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Old 10-01-2009, 05:43 PM   #1651
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I was at all 4 sessions as well, although only the last 30 minutes or so of Friday night. Totally agree on it being a luxury not feeling rushed. By Saturday night's session I was actually a little sick of it, though. And overall, I had a bit less fun than I thought I would. I don't know precisely what my expectations were, but it turns out the GABF is just another beerfest. A really, really big one, but in the end, it's a beerfest.

I was really surprised by how many wild and sour beers there were. It seemed like every other brewery had one. While I enjoy sour beer every once in a while, I'm not big on wild yeasts/brett, etc, so I didn't have many of them. I did have one of New Glarus', though, which was pretty good. My brewery poured five beers, one of which was a smoked porter. It got really positive reviews, I think precisely because the smoke flavor is fairly mild. Lots of the smoked beers there were like, "SMOOOOKE," where ours used a cherry wood smoked malt and not a ton of it, placing the smoke less in the foreground than others. Lots of people liked it.

Didn't even consider that Sam Adams would have Millenium. I didn't hit up any breweries that I can get in Nashville, so I didn't even look to see what they were pouring.

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I got to drink some Furious and actually thought of you as I did so, since you're so high on them. It was definitely a good beer. I talked to their rep for a bit too and he was a nice guy, so points all around for Surly.
haha, cool man. Yeah, they have a really cool staff of employees. All really laid back and passionate about their craft.

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Absolutely, I drank Summit and Surly. I don't have my notes but believe Surly had a coffee beer that won a medal.

Agreed on Bells and Founders. I believe Founders served their Cerise.

I am completely sold on Midwest breweries; I only wish I could find more of them on the west coast.
Good stuff. I think the Midwest can nearly compete with all the great West Coast breweries. If not we're getting close. Founders, Surly, Bells, and New Glarus brew some seriously good ****. I'm probably forgetting others too.

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Surly won a bronze for best coffee beer, or rather, third best.
I heard that, and Kare 11 did a bit on their 10 pm news earlier in the week. I think the coffee bender is superb, wouldn't consistently pay $11.50 for a 4-pack of 16 oz cans, but I'll have one at happy hour if it's cheap. Would like to know how the Gold/Silver medalists stacked up. Surely pretty solid beers.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:19 AM   #1652
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Hey foam heads. Can anyone tell me good beer stops in NYC.
I'm gonna be in NYC (with wife for wedding) with a day to kill. Staying near W 23rd/6th Ave.

I see from beermapping.com that Heartland Brewery is nearby. Worth a visit? What should I try? Anywhere else I should go?

I would also like to find a good beer store somewhere near. We're driving down so I can load up for the remainder of my holiday after we depart the city Means I have to also trawl back through this thread to figure out what to buy.

Thanks. dogs.

PS: I like hoppy pale ales, dubbels and abbey ales, fwiw
Hey,

Heartland is always a great stop.. I love the Indiana Pale.

It is a chain though.

I reccommend Stout. http://www.stoutnyc.com/ lots of good beers on tap.

and because I am a downtown guy.. I like Mudville9. http://www.mudville9.com/ great wings and over 100 beers to choose from.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #1653
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It's that time of year......
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:30 PM   #1654
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Hey,

Heartland is always a great stop.. I love the Indiana Pale.

It is a chain though.

I reccommend Stout. http://www.stoutnyc.com/ lots of good beers on tap.

and because I am a downtown guy.. I like Mudville9. http://www.mudville9.com/ great wings and over 100 beers to choose from.

Cool. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:40 PM   #1655
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Goose Island Nut Brown Ale is one of the best "cheap" 6 pack ales I have ever drank. This stuff is so good, and underrated imo. Good smoke, great malt, chocolate, nutty..just really easy to drink, and very flavorful.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:25 PM   #1656
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Good stuff. I think the Midwest can nearly compete with all the great West Coast breweries. If not we're getting close. Founders, Surly, Bells, and New Glarus brew some seriously good ****. I'm probably forgetting others too.


I agree and would throw in Three Floyd's, Jolly Pumpkin, Dark Horse, Two Brothers and possibly a few others I hear great things about but haven't tried much from.

