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Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 11, 2011, 06:23:23 PM
Since some people think all threads eventually turn to beer........ I am having a very nice Sierra Nevada Torpedo right now. Good hops, nice bite and I'm pretty sure I'm having another.

Now the limited edition Hoptimum... THAT was an IPA  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tinker on May 11, 2011, 06:27:16 PM
Now this is a thread I can get behind! ;D  I just had a guinness that tasted just like more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 11, 2011, 06:52:41 PM
I'm thinking Guiness for nice desert after dinner, maybe with a nibble chocolate 'cause I gotta keep my figure
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 11, 2011, 07:35:08 PM
i like beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 11, 2011, 09:50:47 PM
If you're near Conway stop by Discount Beverage II (across from Almost There) and pick up a sixer of "Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale". You will not be disappointed.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/49789

My current favorite. Check out some of those reviews!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 11, 2011, 11:07:40 PM
A timely thread.  I will pick up some Torpedo on my next trip to the 'store'.
Does anyone know where I can get some Fat Tire around Boston?  People keep telling me about this and I just HAVE to try some! :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2011, 10:17:59 AM
i like beer.

Benny- you ARE beer
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2011, 10:20:31 AM
Marty's in Watertown has the biggest selection that I know of.

Fat Tire is abit "red" for my tastes, but OK. Now Dales.. that's good. Let me know if you find it.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: OldEric on May 12, 2011, 10:29:07 AM
A timely thread.  I will pick up some Torpedo on my next trip to the 'store'.
Does anyone know where I can get some Fat Tire around Boston?  People keep telling me about this and I just HAVE to try some! :)


If anyone knows it would be Nick - that's the only large scale American beer he likes - but I don't think it is distributed east of the Mississippi.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2011, 10:35:06 AM
For those of you who may care-

The fat tire folks just entered into a marketing agreement with Coors.


Redbones BBQ in somerville has a fine beer selction, Opa Opa, SN Southern Hemisphere, Dogfish 90, stone ruination......
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 12, 2011, 11:41:08 AM
oooohhhh speaking of Dogfish... another favorite of mine but to high ABV to drink more than one or two a night, the "Palo Santo"

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10099/33832

They sell this in 4-packs at the various discount bev. stores around the valley but Discount Bev II has the best price, $9.99 I believe.

Careful, this stuff is 12% but it masks it well...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2011, 05:30:41 PM
YA- down enough Dofish on a afterclimb swim and you'll be sleeping with the fishes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on May 12, 2011, 07:48:44 PM
Stone's "Arrogant Bastard" is a drink worthy of its name, in a 22 oz bottle-- a couple of those and you'll join the arrogant bastard club!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 12, 2011, 08:34:52 PM
Fat Tire is abit "red" for my tastes, but OK. Now Dales.. that's good. Let me know if you find it.
J - where is Dales from?  US? UK?
THX
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 12, 2011, 08:41:44 PM
i like beer.

Benny- you ARE beer

this is true.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 12, 2011, 08:44:28 PM
A timely thread.  I will pick up some Torpedo on my next trip to the 'store'.
Does anyone know where I can get some Fat Tire around Boston?  People keep telling me about this and I just HAVE to try some! :)


map sez: no.

http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder.aspx
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 12, 2011, 09:17:30 PM
Thanks Benny.
According to the site, the closest I could find Fat Tire is around RRG; Lexington, Cincin, etc.  Road trip!  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 13, 2011, 06:16:39 AM
Thanks Benny.
According to the site, the closest I could find Fat Tire is around RRG; Lexington, Cincin, etc.  Road trip!  :)


beer trade! surely someone you know in denver wants some pretty things beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MAmedic on May 13, 2011, 09:44:51 AM
oooohhhh speaking of Dogfish... another favorite of mine but to high ABV to drink more than one or two a night, the "Palo Santo"

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10099/33832

They sell this in 4-packs at the various discount bev. stores around the valley but Discount Bev II has the best price, $9.99 I believe.

Careful, this stuff is 12% but it masks it well...

Discount Beverage has Flying dog Double Pale ale. Use caution, 11.5% but really good.  I think its 7.99 for a four pack.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 13, 2011, 11:22:56 AM
Dale's is a CO beer that only comes in cans so you can bring it to the climbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 13, 2011, 08:20:15 PM
Dale's is a CO beer that only comes in cans so you can bring it to the climbs.

check out baxter brewing cans. only in maine for now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on May 13, 2011, 09:01:40 PM
I am enjoying a Fat Tire right now!!! My Brother brings them up from Charlotte, NC whenever he comes home for a visit. It is a most excellent Amber Ale!!!

Next on the menu is a Magic Hat Demo IPA. Nice and hoppy with a spicy finish.

I will round out the night with a Highland Brewing Company (out of Asheville, NC) Oatmeal Porter. This thing is like climbing 5.13 in tennis shoes.....

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MAmedic on May 13, 2011, 11:13:51 PM
demo is good although I do think the Blind Faith is better.  Ipswich Ale IPA still takes the cake but its hard to find outside of MA.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 14, 2011, 12:06:04 AM
I can get Ipswich Ale IPA so I will give it a try soon!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tradchick on May 14, 2011, 06:55:18 AM
My new favorite dark beer, Knightslayer, 9.5.  Appropriately named and more than 2 are dangerous.

They're available around northeastern VT, also at their pub (Trout River) in Lyndonville.  It's THE place to stop on Friday or Saturday night after a day of ice climbing at the lake.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 14, 2011, 11:58:47 AM
Try some Opa Opa from Chicoppee, MA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DWT on May 14, 2011, 08:13:44 PM
PBR all day long. :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: abc on May 14, 2011, 11:04:57 PM
Cider!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 18, 2011, 10:13:12 AM
If anybody makes it out to the Taos, NM area-

The worlds smallest brewpub , Blue Heron, 600 sq ft on the  river, 3 Vineyards , good whitewater and 5 minutes to the climbing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 18, 2011, 10:54:48 AM
For folks driving up route 93 to get to the climbing. Literally 1 minute off exit 9N... Excellent selection of micros.

http://www.bertsbetterbeers.com/toppage1.htm

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 18, 2011, 07:08:03 PM
Why not hook up with the state liq stores ???????????????
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on May 19, 2011, 01:53:04 AM
 J thanks for the link to Berts. I will have to go there once I get home as a year with out beer is a long time :'(
 John state liquor stores are not good for BEER
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on May 19, 2011, 07:53:31 PM
Jim, how goes?  You half way done now?

Also,  I'm trying a Full Sail IPA waiting for Bruins game.   Pretty good, it's from Hood River Oregon.

D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 19, 2011, 08:00:50 PM
Try some Opa Opa from Chicoppee, MA
Just had one (Opa-Opa Red Rock) with dinner.  OK, not great, sorry John.  Of the 'local' beers, I like BBC Original and a couple of different brews from Long Trail.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on May 19, 2011, 10:23:20 PM
Long Trail - Mmm, good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 20, 2011, 10:12:41 AM
Try some Opa Opa from Chicoppee, MA
Just had one (Opa-Opa Red Rock) with dinner.  OK, not great, sorry John.  Of the 'local' beers, I like BBC Original and a couple of different brews from Long Trail.


Sorry, I meant the IPA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: epoch on May 24, 2011, 12:21:44 PM
Sammichlaus, 14.7ABH.

Find it, enjoy it.

I acquired it from a small shop in Bath, and a distributor in Topsham. Dunno where you'd find it in NH, but find it and enjoy it.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 24, 2011, 06:29:19 PM
I was out yakin on the Arkansas river the other day and found some Paddle Snapper :D Ho Man ! 13% ans SSSOOOO good I may bring a growler back east withme.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 24, 2011, 09:03:07 PM
I still haven't been able to buy a pack of Ipswich Ale IPA (strange that I am having this much trouble) so I tried Magic Hat Blind Faith tonight instead.  Pretty good but I still like Long Trail better.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 29, 2011, 04:44:22 PM
Ipswich Ale IPA still takes the cake but its hard to find outside of MA.
I just enjoyed one thoroughly after a hot and sweaty day outdoors, while watching the Sox squeeze out a win in the first game of a double-header.  It is good ... the only downside for me is it is a touch too bitter for my taste.  But I can see why others might really like it.  I will be buying it again!  Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 29, 2011, 09:58:48 PM
" A touch to bitter"  I have heard that before    ;)

I just decided that I drink exactly enough beer. After years of research, all the beer is gone and I get more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on June 02, 2011, 08:08:53 AM
My local beer store just started carrying Dale's Pale Ale in 6-pack cans. Gotta say that is the best canned beer I have had yet!

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/6518
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 02, 2011, 09:35:58 AM
Dale's is pretty good. Canning is gonna big huge over the next few years because of costs. Better for in the pack too
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on June 02, 2011, 07:12:36 PM
Dale's is pretty good. Canning is gonna big huge over the next few years because of costs. Better for in the pack too

6 years ago there were 16 craft beers in cans selling about $500k. now there are over 50 doing (something like) $2.5mil and that is growing fast.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on June 02, 2011, 08:05:32 PM
So, how are these canneries and breweries eliminating the 'metallic' taste often found in beers in cans? Teflon coated cans?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on June 03, 2011, 10:29:48 AM
I'll be kegging my latest all grain homebrew creation this weekend, "Fonzi's Last Swill," a west coast style IPA absolutely loaded with hops. Should be a real face twister...  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 03, 2011, 10:41:13 AM
So, how are these canneries and breweries eliminating the 'metallic' taste often found in beers in cans? Teflon coated cans?


Pour it in glass, just like from keg to glass   ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on June 05, 2011, 06:40:40 PM
So, how are these canneries and breweries eliminating the 'metallic' taste often found in beers in cans? Teflon coated cans?


Pour it in glass, just like from keg to glass   ;)

kegs are stainless steel (there are very few plastic ones) but aluminum cans have had a lining in them since the 70's.

in a related note, i wasted a perfectly good weekend pouring beer in boston when i should have been climbing. SHE, oddly enough, went bouldering here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on June 05, 2011, 06:50:36 PM
Thanks Benny for the info about the cans.  I did NOT know that.
Yes, the wx this weekend was just about as good as one can hope for this time of the year.  But bugs were somewhat bad.

For tonight's dinner (fish), I went with a nice, crisp French Sauvignon Blanc but I might just have a Long Trail later; hoping to catch a recap of either Sox or Yankee game from this afternoon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 06, 2011, 09:35:21 AM
No- you have the fish with the wine   ;)

I actually have a small plastic keg 10 liter, it's cool . Lightweight and holds just enough . We have used a few aluminum kegs and can't tell much diff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on June 10, 2011, 06:57:18 PM
I meant the (Opa-Opa) IPA
Very good.  Thanks for the tip, John.   Just had one with dinner.  I am going to have another while watching the Sox game tonight (had to skip last night's due to rain delay).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 13, 2011, 10:14:07 AM
Flyin' Dog  Raging Bitch BANNED in Michigan and NH  !!!! Because of the NAME ?????? That sucks 'cause it's really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on July 10, 2011, 07:57:33 PM
Sierra Nevada Torpedo - a good IPA for the summer; nice flavors, good body w/o being too heavy! :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: backclipped on July 10, 2011, 09:17:07 PM
Ninkasi Total Domination is the shit. I haven't had one in a while, but the maid of honor is flying in to Manchester on South West and one of her two free checked bags is gonna be loaded with the stuff.....right now I'm drinking a Long Trail Double Bag....wish it was a Torpedo.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: CLemay on July 11, 2011, 08:45:59 AM
Avery's IPA comes in cans as well and is very tasty after climbs. My favorite is Avery's Maharaja Imperial IPA, 10.5% alcohol so it can kick your a$$ but it is yummy! The Maharaja is seasonal from March - Sept and not distributed to many places so if you can get it, try it. I'm lucky I live 5min from their taphouse  ;D Stone Ruination IPA is my second favorite.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 12, 2011, 09:36:28 AM
Avery is good climbing beer since it can withstand pack abuse and then crushes down.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bm-andy on July 13, 2011, 09:06:09 PM
Crown Royal may be considered to take the place of a beer if poured in excess of 6 ounces.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: MAmedic on July 14, 2011, 10:15:27 AM
Crown Royal may be considered to take the place of a beer if poured in excess of 6 ounces.

I like your style
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on August 01, 2011, 07:21:40 PM
went to portland this weekend and hit the whole foods and was excited to see so many canned beers: baxter (both ipa and pamola), brooklyn lager, moat mountain, and... something.

oh and novare res is awesome.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 01, 2011, 07:25:41 PM
Crown Royal may be considered to take the place of a beer if poured in excess of 6 ounces.

I like your style

Crown makes me gag more than sport climbing
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on August 01, 2011, 09:06:56 PM
What do people think of Brooklyn Lager?  I had it at a restaurant once and thought it was OK but not great.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on August 02, 2011, 06:04:27 AM
What do people think of Brooklyn Lager?  I had it at a restaurant once and thought it was OK but not great.


hoppy american lager. i like it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: backclipped on August 02, 2011, 08:29:32 AM
Is it because it's Canadian?

Black Bear brewery up in Orono is making some damn good brew....the product could easily hang with my beloved PNW favorites.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 04, 2011, 07:11:39 PM
What do people think of Brooklyn Lager?  I had it at a restaurant once and thought it was OK but not great.


Not a fan, and I would not call it hoppy any more than I would call Sam Adams Boston Lager “hoppy”. But I am a hop-head to be sure...

My local store has Laguita’s IPA now... YUM.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on August 05, 2011, 06:22:59 PM
What do people think of Brooklyn Lager?  I had it at a restaurant once and thought it was OK but not great.


Not a fan, and I would not call it hoppy any more than I would call Sam Adams Boston Lager “hoppy”. But I am a hop-head to be sure...

My local store has Laguita’s IPA now... YUM.

boston lager is hoppy. lagunita's ipa is very hoppy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tinker on August 06, 2011, 08:24:25 PM
Recently purchased a six pack of porkslap pale ale.   What a pleasant surprise, quite good! I have only seen it at trader joe's in Portland Me, and will get some more the next time i am down that way.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 06, 2011, 10:38:08 PM
Porkslap is good stuff... trying Baxter Brewing IPA tonight... very good in the can.... FYI there is a semi-new beer store in Fryeburg that has a huge selection. “The Good Beer Store, INC”.... been open since April and has tastings.... you can find em’ on Facebook.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 08, 2011, 10:05:01 AM
Lagunitas is very good. I just finished up some Deschutes Inversion, good layered flavors.

New Belgium is starting a huge canning operation as result of the agreement with Coors. Stuff should be all over soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on August 08, 2011, 11:04:35 AM
Maybe I got a 'bad' six-pack of Lagunitas IPA.  Just finished one and I was not impressed.  Tasted OK, good without overpowering hops, but I found it lacking in both body and finish (sorry, wine speak).  I like Ipswich IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo better.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: backclipped on August 11, 2011, 07:49:28 PM
Lagunitas is very good. I just finished up some Deschutes Inversion, good layered flavors.

New Belgium is starting a huge canning operation as result of the agreement with Coors. Stuff should be all over soon.

Where did you get your mitts on that Deschutes Inversion? What I wouldn't do for a couple pints of Bend Brewing Co.'s Hop Head.....I'm drinking left over Yellow Tail merlot from my wedding  :'(

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 11, 2011, 09:54:16 PM
Maybe I got a 'bad' six-pack of Lagunitas IPA.  Just finished one and I was not impressed.  Tasted OK, good without overpowering hops, but I found it lacking in both body and finish (sorry, wine speak).  I like Ipswich IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo better.

Gotta agree it isn’t the best IPA out there... Dogfish 60 minute is probably better for the price, and the 90/120 minute is A++
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on August 12, 2011, 06:21:23 PM
Maybe I got a 'bad' six-pack of Lagunitas IPA.  Just finished one and I was not impressed.  Tasted OK, good without overpowering hops, but I found it lacking in both body and finish (sorry, wine speak).  I like Ipswich IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo better.


body and finish are both appropriate beer terms.

sounds like you got old beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on August 12, 2011, 07:00:08 PM
Maybe I got a 'bad' six-pack of Lagunitas IPA.  Just finished one and I was not impressed.  Tasted OK, good without overpowering hops, but I found it lacking in both body and finish (sorry, wine speak).  I like Ipswich IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo better.


body and finish are both appropriate beer terms.

sounds like you got old beer.

Thanks, Benny.  I will give it another try; another 6-pack from a different store.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 12, 2011, 07:28:17 PM
Just cracked open a “Snapperhead IPA, Farmhouse Ale” brewed and canned by Butternuts Beer & Ale.... real interesting aroma to it...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: steveclimbs on August 14, 2011, 11:27:42 PM
Hey Dave,

Have you ever had Stiegel, it is from Salzberg.  Smoothest beer I have ever had.  And if you ever see Hopcircle by Philip's Brewing, it could be the best IPA I have ever had.

steve frechette  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 16, 2011, 09:41:54 PM
Hey Dave,

Have you ever had Stiegel, it is from Salzberg.  Smoothest beer I have ever had.  And if you ever see Hopcircle by Philip's Brewing, it could be the best IPA I have ever had.

steve frechette  ;)

I haven’t man, but I will certainly look for it next visit to the new beer store in Fryeburg! Hope you are doing well man! Let me know next time you’re visiting your old hometown!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on September 16, 2011, 07:19:18 PM
Just popped a “Red Seal Ale” from North Coast Brewing Co in Fort Bragg, CA, available now at Discount Bev 2 in Conway.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/112/410

http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beer-RedSeal.htm

Awesome. Would love to find this on cask somewhere...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: KaiT on September 16, 2011, 09:03:50 PM
I'm having one of my own, a Doppelbock. It goes well with the cold weather that suddenly moved in.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 17, 2011, 09:51:17 AM
Just popped a “Red Seal Ale” from North Coast Brewing Co in Fort Bragg, CA, available now at Discount Bev 2 in Conway.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/112/410

http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beer-RedSeal.htm

Awesome. Would love to find this on cask somewhere...
I have been to  north coast CA several times and Bragg is a favorite.    Also look for Red Tail Ale from mendocino
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 06, 2011, 05:50:54 PM
anybody in the acadia area who doesn't want to climb in the sweltering heat we are supposed to get saturday could go to the oktoberfest in southwest harbor and drink manymany fine maine beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Bill on October 13, 2011, 10:14:55 PM
Any opinions out there regarding Keegan's Hurricane Kitty IPA?  Had a draft, at least I was led to believe it was draft, not bottle, pint or two of it at Baachus last weekend.  There did seem to be  bit of a communication issue with the wait staff. I am admittingly a swiller not a connoisseur as many of you on this thread are.  I will admit upfront I did thoroughly enjoy both pints.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on October 15, 2011, 03:52:01 PM
Full Throttle Double IPA by Sebago Brewery... YOWSA, thems some HOPS.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on October 15, 2011, 05:43:02 PM
I've been enjoying Harpoon's Pumpkin UFO.    Pour it into a glass, nice color, tastes really good...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on October 16, 2011, 08:46:48 AM
Dave;
 beer is supposed to taste like beer not pumpkins ;D  I finally found Julious Echter Weiss which is my all time favorite
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 16, 2011, 12:26:49 PM
Dave;
 beer is supposed to taste like beer not pumpkins ;D  I finally found Julious Echter Weiss which is my all time favorite

maybe try fisherman's pumpkin stout. it might change your mind (or reinforce what you already think :)).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on October 16, 2011, 01:56:14 PM
Dave;
 beer is supposed to taste like beer not pumpkins ;D  I finally found Julious Echter Weiss which is my all time favorite

Have to agree with slink on this one ;); now pumpkin pie is another matter entirely--all things in their proper place!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on October 16, 2011, 02:29:12 PM
Hey,  don't knock it till ya try it.....that's the thing, it tastes like beer -- with a little pumpkin  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on October 16, 2011, 02:37:07 PM
I generally hate flavored beers, but the "Smashed Pumpkin" was pretty damned good tasting. I hate Pumpkin Head...tastes like a pumpkin threw up in my beer!!!  :-X
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on October 16, 2011, 08:02:50 PM
Oh yeah,  the Guinness and pumpkin... 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 16, 2011, 08:10:04 PM
ANYTHING with Guiness other than my mouth is like rap bolting.... :P :P :P :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on October 17, 2011, 09:19:30 AM
John-- I'll occasionally pair a Guinness with a shot of Jameson--seems better than rap bolting :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on October 17, 2011, 10:03:29 AM
I have to say I'm not a big fan of the pumpkin beers.  It's not the pumpkin I dont like, I think too many of them are over spiced.  The Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing is fantastic, most likely in my top ten favs.  I may head over to Gloucester and get my growlers refilled and do some climbing or riding (& drinkin) over there.  Thanks for the reminder guys.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on October 17, 2011, 05:28:08 PM
maybe a good porter or stout while listening to the Smashing Pumpkins. UBU is great.Maybe pumpkin pie or muffins but they are better with a good dark roast coffee.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on October 17, 2011, 05:31:09 PM
The Red Parka Pub serves up “Smashing Pumpkin”, basically a Black & Tan but instead of Guinness over Bass it’s Guinness (or a better stout) over a pumpkin ale... quite good...

And while this may turn some heads, Horsefeather’s serves up Pumpkin Ale in a pint glass rimmed with Cinnamon Sugar... it is freckin good...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on October 17, 2011, 05:40:59 PM
We tried this Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale last weekend while down in RRG - http://www.kentuckyale.com/beer/Pages/KentuckyBourbonBarrelAle.aspx
The first after-dinner 'sipping' beer we have ever tried.  Might be the last.  Not bad, definitely different and likely an acquired taste (or not!) for most people.
Quite pricey.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tinker on October 17, 2011, 08:50:38 PM
We tried this Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale last weekend while down in RRG - http://www.kentuckyale.com/beer/Pages/KentuckyBourbonBarrelAle.aspx
The first after-dinner 'sipping' beer we have ever tried.  Might be the last.  Not bad, definitely different and likely an acquired taste (or not!) for most people.
Quite pricey.

We mistakenly bought a case of this when we went down.  It was well.... different.  At the end of the trip it was the only beer left in the fridge and out of pure desperation I think a few imbibed it. ;)  next time I will stick to the real bourbon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 18, 2011, 04:38:31 PM
We tried this Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale last weekend while down in RRG - http://www.kentuckyale.com/beer/Pages/KentuckyBourbonBarrelAle.aspx
The first after-dinner 'sipping' beer we have ever tried.  Might be the last.  Not bad, definitely different and likely an acquired taste (or not!) for most people.
Quite pricey.

We mistakenly bought a case of this when we went down.  It was well.... different.  At the end of the trip it was the only beer left in the fridge and out of pure desperation I think a few imbibed it. ;)  next time I will stick to the real bourbon.

bourbon aged beers have become quite trendy over the last few years. it really works for some beers and sometimes..... not so much.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: davec on October 18, 2011, 07:34:06 PM
Just finished a Ten Fidy Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues Brewery. Thick and powerful. Pours like motor oil.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on October 18, 2011, 08:11:16 PM
maybe try fisherman's pumpkin stout. it might change your mind (or reinforce what you already think :)).
OK, trying a Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout right now.  By far the best pumpkin beer (out of a handful) I have tired to date.
None of that awful spice one usually finds in the run of the mill pumpkin beer.  That said, I would still rather have a good IPA.
This stout is probably going to be a once a year thing for me.

Update: After a six-pack, I decided this will be a once-a-year beer for me.  Good change but not something I will drink more than 6 btl in a year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on October 18, 2011, 08:13:20 PM
Just finished a Ten Fidy Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues Brewery. Thick and powerful. Pours like motor oil.

Love that stuff. DPen...that's the stout I got at the Vista Store the night we were watching the Bruins. Stuff sneaks up on you like a ninja!  smooth.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on October 18, 2011, 08:42:07 PM
" Stuff sneaks up on you like a ninja! " Pure poetry, grammy ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 18, 2011, 08:52:12 PM
Oskar's has some good shit--- can anyone get great Divide ??????   Try the Yeti
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on October 20, 2011, 05:50:37 PM
If you like the Yeti, you should try the oaked Yeti.  Marty's in Newton and Allston also owns the local importer of Great Divide Brewing.  They used to have all of the GD brews.

Maharaja Dbl IPA from Avery Brewing is outstanding.

As for Oskar Blues, Ten Fidy is good shit, so is the Gubna but I think Old Chub is the best Winter hiking/climbing beer out there.

Bourban County from Goose Island is outstanding but at 13% its a two or three bottle beer.  I'm waiting for the Trader Joes Vintage Ale to come back out.

I just pulled out a bottle of Dogfish Head Immort Ale from 2002/2003.

All this as I sit here drinking a High Life.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 20, 2011, 06:40:56 PM
im so sorry Joe--- PLEASE put down the high Life... PLEASE

Sierra Celebration coming soon... I had a reallly good New Belgium IPA at theGABF,, but i forget the name.. Guess i had  a few to many.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on October 20, 2011, 06:47:42 PM
Don't worry, I put it down, right into my belly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 20, 2011, 07:22:30 PM
kinda like Thin Air-  you do it, but not 'cause you want to
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 20, 2011, 08:49:36 PM

I had a reallly good New Belgium IPA at theGABF,, but i forget the name.. Guess i had  a few to many.

ranger
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 21, 2011, 09:43:23 AM
No, not Ranger. i thinks it's called Witco or something like that. I'll find out today
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 21, 2011, 10:18:27 AM
Belgo IPA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 21, 2011, 04:12:07 PM
Belgo IPA

aha!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 21, 2011, 06:48:47 PM
hey Benny- you may know the answer to this-

Up here at 9,000' , I often get bottled beer that foams up like shit when i open it. This includes stuff bottled in Co and NM at around 6,000'.

No problems with the stuff I do at 8,000 though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on October 24, 2011, 12:42:54 PM
Ahh, had an Old Chub on top of Whitehorse yesterday after finishing Standard.  Cool day, warmish beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on October 24, 2011, 05:13:00 PM
hey Benny- you may know the answer to this-

Up here at 9,000' , I often get bottled beer that foams up like shit when i open it. This includes stuff bottled in Co and NM at around 6,000'.

No problems with the stuff I do at 8,000 though.

all about temp, pressure and volume. the pressure is down the volume goes up.

or you are getting really bad beer.... ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on October 24, 2011, 05:23:40 PM
If you don't happen to have access to a cooler,, we tried out this trick and it kept 4 beers fairly cold in the locked truck of a car for six hours on a fairly warm day -
1) freeze water in two bottles which are about the same size as beer bottles,
2) put the water bottles in the same six-pack carton as the 4 chilled beers,
3) put everything into a plastic bag or a thick brown paper bag.  Close the top up, put it into the trunk.  Try to park the car out of the sun.

We were on a road-trip and had not brough a cooler along but .... this trick worked well for the four of us.  A tussle might have broken out if we had 5 in our party. :):)
Or someone will have had to be content with just icy cold water.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 24, 2011, 07:05:12 PM
No, this shit happens all the time with beer from new belgium and FSanta Fe brewing. You woul think brewing at 6,000' would be OK but it's not. believe me, my beer is always cool baby.

The way to deal with climbing beer is a good cooler AND don't go far from the vehicle.

On the f/a of Clean Sweep we had a lot of beer ( 3 days cleaning) usually around a case a day. Al Comeau came around one day and said'"i don't wanna know"  Wire brooms, brushes,hand drills and cases of beer ? what's not to know ?

After the f/a and rapid repeat by Bouchard, he got us another 12 pack...THEN we started drinkin'...crazy shit.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: M_Sprague on October 27, 2011, 11:19:24 AM
ANYTHING with Guiness other than my mouth is like rap bolting.... :P :P :P :P

Carbombs are pretty good on the right occasion
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on October 27, 2011, 11:01:22 PM
On a wimp, I bought a six-pack of Magic Hat Encore Wheat IPA. 
It is a little different from what I expected, it is flavorful and hoppy (maybe too much for some) and I like it.
But I am not sure if it will become a 'regular' for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on November 26, 2011, 02:49:10 PM
i have become a fan of rising tide brewing from portland,me. i think it is only available in maine, though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 01, 2011, 08:39:40 PM
I decided to try a Porter for a change; Wachusett Black Shack is pretty good - dark, tasty with good body but not too heavy.
Not sure if one can get it outside MA and NH.  Is it a seasonal beer?  I do not think I have seen it before two nights ago.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on January 09, 2012, 11:24:09 AM
I really dig that Black Shack Porter.  It is not (or never has been) seasonal.  It was the first beer Ned, the owner/founder (if my memory serves me) brewed at WBC, and it was brewed in the "Black Shack".  Or so I was told.

Anyway, had me some Oskar Blues, Ten Fidy Stout the other night.  Man, a lot more "oily" than I remembered.  I mean I wasn't looking for a dry stout, but eh, good shit anyway.  Try it!  I may take one or two out with me if I go climbing today.

Joe.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 09, 2012, 11:35:17 AM
Yeti from great Divide is the shit.   

Also from berkshire-- Drayman's Porter   NICE
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on January 09, 2012, 07:11:54 PM
I've had both the Yeti and the Oaked Yeti, though not recently, and they are great.  The Drayman's is good stuff too, though I like the Coffeehouse Porter if I can find it on tap.

Currently drinking a Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company.  And before anyone chimes in, it is not very pumpkiny or spiced so don't hate it until you try it.  And then still don't hate it cause it's wickid good kid.

Joe.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 09, 2012, 07:35:25 PM
I have to taste Drayman's again.  The last time I had it, I actually did not like it.  Bad sample?
I like Coffeehouse Porter but it keeps me UP ALL NIGHT so that's counter productive! :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: meclimber on January 10, 2012, 06:11:09 AM
There is a newer brewery in North Hampton NH, Throwback, that I have been hearing good things about.  I think the wifey is going to take me for my b-day.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on January 10, 2012, 07:05:45 AM
There is a newer brewery in North Hampton NH, Throwback, that I have been hearing good things about.  I think the wifey is going to take me for my b-day.

there are so many new breweries around now. i went to boston (for frozen fenway where umaine beat unh :P) and stopped in a fine store, the craft beer cellar in belmont, and picked up lots of new beers: slumbrew and notch and cbc (not new but new to bottling) and....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 10, 2012, 11:38:13 AM
i was just reading about Lefty's in Hubberston, MA  anyone ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on January 10, 2012, 07:44:42 PM
Berkshire takes the cake for me.  Cabin fever is excellent and you can never go wrong with steel
rail.  Just tried Peak Organic winter seasonal.  Wonderful earthy hoppy goodness.
Will keep an eye out for Lefty's.  Where's Hubberston?   Some masshole I am.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on January 11, 2012, 09:16:03 AM
There is a newer brewery in North Hampton NH, Throwback, that I have been hearing good things about.  I think the wifey is going to take me for my b-day.

there are so many new breweries around now. i went to boston (for frozen fenway where umaine beat unh :P) and stopped in a fine store, the craft beer cellar in belmont, and picked up lots of new beers: slumbrew and notch and cbc (not new but new to bottling) and....


Craft Beer Cellar is awesome - just went there for the 1st time last week.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on January 15, 2012, 12:51:36 PM
There is a newer brewery in North Hampton NH, Throwback, that I have been hearing good things about.  I think the wifey is going to take me for my b-day.

there are so many new breweries around now. i went to boston (for frozen fenway where umaine beat unh :P) and stopped in a fine store, the craft beer cellar in belmont, and picked up lots of new beers: slumbrew and notch and cbc (not new but new to bottling) and....

slumbrew ipa is awesome.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: meclimber on January 16, 2012, 04:11:32 PM
nice 

love my IPa's
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 23, 2012, 05:47:58 PM
Currently enjoying a "Blonde on Blonde" by City Steam from Bloomfield, CT. described on the label as either "a very hoppy pale ale" or a "very pale hoppy ale". I go with the latter, since in my mind Stones "Ruination" or "Arrogant Bastard" fill the "very hoppy" category nicely. This is however quite tasty after a day skiing at Wildcat!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 23, 2012, 07:30:01 PM
I MAY be  recovered from the patriots win yesterday.. Java Stout car bombs with folks WAY younger than me.. I held up well though.....2 of the kids didn't make it to work today    HAHA  ,,,,,old fucks rule
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on January 23, 2012, 07:40:48 PM
Strand I took you for a Tebow fan :P I hope your compadres out there are not beating on you too badly for being on the winning side. If nothing else drink them under the table :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 23, 2012, 07:53:32 PM
How in the world can Strand possibly be a Tebow fan? :)
Anyways, John, I saw some beers on the shelf tonight (got to restock after last night's game!) that were from Boulder Brewing Co. (Hazed and Infused and one other).  Are any of them good?  Worth the $2 premium the store is charging over a 6-pack of SN Torpedo?

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on January 23, 2012, 08:34:45 PM
Hazed and Infused is very good. It's bittered less than an IPA (about to the level of an APA I would say) but has tons of hop flavor and aroma from either late hop additions, infusions of hop extract, or maybe both.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 24, 2012, 10:31:36 AM
Tebow????? maybe as a tight end or fullback....

