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Beer Travel / Re: Köln, Dortmund and Düsseldorf recommendations?
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:46:14 PM »
I enjoyed the Brauhaus Schreckenskammer in Köln many years ago.  :-)
http://www.schreckenskammer.com/

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:24:03 PM »
I spoke with Rob from the Impaling Aler's Homebrew Club and plan to visit their Big Brew event.   ;D

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:16:58 AM »
These are the only breweries I can find in the Ballard area that are open early on Friday.  Everywhere else I looked opens at 4:00 or later.

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company and the Jolly Roger Taproom
1111 N.W. Ballard Way, Seattle,WA 98107
Fri-Sat 11:00 am - Midnight
 
Hale's Brewery & Pub
4301 Leary Way Northwest, Seattle, WA
Friday 11AM-10PM
 
Fremont Brewing & Urban Beer Garden
3409 Woodland Park Avenue North, Seattle
11am to 9pm everyday
 
Can anyone suggest which of the 3 are the best or know of others in the area that open early?

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:43:31 AM »
If you want to do the Space Needle, do some of the rest of Seattle Center while you are there (EMP/SFM, Science Center). Take the light rail into the Westlake stop, and take the monorail from westlake center to Seattle Center. Good shopping in Westlake, and across the street the Yard House is supposed to have a good selection of beer.

If you want to meet somewhere in Ballard on Friday, we can meet wherever, and I can show you around. I am currently unemployed, so I am always looking for an excuse to get out of the house.

Regarding Big Brew, there are a bunch of breweries/homebrew shops that run them, so you could ask around while you are in Ballard, and I am sure someone will know who is running one nearby.
Excellent!  I'll meet up with you on Friday, then!

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:59:42 PM »
My wife and I are getting into Seattle at around 10am Thursday morning.  We should have the entire afternoon to do some exploring downtown Seattle together.  We'll probably do the Space Needle first, to get it over with.  :-)

However Friday and Saturday my wife will be in meetings all day, so I'll be exploring all by myself.  On Friday, I think I'll take the transit up to Ballard, as garc_mall suggested.  If anyone doesn't have to work and would like to join me, that would be cool. 

On Saturday, I'd love to find a Big Brew, but I'm not sure which would be the easiest to find.  I could just end up back in Ballard, as I'm sure I won't hit all the breweries in one day.  :-P

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:31:49 AM »
Thanks!  I will have to review all of this and study a map to see what I can do.   I will definitely post my plans.  I would love to meet up with some of you folks! 

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:22:18 AM »
The BAD news is I'll be out of town and will miss my club's Big Brew next weekend.  :-(

The GOOD news is I will be in Seattle for a few days!  :-)

My wife and I are flying in Thursday afternoon and flying home Sunday morning.  She'll be attending a conference during the day on Friday and Saturday.  So, I'll be free to explore both days!  ;-)

We are staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport next to the SeaTac Airport.  I don't think I'll be renting a car, unless absolutely necessary. 

With that being said, what good breweries or bars are there that are easily accessible by mass transit from where I'm staying?  Also, are there any Big Brew events I could get to without a car?

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I use something like this hooked up to my co2 tank: http://m.grainger.com/mobile/product/LEGACY-Air-Gun-1KUD9
You can use the aforementioned keg charger to purge headspace but it comes out quite fast and those 16 gram cartridges can get expensive. If you tried to purge a bag of hops with it you'd have nothing in the bag but CO2!
Also, if you just pull that trigger when it's not attached to a keg, CO2 comes out so fast it freezes at the nozzle. You'll think the cartridge is empty - until you take it apart. Then the cartridge will rocket across the room as soon as it breaks free. Not that I've experienced this... umm ... a friend told me.
Years ago I barely escaped injury when someone thought their cartridge was spent.  When they went to replace it, the cartridge rocketed past my head and smashed an empty beer bottle on a shelf!

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Beer Travel / Re: Theater Breweries
« on: October 08, 2013, 12:26:14 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:00:49 AM »
I hope the Eagles have a good backup QB.  Vick ain't gonna last to long, I'm afraid.

He never does.
I hope Chip Kelly realizes that.  You saw what happened to the Eagles offense once Vick started limping around in the last quarter.

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 10, 2013, 10:41:38 AM »
I hope the Eagles have a good backup QB.  Vick ain't gonna last to long, I'm afraid.

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:49:03 AM »
My only hope for this year's NFL season is that the Eagles don't totally embarrass themselves.  They have so many talented players but can't seem to pull it together.  The only reason I even care is my nephew is their main kicker and it would be cool for him if they had a respectable season for once.

Paul
My one wish for the Eagles came true.  They got a new head coach this season.  Now, if they could just get a decent starting QB (that doesn't abuse dogs), I might be able to root for them again!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:25:57 AM »
I brewed extract for 20 years.  Only switched over to all-grain about 3 years ago.  While I was still extract brewing, someone said to me I wasn't really brewing unless I went all-grain.  I replied that it was funny how I had 6 kegs of beer on tap at home that I guess I hadn't actually brewed.  He conceded my point.   8)

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The Pub / Re: The Beer Hunter
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:15:49 AM »
Michael Jackson was great!  I still have the original Beer Hunter series on video cassette.  Whenever I re-watch the series, I am amazed how accurate he was with his style descriptions and technical brewing info.

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The Pub / Re: Question to the kids about how to use the facebooks
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:25:43 AM »
In the past few years, Facebook has given me the opportunity to meet and get to know tons of brewers, homebrewers and craft beer lovers in my area.  I love meeting new people and making new friends, be it online or in person.  There's no way I could meet that many people without Facebook!

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