“Thirsty Thursdays”

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That is, we can call it that until/unless you comment a better name — as Andy would put it, “time’s yours.”

Welcome to the inaugural edition of newly minted “Thirsty Thursday (or whatever we collectively decide to dub it).” It’s come to my attention that more people than myself enjoy a tasty, spirited beverage — and you are my kind of people. So let’s talk alcohol in all its’ forms for a while, shall we?

A Complete Hand Off (and I’m not ashamed)

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The guy in the picture looks pretty trustworthy, right? Relaxed, arm on a keg, probably wouldn’t teach you how to brew beer wrong? That’s exactly how I envision “sportingchiefs” of Morning Huddle fame. A true underground hero, as well as educated and, what I’m pretty sure means a compliment, on fleek.

Annnnnnd this is where I ask you to recall a certain conversational piece that I feel was stolen from me prematurely, before I was certain that this particular topic was going to come to fruition …

it’s good to be King.

Strange Revelation of the Day

You know what I really enjoy? A beer. You know what I’m not exactly standing in line for? A soda-like beverage with a light alcohol content which essentially tastes like a Sprite that has sat out in the sun for most of the afternoon that you think you can revive with a few ice cubes. LaCroix with attitude. Passive-aggressive sparkling grape juice.

So why the hell am I talking about this(?):

Because they’re damn good, that’s why.

I love heavy beer during colder temperatures. Drinking a thick-ass brew in the depths of December is one of the brighter moments of winter time (aside from snow blindness). But this little firecracker is something that just seemed to fit with last night’s temperatures and atmosphere.

It tastes like a caffeinated lemon-lime drink, yes, but it’s not as off-putting as most of the others I’ve had previously. It’s also comprised — according to the words on the can and the little-to-no research I did to confirm it — of Vodka, Tequila, Gin and Rum. So don’t judge me.

What The Hell, Oklahoma?

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this phrase — there’s also a gas station by my office in Olathe that espouts the same thing. Which leads me to believe that Kansas and Oklahoma are a few decades behind when it comes to knowing what good beer is …

Seriously, you’re making yourself look silly.

Insert Recurring Theme Here

I promise you, had I known that I would be doing this prior to the night before it was due (college flashbacks anyone? No, just me? Wait, I didn’t go to college …), I absolutely and 100% would have taken this opportunity to buy a new kind of whiskey every week and tell my wife “it’s for work.” I swear. I think you believe me.

Since that isn’t quite the case, I guess I’ll review what I have been drinking for … well, much too long now:

American Honey (singles)

I never said I was proud: they’re decent, they’re convenient, and most importantly, I can show up to any get-together or festivity fully loaded to drink within a jacket or my wife’s purse. Single-serving excuses to use the pisser during the singing portion of holiday gatherings, and a convenient way to tolerate those around you that you might otherwise trip into traffic.

All Together Now

This is going to be a really fun weekly segment … if I didn’t write it, I would totally guarantee it. Please always feel free to send in your projects, hobby-work, or just simply a new brew you recently tried. We’re the one-stop-shop for all things ‘hops.’

So I guess my send-off with this would be — what’s your drink of choice? What should we look into more closely next week? I’ll do my best to bring in a new beer and hopefully a new liquor, but you folks are Arrowhead Guys, so let’s make this happen together!

Also, whichever Feature Name Idea gets the most likes will be the one we go with from here on out. Does Namer Of The Weekly Beer Feature sound like a title you want? You can only get it here. AG exclusive. The People’s Choice.

May the hops be ever in your flavor …

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HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
03/28/2019 6:05 pm

Washington State has a pretty substantial wine industry rivaling Napa Valley in variety. They’re also getting into whiskey too. I’ve seen at least a half-dozen whiskey distilleries from the local area. The beer sucks in general but I’m super picky about my beer.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
03/29/2019 5:27 pm

Freemont is one hell of a brewery

Tyrone
03/28/2019 5:39 pm

I don’t really drink alcohol anymore. My drink of choice was coke zero, but they stopped making that and have replaced it with coke “no sugar” (still called Coke Zero Sugar in America), which sounds like it’s the same thing but it’s not.

BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 3:31 pm

While I prefer a lager/pilsner flavor profile for ordinary beer drinking, I’m not locked into it, so I’ll give two ale-type lines from Big Sky Brewing (MT) a shout-out: Moose drool is a nice brown ale well-suited for people who haven’t been exposed much to ales. It has nice body without being too heavy, and everything’s in balance, flavor-wise. It’s a good pairing with a number of meal types.

Slow Elk, OTOH, is much the same way, but as an oatmeal stout. Deep, dark flavor, but smooth and balanced. A good way to go if you’re introducing someone to stouts, IMO.

And it has been a few years now, I’ll give Leavenworth’s High Noon Saloon a nod, as well. Back in the day, at least, they had a brewery on site, and their brewmaster was very good at ales. Among other things, he had an ale with a lager-ish flavor profile, and at least once ran a batch made from wild hops sourced from the KC area. The sampler rack was a good value, and split between two people who are willing to share glasses it can be a good time to talk each one over as you go through them, then finish up with both of you getting a glass of your favorite of the bunch and talk about the overall assortment. Or at least Mrs. BRAG and I used to enjoy doing it, from time to time.

That’s how it was when we moved, so apply a bit of caveat emptor if you go out to check them out. Things may have changed since then.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 4:29 pm

Moose Drool is something I get every time I visit KC.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  MasterChief
03/28/2019 4:45 pm

Couldn’t find it in KC, first time I tried it. Friend in Montana sent me a bottle via mail, every now and then, until she discovered that doing that was illegal, lol. I didn’t bitch, it was fun while it lasted, and wasn’t going to talk her into taking further risk in that regard. That ain’t right.

When you swing through KC next, if anything on the western side of KCK, like hitting Legends mall or going to a concert or Ren Faire out at Sandstone, you’re only about 15 minutes from Leavenworth and the High Noon. Just sayin’, because the staff was always pretty nice to folks back in the day, and deserve a bit of a nod from me.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 6:04 pm

The have it at the Blue Moose in Prairie Village. Or at least they used to.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  MasterChief
03/28/2019 6:31 pm

Lots of places in town have it. I’m always checking out stouts while the hordes look for IPAs.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Team Player
03/28/2019 6:35 pm

Oh yeah, I should have mentioned that the “first time” in question was back in the ’90s, IIRC, early Oughts at latest. Easy to get, even in Leavenworth, before I cut outta there.

zulu trader
zulu trader
03/28/2019 12:58 pm

can we do Tokin’ Tuesday? I can review different strains of marijuana, medical grade, different delivery systems (such as bongs, one hitters, and glasspipes of all sizes shapes and colors.) reviews of the different strains and tastes of the 91% cartridges. Look at the latest medical studies and research and follow-up on current legislation and movements.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 12:59 pm

I don’t drink.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 1:24 pm

I fully support this. I have my card here in New Mexico.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 1:42 pm

It is still, for some reason, such a taboo subject with some people. I had a VA doc argue with me, that I would be better off on some cocktail of pills he wanted to prescribe.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
03/28/2019 1:44 pm

I replaced my Xanex ( i.e. nasty chemical) with OG Kush

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 1:49 pm

Yep. It works man. I’ve had several other veteran friends that I’ve recommended it to. One dude was very suicidal (we’ve had 3 guys from our unit kill themselves so far) and he kept going back to the VA, and just generally messing his life up. Constantly having rage issues, couldn’t hold a job, boozing it up. Several of us had a come to Jesus meeting with him, and he tried it. Dude now has a girlfriend again, sees his kids, and doesn’t have near the amount of issues he had before.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 2:11 pm

OK, first and foremost, if your Kush works better for you than Xanax, more power to you.

That said, you replaced one chemical mix for another chemical mix. I was exposed to the alt-health* nutcases for too long, and now people talking about chemikillz vs. “natural”, or even seeming to, tends to set me off, because everything you eat and drink is composed of chemicals. As for “natural” vs. “artificial”, there’s not as much there as the alt-health make it seem like. Sure, things like saccharine and other artificial sweeteners fit that mold, but some stuff is impractical to harvest from natural sources, and with those things, if the manufactured version is molecularly identical to the stuff found in nature, its artificiality is irrelevant.

