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HardlyCapable13
11-28-2012, 09:20 AM
A good friend of mine and I are huge beer nerds. Since we live far away, we send pics of our interesting/rare finds (or just stuff the other can't get). I thought since some of my fellow MPeeps are beer nerds as well, it would be cool to do that here too!

I'll start with some I've gotten over the past couple months.

First case of glorious Dogfish Punkin Ale for 2012 (he can't get it in San Antonio, so I like to rub it in).

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/CD3B1BF2-4173-426B-8199-FED9FC69709D-24113-0000144A7D3A7F2A.jpg


Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/2cf71956cbaa7371f6839fc5ad7e9c8e.jpg


Oh yeah....you read that right.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/156AFC67-2577-4C6F-8ADC-CC00E6794442-24113-0000144A7A44DB25.jpg


Pour pic of bacon maple

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/7EBBBABF-E718-489E-BE9E-4FC8352B271A-24113-0000144A774B55F5.jpg


Anything Stone brews = win

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/198D51D7-DA88-4C98-A53E-89D9D9DBA66C-24113-0000144A72F1D1C5.jpg


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/cc77dfc0db6f52ce79143bcc467dcf63.jpg


This stuff is like the necter of the gods

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/4ac0081e07e84533dbb25a0b94966b4c.jpg

HardlyCapable13
11-28-2012, 09:23 AM
Love Pumpkin ales

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/1c5f276cec600c7fc837ec5fff3bd97b.jpg


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/70f7a6932bc85a92099801db0ef1a086.jpg


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/75c0679767a469a11b22f848da2e4f49.jpg


This was actually quite good.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/4e36205b15006ec8fd57533b1ba0803e.jpg


2012 case number 2

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/C7EFD379-0E2D-4101-87D5-B1497CA28B5B-24113-0000144A872774B3.jpg


My Thanksgiving Day lineup.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/9169971b7adf2ee44e24b2a7d51c73c7.jpg

BostonIrish
11-28-2012, 09:24 AM
Had that Bacon maple a few weeks ago. It wasn't bad at all. Finished the bottle and almost wanted to go back to the store for another. A bit expensive though.

LandShark
11-28-2012, 11:24 AM
This is a great thread. Ill start taking pics.

Gink
11-28-2012, 01:50 PM
Had that Bacon maple a few weeks ago. It wasn't bad at all. Finished the bottle and almost wanted to go back to the store for another. A bit expensive though.

I still haven't tried the Bacon Maple beer, only got around to visiting Voodoo Doughnuts for the first time this summer and trying their Bacon Maple Bar and some other crazy doughnuts.
Love Rogue's beers, but never really understand their pricing. A 6-pack of Dead Guy is always at least $2-$3 more than a 6 of other local craft brews.

We used to make a point to get out to their Brewery in Newport every few months for dinner and a few rounds of samplers, then pick up a case from their store. Usually plenty of Chipotle Ale and Smoked Ale. Haven't been out there in about a year now though.

HardlyCapable13
12-06-2012, 07:37 PM
Tonight

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/c799515cf901f8e83bf48deb65143a0a.jpg

Major Stains
12-06-2012, 07:42 PM
If only you had Far Cry 3 to play whilst supping that down...

Oh wait you have! Don't tell Retro

DayliteMag
12-06-2012, 08:33 PM
I'm a big fan of craft brewed beers. I have four breweries as clients and hope to add more next year. I figure I might as well try work on stuff I like.

Here is a pic of me at my local pub. I'm wearing merch from one of my clients and drinking a nice Amber Ale made by another (Ashton Brewing Co.). The hoodie is from Kichesippi Beer Co. They have a seasonal right now called Logger a Pennsylvania Porter, and I love it.

http://i45.tinypic.com/2s6vmgl.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-06-2012, 08:54 PM
Not a Saison fan, but any time Dogfish and Stone get together its a guaranteed buy.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/0DD380F7-2593-4B2B-8B6A-49791082F09A-722-00000033DFF5C140.jpg

Madlob75
12-06-2012, 08:58 PM
Not a Saison fan, but any time Dogfish and Stone get together its a guaranteed buy.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/0DD380F7-2593-4B2B-8B6A-49791082F09A-722-00000033DFF5C140.jpg

That's a lot of herbs!

HardlyCapable13
12-07-2012, 09:27 AM
I have yet to find it, but am on the lookout...craziness.

http://beerstreetjournal.com/images/Rogue-Voodoo-Donut-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Banana-690x410.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-07-2012, 10:01 PM
Stout drinkers, listen up.

Colorado has amazing breweries, but Left Hand is my favorite. Their Milk Stout is by far my favorite of the category.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/4ee4f55fd9e3cb68469fc0aef1b8d92d.jpg

HB721
12-08-2012, 11:32 AM
Yeah I like left hands milk stout nice and creamy. I love the style. Youngs Double choc is probably still my fave though.

HardlyCapable13
12-08-2012, 11:38 AM
Yeah I like left hands milk stout nice and creamy. I love the style. Youngs Double choc is probably still my fave though.

I put chocolate stout in its own category. But yes, Youngs by far the best choco by far.

Gink
12-08-2012, 02:35 PM
I have yet to find it, but am on the lookout...craziness.

http://beerstreetjournal.com/images/Rogue-Voodoo-Donut-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Banana-690x410.jpg

I can't even imagine those flavors in beer form. I've had their Memphis Mafia doughnut with banana chunks, chocolate, chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc., and was pretty sure I'd have diabetes by the time I finished it. Morbidly curious about this beer though. I haven't seen it on the shelves anywhere, but will keep an eye out.

We're meeting up with some family at Ninkasi Brewery tonight, hopefully they'll have something new and delicious on tap.

Edit... Just looked at the Rogue site, looks like this beer is mostly available at Rogue's "Public Houses" in Oregon, plus one location in Issaquah, WA and one location in San Fran. Other than that their is mail order. I may have to make a special trip to hunt this down and try it out, since it might not make it east to you guys.

HardlyCapable13
12-12-2012, 09:37 AM
Stone Vertical Epic Ale. They made a different one annually, designed to be aged until 12/12/12. The only one I got my hands on was the one from 2009, and I've managed to not open it for 3 years! Today is the day!!! I'll post a pour pic tonight.

Form the Stone website:

The Vertical Epic Ale series started simply enough in 2001, with Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch suggesting we release a different Belgian-inspired beer suitable for aging each year on the date when the day, month and year registered by the same digit. The brewhouse forged forward with this initiative, producing 11 beers that, unlike many on the market at the time, were intended to be laid down so they could be opened when the last of those dates came to pass on December 12, 2012.

HB721
12-16-2012, 02:43 PM
This is yummy! http://i.imgur.com/iqU5c.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-16-2012, 03:03 PM
Forgot to post this from Wednesday. Very tasty. A perfect fireside sipper.


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/3bad86d2e469b42522f7400d08971ac9.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-16-2012, 03:04 PM
This is yummy!

Love that stuff.

HardlyCapable13
12-17-2012, 07:25 PM
Not your normal winter dark, but very tasty seasonal IPA.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/A3F4EE95-EB58-413D-A7E9-EE118D2EA611-4434-000003E0A89B3C13.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-18-2012, 07:59 PM
Not really seasonal but it's providing me lots of Yuletide cheer!

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/6EEDD67A-203A-4582-A177-52A0A19F2C1B-4762-0000040233B81CED.jpg

HB721
12-28-2012, 05:55 PM
It's just Avery's Hog Heaven but man I sure do like it on a cold day. :D

http://i.imgur.com/RE05e.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/v8tb5.jpg

HardlyCapable13
12-28-2012, 11:29 PM
It's just Avery's Hog Heaven but man I sure do like it on a cold day. :D



Never had the pleasure but love me some barley wine. Gonna have to keep my eye open.

HB721
12-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Never had the pleasure but love me some barley wine. Gonna have to keep my eye open.

It's very hoppy. I like it because I can typically find it in my neck of the woods.

HB721
12-29-2012, 04:39 PM
Was just done getting this ready....
http://i.imgur.com/7xlNFs.jpg
and I thought I would share.

So I found Lagunitas A lil' sumpin sumpin in one of the stores that now sells beer since our county became "wet". I think it's fairly common other places but not here in the Piney Woods. For those of you who don't know what this ale is. It is a wheat based ale but with the hop presence of a pale ale. It's smooth, citrus-y, and pineapple-y in the flavor and mouthfeel department. The nose is twangy citrus, pine with a hint of mellow sweetness. I could keep on drinking this until my 6 pack is gone. This is almost an IPA but "dat wheat" really takes this beer into a whole different ballpark.

http://i.imgur.com/fvxrR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/q2YO1.jpg

HB721
01-08-2013, 06:25 PM
Real-coffee porter. Wanted to post the pour I will come back with some thoughts and tasting notes.

http://i.imgur.com/eKXkV.jpg

Gink
01-08-2013, 08:18 PM
Real-coffee porter. Wanted to post the pour I will come back with some thoughts and tasting notes.

http://i.imgur.com/eKXkV.jpg

Looks delicious! I had to copy the image url into my browser to see it, image isn't showing up in the forum for some reason. Coffee porter/stouts are some of my faves. Spent most of my 20s running a coffee shop, so not sure I drank much of anything besides coffee and beer in that decade. Kona Brewing's Pipeline Porter is a fall standard for me, and had a Lagunitas Capp Stout recently, both delicious!

I've been taking crappy pics of some of my beers since this thread started, finally got a photobucket and figured out how to get pics from my phone to it, but still haven't taken the final step of posting them here. One of these days!

HardlyCapable13
01-09-2013, 09:02 AM
Real-coffee porter. Wanted to post the pour I will come back with some thoughts and tasting notes.



How are their beers. That's one of the breweries I've been meaning to but haven't tried yet.

HB721
01-09-2013, 09:06 AM
I like their rye ale, brown ale, sisyphus barley wine, and and this coffee Porter. The porter is so so. I won't pick the flavor apart because I ate a bowl a chili right before I tried it.

HardlyCapable13
01-15-2013, 04:15 PM
Not a find, but just confirmed I'm going to the Great American Beer Fest in October. Had to post my excitement somewhere! First time and I can't wait!

Just have to survive another SXSW in Austin first...

Ullrsdog
01-15-2013, 04:30 PM
Stout drinkers, listen up.

Colorado has amazing breweries, but Left Hand is my favorite. Their Milk Stout is by far my favorite of the category.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/4ee4f55fd9e3cb68469fc0aef1b8d92d.jpg

who said Colorado?!?!?!?!? I just decided to read this and I see Avery and Left Hand WOOOOOOOT!!!! Left hand was right up the road from where I grew up...REAL close to the University I attended, as is New Belgium. If you guys are interested I can see about getting some of the local brew from Aspen Brewery...folks here seem to like their IPA but I hate the heavy hops...Breckenridge brewery also has some good stuff...bottom line if you want some Colorado brews that you can't find drop me a line.

