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14 March 2020 00:06
 

In the glory days when money was much more plentiful for my family, on a whim I bought a 750 ml bottle of 2009 Sam Adams Utopias beer for $150, and it has sat unmolested in my cellar until tonight.  My brother visited from L.A., a good friend was in town, and corona virus has everyone feeling down, so I used the confluence of events to open the bottle.  ABV is 27%, which was a record for a beer at the time, and I do not know what the current record is. 

It tastes like a mixture of dark beer, cherry liquor, and brandy.  I poured about 4 ounces into a snifter and spent about 45 minutes drinking it by sips.  I did not like it at first, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me, and the pleasant, warm feeling beguiled.  There remains about half a bottle which will be passed through my kidneys over the next couple days.

 
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In the glory days when money was much more plentiful for my family, on a whim I bought a 750 ml bottle of 2009 Sam Adams Utopias beer for $150, and it has sat unmolested in my cellar until tonight.  My brother visited from L.A., a good friend was in town, and corona virus has everyone feeling down, so I used the confluence of events to open the bottle.  ABV is 27%, which was a record for a beer at the time, and I do not know what the current record is. 

It tastes like a mixture of dark beer, cherry liquor, and brandy.  I poured about 4 ounces into a snifter and spent about 45 minutes drinking it by sips.  I did not like it at first, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me, and the pleasant, warm feeling beguiled.  There remains about half a bottle which will be passed through my kidneys over the next couple days.

Nice! I’ve never had one, or even saw a bottle before. And you had it 11 years, wild!

 
 
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16 March 2020 08:23
 

Thanks to EN’s experiment mixing rum and amaretto, I found a recipe for a “Bella Donna Daiquiri” and it is now in my repertoire.

1.5 oz. dark rum
1.5 os. Amaretto
0.5 oz juice of fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.  The first one was without the garnish and the drink was good.  For the second one, I substituted the garnish with a kumquat from my dad’s tree, but the kumquat made it too sour.

 
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16 March 2020 23:59
 

The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

 
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Skipshot - 16 March 2020 11:59 PM

The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

You can still go out for essentials, I think good beer and wine qualify.

 
 
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GAD - 17 March 2020 12:18 AM
Skipshot - 16 March 2020 11:59 PM

The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

You can still go out for essentials, I think good beer and wine qualify.

One of the reasons I moved to cocktails is because I’m cheap, and the prices of beer start at $9 for a 6-pack, while my taste in wine has outpaced my budget.  Now my faith in my BIL’s taste in wine has taken heavy damage and reinforced my appreciation for cocktails since I have more control over the taste, and the cost of decent bourbon is still low.

I should have enough to get through the next two weeks, plus I can use the time to cull the herd of dubious wine in the cellar.

 
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29 March 2020 00:01
 

My wife likes the Bella Donna Daiquiri, so we had one.  It helps that I use the expensive rum, Kirk & Sweeney, and a Myer lemon from the neighbor’s tree.  The rum is gone now, and it is not worth risking my health to go to Costco for it, where it was $26/bottle.  We still have lots of bourbon and Picon, so we’ll be going back to Brooklyns.

 
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31 March 2020 21:44
 

After two servings, it’s probably a bad idea to finish off the bottle of nigori sake (unfiltered, which makes it look milky), but it sure is tasty.

 
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06 April 2020 21:46
 

A Brooklyn.

 
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15 April 2020 11:44
 

Fortunately enough, the local supermarket still stocks Belgian beers, so I can enjoy a good old Tripel Karmeliet right now.

 
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Flanker27S - 15 April 2020 11:44 AM

Fortunately enough, the local supermarket still stocks Belgian beers, so I can enjoy a good old Tripel Karmeliet right now.

Good choice.  I think we are going to get along just fine.

 
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17 April 2020 19:33
 

Locally (Berkeley) brewed nigori sake.  It’s cheap and good.  $6 for a 750ml bottle at 15% ABV.  It’s becoming my go-to-brew.

 
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26 April 2020 14:44
 

smile

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20 May 2020 21:58
 

COVID has given George Thorogood’s anthem a new meaning:  https://youtu.be/lpzqQst-Sg8

A gin and tonic.

 
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