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Postby Turner_Brown » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:18 pm

I'll be pouring my homebrew at the Maproom's fundraiser (Craft Day Afternoon) again this year...

May 19th at Fizz 1-5pm. This event kicks off Craft Beer Week in Chicago. Last year there was a ton of great beer/breweries. Probably the best bang for buck beer event during CBW. More details to follow...
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Postby Suspension Bridge » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:34 pm

Have a Bell's sampler case

Amber Ale
Pale Ale
Kalamazoo Stout
Porter (currently drinking)

We just about finished our case of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout which is 10% so it's a pretty big commitment when you start one (or when I start one, I guess). The case was about $40 which is fantastic for Philadelphia. I know our beer is pricier than everywhere else though.
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Postby can » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:41 pm

someone should post a list of breweries to take note of and their best beers and/or some top lists by type of beer (maybe in the first post) cause last time i checked this thread it was around page 150 or so. at least for relatively accessible beers it'd be nice to have a list of things to try next time i pick up some stuff.
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Postby SNC » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:43 pm

I've been digging the Firestone walker mix case with the union jack, pale ale, DBA, and velvet Merlin
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Postby SNC » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:44 pm

Is there anything new and excitIng that's in Ny but not distributed to PA?
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Postby sleigh » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:33 am

haven't been able to sell the piece i interviewed magee for yet, but i wanted to share a line from one of the rejections i got with this thread:

Beer is certainly the drink du jour and breweries are popping up all over the place.


the person who wrote that is a drink editor at a publication in chicago
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Postby evil olive » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:44 am

i bet that faggot drinks cocktails exclusively
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Postby sleigh » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:46 am

drink of the fucking day?
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Postby Dear You » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:04 am

can wrote:someone should post a list of breweries to take note of and their best beers and/or some top lists by type of beer (maybe in the first post) cause last time i checked this thread it was around page 150 or so. at least for relatively accessible beers it'd be nice to have a list of things to try next time i pick up some stuff.


I'm fucking bored and wanted to drink cheap garbage while I played Call of Duty with friends earlier, so here I am drinking a fucking Steel Reserve. I'll at least give my two cents about some breweries off the top of my head....

Hell, even new, quiet boarder Melba Toast will give her two cents. First response will be me, second will be her.

Dogfish Head: Sah'tea (Sahti), Olde School (Barleywine)
Founders: Both of us say Kentucky Breakfast Stout (Imperial Stout)
Bell's: Both of us say Hopslam (Double IPA, although I think no one should sleep on Java/Expo Stout!!)
Unibroue: La Fin du Monde (Tripel), Ephemere (Fruit Beer?)
Victory: Both of us say Golden Monkey (Tripel)
North Coast: Pranqster (Belgian Strong Ale), Old Rasputin (Imperial Stout)
Stone: Both of us say Old Guardian (Barleywine)
Three Floyds: Both of us would say Arctic Panzer Wolf (Double IPA), although we haven't had like...Zombie Dust or Dark Lord.
Southern Tier: Both of us say Gemini (Strong Ale/IPA?).

I didn't expect us to pick a lot of the same choices. I don't know that we can even think of any other breweries that we're well versed enough to make decent choices. Eh.
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Postby Potential Boarder » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:07 pm

Anyone have a beatification around? Willing to trade for 6-pack of zombie dust.

Also, found this article on the Anheuser-Busch InBev purchase of Goose Island
http://chicagoist.com/2012/04/16/the_honk_heard_round_the_world_goos.php#photo-1
Pretty interesting read, but as a non-native Chicagoan, I've never really been all that attached to Goose beers, and I still have a healthy distrust of the big brewers. I understand the defense of "The beer is still the same," but at the same time, the Goose Island beers, especially 312 and the IPA and even their belgians, were never all that great. I'll pick up a BCS from time to time, but sometimes it just doesn't feel right to line the pockets of AB-InBev when I could be supporting someone else.

Maybe I'm being unreasonable about this. The fact that Goose has expanded so much means more people will enjoy Goose and perhaps find other craft beer as well. It does bring up an issue, however. If your favorite breweries (in my case, Firestone Walker, Russian River, Three Floyds and Deschutes) were going through the same thing, would you still buy their product? Maybe this is uninteresting, and I think about beer way too much. Fuck.
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Postby VHGisdead » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:11 pm

I always thought Goose Island IPA was totally fine for a beer I can get for 8.49/6-pack. That said, I probably haven't bought any since they were taken over.
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Postby SNC » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:40 pm

It's a shame that they were bought by InBev but if the beer stays the same I'm still in. Bcs, Matilda,softie, pepe Nero, Xmas ale, night stalker are all great. It'd be nice to say fuck InBev but you're just screwing yourself
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Postby Dear You » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:11 am

Potential Boarder wrote:Buncha text about breweries being bought out.