Take a large quantity of hydrogen and oxygen, set it ablaze and collect the “ashes”, and you have just artificially manufactured water. Afraid to drink it? I’m not, it’s just water. Same principle. And don’t even get me started on “organic” stuff which has no nutritional or health advantage over the ordinary stuff (And might even be more of a hazard to you, since there are some pretty nasty chemical pesticides that can be used on organic crops, which are a far, far greater health risk than the much-maligned RoundUp.) and the way snake-oil sellers have been fighting for years to turn “GMO” into a scare term with mis- and dis-information and other forms of propaganda.

And this is the short version. 😉

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 2:12 pm

*I prefer actual health over alternatives to it.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 1:45 pm

Not happening. However feel free to discuss in the comments at will.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 1:49 pm

legal in 33 states and district of columbia

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 1:50 pm

over 77 million Americans live in a state where it is legal

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 1:57 pm

I’m 64 yrs old. Lit up my first joint at 13! Do the math. I have yet to rape, murder, pillage, steal, wreak my car, develop cancer, schizophrenia, or commit domestic violence. I do however like a good hostess cupcake now and then.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 2:02 pm

No reefer madness? It’s also legal for the 30-odd million up here north of the border. And there’s growing appreciation for CBD oil in treating pets, although I think British Columbia is the only province where the veterinary association has given its approval.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 2:29 pm

As for CO, back when the recreational pot legislation was being debated the prohibitionists foretold all kinds of problems. Crime and car accidents were going to skyrocket, not to mention a lot of people were going to become addicted to worse drugs in short order.

None of those predictions came true, TTBOMK. Not one.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 2:34 pm

It was on the news here 2 days ago, ER visits are up in CO due to people eating edibles, and not being able to handle the reactions.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
03/28/2019 2:53 pm

And while it’s a thing, it falls well short of the sort of disasters that were predicted. The fact that edibles are a significant feature of the spike while sales of them have been a tiny fraction of the market is telling, and while the number of pot-related cases has quadrupled, according to the article, an increase from 200/year to 800/year doesn’t constitute an epidemic. More like growing pains as the people living there adjust to the new legality of the stuff. It also mentions that lack of standards and testing is a thing with edibles, as well, and that there’s enough variability that folks don’t know how much THC a given edible has that people have difficulty learning how to dose themselves with edibles.

In closing, I’ll just quote the last large paragraph (it ended with one limited to a statement paragraph):

“Still, Monte emphasized that weed-related emergency visits are not overwhelming his hospital. In fact, he said he was fairly accustomed to seeing a spike in ER visits when a new drug is introduced into a community. Based on the figures in his paper, if his team is seeing 300 ER patients every day, only one of those visits is related to marijuana, he said. “

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 3:00 pm

Oh yeah I know its not an epidemic or panic mode by any means. Just the standard data of people who can try it legally, and do not understand its actual affects on the body. But, back to the topic at hand, booze. My dad makes his own wine. Pretty interesting to see the way he does it actually.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
03/28/2019 3:14 pm

My paternal G’pa used to make his own chokecherry wine. It had an interesting flavor and a hell of a kick, as well.

And to close out the CO discussion, I replied the way I did because I got the impression you were trying to prove me wrong about the predictions not coming true. Thanks for clarifying.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 2:26 pm

Legal at some level, that is, because the various state laws have different levels of restriction, and only CO and one or two others allow for recreational use.

That’s coming, though, because when you come right on down to it, everything politicians have been saying about pot to justify the ridiculously intense effort to suppress its use is based on dishonesty, even if the speakers believed the lies. Take its place on the Schedule One list, for example. It is there primarily because it was designated as having no medical uses – and kept there by the gov’t making it extremely difficult to get permission to do research on it. No research, so no medical uses were discovered, or not in any legally useful context. That’s fundamentally dishonest, right there.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 3:53 pm

10 states allow for recreational use

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 4:07 pm

That many now? I see I haven’t kept enough of an eye on that aspect of doing something we should have done long ago. The War on Pot has ruined millions upon millions of lives, with Black Americans paying the heaviest toll of any sub-set in this regard.

