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Dog Differences

Point taken...in that scenario, you are definitely correct! :-(

about 3 hours ago
The Professor in General Topics

Four key beer trends for 2015

WOW. The direct opposite of my experience. Most times I went there the place was quite busy. The beers were exemplary lagers of various types and the food was very good as well.
Strange to me that the Heartland brewpub nearby to the old Zip City is still in operation and seems to be thriving despite beers that are nowhere near the same league and quality as Zip.

In my days on the road (in show bizzz) I visited scores of brewpubs over the years and with the exception of perhaps three or four establishments, I found most brewpub beer to be consistently sadly inferior--including the one that is within walking distance from my home :-(
Zip City was definitely one of the rare exceptions. Another great NYC one was the Manhattan Brewery (most especially when Mark Witty was brewmaster...the beers there took a real hit when Mark left). It too was probably just ahead of it's time

Here's a link to an article published at the time of Zip City's closing:
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/NYC%27s...

about 3 hours ago
The Professor in Beer

I eat it my way

I do as well!
But I then eat the white stuff separately afterwards. :-0

about 13 hours ago
The Professor in General Topics
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Dog Differences

How sad for you. :-(
But...to each his own. :-)

about 13 hours ago
The Professor in General Topics

Four key beer trends for 2015

I often wonder what became of their brewmaster, Jeff Sillman. Interesting guy who always reminded me of a younger version of the actor Keenan Wynn (in look, voice, and carriage).
I had a number of great conversations with him that were both interesting and educational. He seemed a bit wary when we first met and I mentioned that I was a longtime homebrewer, but I guess I must have asked him all of the right questions about the setup at Zip City and his process, and it led to a lengthy and most informative dialog.
The beers being made at Zip City, the Vernon Valley Brewery and the the very short lived Red Bank Brewing Co. (the latter two both in NJ) were the only domestic beers that actually tasted authentically German.
Zip City should have survived...the beers were exemplary, the food very good, and the prices fair. Maybe it's because New York City is a tough town, or maybe the place was just a bit ahead of it's time. Inasmuch as I generally hate brewpubs and the beer they make, this one did everything right ...except, I suppose, make enough of a profit
to survive. :-/

about 13 hours ago
The Professor in Beer

I eat it my way

1) My preferred way with PBJ sandwiches is to make them on good rye bread (preferably seeded) and with good apricot conserves instead of 'jelly'
2) "crispy" bacon is a major fail to me.
3) I hate beer that is served at freezing temperatures in a frozen glass. Since most commercial beer is far too 'fizzy', I usually give it a vigorous stir with a spoon to release some of the excess carbonation (especially important with very highly hopped IPA and the like...too much carbonation and too cold of a temperature utterly kills the flavor).

Other than that, I'm not a fussy person.
No, really...I'm not.

Four key beer trends for 2015

Definitely nice to see some brewers focusing on lagers these days. Lager can really showcase a brewer's true level of skill (or lack of it). In this new world of so many new beers aiming to be an explosion of over-the-top flavors and elevated ethanol (not to mention some fusions of very unconventional ingredients), a beautifully balanced traditional lager can really be a revelation (and sometimes, a real relief).
In the 'first wave' of the small brewer revolution (35+ years ago) there were actually a number of micros focusing on lagers, and many of them were quite good. There was even a brewpub in NYC (Zip City Brewing) that specialized in lagers and made some exemplary ones (and brewpub beers rarely measure up to any particularly high standard these days).

1 day ago
The Professor in Beer
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Dog Differences

When I was in college in Iowa (circa 1970) they were most commonly referred to as "tube steaks".

Dog Differences

Tubed meat of any kind is a gift from the gods.

Dog Differences

I felt that way until I went to school in the midwest in the early 70s. Everyone seemed to be putting ketchup on their hot dogs so I figured "when in rome..." (or in this case, when in Storm Lake)and tried it. To this day, 45 years later and back in NJ, while I still prefer just a schmeer of either brown or dijon mustard, I'll still do a ketchup dog now and then...and still enjoy it.

Four key beer trends for 2015

Interesting. I've been homebrewing for a fairly long time and find myself brewing more now than ever, since the stuff in the stores is about three to four times the cost of the homebrew, and the vast majority of it (especially lately) really isn't any better than the homebrew.

Mar 04, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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What is a "proper pour" for different beers and ale?

The 13 oz pint has actually already arrived. It's pretty much what you wind up with in places that use the gimmicky Sam Adams glass. Not sure if Boston Brewing represents it as a pint glass, but most places I've been to that use it sell it as a pint.

Feb 28, 2015
The Professor in Beer

What is a "proper pour" for different beers and ale?

