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post #11 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 01:50 AM
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Beer, Coffee, Root Beer & Cream Soda seem to go great with almost any pipe tobacco. I find that Dark Beers & Coffee tend to go best with dark VA's, while a can of Cream soda is excellent with FVF!

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post #12 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 02:32 AM
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I opened a bottle of Laphroiag 10 year old and had a bowl of balkan the other day and it was a most excellent evening.

It was.....well, let's just say it was.
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post #13 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 11:14 AM
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Since the thread has wandered from food to drink...

I've been finding that anything to carbonated doesn't work too well. It seems to have the same effect as tongue bite. I would imagine wine, not being carbonated, would work well. But I'm not a wine person. I've found that dark beers are great. Creamy and smooth versions at least, maybe not hopped to hell American imperial stouts. Wit/wheat beers are great too. I think its a mouthfeel thing, the chewier, creamier beers work well with the smoke.

As for flavor, I think the smoke dominates most of the time. I think that is why harder drinks lend themselves to pairings. I tend to reach for a bourbon when smoking, rather than a delicate pilsner or belgian beer.
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post #14 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 01:45 PM
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Uni Flake and Green Mtn Roasters Breakfast Blend......*drool*
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 02:19 PM
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Morning pipes + coffee

Afternoon pipes + root beer, ginger-ale, or iced tea

Evening pipes + iced coffee, non-fruity alcoholic beverage (white wines & tawny ports are OK), or iced tea.

Nothing written in stone... But I do agree that acidic drinks seem to increase the likelihood of tongue bite, and therefore are best avoided.

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
I'll be honest. The concept of smoking while eating seems a bit odd to me.
Ditto. Eat then smoke ..... Smoke and drink - ok. Eating while piping? Nope.

When I walk through the house, I always have someone proceed me with a boom-box playing Darth Vader theme music to lend a weighty and ominous air to my approach.
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 04:32 PM
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pizza goes with everything...any time....any where...
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post #18 of 18 Old 04-03-2010, 10:23 PM
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My personal rule is no smoking for 1 hour before any meal, it dulls the taste. I just can't imagine puffing on a pipe whilst tucking in to a nice bit of beef. As another poster mentioned, drinks and pipes go well together though. In an effort to cut calories instead of dessert I smoke a bowl of something aromatic like Firedance Flake and have a snifter of brandy.

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