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Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 12, 2007, 09:03:48 PM
I think it is pretty safe to say that most of the posters on this board are fans of a good beer. I also know that Mike and Co. enjoy a cold one every now and then. So I wanted to make a topic that brought all of us together to post our favorite beers.
this topic was most definitely inspired by this topic http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1503.0  (http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1503.0)
and this topic http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1521.0 (http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1521.0)

What I am hoping is that people will find some new Beers that they didn't know about and others will be compelled to try some they may never have wanted to before.

So to start it off there really is no ground rules to this other than the name of the beer and why you like it.

Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 12, 2007, 09:12:52 PM
uh sorry man i more of a brandy and cognac man.  :)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 12, 2007, 09:20:56 PM
well thats ok! If you have an alternative to beer then feel free to post it.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Pak-Man on January 12, 2007, 09:23:49 PM
Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper for me. :^) Not a drinking man. Have a mild phobia towards drugs and alcohol. The result of one too many "Just Say No" propaganda films in the '80s. I'm probably better off or something. :^)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 12, 2007, 09:31:43 PM
Wow so this topic has gotten off to a horrible start! Seriously though I didn't expect everyone on here to like beer.....

Dr. Pepper is my soda of choice. It's the taste of a new generation.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 12, 2007, 09:40:31 PM
I have tried many beers, and I think I'm settled on dark ales as my favorites. There's a local eatery/microbrewery called Humperdinck's that has a nice beer called "Buttface Amber" ale (as in Rams, you sicko) that really hits the spot.

However, nothing can compare to a Guiness Draught right off the tap. That's liquid heaven for me.

In fact, I've already had 3 pints in the last 2 hours. I'm feelin' mighty good right now.  ;D
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 12, 2007, 09:53:59 PM
now im usually stationed in san antonio, and like i have mentioned already i dont like beer, but they have this place called the flying suacer, there are apperently a few them around the states, they have about 300 different beers to choose from.  again i dont like beer, but its still a pretty fun place to go and hang with some friends, they do have some ciders which are fun.  Last time i went i was the DD for obvious reasons, but they have creamy root beer on tap that kicked major ass. lol

heres their site.

http://www.beerknurd.com

Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Sharktopus on January 13, 2007, 12:38:31 AM
However, nothing can compare to a Guiness Draught right off the tap. That's liquid heaven for me.

Seconded. Also recommended:

Golden Monkey Tripel Ale by Victory, Pennsylvania
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale by Williams Bros, Scotland
Pater Brown Abbey Ale by Corsendonk, Belgium

To be continued...

P.S. Lagers suck.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Nunyerbiz on January 13, 2007, 12:44:52 AM
This is my favorite beer in the whole wide world:

(http://www.schneider-weisse.ch/bilder/origin_1.jpg)

One day I will marry it and be Mr. Nunyer Schneider-Biz....

Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: PsypherPunk on January 13, 2007, 03:03:56 AM
There's a brewery over here in the U.K., Wytchwood (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/), who do a damn fine array of beers (that's beer, mind; none of that  weak-arse lager nonsense). Hobgoblin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobgoblin_(beer)) is a personal favourite though their Xmas-themed 'Bah Humbug!' is  tasty.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 13, 2007, 08:07:33 AM
the official state beer = michelob golden light
commonly know around these parts as "Minnesota light" - no lie
(http://www.zianet.com/spencer/michelob1105b.jpg)

That stuff is still only available in limited markets... we can't get it in St. Louis, but when I travel to Decatur, Illinois I can get it there...
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 13, 2007, 08:21:56 AM
I mentioned this in another thread, but just to get it on the record in the OFFICIAL thread...

(http://www.tiffanyandandrew.com/stuff/youngs-choc-stout.jpg)
(http://www.glocalbeer.dk/images/pic_youngs_double_chocolate.jpg)

and also

(http://www.brewpalace.com/Images/Beer/SamSmith-OatmealStout.jpg)
(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/98/150px-SamuelSmithsOatmealStout.jpg)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: cashflow31 on January 13, 2007, 08:28:11 AM
I'm straightedge, and that means I'm better than each and every one of you.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 13, 2007, 09:32:45 AM
There are definitely some lagers that I like, Augsburger is a damn fine beer.  I tend to buy from the local micro breweries in Wisconsin (and there's certainly no shortage of them):  Gray's Honey Ale, Spotted Cow, Berghoff, Capitol Amber.  But more globally, I like Grolsch, Harp, Anchor Bay Steam.  I guess I tend to gravitate towards these types of lighter-bodied beers, but I've been known to put back a guiness or two on occasion.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 13, 2007, 10:44:42 AM
Berghoff is a pretty good Wisconsin beer.  Have you tried the locals out of Point or the Lakefront stuff from Milwaukee?

Oh, and I wouldn't recommend very highly the "City Lager" out of the ex-Heileman brewery in LaCrosse.  You can imagine what the slang term for it is.



I've never really liked the stuff out of Point, but Riverwest Stein from Lakefront is superb.  Good call.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on January 13, 2007, 12:03:55 PM
I'm straightedge, and that means I'm better than each and every one of you.

Straight Edge, man, I have not heard that in awhile.   Think I will go listen to my "Teen Idles" CD now.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_edge)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 13, 2007, 12:42:38 PM
I used to work with a bunch of people that transplanted from Wisconsin down here to south florida and they would always talk about how much they missed Spotted Cow beer....then they went back to visit there family and some how brought some back. It is some pretty good beer.

My taste of beer really changes on setting and if I am eating something.....I am pretty weird.

First off a good Guinness at my local pub Rooney's is definitely my favorite beer being that I am irish catholic it's almost a crime not to like Guinness.

If I am at the beach or on the boat fishing I love having a nice Corona. If I am at a ball game tailgating I don't really mind having a Bud....which is odd.

And if I am having sushi or Asian food I like a Kirin Light....

Plus I am always open to new kinds of beer, there is a beer that is kinda big down here called Sea Dog....personally I really don't like much of what they make but one of there beers which is the Blue paw is pretty cool. It tastes and smells like Blueberry's.
Here is the Sea Dog website.
http://www.seadogbrewing.com/seadogbrews.php
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Amy on January 13, 2007, 01:03:53 PM
Straight Edge, man, I have not heard that in awhile.
Yeah, that definitely takes me back.  :)

I usually stick to wine these days, but I do enjoy a frosty beer every so often. It's interesting to read about how a lot of you have had your taste in beer change over the years--I'm the same way.

I used to love hefeweizens, ambers, and scotches, and now I can't stand hef's and will only drink sweeter-tasting beers like ambers if that's all that's available. I prefer hoppier beers like pales and porters. Also, I used to be able to drink stuff like Schmidt Ice in the college days (low price + high alcohol content = perfection), but there's no way I'd drink that shit now.

A few favorites:

Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Rogue Mocha Porter--yum!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 13, 2007, 02:35:10 PM
Fat Tire, from out in Colorado... delicious amber ale, and getting pretty widely available!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 13, 2007, 08:47:25 PM
hey does anyone know of a good topshelf clear rum?  ive been looking for something like that for a while.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 13, 2007, 08:59:08 PM
This seems like a good place to read about top shelf rum.
http://orig.app.com/goodlife/Summer2006/topshelf/topshelf.html

Check out this one: British Royal Navy Imperial Rum (Jamaica)
A mainstay of the British Navy for 300 years, the final rations of this historic rum are reserved for royal functions, such as the wedding of Prince Andrew, and important naval events. Originally created for His Majestys forces, it is packaged as a 4.54 liter jug encased inside hand-woven wicker baskets designed for safe transport at sea. Without question, the Babe Ruth of rum.
Price: $3,500
Rating: 9.9
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 13, 2007, 09:01:31 PM
lol rules saucy rules. 
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 13, 2007, 09:03:31 PM
I have had this rum before and it is realllllly good...
Appleton Estate White Jamaica Rum
Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a crisp, medium-bodied rum, a perfect complement to fruit juices, colas, and other mixers. Unlike many other white rums, Appleton White Jamaica Rum has been aged for up to two years in oak barrels. The color is extracted by slowly filtering the rum through activated charcoal. This allows Appleton White Jamaica Rum to have a fuller, richer, and more rounded character and flavor than other white rums.

Not too expensive either.....

Rules?
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 13, 2007, 09:04:14 PM
This seems like a good place to read about top shelf rum.
http://orig.app.com/goodlife/Summer2006/topshelf/topshelf.html

Check out this one: British Royal Navy Imperial Rum (Jamaica)
A mainstay of the British Navy for 300 years, the final rations of this historic rum are reserved for royal functions, such as the wedding of Prince Andrew, and important naval events. Originally created for His Majestys forces, it is packaged as a 4.54 liter jug encased inside hand-woven wicker baskets designed for safe transport at sea. Without question, the Babe Ruth of rum.
Price: $3,500
Rating: 9.9


Damn, I'd hate to be the curator of that historic piece of spirit history!!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 13, 2007, 09:05:58 PM

Damn, I'd hate to be the curator of that historic piece of spirit history!!

I know I would be too tempted to not drink that...but seriously I think its for sale?
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 13, 2007, 09:27:13 PM
Quote
Rules?
Are you asking me if that rum rules or what rules means?  if the latter it means awesome as in "that totally rules"  its kinda a running gag with my friends becuase this one friend who i swear sounded like beavis always saided it. 

if your question was the former then yeah it sounds really good, ill start looking for it.  :)

www.bevmo.com


Quote
I have had this rum before and it is realllllly good...
Appleton Estate White Jamaica Rum
Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a crisp, medium-bodied rum, a perfect complement to fruit juices, colas, and other mixers. Unlike many other white rums, Appleton White Jamaica Rum has been aged for up to two years in oak barrels. The color is extracted by slowly filtering the rum through activated charcoal. This allows Appleton White Jamaica Rum to have a fuller, richer, and more rounded character and flavor than other white rums.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 13, 2007, 09:29:58 PM
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Rules?
Are you asking me if that rum rules or what rules means?  if the latter it means awesome as in "that totally rules"  its kinda a running gag with my friends becuase this one friend who i swear sounded like beavis always saided it. 
Ok now I understand....for some reason I made up this huge story in my head how we had talked before about how your wife wouldn't let you buy expensive things and that you had 'rules' to follow.....but yeah that wasn't real...it was ....just in my head.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 13, 2007, 11:24:03 PM
sadly poor sad sarcasm is all alone in the world, no one to set rules for me, no one to tell me stop swearing and quit playing games, no one to enjoy my eccentric wit.  sigh ;)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Magi on January 14, 2007, 04:40:22 AM
I definitely have go with the triple ales and trappists. If I'm in a mood for a different kind of beer I'll go for Rauchbier (smoked beer), it's like liquid smoke. You have to drink when there is meat around, as it causes a mean hunger for meat.

But if I'm looking for a strong, good, kick my ass under a table beer. The type of beer that puts hair on your ass, back, neck and face. The type of beer that your balls crawl back into your body and re drop as big brass balls,they clink when you walk. Then I'd have to go with the Scottish Skullsplitter Ale. Don't know about the rest of the world but it wraps around my spinal cord and separates it from my brain. Hence why I find myself with lots of shots of Tequila afterward.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: gammer on January 14, 2007, 08:09:20 AM
Mythos beer for me

(http://www.greekproducts.com/mythosbeer/images/bottle.jpg)

http://www.greekproducts.com/mythosbeer/company.html
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 14, 2007, 08:41:50 AM
I have had this rum before and it is realllllly good...
Appleton Estate White Jamaica Rum
My wife and I won a bottle of this stuff in a ridiculous game of "The Newlywed Game" at Sandal's Dunn's River in 1992... good stuff!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 14, 2007, 08:45:26 AM
... and as long as we're mentioning "other" spirits here... for anyone who loves Bailey's Irish Cream (or any variety of that sort) you absolutely MUST try Dooley's Toffee Liqueur... OMG, it's like Baileys, but tastier! It can be hard to find, but it's out there. Made in Germany. Best cream liqueur ever made IMHO...
(http://www.greensbeverages.com/spirits/dooleys-o.jpg)

It's not just for breakfast... lol...
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 14, 2007, 11:47:53 AM
... and as long as we're mentioning "other" spirits here... for anyone who loves Bailey's Irish Cream (or any variety of that sort) you absolutely MUST try Dooley's Toffee Liqueur... OMG, it's like Baileys, but tastier! It can be hard to find, but it's out there. Made in Germany. Best cream liqueur ever made IMHO...
(http://www.greensbeverages.com/spirits/dooleys-o.jpg)

It's not just for breakfast... lol...

A friend of mine got a bottle of that for xmas.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 14, 2007, 12:13:39 PM
Dooley's Toffee Liqueur...

It looks like it belongs on the shelf next to the Hi-C and Gatorade.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on January 14, 2007, 05:54:52 PM
Yes, it's very festive! And super-yummy!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 14, 2007, 05:57:23 PM
Ok so I need to try Young's double chocolate stout I was reading online about it and it sounds awesome....I wonder how easy it is to get in the states though.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Sharktopus on January 14, 2007, 06:16:02 PM
Ok so I need to try Young's double chocolate stout I was reading online about it and it sounds awesome....I wonder how easy it is to get in the states though.

Any beer store with a decent variety should carry it. I've even seen it one particular minimart nearby that caters to discerning beer drinkers.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 14, 2007, 06:22:31 PM
Ok so I need to try Young's double chocolate stout I was reading online about it and it sounds awesome....I wonder how easy it is to get in the states though.

Any beer store with a decent variety should carry it. I've even seen it one particular minimart nearby that caters to discerning beer drinkers.

Apparently a friend of mine says that its available at a local bar that we frequent...
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: IronPigeon on January 14, 2007, 11:14:02 PM
Nothing fancy here.  I tend to take what I can get at the local Holiday gas station. Tecate is good, especially mixed with tomato juice. This also makes it a health drink, by the way. Another good one is Rolling Rock, Angry Nintendo Nerd's drink of choice.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 14, 2007, 11:17:38 PM
Yeah Angry Nintendo nerd loves that stuff!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Steve-O on January 14, 2007, 11:29:40 PM
I've said it before, but it bears repeating: It's all about The Bastard.

(http://www.arrogantbastard.com/animated/animation2.gif)

By the way, if you have a BevMo nearby, you can usually find a Young's Double Chocolate there.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 15, 2007, 01:44:49 AM
personally im so hard core i can drink THREE pangalactic gargle blasters in a week.  try and beat that. 
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Sharktopus on January 15, 2007, 05:11:45 AM
personally im so hard core i can drink THREE pangalactic gargle blasters in a week.  try and beat that. 

Wow, you must have two heads. I enjoy a good ginnantonnix myself.

Another good one is Rolling Rock, Angry Nintendo Nerd's drink of choice.

Ah, Rolling Rock. I have a strong suspicion that someone in Rolling Rock is just pouring Heineken into those painted label bottles. They could do better.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Steve-O on January 15, 2007, 01:19:12 PM
personally im so hard core i can drink THREE pangalactic gargle blasters in a week.  try and beat that. 

Wow, you must have two heads.

...or three breasts.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 15, 2007, 11:28:56 PM

...or three breasts.

I was nine years old watching Total Recall with my cousin at family party on Thanksgiving....all the family was in the other room....when the lady showed Arnie her three breasts I screamed "Whoa three boobies!"
my grandfather walked into the room and I ran....
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tarantulas on January 16, 2007, 06:11:12 AM
They did a bit about this on Family Guy...

"I know it was paper mache!"
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SaucyRossy on January 18, 2007, 10:30:51 PM
They did a bit about this on Family Guy...

"I know it was paper mache!"

Did they? I need to see that clip! BTW I love the new sig!
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tarantulas on January 18, 2007, 10:37:01 PM
They did a bit about this on Family Guy...

"I know it was paper mache!"

Did they? I need to see that clip! BTW I love the new sig!

You just ain't cool without a custom sig :)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: saltwrench on November 13, 2008, 06:18:38 PM
I see some love for the Bell's, which I like since I'm from MI, but where's the Schlafly?  The Bourbon Stout is like an M-80 with an extra short fuse, but the Coffee Stout, Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, APA, and IPA are amazing!  Next time you're in Saint Louis, you owe it to yourself to try some.  Skip the AB/Inbev brewery tour if you must and check out the Schlafly Taproom or Bottleworks.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: saltwrench on November 13, 2008, 06:48:56 PM
No trust me, I love Bells, the Oberon was my beer of choice for years, but keep in mind that I drive past the brewery on my way home every day.  So I pick up fresh beer regularly.  And the Bourbon Stout is a once every 24 months beer that must be tried (just to say you have).

Also, the food sucks at the brewery (way too salty), so just eat elsewhere (read The Hill).
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on November 14, 2008, 12:12:37 PM
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout on draft is awesome... I take home a growler regularly.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: DarthChimay on November 14, 2008, 12:28:50 PM
Finally, a topic that is meaningful.

So, let's see, if I had to give my top beers, they'd be (in no particular order):

1. Ephemere by Unibroue - When you open the bottle, you smell apples. It's wonderful, but don't worry, it isn't a cider.
2. Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - I love this on a hot afternoon, preferably with a bit of soft sheep/cow milk cheese
3. Hoegaarden - A great beer just to keep around the house
4. Purple Haze by Abita - My favorite "fruity" beer; it doesn't have that sticky sweet taste others do
5. Chimay Grand Reserve - The best on a cold night
6. Corsendonk - Another great "cold night" beer
7. Kirin Ichiban - Goes best with sushi
8. Tsing Tao - Funny(ish) story; when I was living in Austin, TX, I went to a bar to order this and pronounced it correctly (ching dao). The bartender I ordered from misheard me and, for those of you who know Spanish, got very offended. The other bartender (a very cute, sweet girl) intervened and said that I was the first person she'd ever heard pronounce it correctly and gave it to me on the house.
9. Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue - Seriously, these Quebecois make some mean beer
10. Kronenberg 1664 - This one brings back fond memories of stumbling around Paris with friends at the tender age of 15

Wow, my tastes are just all over the board, aren't they?
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 14, 2008, 01:02:23 PM
Finally, a topic that is meaningful.

So, let's see, if I had to give my top beers, they'd be (in no particular order):

1. Ephemere by Unibroue - When you open the bottle, you smell apples. It's wonderful, but don't worry, it isn't a cider.
2. Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - I love this on a hot afternoon, preferably with a bit of soft sheep/cow milk cheese
3. Hoegaarden - A great beer just to keep around the house
4. Purple Haze by Abita - My favorite "fruity" beer; it doesn't have that sticky sweet taste others do
5. Chimay Grand Reserve - The best on a cold night
6. Corsendonk - Another great "cold night" beer
7. Kirin Ichiban - Goes best with sushi
8. Tsing Tao - Funny(ish) story; when I was living in Austin, TX, I went to a bar to order this and pronounced it correctly (ching dao). The bartender I ordered from misheard me and, for those of you who know Spanish, got very offended. The other bartender (a very cute, sweet girl) intervened and said that I was the first person she'd ever heard pronounce it correctly and gave it to me on the house.
9. Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue - Seriously, these Quebecois make some mean beer
10. Kronenberg 1664 - This one brings back fond memories of stumbling around Paris with friends at the tender age of 15

Wow, my tastes are just all over the board, aren't they?
I've had a few of those. Those types of beer are made me the beer snob I am today. Chimay Grand Reserve is one of my favorites but just too damned expensive to drink on a regular basis.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: DarthChimay on November 14, 2008, 01:18:24 PM
Finally, a topic that is meaningful.

So, let's see, if I had to give my top beers, they'd be (in no particular order):

1. Ephemere by Unibroue - When you open the bottle, you smell apples. It's wonderful, but don't worry, it isn't a cider.
2. Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - I love this on a hot afternoon, preferably with a bit of soft sheep/cow milk cheese
3. Hoegaarden - A great beer just to keep around the house
4. Purple Haze by Abita - My favorite "fruity" beer; it doesn't have that sticky sweet taste others do
5. Chimay Grand Reserve - The best on a cold night
6. Corsendonk - Another great "cold night" beer
7. Kirin Ichiban - Goes best with sushi
8. Tsing Tao - Funny(ish) story; when I was living in Austin, TX, I went to a bar to order this and pronounced it correctly (ching dao). The bartender I ordered from misheard me and, for those of you who know Spanish, got very offended. The other bartender (a very cute, sweet girl) intervened and said that I was the first person she'd ever heard pronounce it correctly and gave it to me on the house.
9. Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue - Seriously, these Quebecois make some mean beer
10. Kronenberg 1664 - This one brings back fond memories of stumbling around Paris with friends at the tender age of 15

Wow, my tastes are just all over the board, aren't they?
I've had a few of those. Those types of beer are made me the beer snob I am today. Chimay Grand Reserve is one of my favorites but just too damned expensive to drink on a regular basis.

Yeah, if I drink it, I just get one bottle and then round out the evening with something cheaper, which is good for everyone except my liver.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 14, 2008, 01:24:52 PM
 This (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/152/73/) is my answer to you for something cheaper but just as appetizing. That and I enjoy Boddington's when i go for cheaper.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: DarthChimay on November 14, 2008, 01:45:15 PM
This (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/152/73/) is my answer to you for something cheaper but just as appetizing. That and I enjoy Boddington's when i go for cheaper.


I'll have to try that, though I'm not a huge fan of stouts.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: DarthChimay on November 14, 2008, 06:35:31 PM
I like Franziskaner and hoegaarden.  I think for weisses I prefer Hacker-Pschorr though. 

And I think Blue Moon Belgian is just as good as Hoegaarden, and a lot cheaper.

Don't care for Kronenberg--skunky beers aren't my thing.  I can't stand Stella, for example.

I have to disagree on Blue Moon. I find it isn't as creamy as Hoegaarden. Don't get me wrong; it's a fine beer and I purchase it all the time (because it's cheaper). It just ain't Hoegaarden.

And I can understand people not liking Kronenberg. If it weren't tied up with so many crazy memories (like the first time I saw breasts that weren't on some form of media), I don't know if I'd like it all that much. Also, there's a mystique in that I wasn't able to get it in the states for well over a decade, at least not in Texas.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: darkchashy on November 14, 2008, 06:55:15 PM
Drank beer once in my life at a party. tasted nasty. Went to visit my Alcoholic brother in San Diego one time. We went to a nice place that served Steak and champagne.. for breakfast. Tasted like turpentine. My brother is the most creative, culured person I know, has a college education. 35 years old and working 3 waiter jobs. Am not a fan of alcohol, drink in moderation, folks. 
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on November 14, 2008, 08:41:55 PM
I dont have the "large brewers must suck bias"

I love Schlafley and Budweiser Ale.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on November 15, 2008, 05:29:30 AM

Pet peeve though--I fucking cannot STAND it when bars put ORANGES in a weissbier or a belgian style. It's LEMONS that go in there, people. LEMONS.  The yellow one.



An orange?!

Maybe the Miller High Life delivery guy can take away their beers.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tripe on November 15, 2008, 06:01:21 AM
How about if they used a Seville orange then?
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on November 15, 2008, 06:06:02 AM
My thought is that people think lemons are "too sour" and they want something "sweeter" with beer.

NO NO NO. WRONG WRONG WRONG.

<insert picture of giant hammer smashing people in head>

I would have thought they would have complained about their beers being "cloudy" first.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: DarthChimay on November 16, 2008, 02:36:21 AM

Yeah, I can see that re: Blue Moon. They both have the nice coriander thing.  Last time I had Hoegaarden was in London, actually.

Pet peeve though--I fucking cannot STAND it when bars put ORANGES in a weissbier or a belgian style. It's LEMONS that go in there, people. LEMONS.  The yellow one.

I don't have any really strong associations with beer and memories like that. In college I drank Keystone (!) and Busch Light (eghhh), but can't for the life of me remember anything...wonder why...hm...



Personally, I can't stand it when they put anything in my beer. If a beer can't taste good without some sort of post-hoc additive, then it isn't worth my time. If it must have an orange or lemon, then the brewer has something to hide.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2008, 05:45:28 AM

Yeah, I can see that re: Blue Moon. They both have the nice coriander thing.  Last time I had Hoegaarden was in London, actually.

Pet peeve though--I fucking cannot STAND it when bars put ORANGES in a weissbier or a belgian style. It's LEMONS that go in there, people. LEMONS.  The yellow one.

I don't have any really strong associations with beer and memories like that. In college I drank Keystone (!) and Busch Light (eghhh), but can't for the life of me remember anything...wonder why...hm...



Personally, I can't stand it when they put anything in my beer. If a beer can't taste good without some sort of post-hoc additive, then it isn't worth my time. If it must have an orange or lemon, then the brewer has something to hide.

I don't even like it when they put my beer in a glass.  Putting fruit in my beer is disgusting.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2008, 10:05:22 AM
If they made the beer right, they shouldn't need lemon to mask or enhance.  It's just parsley on a plate or a cherry in your Coke.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2008, 11:07:51 AM
What are you talking about?  They can put all kinds of flavors in beer. 
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on November 16, 2008, 11:23:13 AM
What are you talking about?  They can put all kinds of flavors in beer. 

(I do homebrewing so I am not totally off-base with what I am saying)

I think he means, you could put lemon juice during the boiling/cooking step, but it would be a muted citrus and not a fresh, bright flavour and aroma that you get by putting in a slice of lemon in your Hefeweizen beer.    The downside of the acidity is that it tends to kill the head.

It really comes down to taste.  Personally, I dont add the lemon, but there is nothing wrong if you do.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2008, 11:51:35 AM
No, that's not what I meant.

I've done some homebrewing too.  I'm saying if you make good beer you shouldn't have to squeeze lemon juice into your beer.
It's beer not a cocktail.  You can put juice in your beer if you want, or you can buy better beer.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bob on November 16, 2008, 12:19:52 PM
Something tells me that you two are not going to agree on that point!  :D

But I am sure that you can agree that Miller Chill is the work of the devil.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2008, 01:44:22 PM
Your hamburger analogy is wrong, but I'm tired of you now.  All that gimmicky stuff like Miller Chill is the devil's work.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: BEERxTaco on November 17, 2008, 10:07:19 AM
What about a nice strawberry lambic?  8)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tripe on November 17, 2008, 10:10:19 AM
Never tried Strawberry, Raspberry's good as is Gooseberry.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 17, 2008, 10:28:21 AM
I may of came off as an asshole here, and for that I'm sorry.

I LOVE beer.  Plus I worked full-time in a college town for a liquor store for 6 years, and I have tried every beer we had.  Also, we have made our own beers, and there are two really good micro-breweries in town that spoiled me for good.

So in short....I am a beer snob.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tripe on November 17, 2008, 10:31:59 AM
Have you tried any Lambics though?
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 17, 2008, 10:34:49 AM
Have you tried any Lambics though?

Yes.  I like them.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 17, 2008, 10:35:18 AM
Strawberry is good.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: TeamRAD on November 17, 2008, 12:55:14 PM
But I am sure that you can agree that Miller Chill is the work of the devil.

I am a devout follower of Capital Brewery (New Glarus & Point to a lesser extent) but really like the Chill. It's the only macrobrew I touch if you don't count the Old Style I consume while at Wrigley Field.

Miller Chill *thumbs-up*


Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Ciberntico II on December 14, 2008, 09:26:10 AM
Yesterday I bought a six pack of Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown.

(http://www.drinkapint.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/fireside_nut_brown.jpg)

 It's a winter seasonal. It was good. But I don't think I like it as much as other nut brown ales I've tried. Seemed a little bit too hoppy for a nut brown. Or maybe they're all about that hop level and I just hadn't noticed before.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: mattwnelson on December 14, 2008, 09:34:57 AM
Ah, self-replying. 

Anyway, it's that time of year for Winter seasonals.  Anyone got any good stories? 



Widmer's Brrr is an excellent winter seasonal. I bought some right before I got a nasty cold and couldn't enjoy it for almost a month (the sinus part held on forever, ensuring that I couldn't taste things properly). Once I was able to, though... Oh, so tasty. It's well worth looking at.

M@
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 16, 2008, 01:04:48 PM
Yesterday I bought a six pack of Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown.

(http://www.drinkapint.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/fireside_nut_brown.jpg)

 It's a winter seasonal. It was good. But I don't think I like it as much as other nut brown ales I've tried. Seemed a little bit too hoppy for a nut brown. Or maybe they're all about that hop level and I just hadn't noticed before.

Eh.  I really didn't care for the Fireside Nut Brown, it's too chocolately.  The first swig, I was like "yeah, not bad".  By the end of that bottle, I was going, "ick."  but my wife loves it, she says it tastes like Count Chocula....like that's a good thing.


Speaking of nut browns, I'm brewing a "honey nut brown" right now.  I plan on bottling it in the next day or two.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 05, 2009, 06:02:23 PM
A couple of new wintery favorites:

Capital Winter Skal (http://www.capital-brewery.com/ourbeers/winterskal.html)
and
HE'BREW Messiah Bold (http://www.shmaltz.com/HEBREW/genesis_messiah.html)

It pays to have a BYOB holiday party, you get to reap the rewards of leftovers.

And after three weeks of carbonation, I just cracked open my first Honey Brown Ale that I brewed last month.  It's very nice, smooth, and creamy.  I think it needs another week or so to carbonate a bit more, but I'm very happy with it.  Luckily it's good, because I already gave away 1/3rd of the batch as christmas presents.  ;)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 10:55:51 AM
So last night I go into my favorite mega-liquor store, Woodman's, and what do I see before me on a display case right as I walk in?

(http://www.themaggot.net/images/20060408140131_20060408.jpg)
Fat Tire.

22 oz bottles.  For sale.  Just sitting out for anyone to purchase.  I stand there, blinking & slack-jawed. 

For those who don't know, this stuff is impossible to get if you're not in the Colorado area, but it's one of the most popular microbrews out there.  I have friends who drive out west once in a while, and they make explicit plans to stop in Colorado and buy cases of this stuff on their way through.

And now it's being sold in Madison.  It even has a custom Wisconsin label that states "Now legally cruising into America's Dairyland."

It's just.....awesome.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 10:57:59 AM
We've been able to get Fat Tire in Nebraska since 2001.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:00:12 AM
They sell it down here in rural TN. It's not -that- hard to get.

And honestly, I think it's really overrated. You live in WISCONSIN for god's sake!

Offhand, better than Fat Tire and in Wisconsin are:
Point
Lake Front
Berghoff
New Glarus
anything at the Angelic Brewing Company
anything at the Great Dane

...come on, dude. :)


I didn't mean to imply it was my ultimate favorite, I was just super surprised to see it...it is an awesome beer.

But off your list, Point does not belong among those other craft brews.  Come on, dude.  ;)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:01:05 AM
In Kearney, NE there is a micro-brewery that everyone should go to.  It's called Thunderhead.  It's the best beer I've ever had.  They use some special process that uses nitrogen-ated bubbles instead of carbonation---I don't remember the technical aspects of it---but it makes the bubbles really tiny.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:01:49 AM
We've been able to get Fat Tire in Nebraska since 2001.

Yeah, but they're your neighbors. 

And do you get a custom label?   *neener neener*
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:04:12 AM
We've been able to get Fat Tire in Nebraska since 2001.

Yeah, but they're your neighbors. 

And do you get a custom label?   *neener neener*

Well it's still hundreds of miles away from eastern Nebraska, and like Imrahil said it's not really that good.  People used to ask for FLAT Tire at work all the time, so maybe that's why I don't like it.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:11:01 AM
It must be the whole "absence makes the heart grow fonder".  If there's something you can't get locally, but really like, it can take on a mythical quality, and is amped up higher than it would be if we could drive down the street and buy it whenever.

It was just so unexpected seeing there in front of me.  I looked a bit deeper, and read that it just went on sale here this week.  So it truly is Brand New to everybody here in the region.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:13:07 AM
Really? I've never seen it outside of Wisconsin, and it has several excellent beers, including Point Amber, which is probably the best Amber beer made. Point "Special" (= regular Point) is pretty much my favorite lager as well.

Now if I'd mentioned Leinenkugels, then yeah...

And I see your "Dude" and raise you one of my own, Dude. :)



I don't think Point is bad, per se, but I find nothing special about it.  It's certainly drinkable...but I would actually put it on the same level as Leinie's.

but I'm with you on Lakefront and New Glarus, those are two of my favorites breweries.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:13:41 AM
Well, enjoy!  Are you getting all types or just the regular Fat Tire?

I like the lighter stuff they have in the summer.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:15:23 AM
Well, enjoy!  Are you getting all types or just the regular Fat Tire?

I like the lighter stuff they have in the summer.

There were three kinds, Fat Tire, 1554, and Mothership Wit.  I've never had the other two, and I'm looking forward to trying them out.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:15:26 AM
I remember liking the Sunshine Wheat last time I had some.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:17:37 AM
This is what their website says:

Quote
Our first venture into organically-produced beer, Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium. Our far-flung Beer Rangers affectionately refer to our Fort Collins brewery as the Mothership, a name that conjures images of earth shot from space and the interconnectivity of it all. Mothership Wit is brewed with wheat and barley malt, as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation.

Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

I like the Blue Paddle too.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:20:29 AM
Leinie's is like drinking a bottle of Potpourri.  Point is about as good a Boulevard.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Steve-O on May 07, 2009, 11:21:40 AM
Yeah, Fat Tire is all over the country now, though I do remember the days when I could only get it when I had a layover in the Denver airport.  Out here in So. Cal., you can find it in most supermarkets.

We even get the 12 packs of cans here, which is just... wrong.  It's still the same (very good) beer, and supposedly the can better preserves it than a bottle ever could, but somehow just drinking it out of the can makes it taste like pissy domestic swill.  Disturbing.

I've also tried a few other beers from New Belgium, namely the Mothership Wit, Skinny Dip, and 1554.  I thought they were all pretty bad, sorry to say.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 11:23:37 AM
This article (http://thefullpint.com/2009/04/20/new-belgium-cruises-into-wisconsin) details the Wisconsin rollout, and also states that The New Belgium brews will be made available in 26 states by this summer.  So this is part of a big rollout for them.

Have you ever had Bell's stuff? I think they're pretty much the best brewery in existence.

Gotta disagree with you on making Point the same as Leinie's.  For one thing, Point's independent, which makes it taste so much better, knowing it isn't part of Miller. :)

Oh, Bell's is fantastic.  My keychain bottle-opener is a Bell's brand.   8)

I'll have to give Point another shot, I honestly haven't bought anything from them in a long time, maybe it'll give me a different impression.

I've also tried a few other beers from New Belgium, namely the Mothership Wit, Skinny Dip, and 1554.  I thought they were all pretty bad, sorry to say.

I'll keep my expectations properly low, then.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 07, 2009, 11:26:09 AM
I got tired of Fat Tire a few months after it became available here in Idaho because they had it everywhere and everyone had it in their house. To use some Spinal Tap lingo, "They oversaturated the market.". Bought a 6 pack of Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat last night. It's pretty sweet for a beer but I don't mind it. It's a nice change up from the regular stuff. Last time I went out for pizza I enjoyed this.(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/36373439.jpg)
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 07, 2009, 11:58:04 AM
My mom got a sampler pack of Point when they toured the brewery.  I also got a bobblehead Point beer guy.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 07, 2009, 02:12:12 PM
I just think Point Special (=Regular) is a very good, flavorful without being overpowering standard lager.  It's a great summertime beer.


I remember having Point's "Nude Beach" last summer, it was pretty good.  It's really light, but on a hot summer day, sometimes that's what you want.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: ebeth on May 07, 2009, 03:42:31 PM
I enjoy making the adult version of a soda float.

I get a beer stein and put in 2 scoops of good quality vanilla bean ice cream then pour in a Guinness stout.  The bitter/chocolate flavor of the beer pairs nicely with the ice cream.

Whenever I throw a dinner party I get a lot of requests for this as a dessert.

Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bairman on May 07, 2009, 04:25:13 PM
That actually sounds pretty tasty.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Tripe on May 07, 2009, 07:13:52 PM
It is, though I find Murphy's or Makeson's works better than Guinness.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Steve-O on May 13, 2009, 09:00:50 PM
I've had four different beers from Magic Hat, and every last one has been pure shit.

Enjoying a Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier right now, and loving it.  If you enjoy fruit/wheat beers, this is a good'un.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Bairman on May 14, 2009, 02:54:56 AM
Yeah, those Sam Adams Blackberry Witbiers are pretty tasty.  I haven't been able to find a full sixer of them, but my local supermarket has a sampler pack that has those, the Irish Red Ale, and the Black Lager.  All three are good.

I'm indifferent to Magic Hat.  #9 is okay, but the others I've tried have been a whole lotta meh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2009, 05:15:17 PM
Since I couldn't find one, and it needs to exist.

Oh You..
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,1522.0.html

You Even Posted in it several times! ::)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 25, 2009, 05:21:42 PM
And, as if by magic...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2009, 05:21:58 PM
Tripe got to try out his new 'Magical' powers :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on September 25, 2009, 05:47:16 PM
magic? ooo, can he perform illusions?

edit: hello, new page. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2009, 05:52:55 PM
magic? ooo, can he perform illusions?

Oh surrree...

Watch him make a beer bottle disappear after he Sits on it! :gouge:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on September 25, 2009, 05:58:18 PM
uhm. i think i'll take a pass on that one.

contributing to thread content:
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2009, 06:00:00 PM
contributing to thread content:
(http://www.productwiki.com/upload/images/kilkenny-400-400.jpg)
OH MY GAWD!!
YOU KILLED KENNY!! :scared:
YOU BASTARD!! :speechless:
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on September 25, 2009, 08:06:06 PM
(http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/images/m-plbeerb2.jpg)

Ol' reliable. Steadily going downhill but still swill-worthy!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2009, 08:07:13 PM
Shut up and talk about beer.


(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/brilliant1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on September 25, 2009, 08:36:56 PM
(http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/images/m-plbeerb2.jpg)

Ol' reliable. Steadily going downhill but still swill-worthy!

How do you mean 'going downhill'?

Don't taste as great as is did ten years ago but still goes down smoothly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 25, 2009, 10:03:05 PM
Just bought a six pack of Pipeline Porter. Good stuff!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on September 26, 2009, 12:03:31 AM
Just bought a six pack of Pipeline Porter. Good stuff!

This.

Wish I could still locate it, but it seems to be out of season round these parts.  The Wailua Wheat is also excellent, if you don't mind a little fruitage in your brew.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on September 26, 2009, 06:20:31 PM
Hey! I went to the Kona brewpub on Oahu.  Is the Wailua wheat the one with pomegranate juice in? That was fantastic.

Passion Fruit.  Not sure if they had another one that was pomegranate, but that sounds good too.

We went to Kona on the Big Island.  Loved everything except the giant flying cockroaches landing in my beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on September 26, 2009, 06:50:29 PM
Interesting; do you think the beer has changed, or have you?

When I first had SNPA, I hated it. Then I began to love it.  Now I find it....somewhat provincial. It's got a certain charm, and I'll drink it when I am out or somewhere that doesn't have a better option, but I don't buy it.

It's definitely not as good as it was before they were mass-producing it. By maybe "steadily going downhill" is a little much. I've tried quite a few other pale ales but never found one that I liked better. Any suggestions?

BTW, my favorite is the Celebration Ale. If they made that year-round, I probably wouldn't even buy the Pale Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 26, 2009, 10:37:48 PM
Well I had 4 Pipeline Porters over a long period of time last night and felt like ass all day today.Why does all the good stuff hurt me?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on October 02, 2009, 05:19:18 PM
Pumpkin beer

(http://planetsmilies.net/vomit-smiley-31.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2009, 02:38:09 PM
Well, if you don't like microbrews, you probably wouldn't like it, no.

So I had Shipyard Brewing Company's Pumpkinhead, but it was acidic, thin, lacy, crappy head, pale yellow, and the spices weren't very good--seems to be almost exclusively coriander. There wasn't much of a pumpkin taste at all.  Mostly it tastes like flat, old cheap beer. Not recommended.  The label was cute, if a bit amateurish--kind of a bad photoshop job--but that's about the only positive I can say about this.

On the other hand, Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale was fantastic. Really great head, nice auburn color, and really full-bodied pumpkin and spice taste--mostly nutmeg, I think, with maybe a hint of cloves.  This would be great into and past thanksgiving.  I'll be picking up more of this.

Thanks for the review..... need to do some shopping!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 04, 2009, 02:57:21 PM
Awesome! Let me know what you think.  Blue Moon does a passable Pumpkin (Harvest Moon)--it's not great, but it's average.  I can't remember any others at the moment.
I can vouch that Blue Moon IS pretty good :o

A restaurant just 2 blocks from my house introduced me to it :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 04, 2009, 03:01:53 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 04, 2009, 03:02:19 PM
Well Blue Moon is the brewery. You're probably talking about their standard fare, a belgian-style ale with coriander and citrus notes. 

Unless you're specifically talking about their Pumpkin (Harvest moon)?
Hmm.. Not sure :-\

I never saw the bottle.. It was $2 draft that night and the waitress said it was Blue Moon..
Maybe she had it mixed up..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 04, 2009, 03:19:09 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.

I agree.  We talked about this last year too.  Tastes like vomit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2009, 03:22:49 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.

I agree.  We talked about this last year too.  Tastes like vomit.

BREAKING NEWS:   Imrahil and I like vomit!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 04, 2009, 03:23:38 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.

I agree.  We talked about this last year too.  Tastes like vomit.

BREAKING NEWS:   Imrahil and I like vomit!

There are a few fetish sites where you will fit in better now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 04, 2009, 04:06:04 PM
I've tried two kinds of Pumpkin Ales, the Blue Moon kind and some other I don't remember, and they both tasted bland.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2009, 07:52:10 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.

On general principal I'd agree, it's very difficult to make it work.

New Holland's Ichabod wasn't too bad the last time I had it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 21, 2009, 05:01:31 PM
I still really like beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 21, 2009, 05:44:32 PM
Oh and Woodward Brewery's Pumpkin Ale is another I'd put in the "'salright" category, had some the other day.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 21, 2009, 06:02:55 PM
Pumpkin beer is horrible.

On general principal I'd agree, it's very difficult to make it work.

New Holland's Ichabod wasn't too bad the last time I had it.
It's better than the Headless beer they had before.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 22, 2009, 05:11:27 AM
In Ferndale a little along Woodward Ave. from Detroit. It's available in the metro Detroit area, not sure about elsewhere.

Wow I tried to find a website for them and the closest I could find is their myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/woodwardavenuebrewers).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 22, 2009, 07:45:29 AM
Yeah and they're actually a good one, a little bit further up the road are three more, one devoted especially to Belgian style beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 22, 2009, 07:52:03 AM
MMM... Beeerr.. :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 22, 2009, 10:31:25 AM
MMM... Beeerr.. :P

Agreed.   :cheers:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2009, 04:21:17 PM
Had this at dinner

(http://organicscrumpy.com/SiteImages_OrganicScrumpy/scrumpylable_base.jpg) (http://organicscrumpy.com/index.html)
(click the image to visit the website)

Fan-fecking-tastic, like drinking soft cider with just a hint of the booze (6% abv) and just enough of a reduction in sweetness to not be cloying.

If you can get it, do so. (http://organicscrumpy.com/Distributors_OrganicScrumpy.html) :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 04, 2009, 04:45:35 PM
Yeah it's not got bad distribution but it could be better.  :-\

I think I'll serve it the next time I have people over. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 04, 2009, 04:45:37 PM
Hard cider does sound good.  Hornsby's is the only kind 'round these parts though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 24, 2009, 07:50:11 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/2w2gf15.jpg)

New Belgium 2 Below Ale

I've not been impressed with anything by New Belgium besides the now ubiquitous Fat Tire, but this stuff is terrific.  Starts out floral, then evolves into something more warm and brown sugary.  Complex and very tasty at 6.6% ABV.

