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#1 cjsadler

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 12:13 PM

I think we need one thread on beer :lol:

Lately, I've been really enjoying Clipper City's Heavy Seas line of strong beers, especially one of the current releases, Loose Cannon, which packs a huge hop punch. Hopefully they'll be doing Small Craft Warning again, too (I haven't seen it around lately)-- it's a delicious Imperial Pilsner (something of a new style that a lot of US brewers are playing with... Clipper City calls it an "Uber Pils"), and the best one yet in this series.

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:09 PM

Small Craft Warning is my favorite in that series. Loose Cannon is pretty good for the style, a lot more malt balance than some uber-IPAs

On the subject of imperial pilsners, at the Lupulin Slam last week Sam from Dogfish Head said they are going to be bottling their fantastic, and previously draft-only ,Prescription Pils. However, the gubmint frowned upon the name for the bottled label (something about insinuating that the beer was medicinal, blah blah blah), so Sam resubmitted it as, get this, "Golden Shower". And apparently it passed under the radar (at least the radar of some clueless bureaucrat). He's worried that he spilled the beans prematurely, but I really hope the bottling makes it to the shelves as is.

Oh, and I'm always happy to talk beer.

Edit: forgot to add that Bar Pilar always seems to have the latest Heavy Seas release on tap rotation. I would fully expect to see the pils on tap when it's available again.

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 08:23 PM

What a coincidence, I was just drinking a Hennepin when I came across this thread. I dig Ommegang's stuff. Also Allagash. I'm proudly Pansudsual.

What else do we have in the house, lessee now? Rogue Dead Guy. Offshore Amber Ale from the Vineyard. Sparhawk Golden Ale from Maine. Wachusett Country Ale. (Trying to catch up on the regionals around here.) A case of Czechvar for removing tannins from teeth. Some nonalcoholic Becks for the preggo. My current fave, though, has to be Stone IPA, from San Diego. Those guys are making great beer right now.

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 10:38 PM

Czechvar trumps Urquell any day.

Where has one found the Hennepin on draft?

The session ales I'm drinking pretty regularly now are St. Peter's Organic and Holy Grail Ale from Black Sheep Brewery, a personal fave. They're only about $3 - $3.50 a bottle or so at Harris Teeter, so they're very available. Delicious stuff. And Porcupine, they'll cure your hoppin' OD problem. Unless you're hooked on domestics, that is.
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Posted 10 February 2006 - 03:54 PM

Scrimshaw is unbelievably good.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 05:34 AM

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is my new favorite. Damn how I wish I had another bottle for after work tonight.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 10:18 PM

[Can we begin splitting this into individual beers?  "Beer" is just too general of a topic.  Surely "Sierra Nevada" or "Old Dominion" can have their own topics.  Likewise with wines if you wish.

Cheers,
Rocks]

Perhaps divvy it up by style? Or nation/state/city of origin? We've discussed a lot of local beer. And beer from DE, PA, OR, etc. As well as UK, Czech, Germany, etc.
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Posted 13 March 2006 - 08:39 AM

Or "Stuff Rocks likes" v. "Stuff that makes Rocks petulant"

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 12:55 AM

Wittekerke is da bomb.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 07:37 AM

Good to see the suds purists out for a Sunday drive-by. :)

What we need here is for Jake P to take this to the next level by observing that Wittekerke pisses all over any brews from the State of Maine.
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 11:48 AM

To each his/her own - you can be happy with your Coors-brewed slushy beer and I'll be happy with my Mexican food at Taco Bell :)

Enjoy, baby. What beverage will accompany this repast? :)

Just curious--what are your thoughts about Magic Hat #9, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse? (The motley collection currently residing in my refrigerator.) I may be a glutton for punishment--but I am interested in finding out more about how my seemingly pedestrian palate compares to someone who is obviously very discerning and knowledgeable about beer. :lol:

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 11:53 AM

Enjoy, baby. What beverage will accompany this repast? :)

Just curious--what are your thoughts about Magic Hat #9, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse? (The motley collection currently residing in my refrigerator.) I may be a glutton for punishment--but I am interested in finding out more about how my seemingly pedestrian palate compares to someone who is obviously very discerning and knowledgeable about beer. :lol:

Magic Hat -- Never tried
Otter Creek -- OK, but I'm not a big fan
Sierra Nevada -- the sad shadow of what used to be a great beer. Still pretty good for a macro-brew
Franziskaner -- If I liked wheat beers, I'd like this.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 12:17 PM

what are your thoughts about Magic Hat #9

Sierra is a little too hoppy for me.

