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The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:05:32 PM »
That's half the fun and the neighborhood of course and the fact they only take cash. ;)

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:31:06 PM »
I'd fly across the country just to go to Tornado in San Fran right now. I've been to the San Diego location, close, but no cigar. ;)

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:27:08 PM »
My $0.02. Unless Los Angeles is the lowest cost flight or there is something there you are dying to see I would skip it and fly into the San Francisco area and head North from there. That would save at least 400 miles of driving through some dry arid country without much scenery other than farming operations and some old vine vineyards.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: malt in coffee roaster
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:49:24 AM »
I personally think it is going to be too hot. Roasted Barley does get up to 500F, but roast too much and you get fire. Chocolate is 300-400F or so and with coffee at 401F you are just hitting first crack. You aren't going to make crystal malt because that doesn't come from finished malt, it comes from allowing the kernel to sit at saccharification temps and then it is dried and kilned. So about all you can make is Chocolate or Black Patent and I wouldn't bother since your roaster is going to heat too fast.

Some quick links on malt:

The best chart for coffee is George Steinert's Degree of Roast/Temperature chart. I use it every time I roast and simply roast to temp instead of visual. Almost at the bottom of the page.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:33:12 AM »
And you are correct. Sierra Nevada in Mills River is the Taj Mahal of breweries in the US.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:47:51 AM »
Good to see you scratched the tip of the iceberg. Too bad about the Green Man brew, I've never found them to have an off beer, although some have been more boring than others. I just like the vibe of that place. With 12 in line at Sunny Point I would guess about a half hour wait. There is always a line there.

Put French Broad Chocolate Lounge as a must on your next visit as well as Highland, Pisgah, and Wedge. Clingman is steps away from Wedge and not far away is 12 bones, but they are closed until the end of the month and that location is only opened Mon - Fri.

Lemme know in advance when you plan to visit again and I'll see if we can make that jive with our schedule.

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:29:19 PM »
If you want to see anything like The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, or Mount Rushmore, keep in mind they are in the middle of nowhere and will require transportation.

The East tends to be heavily wooded while places like Arizona and portions of Utah don't have trees for miles.

I'd suggest you prioritize what you might like to see and then fill in with beer, food and a baseball game or games. For instance if you know you want to see the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco then we can pitch in an help with the rest. Now if you want to see The Grand Canyon your choices are going to be more limited, but you must spend at least a little time in Sedona if coming from the South. Even though it isn't a beer mecca it is a great area with all the red rocks.

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:14:52 AM »
It all depends upon what you want to do. I know you have a list, but honestly all you need for baseball is a major or minor league stadium. I'm not a fan, but do enjoy a good minor league game and those stadiums are everywhere.

You wanted food and that is not quite specific enough. In a metropolitan area you can get all kinds of restaurants from almost any ethnicity. In a smaller area you get regional cuisine.

As far as beer you cannot go wrong in several states. I tried to find a list by state, but every one I saw was wrong including this one:

FWIW - North Carolina is sitting at 125+ at the moment.

You will have to drive no matter where you go, the US is a big place and we don't have good public transportation.

Since beer and food is one of your goals I would suggest you fly into Charlotte, NC and then drive to Asheville, NC and spend at least a couple of days. The reason why is you can see several breweries in a very small area. Sierra Nevada is close by, Oskar Blues is close by, and New Belgium is under construction. From there you can visit many midsize all the way down to nano breweries. The food in the area ranges from local Southern to ethnic, there is not much white tablecloth, but there are some definite foodie joints. They have a minor league baseball team. The weather is never bad, sometimes rain can diminish the fun, but it typically doesn't hang out forever. Asheville is in the Mountains and within ~6 hours you could visit the beach from there. Asheville to Washington, DC is ~7 hours with much of it through some pretty mountain scenery. The NC beach to DC is about 6 hours, but the drive is not nearly as scenic, although Richmond, VA has some nice breweries and Green Flash should be settled in to the Tidewater area of VA soon. Also Stone is building a brewery in Richmond and I hear it may be in production by the end of the year.

California is a great place to visit, but it is a large state and not much is walkable. Washington and Oregon have a plethora of breweries as well. Wisconsin is very pretty in the spring and summer.

It all depends upon what you want to see. Washington, DC has the monuments, NYC is well, NYC, we have almost every climate under the sun at some point in the US and everything from flat land to mountain peaks.

Once you know kinda where you are heading I'm sure the group can put you on the right path or help with arrangements in the US.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:05:09 PM »
Looking forward to hearing where you went and what you thought. Hopefully the weather will be good for your visit to Ashevegas!

The Pub / Re: Uh-oh... Lagunitas is going after Sierra
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:22:53 PM »
I will say I never did see the Magic Hat BS with #9 and the 6, but I see the similarities in the two IPA's. Now would I mistake

Beer Travel / Re: ROAD TRIP!!!!!
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:47:24 AM »
If you do hit DB and all that jazz it mountainous and the weather can get dicey. But if you go check out Bold Rock Cidery and you may as well hit Starr Hill.

Rallies / Re: Wicked Weed AHA Rally 1/17
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:44:58 AM »
It can be pricey, but The Renaissance is right there and the majority of the breweries are walking distance.

As far as local taps I would suggest Barley's or upstairs at The Thirsty Monk. No one has a complete selection, but Mellow Mushroom tends to also do a good job with locals.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:42:33 AM »
Hi-Wire is my least favorite brewer, no, actually Altamont is my least favorite in Ashevegas.

Go to The Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf is a quiet place across from The Funkatorium, Catawba has a tasting room in Biltmore Village and you can hit French Broad not far away. Pisgah is a great brewery, make sure you go to Highland. I hear good things about Burial which is close to Green Man. One World (under Farm Burger) is putting out some good stuff. See if you can find Open Brewing.

I'd suggest a ride to Brevard to Oskar Blues might be fun.

Get some Ribs as 12 bones - go early. Get a dinner reservation at The Admiral, but do it ahead of time or it will sell out. Get in line at French Broad Chocolate Lounge and get whatever looks good because it is all good.

Shoot me a note if you need more.

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