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Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 12:32:54 PM »
Ya gotta go to Whip In and to Black Star Co-op. I had a good time at Red's Porch and they also have a Flying Saucer, but I had a better time at Gingerman when we were there last spring.

Beer Travel / Re: Madison, Wisconsin
« on: February 05, 2013, 12:28:47 PM »
Great Dane, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie this list goes on.

Beer Travel / Re: top ten brewing cities
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:21:05 PM »
I scratching my head over the Asheville portion. Highland is one of the oldest, but I'm not sure why he focused on French Broad. Anyway, one of the criteria was "nationally recognized breweries" and Asheville ain't got 'em. Pisgah tends to get a bit of beer geek press, but in reality they don't distribute much outside of Buncombe County and NC has 100 counties. We did have one mediocre brewery close recently, but several others are opening. Anyway, fine with me Asheville is off his list, more for me without the rest of the world coming to town. ;)

If you are going, here is the local and surrounding area brewery list for Asheville:
Asheville Brewing (2 locations)
Blue Mountain Pizza
Brevard Brewing
Catawba Valley
Dry County
French Broad
Frog Level
Green Man
Olde Hickory
Oskar Blues
Southern Appalachian
Thirsty Monk South
Tipping Point Tavern
Wicked Weed

Coming in the next two years:
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:14:47 PM »
Anyway, I booked my hotel on points. Thanks for pointing out the information was available. I still think waiting to announce the hotel is BS. It's fine to not make a block of rooms available until a particular date, but knowing the hotel/local allows planning and for folks like myself who stay in a hotel most of the year the ability to use points to book a room.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shelf Life of Grain
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:05:50 PM »
I've never seen a drop off of flavor or a problem with grains that are, shall we say, well aged.

If time permits I hope to bring a beer or two to Philly. If mine make the cut for the club you can be the judge if old grains (properly stored) make good beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Albion Ale
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:05:13 PM »
Cracked open one of these last night. At first I was a bit put off by the simplicity ...

Wow.  Are palates really becoming so jaded that simplicity and balance  are offputting?
I'm much more put off these days by so many new brews coming out that just overdo  everything,  resulting in a muddled mess. 

Did you read the blog or the rest of my sentence?

Commercial Beer Reviews / New Albion Ale
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:53:31 PM »
Cracked open one of these last night. At first I was a bit put off by the simplicity and then I started to think about what was around in the late 70s for a fledgling commercial brewer without anyone else to help and it became clear to me the beer would be basic, simple and tasty. Getcha some.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tank #7
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:40:18 PM »
Found it on draft yesterday, a fantastic beer!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ten Fidy!
« on: December 30, 2012, 03:22:13 PM »
I now live close (4 hours) to Oskar Blues as well. Of course I haven't moved ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ten Fidy!
« on: December 29, 2012, 01:31:24 PM »
I've had it on two separate occasions from the can where it was horrible. The acetadehyde would knock your socks off. I've also had it when it was great. It's been quite some time since I purchased any, perhaps I should give it another go.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:01:30 PM »
I saw these in Total Wine in a gift set in case you really hate someone and fruitcake is too good for them. Looks like even Crispin knows how awful Lansdowne is since it doesn't appear in the gift pack.  ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bear Republic Racer X
« on: December 21, 2012, 01:58:17 PM »
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 / Re: Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 18, 2012, 02:59:52 PM »
I will say I have no idea how long these ciders had been around or how they were handled prior to hitting my local store, but they were refrigerated during the period they were there.

Tom, if you can choke down a bottle of Lansdowne you are the man. I immediately headed to the sink and spit it out. Envision cider, fermented with stout yeast and molasses added. I think I puked a little in my mouth describing it. ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:47:03 PM »
The Trappist is The Saint.

For the rest of you folks, Crispin makes other ciders, be sure we are talking about the same ones which are detailed in the blog post. They are about $7 per bottle.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Crispin Artisanal Ciders
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:15:38 PM »
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.

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