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Old 12-08-2009, 08:01 PM   #1801
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Slushy night in NYC, I think this selection will do nicely.

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How did you like that Troegs Java Head?
I tried it recently myself and was a little disappointed with the coffee flavors. The beer was ok, but just a little more bland that I had hoped.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:21 PM   #1802
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They change it every year? I hope so. I reviewed it years back in this thread and I thought it was awful.
As far as I know, Anchor's Our Very Special Ale, the Christmas seasonal, is indeed a different recipe each year.


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Here's a question for you beer boys...what beer is best that can be found at most convenience stores in your area? So I guess the best, most widely available beer?
Gas stations are kind of hit or miss but most have Sam Adams. A few of the AB-distributed brands like Longboard Lager are popping up lately as well.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:38 PM   #1803
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Here's a question for you beer boys...what beer is best that can be found at most convenience stores in your area? So I guess the best, most widely available beer?
Probably would have to be Blue Moon for me, with honorable mentions to Sam Adams, Sam Summer and Sam Winter.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:51 PM   #1804
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Here's a question for you beer boys...what beer is best that can be found at most convenience stores in your area? So I guess the best, most widely available beer?
I'd say all of our new local micros. They carry them at every liquor store around here in the city. Metropolitan and Half Acre. Metro in particular because their lagers are so good fresh.

Otherwise, Three Floyds is widely available at many normal liquor stores.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:57 PM   #1805
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I'd say all of our new local micros. They carry them at every liquor store around here in the city. Metropolitan and Half Acre. Metro in particular because their lagers are so good fresh.

Otherwise, Three Floyds is widely available at many normal liquor stores.
He probably meant nationally available, otherwise I would have had more nominations.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:46 AM   #1806
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Sipping on some fresh Pliny... as the bottles states, it's best when fresh and not to be aged! Works for me because great beer doesn't last too long in my house

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Old 12-09-2009, 04:40 AM   #1807
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How did you like that Troegs Java Head?
I tried it recently myself and was a little disappointed with the coffee flavors. The beer was ok, but just a little more bland that I had hoped.
I've bought it before, I like it very much.

The coffee is there but, not overpowering.

The only downside is that once I drink one of those, if I feel like another couple drinks I can't taste them properly because my palete is all screwed up from the heavy taste of that brew.

It is good to have some lower grade stuff like Coors Light around to finish off with. I find that it is a waste to drink my staple IPAs after something like that.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:22 PM   #1808
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He probably meant nationally available, otherwise I would have had more nominations.
Yes, as nationwide as possible. A beer you could get most anywhere if you were well out of your comfort zone. Not local micro brews.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #1809
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Yes, as nationwide as possible. A beer you could get most anywhere if you were well out of your comfort zone. Not local micro brews.
I'd probably go with Sam Adams or Negra Modelo.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:24 PM   #1810
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I was going to pick this up this past weekend but ended up going with Sierra Celebration, one of my favs, so I ended up picking up a six of this last night.

I was initially underwhelmed, but with each succesive sip it got better and better. Toasty, roasty, coffee, chocalate, hop finish. Great stuff.

Anyone else as exited as me for the oncoming onslaught of yummy winter beers? Probably my favorite time of year, beer-wise.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:18 PM   #1811
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This thread is kinda doing it for me right now. Reminds me of this crappy convenience store in Columbus that had the most amazing beer selection. You could go get a six pack and mix it with whatever beers you wanted for a decent price...like 7-8 bucks I believe. And they had all sorts of weird micro brews and special stuff. I need to find a good place to buy odd beers in Vegas. I'm going to check out some of my favorite liquor stores this weekend and get beered up thanks to you guys. Cheers.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:21 PM   #1812
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This thread is kinda doing it for me right now. Reminds me of this crappy convenience store in Columbus that had the most amazing beer selection. You could go get a six pack and mix it with whatever beers you wanted for a decent price...like 7-8 bucks I believe. And they had all sorts of weird micro brews and special stuff. I need to find a good place to buy odd beers in Vegas. I'm going to check out some of my favorite liquor stores this weekend and get beered up thanks to you guys. Cheers.
Pretty sure that Beer Advocate has a section that lists goods stores for different cities.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:34 PM   #1813
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This thread is kinda doing it for me right now. Reminds me of this crappy convenience store in Columbus that had the most amazing beer selection. You could go get a six pack and mix it with whatever beers you wanted for a decent price...like 7-8 bucks I believe. And they had all sorts of weird micro brews and special stuff. I need to find a good place to buy odd beers in Vegas. I'm going to check out some of my favorite liquor stores this weekend and get beered up thanks to you guys. Cheers.
Looks somewhat barren, but http://beermapping.com/maps/citymaps.php?m=lasvegas

and http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/35

and http://ratebeer.com/Places/State/Cit...s-vegas/28.htm

You should find something in those 3 links.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:45 PM   #1814
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Sorry if some of this is a little noobish for this thread, I copied this from a blog entry of mine to a much more general beer drinking crowd.

