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51 minutes ago, ditka311 said:

Fan of the Kona. Haven't had it in awhile. Might have to revisit an old friend. 

Yeah, the Kona was fantastic. Strangely thin for a porter. Had the consistency and lack of head, like pouring a coca-cola ... but the flavor was fantastic and it wasn't filling like the thicker brews. I could have easily had several if I weren't sampling all the others. 

 

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@Sebowski, I'm coming out to San Diego in mid-May for a beer vacation, and I'm trying to figure out what part of town I should stay in for easy access to some good breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants in town.  If I stay in Ocean Beach, it looks like I could easily hit Stone - Liberty Station, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, and Modern Times.  Or should I stay closer to the Gaslamp district or another part of town?  

I'm planning on driving up to Solana Beach one day for an Aesop Rock show and hitting Pizza Port Solana Beach, Lost Abbey: Confessional, Culture, and Toolbox the next day.  

Any SD recommendations are much appreciated! 

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31 minutes ago, Buckfast 1 said:

@Sebowski, I'm coming out to San Diego in mid-May for a beer vacation......

I'm planning on driving up to Solana Beach one day for an Aesop Rock show and hitting Pizza Port Solana Beach, Lost Abbey: Confessional, Culture, and Toolbox the next day.  

Any SD recommendations are much appreciated! 

Love Toolbox. I'll be visiting some SD breweries in October.

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2 hours ago, Buckfast 1 said:

@Sebowski, I'm coming out to San Diego in mid-May for a beer vacation, and I'm trying to figure out what part of town I should stay in for easy access to some good breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants in town.  If I stay in Ocean Beach, it looks like I could easily hit Stone - Liberty Station, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, and Modern Times.  Or should I stay closer to the Gaslamp district or another part of town?  

I'm planning on driving up to Solana Beach one day for an Aesop Rock show and hitting Pizza Port Solana Beach, Lost Abbey: Confessional, Culture, and Toolbox the next day.  

Any SD recommendations are much appreciated! 

 

Awesome. Can't wait to grab some beers with you. I'm very partial to my home of OB. It has a ton of walkable options for beer and food, plus close to everything else except North County stuff. A lot of beer people end up staying in North Park. The preferred hotel there is Lafayette. Close to Toronado and a couple breweries. More urban a neighborhood than my beach town. You live urban. Vacation at the beach, imo. Check out OB Hotel. Steps from the water. OB has a couple satellite tasting rooms now too: Mike Hess and Culture. There are also two more in planning (Helms and Belching Beaver), with rumors of a 3rd. Oh and OB Brewing might be open by then. Actually should be. 

Obviously hit me up whenever if I can help at all and when you have the dates booked. 

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20 minutes ago, Sebowski said:

 

Awesome. Can't wait to grab some beers with you. I'm very partial to my home of OB. It has a ton of walkable options for beer and food, plus close to everything else except North County stuff. A lot of beer people end up staying in North Park. The preferred hotel there is Lafayette. Close to Toronado and a couple breweries. More urban a neighborhood than my beach town. You live urban. Vacation at the beach, imo. Check out OB Hotel. Steps from the water. OB has a couple satellite tasting rooms now too: Mike Hess and Culture. There are also two more in planning (Helms and Belching Beaver), with rumors of a 3rd. Oh and OB Brewing might be open by then. Actually should be. 

Obviously hit me up whenever if I can help at all and when you have the dates booked. 

 Sweet!  I didn't realize you lived in OB.  That's where I was leaning based on my research so far.  I definitely want to get some beach time in.  I'll be out there from May 12-15.  I'd love to grab some beers.  

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1 hour ago, Hawks64 said:

ATTN Chicago peeps http://www.halfacrebeer.com/news/2016/3/30/grimalkin-amorphotron

I may attempt a trip on Sat or Sun depending on weather.

That's awesome. I have a very limited window between work and a social appointment but i really want to go get some of this. And Powder Blue. Damn...need to work this out. 

