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Stormy2213
January 11th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Just curious if Sam began slamming Metallica for selling out once the Black Album was released, heh.

He raises a good point, but a lot of hype that leads to bashing or being over critical is often due to marketing techniques. Sometimes I am glad to know that a beer has received a plethora of negative reviews if it saves me money. I took that approach with the Lost Abbey until word was out that their beers had carbonation again. I see no harm in that.

Unfortunately, he's confusing those who honestly criticize his beers and those who criticize DFH b/c of their size. I'm not a fan of DFH beer and I am in that crowd of those who think that 90% of the beers he puts out are complete crap. And I don't care how big he is. After all, Sierra Nevada, one of my favorite breweries puts out beers far superior to DFH on a consistent basis and they're pretty damn big - though they are starting to produce more "different" beers than I think they should. From DFH, 90 Minute is great, Bitch's Brew is pretty darn good. 60 Minute is a decent session IPA. Beyond that, it's a bunch of marketing crap - "look what ccccrrrraaaazzzzyyyy guys we are using cow patty roasted malt, gorgonzola, and orange juice in our ale" - which I find a waste. Half that stuff he puts on the shelves should have never made it out of the lab.

UnholyGoalie
January 11th, 2012, 06:48 PM
I don't even think 90 minute is that great. Overly sweet in my opinion. Still, I think it's a good thing that DFH exists, and I don't bash their beers. The stuff that does get my goat a bit is the artificial inflation and hype that some breweries create. Case in point, Dark Lord. Good beer, but not nearly worth jumping through those hoops to get, IMO. Limited release, one bottle per customer, armbands, standing in line, drawings, eff all that. Give me some Class V or Green Flash Double Stout that's usually readily available.

Azagthoth
January 12th, 2012, 09:38 AM
I don't even think 90 minute is that great. Overly sweet in my opinion. Still, I think it's a good thing that DFH exists, and I don't bash their beers. The stuff that does get my goat a bit is the artificial inflation and hype that some breweries create. Case in point, Dark Lord. Good beer, but not nearly worth jumping through those hoops to get, IMO. Limited release, one bottle per customer, armbands, standing in line, drawings, eff all that. Give me some Class V or Green Flash Double Stout that's usually readily available.

Class V kicks the **** out of most hyped up Imperial Stouts. I'd take it over Dark Lord anyday!

daxx
January 15th, 2012, 11:36 AM
Just bought two bottles of Sam Adams Infinium, and I'm a little bummed that the recommend it should be consumed by July 2012. It sucks that I'm not supposed to age them.
Anybody try one these yet?

UnholyGoalie
January 15th, 2012, 01:12 PM
Yeah, I had a bottle maybe 6 months ago. Not really my thing. It was a lot of money to pay for a beer that didn't blow my socks off. YMMV.

BeerMan
January 15th, 2012, 02:54 PM
$23 is too high for my liking. I really want to try one of those Nebraska Brewing beers. or those Bruery ones til my wench caved in. I didn't particularly like it.

IceBat
January 15th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Two friends and I shared my bottle of Rogue's Voodoo Donut Bacon Maple Ale last night. I was prepared not to like it because I'm not wild about smoky beers, but it was not too bad. It smelled strongly of maple syrup, but when I sipped it, I tasted smoky pork and almost no sweetness. It was strange that the smell was so different from the taste. I was glad I got to experience it, but it's not really my cup of tea. My friend, who is not a beer drinker but LOVES bacon, enjoyed it.Rogue Voodoo Donut

sarf
January 15th, 2012, 05:41 PM
My local 7-11 has a sign up saying "now selling craft beer" but they only had 4 or 5 bottles from Ballast Point, Firestone and one Stone....not a bad start I guess.

FBJ
January 15th, 2012, 06:17 PM
Someone talk to me about rauchbier. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoked_beer)

Specifically, give me an idea of where to find them and which are the best.

Thanks.

BeerMan
January 15th, 2012, 10:57 PM
my local liquor store has a whole bunch of Marzens. no Urbocks though. try your Bevmo. they have some Marzens listed online.

UnholyGoalie
January 16th, 2012, 11:10 AM
Someone talk to me about rauchbier. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoked_beer)

Specifically, give me an idea of where to find them and which are the best.

Thanks.

Depending on what's around you (Bevmo/Total Wine/other), they may be pretty easy to find. The first ones I tried were from Schlenkerla. You can find the marzen, urbock, and dopplebock. IMO, the dopplebock was the best as the smokiness was a bit more tame. With the marzen and urbock the smokiness is quite intense and can be overwhelming for most. Stone Smoked Porter is widely available and I remember it being good, but that was a while ago. Alaskan Smoked Porter is a seasonal that should still be on shelves and is quite good.

I've kind of grown a bit tired of the style, as most smoked beers I've had will assault you with their smokiness. And it makes you wonder if all they did was dump some liquid smoke into the brew kettle. Not really a smoked beer, but one of the best I've had was Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes which is a belgian style scotch ale that I believe they lightly smoked with peat like scotch. That beer had a lot going on and the smokiness was a nice underlying base without completely overtaking everything else.

BeerMan
January 16th, 2012, 09:34 PM
I prefer to prevent getting tired of such and such style by often switching up on the different types of beers. which is probably why I have many different beers in the closet and the fridge readily available.

Azagthoth
January 19th, 2012, 02:39 PM
$23 is too high for my liking. I really want to try one of those Nebraska Brewing beers. or those Bruery ones til my wench caved in. I didn't particularly like it.

I saw one of the BA Black Betty Imperial Stouts at Total Wine for 26 bucks I think it was. Just cant drop that much for a beer anymore that I have no idea is worth it or not. Black Tuesday I'll pump out 30 for a bottle without question.

KingsOvAllKings
January 19th, 2012, 02:56 PM
I am at an odd point the past 6 months cause i dont have enough money to drop on expensive beer and whenever i do i find myself resorting to buying only stuff i know i love (Delirium Tremens, Chimay, Russian River brewing Co., Murphy's..).

UnholyGoalie
January 19th, 2012, 07:00 PM
There's still quite a lot of brews to explore without dropping so much cash. Plenty of regular release stuff and the average sixer price I see is about $11. I like Chimay, but honestly I think their beers are a tad overrated. Just my opinion.

Stormy2213
January 19th, 2012, 09:15 PM
There's still quite a lot of brews to explore without dropping so much cash. Plenty of regular release stuff and the average sixer price I see is about $11. I like Chimay, but honestly I think their beers are a tad overrated. Just my opinion.

Though I disagree to a degree on Chimay, I agree 100% on what you say. There are a TON of great beers out there for $12 a six pack (or less). We are smack dab in the middle of the best era to experience outstanding beers in a variety of styles and/or flavors at fairly reasonable prices from all over the world. It's never been as good as it is right now. Hopefully it only gets better. And if it doesn't, I'll just make more homebrew!

Stormy2213
January 20th, 2012, 01:51 PM
There's still quite a lot of brews to explore without dropping so much cash. Plenty of regular release stuff and the average sixer price I see is about $11. I like Chimay, but honestly I think their beers are a tad overrated. Just my opinion.


Though I disagree to a degree on Chimay, I agree 100% on what you say. There are a TON of great beers out there for $12 a six pack (or less). We are smack dab in the middle of the best era to experience outstanding beers in a variety of styles and/or flavors at fairly reasonable prices from all over the world. It's never been as good as it is right now. Hopefully it only gets better. And if it doesn't, I'll just make more homebrew!

Along these lines...Again, both Sam and Jim entirely failed to address the real issue. I have problems with both brewers in that most of their "unusual" beers do absolutely suck and should have never made it to market. And that has nothing to do with how big they are. But what would you expect from marketing guys turned "brewers" but shuck and jive?

Straw man argument re-surfaces in response to ?overrated? thread | Beernews.org (http://beernews.org/2012/01/straw-man-argument-re-surfaces-in-response-to-overrated-thread/)

DRGinLBC
January 20th, 2012, 02:29 PM
I saw one of the BA Black Betty Imperial Stouts at Total Wine for 26 bucks I think it was. Just cant drop that much for a beer anymore that I have no idea is worth it or not. Black Tuesday I'll pump out 30 for a bottle without question.

What is it about Black Tuesday that I'm missing? I don't see the hype? I have a few bottles...but they will be all for trade now.

Azagthoth
January 20th, 2012, 04:32 PM
What is it about Black Tuesday that I'm missing? I don't see the hype? I have a few bottles...but they will be all for trade now.

I am finding most enjoyment these days in 12%ABV + beers, even more so if they are barrel aged. Black Tuesday is around 18%, but so drinkable because it certainly is not that strong in the taste. The chocolate, bourbon, and caramel blend so nicely and creates an imperial stout to me that is out of this world. I cant get enough of it!

Its not as hyped as it was the first year, because The Bruery is producing more each year which diminishes much of the hype. I think thats a great thing and makes it available to more consumers.

Azagthoth
January 20th, 2012, 04:35 PM
And if it doesn't, I'll just make more homebrew!

Gonna start working my way over to Stormy's :)

Stormy2213
January 20th, 2012, 06:52 PM
Gonna start working my way over to Stormy's :)

Racking a Belgian Strong Dark to secondary tomorrow. High hopes for this one!

Azagthoth
January 20th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Racking a Belgian Strong Dark to secondary tomorrow. High hopes for this one!


My favorite Belgian Style! If you want help critiquing it, please let me know, I would be honored!

Stormy2213
January 20th, 2012, 08:19 PM
My favorite Belgian Style! If you want help critiquing it, please let me know, I would be honored!

This is my first Belgian Strong Dark. I made a Belgian Strong blonde and I think it compares favorably to Duvel in flavor, just a bit hotter. I got this recipe from the local home brew shop. This one should finish at 11-12% ABV. I'm looking forward to having this in the upcoming Autumn and Winter. I really hope the recipe is solid. Btw, I added vanilla bean to their recipe just for the hell of it.

DougW8
January 21st, 2012, 10:48 AM
Gonna start working my way over to Stormy's :)

Make sure to pick me up on the way!

Azagthoth
January 21st, 2012, 12:04 PM
Make sure to pick me up on the way!

Always got a seat saved for Doug!

Stormy2213
January 21st, 2012, 06:06 PM
Make sure to pick me up on the way!


Always got a seat saved for Doug!

