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Aeropress coffee plunger. My new favourite thing

Posted October 4, 2014 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

I drink a lot of coffee. Enough that I can slam an espresso dopio late at night and go straight to bed, falling alseep a few minutes later. For years I had a Gaggia espresso machine in my office. Actual steam driven motherfucker. Depending on my attention to detail, and the quality of the ground I was using, it could make a great cup of java, or the worst mouthful of stewed donkey piss you've ever tasted.

I switched to a simple plunger for a long time. Shamefully, I filled a big arse Bodum at the start of the day, hit the press, and just microwaved the leftovers as needed.

Did I mention the donkey piss?

Not sure where I first heard about the Aeropress. Maybe from Marco Arment's blog. Perhaps in a magazine feature on inventors. Because it was totally invented by an old fashioned inventor who likes to invent stuff. And drink coffee.

It's a deceptively simple-looking system, that is a little less simple once you unpack all the components and have to put them together early in the morning before you've had your first cup of coffee. Worth it though.

Long story short, the rubber tipped plunger makes for an air tight seal in the, er, coffee tube, and surprisingly effective and efficient filter cap strains out the grounds. The video below shows you the 'inverted' method, which I don't use. (Turn off the sound. Banjos.)

I love this fucking thing. It makes a great cup of coffee every time. Not much crema, unfortunately, but I use an Aldi milk frother to put a little cafe class on top. (Interesting side note. Mikey Robbins once told me Aldi Milk Frother is his porn star name).

I'm gonna throw in a buy link here because I've used this enough now to be happy recommending it to anyone. It's way cheaper than a Gaggia, or Nespresso. If you decide to get one, remember to pick up some paper filters too. Although I'm getting myself a stainless steel filter next week.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
I just brew two pots of black tea. If they go cold, I drink them anyway. It works no matter what the temp is.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
Yes, but you live like an animal.

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Abe Frellman asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
Wow that's cheap. My wife convinced me to pay for a machine whose price was two orders of magnitude greater. She was smart about it too and worked out how much she was spending on cafe bought coffees and demonstrated that a fancy machine would pay for itself in a little over a year. She also pointed out that she could use it to hone her barista skills as that's what she really loves doing (as it has a bunch of dials, knobs and switches that mean nothing to me other than more ways for me to f&ck up a coffee were I to try using it myself.)

She makes a damn fine coffee with that thing though.

damian puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
We went with a low-to-mid-range machine - actually on our second in 10 years now, this is better than the first one and was about half the price. It came with a ceramic wheel grinder that outputs directly to the group handle basket. It's less effort to use than a plunger for morning pre-coffee brain. So mornings hear me singing harmonies to the 50Hz hum from the pump.

That said, this might solve the coffee-at-work problem.

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
Stove top espresso thingy. Great coffee and cheap to buy.

That reminds me, it's morning and I need a coffee. Back in 10.

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Spanner has opinions thus...

Posted October 4, 2014
Does it come with those two hot looking hippy barista chicks from the cafe just near my office?

The ones that flirt outrageously with slightly pudgy middle aged council office workers not because they want tips and return custom but because afore mentioned council workers have a certain charm.

If it comes with two of them and makes decent coffee then I'm in.

insomniac mutters...

Posted October 4, 2014
They would appear to be coffee plunger accessories, so are a legitimate add on to your purchase. You can also get similar accessories when purchasing fast cars, boats and ladies lingerie.

Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
"...have a certain charm." Snerk. Wot, a rabbit's foot is it?

NBlob mutters...

Posted October 4, 2014
No, an IR picture of your foot

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2014
Tea drinker.
Not sure what I loathe more, the smell of coffee or the stink of hops from that 4X brewery that used to waft into my bedroom window on hot summer nights.
Still, I live with a coffee drinker & this might be just the thing to shove underneath the tree come Santa time.
Thanks for the tip, Guv.

Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
When I were an Ipswich lad I also hated the smell. Then this hippie chick asked me if I'd like to come in for a coffee after a movie. Naturally, being an honorable chap, I said I'd never been known to refuse and smiled at her over the International Roast. Since then I've grown to love (real) coffee and especially the fresh ground smell. Still quite fond of her too.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted October 4, 2014
I have only ever heard good things from people who have one. If I had to travel as much as you did it would certainly make my must pack accessories list. Probably as carry on luggage as I wouldn't want it to go missing. I think the only thing that would annoy me is the paper filters having to be replaced.

For my brew machine of choice at home I have a Saeco Incanto Classic, had it for about 12 years now. I get it serviced every couple of years and the only problem I ever had was when the power cut out in mid cycle and the dumping out the grounds mechanism got jammed.

The crema is excellent, the brew consistent and the espresso wholly dependent on the beans which is a good test for a machine. I take it black and strong (no milk, no sugar, working in the public service with the byzantin coffee clatches where the milk is never reliable and the sugar a contaminated mess taught me to take it black). If no matter what beans you put in it still tastes like donkey piss then its a poor machine.
Though my love of chemistry has tempted me to build one of these and I do like the beans from Death Wish Coffee.

and now I think I'll go make another coffee.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
I prefer Mil Grade instant ya fkn pussy

Halwes would have you know...

Posted October 4, 2014
International roast. Now that's real coffee!

damian mumbles...

Posted October 4, 2014
There's a good old joke about International roast and a coffee enema, but the fact that coffee enemas have become a thing means it's hard to find on the interwebz.

Or maybe it was Maxwell house?

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted October 4, 2014
top three grinds of shit HAVE to be International Roast
FKN PABLO and
Maxwell House.
Followed very fkn closely by Ration pack Coffee.

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted October 4, 2014
there are no words to describe the wrongness of those above statements.

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted October 4, 2014
I think you mean there are no FKN words.

Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted October 4, 2014
Take the instant coffee straight, tucked under the tongue. That'll get yer motor running.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

MickH ducks in to say...

Posted October 4, 2014
Yeah, Havoc, totally agree!
when ya drunk noth'n but mil grade coffee, all this barister crap is phaff.
It all tastes the same to me

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted October 4, 2014
I hear nothing but great things about the Aeropress, which is slowly taking over home coffee making. Quick, easy, foolproof, and a great cup of coffee. Plus, if you are travelling, it's easy to take with you.

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Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted October 4, 2014
I still drink coffee occasionally, but coffee filter papers are more useful when brewing ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmdSGCXJIY
Good Eats Coffee episode

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2014
then again, now I recall, the good Mrs H makes me a Cino most mornings in the travel mug from the de-longhi...so I guess I can't throw rocks much!

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dweeze puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
that thing gets plenty o' good reviews. So does this: http://espressounplugged.com.au/rok
Too poor for either. Bodum it is....booo

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Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
Why does this blog often leave me with the urge to buy new toys?

Barnesm puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
at least its not an iOpress

MickH has opinions thus...

Posted October 4, 2014
Most of its apple so it has no effect on me :P

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pitpat has opinions thus...

Posted October 4, 2014
My wife uses an Atomic stove top and swears by it must be 20+ years old. It will be the first thing packed on our next road trip. I am more from the Havock camp. Does it have caffeine at the required dosage and is the water hot and is it the morning. Although that nice flat white with the croissant at Pottsville was delightful.

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JBtoo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 4, 2014
I am still a devotee of the good old percolater, but I keep smashing the glass jugs and it's getting harder to replace them, with the rise of the pods.
This could be a highly suitable alternative - how is it to clean? I find plungers tend to cling on to the grounds.

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MickH reckons...

Posted October 4, 2014
I think that all these coffee mechines require just too much fucking around.
Instant is good enough for me, with the occasions $4 coffee from the chocolate soldier.

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MickH puts forth...

Posted October 4, 2014
When I here the word Aeropress, I think of a flying grinder! :P

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tqft asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
I have a plunger. actually wife just cleaned up under the sink. I have 2 under there. Don't tell her about the 2 in the other cupboard. and the one out that I am using.

But want to try an aeropress. But I want to get my hands on one first to see what it is like.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted October 4, 2014
I inherited a 2nd hand machine that retired my old stovetop, (that relationship was built more on habit than performance.)
After my first, which one has been known to muddy with a drop of moo, I'm a long black drinker.

I heard a chap express the worst possible thing that had ever happened to coffee, ecologically, was for each cup to require a small aluminium vessel.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted October 5, 2014
Like "global climate change" (if there is such a thing) the science behind the ecological impact of requiring a small aluminum vessel for each cup of coffee is questionable. But it would unquestionably be cool. Way cool. And, if you own stock in aluminum, it would also be lucrative.

Lucrative and cool. What's not to like?

damian mumbles...

Posted October 5, 2014
Yes, my longstanding relationship with stovetops was a bit like you imagine the AK47 approach. Over the years between the mid-80s and the mid-noughties when we switched, I'd learned to disassemble, clean, charge and reassemble a stovetop machine without actually waking up.

Which means I'm not as efficient at using the electric machine as others might be, because I want to remove and clean all the cleanable parts every time. Oh, and sing along with the 50Hz hum. I mentioned that?

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BigWillieStyle mumbles...

Posted October 5, 2014
Couple of things. Firstly, "cafe class" and "Aldi milk frother" don't belong in the same universe, let alone the same sentence. Secondly, the thrumming of banjos significantly improves any instructional video.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted October 9, 2014

@ BWS, you'll have to speak up, I'm listening to the <EM>Oh Brother Where art thou?</EM> <A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjzcGOSl2a0">soundtrack</A>

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted October 6, 2014

[returning Birmingham's
personal property after reanimating him]<o:p></o:p>







Quartermaster Clerk: One credit card receipt for Aeropress
coffee plunger signed by John Birmingham.<o:p></o:p>





Quartermaster Clerk: One warranty card for Aeropress coffee
plunger pump, filled out by John Birmingham.<o:p></o:p>



John Birmingham: I don't even know what this is! This sort
of thing ain't my bag, baby.

Quartermaster Clerk: One book, "Aeropress Coffee Plungers
And Me: This Sort of Thing Is My Bag Baby", by John Birmingham.

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Nez ducks in to say...

Posted October 7, 2014
I love my Aeropress, though I did have a issue with a double walled glass one time. Was aggressive and impatient for my damn coffee and cracked the bloody thing.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted October 8, 2014
I fear this.

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Simon has opinions thus...

Posted October 8, 2014
John I have found that stirring the grounds and water then halfway through the extraction I pull back and pull some air through the coffee. That and making sure the water isn't too hot means I get some crema which when I add hot milk (cold kills the taste) makes a pretty good drop.

Are you using an Able Brewing Coffee disk filter? much better than the paper filters

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted October 8, 2014
Is that the stainless steel one? I'm looking at getting one.

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Matthew puts forth...

Posted October 9, 2014
I have an Aeropress, and have had it for about the past year. Does a great job and as others have mentioned, produces a very consistent tasting coffee every time. The most satisfying thing about it is that the grounds are compacted into a 'puck' and once you take the cap off and depress the plunger to the hilt, expelling the puck makes a very nice pop/plunk noise.

When making multiple coffee's - ie when entertaining, it still takes quite a while to pump them out.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted October 9, 2014
Love the 'plunk'.

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Father's Day whisky

Posted September 7, 2014 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

It was a lucky thing this day rolled around. I was getting low. The Highland Park is an old fave, first discovered doing the research for Dopeland. I was in Adelaide, visiting a frock shop of all places. I knew the owners through some friends. They were fond of a smoke. And a drink. They introduced me to the Park at the pub across the road. An unremarkable watering hole in all respects, save for its whisky selection.

