The Craft Beer Thread....

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  • DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
    adam42381 wrote:
    I had never been to beeradvocate.com before seeing it in this thread. I love that website! It has every beer imaginable!
    It's very rare to find a beer that isn't on Beer Advocate. While I only use the ratings as guidelines, it can be very helpful when you want to try something new. I usually try to make a list from BA then go to my local Total Wine to create my own six pack.

    i love using the beefly option they have on there to find places when i'm out of town...and their calendar is pretty useful too...
  • There are quite a few good ones North of the Border too....

    My favorites:

    St. Ambroise, Apricot Wheat Ale - Brasserie McAuslan Brewery - Quebec

    Taps, Red Cream Ale - Niagara On The Lake, ON

    Red Leaf - Great Lakes Brewery - Toronto, ON

    Tankhouse - Mill St. Brewery - Toronto, ON

    I could go on forever here.....

    We took a trip out to Delaware last summer for a Dogfish Head Brewery Tour as my brother's a HUGE fan, but I find it too hoppy.....I am however really wanting to try their Punkin Ale....Anyone know if it's really hoppy like the rest of their beers?
  • fotdfotd Posts: 492
    We took a trip out to Delaware last summer for a Dogfish Head Brewery Tour as my brother's a HUGE fan, but I find it too hoppy.....I am however really wanting to try their Punkin Ale....Anyone know if it's really hoppy like the rest of their beers?

    I would have to say it is their least hoppy beer. The Punkin Ale is my favorite beer to drink in October and November.
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  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,147
    I think i am going to try a 4 pack of midas touch (dogfishead) this weekend. I watech beer wars an i think i remember the owner saying it is based on an old recipe from hundreds of years ago or something.
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  • YefaYefa Posts: 934
    I took the brewery tour at Deschutes (Bend, OR) in 2003. Mirror Pond Pale Ale is one I always drink when out West. Deschutes beers don't have distribution here in the East yet.
    Weyerbacher (Easton, PA) makes some really good beers. I recently tried the Fireside Ale which was delicious.
    Alaskan Amber is superb. It isn't sold here in the East yet though.
    I've had Sweetwater 420 in Atlanta which is good.
    Dogfish Head is high quality beer - they tend to be very hoppy as others have mentioned.
    Rogue Dead Guy Ale (OR) is a favorite of mine.
    Cisco Brewers on Nantucket, MA makes Whale's Tale Pale Ale which is yummy.
    Allagash in Maine makes tasty beers as well.

    A friend recommended a documentary about U.S. craft brewing called "American Beer: A Bockumentary" which I ordered, watched, & recommend. Learn more at the link below.
    http://sixhundred.com/films/american_beer/
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  • _Crazy_Mary__Crazy_Mary_ Posts: 1,299
    intodeep wrote:
    I think i am going to try a 4 pack of midas touch (dogfishead) this weekend. I watech beer wars an i think i remember the owner saying it is based on an old recipe from hundreds of years ago or something.


    yep. It's a replica of some ale they found in old barrels (or something like that). Saffron, barley & honey are the forefront ingredients.
    I really screwed that up. I really Schruted it.
  • bigeye21bigeye21 Posts: 981
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    Good brew for a relaxing day at the lake! 8-)
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  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,147
    intodeep wrote:
    I think i am going to try a 4 pack of midas touch (dogfishead) this weekend. I watech beer wars an i think i remember the owner saying it is based on an old recipe from hundreds of years ago or something.


    yep. It's a replica of some ale they found in old barrels (or something like that). Saffron, barley & honey are the forefront ingredients.
    Thankfully i found it as a single bottle because i did not care for Midas Touch much at all.

    I did get a bottle of Old Rasputin's Imperial Stout that i thought was very tasty and i'll be trying more of that one :)
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  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,147
    Picked up a couple six packs for the pool tomorrow. I love flying dog's pale ale. So i grabbed a 6er of that and a 6 pack of #'s by red brick here in atlanta.

    the pool is just more fun with tasty beer.
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  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,370
    bigeye21 wrote:
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    Good brew for a relaxing day at the lake! 8-)

    They actually have Alaskan Amber on Alaska Airlines!

