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What new brews have you been trying? I just had my first Sinebrychoff (Koff) Porter IV, a Finnish beer, and my first taste of Scandinavian darks. It's quite nice, remarkably smooth and drinkable for a dark with 7.2% alc content. Almost a dark chocolate flavour but not in a chocolate stout way and not with any lingering bitterness.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 01:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Last night I drank a Widmeyer Hefeweizen, which I found meh, and a Maresdous 8, which was very tasty in the tradition of tasty Belgian strong ales. A bit on the sweeter side of what I like but not over the line.

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh, I'll keep an eye out for that. I've been meaning to start exploring Belgian beers. I was putting it off till I'd tried every English stout but I should probably start sooner.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's almost summer! Time to put the stouts away!

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I had something called Sunset Wheat the other night which tasted like orange and was surprisingly good considering that fact.

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

nooooooooooooooooo!!!

(I'm assuming you're talking about Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, which I declared a vendetta against because it is the single least-pleasant beer I have ever had)

bernard snowy, Monday, 28 May 2007 13:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When I was in Belgium last week I totally was rocking all the kriek. But not the Hoegaarden (because that's utterly disgusting). I also had a Trappist (Chimay Bleu) which was pretty intense at 9% ABV

Stevie D, Monday, 28 May 2007 13:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sundar iirc you are in OTT or MTL? where are you getting these amazing beers from in whichever of those two cities you're in?

if you are from neither of those places i apologize, i just remember you saying it once or something. i may be making it up.

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 14:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm from Ottawa (and lived in Mtl 2001-2002) but I've been living in Buffalo NY for almost 2 years now.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When I was in Belgium last week I totally was rocking all the kriek. But not the Hoegaarden (because that's utterly disgusting). I also had a Trappist (Chimay Bleu) which was pretty intense at 9% ABV

Where exactly?

nathalie, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

BTW if near West Flanders: Should have tried the Brugse Zot!

nathalie, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(I would imagine that at least Mtl should have good places for this? I couldn't help you though. I drank Colt 45 from the dep when I lived there. Ah, callow youth.)

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

To be fair, I haven't really looked past my local deps, but the few bars I've found that have bigger selections were pretty disappointing... one place that was recommended highly as a place with a bunch of beers had that greek beer whose name I forget as the rarest one. mythos?

i'll have to check ch0whound or something.

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 14:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Let me know if you find (or have had) Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque. The ratebeer.com folks rank it as the best sweet stout on earth but I haven't found any around here.

Sundar, Monday, 28 May 2007 18:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes. mythos. it's not bad!

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 28 May 2007 18:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think I am going to drop by Dieu du Ciel tonight, actually. Everything they have is actually to a pretty high standard... the reason you probably haven't found it is because they aren't actually bottling any of their brews yet. Apparently they're opening another brewery north of the city though, and they're going to start bottling there! I can't remember where I heard that. I read it today after doing a bit of ch0whound research. I will see if I can talk to the owners or something tonight (I'm going early so hopefully the place will be near empty, I'm not much of one for the crowd there). I've not had the aphrodisiaque, don't know if it's "in season" (they only brew most things a couple times a year), but if they have it I'll give you a review!

Will M., Monday, 28 May 2007 18:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Where exactly?

Brussels. and Paris, but that's obviously not in Belgium. May I also suggest that if you do go to France and decide to try the local brews, Kronenbourg tastes like piss. stay away.

Stevie D, Monday, 28 May 2007 20:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've developed a fondness for Zywiec lately - I don't even usually like lagers much but it's so smooth and tasty. Perfect warm weather beer.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 00:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it is. and that red-temperature indicator on the back is key!

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 01:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

König Ludwig Weissbier is majorly tasty, if a bit pricey.

I recently tried this weird Belgian beer, "La Chouffe." Unpasteurized, 8% and quite good. (Although the floaty yeast cultures were somewhat of a turn-off)

Michael Servetus, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I've had La Chouffe - very nice. There are so many good belgian beers it's amazing.

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just remembered I have a beer question:

In Mexico I tried Bohemia (regular, not dark) and it was fantastic - at the moment I thought it was one of the best beers I'd ever tried.

Recently I tried some Bohemia in a U.S. Mexican place and it was meh. Is it possible I was getting a different "export" version, or that the transit did something to the beer?