The Bulleit, I credit to Murph.

Thomas and I drove across the city to see my dad while the ladies were busy. After that we watched the first ep of Band of Brothers, which I thought a very Father's Day choice. I'll watch the rest of the series with him over the next few weeks/months. I'd forgotten how good it was, both as an adapatation of Ambrose's book, and as a work in its own right.

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Abe Frellman is gonna tell you...

Posted September 7, 2014
I scored a beautiful crystal whiskey decanter and matching set of heavy glasses. Now the tough call is what to put into it. I am thinking maybe my favourite bourbon, a potent little number called Booker Noe's.

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted September 7, 2014
Happy Fathers day JB.
Sent my Dad a text.
He is OS.
I need whiskey.
I so need whiskey...

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BigWillieStyle asserts...

Posted September 7, 2014
Da fuck? I got a 3-pack of underpants and some burnt toast in bed.

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insomniac puts forth...

Posted September 7, 2014
I got less than sweet fuck all.
And I have to buy my own underpants.

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Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted September 7, 2014
Birmo if you ever get desperately low I know of a stock you may replenish your stores. Just beat PNB to it.

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sibeen ducks in to say...

Posted September 7, 2014
So you got a Whisky and a Whiskey.

Fucked if I know why I'm so pedantic about these things, I cannot stand either.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 7, 2014
Ok Captain,
But I find the Rules of Engangement somewhat limiting.
The Multiverse thing is my best excuse.
I will defer.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted September 8, 2014
The rules are pretty simple. Don't clog the comment field with offensive, defamatory and ultimately pointless and boring bullshit. I just delete it. And the more I delete the more I feel like deleting so people aren't driven away from here. Is that simple enough for you?

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted September 7, 2014
Happy (probably belated by this point) Father's Day to JB and Birmingham the Elder! Not a whiskey person, so I defer to the experts, but the Bulleit bottle looks cool-right out of the 1800's.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted September 8, 2014
Happy Father's Day. Seems strange typing that as the local version is somewhere else on the calendar.

Bulleitt is a fine drop. I enjoy it. Perhaps a little too much.

Hopefully someday we'll get some local beer down your way. Or some barbecue sauce and rub at the very least.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Guru Bob asserts...

Posted September 8, 2014
I got a pair of Birkenstock sandals and a bottle of 'Old Spice Classique' which I won't try drinking...

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Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted September 8, 2014

I've discovered Jamiesons which I love. I was first introduced to it at a great mate's funeral. Nothing like a scoob and a straight Jamiesons to sit down and watch Dr Who with. Which, by the way, was great last night until the bit where the golden arrow was shot into the space ship. Hell I could have thought up a better climax than that even pissed and stoned.

Sharky asserts...

Posted September 8, 2014
Thanks for that!
Not

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pitpat asserts...

Posted September 8, 2014

Highland Park sets the bar pretty high. My lads got me a ubiquitous key ring and pen set, nice homemade cards, a sleep in, and a photoshopped photo with best Dad ever caption.

Oh and rocky road chocolate mmmmm. A nice day all round hope the CBG fathers had a good one.

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Bunyip ducks in to say...

Posted September 8, 2014
A pair of socks. But, it came with a hand draw card depicting some horrid Elder Gods tentacle thingy. Because, Lovecraft.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted September 8, 2014
Bulleitt is a very useful ally, as is the Park. My standby whisky is Lagavulin. A few years ago I took a liking to Elijah Craig bourbon. Banton's has a horsey on its lid which I find amusing and the contents are quite useful in a decanter (see what I did there?).

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted September 8, 2014

Bulleit is indeed a fine drop. I first tried it some time ago when Murph mentioned it hereabouts and it's now my standard go-to bourbon.

I haven't tried the Highland Park, I'm more of a Laphroig, Macallan and Bowmore kind of guy. But I'm willing to experiment, for scients.

Murphy would have you know...

Posted September 8, 2014
After the day I've had I could use more than a drop.

At least I have first exams to grade this week. Part of the grading ritual is to have a bottle at hand for the especially grating essays.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Bondiboy66 would have you know...

Posted September 8, 2014
Band of Brothers eh? My Thomas is about 2/3 of the way through the book. His grandma lent him the box set - we have watched the first two eps thus far. Great minds etc etc...

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Dick would have you know...

Posted September 8, 2014
Peter Alexander PJ's. Star Wars theme. The shorts are covered in Star Wars references. The top simply says I am your Father

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Justin asserts...

Posted September 9, 2014
is it too late to get in on the bourbon talk? I've been meaning to get into it for some time, but don't know where to start. Seems there is plenty of experience in the subject round here
Perhaps it is worthy of it's own post JB?

Ohh, and happy FD to all, I got some nice drawings and a few schooners of Stone and Wood down the Bangalow pub ;)

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted September 9, 2014
Justin,
My advice is drink several bottles of Woodford Reserve.
In one day.
Then we will speak about Bourbon.
When you are experienced...

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted September 9, 2014
Justin is downing two bottles.
Then 'he' will speak.
Yawn Justin.
I think you're drunk.
Orrr as Hemimgway would say 'mericans can't hold thryrrre likor.
Ay Justin?

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Justin would have you know...

Posted September 11, 2014
ay Dino, Aaayyyyyyyyyyy...... yeah I'm strangling withing the second bottle now
you said breakfast right?

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Tasmanian whisky FTW!

Posted March 25, 2014 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

Has anyone tried this world beating drop from the Apple Isle?

Sullivans Cove beat out all comers at the World Whiskies Award last week, walking off with the big plastic drunken Sctosman statue for Best SIngle Malt.

