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Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout The thing I hate about August and September is the arrival of Octoberfest and Fall pumpkin beers. It’s still hitting in the 90’s out there. It isn’t Fall yet. This is like in my younger days when the June Playboy arrived in April. But come to think of it that wasn’t all that bad. So I was in Toast and saw they had Southern Tier’s Pumking and Warlock side-by-side and of course they sell by the bottle so I wouldn’t have to invest $25 for a taste (they come in 4 packs). There are way to many Fall beers for me to try buying in fours, sixes or larger in order to try them. I would gain 100 pounds and be broke. I can’t get the Beer Brothers together to drink the leftovers. These cost me $3.79 a bottle. Face…

I remember entering Wine World back in 2009 when we started BottleReport. Meeting Dick and Sally Benjamin was memorable but I think I remember Dale Siliko the most. He was one of the kindest, most soft-spoken people I had ever met. His knowledge of wines was extraordinary. He was able to recommend a pretty good wine for my usual price point. He was with Wine World for 14 years. He was a fixture at the seminars, ever precise in pouring for the attendees. Never too much, never too little. He was usually the one to pour for the evening’s presenter. When you made a credit card purchase he had this little move where he would flip your card around to present it back, almost like a swordsman swooshing his sword into a salute. He was devoted to his wife of 54 years, Sue, who was always at the shop greeting…

2nd City Single Barrel Bourbon | Augusta, GA This is not a celebratory drink. This is not really a review. This is a remembrance. Today is my anniversary leaving the COVID Ward at University Hospital. I was one of the lucky ones. My next door neighborhood, Dr. Robert Turner, a wonderful man, died while I was there. I remember lying in my hospital bed crying when I heard he had passed because I knew he had died alone. I was lucky in that I was there only long enough to get my breathing stabilized. Six days. It was the 3 weeks after I got home that was living hell for me and my family. The steroids they treated me with made me a bit nuts. I was so lucky to have a family who loved me and helped me pull through it. I really don’t want to rehash the hell…

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…

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