My only complaint is that, like Fat Tire, it tastes sort of "hollow" somehow.  Like it's all bass and treble and no mid range.  Dunno if it's due to overcarbonation or what.  Still good stuff, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 24, 2009, 08:08:52 PM
Didn't like their Hoptober? I adore that beer.

I missed that one, but I'll give it a shot when it comes around next year.

I've had the Mothership Wit, Skinny Dip, and the one named after a year, all of which I thought were pretty blah.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 12:01:27 AM
Was this a very malty beer? As I've gotten older I've developed an intense dislike for overly malty beers; the high ABV would imply that it is.

I wouldn't really call it malty.  But then, I wouldn't really call 6.6% ABV high, either.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 05:41:20 AM
Yeah beer averages between 4% and 6% but most standard beers are around 5%.

6.6% is fairly high comparatively.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 25, 2009, 05:59:36 AM
Tequila is only 38% alcohol on average :(

Mezcal, on the other hand, is Much Higher :)

Even though this has nothing to do with Beer, I'm just sayin ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 06:04:04 AM
Yes because that's what distilling is used for, it takes as much of the non-alcoholic parts of the drink out as possible/drinkable.

The first liquid stage of mescal (of which tequila is a variety, all of the agave based spirits are mescal not just the one with the worm in it) production is to make a sort of basic beer type drink which is then distilled to make the spirit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 25, 2009, 06:09:45 AM
Yes because that's what distilling is used for, it takes as much of the non-alcoholic parts of the drink out as possible/drinkable.

The first liquid stage of mescal (of which tequila is a variety, all of the agave based spirits are mescal not just the one with the worm in it) production is to make a sort of basic beer type drink which is then distilled to make the spirit.
Yeah... I was just gonna say that.. :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 10:01:43 AM
Yeah beer averages between 4% and 6% but most standard beers are around 5%.

6.6% is fairly high comparatively.

As microbrews go, however, 6.6% is pretty average.

"Standard beers", indeed!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 12:49:00 PM
As in trading standards.

In all my years of selling the stuff the average ABV was about 5.5%. Anything above that would be fairly high comparatively.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 25, 2009, 01:35:14 PM
Isn't that Hornsby's Cider 6.5%?  I'm wanna get some of that for Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 01:56:37 PM
In all my years of selling the stuff the average ABV was about 5.5%. Anything above that would be fairly high comparatively.

Selling, schmelling.  I actually drink the stuff, and my hardened, crusty liver says 6.6 is middling.

But don't take my internal organ's word for it.  Let's take a look at the stats for New Belgium Brewing (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192), makers of the beer in question:

BeerABV
15545.50
2 Below6.60
Abbey7.00
Abbey Grand Cru   9.40
Black Folie8.00
Blue Paddle4.90
Bottleworks 10th6.50
Chad's Ale7.20
Eric's Ale7.00
Fat Tire5.20
Frambozen Raspberry6.50
Giddy Up!6.00
Hoptober8.00
Johnny's Voodoo8.00
La Folie6.00
La Fleur Misseur6.50
LOF Biere de Mars6.20
LOF Dandelion7.80
LOF Dak Kriek8.00
LOF Dunkelweiss9.00
LOF Fall Wild Ale8.50
LOF Transatlantique8.00
Mighty Arrow6.00
Mothership Wit4.80
Old Cherry6.50
Skinny Dip4.20
Sunshine Wheat4.80
The Trip8.00
Trippel7.80
Valentine's Ale7.39

Average those thirty varieties up, and you get 6.84%.

Oh, and I forgot, I tried their Mighty Arrow Pale Ale as well.  Its was pretty good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 02:01:08 PM
No again nobody is saying that the abv isn't a small amount of alcohol when compared to all alcoholic drinks, nor are they saying that particular brewery is not prone to making styles with abvs around that percentage.

But compared to the average abv for beer as a whole, 6.8 is actually above average. Beer isn't a very alcoholic beverage all told, none of those even go above 10% (wine starts at 11% but is usually 12% or 13% before it can be classified as fortified wine like port or sherry at 14%).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 25, 2009, 02:03:01 PM
In all my years of selling the stuff the average ABV was about 5.5%. Anything above that would be fairly high comparatively.

Selling, schmelling.  I actually drink the stuff, and my hardened, crusty liver says 6.6 is middling.

But don't take my internal organ's word for it.  Let's take a look at the stats for New Belgium Brewing (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192), makers of the beer in question:

BeerABV
15545.50
2 Below6.60
Abbey7.00
Abbey Grand Cru   9.40
Black Folie8.00
Blue Paddle4.90
Bottleworks 10th6.50
Chad's Ale7.20
Eric's Ale7.00
Fat Tire5.20
Frambozen Raspberry6.50
Giddy Up!6.00
Hoptober8.00
Johnny's Voodoo8.00
La Folie6.00
La Fleur Misseur6.50
LOF Biere de Mars6.20
LOF Dandelion7.80
LOF Dak Kriek8.00
LOF Dunkelweiss9.00
LOF Fall Wild Ale8.50
LOF Transatlantique8.00
Mighty Arrow6.00
Mothership Wit4.80
Old Cherry6.50
Skinny Dip4.20
Sunshine Wheat4.80
The Trip8.00
Trippel7.80
Valentine's Ale7.39

Average those thirty varieties up, and you get 6.84%.

Oh, and I forgot, I tried their Mighty Arrow Pale Ale as well.  Its was pretty good.

The only beers of these I've seen in the liquor stores where I live are:

Trippel7.80
Sunshine Wheat4.80
Mothership Wit4.80
Mighty Arrow6.00
LOF Biere de Mars6.20
Frambozen Raspberry6.50
Fat Tire5.20
Blue Paddle4.90
Abbey7.00
15545.50

Average=5.87%
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 25, 2009, 02:12:38 PM
LOF Dunkelweiss AKA LOF Drunkenweiss
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 05:02:40 PM
Let's revisit, shall we?

As microbrews go, however, 6.6% is pretty average.

...not "as all beers go", or "average for beers bta has seen in his local liquor store."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 06:39:43 PM
Sure, let's revisit:

Was this a very malty beer? As I've gotten older I've developed an intense dislike for overly malty beers; the high ABV would imply that it is.
I wouldn't really call it malty.  But then, I wouldn't really call 6.6% ABV high, either.
Really? I think of that as high for beer.

So it wasn't actually about specifically micro brews, and my experience makes me dubious about your figures on that as well, but about beers in general.  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 07:21:45 PM
Sure, let's revisit:

Was this a very malty beer? As I've gotten older I've developed an intense dislike for overly malty beers; the high ABV would imply that it is.
I wouldn't really call it malty.  But then, I wouldn't really call 6.6% ABV high, either.
Really? I think of that as high for beer.

So it wasn't actually about specifically micro brews, and my experience makes me dubious about your figures on that as well, but about beers in general.  :)

Since we were clearly discussing our opinions on what constitutes a high ABV for beer, it's about whatever the hell we say it was about.  In my particular case, it was about microbrews, and the fact -- as supported by empirical evidence that I helpfully provided -- that 6.6% is not particularly high for that subset of beers.

But you just go ahead believing you're right, Tripe, and I'll go on actually being right.  See?  Everybody wins.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 25, 2009, 07:25:37 PM
Nope, the reason ABVs exist is to define what is a beer, what is a malt liquor and so on and so forth (at least to a degree; production method and composition/ingredients are also important factors). And I'm not discussing my opinion of what constitutes a high abv, I'm giving you what I know from being a licensee, you do have to know about these things to be awarded the license. :)

Actually the person who was "right" was Im since 6.6 is rather high for beer. You provided the numbers for thirty which isn't really a terribly comprehensive sample.

How many microbrews would you accept as a viable sample to show that 6.6% is above average, I can provide a sampling from around the world if you like. :)

Again nobody is saying 6.6 is generally a high abv per se, just in relation to beers in general. Like I said, beer isn't very alcoholic, any of it.

You seem very invested in being "right" in something that you claim to simply be a matter of opinion. I don't care what you think is high or not, I'm just saying that under trading standard 6.6 would indeed be considered high. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 25, 2009, 08:47:50 PM
We're all winners!  Hooray for compromise!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 26, 2009, 03:12:14 AM
We're all winners!  Hooray for compromise!
Any Beer drinking included with this compromise?? :o :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2009, 05:57:55 AM
We're all winners!  Hooray for compromise!
Still not doing anything to suggest you're not overly invested in this argument there dear boy. :)






Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 26, 2009, 07:15:28 AM
Shouldn't we also take into account the actual volume brewed of each particular type of beer as well as its availability to the public.  They can brew 9 types of 8.5% alcohol beer, but if it's only available in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas and in those areas is continually out of stock then how can an accurate average be attained?   ::)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2009, 09:50:30 AM
Right, and in fact that's why the standard average exist. In larger production runs the abv is going to be lower so the standard average is going to be lower as a consequence. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 01:50:57 PM
Damn! You guys are passionate about your booze. I'm surprised Christopher Hitchens hasn't chimed in.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 04:08:48 PM
Ugh.  I drank Miller Lite yesterday.

My condolences.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 04:17:08 PM
Thank you.  I also had part of a Heineken "Light," which was actually worse than the Miller.

Heineken "Light," Does that mean it reeks less?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nergol on November 27, 2009, 08:52:24 PM
World's strongest beer - called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin - features world's highest beer alcohol content: a whopping 32%:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/id_drink_a_case_new_scottish_b.php
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 27, 2009, 11:41:30 PM
Thank you.  I also had part of a Heineken "Light," which was actually worse than the Miller.

Heineken "Light," Does that mean it reeks less?
It means you're not only a "has been hipster" but a "pussy has been hipster"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 11:51:17 PM
Thank you.  I also had part of a Heineken "Light," which was actually worse than the Miller.

Heineken "Light," Does that mean it reeks less?
It means you're not only a "has been hipster" but a "pussy has been hipster"


:D

Half the calories of a regular douche.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 28, 2009, 04:15:24 PM
World's strongest beer - called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin - features world's highest beer alcohol content: a whopping 32%:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/id_drink_a_case_new_scottish_b.php

That's going to play hell with the average.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 28, 2009, 07:11:14 PM
Tonight I passed on several Yuengling varieties in favor of water.

Understandable.  Yuengling is America's Oldest Terrible Brewery.

(Though I will admit to having downed a lot of it while in the D.C. area.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2009, 08:51:02 PM
World's strongest beer - called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin - features world's highest beer alcohol content: a whopping 32%:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/id_drink_a_case_new_scottish_b.php
That's going to play hell with the average.  ;D
It'll also taste like pish.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 28, 2009, 11:08:15 PM
World's strongest beer - called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin - features world's highest beer alcohol content: a whopping 32%:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/id_drink_a_case_new_scottish_b.php
That's going to play hell with the average.  ;D
It'll also taste like pish.

Yeah, 32% alcohol sounds pretty typical for Scotsman pee.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mike5150 on November 28, 2009, 11:44:28 PM
18 pack of bud light on sale for 11.00 at 7 11.....is this a black friday for booze thread?  I'm sorry, I am halfway thru my purchase....I have to pee.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 29, 2009, 12:19:10 AM
Enjoying another 6-pack of Pipeline Porter. Great stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 29, 2009, 12:29:47 AM
Enjoying another 6-pack of Pipeline Porter. Great stuff.

The coffee beer, right? I saw that at the store and didn't know what to think. I think I'll give it a try. I'm already bored with this year's installment of SN Celebration Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on November 29, 2009, 01:19:34 AM
Enjoying another 6-pack of Pipeline Porter. Great stuff.

The coffee beer, right? I saw that at the store and didn't know what to think. I think I'll give it a try

It's awesome, and not nearly as coffee-ish as the label might lead you to believe.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nergol on December 14, 2009, 06:01:30 PM
Make my beer... Stormtrooper-flavored!
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/12/who_needs_eggnog_imperial_stou.php

(http://www.geekologie.com/2009/12/14/imperial-stout-trooper.jpg)

(Yes, this is a real beer).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 14, 2009, 06:13:52 PM
New England FTW! Should be easy to find that around here!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on December 15, 2009, 03:01:19 AM

I'm gonna stop at Woodman's today to pick up a four pack of these:

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=27560

It sounds delicious.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on December 15, 2009, 05:54:03 AM
World's strongest beer - called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin - features world's highest beer alcohol content: a whopping 32%:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/id_drink_a_case_new_scottish_b.php

Hello, Sanrio? I'd like to call about a copyright infringement....

(http://pics.livejournal.com/eluper/pic/000bxw42/s320x240)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on December 16, 2009, 06:59:14 AM
Has anyone tried Blue Moon's Grand Cru? I just can't bring myself to plunk down ten bucks or so for something that was essentially brewed by Miller. I do always enjoy Blue Moon's offerings, though. It's nice to finally find a Belgian-style ale in restaurants and dive bars, even if it's a pale imitation.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on December 16, 2009, 07:10:23 AM
I"l try iy IF you drop by the forum a little more often 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on December 16, 2009, 09:48:40 AM
The local Randall's grocery store had a sale on any Budweiser or Coors products, a case of 20 bottles for $10.99.    So a buddy and I went on our lunch "15 mintues" to Randall's, and now there are 5 cases of beer in each of our trunks.   Having a weekend blowout fest Friday and Saturday (horror movies at night, shooting range on Saturday morning, followed by more horror movies Saturday night), so there are 200 bottles ready to give their lives in the service of parties.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 16, 2009, 10:54:37 AM
The local Randall's grocery store had a sale on any Budweiser or Coors products, a case of 20 bottles for $10.99.    So a buddy and I went on our lunch "15 mintues" to Randall's, and now there are 5 cases of beer in each of our trunks.   Having a weekend blowout fest Friday and Saturday (horror movies at night, shooting range on Saturday morning, followed by more horror movies Saturday night), so there are 200 bottles ready to give their lives in the service of parties.
*insert some snarky comment I would make about AB here* Have fun!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Thrifty on December 16, 2009, 11:08:13 AM
I don't really care for beer, but I should post a few drinking songs up here.

Like these...

http://www.youtube.com/v/kb9yhhflmvY&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6

http://www.youtube.com/v/ntkC-o52weI&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on December 16, 2009, 11:10:01 AM
99 bottles of beer on the wall.. 99 bottles of beer.. :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Rude on December 18, 2009, 03:18:24 PM
...

(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6961/beerchart.jpg) (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/beerchart.jpg/)

I am not doing the "ironic" hipster thing.  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on December 18, 2009, 03:30:31 PM
I used to drink Moosehead all the time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on December 18, 2009, 03:51:26 PM
If'n yer warsher's dun broked, its has this here coolin perpos'n laff..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/Redneckcooler.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on December 18, 2009, 04:36:07 PM
...

(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6961/beerchart.jpg) (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/beerchart.jpg/)

I am not doing the "ironic" hipster thing.  :D

-Rude

Boo I don't see Tiger on there,

hmm must go find some Tiger...... :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Rude on December 18, 2009, 04:51:33 PM
...

I just noticed that Moose Light Lime has absolutely nothing connecting to it. I guess there's never a good reason to drink that stuff.  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 18, 2009, 05:54:13 PM
Imperial Stout is supposed to be hitting stores out here on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 19, 2009, 03:45:47 PM
Imperial Stout is supposed to be hitting stores out here on Sunday.
That stuff is effin' hardcore.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on December 19, 2009, 03:51:45 PM
Imperial Stout is supposed to be hitting stores out here on Sunday.
That stuff is effin' hardcore.

Russian Imperial stout is some strong stuff!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 19, 2009, 04:17:44 PM
Imperial Stout is supposed to be hitting stores out here on Sunday.
That stuff is effin' hardcore.

*Waves hand* These are not the beer's you are looking for.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ly3vBOeDf00/SjhJui7vw6I/AAAAAAAAAJA/cADSrPN2gas/s320/P1000785.JPG)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on December 19, 2009, 11:54:22 PM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2009, 05:10:31 AM
Farthings actually, it's more traditional.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 20, 2009, 11:39:16 AM
Farthings actually, it's more traditional.
At this point they're almost worth the same.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 20, 2009, 11:54:38 AM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.

The Imperial Stout Trooper got a good rating on Beer Advocate.  Whatever that means.  I'm no beer snob, so what do I know? I don't treat my beer like it's a bottle of fine wine before I drink it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on December 20, 2009, 12:14:33 PM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.

The Imperial Stout Trooper got a good rating on Beer Advocate.  Whatever that means.  I'm no beer snob, so what do I know? I don't treat my beer like it's a bottle of fine wine before I drink it.

Refine your palette good sir!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 20, 2009, 12:17:15 PM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.

The Imperial Stout Trooper got a good rating on Beer Advocate.  Whatever that means.  I'm no beer snob, so what do I know? I don't treat my beer like it's a bottle of fine wine before I drink it.

Refine your palette good sir!

Ha ha!  :D Seriously I know people who spend about 15+ minutes examining each beer for various things (color, smell, head, etc.) and discussing it before they take a sip.  WTF. It's a beer, not a rare painting in an art museum.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on December 20, 2009, 12:20:48 PM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.

The Imperial Stout Trooper got a good rating on Beer Advocate.  Whatever that means.  I'm no beer snob, so what do I know? I don't treat my beer like it's a bottle of fine wine before I drink it.

Refine your palette good sir!

Ha ha!  :D Seriously I know people who spend about 15+ minutes examining each beer for various things (color, smell, head, etc.) and discussing it before they take a sip.  WTF. It's a beer, not a rare painting in an art museum.

When you start seeing beer journals and lists of the best cheese to eat with the beer you've bought, you'll know to delete your account.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 20, 2009, 12:23:41 PM
"Imperial Stout" is code for "We Dare You To Pretend To Enjoy This." Don't get me wrong, I love me a good stout, but what gets labelled as Imperial nowadays tastes like it was brewed from pennies.

The Imperial Stout Trooper got a good rating on Beer Advocate.  Whatever that means.  I'm no beer snob, so what do I know? I don't treat my beer like it's a bottle of fine wine before I drink it.

Refine your palette good sir!

Ha ha!  :D Seriously I know people who spend about 15+ minutes examining each beer for various things (color, smell, head, etc.) and discussing it before they take a sip.  WTF. It's a beer, not a rare painting in an art museum.

When you start seeing beer journals and lists of the best cheese to eat with the beer you've bought, you'll know to delete your account.

Hm the list I just made up that doesn't exist says "Cheeseburger" under best cheese to eat with beer.  That's a kind of cheese right?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 20, 2009, 12:53:37 PM
Speaking of excellent seasonals, I just got a chance to try Kona's Pipeline Porter recently... If you're a fan of beer that drinks like an iced coffee, this is the one for you. It took a little getting used to for me at first; I'm not an iced coffee fan. I am, however, a fan of porters, and the coffee fusion is a very interesting treat.

M@
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 20, 2009, 03:51:42 PM
Speaking of excellent seasonals, I just got a chance to try Kona's Pipeline Porter recently... If you're a fan of beer that drinks like an iced coffee, this is the one for you. It took a little getting used to for me at first; I'm not an iced coffee fan. I am, however, a fan of porters, and the coffee fusion is a very interesting treat.

M@

I finally grabbed a six pack of this. It's very interesting. And yeah, it does take a little getting used to. The coffee flavor isn't as strong as I thought it'd be, but I think that's probably a good thing. I imagine if you drank a regular porter while sucking on one of those Coffee Nip candies, it would taste kinda like this.

It's a very nice change of pace beer. I'll definitely pick it up again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 20, 2009, 09:44:37 PM
Speaking of excellent seasonals, I just got a chance to try Kona's Pipeline Porter recently... If you're a fan of beer that drinks like an iced coffee, this is the one for you. It took a little getting used to for me at first; I'm not an iced coffee fan. I am, however, a fan of porters, and the coffee fusion is a very interesting treat.

M@

I finally grabbed a six pack of this. It's very interesting. And yeah, it does take a little getting used to. The coffee flavor isn't as strong as I thought it'd be, but I think that's probably a good thing. I imagine if you drank a regular porter while sucking on one of those Coffee Nip candies, it would taste kinda like this.

It's a very nice change of pace beer. I'll definitely pick it up again.

Definitely a change of pace beer. Have you tried the Widmer Brrr? That's another excellent seasonal, but it's not for everyday drinking - it's kind of sweet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 17, 2010, 06:21:53 PM
So I tried this tonight

(http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/13066.jpg)

It's not bad, and it seemed to go quite well with the baked macaroni and cheese and bacon sauteed collards I had for dinner.

Not sure if I'd have it alone though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 19, 2010, 06:30:17 AM
That dinner sounds like what I'd request for my last meal.  :clap:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 19, 2010, 04:55:21 PM
I use 7 different cheeses in the mac'n'cheese too :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 19, 2010, 05:11:05 PM
I use 7 different cheeses in the mac'n'cheese too :)

(http://blog.menupirate.com/images/drooling_homer.png)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 19, 2010, 05:13:39 PM
And just before popping it in the oven to bake I sprinkle it with a topping of Italian breadcrumbs, caramelized shallots and crispy fried bacon. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 19, 2010, 08:00:57 PM
Stay on topic here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 20, 2010, 05:41:14 AM
And just before popping it in the oven to bake I sprinkle it with a topping of Italian breadcrumbs, caramelized shallots and crispy fried bacon. :)

You lost me at the shallots. Vegetables don't belong in macaroni & cheese.

How do you do your collard greens? Everyone has a different recipe, I think. I cook up three slices of bacon, pour off all but about a tablespoon of the fat, then toss the sliced greens into the skillet with about 3/4 c. vegetable broth, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and a quarter (maybe a little more) teaspoon crushed red pepper. I cover it and simmer until the greens are tender. Then, right before serving, I crumble the bacon over top. Heaven on earth.

Oh, and beer! Yay beer! I love a nice spiced ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 20, 2010, 05:04:50 PM
And just before popping it in the oven to bake I sprinkle it with a topping of Italian breadcrumbs, caramelized shallots and crispy fried bacon. :)

You lost me at the shallots. Vegetables don't belong in macaroni & cheese.
These are so caramelised they're more like herb sprinkles. :)


How do you do your collard greens? Everyone has a different recipe, I think. I cook up three slices of bacon, pour off all but about a tablespoon of the fat, then toss the sliced greens into the skillet with about 3/4 c. vegetable broth, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and a quarter (maybe a little more) teaspoon crushed red pepper. I cover it and simmer until the greens are tender. Then, right before serving, I crumble the bacon over top. Heaven on earth.
I destem them then roll the leaves like one wou;d a cigar, then cut them into ribbons. I frazzle fry several strips of centre cut bacon until they give out most of their fat and add the collards, I sautee them on a low to medium heatr until they are really beginning to soften. then I stir in a tsp or two of tomato paste qand then I serve. :)

Oh, and beer! Yay beer! I love a nice spiced ale.
I don't like a spiced cider though, I tried Organic Scrumpy's Christmas edition and , while it wasn't horrible, they really need to reformulate their spice mix next time.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 21, 2010, 05:53:56 AM
I don't like a spiced cider though, I tried Organic Scrumpy's Christmas edition and , while it wasn't horrible, they really need to reformulate their spice mix next time.

Surprising, you'd think that spice and cider would go hand in hand. Maybe it's the amount or what kind of spices they used.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on January 21, 2010, 06:11:20 AM
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/spicekitty.jpg).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 21, 2010, 06:32:23 AM
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/spicekitty.jpg).
Yes! It Must! >:D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 25, 2010, 01:54:31 PM
Just got me one of these:

(http://mallimages.mallfinder.com/poolB/manhattanvillage/pint%20glass.jpg)

from World Market, so now I can better enjoy my favorite beers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 25, 2010, 05:50:51 PM
Just got me one of these:

(http://mallimages.mallfinder.com/poolB/manhattanvillage/pint%20glass.jpg)

from World Market, so now I can better enjoy my favorite beers!

Hey, my old employer, what's their wine and beers section like?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 27, 2010, 07:42:41 AM
Hey, my old employer, what's their wine and beers section like?

That particular store has quite the wine selection, but only two shelving units of beer. A modest selection, but decent compared to other stores.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 27, 2010, 04:26:26 PM
I think I had about seven bays of beer plus some floor stacks.

The wine department was a fairly decent earner for my store.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 27, 2010, 08:54:02 PM
I think I had about seven bays of beer plus some floor stacks.

The wine department was a fairly decent earner for my store.

Wine always wins over the beer, because it's just the nature of wine lovers to try out many different wines from different regions. The beer folks are usually annoyed by this "snobbish" behavior, and just want to get drunk on their horrible-tasting beer. A friend of mine drinks Bud Ice exclusively. He says it's because the beer is cheap and it gets him drunk quicker. Never mind it tastes like what I assume stale whale blubber run-off would taste like. We beer drinkers need to be more open to try new beers. There are some really good ones out there. You don't have to settle for cheap American domestic beer!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2010, 05:07:16 AM
No, I meant the alcohol (except spirits due to licensing laws here in MI) department it was just called the Wine dept., Beer probably sold fairly equally with the wine (especially the sampler cases of beers of the world and the like).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 12:49:06 PM
That's probably generally true, but I treat beer the way you say wine people behave toward wine.

Ditto.  Although I do tend to stay away from imported beer, as much of it tastes like liquid feet.

That's not to say I won't rock a case of Pabst every so often, tho'.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on January 28, 2010, 12:56:55 PM
If you have a Quick Chek in your neck of the woods (And if you don't, you're missing out on the world's best convenience store.), they have a "Best of Belgium" 18-pack sampler for $23. (Or at least the one near me does.) 6 Hoegaardens (yum), 6 Leffes (yum), and 6 Stella Artois. (Meh. A lager is a lager is a lager.) Not really the best of Belgium by a long shot, but good beer for a good bargain.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on January 28, 2010, 01:01:44 PM
Stella is shit. I won't drink the stuff.

Hoegaarden is ok, but I haven't had it over here--does it get skunky in the transport?

I suppose it depends on how long it's been sitting around. I did have a wrong tasting Hogaarden once.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 28, 2010, 01:02:51 PM
Stella is shit.

Wrong.

Stella is overpriced, overhyped shit.  ;)

As for me, my favorite cheap beer has become Old Milwaukee. I just like the flavor enough to keep drinking it, plus it comes in pint-sized cans, and a six pack is only $4.97 at Wal-Mart!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 01:03:50 PM
On the subject of regional microbrews, I took down a sixer of the new Karl Strauss winter seasonal, Full Suit, a couple nights ago:

(http://i45.tinypic.com/dmfkzp.jpg)

A very full-flavored nut brown with a little bit of a spicy bite to it.  Yummy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2010, 01:07:06 PM

(http://i45.tinypic.com/dmfkzp.jpg)

I'm Sorry, but subliminally, it says 'FULL of SHIT' :gouge:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 01:08:14 PM

(http://i45.tinypic.com/dmfkzp.jpg)

I'm Sorry, but subliminally, it says 'FULL of SHIT' :gouge:

It's not the only one.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 28, 2010, 01:10:25 PM
Stella is shit.

Wrong.

Stella is overpriced, overhyped shit.  ;)

As for me, my favorite cheap beer has become Old Milwaukee. I just like the flavor enough to keep drinking it, plus it comes in pint-sized cans, and a six pack is only $4.97 at Wal-Mart!!

I can't do Old Mil. It was the first beer I puked on, many years ago, and have never been able to go back.

I should say that "I find the taste of Stella to be offensive," but others may enjoy it at their discretion.  My wife used to drink it when she drank beer, so apparently people do like it.

A friend of mine had the same comment... I don't suppose the taste has stayed exactly the same after all these years? If so, well then, to each his own, I guess.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 01:11:36 PM
I should say that "I find the taste of Stella to be offensive," but others may enjoy it at their discretion.

No, you were right the first time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 28, 2010, 01:11:51 PM

(http://i45.tinypic.com/dmfkzp.jpg)

I'm Sorry, but subliminally, it says 'FULL of SHIT' :gouge:

It's not the only one.  ;D
I mean, even the carrying case is Shit Brown.. :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on January 28, 2010, 01:12:06 PM
I had my fill of it for a lifetime at a Stella sponsored party once. Funny how it tastes better when it's free...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 28, 2010, 01:13:55 PM
I had my fill of it for a lifetime at a Stella sponsored party once. Funny how it tastes better when it's free...

I wish this damn economy would perk back up again, because the company I work for used to have beer at all the big functions. Nothing like free beer!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 28, 2010, 01:14:09 PM

(http://i45.tinypic.com/dmfkzp.jpg)

I'm Sorry, but subliminally, it says 'FULL of SHIT' :gouge:

It's not the only one.  ;D

'FULL of SHIT'  A.K.A. 'GUT ROT'

A.K.A.

(http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/object3/962/8/n28885227699_6512.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 01:17:02 PM
(http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/object3/962/8/n28885227699_6512.jpg)

Oh, dear lord.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on January 28, 2010, 02:32:33 PM
You guys ever have Grain Belt or Olympia?

Yes to Olympia.  I don't remember it standing out as particularly horrible.  Certainly not on the level of, say, Hamm's Genuine Draft, or Schmidt, or Blatz.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 28, 2010, 02:33:50 PM
You guys ever have Grain Belt or Olympia?

Yes to Olympia.  I don't remember it standing out as particularly horrible.  Certainly not on the level of, say, Hamm's Genuine Draft, or Schmidt, or Blatz.
Blatz, the beer named after the sound you make when you drink too much of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 28, 2010, 02:37:58 PM
You guys ever have Grain Belt or Olympia?

Yes to Olympia.  I don't remember it standing out as particularly horrible.  Certainly not on the level of, say, Hamm's Genuine Draft, or Schmidt, or Blatz.

I remember Olympia as being pretty awful. Not on the same level as Milwaukee 1857, though. Oooofff!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on January 28, 2010, 03:18:11 PM
If we're admitting to cheap beers we're embarrassed to enjoy occasionally, there's always this:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3226/2798500214_5fb1acd59e.jpg)

Swill? Yes, but available at the gas station for a couple bucks.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on January 28, 2010, 07:15:09 PM
Just picked up Widmer's 2010 Brewmaster's Release, Pitch Black IPA. I'll tell you what I think once I get a chance to have one, but my local beer snob says it's good eats.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on January 28, 2010, 07:45:13 PM
Just picked up Widmer's 2010 Brewmaster's Release, Pitch Black IPA. I'll tell you what I think once I get a chance to have one, but my local beer snob says it's good eats.

My favorite Amber Ale is made by Widmer; called Drop Top Amber. Great stuff!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on January 28, 2010, 09:18:44 PM
Your local beer snob is Alton Brown?

Don't I wish! That guy's a hoot.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 08, 2010, 08:02:39 AM
YEAH BABY!! GIMME ANOTHER COLD ONE!! :cheers:

Quote
Beer May Be Good for Your Bones

If you downed one too many while watching the Super Bowl, here's at least one reason to hold your head high: Drinking beer can be good for your health.

But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health.

Though past research has suggested beer is chockfull of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer's raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content.

The silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4 mg/L to 56.5 mg/L, with an average of 30 mg/L. Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half liter, so a person could get 30 mg of the nutrient from two beers. And while there is no official recommendation for daily silicon uptake, the researchers say, in the United States, individuals consume between 20 and 50 mg of silicon each day.

However, other studies show that consuming more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day may be, overall, bad for health.

The take-home message for the casual drinker: "Choose the beer you enjoy. Drink it in moderation," lead researcher Charles Bamforth of the University of California, Davis, told LiveScience. "It is contributing silicon (and more) to your good health."

Bamforth and his colleague Troy Casey, both of the university's Department of Food Science and Technology, detail their findings in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The silicon levels of beer types, on average:

Indian Pale Ale: 41.2 mg/L

Ales: 32.8 mg/L

Pale Ale: 36.5 mg/L

Sorghum: 27.3 mg/L

Lagers: 23.7 mg/L

Wheat: 18.9 mg/L

Light lagers: 17.2 mg/L

Non Alcoholic: 16.3 mg/L

Their research showed the malting process didn't affect barley's silicon content, which is mostly in the grain's husk. However, pale-colored malts had more silicon than the darker products, such as the chocolate, roasted barley and black malt, which all have substantial roasting. The scientists aren't sure why these darker malts have less silicon than other malts.

Hops were the stars of the beer ingredients, showing as much as four times more silicon than was found in malt. The downside: Hops make up a much smaller portion of beer compared with grain. Some beers, such as IPAs are hoppier, while wheat beers tend to have fewer hops than other brews, the researchers say.

"Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," Bamforth said. "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer."

(Wort is the sweet liquid that comes from mashing the grains and eventually becomes beer.)

Got Beer?

While the researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of this cold beverage.

The type of silicon in beer, called orthosilicic acid, has a 50 percent bioavailability, meaning that much is available for use in the body. Some foods, like bananas are rich in silicon but only 5 percent is bioavailable. This soluble form of silica found in beer could be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Past research has suggested that moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.

Another past study involving nearly 1,700 women reported last year in the journal Nutrition showed participants who were light to moderate beer drinkers had much better bone density than non-drinkers. The researchers suggested the beer's plant hormones, not the alcohol, could be responsible for the bone boost.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on February 08, 2010, 10:16:47 AM
So we want silicon in our bodies? That sounds nuts.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 08, 2010, 10:20:35 AM
Oh yes, it depends on where in the body the silicon is found.

It's one of the moist abundant and vital elements in existence.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 08, 2010, 10:22:55 AM
Well yes, homicidal bowling ball laying bathmats practically run on the stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 08, 2010, 10:39:02 AM
Spent $25 on 5 beers over the weekend. Bought a few large bottles of assorted chocolate and coffee Stouts and a Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale. Had a Young's Double Chocolate Stout and later on drank the Holy Grail Ale and then proceeded to have a very horrible night ending with a large amount of puking. Don't mix, don't ever mix. I think it might have been an allergic reaction, but I'm not sure. Young's has never done me wrong before and that was the first time I've had the Holy Grail Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 08, 2010, 02:48:37 PM
Spent $25 on 5 beers over the weekend. Bought a few large bottles of assorted chocolate and coffee Stouts and a Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale. Had a Young's Double Chocolate Stout and later on drank the Holy Grail Ale and then proceeded to have a very horrible night ending with a large amount of puking. Don't mix, don't ever mix. I think it might have been an allergic reaction, but I'm not sure. Young's has never done me wrong before and that was the first time I've had the Holy Grail Ale.

"Here may be found...

...the last words of JewishCarpenter:

He who is valiant and pure of spirit...

...may find the Holy Grail...

...in the Castle of AAAARGH!".
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 08, 2010, 03:07:22 PM
Yes, there is something amusing about the holy grail almost being the thing to do jewishcarpenter in.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 10, 2010, 05:18:52 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 10, 2010, 05:20:21 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 10, 2010, 05:24:07 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.

Made by Wild Turkey? I've wanted to try that but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 10, 2010, 05:26:19 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.

Made by Wild Turkey? I've wanted to try that but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Yep.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 10, 2010, 05:30:25 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.

Made by Wild Turkey? I've wanted to try that but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Yep.

I got this one.

http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/09/10/review-evan-williams-honey-reserve-liqueur/

13 bucks and it had a 10 dollar rebate.  So in about 6 - 8 weeks It'll have only cost me 3 bucks.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 10, 2010, 05:32:40 PM
Ooh so it's like distilled mead, lovely  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 10, 2010, 05:53:07 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.

Made by Wild Turkey? I've wanted to try that but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Yep.

I got this one.

http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/09/10/review-evan-williams-honey-reserve-liqueur/

13 bucks and it had a 10 dollar rebate.  So in about 6 - 8 weeks It'll have only cost me 3 bucks.
$15? That's fucking awesome, this will suit my alcohol enthusiasm very nicely.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 10, 2010, 05:58:39 PM
Oh man... Not beer, but I got a bottle of honey bourbon.

It's really good.
American Honey? That stuff's pretty awesome.

Made by Wild Turkey? I've wanted to try that but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Yep.

I got this one.

http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/09/10/review-evan-williams-honey-reserve-liqueur/

13 bucks and it had a 10 dollar rebate.  So in about 6 - 8 weeks It'll have only cost me 3 bucks.
$15? That's fucking awesome, this will suit my alcohol enthusiasm very nicely.

Yeah, it was on sale where I got it and every bottle had a huge $10 mail in rebate on the label.  It's pretty darn tasty and I don't like bourbon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 10, 2010, 06:01:03 PM
I like bourbon just fine but drinking that stuff compared to bourbon is like drinking iced tea. I go through bottles very quickly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 11, 2010, 11:13:52 PM
(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k407/borabora29/wild_turkey_honey_101_6.jpg)

Goddamn that's smooth! Makes SoCo seem like rubbing alcohol!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on February 11, 2010, 11:28:37 PM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on February 11, 2010, 11:33:19 PM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."

Back in the day in La Jolla, there was a store we always enjoyed visiting called Dick's Liquor.  It was maybe half a block down the street from Liquor Box.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on February 11, 2010, 11:35:16 PM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."

Back in the day in La Jolla, there was a store we always enjoyed visiting called Dick's Liquor.  It was maybe half a block down the street from Liquor Box.

Some day when I'm visiting my friends over in Hyde Park, I have to stop at Liquorama. I'll probably be disappointed, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 11, 2010, 11:45:20 PM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."

Back in the day in La Jolla, there was a store we always enjoyed visiting called Dick's Liquor.  It was maybe half a block down the street from Liquor Box.

I think I used to buy smokes there, if it's where I think it is/was - A pack went for $1.09. I lived on Retaheim Way between Palomar and Vincente.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on February 12, 2010, 12:20:38 AM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."

Back in the day in La Jolla, there was a store we always enjoyed visiting called Dick's Liquor.  It was maybe half a block down the street from Liquor Box.

I think I used to buy smokes there, if it's where I think it is/was - A pack went for $1.09. I lived on Retaheim Way between Palomar and Vincente.

I do believe we're talking about the same Liquor Box.  I also believe it's still down there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 12, 2010, 12:32:30 AM
I know what I'm looking for the next time I stagger over to Liquors. That's right - I have a liquor store walking distance from my apartment and it's called "Liquors."

Back in the day in La Jolla, there was a store we always enjoyed visiting called Dick's Liquor.  It was maybe half a block down the street from Liquor Box.

I think I used to buy smokes there, if it's where I think it is/was - A pack went for $1.09. I lived on Retaheim Way between Palomar and Vincente.

I do believe we're talking about the same Liquor Box.  I also believe it's still down there.

Wow. That's a classic "small world" moment! Some things indeed stay the same...like big-ass commercial structures (occupied or not) and some things change like cigarette prices, the cost of which I can only imagine at this point as a guy who hasn't smoked in ten years...even then the prices seemed outrageous.

Anyway, thanks for that collective trip back to old times Steve-O.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on February 12, 2010, 11:22:50 AM
Anyway, thanks for that collective trip back to old times Steve-O.

Whenabouts were you out here, anyway?  We might have even run into each other at some point.  Don't suppose you ever used to hang out at Kahuna's?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 12, 2010, 12:05:44 PM
Anyway, thanks for that collective trip back to old times Steve-O.

Whenabouts were you out here, anyway?  We might have even run into each other at some point.  Don't suppose you ever used to hang out at Kahuna's?

Lived there from 1986-1988. Mostly hung out at Windansea and the 7-11 on La Jolla Blvd. subsisting on Slurpees and Spy Hunter. Oh, and Friday and Saturday night binge drinking down at La Jolla Shores. Ah, wasted youth.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on February 13, 2010, 12:23:04 AM
Anyway, thanks for that collective trip back to old times Steve-O.

Whenabouts were you out here, anyway?  We might have even run into each other at some point.  Don't suppose you ever used to hang out at Kahuna's?

Lived there from 1986-1988. Mostly hung out at Windansea and the 7-11 on La Jolla Blvd. subsisting on Slurpees and Spy Hunter. Oh, and Friday and Saturday night binge drinking down at La Jolla Shores. Ah, wasted youth.

Alas, a year before my time.  I did haunt that 7-11 on more than one occasion, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sharktopus on March 04, 2010, 10:56:36 PM
(http://wondermark.com/c/2009-05-13-515ontap.gif) (http://wondermark.com/515/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 20, 2010, 09:25:15 PM
Do you like Beer?  If so than vote to vote for the top 50 Beer/Ciders on list of crap:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,17508.0.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Steve-O on March 26, 2010, 10:10:12 PM
Decided to give this Cable Car Amber Ale a go:

(http://i43.tinypic.com/xcliz9.png)

I've always passed this over because the drab label has repelled me, but when I saw that BevMo had it marked down to $5 for a sixer, I figured, "What the hell?"  Turns out it's really tasty.  A malty and warm Marzen style amber; lightly hopped and goes down smooth.  Me likey.

The crummy label notwithstanding, I'm not sure why they have to so heavily discount a beer this good.  But I suspect it might have something to do with this:

(http://i41.tinypic.com/6xpyli.png)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 27, 2010, 02:06:58 PM
Is this where we place orders? I need some beer ASAP! (But that may not be quick enough)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 27, 2010, 02:14:32 PM
Is this where we place orders? I need some beer ASAP! (But that may not be quick enough)

BevMo should institute some sort of local same-day Booze on Wheels service.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 31, 2010, 07:40:08 PM
(http://www.ship-of-fools.com/gadgets/food_drink/media/messiah_bold.jpg)
I guess I'm going to be drinking this on Saturday night. One of the silliest beers I've ever seen.
http://www.shmaltz.com/HEBREW/index.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 03, 2010, 04:11:02 PM
I still have 2 750 mL bottles of this I need to get into at some point.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IvavLdhoqjM/S32M5WgLR3I/AAAAAAAAAJU/4HA33Uvyzp4/s320/%3D%3Futf-8%3FB%3FdHVtYmxyX2t4eDVzN2cwUEoxcWE0a25ibzFfNTAwLmpwZw%3D%3D%3F%3D-769790)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lemming Howard on October 04, 2010, 09:12:55 AM
I still have 2 750 mL bottles of this I need to get into at some point.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IvavLdhoqjM/S32M5WgLR3I/AAAAAAAAAJU/4HA33Uvyzp4/s320/%3D%3Futf-8%3FB%3FdHVtYmxyX2t4eDVzN2cwUEoxcWE0a25ibzFfNTAwLmpwZw%3D%3D%3F%3D-769790)

That is the darkest head of foam I ever saw.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 20, 2010, 04:46:15 PM
I was in the grocery store here in Brooklyn tonight (still can't get over the fact that you can buy beer and wine in the grocery store) and I saw this:

(http://www.ltverrastro.com/phpThumb/phpThumb.php?src=/brands/photos/Graphic2.jpg&h=200)

I guess Woodchuck's new thing is coming out with seasonal flavors? They had a summer brew. Anyway, it's their basic cider with a touch of vanilla. I can't decide whether I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward not. The vanilla has a cloying flavor to it that I don't think complements the cider very well, just like Im mentioned earlier with the fall brew. To be fair I am drinking it at slightly less than room temperature, so maybe if I let it get cold it will taste better.

I bought a six pack and I will definitely finish it, but I don't think I'll buy it again.


Edited to fix the enormous picture that I posted without checking the size
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 20, 2010, 05:05:45 PM
What Is That ... That ... Thing next to the beer?! :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2010, 05:41:20 PM
I still have 2 750 mL bottles of this I need to get into at some point.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IvavLdhoqjM/S32M5WgLR3I/AAAAAAAAAJU/4HA33Uvyzp4/s320/%3D%3Futf-8%3FB%3FdHVtYmxyX2t4eDVzN2cwUEoxcWE0a25ibzFfNTAwLmpwZw%3D%3D%3F%3D-769790)

That is the darkest head of foam I ever saw.

