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The Pub / Pop The Cap - 10 year anniversary
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:07:19 AM »
I doubt many of you care or give it a second thought, but today (8/13) is the 10 year anniversary of Pop The Cap in NC and we are getting together at Tyler's in Durham to celebrate at 6pm.

I don't remember the exact number of breweries we had in 2005 in NC, but certainly less than 40. Today we have over 140 with 40 more in planning. All we set out to do was change the law to be able to buy beer with an alcohol level above 6%. What we actually did is create a billion dollar industry in the state.

It was a simple change which took quite a bit of effort, but created an industry.

'Malt beverage' means beer, lager, malt liquor, ale, porter, and any other brewed or fermented beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (0.5%), and not more than six percent (6%), fifteen percent (15%), alcohol by volume."

The Pub / NC ALE crackdown
« on: July 22, 2015, 06:57:22 AM »
Looks like we've had a crackdown lately in Western NC by the NC ALE. I suspect this will affect all craft breweries and festivals in the state.

The Pub / Firestone Joins Duvel
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:29:40 AM »
The blog post links to the USA Today story.

Didn't see the OT thread in General Homebrewing with the same info, here it is:

Beer Travel / Ireland
« on: June 14, 2015, 03:33:04 PM »
In November I'll be in Ireland all over the country. We will be touring Guinness as part of the package (as well as Waterford), but our time is self guided.

Suggestions for not to miss sights and beer establishments is appreciated.

The Pub / Brewconomy Trailer
« on: April 01, 2015, 02:25:33 PM »

(FWIW - Currently 147 permitted breweries...)

The Pub / Bell's files lawsuit against Innovation - AKA suck it Bell's
« on: March 10, 2015, 03:31:31 PM »

I was very excited when Bell's first came to North Carolina and hit the shelves. As far as I am concerned now they can go away. Bell's owes Innovation an apology.

Homebrew Competitions / CARBOY Shamrock Open March 7, 2015
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:46:45 AM »
Raleigh, NC - if you can help out with the judging, please sign up.

The Pub / Evil Dead TV Show
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:48:46 PM »

All Things Food / Sausage Slicer - need help
« on: December 19, 2014, 07:36:49 AM »
I want one of these and the only place I can find them for sale is France and the shipping is crazy expensive. If anyone spots one in the US, please let me know.

The Pub / Kickstarter for bathroom remodel
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:16:35 AM »
Thinking of setting up a kickstarter for a bathroom remodel. I figure if every BS brewery wanna be can get funded I can for a bathroom. ;)

The Pub / F Cancer
« on: August 06, 2014, 06:43:12 PM »
I try to keep it clean on every forum I visit, but F Cancer. I lost my grandfather to cancer and my grandmother to cancer. I have friends who are suffering from cancer in all shapes and sizes, but today I lost a friend to brain cancer. He had two children who were fairly young.

I'm kinda tired of this cancer caca. I wear a Stand Up To Cancer wristband every single day and honestly I am not sure it is making a difference. We need to lick this arsewipe and end cancer once and for all. There is no reason a man in his early 40's should die because some stupid growth in his brain has happened. Yes, I have lost my crap right here and now. I lost of friend of 20+ years due to some stupid disease we cannot control.

Anyway if you feel so inclined I challenge you to please donate the cost of one brew to your favorite cancer charity so we can end this BS. If you don't have a cancer charity, then please donate to the 529 plan for the children of my friend who was taken far too soon.

The 2014 Guidelines are available for review on the BJCP website.

If you find any errors, corrections, etc. please comment in the appropriate BJCP Forum.

The Pub / Tequila
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:37:13 AM »
I could have sworn we had a Tequila thread, but nothing came up after a search. Not sure when I started liking the higher end Tequilas, but it was quite some time ago. Personally, I don't care for Blanco and if I never do another Tequila shot it will be too soon. I gravitate toward Reposado and Anejo, but typically land back on Reposado. Of course I am talking 100% Agave, otherwise skip it.

My newest find is Lunazul Reposado which I bought because it was inexpensive for a party. At $15 in our stores on sale it seemed like a steal, but I yesterday I drifted across the state line into SC and found it for $12 and change on a cash transaction. I also picked up a bottle of Lunazul Anejo for something like $17. I'll be giving it a whirl in a few weeks. The Reposado is darn tasty at a really affordable price point. Here's a blog post which has some of their history.

My go to Reposado for the house has been Cuervo Tradicional for year until I spotted the Lunazul. I tried the 100 Annos Reposado not long ago and it was pretty boring stuff. Good enough for mixing, but not enough character to enjoy over ice. 1800 is ok, but I prefer something a little more spicy and when both Lunazul and the Cuervo are lower in price it just has to sit on the shelf.

I think my first bottle of better Tequila was Cabo Wabo and I recall paying $50 for the fifth. I saw it recently for $35 which is more like where it should be priced. Don Julio Reposado is a fave, but the $50+ price point seems a little steep when you figure I could get it in Mexico for a song, or at least for listening to a 5 min timeshare talk. I really, really enjoy Tres Generaciones Anejo, but it also has a price point which gives pause.

I have two Casta worms, one is a Casta Pasion Añejo (blue) and the other is Casta Pasion Extra Añejo (red). One of these days I'll crack them open. I've had Casta Gusano Extra Añejo, but not the other two.

Maybe someone else has some Tequila thoughts.

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