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UnholyGoalie
October 30th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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
You're not crazy. Just different strokes for different blokes. I think a lot of brewers try to make pumpkin beer into "pumpkin pie in a bottle" and some are good some not so. A friend of mine brewed a pumpkin beer and it was probably the truest form I've ever tasted. Very different than what you normally get as the spices were all but absent leaving behind a beer with a blunted vegetable quality. At first I didn't know what was up but when I was told it was a pumpkin beer, sure enough, the pumpkin was pronounced. A good beer but different than what you'd expect.

UnholyGoalie
October 31st, 2012, 06:13 PM
Ladyface Wiezenbock (delicious)
Ladyface Wiezenbock with pumpkin pie spices (friggin' delicious)

daxx
November 1st, 2012, 07:15 AM
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!

You know what, it was almost the exact same as it is on draft in Prague. It had an extremely mild skunk to it that the beer in CZ didn't have. Other than that it was awesome. It made me feel like I was back there. Pilsner Urquell may be the original pilsner, but I think Staropramen is way better. It has a nice mild malt flavor and an almost honey like after taste, but it isn't sweet. I definitely recommend it!

DRGinLBC
November 1st, 2012, 12:06 PM
You're not crazy. Just different strokes for different blokes. I think a lot of brewers try to make pumpkin beer into "pumpkin pie in a bottle" and some are good some not so. A friend of mine brewed a pumpkin beer and it was probably the truest form I've ever tasted. Very different than what you normally get as the spices were all but absent leaving behind a beer with a blunted vegetable quality. At first I didn't know what was up but when I was told it was a pumpkin beer, sure enough, the pumpkin was pronounced. A good beer but different than what you'd expect.

I wish I had a buddy that brewed. Damn.

I'm seriously thinking of buying a starter kit and trying something. Does it need to be in a temperature controlled area? I'd have to use my garage and the temp fluctuates drastically.

daxx
November 1st, 2012, 01:33 PM
I wish I had a buddy that brewed. Damn.

I'm seriously thinking of buying a starter kit and trying something. Does it need to be in a temperature controlled area? I'd have to use my garage and the temp fluctuates drastically.

If you brew in the winter time, and the garage doesn't get too crazy with the swings in temp you might be fine. If you get a small kit you can keep it inside when it's fermenting and just have it in a corner for the necessary time. That's what my buddy did, and he made great beers that way.

mitchrock
November 1st, 2012, 02:04 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.

Tried this on Saturday based on BeerMan's recomendation. Great stuff. First thing I've tried by Hangar 24. Impressed I am.

Stormy2213
November 1st, 2012, 02:55 PM
Word out of Sierra Nevada is that Celebration Ale shipped last week. I haven't seen it in the stores here yet, but I know SLO County blasts through the stuff like water. One of my all-time favorite beers. I wish they made it year round.

http://blog.newsok.com/thirstybeagle/files/2008/12/img_0737.JPG

mrm55
November 1st, 2012, 05:18 PM
Pilsner Urquell may be the original pilsner, but I think Staropramen is way better. It has a nice mild malt flavor and an almost honey like after taste, but it isn't sweet. I definitely recommend it!
Pilsner Urquell is great for an upset stomach.

UnholyGoalie
November 2nd, 2012, 09:02 PM
Bliss in a 12oz bottle. Need. To. Find. More!!!
http://i46.tinypic.com/2i0rsxy.jpg

ICHockeyPeeps
November 12th, 2012, 05:18 PM
http://grabmeabeer.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/acepumpkincider-200x259.jpg

I liked this. Very crisp. Kinda tart & tangy.

ICHockeyPeeps
November 12th, 2012, 05:47 PM
http://homebrewparty.com/images/SamAdamsWinterLager400.jpg

I like the smell, the taste, and the color. No lacing or head, whatsoever.

rinkrat
November 17th, 2012, 06:54 PM
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/46068_3925687949551_1364094493_n.jpg

BeerMan
November 18th, 2012, 07:19 PM
http://www.wedrinkyourbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/rogue-pumpkin-patch-small-1-300x532.jpg
one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

go find this and come back to me.

Salty Dog
November 19th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Had both of these this weekend, and both were damn fine beers. This coming from someone who isn't the biggest Belgium fan:
http://www.kegliquors.com/images/products/straffe-hendrik-quad.jpg
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Chocolate, coffee, and spices with 11% ABV, but surprisingly without the strong alcohol burn of other similar beers.
http://www.truebeer.com/ProductImages/beer-glasses/belgian-beer-glasses/kwak-glass.gif
Pauwel Kwak - more of an amber, still strong at 8% ABV, and with a fun drinking mug to go with it.

I got these at The Globe (http://www.theglobeoc.com/)in downtown Garden Grove. If you like Belgiums, I highly recommend giving this place a try, all they have are Belgiums and the food was great too.

UnholyGoalie
November 19th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Aventinus. Now I totally get why people love this beer.

DougW8
November 20th, 2012, 11:24 AM
http://www.wedrinkyourbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/rogue-pumpkin-patch-small-1-300x532.jpg
one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

go find this and come back to me.

Damn you Beerman! Now I have another quest, in which I will find 5 other beers I also want to try. I may be broke for the holidays, but at least I will have beer.

roenick
November 20th, 2012, 02:04 PM
So we have a Seattle brewery called Elysian. They have some very good beer. A couple of years ago they hooked up with a local afternoon radio show, The Mens Room, and started brewing Mens Room Original Red, which was done for a portion of the proceeds for charity. The following is their explanation on the beer:

A portion of the net proceeds from every Mens Room Original Red sold goes to helping support the families of our military vets through the VA Puget Sound Fisher House and Ft. Lewis Fisher House.

So it is good call on what they do and they have raised about $300K for Fisher House in the past couple of years. I would fully recommend the Red. The interesting thing is that they made a very short run on a variation of the Red, which they called Mens Room Black. I have yet to find any but I will report back on it when I do. Apparently it is a dark red. Below is pics of both the Red and the Black bottles.

https://untappd.s3.amazonaws.com/photo/2012_07_27/b445809ead1635204230054b4eaf74ed_320x320.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/61485_351188528309649_1632231228_n.jpg
(sorry for poor shot of this but can't find any on line! same label only dude is "black" not red)

The black is described as: a limited edition imperial ale

If you find either of these I would suggest trying them. Good luck. Oh and you can listen to the Mens Room on podcast off of kisw.com. Great show.

DMAN3474
November 20th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Virtual Taste: Brown Shugga' - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA2LZXsZAAc&feature=youtu.be)

http://lagunitas.com/images/beers_brownshugga_main.jpg

great beer, and at 9.9% it will have you feeling good in no time at all.

DMAN3474
November 20th, 2012, 05:51 PM
ALso, this years Anchor Steam seasonal beer isnt bad. Way better than last years though.
http://www.anchorbrewing.com/assets/christmas-bio.png

BeerMan
November 21st, 2012, 08:09 PM
Damn you Beerman! Now I have another quest, in which I will find 5 other beers I also want to try. I may be broke for the holidays, but at least I will have beer.

don't blame me. blame the wench. ;)

we're exactly like you, always ending up with more than one bottle on a quest.

DougW8
November 22nd, 2012, 11:08 AM
don't blame me. blame the wench. ;)

we're exactly like you, always ending up with more than one bottle on a quest.

Well I am saving up my bottle of Scaldis Prestige de Nuit, until we have time to get together.

BeerMan
November 24th, 2012, 07:40 PM
Well I am saving up my bottle of Scaldis Prestige de Nuit, until we have time to get together.

Reign game tailgate party on the 30th?

DougW8
November 24th, 2012, 08:25 PM
That might be a real possibility.

DMAN3474
November 27th, 2012, 04:41 PM
anyone on untappd? Untappd - Drink Socially - Discover new beers and bars near you! (http://untappd.com/) See what your friends are drinking, see who is drinking the same beer as you, basically Facebook for beer.

DMAN3474
November 28th, 2012, 02:58 PM
Night That Never Ends - BevMo! Holiday Beer Festival Los Angeles (http://www.nightthatneverends.com/bevmo_la.html)
Bevmo holiday beerfest on Saturday

BEER LIST FOR TASTING
Abbaye de St Amand
Ace Ciders
Affligem
Alaskan
Alhambra Cervezas
AMADEUS
Anchor
Anderson Valley
Angry Orchard
Arend Tripel
Aspall Cider
Ass Kisser
Ballast Point
Bard's Tale
Big Hurt Beer
Big Sky Brewing - Powder Hound
Blackstar
Blue Moon
Bockor
Bootlegger's
Bosteels
Boston Beer - Sam Adams Winter Lager
Broughton - UK
Brunehaut - St. Martin
Campe
Carlsberg
Chang
Chimay
Coastal Fog
Cold Springs - John Henry 3 Lick Spiker, Bourbon Sipping Ale
Coronado Brewing
Corsendonk
Crabbie's - Hard Ginger
Crispin Cider
Cuvee Trolis
Czech Rebel
Czechvar
Daleside - UK
DEMON
Deschutes
Deus
Eel River
Elephant
Epic Brewery
Erdinger
Estrella
Evans Premium Lager
Firestone Walker
Fischer
Fox Barrel Cider
Gageleer
Gan Bei
Gesundheit
Gezondheid
Golden Road
Goose Island - Matilda, Sofie, Pepe Nero
Gosser
Green Flash
Greene King
Grimbergen
Hangar 24
Henry Weinhards
Haven Brewing
Hoegaarden
Hofbrauhaus
Hopf
Inedit
Inland Empire
IRONDALE
Island Brewing
Jamaica Stout
Jessenhofke
John's Smith
Julius Echter - German
Karl Strauss
Kona
Kronenbourg
Kwak
LA DIVINE
LA GOUDALE
La Trappe
Lagunitas
Lammsbrau Organic - Bavaria
Leffe Blonde
Left Coast
Leireken
Los Angeles Ale Works
Lost Coast
Lucky Buddah
Maes Pils
Man Rock
Meantime - Cranberry Stout
MOA - New Zealand
Moretti
Mort Subite
Murphy's
Nasdrovia
Nectar Ales
New Planet Gluten Free
Ninkasi
North Coast
Okocim - Poland
Omer
Orkney - UK
Oro di Milano - Italy
Oud Beersel
Pietra - France
Prost
Real (craft) Sodas
Redhook
Reutberger
Robinsons - Old Tom Ginger
Rogue
Saison Dupont
Salud
Sante'
Sapporo
Scaldi's
Schneider
Sea Dog
Shipyard
Shocktop - Midnight Wheat
Singha
Speakeasy
St Feuillien - Speciale
Stella Artois
Stone - Double Bastard
Surf Brewery
Terviseks
Tetleys
The Bruery
Tiger
Tomos Watkin - UK
Tona
Tripple Karmeliet
Tusker - Kenya
Underberg
Unibroue
Weihenstephan
Westoek
Widmer Brothers
Williams Bros - UK
Wurzburger - German
Zivjeli
& MANY MORE...