HOLY CRAP. THIS STUFF IS DELICIOUS!  (Finally crcaked cracked it open.)

Although good luck finding the original bottles anywhere for a reasonable price:

Quote
Imperial Stout Trooper, the name, will be no more!

The Dark Side!: The Imperial Stout Trooper's final jump

WOODBRIDGE -- Beloved by beer nerds (ranked No. 87 in BeerAdvocate.com's "top beers of the planet") and scorned by George Lucas, the Imperial Stout Troopers is no more.

Rob Leonard, owner and brewer at New England Brewing Co., received a cease-and-desist letter from George Lucas and Lucasfilms' legal department on Jan. 5, just weeks after distributing his third yearly batch of the imperial stout, a type of dark beer. At issue: the playful-looking Storm Trooper wearing beer-filled goggles on the beer's label.

"I guess there's a filmmaker who has a similar looking character," Leonard laughs.

Don't fret, beer lovers!

Leonard will continue brewing, and hand-bottling this beer, he'll just have to come up with a new name and label for the stout. Company CEO Bill Pastyrnak playfully suggests a cartoon image of George Lucas, with fistfuls of money, stomping on New England Brewing Co.

"The sad part is, this beer got very, very popular," says Leonard. "It's traded all across the country for really hard -to-get beers. With the beer geeks and the Star Wars geeks, this is a big, heavy hitter."

So big that when, earlier this month, New Haven's beer-and-burger joint Prime 16 offered a tasting of the Imperial Stout Trooper the entire cask of beer was gone in half an hour.

So what's the Imperial Stout Trooper like? Its as black as Darth Vader and very drinkable with a taste of chocolate and coffee.

Due to its rarity, taste and Star Wars nod, this beer is a collector's item just made more valuable by Lucasfilms' legal letter.

 http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/ar ... ?aid=16276

Thanks go out to Chris at Grand Vin for the heads up.



My brother works at a local package shtore store & said that the Stout Trooper can be cellared for 5 years.  (Which should increase the value as it ages.  He said the shop owner may buy it back from me in a couple years for a really good price.  Right now he said it's going for around $50 a bottle (I paid $15 for each of the 2 I bought.)


**Sorry for the typos! Yay beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 20, 2010, 05:50:59 PM
Sorry about the size of the picture. I'll fix that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 20, 2010, 05:54:27 PM
I was in the grocery store here in Brooklyn tonight (still can't get over the fact that you can buy beer and wine in the grocery store) and I saw this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dCyWDlIZjao/TD8t-TW6l6I/AAAAAAAAAa0/C_bu4n8W17E/s1600/100_0343.jpg)

I guess Woodchuck's new thing is coming out with seasonal flavors? They had a summer brew. Anyway, it's their basic cider with a touch of vanilla. I can't decide whether I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward not. The vanilla has a cloying flavor to it that I don't think complements the cider very well, just like Im mentioned earlier with the fall brew. To be fair I am drinking it at slightly less than room temperature, so maybe if I let it get cold it will taste better.

I bought a six pack and I will definitely finish it, but I don't think I'll buy it again.

Look up 5 posts.  It's awful.

I thought you had just reviewed the fall brew and not the winter brew. I'm kind of disappointed it's not very good because I generally like unusual flavor combinations, but this is just not doing it for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 20, 2010, 07:23:06 PM
Oak aging can work for some things but very few certainly nothing juice based except for grape or grain that isn't a spirit.

And Woodchuck is always filthy tasting. Not once have I had anything made by them that wouldn't have tasted better after it passed through my kidneys a couple of times.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 20, 2010, 07:38:24 PM
Probably one of the best I've ever had is Organic Scrumpy made her in Michigan, I posted review a few pages back I think.

It's a fairly hard cider that tastes like a soft cider (so unlike any actual scrumpy I've ever tasted), it's lovely.

Not sure what Hornsbys is, I think BTA liked it, I loved Bulmers when I was in college, always had a pint of five of those in The Royal Oak (and then over to the Wickham Arms for a couple of ESBs with my pal Rupert, great days)

Then back to the digs for strawberries and champers with Julie.

I think there were lectures in there somewhere. ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 21, 2010, 03:50:01 AM
Yeah Strongbow is a good one too, as is Dry Blackthorn.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 21, 2010, 06:25:03 AM
Oh. My bad. I needed to read more closely too. I'm an idiot. :(

All I saw was "oak aged."  I think "oak aging" anything is a bad idea, but I fucking loathe whiskey, so maybe that's it.

But anyway, I feel stupid for calling you on not reading a post and then not reading yours, so I'll go shoot myself in the toe now.

Don't feel stupid, I do it all the time. And I never feel stupid. I rule.

I had a Scrumpy's last year (just haven't gone back to get more) and while I liked the taste I felt there wasn't enough alcohol for me. Not that I'm someone who can't get enough of the booze, but if I'm going to pay ten bucks a bottle I want something with a little more kick to it. If I wanted to drink apple cider I'd just go buy a jug of Ziegler's for three bucks.

I will admit that often Woodchuck is sadly lacking, but not too many places carry hard cider, even in NYC. I have to take what I can get.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 21, 2010, 06:47:15 AM
I will admit that often Woodchuck is sadly lacking, but not too many places carry hard cider, even in NYC. I have to take what I can get.
I haven't exactly been looking (and won't really have any reason to for until a week from today) but from what I can tell the only cider widely available upstate is Woodchuck. Which surprises me, apple orchards is one of the few things we have up here so you'd think there would be a bigger market for the stuff.
On the Strongbow website you can send them your information and they will send you an email of where it is distributed near you. I'm waiting on a response now. (for reference: http://www.strongbowcider.com/distribution2.php)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 21, 2010, 07:26:17 AM
Blackthorn make a perry (http://dryblackthorncider.com/sirperry_home.html) must find.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 21, 2010, 07:33:05 AM
Wow and I thought MI had horrible pricing.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 21, 2010, 08:33:33 AM
I will admit that often Woodchuck is sadly lacking, but not too many places carry hard cider, even in NYC. I have to take what I can get.
I haven't exactly been looking (and won't really have any reason to for until a week from today) but from what I can tell the only cider widely available upstate is Woodchuck. Which surprises me, apple orchards is one of the few things we have up here so you'd think there would be a bigger market for the stuff.
On the Strongbow website you can send them your information and they will send you an email of where it is distributed near you. I'm waiting on a response now. (for reference: http://www.strongbowcider.com/distribution2.php)

Thanks for this. I submitted a request.

Yeah, for some reason I can usually only find Woodchuck. Once I found Woodpecker hard cider and in one specialty store I found the Scrumpy's that Tripe was talking about, but otherwise there aren't many hard cider brands to be had here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 21, 2010, 10:53:51 AM
For some reason I can't drink Kona Brewing Company's Pipeline Porter anymore. I get a headache every time I drink it (no matter the amount) which is odd because any other beer with coffee in it I have no problems with. It's a shame, I really liked that beer.  :-\
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on October 21, 2010, 12:53:47 PM
How close are you to Kona (which, unless you live in Hawaii, wouldn't be very close)? My Dad has it in his head that that beer can only be drunk on the islands where it's 'fresh', and it's not as good elsewhere (he's a huge fan of their IPA).

Not being a drinker I have no idea if this theory holds any weight.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 21, 2010, 08:21:20 PM
I will admit that often Woodchuck is sadly lacking, but not too many places carry hard cider, even in NYC. I have to take what I can get.
I haven't exactly been looking (and won't really have any reason to for until a week from today) but from what I can tell the only cider widely available upstate is Woodchuck. Which surprises me, apple orchards is one of the few things we have up here so you'd think there would be a bigger market for the stuff.
On the Strongbow website you can send them your information and they will send you an email of where it is distributed near you. I'm waiting on a response now. (for reference: http://www.strongbowcider.com/distribution2.php)

Thanks for this. I submitted a request.

Yeah, for some reason I can usually only find Woodchuck. Once I found Woodpecker hard cider and in one specialty store I found the Scrumpy's that Tripe was talking about, but otherwise there aren't many hard cider brands to be had here.

Got a response:
Quote
Thank you for your interest in Strongbow Cider. In the Syracuse area, you will be able to find Strongbow at your local Wegmans, Galeville Grocery, or even Party Source Beverage.

I hadn't even heard of of Galeville Grocery, but after seeing  this list of beers (http://www.galeville.com/beers.htm) I may have to check it out. But seeing as I live right next to a Wegmans I might as well just go there first. Just one more week...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 22, 2010, 04:13:30 AM
I love reading all this fondness for Strongbow, you all have to visit England, if you've not, as it's on tap in almost every pub.

Though sometimes you might find Woodpecker, which is also nice.

Last night with dinner I had some Dry Blackthorn which complemented the turkey tacos admirably. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 22, 2010, 06:00:22 AM
To be fair I haven't had a chance to try it myself (6 more days...just 6 more days). I just checked the Wegmans I live next to and they've got it in stock. $10 for a 6 pack, yeesh, this had better be worth it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 22, 2010, 06:06:34 AM
I submitted a request to and heard back from Strongbow as well and they told me that it is carried in Whole Foods markets all over the city. So next week I'll pick up a six pack and give it a go.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 22, 2010, 06:09:35 AM
I just learnt that I'll have to yomp all the way out to bloody Grosse Pointe to find a perry produced in the state.

Hope it's worth it, I don't usually head out that way unless it's summer and I want ice cream from Elinosi's
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 22, 2010, 06:12:24 AM
Damn! All this talk about beer makes me want to have one for breakfast :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 22, 2010, 06:56:14 AM
Damn! All this talk about beer makes me want to have one for breakfast :P

9:52am is almost noon right?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 22, 2010, 06:59:29 AM
Damn! All this talk about beer makes me want to have one for breakfast :P

9:52am is almost noon right?
In Nova Scotia, that's close enough for them since they're an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 22, 2010, 07:19:33 AM
You know, I've never really noticed that but I have no doubt that that is exactly right.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Thrifty on October 22, 2010, 09:15:47 AM
I'm going to the Stewart rally next Saturday.  My uncle's girlfriend is chartering a bus.  There's supposed to be food and beer.  I don't normally drink, but free beer on a bus down to a political rally / comedy show is mighty tempting.  I have a creedo; I only drink one day out of the year.  I haven't done any drinking so far in 2010. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 22, 2010, 10:50:39 AM
How close are you to Kona (which, unless you live in Hawaii, wouldn't be very close)? My Dad has it in his head that that beer can only be drunk on the islands where it's 'fresh', and it's not as good elsewhere (he's a huge fan of their IPA).

Not being a drinker I have no idea if this theory holds any weight.
I live in Idaho, but I have no problem with the taste of the beer it's quite good it just hurts my head like I drank a bottle or two of wine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 24, 2010, 07:21:36 PM
Well it seems I got a chance to try Strongbow a little earlier than expected. I like it. I like it a lot. Just wish it weren't so expensive.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Conor on October 31, 2010, 06:22:15 PM
Me and Sean and Mike along with some friends just made a beer related video, thought I'd share it with you all.  It's a parody of a video Stone made a year ago:

http://www.youtube.com/v/qszwet2fz5w?hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 25, 2010, 01:37:01 PM
Blue Moon has a new winter beer this year, Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale. I like their summer ale and just regular Blue Moon, wonder how this will compare.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 28, 2010, 11:32:10 PM
Changing gears from cider a bit, I have to recommend Babayaga from Pretty Things in Cambridge MA. It's a stout smoked with rosemary and it's wonderful. Actually just about anything from the Pretty Things lineup is well worth it, especially the St. Botolph's Town and either of the Once Upon a Time series.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 29, 2010, 07:43:35 AM
Bridgeport's Ebenezer Ale - My least favorite seasonal so far this year, tastes like a hefeweizen.
Lagunitas' Brown Shugga - Quite nice and 9.999% alcohol content. I'd recommend everyone buy a six pack and drink them really fast... or nice and slow and savor the flavor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 29, 2010, 07:47:30 AM
Lagunitas' Brown Shugga - Quite nice and 9.999% alcohol content. I'd recommend everyone buy a six pack and drink them really fast... or nice and slow and savor the flavor.
Noted. And a place about 10 minutes from my apartment claims to sell Lagunitas. Perhaps I'll check it out soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 29, 2010, 08:03:10 AM
I know Sam Adams changed the label on their Winter beer (which is a shame, the last one was nice), but did they change the recipe too? Because it sucks, and I remember it being good.

Not sure.  I prefer just the plain ol' regular Sam Adams (or the Sam Adams Brick Red which is only available locally in a small number of Boston bars, but definitely worth getting if you're out here.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 29, 2010, 08:57:09 AM
No change to the ingredients or recipe, only the label. Maybe this batch just came out funky.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 30, 2010, 12:24:37 PM
My girlfriend is a huge hop-head so whenever I find (in my opinion) an amazing beer that's more on the malty side or a Bourbon Barrel Aged Samael from Avery, she tends to be somewhat indifferent. But every now and then she has a hankering for a porter or stout and goes bananas for an Anchor Porter or a Bourbon County.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on April 18, 2011, 04:23:02 PM
(http://www.nedsbeer.com/store/prodimages/BluePointToasted.gif)

The taste is similar to Yuengling, but better.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 19, 2011, 03:49:14 PM
(http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg614/scaled.php?tn=0&server=614&filename=9a3wh.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640)
I've been really digging on the Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues out of Colorado. Great beer to bring golfing or to have when you get home from a long day of work. It's a really well balanced bit of ale. Nothing fancy, just straightforward and tasty as the dickens. Hop forward then the malt comes through to smooth it out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on April 19, 2011, 05:48:07 PM
That's a great picture. It's the simple things in life, you know?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mike5150 on April 20, 2011, 05:18:37 PM
Wow! I am WAY to low class for this thread, but I will try to class it up. *ahem* My libation of choice is a delicious drink with a naughty side that just SCREAMS "HEY Y'ALL! WATCH THIS!" I find it to be a perfect after lunch drink or a good 'instead of dinner'  drink. It goes GREAT with Doritos and cigarettes. I would suggest it to anyone  ;D
     (http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/113_busch_light.jpg)

  Try it today and you will be find yourself saying things like "Hey Pat! It snowed out! Grab that rope, sled and 4 wheeler, I just had an Idea!!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 20, 2011, 05:45:06 PM
Wow! I am WAY to low class for this thread, but I will try to class it up. *ahem* My libation of choice is a delicious drink with a naughty side that just SCREAMS "HEY Y'ALL! WATCH THIS!" I find it to be a perfect after lunch drink or a good 'instead of dinner'  drink. It goes GREAT with Doritos and cigarettes. I would suggest it to anyone  ;D
     (http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/113_busch_light.jpg)

  Try it today and you will be find yourself saying things like "Hey Pat! It snowed out! Grab that rope, sled and 4 wheeler, I just had an Idea!!"
Not my style, but if you can hang with Busch Light than who am I to argue with you? Certainly not a Beer Dick.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on April 21, 2011, 07:44:50 AM
Wow! I am WAY to low class for this thread, but I will try to class it up. *ahem* My libation of choice is a delicious drink with a naughty side that just SCREAMS "HEY Y'ALL! WATCH THIS!" I find it to be a perfect after lunch drink or a good 'instead of dinner'  drink. It goes GREAT with Doritos and cigarettes. I would suggest it to anyone  ;D
     (http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/jack5150_2008/113_busch_light.jpg)

  Try it today and you will be find yourself saying things like "Hey Pat! It snowed out! Grab that rope, sled and 4 wheeler, I just had an Idea!!"

Wouldn't use it for anything but beer batter, but your post made me literally LOL, and for that sir, I raise a glass of my pricey, pretentious microbrew to you. :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 22, 2011, 10:16:32 AM
Tried Odell's 90 Schilling and Hale's Cream Ale last night and a give a HUGE thumbs up to both.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 26, 2011, 05:34:59 PM
K2 stopped by and we broke into this:

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/8abec458.jpg)

It. Was. Awesome.

I really don't care for fruity flavored beer but the cherry wasn't overpowering and was actually really nice.

Even better? A family friend gave it to me as a belated birthday gift.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on April 26, 2011, 05:47:55 PM
This!    Fireman's 4 Ale

(http://festiva.themonitor.com/files/2011/02/2011_02_23_VL_WED_Texas_Liquors_Beers_1-real-ale.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on April 26, 2011, 09:06:06 PM
K2 stopped by and we broke into this:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

It. Was. Awesome.

I really don't care for fruity flavored beer but the cherry wasn't overpowering and was actually really nice.

Even better? A family friend gave it to me as a belated birthday gift.

My friend had that once before. I gave it a try. Tasted good but was a bit too "syrupy" for me. Not really sure how else to describe it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 27, 2011, 06:17:52 AM
K2 stopped by and we broke into this:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

It. Was. Awesome.

I really don't care for fruity flavored beer but the cherry wasn't overpowering and was actually really nice.

Even better? A family friend gave it to me as a belated birthday gift.

My friend had that once before. I gave it a try. Tasted good but was a bit too "syrupy" for me. Not really sure how else to describe it.

The last little bit of it in my glass was a little like that, but it had been sitting for awhile.  I definitely will give it another go at some point.  My brother mentioned he is going to find out if aging it brings out the cherry or if it subdues it.

Speaking of which, he should really post a picture of his "beer cellar" collection.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on April 27, 2011, 06:31:09 AM
Maybe that was the issue with my taste, I imagine the bottles had been sitting around in that store for a long time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on April 27, 2011, 07:24:33 AM
Was it like a lambic?

Or a visit from Lembeck?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 28, 2011, 01:43:12 PM
I didn't find it to be much like a lambic, personally. There was only the slightest hint of tartness and the cherry seemed to actually kind of make it feel more dry. The cherry flavor was significantly lighter than I expected.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 28, 2011, 01:46:19 PM
Also a picture of my "beer cellar" will appear at some point. Probably once I figure out how to make it more photogenic.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 28, 2011, 01:48:01 PM
Hm. Ever have Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, then?
Yeh I have but I really did not care for it. Way too strong on the cherry for my taste buds. Granted this was probably 3 years ago so maybe the recipe has changed but I remember that I gave it a drain pour.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 28, 2011, 02:13:17 PM
Ah, so even less cherry then.  Okay.

Personally, I love fruit beers and lambics both.  Sweetwater brewery in Atlanta makes a wonderful blueberry ale.

(Just as a side, most fruit beers are not sugary--just fruit aromas and slight hints of taste--unlike the disgusting Berry Weiss nonsense Leinenkugels shamed themselves with.)

Lambics I'm not too high on but man do I love a flemish sour ale a la Monk's Cafe or Duchesse de Bourgogne. It really doesn't make a lot of sense since the styles are relatively similar but I think it's the oak aging that a lot of the flemish ales go through that I enjoy. Though I will say that I did like the Biere De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin so... I don't know what the deal is with my tastes, hah
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 28, 2011, 03:05:33 PM
Hm, so does it have a whiskey flavor?

Which one? The Three Philosophers? (If so, nope.)


And I'm with my brother on the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.  I found that one pretty repulsive.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2011, 07:51:02 AM
Had a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale yesterday the beer was good but reading through the label may have been slightly more enjoyable. Quite funny. Also had a Big Sky Double IPA which was surprisingly not as hoppy as I imagined it would be.

Here's what it says on the label for the Self-Righteous Ale.
Quote
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

We're brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self-righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it --- Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale --- serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form.

We're certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we're simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When you're good, you're good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this ale is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn't last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn't be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 29, 2011, 06:08:30 PM
The wife actually dun good at Costco today :o

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2011, 08:12:15 PM
Drinking Rogue Dead Guy Ale, so expensive but worth it in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2011, 08:21:44 PM
I wanted to get some Sweetwater Blue at the store, but realized I couldn't really afford it.

What do you guys pay for a sixer of good microbeer? Cos here's it's $9-10.
Average here in Boise is about the $8 for decent beer, but the Dead Guy Ale was a little over $12.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on April 29, 2011, 09:03:49 PM
I wanted to get some Sweetwater Blue at the store, but realized I couldn't really afford it.

What do you guys pay for a sixer of good microbeer? Cos here's it's $9-10.
Average here in Boise is about the $8 for decent beer, but the Dead Guy Ale was a little over $12.
Yea, I had a 22oz that was around $7, I think. Maybe more.
I think most 6 packs are slightly more expensive here, at least where I buy them. Dream Weaver is $13, and any Lagunitas tends to run around $15+
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 30, 2011, 09:42:48 AM
I wanted to get some Sweetwater Blue at the store, but realized I couldn't really afford it.

What do you guys pay for a sixer of good microbeer? Cos here's it's $9-10.
Where I work we tend to range from about $9 for a 6 of the standards from Anchor, Sierra Nevada, etc, to about $13-14 for something from Anderson Valley or Lagunitas. Our 22's go anywhere from $4 to $20. Though there are only 4 or 5 22's in the $20 range, most are under 14. It's just the Allagash barrel series, Jolly Pumpkin and the Weyerbacher Reserva that get close to $20.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 30, 2011, 09:51:44 AM
Damn, at the Fred Meyer down the road from me Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Widmer Bros., etc... is around $7-8 for a 6 pack, Lagunitas is usually ranging from $9-10 for a six pack. 22oz. bottles of stuff like Lagunitas and Ninkasi is around $3.50-4 and Stone Brewing Co. 22oz. are about $4.69 or so. Didn't realize we had it cheap in these parts.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on April 30, 2011, 04:52:00 PM
Damn, at the Fred Meyer down the road from me Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Widmer Bros., etc... is around $7-8 for a 6 pack
Speaking of Sierra Nevada:
http://www.beer-universe.com/beer-education-article/2011-04-30/Sierra-Nevada-Expanding-Operations-to-East-Coast/

They're already only $8 a six pack here as well (though I think that's just because they're on sale at Wegmans) which is cheaper than Blue Moon. For reference, I live on the east coast, so I wonder how much cheaper it can get.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 03, 2011, 03:58:55 PM
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Here's a blurry picture of what I have in my beer cellar. I have multiples of a lot of them, too.

Top row, L-R: Anchor Merry Christmas, Anchor Old Foghorn, North Coast Old Rasputin, Founders KBS, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Avery Mephistopheles, Harpoon Triticus, Trappistes Rochefort 6 and Thomas Hardy's Ale.

2nd row, L-R: Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Lagunitas Gnarlywine, Pretty Things Babayaga, Pretty Things Our Finest Regard, Firestone Walker Abacus, Widmer Bros Barrel Aged Brrrbon, Stone Old Guardian Belgo, Stone Old Guardian, Berkshire Holidale, Sam Smith Stingo.

3rd row, L-R: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Goose Island Night Stalker, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Left Hand Wake Up Dead, Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale, Smuttynose Imperial Stout, Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Bottom row, L-R: Arcadia Cereal Killer, New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper, Gouden Carolus Classic, Allagash Odyssey, Allagash Curieux, Chimay Grande Reserve, Ovila Dubbel, Newport Storm '10, Anderson Valley Brother David Tripel.

So seeing it all spread out like that makes me feel like I should really start buying things other than beer...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 03, 2011, 08:18:48 PM
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Bell's Oberon.

My favorite seasonal wheat. Just a hint of citrus, not nearly as prevalent in that regard as say Sam Adams Summer Ale. Brewed in my home state of Michigan, with Bell's being a relatively well known small brewery in that area, I was surprised to find a store that sold it in the panhandle of Florida. Must say that it doesn't get much better than enjoying a warm Florida sunset with an Oberon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 04, 2011, 03:54:34 AM
You definitely enjoy a few styles of beer I won't touch--doppelbocks and chimay, for example.
I also really like IPA's and pales. There's quite a few of each, along with a few brown ales, red ales and I think a couple wheat beers in my fridge. I just don't cellar any of those because age is not kind to them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 09, 2011, 03:19:08 AM
If anyone lives relatively near Cape Cod, my shop is having a beer event this coming Saturday (5.14) from noon to 3p. Brewers and reps from Cape Cod Beer, Mayflower Brewing, Cisco Brewing, Offshore Ales, Blue Hills Brewing, Newport Storm and Pretty Things will be pouring samples and giving away free stuff. Pretty Things is also providing a DJ. It should be an awesome time and everyone is welcome. Also it's free.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2011, 07:18:34 AM
If anyone lives relatively near Cape Cod, my shop is having a beer event this coming Saturday (5.14) from noon to 3p. Brewers and reps from Cape Cod Beer, Mayflower Brewing, Cisco Brewing, Offshore Ales, Blue Hills Brewing, Newport Storm and Pretty Things will be pouring samples and giving away free stuff. Pretty Things is also providing a DJ. It should be an awesome time and everyone is welcome. Also it's free.
So here's a thing, since you're on the east coast and you might be in a market that has this, do you carry Rekorderlig Cider at all? If so I can try to find somebody who can go in there when next they are in that area and get some then bring it back to my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 09, 2011, 07:22:01 AM
If anyone lives relatively near Cape Cod, my shop is having a beer event this coming Saturday (5.14) from noon to 3p. Brewers and reps from Cape Cod Beer, Mayflower Brewing, Cisco Brewing, Offshore Ales, Blue Hills Brewing, Newport Storm and Pretty Things will be pouring samples and giving away free stuff. Pretty Things is also providing a DJ. It should be an awesome time and everyone is welcome. Also it's free.
So here's a thing, since you're on the east coast and you might be in a market that has this, do you carry Rekorderlig Cider at all? If so I can try to find somebody who can go in there when next they are in that area and get some then bring it back to my neck of the woods.

Drive out here yourself jerk! Come hang out!   ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2011, 07:22:52 AM
If anyone lives relatively near Cape Cod, my shop is having a beer event this coming Saturday (5.14) from noon to 3p. Brewers and reps from Cape Cod Beer, Mayflower Brewing, Cisco Brewing, Offshore Ales, Blue Hills Brewing, Newport Storm and Pretty Things will be pouring samples and giving away free stuff. Pretty Things is also providing a DJ. It should be an awesome time and everyone is welcome. Also it's free.
So here's a thing, since you're on the east coast and you might be in a market that has this, do you carry Rekorderlig Cider at all? If so I can try to find somebody who can go in there when next they are in that area and get some then bring it back to my neck of the woods.

Drive out here yourself jerk! Come hang out!   ;)

You know I possibly could, I'll think about it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 09, 2011, 04:43:20 PM
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I think my boss likes me... This was waiting for me when I went in today.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 09, 2011, 05:22:06 PM
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I think my boss likes me... This was waiting for me when I went in today.
I asked about that at my local beer market and apparently Russian River Brewing Co. doesn't want to sell in Idaho.  :( So I'll have to enjoy Pliny if I happen to find it out-of-state.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on May 09, 2011, 05:58:51 PM
I like Sierra Nevada.  They're a good solid beer.  I don't usually pick them unless I'm on a budget or nothing else sounds good, but I'm rarely sorry that I did.

Really good Pale Ale
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 09, 2011, 06:18:53 PM
I like Sierra Nevada.  They're a good solid beer.  I don't usually pick them unless I'm on a budget or nothing else sounds good, but I'm rarely sorry that I did.

Really good Pale Ale
I think that beer eased me in to enjoying IPAs. It was hoppy which usually I hated but worked pretty well for that particular beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2011, 06:32:12 PM
I love IPA's generally, only ever had a bad one but I think I blocked the name out of my memory, it was a local one and it was horrendous.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 09, 2011, 06:47:21 PM
I've never actually had an IPA ever. Where is a good place to start?

As for Sierra Nevada, I've only ever had their wheat beer, whatever it is called. It was damn good though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 10, 2011, 03:58:29 AM
So here's a thing, since you're on the east coast and you might be in a market that has this, do you carry Rekorderlig Cider at all? If so I can try to find somebody who can go in there when next they are in that area and get some then bring it back to my neck of the woods.
I can tell you that we don't have any in stock at the moment but what I can do is see about getting in a special order of it. Do you just want one bottle or more than that?

I asked about that at my local beer market and apparently Russian River Brewing Co. doesn't want to sell in Idaho.  :( So I'll have to enjoy Pliny if I happen to find it out-of-state.
They don't sell out here either, which stinks. One of my boss' friends just got back from a cross country road trip and brought back all kinds of goodies that we can't get in MA.

Hm, the only microbrewery I can think of that routinely sucks balls is Magic Hat.  I've -never- had anything good by them, so I stopped after about my 4th variety.
I keep trying to like Magic Hat because they're kind of local but man, I just have not enjoyed their products. I went on a tour of their brewery this past fall and the people working at the tasting area were terrible. They completely ignored me and my girlfriend to the point where we actually ended up helping ourselves at the taps. Short pours all around there because nothing we tried was good.

I've never actually had an IPA ever. Where is a good place to start?
I think a good one to start on is the Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point. That's the IPA that got me back into the style after I had gotten tired of it and switched to malty beers for about a year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 10, 2011, 05:53:59 AM
So here's a thing, since you're on the east coast and you might be in a market that has this, do you carry Rekorderlig Cider at all? If so I can try to find somebody who can go in there when next they are in that area and get some then bring it back to my neck of the woods.
I can tell you that we don't have any in stock at the moment but what I can do is see about getting in a special order of it. Do you just want one bottle or more than that?
Well a couple of whatever it generally comes in (6-pack 4-pack that sort of thing) at least. I'm not sure if it's avaliable in your market, it doesn;t seem to be in Detroit which is a shame. Their Pear is lovely.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on May 10, 2011, 07:54:57 AM
Hm, the only microbrewery I can think of that routinely sucks balls is Magic Hat.  I've -never- had anything good by them, so I stopped after about my 4th variety.

I can't think of a bad IPA I've had.

I brewed a really rank one once.   I was experimenting with dry hopping, got carried away, and the resulting 48 pints tasted like lawn.   >:(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 10, 2011, 08:50:47 AM
Hm, the only microbrewery I can think of that routinely sucks balls is Magic Hat.  I've -never- had anything good by them, so I stopped after about my 4th variety.

I can't think of a bad IPA I've had.

I brewed a really rank one once.   I was experimenting with dry hopping, got carried away, and the resulting 48 pints tasted like lawn.   >:(

"Tasted like lawn" made me actually laugh out loud. People are staring.  Ok back to work. Nothing to see here people!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 10, 2011, 08:52:14 AM
One of my boss' friends just got back from a cross country road trip and brought back all kinds of goodies that we can't get in MA.


Did he bring back anything from New Belgium? I could really go for some Blue Paddle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 10, 2011, 09:09:56 AM
Re: Magic hat...one wonders how they stay in business? I've never heard anyone say anything good about them.

I've had a few Magic Number 9's on tap here and there if I was in the mood for summer beer and was at a bar that didn't serve Oberon... Not a favorite, but I don't find it offensive by any means. Although I think this one lives and dies with how popular it is at any given bar... a few times it was a nice mix of slightly fruity and slightly bitter... and other times it was something closer to shit... I blame that on kegs rotting in the cooler and or lines that don't get regularly used/cleaned.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 10, 2011, 09:25:41 AM
I was able to enjoy some of my favorite "mass produced" beer while on vacation: Yuengling Traditional Lager. Unfortunately it isn't distributed in Michigan, so I always have to get it when I'm out of state. More of a workaday beer than anything else, or something you get if you are stuck at an Applebee's and are staring down a shit selection... But still, it's miles better than just about anything else you can get in 12 pack form at a Wal-Mart. I guess these compliments aren't really saying much... but yea... Yuengling would be my cheap beer of choice if I could regularly get it. Better in cans or on tap, for whatever reason not nearly as satisfying in bottle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 10, 2011, 09:56:17 AM
After a long day of yard work and/or various honeydew tasks around the house...  nothing hits the spot better then running down to the corner store and picking up a sixer of ice cold PBR.. altho I'll often substitute Budweiser or Labatt Blue as PBR isn't always as available at my local corner store. In certain situations, cheap beer just works better than almost anything else for cold refreshment purposes on a hot day.

And yea Imrahil... I think most of us have been slumming around here long enough to know that you aren't hip. How's that for a back handed compliment?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 10, 2011, 09:57:59 AM
I'm sure it'll get me labeled a "hipster" (which couldn't be further from the truth), but I really like PBR as a "cheap" beer of choice. I won't really drink bud or miller products if I can help it, though I guess I have Leinies on occasion.
I think it takes a few more elements, though it does amuse me to see that's what they drink in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 10, 2011, 10:38:02 AM
I've never actually had an IPA ever. Where is a good place to start?
I think a good one to start on is the Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point. That's the IPA that got me back into the style after I had gotten tired of it and switched to malty beers for about a year.
I'll look for that, but I'm not sure I've ever seen it. Any alternatives that may be more widely available?


As for the whole Yuengling and PBR talk, I completely agree with everything said (except the can thing for Yuengling, haven't had it in a can). PBR is mostly what I'll drink if I'm at a bar, saves me a whole lot. Sometimes I'll be browsing the beer section at Wegmans, get overwhelmed by the selection and just get Yuengling. It's actually what I was drinking last night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 10, 2011, 10:41:23 AM
Stone IPA although expensive is my favorite IPA. Went out for a bit on Cinco De Mayo and had the New Belgium Ranger IPA on tap and really enjoyed it. Going to have to try the bottled variety and see if it's just as enjoyable, sometimes there's quite a difference between bottles and beers on tap for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 10, 2011, 10:44:17 AM
Now that I know is available, see it all the time. They actually keep it next to Dead Guy Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 10, 2011, 10:58:51 AM
Now that I know is available, see it all the time. They actually keep it next to Dead Guy Ale.
Stone IPA tastes similar to Dead Guy Ale to me, maybe that's why I like it so much.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 10, 2011, 02:04:18 PM
Did he bring back anything from New Belgium? I could really go for some Blue Paddle.
He brought back the Ranger IPA (speaking of) from New Belgium. I could probably procure some Blue Paddle but it might take me a little while.

As far as other IPA suggestions I'd have to agree that Stone makes a lovely product as does Victory with their Hop Devil. If you can find it the Racer 5 from Bear Republic is really good too.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 10, 2011, 05:19:15 PM
Hop Devil is another one I'm positive is sold around here, along with a few other Victory beers (Golden Monkey for one).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 12, 2011, 03:36:59 PM
Stopped at Wegmans on my way home, and it turns out there was a beer sampling set up. It was just Saranac varieties, but they had their IPA so I tried that. So far my IPA experiences have been pleasant. Also had their Belgian White, that was pretty meh.   

If you can find it the Racer 5 from Bear Republic is really good too.
Turns out I can! Grabbed a six pack, but it probably won't be sufficiently cold before I need to get some sleep. Didn't see any of the others mentioned besides Stone, but I know Hop Devil is available somewhere around here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 17, 2011, 03:37:51 PM
Beer: It's what's for dinner!
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on May 17, 2011, 04:02:47 PM

Can I have one from the right, please?

I've got a couple of bottles of Captial Brewery's Wisconsin Amber waiting for me later on. Late-night Brewer game, yes!



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 17, 2011, 04:10:36 PM

Can I have one from the right, please?

Sure! Come on over! Wakefield is pitching tonight.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on May 17, 2011, 04:39:13 PM

Hey, we play you punks in a month!  :)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 17, 2011, 04:40:03 PM
Nevermind. Game ppd
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on May 17, 2011, 04:45:48 PM

What I learned last night from Vin Scully is that the Dodgers have had only 17 rainouts since the organization moved to Los Angeles. That's amazing.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 29, 2011, 10:31:27 AM
What are folks drinking this weekend? My main beer is Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues and there's a Pliny the Elder and a couple imperial stouts in the lineup as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 29, 2011, 12:11:41 PM
I bought a twelve-pack of New Belgium Ranger IPA on Friday and have 4 left. Good stuff and somewhat inexpensive for beer prices around these parts.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 29, 2011, 12:12:01 PM
I haven't decided what I'm drinking on my one night and morning off of work yet. I typically just grab a random beer from Wegmans, which has led to some great finds (specifically Blue Point's Toasted Lager).
I do still have one Racer 5 left, along with a Pale Moon left over from a sampler from a while back.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 29, 2011, 08:19:14 PM
Tried this with diner on Friday and Saturday:

(http://www.thepublican.com/Pictures/web/t/u/l/Magners_Pear_PintBottle.jpg)

Wasn't terrible, but wasn't terribly great either, I was hoping for a better expression of the fruit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on May 30, 2011, 04:18:57 PM
Made myself a sampler at Wegmans, plus the two previously mentioned leftovers

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on May 30, 2011, 05:24:10 PM
I drank a bunch of shitty italian beer (kind of redundant, I know) on Friday and...well, I'm not drinking anything again for awhile.

Been there, done that!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 30, 2011, 07:46:03 PM
LOVE the Racer 5. Fantastic IPA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 07, 2011, 12:39:04 PM
My beautiful girlfriend and I split the Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary ale last night. Holy crap was it good. It's a blend of a bunch of their barrel aged beers. Lots of caramel, toffee and toasted oak flavors. If you see it (and like barleywine style beers) pick it up and let me know if you like it too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 08, 2011, 06:00:40 PM
I had a PBR while painting the new house tonight.  It was...PBR-y.
Have you had the Imperial PBR? Aged in port barrels and strained through Stumptown Coffee beans, served with a quail egg garnish? I'd say it's better than the Russian Imperial 'Gansett.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on June 08, 2011, 06:15:43 PM
I had a PBR while painting the new house tonight.  It was...PBR-y.
Have you had the Imperial PBR? Aged in port barrels and strained through Stumptown Coffee beans, served with a quail egg garnish? I'd say it's better than the Russian Imperial 'Gansett.

Well, it's no Buckhorn... 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 08, 2011, 07:26:29 PM
I had a PBR while painting the new house tonight.  It was...PBR-y.
Have you had the Imperial PBR? Aged in port barrels and strained through Stumptown Coffee beans, served with a quail egg garnish? I'd say it's better than the Russian Imperial 'Gansett.

Have you had a warm Pabst served with a side of runny crow eggs cooked over Sterno? It's like being on the lam with Coleman Francis.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on June 08, 2011, 07:37:05 PM
I had a PBR while painting the new house tonight.  It was...PBR-y.
Have you had the Imperial PBR? Aged in port barrels and strained through Stumptown Coffee beans, served with a quail egg garnish? I'd say it's better than the Russian Imperial 'Gansett.

Have you had a warm Pabst served with a side of runny crow eggs cooked over Sterno? It's like being on the lam with Coleman Francis.

 :D :D :D :clap:

Think I'm gonna crack open my Stone Double Bastard tonight... It's a big beer. Should be interesting.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on June 10, 2011, 03:16:29 PM
LOVE the Racer 5. Fantastic IPA.
I just found 22oz bottle around here too. I liked it just fine so I may grab one of those once in a while. Of all the beers in the picture the winner (for me) is Full Sail Amber Ale. Though I haven't actually gotten around to the UFO yet.
And I actually didn't like the Stone IPA. Maybe it was just that bottle, but I didn't even bother to finish it. Same with the Flying Dog Amber Lager, which I found to be just awful.
So I recommend giving Full Sail a try. I'll have to pick up their IPA at some point soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 10, 2011, 04:32:22 PM

And I actually didn't like the Stone IPA.

I didn't care for their Pale Ale (the Gargoyle) either.  I think I still have 3 left from the 6 pack I bought.

I also struck out on the 4 pack of Three Philosophers.  It was old bottles which completely ruined the flavor.  I noticed afterwards that the bottle K2 and I enjoyed was a 2010, but these were 2009.   :P  HOWEVER, I did make a really nice marinate for some chicken I cooked up with it.  That turned out real well, so I'm saving the remaining 2 bottles for the next 2 rounds of grillin'.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 10, 2011, 04:42:29 PM
LOVE the Racer 5. Fantastic IPA.
I just found 22oz bottle around here too. I liked it just fine so I may grab one of those once in a while. Of all the beers in the picture the winner (for me) is Full Sail Amber Ale. Though I haven't actually gotten around to the UFO yet.
And I actually didn't like the Stone IPA. Maybe it was just that bottle, but I didn't even bother to finish it. Same with the Flying Dog Amber Lager, which I found to be just awful.
So I recommend giving Full Sail a try. I'll have to pick up their IPA at some point soon.

I would recommend Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA as well. And for the fans of big imperial IPA's, get Ballast Point's Sculpin. Hoo Lordi (yep the band) is that a fine brew.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 11, 2011, 03:45:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/uNQa5HCUYCQ?version=3
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on June 12, 2011, 09:55:08 AM
Just found Adult Chocolate Milk at my local liquor store! Plan on giving it a try tomorrow night, my usual drinking night.

And yes, I know it's not a beer, but this is the most fitting active thread, besides the Woooo! one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 12, 2011, 10:32:59 AM
I think the Woooooo thread was where I posted about it awhile back. I agree that either one works.

K2 any chance of your shop getting some if Matt gives it a good review?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on June 12, 2011, 10:53:15 AM
The cashier at the liquor store may have said they just got it in last week. I wasn't really paying attention so I may have misheard him. So the reason you couldn't find it yet could be because they just started shipping it to more places (which could also explain why you can't order from the website anymore).

And if you still can't find it and K2 can't get it in his shop either, I could always send you a bottle. What are the laws on mailing alcohol again?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 12, 2011, 12:30:15 PM
The cashier at the liquor store may have said they just got it in last week. I wasn't really paying attention so I may have misheard him. So the reason you couldn't find it yet could be because they just started shipping it to more places (which could also explain why you can't order from the website anymore).

And if you still can't find it and K2 can't get it in his shop either, I could always send you a bottle. What are the laws on mailing alcohol again?
We can special order a case (assuming it's available in MA), I'm just not sure when it would come in. In regards to mailing alcohol, big no-no in MA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 12, 2011, 12:51:54 PM
Well NY isn't all that far. Maybe I can find a reason to escape... Err... I mean take a road trip for some reason.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 12, 2011, 09:48:24 PM
I just found out that if you drink enough New Belgium IPAs you will no longer be sober.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 13, 2011, 01:47:54 PM
I just found out that if you drink enough New Belgium IPAs you will no longer be sober.
This is a curious discovery. Since it is my birthday, I shall have to investigate this claim further. However, because New Belgium will not ship to MA, I will have to substitute Dale's Pale Ale. Commence investigation!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 13, 2011, 02:31:41 PM
I just found out that if you drink enough New Belgium IPAs you will no longer be sober.
This is a curious discovery. Since it is my birthday, I shall have to investigate this claim further. However, because New Belgium will not ship to MA, I will have to substitute Dale's Pale Ale. Commence investigation!

I wish New Belgium would ship to MA.  Thems is tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 13, 2011, 02:40:36 PM
I just found out that if you drink enough New Belgium IPAs you will no longer be sober.
This is a curious discovery. Since it is my birthday, I shall have to investigate this claim further.

