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  1. Pliny the Elder before Run the Jewels tonight. Also, a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine and double IPA from a brewery called Alpine Dog next to the Ogden Theatre. I've been there a few times now pre-concert, and I just can't shake the feeling that they are just generally mediocre. Decent, but nothing ever blows me away.
  2. and I will send them over to you. ETA: Taken. Thanks a lot for the RTJ tickets, Kev! My buddy was pumped to hear that I got free tickets for us. This show is going to be awesome. Let me know if you want to go tomorrow night, as my buddy might have an extra ticket that I could get for you.
  3. Based on? When she was sitting back to back with Coal, he said "did you see them?". She responded by saying they were"just people". Then she said "this place is too big. Too many blind spots. That's how were able to ---". Coral cut him off. Sounded to me like she might have been confessing at that point.I dunno, probably a reach I guess. We'll see... That's what I thought also. My wife said she was probably referring to when the two of them snuck out of the compound. I don't even know if that actually happened or if she's thinking of another show. Not sure how anyone could think she was with wolves. I think your wife is 100% correct that she was talking about them sneaking in and out with no issues, i.e. they were an easy target. Also, her saying they were just people was in reference to what she had to go through and what she was turning into before she got there. It was pretty clear in her back story that she had nothing to do with them and from the backpack that the only reason they were there was because Darryl and his boyfriend left it there at the wolves' trap.Yeah, I agree with this. She was talking about how easy it was for her and Coral to sneak in and out over the walls undetected.
  4. That looks like an awesome event. The beer list has a ton of stuff that I've never had before from great breweries. Have fun and let us know your standout beers of the event!
  5. I also got some exciting beer trade mail today: Wicked Weed Medora sour ale with blackberries and raspberries Wicked Weed Black Angel dark sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with tart cherries Wicked Weed La Bonte tart farmhouse ale with figs
  6. I've had some really great beers over the past few days: Firestone Walker Anniversary XVIII (Just ridiculously good with unparalleled complexity from the blend of various barrel-aged beers, especially with the plurality of the blend being Parabola) Casey Family Preserves Montmorency Cherry (delicious blend of sweet and sour cherries, vanilla, oak, and lemon) Fremont Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Star imperial oatmeal stout (I had not tried many Fremont barrel-aged beers prior to GABF week this year, but they have quickly jumped into one of my favorite barrel programs in the country - their barrel-aged stuff is incredible) Alpine Nelson IPA (bottles are hitting the shelves in Denver - I'm guessing it is probably Green Flash-brewed Nelson, but it was still delicious) Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Black Shirt Whiskey Barrel-Aged Coffee Red Quad (incredible blend of caramel, coffee, whiskey, oak, and dark fruit flavors) Squatters Hop Rising imperial IPA (I'm pretty sure this is the best readily available beer in Utah if you are lucky enough to find a place that serves bottles rather than their sub-4% ABV draft options)
  7. I can only imagine the complaints in this thread if any of these Wile E. Coyotesque plans of burning/exploding/acid-washing the zombies were actually carried out on the show.
  8. I'm about to go shopping for a new day pack today because the zipper on my old pack recently broke. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has any favorites as well.
  9. Do you remember which trails you did at Zion? I'm pretty sure that I'm going to Zion this weekend. My current plan is to do Angels Landing and the Narrows. I've done both Angels Landing and Narrows. Can't remember other hikes I did there off top of my head, so yeah, those were the highlights. You'll have a great time.On Narrows, the time from showing up at the gear rental shop to the start of the hike was longer than I thought. The time to actually hike the Narrows was much faster than anything I read. I was hiking it by myself which made things go slightly faster but I was taking a good number of pictures too. On Angels Landing, same thing applied - seems like posted hike times are for a 60 year old. On the narrows, I just followed the reco'd gear from the gear shop and things worked well. I think I got pants, socks, boots, pole and photo bag and was thankful for all of those. On Angels Landing, my brain couldn't talk my legs into doing that last part of the hike - the part with the 1,000 foot drops if you make a wrong move. I continued up the non-precipitous part of the trail (west rim trial) and was able to go a few more miles. I would recommend briefly checking out the east side of the park towards Checkerboard Mesa. Rocks on the other side of the tunnel have a really different look than those in the main valley. It is amazing how few people go away from the shuttle bus stops and the 2 or 3 main hikes. For as popular as Zion is, it is really easy to seem like you have the place to yourself. Thanks for all the tips! I'm pretty pumped for this impromptu trip to Zion, as I've been wanting to go to there for awhile now. The pictures of Zion look insane, so I can only imagine how incredible it looks in real life. That narrow bridge with massive cliffs on both sides at the top of Angels Landing looks crazy. It's slightly unnerving that, when you search for Angels Landing on Google, the second autofill result is "angels landing deaths." It should be fun.
