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The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:43:04 AM »
Two of my friends had kids 276 days after my wedding . . . which was also on 4/20 by the way. ;D
Happy Anniversary!
Thanks :)  It's an easy date to remember.

Ours is 6/7/76 thankfully, otherwise I may never remember.  35 years this year!  Goin' to NOLA for that weekend!

All Things Food / Re: What beer with Thai food?
« on: April 22, 2011, 04:28:48 AM »
I have always liked German Pils with Thai food and agree that Saison makes an excellent pairing.
I am surprised at how many of you recommend IPA's - I'll have to sit down and try that.  It seems to me that it would tend to overwhelm the food.  Of course it can stand up to the spices, but not the food itself, no?

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 04:10:21 AM »
Two of my friends had kids 276 days after my wedding . . . which was also on 4/20 by the way. ;D
Happy Anniversary!

All Things Food / What beer with Thai food?
« on: April 21, 2011, 05:26:57 PM »
A friend of mine co-owns a Thai restaurant and is planning on expanding.  He has asked me to recommend some beers that would both complement the food and sell well.  He will have the usual Thai and oriental beers plus the macro/lite beers on hand in bottles. 
What styles of beer would you chose to go with Thai food?

Whoa!  What's wrong with wet-hopped beers?!  ???
They're not "wet" they're "fresh"

The Pub / Re: Man, work is p!$$!ng me off.
« on: April 21, 2011, 01:30:13 PM »
This is why I don't think I'd want to open a brewery/brewpub.  Even playing in bar bands got to be something I dreaded.  I think I just hate work.

I played in bar bands for years.  Then I got a job building some of the first professional digital audio equipment for musicians and studios.  Went from that to touring as a tech with big name rock bands.  Finished by opening my own studio, which I ran for 30 years.  All of those sound like dream jobs to a lot of people, and they all started off great.  But eventually, every one of them came down to something I had to do every day whether I felt like it or not.  I dunno, maybe it's just my nature, but it's made me realize I love beer stuff too much to ever make it a job.

I agree.  I tell people that I have already ruined one good hobby by going pro.  30 years ago I enjoyed tinkering with cars.  Now they just look like problems. 
I often wonder if that's what a brewing job would turn into.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's my style?
« on: April 21, 2011, 10:35:01 AM »
There you go with that Zen thing again.

Our friends at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville named theirs "Floridian Dark Ale"
I like it.  Perhaps everyone should have a regional version and name.

Equipment and Software / Re: False Bottoms
« on: April 21, 2011, 10:01:23 AM »
The grain should float, since it's mixed in water.
The only issue with strength would be if you're pumping too hard from under it.  Mine (Sabco) is a little bent from stress over the years.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:59:15 AM »
Happy belated B-Day!
Speaking of having the same birthday as other, more infamous people, my wife's falls on the same day as Oprah, except that Oprah is getting younger as the years go by.  Actually, less old.  They used to share the same birth year, but in the past few years, her birth year is getting later than my wife's.
Maybe the secret to longevity is a good PR dept.

The Pub / Re: New Guy Here Saying Hi
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:57:13 AM »
Howdy Jeramy!
Where in the world are you?

"Pedantic nerds."   


Cross Dressing Amateurs  :D

It really depends on which example you tried.  They all seem to have drastically different levels of roast.  I like the less roasty ones.

Crossdressing Amateur
That's what I'm calling this "style" from now on.
I refuse to call it Cascadian because it probably originated with the late great Greg Noonan in Vermont.
I don't like calling it Black Pale Ale because that's stupid.
I find the better examples pretty good in that they look darker than they taste, giving it an interesting juxtaposition.  More refreshing than a stout or a porter with just the tiniest bit of roast.  The ones I don't care for are the overly roasty ones.  The flavors just don't seem pleasant to me.
Yes, I too think it's a fad.  Last year it was IIPA, a couple of years ago everybody was making Saisons.  Before that it was wood-aged beers.  When will it be Ordinary Bitter?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:16:25 AM »
Be sure to ask the people who have organized the upcoming tests (West Palm and Melbourne) to let you know if a space becomes available.  We held an exam in Tampa in January and could have seated several more people.
As stated above, it's not difficult to schedule an exam on your own in your area.  There's a good pool of National and Master judges who would be available to host and proctor it.
Having the time ahead also gives you time to organize a study group....

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