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by Mel Hill
January 6th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2020, who's going?
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Hospice du Rhone 2020, who's going?

Just booked my flights to HdR2020 and I'm wondering who else will be going this year?

I'll be working the event (photographer) and in the past have put together an informal dinner on Friday night
Not sure if we can get the band back together or start something new but let's see!
by Mel Hill
December 31st, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 100
Views: 12818

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

mitch - i take it you didnt order A month or two back, Florida Jim Cowan tasted through three or four SQN's and expressed my sentiments. I've tasted about ten of them. I was right there when Rudy drove in at the exact moment a half-barrel of HdR SQN Grenache came up at auction to scoop it up irresp...
by Mel Hill
December 30th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: A Thursday evening in Denver
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: A Thursday evening in Denver

http://mercantiledenver.com http://www.riojadenver.com https://www.thekitchenbistros.com https://www.tavernettadenver.com https://www.citizenrail.com I'd recommend any of the above if you are willing to travel to Boulder there are others to recommend have not eaten here but heard great things https:...
by Mel Hill
December 24th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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Xmas beer for making gingerbread houses

I like other ones better but this is the one we had in the house!
by Mel Hill
December 21st, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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Nicely done DDH version of this beer.
by Mel Hill
December 18th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 36
Views: 4152

Re: Gary V. Again.

He should work with Sadat X on more YouTube wine videos!

sniffy sniff!
by Mel Hill
December 9th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4637

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

It is biochemically impossible to make the argument that putting 10,000 different wines in your mouth every year is good for your health [in any way, shape, manner or form]. But I suppose every professional wine critic has to confront that reality and decide for himself how he's gonna deal with it....
by Mel Hill
December 5th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1738
Views: 210434

Re: Official Costco Thread

Jdbramm wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Denver, Co Park Meadows Costco - bought 2016 Ch. Montrose for $139.
that's my Costco too!
by Mel Hill
December 3rd, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BUTTERMILK CHICKEN
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: BUTTERMILK CHICKEN

I add a bunch of heat to this, buttermilk is a great marinade
by Mel Hill
December 3rd, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

I’m more interested in how “Kings & Convicts, a two-year-old microbrewery that employs nine people and annually produces about 600 barrels of beer” buys a formerly billion dollar concern! make your money elsewhere.... start a brewery as a second or third career And, play golf with the guys who paid...
by Mel Hill
November 30th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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Lots of fruit on this one from my nephew
by Mel Hill
November 28th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 126
Views: 10769

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

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I like to arrange the pecans on top of the filling
by Mel Hill
November 28th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13335

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Picked up a wheel at Quality Meats yesterday in Chicago priced at the MSRP $39 per pound. Brought it to MI and we had it last night. The sell by date was January and the disk was soft so a few min in the oven to warm it up was all it needed. Showed great and was r Easily finished by a bunch of new f...
by Mel Hill
November 26th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 126
Views: 10769

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

I try and bump this thread every year when I make the pie. I guess I could copy and paste the recipe but why the heck not just bump it and spread the love of this pie.
by Mel Hill
November 26th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: boozy lunch near the Blue Line (Chicago)
Replies: 2
Views: 498

boozy lunch near the Blue Line (Chicago)

returning to my hometown for all of 3 hours tomorrow and we need a place for a boozy family lunch for 4 walking distance (we got luggage) from the blue line EL
By boozy I mean good BTG and decent beers

Any ideas?
by Mel Hill
November 23rd, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Lack of a legal corkage policy is probably my biggest fault with Colorado. We have met WB'er at Union Station and BYOB (glasses too) but this stupid state law has certainly put a dampener on CO WB'er get togethers that would traditionally be held in restaurants. FWIW, I'm happy to host a WB'er Rhone...
by Mel Hill
November 19th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

don’t the employees/owners have to approve of the sale for the deal to close?
by Mel Hill
November 19th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 126
Views: 10769

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

That time of year!

Time to make this wonderful pie!
by Mel Hill
November 14th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 79
Views: 7265

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

.....you must use paper plates!
by Mel Hill
November 11th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 154
Views: 9452

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

We had the 16 tonight and it was very good. Darker fruits but plenty of lift
by Mel Hill
November 11th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13335

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

George Hejna wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Had it last night vs a bunch of really nice French cheeses. It did well. The texture to me still seems a little bit plastic like. It was room temp. I would like it to get a little more runny but that is being pretty nit picky,

Geoge
200 deg oven for 20 min. Plenty runny then!
by Mel Hill
November 4th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another request for a Thanksgiving Homeless Shelter Recipe
Replies: 3
Views: 834

Re: Another request for a Thanksgiving Homeless Shelter Recipe

I make this every year around Thanksgiving

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... ecipe.html

I just make the shrub and add to sparkling water but I'm sure you could dress it up more
by Mel Hill
November 4th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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Stopped in at Outer Range in Frisco,CO today after skiing.
Tried a couple and came home with 2 4pks of
Willow IPA

Maybe because it was good but also our dog is named Willow!
by Mel Hill
October 21st, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 246
Views: 11885

Re: Why sous vide?

