Today’s Reason To Drink

Hellfire!

While you all were hiding in basements during this afternoon’s storm, I was inhaling a scoop of ice cream at Ehler’s downtown.

I’m not saying the heavenly bliss my mouth experienced caused the high and low pressures to collide, resulting in thunder, lightning and torrential downpours, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. I’m only kinda sorry for that.

I’m not even going to say what flavor it was, because that would give away the top secret piece I’m working on right now. But let’s just say we may have more storms ahead this week.

This is what happens when you’re single too long.

Yesterday’s Reason To Drink

Pizza. It’s not a taco.

It is with peace and love that I say this.

Now, before I say it, I need to stress that I do love both establishments as bars. I will still hang out in said establishments because of the awesome environment, great beer and bourbon selections, and the close proximity of my home and work.

OK. Are we ready?

I’ve come to the conclusion, after a lifetime of consuming, that I do not care for New York-style pizza. I don’t want a pizza I can fold in half. I want either a thick pie with loads of cheese, or a crisp cracker-thin crust that I eat square by square.

So I’m talking to you, The Post and Butchertown Pizza Hall. I know this is going to put me into the minority in this town, but I just don’t feel satisfied after one of your slices, no matter what I put on top.

Does this mean I will stop eating at these places? Probably not. I love a $3 meal as much as the next guy. I’m just saying — with peace and love — that I prefer Chicago- and Detroit-style pizza over a flimsy piece of dough that sags when you pick it up.

Again, I love cheese, and lots of it. I’ve noticed that many times, the New York-style pizza skimps on the mozzarella.

Well, that wasn’t as scary as I anticipated. And again, I will continue to hang out at these places because they’re cool. I might just try something else off the menu next time.

Peace and love.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Free eggs and pancakes?

So it’s very rare that I’m out on a Monday night past, say, 6 p.m. Mondays are my days to recharge and rest my liver. But last night, I stayed out among many millennials — and now I know what I’m missing: Free food!

I was a judge for the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience earlier in the evening, and then I decided to meet up with some out-of-town journalists who were spending their last night in Louisville at the Silver Dollar.

We were talking bourbon in a long booth when the hostess came over and passed out some raffle tickets. Then she said there was a free food buffet available for anyone who was hungry. Free prizes? Free food? What the hell was happening?

Turns out Mondays are industry nights at some bars, so there are all kinds of discounts for those in college and/or in the restaurant industry. I talked to two college dudes who said they’ve been coming to Silver Dollar for months to get the free food, which included salad, scrambled eggs and pancakes.

I actually was slightly hungry, so I grabbed some eggs and a pancake — and it hit the spot.

I think the food and prizes start around 9 or 10. We didn’t win anything, so I guess that means I’ll have to stop by again sometime when I can pry myself off the couch on a Monday night.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Brandy is a fine girl.

I took myself on a date Valentine’s Day night, before Mariah Carey, to Copper & Kings for their chocolate/cheese/brandy pairing. It was all delicious, considering all three companies that teamed up are the cream of the crop here in town.

Cellar Door Chocolates provided the yummy sweets, Capriole Goat Cheeses provided the creamy eats, and Copper & Kings, of course, provided the stiff treats — in the form of three of their brandys.

I also had an Old Fashioned made with their cask strength Butchertown Brandy, and I must say it was fantastic — and that says a lot coming from someone who prefers bourbon. That cask strength brandy is quite nice and sips smooth for being 124 proof.

Anyway, next time you’re over there, ask for a sample. Or if you see it at a bar, have them make you an Old Fashioned out of it.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Fill my stocking with queso!

I’ve been waiting for a Christmas miracle, and I just think I found it.

Dundee Dip is now available in take-home containers for $4.99. Yes, it’s the best queso in town, and I’ll fight to my death defending that statement.

Dundee Tavern: Where diets go to die.

It’s one of my favorite places.