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Title: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 19, 2009, 04:54:06 PM

Somehow pushed to the back of the fridge, found a lone and lonely Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  Maybe not for the purist, but a really nice deep and dark pumpkin/caramel flavor that goes well with food (in this case a quick steak burrito).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 19, 2009, 06:40:29 PM
2002 Karl Lawrence Cab.

REALLY tight when I first popped, opened up after about 45 minutes.  Still quite young.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 19, 2009, 07:04:44 PM

Very nice offering from Hudson Rouse. It is a 2005 Cab, from Popova Kula winery in Macedonia.

What we had to pair today at BGE were those wines from Macedonia.  A couple were terrific, this is one.

GG>- <<<< added later >>>>   I didn't know this wine was this individual..   Now that might not make it great, but it from a fairly unique, heritage grape variety.  I'm all for that.  

http://popovakula.com.mk/eng/OurWinesGroupsRedWines2005.htm (http://popovakula.com.mk/eng/OurWinesGroupsRedWines2005.htm)

I haven't opened this bottle but I did taste it (a good taste) during our show today.

Other than that wine (maybe later), I'm drinking a Loose Cannon, they are still tops for me...
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on December 19, 2009, 08:22:57 PM
2006 Etude Napa Valley Fortitude - nice blend of Charbono, carignane, valdiguie, petite sirah.  Tastes sort of Italian, not at all like a Cali fruit bomb.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on December 20, 2009, 07:16:19 PM
Drinking a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous right now.  Probably going to open a Duchesse De Bourgogne in a few minutes.  Have some Stella simmering in my chili.  That's about all that's good for.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: hudson on December 21, 2009, 08:15:50 AM
hope you liked the Cab GG...i had the same with Bigos last night...it did great.  BTW its $9.99 retail
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GianniB on December 21, 2009, 08:25:10 AM
Same ol' same...Dewars with a splash of filtered water!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 21, 2009, 09:26:24 AM
Drinking a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous right now. 

Sounds quite tasty.  Where'd you get it?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on December 21, 2009, 11:11:57 AM
I got that Stone at the Green's on BuHi, but I've seen them at the other Green's and I think I've seen it at Candler Park Market.  Deep roasted malts keep the strong resiny hops in good balance.  Stone is probably my favorite brewer of American style ales.  This isn't my favorite Stone (that would be the Double Bastard), but it's very nice.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 24, 2009, 12:48:38 PM
Lozen Boer:

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_bDslkypbNJo/SzO2qMWFfpI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/XkX_BB-DLNI/s800/lozen.JPG)

Not something I would ordinarily buy, but a gift from somebody (who spends most of his time hanging out in Decatur Pubs) I did a lot of work for last year.  At 750 ml and 10% alcohol, I shouldn't need too much else.

Anybody ever run across it?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on December 24, 2009, 01:13:21 PM
I don't think I've had that one, but I recently ran across that brewery's Flemish sour, and it was easily one of the best I've had of the style.  Based on that I would imagine that their other varieties are very good.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 24, 2009, 04:08:33 PM
Ok...one lozen boer down.  Really nice, very deep rich caramel flavor, relatively sweet, great with a spread of salty and spicy apps.  Sorry, I cannot pick out "notes"... But it is certainly substantial and rich and VERY tasty... Did I mention 750 ml and 10% abv???  :-)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on December 26, 2009, 05:16:20 PM
La Fin Du Monde, maybe followed up by a Maudite.  As my Canadian sister-in-law puts it: "The is the only good thing to ever come out of Quebec."
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on December 26, 2009, 07:37:53 PM
Pino Gris/Grigio tasting:

Villa Marija (Slovenia)
Acrobat (Oregon)
Snowline (Oregon)

Acrobat is the richest, fullest of the bunch.  Villa Marija very crisp and nice, though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 26, 2009, 10:13:06 PM
Currently at the bar at Leon's enjoying a Bell's Double Cream Stout. Quite tasty.


Followed by a Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper.  What a crazy, delicious beer.  At nearly 11% ABV it about knocked me on my butt.  Home to bed hopefully not to regret...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 27, 2009, 04:45:44 AM
Currently at the bar at Leon's enjoying a Bell's Double Cream Stout. Quite tasty.

I had one of those last week at Leon's and really enjoyed it.  If I remember it was 5% ABV and was reasonably light for a stout but still stood up to food very well.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on December 27, 2009, 09:41:18 AM
Well, last night (as I hope it goes without saying), Dogfish Head's Burton Baton, an oak-aged double (Imperial) IPA.  I have really enjoyed trying all kinds of barrel-aged beers and this one is very tasty, enough hops to balance out the sweetness so it is not cloying.  10% so one bottle was plenty for me.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 08, 2010, 04:12:44 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on January 08, 2010, 04:18:38 PM
Wild Turkey like I always drink!!!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on January 08, 2010, 04:48:01 PM
I think tonight's a good night to warm up that Quelque Chose that's been in the DBR for years.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Beerbitch on January 08, 2010, 04:56:14 PM
Although it sounds "backwards" -- Founders Breakfast Stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on January 08, 2010, 06:39:16 PM
Navarro 2006 Gewurztraminer
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 08, 2010, 06:53:41 PM


 I am drinking only half a bottle of the Carolus -      It is way delicious but it fills me up like it was bread.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on February 07, 2010, 02:40:49 PM

Very tasty, nice honey and citrus flavors if you're into that:

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bDslkypbNJo/S28k2d_JUuI/AAAAAAAAB48/R8kmlFGoTiY/s800/2-7-2010%203-36-49%20PM.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on February 07, 2010, 03:10:06 PM
May crack one of these tonight...

(http://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/founders-breakfast-stout.jpg)
(photo not mine)

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 07, 2010, 03:45:00 PM
May crack one of these tonight...

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757)

How did you get the head on that beer?    ;D

Wow.. I bought a couple kinds of Founders beers this weekend and JUST opened a Breakfast Stout, not too bad on first sip...

It is really interesting with no head at all to speak of and a velvety chocolate taste.. This is a bit too cold right now and should improve in the next half hour.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-breakfast-stout/14956/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-breakfast-stout/14956/)

I did get a 4-pack of Founders Double Trouble and found it REALLY hoppy.  I was told it was like my Loose Cannon, but it is, and I've only had one bottle of it, much hoppier than the Loose Cannon.  Here is what RB says about it..

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-double-trouble-ipa/67360/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-double-trouble-ipa/67360/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on February 07, 2010, 03:46:26 PM
May crack one of these tonight...

(http://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/founders-breakfast-stout.jpg)

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757)


that certainly looks and sounds tasty... I am NOT a purist and truly enjoy a lot of these stouts that crank up the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on February 07, 2010, 04:02:25 PM
Haven't tried it yet but I'll let you know.

In response to GG, not my picture or my head. I wish I had Need to get glasses like that though...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 07, 2010, 04:43:59 PM
GG, for a beer with distinct American hops I think the Loose Cannon is good, but I didn't care for the Double Trouble at all.  I don't think they really have much in common besides the fact that they're both hoppy IPAs.

I had a bottle of Cantillon 1900 Grand Cru last night, the only real, unblended lambic available in the US.  Almost completely flat and just about as tart as pure lemon juice.  It was actually pretty hard to pick out distinct flavors beyond sour and a little funk (much less funk than I expected), but it was tasty.  Not a beer that I would want to drink all the time, which at $17 for a bottle is a good thing.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 07, 2010, 05:05:41 PM
GG, for a beer with distinct American hops I think the Loose Cannon is good, but I didn't care for the Double Trouble at all.  I don't think they really have much in common besides the fact that they're both hoppy IPAs.

I had a bottle of Cantillon 1900 Grand Cru last night, the only real, unblended lambic available in the US.  Almost completely flat and just about as tart as pure lemon juice.  It was actually pretty hard to pick out distinct flavors beyond sour and a little funk (much less funk than I expected), but it was tasty.  Not a beer that I would want to drink all the time, which at $17 for a bottle is a good thing.

Just for taste comparison, the Hop Stoopid is very close to the taste of Loose Cannon for me...

I have never had a bottle of Lambic that I really liked..    I am just not into that sour finish...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 07, 2010, 06:56:11 PM
I like real lambics and gueze, but they can seem one-dimensional and I much prefer Flemish sours and various other sour beers that have more going on (farmhouse saisons, American wilds, Hitachino Red Rice, many others).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: lkc on February 10, 2010, 07:44:37 PM
May crack one of these tonight...

(http://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/founders-breakfast-stout.jpg)

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757)


that certainly looks and sounds tasty... I am NOT a purist and truly enjoy a lot of these stouts that crank up the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors.
May crack one of these tonight...

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1199/11757)

How did you get the head on that beer?    ;D

Wow.. I bought a couple kinds of Founders beers this weekend and JUST opened a Breakfast Stout, not too bad on first sip...

It is really interesting with no head at all to speak of and a velvety chocolate taste.. This is a bit too cold right now and should improve in the next half hour.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-breakfast-stout/14956/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-breakfast-stout/14956/)

I did get a 4-pack of Founders Double Trouble and found it REALLY hoppy.  I was told it was like my Loose Cannon, but it is, and I've only had one bottle of it, much hoppier than the Loose Cannon.  Here is what RB says about it..

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-double-trouble-ipa/67360/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-double-trouble-ipa/67360/)

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I tried this tonight. Went to Nikos in Snellville and got the last pack. Very nice! Reminds me of the coffee i'm currently drinking. Couldn't get that head/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2010, 11:50:33 AM
Founders, in Grand Rapids makes some tasty beer, that's for sure.
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Founders Imperial Stout has a wonderful flavor, it is fairly hoppy but I do like how it looks and I know it is well liked, it may be better on draught?  

This is my second taste of this smooth and creamy stout.  I can appreciate it, but it is not my favorite.  I will say that while I used to hold ..   This beer may get way better as you drink it?  Since it is a departure from the semi-mildly hoppy beers I like.

The beers that are almost ALWAYS in my fridge are

Loose Cannon
Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid
Dogfish head 60 minutes
Sweetwater 420, sometimes
Terrapin Rye Squared
Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster
Cider, I am starting to like the various ciders available to us now.  I am pining for some Woodchuck Pear cider right now..

There is always a collection of stouts, some old ales, some wheat beers, and possibly a pilsner as well as other special beers that migrate into the mainstream consumption.  

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 02, 2010, 05:22:49 PM

Maybe it is a strange place to start.. but my first tonight is a Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale.  I have had this beer in times past, this one tastes different to me?    Do any of you beer geeks taste that it is different than last years offering?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on March 03, 2010, 12:20:45 PM
Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale.  I have had this beer in times past, this one tastes different to me?    Do any of you beer geeks taste that it is different than last years offering?
Last year?  I thought it was only introduced in about the last 6 months.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 03, 2010, 03:30:24 PM
Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale.  I have had this beer in times past, this one tastes different to me?    Do any of you beer geeks taste that it is different than last years offering?

Last year?  I thought it was only introduced in about the last 6 months. 

You are right, I was thinking of another beer....                  ::)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 12, 2010, 01:27:30 AM
It was Thursday, which means Beer Night in our house.  We hit the Brick Store first where I tried the Nogne O dunkel wit (http://atlantabeer.blogspot.com/2010/03/strange-beer-alert.html) and she had the Caracole saxo.  The Nogne gets some mixed reviews online but I liked it.  It's a strong, dark Belgian style wheat beer brewed with orange peel and coriander.  It was good, though I think some livelier carbonation would have helped.

Then we went to Mac McGee's for some Stone Arrogant Bastard and Houblon Chouffe.  If you haven't been you're missing out.  This is a beautiful, comfortable pub, probably my favorite pub to actually be in.  The beer list doesn't quite match BSP or the Porter, but it's so nice inside I'm happy just hanging out drinking a good, but not super rare beer.

Then we biked home and split a Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire.  This is a dark farmhouse style ale, nicely Bretty and spicy.  The Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere is much crisper and easier to drink, but I think Bam Noire is better balanced and doesn't lean so heavily on the tart apple flavor that's so prevalent in Brett beers.  Overall, it's hard to go wrong with Jolly Pumpkin.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 12, 2010, 07:52:05 AM
the arrogant bastard is probably my favorite right now....or is it the double bastard...stone is putting out some great beers
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 14, 2010, 05:46:52 PM


I saw some Avery Ellie's Brown Ale and picked up a few..   Nice caramel taste, not too bitter, a good beverage for me..

CP even says she likes the taste of it...  btw.. I would rate this beer higher than the 83 that Ratebeer has it averaged.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-ellies-brown-ale/63/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-ellies-brown-ale/63/)


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 14, 2010, 05:47:59 PM
the arrogant bastard is probably my favorite right now....or is it the double bastard...stone is putting out some great beers

I like the Arrogant Bastard too Daniel, I don't like the Oaked version of it as much....

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 14, 2010, 07:55:00 PM


I saw some Avery Ellie's Brown Ale and picked up a few..   Nice caramel taste, not too bitter, a good beverage for me..

CP even says she likes the taste of it...  btw.. I would rate this beer higher than the 83 that Ratebeer has it averaged.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-ellies-brown-ale/63/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-ellies-brown-ale/63/)

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bought a Avery duganA Friday, can't wait to get to this one.  everything i have had from avery has been top notch.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 16, 2010, 05:29:20 PM
Something strong
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on March 19, 2010, 11:13:13 PM
Sierra Nevada Harvest wet hop ale

Hop hop hoppy!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 20, 2010, 01:49:39 PM
Stopped into my favorite local liquor store this afternoon (Smyrna World of Beverages).  As always, having a nice talk with one of the guys working there, asking questions about the nice display of Founders brews and lamenting that I understand they have some really hoppy options... but I was really more of a stout person...

He lowered his voice, looked around briefly, and said he could set me up with a 4-pack (and only a single 4-pack) of the Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from the back  (11.2% ABV, "an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak Bourbon barrels for an entire year" according to the label).  Before going back to the vault and getting someone to turn the other key (I assume), he wanted to confirm I was okay with the $20-ish tab for the 4.  Sure, why not, that's what I'd pay for it at a drinking establishment.  When he came back he explained that they got 10 cases and only 10 cases and they had regulars who were expecting this brew, hence it isn't out for the general riffraff (my interpretation of the conversation).

Anybody ever try the stuff?

Not sure if this is as rare as he said, but my google'ing seems to indicate it has been in other years (in 2009, 1400 cases only)... but if anyone is interested it might be a good idea to call ahead:
Smyrna World of Beverages.  (770) 431-9599
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 20, 2010, 02:09:24 PM
Stopped into my favorite local liquor store this afternoon (Smyrna World of Beverages).  As always, having a nice talk with one of the guys working there, asking questions about the nice display of Founders brews and lamenting that I understand they have some really hoppy options... but I was really more of a stout person...

He lowered his voice, looked around briefly, and said he could set me up with a 4-pack (and only a single 4-pack) of the Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from the back  (11.2% ABV, "an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak Bourbon barrels for an entire year" according to the label).  Before going back to the vault and getting someone to turn the other key (I assume), he wanted to confirm I was okay with the $20-ish tab for the 4.  Sure, why not, that's what I'd pay for it at a drinking establishment.  When he came back he explained that they got 10 cases and only 10 cases and they had regulars who were expecting this brew, hence it isn't out for the general riffraff (my interpretation of the conversation).

Anybody ever try the stuff?

Not sure if this is as rare as he said, but my google'ing seems to indicate it has been in other years (in 2009, 1400 cases only)... but if anyone is interested it might be a good idea to call ahead:
Smyrna World of Beverages.  (770) 431-9599 

I am sure the Breakfast Stout that I still have a few bottles of is NOT the Kentucky, Bourbon barrel type, but it sure is good.  I am squirreling it away for a taste or two later in the year.   Lucky you.. btw..

The regular Breakfast Stout is PDG..  (pretty damn good).  Founders has some real hits on their list of offerings right now, many of their beers rated in the high 90% at Ratebeer and other beer boards.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 20, 2010, 05:17:05 PM
Stopped into my favorite local liquor store this afternoon (Smyrna World of Beverages).  As always, having a nice talk with one of the guys working there, asking questions about the nice display of Founders brews and lamenting that I understand they have some really hoppy options... but I was really more of a stout person...

He lowered his voice, looked around briefly, and said he could set me up with a 4-pack (and only a single 4-pack) of the Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from the back  (11.2% ABV, "an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak Bourbon barrels for an entire year" according to the label).  Before going back to the vault and getting someone to turn the other key (I assume), he wanted to confirm I was okay with the $20-ish tab for the 4.  Sure, why not, that's what I'd pay for it at a drinking establishment.  When he came back he explained that they got 10 cases and only 10 cases and they had regulars who were expecting this brew, hence it isn't out for the general riffraff (my interpretation of the conversation).

Anybody ever try the stuff?

Not sure if this is as rare as he said, but my google'ing seems to indicate it has been in other years (in 2009, 1400 cases only)... but if anyone is interested it might be a good idea to call ahead:
Smyrna World of Beverages.  (770) 431-9599 

I am sure the Breakfast Stout that I still have a few bottles of is NOT the Kentucky, Bourbon barrel type, but it sure is good.  I am squirreling it away for a taste or two later in the year.   Lucky you.. btw..

The regular Breakfast Stout is PDG..  (pretty damn good).  Founders has some real hits on their list of offerings right now, many of their beers rated in the high 90% at Ratebeer and other beer boards.

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Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Interesting... kinda like pouring a 12 oz bourbon....

Seriously, I taste and smell the coffee and the vanilla, the chocolate not so much, but 90% of the flavor influence to me seems to be BOURBON!

But I get ahead of myself.  This pours out like syrup with little to no head.  It has the look and feel of premium balsamic vinegar... and some of that same cloying sweetness.  There is no doubt about the bourbon influence.  It smells like bourbon, it taste like bourbon... you better like bourbon.

After a single 12 oz bottle of this bourbon, I am undecided (and a little bit buzzed...).  I love a good stout, but this has some of the same sweetness that typically has me avoiding bourbon... I am undecided, thankfully have 3 left.  This is certainly a beer to have with food!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 20, 2010, 05:41:10 PM
Stopped into my favorite local liquor store this afternoon (Smyrna World of Beverages).  As always, having a nice talk with one of the guys working there, asking questions about the nice display of Founders brews and lamenting that I understand they have some really hoppy options... but I was really more of a stout person...

He lowered his voice, looked around briefly, and said he could set me up with a 4-pack (and only a single 4-pack) of the Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) from the back  (11.2% ABV, "an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak Bourbon barrels for an entire year" according to the label).  Before going back to the vault and getting someone to turn the other key (I assume), he wanted to confirm I was okay with the $20-ish tab for the 4.  Sure, why not, that's what I'd pay for it at a drinking establishment.  When he came back he explained that they got 10 cases and only 10 cases and they had regulars who were expecting this brew, hence it isn't out for the general riffraff (my interpretation of the conversation).

Anybody ever try the stuff?

Not sure if this is as rare as he said, but my google'ing seems to indicate it has been in other years (in 2009, 1400 cases only)... but if anyone is interested it might be a good idea to call ahead:
Smyrna World of Beverages.  (770) 431-9599 

I am sure the Breakfast Stout that I still have a few bottles of is NOT the Kentucky, Bourbon barrel type, but it sure is good.  I am squirreling it away for a taste or two later in the year.   Lucky you.. btw..

The regular Breakfast Stout is PDG..  (pretty damn good).  Founders has some real hits on their list of offerings right now, many of their beers rated in the high 90% at Ratebeer and other beer boards.

.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Interesting... kinda like pouring a 12 oz bourbon....

Seriously, I taste and smell the coffee and the vanilla, the chocolate not so much, but 90% of the flavor influence to me seems to be BOURBON!

But I get ahead of myself.  This pours out like syrup with little to no head.  It has the look and feel of premium balsamic vinegar... and some of that same cloying sweetness.  There is no doubt about the bourbon influence.  It smells like bourbon, it taste like bourbon... you better like bourbon.

After a single 12 oz bottle of this bourbon, I am undecided (and a little bit buzzed...).  I love a good stout, but this has some of the same sweetness that typically has me avoiding bourbon... I am undecided, thankfully have 3 left.  This is certainly a beer to have with food!

Cumon, give it another try tonight..  Drink two more and then report back here..    8)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 20, 2010, 05:42:23 PM
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid...    a close cousin to Loose Cannon in my opinion...

<  I think it is only available in the , 22 oz.  ?  growler

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 20, 2010, 09:47:34 PM
I had some of the legendary Founders KBS on tap at the Porter tonight after getting to BSP a little too late yesterday and just missing it there.  Beautiful.  My girlfriend, who is almost as much of a beer fiend as me, could hardly drink a sip she thought it was so strong, but I just thought it was smooth and delicious (I do love bourbon and boozy beers).  Supposedly they use a lot of coffee, but fortunately it was subtle.  I don't want to feel like I'm drinking a frappucino in a bar.  Actually, the coffee and the chocolate were subtle enough that I would have thought it was possible that the flavor was just from roasted malt.  Nice barrel vanilla.  Apparently not for everyone, but that's a damn good beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 21, 2010, 05:33:42 AM
I had some of the legendary Founders KBS on tap at the Porter tonight after getting to BSP a little too late yesterday and just missing it there.  Beautiful.  My girlfriend, who is almost as much of a beer fiend as me, could hardly drink a sip she thought it was so strong, but I just thought it was smooth and delicious (I do love bourbon and boozy beers).  Supposedly they use a lot of coffee, but fortunately it was subtle.  I don't want to feel like I'm drinking a frappucino in a bar.  Actually, the coffee and the chocolate were subtle enough that I would have thought it was possible that the flavor was just from roasted malt.  Nice barrel vanilla.  Apparently not for everyone, but that's a damn good beer.

Interesting... wonder how much different it tastes on tap as compared to the bottle I mention below.  I doubt I'm as good at peeling apart the different flavors given some of your posts, but the bottle certainly yielded coffee and vanilla, not a lot of chocolate... and a Bunch of bourbon!  I know, I'm pretty much repeating my comments below, but coming out of the bottle it was indeed a bourbon frappucino...

I would like to take credit from this day forward to the term "bourbocino" to describe this brew*...

*with appropriate inspirational credit to jpellett251
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 21, 2010, 12:00:59 PM
Bourbocino, I like it.  It sounds like one of the big differences between the bottle you had and what I had on tap was the mouthfeel.  Carbonation was perfect on mine, which can really change your perception of flavors.  Little bubbles can round out and temper strong flavors and make a beer seem more balanced.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 21, 2010, 12:46:41 PM
Bourbocino, I like it.  It sounds like one of the big differences between the bottle you had and what I had on tap was the mouthfeel.  Carbonation was perfect on mine, which can really change your perception of flavors.  Little bubbles can round out and temper strong flavors and make a beer seem more balanced.

I will agree.  There was little to no carbonation and that certainly added to the syrupy mouth feel and I suspect would have counteracted some of the cloying sweetness..
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on April 01, 2010, 10:41:18 PM
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

"Is that like a wine made from barley?" asked Steve.

I would have to agree that it is very much like wine.  A dull, dirty flavor with an astringent metallic backwash and subtle notes of shoe leather.  Disgusting.  F.

I suspect that there are people out there abusing the word "Trappist".

EDIT: I decided to see what subtle nuances of flavor the certified wierdos at beeradvocate.com were imagining in drinking this beer.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/208/674

Can you believe this crap?  I repeat: it must be very much like wine, because people are talking about it with that ridiculous, moronic wine jargon.

- "Caramel malt and fig dominate."  (How can a subtle nuance dominate anything?)

- "Extremely drinkable. Full of flavor, but does not weigh you down."  (What is this?  Bud Light?  "Drinkability!")

- "Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins."  (I so prefer candi sugar to invert sugar.)

- "This metallic flavor dominated the palate through the finish- akin to sucking on a penny- eclipsing any other nuances that were there."  (Alert!  Someone is actually reporting what he tasted instead of what he wanted to taste!  Keep in mind that this weirdo still rated the beer a B.  When you suck on pennies, does the letter "B" come to mind?)

- "I was getting cherries, apples, and a bit of banana for the most part. Then you get some mild cinnamon spice and a bit of floral hops. Perhaps one could taste a little chocolate as well. "  (Perhaps one could admit that "getting" flavors is the same thing as IMAGINING flavors.)

- "Westmalle Dubbel is reminiscent of under-ripe bananas dipped in caramel and toffee and then lightly dusted with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and clove"  (Mind you, it doesn't taste like any of those things.  It's only "reminiscent" of them.)

- "Poured into my Chimay chalice"  (No mere glass for this flavor inventor!)

- "Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus"  (Imaginary, imaginary, imaginary, and imaginary.)

- "Pours brown with a decent amount of head that is retained rather nicely. This leads to some amazing lacing."  (NOTHING leads to "amazing lacing".)

- "this is simply a paragon of its style. Those monks know a thing or two about brewing."  (That slurping sound you hear is NOT the act of beer tasting.)

- "Very subtle throughout."  (Would you like some mild, flaky white fish to go with that?)

What kills me is the millions, perhaps billions, or even trillions of different flavors that were "gotten" or "picked up" when people drank this beer.  These claims to flavors include: caramel, malt, fig, sugar, barley, alcohol, dark cherries, dark fruits, bitter, tart, stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, Midichlorians, metallic, sucking on a penny, nuances, bread, fruit, cherries, apples, banana cinnamon, floral hops, chocolate, dried fruits, under-ripe bananas, toffee, earthy, pear, raisin, berries, dates, plums, acidic lemon, dark sweet fruits, zesty fruits, apples, brown sugar, apple cider, molasses, leather, tart apples, coffee, citrus (plum), cocoa, vanilla, grapes, rock candy, no hops, spiciness, candied fruits, buttery toffee, whole wheat bread, cracker, sweet apple, earthy flavors, candied malt, banana bread, dark bread, ripe, and jammy.

Indeed, nothing tastes better than the flavor you really, really WANT to taste.  The sheer awesomeness of that kind of flavor might inspire you write up a florid spate of bullshit to impress your wierdo friends.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 01, 2010, 10:52:47 PM
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

"Is that like a wine made from barley?" asked Steve.

I would have to agree that it is very much like wine.  A dull, dirty flavor with an astringent metallic backwash and subtle notes of shoe leather.  Disgusting.  F.

I suspect that there are people out there abusing the word "Trappist".

This one?

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/westmalle-dubbel/2205/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/westmalle-dubbel/2205/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 02, 2010, 12:19:51 PM
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

"Is that like a wine made from barley?" asked Steve.

I would have to agree that it is very much like wine.  A dull, dirty flavor with an astringent metallic backwash and subtle notes of shoe leather.  Disgusting.  F.

I suspect that there are people out there abusing the word "Trappist".
<snip>
Can you believe this crap?  I repeat: it must be very much like wine, because people are talking about it with that ridiculous, moronic wine jargon.
<snip>
- "Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins."  (I so prefer candi sugar to invert sugar.)
You do realize that candi sugar is a classic ingredient in Belgian (and Trappist Dubbles and Tripels) to bump the ABV up?  Invert sugar is more commonly used in British ales.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 02, 2010, 12:33:14 PM
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

"Is that like a wine made from barley?" asked Steve.

I would have to agree that it is very much like wine.  A dull, dirty flavor with an astringent metallic backwash and subtle notes of shoe leather.  Disgusting.  F.

I suspect that there are people out there abusing the word "Trappist".
<snip>
Can you believe this crap?  I repeat: it must be very much like wine, because people are talking about it with that ridiculous, moronic wine jargon.
<snip>
- "Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins."  (I so prefer candi sugar to invert sugar.)

You do realize that candi sugar is a classic ingredient in Belgian (and Trappist Dubbles and Tripels) to bump the ABV up?  Invert sugar is more commonly used in British ales.

I have to think that what our resident iconoclast was drinking was a poorly stored/handled bottle of beer? 

There is nothing but personal tastes in this dogfight, but there are a respectable group of people that think that beer is VERY good, and most of those people are not ratcheting up their persona by evaluating their likes or dislikes.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 02, 2010, 01:24:07 PM
I had a Westmalle dubbel a few days ago.  Not my favorite dubbel, but a nice beer with no metallic flavor.  As Mike said, Loundry probably had a poorly handled bottle, especially if it tasted astringent.  As far as abusing the word trappist, there are only 7 trappist breweries and Westmalle is not only the oldest, but it created the dubbel and has been brewing it since before any of the other trappist brewers existed.

You say that people imagine flavors, but that makes it sound so not real, whereas in actuality beers and wines have many specific compounds that correspond to real flavors.  Specific esters produced by the yeast that have specific tastes.  I don't like beers with Isoamyl acetate because they taste like bananas (or I guess more specifically I should say that wheat beers and bananas taste the same because they both have Isoamyl acetate).  But that's one of many esters that you find in beer, especially a Belgian beer.

And of course the treatment of the malt contributes a variety of flavors (coffee, chocolate in a dark roast) and hops have a wide variety of flavors/smells (grapefruit, pine, grass).

I can't pick out flavors in wine very well, but I've carefully studied enough beer that I recognize these flavors.  You can of course enjoy a beer without it, but for me a lot of the fun is in tasting and appreciating what flavors are going on.  It's no coincidence that reviews that I read after I drink a beer come pretty close to the flavors I tasted.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 02, 2010, 04:19:09 PM


Tasting a Moylans Kilt Lifter again..  Except for being sweet this is one tasty beer.

I am going to drink part of it tonight..   

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 02, 2010, 10:41:33 PM
Drinking a Cantillon Kriek right now.  Super tart and delicious, though I prefer the Cantillon gueze.  The tart cherry definitely dominates and I think covers some of the complexity of the gueze.