You're right about that. I guess it's not that big of a deal since it's easier to warm up a 'too cold' beer in the glass as opposed to chilling down a beer that is already poured.
I remember having a few glasses of ale at the Rose and Crown pub at Epcot Center around 25 years ago. When I asked about the serving temperature of the beer, the bartender said "no worries" and after he poured my pint, he inserted a metal cylinder of some sort into the glass for a few seconds. The result was a perfect pint at a civilized temperature.

Feb 22, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Perhaps he feels (as I have long felt) that "craft" is little more than a marketing term these days. The term was probably originally meant to imply higher quality, but it's most certainly not always the case these days.

Besides, brewing in general is a craft ;-)

Feb 21, 2015
The Professor in Beer

What is a "proper pour" for different beers and ale?

No definitive answer...it all depends on how _you_ like your beer.
Personally. with most American beers (particularly American "craft" beer) I like a vigorous pour since most commercial beer is too carbonated for my tastes.
Actually, it amazes me how many supposed 'beer specialty bars'(and even brewpubs and brewery taprooms) serve _all_ of their beers too fizzy and too cold.

Feb 21, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Elysian Brewing Is About to Sell its Soul to Anheuser-Busch

"Sometimes"---yes.
"Usually"---no.

Feb 21, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Interesting. I live in a university town and my 'local' was actually one of the east coast's pioneering "good beer" bars. Perhaps I don't go there quite as often as I once did, but when I do it's interesting to observe the unusually high volume of bottled Budweiser being consumed there, predominately by the _younger_ patrons.
I once politely asked one of the Bud drinkers why they chose bottled Bud over the dozen+ very good "craft" offerings on draft. The answer was simple and immediate: "...those beers have too much flavor..."

So from what I observe, age doesn't have very much to do with it. When I was in college in the late 60s/early 70s, I was only drinking IPA, Bock beer, and when I could afford it, the occasional imported ale or Maerzen. And my friends thought I was nuts.

Feb 21, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

I agree that their hotdogs are not too bad, but their other products are usually nothing particularly noteworthy (and _always_ overpriced). They really are more about marketing than anything else.
Fortunately, there are other much better and more economical options, at least here in the NY/NJ area.

Feb 17, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Interesting observation, especially considering that back in the day, Schaeffer actually had a bit more character than a lot of the other American lagers did. It wasn't the taste explosion that many current day beers are, but I really wouldn't call it "swill"...although the beer currently sold under the Schaeffer brand name (which bears no resemblance to the original) would certainly deserve that classification.

Feb 15, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Local butcher shop hot dogs are still generally the best. Such shops are disappearing at a sad, alarming rate, but thankfully there are still some to be had here in NJ.

Feb 15, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Growing up on the East Coast, I never considered putting ketchup on a hot dog until I spent a few years at a college in Iowa. Apparently the practice was fairly common out there and I figured, "...when in Rome..."

I guess I still prefer a bit of mustard on a hot dog (or if it is a really good hot dog, nothing at all) but once in a while I'll do the ketchup.
It still tastes good.
And so does mustard on a hamburger.

Feb 15, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

The whine of the craft-beer children

I agree.
Still, the article makes some good points.
I still think that all of the controversy over it is kind of ridiculous.

Feb 06, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

I LOVE onion sandwiches. Sliced onion (especially sweet onion) on crusty bread or roll, with a light shmeer of mayo. :-)

Feb 05, 2015
The Professor in Home Cooking

Bud's Super Bowl Anti Craft Beer Commercial

I agree. All the brewhaha about it on the beer forums is just goofy.

Feb 02, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Bud's Super Bowl Anti Craft Beer Commercial

I thought it was pretty damned funny.
And pretty effective, evidently...it sure has sparked a lot of discussion in some of the beer forums. LOL.

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Feb 01, 2015
The Professor in Site Talk
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Campbell's tomato soup date

I'm sure it is fine. Like most packaged foods, the date is probably a "best by" date. These dates are usually quite conservative and not an indicator of food safety.

There's too much obsession about these package dates. It's even a bit shocking how much perfectly good food goes to waste because of misinterpretation of these dates. :-(

Feb 01, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

"Bar S Beef Franks": has anyone tried them?

Not sure how I wound up giving the reply a thumbs up (I had a clumsy thumb, I guess)...but just want to say that I'm certain that the Bar-S franks sold for 99 cents in many supermarkets (and as low as 50 cents sometimes at WalMart) are _not_ all beef. They would be more expensive if they were.
The all beef ones are definitely a few dollars more, and no better than their crappy poultry laden so called "classic" dogs.

Feb 01, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

best ny style eggroll

Yeah, you're right. I suppose I was a little bit over the top...but really, Panda is to Chinese food what Olive Garden is to Italian.
Maybe not quite as awful as Olive Garden.

But in the end, I think I'd still take the grungiest Chinese takeout place over Panda Express.

Jan 30, 2015
The Professor in Manhattan

best ny style eggroll

Any insults heard regarding Panda Express probably have more to do with what they've done to Chinese food.

Jan 30, 2015
The Professor in Manhattan