HB721
01-15-2013, 04:45 PM
Cool thanks man

HardlyCapable13
01-15-2013, 04:58 PM
who said Colorado?!?!?!?!? I just decided to read this and I see Avery and Left Hand WOOOOOOOT!!!! Left hand was right up the road from where I grew up...REAL close to the University I attended, as is New Belgium. If you guys are interested I can see about getting some of the local brew from Aspen Brewery...folks here seem to like their IPA but I hate the heavy hops...Breckenridge brewery also has some good stuff...bottom line if you want some Colorado brews that you can't find drop me a line.

Used to live in Fort Collins. I've been on tons of Colorado brewery road trips.

Ullrsdog
01-15-2013, 05:47 PM
Used to live in Fort Collins. I've been on tons of Colorado brewery road trips.

Well I still do so use me as a pawn...Aspen and Glenwood have breweries, not sure if they ell bottles though so whos in for a growler? I can get all the good CO beers here at the store so let me know.

I posted the coment in today my kid... about the phionex (that's spelled wrong FOR SURE!!!) zoo and thought of you HC...

HardlyCapable13
01-18-2013, 07:42 PM
Wow. If you are an IPA fan, find this beer!

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/458E2B9E-D607-4CC8-93FC-99D681F7AD1D-17719-00000DA9C61F9633.jpg

HardlyCapable13
01-20-2013, 11:18 AM
Deschutes annual Abyss. Very limited batch and delicious. This + a fire = perfect Saturday night.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/DBA4E09F-DBFD-4C27-800F-06AD19D33AA4-18361-00000E2C117A1E02.jpg

Gink
01-20-2013, 02:34 PM
Deschutes annual Abyss. Very limited batch and delicious. This + a fire = perfect Saturday night.


Nice score! Abyss can be tough to get a hold of even locally.

HB721
01-20-2013, 02:48 PM
Damn HC! Showing us how it's done. Nice, very nice my friend.

HardlyCapable13
01-20-2013, 03:43 PM
Nice score! Abyss can be tough to get a hold of even locally.

Could only get 1 bottle this year. I usually ge a second to age.

TonkaToys
01-20-2013, 04:35 PM
I'll post up some English beers as I drink them!

http://real-ale-reviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/black-sheep-1024x907.jpg (http://real-ale-reviews.com/black-sheep-ale/2009/05/)

This is a lovely pint, easy drinking and a surprisingly light colour.

HardlyCapable13
01-25-2013, 04:34 PM
Hibiscus IPA
Collaboration beer from Maui Brewing and Corinado Brewing.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/EEE65D23-F3A5-480A-B87B-D58D36BCDC72-20837-00000F7205DDC212.jpg

HB721
01-25-2013, 05:05 PM
Hrmm that sounds like it would be a great Summer beer. Does it have that hibiscus twang?

TonkaToys
01-25-2013, 05:32 PM
Nice pint of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter; this is a pint that I didn't used to rate.
http://www.beerdrivel.se/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Sam-Smith-Old-Brewery-Bitter.jpg


Had the St. Austells at the Rugby Club the other night, planning for our Beer Festival in June. This is a really nice drink.
http://www.ipa.co.uk/write/images/uploads/TributeAle%202009-134.jpg


If you like beer, come over and visit for the beer festival; I promise to buy you a pint or 2 (or 3, or 4, ...).
http://www.camranorthherts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IMG_6388_400.jpg

HB721
01-25-2013, 05:47 PM
Man I want some Sam Smiths from a cask!

TonkaToys
01-25-2013, 05:51 PM
Nothing like a couple of pints at lunchtime to make Friday go faster.

HB721
01-25-2013, 08:32 PM
Not that rare but still notable. As good as the normal Milk Stout but nitro creamy. They did good. Picture looks crappy sorry.

http://i.imgur.com/lzgOk5k.jpg

HB721
01-31-2013, 05:50 PM
Well I don't really guess this is hard to find. I really don't know sometimes I like to throw a curveball at my palate.
http://i.imgur.com/xjPxcvY.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-01-2013, 11:18 AM
Well I don't really guess this is hard to find. I really don't know sometimes I like to throw a curveball at my palate.
http://i.imgur.com/xjPxcvY.jpg

Never heard of that (or pear cider) but my interest is peaked. That's why I love this thread!

HB721
02-01-2013, 11:44 AM
I have never tried perry before. It's crisp and clean. A slight hint of pear in there. Definitely on the dry side of life but it still has just enough residual sweetness to be yummy. You could drink this when it's cool outside, and yet still have this quench the thirst brought on by a warm day.

HB721
02-01-2013, 02:46 PM
http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbrewers_012013x.asp

Major Stains
02-02-2013, 10:44 AM
The Mrs is on a girlie weekend, so being the responsible Papa, I'm sticking to just the one beer tonight...


Innis & Gunn - Rum Finish
Full Bodied Scottish Beer - 7.4% alc/vol (serve at 4°-6°)
This Ruby Red beer is matured over the finest rum-infused American oak heartwood resulting in a beer with a delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and lively spiciness. These vibrant flavours perfectly balance the beer's toffee-malt backbone making it an ideal accompaniment to game meats like venison or duck. It is sublime with mature cheese served with good chutneys and relishes.


I can't wait! Should do this 'daddy day care' thing more often ;)

http://i48.tinypic.com/xaaee.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-02-2013, 11:07 AM
That souds tasty!

HB721
02-02-2013, 11:53 AM
Classy

LandShark
02-02-2013, 10:35 PM
Sounds damn good

Madlob75
02-03-2013, 04:26 PM
Was up in Asheville visiting my parents over Christmas. I went on a pubcrawl with my sister and brother-in-law, and here are the night's bounty

First up was Wedge brewing company. Went with a Community Ale which was brewed with all local grains. Decent

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_9781E8C6-6F57-48AF-968F-AA3102F9B969-9756-000015E91024E3EF_zps892d7ed1.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/9781E8C6-6F57-48AF-968F-AA3102F9B969-9756-000015E91024E3EF_zps892d7ed1.jpg.html)

Next up was Greenman Brewing. I had an Extra Special Bitter and we ordered some fried pickles. The pickles were the highlight of the two.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_95D98BD2-C2D6-4F04-B276-D9E3CA59AA82-9756-000015E919B282C0_zpsd847952b.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/95D98BD2-C2D6-4F04-B276-D9E3CA59AA82-9756-000015E919B282C0_zpsd847952b.jpg.html)

Lexington Avenue Brewing - more of a restaurant than brewery. I had an IPA.....ehhh.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_78591CAC-E4E3-4D70-B5C6-1695BFBAD068-9756-000015E91CBE6905_zps1201ab80.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/78591CAC-E4E3-4D70-B5C6-1695BFBAD068-9756-000015E91CBE6905_zps1201ab80.jpg.html)

Oyster House Brewing. Interesting. They had a stout that was brewed with oysters. Of course we had that and the IPA. Kitchy, but just average.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_B6889F72-9269-40E1-AB04-A19D34FAF0C7-9756-000015E922657FB5_zps0db66623.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/B6889F72-9269-40E1-AB04-A19D34FAF0C7-9756-000015E922657FB5_zps0db66623.jpg.html)

Last up was Asheville Brewing Company. I think I had the IPA....memory gets a little foggy at this point. Never had a decent IPA all night, so I was a little disappointed.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_9993F80F-92BB-4061-8DBD-EC3B56FA074E-9756-000015E928425811_zps54173ec4.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/9993F80F-92BB-4061-8DBD-EC3B56FA074E-9756-000015E928425811_zps54173ec4.jpg.html)

Overall it was a lot of fun. I like collecting pints from all the breweries I visit.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_3FF2808F-CC22-43A6-85CC-28C4555EA1AB-9756-000015E92AE3B02F_zps691d1dea.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/3FF2808F-CC22-43A6-85CC-28C4555EA1AB-9756-000015E92AE3B02F_zps691d1dea.jpg.html)

TonkaToys
02-04-2013, 11:24 AM
It looks like Mad has laid down the gauntlet!

Ullrsdog
02-04-2013, 11:31 AM
Overall it was a lot of fun. I like collecting pints from all the breweries I visit.

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee428/madlob75/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/th_3FF2808F-CC22-43A6-85CC-28C4555EA1AB-9756-000015E92AE3B02F_zps691d1dea.jpg (http://s1227.beta.photobucket.com/user/madlob75/media/Asheville%20Pubcrawl/3FF2808F-CC22-43A6-85CC-28C4555EA1AB-9756-000015E92AE3B02F_zps691d1dea.jpg.html)

way easier to collect the taster glasses....just saying...I may still have a serving tray from a place I used to visit in college...got loaded and triple dog dared to walk out with the tray the spatula and the red pepper / parmesan shakers. of course I did and I still have the spatula and shakers...should check on the tray.

HB721
02-05-2013, 07:05 PM
Oyster House Brewing. Interesting. They had a stout that was brewed with oysters. Of course we had that and the IPA. Kitchy, but just average.

I have actually heard of this place. I really want to try a traditional oyster stout. Just sounds great.

http://i.imgur.com/3jrNHLUl.jpg

Anyways this is what I am drinking tonight. Nothing rare about it I guess. It's a black IPA (I hate that label honestly).

Nose-pine, slight pepper?, slight citrusy aromas. Scratch the review. I don't feel like it.

This is an IPA plain and simple I would call it slightly above average OH and it's black. :blah:

Would drink again, but probably won't. If you like IPAs then try this and enjoy.

HB721
02-05-2013, 07:14 PM
One of last years hauls. Figured I would throw it up for even more beer cred. :boxing:

http://i.imgur.com/XjlEM.jpg

Madlob75
02-05-2013, 09:06 PM
Nice haul Homebrew. Curious about the Black IPA. I don't think I've actually had one yet. Can you recommend a good one? You know, the kind that is hot, but doesn't really know it, but can get a little freaky.

HardlyCapable13
02-05-2013, 11:36 PM
Nice haul Homebrew. Curious about the Black IPA. I don't think I've actually had one yet. Can you recommend a good one? You know, the kind that is hot, but doesn't really know it, but can get a little freaky.

Hop in the Dark brewed by Deschutes is my favorite.

HB721
02-06-2013, 07:11 AM
You know, the kind that is hot, but doesn't really know it, but can get a little freaky.

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous seems ubiquitous in my area. Hoppy Feet was pretty good really.

HB721
02-09-2013, 05:43 PM
In celebration of my last three day weekend off indefintely....Boulevard Harvest Dance wheat wine. PROST!

http://i.imgur.com/9rYNOT3.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/iJ7lRnh.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/8a3f2ym.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/fwpfGsJ.jpg

Mutt
02-09-2013, 05:47 PM
I've never heard of or seen wine style ale. Looks really good and I love the label. Maybe it's because I go right for the cheap stuff at the cooler. Let me know what it's like. Is it more wine than beer?

