Thursday, October 11, 2007

And The Winner Is:

Thanks to all for a fabulous evening at Meg's. A quick recap:

First Place: Hacker-Pschorr Dark Wheat

Second: Aventinus Doppelbock Wheat

Third: Boulevard Wheat

Fourth: Millstream

Fifth: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

Wheat Beer Recap

Hacker-Pschorr Dark Wheat
1. Very yeasty odor, but not overly yeasty flavor
2. Liked it.
3. Tastes like Blue Moon but w/no aftertaste
4. A drinkable "real" bear (most "real" beers aren't)
5. Randy says, "Old sneaker taste."
6. Wheaty, funky, pungent
7. Gassy
8. Good, darker beer. Not bitter.

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
1. Uh, tastes like cat pee from a cat who ate a lot of raspberries.
2. Booo fruity beer
3. A Minus (-1) One
4. Smells like my toilet after I clean it w/Lysol. Yek. Ewww.
5. Like drinking potpourri
6. At least it looks nice - sunshine in a glass.
7. Flintstones vitamin-y flavor
8. Not as bad as expected. Didn't make me throw up.
9. Cidery, kinda weak, obsequious
10. Awful, good for after cutting the grass.

Aventinus Doppelbock Wheat
1. Better. Has balls!
2. Stronger flavor. Good.
3. Tastes better w/an orange slice.
4. Medicinal
5. Well, hmmm. Aventinus is not very adventurous! Somewhat creamy, lots of alcohol?
6. Fruity, chocolaty, spicy - like spoiled cherry cordials, very close to Three Philosophers
7. Smoky and Musty

Boulevard Wheat
1. Fancy Coors Light
2. Lemon jellow without the jel. Summer pool party beer
3. This beer will grow hair on your back.
4. A nice citrusy quality. Zing!!! A little bit slutty!
5. Harmless, weak
6. Pretty light, fizzy

Millstream Wheat
1. Coors
2. Very "beery"
3. Forgettable
4. Light
5. Great, citrus

Pumpkin Dip recipe

From Cooking Light magazine:

3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
24 apple slices

Place first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add syrup and cinnamon, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Serve with apple.

Ordering beer from John's Grocery

Beer from the October 2007 tasting brought to you by John's Grocery.

You can't order online, but you can choose beers from their extensive selection and then give them a call. And yes, they ship to Mississippi!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

September 2007 - Red Wine

September 2007: Red Wine

A quick recap:

Wine 1 Cusumano Nero D'avola 2005 Sicily, Italy $13.39
Wine 2 Chateau Greysac 2003 Medoc (Gironde) France $20.00
Wine 3 Ecco Domani 2004 Chianti Tuscany region, Italy $12.25
Wine 4 Wrongo Dongo 2005 Jumilla Red wine, Spain $11.99
Wine 5 Vega Sindoa 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo; Navarra, Spain $13.90

Wines 4 and 5 tied for first place with 6 votes. Wine 3 finished in third place with 5 votes. Wine 2 finished in second place. Wine 1 brought up the rear.

Memorable quotes from the evening:

Wine 1 Cusumano Nero D'avola 2005 Sicily, Italy $13.39
1. Serve with a cheap spaghetti dinner
2. Lots of tannins and peppery
3. Fruity
4. Makes me cough
5. Serve with chocolate, not cheese
6. Light with a slight alcohol scent
7. Serve when not trying to impress
8. Buy when I only have $5 to get my drink on.
9. Get’s ‘r done

Wine 2 Chateau Greysac 2003 Medoc (Gironde) France $20.00
1. I would drink this if “I had hippies over.”
2. It smells earthy, like Boulder, CO
3. Dark burgundy in color
4. Serve if hunting with Dick Cheney
5. Smells like grandma’s house
6. Nutty

Wine 3 Ecco Domani 2004 Chianti Tuscany region, Italy $12.25
1. Too smooth
2. Nice and light
3. Almost no smell
4. Layered and complex
5. Soapy
6. Serve with dinner when having friends over
7. Serve after everyone is already drunk

Wine 4 Wrongo Dongo 2005 Jumilla Red wine, Spain $11.99
1. Burns like cinnamon
2. Smells like a pugilist
3. Warrior-like
4. Smell is non-existent
5. Pungent
6. Something somebody at my stage in their career would buy
7. Naïve, innocent
8. Serve at a frat party
9. Gets you drunk real fast
10. Serve with breakfast, lunch and dinner
11. Not a sipping wine, serve with food
12. Earthy, dry, gritty

Wine 5 Vega Sindoa 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo; Navarra, Spain $13.90
1. Dark red in color
2. Tobacco tasting
3. Serve with beef
4. Smoking loonish
5. Thick w/a long life on the tongue
6. Smells like some sense of motion
7. Smooth, deep and balanced

Monday, July 9, 2007

July 07 Celebrating America with Lagers Foreign and Otherwise

Bavaria Holland (Netherlands): The favorite

Old Scratch (Colorado)

Asahi Super Dry (Japan):

Stella Artois (Belgium)

Grolsch (Netherlands)

Molson Canadian Lager (Canada)

Kingfisher (India)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

September 2006 - Red Wine

December 2006 - Bourbon

March 2007 - Cheese

1. Chauvre de Wal-Mart
a. Best thing ever from Wal-Mart
b. Touched by hands of sweat shop workers
c. Tangy
d. Well-cut and minty

2. Camembert
a. Better texture than brie
b. Not distinctive

3. Goat Gouda (Dutch)
a. First place w/6 votes
b. Ummmm
c. Creamy
d. Awesome
e. Tremendous
f. Buttery
g. Nutty

4. Smoked Gouda
a. It’s very creamy
b. “It’s good, not as good as last one.”

5. Cheddar something or other
a. About 3.5 votes
b. Cheddar, as cheddar should be
c. Good w/apples
d. Powerful
e. Full-bodied

