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What AreYou Drinking- Right Now?
lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1853
From: San Diego
Posted: 2016-01-26 12:30 pm   Permalink

I really like the pizza at the Kona Brewery on Kona and Oahu. I went last year to the one on Oahu and asked what beers they have on tap that they don't sel in bottles. The bartender proceeded to pour me 6 tasters, not just little sips, like 3 free full pints of beer.

Kona Brewery is a class act. I served Longboard at my wedding


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2016-01-26 9:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-26 11:21, kkocka wrote:
I actually did a search yesterday and was able to find Pipeline Porter but am still searching for Coco Brown and Wailua Wheat (desperately). I might stock up if I do find them!




arent you in cali? the Kona Brewing website has a pretty good beer search feature.


 
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bamalamalu
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Posts: 903
Posted: 2016-01-26 9:42 pm   Permalink

Kona used to sell the seasonals on the mainland in the past. Then they pulled them and stopped bottling them - so they were only available on tap and only in Hawaii. Then they recently started making them available in bottles on the mainland again, but apparently everything won't be available everywhere. I got an email from them last September saying the Aloha series would be coming back in Jan 2016, starting with the Koko Brown. We've seen a bunch of the Pipeline Porter around but no Koko Brown yet here. Their beer finder thing claims a couple stores a bit further away have it.

Apparently the Wailua Wheat will only be available in CA, NV, NM, & AZ.

http://konabrewingco.com/about/contact-us/


I don't know what they're doing. At this point I'm happy to have the Alesmith Coconut Nut Brown instead.


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hang10tiki
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Posts: 7311
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-01-26 10:56 pm   Permalink

Porp- glad you found da Koko Brown










Sculpin







Recently saw this on line
Can't wait to try it





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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2016-01-26 11:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-26 22:56, hang10tiki wrote:
Porp- glad you found da Koko Brown




thanks man! now we just need bottles/cans of the habanero sculpin here...

Quote:

On 2016-01-26 22:56, hang10tiki wrote:




damn that stone brew sounds great



Quote:

On 2016-01-26 22:56, hang10tiki wrote:
Recently saw this on line
Can't wait to try it






sounds good- there's a chocolate pineapple ale collab here btw Cigar City and 5 Rabbits that I need to try...


 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 2198
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-01-27 06:07 am   Permalink

You guys are making me thirsty. I need a new job where I can drink at work. I guess that would pretty much mean unemployment though, and that would be followed by not having any drinking money...

 
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Kraken007
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Joined: Nov 18, 2015
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-01-27 06:50 am   Permalink

Gunga Din

Ingredients:
2 oz gin (preferably Cadenhead's Old Raj)I Used Trader Joe's Rear Admiral
3 cardamom pods
1 oz pineapple juice
oz fresh lime juice
oz simple syrup
tonic



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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-01-27 08:19 am   Permalink

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On 2016-01-27 06:50, Kraken007 wrote:
Gunga Din

Ingredients:



Ahhh, the Gunga Din. This is a good example of another cocktail for which the "real" recipe is hard to pin down. Your recipe is from a Mens Journal article, and it's on my "to be tested" list. Also to be tested, I have come up with the following as an "average" of a bunch of recipes I looked up and found online:

1-1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz orange juice (may increase to 1 oz depending on result)
3/4 oz pineapple juice (may increase to 1 oz depending on result)
Shake with ice, strain and pour, garnish with pineapple slice.

The gin/vermouth combination makes this drink often referred to as a martini. It seems there's lots of wiggle room with this drink... I have not consulted some of my old recipe books to see what they say, but I will do so in the near future.


 
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Kraken007
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Joined: Nov 18, 2015
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-01-27 08:40 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-01-27 08:19, AceExplorer wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-01-27 06:50, Kraken007 wrote:
Gunga Din

Ingredients:



Ahhh, the Gunga Din. This is a good example of another cocktail for which the "real" recipe is hard to pin down. Your recipe is from a Mens Journal article, and it's on my "to be tested" list. Also to be tested, I have come up with the following as an "average" of a bunch of recipes I looked up and found online:

1-1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz orange juice (may increase to 1 oz depending on result)
3/4 oz pineapple juice (may increase to 1 oz depending on result)
Shake with ice, strain and pour, garnish with pineapple slice.

The gin/vermouth combination makes this drink often referred to as a martini. It seems there's lots of wiggle room with this drink... I have not consulted some of my old recipe books to see what they say, but I will do so in the near future.



