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by John Liotta
July 12th, 2016, 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Navigating Acorn in Denver
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Navigating Acorn in Denver

Mel, my friend Nick works at the Proper Pour. Its a nice little shop.
by John Liotta
July 12th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Orlando wine spots and stores
Replies: 16
Views: 1299

Best Orlando wine spots and stores

Nothing good- but they did open a Shake Shack.
by John Liotta
July 12th, 2016, 2:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Navigating Acorn in Denver
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Navigating Acorn in Denver

Cart-Driver is less than five minutes away. Classic cocktails, inexpensive wines, nice beer. If you go post dinner they have really nice pizza too.
by John Liotta
May 3rd, 2016, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone been to Paris lately?
Replies: 129
Views: 9258

Anyone been to Paris lately?

We are leaving for Tuscany next week. We'll be there for four days or so and then we hit Paris. All of our dinners are set up- leaving lunch open for now. From what I've read here and elsewhere, and with few exceptions, most places should be easy to walk into it seems.
by John Liotta
April 21st, 2016, 1:43 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tulum Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 749

Tulum Questions

Most of the posts cover what you want to know. However, Tulum has plenty to offer if you want to stay there. It just depends on what you are after.
by John Liotta
April 20th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: When hype meets expectations- Franklins BBQ
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

When hype meets expectations- Franklins BBQ

The brisket at Franklin is pretty excellent. Debatable as to wether or not it is the best in Austin or in Texas. I think the best sausage in town is at LA BBQ- the hot guts sausage is just dynamite IMO. Some Texas sausage purists don't dig though. As Bowden mentioned, Snow's is also very good. A com...
by John Liotta
April 19th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 337
Views: 39934

Atlanta

Interesting aside- when Todd French was in town I took him to Chops Lobster bar. We brought in three bottles of wine and were not charged corkage. I went this weekend with my wife and cousin and brought one, and ordered off of the list and was charged $15.
by John Liotta
March 29th, 2016, 11:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3415
Views: 185541

The Bourbon Thread

Of interest to folks who both post here and travel- Sean Brock, chef and partner at Husk and McCrady's (Nashville, Charleston, etc.), has been aging ham at Willet distillery. The mold from the Angel's Share is supposed to impart flavor to the ham. The recently tasted their first ham. Look for it res...
by John Liotta
March 23rd, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

Brad B a l l i n g e r wrote:For John Liotta... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/drink ... ottle.html

Bottled, "aged" negroni.
Interesting.
by John Liotta
March 21st, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

I pretty much never use Hendricks in a Negroni actually. For each different recipe I will more than likely use a different gin. My long time house favorite was Death's Door.
by John Liotta
March 14th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome
Replies: 35
Views: 1770

Rome

Any restaurant recommendations for Siena? We are heading there in May for a few days, only flying into Rome.
by John Liotta
March 7th, 2016, 1:25 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 337
Views: 39934

Atlanta

Anyone know the corkage for Brezza Cucina in PCM? Haven't been for dinner yet but I've been for lunch a number of times and I very much enjoy it (Jonathan Waxman's place FWIW, Adam Evans is the chef). The wine is not very good.
by John Liotta
January 30th, 2016, 7:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

We celebrated a number of family birthdays last night at one of my favorite local spots, Miller Union. They always have a great selection of cocktails. One of the highlights was called Smoking Jacket- rye, chicory, sweet vermouth, smoked tea.
by John Liotta
January 18th, 2016, 6:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

I had a nice cocktail on Saturday night at a local restaurant called Cooks & Soldiers: mezcal, tequila, lime, luxardo maraschino, cherry bark vanilla bitters. It was called- Night in Navarre.
by John Liotta
December 26th, 2015, 6:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best LA Breweries
Replies: 22
Views: 1279

Best LA Breweries

These kinds of lists are what they are but I thought it was useful and informative:

http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/the ... 15-6374338
by John Liotta
November 20th, 2015, 5:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

John, Tell me again, what exactly is Suze? Suze s a liqueur made from the gentian plant, a flowering (uausally blue) plant. I'm struggling to see how the drink innJohn's link is anything negroni-like except taht it has bitter flavors. Where's the effing gin? And Prosecco??? In Italian sbagliato mea...
by John Liotta
November 20th, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

My continued obsession with all things Negroni:

http://punchdrink.com/recipes/white-negroni-sbagliato/

I hit that.
by John Liotta
November 17th, 2015, 6:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2163

Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015

c fu wrote:Psuedo sue from Florida is so crappy
I don't get it?
by John Liotta
November 12th, 2015, 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Annual Travel Conundrum - Return or Explore?
Replies: 25
Views: 1143

The Annual Travel Conundrum - Return or Explore?

