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by Rick Allen
October 18th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

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: 16314
Views: 422402

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: 10
Views: 246

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: 1692

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: 1692

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: 1692

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: 3770

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: 11
Views: 1870

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: 3770

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: 3770

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...
by Rick Allen
October 9th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 496
Views: 26356

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Power issue?
by Rick Allen
October 9th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 761

Re: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

I stopped in at the store for the first time today. Luckily for my pocketbook I had to get on the road to Tahoe pretty quickly.
by Rick Allen
October 2nd, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

This may kill my business. We rely on German malt to make our beers, and we haven't found a North American substitute (the German is already more expensive) that is worthy. I don't see any reference to malt or yeast. When I saw the headline I thought it was on all agricultural products. I guess I'm...
by Rick Allen
October 2nd, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

This may kill my business. We rely on German malt to make our beers, and we haven't found a North American substitute (the German is already more expensive) that is worthy.
by Rick Allen
September 25th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We have another truck load headed your way Friday...
by Rick Allen
September 25th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Just got back from drinking beer with a number of Czech brewers who were out here for hop selection at one of the local hop farms/wholesalers. Lisa was bonding with the woman who brews for Pilsner Urquell, and I was talking to a number of brewers from other places. They really liked the three beers ...
by Rick Allen
September 22nd, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1808

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Marcus can point you in the right direction.
by Rick Allen
September 22nd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1808

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Stop by for a beer. I'm three blocks from Goodfellow.
by Rick Allen
September 21st, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 628

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

lagers tend to age better than ales Can you explain this? When I think about beers that age well, the list that I'm aware of is almost exclusively ales: barrel aged sours, Belgian Tripels and strong ales, certain styles of stout, barleywine (I don't like them, but they do age)...I'm probably forget...
by Rick Allen
September 20th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 628

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

Lower abv beers 'tend to be' less durable because of the lower alcohol and lower hop intensity, which act as preservatives. The New England style IPAs have always had the reputation of fading out quickly even if they are stronger because (and Rick can correct me if I'm wrong) the way they use the h...
by Rick Allen
September 20th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 628

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

I am seeing a lot of “hazy” pale ales these days for sure. They can be hit or miss just like their big siblings. Personally I avoid the maltier ambered pale ales which seemed to dominate the market for years and go for the cleaner, fresher lighter styles of pale ale- for lack of a better descriptio...
by Rick Allen
September 18th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1369

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

That's a great list for any restaurant. For a Brew Pub I would worry (in my part of the world) that the wines are too high-end for my patrons. I would want to have a BTG option that was somewhere around $9-10/glass. We are just a tap room (no restaurant), and we offer two wines, both of which come f...
by Rick Allen
September 9th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Food in Willamette.
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Re: Food in Willamette.

I'm in agreement with all of the place that Scott and John mention.

A couple of other places to think about:

All for dinner,
Amity - The Blue Goat
McMinnville - Pizza Capo
Newberg - The Newbergunian Bistro and Subterra
by Rick Allen
September 6th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5294

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

dcornutt wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 1:31 pm
McKinlay is the one I want to try. I think Marcus and Jim both produce some really good wines at this price point.
Matt makes great wine but I haven't bought any for too long. That's a good reminder to seek them out.
by Rick Allen
August 28th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

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 Rick Allen
August 26th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 859

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

Sunriver is great if you have children or play a lot of golf. Bend is better for active adults. One thing to keep in mind is that the occupancy fees and taxes in Sunriver can be pretty hefty.
by Rick Allen
August 26th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Fall Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1576

Re: Walter Scott Fall Release

Fu already got California's allocations of everything.
by Rick Allen
August 25th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4921

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Back in the 80s, I thought that Oregon Pinot started to fall apart after about 5 years (with the exception of Eyrie). By the 2000s, I was thinking the outer limits for most was 10 years. Now it seems more like somewhere between 15 and 20 years. I had a 2002 Eyrie Reserve that, to this point, is my w...
by Rick Allen
August 21st, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recommend a driver in Willamette?
Replies: 9
Views: 1070

Re: Recommend a driver in Willamette?

Bill,
There are a few Uber/Lyft drivers in McMinnville. I don't use them because I can walk or drive where I want to go. There is a general shortage of workers in the area, and, frankly, driving an Uber doesn't compare well with working at a restaurant and getting minimum wage plus tips.
by Rick Allen
August 18th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3148

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

The only news we get here on the Yamhill County front is that the issue here isn't the crop as much as it's about the processing facility they want to build - a highly combustible facility that is ten miles from the nearest fire station, up a very steep gravel road, with little water. I'm not sure w...
by Rick Allen
August 18th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 19
Views: 1454

Re: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger

When I saw this name I was intrigued that the name was so similar to a barley variety grown in the UK, Maris Otter. Turns out they were both bred at the Plant Breeding Institute in the UK located on Maris Lane...
by Rick Allen
August 16th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2951

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

I said "I try to buy pasture-raised eggs and chicken whenever I can". During the spring and summer I get eggs from friends that have chickens. During the fall and winter we have at least four different brands of pasture raised eggs in our stores. They are expensive, and the stores will, at times, be...
by Rick Allen
August 15th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2951

