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Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 15, 2009, 12:26:07 pm
There must be a few people here who drink something a cut above PBR, no?

What beers are you currently enjoying?

I'm really digging this:
(http://legalbeer.com/images/founders%20breakfast%20stout.jpg)

And after a stop at their brewery in Cooperstown, NY, i'm enjoying the mix pack from Ommegang. Especially love the Ommegang Ale.

(https://secure5.worldaxxs.net/ssl.ommegang.com/graphics/graphics/00000005/ultimix.jpg)



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: paul3mac on October 15, 2009, 01:15:12 pm
I've been really loving the Lagunitas beers

(http://mustlovebeer.com/uploads_user/1000/1/700.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3508/3460328347_394d18494f.jpg?v=0)
(http://fridaynightbeer.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/dsc06877.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2489/3895457902_2894fe75c7.jpg)
(http://ontap.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/lagunitas.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: chaz on October 15, 2009, 01:21:36 pm
I used to enjoy their "Shutdown Ale".  9.7%!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on October 15, 2009, 01:47:03 pm
i'm a big fan of this one. . .

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3150726704_af1ce97a87.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on October 15, 2009, 01:50:02 pm
Yeah, that's good.  I had that while out in Napa this summer.

i'm a big fan of this one. . .

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3150726704_af1ce97a87.jpg)


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Driveway on October 15, 2009, 02:08:51 pm
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 15, 2009, 02:10:54 pm
I picked up some Stoudts in Rading PA this week and am looking forward to trying it out

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/3151665404_db7867fea8.jpg?v=0)

(http://bensbeerblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/stoudttriple.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on October 15, 2009, 02:36:41 pm
Love the hops...my vote for Bells two hearted ale, stone IPA, and the greenflash west coast IPA....but i did hear the the Pliny is  tremendous...btw lagunitas is nice as well
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hemisphire on October 15, 2009, 02:46:00 pm
These were all tasty, really liked the Sah'tea, like a chai beer:
(http://photos.hemisphire.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=9016&g2_serialNumber=2)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on October 15, 2009, 03:30:11 pm
Right now, I'm a Post Road Pumpkin Ale Girl.  I also really love the 250th Anniversary Guinness.  Tasty.

Don't believe people when they tell you that the Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout is good.

I have not had a bad beer yet from Laguinitas.  Anyone else collecting the Frank Zappa brews they make?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bluec on October 15, 2009, 08:04:57 pm
Love the hops...my vote for Bells two hearted ale, stone IPA, and the greenflash west coast IPA....but i did hear the the Pliny is  tremendous...btw lagunitas is nice as well

3 of my favorites, along with Stone Ruination.  I have been drinking the Dogfish Punkins like water lately.  My go-to recently has been Sierra Nevada Anniversary, mainly b/c of the price.   Also, I always have some of these stouts in the fridge:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3581/3457629700_75e481116b.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2305712503_d294525949.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Chip Chanko on October 16, 2009, 12:43:40 am
Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop and Penn Kaiser Pils.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 16, 2009, 10:22:30 am
sleeman's cream ale... damn i miss the stuff.

(http://www.gallibeer.com/images/cream-botCan.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: lagas on October 16, 2009, 10:33:13 am
Kunstmann beer of Chile is one of the best...unfortunately, I don't think you can get it in the US

(http://www.terra.cl/turanking/fotos/listas/preguntas/Kunstmann_Bock.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Ardamus on October 17, 2009, 11:22:47 am
going into DC9 got me hooked on Troegs
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zikSxOpljDc/SZ18ippQFDI/AAAAAAAAAOU/vuhAnPql_BY/s400/Troegs+Hop+Back+Amber+Ale+09.JPG)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: thirsty moore on October 17, 2009, 12:31:01 pm
Commonwealth in Columbia Heights has a great cask ale that I drink. It's hands down my favorite beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 17, 2009, 01:16:50 pm
I've been really loving the Lagunitas beers
 
i was at RFD's last night before the AC/DC show, had the Lagunatas A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale (http://www.lagunitas.com/pdfs/LittleSumpin-ExtraAle.pdf) on tap.  mild wheat + perfect hops + hint of pine = DELISH.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/52077
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 17, 2009, 02:24:58 pm
I've been really loving the Lagunitas beers
 
i was at RFD's last night before the AC/DC show, had the Lagunatas A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale (http://www.lagunitas.com/pdfs/LittleSumpin-ExtraAle.pdf) on tap.  mild wheat + perfect hops + hint of pine = DELISH.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/52077
yup, downed 3 of these babies after work at the Big Hunt yesterday - good stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Ardamus on October 17, 2009, 05:51:14 pm
Anyone like Peroni?

(http://www.steezology.com/images/peroni.jpg)

Shock Top?

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gNgHOYb9WV8/SR0Db_h6gCI/AAAAAAAADEo/2e01CC3Y7do/s400/Shock+Top+5.JPG)

Or if you're broke....PBR?

(http://media.ebaumsworld.com/picture/Linkman81/PabstBlueRibbon.png)



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 17, 2009, 06:14:41 pm
Anyone like Peroni?
 
does nothing special for me, it's a light summer-time beer IMO.  tastes better in italy, because everything tastes better there. 

Shock Top?

i'm a big fan of wheat beers so i was excited when i heard about this... but it gets a "meh".  a little too sweet.

Or if you're broke....PBR?

the official beer of indie rock.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on October 17, 2009, 07:35:38 pm
I started taking my wine seriously so I stopped taking my beer seriously....

(http://scottbrandolfski.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/d978miller-high-life-brew-posters.jpg?w=351&h=450)

Therefore, I live the High Life...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 17, 2009, 07:53:25 pm
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2305712503_d294525949.jpg?v=0)

Had one of these (below) a couple months ago and felt kind of nausous for 3 days afterwards. Not from the alcohol but something about the mix itself. Tasted okay but just didn't sit well with me. For what it's worth, I wouldn't take that as an indictment on the beer though because lots of beers are like that for me. Best if I stick with either really bland lighter tasting (not to be confused with 'lite') beers or stouts. All those in betweens can be risky.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3520/3717521378_63826d7da1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on October 18, 2009, 12:13:33 pm
My current favorite:

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

(http://www.toddisrad.com/resources/Celebrator+Dopplebock.jpg)

I'm a big fan of all of Ayinger's beers. Ditto for Erdinger and Franziskanner.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2009, 10:07:04 am
So i'm thinking of going to the Dupont Paradiso for happy hour this week. I have a top three of what's on tap, of which I plan on choosing two. What would you pick?


Dupont Draft Menu:

Coniston Blue Bird Bitter
21st Ammendment Back in Black
Saison Dupont
Bells Expedition
Trip Karmeliet
Hitachino White
Duchesse de Bourgogne
North Coast Red Seal
Corsendonk Brown
Dogfish Head Punkin
Gulden Draak
St Louis Frambroise
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: paul3mac on October 20, 2009, 11:10:08 am
based on my personal tastes preferences, I'd probably go for...

21st Ammendment Back in Black
North Coast Red Seal
Coniston Blue Bird Bitter


So i'm thinking of going to the Dupont Paradiso for happy hour this week. I have a top three of what's on tap, of which I plan on choosing two. What would you pick?


Dupont Draft Menu:

Coniston Blue Bird Bitter
21st Ammendment Back in Black
Saison Dupont
Bells Expedition
Trip Karmeliet
Hitachino White
Duchesse de Bourgogne
North Coast Red Seal
Corsendonk Brown
Dogfish Head Punkin
Gulden Draak
St Louis Frambroise
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: eros on October 20, 2009, 11:11:29 am
I'm finding out as I get older that it's getting harder and harder to bounce back after drinking these heavy and hoppy beers.  I grabbed a six of some Smuttynose Pumpkin ale last week...drank ONE and felt like someone had crapped in my mouth the next morning.

Fortunately, a kind distributor has decided to start bringing Strongbow into the suburban wasteland of NoVA.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e7/Mex_251.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: chaz on October 20, 2009, 11:26:14 am
So i'm thinking of going to the Dupont Paradiso for happy hour this week. I have a top three of what's on tap, of which I plan on choosing two. What would you pick?


Dupont Draft Menu:

Coniston Blue Bird Bitter
21st Ammendment Back in Black
Saison Dupont
Bells Expedition
Trip Karmeliet
Hitachino White
Duchesse de Bourgogne
North Coast Red Seal
Corsendonk Brown
Dogfish Head Punkin
Gulden Draak
St Louis Frambroise

Saison Dupont
Saison Dupont
Saison Dupont
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: smakawhat on October 20, 2009, 01:27:51 pm
Can't go wrong with Dogfish.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 20, 2009, 01:57:16 pm
dogfish head pumpkin ale is absolutely delicious, if you don't mind a little sweet in your beer.  i've generally been impressed with 21st Ammendment's offerings, although i haven't tasted "back in black".
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2009, 02:22:52 pm
This is the best pumpkin beer I've had. Better than Dogfish. This is definitely more pumpkin-y than Dogfish Punkin, whose pumpkin flavor to me is more subtle. I had a sample at my local Whole Foods, but they said they're out and may not get more. Anybody seen it anywhere in the NoVA burbs or DC?

(http://www.fermentnation.com/pics/southerntier_pumking.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 20, 2009, 02:59:34 pm
This is the best pumpkin beer I've had. Better than Dogfish. This is definitely more pumpkin-y than Dogfish Punkin, whose pumpkin flavor to me is more subtle. I had a sample at my local Whole Foods, but they said they're out and may not get more. Anybody seen it anywhere in the NoVA burbs or DC?

(http://www.fermentnation.com/pics/southerntier_pumking.jpg)

Ummm, I'd like to try that.

Is the Dogfish version anything like regular Dogfish? I can't stand that stuff! It just tastes too strong, bitter and nasty for me and makes me sick.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2009, 03:25:19 pm
This is the best pumpkin beer I've had. Better than Dogfish. This is definitely more pumpkin-y than Dogfish Punkin, whose pumpkin flavor to me is more subtle. I had a sample at my local Whole Foods, but they said they're out and may not get more. Anybody seen it anywhere in the NoVA burbs or DC?

(http://www.fermentnation.com/pics/southerntier_pumking.jpg)

Ummm, I'd like to try that.

Is the Dogfish version anything like regular Dogfish? I can't stand that stuff! It just tastes too strong, bitter and nasty for me and makes me sick.

What is "regular Dogfish"? They make eight year round beers, four seasonals, and 13 occasional rarities.

Are you referring to the 90 minute IPA? That is very hoppy, with 60 IBU. Their Punkin beer is 24 IBU, so it's bound to be less bitter. Don't know the IBU for Pumking, but surely something comparable to the Punkin, not the 90 minute.

And no, I didn't pull these numbers out of my head, I used the google.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 20, 2009, 03:50:09 pm
Never realized that they made so many. After looking at their site, I'm pretty sure it's the 60. It was awhile ago. Which ever kind that you will sometimes see around in the minor liquor stores that only stock one choice as that's all I ever see around here. Don't pay much attention to it since I remember how disgusted I was from it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2009, 03:57:20 pm
Never realized that they made so many. After looking at their site, I think it may have been the 60 but might have been the 90. It was awhile ago. Which ever kind that you will sometimes see around in the minor liquor stores that only stock one choice as that's all I ever see around here. Don't pay much attention to it since I remember how disgusted I was from it.

If what you're seeing is in six packs, my guess is that it's the 60 Minute. If it's in four packs, then most likely the 90 Minute. If the 60 Minute disgusts you, the 90 Minute will probably be much worse.

We recently served this one to a female friend who doesn't usually care for beer, and she liked it quite a bit.

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/black-blue.htm

Random fact: jon Langford of Mekons/Waco Brothers fame designed the Dogfish Burton Baton beer label, as well as some other Dogfish labels...

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hemisphire on October 20, 2009, 04:19:43 pm
Up at the Cambridge Brewing Company on Saturday, their pumpkin ale was pretty good, but their O.P.P. (Olde Pumpkin Porter) was outstanding, a mix of a pumpkin ale and a porter. I am so down with it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 20, 2009, 04:48:09 pm
Never realized that they made so many. After looking at their site, I think it may have been the 60 but might have been the 90. It was awhile ago. Which ever kind that you will sometimes see around in the minor liquor stores that only stock one choice as that's all I ever see around here. Don't pay much attention to it since I remember how disgusted I was from it.

If what you're seeing is in six packs, my guess is that it's the 60 Minute. If it's in four packs, then most likely the 90 Minute. If the 60 Minute disgusts you, the 90 Minute will probably be much worse.

We recently served this one to a female friend who doesn't usually care for beer, and she liked it quite a bit.

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/black-blue.htm

Random fact: jon Langford of Mekons/Waco Brothers fame designed the Dogfish Burton Baton beer label, as well as some other Dogfish labels...



After thinking about it a bit, it was definitely the 60. I remember the green in the lable. Nasty!!!

Didn't know about how to rate the hopps (or whatever it's rating) so your info was helpful.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 21, 2009, 12:44:30 am
Drinking one of these now.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YXEecWSDy7g/Slj2-GCESjI/AAAAAAAAAwo/wJ7qT8wCFDI/s1600/TetleysAle.jpg)

Ah, that 'smooth flow'!  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2009, 08:15:09 am
So i'm thinking of going to the Dupont Paradiso for happy hour this week. I have a top three of what's on tap, of which I plan on choosing two. What would you pick?


Dupont Draft Menu:

Coniston Blue Bird Bitter
21st Ammendment Back in Black
Saison Dupont
Bells Expedition
Trip Karmeliet
Hitachino White
Duchesse de Bourgogne
North Coast Red Seal
Corsendonk Brown
Dogfish Head Punkin
Gulden Draak
St Louis Frambroise


So I went yesterday. One of my goals with their half price happy hour is to have beers that might be out of my normal comfort zone, cost wise. Hence, the Corsendonk Brown and Gulden Draak were at the top of my list.

I had the Corsendonk Brown first. I'm a big fan of the Belgian dubbel style, and I'd highly enjoyed this beer before. Though it didn't exactly go with the pizza that I was sharing with a friend (though it paired arguably better than the Bell's Expedition (Imperial Stout) that he was drinking), it was quite tasty.

Second, we tried a taste of the Gulden Draak. It's called a dark trippel. I was thinking it would look like a dark beer, but by "dark" they meant it was reddish rather than golden. We both agreed it was good, but maybe a little too sweet.

So I opted for the imperial stout for my second beer. At 10.5% alcohol, it packs a wallop. I'm a big fan of Old Rasputin, and though the Bell's was good, it fell a little short of Old Rasputin, for me. My friend opted for the Back in Black, which turned out the be an interesting black IPA.

I also considered the Punkin and the Saison Dupont, but two is about all I can handle of these big alcohol beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 21, 2009, 09:13:45 am
whoah - its a 1/2 price happy hour?? what did those beers end up running you? and to think I've been wasting my time at the Big Hunt, which incidentally has a beer selection, on draught at least, to rival PP's
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on October 21, 2009, 09:35:07 am
If you like hops-the Greenflash west coast IPA @ Big Hunt is hard to beat
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on October 21, 2009, 11:22:54 am
Another good Fall beer as an alternative to the pumpkins...
Abita's Pecan Harvest Ale
(http://www.abita.com/images/page_graphics/brews/bottles_six_packs/pecan_bottle_six_pack_rays.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2009, 11:29:20 am
I haven't been to the Big Hunt for many years, but I feel like I'd be the olderst person there by at least ten years.

Any thoughts on Cap City beers? Thinking of hitting the one in Shilrlington. Of those I can remember, the Porter is ok, the Pumpkin is good, and the Fuel is very good. Anybody had the Bourbon Stout?


Capitol K÷lsch
Amber Waves
Pale Rider
Prohibition Porter
Cask Ale
Organic Wit
Fuel
Oktoberfest
Pumpkinator
Organic Trippel
Oak Aged Bourbon Stout
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 21, 2009, 12:07:26 pm
you'd be surprised - obviously a fair few young 'uns but a few old fogies like myself (and older)

I haven't been to the Big Hunt for many years, but I feel like I'd be the olderst person there by at least ten years.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on October 21, 2009, 04:09:47 pm
I haven't been to the Big Hunt for many years, but I feel like I'd be the olderst person there by at least ten years.

Any thoughts on Cap City beers? Thinking of hitting the one in Shilrlington. Of those I can remember, the Porter is ok, the Pumpkin is good, and the Fuel is very good. Anybody had the Bourbon Stout?


Forget all this Big Hunt and Cap City talk.
Birch & Barley/Churchkey is finally opening this week!
500 beers with 50 draft and 5 hand pump cask ales.
The 'beer organ' is a thing of beauty.
http://amandamc.blogspot.com/2009/10/birch-barley-churchkey-open-thursday.html (http://amandamc.blogspot.com/2009/10/birch-barley-churchkey-open-thursday.html)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 21, 2009, 04:41:36 pm
Birch & Barley/Churchkey is finally opening this week!
500 beers with 50 draft and 5 hand pump cask ales.
The 'beer organ' is a thing of beauty.
http://amandamc.blogspot.com/2009/10/birch-barley-churchkey-open-thursday.html (http://amandamc.blogspot.com/2009/10/birch-barley-churchkey-open-thursday.html)

huh.  didn't know that the dakota cowgirl had closed...

edit: looks like the cowgirl has been closed for over a year.  i used to live about 500 feet away from it, loved their bison burger.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on October 21, 2009, 05:43:16 pm
Thanks for the heads up Slappy, heard it was coming.  Look forward to many nites ahead worshipping at the sacred alter of the exalted brewmeister.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Ardamus on October 21, 2009, 09:17:48 pm
Anyone like Peroni?
 
does nothing special for me, it's a light summer-time beer IMO.  tastes better in italy, because everything tastes better there. 

Shock Top?

i'm a big fan of wheat beers so i was excited when i heard about this... but it gets a "meh".  a little too sweet.

Or if you're broke....PBR?

the official beer of indie rock.

I've only had Peroni at two places. I don't see it around too much.

Shock Top, I got at a cornerstore. For a beer thats made by Michelob, I would think they would be everywhere.

PBR is definitely the indie rock beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 22, 2009, 07:52:04 am
Peroni is the Budweiser of Italy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Barcelona on October 22, 2009, 04:15:47 pm
Parbo, the beer from Suriname is quite good.

(http://www.parbobier.com/data/bier_plaatje/export2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: miss pretentious on October 22, 2009, 06:14:25 pm
i actually prefer this one to the dogfish head punkin ale.
it's made by the brooklyn brewery.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/4018548078_824b64f162_m.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 22, 2009, 06:55:58 pm
i actually prefer this one to the dogfish head punkin ale.
it's made by the brooklyn brewery.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/4018548078_824b64f162_m.jpg)

Not to be contrary, but hated the medicinal aftertaste on that one. Maybe we got ahold of a bad bottle.

Their Oktoberfest beer was pretty boring too, Byt then again, aren't all Oktoberfest beers boring?

Their black choclate stout is dangerously good though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: grover.37 on October 23, 2009, 11:17:37 am
whoah - its a 1/2 price happy hour?? what did those beers end up running you? and to think I've been wasting my time at the Big Hunt, which incidentally has a beer selection, on draught at least, to rival PP's

It's only on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7p.  Most beers run 6-9$ so that's a steep discount on some rare/expensive stuff.

The new location in Dupont is nice but smaller than the Georgetown location (the tiny bars are about the same size).  They also only have about half as many draft selections.  It's still worth visiting and definitely more convenient than going to Georgetown (ugh). 



I haven't been to the Big Hunt for many years, but I feel like I'd be the olderst person there by at least ten years.

Any thoughts on Cap City beers? Thinking of hitting the one in Shilrlington. Of those I can remember, the Porter is ok, the Pumpkin is good, and the Fuel is very good. Anybody had the Bourbon Stout?


Capitol K÷lsch
Amber Waves
Pale Rider
Prohibition Porter
Cask Ale
Organic Wit
Fuel
Oktoberfest
Pumpkinator
Organic Trippel
Oak Aged Bourbon Stout

I'm a big fan of Cap City but I may be biased due to its location inside the building of my place of work (Postal Museum - Capital Hill / Union Station location).  You are about right on their best beers - porter, fuel - but I've never had the Bourbon Stout.  The Wit is worth trying if you liek that kind of beer.  I found the Tripel to be very underwhelming.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 23, 2009, 11:40:29 am
Their black choclate stout is dangerously good though.

Impossible to exaggerate how good that beer is.

Question for the experts here.....where can I get a good cask ale in the DC area?  Went to Paradiso many moons ago and their keg was dead.  Have had the cask ale at Rock bottom but was unimpressed.  Been looking for a decent cask ale since having them in London....and haven't had any luck.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 23, 2009, 11:53:39 am
Their black choclate stout is dangerously good though.

Impossible to exaggerate how good that beer is.

Question for the experts here.....where can I get a good cask ale in the DC area?  Went to Paradiso many moons ago and their keg was dead.  Have had the cask ale at Rock bottom but was unimpressed.  Been looking for a decent cask ale since having them in London....and haven't had any luck.

Birch and Barley, which opened yesterday, is supposed to have five casks. (and 50 taps and 500 bottles.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on October 23, 2009, 12:09:38 pm

I've only had Peroni at two places. I don't see it around too much.


They sell Peroni at the Verizon Center.
They even have the real original Budweiser from the Czech Rep. under the name Czechvar.
... if you're into lagers.

VC now might have one of the best beer selections of all the North American arenas.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 23, 2009, 01:15:31 pm
This probably belongs in this thread. On tap at BBCK.



yum yum yum

Palo Santo Marron Dogfish Head Craft Brewery American Brown Ale Delaware 12.0%



A long, but  interesting article about this brew and others...

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/11/24/081124fa_fact_bilger


(http://thecolumbuswench.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/palo-santo-marron.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 23, 2009, 02:04:46 pm
VC now might have one of the best beer selections of all the North American arenas.

That's a shame because buying a beer at VC during a hockey game is nothing short of painful.  If it weren't for the kiosk outside my gate I'd never buy beer in that joint.

Not an arena....but Camden Yards' beer selection seems a bit better than VC's. IMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 23, 2009, 03:33:05 pm
Belga Cafe over on Capitol Hill has a bunch of events on the horizon to celebrate their 5th Anniversary, but one thing you shouldn?t let slip through all their festivities is their newest regular offering: Happy Hour!

From 4-6PM Monday through Friday, Belga will be offering half priced draft beers! That?s right tasty Belgian beers for half the price that you will normally pay for them. There will be some Belgian stadanrds of course, but there will also be a few gems from time to time. Last time we checked they had Stella Artois (3.50), Hoegaarden (3.25), Rodenbach ($3.75), Leffe Brown, Grimbergen Dubbel, Belga Pils, Belga White to choose from.

Check it out and look here for some previews of their other events later this week!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: thirsty moore on October 23, 2009, 03:38:09 pm
Question for the experts here.....where can I get a good cask ale in the DC area?  Went to Paradiso many moons ago and their keg was dead.  Have had the cask ale at Rock bottom but was unimpressed.  Been looking for a decent cask ale since having them in London....and haven't had any luck.

I really like Commonwealth up in Columbia Heights. They have two casks. Also, the bar is right next to the metro entrance. Easily accessible.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 30, 2009, 09:46:32 am
tried the founders breakfast stout yesterday at the Big Hunt - incredible
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 30, 2009, 10:39:29 am
tried the founders breakfast stout yesterday at the Big Hunt - incredible

Amen to that. Four pack at Total Wines and Whole Foods. not quite as good as on tap, but still excellent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 30, 2009, 02:33:30 pm
Had one of these with last nights dinner:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3650991670_440a2948c6.jpg)

Having half of one of these tonight:


(http://beeradvocate.com/im/beers/52077.jpg)

Saturday night's Haloween selection:
(http://justbeer.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/dogfish-head-punkin-ale.gif)

Making chili on Sunday, thinking maybe this will work:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/3252070366_c7b6132b7a.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on October 30, 2009, 02:51:45 pm
Before Venerable and I do the McCallan tasting on Veterans Day, we're doing the Anchor Steam Brewery Tour.  Hail to the Troops.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 30, 2009, 03:04:21 pm
Had one of these with last nights dinner:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3650991670_440a2948c6.jpg)

congrats... but how was it?

Having half of one of these tonight:

(http://beeradvocate.com/im/beers/52077.jpg)

a whole half?!?  well, it is friday night i suppose...

RFD had this one on tap 2 weeks ago - delicious.  i think you'll like it.

Saturday night's Haloween selection:
(http://justbeer.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/dogfish-head-punkin-ale.gif)

this is my favorite pumpkin beer at the moment.  some folks claim it is too sweet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 30, 2009, 03:07:32 pm
the club also has dogfish punkin on tap at the upstairs bar
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 30, 2009, 03:09:41 pm
Rhett, let me ask you. How do you go about drinking 'half' a beer? In other words, do you spring for a whole bottle between two people or do you drink half and put the rest in the refridgerator for another wild whooping time?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 30, 2009, 03:26:41 pm
Rhett, let me ask you. How do you go about drinking 'half' a beer? In other words, do you spring for a whole bottle between two people or do you drink half and put the rest in the refridgerator for another wild whooping time?

You mean James, right?

It comes in a 22 oz bottle, has 8.7% alcohol. Juliet and I will be splitting one. We're such lightweights, I'm sure we'll catch a small buzz even splitting one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 30, 2009, 08:45:08 pm
tried the founders breakfast stout yesterday at the Big Hunt - incredible

Amen to that. Four pack at Total Wines and Whole Foods. not quite as good as on tap, but still excellent.

just picked up a 4-pack at MaGruders for 10.99 - not cheap but still worth it
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 30, 2009, 09:03:17 pm
You mean James, right?

It comes in a 22 oz bottle, has 8.7% alcohol. Juliet and I will be splitting one.

you mean celeste, right?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 04, 2009, 01:31:47 pm
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Half price at Dupont Paradiso tonight at happy hour. I'm just saying.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: blackredfellow on November 04, 2009, 02:00:20 pm
Mmmmm Fraoch...

(http://www.slosar.com/list/uploaded_images/fraoch-772058.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 04, 2009, 04:04:37 pm
Grades on last week's beers:

Dogfish Indian Brown: A
Lagunitas Little Sumpin Extra: A
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout: B+
Dogfish Punkin: B
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: thirsty moore on November 05, 2009, 03:51:58 pm
Here's my grading system.

Beer - A
Hefeweizen - C+
Lite Beer - F
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on November 06, 2009, 06:26:35 pm
i might be wrong . . . but i think this beer is the best in the world:

(http://www.specialtybeer.com/images/stber_mix_big.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on November 07, 2009, 06:37:31 pm
So I went to Church Key (first time) before seeing Thao Nguyen at the Black Cat last night. There was a line out the door, and I had to wait probably 20 minutes before I was allowed to go upstairs to the bar. But it was all worth the wait.... OMG, I think I had the best beer I've ever tasted.

Beer: Aventinus Weizenbock Dunkel
(http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/images/Schneider_Aventinus_1.jpg)

It was like a flavor explosion in my mouth. Mind-blowingly good. Big, bold flavors, but at the same time perfectly balanced and smooth and easy to drink like a weissbier. Highly recommended. And Church Key has it on draft. Unbelievable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 12, 2009, 10:11:26 am
i might be wrong . . . but i think this beer is the best in the world:

(http://www.specialtybeer.com/images/stber_mix_big.jpg)


Had the St. Bernardus #12 at Happy Hour at Birreria in Georgetown last night, and based on that one, you may be RIGHT. It get's an A+

Also had Bell's Rye Stout. Didn't really work for me. I think I've had four of their other stouts (Kalamazoo, Expedition, Double Cream, and Cherry), and this one was my least favorite. Still, not terrible, but I'll give it a B-.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on November 12, 2009, 01:10:28 pm
Church Key
Saturday Nov 21 @ 7 PM

Sam Caglione and Bryan Sellers of dogfish are going to be at Church Key as part of their opening activities or some such event, serving a keg of Black Thai.

I've not been to Church Key yet, but have heard it's constantly packed and at the rate they're going through kegs/casks (according to Twitter) it sounds as if it's ass-to-elbow from opening to close.  So, recommendations from people who've been.. go and slog through a possible even thicker crowd than normal, or skip it, wait a while for new-ness to wear off so it'll be a more enjoyable experience?

Additionally.. anyone know where Life and Limb is being served in DC and/or Silver Spring?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 12, 2009, 01:36:44 pm
After paying $4 for three 10 oz microbrews at Mahaffey's in Baltimore in Saturday, I don't think I ever want to pay Church Key prices. And I'm not keen on supporting a place that serves veal-neck sausage and fois tots.

I say buy something good at Whole Foods and drink at home!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 12, 2009, 01:48:43 pm
we tried to get in on Tuesday night and there was a line out the door....glad to know the stimulus is working in DC at least....we went to Stoneys instead and drank some Bells Two Hearted
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on November 12, 2009, 01:54:52 pm
After paying $4 for three 10 oz microbrews at Mahaffey's in Baltimore in Saturday, I don't think I ever want to pay Church Key prices. And I'm not keen on supporting a place that serves veal-neck sausage and fois tots.

I say buy something good at Whole Foods and drink at home!

Rhett, your life is 'at home', which is not the same for everyone else. Some go out, not just for the drink, but for the socialization. Mind you, that is not at all meant as an insult in anyway. It's just that we have a whole world full of different kinds of people with different interests and concerns. Deal with it!

Is that $4 for 3 drinks or did you buy 3 and paid $4 each? Also, I'm not familiar with that place. Exactly where is it and what sort of selection?

Any guesses on how long before other competitors (to Church Key) come along? Sounds promising! Me, I'll wait for the crowds to die down or some odd circumstance to find myself there.

Btw, that 6 pack looks good. Especially like that it is a variety pack; as I love trying new and different options; and it's a '6 pack' instead of those lame 4 packs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 12, 2009, 02:04:39 pm
This is the place I went.

http://mahaffeyspub.com/

$4 for three beers. That's $1.33 a beer. A couple of the beers on their draft list weren't included in the special, but the rest were.

Doesn't Church Key already have competitors? Two Paradiso locations, the Brickskellar, RFD, Rustico, two area Dogfish pubs? Personally, I'd choose any of those over Church Key, based on beer specials, vegetarian options, and affordability of the food.

I wasn't saying to avoid going out to a pub to drink, but merely sugggesting that with Whole Foods a two minute walk away, it's definitely an attractive alternative to an overcrowded, expensive night out at Church Key.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on November 12, 2009, 02:13:48 pm
After paying $4 for three 10 oz microbrews at Mahaffey's in Baltimore in Saturday, I don't think I ever want to pay Church Key prices. And I'm not keen on supporting a place that serves veal-neck sausage and fois tots.

I say buy something good at Whole Foods and drink at home!

Mmm, 3-fers at Mahaffeys.  Haven't done that in a while.  I think they have steak-night on Tuesdays too, which is really good as well.

It's in Fells Point, a street up from O'Donnell Street, don't remember the name.  I work with a lot of people from Baltimore (work in Columbia) and when we'd head to B'more after work for drinks we'd usually head there.  The 3-fer selection is a short list, about 15 selections if memory serves, but there's always about 5-6 worth having.

Edit:  Didn't see the above post with link to Mahaffeys, sorry for being redundant, all the necessary info is there.  Also.. in Canton, not Fells Point.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 12, 2009, 02:31:27 pm
Technically, I think it's in Canton, not Fells Point. But to someone in Columbia (who lives in DC?), it's probably all the same...

Just kiddin!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on November 12, 2009, 02:43:52 pm
Thanks, I was going to say that.  ;)
They are next door neighbors though.

Think I've been there a couple times but that was years ago. Had dinner and wine and very much enjoyed it. Guess it's time to think about going back; specifically, on a week night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on November 12, 2009, 03:00:42 pm
Technically, I think it's in Canton, not Fells Point. But to someone in Columbia (who lives in DC?), it's probably all the same...

Just kiddin!

Ha, I know Fells Points, and I know Canton Square, until now not sure I knew Canton as a name for the neighborhood even existed.  Canton Square in a neighborhood called Canton?.. not sure how i didn't pick up on that.  Bah.. it's all Baltimore to me.. nevertheless, I'll know for the next time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 12, 2009, 03:30:13 pm
Technically, I think it's in Canton, not Fells Point. But to someone in Columbia (who lives in DC?), it's probably all the same...

Just kiddin!

Ha, I know Fells Points, and I know Canton Square, until now not sure I knew Canton as a name for the neighborhood even existed.  Canton Square in a neighborhood called Canton?.. not sure how i didn't pick up on that.  Bah.. it's all Baltimore to me.. nevertheless, I'll know for the next time.

Double ha. I have no idea what Canton Square is. I just remember Canton as the rundown neighborhood I used to drive down from Charles Village to when I wanted a booty call from my FWB back in the mid-90s. I know, TMI. I hadn't been back there in years before this weekend, was amazed at how much the area has changed. Great new-ish playground in Patterson Park, too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 12, 2009, 04:58:48 pm
I just remember Canton as the rundown neighborhood I used to drive down from Charles Village to when I wanted a booty call from my FWB back in the mid-90s.

(http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/rob-twocats.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on November 18, 2009, 02:58:39 pm
Re: Church Key....

I've only been there once and experienced the same line-out-the-door and super-crowded bar area, but that was on a Saturday night. I'd hoped it was just a weekend thing and that during the week would be less crowded. I'll probably wait until the newness wears off a little before going back. But, as I wrote on page 5, Aventinus on draft is so mind-blowingly good that I'll find it very hard to resist if I'm in the neighborhood again soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on November 18, 2009, 07:33:20 pm
i went to a place with friends and all they had on tap was bud.  we got a pitcher of it anyway.  after three glasses of it . . . i said, "it all tastes the same when you're getting drunk."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on November 18, 2009, 08:32:50 pm
i went to a place with friends and all they had on tap was bud.  we got a pitcher of it anyway.  after three glasses of it . . . i said, "it all tastes the same when you're getting drunk."

this is very true  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 23, 2009, 06:11:43 pm
(http://www.gooseisland.com/filebin/images/products/full/bourbon-county-stout-new.jpg)

Tried this over the weekend in Chicago. I'm a big fan of stouts but found this to be borderline undrinkable. Judging by the ecstatic reviews on BA and ratebeer I am very much in the minority on this one but happy with my stance.

Just way too much going on with this beer and the whiskey taste was completely completely over the top. I didn't finish it, something I thought I'd never do with a $11 beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 23, 2009, 08:16:30 pm
Thanks for the Bourbon County tip Brennser. I'm sitting in the Chicago burbs right now, heading to the Goose Island brewpub tomorrow. Was planning on one of those, but if they're $11 and undrinkable (I
m wary of the whiskey taste myself), may have to pass.

Did you try any of the other Goose Island or maybe anything by Three Floyds (from the Indiana burbs).

I'm actually excited to go to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. 16 beers on tap in the store, and you can drink while one while you shop.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 23, 2009, 09:14:27 pm
I'm actually excited to go to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. 16 beers on tap in the store, and you can drink while one while you shop.

*swoons*
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 23, 2009, 09:26:40 pm
I've never had a Three Floyds I didn't like

Try the Matilda if they have it at Goose Island

Thanks for the Bourbon County tip Brennser. I'm sitting in the Chicago burbs right now, heading to the Goose Island brewpub tomorrow. Was planning on one of those, but if they're $11 and undrinkable (I
m wary of the whiskey taste myself), may have to pass.

Did you try any of the other Goose Island or maybe anything by Three Floyds (from the Indiana burbs).

I'm actually excited to go to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. 16 beers on tap in the store, and you can drink while one while you shop.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 26, 2009, 09:36:18 am
Just went on a two day Chicago beer blast.

Lunch at Whole Foods Tuesday. 16 drafts on tap with free samples aplenty, a lounge area and a food court. But the better option was a list of 10 or so regional bottles pured into a glass for $2 a pop. We tried, in order of preference, Founders Red Rye PA, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Three Floyds Robert Bruce, and Bell's Best Brown. The store is the third biggest WF in the world, like Disneyland for foodies. Easy to manage with a toddler.

Dinner was at Goose Island Brewpub in Clybourn. Overpriced and a bit too corporate in atmosphere with not many good eats for vegetarians. But the beer was good. We split the Black Cat Stout and the Pere Jaques dubbel. Both very good. Then for "dessert" we split the Imperial Goose, an old brown ale with the same bourbon tones . at 9% abv, probably more manageable than te Bouron County Stout. Really loved that beer.

Wed night was date night, with toddler home with grandparents. And what more romantic thing to do than to drive from the Chicago southside exurbs to an industrial park in Munster, Indiana and go to the Three Floyds brewpub. Which turned out to be much more geographically accessible for us than northside Chicago. You walk in and Full Metal Jacket is playing on the wall, and Gogol Bordello, Black Sabbath, and the Stooges are playing loudly on the sound system, and you know this place has all of the coolness that the Goose Island pub is lacking. Pizza was good, funnel fries were good, chocolate cake was good, but the beer is the reason you're there. They have their own on tap, as well as an amazing collection of guest taps and bottles. We split five over the course of a couple of hours. My three favorites all turned out the be in the Beer Advocate top 80 . FFF's Dreadnaught IPA, Stone Ruinator IPA, and Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer, all from the tap. Unibroue Terrible' was also from the tap and tasty. The only "miss" for me was the Sinebrychoff Porter, which wasn't horrible. Took home an FFF Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter bomber for the holidays.

Got a 6 pack of Grimbergen Dubbel on sale at WF, so we'll have a couple of those with the Thanksgiving chili today...and maybe take a day off from beer on Friday. Though I may go get some Goose Island specialties to take home.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 09, 2009, 10:09:11 am
Perhaps a collection of clueless hipster doofuses could pool together their trust funds...



MILWAUKEE Pabst Brewing Co., owner of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz and other old-line beer brands, is on the sale block again.

Pabst's owner, the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, based in Mill Valley, Calif., has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to find a buyer willing to pay around $300 million, according to the New York Post, which cited unnamed sources in a Monday article.

Executives at Pabst, based in suburban Chicago, and foundation officials didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

The sale effort is apparently the result of a deadline imposed by the Internal Revenue Service. Federal tax laws don't allow charitable foundations to own for-profit companies.

The IRS initially gave the foundation until 2005 to sell Pabst. That deadline was extended to 2010 when a buyer couldn't be found, according to a 2008 report by the Chicago Tribune.

Pabst, and its predecessor company, Best Brewing Co., was a Milwaukee mainstay for more than a century when it was acquired in 1985 by Paul Kalmanovitz. He bought other declining breweries, including Pearl and Falstaff, that were losing market share to growing giants Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing. Kalmanovitz died in 1987.

Pabst closed its Milwaukee brewery in 1996 and shuttered its last remaining brewery in 2001 after hiring Miller, now known as MillerCoors LLC, to brew its brands. Pabst in 2006 moved its offices from San Antonio, Texas, to Woodridge, Ill., where it has around 30 employees.

Because Pabst doesn't own breweries, it mainly operates as a marketing company, crafting strategies for selling dozens of brands, which also include Old Milwaukee, Stroh's and Heileman's Old Style.

In recent years, Pabst Blue Ribbon has seen revived sales when it was embraced by drinkers in their 20s, who see it as welcome contrast to heavily marketed beers.

Pabst Brewing also successfully relaunched Schlitz with its original formula from the '60s and announced it was bringing back "kraeusening," a process that uses additional fermentation, for Old Style.

Despite those efforts, Pabst Brewing's sales volume in 2008 dropped by 3.3 percent, to 5.9 million barrels from 6.1 million barrels, according to data compiled by Beer Marketer's Insights.

But that was a smaller drop than Pabst Brewing had seen in previous years. And it came as the company saw a big boost during the fourth quarter of 2008, with a 9 percent increase. That was fueled by a big jump in Pabst Blue Ribbon sales and higher Schlitz sales.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on December 09, 2009, 10:42:03 am
I enjoyed a great Chouffe Houblon at The Big Hunt last night - top beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 09, 2009, 11:06:46 am
We hit the half price draft happy hour at Birreria in Georgetown last night...

We each had one of these (too good to merely split one):

(http://www.garshol.priv.no/blog/images/oak-aged-yeti.jpg)

It's in the Beer Advocate top 100, and now in my top 5. Amazing!



We split one of these:

(http://beeradvocate.com/im/beers/6804.jpg)

Not the best Belgian I've ever had, but still very good.



We split one of these:

(http://www.brewdog.com/blog_images/1021f63e997b3a8ebbe98b191ce59e3a_15769.jpeg)

Very interesting collaboration between Brewdog and Stone. I'd buy it elsewhere if it weren't so outrageously priced.



And finished the night off here (is there a better gelato shop anywhere in DC? I doubt it.)

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/09/04/business/smallbusiness/04gelato.650.1.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on December 09, 2009, 02:51:27 pm
Sierra Nevada Torpedo-an "extra" IPA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on December 09, 2009, 02:57:38 pm
I'm not a huge fan of IPAs, but I've lately been enjoying Dogfish Head's Burton Baton, an oak-aged imperial IPA. Nice balance of hops and flavor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on December 09, 2009, 03:09:25 pm
Burton Baton is delicious, especially on tap
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 04, 2010, 09:02:02 am
Burton Baton is delicious, especially on tap


The artist who designed to label is Jon Langford, of Waco Brothers/Mekons fame.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vtLkdZgAjeQ/Seufbg2aXaI/AAAAAAAAALM/LbLxhPQrnMI/s320/burton+baton.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 04, 2010, 09:17:59 am
Had this (from Ommegang) at Christmas, went great with chocolate covered cherries:


(http://legalbeer.com/images/ommegang%20three%20philosophers%20ale.jpg)



Had these two (from Dogfish and Founder's, respectively) for New Years Eve:

(http://www.drunkenpolack.com/images/sahtea.JPG)


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/3105195945_48306a875b.jpg)



And these two Saturday night at Churchkey (from Ommegang and Smuttynose, respectively):

(http://www.ibabuzz.com/bottomsup/files/2009/01/ommegang-ombamagang-label1.jpg)

(http://www.drunkenpolack.com/images/smuttybigipa.jpg)




I think my favorites were Three Philosophers, Backwoods Bastard, and the Big A IPA. The weakest was the Obamagang Inauguration Ale, though it was pretty decent.



Drank the New Year's Eve beers while watching this movie. Movie was decent, but not terribly insightful.

(http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/omnivore/files/2009/03/beerwars_poster_small.jpg)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 04, 2010, 06:41:48 pm
for "something different", my friend served me this before we headed out to the 930 on NYE:

(http://www.marshrivereditions.com/~nicholas/PaF/fraochbottle.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/2804582644_6f298e92b3.jpg)
 
"Fraoch Heather Ale
Brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. heather ale is probably the oldest style of ale still produced in the world. From an ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) it has been revived and reintroduced to the Scottish culture. Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of fresh heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented." (source: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/80/245)

t'was awrite, but as most of the reviewers on BA note, it's not something you'd want to drink more than one of.  its floral flavor is more interesting & unique than it is good & satisfying.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 13, 2010, 09:46:41 am
(http://ficklepeach.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/hopslam.jpg)

I've heard alot of hype about this beer over the years but had never gotten around to tasting it, mainly due to the limited supply and "blink and you'll miss it" sales window.

The hype is definitely worth it. I like hoppy beers incl the various Dogfish offerings but this one is head and shoulders above the rest, mainly because the honey they use in brewing cuts through a little of the bitterness that excessive hopping can cause. Think of it as a more approachable and flavorful 90 minute IPA.

I had two pints of this at The Big Hunt yesterday. Its probably gone by now as any bar that could get it was restricted to 1 keg.

Picked up a few 6 packs at Rodmans also.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 13, 2010, 11:11:21 am
bells really makes some good beers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 13, 2010, 02:37:37 pm
bells really makes some good beers

Second best brewery in Michigan.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 13, 2010, 02:56:35 pm
to founders? what should i try a sixer of from founders
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 13, 2010, 03:48:40 pm
to founders? what should i try a sixer of from founders

Are four packs also acceptable?

Haven't had a Founder's beer that I didn't think was great.



I'll stick with the Breakfast Stout as the best of the bunch. Comes in a four pack.

Backwood Bastard comes in a four pack. You get a heavy bourbon taste at first. Whether that's a good thing to you will probably determine whether you like it or not.

Red Rye Ale is the #1 rated rye beer on beeradvocate. Comes in a six pack. I've only had a single, but it was excellent.

Centennial IPA is perhaps my favorite IPA that's not an imperial. Though I'm just getting into IPA's so haven't compared it to some that I should. Comes in a 6.


I think that's all that I've had.

Bell's is very good, but I haven't had one that really, really blew me away. (I've had cherry stout, double cream stout, two hearted, expedition, kalamazoo...what else should i try??? I reckon hopslam for sure...)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 13, 2010, 05:45:57 pm
mostly i like sessionable ipa's, and i dont think 2 hearted ale can be beat. i do enjoy dark beer this time of the year, though
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bluec on January 13, 2010, 07:12:07 pm
I wish I could find Bells near where I live... tried the 2-hearted one time and really enjoyed it.

had these this weekend, both delicious.  Ten Fidy is one of my favorite stouts, the Stone (probably my favorite brewery) is an amazing dark ale.

(http://www.lonestarbeverages.com/resources/_wsb_248x295_ten+fidy.jpg) (http://www.batchesbrew.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/selfale.jpg)

this Stone I didn't enjoy as much... a 'Belgian IPA' just doesn't work for me I guess
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 14, 2010, 08:52:16 am
Half price draft happy hour at Birreria last night.

Having always scoffed at paying $10 for a 12 oz bottle of beer at a retail store, this was my chance to finally try World Wide Stout, I jumped at the chance to split a 10oz draft of it for $5. Having had it, I have to agree with the BA reviewer who said it tasted like nail polish. Better than drinking a PBR or Bud, but definitely no better than a C+ beer. Never again, even if it were much cheaper.

In better news, I had Bell's Expedition for the second time. Liked it alot more (could the cask conditioning have made it that much better?). Yum. A-

Also had the Victory Yakima Twilight Ale. One beer site called it a DIPA, the other an American Strong Ale. Regardless of what it was, it was very good. A-


Georgetown Draft Menu:

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Geants Saison Voisin
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Schnieder Aventinus
Bells Amber
Avery 14ers ESB
Allagash Fluxus
Hitachino Nest White
Avery New World Porter
Bosteels Pauwel Kwak
Otter Creek Quercus Vitis Humulus
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
North Coast PranQster
Ayinger Brauweisse
Victory Yakima Twilight

Cask: Bells Expedition
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 18, 2010, 02:59:38 pm
(http://ficklepeach.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/hopslam.jpg)

I've heard alot of hype about this beer over the years but had never gotten around to tasting it, mainly due to the limited supply and "blink and you'll miss it" sales window.

The hype is definitely worth it. I like hoppy beers incl the various Dogfish offerings but this one is head and shoulders above the rest, mainly because the honey they use in brewing cuts through a little of the bitterness that excessive hopping can cause. Think of it as a more approachable and flavorful 90 minute IPA.

I had two pints of this at The Big Hunt yesterday. Its probably gone by now as any bar that could get it was restricted to 1 keg.

Picked up a few 6 packs at Rodmans also.



Took your tip and picked up a six pack. Painful to pay close to $20 for a six pack, but just had to try to it.

And the verdict is....best DIPA I've had. Simply outstanding. My wife thinks it's not as good as Three Floyds' Dreadnaught, but I may like this one better.

RFD is listing it as "coming soon".

Bought it at Fair Lakes Whole Foods. Great place to go and burn money. They have four in-store eateries, two of them with two taps each...and I heard that they have plans to add four more taps in a third eatery. While there, we has Avery New World Porter and Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale. They also do free beeer sampling on weekends, about eight or so different varieties.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on January 18, 2010, 04:06:40 pm
Bell's is very good, but I haven't had one that really, really blew me away. (I've had cherry stout, double cream stout, two hearted, expedition, kalamazoo...what else should i try??? I reckon hopslam for sure...)

Best Brown.  It's been my favorite Bell's offering for quite a while.  I picked up a few cases of it back in October at total wine for my wedding and haven't looked for it since, but should still be available for another month or so.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 18, 2010, 07:39:56 pm
i do believe that somehwhere in here i stated the name of my favourite beer . . . but if there is a beer to attempt a title fight for the distinction it would be this:

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on January 21, 2010, 11:55:09 am
Cheers! Baltimore decides to join in on all of the fun with The City Tap House (http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/2010/01/city_tap_house_to_open_in_harb.html). (Crappy name but sounds promising otherwise.)

Not all that far from Soundgarden either so one could make quite a nice day of it. All you need to do to really do it up right is to finish off with a show at some place like the Metro Gallery, the Ottobar or another area venue to your liking.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Chip Chanko on January 21, 2010, 05:41:07 pm
The Tenley Whole Foods has a bunch of Hopslam. Also $20. They also had Brooklyn Black Ops as of last night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on January 21, 2010, 07:11:59 pm
Hopslam is on tap at Brickskellar for a limited time, prolly starting today. I was at the Brick last night for the Tupper's Hop Pocket return, and once the last keg ran out, Hopslam was next. Pretty good beer but excited about the Hopslam even more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 28, 2010, 02:59:29 pm
And now for the complete opposite experience of Hopslam...

I threw down $9 to have one of these at Church Key and nearly threw up. I felt a bit vindicated when I read the low, low scores on beer advocate and ratebeer, relative to other DIPA's.

It was so bad I bought a 4 oz size porter from Brooklyn Brewery called Cookie Jar Porter to wash it down. Unfortunately, it was only marginally better.

I did notice that Great Lakes beers have finally come to the area. Their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter may be my favorite porter. Yum.


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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 28, 2010, 01:39:12 am
hey rhett - you've stated that you often limit yourself to just one beer.  well, if you're only going to have just one:

Brewer fights back with 41 per cent beer (http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_3680732.html)

this beer can't be very tasty, can it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 01, 2010, 10:32:55 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Day_%28Iceland%29


In Iceland, Beer Day (Icelandic: Bjˇrdagurinn or Bjˇrdagur[1]) is celebrated every year on March 1, honoring the elimination of the 74-year prohibition of beer. Prohibition lasted from 1915 to March 1, 1989.

In a 1908 referendum, Icelanders voted in favor of a ban on all alcoholic drinks, going into effect Jan. 1, 1915. In 1921, the ban was partially lifted after Spain refused to buy Iceland's main export, fish, unless Iceland bought Spanish wines; then lifted further after a national referendum in 1935 came out in favor of legalizing spirits. Strong beer (with an alcohol content of 2.25% or more[2]), however, was not included in the 1935 vote in order to please the temperance lobby -- which argued that because beer is cheaper than spirits, it would lead to more depravity[3].

As international travel brought Icelanders back in touch with beer, bills to legalize it were regularly moved in parliament, but inevitably were shot down on technical grounds. Prohibition lost more support in 1985, when the Minister of Justice (himself a teetotaler) prohibited pubs from adding legal spirits to legal non-alcoholic beer (called "pilsner" by Icelanders[4]) to make a potent imitation of strong beer. Soon after, beer approached legalization in parliament?a full turnout of the upper house of Iceland's Parliament voted 13 to 8 to permit the sales, ending prohibition on the island.

Following the end of prohibition, Icelanders have celebrated every Beer Day by imbibing the drink in various bars, restaurants, and clubs. Those located in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city in Iceland, are especially wild on Beer Day[6][7]; a ?r˙ntur? (this is what The Lonely Planet guide wrongly claims. "R˙ntur" actually involves driving down the main street and people watch, not to go bar crawling) (bar crawl) is a popular way of getting to know the various bars and beers in this city, many being open until 4:00 a.m. the next day[8]. The legalization of beer remains a cultural milestone in Iceland and a major seismic shift in the nation?s alcoholic beverage preference, as beer has today become the most popular alcoholic beverage of choice[5].

The celebration of Beer Day in Iceland has inspired a similar event in the U.S., known as Iceland Beer Day, or IBD.[9]
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on March 02, 2010, 12:15:57 am
And they have Viking. Which is sort of the Bud of Iceland, but you can drink it all night and not get a hang over. Mixed with a shot or two of Black Death, you're all set.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 02, 2010, 08:47:59 am
And they have Viking. Which is sort of the Bud of Iceland, but you can drink it all night and not get a hang over. Mixed with a shot or two of Black Death, you're all set.

at 42 closing in on 43, I'm not looking for anything close to Bud, or anything that you can drink all night. Just give me a high alcohol craft brew i can sip before i fall asleep at 10. haha
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 28, 2010, 09:02:22 am


Drink up: Savor festival brings beer events to D.C. bars
The annual Savor craft beer festival returns to Washington on June 5, with 70 brewers from across the country bringing their finest ales and lagers to the National Building Museum. Attendees can sample up to 140 different beers -- all paired with regional foods -- while getting the chance to chat with brewers and take seminars from leading names in the industry.

No wonder all public tickets for this 2000-capacity event sold out in less than 10 minutes when they went on sale in February.

If you didn't score Savor tickets, you're not left completely out in the cold. Many of the brewers coming to Savor will be in town for several days, and numerous beer dinners, tastings and meet-and-greets are planned. Here's a day-by-day rundown of some of the best. (We're still waiting for some bars and breweries to finalize details, so check back for updates.)

Sunday, May 30
Birreria Paradiso beer director Greg Jasgur recently paid a visit to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville, N.Y., and brought back eight different beers that aren't usually available in D.C. Beginning at 5 p.m., they'll be available for purchase at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle while supplies last.

Tuesday, June 1
ChurchKey, which has the largest number of cask-conditioned ales in the area, is hosting a Cask Party, filling its five taps with offerings from Harpoon, Dogfish Head, Heavy Seas, Peak Organic and Flying Dog, and putting even more beers on regular tap lines. You pay for what you drink.

Wednesday, June 2
Beers from Munster, Ind.'s award-winning Three Floyds brewery make rare appearances at Birreria Paradiso and ChurchKey, but on this night, you can taste eight of their brews at the Brickskeller while getting insight and commentary from owner/brewer Nick Floyd and brewer Barnaby Struve, whom you may remember from his time at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Ballston. Tickets are $35 from lovethebeer.com.

If you've been craving some new pint glasses for your kitchen cabinet, this is your lucky night: During happy hour at the Pizzeria Paradisos in Georgetown and Dupont, which runs from 5 to 7, you can take home some branded glassware from Ommegang, Flying Dog and other breweries every time you buy a half-price beer. (The giveaways will extend beyond happy hour if there are glasses left, but the liquid discounts will not.)

The venerable Anchor brewery, famous for Anchor Steam, celebrated its 30th birthday last August by brewing a brand new beer: Humming pale ale. The Humming Ale release party at ChurchKey marks the beer's seasonal debut, and special Anchor beers will also be offered on draft while supplies last.

Thursday, June 3
Regular Nightlife Agenda readers will know how much I enjoy the Belgian- and European-style beers from the small, family-run Bruery in Orange County, Calif. Brewer Patrick Rue is in town for Savor, and will be hosting an intimate 25-seat dinner at Brasserie Beck on Thursday night. Chef Robert Wiedmaier's four-course, five-beer menu features such pairings as the roasty, malty Rugbrod ale with New Frontier bison strip loin accompanied by fingerling potatoes, spring asparagus and horseradish cream in a pinot noir reduction. (And wait until you see the cheese course.) Tickets are $85, which excludes tax and tip, and on sale from the restaurant. These will go fast.

Fresh off their tasting at the Brickskeller, the busy Three Floyds brewers host a pair of beer dinners at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. The four-course, seven-beer dinners begin at 6:30 and 9 and cost $65 including tax and tip. This should be one for the connoisseurs -- Birerria says the beers will include a barrel-aged version of the Dark Lord Imperial Stout, which is sold only on one day in April every year. Call for reservations.

The beers from the Odell Brewing Company never make it over the Mississippi River -- except when Doug O'Dell brings them east for Savor. He leads a tasting of eight of the Fort Collins, Col. brewery's products at the Brickskeller, including, if we're lucky, the gorgeous Scotch-style 90 Shilling Ale. Tickets are $30 in advance from lovethebeer.com.

Meanwhile, R.F.D. is hosting what you could call a consolation Savor in its back room, with samples of rare and unusual beers on draft and in bottles from Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Stoudts, Cisco, Southampton, Peak, Otter Creek and many others. Brewery reps will be on hand to answer questions, and light snacks will be provided. Tickets cost $30 from lovethebeer.com.

(Find more Friday through Wednesday events after the jump.)

Friday, June 4
If you want to hear about the state of craft beer in America from some of the country's top brewers and experts, you need to be at the Brickskeller's "The Night Before Savor" tasting and panel discussion. Among the brewers bringing their rare beers for tasting and discussion are Greg Koch of Stone, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Kim Jordan of New Belgium, Rob Tod of Allagash, Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, Nick Matt of Saranac and Virginia's own Bill Madden, who won numerous awards at Capitol City Brewing Company and is about to open his own brewpub, the Mad Fox, in Falls Church. Bob Pease, the chief operating officer of the Brewers Association, will also be in the house. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Looking for a smaller no-cover option? From 7 to 10, brewers from Southampton, Ommagang, Flying Dog, Smuttynose and Victory, among others, will be meeting and greeting at Birreria Paradiso's Meet the Brewers Night. There's no cover charge -- just pay for the beers you drink while chatting with the folks what made 'em.

If you've ever been to the University of Georgia, you've probably tasted beers by the Terrapin Brewery, located just outside downtown Athens. Terrapin brewmaster and co-founder Spike Buckowski will be at Rustico from 6 tp 9 p.m. with his super-hoppy Hopsecutioner IPA (dry-hopped with Centennial hops), the Hop Karma IPA, some vintage Gamma Ray wheat beer, and the current "Side Project" Boomshakalager, a dry-hopped imperial lager. The only cost is for the beers you drink.

So this is more of an off-premise event than a bar party, but we couldn't pass it up: Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione will be signing copies of his new book "Extreme Brewing" and leading a free tasting of Dogfish's new Festina Peche summer beer at the D'Vine's beer and wine shop in Columbia Heights between 5 and 6. Buy a book and get a Dogfish Head glass (and Calagione's signature). Call ahead and you can order a limited edition growler full of one of Dogfish Head's limited edition beers, including Palo Santo, World Wide Stout, 120 Minute IPA, Black and Blue, Immort Ale, Midas Touch, Olde School and Burton Baton. (The take-home growlers start at $45.)

Before heading to the Brickskeller event mentioned above, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman is making an early stop at ChurchKey for a meet-and-greet. If you haven't sampled the brewery's offerings beyond the legendary Pale Ale, this is a great time to start: ChurchKey will be serving five Sierra Nevada beers on cask and giving away logoed glasses.

Louisiana's Abita brewery revels in its title of "The South's largest craft brewer," and it's celebrating Cajun-style at Eatonville. Six Abita beers (and root beer) are paired with gumbo, fried oysters, BBQ shrimp and other treats. A live band will enhance the New Orleans atmosphere. The party runs from 6 to 8, and the $10 cover includes food and one beer.

Saturday, June 5
This is the big day: Savor runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11. But before that, Greg Koch of the cult Stone Brewing Company is hosting a lunchtime event at Rustico. Meet Koch and try some of Stone's heavyweight ales between 11:30 and 2 p.m., including a double-dry-hopped keg of the Stone IPA, a keg of the 10th Anniversary edition of Stone's Russian Imperial Stout, which blends various vintages from 2003 to 2010 together to create an all-new beer, and a cask-conditioned version of Ruination IPA. If you love big, hoppy beers, this is not an event to miss.

Sunday, June 6
The perfect way to recover from a late night at Savor? A boozy brunch featuring the beers of Allagash and the Bruery. Dupont Circle's Pizzeria Paradiso will play host to the four-course, six-beer meal, which starts at noon and costs $60, including tax and tip. Brewery representatives will be on hand to discuss the beers.

All week long, the Black Squirrel is celebrating the women of brewing by offering a special menu featuring food paired with beers from breweries that were founded by women (like Rogue) or feature female brewers and cellarwomen (like Flying Dog). To wrap up the week, the Squirrel's second-floor lounge is the site of "All 'Ale the Ladies," which features women from all strata of the industry gathering between 6 and 8:30. Meet Ellie Tupper (the co-founder of the Tupper Hop Pocket Brewing Company); Julia Herz, the director of the Brewer's Association's Craft Beer Program; Flying Dog quality control chief Gwen Conley, Rogue marketing expert (and Chocolate Stout label star) Sebbie Buhler; and beer writer Carolyn Smagalski, aka the Beer Fox. Tammy Tuck of the Washington City Paper's Lagerheads bloggers and Deverie Robinson of Hurra Bier! and DC Beer.com are the hosts. There will be specials on numerous beers, starting at $4, and free appetizers to anyone who RSVPs through the City Paper Web site.

Rick Chapman, founder of San Diego's Coronado Brewing Company, brings two casks of his beers to Rustico between 2 and 5 p.m.: Sample the Coronado Irish Stout and the Nutter Brown.

Monday, June 7
Despite the TV ads, there's only one family-owned brewery in St. Louis: The Schlafly Brewery, which produces some very tasty beers. (Their Kolsch is one of the finest American examples of the German style.) Schlafly's brewers will be hosting a post-Savor meet-and-greet at the Big Hunt from 5:30 to 7:30.. Try the Kolsch, Pale Ale and American Pale Ale on draft ($6 each), and one of their Belgian styles in bottles, plus a special cask ale from the Big Hunt's new cask system.