  10. Do you remember which trails you did at Zion? I'm pretty sure that I'm going to Zion this weekend. My current plan is to do Angels Landing and the Narrows.
  11. I camped outside of Aspen last weekend and did some hiking around the Maroon Bells. It was stunningly beautiful out there with all the aspens changing colors. At one point, I hiked off the trail a little ways and sat down at this spot by a 60-70 foot ledge that overlooked a bend in the creek and that had a view of the whole valley with the Maroon Bells in the background. It was incredible. Here are a few pictures that I took: http://i.imgur.com/u680i2N.jpg http://i.imgur.com/5hOk5lb.jpg http://i.imgur.com/dp09jWP.jpg
  12. The least believable part of the show is that anyone would be wearing a suit and tie during the apocalypse in Los Angeles. Wearing a dangling silk rope knotted around your neck is a real liability in survival situations.
  13. "hard work" Glad you had fun. The two ticket offer to the Saturday afternoon session will stand for as long as I'm a volunteer Captain. No plans on retiring anytime soon. You are the man!
  14. I had another awesome weekend of beer drinking in Colorado. I went up to the mountains to do some hiking and camping and to go to the Casey Brewing and Blending October release in Glenwood Springs. One of my friends that went with me just got an interview for a position as a regional sales director for Firestone Walker, so I broke out a couple barrel-aged FW beers from my cellar to celebrate and to help my friend prepare for the interview: Firestone Walker Parabola imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels (2014) - One of my all-time favorite beers and perhaps my favorite bourbon barrel-aged stout ever. It's so rich and complex with tons of barrel character, yet so smooth with practically no heat with a year and a half of age on it. Rich dark chocolate fudge, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruits, dark cherry, oats, caramel, and molasses. Just awesome. Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee quad aged in bourbon barrels Russian River Pliny the Elder (I stumbled across several bottles sitting on the shelf at a random liquor store in a small mountain town) Casey Family Preserves Montmorency Cherry wild saison Casey Plum Fruit Stand farmhouse ale Casey Nectarine Fruit Stand farmhouse ale Casey East Bank honey farmhouse ale Casey/Aspen Biere de Garde Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett aged in apple whiskey barrels Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
  15. I've been entering myself (and my brother) in the lottery every day since it started on Friday. You can enter once a day. It is really expensive, but the release day sounds like an awesome experience, the BC Rare is a one-of-a-kind beer that should be incredible, and it would be a great excuse to go some visit some friends back in Chicago. If I get picked in the lottery, I am definitely going and buying my full allotment. Here is the link for the lottery if anyone wants to enter: http://www.gooseisland.com/rareday.html
  16. Yeah, nothing ruins the quiet serene enjoyment of nature like hearing gun shots in the background.
  17. I did some beautiful hiking and camping along the Colorado Trail a couple weekends ago. Fall is my favorite time to hike in Colorado with all of the aspens changing colors. I'm heading up to the mountains again this afternoon for some more hiking. Here a few pictures from hiking and camping the other weekend: http://imgur.com/dhctLNy http://imgur.com/MrQamkj http://imgur.com/WAyb9OF
  18. Still catching some sweet leftover kegs from GABF week on tap around town: Firestone Walker Helldorado blonde barleywine aged in bourbon barrels Surly Pentagram dark sour ale aged in red wine barrels Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton sour cherries Ecliptic Electra Framboos Belgian pale ale with raspberries and cocoa nibs
  19. Side Project is outrageous -- pretty much every beer I've tried from them isn't jst good, but phenomenal. Just spectacular. I completely agree regarding Side Project. The Derivation and Fencerow were both top five beers for me in a GABF week in which I had an incredibly wide variety of amazing beers. I would love to get my hands on some more Side Project beers to try. I've hung out with Cory King, the brewer and co-owner of Side Project, a couple times in Denver at tap takeovers. He is remarkably nice and humble for a brewer with his accolades.
