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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2017, 01:50:19 PM »
Just traveled to Northern California over the July 4 break, and stopped at Russian River Brewing Company.

Bought six bottles of Pliny the Elder and six of Blind Pig IPA to bring home... So those are my favorites (until I run out of them).

Currently on tap at Wrong Planet Brewing Co (my homebrew name) is a Rye IPA, Oktoberfestbier, Mint Milk Stout, 949 Blonde, and Blood Orange 949 Blonde.

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2017, 02:04:35 PM »
there is a place near me.... like, within golf cart distance... that has received some awards for their selection of beers.  http://www.teaandbeer.com/ .... I've been trying to avoid that place, over the summer, but... It's about time i start putting together (on paper) my fall beer selection (notice the lower case 'f' in fall  :s_laugh: )....

anyway... they have an Irish Cream Stout there that is fantastic; and coupled with a decent pale ale and poured over a turtle?  uh-oh.... it's a meal replacement. 









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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2017, 05:32:29 PM »
I was down in Old Mexico last week, and hit up a craft beer bar there in Playa del Carmen.  Their craft beer movement has been growing recently and, while it's nothing like the USA (or even most European countries), they have a decent enough heritage of brewing there (expecially Czech and German styles due to various waves of settlement over the years), that they were pretty good.

I tried a local saison and doppelbock that were both very good.  Don't recall their names, my brother took pictures on his phone though so we'd remember.

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2017, 09:10:41 PM »
You went to Russian River and didn't get/sample the sous?  :96:

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #34 on: July 23, 2017, 10:28:31 PM »
Grolsch is a decent Dutch lager.  Certainly better then Heineken...

I buy Grolsch for my friends that are into home-brewing.  Those resealable flip-lids are a lot better for bottling, than capping normal bottles on your own.

Of course, the really smart home-brewers simply keg and avoid the hassle of bottling.

began drinking Grolsch in 1982 because it was tasty, but drank it quite a bit to procure the bottles with the great lids.  Superb for many uses.
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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2017, 11:52:24 AM »
You went to Russian River and didn't get/sample the sous?  :96:

Not my first rodeo at RR... Been there several times and had their full taster set, and have brought home sours in the past.

This time I actually was there for an early lunch, and ended up having an IPA and a Belgian Dubbel with the pizza, so no sours. I didn't particularly want to buy sours to bring home as I was already blowing out my budget on all the wine (and the case of Pliny/Blind Pig). The sours [bottled] are expensive...

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2017, 01:21:25 PM »
OK we can do it here too I guess.  :)

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Celis Pale Bock
Live Oak Hefeweizen
Leffe Brune


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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #37 on: July 24, 2017, 07:18:35 PM »
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
Great Lakes Elliot Ness - Vienna Style Lager
Some Czech Pilsner I can't remember the name of
Otherwise most good Craft Hefes or Oktoberfests
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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers, Continued
« Reply #38 on: July 24, 2017, 10:56:24 PM »
That's cool.  I haven't had a chance to visit RR, just try some (bottles) while at places which have served in NoCal.   Every time I'm in the area lately it is always for biz, so don't ever have the time to head north to visit. 

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2017, 10:00:05 PM »
recall the ol' westerns when the bar keep would slide a brew down the bar to the fellers all slick like?

I'm trying to be slick here too when I slide this here thread over to the general section... I hate to do such a thing the the 12, and will be happy to reverse it and sling it back over here from there...

basically, I just want to see how that function works...

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« Reply #40 on: July 25, 2017, 10:08:01 PM »

Great Lakes Elliot Ness - Vienna Style Lager


Indeed.  That is a marvelous beer.  Annoyed I have to pick it up when I'm Wisconsin to bring it back to Indy.

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« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2017, 04:09:06 PM »
Don't think I ever posted in the old thread. To start off, I've only been into craft for maybe 5-6 years, so I'm not on the IPA hating train yet. Also, being summer, I'm drinking mostly IPA's right now and that's what is on top of mind.

So, top 3 IPA's right now:
1) Toppling Goliath King Sue (American Double)
2) Surly Todd the Axeman (American)
3) Tough pick between a bunch of solid IPA's. I'm a slave to the Citra hop, so I'll go w/Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

In reality, all 3 slots are probably TG offerings, but that's too boring.

Top 3 Non-IPA's right now:
1) St. Bernardus ABT 12 (quad)
2) Weihenstephaner Korbinian (dopplebock)
3) Founders Dirty Bastard (scotch ale)

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2017, 05:51:34 PM »
I see the topics got merged, which is appreciated. To update my previous post....

...Some additional good breweries and bars in Chicago include Burnt City, Dovetail, Laschet's / Resi's Bierstube (German beers), The Globe Pub, Corridor Brewing, and the Long Room.
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« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2017, 05:58:38 PM »
I'm planning on brewing my Oktoberfest on Saturday Aug 12, but I really need to get a brewday in before that. So I'm going to brew a clone of RR Blind Pig IPA tomorrow evening.

Based on this recipe, but for a 10 gallon rather than 5 gallon batch.

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #44 on: July 26, 2017, 06:08:28 PM »
The beer I have been drinking lately is Four Peaks' Kiltlifter.

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« Reply #45 on: July 27, 2017, 08:25:44 AM »
BTW [member=19]bwarbiany[/member], my neighbors and I just bought a home brew setup and we're doing our first batch Saturday. We're going to get a couple extracts under our belt before diving into all grain.

