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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Young's Double Chocolate Stout
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:55:52 PM »
Young's Wandsworth brewery closed but they formed a joint venture with Charles Wells. All their beers are  brewed in Bedford at the Wells brewery

The Pub / Hiram Walker's warehouse in 1900
« on: September 23, 2010, 08:15:13 AM »
Cool picture from a site I like to visit:

Tons of super hi-res old pictures are posted there. Here's another one for Blatz:

And a commuter station in Chicago I pass through regularly

The Pub / Re: Brewpubs that serve BMC
« on: September 16, 2010, 07:44:18 PM »
This debate is framed in a vacuum as far as I'm concerned.  I can't say I've ever been to a brewpub that serves BMC.  Seems highly unusual.  I guess others have, based on comments.

My local brewpub had a Miller Lite tap for years. The brewer finally convinced the owners to drop that for a guest tap a few years ago. He was still stuck with having two fruit beers on all the time, though, as the owners insisted. A lot of this is driven by the local demographics. Their American wheat is their best seller by a long way, I'm told.

I dunno, I'm kind of enjoying my armchair publican role here.

For that matter, have you ever seen other micros on tap (other than guest brews, collborative brews, or the like) at a brewpub? I haven't. And if you ran a brewpub, would you have a tap for Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, or Stone? I wouldn't.
The local has had an interesting range of guest beers, including a firkin of Surly Darkness one splendid night. My goodness, that's a great beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 16, 2010, 07:33:12 PM »
DIPA on Sunday. I gave the missus a taste of a commercial DIPA last weekend and she demanded that I brew one for. She's a keeper  :)

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 14, 2010, 04:15:02 AM »
John Cage, the scourge of actual musicians everywhere!  :D

His prepared piano stuff can be mildly interesting at times.  But 4'33" is just annoying that it is considered so insightful or artistic.  OK, quelling rant...

This should get you going again:

I know one of the guys involved in this. He's nuts, obviously.

The Pub / Re: Wha...????
« on: September 01, 2010, 07:38:22 PM »
Here was the guys demands.... by the way, bfi, check in please.

:D :D

Ingredients / Re: Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« on: September 01, 2010, 10:28:06 AM »
Has anyone used the domestic Challengers? I like them a lot as a late hop and I'd love to be able to buy a pound at Hops Direct prices. But only if the flavor is similar enough to the imports.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring a Pint, Brit-style
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:51:57 AM »
Good summary of the UK law on Wikipedia

I have seen glasses there with a line indicating where a pint is, which avoids the overflow issue your friend encountered. Wiki makes it sound like those are less common than they used to be.

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: August 30, 2010, 07:57:55 AM »
Going to be in London this weekend, friday-sunday, anyone want to meet for a pint? Any suggestions for great pubs/restaurants? Best bottled beer to bring back to the wife? is a great source for finding pubs by area or Tube station. A lot will depend on where you're staying -- London's a big place.

Beer Recipes / Re: Brew Your Own British Real Ale...Crystal?
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:50:36 PM »
Here's a quote from Graham Wheeler himself, halfway down the page. Complete with some typical ratings from British maltsters
80L is a good guess, but it can vary, as he points out

Divide EBC by 2 (1.97, to be exact) to get Lovibond


Another person posted that smaller quantities - single bags, etc. will be directed to Brewcraft. I like/liked buying from Mid-Country b/c they are only ten mins. from my house!

Me too! I hope the prior customer thing holds up for a bit, although I bought a couple of sacks last month. What's funny was that was the first time I saw them selling less than sack amounts of grain off the dock at MCM, They said they had started that recently so this seems like an abrupt change for the company.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:14:42 PM »
Gato Blanco Brewery, in honor of our mostly white cat.

Individual beers get silly names or references to the beer that inspired them, like Broken Hearted Ale for when Bell's pulled out of Illinois -- thank goodness that didn't last.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: STROH'S?
« on: August 14, 2010, 06:55:15 AM »
Here's a pretty good article about the old regional breweries. It's from 2008, so some of the info is probably out of date.

Rainier gets a bit of a bad rap in there. They sold "Ale" in green bottles, which was the Green Death, a high ABV malt liquor that tasted nasty but was a cheap way to get hammered. They had a decent lager that I preferred to BMC back in the pre-craft days in Utah

The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 12, 2010, 07:43:54 PM »
s***s, we can say s*** here cool

I wonder if f##k goes through because f##k is a bad assed word.

I know Denny f##kin Conn likes to include it in posts if the opportunity arises
You're sounding like you've had one too many pumpkin beers :)

If SWMBO concurs, I'll be doing a double-dog-dare brew day on Sunday:

Brew 1: Fetchez la Vache - a Biere de Garde - Mash in at 9:00; boil by 11:00
Brew 2: Vader - Cascadian Dark Ale - Mash in at 11:30; boil by 1:30

Gotta have some fall/winter brews on tap!  ;D


I've done double brews the last few times I've brewed and it's not so bad, once you get the rhythm figured out.

I've got an IPA to bottle that's been dry-hopping for a couple of weeks. The gravity samples have been tasting great.

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