LandShark
02-09-2013, 05:51 PM
sounds good, i sooooooo need some good craft beer!

HB721
02-09-2013, 06:38 PM
Actually it's basically a barleywine but retooled to use wheat. It's good. Kinda makes me think of a saison. It's damn good.

Mutt
02-09-2013, 07:02 PM
Actually it's basically a barleywine but retooled to use wheat. It's good. Kinda makes me think of a saison. It's damn good.

I'm going to look for this for something different.

HardlyCapable13
02-10-2013, 01:34 PM
That looks like a big damn brew HB! Loving the reaper dancing with the wheat!

HB721
02-10-2013, 06:21 PM
That looks like a big damn brew HB! Loving the reaper dancing with the wheat!

HC it was awesome and it is like 9.5%ABV so yeah it's there. It was damn good. Would buy again.

On to tonight's selection. I like rye. I have had rye before but not from the boys in Chico. This is good buy it and drink it. Enjoy it.
http://i.imgur.com/HD8GMUW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JCbYCGi.jpg


Coming soon Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer.

HB721
02-10-2013, 06:22 PM
Is it more wine than beer?

Mutt it is beer-ish. It's just high ABV so it's more like a wine in that respect.

Mutt
02-10-2013, 07:07 PM
Mutt it is beer-ish. It's just high ABV so it's more like a wine in that respect.

Then it's for me. Lots of Grim Reapers on the labels, eh.

BostonIrish
02-25-2013, 06:24 PM
Bought a 6 of this last night. Didn't think Blueberry would be great, but I like it.

4951

HardlyCapable13
03-02-2013, 04:56 PM
I've been tinkering with the idea of brewing a beer with chai for about a year. Dogfish Head beat me to it.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/1d6b110fbd5f2cee333f02c6239faba4_zpse41ebec1.jpg

HB721
03-03-2013, 07:14 AM
I have had the chance to buy that a couple times and I haven't. One of these years I will buy a bottle.

HardlyCapable13
03-03-2013, 12:16 PM
I have had the chance to buy that a couple times and I haven't. One of these years I will buy a bottle.

Don't bother.

HB721
03-03-2013, 12:40 PM
? Not worth it HC? I have always been skeptical. The one I have came closest to buying was Theobroma. I regret it but not really any of the other weird ones DFH has done.

HardlyCapable13
03-03-2013, 01:01 PM
? Not worth it HC? I have always been skeptical. The one I have came closest to buying was Theobroma. I regret it but not really any of the other weird ones DFH has done.

Not good. I'm still intrigued by the chai, and will still try to incorporate it in a upcoming brew. I think it was the juniper berries that killed it for me...

Borlaxx
03-06-2013, 02:10 PM
I SOOOO want to go to this.

http://www.740thegame.com/common/downtownbrew.html

Borlaxx
03-06-2013, 02:15 PM
Oh, BTW, my dad bought me some of this for Christmas and it may be my favorite beer I have ever had. At the very least in my top 3. Truly exceptional, and this is one of the few places in the world that still brews trappist beers in the traditional ways under the supervision of monks.

http://res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_250,c_limit,q_80,d_beer_def.gif/beer_4565.jpg

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/la-trappe-quadrupel/4565/

HB721
03-06-2013, 02:44 PM
I think it was the juniper berries that killed it for me...

Apparently that is traditional for sahti. Sounds freakin' awesome to me!!! VIKING BEER!!!!

HB721
03-06-2013, 02:50 PM
I love Abt/Quads. Surely you have had Chimay Grande Reserve? If not go get ya a bottle. It tends to be ubiquitous in my area.

Ullrsdog
03-06-2013, 06:06 PM
Bought a 6 of this last night. Didn't think Blueberry would be great, but I like it.

4951

Yup when you feel like something completely different it works...they also make a Red Hound rasberry ale that's ok, I've had better, and there might be one other one too.

BostonIrish
03-07-2013, 09:14 AM
I picked up both the raspberry and blackberry a few days ago. Not bad. It started to taste more like a wine though. Nice for a change though.

Ullrsdog
03-07-2013, 09:33 AM
I picked up both the raspberry and blackberry a few days ago. Not bad. It started to taste more like a wine though. Nice for a change though.

Yeah I can see that...I actually found these a few years ago and took the wild blue to poker night...man the looks I got that night!! good every once in a while but not going to be in the fridge on a regular basis.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 09:34 AM
I picked up both the raspberry and blackberry a few days ago. Not bad. It started to taste more like a wine though. Nice for a change though.

I picked up a single bottle of the blackberry. It intrigued me but I didn't want to commit to a sixer. Haven't cracked it yet.

Ullrsdog
03-07-2013, 10:21 AM
I picked up a single bottle of the blackberry. It intrigued me but I didn't want to commit to a sixer. Haven't cracked it yet.

give it a go...a bit sweet for a regular drinker...you'll love it or hate it no two ways about it.

HB721
03-07-2013, 10:30 AM
Good ol' Anheiser Busch blueberry swill. This isn't what I would call craft beer. But I ain't hating on ya for liking it. I would rather recommend trying something like a fruit lambic if you enjoyed this. Lindemanns framboise would be a good choice that is easier to find.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 10:40 AM
Good ol' Anheiser Busch blueberry swill. This isn't what I would call craft beer. But I ain't hating on ya for liking it. I would rather recommend trying something like a fruit lambic if you enjoyed this. Lindemanns framboise would be a good choice that is easier to find.

Wow. Had to check my bottle just now, and you're right. I didn't really look at the bottle when I bought it. I thought it was a brew from Flying Dog.

BostonIrish
03-07-2013, 10:52 AM
The stuff that I got was made by Bluedawg Brewing in Baldwinsville, NY. Is that owned by AB?

I have had the Framboise by Lindemanns. Good stuff. I thought about making my own Lambic but I heard that it would contaminate the brewing equipment and/or the brewing environment.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 10:59 AM
The stuff that I got was made by Bluedawg Brewing in Baldwinsville, NY. Is that owned by AB?

I have had the Framboise by Lindemanns. Good stuff. I thought about making my own Lambic but I heard that it would contaminate the brewing equipment and/or the brewing environment.

It sure it.

HB721
03-07-2013, 11:03 AM
I thought about making my own Lambic but I heard that it would contaminate the brewing equipment and/or the brewing environment.

I have considered it myself as well. The brettanomyces will hang around. That is part of the reason for not doing it. I think most homebrewers who do it have one set of equipment just for lambic/sour ales. I don't even mind that part of it. What I do mind is how long I would have to wait for it. The timeline on lambics is lonnnnnggggggg.

HB721
03-07-2013, 11:06 AM
The stuff that I got was made by Bluedawg Brewing in Baldwinsville, NY. Is that owned by AB?


Yeah it is. I am not actually hating on AB really. I will hate on that blueberry flavoring they use. Blegh. Of course Lindemanns doesn't use real fruit either. They use flavoring. Their's just works better.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 11:11 AM
I am not actually hating on AB really.

I honestly don't know how one can NOT hate on them.

HB721
03-07-2013, 12:00 PM
I honestly don't know how one can NOT hate on them.

Why would I? I admire them in a way. I also agree with what Charlie Bamforth says. They make a lager that no matter how many bottles/cans you open will always taste the same. That's admirable. Now mind you I don't think the "taste" has much to be admired, but I just don't choose to drink their products.

And even then it's a light lager that people enjoy.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 01:01 PM
Why would I? I admire them in a way. I also agree with what Charlie Bamforth says. They make a lager that no matter how many bottles/cans you open will always taste the same. That's admirable. Now mind you I don't think the "taste" has much to be admired, but I just don't choose to drink their products.

And even then it's a light lager that people enjoy.

Yes, every mega batch with shit ingrediants does taste the same, because it's made with computers. I understand there is a market for these horrible swill beers. That's not why I hate them.

I hate them because they are an evil corporation who wants to buy out any form of competition out there. There is a huge difference between trying to be a sucessful business and doing what AB does.
For instance, they tried to buy out Dogfish Head years ago. After Sam declined, they sued Dogfish over their Punkn' Ale and Chickory Stout. The reason for the lawsuit? AB claims these names are too generic. This is only one of the thousands of lawsuits AB files agains craft breweries that don't sell out. The craft breweries usually win, but at a substantial loss of funds, which is what AB is going after.
I mean, they're trying to trademark area codes for marketing:

The history: A few months ago, A-B InBev bought Goose Island, the Chicago craft brewer that makes a popular beer called 312 Urban Wheat Ale, named for the Windy City's area code. Now A-B InBev is applying for federal trademarks of 15 other area codes, presumably so it can roll out faux-craft beers targeting other markets around the country.

There are so many things they do that would blow you away. I have done extensive research for a few articles. I would always recommend a good place to start to have ones eyes opened to how the beer world (and AB) operates is the documentary Beer Wars.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 01:01 PM
double post somehow

HB721
03-07-2013, 01:21 PM
Give me some credit I have seen Beer Wars...

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 01:22 PM
Give me some credit I have seen Beer Wars...

I figured you had. Just throwing that out there for others who may have not. It will open a lot of peoples eyes.

HB721
03-07-2013, 01:39 PM
I still won't hate on AB for being the multi-century beer empire that it is. All these brewers are in it to pay the bills or they would give it away for free.

BostonIrish
03-07-2013, 04:09 PM
Wow. Did not realize the beer wars. I like to think I'm supporting the small guy when I buy micro brews. Didn't realize how many are being bought out by AB (and other big guys). I guess I need to start paying attention to the label and boxes more closely.

HardlyCapable13
03-07-2013, 04:28 PM
Wow. Did not realize the beer wars. I like to think I'm supporting the small guy when I buy micro brews. Didn't realize how many are being bought out by AB (and other big guys). I guess I need to start paying attention to the label and boxes more closely.

AB literally wants to own everyone. And don't go by packaging. Won't always say anything about AB (how they trick you). I will not knowingly give a dime to AB.

I believe Beer Wars is still viewable via Netflix streaming.

HardlyCapable13
04-02-2013, 12:21 PM
Interesting, but way to sweet.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/627c206cad418da27781e9bb563de0a3_zps4e6f6a9d.jpg



Delicious.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/bdc90ef7695c0b5c58094ee72af5df54_zps0d83232e.jpg

Not craft beer but thought I'd share.
Free at a SXSW show. Just as horrible as all their other products.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/cf1ffe37a3d9a39efd9050cbe6293606_zpsbd940667.jpg

HB721
04-02-2013, 01:26 PM
Huh I almost bought some Etrusca in Austin. That Black Crown is mediocre. I don't waste money on Rogue products anymore.

HardlyCapable13
04-02-2013, 01:44 PM
I don't waste money on Rogue products anymore.

I'm the same way, for the most part, with a lot of breweries I used to like, including New Belgium. The exception, however, is most of them still put out good small batch limited brews, such as New Belgiums "Lips of Faith" series.
I'll also try anything that grabs my attention and peaks my interest like the Rogue "Voodoo" series.

