Whiskey/Coke in a can – what a time to be alive.

Beam and Cola in a can? What fresh hell is this? Is it a weird chemical flavored malt beverage, or is it a real whiskey/coke? Oh, I’m getting to the bottom of this.

The ABV is 5%, and it comes in a basic 12oz can, clearly branded as a Jim Beam product. Now anyone who has ever made a whiskey/coke knows that there is generally going to be way more alcohol in a self-made cocktail than that, so right off the bat I’m wondering what this is going to taste like.

Around 10pm on a chilly fall evening in a rural garage, the ceremony unfolded. Upon cracking it open and giving a sniff, it smelled like it should. It was then that the oddity was brought before a committee of four dedicated biscuiteers for a taste test. There was Kevin (Mr. Military Special), AJ (the provider of the pappy), Rob, and Joe. It was immediately met with “what the hell is that?! Why’d you buy that?” by 3 of the guinea pigs, while the 4th, being a well traveled and worldly man, stated “I’ve seen something like this in South America” before describing plain cans marked only with “Rum & Cola” being prevalent south of the equator.

So we drank it. IT WASN’T AWFUL. It really tasted like it should. I mean it was expensive for what it was, and I’m quite sure it wasn’t strong enough, but it tasted alright! I’m not going to buy it again, it’s not difficult at all to do better, but I can think of many ways you could do worse.

I wasn’t convinced that any actually Jim Beam was in this stuff, but after doing a little research I found that this stuff is actually made by a company called Carolina Beverage Group, LLC. Their jam is specialty processes, blending, and canning of unique beverages. Their corporate profile leads me to believe that they actually do simply blend Jim Beam with some RC Cola proxy. Now I want to know what else they make!

Join me next time, as I explore another recently discovered gimmick!

Your host,

Charlie Mewshaw

50’s Dad, today!

This is going to be me.

“That’s fantastic work on your common core math, I thought it was all just a bunch of hullabaloo, but you seem pretty keen on the whole shebang. Now c’mon sport, hustle to that garage fridge, grab me a cold one, and pick yourself up an organic sugar reduced coca-cola alternative while you’re there. While you’re out there your mother and I are going to discuss our feelings in a rational and productive way in the hopes of providing a stable and nurturing environment.”

Triathlon-A-Thon 2: The Recap

First off, thank you.

We exceeded our goal by more than the Crowdrise page reflects due to some donations being applied through last year’s donation page. The grand total for this year was $695! When you combine last year’s event with this year’s, there is now enough in the standing fund to help out in a significant way.

So how’d the event go? Great! Our 2017 champions are as follows:

Skeeball – Jef Ryan, but now that I’m typing this I realize that he was also the one keeping score manually for everyone since the machine was busted…hmmmmmmm.

Pinball – Tracy Lynn Combs of For A Rainy Day.me (she also took the event pics)

Foosball – …yes, I won the foosball trophy fair and square, and yes, that does mean that I did keep a trophy I made, and no, I don’t feel bad about it.

So we’ll do it all over again next year, perhaps with Freedom Pole(?!), and thank you again for reading/supporting the Triathlon-A-Thon.

-Charlie


 

The Fundraisening!

 

It is upon us!

I am pleased to announce the itinerary for the 2017 Triathlonathon! All establishments have been scouted for suitability, extensively play-tested, and given the Biscuits Whiskey & Beer stamp of approval. Drawing on suggestions from last year, the whole thing is walkable, and the times below account for that.

Without further delay, here’s the plan for Saturday September 9, 2017:

2:30 – Pinball at The Baxter Arcade (108 N Graham St, Carrboro, NC 27510)

3:45 – Foosball at Bub O’ Malley’s (157 E Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

5:00 – Skeeball and Prizes at Zog’s Art Bar (108 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

As you can see, we end at Zog’s which is literally right next door to Time Out, home to fantastic biscuits!

To recap:

1 – Make a tax-deductible donation to Residential Services pet relief fund HERE

2 – Come out on Saturday September 9 at 2:00pm, and have a blast, collect your goodie bag, and potentially win fabulous prizes. If you want to donate but can’t make it out, I will mail you your goodie bag!

3 – Feel excellent knowing you made a tangible difference in supporting an amazing cause.

Vacation Beers

Good Hops Brewing is not your typical brewery. Located in Carolina Beach, NC, Good Hops makes truly adventurous beers, and has more than just a tasting room, they provide a full-on experience for their customers. There’s a disc-golf course that winds through the pines next to the building, a spacious outdoor seating area with a stage for live music, fire-pits for chilly nights, and the indoor bar area is stocked with games and ample seating options. There’s the obligatory mug-club where locals can have their very own piece of the experience, a dedication to sustainability and charity outlined through company policies, and indicators throughout the place that Good Hops is a truly a part of it’s community. It is, without a doubt, one of the best brewery experiences I can recall.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets move on to the beers. My first visit was a quick, single pour of their Kolsch. A light, crisp, slightly wheaty beer that cut through the muggy afternoon and invigorated my spirits. With only 4% ABV, this would have been an obvious choice for session consumption.