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

I care a lot about how animals are treated. Caged and even "cageless" chickens aren't treated very well. I try to buy pasture-raised eggs and chicken whenever I can, just like I avoid farm-raised salmon, feed-lot beef, or just about any pig that isn't pasture-raised. It's not a matter of taste, it's...
by Rick Allen
August 15th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5294

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

John, My apologies, but it's hard to recommend a producer without knowing what kinds of Pinot you like. You might hate the wines I like yet still find something in Oregon that's in your wheelhouse. One thought is that Oregon wineries do a series of tastings in other cities called "Pinot in the City"...
by Rick Allen
August 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2951

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

I can't believe that someone is still touting the benefits of industrial factory eggs, especially someone who cares about what they eat.
by Rick Allen
August 14th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5294

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Good grief! How about it depends? If your tastes run more to the AFWE side of things, I like Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Brick House, PGC, Eyrie, and a host of others. If you like big, juicy, over the top Pinot, probably Shea, Ken Wright, Penner Ash, and I'm sure there's a bunch of others (I usually d...
by Rick Allen
August 14th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2182

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

I think we have about 75 cookbooks, but these are our top 5: Mastering the Art of French Cooking Gourmet Cookbook - surprisingly comprehensive and useful. Kind of like Joy of Cooking with more interesting recipes. Ad Hoc - the Bread Pudding is a go to recipe for a big group Zuni Cafe - Chicken, lamb...
by Rick Allen
August 13th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visiting Willamette wine region in October
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Visiting Willamette wine region in October

Coleen Clemens is pretty much in the middle of no where. I'd visit Chehalem on the way out and stay in McMinnville. Just as close to plenty of new world-style producers - Ken Wright, R. Stuart, Domaine Obscene, Durant, Penner-Ash, Shea, etc. The Allison (Newberg) is probably the nicest place to stay...
by Rick Allen
August 11th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

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 Rick Allen
August 11th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

The first vintage from this estate was an absolutely monumental 1983, which still sits in my brain as one of the finest Oregon Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted, and I still have one bottle left (low fill unfortunately). If I remember right, Bob McRitchie made the first couple vintages (long time Soko...
by Rick Allen
August 7th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

I will second the Newberry Crater. The obsidian flow is huge and attracted Native Americans from over a thousand miles away. Fishing is great at both Paulina and East Lakes inside the crater. Close to the Lava River Caves is the Lava Cast Forest - an area of the forest that was smothered in lava and...
by Rick Allen
August 5th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1808

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

If you want to check out Heater Allen, give me a call and I'll pour you a few tastes if I'm around (which is usually the case). There is a new restaurant in town - Pizza Capo. It's good.
by Rick Allen
July 14th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2983

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Ok, I’ll play. 1978 Ramonet Montrachet Heater Allen Pils (forgive me Rick, but I’d also like sufficient tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce, Maggi Arome imported from France, Tajin, and ice for the occasional Michilada) Ardbeg. Any of 1974 Provenance, 1976 Manager’s Choice Cask 1391, or my friends ...
by Rick Allen
July 4th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3346

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Brandon R wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 2:49 pm
Tuna noodle casserole flirtysmile
Loved this when made from scratch. We still have it occasionally. I used to be the weekend cook in my frat house and I'd make this every so often. The guys loved it and ate a ton of it, but had to call it "Tuna Shit" of course.
by Rick Allen
June 27th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Wines: Good people and . . .
Replies: 25
Views: 2652

Re: Walter Scott Wines: Good people and . . .

I opened a 2011 Walter Scott Chardonnay tonight (hey, it's almost the weekend!) and it was fantastic. Mature, citrus, green apple, spicy, and well balanced. Ever so slightly on the advanced side (and I'm sensitive to this) - enough to add an element of complexity but that's about it. A joy to drink,...
by Rick Allen
June 27th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

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 Rick Allen
June 18th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16314
Views: 422402

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott,
Thanks for the podcast link. I had a chance to listen to it on the way to PDX.
by Rick Allen
June 17th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Westvleteren now available online
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: Westvleteren now available online

They've had a similar ordering system for a number of years. The new website makes it easier. You still need to know the license number of the car you will be driving, which makes setting up an account prior to going to Europe difficult. It does sound like part of the new system records a code from ...
by Rick Allen
June 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Thanks - brief layover in Atlanta. You guys are great. Any cool lunch or dinner spots? Valley Commisary or Community Plate for lunch. Nick's, Thistle, Bistro Maison, or La Rambla are my favorites for dinner, but there's 411, Red Hills Kitchen, and the Barberry as well. Pizza Capo is the new cool sp...
by Rick Allen
June 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Lots of great Chardonnay here. Walter Scott (appt only -south of town) Goodfellow (appt only - in town) Brittan/Winderlea (open - in town) Flanauer (?? - in Carlton) Fairsing (open - E from Yamhill) Martin Woods (appt only - SW of town) Eyrie (in town) is closed for the next few weeks to remodel the...

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