Magic Hat #9, on the other hand, is right up my alley (it's one of my favorites!). It's a little fruity, but also has a slighty hoppy bite.

p.s. If hops are your thing and you like the Sierra, then I suggest trying Magic Hat Blind Faith.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 01:04 PM

Sierra is a little too hoppy for me.

Magic Hat #9, on the other hand, is right up my alley (it's one of my favorites!). It's a little fruity, but also has a slighty hoppy bite.

I'm just the opposite--Sierra's my "Bud Light" and I find Magic Hat too sweet/malty for my taste. But since I think Tupper's Hop Pocket could use even more hops, I think I'm outside the norm here. For super-duper hop goodness, I also recommend Smuttynose.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 01:08 PM

Enjoy, baby. What beverage will accompany this repast? :)

Just curious--what are your thoughts about Magic Hat #9, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse? (The motley collection currently residing in my refrigerator.) I may be a glutton for punishment--but I am interested in finding out more about how my seemingly pedestrian palate compares to someone who is obviously very discerning and knowledgeable about beer. :lol:

Magic Hat #9: This beer is made with apricot extract. If you like a fruit note to your beer, it's good stuff (I like it). Compare with Dogfish Head's Aprihop.

Sierra Nevada: I'm not sure whether it's not as good these days or that I just don't like it anymore. Give Anchor Liberty Ale a whirl for comparison. I still think that Liberty Ale is one of the greatest beers (maybe the greatest when fresh) ever made.

Franziskaner: Great wheat beer, but most of it that's on the shelves here is past it's prime (I say this having drank it at the brewery in Munich-- incredible).

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 09:37 AM

I'm headed to the Cap City Oktoberfest in Shirlington today. If anybody else is going, come say hi. PM if you don't know what I look like.
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 02:11 PM

And please don't forget plans for a road trip to the New England Real Ale Exhibition in May. Mark your calendar.


I recently found out I missed the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival. Where were you on that one CrescentFresh?! :)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 10:57 PM

I recently found out I missed the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival. Where were you on that one CrescentFresh?! :)

I wish. Never heard of it. Never heard of them either. And from the pics it looks like they had a nice turnout. Would have liked to have gone...even if there was nothing to drink, so it seems, from the Mother Country.
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 06:29 PM

My beer schedule this week:

Tuesday: Wet Hop tasting at RFD
Thursday: TasteDC Belgian tasting just NE of dupont circle

Also will be at Oyster Riot on friday...definitely say hi if you see me at any of these.

It's going to be a very good week.
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Posted 13 November 2006 - 12:36 AM

Evening Star Cafe is having a Beer and Cheese pairing event on Tuesday PM with the beers of Clipper City in the Number 9 lounge. Call the restaurant and speak with Zach or Evan. Rustico is also having an event with Clipper City this week. Wednesday PM will be the latest in our glassware giveaway nights. Hugh Sisson (owner), Ernesto Igot (Brewmaster) and Matt Saindom (Head Brewer) will all be there to talk about their beers. We'll be pouring Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, Loose Cannon, and Winter Storm on draft and we'll have the Below Decks Barleywine running off the cask. Starting at 6 PM, for every draft you drink, you'll leave with a pint glass. Hope to see you there. Look for our upcoming beer dinners at Tallula to include the beers of Merchant du Vin (December), Karl Shtor of Eggenberg with us in January, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn with us in February and Bill Covaleski of Victory spending time with us in March. I'll keep you posted.
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Posted 13 November 2006 - 12:37 AM

Forgot to mention, we just got Hop Wallop on tap and secured enough to keep it on for at least a couple of weeks. Very cool!!
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 01:47 PM

