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Czech monastery relaunches lost beer recipe

I've heard this story of IPA originating with voyages from Britain to India were legend and not based on documented history..

Jul 25, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Champagne with salt???

Isn't it sort of like the same dynamic that occurs w/ pairing say salty french fries, chips or popcorn w/ champagne?

Jun 30, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

The Connoisseur’s Way to Pair Food With Beer

Yes, and you could serve foie gras, game, or duck w/ the port, Sauternes, dark sherry and Eiswein. The Sauternes and Eiswein could also tame spicy cuisine. Maiwein would be good w/ simple pork dishes.

Jun 21, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

The Connoisseur’s Way to Pair Food With Beer

As I always like to remind people, when it comes to pairing wine is more than just red and white. There's dark raisiny sherries, herbed Maiwein, port, honeyed Sauternes, Eiswein ...

Jun 21, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer
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Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

So if you are at a picnic or BBQ and the temperature gets mighty warm you refrain from beer?

Jun 18, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Wine People

What I find strange are wine people in the beverage industry who still look down their noses as beer. For example I recall being at a whole foods on St Pats (it was a Saturday afternoon) and asking one of the servers in the pub area "hey you have your first pint of Guinness yet?" He paused, looked at me in near disbelief and stated coldly "I'm a wine drinker" and carried on about his business. To me today beer and ciders offer enough that they shouldn't be dismissed off hand by wine drinkers.,

Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

Like what?

Jun 15, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Hop shortage threatens craft beer

So why is our hop production concentrated in one area? The American hop belt extends across the entire northern half of the country. Isn't this an opportunity for US farmers? Wouldn't having hops and other ingridients grown closer to the source express the local character of the beer?
Just some thoughts

Jun 15, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

That's an overstatement. Mica has an ambitious menu. Outside of center city you aren't gonna get 3 or 4 Micas in one neighborhood.
For neighborhood spots Heirloom, Thai Kuu, Paris, Campbell's are all worthwhile.
Not every meal has to be a revelation.

Jun 11, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Looking at the menu Birchrunville appears to have the same ambition as places like Bibou; as well as it being apparently a tougher reservation. This led me to the comparison w/ Bibou.

Jun 11, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

I agree. If Birchrunville is on level w/ Bibou (which it appears to be) it will far exceed Paris Bistro, etc. Bibou is one of the best restaurants in the city.

Jun 11, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Burchrunville reminds me of Bibou in South Philly. I wouldn't compare Paris Bistro, Bistro La Minette, Parc, etc to Bibou. These are different levels of cooking

Jun 11, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

No I haven't. I looked at the menu. Looks good. What do you typically have there?

Jun 10, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Yeah it's a Philadelphia institution.
My question was a little tongue in cheek. Were the others diners put off by the menu, or were they comfortable w/ the choices and disappointed by what they were served?

Jun 10, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Trattoria Moma (Mt Airy) has delivered on all of our visits there.
I'm not saying it's Vetri but the house made gnocchi w/ duck ragu, veal shank, lamb sausage are all outstanding for neighborhood Italian.

Jun 09, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Where do the other diners in your party regularly eat french bistro food. Always looking for better places.

Jun 09, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

May Wine?

So your answer is you aren't aware of any.

May 29, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

May Wine?

Is there any literature on this that you'd suggest?

May 29, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

May Wine?

What are "taste hallucinations"?

May 28, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

May Wine?

Is a winemaker using herbs to make his/her wine more "palatable" much different than using oak or sugar?

May 28, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

May Wine?

I like Maiwein. It's festive. Nice w/ fruit.
And I'll add that I've gotten into discussions comparing diversity of flavors between wine and beer in the past. It's often assumed that beer has a broader flavor profile than wine. I like to remind people that wine can include herbed flavors (as well as many others comparable to beer) using Maiwein as an example.

May 27, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Wine ettiquette question

If you are out to dinner or having dinner at friends and are offered wine but you don't drink wine is it rude to accept a full pour but then never drink it?

Thanks

May 19, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

CAMRA urges action to save UK pubs

Have had their mild several times and do enjoy it.

May 14, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer
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CAMRA urges action to save UK pubs

It's unfortunate but as others have said times do change. My hope tho' is that w/ this decline in pubs in England that we won't see a decline in traditional styles being produced out of Britain as well. Ordinary and Best Bitters, mild, ESB are among my favorites and aren't duplicated (or duplicated well often) outside Britain.

May 10, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer
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Tea bag turns cheap lager into craft brew

And even if it did taste good you still run the risk of looking like a snob if you pulled one out at bar or tailgating.

Apr 24, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Tea bag turns cheap lager into craft brew

All those spices without the malt backbone will probably taste outta balance tho'. Like one of those thin pumpkin beers.

Apr 23, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer
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beers with arabic lettering on the labels?

Aren't we using Arabic numbers all the time?

Apr 10, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer
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Searching for good egg rolls!

Jing Fong was top on our list but was closed for renovations the day we went so we ended up at Golden Unicorn.

Apr 07, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Searching for good egg rolls!

Where in NY? I've been to Golden Unicorn on E Broadway. Thought it was weak.

Apr 07, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Searching for good egg rolls!

Ok where do you and your Asian partner go in Philly for Dim Sum?

Apr 07, 2015
Chinon00 in Philadelphia