48 Hours in San Diego

This episode we’re continuing our series “48 hours in .. ” with a visit to San Diego. We talk about our favorite craft beer bars, wine bars, mixology bars, and restaurants in this fair city we call home. We even give you the what’s up in the North County Area.

We spend some time on the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Garden because as you can see below it is a truly beautiful spot to consume delicious craft beer.

So whether you’re a native to San Diego, or planning to visit this craft beer mecca, sit back and enjoy the show!

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Happy International #IPAday … We’re back!

ipadayWe’re back! It’s been a long time, and we’ve missed you as much as we hope you have missed us.  If you haven’t heard, we have expanded the team to include the indelible Laurie Delk from The Promiscuous Palate.

We’ve been planning our return for a few months, trying to make sure that we have all the ducks in a row so we can actually stick around this time, so of course, we figured what better day to make our grand return the interwebs than on International #IPAday ..

So this week, Bill debunks the myths surrounding IPAs, Laurie talks about lists and how the craft beer community will cut a bitch when their favorite beer is not included on said lists, and Stephen tells the story of his first IPA and how while he once hated it, he loves it now.
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We start off drinking a fabulous bottle of Stone Brewing Company’s RuinTen, while Bill educates you on the history of IPA and debunks the myths you’ve all heard at the bars about how those IPAs started out. Following that we enjoy an East Coast version of the IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Co, 90 Minute IPA, while each of use goes around the table and talks about the very first IPA that left a mark on us.

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Enjoy International #IPAday and let us know what you’re drinking today!

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Episode 37 : Expert Drinking in Denver, CO

This week on Expert drinking, we finally come back. For our return, we talk about Denver .. what should you do if you have 48 hours to enjoy the finest Denver has to offer in Beer, wine, spirits and food!

We start off with Beer, since we are beer people at heart and talk about some our favorite places to be in Denver to drink great beer, whether they are breweries, or beer bars.

While we talk about Denver we drink a delicious beer from Great Divide Brewing Company – Yeti Imperial Stout.

Next we talk about Bill’s favorite Hotel, the Brown Palace.

Bill then dives into the best places to get your grub on in Denver, including John Elway’s Cherry Creek, and of course one of the best Sushi places in Colorado.

We touch on a couple of the great places to drink great spirits .. and finish up with a discussion of the greatest festival in America, the Great American Beer Festival.

We also recommend if you are going to Denver, that you check out Denver Off the Wagon : http://denveroffthewagon.com/

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Oh hey .. we’re finally back …

Sorry everyone for the long delay getting the show back up and running ..

You can now re-subscribe on our iTunes feed : http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/expert-drinking/id504717091

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We’ll have a new show up later this week!

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Where’s my Expert Drinking?

Expert Drinking episodes are generally released on Friday each week. As you may have noticed, nothing was released this past Friday. So I thought I had better get something up to explain the lack of content.

First of all, it should be noted that we do have new episodes to release, so when we get our hosting sorted we will start our release cycle back up again.

The problem lies with the service that we use to host our shows, Mevio.com. They have hosted the New Brew Thursday HD feed, NBT Audio Feed, Expert Drinking, and most recently NBT brewing. For the most part, we’ve never had much reason to complain about the service, and they create really well put together iTunes RSS feeds so it seemed like a good idea to use them for all of our shows. Recently Mevio, without notice, warning, or explanation, deleted a HUGE collection of feeds from their servers. It seems that the majority of shows they removed were audio shows, like Expert Drinking. Our casualties included the NBT Audio feed, Expert Drinking, Talking Under the Influence, and NBT brewing.

At this point, we’re trying to decide how to proceed. Since we chose to use Mevio we have the irritating side effect of not having access to the created iTunes RSS feed, which means we can’t just starting hosting the shows somewhere else and redirect the feed without losing you awesome subscribers. Also, this is the second time we’ve had this problem. We originally put the Expert Drinking feed over on Blip.tv, who has also decided they no longer enjoy audio shows and killed that service. They at least provided a ton of notice before they did it. We are going to take this “opportunity” to alter how we handle the feeds, and who we trust to manage our content, and hopefully this will permanently solve this problem, or at least allow us to manage these types of situations more gracefully.

I’ll be posting this announcement on all the show sites affected, and as soon as we have the feeds corrected and back up and running I’ll post the new links for those feeds.

Thanks for your patience, while we sort this mess out and all us at NBT appreciate your continued support!

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Episode 36 : German Weisse Beers

This week Bill takes on a journey through Weisse beers. A classic collection German style of beers that include the Weisse, Dunkel-Weisse, Hefe-Weisse, and Weizen-Bock.

We sample several classic examples of the styles from Erdinger, Aventinus, Weihenstephaner, & Franziskaner.

John is a bit infected with the Adam Sandler Goat, Bill says words that we don’t understand, and Stephen tries to keep the goofiness to a minimum.

