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Postby warmjets » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:02 am

Line life culture has to be one of the worst things going in this piece of shit country
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Postby easy » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:05 am

this guy who works at my local beer spot is really nice and helpful and kind and this past weekend he excitedly shoved a $17 4-pack of 16oz hazy new england shit into my hands and said "stop looking—this is what you want. trust me."

so I thought ehh what the hell? I just got paid! and I like this guy! so I bought it and, sure enough, this tastes like every fucking hazy dipa I've had in the last two years

wow!!! so juicy and crushable!!!! such pillowy haze!!!!

fucking dumbest shit
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Postby easy » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:06 am

I've admittedly never had a *bad* beer from single cut or finback but every time I stroll past their shelves and see those $24 price tags on a g-d four pack I can't help but laugh and laugh
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Postby freshweed » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:11 am

:shock: at those prices
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Postby warmjets » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:13 am

my local craft beer cellar was selling some Hoof Hearted 5% hazy pale ale for $22 a 4 pack. Of course it was contract brewed. I bet it's still there collecting dust.
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Postby Contristo » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:17 am

Finback makes some tasty stuff (Visible Spectrum is good) and i usually see it around the $20 for a 4-pack range, which is still bad, but Singlecut i find to be a ton more inconsistent with some actually sub-par beers, and i see $25-26 4-packs routinely. ridiculous.

i remember getting paid one day, and the beer store was mostly devoid of some fresh stuff beyond a $24 4-pack of Singlecut "Jenny Said Double Dry-Hopped IIPA", so i bought that and it was mostly a malty bomb of nothing memorable despite being only like a week or two old - my tasting note is "Boring malt flavor takes over with a small touch of pine." wish i just went to the grocery store for some SNPA at a 1/3 of the price.
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Postby Render » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:18 am

brent wrote:i should definitely visit russian river if i have the chance right? i'm in sacramento for a few days next week and one of the days i'm driving out to point reyes super early in the AM and thinking about stopping there for lunch on the way back

there seems to be a ton of good options around sacramento these days which certainly was not the case when i went there like ~5 years ago


Yes--and if you're going to Santa Rosa check out Moonlight?
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Postby warmjets » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:20 am

Singlecut has (had?) huge QC issues. Definitely not worth a gamble especially at those prices.
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Postby what the schmuck » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:22 pm

went to fremont brewing over the weekend and didnt realize until we left that they have some 'black heron lounge' thing with exclusive mixed culture saisons and blended fruit ales.

guess i've been out of the game a bit. I'll just be in my basement pounding buoy pils and watching the matrix if anyone needs me.
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Postby brent » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:59 pm

Render wrote:
brent wrote:i should definitely visit russian river if i have the chance right? i'm in sacramento for a few days next week and one of the days i'm driving out to point reyes super early in the AM and thinking about stopping there for lunch on the way back

there seems to be a ton of good options around sacramento these days which certainly was not the case when i went there like ~5 years ago


Yes--and if you're going to Santa Rosa check out Moonlight?

i’m gonna try. i wanted to go tomorrow but santa rosa is flooding :x
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Postby pink snake » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:02 pm

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Carvel® Ice Cream have teamed up to bring you two great beers, inspired by Carvel’s iconic character — Cookie Puss. Our limited edition Cookie O’Puss Pastry Stout is your perfect pairing with a Cookie O’Puss cake for St. Patrick’s Day enjoyment, and here to help celebrate Carvel’s 85th Birthday is Cookie Puss Birthday Beer, a thick and creamy Milkshake IPA that tastes like a vanilla celebration.
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Postby videodrome » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:17 pm

We just got Cigar City Jai Alai in my rural Nor Cal town and it’s a real champ. Fits in great with my usual rotation of Lagunitas IPA and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.
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Postby warmjets » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:20 pm

videodrome wrote:We just got Cigar City Jai Alia in my rural Nor Cal town and it’s a real champ. Fits in great with my usual rotation of Lagunitas IPA and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.


try guayabera, their pale ale. i think it's better than jai alai
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Postby acidity regulator » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:18 am

Some Jai Alai found it's way to Finland and it was like 10 months old. Also Pizza Port stuff, I had a Kook DIPA at a venue and it turned out to be a year old can..which means it was basically a session barley wine. Not bad as such I guess.

Also Melvin came here last year, just after the scandal. Still see their beers on the shelves everywhere - all of them canned in May 2018. They were 6 months old when they arrived.

We don't need yr old bullshit!!!
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Postby gazedo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:45 am

just saw you can get pfriem pilsner in cans now! that rules.
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Postby gazedo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:30 pm

any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.
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Postby what the schmuck » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:00 pm

gazedo wrote:any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.


i know you've had some garden path, but more is showing up on the shelves here. anything mirage or matchless as you know is great. I was at delarenti about a month ago and was even more surprised at how good the selection was.
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Postby Zurich » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:20 pm

def agree with guayabera being better than jai alai. i like invasion more too.

also extremely sick of +$20 4pks. pretty much not doing that unless i'm at the brewery.

i tried bell's hazy ipa "Official" over the weekend. It's a decent wheat IPA. While it is "hazy" in appearance, I think marketing it as "hazy" is a bad idea. Given the market climate, I expected something "northeastern style" and that's not really what this is at all. So it was disappointing. Just seems kind of out of touch or maybe intentionally misleading?
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Postby landspeedrecord » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:24 pm

that bell's official ipa is so wack
rather be an idiot than a sheeple
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Postby warmjets » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:28 pm

I'll stick to $7.99 Two Hearted tallboy 4 packs tyvm!
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Postby brent » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:26 pm

speaking of bell's i was shocked to find myself really enjoying that flamingo fruit fight beer a couple of weeks ago. i wish it was a summer release
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Postby gazedo » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:50 pm

what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.


