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Rain, Sleet, Snow and Libations

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It probably says something about me and my friends, but as another round of freezing weather hits metro Atlanta and locks us in our homes, many have been posting about what they have on hand to eat, and especially what they have on hand to drink today.

I’m not bragging or complaining but as always I have a lot of beer, particularly odds and ends of things I’ve written about or plan to sample soon. There’s the usual stock of decent but not expensive wine, too. And enough liquor to make a martini or a Manhattan or a few other basic cocktails.

At times like these, though, I think about friends with serious wine cellars. It must be really nice to be able to open a vintage bottle to celebrate having heat, and light and good food, while the weather outside is so frightful.

Gil Kulers, my buddy on the AJC Drink blog and a sommelier at a fancy Atlanta club, wrote about Russian River Pinot Noir in his latest Kulers Uncorked column. He gave two thumbs way up to a $68 bottle from Inman Family Wines. I wouldn’t mind opening that tonight.

This week in Beer Town, I wrote about San Diego’s Ballast Point, a company that includes a craft brewery and a craft distillery, and now makes over 40 styles of beer and seven different spirits.

I’ve been drinking Ballast Point’s highly rated Sculpin IPA, lately. But tonight I’m planning to try a bit of its Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum.

Click over to Drink to check out my interview with Yuseff Cherney, who has the distinction of being Ballast Point’s co-founder, chief operating officer, head brewer and head distiller. And while you’re there, check out Gil’s take on Russian River Pinot Noir.

While you’re here, though, I’m wondering what you’re planning to drink tonight?

— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

36 comments Add your comment

art

February 12th, 2014
4:15 pm

Bourbon… Might even have to have a little Pappy.

Baltisraul....

February 12th, 2014
4:25 pm

Makers Mark w/ one cube. Watch the Olympics and wonder what the Russians will screw up tonight.

Cobra

February 12th, 2014
4:33 pm

Apparently you haven’t checked the medal count lately.
It looks like the USAmericans are the ones doing most of the screwing up right now.
But, yeah, Makers Mark is fine . . . if you’re on a budget.
I imagine Makers is all the rage with the Forsyth County Bourbon Connoisseurs.
Stay classy, Balt.

art

February 12th, 2014
5:00 pm

So Cobra, just curious… What do those who are not on a budget, and I assume by your remark, that would be you, drink?? And… what do you have against the bourbon drinkers in Forsyth County. Did someone in a pick-up truck run your Bentley off GA-400?

Jimmy

February 12th, 2014
5:09 pm

Two 40-ouncers of Natty Ice. Can’t wait! BTW when does the curling competition start?

Cobra

February 12th, 2014
5:33 pm

I’m sipping a Basil Hayden at the moment, and sorry for the condescension earlier.
Nothing against Forsythians, per se.
I just felt like trying to start some ITP v. OTP trouble.
I’m bored.
Also, I checked the Olympics medal count. We’re sitting pretty in fourth behind Norway, Canada and the Dutch. So, I suppose I wish to retract that previous statement. Go USA!

Ned Ludd

February 12th, 2014
5:45 pm

Forsyth County Bourbon Connoisseurs….not a very euphonius appellation but a fine group of fellers if they are fans of Makers Mark. Try it straight with a small splash of peach liqueur. Guys at Bones used to serve that as a Georgiahatten and is a great cold weather treat. Laphroaig warms the bones and pleases the palate also. Going for a walk in the snow and will choose between the two when I get back…….unless Pappy van Winkle is calling my name.

art

February 12th, 2014
6:01 pm

Cobra, totally understand. Basil Hayden is one of my fav’s… tastes totally different with a cube or without. Ditto the bored comment. Though, it’s always nice to have the “company” of yourself, Balt and the venerable Mr. Ludd. I raise my glass in a toast to you gents! Cheers! Be safe!

Cobra

February 12th, 2014
6:03 pm

I’d rather punch myself in the face with gold-plated knuckles than add peach liqueur to my bourbon.
Guys at Bones used to mix special K with their coke and call it a “Depends.” I don’t recommend that or the Georgiahatten.

Ned Ludd

February 12th, 2014
6:04 pm

Sorry Balt–some of us have natural knees and can walk in the snow! Hope the healing is complete.

Cobra

February 12th, 2014
6:05 pm

janet

February 12th, 2014
6:06 pm

I am sipping Nuremberger Gluhwein as I read this. I have a case of it just for snow days.

art

February 12th, 2014
6:11 pm

Now this is a blog I can drink to…

bc

February 12th, 2014
6:23 pm

It’ll be single malt scotch with a couple rocks for me….beer and wine galore as back up ammo.

Cobra, thanks for stirring up some entertainment on here.

Finn McCool

February 12th, 2014
7:43 pm

Laphroaig Cask Strength with a splash of tap water.

Cheez Whiz is cheese peeing?

February 12th, 2014
7:59 pm

Cheez Whiz is cheese peeing?

February 12th, 2014
8:00 pm

Maybe a Westy XII too.

Cheez Whiz is cheese peeing?

February 12th, 2014
8:01 pm

For those on a budget, check in to Eagle Rare bourbon.

