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  1. Austin has a new place to go in the downtown Warehouse District, the first true absinthe bar. Péché, webpage at: http://wormwoodsociety.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=4539 Serve about a half-dozen or more absinthes, plus specials on Sunday ($5 absinthes) and good bistro food always. They make a terrific sazerac and many other fine cocktails. Our fave new place to go! I feel it's worth subsidizing an absinthe bar that's trying to do it right (belle epoque absinthe-theme decor, French food, hip but not trendy ambiance, slow-drip fountains), even if I can drink cheaper at home. Pour l'encourager des autres. Strong demand will only increase availability. I've alreday noted a sharp uptick in the types of absinthe being stocked by local retailers, even if the really good stuff has yet to appear. Not being able to order the new stuff and the prime stuff from DrinkUp.NY has REALLY crimped my absintheurship severely.
  2. I am happy at least to discover that The Jug Shop (San Francisco) is still accepting orders to Texas (cross my fingers this doesn't change immediately) and they carry both Duplais Verte (a known quantity) and now the new Pernoud Vieux Pontarlier that I am so eager to try.
  3. Just so. I'm going to pay them a visit with Mrs. Piper909 very soon and chat up the staff (and try the Mata Hari, which is the only new tipple to me among this group; my expectations are minimal). What specifically would you suggest I promote to them? I've yet to encounter any domestic product beyond the St. George. I need to backtrack around these boards and catch up on what I've been missing over the past few months.
  4. Update today: I received this email from the DrinkUpNY.com folks: Subject: Shipping to Texas etc From: info@drinkupny.com To: kamal@drinkupny.com Dear Customer: We were contacted by Texas SLA asking us not ship there any more. This is applicable with all types of Alcohol. Basically Texas is implementing a "Direct Shippers Permit" to out of state retailers. However, in order to obtain that, we need to buy from a Texas Wholesaler. Our NY license will not allow us to buy from out of state and many of our products are not available in Texas for us to buy in the first place. I do apologize for the problem but it is beyond our control. However, we still live is America. Feel free to contact your congressman about it. Warm Personal Regards, Kamal Mukherjee Founder ********** I'll gladly send out some protest letters but am still not sure who to direct them to -- what is the "Texas SLA"? I guess a few messages to the local state legislative reps is as good a place as any to begin. Another losing battle looms with unsympathetic state bureaucrats, what fun!
  5. I posted this on the City Guides, too: ***** With absinthe ban lifted, Péché debuts New bar and eatery on Fourth Street http://www.austin360.com/food_drink/conten...oodmatters.html "Péché on West Fourth Street serves six kinds of absinthe, including, from left, Lucid, Mata Hari, Le Tourment Vert, Kübler and Pernod. They sell for $7 to $11, or $5 on Sundays." ****** There are some reviews on Yelp.com, too.
  6. Here's a brand new opening in downtown Austin: http://www.austin360.com/food_drink/conten...oodmatters.html "Péché on West Fourth Street serves six kinds of absinthe, including, from left, Lucid, Mata Hari, Le Tourment Vert, Kübler and Pernod. They sell for $7 to $11, or $5 on Sundays." I wonder where they get their supplies from, especially now that Texas has cracked down on out of state and online sales? I've only ever seen Lucid and Kübler available in local stores.
  7. Leave Texas, well, yeah, I'd be happy to (even Austin isn't all it once was, although it's still the only place worth living in this state). But it doesn't look to be in the cards just yet, unless I can find employment. Who has a job out there for a bright, collegial male with lots of practical work experience and who can play the bagpipes? I've been rooting around and found some other information since this morning's stunner -- aaarrrgghhhh!!! Just when you think all is going well with the green fairy world, Prohibition returns in new clothes. Once again, this state lives down to its culture of puritanism, ignorance, and greed (in roughly equal measures). :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
  8. Well, I just today discovered this piece of crap news and I'm waiting to see if DrinkUpNY responds to my inquiry. This really bites the big one. They were my prime supplier for imported absinthes that aren't available in Austin (as you know). My supply of non-Lucid and sometimes Kübler is cut off at this point unless I can find an alternate source. I can't afford European shipping charges. If I find out what Texas political jerkwad(s) is responsible, I will start to write some complaint letters and demand impeachment, tarring, feathering, and being smacked on the head with a wet halibut.
