BEER Thread!

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wanderingtaoist wrote:

My god you guys are crazy. I think I'll put my brother's o-chem university degree to use once he comes back from the US. He's more into petrochemistry, but no one can get drunk on that stuff, let's be honest.

Maybe you can get high from inhaling it?

Phishposer wrote:
boogle wrote:

f*ck, I think I need a physics and some chemistry before I can apply.

Serious brewers have some pretty decent o-chem chops, at least in the compounds and reactions that take place in malting, mashing, and fermenting.
The killer for me would be the thermal physics. That sh*t's like a jigsaw where the pieces are partial differential equations.

Yeah basically to apply to that I would need O-Chem, PDE and thermodynamics.

Since I started brewing, I've learned tons about yeast, organic chemistry, etc.

And hot-damn.. this Quatre-Centieme is delicious!

Ahh, the peace of mind that comes with having all three taps on! One's been empty way too often lately, as my winter stocks of homebrew were running low. Now that the weather's nice, I'll be outside brewing regularly. Full kegs of homebrewed bitter and brown ale, plus Schlafly Pils as the guest beer. Time to throw a monster brisket in the smoker and have some friends over!

I got a pitcher of the 2X IPA by Southern Tier last night. My my is that stuff fantastic. They're a great brewery as a whole.

SuperDave wrote:

I got a pitcher of the 2X IPA by Southern Tier last night. My my is that stuff fantastic. They're a great brewery as a whole.

I love ST, as we are actually able to get some of their beers here in Canada. Just got some Southern Tier Gemini which is a really hoppy, malty explosion! We are apparantly getting 2x IPA this spring, so I'll def. give that a try.

Just got back from Max's Taphouse. 80 beers on tap. Most of them outstanding. Friday happy hour special was $60 "bab" (big ass beer: a 32 ounce tap beer of your choosing). I opted for the Brewer's Art Resurrection -- a very fine locally produced Trappist beer -- for the first and a Heavy Seas Black Cannon -- an outstanding locally produced black IPA -- for my second. Both tipped the scales at around 8%.

Needless to say, I wasn't driving.

60 dollars seems a little high, even for 32 ounces of craft beer. Typically that should run maybe... 12-15 dollars.

looks like a typo, actually -- web site says 6 bucks for 32 ounces. That's a helluva deal. Sounds like a really cool place -- will definitely check it out next time I'm in Baltimore.

only slightly related, but I figured I should put my thoughts on reviewing beer into a coherent form.

Today is the 495th German Beer day, people. In 1516, the German Beer Purity Law was passed and has been in place ever since, laying the foundation of worldwide beery goodness for centuries to come.

Since most people should have a day off today, let's celebrate!

I'll be helping myself to a few bottles of Augustiner today.

Cheers! Salut! Prost!

German Beer Day is Shakespeare Day? Wow, that day keeps getting better.

My thanks to Trowan for telling me about this place.

Have I gone through 3 growlers in 9 days? I have. I have indeed.

And soon they shall have Great Lakes Holy Moses and I may end up living at that place.

Luggage wrote:

Today is the 495th German Beer day, people. In 1516, the German Beer Purity Law was passed and has been in place ever since, laying the foundation of worldwide beery goodness for centuries to come.

Since most people should have a day off today, let's celebrate!

I'll be helping myself to a few bottles of Augustiner today.

Cheers! Salut! Prost!

I know I'm pulling a Ted Moesby here, but technically the Reinheitsgebot was lifted in the late 80s. Also the original law didn't understand how yeast worked, meaning it wasn't included as a required ingredient.

Either way, the epic tradition of Bavarian brewing should not be tarnished by petty technicalities, especially on a day such as last Saturday.

Seth wrote:
Luggage wrote:

Today is the 495th German Beer day, people. In 1516, the German Beer Purity Law was passed and has been in place ever since, laying the foundation of worldwide beery goodness for centuries to come.

Since most people should have a day off today, let's celebrate!

I'll be helping myself to a few bottles of Augustiner today.

Cheers! Salut! Prost!

I know I'm pulling a Ted Moesby here, but technically the Reinheitsgebot was lifted in the late 80s. Also the original law didn't understand how yeast worked, meaning it wasn't included as a required ingredient.