Home brew update. Got the Belgian Dark Strong racked to secondary. Short story long - poured a half pint to taste. I also had a Lagunitas Doppel Weizen poured and tasted them side by side just to pick out flavor notes. Funny and weird and inexplicable - all 3 of my buddies and I agreed that the homebrew tasted an awful lot like the Lagunitas, only the homebrew had a much more pronounced caramel flavor in it. Soooooooooo, that all being said, and factoring in the wishing and hoping aspect - I think this batch is going to be VERY good.

Going out on a limb here, but if I ever get to meet any of y'all at a game this year AND if you leave a good impression on me - you might qualify for a bottle sometime around Autumn/Winter later this year. Obejuan (DEARLY MISSED!!!!!), Mitch, and Phos already have dibs, and maybe the Rat just because. Well, and maybe Birdman and Ecktore.... Well, let's just see how things go.

UnholyGoalie
January 21st, 2012, 07:06 PM
Don't know where you guys are all located but it would be cool to get together and have a tasting. Or, as long as Blue Palms in Hwood is still open, meet up there pre-game and ride the subway to the Stapler.

Stormy2213
January 21st, 2012, 07:31 PM
Don't know where you guys are all located but it would be cool to get together and have a tasting. Or, as long as Blue Palms in Hwood is still open, meet up there pre-game and ride the subway to the Stapler.

I'm in SLO County but when I have to go to LA for work and Kings schedule haven't worked this season. I'm hoping to head down in February sometime and will be sure to post when I'm headed down. Would love to hit a place that caters to craft brew fans. Have talked about it with Obejuan a few times and just haven't had the chance to get down in awhile.

UnholyGoalie
January 22nd, 2012, 12:01 PM
Next game I'm going to is the Feb 25th Saturday game vs. the Blackhawks. Hopefully Blue Palms is still open then.

BeerMan
January 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM
*ahem*

well, I don't see another game in the near future for us. unless something pops up on the day of or before.

go
January 23rd, 2012, 09:21 AM
Anyone try the new Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA? Just came out. They have 12 packs at my local Albertsons.

I had the SN Brown Autumn Ale last week. I know it is almost past freshness date but it is what I eyed when I was at my local liquor store. It was delicious.

I also picked up Firestone Merlin Oatmeal Stout this weekend. A great beer.

Beer is the best.

The only bad beer, or not that great of a beer, I had recently was the Trader Joe's Vintage Ale. (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10707/75230) I think I just don't like that style.

mitchrock
January 23rd, 2012, 11:15 AM
Been drinking Cali-Belgique lately. Been hitting the spot.

Stormy2213
January 23rd, 2012, 07:57 PM
I have no idea how they're getting it here but the local Albertson's has started loading up on Lagunitas Doppel Weizen and they're selling it for $3.99 per 22 oz. bottle. That's a screaming deal. Most places have it at $5.99 - $7.99. I've been picking up 3 bottles at a time. I'm about to crack one open and nurse it through the game. Hopefully it's a better result than the last time I had one - when they lost to COL Saturday.

Azagthoth
January 26th, 2012, 09:43 AM
Anyone try the new Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA? Just came out. They have 12 packs at my local Albertsons.

I had the SN Brown Autumn Ale last week. I know it is almost past freshness date but it is what I eyed when I was at my local liquor store. It was delicious.

I also picked up Firestone Merlin Oatmeal Stout this weekend. A great beer.

Beer is the best.

The only bad beer, or not that great of a beer, I had recently was the Trader Joe's Vintage Ale. (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10707/75230) I think I just don't like that style.

I killed my 12'er of Ruthless Rye pretty quick! Phenomenal, as is just about everything Sierra Nevada releases. I really love the subtleness of the rye. Brings a nice character and something a little out of the ordinary to the table. Rye beers are really hit or miss - this one is a homerun.

daxx
January 26th, 2012, 04:20 PM
Just bought two bottles of Sam Adams Infinium, and I'm a little bummed that the recommend it should be consumed by July 2012. It sucks that I'm not supposed to age them.
Anybody try one these yet?

So I tried one of the two bottles I bought, and man was it bad.
Front of palate: warm Coors Light but there is no ceral malt taste and only a faint hoppiness.
Mid tounge: plasticy and musty
Aftertaste: coconut water

**** I was pissed. I spent $25/bottle on this "beer" and could only get down three sips of it. By far and away the worst beer I have ever consumed. I chilled it, let it settle and served it in a champagne flute and it just tasted like crap.

Avoid this beer at all cost.

Hey... by the way... anyone want to buy the other one from me?

Stormy2213
January 26th, 2012, 05:25 PM
So I tried one of the two bottles I bought, and man was it bad.
Front of palate: warm Coors Light but there is no ceral malt taste and only a faint hoppiness.
Mid tounge: plasticy and musty
Aftertaste: coconut water

**** I was pissed. I spent $25/bottle on this "beer" and could only get down three sips of it. By far and away the worst beer I have ever consumed. I chilled it, let it settle and served it in a champagne flute and it just tasted like crap.

Avoid this beer at all cost.

Hey... by the way... anyone want to buy the other one from me?

I avoid all SA beers. There is nothing of note that they make that is worth my money. It's really nothing but a marketing company anyway. Sorry you spent all that money on that abortion they call Infinium. Hope you can find somebody who will take it off your hands. Good luck

UnholyGoalie
January 26th, 2012, 07:32 PM
Ladyface is not only celebrating their 2nd anniversary, but they also have their 2011 1st Anni Quad, 2010 RIS, and 2010 barleywine on tap. Oh, and the duck confit salad is friggin' righteous.

Azagthoth
January 26th, 2012, 10:34 PM
I avoid all SA beers. There is nothing of note that they make that is worth my money. It's really nothing but a marketing company anyway. Sorry you spent all that money on that abortion they call Infinium. Hope you can find somebody who will take it off your hands. Good luck

You are absolutely right - SA is all marketing. They are going to be the next Bud, as in the "great american lager" or whatever you want to call it. Bud is on its way out (they knew it and cashed out at the right time to InBev, InBev's loss), Coors is part American and Miller is UK/South African owned. If I gambled I would invest everything I had into the BBC stock (no, i'm not referring to the porn acronym here). Boston Beer Company will be the next King of Beer.

I enjoy some SA brews. Many taste the same and are recycled from one another, but I think Boston Lager, Noble Pils, and a couple others are solid efforts for binging if you want a good taste to follow.

go
January 27th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Samuel Adams brews are good for the most part. But I tried their Summer Ale last year. That one was bad. It tasted too much like lemon.

BeerMan
January 29th, 2012, 03:00 PM
SA's Oktoberfest beers aren't all that bad either. they're the only ones I'll buy from SA.

anyone try their Utopia? the local market has one for $200. the bottle looks nice, though.

Stormy2213
January 29th, 2012, 03:18 PM
SA's Oktoberfest beers aren't all that bad either. they're the only ones I'll buy from SA.

anyone try their Utopia? the local market has one for $200. the bottle looks nice, though.

I think the SA Oktoberfest and Boston Lager are the only ones worth spending any money on. And that's only if there isn't any other good beer to be had - which is rare.

go
January 30th, 2012, 12:49 PM
I know this is old hat for most people following this thread but I picked up and tried Arrogant Bastard for the first time this weekend. Holy crap this is a perfect beer.

I tried the SA winter pack in December --- All the beers are good. None of them are great or memorable though. I have never had the Oktoberfest. Next year I will pick up.

BeerMan
January 30th, 2012, 06:59 PM
go, that's great. you're getting there. welcome to the club.

if you can find it, try the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

UnholyGoalie
January 30th, 2012, 07:15 PM
Arrogant Bastard is good stuff. Not really one for the oaked version. I have a bottle of Double Bastard in the cellar and the couple bottles of Lukcy Bastard I've had have been awesome.

go
January 31st, 2012, 10:21 AM
go, that's great. you're getting there. welcome to the club.

if you can find it, try the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
I think I am there now. I think I know what to expect from the different styles. And I enjoy most of them for what they are.

I also live very close to a very good brewery that I have been to a few times. (Just don't have much time or money to go out much.) It is called Hollister Brewing Co in Goleta, CA. They make a whole bunch of beers in house. And everyone I have tried has been good. If you ever come up to Santa Barbara you should check out this place. The food is pretty good for pub food, too.

http://hollisterbrewco.com/beers-on-tap.html

Also since I live here I see and have tried a lot of Firestone Walker brews. I even had the Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout last night.

BeerMan
January 31st, 2012, 06:25 PM
TVM is the nectar of the gods.

go
February 1st, 2012, 11:37 AM
TVM is the nectar of the gods.Excuse my ignorance. Perhaps I am not there yet. :) What is TVM?

mitchrock
February 1st, 2012, 12:05 PM
Excuse my ignorance. Perhaps I am not there yet. :) What is TVM?

The Velvet Merlin

DRGinLBC
February 1st, 2012, 12:16 PM
TVM is the nectar of the gods.

I wouldn't go that far...but it's good.

go
February 1st, 2012, 03:03 PM
The Velvet MerlinNow I feel like a fool. Of course, that is what it is.

BeerMan
February 1st, 2012, 08:46 PM
Golden Road beers are now available in cans at select Whole Foods. start huntin'.

go
February 6th, 2012, 10:47 AM
So I bought a 24 pack of Firestone Walker brews at my local Costco for $25 this weekend.

Included in it are the delicious Velvet Merlin stout, the refreshing Pale Ale 31, the malty amber Double Barrel Ale, and the hoppy, earthy, boozy Union Jack IPA.

Also at my local Costco was a 24 pack of Stone IPA for $27 and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for $24. I wish Stone and Sierra Nevada did a mix pack like Firestone.

Last year at Costco I picked up a mixed 24 pack of Anderson Valley brews. They were great.

mitchrock
February 6th, 2012, 11:44 AM
Enjoyed some Old Chubb over the weekend. Also used it for making my beer can chicken.

BeerMan
February 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM
I enjoyed Craftsman Holiday Spruce Ale at Blue Palms the other night. FYI, Sunday night was the last night for BP, until further developments.

UnholyGoalie
February 10th, 2012, 10:05 PM
Sipping on a friend's imperial stout. This is seriously one of the most ridiculously dark, boozy, and complex imperial stouts I've ever had. Syrupy, tons of alcohol bite on the tongue, I'm getting a lot of barrel ageing, hazelnuts, and a finish of guava and mild tropical fruits. I certainly hope he gets his own brewing company off the ground because this one would be a sure hit.

