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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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Hurting 2, Monday, 28 May 2007 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

nathalie, Monday, 28 May 2007 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

(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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

yes. mythos. it's not bad!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

erm that's bitter and twisted of course

Porkpie, Sunday, 17 June 2007 00:10 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

let's have a sesh

hstencil, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:03 (thirteen years ago) link

link?

dan m, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:07 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/409121525_01915ec7ca.jpg

carne asada, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

link, sorry: Canadian Beer

Will M., Friday, 22 June 2007 18:19 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Dude, Zywiec

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

"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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Saku from Estonia is pretty good

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Seasonal, iirc?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:24 (three months ago) link

Sure, but I was hoping to get a second crack at it.

nickn, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:30 (three months ago) link

Straweberry-Lemon...Thick, viscous and practically pulpy

Different strokes and all but this sounds totally vile to me.

Since lockdown with no beer delivery available in MI my beer selection has been pretty minimalist - I think I could survive indefinitely on Two Hearted or 51k IPA, Brewery Vivant Farm Hand, a cheap macro pilsner like modelo or PBR and a fancier lager or pilsner from a craft brewer. I kind of miss shopping for random beers but nowhere near as much as I miss going out for them at bars.

joygoat, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:33 (three months ago) link

the conclusion of my new-beer crisis in the store was picking up a sixer of two hearted. at least i know exactly what i'm getting.

call all destroyer, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:37 (three months ago) link

xpost I mean, it's basically a pulpy shandy, so if you don't like those, yeah, avoid something like it. But it's not bad, for barely beer.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:39 (three months ago) link

the worst price offender imo is singlecut, who regularly have $22 4-packs that don't even offer a basic description of the beer.

― call all destroyer, Monday, 20 July 2020 02:15 (eight hours ago) link

Agreed. 5 years ago they were a very good craft beer you could get at a distributor and prices weren't insane. When they followed the trend (because that's what they do) of canning IPAs in 16oz cans, their prices became ridiculous.

Btw, I love, love Treehouse beers, they are so well-balanced. The lines are brutal though (or at least they were).

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Monday, 20 July 2020 11:22 (three months ago) link

What can any of you tell me about Other Half?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 12:24 (three months ago) link

What do you want to know?

I get them on the regular, probably my favorite of the NYC-metro breweries, along with Sand City. Only available from the brewery (i.e. no distribution) but plenty of NY-metro bottle shops will buy from the brewery then sell individual cans for $6-10. IPA-centric to such an extent that they called their infrequently-brewed pilsner, "Crickets," as in no one wants them. Ground zero for the hazebro phenomenon (cf NYT article about private equity bros buying up their beers).

Their typical beer is a DIPA of 8.5%, many with oats, many with lactose (their "Daydream" beers), though very frequently they release TIPAs of 10.5%. These have gotten to be a little much for me.

My favorite beer they brew is one of their OG IPAs called Broccoli, which I believe has Cascade, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Hallertau Blanc, which, at 7.9% is relatively light for them.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:07 (three months ago) link

Just to add: what do I like about them? Great hop aroma and extraction. Have a certain indefinable flavor across many of their beers that is instantly definable, though can also make them taste samey. I will admit that their IPAs, especially the oat/lactose ones, sometimes tend toward the malty side, which could translate as too sweet/heavy.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:14 (three months ago) link

Lol @ indefinable flavor being definable. definable = recognizable

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:15 (three months ago) link

I just noticed that they occasionally drop locally is all, and people seem to be excited. There's a place near me that got a few varieties so I was wondering if it was worth seeking out and/or paying, yeah, $18 a 4-pack or whatever.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:28 (three months ago) link

$18-$20 a 4-pack is what they charge at the brewery depending on the release. Worth giving them a try at least once if they're relatively fresh.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:30 (three months ago) link

Any particular release? Assuming they're still around they have/had Broccoli, Forever Ever, Small Green Everything and Space Diamond, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:35 (three months ago) link

when’s that new dank dipa drop, dawg

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 15:26 (three months ago) link

Dank DIPA Drop, Dawg would be a good name for a beer.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 15:40 (three months ago) link

Ground zero for the hazebro phenomenon

huh, I would consider Tree House the ground zero for hazebroze. Other Half's flagship beer up until a couple years ago was Green Diamonds (which used to be a malt-forward IPA, but it looks like it's been retooled quite a bit since I first had it 5+ years ago).