BeerMan
November 29th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Night That Never Ends - BevMo! Holiday Beer Festival Los Angeles (http://www.nightthatneverends.com/bevmo_la.html)
Bevmo holiday beerfest on Saturday

BEER LIST FOR TASTING
Abbaye de St Amand
Ace Ciders
Affligem
Alaskan
Alhambra Cervezas
AMADEUS
Anchor
Anderson Valley
Angry Orchard
Arend Tripel
Aspall Cider
Ass Kisser
Ballast Point
Bard's Tale
Big Hurt Beer
Big Sky Brewing - Powder Hound
Blackstar
Blue Moon
Bockor
Bootlegger's
Bosteels
Boston Beer - Sam Adams Winter Lager
Broughton - UK
Brunehaut - St. Martin
Campe
Carlsberg
Chang
Chimay
Coastal Fog
Cold Springs - John Henry 3 Lick Spiker, Bourbon Sipping Ale
Coronado Brewing
Corsendonk
Crabbie's - Hard Ginger
Crispin Cider
Cuvee Trolis
Czech Rebel
Czechvar
Daleside - UK
DEMON
Deschutes
Deus
Eel River
Elephant
Epic Brewery
Erdinger
Estrella
Evans Premium Lager
Firestone Walker
Fischer
Fox Barrel Cider
Gageleer
Gan Bei
Gesundheit
Gezondheid
Golden Road
Goose Island - Matilda, Sofie, Pepe Nero
Gosser
Green Flash
Greene King
Grimbergen
Hangar 24
Henry Weinhards
Haven Brewing
Hoegaarden
Hofbrauhaus
Hopf
Inedit
Inland Empire
IRONDALE
Island Brewing
Jamaica Stout
Jessenhofke
John's Smith
Julius Echter - German
Karl Strauss
Kona
Kronenbourg
Kwak
LA DIVINE
LA GOUDALE
La Trappe
Lagunitas
Lammsbrau Organic - Bavaria
Leffe Blonde
Left Coast
Leireken
Los Angeles Ale Works
Lost Coast
Lucky Buddah
Maes Pils
Man Rock
Meantime - Cranberry Stout
MOA - New Zealand
Moretti
Mort Subite
Murphy's
Nasdrovia
Nectar Ales
New Planet Gluten Free
Ninkasi
North Coast
Okocim - Poland
Omer
Orkney - UK
Oro di Milano - Italy
Oud Beersel
Pietra - France
Prost
Real (craft) Sodas
Redhook
Reutberger
Robinsons - Old Tom Ginger
Rogue
Saison Dupont
Salud
Sante'
Sapporo
Scaldi's
Schneider
Sea Dog
Shipyard
Shocktop - Midnight Wheat
Singha
Speakeasy
St Feuillien - Speciale
Stella Artois
Stone - Double Bastard
Surf Brewery
Terviseks
Tetleys
The Bruery
Tiger
Tomos Watkin - UK
Tona
Tripple Karmeliet
Tusker - Kenya
Underberg
Unibroue
Weihenstephan
Westoek
Widmer Brothers
Williams Bros - UK
Wurzburger - German
Zivjeli
& MANY MORE...

good lord, how am I going to drink all of that stuff?

LOSTcauseZERO
November 30th, 2012, 12:31 AM
good lord, how am I going to drink all of that stuff?

Drinking it isn't the hard part. Finding it is.

Anyways, I had a seasonal from Hangar 24 last night. it was called;
http://hangar24brewery.com/product_Images/Warmer-Illustration.png
It wasn't a bad brew at all, even with ingredients I've never had in a beer before.

BeerMan
December 2nd, 2012, 06:40 PM
Ladyface Palo Comado, anyone? I had this the other night at the Congregation in Azusa. ok beer, but an odd tasty one.

The Continental
December 2nd, 2012, 07:11 PM
good lord, how am I going to drink all of that stuff?

Hahaha anybody go to this? Would love a review

BeerMan
December 2nd, 2012, 11:18 PM
let's do this as well...

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/64657_498420623531913_1617428137_n.png

daxx
December 3rd, 2012, 01:05 PM
I'm preparing for my Stone Vertical Epic tasting on 12/15.
I have the 03', 05', 07'-12' years, and I'm going to continue with tasting of other beers I have in my collection. It should be a good time.

Since the amount of beer is extremly limited (and I want everyone to get a decent buzz) I'm pre-gaming the tasting.
Here's the tasting so far-

To start things off I'll probably start out with a bottle for each person of the first two beers (well, maybe close to a whole bottle...)

Staropramen - Czech Republic - ligh, mild malty flavor with honeycomb aftertaste
Leffe - Belgium- very light wheat beer with flavors of clove and banana
03' Stone VE- malty, molasses and caramel, hints of coriander, trace of grains of paradise, candy sweetness, some sherry-aged notes, tart wheat, some oxidation
05' VE- Chocolate toffee, some dried fruit, anise, chocolate roastiness, dark wheat, fig, raisin, coffee, sherry, leather
07' - Ginger, very floral, some citrus, a little botanically bitter, sweet, spices, hint of yeast
08' - Nice hop bitterness, citrus, strong spice, malt candy sweetness, tropical fruit, piney
09' - Chocolate, fruit, hints of vanilla, mild oak, orange
10'- Hops, bitterness, citrus, fruit, wine grape flavors, yeast characters (had this one a while back and it was wonderful)
11' - Chile peppers, cinnamon, malt sweetness, caramel, fruit (had this one too, but wasn't impressed)
12' - Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness

Irish Death - Iron Hose Brewery - last time I had it I was **** faced, but I remember it was great LINKY for beer info (http://www.ironhorsebrewery.com/brews/irish-death/)
Throw in a few Omegang beers...
last two to really finish people off
Old Guardian - Stone- It's a barley wine, so will you really be able to taste anything after all the other beers?
Stone Double Arrogant - just to **** with people

Is it too much?

btw, all Stone VE tasting notes were copied from stonebrewing.com

UnholyGoalie
December 3rd, 2012, 06:52 PM
Is it too much? Depends on your motivation. If the goal is to get isht-faced, no, it's not too much. If the goal is to taste and appreciate all the beers, then IMO it's way too much. Also depends on how many people will be tasting and if you have food/snacks to palette cleanse and fortify.

It's your tasting so run it how you wish. But if it were me:

Start off with the Vertical Epics and go down the line. Crack bottle 1 (I like my beers on the warmer side so leave them sit out for about 20 mins before cracking), taste, everyone take notes if they wish. Talk about it. Move on to bottle 2 and so on. Palette cleanse when needed. Cheese, crackers, charcuterie work well. Have a pitcher of water to rinse out tasting glasses in between bottles. Once you've gone through the vertical then think about cracking open some extra bottles. Depending on who's tasting, by this time their taste buds might be exhausted so keep that in mind before cracking open bottles you've been saving for a tasting.

Just my .02.

daxx
December 3rd, 2012, 08:09 PM
We have 7 people at the tasting, so I'm anticipating 3oz pours for the VEs. For the others it's probably more. S-faced will probably happen without the Omegangs, so I could scratch them off the list.

It is a bit ambitious...

UnholyGoalie
December 3rd, 2012, 08:59 PM
I'd say hit the VE's first since those are the ones you really want to focus on first. No sense destroying your palette before you can get to the beers you really want to focus on. After the VE's are done, then hit up whatever you think would be good.

I may have posted this pic in this thread before. This is what we blew through at a tasting I hosted. By the final third our palettes were done and we were pretty sloppy.
http://i46.tinypic.com/293c31u.jpg

DougW8
December 6th, 2012, 01:32 PM
Eureka Burger in Claremont is tapping 12-12-12 for their Steal the Glass night next Wednesday. Try the beer and keep the glass. They said they will also have some of the earlier releases dating back to 7-7-7 on tap as well. The event starts at 6pm.

Eureka Burger (http://eurekaburger.com/)

daxx
December 6th, 2012, 06:05 PM
Eureka Burger in Claremont is tapping 12-12-12 for their Steal the Glass night next Wednesday. Try the beer and keep the glass. They said they will also have some of the earlier releases dating back to 7-7-7 on tap as well. The event starts at 6pm.

Eureka Burger (http://eurekaburger.com/)
Pretty cool! Unfortunately I won't be able to make it.

Good news though, the Stone company store in Pasadena has the 121212 tapped as I type, and it's yummy. They're going to have the 111111 on tap soon too. I bought two bottles of the 12 and a double arrogant to kill people's palate at the end.
Good times!

DougW8
December 6th, 2012, 07:39 PM
I have 1 bottle left of the 08-08-08. Wasn't impressed with the 11, but am hoping to get another taste of the 10. That was my favorite of those I tried.

daxx
December 7th, 2012, 06:59 PM
Agreed on the 10 and 11. We'll see how the turned out.

UnholyGoalie
December 8th, 2012, 11:25 AM
Somebody may have posted about it earlier but Knee Deep's Simtra is a really good DIPA that's flying under the radar.

daxx
December 8th, 2012, 01:41 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b289/daxx1313/EBF26C49-4BB5-45C4-9FB5-6CDD34C1E957-1260-00000136F78338C2.jpg
I recommend that I drink this beer and eat these fries.

BeerMan
December 8th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Somebody may have posted about it earlier but Knee Deep's Simtra is a really good DIPA that's flying under the radar.

I believe that would be me.

their Simtra is damn good stuff!

The Continental
December 9th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Victory Storm King Stout! It's a dark, chocolatey, chicory, smoky azz kicker

BeerMan
December 11th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Avery's DuganA.

the IPA worth having again. and again.

at least it is for me. not harsh, nice maltiness, very smooth. this beer surprised me more than others.

mrm55
December 12th, 2012, 02:22 PM
Some call it "world's best", $85 a 6 pack, 1st time available in US...


Westvleteren XII: The ‘World’s Best Beer’ On Sale In United States For Limited Time (http://www.inquisitr.com/435250/westvleteren-xii-the-worlds-best-beer-on-sale-in-united-states-for-limited-time/)

BeerMan
December 13th, 2012, 07:47 PM
yeah, I just don't get how it is the "world's best" beer. maybe the world's hardest to get beer, but the best? nahhh.

anyhow, if any of you ever win the lottery to buy a pack, you damn well better invite me over for a tasting.

daxx
December 14th, 2012, 08:59 AM
Some call it "world's best", $85 a 6 pack, 1st time available in US...


Westvleteren XII: The ‘World’s Best Beer’ On Sale In United States For Limited Time (http://www.inquisitr.com/435250/westvleteren-xii-the-worlds-best-beer-on-sale-in-united-states-for-limited-time/)

$85 for a 6-pack isn't that bad. I expected it to be $2K per beer or something. I might have to get a few and hold on to them for a few years.

DRGinLBC
December 14th, 2012, 10:53 AM
I'd say hit the VE's first since those are the ones you really want to focus on first. No sense destroying your palette before you can get to the beers you really want to focus on. After the VE's are done, then hit up whatever you think would be good.

I may have posted this pic in this thread before. This is what we blew through at a tasting I hosted. By the final third our palettes were done and we were pretty sloppy.
http://i46.tinypic.com/293c31u.jpg

Thanks for the invite. :)

DRGinLBC
December 14th, 2012, 10:54 AM
Drank this bad boy while watching that horrible football game last night. Good, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/3106225325_e9c86e5bd1.jpg

mrm55
December 14th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Now that the CBA is almost signed, I suggest a Molson Golden.

The second post in this thread.

Hopefully Deja vu all over again.

The Continental
December 14th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Fullers ESB http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=48, sweet and caramelly

UnholyGoalie
December 14th, 2012, 11:43 PM
FW Parabola is some pretty good stuff. Especially when the bottle is over a year and a half old.

BeerMan
December 15th, 2012, 12:48 AM
FW Parabola is some pretty good stuff. Especially when the bottle is over a year and a half old.
think I have a bottle of that somewhere in the cellar. will report back.

KRC1221
December 15th, 2012, 06:41 PM
I'm sure that Hangar 24 has been discussed at some point in this huge thread. My wife and I have friends who lived literally down the street from Hangar. So I've been enjoying their stuff for years. I asked my buddy to pick me up two bottles of this beauty. Pugachev's Cobra. I haven't had this one yet. I've had last years version. And light beer drinkers need not apply. This is a glorious assault on your tastebuds. 15.8% of knock your dick in the dirt!
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d146/kevc1221/2012-12-15_17-34-30_743_zpsa957a880.jpg

Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra

Get ready for an assault on your senses with PUGACHEV?S COBRA, an intense Russian Imperial Stout. This rich, black beauty with a thick caramel head is bursting with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits, while flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon, and roasted coffee explode on your pallet. This is no ordinary beer; three different dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup are combined in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, it?s then aged for eight months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. This powerful concoction is designed to be enjoyed now with friends or cellared to perfection and savored in the years to come.

Additional Information:

PUGACHEV'S COBRA: The brainchild of Victor Pugachev ? not for the faint of heart. Pilot suddenly raises the aircraft nose to near vertical before dropping back to attack mode.

First Release: December 10, 2011;

First Release Bottles: 3,495

Anticipated Second Release: December 8, 2012

Anticipated Bottles for Second Release: 6,000

Awards:
2ND GOLD - 2012 California State Fair

The Continental
December 16th, 2012, 12:19 AM
Des chutes jubilale. Way more special than just for the holidays. I have grown to appreciate deschutes and this does not disappoint

UnholyGoalie
December 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Jubelale is solid. I really like that one. Nice and malty without being too much makes it easy to drink a whole six pack. I had a bottle of Stone Enjoy by and a couple pours of the VE 12/12/12 last night. Both solid.

