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by Ryan Kilkenney
October 30th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35341

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Another vote for Cherry Circle Room.
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 25th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35341

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Saw this on Facebook Starting Friday, November 1, join Dutch & Doc's for their Balena pop-up, which will feature a menu of Balena favorites like the tagliolini nero with crab and sea urchin. You won't want to miss it! Make your reservation ASAP before availability is gone. #DutchandDocs 73209656_27...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 23rd, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35341

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Not that I hadn’t already sworn I’d never go to this guy’s restaurant, I guess this is a helpful reminder why. Absolute garbage.
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 12th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Crazy, we sell these for $35 and $25 respectively so definitely retail taking people to the hoop. I've paid pretty big premiums for my favorite bourbons (George T. Stagg, Four Roses LE). And other favorites are now more than I'm willing to spend (Pappy 20, Eagle Rare 17, William Larue). On principl...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 12th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I agree re Weller CYPB. Even the Special Reserve is starting to fetch inflated prices. The market is way overheated. Crazy, we sell these for $35 and $25 respectively so definitely retail taking people to the hoop. I've paid pretty big premiums for my favorite bourbons (George T. Stagg, Four Roses ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 9th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I agree re Weller CYPB. Even the Special Reserve is starting to fetch inflated prices. The market is way overheated.
by Ryan Kilkenney
September 6th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397432

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 26th, 2019, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 3233

Re: Wines of Etna

I was in Eataly yesterday and used this thread as a shopping list. I opened the Graci Etna Rosso with dinner - good stuff. Thanks everyone.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 21st, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot

I’m a “Grand Cru Society” member, but I didn’t hear about this release. The website is likewise mum. What am I missing?
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 19th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Drinking a barrel select Four Roses from Warehouse Liquors (Chicago). I think Four Roses single barrels may be the best deal going in bourbon right now. For my palate, which runs a little hot these days, only Bookers comes close.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 17th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3002

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

Ridge Monte Bello
RRBC Supplication
George T. Stagg
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 17th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Interesting story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/beverages/uncle-nearest-honors-slave-who-taught-jack-daniel-to-make-whiskey/ar-AAEeJ3X?li=BBnb7Kw Funny, I’m sitting here with a copy of “Bourbon +” magazine (impulse purchase at the grocery store), and Uncle Nearest is the cover story. “Map...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 29th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2910

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

If it has to be a single bottle, I'm going for the hard stuff. A bottle of Pappy or other high end whiskey can be opened and enjoyed for years afterwards, and has like 15 full sized servings in it. that would definitely make it my choice as a way to splurge on a single bottle. Showing my ignorance ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 27th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I don’t believe I’ve had a white wine I consider “refreshing” on a hot day. When I drink white wine, it’s because the food I’m eating calls for it. I reach for rosé when the weather calls for it. That said, my rosé palate is pretty specific (Bandol, preferably Domaine Tempier). If the rosé on offer ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 23rd, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: One night in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 1900

Re: One night in NY

Thanks Jim. Had a good meal at db after the show.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: One night in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 1900

One night in NY

I’m flying into (and out of) New York this Sunday to see The Ferryman at the Jacobs Theater (242 W 45th St). I’ll have time for dinner after the matinee before heading to the airport. Any restaurant recommendations in the vicinity of the theater? Thanks.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 18th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 5014

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I, too, notice the inequal derision noted by the OP. I believe the Old World crowd is **generally** snobbier and more condescending than is the New World crowd. I will never understand why some folks harang others for different wine preferences. I have the same sense and I tend to attribute it to t...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 13th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

IMHO the only game in town is Eataly. The others are interesting and despite credentials I’ve never had a mind blowing steak from PQM—always disappointed. Paulina is great for sausages and they are real butchers but their meat is Choice. So for me it’s Eataly or ordering via fed ex. They have prime...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 4th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1091
Views: 60463

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Is Envoyer more than this: Flickinger - 2015 Reynard, 12x for $6,628.99? I’ve been out of the game for awhile and thought this was a typo.
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 25th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pseudo Sue in IL
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Pseudo Sue in IL

Prior to its arrival in Chicago I had only had it once. The cans I've had recently are comparable to what I remember.
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 25th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Malört
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Malört

My neighbor is a fan, so he occasionally brings it out for the curious. I don't like it, but I don't find it as egregious as some do.
by Ryan Kilkenney
September 13th, 2016, 6:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16358
Views: 424032

What BEER are you drinking?

