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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Who owns your beer?
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:58:49 PM »
One of the local breweries around me is already tweeting the label. 

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:22:19 PM »
My favorite part was the Rahr Malting tour.  Amazing facility, great beer and the food from Northbound was excellent.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:58:55 PM »
Oakland was funny. We were instructed to not walk in a particular direction while there.

The walk to Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore was something like that.  Some guy beating his head on the signs on the train platform, yelling at no one at 8am.  Stuck with hotel coffee after that.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:33:07 PM »
What was the turnout this year?
Gary G said 2437 on Tuesday. Could have gone up a few with last minute purchases. Still the 5th largest conference, and 1100 more than the last time in Minneapolis.

I expect Portland OR to be well attended.

I guess it wasn't my did seem lighter this year than in the past.

I miss the banquet.  Not so much for the food, but the hanging out in line and sharing beers ahead of time and then the passing bottles around yours and neighbor's tables.  Was this a one time thing, or is the banquet dead forever?  If this is the format going forward, I'm going to start booking my flights home on Saturday after the awards ceremony.  Sure would beat getting up at 4am like I did this year. :P

The knockout party was a waste of time in my opinion.  Couldn't understand anything being announced and I was right up by the stage.  I would have preferred a social club setting with all the leftover comp bottles rather than having them poured by staff, but maybe that was a legal thing.  An so much Whalezbrah! left over.

Events / Re: Need Some Tips for Homebrew Con?
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:39:41 PM »
I'm getting packed for this year's conference. Can anyone let the cat out of the bag for where the 2018 conference will be?
I thought everyone knew that😉.

Apparently I'm not an insider.

City starts with a "P" and there's one on each coast...the one in the east is better :P

The Pub / Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« on: June 06, 2017, 12:34:14 PM »
People actually pay attention to Ratebeer and Beer Advocate?  Huh...who knew?

Now if AB buys Untappd, I'll be really disappointed.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:01:31 PM »
When we go up to Portland, we don't normally stop at Allagash unless we are also hitting the ones across the street.  Like I said, it's open an hour early, free samples and they usually have bottles of releases no generally available in stores.  They also have a generous AHA discount, 20% and even though they say on the site not including beer, sometimes they will ring it through (sshhh...don't tell anyone :) )

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 12:30:48 PM »
I just did a whole bunch of research in advance of my roadtrip next week.... and yeah, it looks like 3 Dollar Deweys, Gritty's, and Shipyard should be skipped!  I find it very interesting that the only ~10 breweries and dive bars that existed in Portland just ~16 years ago are now pretty much ALL rated at the VERY BOTTOM of the list ('cept for Allagash)!  Survey says I should visit the following, and in approximately this order:

Austin Street
Bissell Bros

And maybe the Great Lost Bear if I want to make a trek uptown.  Most everything else pretty much looks skippable.  Please correct me if I'm wrong!  I might still have to make a short stop at Dewey's, just for the nostalgia.  :)

Thanks for the input, blatz and all, and sorry I wasn't of more pertinent help earlier!  It pays to look these things up.  BeerAdvocate actually is a pretty good resource, not the only one but one of my primaries.  TripAdvisor too.

If you are coming on a Saturday, move Allagash to the top of the list since they open at 11am and Austin and Foundation open at 12.  Also, keep an eye on what Bissell is releasing for cans that day...sometimes they open at 11am for cans and expect a line.  Bissell is now downtown-ish too at Thompsons Point.

The Great Lost Bear isn't too far down Forest Ave from Allagash/Foundation area, and there's a couple good bottles shops near there.  You won't be in the Old Port area if that's what you're looking to avoid.

If you feel adventurous, there are a few great breweries outside of Portland.  Maine Brewing about 45 minutes north and Banded Horn, SoMe, Woodland Farms and Tributary to the south along the coast.  Woodland Farms, Kittery outlets area across from Kittery Trading Post and Tributary (Tod Mott's brewery) are the furthest but definitely worth the trip.

The Pub / Re: NBA Finals
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:09:09 PM »
All I know is it's one game closer to being over :P

Hockey and Basketball in June just doesn't seem right.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:12:50 PM »
Near Allagash (across the street) is Foundation and around the back of that building is Austin Street Brewing.  There's another one in planning (Battery something I think, but not sure if it's open yet).

On the way downtown via Forest Ave is The Great Lost Bear (good beer annd great food - Almighty Cheesus mmm) and the Bier Cellar just down the street from there (decent beer store).

Now for the goodies.  Shipyard is in the Old Port section and honestly, could be missed.  A little hard to find is Novre Res...excellent bar with tons of Belgian choices.  $3 Dewey's is ok, but I'd skip if time is limited.  Also in Old Port is Liquid Riot, a brewery and distillery.  They do half shots there, which is nice.  Other options are Rising Tide, Oxbow Blending and Bottling Room.

Down at Thompson's Point (near the train station) you'll find Bissell Brothers (one of the best in the area) and Bunker Brewing.

Foul Mouth is across the bridge, but it's the only one out there so it really depends on time.

Here's a photo to give you an idea of the layout of Portland:

If you're still in the market for a grainfather, Northern Brewer has a code they just released today, "BEER" that can be used on the GF.  Brings the cost down to $832 ($712 if you want the previous version that doesn't have the BT controller). 

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Pump
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:41:59 PM »
I like that I can upgrade my current pump.  Will definitely check this out at NHC in June.

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:18:03 PM »

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:08:42 PM »
Can't wait to see the haters' heads explode over this one:

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