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Commercial Beer Reviews / Bear Republic Racer X
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:58:17 AM »
Since it was the end of the world I figured it was time to open a bottle of Racer X. Maybe that is what kept the Mayans at bay, or is that supposed to happen tonight?

Really nice Double IPA. The hops were night as bright as some of the other west coast doubles, but still a great malt backbone and a tasty beverage!

I actually just found the receipt, $8.49 for the bomber, looks like I got it on December 3 and it was at a store in Richmond, VA.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:15:38 AM »
I happened upon three of these at my local store. Don't waste your time, two of the three absolutely sucked and the third, The Saint, was only passable IMO.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Duvel Rustica
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:33:13 AM »
From Ommegang, pretty darn delicious. Think of the Belgian version with a more earthy and rustic character. Getcha some!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:39:19 AM »
Had this beer last night and enjoyed it immensely. Of course if the bottle had not told me there was pumpkin in there I would have thought it was a Saison or more precisely a Grisette. The price of admission was a little steep, but it was pretty tasty. Of course I have NEVER had a pumpkin beer where the pumpkin was showcased and I'm not convinced pumpkin in and of itself has much aroma and flavor character in finished beer.  ;D

Homebrew Clubs / Very proud of CARBOY!
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:34:20 AM »
Words don't express how proud I am of CARBOY (Cary-Apex-Raleigh Brewers Of Yore), our local homebrewing club. I had nothing to do with this particular event, but much of the rest of the club participated and helped with all the organization. In the end the bottle auction held on Saturday raised almost $15,000 to help one of our members who had an accident which damaged his spinal cord.

The photos from the event are here:

If you care to make a contribution to Jarrad's recovery fund the information is here:

There are rumblings we may make this an annual charitible event.

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It should be noted another NC club, CBM, has donated a total of over $350,000 to charity and civic organizations since 2001 starting with a $1,000 donation in 2001

All Things Food / The Art of Fermentation
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:26:09 AM »
Sandor Katz has out a new book, getcha some.

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:35 AM »
The home page has several document links which should answer most questions.

The exam structure document in particular.

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Just for fun

Commercial Beer Reviews / Zombie Killer
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:37:17 AM »
Not really a review, but a great choice to accompany the season finale of TWD. Very nice cherry cyser.

All Things Food / Ninja 1100
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:06:20 PM »
Just picked up a Ninja 1100 Kitchen System at Costco for $94. We already have something that will do everything it will, but I figured for less than 100 beans what the heck. Anyone else got one and any experience with this beast?

General Homebrew Discussion / Batch 500
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:40:55 PM »
No, not me.

We have a local homebrewer who only makes extract batches and brewed his 500th batch on February 28, 2012. Someone checked some old notes and found he discussed batch 295 back on October 14, 1998. So 205 batches in 13 years 4 months. Using rough math that comes out to 160 months or a batch every 3 weeks.

That's impressive!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Newcastle Founder's Ale
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:02:55 PM »
I had not heard of this one, but it was on at the pub tonight. According to the beer menu it was first available in the US on 1/12/12. I don't have a regular Newcastle for comparison, but it appears to ne the same color. They served it really cold (though not a frosted glass). Seems drier that the regular and just a tad more bitter. More of an English Pale Ale than a brown and I get just a very slight bit of diacetyl, but it is not detrimental to the flavor at all.

Wish I had not had a Celebration to start the night, but this might fall in line as a nice bitter. I just noticed the ABV is listed at 4.8%. Very quaffable, but certainly a session beer.

I thought when it hit the table it was gonna be a brown, what a surprise to find a bitter. Anyonw tried it with a clean palate?

PS: excuse my spelling, working off my phone.

The Pub / Beer Hunter: The Movie - Kickstarter
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:23:06 AM »
I haven't seen anyone post about this, perhaps I missed it.

They need another 20K by the end of January. C'mon, for 60 beans you can get the movie, a T-shirt and credit in the film...C'mon!!!

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