Stormy2213
December 17th, 2012, 01:43 PM
4 pm today we're heading down to one of the local wine places for a Winter Warmer beer event. On tap: Anchor Christmas Ale 2012, Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper,
Deschutes Brewing Jubelale - and I'm hoping they have some Victory at Sea left over from the last event. I've had 'em all and the Santa's Little Helper is genius this year. We have a place selling it for $4.99 a bottle here in SLO so we're buying it by the case. I hope they don't run out soon. Eureka Burger has it for $26 a bottle - idiotic. I love that they get good beer - I HATE that they completely overprice it.

Anyway, point being - I highly recommend the Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper. It's incredibly delicious.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LgxAsXHvHv8/UL0iMhjJVQI/AAAAAAAACgs/iJ_nVg6TNSg/s1600/port-santas-little-helper.png

DRGinLBC
December 17th, 2012, 03:52 PM
4 pm today we're heading down to one of the local wine places for a Winter Warmer beer event. On tap: Anchor Christmas Ale 2012, Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper,
Deschutes Brewing Jubelale - and I'm hoping they have some Victory at Sea left over from the last event. I've had 'em all and the Santa's Little Helper is genius this year. We have a place selling it for $4.99 a bottle here in SLO so we're buying it by the case. I hope they don't run out soon. Eureka Burger has it for $26 a bottle - idiotic. I love that they get good beer - I HATE that they completely overprice it.

Anyway, point being - I highly recommend the Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper. It's incredibly delicious.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LgxAsXHvHv8/UL0iMhjJVQI/AAAAAAAACgs/iJ_nVg6TNSg/s1600/port-santas-little-helper.png

I second this.

UnholyGoalie
December 17th, 2012, 06:46 PM
Yeah, but which version? The green or the red label?

Stormy2213
December 17th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Yeah, but which version? The green or the red label?

So far all I have had is the green label. If I could find the red label, the bourbon barrel aged version, I'd buy everything I could. I can only imagine I'd love the bourbon barrel aged stuff even more as I'm a big Firestone Xn and Parabola fan (lucky living where I live). The version we had on draft this afternoon was the green label. But we complemented that with a nice Delirium Noel afterwards. Fun stuff man. Fun stuff.

DRGinLBC
December 19th, 2012, 04:17 PM
Yeah, but which version? The green or the red label?

Green. All the way.

Red...me no like.

DRGinLBC
December 19th, 2012, 04:18 PM
Hey...any of you fools home brew? I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm getting a kit for Xmas. I'd love to pick your brains so I don't wind up making dirty water.

DRGinLBC
December 19th, 2012, 04:20 PM
I think it's this sucker:

Essential Brewing Starter Kit : Northern Brewer (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits/essential-brewing-starter-kit.html)

UnholyGoalie
December 19th, 2012, 07:20 PM
I know Stormy does. Hopefully you get that kit as the usual one people gift (the plastic beer keg kit that you can buy anywhere) seems lame. This one at least seems like you can actually get good results from that equipment.

Lots of people ask me why I don't homebrew. For me, aside from the science aspect of it which can be off-putting, I don't see a real goal in it (personally speaking). The market is flooded with tons and tons of homebrewers so the odds of turning pro and starting your own brewery is slim (not to mention the start-up capital that would require) and while I see the satisfaction of brewing and drinking your own creation, there's a huge river of great brews out there for me to try that I don't really feel a need to brew my own. I can save the effort and go buy a 4-pack of GF double stout. If I get a wild hair up my butt and want to create something, I have much stronger leanings toward cooking. To each their own. If you do receive a kit I hope you enjoy the hobby!

DRGinLBC
December 20th, 2012, 10:52 AM
I know Stormy does. Hopefully you get that kit as the usual one people gift (the plastic beer keg kit that you can buy anywhere) seems lame. This one at least seems like you can actually get good results from that equipment.

Lots of people ask me why I don't homebrew. For me, aside from the science aspect of it which can be off-putting, I don't see a real goal in it (personally speaking). The market is flooded with tons and tons of homebrewers so the odds of turning pro and starting your own brewery is slim (not to mention the start-up capital that would require) and while I see the satisfaction of brewing and drinking your own creation, there's a huge river of great brews out there for me to try that I don't really feel a need to brew my own. I can save the effort and go buy a 4-pack of GF double stout. If I get a wild hair up my butt and want to create something, I have much stronger leanings toward cooking. To each their own. If you do receive a kit I hope you enjoy the hobby!

It's going to be a father/son project. So, I'm getting more out of it than just beer.

KRC1221
December 20th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Jubelale is solid. I really like that one. Nice and malty without being too much makes it easy to drink a whole six pack. I had a bottle of Stone Enjoy by and a couple pours of the VE 12/12/12 last night. Both solid.

I've had the 12/12/12 a couple of times since it came out. It pretty much defines "seasonal beer" to me. So much going on there.

daxx
December 20th, 2012, 02:14 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b289/daxx1313/ve2mod_zps714f3c74.jpg
This was my Vertical Epic tasting on 12/15/12. We got through two no VE beers to start and continued with the 03, 05-12, ahd the Anchor Steam Christmas Ale and finished the Double Arrogant Bastard. The coolest thing happened though. The Stone Company Store in Pasadena had the 06 that I needed, and it was only $13. Too cool eh?
We had a great time and almost everyone crashed out at our pad that night.

Stormy2213
December 20th, 2012, 02:52 PM
Hey...any of you fools home brew? I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm getting a kit for Xmas. I'd love to pick your brains so I don't wind up making dirty water.


I think it's this sucker:

Essential Brewing Starter Kit : Northern Brewer (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits/essential-brewing-starter-kit.html)


That's a solid starter kit, similar to the first kit I used way back in 1983. You can find all sorts of great resources online for homebrewing. The thing I most like about brewing now is that I've gotten my sons to help me out so it's a great way to get a 2-3 hour chunk of time with my teenaged boys. Other than that, my need to homebrew is much lower than it's ever been. I started way back when b/c there was so little good beer to be had. Then the first craft brewing movement came along in the late 80's/early 90's and that slowed me down. And now that we've struck gold, as far as beer lovers go, here in the 2000's, I really don't have much need to brew b/c I can find pretty much anything my palate wants nearly any place I look. But I still like to crack out a nice 6 gallon batch of strong Belgian style ale every once in awhile! Good luck with your first batch. Just do some reading and edumacatin' with some good reference material first (Zymurgy, Charlie Papazian's books, etc.) and you'll be golden. Cheers!

The Continental
December 20th, 2012, 05:57 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b289/daxx1313/ve2mod_zps714f3c74.jpg
This was my Vertical Epic tasting on 12/15/12. We got through two no VE beers to start and continued with the 03, 05-12, ahd the Anchor Steam Christmas Ale and finished the Double Arrogant Bastard. The coolest thing happened though. The Stone Company Store in Pasadena had the 06 that I needed, and it was only $13. Too cool eh?
We had a great time and almost everyone crashed out at our pad that night.

The group LGK invite must have crossed in the mail (LOL)

Looks like a grand time!

The Continental
December 20th, 2012, 06:01 PM
La Chouffe. Definitely La Chouffe. Had first one today, a draught at Wurstkuche with a side of their fries and veg sausage.

Wurstkuche is only a mile from my new day gig. Not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing..

4118

UnholyGoalie
December 20th, 2012, 06:56 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b289/daxx1313/ve2mod_zps714f3c74.jpg
This was my Vertical Epic tasting on 12/15/12. We got through two no VE beers to start and continued with the 03, 05-12, ahd the Anchor Steam Christmas Ale and finished the Double Arrogant Bastard. The coolest thing happened though. The Stone Company Store in Pasadena had the 06 that I needed, and it was only $13. Too cool eh?
We had a great time and almost everyone crashed out at our pad that night.

Nice to hear, Daxx!


La Chouffe. Definitely La Chouffe. Had first one today, a draught at Wurstkuche with a side of their fries and veg sausage.

Wurstkuche is only a mile from my new day gig. Not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing..

4118
That's one of the bartender's at Ladyface's favorites. They had it on tap quite some time ago. Good. Different, but good.

BeerMan
December 20th, 2012, 10:39 PM
I try to have the La Chouffe when I can. many-a times I'd be out of luck.

I think they are also available in bottles, but I prefer my goblet to be filled with one at a pub just for the sake of it.

KRC1221
December 21st, 2012, 07:34 PM
This is what my friends get for their 40th birthday party!
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d146/kevc1221/2012-12-15_18-25-05_520_zps4a33af49.jpg
Ale Smith IPA, Port Mongo Double and Wipeout IPA and good ole Yellow Pils!

UnholyGoalie
December 22nd, 2012, 12:35 PM
****ing epic.

BeerMan
December 25th, 2012, 10:57 AM
http://pourthought.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/lumpofcoal.jpg
note: I have both this glass and that beer (that I got for Christmas), but haven't cracked it open yet. you?

Merry Christmas all ye hopheads!

daxx
December 25th, 2012, 12:35 PM
I was saving a case of the Kings Champs Bud Light bottles for opening night, but since it doesn't look like any games will be played we're going to enjoy them while playing poker tonight. I'll save opening night for a bottle of Schramsberg instead.

Hoppy Holidays to all of you.

The Continental
December 25th, 2012, 06:52 PM
http://pourthought.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/lumpofcoal.jpg
note: I have both this glass and that beer (that I got for Christmas), but haven't cracked it open yet. you?

Merry Christmas all ye hopheads!

Merry Christmas! Waits patiently for taste notes on Lump of Coal....

daxx
December 26th, 2012, 11:57 AM
@ Dougw8, the Rogue Voodoo maple bacon beer was served last night and it was generally well received...






at first...

the aftertaste reminded me of burnt pancakes.
In all it was a good experience, so thanks.

DougW8
December 26th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Glad you enjoyed it. I think I still have bottle or two. I may need to crack one to celebrate the winter weather.

Shackleford
December 28th, 2012, 12:33 PM
I try to have the La Chouffe when I can. many-a times I'd be out of luck.

I think they are also available in bottles, but I prefer my goblet to be filled with one at a pub just for the sake of it.

I love La Chouffe , I think I had it on tap once in Europe .
I have never seen it on tap in the US or Canada.
If it's on tap in LA I would like to know where .

SirJW
December 28th, 2012, 02:24 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2YBVCmoACEU/TurPlkvvhII/AAAAAAAABnU/uy3eBdcF-xk/s1600/IMG_0594.jpg
Magic Hat #9. They call it Not Quite Pale Ale. From Burlington Vermont.
Picked this up @ Vons last night for $2.99 for a large bottle (24oz?). Very nice, smooth with hints of maybe pumpkin or similar spice, sweeter than bitter. I'd get it again.

The Continental
December 28th, 2012, 03:10 PM
I love La Chouffe , I think I had it on tap once in Europe .
I have never seen it on tap in the US or Canada.
If it's on tap in LA I would like to know where .

Right here

Wurstküche
800 E 3rd St
Downtown
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wurstk%C3%BCche-los-angeles-2

BeerMan
December 28th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Right here

Wurstk?che
800 E 3rd St
Downtown
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444
Wurstk?che - Downtown - Los Angeles, CA (http://www.yelp.com/biz/wurstk%C3%BCche-los-angeles-2)

last time I had the La Chouffe I think it was at one of the Lucky Baldwin's. if one pub has it, the other two will.

Lucky Baldwins Pub ? Pasadena, CA (http://www.luckybaldwins.com/)

Shackleford
December 28th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Thank you Sirs !
:cheers:

BeerMan
January 3rd, 2013, 07:50 PM
Dog Ate My Homework by Brouwerij West - never big on saisons but this one rocked my palette.
Chocarrubica by Grado Plato - one of the best stouts that I've had. rich in chocolate. and creamy.