Thanks for correcting me with the good news.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 4:41 pm

I’m in one of those states (CA). There are now dozens (or more) delivery services in my area alone. No longer do people have to call around and meet up with shady individuals in order to get it. I’m all for it. And we’re not experiencing any more crime than before as far as I can tell.

One thing I would like to see more regulation of is the edibles.

The right amount is very hard to control when eating unless it is carefully laid out on the package. Some are WAY too strong and you don’t know it until well after you’ve already consumed it, as opposed to smoking/vaping where you get it in small amounts with immediate affect and where it doesn’t last nearly as long.

Another dangerous aspect is that it almost always looks like candy, chocolate, brownies, gummies, etc.. It’s hard to only have a tiny bite of a brownie. And when children run across them, they think they are eating a normal brownie and end up in the ER.

One properly packaged brownie that I “saw” was in a black package with a skeleton on it. Not necessarily an inviting image.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 3:24 pm

Legality, nor acceptability, is not my concern.

Getting our ads pulled is.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 3:43 pm

And that trumps everything, because Tony’s not able to meet our massive payroll requirements out of his own pockets. He’s really generous, too. A while back he doubled my salary, and I expect him to double it again before long. 😉

Tyrone
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
03/28/2019 5:29 pm

Work for me, I’ll quadruple it.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 3:48 pm

Yeah don’t want that to happen. It might drive more than just the ads away as well.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 2:37 pm

Tokin is not my thing, but I have no problem with those that enjoy a few puffs. I have had a few tries myself but never really took to tokin.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  zulu trader
03/28/2019 9:43 pm

What are you, my TA?

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
03/28/2019 12:34 pm

Not a big beer drinker, but partial to Blue Moon w/an orange slice when I indulge. Yeah it sounds foofoo but I like it damn it!!!!

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/28/2019 12:42 pm

It is good, maybe I’m foofoo also

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/28/2019 12:52 pm

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Anthony Stratton
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/28/2019 1:47 pm

Having to specify “no fruit” when I order a beer is as infuriating as having to tell an ATM I want it to use English…

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 6:36 pm

Says the guy who drinks wheat water.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Team Player
03/28/2019 7:17 pm

“no fruit”

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
03/28/2019 12:27 pm

I also like heavier beer in the winter and a lighter beer in the summer. I don’t think I’m some beer know it all or think that my tastes have to fit for everyone else but people who are like that drive me absolutely crazy.

I like Coors original (buckskinz) Budweiser Mickey’s Leinenkugel’s a lot of other regular beers and also like several craft beers.

I really like roller chain from Kansas territory Brewing they have several good beers for the cold weather and a good old Leinenkugel Summer Shandy for the hotter weather.

Give me a little Buffalo Trace when it comes to Whiskey and I’ll be satisfied.

sportingchiefs
03/28/2019 11:09 am

I’ve really been on a NEIPA kick lately (and have one brewing in the fermenter at the moment). Currently in the fridge I’ve got Hazy Little Thing IPA (Sierra Nevada), Juicy Haze IPA (Voodoo Ranger), and Neck Oil Session IPA (Beavertown). Although the best beer and one that I’m just waiting to drop (it’s seasonal) is Glory (Northern Monk). It’s a triple IPA that is so smooth I can’t believe it. I bought the entire stock from my local store the last time it was released and was sad when I drank the last one.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
Reply to  sportingchiefs
03/28/2019 11:37 am

nice, did you use mosaic? DId you go with the hop dust/powder or are you going to try and keep it hazed with suspended yeast?

sportingchiefs
Reply to  twiggamortis
03/29/2019 3:46 am

I did use mosaic. But it was a lot of Citra and Galaxy. The boil was kind of weird and I only added Citra and Galaxy at 10 minutes with nothing else during the boil. I added Citra, Galaxy, and Mosiac for a whirlpool but the rest is up to dry hopping. I’m about to be away for a week so I’ll probably throw the dry hops in today cause I’m almost to FG. I prefer to use pellets but I couldn’t get one of the hops in pellet so it’s full leave. I’ll probably just do some minor straining before bottling but we’ll see how it goes!

asian_fetish
asian_fetish
Reply to  sportingchiefs
03/28/2019 3:57 pm

Getting ready to brew my first NEIPA this weekend. I hear they’re not as easy as one would think. Will find out soon.

sportingchiefs
Reply to  asian_fetish
03/29/2019 3:46 am

Nice! Yeah I’m curious to see how mine turns out. Hit me up on twitter while you’re brewing!

