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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.

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.

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.

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.

According to a poster there, it's in Graham Wheeler's "Brew Your Own British Real Ale" as Banks's Original

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.

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."

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.

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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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.

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 03, 2011, 02:31:41 PM »
Way to go, and you get a new lab coat (as my dad always called his gown)

The Pub / Re: What is Your Favorite Time of Day?
« on: August 03, 2011, 08:12:48 AM »
I could walk in the Avenues without worrying about being mugged.

They mug people in Salt Lake City?

It's those late-night caffeine fiends running amok that you have to be wary of!   :D
Or the well-dressed teenagers hoping to tell you a little about the Church.

Nah, that's wayy past their bedtime.

Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 03, 2011, 08:09:50 AM »
Madison, Wisconsin. A nice place to visit and lots of interesting Wisconsin beers. I especially like the Old Fashioned, on Capitol Square. At least 30 Wisconsin beers on tap and over 100 more in bottles.

The Pub / Re: What is Your Favorite Time of Day?
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:32:42 AM »
I used to be a night owl and loved the 1-3 AM time. That was back when I was working swing shifts in Salt Lake City. The streets would be deserted and in the summer  I could walk in the Avenues without worrying about being mugged. That was also back in the days when there were old movies on UHF in the middle of the night instead of infomercials.

I still like to be up at that time of night, but it rarely happens anymore. Ah, youth.

Beer Travel / Re: Best Bets in Cambridge, MA?
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:27:42 AM »
I can give John Harvard's Brew House a solid meh. Beer was okay and the food was decent, but I'll look elsewhere next time I'm in the area.

I'm bottling an RIS this weekend - batch #100  :D - and brewing a dubbel on Tuesday.

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