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Man...I have had so much "skunky" imported beer, could that be it?

On a related note, what do you do when your beer is obviously off and you've already drank a couple? Can you take the rest back to the store.?

;)

Michael Servetus, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh yeah, I went back to Dieu, but no Aphro... was available. I didn't get a chance to ask when/if it was coming back... next time! Maybe I'll go tonight, I would like to dig into my new book and my house smells like cat piss and I am not currently poor.

Will M., Tuesday, 12 June 2007 18:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh man! I didn't see that you guys were talking about Biere D'Achouffe. I thought it was a Quebecois beer for so long! True story. Apparently the first place they started exporting to was Quebec! It is very delicious. I don't remember finding any little floaters, though...

Will M., Friday, 15 June 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Response from Dieu du Ciel to two questions I asked via e-mail:

Hello Will,

Thanks you for your comments. It is much appreciated.

1-) We brew the Aphrodisiaque only 2 or 3 times a year. The next batch
will probably be avaible something like next september.

2-) Yes, it's true, we are in the process of building up a bottling
plant in St-Jérôme. There will also be a pub there. We hope to be able
to sell our first bottles at the end of July.

Cheers!
[dude's name removed by me]

Will M., Friday, 15 June 2007 21:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

currently - harviestoun Butter and Twisted is amazinhg, but we've just come back from North East France (ie very near the Belgian border and lots of Flemish beer-making tradition) and have been loving L'angelus which is beer's swankiest bottle I fear, gold foil and everything. Also Maredsous, Amadeus (lemon flavoured, should be wrong but oh so right) and god's own beer - Orval.

Porkpie, Sunday, 17 June 2007 00:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

erm that's bitter and twisted of course

Porkpie, Sunday, 17 June 2007 00:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When alcohol content is shown on U.S. beer, it is often labelled by weight. Since alcohol is lighter than water, this can leave the mistaken impression that U.S. beer has much less alcohol, on average, than Canadian beer. A 3.2% beer in the U.S. (by weight) would be equivalent to a 4% beer in Canada (by volume).

Wikipedia I LOVE YOU. Did anyone know this? It boggles the mind! WHY?!

Will M., Friday, 22 June 2007 18:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

let's have a sesh

hstencil, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

link?

dan m, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

my girl friend brought me a 6 pack of Hitachino Nest White Ale. Pretty good stuff. nice floral aromas ,perfect for a hot summer day. i think it's kind of pricey though

carne asada, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

link, sorry: Canadian Beer

Will M., Friday, 22 June 2007 18:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Apparently they have Aphrodisiaque in now. And I'm destitute poor and going away for the weekend! NOOOOO!

Will M., Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Recommend some beer. Not too heavy, not too wheaty, crisp and refreshing in the style of Tsing Tsao or similar.

Also recommend some beers like Paulaner or the white Kronenberg with the fruity taste whose name escapes me.

I am in the mood for trying different beers.

Ronan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dude, Zywiec

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(re: light, crisp, refreshing, not wheaty)

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I was at the nashville beer fest and the best thing there was a homebrewed bock that they ran out of by my second go-round. After a while though all you care about is that the beer is cold, because it's nearly august, and you're outdoors in nashville.

I think I might have talked my dad into getting a 30-gallon kit from Boot Lager. (ha ha, "boot lager")

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I also finally made myself a michelada with a little kosher salt on top of a can of tecate with a lime in it. not half bad, if you don't mind a bit of foamy foam foam.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sundar, have you tried Flying Bison? I can't quite remember which bars serve it (I think the Ulrich's, but they have closed, I think). I miss it dearly.

molly mummenschanz, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I swore by Aviator Red (which you can get at Wegman's) for a while. I still think it's good but have gone off it a bit. Are there other good FB beers?

I wanted to make it to Dieu du Ciel when I visited Mtl earlier in the month but couldn't make it. Drank a lot of St-Ambroise (and some nice micro wheats) instead.

Sundar, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They have seasonal beers (which I can remember the name of), that friends would bring me in growlers. I never managed to locate the brewery, which apparently is on the West Side (on Niagara, maybe?). Anyway, I remember enjoying the summer and winter ales quite a bit.

Available in Wegmans!? Ahh! This was not so when I lived there! I love you, Wegmans!

molly mummenschanz, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Dude, Zywiec"

One of the benefits of my area of London filling up with large numbers of young eastern Europeans is the availablity in the cornershops of excellent Polish beers at ridiculously cheap prices.