  9. WTF??? I received an email newsletter from my regular supplier, DrinkUpNY.com, and while announcing two new absinthes (Duplais Swiss Verte and Pernoud Vieux Pontarlier), they also added this note at the bottom of the announcement: *** New Texas Shipping Restrictions Effective immediately, neither DrinkUpNY nor DrinkUpForLess will be able to ship to Texas due to recent state legislation. Please contact info@drinkupny.com if you have any questions. *** Huh!?? Wha--?? Does anyone else here in Texas know what's going on? This is shocking and upsetting in the extreme, as you might guess. I've ordered almost exclusively from Drinkupny.com for the past year. Does anyone have any suggestions for an alternate US supplier who WILL ship to Texas (why are we being singled out and what has our swine legislature -- which is not even in session at the moment -- done to us NOW?)
  10. Sorry for the double post. My browser is acting weird tonight. dang, I'm still only a NEWBIE??? I'm not posting enough! I've been drinking la fee verte for over two years now!
  11. Typically only one, but sometimes two -- and I like to mix my brands; depends on what's available and the mood. As many others have noted, the company you're with is EVERYTHING. My wife and I recently introduced an old friend to absinthe and then we had three or four, including some Kübler mixed with champagne and some of the new Pernoud. Magnifique!! Like others have said, absinthe has a calming effect my stomach and has yet to produce a hangover, a fact other friends we've introduced to the Green Fairy have mentioned as well. Truly, the nectar of the gods!
  12. Typically only one, but sometimes two -- and I like to mix my brands; depends on what's available and the mood. As many others have noted, the company you're with is EVERYTHING. My wife and I recently introduced an old friend to absinthe and then we had three or four, including some Kübler mixed with champagne and some of the new Pernoud. Magnifique!! Like others have said, absinthe has a calming effect my stomach and has yet to produce a hangover, a fact other friends we've introduced to the Green Fairy have mentioned as well. Truly, the nectar of the gods!
  13. Possibly the slight frothing effect was produced by the sugar cube that was used, a fancy French block that came from Tony Rodriguez' absinthe supply shop on eBay. Plus vigorous stirring. In one of the fancy Pontarlier reservoir glasses. I'm looking forward to my next tipple.
  14. Well, la-di-da for me! Finally got a bottle of the elusive and controversial St. George from the fine folks at drinkupny.com, perhaps the third batch? And after a few weeks, finally had a proper chance to enjoy a glass without distractions. Just sipping it on the front porch watching the birds. It has a very distinctive look and flavor. I'm not able to identify all the various tastes or ingredients, but I liked it. It looks thick -- the louche is not attractive to me, the color is too brown-- and it froths, slightly, to my surprise. Never seen this before in an absinthe. But the secondary effects were quite intense and pleasurable -- a definite case of mind-buzz with only a single glass. Maybe it's just me. But it was a zingy experience, a very definite goosing from the green fairy, and who could ask for anything more?
  15. Imagine my surprise when I saw the Green (Bunny) Fairy at the Playboy Club. http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...ayboy_Bunny.jpg Too bad, the glass is empty!
  16. Gosh -- first I looked longingly at the bottle, then I saw the girl, and now I can't remember what I came to this discussion for. Yowzah! What she would look like with pointy ears and green skin...
  17. Salut, Eric, That would be fun. Is there any place in town that serves absinthe at the bar? I always ask for it now, just to spread the buzz and to watch the looks of confusion (usually) on the faces of the wait staff or bar staff. It's a test. When will I receive a positive or at least encouraging answer? Oh well, might as well let the town know that the demand is there. Austin would be a natural center for absinthe revivalism, if we could only get supplies locally available, start up a cafe scene, etc. It's a million-dollar idea. I wish I could invest in a start-up enterprise along these lines. A good old-timey bohemian coffee shop/absinthe bar/music club. It's a vision, and it could be big!
  18. I received my order of Lucid and Kübler from DrinkupNY earlier this week -- sorry, Beau, if I took the last (your) bottle!
  19. I've got to get in on this Duplais gig -- ordering from LDF right now. Multi bottles, decide which one I prefer later, during the Green Hour! Oww, this forum hurts us, my precious! The wallet, it burns us!!