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« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2017, 01:25:10 PM »
BTW [member=19]bwarbiany[/member], my neighbors and I just bought a home brew setup and we're doing our first batch Saturday. We're going to get a couple extracts under our belt before diving into all grain.

Awesome, good for you!

Homebrewtalk.com is a great forum and resource.

My top three tips (outside of sanitation, because that should be #0!)

1: Yeast health. Make a starter with liquid, or use dry yeast. Most of what you do on "brew day" can be screwed up, but as long as you have healthy happy yeast, they'll do their job well. That means you need enough yeast to start out that they're not stressed during fermentation, because that will lead to off flavors. So make sure you have enough yeast!

2: Fermentation temperature. Again, this is about keeping your yeast happy. However you have to do it, try to maintain fermentation temperatures in the 60-70 degree range for most ales. Note: that's *beer* temp, not ambient. Fermentation generates heat, so having one of those stick-on thermometers on your fermenter will tell you what the actual temp is. There are tons of ways to control temp (some are very cheap, i.e. putting the fermenter in a tub with water and rotate frozen water bottles to keep the temp in range), but this is one of the most important things I can stress about brewing delicious beer.

3: Water. This is less important since you're starting with extract, but the ENEMY in either extract or all-grain is chlorine/chloramine. If you don't know anything about your water, go buy distilled or spring water. If that's not an option, buy campden tablets, which will neutralize chlorine/chloramine in the water immediately. Frankly if your tap water tastes good, it's ok to brew with, but only after handling chlorine/chloramine. That will ruin your beer.

BTW if your beer kit instructions say to do a 1-week primary, 2-week secondary, etc. you can ignore that. No reason to use a secondary for most beers. Just keep it in primary 2-3 weeks, then bottle.

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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2017, 05:54:49 PM »
^ Thanks for the tips.

Our group is currently having a lively discussion on temperature control methods (and $$$ involved).
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« Reply #48 on: July 27, 2017, 06:42:16 PM »
^ Thanks for the tips.

Our group is currently having a lively discussion on temperature control methods (and $$$ involved).

All depends on who you put in charge of it... And how much you trust that individual!

The less you trust, the more $$$ you should spend lol

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« Reply #49 on: July 30, 2017, 10:31:11 AM »

This nugget from Cliff Clavin

Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
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« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2017, 01:26:56 AM »
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« Reply #51 on: August 07, 2017, 04:05:19 PM »
I'm cool with only having one thread and it being in the OT section.  Clearly, more people are participating in it here, than over on the B12 board.


Just got back from a long weekend on the Texas coast, so I drank a lot of


1) Pacifico Clara
2) Bohemia
3) Modelo Especial


And margaritas.  Lots and lots of margaritas.




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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #52 on: August 10, 2017, 10:58:11 AM »
Just found Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  Immediately moved to the top of my list.

Also like Andy Gator from Abita.

Kroger actually makes a beer (assuming that since I've only ever found it there) called Tap Room 21.  I like the Copper Lager version.

In the summer I like Blue Moon's Honey wheat Sumner ale

For mass quantities I'll choke down Budweiser and Coors Light

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« Reply #53 on: August 18, 2017, 06:34:26 PM »
Ya know, I've tried a few, and I do not absolutely loathe the New England style "hazy" IPAs.






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Re: Name Your Three Favorite Beers.
« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2017, 01:32:31 PM »
1. Yuengling
2. Pyramid Hefeweizen
3. Alaskan Amber

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« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2017, 01:47:02 PM »
Ya know, I've tried a few, and I do not absolutely loathe the New England style "hazy" IPAs.

There's a reason for that. The trend in IPAs has been to be hoppy, but not bitter. The NEIPA style is really all about this (and the haze, which is a fad IMHO). They put a LOT of hops in, but all at the very end of the boil where they get big aroma and flavor but NOT a lot of bitterness. To extract bitterness, you need to boil the hops for an extended period of time.

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« Reply #56 on: August 22, 2017, 10:06:31 AM »
There's a reason for that. The trend in IPAs has been to be hoppy, but not bitter. The NEIPA style is really all about this (and the haze, which is a fad IMHO). They put a LOT of hops in, but all at the very end of the boil where they get big aroma and flavor but NOT a lot of bitterness. To extract bitterness, you need to boil the hops for an extended period of time.

Yup.  Bitter is bad.  Keystone taught us this over 20 years ago.

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« Reply #57 on: August 22, 2017, 01:46:08 PM »
My Russian River Blind Pig IPA clone...


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« Reply #58 on: August 23, 2017, 07:44:36 PM »
I had never even heard of a hazy IPA until it came up in this thread. Today I had (so far as I know) my first one - Foggy Geezer by WarPigs, which is apparently a collaboration of sorts between Three Floyds and Mikkeller. It has positive reviews from the beer sites, but I wasn't impressed, since it just tasted like a fruity pale ale, at best.
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« Reply #59 on: August 24, 2017, 11:54:16 AM »
It's certainly not a style for everyone, but I do like that the industry is pulling back a little bit from making overly bitter beers.  There will always be a large market for the "American IPA" style in the USA, but I like to see people innovate in other directions.

Anyway, I'm currently drinking the heck out of Celis White and Celis Pale Bock.  So, so, so happy it's back.  And I can't wait for them to re-release their Grand Cru and Dubbel ales.

 

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