Warpath
Warpath
03/28/2019 10:58 am

Natty for volume, Yuengling for flavor and Berts for buzz.

Tony Sommer
03/28/2019 10:25 am

A different kind of drink, but in China the convenience store by my apartment had this peach flavored Coke that I really enjoyed, but unfortunately they randomly got rid of it and I couldn’t find it anywhere else at a reasonable price.

After some research it turns out it’s only available in Japan for some reason, and it costs $27 for just two bottles on Amazon. It’s a shame, maybe someday when I’m super rich I’ll be able to justify buying it.

https://www.amazon.com/Coca-Cola-Peach-Flavor-500ml-Japan/dp/B07CBV1H4Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=strawberry+coke+japan&qid=1553786527&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Tony Sommer
03/28/2019 10:46 am

You can get it at White Castle-from the fountain

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Team Player
03/28/2019 10:53 am

*Googles closest White Castle to KC*

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Tony Sommer
03/28/2019 11:33 am

Columbia

jf
jf
03/28/2019 10:21 am

Raytown’s Crane Brewery has the best sour beers you can buy anywhere imo. Their Orange Gose was the first sour I tried and it spoiled me for lesser sours by setting the bar way too high. Boulevard’s Lime Gose isn’t bad at all but Crane is on another level.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
Reply to  jf
03/28/2019 10:51 am

Id like to try the gooseberry one from there. If you can get your hands on one, the Westbrook Gose is the best of the style I have had. They are from South Carolina, so not sure if the distribute to Missouri (we dont get it in TX). Also, for wide-range distro, the SeaQuench from Dogfish is pretty good, got a nice level of sourness.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
03/28/2019 10:15 am

The NE style IPAs have been hitting the spot recently down here in Houston where it is quite warm already. Spindletop’s Houston Haze has made it to shelves recently after being a brewery only release a few batches. In Louisiana, Parish Brewery is doing nice hazy IPAs like Ghost in the Machine and Nova Vert that have made their way across the border. On a more national scale, the best of style I have had was Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing is decent enough for the price.

Ive tried a few of the Brut IPAs and the Rose IPAs, a couple of the newer trends. The few Bruts Ive had have been a little too dry for my taste and the increased carbonation doesnt really do it for me. The Roses can vary widely, but some of the offerings Ive had with grape must and hibiscus have been a nice change of pace.

4thQtrMagic
03/28/2019 9:54 am

Captain morgan for me. Here’s an interesting brew…
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/467110002

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 10:15 am

I still have a few Yuengling left in the fridge…I might let you try one.

Warpath
Warpath
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 11:01 am

Americas oldest brewery. Good stuff.

4thQtrMagic
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 3:31 pm

I just came back from Florida without a case of Yuengling! I can’t believe I forgot to stop.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  4thQtrMagic
03/28/2019 3:45 pm

Tisk tisk.

They have in it Arkansas now. Hopefully it hits Missouri soon.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 3:51 pm

My, my. Feeling acerbic today, boss? A simple “tsk, tsk” would have done, no need to add a vowel for emphasis. 😉

4thQtrMagic
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 3:32 pm

I know! The first “batch” sold out in hours.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
03/28/2019 9:30 am

CHIEFSandSABRES = recovering alcoholic that has been stone cold sober for 19 months. That being said, a Boulevard Tank 7 always did the trick for me!

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 10:14 am

My avatar pic was the divisional playoff game against the Steelers a couple years back. Lets just say I exceeded the recommended Tank 7 amount.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
03/28/2019 10:17 am

I was sad when the original Smokestack Saison was retired in favor of the Tank 7. Tank is a good enough beer, but I prefer a saison that is a little more rustic than hoppy

Nasrani
Nasrani
03/28/2019 8:29 am

I came across this article yesterday about something called “sober-curious.”

