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Great read, but I don't buy the ease of distribution position.  The different rules of varying jurisdictions alone are enough to prevent some smaller operators from trying to expand to other geographic markets.  But at least one used it as a marketing edge - New Glarus "Only in Wisconsin".  And their beers are solid.

New Glarus used to distribute in Chicago, but got fed up with the distributor shenanigans and went Wisconsin only. Their Moon Man APA is excellent, I'll be stocking up next week when I'm in Madison.

All Grain Brewing / Re: ? for Denny
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:47:30 PM »
Super heat a wok over your brewing hot is good.  Cut the figs in large pieces and toss them in.  Let them caramelize a bit, then deglaze with some of the beer from primary.  Put all of that in a secondary and rack the beer on top.

Yum!  Wok on Denny, Wok on!  8)

Unfortunately, you can't use the method in southern CA becasue nobody woks in LA!

That made me groan out loud. Well done!

Stan Hieronymus posted a link to this article last week, with this counterpoint as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraVienne / CaraRuby help...
« on: August 27, 2016, 07:42:18 AM »
Which shop was it, l've been trying to source CaraRuby to take a shot at the Watershed recipe from Denny's book. None of my usual spots carry it.

The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: July 23, 2016, 11:24:34 AM »
I've had an earlier model of this for at least six years and it's still going strong (I seriously can't remember when I bought it).

I don't use it every day, so maybe it wouldn't last as long under heavier use.

Bert Grant tried this years ago and got shot down by the BATF

I get sad when I think that Grant's just faded away after Bert died. Grant's Perfect Porter was an early favorite of mine.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 20, 2016, 02:54:16 PM »
checked baggage safe.
I didn't know that. I can bring home beer. Nice.
That's been my favorite thing about more breweries going to cans. I can bring home plenty of beer and not worry about breakage. I've checked bombers before, but I always worry they won't make it. And soak everything else in my bag.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:27:06 AM »
Absolutely agree. I don't buy beer in bottles anymore. Only cans.
I don't go that far, too much in bottles only I like.
Wish I could can at home.

There's a newish brewpub in Chicago that does 32oz cans to go. They have a cool gadget that I'm sure cost a ton of money, but it's fun to dream. It's a lot more convenient than hauling a growler, too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Tankard Ale
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:21:30 AM »
I like the new direction Pabst seems to be taking and I hope the OLD TANKARD becomes more widely available (I have yet to see it on draft anywhere here in NJ). 
It's really good to see a big brewer making a solid effort to make distinctive, quality brews...and succeeding so well at it.

I read today about their launch of Rainier Mountain Pale Ale in the Pacific Northwest

This seems like a really good niche to try to fill. I really like the fact they're bottling in 16oz pounders. That takes me back.

Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: June 10, 2016, 11:49:17 AM »
I hope you all realize that you're going to be burned at the stake at the next inquisition?

Just sayin...
What do inquisitors make these days?

Not very much, but they get nice red uniforms.

Ingredients / Nice hop comparison tool from YCH
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:44:31 AM »
This was new to me. The full details pages have a lot of info.

I had some great beers from Bairds while eating at Morimoto Asia in Downtown Disney last week.

The Angry Boy Brown Ale was fantastic.

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I found that at  aJapanese restaurant in Milwaukee. What a great beer.

The Pub / Re: The 2 B's
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:48:12 AM »
AT&T Park has a lot of good choices. Anchor has a pavilion in center field featuring their beers and spirits from Fritz Maytag's distillery. There are a lot of other choices at the various stands and wines by the glass as well. Nothing like that Safeco Field list, though.

Wrigley Field is locked into Anheuser Busch, so the best you can hope for is some Goose Island beers. I've seen reports of Matilda on tap, but haven't seen it. The Chicago beer scene is booming, so it's too bad they can't find some space to highlight the locals. US Cellular is supposed to have better choices, but that would mean you were at a White Sox game  ;D

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago Half Day
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:39:19 AM »
I've heard a lot about Revolution

The brewpub is great and has very good food. The brewery taproom is less crowded, but doesn't have food.

Here's great article about "Market Disruption" that suggests that Bud has been making the same mistakes as companies such as Kodak and Blockbuster

Hard to imagine a world without those blue cans of Bud Light littering the sides of the roads, but a boy can dream, can't he? ;)
That's an interesting piece, but they ignore the distribution advantage AB has.

2. Customers who use the product need to go to an inconvenient, centralized location.

There's lots of interesting beer happening near me, but I still have to travel to a big liquor store to get it. My local store is small and has a few locals and my grocery store still has most of its space devoted to the big boys and the craft brands they distribute, none of which are local.

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