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South Shore Iced Coffee

Thanks for ideas despite how old my post was! I just went to the Mud House and the coffee was so good. I drink my iced coffee black so there is no covering up crappy beans. I am excited to try Stars and McKenna now as well. I wish these places were on my way to work but I will be making the trip back to the Mud House a few times a month now since I only work ten minutes away.

Fresh Breadfruit

Does anyone know a place that carries breadfruit. I had it for the first time over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Preferably south of Boston. Thanks!

Speed's Closed until May?!?

Curse you twitter!

Speed's Closed until May?!?

Just took my monthly pilgrimage to speeds and the truck was not there! I immediately checked the website and it says he is closed until May 1st for truck and trailer repairs. I didn't see a thread on this and I'm not sure when it started because I haven't been since last month. Just wanted to prevent people from making a trip over there all to be heartbroken haha.

Hot Dogs: the Definitive List.

JoeC, I did have the dog with the onions. I did one completely plain and one with onions. The onion one was much better than the other one but still wasn't tops in my book for hotdogs. If I recall, it was the bun that was the worst part. Everytime I go somewhere I have atleast one dog completely plain because I feel like the base dog should be good and the toppings should then make it great. Plus that is what I use as a tie breaker between places.

For example my top dog places are:

Speeds
Frank's
Windy City
Sullivans
Caswells
Simco's
White Hut

However my ranking when using the Top Dog, if you will is:
Schnurble, Franks
Loaded Speed, Speeds
Mr. Bob/Chili Cheese Dog, Windy City
Super Dog, Caswells
Chili Cheese Dog, Simco's
Plain Sully Dog, Sullivans
Fried onion dog, White Hut

Continuing the search for my beer white whales...

Thanks everyone! I will check out some of the places mentioned for sure. I was able to pick up some of the Naked Evil at the store in the city. I know the CBS is a crapshoot but I really feel like there has to be an Abacus collecting dust in some backwoods store!

Continuing the search for my beer white whales...

Is that on State street? I sent my friend to various places in the city and I think he found a bottle at that place just yesterday! Thanks for the heads up, I really appreciate it.

Sierra Celebration 2011 WTF?

It's funny how sensitive people seem to be about the different trends in craft beer. I'm pretty sure that what I said was taken out of context or not understood. First, I used small in quotations to imply it really isn't small but it is smaller than some of the huge beers that are becoming common place. Plus, I was using small in the contexts of cellaring if you actually read my post. I don't know anyone who would cellar a 4% abv beer because they just aren't built to hold up. I said that Celebration does cellar decently for not being huge. The reason the beer isn't available all year round is the fresh hops so it's intended to be drank fairly quickly otherwise they could just brew more and age it like a lot of breweries are doing this.

I don't think my tastes represent the majority of the craft market but if that is all you are looking for then Sam Adams better be one of your favorites because that is a large majority of the craft minority. I just drink what I like whether it is a 100+ ibu hop bomb, a 12%+ monster RIS, or a regular SNPA.

Jan 19, 2012
scubahood10 in Beer

Sierra Celebration 2011 WTF?

Not that I actually care about a beer's original gravity unless I am homebrewing, how can that not be considered small? I have been enjoying Firestone Walker beers and those are huge but so smooth.

Jan 18, 2012
scubahood10 in Beer

Continuing the search for my beer white whales...

Thanks for all the replies!

I find that while there are a lot of benefits of BA forums, this type of request isn't normally in that category. Without going into too much detail I am a bit over the attitudes and ridiculous pricing of trades and the sort. And while there is definitely some overlap of users, chowhound has less people that comment on beers but normally higher quality comments.

I understand some of these esp the CBS are long shots but last week I posted about parabola and FW 14th and even though no one specifically pointed me to them, I still found them which was a bit surprising. And as a couple comments point out...there is always a chance!

I will have to make it out to framingham to check out that place. And as jgg13 mentions...you can increase your chances of finding something rare on the shelf outside of the greater boston area. I have heard of crazy stories of super rare beers being "cellared" on the shelf in small stores in maine and once the BAs find out...there is a run like it is black friday!

Continuing the search for my beer white whales...

Since it worked so well the last time I have to give it another go! I am looking to pick up a bottle of Founders CBS, Firestone Walker Abacus, Hopping Frog BA Naked Evil.

Thanks and cheers!

Boston Beer Summit 1/2 price

Thanks! It is weird that the their site doesn't say anything about tickets or admission prices. It does mention you need to buy the beer your self. Does it get pricey?