  20. I thought that the Foothills Barrel-Aged Sexual Chocolate was fantastic. The version that I had at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting had been aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels, which added a fantastic bourbon barrel character that put it well above any non-bourbon-barrel-aged chocolate stouts for me, but I'm a fiend for bourbon barrel-aged beers. I wish Great Divide would put their Espresso and Chocolate Yeti in bourbon barrels, rather than just plain oak barrels.
  21. I'm really glad you guys had fun out here in Denver. Congrats on your first GABF experience!
  22. The GABF Members Only session on Saturday afternoon was fantastic as well. Thanks again to the Aristocrat for hooking me up with tickets from all of his hard work (and hard drinking) as a group leader of the GABF volunteer staff. On Thursday night, my GABF game plan was largely focused rare barrel-aged stouts and barrel-aged sours that I thought would kick early, so I planned a run on world class IPAs to start off Saturday. I also hit the Midwest, Mountain, and Pacific Northwest regions, which I largely ignored on Thursday night just because I ran out of time. Here were some standouts for me from the Saturday session: Barley Brown's Pallet Jack IPA Barley Brown's Forklift imperial IPA Bend Brewing Salmonberry Sour ale with salmonberries Bend Brewing Ching Ching Berliner weisse with pomegranate and hibiscus Black Project Blueberry Dreamland spontaneous sour ale aged in red wine barrels with blueberries Boneyard Notorious triple IPA Breakside IPA Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA Cannonball Creek Not Mindbender imperial IPA Cannonball Creek Project Alpha #4 IPA Comrade Fresh Hop Superpower IPA Fat Head's Hop Juju imperial IPA Fat Head's Midnight Moonlight black IPA Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout J. Wakefield Miami Madness Berliner weisse with mango, guava, and passion fruit La Cumbre Elevated IPA La Cumbre Dank Project IPA La Cumbre Fievre D'Abricot saison with apricots Lawson's Sip of Sunshine IPA (although, honestly, I was kind of disappionted based on my high expectations from its BA ratings) Melvin 2x4 imperial IPA Melvin IPA Melvin CHCHCHCH-Cherry Bomb ale with cherries New Glarus Vintage 2015 sour gueuze aged in oak barrels Revolution Mosaic Hero IPA Rhinegeist Barrel-Aged Mastadon Belgain dark strong ale aged in red wine and whiskey barrels Rhinegeist Sherry Ink Russian imperial stout aged in sherry barrels Sun King Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil Belgian black ale aged in bourbon barrels Sun King Cherry Busey barrel-aged oud bruin with Montmorency cherries Three Floyds Zombie Dust pale ale Three Floyds Permanent Funeral imperial IPA Upland Pawpaw golden sour with pawpaw fruit Upland Sour Reserve golden sour ale aged in oak barrels Wicked Weed Red Angel sour ale with raspberries Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA Wicked Weed Freak of Nature imperial IPA Following the GABF afternoon session, I had a number of other outstanding beers at Falling Rock and Freshcraft with Sebowski and the Ocelot crew: Casey No Name: Balaton Cherries wild saison aged in oak barrels with cherries Casey Family Preserves Montmorency wild saison aged in oak barrels with cherries Casey Dry-Hopped Oak Theory wild ale Firestone Walker SLOambic wild ale aged in oak barrels with olallieberries Firestone Walker Sour Opal wild ale aged in oak barrels Evil Twin Cognac Jesus imperial stout aged in cognac barrels I had a great time hanging out with Sebowski, his girl, his brother, and the rest of the Ocelot crew. They are a really fun and nice group of people who are making some outstanding beers. I'm really glad that you guys enjoyed your time in Denver for GABF. I hope you come back and visit sometime! Overall, this past week was an unbelievable beer drinking experience all around. It's absolutely ridiculous how many world class beers that I was able to drink this week. I think going to Denver for GABF week should be a "bucket list" event for anyone who truly loves beer. If you are interested in coming out next year, let me know and I would be happy to help you plan an epic weekend.
