Thursday, November 19, 2015

Euro Beer #73: Wine/Beer at Dos Trece


Nightcap time. Always needed when tourin' around. We stopped in a joint by our apartment called Dos Trece. According to their website: "a neighborhood restaurant by day and hip cocktail bar by night." Ok. Also, apparently it is a Mexican restaurant. So authentic. Mexican restaurants are only second in number to Irish pubs on this Earth. Red wine for Sofia and a Moritz beer for me. Moritz is like the official Catalan beer. In 2007, when we were in Barcelona, they were still making their comeback after reopening their brewery in 2004.

Proof of life photo for Mom.

Bienvenidos, por favor noooooo perrrrritttos.

Carme 40

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Euro Beer #72: Wine and Shit Food (La Moños)


10/28/2007:Walking back to our place around lunch we were hungry, very hungry. When you are very hungry you are prone to making terrible dining choices. This was one of those times, but not really. La Moños is a crusty little place, packed with loco locals. Nothing fancy. For 6 euro you get full and a bottle of wine. We could not complain. The wine was not the highlight, but intoxicating.

We both got the paella to start. It was dry, but not altogether untasty.

My cod in orange sauce with potatoes and onions. Again, not bad. 

Sofia's merluza frita. Ok. She seemed to like it.

My ice cream. Whatever. I am so glad documented this. I bet you are drooling looking at this plastic cup of ice cream.

Sofia's arroz con leche. 

Actually we really did love this place. We were the only tourists, which is not always a good thing. I mean I never really looked at us as tourists. We were travelers. Yeah, travelers. At the end of our trip we flew out of Barcelona. We stopped in here again. But that comes later. We are just getting started in Spain (sorry Jason). And remember this was back in 2007. We've been all kinds of places since then, but whatever, I have photos of this trip. So we are gonna keep going until we are done. #throwbackthursday

Pre-iphone (me having an iphone) traveling.

So if you are ever in Barcelona and you want something local, cheap, crazy, sorta gross, but not really terrible:

La Moños
Carrer de l'Hospital, 93

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Euro Beer #71: Walk Around San Miguel Especiales


First full day in Barcelona. We walked/skated around mostly. And drank some brews as we went. Like Estrella Damm, San Miguel is ubiquitous in Barcelona (and throughout Spain).


Austin Beer Guide Fall/Winter Issue Release Party

Beer List for Tomorrow's Austin Beer Guide Issue Release Party
Austin Beerworks
Wet Hop Heavy Machinery and Mondo Pale series (one malt bill, three yeast strains, three hop additions, three different beers)

Community Beer Company
Funnel Cake 
Mosiac IPA

Hops & Grain
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter Culture

Jester King Brewery
Estival Dichotomous

Oasis, Texas Brewing Company
Whiskey Shakes (a bourbon barrel-aged version of Early Morning Shakes - a coffee pale)

Pinthouse Pizza
Deep Water (ABG collaboration - an oily hop future IPA)
Deep Throat (cask conditioned and extra hopped of the later), and Wet Hop IPA (duh)

Zilker Brewing Company
Pale Brett Cask (brett, fresh herbs from the Zilker garden and primed with light Belgian candy syrup, aged for 3 months)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Euro Beer #70: Estrella Damm


We arrived late to Barcelona. We dropped our bags at our apartment and went for beer and snack. Random stop in Plaça Reial (Plaza Real): Cerveceria Canarias. We slugged down some half litres of Estrella Damm.

Had some patatas alioli. Pretty tasty. 

The next morning I had a big ole gringo-ish breakfast at La Gloria Restaurant near cathedral on Via Laietana.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Euro Beer #69: Jenlain Ambrée on the Train

I am gonna finish this shit if it kills me. So what if this trip happened 8 years ago. . . So what if we have been back to Europe since this trip. . . This is the project I started. And I am gonna finish. At least you don't have to stare at that Total Wine post anymore. I know you have been here since May, just waiting for me to blog. Well the summer is over. Here it is. #Waybackwednesday

Aix-en-Provence—>> Barcelona (again)

Just like Jester King. Not really. 

Then we had one of those amazing French meals you always read about. First course: grilled cheese from train cafe. 

And I guess this was the dessert course.

Are we in Spain yet?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Total Wine Opening in Austin

Open in Mueller or GTFO! If you are opening something (besides a brewery/brew pub, or a really cool bar) that is outside 5 miles of Mueller, where I live, I don't care. BUT I can't be selfish. I must serve my adoring fans. And I know a lot of you live down south. This one is for you. This is way south, like almost Buda, but still counts as Austin I guess.

No idea if that is the actual store, but what does it matter? Just like Best Buy, you know what to expect, atmosphere-wise. Anyway, here is the info, straight from the source:

Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our newest store in Sunset Valley, Texas!
The new store will be in the Sunset Valley Village Shopping Center, right next to the Nordstrom Rack — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday May 21 at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).
This is our ninth store in Texas, but our first in the Austin capital area and we’re looking forward to settling in as Austinites. We are excited to be members of this vibrant and expanding neighborhood and can’t wait to dig in and get involved in this amazing community.
Stop by the store this weekend and join us in supporting The Long Center for the Performing Arts — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the Long Center! We’ll have music provided by the Austin Opera Company as well as tastings with Wagner Family of Wines, Fall Creek Vineyards, Austin Eastciders in our Brewery District! We will also have giveaways and other in-store events like Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Jack Daniels Single Barrel bottle engraving and tasting—come in and explore our incredible selection of local products, craft beers, wines and spirits.
Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Texas.
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