i know you've had some garden path, but more is showing up on the shelves here. anything mirage or matchless as you know is great. I was at delarenti about a month ago and was even more surprised at how good the selection was.


yeah those newest mirage cans sound nice. hoping delarenti got some pfriem cans that didn't immediatly sell out. might make a structures stop on sunday on the way back to Seattle.
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Postby easy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:19 pm

warmjets wrote:I'll stick to $7.99 Two Hearted tallboy 4 packs tyvm!


if this was the price in my area I would never buy another hoppy beer

unfortunately two hearted four packs here are like $10.99 - $11.99 :x
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:23 pm

found a 4 pack of here ya go from three's this weekend. it was really exciting because its my fiancee's favorite can design ever and the beer nerds at threes said it was gone FOREVER.

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Postby Hugh » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:30 pm

Contristo wrote:the level of toxicity among grown men in beer trading or brewery-specific fan groups on Facebook is pretty amazing. i sometimes ask myself "what type of person lines up at 3am in the bitter cold for a noon release of beer?" and the conversations in these FB groups make it clear.

my favorite brewery is Equilibrium because they avoid bullshit gimmicks, and release like 2-3 beers every week, so i can just walk in whenever to get stuff and the people there are chill. Hudson Valley Brewing, despite some great beers, is an utter shitshow though. people putting out chairs at 9pm the night before for a noon release.

HVB makes some great fruited beers, but i recommend anyone visiting to avoid release days at all costs and just grab some crowlers on an off day.


EQ has been doing DC area can pop-ups lately. Getting to experience Straight Outta The Laboratory again was blessed.
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Postby what the schmuck » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:22 pm

gazedo wrote:
what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.


i know you've had some garden path, but more is showing up on the shelves here. anything mirage or matchless as you know is great. I was at delarenti about a month ago and was even more surprised at how good the selection was.


yeah those newest mirage cans sound nice. hoping delarenti got some pfriem cans that didn't immediatly sell out. might make a structures stop on sunday on the way back to Seattle.


just picked up pfriem pils cans at met market (they had IPA too). i highly doubt delarenti sold out. Have fun in whistler! :awful:
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Postby Julius Sumner Miller » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:11 pm

Julius Sumner Miller wrote:We'll be in Southern California (LA and San Diego) next month and are planning on doing as much beer drinking as possible.

I don't pay attention to the beer scene anymore and I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts about any of these places? I basically compiled this list from the Beer Advocate forums.

Obviously we can't do all of these, so I was wondering if any are must dos, or must avoids.

Downtown LA
Mumford Brewing
Modern Times Dankness Dojo
Highland Park Brewing

Anaheim/Orange County
Bottle Logic
Bruery Terreux
Bruery
Noble Ale Works
Unsung
Green Cheek Beer Company
Chapman Crafted
Good Beer Company

Torrance
Monkish Brewing
Smog City
Yorkshire Square

Long Beach
Beachwood

San Pedro
Brouwerij West

Venice/Marina Del Rey
Firestone Walker

San Diego
Societe Brewing
Pure Project
AleSmith
Modern Times (if we don't go to LA location)


So we've gotten back from this. First off, thanks to everyone for their recs: we ended up hitting up a bunch of these places you recommended, all of which were good.

We did:

Mumford, Highland Park, and Modern Times in LA

Bruery Terreux in Anaheim

Good Beer Company in Santa Ana

Beachwood in Seal Beach

Pure Project, AleSmith, and Pizza Port in San Diego.

We also hit Toronado and Hamilton's in SD, and Beer Belly in LA.

All of them were good. The standouts were Modern Times, Bruery Terreux, and Pure Project. Really loved Hamilton's too. Great goddamn drunken trip.
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Postby gazedo » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:32 pm

what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:
what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.


i know you've had some garden path, but more is showing up on the shelves here. anything mirage or matchless as you know is great. I was at delarenti about a month ago and was even more surprised at how good the selection was.


yeah those newest mirage cans sound nice. hoping delarenti got some pfriem cans that didn't immediatly sell out. might make a structures stop on sunday on the way back to Seattle.


just picked up pfriem pils cans at met market (they had IPA too). i highly doubt delarenti sold out. Have fun in whistler! :awful:


Have you been to perhelion brewing? Worth checking out? Really close to my buddies house.
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Postby what the schmuck » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:48 pm

gazedo wrote:
what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:
what the schmuck wrote:
gazedo wrote:any must try shelf beers in Seattle right now? headed to Whistler next week and want to stock up before crossing into BC.


i know you've had some garden path, but more is showing up on the shelves here. anything mirage or matchless as you know is great. I was at delarenti about a month ago and was even more surprised at how good the selection was.


yeah those newest mirage cans sound nice. hoping delarenti got some pfriem cans that didn't immediatly sell out. might make a structures stop on sunday on the way back to Seattle.


just picked up pfriem pils cans at met market (they had IPA too). i highly doubt delarenti sold out. Have fun in whistler! :awful:


Have you been to perhelion brewing? Worth checking out? Really close to my buddies house.


It's serviceable, but nothing to write home about. bar del corso (better food no good beers on tap though) or breezy town pizza (inside clockout lounge - good pizza and decent beers on tap) would be a better choice for food + drink. if you're looking for just beer roll down the hill to jellyfish brewing or partake in march mildness at machine house.
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Postby shankly » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:51 pm

warmjets wrote:I'll stick to $7.99 Two Hearted tallboy 4 packs tyvm!


Yeah this is me now. $8.49 at Safeway, canned 2/21. I don’t need any other IPAs.
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