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  1. a long time ago I went to the original shake shack location (which opened during his time at emp) and asked them who came up with the original shack burger recipe. they called a manager, who went in the back, came back, and told me kerry heffernan came up with it.
  2. tap beer @ other half! other half has a pretty enticing set of new releases celebrating their upcoming 8th anniversary. most of these sold out pretty quickly, so this are mostly small draft pours. citra ipa - this is a throwback to their original single hop series, and is a little bit more new england than the way I remember it, 8th anniversary collaborative imperial ipa (west) great notion and monkish - this is a nice example of what they do so well, overly sweet hop juice with no malt and a bare minimum of bitterness, 8th anniversary collaborative ipa (east) trillium & lawsons - like the
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    NFL 2021-2022

    those were two great games.
  4. finback incarnation 2021 barrel aged imperial stout with coffee and maple imperial snacky stout with invisible force columbia huila acevedo, and maple. aged in bourbon barrels - 13% abv. this is pretty much as you'd expect it to be given the other stouts they've released this winter - the adjuncts are really well done and definitely over power the barrels, the coffee maple flavor is easy to like, there's a little bit of bourbon and apparent alcohol in the finish but I'm pretty sure my kids would drink this, blah blah blah.
  5. brasserie fantome the coffee ruby very bitter taste original 1 time brew darker than habitual - 8% abv. this is even weirder than last night's beer. it's a fairly dark shade of brown and is pretty highly carbonated. there is some dark roast coffee notes with some odd herbal stuff underneath and a fair amount of bitterness that doesn't really taste like hops. the weird herbal stuff tastes a lot like last night's beer, only there was more of it last night, and this gives way to the coffee and some lemon etc. recommended. eta: I'm increasingly certain this has some caffeine in it. ugh.
  6. brasserie fantome strange ghost 1 brew dark triple version - 7.5% abv. I can't find much about this particular beer on line, but I did find this older write up of the brewery that paints the brewer as a sort of abe like character (polarizing, self taught, weird) who is very secretive about the type of yeast he uses but doesn't even bother to try some of the beer he makes and prefers soda to beer. the article, which is from 2016, also says that there's some consistency issues that I've never noticed. I'm not sure how to classify this - while it is dark it's nothing like a traditional triple, a
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    NFL 2021-2022

    I don’t think the call against williams that prolonged the game gets made in other circumstances.
  8. omnipollo ice creamy white chocolate tangerine double india pale ale brewed with coca nibs, white chocolate, tangerine & milk sugar - brewed by twelve percent, north haven, ct, 8% abv. this is the fourth version of this I've had, the first used mango and was a really nice mix of bitterness and the adjuncts, but the peach and strawberry ones were a cloying mess. this is somewhere in between, the coca comes through a lot more clearly than it did in the other versions, the tangerine flavor is well done, and it arguably tastes like hops, and so on, but the striking thing is how normal this see
  9. evil twin brewing new york city freudian slip barley wine conditioned on oak and vanilla - 10.3% abv. this is one of a handful of older beers from the two roads days that were brewed again. this is an odd choice for that, evil twin never really made that many barley wines and I never saw the original version of this around too much. the original was a fairly straight forward american style barley wine. this has the same abv as the original version, which is interesting because it tastes like it spent a lot of time in the sine qua non wine barrels that are used on a some of the even more jesus
  10. prairie artisan ales barrel aged moose boots barrel aged imperial stout with maple syrup, toasted almonds, and vanilla - brewed at krebbs brewing, like every prairie beer I've come across, 13.4% abv. I let my kids pick out some ice cream the other day, and while I was finishing the pint of milk bar cornflake marshmallow cookie dough ice cream I was surprised that I'd never used milk bar as a reference point fo the kind of tooth breaking pseudo nostalgia that you find in this kind of beer, although this I guess this kind of beer didn't really exist the last time I had those cookies. this is a l
  11. I had it just before the original red hook tavern chef left and didn't like it that much, which is also how I felt about the similar one she was serving at lot2. I'll probably revisit the lot2 one sooner rather than later.
  12. de dolle oerbier "wet & strong" - cans from the b-united tanker project, 8% abv. as I've mentioned quite a few times the b-united tanker project ships beer to connecticut in temperature controlled tanks, which allows one to purchase very fresh european beer here in new york. freshness clearly matters a lot for some of the lagers they sell, which isn't surprising, but I think it also works really well here, in what's probably a strong belgian dark ale according to the style guidelines. apparently the oer in the name is a play on old and ur, which makes sense because this is a version of the
  13. I think the burger is still worthwhile. do they have to offer a better product in japan?
  14. westbrook brewing company 11th anniversary imperial stout brewed with cocoa nibs and caramel - 11% abv. I don't see as much westbrook around as I used to, and probably haven't had anything since their last anniversary release, but they're always adjunct heavy stouts and I usually like them well enough. this one isn't great though, the caramel flavor is a little burnt and everything seems a little thin compared to the rest of the stouts I've had this winter.
  15. I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve had from them, baked or not. the croissants are probably my favorite thing they have.
  16. I believe you got bad bread there but I’ve been there dozen of times without that happening.
  17. have you had the one at winner?
  18. hoof hearted brewing south of eleven double india pale ale - brewed by two hearted in ohio, 10.2% abv. as hoof hearted continues to transition from a gypsy label brewed by the twelve percent beer project to a brewer distributed by twelve percent I get more and more convinced that the label art isn’t the real reason that twelve percent chose to work with hoof hearted. ipas above 10% are almost always intrinsically flawed, but beers with this abv have a tendency to taste better as you drink more of them, and this doesn’t taste anywhere near as bitter as it did when I opened the first can. I pref
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    the best bbq I’ve ever had was some place in tenneessee I found using a version of that book. just across the border from the south west tip of virginia iirc.
  20. I knew joe would get my iggy joke.
  21. hop butcher for the world double blazed orange citra & strata-hopped milkshake double india pale ale brewed with oranges & vanilla - 9.5% abv. hop butcher for the world is a chicago area brewery that the internet tells me is the best maker of hazy ipas in the chicago area. I think they’ve been sending beer here for a while but this is the first time I’ve had it. this is an opaque shade of slightly muddy orange and has a pretty thick mouthfeel that’s pretty similar to the other half oat cream beers. this is even sweeter than their stuff though, there’s a lot of vanilla here and orange f
  22. wouldn’t want to be your dog.
  23. prairie artisan ales double vanilla noir barrel aged stout with madagascar and tahitian vanilla - 13.4% abv. this is pretty much exactly as described - there’s a bunch of vanilla at first, which are followed by some bourbon and a bunch of flavors often associated with roasted malt - coffee, milk chocolate, and toffee, along with an unexpected raspberry flavor. this is pretty smooth and easy to drink, but the flavors aren’t as crisp and well defined as the similar finback beers I had a few weeks ago.
  24. lawson's finest liquids triple sunshine triple ipa - 10.5% abv. I've had this on tap a few times over the last few years, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen this for sale in cans around here. as the name suggests this is the larger version of their sip of sunshine dipa that was one of the early "vermont style" double ipas that were readily available here. sip, which was always brewed at two roads and varies considerably from batch to batch, was never that close to where the ne ipa ended up, but it also seems more modern than the rest of the lawsons beers that have shown up he
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