Even more excitingly, I was at Thinking Man and they had Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout!  This went fast at the Porter and bsp (they didn't even put it on the menu at bsp).  It will probably last lightly lnger at TM, though I would be surprised if it's still there by Sunday.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 02, 2010, 11:06:21 PM
Quick update to my above post (when a gig is unexpectedly cancelled I end up drinking a bit if we have anything good in the house).  When I bought the Cantillon Kriek I also bought a Lindemans Kriek to compare.  I've often talked unfavorably about Lindemans fruit lambics (the gueze is awesome) but it's been years since I actually drank one.  Unfortunately my memory was correct.  This tastes like carbonated cherry kool-aid, though the cherries do taste more real.  Cloyingly sweet and hard to drink.  Not recommended at all, though like I said, don't let their pasteurized, sweet fruit lambics keep you from trying their gueze, which I think I actually like more than Cantillon's standard gueze.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on April 03, 2010, 02:12:35 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on April 03, 2010, 05:36:52 PM

Had a very Nice Bells Special Double Cream Stout with dinner tonight.  Incredibly heavy, dark and strong with a really big coffee flavor and thankfully not at all sweet.  Not something I would drink without food nor that I'd probably drink more than one of because I tend to reach a saturation point with something this strong a flavor.

I really like stouts, or maybe I'm imagining that  :D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 03, 2010, 05:48:16 PM

Had a very Nice Bells Special Double Cream Stout with dinner tonight.  Incredibly heavy, dark and strong with a really big coffee flavor and thankfully not at all sweet.  Not something I would drink without food nor that I'd probably drink more than one of because I tend to reach a saturation point with something this strong a flavor.

I really like stouts, or maybe I'm imagining that  :D  

I like some Stouts too, but would not have been lead in that direction without others prompting me to try these robust dark beers from the past..   What the hell could they know?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on April 03, 2010, 08:19:59 PM
Argentinian Pinot (Catalpa), a first for me, I believe.  Doesn't taste like Pinot, but it's goood.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Foodgeek on April 03, 2010, 08:54:41 PM
How do you know he's really tasting it as opposed to imagining he's tasting it, especially when he is so highly motivated to detect "subtle nuances" of flavor in order to show off his allegedly sophisticated palate?

You can't. I mean, of course you can't get inside another person's mouth and taste what they are tasting, but you really, really can't taste what they are tasting vs. what they imagine they taste, and determine the motives they might have for imagining that flavor.

Years ago, when I first started working as a fine dining server, I started having to go through wine tastings as part of fulfilling my job description. We were all standing around at line-up one day, tasting a big cab, and my friend Renato offered up, "I'm getting hints of nutmeg." All around the room, heads started nodding and all the servers and the managers present marveled at his insight and sensitive palate.

Not to be outdone, the very next tasting we had I started grabbing around my head for any flavor that would correspond to what I was tasting. "I'm sensing some undertones of tobacco," I offered, again receiving the approving nods. Now, tobacco is not a pleasant flavor for everybody, and it's probably even off-putting to most people who aren't addicted to it, but it was fun to play this game and have a tiny victory.

Over the years, I learned to play this game very well, because it was part of my job. Is it prestigious to explain to someone that the reason I can take part in a wine tasting is because I was a waitress for so much of my life? I don't think it is. Some people might even take it as evidence that I became good at that simply because I was probably too stupid to do anything else for a living.

The bottom line is that you're right about people imagining flavors, because I know for a fact that it happens all the time. Servers describe wines in terms of these subtle, underlying flavors because they want to sell the wine, and people pay big bucks for them in restaurants and then imagine that they taste exactly how the server told them they would taste, because it makes them look like fancy, sophisticated show-offs. When times are booming, a $100 bottle of wine is actually significantly less expensive than a lot of other things you could buy to try to fool people into thinking you have class.

I still drink wine, because I enjoy it, but I'm glad I don't have to ramble on and on about what specific fruity notes, or subtle tinges of "leather" are in it, because that's not my job anymore. About the farthest that my husband and I discuss wine is pretty much, "This one is good," or "This one doesn't justify paying more than $20 a bottle, so we won't buy it again." We have a pretty simple life, and we like $10 bottles of wine, and we don't care what anyone thinks about that.

And I like stouts, too, and I'm sure I'm not imagining that.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 04, 2010, 08:29:40 AM
I don't disagree with any of the psychological underpinnings of tasting.  There's no reason to take it to the absurd conclusion that nobody can taste anything.  Why would I have dumped a wine down the drain that I bought because I had read it was good?  How could I have on multiple occasions been served the wrong beer and after tasting it immediately realizing it and figuring out what I was actually served (and having it confirmed by the server/bartender)?  When I read reviews of beer before I drink it I do end up tasting a lot of the flavors that were described, but not all of them and sometimes I totally disagree.  I'm far from alone in these things.  I think you are more likely to pick out something subtle if you're guided there, but that doesn't mean it's not there. 

People consider me to have good ears, but what most of them don't realize is that far more than that I have a very deep understanding of music theory so within certain styles/periods I know what I should be expecting to happen harmonically.  My expectations are either met or denied in various ways and based on that I can tell you a lot about what's happening.  Without that knowledge base my ears would be almost as useless as yours in hearing these things.  My hearing is very much influenced by things I know either generally or specifically for a given piece of music.  Does this mean I'm not hearing these things or that they're not there?  Of course not.  Even more importantly, you hear them as well but just don't know what you're hearing.  We respond to music because of how it meets or denies our expectations.  You wouldn't listen to music if you didn't hear these things, though you would probably describe them in very general terms of mood or feeling.  If we want to look deeper and don't have this knowledge base we're basing our analysis on choosing from all possibilities, an overwhelming prospect.  I'm not denying that there are some purely psychological aspects of taste, but there's a lot more going on than that.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: CodePoet on April 04, 2010, 02:58:38 PM
For our Easter brunch, I made Champagne Limoncello Cocktails from a recipe in Cooking Light.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


Ingredients
8  (3 x 1/2-inch) lemon rind strips
8  tablespoons  Limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
4  teaspoons  fresh lemon juice
1  (750-milliliter) bottle brut Champagne, chilled
Preparation
1. Roll up each strip of lemon rind; place 1 into each of 8 Champagne flutes. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur and 1/2 teaspoon juice to each glass. Divide Champagne evenly among glasses. Serve immediately.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on April 04, 2010, 04:29:45 PM
Foodgeek, thank you for your validation, and I have to thank you even more for this astute observation that I didn't consider:

When times are booming, a $100 bottle of wine is actually significantly less expensive than a lot of other things you could buy to try to fool people into thinking you have class.

Mind you, I don't give a whit about class.  I'm too busy enjoying life to spend time caring what other people think about me.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 05, 2010, 09:44:40 AM
I can finally start drinking a beer or 2, so I'm heading over to Hop City sometime this week to reaquaint myself with the stuff. Any recommendations of new stuff in the bottle to smooth the transition? I was thinking of some Hitachino, possibly a saison, or a decent wit.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 06, 2010, 11:32:47 AM
I can finally start drinking a beer or 2, so I'm heading over to Hop City sometime this week to reaquaint myself with the stuff. Any recommendations of new stuff in the bottle to smooth the transition? I was thinking of some Hitachino, possibly a saison, or a decent wit.
Bridgeport Hop Czar has recently come in to the local market.  Very good beer at a very good price.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 06, 2010, 03:43:57 PM


And yes I do know it is only 4:45pm...


Chimay Blue..  wonderful stuff..   in moderation..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 06, 2010, 11:07:50 PM
On a cable car in San Francisco making our way to La Trappe, a belgian bar.  Looking forward to drinking the legendary Russian River Consecration on tap.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 07, 2010, 01:47:06 AM
Russian River Consecration was awesome, a moderately light bodied American wild made with currant.  Nice Flemish red type sourness and acidity along with some fruit tartness from the currant.  I've been wanting to try some RR sours for a long time (not available in GA yet), and this first one does not disappoint. 

Gouden Carulus Easter seems like it should have made its way to Atlanta but I never saw it anywhere (other GC beers make it).  Much better than GC Noel...more complex  and not as sweet.  It's still on the sweeter side of strong Belgian darks, but avoids the completely cloying syrupiness of GC Noel.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on April 07, 2010, 07:23:23 PM
Just got back from the in-laws tonight, so some drinking was definitely in order.  On bottle #2 of the Bell's Two Hearted.  Very nice IPA that went quite well with the Chinese take-out (especially once I added a nice dose of sambal - to the food, not the beer!)

But, the beer I really want to mention is one I had on tap last week at Cyprus Pint and Plate, in midtown.  Schnieder Aventinus Weizenbock.  Holy crap, did I like this beer!  Beautiful amber-brown, nice head. Bananas, figs, smoke, caramel, and more.  Did not taste the 8.2% ABV.  Need to find this retail.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/)

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 07, 2010, 07:39:04 PM
Just got back from the in-laws tonight, so some drinking was definitely in order.  On bottle #2 of the Bell's Two Hearted.  Very nice IPA that went quite well with the Chinese take-out (especially once I added a nice dose of sambal - to the food, not the beer!)

But, the beer I really want to mention is one I had on tap last week at Cyprus Pint and Plate, in midtown.  Schnieder Aventinus Weizenbock.  Holy crap, did I like this beer!  Beautiful amber-brown, nice head. Bananas, figs, smoke, caramel, and more.  Did not taste the 8.2% ABV.  Need to find this retail.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/)


I've seen it at Greens Ponce, and do believe it's at Hop City as well. You do taste more of the alcohol from the bottle, IMO, but it is a pretty tasty pour.


Been looking for Moretti La Rossa, and can't find it - a decent dopple with great promise for pizza and pasta.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on April 07, 2010, 07:46:27 PM
Thanks - I'll have to check out Greens, as it's closer to my neck of the woods.  Do need to get to Hop City, at some point...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on April 07, 2010, 08:26:44 PM
Just got back from the in-laws tonight, so some drinking was definitely in order.  On bottle #2 of the Bell's Two Hearted.  Very nice IPA that went quite well with the Chinese take-out (especially once I added a nice dose of sambal - to the food, not the beer!)

But, the beer I really want to mention is one I had on tap last week at Cyprus Pint and Plate, in midtown.  Schnieder Aventinus Weizenbock.  Holy crap, did I like this beer!  Beautiful amber-brown, nice head. Bananas, figs, smoke, caramel, and more.  Did not taste the 8.2% ABV.  Need to find this retail.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/72/224)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schneider-aventinus/2224/)


I've seen it at Greens Ponce, and do believe it's at Hop City as well. You do taste more of the alcohol from the bottle, IMO, but it is a pretty tasty pour.


Been looking for Moretti La Rossa, and can't find it - a decent dopple with great promise for pizza and pasta.

Shouldn't be too difficult to find Moretti La Rosa, Piggy.  I was sure that Harry's in Marietta had it.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 08, 2010, 07:48:32 AM
Been looking for Moretti La Rossa, and can't find it - a decent dopple with great promise for pizza and pasta.

Shouldn't be too difficult to find Moretti La Rosa, Piggy.  I was sure that Harry's in Marietta had it.
Morettie La Rosa is widely available. Have seen at Total Wine, Green's, etc.  Promise for pizza?  Used to have La Rosa with pizza frequently before the crack down on high gravity beers.  The only decent readily available Italian beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on April 08, 2010, 09:48:58 AM
But, the beer I really want to mention is one I had on tap last week at Cyprus Pint and Plate, in midtown.  Schnieder Aventinus Weizenbock.  Holy crap, did I like this beer!  Beautiful amber-brown, nice head. Bananas, figs, smoke, caramel, and more.  Did not taste the 8.2% ABV.  Need to find this retail.

Yes, it is really wonderful on tap, I had it earlier this week at The Midway and I think I've had it at a Decatur pub, maybe The Marlay or Mac McGee's.  I've bought it in the bottle at Green's on Ponce.  And you do not taste the alcohol like you do in some of the higher-gravity beers - which could be good or bad, depending...  :)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 08, 2010, 12:38:42 PM
But, the beer I really want to mention is one I had on tap last week at Cyprus Pint and Plate, in midtown.  Schnieder Aventinus Weizenbock.  Holy crap, did I like this beer!  Beautiful amber-brown, nice head. Bananas, figs, smoke, caramel, and more.  Did not taste the 8.2% ABV.  Need to find this retail.

Yes, it is really wonderful on tap, I had it earlier this week at The Midway and I think I've had it at a Decatur pub, maybe The Marlay or Mac McGee's.  I've bought it in the bottle at Green's on Ponce.  And you do not taste the alcohol like you do in some of the higher-gravity beers - which could be good or bad, depending...  :)

It's right across from the door to the regular beer cooler area, top shelf.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 08, 2010, 10:31:42 PM
It is a damn shame the we can't get Russian River beers in Georgia.  I've been drinking them the last few days in san Francisco, and Pliny the Elder is by far the best IPA I've ever had, while Consecration and Temptation are some of the best Belgian style sours I've had (including ones from Belgium).  Drinking another Pliny the Elder right now.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 15, 2010, 03:17:07 PM


Well not tonight exactly..  but I saw that Summits had the Founders Breakfast Stout being opened at 11am today so I stopped in to get a taste of it on draught/draft....

It is a completely different beverage then out of the bottle...

Way, way more bourbon taste, and a tad more chocolate.    I am glad I tasted it, (at 1:30pm), but could only have ONE of those high gravity beerz that early.    I really liked it, but it would not, by any means, be my go-to beer.   Good for me once a week or so...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 15, 2010, 03:25:13 PM
which summits?  out your way?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on April 15, 2010, 04:13:20 PM


Well not tonight exactly..  but I saw that Summits had the Founders Breakfast Stout being opened at 11am today so I stopped in to get a taste of it on draught/draft....

It is a completely different beverage then out of the bottle...

Way, way more bourbon taste, and a tad more chocolate.    I am glad I tasted it, (at 1:30pm), but could only have ONE of those high gravity beerz that early.    I really liked it, but it would not, by any means, be my go-to beer.   Good for me once a week or so...

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If you're talking about the KBS (Kentucky B'fast Stout), I shutter to think it has "way more bourbon taste".  I still have a couple bottles left from the 4-pack because it's too much bourbon for me.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 15, 2010, 06:24:10 PM


Well not tonight exactly..  but I saw that Summits had the Founders Breakfast Stout being opened at 11am today so I stopped in to get a taste of it on draught/draft....

It is a completely different beverage then out of the bottle...

Way, way more bourbon taste, and a tad more chocolate.    I am glad I tasted it, (at 1:30pm), but could only have ONE of those high gravity beerz that early.    I really liked it, but it would not, by any means, be my go-to beer.   Good for me once a week or so...

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If you're talking about the KBS (Kentucky B'fast Stout), I shutter to think it has "way more bourbon taste".  I still have a couple bottles left from the 4-pack because it's too much bourbon for me.

I'll take 'em..    no problemo...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 15, 2010, 06:25:09 PM
which summits?  out your way?

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout keg tapping!

 At all three Summits at 11:00 a.m.!  This is an imperial stout brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year!


11.2% ABV    70 IBUs
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 16, 2010, 07:26:00 AM


Well not tonight exactly..  but I saw that Summits had the Founders Breakfast Stout being opened at 11am today so I stopped in to get a taste of it on draught/draft....

It is a completely different beverage then out of the bottle...

Way, way more bourbon taste, and a tad more chocolate.    I am glad I tasted it, (at 1:30pm), but could only have ONE of those high gravity beerz that early.    I really liked it, but it would not, by any means, be my go-to beer.   Good for me once a week or so...

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If you're talking about the KBS (Kentucky B'fast Stout), I shutter to think it has "way more bourbon taste".  I still have a couple bottles left from the 4-pack because it's too much bourbon for me.
Haven't had the KBS.  Personally, I'm over the whole beer on wood/bourbon flavor in beer thing.  Not being a bourbon/whisky/whiskey drinker (and actually a little repulsed at the aroma) I prefer to taste malt, hops, and yeast flavors in my beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on April 18, 2010, 12:14:37 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49418313@N02/4531722104/

Saw this at a Russian grocery and had to get it just for the name.  No, it didn't taste anything like lobster, just a lager with fairly good body (like the label). :D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on April 22, 2010, 06:39:04 PM
So this one is kind of cool, and pretty tasty.  A blend of an imperial IPA and and English style Old-Ale aged in oak for about a month.  Mellows some of the hops a bit, but they are definitely still there.  Not sure how many of these I can drink at 10%, but I like 'em!

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/18862 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/18862)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-burton-baton/39508/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-burton-baton/39508/)

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 22, 2010, 10:46:32 PM
So this one is kind of cool, and pretty tasty.  A blend of an imperial IPA and and English style Old-Ale aged in oak for about a month.  Mellows some of the hops a bit, but they are definitely still there.  Not sure how many of these I can drink at 10%, but I like 'em!

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/18862 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/18862)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-burton-baton/39508/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-burton-baton/39508/)

I will search this one out...     I do like Dogfish Head, and who knows, I might really like it?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on April 23, 2010, 06:19:40 AM
Found it at Decatur Wine and Spirits on Claremont near North Decatur.

They also had the Sam Adams Longshot winners, which contained a mix of home brews that won the annual contest they put on.  I was tempted to pick this up.  Has anyone tried?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 23, 2010, 12:26:25 PM
Mike, you probably would like the Burton Baton.  I remember liking it more last year when it seemed like a pretty even blend between DFH 90 and an old English brown.  I swear that it seems like this year there's a much higher percentage of the 90, which is of course a very nice IPA, but I don't get that into most IPAs.

I had a great sour and a pretty lackluster one last night, both from Petrus.  The Aged Pale was actually one of my favorite sour beers I've had (I've had a lot) and at $3.95 (11.2 oz bottle) from Green's was probably the cheapest good one.  Light and crisp and bracingly sour and funky.  The Petrus Oud Bruin (1.95) wasn't nearly as good, not unpleasant but a little bland.

Aged Pale-http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/718/2184
Oud Bruin-http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/718/2479
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on April 25, 2010, 05:17:06 PM

tail end of the season (judging by the label descriptor of "Winter Warmer"), but picked up a 6 of Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter that is a little lighter than my usual stout obsession, but very refreshing and tasty.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 25, 2010, 06:06:02 PM

tail end of the season (judging by the label descriptor of "Winter Warmer"), but picked up a 6 of Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter that is a little lighter than my usual stout obsession, but very refreshing and tasty.

I often remind myself how delicious I think Loose Cannon beer is.  There have been contenders but it is still at the top of my go-to beers.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 27, 2010, 03:59:21 PM
Wow!    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale....

Now that is a good beer...   I bet it will be even better when it warms up a little?

Good malt, pretty and tall tan head that stayed up for a while.  Almost looks black in the glass but tastes somewhat like an arrogant bastard..   More malt, a bit of different hops I'm guessing.. but a damn good pour..

I'll save the other half of the bottle for after dinner, this is a good, and filling beer..  Another winner from Stone IMHO...

added later: And this big bottle is a good price..  at Niko's less than $6.50... Nice....

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/)
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 28, 2010, 02:16:03 PM
put a Stone 13th anniversary into the fridge over the weekend, might have to get into it tonight.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 28, 2010, 03:34:38 PM
Over at Young Augistine's - having a WTF and some carnitas and kimchee tacos. Can't get much better...until they get the cask tap fixed. Hop Devil awaits.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 30, 2010, 06:14:10 PM
Wow!    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale....

Now that is a good beer...   I bet it will be even better when it warms up a little?

Good malt, pretty and tall tan head that stayed up for a while.  Almost looks black in the glass but tastes somewhat like an arrogant bastard..   More malt, a bit of different hops I'm guessing.. but a damn good pour..

I'll save the other half of the bottle for after dinner, this is a good, and filling beer..  Another winner from Stone IMHO...

added later: And this big bottle is a good price..  at Niko's less than $6.50... Nice....

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/) 

<<< just adding the picture >>>

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Stone_SSR_22.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 30, 2010, 11:17:10 PM
Stone SSR is awesome.  I was at BSP and they had a good selection of sour beers on tap.  Allagash Confluence is an interesting piney hop wild ale.  It's not on the menu so you have to ask for it.  Also had a Rodenbach grand cru, a hard to resist flemish sour.   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on May 01, 2010, 01:25:32 PM
Don't know if it is still there, but last week Leon's had SSR on tap.  I agree it's really good.

I have yet to meet a Stone I haven't liked.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on May 02, 2010, 01:37:20 PM

Doesn't get good reviews online, though the guy at SWoB seemed to think it was okay.  I shall see how it works with dinner.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bDslkypbNJo/S93FlFcsopI/AAAAAAAAB-w/0Dl5xtPXIXU/s400/cap_stout.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on May 02, 2010, 02:21:40 PM
I had the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout at (the dearly departed) 5th Earl, as I recall it was really good.  (However, in the interest of full disclosure there are few coffee or chocolate stouts that I HAVEN'T liked.)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on May 02, 2010, 05:07:45 PM
I had the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout at (the dearly departed) 5th Earl, as I recall it was really good.  (However, in the interest of full disclosure there are few coffee or chocolate stouts that I HAVEN'T liked.)

Very few I dislike either... but this once seemed a little flat (from a taste standpoint) with a little coffee flavor but not much else.  I do, however, assume it tastes totally different on tap.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 06, 2010, 06:28:29 PM


A new one..   I hope you all try it .. it is pretty darn good..


Phin and Matt's extraordinary ale...      Pretty damn good pour...  I will drink more of this ...

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/PhenandMatts22.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 06, 2010, 06:29:36 PM
Don't know if it is still there, but last week Leon's had SSR on tap.  I agree it's really good.

I have yet to meet a Stone I haven't liked. 

I am not fond of the oaked versions of these beerz...     just sayin...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 06, 2010, 07:00:39 PM
Southern Tier has a very nice IPA on tap at bsp.  They also have an imperial red that gets good reviews but I haven't had it yet.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 14, 2010, 05:24:00 PM

Well it is not wine nor beer it is Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale.

it is so spicy that I (personally) cannot even breathe the air above the glass before taking a sip..

Damn good beverage.   I cannot think of what alcohol it would go good with..  Maybe Gin?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Foodgeek on May 14, 2010, 07:37:11 PM
I think Jack and Ginger is a classic pairing.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on May 17, 2010, 08:49:52 AM

Well it is not wine nor beer it is Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale.

it is so spicy that I (personally) cannot even breathe the air above the glass before taking a sip..

Damn good beverage.   I cannot think of what alcohol it would go good with..  Maybe Gin?

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I'm a huge fan of Vernor's ginger ale which I consider to be pretty spicy.  Wonder how it compares to the Red Rock.  Back in the late '70s Vernor's used to come in these unmarked/unlabeled clear glass bottles.  When the neighborhood kids would see me drinking one of those they thought it was beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 17, 2010, 08:52:01 AM
imo, dark rum goes best with really spicy Ginger Beer/Ale....a Dark and Stormy.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 17, 2010, 10:50:33 AM
Nothing can compare to Blenheim for a ginger blast.  ;D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: LizR on May 17, 2010, 04:29:36 PM

Well it is not wine nor beer it is Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale.

it is so spicy that I (personally) cannot even breathe the air above the glass before taking a sip..

Damn good beverage.   I cannot think of what alcohol it would go good with..  Maybe Gin?

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I'm a huge fan of Vernor's ginger ale which I consider to be pretty spicy.  Wonder how it compares to the Red Rock.  Back in the late '70s Vernor's used to come in these unmarked/unlabeled clear glass bottles.  When the neighborhood kids would see me drinking one of those they thought it was beer.

Red Rock is spicier than Vernor's (which is also delicious). I'm thinking rum as well.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 18, 2010, 07:41:37 AM
Moscow Mule isn't a bad idea either, 2 parts Ginger Beer, 1 part Vodka, Lime
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 09, 2010, 05:25:51 PM


Another of the Terrapin Side Project beers.

this one is "Monks Revenge" . it says.  "Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale"...

I don't know about all of that but it is a good beer...


expensive.. but good..

More on this later with a picture maybe..?
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 09, 2010, 05:26:49 PM
Nothing can compare to Blenheim for a ginger blast.  ;D 

where oh where can I buy it..?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 09, 2010, 09:09:41 PM
Fresh Market has Blenheim - if they don't have it in stock right when you go by one I'm nearly certain they can order it for you.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Loundry on June 09, 2010, 09:36:43 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on June 10, 2010, 07:47:41 AM
Another of the Terrapin Side Project beers.

this one is "Monks Revenge" . it says.  "Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale"...

I don't know about all of that but it is a good beer...


expensive.. but good..
I have a real tough time justifying $8 for a 22oz bottle of good beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: terry on June 10, 2010, 09:39:31 AM
I will be drinking draft beer behind the bar tonight.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 10, 2010, 02:25:07 PM
Nothing can compare to Blenheim for a ginger blast.  ;D 

where oh where can I buy it..?

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Make sure you grab the red cap, Mike.  If you dare...  All other ginger ales shake in the shadows of the giant and merciless Blenheim.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: LizR on June 10, 2010, 02:29:31 PM
Ever tried Buffalo Rock ginger ale? Only available in north west FL and Alabama. Super spicy and delicious. If so, how does it compare to Blenheim?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on June 10, 2010, 07:19:04 PM
D&G is alright, but a little too sweet. I does love me some Old #3 when I want to burn off some nose hairs...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 11, 2010, 08:58:22 AM
Ever tried Buffalo Rock ginger ale? Only available in north west FL and Alabama. Super spicy and delicious. If so, how does it compare to Blenheim?

I haven't tried it, no, but it sounds familiar.  Maybe they have it at Harry's or something.  Blenheim has a different flavor compared to most other ginger ales I've found.  It is certainly sweet but I guess it has less overall sweet spice flavor.  Some of the Jamaican ginger ales have a candy kind of sweetness and they might have other spices in there like clove (?) that make it unfavorable to me.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: LizR on June 11, 2010, 09:08:18 AM
If you see it locally, please let us know. I looked online and it appears that it is not available in this area.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on June 11, 2010, 04:48:12 PM
Stopped in to Smyrna World of Beverages today to a distinct shortage of stouts... truly in the off season.  But I did pick up a Stone Imperial Russian Stout.  I really like these, great big flavor in this pitch black brew!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 12, 2010, 05:02:00 PM


Lagunitas Maximus could steal me away from Loose Cannon.   If it tried..

http://www.lagunitas.com/beers/maximus.html (http://www.lagunitas.com/beers/maximus.html)

70 IBU's
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 12, 2010, 06:49:36 PM
I'm doing the tried and true of Gerogia brews for me: Terrapin Rye.  I don't think there's a finer local beer.  My favorite!  

Tonight I'm grilling a Nature's Harmony pork tenderloin that actually has quite a bit of fat on it and running through it.  Paired with parboiled and grilled baby red potatoes, grilled baby red onions, grilled yellow squash and some (of course) grilled bread.  Everything on our plate is local and that makes me happy.  :)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 15, 2010, 03:07:09 PM


I slipped into Summits in Snellville/Stone Mountain today for one of these...   what a good Summer drink..

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ALL THREE SUMMITS LOCATIONS WILL TAP A RARE, LIMITED RELEASE KEG OF NEW BELGIUM BELGIAN STYLE BLOND ALE

From the "Lips of Faith" series - ON TUESDAY, JUNE 15th,  11:00 AM

This strong golden ale is light in color, with moderate body and a crisp finish. Saaz and Styrian Golding hops offer a distinctive Nobel hop aroma. A Belgian yeast strain produces banana and clove notes for a remarkably crisp flavor profile. Belgian Blond is delightfully inviting and approachable with a decidedly adult 8.5% alcohol content.

ABV 8.5%    IBU 30

Hops/spicing:  Saaz and Styrian Golding hops

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on June 19, 2010, 08:50:26 PM
Pulled a couple of oldies from the wine cooler to have with veal chops tonite:

1998 Louis Bernard Gigondas
1999 Domaine la Garrigue Vacqueras

The Bernard is way pleasant, but surprisingly light, the Vacqueras has some real olivey gravitas. . . developing. . .
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 19, 2010, 11:23:21 PM


I slipped into Summits in Snellville/Stone Mountain today for one of these...   what a good Summer drink..

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ALL THREE SUMMITS LOCATIONS WILL TAP A RARE, LIMITED RELEASE KEG OF NEW BELGIUM BELGIAN STYLE BLOND ALE

From the "Lips of Faith" series - ON TUESDAY, JUNE 15th,  11:00 AM

This strong golden ale is light in color, with moderate body and a crisp finish. Saaz and Styrian Golding hops offer a distinctive Nobel hop aroma. A Belgian yeast strain produces banana and clove notes for a remarkably crisp flavor profile. Belgian Blond is delightfully inviting and approachable with a decidedly adult 8.5% alcohol content.

ABV 8.5%    IBU 30

Hops/spicing:  Saaz and Styrian Golding hops

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I had one of these at The Porter last night.  It wasn't bad but I'm not a fan of New Belgium's yeasts.  They tend towards banana and bubble gum and this beer was a little sweet without being balanced by any spiciness from the yeast.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 23, 2010, 04:45:16 PM


Damn, when your mouth wants a good hoppy beer like Loose Cannon, a relatively good Terrapin 420 will just NOT do...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 23, 2010, 06:12:38 PM
Broke out the Firefly vodka and mixed it with some good lemonade.  Dangerous, dangerous mix.  I could drink this stuff all night.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 23, 2010, 06:36:57 PM
Broke out the Firefly vodka and mixed it with some good lemonade.  Dangerous, dangerous mix.  I could drink this stuff all night.

It is dangerous stuff all right..   I can tell you about the............    wait, I really can't tell you about the night that ........................................................................

It is good with diet coke...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 28, 2010, 11:58:17 PM
I try to avoid reposting from my blog to here, but I wanted to share something cool and local and was too lazy to write something different here.