Stormy2213
January 7th, 2013, 01:45 PM
Picked up a case of Lagunitas Sucks for $40 last night. We've already been through one case. What a GREAT beer. If you can find it, grab it now and drink up.

http://thefullpint.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Lagunitas-Sucks-2012.png

DRGinLBC
January 7th, 2013, 02:58 PM
Picked up a case of Lagunitas Sucks for $40 last night. We've already been through one case. What a GREAT beer. If you can find it, grab it now and drink up.

http://thefullpint.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Lagunitas-Sucks-2012.png

Stormy knows what's up. But I need to know, where did you find a case???

I was lucky and got a 6er at Mr. Kegs the other day while filling up my C02.

Stormy2213
January 7th, 2013, 05:48 PM
Stormy knows what's up. But I need to know, where did you find a case???

I was lucky and got a 6er at Mr. Kegs the other day while filling up my C02.

Local liquor store about 4 miles from my house here in SLO. Saturday they had 5 1/2 cases stacked. When I went in yesterday they had 4 cases. I grabbed one. I may go get another tonight. It's so damn good. And there are 2 different places here that have had it on tap and blasted through it in a matter of 2-3 days. I believe one other place has a keg in the fridge that will be tapped as soon as the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout blows. I'm keeping an eye on their twitter feed.....

Stormy2213
January 11th, 2013, 01:01 PM
Picked up a case of Lagunitas Sucks for $40 last night. We've already been through one case. What a GREAT beer. If you can find it, grab it now and drink up.

http://thefullpint.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Lagunitas-Sucks-2012.png

Well, this goes to show how good it is.....the back of my cousin's car up in Oakland a couple of nights ago (he's a sales rep for Lagunitas). https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/427585_10200191253254467_89419467_n.jpg

DougW8
January 11th, 2013, 04:08 PM
Well, this goes to show how good it is.....the back of my cousin's car up in Oakland a couple of nights ago (he's a sales rep for Lagunitas). https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/427585_10200191253254467_89419467_n.jpg


Well, at least the thieves have good taste in beer.

UnholyGoalie
January 14th, 2013, 09:19 PM
Agreed. Sucks is damn good stuff.

DRGinLBC
January 17th, 2013, 12:07 PM
Any of you have a kegerator at home? If so, can you possibly help me?

I recently got a Nostalgia Electrics Kegerator model KRS2100. The kit came with the CO2 tank and a dual regulator. Seen below:

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000HJVYDQ/KegoratorDoubleRegulator-30.jpg

I went to Mr. Kegs in HB for questions and a keg. Since I am new to this, I asked the gentleman where my gauges should be once I get everything hooked up. He proceeded to tell me that the gauge on the left will do absolutely nothing with my setup (confused to why there are two then). With the keg I purchased, Dales Pale Ale, he told me the gauge on the right should be between 5 and 10.

When I got home and hooked everything up, I noticed that the gauge on the left did nothing (like he said). I got the gauge on the right set to around 8 and it gave me a nice pour.

Question:

My understanding is that the gauge on the left is to tell you the remaining pressure left in your CO2 tank. If so, why wouldn't that work? I see it ranges from 0-3000PSI. I would imagine, even though my CO2 tank is very small, it would at least show something since the range goes down to zero.

Can anyone help me understand this?

**In addition, after a week and 5 beer poured from my new kegerator...my CO2 tank was empty. I took the tank and regulator into Mr. Kegs and the guy found a leak in the gauge on the right. I called the company and they are sending me a new one. Would this have anything to do with it?**

DougW8
January 22nd, 2013, 04:20 PM
So did anyone try the Taphaus at Staples? I noticed they had a couple of brews from Goose Island as well as some other decent brews. Beer and brats, sounds like a good combination to me.

BeerMan
January 22nd, 2013, 11:55 PM
where is this Taphaus? the wench and I MUST go there on Monday!

DougW8
January 23rd, 2013, 09:33 AM
It is downstairs where Big Dawgs used to be. I'll be heading there myself on Monday.

DRGinLBC
January 23rd, 2013, 10:16 AM
Taphaus Beer Selection: Firestone Pale 31, Angel City WIT, Lagunitas IPA, Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy, Angry Orchard Cider Green Flash IPA, Ballast Point Calico Amber, Speakeasy Prohibition, Sierra Nevada Keller Weiss, Anchor Steam Porter Fireman's Brew Redhead, Golden Road Brown, Hoegaarden, Kona Big Wave, Goose Island Honkers, Goose Island 312

According to this site:
Concessions - Main Concourse | STAPLES Center (http://staplescenter.com/guest-services/main-concourse-concessions)

kingsfan77
January 24th, 2013, 09:03 PM
Has anyone tried Trader Jose dark beer from Trader Joes I think it's like Corona but better

UnholyGoalie
January 25th, 2013, 10:21 PM
I have not but I'm enjoying this Bear Republic Racer X right now.

BeerMan
January 26th, 2013, 12:21 AM
Class X is to Class V as Racer X is to Racer 5?

UnholyGoalie
January 26th, 2013, 09:21 AM
Yeah. However, while Racer X is quite delicious, Class X is other-worldly. I *might* have some free time coming up and I'm debating whether to make the 3 hour drive up to KRBC to pick up some beer since their distro has been almost nil for a long while.

DMAN3474
January 26th, 2013, 03:22 PM
Yeah. However, while Racer X is quite delicious, Class X is other-worldly. I *might* have some free time coming up and I'm debating whether to make the 3 hour drive up to KRBC to pick up some beer since their distro has been almost nil for a long while.

Huge understatement, I havent had any beer from here since my friends brought me back some from the brewery a few months ago

DRGinLBC
January 26th, 2013, 03:54 PM
Has anyone tried Trader Jose dark beer from Trader Joes I think it's like Corona but better

Any beer on this planet is better than Corona...so that's not saying much.

BeerMan
January 26th, 2013, 11:55 PM
Yeah. However, while Racer X is quite delicious, Class X is other-worldly. I *might* have some free time coming up and I'm debating whether to make the 3 hour drive up to KRBC to pick up some beer since their distro has been almost nil for a long while.

Class X won't be in the bottles or growlers. they won't allow it.


Huge understatement, I havent had any beer from here since my friends brought me back some from the brewery a few months ago

#1 reason why KRBC needs to expand.

UnholyGoalie
January 27th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Class X won't be in the bottles or growlers. they won't allow it.
I know. I'd mainly be going up to get all the Class V I could get my hands on and then maybe some Just Outstanding, Dirty Hippie, and Citra.

BeerMan
January 27th, 2013, 06:14 PM
Citra should be available the first weekend of February. plan accordingly!

however, if you do get your hands on the Dirty Hippies, I want some!

DMAN3474
February 4th, 2013, 05:19 PM
Pliny the younger was released on Friday at Russian Rivers brewpub. Someone said that it was a 5 hr wait to get in on friday but the beer was worth the wait.

UnholyGoalie
February 6th, 2013, 06:06 PM
No beer is worth a 5 hour wait.

BeerMan
February 9th, 2013, 05:02 PM
No beer is worth a 5 hour wait.

only KRBC's Citra is! ;)

meanwhile, Box Stream Brewery's Chuffin' Ale is recommended. highly recommended. got it as a gift (along with other beers) from a friend in the UK. wish she had brought a whole lot more of that stuff.

Stormy2213
February 11th, 2013, 03:11 PM
Pliny the younger was released on Friday at Russian Rivers brewpub. Someone said that it was a 5 hr wait to get in on friday but the beer was worth the wait.


No beer is worth a 5 hour wait.


only KRBC's Citra is! ;)


Agreed. I prefer to pick up bottles from those, er, patient enough to stand in line. :dancing:

mitchrock
February 11th, 2013, 03:40 PM
Had Hebrew Jewbelation 16 last night. Incredible. 16 different Hops, 16 different Malts makes one yummy and potent brew. (16%)

DRGinLBC
February 11th, 2013, 03:41 PM
Just picked up a keg of Deschutes Mirror Pond. Excellent APA.

UnholyGoalie
February 14th, 2013, 09:43 PM
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.

mr. kuckoo
February 15th, 2013, 09:37 PM
Agreed. I prefer to pick up bottles from those, er, patient enough to stand in line. :dancing:

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.

Fisch
February 16th, 2013, 04:09 AM
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.

Stormy2213
February 21st, 2013, 12:40 PM
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...:Blue_smiley:

UnholyGoalie
February 21st, 2013, 07:28 PM
BTW, FW Sucaba should be on shelves right now. I scored 3 bottles today.

Stormy2213
February 22nd, 2013, 08:35 AM
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.....

DougW8
February 22nd, 2013, 11:27 AM
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...:Blue_smiley:

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.

mr. kuckoo
February 24th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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...:Blue_smiley:

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!

UnholyGoalie
February 24th, 2013, 07:11 PM
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.

DougW8
February 25th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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.

mitchrock
February 25th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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!

That port aqged Gnarleywine is by far my favorite beer ever. Had it when we were up there in June.

DougW8
February 27th, 2013, 09:44 AM
It has been a great beer week for me, and it's not over yet. I went to the 4th annual Inland Empire Beer and Food Truck event in Riverside. This is one beerfest that more than lived up to the hype. The largest brewers there, were Stone, Ballast Point, Hanger 24 and Golden Road, so it was a true craft beer fest. I paid extra for the VIP ticket, which allowed me entrance an hour before the main crowd, plus 5 additional tasters. For $40 entrants were granted 15 taters, for $50.00 you got 20 tasters plus a fenced off area with tables and chairs. The nice thing, was that they really weren't very good about marking off when you had a tater. I had 7 marks on my band, and tried at least 29 different beers. The Bruery had a table set up in the VIP area, so you were also able to have exclusive access to their table. Really impressed by some beers by Donkey Punch Brewing, Claremont Craft Ales and Vinaceous by Hanger 24. The Bruery's White Chocolate was going as fast as they could serve it. More Beer was there at all with a variety of beers that they have brewed at their store in Riverside. They had an incredible Chocolate Cherry Stout.

The on to Eureka Burger in Claremont, where I had Pliny the Younger. Looking forward to finishing the week off in Seal Beach with more Younger and other good brews at Beachwood BBQ.

BeerMan
February 27th, 2013, 10:15 PM
I envy you, Doug, I really do

DougW8
February 28th, 2013, 09:08 AM
I envy you, Doug, I really do

No need to envy me Mr Citra. If you wander down Seal Beach way on Friday or Saturday, I'll be happy to share good beer.

DRGinLBC
February 28th, 2013, 09:45 AM
Had a pint of PtY at Beachwood a couple days ago. Ordered a pint of Blind Pig to go right next to it.

I'll take a Blind Pig over PtY any day. PtY just has too much malt for me. It lingers a bit too much. That beer is hyped.

In other news, I visited Russian River and Lagunitas last weekend with the wife. It was my first trip to Lagunitas. I dug that place. The vibe was right. Brought back some goodies from both places.

I have some fresh Pliny's I brought back for a trade that fell through. Anyone interested? Bottled 8 days ago.

DRGinLBC
February 28th, 2013, 09:46 AM
No need to envy me Mr Citra. If you wander down Seal Beach way on Friday or Saturday, I'll be happy to share good beer.

I might take you up on that offer.

DRGinLBC
February 28th, 2013, 09:50 AM
Updated my cellar list if anyone is interested in a trade/tasting:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/60rucg79xsylpao/Cellared%20Beers%20%282%29.xlsx

Fisch
March 1st, 2013, 03:39 PM
Stone Mix-Tape 3
Allagash Quadrupel

BeerMan
March 2nd, 2013, 08:17 PM
No need to envy me Mr Citra. If you wander down Seal Beach way on Friday or Saturday, I'll be happy to share good beer.

if I had told you I was in LB last weekend...

mr. kuckoo
March 2nd, 2013, 10:01 PM
Question:

My understanding is that the gauge on the left is to tell you the remaining pressure left in your CO2 tank. If so, why wouldn't that work? I see it ranges from 0-3000PSI. I would imagine, even though my CO2 tank is very small, it would at least show something since the range goes down to zero.

Can anyone help me understand this?

