Whatcha Drinkin’ this Weekend?: ‘It’s Good to be the King’ Edition

Well the weekend is upon us, and I’m sure a few of the greenish-blue little puppies you see above will find a new home in my belly over the next couple of days.

You see, our buddy Rich Blair, the “ambassador” guy from New Holland Brewing Artisan Spirits sent me a very big bottle of their Beer Barrel Bourbon, the stuff they age in old Dragons Milk barrels.

I love it very much – too much probably.  It’s one of the best adult beverages I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming, and I find it very hard to resist.  And now I have a lot of it.  Uh oh. 

Even if I take it easy, which is “the plan,” my body doesn’t like Bourbon.  Just a little bit of the stuff will make me a headachey, sweaty, spacy mess the next day.  I think this’ll be a lost weekend, indeed.

But whining about getting a big bottle of free hooch is like complaining about having too many women chasing you, or the fact that you’re wallet is so fat it’s giving you back problems.

I’m thrilled that people send us stuff to test out, especially when it’s something this good.  Instead of complaining, I should instead remember Mel Brooks’ words of wisdom from History of the World Part I:


What are you drinking this weekend?  As always, let us know below, and have a great one!!


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28 Comments on “Whatcha Drinkin’ this Weekend?: ‘It’s Good to be the King’ Edition”

  1. johnking82
    October 19, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I cannot disagree with any of the above statements. I on the other hand love my bourbon and do have women chasing me. It truly is good to be the King. Tell your ambassador buddy to make sure Mr. Faith gets a raise over there at New Holland.

    • October 19, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Will do, Mr. King. I figured you’d be the first response here – call it a hunch!

      BTW, it doesn’t count as “women chasing you” if you just so happen to be outpacing them in a half-marathon…

      • johnking82
        October 19, 2012 at 10:32 am #

        Nicely played. I honestly thought of you this morning when I heard a commercial for a MiniCooper and how you could “zoom around town”. I laughed.

        Here is what I am drinking this weekend for a race tonight and the Louisville Homecoming game.
        West 6th IPA (it’s amazeballs)
        Bells Third Coast Ale
        Schlafly T IPA (also amazeballs)
        Bulleit Rye

        • October 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

          I have a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout left from Wynkoop, which puts the “balls” in “amazeballs” (literally). 🙂

  2. John
    October 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I’m gonna suffer with 2012 BCS…sniff, sniff. And some tornado whiskey

    • October 19, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Nice on the BCS!

      And I thought you wrote “tomato” whiskey, which made me far less jealous.

  3. October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    No whiskey in the larder but I have, among others: Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout, Southern Tier’s Harvest Ale, Smutty Nose’s Robust Porter, Magic Hat’s Hex Ourtoberfest, Flying Dog’s Dogtoberfest, and….last but not least…drum roll please…my apologies in advance Jim…Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. (This last not to be confused w/ Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.)

    • October 19, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      Nice list to choose from…

  4. Sean
    October 19, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I’ve been hankering for some Beam or Jack but I am pretty well stocked up on a variety of Southern Tier ales – Harvest, IPA, 2XIPA, Iniquity, and Unearthly IPA – most of which are imperials so I’ll be in pretty good shape, too. 🙂

    • October 19, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Sounds like you’ll be hitting the Advil as well, Sean!

      Well worth it though – I’m a big fan of ST, especially their Blackwater stuff.

      • Sean
        October 19, 2012 at 11:21 am #

        I live an hour from the brewery! Was there last week and stocked up. Got to sample the Creme Brulee and the forthcoming 2XMAS… that is good stuff… I didn’t think I would like it because I don’t generally like spiced beers but this was exceptional, very hearty deep amber ale with subtle notes of fig and spices but overall very balanced and quite satisfying. Keep an eye out for it!

        If you’ve never been to the brewery make a day trip of it… stop by the Ellicottville Brewing Company on your way. Worth the trip!

  5. October 19, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    No special beers to drink this weekend, but I do want to revisit some of Denver’s newest breweries if I get a chance: Hogshead, Trve, or Blackshirt (if they’re open, they’ve been having a hard time keeping with demand).

    • October 19, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      I was thinking of visiting all the new breweries in my town too, but then I remembered there are none. 😦

      Thanks, Will…

      • October 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        Well at least a NJ brewery won a medal this year at GABF 😉

        • October 19, 2012 at 11:52 am #

          Yeah, best landfill lager, wasn’t it?

  6. October 19, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Very nice Jim. I would love to try that stuff after hearing you write about it! Well, this weekend is going to be great. Tonight is the first night of Cleveland Beer Week so I’m going to a Founders Tap Takeover where they will be tapping KBS (holy crap!), there are a few other events I might hit up on Saturday too and I’m finishing up the rest of my Stone Enjoy By 11.09.12 IPA while it’s still really fresh!

    • October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Enjoy the KBS – I love that stuff! The New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon should be hitting shelves in lots of places in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.

  7. October 19, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Will be visiting friends in Connecticut this weekend. Though my friend is more of a wine guy (really really good and expensive wine), they do enjoy beer on occasion, so I’m bringing up a Saison Dupont and a Duchesse de Bourgogne, i.e. beer for people that drink wine, and two beers that have yet to disappoint me.

    • October 19, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      Good call, G-LO; Duchesse is a go to for me in that regard as well, even if I don’t love it myself.

      • October 19, 2012 at 11:54 am #

        Thanks Jim! They usually feed us really well, so I thought I’d go with something that has high food pairing versatility. Have a great weekend!

  8. October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I’ll be drinking Elysian Brewing pumpkin beers at the Seattle Great Pumpkin Beer Festival. Pumpkin is a vegetable/fruit type thing, right? Health food weekend!

  9. October 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m planning on going to the new brew pub that opened up in Yardley. Vault Brewing they have some tasty beers and I want to try their pizzas now that they finally opened.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      I love how some places make art out of pizza and beer. Who needs anything more, really, ever?

      • October 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

        It is a combination made in heaven.

        • October 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

          I thought Vault Brewing was in Pennsylvania… 🙂

        • October 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

          Almost heaven, Pennsylvania…er, or something like that. 😉

  10. October 20, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I’m currently in Bend, OR on a three week road trip through the NW. That means ill be drinking a lot of beer. Friday, I went to 6 different breweries and tried most of their offerings (including the 2012 Jubelale). Today I’ll probably visit a couple more then head to Crux Fermentation for dinner. Tomorrow I’m heading to Portland so there’ll be more beer there, I imagine.

  11. jeff
    October 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    This weekend, I’m drinking Founders Harvest Ale, a 6.5% ABV wet-hopped IPA. I’m enjoying my first glass as I type this, and I must say it is a pretty excellent brew, probably the best wet-hopped beer I’ve tasted. I also have a 4-pack of their Breakfast Stout, which is fantastic. I may also end up cracking open a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout at some point, since I just bought up the last 6 in town yesterday.

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