Borlaxx
04-02-2013, 01:47 PM
Doubt anything by Kona is considered a craft beer (I like their beers), but I tried this over the weekend and really enjoyed it, and I normally don't like coconut. It is called KoKo Brown and it is brewed and flavored with coconut.

Anyone else try this? Thoughts?

http://i45.tinypic.com/34y8al3.jpg

EDIT: just did a little research and I guess this was first introduced as a seasonal beer in 2011, but I just heard of it recently. Also, appears Kona is part of some sort of craft brewers alliance that gives them access to AB distribution, so not sure if that means AB has any say in how the beer is made (for those of you who seem to hate anything AB is associated with).

HardlyCapable13
04-02-2013, 02:00 PM
Doubt anything by Kona is considered a craft beer (I like their beers), but I tried this over the weekend and really enjoyed it, and I normally don't like coconut. It is called KoKo Brown and it is brewed and flavored with coconut.

Anyone else try this? Thoughts?

EDIT: just did a little research and I guess this was first introduced as a seasonal beer in 2011, but I just heard of it recently. Also, appears Kona is part of some sort of craft brewers alliance that gives them access to AB distribution, so not sure if that means AB has any say in how the beer is made (for those of you who seem to hate anything AB is associated with).

They do some pretty good stuff. I've been to their brewery dozens of times.
As far as I know AB doesn't have any ownership. They just use them for distribution (thanks to our wonderful government laws).

HB721
04-02-2013, 02:39 PM
I'm the same way, for the most part, with a lot of breweries I used to like, including New Belgium.
I will spend money on NB products. I think they have good/really good beer. Rogue on the other hand ain't worth the money.



As far as I know AB doesn't have any ownership. They just use them for distribution
This is fairly common I think. I need to try some of their beers. Sounds like good stuff.

HardlyCapable13
04-02-2013, 03:03 PM
This is fairly common I think. I need to try some of their beers. Sounds like good stuff.

It is. Like I said, thanks to our wonderful government, AB pretty much owns distribution of beer. Makes it hard for the little guy to get their product out there unless they sell out to AB.

Gink
04-03-2013, 08:56 PM
Deschutes and Rogue were some of the first Oregon microbrews to get really successful. It was pretty sad about 7-8 years ago when AB picked up Deschutes's distribution, brought changes in everything from label art to alcohol %, which of course changed the taste of the beer. They've still got some good beers, but stopped being my daily beer.

I like a lot of Rogue beers but have never understood the pricing. We have lots of breweries here and their beer costs more than even the smaller craft breweries. Our local favorite, Ninkasi makes some of the best beer I've had and a 6 pack can run $8.50-$9, vs $7-$8 for Deschutes, full sail, kona, etc. But a 6 of Rogue's Dead Guy is usually $10-$12. We usually only drink Rogue or buy 22s when we go to the brewery. If they charge that much for their beers here in Oregon, I can't imagine what they cost in other states.

I love Kona's beers though. Regardless of who distributes. I used to drink dark beer almost exclusively, but have gone to lagers and ales for my daily and pick up good darks for treats. Kona's Longboard Lager is usually my daily beer of choice. Koko Brown and Pipeline Porter are both pretty unique though too. Pipeline is one of the best coffee porters I've had.

Borlaxx
04-12-2013, 11:27 AM
Got a six pack of this from my Dad yesterday. Anyone else ever had this, or any other beers by this brewery? I had never heard of them before yesterday.

It is Kidd Black Lager by the Fort Collins Brewery in Colorado. Very strong smoked and chocolate hops flavors, yet not nearly as high gravity as it looks. Very good and unusual, but certainly more of a sipping beer than a "refreshing" beer. I would buy it again.

http://i50.tinypic.com/15coj74.jpg

HardlyCapable13
04-17-2013, 09:29 AM
The evil empire behind Budweiser is at it again. They've put another notch in their effort to fill up every inch of store beer shelves, keeping the small craft beers out.
This spring they are realeasing yet ANOTHER way to drink their disgusting swill. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce, the "bowtie can".

http://www.anheuser-busch.com/Budweiserbowtie/assetsbase/banner.jpg


ST. LOUIS (April 17, 2013) – This spring Budweiser will introduce a striking and original new beer can – a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo.

Beer lovers can see for themselves the new bowtie-shaped can when it becomes available in a special 8-pack on store shelves nationwide beginning May 6.

“This can is incomparable, like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation for Anheuser-Busch. “The world’s most iconic beer brand deserves the world’s most unique and innovative can. I think we have it here.”

The proprietary can, in development since 2010, will be available only in the United States and in an 8-pack and will not replace the traditional Budweiser can.

To make the new can possible, Anheuser-Busch engineers needed to solve a number of technical challenges, and major equipment investments were required at Budweiser’s can-making facility in Newburgh, N.Y. Significant capital investments also were required to upgrade packaging lines at the Budweiser breweries in Los Angeles and Williamsburg, Va., the first breweries with capability to package this unique can innovation.

Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City and 90 miles south of Albany, is where proprietary equipment is located that shapes the can. Creating the can requires a 16-step process – 10 steps to form the bottom half of the can, with an additional six steps to form the top portion.

The Anheuser-Busch Global Innovation Group has been investigating potential can innovations for several years.

“We explored various shapes that would be distinguishable in the marketplace, but also viable from an engineering standpoint,” McGauley said. “Aluminum can be stretched only about 10 percent without fracturing, which requires that the angles of the bowtie be very precise.”

An initial run of more than 10 million bowtie cans were produced in Newburgh through March 31 for the spring introduction. An additional 8 million cans are scheduled to be produced this month.

Due to the can’s slimmer middle and sleek design, it holds 11.3 ounces of beer and has about 137 calories, approximately 8.5 fewer calories than a traditional 12-ounce can of Budweiser.

“This can is certainly a conversation starter: eye-catching, easy-to-grip, trendy and – according to our research – very appealing to young adults,” McGauley said. “It’s a beer can like no other.”

Though there is no written documentation on the origins of the Budweiser bowtie, it is a brand icon found the world over. According to company lore, the bowtie was introduced when too many people were using the “Bud” bar call too frequently, so the double triangles were added to emphasize the full Budweiser name.

The Budweiser bowtie can is a natural progression from the new packaging introduced in 2011 that emphasized the iconic bowtie, a symbol that first appeared in a national advertising campaign for Budweiser in 1956.

The bowtie can is another example of how Budweiser continues to innovate, evolve and attract a new generation of beer drinkers. “It builds on the success of Budweiser Black Crown, the crowd-sourced fan favorite introduced earlier this year,” McGauley said.
The launch of the can is being supported with a marketing campaign that includes digital, print and television. It will be offered for sale in grocery stores and super markets, convenience stores and packaged liquor stores.

Consumers interested in locating where they can purchase the special 8-pack can call 1-800-dial-Bud.

In other packaging innovations on the horizon in the U.S. for Anheuser-Busch, the company is announcing it is test-marketing in 10 states a new 25-ounce can that replaces a 24-ounce serving – giving consumers an additional ounce of beer. Sales of this new can will begin this summer.

Budweiser has a rich heritage spanning 137 years and is America’s No. 1 premium regular beer, selling more than its four nearest competitors combined. Innovations such as the bowtie can are a key part of Budweiser’s heritage and helped the brand grow into its status as the King of Beers. Read more here.

About Budweiser
Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character. The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

Borlaxx
04-17-2013, 10:22 AM
Wow, what a gimmicky joke. What is that saying about putting lipstick on a pig?

LandShark
04-17-2013, 10:28 AM
if they outsell their next four competitors combined, then why the gimmick?!?

Ullrsdog
04-17-2013, 11:04 AM
Got a six pack of this from my Dad yesterday. Anyone else ever had this, or any other beers by this brewery? I had never heard of them before yesterday.

It is Kidd Black Lager by the Fort Collins Brewery in Colorado. Very strong smoked and chocolate hops flavors, yet not nearly as high gravity as it looks. Very good and unusual, but certainly more of a sipping beer than a "refreshing" beer. I would buy it again.

http://i50.tinypic.com/15coj74.jpg

If it's from Colorado you know it'll be good!! :laugh: haven't tried that one but I have had some of their brews. The Front Range has SOOOOOO many breweries it's ridiculous. On this side of the divide there are only a couple, and worst part or maybe I mean best part, is that many of them only offer growlers as take homes. I have to say my new favorite is O'Dell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout...sooooo yummy! I like the darker brews so I am certainly bias but that is a damn fine brew if you ask me.

Major Stains
05-03-2013, 12:00 PM
Tucking into these Cornish beauties tonight.

http://i43.tinypic.com/29c8dog.jpg

TonkaToys
05-03-2013, 06:28 PM
Just had a pint of Bombardier - and thought I'd share their adverts with you.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY_WJjyyur0

HardlyCapable13
05-04-2013, 12:17 PM
Oak smoked barley wine. Awesomeness.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/aea78dafef806e5da56ef92064272dbe_zpsd8538a24.jpg

HB721
05-04-2013, 04:25 PM
Clown Shoes- Genghis Pecan. Porter made with roasted pecans. A nice malty aroma. I pick up the oily pecan smell. There seems to be a hint of mustiness in there. Taste is good. A nice earthy nutty porter. Slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth for the most part with a nice bite of carbonation. One finger head with minimal lacing served in the magic tulip. Overall a good beer. I would definitely buy again. Prost!

Edit: My glass is not dirty. I don't know what that is.

http://i.imgur.com/Pz1KjRy.jpg

HB721
05-04-2013, 04:27 PM
Oak smoked barley wine. Awesomeness.

Everything about this makes my beer nipples hard...

HB721
05-04-2013, 04:36 PM
Coming soon.
http://i.imgur.com/XsAYjT4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NaB9Hqe.jpg

Major Stains
05-04-2013, 06:15 PM
Mad Meg? Now where have I heard that before??? :becky:

HB721
05-04-2013, 07:14 PM
Mad Meg? Now where have I heard that before??? :becky:
Ask and ye shall recieve.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dull_Gret

HB721
05-04-2013, 07:22 PM
Last one today and for the week. Cedar Creek Brewery-Lawn Ranger. This place is about an hour from my place actually so I decided to finally take the plunge on their brew.

This beer is billed as a cream ale. When I think of cream ale I think of beer you buy for your macro drinking buddies to get them into craft beer. The name of this beer is Lawn Ranger for obvious reasons. The brewer intended for this beer to be a sessionable "lawnmower" beer. It is. It's nice and tame. It's boring. It's not super malty, it's not super hoppy. Objective achieved. It's an okay beer. I probably won't buy it again, but I would let people buy me pints of this. Kudos for using cans.

Also note: The fork on the right side of the shot was being used to test out the awesome cod filet I was cooking. It rocked. :D

http://i.imgur.com/xQd0ryS.jpg

LandShark
05-06-2013, 09:08 AM
Damn, now i want beer for breakfast!