Either way, the epic tradition of Bavarian brewing should not be tarnished by petty technicalities, especially on a day such as last Saturday.

Actually, that would be a Theodore "Ted" Mosby to be precise.

Derp! Caught me!

For punishment I promise to drink 2 German pilseners tonight. And maybe a kolsch.

Went to Whistler last week and on the way back stopped in Squamish for lunch at Howe Sound Brewery. Picked up a bottle each of Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA (for me), and Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout (for my wife). But I've been sick ever since then so haven't opened them up yet. I really want to try this IPA. Their Devil's Elbow IPA is delicious.

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My folks are in town, and I took the day off so my burgeoning beer geek dad and I could go around, while mom drove us. We hit Town Hall Brewing for lunch, and I had a couple beers. Then off to the Muddy Pig (a bar in St. Paul with 50+ taps), where I discovered they had 2009, 2010, and 2011 Stone Old Guardian barleywine on tap. The 2009 was spectacular. It's a bit past 3:00 my time, and I've had three wonderful beers. My dad is asleep on the couch.

I have a feeling I'm going to feel very, very dehydrated later.

Can't wait 'til 5 and my Friday night cold one.

Finally found some IPAs that were pleasant!

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Neither is overly hoppy, and both are smooth and delicious!

I was at Max's again yesterday and the special was, once again, $6 "Big Ass Beers" (32 oz of craft brewed glory). The place was a little noisy so I had to yell my order. I decided on the local Flying Dog Brewery special and managed to yell out "I'll have a big ass raging bitch!". Unfortunately for me, the crowd quieted down just as I got out "big ass raging bitch!".

I got the dirtiest stinkeye from a heavy set lady sitting right between me and the bartender.

Every mixed beer with icecream, I have.

Jonman wrote:

Finally found some IPAs that were pleasant!

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Neither is overly hoppy, and both are smooth and delicious!

Yeah, Ninkasi's stuff is good. I had a fun time at a little brewfest at their brewery once. They are doing a really good job distributing their beer here in Oregon. You can find it at most places.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Every mixed beer with icecream, I have.

There's a bar in Atlanta that does beer milkshakes; they use milk, ice cream and Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout. Had one not too long ago; pretty tasty!

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ETA: Just picked up a 6-pack of this

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I recently tried the Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA and can not recommend it enough. The label calls for notes of peach and mango in the aroma, and they aren't kidding. Nice fruity notes accompany the citrus hop aroma, and the hop bitterness is well balanced by the sweetness of the malt character. Well worth trying if you can track down a bottle.
I also picked up a six-pack of the Victory Golden Monkey. Belgian-style ales are just above fizzy yellow lagers, near the bottom of my list of favorite beers. I had the opportunity to try it out and was surprised I actually enjoyed it. It's a big beer at 9.5% ABV, but the alcohol dryness is well layered over the sweet and spicy belgian-style trippel. I'd recommend this one even if you're not a fan of the style.

+1 for golden Monkey. I've been buying a growler a week of the stuff.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Every mixed beer with icecream, I have.

Well there's the traditional and delicious "beer float;" I learned it using Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but any thick, sweet stout would work.

For the more adventurous -- trying making your ice cream with beer:

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Blueberry stout flavored ice cream. The strange thing is somehow the blueberry flavor in that beer became extremely focused in the ice cream. The beer itself is not a very strong blueberry flavor, but the ice cream was amazing.

Went to Max's again and this time ordered a "Big Ass Dead Guy" (Rogue Brewery). That caught some interesting stares.

This isn't a particularly good Wit, but the bottle is awesome!

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In case you can't see it, it says:

"Made with Ginger but still digs Mary Ann."

Went to the KC Maifest yesterday. Super fun, and there were some great homebrews! Just check out the beer list.

Just got back from a vacation in the US of A, and brought back a suitcase full of yummy beer.

Last night had a Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, which absolutely blew me away. I love Saisons, they are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles... but a Saison with barnyard funk, and sourness... WOW.

I'm brewing a Saison tonight, and am going to pitch the dregs of this bam biere in it... yummy!

Other standouts from my trip were:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Bell's Two Hearted
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Saison Dupont
Laganitas WTF