Zywiec is one of the better ones, at about £1 a bottle. The dark lagers especailly are a revelation.

bham, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ronan WTF?? This is truly a new era for you!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Saku from Estonia is pretty good

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Saku or Saku Kuld, anyway. The dark variety has that soy saucey aftertaste I can't get with.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ronan WTF?? This is truly a new era for you!

is this a joke? heh...I don't get it if so. is it that unusual that I ask about trying new beers?

Ronan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I had a Saku Porter that had a weird aftertaste, that was probably the same one.

Wheats: Last night I was drinking Sprecher Hefe Weiss, which was all right.
Non-Wheats: Last night I was also drinking New Holland Mad Hatter, which was goddamn awesome.

dan m, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I guess I am in the dark :/ I thought you were still teetotalling because of your stuffed-upedness-in-the-cabesa.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

drinking my first sierra nevada celebration of the year which is as good a reset beer as i can think of

call all destroyer, Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:30 (two months ago) Permalink

moving to a new city last year was a big help in rekindling my interest in beer, but I am drinking a lot less overall because of work

craft pilsners (& other lagers) otm, but I still drink APAs & IPAs most frequently

I think what I really lost interest in was the hunt for white whalez etc

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Still crave it, drink a wide variety, but it’s all low effort.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I still usually take 1 to 2 months off a year from drinking though. Usually a reset after the holidays. I didn’t drink for 97 days straight this year.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I did not love Celebration this year compared to other fresh hop releases....

...that said, I'm super stoked on the upcoming Resilience IPA that 1,800 (!!!) other breweries will be brewing with Sierra Nevada, all proceeds going to benefit victims of the Camp Fire.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:49 (two months ago) Permalink

that is a very cool thing

call all destroyer, Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Currently nursing a BCS regular because it's been a long day

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't feel caught up in pursuing new things all the time, and have gotten kind of burnt out on IPAs (so I only have them like half the time now instead of 80%). Also way more into barrel aged anything (Founder's scotch and old ales for example), and much more likely to buy and enjoy pilsners and lagers, either american craft ones or German imports.

joygoat, Thursday, 29 November 2018 04:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Done running around and waiting in line for beers, not that I really did much of it, because there are sooooo many good beers I can find on even regular grocery store shelves these days.

I've found my tastes in the last several months to be veering away from the strong stuff, like double IPAs and barrel aged anything. It's just too much: too bitter, too sweet, too strong, too rich. Sometimes it's a struggle to finish a glass. I'd rather drink bourbon, especially in the colder weather. But when in doubt when I'm out and about I'm almost always OK with a pale ale or IPAs, interesting enough to stand up to most food but not total pallet wreckers, and rarely terrible.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 November 2018 05:36 (two months ago) Permalink

I had a taster of a scotch barrel aged (Laphroaig) stout at MacLoud's that I didn't really like, just that that peaty a scotch has no business housing a beer, I guess. They had a bourbon barrel stout many months ago that was excellent, but that doesn't happen very often.

And I've never waited in line for a beer, but even having to ask at a counter seems like too much effort now. That said, I'll probably ask at Bevmo and Total Wine for the BCBS Reserve tomorrow to see if they have any.

nickn, Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I've felt a bit jaded recently. I sought out a lovely beer shop (Beer Merchant, natch) in Sussex recently and spent the requisite £30 on 8 beers and felt a bit stiffed. It's like vinyl in that the prices are visibly creeping up as more beards come on board. I'm glad the market is doing so well, I just find myself increasingly underwhelmed at the beer and irritated at the pricing.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, pricing is fuckin' wacky. The other day I noticed a craft beer that I have seen for $5 at one store listed at $10 at another. No difference in freshness or anything else.

I think I've posted before but freshness is what drives most of my purchases these days, insomuch as most breweries are putting packaging date stamps on their products these days. The difference between two weeks and six weeks, depending on the style, has been a dealmaker/breaker.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah for ipa’s/dipa’s freshness is definitely a factor

F# A# (∞), Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

My local has BBA Expedition Stout on draft, it's a very nice alternative to Bourbon County. Actually quite hoppy!