De Proef Brewmaster's Collaborations series, pairing an American brewer with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium, has produced very good beers in collaboration with brewers from Allagash (one of my favorite beers), Port, and Bell's.  2010's collaboration is Monstre Rouge, in collaboration with Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA.  It's not going to be officially released until August, but there was a release party at The Brick Store tonight (6/28) and at Trappeze Pub in Athens tomorrow.  It's called an imperial Flanders red, but I think that's a stretch and it's best to judge it completely as its own beer.  The Monstre Rouge is loosely based on Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, with the addition of some rye to the malt and fermented with a standard Belgian yeast strain and De Proef's awesome strain of Brettanomyces.  It's then aged in American oak.

I went into this expecting an funky beer, and if you're read much of this blog you know that's what I want.  This beer was disappointing in that respect and I probably wouldn't have even noticed the Brett if I hadn't known it was there, but once I quickly got over that this was an amazing beer.  Between the rye and the perfect carbonation this had one of the best mouthfeels of any beer I've had.  The aging took the edge off of the hops, but it started with enough that there was still a nicely rounded bitterness.  There was a subtle sweetness and good yeast complexity, though like I said it was still lacking much of any Brett influence.  It might be a little funkier when it's officially released in August.  Kudos to Terrapin, and it's nice to see what happens when you take a distinctly American ale recipe and throw in some good Belgian yeast.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 17, 2010, 02:09:00 PM

okay, go ahead and make fun of me...

I just popped a Hood River Full Sail Brewery "Sessions" Lager..  and honestly it is not too bad..  It certainly isn't any Hop Stoopid, but it is cold, refreshing and wet...

I have not looked on ratebeer for what the pro's say ?

<<< Added later>>>  This is Full Sail Brewery's Sessions Lager.. it rates a 39..    I'd give it a 50...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 23, 2010, 04:12:56 PM


could it possibly be too hot outside to drink beer?   

I want LEMONADE.... or something..  ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: geonuc on July 23, 2010, 04:26:16 PM


could it possibly be too hot outside to drink beer?   


What!?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 23, 2010, 05:44:08 PM


could it possibly be too hot outside to drink beer?   


What!? 

Come over here and help me find my mind ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 24, 2010, 04:15:50 PM

Harpoon Leviathan..  Very cooling...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 25, 2010, 10:08:36 AM
Despite the heat I opened up my new bottle of Maker's Mark 46 last night.  I think the temperature outside was higher than the proof (94 proof). Good bourbon with a surprising smoothness and a hefty dose of spice from the wood, not from actual spice.  Worth a try if you're a bourbon fan. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: geonuc on July 25, 2010, 04:58:52 PM
I'm drinking beer.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4827912101_d21e87e0f0_m.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on July 29, 2010, 11:09:24 AM
Yesterday in Seattle we managed to drink Russian River Supplication on tap, drink a big bottle of Temptation (my favorite beer and only the second time I've ever seen it in any form), and found a big bottle of Consecration in a store.  We were apparently drinking a lot of good beer because the bartender gave us a bottle of an unbelievable 2002 Hair of the Dog barleywine.  We left that bar (Brouwer's Cafe) and headed to a weird British pub.  It had no food and the drink menu was limited to 3 bottles of Sam Smith, a firkin cask of Sam Smith Brown mixed with port, one red wine, one white wine, Pimm's cup, and a port.

Taking a train to Portland today so I'm sure we'll be drinking interesting stuff tonight.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on July 29, 2010, 02:58:37 PM
I picked up a 6-pack of Founders Porter at Green's today.  Man, that place simply has too many things to choose from.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 29, 2010, 05:07:22 PM


Speaking of Founders..

Down my last couple of Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale, I do like it pretty well, but it is absolutely the foamiest beer I have opened outside of home brewed beer in my life..  It has a head that will not quit...

pretty tasty when it all settles down though..  Anyone else have that same issue ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on July 31, 2010, 07:22:12 PM
Russian River Brewery Consecration.  Belgian brown ale aged in wine casks (Cab I think) with wild yeasts and currants. A bit sour, a bit oakey, and quite a bit different. I think this one is a love or hate kind of beer, and I kind of dig it.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/russian-river-consecration/94349/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/russian-river-consecration/94349/)

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on August 01, 2010, 08:50:58 AM
I'm drinking beer.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4827912101_d21e87e0f0_m.jpg)

I tried the 21st Amendment IPA last night.  If it's pale ale, I'll probably like it, and I liked this.  It won't supplant Two Hearted Ale from the top of my list, but it's a good effort, not overwhelmingly hoppy and lighter in body than most.  That it is packaged in cans only would make it a great choice for picnics or road trips.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on August 02, 2010, 03:31:34 PM
Russian River Brewery Consecration.  Belgian brown ale aged in wine casks (Cab I think) with wild yeasts and currants. A bit sour, a bit oakey, and quite a bit different. I think this one is a love or hate kind of beer, and I kind of dig it.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/russian-river-consecration/94349/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/russian-river-consecration/94349/)


I've had Consecration on tap a few times in the last few days and am bringing a big bottle home.  Great beer.  We were ate APEX in Portland last night where they had it on tap, but I was mainly sticking to Cascade The Vine '09, one of the best American wilds I've had.  Cascade's Summer Gose was a good, subtly salty gose, NBB/Elysian The Trip was a kind of lackluster Flemish sour, and Hair of the Dog Adam was a great strong ale.  Cool bar.


Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on August 04, 2010, 08:27:24 PM
Had Ommegang Tripel Perfection and the Lagunita Little Sumpin' Sumpin" on tap tonight at The Marlay.  The Ommegang was good but WOW did I love the Lagunitas.  What a fantastic fragrance, and such strong hops! 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on August 12, 2010, 03:11:22 PM
going to pull a oak'd yeti from my cellar tonight to quell the anticipation for my upcoming trip to Denver/Boulder.  prime reason for the trip is the UGA/CU football game, but the trip is also going to include visits to both Great Divide and Avery.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 26, 2010, 04:42:53 PM


Lagunitas Maximus...    Mmmmmmmm   good beverage..

I do like the "Lil Sumpin, Sumpin", but Smoke Rise was out of it.. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on August 26, 2010, 06:32:19 PM
Highland Brewing Gaelic Ale for me tonight.  A dollar or so off at the local Kroger influenced my decision, though this is a great beer (ale) from a great local brewery.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on August 27, 2010, 08:38:25 AM
Highland Brewing Gaelic Ale for me tonight.  A dollar or so off at the local Kroger influenced my decision, though this is a great beer (ale) from a great local brewery.
Oscar Wong is a great guy and not someone you would expect to be a brewer/brewery owner.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 11, 2010, 04:44:50 PM


Stone's, Sublimely self-righteous Ale


Good, no damn good Stone Brewery beer..

I think I have had one of these before, but it is terrific..

I had thought about bringing one of these to Tasty China, but damn, I drank it..

Stones, Sublimely self-righteous Ale

terrific beer.  Now I'll go look and see what ratebeer says about it..

<<< honest I didn't peek before I tasted and liked it >>>

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale/96858/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: geonuc on September 11, 2010, 04:47:34 PM
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

While watching US Open tennis. Go Clijsters!

After Fed & Djokovic vacate the court, that is.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on September 11, 2010, 06:01:18 PM
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale.  Nice toasted malts, a more substantial beer for fall though not as heavy as a stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 11, 2010, 06:10:39 PM


I also tried a new one, possibly purchased for my wife, but I have consumed 2 of these over the last few days.  It is the:


Terrapin Sunray Wheat Beer..

Not too bad...   Let me try one more and then I'll give a good answer, and I I have NOT peeked at the ratebeer listing..

I enjoy it's session-like drinkability, I am okay with the flavor, and the bitterness..   Honestly it would have to compete with some of the milder IPA's that I've had.  I like that it local, but I REALLY like Loose Cannon, and I don't know if would stand up to LC in a side-by-side comparison, nor should it..   It is a wheat beer and a bit lighter, but this beer has the punch, and I'd put it in my top 50 beers.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Otto on September 11, 2010, 09:15:05 PM
phin & matt's extraordinary ale by southern tier brewing co.  It's okay, but nothing to write home about. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on September 11, 2010, 11:03:50 PM
Crazy beers at the Porter 2nd anniversary.  All 3 Founders Breakfast Stouts, Petrus Aged Pale, a bunch of impossible to find west coast beerd, and more.  I can't believe I'm at a gig now.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on September 12, 2010, 09:17:16 AM
Just a simple Spaten Ocktoberfest on tap. Nice and clen.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on September 12, 2010, 09:32:15 AM
Last night, picked up a 750ml bottle of Ommegang Zuur ("sour" in Flemish) at Hop City.  It's a sour brown ale flavored with cherries.  Bottle said it's a "collaboration" with Liefman's--which brought to mind their Three Philosphers--but it's actually brewed in Belgium for Ommegang.  Whatever.  I liked it.  Not overly sour at all.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on September 12, 2010, 03:37:38 PM
Had a really nice Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier at Muss & Turner last night.  Black and thick with no head, it was a great beer with food that has strong flavors.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on September 13, 2010, 06:28:20 PM
Happened across a couple 4-packs of Founders Breakfast Stout at Smyrna World of Liquor this evening.  I thought all that stuff was long gone!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on September 13, 2010, 07:38:26 PM
2006 Sinner's Punch - Columbia Valley (WA).  90% Syrah, 10% Cab.  Mighty good with some spicy pork. . .
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Otto on September 13, 2010, 08:27:29 PM
Finished off an Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) that Geo left.  I love this beer.  Melomom, have you had this?  What am I tasting?  Note-since I don't know how to describe beer (other than Mmm...) I always go to my pal expert.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on September 14, 2010, 06:32:52 AM
I haven't had the Ommegang IPA but I did open a bottle of their Three Philosophers the other night, I had forgotten how much I like that beer.  It is a Belgian style ale with a little cherry, not at all sour, and not too fruity or sweet.  Has a nice fall taste to it.  Otto, what's your schedule like?  We should get a beer sometime.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 17, 2010, 05:02:55 PM
Damn, that Bells Two Hearted Ale stands a close second for my favorite Loose Cannon..

What a beer...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on September 21, 2010, 08:58:40 PM
Damn, that Bells Two Hearted Ale stands a close second for my favorite Loose Cannon..

What a beer...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/)

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I agree.  A co-worker introduced me to it a few years ago and I could only get it on my occasional business trips to Brevard at the time.  I still enjoy it, and I'm much happier we can get it in Atlanta now too.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 22, 2010, 11:43:17 AM
Damn, that Bells Two Hearted Ale stands a close second for my favorite Loose Cannon..

What a beer...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/two-hearted-ale/1502/)

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I agree.  A co-worker introduced me to it a few years ago and I could only get it on my occasional business trips to Brevard at the time.  I still enjoy it, and I'm much happier we can get it in Atlanta now too.

I am sure that Bell's info on the side of the bottle is correct, but this particular one works like a 9% beer on me...  I only want one, (unless it's on the weekend, or I am lying down already)    ;)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on September 30, 2010, 08:40:31 AM
I will be drinking in Denver at the Great Divide Tap Room in about 10 hours, and then Friday will be visiting Avery in Boulder.

Oak'd Yeti here i come...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 03, 2010, 01:34:09 PM

I'm thinking that a Loose Cannon on top of my cold medication will be JUST what I need this afternoon while I watch the Falcons?

I will not be using any nuclear devices nor electric slicing equipment.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 05, 2010, 01:15:52 AM
I know there seem to be a lot of Ohio people on the board.  I'm in Cleveland and had a Great Lakes Oktoberfest tonight.  It had a fusel alcohol (long alcohol chains generally caused by a fermentation too warm for the yeast causing a medicinal fruity flavor and "hot" alcohol) flavor completely inappropriate for a lager and generally associated with homebrew.  The beer wasn't actually terrible and nobody else noticed, but for a usually competent brewery it seemed like a huge mistake. I may need an Edmund Fitzgerald before I leave town to make up for it. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on October 05, 2010, 08:17:47 AM
Regrettably, I know all too well about that common homebrew flaw, Jason.  You're right that it's too much of a rookie flaw for a commercial brewer, especially one as established as Great Lakes.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 07, 2010, 10:04:25 PM
Regrettably, I know all too well about that common homebrew flaw, Jason.  You're right that it's too much of a rookie flaw for a commercial brewer, especially one as established as Great Lakes.
Yeah, I unfortunately am familiar with it too.  I just started brewing beers again about two months ago and the first one, which I'm hoping improves some after a few months on oak chips, had an out of control, too warm fermentation that led to some undesirable fusel alcohol flavor.  At least I learned and the other two I have going taste good.

Tonight I was at Mecca, Russian river Brewery in Santa Rosa, possibly the best brewery in the country.  I'll be back at least once more in the next two days and also hit Lagunitas and Bear Republic.  Should be a good weekend.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on October 08, 2010, 07:54:53 AM
Russian River makes some GREAT beers.  Want to see what you can do about getting them into the Atlanta Market?   ;)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 08, 2010, 09:46:22 AM
Russian River makes some GREAT beers.  Want to see what you can do about getting them into the Atlanta Market?   ;)
Unfortunately Vinnie has made it clear many times that he has no interest in expanding to new markets or even new accounts in existing markets.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on October 08, 2010, 10:16:39 AM
Bear Republic is my fav, as well as North Coast (if I don't run some tourist off the road for driving 5 miles an hour on 20 West) and Rouge's brewpub. I do like the Russian River stuff, but last time I was there it wasn't wowing me like before.

As far as the food is concerned, North Coast is excellent. Bear Repubilc does have a great burger...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 08, 2010, 06:00:41 PM
Just left Bear Republic.  Black Bear Stout and Mach 10 dipa were both good.  I love sour beers, so we're heading back to Russian River later today (I don't care about their American or regular Belgian style ales, but they still have my favorite American sours) and we'll hit Lagunitas tomorrow.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 08, 2010, 09:45:28 PM
I tried RR's porter, which was actually one of the best porter's I've hadn but now I'm drinking the bartender's Mustache Cuvee, a mixture of Temptation (my favorite beer, a sour blonde aged in chardonnay barrels) and Supplication (sour brown aged in pinot barrels).  These beers are completely epic.   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on October 31, 2010, 04:56:23 PM
This is my time of the year with lots of Stout's out and about.

Picked up an expensive 6-pack of Bell's Cherry Stout at SWOB yesterday.

Just drank the second one of these and I think I should have tried the Bell's Expedition Stout instead. 

Anybody ever had this one?  I like how black and thick this stuff is (with no head... really nice after my recent experience with a milk stout that was half head).  I thought I'd love it, but find it has a twangy sour taste that clashes with the rich stout taste that I usually like so much.  Not sure if it's me or not, but seems like the coffee/chocolate/licorice/malt flavors work better in a Stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 02, 2010, 07:06:10 PM


A Bell's Christmas Ale..


In my opinion as close as they can get to Loose Cannon..

Delicious Ale
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on November 03, 2010, 08:23:37 AM


A Bell's Christmas Ale..


In my opinion as close as they can get to Loose Cannon..

Delicious Ale
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Oooo!  Where did you find that one?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 03, 2010, 09:02:05 AM


A Bell's Christmas Ale..


In my opinion as close as they can get to Loose Cannon..

Delicious Ale 

Oooo!  Where did you find that one?   


Niko's in Snellville had a couple of 6 packs of it..  He also had some Founders Breakfast Stout that I grabbed up.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on November 18, 2010, 12:11:02 PM
Tower has the 10-11 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.  Had one this past Sunday and was thoroughly impressed.  Their beers are consistently great; is Brooklyn Brewery the best of the East?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on November 18, 2010, 12:50:21 PM
I had the BB Black Chocolate Stout last night also (bottle), it is one of my favorites.  Really deep flavor, not sugary at all, and such a great color.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 18, 2010, 12:57:55 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on November 18, 2010, 01:47:44 PM
East Coast I guess, and Loose Cannon is darn good stuff.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on November 18, 2010, 02:34:53 PM
When I look at the way sports looks at regional boundaries, then who knows? Atlanta Falcons were once NFC West...same with Carolina...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 18, 2010, 04:21:01 PM


Last night I went to the basement and brought up a two year old Gouden Carolus Noel.  What a wonderful beer, I drank about half last night and figure on finishing it tonight.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on November 19, 2010, 02:43:01 PM
is Brooklyn Brewery the best of the East?
IMHO, Victory or Dogfish Head impress me more than Brooklyn.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on November 19, 2010, 02:51:28 PM


Where do we draw the line for being in the "East" ?



Pittsburgh. Specifically at the Iron City brewery.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on November 19, 2010, 08:32:53 PM
Drinking a Coney Island Freaktoberfest, last years bottling.  Very meh, probably should have drank it when i bought it 9 months ago, but it just sat in the cellar.  This one isn't a great example, but Smaltz is another strong east coast brewer.

Anyone had a Terrapin So Fresh and So Green Green?  I have one that I will probably drink either tomorrow or during the Falcons on Sunday.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on November 19, 2010, 10:39:44 PM
I'd vote for Allagash as the best brewery in the east.  BB is one of my favorites and has been for years (just finished one a few minutes ago and bought a bunch to cellar), but overall I wouldn't rank them near the top. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on November 20, 2010, 07:34:49 AM
Had some Bell's Best Brown ale last night on tap. Low alcohol and a smooth taste makes it a great session beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on November 20, 2010, 04:47:14 PM
Fort Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout.  A little lighter than I expected, but thankfully not sweet.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2010, 05:39:08 PM
I rarely chime in on this thread, but since I see I have an Abita Christmas Ale in my hand while I'm perusing 285F, I might as well.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on November 20, 2010, 05:51:27 PM
Tonite we're going to do a tasting of 2 different Cali Syrah regions - Lazy Creek 2006 (Mendo) and Denner 2006 (Paso Robles).  Should be great with a rack of lamb!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2010, 06:58:54 PM
I rarely chime in on this thread, but since I see I have an Abita Christmas Ale in my hand while I'm perusing 285F, I might as well.

Wasn't very good.  Nothing Christmas-y about it.  Now on to a Bell's Amber.  Bell's is reliable.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 23, 2010, 01:08:55 PM
I had the BB Black Chocolate Stout last night also (bottle), it is one of my favorites.  Really deep flavor, not sugary at all, and such a great color.

the seasonal BB Stout is not the chocolate, and is a wonderful beer in that style..   delicious.

<edit>

I was wrong, the BB Chocolate Stout is seasonal, but the Young's chocolate stout is not..   

I vote heavily for the BB Chocolate Stout.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on November 23, 2010, 04:58:44 PM
I've had the Young's a few times and thought it was watery in comparison to the BB stout - no question the BB is my favorite.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on November 24, 2010, 07:09:38 AM
Anyone tried the new Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Stout?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 10, 2010, 04:33:12 PM
With an evening at home planned, just popped the top on a 650 ml Southern Tier Brewing Company "Imperial Oatmeal Stout" (11% ABV).  One of the most enjoyable stouts I've had in a while, jet black with almost no head, great thick deep caramel flavor.  Certainly something that needs to be part of a meal!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 11, 2010, 01:06:27 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 12, 2010, 09:36:24 AM
Anyone tried the new Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Stout?
For me, I crack a MooHoo 1st when I get home from the day instead of getting to it 2nd or 3rd. Complexity changes after it warms a bit. My cooler stays in the 33 dg range so it needs to warm a little...
Additionally the Wake N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin is (in my book) delightful.
Looking to try my bottle of 3 French Hens today from The Bruery, or break into my stash of Mokah.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on December 12, 2010, 10:19:38 AM
Looking to try my bottle of 3 French Hens today from The Bruery, or break into my stash of Mokah.

I saw Three French Hens on the draft list at The Porter, but didn't get to try it, so picked up a bottle at Green's.  Opened it last night with dinner and it is a really nice ale, not too boozy or malty.  I also bought a Widmer Brothers Reserve ale aged in bourbon barrels, had one of theirs last year and it was very tasty.   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 12, 2010, 12:05:33 PM
I thought it would be fun to bring some Christmas-y beers to a holiday party, so I picked up a bottle each of Alvinne's Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar.  I can never remember which of these I've had before, so now I have definitely tried all three.  I generally don't care for spiced beers, and these really aren't favorites.  Just a fun theme to bring to a holiday party.

Being in an experimental mood as I stared at the shelves at Green's, a bizarre New Belgium-Allagash collaboration called "Vrienden" (Friends) caught my eye.  Says Beer Advocate: "Brewed with caramelized endive and hibiscus, Vrienden is inoculated with lactobacillus and brettanomyces, creating a slightly sour beer with a floral nose and a dry finish."  I found it fairly disgusting.  Endive is nice, but not in my beer.  Hibiscus is nice, but not in my beer.  I love sour beers, and I like a good brett nose.  But maybe I have to draw the line at vegetables in my beer.  I can picture the brewmasters thinking they'd play a joke on the public by proving to themselves that we will drink any swill they can come up with, no matter how bizarre the ingredients.

Through the rest of the month, I am swearing off experimental brews and sticking with the classics.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on December 12, 2010, 12:54:09 PM
Having Negro Modelo while watching the Falcons - gonna switch to Best Brown in a bit.

BB, quick question. Who came up with Little Chocolate Donut? That was such an awesome porter.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 12, 2010, 03:45:10 PM
I understand you can still find Two Turtle Doves, but I don't know where. I have not verified this but I also understand that you can get A Partridge In A Pear Tree for about $500 on ebay, to rich for my blood.
As for the 3 French Hens, debating on saving for the duration so I switched at the last minute to the Terrapin So fresh & So Green! I like the fresh hops, and it works well in my Delerium Tremors snifter! Plus I can watch the bubbles!
Always enjoyed a Negro Modelo, a friend of mine put me on to them two summers ago, I usually do a "run" of these then stop for a while.
Next up, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 13, 2010, 06:03:39 PM


A cold night..  so I found a bottle of Brother Thelonious that was alone in the back of the beer fridge

This is a wonderful Belgian style Ale, it must be in my yet unfinished top 10, in my top 100..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on December 14, 2010, 09:14:36 AM
BB, quick question. Who came up with Little Chocolate Donut? That was such an awesome porter.
Moon River in Savannah.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 14, 2010, 11:44:55 AM
BB, quick question. Who came up with Little Chocolate Donut? That was such an awesome porter.
Moon River in Savannah.

Moon River has a bottling line?  I'm confused.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on December 14, 2010, 11:57:57 AM
BB, quick question. Who came up with Little Chocolate Donut? That was such an awesome porter.
Moon River in Savannah.

Moon River has a bottling line?  I'm confused.
It was an entry in the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting several years ago. It was a very good porter, with good body and it tasted a lot like a little chocolate donut (duh). Just what I want from a beer... ;D

P.S. - 2008. Here's a link to the event:

http://www.classiccitybrew.com/acat08.html
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 14, 2010, 11:59:20 AM
Ah.  Thanks.  Just trying to follow along.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 14, 2010, 01:26:23 PM
Always enjoyed a Negro Modelo, a friend of mine put me on to them two summers ago, I usually do a "run" of these then stop for a while.

Negro Modelo is as close as we have to a house beer.  Love it.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on December 14, 2010, 02:06:56 PM
Always enjoyed a Negro Modelo, a friend of mine put me on to them two summers ago, I usually do a "run" of these then stop for a while.

Negro Modelo is as close as we have to a house beer.  Love it.

It was on tap at two places I had lunch at in the last month.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Beerbitch on December 14, 2010, 02:14:59 PM
It was for a cask ale event....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 14, 2010, 02:45:57 PM
Before I saw it imported in the US, Negra Modelo was a special treat on trips to Mexico.  Yeah, this was back in the day.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on December 14, 2010, 07:30:11 PM
Sweetwater Border Hopper DIPA - This might be the best of the Dank Tanks so far, a fantastic imperial ipa, imo.  Nice citrusy / grapefruit flavors and just the right amount of boozyness.  Yummy.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 24, 2010, 04:49:40 PM
Started with Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale, moved to the Dirty Bastard, then on to the Back Woods Bastard.... "Movin' On Up" as one would say! Currently fully involved with the Goose Island 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Chicago, Il, aged in Bourbon Barrels, this is one fine tasting stout! 13% Alcohol and worth every penny!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on December 25, 2010, 12:12:48 AM
Started with Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale, moved to the Dirty Bastard, then on to the Back Woods Bastard.... "Movin' On Up" as one would say! Currently fully involved with the Goose Island 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Chicago, Il, aged in Bourbon Barrels, this is one fine tasting stout! 13% Alcohol and worth every penny!
If you weren't sharing those I'd guess you ended up on your back shortly after posting.  Where did you pick up the Goose Island?  I've only actually had it on the west coast.

I opened up some 2008 N'ice Chouffe and 2009 Jolly Pumpkin Noel Calabaza.  Chouffe was awesome, rich and nicely spiced.  JP was a gusher and my girlfriend didn't have a glass ready when she opened it so we lost over half of it.  It was a nice example of JP's yeast, but not terribly distinct from some of their other beers.  We'll bust out the De Ranke Pere Noel tomorrow.  Merry Christmas beers!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 25, 2010, 06:13:19 AM
Started with Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale, moved to the Dirty Bastard, then on to the Back Woods Bastard.... "Movin' On Up" as one would say! Currently fully involved with the Goose Island 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Chicago, Il, aged in Bourbon Barrels, this is one fine tasting stout! 13% Alcohol and worth every penny!
If you weren't sharing those I'd guess you ended up on your back shortly after posting.  Where did you pick up the Goose Island?  I've only actually had it on the west coast.

I opened up some 2008 N'ice Chouffe and 2009 Jolly Pumpkin Noel Calabaza.  Chouffe was awesome, rich and nicely spiced.  JP was a gusher and my girlfriend didn't have a glass ready when she opened it so we lost over half of it.  It was a nice example of JP's yeast, but not terribly distinct from some of their other beers.  We'll bust out the De Ranke Pere Noel tomorrow.  Merry Christmas beers!

Richard (my Son) went on a Tour De Beer with several of his friends and picked it up while he was in Chi Town! I chastized him for not bringing a case, but he mumbled something about the cost being a little pricey.... and yes, I was feeling no pain after the Goose Island and when supper was over I slipped into a little twilight sleep mode till I was able to start motoring again! We will see what is on the agenda to consume today after returning from the movies this afternoon.... More Backwoods, Nemisis, prolly crack the Ommelgang Indulgence or maybe the Bitches Brew. I have no stamina when it comes to storing and waiting till next year to compare!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on December 26, 2010, 08:41:38 AM
drank an Avery Maharaja while preping dinner yesterday, made for a great afternoon.
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Post by: KoPP on December 26, 2010, 08:59:17 AM
I've been sipping eggnog and Frangelico last few days, and doing some Drambuie as well. I realize this is off-topic (after all, it isn't wine or beer), and I humbly apologize in advance.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MNewman on December 26, 2010, 11:03:41 PM
Delas Freres Cotes du Ventoux 2007.  About $12/bottle and for the money, it is a very elegant wine.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 26, 2010, 11:30:06 PM

Two really good beers tonight.

Siberian Nights Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewery

and

Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Co.

I really liked the Stout, and should have drunk it last, but I had the Cold Front later in the evening and REALLY enjoyed this Belgian style ale.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 27, 2010, 06:37:18 AM
What went well with my Potato Soup as well as an apertif was the Imperial Chokolat Stout. But then I just don't know any better!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 27, 2010, 08:59:34 AM
drank an Avery Maharaja while preping dinner yesterday, made for a great afternoon.

Avery certainly makes some terrific beers, the Mahj is one of my favorities..

I like the label too...
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on December 27, 2010, 09:57:49 AM
a progression tasting of the Avery IPA's would be fun.  IPA>DughanA>Maharaja
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on December 29, 2010, 07:04:57 PM
just opened a oak'd yeti stout, imo, there isn't a better imperial stout out there.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 29, 2010, 08:15:04 PM
just opened a oak'd yeti stout, imo, there isn't a better imperial stout out there.

I am not a fan of the oaked stouts, but do love some. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on December 29, 2010, 08:29:37 PM
just opened a oak'd yeti stout, imo, there isn't a better imperial stout out there.

I am not a fan of the oaked stouts, but do love some. 

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i probably should have clarified, the GD Yeti probably my favorite imperial stout, and the oaked varieties (oaked, expresso and chocolate) are a great way to spice up a beer i drink pretty often.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 30, 2010, 03:53:46 AM
Rochefort. Big fire at the abbey yesterday. All over the news here in Belgium (where we're visiting my wife's family). Raise a glass to the monks.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 30, 2010, 01:28:49 PM
Lunch at Leon's accompanied by a Terrapin Big Daddy Vladdy Russian Imperial Stout. Really solid beer, great coffee notes, a touch of sweetness, with a slightly bitter finish that accentuated the other tastes.  At 10.25% not exactly a gulper, but I'd definitely drink it again.  Let's see if I can make it through the afternoon without a nap...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 31, 2010, 07:06:17 AM
Lunch at Leon's accompanied by a Terrapin Big Daddy Vladdy Russian Imperial Stout. Really solid beer, great coffee notes, a touch of sweetness, with a slightly bitter finish that accentuated the other tastes.  At 10.25% not exactly a gulper, but I'd definitely drink it again.  Let's see if I can make it through the afternoon without a nap...

At what temp was it served? I opened a bottle last night, my cooler runs at close to 33dg, had great taste. After I let the bottle warm on the counter to around 50dg the complexity changed  a goodly amount! After it came up to room temp in the glass, you really notice the finish and you are right, a way solid beer which I will add to my inventory!
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Post by: Daniel on December 31, 2010, 02:22:00 PM
drinking a bells expo stout and getting ready to watch the dawgs...
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Post by: KoPP on December 31, 2010, 02:59:30 PM
drinking a bells expo stout and getting ready to watch the dawgs...
Drinking a Coney Island and doing the same.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on December 31, 2010, 05:08:59 PM
drinking and enjoying a duck rabbit schwarzbier
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 01, 2011, 08:04:05 AM
Don't know about later, but right now it is a pot of Jittery Joes Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Expresso Blend Coffee. As they say, it is "Everyday Fuel" !
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 01, 2011, 09:04:25 AM


We dug out some old and semi-unusual beers from the back of my son's beer fridge last nite for a terrific Wii and gaming party.

Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale
Some Allagash Dubbel
Raging Bitch Belgian style IPA
Cold Front from Ithaca beer co.


I did have a Jill-made cocktail invention to toast the New Year but I stuck to the ales and was the duty-driver. 

A good kid-centered bringing in the New Year.  My whole right side is sore from playing air hockey.....   ;)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 02, 2011, 09:36:32 AM
I found out purely by accident last night that if you enjoy A Big Daddy Vlady, don't (at least for me) go behind it with a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale, not at all what I was expecting, mebbe another day....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 02, 2011, 12:41:35 PM
Watching the Falcon and drinking a Funaguchi Kikusui sake. It's a canned sake that's 19% - strong for a sake, it has a lower water content. Pretty potent stuff.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Porky Linkster on January 02, 2011, 03:30:55 PM
2007 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Single Vineyard - really lush, deep notes of cherry, blackberry and plum with a very solid oak finish.  One of my favorites.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 03, 2011, 01:20:02 AM
We opened up a Stone Lukcy Basartd, Affligem Tripel, and a N'Ice Chouffe.  I hadn't actually had the Affligem before, but it has to be the best deal on a tripel you can get.  It's up there with the best Belgian tripels, but only cost about $7.  Lukcy Basartd is supposedly a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale, but there seemed to be a taste of fresh hops that isn't in any of those.  Good beer whatever they actually did.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 03, 2011, 10:11:27 AM
We opened up a Stone Lukcy Basartd, Affligem Tripel, and a N'Ice Chouffe.  I hadn't actually had the Affligem before, but it has to be the best deal on a tripel you can get.  It's up there with the best Belgian tripels, but only cost about $7.  Lukcy Basartd is supposedly a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale, but there seemed to be a taste of fresh hops that isn't in any of those.  Good beer whatever they actually did.

Where did you find the Lucky Bastard?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 03, 2011, 11:02:38 AM
The Lukcy Basartd was actually a gift, but it's at Green's.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 07:51:39 AM
Black coffee, with Kahlua always works in the morning. But it needs to be good coffee like a Jamaican Blue Mtn. blend freshly ground from bean.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on January 10, 2011, 09:18:06 AM
Saturday night we opened up the 1993 Brunesco di San Lorenzo, purchased at the winery in 2001:  http://www.fattoriamontagliari.com/
Just tasting it, I would have sworn that this wine was only 2-3 years old!  Great accompaniment to Osso Buco.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on January 10, 2011, 12:54:35 PM
Tonight looks like a Sweetwater Border Hopper.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 02:52:15 PM
In celebration of a possible 4 day weekend, due to the weather more than likely forcing another day off tomorrow, I am reaching way back in the back of the beer cooler to find a hidden Nemesis.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 10, 2011, 07:23:36 PM
About to crack a 750 of the Rogue Double Dead Guy and watch the BCSCG.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 11, 2011, 09:40:09 AM
Had some Kona Pipeline last night while watching the game. Pretty good stuff.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 11, 2011, 10:04:07 AM
Had some Kona Pipeline last night while watching the game. Pretty good stuff.
I have 2 in the cooler, I must get after them. You ever try the Cave Creek Chili Beer? Once you get past the first bottle, they start tasting better and better. Just don't reccommend eating the Serrano in the bottle though. Tastes terrible.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on January 11, 2011, 10:38:52 AM
You ever try the Cave Creek Chili Beer?  Tastes terrible.
I think this is what you meant to post.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2011, 10:51:05 AM
You ever try the Cave Creek Chili Beer?  Tastes terrible.
I think this is what you meant to post. 

I agree totm, that is an ugly tasting beverage, and don't call it beer..    ;)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 11, 2011, 06:51:37 PM
You ever try the Cave Creek Chili Beer?  Tastes terrible.
I think this is what you meant to post.

Well, didn't I mention you had to get past the first one or two? I know they are different and seems to me they tasted a lot better before their resturant burned down. I had the op to visit Cave Creek Brewery and had a tasty time at the resturant, but I think I understand that it was a partnership early on that failed also. When I want something really different, that is how I work my taste buds! LOL
Now , I am working a Peak Organic Expresso Amber Ale, all by itself.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 12, 2011, 09:41:27 AM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 12, 2011, 04:59:26 PM
Legend has it Capt'n Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one who has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has ever lived to tell about it. Until now. Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your taste buds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this black IPA will make it worth going down with the ship. Capt'n Krunkles... Where is he?... I don't know... I don't know!
So, I bring to you the Terrapin Side Project Volume 10... Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale.  Arrrgh, shiver me timber, and lets get out and get some to store for National Talk Like A Pirate Day which would be the 19th of September. Be the go to pirate and make all your pirate friends jealous come September!
In a 650.6 ml bottle, nice bite on the side of your tongue,  a bit bitter with a nice finish (whatever that means LOL)this would be a great Ale for just sitting in front of the fireplace, like right now, wishing to have bought two (or more)! Dark, works well in a Brandy glass and served at around 46-48dg would be just right. The specs: OG: 17.3 FG: 3.5 ABV: 7.5% IBU: 90, not bad eh? Well hope you can find it, and I hope you enjoy it. TTFN (TaTa for now)!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 12, 2011, 05:10:53 PM
Legend has it Capt'n Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one who has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has ever lived to tell about it. Until now. Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your taste buds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this black IPA will make it worth going down with the ship. Capt'n Krunkles... Where is he?... I don't know... I don't know!
So, I bring to you the Terrapin Side Project Volume 10... Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale.
. . .

Isn't "black (India) pale ale" an oxymoron?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on January 12, 2011, 08:08:18 PM
2007 Navarro Mourvedre
This was an experimental single varietal for them, and all I can say is that I hope that experiment continues. . .
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on January 15, 2011, 07:54:50 PM
Wow, no one has replied in 3 days. . .

2003 Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah and 2003 Handley Dry Creek Syrah. . . both mighty fine.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 15, 2011, 09:37:39 PM
Gulden Draak, which didn't ease the pain of watching the Falcons.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 15, 2011, 10:23:06 PM


I don't do this as well as I used to ..    less than half a 750ml bottle of Blue Chamey half kicked my arse. 

Mebbe I'm outa practice ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 15, 2011, 11:15:40 PM
I actually didn't get around to drinking any, but I stopped by Candler Park Market and picked up some Lost Abbey Inferno and Red Barn.  Prices were actually a little less than I remember seeing on the west coast (one was $9 and one was $10).  I think I may be more excited about this than Cigar City coming in February.  Deschutes will also be here in the next 2-3 months.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 16, 2011, 06:58:44 AM
Gulden Draak, which didn't ease the pain of watching the Falcons.

Started with a Stone 2010 Double Bastard and ended with a Founders Old Curmudgeon, 3rd quarter? Went to bed.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 16, 2011, 08:23:55 AM
Legend has it Capt'n Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one who has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has ever lived to tell about it. Until now. Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your taste buds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this black IPA will make it worth going down with the ship. Capt'n Krunkles... Where is he?... I don't know... I don't know!
So, I bring to you the Terrapin Side Project Volume 10... Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale.
. . .

Isn't "black (India) pale ale" an oxymoron?





It may be, it is kinda like describing a "Blood Orange" and it's nuances!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 16, 2011, 01:03:51 PM
Got game? Let's start with a Mokah from Southern Tier, and a large dollop of xtra crunchy peanut butter!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 16, 2011, 01:34:20 PM
Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori sake with brunch, then Loose Cannon for the game.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 16, 2011, 04:00:08 PM
Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori sake with brunch, then Loose Cannon for the game.

Exit the Moka, and on to a Dogfish Head Black and Blue, That has the tastebuds moving!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 17, 2011, 09:58:55 AM
Opened up the Lost Abbey Red Barn.  This is the only American saison I've had that tastes like a good Belgian one.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 17, 2011, 05:41:34 PM
Okay, just to mix it up, Peach Absolut with Ocean Spray White Cran Peach.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 17, 2011, 06:51:54 PM
founders centennial IPA
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 18, 2011, 06:48:31 PM
OK, opened the last Peak Organic Expresso Amber Ale, the cracked the Pipeline Porter. I have replaced the Expresso with the Peak Nut Brown Ale, and filled the xtra empty slot with the new to me,Bells Hopslam! Even grabbed a New Belgum 1554 so I will report back later!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 18, 2011, 07:39:04 PM
Having a Loose Cannon in my boxers. How it got in there I'll never know.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on January 18, 2011, 07:45:17 PM
Having a Loose Cannon in my boxers. How it got in there I'll never know.

I shot a bear in my pajamas, Groucho Marx, I think
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on January 19, 2011, 01:35:10 PM
H2O for the second night in a row.  8-(
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 19, 2011, 02:04:02 PM
had a Lagunitas Brown Shugga last night, really enjoyed it a touch sweet, but a really solid strong ale, imo.  expected it to be alot boozier for a 10%'er.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 19, 2011, 06:44:46 PM
Working the Hopslam, going well with the home made enchiladas. Clense the palate, now to the Peak Nut Brown Ale, nutty taste, can you taste brown? Interesting combo with the enchilidas, won't put it down, will try again to aquire the "Nut Brown" taste!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 19, 2011, 11:21:58 PM
Port Old Viscosity and Lost Abbey Devotion at The Porter.  Talked to the brewer Tomme Arthur for a little while (Port and Lost Abbey are the American and Belgian sides of the same brewery).  Old Viscosity is a great strong, dark ale and Devotion is a nice, fairly sessionable Belgian pale.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 20, 2011, 07:42:11 AM
Port Old Viscosity and Lost Abbey Devotion at The Porter.  Talked to the brewer Tomme Arthur for a little while (Port and Lost Abbey are the American and Belgian sides of the same brewery).  Old Viscosity is a great strong, dark ale and Devotion is a nice, fairly sessionable Belgian pale.

Do they still make pizza at the brewpub?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 20, 2011, 11:32:29 AM
Port Old Viscosity and Lost Abbey Devotion at The Porter.  Talked to the brewer Tomme Arthur for a little while (Port and Lost Abbey are the American and Belgian sides of the same brewery).  Old Viscosity is a great strong, dark ale and Devotion is a nice, fairly sessionable Belgian pale.

Do they still make pizza at the brewpub?
Lost Abbey brewpub is actually just a tasting room, though it was slammed when I was there so it's possible they at least had some snacks that I didn't notice.  Tomme started at Pizza Port, but moved on to start Port Brewing/Lost Abbey.  Pizza Port is still in business making great beer, but except for their history they're at this point unrelated.  I think I read in the last week or two that the Port/Lost Abbey tasting room is expanding (they're in Stone's old warehouse looking facility), but I don't know if that means getting food.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 20, 2011, 12:06:02 PM
So Tomme Arthur is no longer at Pizza Port.  I remember when that place opened, and the concept of having a brewpub that made its own pizza (some with spent-grain crust) was kinda novel.  I ate and drank there pretty often.  Good beer and acceptable pizza, as I recall, and a casual, beach atmosphere.  I haven't yet tried any beers from Port Brewing or Lost Abbey, but I had been under the mistaken impression that those were Pizza Port's efforts at branching out.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 20, 2011, 02:34:48 PM
I haven't actually had any of Pizza Port's beer, but they did very well at GABF this year (Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the Carlsbad location, Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the San Clemente location, golds in English, American, and Imperial IPAs, Belgian strong, and Scotch ale, silvers in Imperial stout, coffee flavored beer, English mild, English brown, and bronze in Irish dry stout.  Pretty impressive and I wish they were branching out more. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 20, 2011, 04:34:31 PM

Southern Tier Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale.   A darn good beer IMO.  A good change from the now unavailable Bells's Two Hearted Ale or Loose Cannon.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 20, 2011, 06:55:30 PM
Two Hearted is back.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 20, 2011, 06:58:14 PM
Two Hearted is back. 

I heard that they had been OUT at the brewery, but had done a small run.  Not enough to fill the requests.

Do you have an insider jp ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 07:29:19 PM
I did see it on draft at Young Augustines about a week ago, if I remember rightly.

Right now I'm finishing off the last of the Irish Mist and watching the Pink Panther.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 20, 2011, 11:06:55 PM
Ale Yeah posted it (http://twitter.com/AleYeahBeer/status/27869428632784896) on Facebook/twitter.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 20, 2011, 11:08:49 PM
Mike, if you haven't tried any of the new Port IPAs you really should.  Great beers.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 20, 2011, 11:20:49 PM
Mike, if you haven't tried any of the new Port IPAs you really should.  Great beers.

give me a short list of the ones I should try ?

Please..   ;)
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 21, 2011, 12:32:55 PM
Greens on buhi has the Hop15 dIPA and the Wipeout IPA.  They also have the double red ale.  I picked up 1 of each of the IPA's. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 21, 2011, 01:28:13 PM
As Daniel said they have Hop 15 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13839/31323), which is a very intensely hopped double IPA (10%), and Wipeout (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/5318/33243), which is a little closer to the beers you talk about.  Shark Attack (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13839/41421) is a good hoppy imperial red, though it's not a style I'm a big fan of.  My favorite of them is probably Wipeout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 22, 2011, 05:48:10 PM
Wow...put a few hours in at the Diamond Mine, came home and cracked a New Belgum 1554, put on a pot of Kruse Ham and Pinto Beans, then hit the backyard for a little cleanup! But first I put on three Allman Bros CD's on the backyard speakers loud enough to entertain the neighbors then hit the cooler for some Bells Two Hearted Ale, Sierra Nevada Glasade, a Victory Storm King Imperial Stout and now I am about to sink the status quo with a bottle of UP The Creek by Thomas Creek and just to mix it up a little I am going to fire up a glass of Absolute Wild Tea Vodka (because it is chock full of anti oxidents they say) and a little Turkey Hill Green Tea with Ginsing and Honey. Gotta fire in the fireplace and some patchouli incense burning and it is time to relax. TTFN, and as they say in Guam, Haffa Day!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on January 23, 2011, 10:08:14 AM
We swung by Green's yesterday looking for port IPA, but must have missed them. I'm not familiar enough with the layout, and there doesn't seem to be much obvious organization. Got Bell's Two Hearted (actually got that earlier at YDFM, their last six, but Green's had it too), Arrogant Bastard and Duchesse de Bourgogne instead. The DdB was my first attempt at a Belgian sour. It wasn't what I expected (not sure what I was expecting), but that was a good thing. I'm too much of a hop fan to make sours a regular thing, but it's a nice change of pace.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 23, 2011, 02:48:00 PM
The Port stuff was along the window in a stack and the Lost Abbey stuff was in the middle of the big shelf.  If you want to try a sour with good hop flavor try an Orval.  It's the only sour Trappist.  It's highly hopped Belgian pale with a standard primary fermentation, but it's bottled with Brettanomyces.  I like the Flemish reds, but I tend to prefer sour pale beers.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 23, 2011, 04:34:50 PM
Orval is considered sour/tart?  I've never thought of it that way.  I've never thought of Brett. as contributing a sour note.  I've long had a soft spot for Orval, just because it's different from the other Trappists.  And it's served in one of the most distinctive glasses.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 23, 2011, 04:52:19 PM
In a fresh bottle (they seem to hit retail 7-8 months after bottling) of Orval the Brett just contributes a mild tartness and earthiness.  As it ages the tartness and funkiness gets much more pronounced.  A 2 year old Orval is a beautifully complex fruity, tart, and bitter beer.  This is a problem with the broad "sour" label though.  Brett beers, which aren't sour in the traditional sense, get lumped in with bacterially infected beers that really are sour from lactic acid.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on January 23, 2011, 05:00:53 PM
Orval is considered sour/tart?  I've never thought of it that way.  I've never thought of Brett. as contributing a sour note.  I've long had a soft spot for Orval, just because it's different from the other Trappists.  And it's served in one of the most distinctive glasses.
I thought Orval's notoriety was being the only Trappist that was more like a pale ale/IPA.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 23, 2011, 10:07:52 PM
Chimay has some pale beers.  Tonight I went to the Brickstore and found some De Dolle Oerbier on tap.  This is the beer that Duchesse aspires to. They also had De Molen 1914 Porter, and extremely rare beer that's a recreation of a 1914 recipe from London (only 800 bottles made, not sure how many kegs, but it's retired and nobody has reviewed it on tap at beeradvocate yet).  I had been wanting to try this for quite awhile.  Quite a few new De Molens got label approval sometime last year, but it had mainly been the bottles that made it here.  We were about to leave when they said they were about to put on a keg of Lost Abbey Serpents Stout, which was one of the better imperial stouts I've had.  The kegs finally started coming a little easier recently.  We then walked over to Mac McGees for some Lost Abbey Angels Share, which may have been then booziest whiskey barrel aged beer I've ever had.  Good night for rare beers in Decatur.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 24, 2011, 08:02:54 AM
In a fresh bottle (they seem to hit retail 7-8 months after bottling) of Orval the Brett just contributes a mild tartness and earthiness.  As it ages the tartness and funkiness gets much more pronounced.  A 2 year old Orval is a beautifully complex fruity, tart, and bitter beer.  This is a problem with the broad "sour" label though.  Brett beers, which aren't sour in the traditional sense, get lumped in with bacterially infected beers that really are sour from lactic acid.

Maybe it shows my beer palate is not as refined as I'd like to think it is.  Yeah, I guess "mild tartness" in a fresh Orval is a reasonable description, at least compared with pale ales.  I'd like to believe that the Orvals I've had in Belgium were fresh.  Still, it's never occurred to me that there was anything even mildly tart about an Orval--at least no more so than many other beers that aren't normally considered tart.  Guess it's just my beer palate.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 27, 2011, 07:31:41 PM
Getting ready to open an Avery Czar...need to fix my stout craving.  Was very underwhelmed by my Jailhouse Breakout Stout a couple night ago.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 28, 2011, 01:19:37 AM
Great list at the Porter.  Had a BFM Cuvee 7eme, De Molen Rasputin, and Rodenbach Grand Cru barrel 2008 (fortunately those last 2 were available in 4 oz pours), then headed over to a friend's and shared 5 year old DFH 120 (pretty awesome, though 5 years out it tastes a lot more like a barley wine than an IPA) and his keg of Port Old Viscosity.  I guess some nights you win.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 28, 2011, 10:53:20 PM
After all this talk about Orval I had to pull out a year old bottle from the cooler tonight followed by a Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga.  In a lot of ways the JP is very similar, but has much more pronounced Brett and bitterness. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 29, 2011, 08:39:35 AM
Last night I finally tried a couple of Port Bewery and Lost Abbey beers, including the Wipeout IPA at Taco Mac and the Red Barn Saison at Brick Store.  Also had an Oerbier.  Port and Lost Abbey seem to be all over town now.  To me, it's distributing magic that small CA breweries can reach all the way out here.  Did I read correctly that GA is something like only the 8th state they're distributing in?

I don't get out to Brick Store nearly enough.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 29, 2011, 08:54:37 AM
I love Oerbier and  it's on tap at The Porter now too.  I hope that's a sign that it will be here more regularly.  What did you think of Red Barn?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 29, 2011, 10:36:19 AM
I love Oerbier and it's on tap at The Porter now too.  I hope that's a sign that it will be here more regularly.  What did you think of Red Barn?

I'm not a big fan of saisons, but I found Red Barn very drinkable.  It may be a good intro to saisons for a person who's never tried one.  It tasted unmistakably like a saison, yet not up there in what I might call the "acquired taste" class like, say, Fantome.

Oerbier packs a wallop at, what, 9.5%?, so it's not something I'm likely to drink much of, but it's excellent.  I'm probably partial to beers I remember drinking for the first time in Belgium, though--brings back good memories.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 29, 2011, 06:03:05 PM
Found it at Decatur Wine and Spirits on Claremont near North Decatur.

They also had the Sam Adams Longshot winners, which contained a mix of home brews that won the annual contest they put on.  I was tempted to pick this up.  Has anyone tried?

I am confused about where this "other" Decatur Wine and Spirits" is ? 

I do know where the store that I know about is, but is there another Decatur Wine & Spirits on Clairmont ?

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on January 30, 2011, 02:17:18 PM
The talking up of Orval sent me in search of it at Total Wine in Kennesaw. They have reorganized their shelves completely since Christmas, both beer and wine, and I for one am happy with the results, definitely easier to find what you're looking for than under the old system.

I found a bottle of Orval and had it last night. It kicks up quite a head, which reminded me of Two Hearted, and it has more hop flavor than the Duchesse de Bourgogne from last week. I wouldn't call it sour, although it was pleasantly funky. Still at over $5 per bottle this is a special occasion beer.

Fortunately they had Two Hearted back in stock. I also had to pick up one I had never seen, a six of Monty Python's Holy Ail from Black Sheep Brewery in Rochester NY, "tempered over burning witches." Wonder what they had to do to get that license? I haven't tried it yet, but anyone else seen this and have an opinion?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on January 30, 2011, 04:05:42 PM
Found it at Decatur Wine and Spirits on Claremont near North Decatur.

They also had the Sam Adams Longshot winners, which contained a mix of home brews that won the annual contest they put on.  I was tempted to pick this up.  Has anyone tried?

I am confused about where this "other" Decatur Wine and Spirits" is ? 

I do know where the store that I know about is, but is there another Decatur Wine & Spirits on Clairmont ?



My bad, it's Decatur Package Store.
http://decaturpackagestore.com/ (http://decaturpackagestore.com/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 30, 2011, 04:50:20 PM


The three new beerz I have tried are the Bell's Special Double Cream Al, Weyerbacher's Simcoe IPA and Smuttynose IPA.

I like the Simcoe IPA least of these three, and the Bells the best.  Since I have not finished drinking the Smuttynose IPA I'll hold off judging it.  The Simcoe hops reached out and overwhelmed that good IPA,  I don't think I've found a Bell's product that I didn't like?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 30, 2011, 06:56:11 PM


Damn, Moylans Kilt Lifter is still a hearty beverage to follow some unusual tasting brews. 

I could get to like MKL if it was in small bottles..

I don't like saving 1/2 of the bottle in the fridge for later.  When I want to pour it and drink it I want the whole bottle used.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 30, 2011, 07:07:37 PM
A Gulden Drak. Was going to crack a Delerium Tremens as well, but I'm trying to stay awake for at least 3/4 of the Pro Bowl.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 30, 2011, 07:18:05 PM
A Gulden Drak. Was going to crack a Delerium Tremens as well, but I'm trying to stay awake for at least 3/4 of the Pro Bowl.

I sortof surprised a North Indian group of folks this January with a bottle of Delerium Tremens.  It went with the food amazingly well, and was a beer that I wish I had bought a few bottles as it went away fast.  The next time (if we get asked back) I'll take a few bottles of that clear beverage to go with the Indian spices and tastes.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on January 30, 2011, 07:40:22 PM
A Gulden Drak. Was going to crack a Delerium Tremens as well, but I'm trying to stay awake for at least 3/4 of the Pro Bowl.

I sortof surprised a North Indian group of folks this January with a bottle of Delerium Tremens.  It went with the food amazingly well, and was a beer that I wish I had bought a few bottles as it went away fast.  The next time (if we get asked back) I'll take a few bottles of that clear beverage to go with the Indian spices and tastes.

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It's a beer that is about the same on tap or from the bottle. Tasty, and ya gotta love the elephants... ;D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 01, 2011, 07:40:47 PM

Black Cannon. from your know who..  

no head, good taste, I'm waiting for it to warm up so I can get a REAL taste of it.  

Damn..  If you like Loose Cannon, you probably will like this beverage from Clipper City Brewing.

<<<  added later >>>

I like it, not as much as the regular Loose Cannon, but it is not bitter, it is VERY dark and it has some other floral taste to it that I can't put a finger on?  I'll buy one or two again some day ...
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on February 01, 2011, 08:08:01 PM
really, really liking this Port Hop 15, much more than than the Wipeout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 05, 2011, 08:14:20 PM
Two Hearted Ale, Big Daddy Vlady, just finished a Hop Ottin IPA from Boonville Brewing from Andersonville in California... Next up? Go for the gusto me thinks.... Hopslam.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on February 06, 2011, 09:48:01 AM
I was tempted to buy some Iron City, but sense got the better of me.  I'm from eastern PA anyway, so my Stupor Bowl beer will be Yuengling--what I drank in college.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on February 06, 2011, 09:52:31 AM
Wife got me a sampler pack from Total Wine. Got me edjumacated in the Mon Valley outside of Picksburgh, so Iron City is sentimental for me. But alas, not part of the sampler package. Do hope the yinzers cover though. That could effect my post game consumption.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 06, 2011, 09:25:16 PM
'09 Allagash Interlude.  I've had it on tap and cask before, but this 2 1/2 year old bottle is far superior.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on February 07, 2011, 06:41:41 AM
We watched the Super Bowl at home. This Picksburgh native was disappointed in the result, but we ate and drank well. FG made wings and pizza, and I had Two Hearted standing by either to celebrate or console myself: bittersweet drinking experience.

I also tried the Monty Python Holy Grail Ale. It reminded me of Magic Hat #9 with its light color and body and almost fruity flavor, not a complex brew but nicely drinkable.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on February 07, 2011, 10:38:52 AM
I also tried the Monty Python Holy Grail Ale. It reminded me of Magic Hat #9 with its light color and body and almost fruity flavor, not a complex brew but nicely drinkable.
Really?  You got that strong apricot aroma & flavor from a British pale ale?  For my palate Magic Hat #9 is not almost fruity but very fruit forward followed by some hop bitterness.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on February 07, 2011, 12:03:51 PM
I also tried the Monty Python Holy Grail Ale. It reminded me of Magic Hat #9 with its light color and body and almost fruity flavor, not a complex brew but nicely drinkable.
Really?  You got that strong apricot aroma & flavor from a British pale ale?  For my palate Magic Hat #9 is not almost fruity but very fruit forward followed by some hop bitterness.

Despite the name Holy Grail Ale is not British, but a product of Black Sheep Brewery in Rochester NY. It doesn't call itself any particular style of ale, nor does it list fruits in its ingredients, but it definitely was like #9 in the apricot aroma and flavor.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on February 07, 2011, 12:36:59 PM
A little Googling reveals that Holy Grail is brewed under contract in Rochester for the Black Sheep (UK) Brewery.

Beer Advocate deems the style a British Pale Ale.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on February 07, 2011, 01:53:32 PM
A little Googling reveals that Holy Grail is brewed under contract in Rochester for the Black Sheep (UK) Brewery.

Beer Advocate deems the style a British Pale Ale.
Whew, my memory may not be as sharp as InternaltionCalDweller but at least I haven't killed all of the good brain cells.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on February 08, 2011, 03:50:42 PM
Stone Lucky 13asartd Ale.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 08, 2011, 04:12:45 PM
De Struise Black Albert.  Half a case came to Green's a few years ago that they had kept in the back unless someone asked for one.  They went ahead and put the remaining bottles on the shelf a week or two ago so I got them all.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 13, 2011, 06:02:26 PM


Hazed and infused..  That is me tonight..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 14, 2011, 08:57:50 PM
2005 Kriek De Ranke.  Very nice sour kriek, a blend of 2 sour pales, a geuze, and a bunch of Polish cherries.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on February 14, 2011, 10:06:26 PM
Ginga Kogen unfiltered - a nice weisen with apple flavor, rather crip. Seems a great warm weather beer. Made up in Nasu, about 120 miles N of Tokyo in snow central. A little expensive for what it does.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 16, 2011, 09:10:48 AM


Last night I found a bottle of Old Curmudgeon in my beer fridge.  Though I truly like the beer and think it is much better on draught, I had sortof forgotten how boozy it tasted as it warmed up.  None of my truly favorite beers are oak barrel aged or aged in bourbon barrels and such.  I guess this bottle has been in the back of the fridge for a while-- reading a bit about it on RateBeer I see that only the 2006 bottled vintage of this beer was bourbon barrel aged.

Founders makes some very tasty products.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 19, 2011, 04:52:51 PM
I currently have the Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence 10 Year Anniversary if front of me as I type, because "Partaking is my passion" to coin a phrase...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on February 19, 2011, 07:31:01 PM
Had some friends over for dinner.  Grilled a really nice Hanger Steak from the BHFM, and drank a Terrapin Hoptaneaus Combustion and a Lost Abbey Serpent Stout.  The LA Stout was fantastic with the steak.


Also picked up a 6 of the Hopslam at Tower BuHi today, if it wasn't their last one from the latest shipment it's got to be one of the last ones.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on February 19, 2011, 09:10:17 PM
2003 Joseph Phelps Napa Cab with a sort of Spanish lamb stew recipe from Evan Goldstein's Pairings book - quite excellent all around!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: baconwrappedrob on February 20, 2011, 10:20:15 AM
Rouge Juniper Pale Ale.  I'm liking this!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: baconwrappedrob on February 20, 2011, 10:49:23 AM
Im doing some barbecuing today (started last night).  Just opened up a Back in Black from the 21st Amendment Brewery (love that name).  It is really good!  Its a black IPA and comes in a can.  Worth a shot.

Might have a few more posts on this thread before the day is out.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 20, 2011, 12:01:22 PM
Daytona starts in 3 minutes. Just opened a Curieux from Allagash. It is an Ale aged in Oak Bourbon barrels, only 800 cases were bottled and it was corked in Nov. 2010. It is very tasty!!! 11%, shoulda bought 2 but at 14.99 a bottle.......
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: baconwrappedrob on February 20, 2011, 12:37:21 PM
Franziskaner Weissbier.  Not too shabby.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 20, 2011, 06:05:58 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/oWscH.jpg)
The damage from last night.  The 2008 Black Albert is mind blowing and the Ivan the Terrible that my friend picked up in Boise was pretty incredible.  Good thing he got two so we can age one.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 20, 2011, 08:30:58 PM

The damage from last night.  The 2008 Black Albert is mind blowing and the Ivan the Terrible that my friend picked up in Boise was pretty incredible.  Good thing he got two so we can age one. 