McCallie

February 13th, 2014
11:24 am

My curent favorite is a Whstle Pig Old Fashioned.

I would take a swing at Lagavoulin neat for a pleasant late night walk in the woods with an old friend.

A glass of True Blue with a single cube is a strong draw.

Any of them would be fantastic.

Baltisraul....

February 13th, 2014
12:05 pm

Cobra……it was not the Americans that had only 4 Olympic rings to raise instead of 5 at the opening ceremonies. It wasn’t the Americans that could not supply enough pillows for the participants. Then bar an American company from sending hundreds of free pillows to cover the short fall It was not he Americans that did not get the living arrangements completed, barriers between toilet stall, refusing to allow the American athletes their yogurt into the country and not being able to prepare the ice surfaces for different event so they could compete at a first class event. The Americans are doing just fine and I am proud of their efforts. As for Markers Mark, one mans sh-t is another mans ice cream. As for Forsyth County, I have no point of reference, so I have no idea what you are referring. And finally, yes I am on a budget. I may not be alone in that tactic here in the ATL. I try to remain classy, you should try it sometime!

Baltisraul....

February 13th, 2014
12:07 pm

Thanks Ned, rehab has hit a wall but am pushing thru it.

Baltisraul....

February 13th, 2014
12:11 pm

Cobra….one additional item, 1/4 of the living arrangements have no running water. That one I blame on George Bush, just to be fair.

Billy

February 13th, 2014
12:37 pm

What kind of drink did you make with the rum?

btownsend

February 13th, 2014
2:27 pm

Billy, I tried it neat. Very nice. Then I stirred it with sweet vermouth and orange bitters, garnished with a twist of orange peel. Very nice, too.

berry steve

February 13th, 2014
2:49 pm

Hey Cobra, what you just got there was a good ole fashioned butt whupp ‘ in from Balt. Do not believe you are ready to sit at the adult table just yet. LOL

Ned Ludd

February 13th, 2014
3:05 pm

Mr. Baltisraul…Tear down that wall!

Baltisraul....

February 13th, 2014
4:06 pm

Ned…..if I tore down that wall, the Russians would just use the bricks to put at the bottom of the ladies downhill run. Can’t take the chance!! They would mess up a one car funeral.

Ptc Dawg

February 13th, 2014
4:24 pm

Wild Turkey 101, Fayette County….sue me…

Robert

February 13th, 2014
8:13 pm

However,Mr. Balt, the Atlanta Olympics showed how terribly commercial we can be – it was embarrassing to walk along the vending tents. The Atlanta Olympics also had a bomb explode and kill a poor innocent women – first time something like that has happened in my lifetime since Munich. The USA in their infinite wisdom decided to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics under the guise of the USSR invading Afganistan – thankfully, with the exception of the USSR in 1984 (payback obviously), other countries haven’t followed suit by boycotting our Olympic games when we decide to invade a country. I am merely pointing out that not just Russia screws things up. We have our share also. Now – go Julia Mancuso – the coolest and best American women skier on the slopes. Now, back to my Maker’s 46 – good stuff!!

Baltisraul....

February 14th, 2014
7:06 am

Robert…..well said!

Baltisraul....

February 14th, 2014
9:08 am

Robert….I hate to hear this news, sounds so sour grapes. US speed skating teams are blaming their slower than expected times on their Under Armor skating uniforms. They claim that the ‘pockets in the uniforms are slowing them down. POCKETS? Who needs pockets in speed skating uniforms? I believe other nations team are laughing their butts off at this response.

I guess they had to have a place to carry their car keys!

Robert

February 14th, 2014
9:47 am

It’s cold on that ice. I think the pocket is for a flask filled with bourbon…of course! (trying to stay on topic). That being said I can’t understand why they would need a pocket or why someone didn’t catch that before now. Looking forward to more skiing this weekend. I’m getting a little tired (or maybe a lot tired) of “slope style”.

Back on topic. I may have to go and purchase a bottle of Basil Hayden’s today. I’ve been looking at it but haven’t pulled the trigger.

Ned Ludd

February 14th, 2014
11:17 am

Jeez—Would like to know where you guys carry your keys when wearing skin tight skating gear?
Guys at Tower recommended a new bourbon. Jefferson’s Reserve Small Batch—anybody tried?

Baltisraul....

February 14th, 2014
12:22 pm

Ned……you need those car keys handy when you gotta get out of Dodge fast. Don’t know Jefferson’s Small Reserve. But I may have to expend from Lilly’s to find it. Lilly was adamant for years about not having Russian vodka in her store. Something about a commie takeover and she was not going to be part of it. She came around just in time to save the store. Not so lucky for her other venture in town Lilly’s Funeral home/Laundromat combo. It never took off.

Ned Ludd

February 14th, 2014
1:36 pm

Interesting—was just told Jeffersons is a product of mega-company Castle Brands masquerading as a small batch craft distiller—wonder if that affects product? Only one way to find out I suppose.

Baltisraul....

February 14th, 2014
2:09 pm

Robert….word is that their skating uniforms only arrived in time for a couple practice sessions and were not tested in actual race conditions. So much fro crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. Hard for me to stay on the subject today, wow.