**In addition, after a week and 5 beer poured from my new kegerator...my CO2 tank was empty. I took the tank and regulator into Mr. Kegs and the guy found a leak in the gauge on the right. I called the company and they are sending me a new one. Would this have anything to do with it?**

Absolutely it will. The beer is naturally carbonated as a result of fermentation, and pressure often builds enough within the keg to push the beer out without the aid of a CO2 tank. I'm guessing the 5 beers poured were from the natural carbonation. I homebrew and have a (3)x5 gallon tap keezer and will generally go through 1.5 kegs (7.5 gal.) per month with help from neighbors and friends. A small 5# co2 tank will easily last me about a year or so and that includes force carbonation of the beer. Hope that helps...enjoy the kegerator.

mr. kuckoo
March 2nd, 2013, 10:13 PM
That port aqged Gnarleywine is by far my favorite beer ever. Had it when we were up there in June.
It's tough to rule against PTY for beer of the weekend, but that Gnarlywine was absolutely the most memorable beer of our trip. We went from questionable to drive to forgetting our way back in 12oz. I've always had a "meh" type attitude towards Lagunitas until that trip. The vibe of that place is awesome! I just opened (and polished off) my growler of Sucks tonight...even that offering is an underrated beer. I'm becoming a big fan.

Stormy2213
March 3rd, 2013, 11:14 AM
I've always had a "meh" type attitude towards Lagunitas until that trip. The vibe of that place is awesome! I just opened (and polished off) my growler of Sucks tonight...even that offering is an underrated beer. I'm becoming a big fan.

Lagunitas brings it with every offering they have (I wish they'd do their Doppel Weizen again) and the people who work for them are super cool. And I put Sucks right up there with Blind Pig, BP Sculpin, FW Double Jack, and KRBC Just Outstanding. You give me a few pints of any of those and I'm one happy MOFO. Hell, I think I'm going taking a drive up to Firestone today to get some fresh Double Jack on tap. Sound good? :yahoo:

Fisch
March 3rd, 2013, 10:48 PM
just to flesh out a previous post, here's what I've been drinking lately.

I've recently had on Draft

Stone Brewery: Mixtape-3 Am. Strong Ale (8.6 ABV)
Allagash Brewing Co.: Allagash Four Quadrupel (10 ABV)
Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Classic Ale (7 ABV)
Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest White Ale (5 ABV)
Coronado Brewing Co.: Thai-One-On Am. Pale Ale (5 ABV)
Coronado Brewing Co.: Blue Bridge Coffee Stout (5.4 ABV)

mr. kuckoo
March 4th, 2013, 02:18 PM
KRBC Just Outstanding is one of my favorites. I need to make a roadtrip to KRBC!
While in Sonoma valley we also got our hands on some Racer XV at Bear Republic. Another damn fine beer, but it wasn't quite as memorable as PTY, Gnarleywine, and Sucks. Very good and highly recommended nonetheless. Full of citrus/grapefruit/pineapple hop aromas that you come to expect in an IPA, poured a brilliant clear golden copper color and slightly dry.

DRGinLBC
March 7th, 2013, 12:08 PM
This is what's on tap for the Kings game tonight. Just scored a bunch in a trade.

http://nathanmeunier.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/headytopper.jpg

Stormy2213
March 7th, 2013, 12:15 PM
This is what's on tap for the Kings game tonight. Just scored a bunch in a trade.

http://nathanmeunier.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/headytopper.jpg

Do report back on this. I've heard great stuff from some friends back east, but also a few who gave it a "meh". Love the can artwork.

DRGinLBC
March 7th, 2013, 12:23 PM
Do report back on this. I've heard great stuff from some friends back east, but also a few who gave it a "meh". Love the can artwork.

Will do.

UnholyGoalie
March 9th, 2013, 10:08 PM
Alpine Pure Hoppiness. More like Pure Deliciousness.

WestCoastIPA
March 10th, 2013, 01:34 AM
Just had a bomber of Alesmith Speedway Stout to celebrate the Kings win tonight. I've had it many times, but it had been a while.

mr. kuckoo
March 12th, 2013, 08:42 PM
Just enjoyed a Simtra tonight for the first time. Two of my all time favorite hops Simcoe and Citra. It was a bit pricey at $11 in Rancho Cucamonga. Overall though, it was a great beer. It was bottled 2/25/13, so the hop aroma and flavor was still present and powerful. The Simcoe hops prevailed in aroma while the Citra seemed to dominate in flavor. Personally, I prefer to see those reversed. Hard to believe it was 11.25% Not sure if I'd put it in my top 5, but damned good.

I also had a Heretic Evil Cousin, but it was bottled back in November. I wish i would have looked before I purchased it. I had high hopes for it, but it really lacked in the hop flavor department, likely due to the age. The bitterness was fantastic though. Hand a really sticky/dank feeling to it. It was pretty unique in terms of bitterness. I'm a big fan of JZ and what he does for the brewing community. I'm sure it's a great beer, but I need to find a fresh offering before I cast opinion. (Lesson learned :drinking:)

KRBC Citra is next on the bucket list. Still being offered at the brewery? Can you purchase it in a growler? I may go up this weekend.

UnholyGoalie
March 13th, 2013, 06:19 PM
If you go can you pick me up a case of Class V?

If they have it on tap you should be able to get a growler of Citra, as far as I know.

DRGinLBC
March 13th, 2013, 07:13 PM
Do report back on this. I've heard great stuff from some friends back east, but also a few who gave it a "meh". Love the can artwork.

Forgot to report back.

Don't believe the hype. That's all I have.

UnholyGoalie
March 13th, 2013, 07:55 PM
The general feeling I get is that the brews in our own back yard are just as good, if not better, than what is getting all the hype back east. I guess we're lucky to be in SoCal where there are way more than enough great breweries that we don't really need to go chase down out of state stuff.

I've gotten my hands on some hyped stuff from the east before and while some of it has been very very good, none of it has blown anything here out of the water. The amount of bickering over "which beer is best" on BA has turned me off of that site. Now I read it just for entertainment value to see how many people just don't "get it". To me, beer is still a regional thing. I'm sure Heady Topper is a damn fine beer, but is it so much better than what is readily available out here? And, if I was over there would I think PtE was far superior to HT? Who cares which beer "is best"? There are a million beers out there that I'll probably never try, what's the use is getting in an online pissing match over it?

I sometimes wonder if BA is actually doing a disservice to craft beer. Not so much the site itself, but this culture of snobbish douches that seems to be growing. For me it's not about hunting down "the best beers" and putting it on my resume, it's about exploring what is out there, drinking good beer, and supporting smaller businesses.

Just my aimless rant.

BeerMan
March 13th, 2013, 08:15 PM
KRBC Citra is next on the bucket list. Still being offered at the brewery? Can you purchase it in a growler? I may go up this weekend.

they brew it two or three times a year, and when released, the Citra can be gone in less than a week. best join their mailing list for updates.

Fisch
March 14th, 2013, 02:35 AM
Tried a few more drafts...

Great Divide Brewing Co.: Collette Farmhouse Ale 7.3 ABV
Brewery Ommegang: Hennepin Farmhouse Ale 7.7 ABV
Eagle Rock Brewery: Populist Am. Pale Ale 7 ABV
Hanger 24 Brewery: Hanger 24 Orange Wheat Fruit Beer 4.6 ABV

Also found a new Craft Beer Retailer near me called Bottle Craft which also has tables where you can drink their offerings (with an uncapping fee).

Tried out bottles of (that I can remember as I shared a few others with the girl I'm dating and her friends)

Ballast Point Brewing Co.: Pale Ale 4.6 ABV
Ballast Point Brewing Co.: Big Eye IPA 7 ABV
Cerveza Cucapa: Chupacabras Pale Ale 5.8 ABV
Lagunitas Brewing Co.: Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitution Ale 7.75 ABV
Brasserie de Silly: Scotch Silly Scottish Style Ale 8 ABV

rinkrat
March 14th, 2013, 06:28 AM
Iron Maiden launch their own brand of beer | News | NME.COM (http://www.nme.com/news/iron-maiden/69196?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blur50#7)

Stormy2213
March 14th, 2013, 11:01 AM
The general feeling I get is that the brews in our own back yard are just as good, if not better, than what is getting all the hype back east. I guess we're lucky to be in SoCal where there are way more than enough great breweries that we don't really need to go chase down out of state stuff.

I've gotten my hands on some hyped stuff from the east before and while some of it has been very very good, none of it has blown anything here out of the water. The amount of bickering over "which beer is best" on BA has turned me off of that site. Now I read it just for entertainment value to see how many people just don't "get it". To me, beer is still a regional thing. I'm sure Heady Topper is a damn fine beer, but is it so much better than what is readily available out here? And, if I was over there would I think PtE was far superior to HT? Who cares which beer "is best"? There are a million beers out there that I'll probably never try, what's the use is getting in an online pissing match over it?

I sometimes wonder if BA is actually doing a disservice to craft beer. Not so much the site itself, but this culture of snobbish douches that seems to be growing. For me it's not about hunting down "the best beers" and putting it on my resume, it's about exploring what is out there, drinking good beer, and supporting smaller businesses.

Just my aimless rant.

Very good points. I agree with all you've stated. We're really fortunate to live in CA (most of us) b/c even if you live in BFE you probably have a solid craft brewery operating somewhere nearby and you can get fresh, very well made, delicious beer of all variety. Hell, even the chain grocery markets are stocking Firestone, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Heretic, Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, North Coast - the list goes on. And to your point about ballyhoo'd beers from the other coast - I haven't found anything that I go out of my way to ever buy. Though when summer hits I drink a lot of Ommegang Hennepin Saison...

Stormy2213
March 14th, 2013, 11:01 AM
Forgot to report back.

Don't believe the hype. That's all I have.

Short and sweet. Thanks!

DRGinLBC
March 14th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Just sayin. If you poured me a Heady Topper and a RR Row 2...I'd take the Row 2.

GHEA!

rinkrat
March 25th, 2013, 01:13 PM
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/643e6c49550d2d3d561f05db4/images/IPA_Week.png

Stormy2213
March 25th, 2013, 04:24 PM
Spent a couple of days in Chicago last week. I drank a ****-ton of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Believe the hype. It's so good it could be from California......:101smile: Also brought back a gaggle of Founder's Breakfast Stout that I haven't tasted yet. I'm assuming I won't be disappointed.

Stormy2213
March 28th, 2013, 03:30 PM
One of the bombers I brought back from Chicago was Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf IIPA. There is no way that this thing is a 9% ABV. It drinks WAY too smoothly. And what a massive flavor bomb. Huge floral/piney/fruity hop nose - the sort of thing just draws me in quickly. Very balanced, great mouth-feel, awesome bitter hit with a sweet malt flavor from start to long finish. I love this stuff. I wish I had brought a couple more back. Highly recommended.

Tonight I'll be opening my first Avery Maharaja..........Can't wait.

mervaldez
March 28th, 2013, 04:40 PM
Marin Brewing night tonight at Beachwood Seal Beach starting at 6. On the menu will be White Knuckle DIPA, Brass Knuckle DIPA and 3 Flowers IPA among others. I'll be walking in with a 3 liter bottle of their Quad. One TV, can 99.365% guarantee it will be showing the NCAA games, so no Kings/Blues (I'm DVR'n) but I would bet those will still be pouring Friday into the weekend.

mervaldez
March 28th, 2013, 11:04 PM
Update: 3 Flowers keg was sent to Wood in the Hood (Long Beach BBQ). Great beer, worth trying. Grab the Brass Knuckle and Wimpy Session IPA (Marin/Green Flash collab) at Seal while you can. Top notch. The Habanero Sculpin from Ballast didn't suck either, just enough spice. The Platypus Venom Imperial Stout from Marin was heavy on the licorice; if you like that in a imp. stout, get it.

Always stay updated:

http://beachwoodbbq.com/hopcam.html

Stormy2213
March 29th, 2013, 11:31 AM
Avery Brewing The Maharaja IIPA...Got to have my first last night and I was not disappointed. First off, the nose was exquisite. I just wanted to keep breathing in the aromas of fruits and resiny evergreen pine with that stiff malt backbone in the background. I knew before the first quaff that I was going to love this beer. First taste and I was instantly reminded of Drake's Denogginizer - only better. A lot better. And I LOVE Denogginizer. And being that Denogginizer is my GF's favorite beer, I HAD to share. Like me, she fell in love with The Maharaja. If you dig big IPA's, this is a real winner. And by big, I mean BIG. It clocks in at 10.4% ABV, but you'd swear you're drinking a 6.5%. It is just so eloquently balanced. Sublime brew. I will seek this out always and when I find it I will buy it by the case. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.

