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Funky D
Hi all,

Heading down to Chicago for the holiday weekend… Will I be able to find anything other than Lucid and Kubler at the liquor stores? I was thinking of bringing my bottle of VP with me, but that would mean returning with the bottle empty, and it looks like VP is hard to find with DUNY out of stock :(
Patlow
You could have anything you wanted sent to you express by Drink Up New York, if they offer that service over the weekend. Call them now. I bet it could be at your hotel by tomorrow or Saturday. Fed Ex 100% delivers to Chicago on Saturdays.
Alan
Binny's.

Stay until next Thursday and you can catch a Ted Breaux presentation at one of their stores.
Funky D
Binny's! I remember seeing that name here… thank's Alan abs-cheers.gif Wish I could stay until next Thursday; Chicago is a great city. Well, to visit at least. Does the visit from Ted mean they'll be getting some Nouvelle Orleans in the near future?

I'm thinking the cost of an express shipment from DUNY would be comparable to the costs of overseas shipping… And when that's the case, might as well just get it overseas biggrin.gif

Thanks again guys…
Alan
QUOTE(Funky D @ May 21 2009, 11:02 AM) *
Does the visit from Ted mean they'll be getting some Nouvelle Orleans in the near future?

Yes, I believe so. But I don't have a date for it.
Bkultra
do you have any more info about Ted Breaux's presentation? Date and at what location?

Edit: you can also pick up a few brands at Sam's…. http://www.samswine.com/
Alan
Here. Scroll down to South Loop, May 28.
Bkultra
Thanks Alan
Rick H
QUOTE(Funky D @ May 21 2009, 09:26 PM) *

Hi all,

Heading down to Chicago for the holiday weekend… Will I be able to find anything other than Lucid and Kubler at the liquor stores? I was thinking of bringing my bottle of VP with me, but that would mean returning with the bottle empty, and it looks like VP is hard to find with DUNY out of stock :(


I live in Chicago and I've just been getting into absinthe. I found two great stores that sell several brands: Sam's Wines & Spirits, and Binny's Beverage Depot. My first absinthe was Lucid that I got at Sam's. It came in a kit with a free spoon and two reservoir glasses. I just bought a bottle of St. George at Binny's. I also saw Sirene (locally made), Mata Hari, Libertine, Clandestine, and others. Not a huge selection, but more than just a couple kinds. I hear the Binny's in the south Loop area has a bar where you can order by the glass to taste. I have not been there to verify this.

The best Sam's location is the one in the city at 1720 N Marcey Street. The Binny's in the south Loop is at 1132 S. Jefferson Street. Both have other locations. See their website.

By the way, there is a restaurant in Chicago called, "Cafe Absinthe". Food is OK, but they don't know how to serve absinthe correctly. The waiter came to the table with a regular water glass containing a shot of absinthe. He put an absinthe spoon and a sugar cube on the glass then proceeded to pour water from a bottle very quickly into the glass, barely hitting the sugar cube and filling the glass (10:1 dilution!). The water wasn't even cold. He told me that if I wanted more sugar in the drink to knock the cube into the glass and use the spoon to stir it! w00t2.gif Tasted terrible and cost $12. Not what I expected at a place named after absinthe.

I also run The Chicago Absintheurs meetup group where you can tap on Chicago absintheurs for more local info.

Rick
Donnie Darko
I was wondering about that restaurant. I was in the Wicker Park area last year and walked by, but it was too early for them to be open. Of all the restaurants named after Absinthe, I know of 2 that are good. The one in NYC is pricey but has great food and a very good absinthe selection and they serve it exactly right, plus the decor is great with lots of vintage absinthe posters and nice fountains. There's also a restaurant in San Francisco called Absinthe, which I have not had absinthe at, but the food there was excellent and not over-priced.
speedle
The one in New York, is that the one that's about 4 blocks from the Bourgeois Pig? I think we rode past it in the cab on the way there.
Absinthe Ben
Alan, will you be there? It is short notice, but I'm considering making the trek down there…

Speedle, if I decide to go I will give you a ring, buddy. Perhaps we can catch that drink we missed out on last time around!
Alan
QUOTE(Absinthe Ben @ May 24 2009, 12:46 AM) *

Alan, will you be there?

