Three Notch’d Biggie S’mores Imperial Stout

Over the last few years, I have started to drink a lot less beer than I used to.  Maybe it is because what it has started to do to my waistline lol. Either way, every now and then I do enjoy a good beer, especially when it is something new and different.  That is how I came across this gem, forget that it has an 8% abv, how can you pass up a beer called Biggie S’mores?!?! This beer comes from a local Virginia Distillery based out of Charlottesville, and I am a huge supporter of local food & drink.  The historical backstory of this brewery, from the name itself, to all of their beers is really great, especially if you into history. We are here to talk about drinks though, not history (you can check it yourself at threenotchdbrewing.com). When the weather is a bit cold out, I am really looking for a roasty, malty, darker beer like a porter, or in this case a stout.  It has a smooth chocolate taste, and using 80 boxes of graham crackers per batch, the name does not disappoint. Get that fire lit, turn on your favorite tv show or movie, pop a bottle and ask yourself…..how ya livin Biggie S’mores! Cheers!! 

Manhattan Variation

This past week I happened to be covering a bar shift at Myron’s (yes this happens often, so come see me) for one of my bartenders.  This couple came and sat at the bar, I asked if I could get them something to drink, and the girl immediately asked for a Manhattan.  Now, when I first was maturing and making the switch from only beer to trying liquors, I went with the training wheels approach and started by drinking Manhattans to develop a taste/tolerance for bourbon.  So when this woman ordered her Manhattan, it brought back those days, and suddenly gave me a craving for a really good one! As soon as I got home from work that night, I mixed up this little variation that I have been drinking every night since!  Cheers!

 

Manhattan Variation

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 oz Amaretto
  • 3 dashs of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

In a mixing glass, add all of the above ingredients.  Add ice. Stir until the outside of the glass becomes cold to the touch.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

 

Buffalo Chicken Casserole *Paleo*

I am always up for trying now only new foods, but the occasional diet as well (they only last about a week or so becomes I just love food, and want to eat what I want when I want), so I have paleo a try.  This was actually one of my favorite dishes that I tried, and it was super simple.  It’s literally just some shredded chicken drenched in buffalo sauce, some diced sweet potatoes, broccoli, onion, bacon, and then topped with some onion and scallion.  Mix it all up and throw it in the oven for a bit and you are good to go!!!

Yelp’s Grand Experiment

Yelpers got the chance to learn a thing or two about mixology at Trademark Drink + Eat with Chris Bassett himself. The yelpers were challenged to create the best cocktail out of the bunch, which would go on to be featured as a specialty cocktail on Trademark Drink + Eat‘s menu during restaurant week. Learn more about the grand experiment here.