Curious indeed. The logic would appear to be infallible. Yet one question remains: would it fit on a trucker hat?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on June 14, 2011, 10:08:36 AM
A quick review of Adult Chocolate Milk: it's like chocolate milk, mixed with vodka, minus the curdling. Very creamy, and it actually does taste like chocolate milk instead of chocolate drink (like Yoohoo), which was a major surprise. I found that I got the alcohol taste first, followed by the chocolate. My brother had the opposite experience though.
I recommend giving it a try if you can find it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 02, 2011, 06:37:50 AM
Hey K2, I've got a couple Stone Pale Ale's I might bring down today.  I don't care for the Gargoyle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 02, 2011, 11:17:05 AM
Sounds good to me. I"ll trade you the 2 'Gansetts I have left. Though I do have to run to the shop right now....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 03, 2011, 08:58:07 PM
Picked up some Session Black Lager. Hoping that Full Sail can go four for four with beers I enjoy. Love their Amber ale, their IPA is rather good, and they make the first pale ale I've liked. Wish I could find their limited releases, during the winter they make a Wassail  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 03, 2011, 11:41:32 PM
Success! It's got a nice chocoate flavor. Even the girls I'm hanging out with that don't like beer didn't mind it..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 04, 2011, 09:50:08 AM
Success! It's got a nice chocoate flavor. Even the girls I'm hanging out with that don't like beer didn't mind it..
I'll have to check it out. I've been eye-ing the 12 packs at the shop but haven't been able to convince myself to buy one yet. I've had plenty of black ales but I don't think I've had a black lager yet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 04, 2011, 09:57:03 AM
I like A&W root beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 04, 2011, 10:12:12 AM
Success! It's got a nice chocoate flavor. Even the girls I'm hanging out with that don't like beer didn't mind it..
I'll have to check it out. I've been eye-ing the 12 packs at the shop but haven't been able to convince myself to buy one yet. I've had plenty of black ales but I don't think I've had a black lager yet.
It's very drinkable, as in the flavor isn't so strong that you get sick of them after a few. I wanted to buy the regular lager too, but the Wegmans I went to was sold out.

I had a bottle of Duvel last night. Damn good, and a bit sneaky with its 8.5% abv. Never would have known it was that high had I not checked the bottle
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 04, 2011, 10:22:29 AM
I like A&W root beer.

I loves me A&W root beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 04, 2011, 11:54:57 AM

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Yes, quoting a nearly 2 year old post since it backs up my new found love of Full Sail beers. Also it's a pretty fun chart.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2011, 12:00:16 PM
Hmm.. A&W root beer and Tequila..
I might be conducting an experiment in the near future.. :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on July 04, 2011, 12:04:22 PM
You could put some tequila in this:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5111/5902202504_1e8cb59a04.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 06, 2011, 03:17:25 PM
I found some Adult Chocolate Milk in the store around the corner from where the kids have daycare! *clicks high five emoticon button & then remembers they aren't working*

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2011, 03:39:49 PM
You could put some tequila in this:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5111/5902202504_1e8cb59a04.jpg)
Just now seeing this.. :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 06, 2011, 04:50:17 PM
I found some Adult Chocolate Milk in the store around the corner from where the kids have daycare! *clicks high five emoticon button & then remembers they aren't working*


:highfive:

Interested to know what you think of it. A friend of mine posted a picture of it on facebook recently. Apparently it's becoming much more widely available.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on July 06, 2011, 04:53:58 PM
You could put some tequila in this:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5111/5902202504_1e8cb59a04.jpg)
Just now seeing this.. :speechless:

My co-worker saw my design on facebook and asked me if she could make a flask out of it.  I said, "Yeah, are you kidding me!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2011, 05:45:55 PM
Ssooo.. You gonna have her make another and ship it to me?? :scared:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on July 06, 2011, 06:16:16 PM
Ssooo.. You gonna have her make another and ship it to me?? :scared:

She said I can buy it for 10 bucks.  She's gotta glaze the pot and then fire it in her kiln.  We'll see how it turns out.  She asked me for permission to use the design in the future for more flasks.  She sells them at renaissance faires.  I laughed and told her please do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 06, 2011, 06:17:05 PM
I found some Adult Chocolate Milk in the store around the corner from where the kids have daycare! *clicks high five emoticon button & then remembers they aren't working*


:highfive:

Interested to know what you think of it. A friend of mine posted a picture of it on facebook recently. Apparently it's becoming much more widely available.

Holy crap. Probably shouldn't have made such a huge glass of it. It's good but wowzers is it strong. (20%) I see a hangover in my future... Good thing I'm not working tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: anais.jude on July 06, 2011, 06:19:30 PM
Ssooo.. You gonna have her make another and ship it to me?? :scared:

She said I can buy it for 10 bucks.  She's gotta glaze the pot and then fire it in her kiln.  We'll see how it turns out.  She asked me for permission to use the design in the future for more flasks.  She sells them at renaissance faires.  I laughed and told her please do.


Look, I know RVR was the inspiration for the photoshop, but had I not asked for you to draw a butterfly (which you still haven't done) There would be no RVRerfly
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 06, 2011, 06:26:15 PM
Ssooo.. You gonna have her make another and ship it to me?? :scared:

She said I can buy it for 10 bucks.  She's gotta glaze the pot and then fire it in her kiln.  We'll see how it turns out.  She asked me for permission to use the design in the future for more flasks.  She sells them at renaissance faires.  I laughed and told her please do.


Look, I know RVR was the inspiration for the photoshop, but had I not asked for you to draw a butterfly (which you still haven't done) There would be no RVRerfly
Oh Crap! a RVRenassancefly?! :scared:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 06, 2011, 06:54:33 PM
This kinda reminds me of coffee ice cream. Coffee ice cream that will leave you passed out on the floor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on July 07, 2011, 08:40:41 AM
This kinda reminds me of coffee ice cream. Coffee ice cream that will leave you passed out on the floor.
Yea, it's a bit of a dangerous beverage. I've been saving mine so everyone that was interested can get a taste so I haven't had any trouble with it...yet.


Found some of the regular Session lager. It's okay. Nothing special really, I'd say it tastes similar to Yuengling but a bit lighter. Nowhere near as good as the Session dark lager.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 08, 2011, 03:55:00 AM
Our store was allotted a lone four pack of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA. So rather than causing problems by charging $20+ for a single 12 oz bottle like most stores are doing, he just said "4 beers, 4 employees, done." I will be trying this for the first time this weekend and I will report back.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 09, 2011, 06:36:20 AM
Our store was allotted a lone four pack of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA. So rather than causing problems by charging $20+ for a single 12 oz bottle like most stores are doing, he just said "4 beers, 4 employees, done." I will be trying this for the first time this weekend and I will report back.
Woooow, $20 for one bottle? I bought a 4 pack of the 90 minute IPA for $10 last year when I was in Seattle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 09, 2011, 07:40:49 AM
Yeh, that's about what we charge for the 90 min. The issue is that this year's batch of 120 minute kept failing to meet Dogfish Head's standards so it took 4 attempts and a hell of a lot of wasted beer for them to get it right. Also the batch they got right was smaller (so I've been told) so there's a lot less of it to go around. The demand for it is usually fairly high, like the World Wide Stout but with all the delays and now the scarcity, stores are marking it up like crazy. Our policy is to charge our usual markup on it and the only reason the price would go up would be if we had to pay more to get it. But since we only have 4 bottles we didn't want to start a feeding frenzy. Also 3 of the 4 employees have never had it before.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 10, 2011, 09:19:14 AM
Had the 120 last night and really really liked it. It almost doesn't even taste like an IPA. Lots of great hop flavors ranging from citrus to pine to grassy. The smell is pretty boozy though. Glad I split it with my beautiful girlfriend because I think I would have had a hard time getting through the whole bottle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 11, 2011, 01:22:03 PM
Heeeeyyyyyyyy.... Who put Adult Chocolate Milk in my coffee???
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 05, 2011, 04:39:57 PM
(http://izismile.com/img/img3/20101025/1000/monday_gif_selection_26.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on August 05, 2011, 04:42:42 PM
(http://izismile.com/img/img3/20101025/1000/monday_gif_selection_26.gif)
:clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on August 13, 2011, 09:50:31 AM
Got bored due to a lack of attendance at my beer tasting last night so I decided to start mixing brews. Equal parts Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout and Crispin Lansdowne Cider. Sometimes boredom leads to delightful results.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 13, 2011, 10:04:38 AM
Cool, Gourmet Snakebite.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 21, 2011, 06:18:12 PM
Just made an A&W Root Beer float with some Adult Chocolate Milk in it.

Holy crap. Guys. Do this.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 21, 2011, 06:43:32 PM
Just made an A&W Root Beer float with some Adult Chocolate Milk in it.

Holy crap. Guys. Do this.
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/ORLY_Mexican.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 21, 2011, 06:47:15 PM
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRyu9JFmIRCKZUojV5p2EZm7QAq_0856IFq6_dgheim7SVw0g9k1A)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 22, 2011, 05:27:19 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/K-Rs6YEZAt8
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2011, 06:07:12 AM
You know, I like Sapparo I do, but that ad just makes me think it's boring.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 25, 2011, 03:15:33 PM
On a beer run in Seattle I spotted this and thought it was probably the best name for a beer I'd ever seen.
(http://i.imgur.com/9aK1hl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2011, 03:18:07 PM
It's just going to taste like Bonnie Tyler though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on August 25, 2011, 04:01:18 PM
We have picked an Irish Pale Ale as the FIRST beer out of the shoot for homebrew Houston style.   

Jesse Pinkman and I will be checking on the equipment (that has not been used in 11 years) to ensure it is still all good, will order supplies and will fire up the cook in mid-October.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2011, 04:07:05 PM
Did you ever use that label I designed? Because I think I could redo it now I actually have a better grasp of gimp :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on August 25, 2011, 05:37:53 PM
Did you ever use that label I designed? Because I think I could redo it now I actually have a better grasp of gimp :)

Have not brewed so have not used it.   

Not sure what I will do about the labels.....gotta think about it some.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 26, 2011, 05:15:34 AM
Look what my brother passed along!

(http://beernews.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Voodoo-Doughnut-Bacon-Maple-Porter-bj.png)

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Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Porter: To be released in 750s. Made with maple syrup, apple-smoked bacon and vanilla beans. One thing that we’ve learned about maple bacon beers is that they are either a home run swing or bad miss. Goose Island Maple Bacon Stout apparently didn’t turn out that great while Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Porter has been one of the buzz beers of 2011.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 26, 2011, 09:52:58 AM
Labatt Blue Light Lime tastes just like Bud Light Lime! Nice!! :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on August 26, 2011, 11:37:45 AM
Inventory check complete....... mostly good news.

For some reason, all my spare tubing was all covered with a sticky substance (must have degraded over the past 11 years?) and I had to get a new supply of tubing, some additions chemicals like irish moss and polyclar (to used in brewing and secondary fermentation for clarifying the beer) and racking canes, but mostly everything else was in good shape!

Course, now I have to find a cheap fridge at best buy for brewing........
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on August 29, 2011, 05:58:31 PM
Drove all around my city looking for the elusive Dogfish Head 120 IPA, no luck. However I did find three of the limited releases by Full Sail: an amber lager, Wassail, and Imperial Porter. Tried them all and have still yet to find a bad beer by them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on August 30, 2011, 07:37:02 PM
Drove all around my city looking for the elusive Dogfish Head 120 IPA, no luck. However I did find three of the limited releases by Full Sail: an amber lager, Wassail, and Imperial Porter. Tried them all and have still yet to find a bad beer by them.
My shop was allocated a single 4 pack of the 120 Minute. I guess our rep got 1 case for Southeastern MA. As for Full Sail, I just picked up their Hop Pursuit and Elevation today. I've really liked what I've had from them though I don't think I'd put any of their beers on my top 10 all time beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on August 31, 2011, 06:59:41 AM
Drove all around my city looking for the elusive Dogfish Head 120 IPA, no luck. However I did find three of the limited releases by Full Sail: an amber lager, Wassail, and Imperial Porter. Tried them all and have still yet to find a bad beer by them.
My shop was allocated a single 4 pack of the 120 Minute. I guess our rep got 1 case for Southeastern MA. As for Full Sail, I just picked up their Hop Pursuit and Elevation today. I've really liked what I've had from them though I don't think I'd put any of their beers on my top 10 all time beers.
I think I'm drawn to their "drinkability". There's a lot of beers that while I do like them I can only have one or two at a time before I get sick of them (90 Min IPA and Racer 5 have been the biggest offenders). Hasn't happened with anything by FS yet though.

I remembered hearing about the 120 being in short supply from you, but read somewhere else that it should be back out by the end of the year. Figured I might as well take a look since I had a rare day of not being at work. I found something else that sounded interesting, Rogue's Double Dead Guy Ale. Hoping to get into that later today.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 01, 2011, 05:14:18 PM
So how much does PBR cost? About a dollar a pop right, something like that, it's been a while since I bought it.

Not in China, there (at least according to Foreign Policy) it's around $45 a bottle and it looks like this

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/pabst1.jpg)

I wonder if it's just normal PBR or if they do something slightly different.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 10, 2011, 07:54:31 PM
Going to shoot some after-hours pool at KBrennan's shop.  Beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on September 14, 2011, 12:25:18 PM
I just got a 6-pack of Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA.  I like my IPAs really crisp.  This one has more of a barley aftertaste than I normally like, but it isn't too bad actually.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 14, 2011, 03:17:24 PM
Going to shoot some after-hours pool at KBrennan's shop.  Beer!

Started things off with some chocolate liqueur. (Name escapes me, but it was really good.  Although kinda like drinking chocolate syrup.)

This was pretty good.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

As was this:
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Cool clock:
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This was not cheap. Also, I don't like whiskey. But I liked this. So maybe I only like pricey whiskey?
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Then it was time for some Mad Elf:
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 14, 2011, 03:27:52 PM
Old Peculier is fantastic
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 04:15:02 PM
I am currently drinking a bottle of McKenzie's hard cider. Can't decide if I like it or am just meh about it. I subconsciously keep comparing it to the homemade hard cider I made years ago and I am finding it wanting. Has anyone else tried this brand?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 05:02:34 PM
It is better than Woodchuck. Waaaaaaaaaay better than Woodchuck. It's really not bad, now that I've had a full bottle. It's got a little sweetness to it that I rather like.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 05:09:13 PM
I can't imagine it wouldn't be somewhere in NYC. We have everything else here. I'll look for it. This McKenzie I bought tonight was in a shitty grocery store in Brooklyn.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 05:14:54 PM
Hm... I am an apple purist. Not so thrilled with raspberry, etc., but then I've never had this particular brand.

I really do think I should try brewing my own cider again. It really was the best ever. I made it with a kit that had a heavy apple syrup and chopped dried apples, but to it I added unpasteurized apple cider. LORD HAVE MERCY. Besides a couple of bottles exploding, it was the best cider I've ever had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 05:35:55 PM
I can't remember whether or not I added yeast to my cider. I'm thinking that I did. If I do make some I'll happily send you a bottle, or drop it off to you on one of our trips down to NC.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2011, 06:26:38 PM
I still want to find a cheap source of Asian Pears to make Perry out of them, Christ on a Bike those buggers are pricey.

Have you tried Rekorderlig Faith? I know that's available in NY.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2011, 06:44:24 PM
I still want to find a cheap source of Asian Pears to make Perry out of them, Christ on a Bike those buggers are pricey.

Have you tried Rekorderlig Faith? I know that's available in NY.

I have not. Another added to the list of ciders I need to try.

I can't remember whether or not I added yeast to my cider. I'm thinking that I did. If I do make some I'll happily send you a bottle, or drop it off to you on one of our trips down to NC.

Oooh.  I think there are laws against mailing booze, unfortunately. (Somehow beer-of-the-month people get around them but I don't know the rules; maybe BTA does.)  And we're kinda far from NC--south of Nashville.  But if we could find a way to do it, that'd be awesome.

Maybe we could just get BTA to work out the delivery for us.  :D

For some reason I had it in my head that you were in eastern TN. I think it was that time you were helping someone move or something and they lived in Chattanooga. There are a lot of ifs involved (IF I brew the stuff, IF we get down to TN) but maybe we could work something out. Nashville has a hot fried chicken that I've been wanting to try ever since I read about it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on October 04, 2011, 01:31:03 AM
No, you can't mail alcoholic beverages.  You can have it shipped (not through the Postal Service) depending on the state it is going to and coming from, but I think it has to be shipped from someone with the appropriate state liquor license.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 04, 2011, 06:59:25 PM
Adding to the Cider Thread, I would highly recommend Crispin's Lansdowne (cider with Irish stout yeast and molasses) or The Saint (cider with Belgian trappist yeast and maple syrup). Both are fantastic. Hope I haven't already mentioned these...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2011, 07:02:35 PM
Yeah most of Crispin's stuff is at least pleasant. Wasn't so keen on the really light stuff though (blue label, forget the specific name).

I'm surprised Cider didn't make the LOC countdown really.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 04, 2011, 07:22:21 PM
No, you can't mail alcoholic beverages.  You can have it shipped (not through the Postal Service) depending on the state it is going to and coming from, but I think it has to be shipped from someone with the appropriate state liquor license.

Killjoy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 04, 2011, 07:59:06 PM
No, you can't mail alcoholic beverages.  You can have it shipped (not through the Postal Service) depending on the state it is going to and coming from, but I think it has to be shipped from someone with the appropriate state liquor license.

Killjoy.
(http://www.weirdwildrealm.com/filmimages/killjoy-poster.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 08, 2011, 12:56:21 PM
Enjoying my Fatterday with a Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA and the second half of  a Lagunitas Maximus IPA already have somewhat of a mild buzz.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 08, 2011, 01:18:14 PM
Enjoying my Fatterday with a Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA and the second half of  a Lagunitas Maximus IPA already have somewhat of a mild buzz.

"Ah, greasy guys carrying unconscious girls, comfortable 2pm beer buzz. Homesick yet, Mike?"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 15, 2011, 07:57:26 PM
Tonight's iRiff recording session is sponsored by Don Julio 1942 tequila, Three Heads Brewing Java Sutra Coffee Porter, Great Divide Brewing Yeti Imperial Stout, and probably more! Wait the tequila is How expensive??  :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 16, 2011, 05:03:00 AM
Tonight's iRiff recording session is sponsored by Don Julio 1942 tequila, Three Heads Brewing Java Sutra Coffee Porter, Great Divide Brewing Yeti Imperial Stout, and probably more! Wait the tequila is How expensive??  :o
Yeah Don Julio 1942 ain't cheap!
You got some good shit! RVR Approves!! :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 16, 2011, 06:46:41 AM
It was really good stuff.  I would be tempted to get some if it wasnt so expensive.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 16, 2011, 06:51:33 AM
It was really good stuff.  I would be tempted to get some if it wasnt so expensive.
In the Sam's Club in Iguala, Mexico, a big bottle of Don Julio was priced around $2500 Pesos (around $192 USD) and yes it is very good but a bit out of my price range as well..
Other family members will buy some while we're in Mexico so I drink it then :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 16, 2011, 07:04:30 PM
That's alot cheaper than it is up here in MA.

Today I had a "Snakebite" which was Magners cider and Brooklyn lager. It was ok but nothing to write home about.
Followed that up with a Weihenstephaner which was really good.  Bought some more of the Java Sutra as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 16, 2011, 07:15:32 PM
That's alot cheaper than it is up here in MA.

When I go back to Mexico next month, I'll go back to Sam's Club to check that price again just to make sure 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 17, 2011, 12:06:07 PM
That's alot cheaper than it is up here in MA.

When I go back to Mexico next month, I'll go back to Sam's Club to check that price again just to make sure 8)

In PA a 750ml bottle is $110, but not carried in any of the state stores, has to be special ordered.  

Sucks being in a state where the state runs the stores, I love this wine:
(http://www.choya.com/img/products_06_04.jpg)
But always have to search online to see what store within 20 miles might have it.  One month it's in the store in my town, next month it's 10 miles away.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 17, 2011, 12:31:29 PM
In PA a 750ml bottle is $110, but not carried in any of the state stores, has to be special ordered.  

Holy crap that's a steal. I double checked and it would be a $250 special order at my shop. Our cost I think is something like $200. I guess I know where I'll be going to buy my tequila.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 17, 2011, 12:37:51 PM
In PA a 750ml bottle is $110, but not carried in any of the state stores, has to be special ordered.  

Holy crap that's a steal. I double checked and it would be a $250 special order at my shop. Our cost I think is something like $200. I guess I know where I'll be going to buy my tequila.

Here's the lcb web page for it:

http://www.lcbapps.lcb.state.pa.us/webapp/product_management/psi_ProductListPage_Inter.asp?searchPhrase=Don+Julio+1942+&selTyp=&selTypS=&selTypW=&selTypA=&CostRange=&searchCode=&submit=Search
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 17, 2011, 02:51:20 PM
best beer i ever had was on a study abroad trip in Germany. dont remember the name but it was a house beer, kind of bitter and thick as syrup.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 19, 2011, 03:16:50 PM
Found Post Road Pumpkin Ale tonight.  My favorite pumpkin beer; I'll probably save it until we get closer to Oct., but I'm very happy I found it.  It wasn't around at all down here last year.
I've never had a pumpkin beer, think this might be a good one to try first? I've seen it at every Wegmans around here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 19, 2011, 03:19:01 PM
Found Post Road Pumpkin Ale tonight.  My favorite pumpkin beer; I'll probably save it until we get closer to Oct., but I'm very happy I found it.  It wasn't around at all down here last year.
I've never had a pumpkin beer, think this might be a good one to try first? I've seen it at every Wegmans around here.

I'm partial to Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 19, 2011, 08:12:29 PM
Shoot. I can't remember the name of the one my brother had the other day when I was down there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: anais.jude on October 19, 2011, 08:40:11 PM
I am drinking beer and it is yummy
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 21, 2011, 03:32:41 AM
Shoot. I can't remember the name of the one my brother had the other day when I was down there.
Southern Tier's Pumking. Probably my favorite pumpkin beer, though I really don't like most pumpkin beers. Dogfish Head's is good and so is Rock Art's Pumpkin Stout w/ spruce tips. Other than those 3 I'm not a big fan of the style.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 21, 2011, 06:28:27 AM
Shoot. I can't remember the name of the one my brother had the other day when I was down there.
Southern Tier's Pumking. Probably my favorite pumpkin beer, though I really don't like most pumpkin beers. Dogfish Head's is good and so is Rock Art's Pumpkin Stout w/ spruce tips. Other than those 3 I'm not a big fan of the style.
Pumking is huge around here, I've heard various groups of friends all say it's their favorite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 21, 2011, 10:27:59 AM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 21, 2011, 10:38:41 AM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.
Darnit! I won't be there for the re-grand opening :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 21, 2011, 10:52:33 AM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.

Not really the thread this belongs in, but I might be headed out to Dallas over the summer for a wedding.  (I may require tactical team for extraction.)

Also we should try to meet up for a drink or 3.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 21, 2011, 10:59:26 AM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.

Not really the thread this belongs in, but I might be headed out to Dallas over the summer for a wedding.  (I may require tactical team for extraction.)

Also we should try to meet up for a drink or 3.

As long as we drink BEER, then it fits.   I can bring along Ronin Fox Trax for the ride!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 21, 2011, 10:59:50 AM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.
Want me to revise those labels, I can certainly do a better job of them than when I originally make them. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 22, 2011, 12:07:40 PM
me and my dad picked up St. Patricks cream stout and Wychwoods hobgoblin dark ale. waiting for tonight to try it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 22, 2011, 12:15:54 PM
The Shadow Brewing Company is BACK in business!

Found a cheap on sales fridge at home depot and ordered an Irish Blonde Ale kit from Northern Brewer.   Brew day is Saturday November 5th!

Woot.
Want me to revise those labels, I can certainly do a better job of them than when I originally make them. :)

I appreciate the offer, but we think we are going to go sans labels (as finding labels that stay on cold bottles and can peel off easy are impossible to find).

Now, I may need a brewery logo.......hmmmmm
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 22, 2011, 12:16:39 PM
me and my dad picked up St. Patricks cream stout and Wychwoods hobgoblin dark ale. waiting for tonight to try it.

 What? No comfortable Saturday afternoon beer buzz?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 22, 2011, 12:26:29 PM
i don't like getting too buzzed. there's a streak of alcoholism in my family a mile long and it's killed three members already so i have to take it easy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 22, 2011, 05:27:19 PM
Wow, I'm surprised you drink at all with that kind of a smoking gun in your family history.

There isn't really much in my family, but I just don't enjoy being drunk any more. I don't mind a little buzz from a beer or two, but I almost never do more than that in a given night. I'd say in a month I maybe have 4 drinks nowadays.
I'm pretty much the same way these days. I'll probably indulge a bit more next weekend for my birthday, but for the most part I only have one or two on Sunday nights after work before I decide to sleep.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 23, 2011, 06:38:17 AM
Picked up a 6 pack of Post Road, plan on giving it a try after work, depending on how late I get out and how I feel. Only cost $9 which I'm pretty sure is that same as Blue Moon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 23, 2011, 02:10:37 PM
St. patricks cream stout was good wychwood was good except it left a bitter taste on the back of my tongue for awhile afterwards.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 23, 2011, 02:37:35 PM
Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood is much better.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 23, 2011, 02:43:20 PM
I drank hobgoblin.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 23, 2011, 02:44:00 PM
I know, that's why I said:

Fiddler's Elbow from Wychwood is much better.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on October 23, 2011, 02:49:47 PM
Yeah Wychwood is just a short drive down the A40 from Oxford, great beer but, while I like it, I'm not sure why Hobgoblin is their big brand.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 23, 2011, 02:56:58 PM
theres a picture of the hobgoblin right on the wall.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 23, 2011, 03:30:42 PM
theres a picture of the hobgoblin right on the wall.

That's a Troll.    There are no goblins in Llort.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 23, 2011, 09:58:17 PM
Picked up a 6 pack of Post Road, plan on giving it a try after work, depending on how late I get out and how I feel. Only cost $9 which I'm pretty sure is that same as Blue Moon.

Awesome! Let us know what you think.  Tomorrow night is our pumpkin carving night, so I'll have my last bottle of the Post Road and watch Nightmare Before Christmas while we do it.
It's not bad!
As I said before, I've never had any kind of pumpkin beer* so I didn't really know what to expect. This is damn good though. Might have to try a few others now, probably the others brought up already (Dogfish Head and Pumpking).
Didn't know this is made by Brooklyn Brewery. I thought it tasted similar to their lager.

*Or really pumpkin anything. Never seemed appealing to me
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 24, 2011, 09:59:21 PM
trying blue point pumpkin. not bad.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 24, 2011, 10:02:30 PM
trying blue point pumpkin. not bad.
Their Toasted Lager is pretty awesome. Hoptical Illusion is awful though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on October 25, 2011, 02:22:45 PM
Okay, the Beer Fridge arrived today and delivered into a spare bedroom (where there is already another fridge and wine fridge, jeez).   

First Brew is November 5th.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 25, 2011, 07:00:09 PM
First Brew is November 5th.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Brewer's yeast, barley and hops.
I see no reason why homebrewing season
Should ever be forgot...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on October 25, 2011, 07:15:09 PM
trying blue point pumpkin. not bad.
Their Toasted Lager is pretty awesome. Hoptical Illusion is awful though.
yeah I 've tried that, not too good. we have a lot of different varieties around here cause the breweries are here on long island. Patchogue is a 15 min journey from where i am.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on October 25, 2011, 09:32:52 PM
trying blue point pumpkin. not bad.
Their Toasted Lager is pretty awesome. Hoptical Illusion is awful though.
yeah I 've tried that, not too good. we have a lot of different varieties around here cause the breweries are here on long island. Patchogue is a 15 min journey from where i am.
Ever get a chance to try their limited Toxic Sludge? It sounded awesome, but due to its limited availability it never made it upstate (where I live, Syracuse).
I think I've had their Summer Ale too, which was pretty decent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2011, 04:14:51 PM
Saw this at the grocery store today:

(https://www.cellarbrationscarlisle.com.au/uploaded/images/products/wychwood_king_goblin_739556856.jpg)

And it is much nicer than the standard Goblin, lovely stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on November 08, 2011, 02:25:58 PM
Pumpkin Ale is garbage.  Do not believe the hype!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 09, 2011, 02:53:14 PM
Pumpkin Ale is garbage.  Do not believe the hype!
Really? I've been looking for more, but apparently the stores round here pull it immediately after Halloween.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 09, 2011, 03:09:22 PM
I've really only check all the Wegmans around here, but they've only got winter beers now (and Honey Moon, for some reason). Tomorrow I might try some other places that usually have a decent selection. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 09, 2011, 03:37:38 PM
I've only had Blue Moon's winter offering. Tasted like toffee.
Saw Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout earlier though, will be picking that up soon. Might wait until the weather actually gets cold though (it was in the 70's today).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 09, 2011, 04:02:48 PM
Not yet. Pretty sure I've seen it around a lot though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 09, 2011, 04:41:33 PM
That sounds good. Ever have Young's Double Chocolate Stout?
I like it quite a bit but so far I've had two allergic reactions when mixing chocolate stouts with any other beer that isn't a chocolate stout so unless I'm a weirdo with a weird allergy be careful what you might mix it with.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 10, 2011, 09:03:31 AM
Landshark Lager. Right now. Close enough to noon. Just me and the wife at the bar.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on November 11, 2011, 02:42:52 PM
does birch beer count? cause im enjoying some good birch beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 11, 2011, 03:19:24 PM
That sounds good. Ever have Young's Double Chocolate Stout?
I have now. Delicious.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 12, 2011, 01:01:48 PM
Went ahead and bought some of that Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. I don't think it's as good as Young's, however it does have nearly twice the alcohol content (10%). Really not bad at all, just don't see myself having more than two at a time before switching to something less strong (in flavor and ABV).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on November 29, 2011, 03:50:59 PM
Southern Tier's Pumpking. Eh. Kinda don't like it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 06, 2011, 11:49:07 AM
What's it like? Any 'notes'?
I actually quite like the Pumking but can certainly understand why some folks wouldn't. My beautiful girlfriend, for example, doesn't like it because it's too sweet. In my mind the flavors really make me think of pumpkin pie. There's a decent amount of vanilla flavor and graham cracker as well. Plus the pumpkin flavor is more of the pulp/meat of the pumpkin as opposed to the spices usually used for pumpkin ales. So if you like pretty notably sweet things you might like this beer. But if that isn't really your cup of tea then you probably won't care for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 06, 2011, 12:02:17 PM
Had a Pliny the Elder for the first time last night. It was good but I think people talked it up so much that it didn't come anywhere near my expectations.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 06, 2011, 12:07:32 PM
Had a Pliny the Elder for the first time last night. It was good but I think people talked it up so much that it didn't come anywhere near my expectations.
That happened to me too. I enjoyed it but for the amount of effort it took to get it (no dist. in MA) it was not worth it. There are IPAs that I can easily get that I enjoy much more. Glad I had it, if I stumble upon it again I'll probably have more but I'm not going to seek it out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 06, 2011, 12:24:45 PM
Had a Pliny the Elder for the first time last night. It was good but I think people talked it up so much that it didn't come anywhere near my expectations.
That happened to me too. I enjoyed it but for the amount of effort it took to get it (no dist. in MA) it was not worth it. There are IPAs that I can easily get that I enjoy much more. Glad I had it, if I stumble upon it again I'll probably have more but I'm not going to seek it out.
Pretty much how I feel about it, I'd rather drink most any of the Lagunitas creations (their current seasonal release is awesome). There's no distribution of Pliny here in Idaho as well, so my roommate brought me back a 17oz. bottle when he went to San Diego.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on December 06, 2011, 12:43:34 PM
What's it like? Any 'notes'?
I actually quite like the Pumking but can certainly understand why some folks wouldn't. My beautiful girlfriend, for example, doesn't like it because it's too sweet. In my mind the flavors really make me think of pumpkin pie. There's a decent amount of vanilla flavor and graham cracker as well. Plus the pumpkin flavor is more of the pulp/meat of the pumpkin as opposed to the spices usually used for pumpkin ales. So if you like pretty notably sweet things you might like this beer. But if that isn't really your cup of tea then you probably won't care for it.
What he said. Pumpkin in general is not my cup of tea, which is probably why I really like Post Road but not this.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 07, 2011, 10:09:36 AM
I had a Black IPA up in Rochester, NY a couple of days ago and it was good. Sort of like a really hoppy stout.  Then yesterday I had Yazoo's Hop Project (delicious, with citrusy hops) and finished with a nice, mild Sweetwater Blue.
Whose black IPA was it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on December 07, 2011, 12:17:40 PM
Three Heads Brewing's Skunk Black IPA?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on December 07, 2011, 12:26:41 PM
It sounds interesting, I'll keep an eye out for some here. Syracuse isn't really that far away.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 07, 2011, 04:16:33 PM
Three Heads Brewing's Skunk Black IPA?

You know, I think that was it!  Yes, it was good.
I'll have to revisit their stuff. I remember being underwhelmed by their lineup.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 17, 2011, 07:22:30 AM
I love Lagunitas Maximus IPA, that is all.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 17, 2011, 07:36:48 AM
I love Lagunitas Maximus IPA, that is all.

I love that you're posting that at 7AM.  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on December 17, 2011, 11:41:25 AM
i want to try this.
http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/mad_elf_ale.aspx
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 17, 2011, 11:49:36 AM
i want to try this.
http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/mad_elf_ale.aspx

It's good stuff.
I had some back in September:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=1522.msg656942#msg656942
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 17, 2011, 11:56:59 AM
I love Lagunitas Maximus IPA, that is all.

I love that you're posting that at 7AM.  :D
If I'd posted it last night it would have looked like "I Lvie Laguneitas Maxingmos IPA, thait sall."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 17, 2011, 12:02:59 PM
i want to try this.
http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/mad_elf_ale.aspx

It's good stuff.
I had some back in September:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=1522.msg656942#msg656942

11%?!?

(http://t.qkme.me/35is1l.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 17, 2011, 12:13:28 PM
Heh. It's got nothing on the Sink The Bismark or the Tactical Nuclear Penguin.  Even a shot glass of those would be enough to do me in.  I had some of both of them plus a few others one night at KBrennan's shop when they did a tasting. I can't remember what the others were.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on December 17, 2011, 02:12:45 PM
I played bass for Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 17, 2011, 08:02:52 PM
Heh. It's got nothing on the Sink The Bismark or the Tactical Nuclear Penguin.  Even a shot glass of those would be enough to do me in.  I had some of both of them plus a few others one night at KBrennan's shop when they did a tasting. I can't remember what the others were.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin is a hefty 32% ABV and Sink the Bismarck clocks in at 41% ABV. That night we also had the Orkney Dark Island Reserve barleywine (10%) and World Wide Stout (18%). I feel like there may have been one more but maybe not. The night got a little hazy...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 17, 2011, 08:06:58 PM
I love Lagunitas Maximus IPA, that is all.
Big fan of the Maximus. I've also been loving the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale. I'm stoked that they're bringing it back after the holidays (as Holiday Leftovers Ale).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 17, 2011, 09:01:50 PM
Heh. It's got nothing on the Sink The Bismark or the Tactical Nuclear Penguin.  Even a shot glass of those would be enough to do me in.  I had some of both of them plus a few others one night at KBrennan's shop when they did a tasting. I can't remember what the others were.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin is a hefty 32% ABV and Sink the Bismarck clocks in at 41% ABV. That night we also had the Orkney Dark Island Reserve barleywine (10%) and World Wide Stout (18%). I feel like there may have been one more but maybe not. The night got a little hazy...

There was one other one from before the tasting started. I can't remember what it was but I think it was 8% maybe?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 18, 2011, 07:35:40 AM
I love Lagunitas Maximus IPA, that is all.
Big fan of the Maximus. I've also been loving the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale. I'm stoked that they're bringing it back after the holidays (as Holiday Leftovers Ale).
Yay! Although I'm gonna be aggravated if they don't have Brown Shugga again next year, it's my favorite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 19, 2011, 05:05:13 PM
My friend bought my brother and I each a bottle of this. It doesn't sound very appealing at all but I have a hard time believing Rogue would make a bad beer. I think he spent $13 a bottle on these and he had to have them shipped because you can't find this particular beer in Idaho although they seem to have every other Rogue beer here in the state,

(http://i.imgur.com/yWyi9l.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Danecho1967 on December 19, 2011, 09:24:50 PM
I finished the last of my Sam Adams Octoberfest tonight.  You know, before it goes skunky.  I'm actually kinda drunk.  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 20, 2011, 03:44:11 AM
Had a Stone Imperial Black IPA this last weekend while hanging out with some buds. Good stuff, and when they say black they ain't kiddin. No light is getting through that sucker.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 20, 2011, 08:07:51 AM
My friend bought my brother and I each a bottle of this. It doesn't sound very appealing at all but I have a hard time believing Rogue would make a bad beer. I think he spent $13 a bottle on these and he had to have them shipped because you can't find this particular beer in Idaho although they seem to have every other Rogue beer here in the state,
You'll have to let me know how it is. I've heard mixed reviews. I'd love to try it but, alas, it never made it to MA (to my knowledge) and it's illegal to get alcohol mailed to this state.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 20, 2011, 08:28:15 AM
It was very very malty with a hint of a sweet maple flavor after the initial bite of the sip went away. They focused most of their attention on the bacon side. I was expecting more of a sweet beer but got the latter, definitely a different taste but I didn't really enjoy it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 25, 2011, 07:42:54 PM
KB & I are currently drinking a 2009 Imperial Stout Trooper & recording some lines for The Shadow.  It's aged nicely but lost most of the chocolate tones, but the coffee flavor is still there.  (The beer. Not the movie.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on December 26, 2011, 07:17:07 PM
He'Brew's Jewbelation15. Just awful. I'm not even sure how to describe it besides saying far too boozy (15%). Didn't even make it halfway through the bottle before giving up. Switched to the new Session Fest, which isn't bad for a red lager, but not something I'll be buying again, and Brooklyn Lager, which I still think tastes like an ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 27, 2011, 07:59:16 AM
The Ninkasi ReNEWale Porter is pretty bland in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: spaceforarent on December 29, 2011, 09:42:01 PM
Because it just sounded awful I bought a beer brewed with hemp called Humboldt. Turns out it wasn't awful, just nothing special. Nothing out of that mixed 6 pack really was. The others were Brooklyn Brewery, Smuttynose, and Southern Tier's Winter Ales, Full Sail's Wassail, and a Vanilla Porter. The Vanilla Porter was close to being great but the vanilla flavor was far too subtle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on December 30, 2011, 06:04:25 AM
Went to a nice little Beirgarten place in Detroit last night and didn't know what to orders so I went with what I usually find to be a save starter beer, Newcastle Brown.

The waitress suggested this instead:

(http://www.bigskybrew.com/uploads/images/MD_PKG_web.gif)

So I went with that and it was, okay. Not horrible, but not any better than the Newky Brown would have been really.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on December 30, 2011, 06:44:04 AM
I had some Moose Drool at my uncle's house over Thanksgiving, pretty much agree with you... a decent brown ale but nothing to write home about.

What was the little Beirgarten you went toin Detroit? Always looking for more of those...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on December 30, 2011, 06:47:06 AM
Jackoby's (http://www.jacobysbar.com/), you've probably been there though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on December 30, 2011, 07:00:36 AM
Ahhh... yep, been there a couple of times. Sometimes we'll park down by Greektown for Tigers games and enjoy a few barley pops over there before the game.

I dunno if you've ever been to The Berkley Front, but it's a decent beer garden as well... I used to frequent the place 10-15 years ago when I worked down the street... and it has become a bit more of a dive since then... But they have a pretty impressive beer selection. It's owned by a Bavarian woman straight off the boat who will openly berate you for ordering any watered down American pilsner stuff.... Altho I don't think she is behind the bar as often as she was back in the day. Last time I was there they still had about 40-50 beers on tap and probably more then that in bottles. It's on 12 Mile west of Coolidge.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on December 30, 2011, 07:08:21 AM
I'll check that out. Actually I still owe you a beer so if you wanted ..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on December 30, 2011, 07:56:23 AM
I'll check that out. Actually I still owe you a beer so if you wanted ..

"i never touch the stuff"
"well the ill buy you some thing else."
"alright you're on the hook for one budweiser."
"swell!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 30, 2011, 08:35:13 AM
I had some Moose Drool at my uncle's house over Thanksgiving, pretty much agree with you... a decent brown ale but nothing to write home about.

I find that, for my tastes, brown ales in general are a bit lacking. Then again they're one of the most versatile beers when it comes to pairing with food. But I still haven't found a brown ale that can set itself apart from the pack as a really special brown ale. I think the closest I've found is the Dogfish Head India Brown Ale but even that one kind of falls short, in my mind. Maybe a good base to start from and experiment a little. I've been killed in the past by purists who are always looking for beer that fits the definition of its style perfectly but I like some experimentation.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 30, 2011, 08:47:10 AM
Though now that I think about it, St. Botolph's Town from Pretty Things is really good...

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5366108558_ee685c62d9.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 30, 2011, 09:09:55 AM
I had some Moose Drool at my uncle's house over Thanksgiving, pretty much agree with you... a decent brown ale but nothing to write home about.

I find that, for my tastes, brown ales in general are a bit lacking. Then again they're one of the most versatile beers when it comes to pairing with food. But I still haven't found a brown ale that can set itself apart from the pack as a really special brown ale. I think the closest I've found is the Dogfish Head India Brown Ale but even that one kind of falls short, in my mind. Maybe a good base to start from and experiment a little. I've been killed in the past by purists who are always looking for beer that fits the definition of its style perfectly but I like some experimentation.
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar has been the only one I've found to be impressive for brown ales.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 30, 2011, 02:02:04 PM
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar has been the only one I've found to be impressive for brown ales.
I'll have to try that when I go in to work tonight.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 02, 2012, 07:28:47 AM
I had the Firestone Walker XV on draught last night. Holy bejeebus, that was fantastic. This is a really layered beer; one minute you taste toffee and vanilla, the next you get coffee and chocolate, then almost butterscotch. A great beer to start off 2012.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on January 02, 2012, 12:51:30 PM
Had the Widmer Brrrbon and Black Flag Imperial Stout this weekend. I'd say both were eminently drinkable. The Brrrbon was especially nice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 03, 2012, 04:20:21 PM
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar has been the only one I've found to be impressive for brown ales.
I'll have to try that when I go in to work tonight.
I decided to have one since it had been a year since I had one, the first two sips were pretty malty and then I tilted my head back a bit more to stir up the contents and it was smooth sailing from there. I really do like this stuff, it's a shame it's $6 for a 22oz. here or I'd have it more than once a year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 03, 2012, 07:32:01 PM
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar has been the only one I've found to be impressive for brown ales.
I'll have to try that when I go in to work tonight.
I decided to have one since it had been a year since I had one, the first two sips were pretty malty and then I tilted my head back a bit more to stir up the contents and it was smooth sailing from there. I really do like this stuff, it's a shame it's $6 for a 22oz. here or I'd have it more than once a year.
$6 for a 22oz means a rare yearly treat? Yikes. I think my priorities might be out of whack then. $6 for a 22oz is a bargain, especially for a Rogue. Out here the cheapest I've seen for their bombers is $7-$8. Our cost on the Hazelnut is $5.50. Most 22's around here are close to $10 unless it's local beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 03, 2012, 08:30:19 PM
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar has been the only one I've found to be impressive for brown ales.
I'll have to try that when I go in to work tonight.
I decided to have one since it had been a year since I had one, the first two sips were pretty malty and then I tilted my head back a bit more to stir up the contents and it was smooth sailing from there. I really do like this stuff, it's a shame it's $6 for a 22oz. here or I'd have it more than once a year.
$6 for a 22oz means a rare yearly treat? Yikes. I think my priorities might be out of whack then. $6 for a 22oz is a bargain, especially for a Rogue. Out here the cheapest I've seen for their bombers is $7-$8. Our cost on the Hazelnut is $5.50. Most 22's around here are close to $10 unless it's local beer.
Not real expensive, I just can talk myself into buying a 6-pack of something decent for a couple of bucks more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 04, 2012, 08:29:14 AM
Not real expensive, I just can talk myself into buying a 6-pack of something decent for a couple of bucks more.

