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Offline dano14041

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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2011, 02:24:36 PM »
I have only named one of my brews, so far.

The name came about as a mistake on my part. (Apparently I get dyslexic when drinking) The first time I made a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone, I bottled it. As I was labeling the bottles as SNPA, but after about 3 it became SNAP. After my friends finished making fun of me, they all started referring to it as Snap.
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2011, 02:28:38 PM »
I have names for the styles on tap, not names for the beers themselves.  The names play with psychological disorders.  My SWMBO used to think I was nuts for wanting to brew my own beer and it kinda stuck.  A few of them are:

1) "Just park'in son(s)!" Pale Ale (In honor of my Dad who had Parkinson's.  It had a label with the truck wrapped around a tree and a shaky driver.  Dad loved the label but sadly could never have the beer.)
2) Ma's By Paul'er Bock 
3) Alzheimer’s Amber Ale - "I'd love another.  First beer I've had tonight."
4) Wheat you looking at?  Hefe
5) Electro-Stout Therapy - "This shocks for you!"
6) Schitzo Sour Mash "We told you to have a drink with me!"
7) Bulemic Bitters "'cuz sometimes what goes down, must come up"
8) Antisocial Amber Ale “pull me anther and leave me alone”
9) Sympathetic Scottish /70 “If I could still feel anything, I’d know how you feel”
10) Blonde Obsession – It’s a hobby, what can I say?
11) Paranoid Pilsner “Is it just me or is this beer watching me?”
12) Raging Red Ale “I been angry so long I don’t even remember why, but that still works for me!”

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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2011, 02:46:49 PM »
I very rarely name brews or label bottles.  As an exception, every terrible batch of ale gets named Fail Ale with some version of a Demotivator/"FAIL" pic on the label.  People love to taste these for some reason.

I also named an IPA "Furloughed Engineer" a couple years ago...in my case it was appropriate, as it was pale, bitter, and full of alcohol.   :D

Otherwise, nah...by the time I think of a worthy name the batch is gone and I'm onto the next thing.  I've usually got a batch number in my head so that's what I tend to call them.

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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2011, 05:19:20 PM »
  Just have to say, I LOVE this thread. Really lets us see the worklings of each others minds.  :D
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2011, 05:38:54 PM »
I try to conceive of names for beers as what might be asked for in a pub (and do bear in mind I'm British and live in the UK), or where there's some connection to my locale.

Thus far I have firmly hit on:

Indian Ink - Black IPA
Crafty Smoke  - Smoked Porter
GWR Steam - California Common. A nod to Brunel and his impact on Bristol (GWR stands for Great Western Railway)
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2011, 06:04:13 PM »
I try to conceive of names for beers as what might be asked for in a pub (and do bear in mind I'm British and live in the UK), or where there's some connection to my locale.

So Venomous Duck and Infectious Amber are out then?  ::)
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2011, 06:17:46 PM »
So .....I'm guessing mine are inappropriate too?

Big Brown Butt (American Brown Ale)
F&%# Yeah Pale ale (yup you guessed it An APA)
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2011, 06:42:14 PM »
I tried but really can't be bothered. If a recipe stands out then maybe then.
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2011, 07:15:30 PM »
If a recipe stands out then maybe then.

 Trust me....The "Big Brown Butt"  stands out....we all caution newbys about the "Wrath of the Big Brown Butt"  nice mellow beer sneaky big buzz night time effect !!
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2011, 07:41:32 PM »
Naming is half the fun. I think once I got out of the kit stage, I began naming anything half-drinkable, even if it followed a recipe verbatim. Sometimes it follows a theme, sometimes not.

A few examples:

Ariel (Fred's Late-Hopped Amarillo APA...though, the 2nd time I snuck in some Centennial at 15 min)
Caliban (McQuaker's Oatmeal Stout, with a cold extract of Peet's decaf french roast)
Big-Hearted Gal (my repeated efforts at a Two-Hearted Ale clone--drinkable but not what I'm after)
Catcher in the Rye (Denny's RyePA--brewed 4 times last fall, 3 times worth sharing)

Still looking for a name for the 11% English barleywine I brewed for next Christmas. Our Mutual Friend? ;-)

I don't label beers, but when I gift beers, I tuck in a sheet with the beer's name, ingredients, etc. (right down to the water, yeast, etc.) and a few notes about the brew. People *love* that.


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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2011, 07:49:02 PM »
When  I enter the name in Promash I name it something which may or may not ever make it onto the tap handle label.  A few that did make the cut are my Happy Wife Pale Ale(more of a Kolsch actually), Belgian Ball Buster(Belgian strong dark ale) and O'Corky's Irish red, and my Hefe Grande-an imperial hefeweizen brewed with Noble hops, wheat and Munich.  Otherwise my tap handles just name the style.
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2011, 08:16:55 PM »
OK, of the posts so far, beersk definitely wins.  Lighten Up, Francis.  That's beautiful.  Event Horizon.  Genius.  8)

I have named every beer from my first.  And I keep the wife engaged in my obsession by getting her to design labels.  Some favorites (the most recent ones have a distinctly dog theme):

Wooly Husky
Furry Bandit Colorado Black Ale
Burning Dog Pale Ale (bad brew day that time)
Wet Dog Vienna Lager
Soupy Poop Oatmeal Stout
Use the Schwarzbier  - "May the Schwarz be with you"
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Belgian Slut
Ricochet Biscuit (a brewing buddy gets the credit for this one)
Demon Pumpkin (much cooler when you see the label)
Hopcorn Lager
Da Vinci Mild (named for the robot that operated on my wife a week ago)
A Steamy Summer in New Orleans
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2011, 08:24:39 PM »
Abbey Normal


Thats great, I love the Mel Brooks reference "young Frankenstein"!!!
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #28 on: May 04, 2011, 08:30:56 PM »
 :)

Belgian Slut was the same beer with a different yeast ("it had a yeast infection...") and had a nice picture of Teri Garr on the label ("Roll, roll, roll in zee hay!).
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Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« Reply #29 on: May 04, 2011, 08:49:48 PM »
Love it, Mel Brooks ...Genius!!
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