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This Ain’t the Beer That You’re Used To: A Beginners Guide To Good Beer [paperback] Cook, Dom “Doochie” [Jan 24, 2019], for ¥1,100 via @amazon

Shimazake Festa 2019

I’ll go ahead and call Day 1 of Shimazake Festa 2019 a success.

I was able to catch up with friends and meet new ones. A few of which I knew only via social media but hadn’t met in person. Whether you’ve known someone for 10 years or 10 minutes, it is always nice to chat with people who share your passion or interests. And, especially during events like this, you never know who you’ll run into.


A Beginner’s Guide To Good Beer

This Ain’t The Beer That You’re Used To

is a beginner’s guide that is told from a unique perspective. Dooch does a good job presenting introductions to various beer styles and sharing stories from his personal life that make this guide easy to comprehend and relate to. No doubt many people, particularly people of color, have been in similar situations in the beer industry.

Although I now focus on all alcoholic beverages, I can personally relate to some of the stories and opinions shared. As I read this short book, I often nodded or smiled to myself in agreement. “Yup, I remember that one time” or “Matter of fact, that just happened to me yesterday!” Hopefully Dooch is already considering a second volume that might include interviews with other beer professionals.

Overall, this book makes for a great intro to beer for all beginners, especially the intended audience. I too hope to see more black and brown people take the time to learn about and eventually grow to appreciate good beer. Bravo, bro! You’re off to a great start!

Cognac Tastings Feat. Meukow

Meukow Cognac

The verdict is in! Meukow has some solid Cognacs. This blog post was drafted to illustrate a recent tasting session that featured Meukow ‘Black Panther’ VS, Meukow VSOP and Meukow XO offerings. First off, I’ll quickly admit that I am not a Cognac expert or a professional reviewer. The following blog post is simply my thoughts on the three brands of Meukow Cognac that I have received as tasting samples.

Meukow VS が甘いです。カクテルにいいと思う。

Meukow ‘Black Panther’ VS. First thought – Sweet, fruity flavor. Sipping it straight is pleasant but it is a bit sweet. However, I could see instances were I would reach for the Black Panther, such as mixing a nice cocktail or pairing with a spicy, flavorful cigar. This Cognac is aged a minimum of 2 years.

Meukow VSOP がバランスいい。ストレートでオススメ

Next I moved to the Meukow VSOP. First thought – This is a well-balanced Cognac that features a nice blend of sweet and spicy flavors. Meukow VSOP is dangerously easy to drink neat. Be careful not to finish the bottle in one sitting! This Cognac is aged a minimum of 4 years.

Meukow XO がスパイシーです。ストレートでオススメ

To finish the sampling off, I poured a taste of Meukow XO. First thought – Spicy and bold flavors. Some days the spicy kick is preferred and like the VSOP, this is another Cognac that is pleasant and easy to drink neat. This Cognac is aged a minimum of 10 years.

Cognac pairs well with a premium cigar.

Overall, the VSOP is my personal favorite of the 3 that I have tasted for this short blog. post. I like the balance that is demonstrated, quite tasty. Try it today!