I want to change my display name (dan m), Friday, 30 November 2018 00:49 (two months ago) Permalink

god damn I wish I still lived in the UP

http://www.upperhandbrewery.com/sisu-stout-series/

I want to change my display name (dan m), Sunday, 2 December 2018 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

I've shared & traded beers with this guy:

https://oct.co/essays/having-beer-with-will-oldham-interview

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

happy 85th birthday, 21st amendment!

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 21:38 (two months ago) Permalink

The numbers have been crunched and there's a new city atop the list of "most breweries in the United States."

Chicago. https://t.co/T6Q2ktB0yu pic.twitter.com/7GoKSzpBbx

— Josh Noel (@hopnotes) December 11, 2018

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I can believe it!

I remember reading somewhere that Wisconsin is home to something like 7 of the 10 biggest (most) drinking cities in America.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

I really wanted to respond to that tweet with "OK, now how many of them are 'good'?" but I figured it was too snarky.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:37 (two months ago) Permalink

pipeworks just started distributing in philly!

Mordy, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

“I don’t think Chicago is thought of with places like Seattle or Portland,” Watson said.

I don't think Seattle is frankly that impressive (but that's changing very rapidly of late), but Portland is an absolute mind-fuck how much good to great beer is everywhere.

Also, agreed on needing to see a "quality versus quantity" study, rural Vermont would probably walk this.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:46 (two months ago) Permalink

b-b-b-but that said, I had an amazing time in Chicago... although if John Laffler ever asks if you want to see his bourbon library, you're probably better off declining and taking a taxi home.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:47 (two months ago) Permalink

my take on chicago is that people there really like drinking

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I cannot believe that BCBS release keeps growing and growing. Every Thanksgiving I'm out at my mom's house, a few hours outside the Chicago limits. For the past three or four years, I usually roll into the liquor store in the nearby town of 7000 tat opening and walk out in five minutes with a handful of variants. This year I did the same, but there was already 75 people in line, 20 of which had camped out overnight in the store parking lot. I still only had to wait in line like 45 minutes and got every single variant but Prop's, but I think I'm done with these release day things. Just too much.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

This year's Prop is great. Vanilla is fine, but a step down from Vanilla Rye. The Wheat Wine was nice (and still sitting on shelves).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Wheat Wine being $24.95 at my local is the only reason it's still sitting on shelves, because I can't justify buying it all.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

I think I like the barley/wheat wine variants better than the stouts tbh. That goes for most BBA beers.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it was an expensive day.

Forgotten context in my last post - in 2017 when I showed up five minutes after opening, there were 4 people there buying BCBS. So jumping to 75 people in line with camping out in one year that far out from the city seems particularly crazy.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:08 (two months ago) Permalink

That's crazy, I've seen Wheat Wine for $14.99 at Whole Foods.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's a story for you Chicagolanders. I spend Thanksgiving in a picturesque ski resort town a bit off the grid but is most definitely a huge ABInbev hotspot (roughly 2000 miles from Chicago). On Black Friday I was finally able to sneak out to a big box store around 6:30pm and walked in to see a bunch of cases of BC and variants. I picked up a few Vanilla bottles plus a Bramble & Orange and while checking out I asked the guy how much they've sold and he told me I'm only the 3rd person to buy BC there this year (6:30pm mind you!). So I asked how the first 2 customers made out and the cashier said they lined up an hour before open (the only 2 people) and each bought a case of Vanilla (~$300). I laughed and he said "They were from Chicago, they couldn't believe it!"

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah the pricing is weird here, the regular stuff is the regular price but all variants are ~$25

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

haha xpost

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't been to many breweries there but Chicago is the best place ever to buy beer, as it seems like they get most everything from everywhere. In Washington I could never get anything from the Midwest or East Coast, and I never really loved anything from Seattle or Portland that much - all my favorite beers were from California and Colorado.

I remember reading somewhere that Wisconsin is home to something like 7 of the 10 biggest (most) drinking cities in America.

The Milwaukee airport is the only one that I've ever been to that has a sign warning against drunk driving on your way to the rental cars, like it's assumed you got drunk on the plane or got fucked up at an airport bar after you landed.