Now I thought that couldn't be done..    A 6 pack of different beers that I have never tasted ..   Good for you, what can we buy here and try ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on February 20, 2011, 08:51:07 PM
Glass o' Irish Mist, watching Carrie. Evil, I tells ya.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 20, 2011, 10:35:26 PM

The damage from last night.  The 2008 Black Albert is mind blowing and the Ivan the Terrible that my friend picked up in Boise was pretty incredible.  Good thing he got two so we can age one. 

Now I thought that couldn't be done..    A 6 pack of different beers that I have never tasted ..   Good for you, what can we buy here and try ?

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I highly recommend the Lost Abbey Red Barn, which is $7 at Green's ($8-9 elsewhere).  For a non-funky saison it's about as good as any actual Belgian one (I'm a bigger fan of funky saisons like Fantome).  De Struise Black Albert (strong Belgian stout) is legal to distribute here, but good luck finding it.  Green's got a half case in 2008 that they had kept in the back, so when they put their last 6 out recently I grabbed a few and they disappeared fast.  Russian River Pliny the Elder is only distributed in a few states, mainly the west coast, and my girlfriend brought it back from a business trip last week.  The bottle of La Maitresse du Moine (Belgian quad) is not available anymore.  Midnight Sun Brewing changed the name to Monk's Mistress in 2008 and at some point before that changed the recipe from the 9% that my bottle said to 11.2%.  It's only distributed on the west coast and I picked up the bottles in Portland.  My friend just got back from a trip to Boise where he picked up the Big Sky Ivan the Terrible (Bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout) and Grand Teton Trout Hop (Black IPA).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 21, 2011, 09:40:46 PM
2007 Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12, which is Old Engine Oil aged in 12 year Highland Park barrels.  Pretty smoky from the scotch barrels.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on February 25, 2011, 05:23:12 PM
Harpoon UFO white beer is pretty good.  I think I prefer it over other widely available white beers like Blue Moon.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 25, 2011, 09:33:56 PM

Catching beads, watching some floats and drinking some hurricanes. (Abita Strawberry isn't too bad either, not my choice, but honestly not too bad)...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 26, 2011, 08:01:48 AM
Picked up a Weyerbacher Tiny on Tuesday, drank it on Wednesday, liked it so much I grabbed another on Friday for the Race on Sunday!
"Deep black pour. The aroma is quite spicy. Lots of fruity/spicy character. Sweet and earthy with a pronounced booziness. Dry, dry cocoa on the finish with a sharp peppery heat". (To plagerize from the site if you will). This was right up my alley as I like this type of treat!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on February 26, 2011, 09:45:38 AM
Our Friday night excursion took us into town and Tom's Folly. After a long period of abstinence, FG broke down and had some pinot noir with dinner, just alright. The beer selection is much better, but they, like most places in town, were out of Two Hearted, my first choice. I settled for Shipyard IPA, which I found too astringent for drinking with dinner, so I had Allagash White with my skate wing. It was a good choice, mildly fruity and spicy. They don't have anything on draft, just bottles, but the selection is nice for a neighborhood joint, which is what Tom's aspires to be.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: baconwrappedrob on February 26, 2011, 02:31:33 PM
On this beautiful day, I'm drinking some Ranger IPA from New Belgian Brewery.  I'm liking this pale ale.  I think Dogfish Head is my favorite, what IPA would you recommend?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 27, 2011, 03:40:52 PM
Glass o' Irish Mist, watching Carrie. Evil, I tells ya.

Jeepers, I havn't had any Irish Mist since I was in Japan! I trust you keep it in the fridge between samples! Much smoother outta the cooler, no ice to melt or water it down either!!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on February 27, 2011, 05:41:14 PM
Glass o' Irish Mist, watching Carrie. Evil, I tells ya.

Jeepers, I havn't had any Irish Mist since I was in Japan! I trust you keep it in the fridge between samples! Much smoother outta the cooler, no ice to melt or water it down either!!
I've learned to drink it and Amaretto at room temp. Now Tuaca is a different beast...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 28, 2011, 12:26:55 PM


Yesterday:

The Green Goddess was with me..    CP and I stopped into a real sortof dive bar on Bourbon St.  Partially because it is non-smoking, and partially because it is so, so funky. <inserted- They had a great jukebox full of 70's and 80's music and terrific sound system >.

We had a starter drink and then decided to try the Absinthe Frappe. I had not tasted any Absinthe since it was an under-the-bar drink at my family's nigh-club in Ohio.  The first taste of that slightly medicinal, slightly licorice tasting beverage took me right back to those early days of drink experimentation.  Now would I drink the stuff on a regular basis, not hardly, but it was good, it was cooling and did it's job quickly.   ;)   I was glad I was not personally piloting the plane back to ATL.  LOL

Joking with CP after one of the drinks I said, "now it's time for me to go get my ears pierced", she said "yes and one more and you will want to get your face tatooed".  I did neither and had a nice nap on the plane ride back from the Big Easy.   8)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on March 01, 2011, 05:53:06 PM
Tokyo Black - a Japanese porter I bought at BuHyFmMkt. It's not that good - watery, bitter, with a thin coffee (Folger's?) taste that drifts in and out. Definately a meh. Anybody want the other one?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on March 05, 2011, 11:46:26 AM
Opened a bottle of the Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo that I picked up at Tower a while back.  It is an oak cask aged beer and I have enjoyed trying a number of different kinds of oak-aged beers.  This one was really tasty, malty but not overly so, very smooth, toffee flavors.  Picked up a few more bottles today to have on hand.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 05, 2011, 08:17:41 PM
Opened a bottle of the Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo that I picked up at Tower a while back.  It is an oak cask aged beer and I have enjoyed trying a number of different kinds of oak-aged beers.  This one was really tasty, malty but not overly so, very smooth, toffee flavors.  Picked up a few more bottles today to have on hand.

I just got back from "Brew your Cask off" at Sweetwater.  What didn't I drink tonight is more like it.

Fortunately or unfortunately the crowd was so dense that there was no way of even getting to the beers to sip and appreciate them.  Though I thank my benefactor for the fine Christmas gift the organized chaos that is the event flies in the face of beer tasting and appreciation.  

I should be writing this in the Sweetwater thread but I may delete this post in the bright light of tomorrow.  I shouldn't be negative, they had a whopping, WHOPPING crowd but it was teats to backs to butts along the entire tent corridor that was set up to sample the beers. Also dense crowds in the food area, inside, in the parking lot and talk about PARKING.  If you were not there at 5pm, you were parking along the road.  As I left cars were parked all the way around to the taco factory and past.  Sheeeesh...  And it was raining.

It is time they move the event to a venue where a crowd would have a chance to taste and judge IMHO.  I did see Richard Miley from Chops and Hops in Watkinsville for a minute, I did talk to Chef Archna from Bhojanic for a brief moment, I did get to see Flying Brian and Dan his buddy for 15 or 20 minutes, but though we were 25 feet from the front of the line, after tasting only several beers a few of the casks had run out after waiting nose to tail in line to taste a chosen beer on the list.

Read this quickly I may delete it by Monday.  

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on March 05, 2011, 09:45:33 PM
Sounds like quite a scene.

Not actually drinking anything tonight, but I'm in California right now, and will be returning with two of these in my suitcase:

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 06, 2011, 08:32:18 AM
Had a Weyerbacher Heresy and a Red Brick 16th Anniversary yesterday.  I enjoyed the Heresy, but thought it drank a bit thin compared to other RIS's.  Either way, this is a very complex beer, lots of chocolate, vanilla and oak going on.  The Red Brick was an impulse buy on Friday; i haven't been the biggest fan of Red Brick, but also really enjoyed this one.  The bourbon aging is upfront, and its pretty boozy.  So, probably a good pick for bourbon fans...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 06, 2011, 08:35:49 AM
Another note, I was told that this years Founders KBS will be in stores Tuesday.  I also heard that Cigar City will be in Atlanta stores later this month.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 06, 2011, 10:46:58 AM
My bid is in for the KBS. Sounds like it will be a very in limited supply judging by the amount my source is scheduled to recieve. Too bad, would have liked to KoPP (sic) a case for myself, but will be lucky to get 1/4th of the booty recieved!

Started the day yesterday with a Old Stock Ale 2009, grabbed a Black Cannon Black IPA then on to the Dirty Bastard. Finished with a Two Hearted Ale and topped it off with an Absolut Peach/White Cranpeach apertif!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 06, 2011, 10:50:53 AM
Sounds like quite a scene.

Not actually drinking anything tonight, but I'm in California right now, and will be returning with two of these in my suitcase:



Thanks for thinging of me on your trip to Cali! Can't wait for my issue of Consecration! snicker...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 06, 2011, 01:10:46 PM
just opened a Black Cannon.  the BIPA / Black Ale is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 06, 2011, 01:29:52 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 06, 2011, 04:53:00 PM
A tripel called Koeketiene from a picobrewery in my wife's parents' town in West Flanders.  We've had the bottle for over a year, and today seemed like as good a day as any to drink it, over a game of Scrabble.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on March 07, 2011, 07:55:47 PM
Navarro Pinot Gris to go with the awesome gumbo (see "cooking at home". .  .)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 07, 2011, 08:14:49 PM
in boston on business, had a Cisco Whale's Tale Pale Ale and a Southern Tier Unearthly.  Love that ST dIPA, really malty balance to the hops, good stuff...  The Cisco was recommended by the barkeep, and is a Nantucket based brewery, pretty standard pale ale, but good none-the-less.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: baconwrappedrob on March 08, 2011, 05:44:31 PM
Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues brewery in CO.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on March 08, 2011, 06:37:02 PM
2008 McPrice Meyers Les Galets syrah.  A bit of a CA fruit bomb, but with a nice amount of earthiness to balance it out.  Actually, pretty darn delicious.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 08, 2011, 08:13:37 PM


Good Lord I wish my Farking USB ports would work as promised.  I have a (culinary term) shit-load of pictures of beer labels that I have tried in the past weeks.   I just LOVE, LOVE the mix and match attitude.  I personally have tried several beers that I would not have tried if I had to buy a 6-pack.. 

Technology is good..........................  and it is so, so, so, so , so stupid...


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 09, 2011, 03:25:00 PM



I have 2 USB ports that will not work, I have gone direct to the computer and overcome my inability to move pictures around.  Where is a good 'ole floppy disk when you need one?    8)



GG>-  comments without descriptions.....

Does Lagunitas make any bad beer, this one is a beer I've gone back to time and again, it is delicious.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/LHE22.jpg)

Abita is making a couple beers now that are very good beverages not just Mardi Gras pap this IPA is good.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/AbitaRestorationPaleAle22.jpg)

This Abita is not my favorite but is still a go-to beer, 'specially if you are THERE.. 

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/AbitaJockamoIPA22.jpg)

I am loving the mix-and-match ability so's I can try some of the beers that have not been in my radar, this is a good one too.  Not a bad pup in the litter.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/NapaSmithLostDogRedAle22.jpg)

Possibly my current favorite in this group is the Weyerbacher, this is a keeper

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/WHI_IPA22.jpg)

In a way sortofa standby good hoppy beer for me.  I like this one a lot.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/TerrapinHoppsexcutioner22.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 12, 2011, 05:37:25 AM
Got into the Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial IPA, going to look for the Weyerbacher Hops Infusion... Thanks Mike!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 12, 2011, 10:14:03 AM
Speaking of DFH, they just announced (http://www.dogfish.com/community/blogfish/members/sam/thanks-for-understanding.htm) they're pulling out of 4 states (Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island) and stopping their exports because they can't meet demand.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on March 12, 2011, 05:22:19 PM
Had some of the Abita Strawberry today - not bad for a fruit-flavored beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 13, 2011, 08:57:52 AM
Thomas Creek dwindling in the line-up!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on March 13, 2011, 10:24:11 AM
Tried Mean Joe Bean last night, quite strong on the coffee flavor and bitter compared to most porters. I'm okay with that, but probably not something I'll seek out. I did snag the last six of Two Hearted Ale at the Kennesaw Total Wine yesterday (winning).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 13, 2011, 11:15:26 AM
Tried Mean Joe Bean last night, quite strong on the coffee flavor and bitter compared to most porters. I'm okay with that, but probably not something I'll seek out. I did snag the last six of Two Hearted Ale at the Kennesaw Total Wine yesterday (winning).

I too like it, I have not bought it since that opening night, and did enjoy it on draught.  I only had one that night, and found it less bitter than some of the porters I've had.  It seems strange to bring out a porter in the spring, but I'll give it another try against another of my favorites.    I know I have played this song before, but I REALLY do like the mix-and-match ability that stores are giving us these days.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 13, 2011, 02:55:47 PM
Woo Hoo, it's the next to the last Moo Hoo from Terripin! Still tasting great!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 16, 2011, 03:00:33 PM
while I didn't pick up any of the KBS, i did have a Founders Double Trouble last night.  Solid dIPA, but didn't standout compared to others I have sampled recently.  At 9%+ i want and expect more boozeyness.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 16, 2011, 04:24:27 PM


Since my cupboard is slim, I may drink the last of that Founders Oaked Old Curmudgeon. I would rather drink it cold then let it warm up and taste all of that Bourbon in my nose.   I have to be tough...    8)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 17, 2011, 07:37:57 AM
(http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/39419.jpg)

i have really enjoyed both of the recent Weyerbacher seasonal releases.  the insanity is their bourbon aged barleywine.  sweet, syrupy with tons of vanilla and dried fruit going on (dates? prunes?).  good stuff.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 17, 2011, 02:06:33 PM


Since my cupboard is slim, I may drink the last of that Founders Oaked Old Curmudgeon. I would rather drink it cold then let it warm up and taste all of that Bourbon in my nose.   I have to be tough...    8)

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Soldier through.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 17, 2011, 07:34:24 PM


Of course that was NOT the only beer on reserve..  But the other choices were absurd.

I did two of them tonight only after I hit the local Kroger for a mix and match ( not much of a choice ), 6 pack. 

Good Lord that Caguama Mexican beer is bad.  I'm sure someone out there loves it but it is pitiful beer.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on March 18, 2011, 06:23:50 AM
Stay thirsty, my friends.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 18, 2011, 05:12:26 PM
Found a duck-rabbit schwarzbier pushed back to the back of the fridge that I'm enjoying as this beautiful day winds down.  Really like these!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on March 19, 2011, 01:31:05 PM
Fantome is finally back on the market. Cleaned out Hop City's shelf of Pissenlit, which is probably the best of the saisons I've had. Looks like the boys are back in bidness, or at least the distributors are unclenching their collective sphincters. Damn I love Fantome...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 19, 2011, 08:18:22 PM
Fantome is pretty funky tasting.  I'd say if one likes Fantome, one indeed likes saisons.  It's a little severe for me.  I didn't know it had disappeared from the market.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 19, 2011, 08:20:35 PM
Vapeur de  Bises.  At the Porter.  Made with figs.  Very figgy tasting.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Barnum on March 26, 2011, 06:41:55 AM
Last night had a Peg Leg Imperial Stout with my carne asada tacos for dinner.

I guess I have pedestrian tastes... looking at beer advocate this is a solid middle of the back imperial stout, but I liked it a lot.  Big taste, thick and full of caramel and coffee and only a little bitter at the end.  Much better to me than so many of the really dry and bitter stouts that seem to rate higher.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 26, 2011, 07:19:58 AM
Worked the Weyerbacher Hops Infusion pretty good last week, Thanks for the tip Mike! Also picked up 2 kits of the Victory Hop Wallop, hits the spot during gardening duty, or just sitting and watching somebody else garden! Finished with a tall Absolute Peach with Ocean Spray WhiteCran Peach. Hit the spot. snicker. I have purchased 2 fours of the Founders KBS (much to my wallets chagrin) and it is just as tasty as the last time. Yesterday I moved around the selector at my fav supplier of fine craft beers and picked a New Belgium 1554 sixer which I will sample today. Woo Hoo, I found another Moo Hoo hiding behind a PBR while installing the previous!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on March 29, 2011, 03:57:13 PM
Picked up a four-pack of the Innis & Gun rum cask aged ale at Tower, have been looking forward to trying it since I read Bob Townsend's write-up about it in the AJC a while back.  Have tried the I&G oak aged ale and it is good, though it didn't displace Allagash Curieux as my favorite in that genre.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 29, 2011, 06:59:19 PM
I had an Innis & Gun Rum Cask last night.  Very good beer, I really preferred it to the regular I&G.  Nice sweet finish from the Rum.

Just opened one of these:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_u7At_tJYqJI/RlO2TpcMrvI/AAAAAAAAAA0/jlNKigFQwrM/s320/Port+Wipeout+22oz.JPG)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on March 29, 2011, 07:58:21 PM
Girardet Baco Noir from the Umpqua Valley(OR).  Never had this grape before, sort of Pinot-like, but more substantial.  We had it with this recipe:  http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/christmas-lima-bean-stew-recipe.html  which I was not sure about, but it worked just fine.  Success!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on March 30, 2011, 06:28:38 PM
I liked the Innis & Gunn rum cask ale also, a great flavor without being too anything - alcoholic, syrupy, toasty, or sweet.  Just right.  Pretty good price for a four-pack too IIRC.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 31, 2011, 09:58:27 PM
I'm sitting in a Ruby Tuesday's in Americus drinking a Sam Adam noble pils.  I know most people would consider a pilsner an easy drinking beer, but I'm having a much harder time finishing this than something like a Lost Abbey Older Viscocity.  I do like the aroma of noble hops, but I can't really get into the flavor of many lagers at all.  At least I brought down a Boulevard Dark Truth that I drank earlier in the hotel.  That's an awesome stout out of KC that I picked up in Birmingham 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 31, 2011, 11:43:04 PM
I'm sitting in a Ruby Tuesday's in Americus drinking a Sam Adam noble pils.  I know most people would consider a pilsner an easy drinking beer, but I'm having a much harder time finishing this than something like a Lost Abbey Older Viscocity.  I do like the aroma of noble hops, but I can't really get into the flavor of many lagers at all.  At least I brought down a Boulevard Dark Truth that I drank earlier in the hotel.  That's an awesome stout out of KC that I picked up in Birmingham 2 weeks ago.

I am on antibiotics for about 5 days, so I am taking a pass on the beer and all.  I took beer to Greenville with me but barely drank any we were too busy.  They did have Sam Adams that they were selling as an import, but I just wasn't buying into that...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 01, 2011, 06:49:16 AM
I'm sitting in a Ruby Tuesday's in Americus drinking a Sam Adam noble pils.  I know most people would consider a pilsner an easy drinking beer, but I'm having a much harder time finishing this than something like a Lost Abbey Older Viscocity.  I do like the aroma of noble hops, but I can't really get into the flavor of many lagers at all.  At least I brought down a Boulevard Dark Truth that I drank earlier in the hotel.  That's an awesome stout out of KC that I picked up in Birmingham 2 weeks ago.
Boulevard is up in Tennessee and over in Alabama, but not in GA - I hate that. I had to stop in TN on the way up to buy fireworks to grab a case of Boulevard unfiltered wheat - stuff is good session beer. They also have a dopplebock they call Seeyalator - hey, I thought the name was funny. The dopplebock isn't half bad, either.

Widmer gets similar treatment around GA - one or 2 may poke their heads in, but the lineup is surprisingly solid from top to bottom. Wish we'd get more in.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 02, 2011, 08:51:48 AM
Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown yesterday, and today I will sample the Hairy Eyeball. Last Sunday I got into the Founders KBS, Victory Hop Wallop, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, New Belgium 1554, and the Bitches Brew. During the week I was givin a bottle of Yeast Hoist As Above So Below from St Bastion. A very nice tasting Belgian Abby Ale. Comes in a limited edition earthenware crock to boot! Today looks to be a great day for relaxing, just like today is going to be a beer drinking day right after the yard work!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on April 04, 2011, 07:46:19 PM
I guess that I am the only wine drinker that posts to this thread :o

Navarro Chenin Blanc that we just received a case of, previously untasted, but up to their usual high standards.  The one cent shipping option didn't hurt at all, either.  I think most Cali wineries are afraid to label a single varietal Chenin because of the old jug wine connnotation, but this is absolutely delicious.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 04, 2011, 09:32:09 PM
I guess that I am the only wine drinker that posts to this thread :o

Navarro Chenin Blanc that we just received a case of, previously untasted, but up to their usual high standards.  The one cent shipping option didn't hurt at all, either.  I think most Cali wineries are afraid to label a single varietal Chenin because of the old jug wine connnotation, but this is absolutely delicious.
I would drink a lot more wine if I could get good wine for the price I can get good beer.  I love wine though, and I find it interesting to read people talking about wine.  I know so much about beer and have bizarrely deep knowledge of breweries and special one time releases that to me that stuff feels like common knowledge.  When I read people post about wines I realize that most people probably know as little about the beers I talk about as I feel with what you're talking about.

Anyway, Founders KBS and Allagash Interlude at Thinking Man in the middle of a bike ride at Thinking Man, and when we stopped at Ale Yeah! on the way home I saw this beauty:
(http://i.imgur.com/NF0fh.jpg)
I normally don't open a beer like this when I get it, but I got the last 2 they had so I could open one and keep one.  This is an awesome beer, in the direction of Haandbryggeriet Haandbaak. It doesn't have the sweetness of most Oude Bruins, but a little smokiness. There's a little cranberry, leather, and vinegar tartness.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 05, 2011, 11:20:06 PM


I had a Sweetwater Road Trip tonight, not my usual fare but not too bad after a week off of beer and wine.

What do you other beer drinkers think of it ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 06, 2011, 08:19:19 AM
I don't care for Road Trip too much.  However, since I try to make an effort to support local breweries--wherever I may be--I give preference to Sweetwater, Terrapin, etc., over other brands for my go-to beers.  Of Sweetwater's brands, I think 420 and IPA are excellent examples of their styles.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 08, 2011, 01:34:49 PM


Last night.

Bells Hopslam

Now this one I REALLY like..  I have a couple bottles of it, and will have to give it another try.  it is right up there with Two Hearted Ale and (damn I hate to say this) Loose Cannon...

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/BellsHopslam22.jpg)


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 09, 2011, 05:37:07 AM
I guess that I am the only wine drinker that posts to this thread :o

Navarro Chenin Blanc that we just received a case of, previously untasted, but up to their usual high standards.  The one cent shipping option didn't hurt at all, either.  I think most Cali wineries are afraid to label a single varietal Chenin because of the old jug wine connnotation, but this is absolutely delicious.
Wait a minute now, I used to drink great wine! Boons Farm, Red Mountain, Spanada, Strawberry Ridge (a little later in life) and sometimes all at the same time! But that's another story!! Nothing wrong with a wino (snicker), and I know what you are drinking way outclasses what I listed above. I just can't get it past my palate. At all. Not even Cham-pain hidden in the ol Orange Juice will do it!  I just like beer! So, Cheers to you!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 10, 2011, 07:04:44 AM
Southern Tier HopSun Southern Wheat. A good tasting smooth offering. Going back for more on Monday cause you can't buy on Sunday.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on April 10, 2011, 03:40:14 PM
I don't care for Road Trip too much.  However, since I try to make an effort to support local breweries--wherever I may be--I give preference to Sweetwater, Terrapin, etc., over other brands for my go-to beers.  Of Sweetwater's brands, I think 420 and IPA are excellent examples of their styles.

When I drink Sweetwater products, I gravitate to the 420. Of Terrapin's offerings the Rye Pale Ale is my favorite. I've tried the regular offerings and some specials from both, but for those two I come back.

Have to try Bell's Hopslam since my thirsty ardor for THA can't always be slaked.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 10, 2011, 04:16:37 PM


Last night or yesterday...

Again this is not one of the beers I would have guessed I liked but Bell's Oberon is one tasty beverage.

I can see myself sipping on one or more of them during the heat of the summer.

Thanks again to mix and match 6 packs at Decatur Wine and Spirits for these several new tastes.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 10, 2011, 05:30:54 PM
got pretty crazy last night, late night after a crawfish boil.  two 06 120 Minutes, a Bells 9000 and a sierra 30th fritz/ken stout were consumed.  the sierra is a really nice change of pace from the usually sweet US imperial stouts.  the 120 was fantastic, pretty much mind blowing good, and the bells was just ok.  the 9000 is really sweet, and just wasn't a great follow up to the 120.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 10, 2011, 11:13:43 PM
got pretty crazy last night, late night after a crawfish boil.  two 06 120 Minutes, a Bells 9000 and a sierra 30th fritz/ken stout were consumed.  the sierra is a really nice change of pace from the usually sweet US imperial stouts.  the 120 was fantastic, pretty much mind blowing good, and the bells was just ok.  the 9000 is really sweet, and just wasn't a great follow up to the 120.
Yeah, a 120 that old is great, but more sweetness than anything.  Any sweet beer that follows is going to have to be pretty mind blowing to even seem okay.  The Fritz/Ken may be my favorite SN I've ever had.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 10, 2011, 11:25:45 PM
got pretty crazy last night, late night after a crawfish boil.  two 06 120 Minutes, a Bells 9000 and a sierra 30th fritz/ken stout were consumed.  the sierra is a really nice change of pace from the usually sweet US imperial stouts.  the 120 was fantastic, pretty much mind blowing good, and the bells was just ok.  the 9000 is really sweet, and just wasn't a great follow up to the 120.
Yeah, a 120 that old is great, but more sweetness than anything.  Any sweet beer that follows is going to have to be pretty mind blowing to even seem okay.  The Fritz/Ken may be my favorite SN I've ever had.

Does Bell's make a bad beer ?  I am a staunch (218lbs) believer.. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 11, 2011, 06:53:32 AM
got pretty crazy last night, late night after a crawfish boil.  two 06 120 Minutes, a Bells 9000 and a sierra 30th fritz/ken stout were consumed.  the sierra is a really nice change of pace from the usually sweet US imperial stouts.  the 120 was fantastic, pretty much mind blowing good, and the bells was just ok.  the 9000 is really sweet, and just wasn't a great follow up to the 120.
Yeah, a 120 that old is great, but more sweetness than anything.  Any sweet beer that follows is going to have to be pretty mind blowing to even seem okay.  The Fritz/Ken may be my favorite SN I've ever had.

Does Bell's make a bad beer ?  I am a staunch (218lbs) believer.. 

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the Bells wasn't bad, just wasn't the right follow up to the 120.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 13, 2011, 05:43:20 PM
Not actually sure if I'm going to drink anything tonight, but Stillwater Artisanal Ales just came to GA today.  I was at Ale Yeah! as the truck was being unloaded and picked up a few.  Maybe the most beautiful bottles I've ever seen.  The 2 in the middle, Jaded, are a collaboration with De Struise (most famous for Pannepot and Black Albert) that I've wanted but didn't think I would ever see.  The others are Existent, Saison Darkly, and Of Love & Regret.

(http://i.imgur.com/SGbr5.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 13, 2011, 07:41:20 PM
one of these is giving me the eye, about to succumb...

(http://www.frothyhead.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/beer/united-states/north-coast-brewing-co/old-stock-ale/10235-1-eng-US/Old-Stock-Ale_beer_full.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 13, 2011, 11:21:25 PM
one of these is giving me the eye, about to succumb...

(http://www.frothyhead.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/beer/united-states/north-coast-brewing-co/old-stock-ale/10235-1-eng-US/Old-Stock-Ale_beer_full.jpg) 


Hey, hey, hey..  Don't be saying "Old Stock" around herebouts...  ;D

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 14, 2011, 06:48:31 AM
North Coast is one of my favorite places to visit. Good food across the street from the brewery, and some plain-ol batsh*t crazy people...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 14, 2011, 12:19:24 PM
North Coast is one of my favorite places to visit. Good food across the street from the brewery, and some plain-ol batsh*t crazy people...
With one of the neatest brewpubs I've ever been to.  And you have to drive just a little further to see the seals.  And the motel we stayed in was quite enjoyable as well.  And then there's added bonus of driving through Boonville and Mendocino on the way.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 15, 2011, 08:53:59 AM
This just in from SoCal.... Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig from Russian River (2 each)! Also got two Double Double Animal Style burgers from In-N-Out. Kids are in from SoCal with the Grand Children!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 16, 2011, 07:58:42 AM
On the way to Watkinsville to try out the Terrapin Rhubarb (made special) and the Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale. Oughta be a great day!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 16, 2011, 10:31:54 AM
Damage from last night included Cigar City Guava Grove, Stillwater Of Love and Regret, Stillwater Existent, Cascade Kriek, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, 2009 Allagash Interlude, Allagash Tripel, Boulevard Dark Truth, and Lost Abbey Carnevale.  To go with a laksa and massuman curry I made.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 19, 2011, 12:03:44 AM
Westmalle Dubbel.  Sometimes you just need a good Trappist and this one is pretty incredible.  It's been at least 2 years since I've had one and it's better than I remember.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Roxro on April 19, 2011, 06:41:43 PM
Testing Mario B's strawberry bellinis as a possible Easter cocktail.  Not very good.  Think I'll stick with the tried and true white wine Sangria.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on April 19, 2011, 07:21:40 PM
I have recently found Kirklands small batch bourbon. Aged 7 years at 103 proof. A very mellow drink. I'm loving it. $20 a liter.

http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg (http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 19, 2011, 07:27:39 PM
(http://users.jyu.fi/~mweber/blog/images/Innis_and_Gunn_Rum_Cask.jpg)

lots of vanilla in this one, smells great, but drinks rather thin.  either way its a good beer, not a great one.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 19, 2011, 07:42:56 PM
lots of vanilla in this one, smells great, but drinks rather thin.  either way its a good beer, not a great one.
Basically meh.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 19, 2011, 08:07:55 PM
lots of vanilla in this one, smells great, but drinks rather thin.  either way its a good beer, not a great one.
Basically meh.

pretty much, though it does smell wonderful
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 20, 2011, 07:41:14 AM
I have recently found Kirklands small batch bourbon. Aged 7 years at 103 proof. A very mellow drink. I'm loving it. $20 a liter.

http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg (http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg)

Does Costco have a Kirkland brand beer?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 20, 2011, 08:22:10 AM
I have recently found Kirklands small batch bourbon. Aged 7 years at 103 proof. A very mellow drink. I'm loving it. $20 a liter.

http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg (http://beerwhiskeyandbrotherhood.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/costco-kirkland-bourbon.jpg)

Does Costco have a Kirkland brand beer?
4 six packs @ $19 (current lineup is Belgian Wit (too sweet imo), Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and IPA (actually decent).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 23, 2011, 06:57:13 AM
(http://users.jyu.fi/~mweber/blog/images/Innis_and_Gunn_Rum_Cask.jpg)

lots of vanilla in this one, smells great, but drinks rather thin.  either way its a good beer, not a great one.