Wednesday, June 9
While it's well after Savor, we couldn't pass this up: James Watt, one of the brewers and founders of Scotland's eclectic and inventive BrewDog brewery, will be visiting ChurchKey, with "4 or 5 casks and 6 or 7 drafts." Watch this space for more details.

-- Fritz Hahn
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on May 28, 2010, 09:25:02 am
thanks for posting that.  is that from a newsletter one can sign up for? (edit: found it, on the WaPo's going out gurus)

another event, which 930/IMP appears to be involved with:

2nd Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
National Harbor
www.beerandbourbon.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129653277051419
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 28, 2010, 09:30:39 am
From Going Out Gurus.

No beer list, though some of those participating update their beer lists on their websites.

I know I'll be out next weekend chasing down some leftovers. It's rare when you can get yourself some Three Floyds in DC. Not that I'm encouraging anybody else to drink up the limited supply.


thanks for posting that.  is that from a newsletter one can sign up for? (edit: i see it's from the WaPo's going out gurus... do they have a beer list?)

another event, which 930/IMP appears to be involved with:

2nd Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
National Harbor
www.beerandbourbon.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129653277051419

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on May 28, 2010, 09:49:40 am

Sunday, May 30
Birreria Paradiso beer director Greg Jasgur recently paid a visit to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville, N.Y., and brought back eight different beers that aren't usually available in D.C. Beginning at 5 p.m., they'll be available for purchase at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle while supplies last.


Is this a new practice?  Bringing in beers that you normally cannot buy in DC?  I read that Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan had Fat Tire a couple of weeks ago - same deal.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 28, 2010, 11:22:31 am
No.

Can't find the link, but i was reading an article saying the Brickskellar guy used to do this with West Coast beers that weren't available locally at the time. And it said the PP guy has been doing it with Three Floyds for several years.



Sunday, May 30
Birreria Paradiso beer director Greg Jasgur recently paid a visit to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville, N.Y., and brought back eight different beers that aren't usually available in D.C. Beginning at 5 p.m., they'll be available for purchase at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle while supplies last.


Is this a new practice?  Bringing in beers that you normally cannot buy in DC?  I read that Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan had Fat Tire a couple of weeks ago - same deal.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JayC on July 23, 2010, 02:22:08 am
It is only in my beer list, and I should drink it for my lifestyle. This beer gives some taste to the drinker because it has extraordinary ingredients. For me, this is the best beer I have ever drunk.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 08:22:51 am
It was only in my beer list, and I should drink it for my lifestyle. This beer gives some tasteful to the drinker because it was a beer that has extraordinary ingredients for the beer. For me, this is the best beer I ever  drink.


what beer are you talking about?

is this another spambot that posts vaguely on-topic replies?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 11:08:39 am
We made our annual midwest beer trek last week.

I picked up four packs of Goose Island Pere Jaques, Sofie, and Mathlda; six packs of Three Floyd's Alpha King and Robert the Bruce, and a bomber of FFF Dreadnaught. I also picked up some Ommegang four packs (Abbey Ale, Hennepin, and Wittebier) since their four packs seem hard to come by around here. no, you can't come to my house for a visit.

We also went to the Three Floyds Pub in Munster, Indiana, and Bier Markt in Cleveland. Both get A+ marks for beer and pizza. We also took the brewery tour at Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland. Their beers were good, but not great.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on July 23, 2010, 11:46:17 am
In my ongoing quest for the perfect IPA,  I keep coming back to the Bells Two Hearted Ale though the Smuttynose draft @ Church Key and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon on draft @ a few places in the area are pretty darn good....I' d  love to find Pliny the Elder or Younger around here though....any suggestions?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 12:01:20 pm
This place (which puts to shame any bar in DC) has Pliny the Elder on tap for $6.50.

www.brouwerscafe.com/draught.pdf

I'll drink one for you when I'm there in a couple of weeks. I don't think you can get Pliny in these parts, can you?

I recently made the acquaintence of Green Flash IPA and Hop Rod Rye IPA, both of which were excellent.


In my ongoing quest for the perfect IPA,  I keep coming back to the Bells Two Hearted Ale though the Smuttynose draft @ Church Key and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon on draft @ a few places in the area are pretty darn good....I' d  love to find Pliny the Elder or Younger around here though....any suggestions?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on July 23, 2010, 01:29:59 pm
i went to this sushi place in my neck of the woods, which blows away most sushi places in dc that i've been    to . . . and they had this beer called orion from japan.  super good and super tipsy making after just one.

(http://tokyo5.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/orion.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 01:40:59 pm
By the way, I love taking my five figure self out of six figure DC and into other five figure towns like Baltimore and Cleveland.

$6.50 for a 12 oz draft of St. Benardus #12 at Bier Markt Cleveland and three craft brews for $5 at Mahaffeys in B-more. Nice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on July 23, 2010, 02:05:34 pm
By the way, I love taking my five figure self out of six figure DC and into other five figure towns like Baltimore and Cleveland.

$6.50 for a 12 oz draft of St. Benardus #12 at Bier Markt Cleveland and three craft brews for $5 at Mahaffeys in B-more. Nice.

st. benardus on draught would make me give into the darkside.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Herr Professor Doktor Doom on July 24, 2010, 08:55:46 am
Are IPAs the Rolling Rock of the '10s?    I love the stuff, but it seems like it's become the default drink for everyone (or at least everyone with good taste).

Anyone been to Meridian Pint yet?   Incredible selection.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on July 25, 2010, 11:15:44 am
went to the CommonWealth (http://www.commonwealthgastropub.com/) in columbia heights last night (shocking how much the 14th & irving area has changed).

started off with the Southampton Double White Ale, on tap.  if you like witbier (belgian white beer), you'll love this beer's complex dense flavors.  i'm a fan of witbier, this one gets an A.  very drinkable on a hot summer day but the 6.7% alcohol sneaks up on you.

at one point i tried a pint of Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA for a change of pace.  quite tasty as well.  i'm not sure what thistle tastes like but i'm assuming it's contributing to this beer's slightly unusual bitterness.  i quite liked it but it couldn't compete with the double white so i went back.

also had scotch eggs for the first time... woa.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on July 25, 2010, 08:59:30 pm
This place (which puts to shame any bar in DC) has Pliny the Elder on tap for $6.50.

www.brouwerscafe.com/draught.pdf

I'll drink one for you when I'm there in a couple of weeks. I don't think you can get Pliny in these parts, can you?

I recently made the acquaintence of Green Flash IPA and Hop Rod Rye IPA, both of which were excellent.

Wow, you can drink a beer you can't get here in a bar that is better than any bar here. You're awesome.
One day I want to be awesome and go to Baltimore and Cleveland and drink awesome beer for a couple bucks cheaper.
Cunt.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 25, 2010, 10:19:39 pm
Sounds like you've had a few too many for a Sunday night. Welcome to the beer thread.

This place (which puts to shame any bar in DC) has Pliny the Elder on tap for $6.50.

www.brouwerscafe.com/draught.pdf

I'll drink one for you when I'm there in a couple of weeks. I don't think you can get Pliny in these parts, can you?

I recently made the acquaintence of Green Flash IPA and Hop Rod Rye IPA, both of which were excellent.

Wow, you can drink a beer you can't get here in a bar that is better than any bar here. You're awesome.
One day I want to be awesome and go to Baltimore and Cleveland and drink awesome beer for a couple bucks cheaper.
Cunt.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 27, 2010, 02:37:36 pm
no mention of Beer Week (http://dcbeerweek.net/)?  anyone catch any of the events?

if i wasn't so busy and/or lazy, i'd contemplate going to the Big Hunt tonight: http://thebighunt.net/events.html - 2 specials kegs from Bell's on offer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on August 27, 2010, 03:04:36 pm
Been too slammed at work to go to any of the events (it was also a lot easier when I worked 5 minutes from the Hunt, but then again I was also 20lbs heavier as a result of going there every day) but am planning on hitting the Hunt tonight.

The other keg from Bells is HOPSLAM!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on August 27, 2010, 03:09:36 pm
All you lucky dc bastards with your beers and bars  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 27, 2010, 03:11:48 pm
no mention of Beer Week (http://dcbeerweek.net/)?  anyone catch any of the events?


Bitches and Bastards, in particular?  Wish I'd been able to make that. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 30, 2010, 08:25:46 am
My friend heard that Fat Tire will be coming our way next month.  here's hoping it isn't a rumor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 30, 2010, 10:07:33 am
Not to be a slave to the critics, but it doesn't even rate among the top 50 amber ales.

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/128

I would pay for a hundred Nugget Nectars before you could get me to drink a free Fat Tire. And you should do the same!


My friend heard that Fat Tire will be coming our way next month.  here's hoping it isn't a rumor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 30, 2010, 10:14:38 am
For the second year in a row, I somehow planned my vacation the same week as DC Beer Week.

In spite of that, I did manage to make the most of my time away.

En route the my destination, I visited the Ommegang Brewery and the Cooperstown Brewery. I had already tried everything Ommegang was sampling, but it was nice to try them six at a time.

Coming home, we stopped off at Troegg's and sampled a bunch of stuff.

We went to the Olde Saratoga Brewery in Saratoga Springs, NY, where they serve you six ounce glasses of as much FREE beer as you want. Yes, you heard that right. Some nights they even have free food. They make beer for Mendocino and Kingfisher. Not the best beer in the world, but above average. We focused on the Mendocino Imperial Barleywine, Imperial IPA, and Imperial Stout.

And to top it off, we went twice to the Dieu De Ciel brewpub in Montreal. Had many different beers, but the best was the Peche Mortel (currently #15 on the Beeer Advocate top 100). Brought home some Dieu De Ciel and some Unibroue.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 30, 2010, 10:36:25 am
I would pay for a hundred Nugget Nectars before you could get me to drink a free Fat Tire. And you should do the same!


Fat Tire is much better out of the tap that out of the bottle.  I just had it out of a bottle for the first time & while it was ok, it's hardly the Holy Grail people make it out to be.

Not sure by the comment whether you dislike Nugget Nectar but I think that stuff is superb.  I'm rationing what little I have left of that (along with my Flying Mouflan).

Not sure if this has been mentioned but Quarry House in SS has Ten-Fidy on tap and it's apparently barrel femented or something liek that?  Comes out darker and heavier than it does out of the can.  VERY good but at $14 a glass it isn't a beer you can drin k all evening.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 30, 2010, 10:44:51 am
Nugget Nectar is definitely among my top 5 beers.

I've been rationing as well. Only have three left then I'll have to wait until January. May have to get a six pack of Red Rocket Ale to tide me over until Nugget Nectar is released again.

I would pay for a hundred Nugget Nectars before you could get me to drink a free Fat Tire. And you should do the same!


Fat Tire is much better out of the tap that out of the bottle.  I just had it out of a bottle for the first time & while it was ok, it's hardly the Holy Grail people make it out to be.

Not sure by the comment whether you dislike Nugget Nectar but I think that stuff is superb.  I'm rationing what little I have left of that (along with my Flying Mouflan).

Not sure if this has been mentioned but Quarry House in SS has Ten-Fidy on tap and it's apparently barrel femented or something liek that?  Comes out darker and heavier than it does out of the can.  VERY good but at $14 a glass it isn't a beer you can drin k all evening.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 30, 2010, 10:51:45 am
since we're sharing beer-on-vacation stories: i drank plenty of beer during my recent trip to ukraine (t'was effen HOT, needed to keep hydrated).  ukrainian beers are for the most part unremarkable, your typical assortment or easy-drinking pilsners and lagers.

one brew, however, really stood out: Obolon's Bile.  it's pronounced "bee-leh" and it means white.  it's a delicious cross between a german hefeweizen and a belgian whitbier (more info here (http://www.corrupt.org/news/alcohol_review_obolon_bile_beer)).  i couldn't get enough of the stuff.  reviews on beer advocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/601/52822) confirm that i'm not the only person who thinks the stuff is really tasty.  supposedly you can buy it in bottles in north america.  i wouldn't bother with any other Obolon beer unless you're looking for something inexpensive to chug, but their Bile (bee-leh!) is worth seeking out.

(http://www.corrupt.org/drupal/files/images/biale_big.jpg)

(http://beeradvocate.com/im/beers/52822.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on August 30, 2010, 11:03:48 am
i drank miller lite out of a can all weekend.  they went down like water and i couldn't stop drinking them.  i thought it odd that i only found myself peeing in the woods and not really getting hammered.  but maybe hammered is overrated and i should just be happy with the fact that sometimes beer in a can is ok.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on August 30, 2010, 11:15:10 am
Anyone know how long the Hopslam keg lasted at Big Hunt on Friday?   Big fan of the nugget nectar as well.  Seems to taste significantly better on tap though.  Tried the Lagunitas Hopstoopid over the weekend.  Thought it stood up to the hopslam pretty well
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 30, 2010, 11:22:37 am
I love Fat Tire.  I pretty much only drink drafts when I travel to places that have it.

My favorites right now are Allagash White and Oliver Three Spires.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 30, 2010, 11:24:43 am
Sometimes beer in a can is better than ok.

(http://www.leisurenouveau.com/images/prod/Oskar_Blues-Gubna.jpg)


i drank miller lite out of a can all weekend.  they went down like water and i couldn't stop drinking them.  i thought it odd that i only found myself peeing in the woods and not really getting hammered.  but maybe hammered is overrated and i should just be happy with the fact that sometimes beer in a can is ok.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on August 30, 2010, 11:49:19 am
10 minutes

Anyone know how long the Hopslam keg lasted at Big Hunt on Friday?   Big fan of the nugget nectar as well.  Seems to taste significantly better on tap though.  Tried the Lagunitas Hopstoopid over the weekend.  Thought it stood up to the hopslam pretty well
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on August 30, 2010, 12:11:07 pm
I love Fat Tire.  I pretty much only drink drafts when I travel to places that have it.

My favorites right now are Allagash White and Oliver Three Spires.

Fat Tire seems to have a decent distributor in NC as it was even in grocery stores on the Outer Banks this summer.
I kept it local by getting growlers from Outer Banks Brewing Station. Their Lemongrass Wheat Ale is good for hot days on the dunes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 10, 2010, 01:15:11 pm
Hey Walkonby, check out what's on tap at Dupont Paradiso

On Tap at PPDupont:
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Lagunitas A little Sumpin Sumpin
Harpoon Triticus
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
BFM Biere Ambree au Tarry Suchong
Ommegang Rare Vos
La Rulles Estivale
Silly Super 64
Avery White Rascal
Rogue Brutal Bitter
Del Ducato Sally Brown Baracco
Allagash Fluxus 2010
On Cask:
Oliver?s Bishop?s Breakfast
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on September 10, 2010, 03:00:20 pm
oh those gay parts of town . . . they sure do know what's great against the lips.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joke Insurance on September 13, 2010, 09:04:49 am
I'm really digging this:
(http://legalbeer.com/images/founders%20breakfast%20stout.jpg)

I think you can find that at either Ramparts Tavern or Rustico Restaurant, both in Alexandria.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joke Insurance on September 13, 2010, 09:38:09 am
Here is what I tried last month after going to Total Wine & Beverage and the Target in Burke. And the only beer that I did not enjoy throughly was the Pilsner Urquell:


(http://www.olddominion.com/odimages/beer_oakbarrelstout.png)

(http://www.belchingmonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/img_3442-225x300.jpg)

(http://www.drunkenpolack.com/images/otterris.JPG)

(http://blogs.eveningsun.com/troublebrewing/full.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l686livpOl1qb5sxlo1_400.jpg)

(http://costa-bar-supplies.com/costa/images/PILSNER%20URQUELL%20BEER%20COSTA%20BAR%20SUPPLIES%20COM.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/HobgoblinBeer.jpg)

(http://legalbeer.com/images/new%20holland%20dragons%20milk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 24, 2010, 07:48:42 am
Had this from the tap last night. A truly world class beer. Thankfully not as crazy as the Goose Island Bourbon Stout.

(http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/user/1/13763-69092-beerjpg-550x.jpg)

Also had this from the tap. Not in the same league, but still very good.

(http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/founders-nemesis-2010.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on October 19, 2010, 07:06:56 pm
in the country, if you live there . . . it is difficult to find good beer, sometimes because the snobby owners of the store thinks people in the area only want "whatever" microbrews.  so i was elated when i came across

(http://atlantabeermaster.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Stone-Vertical-Epic-101010.png)

a few days later, actually tonight, i was in a good mood so i opened up one of

(http://www.drunkenpolack.com/images/888.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 22, 2010, 03:18:37 pm
(Not wanting to start a new thread so I'm borrowing this one.)

Hey Seth, this would make a nice addition to your bar selection.

Dixie Elixirs (http://dixieelixirs.com)

(http://dixieelixirs.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/dixie-bottles.png)

At the moment, the thing that I'm the most curious about is why the dark brown bottle is taller and the silver/clear one is ever so slightly different in shape.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on October 23, 2010, 07:47:46 pm
another score in the country . . . a special limited edition 200th munich oktoberfest mug / beer can combo

(http://bythepint.com/sites/default/files/images/paulaner-wiesn-bier-liter-can-200th-anniversary-oktoberfest.preview.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 16, 2010, 01:16:28 pm
(http://thepintglass.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/delirium-tremens-beer-16001.jpg)

finally got around to trying delirum tremens.

people have been talking up DT as if it was the holy grail of beer.  maybe my expectations were too high... or maybe it just isn't my idea of the perfect beer.  it was certainly above average, i liked the creamy feeling each sip left behind, but it was almost too sweet for me.  at that price there are other beers i'd rather spend my money on.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 16, 2010, 01:58:02 pm
Duvel>Delirium Tremens in terms of Strong Belgian Pale Ales.

(http://thepintglass.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/delirium-tremens-beer-16001.jpg)

finally got around to trying delirum tremens.

people have been talking up DT as if it was the holy grail of beer.  maybe my expectations were too high... or maybe it just isn't my idea of the perfect beer.  it was certainly above average, i liked the creamy feeling each sip left behind, but it was almost too sweet for me.  at that price there are other beers i'd rather spend my money on.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on December 16, 2010, 02:01:43 pm
I've been wanting to try a Delirium Tremens. Sweet and creamy sounds good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on December 16, 2010, 08:32:25 pm
(http://www.gear6.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/fat-cat-beer1-400x300.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on December 16, 2010, 08:58:32 pm
Man, that stuff is not good...


(http://www.gear6.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/fat-cat-beer1-400x300.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on December 16, 2010, 11:00:25 pm
Time of the year for good ole Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on December 17, 2010, 09:10:25 am
And Anchor Christmas!

Has anyone had 21st Amendment Back in Black?  love.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 09:54:22 am
Pretty decent, but the Victory Yakima Twilight is a better model of the same style, imo.


Has anyone had 21st Amendment Back in Black?  love.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 09:57:38 am
There are probably better winter seasonals, but for value, Celebration can't be beat.

$7.99/6 pack minus $1 off coupon at Total Wines. Didn't quite get why they're trying to sell the 12 pack for something like $16.99...maybe they figured heavy drinkers aren't good at math.

Time of the year for good ole Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 17, 2010, 11:21:45 am
This year's Celebration Ale is good but for some reason I wasn't blown away by it.  Not sure why.  I really enjoyed it last year.

Corsendonk's Xmas Ale has been very good in the past as well.  Picked up a bottle but haven't had it yet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 11:48:27 am
Those were my findings as well.

Though I was drinking it last week in St John, USVI, so that helped the taste a bit.

St John was a craft beer wasteland. I drank Sierra products and Guinness Foreign Extra while there.

The Trader Joe's Vintage Ale is always worth checking out ($4.99/26 oz bottle). It's a strong dark Belgian with a different recipe each year, made by Unibroue. Just had some 2010 Ale while putting up the tree Sunday, it was quite tasty.


This year's Celebration Ale is good but for some reason I wasn't blown away by it.  Not sure why.  I really enjoyed it last year.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on December 17, 2010, 01:44:50 pm
Those were my findings as well.

Though I was drinking it last week in St John, USVI, so that helped the taste a bit.

St John was a craft beer wasteland. I drank Sierra products and Guinness Foreign Extra while there.


Did you happen to catch who brewed the Guinness FES? Carib brews it in BVI. Curious if USVI is getting the new supply from St. James via the mainland or the Carib variety. The Carib version has a lower gravity profile that would be more drinkable for the tropics.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 03:20:10 pm
Good question!

I was aware of the difference you are alluding to, but forgot to check the bottle. However, some googling just told me the Carib FES has an ABV of 6.5. The stuff I was drinking in St. John was 7.5 ABV, the same as the stuff we're now getting here. So I would guess it was via the mainland. They sold it in 6 packs for $11.99 (I've only seen it in four packs here), so that was actually one of the few "bargains" we encountered on anything in St. John.

They also had various beers by something called St. John Brewing Company. We had a pretty mediocre six pack of IPA (bought it when we first got there until we discovered a better beer store). Turns out it's just stuff shipped in by Shipyard Brewing Company from Maine.

The one store had a handful of Belgians (e.g. Chimay), but at $29/4 pack (for Chimay) (vs. 11.99/6 pack for FES and Celebration Ale), we passed.

Those were my findings as well.

Though I was drinking it last week in St John, USVI, so that helped the taste a bit.

St John was a craft beer wasteland. I drank Sierra products and Guinness Foreign Extra while there.


Did you happen to catch who brewed the Guinness FES? Carib brews it in BVI. Curious if USVI is getting the new supply from St. James via the mainland or the Carib variety. The Carib version has a lower gravity profile that would be more drinkable for the tropics.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on December 17, 2010, 03:35:24 pm
did you go to Woodys Seafood??  Great bar and food whenever I'm down at St John  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on December 17, 2010, 03:38:30 pm
anybody try this?

(http://www.halftimebeverage.com/prodimg/4578.jpg)

i have a four pack i have been sitting on for three years.  for what i paid for it, i'm "waiting" to drink it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 03:54:32 pm
My wife got some conch fritters to go from there.

Other than a few to go meals for the beach, we did our own cooking. We had a cottage with full kitchen and great porch view of Cruz Bay for $700/week, within walking distance of Cruz Bay, didn't even rent a Jeep. Awesome and surprisingly affordable vacation.


did you go to Woodys Seafood??  Great bar and food whenever I'm down at St John  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on December 17, 2010, 03:58:12 pm
My wife got some conch fritters to go from there.

Other than a few to go meals for the beach, we did our own cooking. We had a cottage with full kitchen and great porch view of Cruz Bay for $700/week, within walking distance of Cruz Bay, didn't even rent a Jeep. Awesome and surprisingly affordable vacation.


did you go to Woodys Seafood??  Great bar and food whenever I'm down at St John  ;D

yes, the conch fritters from there are awesome.  Cinnamon Bay is where we usually stay as it has cottages but we did the camping stuff.  Dirt cheap for a whole week too, I need to go back  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on December 17, 2010, 04:02:49 pm
anybody try this?

(http://www.halftimebeverage.com/prodimg/4578.jpg)

i have a four pack i have been sitting on for three years.  for what i paid for it, i'm "waiting" to drink it.


three years??  doesn't beer go bad after like 6 months?  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 04:04:26 pm
The cheap stuff does, but the good stuff with higher ABV's doesn't.


anybody try this?

(http://www.halftimebeverage.com/prodimg/4578.jpg)

i have a four pack i have been sitting on for three years.  for what i paid for it, i'm "waiting" to drink it.


three years??  doesn't beer go bad after like 6 months?  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 17, 2010, 04:06:52 pm
I jogged from Cruz Bay to Cinnamon Bay and back a couple of days(and to Hawksnest and back on the other days).

That was a bitch of a run.

My wife got some conch fritters to go from there.

Other than a few to go meals for the beach, we did our own cooking. We had a cottage with full kitchen and great porch view of Cruz Bay for $700/week, within walking distance of Cruz Bay, didn't even rent a Jeep. Awesome and surprisingly affordable vacation.


did you go to Woodys Seafood??  Great bar and food whenever I'm down at St John  ;D

yes, the conch fritters from there are awesome.  Cinnamon Bay is where we usually stay as it has cottages but we did the camping stuff.  Dirt cheap for a whole week too, I need to go back  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on December 17, 2010, 07:10:21 pm
USVI's are pleasantly underrated.
The entire Caribbean needs a good craft brewery that goes beyond the lager in somewhat decent quality.
A witbier would be a logical step. Hoegaarden uses spices from Grenada and Curašao orange peels.


I jogged from Cruz Bay to Cinnamon Bay and back a couple of days(and to Hawksnest and back on the other days).

That was a bitch of a run.

My wife got some conch fritters to go from there.

Other than a few to go meals for the beach, we did our own cooking. We had a cottage with full kitchen and great porch view of Cruz Bay for $700/week, within walking distance of Cruz Bay, didn't even rent a Jeep. Awesome and surprisingly affordable vacation.


did you go to Woodys Seafood??  Great bar and food whenever I'm down at St John  ;D

yes, the conch fritters from there are awesome.  Cinnamon Bay is where we usually stay as it has cottages but we did the camping stuff.  Dirt cheap for a whole week too, I need to go back  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on January 07, 2011, 12:24:52 pm
I will be hitting this festival up tomorrow for the third year in a row: http://www.bigbeersfestival.com/ There is nothing like drinking strong ales at an elevation of 8150ft.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 07, 2011, 02:01:47 pm
Didn't they stop making Thomas Hardy?  I loved that beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 07, 2011, 02:02:45 pm
Yeah, it's been retired.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1533/16858

ENJOY IT!  It is wonderful!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 07, 2011, 02:07:25 pm
Yeah, it's been retired.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1533/16858

ENJOY IT!  It is wonderful!

wow . . . then i got the last year it was brewed.  i guess i should drink it then.  been sitting on it long enough.  to the new year.  can't wait.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2011, 02:18:36 pm
Ok, fellow beer geeks. How many of the top 20 beers on this list have you tried?

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top

I have nine

Founders KBS
Founders Breakfast Stout
Bells Hopslam
St. Beranardus 12
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Dieu De Ciel Peche Mortel
Stone Russian Imerial Stout
Ballast Pint Sculpin
Deschutes the Abyss

If anyone wants to send me anything else from the top 20 list, i'll take it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 07, 2011, 02:37:25 pm
ha ha.  2!  I was just reading about Kate the Great and it makes me want to drive to NH in March.  Plus, it's named Kate!  (but, I will be running alot and will sadly not have time for crazy trips for beer drinking).

Trappistes Rochefort 10
Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Have any of you ventured up to Columbia to the Perfect Pour?  Highly recommended.  I call it beer disneyland.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2011, 02:47:24 pm
The Whole Foods in Fairfax has been my go to beer place of late. World class beer at $4 for a 12 oz glass at one station, and $3.66 for 16 ozs at the other two. Depending on what beer you have, you're sometimes drinking a glass of  beer straight from the tap for considerably cheaper than what you'd pay for it in a bomber.

I've read they now have beer on tap at the Tysons and Alexandria Whole Foods as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on January 07, 2011, 02:59:24 pm
Anyone know anything about Port City (http://www.portcitybrewing.com/)?

The sign has been up forever, and it seems it's finally opening sometime soon.  Right at this point, I'm less interested in the taste and more interested that I can walk to their tasting room :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 07, 2011, 03:12:45 pm
The Whole Foods in Fairfax has been my go to beer place of late. World class beer at $4 for a 12 oz glass at one station, and $3.66 for 16 ozs at the other two.

stupid MD liquor laws... grumble grumble.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 07, 2011, 03:21:42 pm
I hear ya, sweetcell.

You should seriously go to Perfect Pour.

Victoria Gastropub is also going to start selling growlers soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2011, 03:28:01 pm
The whole growler thing doesn't really work for me.

I mean, once you start drinking it, you have to finish it in a day or two, right? Between my wife and I, it usually takes us a week to get through 64 ozs of beer (mind you, we tend to favor the bigger 7-12% abv sippers.)

And the prices, at least at Whole Foods, oftentimes are more than if you just get a six pack or bomber.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2011, 03:45:41 pm
I always wonder of MD liquor laws have something to do with Maryland not getting Founders beers, when so many other surrounding states do (see map)

Founders may be my favorite brewery of them all.


http://www.foundersbrewing.com/beer-locator

The Whole Foods in Fairfax has been my go to beer place of late. World class beer at $4 for a 12 oz glass at one station, and $3.66 for 16 ozs at the other two.

stupid MD liquor laws... grumble grumble.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 07, 2011, 03:59:27 pm
You should seriously go to Perfect Pour.

never heard of the place, so i looked it up.  two thoughts: 1) great selection, and 2) from where i am in rockville, VA is closer  :-\

also, i love that this is the featured item on the page that google sent me to:
(http://www.perfectpourcolumbia.com/images/feckin.jpg)

The whole growler thing doesn't really work for me.

makes sense, since growlers aren't meant for 2 slow-sippin' people.  only time i've seen growlers broken out is when there is for a large group, or a few people who intend on doing more than just sipping.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2011, 04:06:50 pm
That said, when Sculpin IPA (#1 IPA on beeradvocate.com) first came here, it was considerably cheaper by the growler than by the bomber. So we made ourselves drink the 64 ozs over two days.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on January 07, 2011, 04:12:58 pm
Have any of you ventured up to Columbia to the Perfect Pour?  Highly recommended.  I call it beer disneyland.

The Perfect Pour and buying tickets for 930 shows sans ticket charges at Merriweather are about the only consolations for driving to Columbia from DC everyday for work.

If only some of the good midwest beers (Bells, Founders, New Holland, Great Lakes, etc) would distribute in Maryland it'd be perfect.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 07, 2011, 04:33:45 pm
They are going to sell "mini'growlers" so it would be about 2 pints of beer.  So, it would be perfect for two people!  Otherwise, I would say my husband and I are not growler buyers either.

Yeah, I really wish they would sell Bells here.  I heart Bells.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on January 07, 2011, 04:48:00 pm
Which Bells are you talking about?  You can find many of their beers around town, both bottled and on-tap.  You just have to know where to look.  But, yes - they distribute to DC/VA/MD.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on January 07, 2011, 05:19:08 pm
Which Bells are you talking about?  You can find many of their beers around town, both bottled and on-tap.  You just have to know where to look.  But, yes - they distribute to DC/VA/MD.

Yeah, I can find Bells all over DC and usually just make a total wine trip (to VA) every other month or so and stock up, it would just be really nice if I could find it conveniently in Maryland while I'm out for lunch running errands.

http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder/

They don't distribute in Maryland directly, I even confirmed it with Larry Bell last summer when I ran into him in Kalamazoo at their brew pub asking him when they would distribute here.  They've no intention of distributing here anytime soon.  He gave me the reason, but I honestly didn't really understand much of it, had to do with distribution issues/MD laws is all I got out of it.  Which seems to be prevalent with other Michigan beers especially trying to get into Maryland.  That's not to say you can't find Bells on occasion in Maryland stores/restaurants, but it's not through a direct distribution with Bells, much like finding dogfish head in Michigan where they don't distribute, it's all through secondaries and on a limited basis.

edit:  I stand corrected, dogfish is available in MI.  I could've sworn it wasn't last I knew.  Regardless, at some point it was in some state who's name I can't recall that didn't have a wholesale agreement with the brewery and it was there through a secondary distributor, if memory serves.. which clearly it does not.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on January 07, 2011, 07:17:09 pm
Wegman's also has good selection of Bells. They still had some Christmas Ale, Winter White and the ubiquitous Two Hearted Ale last week.
The RedRocks in Old Town had it on tap a few weeks ago.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 08, 2011, 08:14:54 pm
A little birdie told me to look for Bell's Hopslam in stores on Tuesday. Don't wait until Wednesday if you want some.

Also up this month: Founders Imperial Stout and Founders Double Trouble IPA.

Then first week of Feb: Troegs Nugget Nectar.

Wow!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 08, 2011, 08:59:29 pm
went to sweetwater tavern this evening.  haven't been in awhile.  was super upset that i just missed the best beer they make . . . saint nicks weizenbock.  look for it next december.  you'll be gald you did.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 10, 2011, 04:49:03 pm
I sure wish it was warmer out, or that ChruchKey was closer to a Metro station...

In addition to a lot of new gym memberships and diet plans starting up, the beginning of each year means it's time for Bell's Hopslam. This honeyed Double IPA has huge hype. You can decide for yourself whether the drinkable 10%-abv Michigan beer measures up by getting a first taste starting at 4pm at ChurchKey tonight. Wanna get geeky about it? Order Hopslam on draft and bottle and compare notes. They'll be pouring both.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 10, 2011, 06:35:22 pm
Then first week of Feb: Troegs Nugget Nectar.


I'm thinking of trekking up to Harrisburg when this comes out....and buying as much as my car will hold.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 10, 2011, 07:01:00 pm
Enjoy your drive tomorrow.

?From Troegs Brewing?s Facebook page, ?Nugget Nectar cases, six packs and growlers will be available at the Troegs Brewery Tasting Room starting TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 at 10 a.m 22 ounce bottles will be available in a few weeks. Nugget Nectar starts shipping to wholesalers next week and will be in all markets by the first week of February.?

Then first week of Feb: Troegs Nugget Nectar.


I'm thinking of trekking up to Harrisburg when this comes out....and buying as much as my car will hold.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 11, 2011, 10:10:18 am
Ok....maybe this weekend?   ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 11, 2011, 10:21:26 am
I'm a big fan of Nugget Nectar myself.

I think Total Wine had it last year for about $10.99 a six pack, minus a dollar if you join their email list and get their coupons...it's not really limited like Hopslam, and is on the shelvesfor awhile...

My advice for either Hopslam or Nugget Nectar is to try to drink it all within three months of production. After that, it will still taste great, but you'll start losing that wonderful hoppiness that it initially had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 11, 2011, 11:08:40 am
re:  bells in MD.  Perfect pour carries every beer you can get in MD.  I asked them about Bells and they said they don't distribute here.  Luckily, DC is just a short drive away!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 11, 2011, 11:12:27 am
I know it's a travesty for some Marylanders to cross into Virginia, but you'll probably find the prices in VA cheaper than DC, as well as the lower sales tax.  ;D

re:  bells in MD.  Perfect pour carries every beer you can get in MD.  I asked them about Bells and they said they don't distribute here.  Luckily, DC is just a short drive away!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 11, 2011, 11:52:58 am
That's very true.  I drove over to VA to acquire Flying Mouflan last year and picked it up for ~$6.50 a bottle, as opposed to $9-10 in MD.

Not worth it for a bottle or two but if you buy in bulk it pays off.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 11, 2011, 11:54:10 am
Meant to also say I still have a couple bottles of Nugget Nectar and drank one over the weekend.  Still very enjoyable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 11, 2011, 12:00:04 pm
Not worth it for a bottle or two but if you buy in bulk it pays off.

we do that for wine.  once every few months we hit up a Trader Joe's in VA and buy a few cases. 

until i start running more regularly, i'm going to hold off on buying beer in large quantities   :-\
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 13, 2011, 04:13:09 pm
Split the first of our 12 HopSlam bottles last night. Best beer on earth when fresh?

Not many beers are worth $20/six pack, but this one is. Debating buying another six pack.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on January 13, 2011, 04:14:33 pm
$20 is a bargain, paid $25/6 last night in Van Ness
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 13, 2011, 09:37:07 pm
$20 a sixer, 74.99 a case at Magruders

good shit
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 13, 2011, 10:11:10 pm
Meant to stop and get some this evening.  My local shop will probably price the stuff at $30 a bottle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on January 14, 2011, 02:58:34 pm
Just went to Magruders and did a thorough search for hopslam.  Unless they're hiding it, they're sold out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 14, 2011, 03:02:44 pm
really? the magruders in Ch Ch? I was there at about 7pm last night and they had at least 10 cases on the floor and (so they said) more in back?

I guess its not out of the bounds of possibility but I'm pretty surprised
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on January 14, 2011, 03:19:28 pm
Yes, I probably could have asked but I have some hopslam at home already so no big deal
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 14, 2011, 04:18:33 pm
The Fairfax Whole Foods sold out of all 25 cases in a matter of hours on Tuesday. They had a one case limit per customer, and apparently everyone was getting a case. Or so I surmised from their facebook page.

I got three six packs in all from two different locations, neither at the aforementioned WF.


really? the magruders in Ch Ch? I was there at about 7pm last night and they had at least 10 cases on the floor and (so they said) more in back?

I guess its not out of the bounds of possibility but I'm pretty surprised
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 16, 2011, 08:31:00 am
I stend corrected - talked to the guys at Magruders yesterday and they sais it sound old in a matter of hours Friday morning. Guess I was just lucky to have stopped by Thursday evening
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 16, 2011, 01:36:36 pm
Never got my hands on any.  Lesson learned.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 16, 2011, 04:40:34 pm
here is the list of the beers on draught at the wonderful restaurant i went to last night:

Coors Light $3
Pabst Blue Ribbon $3
Crispin Cider Minnesota $4
Victory Prima Pils Pennsylvania $4
Brooklyn Lager New York $4
Allagash White Maine $5
Victory Golden Monkey Pennsylvania $4
Victory-Dogfish-Stone Saison du Buff Pennsylvania $5
Founders Cerise Cherry Ale Michigan $5
Southern Tier Pumking New York $5
Highland Gaelic Ale North Carolina $4
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Oregon $5
Rogue Imperial IPA Oregon $5
Flying Dog Simcoe Hop IPA Maryland $4
Victory Yakima Glory Black IPA Pennsylvania $4
Duck Rabbit Doppelbock North Carolina $5
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout New York $4
Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout Kentucky $5

here is the bottle:

Dogfish Head-Victory-Stone Saison du BUFF 12oz $6
Allagash Tripel 750ml $14
Founders Backwoods Scotch Ale 12oz $8
Stone Brewing 2008 Old Guardian Barleywine 220z $13
Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale 220z $10
Stone Brewing 2008 Russian Imperial Stout 220z $13
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on January 18, 2011, 11:38:26 am
(http://www.esaba.com/cats/catimagessimple35/685213.jpg)

"I've got to stop drinking like this. These morning afters are doing me in!"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on January 18, 2011, 11:46:12 am
Stone Brewing 2008 Russian Imperial Stout 220z $13

Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 18, 2011, 12:22:16 pm
this awesome restaurant way out in the "boonies" according to most, i'm sure, in the dc area . . . called the local chop and grill house, harrisonburg, va.


http://www.localchops.com/

i'd say they rival most of the places we've tried in dc.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 18, 2011, 01:30:17 pm
Address
56 West Gay Street

too easy

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 18, 2011, 01:36:42 pm
Address
56 West Gay Street

too easy



(http://api.ning.com/files/jHG431Xh90T0-aotnWwy8SP9qMD-637mU8rjyV8wKgpZ0pPkcHCGOEes7q9Ix-RphkfQdNesaPPJJoIBsOOs*RHeMHwKlNCo/cat_laughing_out_loud.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shemptiness on January 18, 2011, 08:09:28 pm
Lower your cholesterol.  Drink Guinness  (http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Guinness-is-good-for-you-say-medical-experts-113839559.html) 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Herr Professor Doktor Doom on January 18, 2011, 11:37:02 pm
[Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.

the same can be said of Meridian Pint...

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on January 19, 2011, 10:13:00 am
[Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.

the same can be said of Meridian Pint...



Meridian Pint is hipster dbag ground zero
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 19, 2011, 10:34:35 am
Lower your cholesterol.  Drink Guinness  (http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Guinness-is-good-for-you-say-medical-experts-113839559.html) 


Which Guinness provides the best medicine?  Hope it's the Foreign Extra Stout.  Regular Extra Stout would be good, too.  Draft out of the can......meh.  Easily the least of all the Guinesses.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 19, 2011, 02:20:26 pm
No, that would be "draft" out of the bottle.  It's really terrible now!  No widget anymore, just strange carbonation.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 19, 2011, 03:49:55 pm
Oops, I meant bottle.  Awful stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 19, 2011, 04:09:57 pm
man i was confused, though i tend to get murphy's when there is a choice
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 20, 2011, 10:48:38 am
the beer list where I ate last night

BELLS KALAMAZOO STOUT 6
OLD CHUBB SCOTTISH STYLE ALE 4
STONE LEVITATION ALE 6
BELLS HOPSLAM 6  :o :o ;D
DALE?S PALE ALE 4
CALDERA IPA 5
RED SEAL AMBER ALE 6
THE RAVEN SPECIAL LAGER 5
STONE IPA 6
GREAT LAKES DORTMUNDER GOLD LAGER 5
SHINER BOCK 6
SCHLOSS EGGENBERG PILS 6
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 20, 2011, 02:48:51 pm
....and where was that?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 20, 2011, 03:26:55 pm
...and is that draft list, or a beer list (Brennser)?

I mean, if it's a bottle list, my basement has it beat...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 20, 2011, 03:29:49 pm
....and where was that?
56 east straight street
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 20, 2011, 03:40:32 pm
its a bottle list, and yes, my basement has it beat too

but given that K'zoo stout retails for 8/9 bucks a sixer and hopslam for 20-25 I thought it was a pretty decent deal
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 20, 2011, 03:45:06 pm
....and where was that?
56 east straight street

the place must . . . suck.  ooh, ooh, i made a clever.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 20, 2011, 04:16:58 pm
That was my though when I first read your post. Good restaurant price for a bottle of Hopslam.

If it was draft, a different size pour would have helped explain the pricing.

its a bottle list, and yes, my basement has it beat too

but given that K'zoo stout retails for 8/9 bucks a sixer and hopslam for 20-25 I thought it was a pretty decent deal
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: beerdrinker on January 21, 2011, 11:33:43 pm
[Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.

the same can be said of Meridian Pint...



Meridian Pint is hipster dbag ground zero

Really?  I think your referring to Red Derby or Black Cat.  Haven't seen too many hipsters at Meridian Pint.  A bit on the clean cut side but definitely not hipster.  As for PBR, turn your nose down just a bit and learn to appreciate all beer....well...except for Miller Lite and Bud Lite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 22, 2011, 10:14:16 am
uh . . oh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 22, 2011, 11:11:37 am
Just as I don't want to fuck every person on earth, I don't want to drink every beer on earth either. It's called having taste.  ;)


[Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.

the same can be said of Meridian Pint...



Meridian Pint is hipster dbag ground zero

Really?  I think your referring to Red Derby or Black Cat.  Haven't seen too many hipsters at Meridian Pint.  A bit on the clean cut side but definitely not hipster.  As for PBR, turn your nose down just a bit and learn to appreciate all beer....well...except for Miller Lite and Bud Lite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on January 22, 2011, 11:25:22 am
Just as I don't want to fuck every person on earth, I don't want to drink every beer on earth either. It's called having taste.  ;)


[Wow, where is this?  Funny that with such a great beer selection, they still pander to tasteless hipsters with PBR.

the same can be said of Meridian Pint...



Meridian Pint is hipster dbag ground zero

Really?  I think your referring to Red Derby or Black Cat.  Haven't seen too many hipsters at Meridian Pint.  A bit on the clean cut side but definitely not hipster.  As for PBR, turn your nose down just a bit and learn to appreciate all beer....well...except for Miller Lite and Bud Lite.

oh james, don't lie . . . we all know you are the forum whore.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 30, 2011, 10:15:37 am
I had Bell's Hopslam on draft last night, witin a two minute walk of the 9:30 Club.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on January 30, 2011, 10:43:10 am
And where would that be James?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 30, 2011, 05:06:20 pm
A bar with the initials D.C.

And where would that be James?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 05, 2011, 01:31:15 am
I guess props should be given to local Bell's distributor as an Old Town establishment still had Hopslam as well. Curiosity got me on the second round and I was very pleasantly surprised by Firestone Walkers Double Jack on draft. A well balanced double IPA that was hoppy without getting close to over the top like Hopslam. It was on the sweet side but had a nice malt middle to avoid being too sweet for drinkability. I want to go back and see if the start with Hopslam is affecting my judgement.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 12, 2011, 08:08:15 pm

Did anybody get any Founders Imperial Stout?

I went to three places today. One had sold out. One was limiting your purchase to one 12 oz single. The third had one four pack left, and I got it. Next up, Founders KBS, which will be even harder to grab.

Drank two Founders Double Troubles earlier today. Damn, talk about a beer that sneaks up on you. It's 7pm and I'm done.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on February 12, 2011, 10:25:15 pm
Gee Rhett, I remember the days when a half a beer would do you in!

Not sure whether to congratulate you or call AA.  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 13, 2011, 04:28:41 pm
dammit - I'd love to get my hands on some of the imp stout


Did anybody get any Founders Imperial Stout?

I went to three places today. One had sold out. One was limiting your purchase to one 12 oz single. The third had one four pack left, and I got it. Next up, Founders KBS, which will be even harder to grab.

Drank two Founders Double Troubles earlier today. Damn, talk about a beer that sneaks up on you. It's 7pm and I'm done.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 13, 2011, 10:21:13 pm
I noticed Fairfax Total Wine had Founders Breakfast Stout 4packs last week. They may have had Imperial Stout. I like the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts a little more so I didn't pay close attention.
Isn't it a little early for KBS? I thought it wasn't ready until March?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 13, 2011, 10:38:54 pm
Yes, KBS is in mid-March.

Founders Breakfast Stout is a bit easier to find than Founders Imperial Stout. Not sure why they limit the Imperial Stout so much.

What's your favorite Southern Tier stout? Choklat?

I noticed Fairfax Total Wine had Founders Breakfast Stout 4packs last week. They may have had Imperial Stout. I like the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts a little more so I didn't pay close attention.
Isn't it a little early for KBS? I thought it wasn't ready until March?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 14, 2011, 06:00:08 pm
Yes, KBS is in mid-March.

Founders Breakfast Stout is a bit easier to find than Founders Imperial Stout. Not sure why they limit the Imperial Stout so much.

What's your favorite Southern Tier stout? Choklat?

I noticed Fairfax Total Wine had Founders Breakfast Stout 4packs last week. They may have had Imperial Stout. I like the Southern Tier Imperial Stouts a little more so I didn't pay close attention.
Isn't it a little early for KBS? I thought it wasn't ready until March?
Yes to Choklat!
I dig the aroma of FBS but for me, I like a higher gravity. I'll have to try their Imperial Stout again. I had it once but was getting a licorice vibe that I didn't like. May have just been some strange batch or serving temperature?
I hope to get some KBS this year and blind taste it to Choklat for a real comparison.

Anyone been to Savor in the past? I'm wondering if it's worth the $.


 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on February 14, 2011, 06:03:03 pm
Founders Imperial Stout tastes like it would be better with a few years of age whereas I don't think Breakfast Stout would really benefit from any aging.  I wish their Imperial Stout wasn't so limited, I've already drank my supply.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2011, 09:22:11 am
Monday's Valentines meal (at home):

Grilled Salmon, sweet potato fries and spinach salad with Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin Ale

Dessert: Dark Chocolate with Dieu De Ciel's Peche Mortel (sure wish I had brought back more than a six pack from Montreal last summer)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2011, 09:26:12 am
This was the draft beer list I faced at happy hour at Georgetown Birreria Tuesday (guess which two beers were gone by Wednesday?)...can't remember all the prices but nothing was more than $5.

Georgetown:
Bell's Hopslam   $4/12oz
Beer Here Dark Hops   $5/12 oz
Founder?s Double Trouble $3/12oz
Mikkeller Limoncello
Haandbryggeriet Dobbel Dram
Captain Lawrence Freshchester
Firestone Walker Double Jack  $3/12oz
Green Flash Imperial IPA $3.50/12oz.
Ithaca 13th Anniversary
Left Hand Twin Sisters
Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA
Oskar Blues Gordon  $3/12 oz
Stone Ruination   $3.50/16 oz
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Uintas Detour
Yards IPA
On Cask: Troegg's Nuggest Nectar $3.50/16 oz
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2011, 11:05:38 am
If you're a six figure earner with no kids and an affordable mortgage looking for ways to blow your money, it's probably worth it.

Personally, if I'm going to plunk down that kind of money for something beer related, i'd rather just buy $100 or $150 worth of beer and stick it in the basement and have three months worth of beer at my disposal.


Anyone been to Savor in the past? I'm wondering if it's worth the $.


 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 17, 2011, 01:53:20 pm
I wonder how well Nugget Nectar holds up in draft form.  Anyone here had it that way?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2011, 03:01:54 pm
Isn't most beer better on tap? Why wouldn't that be the case with NN?

I had a 4 oz sample last week at Churckkey, and it was pretty awesome.


I wonder how well Nugget Nectar holds up in draft form.  Anyone here had it that way?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2011, 03:21:08 pm
Drank two Founders Double Troubles earlier today. Damn, talk about a beer that sneaks up on you. It's 7pm and I'm done.

Gee Rhett, I remember the days when a half a beer would do you in!

Not sure whether to congratulate you or call AA.  :D

i think AA has a three-drink minimum.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 17, 2011, 04:06:14 pm
Isn't most beer better on tap? Why wouldn't that be the case with NN?

I had a 4 oz sample last week at Churckkey, and it was pretty awesome.

I'm not convinced of that - but I concede that most people would disagree with me.

I nearly bought a 1/8 keg of NN last year to take over to a friend's beer box.  Might do it this year if he lets me stixk my head under the tap every day after work. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on February 17, 2011, 05:00:10 pm
Most beer is definitely better on tap than from the bottle.  Bottled beer is pasteurized and preservatives and carbonation are added to make sure it can last a while on the shelf without needing refrigeration.  None of this is done with keg beer, which is why it always needs to be refrigerated and typically tastes smoother and cleaner from the tap.

Savor is well worth it if you're a craft beer fan and want to try some beers you can't typically get in this area.  It's also a nice night out and something different from what you'd typically do on a Fri or Sat.  If you're sweating $110, then this probably isn't the right city for you to begin with. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 18, 2011, 03:40:03 am
There are some variables that could make a tap not as good. Dirty lines to the keg and over/under carbonation, not stored at proper temp. But they'd be the exception not the rule.

Domestic beer kegs generally aren't pasteurized just filtered for bacteria and carbonated to various amounts.
Any foreign brewed beer keg is both pasteurized and filtered for transport, pretty much the same as the bottled.
Cask brews generally aren't pasteurized or have added carbonation beyond the naturally occurring.
(Learned from visiting a friend at Full Sail)

In the UK all kegs are pasteurized, filtered, etc. only casks aren't. (learned at Fullers brewery)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on February 18, 2011, 08:34:11 am
the problem is the taps are often not clean....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shemptiness on February 18, 2011, 12:42:28 pm
Belgian Fest
Max's on Broadway
2/18 - 2/20

The Belgian Fest is an annual tradition, featuring 102 Belgian beers on tap, with 50 more rotating in over the course of the weekend. Max's will also offer more than 175 bottles of Belgian brews, and a Belgian-inspired food menu.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on February 18, 2011, 03:13:03 pm
i was reading that the price of barley has gone up 50% so to expect beer prices to go up...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 18, 2011, 03:40:10 pm
Mini-Micros: A World Tour of Small Breweries

    * Date May 17, 2011
    * Time 7 p.m.
    * Location National Geographic Building, Washington, D.C.
    * Price NG Member: $75; General Public: $85

Prost! Tip a glass with celebrated brewmaster and author Garrett Oliver as he returns this spring, this time with a lineup of ?small wonders??micro-breweries that produce under a thousand barrels a year. These breweries may not make very much beer, but pack plenty of passion, creativity, and flavor into every drop. Accompanied by a variety of tasty treats.

Co-sponsored by RFD Washington, and presented with assistance from BURP (Brewers United for Real Potables).

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/special-events/2011/05/17/mini-micros/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 18, 2011, 03:52:51 pm
$85 for that is highway robbery. And that's coming from a big Garrett Oliver (though not necessarily Brooklyn Brewery) fan.

Mini-Micros: A World Tour of Small Breweries

    * Date May 17, 2011
    * Time 7 p.m.
    * Location National Geographic Building, Washington, D.C.
    * Price NG Member: $75; General Public: $85

Prost! Tip a glass with celebrated brewmaster and author Garrett Oliver as he returns this spring, this time with a lineup of ?small wonders??micro-breweries that produce under a thousand barrels a year. These breweries may not make very much beer, but pack plenty of passion, creativity, and flavor into every drop. Accompanied by a variety of tasty treats.

Co-sponsored by RFD Washington, and presented with assistance from BURP (Brewers United for Real Potables).

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/special-events/2011/05/17/mini-micros/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on February 18, 2011, 04:19:54 pm
everythin' in dc has become so pricey.. how much was it in the 90s to do the beer tastings with michael jackson at brickskeller.. $35?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 18, 2011, 05:11:28 pm
$85 for that is highway robbery.

it's damn expensive, but is it any worse that that "Savor" festival thingy where you can't drink for less than like $140 or $150?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 19, 2011, 06:22:29 pm
The Belgian Beer Festival at Max's is really fun.  Lots of great beers.  If you've never gone, I would highly recommend it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 21, 2011, 02:52:11 pm
James Ford: today the gods have smiled upon you.  they have combined your two favorite things in the world: beer, and british royals.

Drink to Kate Middleton with a new beer
http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/02/18/kate.middleton.beer.ppl/index.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2011, 03:37:53 pm
For a limited time only, at Trader Joe's for $7.99. Nice price considering a Unibroue four pack normally goes for $9.99 or $10.99. One of the two best breweries in Canada, imo (along with Dieu de Ciel).

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51f6GgCHMyL._SS280_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 21, 2011, 04:30:33 pm
For a limited time only, at Trader Joe's for $7.99. Nice price considering a Unibroue four pack normally goes for $9.99 or $10.99. One of the two best breweries in Canada, imo (along with Dieu de Ciel).

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51f6GgCHMyL._SS280_.jpg)

woa.  looks like imma be migratin' to VA in the coming days to stock up on beer (and wine while i'm at it). thanks for the heads-up.  for folks who have never tried unibroue, this is a great intro pack.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 23, 2011, 03:53:33 pm
Wow.  I love the Ephemere for a first beer on a nice spring day :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 23, 2011, 04:05:20 pm
Funny, that's the one beer of there's that I've had that I don't care fo. Tasted too much like cider (which I don't care for) to me. Ephemere is not in this particular taster pack.

Wow.  I love the Ephemere for a first beer on a nice spring day :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on February 23, 2011, 05:48:21 pm
Funny, that's the one beer of there's that I've had that I don't care fo. Tasted too much like cider (which I don't care for) to me. Ephemere is not in this particular taster pack.

Wow.  I love the Ephemere for a first beer on a nice spring day :)

you run marathons . . . and drink a lot of beer.  interesting.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 24, 2011, 08:51:38 am
I have had lots of beer.  Currently not drinking tons of it :)

But, I do enjoy 3 or 4 on the weekend!

Totally understand your thoughts on Ephemere.  I find it refreshing as a starter beer.  I thought the apple taste was pretty subtle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 24, 2011, 01:08:07 pm
What is "a lot"?

My wife and I usually split one 12 oz beer with dinner, and occasionally a second 12 oz beer for/with dessert.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on February 24, 2011, 01:22:27 pm
i just assumed that since you started this thread, and that mainly you post in it . . . i just assumed you were a drunk.  and drunk with nice legs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 25, 2011, 12:51:10 pm
I don't drink Mon-Thurs in general (unless I go out to a show or random HH) and try to limit weekends to 2-3 beers, if any.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on February 25, 2011, 01:47:16 pm
Has anyone seen Abita Strawberry Harvest on the shelves yet? Still have yet to come across any.

Had a big bottle of Weyerbacher Tiny last weekend... it knocked me on my ass to the point where I was hungover the next morning. It was good but a little too thick for my taste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on February 25, 2011, 05:14:17 pm
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/02/24/worlds-best-canned-beer/?test=faces
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 26, 2011, 11:13:02 am
I guess I'm a drunk by board standards.  When my doctor asks how much I drink my standard response is 10-14 a week.  Sounds like a lot but it really isn't.

I'm well above 10-14 this week, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on February 26, 2011, 11:26:30 am
I guess I'm a drunk by board standards.  When my doctor asks how much I drink my standard response is 10-14 a week.  Sounds like a lot but it really isn't.

I'm well above 10-14 this week, though.

That's per day for me  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 28, 2011, 09:14:18 am
Has anyone seen Abita Strawberry Harvest on the shelves yet? Still have yet to come across any.

Had a big bottle of Weyerbacher Tiny last weekend... it knocked me on my ass to the point where I was hungover the next morning. It was good but a little too thick for my taste.

I have not seen it, but the Sam Smiths strawberry is really really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 28, 2011, 01:39:53 pm
Has anyone seen Abita Strawberry Harvest on the shelves yet? Still have yet to come across any.

Had a big bottle of Weyerbacher Tiny last weekend... it knocked me on my ass to the point where I was hungover the next morning. It was good but a little too thick for my taste.
I'd bet TotalWine will have it soon. They usually have a good selection of Abita. They still had some of their seasonal Mardi Gras Bock last week.
Abita's use of spring water makes for some great session drinking in their brews.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 28, 2011, 02:45:27 pm
TONIGHT: Come taste the last kegs of Bell's HopSlam for the season at ChurchKey! We start pouring at 4 pm!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 28, 2011, 10:47:11 pm
the big hunt also got another keg
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on March 01, 2011, 01:34:29 pm
splitting a 12 oz beer with the wife for dinner?

thats funny!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 01, 2011, 02:15:01 pm
If a serving of wine at 12% abv is five ounces, why shouldn't the serving size for a 10% beer be six ounces?

splitting a 12 oz beer with the wife for dinner?

thats funny!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on March 07, 2011, 03:04:00 pm
So  -  did anyone try to get SAVOR tickets? 

I'm in need of a couple for either night, if anyone happens to have tickets in their plans change...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on March 07, 2011, 04:29:21 pm
So  -  did anyone try to get SAVOR tickets? 

I'm in need of a couple for either night, if anyone happens to have tickets in their plans change...

Tried and failed.  2 tickets sold on ebay for $634
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on March 08, 2011, 01:28:46 pm
So  -  did anyone try to get SAVOR tickets? 

I'm in need of a couple for either night, if anyone happens to have tickets in their plans change...

Tried and failed.  2 tickets sold on ebay for $634
They would be wise to expand further next year. Either go to the convention center like GABF does in Denver or make it like a SXSW for beer and have multiple venues.
Bell tweeted the reason they won't be at SAVOR is they didn't win a lottery position. Apparently brewers submitted a request and names were then selected out of a hat. (At least that's Bell's slant, they may have balked at putting up cash to be a sponsor?)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 09, 2011, 12:21:11 pm
The Post seems to have improved their selections for their annual Beer Madness brackets

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/foodanddining/features/2011/beer-madness/?sid=ST2011030804430
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on March 09, 2011, 01:28:10 pm
so i broke down and drank the rarest beer in the world that has been sitting in my basement for three years.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/198730_1749814878345_1628062159_1728802_3183702_n.jpg)

good god . . . it was horrible.  tasted like an old boot from an ogre who had used the thing to wipe his armpit with before serving you this beer inside it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on March 09, 2011, 03:00:11 pm
So  -  did anyone try to get SAVOR tickets? 

I'm in need of a couple for either night, if anyone happens to have tickets in their plans change...

Tried and failed.  2 tickets sold on ebay for $634
They would be wise to expand further next year. Either go to the convention center like GABF does in Denver or make it like a SXSW for beer and have multiple venues.
Bell tweeted the reason they won't be at SAVOR is they didn't win a lottery position. Apparently brewers submitted a request and names were then selected out of a hat. (At least that's Bell's slant, they may have balked at putting up cash to be a sponsor?)


Yes - unless a brewery is a major contributor, they have to be part of the lottery system.  Stone isn't even there this year.  But - it brings new breweries each year and beers that aren't distributed around here... I don't dislike the system.  Plus - there are so many events around town leading up to Savor - you can find some nice stuff to partake in even if you don't go to the main event...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on March 09, 2011, 03:01:18 pm
so i broke down and drank the rarest beer in the world that has been sitting in my basement for three years.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/198730_1749814878345_1628062159_1728802_3183702_n.jpg)

good god . . . it was horrible.  tasted like an old boot from an ogre who had used the thing to wipe his armpit with before serving you this beer inside it.

Some beers are NOT meant to be cellared - not sure what 3 years aging did to this one... I can't speak for it though as I've never tried it...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on March 09, 2011, 03:14:46 pm
so i broke down and drank the rarest beer in the world that has been sitting in my basement for three years.

at 1:00 pm on a wednesday?  a little early, innit?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on March 09, 2011, 03:54:54 pm
Yeah, think you held onto it a little too long. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 12, 2011, 07:38:03 pm
On draft for lunch, my wife and I split:

16 oz Troeggs Nugget Nectar
16 oz Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
12 oz Whiskey Barrel Aged Flying Dog Imperial Gonzo

all for $4 each.

and a grilled gouda and apple sandwich with chips and grapes for $8.

yum.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on March 13, 2011, 10:08:21 am
i have fallen in love with a new beer . . . one that i normally would have stayed away from.  one that, due to the description, i would never dream of ordering or curling my nose at such a concoction.  then i had a excellent beer from belgium first, so who cared about the second after feeling pretty fine.  the name was founders, the beer was backwoods bastard.  dear lord, i'm head over heels.