HardlyCapable13
05-07-2013, 09:20 PM
Ohhhhhh yeah.......

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/null_zps3a84cdf1.jpg

Major Stains
05-10-2013, 12:24 PM
Ok. So you know by now, my definition of 'Craft Beer' is pretty flexible.
But I had to share this one...

Stopped off at the pub after another day of laying huge limestone slabs, and had to buy my brother a pint of this guest ale, as it had his name written all over it!!!

http://i39.tinypic.com/15f69g8.jpg

Roflmao...

LandShark
05-10-2013, 12:35 PM
a skillet? puts new meaning to beating your...

Major Stains
05-11-2013, 02:16 AM
a skillet? puts new meaning to beating your...

Lol. I only just noticed the pan! Must be a pancake thing. Not sure what I was thinking of!?!

HB721
05-11-2013, 07:13 AM
a skillet? puts new meaning to beating your...

My God. He is beating his junk up with a skillet.

So is the beer good?

Major Stains
05-11-2013, 02:10 PM
My God. He is beating his junk up with a skillet.

So is the beer good?

It wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst I've had. Not that I left any in the glass mind.
It was from my local pub.
A 17th Century Inn that happens to stock over 240 whiskies.
For the price of a pint, they do x3 small glasses of guest ale for you to test...hmmmmm.

Gink
05-11-2013, 09:31 PM
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/null_zps0772f83b.jpg

We went out mattress shopping today... but ended up hitting a couple of the local brewpubs, way more fun. Started out by going to Falling Sky Brewery to consider the mattress options we'd found, but after a Slam Dunkelweizen, an Upside Brown, and some honey beer we opted to move along to the local standby, Ninkasi Brewery. I went for the Sterling Pilsner as I was to eventually drive, the wife went for the 11.7% Critical Hit Barley Wine. Both were delicious and much enjoyed in the strangely hot and sunny May weather we are having.

HB721
05-13-2013, 12:14 PM
I hate you Gink because you are close to Ninkasi. Just saying. I don't really hate you. I really am jealous though.

Gink
05-13-2013, 12:32 PM
I hate you Gink because you are close to Ninkasi. Just saying. I don't really hate you. I really am jealous though.

Yeah, we're pretty lucky. It's crazy the way they've grown. 4-5 years ago I decided to build a kegerator and start buying beer that way and we'd tried Ninkasi at some local brewfests. So we headed down there to see about picking up a keg. They were in this little warehouse space, Had a goodwill table and sofa in the middle as their "office", the owner brought us samples of their latest creations as we filled out the paperwork. Seemed like every time we'd go back after that for another keg they'd grown and taken over more of the block, moved into actual offices a few doors down, the brewery was bigger, etc. Now they've got the whole block and have a "tasting room" with a big outside patio that's full of people pretty much year round. They've also become the center of local craft breweries it seems, as recently both Oakshire and Hop Valley have moved their operations into the same neighborhood.

The other place we visited, Falling Sky had some pretty excellent beers too. Their brewery is new, and I'm not sure if they are distributing bottles or anything yet. They own the local homebrew supply store that's been in town forever, but just recently decided to add on a brewpub and restaurant. Definitely going to have to go back there sometime and try a few more brews and some of their food.

Eugene can be a kind of boring town at times, but at least we've got great beers!

Gink
05-17-2013, 04:38 PM
Since this thread is titled "Craft Beer Finds", I thought I should let you all know...

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/null_zps03ee2dfd.jpg

I found them!!!!:cheer2:

HB721
05-17-2013, 04:48 PM
Looks like a damn fine selection.

Major Stains
05-17-2013, 04:52 PM
That's the first thing you see when St Peter lets you through the Pearly Gates isn't it?
Oh and boobies ;)

HardlyCapable13
05-17-2013, 04:57 PM
That's a beautiful sight!

LandShark
05-17-2013, 05:14 PM
Since this thread is titled "Craft Beer Finds", I thought I should let you all know...

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/null_zps03ee2dfd.jpg

I found them!!!!:cheer2:

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab201/hitecgmblr/i-came-ghostbuster.jpg (http://s864.photobucket.com/user/hitecgmblr/media/i-came-ghostbuster.jpg.html)

HardlyCapable13
05-17-2013, 10:52 PM
Ready for poker night.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/null_zpsb34a7e99.jpg

Gink
05-17-2013, 11:44 PM
Ready for poker night.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/null_zpsb34a7e99.jpg

Woah, how was that? I grab pretty much any beer that says "coffee", but have never seen a coffee IPA. Those Stone collaborations are wild. We had dinner at a friend's tonight who had a Stone collab Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout. We shared it for "dessert" and it was delicious. Never had a beer with such a strong chocolate flavor.

Gink
05-17-2013, 11:52 PM
Looks like a damn fine selection.

This place also has 24 taps, 2 of them nitros with a great selection of local, domestic, and international craft brews. Everything from Czech Pilsner to Dogfishhead Chicory Stout. They have a pretty cool system with 2 50" LCD screens listing the beers, a description, the abv and ibu and a little icon showing how much of the keg is left or saying "just tapped!" and a ticker listing what'll be tapped as soon as a keg runs out. Great place, but last night on our "Thirsty Thursday" gathering we ran into the downside of living in a beer Mecca, as the place was jam packed and standing in line for a pint left me super thirsty!

HardlyCapable13
05-18-2013, 10:09 AM
Woah, how was that? I grab pretty much any beer that says "coffee", but have never seen a coffee IPA. Those Stone collaborations are wild. We had dinner at a friend's tonight who had a Stone collab Chocolate Mint Imperial Stout. We shared it for "dessert" and it was delicious. Never had a beer with such a strong chocolate flavor.

Never seen one either. It was great, just like you'd think. I got the stone mint chocolate on page one I think. I love that beer, wish it wasn't a one time thing.
Ever had a Youngs double chocolate stout? Woah, talk about a desert beer!

What's the name/website of your "beer Mecca"?

Gink
05-18-2013, 01:20 PM
Never seen one either. It was great, just like you'd think. I got the stone mint chocolate on page one I think. I love that beer, wish it wasn't a one time thing.
Ever had a Youngs double chocolate stout? Woah, talk about a desert beer!

What's the name/website of your "beer Mecca"?

Place is called The Bier Stein (www.thebierstein.com), looks like their website is only semi-functional at the moment. They recently moved from a small location, that was pretty cool but always overflowing, to their new, huge, amazing location, which was still overflowing with people on Thursday night at least. Hopefully they update the site soon to have a functioning list of what's currently on tap.

We were there with friends and family, so I didn't spend much time browsing the bottle selection. I'm going to have to get back their soon and see if they carry Stone collabs and other Stone besides the standards, really have to pay more attention to their releases and hopefully this place will be a reliable source to pick them up. Now that you mention it, I have tried Youngs before, had a taster at a brewfest a few years back, was pretty impressed with it, but rarely see it in stores. As soon as I heard the name though I had a vision of a purple & orange can pop in my head. That's some pretty chocolatey delicious dessert beer too!

Gink
05-18-2013, 03:10 PM
The end of this week involved lots of beer drinking! Can't say my body is thanking me, but my taste buds were certainly happy!

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/null_zpsdc6d22ec.jpg
Burnside Brewing "Sweet Heat" Apricot/Pepper Ale. This stuff was surprisingly "warm", not quite mouth burning spicy, but plenty of heat with just a touch of apricot sweetness. I've had Rogue's Chipotle Ale before, which is delicious, but this definitely beats it for pepper kick.

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/null_zps52e829b7.jpg
McTarnahan's "Goose Bump" Imperial Stout w/ Coffee Beans. About what you'd expect, heavy duty stout. Thick, dark, rich flavor with a touch of coffee. Cool bottle label, good beer, but nothing super unique as far as Imperial Stouts go.

We also had another 22 that I somehow failed to take a picture of. Elysian Jasmine IPA. This was a truly unique beer. I expected IPA bite with a floral note, instead it was insanely floral, pure jasmine taste in a smooth ale. Fortunately the jasmine flavor wasn't "perfumey" or anything nasty. I personally love both the smell and taste of Jasmine in tea and such, so found it pretty enjoyable. I wish I had a picture as you could literally see small bits of jasmine petals in the beer. The wife loved the stuff, so we will probably pick up another bottle soon.

Spike Forehand
05-21-2013, 09:53 AM
All you beer snobs better watch out for this guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8z08_8uhM

HardlyCapable13
05-22-2013, 12:49 AM
All you beer snobs better watch out for this guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8z08_8uhM

LOL! Saw them at SXSW13. Which reminds me...

HB721
05-22-2013, 10:17 AM
hipster garbage punk from LA? Song about cheap boy strength beer? These are not men...

Gink
05-22-2013, 02:01 PM
All you beer snobs better watch out for this guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8z08_8uhM

Damn, I better make sure my door is locked the next time I go to open a bottle.

Spike Forehand
05-22-2013, 04:04 PM
LOL! Saw them at SXSW13. Which reminds me...

Yeah. I'll probably have my Punk Rock Bowling trip report up before your SXSW one at this rate. :)

HardlyCapable13
05-22-2013, 04:23 PM
Yeah. I'll probably have my Punk Rock Bowling trip report up before your SXSW one at this rate. :)

Probably. Forgot about that, when is it again? I'm only an hour and a half from Vegas.

Spike Forehand
05-22-2013, 07:13 PM
This weekend. Most shows sold out, but a few of the club shows still available though.

HardlyCapable13
05-22-2013, 07:17 PM
This weekend. Most shows sold out, but a few of the club shows still available though.

Wow. I dropped the ball on that.

HB721
05-23-2013, 08:30 PM
Checking in.

http://i.imgur.com/pVut9r1l.jpg

HB721
05-24-2013, 02:28 PM
http://i.imgur.com/KUDpaXR.jpg

Gink
05-24-2013, 04:51 PM
Looks like Homebrewer is ready for the weekend! I've got a couple hours til I'll start digging around to see what's hiding in the fridge.

HardlyCapable13
05-24-2013, 07:32 PM
Not a fan of fruity beers but this imperial peach IPA intrigued me.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/null_zps200481db.jpg

HardlyCapable13
05-24-2013, 07:42 PM
Above beer.

Pretty weak. They have no place calling this imperial anything (except ABV is 9%+). Very faint hops.
Light on peach (which I like).
Decent beer but not worth the $14 price tag for the bottle.

HB721
05-24-2013, 07:46 PM
Above beer.

Pretty weak. They have no place calling this imperial anything (except ABV is 9%+). Very faint hops.
Light on peach (which I like).
Decent beer but not worth the $14 price tag for the bottle.

Holy shit! 14$??? I could see maybe $10. Only fruit/IPA I have ever tried was Aprihop by DFH. It wasn't very good. Peach IPA just doesn't even really speak to me. I would try it but I won't ever buy it.