!Kings!
February 13th, 2012, 11:05 PM
I know this has been said before, but it just should be restated now and again. As I sit here with a fresh, slightly frosted pint of
"Pliny the Elder"(RRBC) in my living room, some things are just too good to be rushed. If you have not sampled this offering yet,
then I highly suggest you pursue it at once. For those who like hops, this is a fine, fine specimen..

Stormy2213
February 14th, 2012, 03:40 PM
In case you haven't gotten a ticket yet, there are still a few left. This is a GO TO event if you can make it. The list of breweries representing is on the website below. They also just announced these additions: Bell's Brewery, Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium, Southern Tier Brewing Co., and Yo-Ho (Japan). If you're on FB, you should add them to keep abreast of additional breweries. It's a 5 hour event. Going to be epic.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Breweries (http://www.firestonebeer.com/mingle/fw-invitational-beer-fest-breweries.php)

sarf
February 14th, 2012, 03:58 PM
I know this has been said before, but it just should be restated now and again. As I sit here with a fresh, slightly frosted pint of
"Pliny the Elder"(RRBC) in my living room, some things are just too good to be rushed. If you have not sampled this offering yet,
then I highly suggest you pursue it at once. For those who like hops, this is a fine, fine specimen..
It is, and it's that time of the year when "the Younger" is out...

mitchrock
February 14th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Enjoying the Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada. Nice flavor to it.

Stormy2213
February 14th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Enjoying the Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada. Nice flavor to it.

A-greed! Super good stuff. They get it up there in Chico, don't they.

mitchrock
February 14th, 2012, 05:57 PM
A-greed! Super good stuff. They get it up there in Chico, don't they.

Yes, yes they do.

DRGinLBC
February 14th, 2012, 06:48 PM
For Valentines day, the wife picked me up 3 nice bottles.

Avery Mephistopheles' Stout
Beer Valley Brewing Black Flag (fresh hop edition)
Mikkeller Black Hole (White Wine Edition)


Which one first???

Stormy2213
February 14th, 2012, 06:54 PM
For Valentines day, the wife picked me up 3 nice bottles.

Avery Mephistopheles' Stout
Beer Valley Brewing Black Flag (fresh hop edition)
Mikkeller Black Hole (White Wine Edition)


Which one first???

Everything I hear about the Mephistopheles tells me that is the one to savor last. Supposed to be off the charts great. You MUST report back in after you've made your way through those. BTW, your wife is a keeper dude. Best V Day gift I've seen posted anywhere on the interwebs today.

!Kings!
February 14th, 2012, 09:58 PM
Hangar 24 Double IPA anyone? I can't stop buying this stuff. Just nice and smooth...

BeerMan
February 15th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Hanger 24 has been cranking out good beers.

DRGinLBC
February 15th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Everything I hear about the Mephistopheles tells me that is the one to savor last. Supposed to be off the charts great. You MUST report back in after you've made your way through those. BTW, your wife is a keeper dude. Best V Day gift I've seen posted anywhere on the interwebs today.

That Mephistopheles' rounds out to almost 17%. I'll chime in after I crack it one night.

She defiantly is a keeper. She's a big beer nut just like I am.

BeerMan
February 15th, 2012, 02:26 PM
speaking of beer nuts, while on a blind date with my wench at a baseball game, she went on a beer run and asked what I would like. I half-jokingly told her to get me some Coors Light. she looked at me funny.

the stars and the planets aligned correctly when I changed my answer to Firestone DBA.

UnholyGoalie
February 15th, 2012, 07:17 PM
In case you haven't gotten a ticket yet, there are still a few left. This is a GO TO event if you can make it. The list of breweries representing is on the website below. They also just announced these additions: Bell's Brewery, Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium, Southern Tier Brewing Co., and Yo-Ho (Japan). If you're on FB, you should add them to keep abreast of additional breweries. It's a 5 hour event. Going to be epic.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Breweries (http://www.firestonebeer.com/mingle/fw-invitational-beer-fest-breweries.php)

Got my ticket today! Looking to drive up there on Friday and leave Sunday.

BeerMan
February 21st, 2012, 09:37 PM
Grand Teton Coming Home 2011

light golden ale.
carbonated to the start. tastes Belgian style with a sweet background. I found out later that it's similar to a tripel.

it's a sweet beer, which is not my cup of tea. but if I find it in the store again, I just might buy it then cellar it away for a year or more.

UnholyGoalie
February 26th, 2012, 04:24 PM
Bell's Expedition Stout. Don't know what the ABV is on this but I can taste each and every percent. Wow, what boozy, cocoa bomb!

DRGinLBC
February 28th, 2012, 01:36 PM
Looking to do a trade for some KBS. Anyone?

BeerMan
February 28th, 2012, 08:14 PM
Kbs?

DRGinLBC
February 28th, 2012, 08:46 PM
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

BeerMan
February 29th, 2012, 09:41 PM
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sarf
March 1st, 2012, 04:02 PM
how is that golden road? i've seen their cases at my local liquor store, but haven't tried 'em yet.

BeerMan
March 1st, 2012, 05:53 PM
their Point The Way IPA is damn good. they also have the hefeweizen in cases as well, and they're ok. at first they were available only at Whole Foods, then the other day I found a case of PTW at my local mart, so it's all good.

you can stop by the pub at Golden Road and try other beers on taps as well as their food. be sure to raise your glass in toast whenever a train roars by.

Golden Road Brewing (http://goldenroad.la/)

!Kings!
March 7th, 2012, 09:27 PM
Mammoth Mountain Brewery 395 IPA,,hard to find down here but worthwhile..

sarf
March 8th, 2012, 05:02 PM
a while ago i mentioned that my local 7-11 was "selling" craft beer, they a very small selection, but yesterday they were selling big bottles of ballast point scuplins for 4 bucks, i usually see them for 7+. i got 3 bottles, suckers.

!Kings!
March 8th, 2012, 09:23 PM
a while ago i mentioned that my local 7-11 was "selling" craft beer, they a very small selection, but yesterday they were selling big bottles of ballast point scuplins for 4 bucks, i usually see them for 7+. i got 3 bottles, suckers.

I just paid 7.99 a piece for two 22's of Sculpin today at HollingsHead in Orange, hope you stocked up!

DougW8
March 9th, 2012, 01:40 PM
Is the Inland Empire the next big area for Craft Breweries? According to this article, I should have lots to sample from in the near future.

Link (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-et-inland-empire-beer-20120309,0,3273342.story)

DougW8
March 16th, 2012, 10:00 AM
My recent trip to the Portland area was filled with great beers. Stopped by the Deschutes Brewery to sample some of their beers. I also had a few from Bridgeport and Hub while I was there. However, the highlight was a small place in Vancouver Washington called By The Bottle. It offers up bottles of beer from around the world, with most being beers not normally sold in that area. Upstairs, they have a taproom with some of the local beers on tap. They also have some cellered beers in the taproom, and I indulged in a 2009 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Really nice bourbon richness, and 13%ABV.

darby
March 16th, 2012, 08:44 PM
http://justbeer.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/kostritzer-glass.jpg

I've been enjoying the hell outta this recently.

TMAC
March 23rd, 2012, 01:17 PM
Been really gettin into Stella for some reason or another.

DRGinLBC
March 23rd, 2012, 01:20 PM
Been really gettin into Stella for some reason or another.

I feel bad for you.

DougW8
March 23rd, 2012, 02:43 PM
I feel bad for you.

Maybe he was referring to a bartender and not the beer.

UnholyGoalie
March 23rd, 2012, 06:19 PM
Been really gettin into Stella for some reason or another.

If you like Stella you should try Kona Longboard Lager. It's pretty easy to find and it has much more flavor, IMO. And once you try Longboard, try Sam Adams Boston Lager. And then Bass Ale. And then New Castle. And then Guinness.

And if you make it through all that and enjoy it....the real fun starts!


ETA: Stone collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout. I think the sourness in the cherries is a tad more present than the last bottle I had. Not bad. Unique. I'd say if you told me this was a quasi-sour stout I'd dig it a good amount.

BeerMan
March 23rd, 2012, 11:30 PM
ETA: Stone collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout. I think the sourness in the cherries is a tad more present than the last bottle I had. Not bad. Unique. I'd say if you told me this was a quasi-sour stout I'd dig it a good amount.

a stout, eh? maybe it'll make a great stout float!

UnholyGoalie
March 24th, 2012, 09:34 AM
When I started thinking of the beer as a sour stout (instead of just a stout with cherries), I enjoyed it a lot more.

mudfisher
March 24th, 2012, 05:59 PM
http://ciceronito.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/dsc00466.jpg?w=450&h=600

Awesome Irish Red!

Smooth with a good taste.

Recommend to those who like reds!

rinkrat
March 26th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Angel Stadium adding craft brew beer stand | brew, stadium, club - The Orange County Register (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/brew-346275-stadium-club.html)

DRGinLBC
March 26th, 2012, 11:26 AM
Angel Stadium adding craft brew beer stand | brew, stadium, club - The Orange County Register (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/brew-346275-stadium-club.html)

Shock Top? Craft???

DRGinLBC
March 26th, 2012, 11:27 AM
https://untappd.s3.amazonaws.com/photo/2012_02_26/3f49e85ecb034756f593b129b2a4eec4_320x320.jpg

Wow...this was good.

BeerMan
March 27th, 2012, 05:12 PM
Angel Stadium adding craft brew beer stand | brew, stadium, club - The Orange County Register (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/brew-346275-stadium-club.html)


Shock Top? Craft???


as if Sierra Nevada's DBA wasn't "craft"-y enough. :facepalm:


Draft Pick will also be pouring Shock Top (Belgian-style wheat ale), Blue Moon, and various other domestic seasonal beers.

aren't those beers owned/operated by some of the "big" brewers that make pissy yellow beers on the side? as hard as I try not to be snobby, but I'd think that they have no business trying to encroach upon us, however unsuspectingly, with products that they themselves decide to label as the definition of a craft beer.

DRGinLBC
March 27th, 2012, 06:53 PM
aren't those beers owned/operated by some of the "big" brewers that make pissy yellow beers on the side? as hard as I try not to be snobby, but I'd think that they have no business trying to encroach upon us, however unsuspectingly, with products that they themselves decide to label as the definition of a craft beer.

