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Monthly Archives: January 2009

What a way to bring me back into the world of the drinking… My 30 days were up a little more than a week ago and I needed a good way to reintroduce myself back into the booze world.

First, was the “Dogfloydapalooza”. Basically a party to celebrate the coming together of Three Floyds and Dogfish Head to create the beer called “Popskull” I was fortunate enough to be asked to work the door, so that was all good…

popskull

Dogfloydapalooza

Fun was had by all…

The next night was even better…

Brewmaster Dinner

Back of Ticket

We’re talking about 6 courses of GREAT food paired with two beers each… One from Dogfish Head and one from Three Floyds… Take a look…

Menu

For those who cant read the menu here’s the run down:

Reception: Pride & Joy

Amuse: 60 Minute IPA
Smoked Pork Fat Gougere with Bacon, Lolla Rossa, Pickled Shallots

Course One: Gumballhead
Dogfish Head Soup – Bouillabaisse, Chorizo, Clams, Aioli, Octopus

Course Two: Oatgoop/Oldschool
Banger and Mash – Pork Sausage, Potato Puree, Frisee, Soffrito – Pancetta Vinaigrette

Course Three: Dreadnaught/120 Minute IPA
London Pub Curry – Braised Breast of Lamb, Dal, Curry, Naan

Course Four: Robert the Bruce/Indian Brown
BBQ – Smoked Brisket, Brisket Jerky, Mustard Barbecue Sauce, Grilled Green Onion, Jalapeno Jelly

Course Five: Alpha King/Red & White
Cheddar – Warm Bleu Mont Cheddar, Fig Mostarda, Sweet Prosciutto – Roasted Garlic, Saltine

Course Six: Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus with Black Berries/Forte
Walnut Cream, Seckel Pear – Dreadnaught Ice Cream, Chestnut Cake, Raison D’Xtra Gastrique, Poached Seckel Pear

Conclussion: Dark Lord/Palo Santo

Then all of that was followed up with heading down to Indianapolis for the Indiana Brewers Guild to help pour for Three Floyds…

Check out a video from our friend Jeffery T here And dont forget to take a look at Jeffery’s podcast here

Cheers!!!!!

So I know ALL of my readers (both of you) tune into this amazing, earth shattering, stupendous, awesome, perfect blog on an hourly basis to see what else I have dribbling out of my slurry of a brain and onto the key board… Some of you who know me best are probably wondering where the hell are all of the beer and booze reviews? (Ok maybe your not, but play along damn it, I swear your monthly friend check is in the mail) Well there will be no beer reviews for at least 8 more days… I am in the last third of a personal 30 day challenge of no booze… No beer, no wine, no liquor, hell not even a swig of cough syrup… It all started the day after my 30th birthday…. I wish I had a story that I woke up with this massive hangover, projectile vomiting straight Jack Daniels and crack rocks but alas there is no such tale. And NO my wife has not put me on a time out because I became belligerent and dumb with her… well no more than normal I suppose.

I took this challenge as just that… a challenge… I figured it would be good for my liver to have a break, and let my immune system strengthen… Plus not to mention my wallet has been happier. Also I figured if I could not stay away from imbibing for 30 days, well lets just say Im happy I have been able to do it so far.

Stupid? naw probably not… now what WAS very dumb of me was to start it on Dec. 16th… Lets all count ahead on our trusty calendars starting at Dec. 16th and ending Jan 14th. Go ahead… Ill wait… … 12….
17 …. 20…. 29 30! Way to go Im sure your 4th grade math teacher is very proud.

Now, did you happen to notice anything big and important in that stretch of days? Perhaps Christmas and maybe even New Years? Yeah Im kind of kicking myself for starting the 30 day challenge right smack dab in the middle of the holiday mess, but I suppose “that which does not kill you blah blah blah” I could of moved it to Jan. 2nd but I opened my big fat mouth and blabbed about it to everyone and Im just that sort of stubborn person to not change things… so I went through Christmas and the New Years with out one drop of any sort of fermented beverage. Thank god that when Jess and I went to our friends house for Christmas that there was a pregnant Laura there who also could not drink ( it helped ease the pain some). While it was nice to have no hangover on new years day I wont lie, it would of been nice to have a nice glass… ok ok ok nice bottle of champagne to help ring in the new year but alas… nothing.

Did I mention that during all of this I had a full bin of great beers and a fully stocked liquor cabinet staring at me? Including a full new bottle of Hendricks (my favorite gin of all time) hell I even had the cucumber (the correct garnish for a Hendricks and tonic). I even had a lot of alone time (the wife works nights) and also continued to hang out with my drunks… I mean my friends on Tiki Chat (check out some of their blogs Brain Gravy , SIDT and Size of Life ) Which leads me into a big big thank you for everyone’s support… there were many times through out this challenge where I was like “Fuck it… Who cares… 7 days, 14 days is enough…” But amazingly just as I thought that someone would say… “Hey man hows the challenge going? I’m so proud of you… Keep it up!!” Damn you all… no Im kidding thank you all for helping me out… I really didnt think it was that big of a thing until I started asking people if they could\would\should try it… Needless to say noone has signed on yet…

So Im happy that I did\am finishing up the challenge… hell I might do it every year, but I wont lie… come Jan 14th… I am going to pour myself the most perfect drink and relish each and every sip…

“Tomorrow will be the best day of Raymond K. Hessles’ life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal he have ever had…”

Anyone out there want to try the challenge? Its really not tough… even if you are a normal to moderate drinker… I’m actually really excited to see what its going to be like when I can once again enjoy a tasty beverage.

A quick “Thank You” goes out to my good friend Phil at My Life as a Foodie. I’ve pimped his stuff before and will more than likely continue to do so, but he gave me big props (much undeserved) on his latest episode so I had to return the favor.

As I meagerly attempt to paste together some very random thoughts on food, beer and our feable attempt to make good food today this guy pumps out 30 – 45 minute shows with great editing, music and content… He seems to have his finger on the pulse of what is new, exciting, and also discouraging in the global food industry today. So to everyone who reads this… please check out and support his blog\podcast and learn from what he has to say… I promise that even if you dont like what he has to say… you will be entertained…

With the excitement and attention being paid to molecular gastronomy lately I was very excited to see product for the home chef appear on the market… such as the do it yourself Texturas kit. Other well known food bloggers already have this kit and either have tried or are going to try it and report their findings… ( take a look at Phils info here and Jo from “My Last Bite” here )

So I have mixed feeling when I see this on Gourmet.com. It was inevitable but its some what sad to to see something “special” and “exotic” become common place… remember what it was like when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? I mean you still loved the gifts every Dec. 25th but it just wasn’t quite as special anymore was it? Although I wonder if its like comparing Stouffers lasagna to the one that your grandmother toiled over for hours on in her tiny kitchen… But still having this stuff available to ANYONE now?!?!?! I dont know… its just lost some of its luster…

I wonder how long before they somehow figure out a way to mass produce and sell flavored foams… hmmm avocado foam in the same dairy case as redi-whip?