I kinda blew it on pics and didn’t take enough, but check out their site for more (link at the bottom).

The fellow working the bar was nice, and encouraged further exploration of the offerings, but I had to keep it moving. I promised a return, and return I did.

A few days later, I dropped back by for a flight, and while all of their beers were good, holy hell that brown ale is fantastic! I also took fancy of what their website bills as “everyone’s favorite” – a golden ale with pineapple added in second fermentation. It was amazing. Not too sweet, with subtle pineapple notes, I got a growler for the return home.

Looking over their beer list, I am amazed at how adventurous their seasonal offerings get, and have no doubt that Good Hops has a bright future ahead of them. I really hope that they get some distro inland, because I would keep their beers in my fridge year round.

In other news – I got the art in for Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening goody bags. Looks great, is relevant to the cause of the event, and matches the style of last years t-shirt…get stoked! This years goody bag was set to be replacing the t-shirt from last year, but a few folks have asked if there would be a shirt…so once I finish the lettering and post the final art, let me know if you would want a shirt and if enough people are into it, I can look into the logistics of getting some made.

Want to learn more about Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening? Early details are live HERE!

As always, thanks for reading!

-Charlie

Links:

Good Hops- http://www.goodhopsbrewing.com/

Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening – https://www.crowdrise.com/triathlon-a-thon-2-the-fundraisening

Iron-guy-whatever

Totally non biscuit, whiskey, or beer related post:

So Marvel’s Iron Fist isn’t getting good reviews, and I have to say that I’m a little relieved. Time is at an all-time premium in my life at the moment, and I just can’t imagine getting hooked into a Marvel show right now. Hopefully watching the full season won’t be required for understanding The Defenders mini-series that will follow. Ideally just reading a wiki of the plot will be enough to fill in the details.

I’ll get back to writing about booze and grease bombs shortly, but you know time and all that.

-CM

End of the Year Bests / Worst

Year End Recap – 2016

It’s the time of year for reflective evaluation of what has transpired over the previous 12 months. In the spirit of the season, here’s a recap/ranking of the year in biscuits, whiskey, and beer!

 

Biscuit Rankings

Best : SUNRISE BISCUIT KITCHEN – Value, quality, and uniqueness make Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen the best biscuit of 2016.

Worst: HARDEES – I wrote about biscuits at a hospital this year. You got beat by a hospital Hardees…think about what you’ve done, and try harder next time.

 

Whiskey Rankings

Best: HENRY MCKENNA BOTTLED IN BOND – This was a big surprise, a previous unknown (to me), propelling it ahead of other more “top shelf” selections based on value and big flavors.

Worst: BOHSHINE – fun, quirky, not too bad, but still…c’mon, it was never going to be the best, and always going to be the worst.

Beer Rankings

Best: Bull Durham Brewing Company Lollygagger Kolsch – to quote me “It’s got the perfect balance of malts and hops, and really is just exactly what I think a beer should be. I only wish I could have it at home, but then again, maybe what makes it special is knowing you can only have one at the game.”

Worst: Trader Joes Simpler Times Lager – it tastes the way a beer fart smells.

Honorable Mention: Steel String Rollie Pollie – so good, but not a daily drinker so unfortunately couldn’t be the best.

There’s some great stuff lined up for 2017 – see you then!

Your host,

Charlie Mewshaw

 

 

Nog

Egg Nog is a divisive holiday staple. Some people love it, some people think it’s nasty. Even those that like it can’t agree…should it have booze in it, or should it not?

I am in the “I like it” camp, and am vehemently opposed to the inclusion alcohol in my nog. I think it’s a wholesome holiday treat, and should not be sullied with hooch.

I don’t REALLY know what’s in it, and I don’t want to. I have like one glass a year, it tastes like Christmas, and then I get gas (lactose issues). I don’t want that one glass to be any different year to year, so I guess maybe that’s why I’m hung up on keeping it simple.

Stay tuned for the BWB year-end recap countdown extravaganza where I will rank the foods and beverages from 2016 that contributed to me being the most out of shape I’ve ever been. Hooray!

-Charlie

WE DID IT!

We hit the fundraising goal for the Triathlon-A-Thon this weekend!

One small update: the new start time is 10AM at 401 Golf in Raleigh – this is because the bowling alley will be opening a little later than originally planned.

See you there,

Charlie