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by Rick Allen
January 11th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

You should try the smoked version.
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott, your posts brings up a number of issues that are important for Craft Beer. I'll try to go through those that I find important below: Provenance - I think this is the most important issue. The speed at which beer deteriorates doubles for every 10 degrees C increase in temperature. This means t...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We got an email from someone who had a bad Bobtoberfest. Lisa wrote him back apologizing and suggesting that he check the date on the bottom of the package. It turned out that the Bobtoberfest in question was in a bottle, and we've been canning for the last nine months, meaning the bottle in questio...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

Thanks Scott! I think Jeff wrote that because Lisa beat him up about discussing big regional brand lagers that came five years after us in an earlier piece he had written. I contend that the demand for lagers was always there. Most craft breweries didn't make them because they used a lot of tank spa...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2679

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Buy less than I drink and drink less than I did last year.
by Rick Allen
January 1st, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2034

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee Rick, How was it? That was one of my WsOTY in 2019, despite it's youth. Happy New Year, Warren It was great! Clean, high acid (I'm a bit of an acid freak in Champagne), minerally, some yeasty notes, but not overwhelming. It tasted like GC Chablis with bubbles. Even thoug...
by Rick Allen
December 31st, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2034

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

With Rack of Lamb:

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee
2017 Walter Scott Chardonnay X Novo
2013 Cameron Chardonnay Abbey Ridge
2015 Bedrock Ode to Lucien
2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
by Rick Allen
December 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6341

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Goodfellow - Chardonnay
Walter Scott - Chardonnay
Cameron - Pinot, Chardonnay
Brick House - Gamay, Chardonnay
Martin Woods - Gamay
Bedrock - Zins, Ode to Lulu
Ridge - Geyserville, Lytton Springs
by Rick Allen
December 23rd, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5744

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Willamette Valley (base level) Chardonnays from Goodfellow, Cameron, and Walter Scott. The prices on these have held steady while the prices of the white Bourgognes that I bought in the past keep creeping up a few dollars a year. These three wines are better tasting (to me) and increasingly cheaper....
by Rick Allen
December 12th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We are "gifted" beer at the Brewery all the time. Usually the really good stuff gets taken home and drunk immediately. The rest tends to accumulate and take up cooler space. Last Sunday the younger folks drank through about 40 bottles of various things that had collected - mostly sours (no one at th...
by Rick Allen
December 9th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Love the 96, though it's not a champagne for everyone...
by Rick Allen
December 5th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

The Takeout: Nation’s oldest craft brewery saved in the nick of time. https://thetakeout.com/boulder-beer-company-brewery-saved-by-sleeping-giant-di-1840204597 I'm not sure if this is really saved. A contract brewer is taking over the label, and whenever someone else is making the beer, it will be ...
by Rick Allen
December 4th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Most of these large breweries were way more interested in getting big than they were in making money. Most acquisitions are done at a multiple of barrelage, and ownership's exit strategy was/is to sell to someone bigger. More barrelage = better price. Brewing (like wine-making) is a difficult busin...
by Rick Allen
December 4th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Most of these large breweries were way more interested in getting big than they were in making money. Most acquisitions are done at a multiple of barrelage, and ownership's exit strategy was/is to sell to someone bigger. More barrelage = better price. Brewing (like wine-making) is a difficult busine...
by Rick Allen
November 29th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1227

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

And from Nürnberg there is also the option to visit the nearby Bamberg, a Unesco World Heritage Site and the home of the Aecht Schlenkerla brewery famous for their smokebeer (rauchbier). Great city to visit. Not just Schlenkerla either. Something like 9 breweries within a 2kms of each other. I part...
by Rick Allen
November 25th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2681

Re: Martinelli Pinots

Hmmm, when I think of Pinot, I don't normally think of raisins and chocolate prunes...
by Rick Allen
November 23rd, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

It's really hard to make exceptional beer on an industrial scale. First, you need to find and train people that are passionate about beer so that you can produce something consistently. Then you need to figure out how to keep the accountants from f*ck up the beer. Then you need to find a nationwide...
by Rick Allen
November 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?
Replies: 23
Views: 1730

Re: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?