I only ever tried one Goose Island before they got bought out, I think. It sort of is a bummer to see big dudes buying up stuff, but I gotta imagine if anything, the distribution of shit would get potentially better. I dunno. I'm not NOT gonna drink a beer I like just because some big guy bought them, I guess.
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Postby apostrophe » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:28 am

I had a Breckenridge 72 Imperial Stout on tap the other day and it was amazing.
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Postby wyatt » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:26 am

Potential Boarder wrote:Anyone have a beatification around? Willing to trade for 6-pack of zombie dust.


my room mate and i tried really hard to get multiple bottles. i even have some regular trading partners that are in cali and we still only ended up with one bottle each. i am still waiting on the box but when i get it i'll let you know if it is worth the hype.
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Postby Potential Boarder » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:41 am

Oh I've had Beatification before. I'm originally from NorCal. It's probably my favorite sour that they do along with supplication. It's just been a really long time, and my friends there are pretty unreliable douchebags that plan to go to Russian River, then get too drunk at some other bar in the early afternoon and realize no one can drive. Can't wait to head back there in May. Some of my favorite beers are the RR IPA and Porter, which are brewpub only. Hope you enjoy your bottles though.
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Postby Dear You » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:54 am

One of these days I'm gonna have enough money to just fly over to the west coast and I'm gonna drink all the fucking Russian River I can get my hands on.
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Postby wyatt » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:04 am

Potential Boarder wrote:Oh I've had Beatification before. I'm originally from NorCal. It's one probably my favorite sour that they do along with supplication. It's just been a really long time, and my friends there are pretty unreliable douchebags that plan to go to Russian River, then get too drunk at some other bar in the early afternoon and realize no one can drive. Can't wait to head back there in May. Some of my favorite beers are the RR IPA and Porter, which are brewpub only. Hope you enjoy your bottles though.


russian river is my favorite american brewery. really excited to try it.

i think russian river might still have some beat. they had some this weekend. you might want to call first before you send your friends though.
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Postby wyatt » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:06 am

a beer advocate thread confirms they had some as of sunday and russian rivers site lists that they still have it.
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Postby bingo » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:35 am

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Postby wyatt » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:27 am

Yeah. That's probably from cafe press. I have a real Cantillon shirt from Zwanze 2011 day.
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Postby internethandle » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:23 am

Potential Boarder wrote:Oh I've had Beatification before. I'm originally from NorCal. It's one probably my favorite sour that they do along with supplication. It's just been a really long time, and my friends there are pretty unreliable douchebags that plan to go to Russian River, then get too drunk at some other bar in the early afternoon and realize no one can drive. Can't wait to head back there in May. Some of my favorite beers are the RR IPA and Porter, which are brewpub only. Hope you enjoy your bottles though.


RR IPA makes an appearance at other beer bars, we get it down here some time, but it's draft only. definitely a good beer. it's interesting to try side-by-side with blind pig.

one of their beers i've only seen from growlers from the taproom itself (although a quick BA check shows it's made appearances at monk's cafe in the bay area and a few pizza ports in SD, but those are probably due to friendships with vinnie or something) is rejection, which is a belgian dark ale but really borders on a porter or stout. really good beer, light/sessionable but really flavorful.
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Postby Potential Boarder » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:43 am

Yeah rejection is great, I think they still release on valentine's day every year. I know I've had it at pliny the younger tappings before as well as other non-taproom places.
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Postby bankhead » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:07 pm

happy birthday to me this weekend at stone

In Bottles:
*3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
*8 Wired Batch 31 Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels
*Allagash Odyssey
*Alvinne Bolleville
*Alvinne Melchior Oak Barrel Aged
*Avery Annual Barrel Series - Uncle Jacob's Stout
*Avery Dépuceleuse (Barrel-Aged Series No. 4)
*Avery Immitis (Barrel-Aged Series No. 9)
*Avery Muscat d'Amour (Barrel-Aged Series No. 10)
*Avery Récolte Sauvage (Barrel-Aged Series No. 11)
*BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru Vin Jaune
*Big Sky Olde Bluehair Barley Wine
*The Bruery Cuir
*The Bruery Oude Tart
*Cascade Kriek Ale
*De Dochter Embrasse
*Deschutes Jubel 2010
*Deschutes Mirror Mirror
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2010 Evan Williams Single Barrel
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2010 Four Roses Single Barrel
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2011 Brewmaster's Grand Cru Blend
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2011 Elijah Craig 12 Year
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2011 Elijah Craig 20 Year
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2011 Four Roses Single Barrel
*FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2011 Rittenhouse Rye
*Firestone Walker Abacus (Batch 1)
*Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout
*Firestone Walker §ucuba
*Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
*Hangar 24 Hammerhead Barley Wine in Rye Whiskey Barrels
*Hangar 24 Pugachev's Cobra Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon Barrels
*J.W. Lees Harvest Ale-Calvados Casks
*La Trappe Isid'or Oak Aged Trappist Ale
*La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel
*The Lost Abbey Angel's Share Ale 2010
*The Lost Abbey Angel's Share Ale 2011
*The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
*The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale
*The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale
*Midnight Sun Arctic Devil Barley Wine
*Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Porter
*Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel in Cognac Barrels
*Nebraska Hop God Reserve Series aged in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
*Nebraska Mélange a Trois Reserve Series
*North Coast Grand Cru Twentieth Anniversary Ale
*North Coast Old Rasputin XIV
*North Coast Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2009
*Port Brewing Older Viscosity
*Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
*Russian River Consecration
*Russian River Supplication
*Russian River Temptation
*Stillwater Barrel Aged Series: Existent in Bourbon Barrels
*Stillwater Barrel Aged Series: Stateside Saison in Chardonnay Barrels
*Struise Pannepot Reserva
*2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels
*2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels
*2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine aged in Wine Barrels
*21st Amendment / Firestone Walker / Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale aged in Virgin American Oak Barrels
*Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF aged in Red Wine Barrels

