn-of-amazingribs-com-on-the-science-of-grilling-and-barbecui...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 19th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

What a ghastly party! Vegan food and lambic. *shudder* Tried to get into a Modern Times Ghost Mountain last night, but just wasn't happening. Doesn't have the over-the-top juice bomb profile of some of their other limited releases, but I kept getting a flat flavor from the malt that just didn't exci...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 17th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Doesn’t match my experience with that bottle, although I did drink it several years back. The Callioux have always had funk, but has blown off over a few hours. Curious to see what tomorrow brings for you. @Glenn Levine will also have thoughts.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 13th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 349
Views: 29099

Re: Your Gin?

Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Scott Butler wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.
Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif]
In a pint glass :)
by Andrew Kotowski
September 11th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32108

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Masterclass posted a tease of Aaron Franklin's class, with a how-to on smoking pork ribs. Given the discussion above, thought I'd post here. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-smoke-pork-ribs-with-barbecue-pitmaster-aaron-franklin-smoked-pork-bbq-ribs-recipe#aaron-franklins-smoked-pork-spar...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 11th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 349
Views: 29099

Re: Your Gin?

Might go buy a few more bottles then. Good stuff.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 9th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: BBQ Tour

If your tour is 3-4 weeks you can certainly expand it beyond just TX, unless you just really like cow. You could, for example, fly into KC, hit a few spots there (at least Joe's, but plenty of others to consider), drive to STL, hit Pappy's and, again, plenty of others if you want to take the time (...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 9th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: BBQ Tour

Fantastic. I’ve got some friends in Austin that could help me power through 5 lbs of Franklin, especially if it saves 3 hrs!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
September 8th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166092

Re: Steak Porn

Flannery hangers with chimichurri. Recipe (and notes/pics) in my sig line.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 349
Views: 29099

Re: Your Gin?

Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 5th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: BBQ Tour

Mark Y wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Man.. what an awesome trip. I need a sabbatical!
You’re welcome to tag along; just make sure you’re packing IPA instead of Burgundy ;). Welcome back, btw!
by Andrew Kotowski
September 5th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: BBQ Tour

If your tour is 3-4 weeks you can certainly expand it beyond just TX, unless you just really like cow. You could, for example, fly into KC, hit a few spots there (at least Joe's, but plenty of others to consider), drive to STL, hit Pappy's and, again, plenty of others if you want to take the time (...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 4th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

Re: BBQ Tour

I know! That's why I'm hoping to get a list and then figure out the logistics behind it. My gut is a week to week in a half in TX, primarily because I've never been to Austin or SA and have good friends in both. I wanted to add some variety to things by hitting Decatur and probably TN (given close p...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 4th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32108

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

jordan whitehead wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 12:01 am
JonathanG wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 9:09 pm

Any wine pairing suggestions with brisket are welcome!
SQN
cote rotie
Crozes Hermitage, as well, if you're a baller on a budget ;) Alain Graillot is a great producer that has US distribution and pretty reasonably priced.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 4th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 620

BBQ Tour

I'm scheduling a sabbatical and, aside from spending a bunch of time with family, plan on doing a three to four week driving tour of BBQ spots, crashing with friends, etc. along the way. Most logical time for me is the month of June 2020, which means my AC better work. Initial thought is to fly into...
by Andrew Kotowski
September 4th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 58
Views: 2693

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE

You do realize you're sending Blake into total meltdown mode; he's likely checking his calendar on the hour to see if it's October yet.
by Andrew Kotowski
September 3rd, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32108

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

You should try Chris Lily’s white sauce recipe... Big Bob Gibson’s made that stuff!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 31st, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5335

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Action shot!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 30th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I missed posting this one last week. Brought a couple of RRB beers over to Mark Y and he was gracious enough to open this before I ran home!
by Andrew Kotowski
August 30th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166092

Re: Steak Porn

2” Flannery dry-aged rib-eye. As you can tell, I got a little impatient with the reverse-sear, but we enjoy it rare in the center, so it works :)
by Andrew Kotowski
August 28th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Surprised to see Surly has made its way to WA state distribution. Enjoying a Surly Todd the Axe Man on tap at the moment, with several 4 packs of that and Furious to take with me. Overpriced relative to the competition, but Axe Man isn't bad beer. Quick update: bar guy said this was a “one time thi...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 27th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416592

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Surprised to see Surly has made its way to WA state distribution. Enjoying a Surly Todd the Axe Man on tap at the moment, with several 4 packs of that and Furious to take with me. Overpriced relative to the competition, but Axe Man isn't bad beer. Quick update: bar guy said this was a “one time thin...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 26th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5335

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 11:25 am
I jumped on the hangers immediately
$22 price point on the hangers is a stupidly good deal.
by Andrew Kotowski
August 25th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 565

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

Have hit VRBO several times and it’s super convenient in the $175-$225 range. I find it saves me a couple of bucks, as I usually enjoy making breakfast or grilling one night when we’re there. I believe it’s Newport Avenue Market that has Rick’s beer on the shelf (Heater Allen Brewing) if you go that...
by Andrew Kotowski
August 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 1020

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: 3399
Views: 183967

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: 2434

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 8947

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: 731

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: 177
Views: 13153

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: 8947

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 8947

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 97
Views: 5335

Re: Another Flannery PSA

by Andrew Kotowski
July 31st, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166092

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 16263
Views: 416592

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: 332

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: 59
Views: 3784

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: 8947

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Go Sparrow and Wolf!!!

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