I'm not a huge fan of anything Boulder....   AND Torpedo is really good.  peaking of- Sierra as well as new belgium are going to start breweries in the east within the year,  maybe in Virginia.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on January 24, 2012, 05:28:07 PM
Perfect timing, picked up a 6 pack of “Ruthless Rye IPA” from Sierra Nevada.... YUMM....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 24, 2012, 05:53:39 PM
DMan, John,
I too had a btl of “Ruthless Rye IPA” from Sierra Nevada last night!  I still can't make up my mind if I like it or not.  Definitely not the typical kind of IPA I have come across.  I think I am going to have another tonight and see if I can get more decisive :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 24, 2012, 06:22:57 PM
Not a huge fan of RYE-PA's
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on January 25, 2012, 01:13:52 PM
The Rye definitely gives it a different taste from more bitter IPA’s... I know I tried a Rye ale once I thought was terrible, but this one is doing it for me. Is it late enough to start finishing that 6 pack?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 25, 2012, 04:25:08 PM
I decided that the Ruthless Rye is worth buying again (good price) but not it is not my fav.  I will mix up with Torpedo and Ipswich Ale IPA for variety.  IMO, it improves with food so that is something to think about. 
DMan, look at it this way, it is deep into the evening over in Jolly Old England so drink away! :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 30, 2012, 07:20:54 PM
Filtered 440 gallons of imperial IPA-- 10% - today

AH- so good for the Pats to  crush NY
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 30, 2012, 07:51:33 PM
440 gallons should be enough for the celebration :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 29, 2012, 07:04:50 PM
Just an update in case anyone is coming to Co this year'

while sampling the new imperial Ipa and double black ipa today, some of the local chicks were also showing off the new tatoo's for spring climbing. NO, i will not share photos.

NO
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on February 29, 2012, 07:31:53 PM
John, big help you are.  What a pal :)
With that, I need a beer, a good one.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 15, 2012, 06:26:50 AM
BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION: atlantic brewing, where i work, beers are available on draught outside of maine for the first time. cadillac mountain stout and blueberry ale are in mass and will soon be in philly and nyc. drink up!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on March 15, 2012, 07:31:40 AM
I like caddy mtn stout!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on March 15, 2012, 04:53:23 PM
I was just thinking about looking for a change,maybe I can find some cadillac Mtn stout.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on March 15, 2012, 09:46:13 PM
Attention "Mainers": Blueberries are excellent in pies and pancakes; in ale, not so much!! I've told Vermonters the same thing about maple syrup (a Stowe brew pub had maple flavored ale!) please, malt and hops in my beer and ale! (and Malt in my scotch!)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on March 15, 2012, 11:34:33 PM
Attention "Mainers": Blueberries are excellent in pies and pancakes; in ale, not so much!!
+1, I have to agree.

And I hope I do not offend anyone by saying please keep fruits other than grapes out of wine too.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on March 16, 2012, 05:57:26 AM
+1 Jeff.I brought this up about pumpkin ale and got crap for it.Beer is beer not a salad or fruit bowl  !! ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on March 16, 2012, 10:29:35 AM
Beer is beer not a salad or fruit bowl!!

absolutely
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on March 16, 2012, 09:04:18 PM
Beer is beer not a salad or fruit bowl!!


I couldn't agree more!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on March 16, 2012, 09:11:36 PM
Benny any caddilac mtn stout in NH??I had a north coast Rasputin imperial stout that is going to take over for a while.Nothing like a good hardy stout.I am glad this beer thread has made it through 11 pages and keeps going.Those ice climber guys keep it going with scotch ,not so much there myself.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 17, 2012, 08:05:55 AM
Benny any caddilac mtn stout in NH??I had a north coast Rasputin imperial stout that is going to take over for a while.Nothing like a good hardy stout.I am glad this beer thread has made it through 11 pages and keeps going.Those ice climber guys keep it going with scotch ,not so much there myself.

no. we pretty much only sell blueberry ale in nh (not that we don't want to, mind you).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 17, 2012, 10:47:49 AM
How about a beer WITH a fruit bowl ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on March 17, 2012, 10:55:15 AM
I used to be anti fruit/spices/etc in beer but then I had one of the wild sours from The Alchemist that was aged in wine barrels with tart cherries and it totally changed my mind. Since then I've found I like lots of styles that use fruit or spices. Kriek, lambic, witbier, saison (not all but some use spices), american sours of various stripes, and even some pumpkin ales.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 17, 2012, 04:06:03 PM
I used to be anti fruit/spices/etc in beer but then I had one of the wild sours from The Alchemist that was aged in wine barrels with tart cherries and it totally changed my mind. Since then I've found I like lots of styles that use fruit or spices. Kriek, lambic, witbier, saison (not all but some use spices), american sours of various stripes, and even some pumpkin ales.

have you had new glarus' belgian red with cherries? good stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on March 17, 2012, 06:21:51 PM
I used to be anti fruit/spices/etc in beer but then I had one of the wild sours from The Alchemist that was aged in wine barrels with tart cherries and it totally changed my mind. Since then I've found I like lots of styles that use fruit or spices. Kriek, lambic, witbier, saison (not all but some use spices), american sours of various stripes, and even some pumpkin ales.

have you had new glarus' belgian red with cherries? good stuff.


I've not had anything from New Glarus since their distribution is fairly limited as far as I know. I've heard nothing but positive comments about their beers though. Can you find it around here?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 17, 2012, 06:59:36 PM
You will not get New Glaurus outside WI-- I asked at the the last GABF
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on March 18, 2012, 12:33:22 AM
well, I hope you only drank green beer tonight...  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 18, 2012, 10:49:54 AM
You will not get New Glaurus outside WI-- I asked at the the last GABF

this is true! yet i have still had some.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 21, 2012, 10:04:05 AM
Just had some of the new Sierra Bigfoot-- HO MAN   :-\
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 22, 2012, 06:20:32 AM
i'm diggin on some sierra nevada cans! a tall torpedo after a 13 hour work day was pretty nice last night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on March 22, 2012, 10:24:34 PM
Just had some of the new Sierra Bigfoot-- HO MAN   :-\

I don;t drink anymore but if my memory serves me right that Sierra Bigfoot is some greeeeeeeat shit.

I love me a nice Double or Tripple or real deal IPA "Dog Fish head 120" mmmmmmmm. Delerium Treammens Or St Bernadist Abt 12 Or Bos kunn

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/634
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 23, 2012, 06:16:49 AM
Just had some of the new Sierra Bigfoot-- HO MAN   :-\

had some people over for dinner and we had the new stuff and some 2009 bigfoot. that pretty much ended the night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on March 23, 2012, 11:42:29 AM
Ended the night?? Hell you're up and typing @ 4:16 am.  ??? What's up with that?  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 23, 2012, 12:53:55 PM
Here's the new set up for people who REALLY like hops-

get a french press set up,,, pour in a hoppy IPA type deal and then add some fresh hops. Let it sit a bit NOT TO LONG and then press and pour.

Speechless                :-*
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on March 23, 2012, 02:54:44 PM
Here's the new set up for people who REALLY like hops-

get a french press set up,,, pour in a hoppy IPA type deal and then add some fresh hops. Let it sit a bit NOT TO LONG and then press and pour.

Speechless                :-*

Now that sounds like cause for a relapse ;)

I kid i kid but that does sound good!!

The reformed beer drinker turned coffee snob in me thinks that sound unreal!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 23, 2012, 06:09:33 PM
I think the two go together...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on March 23, 2012, 08:05:43 PM
I think the two go together...

Beer snob and coffee snob or beer and coffee lol... Buzz Beer the Simpsons!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on March 23, 2012, 08:49:36 PM
Ended the night?? Hell you're up and typing @ 4:16 am.  ??? What's up with that?  :D

1 it wasn't last night.

2 dog doesn't sleep through the night any more. she's 14. anyone want to dog sit while me n SHE are in kentucky?  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 02, 2012, 10:10:24 AM
Not quite beer but...

Jameson with sliced bananas, soaked for 4 days

I'll let you know.. maybe
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on April 06, 2012, 08:21:59 PM
Jameson with sliced bananas, soaked for 4 days
I'll let you know.. maybe
How did they come out, John the mad chemist?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on April 24, 2012, 06:12:48 AM
this won't matter to most of you but marshall wharf brewing is going to start filling 16oz cans! i am very excited for this. ;) :) :D :-*
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on April 24, 2012, 08:02:48 AM
I've been enjoying the Oatmeal Stockyard Stout and Vanilla Porter we get at Trader Joe's. both are very tasty IMNSHO...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on June 08, 2012, 05:29:08 PM
Just had a cisco summer lager from a can...not bad, kinda of light
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on June 08, 2012, 07:54:57 PM
I've been enjoying the Oatmeal Stockyard Stout and Vanilla Porter we get at Trader Joe's. both are very tasty IMNSHO...

Where do you go to trader joes? portland?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on June 08, 2012, 11:16:41 PM
The TJ in the town I live in does not carry alcoholic beverages.  I will have to find one that does.
I miss out West and elsewhere in the country where one can pick up decent beers and wines at grocery stores like Safeway.   That said, it is still much easier to get that stuff here than say at Red River, especially back in the mid 90's. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on July 02, 2012, 08:39:44 PM
I found this beer" OLD RASPUTIN "russian imperial stout.Brewed by North Coast Brewing.It is very hardy with great flavor.If you are in Concord Barbs beer imporium has it. 8) 12 pages we need to keep this going :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on July 02, 2012, 11:43:36 PM
Where do you go to trader joes? portland?

yes...

keep it going
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on July 04, 2012, 09:23:51 AM
Maybe start a running list of excellent beer stores in New England?

New Hampshire

Bert's Better Beers - Hooksett, NH
Barb's Beer Emporium - Concord, NH


Mass

Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont, MA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on July 04, 2012, 10:12:39 AM
Mass: Billy's in Sunderland
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on July 04, 2012, 08:44:51 PM
I've found a number of small shops that suprise me when I really look around, but these have consistantly good portfolios.   I worked at Marty's Allston part time for seven years before they moved.  I tried my best to keep it fresh (in code) and order new beers that were diverse and local.

Ma,
Marty's Newton
Marty's Big Buys Allston
Downtown Wine & Spirits Somerville
Julio's Westboro
Charles Street Liquors Boston

Joe.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on July 04, 2012, 09:08:02 PM
Kappys has never done me wrong.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on July 04, 2012, 09:27:51 PM
Maybe start a running list of excellent beer stores in New England?

Mass

Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont, MA

i'll second the craft beer cellar.

up here we have global beverage in ellsworth is the best thing going. rsvp in portland is pretty good. tully's in wells is very good. even the whole foods in portland has a good stock and a good staff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 05, 2012, 01:51:48 PM
My best friends are 1/2 mile from the cellar.. good place

I call on Redbones in sumvilll for beer and food
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on July 05, 2012, 04:07:27 PM
I call on Redbones in sumvilll for beer and food


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[grin]
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on July 05, 2012, 10:02:21 PM
For Mount Washington Valley I have this to report:

For best price and pretty good rotating stock: Discount Bev II in Conway on Rt 16 across from “Almost There Restaurant”- This has been my go-to as despite being a gas station the employees actually know beer, take requests, and are engaged with the distributors to continue growing there selection. Lots of craft beer in cans there, so a great stop before hitting the river.

Good selection but a bit pricey: Community Market in Madison... I head there sometimes if nothing new has popped up at Discount Bev II in awhile...

Absolute hands down best selection in the area: somewhat new, “The Good Beer Store”, just over the Fryeburg line. Hundreads of beers, and they print out Beer Advocate ratings/descriptions for many of them. http://www.thegoodbeerstore.com/

Discount Bev, next to Paris Farmers Union and Shaw’s, good selection. Bring cash (no debit/credit cards)

Those are the only ones I ever hit anymore, though the one in Glen is OK.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on July 05, 2012, 10:54:53 PM
Clem at the Vista Store on the corner of Hurricane and Rt 16 has an incredible selection of craft brews and wines as well. Definitely worth a walk through. This has been my go-to stop when I am not filling up at the moat.  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on July 05, 2012, 11:37:53 PM
For Mount Washington Valley I have this to report:

For best price and pretty good rotating stock: Discount Bev II in Conway on Rt 16 across from “Almost There Restaurant”- This has been my go-to as despite being a gas station the employees actually know beer, take requests, and are engaged with the distributors to continue growing there selection. Lots of craft beer in cans there, so a great stop before hitting the river.

Good selection but a bit pricey: Community Market in Madison... I head there sometimes if nothing new has popped up at Discount Bev II in awhile...

Absolute hands down best selection in the area: somewhat new, “The Good Beer Store”, just over the Fryeburg line. Hundreads of beers, and they print out Beer Advocate ratings/descriptions for many of them. http://www.thegoodbeerstore.com/

Discount Bev, next to Paris Farmers Union and Shaw’s, good selection. Bring cash (no debit/credit cards)

Those are the only ones I ever hit anymore, though the one in Glen is OK.

Wow The Good Beer Store looks like The Best Beer Store to me?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on July 06, 2012, 09:26:50 AM
best selection, but not many deals/bargains (if any)...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on July 06, 2012, 10:49:53 AM
best selection, but not many deals/bargains (if any)...

When i am looking for quality "deals" are of little concern.

You get what you pay for in most cases. Beer and wine are two things that although you do not need to overspend on too get something fairly good being cheap really limits you from enjoying some really great stuff.

Eat Macaroni and cheese instead of a porter house and drink better beer..

I don't even drink anymore i just miss great beer and wine!!!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on July 06, 2012, 08:07:07 PM
I hear that... but my beer budget is been adjusted so I gotta shop around from time to time... Discount 2 has a “discontinued” shelf.... 1/10 visits they might have something good on it for the cheap :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 09, 2012, 02:14:53 PM
Beer, coffee,or sex.. you gotta give up one  :-\  Coffee is getting the boot

i simply cannot drink shit beer, even if it's free..serious.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 09, 2012, 02:45:26 PM
i have heard about beer brewed in whiskey barrels.. what about beer in wine barrels ???? I have access to many oak wine barrels 2- 40 gallon. They formerly held cabernet and some merlots.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on July 09, 2012, 07:48:56 PM
i have heard about beer brewed in whiskey barrels.. what about beer in wine barrels ???? I have access to many oak wine barrels 2- 40 gallon. They formerly held cabernet and some merlots.

there are beers that are aged in whiskey barrels and there are more of them than beers aged in wine barrels but they do exist.

you could probably sell them on probrewer as they have a classified section for cooperage: http://probrewer.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=8dfd72b634a1f0a61f764a490f928b78&f=53

i have no suggestions on what to charge but we pay $100 or so for 60 gallon whiskey barrels.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on July 09, 2012, 08:04:44 PM

i simply cannot drink shit beer, even if it's free..serious.

Well said.  Beer snobs unite!  Death to weasel piss!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on July 09, 2012, 09:30:44 PM

i simply cannot drink shit beer, even if it's free..serious.

Well said.  Beer snobs unite!  Death to weasel piss!

Just like coffee, sometimes you just have to say no thanks I'm all set and deal with the head ache.

Best option is to just always travel with your own. Beer and coffee!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on July 10, 2012, 08:33:39 AM
I like High Life.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 10, 2012, 02:26:47 PM
If anybody ever offered me a Miller (like the commercial) i would break off the neck and stab them in the jugular vein.. then i would twist the broken bottle around a bit.. :-*
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on July 10, 2012, 05:52:01 PM
I like High Life.

man likes what he likes.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on July 11, 2012, 07:45:08 AM
Well... I say.  If I were to stab someone in the jugular with the neck of the bottle I think I would twist the neck, but I suppose you could twist the bottle.

Don't get me wrong.  I have some obscure Cantillions, old World Wide Stouts and 120 Minute IPAs aging, plus Ipswich & Harpoon in the fridge.  I just like a High Life when I sit down after work on a hot day.  Especially when I get home around 10PM and have to be up at 6AM.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on July 11, 2012, 09:43:29 AM
on a really really hot day one of those cheap beers like Millers or Busch taste really good when chilled almost to the point of freezing! like after mowing the lawn when it's 95 outside.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on July 11, 2012, 10:40:48 AM
on a really really hot day one of those cheap beers like Millers or Busch taste really good when chilled almost to the point of freezing! like after mowing the lawn when it's 95 outside.

If you like that try this ice cold. Really it is just a quality version of a light beer.

Really you should try it if you like a light beer on a hot summer day you can just guzzle!!

oops link stupid...

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/637/1717/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: meclimber on July 11, 2012, 02:23:01 PM
I'm with Joe,
 i love and my fridge is always with tasty treats, but from college and tour days, nothing beats a slightly frozen PBR.  So good.  And since I'm preaching that, I may as well fess up to my new thing which is mixing Newman's limade with PBR (or substitute your own gross yellow beer)  About half and half.  So mother f'ing good.  And before I'm lambasted here, please try first then insult.  Flame on.

on another note just tried midas's touch last night...besides the 60-120 IPA's.  I just really don't like dog fish head.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on July 11, 2012, 06:17:00 PM
Gotta love a redneck margarita!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 12, 2012, 01:47:31 PM
What does Coors say ?   'frost brewed"   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on July 13, 2012, 07:56:03 PM
What does Coors say ?   'frost brewed"

The shame of the Rockies.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on July 15, 2012, 04:56:40 PM
i went south for the weekend and holy cats it was hot down there. it was 94f near boston saturday. so i bought a bunch of lower abv beers and some were very good. tafel bier (table beer) from notch was very good and small beer from anchor was great. tafel bier was 2.8% and the small was 3.3% and both were about $4.50 for a 22oz.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on July 15, 2012, 06:33:59 PM
Today was worse than yesterday! Just plain awful.
I will have to look for the Anchor small.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on July 15, 2012, 07:21:30 PM
Today was worst than yesterday! Just plain awful.
I will have to look for the Anchor small.

i got it at the craft beer cellar in belmont.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on July 15, 2012, 07:51:38 PM
Agree about ice cold PBR on hot days... thanks Joshua Tree for getting me hooked on that...

Just cracked a Firestone Union Jack IPA from Pasa Robles, CA... after 220+ miles today, 2 hours at the beach, and a lot of family time... it’s going down very nicely...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on July 20, 2012, 04:02:24 PM
I think this may go down as the most viewed/replied to thread in the history of NEClimbs. Al, do you have any statistics to share?

Just popped one of these open and I am more than pleasantly surprised;

Victory Summer Love Ale, from Downingtown PA

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/345/59987/

When I think summer ale I think light easy drinking beer but with a lack of hops. No so with this refreshing brew, the hops make their presence known but in a subtle way. Very nice hot weather beer with more flavor and mouthfeel than a very light ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on July 20, 2012, 05:42:22 PM
Let's see 20 pages for this thread!

I am taking advantage of the cool down to 72F to enjoy a Pinot Noir with grilled salmon tonight.

I might stop by Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA tomorrow to pick up some gems though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on July 20, 2012, 10:59:52 PM
This afternoon after golf,  I had a Deviant Dales bought at the store at the scenic vista in Intervale, NH--16 oz., 8% and very HOPPY.  Quite tasty but more than one might make you arrogant! 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on July 21, 2012, 07:27:13 PM
If you can get your hands on a Boulevard Double Wide IPA it is worth the try.

http://www.boulevard.com/BoulevardBeers/double-wide-i-p-a/

Nice and hoppy, 8.5%, seems to get better the longer it is in a glass like a good wine!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 22, 2012, 02:09:18 PM
This afternoon after golf,  I had a Deviant Dales bought at the store at the scenic vista in Intervale, NH--16 oz., 8% and very HOPPY.  Quite tasty but more than one might make you arrogant! 8)
Or arrogant bastard  !!   :)

Lagunitas IPA yesterday.. pretty good stuff, they started east coast distribution recently
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: the_other_andy on July 22, 2012, 03:55:43 PM
John, you would think after all these years is that you could pour a decent pint.
What the hell kinda of head is that in the latest climbing mag?
Looks like a typical pint you get in a yank bar! :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on July 22, 2012, 07:17:31 PM
The Cellar in Belmont was not yet open when I went by yesterday.  Too bad :)
Lagunitas IPA can be had here for 10 or 11 bucks a six pack.  Pretty tasty.  Seems a touch off on consistency however; sometimes really good, others, just OK.  Trunked unrefrigerated?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on July 23, 2012, 08:53:14 AM
Had some BBC Steel Rail X-pale last night after my ride at Wendell SF.  Haven't had it in years.  Forgot how good it is.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 23, 2012, 01:58:03 PM
John, you would think after all these years is that you could pour a decent pint.
What the hell kinda of head is that in the latest climbing mag?
Looks like a typical pint you get in a yank bar! :)

My wife poured it !!! ;)  It's the altitude
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 04, 2012, 02:12:21 PM
DogFish Pilsner.... should be called  yum-yum..bang-bang  really good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on August 04, 2012, 08:00:55 PM
Climbing client just gave me a 4 pack of Dogfish 90 Minute Imperial IPA as part of my tip--9% and hoppy!  :) Much appreciated!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on August 05, 2012, 09:39:51 PM
Climbing client just gave me a 4 pack of Dogfish 90 Minute Imperial IPA as part of my tip--9% and hoppy!  :) Much appreciated!

+1
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 07, 2012, 07:19:41 PM
DUDES -- GREAT DIVIDE has a full year of yeti this year.. hope you can get it
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: M_Sprague on August 14, 2012, 07:56:40 PM
Bears drink all the beer and trash cabin

http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/wtf-invite-me-next-time-family-of-bears.php (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/wtf-invite-me-next-time-family-of-bears.php)

I wonder if they got the radio working.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on August 16, 2012, 05:55:23 PM
Pumpkinhead was in stores at the end of july!  It's just like christmas.  Gets earlier and earlier each year.  Save it for the fall where it belongs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on August 16, 2012, 08:01:32 PM
Pumpkinhead was in stores at the end of july!  It's just like christmas.  Gets earlier and earlier each year.  Save it for the fall where it belongs.

we're selling a lot of extra kegs of summer ale as sam adams and shipyard are out of summer already. i am all for seasonal seasonals.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: wivanoff on August 16, 2012, 08:30:16 PM
Had an Imperial Stout Trooper on tap last night after climbing :)
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/357/34484/ (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/357/34484/)

Read the story about the label here:
http://www.entertainmentbuddha.com/geeky-beer-try-new-england-imperial-stout-trooper/ (http://www.entertainmentbuddha.com/geeky-beer-try-new-england-imperial-stout-trooper/)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 16, 2012, 08:35:40 PM
Bears drink all the beer and trash cabin

http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/wtf-invite-me-next-time-family-of-bears.php (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/wtf-invite-me-next-time-family-of-bears.php)

I wonder if they got the radio working.
i have NOT been in norway recently...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on August 24, 2012, 08:05:26 PM
Peak Organic summer session ale.  Think I found my favorite summer beer.  Earthy, crisp and refreshing.  Anyone see it on tap?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on September 03, 2012, 07:10:45 PM
Tearing into a growler of Cape Ann Brewing's, Pumpkin Stout, along with some chicken, brocolli, ziti and BACON!!.  May tear into the growler of Honey Pilsner later.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 10, 2012, 07:12:38 PM
Santanbrewing-- Count Hopula !!   i don't know what to say.............a very red IPA..shocking.

Benny- you coming to GABF ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on September 11, 2012, 06:22:36 PM
Santanbrewing-- Count Hopula !!   i don't know what to say.............a very red IPA..shocking.

Benny- you coming to GABF ?

sadly, that is unlikely.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on September 21, 2012, 08:44:10 AM
"Octoberfest" - http://www.redbones.com/news.html

Ipswich Harvest Ale is pretty good!



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on November 13, 2012, 05:38:11 PM
Just bought the last 6 pack of Sierra Nevada "Tumbler" Autumn Brown Ale available this year at my local "packy". Never had it before--smooth, Malty, 5.5% alcohol--as it says on the carton label --" a nice drink for an autumn afternoon!! I'll probably try another in a little while! ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 13, 2012, 05:43:02 PM
+1 for that jeff,  a really good beer

Left Hand brewing-- Woke Up dead.. shit !   12.2 imperial  AAARRRGGGHHH
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 13, 2012, 05:46:42 PM
Anybody been to Moe's tavern in lee, MA ??? Dig the website  - nocoorslite.com
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on November 13, 2012, 08:57:16 PM
Anybody been to Moe's tavern in lee, MA ??? Dig the website  - nocoorslite.com

moe's is supposed to be awesome. i've never been. lee is a bit out of the way for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on November 15, 2012, 08:31:00 AM
Anybody been to Moe's tavern in lee, MA ??? Dig the website  - nocoorslite.com
Gotta love the website! Maybe try to find it if I end up skiing at Jiminy Peak this winter (altho I don't know why I'd do that when I spend the winter in North Conway!)
A funny story; about 2 years ago I was in a pub in NoCo (I'll leave it un-named for reasons which will become evident) and ordered a Guinness, which they usually serve very well. About 10 minutes later, the waitress returned and apologized, saying that the Guinness keg was empty and they wouldn't get a delivery until the next day (it was just after a big holiday weekend). I then asked what else she had on tap and she started -" Coors Lite, Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Miller, Bud, Sam Adams, Smithwicks, Newcastle Brown ale," where upon I chose a Smithwicks and then asked her if I could give her some advice. She said yes, so I said "if you ever have to tell a Guinness customer again that the keg is dead, you can save your breath and not even mention the Lite beers you have on tap." She smiled and said " I know, my boyfriend would have told me the same thing" ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on November 15, 2012, 12:23:35 PM
Last week I spent a couple days in Burlington, VT. What a great food/beer scene!

In Montpelier we hit NECI on Main, and The Three Penny Taproom. Both had great selections and VERY knowledgeable staff.

http://www.threepennytaproom.com/

http://www.neci.edu/about/restaurants-classrooms

In the downtown Burlington area there are dozens of great restaurants but we loved the beer at American Flatbread, The Vermont Pub & Brewery (just not the food), and The Farmhouse Tap & Grill (a MUST visit place)

http://www.farmhousetg.com/home.html

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22872/?view=beerfly

http://www.vermontbrewery.com/

Can't wait to visit Burlington again, really cool town...
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on November 15, 2012, 12:25:17 PM
Just found a PDF of The Farmhouse beer list... check this out:

http://www.farmhousetg.com/FARMHOUSE_BeerList_Web.pdf
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on November 15, 2012, 02:41:01 PM
Just found a PDF of The Farmhouse beer list... check this out:

http://www.farmhousetg.com/FARMHOUSE_BeerList_Web.pdf
Holy cow.  Talk about an extensive menu!

I have relatives in Montpelier and we like to eat and drink at NECI when we get a chance.  Quite a surprise my first visit there years ago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 15, 2012, 05:18:02 PM
Last week I spent a couple days in Burlington, VT. What a great food/beer scene!

In Montpelier we hit NECI on Main, and The Three Penny Taproom. Both had great selections and VERY knowledgeable staff.

http://www.threepennytaproom.com/

http://www.neci.edu/about/restaurants-classrooms

In the downtown Burlington area there are dozens of great restaurants but we loved the beer at American Flatbread, The Vermont Pub & Brewery (just not the food), and The Farmhouse Tap & Grill (a MUST visit place)

http://www.farmhousetg.com/home.html

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22872/?view=beerfly

http://www.vermontbrewery.com/

Can't wait to visit Burlington again, really cool town...
My bud Christy hangs around these places--- stay away,  she;s a really smart blond with an attraction to stouts
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: apbt1976 on November 15, 2012, 09:00:08 PM
Burlington is hands down the best city/place to live on the east coast. Had you never been before? If i could i move there in a minute!

Last week I spent a couple days in Burlington, VT. What a great food/beer scene!

In Montpelier we hit NECI on Main, and The Three Penny Taproom. Both had great selections and VERY knowledgeable staff.

http://www.threepennytaproom.com/

http://www.neci.edu/about/restaurants-classrooms

In the downtown Burlington area there are dozens of great restaurants but we loved the beer at American Flatbread, The Vermont Pub & Brewery (just not the food), and The Farmhouse Tap & Grill (a MUST visit place)

http://www.farmhousetg.com/home.html

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22872/?view=beerfly

http://www.vermontbrewery.com/

Can't wait to visit Burlington again, really cool town...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on November 15, 2012, 11:08:07 PM
if I were going to live anywhere other than North Conway in the Northeast, it would be Burlington. a great town, with a great music scene, good food and close to nice rock and ice climbing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: xcrag_corex on November 15, 2012, 11:19:19 PM
I would kill to live in N. Conway!!!! But alas.....stuck in the hustle and bustle of the booming metropolis that is ManchAngeles.
 :-[
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on November 15, 2012, 11:34:18 PM
I hadn't been there before... it is awesome... though I love Portland, ME as well... Didn't get to sample any climbing in the Burlington area... what's the closest good stuff?

I've often thought summers in Bar Harbor and winters in N. Co. would be a hard life to beat...

xcrag_corex, you're not too far away, but if you want to move somewhere bad enough you will...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on November 16, 2012, 11:46:08 AM
I hadn't been there before... it is awesome... though I love Portland, ME as well... Didn't get to sample any climbing in the Burlington area... what's the closest good stuff?

I've often thought summers in Bar Harbor and winters in N. Co. would be a hard life to beat...
I have been to both Burlington and Portland, ME a number of times and I think I prefer Portland.
Yeah, being able to spend summers in BH would be wonderful.  I really like that part of ME (too bad Ellsworth has gotten so built-up though).  I have a friend who is living that good life in retirement.  I am jealous.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on November 16, 2012, 03:46:17 PM
I've often thought summers in Bar Harbor and winters in N. Co. would be a hard life to beat...

bar harbor is pretty nice. the town gets busy as hell for two months but the rocks are only crowded on the long weekends. hell, we got out last monday when it was 50º and there wasn't anybody else on the precipice.  :-[

and, i hear there is good beer in bar harbor.  :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on November 16, 2012, 05:18:21 PM
I've often thought summers in Bar Harbor and winters in N. Co. would be a hard life to beat...

bar harbor is pretty nice. the town gets busy as hell for two months but the rocks are only crowded on the long weekends. hell, we got out last monday when it was 50º and there wasn't anybody else on the precipice.  :-[

and, i hear there is good beer in bar harbor.  :)

All true... but the crowds flock to the over-hyped Otter Cliffs... I have yet to run into any serious traffic at the Precipice... got to be a holiday weekend to have an issue at that place... then again I always go after Columbus Day...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: xcrag_corex on November 17, 2012, 12:19:20 AM
I've often thought summers in Bar Harbor and winters in N. Co. would be a hard life to beat...

bar harbor is pretty nice. the town gets busy as hell for two months but the rocks are only crowded on the long weekends. hell, we got out last monday when it was 50º and there wasn't anybody else on the precipice.  :-[

and, i hear there is good beer in bar harbor.  :)

All true... but the crowds flock to the over-hyped Otter Cliffs... I have yet to run into any serious traffic at the Precipice... got to be a holiday weekend to have an issue at that place... then again I always go after Columbus Day...
The stuff at Great Head is pretty cool too and never a crowd. I've only TRed the lines on the left but they are fun! 7 and 8 I believe. You get the sea cliff setting w/o the Otter Cliff crowd.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on November 22, 2012, 08:10:13 PM
Had Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale today for the first time.  Tasty, I like it, even though not an IPA (or at least I do not think it is).  Not inexpensive and I only found it sold in 22 oz bottles.  I am going to pick up a "six pack" for the winter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 25, 2012, 08:17:26 PM
Filtered a chocolate/ java stout today. We used peets for the coffee..... when ever ya'll get out to CO, swing by... 135 brewpubs and now legal pot !  (not quite yet, but in 2013)

I see a business plan  :-\
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on November 25, 2012, 08:23:41 PM
Another Peets Coffee fan.  Yeah!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on November 26, 2012, 05:59:16 PM
Filtered a chocolate/ java stout today. We used peets for the coffee..... when ever ya'll get out to CO, swing by... 135 brewpubs and now legal pot !  (not quite yet, but in 2013)

I see a business plan  :-\

we are kegging a milk stout with coffee and a little vanilla wednesday.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 26, 2012, 06:34:37 PM
Nice !! today was spruce -tip pale
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 05, 2012, 09:30:22 AM
Sierra Narwhal    AAAHHHHH !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on December 05, 2012, 06:34:09 PM
Narwhal is tasty.  Fantastic imp stout.  Talk about a winter warmer.  Sierra just does not disappoint.
Also recommend Wolaver's Alta Gracia coffee porter.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on December 05, 2012, 09:08:19 PM
Just finished an Alta gracia not bad.till need to get into NY and get another case of Cooperstown Benchwarmer Porter.That is some good stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on February 06, 2013, 09:39:28 AM
I land in Manchester tonight at 7:45.

First stop: the Moat for a Tuckermans Ale!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on February 06, 2013, 12:46:49 PM
I land in Manchester tonight at 7:45.

First stop: the Moat for a Tuckermans Ale!

