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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. So out came the brats. I donated a bottle of Leinie’s Oktoberfest to cook them in. Mrs. Dan is big into Keto so she invented a Keto recipe which I might add at a later time. It was very good sauerkraut. 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…

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.…

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break |Denmark (sorta) I ‘ve been on a low-carb diet for the past few weeks. I was trying to get back my pre-Holidays waistline which had expanded with all of the Holiday Cheer. In order to reach my goal I’ve limited my beer and wine consumption to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve been a good boy and for my Wednesday night “snack” I opened a pint of Imperial Doughnut Break that I bought with a 20% discount at Wine World’s closing sale. I had two goals tonight: see if I really like this brew (originally $8.75 per pint can) and go buy more if they have some left–now at 30%; and actually write a beer review, something I’ve been remiss in doing lately. I hope they have some left. I would like to save a can or two to enjoy with Beer Brothers Mark and Brett.…

Victory Summer Love Ale |Downingtown, Pennsylvania I It was 96 damn degrees on Saturday and 98 damn degrees on Sunday. It’s not supposed to get this hot in May. I have been rebuilding our back deck for Mrs. Dan’s birthday (which was a month ago–I got a bit behind). I sawed and cussed and skinned my legs and cussed some more over the poor quality “premium” lumber I bougtht from Lowes. I was hot and sweaty and wishing I had spent some quality time spraying on suntan lotion. After losing about 5 lbs from sweating (literally) and finishing the last board I could barely make it to the back door. As I sat there in a daze, next to the little fridge in the garage, I couldn’t help myself and pulled out a bottle of Victory Summer Love. Right then and there it was the best beer I’ve ever had.…

Jekyll Brewing Redneck Christmas Stout | Alpharetta, GA | B eer Brother Brett gave me a can of this back before Christmas at one of the burn pots. It, along with some other Winter brews, need to be consumed now that Spring is about to spring. I exhausted myself collecting a ton of leaves and doing our neighborhood’s pre-Masters ritual: dodging the pinestraw vendors criss-crossing the neighborhood selling lots of pine straw that looks pretty good but in reality full of trash. I broke down and bought a couple bales and spread them out around the azeleas at the bottom of the driveway. After collecting 10 bags of leaves I was ready for a beer. Mrs. Dan has spent the afternoon getting rid of the pine pollen from the back porch. She wanted a beer as well. I offer her a Jekyll RedNeck Christmas Stout and a Sam Adams Harvest…

Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Virginia Distillery Company| Lovingston, VA I ‘ve lived in Augusta for almost 30 years now and enjoy living here. But I yearn to go back and explore Virginia again, the way I did as a news photographer for the Roanoke Times. The people, the scenic beauty, the history and now the spirits. This past Memorial Day Weekend our family took a ride on the J-611 steam train in Roanoke then spent a day traveling to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. On that day excursion I saw a flyer for the new Virginia Distillery that was opening in Lovingston, Virginia. I still have it on my desk. Lovingston brings backs memories. I remember traveling up US 29 with my camera and a reporter to a little winery near Lovingston that was started up by…

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