Beer, Wine and Spirits

This is Not Tequila

I ran by the liquor store this evening, in search of a bottle of tequila. To my dismay, I found they were out of my usual, El Tosoro Anejo–and it was too late to make it to another store before closing time. So I figured I would salvage the situation by trying something new. I googled for some ratings, and ran across Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Anejo. It was highly rated, and they had a bottle that was cheap by highly rated anejo tequila standards. I got it home and cracked it open, and immediately realized this was something different.
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Mexico.

Buddhacello, part 1

After I mentioned to Phil my success in making Limoncello using Persian limes (would that be limettacello?), he kindly offered up a Buddha’s Hand for me to try the same thing with. Buddha’s Hands are truly odd beasts — they’re a citrus fruit, but they have no pulp. It’s all zest and pith. And they look like an elder god. They smell somewhat lemony, but with strong floral notes — similar to the smell of some roses. After a bit of research, I discovered that the pith of the Buddha’s Hand isn’t bitter, which means I didn’t need to be
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Food.

Restaurant Review: Cyclone Anaya

I remember Cyclone Anaya from my occasional day trips to Houston back in the college years. It was a rather down-scale Tex-Mex place with what I considered then, the second-best fajita’s in Houston. By down-scale, I mean metal-table Taco Cabana ambience, but with table service, a trendy menu, and a full bar. When I saw that one was opening in Addison, I had to try it. There is very little relation between this new version and the Cyclone Anaya of memory. This is not down-scale in any way–it is one of the fancier (and pricier) Tex-Mex places in the area.
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Food.

Immort Ale

Dogfishhead has done it again with another incredible seasonal ale. This time they tried to out-pun the Monty Python’s Holy Ale people with Immort Ale. It’s on tap at the Addison Flying Saucer. It comes in small glasses. Flavor-wise, I would have guessed a barley-wine. It’s good, with a perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness, with vanilla, maple syrup, and juniper berries. (Adam can pretend it’s gin.) It’s a perfect followup to last year’s Midas Touch.
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Pyrat Rum Pictures

I promised in a comment to Phil’s post about Pyrat Rums a while back to post pictures. It’s been a few months, but I finally got around to processing the pics. (I apparently just like playing with cameras–not actually processing pictures ) Also, we cracked open the bottle of Cask 1623 the weekend before last. All the hype is, in fact, justified.
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Good rum from a tequila company!

I was happily sharing some of my finer spirits with some friends recently and they asked for a reference on one of them. The beverage of note is the Planters Gold Pyrat XO Rum. When I went to find some good web-references for it, I found the expected back-stories (all consistent, leaving no sources that might hint at how romanticized the story may be): Anguilla Beaches article on local Rum A .cz site about rum? Whatever, they link to the original distiller Then following that 2nd one to their source I got the susprise that showed this favorite sipping rum
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits and Food.

Midas Touch

I found a new beer from Dogfish Head at CM this week. It’s called Midas Touch. This one fits Adam’s definition of “beer he doesn’t like”. That is, it is very fruity, and moderately hoppy. That being said, I challenge him to try one–he might change his tune on this one. It reminds me of some of the sweeter barleywines I have gotten into. Or maybe a west coast pale mixed in equal parts with mead and a fairly sweet muscat wine. The story of this one is that the University of Pensylvania excavated a tomb in Turkey, which they
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A New Brew from Austin

I’m not exactly what you’d call a beer snob, but there’s a lot of stuff out there that I don’t like. On the other hand, there’s a lot of beers that I’ll happily drink that would give me “social pariah” status if I ever owned up to drinking them. In any case, I’m partial to dark, German style beers — bocks and doppelbocks in particular. I stay away from anything ever described as “hoppy” or “fruity,” and strongly beleive that the brewer who invented IPA (George Hodgson, for what it’s worth) should have died an unnatural death. (Yes, I know
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