I also really like Goose Island, they hit just about every market segment, starting with casual drinkers and their Honkers Ale and 312 Wheat, then you start to get into their affordable yet good beers like IPA, Harvest Ale (out now, always a favorite of mine), followed by slightly more expensive offerings such as Matilda and finally, some really rare sour/big stout/barrel aged released. Also, their main brewery (not the one near Wrigley Field) consistently has 12-20 beers on tap, many of which are never bottled. It's basically a brewery where I can always find something that anybody I know that drinks beer can enjoy, and if I want to save some money or splurge, they have me covered.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:39 PM   #1657
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I agree and would throw in Three Floyd's, Jolly Pumpkin, Dark Horse, Two Brothers and possibly a few others I hear great things about but haven't tried much from.

I also really like Goose Island, they hit just about every market segment, starting with casual drinkers and their Honkers Ale and 312 Wheat, then you start to get into their affordable yet good beers like IPA, Harvest Ale (out now, always a favorite of mine), followed by slightly more expensive offerings such as Matilda and finally, some really rare sour/big stout/barrel aged released. Also, their main brewery (not the one near Wrigley Field) consistently has 12-20 beers on tap, many of which are never bottled. It's basically a brewery where I can always find something that anybody I know that drinks beer can enjoy, and if I want to save some money or splurge, they have me covered.
Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. My local store carries Darkhorse IPA, and I've never given it a try.

Like I've said, I can't get Three Floyds in MN, always have wanted to try their selection. Every now and then my fav bar gets Two Bros beers in, I believe I've had the Cane & Ebel, a rye beer, and it was pretty tasty.

I really dig Goose Island though. At first site they appear to be some crappy, not that good brewery, kinda like Red Hook, but actually have some solid options.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:48 PM   #1658
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If I could get Honker's Ale here, it would be a staple in my house. Really well-made session English ales are a giant blind spot for American brewers, as are great session lagers. I can understand the economic pressures of brewing great lagers, but session ales are exactly the opposite: lowest ingredient cost, quick tank turnover, higher sales volume. The only conclusion I'm left with is that there simply isn't enough demand, as crazy as that seems to me.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:07 PM   #1659
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Whats the best spot in philly for a wide selection? I usually stop at suds beer or something, or the hulmeville inn is cool. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:36 AM   #1660
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MidWest has some good spots for sure... I like me some Three Floyd's... matter of fact was just there 2 weeks ago... but being able to compete with the West Coast micro brews is a different ball game. Pecking order West Coast, Colorado, MidWest, East Coast.

Picking up some Black Tuesday from The Bruery in a few weeks... oh, baby!
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MidWest has some good spots for sure... I like me some Three Floyd's... matter of fact was just there 2 weeks ago... but being able to compete with the West Coast micro brews is a different ball game. Pecking order West Coast, Colorado, MidWest, East Coast.

Picking up some Black Tuesday from The Bruery in a few weeks... oh, baby!
I can't disagree with you, but if you look at it by population then I think the Midwest is right up there with the West Coast.

There are just simply so many people on the west coast where all the good breweries are compared to say, Chicago, MN and Detroit (the areas in, around and in between where most of these breweries are located).

It looks like California alone has 33% greater population than IL, MN and MI combined. That's not including Oregon either, which has a great assortment of breweries.
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If I could get Honker's Ale here, it would be a staple in my house. Really well-made session English ales are a giant blind spot for American brewers, as are great session lagers. I can understand the economic pressures of brewing great lagers, but session ales are exactly the opposite: lowest ingredient cost, quick tank turnover, higher sales volume. The only conclusion I'm left with is that there simply isn't enough demand, as crazy as that seems to me.
Can you give us a short list of some of your favorite English-style ales (being made outside of England is fine too)?

Fullers ESB and Goose IPA are two of my go to beers, personally.

Have you had any Arcadia ales?
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:04 PM   #1663
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While on the topic of Midwest/Chicago brewery's, a fairly new one just opened in Ravenswood (http://www.halfacrebeer.com/home.php).

I think they've been brewing for a while, but are amping up sales/distribution after completing the brewery.

I've had the "Over Ale" and Lager. Both were pretty good, imo.
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While on the topic of Midwest/Chicago brewery's, a fairly new one just opened in Ravenswood (http://www.halfacrebeer.com/home.php).

I think they've been brewing for a while, but are amping up sales/distribution after completing the brewery.

I've had the "Over Ale" and Lager. Both were pretty good, imo.
I'll have to try that place next time.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:53 PM   #1665
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Daisy Cutter is good too.