    I was pumped and had two of 'em! :D
  • jimed14jimed14 Posts: 9,487
    Anderson Valley brewing ... (The makers of Boont, one of my favorite amber beers) has a new one out ...

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    Summer Solstice - Cerveza Crema

    This copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. The character is lighter in body than its cousin, our wildly popular Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale . This is a silky, creamy dream, perfect as a warm weather beer. But why call it Cerveza Crema? Two reasons: One, this beer has become a favorite among many of our Hispanic friends, so it’s named in their honor. Two, it sounds cool, and cool is what you want when its hot. Serve at 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit for the most optimal flavor and enjoyment. ¡Salud!

    http://www.avbc.com/beers/summer-solsti ... eza-crema/

    mmmmm ......... delicious!!!!
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  • aNiMaLaNiMaL Posts: 7,076
    Ummmm yeah,

    Manny's
    Mac & Jack
    Widmer
    ALASKAN AMBER


    I love good beer. I hate domestic beer.
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  • aNiMaLaNiMaL Posts: 7,076
    bigeye21 wrote:
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    Good brew for a relaxing day at the lake! 8-)
    Dude, I drank that shit ALL SUMMER!! It was a damn tasty ale.

    Now I am on Jubelale & Snow Cap, among a few other Winter brews.
  • Cliffy6745Cliffy6745 Posts: 24,171
    Didn't realize there was a beer thread here, we need to keep this shit up front. Just finished off a big La Fin Du Monde and am about to crack open a Hennepin.
  • bigeye21bigeye21 Posts: 981
    aNiMaL wrote:
    bigeye21 wrote:
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    Good brew for a relaxing day at the lake! 8-)
    Dude, I drank that shit ALL SUMMER!! It was a damn tasty ale.

    Now I am on Jubelale & Snow Cap, among a few other Winter brews.
    I guess great minds think alike! I got Jubelale in the fridge right now and had Snow Cap at the bar yesterday! :D
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  • 8181 Needing a ride to Forest Hills and a ounce of weed. Please inquire within. Thanks. Or not.Posts: 58,276
    Bells Porter mmm mmmm good.

    I had some of the Alaska beer ironically enough in alaska over the summer. it was ok. i wasn't overly impressed.
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  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout... :? No, not just questionable...TERRIBLE. Seriously, it tasted like Purell. The single worst beer I have ever had. Drank about a third and dumped the rest. Ew.

    They are one hit and miss brewery. I refuse to buy a four/six-pack of anything I haven't already vetted. I admire the attempts, but can't afford to try it all at the price. Still think it'd be a cool place to visit though.
  • Cliffy6745Cliffy6745 Posts: 24,171
    pretext wrote:
    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout... :? No, not just questionable...TERRIBLE. Seriously, it tasted like Purell. The single worst beer I have ever had. Drank about a third and dumped the rest. Ew.

    They are one hit and miss brewery. I refuse to buy a four/six-pack of anything I haven't already vetted. I admire the attempts, but can't afford to try it all at the price. Still think it'd be a cool place to visit though.

    Suprised, I am a big fan of Dogfish Head and think it is consistently good. One of my go to breweries
  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,370
    pretext wrote:
    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout... :? No, not just questionable...TERRIBLE. Seriously, it tasted like Purell. The single worst beer I have ever had. Drank about a third and dumped the rest. Ew.

    They are one hit and miss brewery. I refuse to buy a four/six-pack of anything I haven't already vetted. I admire the attempts, but can't afford to try it all at the price. Still think it'd be a cool place to visit though.

    I haven't had the Stout, but Dogfish is a consistently great brewery IMO.

