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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:46:01 AM »
Wisconsin has a bunch of small breweries that are putting out some great stuff. I've had good beers from Ale Asylum, Central Waters, and O'so, to name a few. Lakefront in Milwaukee has a great coffee stout and their brewery tour is a lot of fun.

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Double Cream Stout is some tasty stuff. I always look forward to seeing it, even if that means it's winter  :(  Their Java Stout is very good, but pricey.

I really like Oberon, but I like wheat beers.

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The Pub / Re: Airline surcharge....
« on: August 22, 2011, 06:14:39 PM »
That would be pretty sweet! I mean, not the impending doom and disaster........But I could make a trip in the U.S. God knows I'm back and forth across the country enough. About once every four weeks. I really wanted to go south after Katrina, but stupid full time job got in the way. Now, I'm free to start my own "Weaze Cross". (or Red Weaze?  :-\ )
I'd go with Weaze Cross. I'd see a doctor if I had Red Weaze : ;D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Timothy Taylor Landlord Best Bitter
« on: August 21, 2011, 06:52:18 AM »
On cask in an English pub.  Will say more later.
That's the only way I've ever had it, too.  I remember the pub, but I can't remember exactly where it was.  That trip was ten years ago.
I remember my last pint of Landlord quite vividly. The pub was The Barrels in Berwick-upon-Tweed. As we were walking in, a local was coming out. He told us "You've made the right decision". Indeed. Landlord on cask is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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I'm brewing a tripel in the morning and if all goes well, an amber in the afternoon. Lake Michigan is pushing 80 at the beaches, so I think I'm going to need to break out the ice water recirculating pump setup.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:28:27 AM »
I challenge everyone who has posted in this thread to travel to western Colorado and try the brews at "Rockslide Brewery."  I can guarantee you that it will top your "never again" list.  The funny part is that for decade(s) it was our only brewpub.  Now locals think that beer is supposed to taste like that.  Thank god for homebrew and one newer brewpub that makes very solid though non adventurous brews. 
Well at least the drive from Denver will be pretty. That stretch of I-70 has to be the most scenic piece of Interstate system.

There's a new Chicago brewery that I've had exactly one beer from. It was an IPA that was overly sweet and astringent to the point of undrinkable. I want to support new breweries but I'm hesitant to try anything else.

Not Half Acre, is it?

Argus. I really want to like them, their brewery is in the old Schlitz stable in Pullman (which dates from the 1900s) and I go past it twice a day on the train. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.

All the Half Acre beers I've had have been good. Their Double Daisy Cutter is excellent.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:19:21 AM »
I challenge everyone who has posted in this thread to travel to western Colorado and try the brews at "Rockslide Brewery."  I can guarantee you that it will top your "never again" list.  The funny part is that for decade(s) it was our only brewpub.  Now locals think that beer is supposed to taste like that.  Thank god for homebrew and one newer brewpub that makes very solid though non adventurous brews. 
Well at least the drive from Denver will be pretty. That stretch of I-70 has to be the most scenic piece of Interstate system.

There's a new Chicago brewery that I've had exactly one beer from. It was an IPA that was overly sweet and astringent to the point of undrinkable. I want to support new breweries but I'm hesitant to try anything else.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 01:53:54 PM »
Tried this last week while in Michigan and I am not sure it is even a beer.  It was more like a beer syrup used to induce a gagging reflex.  The waitress asked us how we liked it and was shocked when the four of us sent it back and called it horrible.
I've never tried it, but their Berry Weiss is described as Fruity Pebbles in a glass.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 10:19:37 AM »
I attempted to drink Dave's Cave Creek Chili beer twice.  Truly awful the first time.  A few years later pretty much the same the second time.
I was going to say that ;D

I may get some flack for this, but Fat Tire is something I never need to have again. Too much biscuit to it. I like lots of other New Belgium beers, but I won't buy another folly pack because of the Fat Tire.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Marston's Banks's mild
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:45:12 PM »
Do you know about Jim's Beer Kit, Phil? Top notch homebrew forum in the UK. I've gotten lots of good info from there. No recipe for you, though.
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/

According to a poster there, it's in Graham Wheeler's "Brew Your Own British Real Ale" as Banks's Original
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=30078&p=325145#p325145

OG 1.036
97.5% Pale Malt
2.5% Black Malt

25 IBU
Bitter with Fuggles, a small amount of Goldings at 10 minutes. No guesses at yeast, which is the biggest drawback of the book.
It does have a bunch of mild recipes so it might be worth looking around for.

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The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 13, 2011, 06:00:30 AM »
I was hoping that this thread would lead to people putting up corny jokes:

A horse walks into a bar and orders a beer.
The bartender looks at the horse and says, "Hey buddy, why the long face?"   ::)

Comic Sans walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve your type."

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The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 04:23:12 AM »
Newsweek is dying a slow death, from what I can tell, so they're doing anything they can to get attention. Witness the cover from awhile back that had a photoshopped princess Di walking with Kate Middleton. They are getting attention, but I doubt they're selling more magazines.

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My wife and I are going to Philly and NYC for a few days.  I'm looking forward to some beer/pub research.
If you don't have Monk's Cafe in Philly on your list, add it.

I'll be bottling a dubbel and making a starter for next week, assuming I can figure out a day to brew next week. I've got a tube of WLP500 in the fridge that's begging to be turned into a tripel.

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American Community Survey

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Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 06, 2011, 03:44:21 PM »
I'd also go to Three Floyds off of I-80 near the Indiana/Illinois border
Three Floyds makes great beers but their brewpub/restaurant is tiny. You can end up waiting a long time for a seat, and you have to wait outside without a beer in your hand. >:( It's also in an industrial park with nothing else nearby. A nice place to visit, but be prepared.

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