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The Pub / Re: Music Surprises
« on: August 08, 2010, 06:42:42 AM »
I had that happen a few years ago when I listened to Pearl Jam's Ten for the first time in years. Not only did the memories come back, but it occurred to me that I never realized how good of an album that is.

It's all a matter of taste, I guess. To most of us, the standard American lagers just don't have much of it.

As for the roots of these beers, I think the use of corn, rice, etc. is interesting. From what I understand, these grains were never used to make the beer cheaper, but were used in the brewers' attempts to mimic the flavors of the early European lagers, before there was such an understanding of water chemistry in brewing.

A couple years ago I had a rice beer brewed by a brewpub for a nearby sushi restaurant. I thought it was pretty darn good.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 05, 2010, 12:14:34 PM »
Ah, I see. I'm a little slow at times.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 05, 2010, 11:08:19 AM »
Um, very unoffensive?

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:27:20 PM »
The Hitchhiker's Guide is a must.

William Gibson is awesome. Neuromancer is a classic.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 03, 2010, 02:40:05 AM »
Something like...
Barrel maker

All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: July 31, 2010, 07:25:21 AM »
How eager are you to head to Spa? I'm off work at 4pm and can be in the Midi area in 20-30 minutes. Have you been to Cantillon? If you're not in a hurry and looking to kill a little time, it's a must, and a pretty easy walk from the station.

The beer was good. Excellent, even. I'd say it compares with the better American IPA's. If you live in the USA, I'm not so sure it's worth the effort to find it. But for me, it's good to know there's something like that around when I'm jonesin' for the flavors of home (and I'm out of homebrew). Thanks for pointing me to it. I'll be sure to save ya one.

All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: July 30, 2010, 11:47:50 AM »
You're getting the car at Midi? Huh, interesting. That's an easy run to Moeder Lambic Fontainas from there.

Look what I found:

Notice that the bottle is empty. There are 2 left. Better hurry.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Congrats, Majorvices!
« on: July 30, 2010, 02:54:47 AM »
Huge congrats! Yep, livin' the dream. Here's hoping you can keep it going for many years to come.

All Things Food / Re: Malted Barley Ice Cream
« on: July 13, 2010, 06:13:16 AM »
The malted barley ice cream sounds yummy. The cigar idea, um, less yummy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew success!
« on: July 13, 2010, 12:02:37 AM »
Congrats! See, it's easy, huh?

I mostly agree with the the above reply, but not entirely with the extract bit. I wouldn't call it an off-flavor, but there is a certain flavor that often exists in extract beers. I didn't really realize it until I went all-grain. That said, I've had (and brewed) some damn good extract beers. One of the best barley wines I've ever had was an extract brew. If you have a good supplier with good, fresh extract, you'll be fine.

All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: July 12, 2010, 11:53:14 PM »
Way cool.

I don't know those beers, but they sound yummy. I'll do some searching. After an initial bit of research, it looks like distribution is not widespread. Still, I'll see what I can do.

One minor rant - more freakin' Proef beers. Doesn't anybody have their own brewery anymore?

Be creative. Yeah, the saison yeast works well for high-temp fermentation, but just because you use a saison yeast doesn't mean you have to attempt a traditional saison.

All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: July 11, 2010, 02:58:38 AM »
Ha, uthirsty. I know I'm pretty safe in these parts, but I'm afraid of the day when someone comes to visit who doesn't like beer. I don't know what to do with them. "Um, I think there's a cool museum or something over there somewhere..."

As for offerings from abroad, Cholula is also acceptable. Include some Uncle Brutha's #9 and a vertical tasting of various years of Pannepot, Pannepot Reserva and Pannepot Grand Reserva becomes likely.

All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: July 03, 2010, 10:45:49 PM »
You know I'm planning on a trip to Belgium (F1 race) and just may take you up on the offer.  Do you have any place to grow a couple plants?

Hmm... Interesting... Yeah, I could find a spot for a couple plants. I don't know how well they'd grow in Belgium at the end of August. I could try. Anyway, I'll be around at that time and I'm happy to show you around. You like beer, right?

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