Mechant Du Vin

January 24, 2012

Hi Cisco blogging cat here. Just wanted to share with you this very interesting web site about beer. Merchant Du Vin is a company that brings brands like Samuel Smith, Orval, Lindemans Lambics and many others to United States.

Mechant Du Vin

The web site has lots of information on history of featured breweries, describes beer brewing process and has other very interesting stuff. For example I didn’t know that porter was the first commercially brewed beer. It was named for the train porters who were its original servers and consumers.

See ya soon, yours truly
Cisco

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Winter, Upcoming Sale, Firewood, etc…

November 6, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here… Now, take at that cloud below…

So what does that say to you on this fine November morning? I’ll tell you what it says to this feline… Winter is on its way! Here are the repercussions:

  • Da Gizz is going to have one of his insane, crazier-than-an-outhouse rat, gonzo sales. We’re talking bottle sales, case sales, multi-case sales. mega-case sales. Might as well stock up while the driving is easy.
  • And beer and wine aren’t the only thing that this season and Bruce offers… How about some firewood? Buy by the bundle or buy by the cord… Your choice. Remember, there’s plenty of hardwood like maple and cherry to go around. Best of all, Gibson delivers spirits as well as wood, but only when the roads are passable.
  • Lastly, there are the wing-nut contests and giveaways Da Gizz holds impromptu this time of year… Don’t ask me, I’m just the piano player…
So… When do the sales start? I don’t know No one does…!!! How about two or three days before Thanksgiving, and then they run right straight through the holidays?

Brace yourself, this will be the best HSS event yet…

By the racks…

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Budweiser and Trust

November 4, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here…

Just found an interesting article about Budweiser and their changing recipe over the years for their flagship beer, but more about that in a minute… Whether you are a conservative or liberal, sports fan or not movie buff or bookworm, we really can’t trust a damned institution in our culture anymore. Consider…

  • How do we trust Herman Cain when he keeps changing his story about the sexual harassment charges? And lest you on the Left Side take joy in this, you’d better once and for all define the word, “is”. At least now, we have a president that finally ended the dreaded water-boarding torture. (Pssst… Obama has quietly continued the policy of  rendition — the shipping off of unfriendlies to countries like Saudi Arabia who really know the meaning of torture… Nothing like quietly having another country do your dirty work for you. Now there’s hope and change you can believe in.)
  • Ah sports… No lying sacks of doodee there right? Deep sigh… Not so much… How many of these clowns are juiced? No one knows… There are only a few whistleblowers, and, be honest… Are you going to trust Canseco?
  • Hollywood? To any degree trustworthy? Give me a break.
And the beat goes on… Beware the priests… Trust your police force? Better talk with the folks in New Orleans who lived through Katrina. Trust your fire department?  Well, so long as you’ve paid all fees above and beyond your taxes.
So who do you trust? Once upon a time, at least your brewery gave you the skinny… No more… Anheuser Busch has finally admitted what we beer drinkers have suspected all along — they’ve been changing their recipe for Bud — adding less ingredients.  (At this point, it’s like sex in a canoe… f#@!ing close to water.) But all along, A-B has been swearing that they’ve been adhereing to the original recipe… Bull… Here is a must-read link to a great article about this…
The way things are, I’d probably buy a dog, except that the damned thing would probably bite me… Then again, I could probably sue the beast and score a reality TV show…
Despondent by the racks…

Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Beer News

October 21, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here… Seems to me that it’s about time to offer up some cool new resources for you beer lovers… So, aside from the standard links below, here you go…

That should keep you busy for a while…
By those well-informed racks…
Three Cats Blogging…

Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Price Increase on Bud

October 16, 2011

Yup,

There it is… Old faithful… No matter how crappy the day, there was always old faithful waiting at home… A cold Budweiser with your name on it…

Seriously… Do we ask so much? When it’s ‘August hot’ and we still have sawdust in our hair, is it too much to ask for a little beer without breaking the bank? the cost of a 30 pack just went up by a $1.00. Not that Bruce likes that, but that’s the name of the game. His costs go up… your costs go up. No… Da Gizz hates this — every time his costs go up, you think twice about that ‘after-work’ cold one. Not good…

How can it be that a product that probably costs $.10 to make, market, and ship ends up costing close to a $1.00??? Give you a clue — Gibson ain’t getting rich. Welcome to the world of taxes, fees, futures on gas prices, outrageous labor costs, domestic and global economic instability, and political befuddlement. The world doesn’t know whether to ‘fight, fornicate, or jump over the fence’.

Anyway, that’s this cat’s take on why Bud just went up a buck on a 30 pack…

Sipping by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Fall Beers, Wine and a Recipe…

October 4, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…

‘Case you haven’t noticed it, it’s starting to off in these parts. What to drink? What to eat? Concerning the former, Da Gizz has got you covered…

Beer:

  • Sierra Nevada: Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
  • Mayflower: Autumn Wheat Ale
  • Narragansett: Fest Lager
  • Ipswich: Harvest Ale
  • Brooklyn Brewery: Post Road Pumpkin Beer

And the appropriate suds grub?

  • Chili
  • Tacos
  • Burgers
  • Sausages/bratwurst/knockwurst
  • Shepherd’s pie, etc.

Let’s not forget the scarlet vino and its accompanying eats:

  • Campo Viejo Rioja (Spain) $15
  • Villa Erbice Valpolicella (Italy) $18
  • Beef stew
  • Stroganoff
  • Venison
  • Bison steak, etc.

As for that pesky recipe…

Beef with Snow Peas
(from the Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients:

    • 1-½ pound Flank Steak, Trimmed Of Fat And Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain
    • ½ cups Low Sodium Soy Sauce
    • 3 Tablespoons Sherry Or Cooking Sherry
    • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
    • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger
    • 8 ounces, weight Fresh Snow Peas, Ends Trimmed
    • 5 whole Scallions, Cut Into Haf-inch Pieces On The Diagonal
    • Salt As Needed (use Sparingly)
    • 3 Tablespoons Peanut Or Olive Oil
    • Crushed Red Pepper, For Sprinkling
    • Jasmine Or Long Grain Rice, Cooked According To Package

Notes:

Use less soy sauce, make up liquid volume with chicken stock.
Back off ginger just a bit.
Try with mushrooms, or broccoli, chicken or shrimp.

Preparation Instructions:

In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Add sliced meat to bowl and toss with hands. Set aside. (Now is a great time to marinade in a vacuum-sealed bag and let frig overnight…)

Heat oil in a heavy skillet (iron is best) or wok over high heat. Add snow peas and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside.

Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the scallions. Spread out meat as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate.

Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the first plateful of meat, the rest of the marinade, and the snow peas. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits.

Serve immediately over rice. Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the top to give it some spice.

Tasty by the racks…

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Da Gizz Has Firewood!

September 26, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…

Betcha’ that you didn’t know that Bruce sells firewood. Trust us… He sells tons of it. No, he really does sell tons of it. Here’s some downed maple as proof. (Giboson has already taken away two trailer loads for ‘processing’.)

Truth be told, if you want a cord or more, Da Gizz can deliver and stack for you. (Prices vary depending on wood type and availability.) And if you want warmth just for a weekend, stop by and pick up a few of those bundles out front of the establishment for just $10, $15, and $20 each…

Let’s see… The weather is turning nippy, it’s getting dark earlier, the Harwich Spirits Shoppe is selling fine meats, beer, and wine, it’s football season, and rumor has it that there’s cheap firewood just waiting to be had at 574 Rt. 28 in Harwich Port…

Content by the racks,

Three cats blogging


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.