(http://jacobpaul81.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/founders-back-bast.gif)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 14, 2011, 11:54:14 am
Great beer! i have a single from 2009 and a four pack from 2010 sitting in my basement.


i have fallen in love with a new beer . . . one that i normally would have stayed away from.  one that, due to the description, i would never dream of ordering or curling my nose at such a concoction.  then i had a excellent beer from belgium first, so who cared about the second after feeling pretty fine.  the name was founders, the beer was backwoods bastard.  dear lord, i'm head over heels.

(http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0PDoS7Cz3xNhn8ApbajzbkF/SIG=13gra36u5/EXP=1300054082/**http%3a//2.bp.blogspot.com/_pueiwe0gUJk/Sy82xhlaJNI/AAAAAAAAAGY/6yekESwhypc/s400/BACKWOODS.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on March 15, 2011, 02:38:34 pm
The beer is okay but the commercial is pretty cool:

Sapporo (http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=K-Rs6YEZAt8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 15, 2011, 03:15:57 pm
churchkeydc
.TONIGHT: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout! Tapping This Killer Keg at 4PM! A tiny quantity beer we're all super excited about...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on March 15, 2011, 04:46:19 pm
that sapporo commercial is very well done.

and damn you, churchkey, for not opening closer to my neck of the woods.  then again, i'd probably drop $30 a night there if i lived anywhere nearby.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 15, 2011, 04:52:17 pm
I saw at ChurchKey last night and asked about KBS and the bartender said:

"You know what?  Our beer director likes to hold on to new things for a while, before rolling them out. If I had to guess?  It'll probably be a month or so before we tap that.""

How's that for a whopper of a lie? Probably a former Bush administration employee.


i'm not going tonight, but my wife did pick up a four pack earlier today. $20. Ouch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on March 15, 2011, 05:36:03 pm
i find it strange that my picture of founder's backwoods bastard from google won't show.  so i replaced it with another . . . and now it won't show either.  the beer is speaking to me through the forum. 


but then now the replacement does show after i posted this.  the beer is that good.
Title: Verizon Center
Post by: tobyd on March 15, 2011, 07:05:40 pm
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on March 16, 2011, 08:41:41 am
Do any of you ever venture up to my neck of the woods for Victoria Gastropub?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on March 16, 2011, 09:34:56 am
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!

the NCAA tournament?  if so, which regional?  or is "the tournament" a bar i'm unaware of? 

and i pray that you don't mean medival times ;)
Title: Re: Verizon Center
Post by: BrettnotBritt on March 16, 2011, 09:54:17 am
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!

If you mean that you're going to the Phone Booth for the games, you're out of out luck. No alcohol is served at NCAA Tourney events. :dagger
Title: Re: Verizon Center
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on March 16, 2011, 10:11:28 am
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!

If you mean that you're going to the Phone Booth for the games, you're out of out luck. No alcohol is served at NCAA Tourney events. :dagger

that's odd, i get good and sauced at most georgetown games at verizon
Title: Re: Verizon Center
Post by: BrettnotBritt on March 16, 2011, 11:32:31 am
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!

If you mean that you're going to the Phone Booth for the games, you're out of out luck. No alcohol is served at NCAA Tourney events. :dagger

that's odd, i get good and sauced at most georgetown games at verizon

It's an old NCAA rule that bans alcohol at any site for championship events. They also have to hide any signs/ads that advertise alcohol.

No beer + Aramark concessions = horror.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tobyd on March 16, 2011, 11:56:27 am
Yeah, I mean the tournament here in DC.  That's bad news indeed.  Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Verizon Center
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on March 16, 2011, 11:58:17 am
Headed to the Tournament this week.  Anyone know what the beer options are like these days?  THANKS!

If you mean that you're going to the Phone Booth for the games, you're out of out luck. No alcohol is served at NCAA Tourney events. :dagger

that's odd, i get good and sauced at most georgetown games at verizon

It's an old NCAA rule that bans alcohol at any site for championship events. They also have to hide any signs/ads that advertise alcohol.

No beer + Aramark concessions = horror.

the only good food in the arena is the BBQ place on the first level, great sweet potato fries
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on March 16, 2011, 12:35:27 pm
the vc food is awful. we usually go to matchbox or one of the jose andres places first
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on March 16, 2011, 04:46:49 pm
Apparently they have Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft at Rustico at VA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on March 18, 2011, 01:32:52 pm
Apparently they have Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft at Rustico at VA.

There are two Rustico's in VA, Arl. and North Old Town.
I didn't notice it at Alex. the other day. But I really didn't get past Nugget Nectar and Thornbridge on cask.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on March 18, 2011, 01:52:26 pm
Ha...I only realized that over the weekend.  I used to frequent the Old Town location; came as quite a surprise when I saw a second location.

Apparently they have Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft at Rustico at VA.

There are two Rustico's in VA, Arl. and North Old Town.
I didn't notice it at Alex. the other day. But I really didn't get past Nugget Nectar and Thornbridge on cask.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on March 18, 2011, 04:57:54 pm
$20 is a decent price for KBS - its 22.99 at Rodmans and even higher at other places

I saw at ChurchKey last night and asked about KBS and the bartender said:

"You know what?  Our beer director likes to hold on to new things for a while, before rolling them out. If I had to guess?  It'll probably be a month or so before we tap that.""

How's that for a whopper of a lie? Probably a former Bush administration employee.


i'm not going tonight, but my wife did pick up a four pack earlier today. $20. Ouch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on March 21, 2011, 08:05:23 am
They have nugget nectar and abita strawberry harvest at Corridor in Laurel, if anyone is looking for those.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on March 21, 2011, 12:08:26 pm
I can't find KBS anywhere. Rodman's and Chevy Chase were sold out. Found out they were serving bottles at The Black Squirrel only to find out they ran out before I got there.

Blergh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 21, 2011, 01:08:40 pm
Try getting on a list somewhere in advance next year.

I got on the list at a couple of places in advance, and they kindly called me when they got some in. I actually had to turn them both down since my wife had already grabbed two 4 packs, and how much fo the stuff do you really need...


I can't find KBS anywhere. Rodman's and Chevy Chase were sold out. Found out they were serving bottles at The Black Squirrel only to find out they ran out before I got there.

Blergh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on March 22, 2011, 12:52:35 am

Or move to Minnesota...
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberty-Village-Wines-and-Spirits/81464421545 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberty-Village-Wines-and-Spirits/81464421545)

Try getting on a list somewhere in advance next year.

I got on the list at a couple of places in advance, and they kindly called me when they got some in. I actually had to turn them both down since my wife had already grabbed two 4 packs, and how much fo the stuff do you really need...


I can't find KBS anywhere. Rodman's and Chevy Chase were sold out. Found out they were serving bottles at The Black Squirrel only to find out they ran out before I got there.

Blergh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 28, 2011, 03:28:05 pm
Another one bites the dust


http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2011/03/anheuser-busch-inbev-to-take-over-goose-island.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on March 28, 2011, 05:27:55 pm
not that this will make much difference for us MD residents...

Whole Foods tests bars selling craft beer and local wine in its stores
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-03-25-whole-foods-bar.htm

(http://i.usatoday.net/money/gallery/2011/m110328-wholefoods/5pg-vertical.jpg)

still not sure why this is news, tho, since there are already stores that do this.  i believe there's one in fairfax, no?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on March 28, 2011, 07:50:15 pm
so i went to my local "beershop" . . . which is a "country store" that (some random cuss word) rules.  there i found their last 12 six packs of this beer i kept hearing about, nugget nectar.  sure, why not, i'll try it.  took two.  first one i drank from the bottle.  thought it was horrible.  waste of money.  second one the next day, poured it into a proper beer drinking glass and it was nice.  after four more, they were delightful.

but what i really want to know, is that they had some founders selections, which i know nothing about besides i worship (by accidental trying) "backwoods bastard."  which others from founders should i try that will sway me over?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 28, 2011, 08:20:28 pm
Founders is my favorite all around brewery. There's really nothing they are weak on, imo.

They're especially known for their seasonal stouts: Breakfast Stout, KBS, Founders Imperial Stout, and Canadian Breakfast Stout. Good luck at finnding any of those right now though. Their porter is easy to find, and it's my favorite porter.

Centenial (IPA), Red Rye PA, and Dirty Bastard (a milder version of Backwoods Bastard, sort of) are all excellent too and available year round.

You can also catch the excellent seasonal Double Trouble (DIPA) now.



so i went to my local "beershop" . . . which is a "country store" that (some random cuss word) rules.  there i found their last 12 six packs of this beer i kept hearing about, nugget nectar.  sure, why not, i'll try it.  took two.  first one i drank from the bottle.  thought it was horrible.  waste of money.  second one the next day, poured it into a proper beer drinking glass and it was nice.  after four more, they were delightful.

but what i really want to know, is that they had some founders selections, which i know nothing about besides i worship (by accidental trying) "backwoods bastard."  which others from founders should i try that will sway me over?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on March 31, 2011, 10:33:32 pm
Glad to see the The Beer Thread is still going strong.

Has anyone tried Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. This was draft; can't vouch for the bottles.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/43687
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 31, 2011, 10:37:06 pm
I haven't had it, but my wife has, and she said it's the bomb.

Glad to see the The Beer Thread is still going strong.

Has anyone tried Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. This was draft; can't vouch for the bottles.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/43687
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on April 01, 2011, 08:31:34 am
I've had it and think it is incredibly too sweet.  But, I know alot of people who love it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on April 01, 2011, 05:36:06 pm
not that this will make much difference for us MD residents...

Whole Foods tests bars selling craft beer and local wine in its stores

still not sure why this is news, tho, since there are already stores that do this.  i believe there's one in fairfax, no?

Yeah, the Fairfax store has numerous taps throughout the store and an upstairs wine bar. They also sell growlers.

The Fairfax Wegman's is joining the fray by adding a bar in their 'wine cellar'. Unfortunately they were installing Dogfish Head taps today. Kinda silly with the amount of Tr÷egs they're stocking and the fact there's a Dogfish brewpub a few miles away.

Firestone Walker is having a 'DC Launch' next week with stuff at Churchkey and Black Squirrel. Seems a little late since the Paradiso spots have had kegs for a few months. Hopefully Double Jack casks are involved.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on April 08, 2011, 12:27:18 pm
I will be hitting up Great Divide tonight for the release of their Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti, Colette Farmhouse Ale and 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA.  Oh yes:  http://gdbeerreleaseparty.eventbrite.com/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: godsshoeshine on April 08, 2011, 12:46:31 pm
wish the sterling wegman's would do that. grocery shopping would be way more fun
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on April 08, 2011, 01:00:56 pm
Embarrasingly, I jogged right by the Great Divide Tap Room the last time I was in Denver and didn't even know enough about it to know it was a place I should go to.

I did go to an excellent Belgian beer bar called the Cheeky Monk while I was there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on April 08, 2011, 04:18:22 pm
Though expensive, Cheeky Monk always has a great selection.  In fact, I will be there next Wednesday for their Colorado Beer Week event:  Rogue and oysters (and no, not the Rocky Mountain kind).  http://notyourdadsbeer.com/2011/03/31/colorado-beer-week-day/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on April 08, 2011, 06:10:40 pm
i was in a celebratory mood yesterday and went on a beer shopping binge.  drank last night:

- http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/red-white.htm
strange brew.  the spice, grape and wood tastes really take over, to the point where one might forget that this is beer.  interesting but not sure i'd buy it again.  spendy too - $12 for a big bottle.

- http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gouden-carolus-cuvee-van-de-keizer-rood-red/86944/
another weird spicy number.  i'm a fan of belgian beer, especially witbier, so i had high hopes for this one.  it was damn tasty but the pungent herb-y smell was a bit much by the end of the bottle.  very thick mouthfeel (just learned that word).  i'll be keeping my eye out for the darker "blue" version.

currently sitting in the basement:

- http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/8-Oberon%20Ale
i'm not very familiar with bell's, but i do love me some wheat beer and based on popular opinion of this brewery i figured i couldn't go wrong here.  anyone tried this?  i was going to try one tonight but the crap weather is putting me in a dark beer mood. 

- http://www.olddominion.com/brews/ --> millenium ale, 3rd from the bottom 
the store mentioned that this beer contained a touch of honey.  online reviews claim that this beer ages well, so it might sit in the cellar for a while.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on April 09, 2011, 05:23:55 pm
Bell's Oberon is good, but for that category (American pale wheat ale), Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin is my favorite.

You gotta try Cuvee van de Kaiser Blau. That's one of my favorite Belgians.

I'm going to try Firestone Walker Double Jack on draft tomorrow for the first time!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: miss pretentious on April 09, 2011, 05:39:03 pm
Glad to see the The Beer Thread is still going strong.

Has anyone tried Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. This was draft; can't vouch for the bottles.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/43687

Southern Tier is so good, I haven't had this one though. They make my favorite pumpkin beer: Pumking which I just recently drank the last of, as they are worth hoarding.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on April 12, 2011, 08:48:58 am
You gotta try Cuvee van de Kaiser Blau. That's one of my favorite Belgians.

done - tried it last night.  i liked the caramel after-taste.  it's tastier than the rood (red) but it still had a strange bitterness on the tip of the tongue to it that was, well, strange.  i'd buy it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on April 15, 2011, 02:09:33 pm
The Top 8 Beers for Stoners (http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2011/04/the_top_8_beers_for_stoners.php)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on April 15, 2011, 05:33:16 pm
i shop at food lion.  so there.  i like how they have basic good beers (magic hat, redhook, sam adams, etc...) "on sale" for $9 a six pack.  since when is $9 for sam adams a fucking "sale"?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on April 15, 2011, 06:05:08 pm
recently i've been working near a wegmans in VA so i've been stocking up on beer there.  i paid $9 for a sixer of bell's oberon.  currently sipping my first one as i type this - tasty & absolutely worth the price, i'll be buying this again.

charging more than $7 for a six of sam in a grocery is stupid.  paying that is obviously worse.

incoming: derisive comments about you qualifying magic hat, redhook and sam adams as "good beers".  or at a minumum i've just headed them off at the pass ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on April 15, 2011, 06:32:28 pm
beer prices have gone up...stella, sierra are now 8.99 for six.. i wouldn't expect to see sam adams for 6.99 unless on sale..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on April 15, 2011, 06:54:24 pm
recently i've been working near a wegmans in VA so i've been stocking up on beer there.  i paid $9 for a sixer of bell's oberon.  currently sipping my first one as i type this - tasty & absolutely worth the price, i'll be buying this again.

charging more than $7 for a six of sam in a grocery is stupid.  paying that is obviously worse.

incoming: derisive comments about you qualifying magic hat, redhook and sam adams as "good beers".  or at a minumum i've just headed them off at the pass ;D

you see, foodlion in the country works like this.  sam adams, redhook, stella, st.pauli's, etc... are considered "good beer" . . . because they have this teeny tiny section dedicated to them, while the rest of the selection (a good football field long) is for bud, coors, natty light, and other beer flavoured piss in a can/bottle.  if there was a wegman's near me, i would be poor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on April 15, 2011, 07:23:00 pm
beer prices have gone up..

In Tax Hell Maryland, it's going to get much worse in July. The bastards approved a 50% alcohol tax increase! So, all you Marylanders may want to do some stocking up on your liquor cabinets now before it hits later on.

Maryland also sucks (most of  it) because they won't let grocery stores sell alcohol. Bunch of bastards! The only place I know of in Maryland where they seem to allow it is on the far Eastern Shore and even that's up for grabs. Worcester County just abolished their Liquor Control Board and no one knows how that will work out. Right now, the one tiny (and over priced) grocery store that sells alcohol is closing down. There's always the gas station up the street that sells a limited number of beers and such. Or that drive through liquor store in Berlin. It looks like a car wash without the soaps and suds. Well, I guess it does have 'suds' but of a different variety. Go figure! I like the liquor store with the somewhat upscale restaurant right in the middle of the store. Great cheese platters and a nice menu.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on April 15, 2011, 07:33:35 pm
my goodness Jagy, sounds like you live in the boonies part of MD  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on April 15, 2011, 07:47:23 pm
I call it Mayberry by the Sea.

As in Walkie's world, it has both its pros and cons.

But don't be mistaken. There's plenty of alcohol to go around. The issue is where to get it. It's everything else that's sometimes difficult to obtain. No Wegman's, no Trader Joe's...  :'( :'(  That's why I do my stocking up from those stores while on the Western side of the shore.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on April 15, 2011, 09:53:05 pm
Sierra still $6.99 at my Total Wine and Whole Foods. $5.99 if you have a coupon at Total Wine.

beer prices have gone up...stella, sierra are now 8.99 for six.. i wouldn't expect to see sam adams for 6.99 unless on sale..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on April 17, 2011, 09:45:10 pm
i was in a celebratory mood yesterday and went on a beer shopping binge.  drank last night:

- http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/red-white.htm
strange brew.  the spice, grape and wood tastes really take over, to the point where one might forget that this is beer.  interesting but not sure i'd buy it again.  spendy too - $12 for a big bottle.

- http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gouden-carolus-cuvee-van-de-keizer-rood-red/86944/
another weird spicy number.  i'm a fan of belgian beer, especially witbier, so i had high hopes for this one.  it was damn tasty but the pungent herb-y smell was a bit much by the end of the bottle.  very thick mouthfeel (just learned that word).  i'll be keeping my eye out for the darker "blue" version.

currently sitting in the basement:

- http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/8-Oberon%20Ale
i'm not very familiar with bell's, but i do love me some wheat beer and based on popular opinion of this brewery i figured i couldn't go wrong here.  anyone tried this?  i was going to try one tonight but the crap weather is putting me in a dark beer mood. 

- http://www.olddominion.com/brews/ --> millenium ale, 3rd from the bottom 
the store mentioned that this beer contained a touch of honey.  online reviews claim that this beer ages well, so it might sit in the cellar for a while.

The Red and White isn't bad, my fiancee really likes it. Have a bottle chilling the fridge as we speak.

Oberon is one of my favorite, fairly easy to find, summer beers. The herald of good weather in my mind.

I just got a cheap ($8.99) six pack of Millennium Ale from Wegmans. Looking forward to trying it, but not sure how long I can hang on it to. Cool dark places are hard to come by in the city. Let me know if you try one out. I'm not a strong lover of Barlywines, but the idea of adding honey to the mix sounded good. And it generally gets fantastic reviews.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on April 18, 2011, 10:09:23 pm
i am heading to the beach.  i am heading to the "semi scary" suburbs of northern va to find good beer.  do i go to wegmans, which would be gainesville for me, or the total beverage near the fair oaks mall.  which is a better choice for six pack and single selection, as well as best price, because i will choose one only to hit.  thank you for your help.  or do those stores have websites to see selections?  i never thought of that.  darn it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on April 18, 2011, 11:25:10 pm
i am heading to the beach.  i am heading to the "semi scary" suburbs of northern va to find good beer.  do i go to wegmans, which would be gainesville for me, or the total beverage near the fair oaks mall.  which is a better choice for six pack and single selection, as well as best price, because i will choose one only to hit.  thank you for your help.  or do those stores have websites to see selections?  i never thought of that.  darn it.

While the Wegman's prices are prolly better, I'm thinking you will get a much better selection at Total Beverage.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on April 19, 2011, 12:16:42 pm
Was in upstate New York this weekend and went to the beer store near my parent's house. Not only did they just receive a shipment of Goose Island Big John, but they also had a bottle of Bourbon County Vanilla Stout.

In fact, they also had Rare Bourbon County Stout, but I couldn't justify spending $45 on one 22oz bottle. I just couldn't do it.

Tried the Big John this evening. Wasn't a huge fan after a few sips, but after letting it breathe a bit it definitely tasted better. Very strong (11.5%) and bitter. Not the biggest fan but might buy another bottle and let it age a year or so. Going to save the Vanilla Stout for another day. Cannot wait to try it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on April 19, 2011, 03:40:19 pm
i am heading to the beach.  i am heading to the "semi scary" suburbs of northern va to find good beer.  do i go to wegmans, which would be gainesville for me, or the total beverage near the fair oaks mall.  which is a better choice for six pack and single selection, as well as best price, because i will choose one only to hit.  thank you for your help.  or do those stores have websites to see selections?  i never thought of that.  darn it.
If you mean the Total Wine in Chantilly as 'near the fair oaks mall'. There is also a monster Whole Foods in Fair Lakes with a decent selection and the Wegman's in the Government Center/Fairfax Corner area. The Total Wine in Chantilly also has a Dogfish Head in the same shopping center for draught libations while in the area.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on April 30, 2011, 11:49:43 am
Delmarva pairs with craft beer: Salisbury Festival features growing brewery industry (http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110430/NEWS01/104300370/1002/rss)

Was out with a friend of mine this past weekend. We stopped in this bar that I really like to visit occasionally that had Evo on tap on their Specials list for $2.50 a pint. He got it and said it was okay but had a heavy hops taste with a strong bite. Sounded absolutely disgusting to me so I wouldn't even taste it. Mind you, I'm not much of a beer drinker and can't at all stomach one strong on the hops.

Here's Evo's website (http://www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com/home.htm). Don't know which one it was but I assume whichever is considered the standard or probably the cheapest one for the bar to carry.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 05, 2011, 09:31:08 am
If you're looking for a good beer to serve with your cinco de mayo meal, here's one. Very interesting taste. It's been on tap at Fair Lakes Whole Foods for awhile, and they have bombers. Not sure where else it's available.



(http://www.guysdrinkingbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/moleocho-300x224.jpg)

New Holland El Mole Ocho 22oz
8% ABV
"Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich,cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dried chilies and coffee.Pairings: poultry, red meat, dark chocolate." -- New Holland

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on May 09, 2011, 06:15:28 pm
Bell's Oberon is good, but for that category (American pale wheat ale), Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin is my favorite.

ford, you done me wrong.

i tried the Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin ale this weekend.  ewww.  ya hear me?  EWWW.  ok, fine, it wasn't horrible, but definitely not my type of wheat ale.  is it even a wheat?  hard to tell over those 64  IBU!  wheats should be smooth, not bitter, IMO.  then again i'm generally not a fan of very hoppy/bitter beer so this shouldn't have been a surprise to me.  should have read the label.  seriously, is it a wheat?

also tried port city's optimal wit.  pretty good, an above-average offering in the wheat dept, but oberon is still the newbie that's doing it for me at the moment.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 09, 2011, 06:56:25 pm
i went to the beach in nc.

everybody down there was obsessed with fat tire.  it was everywhere.  everywhere, i say.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on May 09, 2011, 07:02:30 pm
We (http://www.beerconspiracy.com/) believe that the Beer (and other Liquor) companies are a crucial part of the New World Order Conspiracy...

They are systematically keeping the Free World drunk, or at least buzzed enough so that we won't pay attention to or worry about their other diabolical plans.

Everywhere you look, even on TV there are ads for beer and other alcoholic drinks. Everywhere. You probably even have some beer advertising in your home. A PBR t-shirt, or a Budweiser key chain. Maybe a collection of beer steins on the mantle. You have become a part of the conspiracy that allows these huge multinational conglomerates to keep selling the only legal addictive drug in the free world (other than nicotine, but that's a different conspiracy and someone else will have to build that website).

Alcohol kills more people each year than war! (We are Not suggesting that anyone should give up either.)

Don't get us wrong, we aren't suggesting that alcohol be banned. Prohibition didn't work in the past and it wont work any better today. We like a nice cold beer as much as the next person, but we'd rather drink our own home brew, untouched by greedy corporate hands! (Except, of course, for when we are out of home brew, which we usually are... because we don't actually brew any ourselves, though, we know people who do, or so they have told us.)

We present here articles of interest on that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there's something fishy in the International Beer Industrial Complex, headquartered in Bavaria, or maybe Belgium. 
Read them for yourself and you decide if you are going to continue playing right into their hands when you're crying into your beer, or if it's time to take back your beer and do something! (Please don't do anything stupid and blame it on us.  We have enough troubles of our own without any help from you, thanks.)

(funny but NSFW photo 3/4 of the way down that link)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 09, 2011, 07:04:20 pm
beer . . . is an inside job.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 09, 2011, 08:15:54 pm
Someday you'll grow into a real man and enjoy hoppy beer.  ;D

Until then you're on Jag's non-hoppy beer drinking team.

I'm only going by Beer advocate's definition. LSS ids definitely a hoppy wheat/aple ale hydrid.

Port City's wheat is decent, though a little too yeasty. Their tour and tasting room are fun. Their porter is definitely their best beer,



Bell's Oberon is good, but for that category (American pale wheat ale), Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin is my favorite.

ford, you done me wrong.

i tried the Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin ale this weekend.  ewww.  ya hear me?  EWWW.  ok, fine, it wasn't horrible, but definitely not my type of wheat ale.  is it even a wheat?  hard to tell over those 64  IBU!  wheats should be smooth, not bitter, IMO.  then again i'm generally not a fan of very hoppy/bitter beer so this shouldn't have been a surprise to me.  should have read the label.  seriously, is it a wheat?

also tried port city's optimal wit.  pretty good, an above-average offering in the wheat dept, but oberon is still the newbie that's doing it for me at the moment.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on May 10, 2011, 12:45:41 am
Someday you'll grow into a real man and enjoy hoppy beer.  ;D

doubtful - i don't like bitter/sour tastes for the most part so i wouldn't hold my breath.

i was talking about this the other day with a workmate - for some, you're not a "real beer drinker" unless you like your beer super-hoppy.  it's right up there with "you're not a real wine drinker if you drink anything other than pinot noir" or "anything more than tomato sauce and cheese and the pizza is ruined".  rubbish.  liking bitter beer proves one thing, and one thing only: you like bitter beer.

Until then you're on Jag's non-hoppy beer drinking team.

at least we agree on something ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on May 10, 2011, 01:29:39 am
Until then you're on Jag's non-hoppy beer drinking team.

at least we agree on something ;D

Cheers!

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 10, 2011, 08:37:08 am
So we were at Whole Foods in Fairfax the other day (the best bar in the DC area), and were in the enviable position of having to choose from all of these hoppy imperials, all above 9% abv, at $4/12 oz draft.



(http://www.douglasderda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/hdh21_maharaja.jpg)
(http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/founders-double-trouble.jpg)
(http://www.simplybeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Firestone-Walker-Double-Jack-Label.jpg)
(http://www.clownshoesbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Hoppy2_Label_Final_450x311.jpg)



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on May 10, 2011, 08:51:12 am
So we were at Whole Foods in Fairfax the other day (the best bar in the DC area), and were in the enviable position of having to choose from all of these hoppy imperials, all above 9% abv, at $4/12 oz draft.

you tease.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on May 10, 2011, 10:36:39 am
Speaking of hops, has anyone tried the Orange Whip at Mad Fox Brewing?.... a delicious IPA.  Wont be around too long.  Get it while you can.

Anyone have any experience with milk stouts? Sounds like it's similar to a guiness, a little sweeter with a hint of chocolate and/or coffee. I hear Left Hand makes a good one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on May 11, 2011, 11:07:18 pm
econo-beer recommendation: Mission St., available only at Trader Joe's as far as i know.

the 2011 Anniversary Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/562/67292) is recommended considering the price.  described as an "imperial brown ale", it's got great caramel and nutty overtones.  i'm betting this one will age nicely.  i'll be grabbing a case this weekend and promptly forgetting it in the basement.

the hefeweizen (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/562/59119) is pretty solid too.  neither of these two beers is going to become your all-time fav, but they're definitely above average (at a below-average prices).

they also make a blond, a brown, a pale ale and an IPA but i haven't tried them.  might pick up some along with the case of anniversary just to try them out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 12, 2011, 08:02:22 am
Mission Street beers are brewed by Firestone Walker in California, mentioned in my post above. Some of Trader Joes other beers are brewed by Goose Island (Chicago), and their Vintage Ale is brewed by Unibroue (Quebec).

I've had the Mission Street IPA. Not amazing, but definitely solid/good.

econo-beer recommendation: Mission St., available only at Trader Joe's as far as i know.

the 2011 Anniversary Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/562/67292) is recommended considering the price.  described as an "imperial brown ale", it's got great caramel and nutty overtones.  i'm betting this one will age nicely.  i'll be grabbing a case this weekend and promptly forgetting it in the basement.

the hefeweizen (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/562/59119) is pretty solid too.  neither of these two beers is going to become your all-time fav, but they're definitely above average (at a below-average prices).

they also make a blond, a brown, a pale ale and an IPA but i haven't tried them.  might pick up some along with the case of anniversary just to try them out.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 17, 2011, 05:23:37 pm
so i made the mistake of trying a beer by "just grab one" after staring a six packs that my local supermarket calls an "attempt."  The brewery was starr hill in c-ville and i usually have liked what they put out.  but this one, this

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_y11e7o5EETg/TFW3NZ22NlI/AAAAAAAAAuk/4VGmIkZ4QNI/s320/lucy.jpg)

was horrible and tasted like if gingerale was beer.  i fart in it's general direction.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on May 17, 2011, 11:50:18 pm
Space Beer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110517/lf_nm_life/us_australia_beer_space)

Interesting article even though it's a bit over-simplified. Hits the basic details which is all that's really needed for their purposes.

Personally, I don't see it working or being worth the trouble unless they create a gravity bar that sustains itself with its own gravitational force field. Now that could be cool once they get all the other space travel details in place.

Once that's set up, Seth, you might be able to get your new best buddy Richard to let you book the club scene. I can see it now!
The 9:30 Club: A Space Odyssey
- A new concept in Space Music.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on May 18, 2011, 02:03:21 pm
since i've been having trouble locating a reliable supply of Russian River Brewing Co.'s "Pliny the Elder" I've found a suitable substitute- Ninkasi Brewery's "Tricerahops."  it's also a double IPA, and it compares well, in my opinion, to Pliny the Elder.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 18, 2011, 02:23:42 pm
My brother found a Pliny the Elder in Seattle and sent it to me for my birthday. It will be my first. I really need to drink it soon.

I've had Tricerahops. Very, very good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on May 18, 2011, 05:02:46 pm
Just got back from a trip to San Diego. Had no car to was limited to downtown. Enjoyed trips to Coronado brewing (schwarzbier and an Idiot IPA), Pizza Port (sharkbite red, tarantula black IPA and Alesmith speedway stout) and Downtown Johnny Browns (something sour, can't remember exactly what though  ;D)

Also, thanks to Southwests bags fly free dealio I also hit up a great bottle shop and checked a case of mixed Russian River, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey and Port.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on May 18, 2011, 05:08:12 pm
I finally tried the DC Brau Public Ale.  It's not bad but way overpriced at $11.99 for a 6 pack.  I am fine paying that price for a worthwhile craft beer, but not an average pale ale that isn't any better than Sierra.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on May 18, 2011, 05:19:36 pm
Fortunate to grab a kegcan of Bell's Hopslam up in Pa. last month.  Couldn't believe it was still around. Truely a thing of beauty.....waiting for just the right time to tap!   Been getting it the last three years or so upon release in bottles but never had the pleasure of a draft.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on May 18, 2011, 05:32:12 pm
Anyone have any experience with milk stouts? Sounds like it's similar to a guiness, a little sweeter with a hint of chocolate and/or coffee. I hear Left Hand makes a good one.
I'd check out Duck-Rabbit's, probably the best brewery in NC. They focus only on making dark beer without much marketing, brewpub, etc. You'd think they were in Asheville with all the dark brews, but are actually near the coast. It's fairly easy to find locally.

Williamsburg Alewerks also has a few good milk stouts but I think they're seasonal?

Mackeson XXX used to be my favorite but isn't brewed in the US anymore. UK version isn't as high an ABV.
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on May 18, 2011, 07:00:25 pm
Was in Wisconsin last week and got to enjoy a full keg of New Glarus' "Spotted Cow," which I love.  Also tried Ale Asylum's "Bedlam" which was really, really tasty......
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 18, 2011, 07:59:14 pm
Stone and Lost Abbey and others are accessible via public transportation, just sayin.

http://www.sandiegoisbrewing.com/2010/04/sprinter-san-diego-breweries.html






Just got back from a trip to San Diego. Had no car to was limited to downtown. Enjoyed trips to Coronado brewing (schwarzbier and an Idiot IPA), Pizza Port (sharkbite red, tarantula black IPA and Alesmith speedway stout) and Downtown Johnny Browns (something sour, can't remember exactly what though  ;D)

Also, thanks to Southwests bags fly free dealio I also hit up a great bottle shop and checked a case of mixed Russian River, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey and Port.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on May 19, 2011, 08:58:07 am
just being pedantic more like

I had about 5 hours on Sunday afternoon and didn't want to spend 2 of those on a train, or to spend 40 minutes walking the mile to and from Lost Abbey and Stone

And I'm really not that crazy about Stone beers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on May 19, 2011, 12:54:41 pm
And I'm really not that crazy about Stone beers

tried their 2010 vertical epic. . . .it was terrible.  course, i realize i defeated the purpose of an epic vertical by drinking it early, but still. . .the chamomile was overwhelming.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 19, 2011, 01:33:34 pm
Ah, that makes sense.

I'm not a big Stone fan either. I haven't met one I'd turn down, but still a bit overrated.

just being pedantic more like

I had about 5 hours on Sunday afternoon and didn't want to spend 2 of those on a train, or to spend 40 minutes walking the mile to and from Lost Abbey and Stone

And I'm really not that crazy about Stone beers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 22, 2011, 08:50:50 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43111350/ns/business-consumer_news/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on May 31, 2011, 02:53:38 pm
Epic beer weekend - in addition to the normal fare on offer at various BBQs

On Saturday with an old friend in town I cracked open bottles of Pliny, Blind Pig, Gnomegang, Ozzy, Brooklyn 1 and KBS among others

Sunday BBQ and Beer at the Big Hunt with more KBS on draught, New Holland Mole Ocho and Evolution barrel aged RIS

Monday evening was the launch of 3 Stars brewing "Syndicate" Saison at Churchkey - very crisp and refreshing, the peppercorns add a nice bite
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 31, 2011, 03:12:58 pm
where in northern virginia, can one find a good selection of founders beer that is carried on a regular basis?  i went to that bastard wegmans in gainsville and they had no founders.  how dare they!  i came to the conclusion that i did not like their beer selection though i did purchase a few, tall corsendonks and maybe one four pack of ommegang abbey.  i showed them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on May 31, 2011, 03:22:51 pm
Whole Foods in Fairfax, Norm's in Vienna, or Rick's in Alexandria.

Total Wines sometimes, but they can be hit and miss.

Whole Foods currently has Founders Old Curmudgeon 09 and Founders Red Eye on draft.

where in northern virginia, can one find a good selection of founders beer that is carried on a regular basis?  i went to that bastard wegmans in gainsville and they had no founders.  how dare they!  i came to the conclusion that i did not like their beer selection though i did purchase a few, tall corsendonks and maybe one four pack of ommegang abbey.  i showed them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hemisphire on May 31, 2011, 04:13:07 pm
Whole Foods currently has Founders Old Curmudgeon 09 and Founders Red Eye on draft.

And note that different Whole Foods have different beers on tap - my local ones (Vienna, Reston and Fairfax) generally update on Facebook.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on May 31, 2011, 04:15:22 pm
nice.  i love fellow beer snobs.  thanks.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on June 01, 2011, 06:04:41 pm
Tried out a slew of beers over the weekend....

Bought a box of Sierra Nevada's "Boot Camp" sampler- Fail.  the California Common was probably the best of them all.  The double IPA was way too bitter on the back end, the Juniper Black Ale did not get good marks, and the weizenbock was ok.

Sierra Nevada Ovila dubbel-  very good.

Sam Adams' 48th Parallel IPA- meh

Sam Adams' Double Bock imperial- this was my favorite mass produced Sam Adams; still enjoyed this one.

Lost Abbey Inferno- that was pretty nice

Full Sail Hop Pursuit- solid.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 01, 2011, 08:37:47 pm
We did a comparison of a two month old Pliny the Elder and a 4.5 month old Hopslam (our next to last one of the year) over the weekend. The Hopslam had lost a little bit, but both very nice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on June 16, 2011, 01:18:32 pm
another one of those deal-of-the-day thingies:

$12 for a Five Beer Flight plus a Full Pint at RFD
http://sowhatsthedeal.com/promotions/12-five-beer-flight-plus-full-pint-rfd
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 24, 2011, 02:35:23 pm
I know where I'll be drinking beer in July. Hopping for some Three Floyds and Russian River, for starters.


Back again! This year even bigger and better. All July long every Paradiso location will be pouring nothing but IPAs on draft. Come try Domestic IPAs, International IPAs, Black IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Wheat IPAs and IPAs not normally in DC.
Paired with our special pizza, ?IP(izz)A?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on June 24, 2011, 02:41:29 pm
i must upload pics of my latest purchase.  a good beer haul is such a delightful feeling.  some of these beers hopefully will be new ones on most but all will be "da bomb."

and i never understand ipas.  god i hate ipas.  i don't even know why i hate them.  i just do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 24, 2011, 02:55:30 pm
I hated them too, when I was a beer beginner. Back when I though Magic Hat made good beer and Guinness was the best stout.

Don't worry, you'll get there.  ;)

We're going to Rehoboth Sunday. Time to stock up on Dogfish 90 and Palo Santo at cheap prices and no sales tax.

i must upload pics of my latest purchase.  a good beer haul is such a delightful feeling.  some of these beers hopefully will be new ones on most but all will be "da bomb."

and i never understand ipas.  god i hate ipas.  i don't even know why i hate them.  i just do.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on June 24, 2011, 03:15:32 pm
i like people who look with learing eye at those who find delight in magic hat.  i like number nine.  the rest . . . ehhh.  guinness is harrible road tar, but i do like their harp in a basic food store selection.  i also like rolling rock every now and again, so there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on June 24, 2011, 03:43:43 pm
Magic hat has some good flavors, #9  especially. The spring seasonal Vinyl is nice too. Total Wine had it on sale $3.99 a sixer and I bought a case!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 24, 2011, 03:45:44 pm
Wow, I'm going to the beach at the right time. Check out the draft list. Have to limit myself at dinner time, but I'll be good and drunk by the time I hit the beach post-lunch.

Beers On Tap
(updated 6/24/11... for the absolute latest: 302-226-BREW)
.

Coco Loco (A Brewpub Exclusive, get it while you can!)

Noble Rot (on tap Friday, 6/24 at noon)

Ta Henket (on tap Friday, 6/24 at noon)

Olde School Barleywine (on tap Friday, 6/24 at noon)

Bitches Brew (on tap Friday, 6/24 at noon)

120 Minute IPA (on tap Friday, 6/24 at noon)

Theobroma

My Antonia

Festina Peche

Pangaea

Lawnmower

Raison D'Etre

Chicory Stout

Indian Brown Ale

Sah'tea

Palo Santo Marron

90 Minute IPA

60 Minute IPA

Black & Red

Zeno

Burton Baton

On Cask - 75 Minute IPA (with a cask of Spicy China right behind it!)

Dogfish Head Beach Beer (non-alcoholic birch beer
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on June 24, 2011, 04:00:54 pm
We're going to Rehoboth Sunday.

I'll keep an eye out for you when I drive through.  ;)

For the record, I can't stand anything that Dog Fish makes. Even the more wine-like version. It's all just nasty tasting to me! Would much prefer a nice glass of wine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on June 24, 2011, 04:11:50 pm
uhmmmm . . . . birch beer.  handmade.  me drool now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on June 24, 2011, 04:55:31 pm
Hey, Rhett. A new potential beer stop for you while in Baltimore. Could also be a nice boost for a waning neighborhood not all that far from Fells Point. It's also very close to the Zappa memorial presented as a gift to Baltimore by fans in Lithuania.

Haussner's astir? Brewer eyes landmark for brewery and German restaurant (http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/baltimore-diner-blog/bal-haussners-could-be-site-of-brewpub-and-german-restaurant-20110624,0,829146.story)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joke Insurance on June 26, 2011, 09:40:21 am
Had these a few months ago:

(http://aleheads.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/dales-pale-ale.jpg)

(http://rabidbeergeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/IMG_0529.jpg)

(http://brejaria.com/cervejas/images/stories/jreviews/1976_GreatLakesDortmunder_1286848800.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4299851931_9af41aedbe.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3597/3343469317_a50a73f5ab.jpg)

(http://machinekit.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/100_6301.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on June 26, 2011, 03:21:49 pm
Had these a few months ago:

... aaaaaaand?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 27, 2011, 02:52:01 pm
Two things I learned from going to Rehoboth/ Dogfish Brewpub on Sunday:

1. All of the rare beers that they tap on Friday night are gone before the start of Sunday lunch.
2. Americans really, really, really need to start working out more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on June 27, 2011, 03:49:20 pm
1.  i like how beer is the new . . . thing.

2.  as a gay guy, i so agree.  but blame beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: walkonby on June 27, 2011, 04:38:38 pm
i must upload pics of my latest purchase.  a good beer haul is such a delightful feeling.  some of these beers hopefully will be new ones on most but all will be "da bomb."

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joke Insurance on June 29, 2011, 09:02:45 pm
Had these a few months ago:

... aaaaaaand?

That's right!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on June 29, 2011, 09:13:52 pm
Had these a few months ago:

... aaaaaaand?

That's right!

in case you missed it: that was me prodding you for an assessment, appreciation, review, diss, etc of the beverages you mentioned.  anything worth tracking down?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on June 30, 2011, 09:36:13 am
I can vouch for Dale's and Stone's Levitation.  both are very, very good.  Tho I think Stone isn't thought of too highly around here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 30, 2011, 09:43:21 am
By "around here" do you mean people on this board, or people in DC metro?

Rick's in Alexandria recently had an ipa tasting contest. It wasn't blind, so you knew which was which. I think the results were:

1. Firestone Walker Union Jack
2. Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
3 and 4. Port City IPA/Sierra Torpedo (can't remember which was where)
5. Victory Hop Devil
6. Stone IPA

Stone only got something like 4 out of 100 votes. Now I'm not the hugest Stone fan, but it still seems like there was some purposeful Stone hating going on. Port City IPA better than Stone IPA? Puh-leeze.

And for the record, my wife and I both contributed to the winner's tally.

I can vouch for Dale's and Stone's Levitation.  both are very, very good.  Tho I think Stone isn't thought of too highly around here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 30, 2011, 09:45:32 am
Most beer by Starr Hill is pretty average, imo.

However, their Double Platinum IPA is excellent, if you like to be overwhelmed by hops. They claim an ibu of 180.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on June 30, 2011, 01:18:13 pm
Now I'm not the hugest Stone fan, but it still seems like there was some purposeful Stone hating going on. Port City IPA better than Stone IPA? Puh-leeze.

That's why I only trust blind taste tests. I don't even trust myself to be unbiased.

Smith Commons is hosting a 'DMV Brewers BBQ' this Sunday.

Featured Breweries: $5 Pints

3 Stars Brewing Company // Washington, DC

DC Brau Brewing Company // Washington, DC

Baying Hound Aleworks // Rockville, MD

Flying Dog Brewery // Frederick, MD

Heavy Seas Beer // Baltimore, MD

Stillwater Artisanal Ales // Baltimore, MD

Lost Rhino Brewing Company // Ashburn, VA

Port City Brewing // Alexandria, VA


It's $20, but you get food (Kobe Beef Dogs, Short ribs, Braised Pork, Half smokes). Pretty good deal to check out the local brews if you're down with BBQ.

http://www.smithcommonsdc.com/index.php/events (http://www.smithcommonsdc.com/index.php/events)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 30, 2011, 01:42:03 pm
That sounds like a nice event. But not for vegetarians like us.  >:(

My local Whole Foods ins having a local beers blind taste test on Saturday.

The Whole Foods in Fairfax has a keg of Founders Devil Dancer they're planning on tapping soon.




And did I mention this already? Forgive me if I already did. Initial beer list tomorrow, I guess.

Back again! This year even bigger and better. All July long every Paradiso location will be pouring nothing but IPAs on draft. Come try Domestic IPAs, International IPAs, Black IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Wheat IPAs and IPAs not normally in DC.
Paired with our special pizza, ?IP(izz)A?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on June 30, 2011, 01:48:16 pm
i wonder what a wheat IPA is like.  anyone tried one?

That sounds like a nice event. But not for vegetarians like us.  >:(

you might call them up and see if they can cut you a break since you won't be eating their expensive meat offerings... $5 for desert only or something like that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on June 30, 2011, 02:19:47 pm

The Whole Foods in Fairfax has a keg of Founders Devil Dancer they're planning on tapping soon.


Niiiice.
The Fairfax Total Wine must have recently received a shipment from Founders. They had Curmudgeon and Cerise but I didn't notice Devil Dancer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 30, 2011, 02:21:17 pm
You already have, sort of.

ratebeer calls it an ipa
beeradvocate calls in an american pale wheat ale (but at 7.5 abv it's more in line with the abv of an ipa)
i call it yummy


A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Sneaky Smooth with a Touch of What We Call Wheatly-esque-ish-ness. Crispy Wheat and Pale Malt flavors with a Big Round & Juicy Hop Finish. Everyone Needs A Little Sumpin? Sumpin? Sometimes. You Can Get It All Year Now... in a Six-Pack!

ABV: 7.5%



i wonder what a wheat IPA is like.  anyone tried one?

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on June 30, 2011, 02:23:09 pm
they received some dogfish 120 and founders devil dancer in bottles yesterday. The 120 mins was gone within hours, not sure if any of the devil dancer bottles are left. But they did geta keg of it.


The Whole Foods in Fairfax has a keg of Founders Devil Dancer they're planning on tapping soon.


Niiiice.
The Fairfax Total Wine must have recently received a shipment from Founders. They had Curmudgeon and Cerise but I didn't notice Devil Dancer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on June 30, 2011, 02:29:19 pm
You already have, sort of.

oh, right.  i forgot that L'SS was a wheat beer... didn't really taste like a traditional, non-ruined-by-too-much-hops beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 01, 2011, 07:52:59 am
Birre
 
Dupont:
Avery IPA
d?AChouffe Houblon Chouffe
DC Brau The Corruption
Founders Devil Dancer
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
Lagunitas A Lilttle Sumpin Sumpin
Mikkeller Centennial Single Hop Series
Mikkeller Citra Single Hop Series
North Coast Acme IPA
Southern Tier Iniquity
Trou Du Diable La Morsure
Xbeeriment Madraz IPA
Cask: Pratt St. Ale House Olivers Draft Punk

Georgetown:
DC Brau The Citizen
Flying Dog Imperial Single Hop Centennial IPA
Long Trail Double IPA
Lost Rhino Face Plant
Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop Series
Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop Series
Moylans IPA
Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
New Holland RyePA Hatter
Rogue Oregasmic
Schlafly Export IPA
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Stone Cali-Belgique
Stoudts Double IPA
Xbeeriment Hoppenheimer Imperial IPA
21st Amendment Back in Black
Cask: Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale

Old Town:
Ballast Point Big Eye
Ballast Point Sculpin
Emilesse Triple IPA
Firestone Walker Union Jack
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Left Hand 400lb Monkey
Olde Richmond No. 11
Otter Creek Alpine Black
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Thornbridge Jaipur
Thornbridge Raven
Wintercoat Double Hop
Cask: Schlalfy Dry Hopped APA






And did I mention this already? Forgive me if I already did. Initial beer list tomorrow, I guess.

Back again! This year even bigger and better. All July long every Paradiso location will be pouring nothing but IPAs on draft. Come try Domestic IPAs, International IPAs, Black IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Wheat IPAs and IPAs not normally in DC.
Paired with our special pizza, ?IP(izz)A?

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on July 07, 2011, 12:34:47 am
for those who hate beer:

http://sowhatsthedeal.com/events/78

Free PBR at Via 19

Join WTD this Thursday, July 7th at the new Via 19 bar and lounge from 6-8pm.  They're giving away two free PBR beers per person just for RSVP'ing through WTD.  Or you can use your ticket for $5 off a bucket of Budweiser beer ($10 instead of $15).  Score!

Via 19 serves all-American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere good for lunch, brunch, happy hour, or dinner.  You can relax outside dining on the spacious patio and choose from their extensive menu that includes favorites ranging from sliders and wings to Linguine with Shrimp and Chicken Parmigiana.

See you there!

Via 19
1140 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-8889
http://via19dc.com

RSVP here: http://sowhatsthedeal.com/events/78
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 07, 2011, 08:11:15 am
Mods, please don't delete this thread!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on July 07, 2011, 08:45:15 am
What is it? A Russian beer?

Maybe a first, a spammer who not only trashes the place but also starts to participate in the discussions.  ::)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on July 07, 2011, 01:15:07 pm
I'm really into saisons a.k.a. farmhouse ales lately. They make for good summertime drinking, I think. Refreshing, but still with plenty of flavor and complexity.

The quintessential saison is Saison Dupont. Fantastic, of course, but it's very expensive.

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/362930470_0b4f6071da.jpg)

But I was really impressed with Stillwater Artisanal's Stateside Saison (American Farmhouse Ale):

(http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/imager/stateside-saison-stillwaters-flagship-beer/b/original/1369484/b6a9/stillwater_statesidebottle1A.jpg)

Also, Franklin's Brewery/Restaurant in Hyattsville had a fantastic saison some months ago. Alas, it was a very limited seasonal batch, but I hope they bring it back!

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1135/62833/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 07, 2011, 01:45:54 pm
Darth Ed,

Have you tried Hennepin? As good as Saison Dupont (which is indeed very good), but cheaper.

Goose Island Sofie is also very good. Have to remember to bring home a four pack the next time I go to Chicago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on July 07, 2011, 03:19:57 pm
Darth Ed,

Have you tried Hennepin? As good as Saison Dupont (which is indeed very good), but cheaper.

No, I haven't. I'll look for it. Thanks for the recommendation.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on July 07, 2011, 05:54:44 pm
Speaking of farmhouse ales, I have really been enjoying Boulevard's Tank 7 this summer.

(http://www.boulevard.com/wp-content/uploads/Brands/Brand_Tank_7.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on July 07, 2011, 10:41:45 pm
I also tried Rodenbach's Grand Cru recently (on tap). Wow, it is way out there in terms of flavor. Almost like a lambic in terms of intensity, but the flavors were complex and hard to pin down. Very tart grape/cherry-like fruitiness combined with a balsamic vinegar almost. It almost tasted like a wine instead of a beer. Not for everyone, clearly, but I found it pretty interesting.

(http://blogs.eveningsun.com/troublebrewing/rbachgc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 08, 2011, 09:26:20 am
Darth Ed,

Have you tried Hennepin? As good as Saison Dupont (which is indeed very good), but cheaper.

Goose Island Sofie is also very good. Have to remember to bring home a four pack the next time I go to Chicago.

you can get goose island sofie at perfect pour in columbia.  One of my faves!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 08, 2011, 09:33:52 am
Thanks for the tip. Will have to stop in when I'm in Columbia for...Freefest? Wilco?

Are they in 12 oz four packs or only in a bomber?

I prefer four packs...I usually see the "special" Goose Island beers in bombers more than four packs around here. Though I did find a four pack of Matilda at Whole Foods in Dupont last fall.


Darth Ed,

Have you tried Hennepin? As good as Saison Dupont (which is indeed very good), but cheaper.

Goose Island Sofie is also very good. Have to remember to bring home a four pack the next time I go to Chicago.

you can get goose island sofie at perfect pour in columbia.  One of my faves!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 08, 2011, 10:08:58 am
They have both.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 08, 2011, 10:09:34 am
The Matlida is also awesome.  I haven't had a bad beer from that brewery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 08, 2011, 11:24:05 am
Funny, I was sitting at the "bar" at Whole Foods in Fairfax awhile ago and this beer geek was telling me about this great beer store he had happened upon up your way. He didn't remember the name, but he was trying to tell me directions. Now that I google map the Perfect Pour, I realize that's the place he was talking about.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 08, 2011, 11:46:36 am
I call it beer Disneyland.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 08, 2011, 11:59:58 am
Meaning it's fulll of overpriced corporate crap and long lines?  ;)

I call it beer Disneyland.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 08, 2011, 12:43:57 pm
Meaning it's the happiest place on earth if you like beer :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on July 08, 2011, 02:06:14 pm
Meaning it's the happiest place on earth if you like beer :)

been there once - it is a little on the overpriced side but great selection
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 08, 2011, 02:14:52 pm
So I'm having an online argument with my brother over which is a better beer town, Portland or San Diego.

Anybody have an opinion with some reasons?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on July 08, 2011, 02:19:08 pm
So I'm having an online argument with my brother over which is a better beer town, Portland or San Diego.

Anybody have an opinion with some reasons?

Yes, the answer is Denver.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 08, 2011, 02:29:57 pm
been there once - it is a little on the overpriced side but great selection


Compared to what?  DC?  VA? I guess so, but for MD it is about as good as it gets.

Corridor used to be gold standard in that area but PPour is better priced and the selection can't be beat.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on July 08, 2011, 03:04:02 pm
Preferring wine much, much more to beer, this is the place that I'd like to check out sometime: Bin 66 (http://www.bin66.com/introduction.html)
Don't in the least expect anywhere 'best' in the country, or even near, but I'm sure they have some nice offerings. Beer selection looks crappy but their specialty is wine.

For beer and liquor... maybe even wine, when at the beach, try either Atlantic Liquors or Outlet Liquors, both on Rt. 1 (right side when going east) just before you reach the coast itself. Some I know prefer Atlantic Liqours but honestly can't say one is any better than the other.

Bonus points for being in Delaware: No sales tax! Of course, only significant if already at the beach or driving through.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 08, 2011, 07:23:38 pm
drink these beers . . . you will be happy that you did.  good luck finding some of them though.


(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kzsuldh6oX1qzx2oqo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 08, 2011, 07:38:01 pm
Good stuff. I've had the one on the far right.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on July 08, 2011, 09:08:28 pm
i've had the red rice and the white.  both were solid.  not 100% sure they're worth the price... maybe 80% sure :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on July 09, 2011, 09:35:48 am
compared to DC - specifically Magruders/Rodmans - then again I'm a bit of a cheapskate

been there once - it is a little on the overpriced side but great selection


Compared to what?  DC?  VA? I guess so, but for MD it is about as good as it gets.

Corridor used to be gold standard in that area but PPour is better priced and the selection can't be beat.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 10, 2011, 08:45:56 am
Stopped into Perfect Pour on the way to Baltimore yesyterday. Agree with Brennser. Great selection, high prices. Compared to my most usual place...Total Wine and Whole Foods.

Also went on the Heavy Seas Brewery tour. Nice tour with pint glass and five 5 oz pours for $5.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 10, 2011, 09:51:20 am
I have not been to PPour since the liquor tax went into effect - definitely higher than places in DC or NOVA.  Unfortunately there are no Total Wine or Whole Foods (with liquor) up here that I know of.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 11, 2011, 08:11:09 am
I don't mind paying a higher price there when I'm looking for something special. Especially since it's a short drive from my house (unlike every store in VA).  They stock everything.  (like all those Hitachinos).  I'll pay an extra dollar or two for that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 11, 2011, 10:31:51 am
i just found the holy grail.

repeat . . . the holy fucking grail.

at wegman's in gainsville, va.  it has redeemed itself.  should i drink it, or just stare at it?


(http://aleheads.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/founders_dirty_bastard.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on July 19, 2011, 01:51:38 pm
Darth Ed,

Have you tried Hennepin? As good as Saison Dupont (which is indeed very good), but cheaper.


had the Hennepin last weekend- i was wary at first because i had the Saison Rue, and basically poured that out as undrinkable, but the Hennepin was very nice.  (there is a restaurant in Oakland that has it on draft)

coronado idiot ipa- wonderful, although perhaps a bit too bitter on the finish

anderson valley imperial double IPA- very nice double IPA, but not on the Pliny or Tricerhops level.

will have to think about the rest that i had....

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on July 26, 2011, 06:37:44 pm
Cluth get a beer named after them by New Belgium http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2011/07/clutch_the_band_jams_with_clut.php (http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2011/07/clutch_the_band_jams_with_clut.php)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on July 27, 2011, 07:48:32 am
And only a few more weeks until we can buy it here!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on July 27, 2011, 04:06:41 pm
so how is dc brau? is it available at bars around town? can i buy a six pack ? where? what type of beer is it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 27, 2011, 04:14:33 pm
Half price draft at Pizza Paradiso tonight.



Dupont:
Rogue Imperial IPA (I2PA)
Black Diamond Jagged Edge
Mikkeller Single Hop series: Warrior
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin? IPA
Southern Tier Unearthly
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Loup Rouge Antidote
Schlafly American IPA (AIPA)
Mikkeller Single Hop series: Columbus
Stone/Brewdog Bashah
Smuttynose Big A IPA
Firestone Walker Double Jack
Cask Ale: DC Brau Corruption, ?dry-hopped? w/ apricots!Georgetown:
Long Trail IPA
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
Avery Maharaja
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Mikkeller Single Hop Galena
Oskar Blues G?Knight
Dieu Du Ciel Corne Du Diable
Belhaven Twisted Thistle
Tupper?s Hop Pocket
Otter Creek Alpine Black
Mikkeller Single Hop Magnum
Southern Tier 2xIPA
Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA
Moylans IPA
Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
Schlafly Export IPA
Cask Ale: DC Brau Corruption, ?dry-hopped? w/ apricots!
so how is dc brau? is it available at bars around town? can i buy a six pack ? where? what type of beer is it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 27, 2011, 04:17:04 pm
i haven't had it myself

http://www.dcbrau.com/our_brau.cfm
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: radley17 on July 27, 2011, 11:15:20 pm
so how is dc brau? is it available at bars around town? can i buy a six pack ? where? what type of beer is it?


I have been pleasantly surprised by all their beers but the Corruption(an IPA) is the real standout so far for me. If you like em hoppy this one is well worth trying. It's kinda cool to have a DC brewery that is turning out really decent beer, hopefully 3 Stars and Chocolate City (two more soon to be in production DC breweries) will follow suit with some solid offerings.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on July 28, 2011, 02:47:35 am
That Founder's Dirty Bastard is amazing. Its a mean beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2011, 07:52:37 am
Have one in the fridge to go with dinner tonight. Nice session beer.

For true meanness, try the Backwoods Bastard.  ;D

That Founder's Dirty Bastard is amazing. Its a mean beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 28, 2011, 09:23:52 am
when i think dirty bastard . . . i get all knee wobbily

when i think backwoods bastard . . . i just came.

and when i think james ford . . . i realize i said an awful thing to him the other day, and am sorry, and feel we should have a beer together sometime.  a good beer.  a beer that will make us come.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2011, 09:30:14 am
Haha, don't worry about it. I've said plenty of awful things on here I didn't mean to say too.

I'll have to think of what beers make me come...


when i think dirty bastard . . . i get all knee wobbily

when i think backwoods bastard . . . i just came.

and when i think james ford . . . i realize i said an awful thing to him the other day, and am sorry, and feel we should have a beer together sometime.  a good beer.  a beer that will make us come.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 28, 2011, 10:24:16 am
if you do the groupon thing

http://www.groupon.com/deals/pub-crawl-of-annapolis?c=button&utm_content=all-deals_washington-dc_all-deals&date=20110728&division=washington-dc&p=5&s=body&sid=10936000&utm_campaign=pub-crawl-of-annapolis&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&user=a8eb20ce18dea612e604f4ae5cbf167eda6eb02bd38daa0879f2468826071716
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 28, 2011, 10:26:15 am
Dirty Bastard is ok but did not live up to the hype, IMO. I still have a few left in my fridge.

To each their own, I guess.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2011, 01:21:21 pm
Which Scottish/Scotch ales would you recommend? Is it that particular beer you don't like, or is it you don't like the style?

I generally prefer hoppy ipa's or dark Belgians, but for the stype I haven't found anything to beat it.

Dirty Bastard is ok but did not live up to the hype, IMO. I still have a few left in my fridge.

To each their own, I guess.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on July 28, 2011, 04:17:13 pm
I'm hoping for a DC beer that you can find at area bars.. kind of like what was it..foggy bottom ale... a local beer..  also it should be reasonably priced.. there are plenty of $6 beers in dc these days.

not somethind you get at the supermarket or at two froo froo bars in col heights.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2011, 08:37:35 pm
Sounds like you might as well just go with Bud or PBR and pretend it's made in DC.

I'm hoping for a DC beer that you can find at area bars.. kind of like what was it..foggy bottom ale... a local beer..  also it should be reasonably priced.. there are plenty of $6 beers in dc these days.

not somethind you get at the supermarket or at two froo froo bars in col heights.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 28, 2011, 08:42:36 pm
when he said $6 for a six pack . . . i kinda thought the same thing.  even where i live, you can't get good beer for under $9 in the grocery stores.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2011, 10:48:12 pm
I was thinking he was implying that $6 for a beer at a bar was high, and that he wanted something that was more cheaper.



when he said $6 for a six pack . . . i kinda thought the same thing.  even where i live, you can't get good beer for under $9 in the grocery stores.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 29, 2011, 04:28:33 pm
Which Scottish/Scotch ales would you recommend? Is it that particular beer you don't like, or is it you don't like the style?

I generally prefer hoppy ipa's or dark Belgians, but for the stype I haven't found anything to beat it.


I prefer those types of beers as well.  Perhaps that's my problem.  But, I've gotta try new things and, unfortunately, it appears that Scottish ales are just not my thang.  They're ok.....but I'd almost always rather have something else.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: ggw on July 29, 2011, 06:11:52 pm
Does anyone else find the Sam Adams IPA to be totally nasty?