Is this a joke?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on February 06, 2013, 02:35:20 PM
Landing at 7:45 or stopping at the moat?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on February 06, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
Buying a Tuckerman's Pale Ale from the Moat... wrong brewery...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on February 06, 2013, 05:39:35 PM
Correction: the first place I can buy a Tuckermans ale.....obviously from out of town.....my bad...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on February 06, 2013, 09:12:02 PM
LOL didn't mean to call you out... I used to bar-tend at Tuckerman's Tavern (New England Inn), Intervale, NH, and they didn't even sell Tuckerman's Pale Ale, brewed by Tuckerman Brewery in Conway...

The Moat does have some pretty great beers, enjoyed a "Wee Heavy", a strong Scottish dark ale, earlier tonight... always irks me to see visitors ordering Budweiser's there... for godsakes you're in a micro-brewery... live a little...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on February 06, 2013, 09:17:32 PM
see visitors ordering Budweiser's there...

LOL.  We did a bit of sampling the last time up.  :)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 07, 2013, 04:59:11 PM
At the San Luis valley brewery where i sometimes "work" you sit at the bar directly in front of the glass walled brew operation.

A few months ago, I am not shitting you, two guys came up to me and asked" do you have any Domestics?"   The beer travels about 20' to the taps... pretty domestic to me  :-[

In a state with 160 breweries, why would you drink Coors lite ?????
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on February 07, 2013, 06:40:45 PM

In a state with 160 breweries, why would you drink Coors lite ?????

2 of those breweries are budwieser.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sherpajosh69 on February 09, 2013, 10:47:42 AM
I just had some of the Sixpoint Resin!!!! Freakin awsome. I'm sure it sounds played out but when we're up in the valley we enjoy making the trip to Moat for a couple growlers and some big cans!!!!!!!!!!! Iron Mike's , 2 thumbs up. KCCO.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 15, 2013, 09:22:20 AM
Friends just moved to Newburyport,MA and discovered the Grog... Ho Man !! a beer list that could destroy a bank account very quickly
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on February 16, 2013, 08:26:41 AM
The Grog rocks!  Wonderful kind beer selection.  Friendly atmosphere and great food.  Hit Metro Rock @10 minutes away for a plastic pulling session then the Grog for replenishment.  Live music also on the weekends.  There's a sizeable block at the Scotland Rd Newbury exit off 95 across from the state trooper's barracks.  @8 problems up to V3.  5 minute hike in.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 16, 2013, 10:10:11 AM
j- I'll hook you up with my friend Harvey.. He's usually up for something
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 19, 2013, 07:03:26 PM
Elevation brewing out here in CO- they will do east coast this fall

oilMan-- bourbon stout with a hit of chocolate.........................argh
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on February 24, 2013, 12:26:28 PM
sorry for short notice but bray's brewpub in naples, me is having some sort of barleywine fest today with 7 vintages of bigfoot and several others. i just heard about it this morn or i would be there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on February 24, 2013, 12:53:33 PM
Bray's is a cool place. I've played music there many times. Always liked their beer selection.

sorry for short notice but bray's brewpub in naples, me is having some sort of barleywine fest today with 7 vintages of bigfoot and several others. i just heard about it this morn or i would be there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on February 27, 2013, 05:26:09 PM
Two great IPA's available locally I've been enjoying recently:

Founders Centennial IPA, 7.2% ABV and 65 IBUs: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/5441

Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale; The name is very mis-leading, as I assumed this was a brown ale so I didn't try it until a knowledgeable clerk pointed out it is an Imperial IPA, 7.85% ABV and 63.21 IBUs... http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/74986

A lot of bang for you buck for strong IPA, both are $9.99/six at either of my beer stores, where most similar high ABV IPA's cost the same amount for a 4-pack...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on February 27, 2013, 07:17:38 PM
I've been enjoying Lagunitas Pale Ale which I like more than their IPA, $9/6pc. Beer is more expensive in MA, it sounds like.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on February 27, 2013, 07:46:51 PM
I've been enjoying Lagunitas Pale Ale which I like more than their IPA, $9/6pc. Beer is more expensive in MA, it sounds like.

That brew had become a summer/fall staple around here... I think I wore it out and was craving some stronger hops... really good beer though... I've like everything I've tried from them...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on March 30, 2013, 04:39:34 PM
New to me, today-- Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale-- 7.2 %, nice caramel, well hopped-- very tasty-- I'll be back for more (or as a British friend would say "Tastes More-ish")
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on March 31, 2013, 07:57:52 AM
Uinta amber wheat.  Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one changed my mind.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 31, 2013, 09:50:17 AM
What's the other Uinta ?/ Crazy mormon girl or something
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on March 31, 2013, 07:32:43 PM
Uinta Bristlecone Brown was real good too.  Named after the Bristlecone Pine which is is one of the oldest living organisms on earth I think.  Found in Utah?  Uinta is pricey.  Eleven and some change for a sixer.   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 31, 2013, 08:11:37 PM
if you are ever in SLC'Park city.. 4 brewpubs in Park and TWO distilleries... SIX brewpubs in SLC !!! Holy shit, I think I saw a black guy too !!! Next thing you know a gay nightclub   :-X
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on March 31, 2013, 08:57:34 PM
Does one need to join a "club" to enter a brewpub in SLC?

OK, off track here (but blame it on Strand) -
in the mid nineties I dated a woman who has/had a gay step brother who lived in NYC.  On one visit, we, together with her step brother and his partner, went to THE gay nightclub of that time in the city.  What an experience!  We got lots of stares (she for being only one of 3 women there on a busy Sat night and I for not letting go of her hand the entire time we were there).  I do not think I am ever going to see so much leather attire at one place ever again!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 31, 2013, 10:00:13 PM
No, you don't have to join,, though istill have membership to 2 places from th 80's,,, it wasmaybe $10 for life.

The other subject-

I worked with a gay dude at the Globe during 9/11..a very long day.. around midnite ( a 18 hr day) he said  " I NEED vodka" i could not object.. nice tour of Boston'ds South End.. and back to work at 4 am

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 22, 2013, 12:12:50 AM
Now that it has gotten warmer outdoors, I am enjoying Back Bay IPA form Beer Works Brewery in Lowell, MA.  Very nice, well suited to the warmer wx and I found it totally by chance!  Anyone else tried it?  If so, what do you think?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on May 22, 2013, 04:03:17 PM
Now that it has gotten warmer outdoors, I am enjoying Back Bay IPA form Beer Works Brewery in Lowell, MA.  Very nice, well suited to the warmer wx and I found it totally by chance!  Anyone else tried it?  If so, what do you think?

i'm sure i had it back in the day. there are several "session ipa" out there now like founders all day ipa and lagunitas daytime ipa.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 22, 2013, 04:18:21 PM
Thanks Benny.  I will try the Lagunitas Daytime IPA next.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 23, 2013, 12:58:09 PM
Great Deal right now at Discount Bev in N. Conway. Flying Dog Snakebite IPA & Atlantic Lager, $13.99 for 4/6 packs, and they let you mix. Cheaper than PBR!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 23, 2013, 05:37:26 PM
Thanks Benny.  I will try the Lagunitas Daytime IPA next.
Lagunitas make some fine brews
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Ducayet on May 29, 2013, 05:17:42 PM
Just tried the Laguntitas for the first time, I cannot complain. Whats their best? Anything good dark?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Wally on May 29, 2013, 07:29:56 PM
lagunitas - i like the maximus IPA and if you can find it try the "undercover shutdown" ale
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on May 29, 2013, 09:19:14 PM
 I had Tremens Delerium.  That is a damn good beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 29, 2013, 09:49:50 PM
lagunitas - i like the maximus IPA and if you can find it try the "undercover shutdown" ale

Ditto plus their Pale Ale
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2013, 10:32:07 AM
anybody know where you can get Old Peculiar up here, if you can? probably one of the best beers I've ever had...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tradchick on May 30, 2013, 06:14:28 PM
Not sure about Old Peculiar Al, but I have discovered the best place to buy beer.  It's in N. Woodstock on route 3, Wayne's Market.  It's a gas station/mini mart but the best beer selection I've seen in the North County. 

My last find was a beer from Scotland called Skull Splitter.   ::)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2013, 06:50:45 PM
Not sure about Old Peculiar Al, but I have discovered the best place to buy beer.  It's in N. Woodstock on route 3, Wayne's Market.  It's a gas station/mini mart but the best beer selection I've seen in the North County. 

My last find was a beer from Scotland called Skull Splitter.   ::)


thanks TradChick - that's cool... next time i'm over on that side of the Kanc I'll check it out. usually I'm on the bike tho... [wry grin]
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 30, 2013, 09:17:23 PM
If you haven't yet been to "The Good Beer Store", just over the NH/ME line in Fryeburg, you are missing out. I'ld bet money there isn't a place with a bigger selection with 1 hour of the White Mountains.... very extensive...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 30, 2013, 11:40:07 PM
The heat drove me to try a "White IPA" from Saranac.  For today, it is just the right weight, hoppy yet refreshing.  I enjoyed it.  And $1/6-pack less than Lagunitas Pale Ale! A surprise find since the store I stopped at was out of Lagunitas Pale Ale.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 12, 2013, 06:37:38 PM
 sneoh- i was at the Craft beer Cellar in Belmont during my secret mission.outstanding    six point ipa..nice  esp with bourbon.

and a lagunitas/dogfish/sierra evening--ho man

The TEAM was reunited after 20+ years ( the survivors anyway);

Dr harvey
Coach
TC
Myself

the frightening part was the 125 years of marriage between 4 couples
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on June 12, 2013, 07:28:14 PM
sneoh- i was at the Craft beer Cellar in Belmont during my secret mission.outstanding    six point ipa..nice  esp with bourbon.

and a lagunitas/dogfish/sierra evening--ho man

The TEAM was reunited after 20+ years ( the survivors anyway);

Dr harvey
Coach
TC
Myself

the frightening part was the 125 years of marriage between 4 couples

CBC is my favorite beer store anywhere.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 12, 2013, 07:36:48 PM
I thought i was doing good.. a chick came up next to me and bought $186 in single beers !! very impressive ( she was Ok as well))

I'm just a beer whore !  nicely said
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: WharfRat on June 12, 2013, 09:40:31 PM
I thought i was doing good.. a chick came up next to me and bought $186 in single beers !! very impressive ( she was Ok as well))

I'm just a beer whore !  nicely said

Not hard to do when a good beer is like $9-12

Still though impressive!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 17, 2013, 09:43:55 AM
Finally i can have a beer or two (max)   !! Sierra Torpedo was the obvious choice...so good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 04, 2013, 08:14:26 PM
Tried two new local ones this week -
Smuttynose Winter Ale - not buying another 6-pack.  Pretty Things Pale Ale - OK/good.  Good if you like it HOPPY.

Post up if you have had a good one lately.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on December 04, 2013, 09:46:52 PM
I love the Pretty Things "Jack D'or" Saison. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 04, 2013, 09:51:29 PM
White Birch Brewing Belgian Pale Ale - Hookset NH - very nice and true to style, very drinkable

Alchemist Heady Topper - Waterbury VT - hop bomb and lives up to its hype - bought a case recently

Sixpoint Resin Double IPA - Brooklyn NY (?) - another hop bomb
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on December 04, 2013, 10:34:58 PM
Just had a nice tasty home brewed vanilla milk stout!  Mmmmm Tasty!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on December 05, 2013, 09:11:49 AM
That Alchemist Heady Topper is amazing
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 05, 2013, 11:07:42 AM
If you want to check out beer ratings head to http://beeradvocate.com/lists/fame

Heady Topper is #1. I've also had #2 - Pliny The Elder. The goal now is to have them at the same time to compare!

As most know New England has great craft beer. If you're ever looking for an outta the way but worth the drive beer experience - head to the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend VT. Growlers to go, some bottles, small tasting room - however they are expanding. These guys have been rated the best brewery in the world on ratebeer.com at one point!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 05, 2013, 11:22:11 AM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I HAVE to try Heady Topper from what I've read.  I have 10 days off the end of this month and plan on indulging :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on December 05, 2013, 01:18:40 PM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I HAVE to try Heady Topper from what I've read.  I have 10 days off the end of this month and plan on indulging :)

If you find Heady Topper, PM me where you got it and whether they have any left! It's a hot commodity these days.

Every time I've tried to get it at The Skinny Pancake, the "Sold Out" sign is on the tap.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 05, 2013, 04:41:11 PM
Anybody had newburyport Green Head ???
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 05, 2013, 04:57:23 PM
a friend gave me a 6 of Heady Topper a couple of years ago. it was not to my taste, so to each their own...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 05, 2013, 05:13:46 PM
As for finding Heady Topper - it's essentially not distributed too far from the brewery in Waterbury. And certainly not outside Vermont - yet. I hear they are expanding. With that I've actually had friends go to the brewery and they've been sold out! So you should actually call ahead. And if you head to Smuggs you actually drive right past it.

Sorry you're not a hop head Al!

I met a colleague at a Starbucks in Westboro MA today and it was right next to Julio's which is a huge beer and wine store. Picked up Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Jacks Abbey Imperial Pale Lager and Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Meadowlark IPA!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on December 05, 2013, 05:30:52 PM
a friend gave me a 6 of Heady Topper a couple of years ago. it was not to my taste, so to each their own...

I don't usually like IPAs or and Pale Ales, really. Give me a Pigs Ear or a PBR any day.

But I do want to see what all the fuss is about with Heady Topper, just to form an opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on December 05, 2013, 05:35:31 PM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I HAVE to try Heady Topper from what I've read.  I have 10 days off the end of this month and plan on indulging :)

the alchemist's retail store has been closed. i believe they are still brewing while the store is closed so, if anything, it should be more widely available in vermont.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 05, 2013, 07:03:50 PM
 
Anybody had newburyport Green Head ???

No, but if its bite is anything like the Greenhead flies at the beach in Newburyport, it must be HOPPY! :P
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 05, 2013, 09:54:18 PM
Benny - thanks for confirming the Alchemist store is closed as I had heard that but hadn't called. And guess this is due to expansion. As you said though it should be more available at retail in Vermont now.

Pete - if you find a Heady Topper try it without thinking of other pale or India pale ales you've had. It truly is a world class beer. And oh so hoppy!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on December 05, 2013, 10:27:49 PM
The Newburyport green head IPA and the pale ale are great beers.  My go to beers for camping. Think they have a belgian also.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 05, 2013, 11:55:07 PM
Huh, I was in VT for Turkey Day. I wish I had known.
Just finished my Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Meadowlark IPA.  I liked it better tonight (well, almost anything taste better after a climbing workout).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 06, 2013, 08:03:01 PM
I am having a Pretty Things "Jack D'or" now.  It is quite good but not a "WOW".
I am all for supporting local producers so I will continue to buy it and the IPA.
Forgot to look for Newburyport Green Head tonight ... might have to make a trip to Belmont tomorrow :)
That place is less than a 10-minute drive for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 07, 2013, 08:09:18 AM
Alchemist Brewery is still open and producing Heady Topper. They closed the retail and brewery tour side due to traffic problems and a lack of proper state licensing. I believe they are attempting to find another venue for their retail and tastings as they produce (not can) more than just the Topper.

I like Heady Topper/Alchemist, but I prefer both Lawson's Finest and Hill farmstead over it for quality small scale VT beers.

What's the name of the small brewer from mid coast ME, Newcastle/ Damariscotta/ Sheepscot area. I think he brewed in a barn, only sold to a few restaurants, and growlers at local places no further south of Bath. I remember his beers being very smooth and extremely tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on December 07, 2013, 11:28:48 AM

What's the name of the small brewer from mid coast ME, Newcastle/ Damariscotta/ Sheepscot area. I think he brewed in a barn, only sold to a few restaurants, and growlers at local places no further south of Bath. I remember his beers being very smooth and extremely tasty.

oxbow? boothbay?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 08, 2013, 07:39:35 AM
I think it was Sheepscot Valley brewery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: bennybrew on December 08, 2013, 05:43:43 PM
I think it was Sheepscot Valley brewery.

AHA! their brewer/owner has brain cancer and they can use all the support they can get!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 08, 2013, 09:04:04 PM
Great divide yeti, car bomb with black bush after the Pats won..fantastic
Title: Re: Long Time Drinker, First Time Poster...
Post by: ed_esmond on December 11, 2013, 08:28:11 PM
my tastes in beer are definitely not as sophisticated as some (my highest praise for any beer is: "it's wet and it's cold…") but;

i've always liked Switchback Ale, and i've just tried their "Slow-Fermented Brown Ale."

it's not too hoppy, not too dark, not too malty or too bitter; maybe it's just a "sport beer…."

ed e

ps. please disregard any posts i make after this one as i only have a couple od swallows left….
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on December 22, 2013, 08:13:03 PM
Couple of winter favorites: Samuel Smith's organic chocolate stout.  Yes it sounds foofy but damn is it good.
Reverend Potter's baltic porter brewed by prodigal in effingham, nh real good also. Only available in state from what i hear.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 23, 2013, 06:52:04 AM
On a Sunday where there was nothing better to do then stay away from malls and watch football - a few beers spread out over the games (only one of each)!

Six Point Resin DIPA - a really great beer that's very floral in the nose

Founders Double Trouble DIPA - one of the better brewers around and all their beers are good

Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA - a bit more malt backbone than the above beers. Definitely should be your last beer of the night!

All three being a hop heads delight!

As an aside - skied three days last week in Colorado and had the best vanilla infused porter ever at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company (one of my favorite brewpubs anywhere as I've been going there for almost 15 years).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 23, 2013, 09:36:54 AM
Shit mark- glenwood is pretty good..... down the road in Eagle are 2 good places as well
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 23, 2013, 09:59:25 AM
John,

Since I ski at Copper Mt mostly on my way back to Glenwood Springs where I stay I always stop at the Crazy Mountain Brewery off of 70 in Edwards and hang out in their tasting room. Great vibe and great people. I think their coffee stout is awesome (though on beer sites it gets poor reviews) along with their Pale Ale. Had a Holiday Ale that was very good too!

Have you been to Crazy Mountain Brewery?

There's another place in Edwards I've been too but have never gone back - can't think of the name.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on December 23, 2013, 10:28:41 AM
Reverend Potter's baltic porter brewed by prodigal in effingham, nh real good also. Only available in state from what i hear.
http://theprodigalbrewery.com/wp/

I had no idea this was there!  I've driven by it more times than I can count and didn't even know it existed.  I live in Effingham!  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 23, 2013, 10:30:55 AM
Now you can stop in and then forget you were there !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on December 23, 2013, 10:39:11 AM
They don't offer tours. :(  But, I'm wondering if we can get a tour through the FD- we're starting to pre-plan certain places. This might need to be one!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on December 23, 2013, 12:37:26 PM
...
Six Point Resin DIPA - a really great beer that's very floral in the nose

Founders Double Trouble DIPA - one of the better brewers around and all their beers are good

Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA - a bit more malt backbone than the above beers. Definitely should be your last beer of the night!...

As an aside - skied three days last week in Colorado and had the best vanilla infused porter ever at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company (one of my favorite brewpubs anywhere as I've been going there for almost 15 years).

I've enjoyed the 1st two... very good. Will have to look for the Green Flash Palate Wrecker, I've enjoyed their Vert beer.

Speaking of out of town breweries I just got back from Mt. Rose Nevada last week and found an awesome brewery in Reno. Great Basin Brewery... will definitely hit that place up anytime I am in that area!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on December 23, 2013, 03:57:51 PM
My minor contribution to the thread...

For anyone that is or will be around Portland, Navarre Res in the Old Port is more than worth a visit.  They only serve beer, and the list is simply mind-blowing.

We were there a week and a half ago, which prompted me to grab a 6 pack of Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.  1/2 of that pack is heading to IN for my father to enjoy. :)

I also recently had a single Magic Hat Saint Saltan and thought it was quite good too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 23, 2013, 04:26:04 PM
For anybody coming to Co/NM this coming year----245 brewpubs due for Co in 2014  35 new...the Taos,Nm area now has 5 including Taos mesa with 12 of their own brews on tap and 15 minutes from climbing

Gonna be a good year
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on December 23, 2013, 10:08:28 PM
Sounds like an awesome spot!  I need to get out there!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 28, 2013, 10:19:07 PM
North Coast Pranqster Belgian Pale Ale tonight. Very good! Lagunitas Sucks DIPA last night. Also very good. Everything these guys brew is very, very good...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 29, 2013, 11:42:19 AM
I think we are doing a Lagunitas New Year..YEAH !!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 29, 2013, 05:38:51 PM
...I'd say a Lagunitas New Years is a pretty damn good choice! Today's after climb pints (3 of them) was Founders Porter! Yummy and probably second best I've had. Behind that Glenwood Canyon Brewing vanilla infused Porter.

And folks - you've got to go to Kathleen's Cottage in Bristol if you climb at Newfound Ledge (which was in great shape today). 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 03, 2014, 08:44:59 PM
...Heady Topper league...

Blue Lobster Excess Is Not Rebellion Double Galaxy IPA - Portsmouth or Hampton NH brewery. Had on tap at Cask and Vine, Derry, NH...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on January 21, 2014, 12:06:45 PM
Bottled Joe's Duct Tape Label "Wait of the World" Strong Ale about two weeks ago.

Had a few Friday night.  If you've ever had Triple Bock it's sorta like that.  Syrupy sweet, no bitterness or hop flavor, very little carbonation and a shitload of alcohol.  It did sit in the fermenter for a loooonnnngggg time due to my laziness.  Gonna bring it upstairs, let it warm up and see if it carbonates a bit more.

What else is who home brewing?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on January 21, 2014, 02:46:37 PM

What else is who home brewing?


That's definitely some strong shit!   :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 22, 2014, 10:34:28 AM
A bartender friend of mine wants to do "high end car bombs"    good aged stouts/porters combined with top shelf irish whiskey..sound like a good idea to me!!!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on January 22, 2014, 05:22:14 PM
Bottled Joe's Duct Tape Label "Wait of the World" Strong Ale about two weeks ago.

Had a few Friday night.  If you've ever had Triple Bock it's sorta like that.  Syrupy sweet, no bitterness or hop flavor, very little carbonation and a shitload of alcohol.  It did sit in the fermenter for a loooonnnngggg time due to my laziness.  Gonna bring it upstairs, let it warm up and see if it carbonates a bit more.

What else is who home brewing?
I homebrew.  Just finished drinking a vanilla milk stout.  In primary right now is a maple porter and on deck after that is maybe a heff for the spring/summer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 22, 2014, 05:27:41 PM
I have in the past, but with 12 brewpubs within an hour, it's silly now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on January 22, 2014, 06:25:53 PM
I homebrew now and then -- mostly APA's and IPA's and sometimes a good session type ale with rye or wheat in the grist. The problem is every time I keg up a couple of batches we have a party and drink it all in one sitting.  :P

Too bad we don't have more than a couple of decent brewpubs in NH.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 29, 2014, 09:14:23 AM
In California on business and had a very nice beer from Ninkasi Brewing from OR. Tricerahops DIPA! Great name. And who knew - Ninkasi is the Sumerian goddess of beer.

On the downside - the place I'd found last year that had Pliny the Elder on tap kicked the keg Monday and won't have another till Thursday. And I'll be elsewhere. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on January 30, 2014, 05:33:29 PM
OMG wow... just cracked a Founders Backwoods Bastard... ale aged in oak bourbon barrels, 10.2% abv... hold on to your hats!

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/35036/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on February 21, 2014, 07:33:48 PM
Just racked Joe's Duct Tape Label, Totally Tubular (cycling reference) Pale Ale, to the secondary fermenter.  Should come out right around 5%.  I've never used Goldings hops but they are described to be a traditional British bittering and aroma hop.  Not sure I love the flavour of the hops, but it's an unfinished ale so a week or two in the secondary and a few weeks in the bottle could do wonders.  We'll see!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 25, 2014, 05:03:54 AM
I happen to be reading this while in England. What they call pale ale and India pale ale we would never recognize unless you knew it was really the true style! Not as hoppy as our versions of the styles.

Not sure if it's the goldings hops or the fact that they probably hop less but ABV in England on pales and India pale ales is certainly less - and way less hoppy and floral than what we drink!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on February 25, 2014, 08:21:47 AM
I typically produce brews that are about 8-10% ABV or so, use bittering hops that are about 10-12%AA and tend to steep a lot more grains.  With this one the hops are 4.8%AA and I steeped very little grain.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tks on February 25, 2014, 04:38:44 PM
Bottled Joe's Duct Tape Label "Wait of the World" Strong Ale about two weeks ago.

Had a few Friday night.  If you've ever had Triple Bock it's sorta like that.  Syrupy sweet, no bitterness or hop flavor, very little carbonation and a shitload of alcohol.  It did sit in the fermenter for a loooonnnngggg time due to my laziness.  Gonna bring it upstairs, let it warm up and see if it carbonates a bit more.

What else is who home brewing?

I've got a citra ipa on the corny keg right now.  took more than a week to carb up... i have a hop devil clone in primary - in fact it's time to dry hop tonight...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on February 25, 2014, 06:21:00 PM
Yum citra...

My best homebrew IPA is centennial for bittering then tons of citra at 20,15,10 and 5 minutes then dry hopped with one ounce citra and one ounce centennial.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on February 25, 2014, 07:44:31 PM
Popping open a few porters sunday that have been in bottles for 3 weeks.  Got another small batch to bottle too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 26, 2014, 10:19:41 AM
 I just read that Sierra Tropedo  is the best selling IPA in America ?!  Taste buds are gettting better I guess
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on February 26, 2014, 11:16:14 AM
Any homebrewers ever bake bread with your spent grains?  Delicious.  And the wife minds much less about your hobby taking over the house.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 26, 2014, 04:33:42 PM
Joe,

Woodstock Station makes their pizza crust from spent grain - it's great. And somewhere in Colorado also that I went to made pizza crust and bread with spent grain! Awesome. And happy to hear your wife approves.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 26, 2014, 05:18:31 PM
the problem with spent grain in pizza crust is that people use too much whole wheat flour altitude..too heavy.  the best pizza in CO is at my house.

We need a pizza and ice cream thread !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on February 27, 2014, 09:52:42 PM
I love spent grain bread.  Just baked my second batch yesterday.  I am not married, The wife approval was a mere suggestion to the married folks.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on March 04, 2014, 07:50:04 PM
I managed to score a single bottle of Dogfish Head 120-minute IPA from 2014. It was given to me by a generous friend who runs the Rumney Village Store.

It is, to say the least, amazing. Easily one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It pours like maple syrup and tastes like a mixture of honey and raisins.

It lives up to the hype. If you can find some -- and I don't think Ken has any more at the General Store, but he has plenty of other gems -- you'd be well advised to try it, and buy it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on March 04, 2014, 07:56:55 PM
An IPA that tastes like honey and raisins? Sounds like something went drastically wrong. (I like the 60 and 90.)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on March 04, 2014, 08:04:58 PM
An IPA that tastes like honey and raisins? Sounds like something went drastically wrong. (I like the 60 and 90.)

I generally dislike IPAs, but the guy insisted I try it. It tastes like no IPA I have ever had. Sweet sweet goodness.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on March 04, 2014, 11:04:11 PM
Sweet IPA, hmmm.  I have to think about that one.
I've had the 60 and 90.  Good as I expected.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on March 05, 2014, 09:45:30 AM
Gonna bottle up Joe's Duct Tape Label 'Totally Tubular' Pale Ale in a few hours.  It's beer now and I could drink it, but in about two weeks it'll have lotsa little bubbles all about it.

Pete, the 120min is good stuff right.  It used to be 21%, and really freakin boozy, but I think it got toned down to around 15%.  I got a few of em aging (the old ones) along with a bunch of other neat stuff.  Working at a liquor store in Boston for a bunch a years really helped build up the store-room.

With the fermenters getting cleaned out I have to start working on the next recipe.  While I've always liked brewing more traditional beers, I have a quart of incredible local maple syrup my step-father gave me.  Something dark, with maple for the next brew perhaps?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 05, 2014, 10:23:17 AM
DFH 120 is like a wine..you better split the bottle up  .  The 60 and 90 are just great..

The one that's killing me now is any kind of spruce tip shit..it's OK in small doses, but some people overdo it..tastes like sucking on a tree (i know)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on March 05, 2014, 10:36:36 AM
Haven't tried the spruce stuff, maybe they were inspired by drinking Sahti.  You should try Alba Scots Pine Ale.  I thought it was pretty alright.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on March 05, 2014, 11:41:15 AM
DFH 120 is like a wine..you better split the bottle up  .  The 60 and 90 are just great..

The one that's killing me now is any kind of spruce tip shit..it's OK in small doses, but some people overdo it..tastes like sucking on a tree (i know)

I wish I had read this before polishing off the one bottle. One beer, and I was late for work today. Yowzah!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 05, 2014, 12:00:31 PM
 :D There's a tiny place out here.3 barrel brewing that does sours big  time.We were doing a rebolting event a while ago and shitty cold weather (I thought I was back in NH) and he hands me an unmarked bomber "try this"  I belted down quite a bit and he says 'it's a sour"   NO SHIT  8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on March 05, 2014, 01:06:17 PM
Alaskan Brewery has a good winter brew with spruce tips, the first are pretty good but you're correct by December I'm pretty sick of it.

Speaking of doctored beers. Anyone remember or have Otter Creeks smoked porter. Some years it tasted OK other years it was like sipping burnt bacon in a bottle.

Slurped back a few Hill Farmstead Edwards the other day, certainly changed the day.

Got totally duped by marketing in Shaws last week. After walking by the Guinness display ten times I finally knuckled and thought what the heck it's been awhile. 2/3rds through the second can I was like what was I thinking.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 05, 2014, 02:34:07 PM
...Edward would change my day too! Sean Hill at Hill Farmstead brews some of the best beers around. The brewery is rated the the best brewery in the world on ratebeer.com!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 05, 2014, 05:39:48 PM
Only good Guiness in NE is a the Behan in JP.MA  ..a real pint,,no windows and no TV  takes a true 10 minutes to draw
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 05, 2014, 05:41:11 PM
Did a smoked cherry porter.. nice...smooth but kinda strong
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 08, 2014, 09:34:58 PM
Torpedo then a DF 90 and now a smoked cherry porter with a chocolaet "edible"..I'll let you know
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Joe_Re on March 08, 2014, 09:56:33 PM
Having a nice Bombay Gin and Tonic...   ...wait, wrong thread...   ...or is it...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on March 17, 2014, 08:32:38 PM
Our Humble Porter from White Birch Brewing Hooksett, NH.  One of the most delicious porters i've ever tasted.  Spring 2014 release.  Makes me want to hold on to winter just a wee bit longer...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 09, 2014, 09:48:06 AM
If anyone can get Deshutes, iI had some "fresh  squezzed" IPA yesterday..really good, not super hopped but very tasty.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on April 09, 2014, 06:13:56 PM
Had one of my first From Scratch Recipe porter the other night.  Pretty darned good for my first beer from scratch.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on April 10, 2014, 06:25:32 PM
If anyone can get Deshutes, iI had some "fresh  squezzed" IPA yesterday..really good, not super hopped but very tasty.

Had one out in Terrebonne last week! It was really good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 10, 2014, 06:43:06 PM
I just saw,but have not had..."Old Leg Humper" from black dog..now there's  a name
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on April 18, 2014, 08:54:24 PM
Just came back from Hobb's tavern in W. Ossipee, NH.  Highly recommended for those looking for good food and beer outside the valley.  Prices are moderate and beer selection great.  Was a bit busy but to be expected.  Great atmosphere, good food and beer and a wonderful waitstaff make for a win win situation.  Looking forward to getting to know a bar stool or two.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on April 19, 2014, 08:31:26 AM
Good news about Hobbs Tavern; I've been watching their slow work to open for 2 years now-glad to hear they've finally made it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on April 19, 2014, 08:42:22 AM
Has anybody checked out the "newish" brewpub in Littleton?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on April 19, 2014, 08:50:17 PM
Didn't know Hobbs had opened. The prior version of it (Mt Whittier Tavern) was a good place, so I'll have to check this one out. Now that its opened, maybe the crew will spend a bit more time working on the Ace Hardware store in Ossipee that is 'coming soon'......
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: triguy on April 20, 2014, 11:13:14 PM
Just got back from a week in Vail and really enjoyed beers from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, especially the Hookiebobb IPA!

Good stuff if you are ever in the area.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 21, 2014, 08:54:45 AM
Triguy,

Somewhere back earlier in this thread I'd written about Crazy Mountain. I don't know if you just had their beers or if you made it to their brewery and tasting room - which has a great local vibe to it. I hit it up almost every day after skiing at Copper Mt on my way back to Glenwood Springs when in CO.

Dillon Dam is a good brewery too. As is Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on April 21, 2014, 09:34:35 PM
I finally got my hands on a Heady Topper. A friend came out from Burlington last week with her kids, and I helped guide them around for the day (read: I was a belay bunny for a bunch of 4-8 year olds for an hour or two). In addition to gaining friend points, it earned me a 4 pack of Heady Topper.

Now, I  get it that this is a great IPA. I also understand that most people really like hoppy beers. And I get it that this one is hard to get.

