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Ingredients / Cascade and Chinook Terroir
« on: April 10, 2017, 03:31:16 PM »
From Stan H's blog, an interesting article about how different the character from hops like Cascade and Chinook can be when grown further and further east from the West Coast. I get the terroir thing, but didn't realize it could change so much.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Green Flash Fearless 50
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:40:03 PM »
I meant to post this review last night, but this is a saison with sweet orange peel, rose hips, and El Dorado hops, brewed for Trader Joe's 50th anniversary. Honestly, it raised red flags - a 'saison' brewed by a brewery known for mostly hoppy beers, with orange peel, rose hips (which have to be used in tiny amounts to keep me from spitting it out), and El Dorado hops which aren't my favorite and easily dominate. A recipe for $5.99 down the drain.

But it's a surprisingly good beer. First off, amazingly enough, it actually uses a saison strain , a huge pet peeve for American beers labeled as saison that.....aren't. 3711 by my estimation. It's very well attenuated, another frequent pet peeve. Thankfully, the orange peel is subtle and the rose hips as well, thankfully so (worried me considerably). And the El Dorado are far from up front - definitely no IPA/saison. I really like it and will buy more. Don't get me wrong - it won't overtake Dupont any time soon,  but it's an actual legit American saison at a nice price point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Good Hops Deal
« on: November 28, 2016, 06:57:26 AM »
Obviously lots of good online deals today, but for hop lovers, YVH has a nice deal. Buy either 1/2 lb or lb increments each of Mosaic, Centennial and Azacca (a package deal) and get a free 1/2 lb or 1 lb of Citra, all 2016 hops. Buy at the 1/2 lb level and it's 1/2 lb free Citra, buy at the lb level and it's a free lb of Citra.This assumes you like these hops, of course. I do. Works for me.

The Pub / Mitch Steele Leaving Stone
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:40:56 PM »
Guess I missed the announcement last week. I'm sure Mitch's brewery will be great.

This article is about Greg Koch's (of Stone) new investment group, formed to allegedly help give small breweries the finances to resist 'Big Beer' buyouts. Don't know how feasible it is long term but I love the idea in principle.

Really cool article from Martyn Cornell about the evolution of porter in England - from the preferred drink to out of favor over time. The parallels to BMC are interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:29:37 AM »
With all the talk about oxidation in a thread or two lately, I read this article recently on Mitch Steele's blog. It's pretty informative for a newer brewer, good reinforcement for experienced brewers  :

The Pub / Pretty Funny
« on: December 10, 2015, 05:34:43 PM »
Got a pretty good chuckle at this old AB ad from Stan's blog. Note the condescending tone toward breweries that used what they considered inferior fermentables.   ;D

The Pub / Critical Drinking - What Beer Costs
« on: October 10, 2015, 07:08:25 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Nice Article, Marshall
« on: September 18, 2015, 04:29:39 PM »
Just read your article "A Brewer's Thumbprint" in the new BYO - nice work !  Just goes to show the silliness of hoarding prized recipes. I've tried the same with brewer friends making identical recipes. No two beers are ever identical. Too many variables.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 12, 2015, 05:28:47 PM »
Anybody try this yet? Picked up a six yesterday and just tried one - great beer. SN did this beer in partnership with Germany's Brauhaus Riegele and promises to partner with a different German brewer each year on an O-fest. It's has copper/pale amber color, lighter than some, with slightly more spicy late hop character than many. The malt bill uses 2 row pale, Pils, Munich, and German Steffi malt (an heirloom German 2 row variety not used commonly due to its cost according to SN. By their account, it imparts more character than many 2 rows). I love the malt character - it's clean, slightly bready, lightly malty rich and best of all, ZERO crystal/caramunich/caravienne to oversweeten. Hop character ( Magnum to bitter, German Select, Tettnang, and Spalt late) is more prominent when first poured, less so when the beer warms a bit. Complex malt character is more prominent at this point. I could drink this stuff by the liter, regularly. I'm curious how next year's O-fest with a new German brewery partner will stack up. It has its work cut out.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone Ruination 2.0
« on: September 04, 2015, 07:12:52 PM »
I'd heard mixed reviews (mostly solid), but to me it's a pretty nice beer. Bought some from Costco, bottled 7/28. Given that it sat there warm for most of a month, the hop character is pretty strong - per Stone, it's Magnum, Nugget, Centennial, Azacca, Citra, and Simcoe.  Pale orange, fairly dry, strong (8.5%ish) but subtle alcohol, nice foam, crystal in check.. Nice bitterness, big hop flavor and aromas of pine, citrus, peach, mango. I assume they bitter with Magnum and Nugget and use a healthy amount of the others late, given the hop flavor and aroma. My only ding is how I feel about the style in general now - the alcohol provides its own sweetness which detracts from drinkability, and unless you have a bunch of friends over it's tough to drain a DIPA before the awesome hop character leaves town (personally, I hop like DIPA in a 1.064 beer, just me). I completely give Stone (unlike other breweries) thumbs up for the foresight not to be set in their ways - I loved Ruination 1.0 for how it challenged the ideas of IPA, but with new methods of late hopping it was time for an upgrade.  This isn't RuinTen or some of the Enjoy By IPAs, but as their new readily available DIPA and an upgrade to original Ruination, I have to say I'd buy it again. Good stuff.

Beer Travel / Very Cool British Pub Crawl
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:26:55 AM »
Someday I'd like to do this one :

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