 

Also, Surly Xtra Citra is out and about in the Chicago area now. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/212431/

 

 

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49 minutes ago, ditka311 said:

That's awesome. I have a very limited window between work and a social appointment but i really want to go get some of this. And Powder Blue. Damn...need to work this out. 

 

Also, Surly Xtra Citra is out and about in the Chicago area now. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/212431/

 

 

Is it as good as Todd? I really hate spending the coin on Surly, it's always 16-19 a 4 pack, unless it's as good as Todd. Even cut way back on Abrasive this year as well.

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11 minutes ago, Hawks64 said:

Is it as good as Todd? I really hate spending the coin on Surly, it's always 16-19 a 4 pack, unless it's as good as Todd. Even cut way back on Abrasive this year as well.

Haven't seen the price yet but yeah, the "special releases" are a little ridiculous.  I thought about that yesterday in line when I was paying for more Todd. The normal stuff like Overrated or Furious is $9.99 or $10.99 which is fine. 

 

I doubt it will be as good as Todd but I would expect the price point to be 9.99 or so since it's a low ABV beer. 

And I like Abrasive a lot. In case you cared. 

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21 minutes ago, ditka311 said:

Haven't seen the price yet but yeah, the "special releases" are a little ridiculous.  I thought about that yesterday in line when I was paying for more Todd. The normal stuff like Overrated or Furious is $9.99 or $10.99 which is fine. 

 

I doubt it will be as good as Todd but I would expect the price point to be 9.99 or so since it's a low ABV beer. 

And I like Abrasive a lot. In case you cared. 

Man even the regular stuff is like 14 by me, Abrasive and Todd are both 19. If this is 10 I'm ok with that and would give it a try. And I like Abrasive a lot as well but is it worth that much more than what Half Acre costs? Not sure, which is why I cut back on it this year.

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2 minutes ago, Hawks64 said:

Man even the regular stuff is like 14 by me, Abrasive and Todd are both 19. If this is 10 I'm ok with that and would give it a try. And I like Abrasive a lot as well but is it worth that much more than what Half Acre costs? Not sure, which is why I cut back on it this year.

Can't argue with any of that. I get Todd and Abrasive for $16.99. Not a huge difference but the $2 for some reason feels excessive psychologically. The only one that costs more than $9.99 or $10.99 is Coffee Bender and that's $13.99 pretty much everywhere by me. 

 

All of this typing is making me thirsty...

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2 minutes ago, ditka311 said:

Can't argue with any of that. I get Todd and Abrasive for $16.99. Not a huge difference but the $2 for some reason feels excessive psychologically. The only one that costs more than $9.99 or $10.99 is Coffee Bender and that's $13.99 pretty much everywhere by me. 

 

All of this typing is making me thirsty...

Getting ready to crack my third Duet as we type :suds:

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On 7/12/2015 at 8:50 PM, Steve Tasker said:

As of 3-4 years ago they used to sell it as a premium beer at Blue Jays games. I'll just stick with Molson/Blue, thanks.

Hoping with Labatt buying Mill St, there will be better options this year. Last year they had like 40 beers, all AB Inbev, except for one incredibly random Ontario Craft Beer - Hockley Dark. One craft beer for a baseball game and it's a dark ale?  They had one booth (out of like 100) that had draft Goose Island Honkers and IPA that I usually searched for.

 

Getting back briefly to this Ontario craft discussion from a year ago, I've read something from a couple different critics that says Ontario is really starting to lead the way in classic styles. New breweries are launching with Oatmeal Stout (for example) or English Pale Ale's as their flagship beer. I know there are a number of great new bitters and nut brown and dark ale's on the market and even hoppy pilsener's are seeing a renewed popularity. More and more breweries looking to traditional European styles for inspiration. This was making the case that in terms of high IBU IPA's and American style Pale Ale's, Ontario may still be behind (Great Lakes Canada has made massive strides in this area) but the strength of the market is here is the quality and depth/breadth of classic style's - which seems about right to me based on my fairly limited experience with US craft beer.