TLDR: 2.5 hours at Goose Island, drinking for free and touring the brewery is fun.

Goose Island Brewery Tour Trip Report



A friend of mine recently invited me to a private tour of Goose Island's downtown brewery. Goose Island has several locations throughout Chicago, a main brewpub on Clybourn as well as a secondary brewpub near Wrigley Field. The main brewery for this tour, however, has no bar and is not open to the public.

My friend is a big beer fan, and at this point has far surpassed me in knowledge of various beers out there, particularly newer and rarer beers. He is an active participant and reviewer on the popular beer site, beeradvocate.com. There were roughly 15 total people in atendance for this private tour, all of them, except myself, being beer advocate users.

We arrived at the brewery a little early, I had to take a train and a bus to get there. We were greeted by one of the brewerys my friend knew, Dave, and he welcomed us into the warm brewery. We were one of the first few to arrive, so Dave started by opening a bottle of a belgian IPA that is not even released yet. We split the bottle four ways and talked a little bit with Dave. He then went back downstairs to greet the other people as they arrived, and left us with some pretty simple instructions: Go wherever you want, don't open anything without asking, and help yourself to as much beer as you want out of these six tap handles. Solid start.

After about 30 minutes of drinking while everybody else arrived, the tour began in the main brewing area, where another brewer was making an actual beer.



(above) A monitor displaying various points during the brewing process for the brewery to check, and adjust when necessary.

We started the tour in the grain room, located underneath two large silos filled with base grain for making the beers. Inside the grain room were 50lb bags of various "speciality" grains. Think of the base grains as your milk, and the specialty grains as your chocolate if you were making chocolate milk.

Inside the grain room was a grain mill, which is used to crush the grain to a certain degree, so that the sugars inside the grain can be optimally extracted during the brewing process. Dave told us that this is where the "fun and games end" in the brewing process. If the toughest part of being a brewer is hauling some 50lb bags around every so often, count me in.



(above) The view from the top deck where we started the tour. The plastic buckets are filled with hops. The unit in the foreground is a brewing kettle, I believe. Most of the units in the background are fermenters, where the yeast eats the sugars from the liquid and creates alcohol, turning the product into beer.

After we left the grain room, it was fairly loud. Since at least one beer was being brewed, a lot of things were happening at once, and it was tough to hear. Yet, the beauty of the tour was that it was very informal. You could ask any specific question at any time, and unlike every other brewery tour I've been on, the guide did not just give you a basic overview of the brewing process. And the guide was more of "another beer guy" than an official guide. Dave was actually joined by two other employees, John, a general maintenence guy at the brewery, and Adam from the marketing department. They went in and out of guiding the main tour, just starting up side conversations as we went from the brewing area, to the fermenters, to the barrel aging areas (both bourbon and wine barrels), the bottle aging area, holding area, santiation area, and the lab where the yeast is developed and stored.



(above) A blowoff tube is pictured. When the beer is fermenting in the fermenter, the yeast climbs on top of the beer and when there is not enough space or the beer is stronger and has a more vigorous fermentation, there needs to be a sanitary place for the yeast and co2 to escape. A tube is then put in the top of the fermenter and outlet into a bucket, usually half filled with water or sanitizer. This bucket is much larger than the entire beer that I brew. When I actually use a blowoff tube, it is a half filled 64 oz glass bottle, so it was quite a sight to see this beast of a blowoff active and splashing around.

After about an hour, pretty much everybody on the tour was drunk. You could go at any time back to the tap area upstairs and refill your beer, all night. In fact, you were encouraged to do so. Within two hours, everybody was completely hammered, including our tour guide. Questions became more interesting, people were a lot more loose and friendly, and it was honestly just a great time.



(above) Need a barrel? Every year, Goose Island uses over 2,000 bourbon barrels to make their famous Bourbon County Stout. The barrels are only used once, to maximize flavor and consistency. At the end of the cycle, they give away the barrels in any way possible, to minimize waste. Pictured, I believe, are wine barrels, for various other beers that they barrel age. Wine barrels can be used multiple times, unlike bourbon barrels, which are usually only used once by the distiller, and once by the brewery.

If I haven't already mentioned this detail, the tour was completely free. No fees, no donations, nothing. Some people brought a beer to "tip" the brewer with. I hadn't even thought of that, or I would've definitely brought a special treat or two.



(above) Boxes of Bourbon County Stout.

(below) The bottling line.



After about 2.5 hours, the tour came to an end. We were gathering, finishing our last sips from the taps and Dave tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a bottle. It was the belgian IPA that we were lucky enough to sample when we had arrived. He asked that I review it on beeradvocate and thanked me for coming. He also gave one to my friend. I've never done a beer review on the site, but I definitely will be doing one later this week for the beer I was lucky enough to get. I don't believe the beer will be available for a few months.



(above) Dave, brewer at Goose Island, talking about sanitation procedures and quality control in the lab.

(below) Boxes of hops.