Yes.

mitchrock
March 28th, 2012, 11:48 AM
as if Sierra Nevada's DBA wasn't "craft"-y enough. :facepalm:



aren't those beers owned/operated by some of the "big" brewers that make pissy yellow beers on the side? as hard as I try not to be snobby, but I'd think that they have no business trying to encroach upon us, however unsuspectingly, with products that they themselves decide to label as the definition of a craft beer.

BLue Moon is ownerd by Coors. Pretty decent brews to have on a hot sumer day.

BeerMan
March 30th, 2012, 08:53 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/404010_3343470178997_1035990316_33259511_334739444 _n.jpg
Stone/Bear Republic/Fat Head's TBA

Ale brewed with brown sugar and molasses. and a losing $640 million lotto ticket.

can definitely taste both. it's an OK beer.

collaboration be damned. bring back the Green Tea IPA!

UnholyGoalie
March 30th, 2012, 09:24 PM
Had Ladyface's cask of the week which was their porter with chocolate chip mint. Smelled amazing and tasted like Andes mints. Pretty good stuff. Drinking Ruthless Rye. Not sure why this is getting mixed reviews. I dig it. Light enough to be a good session beer but still ballsy enough to keep you on your toes. Has the piney hop profile of a very tamed Stone IPA with the rye to balance it out at the back end.

UnholyGoalie
April 2nd, 2012, 08:29 PM
Went to the Lab in Agoura Hills for a quickie today and tried their milk stout. I have yet to be impressed with any of their beers.

On the other hand, had a couple pours of Pliny the Younger. Damn good. Amazingly balanced hop-wise with a seriously strong malty backbone. Not sure it's worth the price/hassle/hype, but it is quite good.

DRGinLBC
April 2nd, 2012, 08:40 PM
When is the first annual Kings beer tasting session? I'll host...playoffs?

I have some stuff in the cellar that are screaming to come out.

UnholyGoalie
April 2nd, 2012, 08:56 PM
Depending on when, I'm game. I have some bottles that I can pitch in as well.

BeerMan
April 3rd, 2012, 10:12 PM
as do I. some Stone Verts and Annis, among others.

DougW8
April 4th, 2012, 07:14 AM
as do I. some Stone Verts and Annis, among others.
I would probably have the much the same, but certainly game.

BeerMan
April 4th, 2012, 09:04 PM
once I get around to inventorize my beers, I'll post a list. I know, I've promised this in the past, but I'm still going to do it at some point soon.

UnholyGoalie
April 6th, 2012, 09:38 PM
My first experience with Bigfoot was months ago and the bottle had some years on it. Maybe '07 or '08. It was deliciously malty with caramel, toffee, and butterscotch flavors. After that I heard on BA and elsewhere that fresh it was a very hoppy beer. Well, that is correct. I have twelve bottles marinating and I pulled one off and cracked it open. This is from a sixer I bought a couple weeks ago. Man, if I didn't know better I'd swear this was a DIPA, albeit a malty and kinda harsh one. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the bottles progress through the years. Hopefully they'll last that long!

BeerMan
April 21st, 2012, 10:22 PM
anyone go to Tony's Darts Away today? the wench and I had some great beers.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin.
Russian River Supplication.
Ladyface Russian Lullaby
Sierra Nevada Ewe Boat.
Stone Mixtape Ale
Ventura Surf City Oil Pier Porter w/ Coconut in cask
Moylan ESB
Smog City Saber Toothed Squirrel
North Coast Old Rasputin
and...
Golden Road Otter Pop. yes, an otter pop made with orange and mixed with Point the Way and Hefeweizen. pretty sweet and awesome.

the Habanero Sculpin packed heat. so wrong on so many levels, yet enjoyable.
I liked the Ewe Boat the best. the Wench liked the Lullaby.

all in all, a good time was had. oh, and their BBQ pork sandwich was delicious.

UnholyGoalie
April 22nd, 2012, 11:13 AM
AWWWWW, dude! Why didn't you say something? I'm right down the street from TDA! Their sausages are legit and their sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had.

BTW, I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one still drinking beer these days. Had a can of Golden Road Point the Way yesterday. Interesting. Not sure what hops they use but the profile isn't tropical or citrus. I was getting kind of yeasty, funky, biscuity, and almost skunky profile from it. Not bad, but not great either.

Timmy Nolan's in Toluca Lake is having a FW dinner this Thursday at 6. They'll have DBA, Velvet Merlin, and one other on cask. I plan on going so any of yous guys interested, let me know.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have two bottles of Ayinger Celebrator calling me.

ICHockeyPeeps
April 23rd, 2012, 10:24 PM
anyone go to Tony's Darts Away today? the wench and I had some great beers.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin.
Russian River Supplication.
Ladyface Russian Lullaby
Sierra Nevada Ewe Boat.
Stone Mixtape Ale
Ventura Surf City Oil Pier Porter w/ Coconut in cask
Moylan ESB
Smog City Saber Toothed Squirrel
North Coast Old Rasputin
and...
Golden Road Otter Pop. yes, an otter pop made with orange and mixed with Point the Way and Hefeweizen. pretty sweet and awesome.

the Habanero Sculpin packed heat. so wrong on so many levels, yet enjoyable.
I liked the Ewe Boat the best. the Wench liked the Lullaby.

all in all, a good time was had. oh, and their BBQ pork sandwich was delicious.


Describe the Ladyface Russian Lullaby.

Which one was/is your favorite?

BeerMan
April 23rd, 2012, 10:25 PM
FW has a new beer out. Wookey Jack. my wench brought home a bomber of it for me the other day.

Golden Road's PTW is indeed one funky IPA. it's enjoyable after a long day at work. have you had their Hefeweizen yet? they also had a new release today. Hudson Porter. on tap only. I need to stop by for a pint soon.

BeerMan
April 23rd, 2012, 10:27 PM
Describe the Ladyface Russian Lullaby.

I can't remember. I only had a couple of sips out of it as my wench is the one who ordered it for herself.

BeerMan
May 1st, 2012, 07:42 PM
Eagle Rock Brewing has their beers out on the shelves now. if you're lucky, your local store has it. mine has Revolution XPA and Populist IPA available, so I grabbed those at first glance because I found them to be ****in tasty back when I attended their 1st anniversary event last year.

finished the Revolution just the other day. wow, still as crisp and good as I remember it. the Populist is waiting in the fridge, but right now is time for Trois Pistoles, thanks to mudfisher. holy ****, is that beer heavy and Belgian-y!

in other news, Blue Palms is having a beer market, farmers market style, on May 19. the list of beer ready for sale is quite impressive, and growing steadily.

Benny Adeline
May 21st, 2012, 10:11 AM
FW has a new beer out. Wookey Jack. my wench brought home a bomber of it for me the other day.

Golden Road's PTW is indeed one funky IPA. it's enjoyable after a long day at work. have you had their Hefeweizen yet? they also had a new release today. Hudson Porter. on tap only. I need to stop by for a pint soon.

We still have some Wookey Jack on tap at Tonys Darts Away. That stuff is bomb

DRGinLBC
May 21st, 2012, 10:28 AM
FW has a new beer out. Wookey Jack. my wench brought home a bomber of it for me the other day.

Golden Road's PTW is indeed one funky IPA. it's enjoyable after a long day at work. have you had their Hefeweizen yet? they also had a new release today. Hudson Porter. on tap only. I need to stop by for a pint soon.

The wife brought me home one of these on Friday. Enjoyed it yesterday during the Kings loss. I enjoyed this beer very much. The game...not so much.

BeerMan
May 21st, 2012, 07:34 PM
We still have some Wookey Jack on tap at Tonys Darts Away. That stuff is bomb

hey Benny I was looking for you at the 2nd anniversary thing.

UnholyGoalie
May 21st, 2012, 10:07 PM
Benny, do you work at Tony's? I may have met you. I know there's a skinny white dude that I've talked about the Kings in passing while I'm ordering a beer.

Benny Adeline
May 24th, 2012, 09:19 AM
hey Benny I was looking for you at the 2nd anniversary thing.


Benny, do you work at Tony's? I may have met you. I know there's a skinny white dude that I've talked about the Kings in passing while I'm ordering a beer.

Beerman: I was mostly working the door that day. Wish I could have met you.

Unholy: I am the AGM at Tony's. I'm the skinny white guy, now bearded. I'm usually wearing kings gear, but have had to stop because so many people want to chat that I cant get any work done. I'm usually never there for games though, because I'm a STH and I watch away games at home where I can concentrate. Stop in one day and say HI, I'm there mon, wed, thur, fri and sat from noon-6:30

UnholyGoalie
May 24th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Nice! I have met you before! You helped call me a cab on St Patricks day (thanks BTW, I was in no condition to drive). I know I've approached you in the past about putting the Kings games on the TV's there.

I was just there last night with a couple buddies. Had some Parabola, Black Xantus, and Piper Down. Did that in the wrong order as the Parabola wrecked my palate.

!Kings!
May 25th, 2012, 07:20 PM
Port Brewing, always a worthy try..

Just had their Anniversary Ale, nice and smooth and definitely unfiltered. Reasonably priced at Total Beer and More..

UnholyGoalie
May 25th, 2012, 09:57 PM
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. Not bad, but not great either. Kinda messy.

DougW8
June 1st, 2012, 08:52 AM
Stone Brewing coming to Pasadena? Haven't seen anything posted about this, but according to this article, they are planning on opening a tasting room on Raymond.

Link: (http://pasadenascoop.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/stone-brewing-company-coming-to-pasadena/)

UnholyGoalie
June 24th, 2012, 01:58 PM
Had a bottle of Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale yesterday. Quite excellent. Like a slightly thinned out version of Older Viscosity. Quite boozy, too. It's aged in bourbon and brandy barrels and comes in at 12.5%. Don't remember the amount I paid for it but I remember it wasn't cheap. Delicious, though.

mitchrock
June 24th, 2012, 03:08 PM
I am on my Lagunitas vacation. Cousin brought over a case of IPAs. Also went over there for lunch yesterday. Loved the Waldo 420 and the Barrel Aged Gnarly WINE.

KingsOvAllKings
June 30th, 2012, 06:04 PM
I was able to check out Russian River brewery up north about 2 weeks ago and tried their 18 beer sampler along with some awesome pizza and dessert brownie. My favorites were the "Little White Lie" Belgian White and O.V.L. Stout. Other than that i picked up a bottle of possibly my favorite beer (Consecration), some glassware and a growler.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/600162_392834590769555_1619502535_n.jpg

!Kings!
June 30th, 2012, 09:11 PM
I was able to check out Russian River brewery up north about 2 weeks ago and tried their 18 beer sampler along with some awesome pizza and dessert brownie. My favorites were the "Little White Lie" Belgian White and O.V.L. Stout. Other than that i picked up a bottle of possibly my favorite beer (Consecration), some glassware and a growler.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/600162_392834590769555_1619502535_n.jpg

Nothing but complete jealousy..