Other Half reminds me of an East Coast version of Monkish, massive focus on branding and very loyal to trends/hype with reliable beer. I had the Other Half anniversary beer which was a (stick with me) bananas foster inspired BA stout... but it was really well done in that late '10s style long-boil/"thicc", heavily-adjuncted stout.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 16:36 (three months ago) link

I bought Small Green Everything and Space Diamond. Prices were at the very very upper end for something not barrel aged or anything. Doubt they can be good or special enough to make me want to pay that again, but I imagine they will be good.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 16:59 (three months ago) link

Space Diamonds is one of my favorites. It's all or mostly galaxy hop. As I said above, Broccoli is one of my absolute favorites.

huh, I would consider Tree House the ground zero for hazebroze. Other Half's flagship beer up until a couple years ago was Green Diamonds (which used to be a malt-forward IPA, but it looks like it's been retooled quite a bit since I first had it 5+ years ago).

Other Half reminds me of an East Coast version of Monkish, massive focus on branding and very loyal to trends/hype with reliable beer. I had the Other Half anniversary beer which was a (stick with me) bananas foster inspired BA stout... but it was really well done in that late '10s style long-boil/"thicc", heavily-adjuncted stout.

Yeah, Tree House was definitely a little earlier than Other Half, perhaps along with Hill Farmstead and maybe Tired Hands (milkshake IPA originator). I'm not sure anyone so totally embodies the hazebro mentality as Other Half though (at least the private equity hazebro mentality).

Monkish cans I had a couple years ago were amazing, but I was less wowed when I visited the brewery last fall. Might have been my mood though. I can definitely see the similarities to OH, but OH's philosophy can be summed up with, "more hops".

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:42 (three months ago) link

Has anyone been to Forest & Main in Ambler, PA? One of the coolest breweries around. Two dudes: one brews farmhouse ales (especially barrel-aged saisons); the other brews hand-pulled English-style bitters and stouts in the 3-5% abv range. The latter are some of my favorite beers ever.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:46 (three months ago) link

i've had some of their stuff - it's good. we're blessed w/ an abundance of good breweries (and great beer distribution has gotten really impressive around here) in PA. have u had bullfrog or pizza boy? both make fantastic memorable sours.

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:47 (three months ago) link

a huge portion of the o.g. treehouse fanbase is like plumbers from northern connecticut, so i feel like true hazebro culture originated elsewhere

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:52 (three months ago) link

hazebro culture: Tree House King Julius b1 (I think?) was the first time I saw people trading fruited lambic for IPAs.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 19:00 (three months ago) link

have u had bullfrog or pizza boy? both make fantastic memorable sours.

I have had pizza boy beers, including a great IPA called, "Spandex, Glitter & Ego", at Al's of Hamden. Never had pizza boy sours and never heard of bullfrog.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 19:38 (three months ago) link

Pizza boy brewer iirc was bullfrog brewer before starting pizza boy my faves of his are this blueberry sour that is v intense and hoptart which is v hoppy and v sour alas I rarely get over there bc it’s outside Harrisburg and the stuff that comes to Philly are all IPAs I haven’t seen any of their sours on tap here

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 22:07 (three months ago) link

I will keep an eye out for pizza boy and bullfrog sours. I did order a couple 4-packs of Tired Hands since I am visiting my parents for the first time in 7 months.

One thing that I have thought about is that I love the brewery-direct model that a lot of the Tired Hands, Trillium, Tree House, Other Half, etc. use. Theoretically it's an American version of the English/German model where you drink the local beer that's brewed within a 30-miles and there is variation of styles from region to region. That's why it's a little bit of a bummer that IPAs (first, West Coast, then, NE) have become so ubiquitous because it reduces that regional variation. Regardless, pre-coronavirus, one of my favorite things was to check out the local breweries when traveling.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:33 (three months ago) link

*30-mile radius

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:34 (three months ago) link

Other Half's Space Diamonds was excellent. Small Green Everything was just OK.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 July 2020 13:29 (two months ago) link

I love it when my favorite but distressingly creative and prolific breweries release something like a maple stout (in summer) or a triple IPA, because that makes it easier to take the week off. Kind of like when the New Yorker drops its fiction double issue.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 18:35 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://t.co/typBftZB5d pic.twitter.com/HoqbgGVSO1

