*UPDATE* – around an hour later, it’s fixed. i narrowed it down to the accordion script used in the side bar —>
instead of trying to go through it, i used a diff script — it works just as good AND it doesn’t eff up my forms. so now, if you use firefox and want to comment or search, YOU CAN (without right clicking first)
i’m a fan of kashtan — i felt like a kid in a candy store. speaking of candy, had this porter last night
this is the first beer from lithuania… well… it’s the first ANYTHING from lithuania
normally, when a label mentions that the beer tastes of caramel and whatnot, you barely taste it, if at all… but for this beer, oh no. it was like someone got one of those bottles of caramel from starbucks and squeezed out a ton in here
it wasn’t obnoxious tho — it was in the aftertaste, which i’m calling the best beer aftertaste.
when you get to the bottom quarter of beer, the beer is even sweeter — i’m guessing it’s because all the sugars have settled down to the bottom. good suggestion by chaunce, do a slowly swirl the beer around while you’re drinking it to spread the wealth
so andy and i stumbled across kashtan during lunch (it was next to this crap mexican place, but that’s a different story that i won’t bore you with)
well this place actually had a neon hofbrau sign in their window, which is always be a good thing.
it’s a weird euro-kinda-setup… deli, market, and adjoining FULL bar (i mean FULL… over 300 beers from almost every european country — yes… JACKPOT)
the owner, tom, is a cool laid-back guy — tho it wouldn’t hurt to have someone helpin’ him out with sangwiches… he knew his stuff tho… even knew what a rachel was (batman’s favorite sandwich — tangent, i know)
the location of this restaurant is kinda strange — tucked away about a block or two from rb high, so i think that doesn’t really help him out when people are trying to look for something new to try. but with us being the only people in the joint, we were able to chat with him.
apparently, he has a beer club (yes, i will be joining) that really piqued my interest — you pay $25 for a year membership and you get a passport that he’ll stamp whenever you drink a beer there. each stamp gets you closer to a rank: prince (50), crown prince (100), and czar (250) — these are guesses… when i go back, i’ll confirm that
oh and when you get czar status, you get a plaque on the wall like this guy (only one in the whole place so far)
* there are some perks that can’t be published (or he’ll get in trouble by the ABC) — but they’re pretty cool…
so expect some reviews for some strange euro beers in the near future (had some yesterday that i wrote notes on… ha!)
strange… a beer that isn’t on beeradvocate — it has other ochakovo’s, but not the ruby (this is the closest, but not really)
it’s a super low abv, which was good for lunch *cough*… i had it with a roast beef sandwich, which complimented it pretty well.
on first pour, it was pretty cloudy and bubbly (effervescent is the term i’m looking for) — the taste didn’t really get me
i find it odd that this site reviewed it like so: Hints of red summer fruits in the aroma, these give a clue to the plummy caramel flavours which develop.
either that’s complete bs or the reviewer has the most amazing palate known to man — i tasted nothing of the sort (i will, however, be reviewing a REALLY good beer flavored with caramel pretty soon — ooh… a teaser)
overall, the russians should maybe use the same effort that they use on their vodka making into their beer making…
i’m not complaining, because they’ve got a good thing going — keep the music and the game fresh every week pretty much
i’m actually glad when there’s a week of crap songs — gives me some time to rest on the ones i currently have — i’m all about this wiki page to stay up to date [ wiki ]
and i hear they’re not making a rockband 3 — they’ll be working on new songs and stuff instead (thank you, harmonix) [ wired ]
if anything, rockband has showed me that my nephew andy (4 yrs old) has crazy good rhythm. it’s also weird that he can sing “dirty little secret” really really well (the lyrics are pretty questionable for a kid his age… ha)