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The Pub / Re: Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom Merge
« on: November 16, 2010, 06:49:59 PM »
While it is encouraging that they are keeping on some of the principals, I take a little more distant, wait and see attitude, as it's pretty normal to give a 1 year 'management' contract in these situations. Capitalism moves fast. :P

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The Pub / Re: Jerry Garcia's House For Sale
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:03:46 PM »
Now if they had a picture of the house in La Honda, CA.....that would be something. The Dead were known as the Warlocks back then; the house band for the Merry Pranksters, (think Ken Kesey) during the Acid Tests.

I believe JG died, while at a rehab clinic, on Aug 9, 1995 so it's doubtful he had a suitcase full of powder, pills or otherwise. If you are interested, pick up the book 'Stories Done' by Mikal Gilmore (brother of Gary Gilmore), and you'll get quite a history of the Dead (and some of Denny's other contemporaries ;D)


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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 07, 2010, 02:25:49 PM »
As a user of both TT and the forum, I can see both sides. I really think that wherever the decision was made in the AHA to stop TT, the level of immediate visceral reaction rose well above what you guys expected. Hopefully, for the future, when it's something that has a daily send of 2500 people, you will approach it differently.

This shouldn't end up as a debate over 'cool' (pull) vs. 'geezer' (push) technology. Push technology is all around you, TV, newspapers, breaking news e-mails, etc and radio  ;D is push technology. Many of the TT users cannot access the forum (from work), as their company policies block access to any alcohol related sites. I've seen postings that represent that it takes approximately an hour to wade thru the TT topics....well simply put, that is just absurd, an hour....jeez.

Once the announcement was made, the figure $15,000 per year cost was quoted by GG. Since that time, posters that either run similar services, or are familiar with how they work, have directly challenged that figure, and suggested they be contacted to help AHA, with appropriate cost levels for this type of service. Makes one think AHA was using a little puffery, to sell the decision.

I agree that a forum is a much livelier, interactive place over something like TT, but let's not confuse that, with immediacy of response. A quick scan of the forum today, shows only a couple of messages that requested an immediate response.

Anyway, I use this and a group of other homebrew boards (B3, NB, etc) so the closing of TT won't have a great effect on my usage. I do hope whether at CP/GG level, or governing committee level, that you get the message that making unilateral decisions, behind closed doors, without prior larger member input will result in the firestorm you've seen over at TT. As it turns out, this was a major type decision that should have been handled differently.

Thanks again, to the AHA and our elected officers. You deliver on a daily basis and either do it voluntarily, or for the love of home brewing...

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Beer Travel / Re: Hawaii - one shot only trip
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:27:42 AM »
You are in luck...If you have to 'balance' your time, there is a Yard House on Lewers street in the heart of waikiki. It's a national chain, so you'll find all of the usual suspects, but here, you can sample many of the beers from the islands. Kona, Maui Brewing, Mehana, etc. Just find the Embassy Suites, and you are there...

...and its just a couple of blocks from the beach!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC...What should I do
« on: January 31, 2010, 12:39:08 PM »
One great thing (for me) is that Paxton is offering a vegetarian meal option, as well. It's a win for me, and leaves more of the good stuff for the rest of you guys!

 :P

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Lot's of Beer Work this week....

Push Eject's FIL Pilsner and Fire In the Hole today...

Kegging Matt's Double Barrel, a Special Bitter, and Munich Helles

Bottling Some Stout and APA to squirrel away...

And of course....massive sanitation and cleanup...

WooHoo...

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