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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:42:05 PM »
So it appears this is actually happening.

Working on an agenda with rough timing. Travel will be on foot, public transport, and/or Uber, basically get there however you can.

Not sure exactly how we will make this work out, I may share my location since I am confident the schedule will be altered somewhere during the process. I may post a Google Map live link to this thread so you can see where we are in the process. Also opened to suggestions.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville, do not see any 2018 updates
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:03:02 AM »
You can uber to Hops and back easily or drive out to it and back downtown. Their burgers are fantastic, but don't get one which is too crazy it doesn't allow the meat flavor to come through. Like once I had a BBQ which had BBQ on the burger and while tasty, a plain old burger with cheese and the usual suspects (bacon) is the cat's meow.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville, do not see any 2018 updates
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:51:06 PM »
For Greensboro there are a bunch in the area and unfortunately many I have not yet visited:
Brown Truck is a little south in High Point

In GSO you have:
Gibbs Hundred
Natty Greenes
Pig Pounders
Little Brother
Bulgarian Brewing Co

Beer Co is downtown as well and Mellow Mushroom typically has a strong tap list.

If you can get in, go to a Hops Burger location.

The Pub / Re: Doesn't this seem wrong somehow?
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:42:18 PM »
St. Bernardus to me says Westvleteren...I just have nightmares of seeing 12 in a can.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville, do not see any 2018 updates
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:59:18 PM »
Not universally so, but on the South Slope:
Green Man is typically English Ales
Catawba is American Ales
Burial is Saison, Sour, Belgian, and American
Twin Leaf is American
Hi-Wire is American
Ben's Tune Up is sake (and it is good!)
Bharami is all over the place
ABC is American
One World is all over the place

Tasty Beverage is a beer store beside Twin Leaf with drafts

There is one there I haven't been to yet:

Click on the map here:

The Pub / Doesn't this seem wrong somehow?
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:51:17 PM »
Saw a bottle shop post they had just gotten in some St. Bernardus. Looked at the photo and it was their Witbier in a can. Somehow this just seems wrong...

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville, do not see any 2018 updates
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:49:15 PM »
Where are you staying? Does it need to be walkable?

I'd make sure you trek out to Mills River and see Sierra Nevada. As far as the rest I have not seen many breweries will teenagers milling around. Certainly New Belgium wouldn't have an issue AFAIK with them being in the taproom or the deck. If you go over there, then cross the river and go to Wedge as they would fit your IPA and Stout bill.

If you like more traditional, then go to Dirty Jacks beside Green Man. It is still Green Man, but not all artsy fartsy Modern. Since you are there, go to Burial and also hit Catawba. All the breweries on the South Slope are mere minutes apart by foot. You could swing over to Ben's Tune Up and have some of their house made beer or Sake. Just beside it is Hi-Wire who is making some great stuff. As you were walking there you could also check out Twin Leaf. Bharami isn't far away either and if you walk up the hill you could always visit One World located underneath Farm Burger.

Since it is a single night, just go to the South Slope. The kids could hang out at French Broad Chocolate, see movie, or just people watch and smell.

Beer Travel / Re: Krakow
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:30:17 PM »
Tyskie is probably the PBR or for sure the Bud of Poland. I think it is 20% of the market and is actually quite tasty. Most restaurants had two to six taps and often 6-10 bottle offerings as well. It didn't dawn on me until your post I did not see most of what we see in the US while in Krakow.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:10:02 PM »
I keep thinking it could be used to keep a mash at temp or perhaps a warm temp for something brewing.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 15, 2018, 01:10:40 PM »
The issue I saw with it was the price point and a lack of complexity. I think in my neck of the woods it was closer to $60.