I am no beer expert, but when I do drink, I pretty much only drimk IPAs. And that Latitude 48 has some funky sweetness going on.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Relaxer on July 29, 2011, 06:17:42 pm
This is literally the first time I've opened this thread I think.
I like that Sam Adams Latitude one. At the moment I'm drinking an Abita Amber. It's pretty good. I have some Black Dog Ale in the fridge that I got at Franklins a few weeks ago. That's pretty good too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on July 31, 2011, 03:08:43 pm
Happy Fridge  :o

(http://img9.uploadhouse.com/fileuploads/13443/134439892a6827f3e5ce8536fb2d71bd35024947.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on July 31, 2011, 07:15:39 pm
Bells Oberon. Tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 31, 2011, 08:43:12 pm
miller high life . . . bud in a can . . . corona in a can . . . anything by sierra nevada or sam's adams

not tasty at all.

i think the fridge just threw up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on July 31, 2011, 08:49:28 pm
miller high life . . . bud in a can . . . corona in a can . . . anything by sierra nevada or sam's adams

not tasty at all.

i think the fridge just threw up.

Please freak out and quit the board again.

I do agree about the sam adams, some one brought that to my house.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 31, 2011, 10:39:40 pm
I'M SO FUCKING SORRY IF SOMEONE ELSE'S FUCKING OPINION IS FUCKING DIFFERENT THAT YOURS.  NOW KINDLY STICK YOUR LIFE IN YOUR FRIDGE AND FUCK OFF.


is that a good enough freak out for you?   ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on July 31, 2011, 11:01:57 pm
How many different Sierra Nevada beers have you tasted? Because they do make some seriously good beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 01, 2011, 09:56:40 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 01, 2011, 10:04:35 am
now we know why this thread exists!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-DC-Adults-Top-Alcohol-Abusers-in-Country-126507408.html?dr
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on August 01, 2011, 10:16:30 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!

Walkie is the kind of guy sippin on an Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stoudt when it's 110 degrees outside walkin' around on Phish lot.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on August 01, 2011, 10:19:10 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!

Walkie is the kind of guy sippin on an Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stoudt when it's 110 degrees outside walkin' around on Phish lot.  ;D

He doesn't like Phish anymore, he's a Widespread Panic fan now  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 01, 2011, 10:35:31 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!

Walkie is the kind of guy sippin on an Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stoudt when it's 110 degrees outside walkin' around on Phish lot.  ;D

anything by sam smith is overrated.  most things in a phish lot are overrated.  110 degrees is overrated.  when i go to shows and sit in the shade of the lot watching it walk past me . . . i only drink belgium abbey beers such as st. bernadus or a nice version of trappistes rochefort.  if i'm feeling really sassy, i'll have a paulaner.  plus i smoke a ton of pot. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 01, 2011, 10:37:06 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!

Walkie is the kind of guy sippin on an Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stoudt when it's 110 degrees outside walkin' around on Phish lot.  ;D

He doesn't like Phish anymore, he's a Widespread Panic fan now  ;D

(http://scientopia.org/blogs/childsplay/files/2010/12/CoolCat-SayingWORD_0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Frank Gallagher on August 01, 2011, 11:18:31 am
I heart Miller High Life.  Champagne of beers!

It's beer??
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Frank Gallagher on August 01, 2011, 11:22:37 am
(http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/stone-arrogant-bastard-ale.jpg)

I discovered this over the weekend. very nice. I drank it chilled, not icey or room temp.

*I've been off beer for a number of years so forgive me if this is old news. I switched to red wine because beer was causing stomach problems for a while. Now I can enjoy it in small doses again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joke Insurance on August 02, 2011, 10:15:14 pm
in case you missed it: that was me prodding you for an assessment, appreciation, review, diss, etc of the beverages you mentioned.  anything worth tracking down?

Here is what I tell people; buy a single bottle/can first and be the judge for yourself. I like them all, so that doesn't really help you there.

Half price draft at Pizza Paradiso tonight.

Are they in Dupont?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on August 03, 2011, 03:24:23 pm
Does anyone else find the Sam Adams IPA to be totally nasty?

I am no beer expert, but when I do drink, I pretty much only drimk IPAs. And that Latitude 48 has some funky sweetness going on.

i'm not a fan of it either. . .what was worse was the sierra nevada double ipa from the beer camp box. 

had the bells oberon (draft and bottle) and pale ale last week in michigan- both were tasty (the oberon draft was the highlight).  also had the ale asylum "hopalicious" which was also good.  oh, and drank a ton of high life......and a leine's summer shandy. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 03, 2011, 05:50:40 pm
Is that Sierra Nevada's Torpedo that you disliked so much? I happen to like it. I like most of their stuff, actually.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 03, 2011, 07:13:38 pm
in my opinion . . . sierra nevada bigfoot ale is worst beer i've tasted in a long time.  glissade and summerfest make me hurl in my mouth . . . which sometimes tastes better than the beer itself.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on August 03, 2011, 07:17:52 pm
Is that Sierra Nevada's Torpedo that you disliked so much? I happen to like it. I like most of their stuff, actually.

no....sierra put out a 12 pack called "beer camp" and it has 4 varieties in it, including a double ipa (the others are a juniper black, california spring and a bock).....i didn't much like any of them.   i like the sierra northern and southern hemisphere, and the ovila dubbel.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 03, 2011, 07:33:11 pm
and don't ask me why . . . but i am digging

(http://manjr.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Newcastle_Summer_Ale.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 04, 2011, 08:02:25 am
and don't ask me why . . . but i am digging

(http://manjr.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Newcastle_Summer_Ale.jpg)

I have never seen that!  Will have to check it out.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: thatguy on August 05, 2011, 12:49:42 pm
how the clutch beer was born:
http://www.newbelgium.com/Community/videos.aspx

jp jamming on some kegs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5bbYsqNfwE
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 05, 2011, 11:24:02 pm
and don't ask me why . . . but i am digging

(http://manjr.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Newcastle_Summer_Ale.jpg)

I have never seen that!  Will have to check it out.  Thanks!

so i'm in my local food lion.  gosh darn it, i love food lion . . . and i was looking for another sixer of newcastle summer ale, when i ran across this

(http://www.fratfury.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/newcastle-werewolf-beer.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 07, 2011, 11:35:16 am
oh . . . dirty bastard, yee was just knocked off the top

(http://www.beeraday.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Bourbon-Barrel-Stout-label-detail.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 07, 2011, 11:37:05 am
this is good too . . . harder to find

(http://www.beerboxx.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/600x600/7de45fc0db425c5aefb573686d2ca6a3/w/a/waterloo_double_8_dark_33cl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 08, 2011, 11:47:12 am
I know it would be more impressive if I posted the bottles...but too busy at work...

Went to favorite Fairfax County beer joint with wife and daughter Friday night. Started by splitting a Founders Devil Dancer and Avery Maharaja, both on draft. Finished with a Stone IPA draft, but it tasted like water after the first two. Heard they put a keg of Sculpin on once the Devil Dancer kicked.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 08, 2011, 12:03:50 pm
founders's devil dancer . . . worth the look?  only seen it, never enjoyed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 08, 2011, 12:27:12 pm
If you like exceedingly hoppy ipa's, it's one you need to try. (I seem to recall you not being in that category).

It doesn't come cheap. I bought a single 12 oz when in NYC for $5.25 (at a beer store). It may already be gone from area shelves.

To be honest, it's a bit much for me. And I normally like my ipa's extra hoppy (The only other ipa that was too much for me was Dogfish 120). My wife loved it though. Said it tasted like "liquid weed." Whatever that means.

founders's devil dancer . . . worth the look?  only seen it, never enjoyed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 08, 2011, 01:05:10 pm
before i forget - upon return from the wilds, i had a bunch of local duluth/MN beers: finnigan's amber (quite decent), lake superior kolsch (almost too dry & crisp for me), and some other local high hops beer whose name escapes me (predictably it wasn't my fav).  also tried moose drool (from MT), it hit the spot.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 08, 2011, 01:26:09 pm
By chance were the hoppy beers either of #2 or #3 on this list of best ipa's?

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/116

Both Minnesota beers...

before i forget - upon return from the wilds, i had a bunch of local duluth/MN beers: finnigan's amber (quite decent), lake superior kolsch (almost too dry & crisp for me), and some other local high hops beer whose name escapes me (predictably it wasn't my fav).  also tried moose drool (from MT), it hit the spot.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 08, 2011, 01:27:29 pm
Wow, that Finnigan's Amber rates pretty low...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/finnegans-irish-amber/30378/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 08, 2011, 01:35:27 pm
pretty sure it wasn't one of those two IPAs.

finnigan's: it was my first beer after 10 days in the woods.  it was on tap (perhaps improving it - it was fresh?  a good batch?  better than bottled?).  i think i would have fallen in love with PBR, or hopslam, at that point ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 08, 2011, 02:55:24 pm
I'll be in Oregon for six days and Seattle for four at the end of the month.

My head is already exploding with the beer (and wine) opportunities, and i've barely started to research.

Any recommendations on Portland/Bend/Seattle  bars/brewpubs/tasting rooms I need to hit? Beers I need to try? Of course I'm already aware of Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Ninkasi (and Rogue and Full Sail, though I won't bother with them since i can get them here and they're not so great anyway) Wine I need to try?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 08, 2011, 05:18:57 pm
If you like exceedingly hoppy ipa's, it's one you need to try. (I seem to recall you not being in that category).

It doesn't come cheap. I bought a single 12 oz when in NYC for $5.25 (at a beer store). It may already be gone from area shelves.

To be honest, it's a bit much for me. And I normally like my ipa's extra hoppy (The only other ipa that was too much for me was Dogfish 120). My wife loved it though. Said it tasted like "liquid weed." Whatever that means.

founders's devil dancer . . . worth the look?  only seen it, never enjoyed.

thank you for your input on the beer.  i get my founders mixed up, and the beer i realized i need opinion on was founders centennial ipa, if you have had it.  i was informed that this beer was the beer to alter my taste towards liking ipas.    your positions on beer are outranking mine . . . i know this and i accept this.   ;)   have a great time on your trip.  i explored washington state once, but not for bars or beer, but for the incredibeness of the area.  enjoy those beautiful trees. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on August 08, 2011, 06:46:16 pm
I enjoyed this on my friend's porch this past Friday.  A perfect summer evening beer.

 (http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/130717.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on August 08, 2011, 11:36:25 pm
I stopped by Franklin's on Sunday to try their new seasonals, primarily their 2011 Saison, which is quite good. The brewer seems to think it's better than their 2010 vintage, but I'm not sure. I also enjoyed their Belgian Porter, Dank U, which was quite strong (6.8%). They should be releasing a Dunkleweizen soon.

Whenever I attend a concert at the 9:30 Club or Black Cat, I try to stop by Duffy's for a Ommegang Witte (on tap). I'm in love with this beer. Nice, suprisingly complex flavors for a white, while still being refreshing. I like it a million times more than Hoegaarden.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 09, 2011, 08:25:08 am
I'll always defer to you for Belgian recommendations...

Founder's Centennial was one of my early loves in terms of craft beers, and I still love it. It's definitely more drinkable than Devil Dancer or Double Trouble (the other two Founders ipa's.) I would agree with your friend that it's a great choice to convert a non-ipa person.

However, if you're somebody who's just never going to like hoppy beers, you might opt for something that's less typical of an ipa. A more malt (rather than hop) forward ipa, like Laughing Dog's Sneaky Pete. Or something with a spicey twist, like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Ryevalry. Or a Belgian IPA, like Flying Dog Raging Bitch. Or a black ipa (more roasty), like Victory Yakima Glory.

We've done a number of Washington backpack trips. One of my favorite places in the world. No doubt Oregon will be as well. We'll try to get in as much hiking, camping, beer/wine/food culture (Portland, Bend, Seattle), and Bumbershoot Festival as a four year old and her mom can take...

If you like exceedingly hoppy ipa's, it's one you need to try. (I seem to recall you not being in that category).

It doesn't come cheap. I bought a single 12 oz when in NYC for $5.25 (at a beer store). It may already be gone from area shelves.

To be honest, it's a bit much for me. And I normally like my ipa's extra hoppy (The only other ipa that was too much for me was Dogfish 120). My wife loved it though. Said it tasted like "liquid weed." Whatever that means.

founders's devil dancer . . . worth the look?  only seen it, never enjoyed.

thank you for your input on the beer.  i get my founders mixed up, and the beer i realized i need opinion on was founders centennial ipa, if you have had it.  i was informed that this beer was the beer to alter my taste towards liking ipas.    your positions on beer are outranking mine . . . i know this and i accept this.   ;)   have a great time on your trip.  i explored washington state once, but not for bars or beer, but for the incredibeness of the area.  enjoy those beautiful trees. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on August 09, 2011, 12:33:20 pm
If you take a trip out to Hood River (highly recommended) the Full Sail tasting room view will elevate the taste of the beer. It overlooks the Columbia at the windsurfing/kiteboarding mecca. Double Mountain brewery in Hood River has some really good brews without the view.

Most of the McMenamin's pubs/hotels are great for beer and kid friendly. I stayed at the Kennedy School Hotel in Portland a couple years ago and had fun. http://www.mcmenamins.com/

Laurelwood, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), New Old Lompoc are worth visiting in Portland. I'd save Deschutes for the original Bend location.

If you're in Portland on a Saturday, the market is another great place for both kids and beer. The homebrewer's clubs usually have lots of beers to taste. I've had some of the best beers at there.

Non-beer related, if you're in Portland for a few days, a day trip to Cannon Beach is an experience. Easy hiking with breathtaking views, tide pools, etc.

 
I'll be in Oregon for six days and Seattle for four at the end of the month.

My head is already exploding with the beer (and wine) opportunities, and i've barely started to research.

Any recommendations on Portland/Bend/Seattle  bars/brewpubs/tasting rooms I need to hit? Beers I need to try? Of course I'm already aware of Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Ninkasi (and Rogue and Full Sail, though I won't bother with them since i can get them here and they're not so great anyway) Wine I need to try?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 09, 2011, 01:39:50 pm
I've stayed at the Kennedy School too.  Tons of fun!  and tater tots!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 09, 2011, 03:01:04 pm
Thanks much Slappy.

Any of those places have more than average pub fare to go with the beer? Brouwer's Cafe in Settle comes to mind as a place with great food and kick ass beer selection.

Yes, Hood River is on the list of places to stop, if only for an hour or two...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on August 09, 2011, 05:56:05 pm
I'll be in Oregon for six days and Seattle for four at the end of the month.

My head is already exploding with the beer (and wine) opportunities, and i've barely started to research.

Any recommendations on Portland/Bend/Seattle  bars/brewpubs/tasting rooms I need to hit? Beers I need to try? Of course I'm already aware of Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Ninkasi (and Rogue and Full Sail, though I won't bother with them since i can get them here and they're not so great anyway) Wine I need to try?

you've got the breweries i would list off the top of my head...

for wineries, i like anne amie, willakenzie and lemelson....lange is also nice.  i've always heard that penner-ash is good, but they're always closed when we go up in january so i haven't been. 

for washington wine, it seems that there's only a handful of tasting rooms in or around seattle (columbia and chateau ste. michelle are across the street from each other in woodinville)- the wineries are in yakima or walla walla.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 09, 2011, 07:40:00 pm
DC Beer Week next week.....

http://dcbeer.com/dcbeerweek/

Among the highlights (but I'llk be opting for a cheaper option)

Founders Beer Dinner with Co-Founder Dave Engbers at Birch & Barley ? 7pm
Birch & Barley- 1337 14th Street NW, www.churchkeydc.com
Founders Brewing Company co-founder Dave Engbers will host a food and beer experience, casting light on his fantastic ales. Beer Director Greg Engert will speak to the pairings of these great brews with a menu crafted by BBCK Executive Chef Kyle Bailey and Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac. This is a 5 course tasting menu that will be paired with 9 different Founders hand-crafted ales. Details of the menu are on the way and will be posted here when available. The dinner will be $75 exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call Birch & Barley today to make your reservation. 202-567-2576
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 09, 2011, 07:55:02 pm
two words


fucking sweet
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on August 10, 2011, 06:22:05 pm
Enjoying one of these right now:

(http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/troegs-javahead-stout.jpg)

I'm certainly no Rhett when it comes to reviewing beers but I'm satisfied and would be happy to drink a few more at some point in the future. Tastes clean, yet nice and dark with a nice sweet aftertaste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on August 10, 2011, 06:27:55 pm

Any of those places have more than average pub fare to go with the beer? Brouwer's Cafe in Settle comes to mind as a place with great food and kick ass beer selection.


Belmont Station has a monster beer selection and decent food from what I remember, I know they had some vegan to carnivore choices. HUB has lots of vegetarian and sustainable food choices.  Bunk has amazing sandwiches and a bar not a huge selection.

Portland is so big on food carts that its probably more than a fad there. http://www.foodcartsportland.com/
They set up in bunches like an outdoor food court. Awesome and cheap.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 10, 2011, 07:26:07 pm
went to a beer store, and not doing pictures and found these beers to try for the what not.

1.  spaten oktoberfest 
2.  (went abita single crazy)  abita pecan harvest / strawberry harvest / turbo dog / amber
3.  rj rockers bell ringer  (no nothing about)
4.  ayinger oktober fest - marzen
5.  two tall bottles of my favorite japanese beer (but is it safe to drink)  Orion

has anybody had any of these . . . i took pictures of them due to their awesomeness looking back at me

duvel triple hop  special edition ale

westmalle trappist ales

allagash black belgium style stout

williamsburg alewerks  brewmaster reserve bourbon barrel porter
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 10, 2011, 09:16:32 pm
I've had and enjoyed both of those

went to a beer store, and not doing pictures and found these beers to try for the what not.


allagash black belgium style stout

williamsburg alewerks  brewmaster reserve bourbon barrel porter

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 11, 2011, 08:51:25 am
Had one of these with my wife's Pad Thai last night. Maybe not the most unique choice, but damn it's good stuff.

(http://www.bevmo.com/Media/Images/ProductImagesFull/10491.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 12, 2011, 09:23:44 am
Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, and Hoptober arrives in MD on August 23rd!  Only 22oz. bottles for now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 12, 2011, 12:15:20 pm
8-beer Sampler for $12 (Plus One Full Beer of Your Choice) at Old Dominion Brewhouse for $12

http://sowhatsthedeal.com/promotions/8-beer-sampler-12-old-dominion-brewhouse
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 12, 2011, 12:21:29 pm
At last the Fat Tire "legend" can be put to rest.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Frank Gallagher on August 12, 2011, 04:26:35 pm
(http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/st-bernardus-abt-12.jpg)
Our selection for this weeks beer tasting soire!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 12, 2011, 04:28:25 pm
beautiful glass . . . never seen that before.  i am drooling at the glass.  the beer, the sacred st. bernardus, only orgasms oblige.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on August 12, 2011, 04:44:30 pm
beautiful glass . . . never seen that before.  i am drooling at the glass.  the beer, the sacred st. bernardus, only orgasms oblige.

You'll probably be able to get it or at least something close to it at Beer Wine & Co. opening in Chevy Chase/Bethesda.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beer-Wine-Co/209343862419096?sk=wall

340 brews with a focus on the obscure and rare. Should be cool.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 12, 2011, 06:54:54 pm
I have one of those glasses.

Would trade it for one of those beers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 15, 2011, 08:00:50 am
Took Friday off and went to Rehoboth.

Did the Dogfish Brewery tour in Milton...a bit longwinded (next time wife and daughter will collect the free sample coupons and go play for 45 minutes then rejoin the tour), but can't complain about the four FREE three oz pours at the end of the tour (they had 60 MIN, India Brown Ale, Raison D'Etre, and the premium Chateau Jiahue (sp?) on tap). Butchy lesbian gave us her coupons for extra pours as well since she didn't drink, and though my daughter (or wife?) was cute...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on August 15, 2011, 08:55:54 am
Never done the brewery tour despite multiple trips to Rehoboth. What did you think of the Chateau Jiahiu (also don;t know the spelling). I personally find it vile and one of their worst experimental/historical beers.

But they keep making it so I guess theres a market out there somewhere.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 15, 2011, 09:34:31 am
I thought it was decent...not terrible but not noteworthy. Would I pay $13 for the bomber (when I can get a 4 pack of 90 Min for $8.50 no tax)? No way. (and glad my wife didn't pursue it as she threatened to...)

My wife had your feelings about their Black and Red (stout), which we tasted at the brewpub our previous time out there (my brother tasted it at the Oregon Brewers Fest and liked it, so there's no accounting for different tastes.)



Never done the brewery tour despite multiple trips to Rehoboth. What did you think of the Chateau Jiahiu (also don;t know the spelling). I personally find it vile and one of their worst experimental/historical beers.

But they keep making it so I guess theres a market out there somewhere.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on August 15, 2011, 10:34:45 am
Do any of the stands at Merriweather sell good beer?  Maybe I just haven't looked hard enough.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 17, 2011, 06:22:25 pm
merriweather sells "good" beer in one location, i think, and that is this cart, right side, which is selling star hill.  not sure what that "weird 930 bar" sells, because it is weird.

but . . . this is weirder.  so i'm in a local town where i live, roughly the size of rfk and the parking lot perhaps and there is one little gas station mart thing, still pumping bp and totally forgotten the gulf spill.  but i wanted beer on my way home so i stopped, hoping for the best.  yes, it was an impressive selection of every budweiser, coors, michelob, miller, pabst, keystone product available.  i didn't know 4loko was in bottles now.  but anyway, among all of that they had two sixers of sam adams latitude 48 ipa.  i said what the hell and got it.  the woman at the counter asked how was that stuff.  she hadn't seen anybody buy it yet.  i get home and try it, and by golly it ain't bad.  do i like ipas now?  it is the bitter that blocks my path towards these beers, but atleast i'm enjoying this one.  thank you country town store.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on August 17, 2011, 11:23:10 pm
Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, and Hoptober arrives in MD on August 23rd!  Only 22oz. bottles for now.
Hooray for Fat Tire! I used to rely on a friend from Colorado to provide me with the occasional bottle. They used to refuse to sell their beer east of the Mississippi, or so I've been told. Solid, drinkable beer.

I love all of the St. Bernardus beers. They're all worth a try, but I think I like Prior 8 the best. Abt 12 is fantastic though.

If you're into Belgian beer and food, check out Mannequin Pis (restaurant) in Olney, MD. They have a good Belgian beer selection, but only in bottles.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on August 18, 2011, 11:45:45 am
tonight at RFD: launch party for a brand-new DC brewery, Chocolate City Beer.  they'll have all four of their beers on tap @ $4/pint.

(http://www.chocolatecitybeer.com/sites/default/files/city_paper_ad_flat.jpg)

http://chocolatecitybeer.com/content/chocolate-city-beers-launch-party-rfd
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 18, 2011, 12:09:30 pm
Your ipa story sounds like my 70 year old hick town mom discovering her love for Belgian beers when she first tasted Blue Moon.


merriweather sells "good" beer in one location, i think, and that is this cart, right side, which is selling star hill.  not sure what that "weird 930 bar" sells, because it is weird.

but . . . this is weirder.  so i'm in a local town where i live, roughly the size of rfk and the parking lot perhaps and there is one little gas station mart thing, still pumping bp and totally forgotten the gulf spill.  but i wanted beer on my way home so i stopped, hoping for the best.  yes, it was an impressive selection of every budweiser, coors, michelob, miller, pabst, keystone product available.  i didn't know 4loko was in bottles now.  but anyway, among all of that they had two sixers of sam adams latitude 48 ipa.  i said what the hell and got it.  the woman at the counter asked how was that stuff.  she hadn't seen anybody buy it yet.  i get home and try it, and by golly it ain't bad.  do i like ipas now?  it is the bitter that blocks my path towards these beers, but atleast i'm enjoying this one.  thank you country town store.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 23, 2011, 10:19:36 am
At least one area place is going to be sampling New Belgium...

NEW BELGIUM UPDATE!!! Well it is finally here. NB hits NoVa this week and I get my share on Thursday. The initial portfolio includes Fat Tire, Ranger, Trippel, Hoptoberfest, Kick, Clutch and Super Cru, all in 22oz. I will be tasting all 7 Thursday and Friday evenings if anyone wants some free beer. And don't forget, 10% off all case purchases. Cheers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on August 23, 2011, 11:19:51 am
I will be tasting all 7 Thursday and Friday evenings if anyone wants some free beer.

Gee, I still remember the days when a half a beer did you in!  :D

Yeah, I know they are just tasting glasses though, at one time, that would have about been your limit. (Don't know their proper name.)

Don't worry, I'm not making fun of you Rhett; I'm just marveling over the evolution of Rhett from the days of yore. Impressive.

Sounds like a nice event. Kind of wish I could be there. Have a taste for me. One of the less hoppy, sweeter brews. Cheers.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on August 23, 2011, 12:10:16 pm
hahahahaha

I copied that post from a certain beer retailer's facebook page.

"I" refers to the buyer for that retailer who is making the facebook post. Meaning that he will be serving samples of all seven. And not to fear, by "sample" I mean a taste...like an ounce of each, if you're lucky.

But I do have to ratchet up my tolerance...headed to the Pacific Northwest Friday.

I will be tasting all 7 Thursday and Friday evenings if anyone wants some free beer.

Gee, I still remember the days when a half a beer did you in!  :D

Yeah, I know they are just tasting glasses though, at one time, that would have about been your limit. (Don't know their proper name.)

Don't worry, I'm not making fun of you Rhett; I'm just marveling over the evolution of Rhett from the days of yore. Impressive.

Sounds like a nice event. Kind of wish I could be there. Have a taste for me. One of the less hoppy, sweeter brews. Cheers.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 23, 2011, 01:05:16 pm
i think i'm starting to like india pale ales.  that is all.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on August 24, 2011, 12:14:23 am
Frisco Grille and Taphouse in Columbia, MD, had Dentergems White Beer on tap as of Sunday. Quite good. Lots of flavor, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Similar to Unibroue Blanche de Chambly. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2094/1945756374_db88cd817b_d.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on August 24, 2011, 08:45:50 am
Frisco Grille is awesome.  It's down the street from my house.  They're hosting what I think will be a fun night next week, just an FYI

Perfect Pour
Wednesday
August 31

5:30-7pm
   

Mikkeller Beer Tasting Event!

Meet Mikkel Borg Bjergs°, founder, brewer and owner of Mikkeller.  We will also be sampling several of his world famous Mikkeller beers too!

Purchase any Mikkeller beer in stock and Mikkel will autograph your bottle for FREE!
     

Wednesday

August 31

7pm - ???
   

Mikkeller Beer Party @
Frisco Tap House, Columbia-MD

Join Mikkel and the gang at Frisco Tap House for an amazing night of fun with over 20 Mikkeller beers on tap!
     
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 07, 2011, 12:58:53 pm
Best beers I had on my Pacific Northwest vacation:

1. Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws (barleywine)
2. Pliny the Elder (DIPA)
3. Stone Imperal Russian Stout
4. Ninkasi Tricerahops (DIPA)
5. Deshutes Obsidian (Stout)
6. Laurelworks Workhorse IPA
7. Stone Supremely Self Righteous (Black IPA)
8. Unibroue Trois Pistoles(Strong Dark Belgian Ale)
9. Hair of the Dog Adam (Strong Dark Belgian Ale)
10. Dechutes The Stoic (Belgian Quad)
11. Ninkasi Made the the Shade (IPA)
12. Dechutes Conflux #2 (Belgian IPA)
13. Southern Tier Choklat (Imperial Stout)
14. Deschutes Black Butte 23 (Imperial Porter)
15. Ninkasi Believer (Imperial Red Ale)
16. Hair of the Dog Fred (Belgian Strong Pale)
17. Ninkasi Oatis (Stout)
18. Stone IPA
19. Dechutes Hop in the Dark (Black IPA)
20. Russian River Damnation (Belgian Strong Pale)


Among bottle brought home to be tried: Alesmith Speedway Stout and Alesmith IPA.


Twelve days of heavy beer drinking and brewpub food (by my standards) and only one pound weight gain.

Brewpubs/breweries/tasting rooms visited:

Hair of the Dog, Portland A+
Cascade, Portland N/A (liked the tasting room alot, couldn't get into the sour beers)
Rogue, Portland, D (crappy service from a dumpy looking server, bad food, only the wimpy stuff on tap)
Deschutes, Bend brewery=A, brewpub=B+
10 Barrel, Bend beers=C, brewpub atmosphere=A-
Full Sail, Hood River, B- (nice river view, mediocre beer and food)


Notable eateries:

The Farm Cafe, Portland
Blossoming Lotus, Portland
Pizza Ascholls, Portland (except for the 1.5 hour wait)
Bambinos Pizza, Seattle ($2 pints of the Stone SR and Unibrous TP!!!)
Brouwers Cafe, Seattle
My brothers house, Seattle
Our friend's house, Seattle
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 07, 2011, 07:37:52 pm
did anyone get the groupon for a case of craft beer at Wagners in G'town for $22 last Thursday or Friday?

Have no idea how they can make this work financially but didn;t stop me from picking up two. When I got there Monday they had been cleaned out of Bells etc but I used one of em on a mixed case of Dale, Victory, Flying Dog and Port City

They must be taking a major bath on this though - over 1,000 groupons were sold
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 07, 2011, 11:51:31 pm
heading to the beach this week, will be firmly planted at the dogfish head brewpub in rehoboth.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 07, 2011, 11:56:44 pm
NEW BELGIUM UPDATE!!! Well it is finally here. NB hits NoVa this week and I get my share on Thursday. The initial portfolio includes Fat Tire, Ranger, Trippel, Hoptoberfest, Kick, Clutch and Super Cru, all in 22oz.

I got most of these at Teeter - the Super Cru was undrinkable, disgusting, otherwise great stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 08, 2011, 07:14:27 am
NEW BELGIUM UPDATE!!! Well it is finally here. NB hits NoVa this week and I get my share on Thursday. The initial portfolio includes Fat Tire, Ranger, Trippel, Hoptoberfest, Kick, Clutch and Super Cru, all in 22oz.

I got most of these at Teeter - the Super Cru was undrinkable, disgusting, otherwise great stuff.
I thought the Hoptoberfest was decent. Agree on Super Cru - drain pour and wasn;t crazy about Clutch either (much as I wanted to LOVE it)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on September 08, 2011, 09:54:06 am
didnt really like dc brau at club
preferred choc city beer (copper)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 08, 2011, 09:59:15 am
At least one area place is going to be sampling New Belgium...

Perfect Pour had a sampling "event" a couple of weeks ago.  Fat Tire was the only beer I chose to walk out with.  The other stuff was ok, but nothing more than that.

Would like to find a place that has Fat Tire on tap.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 08, 2011, 10:00:43 am
you should go to north carolina.  they worship fat tire.  worship it.  a bartender at the beach told me that once they took it off tap for something new . . . and people actually almost rioted.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 08, 2011, 10:16:47 am
I do like it better out of the tap.  I thought it was ok out of the bottle but it wasn't anything I'd have to stock on a regular basis.

Hardly worth rioting over.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 08, 2011, 11:44:04 am
didnt really like dc brau at club
DC Brau just did a fantastic hefe weizen - draft only - got a growler at the brewery - small batch I think
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 08, 2011, 12:12:13 pm
Won't be on tap for a little while still.

I thought the tripple was pretty decent.  I have the Hoptober, but haven't tried it yet.  Most places should have the New Belgium stuff by now. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: chaz on September 08, 2011, 12:18:49 pm
A Georgia brewery has brewed a 9353 beer.

There's a pic in my FB of him with a bottle of it.

http://burnthickorybrewery.blogspot.com/2011/07/9353-beer.html

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 08, 2011, 02:01:34 pm
I sampled four of the New Belgian beers from the bottle (ipa, fat tire, tripel, octoberfest) and found them all pretty bland. Of course having just had a Founders Centennial and Dogfish Life and Limb on draft certainly didn't help New Belgium's chances.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 08, 2011, 04:30:25 pm
james . . . founder's ipa sold me on ipa.  now i'm leisurely trying others, and i'm noticing, a lot suck.

also, just got some new beers.  can't wait to try and post.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: radley17 on September 09, 2011, 10:49:32 am
A Georgia brewery has brewed a 9353 beer.

There's a pic in my FB of him with a bottle of it.

http://burnthickorybrewery.blogspot.com/2011/07/9353-beer.html


Apparently this tiny brewery in NW Atlanta has a whole line of one-off special/seasonal beers that pay tribute to various punk bands...Tesco Vee and the Meatmen's -Toolin' For Ale-nus Brown Ale anyone?

http://www.burnthickorybrewery.com/bandpage1.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 09, 2011, 10:57:30 am
If you like Centennial, give Bell's Two Hearted a try. I've heard they use the same hops. I love them both.


james . . . founder's ipa sold me on ipa.  now i'm leisurely trying others, and i'm noticing, a lot suck.

also, just got some new beers.  can't wait to try and post.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 09, 2011, 02:29:10 pm
you should go to north carolina.  they worship fat tire.  worship it.  a bartender at the beach told me that once they took it off tap for something new . . . and people actually almost rioted.

Same with coastal Georgia. It was on tap everywhere I went in Savannah last weekend. They were also a big sponsor at the Craft Brew fest that was happening.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 09, 2011, 03:23:40 pm
Founders Breakfast Stout is out this week, and then in October...


Grand Rapids, MI) ? Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want?

UPDATE: ?The 750 is ridiculously allocated; out of 15 states there will be 1,000 cases,? says President Mike Stevens ? from Craft Business Daily via Evan Benn of Stl Post Dispatch

UPDATE 2: Release on October 1st


Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout. Mmmm?.maple syrup.

Currently ranked the fourth best beer in the world on Beer Advocate and 15th in the world on RateBeer.

It has been rumored for weeks, even months, that this would eventually be bottled, and proof has finally arrived.

Also known as CBS, this version of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels though other past versions have also been aged in whiskey barrels.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 09, 2011, 03:56:50 pm
bourbon is a whiskey.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 09, 2011, 04:13:08 pm
Really?

bourbon is a whiskey.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 09, 2011, 04:14:18 pm
I know where my brother will be spending his birthday tonight. Check out the Hopfest beer lineup.

http://www.brouwerscafe.com/draught.pdf

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 12, 2011, 11:07:07 am
The Eight Beers Americans No Longer Drink
(Could actually say 'Eight American Beers Americans No Longer Drink')
http://247wallst.com/2011/09/09/the-eight-beers-americans-no-longer-drink/2/ (http://247wallst.com/2011/09/09/the-eight-beers-americans-no-longer-drink/2/)

My initial reaction is that it bodes well for the collective tastes of Americans. Then I noticed there is no equally bland Coors on the list. So people must really be buying Coors moronic marketing of beer based entirely on temperature.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on September 12, 2011, 02:05:02 pm
I was in Chicago over the weekend (Hum was awesome by the way) and decided to give Goose Island another go following the sale.  Across the board, it was a lot worse than I remembered it - 312, IPA, Honker, Matilda, Sophie, Summertime, Harvest were all highly forgettable which I didn't think was the case before.

I couldn't track down the few I remembered liking to compare - Pepe Nero and Bourbon County Stout.

I thought the beer was supposed to remain unchanged after the sell.  Has anyone else thought goose island went downhill, or is it just me?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 12, 2011, 04:06:21 pm
I still have a four pack of pre-sale Matilda and was thinking of getting another four pack when we're in Chicago at Thanksgiving. I'll make sure we save some of the old stuff and do a comparison and will report back.

I was in Chicago over the weekend (Hum was awesome by the way) and decided to give Goose Island another go following the sale.  Across the board, it was a lot worse than I remembered it - 312, IPA, Honker, Matilda, Sophie, Summertime, Harvest were all highly forgettable which I didn't think was the case before.

I couldn't track down the few I remembered liking to compare - Pepe Nero and Bourbon County Stout.

I thought the beer was supposed to remain unchanged after the sell.  Has anyone else thought goose island went downhill, or is it just me?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on September 13, 2011, 09:06:02 am
In my mind this is beer related:

Living Social Baltimore is doing pay $10 for $20 at Whole Foods today.  I instantly thought: beer at whole foods in Virginia. Then read the fine print and found nothing to suggest this wouldn't be allowed.

Baltimore sun article confirmed deal can be used nationally, and is capped to the first 1 million buyers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 13, 2011, 12:21:14 pm
In my mind this is beer related:

Living Social Baltimore is doing pay $10 for $20 at Whole Foods today.  I instantly thought: beer at whole foods in Virginia. Then read the fine print and found nothing to suggest this wouldn't be allowed.

Baltimore sun article confirmed deal can be used nationally, and is capped to the first 1 million buyers.

already halfway through the 1M quota - this one will sell out.

link to the deal: https://livingsocial.com/deals/123805?ref=conf-jp&rpi=27066465

i'll have to use mine next time i'm in VA ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 13, 2011, 09:35:47 pm
i just bought a large bottle of beer that reminds me of a forty.  i need to drink it out of a paper bag and be all redneck ghetto . . . pour some out for my home slices.  it is a new belgium ranger ipa.  i hope i didn't make a mistake.  this "being all obsessed with ipas" is scaring me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on September 14, 2011, 11:31:27 am
Sixpoint out of Brooklyn is debuting in DC this week.  I've only had their Bengali Tiger IPA but it was most excellent.  Hopefully we can get Cigar City here someday.

http://dcbeer.com/2011/09/12/sixpoint-brings-brooklyn-to-the-district/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 14, 2011, 11:34:07 am
I've got a Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in my fridge right now, hehehe. Bought it in Miami. I know they are in NYC. Are they in Philly or any other northeast cities?

Sixpoint out of Brooklyn is debuting in DC this week.  I've only had their Bengali Tiger IPA but it was most excellent.  Hopefully we can get Cigar City here someday.

http://dcbeer.com/2011/09/12/sixpoint-brings-brooklyn-to-the-district/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 14, 2011, 11:42:47 am
I've got a Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in my fridge right now, hehehe. Bought it in Miami. I know they are in NYC. Are they in Philly or any other northeast cities?

Sixpoint out of Brooklyn is debuting in DC this week.  I've only had their Bengali Tiger IPA but it was most excellent.  Hopefully we can get Cigar City here someday.

http://dcbeer.com/2011/09/12/sixpoint-brings-brooklyn-to-the-district/

They were at the Savannah Craft Beer Fest. One of the guys said they were working on DC. They currently have a distributor in NYC and separate in Philly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 16, 2011, 12:01:36 am
(http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/10002981253/1/tumblr_lr9t1yzhvb1qzs63f)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 16, 2011, 12:02:44 am
That didn't work well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 16, 2011, 12:05:51 am
There.  That is much better.

http://explodingdog.tumblr.com/post/10002981253/crazy-monster-says-why-are-you-still-at-work (http://explodingdog.tumblr.com/post/10002981253/crazy-monster-says-why-are-you-still-at-work)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on September 16, 2011, 08:54:40 am
Picked up some Founders Breakfast Stout last night at Rick's in Alexandria.  Think they're doing a tasting on Saturday at noon if anyone's interested.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 16, 2011, 09:04:34 am
Straight from Rick's newsletter:

We are expecting some major releases this week, including Stone's 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA and Southern Tier's much-requested Pumking. Both are in ridiculously short supply (at least when compared to demand), so purchasing limits are in effect. You'll also find what is likely to be our last drop of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale not to mention more Founders Breakfast Stout, so stock up now. We also received one case of DuClaw's Colossus 21% ABV (you read that right) monster barleywine. Get it while it lasts.

I'm most excited about the Stone 15 beer. If it's as good (or dare I wish, better) as their Supremely Self-Righteous Black IPA, what a treat it will be.



They do a tasting every Saturday. Here are this weeks beers (two great ipas, and that barleywine sounds great!)

On the Beermudgeon's Table:
Saturday, September 17, 2011
12 noon - 5 p.m.
?   Bell's Two Hearted Ale: Once upon a time, this IPA from Bell's was a seasonal offering. These days, this 100% Centennial hopped brew is Bell's (and our) best-seller, not to mention the winner of our inaugural IPA taste-off in 2009. ABV: 7.0%; $10.49/6 pk.
?   Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: This year's winner of our IPA taste-off, this beauty from Paso Robles, Calif., has two consecutive Great American Beer Festival Gold Medals under its belt. Hopped with Warrior, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Chinook. ABV: 7.5%; $12.99/6 pk.
?   Weyerbacher Harvest Ale: Here they come -- the first of the year's wet-hop harvest ales. Weyerbacher brews Harvest Ale with Cascade hops just picked from their own hop farm in Easton, Pa. This is what fresh hops taste like! ABV: 6.2%, $8.99/4 pk.
?   Ommegang Aphrodite: A few years back, Ommegang brewed a Flanders-style red sour ale called Rouge. Unfortunately, they never bottled it -- it was only available in draft form and in very limited quantities at that. Thankfully, their experiments with sour beers haven't ended and we recently received their newest attempt, Aphrodite, a sour brewed with raspberries and pears fermented with the dreaded/loved Brettanomyces yeast. The Beermudgeon got his first taste while in Chicago this summer and thought you should give it a try, too. ABV: 8.9%; $13.99/750 ml.
?   Schlafly Reserve Barleywine, Vintage 2009: Ever on the lookout for the perfect barleywine, the 2007 vintage of this brew was the Beermudgeon's introduction to the wonders of The St. Louis Brewery, a.k.a. Schlafly, at the original SAVOR event in 2008. Striking a superb balance between maltiness and hops, the brew is aged for six months (three months on Missouri oak chips) before bottling, giving the finished product a smooth taste with a distinct vanilla finish. ABV: 10.2%, $12.99/750 ml.




Picked up some Founders Breakfast Stout last night at Rick's in Alexandria.  Think they're doing a tasting on Saturday at noon if anyone's interested.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 16, 2011, 09:17:28 am
I'm working very hard to empty my beer fridge.  Have a lot of shopping to do.  Frankly, I'm having a hard time deciding where to start.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 16, 2011, 10:44:05 am
Has anyone had the Schalfly pumpkin ale?  I like to try all pumpkins for fun in the fall.  So far, no one can beat post road for me.  (Alot of people like the Pumking, but I found it to be way too strong and intense).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 16, 2011, 11:06:17 am
I think you'll find the Schalfly Pumpkin Ale to be a lot closer to Pumking than Post Road, in terms of intensity.

That said, I tasted way too many pumkin ales last year (Alewerks, Dogfish, Smuttynose, Pumking, Schalfly, Weyerbacher...off the top of my head), and found Schalfly to be my favorite...so made a pledge to only buy one sixer of pumpkin beer this year, and made is Schalfly.

That said, either my tastes have changed or they changed their taste, because I didn't like it so much the other night when we split one. Maybe I'm just not a pumkin beer guy.

Has anyone had the Schalfly pumpkin ale?  I like to try all pumpkins for fun in the fall.  So far, no one can beat post road for me.  (Alot of people like the Pumking, but I found it to be way too strong and intense).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on September 16, 2011, 11:20:07 am
Anybody try  the Sierra Nevada Tumbler?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 16, 2011, 11:29:23 am
I have. Good for a brown ale, but brown ale's really not my style.


Dogfish India Brown is my favorite brown ale, but then again it's only 1/3 brown ale.

Anybody try  the Sierra Nevada Tumbler?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 16, 2011, 02:13:21 pm

That said, either my tastes have changed or they changed their taste, because I didn't like it so much the other night when we split one. Maybe I'm just not a pumkin beer guy.


I find the pumpkin beers to be slightly inconsistent year over year.  Good one year, not so much the next.  And vice versa.

Not good news about Schalfly's.  Theirs is one of the best.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 16, 2011, 02:56:26 pm
I though maybe it was just me, but at least one Beer Advocate reviewer agrees:

I had this last year on tap, and thought it was a big dark brown ale that tasted like pumkin pie. This year, well it isn?t coming off even remotely the same.

Pours an amber color with a bit of activity, clear yet hard to see through. Head is merely and after thought.
Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and amber malt.
This honestly drinks a bit too much like a kolch or lager in the body this year. Lost is the creamy body and deep sweetness for the past. Spices dominate and the pumkin and malt fall to the back ground. Some hops in the mouth again seem to contribute to a funky poorly mixed beer. Where is the pie curstg goodness from last year when I had this on tap?

You can feel the weight of the alcohol while the beer comes off rather medium the beer clearly is a monster in hiding. The spices and bite from the hops distract. Certainly not a beer to drink a lot of and it at times almost comes off that way.

The pumpkin ales aren?t my go to beers by any stretch, but I recall this one being a nice sipper and a change for the norm. Instead I have to say Southern Tier?s pumking was far far better this year. I feel like the malt is just not there and the spices are a touch stronger than in the past and with these beers those two elements have to be just right or the whole things falls apart. I wonder if this is a result of this beer being a touch inconsistent and me just getting a batch that didn?t get it right. That said still a good example of the style. If you enjoy these flavors it is great. If however you want the beer to meld together, I feel that something went a touch wrong with this bottle and maybe this year?s batch is just a hair off. Stick with Pumking for your seasonal this year!



That said, either my tastes have changed or they changed their taste, because I didn't like it so much the other night when we split one. Maybe I'm just not a pumkin beer guy.


I find the pumpkin beers to be slightly inconsistent year over year.  Good one year, not so much the next.  And vice versa.

Not good news about Schalfly's.  Theirs is one of the best.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on September 16, 2011, 05:36:24 pm
Sixpoint beers are being sold in growlers at D'Vines in Columbia Heights. Good way to try the new beer in town.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on September 16, 2011, 08:19:56 pm
Stopped by on my way home, and found most everything in stock from the newsletter.  Didn't see the Stone 15, but I was in a rush as I had my son with me...and he wasn't too into me taking my time walking the aisles.  Man, I love being that close to this store...and also this thread, since I'm woefully out of touch with this stuff.

Straight from Rick's newsletter:

We are expecting some major releases this week, including Stone's 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA and Southern Tier's much-requested Pumking. Both are in ridiculously short supply (at least when compared to demand), so purchasing limits are in effect. You'll also find what is likely to be our last drop of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale not to mention more Founders Breakfast Stout, so stock up now. We also received one case of DuClaw's Colossus 21% ABV (you read that right) monster barleywine. Get it while it lasts.

I'm most excited about the Stone 15 beer. If it's as good (or dare I wish, better) as their Supremely Self-Righteous Black IPA, what a treat it will be.



They do a tasting every Saturday. Here are this weeks beers (two great ipas, and that barleywine sounds great!)

On the Beermudgeon's Table:
Saturday, September 17, 2011
12 noon - 5 p.m.
?   Bell's Two Hearted Ale: Once upon a time, this IPA from Bell's was a seasonal offering. These days, this 100% Centennial hopped brew is Bell's (and our) best-seller, not to mention the winner of our inaugural IPA taste-off in 2009. ABV: 7.0%; $10.49/6 pk.
?   Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: This year's winner of our IPA taste-off, this beauty from Paso Robles, Calif., has two consecutive Great American Beer Festival Gold Medals under its belt. Hopped with Warrior, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Chinook. ABV: 7.5%; $12.99/6 pk.
?   Weyerbacher Harvest Ale: Here they come -- the first of the year's wet-hop harvest ales. Weyerbacher brews Harvest Ale with Cascade hops just picked from their own hop farm in Easton, Pa. This is what fresh hops taste like! ABV: 6.2%, $8.99/4 pk.
?   Ommegang Aphrodite: A few years back, Ommegang brewed a Flanders-style red sour ale called Rouge. Unfortunately, they never bottled it -- it was only available in draft form and in very limited quantities at that. Thankfully, their experiments with sour beers haven't ended and we recently received their newest attempt, Aphrodite, a sour brewed with raspberries and pears fermented with the dreaded/loved Brettanomyces yeast. The Beermudgeon got his first taste while in Chicago this summer and thought you should give it a try, too. ABV: 8.9%; $13.99/750 ml.
?   Schlafly Reserve Barleywine, Vintage 2009: Ever on the lookout for the perfect barleywine, the 2007 vintage of this brew was the Beermudgeon's introduction to the wonders of The St. Louis Brewery, a.k.a. Schlafly, at the original SAVOR event in 2008. Striking a superb balance between maltiness and hops, the brew is aged for six months (three months on Missouri oak chips) before bottling, giving the finished product a smooth taste with a distinct vanilla finish. ABV: 10.2%, $12.99/750 ml.




Picked up some Founders Breakfast Stout last night at Rick's in Alexandria.  Think they're doing a tasting on Saturday at noon if anyone's interested.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 16, 2011, 09:02:13 pm
new beer from founders

NOW ON TAP: the Galaxy Oat IPA, a brand new IPA, brewed with 15% oats dry-hopped and bittered ENTIRELY with Galaxy hop(s), a new hop varietal from Australia!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 16, 2011, 09:06:02 pm
Picked up two bottle of the Stone 15 at Whole Foods. They had it hidden in the back and still it was almost gone.

Went to my local Giant, and it was like the Berlin Wall had come down. Or like first time hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit on a top 40 station. Seven years living near Giant in suburbia and no craft beers. And tonight i saw a couple of new belgium beers on the ensdcap so thought i'd see if htey had any more NB. And lo and behold, they had a shitload of craft beer...Racer 5, Oberon, Dales, Little Sumpin Sumpin, Ragin Bitch, Smuttynose IPA, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, and a much of others my tiny brain can't remember. It's almost as if the deilivery truck missed the turnoff for Whole Foods and went to Giant by accident.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: radley17 on September 17, 2011, 02:57:40 am
This Sunday(the 18th) at Red Palace the members of Clutch doing a release party of the New Belgian beer they helped develop...Clutch the dark sour ale...apparently they may be playing an acoustic set

http://redpalacedc.com/calendar/new-belgium-brewing-clutch-dark-soul-ale-release-party/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 19, 2011, 02:30:11 pm
We survived a Sunday afternoon in the National Zoo with a four year old that also included some sort of Latino festival in the zoo (I think I saw Hutch walking around with a bowl of fruit on her head!!!), so decided we needed to reward ourselves with a stop at ChurchKey on the way home.

Where we both had this amazing beer. 10.8% abv with some excellent hoppy and roasty action going on. Highly recommended, get it while you can.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EbTjIQ3afhA/TmOsKARm_LI/AAAAAAAAD7U/w9Jg929FZdE/s1600/Stone+15th.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 19, 2011, 03:24:59 pm
FYI, Fat Tire on tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia.

I had the Guinness Black Lager over the weekend.  Not a terrible beer, but I think I'd rather stick with regular Guinness.  Somewhere between a lager and a porter, but without the porter bite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on September 19, 2011, 03:29:06 pm
After enjoying box seats at the Redskins game I braved s shit-ton of traffic to hit up that Clutch beer release party. They had a capacity of 106, my friend and I were # 104 and 105. Clutch played an hour set for free. It started acoustic but by time they played "Big News" it was full on electric. Everyone in the place was getting rowdy off 9% Clutch beer! That beer is easily the best New Belgium has to offer. The brewers were hanging out in there too. Word is Clutch beer is a one time thing, never to be brewed again. It was being sold at the bar, $20 a pint. It did come with a commemorative beer glass and they let you keep the empty bottle.  
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 19, 2011, 03:37:56 pm
Wow, $20 a pint. I can't imagine it was worth it (?)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 19, 2011, 05:24:00 pm
i must the only person on here . . . that hates clutch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 19, 2011, 05:33:18 pm
i must the only person on here . . . that hates clutch.

you were the only person here who hates clutch (i used the past tense because as soon as a moderator reads that, you membership will be in the past ;D)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 19, 2011, 05:35:26 pm
actually . . . i was waiting for yada to make his on cue responce.

but you'll do.

i don't think i'm straight enough to like them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 19, 2011, 05:49:51 pm
i don't think i'm straight enough to like them.

good point, could be...  however, i heard that they are working on "Beard: The Musical".  maybe that'll change your mind?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 19, 2011, 05:52:10 pm
i don't think i'm straight enough to like them.

good point, could be...  however, i heard that they are working on "Beard: The Musical".  maybe that'll change your mind?

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 19, 2011, 06:25:50 pm
Wow, $20 a pint. I can't imagine it was worth it (?)
The one bottle I had was not good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on September 20, 2011, 01:42:12 am
Wow, $20 a pint. I can't imagine it was worth it (?)

Of course it wasn't worth 20 bucks, but hey the show was free and I got a New Belgium glass with it. I do stand by my conclusion that Clutch is the best beer from New Belgium. Its fairly unique and has a sour aroma that I found interesting. The other beers I tried from them were good I guess, but not really stand outs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 20, 2011, 09:58:36 am
Don't know if any of you are driving through MD this week, but Pine Orchard liquors in Ellicott City is having a huge sale with the entire store 1 dollar over cost.  I did see some hippie kid buy all the pumking, but there's plenty else to chose from.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 20, 2011, 11:45:44 am

I had the Guinness Black Lager over the weekend.  Not a terrible beer, but I think I'd rather stick with regular Guinness.  Somewhere between a lager and a porter, but without the porter bite.

Have you had the Full Sail Sessions Black Lager? Just wondering how you think it compares.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 20, 2011, 11:50:02 am
When it comes to Guinness, is there anything that beats the Foreign Extra Stout? I think not.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 20, 2011, 12:08:23 pm
When it comes to Guinness, is there anything that beats the Foreign Extra Stout? I think not.
I can't say definitively until I try the black lager.
When it comes to beer, drinkin' is better than thinkin' when it comes to taste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 20, 2011, 02:40:43 pm
I had a bottle last night - it was good but needed to warm up significantly for all the flavours to come through

We survived a Sunday afternoon in the National Zoo with a four year old that also included some sort of Latino festival in the zoo (I think I saw Hutch walking around with a bowl of fruit on her head!!!), so decided we needed to reward ourselves with a stop at ChurchKey on the way home.

Where we both had this amazing beer. 10.8% abv with some excellent hoppy and roasty action going on. Highly recommended, get it while you can.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EbTjIQ3afhA/TmOsKARm_LI/AAAAAAAAD7U/w9Jg929FZdE/s1600/Stone+15th.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 20, 2011, 03:11:07 pm
When it comes to Guinness, is there anything that beats the Foreign Extra Stout? I think not.
I can't say definitively until I try the black lager.
When it comes to beer, drinkin' is better than thinkin' when it comes to taste.

I would say that it's just okay. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 20, 2011, 08:36:03 pm
Just got back from Frisco Grille in Columbia where they have the Clutch New Belgian on tap (for now).  It's really good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 20, 2011, 09:15:09 pm
just discovered a place where i live that has ayinger oktoberfest on draft.  but i'm not telling you anything else.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 21, 2011, 01:52:51 pm
So I tried SixPoint Bengali Tiger in a can last night - did not like at all - too bitter - just generally seemed unbalanced
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on September 21, 2011, 05:20:17 pm
just discovered a place where i live that has ayinger oktoberfest on draft.  but i'm not telling you anything else.



If you live 50 miles from DC, I don't think anyone cares!!  ::)

In other news, anyone been to PI DC yet on 9th and F? Great draft and beer list.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 21, 2011, 09:25:12 pm
just discovered a place where i live that has ayinger oktoberfest on draft.  but i'm not telling you anything else.



If you live 50 miles from DC, I don't think anyone cares!!  ::)

In other news, anyone been to PI DC yet on 9th and F? Great draft and beer list.

you never disappoint.

in other backwoods news . . . not bad for picking it up at seven eleven.

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 22, 2011, 03:50:32 am
Plan to stop at the Burley Oak Brewery (http://burleyoak.com/the-brewery.cfm?CFID=6957934&CFTOKEN=89202324) sometime to check it out. It's brand new and suspect it might take a little while to really take off.

Don't know if it will be all lost on me or not since I'm not much of a beer drinker at all. I never go up to the Dogfish Brewery because I cannot stand any of their products. Got a chance to taste lots of different ones at some trade show and they were all just really nasty to my pallet. Still love a nice rich Guinness on tap or maybe an ale on the sweet side. I tend to like wheat beers too. Really like Newky and a Stella, preferably on tap. Stella bottles are okay but not as sweet as on tap. So, whatever I come back and say about Burley Oak beer, take it with a fistful of rock salted beer nuts and pretzels. Generally, I tend to prefer a nice wine or cocktail over beer. Depends on my mood.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 22, 2011, 08:13:27 am
I'll grant you that a Guinness is good beer (though there are a hundred craft brwewed stouts that are equal or superior, imo).

But saying that you can't stand Dogfish and two sentences later saying you really like Newcastle and Stella is analagous to saying you can't stand My Bloody Valentine but you really like Phil Collins and Bob Seger.  ;)


Plan to stop at the Burley Oak Brewery (http://burleyoak.com/the-brewery.cfm?CFID=6957934&CFTOKEN=89202324) sometime to check it out. It's brand new and suspect it might take a little while to really take off.

Don't know if it will be all lost on me or not since I'm not much of a beer drinker at all. I never go up to the Dogfish Brewery because I cannot stand any of their products. Got a chance to taste lots of different ones at some trade show and they were all just really nasty to my pallet. Still love a nice rich Guinness on tap or maybe an ale on the sweet side. I tend to like wheat beers too. Really like Newky and a Stella, preferably on tap. Stella bottles are okay but not as sweet as on tap. So, whatever I come back and say about Burley Oak beer, take it with a fistful of rock salted beer nuts and pretzels. Generally, I tend to prefer a nice wine or cocktail over beer. Depends on my mood.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 22, 2011, 10:07:54 am
^ Ha ha. I told you I'm not a beer person. Dogfish would make me sick if I had to finish a whole bottle. Lots of beers are like that to me. Not sure exactly what it is. The hops maybe? Something in the brewing process? Landshark and Corona are super easy for me to drink but even I can't help but wonder where the beer is in their products. For me, it's about whether or not I can stomach the beer, then select by taste. Seriously limits the quality of my very short acceptable list.

I prefer a thick creamy and sweet stout when going dark. Which would you suggest? I've had a few others but tend to go back to Guinness providing it's on draft. The cans and bottles are barely even worth cooking with. Shame they can't properly preserve that quality in a packaged good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2011, 10:34:16 am
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 22, 2011, 10:52:35 am
Hmmm...anybody else have some ideas on this?

Limiting myself to stouts which aren't overly hoppy, are sweet-ish, aren't overly high in alcohol (ala Guinness), and are available locally, Id say:


Bells Double Cream Stout or Bells Kalamazoo Stout
Rogue Chocolate Stout or Rogue Shakespeare Stout

or maybe even a porter, like

Founders Porter
Smuttynose Robust Porter

or, sticking within geographic proximity to Guinness


Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout
Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Heck, even Stockyard Stout at $5.99/ sic pack from Trader Joes (actually brewed by Goose Island I think) is pretty good.



I prefer a thick creamy and sweet stout when going dark. Which would you suggest? I've had a few others but tend to go back to Guinness providing it's on draft. The cans and bottles are barely even worth cooking with. Shame they can't properly preserve that quality in a packaged good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 22, 2011, 10:59:13 am
I recommend Meantime London Porter, or Stout if you must.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 22, 2011, 11:32:53 am
Thanks for the suggestions you two. Will try to keep those in mind as I'd like to try them.

Had a London Stout once and kind of liked it but still think the Irish do it better. Then again, it was bottled which might be an unfair comparison to a Guinness on draft.

All of those sound good. Generally, it's not the alcohol content that seems to bother me. Something else within the brews of most beers. I don't like containers over 16 ozs either. By the time I get that low in the drink, it all gets too flat, warm and nasty.

The Trader Joe's and Wegmans thing is a big tease for me. Neither of those stores anywhere around here and, due to effed up Maryland liquor laws, I can't buy them when I'm in town visiting family. Of course, I do go to both those stores to stock up on food and other products they offer. Better selections and prices.

Have to go off to work and hope to see a few more suggestions when I get back.

There was some German beer that I really liked a whole lot that I had at the House Of Europe (or whatever it's called) in Tenly Town (I think) on Wisconsin Ave.. Think it started with a B. Biersomethingorother maybe. It was a very nice creamy lighter ale.

Cheers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2011, 01:22:27 pm
Any bars in DC serving hard ciders?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 22, 2011, 01:30:04 pm
ChurchKey currently has that Clutch beer. $6.50 for a 13 oz pour.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on September 22, 2011, 07:47:37 pm
Thanks for the suggestions you two. Will try to keep those in mind as I'd like to try them.

Had a London Stout once and kind of liked it but still think the Irish do it better. Then again, it was bottled which might be an unfair comparison to a Guinness on draft.

All of those sound good. Generally, it's not the alcohol content that seems to bother me. Something else within the brews of most beers. I don't like containers over 16 ozs either. By the time I get that low in the drink, it all gets too flat, warm and nasty.

The Trader Joe's and Wegmans thing is a big tease for me. Neither of those stores anywhere around here and, due to effed up Maryland liquor laws, I can't buy them when I'm in town visiting family. Of course, I do go to both those stores to stock up on food and other products they offer. Better selections and prices.

Have to go off to work and hope to see a few more suggestions when I get back.

There was some German beer that I really liked a whole lot that I had at the House Of Europe (or whatever it's called) in Tenly Town (I think) on Wisconsin Ave.. Think it started with a B. Biersomethingorother maybe. It was a very nice creamy lighter ale.

Cheers.