Nice! A friend sent me the recipe, I'm going to try the one you listed!!


 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 7311
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-01-27 09:13 am   Permalink

Porp- hope you can find the Habanero Sculpin

The stone nitro xocovexa was good. The head tasted like cocoa.
The beer smells of coffee.
Initial taste of coffee, then the other flavored start to slightly come out.

Let us know how the chocolate pineapple ale is

Ace said "I need a job where..."
Now that was funny

I'll have to try that Gunga Din too, sounds good


Time to carve

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Warboys
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Posted: 2016-01-27 2:03 pm   Permalink

So I went and made my first Mai Tai. I used the Beachbum's recipe with RumDood's recommended mix of Appleton 12 (now Signature Blend iirc) and Clement VSOP.



Not sure if it looks the part (didn't have the mint sprig and my ice distribution is completely clueless) but it tasted delicious once I got past the tart first sip.

For my first ever drink I was really surprised how good it tasted, with my reference being memories of Tiki Bungalow... a bar in Beijing that introduced me to the whole Tiki drink thing. It was strong, it was super drinkable, and I don't know if I can ever have a cheap cocktail again

I decided to try experimenting a bit, since I have no palette for Rum yet, and switched out the Appleton for the Smith & Cross for a second drink. Unfortunately I screwed up the Curacao pour (measuring it over the glass + a very unsteady hand) so I guess I got an extra 10-15mls of Bols in there, but it was still pretty delicious.

It was only after I got halfway through and the room started spinning that I realized Smith & Cross is 57% ABV compared to the Appleton 12's 40%... so that would explain the punch in the face! I suppose I'll bring out the S&C when I want to knock someone's socks off!

About to hit the hay but I think the next Mai Tai ingredient change I'll try is replacing the Appleton/S&C with Myers. It's the cheapest rum I have and I want to find good cheap varieties in case I host a party and don't want guests to drain my 'premium stuff'.

Any idea for replacements for the VSOP? That bottle is my most expensive and I don't think I possess anything that could replace it right now.


 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-01-27 2:35 pm   Permalink

Warboys, congrats on the "first drink!" Your Mai Tai is a nice color, I think you're doing great. Couple other thoughts:

1) Watch for the changes imparted by the Smith & Cross flavor, you'll notice a different Mai Tai with that S+C pot still funkiness.
2) Myers's will also change the flavor, just try different rums and see what discover and what you like.
3) The VSOP is mid-grade, and you can step down to try any number of still fine VS's. (XO is the top of the line grade.)

You're following in the footsteps of many of us here. I also can't bear to buy a cheap cocktail ever again, especially when it costs you WAY less to make a good cocktail in your own bar. I have a short list of "safe" drinks I order when I'm in a mediocre public establishment.

Cheers!


 
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kkocka
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Joined: Jul 23, 2013
Posts: 756
Posted: 2016-01-27 2:50 pm   Permalink

The nice thing with mai tai's is that you can get a wide variety of flavor profiles with whatever rums you want to combine. Some cheaper options for rum are:

-Coruba Dark
-Cruzan Aged Light, Cruzan Aged Dark
-Don Q Light, Aged
-El Dorado 5
-Myers's Dark

That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are a lot of other options were you are at because we have so many limiting factors here such as the exclusion of Cuban rums.
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PalmtreePat
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Joined: Oct 07, 2014
Posts: 207
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2016-01-27 4:02 pm   Permalink

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Any idea for replacements for the VSOP? That bottle is my most expensive and I don't think I possess anything that could replace it right now.



I'm sure I'll rankle someone by saying this, but you could try Barbancourt 5 star instead of VSOP. It's a fresh cane rum, double distilled, aged in oak, which hits all the right notes as far as I can tell, but it goes for twenty bucks a bottle.


 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2016-01-27 9:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-27 16:02, PalmtreePat wrote:
Quote:

Any idea for replacements for the VSOP? That bottle is my most expensive and I don't think I possess anything that could replace it right now.



I'm sure I'll rankle someone by saying this, but you could try Barbancourt 5 star instead of VSOP. It's a fresh cane rum, double distilled, aged in oak, which hits all the right notes as far as I can tell, but it goes for twenty bucks a bottle.



I was going to suggest the same thing Pat, except that I was going to step it down to the Barbancourt 3 star!


 
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