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The Pub / Re: Steele Reserve drink finds rat in can
« on: June 25, 2015, 10:20:22 AM »
Did the fact that it had flavor tip him off?

And i'm with Sean on the shenanigans. Was. The guy's name MacKenzie, by any chance?

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 14, 2015, 09:13:37 AM »
This is kind of pricy in Park City, but it's a fun way to experience the mountain

You can also look forward to a 6-8% grade on I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake City.

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 07:07:58 PM »
I'd stop in Salt Lake City over Nephi. SLC  to the North Rim is doable in a day and you'll have a lot more choices that way. Nephi is a pretty small town without much going on. Don't be afraid of the 4% abv limit on grocery store beer in Utah. Those guys are making some pretty good stuff under those rules.

Only allowing warm beer sales I'm told is supposed to lower the frequency of drinking and driving! If you think people buy cold beer to drink in the car on the way home, I guess it lowers the desirability of that but really can't serve any other purpose but to fill the wallets of state licensed liquor stores

I remember one of the bright bulbs in the Utah legislature proposed banning selling singles at gas stations to combat drunk driving. Six-packs would have been a-ok, though :o

All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash to Batch
« on: June 01, 2015, 04:51:40 AM »
What's his reasoning for doing step mashes? I read his last Zymurgy article and he specifies step mashes for both recipes, but didn't explain why. Everything I've read has said today's well-modified grains don't need it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« on: May 22, 2015, 12:47:36 PM »
A co-worker gave me a bottle a while back and I don't recall it gushing. My co-worker has been on retreats at the abbey and knows one of the brothers involved in the brewing, so he was quite proud to share it with me. I thought it was quite good, too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:37:33 PM »

After some 5 Pint rated pubs turned out to be duds, I haven't used much. It is pretty inclusive.

Yeah, I should add that I always check when a pub was last reviewed. I've stayed in Earls Court the last two times in London and it led me to a couple of nice pubs that were off the main streets.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:01:48 AM »
Fancy a Pint is  free site that lets you search by Tube station. I've found some nice out of the way pubs with this

CAMRA has an app, but you have to pay to get all the content

And +1 on the Fullers tour, it is outstanding.

The Pub / Bio-engineering morphine from S.cerevisiae possible
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:46:38 AM »
Pretty interesting article, once you get past all the alarmist talk about controlling distribution of yeast.

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB thoughts
« on: May 01, 2015, 04:47:14 AM »
+1.  Bumping at the end is big with 1968.
+2, I've had it stall when I left in mid-60s, but bumping it up to 70-72 has always gotten me to 1012 or so.

« on: April 24, 2015, 10:37:07 AM »
2008 was the first year they used the pryoff o2 barrier caps. I did a verticle bigfoot tasting 05-14 and the difference between 05-07 and 08 was night and day. the 08 tasted almost fresh compared to the older vintages.

Thanks, now I don't have to dig through my box of Bigfoot. 2008 was the first year I cellared it.

« on: April 23, 2015, 07:28:01 PM »
Any one else remember when SN was twist off caps?


Heck, wasn't even that long ago.

I'll have to check, I think I have a 2008 Bigfoot with a twist off cap.

Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 23, 2015, 01:41:54 PM »
Well, I checked the online list of the local bottle shop. No joy :( I wanted to give your new digs a taste test.

Have fun!

I shipped a couple of bombers to my brother-in-law using this place in Portland

The Espresso Stout is excellent, IMHO.

Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:18:50 PM »
Congratulations, I've loved all the Oakshire beers I've been able to try. Matt is missed back here in Flossmoor.

Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:54:35 AM »
Mostly Staples Center, although I would like to do a small (< 50-60 miles) roadtrip somewhere to a beach - I was thinking Malibu, but really am fine with anything. I'll have a car for a couple days and then it'll be Uber all week long.

Try one of the smaller beach towns instead of Malibu. I really like Seal Beach, which still has some beach town funky feel to it. There's also a couple of good beer bars on Main Street. It's right off the 405 and 45 minutes from where you're staying, if you go mid-day/weekend. Much longer at rush hour...

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