A couple winners in the last week or so: 18th Street "Temporal Purgatory" (pale ale) and Illuminated Brew Works "Orange Sunshine" (citrus saison). The first 18th Street beer I tasted (a black IPA, IIRC) was solid. Since then, I've not had anything from them that excited me, including their hilarious...
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 21st, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397432

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Massican "Annia" 2014. Paired beautifully with this:

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018 ... with-basil

Enough acid to cut through the dish's richness, but not so much that it clashed with the lemon.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 12th, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Summer sipping beers
Replies: 38
Views: 2143

Summer sipping beers

I like Off Color Fierce (Berliner Weiss), 3.8%.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 27th, 2016, 6:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 41109

The Cocktail Thread

The Veaux Carre might end up being the last cocktail I'll ever need. 3/4 oz. rye whiskey 3/4 oz. Cognac 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth 1 barspoon Bénédictine 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 2 dashes Angostura bitters Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: cherry I personally don'...
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 23rd, 2016, 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - Local
Replies: 85
Views: 21038

Wine Shop Recommendations - Local

Anyone have a recommendation in Huntington Beach? Traveling with the kids (Disneyland), so I need to stick pretty close to HB.
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 23rd, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 41109

The Cocktail Thread

I've had something similar at a couple spots in Chicago. For my taste, not an improvement on a "fresh" negroni.
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 3rd, 2016, 8:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 41109

The Cocktail Thread

I made this the other night. http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017512-pineapple-express The NYT's description calls the pineapple flavor subtle - not subtle to me. But that's not a bad thing. I revisited this drink this week. I cut back on the lime a little bit and liked it more. It seems like yo...
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 3rd, 2016, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397432

What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Chateau d'Epire Savennieres. Bone dry and pretty. I just wish I had better weather for it. I'd buy again ($20).
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 3rd, 2016, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 42
Views: 2240

TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (2/26/2016) -- decanted a few hours before tasting -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours -- Red-fruited. Relaxed. Plenty of ripe fruit, but with good supporting acidity. Alcohol not notic...
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 28th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington DC recs
Replies: 43
Views: 2916

Washington DC recs

My wife and I went to Rasika (sans kids). We both loved it, the palak chaat especially. And Pizzeria Paradiso was a hit with everyone. Thanks for the suggestions.
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 22nd, 2016, 6:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington DC recs
Replies: 43
Views: 2916

Washington DC recs

Lots of great information here. I'll be in DC with my family this weekend (Thursday to Sunday). White House tour Friday, and maybe the "Engineering Family Day" at the National Building Museum on Saturday (an opportunity I wouldn't have known about but for this thread). Any family-friendly restaurant...
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 16th, 2016, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner Party at Napa Winery
Replies: 23
Views: 1341

Dinner Party at Napa Winery

A friend is going to be in Napa for his 40th birthday party. He asked me if I knew of any Napa wineries that would host a dinner of around 12 people. I don't - any suggestions? A search turned up some venue recommendations for weddings, but I didn't see anything on this smaller scale.

Thanks.
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 24th, 2016, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397432

What bottle of wine did you open today?

I opened a bottle of the base cabernet last month - a 2005. It was fantastic.
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 18th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 41109

The Cocktail Thread

wanted to share what has been the single best improvement to all my drinks with sweet vermouth. a variation on the death & co house sweet vermouth. equal parts punt e mes and antica formula. each by themselves isn't as complex and balanced as the two combined. death & co version is dolin rouge inst...
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 18th, 2016, 5:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 41109

The Cocktail Thread

I made this the other night.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017 ... le-express

The NYT's description calls the pineapple flavor subtle - not subtle to me. But that's not a bad thing.
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 13th, 2016, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How did Per Se get 2 stars from the NYT?
Replies: 131
Views: 8376

How did Per Se get 2 stars from the NYT?