Rustico & Tallula are once again teaming up for a special beer dinner

featuring The Beers of Merchant du Vin

Monday, December 18th

Cost is $85 per person

which includes tax & gratuity

Tallula Restaurant, 2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA

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Course 1

Oysters Rockefeller

paired with Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter

Course 2

Braised Leg of Wild Boar

Bacon & Wild Mushroom Ragout

paired with Rochefort 8

Course 3

Roasted Muscovy Duck

Seared Foie Gras & Red Wine Poached Plum

paired with Lindeman's Cherry Lambic

Course 4

Pan Roasted Tuna Loin

Crispy Potato Cake, Quail Egg, & Bordelaise Sauce

paired with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Course 5

Roblochon de Savoie

Ice Wine Poached Apricots & Hearth Bread

paired with Orval

Course 6

House-made Donuts with a Trio of Sauces

paired with Ayenger's Celebrator



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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:17 AM

Sam Calagione's book "Extreme Brewing"

RFD is also having an event with Sam for this book release, next monday the 11th.
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 01:54 PM

Bouelvard Woodgrill in Clarendon is having their annual 12 Beers of X-mas. Went there last evening. They have about 7 or so of the final 12, adding a few new ones each week. Right now they've got:

Troegs Mad Elf
Wild Goose "Snow Goose"
Anderson Valley Winter
Delirium Noel

and a few others that I can't remember (all the 12% alcohol got to me)

The bartender said they'll have the Heavy Seas Winter Warning and a holiday beer from Bells next week.

The Troegs and Anderson Valley were especially good I thought. It's worth a trip.

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 10:04 PM

Troegs Mad Elf
Wild Goose "Snow Goose"
Anderson Valley Winter
Delirium Noel

The Troegs and Anderson Valley were especially good I thought. It's worth a trip.

These are all on tap? I loved Mad Elf last year, didn't realize they even distributed kegs of it.

I haven't had the Winter Solstice (Anderson Valley) in a few years, but I hated their Summer Solstice so much that I'm somewhat reluctant to try it. It's a shame because they make some really great beers, but they also make some very mediocre/bad ones: their "Belgian" style stuff is particularly odious, but the IPA and oatmeal stout are awesome.
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 10:43 PM

These are all on tap? I loved Mad Elf last year, didn't realize they even distributed kegs of it.

I haven't had the Winter Solstice (Anderson Valley) in a few years, but I hated their Summer Solstice so much that I'm somewhat reluctant to try it. It's a shame because they make some really great beers, but they also make some very mediocre/bad ones: their "Belgian" style stuff is particularly odious, but the IPA and oatmeal stout are awesome.

The AV Winter Solstice is excellent this year. It was on tap at Birreria as of a couple weeks ago.

Looking forward to trying that Bell's seasonal at Boulevard.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 01:51 PM

These are all on tap? I loved Mad Elf last year, didn't realize they even distributed kegs of it.

I haven't had the Winter Solstice (Anderson Valley) in a few years, but I hated their Summer Solstice so much that I'm somewhat reluctant to try it. It's a shame because they make some really great beers, but they also make some very mediocre/bad ones: their "Belgian" style stuff is particularly odious, but the IPA and oatmeal stout are awesome.

Yep, all on tap. I've come to view Boulevard as having some of the best taps in ARL. The Winter Solstice was really good. Watch out for the Delirium Noel tho. Really good, but it's one of those "evening changers." It took what was a nice, casual happy hour and transitioned it to a more dedicated late night drinking session. :P

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 07:04 PM

Point: I hate Route 9.

Counterpoint: I love 'Half Time', conveniently located on Route 9 smack in the middle of the dismal hell of strip-malls between I-84 and the CIA.

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 12:52 AM

Point: I hate Route 9.

Counterpoint: I love 'Half Time', conveniently located on Route 9 smack in the middle of the dismal hell of strip-malls between I-84 and the CIA.

Posted Image :P

I see bar harbor real ale (yes!), abita xmas (is this any good? never had it), Aventinus (yes!!!) and the Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout (yes!!), but what are the three bottles on the right?
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Posted 22 December 2006 - 09:26 AM

I see bar harbor real ale (yes!), abita xmas (is this any good? never had it), Aventinus (yes!!!) and the Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout (yes!!), but what are the three bottles on the right?

The labelled bottles are Lees Harvest Ale, but the versions that are aged in casks of various spirits (port, calvados, whiskey). Not certain which ones. The clear bottle with the yella liquid is, I hope, meant to stand in for a lump of coal in someone's stocking. If I'm not mistaken, it's Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer.

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 12:41 PM

The labelled bottles are Lees Harvest Ale, but the versions that are aged in casks of various spirits (port, calvados, whiskey). Not certain which ones. The clear bottle with the yella liquid is, I hope, meant to stand in for a lump of coal in someone's stocking. If I'm not mistaken, it's Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer.