HardlyCapable13
05-24-2013, 07:53 PM
Holy shit! 14$??? I could see maybe $10. Only fruit/IPA I have ever tried was Aprihop by DFH. It wasn't very good. Peach IPA just doesn't even really speak to me. I would try it but I won't ever buy it.

Yeah, felt the same about Aprihop. I had to get this one. Sometimes there are those beers that just pull at you and you have to try them (even though you know you may not like them).
I will say out of all the fruity beers I've tried this may be my favorite.

Gink
05-24-2013, 08:23 PM
Best fruity beer I've had was a Bridgeport Stumptown Tart. Strawberry Ale that was surprisingly delicious. Was a limited release, wish we'd gotten more than one bottle. I guess they do a yearly release Tart with different berries, but I always miss em.

I usually stay away from fruities in general, though I love Cider for something different. Starting this eve off with an Angry Orchard Elderflower Cider. Smooth, crisp, deeeelightful.

HardlyCapable13
05-24-2013, 08:26 PM
I usually stay away from fruities in general

As do I. My buddy in San Antonio had a strawberry milk stout from a brewery there he said was dynamite. I'm very intrigued with that one.

HB721
05-24-2013, 08:38 PM
I am not including lambic in this conversation. I love fruity sours.

Gink
05-25-2013, 12:27 PM
As do I. My buddy in San Antonio had a strawberry milk stout from a brewery there he said was dynamite. I'm very intrigued with that one.

I don't think I'd be able to resist trying a strawberry milk stout, at the very least it would probably be different from most anything I've tried before.

TonkaToys
06-07-2013, 10:04 AM
It was my beer festival last night; roughly 180 beers and (alcoholic) ciders. I managed about 5 whilst serving behind the bar.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/8977680219_cfb649b69a_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69321918@N08/8977680219/)

Then I had a meeting with my new Danish boss today; but the meeting room we were meant to be in was being hogged by someone so he said "Let's go to the pub"; mind you this was at 11am, which was a bit early even for me! Had a pint of Waggledance - after topping up from the night before that I don't remember too much of the meeting.

http://www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk/home/our-beers/ales/wells-waggle-dance/waggle-dance-set.jpg

Major Stains
06-07-2013, 02:29 PM
Good work Charlie.
Sounds like a boss with promise...

Gink
07-18-2013, 01:00 PM
Was at WalMart this morning picking up odds and ends, remembered the beer supply was low, thought I'd see if they had anything worth drinking while I was there already. Much to my surprise...
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/null_zps21d39aad.jpg
I didn't even know this was out in bottles, been drinking it at the brewery all summer. Delicious!

Also... this was a week or two ago, just found on photobucket, realized I never posted.

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/null_zpsfcd10a98.jpg

pretty interesting stuff, good beer, decent jasmine flavor, totally natural, not perfumey

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/null_zps13d4888d.jpg
You can see the jasmine petal bits floating about in it.

Gink
07-25-2013, 01:41 PM
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/null_zps3f4b0b40.jpg

We cracked a bottle of this, an one of the Maple Bacon last night. Can't say anyone especially enjoyed it. Worth trying as a novelty, but not my idea of tasty beer. The Maple Bacon had a super funky smoke aftertaste. The Choc PB Banana actually wasn't bad, just not my cup of tea.

HardlyCapable13
07-25-2013, 02:51 PM
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/null_zps3f4b0b40.jpg

We cracked a bottle of this, an one of the Maple Bacon last night. Can't say anyone especially enjoyed it. Worth trying as a novelty, but not my idea of tasty beer. The Maple Bacon had a super funky smoke aftertaste. The Choc PB Banana actually wasn't bad, just not my cup of tea.

Yup, I've had both. Although the Bud Light can in the background is a little, umm, upsetting.

Gink
07-25-2013, 06:27 PM
Yup, I've had both. Although the Bud Light can in the background is a little, umm, upsetting.

Well, if it makes you feel any better we've had 12 drinking age folks out here this week and only 1 drinking Bud light. Though I have to admit I've had a Blue Moon or two, it's mostly been pretty decent beer flowing.

HardlyCapable13
07-26-2013, 12:38 AM
Well, if it makes you feel any better we've had 12 drinking age folks out here this week and only 1 drinking Bud light. Though I have to admit I've had a Blue Moon or two, it's mostly been pretty decent beer flowing.

Sweet. As long as you don't mention Corona or Heineken....

.......or Landshark....... :roll:

RATA MUERTA
07-26-2013, 09:03 AM
Maybe some of our friends across the pond have heard of this one, Green's Endevour? My hubby tried it at a festival and really liked it. I was preggo at the time but I tried it a few weeks ago and I thought it was very good.

Borlaxx
07-26-2013, 11:16 AM
What is everyone's favorite cheap beer (something not much more expensive than shitty Budweiser products)?

I have recently started to really enjoy Yuengling Black and Tan. I liked their lager but just recently tried the B&T and really enjoy it, and for the price (at least here in Orlando) it is hard to beat.

Gink
07-28-2013, 09:19 PM
What is everyone's favorite cheap beer (something not much more expensive than shitty Budweiser products)?

I have recently started to really enjoy Yuengling Black and Tan. I liked their lager but just recently tried the B&T and really enjoy it, and for the price (at least here in Orlando) it is hard to beat.

Not sure, I rarely vary from the $7-$8 per 6 pack beers. I'd rather drink $9-$10 micros. Occasionally I get Full Sail Session 12 packs for $10-$12, sort of cheaper.

Drank some blue moon and widmer beers on vacation, weren't bad, not sure how much cheaper they are.

TonkaToys
07-29-2013, 09:47 AM
Maybe some of our friends across the pond have heard of this one, Green's Endevour? My hubby tried it at a festival and really liked it. I was preggo at the time but I tried it a few weeks ago and I thought it was very good.

I haven't tried that one - a Belgian style beer made by a British brewer. There is a new pub up the road from work that serves American craft beers, UK independent breweries and Belgian beers... I'll pop down there at lunchtime to see if they have any Green's on.

Spike Forehand
07-29-2013, 07:01 PM
What is everyone's favorite cheap beer (something not much more expensive than shitty Budweiser products)?

I have recently started to really enjoy Yuengling Black and Tan. I liked their lager but just recently tried the B&T and really enjoy it, and for the price (at least here in Orlando) it is hard to beat.

Ahhhhh,.....

A man after my own heart.

NSFW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMLEvyAnbJY

As for what I drink - as an old fat guy who no longer tolerates hangovers very well - it's Miller Lite for me. Although - when I'm in the UK I generally go for a pint of whatever Bitter they have on tap and recommend.

HardlyCapable13
08-09-2013, 10:12 PM
First pumpkin of the season, and its damn good!


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/8c1bb198ad73f28f1d89cbc05ef904ab_zps6286b8a8.jpg

HardlyCapable13
08-10-2013, 01:06 PM
Wow. Had to check my bottle just now, and you're right. I didn't really look at the bottle when I bought it. I thought it was a brew from Flying Dog.

Well look at this...fuck AB InBev.

http://t.today.com/food/dog-fight-flying-dog-brewery-packaging-spat-brewing-giant-6C10885572

Gink
08-10-2013, 04:12 PM
Well look at this...fuck AB InBev.

http://t.today.com/food/dog-fight-flying-dog-brewery-packaging-spat-brewing-giant-6C10885572

Rat bastards! Amazing how much money is spent making a huge issue of copyright infringement, trademark violation, etc. when it's some little guy accused. But the massive corps can ripoff most anyone at will because they can throw money at legal fees that would put most companies out of business.

RATA MUERTA
08-12-2013, 12:35 PM
Tonka- Give it a try, we went to a hippie wedding/festival to promote our honey back in April and that was all they had although they had a few different varieties. My husband really liked it but it is hard to find here. Only one store we found sells it. :(

Borlaxx
08-12-2013, 01:30 PM
Anyone ever had anything by this brewery? This GoT stout comes out next month.

https://fbcdn-photos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/945785_10151642989633640_1181933342_n.jpg

RATA MUERTA
08-12-2013, 01:36 PM
Wow GoT beer? A beer should stand in its own and not be used as advertising fodder. It's like all the kids toys with popular characters, it's crap you know it but your kid wants it because it has an angry birds label on it. It's doesnt mean it's a bad beer but I am always skeptical of these things.

Borlaxx
08-12-2013, 01:50 PM
Well, it appears they went with an independent brewer (I think) and a strong style of beer that isn't what the mass market beer drinker normally buys, so I have hope. Not all beers sold with names attached are bad. The metal band Amon Amarth had a beer with their name that got rave reviews, and I believe the Motorhead one did as well.

And some of the kids toys today rule, and my son's Angry Birds bed sheets are very well made with a high thread count. Product tie ins normally do suck, but not always.

Gink
08-12-2013, 05:51 PM
Well, it appears they went with an independent brewer (I think) and a strong style of beer that isn't what the mass market beer drinker normally buys, so I have hope. Not all beers sold with names attached are bad. The metal band Amon Amarth had a beer with their name that got rave reviews, and I believe the Motorhead one did as well.

And some of the kids toys today rule, and my son's Angry Birds bed sheets are very well made with a high thread count. Product tie ins normally do suck, but not always.

Looks like their first GoT beer was "Iron Throne Blonde Ale", a little more mass market than stout, but still looks like a genuine craft brewery from what I can see. East Coast so I've never tried any of their stuff. The Blonde got a 3.68 out of 5 on untappd, people seem to have liked it. I'll have to look for their stuff at one of the specialty stores that carries more than just west coast brews.

Toxic Avenger72
08-12-2013, 08:10 PM
Here is a local brewery opening this fall.

http://www.carsonsbrewery.com/

I can't wait to taste some of the brews. I'm really looking forward to the Eville American Wheat

http://www.carsonsbrewery.com/assets/evilleWheat_bottle1.jpg

Red dawn amber wheat

http://www.carsonsbrewery.com/assets/redDawn_bottle1.jpg

RIPA (red India Pale Ale)

http://www.carsonsbrewery.com/assets/ripa_bottle1.jpg

HardlyCapable13
08-12-2013, 08:26 PM
Here is a local brewery opening this fall.

http://www.carsonsbrewery.com/

I can't wait to taste some of the brews.

Nice! Let us know how it is.

TonkaToys
08-13-2013, 07:54 AM
I'm off to the Great British Beer Festival tonight (I know, I know... a school night) and am looking forward to sampling some of the 800 beers and ciders that will be on show.

http://www.gbbf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CAMRA-Beer-Festival-2012-135.jpg


They will have a small :lol: selection of US beers available and I want to try at least one, so let me know which...

