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119-Egg Nog?

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For years we have been threatening to record an episode about nog. After years of shooting it down, we have finally decided to give it a go. As it turns out nog had a rich and frothy backstory. So join us to learn everything from George Washington’s personal eggnog recipe to the traditional way a wooden nogging is carved.

 

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117-Snallygaster?

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The Snallygaster is a Maryland based cryptid whose description is so bizarre that is almost sounds like some kind of Lovecraftian horror. Half eagle, half reptile with razor sharp teeth so hard and dark they look like steel. It has wings to small for its body but yet it flies. It has one large eye in the middle of its forehead like some kind of reptile cyclops. it also has tentacles coming out of its mouth like it has a large octopus as a tongue. Beware the Snallygaster, especially if you are a drinker. We have heard it has a fondness for moonshine.

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109-Sake?

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Sake or sometimes known as rice wine is an ancient and reviled beverage in several Asian cultures. Although more akin to beer in the brewing process, when it comes to flavor it is closer to wine. It can be drank at a variety of temperatures, as well as in cocktails. Through researching and recording this episode Chris and Joe realized that Sake is wholly its own unique alcohol.



101-Bitters?

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We have recorded episodes about several alcohols and their mixers but have, until this moment, largely ignored a cocktail staple, bitters. Bitter herbs have been used medicinally for centuries but have had a bit of a roller coaster ride in the last 200 years. They became extremely popular during the 1800’s with the advent of cocktail parties, to virtually disappearing with America’s prohibition period. Although a few have stood steadfast in that time many new bitter making companies are popping up. Sometimes what you need is that old-timey flavor in today’s day and age. So don’t be bitter, just try some in your next cocktail.

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066- Thunderbirds?

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Thunderbird is the word! These megabirds supposedly flying over North America have been worshiped and feared since before Europeans discovered the new world. Very similar to the European Roc, Thunderbirds have contemporaries in many countries around the globe.

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065-Hops and IPA?

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Hops is one of the most distinct ingredients in beer. Some beers have less some have more but generally IPA’s have the most! Welcome our guest Jason Cavegn as we hop to it!

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056-Tiki?

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Tiki was the first man in Polynesian culture. He is descended from a rich pantheon of Polynesian gods. However today’s Tiki movement is more about sipping exotic cocktails and listening to the waves crash on the beach. Today’s episode is our live show involving all kinds of Tiki culture. You’ll hear the soothing sounds of the ukulele and the soothing sounds of our voices.

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050-Icewine?

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Icewine or in Germany Eiswein is a specialty desert wine of extraordinary character. It is categorized as a desert wine because of its sweet taste. Icewine needs to be made late past the harvest season when the grapes freeze on the vine. Typically the grapes are harvested in subzero temperatures in the early morning hours. The grapes also need to be pressed while frozen to ensure only the sweetest nectar of the berries are used. We talk about icewine and taste a little of this amazing treat on today’s Curioso.

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046-Trappist Beers?

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The Cistercians of the Strict Observance are a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, also known as “Trappists” or “Trappistines”. These monks and nuns follow the rule of St. Benedict. The Trappists live under the ideals of pray and work with the work paying for repairs and maintaining the Abby. The day is split into equal eight hour parts of prayer, work and sleep. The Trappist also give much of their money to charity. This work is done in observance of God and is considered a type of prayer on its own. Generally speaking while working is looked down upon giving birth to the myth that Trappists take a vow of science. In this episode we sample Trappist cheeses and beers from around the world.

We want to thank Joel Murphy from Hobo Trashcan and Patrick Storck from Experts of nothing for joining us during this episode.

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044-Absinthe?

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Absinthe make the mind wander. Some call it the Green Fairy. Some call it a Devil in a Bottle. We call it very refreshing.

Today for the end of the Halloween season we dive into the green world of Absinthe. The ban has been lifted on absinthe after a century and we couldn’t be happier. We try several cocktails including the Sazerac, a Corpse Reviver #2 and a Slow Death in the Afternoon. Of course we also try it straight and the traditional drip method. We gave the Bohemian method a try by lighting it on fire to not the greatest effect.

We want to thank our friend Mike for corrupting this episode with us! Check out his blog Dust & Corruption here.

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