Beer Travel / Re: Krakow
« on: May 15, 2018, 01:40:21 AM »
One other thing to note. In Poland if you pay and say "thank you" it means keep the change. So if you had a 30zl bill and paid with a 50zl note and said TY they would assume you mean for them to keep the extra 20zl.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:33:04 AM »
I read some positive reviews and have seen a few bottles here and there of the Dark Rye. Of course now I have to try it. ;)

Saw a post on FB a county ABC store was having special bottles. Waited in line 3 hours and scored a Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel. They had the Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond, but at $110+tx it was a little rich for my blood.

Beer Travel / Re: Krakow
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:40:52 PM »
We stayed in the Jewish area of Krakow which is a bit of misnomer. Our driver to Auschwitz told us there were no more than 200 Jewish people in Krakow which seemed really low. I checked online and found estimates of 30,000 currently in Poland out of a total population of 40,000,000 so less than 1%. With a Krakow population of 760,000 that would be more like 6,000. I am not of Jewish descent, but wanted to visit Auschwitz and knew little to nothing about Krakow before visiting. After visiting the question on my mind is why doesn't everyone visit. It's an interesting and beautiful city with a thriving food and beer culture and plenty to do and all of it inexpensive.

FWIW - Our flights to get there from Paris (CdG) were $300 each including trip insurance.

Beer Travel / Re: Krakow
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:01:52 PM »
Not sure why more people haven't chosen this as a destination. We decided to go as a tie in to a trip to Paris, mainly as a place to stay while visiting Auschwitz. Krakow has a thriving craft beer scene, but the beers IMO are where the US was 15-20 years ago. I suspect it is due to issues sourcing ingredients. But let's discuss Krakow first. The city was not devastated by WWII the way Warsaw was leveled. As such it has all the old world charm you find in portions of Paris or Brussels/Brugge. We stayed in the Kazimierz area and just by dumb luck our hotel (Hotel Karmel) was smack dab in the middle of it and within a two-three block radius we had our choice of restaurants and bars all of which were fantastic. The other main area is Old Town and that is a 20 minute walk from the middle of Kazimierz and we barely scratched the surface of it.

Most every restaurant or bar had a beer on and and if nothing else it was a local Pilsner which was quite clean and refreshing. Often the beers would have names like IPA or West Coast IPA (I found that amusing) and at best they were pale ales. Often ales would have issues with diacetyl, but I did not find any to have contamination or sanitation issues out of anything I tried. It was apparent the hops were not exactly what we would use. I suspect they either used what was available so the bitterness and hop flavors were more rounded, or they had imported hops and the hops had suffered making the journey. Because of the diacetyl issues from more than one brewery I think their ale yeast selections must also be limited. We did not actually go to any brewery in the area, but there are several. We found two craft beer bars each within two blocks of the hotel. Craftownia has something like 18 taps and I think all but two were local. Omerta has two craft beer bars each with about 15 taps and about 60% were local.

Most of the time the beers come in two sizes, 25cl and 50cl. The price varies, but a 25cl in most places is 6-8zl, and a 50cl is 7-10zl. Now here is where it gets crazy. At Craftownia we had several drinks and some water and spent 38zl which equates to $10.76. It is important to remember to tip in Poland using cash. Even when you pay with a card have some cash for tip. Also keep in mind that 10zl note is $2.81 (@ today's exchange rate). We had a fairly large meal with beers, pierogies, and sausage for 60zl ($16.99). We ate at a "high end" restaurant one night and our bill without tip was 81zl or $22.60. One breakfast was a huge omelet, scrambled egg with tomato and onion, and four coffees which was 31zl or $9.06 so I gave her a 10zl tip. Eventually I just took money out of the ATM and paid in local currency, but made sure we used it all up before we left other than a few coins. The Polish currency looks like Euro so don't mix up the two if you are traveling there.

You can walk the entire city if you desire. We left our hotel and went to the Jewish Ghetto, Schindler's factory, back to Wawel castle, Old Town, and back to Kazimierz in a day. Uber is plentiful and they also have a tram system which appears to become very congested at times on certain routes. We didn't have time to give that a whirl.

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