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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:47:32 AM »
I sort of liked the shows so far.  I'm not sure the general public will keep tuning in, though, especially if Sam insists on making beer like Chicha..sort of sickening, no?

The New Zealand beer episode puzzled me: Why did he add the Tamarillo to the mash?  The judges mostly downgraded the beer because of little fruit taste.  I've always used fruit in the secondary, with good results.  Sam should have known better.

I agree with some of the other posters about the general format of the show.  It's similar to many other similar reality "gotta make the big deadline" shows.  Why must there always be some sort of "we're running out of time" drama?

As for Sam's rap thing, I'm an old fart, so I don't like it, but I guess they're looking to please you younger guys. 

I am happy for Sam's success with DFH, and if he can make a great living at what he loves to do, more power to him.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Good Old Ales / Barley Wines?
« on: November 02, 2010, 05:16:21 AM »
This is a beer style that is somewhat new to me, but I've found that I really enjoy it (and would like to explore it more). Any good recommendations, and do you know of any that are aged in wood before bottling? Thanks much!

Just had an Eel River Triple Exhaltation Old Ale, 9.7%ABV, which is certified all-organic.  Beautiful dark ruby color, rich carmelly nose, tasting of roasted plums and packs quite a kick.  Try it!

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Beer Travel / Re: Heading to Aruba
« on: November 01, 2010, 07:56:35 AM »
My wife, Leigh and I will be going to Aruba for a weeks vacation. I've tried contacting Balashi brewing company via email multiple times and haven't gotten any response. I wondered if anyone had any contact information for them.

Also, any tips on where I should visit or libations I must taste?

Thanks

I haven't been to Aruba since the late 90s, but back then you could find most any Dutch beers at the super market. 

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Beer Travel / Re: cancun
« on: November 01, 2010, 07:55:02 AM »
Anyone know any beercentrc locations in or around Cancun. Heading there next week.

Heck, I know I'm a bit late to help you, but maybe I can help you for the next trip or someone who might be going down later.

You're not really "screwed," to quote one of the posters.  I've been vactioning in Mexico for 20 years, and can affirm that one CAN find decent beers there.

Negra Modelo , one of the few authentic Vienna Lager styles still brewed in the world, can be found everywhere.  For more of a hoppy bite, you can have Bohemia, a Czech-pils style.  If you're ever there around Christmastime, look for Noche Bueno, a seasonal with higher alcohol and taste. 

When in Cancun, take a cab over to a WalMart-owned grocery store I believe is named Jumbo Mart, or something like that.  It'll be a $25 round-trip cab ride from the hotel zone, but worth it for a beer lover, and the cabbie will wait for you.  It's just North of the airport.  They stock numerous Belgians, English ales, and other European imports.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Good Old Ales / Barley Wines?
« on: February 03, 2010, 05:10:20 AM »
This is a beer style that is somewhat new to me, but I've found that I really enjoy it (and would like to explore it more). Any good recommendations, and do you know of any that are aged in wood before bottling? Thanks much!

I haven't had it yet, but seeing as how their other beers are really good, I'm waiting for March and the release of Dark Horse Brewing's Barleywine, at 15% ABV!  Also, try their "Scotty Karate" Scotch Ale, at 9.75%.

http://www.darkhorsebrewery.com/content.asp?PageName=OurBrew

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