Mayo was commonly used as the main ingredient in marinade for salmon over 30 years ago.
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

It's really hard to make exceptional beer on an industrial scale. First, you need to find and train people that are passionate about beer so that you can produce something consistently. Then you need to figure out how to keep the accountants from f*ck up the beer. Then you need to find a nationwide ...
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

My definition of a Craft Brewery is very different than the Brewers Association definition (which keeps changing so that Sam Adams can be a member). I think anyone making over 100,000 barrels is more like ABInBev than they are like a Craft brewery, and anyone over 25,000 barrels is suspect.
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3349

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

i haven't been to Provence in a decade, but we happened to stay in Arles during the Cocarde d'Or. It was magical. Most of the townspeople wore period dress (mostly 1650s-1800s - a lot of Huguenots lived in the area), with parades and a bullfight in their old Roman amphitheater (French bullfights are...
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4849

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Several years ago a friend's wife used most of a bottle of Haut Brion in her spaghetti sauce. He said it was really good spaghetti sauce!

My wife is welcome to take anything out of the cellar that she wants, though she doesn't like to dig too deep...
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Yes, but I would be very surprised if they don't approve it. New Belgium went from selling 955,000 barrels in 2017 to selling 849,000 barrels in 2018. The market share for large regionals has not been doing well for the last couple of years, and is unlikely to change for the better in the next coupl...
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

The Brewery Buy-out Thread

The consolidation of the beer industry continues...

New Belgium Sells out to Lion (Kirin)

If anyone didn't see it last week, Craft Brew Alliance is being fully purchased by ABInBev.

An insider with much better information than I have says that the next couple of years are going to ugly.
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to hit in the Tempe/Phoenix area?
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Breweries to hit in the Tempe/Phoenix area?

According to my sales guy whose parents live down there:
Wrenhouse
Goldwater
Huss Brewing
Beer Research Institute
Twelve West
Arizona Wilderness
by Rick Allen
November 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2456

Re: Ponsot...in general

Not that I have a ton of ponsot experience (but the 1988 CSD inhad about 15; years ago was incredibly delicious) but i note that these wines tend to bounce around the US secondary market. As a result I expect poor storage of some could encourage brett bloom. I know nothing about Brett. Is it a prod...
by Rick Allen
November 15th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Yes Sir!
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?

FWIW (and thread drift) - the Leopold Museum is an interest stop if you’re an art fan. It’s a shrine to Egon Schiele (the “Pornographer of Vienna”) and his mentor Klimt’s works, including “Life and Death,” which is pretty spectacular. Not for the easily offended, but definitely a cultural highlight...
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2343
Views: 154841

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened a 2017 OVZ. Nicely lithe and smooth. While it comes from all over, it tastes like Sonoma (Russian Riverish) to me - certainly not Napa, Lodi, or Contra Costa. Still a few tannins that need to resolve themselves but very good, particularly for the price.
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1432

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

That's a pretty good price. His cost would be around $7.50/ounce.
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Killing me with that line-up!!!

I went predictable tonight, for the wife’s first trip to Munich.
Augustiner. Hofbrauhaus is OK but Augustiner slays all in Munich.
by Rick Allen
November 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1633

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Will also throw in a vote for Brick House. He's been making that wine since 1996 so I think he has it figured out. Another wine to look for (probably NW only) is Martin Woods. Evan Martin is the former assistant at Belle Pente and his Gamays (he makes several) are stellar.
by Rick Allen
November 10th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Pils and a local dark beer. Czech beer is gluggable.
...and you can pretty much drink it all night and not feel like shit in the morning. Nothing like 4-5% alcohol beers to make the morning feel better.
by Rick Allen
November 10th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1432

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

I once told a winemaker friend that I liked to go to the Costco wine section so I could see who was in trouble. He originally disagreed but later said that I was right. If someone is making a true "artisan" product, you won't find it at Costco. When you take the step of selling to Costco, you no lon...
by Rick Allen
November 3rd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)

I bought a bunch of this at the time, but drank it all because it was so delicious.
by Rick Allen
November 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1229

Re: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks

Kris Patten wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo?
I've probably had it half a dozen times over the last 9 months at various tastings (my case is sleeping). It's superb but painfully young. The Seven Springs is also excellent and almost on a par with it.
by Rick Allen
November 1st, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: Can you tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage?