!Kings!
July 11th, 2012, 08:21 PM
For my fellow beer enthusiasts in the HB area, Total Beer and Spirits at beach and McFadden has a case of Pliny the Elder in the beer fridge. I don't think
they know what they have. I was there an hour ago and pilfered two, although they say limit is one. There were still over 20 left. Go get 'em peeps!

mitchrock
July 13th, 2012, 10:13 AM
http://ciceronito.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/cimg6362.jpg

My mom got me a bottle of this Double bock. Really liked it. First Paulaner beer that I can say that about. Was a good warm up before I drank a Lagunitas IPA.

jammer06
July 13th, 2012, 10:59 AM
Just had my mom bring me some of these out from Kentucky, very nice

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jLfUyEuMrHk/TItxVu3PbZI/AAAAAAAAC4c/REC6LDZJj90/s320/Bluegrass+Bourbon+Barrel+Stout.jpg

BeerMan
July 13th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Just had my mom bring me some of these out from Kentucky, very nice

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jLfUyEuMrHk/TItxVu3PbZI/AAAAAAAAC4c/REC6LDZJj90/s320/Bluegrass+Bourbon+Barrel+Stout.jpg

I would love to try that one!

jammer06
July 13th, 2012, 09:00 PM
I would love to try that one!

its worthwhile to sample all the breweries out there if you ever do a distillery trip. If I was in LA I'd offer to take orders for you next time she's out. Maybe if I can sneak another LGK pickup game in I'll save a bottle or two for yah.

BeerMan
July 13th, 2012, 10:25 PM
its worthwhile to sample all the breweries out there if you ever do a distillery trip.

I do that when I'm out of town.

UnholyGoalie
July 14th, 2012, 01:15 PM
File this under "so that happened last night".
http://i46.tinypic.com/293c31u.jpg

Stormy2213
July 16th, 2012, 11:42 AM
Took a last second roadie to the Getty yesterday. Braved the Sunday traffic from SLO all the way down - which turned out OK. After the Getty all we wanted to do was get to Mohawk Bend for something great on tap. So, OK, the REAL reason for driving down was to end up there....Anyway, if you haven't been there yet, I'd highly suggest going b/c they have a really nice tap selection going. Further, since I live in Russian River Brewing distribution dead zone, i.e., none of the local distributors are worth a **** b/c they can't commit to keeping their beers cold, we are unable to get Russian River Brewing beers here in SLO. Hence, my fascination with Pliny the Elder when somebody brings a few bottles back. Back on track, we ended up at Mohawk Bend around 7 and instead of ordering the Pliny I decided to get the Blind Pig IPA b/c I've heard from many that they like it BETTER than Pliny. I thought that this was impossible. BUT - IT'S - NOT! Consider me a convert to the Blind Pig IPA bandwagon. I like it better than the Pliny, especially after doing a side by side comparison last night. More balanced, less heavy, a bit more restrained on the alcohol, super delicious aroma, perfect mouthfeel. So, here is yet another "high recommended" IPA for you all - Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing. Seek it out, drink it, and enjoy a world class IPA. We will be heading back for more in a couple of weeks.

Lastly, we are heading down for a 3 day visit to Solana Beach. Any suggestions on bars close by that have a great tap selection? I doubt we leave the environs so something close by/short cab ride would be ideal. Looking forward to suggestions.

mitchrock
July 16th, 2012, 01:35 PM
Stormy, go to pizza port Solana Beach. Pizza Port Solana Beach (http://www.pizzaport.com/category-s/1820.htm)

DMAN3474
July 16th, 2012, 04:02 PM
Yay!!! Im not the only one who likes Blind Pig more!!! My Dad and a couple buddies keep telling me that Im crazy and Pliny is better

UnholyGoalie
July 16th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Bottles of Blind Pig seem to be easier to get than PtE, however finding PtE on tap seems to be easier than Blind Pig.

BeerMan
July 16th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Bottles of Blind Pig seem to be easier to get than PtE, however finding PtE on tap seems to be easier than Blind Pig.

werd.

DougW8
July 16th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Bottles of Blind Pig seem to be easier to get than PtE, however finding PtE on tap seems to be easier than Blind Pig.


Eureka Burger in Claremont rotates them, but I agree, that Pliny seems to be in a heavier rotation. Lonehill Liquor in Glendora usally has both in bottles.

daxx
July 17th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Just because I want to get flamed,

I recommend the new Bud Light Platinum. It's very light and refreshing, and has 6% alch to boot. I'm looking forward to consuming quite a few of these on my next trip to Florida.

mitchrock
July 17th, 2012, 04:38 PM
Just because I want to get flamed,

Bend over

BeerMan
July 17th, 2012, 04:57 PM
I have, unfortunately, had a chance to taste the Platinum. you know what I thought it tasted like? Budweiser.

bada-bing. thank you. I'll be here for the next 10 years.

UnholyGoalie
July 17th, 2012, 06:35 PM
There's a time and place for Bud/Miller/Coors and it's referred to as "camping".

Waitsfan
July 17th, 2012, 06:40 PM
Green Flash Palate Wrecker! Had one at O'Briens in San Diego a couple of weeks ago.....you've got to love a hoppy beer!!

Waitsfan
July 17th, 2012, 06:52 PM
oh yeah, O'Brien's Pub usually has Pliny on tap!!! In Kearney Mesa, San Diego.

daxx
July 18th, 2012, 06:54 AM
Bend over

well if you insist...

go
July 18th, 2012, 10:20 AM
A good refreshing beer for the summertime that I recently have been drinking that Trader Joe's now sells is Anchor Steam. A California Classic. Reminds me a bit of Oktoberfest but not as malty.

How can anyone drink stouts in the summer? It is a winter beer through and through.

mitchrock
July 18th, 2012, 10:36 AM
A good refreshing beer for the summertime that I recently have been drinking that Trader Joe's now sells is Anchor Steam. A California Classic. Reminds me a bit of Oktoberfest but not as malty.

How can anyone drink stouts in the summer? It is a winter beer through and through.

Once in a while, I'll drink a stout in the summer. Not too often. Prefer IPA's and lighter beers during the summer.

DougW8
July 18th, 2012, 10:53 AM
I like stouts all year round. Why do you think they invented air conditioning?

go
July 18th, 2012, 11:48 AM
I like stouts all year round. Why do you think they invented air conditioning?
Maybe... on a cool night at an Irish pub.. or something like that.

Azagthoth
July 18th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Just because I want to get flamed,

I recommend the new Bud Light Platinum. It's very light and refreshing, and has 6% alch to boot. I'm looking forward to consuming quite a few of these on my next trip to Florida.

I actually dig the new Bud Light Platinum and agree with you. I won't touch Bud Light, but the Platinum I will. I've been spending more money on food to grill (tis the season) than I have on expensive beers - so I've been sticking to lighter stuff like TJ's Simpler Times, SN Summerfest, etc. I really don't want anything too heavy while I'm outside grilling (when I'm back inside with the AC - different story).

Stormy2213
July 18th, 2012, 01:50 PM
A good refreshing beer for the summertime that I recently have been drinking that Trader Joe's now sells is Anchor Steam. A California Classic. Reminds me a bit of Oktoberfest but not as malty.

How can anyone drink stouts in the summer? It is a winter beer through and through.

I like all good beers in all styles, regardless of season. I may be the rare bird who really does enjoy a double stout on a hot summer day. My fridge is loaded with heavy ales and I've had no trouble cracking one no matter how hot the day. I am very much a beer snob (yup, no apologies forthcoming about it either!) and would rather drink water than ****ty, mass produced swill like the Bud or Coors products. There is just too much GREAT BEER to be had these days, even on a budget, to spend your hard earned dough on ****ty beers.

Azagthoth
July 18th, 2012, 02:21 PM
I like all good beers in all styles, regardless of season. I may be the rare bird who really does enjoy a double stout on a hot summer day. My fridge is loaded with heavy ales and I've had no trouble cracking one no matter how hot the day. I am very much a beer snob (yup, no apologies forthcoming about it either!) and would rather drink water than ****ty, mass produced swill like the Bud or Coors products. There is just too much GREAT BEER to be had these days, even on a budget, to spend your hard earned dough on ****ty beers.

I agree with this too although if Bud Miller Coors were to have a beer I enjoy I would have no shame in admitting it. It's sad but the beer community has been a bit brainwashed with the assumption that anything BMC = garbage. To an extent there is some truth that most of their brews you can safely pass on without missing anything. There is too much time wasted on sites like BeerAdvocate when it comes to bashing BMC when rather you could be discovering new beers and to discuss how great they are.

I definitely dig Coors Original, IceHouse from Miller, and BL Platinum from AB - the rest of the lineups I'll pass on.

go
July 18th, 2012, 03:17 PM
Stouts are not refreshing at all. That is why I said they are a winter beer.

You can do what you please.. But you cannot tell me that drinking a stout on a hot summer day is the same as drinking one in the dark days of winter. Same with frizzy lagers. They do the job much better in the summer.

UnholyGoalie
July 18th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Stouts are not refreshing at all. That is why I said they are a winter beer.

You can do what you please.. But you cannot tell me that drinking a stout on a hot summer day is the same as drinking one in the dark days of winter. Same with frizzy lagers. They do the job much better in the summer.

1) As I said in the other thread, I don't drink beer to be refreshed. I drink water to be refreshed. I drink beer to enjoy the beer.
2) I won't tell you it's the same, but I will tell you it tastes awesome regardless of the season.
3) I'm so awesome that not only will I drink an imperial stout during the summer, I can enjoy a DIPA (Lagunitas Sucks, or SN Celebration for a regular IPA) in the frigid winter months.

BeerMan
July 18th, 2012, 07:43 PM
stout in the summer? make an ice cream float out of it. it's damn refreshing as anything!

go
July 19th, 2012, 08:20 AM
UnholyGoalie... Right... you drink a stout with a BBQ hamburger.. I mean just water... Just pulling your leg.. ;-).. HEY IT IS BEER!

