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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 It's from 2008, so some of the info is probably out of date.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.

The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 12, 2010, 02:19:36 PM »
Dave's Cave Creek Chile beer.  I tried twice.
Drat, you beat me to it. I can't remember if I finished the one bottle a friend gave me.

I had a pretty nasty spruce beer once, but the brewer admitted he was just screwing around with that.

The Pub / Re: Used to be good...
« on: August 10, 2010, 06:11:38 PM »
Redhook - ESB and Ballard Bitter (whatever the hell they call it now). 

back in the late 90s I used to drive all around town to find those two beers.  I can't even stomach the ESB anymore.

Maybe my tastes changed, but I also wonder if the recipe changed.
The Ballard Bitter definitely changed, even before they dropped that name. Sad day for me, as that was a real local connection. Of course Ballard has changed completely, too, but I digress.

I remember Bass Ale being pretty good before they got bought out, but it was rare that I drank it. I had it on cask once, pre-buyout, near Stoke, and it was out of this world. Last time I had it, it was a serious meh.

The bar thing is a good idea, but remember you are going to have to pay for a liq. lic. Definitely think about teaming it up awith another related business. There's a homebrew shop in Nashville, TN that is a Garden/Homebrew shop. Their HB shop only takes up about 1/4 of the store but there are always homebrewers in there buying stuff and it is a well supplied store.

Good luck to you!

Shouldn't garden be in quotes?  ::)
There is a successful guy here in Chicagoland running the same type of operation. They are up to 5 good sized locations now.

I figure I'm under surveillance by somebody whenever I visit one of their places.  ::)

Some kind of IPA and a Brune based roughly on Maredsous 8 on Monday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: homebrew shop
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:29:13 AM »
Will you be able to sell beer as well? My LHBS started out as a bottle shop and stocked a few kits. They've expanded to a pretty good selection of stuff but I'll bet they still make more money on beer and wine.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 03, 2010, 04:38:01 AM »
Yup, apparently Drew has too much free time. I would imagine it'll be a moving target - since no one will ever actually catch up to Denny, they'll just keep moving the goalposts.

I like that idea, it will keep people guessing

The Pub / "The Denny Level"
« on: August 02, 2010, 02:15:44 PM »
I noticed Denny's posting level is now The Denny Level, LOL. I assume that's for over 2000 posts, which gives us all something to which to aspire.

I bottled a batch of Skotrat's Traquair House clone on Thursday. The bit left over in the bucket tasted out of this world good.

 I'm about to bottle an English Pale that had elderflowers added at 10 minutes left in the boil. I'm not sure how it will taste but my wife likes elderflowers.

Yeah, I have to agree. Had it again last night for the second time and I just don't really care for it much. Strange to say as well, but I am not sure I understand what is going on flavor wise. Certainly not a bad beer, but just not something I look for. Love most of their other offering though.
Oberon is as much about the end of winter as anything else, even though it comes out April 1 while it's still winter round these parts :D Lots of bars in Chicago have release parties as a sign of spring.
I enjoy it on a hot, humid afternoon, but I usually have one and move on to other things.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Rally - Goose Island
« on: July 31, 2010, 06:55:12 AM »
It's never taken me that long - outside of a pileup somewhere. I heard on the news last night that since it was the last Friday of the month, there's this HUGE gathering of cyclists that gather downtown basically to cause chaos. They totally screw up the traffic, on purpose.
I've been an avid cyclist for 20+ years, but I have no use for those guys.I get what they're trying to get across, but they annoy people more than anything else.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Rally - Goose Island
« on: July 31, 2010, 06:00:12 AM »
Well, after 2.5hours in traffic absolutely sucking the life out of me (and not in a good way) I turned around and went home.
I expected to be there between six and six-thirty, but once seven-thirty rolled around and I still had a way to go - I quit.

Chicago - come for the pizza stay cuz of traffic!
Yeah, Friday night is not the best for getting into the city. I didn't go, as tempting as the lineup was. If it had been Saturday afternoon, I was all over it.

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