In spirit only.
Tibro
It's really a premium vodka event?
Sonja
Just as an update for anyone who'll be in Chicago on Tuesday, June 23, Delilah's is hosting a large absinthe tasting event for all the brands available in the market:

"Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Chicago’s First Ever Absinthe Tasting
6pm until 9pm.

We will be tasting all sixteen different absinthes currently available in America, including Sirene, made in Evanston by the North Shore distillery. Yes, this is absinthe - real wormwood absinthe, banned for decades but back for our enjoyment. Several of the producers and their representatives will be present and materials about the products will be available. This tasting is part of our Vincent Van Gogh Birthday celebration, thus we will be screening Van Gogh related films all night, feature custom Absinthe cocktails and be spun by Amsterdamned DJ Mike Miller.
The cost is $20 to taste them all.
For more information contact Mike (773) 472-2771 or mike@delilahschicago.com"

This is the listing from the Delilah's website - as Alan pointed out over on WS, there are more than 16 on the US market, but that's about the right number for what's available in Chicago these days. Also, just to clarify, our distillery is technically in Lake Bluff, not Evanston.

Mike Miller owns the place, and he is an absinthe collector (and one of the nicest people in the bar business here in Chicago). abs-cheers.gif
Lord Stanley
I'm going to be in Chicago in a month. I wish that I could be there next week of this event. Sounds interesting.
Sonja
The event was a lot of fun. We had representatives from a number of brands present, and many interested consumers. It was a great opportunity to taste 16 absinthes for $20, so it was a good deal too. Delilah's brought in each and every product labeled absinthe that they could get legally in Illinois.

I don't have the entire list, but it included these (in no particular order cuz I'm too lazy to alphabetize):

Sirène (of course, since my hubby and I make it)
Kubler
Lucid
La Clandestine
Nouvelle Orleans
St. George
La Muse
Mythe
Versinthe (verte)
Le Tourment
Absente
Grand Absente
Mata Hari
Pernod
absinthist
3 absinthes only? Uh, not good. Even in Boveresse (and I am more than inclined that Boveresse is much, much smaller than Chicago), we have had a wider selection of true absinthes.
Sonja
Yes, well, one of the many unfortunate things I've learned about the liquor business in Chicago is that we're not on the top of the list for brand launches (and sometimes, not on the list at all). So we don't have access to many of the products I would have liked to see in the tasting. We gots to go with what we can git here, at least if we're trying to follow the law when serving at a bar. blink.gif
Wild Bill Turkey
QUOTE(absinthist @ Jun 24 2009, 02:55 PM) *

Even in Boveresse (and I am more than inclined that Boveresse is much, much smaller than Chicago), we have had a wider selection of true absinthes.

That's awfully hard to explain, isn't it? The only reason I can think of would be that every man, woman and child in Boveresse distills absinthe and always has.
Marc
True.
scuto
QUOTE(Wild Bill Turkey @ Jun 24 2009, 10:17 PM) *

QUOTE(absinthist @ Jun 24 2009, 02:55 PM) *

Even in Boveresse (and I am more than inclined that Boveresse is much, much smaller than Chicago), we have had a wider selection of true absinthes.

That's awfully hard to explain, isn't it? The only reason I can think of would be that every man, woman and child in Boveresse distills absinthe and always has.

Ha!
Alan
QUOTE(Wild Bill Turkey @ Jun 24 2009, 06:17 PM) *
every man, woman and child in Boveresse distills absinthe and always has.

I can confirm that Claude-Alain's children do not distill absinthe. Yet.
Patlow
I have yet to try Sirène. Maybe I should… (I am assuming Boggy, that it is one of the 3 "absinthe's" in your cheeky post?)
Absomphe
Knowing Boggy, I'm quite sure he was referring to Mata Hari, The Green Torment, and the very limited St. George with Tansy™ edition.
absinthist
Of course I meant Sirène, La Clandestine and Nouvelle Orleans, any doubts about?