Brewers offering bottled beer:

Alltechs Lexington
Anderson Valley
Ballast Point
Boulevard
Cisco
Dogfish Head
Epic
Fiftyfifty
Firestone
Fordham
Founders
Greenflash
Indigo
Jolly Pumpkin
Kona
Lagunitas
Left Hand
Maui
No-Li
Odell
Oskar Blues
Rouge
Shipyard
Sierra Nevada
Ska
Unita


Brewers offering draught beer:

Alesmith
Allagash
Ballast
Baxter
Blue Corn
Boulder
Brewers Union
Bridgeport
Cazuelas
Center Of The Universe
Chama River
Clown Shoes
DC Brau
Deschutes
Devils Backbone
Eminent
Flying Dog
Fort George
Franklins
Golden City
Great American Restaurants / Sweet Water
Green Flash
Heavy Seas
Il Vicino
In'finiti
Ipswich Ales
Iron Fist
Jacks
Jacks Abby
Jesterking
John Harvards
La Cumbre
Left Hand
Legend
Mad Fox
Marble
Marshall Wharf
Marthas Exchange
Mayflower
Mike Hess
mystic
Ninkasi
Notch
Oskar Blues
Pelican Brewpub
Pinthouse Pizza
Port
Port City
Pratt St Ale House / Olivers Ales
Prodigal
Rising Tide
Rogue
Santa Fe
Sierra Nevada
Smuttynose
Solera
St Archer
St Arnold
St. George
Starr Hill
Stone
Summit
Taos Mesa
The Lost Abbey
Tommyknocker
Tractor
Union Craft
Walking Man

Major Stains
08-13-2013, 08:19 AM
800 beers! Is that all? Hmmm. Sounds like a damn fine evening to me Charlie.

I tried the Sierra Nevada when I went over the pond in March and it was very agreeable.

Have a good night and cancel all meetings for tomorrow!!!

HardlyCapable13
08-13-2013, 08:46 AM
They will have a small :lol: selection of US beers available and I want to try at least one, so let me know which...



My favorites from that list (but it all depends on which beer they're sampling):

Ballast Point
Dogfish Head
Lefthand
Maui
Oskar Blues
Shipyard
Ska
Green Flash
Stone (top of my list)

Have fun! Sounds like a great night.

TonkaToys
08-13-2013, 08:52 AM
Cheers Major, I should in hindsight have booked tomorrow as a "work from home" day, but can't really wing it as I'm coming to Charlestown on my hols next week.

Actually I am only 40 mins walk from the St. Austell's brewery, so if I get permission from :ballchain: I might visit... yeah right :flypig:



Thanks HC... I'll try for the Stone; will post which beers they're showing.

TonkaToys
08-13-2013, 08:56 AM
Stone Ruinten IPA - 10.8% :shocked: :faint:

Major Stains
08-13-2013, 09:01 AM
I'm coming to Charlestown on my hols next week. Actually I am only 40 mins walk from the St. Austell's brewery, so if I get permission from :ballchain: I might visit... yeah right :flypig:

Have a great week. Hope the weather is kind.
Lovely part of the world, but time your journey well. I'm on the A303/ M5 often and expect a 4 hour journey to turn into a 6 hour one if you go at a peak time. I will wave when you drive past. :high5:

Gink
08-13-2013, 06:31 PM
I'm probably too late but definitely try Ninkasi if you get the chance. They haven't been around as long as Stone, Rogue, Deschutes or Sierra Nevada, but they've taken off like a rocket out here due to their fantastic brews.

lore77
09-04-2013, 10:22 PM
Hi Guys, I was recently out to Wisconsin on a few business/training trips and have now spoiled myself with good beer, I had this Awesome Scotch Ale at a chain out there and now I have been looking around at the local distributor for something that better fits my now spoiled taste buds. Unfortunately the local WI brewer (great Dane Pub) doesn't ship.

Does anyone have anything that they could suggest I try? I don't mind a little hoppyness/ bitterness on the front end but, don't care for a lingering hoppy bitterness aftertaste. I tried a few other Scotch ales while I was out there but, none of them came close to the nice smooth, crisp, yet flavorful taste of that Scotch Ale from the Great Dane Pub.

I tried a few the local distributor recommended. There is a local Craft brewery here in PA called Troegs which makes several nice beers, my favorite is their "HopBack Amber Ale" comes in at a decent 6% ABV. It's prety good has a bit of a hop kick at the start but mellows out after the first sip or two.

I just got a case of Two Brothers "SideKick Extra Pale Ale" it's pretty good not too strong on the hops with a bit of citrus/ fruitiness but it's only 5.1% ABV.

Neither of these are quite what I am looking for; I saw a good Review of a Scotch ale called "Skull Splitter". I have been looking to try it out, it's hard to find and apparently goes for about $60 a case. A bit steeper then what I was aiming for somewhere around $45 would be ok. For that price I want something with some flavor a bit of complexity and a decent abv say 7% or better, the tough part is finding something that fits the bill without it being too hoppy/ bitter. If I'm paying that much for some beer I don't want to have to drink 3-4 before I start to catch a bit of a buzz.

Please advise, I'm thirsty over here...

Gink
09-05-2013, 01:13 PM
Congrats on discovering some delicious beer! I've never had much of a taste for most Scotch Ales myself. What sort of variety do you have available to you? I'd suggest trying some IPAs, there are many that have a lot of hops up front, but that smooth out after that without a lot of bitterness. Ambers and Pales can be nice too if you want a little less hops overall, but do tend to be lower ABV.

If you could get a hold of it I'd suggest Ninkasi Tricerahops. It's a double IPA that's surprisingly smooth and 8.8%. Usually costs more than their other beers though and may not have made it that far across the country yet.

lore77
09-06-2013, 10:57 PM
I think I need to find someplace that will allow me to mix an match/ buy 6 packs only. Then I can try a few different beers and not have to shell out for a whole case of something that isn't what I'm looking for. I was looking at a IBU scale and found that most of the styles I tend to like top out at about 30 IBU (bitterness units) anything much beyond that I think i'll end up finding it to be too bitter for my taste. It looks like most of the IPA are in the 40-60 IBU range. I'll try some if I am able to mix an match but, leaning towards I'll probably not like them. I'll just have to do some more experimenting... what a shame

LandShark
09-07-2013, 10:23 AM
World Market used to allow you to do that.

REMEC87
09-07-2013, 11:41 AM
Have you guys got the rate beer places apps on you phone? I used it when I was in NH to find great beer stores, bars, etc...

Gink
09-08-2013, 03:27 PM
I've got untappd on my phone, don't know if it does places or just beer ratings and check-ins.

Borlaxx
09-15-2013, 06:54 PM
This stuff is pretty damn tasty.

5036

lore77
09-18-2013, 05:22 PM
I had a chat with my local distributor and talked him into bringing in some "Founders Dirty Bastard" from their other location. It's a bit expensive, I'll let you know if I think it is worth the $. I haven't been able to find anything else that satssfied my now spoiled taste buds.

Gink
10-05-2013, 12:48 PM
We stopped for dinner last night on our way to Portland at Wanker's Corner Saloon/Cafe. The food was average/overpriced but they have 20 or so taps and when our server listed off a "Fresh Hopped" IPA I was sold. Had a Hoppopotamus from Silver Moon brewing, it was delicious! Not as much bite as a lot of NW IPAs, just crazy amounts of hop nose and flavor. Pretty much tasted like a bag of fresh hops smells, amazing. I don't know if they bottle it, but I'm going to have to find out where I can get some more!

Borlaxx
10-24-2013, 01:48 PM
I have found a hidden treasure here in Orlando that I had no idea had been here for years. The Orlando Brewing Company (http://www.orlandobrewing.com/) is an amazing local brewery that I have fallen in love with. They are the only all organic brewery in the southeast, and the only brewery certified by the Florida Department of Agriculture. I have been there twice, and every beer I have had is amazing!

This is their oatmeal stout, and it is my favorite stout I have ever had, and one of my top 5 beers ever.

https://scontent-b-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1375064_3555253535364_504870801_n.jpg

Here is their brown ale that I took a 6 pack home off, also excellent with great chocolate notes.

https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1391957_3555479261007_665808184_n.jpg

This is their Doble Imperial IPA I had last night. Freaking amazing! Comes in at 8.5% ABV and a huge 94 IBU!!!! It was so damn flavorful and balanced, and also now in my top 5 beers.

https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1381468_3593204004102_2071713419_n.jpg

I have also had the best wit beer I have ever had in my life there, as well as excellent Irish and Scottish style red ales. There are still so many I haven't have, including at least 6 more IPA's.

If you ever come to Orlando and love beer, you have to go here!

Gink
10-24-2013, 04:52 PM
Damn, now I'm thirsty and realizing I haven't been drinking nearly enough lately.

TonkaToys
10-25-2013, 11:01 AM
Had a pint of War Lord and a pint of 13 Guns today at lunchtime... now I am being really productive at work.
:sleep:

Gink
10-25-2013, 11:48 AM
Had a pint of War Lord and a pint of 13 Guns today at lunchtime... now I am being really productive at work.
:sleep:

I just took the Project+ Certification exam earlier this week, so now I have a totally textbook/skewed idea of what you project manager types do. It mostly involves lots of meetings, mountains of paperwork, and a million acronyms, but I'll add drinking beer at lunch and afternoon naps at your desk to the vision. :boink:

HB721
10-25-2013, 05:48 PM
Not really a find, but apparently Clown Shoes is packaging Clementine in a 4 pack.
http://i.imgur.com/B9RVJL5.jpg

Major Stains
10-26-2013, 05:56 PM
Well the clocks go back tonight, so my transition from lager (summer) to Guiness (winter) has begun.
Thought I'd ease my self into it tonight with a couple of bottles of various ales/bitters, which turned into 4. Very agreeable.

http://i44.tinypic.com/x0qw5c.jpg

HB721
10-27-2013, 06:43 AM
Not very rare but man I love smoked malt.
http://www.imgur.com/kNL1fcT.jpeg

Gink
12-12-2013, 04:04 PM
I've been wanting to try some 21st Amendment Brewery beers, usually just see "Hell or High Watermelon" at crazy prices for a 6 pack.
Found these at a reasonable price. Aside from the novelty of craft beer in a can, this is also a damn fine IPA.
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/IMG_20131211_184807_zpshlsgpfxa.jpg

Unfortunately I also got duped by not reading labels well enough, grabbed a sixer of "Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition style Lager". It was in with the other craft brews... Unfortunately it is not a craft brew, as I was quickly informed after the wife popped one open and took a swig. Just overpriced Coors piss water in a fancy bottle. Happens to me about once a year it seems, they manage to sneak something that looks craft into the cooler and I stupidly pick it up.

Madlob75
12-12-2013, 04:11 PM
I tried their Black IPA over Thanksgiving, not bad.