First off, that’s the stupidest title in the world (but then, what do we expect from Vox.com?). Secondly, are people doing to booze what they’ve done to coffee and tea (making it more social than anything else, adding foam/sprinkles/sugar/etc., and driving the base price for a drink up to $7)?

This one was pretty interesting though.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 8:44 am

I abstain from alcohol altogether, largely, although I’m not going to get on your case if you choose to have a drink or three. It’s just not for me. (I’ve had champagne and wine during such things as my anniversary, New Year’s Eve, and to toast some friends of mine who were going to a new home, but I’ve never been drunk.)

I inherited my mom’s addictive personality and about a year and a half ago lost her to alcoholism, so I figure it’s best in my case if I don’t mess with it all that often, particularly not by myself.

That being said I really hate how coffeeshops have popped up literally everywhere (I’m pretty sure I once saw a small Starbucks inside of a larger Starbucks, built so that the people who got tired of waiting in line at the first one could wait in line at the second one) and how we have turned coffee into something with as much sugar in it as a 2-liter bottle of literally any cola you can imagine. Tea is starting to go the same way too, and I fear that this new trend of “sober-curiosity” will turn nonalcoholic beers into the same type of thing.

From a business standpoint it makes perfect sense, but if people want to put that much sugar into their body why not just drink a Dr Pepper?

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 9:06 am

That’s pretty cool about you doing your own tea. Do you grow the leaves and stuff yourself?

We make our own coffee (though to be fair, for now we buy our own coffee grounds… somewhere along the way my wife and I bought a coffee bean plant, though for now it hasn’t yielded anything) at home, and wind up paying less for ours than most people pay for their morning venti grande mochaccino frappe latte or whatever people get now.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 9:48 am

I’m honestly not sure about that. We’ve been growing ours indoors but like I said it hasn’t given us any beans (although the plant itself isn’t dead yet).

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need to be extremely warm or humid; I remember when I was in Colombia seeing coffee plants growing in the highlands areas, and I’m pretty sure coffee beans were originally cultivated in the highlands of Yemen as well. It should be theoretically possible to grow them indoors, but I’m not sure if any special equipment is needed or anything like that. Also unsure of whether it tastes better grown indoors versus outdoors (or vice-versa). We bought ours at a Kroger about a year ago, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 10:14 am

Every day Juan Valdez climbs the mountain searching for the perfect beans

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Dave
03/28/2019 10:16 am

Heh…growing your own “green” tea…

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Nasrani
03/28/2019 11:14 am

…done to coffee and tea (making it more social than anything else, adding foam/sprinkles/sugar/etc., and driving the base price for a drink up to $7)?

$30 Aeropress, $34 Mr. Coffee burr grinder, the fanciest whole bean bagged coffee that happens to catch your eye = $0.25 per cup gourmet brewed coffee any time you want for the rest of your life.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Berserker
03/28/2019 12:10 pm

I’m not quite that sophisticated; we paid something like $12 for our coffee maker, and $2.99 for the 180-cup Folgers can (or whatever brand is the least expensive); we’ve gotten a whole bunch of mugs free (the only ones I can remember paying for are the Chiefs ones I have).

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Nasrani
03/28/2019 12:20 pm

Aeropress isn’t really sophisticated…. but yeah, if you’re making multiple cups in a hurry in the mornings, probably not the best way to go. Unless you got multiple Aeropress-es.

Although you can pre-Aeropress a kettle full of coffee, and then just keep it covered on the counter for however long it lasts while you pour and warm a cup whenever you need it. That works with Aeropress because, if you use the right filter/grind, you don’t get any coffee grounds into the drink, so it won’t go bitter over time.

I also love my Aeropress for travel, because I just need one of those little hand grinders that conveniently packs inside the thing, a bag of beans, and a willingness to explain to TSA what it is when I go through security. Then as long as my hotel room has a hot water kettle, I can make home coffee.

Anthony Stratton
03/28/2019 8:05 am

Ok…so you’re just “Dave” now? Like the movie about the guy who impersonated the president? Ok…I can see where this is going.

“I promise you, had I known that I would be doing this prior to the night before it was due”

You decided to do this last week. Perhaps you researched so diligently for the upcoming article you simply forgot about it…

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