Boston Beer Summit 1/2 price

I have never heard of NERAX. I will obviously look it up but any additional thoughts or details? I agree that the beer summit is very weak. The best beer that we had there a couple of years ago was Peak Organic IPA. I mean come on! The way we described it is the difference between minor league and major league baseball. Almost all the "big boys" like Sam, Redhook, etc are much better than most of the little ones that go.

Firestone Walker...please

It's like you are a prophet! The FW14 was just tapped at the Union Brewhouse down the street from me in Weymouth. My parabola is cellaring and the 14th was delicious.

Firestone Walker...please

Yeah I saw them there. I have one so far and will probably get one or two more. I am thinking a year would be very nice but I am sure one will be opened much sooner haha.

Firestone Walker...please

Are you talking about the 14th? I found some parabola at Bayview Liquors in Southie so in the spirit of good beer karma, I left a couple after picking up a few!

Beer restaurants in Boston?

This is what I have heard too. I did hear that parts of PA also gets the bottles but you have to know someone because shipments sell out in hours.

Beer restaurants in Boston?

Yes I was using tube steak as "hot dog" but I see how there could be consfusion.

Firestone Walker...please

Yeah I have a 15th Anni that I haven't tried yet. I just really wanted a 14th and a parabola. Thanks for responding!

Firestone Walker...please

Does anyone know where I can get the 14th Anniversary or Parabola? The parabola was a stand out for me last year and would like another bottle and I didn't get to try the 14th. I heard that the 14th was also on tap...is it still around and did parabola make it to draught?

Thanks in advance...cheers!

Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

I wonder if the place in Southie is American Provisions? They have some pretty interesting and tasty stuff there.

Beer restaurants in Boston?

For sure some people view traditional as a key "ingredient" more than others. Personally, my family is mostly polish but we ate zero polish food and I hadn't even heard of a pierogi until I went to college haha. Sometimes there are very valid reasons for sticking with tradition and sometimes it was just economic or cultural factors that forged they way things are done.

Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

Thanks for the update. And yes, can we please find a place that has it year round?

Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

I am assuming this pic is of the cevapi? If so, I must have one! That looks incredible. Do I really need to wait until fall for it?!?

Best Grocery/ Produce in North Quincy/Marina Bay area??

That sounds like a place I will definitely have to check out. Do they have any wursts or chorico?

Best Grocery/ Produce in North Quincy/Marina Bay area??

If you head over to Hingham there is Previte's Meat Market on the Hingham/Weymouth line. It has some of the better meats I have found on the south shore. Plus, there is a Whole Foods in Derby Street (Hingham) in case you needed anything else.

Sierra Celebration 2011 WTF?

Maybe I am biased (see my avatar!) but this is one of my favorite all time beers. This year it was as tasty as ever. I'm sure that part of it is how long I go without having it but there are a few shops that have it into the summer and I find it ages decently for such a "small" beer. I can't imagine it is just the freshness maybe you just aren't a fan anymore. I also had it on tap and it was even better of course.

Jan 10, 2012
scubahood10 in Beer

Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

I still haven't tried the CBS or the KBS. If you ever see it on tap drop me a line! I don't get into the city to drink beers anymore and have found that between my local pub and stores I can get almost anything I want but I will make the trip for something a little more special. I actually wasn't really a fan (compared to the hype) of the regular breakfast stout so we will see.

I am also getting a little annoyed with some of these "rare" or hard to find beers that end up not being worth all the hoopla and can usually be topped by a more common, year round beer. I understand that some are the result of growing pains as small places explode or indgredient shortages but some just seem like power plays.

Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

I didn't try the 14th Anniversary this year but a couple days ago I found the 15th Anniversary. Have you tried that and is it as good?

Zwiebaqck? Where?

I did find this if you are feeling adventurous!

Zwieback Toast
Ingredients:
1/2 c milk
1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c butter -- melted
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground anise or anise flavoring
3 eggs
3 c flour

Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Scald the milk and when lukewarm add to the yeast. Add the sugar, butter, salt, anise and the eggs unbeaten, and enough flour to handle.Let rise until light. Make into 3 inch oblong rolls, place close together in a buttered pan in rows, two inches apart. Let rise again and bake 20 minutes. When cold cut in 1/2 inch slices and brown evenly in the oven. If desired you can ice with a glaze made from confectioner's sugaror dust with confectioner's sugar