I was considering joining a beer of the month club a while back but after giving it some though decided it wasn’t as practical or as fun as scheduling a monthly outing to Bevmo to stock my liquor collection with some spirits. My thought was to go monthly and purchase several beers I have never tried. I make it a point to stick to 90+ point rated beers, but can stray at times.

I also like other spirits besides beer and they will sometime find their way into my monthly process as was the case today. Below you will see a photo of today’s purchases followed by details of my choices.

May 13th Bevmo Trip

Wine – Dahlia Pinot Noir 2005 – $14.99
I’m always on the lookout for highly rated wines that are reasonable and on sale. Today I came across this one which came in at 91 points and was on sale from its normal price of $19.99. Seemed like a good deal.

Beer – Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale – $3.99
This beer has one of the best names ever and timely since I watched Braveheart the other night. I’ve made it a point to seek out scotch ales lately. I had my first ever scotch  ale at a Karl Strauss brewery a few months ago and loved it. This one got a 91 point rating so I’m hoping it’s good.

Beer – Samuel Adams Triple Bock – $4.69
I always see this beer on my trips and every time I say that I need to try it. Well today was the day. I’m a Sam Adams fan and I look forward to trying this high end version of their brew.

Sake – SakeOne G Joy – $16.99
A friend of mine turned me on to this great sake. You drink this stuff cold people. Cold sake is the best. I had finished a bottle of this a while back and liked it so much I decided to restock it. This isn’t your average Sake because it is produced in the the U.S. (Oregon to be exact). In any case, I found this to be really good and am happy to have it once again.

Sake – Zipang Sparkling – $5.99
In the last episode of Diggnation, Alex and Kevin started out the show drinking this stuff and raving about how good it is, so I had to try it. I have some chillin in the fridge right now and plan on drinking it tonight. I’ll post my thoughts in an update.

5/14 Update on Zipang
So unless I got a bad batch, I have no clue what Alex & Kevin like about this stuff. I have tasted quite a few different Sake’s and this has to rank as one of the worst. I think the problem is the novelty of it. The sake itself didn’t have much of a taste to it, and the sparkling side of it tasted flat to me. So perhaps they cancel each other out, but it fails on both counts. But you know what the worst part was? I didn’t even get a little buzz from drinking the whole bottle. I recommend staying away from this stuff. And if you haven’t tried it, go get some unfiltered Sake. That’s my favorite.

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