There's also this map:
https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/files/2014/06/us.png
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/06/03/bars-vs-grocery-stores-mapping-americas-beer-belly/

joygoat, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:11 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't think Seattle is frankly that impressive (but that's changing very rapidly of late)

Portland may well be ahead, but there are 15 breweries and at least 3 50+ taprooms within half an hour's walk of me rn, and there are more-brewery-dense neighbourhoods half an hour's bus ride north or south.

sans lep (sic), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't been to Seattle since Holy Mountain & now Floodland have taken over, the Fremont BA stuff was kind of elusive and Elysian was better than expected but pretty forgettable. The bars were great though, drinking 15 year old lambic at Brouwers, verticals of bordeaux barrel aged saisons at Stumbling Monk... didn't get to the Toronado as that was a bit further north than we planned on going.

Outside of Seattle (Skagit Valley), I've been keeping my eye on Garden Path: https://gardenpathwa.com/

Seems like they are in a position to make some waves.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I will never forget this moment, February 1996.... Seeking refuge from the merciless icy wind coming off the Sound that penetrated every layer I was wearing, walking into a dark old wooden bar in/under Pike's Place, grabbing a booth and drinking a Black Butte Porter. #beerintheoldera

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/11/lg_craft_beer_brew/

americans will appreciate the first comment on this new all-in-one home brewing machine:

Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??
Because if its anything like any of my homebrewing disasters efforts you need will need it to clean up the seemingly inevitable tsunami of arse gravy.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:32 (two months ago) Permalink

That's crazy, I've seen Wheat Wine for $14.99 at Whole Foods.

I could have sworn Goose said only 4 Whole Foods locations in the state were getting BCS this year. Maybe this was one of them? Anyway, last year was the first years I've seen some once totally elusive barrel aged stouts, like Goose and KBS, sitting on shelves. They must be cranking it out. I personally think Revolution has been killing it with Deth's Tar and varieties. Revolution has been killing across the board, for that matter. Pipeworks has been super-awesome, too, but they're sort of getting lost in the, er, weeds with all the weird one-off bombers.

Had the Vanilla BCS on tap somewhere and it was good but what I assume drinking a glass of vanilla paste must taste like. Super sweet, too. I shared a bottle of orange with a couple of friends over the weekend and that one tasted like (no surprise) chocolate covered orange peel, which makes it a true ... sometimes beer. May fave seasonal winter stout remains Stone's Xocoveza.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

because craft beer is never not funny, the beer retail "franchisor" that is local to me is crowdfunding legal fees for the shitty, baseless lawsuit they filed against glassdoor over negative reviews of their horrible franchise offering:

https://www.brewbound.com/news/2018/to-fund-ongoing-legal-disputes-craft-beer-cellar-turns-to-crowdsourcing

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 03:16 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

brew dog's new session ipa "cybernaut" is excellent. and i can get it in the fastnesses of leyton.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Inevitable, but Chicago beers have been increasingly going full NEIPA. I like Noon Whistle a lot, but Pipeworks is in on it now, too, and Marz, Hubbard's Cave, Maplewood, etc, plus the usual hyped upstarts like Hop Butcher and Alarmist. (And nearby Michigan's Old Nation has apparently fully embraced the style, too, though I have yet to try their flagship M-43.) I was drinking the latest from Hop Butcher, "Neon Green Relish," which was good. After I poured it my daughter walked by and asked if I was drinking orange juice, so ... mission accomplished?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

a limited amount of hop butcher has made it to boston...dude i know has been going nuts about it but i haven't found any yet. the name is really brutal.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

most brewery names are brutal imo

I want to change my display name (dan m), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xpost Boston? Really? It barely makes it around Chicago.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah...i assumed it was pretty official since i know of one store that's had it multiple times. i guess it could be an "unofficial" distro.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was admittedly nonplussed with Finback for years, but they must've hired a new brewer because I had a wide sampling of their new stuff at an event and all were good to great. Def on my radar now.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Man my local had Avery Tweak on draft the other night, holy shit what an eye-opener.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Haha, yeah that has about as much alcohol and caffeine as legally possible in a beer. FWIW it was originally called Meph Addict (the base is Mephistopheles).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:11 (one week ago) Permalink

https://thethirstywench.com/2019/02/12/the-hell-the-sexist-asinine-ramblings-in-great-lakes-brewing-news/

This sucks because I have a friend who writes for GLBN and "#notallbeerwriters" and all (he didn't write the piece in question, which is garbage) but everyone's having a hard time processing this. There is an fb "apology" that only makes it worse due to predictable reasons.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:55 (six days ago) Permalink


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