If you like a stout on the sweet side try a milk stout.
Regionally Duck+Rabbit Milk Stout would be my pick. Not too hard to find.
Also Williamsburg AleWerks Coffeehouse Stout is tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 23, 2011, 07:25:04 pm
currently enjoying an Odell's IPA here in boulder, CO (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/267/35626).  i'm a noted non-fan of IPAs but this one is damn tasty - prolly because it doesn't really taste like a typical IPA.  there are some fun spice flavors in there. 

any other beers or (preferably) breweries i need to check out while i'm here?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on September 24, 2011, 11:57:33 am
currently enjoying an Odell's IPA here in boulder, CO (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/267/35626).  i'm a noted non-fan of IPAs but this one is damn tasty - prolly because it doesn't really taste like a typical IPA.  there are some fun spice flavors in there. 

any other beers or (preferably) breweries i need to check out while i'm here?

Avery and Great Divide.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 24, 2011, 12:44:33 pm
Those are the two I'd name as well.

Still kicking myself for jogging by the Great Divide tasting room twice and not stopping in. Though I was less into beer then.

Oskar Blues is another Colorado favorite as well.

And check oiut the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Great Belgian beer bar. Though I hot food poisoning from the out of season mussels I had there.

currently enjoying an Odell's IPA here in boulder, CO (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/267/35626).  i'm a noted non-fan of IPAs but this one is damn tasty - prolly because it doesn't really taste like a typical IPA.  there are some fun spice flavors in there. 

any other beers or (preferably) breweries i need to check out while i'm here?

Avery and Great Divide.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on September 24, 2011, 03:12:29 pm
Those are the two I'd name as well.

Still kicking myself for jogging by the Great Divide tasting room twice and not stopping in. Though I was less into beer then.

Oskar Blues is another Colorado favorite as well.

And check oiut the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Great Belgian beer bar. Though I hot food poisoning from the out of season mussels I had there.

currently enjoying an Odell's IPA here in boulder, CO (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/267/35626).  i'm a noted non-fan of IPAs but this one is damn tasty - prolly because it doesn't really taste like a typical IPA.  there are some fun spice flavors in there. 

any other beers or (preferably) breweries i need to check out while i'm here?

Avery and Great Divide.

Mussels + Middle America don't mix.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 24, 2011, 06:30:05 pm
had Great Divide's Hades (a belgian ale). goddam tastiest thing i've had in a while.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on September 25, 2011, 04:25:06 am
Before Kyuss Lives! I hit up the Church key and was impressed. It was nice to have Clutch on tap. Thanks for the heads up James Ford.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 26, 2011, 09:49:39 am
My absolute favorite IPA comes from Colorado - Breckenridge Small Batch 471 DIPA.  YUM!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on September 26, 2011, 10:29:40 am
had Great Divide's Hades (a belgian ale). goddam tastiest thing i've had in a while.

other locals that i had: Boulder Beer's "Hazed and Infused" (pretty tasty, very complex, lovely smell, http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/130) and Avery's "Ellie's Brown Ale" (good but pretty average IMO, a brown ale aficionado assured me it was awesome, http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30/2894).

never made it to a brewery/tasting room because of group dynamics.  grrrr.  i happened to walk in front of the local brewers association which was unfortunately closed.  would have loved to buy some of their t-shirts, like "make beer not war" and "this is my beer.  MAKE YOUR OWN."   overall i really liked boulder.  beautiful setting, strong beer culture and a fit population.  i'd have to step up my game if i moved there ;D 

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 28, 2011, 08:00:27 pm
i like to give it up to grocery stores that try.  out in here in the country, we have country stores, convenience stores, corner markets, drug stores, small grocery stores, and a walmart . . . that sell beer.  it is a lot.  rednecks love beer.  but out of all of those choices, only one tries.  lost in a world of miller, bud, coors, michelob and anything four dollars a twelve pack, is a grocery store that totally altered the makeup of their store so they could have a better wine and beer selection, with a walk in cooler to boot.  plus single beers and everything overpriced.  but i didn't care and got one of each of these to try

1. chimay ale grande reserve (tall)

six pack of singles contained

sierra nevada torpedo (somehow i remeber hating this before, but now i like ipas)
heineken dark
heavy seas peg leg imperial stout
widmer brothers  rotator ipa
lancaster brewing  hop hog  ipa
spaten oktoberfest

(somehow i also feel that most of these, beside the chimay and spaten, of course, and maybe the heineken . . . are horrible beers and i'll hate them.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 28, 2011, 08:09:56 pm

heavy seas peg leg imperial stout

Har har, matey. Let me know what this one is like.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 28, 2011, 08:47:00 pm
it's kind of average as far as imperial stouts go

but it is dirt cheap as far as imperial stouts go

but I'd definitely take it over anything with the name "heineken" on it

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA is top notch (but Jag wouldn't like it) as far as Heavy Seas beer go


heavy seas peg leg imperial stout

Har har, matey. Let me know what this one is like.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 28, 2011, 08:58:05 pm
"what kinda beer you like"

"heineken"

"heineken?! . . . fuck that shit.  pabst blue ribbon"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 28, 2011, 09:03:13 pm
^ That just goes from bad to worse!

LOVE that movie though and that part still cracks me up.


Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA is top notch (but Jag wouldn't like it) as far as Heavy Seas beer go

Thanks for the mini review.

I'll avoid this one or I'd probably be tossing my cookies overboard. Probably best that I stick with the ginger beer on this one.

Btw, would I like Flat Tire? There's a place here with a nice respectable seafaring name that advertises that they serve it at their bar. Thought that I might pop in one day and try one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 28, 2011, 09:07:57 pm
i think fat tire products are a ruse put on by some big name piss beer company to move product.  it tastes horrible and the campaign push of this beer reaks of lots of money involved.  stay away i say.  but that is just me.  i don't mind heineken.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 29, 2011, 12:43:48 am
had a Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter and a 90m IPA tonight ... really liked the starr hill, a lot more subtle than a lot of pumpkin beers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 29, 2011, 12:47:56 am
ChurchKey currently has that Clutch beer. $6.50 for a 13 oz pour.

Clutch is $6.99 for 22 oz. bottle at Teeter in NoMa
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on September 29, 2011, 02:37:06 am
NoMa?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 29, 2011, 06:21:20 am
North of Massachusetts

NoMa?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on September 29, 2011, 10:23:24 am
i think fat tire products are a ruse put on by some big name piss beer company to move product.  it tastes horrible and the campaign push of this beer reaks of lots of money involved.  stay away i say.  but that is just me.  i don't mind heineken.

New Belgium just came to the DC area.  They've been a mainstay (though not the best!) in other craft beer markets for years.   The "marketing" push you're sensing is actually just the buzz from people who are excited to finally have easy access.

That said, I agree - Fat Tire is a sour Amber Ale that I do not enjoy.  The other night I had a Super Cru, a kick in the ass brewed with Asian Pear juice.  Not necessarily an A++, but worthy of a Tuesday night buzz.  I understand their Grand Cru is worthy, but it's also quite hard to find....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 29, 2011, 02:42:32 pm
Hey Jaguar, perhaps this is the beer for you!

Got a growler of this for the weekend. Have had it before. Very sweet stout. Some would say cloyingly sweet, though I wouldn't. Tastes like a liquid Tootsie Roll.

 Southern Tier Choklat is similiar, minus the coffee. Though the Mokah to be much heavier on the chocolate than on the coffee itself.

Sorry about the picture size. I never know how to downsize them.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Bq0XIkL5-XU/TNybsTRkG1I/AAAAAAAAAhA/JWBxTs0gX-0/s1600/Southern+Tier+Mokah-7-31-10.JPG)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on September 29, 2011, 04:12:07 pm
Oh, these sound delicious! Definitely checking around town for something of theirs.

Check out their selections page (http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/beers.html) from their website. Looks like they offer a whole lot that I might like.  :o ;D  That's saying a lot for a very minor beer drinker.

Walky, you've got to try to find some of that Old Man Winter brew. Get some soon and try it out the night of your first snow fall. Just don't let it sit around until spring. Then come back and let us know how it is.

Btw, you guys turned me off to that Flat Tire stuff. Sounds like I'd keel over dead off the bar stool before I even finished the bottle or pint. Still would like a sip just to know for myself.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on September 30, 2011, 10:16:16 am
have we talked about Sixpoint beers yet? That Bengali Tiger IPA is nasty - kind of oily or something - dislike!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 30, 2011, 11:26:31 am
Anyone know where I could find that Stone 15?  I can't find it anywhere.

MD, preferably.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 30, 2011, 11:27:52 am
Haven't had the Sixpoint IPA, but did have the burger beer and really liked it.  Very drinkable.

All the Southern Tier beers I've had are just way too intense.  I do not need that much flavoring in beer.  Like a chocolate raspberry flavored coffee....ick.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 30, 2011, 11:28:27 am
Anyone know where I could find that Stone 15?  I can't find it anywhere.

MD, preferably.

I saw it at Beltway Liquors last week.  Which means it's likely also at Corridor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 30, 2011, 12:15:56 pm
Do you say the same thing about food in terms of not liking much flavoring?

If I'm pairing a beer with a meal, I can appreciate not wanting to much intensity in a beer. You don't want to overwhelm the food.

But with the Mokah and the Choklat (and Pumking), they're dessert beers to be sipped on their own, maybe with a piece of dark chocolate. So to me, the more flavor the better! That said, some of flavors that they offer just don't sound appealing in and of themselves (like the one you mentioned).

The Southern Tier Harvest Ale is on the other end of the spectrum. Very bland and boring.


All the Southern Tier beers I've had are just way too intense.  I do not need that much flavoring in beer.  Like a chocolate raspberry flavored coffee....ick.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 30, 2011, 01:09:38 pm
I think the Pumking is just way too much.  And the creme brulee stout.  I understand their appeal, but they're just too much.  I don't need to be hit in the face by my pumpkin beer.  Post Road is my favorite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on September 30, 2011, 01:23:38 pm
different strokes, Post Road is my least favorite of the pumpkins I've tried because there isn't enough going on
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on September 30, 2011, 01:42:55 pm
Anyone know where I could find that Stone 15?  I can't find it anywhere.

MD, preferably.

Not sure how close you are to Columbia, but it's certainly at the Perfect Pour.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on September 30, 2011, 01:48:46 pm
Anyone know where I could find that Stone 15?  I can't find it anywhere.

MD, preferably.

Not sure how close you are to Columbia, but it's certainly at the Perfect Pour.

Chevy Chase Wine has it too, and a cool search function for their inventory

http://www.chevychasewine.com/products.php
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on September 30, 2011, 02:45:55 pm
different strokes, Post Road is my least favorite of the pumpkins I've tried because there isn't enough going on

that is funny.  I love to hear people's thoughts on their favorite pumpkin beer!  I do find that those who love pumpking don't really care for post road. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 30, 2011, 03:18:48 pm
(http://www.foundersbrewing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CBS_bottle-630x908.jpg)


comes out tomorrow
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on September 30, 2011, 03:50:07 pm
You guys need this:

Untappd Android App (http://market.android.com/details?id=com.untappdllc.app)

(http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=150x150&chl=market://search%3Fq%3Dpname:com.untappdllc.app)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 30, 2011, 03:55:57 pm
You guys need this:

Untappd Android App (http://market.android.com/details?id=com.untappdllc.app)

(http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=150x150&chl=market://search%3Fq%3Dpname:com.untappdllc.app)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LjcQoqfmSk
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on September 30, 2011, 04:02:22 pm
I disagree.  I think I'm more fun:

"Untappd is a new way to socially track, rate, & share with your friends what beers you're enjoying, as well as where you're enjoying them. You can see what beers are trending nearby and where you can find them. Untappd will also share recommendations based on your drinking preferences. Curious about a specific beer? See what other users are saying about it and add it to your wish list to make sure you remember to find it! As you explore more brews and locations, you will uncover a variety of badges."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 30, 2011, 04:16:48 pm
I disagree.  I think I'm more fun:

"Untappd is a new way to socially track, rate, & share with your friends what beers you're enjoying, as well as where you're enjoying them. You can see what beers are trending nearby and where you can find them. Untappd will also share recommendations based on your drinking preferences. Curious about a specific beer? See what other users are saying about it and add it to your wish list to make sure you remember to find it! As you explore more brews and locations, you will uncover a variety of badges."

i dunno, 20-year-old BBS technology seems like a better way to track our beer drinking.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 30, 2011, 06:07:45 pm
i like to give it up to grocery stores that try.  out in here in the country, we have country stores, convenience stores, corner markets, drug stores, small grocery stores, and a walmart . . . that sell beer.  it is a lot.  rednecks love beer.  but out of all of those choices, only one tries.  lost in a world of miller, bud, coors, michelob and anything four dollars a twelve pack, is a grocery store that totally altered the makeup of their store so they could have a better wine and beer selection, with a walk in cooler to boot.  plus single beers and everything overpriced.  but i didn't care and got one of each of these to try

1. chimay ale grande reserve (tall)

six pack of singles contained

sierra nevada torpedo (somehow i remeber hating this before, but now i like ipas)
heineken dark
heavy seas peg leg imperial stout
widmer brothers  rotator ipa
lancaster brewing  hop hog  ipa
spaten oktoberfest

(somehow i also feel that most of these, beside the chimay and spaten, of course, and maybe the heineken . . . are horrible beers and i'll hate them.)

high seas peg leg stout - awesome!
spaten - awesome, as always.
sierra torpedo - i think i liked it . . . but good god, can one beer have anymore ipa in it?
heineken dark - good, liked it, so there.
the others have not been drunk into a state of drunk, which is odd by now.

take that, app.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on September 30, 2011, 07:37:32 pm
If u manage to score a sip oif the Founders CBS, you'll realize just how average the Peg Leg is.
   ;)
i like to give it up to grocery stores that try.  out in here in the country, we have country stores, convenience stores, corner markets, drug stores, small grocery stores, and a walmart . . . that sell beer.  it is a lot.  rednecks love beer.  but out of all of those choices, only one tries.  lost in a world of miller, bud, coors, michelob and anything four dollars a twelve pack, is a grocery store that totally altered the makeup of their store so they could have a better wine and beer selection, with a walk in cooler to boot.  plus single beers and everything overpriced.  but i didn't care and got one of each of these to try

1. chimay ale grande reserve (tall)

six pack of singles contained

sierra nevada torpedo (somehow i remeber hating this before, but now i like ipas)
heineken dark
heavy seas peg leg imperial stout
widmer brothers  rotator ipa
lancaster brewing  hop hog  ipa
spaten oktoberfest

(somehow i also feel that most of these, beside the chimay and spaten, of course, and maybe the heineken . . . are horrible beers and i'll hate them.)

high seas peg leg stout - awesome!
spaten - awesome, as always.
sierra torpedo - i think i liked it . . . but good god, can one beer have anymore ipa in it?
heineken dark - good, liked it, so there.
the others have not been drunk into a state of drunk, which is odd by now.

take that, app.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 01, 2011, 11:35:31 am
Shop my brother goes to in Va said they have no idea when they will have the Founders bombers and made it sound like it wouldn't be in a day or two.  Not what i expected to hear.   :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 02, 2011, 11:21:08 am
CBS it is not but a growler of DC Braus Penn Quarter Porter is just what the doctor ordered for these colder, darker days - and at $10 the price is right
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 02, 2011, 11:33:08 pm
Southern Tier:

Went out on a mission to find one of their beers to sample. Found a store that carried 3 varieties, though none of the ones that I was hoping for. They carried Imperial Big Red Ale (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_bigred.html), Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html) and  Imperial Farmer's Tan Pale Lager (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_farmerstan.html).

Ended up buying the Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html). Was very leery about it because I feared that it would be heavy on the hops. As it turned out, I was quite pleased. Very easy for me to stomach and delightful to the palette. Would definitely be happy to drink another one. Nice and dark with none of that disgusting hops taste. Not overly sweet and definitely not bitter either. Would love to try this on tap since beers always seem to taste different that way. Wondering if it would be creamier that way, like a nicely drawn Guinness. Must also add, a surprisingly clean aftertaste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 03, 2011, 08:25:49 am
Nice! That one gets the thumbs up from me too. I know I've had it, but can't remember if it was bottle or draft. Glad you liked it too! Black ipa's are the new black.

Regarding my own Southern Tier weekend experience...Celeste and I started into our 64 oz growler of Mokah on Friday night. Thought we could get through six snifter glasses spread out over three nights. Celeste quit midway through her second glass, leaving me with the rest. There's still some left, and tonight will be the fourth night (wondering how flat it will be, was ok last night).

Hence, my conclusion is that 64 oz of 10.9% abv chocolate/coffee beer is a bit too much. Way too much. I like the intensity and flavor in small doses, but won't be getting a growler of it again. So in some ways, I'm coming around the K8teebug's way of thinking (too intense and overly flavored) in regard to at least that particular beer.

One other note: I sampled a taste of Dogfish Punkin Saturday, and decided that may be my favorite pumpkin beer. I found it more spicy than sweet, which I decided I prefer. To me, Pumking and Schlafley's are maybe a bit too sweet, Smuttynose and Post Road a bit too muted, and Dogfish Punkin, as close to good as a pumpkin beer is going to get. Still rather have a nice hoppy ipa or American style barleywine!




Southern Tier:

Went out on a mission to find one of their beers to sample. Found a store that carried 3 varieties, though none of the ones that I was hoping for. They carried Imperial Big Red Ale (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_bigred.html), Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html) and  Imperial Farmer's Tan Pale Lager (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_farmerstan.html).

Ended up buying the Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html). Was very leery about it because I feared that it would be heavy on the hops. As it turned out, I was quite pleased. Very easy for me to stomach and delightful to the palette. Would definitely be happy to drink another one. Nice and dark with none of that disgusting hops taste. Not overly sweet and definitely not bitter either. Would love to try this on tap since beers always seem to taste different that way. Wondering if it would be creamier that way, like a nicely drawn Guinness. Must also add, a surprisingly clean aftertaste.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 03, 2011, 09:20:37 am
I sampled a taste of Dogfish Punkin Saturday, and decided that may be my favorite pumpkin beer. I found it more spicy than sweet, which I decided I prefer. To me, Pumking and Schlafley's are maybe a bit too sweet, Smuttynose and Post Road a bit too muted, and Dogfish Punkin, as close to good as a pumpkin beer is going to get. Still rather have a nice hoppy ipa or American style barleywine!


Me, too.  I had the first of my 2 Pumking bottles Friday night and decided that while the beer is good, it isn't for me.  Hell, I don't even like pumpkin pie.

I was at Perfect Pour Saturday night and inquired about getting a spice beer but they were unable to recommend one that I felt comfortable buying.  The guy helping then asked if I liked hoppy stuff and that's that was the end of my search for spicy beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on October 03, 2011, 01:52:21 pm
I sampled the Flying Dog pumpkin beer at Victoria Gastropub this weekend and it was delicious.  Also had the Southern Tier Harvest which was also good!  A crisp hoppy flavor, and very drinkable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 03, 2011, 04:32:58 pm
Churchkey tapping a keg of CBS and other Founders goodies tomorrow
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on October 04, 2011, 11:26:09 am
Anyone had any luck finding CBS bottles yet?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 04, 2011, 11:33:56 am
Schneiders of Cap Hill and P Street Whole Foods both DON'T and WON'T have it

Ricks has cut off their waiting list


Anyone had any luck finding CBS bottles yet?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on October 04, 2011, 12:27:54 pm
Nice! That one gets the thumbs up from me too. I know I've had it, but can't remember if it was bottle or draft. Glad you liked it too! Black ipa's are the new black.

Regarding my own Southern Tier weekend experience...Celeste and I started into our 64 oz growler of Mokah on Friday night. Thought we could get through six snifter glasses spread out over three nights. Celeste quit midway through her second glass, leaving me with the rest. There's still some left, and tonight will be the fourth night (wondering how flat it will be, was ok last night).

Hence, my conclusion is that 64 oz of 10.9% abv chocolate/coffee beer is a bit too much. Way too much. I like the intensity and flavor in small doses, but won't be getting a growler of it again. So in some ways, I'm coming around the K8teebug's way of thinking (too intense and overly flavored) in regard to at least that particular beer.

One other note: I sampled a taste of Dogfish Punkin Saturday, and decided that may be my favorite pumpkin beer. I found it more spicy than sweet, which I decided I prefer. To me, Pumking and Schlafley's are maybe a bit too sweet, Smuttynose and Post Road a bit too muted, and Dogfish Punkin, as close to good as a pumpkin beer is going to get. Still rather have a nice hoppy ipa or American style barleywine!




Southern Tier:

Went out on a mission to find one of their beers to sample. Found a store that carried 3 varieties, though none of the ones that I was hoping for. They carried Imperial Big Red Ale (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_bigred.html), Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html) and  Imperial Farmer's Tan Pale Lager (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_farmerstan.html).

Ended up buying the Imperial Iniquity (http://southerntierbrewing.com/for%20download%20page/downloads_iniquity.html). Was very leery about it because I feared that it would be heavy on the hops. As it turned out, I was quite pleased. Very easy for me to stomach and delightful to the palette. Would definitely be happy to drink another one. Nice and dark with none of that disgusting hops taste. Not overly sweet and definitely not bitter either. Would love to try this on tap since beers always seem to taste different that way. Wondering if it would be creamier that way, like a nicely drawn Guinness. Must also add, a surprisingly clean aftertaste.

Jag - As recommended by James (and I certainly concur with the recommendation), a keg of Bells Double Cream Stout hase arrived at ChurchKey, which means bottles should start showing up in various retailers.. well, none in Maryland.  It's beyond delicious, keep an eye out for it.

James - Completely agree about DFH Punkin being the best of the pumpkin beers.  I agree they made it spicier than most pumpkin beers (allspice, nutmeg i guess..and of course the hops), but still maintained the mainstay pumpkin beer attributes/sweetness that comes from the pumpkins and cinnamon.  I served it (well, I didn't actually serve it, the bartender did) at my wedding two years ago and it was a big hit with everyone who gave it a shot.

This is my favorite time of year for beer, with all the stouts from Bells/Founders making their way out, so my wife and I usually go on a pumpkin beer binge to kick it off.  Nothing surpassed DFH punkin for me.  Last year i first tried Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin (same as Great Pumpkin, but aged in Bourbon barrels) and it was probably second best for me, haven't seen it this year in bottles (on draft at churchkey right now) or even had it, but I remember it balancing a whole lot of flavors well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on October 04, 2011, 12:31:46 pm


I was at Perfect Pour Saturday night and inquired about getting a spice beer but they were unable to recommend one that I felt comfortable buying.  The guy helping then asked if I liked hoppy stuff and that's that was the end of my search for spicy beer.

You were on the search for the Stone 15.  Please tell us you bought the giant 3 liter bottle  (or however big it was) of it that they had at Perfect Pour while you were there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 04, 2011, 01:05:14 pm
No but I did stare at it for about 10 minutes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 04, 2011, 01:14:52 pm
What is it with the prices on the three liter bottles? Three liters is about 104 ozs, right? (750 ml Belgian size bomber=26 oz)

I once inquired about the cost of one (it was some sort of Belgian Xmas beer, can't remember what), ans was given a $100 price tag (the 750 ml was $10 or so).

Were they (Whole Foods in this case) trying to sucker somebody or are you paying for a souvenir three liter sized bottle itself?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on October 04, 2011, 02:05:39 pm
Anyone had any luck finding CBS bottles yet?

I am going to Corridor this afternoon and will check for you.

They do have the Flying Dog Fear Imperial Pumpkin there which may have beat out all other pumpkin beers for me this weekend.  They are not going to get this beer at Perfect Pour.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 04, 2011, 02:16:03 pm
What is it with the prices on the three liter bottles?


I want to say that bottle was in the $100 range.  A little less, IIRC.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 04, 2011, 02:17:17 pm
I am going to Corridor this afternoon and will check for you.

Founders isn't sold in MD.  Unless that changed very recently.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 04, 2011, 02:39:49 pm
I'm not sure any/many of this is gonna get to DC

Schneiders of Cap Hill and P Street Whole Foods both DON'T and WON'T have it

Ricks has cut off their waiting list


Anyone had any luck finding CBS bottles yet?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on October 04, 2011, 02:43:30 pm
I am going to Corridor this afternoon and will check for you.

Founders isn't sold in MD.  Unless that changed very recently.

Well, my investigation will be a short one then  :)

Too bad, that beer sounds awesome.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 04, 2011, 03:58:44 pm
If you're in VA, try calling your local Total Wine and ask them when they're getting theirs.

The one I called said they are getting a 12 bottle delivery tomorrow morning.


I'm not sure any/many of this is gonna get to DC

Schneiders of Cap Hill and P Street Whole Foods both DON'T and WON'T have it

Ricks has cut off their waiting list


Anyone had any luck finding CBS bottles yet?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 04, 2011, 04:21:32 pm
total wine

chantilly - got a case yesterday.  gone.  no more.

manassas - not got yet.  doesn't look like until next week.

just found a secret spot near where i live, that will give me the info later this week.  it's good to be local.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 04, 2011, 04:58:00 pm
you folks getting all excited about CBS... pshaw.  now THIS is a rare beer:

White House brewing its own beer
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/16/earlyshow/main20107292.shtml

(http://static01.mediaite.com/med/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/white-house-honey-ale.jpeg)

more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/02/a-white-house-brewery-white-house-honey-ale/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 04, 2011, 05:03:48 pm
if it comes from the white house . . . it will suck at what it does.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 04, 2011, 11:27:37 pm
Thanks to Brennser for the Churchkey CBS tip. And thanks to my wife for grabbing the second to last bottle at Springfield WF. Great to live less than a mile away from a suburban WF with a work at home wife!

Springfield Total Wine scheduled to get 12 bottles tomorrow morning. First come first served, one bottle limit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shemptiness on October 05, 2011, 08:05:20 am
New Hampshire likes beer  (http://mycityway.com/blog/2011/10/04/raise-your-glass-to-the-five-best-beer-cities-in-the-world/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 05, 2011, 09:57:31 am
I'm giving up on CBS.  Especially since I have to rely on my brother to get it for me.

I did, however, have my first bottle on Stone 15 last night.  Really enjoyed it.  High octane at ~10% but it doesn't come across that way at all.  Really wish it came in 6 packs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 05, 2011, 10:45:16 am
New Hampshire likes beer  (http://mycityway.com/blog/2011/10/04/raise-your-glass-to-the-five-best-beer-cities-in-the-world/)

and apparently maryland doesn't?!?  those numbers must have been collected before i moved to MD, i'm sure i'm pushing up the state average.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 05, 2011, 11:52:30 am
Thanks to Brennser for the Churchkey CBS tip. And thanks to my wife for grabbing the second to last bottle at Springfield WF. Great to live less than a mile away from a suburban WF with a work at home wife!

Springfield Total Wine scheduled to get 12 bottles tomorrow morning. First come first served, one bottle limit.
so given that I hooked you up with the Churchkey info you're gonna invite me over to share that bottle, right.....right??  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 05, 2011, 12:04:46 pm
Taking the Belgian beer experience to new heights, Stella Artois has commenced its 15th annual World Draught Masters competition that asks consumers to demonstrate mastery of the iconic Stella Artois 9-Step Pouring Ritual. Six major U.S. cities are currently holding regional competitions where beer enthusiasts are trained in the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, then showcase their command of the process.
Doors open at 9 p.m this Friday at the National Building Museum. So go drink complimentary Stella Artois to your heart's content! All you have to do is RSVP to Championships@DraughtMasterUSA.com

(http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Stella-Artois-US-Championships-Invite2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 05, 2011, 03:40:23 pm
i still might have a lock for some cbs, depending on the amount the place gets and how much i'm allowed to buy . . . if i get extras, perhaps i can finally crawl out of the boonies and meet some forum folk.  like the ubersexxy james ford!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 05, 2011, 08:43:50 pm
Is there a reciprocal thing where Budweiser will be offering the same thing to six Belgian cities?


Taking the Belgian beer experience to new heights, Stella Artois has commenced its 15th annual World Draught Masters competition that asks consumers to demonstrate mastery of the iconic Stella Artois 9-Step Pouring Ritual. Six major U.S. cities are currently holding regional competitions where beer enthusiasts are trained in the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, then showcase their command of the process.
Doors open at 9 p.m this Friday at the National Building Museum. So go drink complimentary Stella Artois to your heart's content! All you have to do is RSVP to Championships@DraughtMasterUSA.com

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 06, 2011, 04:38:38 pm
CBS  is flowing at pizzeria Paradiso dupont. Stop on by!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 07, 2011, 10:14:08 pm
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/10/founders_brewing_cos_ceo_addre.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 07, 2011, 10:21:53 pm
Tonite it was Firestone's Double Jack Double IPA.  Not bad at all.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on October 09, 2011, 04:58:24 am
Finally had a Fat Tire on draft recently and was pretty disappointed. A friend of mine originally from Seattle brought back some bottled Fat Tire years ago, and I had very pleasant memories of it. Not sure if my palate has changed or if Fat Tire has changed. Probably a bit of both.

The Old Stein Inn (Edgewater, MD) reopened in late August, and I want twice in September. Great assortment of German beers. The food isn't quite as good as before the New Year's Eve fire which shut them down for 8+ months (new chef, I suspect), but it's still damn good. As for their beers, I'm a big fan of the Franziskanner, Ayinger, and Erdinger breweries. I usually finish the meal off with Lindeman's Framboise Lambic.

http://www.oldstein-inn.com/menu.php?page=bier&item=draught
http://www.oldstein-inn.com/menu.php?page=bier&item=bottle
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 11, 2011, 12:14:21 pm
Boo!

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2011/10/11/theres-a-tear-in-my-beer-no-more-growlers-at-dvines-and-de-vinos/#more-48248
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 12, 2011, 06:51:57 pm
recent purchases, mainly sixers of singles and some four packs

1.  founders - breakfast stout four pack  (whoa . . . damn . . . now that a man's beer!)
2.  abita - harvest wit (refreshing and light nice)
3.  boulder beer - mojo risin'  (double ipa) (double pucker and killer after taste)
4.  dominion - octoberfest (decent enough)
5.  new castle - winter ipa (crap . . . these new castle variations all taste the same)
6.  widmer brothers - okto festival ale (good for never heard of before)
7.  ayinger - brau weiss four pack (not as good as ocktoberfest)
8.  Orion tall bottles  (it is funny . . . in Japan, this is considered the worst, but i love it)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 12, 2011, 07:21:11 pm
Tonight:

Three Floyds Alpha King...brought to us by the Indiana in-laws
Dieu de Ciel's Peche Mortel...brought home from trip to Montreal

Tomorrow:

Alesmith IPA...brought home from West Coast trip
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 12, 2011, 07:46:42 pm
Tried a bottle of Clutch beer last week. It was okay. Pretty much agree with others on here. First off, it easily passed my stomach test. It's the taste that, to me, was only so so. Definitely an acquired taste due to both the sour side and that heavy burnt carbon taste.

Drank a Young's Double Chocolate Stout a couple nights ago. That was nice though I think I'd prefer it with a tad bit of sweetness.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 12, 2011, 07:51:26 pm
Sitting in the refrigerator:

Southern Tier's Krampus Imperial Helles Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Banana Bread Beer

Plan to try one later though don't know yet which one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on October 13, 2011, 09:45:16 am

Drank a Young's Double Chocolate Stout a couple nights ago. That was nice though I think I'd prefer it with a tad bit of sweetness.

I had a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout) from Great Divide last night.  Well, I had half of a glass until our puppy decided she wanted to knock it over.

It had the sweetness that you were probably looking for.  It was a little much for me, as it covered up a lot of the roasty flavors/smells I like in big stouts.  I usually fall back to comparing everything to dogfish head beers, and in this regard it was Palo Santo Marron, but with a bit less coffee taste and a decent amount more caramel sweetness.  All in all, a very good beer, but at $9 a bottle (Perfect Pour) the Stone 15th is much more up my alley.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 13, 2011, 11:23:55 am
I had a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout) from Great Divide last night.  Well, I had half of a glass until our puppy decided she wanted to knock it over.

That sounds good and I'll keep it in mind if I see it around. I get what you say about it hiding the other flavors. Don't really want those hidden either. Then again, won't know until I try one.

Sorry about the half loss. Reminds me of a story that my mother told me. There was some guy who lived here who had a dog that died of cirrhosis of the liver. Every night, the two of them would sit around drinking their six packs. This dog loved beer! Drank a six pack every night.

Had the Abita Purple Haze last night. Loved the color. The beer was nice too and easy to drink. A nice choice for when I want a more traditional and lighter tasting beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 13, 2011, 11:50:55 am
I prefer a thick creamy and sweet stout when going dark. Which would you suggest? I've had a few others but tend to go back to Guinness providing it's on draft. The cans and bottles are barely even worth cooking with. Shame they can't properly preserve that quality in a packaged good.

jag - get thee to bell's special double cream stout.  VERY smooth and creamy, low on the smoke/burnt flavors.  i question their claim (http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/#Seasonal-5) that it doesn't contain any actual cream ;D  

i'm not the biggest fans of stouts, but this one gets a thumbs up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 13, 2011, 11:57:37 am
I prefer a thick creamy and sweet stout when going dark. Which would you suggest? I've had a few others but tend to go back to Guinness providing it's on draft. The cans and bottles are barely even worth cooking with. Shame they can't properly preserve that quality in a packaged good.

jag - get thee to bell's special double cream stout.  VERY smooth and creamy, low on the smoke/burnt flavors.  i question their claim (http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/#Seasonal-5) that it doesn't contain any actual cream ;D  

i'm not the biggest fans of stouts, but this one gets a thumbs up.

Will do, if I can find one. I need to get up to Delaware at some point and suspect I might have a better chance of finding some of the harder to find selections there.

Actually, I don't mind the smokey flavors at all. It was just that the Clutch beer taste liked it was brewed with excessive burnt scrapings from an old and well used oven. You know, the real kind of 'cake' that Maria Antoinette was talking about when she spoke her infamous quote. In fact, I think that Clutch beer should be the official beer of the OWS movement. Let them drink cake on the Prison Planet!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 13, 2011, 04:44:51 pm
anything involving clutch . . . is doomed to be horrible.  it's ok to admit this.  have a allagash white, like i am, and relax in the thought of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2011, 12:12:04 pm
Picking up my second bottle of Founders CBS this weekend, to cellar next to the seven bottles of 2011 KBS we still have. Hope they get better with age(?) Also hoping to pick up a four pack of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout when I'm in Chicago next month. Much to my wife's dismay. We're going to have to actually start drinking this stuff at some point.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 14, 2011, 12:27:01 pm
care to share where you've getting the CBS from?  (either here, or a PM would be fine ;D)

i've never tried it yet, and what with all the hype i'm quite curious.

anyone else have a lead on the stuff?  is it even available in MD?  i'm in VA for work quite often these days, so i'm hopefully this increased reach will help me score some.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on October 14, 2011, 12:29:03 pm
Beer tasting party at the Ford's???

We're going to have to actually start drinking this stuff at some point.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2011, 01:01:53 pm
We have had a beer tasting party the last two Octobers where everyone (including us) brought their favorite craft beers and we provided food and sample size cups. Just too busy to do it this year, with marathons, work, kid issues, travel, etc. Maybe in the Spring.

One result was that we found that a number of people tended to opt for quantity over quality (even though we said don't bring any more than you yourself would drink), leaving us with a fridge full of mediocre beer. Not that that's a horrible thing.  ;D

And for the record, I just read it's better to drink the CBS fresh, as otherwise it will lose its maple flavor, and end up tasting like aged KBS. Not that that's a horrible thing.

Beer tasting party at the Ford's???

We're going to have to actually start drinking this stuff at some point.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 14, 2011, 01:09:27 pm
Rhett, I think beers need to be consumed early on unlike most wines and liquors. I know I've had some nasty beers due to my habit of purchasing and then letting the stuff sit around too long. Of course, I've had some very pleasant surprises by doing this with some of my wines and liquors. Totally took the edge off a nice bottle of good rum I bought many years ago in Barbados. Finally opened it the other week and that stuff has mellowed to an incredible degree with no loss of any of the goodness. Very different than how it tasted in Barbados. Beer is more like good fresh produce. Consume it while it's fresh and before it turns on you.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2011, 01:33:30 pm
Actually, not true.

Wine is not the only drink that can be aged for maturation. Many beers benefit from extended aging. We're not talking about your average beer with a mere shelf life of 3-6 months, tops -- before quality begins to degrade. We're talking about beers that beg for maturation and strict storage like vintage beers, barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, lambics, old ales and so on. Ideally, any type of beer that can be laid-down for a year or two, or even more, in order to build a slew of complexities and thus further its character in a positive way.....



....Cool. Now that you have an idea as to what to cellar and how, what can you expect a year or more down the road when you've patiently waiting to crack open your aging beers? The answer = who knows? There are way too many variables that come to play, on top of the variations within the different styles. Some beers age very well, others don't. Some beers need only a year, while others can age for 25+ years. And, many breweries have no idea what their beer will taste like years down the road, while others can make pretty damn good predictions. It's all part of the fun.
Full article at...
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/store


Rhett, I think beers need to be consumed early on unlike most wines and liquors. I know I've had some nasty beers due to my habit of purchasing and then letting the stuff sit around too long. Of course, I've had some very pleasant surprises by doing this with some of my wines and liquors. Totally took the edge off a nice bottle of good rum I bought many years ago in Barbados. Finally opened it the other week and that stuff has mellowed to an incredible degree with no loss of any of the goodness. Very different than how it tasted in Barbados. Beer is more like good fresh produce. Consume it while it's fresh and before it turns on you.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on October 14, 2011, 02:01:14 pm
Interesting. Thanks for posting that. My 'aged' ones have never turned out well. In fact, a couple years ago I had some sort of Rogue Juniper (http://www.rogue.com/beers/juniper-pale-ale.php) beer that I let sit around for about a year that literally made me kind of sick. In this case, it wasn't the hops. Seemed to have something to do with some of the natural ingredients going bad over time more than anything.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on October 14, 2011, 02:23:28 pm
Best bets for aging beers are those that are bottle conditioned, that is, a bit of yeast is added to the bottle to finish off the fermentation process.  I have a couple bottles of Allagash Curieux gathering dust in the basement....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 14, 2011, 02:58:54 pm
i have 10 bottles (out of the original 12) of dominion's millenium barleywine gathering dust in the basement, i'm going to give them at least a year.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/402/18965
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2011, 03:49:06 pm
Yeah, that one definitely would not work. Not with only 5.3abv.

Generally, I wouldn't cellar anything under 8.0abv, nor would I cellar any kind of ipa.

And my "cellar" is really just my finished basement. And it's only a few degrees colder than the upstairs, which means it's not nearly in the 45-55 degree cellaring range, especially in the summer. So maybe I shouldn't be "cellaring" at all in my house.

Interesting. Thanks for posting that. My 'aged' ones have never turned out well. In fact, a couple years ago I had some sort of Rogue Juniper (http://www.rogue.com/beers/juniper-pale-ale.php) beer that I let sit around for about a year that literally made me kind of sick. In this case, it wasn't the hops. Seemed to have something to do with some of the natural ingredients going bad over time more than anything.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2011, 04:05:21 pm
With Thanksgiving coming up, thought I'd share this one

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2009/11/beer-pairings-with-thanksgiving-food-desserts-pies.html

Now I know what to do with my bottle of Abyss.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 14, 2011, 04:22:17 pm
if you read my article i posted about the head of founders . . . he admited that next year, with the new brewery up and producing, all these beers hard to find this season will be everywhere next year.  i just hope that backwoods bastard isn't going to become a fiasco.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 18, 2011, 03:45:54 pm
if anyone is headed down to ashville for Moogfest keep your eyes open for Asheville Brewing Company's Moog Filtered Ale, a small batch re-issued especially for the festival. http://www.moogfoundation.org/tag/moog-filtered-ale/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on October 18, 2011, 03:59:31 pm
Am looking forward to this in a few weeks...

http://www.3floyds.com/2011/09/14/anniversary-party-announcement/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 18, 2011, 04:08:09 pm
Did you move to Indiana? I'll be hitting their brewpub around Thanksgiving. Perfect escape from the in-laws.

Am looking forward to this in a few weeks...

http://www.3floyds.com/2011/09/14/anniversary-party-announcement/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on October 18, 2011, 05:12:48 pm
No - but if I did move to Indiana it'd purposely be near their brewpub, even if it is in an industrial POS sort of place.  This represents a sort of Mecca to me, as I've never been there, though I've had many people bring me the beer.  The even sounds awesome, as does any collaboration that includes Three Floyds and Surly...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on October 19, 2011, 02:30:27 pm
Frisco Grille is going to have 30 pumpkin/Octoberfest beer on tap tonight for those venturing out to the burbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 19, 2011, 02:42:53 pm
Do they realize that Oktoberfest ended October 3?  ;D

Frisco Grille is going to have 30 pumpkin/Octoberfest beer on tap tonight for those venturing out to the burbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 19, 2011, 02:43:10 pm
I am headed to The Big Hunt tonight to sample, CBS, Backwoods Bastard, Harvest Ale and a few other goodies
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 19, 2011, 03:44:29 pm
I am headed to The Big Hunt tonight to sample, CBS, Backwoods Bastard, Harvest Ale and a few other goodies

can you confirm that they have CBS?  there is a change i will be nearby tonight and just might stop in for a taste...
 
nevermind.  confirmed.  hope they still have some left by the time i make it there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 19, 2011, 04:20:04 pm
I can get there by Friday.  I think.  What are the chances they still have some?

What are the chances I'll be underwhelmed?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 19, 2011, 05:27:21 pm
It will be gone. And you would not be underwhelmed.

I can get there by Friday.  I think.  What are the chances they still have some?

What are the chances I'll be underwhelmed?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 19, 2011, 07:49:01 pm
jesus . . . this time next year, they won't even be able to push cbs out the door, because it'll be eveywhere.  with special glasses.  and christmas gift packages with shirts, hats. plus a cartoon show based on the guy on the horse.  and then people will become obsessed with something else. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 19, 2011, 10:33:56 pm
The big hunt was tapped out of CBS by 7:30. Just left the place, so didn't get a taste. Brennser, did you get any?


The quest continues :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 20, 2011, 07:34:44 am
this time next year, they won't even be able to push cbs out the door, because it'll be everywhere.  and then people will become obsessed with something else. 

Well put.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 20, 2011, 07:54:32 am
The big hunt was tapped out of CBS by 7:30. Just left the place, so didn't get a taste. Brennser, did you get any?


The quest continues :(
yup - its very good but really so sweet as to not demand a second glass, at least for me

I also had an evolution morning wood and a Founders Harvest Ale

Meridien Pint will be tapping CBS along with a host of other goodies in the not too distant future
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2011, 08:11:02 am
That's what my friend said when we had it at CK.

Looks like I may get a chance to test that theory, as I have two 26 oz bottles and a wife who has decided it's the six ounces of beer she drinks on netflix nights two nights a week that is preventing her from losing the weight she'd like to lose.

Brennser, how do you convince your wife and kids you need to go to all of these beer events?  ;)

yup - its very good but really so sweet as to not demand a second glass, at least for me

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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 20, 2011, 08:41:00 am
Brennser, how do you convince your wife and kids you need to go to all of these beer events?  ;)

When I worked in Dupont and had an easy schedule I used to grab a beer or two after work almost every day. What with work and family I actually rarely go out drinking these days, maybe twice a month (and it shows in my 20lb weight loss!). The last two CBS related events have been somewhat serendipitous, for the first I had plans to go out anyways so just bailed on work an hour early and went to PP. And for yesterday, I'm a long time Big Hunt regular and always try to make it out when they are tapping special stuff - I was home by 7pm......
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 20, 2011, 09:07:54 am
a wife who has decided it's the six ounces of beer she drinks on netflix nights two nights a week that is preventing her from losing the weight she'd like to lose

I seriously doubt it.  But that works out splendidly for you so who'd argue the theory?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 20, 2011, 09:10:10 am
But in an effort to maintain my current weight, I need a co-drinker to drink half!

a wife who has decided it's the six ounces of beer she drinks on netflix nights two nights a week that is preventing her from losing the weight she'd like to lose

I seriously doubt it.  But that works out splendidly for you so who'd argue the theory?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 20, 2011, 01:37:37 pm
But in an effort to maintain my current weight, I need a co-drinker to drink half!

i'll be working in McLean most of next week, lemme know what night you wanna crack open a CBS.  i'm there for ya.

in other news: livingsocial deal of the day is $20 for a $40 beer tasting class (or $25 for a $60 sushi-making class) http://livingsocial.com/deals/135755
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 20, 2011, 02:28:58 pm
But in an effort to maintain my current weight, I need a co-drinker to drink half!

I can't imagine you'd have a hard time getting someone to fill in for her.

Or you could run 20 miles every morning and drink to your heart's content.  That's what I'd do  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2011, 10:37:01 am
Well I think my wife is going to drink the CBS after all. Each 6.5 oz serving is about 150 calories, I would guess. Anybody else who has had it have a food pairing recommendation? I'm thinking it's best just savored as a standalone.

And speaking of pairing, anybody have a beer they like with pasta with red sauce? Or is  wine always best? I'm going to try Ommegang Rare Vos, a fruity/spicy Belgian style amber.

And speaking of food pairing, has anybody had this? Have one from the last batch in my cellar. Really should break it out the next time we make Mexican.

?   New Holland El Mole Ocho: This medium-bodied brown ale is laden with cocoa, coffee and dried chilies to evoke the flavors of a Mexican mole sauce. In the Beermudgeon's opinion, this is one of the great food-pairing beers, especially with spicy food. Who needs Corona or Dos Equis with your enchiladas when you can have this? ABV: 8.4%; $7.99/22 oz.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on October 21, 2011, 10:53:13 am
Washington City Paper - D.C.'s Economies of Ale: Why Is Craft Beer So Expensive in Washington? (http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/41653/economies-of-ale/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2011, 11:00:18 am
Interesting article, read it yesterday. One of the reasons I drink more draft beer on vacation than when I'm around here.  ;)

Washington City Paper - D.C.'s Economies of Ale: Why Is Craft Beer So Expensive in Washington? (http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/41653/economies-of-ale/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2011, 12:30:36 pm
Washington Express readers sure don't know their beer lists. The voted ChurchKey, RFD (yuck) and Bar Pilar the three best beer lists in DC. Are they kidding? Here's the Bar Pilar list:

Drafts
Dogfish head 60 min ipa $6
Magic Hat #9 ALE, Vermont $6
Lagunitas Czech Style PILSNER, California $6
New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale $8
Allagash WHITE ALE, Maine $6
Batch 19 pre prohibition lager $6

Bottles
Anderson Valley Boont AMBER ALE, California $6
Unibroue La Fin du Monde BELGIAN STRONG ALE, Quebec (750mL) $26
Viking LAGER, Iceland $5
Yuengling LAGER, Pennsylvania $5
Abita LIGHT ALE, Louisiana $5
Tecate LAGER ?The Clifford?(24oz Can) $8
Lindeman?s FRAMBOISE LAMBIC, Belgium $12
Victory Prima PILSNER, Pennsylvania $5
Woodchuck Dark & Dry CIDER, Vermont $6
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 21, 2011, 12:53:44 pm
Washington Express readers sure don't know their beer lists. The voted ChurchKey, RFD (yuck) and Bar Pilar the three best beer lists in DC. Are they kidding? Here's the Bar Pilar list:

Drafts
Dogfish head 60 min ipa $6
Magic Hat #9 ALE, Vermont $6
Lagunitas Czech Style PILSNER, California $6
New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale $8
Allagash WHITE ALE, Maine $6
Batch 19 pre prohibition lager $6

Bottles
Anderson Valley Boont AMBER ALE, California $6
Unibroue La Fin du Monde BELGIAN STRONG ALE, Quebec (750mL) $26
Viking LAGER, Iceland $5
Yuengling LAGER, Pennsylvania $5
Abita LIGHT ALE, Louisiana $5
Tecate LAGER ?The Clifford?(24oz Can) $8
Lindeman?s FRAMBOISE LAMBIC, Belgium $12
Victory Prima PILSNER, Pennsylvania $5
Woodchuck Dark & Dry CIDER, Vermont $6

i believe that those beers listed on bar pilar's website are only their standard offerings, they have additional seasonals, specialties and one-offs.  they just don't have a webmaster to update the website every time they swap out a non-standard keg for another.

and while the atmosphere at RFD's isn't great, you can't deny they have one of the biggest selections of beer in the city (if not the biggest, since the demise of the Brickskeller).

funny collection of beer/drinking quotes:
http://www.powerhourvx.com/content_powerhourvx_drinking_game_beer_quotes_alcohol_quotes.htm
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 21, 2011, 02:25:34 pm
Doesn't the Bier Baron more or less have the same beer list as the Brickskellar did?

And long bottle lists do nothing for me. If I want to drink beer from a bottle, I've probably got 75 different bottles at home I can choose from. For me, it's ALL about the draft list. And RFD's draft list is usually relatively lame compared to ChurchKey or any of the Paradiso's. Sure, they've got some good ones, but they also have crap like Miller Lite, Magic Hat, and Sam Adams lager, and pedestrian stuff like Leffe Blonde, Hoegarden, and Fat Tire. Stuff ChurchKey and Paradiso would never waste a draft line on. Yes, I know that sounds super snobby.

and while the atmosphere at RFD's isn't great, you can't deny they have one of the biggest selections of beer in the city (if not the biggest, since the demise of the Brickskeller).

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 21, 2011, 02:27:43 pm
great article

Washington City Paper - D.C.'s Economies of Ale: Why Is Craft Beer So Expensive in Washington? (http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/41653/economies-of-ale/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on October 21, 2011, 02:51:50 pm
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Fall Stock
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 21, 2011, 04:11:57 pm
what . . . do you just stay drunk all the time?   ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 21, 2011, 04:19:11 pm
(http://beerstreetjournal.com/images/dogfish-faithfull.jpg)

anybody heard of, or tried, this?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 21, 2011, 04:21:59 pm
http://novabrewfest.com/fall/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 21, 2011, 04:51:59 pm
5 cases = 120 beers.  at a modest 1 beer a day, that's a 4 month's supply - AKA the fall season.  if he is sharing with, say, his wife, we're down to two months.  invite a few friends over for a game or two, and you're down to a month's supply.

Yada: the above calculations prove that you're living on the edge here.  only solution is to stock up on more beer ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on October 21, 2011, 04:55:49 pm
5 cases = 120 beers.  at a modest 1 beer a day, that's a 4 month's supply - AKA the fall season.  if he is sharing with, say, his wife, we're down to two months.  invite a few friends over for a game or two, and you're down to a month's supply.

Yada: the above calculations prove that you're living on the edge here.  only solution is to stock up on more beer ;D

Hahahha!!! Very true...

What's great about that stash of beer is that it only cost $123 in PA. If that was purchased in DC, I would've been pushing over $200 for that beer.

Sidenote, that 30 pack of I.C. Light will be floating around my fridge until next summer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 24, 2011, 09:23:31 am
The #1 ipa in the world according to beeradvocate.com (Ballast Point Sculpin), now on tap at Pizza Paradiso, Dupont

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/116
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 24, 2011, 12:47:11 pm
Weekend beers split with my wife:

Friday: Ommegang Rare Vos: Belgian Amber Ale that almost worked with my baked ziti i paired it with. Ommegang always delivers!

Friday/Saturday: Founders CBS: Like a perfect one night (two nights in this case) stand that you'd never consider dating on a regular basis.

Saturday: Three Floyds' Alpha King Pale Ale. Sorry, Dale this is the best pale all out there. Nearly three months old, so it had lost some of its hops, but still went very well with my wife's homemade pizza.

Sunday (lunch): Dogfish Burton Baton. It's a hybrid of an imperial ipa and an english style old ale, and at a year old actually might taste better than when consumed fresh. Went very well with cambozola (sp?) cheese and a fresh Whole Foods baguette.

Sunday dinner: 21st Ammendment Hop Crisis- 21st Ammendment is a hit or miss brewery for me, but their double ipa is a hit. Especially with the Indian food I made and served.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 24, 2011, 06:01:17 pm
when beer, the first ammendment, and texas collide:

Jester King Craft Brewery Sues Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Over Beer and Consumer Freedom
http://jesterkingbrewery.com/jester-king-craft-brewery-sues-texas-alcoholic-beverage-commission-over-beer-and-consumer-freedom
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 25, 2011, 10:33:28 am
My wife went to Belgium without me  :'(

She brought back some stuff - all awesome but most of it I'd already had...except Mort Subite.  She explained the history behind it and how the locals were fairly divided on it.  I thought it was pretty good.  Just a hint of sweet.  Probably the lightest Belgian beer I've ever had (4.5%).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 25, 2011, 10:56:28 am
did she bring back cheese . . . it's all about the cheese over there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on October 25, 2011, 11:19:10 am
Nope.  And she's all about cheese, so go figure.

Hard to scold her when she brought back beer and a handful of Cuban cigars.  Might have to insist on accompanying her next time around.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 25, 2011, 11:24:31 am
got to try some of this at the weekend - very very good

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/58839
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on October 25, 2011, 01:21:26 pm
Troeg's Craft Brewery Tasting Dinner - November 3rd

Please join us for a five course dinner served and/or prepared expertly with Troeg's Craft Brewery beer from Harrisburg, PA.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (ET)
- 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
- 7:00 PM Dinner

Beacon Bar and Grill (1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Menu: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/Beacon/attach/TroegBeerDinnerMenu.pdf
Reserve: http://troegsdinner.eventbrite.com/
$42
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on October 31, 2011, 09:54:02 am
Has anybody been to the new Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan and if so any reports on the pint and pitcher beer prices? Looks like their draft list is small but solid. The pizza prices listed online appear to be about 30% higher than the same pizzas in Charlottesville.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on October 31, 2011, 10:48:36 am
I may have had something this weekend rarer than a Founders CBS - partook of several glasses from a bottle of 1944 Sandemans vintage port - not sure what my expectations were but it was very good

a little off topic I know but seemed a bit much to start a Port Thread  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on October 31, 2011, 10:49:34 am
I may have had something this weekend rarer than a Founders CBS - partook of several glasses from a bottle of 1944 Sandemans vintage port - not sure what my expectations were but it was very good

a little off topic I know but seemed a bit much to start a Port Thread  ;)

vfn!!!!!

(very fucking nice)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 03, 2011, 08:54:51 am
Wow, is every band getting a beer named after them? I'll take this one over Pearl Jam and Clutch, thanks.

(http://pegasusnews.com/media/img/photos/2011/04/08/thumbs/moth1.jpg.728x520_q85.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 03, 2011, 08:58:38 am
After listening to Achtung Baby while I was making dinner, and watch Fast Five on dvd, I decided I needed even more cheese in my life, so opened some brie (and some Theo dark chocolate). What better way to wash it down than with one of these?

Final decision: This one beats Founders CBS (and Backwoods Bastard)

(http://gettingtankedwithfrank.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Founders-KBS.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 03, 2011, 03:05:09 pm
I'd agree
Final decision: This one beats Founders CBS (and Backwoods Bastard)

(http://gettingtankedwithfrank.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Founders-KBS.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 03, 2011, 03:08:59 pm
Today is international stout day. guess we drank that one a day early.
http://www.stoutday.com/

Tonight it's Little Sumpin Sumpin with the salmon salad. No stouts.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on November 03, 2011, 04:06:36 pm
Thought the KBS wasn't available til march
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 03, 2011, 04:09:40 pm
We go through ours slowly. Two (2011) bottles down, six to go.

Thought the KBS wasn't available til march
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 03, 2011, 04:25:10 pm
I have 5 2011s (out of 12) and 1 2010 left

We go through ours slowly. Two (2011) bottles down, six to go.

Thought the KBS wasn't available til march
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 04, 2011, 09:12:48 pm
the motherlode . . . i just stepped into the twilight zone and found the "moutherlode."

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301933_2372558686551_1628062159_2421651_854998347_n.jpg)

founders  cbs

founders  harvest ale

founders  backwoods bastard

stone 15 imperial black ipa

dogfish head  120 minute ipa
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 05, 2011, 09:12:20 am
vfn walkie, vfn!

Did you trade for these or stumble across the one retail outlet in the country that had not sold out of CBS?

The Harvest Ale is amazing btw
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 05, 2011, 10:10:10 am
there was a store way out here in the boonies that had a proud 1 day sale offering of these rare finds to those lucky enough to know about it.  they had tastings and free food and soup.  it was a blast for a country store proving that they can keep up with the big dogs.  and my partner yelled when i told him how much i spent on beer in one day.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 05, 2011, 01:29:29 pm
other recent purchases:

sierra nevada  ovila  dubbel

stoudts  double ipa

ayinger  altbairisch dunkel  (horrible)

rj rockers  bald eagle brown

olde richmond  batch 11  ipa

epic  fest devious

otromundo  red ale

abita christmas ale
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 05, 2011, 02:01:30 pm
stupid question, i'm sure.  i was only allowed 1 tall bottle of cbs and it was already cold so i had no choice but to keep it cold.  how long do beers that can be kept if you store them correctly, last once they are cold.  i keep wines in my kitchen wine fridge for years and they are ok . . . does the same logic apply to beers, or do they expire quicker in the cold?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 05, 2011, 03:23:20 pm
Not stupid question.

I was in one of the top bottle shops in Portland and there were a number of high abv beers i wanted to bring home on the plane. But they were sitting in a cooler already cold. Guy told me that warming them back up in my suitcase wouldn't harm them. I don't think i've tried any of the ones that were cooled down. So thake that fwiw.




stupid question, i'm sure.  i was only allowed 1 tall bottle of cbs and it was already cold so i had no choice but to keep it cold.  how long do beers that can be kept if you store them correctly, last once they are cold.  i keep wines in my kitchen wine fridge for years and they are ok . . . does the same logic apply to beers, or do they expire quicker in the cold?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 05, 2011, 03:32:22 pm
i've always been told that with beer . . . once it is cold you have to keep it cold, or it alters the taste and not in a good way.

could not resist trying a founders harvest ale.  good lord.  wow.  amazing.  wet.  a taste like that can come from a bottle?  so fresh and so clean.  must stop myself from having another.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 07, 2011, 10:59:00 am
re: Founders Harvest - drink it now while its still fresh
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 07, 2011, 11:18:37 am
Tip o' the Day.

Letting beer get warm after being cold is completely fine, it's the exposure to sun light that can f' it up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 07, 2011, 01:31:25 pm
Tip o' the Day.

Letting beer get warm after being cold is completely fine, it's the exposure to sun light that can f' it up.

thanks partner!  you are correct . . . but now i am reading that beers should only really be kept three to four months, tops. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 07, 2011, 01:41:48 pm
stouts will hold up longer than that - barleywines too
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 07, 2011, 01:49:24 pm
i also remember reading that most stronger beers - say 8% and above - are good candidates for aging.

a while back TJ's had a special on a Unibroue variety 4-pack.  either someone told me, or it is written on the box (will check tonight) that the beers would improve with age.  i have one such pack in the basement, i plan on taste-testing the beers vs. un-aged bottles at some point next year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 07, 2011, 02:18:44 pm
Straight from the Unibroue website, these are the "aging potentials" of the four beers that were in that pack.

Trois Pistoles: 5-8 years
Maudite: 5-8 years
La Fin Du Monde: 3-5 years
Don De Dieu: 2-3 years


I still have three packs left...


Anybody here a member of the Beer Advocate or Ratebeer forums? To date I'm only a lurker. Still, very informative...


i also remember reading that most stronger beers - say 8% and above - are good candidates for aging.

a while back TJ's had a special on a Unibroue variety 4-pack.  either someone told me, or it is written on the box (will check tonight) that the beers would improve with age.  i have one such pack in the basement, i plan on taste-testing the beers vs. un-aged bottles at some point next year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on November 07, 2011, 02:27:36 pm
Yep - BA paid subscriber, website lurker!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 07, 2011, 02:30:37 pm
I have done a few trades on BA - and make the odd post here and there

It is a great resource for learning about beer - the mid atlantic forum is pretty quiet though
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 07, 2011, 02:39:49 pm
Straight from the Unibroue website, these are the "aging potentials" of the four beers that were in that pack.

Trois Pistoles: 5-8 years
Maudite: 5-8 years
La Fin Du Monde: 3-5 years
Don De Dieu: 2-3 years


I still have three packs left...

cool, thanks for looking that up.  and nice stash!

i wonder if the size of the bottle makes a difference.  the taster packs were all 12 oz bottles, but when i think of aging i think larger 750 ml bottles.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 07, 2011, 09:57:27 pm
has anyone here tried brewing their own beer?

does anyone know of any particularly good (or at least well-regarded) online resources for home brewing?

i'm tempted to have a go at it.  i picked up a regional brewers' association newspaper last week, it had all sorts of info in there.  need to find myself another copy of it.  depending how well it goes, i could consider growing my own hops next year.

off to go recoup my empties from the recycling bin...

edit: note-to-self links
- American Homebrewers Association - Get Started: link (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/get-schooled/get-started) (grab a free copy of "Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing")
- many reviewers have stated that "How To Brew" by John Palmer is the best book to start with:  link 1 (http://shop.beertown.org/brewers/product.asp?s_id=0&prod_name=How+To+Brew+by+John+Palmer&pf_id=3100_494&dept_id=3107), link 2 (http://www.amazon.com/How-Brew-Everything-Right-First/dp/0937381888/)
- Information about Homebrewing (How To, Recipes): link (http://stores.mdhb.com/-strse-template/homebreweing/Page.bok)
- The Brewers Association of Maryland: link (http://www.marylandbeer.org/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 10, 2011, 11:07:56 am
This guy should just stick to to food.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCHuqaMkT2c&feature=relmfu


Anyone a fan of Firestone Walker Union Jack? Maybe my favorite non-imperial IPA, even better than Ballast Point Sculpin. Really hope they hang around the DC market.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 10, 2011, 11:44:38 am
james, did you try the DC Brau they had on tap last night?  it's a a pale ale with a surprising amount of hoppiness.  i quite liked it, surprisingly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 10, 2011, 02:11:58 pm
Too much of a crowd crush to try to get to the bar last night. Or maybe i was being picky about drinking beer out of a plastic cup.

