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Snack Bonding – Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer

7 Jul

Since I do not drink any sort of alcoholic beverage, my self appointed duty for The BBTB is to cover beers of the Root & Ginger sort.

Starting off this section with a banger. Cock ‘N Bull is by far my favorite ginger beer to date. I first had one of these maybe three years ago when I found it at Central Market, and try to treat myself with one from time to time, as I don’t want the magic to go away. On first drink you immediately get a sharp bite followed by a light sweetness that nicely counteracts the gingery goodness.

The history of the brew reaches across the world from Moscow to New York to Hollywood where it was served from the restaurant of the same name. Founded by Jack Morgan, the Sunset Strip restaurant was favored among celebrities & non celebrities with a common bond of its English styled interior and good food. Morgan has been credited for popularizing Vodka in America with the mixture of the spicy ginger brew mixed with Vodka, called the Moscow Mule.

You can see the bottling process here (warning: kind of boring), Cock ‘n Bull Bottling.

This is my favorite ginger beer currently and I wanted set things in motion correctly for this side of Snack Bonding.

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Bikinis & Board Shorts. A Social Ride.

17 Jun


I never get to go on any of the social rides here in Austin, seeing as how most of them take place on thursday nights and I am at work. Some one had the great idea of having one on a monday night. I am off on mondays. GREAT IDEA! This one they are going to meet up on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge around 7:30pm and depart around 8pm. Have a leisurely ride around town and head on down to the Scoot Inn located at 1308 East 4th Street. Where there will be a GIANT INFLATABLE SLIP N SLIDE, Kiddie Pools, Photobooth, Free Skee Ball, $1 LONESTARS, Drink Specials and Happy Hour All Night Long. Sounds fun to me.
Check out the facebook invite here for most of the same information and rsvp if you are interested in joining.

Double Down Lounge. East 6th. Austin Texas.

11 Jun

I just recently caught wind of a fresh east side renovation. Tucked away on the corner of Pedernales and E. 6th st. 515 Pedernales
to be exact. I have heard rumors of a great juke box, an outdoor patio and some wicked two for one priced drinks during happy hour. Unfortunately I can not personally make it out until monday or tuesday. So if you find yourself on the east side stop by and check it out.!! This is a link to their posterous.com site with some photos of the renovation that took place and what not. Double Down Lounge

The Chimay Review.

10 Jun

Chimay is one of seven breweries that are allowed to have their products display the Authentic Trappist Product logo:


Chimay is a Trappist ale that is brewed at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont in Belgium. Where they are also well-known for their Chimay branded cheese. In 2004 Chimay was the leading brand of Trappist brew, producing around 123,000 hectoliters. A hectoliter is a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 100 liters. That is a lot of beer. Chimay is also more widely exported and distributed than the six other trappist producers of the World. Chimay has been a long time favorite of mine. Typically I buy the corked 750ml bottle, which I would usually drink directly out of the bottle in my earlier experiences with it. Now I tend to be a little more sophisticated and enjoy it out of a proper wide mouthed goblet.

Chimay produces four beers, but only exports its three unique brews that are named for the color of their respective labels. Their flagship is the Chimay Rouge a Trappist Dubbel style beer with 7% alcohol by volume. The beer is dark brown with a very pleasing aroma. I’ve heard it referenced to dried pears or prunes. The Chimay Bleue, is a strong-dark ale with little more complexity and flavoring with 9% alcohol by volume. The Chimay Blanche is lighter in color and 8% alcohol by volume. It is a tripel ale that pours a deep-yellow contrasted by a white head with great aroma and a very crisp finish!

I still don’t have a camera in my possession, so I stole the image above. That in hand lead me to the discovery of Chimay’s fourth brew.
Which is Chimay Dorée (Golden), it is a 4.8% alcohol by volume ale, that is brewed from very similar ingredients as the Red, but paler and spiced differently. It is a patersbier, intended only to be drunk at the abbey or at the nearby inn Auberge de Poteaupré which is associated with the abbey. The monks themselves drink this variety rather than the stronger three. The Dorée is not sold commercially and the rare bottles which make their way out are through unofficial sources. Even the brewery’s own web site makes no mention of this variety.
Personally the Rouge is my favorite and I give it a 9/10 in comparison to the others only due to it having the lowest ABV percentage. I think it would be really cool to get a hold of their Patersbier to experience what the Monks are drinking!

The Sophisticated Gentleman.

25 May

Well not really. Although I must say I have quite a palate for the finer things in life. I am up late listening to music and contemplating the value of the things that I spend my hard earned cash on. Seeing as how I am the drinking type. The type that you could categorize as moderate to heavy, I realize that I spend a lot of my dough on brew. So I googled “monthly beer clubs” and found this pretty dope site. It has this “Whatever, Whenever” option where you can choose a combination of any of their clubs. They have beer,wine,cigars,cheese, etc. So I’m thinking I am going to put together my own package.

The International & Domestic Variety Beer Club-This club offers twelve, 12-oz. beers from two different lightly distributed U.S. and two different international breweries! Each shipment includes four different beer styles [three bottles of two different domestic beers and three bottles of two different international beers] and their monthly newsletter.

The Premier Wine Series-Brings you select wines that retail in the $15-25 dollar per bottle range and you have a choice of two reds, two whites, or a combination of both.

The Premier Cigar Club-Will send you a portfolio of five professionally selected, hand rolled cigars, in a wide variety of lengths, gauges, wrapper types, and tobacco blends.

It’s a little pricey but when weighed against the amount of drinking that I do in bars the numbers aren’t that bad. Besides it’ll give me something to look forward to and write about each month.