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Episode 35 : Sparkling Wines : special guest Randy Clemens

This week we enjoy some delicious sparkling wines, and we have a special guest to help us with our french pronunciation, Randy Clemens.

Randy, aside from being a amateur french speaker, is an author, a foodie, and a fellow drinker of craft beer, fine wines and great spirits.

We drink two non champagne region french sparkling wines, a spanish cava, an italian prosecco sparkling wine. Bill provides a lesson on how to open a corked & caged bottle of sparkling wine.

We have a bit of 4th show syndrome and get a little crazy, we get called out about the fact the show is called Expert Drinking, even though Stephen is clearly not an expert, and an explanation of the purpose of the show is provided.

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Episode 34 : Where to Eat, Drink & Party in Chicago

This week we talk Chicago! We’re starting something new for you crazy drinkers! Each month Dr. Bill is going to spend an episode talking about the best places to eat, the best places to find craft beer, the best places for fine wine and spirits!

We enjoy this romp around Chicago with a 2008 Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island brewing co.

Bill can’t say eclectic, Stephen insists on saying ‘merica whenever possible, and we all reminisce about CBC 2010 in Chicago and hanging with the HopCast.

Where is your favorite place to eat, drink and party in Chicago?

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Episode 33 : Rye Whiskey

This week, we enjoy some more whiskey, of the Rye variety. We talk a little mixology, how America tries to maintain quality and taste a couple of fantastic Rye Whiskeys.

We start off with a delicious Rittenhouse Rye, followed by a 16 year old High West Rye.

Dr. Bill declares his love of 16 year olds, Rye whiskey that is, and shares his favorite Rye Whiskey Cocktail, the Sazerac.

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Episode 32 : Holiday Craft Beer Pairings for your feast

This week, we finally return from our month long vacation, and Dr. Bill brings you a plethora of holiday beer pairings for your Thanksgiving ( next year ) and Christmas feasts.

Dr. Bill talks about his desert island beers, while we enjoy a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and Stephen goes to Jack in the Box on Christmas, so Bill gives him a pairing for that too.

So as we roll through this “most wonderful time of the year”, enjoy these delicious pairings, and let us know what you paired for your family feast!

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Episode 31 : Pinot Noir : California Varietals

This week we open a bottle or two of Pinot Noir and discuss this amazing varietal, and again focus on the California Pinot Noir’s.

We start off with a Papapietro Perry from Anderson Valley, specifically 2007 single vineyard variety of Pinot Noir. Stephen uses negative words in a positive way, to the confusion of Bill. Bill explains the difference of a delicate and agressive Pinots.

Next we go into 2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and we delve into craziness, and Stephen halts the show to make his point that he’s spent the entire show defending..

We also talk geographical placement of winery’s versus brewery’s and why it matters, which leads into the most interesting of arguments and Stephen’s mind is blown!

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Winemaker’s Notes for 2007 Papapietro Perry

The Charles Vineyard is located in the Southeast part of Boonville along the Anderson creek in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The Charles family has been in Boonville on this property since 1950 when the land was a lumber mill, then a cattle ranch and converted to vineyards in 1999. What makes this an ideal location for Pinot Noir is it’s location; the Anderson Valley opens to the ocean so the cool coastal influences on the weather can cause as much as 50 degree fluctuations in temperature in a single day. This vineyard is meticulously tended and contains clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard on three different rootstocks.

As with all of our Pinot Noir, we cold-soaked the grapes for three to four days and then introduced select yeasts. Once fermentation began, we hand-punched the must in open-top fermenters at least four times a day to keep the temperature and oxygen at the right levels for the yeast to remain active. Once fermentation was over, the wine was gently pressed and aged for 11 months in François Frères oak barrels.

http://www.papapietro-perry.com/wine/wine/50/

Winemaker’s Notes for 2009 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir

The aromas of fresh maraschino cherries, spiced cider, wild strawberries, smoked meats, herbs and rose water instantly fill your glass. This medium-bodied wine shows true pinot flavors of cherry jam, wild raspberries, root beer, anise and oyster mushrooms. The tannins are rich and full across the palate, and the wine finishes fresh and supple with a note of tart cherries at the end. —Winemaker Bob Cabral

http://www.williamsselyem.com/wines/pinot_noir_sonoma_county_09.html

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Episode 30 : California Chardonnay

This week we talk Chardonnay .. get to know Bill a little better, and talk about the wine industry landing on the moon, or at least the equivalent.

We specifically talk California Chardonnay’s and drink a couple of delicious examples starting off with a 2008 DuMol Chardonnay and then an Au Bon Climat, or an ABC.

John decides he really likes wine, Stephen agrees, and Bill just shakes his head with an I told you so.

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Episode 29 : Oktoberfest

This week we talk Oktoberfest, and drink a fantastic Oktoberfest lager from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu.

