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Enjoying some Cabin Fever around the campfire back in March. New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale, Holland, MI I’ve been sitting on this review for 6 plus months. This was my beer of choice will prepping our Thanksgiving Dinner. It went nicely with everything I nibbled on in the kitchen. Later it matched up nicely with the stuffing and left over turkey. I took a few with me when we went camping with Beer Brother Mark earlier this year and enjoyed it around the fire. I enjoyed one while I was grilling up some burgers in early Spring. Each time I took some notes. I have no clue as to where those notes are. When I bought it back in the Fall everyone was having Covid Cabin Fever. Thought it would make a funny puns. But with my next door neighbor dying of Covid I couldn’t find anything clever to…

Savannah River Brewing Beacons Coffee Milk Stout Augusta, GA | 25 IBU, 6% ALC I read the label and saw “coffee, lactose and chocolate.” I was sold plus it was a local brew. What confused me was what to call it? Not sure if the name on the label is hand-drawn or a font. If it’s a font then they need their money back. Trying to read the letters is a bit of a challenge for old farts like me and I’ve been analyzing fonts for the publishing biz for years. After a few minutes I realized the little seashell things weren’t letters. “BEACONS.” I had to check the website to confirm it. I could spend more time reviewing the label or talk about the beer (there is a strange lobster/giant cockroach-like creature and a man with a paddle floating from a lighthouse that reminds me of some of Monty…

When I was a kid, every afternoon at 4pm I would plop down in front of the B&W TV and turn to Channel 2-WSB-TV Atlanta for The Popeye Club starring Officer Don. It was the premier kid’s show in Atlanta and I dreamed of being one of the lucky kids in the studio. One of Officer Don’s favorite games was called Ooey Gooey. He had a giant turning table top that was lined with paper bags filled with Lay’s Potato Chips, Hostess Cupcakes and other goodies from whatever sponsors they had. One bag lacked the goodies and contained something more sinister. With great ceremony Officer Don would add raw eggs, chocolate syrup, and I sort of remember mustard. They would blindfold a kid and spin the table. They would stick in their hands in one of the bags and either get prizes or “OOEY GOOEY.” Which all the kids in…

I found Angry Chair Untitled Art Loaded French Toast Imperial Stout at Toast. Sounded sweet and malty and I thought buying a single would protect me from buying a 6 of something that was too-over-the top. I decided to drink it on a nibble night where we had a summer sausage and some veggies. Not sure if I’ve ever been more confused by a label on a beer can. After visiting the Untitled Art website I’m not sure if I found a brewery, a specialty water canner or an artist colony. They don’t have much in the way of “About Us” so I can just surmise that they might be gypsy brewers who live vicariously thru collaboration. They list 21 collaborating brewers including Angry Chair. Since their website has a 2019 copyright on some pages I’m not sure keeping their website up to date is a priority so I can…

The Fall pretty much sucked for actually celebrating Oktoberfest with COVID-19 and all. I bought several to sample just didn’t get around to it. When Mrs. Dan had a hankering for some sauerkraut I thought this was an opportunity to whittle down the beer out in the garage. Guess we are having a Februfest. The Wild Heaven Fest Beer was my favorite but it isn’t the Märzen-style brew I’ve typically experienced. I have no true Oktoberfest experiences to compare it to but I’ve had several who have tell me which brews are similar to their German experience. The Wild Heaven is darker and maltier. It satisfies my dark/slightly sweet palate. It does have a slight touch of bittering hoppy toward the end on the first sip but that seems to go way after your taste buds get zapped with the first few sips. I could drink this all year round.…

Tricky (rabbit) Cabernet Franc Carmenèré Reserva 2015: Valle del Maule, Chile I ‘m drinking cheap leading up to Christmas because I had not planned on buying a new dishwasher. Our dishwasher broke back in August. We have one of those expensive home warranties (2-10) and well… it has been a few months of hell. Mrs. Dan wouldn’t marry me 20 years ago until I got the dishwasher at my old house fixed. 20 years later and it was basically get it fixed or sleep outside. I had faith in the warranty we had bought. We didn’t hear from the local repair folks for almost 2 months. When they did show I paid $100 and said they needed parts…..Well four months in and it still doesn’t work. I won’t bore you with the details. Bottom-line is that it’s 4 days till Christmas and I’ve been told there will be a working…

I brought home the bacon Friday. But then again so did a lot of other beer lovers. Oconee Brewing’s much-hyped Bacon & Kegs Red Ale, a bacon-infused red ale, was released Friday evening to those who were lucky enough to pre-order the 1,200 4-packs or come to the brewery to taste it on tap and take home a growler or two. This was a collaboration between Oconee Brewing and Waffle House. The label features a Waffle House-style sign whose letters have been changed to Bacon & Kegs. The backside features a small Waffle House. The folks working behind the taps Friday night were wearing Waffle House sweatshirts. Upfront at the loading dock door they had a small tent set up where folks could stop by and pick up their pre-ordered 4-packs. According to the ladies handling the pre-orders, there was a line waiting for the 4 pm start (I missed…

Sinful Grin Petite Sirah 2018California I am in the mood for cheap. So tonight we are having $7.99 wine with a $3 salad kit and blueberries from Lidl paired up with a Publix $6.99 lemon pepper rotisserie chicken. This is one good, but very inexpensive meal. Mrs. Dan and I were at Lidl last Sunday afternoon and I naturally wandered over to their wine aisle. When they first opened years ago their wine display was fancy and had everything displayed by value and was pretty snazzy. No wines you’ve ever heard of but they were pretty good. Now it’s down to some simple shelves and about 1/2 the selection of different wines. Cheap is still the mainstay here. I saw this one lonely bottle, the only thing on the shelf, and it called to me. The fact it was under $8 had something to do with it too. I got…

Casillero del Diablo Red Blend 2017D.O Central Valley, Chile | Casillero del Diablo. I t’s been a while since I posted a Cheap Wine Bastard review. Matter of fact a year and a month. So today I was inspired. I was navigating around my fellow gray hairs on senior discount day at Publix (making sure I followed the correct direction with the COVID one-way Street Plan they have). I saw a couple of wines on sale that were at my price point…. under $10. With $1.20 off this one came in at $9.89. Sold. I’ve always like Casillero del Diablo, or at least the story behind it. I doubt I would spend more than $15 for their wine unless it had sparkling reviews…but I never read reviews before I buy so that’s not going to happen. Most of the places I buy wine wouldn’t have their more expense wines anyway.…

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