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#1231 bordjon

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:48 PM

Top: Bell's Two Hearted
Regional (GA): Sweetwater IPA

Double: Hopslam and 90 min.
no big surprises here ;)

Got a Bruery Saison De Lente in the fridge - never had it before. Also an ABA! Got some friends coming in to town Friday and we're gonna have some beer! Also got an 09,10,11 90 min in there for our tasting!

I had a whole two buck chuck last night - no freakin' hangover this morning even - cool!

fatboyjam - where ya headed to in NC?
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:18 PM

This summer I discovered Lost Gold IPA, from Real Ale Brewing in Blanco, TX. Their brand is pretty big in Austin and this IPA in particular has an excellent flavor to it. Definitely my favorite right now.

I dig the labeling too: http://texasbrews.or...PA_real_ale.jpg

#1233 fatboyjam

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:25 PM

fatboyjam - where ya headed to in NC?


Asheville.

& congrats on getting through that two-buck chuck!

#1234 bordjon

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:33 AM

We are headed to Asheville to brewgrass for our third year (this time with a 1 year old in tow!) There's plenty to do and see - tons of beer related fun to be had. Not sure if you've ever been or not - if not let me know and I can offer my humble suggestions for beer and food activities.
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#1235 fatboyjam

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 09:27 PM

^ I've always wanted to head out to their bluegrass festival, but haven't been able to time it right. (our in-laws are out there, so we make regular trips). Have a great time and I'd definitely welcome any food and beer activities (we'll be out over New Years this year).

#1236 MtlTom

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:06 PM

My IPA go-to choices would be...

Standard:
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Double/Imperial:
Dogfish 90 Minute IPA
Southern Tier Unearthly IPA

I did have a 2xIPA from Brooklyn once called Buzz Bomb & it was incredible. I think it was a draft only release. I also really want to try Southern Tier's new (to us in FL) 2X IPA. From the sounds of it, I should also try Victory's Hop Devil. I haven't been disappointed with them yet.

On the fall seasonal front - I haven't seen any Octoberfest from anyone down here yet, but I picked up a sixer of Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale. I really need to find an Octoberfest for a picture for an article I'm working on.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:10 AM

Been drinking a lot of Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale lately. I also enjoy Guinness, Old Engine Oil, Black Bear Stout, Sam Adams Black Lager, Killians Irish Red, Shipyard Pumkin' Head Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager, and a few others I can't think of at the moment. The heavier and darker it is, the more I like it.

#1238 bordjon

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

The saison de lente from the bruery was great - very well balanced beer!

Picked up a case of spaten oktoberfest at Costco as an alternative to our usual kirkland signature craft pack. Not quite as chewy/malty - more lager-like - pretty easy drinking beer.



^ I've always wanted to head out to their bluegrass festival, but haven't been able to time it right. (our in-laws are out there, so we make regular trips). Have a great time and I'd definitely welcome any food and beer activities (we'll be out over New Years this year).


You could probably offer me suggestions instead then! We enjoy going to Laughing Seed/Jack of the Wood and that noodle place that I forget the name of but I know there are a few of them around the south. Oh well maybe I'll think of it later! Thirsty Monk is a nice little bar with a good selection of American craft upstairs and pretty standard Belgian fair down below. Probably my favorite brewery in the area is Foothills in Winston-Salem. Duck Rabbit does some pretty good stuff as well. Bruisin' Ales beer store is highly touted and probably a good place to pick up bottles/growlers if you are bringing any back with you as they have a good selection but prices are a bit high and the store really didn't impress me that much. You can find plenty of regional stuff at the Greenlife grocery store at a bit better prices. Likely you probably have been to all these places already though since they are pretty standard fare. We did a segway tour of downtown our first year and that was cool just to ride the segway around all those hills downtown!

I'd love to hear some suggestions from you since it sounds like you've probably been more than me and having in-laws living there they probably know what's up!
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#1239 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:11 PM

Stone's 15th Anniversary special is going to be an Imperial Black IPA.

Should be available after August 15th.

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#1240 depascal22

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:25 PM

Breckenridge 471
Stone Ruination
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Local/Regional
Oaken Barrel Gnaw Bone Pale Ale
Sun King Osiris Pale Ale
New Albanian Hoptimus

I'm particular to the bitterness of Western IPAs. The only Eastern IPA I like is Dogfish 60 minute.

#1241 rabbitt

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:44 AM

Drinking Stone's Belgo Anise IRS. This is their homage to St. Bernardus Abt 12.