That makes sense. A lot of the beers that I buy in 22's don't come in smaller formats so I don't often have that option.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on January 06, 2012, 08:25:19 PM
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c358/nunyerbiz/Bells-Amber-2.png)

Bell's Amber Ale

Smooth oaken overtones finished with a sweet smack of pomegranate and hinting aromas of lightly worn shoe leather... and the snozberries taste like snozberries! Well, not really. I feel like the universe gypped me... I love beer and all... but I just don't have the nose / taste buds / palette / intelligence to go much beyond "I like this" or "that was shit". So... where does that leave Bell's Amber Ale? I like it. Mildly carbonated, with a smooth, slightly sweet finish is about as precise as I can get....  Works as well in standalone sixer format as it does with just about whatever you might be cooking for dinner on a given night. This one has been a personal standby since before I could legally possess it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 14, 2012, 06:54:39 AM
Finally got to try the Rogue Hazelnut Brown. I definitely preferred it over most brown ales out there but it still wasn't my favorite. A bit on the sweet side as well. Though I did find another brown ale that I did enjoy. The Tavern Ale from White Birch. Granted it's a bit of an extreme brown ale, since it's a smoked imperial brown, but even other imperial browns I've had have been low on my list. It's a bit pricier than the Rogue but I'd definitely drink it again.

(http://m5.paperblog.com/i/10/101245/beer-review-white-birch-brewing-tavern-ale-L-nV9kwI.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on January 28, 2012, 06:33:44 PM
trying belhaven Scottish stout. pretty smooth.
samuel smith cherry cider/ale. pretty damn good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 28, 2012, 08:04:35 PM
I found a porter from Concord Junction that had a best by date of May 2007 in the walk-in cooler at work tonight. It actually tasted great.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 28, 2012, 08:10:46 PM
I found a porter from Concord Junction that had a best by date of May 2007 in the walk-in cooler at work tonight. It actually tasted great.

Later that night...

(http://i.imgur.com/nUgpN.png)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on January 28, 2012, 09:58:36 PM
Hi neighbor, have a 'gansett!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on January 29, 2012, 04:29:08 AM
Before I got sick, I made ten gallons (72 16 oz beers) and just bottled them.    Also 13 gallons of apple cider and am almost done with 3 gals of wine.     I will try next week to see how the "Shadow Liquor" tastes!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 29, 2012, 05:13:20 AM
Before I got sick, I made ten gallons (72 16 oz beers) and just bottled them.    Also 13 gallons of apple cider and am almost done with 3 gals of wine.     I will try next week to see how the "Shadow Liquor" tastes!
Well they've been fermenting more a month and a half now so I would think that's a good thing :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on January 29, 2012, 05:21:11 AM
Yup, they are all ready to drink and 3 gallons of wine get bottled in a month or so and then age for 6 months
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 29, 2012, 05:24:33 AM
Yup, they are all ready to drink and 3 gallons of wine get bottled in a month or so and then age for 6 months
MMM YUMMAY!! :P

Soo, any way to ship a gallon via special order by chance (UPS, FedEx, St Bernard..)?? :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on January 29, 2012, 05:34:19 AM
Yup, they are all ready to drink and 3 gallons of wine get bottled in a month or so and then age for 6 months
MMM YUMMAY!! :P

Soo, any way to ship a gallon via special order by chance (UPS, FedEx, St Bernard..)?? :o

It's legal.......but expensive
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 29, 2012, 05:45:04 AM
Yup, they are all ready to drink and 3 gallons of wine get bottled in a month or so and then age for 6 months
MMM YUMMAY!! :P

Soo, any way to ship a gallon via special order by chance (UPS, FedEx, St Bernard..)?? :o

It's legal.......but expensive
Hmm.. When you get a chance, send me some shipping quotes.
Despite the current financial strain, I might have to place an order :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 29, 2012, 05:11:33 PM
Yup, they are all ready to drink and 3 gallons of wine get bottled in a month or so and then age for 6 months
MMM YUMMAY!! :P

Soo, any way to ship a gallon via special order by chance (UPS, FedEx, St Bernard..)?? :o

It's legal.......but expensive

Stupid New England blue laws. I'd place an order but it's a no-no in my state.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on January 29, 2012, 06:51:57 PM
Oh hey, look what KBrennan made in a fit of boredom at work:

http://www.youtube.com/v/vMCeQRHZ1uY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 29, 2012, 10:30:51 PM
Nice video! I wish I could get Dogfish Head beer here.  :( Their Bitches Brew might have been one of the best dark beers I ever had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 30, 2012, 05:29:40 AM
Oh hey, look what KBrennan made in a fit of boredom at work:

http://www.youtube.com/v/vMCeQRHZ1uY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


:o Subscribed!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 04, 2012, 09:22:58 AM
I had the most amazing beer the other night at The Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Cigar City's Marshal Zhukov imperial stout. Holy lord, the most delicious beer I've ever experienced. And it was the consistency of cough syrup (which is a good thing). Unfortunately I can't get it here in MA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 05, 2012, 04:12:44 PM
Just got back from the Barley Bros. Winter Ale Festival, Fri.-Sat. over 100 different beers on tap. I narrowed down the best two to Stone's Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA made with Calypso hops and our local Sockeye Brewing Co. Maker's Mark Barrel-Aged Dagger Falls IPA. So many beers to choose from... my liver hurts.

EDIT Almost forgot the list of beers (http://www.barleybros.net/barleybros.net/Beers.html).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: LuvBJones on February 05, 2012, 11:09:03 PM
White Rascal by Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado. Belgian style white ale. Better than chocolate!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 06, 2012, 08:05:59 AM
Just got back from the Barley Bros. Winter Ale Festival, Fri.-Sat. over 100 different beers on tap. I narrowed down the best two to Stone's Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA made with Calypso hops and our local Sockeye Brewing Co. Maker's Mark Barrel-Aged Dagger Falls IPA. So many beers to choose from... my liver hurts.

EDIT Almost forgot the list of beers (http://www.barleybros.net/barleybros.net/Beers.html).

I've never heard of Calypso hops before.  Are they from somewhere exotic?
I had never heard of them before either but they made it a point to put it on the label. It definitely took the beer to a new level.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on February 06, 2012, 10:30:43 AM
Everyone who showed up for superbowl yesterday liked my first beer and spiked ciders......and I have 8 more gallons to bottle now!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 06, 2012, 08:32:12 PM
Just got back from the Barley Bros. Winter Ale Festival, Fri.-Sat. over 100 different beers on tap. I narrowed down the best two to Stone's Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA made with Calypso hops and our local Sockeye Brewing Co. Maker's Mark Barrel-Aged Dagger Falls IPA. So many beers to choose from... my liver hurts.

EDIT Almost forgot the list of beers (http://www.barleybros.net/barleybros.net/Beers.html).

I've never heard of Calypso hops before.  Are they from somewhere exotic?
I had never heard of them before either but they made it a point to put it on the label. It definitely took the beer to a new level.

From Stone's brewing blog:

"We have an 11-pound bag of Calypso hops—a fun-sounding newish variety—sitting in our cold box, and we recently ripped that sucker open too. Calypso is an American hop derived from Nugget and USDA 19058m (my personal fav) packing considerably more punch than Aramis. Calypso clocks in at 12-14% alpha acid (the chemical component in hops that contribute bitterness to beer), making it useful as both a bittering and flavor/aroma hop.
 And what an aroma it has! Another informal brewery poll—conducted with a pint glass full of fresh hop pellets—netted these descriptors: lemons, tart apples, cherry blossoms, black pepper, bitter orange, mint, pear. The aroma is at once distinctly American, insofar as it is remarkably unsubtle and sappy, while also being very fruity, a combination unlike any other hops I’ve smelled. It was almost universally well liked by those polled. A 15-gallon single hop IPA is Calypso’s next stop."

That sounds fantastic, I would love to check those hops out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 07, 2012, 06:46:48 AM
Yeah, the IPA definitely had a citric taste to it, that's probably why I liked the Stone Ruination so much (I already loved it to begin with). The other one I liked came from a brewery that's about two miles from my house (Sockeye). I already loved their Dagger Falls IPA which is plenty hoppy but they aged it in a Maker's Mark barrel which gave it a vanilla taste on top of the hoppiness which was a perfect blend for me. It might have been one of the first kegs to run out at the winter ale fest (out of the 100 different beers or so). They're building a new brewery where they will be doing bottling and canning later this year so look forward to that if you can get your hands on their beer.

I'm planning on growing hops this year. I'm not sure what but my friend said he'd supply me the rhizomes if I grew them. Not sure what I'll be growing and probably wouldn't be able to tell the distinction too much between anything until I get more of a refined palette.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 06:55:39 AM
What did you think of the Anderson Valley and 21st Amendment?

I drank Anderson Valley pretty much exclusively for a time when I was living in Sonoma County, and I used to hangout at The 21st Amendment all the time when I lived in the city. It was about a block from the office. Their beer wasn't anything too special, but it was a cool haunt.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2012, 06:56:02 AM
and then admitted that he hasn't had a beer in ten years.  What the fuck is this guy doing giving beer tastings?!
Yeah that should have ended it before the thing was even scheduled, you can only bluff your way in a tasting so far.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 07:01:27 AM
and then admitted that he hasn't had a beer in ten years.  What the fuck is this guy doing giving beer tastings?!
Yeah that should have ended it before the thing was even scheduled, you can only bluff your way in a tasting so far.

Sounds like he needed an authentic punch in the face. And I used to thoroughly enjoy punching myself in the face with IPAs, often to the point of being knocked unconscious.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2012, 07:04:06 AM
See I've found a lot of IPA's are iffy but if you've no palate for beer (and a decade without will guarantee that) every IPA you try will taste nasty to you, to say nothing of Porters and Stouts and, well,  everything, except Mild I suppose.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 07:05:43 AM
What did you think of the Anderson Valley and 21st Amendment?

I drank Anderson Valley pretty much exclusively for a time when I was living in Sonoma County, and I used to hangout at The 21st Amendment all the time when I lived in the city. It was about a block from the office. Their beer wasn't anything too special, but it was a cool haunt.

I like most of Anderson Valley's stuff, especially the Boont Amber and the Summer/Winter Solstices. 21st Amendment has some nice stuff too, especially the Bitter American. I'm really excited that it's going to be joining the year round rotation. I haven't had the Hell or High Watermelon because I thoroughly dislike fruited beers. The Fireside Chat didn't do much for me either. But I do like the Back in Black IPA and their regular IPA isn't bad.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 07:21:28 AM
See I've found a lot of IPA's are iffy but if you've no palate for beer (and a decade without will guarantee that) every IPA you try will taste nasty to you, to say nothing of Porters and Stouts and, well,  everything, except Mild I suppose.

(http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/images/2010_Beer_Torpedo.jpg)

I used to practically subsist on this shit. And speaking of getting punched in the face, this stuff packed a little extra wallop.

I like most of Anderson Valley's stuff, especially the Boont Amber and the Summer/Winter Solstices. 21st Amendment has some nice stuff too, especially the Bitter American. I'm really excited that it's going to be joining the year round rotation. I haven't had the Hell or High Watermelon because I thoroughly dislike fruited beers. The Fireside Chat didn't do much for me either. But I do like the Back in Black IPA and their regular IPA isn't bad.

Boont Amber was definitely my favorite and always the go-to choice when it came to Anderson. Pretty much stuck to the IPAs at 21st Amendment, but I remember liking the Fireside Chat. I was always a fan of the holiday-type beers. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale was the go-to holiday beer.

I love fruit beers. Had a fantastic watermelon wheat made at a brewpub in Bloomington when I lived there.

Never really tried fruit beer. I was always kind of a sucker for the berry beers, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 07:30:41 AM
Pyramid Apricot is another favorite of mine and my brother's.  Delicious. That's out of WA, I think, isn't it?

Yea, they're out of Washington. They have a really nice taproom and brewery in Portland; it's one of the few bright spots.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 07:36:08 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/g8TNaVVrIy8
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 07, 2012, 08:44:05 AM
What did you think of the Anderson Valley and 21st Amendment?

I drank Anderson Valley pretty much exclusively for a time when I was living in Sonoma County, and I used to hangout at The 21st Amendment all the time when I lived in the city. It was about a block from the office. Their beer wasn't anything too special, but it was a cool haunt.
Anderson Valley's pretty damned good, 21st Amendment is alright I don't think the quality matches the price tag. I really dislike paying $10 for a 6-pack of their cans which seems worth more around $7. That being said I will declare my love for their collaboration beer with Ninkasi "Allies Win the War" that is actually worth $10 for a 4-pack of cans in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 09:23:10 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

He must be ashamed of me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 09:53:50 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

He must be ashamed of me.
I'd swat him with a coat hanger next time you see him..
THAT'LL TEACH HIM!! >:D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 11:06:05 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

He must be ashamed of me.

You nailed it.

Actually 14 hrs ago when it was posted I was sleeping. Then I was at work. (still am)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 11:11:10 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

He must be ashamed of me.

You nailed it.

Actually 14 hrs ago when it was posted I was sleeping. Then I was at work. (still am)


No Excuses! Have a beer at work :cheers:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 11:22:34 AM
Kinda Surprised K1 hasn't posted his bro's latest video here yet :o

He must be ashamed of me.

You nailed it.

Actually 14 hrs ago when it was posted I was sleeping. Then I was at work. (still am)


No Excuses! Have a beer at work :cheers:

I'm on it.

That makes no sense. I mean it's vaguely related to terms we were discussing (work, and this is the beer thread) but in no way does it follow from the conversation that was happening. 

Do you write for Family Guy?

...  ???  My post?

If it's my post that was throwing you off, my brother (KBrennan) made a video about beer. I hadn't seen it yet & just found out about it.
Oh and something about me being ashamed of him.  YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID K2!   :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 11:45:56 AM
That makes no sense. I mean it's vaguely related to terms we were discussing (work, and this is the beer thread) but in no way does it follow from the conversation that was happening. 

Do you write for Family Guy?
You read into my post too much sometimes..
I'm working and I can have a beer from my fridge if I want to 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 11:51:30 AM
That makes no sense. I mean it's vaguely related to terms we were discussing (work, and this is the beer thread) but in no way does it follow from the conversation that was happening.  

Do you write for Family Guy?
You read into my post too much sometimes..
I'm working and I can have a beer from my fridge if I want to 8)

I'm just saying, RVR, that you kind of pick on keywords and then generate a random post based on those keywords, whether or not it has anything to do with the discussion at hand. It's a bit annoying actually.
*sigh* Have a beer :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shodan on February 07, 2012, 11:53:25 AM
That makes no sense. I mean it's vaguely related to terms we were discussing (work, and this is the beer thread) but in no way does it follow from the conversation that was happening.  

Do you write for Family Guy?
You read into my post too much sometimes..
I'm working and I can have a beer from my fridge if I want to 8)

I'm just saying, RVR, that you kind of pick on keywords and then generate a random post based on those keywords, whether or not it has anything to do with the discussion at hand. It's a bit annoying actually.
*sigh* Have a beer :)
haha it's called a manatee joke.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 12:39:13 PM
]\
No Excuses! Have a beer at work :cheers:

I like that my job IS to drink beer at work.

No, K1, I was talking to RVR.

I'm just saying, RVR, that you kind of pick on keywords and then generate a random post based on those keywords, whether or not it has anything to do with the discussion at hand. It's a bit annoying actually.

Now I'm confused. Who's K1's brother?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 12:55:26 PM
I'll be your illegitimate brother :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 01:22:46 PM

Now I'm confused. Who's K1's brother?

Wait, are you Conor operating under an assumed name? Are you trying to keep Mystic Studio Productions down again? B.T.dubs, the Howard the Duck sale ends soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 03:47:14 PM

Now I'm confused. Who's K1's brother?

Wait, are you Conor operating under an assumed name? Are you trying to keep Mystic Studio Productions down again? B.T.dubs, the Howard the Duck sale ends soon.

It's Conor with a silent "Conor" and audible KBrennan. Get it right or suffer the consequences. Like Mystic Studio Produc-... Wait... I mean, I had no hand in their demise... I mean, Mystic Studio Productions isn't still around? (play it cool, Conor, play it cool...)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 03:47:40 PM
Oh, also beer. Sorry guys.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 04:07:55 PM
Oh, also beer. Sorry guys.
Yeah don't veer off that subject! :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 04:18:10 PM
Oh, also beer. Sorry guys.

You're forgiven!
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/c2323f88.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 04:21:12 PM
Oh, also beer. Sorry guys.

You're forgiven!
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/c2323f88.jpg)

That should totally be a magazine ad. They could base an entire ad campaign around these kind of shots.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 04:30:12 PM
Hey neighbor, that's a great idea!
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/16a5a7a3.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on February 07, 2012, 04:46:21 PM
What's with the hat?
People use them to usually cover their scalps in a fashionable manner.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2012, 05:08:49 PM
Oh, also beer. Sorry guys.

You're forgiven!
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/c2323f88.jpg)
Tell me you were screaming "BRILLIANT!!!" when you took that. :)

But why the 1930s flat cap? Is it a costume or something?
Isn't it just an Irish Tweed cap?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 05:20:29 PM
"Just"? Do people other than longshoremen or characters in 1930s movies wear these?

I take it you've never been to Boston?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 07, 2012, 05:22:40 PM
My dad rocks flat caps all the time. He hangs with the senior vintage car racing crowd and there's a bunch of 'em. Brad Pitt wears a flat cap a lot; so does Justin Timberlake.

Just don't turn that shit around. That's serious douche bag territory.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2012, 05:30:28 PM
"Just"? Do people other than longshoremen or characters in 1930s movies wear these?
Well my father did, up until he went to the happy skirt casing grounds (well probably not right up to that point though I think there was one on the chest of drawers next to his bed).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 07, 2012, 05:31:10 PM
"Just"? Do people other than longshoremen or characters in 1930s movies wear these?

I take it you've never been to Boston?

Nope. Are they a Boston thing?

Yeah but more of an Irish-American thing.

Also big in the ska/punk scene, not just in this neck of the woods.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 07, 2012, 06:10:52 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/TheScreen/2012-02-07202327.jpg)

Stone Gargoyle does not approve of this non-beer related chit-chat. Especially since it stems from mocking his hat.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2012, 06:32:10 PM
"I thought you were doing a funny run"
"No, that's, that's my run"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2012, 06:32:50 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/TheScreen/2012-02-07202327.jpg)

Stone Gargoyle does not approve of this non-beer related chit-chat. Especially since it stems from mocking his hat.
'I'm Sexy and I Know It!!'
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 21, 2012, 06:26:02 AM
K2 made another video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Z2dSmUCftYA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 28, 2012, 11:44:14 AM
3 New videos from my brother (featuring music by OneWallRoom):

http://www.youtube.com/user/KyleGBrennan?feature=digest_tue

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 28, 2012, 11:59:54 AM
3 New videos from my brother (featuring music by OneWallRoom):

http://www.youtube.com/user/KyleGBrennan?feature=digest_tue


The Beer man 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 06, 2012, 04:40:02 PM
Gonna start the grill in a bit to make some spicy chicken with victory sauce (rhubarb!), cracked open one of these:
(http://www.saranac.com/files/home/White-IPA-Banner.png)

Delicious. Fruity, with a hint of apricot and coriander aftertaste, but no sugary sweetness like a blue moon, and a nice bitter hoppy kick in the middle. Recommended.
Damn, that sounds tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 06, 2012, 04:45:01 PM
It went really well with the spicy chicken.

Im likes spicy chicken.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on March 06, 2012, 05:05:57 PM
It went really well with the spicy chicken.

Im likes spicy chicken.

That was an unmellow thing for you to say, DB.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 06, 2012, 05:09:38 PM
It went really well with the spicy chicken.

Im likes spicy chicken.

That was an unmellow thing for you to say, DB.

 :D

Sorry. I'm just not myself today. I think I've got a touch of the Swine Flu.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on March 06, 2012, 05:28:35 PM
It went really well with the spicy chicken.

Im likes spicy chicken.

That was an unmellow thing for you to say, DB.

 :D

Sorry. I'm just not myself today. I think I've got a touch of the Swine Flu.

Drink two of these and try again tomorrow.

(http://static.skynetblogs.be/media/1916/1005604060.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 06, 2012, 05:40:34 PM
2 new videos from KBrennan.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NGEuqNjdZC0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/yplmCinsoc4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 06, 2012, 05:46:49 PM
I feel like I'm completely missing something.

Oh, just your everyday, run-of-the-mill Seinfeld/George/Riding With Death/Ben Murphy crossover reference.


(http://static.skynetblogs.be/media/1916/1005604060.jpg)

I couldn't quite make out the name, so I googled what I could see, and predictably enough, there's a BeerAdvocate page for it. The reviews always amuse me.

Quote
This has a long-lasting, foamy white head which caresses the somewhat agitated straw yellow pour.

Just drink your fucking beer.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 06, 2012, 06:41:09 PM
I like it when people get wordy with their brewviews, grumpypants.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on March 07, 2012, 09:22:18 AM
All that was in my head was that I remembered drinking a beer with a ridiculous pig on the label. So I thought maybe it cured swine flu. Perhaps it only exacerbates the issue. The beer itself is ok, nothing remarkable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 11, 2012, 11:37:49 AM
I went over to my friend's place last night and he started to brew up a batch of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar (he bought a kit that had all the exact ingredients to make it). I also managed to get 6 22oz. bottles of a Northwest Pale Ale he'd made recently. I've gotta let them build up some carbonation in the bottles so I can't drink them until next week. He made a clone of Rogue Dead Guy Ale a month or so ago. He used a different type of yeast than what Rogue uses so it tasted like a Belgian Dead Guy Ale, a little wheaty. Brewing your own beer seems like it could be a pretty fun hobby but getting started is kind of expensive if you want to do it right.

(http://i.imgur.com/NqiA0l.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 13, 2012, 05:32:26 PM
More videos from my brother:

Mayflower Brewing - IPA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDbA27hcnr0&feature=digest_tue

Boulevard Brewing Co. - Double Wide IPA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc3eOOjVEa4&feature=digest_tue

Mayflower Brewing - Porter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAVz6D1lvHg&feature=digest_tue

Boulevard Brewing Co - Dark Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTG7RaEF5y8&feature=digest_tue

The new mic sounds really good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on March 13, 2012, 08:14:33 PM
I bought a 12 pack of this Newcastle Pale Ale today!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on March 13, 2012, 08:39:42 PM
More videos from my brother:

Mayflower Brewing - IPA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDbA27hcnr0&feature=digest_tue

Boulevard Brewing Co. - Double Wide IPA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc3eOOjVEa4&feature=digest_tue

Mayflower Brewing - Porter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAVz6D1lvHg&feature=digest_tue

Boulevard Brewing Co - Dark Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTG7RaEF5y8&feature=digest_tue

The new mic sounds really good!

It'll sound better once I figure out the levels. But I think I had it tuned in pretty well with the last one. Which I think was... Dark Truth?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 20, 2012, 03:31:45 PM
Founders Brewing - Red's Rye PA
http://www.youtube.com/v/53ans21XHyI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Founders Brewing - Centennial IPA
http://www.youtube.com/v/f4bV2r00vpQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: LuvBJones on March 25, 2012, 11:46:51 PM
Mmmmm, carboy full of beer...

My Dad In Law home brews small batches and makes his own mead. I think you can keep the cost down with some good, basic recipes and a reliable brewing supplies shop in your area. You can also grow your own hops if you're want to get all hippy about it. I can also set you up with some good prison hootch recipes if you're willing to gamble a night in the ER. (I work in a prison, I don't LIVE there. Don't freak on me...)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on March 28, 2012, 02:46:49 PM
Do you like Michigan Craft beer? My friend Jeff does, so he's started a blog about it (http://phruityonbeer.blogspot.com/). Just the intro there at the mo but the reviews are coming.  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on March 29, 2012, 07:12:25 AM
Do you like Michigan Craft beer? My friend Jeff does, so he's started a blog about it (http://phruityonbeer.blogspot.com/). Just the intro there at the mo but the reviews are coming.  :)
Michigan has some amazing breweries. Founders jumps out first and foremost in my mind. Dark Horse isn't bad, Jolly Pumpkin is always fascinating. Bell's and Short's I hear nothing but good things, however since I'm in MA I don't have access to them. A friend is going to try and bring me some Hopslam when he's out there though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 03, 2012, 12:32:53 PM
New videos from KBrennan:

Avery Brewing Co - White Rascal
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZYwAji_jLio?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Avery Brewing Co - India Pale Ale
http://www.youtube.com/v/oYN71XHM03Y?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Avery Brewing Co - Ellie's Brown Ale
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZUSD2CT0KCo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 03, 2012, 03:40:36 PM
Oh my god, this Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, you guys. Oh my god.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 03, 2012, 08:21:44 PM
Tonight KBrennan & I had:

Saison Du Buff (Dogfish Head) - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme... surprisingly good in a beer!
Baxter Brewing Co - Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Hoffbraw Original Lager
Sam Adams Tasman Red.  I think the Tasman Red would be much better once it's aged.  The finish on it is nice though.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 03, 2012, 08:39:24 PM
Oh my god, this Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, you guys. Oh my god.
God bless Lagunitas. Their Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale was unbelievable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 04, 2012, 09:28:37 AM
We're drinking Maine Beer Co - MO Pale Ale. Very citrusy. Good outdoor in the sun afternoon drinking beer. And that's what we're doing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 04, 2012, 09:58:08 AM
Oh my god, this Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, you guys. Oh my god.
God bless Lagunitas. Their Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale was unbelievable.
Yeah, it was their only acceptable substitution for Brown Shugga which might be my favorite beer.

As for the Red Ale it tastes like a red ale but with the distinct flavor that Lagunitas consistently has to all of their beers. I'm not sure what it is but I love it (it's probably people).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 04, 2012, 10:46:55 AM
And for our next trick:

Boulevard Brewing Co - double wide India pale ale (smokestack series)
Avery Brewing Co - Ellie's Brown Ale

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 07, 2012, 07:39:16 AM
Oh my god, this Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, you guys. Oh my god.
God bless Lagunitas. Their Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale was unbelievable.
Yeah, it was their only acceptable substitution for Brown Shugga which might be my favorite beer.

As for the Red Ale it tastes like a red ale but with the distinct flavor that Lagunitas consistently has to all of their beers. I'm not sure what it is but I love it (it's probably people).
My co-workers and I assume the secret ingredient is what led to their self proclaimed "'05 St. Paddy's Day Massacre" and their copper ale being Censored.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 08, 2012, 09:42:27 AM
My friend and I took the Lagunitas IPA recipe last night and did some improvisation on it and made the first phase of a 5 gallon batch. I'm looking forward to trying it out once it's all said and done. We're gonna dry hop it with Calypso hops like the guys at Stone did with a batch of Ruination which might've been one of the best beers I've had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 22, 2012, 06:01:42 PM
Seems like white IPAs are a pretty new trend, so I've been trying what I can find of them. Really like Saranac's, great in bottle but loses its crispness on tap.
Currently drinking Sam Adams' version. Giving it a pass. I'm not getting much citrus taste like I do with the Saranac version. They say there's some apricot to balance out the bitterness but I'm not tasting it.

The next one I'm looking at is from Shock Top. I'm not expecting too much from it, but a guy at work wants to try that and their new Shandy, so we're each buying a six pack and swapping half.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 22, 2012, 06:43:14 PM
I haven't had anything by them yet (partially due to that reason) but I've heard they're not bad, just like Blue Moon isn't bad despite being made by Coors. Reading the reviews on BA and the main thing people are saying is light on hops but not bad overall.
They're the last one making white IPAs that I've seen around here. Really hope other companies pick up the style though, seems like it could have some really great potential. I know Blue Point makes one, but I don't think you can get it in bottles yet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 23, 2012, 11:26:09 AM
I'm mostly a pilsner drinker.
Heineken, but it's kind of hard to in Japan.
Pilsner Urquell
Kirin Ichiban
Asahi Dry
Corona

Hmmm, might head down to the store and grab a few.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 23, 2012, 02:22:04 PM
Well now I'm thirsty.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 23, 2012, 02:51:48 PM
Problem solved!
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/d2f236a0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 23, 2012, 05:39:02 PM
6-packs of these should be bought by all. I found a store here in town that sells them for $9.99 a 6-pack which is a few bucks cheaper than anywhere else.
(http://i.imgur.com/lyRxc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 23, 2012, 05:44:53 PM
So are pictures of ourselves holding large beers the new thing to do in this thread? And is facial hair required?

I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 23, 2012, 05:54:31 PM
You have to look really excited, I easily matched k1's excitement because I was holding a favorite beer and also drinking it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on April 23, 2012, 05:57:01 PM
I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 23, 2012, 06:02:05 PM
Looks like I need to do some shopping, all I've got are regular 12 oz bottles of a rather poor selection. Mostly just leftovers from other packs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 23, 2012, 07:00:52 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/2012-04-23_21-55-04_36.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 23, 2012, 07:17:33 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mattrick51/2012-04-23_21-55-04_36.jpg)
You shure seem surprised to find that Leprechaun in your beer bottle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 23, 2012, 07:21:58 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
You sure seem surprised to find that Leprechaun in your beer bottle.
I'm surprised at how much I like this beer. First time I've had it but certainly won't be the last.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 24, 2012, 12:56:58 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/6964451920_7464d52832.jpg)

I'm excited because I'm drinking at work! Which in no way shows that I've given up...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 24, 2012, 01:53:33 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/6964451920_7464d52832.jpg)

I'm excited because I'm drinking at work! Which in no way shows that I've given up...
No, the fact you are wearing longjohns does.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 24, 2012, 03:18:00 PM

No, the fact you are wearing longjohns does.

It's a union suit, thank you very much. It has to be classy because "suit" is right there in its name.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 24, 2012, 05:29:05 PM

No, the fact you are wearing longjohns does.

It's a union suit, thank you very much. It has to be classy because "suit" is right there in its name.
Does it have a flap in the butt?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 25, 2012, 03:35:25 AM
Does it have a flap in the butt?

With ivory button closures.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 25, 2012, 05:18:55 AM
Does it have a flap in the butt?

With ivory button closures.
Ooh, classy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MontyServo on April 25, 2012, 12:48:49 PM
Just picked up a six-pack of this to enjoy tonight.

(http://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/images/stories/ourbeers/jai_alai_6pack.png)

Never had it before, but it has gotten some decent reviews.  I will follow up later on.

No picture cause I am still working on my beard.  Off from work for the next month so I will see how far I can let it go before I have to shave it off.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 25, 2012, 02:30:49 PM
No picture cause I am still working on my beard.  Off from work for the next month so I will see how far I can let it go before I have to shave it off.

Join in on the fun for Cinco De Mustache?
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=21626.msg716440#msg716440
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 27, 2012, 09:34:42 PM
Just picked up a six-pack of this to enjoy tonight.
(http://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/images/stories/ourbeers/jai_alai_6pack.png)
Never had it before, but it has gotten some decent reviews.  I will follow up later on.

I love Cigar City. Their Marshall Zhukov is one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Also their wood aged saisons (cedar wood and grapefruit wood are the 2 I've had) are spectacular. Speaking of beer, I spent the last few days in Vermont on a mini beer-cation. Got some awesome beer from Hill Farmstead (Society and Solitude #3 Double IPA, Everett Porter) and hung out with the greatest owner/bartender of the Three Penny Taproom, Scott Kerner. I had been emailing back and forth with him a little bit when we were in the planning stages of our trip and he hooked us up big time while we were there. That stuff aside, his bar is one of the best bars I've ever been to. Super fresh local beer, appropriately priced, great selection and variety, and the staff is outstanding. So anyone visiting Montpelier needs to go to the Three Penny Taproom. Oh, and our trip culminated in the original reason for going to Vermont:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/6974299464_76702c4fe0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 28, 2012, 09:55:06 AM
Got a six pack of these for myself
(http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj93/DonnieYen_2008/blue_label_.jpg)

And this blueberry beer for my wife. This is a nice summer beer.

(http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj93/DonnieYen_2008/DSC08112.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 28, 2012, 05:35:17 PM
Blueberry wheat beers are awesome. I still sting the praises of Sweetwater Blue.
Saranac just came out with a Blueberry Blonde ale. I don't intend to try it, but if you liked their white IPA you might want to give it a shot. Their beers are usually at least decent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2012, 11:43:33 AM
I probably should have waited to try a bottle of Rogue's Double Dead Guy. We'd just finished off a bottle of Full Sail's Top Sail Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels and everything just tasted "meh" after the Full Sail. I'd suggest it drinking the Top Sail last if you ever have the chance to try one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on April 29, 2012, 01:39:14 PM
Anyone besides me tried the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA? It's interesting, though I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say good. I mean, it's not BAD... it's just got a very unique feel to it. A little harsh on the finish, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 29, 2012, 01:45:52 PM
I was disappointed with it, I'd expect an IPA from Sierra Nevada to be pretty hoppy but this was weak. I think their Pale Ale is hoppier than the Ruthless Rye. Not bad, but a letdown.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: feinting goats on April 29, 2012, 01:48:00 PM
I dont like beer because it gives you diarrhea.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 29, 2012, 07:09:33 PM
I probably should have waited to try a bottle of Rogue's Double Dead Guy. We'd just finished off a bottle of Full Sail's Top Sail Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels and everything just tasted "meh" after the Full Sail. I'd suggest it drinking the Top Sail last if you ever have the chance to try one.
I've had the Double Dead Guy on its own and didn't really like it. I like regular Dead Guy, but not this. Really wish I could find the Top Sail. I've had the regular Imperial Porter from Full Sail, which wasn't bad.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 01, 2012, 07:55:28 AM
I just wanted to drop a horrible shameless plug for my store. We're nominated for Best Wine Shop on Cape Cod and we could use your help beating the big chains for this "award". So help a riffer out and cast a vote please? We only have til Friday. http://capecodalist.cityvoter.com/grain-and-vine-spirit-shoppe/biz/647071
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 01, 2012, 07:59:55 AM
I just wanted to drop a horrible shameless plug for my store. We're nominated for Best Wine Shop on Cape Cod and we could use your help beating the big chains for this "award". So help a riffer out and cast a vote please? We only have til Friday. http://capecodalist.cityvoter.com/grain-and-vine-spirit-shoppe/biz/647071

I second this motion.

Please vote for it.  It's a great shop, and they let us record our iRiffs in their haunted upper story!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 01, 2012, 08:04:39 AM
I think you can sign in via Twitter or Facebook. Not sure if they accost you with their nonsense after that but you don't have to do it through the traditional email, name, address, etc. Understandable if it's too much of a bother for some but we could really use the publicity.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 01, 2012, 08:08:09 AM
You need to sign up to vote.

Pass.

Thanks for the support.  Party pooper.  ;)

Yeah it's lame that you need to sign up, but it's probably how they're making sure people don't just vote a billion times.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 01, 2012, 09:20:27 PM
Drinking a Kona Brewing Co. Koko Brown, a bit sweet (probably a tad more than most would like here on the forum) but quite good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 02, 2012, 11:05:53 AM
There you go, voted. I was interested to see if it'd do a geographic check since I used FB. But it didn't so I suppose the ballot boxes can be stuffed to the gills. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 02, 2012, 12:44:16 PM
Thanks Tripe! I would have been surprised if they made it so that only people who live on Cape Cod could vote. Especially considering that our population more than triples in the summer time, what with tourists and people with summer homes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 04, 2012, 08:23:40 AM
Last day for voting!  Anyone else we can convince to vote for Kyle's shop?

http://t.co/Dt3Qn7LI
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 04, 2012, 02:03:26 PM
Vote Vote Vote! http://ctvr.us/grainandvine I promise not to bother you after you all vote tonight!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 12, 2012, 10:30:53 AM
Just wanted to let folks know that we came in 5th in the Best Wine Shop on Cape Cod contest. We were just a handful of votes behind our biggest competitor which is a chain of at least half a dozen stores. We beat out some really well respected shops and I want to thank any of you who took the time to vote and support us. 5th out of 25 stores (about 2000 people voted) is far better than I thought we would do, particularly since we were nominated with only 4 days left to vote. Thanks again guys, I'll leave you alone til the next time we get nominated for something.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 12, 2012, 10:31:57 AM
Just tried the Easter IPA my friend and I made. We followed the directions on making Lagunitas IPA and then added more hops every step of the way. Somewhere along the way we must've done something wrong because the beer is not hoppy at all. It's quite good, it's got a balanced taste between the hops and the malt but we were a bit let down that all the hops we used didn't give us what we were hoping for.

EDITED TO ADD: It takes a lot like a Bock, something like Dead Guy Ale. We're definitely keeping our recipe though. Next up I think we're gonna brew an oatmeal stout and something else.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 12, 2012, 12:05:23 PM
Dammit I need a beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 12, 2012, 12:44:21 PM
Well I'm down to half a case of Heady Topper. Jeepers, apparently 2 cases wasn't enough.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on May 13, 2012, 07:22:16 PM
Had some Labbatt Blue Light Lime beer at my parent's place today for Mother's Day..

Damn fine beer that might challenge Bud Light Lime as my fave :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 14, 2012, 05:18:44 AM
Had some Labbatt Blue Light Lime beer at my parent's place today for Mother's Day..

Damn fine beer that might challenge Bud Light Lime as my fave :o

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/531410_10150965307205962_522110961_12262413_990622602_n.jpg)

 ;)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 14, 2012, 06:16:16 AM
Had some Labbatt Blue Light Lime beer at my parent's place today for Mother's Day..

Damn fine beer that might challenge Bud Light Lime as my fave :o
My Canadian beer of choice is Alexander Keith's. Though that's more nostalgia than quality.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 15, 2012, 03:42:53 PM
Best part of working for tips: paying your $50 bar tab in singles. (and in case you're wondering what is in the glass, it's Young's Double Chocolate Stout)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/150707_10150817263018016_646868015_9744312_558987501_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 15, 2012, 04:07:19 PM
Just had a Stowaway IPA from Baxter Brewing. Next time I will lead this one for my brother. Didn't care for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 15, 2012, 06:53:09 PM
Best part of working for tips: paying your $50 bar tab in singles. (and in case you're wondering what is in the glass, it's Young's Double Chocolate Stout)
That's good stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 16, 2012, 05:47:10 PM
Best part of working for tips: paying your $50 bar tab in singles. (and in case you're wondering what is in the glass, it's Young's Double Chocolate Stout)
That's good stuff.
I agree.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 16, 2012, 06:09:44 PM
Also drank Elysian's The Immortal IPA, very good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 19, 2012, 08:12:34 PM
Today was the wrap up day for South Shore/Cape and Islands Beer Week. Mysteriously all the breweries and reps that we tried to book to come do an event at our store said we were too small of a store to be worth their while. What changed from last year when they all came down, had a great time and asked to come again the following year? I have a hunch that some "powers that be" put pressure on them to avoid us crazy rebels. Shame on us for carrying brands from other companies. So my coworker and I decided, fuck 'em (one behemoth distribution company in particular) we'll host our own beer celebration at the shop. We chose particular beers at random and if people picked one, we would buy it for them. Also we did an impromptu beer tasting with a couple of our favorite brews. Then our piece de resistance was beer infusion. We used a french press and infused bourbon soaked oak chips into Berkshire Brewing's Imperial Stout. It was amazing. Then we infused Wild Bill's beef jerky into Long Trail's Imperial Porter. It was amazingly horrible. Last we infused Cote D'or Belgian dark chocolate into Weyerbacher's Tiny Imperial Belgian Stout. That was also amazing (sorry, no picture). Tomorrow I plan on infusing cucumbers and mint into a saison. Has anyone else tried the whole "randall" thing? I know it's sort of a controversial topic among hardcore beer nerds but I don't see the problem with it. (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/7230933990_ec824e9dd8.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5466/7230933860_fa631bd807.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 19, 2012, 10:14:48 PM
The saison with cucumbers and mint sounds like it would be great. 
I'll let you know how it turns out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 21, 2012, 04:12:59 PM
St. Feuillien Saison infused with cucumber and mint. WOW. Really f***ing good. I used about a dozen fresh mint leaves and a whole cucumber (about 8 inches) for 22 oz's of beer. Next round I would say half a cuke and a few more mint leaves but damn, this was a great one.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8145/7245262174_c6a903c403.jpg)(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7245261978_eefa99957e.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 21, 2012, 06:20:18 PM
How long do you have them in the french press for and do you press it down hard/lightly and then try and mix everything up in the press?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 21, 2012, 06:47:45 PM
How long do you have them in the french press for and do you press it down hard/lightly and then try and mix everything up in the press?
I leave stuff in the press for about 15-20 min in the fridge. No pressing down is required. What happens is that beers with a high ABV will strip a lot of flavor from whatever you put in there. So for things like chocolate bars, nuts, light roasted coffee beans or other ingredients that don't have any sort of juice to them you'd need a higher ABV to get the flavors out of them. Ingredients like fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, they don't require much effort to extract flavor so you can get away with low ABV beers. Of course, if you let things soak for an extended period of time then the ABV doesn't matter. But you'll have zero carbonation. Oh and I should note that doing an infusion this way causes a majority of the carbonation to disappear. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 21, 2012, 07:15:07 PM
Ah, thanks for clarifying. Where'd ya get the bourbon soaked oak chips? I've been trying to convince my friend we need to make a batch of beer and leave some bourbon oak chips in them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 21, 2012, 07:18:57 PM
Ah, thanks for clarifying. Where'd ya get the bourbon soaked oak chips? I've been trying to convince my friend we need to make a batch of beer and leave some bourbon oak chips in them.
My boss was soaking some oak chips in (I think) Rock Hill Farms bourbon with the intent of using them for homebrewing. But he's a monstrous air-head and forgot about them in the kitchen at the shop for over a year. I re-discovered them in a mason jar the other night and figured that he'll never use them for homebrewing so I might as well play around with them. It's about time they got put to good use.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 22, 2012, 05:26:42 AM
Does the beer not go flat when you put it through the press?
Not entirely but... I should note that doing an infusion this way causes a majority of the carbonation to disappear. If you push the plunger down all the way through the beer then you lose a lot more carbonation. If you can get away with not using the plunger at all then that saves more of the carbonation. Another trick is to only use about half of the beer in the press and then combine it with the unused portion in the glass. That will give you a little more carbonation and also subdue the flavors so they aren't overwhelming.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 22, 2012, 07:24:30 AM
I think having flat beer would put me off; the second way you describe would probably work better for me. I don't mind real ales, but I prefer something with bubbles.
For things like IPAs, pales, etc, if I'm wanting more hop punch I just drop a whole cone into the glass. You don't lose carbonation and it looks cooler. Aside from the saison I've stayed away from beers that have a higher carbonation. That way when the bubbles aren't there as much it's not as drastic a change. Imperial stouts, porters, barleywines, etc.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 22, 2012, 08:47:08 AM
I think having flat beer would put me off; the second way you describe would probably work better for me. I don't mind real ales, but I prefer something with bubbles.
For things like IPAs, pales, etc, if I'm wanting more hop punch I just drop a whole cone into the glass. You don't lose carbonation and it looks cooler. Aside from the saison I've stayed away from beers that have a higher carbonation. That way when the bubbles aren't there as much it's not as drastic a change. Imperial stouts, porters, barleywines, etc.