It sounds like Pete bent over, got shafted, and liked it enough for two stars. Whole review sounds like a rotten experience that would repel me. Run for the doors!! If you read closely there were a number of very good dishes at some of the meals. And the service was adequate but not four star. So d...
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 11th, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 20932

RUM ... talk to me, people

Y'all - if you see a bottle of Plantation Pineapple Rum, grab it. Seriously. Superb stuff, from Maison Ferrand and David Wondrich. More thoughts/notes over on the blog- http://www.thirstysouth.com/2015/07/24/plantation-stiggins-fancy-pineapple-rum/ Just picked up a bottle - it's delicious. Looking ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 10th, 2016, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397432

What bottle of wine did you open today?

2004 Donhoff Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Auslese. Intense rosemary aroma and tropical fruit flavors. I'd like more acidity.
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 23rd, 2015, 11:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

The Bourbon Thread

Pappy 20 at my local liquor store: $999.99. Last year: $400.
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 18th, 2015, 7:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

The Bourbon Thread

BTAC tasting last night: the Eagle Rare 17 is so good and so easy to drink. A perfect sipping whiskey neat, no water or ice needed. Tonight tasting the Russell Reserve 10 year-old bourbon. I opened this about a week ago and had a pour then. It is much better now. Everything you want in a KY bourbon...
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 12th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2166

Alpine Beer Co. 1999-2015

Alpine brews have been on the shelves here in chicago for a couple months now. i've had the chance to buy Duet, Hoppy Birthday, & Nelson. Nelson has been the clear winner and it was about what i remembered from the bottle i received from a trade a couple of years ago. hoppy birthday has been hit or...
by Ryan Kilkenney
September 22nd, 2015, 7:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3422
Views: 186554

The Bourbon Thread

Does anyone have any leads on when the Four Roses 2015 Small Batch Limited Edition is coming out?
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 16th, 2015, 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montreal restaurants?
Replies: 23
Views: 1384

Montreal restaurants?

It's my last night in Montreal. We had great meals at Nora Gray, Lawrence (for lunch), and Laloux. Very good wine lists at all three restaurants, with an emphasis on "natural" wines. Europea was a bit disappointing for the $$$. It felt like an imitation of better restaurants I've been to. Portus Cal...
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 16th, 2015, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60
Replies: 179
Views: 8950

Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60

Very timely article/thread. I was just thinking that I needed to get serious about cellaring wines in this price range and stop pining for a cellar full of Chave. What about baby Chave? The St. Joe and the Mon Coeur? The 2010 Mon Coeur was an easy case purchase for me at $20 or less. I drank throug...
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 16th, 2015, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago: Where do you load up on daily drinkers?
Replies: 18
Views: 925

Chicago: Where do you load up on daily drinkers?

Howard's Wine Cellar.
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 16th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16358
Views: 424032

What BEER are you drinking?

Fruitier than Supplication, more sour than a framboise. Low alcohol, and very tasty.
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 16th, 2015, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60
Replies: 179
Views: 8950

Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60

Very timely article/thread. I was just thinking that I needed to get serious about cellaring wines in this price range and stop pining for a cellar full of Chave.
by Ryan Kilkenney
August 11th, 2015, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chambers St. not shipping to Illinois
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Chambers St. not shipping to Illinois

I was bummed this morning to receive an email from Chambers stating that they're not shipping to Illinois for the foreseeable future, citing legal costs connected with the lawsuits described in the article below. http://fermentationwineblog.com/2014/12/bottom-feeding-lawyer-goes-wine-sellers-illinoi...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 2nd, 2015, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Random Thoughts of Brilliance
Replies: 99
Views: 4746

Random Thoughts of Brilliance

A. So wrote:
Alan Eden wrote:Looks like the ducks are being turned into a chicago hot dog
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RIP.

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