UnholyGoalie
March 29th, 2013, 06:12 PM
Maharaja is a favorite of mine even though I haven't had it in a while.

Fisch
March 29th, 2013, 09:17 PM
Tried on Tap...
-Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale (9 ABV)
-Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Red Rice Pale Ale (7 ABV)

-Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.: St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition (5.0 ABV)
Very bitter but it paired well with the sweetness of the dish I had of Chinese Chicken Salad which contained mandarin orange slices and candied peanut brittle pieces.

mervaldez
April 4th, 2013, 07:34 PM
Putting down a Caldera Mogli for the Minny game. Oak-aged Imperial Porter w/ Chocolate. 8.5%. New batch recently hit the SoCal area. Pricey, but yum.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ap5jitsvzQk/Tf-rvtWO9II/AAAAAAAAEs4/0Vy0K7wBdMQ/s1600/Caldera+Mogli.jpg

UnholyGoalie
April 5th, 2013, 09:07 PM
Cracked open a bottle of KRBC Winter Ale. Hoppy deliciousness. Not as malty as I remember Citra, with a bit more biting hoppy dryness. Excellent. Jesus F I wish KRBC would have better distribution. Speaking of which, I snagged a bottle of JOIPA which was sitting all by its lonesome on a shelf at Total Wine. Don't know how old it is and didn't see anymore in the whole store, but it's the first bottle I've seen of it in a year. If there was more there I probably would have bought the whole lot.

BeerMan
April 8th, 2013, 07:19 PM
impossible if they were that old. unless you were being sarcastic....

the other day I was surprised to see bottles of Isabella Blonde at a local shop. first time I had seen those ales out here ever. usually see just the JO, V and the Winter. once found an anniversary release a few years back before their Citras put KRBC on the map for all to see.

BeerMan
April 8th, 2013, 07:28 PM
http://www.brewgene.com/sites/default/files/beer_images/user30273_120683.jpg

mervaldez
April 8th, 2013, 07:53 PM
Cracked open a bottle of KRBC Winter Ale. Hoppy deliciousness. Not as malty as I remember Citra, with a bit more biting hoppy dryness. Excellent. Jesus F I wish KRBC would have better distribution. Speaking of which, I snagged a bottle of JOIPA which was sitting all by its lonesome on a shelf at Total Wine. Don't know how old it is and didn't see anymore in the whole store, but it's the first bottle I've seen of it in a year. If there was more there I probably would have bought the whole lot.

It's not the distribution, it's the production. KRBC's increased popularity has predictably led to supply issues, and the brewpub has become a bigger source of the sales, hence no Citra making in down the hill the last two releases. Plans are already going forward on expansion, so be patient.

UnholyGoalie
April 8th, 2013, 08:29 PM
I have the feeling it's both the limited production capabilities and the fiasco that the Citra release created. Used to be finding Class V and JOIPA on the shelf wasn't that big a deal. Ever since they released Citra it's a blue moon if I see anything of theirs on the shelf. I thought about making the drive up there but unless I'm camping there it's hard to justify the 3 hour drive to buy beer.

daxx
April 9th, 2013, 07:57 AM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b289/daxx1313/WillCunVacation099_zps2e4dc90a.jpg

I know the beer is crap, but when you're in Cancun it's amazing. And yes those are the Kings boardshorts. They rock too.

DMAN3474
April 9th, 2013, 02:27 PM
Is that a mini can?

daxx
April 10th, 2013, 05:10 PM
Is that a mini can?

It's a 12 oz can, but when it's all inclusive you go as hard and as fast as you can. If it gets a little warm you just get another.

BeerMan
April 10th, 2013, 10:16 PM
It's not the distribution, it's the production. KRBC's increased popularity has predictably led to supply issues, and the brewpub has become a bigger source of the sales, hence no Citra making in down the hill the last two releases. Plans are already going forward on expansion, so be patient.
a year ago or so, they told me no way for an expansion. now what's the latest? this is going to be real interesting. the lot that KRBC is sitting on is quite sizable and more.


I have the feeling it's both the limited production capabilities and the fiasco that the Citra release created. Used to be finding Class V and JOIPA on the shelf wasn't that big a deal. Ever since they released Citra it's a blue moon if I see anything of theirs on the shelf. I thought about making the drive up there but unless I'm camping there it's hard to justify the 3 hour drive to buy beer.
road trip! I've gone up there first thing in the morning, picked up the Citras, went fishing, then come home all in one day.

DRGinLBC
April 11th, 2013, 02:29 PM
Can any of you fools get some KBS? Looking to bring some to a beer tasting.

KRC1221
April 14th, 2013, 08:22 PM
I've been anti Stone Brewing since my wife and I went to their restaurant down in SD and had a HORRIBLE dining experience. But my we were at Rock & Brews in El Segundo the other night and I decided to get one of their beers. I've been on a huge stout and russian imperial stout kick for the past nine months or so. Anything, dark, malty, caramely, coffee etc has been right up my alley.

I digress....

I had a Stone Coffee IPA by Stone called Dayman. It was delicious. I was on an IPA kick before my stout kick. And IPA's have just been an assault on my palette as of late. This was the PERFECT balance between and IPA and the coffee.

Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA - Stone Brewing Co. - Escondido, CA - BeerAdvocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/147/91420)

Bucky8
April 17th, 2013, 09:55 AM
My newest fav=Boont Amber Ale, Anderson Valley. And Leinekugels Wheat Hefewiesen. Both at the Yardhouse. I also had a double IPA-Green Flash. That one kicked my teeth out but it will be good on a hot summer day.

daxx
April 17th, 2013, 10:10 AM
IPA's have just been an assault on my palette as of late.

I thought I was the only one with this issue. I tried the Green Flash Red IPA the other night and it was undrinkable. All I tasted was hops. I'm a fan of moderately hoppy beers, but this was just a flat out hop attack. It's turned me away from the Green Flash brand as a whole.

My two favorite summer beers (since the season is rapidly approaching) are Skinny Dip by New Belgium and Summer Ale by Sam Adams. Both have a mild wheat presence with a slight citrus flavor, and both are extremely refreshing on a warm summer day. I haven't seen the Skinny Dip in some time, and some of the other New Belgium beers have been bad as of late, so this one may be just a memory now.

BeerMan
April 17th, 2013, 05:01 PM
Daxx, Skinny Dip got replaced by Somersault Ale a couple of years ago.

Stormy2213
April 18th, 2013, 11:57 AM
I thought I was the only one with this issue. I tried the Green Flash Red IPA the other night and it was undrinkable. All I tasted was hops. I'm a fan of moderately hoppy beers, but this was just a flat out hop attack. It's turned me away from the Green Flash brand as a whole.

My two favorite summer beers (since the season is rapidly approaching) are Skinny Dip by New Belgium and Summer Ale by Sam Adams. Both have a mild wheat presence with a slight citrus flavor, and both are extremely refreshing on a warm summer day. I haven't seen the Skinny Dip in some time, and some of the other New Belgium beers have been bad as of late, so this one may be just a memory now.

New Belgium, as a whole, produces some of the most mediocre beer out there. I know they do the Lips of Faith stuff and all that - but even that stuff is like AB/Miller/Coors doing "craft" beer. It's just not that good at all.

On a better note, Libertine Pub in Morro Bay cracked a Waldo's Special 420 Ale (DIPA/IIPA) keg from Lagunitas yesterday. 99% of bars only crack those kegs on 4/20, but somehow they were able to break the rules. Anyway, it clocks in at 9.2% ABV and it is DELICIOUS!. If you have a local that has it on tap this Saturday, I'd suggest getting in there and having one or two. It's super yummy. Sweet and hoppy and thick and just uber-quaffable.

DRGinLBC
April 18th, 2013, 12:02 PM
New app:

BeerHunt app wants you to have fun and free beer | Mobile - CNET News (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57580171-94/beerhunt-app-wants-you-to-have-fun-and-free-beer/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title)

I've set this up with a couple buddies this morning. It's buggy and has it's flaws. BUT...it has potential.

mitchrock
April 18th, 2013, 02:16 PM
New app:

BeerHunt app wants you to have fun and free beer | Mobile - CNET News (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57580171-94/beerhunt-app-wants-you-to-have-fun-and-free-beer/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title)

I've set this up with a couple buddies this morning. It's buggy and has it's flaws. BUT...it has potential.

Not only is it a beer app, but if you pay attention it was made by me cousing The Monkey Inferno!

Salty Dog
April 18th, 2013, 03:40 PM
Deschutes Red Chair NWPA - I really enjoyed it. Very drinkable, doesn't overwhelm you with a stupid amount of hops or alcohol, but is still tasty.

Red Chair NWPA - Deschutes Brewery - Bend, OR - BeerAdvocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/55564)

DRGinLBC
April 25th, 2013, 12:40 PM
Just picked up a couple bottles of Parabola. If you've never had it, I suggest it.

DougW8
May 9th, 2013, 01:10 PM
I see that the Pasadena and Long Beach chapters of Congregation Ale House will have Bourbon County Stout tonight starting at 7. They usually don't release this outside of Illinois, although with In Bev's ownership that may change. So far the traditional offerings of Goose Island have kept their quality, hope that this holds true with Bourbon County as well. This has been one of the best stouts produced, with people lining up for it like they do out here for Pliny the Younger.

mitchrock
May 9th, 2013, 01:24 PM
I see that the Pasadena and Long Beach chapters of Congregation Ale House will have Bourbon County Stout tonight starting at 7. They usually don't release this outside of Illinois, although with In Bev's ownership that may change. So far the traditional offerings of Goose Island have kept their quality, hope that this holds true with Bourbon County as well. This has been one of the best stouts produced, with people lining up for it like they do out here for Pliny the Younger.

Thanks for the alert. Love Bourbon County Stout.

DRGinLBC
May 9th, 2013, 01:53 PM
I see that the Pasadena and Long Beach chapters of Congregation Ale House will have Bourbon County Stout tonight starting at 7. They usually don't release this outside of Illinois, although with In Bev's ownership that may change. So far the traditional offerings of Goose Island have kept their quality, hope that this holds true with Bourbon County as well. This has been one of the best stouts produced, with people lining up for it like they do out here for Pliny the Younger.

Wait...whaaaaaaaaaaat?

My wife and I cracked a bottle of BCS at Beachwood the other night. It was fantastic.

KingSurfer
May 9th, 2013, 03:57 PM
http://www.firestonebeer.com/images/catalog/805.png

Fisch
May 11th, 2013, 11:00 PM
Beers on tap I've tried recently, that I can remember...

Allagash Brewing Co: Allagash White
Brouwerij Liefmans: Cuvee-Brut
Eagle Rock Brewery: Revolution
Great Divide Brewing Co: Nomad
Bear Republic: Red Rocket Ale
Coronado Brewing Co: Bada Bing Cherry Porter
Dogfish Head: Aprihop
Ballast Point: Pescadero
Almanac: Extra Pale Ale
Green Flash: 30th St. Pale Ale
Port Brewing Co: Older Viscosity Imperial Stout
Speakeasy: Big Daddy IPA
Well's & Young: Youngs Double Chocolate Stout (Nitrogen)
Avery Brewing: Hog Heaven Barleywine
Mad River: Jamaican Red
Deschutes: Chainbreaker White IPA
Anchor: Anchor CA Lager

daxx
May 12th, 2013, 09:22 AM
Had the Lagunitas Undercover Shut Down ale yesterday at Haven in Orange. It was really tasty and packed a wallop at 9.6%. Good times!

BeerMan
May 13th, 2013, 10:02 PM
it's American Craft Beer Week. support your local brewery (unless Budweiser is next door to you).

Stormy2213
May 16th, 2013, 11:05 AM
Heading up to Petaluma this weekend for the Lagunitas Beer Circus. Anybody else going to be there? It's a "must go" beer event. Best beer event we've been to (last year).

https://www.facebook.com/events/136570743182567/

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/393127_542241419152560_1626321436_n.jpg

BeerMan
May 16th, 2013, 06:50 PM
Lagunitas sucks!!












