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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:41:15 AM »
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)*
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium

Dry Dock is great, I have recently discovered them. I really enjoy the brew hut for my homebrew supplies. only  draw in terms of supplies is its a 30min drive for me to get to the neck of the woods, and also you have to navigate the tech center  >:(.

I think that my favorite list could easily go up to 20 regular breweries that i drink, but i tried to pick breweries that i liked all their beers or almost all.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:55:44 PM »

Not making the list (because I don't like their beers overall) is AB-InBev...but they do get a begrudging honorable  mention because a couple of their specialty "craft" beers are actually very worthy and I enjoy them from time to time. (do I need to duck after saying that??)

I agree some their "craft" beers are very good, much like some of Coors offshoot craft brews

Commercial Beer Reviews / Favorite Commerical Breweries
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:18:45 PM »
So I was just curious to see everyone's top 10 or so favorite commercial craft breweries?
Here are mine in no certain order
 Odells Brewing (CO)
 Strange Brewing (CO)
Deschutes brewery (OR)
 Firestone Walker Brewing (CA)
 Fort Collins Brewery (CO)
 Big Sky Brewing (MT)
 Mendocino Brewing Company (Select and Legend) (CA)
 Dogfish Head (DE)
 Big Horn Brewing (CB& Potts restaurant) (CO)
 Stone Brewing (CA)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SNPA in a can
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:09:33 AM »

That's the word I was looking for! Thank you. For what it's worth, I drank Dale's Pale Ale out of the can and it was like liquid goooooooldah!  ;D

Oskar Blues is one of the few breweries that i like that cans their beer. Upslope from Boulder, CO cans their beer and it's pretty good. I still think that the can has a different taste, than a bottle but overall drinkable

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel vs aluminum kettle?
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:59:34 AM »
that makes sense.

Equipment and Software / Stainless steel vs aluminum kettle?
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:38:36 AM »
So i was just curious as to what type of a brew kettle everyone uses? I have seen that many people use a turkey fryer (Al) however, i have also heard the Al can react with the beer and give it off favors. I currently use a 5gal SS kettle and was considering a small kettle (for smaller batches) and was curious if i should buy a turkey fryer or just go to target and pick a SS pot?

Ingredients / Re: when to plants hops?
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:32:27 AM »
yeah they were surprised and less than thrilled

Ingredients / Re: when to plants hops?
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:15:50 AM »
Thanks i think i will wait until it gets a little warmer. Yeah last year they gave the whole plant to other homebrewer (before i started) and they thought it was gone,but it's back and bigger than before.

Ingredients / when to plants hops?
« on: March 02, 2012, 11:25:08 PM »
So my cousins have a some hops (not sure the variety) that they want to get rid of. I wanted to know when i should go their house and transplant the hops to my backyard. I live in Colorado and we can get snow until May most years.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Poll: Do you use a secondary fermentation
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:49:18 PM »
My first two beers have been in a primary for about 7 days then racked to secondary carboy for about 7 days then bottled and carbonated naturally. For me racking to a secondary fermentation is not that more work and for my basic knowledge is the better option to control potential "off" flavors from letting the beer stay on the yeast cake. Once i start making more complicated beers like barely wine types, it seems like a secondary or aging carboy is a must.

General Homebrew Discussion / homebrew shelf life
« on: February 29, 2012, 11:02:38 PM »
So i have pretty simple question. What is the self life of a Homebrew in bottles? I realize that most of the time the beer will be gone long before it spoils, but since there are no preservatives besides the alcohol, does anybody have a rough estimate for the shelf life. I would assume 6months or so not that it would last for six months, but some of my family wants me to save a few bottles of my first beer (bottled 1.22.12) I'm pretty close to finishing the two plus cases.

The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:33:32 PM »
I have never been to or heard of choice city before (I went to school here for 5years) The Mayor of Old Town has been open for like 1yr at the most. It's right by campus off Laurel and mason. They do let you have a flight of like 4 or 5 beers. Plus most of the beers are between $4 and $6 minus beers like Chimay are closer to $7 and $8.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:42:00 AM »
I enjoy the products that SN puts out there, this was no different. I enjoyed the balance of rye to hops to bitterness. for a hophead like myself it could have used some more hops but overall the color, nose, and taste were good and I would buy another one

The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:34:56 AM »
Yeah they have so common craft beers and some nice limited craft beers from the US and Europe.

The Pub / Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:30:04 AM »
So I'm not sure if anybody has been to Fort Collins, Co lately but they have opened a great new pub. It's called The Mayor of Old town, they have 100 bars on tap (constantly changing) and like 20-30 different bottled beers. they have CO, USA, and international beers. Plus the food is awesome and cheap. I highly recommended visiting here when in town (fyi it's about 1hr away from Denver)

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