If the chili beer is meant for you, shogun, and you have not had it: may God have mercy on your soul.

It is the Chili Beer. They still make that stuff?!! I had a bottle (it was a different label design) about 12 years ago and was assuming that the market would speak and quickly put it out of its misery. Second worst beer I've ever put in my mouth!

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 12:55 PM

Second worst beer I've ever put in my mouth!

What on earth could be a worse beer than that? :P





The market still spoke. Crazy Ed's is a beer you give to someone as a joke. Call it the "Jackass" effect.
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Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:17 PM

What on earth could be a worse beer than that? :P

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 03:39 PM

The labelled bottles are Lees Harvest Ale, but the versions that are aged in casks of various spirits (port, calvados, whiskey). Not certain which ones. The clear bottle with the yella liquid is, I hope, meant to stand in for a lump of coal in someone's stocking. If I'm not mistaken, it's Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer.

If the chili beer is meant for you, shogun, and you have not had it: may God have mercy on your soul.

Good eyes! The Lees are Port and Lagavulin-aged, and the clear bottle is the chili beer. It IS for me, and I only bought one bottle. Also pictured: Two Ommegang glasses.
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Posted 22 December 2006 - 03:47 PM

What on earth could be a worse beer than that? :P

Behold: Cool Colt

Yup, mentholated malt liquor. Foul beyond words.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 12:16 AM

Corona. :P

so on a side note, when we didn't have much cash in college we used to drink high life with lime. taste it against a corona with a lime sometime. bet you can't tell the difference.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 09:28 AM

I think I may have had the best beer of 2007 last night. Might be a bit too early to say this, but I'm trying to think what could be better than Victory's Harvest Ale. The hops are very very floral and delicate. The malt bill is delightfully grainy and bready. Nothing overpowering, just a delish beer. On tap at Birreria. Get it while you can.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:01 PM

As beer lovers, you have known for years that a glass of great beer can augment the dining experience just like a glass of fine wine can. You can finally prove it to the non-believers in your life on Tuesday, February 6th. Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery & author of The Brewmaster's Table, joins Rustico & EatBar for a special night to celebrate & "discover the pleasures of real beer with real food." Chef Nathan Anda will present a special five-course menu paired with six vibrant selections from Garrett's portfolio.

The beer dinner will take place at EatBar (2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington; 703.778.9951), beginning at 7:30 PM. Cost is $90 (including tax & gratuity) per person; $120 for dinner and a signed copy of Garrett's beer bible. Menu (subject to change)

Course 1

Star Anise-Crusted Diver Scallop

Green Curry & Spiced Carrot Cappuccino

Paired with Brooklyn Lager

Course 2

Braised Pork Belly with House-Baked Beans

Paired with Brooklyn Pennant Ale ‘55

Course 3

Fried Blue Point Oysters

Rémoulade, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, & Capers

Paired with Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Course 4

“Steak & Cheese”

Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Cipollinis, Piquillo Peppers & Carr Valley’s 8-Year Gouda

Paired with Brooklyn Brown Ale

Course 5

Duo of Stilton-Style Cheeses

One New World, One Old World; with Mâche Salad & Blueberry Syrup

Paired with Brooklyn Double Chocolate Stout

Course 6

Optional Cigar

Paired with Brooklyn Monster Barleywine

Reserve your spot for this dinner which will surely sell out quickly! Call Chris Schaller (Pizzaandbrew) at 703.224.5051 or email him at chriss@rusticorestaurant.com.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:11 PM

As beer lovers, you have known for years that a glass of great beer can augment the dining experience just like a glass of fine wine can. Tonight's the night you can prove it to the non-believers in your life. Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery & author of The Brewmaster's Table, joins Rustico & EatBar for a special night to celebrate & "discover the pleasures of real beer with real food." Chef Nathan Anda will present a special five-course menu paired with six vibrant selections from Garrett's portfolio.


Dangit!! Can't make it.

Mr. Oliver is not to be missed as he is a great speaker. The food lineup, at least the descriptions, blows the snot off of what was offered at RFD's awhile back. Granted, the cheese tasting was much less expensive, but still.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:51 PM

Mr. Oliver is not to be missed as he is a great speaker. The food lineup, at least the descriptions, blows the snot off of what was offered at RFD's awhile back.