Which is why I feel like the other 3 cans are wasted on me. I just don't love it as much as other people do. If you have a DFH 120, I'll trade you two Heady Toppers for it. The other one is going to Ken at the Rumney General Store as  a thank you for the bottle of 120 he gave me last month.

Don't get me wrong: It's a good beer. Good stuff, but wasted on someone who doesn't appreciate it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 28, 2014, 07:05:24 PM
Ho Man-- i'm going to utah for a few days and I"m bringing the Beer !! YEAH...Shit on my way out, i pass, directly 12 brewpubs,2 wineries and 2 distleries..holly shit  4 people ..$200 should do it ?
Still might do some gatorade marg's though
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 02, 2014, 01:54:22 PM
On travel for work and picked up a Maine Beer "Zoe" yesterday (ironically, hard for me to find at home in NH.) As previously established, I am not the biggest fan of an overly hoppy beer (which this one is) but I loved it!

Anyone know where to buy Maine Beer in NH?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 02, 2014, 02:27:43 PM
New Hampshire has a limited beer distribution network. It's getting better but still poor compared to a lot of other states. If you want to know if a particular beer is distributed in NH, call Bert's Better Beers and they will be able to tell you. 

http://www.bertsbetterbeers.com/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 02, 2014, 04:20:01 PM
Pete and JB,

Yeah - NH has some strange laws in regards to beer distribution (no DFH 120 IPA as I know now, no Founders Breakfast Stout due to label - but you can buy vodka in a machine gun bottle!).

As for Maine Beer - its not so much that its hard to get in NH - its just plain hard to get. They're quite small in regards to brewing capacity. The place I buy my beer at actually puts me on a list for when they get Main Lunch delivered. And sometimes they only get eight bottles or so - and the list can be quite long!

Bert's is a great place and nice folk. I stop there at times. But since I have The Drinkery close by its where I buy most of my "good" beers.

Oh and with 603 Brewing moving to Londonderry from Campton its a great place to go have a "place mat tour" when the tasting room is open. They've had some very nice small batches of spring and summer beers that are awesome.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 02, 2014, 07:01:26 PM
I actually had a Founders Breakfast Stout on draft last week at Truants Tavern. I wonder if they can't get the bottles in due to the labels, but it's ok for the kegs?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 02, 2014, 09:31:13 PM
JB,

Founders Breakfast Stout is ok to sell in NH in kegs. It's strictly the bottle label that keeps it off the shelf. A caricature of a baby eating oatmeal.

My friend who owns the beer store has actually testified in Concord to some committee and it looks like eventually they will change the law to allow bottles to be sold.

Interestingly not too long after my friend started online and in store petitions - along with enlisting other beer retailers - he had a visit from "the man" who wasn't happy about what he was doing. For what reason who knows!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 03, 2014, 06:50:00 PM
beer is good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 05, 2014, 12:07:17 PM
JB and Mark: Thanks for the tips! I'm just back from travel to MD, where I did the tour-de-Dogfish: found 120 on tap, also Midas Touch and Raison d'Etre. All very good.

But that's not new beer news. If you're sport climbing in Rumney this summer, the Common Cafe just opened a bar upstairs that has the standard NH/VT drafts (Switchback, Tucks, Long Trail, etc). Nothing too exotic, but many good local choices. </ad>

Hope to see y'all for a pint.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on May 05, 2014, 02:54:07 PM
But that's not new beer news. If you're sport climbing in Rumney this summer, the Common Cafe just opened a bar upstairs that has the standard NH/VT drafts (Switchback, Tucks, Long Trail, etc). Nothing too exotic, but many good local choices.

Wow, that is indeed great news.  I'll be making stops for sure.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 05, 2014, 05:36:35 PM
I just picked up a 5liter  set up 4 little keggers,, about 12 beers each and 3 fit in the cooler..sweet...co2 or regular bronco pump
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 12, 2014, 08:32:46 AM
Has anybody checked out the "newish" brewpub in Littleton?

Was able to check this place out on Saturday and it's a winner.

Shilling Beer Company: http://www.schillingbeer.com/

- The Altbier was the best I've had and I used to have a thing for that style and have tried a lot of them.
- The Belgian Pale was outstanding
- The Bohemian Pilsner was good but I don't have a lot of experience with Pilsners to really make a valid judgement

The other stuff was high test (>7.5%) and will have to wait until the next trip for sampling.

I haven't been this excited about finding a brew pub since my first trip to the Alchemist. Hopefully this one doesn't get wiped out in a hurricane induced flood before I can get back to it.

Edit: Also they served the Altbier in a Stange which was the first time I've ever had it served to me in the correct glass.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 12, 2014, 08:37:31 AM
Wow, thanks for the heads up. This sounds like an excellent post climb stop when climbing in the Notch. I started to tire of Woodstock Brewery...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 12, 2014, 08:47:19 AM
Cannon has kind of scared me a bit the last several years, but I have a funny feeling I'll be climbing on it a lot more this season!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 12, 2014, 09:26:18 AM
Cannon has kind of scared me a bit the last several years, but I have a funny feeling I'll be climbing on it a lot more this season!

Lots of good climbing in the Notch not on Cannon... If you haven't climbed at Echo, Profile, or Hounds Hump/Eaglet you should!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 12, 2014, 09:59:14 AM
Pete,

That sounds like a great tour! I hope you brought some of that allusive DFH 120 home with you if you drove south and didn't fly. And that's great news about the Common Cafe now having beer! So much for the post climb smoothies! Here's to having a pint together at some point!

JB,

Thanks for the tip and reviews of Schillings beers. Sounds like a reason to head north before heading south when climbing at Echo or even in Crawfords.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 12, 2014, 12:49:00 PM
I've been enjoying several of the beers from Six Point Brewery lately, pricey for a four pack but still cheaper than the Alchemist.

Echo's a fun place to climb. A few years ago I was struggling to get up some route. The kind of climb where you go up ten feet, back down, do it again to 11 feet back off, climb 12 etc... Anyway I finally just bailed after a group came in and was kind of talking smack. Guy led up to my high point of maybe 20 feet, fought hard and bailed leaving a bit of gear. On the way out passing the group I couldn't help but smugly say "it may have taken a while but at least all my shits coming with me." There was a lady in the group, guys are only asses when a chick gets in the mix :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2014, 02:09:47 PM
Must have been Sycho  :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 12, 2014, 04:46:19 PM
Cannon has kind of scared me a bit the last several years, but I have a funny feeling I'll be climbing on it a lot more this season!

Lots of good climbing in the Notch not on Cannon... If you haven't climbed at Echo, Profile, or Hounds Hump/Eaglet you should!

I really like Echo but usually wait until the late summer and fall. It seems to stay wet and gets buggy for a while early.

We've been talking about getting up on that flat iron thing for the salted pig route for a while but haven't yet -- maybe this year.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2014, 05:13:52 PM
For  anybody interested, Sierra nevada BEER CAMP is coming to boston..i think in early august  ..a good time
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 13, 2014, 08:00:50 AM
...
I really like Echo but usually wait until the late summer and fall. It seems to stay wet and gets buggy for a while early.

We've been talking about getting up on that flat iron thing for the salted pig route for a while but haven't yet -- maybe this year.

Couple nice climbs up at Profile (above Echo) that dry very very quickly... and Salt Packed dries fast to. I like to combine Salt Packed with Route 66 and something on the Eaglet if I am spending a whole day up there...

Back on topic, been digging the increase of good canned beer... last night was Baxter Brewing Co. Stowaway IPA... very tasty 6.9% 69IBUs
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 14, 2014, 07:26:31 AM
Back on topic, been digging the increase of good canned beer... last night was Baxter Brewing Co. Stowaway IPA... very tasty 6.9% 69IBUs

I tried this almost a year ago and was not very impressed, then a few weeks ago tried it again to much better results and pleasantly pleased. Perhaps it was a bad batch or it was early in their canning history, but I'm happy they seem to have figured it out.

I'm pretty much at the point where I only go to stores that have a wide selection of craft brewed cans. Easier to toss in the pack and far lighter returning all the cans to the redemption center. The Northeast is still lagging in canned beer compared with the west coast but our selection is growing.

How about a list of craft brewed cans:
Six Point
Alchemist
Baxter Brewing
Geary's
Long Trail
Butter nuts beer & Ale

There's something I just love about Geary's.  Every sip brings back good memories when I briefly moved to ME. The first night was a steamy 4th of July, picked up a sixer, headed to the beach, and watched fireworks bursting over the ocean. Good times.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 14, 2014, 08:31:09 AM

How about a list of craft brewed cans:
Six Point
Alchemist
Baxter Brewing
Geary's
Long Trail
Butter nuts beer & Ale


Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/6518/

Oskar G’Knight Imperial Red Ale http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/8919/

Oskar Ten FIDY Imperial Stout http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/34483/

Possibly the best stout I have ever had!

These are all at the Country Store in Madison.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 14, 2014, 09:11:05 AM
DMan,

The Oskar Blues Brewery actually started the canning revolution in the craft beer industry with Dales Pale Ale. Up to that point there was still the stigma about canning fine craft beers. The main reason for canning is cans are less expensive to purchase and weigh allot less which means shipping product is less expensive. Also it's easier to recycle cans because while glass is recyclable in some places the label has to be removed first to recycle the glass. That expensive to do.

Oh and supposedly the beer is fresher longer.

Woodstock Brewery has put in a canning line if I remember correctly. 603 Brewing which moved from Campton down here to Londonderry will actually use a "mobile canning facility" to can some beers soon (I was in talking to the owners recently). Yes that's right - there are companies that will come to the brewery so that if you're small and can't afford your own canning line you can still can.

Oh and all those cans listed are great beers!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 14, 2014, 09:23:32 AM
There are several  portable canners around..its a really impressive operation. They go through 7 barrels like nothing

Oskar is another brewer doing the N Carolina thing in Asheville.. I thinks it 4 brewer set ups for this year.  Time to hit Rumblin' Bald and Cashiers !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 14, 2014, 09:39:27 AM
John,

Yeah - Asheville is becoming an east coast hub of craft brewing for the bigger guys! That I know of there's Sierra Nevada, Oskar and New Belgium all putting in east coast brewing. And then there's all the local craft brewers in Asheville - I think they're calling it Beer City USA for a reason!

Time for a road trip this fall to climb and drink beers.

I've seen canning operations - not mobile - however have seen a mobile wine bottling operations and it is quite impressive.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 14, 2014, 12:13:07 PM
Yeah the Mobile canning business is a really great way to get micros and macros into the game. It saves breweries from the machine investment and from having to buy the tens of thousands in aluminum plugs.  I believe there is an outfit that recently started based in CT, hopefully it will catch on and places like hill farms and Lawson's jump on to it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 14, 2014, 12:32:39 PM
I do think that 603 is using the mobile canning company from CT. Actually a quick Google search and:

http://www.ironheartcanning.com/

Good information too.

Damn and it would be great if Hill Farmstead did canning. Awesome beers and great people. Worth the drive. And need to get up there now that they're expanding to see what's going on.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 14, 2014, 12:35:40 PM
Most of you know The Moat Smokehouse & Brewery has been canning for a bit. Though they had an outside company canning they invested in the building at Limmers Boots and now run their own canning operation out of there. Bobclimb helps with the process there and has told me how crazy impressive the line is...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 14, 2014, 07:03:46 PM
Hey mark-- next time your out here....sweet new brews in pagosa  and BB goat sammies   ..nice
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 14, 2014, 10:17:04 PM
You're on John! The next time I'm out in Glenwood Springs I'm planning on a couple days in Pagosa for beers and some of those new sport routes going up!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 19, 2014, 09:28:42 PM
One of our sponsors for the 3rd penitente rebolting year is 3 barrlel brewing with special  penitente triple sour especial  God Damn its good ! add a couple ponies of SLV brewing IPA and green chili beer and we are ready.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on May 20, 2014, 09:46:20 PM
Went to a birthday party last weekend, all the guests were asked to bring a 6-pack, so I had opportunity to try a few beers I wouldn't have otherwise tried.

Since my wife and I both went, I took sixers of Shed's (from VT) as well as Founders Dirty Bastard Ale (MI, I think).  I liked both of them- especially the Founders.  Probably going to have to get that one again.

Somehow I grabbed a bottle of Trois Pistoles (I think it was a Unibroue brewery).  It's a "dark ale on lees", brewed with spices.  Quite nasty, IMHO- the spices were way too much, to the point where I couldn't finish it and dumped it out.  There was a second bottle of another variety that I managed to grab that was also spiced that got the same treatment.  Pretty well determined that no more spiced beer for me. :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 21, 2014, 09:47:23 AM
Agreed, some spiced stuff is just way over the top..spruce tip has been big for a while and it gets over done.  It happen  also to much with IPA..I love IPA's but come on....If you can only have like 4 oz and you feel like puking....

Founders is some awsome beers

Anybodt seen Rogue whiskeys out east ???? They are doing things the other way around, make barrel beer and then use the barrel again to age whiskey..its supposed to be really good stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on May 22, 2014, 10:03:07 AM
I saw them at the Bacchus in New Paltz last week John--another reason to go to the Gunks! Didn't get to try one but I will return! 8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on May 22, 2014, 11:33:55 AM
I saw them at the Bacchus in New Paltz last week John--another reason to go to the Gunks! Didn't get to try one but I will return! 8)

 ;D ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 23, 2014, 12:28:21 PM
While I've had other White Birch Brewing beers that I've enjoyed - I had their Hooksett Ale last night on tap and its a very tasty Belgian IPA. Very drinkable even with the 7.5% ABV...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 23, 2014, 01:19:02 PM
That reminds me... had my first ever Imperial Hefeweizen the other day, a 7% hefe! Love it so much went right back for another 4 pack of tall boys...

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/23922/111267/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 23, 2014, 02:25:45 PM
DMan,

An Imperial Hefe! Wow I'm gonna have to find some of that down here in southern NH or the next time I'm up north (when it stops freaking raining). Where did you pick up yours?

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 23, 2014, 04:14:55 PM
DMan,

An Imperial Hefe! Wow I'm gonna have to find some of that down here in southern NH or the next time I'm up north (when it stops freaking raining). Where did you pick up yours?

Mark

First 4 pack was at that great beer store just north of Woodstock Brewery in Lincoln... "something Deli"... doesn't look like much from the outside but it has one of the best selections in the White Mountains by far! Second 4 pack I got locally at Discount Bev in North Conway (next to Shaws on 302 West)....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 23, 2014, 04:23:13 PM
...I know right where you're talking about in Woodstock. I will be stopping in there hopefully some time this weekend. Thanks DMan...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 26, 2014, 06:48:42 PM
Made another stop at Shilling Beer Company in Littleton.

One thing for sure is they are turning over their beers. They didn't have either of the 3 beers I tried last time. (Belgian Pale Ale, Altbier, and Bohemian Pilsner)

This time I went for a couple of high test beers.

The Belgian IPA was excellent. I know these are not really a traditional style, but a nicely brewed one like this is so so good.

Also had the Baltic Porter. Never had a Baltic Porter before and normally wouldn't go for a something like this, but the people on my left and right were raving about it. It really was good. I wanted another but the wife showed up and dragged me out of there.  :(

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 27, 2014, 01:06:27 AM
Was in Waterbury VT today (climbed at Bolton) and stopped at prohibition pig, where they had Heady Topper on tap, among many many other fine and strong beers. Decided to forgo the high test stuff (which I don't really love anyhow) and opted for a draft root beer instead. Driving home to Rumney, got pulled over by a state trooper for a taillight. Soooooo glad i opted to drink root beer. :) karma.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 27, 2014, 05:27:10 PM
I admire your fortitude Pete... no effin way could I be somewhere serving Heady Topper, or other quality beers on tap, and not partake.

I do however keep a close eye on estimated BAC with an iphone App. It’s calmed my nerves during 2 traffic stops to see that I was well under the legal limit... both times I was honest about what I had consumed and both times after a quick conversation the officer said “slow down a little” and let me on my way...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 28, 2014, 12:20:58 PM
Has anyone been to Hobbs Tavern and Brewing down on 16 in West Ossipee? Are they actually brewing? Nothing is listed on their website in regards to beers? And damn are they kinda high priced with their food!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 28, 2014, 12:34:21 PM
Has anyone been to Hobbs Tavern and Brewing down on 16 in West Ossipee? Are they actually brewing? Nothing is listed on their website in regards to beers? And damn are they kinda high priced with their food!

Been wanting to stop in there but the couple times I tried they were not open. I heard they are not brewing yet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on May 28, 2014, 01:13:26 PM
Was going to take my kids there for Easter lunch (one of the few places that was actually open). We stopped at the front door to look at the menu and I quickly packed my little charges back in the car and went to subway! Place looks great, and I will return for a beer or three, but $13-$14 a burger....I just cant swing that! I believe DMan is right. I don't think their brewing operation is up and running yet! But I will be psyched when it is. A nice motorcycle ride around the lake, a frosty and then up through 153 will be on my to do list!   ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: tradchick on May 28, 2014, 02:38:24 PM
For those of you that climb at the Lake or maybe go mountain biking at Burke, there's a new place in St. Johnsbury called Kingdom Taproom (right in the center of town).  They have an ever changing and stellar selection of craft beers on draft (and bottled) as well as some fabulous eats.  More info on FB.   :)

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 28, 2014, 02:43:14 PM
They should probably fess up on their website that they aren't' brewing since some of us only want to go their for the beers (will check to see if they have a FB page that's updated). And damn that better be one good burger for that price.

And thanks for the Kingdom Taproom tip - always looking for a spot on the way home from the Lake or Burke.

UPDATE - They have a FB page and it looks like all the brewing stuff is there as of the pics from May 10. So I will cut them some slack!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 28, 2014, 03:43:18 PM
I just sent them a FB msg to ask if they have any locals nights, 2 for 1's, weekday specials, etc... My dining out budget is quite small these days :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: DLottmann on May 28, 2014, 03:44:39 PM
Here's the Hobbs Tavern Tap list from May 22nd off their FB wall:

Beers we currently have on tap!
-Mayflower Summer Rye Ale
-Tuckermans Pale Ale
-Henniker Hopslinger IPA
-Dogfish Head 60min IPA
-603 White Peaks White IPA
-Oskar Blues Lil Mamas Yella Pils
-Woodstock Oatmeal Stout
-Great Rhythm Resonation Pale
-Moat Mountain Weiss
-Throwback Pilsner
-Downeast Original Cider
-Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on May 28, 2014, 08:15:17 PM
Hobbs said May or June for growlers when I asked.  Still working on the brew room it appears.  If its busy downstairs head upstairs to the second bar for apps only.  The building and woodworking is amazing and check out the bathrooms.  Some guy asked for a bud light at the bar and the bartender snickered.  We don't carry that kind of stuff in this establishment :P
Anyone try the Squam Brewing beers while on the subject of NH local brews?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on May 28, 2014, 10:21:54 PM
Wife and I went to Hobbs 2 weeks ago. Found out it was a 45 minute wait and went across the street to the smokehouse.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 29, 2014, 09:08:25 AM
Hobbs said May or June for growlers when I asked.  Still working on the brew room it appears.  If its busy downstairs head upstairs to the second bar for apps only.  The building and woodworking is amazing and check out the bathrooms.  Some guy asked for a bud light at the bar and the bartender snickered.  We don't carry that kind of stuff in this establishment :P
Anyone try the Squam Brewing beers while on the subject of NH local brews?

Nice... one time a guy came into the local brewery and asked for "domestics"   i commented that these beers are made about 25' away.. ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 29, 2014, 04:24:12 PM
Haven't had anything from Squam. Its a nano-brewery so its pretty small batches. With that said their website says its at my local craft beer store so I will see what they might have and report back if I get some.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on May 30, 2014, 07:42:04 PM
The Squam beers are available at Jugtown Country Store in Waterville Valley.  Snout stout, moose-stach ale, mad river red ale and black bear beer are the offerings.  Will have to get over to that neck of the woods to pick some up.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 31, 2014, 06:40:11 PM
I may not be around for a while...SLV IPA....Marble double hop...Elevation oil man and some deschutes....many beers, few people
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 02, 2014, 06:04:21 PM
It's probably easier to buy crack on a street corner than get Heady Topper! I blew off work today with the goal of doing a mountain bike ride at Millstone Trails in Barre and then go to the Beverage Baron to get a case of HT.

So first I found this place as it's on the HT website that tells you where they deliver on each day of the week. Monday was this place and they will actually sell you a case!

I stop in around 10:30 - no HT delivery yet. Between 1:00 and 3:00. They said if it's close to 1:00 it will be gone by 3:00. 80 cases of it!

I got back at 2:05. The parking lot was packed. People were literally jumping outta cars and running in. I parked down the street ran back and got in line. The beer showed up at 1:50 at at 2:05 there were only 10 cases left!

I ran into three economics majors at Dartmouth who each had a case - they were going back and said they were gonna sell each can for 10 bucks. Freaking Ivy League!

Ahh...having one now and damn is it good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 03, 2014, 07:52:35 AM
Yeah the places that sell cases of HT go fast. Next time try either the liqour store or M&M Bevereage in Montpelier. I've seen both have 4 packs in the cooler up to a couple days after delivery.

Millstone's pretty cool and unique in an industrial/ historical nature park. There's free disc golf just across the road at the Barre Town Forest.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 03, 2014, 09:42:39 AM
NEI,

Thanks for the tips! It had been a long while since I'd ridden at Millstone and it is a pretty cool place to ride. While the trail system is more compact and not as well kept as Kingdom Trails its still a worthy destination for a day trip. Especially with Heady Topper involved! Allot of what I rode yesterday was in the Barre Town Forest and I did come a cross a few disc golf holes - tough course!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on June 20, 2014, 09:42:22 PM
Just finished a nice simple Hefe we just got done brewing.  I think im going to play with this one a a bit and add some spruce tips I picked from the the eaglet approach a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 23, 2014, 06:09:25 PM
Ho Man-- i survived the annual Rails & Ales train..31 breweries  4 beers each..BBQ and music   1,000 people.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 26, 2014, 08:27:51 PM
My first ever disappointment with Sierra Nevada beers. Bought a 1/2 case of four different IPA's. The only one that was normally sold was Torpedo Double IPA which is a great beer. The others only OK.

Nooner IPA - session style IPA - OK but Founders All Day IPA is much better

Snow Wit IPA - white IPA - the best of the new three and true to style

Blindfold Black IPA - black IPA - not true to style, tasted like a stout 

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 27, 2014, 07:15:42 AM
I like the nooner and torpedo, the rest are just meh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 27, 2014, 10:19:22 AM
...glad to know it wasn't just me!

If you haven't had one and you get the chance - the Founders All Day IPA is quite good for a beer that has - I think - 4.5% abv.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 24, 2014, 03:02:46 PM
Damn...been a month since anyone's posted anything about beer!

If anyone is looking for a decent session IPA - White Birch Brewing Hop Session is pretty good. They're in Hooksett and you can probably get throughout the state. Their Belgian Pale Ale is good too.

Actually on Saturday I'm headed to the Granite State Brewers Association Beer Fest in Manchester (via a party bus!). 28 breweries - only NH! Looking forward to sampling some beers that I haven't had before - really looking forward to Schillings from Littleton since they've been mentioned here before.

And last but not least - someone picked me up some Narragansett Del's Summer Shandy from RI! Gonna have one after tonight's mountain bike ride!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 25, 2014, 12:09:15 PM
We are already pre-planning for NC next spring..Sierra, Fat Tire and Oscar at least..... maybe even hit cashiers Valley as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: steve weitzler on July 25, 2014, 07:25:08 PM
Schillings is really good Mark. I was up in Littleton a couple of weeks ago and ate (and drank) at the restaurant that is at the brewery. They have a lot of great beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 25, 2014, 08:22:13 PM
Thanks for the confirmation on Schillings Steve. And that they've got good food. I was up at Kingdom Trails today and did a killer MTB ride and was planning on stopping on the way back. Rode further than I planned, was later than expected and needed to get home.

So the first stop at the beer fest will be Schillings!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: steve weitzler on July 26, 2014, 10:14:38 AM
Enjoy Mark. Just save some room for the other breweries!! ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 26, 2014, 08:31:51 PM
Damn good thing I was on a party bus - and could walk home from the pick up/drop off location. NH has some really good breweries.

With that Steve - Schillings was one of the standouts. They had a great blonde ale and a hefe if I remember! Definitely need to get to the brewery.

Others that stood out - Stoneface Brewing (best IPA there), Throw Back Brewing, 603 Brewing and Canterbury Ales. 

The only recommendation I'd give the organizers for next year is to actually have a listing of all the breweries and their beers so you can keep track!

Great day out - only thing better would have been a day of climbing followed by the beer festival!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: steve weitzler on July 26, 2014, 09:48:28 PM
That's why you are supposed to buy a six pack of each beer you sample. So after climbing you can share them with your friends.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 27, 2014, 06:05:32 AM
I've always got beer in the truck after climbing, mountain biking or whatever the outdoor activity is! Other tha 603 Brewing which cans and bottles I'm not sure where or how the others distribute.

I know Throw Back is a nano brewery however have seen their beer at my local place that serves up good craft beer. Gonna research the others.

If you're driving up/down 93 exit 4 give me a heads up Steve and I'll buy you a pint!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 27, 2014, 01:55:59 PM
You could walk home from the bus ? Thats too bad  ;D

The cooler NEVER leaves my vehicle,,never.  for weddings, i add a second 'cause most have shitty beer.

When we were cleaning Clean Sweep, we carried a FULL cooler from the road to cliff edge...Alain Comeau "sure you have enough ?"  There's more in the car. !  It was barely enough for the day and we had 2 more days cleaning..

We left a smaller cooler on top while doing the route..incentive
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 27, 2014, 02:37:14 PM
I got a neighbor to switch from Bud to Coors "colrado native"  progress,,I guess....Native actually contains hops

mark- if you could just get some weed on the bus now.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 27, 2014, 02:58:12 PM
I'm laughing at your wedding comment John! Though it's been awhile since I've been to a wedding I always brought some beers. Same thing goes for BBQs unless it's someone I know and trust will have good beers!

I didn't actually walk all the way home from the drop off location - I stopped at a local pub as I was hungry and still thirsty and waited for my girlfriend to get out of work, had dinner and rode home with her!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 27, 2014, 04:28:39 PM
After TC's wedding, we went to a local pub and his brother bought ALL the champagne ..all of it.. I was pretty sure we had enough, b ut i guess i was wrong.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on July 28, 2014, 07:29:55 AM
Gearing up for a possible FA with a 3 mile 2,500 foot approach we argued about bringing anything bigger than a #2. Talked my buddy into leaving the big stuff behind to shave weight and space. The last pitch was 120 feet of 5.8/9 slightly bigger than fist crack to a 30 ft 60 degree snow slope then summit, that with our tiny rack was totally unprotected and scary. When I pulled up to the summit I whipped out five King Street Ales. My buddy was pissed basically saying " WTF, you were worried about weight and you carried up five beers." I replied" but these beers taste so much better than cams! and I carried 6 but drank one while you took your time on the last pitch."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 28, 2014, 09:26:35 AM
Another case for freeze dried beer..it does exist, but I'm not that brave
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on July 28, 2014, 01:14:16 PM
The only downside to freeze dried beer is the need for water and taste.

A couple of years ago, a friend and I decided to run out to do some late season rock and some early season glacier skiing. At the lot we decided to forgo bringing water in on the 8 mile hike so that we could pack in more beer. We also decided to not pack stoves or fuel because another friend had been in the week before and told us he left a bunch of fuel and a Coleman two banner stove for future trips to the hut. When we got to the hut we were pretty thirsty so we cracked a couple of beers and began hunting for the fuel, couldn't find anything. The Coleman tank had what seemed like about a cup so we fired it up and melted probably close to 2 cups. Checking the log book was our friends entry "humped up some fuel, enjoy." And another "thanks for the fuel it saved us from freezing the last two nights." So we ended up suffering through the night drinking beer and looking at our fancy freeze dried food.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: frik on July 28, 2014, 01:41:54 PM
John, i am beginning to doubt your judgement... Bud to coors is considered progress?
I'm not a fan of "american" lagers.... but coors: the water is more watery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 28, 2014, 06:13:59 PM
Well i know i ain't drinking it..progress from Bud i think

Some great divide "summer yeti" today   Ho Man !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 29, 2014, 11:44:07 AM
Just stopped into my new local craft beer and wine store which opened today - and I was the first customer! Picked up:

1 22 oz Maine Beer King Titus Porter - never had before
2 12 oz Victory Brewing Dirt Wolf Double IPA - never had before
2 12 oz Six Point Resin Double IPA - love it
2 12 oz Stone Go To Session IPA - never had before

Ahh, cant wait for a cold one after a MTB ride tonight!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on July 29, 2014, 05:33:41 PM
Six point resin is great equal to Heady Topper, but dang it costs about the same and for only 4 12 oz's. I may not always drink to get drunk, but I buy my beer under the premise that that purchase may be consumed in one sitting and I want something to show for it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on July 29, 2014, 09:30:49 PM
Maine Beer Lunch.  Very good IPA.  Hard to find.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 30, 2014, 10:42:07 AM
Yeah - Maine Beer Lunch is a damn fine IPA. Not sure where you'er at but if you can find Stoneface Brewing IPA give it a try. They're in Newington NH - I know they fill growlers and keg beer but not sure if they bottle or can. With that said - its as good if not better than Lunch!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 04, 2014, 10:03:32 AM
Wow - the Stone Go To Session IPA blew me away! Great IPA flavor and taste in a beer that's only 4.5% ABV. You'd never know its a session. Best session IPA I've had yet.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on August 04, 2014, 12:41:16 PM
2 more trips to Shilling since my last report.

New batch of Baltic Porter consistent with first batch I tried, A+
A new Blond Saison that was sour mashed, only a hint of tart, clean and refreshing. Could easily drink 10 of these.
A different Altbier then the first time. Was excellent.
My buddies really like the Hefeweizen.
Kolsch was fantastic.
They had a Framboise Lambic, but I didn't try it.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 04, 2014, 12:47:48 PM
JBrochu,

Damn those guys at Schilling's are brewing some awesome beers! I gotta get to the brewery! Especially after the couple brews I had at the beer festival two weekends ago.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: frik on August 04, 2014, 04:14:40 PM
Don't listen to JBrochu!
He is a beer troll attempting to influence uninformed people to get them to drive all the way to Littleton for aweful beer.

Goto the Woodstock Station instead:
They have an awesome maple porter, and are working on a mango and Cucumber infused scotch ale.
Which sounds perfect for most climber's tastes. Also their service is nice and slow, so you won't have to worry about drinking too much.

STAY AWAY FROM SHILLINGS!

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 05, 2014, 09:13:55 PM
...after tonight's mountain bike - a very good Victory Dirt Wolf DIPA...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on August 19, 2014, 09:24:41 PM
Hobbs in W. Ossipee has growlers and 5 beers made that should be out by labor day so the rumor(bartender).  Cream ale , brown, chocolate porter and i forgot the other 2.  I will believe it when i have a full growler in hand.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 24, 2014, 09:40:44 PM
White Birch Brewing Double IPA. Very good double hop bomb with no taste of alcohol. Very drinkable. Great after today's MTB ride.

Beginning to think White Birch is one of the better breweries in NH with all that they've brewed that I like.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 31, 2014, 09:17:09 AM
Epic beer day day yesterday - and mountain bike ride. Did a really nice 25 mile ride at Kingdom Trails. Longest I've done in probably 10 years.

After the ride I cracked open an ice cold Heady Topper - just what I needed.

After that it was off to Hill Farmstead Brewery about 45 minutes away. Hill is actually rated one of if not the top breweries in the world. It's been awhile since I've been their to have my growlers filled and the new additions have only brought more people (of course it is a holiday). After an hour and half in line I got to the taster help - and had four small pours. At two and a half hours I finally got my growlers filled. Two Edward pale ales, Abner imperial IPA and Society and Solitude 5 double IPA. All rated in the top 50 or so beers.

On the way though Littleton I finally stopped at Schillings. Great place. Jef the owner was behind the bar pouring! Had what was probably the best Saison ever! And the wood fired pizza was excellent. Great place!

All in all a great day of riding and beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 31, 2014, 05:18:34 PM
...Society and Solitude #5 - after having the 750 ml growler today at home (after another MTB ride) - might just be one of the best beers I've had. It's that good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 31, 2014, 08:52:52 PM
...and the Edward's are gone now that my buddy Austin came over! Great pale ale...Hill Farmstead brews are incredible...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 01, 2014, 04:17:39 PM
...Maine Beer Lunch IPA today. They're brewing great stuff too. Yikes I'm the only recent poster on the beer thread!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 01, 2014, 06:22:00 PM
Not so fast.... abobe mud work deserves a sixer of Great Divide Titan series..YUM
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 04, 2014, 07:24:27 PM
...had the Hill Farmstead Abner tonight with steaks on the grill. Another amazing beer...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on September 04, 2014, 10:11:51 PM
Mark, I know you mentioned Stoneface a few posts back...  I just happen to be doing some work for one of the owners. :D  I need to hit him up for some beer before we are done!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 05, 2014, 06:48:30 AM
Dan,

Can't remember if you like hoppy beers or not but - do not leave that job site without getting some of the Soneface IPA! It will make you a convert. It was my favorite IPA at the NH brewers festival back in July.