They had it on draft at CK the last time i was there. But I just couldn't convince myself to pay the same price for it as i did for the Two Hearted I chose instead.


james, did you try the DC Brau they had on tap last night?  it's a a pale ale with a surprising amount of hoppiness.  i quite liked it, surprisingly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 10, 2011, 02:15:57 pm
How is this for an amazing draft list? At a middle of nowhere bar 37 miles south of downtown Chicago.

http://www.tribesalehouse.com/beer-list


Allagash Hugh Malone
13oz. Draft    8.5   $7.0   
Allagash White
16oz. Draft    5.5   $6.0   
Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    8.7   $6.0   
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
16oz. Draft    6.9   $6.0   
Arcadia Hop Mouth IPA
13oz. Draft    8.1   $6.0   
Bear Republic Apex Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    7.5   $7.0   
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
13oz. Draft    8.0   $5.0   
Bear Republic Mach 10 Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    8.7   $7.0   
Brooklyn The Companion
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet
13oz. Draft    7.0   $6.0   
Delirium Tremens
13oz. Draft    8.5   $8.5   
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
13oz. Draft    9.0   $7.0   
Firestone Walker Double Jack
13oz. Draft    9.5   $7.0   
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
16oz. Draft    7.5   $6.0   
Flying Dog Imperial IPA Centennial Single Hop
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout
9oz. Draft    9.4   $9.0   
Founders Breakfast Stout
13oz. Draft    8.3   $7.0   
Founders Centennial IPA
16oz. Draft    7.2   $5.0   
Founders Porter
16oz. Draft        $5.0   
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
16oz. Draft    6.1   $6.0   
Greenbush Closure (Batch Summit/Willamette)
16oz. Draft        $5.0   
Guinness
20oz. Draft    4.3   $5.5   
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
13oz. Draft    8.3   $6.0   
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
16oz. Draft    5.0   $5.0   
Mikkeller Single Hop Amarillo IPA
9oz. Draft    6.9   $5.0   
Mikkeller Single Hop Centennial IPA
9oz. Draft        $5.0   
New Belgium Belgo IPA
13oz. Draft    7.0   $6.0   
North Coast PranQster
16oz. Draft    7.6   $7.0   
SKA Euphoria
16oz. Draft    6.1   $5.0   
Ska Decadent
9oz. Draft    10.0   $7.0   
Southern Tier Pumking
13oz. Draft    9.0   $8.0   
Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
13oz. Draft    6.9   $6.0   
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
13oz. Draft    8.7   $6.0   
Three Floyds Alpha King
16oz. Draft    6.0   $5.0   
Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf
13oz. Draft    9.0   $8.0   
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine
9oz. Draft    10.5   $7.0   
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
13oz. Draft    9.5   $8.0   
Three Floyds Gumballhead
16oz. Draft    4.8   $5.0   
Three Floyds Pride & Joy
16oz. Draft    4.88   $5.0   
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce
16oz. Draft    7.2   $5.0   
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
13oz. Draft    6.2   $6.0   
Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
16oz. Draft    5.8   $5.0   
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on November 10, 2011, 02:19:22 pm
I brew.  How to brew is the best resource you can use to start.  Theres a home brew store in Falls Church (MLHBS) which is very helpful as well.  You could go in there and walk out with ingredients to start brewing right away. 

http://www.northernbrewer.com/ is a good resource for supplies, they are priced very competitively.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ is a great forum, every question i've ever had has been answered at some point on this forum.

has anyone here tried brewing their own beer?

does anyone know of any particularly good (or at least well-regarded) online resources for home brewing?

i'm tempted to have a go at it.  i picked up a regional brewers' association newspaper last week, it had all sorts of info in there.  need to find myself another copy of it.  depending how well it goes, i could consider growing my own hops next year.

off to go recoup my empties from the recycling bin...

edit: note-to-self links
- American Homebrewers Association - Get Started: link (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/get-schooled/get-started) (grab a free copy of "Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing")
- many reviewers have stated that "How To Brew" by John Palmer is the best book to start with:  link 1 (http://shop.beertown.org/brewers/product.asp?s_id=0&prod_name=How+To+Brew+by+John+Palmer&pf_id=3100_494&dept_id=3107), link 2 (http://www.amazon.com/How-Brew-Everything-Right-First/dp/0937381888/)
- Information about Homebrewing (How To, Recipes): link (http://stores.mdhb.com/-strse-template/homebreweing/Page.bok)
- The Brewers Association of Maryland: link (http://www.marylandbeer.org/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on November 14, 2011, 04:43:29 pm
How is this for an amazing draft list? At a middle of nowhere bar 37 miles south of downtown Chicago.

http://www.tribesalehouse.com/beer-list


Allagash Hugh Malone
13oz. Draft    8.5   $7.0   
Allagash White
16oz. Draft    5.5   $6.0   
Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    8.7   $6.0   
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
16oz. Draft    6.9   $6.0   
Arcadia Hop Mouth IPA
13oz. Draft    8.1   $6.0   
Bear Republic Apex Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    7.5   $7.0   
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
13oz. Draft    8.0   $5.0   
Bear Republic Mach 10 Imperial IPA
13oz. Draft    8.7   $7.0   
Brooklyn The Companion
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet
13oz. Draft    7.0   $6.0   
Delirium Tremens
13oz. Draft    8.5   $8.5   
Dogfish Head 90 Minute
13oz. Draft    9.0   $7.0   
Firestone Walker Double Jack
13oz. Draft    9.5   $7.0   
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
16oz. Draft    7.5   $6.0   
Flying Dog Imperial IPA Centennial Single Hop
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout
9oz. Draft    9.4   $9.0   
Founders Breakfast Stout
13oz. Draft    8.3   $7.0   
Founders Centennial IPA
16oz. Draft    7.2   $5.0   
Founders Porter
16oz. Draft        $5.0   
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
16oz. Draft    6.1   $6.0   
Greenbush Closure (Batch Summit/Willamette)
16oz. Draft        $5.0   
Guinness
20oz. Draft    4.3   $5.5   
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
13oz. Draft    8.3   $6.0   
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
16oz. Draft    5.0   $5.0   
Mikkeller Single Hop Amarillo IPA
9oz. Draft    6.9   $5.0   
Mikkeller Single Hop Centennial IPA
9oz. Draft        $5.0   
New Belgium Belgo IPA
13oz. Draft    7.0   $6.0   
North Coast PranQster
16oz. Draft    7.6   $7.0   
SKA Euphoria
16oz. Draft    6.1   $5.0   
Ska Decadent
9oz. Draft    10.0   $7.0   
Southern Tier Pumking
13oz. Draft    9.0   $8.0   
Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
9oz. Draft        $7.0   
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
13oz. Draft    6.9   $6.0   
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
13oz. Draft    8.7   $6.0   
Three Floyds Alpha King
16oz. Draft    6.0   $5.0   
Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf
13oz. Draft    9.0   $8.0   
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine
9oz. Draft    10.5   $7.0   
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
13oz. Draft    9.5   $8.0   
Three Floyds Gumballhead
16oz. Draft    4.8   $5.0   
Three Floyds Pride & Joy
16oz. Draft    4.88   $5.0   
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce
16oz. Draft    7.2   $5.0   
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
13oz. Draft    6.2   $6.0   
Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
16oz. Draft    5.8   $5.0   
 


Anyboday who has Arctic Panzer Wolf and Zombie Dust on their tap list, and is not in an industrial park in Munster, IN is all right by me.  FYI  -15th Anniversary Party this weekend = one ridiculous good time!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 14, 2011, 05:27:33 pm
I brew.  How to brew is the best resource you can use to start.  Theres a home brew store in Falls Church (MLHBS) which is very helpful as well.  You could go in there and walk out with ingredients to start brewing right away. 

http://www.northernbrewer.com/ is a good resource for supplies, they are priced very competitively.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ is a great forum, every question i've ever had has been answered at some point on this forum.

awesome, thanks for the input.  i will definitely have to swing by MLHBS (might even go tonight).  there is also The Flying Barrel in frederick that i've heard good things about. 

what is you best tip for the newbie?  anything you wish someone told you before you ruined your first batch?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on November 14, 2011, 05:33:21 pm
can't get into the fat tire beer...don't know what people see in it. to me it tastes like crap but its the rage now...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 14, 2011, 05:48:58 pm
can't get into the fat tire beer...don't know what people see in it. to me it tastes like crap but its the rage now...

i'm with you.  i don't hate it, it's certainly better than the crap that most people drink, but it's nothing to get excited about.  i think its current popularity has to do with its newness and former rarity.  they only started selling it here this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on November 15, 2011, 10:31:40 am
In places where it has been around a while, Fat Tire is the type of beer that's typically sold in gas stations and 7-11's.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 15, 2011, 10:40:51 am
Fat Tire is on prominent display now at my local CVS in Springfield.

In the large-ish craft brewery category, Sierra Nevada and Deschutes kick New Begium's ass. Hope Deschutes eventually makes it here.

In places where it has been around a while, Fat Tire is the type of beer that's typically sold in gas stations and 7-11's.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 15, 2011, 11:01:11 am
Fat Tire is on prominent display now at my local CVS in Springfield.

In the large-ish craft brewery category, Sierra Nevada and Deschutes kick New Begium's ass. Hope Deschutes eventually makes it here.

In places where it has been around a while, Fat Tire is the type of beer that's typically sold in gas stations and 7-11's.

Fun fact... dated the manager of Deschute's daughter about 9 years ago and she used to ship me cases of Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on November 15, 2011, 11:44:36 am
I'll take a Sierra or Dales over Fat Tire any day.. its not even a contest...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 15, 2011, 12:29:59 pm
Beer distribution by brewery and state:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ap6d1DIcENXqdHgwd3ZNeTJBellDWFpuQTRKR0FiekE&hl=en#gid=0

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on November 15, 2011, 12:31:51 pm
can't get into the fat tire beer...don't know what people see in it. to me it tastes like crap but its the rage now...

i'm with you.  i don't hate it, it's certainly better than the crap that most people drink, but it's nothing to get excited about.  i think its current popularity has to do with its newness and former rarity.  they only started selling it here this year.

Exactly, it's the Coors effect ... minus Smokey and the Bandit.
http://boingboing.net/2010/11/30/how-the-bandit-coors.html (http://boingboing.net/2010/11/30/how-the-bandit-coors.html)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on November 15, 2011, 02:47:52 pm
Beer distribution by brewery and state:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ap6d1DIcENXqdHgwd3ZNeTJBellDWFpuQTRKR0FiekE&hl=en#gid=0



Thanks!  This is awesome!  My annual xmas gift from California based relatives is a bunch of bombers that don't ship to Maryland.  Now I know exactly what to ask for :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 15, 2011, 03:06:22 pm
Beer distribution by brewery and state:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ap6d1DIcENXqdHgwd3ZNeTJBellDWFpuQTRKR0FiekE&hl=en#gid=0


for once, it sucks to live in hawaii. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on November 15, 2011, 03:40:21 pm
I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on November 15, 2011, 03:53:39 pm
I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.



darn dems some nice friends


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 15, 2011, 03:58:58 pm
I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.



Wait, people post on this board that don't live in a close proximity to DC??

**head explodes**

I have to agree though, northern cali and oregon produce some of zeeee best beer ever.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 15, 2011, 04:20:21 pm
The middle three are all pretty mediocre.  ;)

I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 15, 2011, 04:29:11 pm
i know what i want for christmas

(http://store.foundersbrewing.com/shop/images/1003/?440,1000,3,2443769040)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: vansmack on November 15, 2011, 04:41:38 pm
The middle three are all pretty mediocre.  ;)

I have no idea - I drank wine...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 15, 2011, 04:44:27 pm
The middle three are all pretty mediocre.  ;)

I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.


what james said.  the beers that get people in a tizzy here - founders, bells, troegs, trappist ales, etc - would still be rare/noteworthy in your little corner of the world.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on November 15, 2011, 04:46:57 pm
had a founders breakfast stout on tap at Iron Horse last night, pretty great, but probably not the best choice after a bunch of budweisers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 15, 2011, 04:58:55 pm
had a founders breakfast stout on tap at Iron Horse last night, pretty great, but probably not the best choice after a bunch of budweisers.

That brew is strong as all hell too... A few of those and you're feelin' niiiiiiice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 15, 2011, 05:01:16 pm
And we have them beat in sheer numbers (though I'm not going to argue against the quality of California/Oregon beers in general. California=best overall beer producing state, imo.)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ap6d1DIcENXqdHgwd3ZNeTJBellDWFpuQTRKR0FiekE&hl=en#gid=0

221 breweries sell in MD
213 in VA
197 in DC
190 in CA


The middle three are all pretty mediocre.  ;)

I think I figured out why I don't pay as much attention to this thread as the rest of you.  It's just not hard to get beers out here...

I hosted for the Oregon-Stanford game and all the Oregon folks brought microbrews.  I was left with:

Lagunitas Little Sumpin
21st Amendment Back in Black IPA
Widmer Lemongrass Wheat Ale
Widmer Falconer IPA
Ninkasi something or other....

And that's not even listing what was finished - that's just what was left in my fridge.

I also live a block from this place: Toronado (http://www.toronado.com/index.htm), though they never have the High Life, but plenty of bad moustaches and plaid.


what james said.  the beers that get people in a tizzy here - founders, bells, troegs, trappist ales, etc - would still be rare/noteworthy in your little corner of the world.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 15, 2011, 05:02:22 pm
Wimp.  ;) It's only 8.3% abv. Pretty low for an imperial stout.

had a founders breakfast stout on tap at Iron Horse last night, pretty great, but probably not the best choice after a bunch of budweisers.

That brew is strong as all hell too... A few of those and you're feelin' niiiiiiice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on November 15, 2011, 05:13:26 pm
had a founders breakfast stout on tap at Iron Horse last night, pretty great, but probably not the best choice after a bunch of budweisers.

That brew is strong as all hell too... A few of those and you're feelin' niiiiiiice.

well, the founders (along with a few more black and tans) somehow inspired me to later sing a morrissey song at karaoke night at the irish channel, so I agree on the strength.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 15, 2011, 07:15:02 pm
FBS is grreeeeeat! I am really looking forward to the Meridien Pint brunch where they tap FBS, CBS, two years of KBS, Blushing Monk and Backwoods Bastard

I am also digging the Great Lakes Blackout Stout - I stocked up on a case of that and a case of FBS to get me thru the winter  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 10:19:54 am
Anybody know if Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout makes it to the DC area in bottles? I was hoping to pick up some when I'm in Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm starting to wonder if the release date will be after that day.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on November 16, 2011, 11:17:10 am
Anyone try the 2011 Sierra Nevada Celebration ale yet?  If so, where did you find it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 16, 2011, 11:18:04 am
Ommegang: Fracking may force us to leave

COOPERSTOWN -- Brewery Ommegang is warning that it would have to consider relocating if the town of Middlefield's ban on gas drilling is struck down and horizontal gas drilling begins.

The ominous warning is contained in a new legal brief filed in support of Middlefield's recent zoning law.

"If its water were to be contaminated, the Brewery could be forced to move its business elsewhere," the court papers state. "Its Master Brewer and Quality Control chemist agree that even if Brewery Ommegang wished to do so, it could not remove many of the toxic chemicals commonly used in hydrofracking, should they be released into the Brewery's water supply."

continued: http://thedailystar.com/localnews/x1267472742/Ommegang-Fracking-may-force-us-to-leave
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 11:24:17 am
I have. As usual, it's good. But not as good as Torpedo (imo).

$7.99/sixer at Total Wine ($6.99 if you get their coupons)
$9.99/sixer at Whole Foods


Anyone try the 2011 Sierra Nevada Celebration ale yet?  If so, where did you find it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 11:26:11 am
Hope they move somewhere closer to a highway. Great tour and tasting room, but getting there's a bitch!

Seriously, would be a shame, as their location is a nice one.

For more on fracking, see the Oscar nominated film "Gasland".



Ommegang: Fracking may force us to leave

COOPERSTOWN -- Brewery Ommegang is warning that it would have to consider relocating if the town of Middlefield's ban on gas drilling is struck down and horizontal gas drilling begins.

The ominous warning is contained in a new legal brief filed in support of Middlefield's recent zoning law.

"If its water were to be contaminated, the Brewery could be forced to move its business elsewhere," the court papers state. "Its Master Brewer and Quality Control chemist agree that even if Brewery Ommegang wished to do so, it could not remove many of the toxic chemicals commonly used in hydrofracking, should they be released into the Brewery's water supply."

continued: http://thedailystar.com/localnews/x1267472742/Ommegang-Fracking-may-force-us-to-leave
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 16, 2011, 11:39:22 am
So is Hennepin brewed in NY or in Belgium? - I'd swear the labels say brewed in Belgium
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 11:48:59 am
My answer would be Cooperstown, though they are owned by Duvel.

According to wiki :

Don Feinberg sold Ommegang in 2003 to Belgian brewer Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, brewers of the world-renowned Duvel Golden Ale. As a result, Ommegang Ales are made both in Belgium and in Cooperstown, New York. Duvel Moortgat brewed limited amounts of beer for Brewery Ommegang in 2006 to help meet demand, but has not brewed any since then.




So is Hennepin brewed in NY or in Belgium? - I'd swear the labels say brewed in Belgium
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on November 16, 2011, 12:21:40 pm
Anyone try the 2011 Sierra Nevada Celebration ale yet?  If so, where did you find it?

The Harris Teeter a few blocks from me (NoMa, if you call the neighborhood that) has a gargantuan display of it ($7.99).  As for Christmas seasonals, it's up there for me.. probably just because they're one of the few who do an IPA and it's done pretty well.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on November 16, 2011, 12:27:40 pm
Anybody know if Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout makes it to the DC area in bottles? I was hoping to pick up some when I'm in Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm starting to wonder if the release date will be after that day.

I ran across it last year on complete accident.  At some little beer/convenience store (name completely escapes me) across the street from DeVinos (18th and U NW).  I was in there a month or so ago and saw a good selection of their beers, but don't recall that one being there.

Google streetview shows the name as "Virginia Market" - no telling how old that image is though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 16, 2011, 12:54:55 pm
Anybody know if Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout makes it to the DC area in bottles? I was hoping to pick up some when I'm in Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm starting to wonder if the release date will be after that day.

I ran across it last year on complete accident.  At some little beer/convenience store (name completely escapes me) across the street from DeVinos (18th and U NW).  I was in there a month or so ago and saw a good selection of their beers, but don't recall that one being there.

Google streetview shows the name as "Virginia Market" - no telling how old that image is though.

You are correct... it is the Virginia Market. Used to frequent that place daily when I lived in that hood. Early 2010 they basically turned it into a high end beer store... good stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 16, 2011, 03:17:29 pm
Mid-Atlantic Holiday Beer Festival @ Pratt Street Ale House, Baltimore
Saturday, December 10
Price: $40.00

Come sample some delicious food and sample some extraordinary beers from such local names as Evolution, Victory, Troegs, Stillwater, Flying Dog, The Brewer's Art, and our own Oliver Ales.

http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/13056/mid-atlantic-holiday-beer-festival

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 16, 2011, 03:21:40 pm
Mid-Atlantic Holiday Beer Festival @ Pratt Street Ale House, Baltimore
Saturday, December 10
Price: $40.00

Come sample some delicious food and sample some extraordinary beers from such local names as Evolution, Victory, Troegs, Stillwater, Flying Dog, The Brewer's Art, and our own Oliver Ales.

http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/13056/mid-atlantic-holiday-beer-festival



Anyone offering rides to an fro?  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 16, 2011, 04:22:36 pm
that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 04:25:53 pm
Warning: message board cross reference here...from beer advocate message board
Note: AB=Anhesuer Busch
Note#2: Perfect Pour is in Columbia, MD as some here have mentioned


Just talked to one of my bottle shops, (Perfect Pour), they won't be getting any BCBS because distribution is based on how much Honkers Ale and another beer in the Goose line they sold this year.

Since they don't sell enough of these 'qualifying' beers, they don't get any BCBS.

Welcome to AB marketing.



Anybody know if Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout makes it to the DC area in bottles? I was hoping to pick up some when I'm in Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm starting to wonder if the release date will be after that day.

I ran across it last year on complete accident.  At some little beer/convenience store (name completely escapes me) across the street from DeVinos (18th and U NW).  I was in there a month or so ago and saw a good selection of their beers, but don't recall that one being there.

Google streetview shows the name as "Virginia Market" - no telling how old that image is though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 16, 2011, 04:43:40 pm
that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D

i'd be mostly concerned with the trip back...

would make for a fun road trip tho.  anyone have a spouse/partner/SO/etc willing to babysit a few beer-drench boardees? or at least give them a ride home?  ;D

alternately, could consider taking a bus.  the place is right downtown, on the harbor - there must be greyhound buses that would work, right?  from my neck of the woods, there is an express bus from shady grove to BWI.  from there, take light rail into the city.  slightly faster for me than going to downtown DC and grabbing a bus at union station.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on November 16, 2011, 04:46:25 pm
that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D

i'd be mostly concerned with the trip back...

would make for a fun road trip tho.  anyone have a spouse/partner/SO/etc willing to babysit a few beer-drench boardees? or at least give them a ride home?  ;D

alternately, could consider taking a bus.  the place is right downtown, on the harbor - there must be greyhound buses that would work, right?  from my neck of the woods, there is an express bus from shady grove to BWI.  from there, take light rail into the city.  slightly faster for me than going to downtown DC and grabbing a bus at union station.

man thats some dedication...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 16, 2011, 04:49:06 pm
that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D

i'd be mostly concerned with the trip back...

would make for a fun road trip tho.  anyone have a spouse/partner/SO/etc willing to babysit a few beer-drench boardees? or at least give them a ride home?  ;D

alternately, could consider taking a bus.  the place is right downtown, on the harbor - there must be greyhound buses that would work, right?  from my neck of the woods, there is an express bus from shady grove to BWI.  from there, take light rail into the city.  slightly faster for me than going to downtown DC and grabbing a bus at union station.

man thats some dedication...

hahaha, seriously.... Sounds fun, but shit... that's quite the f'n trek. However, someone wanting to line up transport to and fro for $50, I'm in!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 04:58:48 pm
For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.


that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D

i'd be mostly concerned with the trip back...

would make for a fun road trip tho.  anyone have a spouse/partner/SO/etc willing to babysit a few beer-drench boardees? or at least give them a ride home?  ;D

alternately, could consider taking a bus.  the place is right downtown, on the harbor - there must be greyhound buses that would work, right?  from my neck of the woods, there is an express bus from shady grove to BWI.  from there, take light rail into the city.  slightly faster for me than going to downtown DC and grabbing a bus at union station.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 16, 2011, 05:08:53 pm
isn't that sold out?

nevermind . . . got confused with their breakfast stout breakfast thing, founders is doing somewhere.  i hate that i am this obsessed with a product.  founders is the steve job's apple of beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 16, 2011, 05:13:16 pm
For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.


that would be an interesting trip up and back.   ;D

i'd be mostly concerned with the trip back...

would make for a fun road trip tho.  anyone have a spouse/partner/SO/etc willing to babysit a few beer-drench boardees? or at least give them a ride home?  ;D

alternately, could consider taking a bus.  the place is right downtown, on the harbor - there must be greyhound buses that would work, right?  from my neck of the woods, there is an express bus from shady grove to BWI.  from there, take light rail into the city.  slightly faster for me than going to downtown DC and grabbing a bus at union station.

I find these beer pairing dining events in the city to be quite shitty... not enough food and warm beer.

In other over priced and over indulgence news, did anyone go to the Vices of Virginia two weekends ago? Hands down one of the best events I've ever attended that involves gluttony.

http://arcadiafood.org/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 16, 2011, 05:19:37 pm
For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.

this is the first i've heard of this brunch - why didn't you tell us about it before?!?
http://dcbeer.com/2011/11/15/meridian-pint-hosts-founders-beer-brunch/

the founders brunch is actually $25 more - there is an obligatory $10 gratuity and $5 tax, so $65 total.

i'm running a 15 km that morning... this might be the perfect recoup meal ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on November 16, 2011, 05:24:24 pm
For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.

this is the first i've heard of this brunch - why didn't you tell us about it before?!?
http://dcbeer.com/2011/11/15/meridian-pint-hosts-founders-beer-brunch/

the founders brunch is actually $25 more - there is an obligatory $10 gratuity and $5 tax, so $65 total.

i'm running a 15 km that morning... this might be the perfect recoup meal ;D

You running the hot chocolate race?? Pretty sure I'm doing the same...but 5k, I'm a wuss.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 06:56:46 pm
factor in the processing fees and those tickets are more then $40.

A processing fee will be applied at the end of checkout


For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.

this is the first i've heard of this brunch - why didn't you tell us about it before?!?
http://dcbeer.com/2011/11/15/meridian-pint-hosts-founders-beer-brunch/

the founders brunch is actually $25 more - there is an obligatory $10 gratuity and $5 tax, so $65 total.

i'm running a 15 km that morning... this might be the perfect recoup meal ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 16, 2011, 07:04:30 pm
factor in the processing fees and those tickets are more then $40.

A processing fee will be applied at the end of checkout

processing fee is $4.50, so in the end the founders brunch is $20 more than the b'more thingy.  definitely worth it if only because of the proximity.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 16, 2011, 07:15:03 pm
Definitely worth it because the Founders beers listed are outstanding.

There will be some good beers at that Baltimore thing, but nothing outstanding, imo.

factor in the processing fees and those tickets are more then $40.

A processing fee will be applied at the end of checkout

processing fee is $4.50, so in the end the founders brunch is $20 more than the b'more thingy.  definitely worth it if only because of the proximity.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 16, 2011, 07:16:45 pm
I told y'all about it yesterday  ::)

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Re: The Beer Thread
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FBS is grreeeeeat! I am really looking forward to the Meridien Pint brunch where they tap FBS, CBS, two years of KBS, Blushing Monk and Backwoods Bastard


For only $10 more the Founders brunch at Meridian is a slam dunk compared to that one.

this is the first i've heard of this brunch - why didn't you tell us about it before?!?
http://dcbeer.com/2011/11/15/meridian-pint-hosts-founders-beer-brunch/

the founders brunch is actually $25 more - there is an obligatory $10 gratuity and $5 tax, so $65 total.

i'm running a 15 km that morning... this might be the perfect recoup meal ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 17, 2011, 01:14:29 am
finally hit up churchkey tonight for the first time.  yes, bad boy, bad.

enjoyed:
MAHR'S BR─U WEISSE
SCALDIS TRIPLE BLONDE
KASTEEL TRIPEL
SCALDIS NO╦L
PANNEPOT
FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT
(from http://www.birchandbarley.com/documents/CKDRAFTWEDNESDAY11-16-2011.pdf)

favs: scaldis tripel, scaldis Noel, and the breakfast stout (obviously).  pannepot was quite interesting but not quite a top 3 of the evening.  all beers were on tap.  
 
in reality what i enjoyed the most was the fact that someone else picked up the tab ;D  that, and the deep fried mac and cheese.  yes, i know you're not supposed to like it - but you try resisting that.  <game=over>
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: hutch on November 17, 2011, 08:10:58 am
finally hit up churchkey tonight for the first time.  yes, bad boy, bad.

enjoyed:
MAHR'S BR─U WEISSE
SCALDIS TRIPLE BLONDE
KASTEEL TRIPEL
SCALDIS NO╦L
PANNEPOT
FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT
(from http://www.birchandbarley.com/documents/CKDRAFTWEDNESDAY11-16-2011.pdf)

favs: scaldis tripel, scaldis Noel, and the breakfast stout (obviously).  pannepot was quite interesting but not quite a top 3 of the evening.  all beers were on tap.  
 
in reality what i enjoyed the most was the fact that someone else picked up the tab ;D  that, and the deep fried mac and cheese.  yes, i know you're not supposed to like it - but you try resisting that.  <game=over>

what??? did this person know you won $600 this week????!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 17, 2011, 08:45:53 am
Did you mow down any "yuppies" as you drove home?

finally hit up churchkey tonight for the first time.  yes, bad boy, bad.

enjoyed:
MAHR'S BR─U WEISSE
SCALDIS TRIPLE BLONDE
KASTEEL TRIPEL
SCALDIS NO╦L
PANNEPOT
FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT
(from http://www.birchandbarley.com/documents/CKDRAFTWEDNESDAY11-16-2011.pdf)

favs: scaldis tripel, scaldis Noel, and the breakfast stout (obviously).  pannepot was quite interesting but not quite a top 3 of the evening.  all beers were on tap.  
 
in reality what i enjoyed the most was the fact that someone else picked up the tab ;D  that, and the deep fried mac and cheese.  yes, i know you're not supposed to like it - but you try resisting that.  <game=over>
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 17, 2011, 09:12:41 am
speaking of Ommegang, local Costcos now have their Holiday gift packs

3 750s (Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and Hennepin) plus a nice tasting glass for 21.99 - seems like a great deal to me
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 17, 2011, 09:28:47 am
But getting a Costco membership would kill my indie cred.

speaking of Ommegang, local Costcos now have their Holiday gift packs

3 750s (Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and Hennepin) plus a nice tasting glass for 21.99 - seems like a great deal to me
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on November 17, 2011, 09:29:49 am
in that case I lost my indie cred in 1996  :D

But getting a Costco membership would kill my indie cred.

speaking of Ommegang, local Costcos now have their Holiday gift packs

3 750s (Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and Hennepin) plus a nice tasting glass for 21.99 - seems like a great deal to me
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 17, 2011, 09:32:32 am
Trader Joes Vintage Ale 2011 out next week.

Great value, very good Belgian, made by Unibroue.

Or just get a four pack of your favorite Unibroue beer. It's about the same cost per ounce.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 17, 2011, 11:34:38 am
Did you mow down any "yuppies" as you drove home?

FYI there is this great alternative to the minivan called "the metro" :P

no way in hell i was driving after that many beers.  i could have gotten in an accident and damaged my car.

speaking of Ommegang, local Costcos now have their Holiday gift packs

3 750s (Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and Hennepin) plus a nice tasting glass for 21.99 - seems like a great deal to me

trader joes also have Ommegang Abbey Ale (dubbel) 750's for $6.99
 
Trader Joes Vintage Ale 2011 out next week.

Great value, very good Belgian, made by Unibroue.

Or just get a four pack of your favorite Unibroue beer. It's about the same cost per ounce.

thanks, i'm on that.  their last special batch, millenium, was really nice.  wasn't made by unibroue, tho.  do you know how much the Vintage 2011 will sell for?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 18, 2011, 02:43:38 pm
Word on the interwebs is that some VA stores have gottten it and it's $4.99/bottle. Don't have it at my VA store yet, dangit.

thanks, i'm on that.  their last special batch, millenium, was really nice.  wasn't made by unibroue, tho.  do you know how much the Vintage 2011 will sell for?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 18, 2011, 03:01:22 pm
cool, thanks.  i'll be hitting up the TJ's in Tysons the week after thanksgiving, hopefully it will have arrived by then and they will still have some left.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 18, 2011, 05:14:53 pm
picked up some nice stuff . . . too lazy to post now.

but i did get four bottles of stone 11.11.11.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on November 18, 2011, 06:16:14 pm
speaking of Ommegang, local Costcos now have their Holiday gift packs

3 750s (Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and Hennepin) plus a nice tasting glass for 21.99 - seems like a great deal to me

I got one last year.  The glass has a nice shape but the gold trim isn't holding up too well after a year of use.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 18, 2011, 09:37:24 pm
Let us know what you think of that one. Reviews I've read have been mixed. It's a beer made with chilis.

I just bought a chilli pepper porter...Left Hand Fade to Black Vol. 3. Not a big fan of that brewery, but their Fade to Black series has been excellent, and this one it too. $9.49/six pack minus $1 coupon at Total Wine.

Also got a four pack of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. $7.49 minus $1 coupon.


Headed to the midwest for the holiday. Hope to bring home beer by Three Floyds, Half Acre, Goose Island, Columbus Brewing, and The Brew Kettle.


picked up some nice stuff . . . too lazy to post now.

but i did get four bottles of stone 11.11.11.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: renton007 on November 21, 2011, 02:23:21 pm
I randomly found a few bottles of DFH's Bitches Brew at the Springfield Whole Foods on Saturday (just FYI in case you missed out on the limited run). They also have a favorite from when I lived in Richmond, Legend's Brown Ale. I was hoping to find some of the beers from this thread but the three year old claimed that looking a bottles was "boring".
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 21, 2011, 03:40:54 pm
this

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5mY5SEgzoBk/S64idTU6S-I/AAAAAAAAAig/t45jjUFhWyU/s1600/IMG_8227.jpg)


is an incredible beer.  i must find more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 21, 2011, 05:07:34 pm
people get all excited about super-hoppy beers, but for my money belgian ales are where it's at.  i tried that beer a few months back, tasty but not quite my thing:

- http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gouden-carolus-cuvee-van-de-keizer-rood-red/86944/
another weird spicy number.  i'm a fan of belgian beer, especially witbier, so i had high hopes for this one.  it was damn tasty but the pungent herb-y smell was a bit much by the end of the bottle.  very thick mouthfeel (just learned that word).  i'll be keeping my eye out for the darker "blue" version.
You gotta try Cuvee van de Kaiser Blau. That's one of my favorite Belgians.

still haven't tried the blau yet.  need to get on that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on November 21, 2011, 05:13:59 pm
actually . . . i just realized i purchased the "rood" version.  your ode to detail back then was spot on about the beer.  my gay lover man and i agree it was top notch.  did not know there were other versions of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on November 21, 2011, 05:29:14 pm
I brew.  How to brew is the best resource you can use to start.  Theres a home brew store in Falls Church (MLHBS) which is very helpful as well.  You could go in there and walk out with ingredients to start brewing right away. 

http://www.northernbrewer.com/ is a good resource for supplies, they are priced very competitively.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ is a great forum, every question i've ever had has been answered at some point on this forum.

awesome, thanks for the input.  i will definitely have to swing by MLHBS (might even go tonight).  there is also The Flying Barrel in frederick that i've heard good things about. 

what is you best tip for the newbie?  anything you wish someone told you before you ruined your first batch?

best tip, which is commonly passed along for people starting off is, "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew".  people often get caught up in one or two things, say your brew pot boiled over, or you didn't sanitize something before it contacted your ingredients, etc.  in the end, the small mistakes you make usually don't matter much.

i've ruined a few batches, and sometimes i've aimed for one thing, and got something completely different.  it's all a part of the process, and it's fun and interesting. i would say brew with a friend, it makes for an enjoyable time. i'd say start off with a kit, the LHBS has one for rogue dead guy, and has many others.  they can definitely get you started.  when i went in there the first time, i had no clue what i was doing and i didn't ask enough questions.  tried to play it off like i did all my research, when in fact, i didn't do nearly enough.  just be humble, and those guys will help you out and make sure you have everything you need. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on November 24, 2011, 10:17:53 am
Went on a beer run yesterday. Came back with bottles of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Brookyln Black Chocolate Stout, Bells Java Stout, Troegs Mad Elf, and Schafly Reserve Imperial Stout.
Couldn't find Great Lakes Xmas Ale anywhere, but ordered a bottle of it at Dino last night with my burger. So good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 27, 2011, 11:54:57 pm
i'm in wisconsin this week, west of milwaukee.  any good local brews i should be on the lookout for?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dave24 on November 28, 2011, 05:54:21 pm
Wisconsin should put you pretty well into Surly territory
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on November 28, 2011, 06:21:13 pm
Wisconsin should put you pretty well into Surly territory

thanks for the suggestion.  i'll definitely keep my eyes open for surly, but according to their website the stuff isn't available outside of minnesota.  maybe their distribution info is out of date?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on November 29, 2011, 10:46:02 am
I'd seek out Deschutes.  You can't get it here, which upsets me to no end. In fact, I might only drink Deschutes.

I'd also BOLO for Big Sky, Three Floyds, Lost Coast, Great Lakes, Grand Teton.  Lots of other choices of stuff you can get there but not here, but I don't recognize those names...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 29, 2011, 01:21:56 pm
Drank and brought back far too much beer while spending the holidays in Indiana. Made a day trip to chicago, a stop off in Cleveland, and one in Columbus on the way home. Didn't make it to Three Floyds brewpub (and missed out on a six pack of the rarely bottled Zombie Dust) because I caught a stomach flu from my in-laws and was puking my guts the day we were supposed to go.

Among the beers consumed/brought home that aren't available in DC area:

Three Floyds (Indiana) Dreadnaught DIPA, Alpha King APA, Robert the Bruce Scotch Ale, Alpha Panzer Wolf DIPA
Half Acre (Chicago) Daisy Cutter APA
The Brew Kettle (Cleveland area) Old 21 DIPA
Columbus IPA
Ska Brewing (Colorado) Modus Hoperandi IPA
Thirsty Dog (Ohio) Siberian Night Imperial Stout and Old Leghumper Porter
Dark Horse (Michigan) Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Boulevard (Kansas City) Sixth Point Quad and Double Wide  DIPA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 29, 2011, 01:24:18 pm
Coolest beer can of all time?

(http://www.thegreatestbeerofalltime.com/storage/Ska%20Brewing%20Company%20Modus%20Hoperandi%20India%20Pale%20Ale.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1277589143860)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 29, 2011, 01:34:10 pm
My wife must have tipped off her parents to our beer tastes, as they had a selection of Ommegang and Dogfish products waiting for us.

At the Thanksgiving table, I read the Hennepin label aloud, noting that as the label said, Father Hennepin discovered Niagara Falls. My devoutly Catholic father in law launched into a long, boring lecture telling us all new knew about Father Hennepin.

In the middle of said lecture, my four year old daughter blurts out "Mmmmm, this cheese is so fucking delicious!" My father in law went right on babbling, oblivious to the blurt and ensuing laughter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 29, 2011, 07:29:37 pm
Deschutes in WI in mid-2012, but not there yet.

I'd seek out Deschutes.  You can't get it here, which upsets me to no end. In fact, I might only drink Deschutes.

I'd also BOLO for Big Sky, Three Floyds, Lost Coast, Great Lakes, Grand Teton.  Lots of other choices of stuff you can get there but not here, but I don't recognize those names...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on November 30, 2011, 12:31:52 pm
Going to New Orleans this weekend. Anything particularly special/exclusive down there? (no, Abita doesn't count)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on November 30, 2011, 01:07:51 pm
Somewhere in this thread (a few pages back) is an excel file showing which beers are available in which states, by brewery.  I think it's a great guide if what you want to do is explore offerings from breweries that you don't typically have access to.

If you have a strong preference for a particular style, I'd suggest seeking that out, regardless of whether you can get it at home.  I will absolutely seek out an Imperial Stout or a DIPA, depending on my mood.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on November 30, 2011, 02:58:50 pm
 http://www.nme.com/news/hanson/60704

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American pop band Hanson have revealed they are launching their own brand of beer called 'Mmmhop'.

The trio have announced that the beverage ? which is named after their 1997 Number One single 'Mmmbop' ? will be an Indian pale ale that will be available early next year, reports the Daily Express.

The group discussed the details of their new venture at the Oxford Union earlier this week (November 28), with drummer Zac Hanson telling the audience: "It's vital our fans trust in everything Hanson do. We are soon going to be selling our own beer. I'm not joking ? Mmmhop IPA anyone?"

Hanson released their eighth studio album 'Shout It Out' in June 2010. Earlier this year, meanwhile, guitarist Isaac Hanson accused Kings Of Leon of "acting like pricks" after the Tennessee band shelved tour dates with singer Caleb Followill allegedly suffering from exhaustion and vocal problems.

Hanson aren't the only band to try their hand at the alcoholic beverage industry. Elbow launched their own charity beer named after their 'Build A Rocket Boys!' album and donated the proceeds from its sales to Oxfam, while the likes of The Rifles and Kiss have also introduced their own brands of ale this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 03, 2011, 06:06:20 pm
does anybody know where i can buy this.  has anybody seen this stuff in the district anywhere?  i am desperate to find it as a gift for someone.  please help.

(http://www.bombshelterbar.com/images/champale2009.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on December 04, 2011, 10:05:28 pm
Anyone try the Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA? Bought a bottle on impulse but can gift it if it isn't worth it.

Also got a six pack of the River Horse Tripel Horse, which is a reasonable Belgium from a brewery in NJ. I'm liking it, and the 10% alcohol guarantees I'll like it for the rest of the week too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 04, 2011, 10:39:33 pm
Stone's Black IPA is great.  Don't gift it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 05, 2011, 09:41:38 am
Indeed.

I wonder how long this one will be good for. It says "Drink Fresh" and the bottling date is August 2011.

Stone's Black IPA is great.  Don't gift it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 05, 2011, 01:48:06 pm
I won't keep mine but it should age ok, shouldn't it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 05, 2011, 02:27:02 pm
I guess my concern is over losing some of the hoppiness.

Found this (their suggestion is no doubt intended to sell more bottles of it):


http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2570



We do recommend drinking this beer as fresh as possible, but those inclined to age their beers will probably not be disappointed, as the intense roast malt flavors will enhance the aging potential of this beer, even as the fresh hop character fades over time. If you do decide to age, we strongly suggest not to do it with just one bottle tucked away in the back of your closet for some undetermined amount of time, but rather with a few bottles, properly cellared (55 degrees F, or below), and a predetermined ?open, and enjoy the progression? series of dates not more than six months apart (three month intervals are suggested for this particular beer). That way, you can enjoy and appreciate the cellaring process in addition to the beer itself.



I won't keep mine but it should age ok, shouldn't it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on December 05, 2011, 02:39:17 pm
Best 9:30 club offering-  Troeg's Javahead Stout,  like it even more than the Brooklyn Double Chocolate Stout. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on December 05, 2011, 03:15:37 pm
Does the Beer List at the club change much?  The latest rage for bars is to have a live webcam shot of a sign showing what's available.  Maybe we could get a shot of the signage over on tumblr whenever something new comes in....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 05, 2011, 05:22:05 pm
Had no idea the dbl chocolate stout was at the club. Nice.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on December 05, 2011, 06:08:05 pm
Had no idea the dbl chocolate stout was at the club. Nice.


basement bar
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Venerable Bede on December 08, 2011, 03:27:46 pm
Came home with way too many beers from my trip to chicago, but will be trying many of these this weekend....

Great Lakes: Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, Edmund Fitzgerald (note- I hate porters, but love the song, so had to get it)

Capital Brewery (Wisconsin): supper club

Chi-Town: windy city wheat, pier pale ale

Bell's: best brown ale, oarsman ale

New Glarus: spotted cow (a favorite, so stocked up), moon man, two women, fat squirrel

Boulevard: single-wide, double-wide (750ml), smokehouse series collaboration #2 white ipa (750 ml; collaboration with deschutes)...also brought back their wheat beer for the wife.

Crooked Line: detour double ipa (750 ml)

Sam Adams: third way double ipa (1 pint, 6 oz)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on December 08, 2011, 03:50:19 pm
Speaking of Bell's, I went to Church Key on Tuesday for the Black Note tapping.

Had never heard of it, but figured Bell's could do no wrong and it was the only keg in DC/VA, so what the hell.

Nevertheless, it was Kalamazoo Stout aged in Old Forrester Bourbon Barrels combined with their Double Cream Stout.  Clocked in at 11.5%, and it was absolutely delicious.  Really roasty and smooth, on the verge of being sweet, very good.

Made a stout night of it and also tried:
Diesel - from Sixpoint brewery
Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room - from Evil Twin
NATAS - from DC Brau (Cask conditioned and dry hopped with centennial hops)

All had good roasty/coffee/chocolate notes.  Diesel was pretty standard, a little thin for my tastes.  Christmas Eve.. was good, a lot like Black Note, but just not as good in any area.  NATAS, solid beer, but I generally across the board am not a fan of the sweetness in most porters and this was the case here as well. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 14, 2011, 10:04:23 am
So let me ask you, dear 9:30 board friends. How many of you would want to share a beer with Newt Gingrich? Wouldn't you be afraid of contracting herpes or boredom or something? Good lord, who writes this shit?


You don?t get more un-Romney than Gingrich. Imperfect and untidy, he?s the serial husband with whom anyone could feel comfortable sharing a beer. Or a keg. A sinner like the rest of us, he?s as familiar and comfortable as an old sofa.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-death-wish/2011/12/09/gIQALe5CjO_story.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on December 14, 2011, 10:39:21 am
Newt is a fucknig train-wreck

http://www.thedailyshow.com/collection/403573/a-whole-newt-ball-game/386213
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 14, 2011, 01:34:28 pm
I'm not going to match it against the Belgian holiday offerings, but I would say this is the best holiday themed beer produced by a North American brewery. Ever.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LlrWtl9Goy0/TtvAqvtC-uI/AAAAAAAADK0/ai4h72IaBq0/s400/Lagunitas+Sucks+Holiday+Ale+Brown+Shugga%2527+Substitute.JPG)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on December 14, 2011, 04:30:40 pm
Was in West Virginia for work earlier this week (much to my chagrin), so I drove over to Ohio to this beer store I found on BA and bought two bombers of Three Floyds.  Got Alpha Klaus and Dreadnaught. They also had Lagunitas Sucks but I had a few of those on tap at Iron Horse last weekend. Can't wait to try these.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 14, 2011, 05:10:24 pm
Both are awesome. Make sure you drink them quickly, as the Three Floyds hoppy stuff seems to lose intensity pretty fast.

Had an Alpha King 12 oz with dinner last night. Had an Arctic Panzer Wolf (maybe a bit more bitter than Dreadnaught, hard to say which is better) bomber a week ago. Had Dreadnaught on draft while in Chicago and Thanksgiving. yum yum.

misread your post: alpha KLAUS, which is a porter, will probably keep better than alph KING, a pale ale.

Was in West Virginia for work earlier this week (much to my chagrin), so I drove over to Ohio to this beer store I found on BA and bought two bombers of Three Floyds.  Got Alpha Klaus and Dreadnaught. They also had Lagunitas Sucks but I had a few of those on tap at Iron Horse last weekend. Can't wait to try these.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 14, 2011, 05:59:40 pm
i like beer and all . . . but james ford is a beer crack head.

 ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 14, 2011, 09:27:17 pm
He is.  I should have checked with him before I flew to Dallas.  Got there and had no idea what I should have been looking for.  The only homework I ever do is what record stores I need to visit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 14, 2011, 10:11:53 pm
haha

just used about four years worth of miles saved to book a European trip for three.

Six days in Germany, three in Belgium, and three in Amsterdam. Rumor has it they drink beer in those countries.   ;D  Might even have to have more than one per day!


i like beer and all . . . but james ford is a beer crack head.

 ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 14, 2011, 11:07:34 pm
Quick: anyone have any opinions on the offerings from Lakefront Brewery (WI)?  I'm trying to choose here... Starting with a Fuel Cafe.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on December 15, 2011, 09:47:27 am
Quick: anyone have any opinions on the offerings from Lakefront Brewery (WI)?  I'm trying to choose here... Starting with a Fuel Cafe.

So, how'd you like it?

I was in Milwaukee summer before last for a wedding, did the Lakefront Brewery tour.  I thought it was all quite bland.  In my opinion, it all had that horribly thin, metallic taste that one associates with all the big lager breweries out there.  I later came to realize that is just a Milwaukee thing, as I was surprisingly disappointed in just about everything that I had on that trip because it all tastes like that.

New Glarus was an exception, but even that wasn't as good as the hype wanted me to think it was.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on December 15, 2011, 10:50:27 am
Has anybody tried the Infinium yet?  I have a bottle chilling in the basement, but the reviews seem mediocre to poor.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on December 15, 2011, 11:23:37 am
I think it's been discussed at some point in this thread, but how is the Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary Dogfishhead Brew??

Picked up two bottles of the weekend.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 15, 2011, 11:54:29 am
Quick: anyone have any opinions on the offerings from Lakefront Brewery (WI)?  I'm trying to choose here... Starting with a Fuel Cafe.

So, how'd you like it?

I was in Milwaukee summer before last for a wedding, did the Lakefront Brewery tour.  I thought it was all quite bland.  In my opinion, it all had that horribly thin, metallic taste that one associates with all the big lager breweries out there.  I later came to realize that is just a Milwaukee thing, as I was surprisingly disappointed in just about everything that I had on that trip because it all tastes like that.

New Glarus was an exception, but even that wasn't as good as the hype wanted me to think it was.

i need to share my full appreciation of WI beers, what what tomorrow being my last day here, but until then: you're pretty spot on about the Lakehead.  the Fuel Cafe coffee stout was quite solid but don't know that i'd order it again, and the Wheat Monkey was unimpressive (and disappointing, since i love wheat beer).  the evening wasn't a complete loss, tho, thanks to Bell's.  the restaurant i was at had their White Winter Ale (http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/10-Winter%20White%20Ale%20) which i quite enjoyed.  it was a nice mix between a heavy spiced winter seasonal and a summer'y whitbier.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on December 15, 2011, 01:40:10 pm
Quick: anyone have any opinions on the offerings from Lakefront Brewery (WI)?  I'm trying to choose here... Starting with a Fuel Cafe.

So, how'd you like it?

I was in Milwaukee summer before last for a wedding, did the Lakefront Brewery tour.  I thought it was all quite bland.  In my opinion, it all had that horribly thin, metallic taste that one associates with all the big lager breweries out there.  I later came to realize that is just a Milwaukee thing, as I was surprisingly disappointed in just about everything that I had on that trip because it all tastes like that.

New Glarus was an exception, but even that wasn't as good as the hype wanted me to think it was.

i need to share my full appreciation of WI beers, what what tomorrow being my last day here, but until then: you're pretty spot on about the Lakehead.  the Fuel Cafe coffee stout was quite solid but don't know that i'd order it again, and the Wheat Monkey was unimpressive (and disappointing, since i love wheat beer).  the evening wasn't a complete loss, tho, thanks to Bell's.  the restaurant i was at had their White Winter Ale (http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/10-Winter%20White%20Ale%20) which i quite enjoyed.  it was a nice mix between a heavy spiced winter seasonal and a summer'y whitbier.

That's good to know that the Stout was good.

I guess I should've actually listed the four I had on the tour (their wheat, ESB, IPA, and american Red ale); all of which can easily come off rather thin tasting.  I do like Stouts and will give theirs a try if I ever come across it.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 15, 2011, 03:30:03 pm
If you put and trust in ratebeer's ratings, you'll see that the Fuel Cafe Stout gets a 52nd percentile overall and a 29th percentile among sweet stouts. It's been awhile since i had one, but i'd say those ratings are pretty spot on. I'd drink one if you have me one, but I wouldn't buy it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 15, 2011, 10:08:31 pm
i need to share my full appreciation of WI beers

so here we go: tonight is my last night in WI, after having worked here for the past 4 weeks.  brews that have been tasted:

New Glarus (http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/)
- Spotted Cow: my favorite local beer.
- Flying Squirrel: second-fav.
- Above 40 Boch (on tap) - not bad, a tad bitter, but wouldn't order again.
- Naked: wanted to like it, but in this case "back-to-basics approach to brewing" amounts to "rather plain".

Ale Asylum (http://aleasylum.com/)
- Contorter Porter: a little watery and a tad bitter.  did not like.  ironic since the label boasts of the beer's smoothness.  maybe i got a bad batch?
- Hopalicious: had it on a full stomach and it didn't sit well.  it was indeed hoppy.

Sprecher (http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/)
- Special Amber: surprisingly good.  first amber i've really enjoyed in a while.

so all in all, it's been fun but i haven't found anything that i'd bother bringing home.  HOWEVER, the beer highlight has been Cafe Hollander.  OH MY GAWD CHECK OUT THIS BEER LIST (http://www.lowlandsgroup.com/admin/pdfs/cafehollander_tosa_beer.pdf).  i'm like a kid in a candy store there.  i've been to the joint a few times and so far have tried:

- Delirium Noel
- High Speed Wit
- Wittekerke Winter Wit
- Goose Island Mathilda
- Confessions Grand Cru
- N'ice Chouffe (least fav but still solid)
- Ename Cuvee

i'm actually on my way there right now for my send-off party.  if anyone reads this in the next few hours and sees something on that menu that they recommend, please lemme know :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 19, 2011, 09:45:51 am
If you've never had Three Floyds, you owe it to yourself to check this out (note: these are bottles only on the FFF) For hopheads, I especially recommend the Dreadnaught, Panzer Wolf, and Alpha King.

From the DCbeer website (words are not mine)


.The fine folks at Meridian Pint / Smoke and Barrel have just made all your Christmas wishes come true by announcing an event next week featuring one of my favorite breweries, Three Floyds. This brewery is often referred to as one of the very best breweries in America. They are a smaller brewery in Munster,IN and have a small distribution area, so take advantage of this rare opportunity.

The one-day-only event is next Wednesday, December 21, starting at 6PM at Smoke and Barrel in Adams Morgan and will feature a total of seven beers.

Dreadnaught, Alpha King, Gumballhead, Alpha Klaus, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Ragnarok, Pride & Joy

If you haven?t had a chance to try anything from Three Floyds, now is the time to make plans. Enjoy

The very next day at Meridan Pint, the fun continues with four more out-of-market beers. This is also a one night event. These will go fast so arrive early.

Ale Asylum Satisfaction JacksinLakefront RiverWest SteinNew Glarus Moon ManNew Glarus Spooted CowSprecher Black BavarianTyranena Rocky?s Revenge Bourbon BrownAle Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin

Lakefront RiverWest Stein

New Glarus Moon Man

New Glarus Spooted Cow

Sprecher Black Bavarian

Tyranena Rocky?s Revenge Bourbon Brown

My personal excitement for this event peaked quickly, only to be immediately extinguished as I realized I?m leaving town for the Holidays the day before. Reminds me Christmas 89??G.I. Joe Walkie Talkie set ??not so fast..here is some flannel kid.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 19, 2011, 10:34:39 am
I think it's been discussed at some point in this thread, but how is the Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary Dogfishhead Brew??

Picked up two bottles of the weekend.

pearl jam beer . . . is excellent.  even with currants.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 19, 2011, 11:11:07 am
Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.



My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 19, 2011, 11:58:57 am
yep . . . crackhead.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on December 19, 2011, 12:18:38 pm
I'm not going to match it against the Belgian holiday offerings, but I would say this is the best holiday themed beer produced by a North American brewery. Ever.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LlrWtl9Goy0/TtvAqvtC-uI/AAAAAAAADK0/ai4h72IaBq0/s400/Lagunitas+Sucks+Holiday+Ale+Brown+Shugga%2527+Substitute.JPG)

This beer is really really good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 19, 2011, 12:28:15 pm
*Might* be my favorite under-$10 six pack ever.

Word is they're releasing another batch and renaming it Holiday Leftovers Ale.

Regardless of the name, i'm hoping it becomes an annual seasonal release. It will be my go to for sure!



I'm not going to match it against the Belgian holiday offerings, but I would say this is the best holiday themed beer produced by a North American brewery. Ever.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LlrWtl9Goy0/TtvAqvtC-uI/AAAAAAAADK0/ai4h72IaBq0/s400/Lagunitas+Sucks+Holiday+Ale+Brown+Shugga%2527+Substitute.JPG)

This beer is really really good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on December 19, 2011, 01:37:18 pm
Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.



My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.

I don't have a cellar, I just have an extra fridge.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 19, 2011, 01:37:38 pm
had some friends over yesterday for a holiday get-together, and folks brought several seasonal holiday ales (none were lagunitas, unfortunately - sounds like i need to track down some of that).

in order of preference:
- Anderson Valley Winter Solstice: omg omg omg this is delicious.  caramel?  vanilla?  not sure, but it's one of the tastier winter brews i've had since... well... last week (but to be fair, that was an exceptional week).  highly recommended.
- Anchor's 37th Our Special Ale: solid.
- Breckenridge Christmas Ale: somewhat pedestrian.

also had Dogfish Head's Theobroma ("ale brewed with honey, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, ancho chilies and ground annatto").  t'was pretty good and not particularly spicy.  it was better then their Red & White but still a little too weird and not worth the price.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on December 19, 2011, 02:15:57 pm
we need to bring http://www.taphunter.com/ to DC.

Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from?

i don't have much in the way of aging beer: 10 old dominion barleywines and a 4-pack of unibroue.  i'll up the unibroue count if i can make it to TJ's before they run out.  my cellar is mostly made up of 25-30 bottles of red wine collecting dust.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 21, 2011, 12:44:28 pm
*Might* be my favorite under-$10 six pack ever.

Word is they're releasing another batch and renaming it Holiday Leftovers Ale.

Regardless of the name, i'm hoping it becomes an annual seasonal release. It will be my go to for sure!

Had some of this at Black Squirrel.  It is indeed very good.  I wouldn't trample babies to get my hands on it, but it's good stuff nonetheless.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on December 22, 2011, 12:24:46 am
Had the 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus tonight. Holy sh*t, it was delicious. Very chocolatey stout, one of the best I've had this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on December 22, 2011, 12:54:11 am
Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.

My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.

Interesting. What do you have from Victory? Is is ageable stuff or do you just happen to have bought a case of it recently?

Dogfish: 24 bottles (2 vintages of Bitches Brew and Life and Limb, some Immort, 120 min and Pearl Jam)
Founders: 20+ bottles ('10 and '11 KBS, '10 and "11 BS, Backwoods Bastard, Nemesis and some Double Trouble that is way past its sell by date)
Goose Island: (BCBS, King Henry, Night Stalker and Big John)
Sierra Nevada: 8 (a variety of 30th anniv beers)

Other random stuff: Troegs Mad Elf, Brooklyn Black Ops, Firestone Walker Parabola, The Abyss, Alesmith Speedway Stout and a few other bits and pieces
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wml7 on December 22, 2011, 02:16:46 am
Got two  ;D
http://www.stellaartois.com/1-800-my-chalice-4108/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on December 22, 2011, 09:43:08 am
Had a Schlafly Christmas Ale with my latkes and matzah ball soup last night at Star & Shamrock, very tasty
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 22, 2011, 10:09:15 am
Nice!

As far as Victory goes...they don't have a "killer" beer like Hopslam or KBS, but they do a wide range of stuff very well, imo. They are all winners in the value/quality department, and put nearly everything out in 12 oz six pack bottles (which i definitely prefer to bombers)

In my cellar I have (all of these are higher abv and came in well priced six packs (not four and not bombers!):

Old Horizontal (American Style Barleywine): heard they weren't making it this year, but found a bunch of six packs from last year (and grabbed one) from a small grocery store chain store in Indiana with a shockingly good craft beer selection. It's a hoppy barleywine somewhat reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

Moonglow (Weizenbock): Not really one of my favorite styles, but this one is nice. Probably my second favorite in style, second only the Schneider Avenitus (but cheaper!)

Yakima Glory (Black IPA): Actually more dark amber than black....excellent rich mix of hop bitterness and roastiness.. not my *favorite* black ipa, but probably the best one that I can get in VA that comes in a six pack (until Southern Tier starts six packing their black ipa in 2012)

Storm King (Imperial Stout): Very good, on the hoppier side for an imperial stout. Compares in value and quality I think to Old Rasputin

Don't have but have tried:

Hop Devil (IPA):decent, but there are obviously so many (better) ipas on the market, I don't bother with this one.
Hop Wallop (DIPA): very good, but again too many better competitors
Prima Pils (Pilsner): Gets high marks on BA and RB (and from my pilsner loving friend), but I'm not a pilsner guy...



Interesting. What do you have from Victory? Is is ageable stuff or do you just happen to have bought a case of it recently?

Dogfish: 24 bottles (2 vintages of Bitches Brew and Life and Limb, some Immort, 120 min and Pearl Jam)
Founders: 20+ bottles ('10 and '11 KBS, '10 and "11 BS, Backwoods Bastard, Nemesis and some Double Trouble that is way past its sell by date)
Goose Island: (BCBS, King Henry, Night Stalker and Big John)
Sierra Nevada: 8 (a variety of 30th anniv beers)

Other random stuff: Troegs Mad Elf, Brooklyn Black Ops, Firestone Walker Parabola, The Abyss, Alesmith Speedway Stout and a few other bits and pieces
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on December 22, 2011, 10:11:08 am

Prima Pils (Pilsner): Gets high marks on BA and RB (and from my pilsner loving friend), but I'm not a pilsner guy...



Interesting. What do you have from Victory? Is is ageable stuff or do you just happen to have bought a case of it recently?

Dogfish: 24 bottles (2 vintages of Bitches Brew and Life and Limb, some Immort, 120 min and Pearl Jam)
Founders: 20+ bottles ('10 and '11 KBS, '10 and "11 BS, Backwoods Bastard, Nemesis and some Double Trouble that is way past its sell by date)
Goose Island: (BCBS, King Henry, Night Stalker and Big John)
Sierra Nevada: 8 (a variety of 30th anniv beers)

Other random stuff: Troegs Mad Elf, Brooklyn Black Ops, Firestone Walker Parabola, The Abyss, Alesmith Speedway Stout and a few other bits and pieces

Gotta say, Prima Pils is my favorite Victory brew.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on December 22, 2011, 12:11:31 pm
Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.



My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.

It sounds like you might have an expiration problem soon.

http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894 (http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894)

There's always people to help with that problem.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on December 22, 2011, 12:16:59 pm
Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.