Oktoberfest starts September 17! We talk about the history of Oktoberfest, the best way to celebrate in your local area, and when you can drink delicious official Oktoberfest beers at the Stone World Bistro!

We also argue about the ownership of Lowenbrau, until Dr. Bill sends the Wolf and ends the conversation.

Bill talks about a few of his favorite moments from the 10 years that he attended Oktoberfest and goes through some pretty awesome facts about the festival that might blow your mind!

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Episode 28 : Merlot

This week we enjoy some delicious red wine, while we talk Merlot.

Bill talks about the origins of Merlot varietal, Stephen thinks the word varietal is weird and we get a lesson left and right bank Bordeaux’s.

We drink two wonderful examples of Merlot’s and Bill helps you feel comfortable in a room full of Wine sommeliers..

Stephen and John both admit to drinking wine more often.

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Episode 27 : Saison

This week, Dr. Bill and Stephen talk Saisons. Yes, there is a Saison for every season, but this is our favorite season for the saison .. you see what I did there. ;)

We get a bit of back story on Saisons, where they came from, what makes a Saison a Saison and an interesting tale about farmers and their 5 litres of Saison a day.

We enjoy a couple of fabulous Saisons, one of Dr. Bill’s favorites – Saison DuPont and I think you’ll realize that Brasserie DuPont is one of his favorite breweries. We then jump into Lost Abbey’s Carnevale.

We also talk about the changing roles of men and women in society and how that relates to brewing .. and BBQ’ing .. and then get lost on a tangent about SPF…

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Episode 25 : Rum

This week we jump into Rum, and are joined by a guest producer Matt Becker. We start off with a discussion of hangovers, since Stephen tends to get hungover from this particular fine beverage.

We also talk about some the classic ways that rum is used by mixologists, and where many people start with Rum.

John mixes up a bit of Grog, by blending some Rum with a Peach home brewed beer…

We, however, mix up some tasty Mojito’s and reminisce about summers in Havana..

Bill and I play the positive/negative game, Bill talks about the history of Rum, including some pretty nasty stories about cannibalistic rum drinkers..

We open a couple of very special Rum’s. First a Angostura 1824 from Trinidad Tobago and then a Costa Rican Rum, Ron Centenario Conmemorativo, both of which are delicious and tasty.

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International #IPADay!

This week on Expert Drinking .. we celebrate #IPADay!

We’ve talked about IPAs before, so we don’t go into great detail about what an IPA is, since you should already know that. We do however, sample quite a few IPAs, such as San Diego Session Ale from Kelsey McNair and Stone Brewing co, Blind Pig from Russian River, Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Brewing Co.

We also lobby for the governing agencies in the beer world to begin to recognize a new category of IPAs – the Triple/Imperial IPA .. which brewers are making, but are just being lumped into the double category.

Bill and Stephen argue over which style is the most versatile, and we’ll pass that off to you to decide for yourself which style you think is the most.

Cheers to the fine IPA producers all over the world, and Find your local #IPADay event and toast to one of the greatest styles of beer!

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Episode 24 : Festivals

This week we talk about Festivals. Part of the fun of being in these great beverage industries are the festivals thrown to celebrate our love for craft beer, fine wines and spirits.

We talk about what you should expect at a festival, some of the proper etiquette, and ways that you can make your festival that much more enjoyable.

We hit a few of the more well known festivals such as Great American Beer Festival, and talk about some of the beer festivals that Dr. Bill puts on, both privately, and at Stone Brewing Co.

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Episode 23 : Sauvignon Blanc

This week we drink wine! Of course.. we also talk about it. Specifically we are exploring the white variety of Sauvignon Blanc.

We talk about it’s origin, how to properly pair it, and different regional styles.

We sample a California variety from Joseph Phelps and a New Zealand variety from Long Boat.

We talk about twist off caps or Stelvin Closure system versus Corks.

Stephen learns that wine has a massive about of complexity even within the same style, and comes a little closer to being a wine guy!

Enjoy the show, and as always Know what you Drink!

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There will be no mention of Petit Verdot on this episode. ;)

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Episode 22 : Off Flavors in Beer

This week we drink really really bad beer. No, we’re not jumping into a Macro show .. we’re doing Off Flavors.

We target the 6 off flavors that you are required to know if you are planning on becoming Certified Cicerone®. They are Acetaldehyde, Diacetyl, Dimethyl Sulfides or DMS, Isoamyl Acetate or “esters”, Trans-z-Nonenal or “papery” and Infection.

We talk about how the brain will bring a scent or flavor to the fore front when someone points out the flavor, and how some people are more sensitive to certain off flavors then other.

We cover some of the other off flavors you might find in a beer and discuss the reasons why these are in your beer.

Enjoy the show, and until next week Know what you drink!

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