A dried cone or a fresh one?
Both work. It really depends on what hop flavors you prefer. Using a fresh ("wet") hop will give you more green, grassy flavors while a dried hop will give more of the earthy, spicy flavors. There won't be a drastic difference when using the same strain of hop but it is noticeable. Some varieties work better dried, in my opinion. Saaz and Fuggles are two that I think work better dried while Cascade and Mount Hood work better wet. Amarillo and Simcoe I go back and forth on. It's all personal preference, really.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on May 22, 2012, 07:17:35 PM
You guys need to come to Houston and we can make beer together.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 22, 2012, 08:01:02 PM
Since Texas is so strict with their beer regulations I was trying to think of ways to sneak the beer out of Houston and could only come up with "my stomach".
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on May 22, 2012, 08:10:50 PM
Since Texas is so strict with their beer regulations I was trying to think of ways to sneak the beer out of Houston and could only come up with "my stomach".
Might hurt the resale value, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bob on May 22, 2012, 08:12:31 PM
That's why I make my own beer in Houston....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 28, 2012, 04:17:30 PM
Grain & Vine won best Package Store in Barnstable in a landslide (59% of the votes)!
So congrats to KBrennan & the other awesome employees there (and the ghosts that haunt the upstairs where we record our iRiffs)

(http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/273x203/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/a7591482d554f066051974a27446d2d1)

http://barnstable-hyannis.patch.com/articles/winner-best-package-store-in-barnstable
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 09, 2012, 01:56:40 PM
This brewery is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. I've had the Double Jack and it's delicious. I feel bad I'm gonna have to one day open this Parabola and enjoy it knowing it's a limited release.

(http://i.imgur.com/aBShyl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on June 09, 2012, 03:20:21 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UAMuzLTTpg0/TjQnaErLguI/AAAAAAAAAEI/00ChgpdlZgY/s1600/southern_tier_creme_brulee_imperial_milk_stout.jpg)

Brewed by Southern Tier. Taste can best be described as french vanilla coffee. A bit too strong, but a tasty beer nonetheless.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 09, 2012, 08:30:26 PM
This brewery is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. I've had the Double Jack and it's delicious. I feel bad I'm gonna have to one day open this Parabola and enjoy it knowing it's a limited release.

(http://i.imgur.com/aBShyl.jpg)
The Parabola is a monster beer. I have 3 in my cellar from last year's release, as well as 2 Abacus (barrel aged barleywine) from 2010 and a Sucaba (they had to rename the Abacus due to naming rights) from 2011. The Double Jack is one of my favorite double IPAs out there. Firestone Walker does some amazing stuff with barrel aging.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 10, 2012, 08:44:15 AM
Since I didn't realize how involved doing an official LOC on Favorite Beers would be, how about I just throw out an impromptu 2 part question here and see what happens?
Is there a specific beer that blew your mind (I call them revelation beers)? If you haven't found one then what is your favorite go-to beer?
I've had 3 revelation beers. Heady Topper from Alchemist in VT, the Marshall Zhukov from Cigar City in FL and the (Blanton) bourbon barrel aged Damon from Hill Farmstead in VT. And I have to say, Hill Farmstead is rapidly becoming my favorite brewery. Every beer I've had from them has been really good to amazing. So how about you guys?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8164/7358095030_0d53a095b9.jpg)(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/7172875891_4409820814.jpg)(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7172876023_caac185515.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 10, 2012, 10:45:06 AM
Full Sail's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout blew my mind the first time I had it. Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew was pretty amazing as well I wasn't sure what it was until we poured it and it came out pitch black. Our local brewery Sockeye aged their IPA in Maker's Mark barrels and their stout in Jack Daniel's barrels and that was fantastic, I drank as much as I could since it was in limited supply. Stone's Ruination IPA dry-hopped with calypso hops was fan-freaking-tastic as well. I haven't had a lot of different beers but I'm working on it. Those ones stood out. I can't really get into sour ales. My go-to beers are Lagunitas brand, usually their seasonal releases.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 10, 2012, 01:52:16 PM
IPA on Maker's Mark barrels sounds fascinating. I'll have to see if I can track some down.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 10, 2012, 01:53:45 PM
I had 3 pints over the span of a few hours and it took me forever and six glasses of water to sober up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 10, 2012, 02:17:44 PM
I never got real adventurous when it came to beer. Being raised on nothing but Isla Vista keg parties and cheap-ass 30-packs, I was still drinking swill in my early twenties. My friend went off to college up in Humboldt and soon introduced me to Sierra Nevada, which at the time was a huge revelation for me. I latched onto it, and Pale Ale was my go-to beer for pretty much the next fifteen years. Even when I strayed from Pale Ale, I tended to stick within the Sierra Nevada family, becoming a big fan of Celebration Ale for the holidays, and Bigfoot Ale for those times I wanted to expedite the process of getting drunk. I tried a lot of different beers, but none of them ever stuck.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 10, 2012, 02:58:56 PM
I never got real adventurous when it came to beer. Being raised on nothing but Isla Vista keg parties and cheap-ass 30-packs, I was still drinking swill in my early twenties. My friend went off to college up in Humboldt and soon introduced me to Sierra Nevada, which at the time was a huge revelation for me. I latched onto it, and Pale Ale was my go-to beer for pretty much the next fifteen years. Even when I strayed from Pale Ale, I tended to stick within the Sierra Nevada family, becoming a big fan of Celebration Ale for the holidays, and Bigfoot Ale for those times I wanted to expedite the process of getting drunk. I tried a lot of different beers, but none of them ever stuck.
Sierra Nevada is, in my opinion, one of the best breweries out there for mass appeal. What I mean is that a lot of their beers are approachable for people who are used to the macros but those same beers are made well enough that super snobs appreciate and enjoy them. And they have a few beers that aren't very approachable for a non-enthusiast but for Anoraks like me they're wonderful.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 15, 2012, 08:54:54 AM
My girlfriend took me out to dinner for my birthday yesterday. We went to the Publick House in Brookline, which is reportedly one of the best beer bars in the state. We ordered our beer and I posted on Twitter that I was enjoying a nice brew with milady. About 5 minutes later a server came up and said "excuse me, are you Kyle from the Grain and Vine?" I was taken aback and said "yeh, I am..." "Our owner noticed that you mentioned you were here on Twitter and he's heard of you and your store and he wanted to offer you two a bottle from our reserve cellar, on the house." So we ordered a $45 wheat wine for dessert. Sometimes I'm astounded at the perks of my job.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on June 15, 2012, 09:43:18 AM
I'm a fan of local brewers No-Li (formerly Northern Lights brewery, but... name dispute happened) and they have some LOVELY beers. Their Crystal Bitter is pretty fantastic, and if I hear that No-Li IPA is on tap when I'm out and about, I stop the server's list recitation right there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 15, 2012, 10:57:02 AM
I haven't been to the Publick House in a long time. I really need to get back there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: saneman1 on June 15, 2012, 11:27:14 AM
Although I don't drink anymore, but I would suggest Carlsberg, after living in the UK for a bit, and although it's considered piss by a lot in the UK, my American pallet thought it was great.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 16, 2012, 07:11:42 PM
(http://cdn.pophangover.com/wp-content/uploads/beer-trouble.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 23, 2012, 02:50:29 PM
Bought a six pack of Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA and Wasatch's The Devastator Double Bock Lager. The Firestone IPA taste like Lagunitas IPA (which isn't a bad thing at all) and the Wasatch tastes a lot like Rogue's Dead Guy Ale which is better because it's about $3 cheaper.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 25, 2012, 01:32:05 PM
Bought a six pack of Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA and Wasatch's The Devastator Double Bock Lager. The Firestone IPA taste like Lagunitas IPA (which isn't a bad thing at all) and the Wasatch tastes a lot like Rogue's Dead Guy Ale which is better because it's about $3 cheaper.
I have to say, I like maibocks but the Dead Guy really does not do it for me. I'm wondering if it's because the maibocks I like use lager yeast and the Dead Guy uses ale yeast. One of those things I enjoy about beer; just a little difference in the ingredients makes a big difference in taste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 07, 2012, 09:46:09 AM
I saved two 6-packs of Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from earlier this year (it was a limited release) and cracked open a few bottles. So good!

And totally worth the hangover too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 11:00:51 AM
I saved two 6-packs of Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from earlier this year (it was a limited release) and cracked open a few bottles. So good!

And totally worth the hangover too.
Lagunitas is wonderful. By the by, Lagunitas Sucks will be back in the rotation very soon. They got their label approval about a month ago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 03:44:49 PM
Okay guys and gals. I have 2 damaged cans of Coors Light here at the shop that I can't sell. What should I do to dispose of them? Best answer gets filmed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on July 07, 2012, 03:53:27 PM
low-earth orbit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 07, 2012, 04:00:33 PM
Do you have access to a wood chipper?

Failing that, modified potato cannon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 07, 2012, 04:29:34 PM
Okay guys and gals. I have 2 damaged cans of Coors Light here at the shop that I can't sell. What should I do to dispose of them? Best answer gets filmed.

Put in paint-shaker, Simpsons-style.
Offer to have a drink with unsuspecting oaf with poor beer taste.
Enjoy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 07, 2012, 07:19:42 PM
Gallagher style smash.  Although it might be hard to find a massive wooden mallet to smash both of them at the same time, standard sledge would be cool one at a time though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 08:01:27 PM
I suck at forums. Can't figure out video embedding on here with Flickr...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 08:32:59 PM
This came about after a conversation that sort of went "I wonder if the cans could be flammable." "With enough WD40 they probably could."

http://www.youtube.com/v/KMgE0GKqfVs
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 07, 2012, 08:41:05 PM
That video is private.

Oh man, what a tease!  >:(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 08:43:09 PM
I still suck at forums.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 07, 2012, 08:45:11 PM
Better?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 07, 2012, 08:54:54 PM
This came about after a conversation that sort of went "I wonder if the cans could be flammable." "With enough WD40 they probably could."

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Nice, although if you ask me, that was much too dignified an end for that aluminum repository of watered-down deer piss.

I especially liked the cautious backing up as soon as it started popping.  :scared:

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 08, 2012, 07:57:22 AM
So I was at TGI Friday's yesterday, I'm not proud of it but I was peckish, and I had a pint of this:

(http://intoxicology.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/angry-orchard-logo.jpg)

Not too bad, not stupendous but definitely acceptable should I be in a TGI Friday's again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 22, 2012, 06:33:57 AM
Just got back from the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington. This was probably one of my favorite beer festivals that I've been to. The others I've been to had a tendency to be more of a "look how much I can drink in 2 hours!" kind of festival. At least one person vomited at each of those. But not here. Very relaxed and happy atmosphere, not to mention it's right on Lake Champlain so the setting is gorgeous. I've heard that the Saturday sessions can get kind of "fratty" and chaotic so I'm glad I went on Friday. The highlight of the festival was a Black Pepper Porter from Vermont Beer Company. Though the Walden (hoppy session ale) from Hill Farmstead was also fantastic. Of course since I was in Vermont I had to stop by Hill Farmstead and the Alchemist to stock up. We stumbled upon Rock Art Brewery on our way too. I'll have a picture later today but I bought a case of Heady Topper and 4pk of Celia (saison) from the Alchemist; 4 Everett (porter) and a Vera Mae (saison) from Hill Farmstead; a Belvidere (Imperial IPA), Double Smoked Porter, IPA 2, Sunny and 75 (saison) from Rock Art. All fresh from the breweries. At stores I bought a Geueze (sour beer) from Cantillon and the Naval College Porter (aged 2 years on Bruichladdich Octomore barrels) from Meantime. And of course went to Three Penny Taproom to visit Scott. Anyone going through or near Montpelier will be doing themselves a great disservice if they don't stop in at the Three Penny. The food is awesome and the beers are fresh and delicious. And Scott is the man.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 22, 2012, 09:27:21 AM
Not pictured: The Heady Toppers that went as gifts or were consumed, the Everetts that were gifted and the Belvidere that we drank. (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7622772030_0219225966.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 30, 2012, 12:41:12 PM
Not pictured: The Heady Toppers that went as gifts or were consumed, the Everetts that were gifted and the Belvidere that we drank. (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7622772030_0219225966.jpg)
I'm down to 1 Heady Topper, 1 Hill Farmstead Everett and the Cantillon Gueuze. I'm not a huge sour beer fan but I like some and I've heard that Cantillon makes some of the best. Also gueuzes are supposed to be really good, so I'm excited to try it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 26, 2012, 07:21:41 PM
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 27, 2012, 06:42:29 AM
I am debating making my own hard cider this fall, but I would need to get the supplies for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2012, 06:43:04 AM
Make Perry.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 27, 2012, 06:46:54 AM
What is Perry.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2012, 06:48:21 AM
Hard Cider, made from Pears instead of Apples. I love both but Perry has the edge.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 27, 2012, 06:56:58 AM
Oh, okay. I probably would start with apple cider first because, as you said, I can easily buy unpasteurized apple cider where I am, whereas with pears I would have to press them myself. And that is exactly what I would do -- buy unpasteurized cider and add champagne yeast to it and allow it to ferment. I've made that before, too, and it was the best hard cider I've ever had in my life.

I was actually planning on bottling it in 12 oz. bottles because I'm the only one who would drink it and it seems like a liter bottle would go to waste. I do have one of those reusable wine corks, though, which would extend the life somewhat. But you're right, if I go the 12 oz. bottle route I'll have to get a capper and buy bottle caps.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 27, 2012, 09:22:03 AM
Ah, memories of the great root beer explosion when I was a kid.  My folks made rood beer in 3 liter glass bottles and one morning they exploded.  It was lucky no one was in the room, there was glass imbedded in the walls and furniture.

20 oz. plastic soda bottles are a good size for this kind of thing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 27, 2012, 10:44:08 AM
Weird. My brother has been doing homebrewing for probably a decade and didn't really have many blowouts.

I don't like the idea of bottling in plastic but I can't really think of a reason to say 'no' except that it's really ghetto.  Plastic is kind of nasty in general.

I think it was the size of the bottles, 3 liters let it build up way too much pressure for a regular glass soda bottle.  Although I have heard of smaller bottles exploding (I noticed you said "many" in the line above), there's a reason why champagne bottles are so thick.

If you are trying to impress friends then plastic is kind of cheap looking, but if doing it just for yourself who cares what it looks like.  I've made vanilla soda in them and it works fine. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 27, 2012, 11:46:08 AM
I know that you're not supposed to re-use plastic water bottles, because the porous plastic loves bacteria. Maybe that's an issue.

Wouldn't have anything to do with being "porous", I would guess not being able to sterilize them in boiling water would be the issue since they melt.  You can warm wash them and make sure they are completely dry for a few days before using them, very few strains of bacteria can survive being dried out, so as long as you don't bottle in a hay barn you are probably safe (can't remember the name of it but know one of the hard to kill types likes to live in hay).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 16, 2012, 11:41:14 AM
Here's a second "Death of a Coors Light" video.
http://www.youtube.com/v/TZcGZYLg494?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lembach on September 16, 2012, 08:00:33 PM
I hate beer/ale but I would try a pumpkin flavored one. Sounds good.
Who would of thunk such a good taste could come from a squash?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 17, 2012, 05:16:23 PM
I also bought two six packs of Post Road a few weeks ago. Still making my way through them. Blue Moons pumpkin is, like most of their beers, good but really nothing special.

Just picked up Saranac's pumpkin offering. Going to try it later tonight.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 18, 2012, 05:29:27 AM
I'm really not a big fan of pumpkin beers but the Punkin from Dogfish Head, Punk'n from Uinta and Pumking from Southern Tier are good. The Pumking is like liquid pumpkin pie, complete with graham cracker crust. I tend to prefer the ones that taste more of pumpkin as opposed to the spices. The Pumking is an exception.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 18, 2012, 05:38:04 AM
Also for the fans of Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Lager, here's a review I did of Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager. Pretty similar beers, in my opinion.
http://www.youtube.com/v/5lYm8dHxkl0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 18, 2012, 05:47:37 AM
I love all the stingers at the end of your videos.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 18, 2012, 08:51:52 AM
Also, the Post Road -is- an ale, not a lager.
Hm. What beer am I thinking of then? I must be getting Brooklyn's confused with someone else's. Maybe Blue Hills? I find both breweries pretty unremarkable for my taste so maybe that's where my confusion is. Could have sworn Brooklyn's was a lager, too but it seems not. Eh well, that's the trouble with trying to keep 500+ beers straight in your head.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on September 18, 2012, 03:00:50 PM
The microbrewery we went to in college has now finally started selling its beer all over Nebraska!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 20, 2012, 10:53:53 AM
Also, the Post Road -is- an ale, not a lager.
Hm. What beer am I thinking of then? I must be getting Brooklyn's confused with someone else's. Maybe Blue Hills? I find both breweries pretty unremarkable for my taste so maybe that's where my confusion is. Could have sworn Brooklyn's was a lager, too but it seems not. Eh well, that's the trouble with trying to keep 500+ beers straight in your head.
I think Post Road tastes a lot like Brooklyn Lager, but I don't think Brooklyn Lager tastes much like a lager.

As for the Saranac Pumpkin, I liked it a bit more than Post Road, could taste the pumpkin/spices more.
Just picked up Dogfish Head and Smuttynose's pumpkin beers. With the rate I drink I'll probably have nothing but pumpkin beers through October and most of November.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on September 21, 2012, 05:41:41 AM
I'm a sucker for fall beers. I picked up a sixer of Abita's Pecan Harvest ale. I've had another pecan beer and it was pretty good.

Hey, Tom Servo's farm is branching out!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 23, 2012, 07:53:24 PM
This could also go in the Facebook thread.
(https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/9/20/-ppUvna3SkaOc3bRTBo30A2.png)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 05, 2012, 11:37:24 AM
I just put my session IPA into some secondary fermenters. I split it into 3 parts; 1 is getting left alone, 1 is getting dry hopped with Cascade hops and 1 is getting dry hopped with a new to me hop, Wakatu. I tried a little bit of it as we transferred it and man oh man, it is fantastic right now. If it turns out the way I think it will I'm going to want to have this all the flipping time. I'll post pictures soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 05, 2012, 01:18:17 PM
Also you have part 1 of a new video series you can post in here...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 05, 2012, 06:42:43 PM
Also you have part 1 of a new video series you can post in here...
True.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 05, 2012, 06:47:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/tM4MnmKj4TM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on November 07, 2012, 12:29:51 PM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/405043_475926885784673_1260733980_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 07, 2012, 03:17:04 PM
So speaking of my homebrew, is anyone feeling ambitious? We could use label designs for this latest batch. We kegged the first one so no label required. This one, however, we intend to bottle. So a little bit about the beer: It's a session (low ABV) IPA using a lot of hops. We ended up splitting the batch in half so we could experiment. This means we're going to need 2 labels. One batch (at my house) is being dry hopped with the Wakatu hop strain from New Zealand. The other batch (at my cousin Mark's house) is being dry hopped with a bunch of other hops. Nugget and Cascade I think are the ones he's using. We made it on the night before "Hurricane" Sandy hit so we're thinking of going with the name Small Storm Session IPA. I know we have a lot of creative people out there, far more creative than I am, so I'd love some help in coming up with a design. ABV is on pace to finish up at 4%. If you want pictures of anything I can post them here. And if there's any other info you want, just ask. Thanks for your help guys!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: losingmydignity on November 07, 2012, 04:11:21 PM
Also, the Post Road -is- an ale, not a lager.
Hm. What beer am I thinking of then? I must be getting Brooklyn's confused with someone else's. Maybe Blue Hills? I find both breweries pretty unremarkable for my taste so maybe that's where my confusion is. Could have sworn Brooklyn's was a lager, too but it seems not. Eh well, that's the trouble with trying to keep 500+ beers straight in your head.
I think Post Road tastes a lot like Brooklyn Lager, but I don't think Brooklyn Lager tastes much like a lager.

As for the Saranac Pumpkin, I liked it a bit more than Post Road, could taste the pumpkin/spices more.
Just picked up Dogfish Head and Smuttynose's pumpkin beers. With the rate I drink I'll probably have nothing but pumpkin beers through October and most of November.

I moved to a part of the country that doesn't have smuttynose. Bummer.

I know it's late in the season but has anyone found a good pumpkin beer besides smutty and dogfish?

And what about Holiday brews? I still find Sierra's Celebration the best.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: losingmydignity on November 07, 2012, 04:47:28 PM
Post Road Pumpkin is still my hands-down favorite.

It's kind of early for Holiday Beers. I still have one I bought in August from 2011 though, so I'll enjoy that.

I don't know, I saw a cafe pushing Upslopes new Xmas beer yesterday.

Post Road never did much for me, esp. after I discovered Smutty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on November 08, 2012, 07:32:13 AM
I tried the pumpkin ale from Southampton. Allegedly there is vanilla extract in it, which is what attracted me. Think they might be lying. Still good though, most similar to Smuttynose from what I've had.
Southern Tier's Pumking has a good reputation around here. If you can find it then give it a try.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 08, 2012, 09:26:25 AM
So speaking of my homebrew, is anyone feeling ambitious? We could use label designs for this latest batch.

We kegged the first one so no label required. This one, however, we intend to bottle. So a little bit about the beer: It's a session (low ABV) IPA using a lot of hops. We ended up splitting the batch in half so we could experiment. This means we're going to need 2 labels. One batch (at my house) is being dry hopped with the Wakatu hop strain from New Zealand. The other batch (at my cousin Mark's house) is being dry hopped with a bunch of other hops. Nugget and Cascade I think are the ones he's using. We made it on the night before "Hurricane" Sandy hit so we're thinking of going with the name Small Storm Session IPA. I know we have a lot of creative people out there, far more creative than I am, so I'd love some help in coming up with a design. ABV is on pace to finish up at 4%. If you want pictures of anything I can post them here. And if there's any other info you want, just ask. Thanks for your help guys!

So are you looking for 1 label or two since there's different batches?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 08, 2012, 02:51:13 PM
So are you looking for 1 label or two since there's different batches?
2 labels would be preferable but just 1 is fine too. We can always write "dry hopped with (insert hop)" on the labels if necessary.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 08, 2012, 03:26:56 PM
hell yea... for some free beer... I'll make you the best Kete / Chocolate covered banana themed beer label you've ever seen!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: losingmydignity on November 08, 2012, 06:53:46 PM
I tried the pumpkin ale from Southampton. Allegedly there is vanilla extract in it, which is what attracted me. Think they might be lying. Still good though, most similar to Smuttynose from what I've had.
Southern Tier's Pumking has a good reputation around here. If you can find it then give it a try.

Going to the liquormart later, see if they have any of these though I have a feeling I've tried them before.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 08, 2012, 07:31:06 PM
Y'know, last time someone wanted a beer label designed, he offered a contest and gift certificates to the winners.

Just sayin'.
hell yea... for some free beer... I'll make you the best Kete / Chocolate covered banana themed beer label you've ever seen!!!
Since I live in a state that still has some dumb arcane blue laws, I won't be able to ship anyone beer. So how about a slightly rumpled $20 bill for the label I end up picking?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 09, 2012, 06:23:16 PM
Here's some pictures of my homebrewing adventures.
The boil just before we added the hops
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8339/8170908585_976d693d6e.jpg)
Girl Kyle pitching the yeast
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8198/8170908927_5846b73106.jpg)
A sample from the night we moved it into the secondary for dry hopping
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8197/8170909123_e84fcb592f.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 10, 2012, 07:47:44 AM
Full size here (http://www.albany.edu/~kd784558/beer/images/beeriodic-table.jpg)

(http://www.albany.edu/~kd784558/beer/images/beeriodic-table.jpg)

Since I live in a state that still has some dumb arcane blue laws, I won't be able to ship anyone beer. So how about a slightly rumpled $20 bill for the label I end up picking?
Job's a goodun. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 18, 2012, 02:48:32 PM
Bottling begins tonight for my IPA! I can't wait to try this thing. It's been torture seeing the carboy in the cellar. It'll probably be worse once it's bottled and I have to wait another 2-4 weeks before it's conditioned.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 18, 2012, 03:06:39 PM
I assume there will be a special episode of Two Kyles for your Small Storm brew?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 19, 2012, 04:08:53 AM
Maybe. Had I been thinking I probably would have brought my camera to do some filming of the brewing but it didn't really occur to me. Maybe for the next one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 27, 2012, 04:07:23 PM
Hey k1, think you could whip up a little photoshop label for my homebrew using this picture? If possible it'd be nice to have a little speech bubble (or something) with the "come thou at me, bro!" on it. Some sort of old timey script for the beer name would be ideal. Let me know if you have any other questions about the beer.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8224689915_1a8613907c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 27, 2012, 04:22:15 PM
(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/Picture1.png)

Is a better construction. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 27, 2012, 04:53:28 PM
Something like this?

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/10_uw3oe_1354063763.png

Just a rough draft, but you get the idea.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on November 27, 2012, 06:28:01 PM
Suddenly I want to draw that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 27, 2012, 07:08:49 PM
Suddenly I want to draw that.

Go for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 27, 2012, 07:13:21 PM
The link finally worked on this phone, nice work. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 27, 2012, 07:14:16 PM
"Come at me, brew!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 28, 2012, 04:52:09 AM
this does nothing in regards to the label for the bottle... But I already had this old timey prohibition picture on my laptop... and she fits right in...

(http://i.imgur.com/a9agX.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on November 28, 2012, 07:09:02 AM
started as an idea for a label... then this happened... and I gave up.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c358/nunyerbiz/germanstyle.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: GordonZola on November 28, 2012, 03:56:36 PM
Combines two of my favorite things in the world....

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/elgoods-hawkwind/121181/ (http://i330.photobucket.com/albums/l406/eastendscreamer/Pubs/ElgoodsHawkwindBeerClip.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2012, 04:56:51 PM
Yep and those farts are a multitude of colours and psychotropic compounds.


I'd be worried about what I'd see after a pint of that (one of my favourite things about Lemmy is that he was kicked out of Hawkwind for doing too many drugs, which shouldn't even be possible for a mortal to achieve).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bta on November 28, 2012, 06:34:30 PM
4.5% alcohol??

I should bottle my pee.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on November 28, 2012, 07:12:20 PM
Something like this?

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/10_uw3oe_1354063763.png

Just a rough draft, but you get the idea.
That looks pretty good. Maybe make the "Advance..." a little smaller so it's more clear which of the two is the name of the beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 02, 2012, 03:02:12 PM
I'm going to crack open one of my homebrews in the next couple days to see how the bottle conditioning is going. It seems like there is some carbonation happening, just based on a visual inspection 4 days ago, but not enough yet. Til then, I'm enjoying the Genealogy of Morals from Hill Farmstead. Imperial coffee stout aged on red wine barrels. Madeira wine, specifically. Tasty tasty. How are labels coming along?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 06, 2012, 07:28:46 PM
Good good. These bad boys will be ready by Sunday. Yay beer that you made yourself!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 12, 2012, 04:44:19 PM
The sales reps keep bringing me free samples of their winter/holiday beers and I haven't had a chance to get to them yet. Though the rep for Southern Tier described their 2XMAS to me as being " like drinking a bowl of potpourri."  I looked at him for a beat then handed him the bottle back. "That sounds awful." It was a funny gag and he laughed but man, that really does sound awful to me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 13, 2012, 03:31:46 PM
Tonight is the night I crack open my homebrews. I'm really excited. On my last taste it seemed as though maybe dry hopping with Nugget and Wakatu was a little conflicting. Too much earthy bitterness in the Nugget battling the fruitiness of the Wakatu. Hopefully the Nugget will mellow a little bit and the carbonation with help brighten it up. I'll let post my findings later.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 14, 2012, 04:36:13 AM
Wow, that did not end up the way I expected. Lots of off flavors (super grassy) which are either due to old grain or the hops not being properly dried. Part of it could also be that the Wakatu hops (on further research) are pretty strong on the grassy-ness, which I didn't realize. So all in all, it didn't taste too bad but it was pretty disappointing after how well it was doing early on. Carbonation was spot on so that was nice. Hopefully third time's a charm...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 24, 2012, 05:37:04 AM
Two Kyles holiday special:

http://www.youtube.com/v/u7XJrP7659w?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

So wait, did you like that second beer? Or.....?  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 02, 2013, 07:39:24 PM
With the relative success of my session IPA I've decided on my next brew: a saison with black pepper, coriander and orange peel. I'm considering trying to age a portion of it in a small wine barrel that I have from my old shop. The only hitch is that the barrel held red wine and I feel like white wine would be better for blending with the pepper, coriander and orange. Maybe I'll hold off on the citrus for the barrel aged portion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on January 16, 2013, 04:21:50 PM
The saison has been brewed and is fermenting away. I decided against the wine barrel idea and I wasn't able to find any alternative wood chips so this will be a pretty straightforward saison. I'm a little disappointed with the original gravity on this one. It could turn out to be a rather low ABV beer. Our goal was 7% but I think it may end up closer to 4%.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 03, 2013, 07:48:20 AM
Bottling my saison today. Life got in the way so it's been sitting on the yeast for too long. I hope it's still okay.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 17, 2013, 09:47:09 AM
Cracked open a bottle of saison last night. Smell is right on, carbonation is nearly there and the taste is real nice. Only issue is our efficiency is not great on this one. So it's pretty lightweight but still a nice refreshing beer. We'll see what a little more bottle conditioning does for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 24, 2013, 10:35:35 AM
Suggested new name for thread: K2 Talks to Himself.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 24, 2013, 11:16:09 AM
Cracking open that bottle of your Saison when we get home from this awkward inLaw party.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 06, 2013, 06:24:10 AM
Forgot to report back. K2's homebrew Saison "Grampy's Jeepster" was really good. Could've used a tad more carbonation, but taste-wise it was really good.  s1 liked it too.

I may steal another bottle whenever I get down there next if any are left.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lembach on March 07, 2013, 09:54:37 PM
(http://bluestreak2.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/piswasser.jpg)

This is pretty much all beer to me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 08, 2013, 06:20:47 AM
Edit: Well, while I'm here. I really like hops. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo is one of my favorites. Could someone suggest something with even MORE of that hoppy bitterness?

K2 might be able to suggest something for you.  I checked on Untappd but all the suggestions were ones I'd never heard of or were based out of the northeast, so I'm not sure they'd help.

But it looks like the similar brews are all American IPA with an ABV of around 7%.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on March 08, 2013, 01:25:31 PM
And never, EVER buy Shock Top, which is just fucking Budweiser masquerading as a real beer.
Speaking of that sort of thing, bought some of this yesterday:

(http://buffalodandy.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/batch191.jpg)

It wasn't bad for making a marinade for chicken prior to making fajitas.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 12, 2013, 01:41:46 PM
Edit: Well, while I'm here. I really like hops. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo is one of my favorites. Could someone suggest something with even MORE of that hoppy bitterness?

Ok, talked to K2, he suggested the following for you:

Stone IPA
Founders Centennial
Southern Tier 2XIPA
Great Divide Titan
Lagunitas
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: losingmydignity on March 23, 2013, 04:44:19 PM
Yeah, agree Magic Hat is a waste of money.

I love hoppy. I haven't met a beer that is too hoppy for me. I second Victory's Hop Wallop.

But for the ultimate "hop" there is nothing better than Green Flash (San Diego brewery so I'm sure Mike and the gang are familiar with them) and their Palate Wrecker. Amazing but expensive beer if you can get it. Green Flash is my favorite brewery followed by Victory, Dogfishhead, and of course there is Stone. If on the east coast try find Pretty Things, a really small upstate New York brewery. Their beers are amazing.


For beer in a can I turn Modus Hoperani IPA from Ska Brewery is great. Very hoppy.

And this is the beer a friend gave me for my birthday this week:


http://blogs.denverpost.com/beer/2012/10/01/joke-wynkoop-brews-rocky-mountain-oyster-stout/6330/

Do I dare drink?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 23, 2013, 04:56:45 PM
If on the east coast try find Pretty Things, a really small upstate New York brewery. Their beers are amazing.
The only "Pretty Things" brewery I can information on seems to be in MA, not NY. I live upstate (Syracuse) so it seems like that should be something I would be able to find.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: losingmydignity on March 23, 2013, 05:39:59 PM
My apologies. You're right. They are an MA brewery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 23, 2013, 07:39:02 PM
Correct. And they're OneWallCinema approved.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 31, 2013, 06:37:48 PM
The 2 Kyles are back with another video!  If you haven't watched any of the other ones, you should watch this one.  Might be my favorite so far.

http://www.youtube.com/v/nogA2VheqmE?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2013, 11:17:07 AM
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/543925_506444926078300_1395180417_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 15, 2013, 01:59:40 PM
I need a beer. Or something stronger.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 15, 2013, 04:37:56 PM
I need a beer. Or something stronger.
Like two beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 15, 2013, 10:48:14 PM
My week was made two weekends ago when I found that they now sell Stone Ruination IPA and Firestone-Walker Double Jack IPA in 4 packs of 12oz. bottles.

If you want something really hoppy (a really piney hoppy taste) they ever start going national I'd suggest the brewery about a mile away from me called Sockeye that offers Dagger Falls IPA. I can drive there and get 6-packs of their beers (in cans) now for $7.50.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on April 16, 2013, 07:38:48 AM
If you want something really hoppy (a really piney hoppy taste) they ever start going national I'd suggest the brewery about a mile away from me called Sockeye that offers Dagger Falls IPA. I can drive there and get 6-packs of their beers (in cans) now for $7.50.
See, that sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 28, 2013, 05:27:27 PM
Racer 5 was my first IPA, I think. Probably suggested by K2 as well. Still go back to it every once in awhile.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 29, 2013, 07:45:01 AM
Yeh, Bear Republic makes some really nice beer but their labels are godawful. I find the same thing with Green Flash, though their labels aren't as bad.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 03, 2013, 06:15:58 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/936175_10201326688108187_1909049897_n.jpg)

Soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 03, 2013, 06:22:13 PM
Ooo doggy. I have a side by side tasting planned for the 120Min, 2012 v 2013. There will be pictures and/or video.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 03, 2013, 06:27:47 PM
I'm planning on saving one. Not sure if everything will go according to plan. The store only had three bottles, assuming there weren't any in back.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on May 05, 2013, 12:00:36 PM
Racer 5 was my first IPA, I think. Probably suggested by K2 as well. Still go back to it every once in awhile.

I just had the R5 whiskey which is distilled from that IPA. It's a really interesting experience, even though I'm not that big a whiskey drinker. There's a definite hop flavor and aroma, and as an IPA fan, I liked it (though still probably not going to become a big whiskey drinker).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 05, 2013, 12:31:36 PM
This is what I am waiting for!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Coming to the states soon!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 06, 2013, 07:03:11 AM
I have two cases slated for my store. (side note, why is my computer not letting me quote posts all of a sudden?)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 06, 2013, 02:07:22 PM
Hey I'm working in Wareham a bunch over the next month or two. I can probably serve as a beer runner if needed to get them to you MrTorso. (Or maybe K2 can be bribed to swing up towards Quincy?)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 06, 2013, 04:09:13 PM
Tried the 120, and I'm a bit torn on it. The taste was great, but I was getting too much of the "alcohol burn", which really turned me off of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 07, 2013, 06:00:24 PM
(hm, still no quoting capabilities...) If you put the 120s aside for 6-12 months the alcohol burn will fade a bit. It will still be there but it won't be as hot; more sweet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 07, 2013, 06:58:12 PM
(hm, still no quoting capabilities...) If you put the 120s aside for 6-12 months the alcohol burn will fade a bit. It will still be there but it won't be as hot; more sweet.
If you minimize the quick reply at the bottom, or just remove it in the profile options, quoting works again.

Thanks for the advice, I'd heard that can happen from a friend, who aged a bunch of other beers (one of which was BB's Black Chocolate Stout, a beer I had the same issue with).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 09, 2013, 07:13:39 PM
I've discovered the Dayman collaboration coffee IPA from Stone/Aleman/Two Brothers. Oh. God. Unbelievably good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 12, 2013, 02:41:46 PM
2 new videos from The Two Kyles:

Schlenkerla Marzen
http://www.youtube.com/v/uNRgdDtMoKY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

And the first video from the new Two Kyle's HQ:

Leaning Chimney
http://www.youtube.com/v/rpqr-y5OJD0?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lembach on May 12, 2013, 04:02:40 PM
What an adorable couple! I can't stand beer and I was entertained. Great videos.  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 22, 2013, 01:42:39 PM
I have to say I'm intrigued by this one.

Hey K2 when I come by to check out the new pad we should get another bottle of this one. (As if you needed an excuse)

http://www.youtube.com/v/mHLDy4Qwyz8?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on May 22, 2013, 05:15:53 PM
I have to say I'm intrigued by this one.

Hey K2 when I come by to check out the new pad we should get another bottle of this one. (As if you needed an excuse)
We have, potentially, one of the last bottles in the state at the apartment. I was one of the very last stores to get it and I got it a couple weeks after most stores had sold out. Want to come by next Sunday?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 22, 2013, 05:28:16 PM
26th or 2nd?  I think I might be able to if you don't mind Thing 1 & Thing 2 invading your apartment.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 05, 2013, 05:13:13 PM
Two Kyle's video for LORD FALCONER! (Just seems like a name that should be shouted.)
http://www.youtube.com/v/5Wp7sKh5p3k?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on June 05, 2013, 06:54:26 PM
Sounds like a Game of Thrones character.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on June 28, 2013, 12:00:23 PM
I picked up a 22 oz. Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, and it isn't bitter because of the maple syrup, but, nor is it sweet because of the hops.  It isn't "bittersweet" either. My palate is confused, but pleased.


 Uhh, more Two Kyles please!
We have 2 more videos ready to upload. Problem is that we use the wifi of the distillery downstairs and the signal is too weak to upload videos. I plan on heading to the coffee shop down the block to upload them on Monday. I would have gone sooner but work is absolute madness gearing up for the Fourth. I wish I could afford my own internets...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 07, 2013, 12:59:39 PM
I have to say I'm intrigued by this one.

Hey K2 when I come by to check out the new pad we should get another bottle of this one. (As if you needed an excuse)

http://www.youtube.com/v/mHLDy4Qwyz8?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Working around the corner from K2's shop so I stopped by.  Got one of the one's above, and one of these:

Smoke Maple Lager

http://www.youtube.com/v/nyVQq2EUwwk?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Got home and realized he had just done a video on it.


And here's another new one for you:

Voodoo Doughnut Ale
http://www.youtube.com/v/H4viVFBEte8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 12, 2013, 03:43:09 PM
Had the Jacks Abby Maple Lager with some belgium waffles I made for dinner. It was good! If I had also made eggs & bacon it would have been amazing.  So I recommend doing that.   :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Hawkfan on July 12, 2013, 04:05:40 PM
Is there any drinkable beer in California? Just back from San Francisco, where for 8bucks I was served a 1/2 pint of diluted coffee-colored earwax that said it was "redolent of Newcastle Brown".

Bullshit.

Quick clue for all Americans..."Bitter" doesn;t have to be bitter. It's just a name.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2013, 08:55:44 PM
Next time you're there go to Swig on Geary.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 14, 2013, 11:32:17 AM
Is there any drinkable beer in California? Just back from San Francisco, where for 8bucks I was served a 1/2 pint of diluted coffee-colored earwax that said it was "redolent of Newcastle Brown".

Bullshit.

Quick clue for all Americans..."Bitter" doesn;t have to be bitter. It's just a name.
Personally I enjoy having beer names that properly use adjectives. I feel like if it's called, for example, Bitter American (shout out to 21st Amendment in SF) then I would want it to be somewhat on the hoppy/bitter side. Now if someone told me that it was a Bitter-style or ESB, then I would obviously be disappointed with the result. But from what I've gathered from your post it seems like you got something called Bitter Whatever and were expecting something along the lines of an ESB. Understandable that you would be disappointed by that but I think it's a bit unfair to slag off an entire state's beer community because of one short beer. But that's just my opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 16, 2013, 04:52:36 AM


Thing is, bitter means bitter. I'm not sure what the confusion is.
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True but ESBs and the like are heavily malt based. While there is some hop presence it's mainly to give balance so the beer is not overly sweet. So while the word is in the name of the style, they really aren't very bitter. That's where I think the initial confusion came in. Don't get me wrong, I still think his complaint was overboard but I can understand where he may have been confused.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2013, 06:48:53 AM
I'm hoping the Kyle's try some Mexican beers..
I'd like to see if their comparisons are similar to mine  :cheers:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 16, 2013, 07:22:15 AM
A 2 Kyles Mexican Craft Beer special sounds like something for Cinco De Mustache.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2013, 10:33:16 AM
A 2 Kyles Mexican Craft Beer special sounds like something for Cinco De Mustache.
Yeah but that's over 9 months away.. :scared:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 16, 2013, 12:33:45 PM
A 2 Kyles Mexican Craft Beer special sounds like something for Cinco De Mustache.
Yeah but that's over 9 months away.. :scared:

Any Mexican holidays coming up?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 16, 2013, 12:38:38 PM
A 2 Kyles Mexican Craft Beer special sounds like something for Cinco De Mustache.
Yeah but that's over 9 months away.. :scared:

Any Mexican holidays coming up?
Why YES INDEEDIE!! September 16 is Mexico's Independence Day :highfive:
I will be there in fact drinking lots of Mexican beers :P
 :cheers:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 17, 2013, 04:40:23 AM
Why YES INDEEDIE!! September 16 is Mexico's Independence Day :highfive:
I will be there in fact drinking lots of Mexican beers :P
 :cheers:
Hm. I've approached girl Kyle about this idea and she shrugged and said "okay. I don't think I've had any Mexican beers." Corona is on our will-not-drink list though. Any suggestions? I have easy access to Pacifico, Modelo (and Negra) and Dos Equis, and I can order in Bohemia, Carta Blanca, Sol, Tecate and maybe Cucapa.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2013, 05:34:48 AM
My choice favorites are Victoria, Modelo, and Sol cause they're lighter beers..
I usually don't drink the dark beers so if you want to sample the Modelo Negra, I'd be interested in your opinion of it, or sample a select few of them at the same time if you want 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 07:37:40 AM
This might be worth trying to find:

(http://www.cucapa.com/images/imperio.jpg) (http://www.cucapa.com/ing/pages/beerInfo.php?id=69)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2013, 09:22:43 AM
 :o Never tried that one!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 09:24:12 AM
They have a bunch of craft beers, go to the site and look at the others, then bring some back when you return from Mexico.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2013, 09:34:36 AM
Hmm.. I saw their selection but not once have I seen any of those beers for sale anywhere (in Iguala, Mexico anyway) ???

I will definitely look for them though this next trip :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 09:40:09 AM
Yeah I was trying to see if there were any in Michigan, but their site's a bit clunky in that regard, there are a few of theirs that sound interesting.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 17, 2013, 11:54:32 AM
So does that stuff get better with age?  >:D
This bottle has been sitting on a shelf for at least 20 years at work, they guy that left it hasn't worked here since the late 80s or early 90s.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/temp6/negramodello.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 11:55:29 AM
Ooooopennn ittttt!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 17, 2013, 12:01:56 PM
I just put a flashlight behind it and there is a lot of sediment floating around in there.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 12:05:41 PM
Screw Peanut Butter, this is the magical abiogenesis grocery item the creationists are seeking!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2013, 12:18:26 PM
I just put a flashlight behind it and there is a lot of sediment floating around in there.....
Do a taste test video of it >:D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 17, 2013, 12:26:28 PM
I just put a flashlight behind it and there is a lot of sediment floating around in there.....
Do a taste test video of it >:D

Why do I get the feeling I'm being set up?   How about you come up and try it, I'll be the cameraman.  We may need a 3rd as driver to the hospital, wouldn't want to stop recording during that part...


