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    The proof will be in the pudding. But I'm willing to bet that with AB purchasing them, Goose Island will slowly but surely disappear from the beers to seek map.
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    Call me cynical or skeptical or whatever, but I think sooner or later AB/Inbev will take a look at the profit margins for GI and tell them to start cutting corners.

    If I can get Nighstalker and BCS here in L.A. and not have it be some neutered, watered down version...Huzzah! But I'm not holding my breath.
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    seconded. seconded.

    how many breweries has AssButt killed off? I am thinking at least three. but alas, as I googled...

    Anheuser-Busch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    interesting to see which breweries the AssButts have stakes in. Redhook, Modelo and Widmar being among them.
    I BELIEVE I'll have another beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    Call me cynical or skeptical or whatever, but I think sooner or later AB/Inbev will take a look at the profit margins for GI and tell them to start cutting corners.
    That is called being logical. You can rest assured if InBev/AB buys a craft brewery, its because the craft movement has indeed dinged the mass adjunct lager sales and they just want a piece of it however they can get it. Its not to invest and/or better/make more available the GI brews - its to cut corners like you stated for some make up $$$ in losses the craft scene has caused the giants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerMan View Post
    seconded. seconded.

    how many breweries has AssButt killed off? I am thinking at least three. but alas, as I googled...

    Anheuser-Busch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    interesting to see which breweries the AssButts have stakes in. Redhook, Modelo and Widmar being among them.
    I was going to bring up Redhook in my previous post. I remember when they initially signed that deal and it was trumpeted along the lines of a distribution deal, a way of getting Redhook out to the masses. Well, when is the last time you had a Redhook ESB? I used to love that beer but I haven't had one in well, maybe 6-7 years, probably longer. Is that b/c it's not what it used to be? Possibly. Is it b/c I know that AB is heavily involved now? Possibly.

    I'll have to go see if I can find one first and then give it a taste. But I fully expect it to be a lighter, more watered down version of what it used to be. I'll try and be objective as best I can. Maybe I'll get a few other ESB's and do a blind tasting. Anyway, I will report what I find when I get the time to do this.

    And don't get me started on the Widmer beers. They all suck. Can't stand anything I've ever tasted from them. I hate seeing ****ing Widmer tap handles anywhere. I see so many folks drinking their hefeweizen with a ****ing lemon or orange slice that I want to toss beer in faces. That is just NOT good wheat beer people. American wheat beer is awful (imo) - you might as well drink Bud Light. Sorry for the rant.


    So mark me down, along with most if not all of you, as an AB hater. I despise AB and what they represent in the beer world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213
    And don't get me started on the Widmer beers. They all suck. Can't stand anything I've ever tasted from them. I hate seeing ****ing Widmer tap handles anywhere. I see so many folks drinking their hefeweizen with a ****ing lemon or orange slice that I want to toss beer in faces. That is just NOT good wheat beer people. American wheat beer is awful (imo) - you might as well drink Bud Light. Sorry for the rant.
    Couldn't agree more, except that there are a few nice American Wheat Ales that exist. Widmer/Pyramid beers are all crap, and nothing but a college trend that seemed to come out of nowhere at your chain restaurant bars. "Hefs", as clueless servers and customers (places like Chili's, Applebee's, etc) refer to them as their supposed brand name, are drinking nothing but a very cheap and watery American Wheat Ale. Really, it is just a college phase that tricks college folks into thinking they are drinking a classy, higher scale beer - no more no less. And Stella would be your classy "import" that has the same effect on the poor college kids. Its a misconception among college beer drinkers, comparable to the misconception that once you enter college you need to become politically active and voice your political beliefs. Either way, it accomplishes nothing and makes you look like a douche.

    This typical response from a server when asked what is on tap, pisses me off so much, you'd probably compare me to Smytheking in the politics forum:

    " We have Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Dos Equis, and Hef". ****ing seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    Couldn't agree more, except that there are a few nice American Wheat Ales that exist.
    I'd love some recommendations b/c I haven't found an American wheat that comes close to what I believe a good wheat beer should be.

    I guess I'm just spoiled in that I was introduced to wheat beers back in the early 90's by a homebrewer friend who turned me on to Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Schneider Weiss. I'll drink that stuff all day long. But if it doesn't just smack me in the face with ripe bananas and cloves, it doesn't measure up. Oh, and I REALLY love Dunkels. It's just about that time of year isn't it? Somebody get me a Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    I'd love some recommendations b/c I haven't found an American wheat that comes close to what I believe a good wheat beer should be.

    I guess I'm just spoiled in that I was introduced to wheat beers back in the early 90's by a homebrewer friend who turned me on to Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Schneider Weiss. I'll drink that stuff all day long. But if it doesn't just smack me in the face with ripe bananas and cloves, it doesn't measure up. Oh, and I REALLY love Dunkels. It's just about that time of year isn't it? Somebody get me a Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen!!!!
    Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat
    Sierra Nevada Wheat (retired, unfortunately)
    Three Floyds Gumballhead
    Bell's Oberon
    North Coast Blue Star
    Flying Fish Exit 11
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    Deadlift is pretty good stuff, granted I haven't had it in a while so perhaps my tastes have changed. However I doubt it would compare to the Citra I tasted last weekend.

    I swear I've seen RH ESB around recently. I'll have to check this weekend.

    Speaking of dunkels, Hofbrau dunkel!

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    Good stuff. Starts malty sweet then transitions to a nice medium floral hoppy profile and then finishes with a long lasting hop bitter finish. If you can get your hands on some, go for it!


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