  20. I just got my first bottles of Lucid and the Kübler blanche earlier this week and am looking forward to my first l'heure verte with them today or tomorrow. Much as I'd like to order the premium stuff from Europe, I work for the University of Texas and I'm NOT a football coach, which means the cheaper absinthes are all I can afford for awhile, and I feel lucky to even find these available. So I'm hoping that Lucid is satisfactory. I mean, I love sparkling wine, too, but I can't afford the good stuff from Reims very often. Does this mean I should drink no bubbly at all? It ain't easy having an absinthe appetite on a Budweiser salary.
  21. Dang it, KL Wines pulled the same trick on me they did on other posters (above). Curse their mendacious hides! Now it's too late to place an alternate order with anyplace I've tried so far. Jug Shop is sold out... sob! Sob! This is so unfair.
  22. Is this news anymore? I can't find it listed here as a Topic. Today, Friday dec. 21, Salon online magazine has a feature story on the return of the Green Fairy. Find it here: http://www.salon.com/mwt/food/eat_drink/2007/12/21/absinthe/ (may have to endure a brief ad before getting in if not a subscriber) There are readers' comments letters linked to this that are surprisingly hostile and uninformed in some cases. And at least one that mentions the Wormwood Society! If this is in fact old news, feel free to subject the newbie to hoots and catcalls. I can take it.
  23. Wow, thanks to all who have offered greetings, gags, assistance, and commentary! I will investigate these Jade links immediately, grazie mille, Sabrina! (Me Leo, Aquarius rising, moon in Capricorn, I think). MeTodd1, can you supply a source for ordering St. George, or at least getting on a waiting list? The first retailer I found who carried it, KL Wines in Calif., took my order then rescinded it, saying they couldn't ship distilled spirits to Texas, only beer or wine. If this is a real law, I may be sunk. If it was just their own policy, perhaps there are alternatives. Salsa, I have been wishing aloud for someone to publish a nice comprehensive collection of absinthe art -- paintings, posters, advertising, etc.. I have only seen a handful of all that has been created; has anyone thought o compile such a book and put it all into proper context? One of those prestige European art book publishers ought to jump in and make this a reality. Here are some links to some of my personal favorites just now that I have digital images for, but I don't know much about them -- plus a personal image or two (a figure I painted; a drinking companion getting into the "spirit") http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...TGreenFairy.jpg http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...eenFairyart.jpg http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi.../GreenFairy.jpg http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...9/GreenMuse.jpg http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...Fairyfigure.jpg http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o306/pi...bGreenFairy.jpg And yes, I am in fact an actual player of the bagpipes, too. Any other pipers here?
  24. Salut! This is my first post and a test to see if everything is working (as best I understand these things), especially my interesting avatar -- I don't know what piece of art this is, but it was posted on an inherited bulletin board when I moved into my current job last year, and since last year was when I first encountered la Fee Verte, I took the surprise appearance of the Green Fairy as a happy omen. I somehow stumbled on this forum a few days ago while looking up articles on the new St. George Absinthe (which I don't seem able to get in Texas) and have been slowly crawling over the discussions and FAQs ever since, as time permits. So much to learn! I've already discovered battalions of new absinthes I never knew existed and am busy investigating alternate US suppliers so I can explore these brave new worlds and not be as dependent on La Fee or "Absente" as I have been this past year (hey, I know these are widely mocked on this forum, but they were all I could find, honest! At least I haven't been duped by any of those "Bohemian" absinthes, give me credit for that). I hope I can locate a source for this Jade I read about. I've got Kübler and Lucid on the way from the NYC guy, so this is a step in the right direction, I trust. You Europeans don't know how lucky you have it when it comes to the Green Fairy! Even a relatively enlightened place like Austin doesn't have any bars selling the stuff by the drink, and the only locally distributed product is the "Absente". I do hear from friends who have had their Spanish absinthe confiscated by Customs, however. I work in the French & Italian Dept. (Graduate Coordinator) for the Univ. of Texas, so I am submersed in Francophile studies and persons and my interest and affection for absinthe is heavily tied to 19th century European literature, art, and society. I look forward to my association with this forum and my like-minded brethren in pursuit of further knowledge, good times, and laughs (already enjoyed many of the latter). And now to see if this internet thingy works.... crossing fingers... hit POST....
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