6. Spanish Manchego
a. No comments, but good for 3 first place votes

7. Royal Stinky Butt
a. 2nd Place
b. It’s like the plate farted
c. Potent
d. An athletic cheese
e. Make out before you eat this cheese
f. Like licking the inside of a locker room

February 2007 - Tequila

1st Place w/9 votes: Don Eduardo Anejo (our most expensive bottle):
“Aged in a godly-bourbon barrel”

2nd Place w/3 votes: Patron Anejo (second-most expensive bottle):
“Peppery w/out bourbon-ickiness”
“Naked and arrested”
“Less of an alcohol flavor”

3rd Place: Two-Finger Silver (second-cheapest bottle)
“Aged in bottom of a purse”
“Aged in orange plastic jack-o-lantern “
“Candycorn, butterscotch tasting”

4th Pace: Jose Cuervo: (cheapest)
“Tastes like a Saturday night”
“Smoother than expectations”
“Not as cheap as expected”

5th Place: Sauza Reporado Hornitos (median in price)
“With a name like Hornitos, it should have been better”
“Wet sock”
“Blend of beer and tequila”
“Alcohol abuse”

November 2006 - Champagne

1. Segura Viudas, Brut Reserva (Spain), about $25
a. Multi-layered, not too sweet, right amount of bubbles
b. Yeasty, bubbly, tastes expensive
c. Smooth & nicely dry
d. Miller High Life that’s gone stale

2. Tott’s Extra Dry (California), about
a. Sweet, clean-tasitng
b. Too sweet, not so bubbly
c. Ephemeral, Is it a diet champagne?

3. Domaine Ste. Michelle, Blanc de Blancs (Washington State), about $10-12
a. Taste is subtle and backloaded, a bit underwhelming
b. Extra-dry and crisp
c. Like Woodchuck Draft Cider/dentist-like

October 2006 - Beer

1. UFO Hefeweizen (Boston)
a. Belchy
b. Out-of-this-world
c. Serviceable
d. Better than Coors Light

2. Paulaner Hefeweizen (Germany)
a. Funny Tasting
b. Not worth $11
c. Bitter, Acidic, Fruity
d. Apple Cidery Tasting

3. Pilsner Urquell
a. Skunky
b. Not watery, not weak
c. Beyond Description

4. Stella Artois (Belgium)
a. Budweiser of Europe
b. Front Loaded
c. Frizzy
d. Snarky
e. Snotty French
f. Reassuringly Expensive

5. Leinengkuegel Red Lager (Wisconsin)
a. Mellow
b. Rainy Day - Cheese
c. Pretty on the outside, empty on the inside

6. Warsteiner
a. Subtle, but powerful
b. Good balance of taste/smell
c. Like Honey
d. Smooth
e. Thick aftertaste
f. Malty & Bubbly

7. Three Philosophers
a. Cough Syrup
b. Old, Gym Socks
c. Fruity, peppery w/spicy aftertaste

8. Terrible (Montreal)
a. Terrible
b. Awful
c. Acidic
d. Love in a bottle
e. Flavored hydrogen peroxide
f. Opposite of Stella Artois
g. Like a paper cut
h. A garden frolic

April 2007 - White Wine

1. Zolo, Savignon Blanc, distributed by Vino del Sol, Argentina, $12.99
a. Crisp
b. Cat-box aroma
c. High-acidity
d. More personality than #2
e. Nice for price
f. Like a hot pasta salad on a summer night

2. Santa Marguerita, Pinot Grgio, Italy, $26.99
a. Dryer than #1
b. Tangy
c. Good at back of throat
d. Too subtle
e. Chicken of white wines
f. The other white wine

3. Franciscan, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, $16.99
a. Cat-boxish
b. Weird aftertaste I can’t figure out
c. Delicate oaky taste

4. Blue Slate, Riesling, Germany, $17.99
a. Palette cleansing
b. Most champagney
c. Better than a white zinfandel even though they’re related

5. Candoni, Muscato, Central Italy, $13.99
a. Carbonated soda pop
b. Light and floral
c. Perfumey
d. After dinner drink
e. Candy necklace
f. Lighter Amoretto

Saturday, June 16, 2007

May 07 - Martinis in May

Classic Gin Martini

Vodka Martini

Lemon Drop Martini



Thursday, June 14, 2007

June 2007 - Ales

Sam Adams Summer Ale: The favorite

ESB Original Ale:

Dos Perros: Soapy tasting; like drinking a cigarette; beef jerky killed, skinned and hung out to dry.

Honey Raspberry Ale: Tastes like a baloney sandwich; artificial sweetener flavor

Harpoon IPA: Good!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Marvin's personal favorite

Bass Ale

Meg's Guac Recipe

Chunky Guacamole

To minimize the risk of discoloration, prepare the minced ingredients first so they are ready to mix with the avocados as soon as they are cut.

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups

3 medium avocados, ripe, (preferably Hass)
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1 small jalapeño chile, minced (1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
2 tablespoons lime juice

1. Halve one avocado, remove pit, and scoop flesh into medium bowl. Mash flesh lightly with onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, salt, and cumin (if using) with tines of a fork until just combined.

2. Halve and pit remaining two avocados, and prepare. Gently scoop out avocado into bowl with mashed avocado mixture.

3. Sprinkle lime juice over diced avocado and mix entire contents of bowl lightly with fork until combined but still chunky. Adjust seasoning with salt, if necessary, and serve. (Can be covered with plastic wrap, pressed directly onto surface of mixture, and refrigerated up to one day. Return guacamole to room temperature, removing plastic wrap at the last moment, before serving).