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Hops Direct's site says they're starting to release pellets on Monday, Oct. 24, 2010. I hope that's a typo ;D

The Pub / Re: Farewell to my pal...
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:20:18 AM »
My condolences Ron, I'll raise a pint of something black tonight.

The Pub / Re: Back in the USA
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:19:48 AM »
Yes and yes to hop leaf AND map room. Can't wait. We're going to Milwaukkee as well if anyone wants to meet up at Northern Brewer. Sad that there's not much in the way of fresh beer to be found in Saline or Faulkner counties.
Before/after the Map Room, head to Revolution. They are brewing some seriously good beers and have a lot of guest taps. If you're lucky they'll have their porter on cask.

I'm waiting on placing my big order until HD puts their pellets on sale. 


I bought several pounds from FH but want to get several more from HD. Anyone know when they will have their 2011 pellets ready?

They say late October, early November.  I plan on checking the site pretty much daily:)
Me too, I didn't want to have to cram leaf hops into my freezer. I hope some of the Citra made it to the pelletizer.

The Pub / Re: Simon's Cat
« on: October 08, 2011, 03:39:24 PM »
Reminds me of this:

I've always thought that was a joke, but you can spend $19.99 to protect yourself.

The Pub / Re: If Ya Can't Beat 'em . . Buy 'em!
« on: September 28, 2011, 05:03:35 AM »
They would have to get by the momopoly oversight in both the EU and the USA.  It might happen, but they would have to sell off  assets to get down to a level for approval.
Yeah, I can't see this getting past regulators, especially in Europe.

Yup. Thank God for small mercies eh.
I just had a look at market share data from Euromonitor (I have access to their database through work). The proposed conglomerate would have 67% market share in the US (ABI 50.2, Miller 16.9), with MolsonCoors being next largest at 13%.

The Pub / Re: If Ya Can't Beat 'em . . Buy 'em!
« on: September 27, 2011, 07:05:58 PM »
They would have to get by the momopoly oversight in both the EU and the USA.  It might happen, but they would have to sell off  assets to get down to a level for approval.
Yeah, I can't see this getting past regulators, especially in Europe.

The Pub / Re: Belgian Beer Café announces plan to open 60 U.S. locations
« on: September 27, 2011, 06:59:05 PM »
Surprised to see the amount of vitrol on that page for Belgian beers from the author. Sure the "lambics" aren't really true lambics and some of the beers are sweeter than I'd find ideal, but yow.
Yeah, he definitely didn't make me want to buy his book. I like Kwak, but I guess I've just been fooled by the cool glass.

I'd give the place a try. It may not be as great as a brasserie in Belgium, but it would be better than TGI Fridays

Ingredients / Re: New Hopunion Variety databook
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:49:19 AM »
Wow, that's an obvious and intuitive path for your users to follow!
Yeah, I just happened to mouse over that and notice it was clickable. The whole site looks like it's an out of the box template,s o maybe they didn't think about a direct download option.

The book is great, though, it's nice to see it's been updated.

Ingredients / Re: New Hopunion Variety databook
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:06:12 PM »
If you click "Powered by Issuu" at the bottom, it takes you to a page where you can register and then download the PDF.

The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 22, 2011, 07:43:55 PM »
I feel the same way. I was born in 77. There one of those bands, kind of like Led Zepplin that spans so many generations. No matter what your age, they rock, and you just love them. They helped to make us all the "Shiny Happy People" we are today.  :D
I'm sorry, but Shiny Happy People makes me want to gouge my ears with an ice pick >:(

OTOH, Automatic for the People is one of my all time favorite albums. Murmur and Lifes Rich Pageant are way up there as well.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: September 22, 2011, 10:52:44 AM »
I love my Blichmann gloves for cleaning and transferring cool beer and wort. I've only used them with PBW and Iodophor, but no issues with pinholes. I forget how many batches, but I got them last winter.

I still use big oven mitts for hot stuff, but I keep thinking about silicon BBQ gloves.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/23 Edition
« on: September 21, 2011, 02:04:25 PM »
I'm brewing a rye stout on Friday night while my wife is at her drinking party book club.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:16:20 AM »
This is a timely thread as my lovely wife and I will be spending a week in Michigan's lower peninsula early next month.  We will fly in and out of Detroit and so far plan to stay in Traverse City, Holland and Ann Arbor.  Can anyone recommend a scenic town for the first night or two on Lake Huron?  I see that Tawas City has a good brew pub and it's not a long drive from Detroit, so what's the vibe there?  Or is there a more scenic little town not a long drive from Detroit, since we will be tired from the airport ordeal that day.

Looking forward to some cooler weather after working through the Florida heat all summer.  Fall colors, apples, lots of good craft beer..... :)
Can't help you with the Lake Huron question, but I can recommend a great artery clogging breakfast place in Holland, called the Windmill. Classic little diner. The Holland Lighthouse is fun too. Follow the directions here to get to the south shore entrance. That way you can walk right out to it, but you have to know about this and ask for permission to enter a private development. They have to let you in, though, as the lighthouse is government property:

New Holland is great and I've heard mixed reviews of Saugatuck Brewing, which is not too far south of Holland. Saugatuck is worth a visit for the artsy vibe that is completely different than Holland.

The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:47:54 AM »
Just for the name, I would have to go with my all Calypso hopped APA, ApaCalypso Now.

If I had to choose a commercial beer, it would be Timothy Taylor Landlord, while sitting in a back-country pub somewhere in the Lake District.

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