BAUME was all right, I was expecting more though.

I met one of the brewers here before the place was setup, good guy. There was a dog running loose in the brewery and some yeast overflowing from a fermenter, but the place looked cool.

Unfortunately no brewpub planned iirc, just a store front to sell beer/merch.

Metropolitan Brewery is another one that just opened up in the same area that Half Acre is in (within a mile). They do mostly lagers I believe and people seem to really like them. I've had only one beer from them in a bottle locally, but I enjoyed it.

Again, no brewpub planned there either, but I think that one is a husband/wife team.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:39 PM   #1666
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Can you give us a short list of some of your favorite English-style ales (being made outside of England is fine too)?

Fullers ESB and Goose IPA are two of my go to beers, personally.

Have you had any Arcadia ales?
Fuller's ESB is definitely top-notch. I get a sixer of GI's Honker Ale just about every time I go through St. Louis. Clipper City brewing out of Baltimore makes a "big" ESB, up around 7% or so, that's really good as well.

I've had two of Arcadia's beers, the porter and something else. The porter was a good beer.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:41 PM   #1667
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I haven't had much Clipper City. Their Red Sky at Night is so good that I've never tried anything else from them.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:26 PM   #1668
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New Surly coming out. I haven't tried it yet but can't wait:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gI7p...layer_embedded

Initial reviews are very favorable though.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:23 PM   #1669
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^ hmmmm, I wonder how this will rate with Furious, probably not as floral/potpourri like. More West Coast, smooth hopefully, thinking Lagunitas style IPA. The description leads me to believe otherwise. I mean, how much higher can you get than Furious' 99 IBUs...

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You going to get some Darkness? I had it last year, and really didn't know what it was. When I found out it was a Russian Imperial things clicked and I was like "**** that was good" up there with Victory Storm King, I can't wait to compare it to Old Rasputin. Had my first Rasputin a few weeks ago...holy **** that **** is smooth full of coffee, great malt, chocolate, smokey, etc etc etc, and just delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. I could drink a 4-pack of those with no prob. Winter is a coming!!!!

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Old 10-09-2009, 12:47 AM   #1670
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I've somehow never had Darkness. I definitely am planning on buying some this year.
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:52 PM   #1671
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I was looking at the GABF website after some people I know mentioned that they were going to it, seems awfully expensive?
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:19 AM   #1672
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here is my situation. i will be spending a long weekend in Brussels, Belgium during November. I have just recently started drinking belgian beer and I am wondering what some good bars, breweries, places to enjoy good beer in brussels.

Also, any sightseeing, cool musuems would be cool.

i figured this would be the best place to ask about belgian beers.
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Had the Surly Wet on tap at Town Hall Brewery among their Cask style IPA. The Wet left me dry, and was a let down. I was hoping for a fruity, smooth IPA, like a Lagunitas or something...afterall, it's supposed to be a West Coast style IPA. Wasn't anything special, and no were near the level of their other beers. Who knows, maybe it's just how they wanted it to be, and I just need to try another pint.

The Cask IPA that was brewed by Town Hall was amazing. Imagine the texture, and mouth feel of a Boddingtons or Old Speckled Hen, but the flavor of an IPA...really good. Naturally carbonated, and served at 52 degrees. Stuff was very good.
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here is my situation. i will be spending a long weekend in Brussels, Belgium during November. I have just recently started drinking belgian beer and I am wondering what some good bars, breweries, places to enjoy good beer in brussels.

Also, any sightseeing, cool musuems would be cool.

i figured this would be the best place to ask about belgian beers.
You might want to look into picking up a copy of Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium. I've never read it, but I think it has a lot of good info on breweries, bars, etc.



Port Brewing's High Tide Fresh Hop IPA is excellent this year. Probably the best fresh hop beer I've had.
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Had the Surly Wet on tap at Town Hall Brewery among their Cask style IPA. The Wet left me dry, and was a let down. I was hoping for a fruity, smooth IPA, like a Lagunitas or something...afterall, it's supposed to be a West Coast style IPA.
I STILL haven't had it, but it isn't supposed to be a west coast style IPA. People are just saying it is similar to one. It is almost a step beyond an IPA (towards a double IPA). It should be verrrrrrrrrry hoppy.
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