Drinks thin? To me, an understatement as I didn't care much for it either. But I tried it.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 23, 2011, 07:49:53 PM
Gnomegang
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 23, 2011, 11:35:26 PM
Gnomegang

too many things to mention.   Some good beerz, good wine, and finally some incredible bourbon.

My mind will not bring back the names at this point..   :-\

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on April 24, 2011, 12:36:06 AM
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel and Cascade The Vine while finally bottling last year's "Christmas" beer (started in September) and brewing a saison.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 24, 2011, 07:18:10 AM
Picked up a nice Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing and a 4 pack of Founders Breakfast Stout. (Beer is not just for breakfast anymore I am sure you've heard). Going to sit back and enjoy a HOPZ Craft Beer Cigar from Ted's Cigars (made with real beer Hops) and watch the lawn mower cool off.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 26, 2011, 07:56:49 PM
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on April 27, 2011, 11:55:22 AM
(http://2newbeersaweek.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/sierra-bigfoot.jpg)
+101

Do you ever have people ask you what your favorite beer is?  I get it more than I can count.  That's like identify which little grubber you love more.  I don't have a single favorite but Bigfoot has been in my top echelon for years.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 27, 2011, 12:23:41 PM
Just picked this up.  Based on what i've read / heard this is a very limited run by DFH.  This is the 2nd collaboration they did with Sony Records (first was Bitches Brew).

(http://www.thebeerinme.com/e107_files/public/1302725164_145_FT0_dogfish_hellhound_on_my_ale.png)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 27, 2011, 01:39:07 PM

Do you ever have people ask you what your favorite beer is?  I get it more than I can count.  That's like identify which little grubber you love more.  I don't have a single favorite but Bigfoot has been in my top echelon for years.

I get that question too, and I usually say "Loose Cannon", but I have had a few serious contenders this year to that top spot.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is one

The Abita "Abbey Ale" is right up there too, I wish it was available in the smaller bottles though.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on April 28, 2011, 03:27:47 PM
Had a Clipper City Dubbel Cannon on the way home. It's a variation on Loose Cannon (duh) with Belgian dubbel yeast. Has a great spicy note on top of that hoppy goodness. Dunno if it's in the bottle, but Young Augustine's has it on tap.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on April 28, 2011, 03:35:56 PM
Had a Clipper City Dubbel Cannon on the way home. It's a variation on Loose Cannon (duh) with Belgian dubbel yeast. Has a great spicy note on top of that hoppy goodness. Dunno if it's in the bottle, but Young Augustine's has it on tap.

it is available in bottles.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on May 02, 2011, 08:28:19 PM
Had a 2004 Carnagie porter tonight. You can find a number of vintages available, with the porter capable of over 10 years of botthe conditioning (my fav still is the 1985 - tasty, with a wine smoothness).

The 2004 is good, but needs some years until its ready. There's chocolate and toasty malt, but none of the depth from the older vintages. Jackson calls it more a stout than a porter, but the head is thin, ad has no real fizz. I'd recommend picking up a couple of the 2004 - they have 'em at Greens Ponce - and trying one to see what you think. If you like it, hide the rest someplace you'll forget about it, and when you find it in 5-10 years, it should be fantastic.

http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000797.html
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 04, 2011, 08:28:01 PM
(http://www.beeraday.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Victory-OldHo.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 06, 2011, 05:14:11 PM

3 new ones and an old favorite.  (did I say how much I liked the mix 'n match thingy ? )


A very flavorful offering from Sierra Nevada, I'd add this to my rotation.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/SN Topedo22.jpg)


Not to bad, not one of my top 50's, but a passable Imperial IPA.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/HopCzar22.jpg)


I think I have done this one before, again not at the top of my list but what an improvement over some of the dishwater that we/I used to drink.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Mad RiverSMBlackAle22.jpg)


It's good to get a glass of this to the right temperature and slowly sip it until finished.  This is a premium beer.  It is easily in my to 25 perhaps in my top 10.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/BruthaT22.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 09, 2011, 01:48:46 PM
Sometimes when you do a mix and match you DON'T win....

I had a Monkshine from Four+Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, UT


Perhaps some malt-heads would like it, I don't.  It was cold and wet and tasted tinny with a malt background to me.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Monkshine22.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on May 09, 2011, 01:50:52 PM
I had Hop Czar at the brewery back in 2008 before it was readily available.  Once we got it here it has been in my regular rotation.  A decent IIPA for $6.99/sixer is hard to pass up.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 09, 2011, 05:17:30 PM

Yesterday during the day I opened a Mad River Steelhead double IPA.  That is one tasty beverage.

I wholly approve of it, this a beer that could take me through the summer, it is slightly citrusy, and fairly hoppy with a good malt taste and a low alcohol level that would allow a couple in an afternoon.  It is sweeter than I like, but it is a summer beverage.

I'm adding this one to my summer list..

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Steelhead2IPA22.jpg)
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 11, 2011, 05:15:05 PM
Homebrew sessionable (4.5%) Belgian pale I brewed in September.  It's very nice.

(http://i.imgur.com/9GLIml.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 11, 2011, 07:13:25 PM
Getting ready to open a Hopslam, have a couple left and there is no sense to sit on them much longer.  Also put a Brooklyn Black Chocolate in the fridge and a Lagunitas Undercover.  Will follow the Hopslam with one of those.

Had a Troegs Nugget Nectar Monday night while on business in NJ.  Damn good beer in a style that isn't always my favorite.  The consensus at Beeradvocate and Ratebeer are right on this brew.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 15, 2011, 05:57:26 AM
Put the hurt on some of the new in the bottles Invocation and Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 18, 2011, 05:58:08 PM
You think it's a school nit or sumpin..... Dogfish Head Burton Baton. An oak aged Imperial India Pale Ale. 10% by volume in a 12 oz bottle.  Boy is it smooth. Not to much wood. I am going to hide a couple of these behind the Backwoods Bastard and the Nemisis.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 18, 2011, 11:13:09 PM
It's American Craft Beer Week, so I had some Russian River Temptation and Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. 

(http://i.imgur.com/XbEGH.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tMChy.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: LizR on May 18, 2011, 11:37:35 PM
It's American Craft Beer Week, so I had some Russian River Temptation and Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. 

(http://i.imgur.com/XbEGH.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tMChy.jpg)


Looks like your cat is doing Yeti impressions...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on May 19, 2011, 07:49:18 AM
It's American Craft Beer Week, so I had some Russian River Temptation and Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. 



Looks like your cat is doing Yeti impressions...
Or is bored with that chocolate oak aged beer.  Mine much prefers IPAs and barleywines.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on May 19, 2011, 11:14:53 AM
Love the cat picture!  I am a big fan of the Yeti but it is turning to that time of year when I want to put away stouts and heavier beers and go for something lighter.  I would love to hear new summer beer suggestions from the beer drinkers here.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 19, 2011, 10:27:06 PM
Love the cat picture!  I am a big fan of the Yeti but it is turning to that time of year when I want to put away stouts and heavier beers and go for something lighter.  I would love to hear new summer beer suggestions from the beer drinkers here.
I'm not ready to put away the stouts until after BSP's pancake breakfast Saturday morning, with possibly the most insane lineup of coffee stouts ever assembled: 2010 Founders CBS, 2010 and '11 KBS, De Struise Black Damnation IV (Black Albert aged in Rum barrels with coffee!), '09, '10, '11 Espresso Yeti and Terrapin Wake n Bake, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (brewed with Vietnamese civet coffee) and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, plus a few more.

I've been drinking a lot of saisons lately.  Besides the classics I've liked Stillwater Of Love and Regret, Lost Abbey Red Barn and Carnevale, all the pale Jolly Pumpkins, and the one I'm drinking now, the new beer from Jailhouse, their Reprieve Saison.  This was actually my first Jailhouse and it's quite good.

(http://i.imgur.com/Gerlr.jpg)

Earlier I had some Cigar City Maduro Brown:
(http://i.imgur.com/xJG9c.jpg)

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on May 20, 2011, 03:00:09 PM
BSP pancake breakfast sounds very yummy!  Don't think I can make it, will be having pancakes at home sans beer.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on May 20, 2011, 06:57:42 PM
Allagash Odyssey Oak Aged Belgian Strong Ale.  Really enjoying this one. 

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/21363 (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/21363)

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 21, 2011, 07:17:18 AM
Love the cat picture!  I am a big fan of the Yeti but it is turning to that time of year when I want to put away stouts and heavier beers and go for something lighter.  I would love to hear new summer beer suggestions from the beer drinkers here.

This note is from Rob at Peak Organic Brewing: "Have you tried Summer Session Ale yet? It just arrived to Georgia last week. Incredible".

I am looking to find this one, and since the Simcoe Spring Ale was so tasty, Rob tells me that this is fantastic!

So, something to look for in the new summer suggestions. Normally I would not post without trying a product, but for Rob, I will make an exception, take a chance and hope discerning tastebuds will enjoy his offering!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 21, 2011, 07:25:43 AM
Speaking of which, Simcoe Spring Ale last night with a Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, and a Burton Baton from Dogfish Head. And a Absolute Peach with White Cran Peach from Ocean Spray for a nitecap.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 22, 2011, 09:32:15 AM
Yesterday was kind of a crazy day.  Started at the Brickstore with tastings of Founders CBS, Struise Black Damnation IV Coffee Club, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Beer Geek Bacon, Beer Geek Breakfast, Great Divide '09 Espresso Yeti, Founders '10 KBS, Terrapin '08 Wake n Bake, and Cigar City Duja Ve.  I wasn't really planning on it, but we ended up at the Porter last night and had Terrapin Big Sloppy Monster, Terrapin Substance Abuse, and Cantillon St Lamvinus.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 22, 2011, 02:59:22 PM
Not a bad nite for beer tasting I might add... but today started with New Holland Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrell Stout on draft, very smooth and very tasty. Moved on to the Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus. Says they use a pound of cherries in every 22 oz bottle. Very nice cherry flavor without being obnoxious. Got into the Cigar City Humidor series, don't know which one, had a big "H" on the label. Try to find this one, and Cigar City has a bunch of new stuff getting ready for release. Got to get going on the Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout, but I am going to wait for the steak to grill before I crack that one...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 25, 2011, 06:12:17 PM
Last night I had Evil Twin Yin, a great Danish imperial stout.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: vino.envy on May 26, 2011, 08:36:53 PM
Last night I had Evil Twin Yin, a great Danish imperial stout.

(http://i.imgur.com/PRT0W.jpg)

NICE! Have you tried the Yang? The ultimate black and tan  ::)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 27, 2011, 12:42:54 AM
NICE! Have you tried the Yang? The ultimate black and tan  ::)
Haven't done Yang yet, though Yin was good enough to justify the expense.  Tonight we decided to go with the new Ale Yeah growler (Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy, which is OK), along with De Dolle Oerbier, Jailhouse Breakout Stout, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza and Luciernaga.  I'll admit I was struggling trying to sing and play drums at the same time in Rock Band by the end of the night.

The growler selection at Ale Yeah can't really compete with Hop City, but it's just over a mile from my house, so I'm going to support it.  I really wish they had some Red Barn like HC though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 29, 2011, 07:48:15 AM
Worked the Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale and the Guava Grove, both went well with my Burger! I don't care for Lambic's, but the New Belguim Ohh LaLa Lambic was very nice by itself. No need for the anti acid wafers either!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 29, 2011, 04:33:49 PM
Waiting for NASCAR, working the Peak Organic Summer Session Ale and now moving on to the Terrapin Monks Revenge.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 30, 2011, 07:48:14 AM
Have had quite a variety over the weekend, Two Hearted, Ten-Fidy, Duchesse de Bourgogne, LIl Sumpin' Sumpin' and the last of my stash of the Undercover Shutdown (guess i will have to wait until next year unless anyone knows of any still on the shelves here in the ATL).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 30, 2011, 01:13:06 PM


These are from last week, I'm into that 12 pack of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. They sell you a 12 pack of 3 or 4 of the beers that Sierra Nevada scaled up after having their beer camp and had chosen the best from the "camp".  I like two of them pretty well but don't much care for (the one I'm drinking now), the Juniper Black Ale. The deep head when poured on the JBA is interesting and adds to the flavor of the beer but the spices and the Juniper in the taste throw this IPA drinker for a loop.  The other two are "California Common" I like it pretty well, and the other is Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Weizenbock, it is not a style like usually but with these hot days it is a damn good beverage, I'll have one here sometime before dinner and write down what I actually taste.

Catching up...  we really have been busy, and I'm going to have to develop some tasting notes practice so's I can better describe the wide variety of beerz I have been trying.  Here are three that are noteworthy or I wouldn't have shot the pics of them....



Very drinkable as I recall, and a good addition to our beer fridge, I usually don't like Bourbon based/aged beers but this one is pretty tasty.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/WildHeavenOdetoMercy.jpg)
RB says - Nothing, it has not been reviewed yet

Amber Lagers are not usually my fave, but this one stands out as a respectable summer cooler.
RB says-  44 but only 27 people have reviewed it.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/FtCollins1900Amber.jpg)

A very good Pale Ale, with all of the things about hoppy beers that I love. Bare citrus flavor, good session beer IMO.
RB says - 87

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/NewBelgiumMightyArrowPA.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on May 30, 2011, 01:41:11 PM
I raided my stash yesterday for a little cookout. Hair of the Dog Matt, Hair of the Dog Adam, Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood, Hair of the Dog Fred, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout '08 and '09, Cigar City Dirac, Hanssens 2000 Oudbeitje Strawberry lambic, Hanssens Experimental Raspberry Lambic, Fantome, Mikkeller Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Hole, Cascade Apricot, and Avery Mephistopheles.  Album here (http://imgur.com/a/zJ0FU).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 30, 2011, 02:25:22 PM
I raided my stash yesterday for a little cookout. Hair of the Dog Matt, Hair of the Dog Adam, Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood, Hair of the Dog Fred, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout '08 and '09, Cigar City Dirac, Hanssens 2000 Oudbeitje Strawberry lambic, Hanssens Experimental Raspberry Lambic, Fantome, Mikkeller Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Hole, Cascade Apricot, and Avery Mephistopheles.  Album here (http://imgur.com/a/zJ0FU). 

Good list, way more off the beaten path than mine and I'm sure good too.. Nice pics too..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 01, 2011, 06:37:23 AM
Have had quite a variety over the weekend, Two Hearted, Ten-Fidy, Duchesse de Bourgogne, LIl Sumpin' Sumpin' and the last of my stash of the Undercover Shutdown (guess i will have to wait until next year unless anyone knows of any still on the shelves here in the ATL).

Might call the Smoke Rise Bottle Shop by Stone Mtn @770 469 1483 or the 5 Points Bottle Shop out in Athens (prolly your best bet)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on June 01, 2011, 04:47:38 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 01, 2011, 05:54:13 PM
I can't claim this was what I was drinking "tonight" but my excuse is that I've been on a beer tour in Belgium and couldn't post every day.

Oh, how sad, you couldn't post every day.  Doing a FARKING BEER TOUR IN BELGIUM...  you lucky devil....

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 01, 2011, 05:56:26 PM
Ha, yeah, what Mike said.

NICE! Have you tried the Yang? The ultimate black and tan  ::)
Had the Yin and Yang black and tan on tap at BSP yesterday.  I don't think I've ever had a black and tan before, but it was nice.  I prefer a stout by itself though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on June 01, 2011, 07:37:56 PM
Just finished my last hopslam of the year.  I thought I had finished them about a month ago, but found one in what is becoming many many boxes of beer kept underneath the stairs.  Wish I had gotten to this one earlier; Hopslam really falls off quick, huge difference between one of these fresh and one of these after 4 months.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 01, 2011, 07:41:21 PM
Just finished my last hopslam of the year.  I thought I had finished them about a month ago, but found one in one what is becoming many many boxes of beer kept underneath the stairs.  Wish I had gotten to this one earlier; Hopslam really falls off quick, huge difference between one of these fresh and one of these after 4 months.

I have a few quotable beers that were set aside and forgotten.  I will bring a few of them to the forefront this week so I can weed through the "old" beerz in my garage fridge...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 02, 2011, 05:37:30 PM

No these are not pictures of a foreign land and their breweries but here are some pics of some of the beerz that have been going past my lips.    I did get my hands on some Undercover Investigation and am hoarding it.  Same with the Founders KBS, I only got a couple and I'm saving them for laters.  A picture of the California common is not here, I'll post it here later.

Wee heavy seems like a drink for colder weather, but it is way good. I may be adjusting to these darker offerings

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/WeeHeavy22.jpg)

Wow, it this a delicious beer but it too seems set for a colder day then these last few.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/FoundersKBS22.jpg)

Remarks elsewhere
(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/SNcamp39X2IPA22.jpg)


Remarks elsewhere
(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/SNJuniperBlackAle22.jpg)


Remarks elsewhere
(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/SNcamp37Weizenbock22.jpg)


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 02, 2011, 05:38:42 PM
I can't claim this was what I was drinking "tonight" but my excuse is that I've been on a beer tour in Belgium and couldn't post every day. 

Do you possibly have any pictures of your adventure ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on June 03, 2011, 01:20:55 PM
the last of my stash of the Undercover Shutdown (guess i will have to wait until next year unless anyone knows of any still on the shelves here in the ATL).
IIRC, pretty convenient to you, Perimeter Total Wine has several sixers on the shelf.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on June 03, 2011, 02:12:04 PM
the last of my stash of the Undercover Shutdown (guess i will have to wait until next year unless anyone knows of any still on the shelves here in the ATL).
IIRC, pretty convenient to you, Perimeter Total Wine has several sixers on the shelf.

they must have moved them from another location.  i didn't see any there last time i was over there.  i will have to get over there this week.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 03, 2011, 02:48:07 PM


I didn't realize that the Founders KBS Kentucky Breakfast Stout was 11.2%  until too late...

dern good though...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on June 03, 2011, 06:18:59 PM
I can't claim this was what I was drinking "tonight" but my excuse is that I've been on a beer tour in Belgium and couldn't post every day. 

Do you possibly have any pictures of your adventure ?


I'm not much of a photographer, but here's a link (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=8001573260105%3A1843605265&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee) to the few pics I took, mostly uncreative, blurry shots of glasses of beer.  You asked!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 04, 2011, 05:36:47 AM
I can't claim this was what I was drinking "tonight" but my excuse is that I've been on a beer tour in Belgium and couldn't post every day. 

Do you possibly have any pictures of your adventure ?


I'm not much of a photographer, but here's a link (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=8001573260105%3A1843605265&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee) to the few pics I took, mostly uncreative, blurry shots of glasses of beer.  You asked!


Well I liked 'em, good memory stirrers.  Thanks

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on June 05, 2011, 06:31:48 AM
the last of my stash of the Undercover Shutdown (guess i will have to wait until next year unless anyone knows of any still on the shelves here in the ATL).
IIRC, pretty convenient to you, Perimeter Total Wine has several sixers on the shelf.

they must have moved them from another location.  i didn't see any there last time i was over there.  i will have to get over there this week.
I could have been mistaken.  Might have been Censored instead.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 05, 2011, 05:17:12 PM
Dogfish Head Theobroma, not much head, cocoa comes thru with the coconut, ancho way in the back, nice finish, good precursor to the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from the Great Divide, a stout with prevelant cocoa and coconut that will go well with my home made grilled burgers. But that is for another thread. 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Melomom on June 06, 2011, 05:22:27 PM
Had a glass of the Heavy Seas Dubbel at Steinbeck's the other night.  I really like the selection there, not a huge list but well-chosen.  The Dubbel was not too heavy for a summer night, well-balanced.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 12, 2011, 06:18:25 AM
For the NASCAR at the Pocano's today I will be launching into the Wiconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus, a Founders Cerise and to the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Last night was the Jai Alai from Cigar City and I also was into the Big Bang Brew from Toasted and Tapped on Friday at Fraziers Harley Davidson (a special event)!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 12, 2011, 11:17:30 AM
For the NASCAR at the Pocano's today I will be launching into the Wiconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus, a Founders Cerise and to the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Last night was the Jai Alai from Cigar City and I also was into the Big Bang Brew from Toasted and Tapped on Friday at Fraziers Harley Davidson (a special event)!
Last night I had the Humidor series cedar aged Jai Alai and some Guava Grove.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on June 12, 2011, 12:21:12 PM
Had some of NG Belgian Red while in Appleton earlier this week.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 05:34:22 PM


So while I'm in Seattle what should I be tasting that I won't be able to taste here in Georgia?

You guys are so more worldly than I am cooped up here in Snellville with my mix-and-match favorites.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on June 13, 2011, 07:25:59 PM


So while I'm in Seattle what should I be tasting that I won't be able to taste here in Georgia?

You guys are so more worldly than I am cooped up here in Snellville with my mix-and-match favorites.

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Go get some somewhat overpriced salumi at (ta da) Samumi. Mario Batalli's pop runs the place, and it still gets good reviews. See if they have culatello - supposed to be every thing good about proscuitto. Great sammies.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on June 14, 2011, 05:54:14 AM
So while I'm in Seattle what should I be tasting that I won't be able to taste here in Georgia?

You guys are so more worldly than I am cooped up here in Snellville with my mix-and-match favorites.
Not too long ago I would have said Diamond Knot.  But we only get 2 or 3 of their beers so you might seek out some of the others.  We also only have a few of Pike's bottles available in the ATL. I believe Elysian and Elliot Bay bottle.  There are also Hales and Pyramid (which used to be available back in the '90s).  There are lots of other brewpubs.  The one thing you will see is that even at a decent restaurant you will see 2 or 3 good taps, if not a lot more.  I almost moved to Seattle in the early '90s just for the beer culture.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 14, 2011, 11:43:21 AM
So while I'm in Seattle what should I be tasting that I won't be able to taste here in Georgia?

You guys are so more worldly than I am cooped up here in Snellville with my mix-and-match favorites.
Not too long ago I would have said Diamond Knot.  But we only get 2 or 3 of their beers so you might seek out some of the others.  We also only have a few of Pike's bottles available in the ATL. I believe Elysian and Elliot Bay bottle.  There are also Hales and Pyramid (which used to be available back in the '90s).  There are lots of other brewpubs.  The one thing you will see is that even at a decent restaurant you will see 2 or 3 good taps, if not a lot more.  I almost moved to Seattle in the early '90s just for the beer culture.
Hop City has 6-8 Pike beers.

I love the beer culture in Seattle (I'll be there in 2 weeks for the Seattle International Beer Festival), but never really thought about it as a place for great local beer.  You can get a lot of the good Oregon and California beers there.  Hair of the Dog, Cascade, Russian River, and Firestone Walker are relatively easy to find.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 16, 2011, 06:45:54 PM


Rye Squared and Bell's two hearted tonight, staying in the safe zone...............

 
Is the Rye Squared a bit sweeter than it was from the batch last year to you ?

I am okay with the additional sweetness, but I have two 2009 Rye Squared put back that I'd love to open and compare.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on June 21, 2011, 04:16:57 PM
The Trader Joe's dunkelweizen isn't bad. Doesn't have any alcohol tang to it (5.8%), but a good mellow roast on the malt.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on June 21, 2011, 11:58:28 PM
I've been waiting since last year to find some more Bitches Brew, and it was on tap at Thinking Man tonight (a keg they've been sitting on since last year), along with Hellhound on My Ale and a few other DFH.  I only really cared about Bitches Brew though ;D.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on June 22, 2011, 07:10:06 AM
I've been waiting since last year to find some more Bitches Brew, and it was on tap at Thinking Man tonight (a keg they've been sitting on since last year), along with Hellhound on My Ale and a few other DFH.  I only really cared about Bitches Brew though ;D.

Hellhound was very meh, imo.  Cool bottle art though.

Had a 21st Amendment Hop Crisis last night.  Pretty good IIPA, but as with most oak'd IPA's, the oak gets in the way of the hops.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 26, 2011, 07:13:10 AM
Today for NASCAR I will be cracking open from Cigar City an amazing Cubano Style Expresso Brown Ale (5.5%) and from the Louisville Ky. Bluegrass Brewing Co. Clay Street Series, a Bourbon Barrel Stout (8.6%) yummo to coin a phrase...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on July 02, 2011, 12:58:26 AM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 02, 2011, 06:58:18 AM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on July 02, 2011, 08:00:17 AM
Tried Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' for the first time. It's billed as an American pale ale, but it was lighter and fizzier than I expected. Since I compare everything to Two Hearted Ale, I'll say it was less citrus and more hop, with a long bitter finish.

Anything called pale ale appeals to me, so when FG and I went out for dinner to Thaicoon in Marietta and I saw Hitachino Nest in the cooler, I needed to try one. I picked the Classic Ale since it's billed as an English IPA. It kicks up a huge head of foam in a glass, and like a lot of Japanese beers it's quite dry. I found the oakiness to be too much; it overwhelmed the hops and everything else. I'll try the other Hitachino offerings, but there are lots of other beers I would want before another of these.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on July 02, 2011, 12:18:44 PM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on July 02, 2011, 12:20:12 PM
I picked the Classic Ale since it's billed as an English IPA. It kicks up a huge head of foam in a glass, and like a lot of Japanese beers it's quite dry. I found the oakiness to be too much; it overwhelmed the hops and everything else. I'll try the other Hitachino offerings, but there are lots of other beers I would want before another of these.
English IPA is a bad description.  It's really a Belgian pale aged on cedar.  Nothing English or hoppy about it.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 10, 2011, 08:24:50 AM
Started with a Burton Buton, then on to the Founders Old Curmudgeon, Breakfast Stout, then on to Devil's Dancer and finished with a nice Absolut Peach Vodka with Ocean Spray White Cran Peach mixer...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on July 10, 2011, 11:34:13 AM
We hit Green's on the way to BHFM yesterday. FG wanted to get in and out so we could get lunch, but I lingered a bit as I am wont to do when surrounded with beer options. This time my dawdling paid off, because they restocked the fridge with Two Hearted Ale while we were there. Score!  8)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: FlyinBrian on July 13, 2011, 07:29:59 PM
Trader Joe's Fat Weasel American strong/golden ale.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 16, 2011, 04:13:48 PM
Dark Horizon #3940 out of 6000. Well, not really, but I am waiting to taste it and I know who has it and I hope he don't drink it before I get to his house.... "Inspired by the USA, malt from England, bottle from Germany, the name is from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific Rim, yeast from Canada, coffee from Columbia, and brewing skills from Norway".
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on July 17, 2011, 11:01:16 AM
Saw XFL's writeup of Tilted Smile pilsner (belatedly from his May issue) and decided to try it after seeing it at Green's. Pilsner is one of those styles I don't seek out much, maybe because it's associated with mass-produced swill, but I like this one. It has more body than most and nice floral notes, great when paired with dry fried eggplant left over from Tasty China. Then again almost anything will do when I have TC's dry fried eggplant.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on July 22, 2011, 11:49:58 AM
Dark Horizon #3940 out of 6000. Well, not really, but I am waiting to taste it and I know who has it and I hope he don't drink it before I get to his house.... "Inspired by the USA, malt from England, bottle from Germany, the name is from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific Rim, yeast from Canada, coffee from Columbia, and brewing skills from Norway".
I had some 3 weeks ago.  Very nice sipper but probably too sweet to drink a lot of it.  4 oz at a beer festival was about right.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on July 22, 2011, 11:52:30 AM
Put a Pissenlit and some Optimators in the fridge for tomorrow...or mebbe even tonight.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on August 04, 2011, 03:32:32 PM
Found some Fantome BBB Dark White. This is a highly rated Fantome product, a saison that has malt overtones and some incredible head flavors (sorry for the word play). Once it's cooled enough, I'll see if it's worth going back and cleaning them out of it - I saw that a certain bar was selling Pissenlit at $40 the bottle, and I'm glad I was able to lay in a supply to last me for a while at retail...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 05, 2011, 06:12:03 PM

Damn it's hot....

I've recently tried that fairly new Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA and it isn't too bad.  Not in my top 10 go-to beers but a good change for 420 during the week.  What do you'all think about it  ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: FlyinBrian on August 05, 2011, 07:27:52 PM
There's an Innis & Gunn in my beer fridge and it's calling my name.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 07, 2011, 05:19:48 AM
Yesterday found in my hand: Bells Hopslam, Foothills Sexual Chocolat Imperial Stout, Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Boy King from Coast Brewing and from the New Glarus Thumbprint series, an IIPA. A great day for drinking great beers.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on August 07, 2011, 10:14:36 AM
Yesterday found in my hand: Bells Hopslam, Foothills Sexual Chocolat Imperial Stout, Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Boy King from Coast Brewing and from the New Glarus Thumbprint series, an IIPA. A great day for drinking great beers.
Where did you find the Foothills?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 07, 2011, 11:29:51 AM
Yesterday found in my hand: Bells Hopslam, Foothills Sexual Chocolat Imperial Stout, Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Boy King from Coast Brewing and from the New Glarus Thumbprint series, an IIPA. A great day for drinking great beers.
Where did you find the Foothills?