Looks like Steve is under pressure and in hot water!
Couldn’t think of a better thread to be in this condition.
by Mel Hill
October 20th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 246
Views: 11885

Re: Why sous vide?

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Here’s my small insulated box
by Mel Hill
October 13th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Continue to enjoy the Fort George Crysknife (collab with Our Mutual Friend Brewing), which blows away all three variants of the 3 Way this year. Melvin 2x4 is back on the shelves, coming in at 9.9% for a DIPA. Big fan of OMF here in Denver Melvin does great with high ETOH DIPA’s my favorite has bee...
by Mel Hill
October 7th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

Re: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?

We are at treehouse it rocks! Top five breweries that I’ve been to. Can’t bring home more than about 12 beersDBAD53AF-5370-488B-9A4B-C8E37364EAF0.jpeg Julius and Green are flagship. At the end of the day, despite all their limited releases, Green is prob their best all-around beer. So good. Looks l...
by Mel Hill
October 5th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

Re: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?

We are at treehouse it rocks!
Top five breweries that I’ve been to.
Can’t bring home more than about 12 beers
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by Mel Hill
October 4th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9895

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

In for a case!
by Mel Hill
October 4th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

Re: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?

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Started at Trillium today
by Mel Hill
October 3rd, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?

We are going to be 30 min away from the brewery and plan on going Saturday morning for opening at 11am
Primarily there to drink beer but with probably bring home a couple of 4pks. Any advice from the locals?
by Mel Hill
September 23rd, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place

I was part of the crew serving the wines to the judges and Storm Cellars did great!
My wife and I did not pour the Rieslings wines for the judges so I didn't try them.

We did pour the rosé flights and the Storm Cellar's rosé was a standout.
by Mel Hill
September 20th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This could be interesting
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Picked the 4pk up without tasting it
by Mel Hill
September 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place

Great! hope they enter the Gov. cup competition
by Mel Hill
September 1st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3799

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

ybarselah wrote:
August 31st, 2019, 7:23 am
really sweet guy and unfortunately was one of the larger premier cru victims.
rudy client as well IIRC
by Mel Hill
August 26th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

F89BFC3B-0EF1-4BD9-94C6-E2EFBC8C3D52.jpeg My first 4pk of Hop Butcher, Cosmic Fountain On first impression, kind of sweet but the second pint is better. Not terribly different than the NEIPA style beersI get in Denver. This was “in the back” at my friend’s liquor store so it might be a current favo...
by Mel Hill
August 22nd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 4446

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

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Another hazy from Cerebral
Soft and yummy
by Mel Hill
August 14th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I’d rank them in the top five for NEIPA here in Colorado.
by Mel Hill
August 13th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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East Coast Transplant, DIPA from New Image
This is the best batch (or, maybe the freshest)
I’ve had. These guys make a bunch of good beers!
by Mel Hill
August 12th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two bottles of the same wine exactly one year apart
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: TN: Two bottles of the same wine exactly one year apart

Happy 30th wedding anniversary! champagne.gif
by Mel Hill
August 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27882

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Al Osterheld wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
There may be bodies buried under the reservoir.

-Al
Jimmy Hoffa?


[wow.gif] champagne.gif
by Mel Hill
July 30th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2854

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

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Enjoyed a bottle of the 2008 this spring
Best value on the list at $88
by Mel Hill
July 27th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16472
Views: 428750

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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Casey Brewing and blending Blackberry variant

This guy has a great touch with these fruited sours!
Little bit of funk, great balance. Looking forward to visiting the tasting room in Glenwood Springs next week
by Mel Hill
July 19th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Summer Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1152

Re: Alban Summer Release

I’d like to try the
Roussanne if anyone in Denver wants to share the allocation?
by Mel Hill
July 9th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1387
Views: 73253

Re: What did you cook tonight?

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Flank steak, yam and roasted veg
by Mel Hill
July 8th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 246
Views: 11885

Re: Why sous vide?

What kind of styrofoam do you use around them? Anyone using one of the Cambro like containers with the lid made for sous vide? We had something large and flat shipped and the packaging had huge sheets of 1” closed cell styrofoam I just measured the outside dimensions of the Cambridge and built a 2”...
by Mel Hill
July 8th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 246
Views: 11885

Re: Why sous vide?

Cambro containers purchased from Amazon.
I build styrofoam insulated boxes around them
to keep in the heat during long cooks
by Mel Hill
July 6th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 2310

Re: Pasta maker

The KA three roller set is kind of pricy, I bought the solo flat roller then got a $20 hand crank (used, unused) for the various cutters it came with.
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