Enjoy it!

Mark

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on September 05, 2014, 10:12:39 PM
Hill Farmstead brews are incredible...


Yeah really great stuff. Wish I could find it on tap easier. Pretty much only get to drink it during ski season.

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 06, 2014, 09:54:14 AM
My wife and i have been "on tour" for breweries you aren't going to GABF in a couple of weeks.  Some remarkable stuff from brewer who either don't have the capacity or simply don't go anymore.

yesterday a place called Amica's.. a pizza /brewery that has won about a dozen medals before..not going this year  headwaters IPA..really good, fresh tasting without the kill me hops. Another place Elevation (expanding soon )  wicked good Oil Man  bourbon stout......
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on September 06, 2014, 06:29:27 PM
Mark, I don't care for the bitter, hoppiness of the IPA's. I'll certainly give it a try if I can get some free but I'm not fond of spending money on something I don't generally care for. But if you say to try it, I might have to reconsider!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 06, 2014, 06:36:14 PM
danf- I'm sorry..but you can come to CO anytime..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 06, 2014, 07:27:50 PM
You probably wouldn't like the Stoneface Dan. However if you can get a few freebies give it a try. Whenever someone asks me what my favorite beer is I tell them the one in my right hand. Maybe that'll work for you too in this case!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 06, 2014, 07:39:33 PM
AH ! the favorite beer ?    I still say Sierra Pale is my minimum beer for a place..pretty good standard.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 06, 2014, 07:51:05 PM
pre surgery party next week....3 poinies..dead kennedys/pistols/clash  i guess i fucking old
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 06, 2014, 09:55:58 PM
...The Clash, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom or whatever it was back then. 82 or so from memory. Incredible band live (even this being the tour when they got popular with rock the casbah). 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on September 07, 2014, 08:39:43 AM
Tried the zero gravity conehead citra wheat IPA, pretty tasty and pretty low in hops compared to most of the current hoppy beers. Washed it down with a couple LT Limbos to return my mouth to hoppy land.

A few of us were talking last night about trying to impart the essence of coffee in a home brew. Not looking to over power the hops, we're looking to have the taste as a final gesture. Strand what do you think, add a small amount of really light roasted beans in the final moments of the boil, or create a super concentrated amount of coffee to the fermentation?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 07, 2014, 12:22:24 PM
I prefer at the end....  careful with citra hops and coffee....not so good a taste
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on September 07, 2014, 12:39:15 PM
If I was going to do anything with coffee I would do it in a beer where hops are primarily/only used to balance sweetness. I don't like any coffee/roasted flavors in beers that have a strong hop profile in the taste or aroma. Think stouts, porters, browns.

This post discusses a few different ways to add coffee: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=100869

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on September 08, 2014, 07:46:32 AM
We were thinking of using a very very light roast which should produce a more tea like and earthy flavor, which while suitable to drink is not something most people would consider traditional coffee.

Thanks for the link JBrochu
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on September 08, 2014, 08:32:34 AM
That might work pretty well with something like an English/Scottish Mild.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 08, 2014, 09:03:48 AM
Had my first Bells Two Hearted Ale last night while in Chicago. Bells is in Kalamazoo if I remember. This beer gets allot of hype at times and while very, very good -I don't think it lives of to its hype. At least for me. However I will be having another tonight!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 08, 2014, 09:22:39 AM
A buddy of mine travels a lot to MI..allegedlly to visit his Mother...I know better 'cause it's AnnArbor
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 13, 2014, 02:48:52 PM
Long layover in Atlanta last night. Fortunately the Sweetwater Brewery restaurant was in terminal B. Sweetwater IPA was quite tasty. The 420 Pale Ale wasn't that great. And the grilled BBQ chicken wings may have been the best I've had.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on September 14, 2014, 08:12:08 AM
The best airport brewhouse that I've found is Anchorages Silver Gulch Brewery, foods not to bad either. Ugh, Atlanta, never made it in or out of there without a lengthy delay, twice missing connections and having to pace the terminals for 10-12 hours. The worse with all the delays is that I usually have to drive at my destination so saddling up to a bar for 8 hours is generally out of the question. I gladly pay more to not fly through Atlanta or with Delta.

I had a pretty tasty and clean Northshire Equinox Pilsner last night. Usually I stray from Pilsners, but this one was pretty bright and good when paired with fish and chips.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 14, 2014, 11:56:28 AM
I'm married to Delta - just about all my miles are with them! But over the years I've managed to deal with Atlanta connections by knowing I'll probably have another choice without too many "real long delays" since it's their home base.

I'm not a big Pilsner go to person however on your recomendation I will look for this one. Thanks.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 21, 2014, 06:31:30 PM
Went outta my way to Schilling yesterday after climbing in Franconia Notch (42 and windy - freaking felt even folder!). Well worth it again. Had an outdoor Oktoberfest going on. Lotta the workers had their lederhosen on! Had an awesome Weisse brewed just for the fest (along with a dunkels and helles which I didn't sample).

And with that - they're probably the best brewers in New Hampshire right now.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on September 21, 2014, 10:05:28 PM
I did get a single bottle sample of Stoneface IPA a couple weeks ago.  While I likely wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting, it is certainly an IPA I could drink on occasion.  And that's saying a lot for me.  Definitely not overly hoppy, and a clean taste.  I think the reason I'm not big on IPA's is most of them that I have tried are way too hoppy for my taste. 

Had my wife stop at Gary's in Portsmouth on Friday to grab a sixer of Stoneface.  I didn't realize they sold it by the bottle.  She must love me since she still paid the $5/bottle rate and brought home 3 IPA's and 3 APA's!  Haven't tried the APA yet to get an opinion on it.  Should be mentioned though that the bottles are full pints, not 12 ounces.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 22, 2014, 03:33:05 PM
No beer..1o days...fuck me !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JoeC on September 22, 2014, 04:46:23 PM
Just picked up some ingredients for a couple batches.  One batch is a maple porter the other is a spruced wheat using wild yeast.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on September 22, 2014, 08:59:00 PM
Growlers at Hobbs in W. Ossipee are up and running.  $15 new and $12 for a refill.  Brown, Hefe, Cream ale and Rye IPA.  Pick some up for your adventures.  Stout not available for takeout.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 23, 2014, 09:12:06 AM
DanF - you've got a great wife if she's buying you all that beer! Maybe I should be stopping by your place with all that Stoneface you have on hand now. And you'll definitely have to let us know how the APA is. I knew that they had started to bottle but didn't realize they were bottling pints.

JChepes - how's the Hobbs beers you've tried?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on September 23, 2014, 09:16:41 PM
Mark, good word on the street was that Stoneface had a big batch of bottling going on 2 Friday's ago. ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on September 23, 2014, 10:42:58 PM
No beer..1o days...fuck me !
I hope you have some really KICKASS stuff waiting for you at 10.001 days, John.
I have been enjoying Lagunitas up and down their offerings.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 24, 2014, 08:57:12 AM
It looks like I will be heading to my craft beer store looking for some Stoneface IPA later today Dan. And I can't remember anything from Lagunitas that I haven't enjoyed with IPA Maximus being a favorite.

And I can't seem to stay away from Schilling - and I'm not close (120 miles). Left work yesterday to take my girlfriend on a ride through the mountains for foliage (we're both traveling seperately soon for a bit - so it seemed like a good spur of the moment thing to do). Dinner and beers at Schilling - awesome. And the Brat dinner was very, very good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on September 24, 2014, 06:39:46 PM
And I can't remember anything from Lagunitas that I haven't enjoyed with IPA Maximus being a favorite.
Agreed!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on September 24, 2014, 09:58:35 PM
I've tried the Hobb's brown and stout and both were good.  Nothing too overwhelming.  I got a friend the rye ipa and he enjoyed it even though not a rye fan.  They have g'knight imperial red ipa on tap by oscar blues and that makes a great fall warmer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 05, 2014, 05:34:31 PM
First beer since surgery  Torpedo of course,,then 1/2 gGreat Divide yeti..knocked me out
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on October 05, 2014, 06:32:36 PM
Congrats, John.  A good first step to "true recovery".  Good choices.
The Torpedo is definitely one of my go to, week-night beers.  Great value and so good after a day at the office.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 06, 2014, 11:40:18 AM
Great first choice John and it shows you're on your way to full recovery! Torpedo is one of the every day "go to's" for me too. In fact I just got a half case at Market Basket for $9.99! I shoulda bought two.

Had an awesome hop bomb the other night - From The Barrel Brewing (Londonderry NH) Elle DIPA (tapped at 9:00 Saturday at Cask and Vine, Derry NH). Tons of citrus and pine on the nose with a great hop start and finish! 9.5 ABV and the great thing was that there was no taste of alcohol which happens at times with big ABV's. In fact, kinda scary it was so smooth.

Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale - very nice american pale ale - awesome as is all their beers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JChepes on October 06, 2014, 09:37:37 PM
Sierra is making a fall pack this year.  Oktoberfest, vienna lager, tumbler and pale ale.  Very good.  Sierra just makes great beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on October 07, 2014, 10:51:55 AM
Have lately enjoyed a few brews from Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, CT; their "Road 2 Ruin" double IPA is quite tasty, nicely hoppy and solid at 7.6%. Had one on draft yesterday at a pub in New London--previously I had only had it bottled-- very nice in both renditions.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 12, 2014, 05:09:56 PM
Was given a Wachusett Brewing Larry DIPA - had after today's mountain bike ride. 8.5 ABV and 85 IBU's. Not bad and would like to try on tap.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 24, 2014, 09:37:11 AM
Speaking of beer...what does everyone have lined up for Turkey Day ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 24, 2014, 09:54:45 AM
Thankfully John you started this thread back up! So for Turkey Day:

- growler of Schilling Beer Belgian IPA
- growler of From The Barrel Elle DIPA
- rack of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
- rack of Breckenridge vanilla Porter
- couple of bombers of Stoneface IPA
- and a couple Heady Toppers left!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 24, 2014, 09:59:38 AM
Shit man..your gonna need some help !!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 24, 2014, 10:25:57 AM
...I've got help John and you're welcome to join if you make it to NH - at any time!! What's on the menu in CO?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 27, 2014, 04:08:44 PM
Sierra Celebration..wicked good this year !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 27, 2014, 06:40:34 PM
Didn't break into the Celebration Ale yet but looking forward based on your assessment. Today the growlers went, a couple vanilla porters and ended with Heady Topper. I had help or I'd probably not be writing!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 28, 2014, 05:49:36 PM
Had out traditional carbomb today with brewery owners..Jameson,, Ouray cream and great divide yeti stout....I REALLY have to hold back form 2-3
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 30, 2014, 05:01:39 PM
...had a Maine Beer Dinner double IPA for the start of the Pat's game. As always, they're brewing great beer! Following it up with a Heady Topper..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on November 30, 2014, 05:34:16 PM
Lagunitas Imperial Stout right now.  9.9% ABV!  Wife is the stout drinker in this family.  She said it is "OK".  Even I can tell it is not as interesting as Rasputin.  I am still enjoying it though.

Title: Beer Thread hijack!!! What about Cider?
Post by: ed_esmond on November 30, 2014, 09:06:41 PM
according to my hip, young  friends: beer is passé…  the latest and greatest drinking experience is now "Hard Cider."

(my equally hip, but much older friends, with bags of money are still into single malt and tres pricey vino….)

today, i found myself in a NH state liquor store today with a gift card…  along with my usual swill, i picked up a bottle of Farnum Hill "Door Yard" to try. 

i'm not much of a beer connoisseur, my idea of a good beer is: "it's cold and it's wet…"  (i hate to admit it, but a sixer of really cold PBR 16 oz'ers @6 bucks tastes as good to me as many "craft brews" that cost $12 a six…)

you guys sound like you know a bit about this sort of stuff, any ideas on cider?

i'm planning to serve the "dooryard" with a roasted cauliflower, carrots, apples, and garlic clove/ maple syrup  medley and grilled  locally-made spicy pork sausage. 

it sounds good to me, but do you all have any thoughts on cider?

ed  e
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 01, 2014, 08:22:02 AM
Ed,

A hijack! Get his thread back on track. With that I actually went to a wine paring dinner with my girlfriend a few weeks ago and the last "wine" was a cider from VT.

Eden Sparkling Cider - a dry, sparkling white made in Vermont

So keep it local and try this as I actually thought it was decent - from a beer guy perspective (though I do like wine).

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 01, 2014, 08:29:19 AM
My go to cider is Citizen Cider out of Burlington. Pretty much every offering they have is great with the Mayor (cider with ginger) as my top pick.

I tend to enjoy ciders that are on the drier or crisp side. So, much of the traditional mass offerings I find to be blah. Did a tasting at woodchuck and while most were not in my general palate preferences they did have some nice ones. Downeast Cider has a pretty eye catching label but the cider was uninspiring.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on December 01, 2014, 08:32:35 AM
I think of hard cider as wine coolers for girly men. And I'm not opinionated at all!
Title: Re: Beer Thread hijack!!! What about Cider?
Post by: kenreville on December 01, 2014, 01:13:16 PM
according to my hip, young  friends: beer is passé…  the latest and greatest drinking experience is now "Hard Cider."

(my equally hip, but much older friends, with bags of money are still into single malt and tres pricey vino….)

today, i found myself in a NH state liquor store today with a gift card…  along with my usual swill, i picked up a bottle of Farnum Hill "Door Yard" to try. 

i'm not much of a beer connoisseur, my idea of a good beer is: "it's cold and it's wet…"  (i hate to admit it, but a sixer of really cold PBR 16 oz'ers @6 bucks tastes as good to me as many "craft brews" that cost $12 a six…)

you guys sound like you know a bit about this sort of stuff, any ideas on cider?

i'm planning to serve the "dooryard" with a roasted cauliflower, carrots, apples, and garlic clove/ maple syrup  medley and grilled  locally-made spicy pork sausage. 

it sounds good to me, but do you all have any thoughts on cider?

ed  e

You didn't sign off correctly. Shouldn't it have read ed "I thought you were a REAL man" e?  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: abc on December 04, 2014, 04:51:05 PM
and then there's this...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 04, 2014, 05:31:04 PM
Horrors-- sport ethic wine! ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 04, 2014, 06:18:22 PM
Is it good?  Margaret River (near Perth, AUS) produces some outstanding white wines.   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: abc on December 04, 2014, 10:48:38 PM
I'm not sure, I didn't buy it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: M_Sprague on December 05, 2014, 09:26:14 AM
I'm not sure, I didn't buy it!
OMG! How could you not buy it? Where did you find it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: abc on December 05, 2014, 03:45:29 PM
Mark, it was at Bin Ends in Braintree. I almost got you one.  ::) I'll go back and get it tomorrow on my way to work. I wasn't sure anyone else would think it was funny.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 05, 2014, 04:10:32 PM
I looked it up, looks like a very good buy for under $20. Many stars from reviewers - 
Expect it to be big and bold.  Might be better to drink in two to five years' time, if you have discipline to leave it for that long.  :)
Enjoy it with steak, lamb or wild game.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 09, 2014, 05:05:46 PM
Don't drink a lot of beer in the winter, more of a red wine person. That said I picked up a case of Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter at Hannafords this afternoon. Drank a bottle while making dinner, meatloaf, and woo wee - it's very nice. It has coffee and cocoa favors as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 09, 2014, 05:08:13 PM
Don't drink a lot of beer in the winter, more of a red wine person. That said I picked up a case of Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter at Hannafords this afternoon. Drank a bottle while making dinner, meatloaf, and woo wee - it is very nice. It has coffee and cocoa favors as well.
Yeah, I like the coffee in porters but they keep me up at night!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 09, 2014, 06:02:14 PM
If they keep you up for longer than 4 hours, see your physician ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 09, 2014, 08:08:38 PM
If they keep you up for longer than 4 hours, see your physician ;D

LOL...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on December 14, 2014, 06:35:58 PM
A guy goes to a bar and gets hammered. He gets so drunk that he barfs all over himself. He looks at the bartender and says, "oh no, what am I going to do? I'm not supposed to be drinking. My wife is going to kill me!" Bartender doesn't hesitate and says, "put a $10 in your pocket and tell her that a bar patron threw up, but was kind enough to give you money to take it to the dry cleaner." The man responds, "bartender, you're a life saver!"

The man goes home and explains the whole story to his wife. She responds, "but that's a $20 in your pocket!" The man replied, "oh yeah, he also shit my pants."


[saw that on another forum and thought it was funny]
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 15, 2014, 09:44:28 AM
Berkshire Drayman's Porter is still a great beer !!

Always were a kilt when drinking heavy.. :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 15, 2014, 10:42:51 AM
Berkshire Drayman's Porter is still a great beer !!
Agreed  but it keeps me awake (NOT UP!) deep into the wee hours.  if not, I will be having a lot more of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 15, 2014, 11:17:51 AM
Been in the UK since Friday - lotsa great hand drawn pints of real English ale! Too many to even remember. And Saturday was a very long pub crawl prior to a Chelsea football match and of course afterwards too! Too bad it's so hard to find a real hand drawn pint of ale back home!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 15, 2014, 01:16:32 PM
Oh, I am SO JEALOUS.  You lucky b&%$#ard!! 
Chelsea game to boot.  Oh my!  Top of The League.  How did you even score the tickets?  I do not even want to know how much they cost!!

We absolutely need a separate Trip Report.  Write it up on the long ride back to State side.  Have a great stay!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 15, 2014, 03:45:20 PM
if you don't get at least one Grit route in ,,then it's a bust  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 15, 2014, 04:18:34 PM
Laughing my ass off John. No grit routes this trip so it's a climbing bust - but not a beer bust! A couple more pints at dinner in a 300 or so year old pub called Scott Arms in Kingston down on the south coast near Poole!

SNeoh -your not gonna like this! Ive gotten to three or four Chelsea matches a year for the last four years. I met a guy drinking a beer in a pub about five years ago and we just started talking. At one point he asked me if I knew anything about soccer - and I said football - and he was all ears. Told him I followed the premiership a bit and was surprised that a "yank" would do that. When he asked if I had a favorite team and I said Chelsea he said I was his new best American friend.

We've become great friends - I get lotsa 2:00 am london time phone calls from the pub!

He works in the football field and has for years - addidas, Glasgow Celtic, Man U and now has his own company. So, one of his good friends whom I've met at the Chelsea offices is head of licsencing. If we can't get tix on the open market we ring him up and in we're in. In fact this time I actually made the call to the guy at Chelsea and tix were on the way to Derek's (we pay face value). Ive actually met the president of Chelsea - abromovich's right hand man.

Over the last few years I've seen all the big teams - Man U, city, arsenal, spurs, everton, Liverpool and lesser teams like hull city on Saturday. Been to two champions league matches too. And will probably schedule a business trip to see them play paris SG in the next round. We actually had two tix to the champions league final last year in Lisbon (he has benifica connections and it was at their stadium). Unfortunately chelsea lost to athletico so we sold them.

So, getting back to beer - if I'd not stopped in that pub for a beer and met Derek I'd not have this great friend but also a football and beer mate when I come to England.

And oh boy do we pub crawl!

A bit long winded...sorry!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 15, 2014, 04:23:58 PM
Mark..one of my fave places in Boston.Redbones always has a couple of casks on  and 24 other goodies.

My brother in Law if a BIG man U fan..fucking loser!!  AND he HATES the Patriots!!  I have got a lot of beer from him this year
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 15, 2014, 04:37:00 PM
...the only problem I have with redbones is I'm usually driving and that's a problem if you're going to redbones! Man U fan and hates the patriots! Disown him! Wait, he supplies you with beer at times. Some redeeming qualities...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 15, 2014, 04:50:26 PM
...a few pics! These football rivalries are serious business. Bar is right near Stamford Bridge stadium...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 15, 2014, 05:00:35 PM
...a couple more.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 15, 2014, 05:32:37 PM
There is nothing like a good hand drawn pint of cask ale!! CAMRA ( Campaign for Real Ale) has done wonders for the preservation of good ale in Britain since the early 1980s. Their annual pub listings in the Good Beer Guide are the only guide book I use on my trips to Britain. Prior to their organization "real ale" was weel on the way to being eliminated by the big companies who were pushing fizzy beers which were easier to keep and ship. Small local breweries were being bought up all over Britain and local tastes were en route to being eliminated. Fortunately, the revolution happened and the campaign was successful.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 15, 2014, 06:31:55 PM
Oh, boy.  Oh, man.  I am totally blown away, Mark.
I am happy for you, man.  I am totally envious of your connections!  Good for you though.

Add - Ever been to Wembley Stadium?  I have always wanted to!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 16, 2014, 02:24:29 AM
SNeoh,

Yeah I am lucky to have met Derek. His connections are just an added benefit. He's a great friend and we always have a great time when I come across to the UK. All because of stopping for that pint!

I've been by Wembley but never been in. Always wanted to see a concert there! Maybe I should see if I can get some foo fighters tix for next summer.

I've been by Emirates and Old trafford - both impressive from the outside. Would love to see a match at anfield in Liverpool too!

Oh - saw a Barcelona match two years ago at Camp Nou - now that's a big stadium! And a great place to see football with that atmosphere. Which is completely different than in England. 

I usually tie a match into a business trip so that's one reason I don't mind coming to England. And I do count myself lucky!

So are you a chelsea supporter?

And I guess we are kinda on topic since this all came about because of a beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 16, 2014, 09:30:12 AM
I can only handle a bit of the drawn pints..guess I'm a USA wimp.  It's like a place near me 3 Barrel   just awesome sours..really good. I can have a bit..no more

My wife used to go to UK for business quite a bit..not a good thing to leave me all day in Cornwall or London !

I remember the Chequers Pub at froggat (peak)  I think 1642 or something like that... You could fall off a Grit route and roll in the front door
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 16, 2014, 03:15:42 PM
Mark, I follow worldwide football in general, maybe with a bit more emphasis on Euro and UK football.  Chelsea is "new" to me.  I am quite intrigued by them and how strong they have come on.  I used to stop by the UK more when I would fly to Asia going eastbound from Bos.  However, since 2009, the growth of routes to Asia have been westbound so I have been stopping over at Tokyo, HKG, Incheon, etc instead.  I miss the UK though. 

Watching a Championship match at Wembley is on my bucket list.  It must just be NUTS I would imagine.

I am not sure I have ever had a hand drawn pint tho I have ate and drank at English pubs.  Totally into checking it out though.  New quest!
I have made many good, lasting friendships over food and drink.  I happen to think eating and drinking with pleasure together pulls like-minded people closer.
Kind of like climbing!!  I knew I could tie beer to climbing if I BS enough :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 16, 2014, 05:15:21 PM
Yeah SN, my Asia trips take me west these days too. Fortunately there's less trips to Asia than the EU. I love Asia but damn the length of those trips kill me!

I'm definitely a football fan - mainly the premiership and la liga in Spain. But pay attention to the bundesliga too and look at the tables for all the countries.

Agreed too - food and drink and good friends are great and climbing is mostly where my adult friendships have been forged.

So a couple of pics from tonight. I'm in a small town in the midlands named Ilkley. So here's the local pale ale! And after that it was my first ever hand drawn porter! Both were awesome. Smooth and creamy! And Jeff, a real CAMRA pub!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 16, 2014, 05:26:57 PM
Ilkey ???

shit..watch out for Jon Dunne..he will drink you blind and climb 5.14.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 16, 2014, 06:40:36 PM
...didn't even realize this area was john dunnes stomping grounds. The only other time I was here I actually went out to some of the local cliffs in a pissing down rain storm to just look around one evening (summer so light late). I guess I shoulda looked up a bit of the local climbing history.

Thanks for pointing that out John. He is one "hard man" and a great climber.

I think another summer trip back is in store and gotta bring shoes and a harness next time.

EDIT - damn, went poking around MP and elsewhere and didn't realize that the route New Statesman was in ilkley. I probably walked right by it. And on MP is that pic I remember from one of the magazines years ago of the first ascent!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 16, 2014, 08:44:17 PM
New Statesman, E8 7a, FA by Dunne in 1987!  Now THAT is an accomplishment we can all toast with a pint or two of the good stuff.  Just mind blowing.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 16, 2014, 10:19:15 PM
Mark-- I've also hoisted a couple of Ilkley brews in Ilkley--maybe the same pub!! It was pissing down the weekend I was there but fortunately I had a friend who lived there ,so didn't have to "sleep rough". I'm too old for that sh*t now! ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 17, 2014, 06:02:06 AM
Jeff,

No sleeping rough on this trip since it's business! I've found a couple more CAMRA pubs in town here and will try and get to them tonight before I head back to London tomorrow.

I never really wanted to climb in the UK as back in the day I didn't want to use vacation to go somewhere it always seemed to be rainy! I do have a mate from Glasgow (lives in Vt now) who always talked about winter routes on Ben Nevis and that area of the climbing world always had allure. He's got great stories about Rab Carrington and others from that time that keep me in stitches. Usually over a pint!

And of course I certainly saw my fair share of climbing trips which weather played a big factor on what got done! So maybe I shoulda just come across! I'm certainly gonna bring shoes and a harness when I return probably next summer (my UK business partner lives here in ilkley).

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 17, 2014, 09:22:29 AM
Had a bit of free time at lunch so I went up to the calf and cow. New Statesman in all it's glory. Mighty impressive to stand at and look up. Not much gear...lol! A bit wet today too.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 17, 2014, 10:52:07 AM
Statesman--even JD was frightened !!! I did Wellington Crack E4 or so 11+

Stay  dry
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 17, 2014, 05:31:26 PM
Tonight's pints...

- Five Points Brewing IPA - 7.2%  american IPA - very good served cold!
- Kirkstall Brewing Dissolution IPA - probably one of the best hand drawn IPAs I've every had!

And another one go those hand drawn porters - The Hop Studio Porter
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 19, 2014, 05:33:50 PM
Mark- you JUST missed the 10th ascent !  Dec 13..E97A.....a V10 boulder problem at 7meters..not bad for 27 years ago
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 19, 2014, 07:36:39 PM
Damn! Only 10 ascents since 1987! That's one statement as to how hard and bold that route was - then and now.

Last Saturday the 13th was a beauty day throughout England! Perfect temps for climbing a route like New Statesman.

Thanks for that info John.

Back home today and beat. And back to local beer!

EDIT - search youtube for "new statesman climbing" - nice wild country video of 7th (?) ascent!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 20, 2014, 10:45:16 AM
Heading to the local today..5 year barleywine.5 gallons only
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 24, 2014, 08:55:48 AM
Went to my local pub last night for a quick flight of beers!

- Stone Enjoy By 12-26-2014 DIPA - for whatever reason its wasnt that great. A surprise for being a Stone beer
- Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere DIPA - pretty tasty
- Firestone Wooky Black IPA - the best of the flight; a dark ale with a hop bitterness finish
- SmutLab (Smuttynose) Hefe IPA - quite interesting as a mix of styles
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on December 24, 2014, 10:14:31 AM
SN DIPA?  I've not had that one.  Got to give it a try!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 24, 2014, 10:28:14 AM
SN Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - is the actual name! Limited fall release. And technically an IPA at 6.7%. I thought I read DIPA on the beer menu last night!

93 at beer advocate!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 27, 2014, 08:39:59 AM
14th Star Brewery breakfast Stout is pretty darn good as breakfast stouts go. It's made with maple syrup, which had me frightened it would be too sweet, but the syrup only shows up in the finish and is very pleasent. If their other beers are equal to this I'd list this brewery in the top 10 for VT.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 28, 2014, 12:14:44 PM
Had a 603 Brewing white IPA at the Lucky Dog in Plymouth after rock climbing at Rumney yesterday. If you like the style it's actually pretty good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 06, 2015, 08:15:26 AM
I'm on a 14th star brewery kick, their double IPA rocks, very similar to Heady Topper.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 06, 2015, 08:47:14 AM
NEIce,

That's a comparison! Interesting in that their cans are very similar to HT cans! Do you know if its distributed in NH? I can't find anything on their website or FB page! I will look at my local craft store. And inquire as to its availability!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 06, 2015, 12:55:36 PM
I'm not sure about their distribution, my guess they only distribute in NW VT and a few places elsewhere.

The cans are really only similar in that they are not painted. 14th star uses what appears to be a shrink wrap sticker for their labels. Which is kind of smart because they can brew and can different beers using the same can and just change the label.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 06, 2015, 01:25:42 PM
I was kinda thinking you might say they were pretty local. I thought that based on their brewing capacity that I read somewhere on the website. I work in the packaging industry and the fact that they are using "blank cans" and then clear shrink labels certainly lowers their packaging costs!

You'll just have to enjoy one of their DIPA's for me!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 06, 2015, 07:13:37 PM
We had Fore Smoked Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Co of Marshall, MI tonight.  Smoky and rather good.  Even the wife, stout drinker of this family, approved.
I imagine it will go very well with BBQ or smoked meats.  We had the Stout with her fave baked beans and corn bread.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 07, 2015, 08:34:34 AM
Sneoh,

You know that the Dark Horse Brewing guys have a reality show on History Channel called Dark Horse Nation! Its a bunch of laughs!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 07, 2015, 10:11:19 AM
B Day is next week and my sis in law says"whatever you want"  I'm thinking some Moet,, great divide Yeti...a SN Celebration and top it all off with a nice car bomb   ::)


Soon..i am not a big fan or porters with BBQ ?  maybe as a dessert beer

Anybody know if the Brendan Behan is still in JP ??  Man what a good pint there
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: ed_esmond on January 08, 2015, 06:19:23 PM
We had Fore Smoked Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Co of Marshall, MI tonight.  Smoky and rather good.  Even the wife, stout drinker of this family, approved.
I imagine it will go very well with BBQ or smoked meats.  We had the Stout with her fave baked beans and corn bread.

Soon,

do you really think it wise to refer to you wife as a: "stout drinker…"

ed "don't say i didn't warn you" e
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 09, 2015, 06:46:30 AM
Touche, Ed.  Oopsie.  Ain't going to do it no more :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 09, 2015, 08:44:06 AM
Ed,

I got a good laugh at your "catch" on Soon's post!

Soon,

Might be time to edit that post if your wife reads the forum to insure peace!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 09, 2015, 09:20:52 AM
Since we're on a stout topic ::), while visiting my mom in Philadelphia just before Christmas, I visited Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Chestnut Hill, PA) and bought 2 bottles of their Russian Imperial Stout-- rich, some chocolate, 9.5% by vol, OG 1.095, IBU 75--winner of many medals since 2006, including 2010, & 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medals and  2006, 2010 GABF golds-- It is sold in a 750ml  (1pint,9.3 fluid ounces) bottle with a champagne style wired on cork. At $18.50 a bottle, pricey but delicious-- wish I'd bought more than 2 of them, but I visit Mom once a month so ..... ;D, Brewed in Wilmington, DE as well.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: old_school on January 09, 2015, 09:51:06 AM
Since we're on a stout topic ::), while visiting my mom in Philadelphia just before Christmas, I visited Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Chestnut Hill, PA) and bought 2 bottles of their Russian Imperial Stout-- rich, some chocolate, 9.5% by vol, OG 1.095, IBU 75--winner of many medals since 2006, including 2010, & 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medals and  2006, 2010 GABF golds-- It is sold in a 750ml  (1pint,9.3 fluid ounces) bottle with a champagne style wired on cork. At $18.50 a bottle, pricey but delicious-- wish I'd bought more than 2 of them, but I visit Mom once a month so ..... ;D, Brewed in Wilmington, DE as well.

That was a wonderful beer by the way Jeff!!!  ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 09, 2015, 10:07:25 AM
I've been to the Iron Hill Brewery in Newark DE (I think it was the original) a couple times as I have family in the area (and lived in Newark over 30 years ago - way before there was good beer!). I've had a few of their beers and have enjoyed all of them but not the stout - which appears to be highly recommended!

One of the other things I remember about the brewery - first place I ever had a burger on a pretzel roll!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: sneoh on January 09, 2015, 10:30:34 AM
If I can find Iron Hill Brewery Imperial Stout around Boston and bring home a 4-pack, that will restore peace and harmony for sure :)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 09, 2015, 08:17:48 PM
Stopped at one of the local nano breweries near me here in londonderry tonight after work. Legally they can only sell 4 oz tasters of whatever is on tap. Five tonight.

Zed Pale Ale - a session pale, pretty good
Lily IPA - very good! Filled my growler
Elle DIPA - great but it kicked or I'd have filled my growler with that
Howl Stout - pretty damn good as I'm not a stout fan
Remedy Bourban Conditioned Porter - love porter, not Bourban but this has the right balance

Came home and had cedar planked Salmon on the grill with a nice savingnon blanc!

Up early to climb tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 12, 2015, 04:11:22 PM
http://makethecut.14thstarbrewing.com (http://makethecut.14thstarbrewing.com)

Nice little competition to possibly find the next great VT brewer. I kind of hope the winner is non hop-centric beer, as much as I like them, some days I just want a nice west coast Porter or milk stout.