I've long known of Tasmania's whisky industry. In fact a couple of years ago I was even gifted a boy's trip to Hobart by my good lady wife as a birthday present. Rolled in there with a couple of mates to sample the pub culture of Hobart, which is awesome, and to spend a day at the Lark Distillery, which was good, even great, but not awesome.

I missed Sullivan's Cove on that swing through the far southern reaches. Kind of wishing I'd laid in a few bottles. They've probably doubled in price overnight.

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted March 25, 2014

It's very good, but not quite as good as it's price tag (in my view). But as a Taswegian I feel duty bound to imbibe from time to time

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Quokka mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Saw that award. Spouse keen for his next school reunion to rock around so he has an excuse to go back to Tassie to swill Scotch. And despite his lack of interest in twitter, he is asking for regular reports of FirstDogMoon's Tasmanian Whisky tour.

Boylan, you need to join twitter just so you can enjoy it.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted March 25, 2014

You're not the boss of me. I do what I want.

But I suppose you are correct. I would enjoy it.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted March 25, 2014

I find Twitter loud and confusing

Guru Bob is gonna tell you...

Posted March 25, 2014

Same here...

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

My Scottish grandmother is spinning in her grave, while clutching a bottle of Grouse.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Flinthart was gifted a drop recently and rated it highly. I am partial to the lark's single malt cask strength drop.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Black pudding and beer at Blunty and single malt whisky here. A great day. I shall investigate this Taswegian tipple. Repeatedly.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted March 25, 2014

As an Australian i always feel honour bound to drink only Aus whisky - but can't afford to part with the extra dosh.

I have also been following FirstDog's whisky bike tour. Laughed out loud when i saw they gave up on the first day and put their bikes on a car after a flat tyre!

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted March 25, 2014

Have only tried the Lark cask strength one, and I do like it.

I might be in Tassie briefly next month (taking Youngest Daughter to visit her grandmother) so will look out for it if I do get there.

I think I've got frak-all chance of finding it here in darkest Canberra.

Nocturnalist ducks in to say...

Posted March 25, 2014

First Choice at the northern end of Mort Street in Civic stocks it - I got a bottle there as a birthday present for someone last year.

That said, I'm hearing stories of all available stocks vanishing off shop shelves and reappearing on Ebay, so I'll grant it might be a little trickier now.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Haven't tried it. Want to try it. Will try it. One way or another.

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Sullivans Cove’s French Oak Cask - a single cask whisky from barrel HH525, of which there only 516 bottles - was declared the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the prestigious World’s Best Whiskies Awards 2014 in London on Friday.

Sullivans Cove marketing manager Bert Cason told TheShout that the company, its distributors and retail outlets such as Dan Murphy’s had been inundated with sales enquiries since news of the award broke.

“Our website crashed on Friday. We sold $26,000 worth of whisky, we wouldn’t normally sell that in a year,” Cason said.

“Mainly we’ve been selling HH434, the last remaining stock of the French Oak Cask that won best Australian single malt at the same awards last year – people have been buying those by the case.”

“We’ve also sold the last bottle of HH509, which won 96.5 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. That sold for $1265, which would probably make it the most valuable bottle of Australian whisky ever sold.”

Cason said Sullivans Cove had just about sold out of most of its expressions but will be bottling more product in the next few weeks.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OVJZAwUBrX8 I have been to the distillary but I was drinking beer. Whiskey isn't my lullaby.

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

Firstdogonmoon just tweeted a picture from Sullivan's Cove.

Looks like they still have whisky, although it is reasonable to assume stocks will be depleted once the whisky tourers get back on their bikes.

http://instagram.com/p/l8h3YZFrxu/

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/cartoonists-kudelka-and-first-dog-hit-highway-for-hellyers-road-on-tasmanian-whisky-tour/story-fnj4f7k1-1226863504129

The Whisky Tour, for Prof. Boylan's benefit, and for future travel scheming.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

Yep. I am so there. But you see, my wife is afraid of Tasmania. I'm not sure why.

Quokka puts forth...

Posted March 25, 2014

Hmm. My spouse told her over dinner he was edjamacated there. He calls it 'Fart Island.'

Would that do it?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

"Please, God, not Fart Island!!" my wife screams.

No, that won't do it at all.

Guru Bob asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Flinthart lives there, enough said...

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pi mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Love the drop. I've converted a few to it as well.

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Fran mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Sullivan's Cove is lovely, and I also have a soft spot for Lark/Overeem from Tassie.

Have you tried Nant? They have a dedicated bar to their whisky in Melbourne.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

It is at the top of my to do list for my next trip to Melbourne.

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Guru Bob would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

I have fond recollections of whiskey tasting at Lark Distillery one night, it may have included this one...

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JG asserts...

Posted March 30, 2014

All I remember of Tasmania are the dried apple core face sculptures in little glass bottles l - wizened old Noahs - apparently no longer sold on the tour circuit - and the Cadbury factory .... chocolate Flake sample circa 1980.

And Franklin Dam. Bob Brown. Now there's a true knight - the only human Australian Senator who smiled, aka 'saw' me (as I rushed to deliver papers to the Senate Chamber) during my years as a contract Executive Assist any temp at Parliament House, Canberra, 1988-92. Or if it was later... (did I work there until 1995?)... I no longer care.

I see politicians now for what they are. Most of them are snakes, with a few gems in between. I'd say 72 per cent (being generous) are self-interested opportunists. Currently, I abhor all politicians (the present parliament and opposition parties) representing Australia.

Anyway, I think of Tasmania as primordial rainforest, chocolate, bono Sir Brown, and compassionate souls like Dirk - the one I called Dick. And... to all the other fine Facebook friends made via JB, not that I've met you.... Sorry I failed you - all of you - Michael B, the muppet animal.... Havoc [k] And... what's his name? Those friendly Texan guys? Yeah... Murph and Rhino. I let you all down when I hit the 'end' button, or whatever it was, on Facebook and Twitter last year. Not that you care. Not that I care that I abandoned Planet Virtual A-Million-Friends-Life Facebook and Twitter. At least I'm living in the real plane/bono suck-it-up life/level now. Back to reality.