HB721
01-05-2014, 03:06 PM
Found some of this Merry Maker yesterday at a local grocery. Actually pretty good for the price. It's been a good year for Winter Seasonals and me. :amen:
http://i.imgur.com/w52H4de.jpg

And then I found this at another grocery store. $16.00 for the bottle but woo it's something else. I don't mind paying good money for wheat or barley wine. If you can get your hands on this one let it sit for a year then drink it. Might let some of the jet fuel soak in. Or do like me and drink it now.

http://i.imgur.com/ekm4xGF.jpg

HardlyCapable13
01-05-2014, 03:44 PM
Found some of this Merry Maker yesterday at a local grocery. Actually pretty good for the price. It's been a good year for Winter Seasonals and me. :amen:
http://i.imgur.com/w52H4de.jpg




See page one, post 2. Different name but same brew...

HB721
01-18-2014, 08:36 PM
Brewery about 50 miles from me. Anything that has smoked malt in it makes me super happy.
http://i.imgur.com/tMiBPe6.jpg

HardlyCapable13
01-19-2014, 05:14 PM
Enjoying this right now at the B&B the wife and I are staying at in Prescott. Noel from Delirium Tremens in Belgium. A nice winter spiced sipper coming in at a hefty 10%.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/445c557842239dd3f5e457595490a475_zps81fa48d1.jpg

Major Stains
01-19-2014, 05:24 PM
Enjoying this right now at the B&B the wife and I are staying at in Prescott. Noel from Delirium Tremens in Belgium. A nice winter spiced sipper coming in at a hefty 10%.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/445c557842239dd3f5e457595490a475_zps81fa48d1.jpg

Watch out Mrs HC! 10%, jinkys...

HB721
01-19-2014, 05:54 PM
Noel is good stuff.

Gink
01-27-2014, 06:39 PM
It was an IPA kind of weekend.
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/IMG_20140125_174623_zpsngxwijgj.jpg
Born & Raised IPA from No-Li brewing in Spokane, WA. Pretty typical NW IPA, good but about the same as many others. They only use Hops and Malts from their area. Lots of Cascade and Chinook hops, but has the thick malty undertaste that Isn't my preference in an IPA.

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/IMG_20140126_133737_zps7wtsl224.jpg
Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, OR. Closer to what I like in an IPA, crisp & tangy hops that stand out from a clean smooth malt body.

Still didn't really enjoy either of these as much as Alaskan Brewing's Freeride APA that I've been buying by the 6-pack while it's available. Super smooth with lots o' hops.

HB721
01-27-2014, 08:37 PM
nothing wrong for a beer drinker living in the PNW. Looks good dude.

Gink
02-07-2014, 08:47 PM
I've had this a few times at the brewery, but when I spotted it in a store and saw the label, just had to pick up a bottle!
India Red Ale, pretty tasty 75 IBU 7% ABV.
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/jgink/Beer/IMG_20140207_173301_zps87sjjsoj.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-07-2014, 11:18 PM
Haven't picked up anything in over a month. What a dry spell!

Anyway, keep an eye out for Freshly Squeezed IPA from Deschutes. Just released and supposedly amazing!

Gink
02-08-2014, 01:27 AM
Haven't picked up anything in over a month. What a dry spell!

Anyway, keep an eye out for Freshly Squeezed IPA from Deschutes. Just released and supposedly amazing!

Haven't had that one, but looked it up and it sounds delicious. Lots of citra and mosaic hops! I guess it'll be joining their year round selection next month, about time they added an IPA to their regular selection. Thanks for the tip!

HB721
02-21-2014, 03:38 PM
Forgot to grab a picture of the pour. It looked like a DIPA. Will definitely get again. :bowl:http://i.imgur.com/CfrzDCW.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-25-2014, 04:12 PM
Some kind of weird side project stone has going on.

Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
BA score of 90.

Think Ruination with a hint of grapefruit bitters (it fucking rules!).

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/d2195e4cd83b38388f2bc60cdb236710_zps756cb523.jpg

Gink
02-25-2014, 06:19 PM
Sounds delicious, nice bottle!

HardlyCapable13
02-25-2014, 06:27 PM
Sounds delicious, nice bottle!

Can you make out the gargoyle face?

Gink
02-25-2014, 08:22 PM
Can you make out the gargoyle face?

Nu Uh, is it like those magic dot pictures where you have to let your eyes go all out of focus? Or are you just messing with me to see if you can get me to stare at a picture of a beer bottle for 15 minutes?

HardlyCapable13
02-25-2014, 08:49 PM
Nu Uh, is it like those magic dot pictures where you have to let your eyes go all out of focus? Or are you just messing with me to see if you can get me to stare at a picture of a beer bottle for 15 minutes?

Ha! No, it's there but very faint. Top of its nose starts center label straight down from the J. Its the classic Stone gargoyle face.

HB721
02-26-2014, 10:42 AM
I bet that it's a great summer beer.

Gink
02-26-2014, 01:52 PM
Ha! No, it's there but very faint. Top of its nose starts center label straight down from the J. Its the classic Stone gargoyle face.

Ahhh, I see it now. I'm going to have to check our bottleshop for this brew, sounds delicious and would love to have that bottle in my collection.

Borlaxx
02-27-2014, 12:59 PM
Have tried a couple of the past week that I haven't had before, and they will now all be in my normal rotation.

Had a Blue Point Toasted Lager for the first time at my favorite burger place that has tons of bottled craft beers. I absolutely love it. The smooth drinking crispness of a lager with the flavor complexity of a brown ale. Liked it so much I went to my local liquor store and bought a sixer the same night.

http://i59.tinypic.com/10sbxcp.jpg

First beer I have had by Victory. Saw it at the liquor store with the BA rating next to it of 99 by the Bros and had to try it. Extremely bold flavors yet very balanced.

http://i61.tinypic.com/35cjrsg.jpg

My first Milk Stout, and first beer by Left Hand Brewing. Absolutely fantastic! The package says some beer magazine named it the best stout in America, and I can see why. It is my second favorite stout after the Eagle Oatmeal Stout at Orlando Brewing. I have heard from friends that it is even better on draft.

http://i60.tinypic.com/16bh55w.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-27-2014, 01:01 PM
B, that milk stout by Left Hand is amazing! Try their other brews, they make great beer!

HB721
02-27-2014, 08:40 PM
Nitro stout is better by Left Hand. Pour vigorously. It's stout silk in ya throat.

Here's my newest adventure. Uinta Brewing Sea Legs Baltic porter. It's very good.

91 on BA

Notes/Commercial Description:
Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness. With a hidden ABV of 8%, Sea Legs is a siren of a beer.
http://i.imgur.com/qDOKX0Bl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xtzgJWwl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/uqmR3ehl.jpg

HB721
02-27-2014, 08:42 PM
Huh are they nitro-ing all the milk stouts now??

HB721
02-27-2014, 08:44 PM
Hey Borlax....do you see any of Cigar Cities stuff in your neck of the woods? I would be willing to wire/send/something you money if you could get some my way..

HardlyCapable13
02-27-2014, 08:49 PM
Huh are they nitro-ing all the milk stouts now??

That's how most of them are served on tap.

HB721
02-27-2014, 10:18 PM
Yeah I know I just mean they were selling Nitro Milk Stout in bottle for a while...

HB721
02-27-2014, 10:19 PM
http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/MilkStoutNitro1.jpg

HardlyCapable13
02-27-2014, 10:43 PM
Yeah I know I just mean they were selling Nitro Milk Stout in bottle for a while...

They still are. A lot of craft breweries have started to bottle nitro now that the costs have come down. It's nice Guiness isn't the only ones anymore.

Borlaxx
02-28-2014, 07:14 AM
Hey Borlax....do you see any of Cigar Cities stuff in your neck of the woods? I would be willing to wire/send/something you money if you could get some my way..

I'm pretty sure we do as I think they're out of the Tampa area aren't they? I live in the Orlando area and I know I have seen their stuff in liquor stores and they sometimes are event sponsors for festivals and the like.

HardlyCapable13
02-28-2014, 04:52 PM
Started the weekend by popping the last one in existence, conditioned a year.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/AF182BB7-B8F8-49D8-BDC0-D77571A5144A_zpsgbijersv.jpg


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/mp.jpg

Major Stains
02-28-2014, 04:59 PM
Started the weekend by popping the last one in existence, conditioned a year.

http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/AF182BB7-B8F8-49D8-BDC0-D77571A5144A_zpsgbijersv.jpg


http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/jlesieur13/mp.jpg

Awesome...

HB721
02-28-2014, 05:44 PM
I am starting with this Belgian gnome beer.
http://i.imgur.com/T4b9Eqjl.jpg

Ullrsdog
05-22-2014, 03:38 PM
anyone find Goose Island beers in their parts? I am looking for the Bourbon County selections...specifically the coffee stout or proprietors stout, but would happily pay for barley wine, backyard stout or imperial stout.

thanks guys.

HardlyCapable13
05-22-2014, 03:47 PM
anyone find Goose Island beers in their parts? I am looking for the Bourbon County selections...specifically the coffee stout or proprietors stout, but would happily pay for barley wine, backyard stout or imperial stout.

thanks guys.

Haven't seen it but will keep my eyes peeled.

Gink
05-22-2014, 06:44 PM
anyone find Goose Island beers in their parts? I am looking for the Bourbon County selections...specifically the coffee stout or proprietors stout, but would happily pay for barley wine, backyard stout or imperial stout.

thanks guys.

Haven't seen their stuff in the markets around here. Sounds like a good excuse to take a trip to the bottle store though.

Ullrsdog
05-28-2014, 03:54 PM
Thanks guys...I have one shop left in my area to check. They specialize in micro / craft beers so I have my fingers crossed. These guys are out of Illinois but say they sell in all 50 states, Midwesterners may have more luck though. I also was told that some of these are seasonal or limited releases but based on what was said about their brews I'd try anything that's NOT an IPA or Pale Ale...I mean all that hops is just so dominant, I like more depth in my brews.

Gink
05-28-2014, 04:27 PM
Thanks guys...I have one shop left in my area to check. They specialize in micro / craft beers so I have my fingers crossed. These guys are out of Illinois but say they sell in all 50 states, Midwesterners may have more luck though. I also was told that some of these are seasonal or limited releases but based on what was said about their brews I'd try anything that's NOT an IPA or Pale Ale...I mean all that hops is just so dominant, I like more depth in my brews.

I looked it up on some beer search and it showed I could fine it various places in Portland, but nothing turned up locally. However, I don't think the internet has a full list of what's available in our local bottle stores. At least one has a massive selection, though I noticed last time I was there it seemed like it consisted mostly of NW, and West Coast crafts, and a ton of imports. Was disappointed not to see more brews from central and eastern US craft breweries. There aren't many NW IPAs and Pale Ales that taste all that different from the rest.

Madlob75
05-28-2014, 06:39 PM
I've seen them around here....I'll see what I can do.

Badgerute
05-29-2014, 10:41 AM
I've seen them around here....I'll see what I can do.

They sell the goose island here, but I've only seen the IPA and Pale Ale. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Borlaxx
05-29-2014, 10:57 AM
They sell Goose Island here in Central Florida, but I refuse to buy them since they were bought out by InBev and I refuse to support their tactics of trying to keep craft beer makers from making a living.