Drink with Aloha TV #6: Holiday Beers

by Justin D'Olier on November 15, 2010 | (1) Comment |

Tori and I sat down with Josh Hampton the Earl of Hoppingtonshire to discuss one of our favorite Holiday season traditions: wintertime seasonal beers! We review Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, a bitterly refreshing fresh hop IPA, and MacTarnahan’s Winter Humbug’r, a spiced holiday porter. Watch the video to decide whether you’ll want to ask Santa […]

You need more Epic Mayhem in your life

by Justin D'Olier on November 12, 2010 | Comments Off on You need more Epic Mayhem in your life |

It’s hard not to like a beer named Epic Mayhem. Picking up the bottle made me feel like more of a man and drinking it seemed to improve both the sheen and luster of my chest hair. Badassishness aside, Mayhem has a hoppy, spicy nose with a strong fruit flavor, like an apple cinnamon crisp. […]

IBU’s For You- Explaining the Alchemy of Beer Metrics – Part 1

by Joshua Hampton on November 11, 2010 | Comments Off on IBU’s For You- Explaining the Alchemy of Beer Metrics – Part 1 |

As craft breweries claim ever more slivers of the market from the Megabreweries, I have noticed that more brewers have begun to feel the need to inform us about their beer using confusing numbers and terms. You might have seen numbers like IBU 55 , S.G. 1.055 or 15° Plato on the label of a […]

What Dechuttes Hop Trip Pale Ale and Kate Winslet have in common

by Justin D'Olier on November 9, 2010 | (2) Comments |

Kate Winslet is not flashy, showy, or particularly sexy. When you’re walking down the aisle at Blockbuster (or, more likely, flipping through your Netflix queue), Kate Winslet’s face on the cover of a movie does not make you cancel your plans to watch Transformers 3: OMG Please Make It Stop. You never say to your […]

Drink with Aloha TV #5: 2009 Yellow + Blue Wines

by Justin D'Olier on November 9, 2010 | (1) Comment |

Sky, Dave, Tori and I sat down to review the 2009 offerings from environmentally friendly winery Yellow + Blue. All the wines are made from 100% organic grapes and “bottled” in Tetra Packs, a low-carbon footprint alternative packaging. In addition to environmental benefits, the containers are 33% larger than typical wine bottles (1L vs. 750 […]

What Brunello drinkers drink when they don’t drink Brunello

by Victoria D'Olier on November 7, 2010 | Comments Off on What Brunello drinkers drink when they don’t drink Brunello |

I have long been a fan of Brunello but, by now, as you know, my taste far exceeds my spending abilities; therefore, as a delicious and perfectly pleasurable alternative, I look to Rosso di Montalcino, the adorably nicknamed “Baby Brunello.” Rossos are made from Sangiovese, the same grapes as Brunello and Chianti Classico, but with […]

Holy Spirits!: Ice, the Great Equalizer (or: You put WHAT in my cocktail?!)

by Elton Nichols on November 5, 2010 | (1) Comment |

<Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake> Mmmmm, I hear the bartender making an ice cold martini for someone!  That is very likely a dry vodka martini meaning it’s straight vodka and ice, and maybe a tiny splash of dry vermouth.  I’ll bet someone is paying $8-12 for that.  Let’s see, they ordered Thor’s Hammer.   The […]

Drink with Aloha TV #4: 2009 Big House Pink

by Justin D'Olier on November 5, 2010 | (3) Comments |

Tori and I continue our exploration of bargain wines with another offering from Big House Wines: 2009 Big House Pink. This is another slutty, quaffable blend with bold flavors and a somewhat questionable finish. Watch the video to find out the connection to LOST star Daniel Dae Kim. Drink well, drink often, and always, drink […]

Holy Spirits!: Hard Cream (or: Whipped Cream with Benefits)

by Elton Nichols on November 5, 2010 | (3) Comments |

Cream alcohol infused whipped cream; perfect for your coffee, dessert, or lover.

Wine 301: Grower Champagne (or: Why Mess with the Middlemen?)

by Elton Nichols on November 4, 2010 | (1) Comment |

[Warning: If the 301 label didn’t already warn you off be advised that this article is about to get pretty geeky.  Read on at your own peril!] This week my club received the four cases of boutique Champagne I ordered at a special pre-sale tasting back in late August.  When I say boutique Champagne I can […]

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