Screw Peanut Butter, this is the magical abiogenesis grocery item the creationists are seeking!

Hmmm, isn't that backwards, it would be the end of the long peanut butter and banana nightmare atheists have been going through because of that earth shattering argument.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 12:31:59 PM
Yes come to think of it maybe that's it, unless the guy who left the beer looks a little like this:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/yahweh_zpsdd448aea.jpg)

Then again if he looked like this:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Georg_von_Rosen_-_Oden_som_vandringsman%2C_1886_%28Odin%2C_the_Wanderer%29.jpg)

I'd keep that bottle closed, it's obviously waiting to be opened after the Wolf eats the Sun.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 17, 2013, 01:26:03 PM
You know, there is a beer for that:
Red Duck Limited Release Ragnarok
(http://res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_120,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_181121.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2013, 01:27:45 PM
I must quaff some (for verily such a beer can only be quaffed)!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 17, 2013, 01:35:44 PM
I just put a flashlight behind it and there is a lot of sediment floating around in there.....
Do a taste test video of it >:D

Why do I get the feeling I'm being set up?   How about you come up and try it, I'll be the cameraman.  We may need a 3rd as driver to the hospital, wouldn't want to stop recording during that part...

HEH! That would be Great!! :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 19, 2013, 04:52:42 PM
Coming soon to a 2 Kyles on Craft Beer video...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Sadly I can't have this one because of a nut allergy.  :-\  I mean, I could have it. But it might not be the best idea.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 21, 2013, 03:07:58 PM
DOOOOOOOOOOOM!
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/e2a72a8ff77ade72af2aa0c8d38872a7/tumblr_met4y83VG11qzr8nao1_500.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/wYdaunBvqdA?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 24, 2013, 05:16:58 AM
I should have clarified with "that is any good", but I'm going to stick with no for now.  ;D
There's actually quite a few bourbon barrel aged beers that are dynamite. In my opinion it works best with stouts and some sour beers. It can work for barleywines too but not as well as the other two styles. Im is right though, there is a crazy abundance of bourbon barrel aged beers and there's probably more misses than hits. My suggestion is to seek out Firestone Walker. Their barrel aged stuff is absolute top notch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 26, 2013, 06:25:04 PM
Two Kyles on Craft Beer is now on Facebook.

Head on over & give 'em a Like!

https://www.facebook.com/2Kyles
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2013, 09:41:56 PM
And liked.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lembach on August 04, 2013, 09:17:26 PM
If you go back....oh saayyyy....1 page, you should start seeing videos of them.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 05, 2013, 04:25:54 AM
If you go back....oh saayyyy....1 page, you should start seeing videos of them.  ;)
I've never heard of them.. Videos you say?? :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 05, 2013, 05:24:15 AM
If you go back....oh saayyyy....1 page, you should start seeing videos of them.  ;)
One of them may or may not be an admin at this here forum....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 05, 2013, 06:36:56 AM
And the Kyle is Conor in disguise conspiracy rises back to the surface...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 05, 2013, 06:40:14 AM
And the Kyle is Conor in disguise conspiracy rises back to the surface...
Don't let Isaac find that out :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 05, 2013, 06:41:03 AM
And the Kyle is Conor in disguise conspiracy rises back to the surface...
Like the frothy head on a good stout, with duck-like flavour notes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 06, 2013, 03:43:35 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/fGmWsNn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on August 06, 2013, 03:55:26 PM
(http://forums.macresource.com/smileys/barf.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 06, 2013, 05:02:44 PM
(http://forums.macresource.com/smileys/barf.gif)

indeed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on August 06, 2013, 05:21:12 PM
Took a call at work today from a woman at a tasting/display agency. She told me she had been hired by AB-InBev to set up a tasting for Thursday afternoon and she will be pouring Bud Light. I laughed at her and asked if she was aware that Bud Light is BY FAR the number one selling beer in the country and that 90% of the beer drinking population knows what it tastes like and 100% of the country knows what it is. She was and she was insistent that she do a Bud Light tasting. I asked if she really thought that a mid-week early afternoon tasting was a good idea. She did. I told her that in order not to waste everyone's time, she should come in from 5-7 so that a) people won't still be at work and b) my shift will be over.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on August 18, 2013, 07:24:49 AM
While I'm here, can anyone suggest something with a coriander/cilantro taste to it for pairing with Mexican food?(Cue up sarcastic replies with michelada recipes.)
Well I can't really think of any beers with a cilantro taste but Belgian white/wheat ales will have that coriander flavor. I have some different suggestions for Mexican food pairings though. There are two different ways to go about it; you can go for a clean light lager/pilsner/kolsch to wash it down, keeping the flavors in the food as the main focus, or you can try for something a bit malty like a brown ale or Scottish ale.  The maltiness in those two styles are going to calm down the spice and add a bit of caramel flavor on top of things without getting too sweet. Anyway, those are my recommendations. Not sure if they were quite what you were looking for though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 18, 2013, 11:35:27 AM
Their Brick Red (which is only available on tap in the Boston area, not bottled) is AMAZING.  Other than that the straight up Boston Lager is my go to beer.  Sam Summer is terrible.  I also don't care for the Octoberfest. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on August 18, 2013, 11:43:58 AM
"Hey Neighbors!" Two Kyles Have A 'Gansett!

http://www.youtube.com/v/mwAZkdC3ZEU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on August 18, 2013, 01:17:27 PM
Most of Sam Adams is pretty crappy, I'll agree.  Really love their Octoberfest, though.

The only three beers I've liked of theirs are all ones I just had. Bough the fall sampler so I could try their pumpkin, and I really liked it. Shame it seems to only be in the sampler though. I liked Octoberfet too, and the Ruby Mild was pretty good. Other than that I tend to avoid them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on August 18, 2013, 01:45:28 PM
Most of Sam Adams is pretty crappy, I'll agree.  Really love their Octoberfest, though.

The only three beers I've liked of theirs are all ones I just had. Bough the fall sampler so I could try their pumpkin, and I really liked it. Shame it seems to only be in the sampler though. I liked Octoberfet too, and the Ruby Mild was pretty good. Other than that I tend to avoid them.
The Harvest Pumpkin? I've seen 12 packs around.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on August 18, 2013, 02:09:28 PM
Most of Sam Adams is pretty crappy, I'll agree.  Really love their Octoberfest, though.

The only three beers I've liked of theirs are all ones I just had. Bough the fall sampler so I could try their pumpkin, and I really liked it. Shame it seems to only be in the sampler though. I liked Octoberfet too, and the Ruby Mild was pretty good. Other than that I tend to avoid them.
The Harvest Pumpkin? I've seen 12 packs around.

Might just not be in my area yet. I hope it does show up though, so far it's one of my favorites and I'd rather not buy 10 beers I don't want to get 2 I do want.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 02, 2013, 04:53:25 PM
Weez & Another One review
http://www.youtube.com/v/idchu580Uj4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 04, 2013, 04:28:18 AM
A collaboration between Sierra Nevada, my pale ale first love, and Dogfish Head, my new IPA trist? Of course I want to try this Life and Limb Rhizing Bines. An IPA using SN's patented torpedo hop method combined with Dogfish's east coast hops? I'm sold. How could this not be the greatest beer I've tasted?


 Except this beer tastes really old, like they just had it sitting around and didn't want to throw it out... and way too malty, and I couldn't be more disappointed. I had such expectations! That must be partly my fault, but I am currently wagging my finger at both companies.
It's definitely been sitting for a while. When it was fresh it was decent but still kind of a letdown considering the folks that made it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 04, 2013, 06:21:35 AM
Youz Kyles still looking at reviewing a Mexican beer for Mexico's Independence Day in like a week and a half er so?? :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on September 04, 2013, 07:18:34 PM
Youz Kyles still looking at reviewing a Mexican beer for Mexico's Independence Day in like a week and a half er so?? :o
We have a couple options. I'm trying to decide if the "Beer of the Dead" series is actually Mexican beer or just a marketing project of some international company. If we don't do that then we'll probably roll with a Negra Modelo.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 04, 2013, 07:30:41 PM
Shipyard's Pumpkinhead is one of the worst beers I've ever had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on September 04, 2013, 07:34:34 PM
Shipyard's Pumpkinhead is one of the worst beers I've ever had.
The beer of vengeance?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 04, 2013, 07:36:27 PM
Youz Kyles still looking at reviewing a Mexican beer for Mexico's Independence Day in like a week and a half er so?? :o
We have a couple options. I'm trying to decide if the "Beer of the Dead" series is actually Mexican beer or just a marketing project of some international company. If we don't do that then we'll probably roll with a Negra Modelo.
That'll work! :cheers:
Looking forward to seeing your review 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 06, 2013, 12:45:25 AM
Darker than mist, I guess. To me it tasted like Milwaukee tried to make a pumpkin beer. I've got about 10 different kinds and so far that's the only bad one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 16, 2013, 01:55:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/LANidnGSjX4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 19, 2013, 11:53:26 AM
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/null_zps1815658e.jpg)

Hey neighbors! It's front yard day drinking time!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 22, 2013, 10:08:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/LANidnGSjX4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0
Finally got around to watching this (been busy working at my brother in law's new American style Sports Bar and Grill here in Iguala, Mexico)-Awesome review!
Actually, Modelo Negro isn't widely requested down here. Victoria (my personal favorite) is the top seller, followed by Corona, Modelo Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, then Modelo Negro, and lastly, Leon. He sells Budweiser and Bud Light but they're not that popular here either. GR8 Tequila Choice!
Thanks again for the request! Viva Mexico :cheers:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 25, 2013, 02:03:22 PM
Two Kyle's WEDDING AFTER PARTY EDITION!  Big Leaf Maple. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/vjksI3r_wAA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 25, 2013, 04:46:07 PM
 Words cannot say how much I want them to name their kids Kyle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 29, 2013, 03:28:19 PM
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout

http://www.youtube.com/v/ImJ9xLO0UDM?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

This one was filmed a while ago but I know they had a heck of a time cutting this one down as the 13% made them really chatty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: UncleDesmond on September 29, 2013, 05:24:05 PM
As a fan of malty beers, I tend to love me them Oktoberfest styles.  So, I was really jazzed to try Shiner's Oktoberfest, which is brewed right here in South Texas. I just finished drinking one.

What a disappointment.  It's kinda light for an Oktoberfest.  It's much too hoppy.  It has a bitter aftertaste. The head is thin, dissolves quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Really, it tastes like a slightly bolder, darker version of a typical American Lager.  Like Miller, or something.  Glad I didn't buy a six pack.
Please excuse my ignorance, but is there any well-known alcoholic drink that comes out of Texas?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 29, 2013, 06:38:35 PM
The people that make this?

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TYvlC8IxUPM/TTIKPH1DaCI/AAAAAAAAGzo/o9grW5wEmvE/s1600/shiner_bock.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 29, 2013, 06:47:30 PM
Ok then yes they do have coverage outside of Texas, not sure how wide though (and it never makes much sense, it's like beer companies are terrible Risk players)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: UncleDesmond on September 29, 2013, 07:11:13 PM
The people that make this?

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TYvlC8IxUPM/TTIKPH1DaCI/AAAAAAAAGzo/o9grW5wEmvE/s1600/shiner_bock.gif)
Thank you! Yes. that's the one I was trying to remember. PA has Youngling, MA has Sam Adams, Kentucky has Bourbon, CA has Steam, GA has peach schnapps etc etc, but I couldn't remember the Texas one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 29, 2013, 07:13:04 PM
GA has some alright local breweries but I'm blanking on what I drink when I'm there (evidently too much...)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 29, 2013, 07:59:55 PM
We have Shiner bock here in WA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 11, 2013, 04:06:12 PM
I was just informed that a certain large brewery that is extremely popular and may or may not be the oldest brewery in the US Yuengling is going to be coming back to MA around the first of the year. Finally people will stop asking me every day why I don't sell it.
EDIT: Okay it's been reported now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 17, 2013, 04:16:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/q9R4dgsKxMM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

 :highfive: for getting that you're right on film K2!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on October 31, 2013, 08:44:41 PM
So the Two Kyles have been working like crazy (Halloween and Thanksgiving are particularly busy for Girl Kyle) and have had no time to put together the next episode of Two Kyles on Craft Beer. Hopefully it won't be a long break but we simply don't have the time or energy to film and edit videos at present. We hope to be back up and running again in another week or two. That's our quick message for anyone who watches; all others, as you were.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 31, 2013, 08:54:36 PM
So the Two Kyles have been working like crazy (Halloween and Thanksgiving are particularly busy for Girl Kyle) and have had no time to put together the next episode of Two Kyles on Craft Beer. Hopefully it won't be a long break but we simply don't have the time or energy to film and edit videos at present. We hope to be back up and running again in another week or two. That's our quick message for anyone who watches; all others, as you were.
:'(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 01, 2013, 05:12:06 AM
I would offer to edit but I have this wedding video thing I need to edit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 29, 2013, 01:19:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/HL7crJpeuDk?hl=en_US&amp;version=3

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 22, 2013, 05:23:47 PM
New video from Two Kyle's

http://www.youtube.com/v/HsI1s6Wl1Cs?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 26, 2013, 05:36:57 AM
Holiday special from the Two Kyles.  (Oh, hey K2, this is the holiday special.)

http://www.youtube.com/v/MI9d6ODqYKk?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: d00hickey on December 26, 2013, 06:35:50 PM
(http://russianriverbrewing.com/product_images/uploaded_images/plinytheelderbottle-copy.jpg)

The best beer I've ever tasted and I've tasted A LOT of beers. It's brewed by Russian River in California, I can't find any in my current location but it used to be relatively easy to find in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 26, 2013, 07:43:12 PM
Tried a bottle of Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Fire Island Beer Co., couldn't really taste much spice, still a good beer but I was expecting more flavor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on January 05, 2014, 01:05:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/MlvfjOwreTw?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 26, 2014, 02:30:37 PM
I think there's footage shot of a few more, but they're still being edited.

And here's the one from 3 weeks ago I forgot to post here. (But if you subscribe to their channel, you've probably already seen it.)

http://www.youtube.com/v/4IiwErC6BuM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on February 27, 2014, 06:15:49 PM
Left Hand's Milk Stout Nitro! It's not thin, no no no!


But that is not what this post is about. This post is about me needing more beer knowledge to soak up from the Two Kyles. If it could be distributed in video format, possibly with the Kyles sitting and facing the camera... with a table? Then put a beer on that table... and drink it and tell me what it's like. Also, be sitting in chairs. Yes, chairs. Excellent. I'm not set in stone about the table.
I uploaded two new videos to YouTube... then discovered I had uploaded them to the wrong channel. I will try uploading them again tomorrow in the proper place. Then they will be unleashed. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on February 28, 2014, 02:17:21 PM


http://www.youtube.com/v/cVVU-0vFlks?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 09, 2014, 12:58:38 PM
Independent Fermentations:
Shazam! A new Two Kyles on Craft Beer video! They look at a couple offerings from Plymouth, MA's newest brewery, Independent Fermentations and they're delighted! Also slightly haunted by a weird noise. Like, subscribe, tell your friends, all that good stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/v/XA8NLa51GJI?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 10, 2014, 08:03:04 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/S4t7lls.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 23, 2014, 02:13:01 PM
New 2 Kyles:

http://www.youtube.com/v/c3LvQRnJ_vI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0



Also, on a related note, talked to my brother about working on a "special" project for Two Kyles down the road at some point.  Tons of planning involved, but it should be awesome if it can be pulled off.  So, just for "research" purposes, please feel free to post your favorite East Coast craft breweries here for us.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 23, 2014, 02:22:41 PM
Will this project be called "2 Kyles and the Kev on East Coast Beers" ?? :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 25, 2014, 07:51:10 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/2KO7IJ8.png)
http://gizmodo.com/walking-dead-tribute-beer-is-made-with-real-brains-1549451851 (http://gizmodo.com/walking-dead-tribute-beer-is-made-with-real-brains-1549451851)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 13, 2014, 03:19:54 PM
Two Kyles on Craft Beer are now officially on Twitter. Go follow @TwoKylesOnCraft
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 15, 2014, 02:48:30 PM
Two Kyles take a trip to Mayflower Brewing & then review their Porter. (Also you get to hear fun conversations from their neighbors!)

http://www.youtube.com/v/HhLtQv-tCaQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on April 15, 2014, 03:33:09 PM
Yo, you watch the Wire?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 16, 2014, 06:56:48 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/S4t7lls.jpg)
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1c/FrankBooth.jpg/300px-FrankBooth.jpg)
"Mǔqīn. Mǔqīn! Bùyào kàn wǒ!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 06, 2014, 04:11:29 PM
Season finale of Two Kyles:  Chaos!

http://www.youtube.com/v/QMUvexVk-cQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0



Also coming soon the Two Kyles Cinco De Mustache special.  (Would've been out yesterday, but we ran into some computer problems.) 

Thankfully we were able to get our iRiff (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2r%2FiePOShyo&subid&offerid=242370.1&type=10&tmpid=3345&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifftrax.com%2Firiffs%2Fonewallcinema%2Fonewallcinema-cinco-de-mustache-shaving-spectacular) out on time!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 11, 2014, 09:39:02 AM
It's the Two Kyles (and a Kevin) Cinco De Mustache Special!

We check out a Shandy!
http://www.youtube.com/v/vINbC7kpOIc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on May 12, 2014, 08:16:24 PM
(http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj93/DonnieYen_2008/RockinBeer.jpg) (http://s270.photobucket.com/user/DonnieYen_2008/media/RockinBeer.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on May 23, 2014, 10:55:35 AM
8 Beers you should Not be drinking..  :speechless:

http://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/05/8-beers-you-should-not-be-drinking.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 23, 2014, 11:07:29 AM
8 Beers you should Not be drinking..  :speechless:

http://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/05/8-beers-you-should-not-be-drinking.html

Noticed a lot of them are on there because GMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on May 23, 2014, 11:49:44 AM
related: this just came up in my rss reader: http://io9.com/genetic-manipulation-the-first-50-000-years-1579061396
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 23, 2014, 03:16:10 PM
8 Beers you should Not be drinking..  :speechless:

http://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/05/8-beers-you-should-not-be-drinking.html

Noticed a lot of them are on there because GMO.

I just assumed they were on there because they are Budweiser, Miller Light, & Coors Light  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 23, 2014, 03:41:21 PM
Objecting to corn syrup from GMO corn is being a bit paranoid.  Unless it's very poorly made syrup it shouldn't have any proteins or other large molecules in it.  So no GMO materials should make it into the syrup.  Fructose is the same no matter where it's made..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 13, 2014, 07:25:18 AM
It's K2's birthday! Go drink some beer everybody! (There. Now you have an excuse to start early.)  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on June 13, 2014, 07:28:29 AM
(http://lefthandbrewing.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/blackjack1.png)

i had one of these the other night at our picnic dinner. it was enjoyable. good job, colorado. :clap:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 13, 2014, 09:19:44 AM
Am I the last person who doesn't really give a shit about GMOs?

Probably not. I had to google GMO to figure out what it was.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 13, 2014, 10:04:12 AM
(http://lefthandbrewing.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/blackjack1.png)

i had one of these the other night at our picnic dinner. it was enjoyable. good job, colorado. :clap:

Coloradoites love their beer.  There are microbreweries and shit like that all over the place.
Title: Re: The beer topic.....
Post by: Miku Fan on June 13, 2014, 03:12:20 PM
I declare you beer-tongue, at least so far in this thread. What is beer-tongue? Don't know, but sounds Tolkienish. Anyway, that old oatmeal stout!  I loved it, but loved Sammy Smith Porter even better.

I mentioned this in another thread, but just to get it on the record in the OFFICIAL thread...

(http://www.brewpalace.com/Images/Beer/SamSmith-OatmealStout.jpg)
(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/98/150px-SamuelSmithsOatmealStout.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Miku Fan on June 13, 2014, 03:20:28 PM
I no longer drink. Long story, but let's say it involved a bunch of cub scouts, and mistaking a stump grinder for a tilt-o-whirl.  But back when I did drink the best I ever had was St. Sixtus Belgian Trappist Ale.  Oh, how those monks could brew ale!  Wow!  Take a sip, and hold it in your mouth. As the "tiny bubbles" burst, each bubble would trigger a different, great flavor.  It was wonderful!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 16, 2014, 01:33:59 PM
New episode of Two Kyles:

Exit 16
http://www.youtube.com/v/pWY2QXAZQdg?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on June 23, 2014, 08:35:15 AM
I would just like to reemphasize and highly recommend this particular Mexican beer..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/10363933_701880989879117_2868833248798318395_n_zps418e3a2c.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/10363933_701880989879117_2868833248798318395_n_zps418e3a2c.jpg.html)
Made by the same company that makes Corona beer but this is much better 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 23, 2014, 09:10:27 AM
Thats not saying much. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on June 23, 2014, 09:14:00 AM
Thats not saying much.
That's* :-X
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 23, 2014, 09:16:01 AM
Have you not noticed by now?  I never use that key. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on June 23, 2014, 09:17:30 AM
Have you not noticed by now?  I never use that key.
Maybe you should drink more beer then :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 23, 2014, 09:19:05 AM
You buy it, I will drink it.  As long as its not corona.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 23, 2014, 10:24:10 AM
Wait is RVR buying us beer? I'll have one! (Also as long as it's not Corona. Or Bud/Coors/Miller Lite)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on June 23, 2014, 10:28:20 AM
Wait is RVR buying us beer? I'll have one! (Also as long as it's not Corona. Or Bud/Coors/Miller Lite)
Theoretically, I did buy everyone beers but since you all weren't present, I drank them all for you!
SALUTE!! :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 23, 2014, 10:51:58 AM
 :duel:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lembach on June 23, 2014, 10:53:36 PM
(http://i.minus.com/ibmj8oNBLE8RwB.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on June 24, 2014, 03:46:25 AM
Somebody quote that so I can like it again. Every time I go to World of Beer (over 500 choices) or Gordon Biersch (brews their own) some asshole orders a Bud Light.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on June 29, 2014, 04:21:16 PM
New episode of Two Kyles:

Kyle has opinions and Kyle likes pineapple jam. Also they drink and talk about Tiarna from Allagash Brewing.

http://www.youtube.com/v/KsiZs7-n_H0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 02, 2014, 03:01:47 PM
I have been to Allagash Brewing.  I have also canoed down the Allagash river.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 07, 2014, 10:05:41 AM
Planetary brews ???
http://www.space.com/26441-bells-brewery-beer-planets-series.html?cmpid=514630_20140707_27334866
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 07, 2014, 12:56:53 PM
Neato. Bells became available in New York pretty recently, and I've liked what I've had.

They should release an NA for Pluto  :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 07, 2014, 01:37:27 PM
I can only imagine what Uranus would taste like :speechless:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 07, 2014, 02:36:34 PM
Like a warm corona.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 14, 2014, 12:50:04 PM
Field Trip to VT!

http://www.youtube.com/v/zlu0Gw2PuTc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 17, 2014, 11:17:07 AM
If you've got a Beer Advocate account, why not suggest the Two Kyles on their forum in the "Favorite YouTube Beer Reviews" thread?

http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/favorite-youtube-beer-show.192037/page-3
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 17, 2014, 12:31:28 PM
I've been trying to find a beer I like and with the help of the BF and trying many beers....we've come to the conclusion that I just don't like the taste of hops. But I found Guinness! It's so lovely!

Proof!
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t1.0-9/p600x600/397484_10202081733386037_1277189117_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/p600x600/861001_10200377986433428_21524657_o.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on July 17, 2014, 12:33:07 PM
welcome to real life. you'll like it here in stout/porter land.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 17, 2014, 12:38:00 PM
Careful how many of those you drink.  You could turn into a leprechaun...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 17, 2014, 12:39:51 PM
D-Does that come with the pot of gold cause..I'm just sayin...I could use it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 17, 2014, 12:50:47 PM
Nope, the Warwick Davis type leprechaun.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 17, 2014, 12:53:16 PM
Oh godamnit. I don't even get a Peter Dinkladge?

Meh, Guinness is worth it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 17, 2014, 01:04:54 PM
You cant just drink a six pack of Guinness and instantly become an Emmy award winning actor.  You have to work up to that shit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 17, 2014, 01:17:03 PM
Whateva! .Mah hot bodie I do wan I want!

(http://hotandheated.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/cartman.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 17, 2014, 04:30:52 PM
You've taken a tiny step into a larger world. Guinness is serviceable, but try Lost Coast 8-ball Stout, Stone Smoked Porter, Black Flag Imperial Stout, Kona Pipeline Porter... so many good dark beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 17, 2014, 05:17:56 PM
If you've got a Beer Advocate account, why not suggest the Two Kyles on their forum in the "Favorite YouTube Beer Reviews" thread?

http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/favorite-youtube-beer-show.192037/page-3

We can't really suggest Two Kyles on Craft Beer on there, so we need you guys to.  Please?  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 17, 2014, 05:31:56 PM
IPAs are my favorite, followed by regular pale ales. I'm not a huge fan of reds or black IPAs, and hefeweizen isn't bad. I recently tried one of those fruity summer ales and didn't hate it.
But I still enjoy porters and stouts. Because they're good beers like any other kind of beer when made by skilled hands.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on July 17, 2014, 09:14:03 PM
This conversation is just reminding me of the MST3K segment in Devil Doll with the English pub and the beer so thick it won't pour.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 17, 2014, 10:07:44 PM
They're OK in wintertime, but summer is not the season for dark beer.

Yeah, they're a bit heavy for summer. I'm with you there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 18, 2014, 05:00:02 AM
You've taken a tiny step into a larger world. Guinness is serviceable, but try Lost Coast 8-ball Stout, Stone Smoked Porter, Black Flag Imperial Stout, Kona Pipeline Porter... so many good dark beers.

Founders Breakfast Stout
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 06:48:28 AM
You've taken a tiny step into a larger world. Guinness is serviceable, but try Lost Coast 8-ball Stout, Stone Smoked Porter, Black Flag Imperial Stout, Kona Pipeline Porter... so many good dark beers.

Founders Breakfast Stout

There's a beer meant for Breakfast? -goes all Koolaid man on her local liquor store-
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: goflyblind on July 18, 2014, 06:49:17 AM
well, they do make oatmeal stouts...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 06:53:17 AM
For some reason it's a dream of mine to have a beer with some pancakes. It seems that no where around me wants to contribute to that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 18, 2014, 08:29:34 AM
Unfortunately for you, synthesizing pancakes is a highly complex and volatile chemical procedure.  If the potential for bodily injury by making your own pancakes it too high, Eggo make frozen pancakes if you feel like trying to breach the unbreakable battlements of the fortress known as King Soopers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 08:31:33 AM
Unfortunately for you, synthesizing pancakes is a highly complex and volatile chemical procedure.  If the potential for bodily injury by making your own pancakes it too high, Eggo make frozen pancakes if you feel like trying to breach the unbreakable battlements of the fortress known as King Soopers.

Psh, I make pancakes en masse then freeze them (waffles too!) and use the toaster to heat them up at a later time. I know stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 08:59:11 AM
Frozen pancakes that I make myself. It works for me ^_^
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 09:42:09 AM
Cause then they get rubbery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NashaWriter on July 18, 2014, 09:57:24 AM
Yeah, but a nice warm fluffy pancake is way better than a soggy rubbery one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on July 18, 2014, 01:26:59 PM
Oddly enough I haven't poured beer over pancakes though I can think of a few that would work really well for that. I have however, poured scotch onto my pancakes in a drunken stupor. A few days later I had a vague recollection of doing so and decided to try it sober. Still pretty damn good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on July 22, 2014, 04:59:41 AM
Entropy: a non carbonated review!

http://www.youtube.com/v/wNYZlBb9QvM?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: d00hickey on July 22, 2014, 08:25:03 PM
Unfortunately for you, synthesizing pancakes is a highly complex and volatile chemical procedure.  If the potential for bodily injury by making your own pancakes it too high, Eggo make frozen pancakes if you feel like trying to breach the unbreakable battlements of the fortress known as King Soopers.

Psh, I make pancakes en masse then freeze them (waffles too!) and use the toaster to heat them up at a later time. I know stuff.

I do that too but never tried it with pancakes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on September 13, 2014, 06:19:59 AM
Some of you may have noticed a lack of Two Kyles episodes lately.  Unfortunately the Kyles computer(s) died.  Right now they are left with a first gen Mac Mini with no monitor.  I live about 45 min away from them and unfortunately our schedules are pretty much polar opposites, so it's not exactly easy for me to get down there to help them out with my gear.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: d00hickey on September 13, 2014, 01:44:27 PM
Some of you may have noticed a lack of Two Kyles episodes lately.  Unfortunately the Kyles computer(s) died.  Right now they are left with a first gen Mac Mini with no monitor.  I live about 45 min away from them and unfortunately our schedules are pretty much polar opposites, so it's not exactly easy for me to get down there to help them out with my gear.

Back when I lived in Oakland there was a company down the street from me that cleared out offices and sold the furniture. They always had tons of reasonably old computers they would sell for super cheap because they were under the impression they were "locked". If your ever in dyer need of a PC get out a phone book and look for Office Furniture liquidators, usually you just format the drive and flash the CMOS.

Also electronic disposal facilities. I built many of my first computers scrounging parts from those places. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on September 16, 2014, 09:04:18 PM
I've been trying to find a beer I like and with the help of the BF and trying many beers....we've come to the conclusion that I just don't like the taste of hops. But I found Guinness! It's so lovely!


Imported Guinness? Sorry NashaWriter, but as a paddy I have to say (http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/vader.jpg). Imported Guinness is not proper Guinness. Guinness doesn't travel well, the only place to get a correct Guinness is in Ireland.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on September 16, 2014, 10:26:43 PM
Meh, I've had Guinness in Ireland and America, and it doesn't taste any different as long as it's on a nitro pull tap.  CO2 guinness isn't very good though, I agree.

Well known fact that Guinness doesn't travel well.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/scientists-reveal-that-guinness-really-does-taste-better-in-ireland-117639358-237772221.html (http://www.irishcentral.com/news/scientists-reveal-that-guinness-really-does-taste-better-in-ireland-117639358-237772221.html)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on September 17, 2014, 12:10:39 AM
If you say so.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 08, 2014, 01:01:42 PM
Some of you may have noticed a lack of Two Kyles episodes lately.  Unfortunately the Kyles computer(s) died.  Right now they are left with a first gen Mac Mini with no monitor.  I live about 45 min away from them and unfortunately our schedules are pretty much polar opposites, so it's not exactly easy for me to get down there to help them out with my gear.

(http://www.memegasms.com/media/created/vhyfxm.jpg)
There hopefully will be some new episodes coming down the line at some point!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 18, 2014, 02:54:31 PM
The Two Kyles ARE BACK!

Seriously, if you enjoy these videos PLEASE let them know.  Like the video on YouTube, Subscribe, follow them on Facebook & Twitter, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ls52YgJ3rg4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 18, 2014, 05:31:17 PM
Who needs another round? You do? Ok!  Enjoy another video from Two Kyles!

There's No Place Like There from Pretty Things & Naparbier!
http://youtu.be/OP95BNleGS4
http://www.youtube.com/v/OP95BNleGS4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Miku Fan on December 18, 2014, 08:07:06 PM
Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Porter, damn it!  ARGH!  I haven't had alcohol in almost 7 years.  On the bright side, I haven't woken up nude, in my neighbor's trash can in seven years, either.  :rimshot:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jonalame on December 19, 2014, 02:23:52 PM
 I love these videos, Kyles. Whenever beer comes up in conversation(which might be a little TOO often) I tell someone an interesting tidbit about beer, and then I'm usually asked where I learned it. I tell them about the Kyle's videos getting my beer snob chops up to par. I'm doing my damnedest to get the word out.

Edit: My girlfriend told me she liked the painting and to ask about it. Also, is that a post-it note covering the nipple? Ha!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 20, 2014, 06:13:17 AM
I love these videos, Kyles. Whenever beer comes up in conversation(which might be a little TOO often) I tell someone an interesting tidbit about beer, and then I'm usually asked where I learned it. I tell them about the Kyle's videos getting my beer snob chops up to par. I'm doing my damnedest to get the word out.

Edit: My girlfriend told me she liked the painting and to ask about it. Also, is that a post-it note covering the nipple? Ha!
Thanks for the kind words! And thanks for watching! The poster behind us came from my old store and we decided that for the sake of sensitive eyes who didn't want to see a nipple just behind our heads we would censor it during filming. We have subsequently scrapped that idea.
If there's any beer you'd like to see us review (if we can find it) or even if you have any questions about beers feel free to post them here, on our FB page or on Twitter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 21, 2014, 04:09:13 PM
Message from the Two Kyles: (https://www.facebook.com/2Kyles/posts/539641146138857?notif_t=notify_me)

Quote
Hey guys! Thanks for your patience with us, we're excited to be putting out videos again!
This post is to let you know that we've started to utilize the "Tip Jar" on YouTube.
If you go to our YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/KyleGBrennan/featured) and look on the right hand side towards the top, you'll see a button that says "support this channel".
Clicking on it enables you to donate to our channel to help keep us running. You can donate $1, $5 or any other amount you wish.
Your donation will go towards the products we review and also will help offset the cost of recording equipment.
Thank you so much for the support!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 22, 2014, 05:55:12 PM
Local bar had a crap selection so I tried the Shipyard GingerbreadHead they had on tap. It was actually pretty good. Had another. Will probably get it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Miku Fan on December 22, 2014, 06:35:26 PM
Do you brew your own?  It's easy, and you can make a damn fine brew!  You probably have an extensive experience in this field, but I thought I'd ask.
Prost! Tchuss! Buttocks up! ' up!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K2 on December 23, 2014, 06:02:40 AM
Do you brew your own?  It's easy, and you can make a damn fine brew!  You probably have an extensive experience in this field, but I thought I'd ask.
Prost! Tchuss! Buttocks up! ' up!
My wife and I brewed a smoked porter recently that came out rather nicely, albeit a bit over carbonated. We've made attempts in the past that were less than successful. Currently we're batting about .400 for drinkable home brews, hah
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on December 28, 2014, 05:56:27 AM
If you've liked Two Kyles on Facebook, you've already seen this.  If not:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10460174_541454679290837_7891831296246307842_n.jpg?oh=3e05033dbde7a5c7cda2497a0d3d38e2&oe=5538B34C&__gda__=1430382333_666cfa116fdff2cf6c248c5427405dfa)

New logo for the show done by Matt Nelson!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on January 06, 2015, 05:50:33 PM
Finally managed to get ahold of a case of Shipyard's GingerBreadHead. I had some on tap recently and it was surprisingly pretty good. I'm planning on saving some for the Kyles but...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 18, 2015, 04:01:21 PM
http://www.dose.com/lists/16114/8-Beers-Crafted-Specifically-For-Superheroes-And-NO-ONE-Else-I-Couldn-t-Handle-7?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=pages&utm_campaign=5651_Vrz9cB_6613
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on March 01, 2015, 08:42:44 AM
One Kyle didn't eat all day & got extremely cranky. But they made it through & had a nice beer.
http://www.youtube.com/v/2z3953uuiUc?rel=0&amp;hd=0
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jonalame on March 02, 2015, 02:20:57 PM
Kyle & Kyle, now with infinity nipple!

Good episode, Kyles. Very charming chemistry in this one. I've recently become interested in Belgian style beer, but don't know too much about the all important yeasts used. Could you school me on yeast in a subsequent episode?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on April 22, 2015, 03:07:23 PM
The Two Kyles are back after coming down with the flu.  This episode features the Shipyard GingerbreadHead.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7wFkzJHREs0?rel=0&amp;hd=0


While I kind of disagree with their thoughts on it, I can see how they'd reach that conclusion (particularly if you aren't a fan of gingerbread).  I hadn't thought that it tasted like our mom's gingerbread cake until K2 mentioned it in the video. Maybe that's part of why I liked it?

I will say having had this both on tap & in the bottle, it was FAR better on tap.  The ginger flavor definitely got WAY stronger the longer the case stuck around.  So maybe if the ones they had were a little fresher it wouldn't have been as rough.  But then again, maybe not.  For me when I finally got to the last bottle or two it was past it's prime despite the "best by X date" still being 2 months away.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on May 05, 2015, 07:21:57 PM
Happy Cinco De Mustache! It's the annual OWC & 2KoCB crossover special!

We take on the Burnsider Pale Ale & Rogue Beard Beer!
http://www.youtube.com/v/PBXVCP2mMIA?rel=0&amp;hd=0

(If you can find the Burnsider, BUY IT.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: jonalame on October 04, 2015, 12:49:38 PM
Threadcromancy!

Kyles!

Will we be getting a fall seasonal episode?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on October 05, 2015, 03:25:32 AM
Threadcromancy!

Kyles!

Will we be getting a fall seasonal episode?

99% sure that there won't be unfortunately.

There may still be one or two episodes they filmed about 6 months ago that haven't aired, but other than that... I think that'll be all she wrote most likely.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on October 05, 2015, 07:38:45 PM
bummer. I liked this show.
 :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 06, 2015, 10:48:46 AM
I hope the lack of new videos is due to lack of views and not because the two Kyles are having problems...

I can't believe their videos have so few views, they are fun to watch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 14, 2016, 06:10:40 PM
Just had a Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy and I have to say..
This is a damn fine beer with a hint of pumpkin spice flavor :o
(http://i.imgur.com/4eOqvqk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on August 12, 2017, 05:10:51 PM
Make my own as I started a low carb diet over a year ago (have lost 40 pounds) and beer was the one carb I wasn't willing to give up. Only low carb commercial beers I've found that I like are Miller Lite (which isn't very exciting and gets old quickly) and Guiness Draft. So I stated brewing again after giving it up for about 10 years because I can brew a variety of lower carb beersmyself. I have on tap right now a pale ale which tastes like a thinner version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, what was supposed to be an Irish Stout but turned out more like a Porter, and welll, a Miller Lite clone. Brewed another pale ale and a saison today.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 08, 2017, 01:59:27 PM
Samuel Adams Debuts $200 Beer That’s So Alcoholic It’s Illegal In 12 States :o
https://www.simplemost.com/samuel-adams-200-beer-illegal/?utm_content=inf_10_3489_2&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=wildhair&tse_id=INF_cc111990c36711e7b926579f881108d6
And amazingly my state of SC & even NC are part of that list   :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 05, 2018, 08:39:34 PM
Current homebrew on tap- Irish Stout (best I've ever made), 2 Arrogant Bastard clones- 1 with an amber malt, 1 with pilsner malt- both good, but amber malt one definitely more like the Stone original despite being lower carb/thinner (intentionally).
Will be brewing an original Budweiser clone (Czech Budvar clone,  not the American headache inducing crappy rice-ladden version) and another Pilsner  again next.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 20, 2018, 10:19:22 AM
Brewed a pumpkin ale and a light lager this morning. Wish I would have make the pumpkin ale earlier so that it would be ready by Thanksgiving, but it will be ready by Christmas.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: k1 on November 21, 2018, 07:07:25 AM
Harpoon Dunkin Donuts Porter is pretty dang tasty
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 21, 2018, 09:12:50 AM
Brewed a pumpkin ale and a light lager this morning. Wish I would have make the pumpkin ale earlier so that it would be ready by Thanksgiving, but it will be ready by Christmas.

Can you recommend a good 1 gallon starter kit?  Been thinking about making beer on and off since I got my house.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 21, 2018, 08:59:44 PM
Brewed a pumpkin ale and a light lager this morning. Wish I would have make the pumpkin ale earlier so that it would be ready by Thanksgiving, but it will be ready by Christmas.

Can you recommend a good 1 gallon starter kit?  Been thinking about making beer on and off since I got my house.
Man....wish I could, but I never brewed as small a batch as a gallon before. Got into brewing about 25 years ago and everything at that time was based on brewing 5 gallon batches. I quit for about 10 years until starting again a couple of years ago, but still using much of the same equipment I bought 25 years ago which is all based on 5 gallon batches.

Mr. Beer makes a cheap 2 gallon kit. They're owned by Coopers while I've never used a Mr. Beer kit I have used Coopers ingredients and they're good quality. Cheap 2 gallon kit comes with everything you need for 1 batch including plastic bottles.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 24, 2018, 02:39:43 PM
Mr. Beer Amber Ale kit currently $29.96 on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Beer-Bewitched-Amber-Making/dp/B01K1W5VGY/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1543098302&sr=8-9&keywords=Mr.%2BBeer&th=1
Everything you need to make a 2 gallon batch (other beer styles available in these kits, but all are more expensive). Plastic bottles (that come with this kit) are OK to start, but most people move into glass or kegging (I hate bottling, so I keg).

Much more expensive 5 gallon starter kit (but pretty standard price for a 5 gallon kit- in fact I'm pretty sure this is the same price I paid for my first kit decades ago):
https://www.amazon.com/Home-Brew-Ohio-RL-WKZ2-0IJS-Equipment/dp/B008I3B0HS/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1543098627&sr=8-15&keywords=5+gallon+homebrew
Comes with everything you need (including a bottle capper) except for ingredients for the beer, glass bottles, and bottle caps.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 24, 2018, 05:10:58 PM
5 gallons would be way too much for me to make.

Ever heard of this company:  https://www.northernbrewer.com/collections/1-gallon-starter-kits
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 24, 2018, 05:19:56 PM
Yeah. Haven't used their kits, but I've ordered equipment and ingredients from Northern Brewer before. They're legit (although a bit expensive).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 24, 2018, 05:24:29 PM
I know you said 5 gallons was way too much (5 gallons = 2 cases and a 6 pack), but local guy I deal with has a 5 gallon starter kit for >$60.
http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/840144.htm
Great prices, but doesnt appear to have a 1 gallon kit. Not  sure what his shipping rates are as I always order and then go pick up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 24, 2018, 09:30:56 PM
9 six packs would go bad by the time I drank it all, a gallon (2 six packs) would be what I could drink in a few weeks.

Found this place because they have a Yuengling Lager clone (instructions look a bit more complicated than regular beer), and they have a one gallon kit:

https://www.homebrewsupply.com/brewers-best-one-gallon-cider-or-beer-equipment-kit.html

But maybe I'll just do some research and get the individual parts from Amazon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 24, 2018, 11:19:25 PM
Finally an honest beer :D :D
(https://i.imgur.com/YRr99nI.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 25, 2018, 06:23:55 AM
9 six packs would go bad by the time I drank it all, a gallon (2 six packs) would be what I could drink in a few weeks.

Found this place because they have a Yuengling Lager clone (instructions look a bit more complicated than regular beer), and they have a one gallon kit:

https://www.homebrewsupply.com/brewers-best-one-gallon-cider-or-beer-equipment-kit.html

But maybe I'll just do some research and get the individual parts from Amazon.
Keep in mind you lose a bit in the brewing process- yeast turns sugar into alcohol and then the yeast leaves a good inch or two of sediment at the bottom of the fermenter. To end up with 5 gallons, I usually start with 6. So to make a 1 gallon batch, I'd probably get a 2 gallon fermenter/bucket/carboy (which the kit in that link has).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 02, 2018, 07:26:34 PM
http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/840144.htm
Great prices, but doesnt appear to have a 1 gallon kit. Not  sure what his shipping rates are as I always order and then go pick up.

I was getting discouraged adding up the prices of all the stuff on Amazon, but going through that site linked above I could order all the parts in the kits I was looking at individually and it will be cheaper, they do have some 1 and 3 gallon wide mouth fermentation carboys.  The other big thing that was turning me off was the price of the recipe kits on Amazon, but less than $20 for most of the 5 gallon kits is way more reasonable, I figure I will just split the ingredients for smaller batches.