All in all, it was a great night. My expectations coming in were that it would be a fun time, but I wasn't especially looking forward to the crowd of beer guys. In my experience, the beer "expert" crowds tend to get a little egotistical and quickly dive into specific beer advocate forum issues. This crowd was much more relaxed, friendly and non egotistical. Dave was great, as were John and Adam. Adam, in particular, had some good insight into the world of beer marketing and how Goose Island, along with other brewers, are working to change the perception of beer in America.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:07 PM   #1815
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https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/59...-peehs-653286/

Hopefully this is ok but this is a link to a game I made in POG centered around beer. If you have any questions not answered in the OP you can either pm me if you think it will give too much away or just post them in the thread.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:45 PM   #1816
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Thanks for the links ChicagoRY
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:25 AM   #1817
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Pics don't show up for me, Ry.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:40 AM   #1818
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I think that sam adams is a pretty solid choice. Most places where I live have it (MA) and its the same price as corona, heineken, stella but alot more flavor and variety
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:42 PM   #1819
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Okay, I just went to this store, that had a lot of things, but not a ton of things, and I got Blueberry Oatmeal Stout from the Buffalo Bill Brewing company...pretty good. And I also got some of New Belgium Brewery's Sunshine, which I just had my first sip of and is borderline delicious. It's very very good. I've had their Mothership Wit too, I wish they had it at the store, because I would have gotten it, but had they had it, I guess I wouldn't have tried the Sunshine...could have been tragic. Anyone ever try these two?
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:21 PM   #1820
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ok i am having trouble uploading my pics from my trip to belgium so i will just write a small tr.

flew in on a friday morning from madrid to brussels. by the time i got settled in it was early afternoon and I went to the cantillon brewery for their selfguided tour. I had never drank any of their beers before or the gueze style beers either. Being under 21 and not able to legally drink back home in the usa i decided i might as well take any opportunity to visit a brewery i can.

Cantillon is a working brewery and right when you walk in you can see a guy working on bottling the beers. The noise was very loud but interesting to see the process. I paid my 5 euro for the tour which also includes a pamphlet and two small samples at the end. It is a selfguided tour and you can see all the aspects of the brewery: large tanks, the room with the pool of yeast, various grains in large 50 lb bags and finally the storage area with large barrels of beer. Cantillon is very proud of their history as a brewery and sticking to the old style of brewing.
When the tour finished, I tried the gueze beer first. The worker told me to drop expectations of other beers I had drank in the past and view it as a unique genre. I would almost compare it to a white wine in the way it is very bitter. I enjoyed it but doubt I would ever buy it again. Next i tried the raspberry beer. It was tasty and not syrupy like other fruit beers I have tasted. I didn't purchase any beers for consumption outside the premises.
Later on that night, I checked out the delirium cafe. It was loud, crowded and smoky so I only stayed for one beer. I had a delirium tremens on tap. It was very good but pricey. I can buy the same beer in spain for slightly cheaper at a beer bar near my apartment.
The next day, I took the train to Brugges and walked around the city in the morning and around 3pm I took a tour at the De Halve Mann Brewery. This was a much more modern brewery but they don't do all the brewing there. They offer tours in at least 3 languages and didn't really offer anything unique, just explaining how beer is made. They had a huge room with beers from around the world which included a 6 pack of sam adams boston lager and some dogfishhead.
I tried a glass of the specialty wheat beer. I enjoyed this very much and would definitely purchase it again. I bought a tulip glass from the brewery.

Overall, it was a fun trip and I am glad I visited Belgium. Brussels is dirty and somewhat sketchy compared to other big European cities. I had alot of good beers and found the beers I prefer (duvel, delirium tremens) over darker ales like chimay.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:52 AM   #1821
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Pics don't show up for me, Ry.
Ok, pics worked yesterday, didn't day before, now they are gone again.

I'll work on getting them to permanently work.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:08 AM   #1822
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Needs pics from O'Fenomo & Ry! Looking forward to seeing them...
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:34 PM   #1823
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I picked up a 4 pack of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA last night. This never disappoints. For a full bodied ale it has a very nice balance. I like how they use the old school electric football game in the brewing process.

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits...minute-ipa.htm

The big gun will be available next month. The 120 Minute IPA. Living near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware allows me to buy a growler full at their brew pub in town. This is one of my favorite winter beer pleasures.

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits...minute-ipa.htm
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:34 AM   #1824
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Hey Max, I had a couple of those earlier this year.

One of my favorite pics in my photobucket.

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:30 PM   #1825
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Was pissed off I went to yardhouse in vegas to try the Spaten Optimator.

1) The beer was heavenly......

2) They only served it in a Goblet EPIC FAIL

So last weekend I decided to go to the yardhouse in Rancho Cucamunga and they DID NOT HAVE OPTIMATOR !!!!!!!!!!

Did not know menus differed from yardhouse to yardhouse.....

Oh well ended up having a yard of a belgain White that was pretty good it started with an H but was like 100 letters. good tho
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