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    Alesmith My Bloody Valentine is quite delicious. Similar to a black IPA but I think this one balances the two sides a bit better than the ones I've tried. The floral hop profile is contrasted well by the bittersweet chocolate and slightly roasty malts. Give it a shot if you find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    Agreed. I prefer to pick up bottles from those, er, patient enough to stand in line.
    I was there for the Younger this past weekend. At 11:30 am the line was about 6-8 hours long. We said screw it and went mountain biking at Annedel State Park. On the way back the line was MUCH shorter, so we got something to eat and stood in line for 1.5 hours. We enjoyed 3 and they ran out. For the record, they do not bottle it, nor is it for purchase in growlers; it is only available in 10oz pours at the brewpub. It was quite delicious and well worth the 1.5 hour wait.

    I brought home a growler of Pliny the Elder and Lagunitas Sucks.

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    I've been drinking Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Classic and Nest White Ale's at the local ramen place. Good stuff with the fattier ingredients. I still prefer Kirin Ichiban for sushi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. kuckoo View Post
    It was quite delicious and well worth the 1.5 hour wait.

    I brought home a growler of Pliny the Elder and Lagunitas Sucks.
    No beer is worth waiting 1.5 hour for, period, end of story. I'd much rather go spend $40 for a case of Lagunitas Sucks than wait in line for PTY. Besides, Blind Pig is their best IPA...

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    BTW, FW Sucaba should be on shelves right now. I scored 3 bottles today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    BTW, FW Sucaba should be on shelves right now. I scored 3 bottles today.
    Highly concur with this. I've got a bottle from last year still in the fridge. I haven't been tempted to crack it just yet. It has a partner in there, a Parabola from last year. One of these nights.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    No beer is worth waiting 1.5 hour for, period, end of story. I'd much rather go spend $40 for a case of Lagunitas Sucks than wait in line for PTY. Besides, Blind Pig is their best IPA...
    On this I will disagree. Russian River is probably at the top of my list as far as craft brewers go, and Pliny the Younger is one of the few I have never sampled. To me it is no different than waiting in line for a meal at a fine restaurant. Now 5 hours, is too much, because if the line is that long, there is probably a good chance that it may be tapped before you get to the bar. I am always in search of new beer experiences, and friends of mine who have had the Younger, tell me it is something I should experience. Luckily, I have a pint reserved for me next weekend, so I won't have to spend time in the queue.

    Just a little added note. Eureka Burger in Claremont will be tapping their keg very soon. They have been very hush, hush as to exactly when, not even giving me the info, despite attempted cookie bribes. The only thing they have said, is that their followers on Facebook and Instagram will have first notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    No beer is worth waiting 1.5 hour for, period, end of story. I'd much rather go spend $40 for a case of Lagunitas Sucks than wait in line for PTY. Besides, Blind Pig is their best IPA...
    Disagree. As DougW8 pointed out, it's no different than waiting in a line for a restaraunt for one of the top five rated beers in the world by many rating organizations. Pig is a fine IPA, but PTY is vastly superior. I appreciate trying new beers and this was a bucket list type thing for me...unfortunately the line was the criteria for scratching this beer off the list. There is no other sure fire way for the average person to get it.

    BTW, while at Lagunitas we had their 3 year aged port barrel Gnarleywine. Holy cow...that thing was ROBUST!

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    I wouldn't wait 5 hours to get into a restaurant either, but that's just me. I understand waiting in a line, sure. But when that line encompasses hours...sorry, not gonna do it. My .02.

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    Well, I'm not saying any particular beer will be there, but someone in the know told me tomorrow would be a good day to be at Eureka Burger in Claremont. The other restaurants in the area probably don't want a 5 hour line either.

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