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Great Lakes is a very solid Canadian brewery.  I always like when I see their stuff on tap around here, it's usually a pretty good product.  It can be kinda confusing when the place has a US Great Lakes beer on tap too....most people don't realize that they are 2 different breweries.

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So we are planning our road trip out to California in June. The plan is to route through Denver and Salt Lake City and we will be staying in Livermoore, CA area. What breweries should I hit along the way? Russian River is on the list as a day trip once we are out there but not sure where else to stop on the way out.

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36 minutes ago, Hawks64 said:

So we are planning our road trip out to California in June. The plan is to route through Denver and Salt Lake City and we will be staying in Livermoore, CA area. What breweries should I hit along the way? Russian River is on the list as a day trip once we are out there but not sure where else to stop on the way out.

If you're going to Russian River, might as well hit up Lagunitas and Bear Republic.  Actually, do Russian River in Santa Rosa, Beer Craft in Rohnert Park (it's a tasting room and rare/hard-to-find bottles store), and then, end your day at Lagunitas (lay out on the grass with a plate of pulled pork nachos). 

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15 minutes ago, Bob Loblaw said:

If you're going to Russian River, might as well hit up Lagunitas and Bear Republic.  Actually, do Russian River in Santa Rosa, Beer Craft in Rohnert Park (it's a tasting room and rare/hard-to-find bottles store), and then, end your day at Lagunitas (lay out on the grass with a plate of pulled pork nachos). 

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8 hours ago, Hawks64 said:

So we are planning our road trip out to California in June. The plan is to route through Denver and Salt Lake City and we will be staying in Livermoore, CA area. What breweries should I hit along the way? Russian River is on the list as a day trip once we are out there but not sure where else to stop on the way out.

What is in Livermore? 

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Just now, Hawks64 said:

Family is out there.

Gotcha. I spent a week in Healdsburg last summer. It was as much a wine trip as a beer trip, but went to Russian River (awesome, highly recommend) Left with cases of Pliny, Bling Pig, etc. Bear Republic is in Healdsburg and is a cool place, but there beer isn't worth totally going out of your way for. The better place was Healdsburg Bar and Grille. Their beer menu was awesome includes a whole bunch of Fifty Fifty Eclipse barrel aged beers which are awesome and Firestone XVII which might be the best I have ever had. Plus, the burgers are great, the chef won Top Chef Masters and graduated from the same high school as me. Healdsburg is probably 2 hours from Livermore. Santa Rose is maybe 90 minutes. It could be a fun day trip. Plus, if you are into wine that Russian River Valley is world class. 

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4 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Gotcha. I spent a week in Healdsburg last summer. It was as much a wine trip as a beer trip, but went to Russian River (awesome, highly recommend) Left with cases of Pliny, Bling Pig, etc. Bear Republic is in Healdsburg and is a cool place, but there beer isn't worth totally going out of your way for. The better place was Healdsburg Bar and Grille. Their beer menu was awesome includes a whole bunch of Fifty Fifty Eclipse barrel aged beers which are awesome and Firestone XVII which might be the best I have ever had. Plus, the burgers are great, the chef won Top Chef Masters and graduated from the same high school as me. Healdsburg is probably 2 hours from Livermore. Santa Rose is maybe 90 minutes. It could be a fun day trip. Plus, if you are into wine that Russian River Valley is world class. 

Agreed completely. I know this is the beer thread but Sonoma is pretty cool and a quick trip to Napa. And to get us back on track, RR is a definite.  

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8 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Gotcha. I spent a week in Healdsburg last summer. It was as much a wine trip as a beer trip, but went to Russian River (awesome, highly recommend) Left with cases of Pliny, Bling Pig, etc. Bear Republic is in Healdsburg and is a cool place, but there beer isn't worth totally going out of your way for. The better place was Healdsburg Bar and Grille. Their beer menu was awesome includes a whole bunch of Fifty Fifty Eclipse barrel aged beers which are awesome and Firestone XVII which might be the best I have ever had. Plus, the burgers are great, the chef won Top Chef Masters and graduated from the same high school as me. Healdsburg is probably 2 hours from Livermore. Santa Rose is maybe 90 minutes. It could be a fun day trip. Plus, if you are into wine that Russian River Valley is world class. 

