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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:37:39 AM »

That's a shame since the black bush is quite nice. 

I agree, Black Bush is quite nice with an great sherry note.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:27:05 PM »
Costco 12 year half gallon and Buffalo Trace half gallon and I could get by for awhile... ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:01:11 AM »
Received a free airplane bottle of Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey with another purchase. This one is not worth your money at the price I paid. Skip it.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« on: April 04, 2018, 12:53:49 PM »
To piggyback on the thread. Looking for main conference area not to miss places. Doesn't have to be breweries, but need to be beer related. Hoping to organize a crawl of sorts. TIA

The Pub / Re: Goose island struggling
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:17:38 PM »
I'm not convinced the industry as a whole is down, but we are not gaining new beer consumers at the same rate as breweries are opening. I write for a beeriodical about NC beer. At one time I wrote the NC/SC column and I was pretty much discussing the same breweries every other publication. Now I have a backlog of breweries to write about and in some cases a brewery is a year or two deep in the queue. Eventually the new brewery growth will slow and the consumer base will catch up, but currently if a brewery is making 20bbl per year and let's say 10bbl is sold to devoted fans they stand a chance of losing 10bbl in sales as new breweries open and grab part of their sales. I expect more closures in the coming years or after a major hop or malt shortage.

As far as GI, I have it about once per year when BC is out. YMMV

Homebrew Con 2018 / Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:32 AM »
The pre-conference event Drinking With Mikey is currently looking like the best thing available on Tuesday afternoon.

Looks like it could start at early as 2pm and we would need a stop every 60-90 minutes. As I have never been to Portland before suggestions for stops are appreciated. Perhaps the first stop could be further out and the last close enough to walk back to the conference hotel.

PS: If a great pre-conference event pops up it may supersede Drinking with Mikey! ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:43:22 PM »
Yet another bottle bit the dust. Kirkland Signature 18 Year Speyside Single Malt was the bottle I drained tonight. Aged in Bourbon barrels and finished for 6 months in Sherry barrels. Quite tasty and not ridiculously expensive at $55 or so a bottle, but just like Bourbon I found the flavor a little muted.

Homebrew Con 2018 / BJCP Reception and Members Meeting - Wed June 27
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:12:56 PM »

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

BJCP Judge Reception. 12pm to 4pm. Agenda and registration forthcoming.

BJCP Members’ Meeting. 4:30pm to 6pm. The BJCP Board and Staff will provide updates and answer questions from members. The Members’ Meeting and Judge Reception will be in the same room.

The Pub / Re: Green Flash Virginia Beach For Sale
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:15:35 PM »
Deschutes also made the price point the same as it is at their other facility. Smart move if you ask me. I have found it on tap all around the valley the last few times I have been through.

The Pub / Re: Green Flash Virginia Beach For Sale
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:28:33 PM »
I think they just took to long to get going. Groundbreaking was something like 5 years ago, but the brewery has only been operational for about a year IIRC. Had they immediately pulled the trigger when announced they would have had a strong foothold in the market as opposed to being second fiddle by the time they got up and running. I suppose they could have opened a taproom and saturated the market with their beer while working to open the brewery. The proliferation of new breweries has been awesome for consumers, but I'll bet most breweries are scratching their head to figure out exactly where they fit in to some markets.

Also their brewery is not really on the beaten path. Had it been situated in a better location for visitors and locals it would have surely worked out better.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 26, 2018, 11:54:20 AM »
Noticed the Local Events was updated. Drinking with Mikey still sounds like the best current event. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:13:35 PM »
Birthday is really tasty, but a PITA to find. I have only had it at a bar or restaurant. My favorite from them is the 1870. The recently released Stateman is ok, but not worth the price of admission.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:25:48 AM »
Finished off the bottle of Old Forester Signature 100 Proof tonight. It had a nice complexity for a $25 fifth and the alcohol was nicely restrained as well. There are other Bourbons I like more, but the price on this one is right!

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:08:40 PM »
Flights are booked. PreConference events still look the same with the addition of two bus trips Denny posted on the calendar. Who's open for a drinking with Mikey excursion on Tuesday PM? ;)

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