I go through phases. A lot of times those phases are three or more years, so it may seem like I am a creature of habit, but really it takes a few trips to see and do everything. And, to really decide how much one likes a place. When I had way more free time for vacations (both personal and professio...
by John Liotta
November 12th, 2015, 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Las Vegas - Concert/Show Tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Las Vegas - Concert/Show Tickets

Depends on the show and where you are staying. Are you staying at a hotel where you will be gambling and do you have a host? Often times your host can secure tickets for you. Are staying in town during the week or on the weekend? At peak times or off? During the week and at off times it is pretty ea...
by John Liotta
November 10th, 2015, 5:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The most expensive bottle in my cellar is a beer
Replies: 5
Views: 748

The most expensive bottle in my cellar is a beer

I would sell it. I tried the new vintage recently. Its fine. More of a novelty IMO. I can't imagine owning a bottle or knowing what to do with it. Believe me there are plenty of wines like this too. It has nothing to do with the price re opening it more the style.
by John Liotta
November 4th, 2015, 5:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 325
Views: 29806

Your favorite Rye?

Not to beat a dead horse, but there are pages and pages of stuff here: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... ye&start=0
by John Liotta
November 2nd, 2015, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whiskey experts- looking for some suggestions
Replies: 33
Views: 2503

Whiskey experts- looking for some suggestions

Its nice to hear that someone else doesn't care for Angel's Envy. I find that stuff to be pretty pedestrian. As for Rye, definitely go with Sazerac. I think Whistle Pig is also decidedly average.
by John Liotta
October 18th, 2015, 8:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Nobu Hotel - Las Vegas?
Replies: 20
Views: 945

Nobu Hotel - Las Vegas?

My priorities are probably skewed, but I still always stay at the Venetian/Palazzo because the gym is so good (Canyon Ranch), and it's the only place I've found where I can get healthy food in between indulgences. I think that is a good point, but I don't like the layout of those hotels. I spend a ...
by John Liotta
October 15th, 2015, 1:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Go Oskar Blues!!
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Go Oskar Blues!!

Yeah, I read that the other day. Good for them.
They also do a lot in the craft beer world with small breweries and canned beer awareness.
As an aside, I tried a very interesting beer from them at GABF- a blue corn saison. They have been experimenting with it recently and are going to launch it soon.
by John Liotta
October 10th, 2015, 7:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Can you drink great beer all the time?
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Can you drink great beer all the time?

I spent the first part of my twenty year wine journey trying everything. The next five years refining what I liked. And the next five years being an insufferable ass about only drinking within a tight window. Right now, in my beer journey, I feel like I'm still interested in trying lots of things. O...
by John Liotta
October 8th, 2015, 5:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Noble Ale Works Anaheim Ca.
Replies: 17
Views: 841

Noble Ale Works Anaheim Ca.

Searching for the new Alpine? ;)

I've been wanting to try Nelson and Galaxy Showers, as well as Tongue Tickles for a while now.
by John Liotta
October 2nd, 2015, 4:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2163

Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015

That sucks. I really appreciate you sending me some before the change, Dustin. When "Alpine" hit our market and everyone when crazy for it I was careful to remind some of my close beer friends what it really was. The difference is/was dynamic.
by John Liotta
September 28th, 2015, 1:27 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 337
Views: 39934

Atlanta

Dennis Atick wrote:Been meaning to mention that corkage is $20 at Kevin Gillespie's Revival in Decatur.
At least the cornbread is free.
by John Liotta
September 27th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 2015 GABF Results rolling in...
Replies: 13
Views: 862

2015 GABF Results rolling in...

Joe Hauck wrote:I see Justin and Jailbreak got a gold for his Belgian Strong. Nice going!
They did! It's an excellent beer as well. I've got a picture from the ceremony. When I get home I'll load it.
by John Liotta
September 24th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: GABF
Replies: 12
Views: 766

GABF

I think you could honestly come here and never go to anything at the conference center- there are a million events in the city.

Bud, we did Falling Rock today. Euclid Hall last night and a number of breweries today.
by John Liotta
September 24th, 2015, 3:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: InBev buying Golden Road
Replies: 7
Views: 517

InBev buying Golden Road

We should, perhaps, start a thread for all of these brewery purchases. At this rate they are once a week/month.
by John Liotta
September 21st, 2015, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The weirdest winery in the world.
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

The weirdest winery in the world.

