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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. 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…

The guys used to spread around the same brews so they could all drink the same thing. Unfortunately one of the spouses wanted their fridges back so our shared brews have come home to roost and we each try something different. Beer Brother Mark touched his German Wisconsin roots with Ayinger Hefeweisen out of Bavaria, Beer Brother Dan enjoyed Legal Remedy’s Plea Bargain Pecan and Brett mixed some Coca-Cola with Benchmark Bourbon.

Camille Braun Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, France Cost: $21-23 I don’t know about you, but I long for the days when we can safely gather with friends, or enjoy a nice restaurant meal. I especially miss wine tasting dinners that combine great wine with perfectly paired food. I am hopeful that all will happen soon, but in the meantime we have to do the best we can to make home meals something special. One of the things that make a meal special for Teri and me is sparkling wine. We always have a bottle of wine with dinner, but a bottle of bubbly makes those dinners feel like special events. Sparkling rosé is even better because there is something bright and festive about pink sparkling wine. Cremant d’Alsace is a great wine for those occasions because you can get a good bottle of wine without breaking the bank. The Camille…

This is the most wonderful time of the year, when the sound of wine corks popping is heard everywhere you go. The last three months of the year, particularly December, are the busiest time for sparkling wine sales. About 40 percent of all sparkling wine is sold in October, November and December. Leaders in the food and beverage industry estimate Americans drink about 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on Dec. 31 alone. So, the odds are good you will be drinking or buying sparkling wine in the next week or two. To help you find your way through the maze of sparkling wine available, we offer here a guide to sparkling wine and some tips on how to appreciate it. Though most Americans think of sparkling wine as primarily for celebrations such as New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, weddings and graduations, it can be enjoyed any time. Sparklers pair…

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…

D o you have questions about fixing the food and pairing the wines for a turkey dinner? Well, Frank Family Wines has answers. They hosted an outstanding virtual wine tasting before Thanksgiving that included a professional chef who offered us many practical tips about preparing the turkey, stuffing and sides. Meanwhile, the Frank Family folks showed us four wines that would be perfect with a Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Christina Machamer’s accolades include winning the fourth season of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and working side-by-side with some of the world’s top chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Thomas Keller. She achieved a Sommelier certification from the Master Court of Sommeliers based in London. Chef Christina has lived in Napa Valley for the past decade where she now works as a personal chef for both wineries and tourists. It may be too late to help with this Thanksgiving, but if you cook a turkey…

Knotty Vines Red Blend 2016, California Cost: $14-16 Don’t you love all the blends we are seeing these days, especially red blends? There have always been traditional blends in places like Bordeaux and Italy, but many of those are under pretty specific guidelines. The new blends can be practically anything, and winemakers are getting creative about what they put together. The only rule is that is has to taste good. The Knotty Vines Red Blend is like that. The predominant grapes are Merlot and Malbec, with a hefty dose of Zinfandel and a splash of Petit Verdot and Syrah. I don’t recall seeing a blend just like that before, but it works. The result is a smooth, sleek wine, with rich fruit flavors. It is a versatile wine that would pair well with a wide variety of food and is great for sipping by itself. The wine is a deep…

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