— Worst Beer Blog (@WorstBeerBlog) August 31, 2020

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 01:00 (one month ago) link

Today Surly announced they're laying off their entire hospitality staff and closing their taproom. This TOTALLY ISN'T A RESPONSE TO UNIONIZING EFFORTS allegedly, and is due to covid/winter/etc excuses. Super gross imo.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 17:28 (one month ago) link

yup, gross

A Surly employee tells @CityPages the company hired about 12 new employees at the brew hall in the last couple weeks, some were still in training when the layoffs/closure announcement came down https://t.co/qSPQb024MC

— Matt DeLong (@mattdelong) September 2, 2020

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:43 (one month ago) link

Are there any notable union shops in the craft beer world? I feel like there must be but I'm drawing a blank. I should probably just google.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:45 (one month ago) link

That does seem pretty gross and like very suspicious timing. Tried to go there twice when I was in Minneapolis last summer, but the wait was ridiculous both times. It made sense the first time since we stupidly tried during a dinner rush, but the second time was 3:30 on like a Tuesday afternoon and there was still a two plus hour wait.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

anchor has a union iirc

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:55 (one month ago) link

While not a union, Modern Times is an employee-owned ESOP cooperative.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 20:00 (one month ago) link

^^^I wondered about that, they've done a bunch of collaborations with Fair State

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 20:03 (one month ago) link

there's a new(ish) Brewer in Rhode Island, FOOLPROOF BREWING. I tried their IPA yesterday and really liked it. Good flavor, not syrupy, not over-hopped.
I love almost everything Foolproof has put out. Peanut Butter Raincloud!

TO BE A JAZZ SINGER YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SCAT (Jazzbo), Friday, 4 September 2020 16:11 (one month ago) link

i think they are for sale if you are interested.

call all destroyer, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:28 (one month ago) link

makes the choice of twin cities beer even easier

https://fairstate.coop/news/we-are-americas-first-unionized-microbrewery/

I want to change my display name (dan m), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 21:40 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

One bottle of Sam Adams Utopias at my local, only $249. That seems too expensive for a pleb like me to contemplate.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 3 October 2020 22:43 (two weeks ago) link

It would be one thing if that beer tasted good, it is absolutely not worth the price of admission imho.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 4 October 2020 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

sam adams makes $250 bottle of beer?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 4 October 2020 08:10 (two weeks ago) link

The midwest (or at least Chicago) seems to like its beers on the sweet side, so while I think a lot of breweries are killing it when it comes to NEIPAs, the beers I find to be sometimes just a little too much. I do like it, then, when breweries try to emulate/replicate other regional beers, just to mess with different flavor profiles. Phase Three, for example, recently released an excellent beer called Terrazzo, which (as I understand it, based on the hops used) was kinda its take on a west coast IPA a a Pliny, and this week they released Blue Hour, a "Vermont-style double IPA," so you know what they're going for there. Drinking that one right now, though both were excellent, with more bitterness than a lot of the brews P3 and Hop Butcher (my other local fave these days) have been releasing. Revolution really seems to be doing great here, too, with tons of interesting one-offs and experiments along with their regulars. What a glorious time to drink beer.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 9 October 2020 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

A buddy of mine sent me cans of MORE Morever IPA which was very well balanced plus some Revolution Ryeway To Heaven (have yet to open). Thank you Chicago!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 9 October 2020 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, the old brewer from MORE moved on to found Phase Three, I think, but I've heard that More has kept it together in his wake. Revolution's barrel aged stouts are all great, btw, no stinkers.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 9 October 2020 22:23 (two weeks ago) link

IIRC that was the brewer who was early on brewing thiccc stouts at RAR before getting poached to More?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 9 October 2020 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

i’ve got a local snooty beer bar with one of those can machines, it’s great. never seen them before! whatever they’ve got on tap that you want, they will put in a can, for about a pound cheaper than you’d pay to sit in. by the time i get home the condensation on the can has eroded whatever they’ve written on the can do i never remember what one bought and which ones i should buy again.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 9 October 2020 23:32 (two weeks ago) link

Man, Ryeway is so good. Just saying.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 10 October 2020 00:28 (one week ago) link

Also, keep not buying Surly if it's an issue where you are.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 10 October 2020 00:29 (one week ago) link

sam adams makes $250 bottle of beer?

It’s almost more of a spirit. Uncarbonated, served ambient temperature, close to 30% abv, and it ages well- even after opening. When I have a bottle in the house, I keep it tucked away and bring it out for special occasions or sharing a nip with friends. It lasts for months or even years that way, and it’s a delight to the very end. But, full disclosure, I work for the company.

epistantophus, Saturday, 10 October 2020 13:50 (one week ago) link


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