Old Man, Lance has first learn how to make an absinthe before he might think about using tansy harhar.gif
Absomphe
…™.
Provenance
QUOTE(Wild Bill Turkey @ Jun 24 2009, 06:17 PM) *
every…child in Boveresse distills absinthe

An education system that works.
Patlow
The Swiss really do have a lot of things figured out.
Kirk
QUOTE
Lance has first learn how to make an absinthe before he might think about using tansy

Hah . Yeah.
Dakini brought a sample of the Boggy Berger down here this week , we drank it last night .
At first it was peculiar , medicinal . Louched like a brick but I thought I tasted Raid .
While the glass of B.B. was still half full , I poured the last of my pre ban 1914 P.F. , v.g .
We tasted them side by side and found they shared certain flavors . They weren't the same but the style was the same .
I think pre ban absinthe was expected to taste somewhat medicinal . I'd still rather not have Tansy in my absinthe but I won't say the B.B. was bad.
absinthist
There is, of course, no tansy in Boggy Berger but your words Kirkenstein are tansy-fuelled for my soul. Thank You, my friend!
Kirk
Calamus ? Mallow ? What is the root beer flavor ? What is the medicinal flavor ?
absinthist
You mean the initial attack on the palate? Then, it is a combo of pontica and licorice. No calamus in that, either. The middle palate flavour is built by two fennels, one Florence and the other Italian, but not Florence, they might be responsible for that accent.
Kirk
Must have been the licorice , it has a candy rooty flavor that I couldn't figure out , it reminded me of some old time candy that I can't quite place . Horehound?
Tibro
Now I'm confused. To miss-guess a primarily bitter herb like tansy for a primarily sweet herb like licorice seems a bit of a trick. Yes, each has a flavor profile beyond the sweet-bitter axis, but I don't think the general flavor profiles of these two herbs have much in common. Even horehound is primarily on the bitter spectrum, that's why you make a hard-candy out of sugar with it. Boggy, how many different herbs are in this recipe?
absinthist
But there is neither tansy nor horehound (I know it, but have never used it) therein. 10 if we count both fennel varieties separately. In fact, the last thing that contains a perceptible amount of tansy is light cavalry vodka Socky was given on Friday in Couvet.
Tibro
I'd never heard of light cavalerie vodka before. How was it Socky? Cleansing?
Marc
If only I could remember, that was right in the middle of the Belgian beers, right after the fondue, right after the Bugnon distillery visit, you get the picture…
absinthist
Exactly, since the people insisted, you poured a small sample in Orval glass. Unlike the previous one you had had, that one contains no ginger* and is a tad stronger-enjoy**!

*I was telling you about it during beer-eating…

**I hope you have still some left, you haven't drunk it on your way home?
dakini_painter
Now I know why I was equating the flavor in BB and the VdT as "tansy" because it was a big and strong flavor, and being from the Distinguished Ambassador from Tansyannia, I simply thought that must be "tansy". Show me I should just keep my big mouth shut.

But those who know me, know I could never do such a thing because mouth tastes so much better with a foot in it.
Marc
QUOTE(absinthist @ Jun 27 2009, 09:36 AM) *

**I hope you have still some left, you haven't drunk it on your way home?

I do have some left, will drink it quietly with my polish-blood-father-in-law.


Daki, you should make Boveresse one day, I'm sure you would enjoy the atmosphere over there.
Kirk
Maybe some day you can come here .
Kirk
Sorry about that, I digress .
Kirk
Y'all come visit , you here?
Leopold
Holy crap, Kirk. That's some beautiful work.

So happy that you were able to whip Cheryl's still into shape! That must be load off your mind, DP!
Tibro
Quite amazing how a few carefully chosen words can be so deft at conjuring such magnificent images of modern still porn. Stunning, Kirk.
dakini_painter
By the time Kirk grabbed a little hacksaw to cut off one end of the lyne arm to set it on fire I didn't even flinch.

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Jaded Prole
The master at work. I'd love to see a pic of the finished project!
Kirk
We beat and banged that thing into shape . Cut out some problem areas entirely .
Most big stills have spinners so we added one made of sterling silver absinthe spoon handles and tricked the thing out in tux and tails , kind of like this:
Kirk
That Cheryl is a very nice person , she brought me a bunch of beef from her neck of the woods , maple syrup , cookies and some bread to die for . We hung out , modified the copper , played in the garden and in general had a great time all week .
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