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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's Tripel
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:34:53 AM »
I generally try to sample the beers I have not had before, but most people go to the store and are swayed by the labels. If you are a brewery or ever dream of opening one, I'll guarantee a good name for the brewery and decent packaging/art can take you further than a poorly chosen name and bland packaging. If you set a Stone bottle next to a Great Divide bottle, most people would grab the Stone if they knew nothing about the beer, and much as we liked to geek out about it, the vast majority of the consumers know little about the beer...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's Tripel
« on: October 01, 2010, 02:29:55 PM »
I just picked The Bruery label because it was the first one I came across without the bottle showing. Pick ANY tripel label and simply based on appearance most would choose whatever vs the Great Divide labels.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's Tripel
« on: October 01, 2010, 05:15:40 AM »
I believe Great Divide is often underrated or overlooked and believe it or not I think it is due to the blandness of the labels. I'm not a label kinda guy, but many are.

If you had the choice between these two and knew nothing about them, which would you choose?

Their labels are almost like the generics from the 70's which just said BEER. Thank goodness enough of us look past the label to find out what is inside the bottle.

As far as their Tripel, not confident I have had it, I'll have to give it a whirl.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Young's Double Chocolate Stout
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:39:22 AM »
While I have not had it in awhile, at times it would be somewhat thin and other times manna from heaven. I prefer to remember the latter times...  ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:34:51 AM »
I don't even begin to understand all the mechanisms of aroma and taste, but it could be some people do not perceive the garlic and onions and for others it is overwhelming. I'm certainly of the latter variety and if Gubna was offered to me for free I would pass...YMMV.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Use
« on: September 15, 2010, 04:38:23 PM »
I take the initial heat out with water from my rainbarrel and then switch to a recirculating ice bath. Still uses the water in the ice, but that is about it. Now the problem is I have to pump in both cases and while it saves water, it surely is an electrical hog.

Beer Travel / Re: Charlotte, NC
« on: September 15, 2010, 07:27:09 AM »
You're kidding right? It's a chain and last time I checked the beer list didn't have anything to offer.

If he want's higher end chain then there is no better than Brio Tuscan Grille at South Park. The food is always excellent, the wine list is very good, but beer could use some assistance. For that matter, they could not do much better than Pewter Rose if in it for food. Not a chain, excellent food...

Beer Travel / Re: Charlotte, NC
« on: September 15, 2010, 06:28:22 AM »
Charlotte is a large city and the places worth visiting have some distances between them and it depends upon what you are after. I'd suggest you map out the addresses, some are new and may not appear with correct addresses on some of the mapping sites.

Here's a short list of bars/restaurants:
The Flying Saucer - a wall of beer and so so food -
Mac's Speed Shop - multiple locations, best is Steele Creek - well chosen beer and great BBQ -
Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse - 60 or so great beers on draft, never a loser -
Taco Mac - I've not been, in a trendy area with 100+ drafts, but I've been told craft is only a small percentage -
The Liberty - Gastropub, have not checked it out yet, hear good things -
Revolution Pizza & Ale House - excellent food and a great draft list -
-There are also Mellow Mushroom and Brixx locations, but to be honest I've not found their selections to be worth my time if on a beer quest. (FWIW - mellow was at one time in Charlotte and then the owner lost his franchise so they are just now coming back and I have not heard anything about their new places good or bad)
If you want a dive, you might want to try the Moosehead Grill, the food is good and inexpensive and they generally have at least 10 good drafts.

Brewpub - only one in Charlotte proper
Rock Bottom - part of Gordon Biersch chain, brewer is skilled and always has a fine beverage
Hops Matthews - I've not been to this location, most of the chain is defunct, but I hear this brewer's pales and IPA's are worth the trek -

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery - nice taphouse, authentic German beers -
Four Friends Brewery - just started distributing, not sure their tap room is complete, check them on FaceBook for more complete information, their website isn't timely -

Beer Stores
Brawley's Beverage - tell Mike Brawley I sent you (Mike Dixon) and also that you are from out of town. He will probably pull out some goodies. If you go nowhere else, go here -
Total Wine has good beer selections at all their locations, but instead purchase most from Brawley's -
Common Market - has a small selection, but a good one the last time I went in -

Any questions, just ask...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saranac Pale Ale
« on: September 11, 2010, 02:28:17 PM »
I cannot recall ever having Saranac in any form other than bottles. Still not a fan, of course that should be clear by now  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you blend your beers.
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:35:41 AM »
Take a glass or glasses and a measuring cup and just record what the amounts are of each beer or flavor you are blending and then blend in the keg by the same ratio. You do need to have an idea of what might be best and then a few trials can test the theory. Let's say I am blending beer A and B. You can put out 5 glasses and of A put in 1oz, 2,3,4,5 and then fill each to the 6oz level. Then figure out which is best and go from there. You will have used 15oz of each of the beers (less than a pint each) for the trials.

If I am adding a flavoring I add it to taste in a glass and then calculate the amount for the full keg.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saranac Pale Ale
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:54:03 AM »
The High Peaks? I found it alcoholic and a bit harsh. Just not a Saranac fan...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Devil Dancer
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:10:38 AM »
I don't believe it has rye.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew club off flavors discussion
« on: September 08, 2010, 03:59:55 PM »
As should have been clear when I said "BJCP Members"... ;)

AHA members can still get the kits from Siebel, but AFAIK they will not get any reduction in price and will have to pay for shipping.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew club off flavors discussion
« on: September 08, 2010, 05:21:24 AM »
The kits are now available to BJCP members, one per person per year for $50. The details are on the BJCP website:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:47:37 AM »
BINGO, we have a winner.

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