My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.

It sounds like you might have an expiration problem soon.

http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894 (http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894)

There's always people to help with that problem.

Kill the Cellar party at Jim Ford's house while jammin' to Dad rock!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 22, 2011, 02:52:42 pm
Haha. Nah, I meticulously rotate stuff to beat the expiration dates.  :D

Those Victory, Founders, and Ommegang's all have anywhere from nine months to 5+ years left.

Question for those who have a bottle stash in the cellars...

Which brewery do you have the most bottles from? My current top three are:

Founders: 22 bottles
Victory: 20 bottles
Ommegang: 17 bottles

Unibroue (counting TJ's Vintage) and Lagunitas are close behind.



My problem is I buy more beer than i drink.

It sounds like you might have an expiration problem soon.

http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894 (http://blog.stonebrew.com/?p=2894)

There's always people to help with that problem.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on December 22, 2011, 03:30:39 pm
I'd be down for a forum tasting sometime - especially seeing as none of us seem to go to actual concerts any more  :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on December 22, 2011, 03:31:05 pm
I'd be down for a forum tasting sometime - especially seeing as none of us seem to go to actual concerts any more  :P
but only if walkie brings his Founders CBS  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 22, 2011, 03:33:06 pm
oh you should see . . . what else i could bring.


 ;D   :D   ;)   :)   :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 22, 2011, 03:43:38 pm
I have a feeling I'd be expected to serve up something better than the Sierra Celebration my wife breaks out when the non-beer snob neighbors stop by.  ;)

I'd be down for a forum tasting sometime - especially seeing as none of us seem to go to actual concerts any more  :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on December 22, 2011, 06:44:01 pm
So what's the best beer you drank in 2011? You can only pick one. I'll go first:

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout.

Was fortunate enough to come across this at a beer store while visiting my parents in Upstate NY. Then I made the stupid mistake of passing on a bottle of BCS Rare for $40. Couldn't justify spending that much on one bomber at the time (though I would have bought it now). Nonetheless, the BCS Vanilla was spectacularly good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 22, 2011, 11:34:45 pm
easy one, my friend.

i'll even space it out for added effect.

founders harvest ale.  good lord.  enough said.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 23, 2011, 12:14:48 am
first . . . my choice for christmas beer of the year (sorry mister ford)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BWbI2Ufli4s/Tuxc1Ir5BoI/AAAAAAAABps/J8dxszGyNMY/s1600/Corsendonk%252520Christmas%252520Ale%252520-%252520250ml%252520-%2525200x250.jpg)


now let me introduce to you my final beer purchases in december, after such an excellent year for drinking beer:

lagunitas sucks  holiday ale (thank you for the mention of this, got 2 six packs and loved it)
bell's  best brown
ovila  saison
rj ruckers  black perle
troegs  mad elf ale
new holland  cabin fever brown ale
duvel
elysian/stone  la citrueille celeste
delirium  noel
moosehead lager (said what the hell, and it was good)
founders  dry hopped pale ale
red hook  (esb / copper hook / long hammer ipa)
dogfish head  pearl jam  twenty  faithful ale
abita  twenty fifth anniversary  vanilla doubledog
abita  restoration ale
anchor brewing   merry christmas and happy new year 2011
williamsburg aleworks   drake tail
hibernator   long trail
erdinger   hefe-weizen  dark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on December 23, 2011, 08:36:21 am
The Corsendonk ale is my traditional holiday beer.  Unfortunately I haven't bought any this year.

Did buy some Lagunitas Sucks last night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on December 23, 2011, 09:36:30 am
Anyone else battling a stage three hangover at work right now?

Argh!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Mobius on December 27, 2011, 11:20:46 am
Tried Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA yesterday . . .whoa . . .amazing beer, but truly must be consumed with caution.  One bottle drunk over about 30 minutes at lunch seemed like 3hrs and 6 beers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 27, 2011, 01:21:53 pm
I learned that both Duvel and Goose Island Mathilda go great with a seafood feast.

I also learned that Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter, though quite yummy, doesn't pair with chili.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on December 27, 2011, 02:27:57 pm
Courtesy of my wine-drinking Napa Valley relatives, my 2011 xmas gift/beer haul included:

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
North Coast Brother Thelonius
North Coast Old Rasputin
Hair of the Dog - Fred
Bear Republic Racer 5
Anderson Valley - Brother David's Triple
and and and...
3 bottles of Pliny the Elder!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 27, 2011, 02:34:44 pm
wow, your relatives must me way richer than mine.  :o


Courtesy of my wine-drinking Napa Valley relatives, my 2011 xmas gift/beer haul included:

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
North Coast Brother Thelonius
North Coast Old Rasputin
Hair of the Dog - Fred
Bear Republic Racer 5
Anderson Valley - Brother David's Triple
and and and...
3 bottles of Pliny the Elder!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 30, 2011, 02:40:07 pm
knock yourself out...but don't drive home


Trappistes Rochefort 10 11.3% | Alvinne Oak AGEd Melchior 11.5% | Keagan ales Super kitty 12% | De Dolle Stille Nacht 12% |Avery Mephistopheles 16.83% | Dogfish head 120 minute IPA 18%.
$65 each, all inclusive, Georgetown, Thursday, January 19.



(http://www.eatyourpizza.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/high-alcohol-1024x791.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on December 30, 2011, 03:04:31 pm
Picked up some Lagunitas Sucks at Quench last night - verrrrrry nice!  (BTW they only got 1 case, so get it if you're gonna!)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on December 30, 2011, 04:03:25 pm
found a beer shoppee having a wonderful twenty percent off sale, so i got some final buys before the end of the year . . . yeah, pictures

(http://www.theweeklybrew.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Ommegang.jpg)

(http://tastingreview.com/viptr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/houblon-chouffe-dobbelen-ipa-tripel.jpg)

(http://store.liquorama.net/nl/dogfish90minute.jpg)

(http://www.joecanalsmillville.com/palm.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on December 30, 2011, 04:20:25 pm
I know a location that has more. I still have nine bottles left (plus a million other bottles). Fighting the urge to grab another six pack by telling myself that Hopslam will be here in a few weeks (though Lagunitas Sucks is half the price).

Picked up some Lagunitas Sucks at Quench last night - verrrrrry nice!  (BTW they only got 1 case, so get it if you're gonna!)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on December 30, 2011, 07:26:12 pm
found a beer shoppee having a wonderful twenty percent off sale, so i got some final buys before the end of the year . . . yeah, pictures

(http://www.joecanalsmillville.com/palm.jpg)

I really like Palm. It is a very drinkable, not super alcohol beer, that feels like there is more to it. It can be a little pricey in some places, especially considering it is not a prime European beer, but more and more places have it on draft, which is nice. Sometimes nice and easy is good, especially if you plan to drink three or more...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 03, 2012, 11:53:27 am
Picked up a case of the Suck at the Perfect Pour last week. They had multiple cases...

On a separate note, that store made me blow a load in my pants. Definitely over priced though...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 03, 2012, 12:05:45 pm
Picked up a case of the Suck at the Perfect Pour last week. They had multiple cases...

On a separate note, that store made me blow a load in my pants. Definitely over priced though...

Beer Disneyland!  Love that place.  Don't mind paying an extra buck for the stuff I can't find anywhere else!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 03, 2012, 12:38:02 pm
Picked up a case of the Suck at the Perfect Pour last week. They had multiple cases...

On a separate note, that store made me blow a load in my pants. Definitely over priced though...

Beer Disneyland!  Love that place.  Don't mind paying an extra buck for the stuff I can't find anywhere else!


$1 or $2 are fine, but items like the Pearl Jam Dogfish head were nearly double the price.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 03, 2012, 01:10:55 pm
The highlight of my beer filled weekend was trying Firestone Walker's Parabola for the first time on draft at Fairfax Whole Foods. I think the keg lasted maybe three hours, so glad i got some!

It's a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. My wife liked it better than Founders KBS. I won't go that far, but it was quite good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 03, 2012, 01:35:05 pm
Love their Double Jack IPA.  Nobody seems to talk about it but it's awfully good, IMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 03, 2012, 01:42:43 pm
They had the Double Jack on draft as well. $3.99 for a 12 oz pour. We split one of those too.  ;D Indeed it is awfully good.

Didn't mention it because they always seem to have it on draft. The Parabola was special.

The Union Jack aint too shabby either.  ;)


Love their Double Jack IPA.  Nobody seems to talk about it but it's awfully good, IMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 04, 2012, 02:48:45 pm
Does anybody know of any Monday happy hours that feature craft beer and food in DC?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on January 04, 2012, 03:25:20 pm
For the fourth year in a row I will be headed here this weekend:  http://bigbeersfestival.com/

Strong ales at 8150ft.  Oh yes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 04, 2012, 06:36:14 pm
Does anybody know of any Monday happy hours that feature craft beer and food in DC?

not sure if this is good but here, try this:

http://www.dchappyhours.com/

see . . . i can be nice, but only to james and only about beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 04, 2012, 06:56:20 pm
are there any noteworthy craft beers or bars/pubs i should seek out while in dallas?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 04, 2012, 07:01:35 pm
ok ok . . . i'll be nice to you too

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/31
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 04, 2012, 07:08:08 pm
here . . . have something to read too

http://beernews.org/2012/01/the-year-in-beer-the-top-5-stories-of-2011/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 04, 2012, 07:55:55 pm
ok ok . . . i'll be nice to you too

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/31

teh awwz... thx.  i stumbled across that and http://www.realbeer.com/destinations/dallas/index.php.  based on those, i might eventually hit up the flying saucer, meddlesome moth, the ginger man and/or strangeways.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 04, 2012, 09:26:23 pm
I hit up ginger man when I was in Dallas last month.  Lots of taps so you're bound to find something decent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 05, 2012, 09:28:49 am
Saw that but it wasn't very helpful. Was hoping somebody would have some other ideas.

Has anyody been to Smoke and Barrel? For a BBQ place, they appear to have some good vegetarian options, and an excellent draft list (and cans but not bottles, what's up with that?) If so, is the food any good? Is it more nice restaurant (like ChurchKey) or dive bar (like Big Hunt)?


Does anybody know of any Monday happy hours that feature craft beer and food in DC?

not sure if this is good but here, try this:

http://www.dchappyhours.com/

see . . . i can be nice, but only to james and only about beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 05, 2012, 09:39:13 am
I don't know if this is the proper thread, but I went to the Hamilton last night.

Can you say, meh?????? I won't return unless it's for drinks only. It's basically a goliath Old Ebitts and Clydes thrown together that can't seem to figure out what kind of identity they're going for.

I unfortunately didn't get to check out the area where shows will take place.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 05, 2012, 10:11:58 am
james . . . for some reason in the beer world, cans are now hip.  cans are shit, and nothing else.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 05, 2012, 10:56:30 am
To me it really doesn't matter whether it comes in a can or a bottle since it's going in the proper (or at least as close the the proper as my glass collection can get) glassware before I drink it anyway.

I haven't had any taste issues with canned beer that were caused by cans. And aren't cans better in terms of preserving the beer better anyway?

james . . . for some reason in the beer world, cans are now hip.  cans are shit, and nothing else.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 05, 2012, 11:23:55 am
it might just be me . . . but i have always thought beer tastes better in glass.  beers in cans only are good in one situation.  small coolers for kayaking.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 05, 2012, 11:25:39 am
Does this mean you can't buy a case of beer in DC or MD (or anywhere) and bring it home to VA?




Importing Alcoholic Beverages
No more than one gallon of alcoholic beverages (or the metric equivalent) may be brought into Virginia from outside the Commonwealth, excepting shipments to the commission or its licensees, or new residents under special permits.

Anyone who transports more than such quantity of alcoholic beverages per adult in possession of the bonafide owner may be arrested, fined up to $2,500, and sentenced to a year in jail. In addition, the vehicle involved may be impounded and confiscated.

Alcoholic beverages includes wine, beer, or distilled spirits. This restriction applies not only to those alcoholic beverages brought into Virginia from other states or the District of Columbia, but also from defense installations.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 06, 2012, 12:28:59 pm
it is here

(http://thebeersessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/founders-imperial-stout.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 12:43:43 pm
still have three of my four from last year. good stuff, we'll get around to drinking it at some point!

it is here

(http://thebeersessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/founders-imperial-stout.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 06, 2012, 01:01:54 pm
James, I wonder how many of your beers are spoiled?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 01:38:21 pm
Elbow to launch their own beer
Build a Rocket Boys!, named after the band's most recent album, boasts a 'rounded body, smooth bitterness and fruity aroma'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jul/13/elbow-launch-own-beer
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 06, 2012, 01:45:53 pm
James, I wonder how many of your beers are spoiled?

Likely none.  He seems to have a good handle on that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 06, 2012, 01:46:59 pm
it is here

(http://thebeersessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/founders-imperial-stout.jpg)

Is this next in line for "the beer so rare that I'll never get my hands on it"?  Is a trip to Va going to net me nothing?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 01:52:37 pm
any place in falls church that might carry founders?  looks like i'll be swinging by there on saturday.  i'll be checking out TJ to see if they have any of their unibroue-made anniversary ale left.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 01:53:24 pm
question: is it better to store/condition bottles upright, or laying on their side?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 02:39:16 pm
You do realize you're only legally allowed to transport 64 ozs of beer back to Maryland, right?

http://www.mbbwl.org/facts/myth_vs_fact/myth_outofstate


any place in falls church that might carry founders?  looks like i'll be swinging by there on saturday.  i'll be checking out TJ to see if they have any of their unibroue-made anniversary ale left.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 02:40:50 pm
upright, in the opinion of beer advocate.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/store

question: is it better to store/condition bottles upright, or laying on their side?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 03:11:42 pm
You do realize you're only legally allowed to transport 64 ozs of beer back to Maryland, right?

http://www.mbbwl.org/facts/myth_vs_fact/myth_outofstate


any place in falls church that might carry founders?  looks like i'll be swinging by there on saturday.  i'll be checking out TJ to see if they have any of their unibroue-made anniversary ale left.

woohoo!  i guess that makes me a modern-day al capone.  boy am i in trouble... to think of my quarterly visits to TJ's when i stock up with 20+ bottles of wine.

seriously tho, i've never heard of anyone being arrested for this.  seems to me that this is an old law that is on the books but no one enforces unless an opportunity is presented (i.e. you get in a crash, and police see bottles in your vehicle - that it, if the cops are even aware of this law).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 03:28:36 pm
It's 128 oz in VA (per person), five cases of 12 oz beers in CA, two six packs in WA. Seems to vary quite a bit by state.

Ignorance is bliss. i've been over the limit on both domestic and international flights.

What should I do on my upcoming international trip (Germany, Belgium., Holland)? I've read that you're supposed the declare what you have to Customs, and that you're taxed for anything over a paltry liter. And that Customs is supposed to enforce whatever the state limit is ($2500 penalty in VA if you're over you limit) Does this ever actually get enforced???

I was planning on going over that limit. Wonder if I should make an "honest" underestimation that hits the maximum legal limit? It's not like they'd go into my luggage and start counting bottles, especially after i was "honest" in the first place, right?


You do realize you're only legally allowed to transport 64 ozs of beer back to Maryland, right?

http://www.mbbwl.org/facts/myth_vs_fact/myth_outofstate


any place in falls church that might carry founders?  looks like i'll be swinging by there on saturday.  i'll be checking out TJ to see if they have any of their unibroue-made anniversary ale left.

woohoo!  i guess that makes me a modern-day al capone.  boy am i in trouble... to think of my quarterly visits to TJ's when i stock up with 20+ bottles of wine.

seriously tho, i've never heard of anyone being arrested for this.  seems to me that this is an old law that is on the books but no one enforces unless an opportunity is presented (i.e. you get in a crash, and police see bottles in your vehicle - that it, if the cops are even aware of this law).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 03:48:53 pm
i recently returned from south of the border and someone in our party may or may not have brought back more than the 1-bottle-limit of delicious, delicious anejo tequila in their luggage.  they possibly declared only one bottle, and customs potentially didn't check and may even have waived them through.

maybe.  not sayin' it definitely happened.  ymmv.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 06, 2012, 04:09:00 pm
I brought back  eight bottles of wine from Italy and had no problemos.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 06, 2012, 05:08:28 pm
u should be able to track some down in DC

it is here

(http://thebeersessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/founders-imperial-stout.jpg)

Is this next in line for "the beer so rare that I'll never get my hands on it"?  Is a trip to Va going to net me nothing?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on January 06, 2012, 05:17:05 pm
So, apparently Hopslam has started shipping, but Bells didn't provide any information on what states/areas are getting it any day now and which ones are on the agenda for later this month into February.

Has anyone started making the calls yet?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 06, 2012, 05:54:09 pm
The DC tip is a good idea.  I guess my question should have been whether this is mass-produced enough to be easily obtained in DC or VA and then transported back to MD (64 ounces or less, of course  ::) )
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 07:34:26 pm
The Fairfax Whole Foods reports having it, and having more than in previous years. Hence, no limit on amount you can purchase like in previous years. Springfield Whole Foods has it. Rick's has it (with a one four pack limit).

My question is: Is it worth $12.99/four pack when you can get Old Rasputin for $7.99? I'm doing a vertical tomorrow with a 2011 FIS vs. 2011 Old Rasputin and will report back.

The DC tip is a good idea.  I guess my question should have been whether this is mass-produced enough to be easily obtained in DC or VA and then transported back to MD (64 ounces or less, of course  ::) )
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 06, 2012, 07:47:49 pm
James,

Do you put a thermometer in your beer?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 06, 2012, 08:45:29 pm
Not if it's beer in my daughter's ass.

J/K

No, can't day i do. Though i do like my barleywines warmish and my pale ales coldish.

James,

Do you put a thermometer in your beer?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 06, 2012, 09:49:30 pm
My question is: Is it worth $12.99/four pack

total wine quoted me $10 for a 4-pack of FIS.  dude was pretty chill about availability and said there wasn't a reason to rush in tonight, so i'll be picking some up tomorrow or sunday.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 07, 2012, 11:18:11 am
its my sense that there is more in the DC market than last year.Last year it disappeared almost instantly - this year stores seem to have plenty. I am picking some up at Magruders today

The DC tip is a good idea.  I guess my question should have been whether this is mass-produced enough to be easily obtained in DC or VA and then transported back to MD (64 ounces or less, of course  ::) )
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 07, 2012, 04:33:51 pm
Taste test results:

Old Rasputin good, FIS better. Both pair well with brie and baguette.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 07, 2012, 04:58:54 pm
just got back from my first 2012 beer purchases.  i love beer buying days.  i smile as i pay the kind man behind the counter.  too much to name now, but i did pick up one rasputin to taste, and they had the founders imperial stout.  drinking my first beer of the night right now.  yum.  never heard of it before, so i said what the hell:

(http://northcoastbrewing.com/images/brand-BroThelo.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 07, 2012, 09:17:16 pm
That's good stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 07, 2012, 09:18:00 pm
Taste test results:

Old Rasputin good, FIS better.

Enough to justify the additional cost?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 08, 2012, 12:01:13 am
Turned out to only be a $2 difference at my Whole Foods. $10.99 vs. $8.99. So i'd say yes. It's not like you're going to be buying several cases of the stuff anyway. Well, maybe walkonby would...

Plus, Old Rasputin is a year round. Get your FIS now, or wait another 12 months.

Taste test results:

Old Rasputin good, FIS better.

Enough to justify the additional cost?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: redsock on January 08, 2012, 01:51:07 pm
Finally had Dogfish's Pearl Jam 20 ale, it was pretty good, i may have to run out and get another bottle or two. I also picked up the Life and Limb collab between dogfish and sierra nevada. Anyone tried?

Different topic, anyone use an iphone app to track beer?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 08, 2012, 07:02:51 pm
FIS was $9.99 at total wine.  i bought 3 packs, will be tasting one shortly and banishing the other 11 to the cellar (my basement actually has something that could pass for a cellar: enclosed stairs that once led up to the backyard before an extension was built on top of them.  dark, stable temp, multi-leveled and has a door - decent spot to store bottles).  also got some flying fish grand cru winter reserve, will also taste tonight to determine if it should be enjoyed now or later.  at TJ's, i picked up 8 bottles of Vintage 2011*.  they had tastings in the store, so my stash is going straight to the basement.  i look forward to tasting one every 6 months and observing how it develops over the years.  finally, bought some TJ dunkleweizen as my game-time stand-by.  all in all a great day in beer acquisition ;D

yesterday was my first time ever at a total wine.  fricken hell.  good thing i was there for a specific purchase (FIS) which limited how much i could spend on other bottles, 'cause boy could i do some damage there.

*at $5/bottle, james pointed out that it works out to be the same price per volume as most unibroue 4-packs.  the reasons i decided to stick with the vintage'11: 1) i read that larger bottles develop more than smaller ones, 2) the tasting made me think that this one will age particularly nicely, and 3) it's a limited release - i can get other unibroue offerings anytime.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 09, 2012, 04:48:13 pm
my recent trip to the beer store in the country garnerned me this

kronenbourg   1664 (said why not . . . it is from france.  ok.)

north coast brewing  american art series  brother thelonious  (yum)

allagash  triple ale  (i like this brewery, for everything has been good)

mikkeller  simcoe single hop ipa  (interesting and darn gosh differently nice)

spaten  optimator  (ok)  glad i only got got one bottle to taste

dogfish head  raison d'etre  (awesome)  dogfish head is awesome . . . i just noticed.

lagunitas  little sumpin  sumpin ale  (i like the purty lady on the bottle and the beer is great)

bell's  amber  (horrible, stay away)

north coast brewing  old rasputin imperial stout  (bought one bottle to taste . . . and am in love.  i am floating over into darker beers)

   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 09, 2012, 05:03:55 pm
I've actually had all of those, and pretty much agree with your assessments.

Kronenbourg and Stella Artois are the Budweisers of Western Europe.

my recent trip to the beer store in the country garnerned me this

kronenbourg   1664 (said why not . . . it is from france.  ok.)

north coast brewing  american art series  brother thelonious  (yum)

allagash  triple ale  (i like this brewery, for everything has been good)

mikkeller  simcoe single hop ipa  (interesting and darn gosh differently nice)

spaten  optimator  (ok)  glad i only got got one bottle to taste

dogfish head  raison d'etre  (awesome)  dogfish head is awesome . . . i just noticed.

lagunitas  little sumpin  sumpin ale  (i like the purty lady on the bottle and the beer is great)

bell's  amber  (horrible, stay away)

north coast brewing  old rasputin imperial stout  (bought one bottle to taste . . . and am in love.  i am floating over into darker beers)

   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 09, 2012, 05:13:52 pm
Stella - like Fat Tire - is better out of the tap, IMO. I can't stand Stella in a bottle, whereas Fat Tire is tolerable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bagley on January 09, 2012, 05:50:42 pm
Really enjoyed this offering at Pizzeria Paradiso in G'town on Saturday.  Get it while you can......

Stillwater Artisanal Ales & DC Brau's NATAS Collaboration Beer - NATAS is a Belgian Style Imperial Porter brewed with a traditional high gravity Abbey yeast. At first glance this brew is pitch black in the glass, with wafting aroma's of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with hints of cocoa. It has a gentle, warming phenolic character that begs for a follow up inquiry. The hops are used to balance this brew and lend a subtle complexity. The dark lord himself would be proud to serve this hellish offering to his legions of demonic minions.


VITAL STATISTICS
Style: Belgian-Style Imperial Porter
Color: Midnight Black
ABV: 7.5%
Serving type: Draft-Only........Availability: Limited Release - December 2011........
description pulled from the "dc brau" site



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 11, 2012, 08:10:29 pm
In an effort to famliarize myself with German beers, I've tried these three this week:


AECHT SCHLENKERLA URBOCK ...a rauchbier, smoky in flavor, paired great with bbq tofu.

Schneider Aventinus...a weizenbock...draws favorable comparisons to Victory Moonglow (the only other weizenbock i've had, and which I like)...this one was just too sweet going in and too sour after it had gone down.

Ayinger Celebrator..this one (a doppelbock) rocked. Paired awesomely with the fire and smoke pizza at Matchbox. #1 German beer on beeradvocate.com, and I can see why. Heavy and malty, but not too sweet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 12, 2012, 02:22:17 am
quick update on my homebrewing situation:

How to brew is the best resource you can use to start. 

i read that, and charles papazian's "the complete joy of homebrewing" - i thought the latter was slightly better and easier to get through.  for a first book, "how to brew" got a tad too detailed at times.
 
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ is a great forum, every question i've ever had has been answered at some point on this forum.


i've killed soooo many hours on that site over the past few weeks.  there is just so much to learn about brewing. 

Theres a home brew store in Falls Church (MLHBS) which is very helpful as well.  You could go in there and walk out with ingredients to start brewing right away. 

awesome, thanks for the input.  i will definitely have to swing by MLHBS (might even go tonight).  there is also The Flying Barrel in frederick that i've heard good things about. 

my first trip to purchase equipment was to MyLHBS in falls church.  the guys there were incredibly nice but a little dismissive.  having read tons and spoken with several people i knew exactly what i wanted to buy, but they were intent on steering me towards a plastic pail kit with somewhat cheap equipment.  it was weird - they were discouraging me from spending more money on fancier gear.  in the end their credit card machine didn't work, and it was late on a saturday (the staff were actively shutting down the store while i was trying to shop), so i left without buying anything.  wasn't the best way to start but i get where they were coming from: i'm sure they've seen a million noobs get in over their heads, so they were trying to "protect me from myself".  i appreciated the concern but it was misplaced. 

anyhoo, the next day i drove up to the flying barrel in frederick.  the place was at least 5 times bigger, huge selection, and much less crowded.  they let me putz around for an hour and answered all my questions before i bought anything.  another big plus for the FB was that they sell both grains and liquid malt extract in bulk.  bought all the equipment i need and ingredients for my first 2 batches.   unfortunately due to upcoming travel i won't be able to brew for another 2 weeks or so.  dangit.

i love the homebrew culture.  every single person i've met has been relaxed, welcoming, and willing to share their knowledge*.  i guess enough alcohol does that to a person ;D

*they have also all been bearded.  i'm learning that you can't be taken seriously as a brewer without copious facial hair.

best tip, which is commonly passed along for people starting off is, "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew". 

amen.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Stillwater on January 12, 2012, 03:30:06 am
Really enjoyed this offering at Pizzeria Paradiso in G'town on Saturday.  Get it while you can......

Stillwater Artisanal Ales & DC Brau's NATAS Collaboration Beer - NATAS is a Belgian Style Imperial Porter brewed with a traditional high gravity Abbey yeast. At first glance this brew is pitch black in the glass, with wafting aroma's of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with hints of cocoa. It has a gentle, warming phenolic character that begs for a follow up inquiry. The hops are used to balance this brew and lend a subtle complexity. The dark lord himself would be proud to serve this hellish offering to his legions of demonic minions.


VITAL STATISTICS
Style: Belgian-Style Imperial Porter
Color: Midnight Black
ABV: 7.5%
Serving type: Draft-Only........Availability: Limited Release - December 2011........
description pulled from the "dc brau" site





That's pretty cool that they named a beer after the 930 forum's fantasy football champion...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on January 12, 2012, 12:59:36 pm
quick update on my homebrewing situation:


Fantastic! I was wondering if this was going to get buried and never heard from again.

i read that, and charles papazian's "the complete joy of homebrewing" - i thought the latter was slightly better and easier to get through.  for a first book, "how to brew" got a tad too detailed at times.


The "other" bible.  My first brew was from this book, and concur that it's easier to get through.  How to brew is better for detailed answers on processes, and Charlie's book is best for complete overview.  Follow him on twitter, he always has real brief articles he writes about simple, but important topics.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ is a great forum, every question i've ever had has been answered at some point on this forum.


i've killed soooo many hours on that site over the past few weeks.  there is just so much to learn about brewing. 


The thing I enjoy most is the common understanding that everyone does things a little bit different.  I've learned countless small improvements from this site.  Primary for 3 weeks for an IPA and dry hop, no secondary clarification? Why not!

my first trip to purchase equipment was to MyLHBS in falls church.  the guys there were incredibly nice but a little dismissive.  having read tons and spoken with several people i knew exactly what i wanted to buy, but they were intent on steering me towards a plastic pail kit with somewhat cheap equipment.  it was weird - they were discouraging me from spending more money on fancier gear.  in the end their credit card machine didn't work, and it was late on a saturday (the staff were actively shutting down the store while i was trying to shop), so i left without buying anything.  wasn't the best way to start but i get where they were coming from: i'm sure they've seen a million noobs get in over their heads, so they were trying to "protect me from myself".  i appreciated the concern but it was misplaced. 

anyhoo, the next day i drove up to the flying barrel in frederick.  the place was at least 5 times bigger, huge selection, and much less crowded.  they let me putz around for an hour and answered all my questions before i bought anything.  another big plus for the FB was that they sell both grains and liquid malt extract in bulk.  bought all the equipment i need and ingredients for my first 2 batches.   unfortunately due to upcoming travel i won't be able to brew for another 2 weeks or so.  dangit.

i love the homebrew culture.  every single person i've met has been relaxed, welcoming, and willing to share their knowledge*.  i guess enough alcohol does that to a person ;D

*they have also all been bearded.  i'm learning that you can't be taken seriously as a brewer without copious facial hair.


Ahhh MyLHBS.  I've learned to love their quirky approach to running that shop.  Saturday is a brutal day for them, especially towards the end of the day. For me - The reason I give them business, is when you're shopping, you can tell they are making sure what you're doing makes sense.  They are going through the steps in there head, making sure the ingredients, the hops, the yeast, the malts all are there and make sense together.  I asked for 3# of crystal malt from them, and they immediately stopped me and said "for one brew?", and that's where we clarified that it's two brews and some will be left over.  Small things like that are appreciated.

Good to hear about the Frederick store, I've never been up there.  Will have to check it out shortly.  What did you brew for your first two?  Sounds like you peiced together all the ingredients yourself, which is the best way to do it.  We are also on a brewing hold, switching apartments, so it'll be another month before we get something fermenting.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 12, 2012, 03:09:48 pm
What did you brew for your first two?  Sounds like you peiced together all the ingredients yourself, which is the best way to do it.  We are also on a brewing hold, switching apartments, so it'll be another month before we get something fermenting.

all that purchasing went down just last weekend and i got back home from frederick too late to start so i haven't brewed anything yet.  i travel for work monday-thursday so my brewing has to happen on weekends.  next weekend i won't be coming home at all so i'll be away for 11 days, so i can't brew this weekend either.  i won't be able to start my first batch until after thursday 1/26.  it's killing me to know that everything is waiting at home for me, but i can't touch it... grr.  i was hoping to have something ready for my super bowl party but that won't happen.

my chosen first brew will be will be inspired by [edit] papazian's "who's the in garden grand cru" (an all-extract clone of hoegaarden's grand cru).  it calls for a few fancy ingredients but is no more complicated than any other all-extract recipe - in other words, a good (and hopefully tasty!) place to start.  second batch will be a belgian strong ale (OG listed at 1.083, but i might trim back a little).  it's a pre-boil crystal + extract recipe that i found online. 

lemme know if you're swinging by rockville any time late february onwards, you'd be most welcome to come over for a tasting ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 12, 2012, 03:44:41 pm
i feel as though i stepped into a bad pbs episode of . . . "this old brew."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 12, 2012, 04:02:16 pm
come over to the dark side, walkies... we have beer ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Unsanity on January 13, 2012, 03:28:15 am
I just tried out the Starr Hill Monticello Reserve. Very fragrant but I did enjoy it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 13, 2012, 09:40:12 am
Hopslam on draft and cask @churchkey Jan 31

Worth the heaving crowds and frenzy: probably not
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 13, 2012, 09:53:42 am
In other words...

See you there?

Hopslam on draft and cask @churchkey Jan 31

Worth the heaving crowds and frenzy: probably not
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 13, 2012, 11:14:50 am
most likely not - I love me some hopslam but that whole leave work at 3.30, to get there by 4 to get 1 glass of it before it kicks at 4.15 kinda thing is getting a little old - or maybe I'm just getting old  :D

In other words...

See you there?

Hopslam on draft and cask @churchkey Jan 31

Worth the heaving crowds and frenzy: probably not
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 13, 2012, 11:21:25 am
Plus, it's fairly readily available on draft elsewhere at later dates.
I had it at two separate locations last year with no crowds and could have had more...

most likely not - I love me some hopslam but that whole leave work at 3.30, to get there by 4 to get 1 glass of it before it kicks at 4.15 kinda thing is getting a little old - or maybe I'm just getting old  :D

In other words...

See you there?

Hopslam on draft and cask @churchkey Jan 31

Worth the heaving crowds and frenzy: probably not
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: shemptiness on January 18, 2012, 05:39:06 pm
America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 18, 2012, 06:00:19 pm
America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

people go to bars for beer?  how odd.  i just drink it at home and save the trip, the money, the hassle of annoying people staring at you or thinking you are staring at them, music i don't want to listen to, a bathroom that is horrible, and having them throw me out for breaking out a joint.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 18, 2012, 06:03:12 pm
America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

people go to bars for beer?  how odd.  i just drink it at home and save the trip, the money, the hassle of annoying people staring at you or thinking you are staring at them, music i don't want to listen to, a bathroom that is horrible, and having them throw me out for breaking out a joint.

You're fun, partner.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on January 18, 2012, 06:06:28 pm
i'll rock . . . your underworld.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on January 18, 2012, 06:10:27 pm
i've managed to make it to 9 of the 100.  not bad.  churchkey still wins, and bier baron's appeal doesn't seem to be there for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 18, 2012, 06:25:59 pm
i've managed to make it to 9 of the 100.  not bad.  churchkey still wins, and bier baron's appeal doesn't seem to be there for me.

I'm at the same number.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 19, 2012, 05:37:34 pm
selection of taps where (http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/addison/) i'll be having dinner tonight:

Troubadour Stout
Southern Star Le Mort Vivant
Maui Double Overhead IPA
Lagunitas Doppleweizen
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Unibroue Maudite
Rahr Iron Thistle
Victory Storm King CASK
St. Arnold's Winter Stout
Avery New World Porter
Avery Hog Heaven
Avery Maharaja

to boot, tonight is "rare tap night" and they'll be tapping Avery's Beast.  i'll def be getting on on that, as well as the maharaja.  any others y'all recommend? 

correction: nevermind, the above list are their new arrivals only.  they've got a ton more regular taps.  tough decisions ahead.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on January 19, 2012, 08:56:08 pm
Sweets, gettin' drunk for the cause.  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 19, 2012, 09:14:44 pm
wow went to the website and saw the complete list. f'ing amazing. of of the list below, I'd pick the Bigfoot and the Maharaja. Though I get barleywines and imperial ipa's aren't your thing.

selection of taps where (http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/addison/) i'll be having dinner tonight:

Troubadour Stout
Southern Star Le Mort Vivant
Maui Double Overhead IPA
Lagunitas Doppleweizen
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Unibroue Maudite
Rahr Iron Thistle
Victory Storm King CASK
St. Arnold's Winter Stout
Avery New World Porter
Avery Hog Heaven
Avery Maharaja

to boot, tonight is "rare tap night" and they'll be tapping Avery's Beast.  i'll def be getting on on that, as well as the maharaja.  any others y'all recommend? 

correction: nevermind, the above list are their new arrivals only.  they've got a ton more regular taps.  tough decisions ahead.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 22, 2012, 02:37:47 am
wow went to the website and saw the complete list. f'ing amazing. of of the list below, I'd pick the Bigfoot and the Maharaja. Though I get barleywines and imperial ipa's aren't your thing.

i can definitely get down to a good barleywine, and i'll entertain an IIPA for at least one glass.  i have increased my appreciation (tolerance? ;D) for hops, but i still think 100+ IBU beers are crimes again palates.  it's the beer equivalent of "suicide wings".  anyone can over-do it, it's not subtle, it's not fancy.

anyhoo, ended up having a great time at the flying saucer.  they have have a make-your-own-flight deal which allowed me to taste all sorts of goodness.  the bartender even let me choose all premium beers, even though the rules state that you're only supposed to pick on.  here's what i tasted, from least to most liked:
- avery beast: i'm sure a bottle of this would be amazing once cellared for 3+ years, but fresh it's not enjoyable.  it starts off as a deep complex belgian but that's quickly bulldozed by sharp alcohol/paint thinner.  it's a small piece of candy followed by a shot of 100-proof grain alcohol.  a total tease.  would not order again.
- troubador stout: disappointing.  burnt caramel flavors resulted in an unpleasant tang.
- st arnold winter stout: eh.  kinda watery and too smooth.
- great divide chocolate yeti: menu said this one would be spicy, but other than some hints of licorice i didn't get much in that direction.  fairly strong alcohol taste.  t'was ok overall.  this was the last beer i tasted so my palate was likely shot by then.
- bigfoot, per mr. ford's recommendation: had a nice creamy feel to it but not as hoppy as i had expected.  quite enjoyable.
- lagunitas dopplweizen: a very nice hoppy & malty wheat.  really liked it.
- avery maharaja: the "perfect" IPA?  (yes, i know it's a IIPA).  seemed to embody the style in a classic way.  very tasty, complex, although i don't know if i'd be able to enjoy more than a pint at a time (i only had a 4 oz taster).

Sweets, gettin' drunk for the cause.  :D

the things i do for my art... <insert dramatic sigh>
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 24, 2012, 04:06:27 pm
Barleywine Festival
Mad Fox, Falls Church
2012 Festival Hours
February 11 11AM-Midnight

Featuring our own Barleywines as well as the best barleywines brewed by our favorite breweries. Beers will rotate through the festival on draught and cask, while they last. Serving sizes are 4 oz. sample glasses. No admission, price per serving.

Beer List
We'll update our beer list as Barleywines arrive. See last year's beer list for examples of our offerings.

On hand:

?Mad Fox Slobberknocker Barleywine 2012 Draught 8% ABV
?Mad Fox Oaked Slobberknocker Barleywine 2011 Draught 8% ABV
?Mad Fox Headknocker Barleywine 2012 Draught 8% ABV
?Mad Fox Headknocker Barleywine 2012 Cask 8% ABV
?Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine 2011 Draught 9.2% ABV
?Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 2010 Draught 15% ABV
?Founders Old Curmudgeon 2011 Draught 9.8% ABV
?Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine 2010 Draught 10% ABV
?Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine 2011 Draught 10% ABV
?Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine - Barrel-aged 2011 Draught 10% ABV
?Hebrew Genesis 2011 Draught
?Hebrew Jewbelation 2011 Cask 11% ABV
?JW Lees Harvest Ale 2010 Cask 11.5% ABV
?Lagunitas Olde GnarleyWine 2011 Draught 10.6% ABV
?Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine Draught 10% ABV
?Schlafly Oak-Aged Barleywine Draught 10.2% ABV
?Schloss Eggenburg Samiclaus 2011 Draught 14% ABV
?Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2010 Draught 9.6% ABV
?Terrapin Beer Company/Brasserie Franches Montagnes Spike & Jeromes CuvÚe DÚlirante, Rum Barrel-Aged Rye Barleywine 2010 Draught 12%+ ABV
?Victory Old Horizontal 2011 Draught 10.5% ABV
Ordered:

?Blue Point Old Howling Bastard Barleywine Draught 10% ABV
?Bluegrass Bearded Pat's Barleywine Draught 11% ABV
?Brooklyn Brewing Monster Ale Draught 10.3% ABV
?Climax Brewing Company Barleywine Draught 10% ABV
?Corp Mort A L'abri De La Tempŕte Draught 9% ABV
?Duck Rabbit Barleywine Draught 11% ABV
?Green Flash Barleywine Draught 10.9% ABV
?Sierra Nevada Special Limited Release - TBD
?Stone Old Guardian Draught 12% ABV
Food

Mad Fox will have it's usual Menu options with some exciting Barleywine Fest Specials.

Saturday
11AM-11PM - Full Menu
11PM-Midnight - Late night menu with pizzas, sandwiches and salads

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 24, 2012, 05:03:44 pm
Shhhh. Keep it quiet. A certain much hyped beer is hitting DC and VA store shelves today and tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 24, 2012, 05:40:52 pm
does it start with "h" and end with "opslam"?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on January 25, 2012, 01:48:04 am
Personally I think it's become overpriced as well as overhyped. $22/6 pack @ Total and $26 @ Whole Foods!
I saw that and went to pick up the remaining 12 of Suck Leftovers from another store for less.
I'll just catch it on tap somewhere.

They should give discounts on food or something for designated drivers at the Barleywine Fest. That's a lot of high ABV!  The Terrapin joint has piqued my interest. I've always enjoyed their Rye Barleywine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 08:08:59 am
I did the same thing...bought two extra sixers of Sucks at less than half the price of hopslam. Cutting down my hopslam purchases from three sixers to one this year.

At least they are doing the barleywine fest in 4 oz pours. Bring your partner to split the pours and you can still try quite a bit!

Personally I think it's become overpriced as well as overhyped. $22/6 pack @ Total and $26 @ Whole Foods!
I saw that and went to pick up the remaining 12 of Suck Leftovers from another store for less.
I'll just catch it on tap somewhere.

They should give discounts on food or something for designated drivers at the Barleywine Fest. That's a lot of high ABV!  The Terrapin joint has piqued my interest. I've always enjoyed their Rye Barleywine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on January 25, 2012, 10:18:19 am
It can't be said enough how great Sucks is.  Snagged the last two sixers from Rick's about a week ago.  Love that stuff.

I did the same thing...bought two extra sixers of Sucks at less than half the price of hopslam. Cutting down my hopslam purchases from three sixers to one this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 25, 2012, 10:31:51 am
It can't be said enough how great Sucks is.  Snagged the last two sixers from Rick's about a week ago.  Love that stuff.

I did the same thing...bought two extra sixers of Sucks at less than half the price of hopslam. Cutting down my hopslam purchases from three sixers to one this year.

I agree... my favorite brew of the season.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 25, 2012, 10:54:50 am
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/parisi-named-head-beermaker-for-nrgs-new-brewery/2012/01/24/gIQAJ9DsNQ_blog.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on January 25, 2012, 12:42:34 pm
They are brewing a second batch of Sucks, aren't they?

I'm a hopslam virgin.  Looking forward to seeing what the hype is all about. 

Also, that barleywine event looks fantastic.  bummer mad fox isn't metro-accessible, will need to find a dd for that one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on January 25, 2012, 01:22:19 pm
They are brewing a second batch of Sucks, aren't they?
They did back in late December. What's available now is the last of it for the year.
Lagunitas ran into trouble expanding their operation. They had a giant new tank coming from Germany that was damaged in a hurricane on the way over by a crane on the ship.
(http://p.twimg.com/AgQNu7mCMAAwx_f.jpg:large)

A new one is on the way but their operations are reduced for a few months. The cool part is the new owners of Anchor are working on a collaborative IPA with them in the mean time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Mobius on January 25, 2012, 01:46:59 pm
America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

Huge oversight not to include the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen NYC (45th and 10th)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 02:06:52 pm
And if I were limited to only two picks for the entire DC area, I sure wouldn't have used one of them in Bier Baron.

Brouwers Cafe is without a doubt the best beer bar in Seattle and it was left off the list as well.


America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

Huge oversight not to include the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen NYC (45th and 10th)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 25, 2012, 02:16:14 pm
And if I were limited to only two picks for the entire DC area, I sure wouldn't have used one of them in Bier Baron.

Brouwers Cafe is without a doubt the best beer bar in Seattle and it was left off the list as well.


America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

Huge oversight not to include the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen NYC (45th and 10th)

Haven't even stepped foot in the Bier Baron. Is it basically the Skellar renovated?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 02:18:46 pm
To be honest, neither have I  ;)

I did read something to the effect of what you said. But if someone can point out some good reasons to go when there's a Pizza Paradiso around the corner, i'm all ears.


And if I were limited to only two picks for the entire DC area, I sure wouldn't have used one of them in Bier Baron.

Brouwers Cafe is without a doubt the best beer bar in Seattle and it was left off the list as well.


America's 100 Best Beer Bars  (http://draftmag.com/features/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2012/)

Huge oversight not to include the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen NYC (45th and 10th)

Haven't even stepped foot in the Bier Baron. Is it basically the Skellar renovated?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 02:21:41 pm
Hopslam $26 at Whole Foods in DC. Hopslam $20 at Whole Foods in the burbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on January 25, 2012, 02:23:17 pm
$22 with tax at Rick's.

Hopslam $26 at Whole Foods in DC. Hopslam $20 at Whole Foods in the burbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 25, 2012, 02:49:40 pm
That is crazy.  That beer is not worth that price at all!  It is good though, but not that good.

Finally had Founders Breakfast Stout over the weekend.  Tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on January 25, 2012, 02:54:10 pm
wasn't canadian breakfast stout selling for $18-20 for a 750 ml bottle, i.e. the equivalent of two regular 12 oz bottles?   that makes hopslam a bargain: you're getting 3 times as much for about the same price! ;D
 
if anyone hears about it on tap anywhere, please let us know.  might be the only way i'll end up trying this.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 02:56:46 pm
REally? I still think it's a good value when you compare it to comparable double IPA's.

I'm talking about $13 750 bombers of FFF Dreadnaught, $7 500 ml bottles of Pliny the Elder, $20 for a four pack of Founders Devil Dancer......and well, what other double IPA's are really comparable to Hopslam?


That is crazy.  That beer is not worth that price at all!  It is good though, but not that good.

Finally had Founders Breakfast Stout over the weekend.  Tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 25, 2012, 02:58:04 pm
yes exactly. won't be buying another one of those at that price!

Other than the big shindig at Churchkey, haven't heard of any keg tappings yet.

wasn't canadian breakfast stout selling for $18-20 for a 750 ml bottle, i.e. the equivalent of two regular 12 oz bottles?   that makes hopslam a bargain: you're getting 3 times as much for about the same price! ;D
 
if anyone hears about it on tap anywhere, please let us know.  might be the only way i'll end up trying this.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on January 25, 2012, 06:24:27 pm
Just dropped $23+ for a six o' slam at Magruder's Chevy Chase.  Got lotsa other good stuff too ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 25, 2012, 07:51:13 pm
$8 a pint at meridian pint this evening...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 26, 2012, 12:20:09 pm
tapping here this evening...

http://www.louscitybar.com/

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on January 27, 2012, 09:08:00 am
I cringe in posting this, but since there are probably more hipsters on the board than beer lovers...

Friday 1-Day Deal. PBR. Regular price is $8.99, but for just Friday they are $5.99/12pk. Whole Foods.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on January 27, 2012, 09:15:28 am
I cringe in posting this, but since there are probably more hipsters on the board than beer lovers...

Friday 1-Day Deal. PBR. Regular price is $8.99, but for just Friday they are $5.99/12pk. Whole Foods.

My ass pities the person who drinks PBR at home.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on January 27, 2012, 10:25:50 am
I cringe in posting this, but since there are probably more hipsters on the board than beer lovers...

Friday 1-Day Deal. PBR. Regular price is $8.99, but for just Friday they are $5.99/12pk. Whole Foods.

My ass pities the person who drinks PBR at home.

ditto.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on January 30, 2012, 12:13:16 pm
Blact Cat, Black Cat tapping Hopslam today
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 01, 2012, 02:47:32 pm
C'mon guys. There more good beer in New England than just Smuttynose.

UTICA, N.Y.?The Democratic senators from New York and New Hampshire are betting some of their states' finest craft brews on the outcome of the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If the New England Patriots prevail, New York Sen. Charles Schumer will buy New Hampshire's Smuttynose beer for every member of the Senate. If the New York Giants win, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen must offer her colleagues beer from six New York breweries -- Brown's, Brooklyn, Blue Point, Saranac, Captain Lawrence and Ithaca.

Schumer used the occasion of the friendly wager Tuesday to tout his "I Love NY Brew" campaign.

He's pushing to expand New York brewers' market share so that they can grow their business and hire more employees. The industry currently supports nearly 60,000 New York jobs.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 01, 2012, 04:22:43 pm
Blact Cat, Black Cat tapping Hopslam today
amusingly enough while there was a near riot at Churckey yesterday to get Hopslam, its been on tap for 3 days just 4 blocks up the street at Black Cat and still hasn;t kicked yet - guess those hipsters just like PBR
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 01, 2012, 04:36:35 pm
people who go to churckey . . . must think you will shot at the black cat.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Darth Ed on February 02, 2012, 06:03:59 pm
Those must be the four longest blocks in DC because it sure seems a lot longer than 4 blocks when I walk past the Black Cat to Churchkey and then back to Black Cat for a show. :)

I had a bottle of Ommegang Abbey Ale recently and thought it was very good:
(http://www.notempire.com/images/uploads/ommegang-chicagoist.jpg)

Nice deep color and lots of malts.

Just as a comparison, I'm a big fan of St. Bernardus Prior 8, Abt 12, et al., which are some of my favorites of this style.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 03, 2012, 05:12:51 pm
Anyone been/going?

: MAX'S ANNUAL BELGIAN BEER FEST 2012
FEB 17-19, 2012
11am to close each day
NO ENTRNACE FEE
Over 100 Belgian beers on draft at all times
Over 175 Belgian beers in Bottles & a full Belgian inspired food menu


We will be add drafts as they come in.

DRAFTS: 80% DONE
Alvinne Gaspar
Alvinne Kerusus
Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed Monbazillac
Alvinne Morpheus Undressed
Alvinne Morpheus Wild w/ Blue boskoop Grapes
Blaugies Darbyste
Blaugies La Moneuse
Blaugies la Moneuse Special Winter
Blaugies Saison De Epeature
Boucanier Christmas
Cazeau Saison
De Dochter Van De Kornaar Belle Fluer
De Dolle Boskuen
De Dolle Dulle Teve
De Dochter Belle Fluer
De Garre Triple
De Glazen Toren Canaster
De Glazen Toren Jan De Lichte
De Glazen Toren Ondineke
De Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelquie Aged in Whiskey/Pinot Noir Barrels
De la Senne Taras Boulba
De la Senne Zinnebier
De Proef Draekenier
De Proef Flemish Primitive
De Proef KO
De Ranke Pere Noel
De Ranke Saison De Dottignies
Delirium Nocturnum
Delirium Tremens
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
Dupont Beliol
Dupont Monks Stout
Dupont Posca Rustica
Duvel Single
Ellezolloise Hercule Stout
Ellezolloise Quintine Blonde
Ename Cuvee
geants Noel
Gouyasse Traditional
Gulden Draak 9000 Grand Cru
Hof Ten Dormaal Blonde
Hof Ten Dormaal White Gold
Hofbrouwerijke Hofblues
Jandrian Jandrenoulle IV Saison
Jandrian Jandrenoulle V Cense
Jandrian Jandrenoulle VI Wheat
Kerkom Bink Blossem
Kerkom Bink Blonde
Kerkom Bink Triple
La Rulles Cuvee
La Rulles Grand 10
Lefebvre Hopus
Leroy Christmas
Liefmans Oud Bruin
Malhuer 10
Malhuer 12
Malhuer 12 aged in Bourbon Barrels
Monks Cafe Flemish Sour
Nole De Silenrieux
Petrus Winter
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Sainte Helene La Grognarde
Sainte Helene Mistingguett
Schneldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak
Schneldebrouwerij Oesterstout
Schneldebrouwerij Zeeupier
Serifjn Grand Cru
Silly Noel
Sint Canarus Triple
Slaapmutske Dry Hopped Lager
Slaapmutske Hop Collection East Kent
Slaapmutske Triple Night Cap
St Bernardus Christmas
St Feuillien Speciale
Struise/Stillwater Outblack
Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva
Struise Pannepot Reserva
Struise Tjseeses
Struise Tjseeses Reserva
Struise Svea IPA
Stillwater Jaded
Stillwater Rule of Thirds
Stillwater of Love & Regret
Strubbe Keyte Dubbel Triple
Strubbe Ictegems Grand cru
Tilquin Gueuze
Troubadour Magma Special Edition
St Feuillien Speciale
Petrus Winter

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on February 03, 2012, 07:17:31 pm
Founders is coming to Maryland!   W00t!

http://beernews.org/2012/02/founders-brewing-expanding-to-maryland-projecting-75k-barrels-in-2012/

The brewery recently installed an additional 85 Barrel brewing system, which increased its capacity to 200,000 barrels per year and expects to produce 75,000 barrels in 2012. Locally, these beers can be found in Virginia and Washington D.C., with expansion into Maryland expected early this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 03, 2012, 07:28:32 pm
<does a happy dance>
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 04, 2012, 01:08:51 pm
 ;D  Yay!  'Bout time.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 04, 2012, 07:29:41 pm
new favourite brewery . . . north coast brewery.  too much founders and it loses its edge.  and man i still kick my self for missing out on st bernardus christmas.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 06, 2012, 09:25:37 pm
Did anybody else get their $4 10 oz pour of hopslam at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown tonight?

I'm guessing they'll have more tomorrow at their half price happy hour Tues. based on how empty they were tonight, and the fact that the people around me were drinking Cokes and Eggenberg Pils from a bottle at twice the price.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 06, 2012, 10:16:47 pm
http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/EureSGZXGjvML_uG1g8JxQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD05MTU7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d3de7eb4bcee7303060f6a7067006e2b.jpg

(http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/files/2012/02/DFHcharlizetheron.jpg)

Charlize Theron has good taste in beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 06, 2012, 11:26:54 pm
http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/EureSGZXGjvML_uG1g8JxQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD05MTU7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d3de7eb4bcee7303060f6a7067006e2b.jpg

(http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/files/2012/02/DFHcharlizetheron.jpg)

Charlize Theron has good taste in beer.

the brewing dorks over at homebrewtalk.com were all over this today:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2097207/Super-Bowl-2012-Charlize-Theron-hardly-breaks-sweat-carries-case-beer-party.html

bells + DFH - works for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 07, 2012, 08:44:14 am
First comments on that link:

If a woman as stunning as Charlize has to carry boxes of beer without any assistance from a man, than that goes to show you that it really is slim pickens out there! Why are these new breed of men so lazy?!
- Kara, San Francisco, 07/2/2012 06:09




the brewing dorks over at homebrewtalk.com were all over this today:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2097207/Super-Bowl-2012-Charlize-Theron-hardly-breaks-sweat-carries-case-beer-party.html

bells + DFH - works for me.
[/quote]
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 07, 2012, 11:19:50 am
First comments on that link:

If a woman as stunning as Charlize has to carry boxes of beer without any assistance from a man, than that goes to show you that it really is slim pickens out there! Why are these new breed of men so lazy?!
- Kara, San Francisco, 07/2/2012 06:09


well that's easy - she wasn't wearing makeup, therefore she wasn't pretty, consequently she deserved to be carrying her own beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 07, 2012, 01:19:20 pm
bells + DFH - works for me.

2nd box is Belvedere Vodka but it should still work for you.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on February 07, 2012, 03:01:42 pm
Top 20 craft breweries, by sales volume:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/top-20-craft-breweries_n_1238076.html
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 07, 2012, 03:34:27 pm
Top 20 craft breweries, by sales volume:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/top-20-craft-breweries_n_1238076.html

James Ford doesn't approve of any of those brewers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 07, 2012, 04:19:17 pm
Top 20 craft breweries, by sales volume:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/top-20-craft-breweries_n_1238076.html

While it's interesting, most craft breweries aren't in it for the highest sales volume. So there's really not much to gather from the list as a consumer; other than confirming these are the beers you might have to dig through to get to rarer more obscure stuff. (Which may or may not be better than some of the beers of the listed breweries.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slappy on February 08, 2012, 02:04:39 pm
Whiny the Complainer  ;D
http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/today-big-time-brewery-introduces-whiny-complainer/ (http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/today-big-time-brewery-introduces-whiny-complainer/)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 13, 2012, 11:45:15 pm
beeradvocate.com is down.  i love how from the "503 Service Unavailable" error page there is a link back to beeradvocate.com... which leads to a 503 error.

i'm currently enjoying a Weedwacker (http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/weedwacker.html) - a kolsch made with hefeweizen yeast.  big thumbs up.

my own brewing efforts have been coming along nicely.  the first pic below is of my first two batches - on the left is a citrusy witbier, on the right (with the blowoff tube) is a belgian honey ale.  the witbier was bottled on sunday (second pic).

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/both_carboys_Feb2012.jpg)  (http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/pseudo-wit-ty_bottled_clear.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 14, 2012, 10:02:28 am
I just got supplies to start brewing beer!  Helped a friend brew an imperial stout on Saturday.  Can't wait!

Have you seen this website?

http://www.brewmate.net/

Pretty neat resource for the home brewer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 14, 2012, 11:34:08 am
somehow . . . though i'm sure it tastes good . . . it still looks like a meth lab production.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 14, 2012, 12:28:36 pm
Have you seen this website?

http://www.brewmate.net/

Pretty neat resource for the home brewer!

i've been using hopville (my recipes here (http://hopville.com/brewer/sweetcell)), which is an online version of the same thing.  brewmate seems to have a few extra bells and whistles, like the count-down timer (which i have as a separate app on my phone, but could be nice to have everything in one spot).  i'll have to give this a spin.  price is right!

somehow . . . though i'm sure it tastes good . . . it still looks like a meth lab production.

i'm working in texas these days.  there is a brew supply store a few minutes away from the office here, so it's easier for me to stock up here than it is to go shopping back home where the stores are either in falls chuch or frederick.  last time at the shop i was looking for an erlenmeyer flask (AKA the beaker you used in chem lab) which is used for making yeast starters.  the pleasant old man behind the counter said that was the one piece of brewing equipment that he doesn't sell, because in texas it is considered meth-making equipment.  so you're not the only one making the association :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 14, 2012, 01:28:16 pm
You got at it quick!  hopville is dope - looks like good recipes, did you develop them yourself?  pretty ambitious first two brews.

something we've recently started to do is throw in whirlfloc tabs with 5 minutes to go in the brew to increase clarity.  that bottle may clear up a little bit, but if you desire more of an translucent brew, i recommend it.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 14, 2012, 04:40:09 pm
hopville is dope - looks like good recipes, did you develop them yourself?  pretty ambitious first two brews.

yeah, they're mine, in part.  both the wit and the grand cru were based on other's recipes (the latter being a take on papazian's "who's in the garden) but i added the partial mashes, modified the extract proportions, changed the hops and/or spices, etc.  i think i've gotten the hang of it and recipe calculators like hopville really help with keeping proportions in check.  the strawberry isn't mine, i inputed it on behalf of someone else who wanted the numbers... but now that i have it, i'm tempted to give it a go in a few months so i have it in time for summer.  so little time!  i'll be trying the "eurocrat" belgian dark before that.

one thing that i would change next time 'round is cutting back on/replacing some of the Citra hops in the witbier.  they're too damn strong and at bottling seem to take over the brew.  hopefully they'll mellow out with a little aging.

something we've recently started to do is throw in whirlfloc tabs with 5 minutes to go in the brew to increase clarity.  that bottle may clear up a little bit, but if you desire more of an translucent brew, i recommend it.

i didn't bother using whilrfloc with the first batch: it's a witbier, it's supposed to be hazy.  the yeast that i used = a low flocculation variety.  also, that pic was taken within minutes of bottling so nothing had settled down yet.

i'm really on the fence about color and transparency.  brewers seem to make a big deal about it but it strikes me as pointless obsession with appearances.  it's like saying a dog isn't good because its ears don't conform to some weird, arbitraty standard.  i'm not looking to win any competitions so it's not very high on my priorities.  on the other hand it's one more thing to obsess about, and gawd knows this hobby is all about obsessing!

the addition that i can't imagine brewing without is fermcap.  does an amazing job of preventing boil-overs and primary blowoffs/blowups.  but i'm sure you're already all over the stuff :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 15, 2012, 09:41:06 am
I am a total newbie to the homebrew world.  I have alot to learn!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 15, 2012, 10:08:32 am
i didn't bother using whilrfloc with the first batch: it's a witbier, it's supposed to be hazy.  the yeast that i used = a low flocculation variety.  also, that pic was taken within minutes of bottling so nothing had settled down yet.

i'm really on the fence about color and transparency.  brewers seem to make a big deal about it but it strikes me as pointless obsession with appearances.  it's like saying a dog isn't good because its ears don't conform to some weird, arbitraty standard.  i'm not looking to win any competitions so it's not very high on my priorities.  on the other hand it's one more thing to obsess about, and gawd knows this hobby is all about obsessing!

the addition that i can't imagine brewing without is fermcap.  does an amazing job of preventing boil-overs and primary blowoffs/blowups.  but i'm sure you're already all over the stuff :)

it's really one of those optimizing things.  when we started having others try our beers, we saw the difference in reaction when the aesthetics were more on point with the taste.  a hazy IPA gives off the impression that they are drink a very full beer, whether that's the case or not.  we didn't like that, so switched to whirlfloc.  all personal preference!

fermcap has not made it into the arsenal yet.  we've had such a small set-up that we end up having to watch the boil like a hawk, but that'll change soon.  upgrading to a propane burner and a 15 gal brewpot.  thanks for the heads up
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 15, 2012, 10:46:17 am
the propane burner really made a difference this weekend.  You can get the deep fried turkey burner/pot combo at Costco for a good price!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 15, 2012, 12:07:56 pm
I am a total newbie to the homebrew world.  I have alot to learn!

i'm still a newb myself, but this hobby has become an obsession.  what i lack in experience i pretend to make up in book-smarts.  reading about brewing is all i seem to do these days... when not brewing :)

it's really one of those optimizing things.  when we started having others try our beers, we saw the difference in reaction when the aesthetics were more on point with the taste.  a hazy IPA gives off the impression that they are drink a very full beer, whether that's the case or not.  we didn't like that, so switched to whirlfloc.  all personal preference!

that's a great point.  i make a point of presenting my food in a way that enhances the experience, so why wouldn't i do the same for beer.  hadn't occurred to me.  thanks!

fermcap has not made it into the arsenal yet.  we've had such a small set-up that we end up having to watch the boil like a hawk, but that'll change soon.  upgrading to a propane burner and a 15 gal brewpot.  thanks for the heads up

it also helps in controlling starters, if you make those.  a drop ensures that the yeasties don't pour krausen out of your starter flask.  obviously pointless if you're using dry yeast.

the propane burner really made a difference this weekend.  You can get the deep fried turkey burner/pot combo at Costco for a good price!

so far i've been doing everything on the gas stove in the kitchen.  i imagine that come summer i'll want to move things outside - that's a lot of heat and humidity to be putting into an AC'ed house.  gonna look into a propane burner at some point.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on February 16, 2012, 05:30:49 am
(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/both_carboys_Feb2012.jpg) 

I hate to say this, and I mean no disregard to your brewing skills, but these look like something that was recycled out of a couple well used port-a-potties.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 16, 2012, 09:43:56 am
(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/both_carboys_Feb2012.jpg) 

I hate to say this, and I mean no disregard to your brewing skills, but these look like something that was recycled out of a couple well used port-a-potties.