Only lingering question is to go with swing top bottles or crimp caps?  I'd have to get the swing top bottles from a different site.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 02, 2018, 07:56:33 PM
Swing top bottles are easier use, but more expensive.
If I was making gallon batches, that's probably the route I'd go.

Dude who owns ritebrew is named Neil Sprangers.
Email address is neil@ritebrew.com
He's always responses quickly if you have questions.

Cheap hand crimpers are kind of a pain in the ass to use.
Kind of expensive, but back when I was bottling, I bought one similar to this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Bench-Beer-Bottle-Capper/dp/B01M3RMUU4/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1543809106&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=bottle+capper&dpPl=1&dpID=31W6rTKZAQL&ref=plSrch

Much, much easier then the ones that look like this:

http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/863545.htm
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 02, 2018, 08:53:02 PM
Swing top bottles are very pricey, at least ones that have good reviews, I'd have to get 2 of these sets:

https://smile.amazon.com/Swing-Top-Glass-Bottles-Kombucha/dp/B01DM1J6I0/

Thinking I'll get the 3 gallon fermenter, split the 5 gallon recipe kit into 4 kits, do 1.5 gallons in the fermenter, should give about 1.25 gallons or 10 16oz. bottles.  Probably start ordering stuff this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 04, 2018, 10:57:20 AM
Just ordered about $150 worth of stuff from ritebrew, probably over did it with 2 recipe kits and a couple extra items, so I hope I stick with this and all this stuff doesn't go to waste.  Figure a cream ale should be an easy beer to start off with, also ordered the Hefeweizen kit because that one looked interesting.

I just harvested some ginger I've been growing in the greenhouse at work, gave it away already but once more grows in maybe in the spring I'll try a ginger beer with freshly harvested ginger.

Didn't order bottles yet, don't need them for a few weeks so have some time to make up my mind about what to get.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 04, 2018, 06:24:17 PM
Let me know if you need help or have questions.
2 most important things to remember when starting (and even after) are:
-Take the time to clean and sanitize everything correctly
-Patience (takes time for yeast to do it's work and then for carbonation to happen once bottled)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 05, 2018, 07:11:34 AM
Let me know if you need help or have questions.
2 most important things to remember when starting (and even after) are:
-Take the time to clean and sanitize everything correctly
-Patience (takes time for yeast to do it's work and then for carbonation to happen once bottled)

I bought a bottle of Star-San for sanitizing.

The big box of stuff should be here Friday, so I'll be starting my first batch over the weekend.

Stuff I ordered:

3 gallon fermonster carboy (2)
1 gallon glass jug
rubber stoppers and airlocks
mini auto siphon + clamp
bottle filler
10 feet of vinyl tubing
pack of muslin bags
hydrometer and test cylinder
star-san
bottle and carboy brushes
cream ale and Hefeweizen recipe kits, 5 gallon kits that I will divide into 1.25 gallon kits.

I've got some big pots for making pasta that can easily hold a few gallons.

I think that is more than I need other than bottles.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 05, 2018, 07:19:10 PM
 I know it would be rare but I keep remembering when some home made root beer bottles exploded when I was a kid, so it's been hard to read any reviews that talk about bottles exploding.  We were lucky it happened while everyone was sleeping, but I'll never forget glass embedded in the wood furniture.

 So, I ordered these PET bottles that seem to have good reviews:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00428AXYY/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 06, 2018, 05:59:12 PM
I ordered a set of those exact same PET bottles after I started kegging instead of bottling about 2 years ago. I use them when I end up with more than fits in the keg. They work fine, but homebrew in them doesn't keep as long as in glass. In glass, homebrew (assuming it isn't kept someplace that is extremely hot) is usually good for a year or two (or even more if you make a really high alcohol beer- some really high alcohol recipes even call for you to let them bottle condition for a year).
 
I've read about "bottle bombs", but I bottled in glass for a lot longer than I've been kegging and I can't remember ever having a bottle explode.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 06, 2018, 07:22:20 PM
I ordered a set of those exact same PET bottles after I started kegging instead of bottling about 2 years ago. I use them when I end up with more than fits in the keg. They work fine, but homebrew in them doesn't keep as long as in glass. In glass, homebrew (assuming it isn't kept someplace that is extremely hot) is usually good for a year or two (or even more if you make a really high alcohol beer- some really high alcohol recipes even call for you to let them bottle condition for a year).
 
I've read about "bottle bombs", but I bottled in glass for a lot longer than I've been kegging and I can't remember ever having a bottle explode.

I've never had high alcohol beer, I'm just going to mess around with flavors, so doubt I'll ever have any in the bottle more than a couple of months.  I did buy that 1 gallon glass jug and an extra airlock just in case I decide to make some wine at some point.

Now that I think about it I guess there is a bigger danger of bottle bombs with soda, since there is extra sugar you have chill to kill the yeast when carbonation is good, with beer if you use the right amount of priming sugar once it's used up the bottle shouldn't build up much more pressure.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 07, 2018, 03:04:22 PM
The big box of stuff from ritebrew came today but no star-san, so if I want to start this weekend I'll have to use something else to sanitize everything.  They also sent a second auto-siphon instead of the clip.  Just sent them an email about the issues.

Closest home brew shop to me is a 30 to 45 minutes drive each way, a bit far to go for a little bottle of sanitizer.

So, bleach?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 07, 2018, 03:34:36 PM
Bleach...cheap unscented chlorine bleach.
Has to be rinsed where star-san doesn't, but it works.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 07, 2018, 03:49:47 PM
And Ritebrew has never screwed up any of my orders, but I always go and pick them up instead of having them shipped. I'm sure he'll make things right, but if you have any trouble let me know and I'll go and talk to Neil personally since I recommended him (he's not a personal friend, but I've bought enough stuff from him that he knows me by name and face now).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 07, 2018, 09:46:40 PM
No response yet but it was after 5 eastern when I sent my email, guess I'll give him until Monday to get back to me before trying again.

I used bleach and rinsed with tap water, so I'm relying on my tap water being bug free.

specific gravity gives an alcohol potential of 4.2, so I guess I weighed everything out correctly, weighed everything in the kit and divided by 4.

Putting a few towels around the fermenter to keep light out, here it is just after adding the yeast:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/starting%20first%20batch%20ever.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 07, 2018, 10:14:02 PM
I used bleach and rinsed with tap water, so I'm relying on my tap water being bug free.
I've been homebrewing now for long enough that i take some shortcuts that go against most of the expert advice, but haven't caused me any problems.
Specifically:
-When recipes call for boiling, I got tired of boil overs, so instead of actually boiling I heat water (judged by a thermometer) to just at the point before boiling and hold it there.
-I make 6 gallon batches, but only have a 3 gallon pot to brew in and make my wort.  All expert advice says to boil the other 3 gallons of water and let it cool before adding it to your fermenter, but I just use 3 gallons of tap water directly from the faucet and have never had any infection problems or off flavors as a result.

In other words, I'm guessing your tap water will be plenty bug free (and despite san-star not technically requiring rinsing, I typically rinse everything even with san-star with tap water, just don't rinse it as well as I rinse anything sanitized with bleach).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 07, 2018, 10:50:57 PM
No response yet but it was after 5 eastern when I sent my email, guess I'll give him until Monday to get back to me before trying again.
Neil typically works at Ritebrew until noon CST (not exactly sure what his other business is, but I know he's got another business that he works at after noon). He also works at his Ritebrew business on Saturday mornings, so I'm guessing  he might get back to you tomorrow morning. Let me know if you don't hear back from him by Monday afternoon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 08, 2018, 05:51:11 AM
I didn't get any foam while boiling, I thought that was strange, had the stove on high the whole time.  I did get foam when I added extra water and aerated. 

This morning the airlock is burping bubbles every few minutes, so it's alive.  Don't know if a 1.5 gallon batch will have enough energy to raise the temperature, so I'll be trying it where it is for a while, room will go from 64 at night to 68 in the day.  If it gets too warm I'll move it to the basement.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 08, 2018, 09:12:32 AM
For fun here's the recipe I used, starting simple:

8 oz. corn syrup solids and 1 lb. CBW pilsen light DME in 8 quarts hot water, bring to full boil and start timer.
At 30 minutes added 8 grams liberty hops pellets.
Start rehydrating 4g safeale US-05 yeast in 1/4 cup 95° F water.
At 60 minutes put boil pot in sink of cold water and stir until 70° F.
Siphon into fermentor (came to less than 5 quarts so I boiled off 2+ quarts in an hour).
Added tap water to just under the 6 quart line.
Agitated the fermentor to aerate (tap water was already aerated pretty well by the faucet).
Added yeast.
Installed airlock.

Man, that would never fly at work, mixing english and metric units.  ;D

Put the left over hops in a zip lock bag in the freezer for next time, and the left over yeast in a plastic vial in the fridge.

In 2 weeks I'll try that wheat beer kit I got in the 2nd fermentor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 08, 2018, 02:10:06 PM
 Instead of towels I taped together the box the carboys came in and will use that to keep it in the dark.

16 hours and it's looking good.

Caught the airlock mid bubble:
(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/16hours.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 14, 2018, 08:12:54 PM
My pumpkin ale is ready and it's my best batch of pumpkin ale yet. 3rd time using the same recipe, but I upped the pumpkin spice significantly and it made for a much better final result-like pumpkin pie in a glass. (Pumpkin on it's own doesn't have much flavor and when people typically think of think of pumpkin flavor, they generally are thinking of the spices used in pumpkin pie. A lot of pumpkin ale recipes don't even have pumpkin in them, just the spices. But to me not including the pumpkin would be negate calling it a pumpkin ale.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 15, 2018, 04:44:50 PM
The bubbling on my first batch of beer is slowing way down, as it should be after 8 days.  Color is getting lighter.

Got my Star San, wanted to try it out so used the gallon jug I got to start a hard grape soda experiment.  I'm sure it will be terrible but I was curious if you really don't have to rinse the Star San out, apparently it's true since it's bubbling away.  Makes sense, the chemistry that makes Star San a sanitizer is gone when the pH gets above 3, so when you dilute it with whatever you are pouring in it just becomes some food for the yeast.

My certainly terrible experiment is half a pound of table sugar, half a jar of grape jelly, and a teaspoon of yeast nutrient in a gallon of water and 2 grams us-05 yeast.  I'll let it ferment for several days and then bottle it.  The other reason I'm doing this is to test using 1 or 2 carbonation drops in those large plastic bottles.  I'll do some with one and some with two, if I get a fizzy, slightly alcoholic, weak grape taste, "drink" I'll consider it a success and dump it all down the drain.  Of course there is a slight chance it will taste OK.

Ordered some stuff from Amazon that had prime free shipping, a few different hops, a few pounds of different malt extracts, and a few different beer yeasts.  And some wine yeast in case I get the urge to turn some store bought juice into wine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 19, 2018, 07:44:14 AM
I tasted my grape jelly experiment and it wasn't bad, I've had wines that were worse.  Still fermenting so it was somewhat fizzy with a slight yeast flavor, and mild grape flavor.  I was expecting more yeast flavor and much less grape.  Don't think I'll use it for testing carb drops since it's still fermenting, but might still use it to test out the plastic bottles by bottling before it's done fermenting.  That's the oldest way of making sparkling wine, straight from primary fermentation into the bottle.  This has me very curious how wine made from store bought juice would taste.

My Beer has pretty much stopped bubbling, might bottle it on Sunday or Monday at 16 or 17 days, that way I'll be able to taste one on new years eve.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 19, 2018, 09:38:36 PM
I was grocery shopping this evening and couldn't resist buying 2 half gallons of white grape juice, so I bottled my jelly experiment and filled the glass jug with a real wine experiment.  Added half a pound of table sugar and 1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient to the jug and then added the juice, SG was about 1.080 so right around 11% potential alcohol.   Added 1 gram of Lalvin ec-1118 yeast.

Got my last shipment of dry malt extract today from Amazon, so now have a bunch of pale, some medium, and a little dark.  Now I have to figure out my next beer recipe.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 20, 2018, 06:51:25 PM
LOL...I first started homebrewing in college with malt extract they used to sell in grocery stores. That led to experimenting with homemade wine using store bought grape juice. Neither were very good, but a good part of the reason was likely due to not really knowing what I was doing (was pre-internet before there was a lot of info out there on the do's and don'ts), using the wrong kind of yeast, and fermenting in a house without air conditioning at temps that were way too high. The reason I can't stand wine is because I got really really sick one night after drinking too much bad homemade wine way back then.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 21, 2018, 03:55:40 PM
Well, I think this grape juice I got might have preservatives even though only bisulfite is listed in the ingredients, after 2 days no yeast activity.  I dumped the mix into a big pot and warmed it and aerated the heck out of it, if it's only sulfites that should lessen them a lot, they react with oxygen fairly quickly.  Made a starter with yeast from the same package and it started foaming so the yeast is OK.  If I don't get any fermentation by Sunday I'll just toss the batch.  Should have payed a few bucks more and got Welch's instead of the generic brand.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 21, 2018, 07:19:03 PM
Picture of my beer at exactly 2 weeks:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/14%20days.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 22, 2018, 02:38:32 PM
That experiment with grape jelly tastes way better than I thought it would.  Probably something I could refine into a really good "something".  What would it be called, it's not wine, not beer, it's carbonated... "hard soda"?  What ever you'd call it I might try it again someday.

The pectin from the jelly with the carbonation gives it an interesting feel, taste is like a dry grape soda, going by the ever so slight buzz I'd say it's 2% alcohol.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/jellyexperiment.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 23, 2018, 03:26:27 PM
It looks nice and carbonated. Haven't ever tried to made a soda- hard or otherwise.

Kegged my last batch of light lager today. I have some heaters that I can use to hold a carboy at the right temp for ales in the winter, but decided to concentrate on a couple of lagers this winter since the basement in the perfect temp for lagering this time of year.

Found a half gallon glass jug that I had used to bottle some excess stout that I made last winter in the basement. I remember not really liking it when I made it. Chilled it and drinking a glass now. Age helped it greatly.
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 23, 2018, 04:11:35 PM
Bottled my cream ale today, I was off in my markings on the carboy, so I actually made 8 quarts instead of 6, that's why my SG was a little low.  Bottled eight 24 oz bottles of it, drank about 20 oz.  Room temp and no carbonation it tastes just like Budweiser, hopefully it will improve a little in the bottle.  It is beer, so I'm calling it a success!

My wine from juice experiment is just starting to bubble, so I'll let it go to term.

Started my 2nd batch of beer, here's what I cobbled together as a recipe:

1 lb. CBW Pilsen Light DME
8 oz. CBW Goldpils Vienna DME
3 oz. CBW Traditional Dark DME
5g cascade hops 60 min.
4g cluster hops 20 min.

SG was about 1.042 at 6 quarts.

4g Safeale US-05 yeast

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 25, 2018, 09:27:05 AM
 Got plenty of fermentation happening, took a video, youtube compression kills the detail but if you watch in 1080p you can sort of see the flow of tiny bubbles in the wine jug:

https://youtu.be/i62lHgl-CRQ
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 28, 2018, 06:31:44 PM
Stout that I found in the half gallon jug in the basement had lost a lot of it's carbonation, so I ended up pouring it out after a glass and a half (tasted good, but can only drink so much flat beer and after opening it it was only going to get flatter).

Lager batch I made before the one I kegged last week is carbonated and ready. Light body (intentional) and heavily hopped with cascade hops (I tend to like single hop beers better than beers with multiple hops and cascade is one of my favorite).   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 28, 2018, 11:55:03 PM
I chilled one of my first batch bottles and tried it, only been carbonating 4 days so it was only mildly fizzy.  The stuff I tasted on bottling day was similar to bud, now it's even closer.  My next batch is going to be very different with the dark malt and different hops.  It's looking so dark I may have overdone it even with only 3 oz., and I may have overshot on bitterness as well, but that's the nice thing about making small batches, not much wasted other than time if it turns out badly. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 29, 2018, 10:17:46 AM
Yeah, I've made that cream ale kit before (although it was 5 gallons) and it wasn't my favorite. Guessing the corn syrup solids contributed greatly to it's Budweiser-ness.
I typically use 1/5 cheap corn sugar to 4/5s malt extract in my recipes, but a big part of the reason I use corn sugar is to keep the carbs down a bit (used brown sugar in my pumpkin ale instead).
(For a number of years I tried all grain batches, but when I started brewing again I didn't want to devote that much time to it- all grain brewing makes for a 8 to 10 hour brew day opposed to 2 to 3 hours with extract).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 29, 2018, 10:48:41 AM
Yeah, I've made that cream ale kit before (although it was 5 gallons) and it wasn't my favorite. Guessing the corn syrup solids contributed greatly to it's Budweiser-ness.

Also the fact that I made a few quarts more that I planned for so it's watered down about 30%, I'm sure that is also contributing to the budness.  >:D

My house has a bar in the basement that I used for general storage and building models, I had noticed some beer glasses that the previous owners left behind when I moved in but today I looked at them again and noticed they are double walled, searching through images on google I found one place that still sells them and they are crazy expensive (I have 5 of them):

https://www.staples.ca/en/trudeau-duetto-dw-pilsner-glasses-16-oz-2-pack/product_2806992_1-CA_1_20001

They have super thin glass, feels like you could crush them in your hand.

I'll never do all grain, that's just too much time to spend on small batches, I'm doing this just for fun and that seems more like work than a hobby...

A week in and my wine is still fermenting like crazy, beer batch #2 is calming down at 6 days.  Think when the wine is ready I'll put half in the plastic bottles and let it carbonate, and the other half I'll add some potassium sorbate to stop the yeast and put it in some wine bottles I have and let age properly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on December 29, 2018, 11:07:36 AM
Never seen double walled glasses like that. Amazon has some that are slightly cheaper, but still expensive. These pint ones are tempting:
https://www.amazon.com/Insulated-Tumblers-Stainless-Princeton-Wares/dp/B01AX06W94/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1546109850&sr=8-7&keywords=double+walled+beer+glasses
But I have a ridiculous number of standard pint glasses with logos from different breweries printed on them. Had them lined up behind a bar that was in our first house, but have no place for them in our current house so most are just taking up space in the basement. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 29, 2018, 02:18:36 PM
Here's a pic of my bud clone in one of the glasses, it does keep the beer cold, picking up the glass it's not even cool on the outside.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/doublewalledglass.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 01, 2019, 01:38:04 PM
Starting a batch of the wheat beer, partial grain.

Using my crock-pot to steep the grains:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/wheatgrains.jpg)

Just watched a video of someone in England making wheat beer from flour, what a mess, but he said it tasted really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 03, 2019, 12:59:56 PM
That wheat beer looked like it was boiling the yeast was so active after only 12 hours, it's already slowed down a lot.  I guess it makes sense, yeast does love to grow on wheat, most people that make sourdough bread make their starters by simply mixing water and flour and then letting any yeast floating in the air grow naturally.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 03, 2019, 05:11:11 PM
Not sure what yeast you used, but I find English ale yeast (Danstar Nottingham and Safale-04 being the English ale yeasts I use most frequently) always start and finish quickly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 03, 2019, 05:43:46 PM
The yeast is Safeale WB-06.  Just noticed the WB probably stands for wheat beer or weissbier.  :D 
I've never had wheat beer, the yeast is supposed to produce esters and phenols that give clove and banana flavor, we will see if what I end up with tastes like that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 03, 2019, 06:12:25 PM
I'm personally not big on wheat beers. But unlike the limes they put in Corona to hide the skunky flavor, serving an orange slice with wheat beer does usually make them better to me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 05, 2019, 06:08:43 PM
My lager is carbed and ready. Used a pale ale reciepe I like a lot, but with lager yeast due to the temp in the basement. Good, but somewhat like a hoppier Miller Lite and very different than when made with ale yeast. Gonna last awhile, but I usually have 3 different beers on tap for variety and only have 2 right now, so today was brew day.
Didn't have time to run to my local supplier this week so ordered ingriedients off Amazon and cut it close. Malt extract got delayed and didn't get it until today.
Despite the basement being the perfect temperature for lagering right now, I made a couple of ales- an IPA and an ESB. Have a couple of carboy warmers with thermostats to keep them at the right temp for ales.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 06, 2019, 09:10:48 AM
Batch #2 is bottled and tastes very good, just what I was hoping for, a slightly darker, sligtly more bitter version of Yuengling lager.  Can't wait to see what it tastes like in 2 weeks.

Since I made the correct volume this time alcohol came out to around 5%.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/batch2bottled.jpg)

If I was doing 12 oz. bottles I would have gotten one more bottle, but I'll put this in the fridge and drink it tonight flat.

Edit: I thought I was wasting $5 buying that handle for the carboy lids, but I needed it today so I'm glad I got it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 07, 2019, 07:19:07 PM
Bought a couple of Coopers pre-hopped extracts for the 2 batches I made on Saturday and used the ale yeast that came with them. Was a little worried about the yeast still being viable due to coming from Amazon and being left outside for a few hours after they arrived (and the yeast that comes up the Coppers extract is only 7 grams when most yeast packs that you buy are 11 grams). Worries were unfounded. 2 days in and it's fermenting like crazy like I typically get within 24 hours when using an English ale yeast. Will keep it in the fermenter for 2 weeks, but will really probably be done in a week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 07, 2019, 10:39:36 PM
Bought a couple of Coopers pre-hopped extracts for the 2 batches I made on Saturday

I guess I never noticed those before since they don't make smaller cans of those liquid extracts.  I think they would be very hard to split into 4, and once the seal is broken the aromatics from the hops are going to start leaving so they probably don't store well once opened.

Do the liquid extracts taste better than dry?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 08, 2019, 04:52:24 PM
Do the liquid extracts taste better than dry?
Unhopped liquid malt extract doesn't really taste any different than dry. You have to use more of it due to the water content.
1 lb dry = 1 1/4 lb liquid.
Liquid will also get darker as it ages (not after it's been fermented, but as it sits unused in the container).

Hopped liquid malt extract does taste different obviously due to the hops they put in it.

Coopers also makes those Mr. Beer small cans of prehopped extract for the Mr. Beer 2 gallon kits. You have to add a lb of malt extract to those small cans to get to 2 gallons, so I'm guessing a small can without any added extract would be about right for a 1 gallon batch. Problem is those little cans aren't that much cheaper than a big can. I've bought them before and used 2 cans plus 3 lbs malt extract to make a 5 gallon batch, but I bought them on sale at a local store- some stores like Wal Mart and Fleet Farm carry them around Xmas and then mark then down after Xmas. Didn't see them at Wal Mart this year and never made it to Fleet Farm around the holidays this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 11, 2019, 03:42:00 PM
Started my next batch of beer:

1lb. CBW Pilsen Light
10 oz CBW Goldpils Vienna
2 oz CBW Traditional Dark

4g cascade hops 60 min.
4g cluster hops 20 min.
2g citra hops 5 min.

1tsp yeast nutrient
tiny drop of olive oil

4g US-05 yeast

sg 1.046 at 6 quarts.

Should be just a little more hopy, a little less bitter, and a little less dark than the batch I bottled last weekend.

Been reading that a tiny amount of olive oil can help the yeast grow better, not needing as much aeration of the wort.

I'll probably bottle my wheat beer Sunday.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 11, 2019, 06:34:01 PM
Never heard that about olive oil. But about the only time I've had fermentation troubles was when either using really old well past it's expiration date yeast or when using saison yeast (which is notorious for starting really strong but just stopping after a couple of days for no known reason).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 11, 2019, 06:45:58 PM

Some experiments have been done using a very small amount of olive oil instead of oxygen and people claim it works.

Here's one article on it:

https://www.beeradvocate.com/articles/8073/extra-virgin-pale-ale-why-some-brewers-have-tried-adding-olive-oil-to-beer/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 11, 2019, 08:01:34 PM
The yeast is Safeale WB-06.  Just noticed the WB probably stands for wheat beer or weissbier.  :D
The Safale WB-06 is a yeast for wheat beer.
The fermentis yeasts are usually the cheapest Rite Brew sells, so they're the ones I use most often (Safale-04 their English Ale yeast and Safale-05 their Ameircan Ale yeast are the ones I use the most).
Their website is great for details about their different strains:
https://fermentis.com/en/fermentation-solutions/you-create-beer/

There is a lot of debate on whether it actually does much, but I think I've used their SpringFerm yeast nutrient product in every batch I've made since starting brewing again a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 13, 2019, 12:03:04 PM
 Bottled my wheat beer, it is very bland, not bad, just kind of meh.  Maybe it will improve a little in the next month.

 It would probably make a good base for something like ginger beer.  Next time I harvest some fresh ginger from the plant in the greenhouse at work I may use this as a base.

 Maybe the complaints I read about that 06 yeast are true, it doesn't make the flavors a true wheat beer yeast is supposed to make.

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 17, 2019, 04:45:15 PM
After only 4 days my wheat beer was fully carbonated, so tried a bottle, it does taste better cold and carbonated but still bland, maybe it will improve more in a few weeks.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/wheatbeer.jpg)

Tasted my wine and it's pretty harsh, as is to be expected for only a month old, it's clearing so I'll be bottling it soon and in the fall maybe it will taste like wine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 18, 2019, 07:37:59 PM
Brew day tomorrow. Have a couple of errands to run in the morning, but came home and spent a few hours doing everything I needed to do around the house this weekend (including kegging my IPA and my ESB). Making an Irish Stout and a Cascade Lager (and some slow cooked pork, which I'll smoke for an hour on the grill and finish in the oven because it's far too cold out to cook start to finish in my smoker).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 19, 2019, 04:44:25 PM
Slept later than I normally do (which was good because I needed the sleep) and didn't feel like shoveling snow until after the plow came through, so brew day became brew morning.  My last attempt at an Irish Stout didn't turn out so well, so I went with a can of Coopers extract as a base this time. And then I remembered what my last Irish Stout was missing- the sour note you get from lactobacillus which I was using in Irish Stout until the last batch.
http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/837605.htm
You boil a pound of malt extract with a gallon of water, cool it, add the lactobacillus, let it sour for 3 or 4 days, reboil it to kill the lactobacillus, bottle it in pet bottles, and then freeze until you need it to sour a batch of beer.
Too late for this batch (which will still turn out fine thanks to the Coopers base), but I'll prepare some before I make my next Irish Stout.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 19, 2019, 06:36:44 PM

 I wonder if you could use probiotic pills?  If it's the same bacteria as in yogurt. 

 Of course you still would have needed to start several days ago, so not really the issue.

 I bottled my wine today, shook the jug until no more bubbles came out the airlock, that seems to have gotten most of the extra carbon dioxide out of it without adding any oxygen.  It has cleared up nicely (well, before I shook it), and tastes less harsh after getting out the CO2.  Put the bottles in the basement and in several months maybe it will be reasonable table wine.

 Not sure what my next beer experiment will be, want to wait until I taste my current batch and that won't be until Friday when I bottle it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 23, 2019, 06:53:19 PM
Pro biotic pills might work. But while using lactobacillus seems expensive, I've only ever used 1 pet bottle of soured wort per 5 gallon batch as it's pretty strong. So making a gallon batch of soured wort is enough for 6- 5 gallon batches.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 23, 2019, 10:10:58 PM
My wheat beer started getting more bitter, but also some other flavor(s) were starting to develop, so I put all of it in the fridge.

It's not to the point I don't like it, but don't really like it either, so kind of neutral on it, so I won't throw it out, in the fridge the flavor seems to have stopped changing.  I wont' be making that recipe again, but I'll use the left over ingredients in other beers.

My other batch of semi-dark ale is getting better with age.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 28, 2019, 07:49:04 PM
Have 3 beers on tap for the first time in awhile.
Miller Lite-esque lager, an ESB which reminds me a lot of Bass Ale before In-Bev bought Bass, and an IPA which isn't as hoppy as I was expecting but is good if you call it a Pale Ale and not an IPA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 29, 2019, 06:55:40 PM
I'm waiting to taste my current batch before starting my next one, while bottling I didn't notice much difference from the batch I was trying to adjust from, so maybe I have to make bigger adjustments in order for the taste to change enough.  I have been collecting 12oz soda bottles and used one of them to finish off the batch so I'll try that one this weekend and then decide on a recipe for my next batch.   

Finished off the wheat beer.

Tasted my wine again, it's improved quite a bit in just 10 days since I last tasted it, I've had store bought wines that tasted worse.  I had put the wine into 2 beer bottles but one week apart near the end of primary fermentation, the first one is rock hard and must be very carbonated, the other one didn't do much, so I've got that one open now and will use it up.  That leaves 1 sparkling and 2 regular glass with cork bottles that I will next taste in the spring or summer. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 02, 2019, 08:20:14 AM
Started 2 new batches last night, harvested a bunch of ginger from the greenhouse at work, so did a ginger beer experiment.

Used a blender and a cup of water and all the ginger I picked, about a cup, and ground up the ginger pretty fine.  Then boiled that with 1.5 lbs. of wheat DME for about 45 minutes.  Most recipes I read added lemon so I added a few table spoons of lemon juice.  Made around 1 gallon.  Used US-04 yeast.  I'm hoping the wheat malt will simply add some body and the ginger flavor will dominate, but I only had a cup of it so might not have been enough for a gallon, we will see.

I've been saving small soda bottles so last week when I bottled I used one for the half bottle that was left over, tasted it last night and it was very good, still not as much hop flavor as I was going for so made the same recipe again but put 5g of citra hops in at 2 minutes (previous batch had 2g at 5 minutes), made 6 quarts.  Also used the 04 yeast, so 2 changes to the recipe actually.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 16, 2019, 10:25:56 AM
Looks like my ginger beer was a failure, only a slight "burn" on the back of the tongue and barely any ginger flavor, the stuff is so strong when fresh picked that a tiny piece can feel like you ate hot peppers but I guess I still needed more even for one gallon of beer.

Bottled the batch with the extra hops at flameout and it is pretty good, certainly more hoppy, but I was expecting the same bitterness as my previous version and it was less bitter, I did use the S-04 yeast instead of the US-05 so I wonder if that accounts for less bitter?

Today I'm going to try and replicate a batch I bottled a month ago that came out really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on February 16, 2019, 08:50:37 PM
Don't think the S-04 vs the S-05 yeast would affect hoppy-ness.

Just tapped my keg of Irish Stout that I made with the Coopers base. It's good and very much an Irish Stout, but still missing the sourness that you get with Guiness.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 25, 2019, 07:55:34 PM
Roundup found in most beer and wine:

https://uspirg.org/news/usp/popular-weed-killer-found-top-beer-and-wine-brands
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 06, 2019, 07:16:08 PM
Yeah... roundup found in most food too (similar news stories about finding it in most breakfast cereals and meat and milk thanks to it's use in livestock feed have made the news cycles recently as well). Not sure whether to believe the pros or cons of it's use and whether or not it causes cancer, but a weed killer in a final food product just doesn't sound like a pro.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 09, 2019, 06:23:45 PM
Was going to brew 3 weekends ago, but got sick with a terrible head cold- had a splitting headache for about a week and then a cough and for a week after that.
So brew day tomorrow. Making a lager and an amber ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 09, 2019, 07:51:49 PM
I've got a nasty head cold right now, was in bed most of the day, eating cough drops when I'm up trying to get some housework done.

Bottled my latest batch Friday, tasted pretty good so hopeful it will be a repeat of my 4th batch that was very good.

The beer I made with the s04 yeast is carbonated but doesn't taste great, so both the ginger and regular beers made with that yeast didn't come out great.  Either I messed up with both batches or I just don't like the taste of that yeast.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 09, 2019, 07:57:23 PM
I've always found S04 to be a pretty neutral yeast- works to convert sugar into alcohol, but doesn't impart any flavor like more speciality yeasts.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 30, 2019, 09:34:29 AM
Latest 2 batches are carbed and ready although not cold yet due to just putting them in the kegerator this morning.
Light lager is really good.
Was concerned about the amber ale because my temperature probe had fallen off the side of the carboy as it was fermenting and it got way too hot. It's not as hoppy as I was hoping, but no off flavors.
Both should be cooled enough to enjoy tonight with the pork shoulder I'm smoking today.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 30, 2019, 09:58:52 AM
Put some boneless chicken thighs in the smoker at the same time I put the pork in this morning. Usually do chicken breasts (if not smoking a whole chicken) and they sometimes turn out a bit dry. Thighs turned out perfect.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on March 30, 2019, 08:04:37 PM
OK.. not beer related...but smoked pork wasn't ready by dinner time so we had smoked chicken thigh sandwiches for dinner...smoked pork just now ready and it's great. Some of the best pulled pork I've ever made. Knew there was a good chance that it wouldn't be ready in time for dinner when I slept later than usual this morning. But needed the sleep. Sleeping late led to not doing my usual BBQ spice coating and just going with salt and pepper which worked well coupled with the 12 hours of apple wood smoking.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 31, 2019, 04:00:16 PM
I accidentally bought 3 lbs. of LME instead of DME, so I made a 9 quart batch today instead of my usual 5.

3 lbs. pale LME
2 oz. dark DME
4g cascade hops 60 min.
5g cluster hops 20 min.
6g citra hops 2 min.

1 tsp yeast nutrient

8g US-05 yeast

SG 1.045 so should be just under 6% alcohol.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 03, 2019, 07:05:43 PM
Opened the one bottle of that wine I started in December that I put in a PET bottle so it would carbonate.

Not bad, fairly standard white wine taste, massive carbonation.  Would probably have exploded a glass bottle, the plastic bottle was as hard as glass.

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/sparklingwine.jpg)

My latest batch of beer is in the fridge, last week I tried one bottle and it was pretty good, should be even better now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 01, 2019, 07:17:51 PM
Opened the one remaining bottle of wine I started 10 months ago and was quite shocked at how good it was, better than some white wines I've bought over the years.  So it really does have to age almost a year before it begins to lose it's harshness.  So 10 months to go from cheap white grape juice to a wine you would probably pay $10 to $15 a bottle for...  I bought a big jar of strawberry jam and will sometime this fall start a batch of wine made from that, we'll see how that goes.

House is almost cool enough during the day now to start back up making beer again, I have so much junk in the basement I didn't feel like trying to do it down there over the summer.  Once the first floor stays below 72 when I'm at work and the A/C is turned off I'll start another batch.  I have one bottle left from my last batch in the spring, so it's good timing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on November 30, 2019, 12:44:19 PM
Been too busy at work to brew lately. Have ingredients for a couple of batches, so maybe tomorrow.
Been enjoying Breckenridge Nitro Irish Stout since I ran out of homebrew. A bit more coffee flavor compared to Guiness (which I like) and about half the price of Guiness.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 18, 2020, 07:36:03 PM
Haven't been inspired or had the time to brew beer lately and have been drinking whiskey since running out of homebrew.
Researched making my own whiskey.
Problems with that idea:
1) Takes 4 or more years to age it properly;
2) A liter of whiskey lasts me over a month, so a 5 gallon cask would be a whole hell of a lot;
3) It's dangerous in ways that making beer isn't and I don't have a big enough lot to do it far enough away to not potentially kill anyone if it were to explode.
So not going to give making my own whiskey a try.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 18, 2020, 09:52:10 PM
Haven't been inspired or had the time to brew beer lately and have been drinking whiskey since running out of homebrew.
Researched making my own whiskey.
Problems with that idea:
1) Takes 4 or more years to age it properly;
2) A liter of whiskey lasts me over a month, so a 5 gallon cask would be a whole hell of a lot;
3) It's dangerous in ways that making beer isn't and I don't have a big enough lot to do it far enough away to not potentially kill anyone if it were to explode.
So not going to give making my own whiskey a try.

It's also illegal.  Distillation of ethanol is prohibited even for personal use.  If you look at all the stills you can buy online they all say they are for making "essential oils" or fragrances...  Chances are you wouldn't get caught, but if it did explode and the fire department had to come out you would be in serious trouble.

To make 5 gallons you would have to distill several times that volume of mash.  Assuming you are going for 80 proof (40%) and your mash is 10 to 15 percent that's 15 to 20 gallons of mash.

I've got to start a new batch soon, down to 3 bottles of the stuff I made in the fall.  Got all the stuff in a few weeks ago but just haven't gotten around to starting, and this weekend I've got a horrible cold.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on January 23, 2020, 06:07:48 PM
Can technology has come a long way with linings that now make some canned beer taste better then the bottled versions.
Bought a 12 pack of what's being pushed as a craft brewed light beer- Saint Archer Gold (on sale and was looking for something light). It tastes like what I remember canned beer tasting like in the 80s. In other words, it tastes like the can. Not terrible really- at least it's not skunky- but I don't think I'd buy it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 07, 2020, 11:02:03 AM
I probably just made some terrible beer, I'll find out in a few weeks.

I didn't stir enough when adding LME to the pot so a layer of it settled to the bottom and burned.  It smelled bad at first when I got it stirred but as it boiled the smell got better.  Tasted a teaspoon of it before adding hops and there was a slight burnt flavor but not as bad as I thought it would be.  There were flakes of black burnt malt floating around so I did run it through a screen to filter them out when I transferred to the fermentor.   I didn't taste it before adding the yeast, figured I'll just wait till it's time to bottle it and taste it then, we'll see what the yeast does with the burnt flavor.  Worst comes to worst I'll just have to toss 2 gallons of crappy beer. 

This was only my second time using LME and the first time it was in a bag so it poured out slower, with this plastic jar of it all of it went in at once.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 25, 2020, 01:33:10 PM
 Well, I bottled my burnt beer several days ago, tried one of the small soda bottles I use as tests and no burnt flavor at all, not even smokey.

 It's a unique flavor, we'll see how it changes over the next few weeks, I'm guessing I'll never be able to replicate it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 31, 2020, 06:50:27 PM
I tried one of the 24 oz. bottles of my burnt beer, it is pretty good, not great, but good.  Also has higher alcohol than I normally make, I guess using 3.3 lbs. of LME in 2 gallons of beer puts the alcohol content around 6%, 24 oz. of this feels like several shots of vodka...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 03, 2020, 04:38:21 PM
http://www.winemakersshop.com/dmelme-abv-calculator

Good day off. Got the back yard cleaned up, drained and cleaned the dog pool, and resantized my brewing equipment. Brew day tomorrow. Out of practice, so making a couple of batches of a czech pilsner only using a couple of different ale yeasts instead of lager yeast (basically using ingriedients I have on hand).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 04, 2020, 09:23:51 AM
Thought all the hops I had on hand were Czech saaz...turns out half were cascade. So brewing a Czech ale and then a cascade ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 05, 2020, 07:04:53 AM
Was concerned about the yeast I used yesterday. Both packs a month past their expiration date. Might be taking them a bit longer to be at the point I'd normally expect or that might just be me worrying. Either way, they've multiplied and are slowly producing CO2 and should be OK. Might just take a couple of days longer then usual for these 2 batches.

Edit: Worries about yeast were defintely not warranted. Yeast has taken off like normal. I was just being impatient.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 10, 2020, 09:07:07 AM
Had ingriedients on hand for another batch, so made an agressively hopped pale ale this morning. More expired yeast, so wanted to use it before it got even older. So with no visitors coming over for the foreseeable future, here in 3 or 4 weeks I'll be set for beer until the fall. Went ahead and ordered ingredients for a pumpkin ale and a stout that I'll make stronger than I typically make and will age for a lot longer than I normally do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 11, 2020, 08:34:59 AM
After 24 hours yeast in the pale ale was doing nothing, so added newer yeast that arrived yesterday afternoon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 03, 2020, 11:32:03 AM
Got 10 quarts of beer brewing, managed to mix the LME in the pot well this time so no burnt malt this time.

Used:

 3.3lbs Pilsen Light LME
 1.5 oz dark DME
 5g cascade hops 60 min.
 5.6g cluster hops 20 min.
 8g citra hops 2 min.

The hopsy smell coming from the airlock for the first 2 days when it was really fermenting was great.

Thursday will be 2 weeks and I think I'll bottle it then.


I am also experimenting with wine again, combined apple juice with strawberry preserves and 1 gallon of that is bubbling away now, the smell from that is very nice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 03, 2020, 02:16:28 PM
My Czech ale turned out very Czech  light lager like which is what I was going for. A nice sunny day beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 07, 2020, 09:05:25 AM
Bottled my latest batch, the last 8 oz. that didn't get bottled tasted pretty good for super green beer, so this might be the best batch I've ever made, fingers crossed for 2 weeks from now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 07, 2020, 10:30:02 AM
My cascade ale is still carbonating. Having to carbonate it artificially as I screwed up trying to carbonate it naturally in the keg. I didn't attach my temperature probe to the side of the keg very well and it detached and caused the keg to overheat and kill the yeast. Sampling the flat beer leads me to believe it will turn out OK but the artificial carbonation is going to take a while.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 07, 2020, 11:38:42 AM
Placed an order for brewing ingredients from a cheap homebrew supply shop in Michigan that I've ordered from in the past after email assured me they were still doing mail order. That was 8 weeks ago. Got emails 2 weeks in a row informing me they were short staffed and my order would ship before the end of the week. Then nothing for a week. Then an email repeating that my order was shipping by the end of the week. Didn't ship so I filed a dispute with paypal and just got my refund today. Brewing ingriedients on Amazon in shorter supply then usual and prices way up, but order placed this morning and shipped this afternoon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 07, 2020, 01:53:32 PM
Placed an order for brewing ingredients from a cheap homebrew supply shop in Michigan that I've ordered from in the past after email assured me they were still doing mail order. That was 8 weeks ago. Got emails 2 weeks in a row informing me they were short staffed and my order would ship before the end of the week. Then nothing for a week. Then an email repeating that my order was shipping by the end of the week. Didn't ship so I filed a dispute with paypal and just got my refund today. Brewing ingriedients on Amazon in shorter supply then usual and prices way up, but order placed this morning and shipped this afternoon.

Since I make small batches I have pretty much gone all Amazon now.  Two gallons lasts me a couple months, so I won't be brewing again until July, hopefully supply and prices have returned to normal by then.  Might try champagne yeast sometime, when I thought I was going to really get into making wine I bought an 8 pack but have only used 2 of them...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 07, 2020, 02:37:21 PM
Without anyone coming over to help me consume it, I may already have enough made to last until the end of the year. But going to make 2 batches that I'll let sit- a strong stout that will need 6 months to mature and then a lager that I'll over hop and let cold lager for 3 or 4 months.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 14, 2020, 04:37:20 PM
Tried one of my test bottles, for 3 weeks old (1 week bottled) it is really good, nice hop flavor, just the right amount of bitterness that I like.

Guess I have to call this batch covid beer...
(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/covidbeer.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wihogfan on June 14, 2020, 10:54:55 AM
Brew day.
Light beer which I'll put on tap as soon as something else runs out.
Pumpkin Ale and an IPA that I'll age until the fall or winter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 05, 2020, 05:25:32 PM
For my latest batch I was nearly done with a bag of citra hops so used it all up, so about 1/3 more at 2 minutes than my last batch.  Also for the hell of it added 2 cups of apple cider to the boil, and because the cider had some sorbate preservative I added extra yeast, also went with safale us-05 yeast this time.  Didn't need to increase the yeast, the boil must have taken care of the sorbate or there just wasn't enough of it in those 2 cups, because the fermentation stayed warm for 2 days so the yeast was multiplying like mad.

Opened up a test bottle today that I put in the fridge yesterday and it was so good I put the entire batch in the fridge, color is great, bitterness is perfect.  I was just thinking I don't think I've ever bought a beer that had the bitterness where I like it, Yuengling Lager is the closest but a little low, all others that I've tried at higher bitterness were too much.

(https://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/beer/citrabeer.jpg)