Beerman- that is a great idea...

I had an Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA last night. Yum.

Stormy2213
July 19th, 2012, 08:46 AM
Stouts are not refreshing at all. That is why I said they are a winter beer.


Well, to each his own. But stout IS very refreshing. Stout isn't always the heavy beer that a lot of folks think it is. It's dark and that scares people off - usually those who think Blue Moon is a good "wheat" beer. If we ever cross paths on a hot summer day, I'll be sure to get you a stout that I KNOW you will enjoy and that will refresh you.

jammer06
July 19th, 2012, 08:54 AM
Ok I love a good stout as much as anyone, but last night my brother and I were doing a boys sushi night and honestly we couldn't imagine doing that without a crappy light lager like sapporo. Not that a tastier beer wouldn't be tasty, but it wouldn't feel right.

go
July 19th, 2012, 10:30 AM
Well, to each his own. But stout IS very refreshing. Stout isn't always the heavy beer that a lot of folks think it is. It's dark and that scares people off - usually those who think Blue Moon is a good "wheat" beer. If we ever cross paths on a hot summer day, I'll be sure to get you a stout that I KNOW you will enjoy and that will refresh you.
Which stout are you talking about? They may not be "heavy", but stouts I know are roasty and dry and sometimes sweet.

Okay ---- I'll buy a stout next time I am on a beer run. Which one should I get?

Stormy2213
July 19th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Which stout are you talking about? They may not be "heavy", but stouts I know are roasty and dry and sometimes sweet.

Okay ---- I'll buy a stout next time I am on a beer run. Which one should I get?

Any stout to me, EXCEPT FOR GUINNESS, is acceptable. But go with one of the "lighter" stouts - Sierra Nevada, Deschutes Obsidian, Steelhad Extra Stout. Those are, all 3, solid, nicely made stouts that won't knock your socks off with roast or heaviness or booziness. But in all honesty, right now I'm craving a Green Flash Double Stout. That sounds like nectar right about now. :drinks:

DRGinLBC
July 19th, 2012, 03:07 PM
I like Stormy.

BeerMan
July 19th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Ok I love a good stout as much as anyone, but last night my brother and I were doing a boys sushi night and honestly we couldn't imagine doing that without a crappy light lager like sapporo. Not that a tastier beer wouldn't be tasty, but it wouldn't feel right.

you know, pairing beer with food is a whole nuther story, but to start with, stout with sushi isn't a great idea anyway. lager or pilsner are, however, and so would a pale ale....

BeerMan
July 19th, 2012, 09:53 PM
at 9%! can't wait to try this!
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/292317_252597061524848_406545960_n.jpg

UnholyGoalie
July 20th, 2012, 07:09 PM
you know, pairing beer with food is a whole nuther story, but to start with, stout with sushi isn't a great idea anyway. lager or pilsner are, however, and so would a pale ale....

Yeah, I think a rich malty beer would overpower any sushi and some of the more flavorful fish would just clash. With sushi I'd stick to "lighter" styles. First craft brew that comes to mind is Firestone DBA. I think that would probably pair very nicely. Any pale ale (Sierra Nevada, anyone?) would be a good choice and I might even try a regular IPA, thought probably not a DIPA.

To put my money where my mouth is, today I had some Lost Abbey Angel's Share (heavenly, pun intended) and tonight cracking a growler of Ladyface Bluebelly barleywine. Mmmmmm, delicious!

Chateau Bow Wow
July 20th, 2012, 07:14 PM
Yeah, I think a rich malty beer would overpower any sushi and some of the more flavorful fish would just clash. With sushi I'd stick to "lighter" styles. First craft brew that comes to mind is Firestone DBA. I think that would probably pair very nicely. Any pale ale (Sierra Nevada, anyone?) would be a good choice and I might even try a regular IPA, thought probably not a DIPA.

To put my money where my mouth is, today I had some Lost Abbey Angel's Share (heavenly, pun intended) and tonight cracking a growler of Ladyface Bluebelly barleywine. Mmmmmm, delicious!

What year Angels Share? And how was it?

UnholyGoalie
July 20th, 2012, 07:33 PM
I assume this year. Dark, heavy, malty and sweet. Good amount of bourbon in it. Not as thick and chewey as perhaps an imp stout, but still viscous enough to coat the mouth. I had it at Ladyface in Agoura, BTW. They might still have it on tap tonight but it probably won't last much longer.

jammer06
July 20th, 2012, 08:46 PM
Going to try andersson valleys summer solstice tonight. Will let you know how it turns out.

BeerMan
July 20th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Yeah, I think a rich malty beer would overpower any sushi and some of the more flavorful fish would just clash. With sushi I'd stick to "lighter" styles. First craft brew that comes to mind is Firestone DBA. I think that would probably pair very nicely. Any pale ale (Sierra Nevada, anyone?) would be a good choice and I might even try a regular IPA, thought probably not a DIPA.

to be honest with you, I'd stick with Japanese beers to pair up with sushi, just because I'm old fashioned.

BeerMan
July 21st, 2012, 02:37 PM
On beers & cans - ?a Brasse ! (http://cabrasse.ca/on-beers-cans/)

jammer06
July 23rd, 2012, 12:03 PM
Going to try andersson valleys summer solstice tonight. Will let you know how it turns out.

If you like their winter solstice but in a lighter easier to drink on a hot day form the Summer Solstice is a definite hit. I'll be drinking this brew a lot!

SirJW
July 23rd, 2012, 03:18 PM
http://letsgokings.com/attachments/f4/3907d1342842109-limited_edition_kings_bud_light_aluminum-uploadfromtaptalk1342842122667.jpg


Too soon?

sarf
July 23rd, 2012, 04:07 PM
at 9%! can't wait to try this!
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/292317_252597061524848_406545960_n.jpg
I finally made it down to GRB, they were out of Surfliner when i ordered, but by the time i finished my food and beer it was on tap, so i left with a growler of it. Will have some tonight.

BeerMan
July 23rd, 2012, 11:16 PM
http://thefremontbar.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/simtra-beer.jpg

Stormy2213
July 24th, 2012, 08:23 AM
http://thefremontbar.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/simtra-beer.jpg

THAT is some nice beer my friend. Knee Deep is making some good stuff.

DMAN3474
August 10th, 2012, 12:07 PM
My friend just took a trip up north and stopped by russian river brewery on the way home and picked me up pliny, blind pig, damnation, sanctification, and one other that I cant remember at the moment. Moral of the story is: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yjn2gaKA1r91g01.gif (I couldnt find adgys "oh hell yeah" gif)

DougW8
August 15th, 2012, 07:12 PM
So I have a bottle of Prestige De Nuit (http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/08/09/13201544-is-this-45-beer-worth-the-price?lite) ,that I bought as a birthday present for myself. I had a bottle a few years ago, that I felt was one of the best beers ever. I think it may be time to open this baby up. Now the question comes up...drink it alone or share it with friends?

BeerMan
August 15th, 2012, 08:48 PM
don't be such a recluse, Doug. share!

DougW8
August 16th, 2012, 08:34 AM
I think beers such as these should always be shared. Beerman, you are always first on any beer needing to be shared. Well unless there was a really hot woman who likes beer, then I might forget all about you.

BeerMan
August 16th, 2012, 08:43 PM
a hot woman? you should follow her on twitter. The Beerista or something.

DougW8
August 17th, 2012, 06:25 AM
a hot woman? you should follow her on twitter. The Beerista or something.

I would, but I would probably get charged with stalking. Probably safer to just drink beer with friends.

rinkrat
August 17th, 2012, 11:45 AM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/546507_10151001244421953_1009281922_n.jpg

At Wine Country in Long Beach

Whiskey&Coke
August 17th, 2012, 02:17 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/546507_10151001244421953_1009281922_n.jpg

At Wine Country in Long Beach

Looks really mellow. That "Golden Monkey" Belgium style in the background is good session beer too. The 6 pack in the Purple and Yellow box in the background.

Whiskey&Coke
August 17th, 2012, 02:21 PM
So I have a bottle of Prestige De Nuit (http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/08/09/13201544-is-this-45-beer-worth-the-price?lite) ,that I bought as a birthday present for myself. I had a bottle a few years ago, that I felt was one of the best beers ever. I think it may be time to open this baby up. Now the question comes up...drink it alone or share it with friends?

Geaorge Thorogood put it best when he said, "i drink alone"

BeerMan
August 17th, 2012, 11:10 PM
http://www.wantaghbeverage.com/assets/images/leffe-blonde-.jpg

I had a chance to try this in, way among other places, Philippe's. it's pretty good and mellow. Philippe's serves other beers like Ranger IPA and Stella Artois, but the Blonde caught my attention better.

UnholyGoalie
August 18th, 2012, 02:18 PM
If you guys happen to come across Sierra Nevada The Dude on tap, grab a pint. Quite excellent. It's a blend of an imperial brown and Torpedo.

DougW8
August 18th, 2012, 02:38 PM
http://www.wantaghbeverage.com/assets/images/leffe-blonde-.jpg

I had a chance to try this in, way among other places, Philippe's. it's pretty good and mellow. Philippe's serves other beers like Ranger IPA and Stella Artois, but the Blonde caught my attention better.

They were serving that at Staples during the playoffs.

mitchrock
August 20th, 2012, 04:51 PM
Tried Heretic Brewing's Evil Cousin last night. Really good IPA with a malty subtlety. Highly recommend it.
http://hereticbrewing.com/images/beers/evilcousin.jpg

mitchrock
August 22nd, 2012, 04:54 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/546507_10151001244421953_1009281922_n.jpg



Tried this last night and hated it. Pure crap. Stone is slipping. For 2 years now, their Old Guardian has been crap too. They've gotten too big.

Whiskey&Coke
August 24th, 2012, 09:39 AM
Tried this last nig
ht and hated it. Pure crap. Stone is slipping. For 2 years now, their Old Guardian has been crap too. They've gotten too big.

Stone's Epic is okay. But Stone Brewery has become something else. The brewery itself has become a douchebag magnet too. Went earlier this year and wasnt really feeling it. Not what I made it out to be. Overpriced and far too crowded. The crowd wasn't laid back at all either. With that said, I still made the best of it and caught a hellacious buzz. Then I drove back home to LA. That was what I called a thrill ride. Screw Magic Mountain.

mitchrock
August 24th, 2012, 10:53 AM
Stone's Epic is okay. But Stone Brewery has become something else. The brewery itself has become a douchebag magnet too. Went earlier this year and wasnt really feeling it. Not what I made it out to be. Overpriced and far too crowded. The crowd wasn't laid back at all either. With that said, I still made the best of it and caught a hellacious buzz. Then I drove back home to LA. That was what I called a thrill ride. Screw Magic Mountain.

