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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    Time to start making plans for Summer 2012. This is going to be epic.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company - FW Invitational Brewfest
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    HOLY! Even with a newborn...I'm going to look into this.
    I ain't going, I don't see KRBC on the list.

    OHH!! Golden Road!! I'm so there!

    in Paso Robles? damn, that's quite a drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    I read it as draft will only be available at the brew pub and no place else. But bottles will be available at both the brewpub and their SoCal distro network.
    alright, that kinda clears it up. kinda.

    anyway, the 6 bottle limit worked out really well the last time they released Citra in August. they ran out of those in a few hours. I wouldn't be surprised if they ran out within an hour. the draft? well, it'll last maybe 3 days, unless they have people lining up around the block waiting for a growler fill.
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    It pains me to say this, but the Firestone 15 was horrible! I can't pick out what taste it was, but something made it so unpleasant. I am glad I only picked up one bottle. I'd like my 20 bucks back, but I am fortunate I don't have 5 more sitting in my bar. The taste of barrel aging was the only aspect that allowed me to put it down. I have noticed a pattern - they keep getting worse by the year and I started at the 10th which I thought was their best. 11 and 12 were stellar, but after that - not so much.

    Highlight of the weekend is the Hangar 24 Columbus IPA. I've had it on tap in Encinitas and in bottle, and both live up to its greatness. It's rare to find a tap/bottled beer that have very slight differences. Also rocking the Celebration Ale this weekend. Had the new Anchor Xmas which was nice, and very complex for a brew @ only 5.5% ABV. Really dug the New Belgium Snowday. A great roasty and insanely bitter brew. Has to be the most bitter dark coloured beer I have enjoyed.

    Cheers beer brothers!

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    maybe some beers are meant to be aged?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerMan View Post
    maybe some beers are meant to be aged?
    Some people like to age, but I always want to consume any style of beer as fresh as possible. My problem with aging is the carbonation weakening, and the Firestone 15 had very little to begin with. Don't see how this one can age too well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerMan View Post
    maybe some beers are meant to be aged?
    Almost all Trappist ales benefit from a few years of aging. The big, seasonal Russian Imperial Stouts and Barleywines can hold for 5-10 years (waxed caps help). Examples are Dark Lord, Darkness and Gratitude. Aging tames booziness and allows more subtle tones to mature.

    Belgian Lambics and Gueuzes can age 20+ years and often do in Belgian cellars.

    IPA's should never, never age no matter how rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Adeline View Post
    Almost all Trappist ales benefit from a few years of aging. The big, seasonal Russian Imperial Stouts and Barleywines can hold for 5-10 years (waxed caps help). Examples are Dark Lord, Darkness and Gratitude. Aging tames booziness and allows more subtle tones to mature.

    Belgian Lambics and Gueuzes can age 20+ years and often do in Belgian cellars.

    IPA's should never, never age no matter how rare.
    Well put. My palate indeed prefers the booze in an Imperial Stout or Barleywine, therefore I want to drink them ASAP. If it is a hoppy barleywine I especially dont want to let it age. If I am stocked up on Imperial Stouts and Barleywines, I'll leave one or two to cellar just for ****s and giggles to re-evaluate after a few years. When I do, I am glad that I enjoyed as much of them fresh as I possibly could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    It pains me to say this, but the Firestone 15 was horrible! I can't pick out what taste it was, but something made it so unpleasant. I am glad I only picked up one bottle. I'd like my 20 bucks back, but I am fortunate I don't have 5 more sitting in my bar. The taste of barrel aging was the only aspect that allowed me to put it down. I have noticed a pattern - they keep getting worse by the year and I started at the 10th which I thought was their best. 11 and 12 were stellar, but after that - not so much.
    That's odd. I had the 10-14 recently and the 13 was head and shoulders the standout of the lot. There were 5 of us tasting and it was unanimous. I haven't tasted the 15 yet and probably won't for at least a year so I can't comment on that part.

    Also, found Green Flash Imperial IPA at the local Albertson's for $2.99 per bomber. That's a 9.4% 22 ounce bottle for $2.99. And it wasn't a mistake in pricing. I went back 2 consecutive weekends and it was the same. I picked up 4 this weekend. I don't see how GF can possibly be making that brew and selling it so cheap. And it's not like they are buying the shelf space since their West Coast IPA and and Hop Head Red are readily available there as well. I don't understand it. Not that I'm complaining!

    And the SN Celebration Ale is, once again, supremely satisfying. I just love it.

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