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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:49:30 AM »
Here's my Yooper's Fizzy Yellow Beer. Beautiful day for Nat'l Homebrew Day.

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Looks great!

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:08:22 AM »
The problem is the biggies controlling distribution.  Like owner or beer shop says to distributor "I need an IPA".  Distributor says "here's one from an ABI owned brewery.  It's half the price of one from a local brewery.  And if you don't buy this one, I can't guarantee that you'll be able to get the other brands we carry".  So you may not even have access to those non sellouts.

^^^This. I'm a believer in free enterprise and can't fault someone for profiting from all their sacrifice and hard work. I get that the point of having a business is to making a living for yourself and family, not being altruistic. BUT unfortunately, in the craft beer world, there is a big picture and end game to all these individual buyouts, and that is a landscape just like you mention, Denny - total control of the beer we have access to, and freedom to slowly dumb down the recipes over time to maximize profits. It's slowly but surely coming whether people believe it or not.

Luckily I can brew my own beer and don't have to buy anyone's beer if I don't want to. But with one major homebrewing player already having sold out, who I end up buying my supplies from remains to be seen. Whatever.

Edit for grammar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Changing hose on tap faucet?
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:48:26 PM »
That's what I suspected! Thank you. Clean hosing on my keg now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm in the library....
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:54:54 AM »
Very cool ,Denny.

Thanks, Jon, it is, but the real reason for the post was to make people aware of the archive and all the great stuff in it.

Oh, I plan to dig through all of it. Looks like a ton of good stuff!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm in the library....
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:51:16 AM »
Very cool ,Denny.

Just badass, Paul. You did it right.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Changing hose on tap faucet?
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:46:39 AM »
At the top of the tower is the cap that can be pulled or gently pried off, revealing where the beer line attaches to the faucet barb via a clamp. Loosen the clamp and you can swap new hose. But you'll likely need to loosen the nut that snugs the faucet into place first, to rotate the faucet so you can change the beer line easier. Good luck!

The Pub / Re: Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:47:52 AM »
"Nothing will change".  ...said so sincerely. (Pssst. They didn't spend their money to let someone else make the business decisions.) 


The Pub / Re: May the 4th be with you
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:35:36 PM »
Just tapped my "Negra de Cinco" a day early. After I put the first lime on, this just came to me...
I can't believe how many things are so perfect about this picture, caption, and brief explanation. This is what Ernest Hemingway would have done on the internet, assuming he was a geeky, self-aware New Englander which of course would be foolish for us to assume.

;D   Well done, indeed.

All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: May 04, 2017, 04:40:41 PM »
Pete, that's a thing of beauty. And it's sourdough to boot.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:22:12 PM »
I am hoping to be the first homebrewer in the Picobrew Brewing Network (PBN) bought out by ABI.

Step one: get accepted into the PBN.

Funny stuff.  :)

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:30:16 AM »
Joe F had some packets of BTB at the Chicago regional for the NHC - so I think I should be able to make that packet last through the release date here in the U.S.  Now let's hope it's not released on an exclusive basis through InBev outlets in captive clone kits only!!!

Yeah, "Buy 3 $50 Goose Island kits and we'll throw in 3 grams of Brewtan for only $20 extra."

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:06:39 PM »
Are you saying they buy with the intention of removing the brand from shelves?

Not necessarily. Sure, maybe their goal is total commitment to produce beer equally as good as the seller's beer, thereby controlling the share of beer sales that they've lost over the years. I just having a hard time taking them at face value given their history of negativity toward craft beer (silly 'peach pumpkin'/brewed the hard way ads among others, litigation against Sam Adams, etc, etc.) 

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:46:04 PM »
I really don't think that's their end game. Too many great to exceptional breweries out there to buy them all up.

I think brands and credibility are their game.

I mostly agree. But if a few fail along the way, seems like a win-win to me.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:34:26 PM »
It's just business. No guarantees the breweries bought will continue to brew or not.

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Just to put on the tin foil hat for a minute, maybe that's part of the plan,  paying someone to go away. Unfortunately ABI's motives are suspect and ripe for cynicism. Hat off now.

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