#1242 bordjon

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:05 PM

So it's gotten popular around here to have "draught to go" at package stores and gas stations and a Chevron real close to me just got on board with 14 taps. All craft brew and plenty of local. I picked up a half gallon of Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA - top notch beer by any standards! STA is out of Huntsville, AL and have been around for maybe a little over a year. They are only doing kegs right now and serving this state only. Was tempted by a half-gallon of Hercules. They sell the beer in quarts (5.99) half-gallons (9.99) and gallons (18.99) so a half gallon of Hercules for 9.99 is pretty sweet. They come in milk jugs that they seal on site. They have become known as ghetto growlers. You pretty much have to drink them immediately as opposed to glass growlers that can last for a week or two before opening. Pretty cool for me since I don't get out to bars as much as I use to. Now I can get keg-only stuff a mile away!
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#1243 bsmiff

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:28 PM

Drinking Stone's Belgo Anise IRS. This is their homage to St. Bernardus Abt 12.


Nice, I'll have to look for that. Love me some Abt 12. I bought my buddy a big bottle of it for his birthday a few weeks ago. He proceeded to polish that sucker off after having maybe 4 other beers and a margarita. I warned him about that 10% ABV...

#1244 dmaul1114

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:38 PM

I didn't really find it very similar to the Abt 12. The Abt 12 is a lot dryer. The Belgo Anise is very thick and strong just like the regular stone IRS--just with some added flavor from the extra Anisa and oak aging etc.

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#1245 depascal22

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

Had the Dogfish Palo Santo on Saturday night. Damn good brown ale with a 12% punch but I expect nothing less from the best brewery on the East Coast.

Had lunch at BJ's Brewhouse today and they make a decent Pale Ale. Not as good as Sierra Nevada but decent for a chain brewhouse.

#1246 nasum

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 06:50 PM

Anybody tried the Guiness Black Lager yet? I'm curious, but haven't found it yet in town.
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#1247 xgrimx

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 11:51 PM

Just picked up some Magic Hat Fall seasonal, and Sarnac Pumpkin Ale.

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#1248 sublime90

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 12:06 AM

i think this saturday i'll grab some magic hat #9 or some sam adams those make me feel good, all this cheap shit ive been drinking makes me feel like im slowly dying. ive been drinking mostly a 40 or 2 a night of OE with either bud limes or a tall boy of twisted tea.
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#1249 Jimbo Slice

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:16 AM

Anyone else on the eastern seaboard drink Hurricane during the Hurricane? It was hella fun, been years since I had a 'cane.

#1250 bsmiff

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 04:38 AM

Shiner's already got their Oktoberfest in stores here and high temps are still over 100 daily. Something's not right with the world :(

Tried Red Hook's Copper Hook recently, it was meh.

#1251 depascal22

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:11 PM

Oktoberfest can start up to six weeks before the beginning of Oktober though.

#1252 bsmiff

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:41 PM

Oktoberfest can start up to six weeks before the beginning of Oktober though.


Yeah I know, more the awful high temperatures/drought in Texas I'm talking about. It's tough for me to even think of Oktoberfest when it's like this out. Hell I'm still drinking Modelo with lime and Shiner Blonde on the reg...

#1253 dmaul1114

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:50 AM

Picked up:

Heavy Seas-Haarvest Fresh Hop Porter.
Stone 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Having the first now. It's ok. Very dry for a porter.

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#1254 JimmyJim

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:18 AM

does anyone know of any eventts for oktoberfest in the LA/IE area?
The only one i know of is; hangar 24's event next weekend
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#1255 bigpimpin24

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:36 PM

Had some Scrimshaw last night at the bar in the Casino. I likey!

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#1256 bordjon

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:57 AM

Had a few things lately. Great Divide Rumble oak aged IPA. Nice little beer - citrus and a bit of pine - not overly sweet though. Alcohol well masked at 7.2% I think it is. A bit of a smokey-ness to it but not much really. Looking forward to some more of this one.

Had a Magic Hat Hex - their octoberfest - with my dinner tonight at Whole Foods - was real nice - decidedly American octoberfest.

Got a couple odds and ends from Trader Joes - Nametag their cheap lager in a can - like super cheap - my wife got it to try as an alternative to pbr but it's a bit too sweet for her liking. I'm having one now and it is what it is. Also got their oatmeal stout and man I was surprised and how nice and complex it was - not watery tasting like some lower abv stouts I've had - this one was nice! Apparently use to be brewed by Goose Island and now brewed by Gordon Biersch.
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#1257 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:58 AM

The Stone 15 th anniversary was damn good. Almost more like a super hoppy stout than a black ipa.

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#1258 nasum

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:55 PM

Southern Tier's Pumpkin Ale is starting to make its way onto shelves. God I love that stuff but it comes at a steep price (9% ABV that tastes like candy means rough mornings)
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#1259 bordjon

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:36 PM

Had a blast at brewgrass - couple new-to-me standouts were Coast Brewing and Nantahala Brewing. Had lots of good beer and good food in Asheville all around. Brought some goodies back as well!
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#1260 bsmiff

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:50 PM

Anyone else tried out Maui Brewing Co.'s Coconut Porter? Pretty good stuff...