With this competition and the two types of beers I've tasted 14th star is jumping into my top 5 favorite VT beers. Hill Farmstead, Lawson, fiddlehead, Alchemist, and a three way tie for 5th of rock art, switchback, and 14th.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 12, 2015, 04:57:08 PM
Nice top five (or is it seven!)

Even though I'm a hop head I enjoy a good porter and even a stout on occasion. What I see allot though is where allot of brewers have really hopped things up with DIPA's and even stronger IPA's - and I love them most of them - when they start trying to do the same with stouts they just seem to get too "boozy" for my tastes!

Lots of Imperial Russian Stouts, Bourbon Barrel Stouts, etc that are pushing 10% to 15% ABV.

I just don't like them! But give me a really good porter or a "normal" stout and I really enjoy that style of beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 13, 2015, 05:15:06 PM
I'm the same way, my body and taste buds do not like imperial stouts,anything aged in bourbon casks, or smoked.  I haven't been able to stomach scotch, whiskey, or bourbon since high school. Occasionally, if it's a mixed drink I can drink it, like whiskey and maple syrup or a manhattan.

I just love a no frills porter or stout, something that you can chew on but doesn't fill your belly.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 14, 2015, 11:51:52 AM
I was chatting with my friend Chrissie, from VT yesterday,,she said that HeadyTopper was her fave..as for  beer, she liked that as well ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 15, 2015, 09:14:50 PM
Usually not a big fan of Long Trail beers. But I'm a convert with having had a couple pints of Limbo IPA at the Panther Pub in Plymouth after climbing at Rumney today. Very good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 16, 2015, 08:50:28 AM
Limbo is pretty good as with some of their farmhouse series. Have you seen their Triple Bag? Straight up punch to the liver.

I listened to a great interview with the founder of Long Trail the other month. Basically it was about the change in beer culture. The part I found most interesting was when he talked about how at first people cautioned him about using LT Ale as their flagship beer because it was too hoppy for most people and might not sell. My how times have changed. The first sip of beer I ever had was Rolling Rock, the first full beer I drank was a Long Trail. For as long as I can remember my parents have always had a few 12ers of Long Trail in the basement. It was very easy growing up to sneak a few from their stash.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 16, 2015, 10:02:01 AM
Wow, do I feel old-- your parents were drinking Long Trail when you were "growing up"? -- Ouch-- my Dad had a stash of Ballantine ale and my cousin and I started on "greenies"-- "when the going gets tough..."
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 16, 2015, 11:20:16 AM
Long Trail opened 25 years ago.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 17, 2015, 12:40:18 PM
25 years ain't nothin' ! :laugh: I'm talking 1959-60 when we were teens sneaking beers after skiing at Blue Hill ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 17, 2015, 06:55:55 PM
We used to go up the blue Hill slopes around '76 with beers..i think I hated mountaiin climbing since then
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 17, 2015, 07:15:12 PM
So, in CO for about 8 years and today I got to see a gun (handgun ) transaction at the pub along with 200 rounds..The owners didn't seem concerned and I knew the guys ..so........

A BIT like MA..but not

I am the sole survivor of my B Day..the gir;s mixed champagne and red wine ! shit I learned not to do that at 17 !  one Champy,then right to beer  and a little dram of Middleton for sleepy time
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 18, 2015, 06:38:46 PM
Stopped by Seven Barrel Brewing in West Lebanon on the way home from climbing today. Now I remember why I've been driving by it probably the last ten years and stopping at Flying Goose in New London.

Had a taster of a brown, red , IPA and black IPA. The brown was good. The rest were pretty bad. Had a pint of brown so not a total loss.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on January 20, 2015, 10:30:49 PM
Back in Indiana for a couple of days, buried my grandfather today. :(

I picked up 3 singles at one of the box stores here, cracked the first one just now.  "80 Acre"  A hoppy wheat beer from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO.  I wondered how I would like it since I'm not big on the hoppy taste of IPA's.  It's about the max for me on "hoppy-ness", but I'll still drink it. :D  First impressions are it's not too bad.  Hopefully get into the other 2 singles tomorrow night and maybe pick up a pack before we leave town in 2 mornings.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 21, 2015, 07:09:48 AM
Dan,

Sorry for you loss. Condolences to tour family.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 21, 2015, 09:38:39 AM
We will be hitting KC for a BBQ later this year...12 Brewpubs !!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 21, 2015, 10:26:13 AM
KC is a great town for BBQ and beer! Lucky you John.

Its been awhile since I've been there however with that said - back in the early 90's I spent allot of time there and my favorite place to eat was Ponak's (Mexican) and drink Boulevard Beers! Boulevard were the first in town I'm sure.

Bully Pale and and Bully Porter being my favorites at that time!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 21, 2015, 11:19:48 AM
Prolly get hit by a fucking tornado
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 23, 2015, 11:42:15 AM
It's a bit far but,,Bristol Brewing is doing a Firkin Festival for you cask fans   37 breweries  over 100 beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 23, 2015, 08:17:45 PM
Leaving Sunday for a trip to California.

Sunday night - Santa Rosa and Russian River Brewing! Can't wait for some Pliny the Elder! Tuesday afternoon late I'm in Chico - taking the Sierra Nevada brewery tour and then will grab a bite to eat! Thursday I'll be I Buellton - Firestone Walker Brewing for beers and dinner!

Though it doesn't sound like it there is alot work to get done this trip - with alot of driving!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 24, 2015, 10:38:23 AM
Don't forget Anderson.....and have fun
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on January 24, 2015, 01:25:05 PM
Saw this today on FB:
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10941007_940082566025395_1668599598012687088_n.jpg?oh=6e14ab81712e67dfda89240bd72d5081&oe=55214BCB&__gda__=1432795553_1be83fe9c4f989e7a8495b0d9e11df81)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 24, 2015, 02:54:51 PM
Too funny Dan! And thanks for the Anderson tip John but that's unfortunately out of the way. I'd have to not work one day to do that! On second thought...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 24, 2015, 04:48:45 PM
IMO Anderson is worth it  esp Oatmeal Stout

it's long drive to Chico,,you need sustanance

and Red Tail..and....and the Torpedo Bar and...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 25, 2015, 10:58:24 PM
First stop today - Lagunitas!

Then off to Russian River Brewing. Only paid for one Pliny the Elder out of three I had and one Blind Pig IPA. My Chile ski hat caught the bartenders eye - I gave him beta - he gave me beer! What a trade!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on January 26, 2015, 02:41:57 PM
So my brother in law somehow gets his hand on a Pliny. Stuffs it in his beer fridge (guy has just about 2 of every beer in the top 100) to save for his gathering of beer aficionados (a local group that get together for home brewing). So he has to leave for a week and his father stops in to check on the house, grabs a beer from the fridge but being the champagne of beers type of guy takes one or two sips of the Pliny and dumps the rest down the drain . When my brother in law returns and gets ready for the homebrew meet up he can't find the Pliny. Searches the fridge like ten times, then calls me up all pissed thinking I stopped in while he was gone and drank it. So for a few days every time I see him he throws some type of snarky comment my way. Eventually, his father mentions that he really should clean out his fridge because some of the beer has gone bad and the last one he tried was so shitty he had to dump it. Case solved and feeling bad for being a dink to me he tossed me a gallon of his recent brew using heady yeast.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 27, 2015, 01:43:25 PM
Pliny down the drain! Sacrilege!

Got done early yesterday so I went and rented a mountain bike and did a real nice 17 mile all flow ride near Folsom Lake (talk about drought - the beach area is probably a half mile from the water - it's devastating). Bike shop owner pointed me to a burger and beer dive bar in old downtown Folsom. Samuel Horne's - place was awesome and had great taps. Even had Pliny!

Enjoyed a couple Caldera Brewing Hoportunity Knocks IPA's from Oregon. Very nice!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 28, 2015, 10:59:14 AM
Ahh, Sierra Nevada from the source yesterday in Chico! Took the tour. The bottling line was impressive. Two of them at 600 bottles a minute each!

Ken Grossman the founder and owner was a climber. Pics of him on what looked like East Face of Whitney with a hemp rope tied around his waist, some pins and biners!

At the end we had 2 oz pours of 8 beers! A new IPA that was just released recently. Hop Hunter IPA. Very good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 28, 2015, 11:50:28 AM
My first SNPA was from Ken ,,in Yosemite around '82.......sucked  'cause we couldn't get it in the east until  1990 ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 28, 2015, 11:30:19 PM
Great memory John. Your SNPA really came right from the source! Ken was still brewing it himself back then!

If I remember from the other day - SNPA accounts for over 60% of their business followed by Torpedo at around 20%. It's a hoppy world.

SNPA is best selling IPA in the US.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 29, 2015, 11:25:52 AM
I missed the time when he brought a keg to Yosemite on the back of his motor cycle..that must ave been cool
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on January 29, 2015, 01:59:21 PM
New arrival at my local beer store, Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Co. 7.2% "assertive & hoppy west-coast style IPA".... I'm digging it.

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31441/92917/
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 30, 2015, 10:55:33 AM
I've had the Green Head - I thought it was pretty good too!

Last night I was at Firestone Walker Brewing for dinner and beers. Had a couple Hammersmith IPA's that are only available at the brewery. More English style IPA so a bit more balanced. Pretty damn good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 31, 2015, 12:42:36 AM
On a recommendation from a Cal Poly prof I stopped into the BarrelHouse Brewery taproom in Paso Robles on the drive from San Luis Obispo to San Jose Airport tonight. Great place. Had a taster of four beers - session, blonde, rye IPA and IPA. Then went for a pint of the IPA.

It's a top five IPA! It was that damn good. Up there in Heady, Pliny, Maine Lunch area - and it wasn't even a double though was 7.2 ABV.

Talked to the owner / brewer and told him how good I thought it was. He gave me a bomber and said "fit in your checked bag somehow with your Pliny's!"

I made it fit so so there are four Pliny's and one BarrelHouse IPA on there way home. All bubble wrapped  and packed safe!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 31, 2015, 04:50:22 PM
I hope they fall out on the flight home and land at my place.

Got a pony of local SLV IPA  to accompany a great Pats victory sunday ????
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 31, 2015, 09:44:56 PM
The Super Bowl line up! If I drink half of these I probaly won't wake up till Tuesday! The growler ia a ptretty damn good IPA - Lily IPA from From the Barrell Brewing about three miles from my house.

Let's go Pats!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 06, 2015, 09:01:01 AM
My girlfriend came back from Florida last week and brought me a rack of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA. Its gets a 95 on Beer Advocate. It's a damn fine IPA and quite crush-able even at 7.5 ABV. There's four left and I will enjoy them!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: darthgator on February 06, 2015, 03:22:36 PM
I had 2 Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) for my bday.  Supposedly its a hard find as it has not been brewed since '11.  I enjoyed them on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland.  While I do enjoy the imperial stout style, these were superb! I would put it on the same page as Oak aged Yetti and Kate the Great, but not as sweet and diabetes causing like Dark Lord or Bourbon County.  I recommend try it while its around on draft!


On a side note.....Being from Maine, I have to deal w/ distribution BS b/t state lines.  There are some Beers not available to me in state.  When I visit the valley there are two brands I always pick up: Oscar Blues and FirestoneWalker.

What beers/brands do you find yourself getting when out of your home state?

Cheers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 06, 2015, 03:39:59 PM
DG,

Never been a big fan of Oskar Blues. But they did start the canning revolution! I love Firestone Walker - and was at the brewery last week in California.

As for out of state - whenever in VT its obviously Heady Topper wherever  I might get lucky enough to find it! And whenever I go to Burke Mountain / Kingdom Trails I usually make the trek over to Hill Farmstead Brewing and fill up my growlers! Occasionally when in MA if I see a beer store (Juilio's is huge) I will try and pick up some Jack's Abbey Brewing beers (they're in Framingham).

Fortunately I can get my favorite ME beer in NH - Maine Beer Lunch, Dinner, Titus - whatever!

Other than that I'm always on the lookout for good beers during travels!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: darthgator on February 07, 2015, 06:49:33 PM
Mark,

I just left MBC after xc skiing the nearby golf course and llbeans property....15 min from my house! I will be on the look-out for jacks abbey.  i used to live in the NEK and always prize hill farmstead and VT legislating for not regulating the growler/vessel req of having to be branded or purchased from the brewery....they will even allow growlers from other breweries.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 07, 2015, 06:59:07 PM
I'm pretty spoiled here in southern CO..an hour in any direction leads to good beer. My  wife and I spin a wheel  which direction ?

I'm really jazzed for a trip to NC in april  !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 07, 2015, 09:54:05 PM
DG,

Lucky to be so close to MBC! And I think that Hill Farmstead changed their tune - they'll only fill their own growlers now (mid sept was the last time I was there and while I have their growlers I'm almost certain they had notice of only filling their own).

Jacks Abbey brews a great imperial pale lager - hoponius (probably not spelled right).

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 07, 2015, 10:02:30 PM
How much is within an hour of Pagosa! I'm sure plenty. Are you hitting up mostly Asheville or other parts of NC too John?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on February 08, 2015, 08:15:08 AM
Hill farmstead will only fill their growlers. There's some weird law in VT where the seller of growlers can only fill up their growlers, as in the Co Op can only fill Co-Op growlers.  There are a few places that have somehow found a way around this but they are few and far between.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: darthgator on February 08, 2015, 09:14:49 AM
This past Summer, Hill Farmstead filled several growlers for that were from other breweries, despite branding and trademarks.  As I understand it, VT is the only state that does not legally require you to purchase their (branded) growler from the brewery.  A brewery can choose to only fill their own, but that is a business decision.

I also believe that if it is state law, then it was written for interest of the business.

A vessel is a vessel in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 08, 2015, 01:49:33 PM
Hill farmstead will only fill their growlers. There's some weird law in VT where the seller of growlers can only fill up their growlers, as in the Co Op can only fill Co-Op growlers.  There are a few places that have somehow found a way around this but they are few and far between.

Same here in Co, but we just put stickers on growlers that ID the brewery

Pagosa is about 2 hours away with 4 breweries along the drive.  Whicked good place in Pagosa..Riff Raff   awesome BBQ goat
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on February 09, 2015, 08:42:44 AM
It appears there's some confusion on VT growler fills. http://www.vtbeer.org/2013/07/23/guide-vermont-growler-policies-practices/ (http://www.vtbeer.org/2013/07/23/guide-vermont-growler-policies-practices/)

Basically, it's up to brewers what they choose to refill. Which is funny because in my travels around the state I've been told by numerous filling sites and breweries that they can't fill random growlers due to some obscure health and sanitation law. I've heard the same line so many times i just took it as fact, guess I was wrong.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 23, 2015, 03:25:18 PM
Stopped into the newest local brewery Friday night after work. Rockingham Brewery in Derry. This is now three breweries in a one mile radius and four if you drive about four miles up the road! They opened at 3:00 that day and had one beer on tap - an amber ale that had a very forward hop profile. More so that most amber's. It was very nice. This week they should they should have an IPA too!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 23, 2015, 04:59:14 PM
Nice..i hate ambers usually because of a sweet tone to them....Fat Tire is a good example
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: darthgator on March 02, 2015, 05:51:31 PM
oskar blues is finally in maine!

speaking of ambers, have you tried anderson valleys boont ale?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 02, 2015, 07:11:11 PM
I think some of Oskar Blues beers are way overrated. And the rest ok. With that I do like Dales and really dislike Deviant Dales. Ten Fidy is ok too.

Haven't tried the Anderson Valley Boont - will look for it at my beer store. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on March 02, 2015, 09:34:45 PM
 Currently enjoying a new( to me) beer in Jackson, WY-- Grand Teton Brewing's Bitch Creek ESB ( Extra Special Brown) Quite tasty with my pork chop and sautéed apple slices! :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 03, 2015, 07:06:55 AM
Grand Teton was actually founded by a friend of mine and his brother - Ernie and Charlie Otto and was originally Otto Brothers Brewing. Keeping it short - they lobbied WY legislature to change laws to allow brewing and were the first brewers to fill growlers in the states.

I knew Ernie through another friend in CO. He passed in July of 2008 while on a mountain bike ride. Charlie would let me crash at his place and shower when I was in the Tetons a couple times. And of course ply me full of beers right from the source!

Their beers have always been pretty damn good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 03, 2015, 06:28:59 PM
I think some of Oskar Blues beers are way overrated. And the rest ok. With that I do like Dales and really dislike Deviant Dales. Ten Fidy is ok too.

Haven't tried the Anderson Valley Boont - will look for it at my beer store.


Dales makes me queezy..I haven't tried the Boont, but the anderson oatmeal stout is  top 10 in my book

A place near me just opened the "Wall of Bombers"  hloy shit..over 300 different bombers
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 03, 2015, 08:50:11 PM
300 different bombers - damn! Let's see...a bomber each week day, local brewery growler fills for the weekend and if my math is correct you get 11 rest days!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 05, 2015, 06:31:35 PM
I just heard of a place Blonds N  Beer..sisters...I'm going this weekend


On a side note..we were going to the flatirons this past week,,but 2 feet of snow..1st got skiied !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 05, 2015, 09:49:42 PM
Saw the crazy pics of the guy on the first!

Wow...blondes and beer! My two favorite things. Make sure you have at least one of each!

Went to a brewery in Merrimack NH tonight. Able Ebenezer - been getting rave reviews. Had a four beer flight. All ok but none stood out!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 06, 2015, 02:01:37 PM
I see quite a bit of so-so beer.i think it's bound to happen, especially when a place is just starting out. Of course i can be picky with 225 breweries in CO alone !  Nm is really picking up as well,  some really good stuff around.

I'm not that into Blonds..except my wife...mi sis in law...the local brewery owner and her manager and........ ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 06, 2015, 02:48:36 PM
I knew there were a slew of breweries in CO however 225 just blows me away! Yikes that would be some beer tour! This Able Ebenezer place has actually been around for probably close to two years. Maybe the styles they had just didn't do it for me. They just didn't do it for me.

Session Amber - OK
Vienna Style IPA - probably the best, though I've had Vienna lagers just never an IPA
Smoked IPA - could just about choke down a 4 oz taster
Strong Amber - OK

Be careful of what blondes you're hanging out with...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 12, 2015, 12:39:47 PM
...came home last night to find that ice on my roof which I couldn't see (back of my townhouse is four floors from ground), fell off and essentially demo'd my third floor deck!

Broke out the 32 oz growler of From the Barrel Brewing Rippa Dippa IPA - 7.1% ABV - and a damn fine IPA it is! Guess I'll have to stop in after work on Friday to refill that growler! Good thing they're only two miles or so from home!

And damn - after seeing that damage I'd never want to be around major ice fall on a climb! Thank goodness my association will take care of fixing it all back up!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on March 12, 2015, 07:19:57 PM
I had to get a new windshield in my Jeep after the snow slid off the roof of the shop at work last week. ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on March 13, 2015, 07:51:23 AM
Managed to get my hands on Two Roads IPA, very good, I can see why Lawson chose to partner with them for Sip o Sunshine.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 13, 2015, 08:46:12 AM
Hadn't heard of Two Roads - I see they're in CT and don't distribute in NH. Did you have the session IPA, double IPA or white IPA neiceclimber?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on March 13, 2015, 07:48:52 PM
Road to ruin IIPA. A bit less hoppy than Heady, Creamier but similar hop to Sip O Sunshine, slightly more hops than 14th star. Very smooth and creamy IIPA, sits very well on the palate and paired really well with a maple glazed grilled salmon (served red almost raw from a pellet grill/ smoker). They apparently just earned the right to sell in VT. so far I've only seen it in The Montpelier area but I imagine other beer forward stores in VT will have it or be getting it soon.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 13, 2015, 09:10:03 PM
NEiceclimber - damn that sounds like a culinary review. I cedar plank a maple and brown sugar salmon and it's awesome. Can't have it any other way since my girlfriend started doing this (she prepares and I grill).

Tonight from a beer perspective was a 14 taster tour of two breweries in town. From the Barrel Brewwing (5 tasters) and 603 Brewing (9 tasters!!!). I can't even remember all of them.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on March 13, 2015, 09:49:59 PM
Yeah, I love a good maple sauce on salmon. I have a bunch of maple sugar so perhaps one day I'll double down and do a maple syrup soak and glaze with maple sugar salmon  :-* I've been sugaring for the past few days so I have maple on the brain, is there anything that maple can't enhance?

One of my favorite salmon recipes is down and dirty trailer park style of fresh unfrozen reds with nothing more than the skins on and grilled with a mayo coating. It's juicy, and even the worst chef in the world can't over grill it. Only a few more months before the Copper River reds start running and the COOPs start getting fresh salmon again.

Tonight's culinary concoction was roasted red pepper hummus pita pizzas (all the fixings for Greek pizza but swap the sauce for hummus) and Rock Art IPA, a great way to start the weekend.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 14, 2015, 09:43:43 AM
GEEZ.....ice climbers and bait eaters too !!!!

Sushi Fest at Shelf Road   today...you can still get there in time. A good time ,, except for the sushi and sport climbing ..........

There should be a NE  Lobster fest at a climbing area ????
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on March 14, 2015, 11:07:19 AM
Acadia sounds like the right place for a climbing Lobster fest.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 14, 2015, 11:16:53 AM
Maybe...we have done a couple  of Sushi's in conjunction with re bolting activities, so that leaves out Acadia !?  But beer and bolting go well together... 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on March 14, 2015, 12:50:24 PM
Acadia sounds like the right place for a climbing Lobster fest.

for quite a while I was a member of the Boston AMC climbing group. for several years we would all (20+) go up to Acadia on Memorial Day. We would buy massive numbers of fresh lobsters & mussels right off the boat. climbing and eating seafood - it was a special time. once Lewis was born we kind of stopped it tho. I do remember when he was about 6 months old the wife and I were cooking and she handed him off to one of the young ladies. a bit later we started looking for him and he was being passed around to all the cute climber-girls and he looked as happy as a pig in a blanket. ;-) took after his daddy I guess!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 14, 2015, 02:19:06 PM
Climbing communities are awesome! Probably 20 years ago I was in the Black Hills climbing in the Needles and Mt Rushmore and happened to be there over Labor Day. I went into Sylvan Sports (I think that is the name) in Hill City and was picking up some chalk or something and the guys wanted to know where we were from, told them and then they asked if we'd still be around on Labor Day. Said yeah, why?

Beans and Biners!!!

A yearly get together of local climbers - everyone brings chili, beers, burgers, whatever - climb, socialize and have fun! They said bring a couple bags of chips and you'll be all set!

I remember when we showed up the guys from the store started yelling to everyone "hey the NH guys are here! Make them feel welcome!"

One of the best days climbing ever!

I'm kinda liking the lobster idea! And of course beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 14, 2015, 06:31:14 PM
i actually attended some Mem Day Acadia "festivities"....I don't remember much. except when a prominent magazine editor.rescued me from a Bar Harbor curb side   "I think you have had more to drink than me"

Upon reuniting with my soon to be wife,,  we all went out drinking of course
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 14, 2015, 06:51:57 PM
Good one John!

Did taxes today. Reason to drink beer. Five tasters at From the Barrel like last night. And the four tasters from Rockingham Brewing. Need to eat now!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 14, 2015, 06:55:50 PM
i did my first V1 in several years today and had a couple with my friend Karla....YUM !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: davec on March 15, 2015, 01:05:38 PM
Had a Heavy Seas Phantom Ship last night. Belgian style tripel aged in bourbon barrels.
I haven't had many in this style, this one was really good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 15, 2015, 07:54:18 PM
I just heard that Great Divide will be sending beer east this year....doulbe yeti whiskey stout..watch out !!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: CLemay on March 16, 2015, 02:42:25 PM
Hey Strand,

If you haven't tried it yet, get the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti stout. That is a tasty beer...  8)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 18, 2015, 04:41:07 PM
I was amazed how common Car Bombs are now in CO !! Holy shit,,6 chics lined up at the pub yesterday..2-3 each  !!! YOWZA
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 24, 2015, 03:22:36 PM
So we were at  a favorite place the other day Hops N Pies..what a suprise and they had a real Porter !  Not like a chocolate shake or a cup of coffee....a REAL porter..I was psyched.

Black marlin from Paso Robles..check it out
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 24, 2015, 08:46:35 PM
A good normal porter is hard to find these days. One of the local breweries brews a good one. Boulevard Brewing Bully Porter from KC is one of my favorites.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 11, 2015, 04:07:21 PM
in asheville NC now for a few days....i think i'm ready for 28 brewpubs and 3 breweries
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 19, 2015, 07:29:05 PM
Recently in this thread there was mention of Two Roads Road to Ruin DIPA - picked up two four packs in VT the other day. Whoa - had two today as I sorted gear and listened to Primus in my driveway! Nice DIPA and hit me pretty quick. Glad I was home!

And Primus tomorrow night live in Concord!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 20, 2015, 02:35:14 PM
at first i thought you were listening to a stove...

In  aheville NC   Ho Man  Wicked Weed  freaky friday hoppy head.fresh hopped, 9.2&  great...Of course Sierra Barrel Bigfoot and Hop Hunter  ( hop oil ) and myfave...burial brewing bonesaw

Great place to combine with some scary granite climbing...hippy chicks and 28 pubs  ( 3 breweries as well)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 20, 2015, 03:36:04 PM
...sounds like a great trip John! All those freaking beers! I have to admit I didn't like Hop Hunter for some reason. Cant remember why! Gotta get to Asheville...

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on April 20, 2015, 08:21:57 PM
I love Ashville. great town, nice people, good climbing and fabulous cycling. I've often thought about moving down there.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 21, 2015, 09:13:39 AM
Buxton Hill area..7 / pubs a BBQ and a chocolate shop..all they need is some condos....

BUT the rain   :'(  I haven't seen that much rain in years 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 21, 2015, 09:23:37 PM
My local go to beer bar had a Uinta Brewing tap takeover. Tried a four taster flight then a pint.

Hopnosh IPA - quite good
Dubhe Black DIPA - real dam good
Some Belgian blonde I can't remember the name of - true to style
Baba Black Lager - crushable at only 4% and very good - had a pint!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 22, 2015, 09:28:50 AM
Doesn't uinta have a bad mormon girl or something ??

We were debating when a black IPA becomes a hoppy porter the other day..a true first world problem
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on April 22, 2015, 11:48:01 AM

We were debating when a black IPA becomes a hoppy porter the other day..a true first world problem

INDEED  ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 22, 2015, 08:10:51 PM
"We were debating when a black IPA becomes a hoppy porter the other day..a true first world problem"

...good thing I was only drinking soda just now and not beer since I laughed so hard I spit some out...

None of the beers had any Mormon theme. I do vaguely remember some brewery in Utah having a beer named Polygamy Porter with the tag line "when you're having more than one."  Didn't go over to well with the locals.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 23, 2015, 08:36:17 PM
Belly of the Beast Imperial Bacon Stout..."nuff" said...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 10, 2015, 07:46:10 PM
...it's been way too long since we've talked beer! So, Lord Nelson Brewing Three Sheets Pale Ale - a very good pale ale. Probably the best I've had in Australia. Better than most pale ales in the UK!

Found a new place to go tonight - Redoak Brewing - Australia's most award wining brewery!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 12, 2015, 09:22:11 AM
shit..last time I was in OZ,  craft beer didn't exist in this country ex sierra and sam.... good luck !

Check out the Sidney sea cliffs,,crazy stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 20, 2015, 05:56:15 PM
I hope to go to Crazy mountain this week and hit 11 mile canyon on the way..beer.pie and granite !!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 21, 2015, 01:39:13 AM
Gotta hit up Crazy Mountain. A couple exits towards Vail is Vail Brewing Company. Was there right after it opened in April. Beer was ok and sure they'll tweak as they brew. Right next to a nice 420 store!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 21, 2015, 02:55:03 PM
Brewing this weekend for the first time in 2 years.

An all Citra pale ale (except Centennial for bittering because Citra tastes like kitty litter as a bittering hop) and then going to do a session Rye bittered with Mount Hood and finished with Hallertau.

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 21, 2015, 06:21:43 PM
You got the big bucks..using citra and shit....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 21, 2015, 07:16:44 PM
I think they were $20/pound direct from either Hops Direct or Fresh Hops. Not too bad. Surprised to see they are over $5/ounce from homebrew supply outfits. That would cost $25 just for the Citra for this one beer! (1 oz @ 20, 1 oz @ 10, 1 oz @ 5, 2 oz dryhop.)

I usually get several pounds of my favorite hops right after the harvest time then vacuum seal and freeze in 3 to 5 ounce portions and they keep for a couple of years.


Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 22, 2015, 08:09:22 AM
Speaking of brewing, I decided to make a little twist on an old folklore recipe in VT for maple sap beer.

Boiled 5 gallons to 1/2g added a cup of golden raisins another cup of maple syrup and a cup of maple sugar and fermented with lager yeast.

Boiled 16 gallons to about 6.5g and pulled a 1/2g off and boiled the rest down to 5g's. With the half all I added was a cup of maple sugar and used lager yeast again.

With the final 5g's I pitched in a 2 cups of raisins, 1/4g of maple syrup and used champagne yeast.

All are in the secondary and if my numbers are correct should be between 10 & 12%. Only tasted the second and third ones before secondary. #2 was a bit sweet and has a light amber look, #3 is like sweet water and is very light in color.

May try freeze distillation with a portion of #3.

Not sure how long I'll let them sit and mellow. The old timers would tap into their stash on the first day of haying.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 22, 2015, 06:06:59 PM
Beer fu**ing sucks in Italy! On the positive side - food and wine are awesome!

Some of these home brews are sounding pretty good! When's and where's the tasting?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 23, 2015, 08:00:12 AM
There will be no tastings available for these 2 batches as they are for a wedding. Next time though no problem.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 23, 2015, 06:14:46 PM
I think they were $20/pound direct from either Hops Direct or Fresh Hops. Not too bad. Surprised to see they are over $5/ounce from homebrew supply outfits. That would cost $25 just for the Citra for this one beer! (1 oz @ 20, 1 oz @ 10, 1 oz @ 5, 2 oz dryhop.)

I usually get several pounds of my favorite hops right after the harvest time then vacuum seal and freeze in 3 to 5 ounce portions and they keep for a couple of years.

Ya-- i guess I'm more used to the  30  & 60 barrel set ups..glad i don't have to pay for them  or spruce tips...ho man $$$$$
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 23, 2015, 07:59:22 PM
That's some serious equipment. Are you a professional brewer? I'm only a homebrewer and a poorly performing semi-professional drinker.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 24, 2015, 11:22:46 AM
No.. my local recently expanded.....It's kinda silly being a home brewer in CO with 230 brewpubs and another dozen just over the border in NM
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 29, 2015, 02:26:47 PM
A buddy of mine scored me a case of Dogfish 120. Just got it to NH and I must say, this year's batch is as good as last year's! Seems a little stronger, tho!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on May 29, 2015, 03:42:27 PM
Good stuff!

Even better if you can ever find it on tap. 

Edit: ooops I was thinking of the 90 not the 120. Not sure 120 is on tap anywhere.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 29, 2015, 08:41:35 PM
Damn Pete! That's a score! You better be sitting at home if you drink a few of those!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on May 29, 2015, 10:13:37 PM
http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/dogfish-120-minute-ipa-is-americas-most-stylish-one-bee-1668760082

18% folks... that will do you in!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 30, 2015, 11:04:08 AM
a sixer of 120 should last a while ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on May 30, 2015, 02:09:06 PM
Damn Pete! That's a score! You better be sitting at home if you drink a few of those!

My buddy called me and said his local shop in DC was carrying it, how many did I want him to buy for me? So I asked him, "How many will the guy sell you?" He managed to get a case out of the guy and I took it! I definitely feel lucky to have scored it.

I can only drink one of them before switching to something else: after 1, it's just a waste of great beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 30, 2015, 04:07:56 PM
A place near me has paddle Snapper fresh hopped IPA  14.4..and what do i do after this one ? Take a nap ?....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on May 30, 2015, 04:31:58 PM
Here's a story for you all about strong beer...

So I lived in NYC from 80-85 and was a touring musician. I hooked on with a reunion tour of BS&T and we were all over the U.S. and Europe. In the summer of 84 we got a week-long date in Toronto, Clayton-Thomas' home town. For years Clayton was the "voice" a well known beer manufacturer up there. We were laying opposite Ray Charles at the big concert hall there and one afternoon both bands got together for a friendly touch football game in a park downtown. It was going to be an off night and Clayton got the local beer distributor to bring down some beer and BBQ. I was kind of the new guy in the band and had only been to Canada once before. We're all running around in the sun, it's probably in the upper 80's, and working up a sweat and a thirst. The beer is in a big cooler filled with ice and cans and after a while we took a beer break. I used to be able to drink a lot of beer BITD, and was known n NY for being able to easily swill down at least 2 Rolling Rocks a set. I put down one real quick, and we went back to running around in the park like a bunch of wacky American musicians can be. Another break, another beer and back running around, but now I had a buzz! About 10 minutes later the BBQ was ready and we all walked over to the tables. Clayton handed me another beer and I put down half of it and all of a sudden I was HAMMERED! I practically fell down on the ground, laid my head on the grass and passed out for a hour. When I woke up, feeling knockered, everyone was laughing at me. Turns out the beer was something called "Brador" that had twice as much alcohol content as regular beer. They all knew it, but being the new guy, I didn't. Good thing we were off that night 'cause I couldn't have played.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on May 30, 2015, 06:51:36 PM
Dogfish 120.... $12 a 12oz btl. last time I got it at the Good Beer Store in Fryeburg... 2 beer limit per customer... I stock-piled 4 thinking I would have the discipline to age at least two of them....