My Son brought it back from NC last week. It sure was tasty!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on August 08, 2011, 07:42:04 PM
Finally got around to trying the Fantome BBB Dark White (some idiot put it behind the salsa).

Even careful rolling produced a prodigious head upon pouring. Nice malt overtones to the typical funk of a saison. Once I did get the throw mixed into the beer, it was an interesting flavor - pepper and some clove seem to creep in. Very drinkable, and one of the Fantomes that will go well with a number of meals - I had it with chicken breasts with a light sesame/orange glaze and asparagus. Probably a good thing I live alone... ;D

If I remember rightly, the original Fantome BBB was created for a Belgium beer society tasting and was so well received that Dany made more and put it into the rotation. I don't know the reason for the BBB on this recipe - hopefully the more connected folks out there can give me a lifeline.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettyjoan on August 10, 2011, 06:56:33 AM

Damn it's hot....

I've recently tried that fairly new Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA and it isn't too bad.  Not in my top 10 go-to beers but a good change for 420 during the week.  What do you'all think about it  ?

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I agree - it isn't bad.  It's a good, easy-drinking IPA for those nights when you don't want to totally assault your taste buds with hoppy goodness.  :-)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 10, 2011, 05:26:21 PM
So I am in the cooler, and in the glass now is the Heavy Seas, 2011 Letter of Marque Belgian Style Dubbel. And I like it!
"Historically, A Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate privateer"!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on August 14, 2011, 11:56:46 PM
Sometimes you have to pull out something good.
(http://i.imgur.com/V8AhY.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 17, 2011, 04:43:31 PM
Sometimes you have to pull out something good.
(http://i.imgur.com/V8AhY.jpg)

Woooo Hoooo. Beats my new Burton Bruton that I am currently tasting!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 17, 2011, 06:05:51 PM


A put-on-the-back-shelf  Fouinders KBS stout ale.  Yes I know it is not a style I usually like, but this one with it's bourbon barrel aging and good deep flavor has a place in my list.  Certainly it is not my go-to beer by any means but I like a glass of it once in a while to let me know how DEEP the flavors can go in good hand-crafted beer.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: KoPP on August 17, 2011, 08:18:15 PM
I've tried a lot of the barrel-aged stouts, and I still don't care for them all that much. Right now I'm drinking saisons and dunkleweiss.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 20, 2011, 04:06:59 PM
Founders KBS, a very tastey choice! I have gone thru a Southern Tier Mokah, the new Smaltz/Terrapin Reunion Ale '11, Lost Abby 10 Commandments, and am currently sucking up a Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale!! Talk about a variying plethora of tastes!! Now, on to Mellow Mushroom cause the Granddaughter likes it!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: bettylouski on August 22, 2011, 07:53:41 AM
On Saturday night we broke out the 2001 Yorkville Cellars Richard the Lion-Heart bordeaux blend, purchased at the all-organic winery in Mendo in 2005.  The current vintage is $38, so I'm guessing we paid around $30, and for my money that is the best Cali wine I've had this year.  Might be time to join their wine club again. . .

https://secure.yorkvillecellars.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=329&cat=bottles%2Dcases
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 27, 2011, 06:55:32 AM
On the list for today, and just in from Chicago... from New Holland: Dragons Milk ! Moving on to the Williamsburg Ale Works Bourbon Barrel Porter and so far to points unknown as of this writing.
Did you know that the Reunion Ale '11 project from Shmaltz/Terripin are different?
From Shmaltz brewed in Saratoga New York at the Mendocino Brewing Company's facility in Saratoga Springs, NY it hails at 7.3% while the Terripin brewed in Athens calls out at 7.6%! This year's beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers to coin a phrase. I like the NY stuff and can't wait to do a comparo with the Athens offering. I understand that they are both different in taste although similar. Ought to be a good time to try them both with a baked potato bomb (stuffed wrapped w/bacon) and made on the 55 gal grill. But that's another story!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 29, 2011, 12:07:38 PM


Last night it was a Saison from Clipper City - Red Sky at Night.  I liked it but it was a tad sweet
&
from Magic Hat the new "Hex" ourtoberfest beer.  A good fall beer, now if it would only turn to fall outside.


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on August 30, 2011, 10:21:07 PM
New homebrew, a Belgian/South Pacific IPA (saison yeast with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Galaxy hops from Australia).  My homebrews are usually multi-month endeavors, but this one was brewed just 16 days ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/vYaDe.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on August 31, 2011, 10:05:25 AM
New homebrew, a Belgian/South Pacific IPA (saison yeast with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Galaxy hops from Australia).  My homebrews are usually multi-month endeavors, but this one was brewed just 16 days ago.

Nice.  I love saisons.  I wasn't aware that we're getting hops from NZ and Oz.  Was the US crop that bad this year, or are these specialty varieties like those from the UK and Germany that have been popular with homebrewers?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: HaagenDazs on August 31, 2011, 07:10:51 PM
For the past couple of weeks I've been enjoying the IPA from Avery Brewing out of Boulder.  Pretty damn nice beer.  I might go as far as to say it rivals Two Hearted Ale.  I find mine at Harry's in Alpharetta.

http://www.averybrewing.com/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on September 01, 2011, 02:07:14 AM
New homebrew, a Belgian/South Pacific IPA (saison yeast with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Galaxy hops from Australia).  My homebrews are usually multi-month endeavors, but this one was brewed just 16 days ago.

Nice.  I love saisons.  I wasn't aware that we're getting hops from NZ and Oz.  Was the US crop that bad this year, or are these specialty varieties like those from the UK and Germany that have been popular with homebrewers?
I had to get these online.  Nelson has started to get a good underground reputation (a lot of people I've talked to think that the Mikkeller Nelson is the best of their single hop series), but I actually haven't seen a whole lot of people talk about Galaxy.  The American harvest this year is kind of weak though.  Simcoe, one of the most classic American flavor hops, is almost impossible to find this year.  I was really just looking for something different though, and these delivered.  This is the best beer I've ever brewed and also the most unique beer I've ever brewed.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on September 01, 2011, 08:12:03 AM
New homebrew, a Belgian/South Pacific IPA (saison yeast with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Galaxy hops from Australia).  My homebrews are usually multi-month endeavors, but this one was brewed just 16 days ago.

Nice.  I love saisons.  I wasn't aware that we're getting hops from NZ and Oz.  Was the US crop that bad this year, or are these specialty varieties like those from the UK and Germany that have been popular with homebrewers?
I had to get these online.  Nelson has started to get a good underground reputation (a lot of people I've talked to think that the Mikkeller Nelson is the best of their single hop series), but I actually haven't seen a whole lot of people talk about Galaxy.  The American harvest this year is kind of weak though.  Simcoe, one of the most classic American flavor hops, is almost impossible to find this year.  I was really just looking for something different though, and these delivered.  This is the best beer I've ever brewed and also the most unique beer I've ever brewed.
This discussion probably belongs in a separate thread...

The bolded above statement caught my attention.  I love the aroma and flavor of Simcoe hops but I didn't remember them being available when I used to home brew (which I pretty much stopped about 2000 and plan to start again this fall).  I always thought of Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Willamette as being the classic American flavor hops.  So a little research was in order.  Cascade was released in 1972, Mt. Hood in 1989, Willamette in 1976, and Simcoe in 2000.  At what point does something become classic; 11 years, 22 years, 40 years, or more?  Or does something become classic irrespective of age but based upon use and acceptance?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on September 01, 2011, 02:05:58 PM
You're right that it's a relatively recent hop, but very prominent in Pliny the Elder, the DFH 60/90/120, and a few other leading IPAs.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 03, 2011, 06:25:52 AM
Victory Festbier, a Lager. Kinda light for my taste.
Belgian style Blonde Ale, Summer Limited Edition from Choc Beer in Krebs Oklahoma. Not what I am used to in a Belgian, seems to be on the bland side of a Belgian style to me. Kind of like a light beer, not with a full flavor, but just mebbe my tastebuds are a little flat today.
Kinda like the Pommegranite Wheat from Peak Organic. Pom flavor there, Wheat also. Something missing in the translation, like carbonation. Interesting enough combination though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 15, 2011, 08:06:50 PM


Double Cannon, after watching my nephew play football on Grayson's JV football team and WIN !!!!

24 to 6 over the Comets of South Gwinnett

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 23, 2011, 01:54:51 PM
Wednesday Night:

Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black Rye IPA

The bottle got jostled around a bit from the garage fridge to the counter so I had an enormous amount of foam to deal with, but this is a respectable fairly carbonated malty/honey tasting IPA.  I'd buy it again.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 25, 2011, 08:18:37 AM
My favorite stop just recieved this flavor, and I must say that I will agree with you on the taste! Straight outta the bottle for the first two, the next ones will be out of a glass.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 25, 2011, 08:23:30 AM
Monday here in my area at Smoke Rise, the Southern Tier PumpKing offering will be available. Too bad it didn't hit there like it did everywhere else. If you like pumpkin tasting stuff, this is the stuff I (imo) like the best of all I have tried.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 25, 2011, 05:06:48 PM

Here are some labels and beerz from the last while.  I have ALWAYS bought the "Side Project" beers from Terrapin, they are a good venture off from my regular beers and I can almost always count on them to produce an interesting beverage or two.  Two of these beerz are from those side projects and SHOULD be tasted.

This is that Black Ale from Tommyknocker brewery, I liked it well enough, but would NOT move it into regular rotation should I have it all of the time.  I would keep a bottle or two on stand-by for that particular person.


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/HopStrike22.jpg)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/tommyknocker-hop-strike-black-rye-ipa/124975/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/tommyknocker-hop-strike-black-rye-ipa/124975/)

This Hoptober is a good drink, not exceptional in my opinion but a worth pour when you are trying new things all of the time.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/new-belgium-hoptober-golden-ale/108560/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/new-belgium-hoptober-golden-ale/108560/)

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Hopttober22.jpg)


Here is one of the side project beers that is very delicious.  I know it is a wheat IPA but it is a very good drinkable beverage.  Not just for the summer time, really good flavor

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/IndianaKrunkles22.jpg)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/terrapin-side-project-indiana-krunkles/144045/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/terrapin-side-project-indiana-krunkles/144045/)



I knew that this beer was going to be a challenge, but surprisingly it was pretty good.  Of course you can taste the chocolate and the pepper in the beer and I'm not a guy that usually likes those foreign tastes in my beer, but it was better than OK...   I would have one of these on hand to surprise beer drinkers here with a departure from my IPA/Belgian beer tradition.  I wonder if these would "keep" ?   I'd put a few of them away in my new section of the wine cellar that is now the beer cellar.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/ReunionAle22.jpg)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/reunion--a-beer-for-hope-2011-terrapin-beer-company/152105/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/reunion--a-beer-for-hope-2011-terrapin-beer-company/152105/)


I probably have mentioned this one before it is a go-to beer for me when others are not present.  This is a solid beer in the style that I like and with most of the attributes that I search for in a beer.  I like it a lot, I could drink this rather than Loose Cannon or Bells Two Hearted Ale all day long.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Ruination22.jpg)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-ruination-ipa/14709/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-ruination-ipa/14709/)



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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 25, 2011, 06:12:18 PM
My favorite stop just recieved this flavor, and I must say that I will agree with you on the taste! Straight outta the bottle for the first two, the next ones will be out of a glass.

Could not fit all the Budweiser in the moisture pan tonight so I had to drink it. My bad. Not reading the diction correctly! Then I shoulda Said Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA, (Haven't had the Rye yet), Two Hearted Ale, Terrapin Peaotch and who knows what's next, but I digress....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 09, 2011, 07:25:31 AM
Founders Harvest Ale (nothing like a wet hopped ale) and some Backwoods Bastard! Also in the line-up is a 2008 and 2010 Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout (aged in Bourbon Barrels), and from Ruckus Brewing, Hoptimus Prime, a Double India Pale Ale. To round off the weekend, from Bluegrass Brewing in Louisville and the Clay Street Series: Bourbon Barrel Stout. Very nice..... goes well with, well, with another... snicker
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 09, 2011, 12:40:08 PM
Founders CBS on tap at the Porter Friday and hopfest at BSP yesterday made for a good weekend.  Since I got quite a bit of CBS it will make it easier to hang on to one of my bottles and trade the other for some Dark Lord.

Did anyone run into price gouging for CBS?  Candler Park Market tried to sell me a bottle for $40.  The owner also made a big show in front of other customers about how he doesn't recognize me and I'm just some awful person for trying to get some CBS at a place I don't shop.  Considering I've been going for years, have recommended other people go, and have spent many hundreds of dollars there, he lost a customer for good.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 16, 2011, 09:46:43 AM
Jason,
Re: The owner , what a di#*! And 40 bucks for a CBS (got mine for $17 I think)!? Saw them on EBAY going for 80 - 100 dollars by the way. I am with you, and even if you aren't in his store making a purchase every day, you would think that his employees or even HE would recognize you from the casual greetings that come from visiting on a semi to somewhat regular basis. Considering that some places were issued a few more bottles of CBS than others, and some places didn't even get one bottle, (or firkin/keg whatever)that is just shameful that "The Owner" found it fit to be a jackass in front of others and not only would it warrant not being a customer, but passing the word that they are known to be price gougers and the owner is a jackwagon would also be appropriate IMHO (for what it's worth)! But I digress....
There are lots of places waiting for your business that I am sure would be more open minded about your requests, and you would be surprised what a couple of suggestions would do for a smaller bottle shop as far as grinding the Beer Rep's, and as you must know having a fav bottle shop does have it's benefits when trying to aquire that limited edition and most sought after releases! (First you have to get past the employees dibs!) And I am somewhat envious as you said you have "several" CBS's!! snicker. Trade you a Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter for one? Just kidding....
On the other hand, I did find a couple of singles on my beer tour in 12 oz bottles of Three Floyds Robert the Bruce and Zombie Dust, Liljas Hellbound Brown and Hop Ness Monster and from New Glarus the Staghorn Octoberfest and Uff Da. Going to fire these up today.
Didn't mean to rant on this thread, but I did post up about what I will be drinkin' this afternoon. Good luck in locating a more friendly Bottle Shop!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on October 16, 2011, 10:39:04 AM
Picked up a six of the new Guinness Black Lager. They are advertising heavily lately, and since I am a fan of Guinness I made a mental note to try it. A party held yesterday was a good excuse. It's a good deal lighter in body and flavor than the stout, as you'd expect, and it thankfully doesn't go overboard with alcohol content like so many beers feel obliged to nowadays. It didn't distinguish itself that much with flavor though.

It's a good choice for a party where you need to get home eventually. Even so I will probably stick with good old Guinness stout
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on October 16, 2011, 11:18:56 AM
I've had a keg of Wild Heaven Ode To Mercy on tap this weekend to entertain some houseguests.
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Post by: jpellett251 on October 16, 2011, 12:21:54 PM
Madbob,
When I said I got quite a bit I was talking about on tap; I got well over a pint of it at The Porter and have had it a few times before.  I only got 2 bottles.  One's going for Dark Lord and one is to drink.  I'm already sitting on a bottle of Imperial Milk Porter.

I'll probably head over to BSP today and hope they still have some Bells Black Note (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/37265) (blend of Expedition Stout and Double Cream Stout aged in bourbon barrels).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 22, 2011, 06:08:23 AM
Last night this years Wake and Bake was released at the brewery.  It was a cask with bananas called Jungle Love. Due for release in around a month or so I am told. Line up your fave Bottle Shops folks!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 22, 2011, 10:22:43 AM
Last night this years Wake and Bake was released at the brewery.  It was a cask with bananas called Jungle Love. Due for release in around a month or so I am told. Line up your fave Bottle Shops folks!
That's sounds absolutely disgusting.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 23, 2011, 08:40:13 AM
Last night this years Wake and Bake was released at the brewery.  It was a cask with bananas called Jungle Love. Due for release in around a month or so I am told. Line up your fave Bottle Shops folks!
That's sounds absolutely disgusting.

I dunno... Sounds good to me! Anyway the Wake N Bake is due out soon and is one of my favs! Off subject, go to Athens and grab a can of Wake N Bake Coffee, or mebbe the Depth Charge Expresso Blend at Jittery Joes! Wayyyy good.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on October 23, 2011, 11:03:19 AM
It's nothing against Terrapin.  I can't stand bananas or anything even vaguely banana flavored, including most Weiss beers.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on October 23, 2011, 12:27:45 PM
No Jungle Love for me, either.  I've had banana beer before.  I think it was supposedly a banana lambic (sounds like an '80s pop group).  It was pretty bad.  I do like the banana-y esters of weissbiers, though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 23, 2011, 04:31:54 PM
One old, Two new...

I do really like the Weyerbacher Merry Monks Belgian Style Golden Ale, yes it is a whopping 9.3% alcohol, but it is honestly a delicious beverage.  I could drink one a couple times a week.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/weyerbacher-merry-monks-ale/2322/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/weyerbacher-merry-monks-ale/2322/)

(insert picture here)

and I tried the Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA and found it to be a terrific tasting beer (no banana at all :-) ).  It sure doesn't seem like a 12% beer and it has a wonderful though very hoppy finish.  I am not used to drinking these high gravity beers, but on a day off when things are running on remote control, they are fine.   ;)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-devil-dancer-triple-ipa/34518/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-devil-dancer-triple-ipa/34518/)

(insert picture here)

At Taste of Atlanta they had the Red Hare Brewing IPA and it was pretty dern tasty, I will have to find it on draught or in bottles to give it more than a taste but I liked the small glass they poured in the VIP tent.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: FlyinBrian on October 23, 2011, 05:19:12 PM
They are only distributing in kegs at at the moment. I'm planning to tour the brewery soon.
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Post by: jpellett251 on October 24, 2011, 12:31:34 AM
I drank some of my sour plum saison.  It's still a little early to be opening bottles (bottled just over a week ago) but it's already a winner.

(http://i.imgur.com/3qd2r.jpg)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 30, 2011, 09:49:24 AM
They are only distributing in kegs at at the moment. I'm planning to tour the brewery soon.

Do the tour yet? Try the Chocolat Porter?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 30, 2011, 07:01:24 PM


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Terrapintf22.jpg)


I hate to ask this if it has been commented about already, but honestly I don't read every post.

What do you beer drinkers think of the Terrapin Side Project #14, Tomfoolery ?

I think it is an excellent beverage, I have only had one, and I might have been slightly compromised when I tasted it.   

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 03, 2011, 06:46:23 PM
No Tomfoolery yet, but I am working a 2 Hearted Ale, with the Bells Java Stout, Spoetzl Shiner Holiday Cheer and the Sweet Water Festive Ale in the slot for next up.
Speaking of 2 Hearted Ale, the alc content went down a notch to 7.0% (this batch) from 7.1 or was it 7.2% ?!
How bout it Mike?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 03, 2011, 07:12:27 PM
No Tomfoolery yet, but I am working a 2 Hearted Ale, with the Bells Java Stout, Spoetzl Shiner Holiday Cheer and the Sweet Water Festive Ale in the slot for next up.
Speaking of 2 Hearted Ale, the alc content went down a notch to 7.0% (this batch) from 7.1 or was it 7.2% ?!
How bout it Mike? 


I think you are right.  That is "think"

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: The_Scientist on November 06, 2011, 01:43:18 PM
During my stint in Michigan I discovered Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, which quickly became my favorite example of marzen. When I came to Georgia I went in search of it, only to find that it was unavailable in the state. But yesterday I found it at Sherlock's and happily took home a six pack. Don't know what happened recently to make it available, but it's as good as I remember.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 13, 2011, 06:14:52 AM
While out and about last night, I had the occasion to sample Wake and Bake, Southern Tier Mokah, Founders Breakfast Stout, Heavy Seas Hop Harvest Terrapin's Free Spirit (a Sunflower Saison) and the DogFish Pearl Jam! Niiice!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 04, 2011, 08:03:25 AM
Dog Fish Head Immort Ale, Heavy Seas Yule Tide....
Anybody know where to find, or what the release date is for the Brooklyn Black Ops?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 05, 2011, 02:32:38 PM

A new one and a new name.    I also have a couple Avery Brewing Co. bottles that look interesting.

This one we all know it is Lagunitas Brown Shugga renamed for the holiday.  I do like this beer.  It could be a regular.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/LagSucksHolidayAle.jpg)


GG>- Ratebeer page on this beer.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-brown-shugga/8732/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-brown-shugga/8732/)


This is a new one to me and also a delicious Dopple Weizen from Lagunitas.  A wonderful beverage, an arse kicker to be sure but a good balanced beer.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/LagBavarianStyle_Dopple_Weizen.jpg)

GG>- Ratebeer page on this beer.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-our-own-bavarian-style-doppelweizen/153929/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-our-own-bavarian-style-doppelweizen/153929/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on December 08, 2011, 10:53:15 PM

A new one and a new name.    I also have a couple Avery Brewing Co. bottles that look interesting.

This one we all know it is Lagunitas Brown Shugga renamed for the holiday.  I do like this beer.  It could be a regular.

It's actually a complete substitute.  Brown Shugga takes more time to make and they couldn't fit it in the schedule because they've been stretched thin by demands for their other beers, so this winter so they brewed a new IPA instead.  They're doing a big expansion in the next few months and Brown Shugga will be back next year.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 08, 2011, 11:29:49 PM

A new one and a new name.    I also have a couple Avery Brewing Co. bottles that look interesting.

This one we all know it is Lagunitas Brown Shugga renamed for the holiday.  I do like this beer.  It could be a regular.

It's actually a complete substitute.  Brown Shugga takes more time to make and they couldn't fit it in the schedule because they've been stretched thin by demands for their other beers, so this winter so they brewed a new IPA instead.  They're doing a big expansion in the next few months and Brown Shugga will be back next year.

Thanks for the info

Though I am on antibiotics right now I did have a Bells Best Brown Ale tonight and regard it highly.  Of course my taste buds may be off.   I'll try it again one day. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 10, 2011, 03:56:42 PM


Clipper City Winter Storm will start out my afternoon.  I am unsure about what an Imperial ESB is but this is a close cousin to my favorite Loose Cannon, and is a wonderful way to start watching High School Football at the Dome.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 18, 2011, 10:33:04 AM
Broke out my CBS (Canadien Breakfast Stout), claim is one of the top 5 rated beers anywhere. My take, simply awesome, smooth tasty and I wish I had another! Also got into my Founders Breakfast Stout. Need to buy some more. Additionally, tried the 2011 Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing. Debating on a comparo with the 2010 edition. Shoulda saved 2 from 2010. The 2011 is stealing the show from my well stocked cooler (aside from the CBS) Cheers!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 22, 2011, 08:01:01 AM
A Westmalle at the moment.  Last night's lineup at Bier Circus: Hommel Dark, Ichtegem Grand Cru, Winterkoninkse, Pere Noel, and Oude Gueuze Tilquin.  Munching on some hare pate and North Sea grey shrimp.  Tonight we'll be searching for more Christmas beers.

Where in the world are Lorenzo and BierGiek?  :D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 24, 2011, 01:49:52 AM
Successful excursion to Bruges yesterday for beers and the Christmas Market: Slaapmutske Tripel, Grottenbier (a Pierre Celis creation now brewed by St. Bernardus), Bon Secours, KerstPater Lieven, KerstSmiske.  This was over the course of five hours or so, but still a heavy lineup.
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Post by: MadBob on December 25, 2011, 07:00:30 AM
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.....  Oh My! So smooth, nice finish, not overpowered with the chocolate, I could drink many..... Need more.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: FlyinBrian on December 25, 2011, 10:44:48 AM
Successful excursion to Bruges yesterday for beers and the Christmas Market: Slaapmutske Tripel, Grottenbier (a Pierre Celis creation now brewed by St. Bernardus), Bon Secours, KerstPater Lieven, KerstSmiske.  This was over the course of five hours or so, but still a heavy lineup.
Wow!  I'm so jealous.  I had planned a similar trip for my 40th last year but the plans changed.  Bruges is one of my favorite spots.  Belgium is beer heaven.  Enjoy!

-B
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 26, 2011, 09:21:50 AM
Last night found us sampling some great tasting liquids! Sam Adams Infinium, Terripin Peotch, Founders Blushing Monk, Williamsburg Bourbon Barell Stout, B. Nektar Mead, Evil Twin Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush On Barbados, 3 Floyds Behemoth, Anchor 2011 Christmas & New Year, New Glarus Wisconson Belgian Red, Weyerbacher Tiny, Allagash Four Ale ,Left Hand Imperial Stout. A very satisfying evening of imbibement!   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 27, 2011, 04:28:25 AM
Successful excursion to Bruges yesterday for beers and the Christmas Market: Slaapmutske Tripel, Grottenbier (a Pierre Celis creation now brewed by St. Bernardus), Bon Secours, KerstPater Lieven, KerstSmiske.  This was over the course of five hours or so, but still a heavy lineup.
Wow!  I'm so jealous.  I had planned a similar trip for my 40th last year but the plans changed.  Bruges is one of my favorite spots.  Belgium is beer heaven.  Enjoy!

-B

We're here visiting family of my wife (the infrequent poster "BierGiek"), a native of Flanders.  If you ever need advice for a Belgium visit, she'd be glad to help.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 02, 2012, 05:28:50 PM
Dogfish Head Immort Ale. Luscious, smooth. Questions?  Mebbe gonna hit the Kahlua with the Gelato later for dessert.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 05, 2012, 05:28:46 PM


Starting out my evening with a bit of Life and Limb, I got this as a Christmas present and am glad, it is tasty and high-gravity.  Both of those things are being enjoyed tonight.


http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-dogfish-head-life-limb/113590/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 05, 2012, 05:33:45 PM
Yeti, from Colorado, Stranahan Whiskey Barrel aged for 6 months. Founders Breakfast Stout. Good with the Porter House steaks tonight!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 08, 2012, 05:17:58 PM

I have a bunch of beers to catch up on, but a few nights ago I drank a Christmas gift of a great flavored beer.  It is "Life and Limb", I hate it that it is high gravity, but it honestly has such good flavor that I wouldn't mind drinking one now and again.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-dogfish-head-life-limb/113590/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-dogfish-head-life-limb/113590/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 09, 2012, 05:59:54 PM
The hunt is on. I trust you got your bottle of Brooklyn Black Ops?
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Post by: jpellett251 on January 13, 2012, 11:08:16 AM
I picked up my Black Ops, but more importantly I just booked a flight to Belgium in May.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 13, 2012, 11:55:21 AM
Getting my Black Ops  today. Belgium, Sweet!

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 15, 2012, 09:23:30 AM
Terrapin Moo-Hoo with maple bacon coffee, Wild Heaven Winter Ode to Mercy with Coaco Nibs, Sweetwater Happy Ending with 10 Lbs Toasted Coconut. Also: Bells Two Hearted Ale thru a Randall of Rhubarb, Terrapin So Fresh So Green Green, New Belguim 10-10, Peak Organic Hop Noir, Bells Black Note, Wild Heaven Eschaton, Stone Russian Imperial Stout thru a Randall of Fluffernutter. And a few others.... Like a Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Coconut Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels brought in from SoCal by my wonderful Daughter!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 15, 2012, 11:19:20 AM
Terrapin Moo-Hoo with maple bacon coffee, Wild Heaven Winter Ode to Mercy with Coaco Nibs, Sweetwater Happy Ending with 10 Lbs Toasted Coconut. Also: Bells Two Hearted Ale thru a Randall of Rhubarb, Terrapin So Fresh So Green Green, New Belguim 10-10, Peak Organic Hop Noir, Bells Black Note, Wild Heaven Eschaton, Stone Russian Imperial Stout thru a Randall of Fluffernutter. And a few others.... Like a Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Coconut Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels brought in from SoCal by my wonderful Daughter!

Who Randall'd the Two Hearted ale?   I probably missed you at Smoke Rise yesterday several of the beers you listed were on their mix 'n match shelves (they finally switched out the same-ole-same ole group).

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 15, 2012, 11:49:24 AM
Richard.
Had his "Total Annihilation" 2nd Anniversary Beer Dinner last night.
Eddie Russell and Matt Palmerlee (4 Coursemen/Trappeze Pub Athens fame) Guest Chefed also!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 21, 2012, 07:32:06 AM
Bells Black Note. Rates right up there with the Allagash Curieux and the Canadien Breakfast Stout... IMHO
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 22, 2012, 09:01:15 AM
New Glarus Apple Ale and Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Apple Ale tastes like.... Apple, maybe like the Granny Smith variety. Nice apple note, note very sweet just nice and subtle. Goes very well by itself! And the Hopsecutioner, well it is good by itself, or with a Blue Cheese burger or a Pizza loaded. But I digress.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 24, 2012, 06:13:23 PM


Not a beer in my favorite style but a delicious one.


B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout.  9.4%

Hoppin' Frog's Oatmeal-Imperial Stout.

Damn good beer, I applaud this effort, it was the  "G.A.B.F. Gold Medal Winner" in 2008. 

I don't know what G.A.B.F. Gold Medal Winner means actually, but it is a damn good high gravity Stout.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on January 25, 2012, 03:00:10 PM
BORIS and its BA brother are favorites of mine.  I have a couple of each in the cellar.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2012, 03:45:58 PM
BORIS and its BA brother are favorites of mine.  I have a couple of each in the cellar.

I passed up an offer to tour their brewery while I was in Ohio, my Son still wants to go so I'll probably end up there on one of our Northern adventures.  This BORIS is NOT my favorite beer nor style, but it sure is outstanding.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on January 30, 2012, 11:42:50 PM
My friend got mugged over the weekend (at gunpoint by 3 guys on Cleburne in l5p), so to make his weekend better I pulled some good stuff out while we brewed yesterday.

