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  1. Resurrecting this thread from the dead, but just wanted to say brewdog brewery changed my whole outlook on beer. I love trying new drinks, so I am always buying a a bunch of new random beers, wines, absinthes etc. Came across something called "Hardcore IPA" and "Punk IPA" at the liquor store and typically I hate IPA's but I am all about Hardcore Music and my gf loves Punk, so we had to get them for novelty sake. Despite not liking IPA's this was actually kind of tasty. Looked into the company which has an impressive background based out of scotland by these two creative, and humorous guys who are passionate about beer. They've done stuff like put beer in casks and send them out to sea for 2 months to age in harsh weather conditions, Fermented beer at the bottom of the ocean, froze beer to remove the water over and over to get a higher alcohol content, etc. They currently have the record for the stongest beer in the world at 55% alcohol. I found one called "Paradox Jura" that is a "malt beverage aged in scotch whiskey barrels" It just kind of blew my mind when I had it. It has this very complex taste which I couldn't even describe because it didn't taste like anything I've had before but it was amazingly well balanced. It reminded me of the first time I had PF 1901 so many years ago, where I have had tons of absinthes before but nothing quite like that [at the time] and it had this unique delicious complex flavor, only this time it was with a beer. Anyway, highly recommend picking up a bottle of brewdog if you are lucky enough to find it in a liquor store that carries it.
  2. Ok, I'll play...most of this is based upon first bottles ordered years ago but I distinctly remember falling in love with. Though some of them seem to have gone down hill recently. Not sure if it's just different batches but they tasted quite different (not nearly as good) the second or third time around. Anyway in no particular order: Valkyria Nostalgie Paris 1900 Walton Waters Meadow Of Love Butterfly PF 1901 La P'tite Originale La P'tite Douce Fontaine La Clandestine
  3. Yeah, I think they are incredibly overrated. Overpriced food and drinks of sub par quality imo. I can tolerate a few of their specialty beers such as 09-09-09 and 11-11-11 aged in white wine barrles but when you are paying $22+ for a bottle of beer I just don't get it. I can get a bottle of Kübler for the price of two beers and have a dozen glasses and enjoy far more than the beer.
  4. Last night was Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout. Gf is a beer Drinker and loves Stone Brewery. I enjoy anise [big surprise there] so it was decent but I'm not really a beer drinker. It just made me wish I was drinking absinthe. Tonight looking forward to Heritage absinthe and La Clandestine.
  5. Yes the bottles on the wall are empty. Just for decoration.
  6. Yeah, like I said, I live in Oceanside, so the only places I know of are mainly up here. Randomly stumbled upon the place in Coronado when I was working down there. If you do find anything of interest anywhere else in SD let me know!
  7. Nothing too fancy. Just enough to get me by.
  8. Riley, Nostalgie is amazing. One of my favorites to date. Slow layering louche, super creamy, very well balanced and complex flavor.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome guys. Glad to see there are people here who actually know what Gabber is as well!
  10. Hello fellow absintheurs. I guess after about 2 years on here it's time to delurk. I go by the name Gabber, I grew up in San Diego but have a passion for world travel and experiencing new things. Absinthe has always been intriguing to me. I tried my first absinthe back in 1999 back when you could only get czech absinthe. Started trying absinthes like Sebor, Hills, King of spirits etc. Needless to say they were not great. but every couple of years I would try new absinthes. I went to europe back in 1999 and 2001 then again in 2010 and would always try and find good absinthes. In 2010 I stayed at the Practic hotel in Paris for the sole reason that it was next door vert d'absinthe. Picked up 6 bottles of random absinthes and really fell in love with the stuff. Picked up several more bottles in Rome and well.... ever since then I've been on a quest to try as many absinthes as possible and it's basically all I will drink anymore. I started coming to this site when I was looking for reviews on absinthe and was trying to find pre ban, but never really posted. Now that the site is picking up more and more I thought I would try and contribute from my findings over the years and am hoping to maybe trade samples and do blind tastings with fellow board members. I have continuously held "absinthe parties" over the years to introduce people to the world of absinthe and make sure it was prepared properly [by setting that shit on fire yo!] jk, with sugar and ice cold water using my absinthe fountain and/or balancier. I introduced my gf to absinthe and she loves it. Drinking anything else just seems like a waste so we drink way too much of the stuff. =P That's pretty much it as far as me and absinthe. As far as me as an individual. I'm 32 years old. I love art and music [not the typical kind] I produce noisy chaos and call it "music", I draw weird crap and call it "art". I love creativity but despise drugs [aside from alchohol]. I grew up as a Gabber [doubt any of you will know what that is]. There weren't a lot of gabbers around growing up so I hung out with the goth/industrial kids. I don't consider myself goth but am often labled as one due to my apperance. Aside from art and music my other passion is cars. Working on them, showing them, canyon runs, etc. Anyway, looking forward to conversing with you guys and I promise to try and finally be active on here!
  11. Just wanted to chime in about a few places. Not sure where in SD you live but in Escondido there is a place called holiday wine cellar that carries a decent selection. A little pricey though. Off the top of my head they carry: La CLadenstine, Brevans HR Giger, Leopold Bros, Mansinthe, Pernod, Kübler, Abyss, and a few others. It's the best place I've found around here. The bevmo up in Oceanside [where I live] carries La Cladenstine, Mansinthe, Lucid, Pernod, St George, and a few others as well. Most Bevmo's seem to carry the same basic stock. Otherwise If you want to make a trip up to Costa Mesa there is a place called Hi Times Liquor that has a pretty big selection of ....everything. Off the top of my head again they have: pretty much everything Holiday Wine Cellar does [for cheaper] plus: vieux pontarlier, Duplais Verte, Jade N.O., as well as some decent budget absinthes (No1, Absinthe Orinaire, etc for $20 - $30 a bottle). Also if you are down south there is a Bar called "The Tavern" in Coronado that serves Lucid correctly (Absinthe Glass, Absinthe Spoon, Sugar cube, Ice and water through a balancier). Lucid is the only Absinthe they carry though. I have found a few other bars with Lucid and Kübler but the bar tenders had no idea how to serve it and pretty much no bar has sugar cubes in stock so finding the Tavern was a nice treat. Anyway... those are the best places I know of personally that carry/serve absinthe in/around SD area.