... is muy tasty.

UnholyGoalie
May 16th, 2013, 09:06 PM
The rumor is 32 oz bottles of Sucks will be hitting shelves later this year. If this truly becomes a year-round release, I don't know what I'll do (other than drink it a lot). It definitely ranks up there with the best DIPA's I've had.

Stormy2213
May 17th, 2013, 09:01 AM
The rumor is 32 oz bottles of Sucks will be hitting shelves later this year. If this truly becomes a year-round release, I don't know what I'll do (other than drink it a lot). It definitely ranks up there with the best DIPA's I've had.

I hope it's true b/c that will save a ton of fridge space. Buying multiple 6 packs at a time just takes up too much space! I'll ask my cuz up there if he can confirm. I'll post the answer next week.

BeerMan
May 17th, 2013, 06:09 PM
32 oz? we're gonna need a bigger fridge.

Stormy2213
May 22nd, 2013, 06:08 PM
Went to the Lagunitas Beer Circus Sunday, with a side trip to Russian River Brewing Monday, and did not find out anything about Sucks coming out in 22 oz. bombers. Sorry! However, a good time was had by all. Best beer event we've attended 2 years running. Here is just a small little flavor of what happened.......

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/r270/p206x206/181399_10200825579854278_1706991214_n.jpg

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BeerMan
May 22nd, 2013, 09:00 PM
Study: Hipsters driving up price of beer | FOX5 San Diego (http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/05/22/hipsters-driving-up-price-of-beer-researcher-says-latimes-com/)

damn you, hipsters, damn it all to hell! :boxing:

mhihi:

UnholyGoalie
May 24th, 2013, 09:20 PM
Bruery Tart of Darkness. Lip puckering tart which is nice but not enough of the stout thing going on for my taste.

UnholyGoalie
June 23rd, 2013, 03:16 PM
Nobody drinks beer anymore? I cracked open a Stone RuinTen last night. Holy hop bomb. There was some danky, ballsy DIPA going on that threw a wallop on me. Quite good. Right now sipping on a 13.5 month old KRBC Class V. Its age has more to do with not finding more locally than wanting to age it. I wouldn't say the age has benefited the beer much but it's still quite enjoyable. Maybe I'll let the one remaining bottle I have go for another year just to see what happens.

daxx
June 25th, 2013, 07:58 AM
Hi everyone, this is beer related but not worthy of its own thread. I have wanted a kegerator for a long time, but I’m cautious to get one because I fear the beer will go bad by the time I drink all of it. I have a bunch of cool ideas for a garage bar/drinking area, because no woman would allow this kind of **** to occupy an entire room in the house. So, does anyone have suggestions for me? I know a pretty decent amount about kegerators, because I helped a buddy build one a few years ago. Does using nitrogen instead of CO2 make the beer last longer? Or is the suggestion that I don’t own a kegerator and just use a jockey-box when people come over for a party?

Ideas?
Suggestions?
Helpful hints…

thxbai

DRGinLBC
June 25th, 2013, 09:31 AM
Head to Kern River Brewing on Sunday. Anyone know if they have anything special release bottle on sale right now? Anything other than their normal lineup.

I'll be nabbing some Just Outstanding, but I was hoping to score something different while I was there.

DRGinLBC
June 25th, 2013, 09:34 AM
Hi everyone, this is beer related but not worthy of its own thread. I have wanted a kegerator for a long time, but I’m cautious to get one because I fear the beer will go bad by the time I drink all of it. I have a bunch of cool ideas for a garage bar/drinking area, because no woman would allow this kind of **** to occupy an entire room in the house. So, does anyone have suggestions for me? I know a pretty decent amount about kegerators, because I helped a buddy build one a few years ago. Does using nitrogen instead of CO2 make the beer last longer? Or is the suggestion that I don’t own a kegerator and just use a jockey-box when people come over for a party?

Ideas?
Suggestions?
Helpful hints…

thxbai

I have this bad boy. Works like a champ (once I figured out why the CO2 was leaking). :)

Amazon.com: Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Kegorator Beer Keg Fridge, Black: Appliances (http://www.amazon.com/Nostalgia-Electrics-KRS2100-Kegorator-Fridge/dp/B000HJVYDQ)

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to chat.

DMAN3474
June 25th, 2013, 10:48 AM
Nobody drinks beer anymore? I cracked open a Stone RuinTen last night. Holy hop bomb. There was some danky, ballsy DIPA going on that threw a wallop on me. Quite good. Right now sipping on a 13.5 month old KRBC Class V. Its age has more to do with not finding more locally than wanting to age it. I wouldn't say the age has benefited the beer much but it's still quite enjoyable. Maybe I'll let the one remaining bottle I have go for another year just to see what happens.

I had RuinTen on tap last week, pretty damn good

daxx
June 25th, 2013, 11:57 AM
I have this bad boy. Works like a champ (once I figured out why the CO2 was leaking). :)

Amazon.com: Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Kegorator Beer Keg Fridge, Black: Appliances (http://www.amazon.com/Nostalgia-Electrics-KRS2100-Kegorator-Fridge/dp/B000HJVYDQ)

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to chat.

I think I saw a kegerator at Costco a while back for a little over $400. Here's the thing, I love beer but my waistline doesn't. As with all males (at least the ones I know) we want a little haven where we can swill beer and fart with impunity. So here are a few questions for ya...
Does having only 1 beer style get old?
Do you drink more because its so readily available?
Nitrogen - vs - CO2 charge?
What beers worth a crap don't go skunky too fast?
Would you recommend getting a kegerator?
Do you like eating beans?
Do you like George Wendt?
Do you like watching George Wendt eating beans?

DRGinLBC
June 25th, 2013, 12:06 PM
I think I saw a kegerator at Costco a while back for a little over $400. Here's the thing, I love beer but my waistline doesn't. As with all males (at least the ones I know) we want a little haven where we can swill beer and fart with impunity. So here are a few questions for ya...
Does having only 1 beer style get old?
Do you drink more because its so readily available?
Nitrogen - vs - CO2 charge?
What beers worth a crap don't go skunky too fast?
Would you recommend getting a kegerator?
Do you like eating beans?
Do you like George Wendt?
Do you like watching George Wendt eating beans?

Does having only 1 beer style get old? YES
Do you drink more because its so readily available? YES
Nitrogen - vs - CO2 charge? CO2
What beers worth a crap don't go skunky too fast? How fast is too fast?
Would you recommend getting a kegerator? YES
Do you like eating beans? YES
Do you like George Wendt? NO
Do you like watching George Wendt eating beans? NO

BeerMan
June 25th, 2013, 06:14 PM
Head to Kern River Brewing on Sunday. Anyone know if they have anything special release bottle on sale right now? Anything other than their normal lineup.

I'll be nabbing some Just Outstanding, but I was hoping to score something different while I was there.

I'm emailing Eric as of now. KRBC usually keeps people up to date on their news, but the last thing I heard from them was their anniversary thing which was last month. they've brewed up the 7th Anniversary Coffee Stout which I am pretty damn eager to try.

there will be a bunch of bottles of a variety of beers on stock. if you're lucky, you may find some Dirty Hippies.

and I'm jealous, just to let you know.

UnholyGoalie
June 25th, 2013, 06:44 PM
Beerman, can you ask him where and when they plan on shipping more stuff to LA?

BeerMan
June 26th, 2013, 06:29 PM
Beerman, can you ask him where and when they plan on shipping more stuff to LA?

when they're done with the supposed expansion I guess.

DRG, Single Track Pale Ale, Class X Bourbon barrel-aged Stout and the 7th Anniv release is all the specials that'll happen this weekend. bring your growlers. and when you do go, report back with their "expansion plans".

DougW8
June 27th, 2013, 11:34 AM
when they're done with the supposed expansion I guess.

DRG, Single Track Pale Ale, Class X Bourbon barrel-aged Stout and the 7th Anniv release is all the specials that'll happen this weekend. bring your growlers. and when you do go, report back with their "expansion plans".

Or better yet, fill a growler with some of that stout and bring it back to me while I'm at the beach next week. You can beat the heat and I'll have several good beers on hand as well. Anyone wanting to hit Beachwood in Seal Beach, I'll be there all week.

Stormy2213
June 28th, 2013, 11:47 AM
Just back from a quick trip into NYC and the bar at the hotel where I stayed had Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind". I'd heard from several friends that this was a great beer, so I naturally had to try it (and all other options were crap anyway). I stuck with it all night long. Great IPA. Nice citrusy, resiny hop nose - but much like the IPA's I've been having in Chicago. They don't have the same nose as our Cali IPA/DIPA/IIPA. Something different, but definitely very, very pleasant and enjoyable. Great hop bite, balanced with solid malt sweetness. I felt lucky to find a high quality IPA where I stayed since I didn't have the time available to venture out and find a good beer pub/bar. Highly recommended.

mitchrock
June 28th, 2013, 01:42 PM
I like the maltiness of the East Coast IPA's. Gives them a nice distinction.

BeerMan
June 28th, 2013, 07:23 PM
east coast bias, I'm tellin' ya.

Stormy2213
June 29th, 2013, 04:08 PM
east coast bias, I'm tellin' ya.

I am an equal opportunity, multi-cultural, pan-national, meta-world beer lover!

DMAN3474
June 30th, 2013, 12:34 AM
Had a Mikkeller 1000 IBU tonight. I want to try it again when I have not been sitting out by the pool drinking for most of the day, then had a big carne asada burrito for dinner, but HOLY HOPS BATMAN!!! you could smell the hops without taking it off of the bar. The one thing that stood out to me is that it was not as bitter as I expected. I will try it again later in the week (maybe multiple times :manybeers:)to get a better idea if I like it or not.

BeerMan
July 1st, 2013, 04:07 PM
Had a Mikkeller 1000 IBU tonight. I want to try it again when I have not been sitting out by the pool drinking for most of the day, then had a big carne asada burrito for dinner, but HOLY HOPS BATMAN!!! you could smell the hops without taking it off of the bar. The one thing that stood out to me is that it was not as bitter as I expected. I will try it again later in the week (maybe multiple times :manybeers:)to get a better idea if I like it or not.
I may have seen a Mikkeller in a store somewhere. might as well grab it at first sight.

sarf
July 1st, 2013, 06:45 PM
My local store got a box of Heady Topper, was lucky enough to grab a can, it was delish...perfect double ipa.

BeerMan
July 3rd, 2013, 10:19 PM
Head to Kern River Brewing on Sunday. Anyone know if they have anything special release bottle on sale right now? Anything other than their normal lineup.

I'll be nabbing some Just Outstanding, but I was hoping to score something different while I was there.

well?

DRGinLBC
July 4th, 2013, 08:33 AM
when they're done with the supposed expansion I guess.

DRG, Single Track Pale Ale, Class X Bourbon barrel-aged Stout and the 7th Anniv release is all the specials that'll happen this weekend. bring your growlers. and when you do go, report back with their "expansion plans".

Those were the 3 special releases on tap. I enjoyed every one of them. Single Track was my favorite. Class X has a little too much bourbon for my tastes (and that's saying a lot).

BeerMan
July 4th, 2013, 12:28 PM
no update on the "expansion" plans?

UnholyGoalie
July 4th, 2013, 01:00 PM
Class X is in my top 3 imperial stouts of all time and perhaps in my top 3 beers of all time.

DMAN3474
July 4th, 2013, 01:27 PM
if anyone is on untappd make sure to check a beer in for a special 4th of July badge.


Also :cheers: and have a happy and safe 4th

DRGinLBC
July 4th, 2013, 02:07 PM
no update on the "expansion" plans?

I didn't ask. Was I supposed to? If so, I'm sorry.

I was too "involved" with experiencing the place for my first time (and chasing my son around the restaurant).

**Odd Story** I bought 6 Just Outstandings to take home. Around 3am in my motel room (Kernville Inn), one of my bottles exploded. Scared the crap out of me. Never had that happen with a beer before. It wasn't like I changed elevations or anything. I wanted to take it back the next morning, but we left before they opened.

BeerMan
July 5th, 2013, 09:42 AM
I didn't ask. Was I supposed to? If so, I'm sorry.