Darn right. Oliver is not only a great host (and advocate of classic British-style real ales), but arguably the country's most visible proponent of pairing great beer with fine food. His book The Brewmaster's Table tackles the subject head-on.

Will all of these be the normal versions from Brooklyn Brewing, or is he bringing some of his special cask-conditioned stash?

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:56 PM

Mr. Oliver is not to be missed as he is a great speaker. The food lineup, at least the descriptions, blows the snot off of what was offered at RFD's awhile back. Granted, the cheese tasting was much less expensive, but still.

Agree 199% about Garrett Oliver. As for the food lineup.....trust me....it's not just the descriptions. The kitchen at EatBar could be staffed by nothing more than three blind AND deaf mice who were too pre-occupied with clearing the bullet casings out of a barrel of fish to bother cooking and they'd still easily blow the snot off of RFD.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:19 PM

As beer lovers, you have known for years that a glass of great beer can augment the dining experience just like a glass of fine wine can. Tonight's the night you can prove it to the non-believers in your life. Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery & author of The Brewmaster's Table, joins Rustico & EatBar...

isn't the dinner february 6th? or am i mistaken?

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:22 PM

isn't the dinner february 6th? or am i mistaken?

That is what the Tallula web site states. Anyone here planning on going?

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

isn't the dinner february 6th? or am i mistaken?

Sorry, it is February 6th. Tonight is the Delirium glassware giveaway (6 to 9 PM).

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

That is what the Tallula web site states. Anyone here planning on going?


If it actually is the 6th, hell yes.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 11:08 AM

We won't have a real ale for the dinner at EAT Bar, BUT we will have a cask of the winter ale the following night (Feb 7 from 6-9) at Rustico for the latest in our glassware giveaway series (for every draft you buy, you'll leave with a piece of Brooklyn's footed stemware) along with drafts of Black Chocolate Stout and Smoked Weissbock. The dinner will feature the smoked weissbock and, very excitingly, the local debut of Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn's "100% Bottle Refermented Ale"!!
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 11:19 PM

Feb 6 - EatBar
Feb 7 - Rustico
Feb 8 - Book Club at BP

I think we know what direction that week is going........

In other news.......

It seems that Michael Jackson will not be making a return visit to National Geographic this spring. However, Garrett Oliver will be doing a presentation there on May 3 entitled The Art of Refermentation. Oliver is good....but Michael Jackson the king of beers. And, then there's this little conflict with the New England Real Ale Festival May 2-5.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:41 AM

It seems that Michael Jackson will not be making a return visit to National Geographic this spring.

Wednesday night at the Brick, Dave mentioned that they're planning on doing a Parkinson's benefit with/for MJ. I'm sure more details will follow, but I imagine the recent "I have Parkinson's" announcement may be impacting his regular schedule a bit.
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Posted 30 January 2007 - 10:41 AM

If I recall isn't the iris the one whose yeast actually comes from the air and the dew settling at night? It's not for everyone- certainly not my favorite, but it's very very unique.


Lambic is the style that uses wild yeasts, and Cantillon is one of the most lauded Lambic producers (but by far less distributed in the US than the Lindemans/Liefmans duo).

Moving from the "Reef" thread to the Halls of Beerdom:

In addition to whatever floats in from the air (or drops from the rafters), there's also whatever microflora lives in the wooden vats used to hold the wort itself as well as the microflora that live in the wooden aging barrels. There was a fascinating (to me, anyways) article in Scientific American about 12 years ago on lambics that focused on the "crazy" fermentation process. There was this graph that depicting the rise in population of various strains of yeast (25+, I think) over the course of time. This only covered the 30 or so days of fermentation and not the year(s) that the beer might spend in the aging barrels. Lord knows what goes on there.

A German brewer would most likely plotz upon entering a brewery like Cantillon.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:39 AM

Crap Beer Alert:

I stopped by Hayden's Liquor store next to Eastern Market in a quandry over what beer to buy...get a sixer of a stand by, try something new, oh let's see what they have. Sold out of the Saranac Pale ale...damn. well let's try something new... the Bar Harbor Real Ale looks intriguing...shuffle on home, pop the top, decant into pint glass...kick back...take a sip...ugh, terrible. One flavor note...burnt.

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