    I don't recall ever having anything from them I didn't like.
  • aNiMaLaNiMaL Posts: 7,076
    81 wrote:
    Bells Porter mmm mmmm good.

    I had some of the Alaska beer ironically enough in alaska over the summer. it was ok. i wasn't overly impressed.
    Whata notion; Alaskan Amber actually in Alaska! :lol:
  • aNiMaLaNiMaL Posts: 7,076
    bigeye21 wrote:
    I guess great minds think alike! I got Jubelale in the fridge right now and had Snow Cap at the bar yesterday! :D
    It is true, you and I are among the smartest folks on this here board! 8-)
  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    mca47 wrote:
    pretext wrote:
    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout... :? No, not just questionable...TERRIBLE. Seriously, it tasted like Purell. The single worst beer I have ever had. Drank about a third and dumped the rest. Ew.

    They are one hit and miss brewery. I refuse to buy a four/six-pack of anything I haven't already vetted. I admire the attempts, but can't afford to try it all at the price. Still think it'd be a cool place to visit though.

    I haven't had the Stout, but Dogfish is a consistently great brewery IMO.

    I don't recall ever having anything from them I didn't like.

    Part of my thing is that I don't enjoy IPAs, which I know is their forte. So my judgment doesn't take those into account. I enjoy the Punkin' Ale quite a bit, and like the Raison D'etre. But sometimes they seem to be trying too hard to make things happen. I can tolerate beers like the ImmortAle, but I prefer more than just tolerating a beer that cost a (relative) ass-load of money.
  • _Crazy_Mary__Crazy_Mary_ Posts: 1,299
    Have any of you read Celebrator magazine? I'm only curious because apparently it comes from my small little town in Northern California. Plus, there was a picture of my dream guy in the latest issue! <3
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  • gabersgabers Posts: 2,786
    If y'all have access to any of the beers made by the Oskar Blues Brewery you must try them all. I love every one of them. They've won a ton of awards. My favorites are Mama's Little Yella Pils and Dale's Pale Ale. And all of their beer comes in cans. Good thing when you're hiking or tubing. Here's their site.

    http://www.oskarblues.com/
  • pjl44pjl44 Posts: 2,729
    I'd also like to throw out a plug for beeradvocate.com...your perfect companion for diving into the wonderful world of beer geek culture.

    A few of my favorite brewers:

    Dogfish Head (Burton Baton and Indian Brown are two of my go-to beers)
    Founders (Always a grand slam...if you can get your hands on Canadian Breakfast Stout, it's possibly my favorite beer)
    Ithaca (Big up-and-comer...Jeff's doing some great things...check out their Excelsior series)
    Allagash (1a if you're looking for domestic Belgian styles)
    Lost Abbey (1b if you're looking for domestic Belgian styles)
    Dieu du Ciel (From Montreal...check out Aphrodisiaque, Route des Epices, and Equinoxe du Printemps)
  • _Crazy_Mary__Crazy_Mary_ Posts: 1,299
    I recently tried a Dogfish Head that was 9% alcohol. I can't remember the name, something like "90." It was delicious!
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  • 8181 Needing a ride to Forest Hills and a ounce of weed. Please inquire within. Thanks. Or not.Posts: 58,276
    I recently tried a Dogfish Head that was 9% alcohol. I can't remember the name, something like "90." It was delicious!


    IPA
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    by far, one of my favorite porters is the samual smith taddy porter. most excellent beer
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  • adam42381adam42381 Posts: 2,446
    gabers wrote:
    If y'all have access to any of the beers made by the Oskar Blues Brewery you must try them all. I love every one of them. They've won a ton of awards. My favorites are Mama's Little Yella Pils and Dale's Pale Ale. And all of their beer comes in cans. Good thing when you're hiking or tubing. Here's their site.

    http://www.oskarblues.com/
    Their Gordon Ale is spectacular. Dale's Pale Ale is good stuff too. I've heard great things about Ten Fidy as well but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.
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