Unfortunately, that's what most home brewing set ups look like...

Confession: I've never had a home brew that I thought was absolutely delicious.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 16, 2012, 12:20:19 pm
indeed, fermenting barley sugar isn't much to look at.  depending on style & technique it will clear up - that puke-colored haze on the right will eventually clear into a nice golden crystal.  it's hazy in the pic because fermentation was really active.  the yeast and the CO2 they produce were churning the contents.  it's really cool to watch, sorta like watching the surface of jupiter on high speed.  ok, fine, i think it's cool to watch  ;D

yada: i have no illusions that my early attempts at brewing will be anything more than "practice", but if/when i get a decent drink together i'll be sure to invite you over.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on February 16, 2012, 12:24:28 pm
it's really cool to watch, sorta like watching the surface of jupiter on high speed.  ok, fine, i think it's cool to watch  ;D

That sounds rather psychedelic.  8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 16, 2012, 12:38:53 pm
indeed, fermenting barley sugar isn't much to look at.  depending on style & technique it will clear up - that puke-colored haze on the right will eventually clear into a nice golden crystal.  it's hazy in the pic because fermentation was really active.  the yeast and the CO2 they produce were churning the contents.  it's really cool to watch, sorta like watching the surface of jupiter on high speed.  ok, fine, i think it's cool to watch  ;D

yada: i have no illusions that my early attempts at brewing will be anything more than "practice", but if/when i get a decent drink together i'll be sure to invite you over.

I'll take you up on this!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 16, 2012, 06:59:57 pm
so i was walking around my local beer storree, the talk was of distributors and whether to cater favor more toward the wine crowd or the beer buyers.  and all i could think of as i walked around with my cute little basket, was that picture of the home brewery.  the bottles i picked up seemed crisper and more inviting than before.  the ease of the transaction and the conforming conditioned rejoice of selection without slave to ogre sized piss jugs and crystal meth beakers, made me go big.  big i tell you.  the elderly woman behind the counter in a smalltown, was happy.

firestone  union jack ipa  (ruled)
firestone  double jack  double ipa  (double ruled)

allagash  dubbel reserve  (this company just keeps impressing with their brews)

Ovila  Quad  (collaboration between sierra nevada and the abbey of new clairvaux)  1/4 of series

gouden carolus  cuvee  de  keizer  2011  (damn this beer will knowk you out and engulf you)

schlafly  dry hopped  apa ale (have not tried, bought because i wanted to know what an "apa" was)

founders  centennial ipa  (besides dirty bastard . . . this still is always awesome no matter what)

ommegang  adoration  winter ale  (storage item)

langunitas  little sumpin  sumpin ale  (this brewery, which i thank james ford for first mentioning
langunitas  maximus ipa  maximus ale  (has become one my favorites.  everything they do . . . A+)

green flash brewing  rayon vert  belgian pale  (storage item)

weyerbacher  double simcoe ipa  (i must look up simcoe, for now it is all the rage.  very unique ipa)
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on February 17, 2012, 12:28:55 am
Sitting back and drinking a Lump Of Coal (http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/beers/beerProfile.asp?BeerID=151) at the moment.

(http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/images/beers/LumpofCoal.jpg)


It's okay but nothing I'd bother opting for over others I've had of its ilk. Sweet and dark with licorice overtones, which I usually like, but something doesn't quite sit all that well with me with this one. Not exactly sure why. Sort of think it might be the sugars and burntness are both a little too over-powering and seem to be fighting with each other rather than mingling together making a nice blend. I wouldn't turn one down but probably won't buy it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2012, 03:35:17 am
last night i had:

- 11.11.11 epic ale: as far as i know, this is the first chili-flavored beer i've ever had.  i quite liked it, heat wasn't over-powering.  i had it (and all the other beers here) on draft but i suspect that a bottle of this would age very nicely.
- left hand milk stout: first few sips were absolutely divine.  don't remember the last time i fell in love with a beer so quickly.  also don't remember the last time my relationship with a beer when south so quickly: by the end i had grown tired of it, the sweetness had died away, it had gotten thinner/water'ier, etc.  the last quarter of the pint was tough to get through.  in fact, i don't think i did get through it.  if i ever order this again it will be in a smaller amount.
- boulevard quadrupel: what an amazing beer to end the evening with.  i doubt anything else could have followed it up so i'm glad i had it last.  very rich and complex, amazing sweet finish.  gawd i hope they still have this when i next return (doubtful tho).

schlafly  dry hopped  apa ale (have not tried, bought because i wanted to know what an "apa" was)

weyerbacher  double simcoe ipa  (i must look up simcoe, for now it is all the rage.  very unique ipa)

i'm sure you've discovered by now that APA = american pale ale.  simcoe is a relatively new variety of hop.  it's a proprietary variety described as having an aroma made up of citrus, pine, and passionfruit.  it's unique in that regards, so you can't substitute other hops for it. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on February 17, 2012, 09:35:58 am
Has anyone ever tried growing their own hops?  I was thinking of getting some rhizomes and attempting it this summer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2012, 10:59:42 am
Has anyone ever tried growing their own hops?  I was thinking of getting some rhizomes and attempting it this summer.

i have some on pre-order, so i'll be trying my hand at it this summer.  i ordered hop crowns from great lake hops (https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesHops / http://stores.ebay.com/Great-Lakes-Hops).  crowns are second-year plants with fully formed central roots, whereas rhizomes are a small chunk of side-root that will become the central root.  rhizomes spend the first year or two setting up their root structure so cone production sometimes doesn't hit its stride until year 2 or 3.  you're more likely to get a bigger first-year crop with a crown.  crowns are more expensive, tho.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2012, 12:01:19 pm
Anybody else make it to the Mad Fox Barleywine Fest?

We tried these eight, in order of preference:

1. Weyerbacher Insanity 2012 : They take their regular barleywine and age it on oak bourbon casks. This one was so good we headed right to Whole Foods and picked up a four pack that just went on sale.

2. Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine 2011: Another oak aged barleywine, minus the bourbon. I guess the bottom line is we really like oak aged.

3. Lagunitas Olde Gnarleywine 2011: Strong flavor, hint of bourbon detected. Hard to describe, but very, very good.

4. Hebrew Jewbelation 15 2011 (cask): Possibly the most interesting tasting of the bunch. The "program" said it had a black cherry taste going, and indeed you could taste that.

5. JW Lees Harvest Ale 2010 (cask): This one is an ENGLISH style barleywine, so less hoppy than the American style barleywines. Strong malt taste rather than hoppy. Wife said it tasted "musty".

6. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 10: Always one of my go-to barleywines since a sixer is relatively cheap (2012 release is this week!), very good but tasted sort of pedestrian in this crowded field.

7. Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop Buckwheat Wine 2011: So this was a wheat wine which tasted like a DIPA being called a barleywine. Very good, but not as good as other Three Floyds beers I've had.

8. Avery Hog Heaven 2011: Program described it as a "hop lovers delight". Another barleywine that tasted like a DIPA. Good, but if i wanted a DIPA, there are many real ones that taste better...and Avery makes two of those. And if i wanted a barleywine, I wouldn't go for one that tasted sort of like a DIPA!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2012, 12:02:41 pm
Picked up a four pack of this when I was in Indiana (at the local grocery store!). Good stuff. Boulevard needs to start distributing here. and grocery stores around here (other than Whole Foods) need to carry more craft beer.

last night i had:
- boulevard quadrupel: what an amazing beer to end the evening with.  i doubt anything else could have followed it up so i'm glad i had it last.  very rich and complex, amazing sweet finish.  gawd i hope they still have this when i next return (doubtful tho).

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2012, 01:10:52 pm
Anybody else make it to the Mad Fox Barleywine Fest?

We tried these eight, in order of preference:

1. Weyerbacher Insanity 2012 : They take their regular barleywine and age it on oak bourbon casks. This one was so good we headed right to Whole Foods and picked up a four pack that just went on sale.

didn't make it, would have loved too.  that was a really nice selection of beers you tried there!

i'll be in VA tomorrow, i might have a look for the weyerbacher at WF.

i'd also like boulevard to distribute here.  i've only had two of their beers, and both have been excellent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 17, 2012, 01:31:42 pm

firestone  double jack  double ipa  (double ruled)


Love that stuff.  Why it doesn't get more love is beyond me.

(it probably does and I'm not paying attention)

Wish it came in 6 packs.  I'm tired of buying bombers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2012, 02:50:40 pm
Love that stuff.  Why it doesn't get more love is beyond me.

(it probably does and I'm not paying attention)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/firestone-walker-double-jack-ipa/106045/
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/50697

a perfect score and an "exceptional" rating - i'd say that it's getting some love :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2012, 04:00:11 pm
Being in the 100th percentile on ratebeer doesn't mean you got a "perfect score", it just means you beat out 99.5% of other beers rated.
 ;)

Great beer. On tap right now at Whole Foods $4 for a 12 oz draft (as is Stone Ruination, which also has a 100 on ratebeer). Might have to go for lunch tomorrow~

Heading after work to Total Wine to get a four pack of Founders Double Trouble. Second batch is in.

Love that stuff.  Why it doesn't get more love is beyond me.

(it probably does and I'm not paying attention)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/firestone-walker-double-jack-ipa/106045/
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/50697

a perfect score and an "exceptional" rating - i'd say that it's getting some love :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on February 17, 2012, 04:03:06 pm
Stumbled into some of this at Rick's the other night while picking up the Better Half.  Have you had it before?  It was a bit of an impulse buy at the counter.

Heading after work to Total Wine to get a four pack of Founders Double Trouble. Second batch is in.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2012, 04:16:56 pm
My friend overheard the WF beer guy call it "the thinking man's Hopslam".

Yes, very good. Maybe in my top 10 imperial ipa's. Have not had the 2012 version yet.

Haven't had a Founders beer yet that wasn't at least "very good".


Stumbled into some of this at Rick's the other night while picking up the Better Half.  Have you had it before?  It was a bit of an impulse buy at the counter.

Heading after work to Total Wine to get a four pack of Founders Double Trouble. Second batch is in.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on February 17, 2012, 05:19:06 pm
Right...that's why I didn't second guess the buy.  Just hadn't read anything about it, and figured you were the best source ;)

Haven't had a Founders beer yet that wasn't at least "very good".
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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 17, 2012, 05:22:34 pm
founders  imperial stout . . . not good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 17, 2012, 06:41:25 pm
founders  imperial stout . . . not good.

definitely their least impressive offering, at least fresh.  methinks it needs 6 months to a year to mellow out.  i've got a bunch in the basement.  ping me in july for an update.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 17, 2012, 07:24:01 pm
I'll take your extras.  ;D

I like the imperial stout over CBS and the regular breakfast stout. Not better than KBS.

founders  imperial stout . . . not good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 17, 2012, 09:24:44 pm
kbs is amazing.  on tap... oh my.

double jack is fantastic.

still haven't seen had hopslam :(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 18, 2012, 08:10:12 am
founders  imperial stout . . . not good.

huh?? the imp stout is excellent!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 18, 2012, 08:12:01 am
Yes, very good. Maybe in my top 10 imperial ipa's. Have not had the 2012 version yet.


2012 is excellent - definitely better than hopslam this year or maybe my tastes are changing
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 18, 2012, 08:14:48 am
Stumbled into some of this at Rick's the other night while picking up the Better Half. 

dang! you got your hands on better half? My wife went to rodmans specially during the day yesterday but they sold out their entire allocation an hour after putting it on the shelf
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on February 18, 2012, 02:43:55 pm
Rick's Facebook page.  They announced it and if you're lucky, you can buy over the phone.  Love that place.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on February 20, 2012, 01:07:22 pm
On tap today at Big Hunt, apparently.

Stumbled into some of this at Rick's the other night while picking up the Better Half. 

dang! you got your hands on better half? My wife went to rodmans specially during the day yesterday but they sold out their entire allocation an hour after putting it on the shelf
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on February 20, 2012, 01:37:44 pm
Broke out the good stuff last night: Three Floyds Dreadnaught and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast (Bourbon Edition). Held onto the Dreadnaught a little too long as it lost a little bit of its hoppiness. The Mikkeller had a nice, smooth finish.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 20, 2012, 01:50:40 pm
never heard of mikkeller before i tried their simcoe ipa . . . now i am its stalker.  call tmz.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 20, 2012, 11:02:26 pm
yup - had some - very good - sweet but good

On tap today at Big Hunt, apparently.

Stumbled into some of this at Rick's the other night while picking up the Better Half. 

dang! you got your hands on better half? My wife went to rodmans specially during the day yesterday but they sold out their entire allocation an hour after putting it on the shelf
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: fatskippy on February 21, 2012, 12:29:59 pm
Nugget Nectar day!

http://beeradvocate.com/events/info/52113
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 21, 2012, 02:28:49 pm
Perfect Pour says their wholesaler is arranging deliveries and it will be on their floor next week.

It's already out there so I suspect some local shops will have it this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 21, 2012, 03:26:33 pm
tried it last year after all the hoopla.

wasn't that impressed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2012, 04:56:15 pm
How fresh was you bottle?

And if I recall, a year ago you hated anything hoppy.

tried it last year after all the hoopla.

wasn't that impressed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on February 21, 2012, 05:13:40 pm
it was fresh.  should i let it sit for a month or two first?

i'll try it again.  in fact, my local shoppeee  just got it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2012, 05:16:38 pm
No, you want to drink that one asap.

Anybody know if there will be a second round of Nugget Nectar? Definitely want to get some but i still have 12 L. Sucks, four Hopslams, and three Double Troubles to drink!


it was fresh.  should i let it sit for a month or two first?

i'll try it again.  in fact, my local shoppeee  just got it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 21, 2012, 06:15:17 pm
You have some time.  NN hung around a pretty long time last year.  It's not like certain brands that are gone as soon as they arrive.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on February 21, 2012, 11:01:14 pm
Tonite's list:

Breckenridge Small Batch 471
Bell's Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Bell's Two-Hearted

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2012, 11:20:16 pm
Yeah, but i'm wondering if there's going to be a second batch. If I wait and buy in late March or whenever, I want some that's fresh, not some that's been sitting on the shelf for a month.


You have some time.  NN hung around a pretty long time last year.  It's not like certain brands that are gone as soon as they arrive.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2012, 11:23:07 pm
Second batch of Hopslam is hitting stores this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on February 22, 2012, 02:33:06 am
(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/pseudo20120219_192418.jpg) (http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd427/sweet_cell/pseudo20120219_192246.jpg)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 22, 2012, 10:16:57 am
Tonite's list:

Breckenridge Small Batch 471
Bell's Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Bell's Two-Hearted



How's your hangover this morning?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on February 22, 2012, 12:18:28 pm
Tonite's list:

Breckenridge Small Batch 471
Bell's Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Bell's Two-Hearted



How's your hangover this morning?

I need Five Guys.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 22, 2012, 12:22:23 pm
Tonite's list:

Breckenridge Small Batch 471
Bell's Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Bell's Two-Hearted



How's your hangover this morning?

I need Five Guys.

Hhahaha... I call those mornings a #7 with an Orange Hi-C.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: nkotb on February 22, 2012, 04:08:21 pm
Good lord...Rick's sold out in an hour.

Second batch of Hopslam is hitting stores this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 22, 2012, 04:13:04 pm
That's what happens when you accept orders over the phone.

I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

Good lord...Rick's sold out in an hour.

Second batch of Hopslam is hitting stores this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: BrettnotBritt on February 22, 2012, 09:43:22 pm
Going to Kansas City this weekend. Will hopefully bring back some Boulevard Tank 7. Doubt I will be able to come across any Chocolate Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 22, 2012, 09:44:19 pm
DFH beer release schedule.  ooo 75 minute

http://beernews.org/2012/02/dogfish-head-releasing-six-bottled-beers-over-next-four-weeks-including-saison-du-buff/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 22, 2012, 09:45:27 pm
I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

what's this beer store you speak of?  :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on February 23, 2012, 10:06:53 am
I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

what's this beer store you speak of?  :o

Schneiders had quite a bit still late last night.  They didn't put any on the floor, so you had to ask for it which I imagine kept it from vanishing very quick.  May be worth giving a call.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on February 28, 2012, 09:49:17 am
I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

what's this beer store you speak of?  :o

Found some last weekend. There is definitely a serious amount of hops in it (great aroma), and it costs $20+ for a six-pack.  No clue what the hype is about, but I'm consistently underwhelmed with Bells.

Anyone ever stop into Virginia Market on 18th and U?  Just found that place, they have amazing selection.

Also - Nugget Nectar this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 28, 2012, 10:08:10 am
For me:

Hopslam=Great
Two Hearted=Very Good
Double Cream Stout=Very Good
All other Bell's beers (and I've had a bunch of them)=Average to Good


I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

what's this beer store you speak of?  :o

Found some last weekend. There is definitely a serious amount of hops in it (great aroma), and it costs $20+ for a six-pack.  No clue what the hype is about, but I'm consistently underwhelmed with Bells.

Anyone ever stop into Virginia Market on 18th and U?  Just found that place, they have amazing selection.

Also - Nugget Nectar this week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 28, 2012, 10:32:05 am
I know one place that will no doubt have it if i tried. But i'm sticking to my guns and not buying any more this year.

what's this beer store you speak of?  :o

Found some last weekend. There is definitely a serious amount of hops in it (great aroma), and it costs $20+ for a six-pack.  No clue what the hype is about, but I'm consistently underwhelmed with Bells.

Anyone ever stop into Virginia Market on 18th and U?  Just found that place, they have amazing selection.

Also - Nugget Nectar this week.

I used to live about 50 feet from the Virginia Market. Great place. With them and De Vinos on the same block, you could always find what you're looking for.

Also, got a case of Hopslam for $56 in PA this weekend. You can't beat that!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 28, 2012, 10:52:51 am
No, you can't.  I was in PA last Saturday and bought a case of Nugget Nectar for $45 (after tax).  Was their last one.  Asked about Hopslam but they were out.

MD beer prices are awful (beating a dead horse...but still....)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 28, 2012, 11:02:36 am
Are you allowed to buy four and six packs in PA, or do they require you to buy a case? Don't know if i quite understand all the rules on that.

Going to Philly sometime this Spring I hope. Is there anything I should pick up/seek out there that can't be had in DC area (Russian River?)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on February 28, 2012, 11:23:01 am
Are you allowed to buy four and six packs in PA, or do they require you to buy a case? Don't know if i quite understand all the rules on that.

Going to Philly sometime this Spring I hope. Is there anything I should pick up/seek out there that can't be had in DC area (Russian River?)

They didn't have six packs of hopslam, just cases. Nugget Nectar was only $37 a case there.

I'm not sure if you can buy cases of Russian River in Philly, I think it's just distributed at bars. I may be wrong...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on February 28, 2012, 12:22:24 pm
Are you allowed to buy four and six packs in PA, or do they require you to buy a case? Don't know if i quite understand all the rules on that.

I was told you had to buy by the case.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on February 28, 2012, 12:57:02 pm
A kind soul procured a bottle of barrel aged blackout stout (Great Lakes) for me yesterday - can;t wait to try it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on February 28, 2012, 01:34:30 pm
To prove that I can even be snarky on this thread...Beer Madness is back in the Washington Post...



The ?experts? are a pastry chef, a mixologist (black and tan anyone?), a chef at a wine bar, a wine sommelier and a beer writer. How does that constitute a group of ?experts??

The readers, other than the old Navy geezer (who sounds like a Safeway beer shopper), actually sound like they would have some expertise based on their favorite beers. It?s almost like they asked the readers their three favorite beers, and the old guy said ?Flying Dog, Dogfish, and New Belgium? and they had to change the question they printed (to favorite brewery) to fit his answers.

I also fail to see how 26, 28, 30, 64, and 70 are a good representation of the ages of the craft beer drinking population. Or the over 21 population in general (unless a good number of those whose ages were'nt given are in the 31-60 range).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/meet-the-beer-madness-judges/2012/02/24/gIQA3g35dR_blog.html



THE EXPERTS
Agnes Chin is the pastry chef at Palena in Cleveland Park.
Gina Chersevani is a mixologist and founding member of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.
Rob Weland is executive chef at Cork Wine Bar in Logan Circle.
Returning judge Kat Bangs, 28, is sommelier at Komi in Dupont Circle.
Greg Kitsock is The Post?s Beer columnist. He is editor of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News.
THE READERS
Jim Munsterman, 70, is a retired Naval aviator and part-time marketing consultant. He lives in Chantilly. His entry:
Seventy year young retired Naval Aviator enjoys a variety of craft beers; his expertise and passion are testified to by the gossip and admiration of the technicians who weekly collect his frequently full recycling container ? mostly dark bottles and occasional cans.
His three favorite breweries: Flying Dog; Dogfish Head; New Belgium.
Halley Fehner, 26, is a historian at History Associates Inc. She lives in Rockville. Her entry:
SWF seeking good craft beer, preferably tall, dark, and strong enough to make me lightheaded when we?re together.
Her three favorite beers: Russian River Supplication; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout; Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.
Samantha Polinik , 30, is an architect apprentice. She lives in Columbia Heights. Her entry:
Before moving back to DC for the ever-increasing craft-brew culture (and a job opportunity), I lived in Portland, Oregon, for two and a half years, where in addition to permanently losing my ability to absorb sunlight, I frequently enjoyed many a craft brew, while attempting to explain sarcasm to the locals.   
Her three favorite beers: Ninkasi (Total Domination IPA); Dogfish Head Chicory Stout; tie (sorry sorry) McMenamin Brothers Ruby Ale and Copacetic IPA (Amnesia Brewing Co.).
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), 64, is co-chairman of the Small Brewers Caucus. His entry:
The only effective role I have in the minority is my co-chairmanship of the Small Brewers Caucus because beer is food and that?s the most bipartisan agreement around Washington, D.C., these days.
His three favorite beers: Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA; Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace; Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on February 28, 2012, 02:47:40 pm
My latest favorite is Evolution Winter Migration (2011), a dark ale aged in bourbon barrels.  Yum!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 01, 2012, 11:05:14 am
Did anybody manage to try Alewerks Bitter Valentine?

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14952/78559

Hopefully more is on the way.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 01, 2012, 11:36:46 am
http://dcbeer.com/2012/03/01/adroit-theory-is-or-will-be-the-new-brewery-on-the-block/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 01, 2012, 11:45:08 am
They lost me with this:

Adroit Theory?s premise is to be cutting edge, targeting the ?1-percenters.?

Not what the beer world needs.

http://dcbeer.com/2012/03/01/adroit-theory-is-or-will-be-the-new-brewery-on-the-block/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 01, 2012, 12:03:58 pm
They lost me with this:

Adroit Theory?s premise is to be cutting edge, targeting the ?1-percenters.?

Not what the beer world needs.

http://dcbeer.com/2012/03/01/adroit-theory-is-or-will-be-the-new-brewery-on-the-block/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

White northern, va yuppies drinking beer!! You won't see me there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on March 01, 2012, 12:55:17 pm
They lost me with this:

Adroit Theory?s premise is to be cutting edge, targeting the ?1-percenters.?

Not what the beer world needs.

i think y'all getting your overly-PC underwear in a knot over a poor choice of words.  they are not talking about socio-economic 1-percenters, they're talking about the 1% of beer drinkers who have uncommon tastes.  what percentage regularly drinks lambics?  i wouldn't be surprised if it's around 1%.  ergo, if you are a lambic producer you're targetting that 1%.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on March 01, 2012, 06:55:21 pm
More than enough beery events in the Mid-Atlantic area this month to get all of your drunkin' asses fired!  :D

Delaware

Thursday, March 1st: Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Luca, Millsboro ?
Featured will be Noble Rot, their newest beer made with botrytis infected grapes and blended with a saison. Also, Namaste, and Palo Santo. 5pm. Reservations at 302-934-5822. www.lucaristorante.com/events.html.

Friday, March 9th through Sunday, the 11th: Chocolate Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth ?
Between Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats and our off-centered Milton brewery, the Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot is a great few days for beer geeks. Info at www.dogfish.com/the-weekend-of-compelling-ales-and-whatnot/index.htm.

Sunday, March 18th: Cheese, Please, Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth ?
6:30pm. $57 includes gratuity. Menu and reservations at www.dogfish.com.

Tuesday, March 20th: Grilled Cheese and Beer at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Wilmington ?
The best quality locally sourced ingredients for these creations, as well as hard to find imports from around the world. $35. 6pm. Tickets and details at http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=200.

Wednesday, April 25th: Brewer's Dinner at Stewart's, Bear ?
Four courses for $40. Reservations at info at 302-836-2739 or www.stewartsbrewingcompany.com.

District of Columbia

Saturday, March 3rd: Brewer's Ball to Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ?
Sample a variety of handcrafted microbrews from more than a dozen of the region's best microbreweries and brewpubs, while also enjoying the cuisine of several popular restaurants. The evening will feature live entertainment and guests can enjoy an exciting auction. Details and tickets at www.dcbrewersball.org.

Thursday, March 5th: DC/NY Beer Tasting and Musical Showcase at DC9 ?
Details at www.dcnine.com.

Tuesday, May 15th: Big But Beautiful Beers at National Geographic ?
Brewmaster and beer expert, Garrett Oliver, whose definitive Oxford Companion to Beer was published to rave reviews last fall, returns by popular demand with a selection of "big but beautiful" beers?beers that combine brawn with true elegance and an ability to age well. 7pm. $85. http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/special-events/2012/05/15/power-and-glory/.

Maryland

Thursday, March 1st: Heavy Seas Cask Night at Metropolitan, Baltimore ?
The highlight of this event will be a wooden Beaujolais cask filled with Heavy Seas Siren Noire Chocolate Stout; Metropolitan asked Heavy Seas firkinmeister Steve Marsh to select a beer to complement the particular flavors of the Beaujolais pin. A custom cask of Heavy Seas Pale Ale will also be on hand, and the Heavy Seas crew will surely make a showing. 6pm. www.hsbeer.com/cask-night-metropolitan-balto-md.

Thursday, March 1st: Heavy Seas Local Music Night at Leadbetters, Baltimore ?
Join Heavy Seas at Leadbetter's to see a special surprise set by Baltimore's own G-Tore! Refills of Heavy Seas pints will be discounted, and the first 48 attendees get to take home their logo-ed glass. 5pm. www.hsbeer.com/leadbetters.

Thursday, March 1st: Gigi's Farmhouse Ale Beer Release Party at Ram's Head ?
$4 commemorative glassware and $1 each additional pour during the release at your local Rams Head restaurant. 4-6pm. www.ramsheadtavern.com.

Friday, March 2nd: Heavy Seas Black Cannon Cask at Brewer's Cask, Federal Hill ?
Don't miss one of your last chances to taste this winter seasonal on cask in 2012. The first 24 people who purchase a draught get to keep the pint glass. 6pm. www.hsbeer.com/brewers-cask.

Friday, March 2nd: Florida Beer Co Tasting at Fenwick Beer and Wine, Silver Spring ?
Come out between 4:30-7:30pm for this free tasting. Located 2 blocks from the Silver Spring metro, Fenwick's offers 600+ craft beers. Free parking in front. 301-650-5770 or www.fenwickbeerandwine.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: Heavy Seas Fighting Firkins at Mahaffeys, Canton ?
Two custom Heavy Seas casks will go head-to-head in Mahaffey's firkin competition. Alice and Wayne are competing against Dennis and Jay to see who can come up with a better brew. Come out and taste each beer, and then vote on which one you liked best. 4-9pm. www.hsbeer.com/mahaffeys.

Wednesday, March 7th: Dogfish Head Aprihop Release Party, Gaithersburg ?
A serious IPA brewed with real Apricots. Raffle prizes every half hour. Proceeds go to benefit the Alzheimers Association. 5-8pm. www.dogfishalehouse.com.

Wednesday, March 14th: Stone Brewing Beer Dinner at Victoria Gastropub, Columbia ?
6:30pm. Reservations at 410-750-1880 or heather@victoriagastropub.comMenu at www.victoriagastropub.com.

Thursday, March 15th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner at London Town, Edgewater ?
Meet Heavy Seas' sales rep Terry Moran. The meal will be prepared by Chef Jorgina Colyn, and beers from the Pyrate and Mutiny fleets will be paired with five courses. $95. 6:30pm. www.hsbeer.com/london-town.

Friday, March 16th: Local Hard Cider Tasting at Fenwick Beer and Wine, Silver Spring ?
Come out between 4:30-7:30pm for this free tasting. Located 2 blocks from the Silver Spring metro, Fenwick's offers 600+ craft beers. Free parking in front. 301-650-5770 or www.fenwickbeerandwine.com.

Saturday, March 17st: Heavy Seas St Paddy's Day Firkin at Bo Brooks, Baltimore ?
Bo Brooks will be tapping a special firkin of Heavy Seas Green Gold Ale to kick off the day. This is high-quality green beer that you don't want to miss. Noon to 4pm. www.hsbeer.com/bo-brooks.

Tuesday, March 20th: Heavy Seas Tap Takeover at Hempen Hill, Hagerstown ?
Hempen Hill BBQ will have six Heavy Seas taplines. The first 48 guests will be able to keep their Heay Seas pints. 5-8pm. 301-797-4455 or www.hsbeer.com/hempen-hill.

Wednesday, March 21st: Heavy Seas Plank II Release Party at Alewife, Baltimore ?
Join the Heavy Seas crew to celebrate the debut of their Plank II, the second edition in this series of beers aged on wood. 7pm. www.hsbeer.com/alewife.

Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, the 24th: 5th Annual Beer and Bourbon Festival, Timonium ?
60 beers, 40 bourbons, and lots of bbq. Tickets at www.beerandbourbon.com.

Friday, March 30th: Judge's Bench 5-Year Anniversary Party with Heavy Seas, Ellicott City ?
Includes a special custom cask, created by Judge's Bench owner Mike. Cask details to come. 5-10pm. www.hsbeer.com/judges-bench.

Friday, March 30th: Spring Beerfest at Leinenkugel's Beer Garden, Baltimore ?
Unlimited Sampling of more than 10 seasonal beers, Live entertainment, Win a trip to Dewey Beach or an Xfinity Live! Philly VIP package. Details and tickets at www.missiontix.com.

Saturday, April 14th: City Paper's 2012 Brewfest, Fells Point ?
Featuring 72 micro-brews to sample. They've doubled the size of this event this year and will have both a music DJ and Karaoke. 1-5pm. Tickets at 410-523-2300 or www.missiontix.com.

Wednesday, April 18th: Unibroue Beer Dinner at Victoria Gastropub, Columbia ?
6:30pm. Reservations at 410-750-1880 or heather@victoriagastropub.comMenu at www.victoriagastropub.com.

Thursday, April 26th: Heavy Seas Tap Takeover and Tasting at Gilly's, Rockville ?
Try a Heavy Seas beer, order a pint, and buy a six pack--all in one outing. 5-8pm. 301-770-5515 or www.hsbeer.com/gillys.

Saturday, April 28th: Heavy Seas Brewery Tour, Halethorpe ?
Join Heavy Seas for a tour of the brewery and learn how your favorite beer is made! The tour is free and open to all ages, but to sample Heavy Seas beer you must purchase a souvenir pint glass for $5 and be 21+ years of age. Children under 18 do not need to be registered. www.hsbeer.com/brewery-tour-4281100.

New Jersey

Thursday, March 1st: Defiant Brewing Promo Night at Valley Stables, Oakland ?
Four Defiant beers will be on tap for the night with Mike on hand to meet and greet and discuss all things Defiant. 201-644-0800 or www.valleystablesnj.com.

Thursday, March 1st: Meet the Brewery at Iron Monkey, Jersey City ?
Featuring Flying Fish. 6-11pm. 201-435-5756 or www.ironmonkey.com.

Monday, March 5th: Beer Dating at the Iron Monkey, Jersey City ?
Three-minute speed dates each with a different craft beer sample. On-going drink specials during the event. 2pm. Gents-$25, Ladies-$10. 201-435-5756 or www.ironmonkey.com.

Saturday, March 24th: Beer on the Boards at Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach ?
25+ breweries and an all-day gourmet buffet. Tickets include beer and buffet. Details at www.beersontheboards.com.

Thursday, March 29th: Vintage Brew Dinner at Mia, Atlantic City ?
Dogfish Head and Mia will be teaming-up to bring you a one-of-a-kind dinner to kick-off the festivities surrounding the 2012 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. 7pm. Menu and details at www.dogfish.com.

Friday, March 30th and Saturday, the 31th: Atlantic City Beer Festival ?
Tickets and info at http://celebrationofthesuds.com.

Saturday, April 28th: Chocolate and Beer Tasting, Cape May ?
Not America's beer authority Gary Monterosso, who will host a sampling of beers and chocolates that go perfectly together at the Inn of Cape May. 2-4pm. $30. 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org.

Saturday, May 12th: Garden State Brewfest, Berkeley Heights ?
Hosted by the Mount Carmel Society, this event is a fundraiser for the NJ Community Food Bank and St Jude Children's Hospital. Featuring local brews from NJ, NY and PA. Plus, local vendors, local bands, a homebrew competition, and beer pong tournament. www.njbeerfest.com.

Southeastern PA

Thursday, March 1st: Tr÷egs Flight Night at Liberty Taproom, Reading ?
Four Tr÷egs beers will be offered on tap, including the elusive and super-hyped Nugget Nectar. There will be prizes and giveaways, possibly including posters signed by the brewmaster himself, Chris Trogner. 6pm. http://thelibertytaproom.com.

Friday, March 2nd: Bell's Tap Takeover at City Tap House ?
With Hopslam, Hell Hath No Fury, Cherry Stout, Winter White, Third Coast Old Ale, Sparkling Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Oarsmen, Java Stout, and Best Brown. 7pm. www.citytaphouse.com.

Saturday, March 3rd: Philly Craft Beer Festival ?
VIP tickets still available at http://phillycraftbeerfest.com.

Saturday, March 3rd: Half Acre Brewing Co at Blue Dog, Lansdale ?
Enjoy complimentary samples and discounted glasses of these Half Acre offerings. 6:30pm. www.bluedog.cc.

Saturday, March 3rd: Barrel-Aged to Perfection at Iron Hill, Phoenixville ?
Six Brewers' Reserves on tap. A raffle will be held for tickets to the Breakfast of Champions Event and a growler of each. www.ironhillbrewery.com.

Monday, March 5th: Kona "Buy the Glass" Luau at Revolution House ?
Unlimited Kona draft beers, Luau favors and a Kona pint glass for $10. Free bar snacks and great food specials. http://revolutionhouse.com.

Monday, March 5th: Kopstootje! Stillwater Ales and Bols Genever at The Farmers Cabinet ?
Lucas Bols and Stillwater join forces to reinvent the traditional Dutch "Kopstootje". 6-11:30pm. Details at www.thefarmerscabinet.com.

Tuesday, March 6th: Barrel-ly Legal at Eulogy Belgian Tavern ?
The selection will include bourbon, brandy, chardonnay, pinot noir, scotch, cabernet, and sake barrel aged beer in a range of styles and tastes. 7pm. www.eulogybar.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: Ommegang Meet the Brewer Dinner at Spinnerstown Hotel ?
Four courses for $45. 7pm. Reservations at 215-536-7242. www.spinnerstownhotel.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: AleSmith Draft Release Party at Hawthornes ?
4pm to close. www.hawthornecafe.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: White Birch Beer Dinner at Route 6 ?
One night only special beer dinner with New Hampshire's first nano-brewery, White Birch. $50 plus tax and gratuity. Menu at www.uwishunu.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/route-6-beer-menu.jpg. Reservations at 215-391-4600. ww.route6restaurant.com.

Thursday, March 8th: Half Acre Tappings at Pinnochio's, Media ?
Daisy Cutter, Over Ale, Callow Knife and Alpenglo will be on tap. 11am-11pm. www.pinpizza.com.

Friday, March 9th: Doylestown Brewing Co Launch Party ?
DBC will be hosting its launch and tasting night at Shaving Grace Barbers in downtown Doylestown. Sample Fountain House Light, R5 Lager, and Union St IPA. 6pm. 267-614-1589 or http://doylestownbrewingcompany.com.

Saturday, March 10th: Craft Beer Express at Devil's Den ?
More info at 215-339-0855 or www.devilsdenphilly.com.

Saturday, March 10th: Craft Beer Express ?
A pub crawl to attract a knowledgeable audience who has a passion for quality beers and in-depth tasting events. 11am-9pm. Details at www.craftbeerexpress.com.

Sunday, March 11th: The Brewer's Plate 2012 at the National Constitution Center ?
Fair Food once again brings you a celebration of our region's craft breweries, restaurants, farmers, and artisanal producers ? all independently owned and located within 150 miles of the city. Info at www.fairfoodphilly.org/farm-tours-events/brewers-plate-2012.

Wednesday, March 14th: 3rd Annual Celtic Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey, Horsham ?
Five beers and five plates. 7pm. Details and reservations at 215-956-9600 or http://ironabbey.com.

Wednesday, March 14th: Pi(e) Day with Yards Brewing at Grey Lodge Pub ?
Celebrate Pi(e) Day with a three-pie dinner. 4-10pm. Details at http://greylodge.com.

Saturday, March 17th: Kegs and Eggs and Appalachian Brewing, Harrisburg ?
ABC will be serving a special menu for all the hungry lads and lassies from 9-11am. http://abcbrew.com.

Wednesday, March 28th: 6th Anniversary Beer vs Wine Pairing Dinner at Sette Luna, Easton ?
Five courses, head-to-head challenge, course for course. You pick the winner. 6:30-9:30pm. $40. Reservations at 610-253-8888. www.setteluna.com.

Saturday, April 28th: PA Flavor, the Ultimate Beer and Food Pairing at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg ?
Tickets and details, at http://greenbeltevents.com/events/pa-flavor-2012-the-ultimate-beer-and-food-pairing.

Sunday, April 15th: Electric City Craft Brewfest, Scranton ?
50+ local and regional craft brews. VIP tickets available. http://ecbrewfest.com.

Saturday, May 5th: Brewfest at Mount Hope Homebrew Competition Deadline (Fest on May 12th), Manheim ?
The Homebrew Competition will give homebrewers the chance to show off their brews among a festival of professional breweries. AHA/BJCP sanctioned and will follow the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines. The Best of Show award will give homebrewers the opportunity to work with a professional brewer to make a batch of their winning recipe for sampling at the 2013 BrewFest. This honor also makes their brew eligible for entry into the GABF Pro-Am Competition. $5 per entry. www.parenfaire.com/brewfest/rules.php.

Saturday, May 12th: Brewfest at Mount Hope, Manheim ?
Fill your sampling glass with unique brews from a variety of different breweries from across the country. 11am-3pm or 4:30-8:30pm. Tickets and details at www.parenfaire.com/brewfest/main.php.

Virginia

Friday, March 2nd: Heavy Seas Oak Cask at Bilbo Baggins, Alexandria ?
Help drain an oak cask of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. 5pm. www.hsbeer.com/bilbo-baggins.

Tuesday, March 6th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner Challenge at Lyon Hall, Arlington ?
Heavy Seas' Jonathan McIntire will go head-to-head with the beverage director of Lyon Hall in a test of beer-and-food pairing skills. 6pm. 703-741-7636 or www.hsbeer.com/lyon-hall.

Wednesday, March 7th: Homebrewer's night at the Cock, Occoquan ?
Bring your latest brew to share and join a small but cool group of local home brewers to relax and talk beers. 7:30-? 703-494-1180 or http://cockandbowl.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: Devil's Backbone Beer Dinner at Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg ?
Chef Patrick is looking forward to pairing his cuisine to another award winning local brewery. $85 includes all. 7pm. Menu and reservations at www.tuskies.com.

Wednesday, March 7th: Dogfish Head Aprihop Release Party, all locations ?
A serious IPA brewed with real Apricots. Raffle prizes every half hour. Proceeds go to benefit the Alzheimers Association. 5-8pm. www.dogfishalehouse.com.

Monday, March 12th: Catoctin Creek Whiskey Dinner at Mad Fox, Falls Church ?
Five courses prepared by Chef Russel, four Spirits from Catoctin Creek, and one beer from Mad fox that has been Barrel-Aged for at least six months. 7pm. Tickets and menu at http://madfoxbrewing.com.

Thursday, March 15th: Flying Dog and Oysters at Magnolias at the Mill, ?
Whether it's on the half shell, fried, stewed or Rockefeller style this little bivalve say "show me the beer!" Flying Dog is the only brewery I know of that makes an Oyster Stout so... sounds like a perfect match to me! Five courses of food with eight killer brews. $80 includes all. 7pm. Reservations at 540-338-9800 or http://magnoliasmill.com.

Saturday, March 17th: The Beer Academy with Greg Engert at Rustico, Ballston ?
Two spots left!!! (as of January 29) The topic: Local Brewing and Sourcing. Details at 571-384-1820 or www.rusticorestaurant.com.

Saturday, March 17th: Capital Ale House St Patrick's Day Celebrations, all locations ?
10+ different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap and at least ten more in the bottle. Plus, a new Irish menu for 2012. Details at www.CapitalAleHouse.com.

Sunday, March 18th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner at Da Luca, Crozet ?
6pm. Call the restaurant for more information. 434- 205- 4251 or www.hsbeer.com/da-luca.

Saturday, March 24th: The Beer Academy with Greg Engert at Rustico, Ballston ?
The topic: Local Brewing and Sourcing. Details at 571-384-1820 or www.rusticorestaurant.com.

Wednesday, April 11th: Anderson Valley Dinner at Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg ?
Featuring some of their solid brews such as their ESB, Porter, Oatmeal Stout, and some of their specialty Belgian styles as well.. $85 includes all. 7pm. Menu and reservations at www.tuskies.com.

Saturday, April 14th: New River Brewfest, Radford ?
Featuring local micro-breweries, catered food, and local musicians for entertainment. At Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast. Noon to 6pm. http://nesselrod.com/Brewfest/index.html.

Saturday, April 14th: The Beer Academy with Greg Engert at Rustico, Ballston ?
One spot left!!! (as of February 29) The topic: Sour Ales: The Old and the New. Details at 571-384-1820 or www.rusticorestaurant.com.

Monday, April 16th: Catoctin Creek Whiskey Dinner at Mad Fox, Falls Church ?
Five courses prepared by Chef Russel, four Spirits from Catoctin Creek, and one beer from Mad fox that has been Barrel-Aged for at least six months. 7pm. Tickets and menu at http://madfoxbrewing.com.

Saturday, June 9th: The Beer Academy with Greg Engert at Rustico, Ballston ?
Two spots left!!! (as of February 29) The topic: Barrel-Aged Beers. Details at 571-384-1820 or www.rusticorestaurant.com.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 03, 2012, 10:22:27 am
^^^  thanks jag . . . awesome.

hey, james, here it is.

once or twice a year i stumble upon a beer haul, a holy grail grab of sorts, where my local beer shoppe in its country charm simply out does itself.  i call these days, "scoring the moutherlode."

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/418538_3114167906318_1628062159_2734924_949372717_n.jpg)


anderson valley brewing   brother davids triple

dogfish head   aprihop

founders  curmudgeon better half

dogfish head  120 minute ipa

north coast brewery   old stock ale

[others not pictured]

stone   cali-belgie  ipa

founders  double trouble

troegs  nugget nectar

almazo  pilsner  (lebanon)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 05, 2012, 09:50:39 am
(http://img7.uploadhouse.com/fileuploads/15711/157116674e1c690d2a85c6f4b9fc80b04b3e8f83.jpg)

Sometimes the cost of living just blows my mind in this damn city. In Pittsburgh this weekend and this "hop cellar" had $4 bottles of Hopslam.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 05, 2012, 10:15:35 am
Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown had Hopslam on draft for $4 and it lasted 2+ days.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 05, 2012, 10:29:43 am
Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown had Hopslam on draft for $4 and it lasted 2+ days.

But that means hanging out in Georgetown.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 05, 2012, 10:38:21 am
Home of my favorite pizza/beer place, favorite gelato place, and an underused playground to take the kid to and sober up in before driving (a straight shot) home to the VA burbs. What's not to love?  :)

Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown had Hopslam on draft for $4 and it lasted 2+ days.

But that means hanging out in Georgetown.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 05, 2012, 10:41:43 am
Home of my favorite pizza/beer place, favorite gelato place, and an underused playground to take the kid to and sober up in before driving (a straight shot) home to the VA burbs. What's not to love?  :)

Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown had Hopslam on draft for $4 and it lasted 2+ days.

But that means hanging out in Georgetown.

^^drives drunk with child in the car^^  :o :o :o

j/k... kind of.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 05, 2012, 10:55:17 am
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Home of my favorite pizza/beer place, favorite gelato place, and an underused playground to take the kid to and sober up in before driving (a straight shot) home to the VA burbs. What's not to love?  :)

Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown had Hopslam on draft for $4 and it lasted 2+ days.

But that means hanging out in Georgetown.

^^drives drunk with child in the car^^  :o :o :o

j/k... kind of.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jaguar on March 05, 2012, 11:45:38 am
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Nothing like a father and daughter sharing a beer together.  :D

j/k  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 05, 2012, 11:48:31 am
So far, she's turned down all beer offers. Damn straightedge kids these days, she doesn't know what she's missing.

 ;D
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Nothing like a father and daughter sharing a beer together.  :D

j/k  ;)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 05, 2012, 12:14:18 pm
So far, she's turned down all beer offers. Damn straightedge kids these days, she doesn't know what she's missing.

 ;D
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Nothing like a father and daughter sharing a beer together.  :D

j/k  ;)


I was sipping foam off my grandpa's Schlitz at the ripe old age of four, no wonder I turned out the way I did.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 05, 2012, 12:17:29 pm
I exhibited beer snobbishness early on when I spit out a sip of my dad's friend's Budweiser when I was eight or so. Didn't try beer again for a number of years, and then I insisted on the good stuff. Like Labatt's or Molson Golden.

So far, she's turned down all beer offers. Damn straightedge kids these days, she doesn't know what she's missing.

 ;D
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Nothing like a father and daughter sharing a beer together.  :D

j/k  ;)


I was sipping foam off my grandpa's Schlitz at the ripe old age of four, no wonder I turned out the way I did.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sweetcell on March 05, 2012, 12:24:15 pm
then I insisted on the good stuff. Like Labatt's or Molson Golden.

effen snob!

;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on March 05, 2012, 01:08:48 pm
Molson Golden


The gold standard back when I started.  Only bought it when I planned on sitting back and enjoying a few.  As opposed to the times I attempted to drink as much as I could as quickly as I could.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on March 05, 2012, 03:42:43 pm
So far, she's turned down all beer offers. Damn straightedge kids these days, she doesn't know what she's missing.

 ;D
Never. Typically we split two or three beers between two people and don't drive for 2.5 hours. And neither of us are featherweights. At that point we're well below the legal limit.

Nothing like a father and daughter sharing a beer together.  :D

j/k  ;)


http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/craft-beer-ale-a-parody-of-dr-seuss-green-eggs-ham/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2012, 10:22:43 am
What does anyone know about this brew??

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27039/16814

Up there with the coveted hopslam?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2012, 10:47:43 am
I know if you've gone to Vermont and brought some back home, you need to come to my house and share.

 ;D

Have not had it but would like to.

Within a three hour drive of where I grew up, so maybe I'll get some at some point. Or maybe they'll expand distribution.

What does anyone know about this brew??

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27039/16814

Up there with the coveted hopslam?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2012, 11:09:16 am
I know if you've gone to Vermont and brought some back home, you need to come to my house and share.

 ;D

Have not had it but would like to.

Within a three hour drive of where I grew up, so maybe I'll get some at some point. Or maybe they'll expand distribution.

What does anyone know about this brew??

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27039/16814

Up there with the coveted hopslam?

I should have a half case in the coming weeks.  8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2012, 11:25:07 am
Just saw that they distribute to Bennington, which is a half hour from where a college friend lives, who I visit each summer. Hmmmmm.


I know if you've gone to Vermont and brought some back home, you need to come to my house and share.

 ;D

Have not had it but would like to.

Within a three hour drive of where I grew up, so maybe I'll get some at some point. Or maybe they'll expand distribution.

What does anyone know about this brew??

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27039/16814

Up there with the coveted hopslam?

I should have a half case in the coming weeks.  8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: brennser on March 06, 2012, 11:59:33 am
I've had it.....worth the hype

I believe Smoke and Barrel BBQ on U Street has it (and had it on draft last week)

What does anyone know about this brew??

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27039/16814

Up there with the coveted hopslam?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2012, 01:08:16 pm
Wow, quite an IPA lineup at Dupont Pizza Paradiso for half price happy hour tonight.

Ballast Point Sculpin
Stone Ruination
Avery Maharaja
DC Brau Amageddon
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 06, 2012, 01:29:28 pm
today is my birthday . . . and i am getting so fucking drunk today . . .  starting now.  oh hell yeah!!!

plus, before i lapse into a hop induced coma . . . i don't get the bells hopslam.  and no this is not a rage of someone who did not get it.  yes i did not get it this year.  barely missed out.  oh well.  but i have tried four other bells beers; three of which were bad; one of which was down right shit; with the fourth being average at best (amber / best brown / winter white / oberon).  so is the hopslam really worth the hype.  i don't believe written reviews, only people i can speak with who have drank it.  i just can't buy that it is good . . . but what do i know; i used to think mickey's big mouth beer was the shit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2012, 01:56:42 pm
today is my birthday . . . and i am getting so fucking drunk today . . .  starting now.  oh hell yeah!!!

plus, before i lapse into a hop induced coma . . . i don't get the bells hopslam.  and no this is not a rage of someone who did not get it.  yes i did not get it this year.  barely missed out.  oh well.  but i have tried four other bells beers; three of which were bad; one of which was down right shit; with the fourth being average at best (amber / best brown / winter white / oberon).  so is the hopslam really worth the hype.  i don't believe written reviews, only people i can speak with who have drank it.  i just can't buy that it is good . . . but what do i know; i used to think mickey's big mouth beer was the shit.

$25 a six pack good, questionable... Good, yes.... However, my love of Bells other than Two Hearted Ale has gone down the tubes as of late. They really don't put that great of beer other than Hopslam/Two hearted IMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: excontradiction on March 06, 2012, 02:21:15 pm
today is my birthday . . . and i am getting so fucking drunk today . . .  starting now.  oh hell yeah!!!

plus, before i lapse into a hop induced coma . . . i don't get the bells hopslam.  and no this is not a rage of someone who did not get it.  yes i did not get it this year.  barely missed out.  oh well.  but i have tried four other bells beers; three of which were bad; one of which was down right shit; with the fourth being average at best (amber / best brown / winter white / oberon).  so is the hopslam really worth the hype.  i don't believe written reviews, only people i can speak with who have drank it.  i just can't buy that it is good . . . but what do i know; i used to think mickey's big mouth beer was the shit.

$25 a six pack good, questionable... Good, yes.... However, my love of Bells other than Two Hearted Ale has gone down the tubes as of late. They really don't put that great of beer other than Hopslam/Two hearted IMO.

Hopslam is not worth $25.  It is a decent annual treat, but I couldn't/wouldn't drink it all the time.  Two Hearted is one of my go-tos.  I have 5/6ths of a sixer of Bells Kalamazoo Stout, still in my beer fridge.  Stuff is nearly undrinkable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 06, 2012, 02:22:34 pm
Totally agree with Yada, though I'll add the Double Cream Stout as being good.

I recently had a bottle of the Expedition Imperial Stout, and it was meh. Maybe because i sat on it for a year and a half, but from what i had read that one was supposed to get better with age.

And the  $12 i paid  for Nugget Nectar six pack makes the $20 I paid for Hopslam seem like a ripoff. Still, glad i got a sixer of hopslam. And regarding hopslam: drink it quick. Just had a bottom fro mthe late January batch the other day and it's already fading badly.


today is my birthday . . . and i am getting so fucking drunk today . . .  starting now.  oh hell yeah!!!

plus, before i lapse into a hop induced coma . . . i don't get the bells hopslam.  and no this is not a rage of someone who did not get it.  yes i did not get it this year.  barely missed out.  oh well.  but i have tried four other bells beers; three of which were bad; one of which was down right shit; with the fourth being average at best (amber / best brown / winter white / oberon).  so is the hopslam really worth the hype.  i don't believe written reviews, only people i can speak with who have drank it.  i just can't buy that it is good . . . but what do i know; i used to think mickey's big mouth beer was the shit.

$25 a six pack good, questionable... Good, yes.... However, my love of Bells other than Two Hearted Ale has gone down the tubes as of late. They really don't put that great of beer other than Hopslam/Two hearted IMO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: imbecile on March 06, 2012, 02:51:32 pm
Totally agree with Yada, though I'll add the Double Cream Stout as being good.

I recently had a bottle of the Expedition Imperial Stout, and it was meh. Maybe because i sat on it for a year and a half, but from what i had read that one was supposed to get better with age.

And the  $12 i paid  for Nugget Nectar six pack makes the $20 I paid for Hopslam seem like a ripoff. Still, glad i got a sixer of hopslam. And regarding hopslam: drink it quick. Just had a bottom fro mthe late January batch the other day and it's already fading badly.


today is my birthday . . . and i am getting so fucking drunk today . . .  starting now.  oh hell yeah!!!

plus, before i lapse into a hop induced coma . . . i don't get the bells hopslam.  and no this is not a rage of someone who did not get it.  yes i did not get it this year.  barely missed out.  oh well.  but i have tried four other bells beers; three of which were bad; one of which was down right shit; with the fourth being average at best (amber / best brown / winter white / oberon).  so is the hopslam really worth the hype.  i don't believe written reviews, only people i can speak with who have drank it.  i just can't buy that it is good . . . but what do i know; i used to think mickey's big mouth beer was the shit.

$25 a six pack good, questionable... Good, yes.... However, my love of Bells other than Two Hearted Ale has gone down the tubes as of late. They really don't put that great of beer other than Hopslam/Two hearted IMO.

Amber, Winter White, and Oberon just aren't very good.  A lot of people love Oberon, but I've never been a fan and I'm a huge Bell's fan.  Best Brown, i happen to really like, but that's with tempered expectations, it's just a brown ale.. nothing special, but I do think it's a solid brown ale, actually one of my favorites.

I think Bell's wheel house really is in their limited/seasonal release stuff.  Outside of Two Hearted, their year round lineup doesn't have anything that great, but I wouldn't call any of it bad; for my money they're easily a top two or three brewery with a solid lineup, but that is leaning on their seasonal offerings.

But if you haven't had anything you liked, try Hopslam (not at $25 though), Double Cream Stout, or two hearted.  I've never seen the Oracle (DIPA) in these parts, but it's really good as well.  Also, if you need a winter/christmas beer.. go for their Christmas Ale, way better than Winter White is admittedly quite boring.  Bell's definitely makes good beer, give them another shot.. and then proceed with hating them if they don't live up to it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Yada on March 06, 2012, 03:19:26 pm
 


Hopslam is not worth $25.  It is a decent annual treat, but I couldn't/wouldn't drink it all the time.  Two Hearted is one of my go-tos.  I have 5/6ths of a sixer of Bells Kalamazoo Stout, still in my beer fridge.  Stuff is nearly undrinkable.

I agree... that Stoudt is just plain awful.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 06, 2012, 04:26:31 pm
http://www.foundersbrewing.com/the-lineup/kbs

not even going to try for this . . . the demand out here is ravenous.  growing tired of beer fanantics ruining my fanaticism!


http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/01/10550126-the-beer-diet-exists-and-its-a-bad-idea

here, have a laugh on me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Lazer Guided Melodies on March 06, 2012, 05:10:00 pm
Enjoyed one of these last night:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/25191/75707

I cannot wait till he moves the brewery to within biking distance of me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: StoneTheCrow on March 06, 2012, 05:59:36 pm
not even going to try for this . . . the demand out here is ravenous.  growing tired of beer fanantics ruining my fanaticism!


Would love to try the stuff.  Will have to keep waiting, unfortunately.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 07, 2012, 12:14:11 pm
Maharaja replaced by Hopslam

So that means $4 drafts of Hopslam, Sculpin, and Ruination at happy hour today.


Wow, quite an IPA lineup at Dupont Pizza Paradiso for half price happy hour tonight.

Ballast Point Sculpin
Stone Ruination
Avery Maharaja
DC Brau Amageddon
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 07, 2012, 12:16:15 pm
i better quit all this taking it in the ass, and get up there!   ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 07, 2012, 08:49:57 pm
was driving by one of my local beeer shopazoids, and did not really need to stop, but did anyway.  was proud that i only bought two things but they were both new to me, so it was good.


dogfish head   burton baton

sneaky pete   ipa  (the dog on the bottle is so cute)


can someone . . . gee i wonder who . . . please inform me on the proper storage times (in months) according to alcohol %, say from nine percent to thirteen percent?  thanks!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 07, 2012, 09:56:26 pm
Store 9-13 abv as long as you want, as long as it's not a hoppy ipa.

Burton Baton is an outstanding beer, and though it is an ipa, is not really a hop forward one, so they (Dogfish, I read a message board thread posted by Sam's wife) say it's a good one to age.

Side note on Burton Baton: Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers did the bottle art.



was driving by one of my local beeer shopazoids, and did not really need to stop, but did anyway.  was proud that i only bought two things but they were both new to me, so it was good.


dogfish head   burton baton

sneaky pete   ipa  (the dog on the bottle is so cute)


can someone . . . gee i wonder who . . . please inform me on the proper storage times (in months) according to alcohol %, say from nine percent to thirteen percent?  thanks!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: K8teebug on March 08, 2012, 10:15:11 am
frisco Grille in columbia is going to start brewing soon.  They always have a good selection, so hopefully their beer will be great!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on March 10, 2012, 06:28:17 pm
http://www.foundersbrewing.com/blog/beer-releases/kbs-release-party

kbs release makes some beer fans hate founders brewery.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: James Ford on March 10, 2012, 11:42:48 pm
from the beer advocate boards:

TapeDeck said: ↑

I blame myself for not getting KBS, as I got there at 6:30. I assumed that would be early enough (4.5 hours early)
 I was right. It would have been, we're I one of the other 6:30 groups... We were at the doors when they ran out. We were in the first 10 to fail.
Lot's of line jumping.
 That's life. That's a bummer.
 
However,
 
I am totally done with Founders. That will save me hundreds.
 They wait until 15 minutes before open, to hand out tickets.
This is intentional. They had guys coming and checking out the line.
 
They could have saved a few hundred people a whole day of standing out in freezing weather and whipping wind by handing out the tickets once the line reached an obvious capacity.
At 6:30, we were in front of the brewery, and the line wrapped all the way around. By 7 it had overlapped.
 We could see this. They could see this. We waited 4 hours because we road tripped 4 hours to get there. When they passed out tickets (over 600) we were about 20 behind the last ticket.
 
Again, missing out is our fault, not theirs.
 But they knew they couldn't support the demand, and they let people stand out there without a heads up for at least 5 hours before giving out any word.
 
By that time, we decided we were pot committed, and waited it out.

We wouldn't have made the road trip for 3 4 packs.
 We wouldn't wait outside overnight for this beer (it's great. But there are plenty of great bbl options right now, and a few I like more.)
 It's not laziness to try to make a considered decision on when to arrive for a beer. And again, not Founders fault that we missed it.
 
But for cutting the allotment (more or less invalidating the purpose of the trip... If I want to add $100 in gas to the cost of the beer, I know I can get 3 4 packs) and for watching from the rooftop (literally) and walking the grounds, knowing that most of these folks are screwed... And saying NOTHING...
 
THAT makes it one less craft brew for me. Yay, more for you guys. Enjoy the hype train.


http://www.foundersbrewing.com/blog/beer-releases/kbs-release-party

kbs release makes some beer fans hate founders brewery.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: stevewizzle on March 11, 2012, 07:31:48 pm
i had kbs at rustico-ballston last year. guess i was lucky?  it was one of the best beers i've had, but didn't realize it was one of the rare, ridiculous demand beers.  do they bottle it? 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on