I was too "involved" with experiencing the place for my first time (and chasing my son around the restaurant).

**Odd Story** I bought 6 Just Outstandings to take home. Around 3am in my motel room (Kernville Inn), one of my bottles exploded. Scared the crap out of me. Never had that happen with a beer before. It wasn't like I changed elevations or anything. I wanted to take it back the next morning, but we left before they opened.

wow, no way. that's something they need to know about. I'll email Eric/Kyle about it. how did it explode? the cap flew out? or the glass shattered?

DRGinLBC
July 5th, 2013, 10:22 AM
wow, no way. that's something they need to know about. I'll email Eric/Kyle about it. how did it explode? the cap flew out? or the glass shattered?

Glass shattered...while just sitting on the counter. Nothing touched it. It was kind of freaky. No elevation changes, no temp changes...odd.

DMAN3474
July 7th, 2013, 11:06 AM
had a Humulus lager from the bruery last night, really good beer.

UnholyGoalie
July 21st, 2013, 11:18 AM
Of the many beers I had last night the one that made the biggest impression was Smog City Groundwork coffee porter. It tasted so much of coffee that I wanted to pour some Jamesons and cream into it. Very good stuff.

BeerMan
July 21st, 2013, 12:55 PM
anyone tried Golden Road's Heal The Bay IPA yet? I like it but prefer their PTW some more.

Stormy2213
July 23rd, 2013, 11:27 AM
We had a great time at the inaugural Seven Sisters Festival the weekend before last. Very good time due to the modest turnout for a number of great beers, ciders, and wines. Highlight for us, besides getting unlimited FULL pours of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Anniversary 13 were the beers being poured by Valiant Brewing.

I had never heard of them so those of you in OC, please forgive me. Standout brew for me was the Mounds of Grounds: Imperial Black Espresso Saison (9.6% ABV). It was simply delicious - great mouthfeel, coffee/heavy roasted malt nose, nice and dry like a good Saison should be, just a hint of hops. For a very hot day in the sun, this one was simply divine. They were also serving Fields Ablaze: Saison (7.2% ABV) - very delicious, and Jericho: Imperial IPA (10.8% ABV) - what another treat.

To have a brewery bring 3 high gravity beers to a festival is something I've never run into in the past. One, sure. Two, rarely. Three? ****ing awesome! I got to talk to the brewer, Brian, for quite some time and he clearly LOVES what he's doing there at Valiant.

I would recommend taking the trek down to Orange and finding these guys. He told me they're a little hard to find as they're not downtown Orange. But man, they certainly appear to be on the right track as far as bringing great beer to the table. Highly recommended!

mitchrock
July 23rd, 2013, 11:34 AM
Good Deal Alert *** Cypress Costco had a case of 24 Stone IPA's for $26.99. Monkey stocked up.

BeerMan
July 31st, 2013, 08:12 PM
KRBC just signed a distribution contract with Stone Brewing Company, which means we'll hopefully see KRBC coming back on the shelves in the liquor store nearest you soon.

no updates on the expansion, yet.

UnholyGoalie
July 31st, 2013, 09:00 PM
That's great news! I've seen a total of about 2 KRBC bottles of beer on shelves here in LA in the past couple years. I read a post from one of the KRBC guys that they had stopped distro outside of Kern County for a while now which would explain their absence. To put it bluntly, their distro can't get any worse, so I hope this new partnership will make things better. Still, with their limited capacity, I'd imagine it will still be quite tough to get some Class V. I read a tweet that their winter seasonal is about ready to be tapped however it's brewery only (which blows). I managed to luck into one bottle of it last year and I swear I'd put it up against any world class DIPA out there. I'm definitely bummed I probably won't get a taste of it this time around, barring a weekend trip up to the brewery.

But at the end of the day I can't be too mad. There's still a metric crap ton of solid brews that are readily available. Heck, having moved offices outside of Agoura Hills, I owe the guys at Ladyface a visit soon.

BeerMan
July 31st, 2013, 10:23 PM
so many beers, not enough time.

after staying away from Golden Road's Point The Way just to sample other beers on the market, I finally went back to PTW the other day and, boy, how could I not be drinking that beer every day or whatsoever? it now joins my personal list of highly coveted beers, which includes KRBC's Citra DIPA (of course), Stone's Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and a few others that I couldn't name right off the top of my head.

DMAN3474
August 1st, 2013, 02:57 PM
Happy IPA day!!!!

Tried Bear republics Cafe Racer 15 yesterday at Tonys, that was a mighty fine beer (also pliny went on tap at tonys today). Has anyone had the Stone Coconut IPA Collaboration yet? Its on tap at the Newhall Refinery as of last night and I don't know if I will be able to get in and try it before its gone.

mitchrock
August 1st, 2013, 04:13 PM
Hoppy IPA Day Mitches!!!! Have not found the Coconut IPA as of yet. Want to try it.

Stormy2213
August 1st, 2013, 05:07 PM
Just found 3 bottles of Drake's Aroma Coma at the liquor store down the street. Hoping they have more in the back fridge - the dude at the counter didn't know. One of my all time favs so what better way to celebrate IPA Day than to knock back 1 or 2 or all 3 (probably)...

And that is great news on KRBC. It's been at least a year since I've had a Just Outstanding b/c they stopped bringing it over here and everybody that takes a road trip there keeps it for themselves (I don't blame them, I would too!). I just hope their capacity issues don't keep that distro deal from really taking off. Their beer deserves a greater audience. World class stuff.

BeerMan
August 1st, 2013, 05:15 PM
just heard back from KRBC. they are indeed making progress with the expansion but not yet far enough to warrant an official announcement. like really? we all need some hopes to live by!

BeerMan
August 1st, 2013, 07:34 PM
CraftBeer.com | CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars 2013 (http://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-coms-great-american-beer-bars-2013)

Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste gets my vote. then I realized this is about the AMERICAN beers.

mitchrock
August 2nd, 2013, 10:47 AM
In honor of Kyle Clifford being signed today, I am expanding IPA Day to IPA Long Weekend. Stay thirsty my simians.

BeerMan
August 2nd, 2013, 05:57 PM
hip hip hooray!

UnholyGoalie
August 3rd, 2013, 04:59 PM
Went to the bottle shop to peruse the selection and got guilted into doing the weekly beer tasting.

Orkney Dragonhead stout - good
Fuller's London Black Cab - good
Hambleton Nightmare (yorkshire porter) - good
Samuel Smith Taddy Porter - good
Carnegie Stark Porter - good
Grand Teton 5 o'clock shadow (schwarzbier) - very good
Midnight Sun Brewtality (schwarzbier) - excellent. Super malty and sweet. Close to cloying.
Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout - bourbon came through loud and clear but a tad bit thinner than I thought it would be
Brouwerij Kerkom Bink Grand Cru (belgian strong dark) - cloyingly sweet
Bruery Tart of Darkness (sour stout) - like the bottle I had from last year, overly tart for my tastes.
Nectar Ales Black Xantus (BB imp stout) - the belle of the ball. Excellent. Then again, it's brewed by FW, so what would you expect?

Just polished off an Alesmith Yulesmith DIPA and thinking about a bottle of Lagunitas Sucks in the fridge (but not before some awesome Chinese take out).

The Continental
August 3rd, 2013, 09:03 PM
Hop Juice DIPA at Left Coast in San Clemente. Hoppy (of course), not too bitter, and 9.7 ABV.

mitchrock
August 5th, 2013, 09:10 AM
In honor of Hoppy IPA Weekend, I drank a buttload of Stone and Goose Island IPA's.

DMAN3474
August 5th, 2013, 10:18 AM
Had an El Segundo Brewing Two 5 Left DIPA, that was damn good.

Also, why did I not know about Wades Wines in Agoura? 104 beers on tap :faint::chums::manybeers::drinky:

UnholyGoalie
August 5th, 2013, 06:15 PM
You know Wade's is less than a mile away from Ladyface Brewery (and to a lesser extent The Lab Brewery), right?

DMAN3474
August 6th, 2013, 06:44 PM
I was at lady face before wades, but Ive never been to the lab. How is that place?

UnholyGoalie
August 6th, 2013, 07:59 PM
Not a fan, but it's been close to a year since I last tried them. Their beer has been very underwhelming the few times I've had a flight. Hopefully they've improved. I always kinda wondered why they seemed to be more known around the area when I worked nearby than Ladyface. Between the two breweries, it ain't even close. Again though, it's been a while since I've tried their stuff.

DougW8
August 16th, 2013, 01:48 PM
So if any of you are in the Claremont area, I just found out that Claremont Craft Ales will be releasing a new Belgian Style beer called Sweet Nothings next Thursday. This beer has some special meaning to me, because I assisted a local home brewer in making the first batch. It went on to win a contest at Claremont Craft Ales, and they have added it to their taps. My role was minor, but exciting to be involved in the inception.

sarf
August 16th, 2013, 02:50 PM
Cool! I like did like the pale ale i had of theirs, it's called Carlisle I believe. I like belgians so i'll be checking that one out.

The Continental
August 16th, 2013, 03:25 PM
So if any of you are in the Claremont area, I just found out that Claremont Craft Ales will be releasing a new Belgian Style beer called Sweet Nothings next Thursday. This beer has some special meaning to me, because I assisted a local home brewer in making the first batch. It went on to win a contest at Claremont Craft Ales, and they have added it to their taps. My role was minor, but exciting to be involved in the inception.

Way to go. They are a good crafter. Will try thanks for the heads up.

DougW8
August 23rd, 2013, 09:17 AM
Made it ti the release of Sweet Nothings at Claremont Craft Ales last night. They did a great job of retaining the flavor of the original batch. They went through 2 kegs on the first night, which is pretty awesome for a small brewer. The beer will also be at the Great American Brew Fest in Denver this summer. Beerman, if you haven't tried Claremont Craft yet, it is definitely worth the trip. They are open Wed. through Sat from 4pm until 9 and will start having Sunday hours next month. They feature food trucks on Fridays.

The Continental
August 23rd, 2013, 10:04 AM
Made it ti the release of Sweet Nothings at Claremont Craft Ales last night. They did a great job of retaining the flavor of the original batch. They went through 2 kegs on the first night, which is pretty awesome for a small brewer. The beer will also be at the Great American Brew Fest in Denver this summer. Beerman, if you haven't tried Claremont Craft yet, it is definitely worth the trip. They are open Wed. through Sat from 4pm until 9 and will start having Sunday hours next month. They feature food trucks on Fridays.

Drat I forgot. But yes, concur about CC. Winner. Preferred over Dale Bros. too.

DougW8
August 23rd, 2013, 10:37 AM
Drat I forgot. But yes, concur about CC. Winner. Preferred over Dale Bros. too.

They will have more available tonight, and the guy who won the contest, Doug Granquist will be there tonight as well. He is an extremely talented home brewer. Dale Bros. is aimed toward people who drink Coors and Bud. It is more of an entry level craft brew, although I hear they are starting to branch out a bit.

DMAN3474
August 26th, 2013, 10:01 AM
Went to the Stone room in Pasadena over the weekend and picked up the Enjoy by 9/13... so good!!! Also got the Guttendammerrung. it was ok, very smooth. and while I was there, had to pick up a couple growlers of ruin ten :cheers:

jammer06
August 26th, 2013, 11:49 AM
Finally got my hands on the Anderson Valley Burbon Barrel Stout. Definitely on par with all the beers I've had from Kentucky. Worth a taste if you like the barrel flavor beers.

sonnyboy11
September 1st, 2013, 11:44 AM
Heads up for you beer lovers- LA Beer Week is coming soon and there is an opening gala with 50 breweries set up inside Union Station. It's not exactly cheap to get in, but unlimited samples for 4 hours. Here's info with link for tickets

Opening Gala Tickets - LA Beer Week 2013 (http://labeerweek.com/opening-gala-craft-beer-session/)

The Continental
September 1st, 2013, 07:34 PM
It's not exactly cheap to get in, but unlimited samples for 4 hours.

I like the idea of having this at Union Station, train there and back, nice. But you're right about that ticket cost. I suck at math, but by my calc at a hypothetical $5 per pint I'd have to drink 56 free 4oz samples to get my money's worth.