In my set of images I get a bunch of the winery . . . and then this: http://www.intravino.com/media-notizia- ... n-enoteca/
by John Liotta
September 19th, 2015, 1:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Honeycrisp apples
Replies: 48
Views: 3353

Honeycrisp apples

I love Arkansas Black.
by John Liotta
September 17th, 2015, 2:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: GABF
Replies: 12
Views: 766

GABF

Check out Euclid Hall, if you already haven't, Mel. They are having a cool event with Avery on the 24th, which they have done for a number of years now.
by John Liotta
September 15th, 2015, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list- more opacity needed.
Replies: 51
Views: 1882

Wine list- more opacity needed.

A couple of things:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/fb ... 85719.html

And

On past menus they have suggested texting Adam with questions. Why not go ahead and do it now? 310- 694-1292
by John Liotta
September 15th, 2015, 7:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: GABF
Replies: 12
Views: 766

GABF

There are a lot more events this year that are "members only" for whatever that's worth. I was worried about what you posted.
by John Liotta
September 15th, 2015, 1:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: GABF
Replies: 12
Views: 766

GABF

Anyone going to the Great American Beer Festival next week in Denver?
I'll be there. If anyone is reach out. I'd love to connect.
by John Liotta
September 13th, 2015, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16312
Views: 422327

What BEER are you drinking?

I had the Bell's Oracle DIPA today. I was actually very surprised by this beer. A lot of Bell's beers, while well-made and often quite good, are very Mid-Western (read- sweet or malt focused, please take no offense Mid-Westerners). This beer was super dry and very bitter. I haven't been impressed wi...
by John Liotta
September 11th, 2015, 1:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: More big money entering the craft brew business.
Replies: 4
Views: 508

More big money entering the craft brew business.

The next day Tenth and Blake picked up Saint Archer FWIW.

And Magee's ramblings were borderline nonsensical.
by John Liotta
September 9th, 2015, 7:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: breweries that only fill their own growlers
Replies: 19
Views: 1220

breweries that only fill their own growlers

I've never bought a growler for myself, actually. I have bought them for friends and family, and used them for samples, but never for myself. I'm just not a fan of the format.
by John Liotta
September 8th, 2015, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne in Stems Other Than Flutes
Replies: 115
Views: 5528

Champagne in Stems Other Than Flutes

The key with bigger bowls is not pouring too much. When I bring Champagne to restaurants and request Burgundy stems or other glasses instead of flutes I have to watch the pours.
by John Liotta
September 6th, 2015, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: What % of your alcohol intake is from wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1517

Poll: What % of your alcohol intake is from wine?

Over the last year I have been consuming less and less wine, though what I have been consuming has been considerably better on average. Also, generally less liquor. Way more beer, obviously.
by John Liotta
August 30th, 2015, 12:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16312
Views: 422327

What BEER are you drinking?

I know all (or most, they rotate a few) of the tasters at Paste. They are very thorough and thoughtful folks. They really try hard to put together the best possible tastings, even knowing they will never be able to please everyone. They address some of the problems in the article- the main ones bein...
by John Liotta
August 26th, 2015, 3:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Martinez 1 1/2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin 1 1/2 oz Cocchi Aperitivo Americano 1 Teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liquor 4 Dashs Regan's Orange Bitters 1 Twist of Orange You certainly don't have to use these spirits for this drink but I like it. I probably upped the bitters a bit FWIW. I know this is a post f...
by John Liotta
August 24th, 2015, 1:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: breweries that only fill their own growlers
Replies: 19
Views: 1220

breweries that only fill their own growlers

We hate (especially me) growlers too. As part of our expansion we are probably going to add a system for crowlers.
by John Liotta
August 21st, 2015, 4:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40771

The Cocktail Thread

Was just reading about the Negronita- Aperol, Tequila Blanco and Lillet Blanc (plus a few dashes of bitters).

http://www.jamesbeard.org/recipes/negronita
by John Liotta
August 20th, 2015, 7:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Boulevard Saison Brett 2015
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Boulevard Saison Brett 2015

Couple of things about Boulevard- they started making their Smokestack series in small bottles instead of just 750s, which is nice. Second, if you have never tried their IPA called The Calling you should check that out. Started? I've had their small versions for several years, maybe 5. But distribu...
by John Liotta
August 20th, 2015, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: St Petersburg FL reccs
Replies: 21
Views: 584

St Petersburg FL reccs

Nope. But usually Cigar City or Funky Buddha. These days maybe even Cycle or Seventh Sun.

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