On Draft:
*Allagash Curieux
*Alvinne Bolleville
*Alvinne Melchior
*Anchor Our Barrel Ale
*Avery Rumpkin
*Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster Stout
*Ballast Point Barrel Aged Victory at Sea
*Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin Porter
*Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Navigator Dopplebock
*Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Aged Piper Down Scottish Ale
*Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine aged in Rum Barrels
*Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine aged in Syrah Barrels
*Beachwood Knucklehead Red on American Oak ~ CASK
*Bison Organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
*The Bruery Coton
*The Bruery Cuir 100% Barrel Aged
*The Bruery Smoking Wood
*The Bruery White Oak
*Coronado Barrel Aged Barleywine
*Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale
*Deschutes Black Butte XXIII
*Deschutes Jubel 2010
*Deschutes The Abyss 2009
*Deschutes The Abyss 2010
*Deschutes The Abyss 2011
*Deschutes The Stoic
*Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged
*Firestone Walker 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Velvet Merkin
*Flying Dog Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo
*Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
*Green Flash Little Freak
*Green Flash / Midnight Sun Green Devil
*Iron Fist Uprising Belgian Trippel IPA with Champagne Yeast
*Kern River Class X Stout in Bourbon Barrels
*Ladyface Cabernet Barrel Guillotine with Lacto & Brett
*Ladyface Picture City Porter in Merlot Barrels
*Ladyface Trébuchet Saison in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels
*The Lost Abbey Angel's Share Ale - Brandy Barrel
*The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
*The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale
*The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Ad Lib
*Moylan's Barrel Aged Old Blarney Barleywine
*Moylan's Old Blarney Barleywine in Chardonnay Barrels
*Moylan's Old Blarney Barleywine in Heaven Hill Barrels
*North Coast Grand Cru Twentieth Anniversary Ale
*Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
*Pizza Port Carlsbad Bourbon Barrel Aged Night Rider
*Pizza Port Carlsbad Farley
*Port Brewing Older Viscosity
*Russian River Consecration
*Russian River Sanctification
*Russian River Supplication
*Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru
*Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged 2x4
*Sierra Nevada Knock on Wood Barrel Aged Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Stout
*Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Old Ale
*Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva
*Struise Pannepot Reserva
*Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
*Taps Scion of Tom and Sally
*2006 Double Bastard Ale with French Oak
*2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
*Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale aged in Glenlivet Scotch Whisky Barrels
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Postby wyatt » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:09 pm

letspour.com, a groupon like beer/wine site, had russian river santification this morning for $6 a bottle. they also had a promotion where if you ordered 6 bottles you got free shipping and order 12 bottles and get free shipping and $10 off.

i got 12 bottles for $62 shipped. yeah yeah.
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Postby bingo » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:12 pm

how did you get the 12
im there right now and its coming up with 6 for $54 and 12 for $98
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Postby wyatt » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:26 pm

they changed the price after i ordered.

it was $6, then $11.50, now $9. i pray i get to keep my order as is.
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Postby wyatt » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:28 pm

i think if wanted you could make an account and get $10 off, then you get another $10 off and free shipping for ordering 12 .
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Postby bingo » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:28 pm

oh word

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Postby evil olive » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:25 am

I recently 'inherited' a box of mixed beer from my uncle-in-law, who just retired as the manager of a high end beer & wine store. Apparently he saved these for me and they've been the in laws garage for a year or so.

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu
Estrella Damn Inedit
La Blanche Cheval Blanc (? - a quebec wit)
Driftwood Spring Rite - (a local malt abbey ale) - glad its been cellared a year
Driftwood Belle Royale (a strong belgian cherry ale) - ditto
ST Peter's English Ale
a few other unnotable BC beers
and most excitingly:
HaandBryggeriet Norwegian Wood
HaandBryggeriet Dark Force
HaandBryggerie: Odin's Tipple

The last three have high BA ratings and sounds like it was good to cellar them for a year. Anyone tried them?
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