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    Wednesday
    Feb062019

    Give It A Shot - Jefferson’s Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon

    Welcome to part two of this Cabernet theme week here at About Beverages. What a wonderful meaningful coincidence it was to find that we had a new Cabernet to try for our previous podcast and that it had a connection to another beverage that we wanted to share with our viewers, listeners and friends. This particular item was given to Andrew by some good friends who also happen to be regular watchers of our live-streams on twitch.tv/aboutbeverages on Thursday nights. The beverage we are trying for this episode is the Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon. We have actually tried this before, but it was a couple of years ago and not for a podcast. This was also a particularly exciting podcast for us because we are going to be trying this bourbon in Andrew’s new Norlan whisky glasses. They have a really cool design which we are hoping will take our spirits enjoyment to another level. 11, perhaps? Join us as we find out! What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Monday
    Feb042019

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2016

    While they don’t happen every week, when we can do back-to-back podcasts that are connected by a particular theme it is something we enjoy. The thread tying these two items together may not be instantly obvious, but when you look a little closer it becomes very apparent. In our weekly discussion about the items to share this week, Andrew mentioned that he had a bourbon he wanted to share and Keith wanted to stay with the wine theme for at least another week. Fortuitous events were already in motion to tie these two topics together that we were not aware of at the time. The first of the items that we will try this week is the wine portion. The wine we are trying is the Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Knights Valley. The Platinum Reserve line is the most expensive of their private label wines at $14.99 per bottle and should compare with other wines in $30 to $40 range. Without giving away too much, the bourbon we will try next has a Cabernet component to it as well. If you watch us live on Thursday night on twitch.tv/aboutbeverages (which we highly recommend) then you already knew that. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Wednesday
    Jan302019

    Give It A Shot - Cotillion California Pinot Noir 2016

    Welcome to the second phase of our Pinot Noir comparison. To bring you up to speed, in our previous podcast, we tried the Erath Pinot Noir, which is from Oregon. If you want to know what we thought about it, please see the previous post and watch or listen as we discuss our perceptions. As we mentioned, we decided to stay with the same grape for the subsequent podcast, but decided to check out a California representation of this delicate varietal. The wine we will be trying is the Cotillion Pinot Noir. It is a Trader Joe’s exclusive and has long been a Keith recommendation for those who are looking for a Pinot Noir of a certain price and style. It has been about 2 years since he last tried it and Andrew has never tried it, so it should make for some good discussion. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Monday
    Jan282019

    Give It A Shot - Erath Oregon Pinot Noir 2016

    We know that while we are truly about all types of beverages, we do tend to skew more often toward beer. It is easy to buy just one for us to talk about on a podcast and with few exceptions, the price structure is usually just what we are looking for. However, this week our fancies take a turn for the grape at About Beverages. This podcast (and the one which follows it) came about as we tried to decide what the menu would be for our Thursday night livestream session. We won’t bore you with the details, but the end result was that we would try wines this week. We settled on the Pinot Noir varietal and decided to compare and contrast the Oregon and California styles. We decided to start with the selection from Oregon and the one we chose was the Erath Pinot Noir. This is the 2016 vintage and usually runs right about $15 or $16. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Friday
    Jan252019

    Give It A Shot - Hop Valley Brewing Cryo Stash Imperial IPA

    Time sure goes by quickly when you are doing something you love. We know that’s true because this week in which we released three podcasts has sure flown by! To put that in an even larger scope, we can’t believe how quickly ten years has flown by. Why do we even mention that you may ask? Well, believe it or not, About Beverages has been around for over 10 years now and next month we will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of our very first podcast. More information on that will follow in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. For now though, let’s get back to this week. This podcast is the third and final release for the week and we will be traveling to Oregon for this beverage. We will be trying the Cryo Stash Imperial IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company out of Eugene Oregon. This beer features Simcoe Hops treated at sub zero temperatures. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Jan232019

    Give It A Shot - Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend

    We have often spoken of our unabashed affinity for most things barrel-aged. We say “most things” because while barrel-aging certainly can add wonderful depth and complexity to a beverage, if it is not done well, things can go awry in a most disturbing way. This podcast features a beverage aged in whiskey barrels and while it is not uncommon to see this type of product available on your favorite retailers shelves, it is still somewhat uncommon. Today we will be trying the Cooper and Thief Red Blend. It is a blend of red wine varietals aged for 3 months in bourbon whiskey barrels. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Monday
    Jan212019

    Give It A Shot - Pueblo Vida Chroma IPA

    This podcast begins a busy week for us here at About Beverages. As we mentioned last week, due to a busy December, while we continued to record videos we got behind in the actual sharing of those videos with you, our valued friend and viewer/listener. This will be the first of three that will be released this week and we will kick things off with a local brewery where we have previously encountered deliciousness. The beverage we will be trying is the Chroma from Pueblo Vida Brewing Company. Chroma is a series that they do where they brew an IPA and feature a new “craft maltster” with each release. This release features Admiral Maltings out of Alameda, California. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Jan162019

    Give It A Shot - Tombstone Brewing Dank Fruit Double IPA

    Even though we are two months past (or ten months before) November, as you will see, we have a lot to be thankful for this week. Or should we say “dankful” for this week. We hope you will excuse the horrible pun, but it was right there, a piece of low-hanging literary fruit, just waiting to be plucked. We went out on a limb with these somewhat vague references to give you a clue or two about what we will be trying on this second podcast of the week. We do have a theme going here, but for this podcast we have gotten a little closer to home with something we can consider to be “local” The beverage we will be trying on this episode is the Dank Fruit Double IPA from Tombstone Brewing Company. Their website states that it is their hoppiest beer to date and the can uses the word “crushable.” What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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