DISCLAIMER: We do not promote drinking and driving here on LGK. Please have a designated driver.

mitchrock
August 24th, 2012, 11:58 AM
Had a Red Hook ESB last night. First one I had in years. Used to love this stuff in the 90's. Saw it at BevMo for $1.99 for the 22oz bottle and was happy to be reunited with an old friend. Some of Red Hook's brews haven't stood the test of time. This one does.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_CvVf-jQg2ZQ/TBQyBlU9rwI/AAAAAAAACqQ/zzPWEmynuYw/s1600/Redhook+ESB.JPG

KingsOvAllKings
August 24th, 2012, 12:04 PM
So i saw the Maui Brewing Co. "Sobrehumano Palena'ole" 4 pack at a liquor store, anyone try this? Is it good? I want to make sure before i drop $19 on a 4pack.

http://www.wortandyeast.com/wp-content/uploads/July-12-349_edit.jpg

jammer06
August 24th, 2012, 12:26 PM
So i saw the Maui Brewing Co. "Sobrehumano Palena'ole" 4 pack at a liquor store, anyone try this? Is it good? I want to make sure before i drop $19 on a 4pack.

http://www.wortandyeast.com/wp-content/uploads/July-12-349_edit.jpg
No idea, I had a blast at their brewery/restaurant though watching game 7 of the bruins/nucks finals. Ahhh good times.
Seems over priced in general though.

sonnyboy11
August 24th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Concur that Stone is coasting lately. Besides their new releases being just 'meh' I ate there a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't very good. We actually sent back the hummus plate. It just wasn't edible. All the nice landscaping in the world cannot make up for substandard food.

That said, I am suitably impressed by their Drink By 9.21.12 IPA. It clocks in at 9.4% ABV. It's a freakin hop wagon with a slight peach tone. Very nicely colored for an IPA. And no toasty bitterness at the end. I'd say I like it better than their regular IPA but need a bit more to be sure (or a LOT more).

More write ups on it here

Enjoy By 9.21.12 IPA - Stone Brewing Co. - Escondido, CA - BeerAdvocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/147/84596)

http://www.brewbound.com/news/stone-...2-ipa-released

UnholyGoalie
August 24th, 2012, 06:03 PM
Tried this last night and hated it. Pure crap. Stone is slipping. For 2 years now, their Old Guardian has been crap too. They've gotten too big.

While I wouldn't call it crap, I wouldn't buy it. Had it on tap at Blue Palms last night. Interesting. Had a certain dank quality that was a bit off putting. Also had a pour of their 15th Anni with espresso beans and that was much more to my liking. Then finished with a pint of The Dude which was awesome yet again.

BeerMan
August 26th, 2012, 05:54 PM
the beers that I had over the weekend...

Stone's 16th: I was told it had some cinnamon hint to it. nope, couldn't sense anything while trying to finish a pint of it.
Stone's Drink By 9/21: what a stupid name for it. great on the nose but the palate was odd.
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum: harsh drink. like Stone's 16th, not easy to finish. was expecting a better drink because it was made with whole cone hops.

UnholyGoalie
August 26th, 2012, 08:55 PM
Finished up today with Deschutes Obsidian stout (very good, but also very similar to Black Butte, which I guess, isn't a bad thing at all), GF WC IPA (solid), and Allagash Curiex (not bad, but not really my style either). Oh, yesterday had a bottle of Flying Dog Horn Dog barley wine. Very good stuff!

jammer06
August 27th, 2012, 08:28 AM
Finished up today with Deschutes Obsidian stout (very good, but also very similar to Black Butte, which I guess, isn't a bad thing at all), GF WC IPA (solid), and Allagash Curiex (not bad, but not really my style either). Oh, yesterday had a bottle of Flying Dog Horn Dog barley wine. Very good stuff!

I had the obsidian a couple weeks back and I think I got a bum sixer, tasted pretty burnt. Going to give it another shot and hope it's not so smokey (the smoke was ok, it was the charred that bothered me).

Had the Lagunitas little sumpin sumpin for the first time this weekend. Nice beer, perfect for preseason football.

DougW8
August 27th, 2012, 08:37 AM
So i saw the Maui Brewing Co. "Sobrehumano Palena'ole" 4 pack at a liquor store, anyone try this? Is it good? I want to make sure before i drop $19 on a 4pack.

http://www.wortandyeast.com/wp-content/uploads/July-12-349_edit.jpg


It's a sour, which explains the high price. I had it on tap yesterday at Eureka Burger, and it is fairly mild for a sour, but a nice introduction if you haven't tried that style. I also had Stone's Enjoy By 9/21, and I agree with Beerman on that. I tried it, now I can move on to other beers that represent the style much better.

UnholyGoalie
August 27th, 2012, 05:34 PM
If pressed I'd probably wouldn't be able to tell a Black Butte from an Obsidian. Didn't get any smokey qualities in it. Like BB, all I got was some very nice dark malty sweetness with typical cocoa/coffee tones.

UnholyGoalie
August 31st, 2012, 09:50 PM
Stone 15th Anni is much better with a year on it.

BeerMan
September 3rd, 2012, 08:16 PM
Mammoth Brewing Company 2012 Blondibock Bock

not a fan of bocks including Shiner's, but this one hits the nail for me.

LOSTcauseZERO
September 7th, 2012, 01:18 AM
http://www.samueladams.com/_assets/beers/bottles/large/ed1005fe-c902-4294-a62f-9d7137c33356.jpg

Stormy2213
September 7th, 2012, 04:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5C8tyLQpeM&feature=youtu.be

Got this years version. Huge "Bret" flavor profile. Huge. I LOVE this stuff. As he says in the video, "not for the faint of heart". If you don't like big flavors and smells, this is not the beer for you. It doesn't taste like anything else that I can note for comparison sake. I'd just suggest finding a bottle, buying it, and sharing with other beer friends. It's delicious.

UnholyGoalie
September 14th, 2012, 02:10 AM
While I won't say Guinness here in Ireland is much different, it does seem to be a tad more robust.

DRGinLBC
September 14th, 2012, 01:57 PM
I just got a 4 pack of this stuff. Anyone had it yet?

http://cigarbrief.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/monks-blood.jpg

BeerMan
September 14th, 2012, 05:47 PM
http://www.trbimg.com/img-5018811f/turbine/la--dd-golden-road-unveils-its-wolf-among-weed-001/600

I like it like I like Point The Way.

best bet is to shop for it at Whole Foods. don't bother stopping by the brewery because they hardly have it in stock as WAW sells out quickly.

UnholyGoalie
September 16th, 2012, 08:52 AM
In Ireland on vacation with friends. Needless to say we've had our share of Guinness and Jameson. To settle the issue of how Guinness tastes here in Ireland compared to back home: it really isn't much different. A tad more barley depth, but that's about it. We plan on going to St James Gate when we're in Dublin, so I'll confirm there.

As for other beers, there's been Murphy's and Beamish. Tried a pint of Bonaparte Stout which while good, wasn't a whole lot different than Guinness, or Murphy's and Beamish to be honest.

Two surprises has been Galway Hooker and Caladonia Smooth. Both medium bodied ales that were quite tasty. Hope to get more later. If there is a craft beer scene here it must be in it's infancy. Heineken and Carlsberg seem to be quite popular here for some reason.

Oh, and you can find Bud, MGD, Coors, and Corona pretty easily. Not that I would try.

Funny enough, the young bartender (very cool lad) we met at Courtney's Pub said he preferred Guinness to Murphy's because he said Murphy's was far too sweet. I could only imagine the mind:blown if he had some American craft beer. Dark Lord? Haha.

BeerMan
September 16th, 2012, 11:03 PM
Taps Pumpkin Ale. go find it and try it. I'm serious.

UnholyGoalie
September 23rd, 2012, 12:32 AM
Finally found a proper craft beer bar here in Ireland (Porterhouse Brewery in Dublin). Figures it would be on our last night here. They had SNPA on tap and it nearly brought a tear to my eye. They had some Brooklyn Brewery stuff but no black chocolate stout. I had a pint of their oyster stout and it was pretty damn good. You definietly get a different flavor from that style. Minerally and kinda briney. Heading back to L.A. Today.

BeerMan
September 23rd, 2012, 01:08 PM
has anyone tried any pumpkin beers lately?

Epic Pumkin Porter was surprisingly good, as was Uinta Punk'n Ale.

jammer06
September 23rd, 2012, 01:20 PM
Beerman, had a good one recently but I'll have to wait till I get back from Istanbul.
Just had Turborg here. Its not bad for a cheap beer that's local but not really. Paid 6TL for a bottle and it was lightish but the malts gave it just enough heft to not be pisswater. I wouldn't pay much for it but compared to 12TL for a corona it's a winner all day long

jammer06
September 25th, 2012, 12:28 PM
Ok so Efes appears to be the Budweiser of Turkey. The regular is nothing special, tried their dark and it pairs well for dinner. They have however hit on a wonderful desert beer in their Dark Brown. My wife described it as tasting like the coffee aisle smells. It's pretty well on the noggin. They've got a really decent brew although it's only good for a glass or two. If I find it in the states I'll be drinking it again.
http://www.ickikapinda.com/image/cache/data/kategoriresimleri/urunler/Biralar/b%20Efes%20Dark%20brown%20cz-500x500.jpg

DougW8
September 25th, 2012, 02:20 PM
Heading to Minnesota for a few days, and looking forward to trying some of the local brews.

Chateau Bow Wow
October 7th, 2012, 03:22 PM
Had some of this today, good stuff!
http://beardenbeermarket.com/storage/Sierra_Nevada_Tumbler.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSI ON=1282098601187

DMAN3474
October 8th, 2012, 10:10 AM
Went to Lady Face Ale House in Agoura Hills the other day, aside from having Russian river Pliny & Blind pig on tap, they make a chocolate/coffee porter that was awesome


PICTURE CITY PORTER - ABV 7.0%
Our robust coffee-infused dark ale with a nitrogen push. A multi-layered ale with generous amounts of chocolate malt and big coffee flavors that are well balanced with a noticeable hop character. Deep, dark brown in color with mahogany edges. The soft and creamy texture make this ale dangerously smooth. Not many folks know that our city, Agoura Hills, was once known as Picture City because of all the movies shot in the area. ( Silver Medal - 2011 L.A. International Beer Competition.)