But, yes, yes, it was a moment in time. Really?? Sorry. Facebook did my head in when I imploded in 2012/13. Or earlier - late 2011. I went back to Facebook Basics 1 (allowing only family in). Closed circuit.

Joanna, travelling solo.

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Beeso the Cheeso (Updated)

Posted October 24, 2013 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

While I crawl through the editing of the latest Spartascast, amuse yourself with Beeso and I talking tucker at his cheesey podcast.

He puts it together on an iPad, which requires everyone to be in the room, but means less channel editing as people talk over each other. Impressive sound.

Having talked with Beeso about cheeses for the lactose intolerant, I was reminded of McIntosh Bowman's excellent 'Ask the Cheesemonger' app, which I've got on my phone but had forgotten about as it was tucked away in a food app folder.

I've pulled it back out again because if I'd just consulted the bloody thing earlier I'd have known that Thomas was fine to eat all sort of different cheese, including his fave, Parmesan.

The app's site is here. Worth a hit, for cheese lovers.

19 Responses to ‘Beeso the Cheeso (Updated)’

Therbs asserts...

Posted October 24, 2013

Didn't hear a bazouki player in the background.

You wouldn't have some Red Leicester by any chance? Some Tilsit? Stilton? Feta? How about some cheddar, the most popular cheese on the planet? No? Well, I'm going to have to shoot you then.

DrYobbo is gonna tell you...

Posted October 25, 2013

Let's discuss this down the pub. Maybe the Erko...??

Therbs mumbles...

Posted October 25, 2013

Sounds like an idea. Wonder what they have on tap?

"Two Fat Yaks thanks."

- Sorry, the keg's off.

"How about some of that James Squires?"

- Erm, we ran out.

"Coopers?"

- tap's not working

etc.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 24, 2013

OMG, I have been trying to log on for days and days and am finally here. Toasted Pecorino and some Reggiano in a Salad.

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AuntyLou swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 24, 2013

Venuzuelan beaver cheese? Japanese sage derby? Apparently the mention of lactose free cheese made the audiofeed shit it self...or is that just me? Whatever...CHEESE!

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BigWillieStyle asserts...

Posted October 25, 2013

I just checked on Wikipedia, there is no such thing as a "cheesey podcast".

DrYobbo ducks in to say...

Posted October 25, 2013

Thank you, Minister for Rhyming Slang.

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beeso is gonna tell you...

Posted October 25, 2013

Its a good litlle set up and as i get used to the levels i'm getting a more consistent sound, considering we were sitting in an echo chamber that was pretty good.

Bunyip ducks in to say...

Posted October 25, 2013

Hey Beeso, it seems to not play on my non fruit flavoured machine with the foxy browser. Can I download it from somewhere?

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted October 25, 2013

Ditto, Bunyip.

beeso asserts...

Posted October 25, 2013

I had some itunes glitches last night but should be good to go on itunes now. If its still giving problems let me know and i'll post a download link.

Bunyip would have you know...

Posted October 25, 2013

Went to the Emporium of Fruitiness. Found it in the Poodcasting bit of the store. Ta muchly Beeso.

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DrYobbo has opinions thus...

Posted October 25, 2013

I believe Beeso is looking at Skyping ppl in for future editions - however I also believe Skype are trying to disable third party recording, so for anyone who's into their podcasting you might want to look into that

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted October 25, 2013

Fark. And who owns Skype now? Oh, yes, them.

Might have to go to Google in future.

beeso swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 25, 2013

One podcast recorded on google hangouts and your google page would be full of sound insulation and mic ads

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Therbs mutters...

Posted October 25, 2013

Needs more swearing.

Bunyip puts forth...

Posted October 25, 2013

Fuck yeah.

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Guru Bob puts forth...

Posted October 28, 2013

As the guy on the hill said "Blessed are the cheese makers..."

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted October 30, 2013

Listened to it yesterday arvo while pretending to fix some tech shit - really enjoyed it. Now have a booking at the Claret House and am considering Esquire again. I really want to compare the experience and value proposition with Tetsuyas.

And had a squizz at taste trekkers - looks interesting as well.

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The Old Persuader

Posted October 8, 2013 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

Details for where to get your Old Persuader are up at the Stone&Wood site, along with some of the story of the beer.

The Old Persuader is The Mash Collective’s third beer release. Inspired by the transition into Summer and the preparation that inevitably entails… think, mowing that unkept lawn, cleaning the greasy barby, and pulling out the abandoned beach wear and cricket set, well this strong lager that’s gutsy but refreshing was envisioned as the friend that tells you to sit down and just relax…

...

The lager draws parallels with freshly mown grass, think grassy, spicy hops, scattered over a fresh malt palate with a glow of a well deserved alcohol kick. It’s the beer that gets the job done, for a person who gets the job done!

Techo Stuff

Style: Bock/ Lager hybrid, Alc/Vol 6.6%

But most importantly, this is where you can get it in a coupla days. (Tip o' the glass to W for the link).