They didn't last a month....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on May 31, 2015, 09:45:20 AM
Al, I'm familiar with Bras d'Or ( golden arm in French) -- excellent but definitely potent-- some friends and i had a similar experience in Calgary after coming out of the Bugaboos in 83-- got into some Extra Old Stock which was the strongest beer I'd had up to then-- probably was not the best idea to couple it with shots of tequila-- the sky spun while we were bivouaced below Yamnuska! We also had a great Northern Lights display ( I think!)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on May 31, 2015, 09:52:29 AM
A week ago I picked up a 4 pack of Jack's Abbey " Framinghammer" Baltic porter-- very tasty, but at 10%, I'm savoring it at home.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 31, 2015, 10:47:13 AM
Al, I'm familiar with Bras d'Or ( golden arm in French) -- excellent but definitely potent-- some friends and i had a similar experience in Calgary after coming out of the Bugaboos in 83-- got into some Extra Old Stock which was the strongest beer I'd had up to then-- probably was not the best idea to couple it with shots of tequila-- the sky spun while we were bivouaced below Yamnuska! We also had a great Northern Lights display ( I think!)
Sounds like a good beer for the Yam..we had it at trinite and it helped the fearof rapping into a fjord !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 31, 2015, 12:29:42 PM
Al,

You were probably drinking Molson Brador which was actually a malt liquor! And potent for the day. It's ABV is 6% - not even a good IPA today!

BITD me and a few buddies would go to Montreal to "sightsee" once a year and always drank them because they were cheap! We'd bring some back because if I remember correctly you couldn't get them here in the states.

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 31, 2015, 06:08:06 PM
That's where we got them,,from Mallery when he was going to McGill in Montreal

Molson right ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on May 31, 2015, 10:45:30 PM
Mark - yes, that's it "Molson Brador". I remember now, Clayton was the "Voice of Molson" in Canada. and yes, you could not get it in the US.

FWIW here's a picture of the band in in Germany in '84.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 01, 2015, 07:13:46 AM
Great pic Al!!!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 01, 2015, 08:57:51 AM
Damn Al..you look one step away from the Bader-Meinhoff group  :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on June 01, 2015, 10:45:57 AM
For those that visit the Good Beer Store in Fryeburg they are moving from their current location to a spot across from the Jockey Cap Store. Now you can grab a triple IPA in between bouldering sessions LOL.

They do currently have the Dog Fish 120 Minute, at $12/12oz bottle. Approximately 18% ABV. Ages very well if you have the discipline to age it.

A bit more affordable Triple IPA there is Devil Dancer by Founders, a more modest 12% ABV and quite a bit more affordable at $20/4pack.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 01, 2015, 01:31:14 PM
...holy shit John I just about spit my afternoon cup of coffee out with that comment! Too freaking funny!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 01, 2015, 06:07:00 PM
i was just talking to a couplke friends who are starting another Brew pub in Salida..Ho Man  good shit.. and they will carry spirits from the locacl distillery

i think i may die sooner that expected..
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 01, 2015, 06:25:34 PM
just to prove how awesome my wife is..just got home   "pistols and IPA "...show me a better combo than that !!  maybe some Ramones later.............
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on June 01, 2015, 08:04:44 PM
Damn Al..you look one step away from the Bader-Meinhoff group  :o

LOL...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 02, 2015, 07:29:32 PM
My last Pliny the Elder tonight...damn...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 04, 2015, 09:05:50 PM
i tried a Norse Sheti Spruce tip today...AAAAHHHHH not my fave...it was kinda like sucking a sappy tree with booze on it 12.8%..I do sometimes like a spruce tip but......

i told the brewer he should make a bark beetle ale :insects are the future"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on June 05, 2015, 07:44:26 AM
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA 2015 release, 10.4% for sale now at Discount Bev (next to Shaw's) $8.99/4-pack which I think is a great price for a 10% Imperial!

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/55939/

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 05, 2015, 07:53:43 AM
^^^^ that is a pretty good price for a 4 pack.

For once I stopped by the local Co-Op when Lawson's Sip of Sunshine was being unpacked, plus found the newly released Burlington Beer Co Wizard in cans. Wizard's not bad, very drinkable but doesn't stand out with a side by side comparison to Lawson's.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 05, 2015, 08:47:38 AM
Have not been a fan of Hoptimum in the past. I'll see if I can get one of the 2015 release at my local beer store before buying any more!

Lawson's - damn that is on my list and not available in NH (at least anywhere I've looked for it). So what co-op do you go to? I've been meaning to make a Thursday trip to Hunger Mountain in Montpelier as their website says that The Alchemist delivers faithfully at 9:00 AM! And Lawson's just after Noon!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 05, 2015, 03:55:51 PM
Hunger mtn is my closest Co-Op. Their beer guy does a good job of stocking the shelves with plenty of hop forward beers. If you come up bring your bike and ride Milstone in Websterville (I don't ride but have walked throughout the area) it's cool in a reclaimed industrial quarry natural area.  Montbeerlier sits at the crossroads of Vt hops so if Lawson's or HT are out grab some 14 star or Burlington beer, Fiddleheads does every third Friday and you can also check out three penny, positive Pie, or Mad Taco and maybe taste the elusive Focal Banger IPA. Also if you are mixing in climbing Bolton is a bit over 30 minutes north and Groton is about 40 minutes east.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 05, 2015, 08:10:41 PM
NEIce,

Thanks for all the beer and food tips! I most often combine a beer trip to Barre (beverage baron or whatever it was called that had heady - and two roads road to ruin which you talked about once if I remember) and now hunger mountain with a ride at millstone. It's a fun place to ride. More technical riding than kingdom so it's a different day out.

Haven't climbed T Bolton. Maybe I need to do a two day trip as it's an easy day trip for me now.

Thanks again...

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 06, 2015, 07:59:21 AM
The beverage Baron has a pretty decent selection, not sure if they carry Lawson's or Burlington Beer Co, but they do sell 14th Star, HT, and Fiddleheads. Positive Pie opened a shop on Main St this Spring and should have Hill Farmstead and others on tap. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 18, 2015, 04:23:55 PM
Beer trip disguised as a road trip to see a band! Actually headed up to Maine Beer Company, Bissell Brothers Brewing and Foundation Brewing tomorrow before heading into Portland to see one of my favorite bands - Spoon! With one of my old climbing partners Tucker (marriage, kids and work have curtailed climbing for a while).

I will be bring back as much as I can! I hear great things about some of the BB and Foundation beers - of which I've had none of them! Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on June 18, 2015, 09:57:18 PM
So, has anyone had the ale known as "Not Your Father's Root Beer"? 

My wife grabbed a sixer the other day when we went to Rumney.  I was a bit doubtful when I read the label and it said "ale with spices" since I haven't particularly cared for spiced beers in the past.  Cracked one open, took a swig, and the damn thing tasted just like a root beer!  Definitely did not have a beer-type taste.  And it's 5.9% to boot.

Now we need to pick up another sixer and make adult root beer floats.... :D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on June 19, 2015, 08:23:33 AM
Root beer beer and vodka whip cream!! Pretty sure if a police officer pulled you over with both items in the back seat you'd have a tough time explaining it's not for a gaggle of 15 yo girls.  :police:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on June 19, 2015, 09:51:32 AM
So, has anyone had the ale known as "Not Your Father's Root Beer"? 

My wife grabbed a sixer the other day when we went to Rumney.  I was a bit doubtful when I read the label and it said "ale with spices" since I haven't particularly cared for spiced beers in the past.  Cracked one open, took a swig, and the damn thing tasted just like a root beer!  Definitely did not have a beer-type taste.  And it's 5.9% to boot.

Now we need to pick up another sixer and make adult root beer floats.... :D


Do not want!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 20, 2015, 08:57:56 AM
Ok, whoa! Great beer in Maine and spoon rocked the State. Had these tasters...

Foundation Brewing
- Eddy - really good Saison - bought a growler
- Wanderlust - excellent Farmhouse and a bit more hop forward - bought two four packs
- Infused Eddy with mint, ginger and peppercorn - interesting and better than I expected
- Small Batch IPA with new hops from Australia called Victoria Secret - very good

Bissel Brother
- Baby Genius - absolutely crushable session IPA. Probably the best I've had - bought two four packs
- Substance - their flagship IPA. While only a single and not double I'd put it up there with some of the doubles - bought three four packs
- Lux - an awesome rye PA. Probably the best I've had.
- Buccolia - nice amber

Maine Beer Company
- A Tiny Beautiful Thing - great Pale Ale - bought two bottles
- Lunch - enough said, one of the best ipa's out there - bought four bottles
- Another One - another great IPA - bought four bottles
- Zoe - a decent amber
- Mo - a great Pale Ale - bought two bottles
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on June 20, 2015, 12:18:14 PM
Damn, you spent some cash!

My wife and daughter are bringing me to Schillings tomorrow for beers, umm I mean for dinner. I haven't been since ski season ended so pretty excited.

 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 20, 2015, 05:26:04 PM
Yeah I did spend some cash! Didn't realize it until a added it all up! Was enjoying the beers and I don't get up to Portland often!

Enjoy Schilling's - I've not been up since ski / ice climbing season!

If you're ever in the Londonderry NH area...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 21, 2015, 09:52:17 AM
So, I'm at the Pub and a guy asks for Coors Light..the young Miss says" we have all these Colorado craft beers"..No, I want a Coors..How much..She says " same price as REAL beer $4.25

Nice job
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 23, 2015, 05:54:41 PM
The local Rails N Ales the other day  1,200 people drinking on a train for 3 hours, then drinking at the BBQ/music for 4hours and then 3 more for the ride back !!

39 brewpubs with 4 ponies each...didn't stand a chance.....THEN the real drinking started   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on June 23, 2015, 09:48:38 PM
39 brewpubs with 4 ponies each is only 6240 pints for 1200 people over 10 hours? Would be surprised if they didn't get wiped out in less than 3 or 4 hours. Unless a pony means something different out West?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 24, 2015, 09:24:49 AM
Remeber now, that didn't include the BBQ beer that was set up only while eating. All the ponies were train only  and then the after party
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on June 24, 2015, 11:02:01 AM
Ahhh, now we're talking! Chooo chooo all aboard.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 24, 2015, 11:24:06 AM
Yo J--they are talking a whiskey train this fall  20 distillers and going up to 10,000'
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on June 26, 2015, 02:12:47 PM
Climbing for the past week at Castle Rock and City of Rocks, just outside Almo, ID-- Rock City One Stop Shop ( beer, good pizza, sundries, auto parts, etc.) had a truly impressive craft beer assortment-- many Rogue and Stone offerings, Tree Shaker Peach IPA, most of Sierra Nevada's offerings, most of Oscar Blues offerings  and many others I hadn't seen before, including a lot of the 22oz. high strength bottles. The man in charge claims to be a stout aficionado, and I must say he was a "stout fellow"- It was too hot to more than sample a few of the high ABV beers on offer ( 90s F every day), but the offerings were impressive and the rock superb!! Good week!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Pete Jackson on July 06, 2015, 10:35:15 AM
So, has anyone had the ale known as "Not Your Father's Root Beer"? 

My wife grabbed a sixer the other day when we went to Rumney.  I was a bit doubtful when I read the label and it said "ale with spices" since I haven't particularly cared for spiced beers in the past.  Cracked one open, took a swig, and the damn thing tasted just like a root beer!  Definitely did not have a beer-type taste.  And it's 5.9% to boot.

Now we need to pick up another sixer and make adult root beer floats.... :D

Never had it, but it sounds interesting. Where'd you find it?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on July 06, 2015, 03:14:10 PM
Seems to be getting popular in the homebrew scene now too.

I think if I want to get loaded on hard root beer I'll just buy a pint of vodka and a 2-liter of rootbeer and save a lot of money.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on July 06, 2015, 09:57:34 PM
Never had it, but it sounds interesting. Where'd you find it?
My wife found it at Walmart in Plymouth.  Good luck finding it though.  I have a feeling last weekend cleaned out almost all vendors.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on July 07, 2015, 05:36:29 AM
I'm Thinking of any cold beer right now. Been three months and its 120 degrees and 7000 miles from home. Whats worse is there is no rock climbing either. Funny thing is this thread started during my last deployment and it is still going. Keep the post coming as one can only dream of cold beer and climbing ::)
Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: DGoguen on July 07, 2015, 05:58:15 PM
Thinking of you often Jim.
Looking forward to climbing when you get home. Take care.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 08, 2015, 05:09:09 PM
That's gotta suck hard...I went 10 weeks w/o beer or coffee..but at least i wasn't getting shot at.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on July 09, 2015, 12:48:11 AM
Dave drink a good stout for me and get Bill out climbing. Strand no one is shooting here, at least for the moment. better than some of my previous shit storms. The airforce can drink and we cant???? Total BS but its a paycheck and we are all volunteers as they say be careful what you sign up for.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 18, 2015, 05:53:03 PM
Good no shooting..plenty around me..but a .40 keeps things OK

Sierra PA in cans ..12 pack 13.99..hard to beat..I had a local OilMan the other day,,awesome 10.2  REAL porter..they are expanding so maybe.....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 19, 2015, 09:23:59 AM
My wonderful girlfriend went to RI last weekend and brought back five racks of different beers! Two from Foolproof Brewing - and IPA and DIPA. An IPA from Trinity Brewhouse. And Narragansett Dels Black Cherry Shandy (because I drink the lemon shandy always after mt biking). The last beer was from MD - Heavy Seas DIPA.

Have had the Foolproof IPA. Pretty tasty!

Even better, I've been helping out a local nano brewery in their taproom. The two owners took the weekend off for the first time since they started the build out last September. Of course I had to get there and open up a bit early to make sure all eight beers were pouring and tasting ok! And they were. Best part is I'm paid in growlers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 19, 2015, 09:45:26 AM
Beer slave !!

People ask me how to get tickets to GABF..I say volunteer to be a beer slave.

After 12-14 hours , you barely want to drink
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 19, 2015, 10:05:59 AM
Beer slave! I like it! All day tasters and growlers for home! And with eight beers on tap there's plenty of choices! My three favorites right now - an awesome wheat, killer Begian dubbel and really nice dark farmhouse (style which is not brewed often).

Oh, they actually brew a imperial bacon stout! It's gotta be tasted to believe!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 21, 2015, 07:39:03 PM
48 hours..no beer...hold me please :angel:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 24, 2015, 08:12:51 AM
Wow! The local brewery I've been helping out (Granite State Brewers Fest in Manchester tomorrow!) has had a Belgian Trippel in the brite tank the last few weeks that I've been sampling before being put on tap - that has been tasting great.

Official release is today however I had it last night and on tap it's probably one of the best Belgian Trippels I've had! It's gonna be a growler fill today!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on July 28, 2015, 08:23:29 AM
Went to the Flying Goose brew pub last night. Didn't try their IIPA, but was happy with their IPA. Nothing to write home about, just a basic not to hoppy but drinkable beer, which is what I was looking for. If you're zipping up or down 89 and need a pit stop, Flying Goose is a nice change from the ho hum food mills of West Leb (haven't been a fan of 7 Barrel for years).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 28, 2015, 12:53:13 PM
I had a taste of the Flying Goose double at the brew fest on Saturday. Great nose, good start but didn't like the finish. I actually do like the IPA. Great burgers too!

7BB - stopped in there on way home from climbing on VT over the winter and remember why I usually drive by it. Had a flight of four - didn't want anything in a pint!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Travis_Dustin on July 28, 2015, 02:15:24 PM
Another good stop coming down on 89 is The Worthy Burger. Great beer selection, good burgers and cool atmosphere.
 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on July 28, 2015, 03:30:41 PM
Travis - damn the Worthy Burger looks awesome! Just checked out their FB page and they have some killer VT beers on tap! Gonna have to check them out! Thanks!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on July 28, 2015, 03:53:51 PM
I had a taste of the Flying Goose double at the brew fest on Saturday. Great nose, good start but didn't like the finish. I actually do like the IPA. Great burgers too!

7BB - stopped in there on way home from climbing on VT over the winter and remember why I usually drive by it. Had a flight of four - didn't want anything in a pint!

Flying Goose veggie burger is pretty good.

7BB is the only brewery of VT Brew Pub learning that has been a constant disappointment for me. In case those that are not in the know the deceased and original owner of VT Brewery worked with/helped/mentored/trained Alchemist, Lawson's, 14th Star, Hill-farmstead, current Otter Crek brewer, and just about every other brewer on the hop highway of Vt. In fact he and his yeast creations may be the reason VT is on the maps for being the hoppy way it is. I for one am very thankful that he was around, mixing, and playing with creations it's just too bad he passed before it all came to fruition. Or, would he even care, he always seemed to be a more of a brown and stout kind of guy, maybe he was the genius looking for the perfect yeast and hops for stouts but stumbled upon how to create ones for IIPA's by accident and the others made the connection
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Travis_Dustin on July 28, 2015, 03:59:52 PM
Travis - damn the Worthy Burger looks awesome! Just checked out their FB page and they have some killer VT beers on tap! Gonna have to check them out! Thanks!

Their beer menu is always changing but is always good!! It was considered the best burger in VT, I'm not sure if that still stands but Its always a great stop. Thats our go to place after skiing in VT.
FYI - The order of fries is larger enough for 2-4 people depending how hungry.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on July 30, 2015, 12:13:27 PM
true...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 03, 2015, 12:33:17 PM
Did a PRCA rodeo last week..nothing funnier than seeing real cowboys drinking Coors Light and then giving them a green chili beer..YYYEEEHHHAAAWWW

Almost as much fun as having young chics with mini's and boots serving..almost
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 03, 2015, 12:47:01 PM
...I think the servers would be more fun to watch!

I like this "helping out at the brewery" - three hours in the tap room on Saturday. Tasters while I work and two 32 oz growler fill for home! An IPA and Belgian Tripel...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 09, 2015, 09:33:44 AM
I'm thinking I'm not the only one getting sick  of "hints of grapefruit" in my beer????
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on August 09, 2015, 06:37:08 PM
I'm thinking I'm not the only one getting sick  of "hints of grapefruit" in my beer????

+++ Indeed!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on August 10, 2015, 08:07:47 AM
I'm thinking I'm not the only one getting sick  of "hints of grapefruit" in my beer????

Indeed as well, I've moved on to blood orange.

Hill Farmstead Brother Soinge, farm style ale brewed with blood orange and lime, very tasty and tart.

Haven't had it in a bit but Bent Hill blood orange IPA is excellent.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 10, 2015, 08:54:21 AM
farmstyle seems to be all over the place now...not a huge fan.

We were bottling for GABF  ..6 weeks before the big shindig.....crazy this year, worse than ever less than 10  minutes for ticket sell out,

last year the local had a top ten finalist with a green chili style, not bad for small place.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on August 10, 2015, 09:11:59 AM
Typically I shy away from farmstyle and saisons, but Shaun Hill is an amazing brewer and could probably turn gray water into an enjoyable experience.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on August 10, 2015, 09:43:48 AM
after all, lots of ski areas turn grey water into a good skiing base! ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 10, 2015, 09:49:29 AM
Talk about grey water..out here, near me....a crew cleaning up a mine site just dumped several million gallons of toxic shit into the Animas river in Durango..doesn't look good.

The 7 brewpubs are kinda fucked now I think  as well as the trout population
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 10, 2015, 09:55:38 AM
Haven't had a Hill Farmstead beer I didn't like. It's just the damn lines are so long. Four or five years ago I could drive up, walk in, get growlers filled and be done in less than 15 minutes.

Had a 14th Star Brewing Tribute DIPA the other day. Quite enjoyable. Hoppy and a bit "cleaner" than Heady Topper (which I'm sure every VT DIPA gets compared).

Oh, and bottled 225 bombers the other day. More work than I expected...LOL! Sinking the bottles to sanitize takes the most time!

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: The other tomcat on August 10, 2015, 12:57:10 PM
Haha John, did you forget to mention the crew cleaning up the mine site was from the EPA ! 3.8 million gallons of toxic waste dumped into the river. BP gets a fine, they will get job security...lol..." I'm from the government and I'm here to help"....
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on August 10, 2015, 04:43:13 PM
Just talked  to my cousin who lives in Durango-- he claims city gets its drinking water from another stream not affected, but that farming irrigation and local lawn irrigation use has been severely curtailed. In any case, its a fahk-up!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 10, 2015, 05:00:44 PM
Ya- the farmers are really fucked.. my buddy Sherrie is the PR chic for Durango,, she's gonna be hittin' the keg o rator HARD.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 10, 2015, 05:28:50 PM
I was talking to a beer chic today about GABF.....we did a sour cherry....."wanna try some of my cherry?"   I thought a good line from a little hottie with red hair
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on August 10, 2015, 07:39:35 PM
Haven't had a Hill Farmstead beer I didn't like. It's just the damn lines are so long. Four or five years ago I could drive up, walk in, get growlers filled and be done in less than 15 minutes.

Had a 14th Star Brewing Tribute DIPA the other day. Quite enjoyable. Hoppy and a bit "cleaner" than Heady Topper (which I'm sure every VT DIPA gets compared).

Oh, and bottled 225 bombers the other day. More work than I expected...LOL! Sinking the bottles to sanitize takes the most time!

2.5 hour wait for growlers at 1:30 on a Friday, pulled the local card and had bottles in 15 minutes. I too remember those short lines when Hill was still running the taps ( and would talk about brewing), the glory days before reliable cell coverage and the beer yippies found the NEK.

14 th star is a great beer,  fits nicely between heady, sip o sunshine and road 2 ruin.

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 10, 2015, 08:38:44 PM
OK NEIce...I'm taking you to Hill Farmstead the next time! Yikes a locals card. I'm in with you the next time.

Took you advice once before on the Road to a Ruin. Good start but finished a bit maltier than my preference. Have only had a taster of Sip. And looking forward to the other three cans of Tribute!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on August 11, 2015, 04:07:37 PM
The local card rarely works but every now and again they feel the plight of the local, it also helps if you're just grabbing a growler or two. Hopefully his new tasting room and growler bar speeds up the wait. BTW, judging by the orders of the 5 people we stood behind, Hill pocketed 1,500$ and there was about 100 or more people that looked to plop down the same amount and more judging by the coolers they brought. The guy is making a killing on beer sales, I bet from the last 3 or so times I've stopped in he does 25,000- 40,000$ in sales a day Friday-Sunday on "slow" weekends.

Next time you go head north a few minutes and check out the donation only Museum of Everyday Life just outside Glover, you want be disappointed. The current exhibit is about dust and the last was toothbrushes, fascinating!  And two minutes further north there's even a bit of bouldering on the right side of the road.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 11, 2015, 04:50:34 PM
A key point..how close is the pub to the climbing ???

I mean,  shit, you don't wanna drive an hour for a pint (after finishing off the cooler)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 11, 2015, 05:07:13 PM
If that museum is the place I'm thinking - old and very run down looking - then it must be a hoot to go in there and I will check it out!

So has Hill Farmstead relaxed the growler fill policy? It used to be limited to five or six if I remember (last September was the last I actually waited in line). Any idea when the "new additions" are gonna open?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on August 12, 2015, 07:05:45 AM
Strand, about 30 minutes to wheeler, I don't see why a competent party couldn't be at the base of the Great dihedral ready to climb beer in hand in 45 minutes or less.

MarkNH, they were doing tastings in the new addition. The bar needed to be finished and tap lines put in place, but everything else is completed. I'm not sure how many growlers one can get, I've only gone in with two at the most. It looked like most had 4-5 growlers and were also buying a couple of cases of his 22's.

That is the same museum, it's not as rundown as it looks and despite an exhibit about dust it's fairly clean.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 12, 2015, 09:08:10 AM
NEIce,

Thanks for the update on HF. My next trip up to Kingdom Trails - which usually  means a side track to HF - I will also stop in the museum on your advice!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on August 12, 2015, 09:15:04 AM
I'm perplexed-- why do Mtn bikers need to visit a museum exhibit about DUST? ??? ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on August 12, 2015, 10:49:29 AM
Ya big dummy..it's so they have to drink more beer after !
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on August 12, 2015, 11:52:00 AM
Ok, I'll agree with John. Or, I'll climb at Wheeler and then do the museum and Hill Farmstead!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on September 02, 2015, 07:35:47 PM
'Gannsett innsmouth olde ale very drinkable and happily surprised, leaves a nice (not overpowering) coating on the mouth similar to a light porter without the heft of a porter. My wife who was longing for a Belgian white had a sip and liked it enough to grab a full can.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: slink on September 03, 2015, 12:50:32 AM
 You guys need to stop it with all this beer talk  ;D I havent had one since February and still have 4 months before I can. Everyday over 100 degrees now its humid as hell and still no relief in sight ugh oh and to make it worse the elevation gain is pretty non existant. Have fun and have a drink for me.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 03, 2015, 08:49:56 AM
We'll save a LOT for you..Maybe I'll bring a trailer to GABF and load up
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on September 03, 2015, 09:53:48 PM
Throwing in my vote for the best beer of the season.

Grapefruit Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/199/89174/

Unbelievably good IPA with a subtle but appreciated hint of Grapefruit. Really good warm weather beer for us hopheads.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on September 04, 2015, 03:13:50 PM
Hobbs Tavern on Rt 16 in Ossipee brews their own beers. The IPA is ok, but the Imperial Stout is exceptional. It's also 11.5% alcohol! I don't drink more than one if I'm driving.

My friend Scott is the brewmaster.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 09, 2015, 10:23:16 PM
Nice beer road trip thru Vermont today. Hit up:

Foley Brothers - tasters and two growlers, Fair Maiden and Citrennial
Fiddlehead - taster and small growler of same. Big disappointment with only one beer on tap.
Prohibition Pig -taster of three of their IPA's

Hit up a beer store and scored three four packs of Lawsons Finest Sip of Sunshine, two of Heady Topper and 14th Star Tribute.

Stopped at Worthy Burger and had a Hill Farmstead Double Citra. Burger was ok, not sure why people rave about it and that it's the best in VT.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 13, 2015, 08:43:08 AM
Usually not a big fan of pumpkin beers but the brewery I help out released their pumpkin yesterday. I'd had it out of the fermenter but once it was conditioned and carbed it was pretty damn good! Subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Before they moved it to the conditioning tank they had casked 11 gallons for a local bar that has a hand drawn tap line. They let it sit a week with rum soaked oak chips, vanilla beans and molasses. Had a pint at that bar and the cask version is pretty incredible.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 13, 2015, 05:54:31 PM
Jesus!!! sounds like an ice cream sunday !!

I have been trying  ..key word..some sour cherry pale ale....it's good,but a 10oz seems plenty.

Hey mark----pret good new place near Breck and 2 new ones opening in Breck soon
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 13, 2015, 07:25:08 PM
John...everything is really subtle in the pumpkin. I'm not a "fruit beer" fan at all and this is very good. Had a taste of a couple other pumpkins atbthenfestival yesterday and could barely get down a taster!

Damn, lotsa beer in that area. You've got the couple in Silverthorne, one in Dillon and Breck Brewing and now three more! I guess when I come out this winter I'll have to sample!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 21, 2015, 10:17:17 AM
So much for fruit beers...yesterday an aspen leaf bock  ???  well, I drank a ten oz....mt TX buddy said it reminded him of Shiner  Bock, but a bit stronger.  AHHHHH

Maybe for NE, something with maple or oak ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on September 21, 2015, 11:33:57 AM
Can not go wrong with anything from Ballast Point Brewery lately. They have some great IPA's, the Sculpin I already mentioned... but this one is like nothing I've tried before:

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/199/66674/

Beer with Habenaros! Serious heat to this beer. Wasn't sure I would like it, and wouldn't want to put down more than two. Definitely "something different".
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 21, 2015, 12:23:12 PM
Ballast Point brew some great stuff. Not sure I'd like this though. There's a few of these types out there. Brewers sure don't lack imagination!

Changing - how's that's place in west ossipee? Hobbs or something like that?

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on September 25, 2015, 08:03:36 AM
Changing - how's that's place in west ossipee? Hobbs or something like that?

Atmosphere is awesome. Food is good but $$$. Beer is meh in my opinion. Nothing to hoppy or unique. Similar beer styles to Sea Dog Brewery/Woodstock Brewery.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: ibis888 on September 25, 2015, 08:56:48 AM
If anyone ever finds themselves at Bissell Brothers in Portland, check out Foundation brewery.   It's right next door.  The Epiphany double IPA in cans is, dare I say it, as good or better than Heady Topper. 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 25, 2015, 08:50:24 PM
Dave,

Thanks for the Hobbs info. Won't be going outta my way!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Travis_Dustin on September 28, 2015, 07:49:50 AM
If anyone ever finds themselves at Bissell Brothers in Portland, check out Foundation brewery.   It's right next door.  The Epiphany double IPA in cans is, dare I say it, as good or better than Heady Topper.

Stop that nonsense!!!! ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 28, 2015, 09:40:15 AM
Heady Topper..not the best
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Travis_Dustin on September 28, 2015, 11:09:26 AM
Heady Topper..not the best

I agree but dont say it too loud in certain groups. It is damn good though.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 28, 2015, 11:59:09 AM
No doubt a fine beer...BUT...so many good beers around......and I am so sick of Pliny  "lets put more shit in and see what happens" Elder
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 28, 2015, 06:53:05 PM
HT is a damn fine beer but if it wasn't so hard to buy it wouldn't get all its hype. There are better local doubles out there.

Maine Dinner for one! Hill Farmstead Double Citra. Lawson's Sip of Sunshine (not technically a double but 8%).

Epiphany is good. So is Substance (had one after a hike today).
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Travis_Dustin on September 29, 2015, 10:31:04 AM
I love Lawsons Sip o Sunshine and their Super Session.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 29, 2015, 10:35:07 AM
I have been getting a lot of single hopstuff this year..usually pretty good.  Is this popular in NE ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 29, 2015, 12:11:23 PM
I'm seeing a few places doing single hop beers. One of my locals has a "strictly simcoe" which I've seen a couple others too. I vaguely remember another doing a Citra.

Can't think of anything though that is bottled or canned.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on September 29, 2015, 05:54:43 PM
I had a galaxy single recently..really good

BTW--Ska in durango is going big next year with distribution....good stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on September 29, 2015, 06:30:16 PM
I went way out of character today and picked up a 4 pack of Southern Tier Imperial "Pumking"

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/38394/

I normally dislike "pumpkin" style beers as being weak bodied and too sweet, but I am a sucker when "Imperial" is on the label. At 8.6% this beer is actually quite good. Poured a bit flat for the style IMO but not to over-the-top with the pumpkin & spice... Really a nice taste of Fall IMO
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on September 29, 2015, 08:54:02 PM
Allot of folks rave about pumking. Was never a fan. Maybe see if I can find a single and give it another try!

A galaxy single hop sounds good. Don't think I've run across any of them in New England.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on September 30, 2015, 08:24:16 AM
Long Trail is canning a single hop single malt Pilsner, 6.8% and 40 IBU's. Not too bad, a tad sweet, not boozy, but also not as crisp and clean as a traditional Pilsner. Rather perfect for an after climb drink on a hot day.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on September 30, 2015, 05:32:15 PM
dunno if I'd mentioned this, but the Hobbs Tavern in Ossipee brews their own beer. Scott, the brewmaster, is a friend and a great guy. on occasion he makes an Imperial Stout that is really excellent, and at 12%, very strong. the don't sell growlers, but if they did I would buy some of it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on October 01, 2015, 07:50:03 AM
Actually hit Hobbs last night as it was on our way home from visiting with family. Was sad to hear they just kicked the last of the Imperial Stout since the rest of their line up is 5% or under. No IPAs on tap. I have their Pale Ale and a "OB's Red". Both were pretty blah. The food however was excellent, but a bit $$$, as I mentioned higher up in the thread.

They do sell growlers though Al, decently priced actually. Maybe you meant they don't sell growlers of the Imperial Stout? That makes sense.

I just heard from Smear that Moat has a double IPA on right now. I got to get over there before it's gone. As far as I know they have never had a 2X IPA before.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 03, 2015, 06:44:11 PM
The enlarged livers have returned fro GABF.....obituaries to follow
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 04, 2015, 09:51:51 AM
Damn John I though the GABF was over last weekend! How many stops did you make between Denver a new Pagosa Springs!

