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#582

Happy new year to the silent and seated from the land of the rising sun!
A bit early, since at this rate we might not be conscious for the actual “ball-drop.” But we do hope to make it to the end of the traditional “Kohaku” music battle broadcast.

Tonight I am drinking sake, specifically “Dassai 39.”

Courtesy of my currently snoring brother-in-law. Dassai is one of the “famous” sake, in that those who drink sake would almost universally agree that it is a "good one. " The 39 signifies that it is a daiginjo grade(there are quite a few grades in the Dassai line), a sake made from rice milled so that only a small percentage of the inner rice grain remains. The exact percentage required to be classified as daiginjo is codified(although I do not remember the exact numbers, no do I remember the method of codification). But the “39” in the name of this sake has always been a suspiciously exact number in my mind. It signifies that the sake has been made with the remaining 39 percent of the milled rice grain. But I have my doubts that rice milling is that exact.
Marketing aside, it is delicious. I highly reccomend Dassai, in whatever grade you can find it.


#583

Wikipedia to the rescue!

Look as though the two daiginjō grades are the highest.


#584

They are. And the Dassai I am currently finishing drinking is a Junmai-daiginjo. The “highest grade.” But as the Wikipedia article indicates, anything above 50% milled is qualified as daiginjo so the rest is mostly marketing.


#585

I have been drinking lots of Pedialyte. No, I don’t have a monster hangover, but I am feeling like I’m coming down with a cold. So…yeah. It’s just a whirlwind of excitement down my way. :sweat_smile:


#586

I bought 6 different beers in a choose your own 6 pack situation. I liked many of them and failed to learn their names. Hopefully I’ll recognize the bottles of the ones I like next time I go beer shopping.

I think someone here suggested this. Thanks for the tip. Hopefully I’ll do better next time.

Since then - Jack and Coke Zero.


#587

Ah, well you’d better go back and buy another six pack before you forget what the bottles looks like. And then another. And then you become a beer enthusiast.


#588

In the email your message was cut off at the end and I was excited about the prospect of becoming a beer ent. I imagined being a tree man with hops growing off me.


#589

Yeungling Black and Tan, a fire on a really-not-all-that-cold Alabama winter night, and a good book about WWII for me!


#590

Monday night I found an American Wild Ale that I liked called “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” made by Une Anne. I liked it a lot, a taste of limes but not overly sour. Goes down easy I really enjoyed it.I also enjoyed Victory’s Golden Monkey, a good Belgian Tripel. Kinda like drinking a lightly flavored banana bread.


#591

Finally opened one of my Christmas gifts. It’s a rather pleasant blend that starts like The Dalwhinnie, but has a surprisingly peaty finish. The background is really interesting too.

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#592

I did the Bermondsey mile yesterday. Only 8 of the 18 pubs, but if you live in or around London, and you enjoy craft beer, then do yourselves a very large favour and get down to Cloudwater Tap at 73 Enid Street. Absolutely outstanding beers. I intend on going back, but starting from the FourPure end, not the Southwark Brewing end.

And if you’re not from the UK, and you find yourself in London on a Saturday, get yourself on down. They’re all breweries in railway sidings and all the beer is terrific. They’re only open at the same time on a Saturday.

There’s a website dedicated to it if you use your favourite search engine for Bermondsey Beer Mile.


#593

8 out of 18 is still f#[email protected] impressive if you managed your way home under your own volition. A pint at each is certainly worth a journeyman’s effort.

(I in no way claim to be a professional pub-crawler.)


#594


Yummy!


#595

Oooh, I think I’ve had that! I like a good icewine.


#596

Well, a friend brought this over, and i consumed it quite blithely, having not really noted the 11.7% !!! Alcohol content. I’ll be honest: Internet, old pal, I’m basically drunk dialing you.


#597

Holy heck, where did your friend find that?!?! I’d buy it for the bonkers “Rat Fink” Ed Roth-style art alone.

(And also the 11.7% ABV, I won’t lie).


#598

Everyone who likes coffee and imperial stouts should get their paws on Mavka from Siren Craft. It’s one of the best beers I’ve had.


#599

She found it at our local semi-hip beer emporium here in Echo Park, Los Angeles. I believe they are a San Diego brewery. There’s a long-overdue beer renaissance going on in SoCal right now and it’s a real pleasure to be a consumer at times like these.


#600

I enjoyed of bottle of Dragon’s Milk reserve, Chocolate Orange. I was hesitant about buying this but I loved it. Very smooth, and the chocolate orange flavor is a natural addition to the regular dragons milk flavor. I may buy a full pack of them when I get a chance.


#601

It’s the Siren Craft Tap Yard’s 1st birthday on Saturday, where they have a skittle alley, giant Janga, giant Connect 4 and some very, very lovely brews on tap. I will be taking Crossing with me to entertain the small people, and will report back with the wares they have.

They may even have Mavka on draft. I know I mentioned it not two posts above. It’s a coconut coffee maple stout, and it’s very impressive, given I like neither coffee nor coconut in their native forms. Should be a cheeky three hours of a Saturday afternoon!