On tap at:

Great Northern Hotel (Byron Bay)
The Rails (Byron Bay)
Nimbin Hotel (Nimbin)
Bangalow Hotel (Bangalow)
Black Coffee Lyrics (Surfers Paradise)
Pig n Whistle (Riverside, Bris)
Grand Central (Bris)
The Villager (Bris)
Cartel (Bris)
Bosc (Bris)
Archive (Bris)
Elephant Arms (Bris)
Sabotage (Bris)
Urbane (Bris)
The End (Bris)
Tipplers Tap (Bris)
The Scratch (Bris)
Story Bridge Hotel (Bris)
Embassy Hotel (Bris)
Bitter Suite (Bris)
Iceworks (Bris)
Yamanto Tavern (Yamanto)
Warners at the Bay (Syd)
Prince of Wales (Syd)
Steyne Hotel (Syd)
Hart’s Pub (Syd)
The Local (Syd)
Yullis (Syd)
Royal Albert (Syd)
Petersham Bowling Club (Syd)
Quarrymans (Syd)
Pumphouse Bar (Syd)
Forest Lodge (Syd)
Clarendon Hotel (Syd)
East Village (Balmain, Syd)
Union Hotel (Newtown, Syd)
Frankie’s Pizza (Syd)
Collaroy Beach Club (Syd)
The Grain Store (Syd)
Station Bar (Katoomba)
Albion Hotel (Newcastle)
Rainbow Hotel (Melb)
The Royston (Melb)
Park Hotel (Melb)
Kelly’s Bar & Kitchen (Melb)
Beer Deluxe (CBD Melb)
Terminus Hotel (Melb)
Great Northern (Melb)
Cookie (Melb)
Beer Deluxe (Hawthorn Melb)
Young & Jacksons (Melb)
Brother Burger (Melb)
Prince Albert Hotel (Melb)
Village Melbourne (Melb)
Bettenays (Melb)

In bottles at:

Great Northern Hotel (Byron Bay)
The Cellar (Byron Bay)
Beach Hotel (Byron Bay)
Ocean Shores General Store (Ocean Shores)
Taphouse (Kingscliff)
Black Coffee Lyrics (Surfers Paradise)
Lennox Hotel (Lennox Heads)
Justin Lane (Burleigh Heads)
Archive (Bris)
Lock n Load (Bris)
Cardigan Bar (Bris)
Story Bridge Hotel (Bris)
Vines (Cleveland)
Public Bar (Bris)
Aquila (Bris)
Yamanto Tavern (Yamanto)
Bitter Suite (Bris)
The Scratch (Bris)
Grand Central Hotel (Bris)
Chalk n Cheese (Bris)
Alliance Hotel (Bris)
Stewart Barracks (Bris)
Archive (Bris)
Foxy Bean (Bris)
Kerbside (Bris)
Brew Cafe (Bris)
Story Bridge Hotel (Bris)
Elephant Arms (Bris)
Melbourne Hotel (Bris)
Craft Retail (Redhill)
Harry Brown (Yamanto + Eatons)
Camperdown Cellars (Syd)
Porters (Syd)
Beer Cartel (Syd)
Longueville Hotel (Syd)
Steyne Hotel (Syd)
Steve’s Cool Breeze (Syd)
Firestation Hotel (Syd)
Earls Juke Joint (Syd)
465 The Avenue (Syd)
Bondi Beach Cellars (Syd)
David’s Cellars (Syd)
Black Penny (Syd)
Cromer Cellars (Syd)
Oak Barrell (Syd)
S+P Liquor (Syd)
Treehouse Hotel (Syd)
Bottle’O (Wickham)
Bottle’O (Lampton)
Prince of Wales (Newcastle)
Plonk (ACT)
Warners at the Bay (Newcastle)
Purvis (Melb)
Caufield Cellars (Melb)
Acland Cellars (Melb)
Blackhearts & Sparrows (Melb)
Inkerman Hotel (Melb)
Beer Deluxe CBD (Melb)
McCoppins Fitzroy (Melb)
Valley Cellar Door (Melb)

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Gramme reckons...

Posted October 8, 2013

I like the name. Too bad I signed up for this OcSober bullshit.

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted October 8, 2013

nor in the Illawarra

Dick reckons...

Posted October 8, 2013

no Western Victoria

Peter Bradley is gonna tell you...

Posted October 8, 2013

Nor in South Australia.

Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted October 8, 2013

Ah Paul, that's just to lure you back to our exotic foreign shores.

Rhino asserts...

Posted October 9, 2013

Nor in Atlanta, GA

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted October 9, 2013

Greg, if someone could promise me a bottle, it might close the deal.

Jacques Stahl has opinions thus...

Posted October 12, 2013

Nor Hobart.........

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted October 8, 2013

Yippeeeeee!!!!!! Harry Browns at Eatons Hill!!! What is "you can get it in a couple of days" exactly? Does it mean mid this week now? Like Wednesday/tomorrow?

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted October 8, 2013

Gramme - Ocsober? Sorry, but bwahahahaha!

*wipes eyes*

My apologies.

Prof - that's too bad. Be comforted by the fact that Mr Bangar provided me with a bottle of improved water on the weekend after some of us burgerers attended the felafel play. A good drop it is too. The play was great.

Darth Greybeard swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 8, 2013

Mr Bangar's improved water is a thing of beauty. In fact, I might have a spoonful now. Makes your beard soft and curly y'know.

Bangar would have you know...

Posted October 8, 2013

Thanks for the kind words Gents, in the midst of some honey bourbon production.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted October 9, 2013

Bangar's honey bourbon?!? Jesus Christ, mate, you're killing me here.

NBlob mutters...

Posted October 9, 2013

Dammit. I knew I was at the wrong end of the lunch table. Must get me some of Bangar's water+.

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted October 9, 2013

NB - its a smooth drop. Going to have to ration it out.

Yeah, right. As if that's gonna work.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted October 9, 2013

A very smooth drop. I share mine with no one.

Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted October 9, 2013

Again with the kind words ;) PNB I've got a bottle of honey bourbon with your name on it ... the last of that run ... you only have to collect it. A minor detail I'm sure.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted October 10, 2013

Hold onto it. It may take some time, but I intend on collecting it myself.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted October 10, 2013

You also have an island that is awaiting you, if you recall.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted October 10, 2013

Can I combine the two? That would make scheduling much easier.

