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But where does AB InBev ever publicly acknowledge owning these businesses? They keep it under wraps by owning them through a shell company and they never promote the fact that they are involved with homebrew.

Edit: we are people who take an unusually high interest in beer. That is why we know. Most beer drinkers have no idea.

Considering the way many craft beer drinkers view AB/Inbev, and Macro beer in general, can you blame them? As a community we're brutal even on the good Macro breweries like Guinness, let alone shadier ones like AB/Inbev who've directly tried to raise our ire.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:51:40 PM »
Something I've come to realize via checking dates is how seasonal some beers are here.

Yuengling cans sell like made through the summer and fall, then kinda trail off some through the winter/spring. Still sells enough to be available reasonably fresh though. Bottles are just about always fresh.

Sam Adams Boston Lager sells really well through the fall/winter, stale stock usually is all there is to be had spring/summer.

SNPA is decidedly a spring/summer beer here. Those packs canned in May? They'll likely be on shelves till March/April. Must be a popular cookout beer, because outside of summer good luck finding it fresh.

Guinness Draft, of course, is easiest to find fresh about middle January through the end of March.

What I've been universally unable to find fresh lately is anything from Dogfish Head, Bells, Victory, Firestone, Sweetwater, Hofbrau, Weihenstephaner, Stone, Fat Tire, and the list goes on. Seems to all prove that the fresh beer goes to the area around DC, and that distributors are pulling old stock off the shelves there an selling it here.

I get it, it's not like this area is known for it's taste in good beer. Budweiser is still so popular here that we're the only place that gets it in 10oz. cans. (Which is a brilliant idea, but I digress) But there's still enough interest in craft beer that we deserve fresh stuff.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:53:20 PM »
There's another good Virginia rye that's made by Copper Fox. They also make a "scotch", but it's definitely quite smoky.

You have the opposite taste in Scotch from me, as I find it the smokier the better. If I don't want a smokey Scotch, I'll have Irish.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:23:04 AM »
There's a code printed on one of the ends of the package. First two digits are year, next three are day of year.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:32:55 AM »
Well when I went back the following week, all the SNPA they had was brewed in May '18. Oh well, at least I got the fresh stuff when I did.

Oh, and they had a single 12-pack of Celebration, which I bought. Still the only one I've seen around...

Today I scored a suitcase of Yuengling that was 23 days old today though. That's not going to last long, as tasty as it is that fresh...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration
« on: December 23, 2018, 02:55:47 AM »
Oddly, I haven't seen it in my area...but I found some fresh SNPA, so I've got that going for me...

All Things Food / Re: Instant Pot
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:50:34 PM »
I cooked lentils in it last night: pressure cook on high for 20 minutes with quick release.  They're very good but just a little overcooked.   Next time, I'm going to try 15 minutes instead.

If I have time on Sunday, I might try making yogurt.  It looked pretty simple on youtube.

It's stupidly easy, we mostly use our instant pot for making yogurt honestly.

The Pub / Re: Arcadia Brewing Facing Foreclosure.
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:46:26 PM »
I just don't get it. Is it the sales dropped as new breweries entered a crowded space and gravitated to something new? We've seen several of these recently with breweries you would expect to have a track record of sales to lean on.

Something I'm seeing locally is that as the number of brands goes up, the distributors do a more and more poor job of keeping stock fresh with "legacy" brands. New brands sell well, so the job is easy. "Old" brands have a harder time.

Reference Sierra Nevada and Bell's in my area. When Bell's first came to the area it sold like hot cakes, and fresh Two Hearted was easy to find. Now that Bell's is old news it doesn't sell so there's no fresh beer to be found. SNPA only sells during the summer here, for whatever reason. Usually come spring there's still 12-packs dated from August/September time frame still on the shelves.

Local brews, seasonal brews, and whacky beers sell. Sadly that's kinda hurting some of the better beers and brands, in my opinion. Brown ales aren't to be found on shelves here anymore. Fresh SNPA will always be a classic. This is why I drink Yuengling, it sells, so it's fresh.

The Pub / Re: More Band News for MD Craft Beer Fans?
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:53:01 PM »
This is a good summary of the legislature and their nonsense last year.  However I think a lot of that was a reactionary take that  is ultimately doomed to fail as more facts spread about local beer.  We had 20+ (maybe more) breweries open this year including  Baltimore county farm breweries in historic agricultural areas that are making the most of new zoning and liquor licensing that didn't exist 5 years ago.

I'm hopeful but it's still good to spread the word about how legislation can create, or kill, these businesses.

On that note, my county still has a whopping 0 breweries. Between the high price of floor space and an unfriendly liquor board we're kinda stuck.

One might be opening soon though, so fingers crossed...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 5 year old Bigfoot
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:31:18 AM »
So did you like it? I’ve never had it so I realize that this is naive but that doesn’t sound appealing to me.

Initially, it was pretty meh. Astringent and very bitter. As it warmed and oxidized it became much more enjoyable.

All Things Food / Re: What is cooking today?
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:41:50 AM »
Bengals vs. Steelers game day lunch.  14 hours of smoke on the brisket. 

I've always wanted to try Rauchbier with brisket...that looks epic. Usually I settle for stout or porter with BBQ.

Excellent looking meal JT. You’ve reminded me: I have a packer in the freezer I need to dig out.

I've got one in the freezer guys are giving me ideas...

Commercial Beer Reviews / 5 year old Bigfoot
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:31:49 AM »
Anyone else ever had one at 5 years old?

Cracked my last 2013 open tonight, the next oldest Bigfoot I've ever had was 3 years old. It's been a while since I've done proper tasting notes on a beer, so I'm curious if what I'm tasting lines up with the experience of others. Mostly I just want some assurance that the beer is still good...which would mean my cellaring method works...

Anyway, here goes:


Crystal-clear reddish copper. Thin head that still laces nicely. Doesn't show any legs when swirled.


Best described as cherry pipe tobacco. Honestly the more I smell it the more it reminds me of aromatic style pipe tobacco. Maybe a hint of anise? Or cinnamon?


A touch tannic/astringent...ok maybe more than a touch. Medium body, good bit of drying/puckering on the tongue.


The first thing you notice is a slam of hop tannins, then a slight caramel almost-sweetness. Honestly it's still so bitter it's hard to call it sweet, but there's some there. Then it fades to just bitter...and kinda resolves to almost a pipe bite like tannic thing. Maybe almost anise? Kinda almost a Jagermeister herbal/Anise thing.

The Pub / More Band News for MD Craft Beer Fans?
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:14:15 PM »

While a find the article to have a bit of a distopian outlook on the situation, it does give some insight into just how bad things are getting here...and how that ilk may spread.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada/ Weihenstephan Oktoberfest
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:41:15 PM »
It's looking like I'm not going to be trying this beer...when we finally got it on shelves here it was already 10 weeks past the packaging date.  >:(

On that note, we FINALLY got the Guinness Anniversary beer on know, the one they brewed LAST FALL to celebrate 100 years of Guinness in America...

Hop Growing / Re: Hydroponic hops vernalization
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:31:14 AM »
I can't answer your question, but I can say they my hops are in flower pots and have survived -10oF over the winter. I wouldn't be phased by throwing a crown into a freezer.

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