Ladyface On Tap (http://www.ladyfaceale.com/ontap.html)

BeerMan
October 8th, 2012, 08:09 PM
KRBC has been bottling the Pumpkin Ale this week. expect them in your favorite beer stores starting this weekend or the next!

jammer06
October 8th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Working my way through the Sam Adams fall mixer. So far I'm big on their hazelnut brown but the oktoberfest and the pumpkin ale weren't special.

UnholyGoalie
October 9th, 2012, 06:06 PM
KRBC has been bottling the Pumpkin Ale this week. expect them in your favorite beer stores starting this weekend or the next!

I'm certainly hoping so! Their distribution has been nil lately and aside from Class V being one of my favorite stouts their Pumpkin Ale is one of the best!

ICHockeyPeeps
October 10th, 2012, 07:11 PM
It's a sour, which explains the high price. I had it on tap yesterday at Eureka Burger, and it is fairly mild for a sour, but a nice introduction if you haven't tried that style. I also had Stone's Enjoy By 9/21, and I agree with Beerman on that. I tried it, now I can move on to other beers that represent the style much better.

I've tried this. Very sour, light, & slightly smoky. I don't think I'll be having another try at it.

ICHockeyPeeps
October 10th, 2012, 07:15 PM
Went to Lady Face Ale House in Agoura Hills the other day, aside from having Russian river Pliny & Blind pig on tap, they make a chocolate/coffee porter that was awesome



Ladyface On Tap (http://www.ladyfaceale.com/ontap.html)


I've tried this porter. It's one of my favorites. At times, it's almost creamy and viscous. Others it's very light and almost watery. I don't know why. I've had the barleywine which I really liked. I've tried the Firestone Oaktoberfest. It's really good. Though, I don't particularly like citrus/lemony flavors in my beer. I will let this one slide.

ICHockeyPeeps
October 10th, 2012, 07:16 PM
I am looking forward to trying KRBC Pumpkin Ale.

BeerMan
October 10th, 2012, 07:33 PM
where to find KRBC beer (http://kernriverbrewing.com/togo.html)

UnholyGoalie
October 13th, 2012, 11:18 AM
I had a bottle of Epic Brewing Fermentation without Representation last night. It's an imperial pumpkin porter. Quite good. Doesn't rely on the spices which I think is what most pumpkin beers tend to do. Instead the vegetable pumpkin qualities cut what would be an overly marshmallow-y malty sweetness. Pretty nicely balanced. If you find it on the shelf, give it a whirl.

SirJW
October 13th, 2012, 01:48 PM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9hiimSXmy1qax2so.jpg

Had one of these last night. Very nice, smooth, sweet and a nice aftertaste.

ROBUSTO
October 13th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Spaten Oktoberfest back at Costco. One of my favorite Fall traditions.

UnholyGoalie
October 14th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Sam Adams Fat Jack. One of the maltier and better pumpkin beers I've had. Reviews on this have been mixed but this is a nice surprise!

SirJW
October 14th, 2012, 06:47 PM
Had some of this today, good stuff!
http://beardenbeermarket.com/storage/Sierra_Nevada_Tumbler.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSI ON=1282098601187

Tried this one today. It's nice but a little too bitter for my taste in a Brown Ale, I like my browns to be more sweet.

ICHockeyPeeps
October 16th, 2012, 05:07 PM
http://www.thebrewsite.com/images/beers/shipyard-pumpkinhead.jpg
Good Pumpkin beer. Very crisp & light.

UnholyGoalie
October 18th, 2012, 09:35 PM
Avery Mephistopheles Stout. 16.4% ABV and I'm tasting each percent. Somewhere underneath the alcohol vapors are some nice roasty malts.

jerseydevil
October 19th, 2012, 02:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fV3edEdfE&feature=player_embedded&list=PL9E2F82221F2A6BDC

Wynkoop Brewing Company Releases Bull Testicle Beer: Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, For Real This Time (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/wynkoop-brewing-co-releas_n_1936231.html)

yummmmmmmmmmm! That's good bawls!!!!!

DougW8
October 19th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Just found out a coworker was one of the winners of the Sam Adams Homebrew Contest. Link: (http://www.samueladams.com/company/view-news.aspx?id=fce256a2-fbcc-4566-8ebd-31b9fd6d51ff)

SirJW
October 19th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Cool just saw one of those, I'm intrigued.

SirJW
October 19th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Cool just saw one of those, I'm intrigued. Which one is it?

BeerMan
October 19th, 2012, 11:52 PM
http://zebeerguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/H24_Gourdgeous.jpg

one of the best pumpkin beers out there. and I have no idea what that red thing is.

DougW8
October 24th, 2012, 08:26 AM
http://zebeerguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/H24_Gourdgeous.jpg

one of the best pumpkin beers out there. and I have no idea what that red thing is.

I have to agree. Picked up some this past weekend, and really liked it. It could be real dangerous though, very tasty, and the alcohol content is well hidden. I'm glad I picked up several bottles, but still may need to get some more, since this would be better than pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving desert.

DRGinLBC
October 24th, 2012, 09:28 AM
http://www.thebrewsite.com/images/beers/shipyard-pumpkinhead.jpg
Good Pumpkin beer. Very crisp & light.

I can honestly say you and I have COMPLETELY different tastes. Probably one of the worst pumpkin beers I've ever tasted.

DRGinLBC
October 24th, 2012, 09:31 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/304450_323697687729446_426132607_n.jpg

Anyone like Andes mints? If so, you'll like this. My wife and I enjoyed it so much we had to buy an extra 8 bottles for the holidays.

DRGinLBC
October 24th, 2012, 09:33 AM
http://idrinkgoodbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Oak-Jacked-Imperial-Pumpkin.jpg

Anyone have this yet? I have a bottle in the cellar that a friend brought over. I've yet to pop it open.

DougW8
October 24th, 2012, 09:42 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/304450_323697687729446_426132607_n.jpg

Anyone like Andes mints? If so, you'll like this. My wife and I enjoyed it so much we had to buy an extra 8 bottles for the holidays.

I had it on tap a while back, and thought it was an ok stout, but not a great one. I bake mocha mint cookies that go very well with stouts, so that may influenced by feelings some.

BeerMan
October 24th, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Anyone have this yet? I have a bottle in the cellar that a friend brought over. I've yet to pop it open.

I may have had it. is it from Uinta? if so, then it's pretty damn good.

DougW8
October 25th, 2012, 10:21 AM
I did a little exploring in my backyard this past weekend, because I wanted to have a really nice burger while watching games. In the process, I also found some really nice beers. I went up to the Corner Butcher in La Verne, and bought some freshly ground beef, and found they had just stocked their beer case with Hanger 24 Gourdeous. Based on Beerman's comments above, I picked up several bottles and was not disappointed at all. The place has a limited beer selection, but has some nice craft beers to go along with the gourmet meats they sell. After my stop there, I moved on to the Cheese Cave in Claremont. I have been meaning to go there for quite some time, and all I can say, is I have really been missing out. I bought an incredible blu-cheddar layered cheese for my burger, and then checked out their beer selection. Again, not a large selection, but they rotate it weekly, and I walked out with a couple of brews from Epic Brewery as well as a bottle of Autumn Maple fro, The Bruery. The Fest Devious from Epic is very good, with a nice mild malt flavor and a nice finish with citrus overtones from the Citra Hops. It is also a very Kings friendly shop, since it is owned by the family of former King Noah Clarke. If you haven't tried the Fest Devious, pick some up, really nice Fall beer.

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BeerMan
October 25th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Epic Brewing has not disappointed me at all. they also have a pumpkin beer but as you would notice now, their labels are not quite helpful in terms of the lack of graphics. however, if you see an orange label, it's most likely the pumpkin one.

I think.

as a matter of fact, they're a bit weird in coloring the labels, you just have to remember which beer is what without having to make out what it says on the label.

all in all, Epic Brewing makes epic beers.

LOSTcauseZERO
October 26th, 2012, 02:24 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/304450_323697687729446_426132607_n.jpg

Anyone like Andes mints? If so, you'll like this. My wife and I enjoyed it so much we had to buy an extra 8 bottles for the holidays.

Where did you find that?


I had it on tap a while back

Where was it on tap?

DougW8
October 26th, 2012, 09:38 AM
Where did you find that?



Where was it on tap?

It was at Eureka Burger in Claremont.

DRGinLBC
October 26th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Where did you find that?

BevMo

daxx
October 28th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Had Staropramen in Prague a few months ago, and I'll see how it tasts here in the States because Bevmo now carries it. Pretty effin cool!

ICHockeyPeeps
October 29th, 2012, 07:22 PM
Ladyface Pumpkin Ichabod III - smells & tastes divine.Like pumpkin pie.
Ace Pumpkin Cider - Sour & tangy. I liked this one very much.
Epic Pumpkin Porter-I wished it smelled & tasted more like pumpkin.
Dogfish head pumpkin-Was ok. Not my fav.

daxx
October 30th, 2012, 07:54 AM
I'm not terribly partial to pumpkin beers. It seems a little wierd to me. Kinda like beers that have blueberries and raspberries in them. I don't mean lambics, I mean beers with fruit in them. It just seems like a bit too much.
I want to see how far a brewer can push his water, malt, hops and yeast instead of reaching for pomegranite or goose berries.

sorry, I guess I'm crazy

Frolov24
October 30th, 2012, 08:33 AM
If you ever visit Denver I can recommend a few excellent breweries, there are so many of them but a few really stand out particularly my favorite:

http://www.strangebrewingco.com/images/index_03.jpg

Strange Brewing Company - Fine, Handcrafted Ales in Denver, Colorado (http://www.strangebrewingco.com)

SirJW
October 30th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Had this on tap last night. I was looking for a Pumkin Ale but they didn't have any but recommended this. It's very nice. Not a sweet as Newcastle but with lots of flavor.

jammer06
October 30th, 2012, 02:37 PM
Had Erdinger Pikantus in Germany and it was great, had it at Bevmo and it wasn't the same

http://www.erdinger.at/images/Erdinger%20Pikantus%201.jpg

Also tried Weltenburger Kloster, it was really sweet. Enjoyed the hell out of it. No idea if they have it here in the states

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