My beer for tax day

SchlitzAlmost afraid to put this up. Was at the store buying some beer and some wine for a wine tasting when I came across the beer I have loved from youth.

Beer for the Holidays

holiday beers

Off for a few days so made a trip out and got my holiday selection of beers to try out.
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Two Hearted Ale (Bells Brewery, Comstock, MI) 7% ABV
Roadside American Ale (Mother Road Brewing, Flagstaff, AZ) 5% ABV
Myrcenary Double IPA (Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO) 9.3% ABV
Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE) 10% ABV
Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 6% ABV
8th Street Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 4.5% ABV
Big Eye IPA (Ballast Point Brewing, San Deigo, CA) 7% ABV
DOA IPA – Hop On or Die (Cerveceria Mexicana, Tecate, Mexico) 6.8% ABV

Phil Robertson is an attention seeking moron

OK, I have to say this – Phil Robertson is an attention seeking moron. Boy I feel better. Now for all of my Facebook friends who are posting and sharing all this crap about supporting him, I know that 99% of you would never pick up a copy of GQ magazine and have not read the article. You blindly just post this stuff thinking you know something about what he said. Damn it people, read the article. Regarding gays, he said “They’re full of murder, envy strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.” He also said that blacks in his home state were living just fine and were happy in the times of Jim Crow laws. Phil shared, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person.” In the fields “they’re singing and happy…no one was singing the blues.” What planet was he living on? Maybe he is just reliving Uncle Remus and Songs of the South over and over in his head?

I know that many of my friends are also friends with gays and blacks…is lining yourself up with this crap really how you want these friends to think you feel?

And please get off the freedom of speech issue, it has nothing to do with this. If you disagree please explain to me how his freedom of speech is being abridged. He said what he said and can say it again. I don’t see Congress or any part of the government trying to stop him (which is who the amendment would refer to). A&E, its owners and staff also have these same freedoms and are free not to give him a forum if they decide not to.

Wineries Across America

Came across a great article, “A Nation of Wineries,” and interactive map at the New York Times, showing the locations of wineries across the United States.

10 Great Wines for $10 or Less

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Happy Thanksgiving


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The turkey is in the oven with a glaze of butter and Southern Comfort. The cranberry sauce made with orange and Cabernet Sauvignon (Van Roekel Winery, Temecula, California) is cooling. The giblets are simmering for broth. Jamie is going to make her wonderful mashed potatoes along with sausage and oyster dressing. It’s going to be a great day.

Sharing Pizza with a Diva

Pillsbury Wine 2010 Diva

After a weekend of cool temperatures and lots of rain, a good homemade pizza was called for.

There are three secrets to a having a great pizza dinner. First you must start with a thin crust. Second, place sliced provolone cheese down before moving on to other toppings. The third requirement is a good bottle of wine worthy of such a pie.

We paired our pizza with a bottle of Diva (2010, Cochise County, AZ, 12.9% ABV) from Sam Pillsbury at Pillsbury Wine Company. Sam’s birthday was this past week and this was also a chance to lift up a glass of one of his best. The 2010 Diva is 92% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah and Sam made 300 cases. The mix of grapes for Diva changes each year, with 2011 seeing the addition of Mourvedre. The 2010 Diva has pronounced blackberry flavors with moderate tannins. All in all, an excellent bottle of wine.


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