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Postby tonybricker » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:09 pm

I agree with everybody that going to distro is the big dangerous step. I understand if you don't want to be one or two taprooms only forever, but Council and Toolbox were both very good breweries, the problem was not quality. RIP

I had a Horus + Pure Project "Phoenix Shadows" imperial stout aged on brandy barrels and it was probably the best beer I have had this year. It was incredible.
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Postby southpaw » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:37 pm

Firestone Walkers hazy IPA is insanely good, hope they can or bottle it

So it can disappear on a shelf somewhere with a billion other beers stale-ing out

You do wonder what happens to all that stale beer. Guess it goes to like grocery outlet but they're still selling it at essentially msrp.
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Postby shankly » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:41 pm

It’s so depressing to see sixers of Luponic get old on store shelves. It’s a great value when fresh and I always pick up a few when a new batch hits, but then 3 months later it’s still hanging around.
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Postby southpaw » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:45 pm

Agree vehemently

Saw a close-out sixer of it recently and it was batch 1 from more than a year ago

I'd love to know more about the logistics of inventory management regarding beer.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:49 pm

Can we all just agree to stop buying Maine Beer Co until they have better prices or a better format. I love their beer but the prices are insane.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:50 pm

Their pale ales and IPAs are $8 per 500ml bottle here
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Postby shankly » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:56 pm

At least MBCs beers are always good. Reason (ex-MBC brewer in Charlottesville) uses the same format and pricing for perfectly mediocre beers that are seemingly always over a month old by the time they hit shelves.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:58 pm

I agree with you on all that. I do occasionally buy MBC because they're so good but not often due to price.

Reason seems to be canning now. I think i paid $5 for a single 16oz can at craft beer cellar and it was decent but not quality of MBC
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Postby Zurich » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:25 pm

I only drink MBC on tap where sometimes it's a better deal than bottles? Strange really.
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Postby brent » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:35 pm

shankly wrote:It’s so depressing to see sixers of Luponic get old on store shelves. It’s a great value when fresh and I always pick up a few when a new batch hits, but then 3 months later it’s still hanging around.

I have bought a million luponic 11s in the past month cos it actually showed up super fresh here and it's still tasting great. but yeah it seems like their stuff sits here too, which is crazy to me
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Postby gazedo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:31 pm

jalapeño ranch wrote:Really looking forward to "Griffith J Griffith Day" at HPB on 1/4. I wonder what kind of variants they made this year. Hoping they made a new back of the coconut and chiles one.

Does anybody know what the Colonel Griffith is?


i asked greg (the trystero) and he said he didn't know, lol. said the normal this year is a natural guji. and there will be a keg only washed guji version for gjg day, which has also been postponed to 1/18
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Postby Viola Swamp » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:06 pm

yesssss i can make it now
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Postby gazedo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:22 pm

Viola Swamp wrote:yesssss i can make it now


unfortunately it means i probably can't make it now :(
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:01 am

Had cans of both Juice Box and Double Stack today. Great Notion rips.
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Postby gazedo » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:09 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Had cans of both Juice Box and Double Stack today. Great Notion rips.


i had luminous and guava mochi last night and both were awful.
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Postby cruiserbob » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:10 pm

their ipa brut beer is shit too. the collab with chuck's was really good and space invader can was pretty decent.
and that's that.
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Postby Birds vs Worms » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:38 pm

The Malted Milk Ball Imperial Stout they did with HPB was really good. Weird they put Ovaltine in there but it works
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:23 pm

Snagged a crowler of that. I have to figure out when I can put down 32oz of it by myself. D:
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Postby warmjets » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:24 pm

Birds vs Worms wrote:The Malted Milk Ball Imperial Stout they did with HPB was really good. Weird they put Ovaltine in there but it works


craft beer 2018, everyone
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:31 pm

I wasn't the biggest fan of Age of Discovery. There seems to be an insanely short time frame where it's at a good temperature to drink. Too cold or too warm and it tastes off. On of the reasons I'm impatient for a new batch of GJG. I also want Hammered Satin to come back.
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Postby gazedo » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:30 am

jalapeño ranch wrote:I wasn't the biggest fan of Age of Discovery. There seems to be an insanely short time frame where it's at a good temperature to drink. Too cold or too warm and it tastes off. On of the reasons I'm impatient for a new batch of GJG. I also want Hammered Satin to come back.


what would you say was the ideal temp? I liked that one, but i drank it on a hike where it was in the 40s out so it might just have stayed at the right temp.
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:55 am

I’m not sure what temp it was served at, but it started out pretty bitter then about halfway through I got the really nice malt taste from it, then as it continued to warm up it got kind of chalky, I assume from the ovaltine. I’m sure I’ll have it again soon so my opinions could change. I didn’t end up buying any cans though.
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Postby REAL BASED SLOB » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:46 pm

happen to be making my first trip to wisconsin next month and i guess one of the stops is https://isthmusbeercheese.com/ in madison. should be great
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Postby springheeljack » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:56 pm

ooooh you are in for a treat. Also best/cheapest place to buy New Glarus is Woodman's Markets across the state - usually $8 for 6 packs.
I would also recommend Funk Factory in Madison for sours. Be on the look out for Brewing Projekt beers for NEIPAs.
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Postby brent » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:59 pm

damn that looks dope as hell. i gotta get to new glarus one of these days
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Postby shankly » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:03 pm

Industrial Arts Wrench is really good. There are so many bad NEIPAs right now, so finding one that is actually refreshing and not just yeast slurry is a big deal to me.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:49 pm

jalapeño ranch wrote:I’m not sure what temp it was served at, but it started out pretty bitter then about halfway through I got the really nice malt taste from it, then as it continued to warm up it got kind of chalky, I assume from the ovaltine. I’m sure I’ll have it again soon so my opinions could change. I didn’t end up buying any cans though.


I had the same experience with my crowler last night. Cold it was a bit like a lighter Abyss, but with more roast and less hops. A little warmer and it tasted really nice. I didn't let it get too warm, though.

Picked up both of the Taking Donations variants today, psyched for those.
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Postby warmjets » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:41 pm

shankly wrote:Industrial Arts Wrench is really good. There are so many bad NEIPAs right now, so finding one that is actually refreshing and not just yeast slurry is a big deal to me.


Yeah I picked that up at union market a couple weeks ago. Really good shit.
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Postby gazedo » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:55 pm

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deadwolfbones wrote:best thing i've had since i've been up here is everybody's juicy af ipa


went to everybody's today. they were out of the juicy af, but they had a new hazy called foggy googles that was amazing.
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Postby Birds vs Worms » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:23 pm

My gf just got a job at Modern Times here in LA. Their employees get quite a lot of free beer every week. I am extremely pleased with this new development.

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