You Will Find Me at Toronado For The Next Week

Toronado sent out an email to it’s minions today recapping all of the fantastic events coming to this most hallowed bar during SF Beer Week (2/6 – 2/15/2009). SF Beer Week Kickoff – Friday, February 6th, 12:00PM Join Napa Smith brewer Don Barkley as he taps the first keg of “Original Albion Ale” at High Noon. This beer is based on the recipe from the pioneering New Albion brewery, which was founded by Jack McAuliff in 1976. When New Albion closed in 1983, Don moved on to Mendocino Brewing company where he brewed Red Tail Ale, and one of the…

SF Beer Week 2009

SF Beer Week kicks off Saturday. Are you ready?

Strong Beer Month starts off… Uhm.. Strong?

Here I am, sitting in Magnolia Gastropub, 4 beers deep into their excellent strong beer menu. Only 2 to go, listening to Grateful Dead. oh how I hate the Grateful Dead, but I love this place. It’s, the beer… Gose To Heaven – imperial hefewiezen? Strong banana flavor, but in a good way. Nice, strong, an sweet. Man, it’s tough to blog during Strong Beer Month. Drunk wife sitting next to me, making fun of me. iPhone spell correction making a mockery of my prose. Damn hard knock life. Promised Land Imperial IPA – damn nice double IPA. Old Magnolia…

Toronado Winter Solstice Holiday Celebration Ruined By Football Game

This just in… Beergeeks celebrating the winter solstice had their celebration ruined by annoying football fans. I wa knee deep in 20+ holiday beers when all of a sudden the Bears / Packers game appeared on the TVs here at Toronado. Instantly a rowdy group of swill drinking (overheard: can I get a Bud?) dorks descended on the bar. As I ordered my first Anchor Christmas ale of the evening, these football fanatics start yelling an shouting a the TVs like the players could hear them. In other news, football watchers tend to refer to their favorite team as ‘we’…

Some Notes on Developing a Skyline Clone Recipe

I occasionally get email from people asking about Cincinnati and Skyline chili — various things. But this email was from someone who has put a lot of really good thinking into developing a Skyline clone recipe. I’ll be using some of these discoveries in my next batch. Thanks for the great insights, Alexander. ——- FDA requirements about allergen ingredients are not actually laws. Companies are not required to list ingredients that are known allergens. However, product liability torte law has persuaded most manufacturers to list ingredients that are known allergens. Failure to list allergen ingredients frequently leads to losses from…

Cincinnati Style Chili Batch 16

It’s finally here. After a 2 year break, hosting a homebrew club meeting at our place seemed like the perfect time to post the next version of my Cincinnati Chili recipe. Changes this time include increase in the amount of meat, more cayenne (perhaps a little too much), pureeing the onion and garlic, switching to dark cocoa powder, and a further refining of the spices. I think the results are fantastic. Perhaps the best ever! Give it a shot and let me know what you think. Cincinnati Style Chili Batch 16 3 lbs lean ground beef (extra fine grind if…

The First Keg of Boont Amber Ever?

David Keene, owner of Toronado, made an interesting discovery in the basement of the Toronado recently while doing a little clean up. A few assorted kegs close to 20 years old. Some of the original 60 Corny kegs that he bought to transport beer to and from breweries, way back in the beer stone ages, before microbreweries had any sort of distribution. One of those kegs, with a label withered but still readable might have been the first ever keg of Boont Amber. Hopefully David will be able to find an empty spot on a wall somewhere to display this…

Indiana Sucks Post of the Day: Book Banning in Perry Township, Indianapolis

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Indiana Sucks post.  I thought I might be free from the pain….  But this one was just too perfect of an example why the red state known of Indiana is at least 75 years behind the coastal states: Indiana Teacher suspended for giving student a book Perry Township teacher Connie Heermann a 27 year teaching veteran, was suspended from her job at Perry Meridian High School for a year and a half without pay, for giving her high school English class the book Freedom Writer’s Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens…

The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook

Beer and cooking are two of my favorite things (I also like long walks on the beach and don’t like mean people). My cooking has been nonexistent lately but The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook by John Schlimm may fix that. I haven’t had a chance t…

Beer Activists Action Alert for California

Syndicated from Brookston Beer Bulletin The following action alert has been issued by the California Small Brewers Association through the Support Your Local Brewery consumer beer activist network, in the hopes of generating grassroots support from beer lovers in California. Please help if you can. Dear Beer Activist, The craft brewers of California need your help! A bill sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, AB 1245 (Torrico) is being heard in committee this Tuesday, June 24th. This bill would significantly expand the limits on what a brewer can give away to a retailer. Currently, a brewer can only give away small items of…

Time to kickstart this puppy

This damn thing has sat dormant for too long. Time to get this moving again. I’m working on redesigning and getting some new stuff added. But after all, this is my personal blog — it’s going to be disorganized just like I am. I’ll leave you with this thought — a new term for movies that is analogous to “Jumping the Shark” for TV — “Nuking the Fridge”. (Hat tip to Jeff L. for that one) If you haven’t seen the new Raiders of the Lost Ark movie that may not make sense. Cheers!

Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, has died.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of perhaps the greatest beer writer in history, Michael Jackson. Mr. Jackson, better known as The Beer Hunter passed away last night in his home in London. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Jackson a few times while working for Real Beer. He was a good and very knowledgeable man. One of his methods of beer writing others could learn from still, never say anything bad about a beer, just don’t say anything at all. That points to how revered a mention by Mr. Jackson was by all brewers. Some of his…

Toronado 20th Anniversary Celebration

The greatest bar in the country, hell the greatest bar in the world turns 20 years old this weekend. Toronado 20th Anniversary Celebration Come help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Saturday August 11th at the Toronado at 5:00PM. Some of the Beers: 1. The Toronado 20th Anniversary Beer, brewed by Russian River Brewing Company, on draught and for sale in cork finished 750ml bottles. I approached Vinnie two years ago about making a beer for the Toronado Anniversary, my guidelines were wood aged, big, and barnyard. We toyed with the idea of making six beers and blending them into one,…

Cincinnati Chili Batch 15 is Done!

And it’s pretty damn good. I reduced the spices by quite a bit in this batch. All the others, while on the right track, all seemed over-spiced. Some new additions this time (molasses, mace, onion, garlic) and some taken out (onion powder, vanilla, lemon juice, ginger). You may ask yourself “what happened to batch 14?” — well it wasn’t very good. I chose to dump most of it actually. Cincinnati Style Chili Batch 15 2.5 lbs lean ground beef (extra fine grind if possible) — 80% lean 2 14oz cans Swansen’s Beef Broth (less salt version) chilled 1 cup cold…