Give us some hilites when you can!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 04, 2015, 12:10:44 PM
Shit, i didn't go. I'm to old for that.

a friend  who did go said"I'm glad I'm a nurse,I can get good recovery drugs"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on October 06, 2015, 04:19:11 PM
Prob already mentioned, but having a Foley Brothers Fair Maiden.   Excellent!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 06, 2015, 10:31:00 PM
Fair Maiden is pretty damn good. Citrennial I think is better. Have a small growler of it that needs to be emptied!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on October 06, 2015, 11:17:47 PM
Fair Maiden is pretty damn good. Citrennial I think is better. Have a small growler of it that needs to be emptied!


it's a dirty job, but... ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 07, 2015, 11:11:55 AM
Fair Maiden is pretty damn good. Citrennial I think is better. Have a small growler of it that needs to be emptied!
?
A small growler ? Damn, you losing it?  I saw some 1 1/2 growlers the other day..very nice
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 07, 2015, 07:49:45 PM
...dirty job taken care of!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on October 09, 2015, 11:49:49 PM
Because of the season, I figured id try several pumpkin beers. Heres what I tried:

Southern tier pumpking.
Red hook out of your gourd pumpkin porter
Harpoon imperial pumpkin
Traveler jack o traveler
Leinenkugel harvest patch
Long trail harvest
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 10, 2015, 08:14:44 AM
ZSJ,

Thoughts, comments on your pumpkin beers? Lotsa pumpkin, lotsa spice, subtle, like or not!

Mark
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on October 10, 2015, 12:58:00 PM
Red hook pumpkin porter was fantastic. Red hook is just one of those breweries for me that just cant do anything wrong.

The harpoon imperial pumpkin was super malty. Really didn't enjoy it. actually probably wouldnt drink it again even if it were free. actually id take a bud light over that beer. I know, its crazy, but really thats how much I did not enjoy it. it was like drinking pumpkin flavoured radiator fluid.

the southern tier was good. hyped up but still good. of course not sessionable at all with the high ABV

leinenkugel tasted like soda. not subtle at all. very sweet.



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on October 10, 2015, 09:25:15 PM

the southern tier was good. hyped up but still good. of course not sessionable at all with the high ABV


This whole "sessionable" thing has got me worried. I mean, what if I can enjoy high ABV beers in my own "session"? Maybe that means I have a problem. But I'd rather drink 2-3 high ABV good beers then spend the same amount of money on "session" beers, which by my personal definition means watered down flavor but you can drink 6+ and still function the next day?

I'll say that the "Pumpking" was the best of that style I've ever had...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 10, 2015, 11:17:33 PM
...Dave, from my perspective every beer is "sessionable" as long as you're home and not having to drive.

As a complete aside - I'm working part time now in Nashua with Tom!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on October 11, 2015, 02:40:09 PM
That's great! Tom's awesome I''m sure working with him will be fun... oh ya and that discount won't hurt ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 14, 2015, 09:50:32 PM
Did a mega drive thru the mountains today with my girlfriend. Amazing, spectacular colors this year!

On to the topic of beer - stopped at Schilling in Littleton. Had Foy, their Belgian pale that is always good. But today's standout was a single hop (since John bought up single hop beers recently) Belgian pale - Belgo Ella. With Ella being the hop which I've never heard of. Some newish hop from the Pacific NW. Quite nice, I bit floral and citrusy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 17, 2015, 08:34:52 PM
Stopped at a Flying Goose today. Very nice DIPA - Lupulin Suplex. Then stopped at a place in Warner called The Local. Great burger and probably 60 beers in bottles but only 4 taps. Then a new brewery in Manchester - Great North Ale Works. Four beers - all just ok. Last stop at the brewery I work at when needed! Free beer! Great beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on October 18, 2015, 08:35:15 PM
Just got back from some climbing in tennessee. Stopped at the chattanooga brewing company. Tried a few of theirs. Super impressed. Then went to mississippi and had a beer called jack the sipper (esb) might be the best beer ive ever had.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 23, 2015, 06:58:22 PM
My man TC raves about the new place in Woburn
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on October 23, 2015, 09:35:44 PM
John, Lord Hobo? I hear great things but not sure it's Woburn. Near there though.

Holy shit! The brewery I work at times casked their IPA with habanero. Had to go to the local pub to try as they have a hand drawn cask tap -  OMFG, freaking incredible. I very nice IPA with a bit of pepper kick at the end. Blows away Ballast Point.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on October 24, 2015, 12:13:19 PM
Woburn  5 draper st.   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on October 27, 2015, 08:05:01 PM
Lord Hobo is in Woburn.   Drinking 'Boom Sauce' now a smooth 8% hoppy ale.   Comparable to DIPAs ala Heady, Second Fiddle etc.   Maybe not quite as good, but pretty darn good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on October 28, 2015, 12:36:27 PM
I think Lord Hoba has/had a craft beer bar in Cambridge which might be causing the confusion.

Figures I worked in Woburn for 17 years, get laid off, and NOW they put a good brewery in. Bastards!



Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 06, 2015, 09:03:00 PM
...maple bacon imperial stout! Quite tasty and for me not being a stout fan I could drink a couple pints of this! All tastes pretty subtle.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 07, 2015, 09:28:30 AM
Here's one to gag on..from Coors  India pale Lager..No, I don't want to try it
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 20, 2015, 09:37:21 AM
Warlock oatmeal super stout  100lbs per batch !   SSSOOO creamy,  I suugested whipping some up and put it over strawberries..MMMMM...with shaved bittersweet chocolate
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on November 20, 2015, 04:46:23 PM
Here's one to gag on..from Coors  India pale Lager..No, I don't want to try it

Ive had it. Not the worst beer I've ever had but I wont be buying it again.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on November 20, 2015, 04:47:20 PM
Had the Mayflower Porter out of Plymouth, Ma? I think...  Quite good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on November 20, 2015, 06:00:01 PM
the wife bought a case of Founders Porter 2 days ago. very smooth & tasty. tis the time of year for dark beers, especially porters!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on November 20, 2015, 07:32:38 PM
the wife bought a case of Founders Porter 2 days ago. very smooth & tasty. tis the time of year for dark beers, especially porters!

Agreed.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 21, 2015, 08:47:21 AM
Yeah, I quit enjoy Founders Porter. Another good one is Bully Porter (Boulevard Brewing KC) but it's damn near impossible to get around here.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 21, 2015, 12:50:12 PM
Is it A real porter ? I just want a porter, not a glass of chocolate or coffee..just porter
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 21, 2015, 07:33:58 PM
Yeah John Bully is a real Porter. None of that foo foo crap in it!

Now with that said I did the trifecta of breweries in the mile radius in my town (of course stopping at the one I work at last!).

Kelsen Drakken Porter is quite good. From the Barrel Remedy Porter is also quit good. And believe it or not FTB had a pecan Brown Ale that was quite good and would make a great turkey day beer!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: danf on November 23, 2015, 09:58:40 PM
Founder's Dirty Bastard Ale is quite good, so I can imagine the porter. :)

And, just going to throw this out and see how much you all agree/disagree....

http://www.simplemost.com/travel-to-all-the-top-breweries-in-the-u-s-in-one-road-trip/?source=TV_RTV6&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TV_RTV6
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 24, 2015, 06:33:09 PM
Thanks for finding this Dan! I'd seen it somewhere and then couldn't find it when I got home. Even tried searching but no luck.

So here's my take - worthy road trip if you could do it. With that I'd leave out the southern ones. I'm personally not crazy about Cigar City, Cycle and Sweetwater beers. That would cut out allot of miles!

Also, there's a bunch of hyped breweries in this list and probably some just as good that you could hot up. One comes to mind - Barrelhouse Brewing in Paso Robles, CA. Awesome beer!

EDIT - no Firestone Walker on this list!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on November 24, 2015, 06:59:44 PM
IMO it's a one day drive to Asheville NC  and worth every mile
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on November 24, 2015, 08:10:36 PM
I wouldn't leave out Asheville! Not after your trip report! I just don't think I'd head to Atlanta and Tampa.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on November 26, 2015, 09:55:42 AM
I wouldn't leave out Asheville! Not after your trip report! I just don't think I'd head to Atlanta and Tampa.t

No sweetwater?! Oh man. I think 420 is one of the best ipa's ive had.


Unrelated: I had the samuel smiths chocolate stout. Incredible. Great dessert beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 08, 2015, 01:52:50 PM
HO Man !  The whiskey barrel porters and stouts are coming fast and furious  !!!  Tried several this past weekend and just great stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 09, 2015, 08:56:27 AM
Had a couple nice local porters last night from Garrison City and Throwback. And it's not that I don't like Sweetwater 420 IPA - just don't think I'd drive outta my way for it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 09, 2015, 10:13:58 AM
Switchback ale and Dooleys porter are now available in 6 packs. They seem to be sold anywhere their  bombers were sold, so it should be widely available around VT. Love the stubby red stripe style bottle, but would love them even more if they used cans.

Tried the Bruery 8 Maids a Milking milk stout. At 11% it was a fast punch to the liver, pretty balanced, and the boozy taste typical of high alcohol stouts was mellowed by the creaminess but still present. Not something your typical Guiness drinker might like but those that enjoy imperial stouts should be happy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 09, 2015, 05:15:09 PM
Super creamy nitro stouts are all the rage in CO now..I hope to sample some more this weekend
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 11, 2015, 07:04:06 AM
...if in the Worcester area be sure to hit up Armsby Abbey! Awesome beer pub. The only Hill Farmstead taps in MA. Abner, Edward, S and S #5 and Twilight of the Idols Porter. Which was the first time I'd had it and as usual - incredible!

They said sometimes up to six Hill beers on tap. Plus some other stellar beers.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on December 11, 2015, 08:49:06 AM
Speaking of dark beers, I don't usually like any beer labeled as "spiced" but on a whim I tried this one out after liking a lot of there other offerings;

http://21st-amendment.com/beers/fireside-chat/

Perfect holiday brew IMO, the "spice" is subtle enough this drinks like a high ABV dark english ale...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 11, 2015, 11:04:55 AM
the wife got a case of  this the other day. it's very nice IMO

http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/porter/

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 11, 2015, 07:57:25 PM
...you've a great wife Al! A case of Founders Porter! It and Breck Vanilla Porter are my "go to" porters.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 12, 2015, 07:43:25 AM
Super creamy nitro stouts are all the rage in CO now..I hope to sample some more this weekend

I prefer left Hand Brewery's regular milk stout over their nitro milk stout.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 12, 2015, 11:58:37 AM
Me too  and I usually go with a nitro.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on December 13, 2015, 06:07:54 PM
Having a Baxter Bootleg Fireworks, DIPA (9%). 

Pretty tasty.  Holds up pretty well against Heady and Second Fiddle.   Not saying it's better, but it's pretty damn good -- and I can get it at my local packy.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on December 14, 2015, 08:32:12 AM

" and I can get it at my local packy."-- AH, dpen, your Mass roots are showing thru-- understand it & love it ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 14, 2015, 08:37:16 AM
Having a Baxter Bootleg Fireworks, DIPA (9%). 

Pretty tasty.  Holds up pretty well against Heady and Second Fiddle.   Not saying it's better, but it's pretty damn good -- and I can get it at my local packy.

Sweet, I'll have to keep my eyes open for that one. Baxter is a pretty good brewery, not the worlds best but I'm generally pleased with their offerings.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 14, 2015, 09:06:08 AM

" and I can get it at my local packy."-- AH, dpen, your Mass roots are showing thru-- understand it & love it ;D

I used that line when we moved to CO.......total blanks
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 14, 2015, 02:49:43 PM
...you've a great wife Al!

true dat!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 21, 2015, 01:03:02 PM
Sierra Celebration gets the nod again this past weekend...so good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 21, 2015, 09:38:09 PM
...hmm, maybe I've not paid attention but don't remember seeing it yet though I know it's out way before now! Gotta look...thanks for the reminder John.

Two nice beers tonight.

21st Amendment Black IPA
Alpine Pure Hoppines DIPA

Both quite good!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 22, 2015, 09:25:33 AM
I was a t a local-ish place the other day..nothing great but usually pretty good and........it was horrible ! We actually went to another pub and asked........4 brewers in the last year !   

A DIPA that has a spice back end....they said it was the cascade hops,  I said "A lot of cascade has entered this body and that's a beer gone bad"
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on December 23, 2015, 05:56:49 PM
Finally got to try Heady Topper. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 24, 2015, 01:38:24 PM
If you can get your hands on Lawson's Sip of Sunshine I think that's even better. And Maine Beer a Dinner too!

Was at the brewery bottling the other night and started off tasting some beers that customers had brought in. Can't remember most as all were just ok. We also did a blind stout tasting.

Sierra Nevada Narwahl
Founders KBS
Ballast Point Victory at Sea (technically a porter)
Mikes Home Brew

KBS as always was good. Victory at Sea was really good! Mikes was good but a bit "boozy." Sierra Nevada just ok.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 27, 2015, 07:39:49 PM
Just had a couple of Rock Art Nawch Hoppa DIPA's.  This is a dangerous beer, 77 IBU's, 7.5 %, not crazy beer geek hop forward, good on the palate and smooth. Why is this dangerous? It's far too crushable for its %.  All these hop crazy brews have trained my mouth/brain to think hops hit equals a high %, this is more like a sharp session able IPA that packs a good amount of booze into a nicely balanced beer.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 28, 2015, 09:59:53 AM
Always thought Rock Art beers were mediocre compared to other VT Brewers. With that said your review of the double means the next time I see this somewhere I will try it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 28, 2015, 10:11:53 AM
I know what you guys mean..i like a  knock you on your ass  DIPA as well as anyone...BUT..sometimes you like to be able to stand after one
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on December 29, 2015, 12:38:20 AM
I got a growler of Imperial Stout a few days ago for my wife for her birthday. it's 11% with a hint of carbonation. turns out that it's too strong for her. she can only drink a half and she's lit!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on December 29, 2015, 08:53:44 AM
Did the growler of stout come from Moat or elsewhere? And was that high ABV on purpose Al!?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on December 29, 2015, 09:47:35 AM
I know what you guys mean..i like a  knock you on your ass  DIPA as well as anyone...BUT..sometimes you like to be able to stand after one

Would you say it's not session-able? ;)
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on December 29, 2015, 10:32:16 AM
Depends on your session tolerance I guess.

I was having some imperial bourbon stout the other day and when  Isaid I'll have another, the beer wench said "Of course you will" !  I guess she know's me
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on December 29, 2015, 04:52:12 PM
Anchorage Brewing Co Bitter Monk Belgian- style DIPA w/ Brett Anomyces, brewed in French oak Chardonnay barrels 9% 100 IBU's. Pay the price and give it a try, you might just love it or find under the right hand a Brett beer can be at least damn good. On par with anything Hill Farmstead produces, which makes sense since I believe they have similar training and have collaborated in the past.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 07, 2016, 10:47:38 PM
Maine beer run today with GF on her birthday.

Foundation
- burnside English brown - awesome
- bedrock Porter - good
- afterglow AIPA - very good
- epiphany - IPA - awesome

Bissell Bros

- lux rye IPA - best I've had
- swish DIPA - awesome
- reciprocal IPA, all Aussie hops - ok

Maine Beer Co

- lunch IPA - obviously awesome
- another one - same as above
- mo pale ale - very good
- King Titus Porter - very good

Of course brought lots home!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 12, 2016, 10:08:35 AM
Recovered yet ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 12, 2016, 04:42:48 PM
Yeah - recovered! I'm thinking Saturday I head over to the brewery I work at for the release of a double rye IPA that's been dry hopped. Had it out of fermentation tank yesterday. Yowza! 9% and dangerously smooth. Can't wait to drink it carbonated. Then come home and crack open some of that beer from last weeks run. I won't be going anywhere that night!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 12, 2016, 07:07:05 PM
My BDay is coming up...meeting with my bud Erica and her partner..Last time we hit the bourbon barrel pretty good.."I haven't been shagged like that in a while"..maybe the best saying ever
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on January 13, 2016, 08:24:54 AM
If she's a Brit, that takes on a whole other meaning ;D :angel:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 13, 2016, 11:31:54 AM
Honorary Brit  and yes, she meant what she said.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on January 30, 2016, 03:40:58 PM
Had a Stone Enjoy By 2-14 Black IPA last night. Probably the best I've had of the style. Actually had a few...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on January 30, 2016, 06:48:05 PM
Went to the Sea Dog last night after a night bike ride. Tried the Porter and thought it was quite good. Did a taste of the Stout and thought it was nowhere as good as the Imperial Stout at Hobbs.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on January 31, 2016, 02:35:16 PM
Al-  you didn't hit any of the fine SOCal breweries ??   
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 03, 2016, 10:34:39 AM
Shit,,I just found out i am sucked into a family thing in Aspen soon....I will start buying beer now !  LOTS of beer
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on February 03, 2016, 11:43:57 AM
Went to the Sea Dog last night after a night bike ride. Tried the Porter and thought it was quite good. Did a taste of the Stout and thought it was nowhere as good as the Imperial Stout at Hobbs.

Haven't been impressed with food or beer at Seadogs... wish I could say otherwise. Belgian IPA over at the Moat...quite good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 03, 2016, 12:41:39 PM
Seadog beers for the most part are meh! Though even mediocre brewers kill it at times. Last Seadog I ate at in MA was not very good at all. Haven't been back...

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 03, 2016, 04:36:27 PM
I guess it's a fine time...we can say no to craft brewers....some do suck a bit
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on February 03, 2016, 07:43:26 PM
There is a seadog near n. conway now?

Think the one they opened in Woburn is already out of business. Never liked any of the locations to be honest.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Admin Al on February 04, 2016, 03:00:23 PM
Al-  you didn't hit any of the fine SOCal breweries ??   

no time at all... :-(
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 13, 2016, 09:10:08 PM
...worked an outdoor beer fest on lake winni today! About 300 crazy ass beer drinkers! 6 degrees with about a 20 mph wind blowing right down the lake to the sorta cove we were at on the ice! I was in full blown warmest I've got climbing clothes!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 14, 2016, 12:17:05 PM
NICE !  I bet they drank it all.....or maybe you did ?

We were swillin' at the Rio Grand near taos..71 degrees   :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 21, 2016, 05:12:34 PM
Yesterday a boubon barrel quad...ONE
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 22, 2016, 06:44:18 AM
...ah, yeah, one! What was the ABV?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 22, 2016, 09:32:25 AM
11.4  a 10oz pour..plenty
Elevation brewing..big beers and expanding this year.  They are doing  a bang up job in TX now...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 22, 2016, 09:56:25 PM
...I still haven't had a really good beer in TX. I had some micro brew in Houston that wasn't very memorable. After two dif brews from same brewery I went back to Shiner Bock!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 23, 2016, 10:06:36 AM
Elevation is distributing now in Dallas..brewing later this year.

512 has some good  stuff
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on February 23, 2016, 10:09:33 AM
...I still haven't had a really good beer in TX. I had some micro brew in Houston that wasn't very memorable. After two dif brews from same brewery I went back to Shiner Bock!

Whoa, are you saying your not a fan of Lone Star? That's probably worthy of a lynching in TX. Every time I've been through TX it's always been margarita's and cheap beer and I'm ok with that.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 23, 2016, 02:28:22 PM
...Lone Star only as a last resort! Actually maybe a rita before a Lone Star!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on February 23, 2016, 03:01:00 PM
HA!   i pretty much only go to Austin, the part of Texas that ain't Texas.

We have neighbors who come up from Big D 3 months at a time..he brinks Shiner.  Pretty soon he runs out and then starts drinking real beer. I even got him to down a double IPA recently.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 23, 2016, 05:31:58 PM
Ho Man !!! yesterday did a NE--CO beer exchange with markV....... Heady..Maine brewing,, Bisell..Londonderry ..etc....  I doubt his Co stuff will make it back though
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 23, 2016, 05:45:43 PM
Thanks again John for the conversation and beers at the brewpub yesterday! The bomber is a special beer that's gonna hopefully make it back to be enjoyed at home! The others made it to Santa Fe and enjoyed there!

Don forget the Lawson's Sip of Sunshine!

Second street brewing in Santa Fe was good. Really nice double! Tonight is Taos Mesa!

Cheers!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 23, 2016, 05:49:36 PM
Watch out for those Taos hippy chics    :o
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 23, 2016, 09:43:11 PM
Taos Mesa Brewing is a really cool place. I was surprised by the size of the indoor and out door music areas! Had a black IPA pint and then three tasters of IPAs. A wheat IPA which was unique, a mosaic single hop that was very good and a 101 ibu DIPA.

I made it out safe though there was a hippy chick from Haverhill working the bar!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 25, 2016, 04:17:41 PM
Maine Brewing "another"  was way higher IBU than I suspected..esp for a light colored beer  ..those deceptive malts I guess

Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 25, 2016, 06:08:06 PM
When your pour Another One and then drink it you're in for a suprise. Missed hitting Ska Brewing in Durango as it closed at 8:00! Went to Steamworks Brewing. OK beer and very good pizza.

Picked up some more Odell's Myrcenary and a mixed 12 pack of Ska today!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 26, 2016, 11:11:12 AM
Bisell was a bit of a disappointment..a bit to farmhouse style for me !

Heady  ? I'll need more space to describe my dislike !!!! 
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on March 26, 2016, 04:43:08 PM
The Heady wasn't the freshest and will agree that it's way overhyped. Though I still enjoy it I do like the Lawson's better.

Bissell Substance is a bit different and I quite enjoy it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on March 27, 2016, 11:57:55 AM
The thing with heady was the resin back end,, not my fave, i much prefer a hop foward stuff.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 09, 2016, 08:00:43 PM
Hit two new breweries that just opened today.

Millyard Brewing in Nashua. Four beers, Porter good. Rest just ok (strong, pale and IPA).

Litherman's Limited Brewing in Concord. Red and double red IPA good. Cream and Belgian ok. IPA  shoulda been a drain pour.

Stopped at Great North Ale Works in Manchester. Despite the hype - for the third time there beers are nothing more than ok.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 10, 2016, 05:38:55 PM
I guess we are now in the era of to many brewpubs,,,,maybe most of the sucky ones will fade away.

Wynkoop was the first one one here in CO (formerly owned by the current GOV)  i have been 3 times,,never ordered a full pint..amazing.

BUT, it has a killer location that sucks in locals and tourists alike
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on April 11, 2016, 12:11:55 PM
We think alike John. Those were my thoughts after this weekends two new ones. These were both home brewers and that's it. Whereas Rob where I work was a home brewer, studied at Seibel and then apprenticed with a brewer for two years before taking the leap.

With these home brewers I'd bet "their friends" rave about their beers and convince them they should open a brewery. That doesn't always equate to success especially with all the beer that's out there!

Never like Wynkoop! Back in the 90s there was a brewery in Bouder called Oasis Brewimg. Can't remember allot about the beer but it was within walking distance of where my buddy lived!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on April 11, 2016, 06:59:51 PM
It's hard to beat guys like sierra..In th Valley..'82 or so a guy pulls up with a poney Keg his"on his cycle  "try this"

I'm gettin' some beers together for a NE august trip
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 13, 2016, 07:40:36 PM
Time to bring this thread back to life!

Ok, maybe a bit biased as I work there part time but...

Barrel Aged Maple Glazed Belly of the Beast. Jim Beam barrel aged maple bacon imperial stout. Pretty incredible. All tastes very subtle, none overpowering and yet 10% ABV.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 14, 2016, 04:44:45 PM
Sounds like a fine summer brew !!! :P

I was talking to the my local pib owners recently,, there suckin' me into working for Rails n Ales next month  50 breweries, 4-5 beers each.  Take the train and drink..eat and drink...music and drink  then train back and drink  THEN the after party :angel:
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 14, 2016, 09:08:43 PM
Rails and Ales sounds like a blast! It won't be a summer beer - I'd be surprised it lasted past today. There wasn't much of it!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on May 15, 2016, 05:12:34 PM
Time to bring this thread back to life!

Ok, maybe a bit biased as I work there part time but...

Barrel Aged Maple Glazed Belly of the Beast. Jim Beam barrel aged maple bacon imperial stout. Pretty incredible. All tastes very subtle, none overpowering and yet 10% ABV.

I want.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on May 15, 2016, 05:13:46 PM
The oatmeal cream stout from Tributary in Kittery was good enough to bathe in.
I may have already mentioned it on here but it was just that good.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 16, 2016, 06:21:46 PM
I heard again today,,fucking unbelievable..sittin' at the pub.."do you have any domestics?'..the fuckin' brewing tanks are 10'  away
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: NEAlpineStart on May 16, 2016, 10:12:45 PM
Ordering "domestics" in a micro brewery should get you kicked out. I always liked this economic lesson in beer drinking at bars:

1 domestic @ $3.75/12oz = 400% markup

1 micro @ $4.50/pint = 150% markup

*all prices are estimates

TL:DR If you want to drink cheap ass domestic crap do it at home and save yourself outrageous mark up
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 17, 2016, 11:04:35 AM
You could really ring up the $$$$ by selling Coors Light and shitty pizza...but prolly wouldn't be able to sleep at night.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 25, 2016, 07:55:29 PM
Stopped at another new brewery on way home from Whitehorse today in the Manchester area. Pipe Dream Brewing. Had five tasters - none very good. Two woulda been drain pours if I was at home. Beer is way over priced too! Instead of a flat rate taster it's based on what they sell the growlers for - which are ridiculous with one stout being 23 bucks and another 25! My tasters were 13 bucks. Won't be going back.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on May 26, 2016, 02:13:03 PM
Mark got me some of the Rockingham Barrel Aged Maple Glazed Bacon Imperial Stout. I was gonna wait to drink it but couldn't wait. Shared it with my wife last night. It was incredible. 5 stars.
Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 27, 2016, 06:01:34 AM
...damn Zac that didn't last long! Glad to hear you both enjoyed it! And seems to have lived up to my hype.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 27, 2016, 07:24:15 AM
Stopped at another new brewery on way home from Whitehorse today in the Manchester area. Pipe Dream Brewing. Had five tasters - none very good. Two woulda been drain pours if I was at home. Beer is way over priced too! Instead of a flat rate taster it's based on what they sell the growlers for - which are ridiculous with one stout being 23 bucks and another 25! My tasters were 13 bucks. Won't be going back.

25 bucks, wow! The beer geek bubble needs to burst, the prices breweries ask for their beer is getting ludicrous. IMO, tasters should be free, you're trying to get people interested in your product give them a few sips to get them in a purchasing mood.

I recently toured Cruzan rum distillery, 8 bucks for a 30 minute tour plus 4 tasters and two pint sized mixed drinks, the drinks helped loosen the wallet and I walked out with a few bottles.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 27, 2016, 12:40:40 PM
Really $25 ??   At my local you get 11 ,,3oz pours for $9.95  usually 7 house beers and 4 guests, not bad.  I was in Aspen recently and the tour of Aspen brewing was $30 with ONE taster at the end ! Reservations accepted
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: neiceclimber on May 28, 2016, 06:57:54 AM
Mid 90's before I turned 21, a few of us learned Redhook brewery in Seattle didn't check for id's, 2$ brewery tour, sample glass, and the guide poured several pitchers that you either drank or they dumped down the drain.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 28, 2016, 10:08:09 AM
I think the pint price point really hovers around $5..over that, it better be an exceptional beer.  A place nee rme Elevation, which makes some damn good beers,,,rarely exceeds $5 unless it's a pretty exotic blend  8)  Even then growlers are $16 max


There used to be a place in RI that had all you can drink for $3 for 90 minutes....classic after a session at Lincoln Woods. Of course i was very young and needed to save my money :-*
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 28, 2016, 02:42:18 PM
...now that we're retired John we need to find those kinds of places to drink! Lord Hobo session IPA after a mountain bike ride today. Meh.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 28, 2016, 05:44:25 PM
Sirocho single hop..a japanese hop that is a bit similar to citra but less grape fruity...ho man  9.8% and so smooth...my local's summer brew....i'm gonna be in trouble
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on May 28, 2016, 05:46:02 PM
new Belgium is openly for sale..if anybody has a spare BILLION !   That's the rumored price..Sierra just turned down 3.5B
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on May 30, 2016, 09:23:31 PM
Martha's Exchange Brewery in Nashua has certainly stepped up their game the last year or so. Had an incredible Hefeweizen that was really freaking good tonight!
Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 09, 2016, 04:49:53 PM
Stopped at the Crooked Tap in Erving today after climbing at Farley. Had a Wormtown IPA which was very good. First I've had from them. That was after the 32oz growler of IPA from the brewery I work at...


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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 16, 2016, 08:58:57 PM
Stopped at one of the local breweries today - From the Barrel. Had a Russian imperial stout aged in a tequila barrel. 10.5 ABV and quite smooth. Dangerous...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Wilki on June 17, 2016, 05:08:22 AM
Did you ever try Polish beer? They are really tasty!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 17, 2016, 08:23:43 AM
I've actually had a Polish beer or two! A long while ago and from memory quite enjoyable.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 17, 2016, 09:15:53 AM
My best friend is polish  and she drinks quite a bit..does that count ?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on June 27, 2016, 06:20:46 PM
Ho Man---summer porter..minimal chocolate a bit of coffee and whiskey aged...9.5 and very slam-able

Elevation..coming to the east coast later this year
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 27, 2016, 09:36:24 PM
7437 DIPA...I want some! Does coming east mean distribution or in John's CRV...
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on June 28, 2016, 07:56:38 PM
Just had Long trails Culmination Chocolate Porter. Not bad.

and had another from my new favourite brewery - Rockingham. Had the Cloven Hoof, a Belgian Dubbel which was fantastic
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on June 28, 2016, 10:04:50 PM
Yeah Zac, Cloven Hoof is pretty damn good. Three Little Pigs belgian tripel is probably my favorite beer we brew continually. There's a Belgian quad coming soon too..I've sampled outs the fermenter!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 05, 2016, 02:15:47 PM
Anybody heading to the Tetons should check out Melvin Brewing....good stuff, an IPA and a good DIPA..it won't kill Ya,,but it willmake you feel good
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on July 05, 2016, 08:34:08 PM
Anybody heading to the Tetons should check out Melvin Brewing....good stuff, an IPA and a good DIPA..it won't kill Ya,,but it willmake you feel good

Where are they located?
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: Jeff on July 06, 2016, 09:04:52 AM
Finally go to Schilling Beer Co. on my drive to Bartlett from CT last week; only had 3 tasters and a pretzel ( still an hour of driving leading into 4th of July weekend so very conservative :police:), but found the Recogne (Belgian Pale, 5.4%), the Grotius (Abbey Style Dubbel 6.8%) and the Kamarade (Baltic Porter, 7.1%) to be very tasty. We will return ;D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 06, 2016, 09:23:58 AM
Anybody heading to the Tetons should check out Melvin Brewing....good stuff, an IPA and a good DIPA..it won't kill Ya,,but it willmake you feel good

Where are they located?

Pretty sure in Jackson....There's a place in Pinedale  as well for Winds people
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: strandman on July 11, 2016, 10:19:18 AM
Just had a fund raiser for local search and rescue group at the pub...522 pints !  Not bad at $2 per donated by the brewery.

Maybe the Moat should try this ??
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: z.st.jules on July 14, 2016, 04:50:26 PM
Per usual, Unibroue does not dissapoint. Had the La Resolution last night. 4/5.
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: dpen on July 15, 2016, 07:34:17 PM
Jeff,  I think Schilling is super good, been a few times.

Great selection of brews and great scenery out on the deck.

--D
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 04, 2017, 04:01:36 PM
Damn this thread has been quiet for a long time! Isn't anyone drinking any good beer?

Breakfast this morning was three pints of Doombar, scrambled eggs and toast! I don't know how my buddies do 19 Chelsea home matches a year! I can barely do one and keep up. I did make it till about 7:00 when I called it quits. Chelsea 3 - 1 Arsenal. Now to find that pub tomorrow night for the Super Bowl!
Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on February 05, 2017, 08:14:28 AM
Maine beer run today with GF on her birthday.

Foundation
- burnside English brown - awesome
- bedrock Porter - good
- afterglow AIPA - very good
- epiphany - IPA - awesome

Bissell Bros

- lux rye IPA - best I've had
- swish DIPA - awesome
- reciprocal IPA, all Aussie hops - ok

Maine Beer Co

- lunch IPA - obviously awesome
- another one - same as above
- mo pale ale - very good
- King Titus Porter - very good

Of course brought lots home!

Curious if you've tried Bunker Brewing or Foulmouthed Brewing - both in Portland. Tried several pints at both on a recent crawl and thought they were all average to bad. Big disappointment.

Title: The Beer Thread
Post by: markvnh on February 05, 2017, 04:25:13 PM
That's quite some haul on the Maine beer run! I'm not a big fan of Reciprocal or Swish. Do think Lux is awesome (the brewery I work for has a really nice double rye pa - Rockingham Remy's Rye). Haven't had Bunker or Foulmouthed but have heard similar feedback.


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Title: Re: The Beer Thread
Post by: JBro on February 05, 2017, 05:15:28 PM
That's quite some haul on the Maine beer run! I'm not a big fan of Reciprocal or Swish. Do think Lux is awesome (the brewery I work for has a really nice double rye pa - Rockingham Remy's Rye). Haven't had Bunker or Foulmouthed but have heard similar feedback.


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That was your own beer run - unless I misquoted you!

Our beer run was Maine Beer Company, Foulmouth, Bunker, and Gritties. Plus some sake at lunch.

I guess next time we'll have to try Foundation and Bissil Bros.