Bangar reckons...

Posted October 10, 2013

I don't know about the combining, but your brew is safe.

Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 11, 2013

Bangar, any tips for the amateur blender? I've had a crack at a drambuie with ok results. Product is a little cloudy, could this be too much honey? Also, how imperative is it to fill the cask? Is air the enemy?

Bangar reckons...

Posted October 12, 2013

Haven't had any issues with oxidisation Abe, and a good tip is a stainless funnel and coffee filters. Honey always leaves particulates so filtering helps the appearance. Best of luck.

Abe Frellman has opinions thus...

Posted October 12, 2013

Thanks for the tips. Yes I used poaching bags for filters as I was out of coffee filters, so maybe that was part of the issue. Basically I just decided to experiment with a big bottle of Grants and a few other blended whiskers that people had given me thinking I like all whiskies...hmmm. Anyway I let some herbs and honey steep in the bottle for a week before barrelling it. Ultimately I will put something fortified in the barrel - this was really about cleaning out the nasties from a second hand barrel.

Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted October 13, 2013

1 litre of whiskey

2 cups orange honey

3.5 tablespoons whole coriander seeds

1) Combine all ingredients in a sterilized jar. Seal and shake vigorously until honey has disolved completey

2) Store in a cool dark place for a month shaking occasionally

3 )Strain and bottle

4) Enjoy. I haven't made this recipe but it comes from a good source.

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Lobes reckons...

Posted October 8, 2013

Its on tap at the Rainbow in Melbourne. I'll grab one with dinner tomorrow ($14 steak night)

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted October 9, 2013

Why the name "The Old Persuader"?

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted October 9, 2013

Mr Rhino, sir.

The Old Persuader is Birmo's pet name for, well it's a bit delicate with ladies present. Lets say The other Bald Man, the one eye'd trouser python, little Birmo, the baby maker, the pendulum.

I doubt most who neck this drop would know they have their lips on Birmo's euphemism.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted October 9, 2013

I don't care what you say. I still want some.

Therbs reckons...

Posted October 9, 2013

Paul I'd send you some but alcohol can't be sent via mail or courier to the U.S. Same goes for foodstuffs. That's 'cos your customs johnnies are meanies.

Brother PorkChop has opinions thus...

Posted October 10, 2013

They aren't working full time at the moment so might be a good time to slip some Old Persuader into the Prof.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted October 11, 2013

boom tishboom tish

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted October 10, 2013

There is an outlet 15 minutes away.

Tomorrow I will try this amber rose`.

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted October 11, 2013

I am sitting here sipping on a glass of The Old Persuader. I am not a reviewer of food and beverages. I prefer just to eat and drink, but I'll give some impressions.

First, the bad news, it's $12 a bottle. No, that was not a typo, $12 for a 500 ml bottle of beer. I cancelled the family holiday for this year and bought 2 bottles. I bought it at my nearest listed outlet. The Stewarts Wine Co. at the Barracks in Brisbane. It is a fancy grog shop. Maybe it is cheaper elsewhere. But, even the staff at the shop were a little agog at the price.

It is a very nice beer. I drink lots of different beers and I haven't tasted a beer with a flavour quite like it. Not an intense flavour in the mouth, but the flavour says with you long after the swallow, not in a bad way. Oh yes, I could drink a lot of these, if I could afford it. It would go well with food. Something gamey, I think. I think it would taste great with some kangaroo steaks. A very nice and interesting beer.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 11, 2013

p.s. JB's text on the bottle is excellent and the whole design looks great. Very distinctive.

w from brisbane asserts...

Posted October 11, 2013

I'm on to the wine now and am in a philosophical mood.

Now, I reiterate, the Old Persuader is a very nice beer.
But, $12 for 500 ml. I can get Chimay Blue for cheaper than that, and it is 9% (alc/vol).
And Chimay Blue is made by Trappist Monks in a Abbey in Belgium! Not beer made by a bunch of old stoners in Byron Bay. (no disrespect intended and I am just speculating).
It just makes me wonder, whatever happened to the sixties?

Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted October 11, 2013

Ouch Cooper's Vintage is half the price and a very good beer to boot.

Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 11, 2013

Look at it this way. You could probably get some cheap kangaroo if you live near a major highway and with the money you save on steak for your next barbecue, you could afford to get pissed on it. I can recommend some good mortgage lenders if you have equity in your house that you would like to, ahem, liquefy, if you REALLY want to tie one on.

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Brother PorkChop swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 11, 2013

Good luck with that Dino. I am completely over dropping into Harry Browns to see if it has arrived yet. Each time it is not there but so far I have 2 bottles of red, a slab of James Squire Sundown Lager and a bottle of Angostura 1812 rum. Too friggin broke now for the Old Frickin Persuader!!

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Abe Frellman mutters...

Posted October 11, 2013

JB,

For what they're selling them for in the ACT, we should do a little side deal on your private stash. Currently the going rate is half a dozen slightly used flats in Lyneham, formerly occupied by AusAid / Dept Climate Change power couples, to the 500ml Pursuader.

Roger Moore DOES personally pour said libation down the purchaser's gullet though, right?

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NBlob would have you know...

Posted October 11, 2013

Brother Pork Chop and Comrade W pose an interesting question.

What can a respectable man spend on elbow grease?

I have friend with a taste for hundred dollar bottles of red. Others drive a lesser car or eat lesser steaks so their weekends include Asashi, Peroni or similar imported beerage. I won't drink cheap vodka, but can't justify the $200/bottles. Excellent they may be, but like scallops, Wagyu & coral trout I can't justify it to myself or SWMBO on a frequent basis.

