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Postby brent » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:46 pm

goose island's sofie has been my most craved beer lately. so light and crisp but still flavorful and incredibly drinkable.
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Postby brownlights » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:03 pm

Have y'all heard about Surly's 4th Anniversary beer to be released early next year?

Iced Double Espresso Milk Stout.

chew on that. i'm not sure anything like that exists, or has been attempted. I also wonder if the 'Iced' refers to freezing the brew to up the alcohol content.
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Postby rap and country » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:18 pm

i'm finally trying dogfish head 60 min

not really a huge fan of the style but i can see why it gets all the hype, much nicer than two hearted in my opinion
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Postby mike » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:35 pm

while we're on gueze, i dunno if you folks have ever seen this, but it's fun to mess around with for a bit...

http://www.belgianstyle.com/mmguide/pro ... speak.html

it's the guide to pronunciation of all those belgian styles and beers.
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Postby shiv » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:37 pm

pissydan wrote:
shiv wrote:also bought this but giving it to a friend.

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btw - i find this pretty dang tasty. maybe you should just SHARE this with a friend...


how is it compared to their others? i tried the saxo and caracole. i liked the latter more.
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Postby mike » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:37 pm

just finished my magic hat samples. fresh from the blog..

Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter 09 - Here's a beer that looks like a ginger ale when poured in the glass - a dark transparent brownish gold color with little head. The nose is fermented apple, and maybe a hint of sourdough bread. The front is bitter like vinegar, and the finish is bready and lingering sour apple - there's not any sort of sweetness, just old apple cider flavor. Despite being only 4.5% ABV, the beer is heavy in mouthfeel.

I'm not sure I like this - it's sort of a sour beer with training wheels - but Gina finished her half in no time.

Magic Hat Howl Winter Seasonal - Another sort of training wheels beer, this one takes on the smoke beer category. A deep dark brown color and a healthy head show up in the glass, and a nose of pretzels, roasted malt, and maybe a hint of root beer await. The beer starts and finishes smokey, but it's not that overpowering smoke that you'd get out of something like a Schlenkerla. If you've ever wanted to try a smoke beer, or found that you didn't it when you did try, you might give this one a shot. It's got that light lager mouthfeel and only gets better the warmer it gets.

The Magic Hat beers in this diary were provided to me for sampling by the Magic Hat Brewery, South Burlington, VT. I received the beer under no obligation to review it.
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Postby Damien Amadeus MetalWind » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:43 pm

I have to second that Anchor's Xmas brew this year is fantastic, I've been drinking so much of it.
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Postby shiv » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:49 pm

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i like the cisco grey lady but this is just yuck.
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Postby Al Barlick » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:32 pm

About to try a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic
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Postby pissydan » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:34 pm

Damien Amadeus MetalWind wrote:I have to second that Anchor's Xmas brew this year is fantastic, I've been drinking so much of it.


having it on draft was like the best thing that happened to me this month.
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Postby Turner_Brown » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:35 pm

3 Floyds Alpha Klaus on tap was wonderful this year.

My session beer has been SN - Celebration.
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Postby chico » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:43 pm

Al Barlick wrote:About to try a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic


don't do it. reconsider.
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Postby mike » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:45 pm

Guy Incognito wrote:Hey, i'm drinking a Howl right now. you may not know, but Howl is actually the Black Lager of their now defunct Orlio Organic line, just repackaged. i personally really like it and find it's a perfect session beer for a 5 degree, blustery night like tonight.


i didn't know that and wasn't aware that there was an Orlio Organic line. I'll look that up. I just drink whatever they send me because it's free beer.

thanks for the heads up.
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Postby pissydan » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:45 pm

shiv wrote:
pissydan wrote:
shiv wrote:also bought this but giving it to a friend.


btw - i find this pretty dang tasty. maybe you should just SHARE this with a friend...


how is it compared to their others? i tried the saxo and caracole. i liked the latter more.


ive only had the saxo. hard to compare the two. the nostradamus is a dark vs. saxo being a pale. it is a nice, clean dry brew though. the high ABV doesnt smack you around, its pretty well balanced.
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Postby lights » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:56 pm

shiv wrote:Image

i like the cisco grey lady but this is just yuck.


I'll be back on the Cape for the holidays, is the Cisco Grey Lady generally available? What's it's like/is it worth my time?
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Postby pissydan » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:59 pm

Turner_Brown wrote:3 Floyds Alpha Klaus on tap was wonderful this year.


another brewery that is foreign to texas soil.
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Postby Render » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:21 pm

They're one of my faves, I'll be sad when I move away from Chicago and can't find it anymore.
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Postby mike » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:26 pm

pissydan wrote:
Turner_Brown wrote:3 Floyds Alpha Klaus on tap was wonderful this year.


another brewery that is foreign to texas soil.


yeah they're pretty much just chicago and indiana, though they just expanded production a little bit and moved some into kentucky. i don't think they wanna get much bigger, they had to expand just to keep up with where they're at already.

A lot of breweries get crazy hype just because their stuff is scarce but I'd say Floyds actually lives up to the hype.
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Postby Al Barlick » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:38 pm

chico wrote:
Al Barlick wrote:About to try a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic


don't do it. reconsider.


yeah, I wish you would have made this post earlier.
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Postby nakedlunch » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:40 pm

I went to odells and new belgium last week. awesome breweries. brought a ton of odells back with me
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Postby Damien Amadeus MetalWind » Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:36 pm

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Finally got some of this last night. It was good but I wasn't blown away, kind of disappointed since it was almost $10 a bottle.

Just saw that there's some on ebay for $25/bottle + $9 shipping. Dang.
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Postby beefbroth inthe shitpipes » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:08 pm

just opened one of my favorites.

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Postby jbiz » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:21 pm

jbiz wrote:i got this today as a secret santa gift. looking forward to trying it later.

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i drank this tonight, it was really really good. hoppy/citrusy. my wife liked it too.
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Postby kit fox » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:30 pm

I dont know what to drink tonight. I made some ginger ale last night so I'll be trying that.
I've been digging Bell's double cream stout lately so if they've got it across the street I'll grab that but im not sure they will.

Any recommendations are very welcome
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Postby Al Barlick » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:43 pm

Al Barlick wrote:
chico wrote:
Al Barlick wrote:About to try a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic


don't do it. reconsider.


yeah, I wish you would have made this post earlier.


now I'm having a Coastal Wheat, which is much more to my liking
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Postby kit fox » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:49 pm

well girlfriend picked up best brown

Tomorrow I might grab a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's christmas brown. Tried a friend's last night and it tasted exactly like the brown ale I just bottled.
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Postby shiv » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:03 pm

lights wrote:
shiv wrote:Image

i like the cisco grey lady but this is just yuck.


I'll be back on the Cape for the holidays, is the Cisco Grey Lady generally available? What's it's like/is it worth my time?


i think so, it might be more a summer thing though. it's like a slightly inferior allagash.

their pumking is good though.

drinking now:

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and found some:

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Postby Viola Swamp » Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:39 pm

i have that badass dfh snifter

apparently they don't make them anymore
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Postby the scofflaw » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:04 am

Al Barlick wrote:
chico wrote:
Al Barlick wrote:About to try a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic


don't do it. reconsider.


yeah, I wish you would have made this post earlier.


i didn't make it past my second sip before pouring it out. a blemish on the winter seasonal pack.
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Postby Birds vs Worms » Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:02 am

picked up some beers after work

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