As long-time readers may have guessed, I do enjoy the occasional tipple*. Some in the naughts were more memorable than others. It is sad that in the decade I learned to enjoy both scotch and wine, there were none in particular that stood out.
5. Murphy's Irish Stout - As good as Guinness can be in Dublin, Murphy's in Cork is even better. Maybe not my true love any longer, but still damn tasty.
4. Momokawa Pearl Sake - I thought sake was always served hot and harsh. Then I had some cold Momokawa Pearl with sushi and I was hooked. Now I never pass up the chance for tasty sake -- and I never fail to pass up the heated crap.
3. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé - This was courtesy of the bartender at Mercy wine bar while I waited for my slacker friends to show up. I'd never had real bubbly before (and some would claim it wouldn't be til later), but this changed how I looked at champagne. Now, of course, I consider it one of the major food groups.
2. Strahov Monastery Dark Beer - It's in the background here, but as good as their amber beer is, their dark is better. Sure, it's pricey by Prague standards ($3.50 for a pint), but it's worth it. So, trudge up to the top of Castle hill, then go a bit further. These guys have taken a vow of celibacy -- the least you can do is appreciate their beer.
1.Pilsner Urquell - All breweries are pretty much the same -- a bunch of tanks, some old (white) guys tasting pre-beer sludge, etc. The bottling plant can be (and was!) cool, but basically you're going for the samples -- be it Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, U Fleků, what have you. But the king of the samples is Pilsner Urquell's unfiltered, unpasteurized, unmatched brew straight from the casks. Yo. Yo. Ma.
* Also the occasional nipple.