 

1 minute ago, ditka311 said:

Agreed completely. I know this is the beer thread but Sonoma is pretty cool and a quick trip to Napa. And to get us back on track, RR is a definite.  

RR is a 10000% sure thing. I'm looking for some CO recommendations on the way there and back and if there is anything that isn't too far off the beaten path on the way to or from.

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18 minutes ago, Hawks64 said:

OMG me too! My last can.

I only have 11 left but many of those may be spoken for. Oh well, will stop at Binnys S Loop after work this week and grab more. 

Have you had anything by Mikerphone? Just had their Special Sauce NE style IIPA and am really looking forward to this:

https://www.facebook.com/MikerphoneBrewing/photos/a.146094682133331.38183.101719459904187/977002382375886/?type=3&theater

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44 minutes ago, ditka311 said:

I only have 11 left but many of those may be spoken for. Oh well, will stop at Binnys S Loop after work this week and grab more. 

Have you had anything by Mikerphone? Just had their Special Sauce NE style IIPA and am really looking forward to this:

https://www.facebook.com/MikerphoneBrewing/photos/a.146094682133331.38183.101719459904187/977002382375886/?type=3&theater

I think I may have but now 100%, will look this weekend.

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Checked out Cage brewing in St Pete last night, had a flight and a couple pints...a couple of good beers but nothing special.

Also had Double Daisy Cutter, Orange Belt/Brewski Cherry Electric Boots Berliner, Rapp Gose, and Orange Belt WHALEZ, a sauv blanc barrel aged sour blonde. All delicious.

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Last night:

  • Community Beer Works Whiskey Barrel Snow (imperial stout)
  • Singlecut Brett Jan
  • Lost Nation Rustic Ale
  • Community Beer Works Frank x2 (pale ale)

Tonight:

  • Sloop Galaxy Farm Saison
  • De Ranke Hop Harvest
  • Wagner Valley Hop Tropic IPA
  • Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

 

That Wagner Valley beer was a very pleasant surprise.  Riff on the NE "milkshake" IPAs that are getting big now.  I know it's blasphemy to some beer folk because the beers are "unfinished" but I like the style a lot.  Pretty good beer.  I can't remember the last time I had a Wagner Valley beer, at least a year now.

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30 minutes ago, Steve Tasker said:

Last night:

  • Community Beer Works Whiskey Barrel Snow (imperial stout)
  • Singlecut Brett Jan
  • Lost Nation Rustic Ale
  • Community Beer Works Frank x2 (pale ale)

Tonight:

  • Sloop Galaxy Farm Saison
  • De Ranke Hop Harvest
  • Wagner Valley Hop Tropic IPA
  • Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

 

That Wagner Valley beer was a very pleasant surprise.  Riff on the NE "milkshake" IPAs that are getting big now.  I know it's blasphemy to some beer folk because the beers are "unfinished" but I like the style a lot.  Pretty good beer.  I can't remember the last time I had a Wagner Valley beer, at least a year now.

Those New England style beers are amazing and I actually prefer them to any other IPA stye. Maybe it's just the "newness" of it and the fact they are almost impossible to find in Michigan. 

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In a rare move, I had a few IPAs tonight:

Green Flash Passion Fruit White IPA (list said 7.7 ABV, but it drinks a lot lighter and cleaner than that)

Rivertowne IPA (too malty)

Levante Chief IPA (this is a pretty new brewery in West Chester, PA.  Pretty good beer.)

2SP Bellcrack IIPA (I think I've had this before, ok, not the best.  This is a pretty new brewery in Delaware County PA, which overall has been good when I've been there).

Lagunitas Citrusinensis - It's a good one

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