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted October 11, 2013
Twelve bucks a bottle? Holy shit! I'm looking at the two cartons I got by courier today and thinking they might find their way onto the black market.

w from brisbane asserts...

Posted October 12, 2013

Though I can see on this web page, the Park Hotel at Werribee is offering schooners of The Old Persuader for $6.

So, I am now a little confused

http://theparkhotel.net.au/

Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 12, 2013

In all seriousness, Plonk has Old Persuader for $9.90 a throw...clearly going with a two per customer rationing approach as a hat tip to its workers' paradise locale, rather than letting market forces decide. He laughed when I asked the 'case price' after he told me the unit price. "They only sent me two cases, so there is no such thing as a case price!" Now to convince my wife to go get me another brace before they run out. One is chilling in the fridge to have with tonight's roast beef extravaganza.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted October 15, 2013

Congrats on your new beer, JB. Hilarious that it's named The Old Persuader. We all know where that comes from. Very cheeky. Good luck with it. I haven't tried it yet but the bottle, label, and marketing of it (eg freshly mown grass) are great.

P.S. Knocked off all my Fitbit friends, you included. Also deleted my Twitter acc

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 15, 2013

My fitbit died on me for two weeks.

JG mumbles...

Posted October 15, 2013

Oh. Bummer. I jumped ship too soon. Well, invite me again to re friend you on Fitbit then. You'll have to do so through my email: name at gmail (j....g.....@gmail.com). I can't invite you now, seeing as you're off FarceBook.

I love the little gadget, and use it in conjunction with RunKeeper and MyAsics on my iPhone.

JG

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JG swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 15, 2013

^ spending less time online. Training for a full marathon,

P.S. My daughter, Tina, in her final wks of creative writing degree at QUT, is writing an essay ab

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted October 15, 2013

... (Grrr... Internet keeps knocking me offline, soz)

.... Daughter's writing a uni essay about how you market yourself: ie the JB empire/franchise.

Must try The Old Pursuader.

JG :)

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted October 17, 2013

Managed to cruise past Plonk on the way to work this morning - first opportunity I've had to get there. I suggest if Canberra region burgers want to try the Old Persuader, they get out there quickly.

The bag limit has been reduced to one bottle per customer, still at $9.90 per unit. And it took a lot of me spouting detail about the beer before he relented and admitted to having any. I don't think I got the last bottle (the case was on the floor behind the service counter) but he did seem to rummage around in it a bit before producing one.

I thought you ought to know. Any chance of a repeat batch, John, or is it strictly a one-off?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted October 17, 2013

Pretty sure it's a oncer, tac.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted December 22, 2013

A bit of an epilogue to my tale of beer acquisition woe as above.

I was out at Fyshwick Markets this morning, hunting and gathering ahead of Christmas. I dropped into Plonk as you do, because I could and because it's full of beer.

Well, guess what? There were four, yes four, bottles of the Old Persuader lurking on the shelf grinning at me. Of course I grabbed them all, along with two bottles of whatever was next to them (some Red Duck black IPA thing) to get me the 6 bottle 10% discount thingy, and chortled my way to the register and out.

So I know what I'll be drinking with Christmas lunch. Ho ho ho!

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Thug Kitchen, my new favorite cooking blog

Posted September 11, 2013 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

The 'food story' comp which kicks it off is awesome, especially the sex video Thanksgiving Dinner with the Oldies anecdote.

That's why you visit Thug Kitchen. For the sex vids and the peanut flavoured rat LOLs. But you stay for the recipes.

Like Mothafuckin' Banana Choc Pops.

Don't you be comparing my chocpop to one o' you ass logs, homey.

"WHO WANTS SOME GODDAMN DESSERT?" asks Thug Kitchen. "Frozen bananas are legit treats that can make you feel like you’re at the boardwalk even if you’re just standing in front of an oscillating fan in your apartment. USE YOUR IMAGINATION MOTHERFUCKER. Make some of these with the kids, they love that shit."

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Peteb puts forth...

Posted September 11, 2013

for some things, your highness, we are truly grateful ..

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savo asserts...

Posted September 11, 2013

Hi Jonh,

binawhyle

Vastly OT but I just want to let our US burgers at this time of year we still think about them and what was done.

I was at the Station processing a whole stack of problems, a bunch of out of town cops had allowed an armed hold up to happen at the local Micky D's so they could catch the crooks red handed. I'd just finished taking a statement off the manager, a girl of about 28 who'd had an hysterical young turk shove a shitty .22 cal rifle down her throat and threaten to blow her head off if she didn't open the safe. It's a McDonalds, do they even have safes? Anyway after our little shit fight I wandered into the front counter area and asked what was the movie, coz Christ it was realistic...

Senator, Prof, Y'dog and the rest we do think about it and we won't forget either.

savo

Normal Serivce will now be resumed

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted September 12, 2013

Thanks, mate. We appreciate it.

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted September 11, 2013

Excellent site, I did indeed dtay for the recipes. My go to link when I can't decide what to cook and I have no adult to consult (no we can not just eat kangaroo chilli con carne) I click here at What the Fuck should I make for dinner.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted September 12, 2013

I prefer my fucking food porn to arrive with less profanity.

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted September 12, 2013

Shit, sorry.

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted September 12, 2013

Mrs Style had a kitchen day over the weekend. Whipped up a batch of her mouth-watering Kick-Ass Caramel MoFo Beeyatch Slice, with extra ROFLMAO

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Quokka mumbles...

Posted September 12, 2013

Yikes. My class made frozen chocolate bananas for the school fete one year. My idea, and at the time it seemed like genius to all 24 of my classmates.

We ate most of the products and I don't think any single one of us has been able to down one, since. I still run into kids from school who gaze at me balefully and say 'That's right. It was your idea to run the chocolate banana stall.'

Meh. There are just some moments of horror you cannot delete from your social resume.

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