Bloom was in early June, which put the sweet spot of 105 days towards the tail end of September. Folks that started early did so against miserable disease pressure. Folks with fine vineyard managers that picked on a reasonable schedule will be rewarded with pretty wines. Reminds me 1996. ...which w...
by Rick Allen
October 26th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick, any of the Heater Allen/Wayfinder Rauchbier Hell coming to Seattle? If so, when? flirtysmile Also, that’s the beer I had in McMinnville a few weeks ago? That is the beer you had here. There are five kegs in the cold room that are going to Seattle next Friday. BTW, eight of those kegs went to ...
by Rick Allen
October 21st, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 1234

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

That was a number of years ago.
by Rick Allen
October 21st, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1432

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

How do you define mass produced? I think anyone in national or multi-region distribution, at a minimum is mass produced (my definition would anyone making over 30,000 barrels). By the narrower definition, I can think of a dozen breweries that I'd prefer. BTW, they've been making that stuff for at le...
by Rick Allen
October 18th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

My suggestion would be to get out of Munich ASAP and find a place with better beer. With the exception of Augustiner, the Munich breweries are too corporate to make good beer. Salzburg is great (a different Augustiner is my favorite brewery in Europe), Bamberg has multiple great breweries (Schlenker...
by Rick Allen
October 18th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428916

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick, any of the Heater Allen/Wayfinder Rauchbier Hell coming to Seattle? If so, when? flirtysmile Also, that’s the beer I had in McMinnville a few weeks ago? That is the beer you had here. There are five kegs in the cold room that are going to Seattle next Friday. BTW, eight of those kegs went to ...
by Rick Allen
October 16th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 1234

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

Glad that you enjoyed Budweiser's Tap Room.

Will second Ariana.
by Rick Allen
October 15th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1963

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Brian,
The conversation seemed to focus on money rather than passion, and that just rubbed me the wrong way after a long day of canning.

BTW, we are brewing a smoked version of that Modern Times collaboration with them next week on our system.
by Rick Allen
October 15th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1963

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Disagree! My personal bias is if you are ITB, that is your primary connection to wine for the purpose of this poll. I could have defined "primary connection" better, e.g., "what do you take most enjoyment from", but my primary goal was separating those ITB vs. lay folk. Reasonable, imo. After all, ...
by Rick Allen
October 15th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1963

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

My primary connection to wine is that I like to drink it. That said, I consider myself ITB for a number of reasons. I sell wine in my Tap Room, I sometimes broker wine for friends, I occasionally collaborate with wineries on projects, and (most importantly) I sell a lot of beer to wineries, particul...
by Rick Allen
October 10th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Solar with storage seems like a no-brainer in many of these areas. The idea of distributed power in some areas (Puerto Rico & Hawaii come to mind) is crazy. For houses outside urban areas it would seem to make sense. That or bury the transmission lines.
by Rick Allen
October 9th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 12
Views: 2361

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.

We had an appointment this afternoon. Power was out in Sonoma, and I didn't really want to hang around town with no restaurants open. We figured that maybe we could pickup our wine and get out of town. On the way over, Jackie called me (getting my cell phone number from the Brewery) to tell me that ...
by Rick Allen
October 9th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

N Weis wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Rick, I was hoping to visit Heater Allen tomorrow while in MAC! Please tell me it's open?!
Lisa will be there all day (brew day). I'll let her know you're coming.
by Rick Allen
October 9th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Lost power last night in Sonoma. Some tasting rooms were opening this morning, but there was no place to eat in town. We moved up our tasting at Bedrock to first thing this morning (Thank you!!!) and left for Tahoe a day early. There was no wind in Sonoma but the wind picked up as we moved east, and...

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