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The Pub / Re: ZOMBIES!
« on: May 19, 2011, 11:04:47 AM »
I saw this garden sculpture yesterday. I don't think the wife would go for it, but I thought it was pretty funny.

Beer Travel / Re: Arkansas, Chicago, NYC
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:07:05 AM »
Revolution Brewing in Chicago. I got to finally check them out a couple weeks ago. Great beer and food. If you want to travel out to the burbs of Chicago, check out Two Brothers Brewing. I might be able to meet up with you for a couple beers when you're in town, just let me know when.

Ah yeah I forgot about those guys! How is Piece these days? When I went there a few times back when I lived in Chicago I loved it.
Haven't been to Piece in a while, but I'm sure they're still cranking out great beers and pizza. You should make your way there as well.

I skip Piece and go to Revolution. It's only a couple more stops on the Blue Line and I love the place. Also a lower hipster quotient than Piece, which makes me feel old when I walk in. You must have the bacon popcorn at Revolution.

Brewing my tweaked Ranger inspired IPA tomorrow. Probably scrubbing bottles, too. Which is still better than scraping and painting the basement.

Beer Travel / Re: Washington, D.C. area and the Delaware coast!
« on: May 10, 2011, 01:45:32 PM »

In DC there's RFD, ChurchKey, and the other usual suspects you'll find highly rated on Beer Advocate... they have good beer, but you're going to pay for it.
Churchkey is well worth a visit, but get there early. I love that they have 4oz pours and 4-5 cask ales. I went there for lunch when I was in DC for a conference and was able to try 3 beers and still function during my afternoon meetings  ;D

Right on Jake! On a related note, virtually every time I look at who's online on this board, the guests outnumber members! C'mon peeps, quit treating nickels like manhole covers and join up!  8)
I'm fairly sure that refers to registered users of the forum online versus unregistered users, not AHA member status.

Beer Recipes / Re: Bert Grant's Perfect Porter
« on: May 07, 2011, 03:23:50 PM »
I brewed the recipe johnf linked and it came out really nice. It had been ages since I'd had the original so I can't say how good a clone it is, but I really enjoyed it. The peat is pretty subtle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:42:32 PM »
I name all mine and make silly labels for the boxes I store them in. Most of my names are based on the inspiration beer or style, and are often bad jokes. Except for porters, which I started giving names with monkeys based on a running joke that our cat wanted a monkey butler.

Some of my recent beers:
You're No Fun Anymore Barleywine  (a very convoluted Bigfoot reference)
Monkeys Aweigh Porter  (Anchor clone)
Brevity  (a witbier)
Her Highness, Her Highness Imperial Stout (Blackadder Reference)

My favorite is a beer based on Jennings (northwest England) World's Biggest Liar: Pants on Fire

Equipment and Software / Re: All electric brewing system
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:17:55 AM »
Home Brew Talk has a sub-forum just for electric brewing. I've browsed there for some ideas, but it's mostly just idle curiosity at this point.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:24:33 AM »
Brad Smith's BeerSmith Blog
Thanks Fred, that looks really nice. I think the new interface will take a little getting used to, but it looks like it will be a big improvement.

The Pub / Re: What Has Happened to Education?
« on: April 24, 2011, 12:53:52 PM »
I think, at least in the newspaper example, what you're seeing is the devalution of proper editing. Publishers used to have editors that actually read and digested a writer's output, providing corrections and suggestions. These days that's just too expensive.


Editors are the bane of a writer's existence.  Too often editors are little more than heavy-handed critics with red pens.

(It's great to be able to write that without fear of being edited!)

I hope I'm not the only one who noticed that that post has been edited.

The Pub / Coop Brewery opening in Seattle
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:02:13 PM »

I love the idea of this but seems like it could turn into a too many cooks kind of thing. I'd probably be in for the $150 if I still lived in Seattle, though (although I was a poor graduate student when I did live there)

The Pub / Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:24:03 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.

The Pub / Re: Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:23:00 PM »
What do you think would happen if anyone of us got caught doing that?

Maybe sleeping it off behind bars.

What a maroon!
Yeah, I lost a ton of respect for him.
Also the Chicago Tribune. This was one of their top breaking stories this morning. I guess Charlie Sheen hasn't done anything for a few days.

I buy a lot less in general but when a seasonal favorite is around, I buy much more. SN Celebration, in particular.

My LHBS is also a bottle shop so I'll often buy random bombers and singles when I'm buying grain

First one after the yeast is pitched.
My strategy, too. It's a nice reward to look forward to.

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