  23. That's probably my favorite pumpkin beer that I've ever had too. Nice find.
  24. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event on Friday was pretty incredible. I only had General Admission, not VIP, tickets to this event, so I was nervous that all the best beers would be gone by the time that I got into the event. But it turned out that basically every beer was pouring late into the event, and I was able to get as many pours as I wanted of everything. Hell, Goose Island brought four pony kegs of Bourbon County Prop. I lost track of how many pours of Prop I drank. Here were the standouts for me: Funky Buddha BA Snowed In imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels with coconut, chocolate, and coffee (this was one of my favorite beers ever - absolutely incredible) Goose Island Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014) imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with cocoa nibs, cassia bark, coconut water, and panela sugar (also incredible) Cascade White Raspberry wild blonde ale aged in a white wine barrel with white raspberries Crooked Stave Port Barrel-Aged Nightmare on Brett dark sour ale Crooked Stave Nightcap burgundy sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with sour cherries, cacao nibs, and coffee Central Waters Black Gold imperial stout aged for three years in bourbon barrels Deschutes Collage blended ale aged in rye whiskey, cognac, sherry, Pinot noir, bourbon, and oak barrels Firestone Walker XVIII Anniversary barrel-aged blended ale Firestone Walker Sucaba barleywine aged in bourbon barrels Hoppin' Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. VAN WINK imperial stout aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels Lost Abbey Cable Car blonde sour ale NoDa Bourbon Barrel & Vanilla Bean Olde Voyager barleywine aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans Stone Xocoveca Charred mocha stout aged in bourbon barrels with pasilla peppers, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla Wicked Weed Dark Arts imperial stout aged in tequila barrels with Brett and espresso Boston Beer Samuel Adams Utopias barrel-aged blended ale The best thing I drank all day was probably a 50/50 blend of Bourbon County Prop and Funky Buddha's BA Snowed In. That was insane.
  25. Opening night of GABF on Thursday night was great. The festival ran really smoothly and the logistics of entry were better than ever. I had the honor of being served Ocelot beers by Sebowski himself (who generously lent me his glass after I somehow misplaced my glass during a port-a-potty stop). I was really impressed with all of Ocelot's beers. The Two Lost Souls IPA was fantastic, as it featured two of my favorite hops -- citra and mosaic. Sebowski is bringing some serious west coast IPAs to the east coast. Here were some of my standout beers from GABF last night: Beachwood BBQ Rye like an Eagle imperial brown rye ale aged in rye whiskey barrels Brew Kettle Kitka Coconut Chocolate Stout Cigar City Marshal Zhukov Russian imperial stout Columbus Bodhi imperial IPA Fat Heads Hop Juju imperial IPA Firestone Walker Anniversary XVIII blended barrel-aged ale Firestone Walker Feral One blended wild ale aged in oak barrels Foothills Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate imperial stout with cocoa nibs aged in bourbon barrels Funky Buddha Morning Wood imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter aged in bourbon barrels Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Rye imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with vanilla beans Great Divide Barrel-aged Yeti imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels J Wakefield El Jefe Hefeweizen with coconut Ocelot Two Lost Souls IPA with citra and mosaic hops Russian River Beautification spontaneous wild ale aged in oak barrels Societe the Pupil IPA The Rare Barrel Becoming golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with boysenberries The Rare Barrel Home, Sour Home golden sour aged in oak barrels with peaches, vanilla beans, and cinnamon The Rare Barrel Ensorcelled dark sour aged in oak barrels with raspberries Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee Weyerbacher D'Tango Unchained Belgian dark ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries I also went to a Casey and Side Project tapping at Freshcraft before the festival and had some insane beers: Side Project Fencerow wild ale with black raspberries (one of my favorite sours that I've ever had, the black raspberry character was explosive on your palate) Side Project Derivation Blend #1 imperial stout aged in maple bourbon barrels (ridiculous - an incredible blend of dark chocolate, bourbon, maple, and smoky charred oak that had tons of barrel character but drank remarkably smooth for its 15% ABV) Casey Blackberry Fruit Stand (also amazing, Troy Casey is making some incredible sours out in Glenwood Springs)
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