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In Topic: Dog food

13 February 2019 - 11:02 PM

My cats of course like the fancier cat food, but the kitten happily eats paper too.

In Topic: what beers are you drinking?

11 February 2019 - 10:21 PM


russian river brewing company pliny the elder - 8% abv, bottled 10 days ago.  this is another one of the seminal american ipas and has won as many awards.  I've seen russian river's brewer credited with making the first american double ipa, and this recipe goes back to 2000.  this is somewhere in-between the sierra and grimm beers above it, it's pale yellow in color and not very malty, although the hop notes have a slightly candied character to them.  the hop bill isn't that exotic, amarillo, ctz, centennial, and simcoe are all pretty familiar at this point, but this is a truly exceptional version of a pretty familiar set of flavors.  it's reasonably bitter, and has the same citrus and pine that turns into stone fruit and melon flavor profile that a lot of things do, only it's better than the hundreds of similar beers out there. there's a lot of delicacy and nuance here, and it avoids the flaws you often get with these kind of beers and it's easy to see why this was once regarded as the epitome of american beer.


So in 2014, when Aaron recommended this to me, I said "Pliny the Elder sounds a bit too hoppy & resiny for my tastes".  I'm still not a fan of IPAs, particularly the West Coast ones, but Pliny was way better than I was expecting.  Far more citrus notes and to me, much less of the resiny, bitter overtones. 


Our dinner guest brought us 3 bottles, and we still have one plus a little bit of #2 left.  Pliny the Younger is currently on tap at the brewery, but IMO no beer is worth standing in line for hours for.



I've now tasted Pliny the Younger without having to wait on line for hours.  Today, Gott's Roadside at the Ferry Building is offering it at $5 for 5 oz., provided you buy food.  I went after the lunch rush, bought a hummus and vegetable platter, and got my beer in about 2 minutes.  Now this is really resiny and bitter, though it still manages to be in balance.  The 5 oz. taste was enough for me.  However, I honestly don't see what the fuss is about; I think its relative scarcity is what the drawing card is.

In Topic: Supper

11 February 2019 - 09:22 PM

Baked beans, using RG's Yellow Eye beans (and his recipe) and red cabbage from our garden braised with onions, apples, red wine vinegar, and currants.  The bean recipe calls for bacon, which we didn't add because we'd been eating porky cassoulet for nearly a week, but it needed something salty as both dishes were on the sweet side.

In Topic: The surrealism of everyday life

08 February 2019 - 04:02 PM

Voyager, that was right by you??!!  How scary.

In Topic: Annoyances

08 February 2019 - 04:01 PM

Office building has had no heat since Tuesday, thanks to both boiler pump motors failing at once.  I'm not a big fan of working from home for long stretches--I feel very indolent.  And then yesterday, to add insult to injury, Comcast Internet access went down so I had to park myself at a local cafe/co-working space for several hours.