(http://i.imgur.com/eNAmR.jpg)

The Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin Christmas was a nice surprise, a great IPA brewed with pine needles and ginger.  Dark Lord was of course awesome, but Black Ops was a little underwhelming in comparison.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 06, 2012, 07:23:18 PM
Jason,
It has taken this long to remember his name, bit it seems that a field trip to L5P a la Charles Bronson might be an idea! Not poking fun at your friend but a little of the old what for could be in order...... Think of the payback opportunities!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 07, 2012, 12:28:29 AM
What's really weird about the mugging is that my friend is a huge, hulking firefighter who grew up on a ranch with pet bobcats and looks a lot like a viking warrior.  If they didn't pull a gun they would have been hurt.  But as he turned to punch the guy who came up behind him someone on the other side of the street pulled the gun.  His was kind of looking for trouble the next few days but fortunately he's gotten over that.  Not really for the best to go looking for payback when they have guns.

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 10, 2012, 12:51:23 PM
I Hear you Jason.... So, on to the Sweetwater 15 Year and the Baxters Cherry Bomb Stout!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 10, 2012, 02:45:08 PM
How's the Sweetwater 15?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 11, 2012, 06:51:13 AM
I understand that the Sweetwater 15 is from the original ESB recipe and bumped up with 7 different malts. At 10 % and $5.99 for a 22 oz bottle, I am currently trying hard not to make it my session beer. I like it! Got into 2 of them last night, no NyQuil needed for sleep lol! Very tasty, smooth with a nice finish. Cellar quality, a keeper. Goes well with no supper, maybe a meat dish: steak, tacos, ribs, or even some salmon, shrimp or bacon wrapped scallops. I recommend you find some before they are all gone. Sweetwater is also having a 15 Year Anniversary party at the brewery on the 18th of this month.  http://sweetwaterbrew.com/vibe/   not to mention the Brew Your Cask Off that is upcoming. Check it out! Check out the site and before I start sounding like a commercial, did I mention you should go and get some from the store? And then tell me how YOU like it.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 11, 2012, 11:51:59 AM
I'm doing BYCO with The Porter so I'll be there "brewing" on the 18th.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 11, 2012, 02:47:19 PM
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewery
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 17, 2012, 06:57:34 PM
Not quite yet, but Founders Curmudgeon Better Half should be on your radar. Me thinks it was released on Feb. 13th, just don't know who has it in Ga. Anyone know?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on February 18, 2012, 10:52:33 AM
I got some Better Half at Ale Yeah yesterday and I think I saw that Hop City also had it.  I went into Decatur Package to see if they have any yet (they got their CBS delivery right before Ale Yeah), but they said they were going to get their 5-6 bottles sometime next week.  I don't know why the roll-out on this seems to be so much more protracted than other Founders releases.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 18, 2012, 12:50:53 PM
I spoke to Carey this morning and he told me they sold out yesterday in ten minutes. And something about Georgia only getting 56 (?) Cases. Missed out again! And CBS came and went? I am getting slow! Enjoy...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on February 18, 2012, 03:02:41 PM
Finally saw Bigfoot at the store.  Seems really late arriving.  Got it chillin for tonight.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 19, 2012, 06:37:36 AM
I'm doing BYCO with The Porter so I'll be there "brewing" on the 18th.

Couldn't make it to Sweetwater yesterday but Richard went..... He is brewing for the BYCO also. Hope to make it out for the event!

So, I have been filling the 12 oz shelf in the cooler with my new session beer, Sweetwater Happy Endings. Nothing better than a nice Hickory log fire in the fireplace with a few Happy Endings to go with watching the telly.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 19, 2012, 02:20:48 PM
Kona Brewing Aloha Series Pipeline Porter with 100% Kona Coffee
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 20, 2012, 01:53:13 PM
At the Taste of Athens last night, from Copper Creek: Belgian Blond & Cappuccino Chocolate Stout. Red Brick: Hoplanta. Terrapin: Rye Pale Ale & Golden Ale. And from New Belgium their Trippel.
Plenty of wine to choose from, but due to a period of time in my youth, none for me thanks!
Then I scored big and took possession of a Founders Better Half and a Westbrook Mexican Cafe. To the cellar they go.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 24, 2012, 09:52:47 AM
Heavy Seas Black Cannon and Bells Hop Slam.... Quite the contrast in styles.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 25, 2012, 04:04:47 PM

Okay it is new to me and very righteous beer, easily in my top 20.

It is:

Hop Notch IPA brewed by Uinita Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I tad hoppier than either Loose Cannon or 420, but a really good beverage.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on February 25, 2012, 06:18:21 PM
Homemade Manhattans.  High West Double Rye, Punt e Mes vermouth, Fee Bros whisky barrel-aged bitters and Luxardo maraschino cherries. 

Damn good drinkin'.   ;D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 27, 2012, 06:33:10 PM


I just opened one of the new Terrapin W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. This is a must try... I'd love to make ice cream out of this one.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 02, 2012, 01:09:42 PM


Not just tonight for sure.  But it was sunny outside today so I took these bottles out to the deck to get shot.

Here are some really good ones I have had in the last two weeks.


Here are a couple

Great coffee flavor, one of my favorite coffee stouts now


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/TOatmealst22.jpg)


Boris --- Really good Oatmeal Imperial ... a bit bitter at the finish for me.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Boris22.jpg)

Dern, does Smuttynose make a bad beer?  I like this one a bunch.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/smut122.jpg)

Dern, does Smuttynose make a bad beer?  I like this one a bunch.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/smut222.jpg)

They finally pull off a respectable IPA (IMO)

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/goodredbrick22.jpg)

What a bunch of punch in that beer.  Not in my top 50, but good for a try.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/OttoAle_Victory.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 04, 2012, 08:12:30 AM
Cracked a Hop Notch yesterday, very tasty! Can't go wrong with a Wake N Bake either, I think I have 2 left. Also tried out a couple of Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro's. You should try one or six!
From good authority, if you are waiting for the Depth Charge to come back, it isn't going to happen any time soon. But if you know somebody that has some stashed......
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on March 05, 2012, 08:40:11 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CzcQ0Sqi02s/Tk752rbP_sI/AAAAAAAACvk/X4y_DZBsVhc/s1600/Cigar+City+Marshal+Zhukov+Imperial+Stout+3.GIF)

love me a trip to tampa...


...when will we see CCB seasonals in GA?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 06, 2012, 10:02:40 AM
Great beer and great question.  I wish I could go this Saturday for Hunahpu's release.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 06, 2012, 10:27:44 AM
Great beer and great question.  I wish I could go this Saturday for Hunahpu's release.

No. 11 on ratebeer.com's list of "best beers in the world" (2012)?

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbeers_012012.asp

Several from Cigar City on that list.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 06, 2012, 02:32:12 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CzcQ0Sqi02s/Tk752rbP_sI/AAAAAAAACvk/X4y_DZBsVhc/s1600/Cigar+City+Marshal+Zhukov+Imperial+Stout+3.GIF)

love me a trip to tampa...


...when will we see CCB seasonals in GA?

Hmmmmm, I second the Marshall being a great beer. Seasonal from CCB in Ga? Not much to choose from in Ga so you better stick to the Road Trip to Fl.  And while you are there check on that brewery whose complete  name escapes me, but it has something to do with Buddha. I think they are called Laughing Buddha. They have some great things going on!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 08, 2012, 01:56:57 AM
Great beer and great question.  I wish I could go this Saturday for Hunahpu's release.

No. 11 on ratebeer.com's list of "best beers in the world" (2012)?

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbeers_012012.asp

Several from Cigar City on that list.
I've had all but a few of the top 20 beers and I would put it easily beyond any of them except FW Parabola.  Even if you expect greatness it's shockingly good.

I had some awesome Lost Abbey Deliverance on tap at BSP tonight.  It's a blend of bourbon barrel Serpents Stout and brandy barrel Angel's Share.  I got home and opened some Fantome Pissenlit.  Fantome is generally just about my favorite brewery, but this beer seemed to be in the middle of a pediococcus "sickness", so it was a disgustingly thick and gummy.  It still tasted great so I blended it with a very dry homebrew saison to avoid dumping the bottle.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 08, 2012, 08:31:19 AM
I've had all but a few of the top 20 beers and I would put it easily beyond any of them except FW Parabola.  Even if you expect greatness it's shockingly good.

I had some awesome Lost Abbey Deliverance on tap at BSP tonight.  It's a blend of bourbon barrel Serpents Stout and brandy barrel Angel's Share.  I got home and opened some Fantome Pissenlit.  Fantome is generally just about my favorite brewery, but this beer seemed to be in the middle of a pediococcus "sickness", so it was a disgustingly thick and gummy.  It still tasted great so I blended it with a very dry homebrew saison to avoid dumping the bottle.

By the way, if you or others reading this haven't sampled what is yet again rated as the "No. 1 beer in the world," Westvleteren 12, the rumor I saw is that a total of 70,000 cases are slated to be exported to several countries including the US this year --the first time it's been exported with the blessing of the brewery.  So it may be possible to buy one without making a trip to Flanders.

I have no idea what Fantome offers other than the saison that they've long been associated with.  A bit of a mouth puckerer, I've always felt, even speaking as one who likes saisons.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: jpellett251 on March 08, 2012, 02:41:39 PM
I'm hoping to get some Westy when it's here, but I'll be at the brewery in 2 months so I'm not that worried about it.  It's coming through Shelton Brothers, which isn't always good about getting sought after stuff down south.  Fantome has quite a few beers that all have that distinctive musty tartness but with assorted flavorings.  The standard Sur Lie has some fruit (most people guess apricot and strawberry) and secret spices.  Pissenlit has dandelion flowers.  It's the brewery I'm most looking forward to visiting.  We have a lot tentatively planned, but what do you recommend as essential?  I meant to return your email but hadn't given any thought yet as to what we were doing at that point.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on March 08, 2012, 03:23:06 PM
I'll PM you, Jason.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: FlyinBrian on March 26, 2012, 08:29:18 PM
I cracked opened a growler of Red Hare's Watership Brown.  I'm typically not a big brown ale fan but I like this one, maybe because its hoppier than most borwn ale's.  It paired well with a thick apple wood smoked pork chop with a side of baby artichokes and red potatoes.  Lori found a recipe for this and ran with it.  The baby artichokes and red potatoes were awesome.  Did I mention there was lots of garlic? This capped an excellent Monday (comp day) for me.
-B
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 09, 2012, 05:26:37 PM


Clown Shoes Tramp stamp....   Nice IPA, good for a bit of a different taste then my go-to's ....

I would buy it again, and would buy it for sure on draught.

see what RateBeers says:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/clown-shoes-tramp-stamp/138548/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/clown-shoes-tramp-stamp/138548/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 10, 2012, 04:17:31 PM

Another Clown Shoes Beer from Ipswich Ale Brewery in Mass. 

I can't wait to try their "Vampire Slayer" Imperial Stout.

This one is "Supa Hero", a little bit too piney tasting for me, but honestly a good refreshing beer.  I'll try some of the other Clown shoes beerz, they are all rated highly.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/clown-shoes-supa-hero/161884/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/clown-shoes-supa-hero/161884/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 14, 2012, 06:16:30 PM

I have a couple more types of those "Clown Shoes" beerz coming.

Dern good introduction to Ipswich Ale Brewery.


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 15, 2012, 06:34:00 AM
Hoppy Feet 1.5 is pretty good also.
Also hoppening today is the Classic City Brew Fest in Athens. Might be sold out (usually does).

www.classiccitybrew.com/brewfest.html
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 20, 2012, 04:09:54 PM


Popped open a 420, I think it is the right drink for tonight.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 20, 2012, 04:49:04 PM


Popped open a 420, I think it is the right drink for tonight.

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But did you pop it open at exactly 4:20?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 20, 2012, 05:09:10 PM


Popped open a 420, I think it is the right drink for tonight.

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But did you pop it open at exactly 4:20?

No, I was in line at Pubix at 4:20, they would have frowned on that...    8)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 21, 2012, 12:13:36 PM
However appropriate, at 4:20 I was sipping an Irish Red at McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola Fl.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 06, 2012, 07:46:23 AM
Terrapin Easy Rider, 10th Anniversary and Phlux Capaciter on the schedule for today's NASCAR Event.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on May 06, 2012, 12:43:41 PM
Easy Rider is great, but too expensive to be a real session ale, IMO.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 09, 2012, 05:11:22 PM


I wish I hadn't bought 6 of this one though I'm sure some of you and other folks like it..

Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale..     too bitter for my liking.

who wants 5 of 'em?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 12, 2012, 07:04:41 AM
Should have went cor the DR Milk Stout!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 03, 2012, 06:23:43 AM
"The Worlds Most Extraordinary Beverage" Samichlaus classic Malt Liquor. At 14% this is a different animal taste wise. From Castle Brewery Eggenberg and very interesting taste wise, kinda smooth and boozy yet creamy, not for consumption with a sour stomach. Will try again later.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schloss-eggenberg-samichlaus-bier/6245/

Tummy didn't like the Two Hearted Ale either.

Stoli Peach and White Cran Peach from Ocean Spray did the trick. Feeling much better now....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 03, 2012, 07:04:59 AM


Terrapin Easy Rider has been out front for me.
I often forget how much I like the taste of Dead Guy Ale, it has been around for the last week and I do like it.
Those Clown Shoes beerz, dern they are all good.  I got one of each of the ones that were available, and while I do like the Tramp Stamp best, some of the others are way tasty. The Hoppy Feet, and the Hoppy Feet 1.5 are very good beers.
I bought a mixed 12 pack of beers from Anderson Valley brewery last week and Summer Solstice stood out for me. It is a good tasting summer brew.

No takers on the Duck Rabbit Brown Ale huh?  I wonder how long it will last in my beer fridge. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on June 04, 2012, 07:53:44 AM
I bought a mixed 12 pack of beers from Anderson Valley brewery last week and Summer Solstice stood out for me. It is a good tasting summer brew.

No takers on the Duck Rabbit Brown Ale huh?  I wonder how long it will last in my beer fridge. 
Summer Solstice stood out over Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout?  Maybe that would be reversed at a different time of the year.  Barney Flats is one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there.  I will never forget the number of humming birds outside the big window at the Anderson Valley brewpub in Boonville.

I saw all the excitement when Duck Rabbit first came to town but for some reason the beers never wowed me.  IIRC, the one I probably liked best was the brown.  I'll trade you 4 skunked Pilsner Urquells my brother in law left in my DBR for those 5 Duck Rabbit Brown Ales.  8-)

Which begs the question.  Why do people leave bad beer in a good beer drinkers DBR?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 10, 2012, 07:19:31 AM
"Which begs the question.  Why do people leave bad beer in a good beer drinkers DBR?"

Dunno....

New Glaurus Apple Ale was hitting the spot. As was the Hopsecutioner and the Burton Baton from Dogfishhead
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 10, 2012, 10:59:18 AM
I bought a mixed 12 pack of beers from Anderson Valley brewery last week and Summer Solstice stood out for me. It is a good tasting summer brew.

No takers on the Duck Rabbit Brown Ale huh?  I wonder how long it will last in my beer fridge. 
Summer Solstice stood out over Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout?  Maybe that would be reversed at a different time of the year.  Barney Flats is one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there.  I will never forget the number of humming birds outside the big window at the Anderson Valley brewpub in Boonville.

I bought a mixed 12 pack of the Anderson Valley beer and took it to a lake-house party, I ONLY tasted the Summer Solstice as the rest of the beers went away quickly.  Perhaps the other folks knew to take the Barney Flats and I didn't?   I'll try it on it's own in the fall.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 11, 2012, 06:19:12 PM


How lucky we are to be able and inclined to taste the wonderful platter of craft beers that are available to us now.

I often forget how good some of the beers that have been on my radar and in my fridge on and off over time. 

Hopsecutioner is one great beer, Lagunitis "Little Sumpin, Sumpin Ale" is also a great beer , I mean a GREAT beer.  Sure I fall back into the pattern of "Loose Cannon", Bell's Two Hearted Ale, 420, Terrapin Rye, Rye Squared (when I can get it).  But ever so often I go outside the box and find some OTHER beers that fall into this pattern. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 25, 2012, 07:02:37 PM
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on June 25, 2012, 07:11:41 PM
Kirkland Small Batch Bourbon and a lot of it. I have a meeting with my Oncologist tomorrow. Pray for good karma.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 25, 2012, 07:39:15 PM
Good luck let him know that you ain't scared... Seriously, hope you get the BEST news....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on June 25, 2012, 07:42:37 PM
Yup, it could be 2 years in remission.   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: LizR on June 26, 2012, 02:41:27 PM
Thinking good thoughts your way!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: rwcohen on June 26, 2012, 03:14:04 PM
Yup, it could be 2 years in remission.

Thanks all, it worked, still in remission!!  :) :) :)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 26, 2012, 05:30:56 PM
Yup, it could be 2 years in remission.

Thanks all, it worked, still in remission!!  :) :) :)

A great big YAY! from Deanne and I Bob.  We need 'ya bud.


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Girly on June 26, 2012, 07:48:45 PM
Yup, it could be 2 years in remission.

Thanks all, it worked, still in remission!!  :) :) :)

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 03, 2012, 10:25:42 AM


I have a bunch of off-the-wall things I have been trying.. 

Tonight is a Smuttynose "Star Island Single".  A really good beer, maybe it was just that it was cold and wet in this heat but I really like it.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/smuttynose-star-island-single/86217/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/smuttynose-star-island-single/86217/)

And the night before at Summits, I had a Green Flash IPA, fresh on draught and absolutely delicious.  I had not had any Green Flash beers before and they are numerous.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/green-flash-west-coast-ipa/44905/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/green-flash-west-coast-ipa/44905/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 03, 2012, 04:43:41 PM


Last night it was a Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (in the bottle).  It is a very hoppy but fairly well balanced beer, it would not be my go-to beer to be sure, but it is good to mix and match and taste new things.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-hoptimum/117825/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-hoptimum/117825/)


Tonight I'm going to give Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA a try (in the bottle).  Not too bad with just the first taste in my mouth. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/pyramid-outburst-imperial-ipa/121081/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/pyramid-outburst-imperial-ipa/121081/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 06, 2012, 06:08:30 PM


I might not have time tonight but I have some pictures of labels of some of the things that have passed through my glass in the last 2 weeks.   Stand by..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 08, 2012, 08:28:48 AM
Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA is tasty. Followed by Hopsecutioner, Burton Baton and for dessert, Founders Breakfast Stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 08, 2012, 08:30:37 AM
Going to pour Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary today, along with Founders Devil Dancer....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: foodnearsnellville on July 16, 2012, 04:28:28 PM
IPAs are things I endure rather than really love. Pale ales are hoppy enough for me. I like good American pale ales.

A beer variety I've been pleased with the saison, at least in the form of Ommegang's Hennepin. I also like Hoegaarden's Wit beer, New Belgium's 1554, and oh yes, real Czech pilsners.

Bell's Brewery has a good brown ale.

In a pub, I like the creaminess of stouts. Hard to get that same creaminess out of the bottle.

FnS.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 19, 2012, 07:08:15 PM

Two new ones tonight neither one is BAD, but I guess I'm stuck on the three or five beers I keep in close rotation. 

BluePoint Brewing Company really delivered with their Hoptical Illusion IPA, I could get used to this one.  Nice tall head, good flavor, nice finish.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/blue-point-hoptical-illusion/39047/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/blue-point-hoptical-illusion/39047/)

One from Scotland

Brew Dog's Punk IPA, honestly a good refreshing 5.6% beer.  I'd have it in rotation.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brewdog-punk-ipa-56/135361/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brewdog-punk-ipa-56/135361/)
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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 20, 2012, 05:01:30 PM
What is the abv on the blue point? 
I just opened a Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny ABV. ( American Black Ale). At 7.3% a nice Black Ale, still in the bottle, coffee flavor comes thru immediately. Must try another....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 21, 2012, 12:49:21 AM
What is the abv on the blue point? 
I just opened a Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny ABV. ( American Black Ale). At 7.3% a nice Black Ale, still in the bottle, coffee flavor comes thru immediately. Must try another....

6.8% on the Blue Point...

I passed up the Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny this time, how was it?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 21, 2012, 11:31:34 AM
Hoppy Bunny was very dark, the pour never made it to the glass (after all it comes in a bottle) enjoyed the coffee flavor with subtle hops in the background, smells good, tastes pretty good tried three over the course of a couple of hours. Would go well with some xtra sharp chedder cheese according to my uneducated palate... or just by itself while watching your favorite racecars somewhere in Europe.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 21, 2012, 04:38:13 PM
What is the abv on the blue point? 
I just opened a Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny ABV. ( American Black Ale). At 7.3% a nice Black Ale, still in the bottle, coffee flavor comes thru immediately. Must try another....

6.8% on the Blue Point...

I passed up the Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny this time, how was it?

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Sipping (or gulping) my second bottle of this beer it really is a good flavor and would be right up there with Loose Cannon or Bell's Two Hearted Ale IMO...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 22, 2012, 05:39:47 PM


Terrapin Rye Ale is a dern near good keep-on-hand beer. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 23, 2012, 07:12:24 PM
Understand that, but I don't care for the Rye's enough to buy them on a regular basis. Will do comparo's at the festival's to stay current with the different ways each Brewery interprets though, they are to me kinda like Sours. And Sours are up and coming, got to try them for the different styles, open field, where you ferment and what is supplying as far as whats landing in the trough.
In the meantime, I scored a killer deal on Harpoon Leviathan Great Scott 2012. 40 % off, so I bought the lot on the shelf. (2 Four packs) If there was more, I woulda grabbed the case discount! Great stuff and the price was right... IMO of course!!!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 28, 2012, 03:52:13 PM
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniversary Release.

O.G. 1.085, IBU 60, 8.8% by volume. Beer is a Bronze Age business. Beer Speaks, People Mumble.

After a hot day on the concrete under the car, and topping it off riding the lawnmower, edging, spraying the weeds and putting polish on the work boots, Lucky 13 cuts through the bulls&%#. Worth every penny.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 05, 2012, 09:25:04 AM
Citrus Ninja Exchange by Westbrook. 9%, very tasty, citrus comes thru clean, very refreshing. Could be sessional but at 9% you wouldn't last long! Could be fun trying though.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 05, 2012, 05:44:08 PM


Doing some Lagunitas IPA today.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 12, 2012, 03:52:06 PM
2012 Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada, and the last of the Devil Dancer by Founders.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 14, 2012, 01:33:49 PM


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/H24board22.jpg)

Last week I was in Cali.  I did get some good IPA from Hanger24 out near my brothers house, and of course they had some interesting wheat beers that he likes.  One of the seasonal wheat beers is Polycot, and honestly for a fruit flavored beer it is pretty dern good.  Here is where H24 is, go take a look and go out and visit if you get out that way.

http://www.hangar24brewery.com/ (http://www.hangar24brewery.com/)

also:

http://hangar24brewery.com/co_releasecalendar_2012.htm (http://hangar24brewery.com/co_releasecalendar_2012.htm)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 26, 2012, 05:30:53 PM
Boulevards Dark Truth Stout. And, yesterday found an enjoyable level of Sour's.... Farmhouse Seizoen Bretta, Crooked Stave Persica Wild Wild Brett, Mystery Brewing Langhorn Rye Wit and something from the Greenville Beer Exchange flavor unknown. To coin a phrase..... "I don't always drink Sour's, but when I do, I drink some good ones!" or something like that... The Dark Truth is not a Sour, but boy was it good!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on September 02, 2012, 05:37:39 PM
Russian River Supplication. Aged in Pinot barrels with cherries.

Man do I love this brewery...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 02, 2012, 07:12:20 PM


420 and Bells 2 Hearted Ale..      It is what is here..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 04, 2012, 05:47:42 PM
Russian River Supplication. Aged in Pinot barrels with cherries.

Man do I love this brewery...

Are you out there?   
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: GabrielsDad on September 04, 2012, 06:47:47 PM
Nope. Purchased a few bottles when I was out there last month and brought 'em back.

Will be doing the same during my next visit (October).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 04, 2012, 07:01:44 PM
Nope. Purchased a few bottles when I was out there last month and brought 'em back.

Will be doing the same during my next visit (October).

<stupidly he says>     I guess I could have been doing that on my once or twice annual visits to Highland, CA., but I didn't.  dammmit..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 16, 2012, 08:41:45 AM
New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Thirsty Dog Brewing's Siberian Husky, Southern Tier 2X Stout,  Whew..... (That was Last night).
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 16, 2012, 02:19:40 PM
Today's lineup starts with Two Hearted Ale, then on to the offering from Stone: 11.11.11 Vertical Epic. made with Anahiem Chilies from Hatch New Mexico and Cinnamon.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 30, 2012, 04:31:06 PM
Southern Tier, 2011 PumpKing
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 11, 2012, 05:30:00 PM


I have a bunch of new ones (to me)..   

The Mad Hatter from New Holland brewery is very hoppy with a semi-bitter finish. I guess I like the almost sweet aftertaste of Loose Cannon and Two Hearted too much.
Whales Tale Pale Ale from Cisco brewers in Nantucket seemed to be a watered down IPA I won't be re-buying it.

I have (at this point) not looked up either of these two.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on October 28, 2012, 01:55:20 PM
Drank some good beers last night.  A 2010 Mikkelher Beer Geek Brunch Weasal and a Fantome Printemps (spiced Saison) that had at least a couple years on it.  The beer was followed by some Rip Van Winkle and some Glenfarcas.

The Beer Geek was great, but probably would have been better with a little less age.  Coffee was missing...  The Fantome was amazing.  Their Saisons have never failed me.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 28, 2012, 06:34:56 PM

I have a bunch of beers and pictures to share, I will do it soon.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 03, 2012, 12:28:25 AM
Dark Truth Imperial Stout,  and  Pliny the Elder times 2.... So good..... Gotta love SoCal!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 11, 2012, 07:31:26 AM
Knee Deep Brewing's Hoptoligystdipa, Simtra and Hop Shortage. They are double and triple IPA"s and very worthy.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Daniel on November 11, 2012, 10:42:25 AM
SN Celebration, Estate and Northern Hemi Harvest, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Fantome Printemps, and a 2010 Weyerbacher Insanity have been consumed the last few days.

The Fantome blew my mind!  Amazing brew.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 14, 2012, 03:56:54 PM


I just opened a duck rabbit brown ale, took a bit of a sip and poured it out.  It is NOT, NOT my favorite beer.  In fact this 6 pack was purchased at YDFM and might have been mis-handled or something, I cannot imagine anyone liking this beer, no kidding. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 20, 2012, 07:52:59 AM
Bleecch. I do not care for the Browns either...
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 08, 2012, 09:33:11 AM
Update....
Bell's Expidition Stout, (very tasty Mike) Founders Breakfast Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan, made with real pecans. And I understand that if you add a little squirt of Kahlua to it...... yum.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 09, 2012, 06:12:49 PM


I often forget how really good Bell's Two Hearted ale really is and what a good change of pace Hopsicutiioner really is. 


We are blessed to have some local folks that are making really great beer. 


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 21, 2012, 07:12:08 PM

Dern if that Saint Bernardus Christmas Ale isn't really good.    Bring a friend though.  I just looked at it on Ratebeers and it got a 99..   No wonder I liked it.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/st-bernardus-christmas-ale/65814/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/st-bernardus-christmas-ale/65814/)


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Title: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 23, 2012, 10:57:50 AM
Tourney Noel (Cazeau),
Pere Noel (De Ranke),
Rulles Meilleurs Voeux (Rulles)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 23, 2012, 11:09:56 AM
Tourney Noel (Cazeau),
Pere Noel (De Ranke),
Rulles Meilleurs Voeux (Rulles)

You have all the neat stuff...  I have not heard of any of those, and I thought I was a beer drinker...    ;)

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Title: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 24, 2012, 04:10:02 AM
Mike, I drink a lot of Belgian beers, but you guys have mentioned plenty of American beers I've never heard of.

Merry Christmas
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 24, 2012, 07:36:56 AM
Back to Bells Expidition Stout, HE'BREW Jewbelation Sweet 16, Boulevard Rye on Rye Special Limited Release Ale (33% ale, 67% ale aged in rye whiskey barrels), Sweetwater "The Gimp" from the Dank Tank Series with sweet scents of caramel and toffee, warm sensations of malt and balanced by low voltage doses of hops (that'll deliever a shocker you will want to recieve!) and, Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, brewed with honey and cocoa nibs aged in bourbon barrels. I shure do enjoy the craft beer industry! Tickets on sale now for Brewvival in Charlston in February! http://brewvival.com/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 24, 2012, 04:30:13 PM


I RARELY pour a beer out.  Tonight I pitched a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  I guess some folks like it, I am not one of them.

www.kentuckyale.com (http://www.kentuckyale.com)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/kentucky-bourbon-barrel-ale/38441/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/kentucky-bourbon-barrel-ale/38441/)

Back to a Bells Two Hearted...

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Title: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on December 27, 2012, 05:57:08 PM
So I'm in Brussels. Tonight at Moeder Lambic:
- organic Cantillon lambic from the tap
- Band Of Brothers--a collaboration between Moeder Lambic and De La Senne.
- Troubador Westkust--an Imperial Stout from The Musketeers brewery.
- Zona Cesarini--an Italian beer I didn't care for much.

One I did not try was something from Stone, of all places. Apparently Stone was here for some kind of beer festival and teamed up with Moeder Lambic. (It was busy, and the bartender didnt have time to go into it.) The beer is called Old Guardian, and they want 18 euros for a 65 cl bottle. No thanks.

And with dinner was a Slovenian barbera.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on January 19, 2013, 03:53:54 PM
Orval.  My favorite of the Trappists.  But when I was in Belgium it was impossible to find.  I tried five different restaurants/pubs, but each time the waiter shook his head and said they hadn't had any delivered in a while.  A few of them said it's because Orval exports so much, leaving little for consumption in the homeland.  As I've said before, these days it's more work to find the really good Belgian beers in Belgium than it is in the US.  I bought the Orval at Hop City, which had at least a few on the shelf--no problem.  On a related note, American beers are getting so good that I've been tempted to bring a few to Belgium to give out instead of the other way around.  It used to be that visitors from Belgium would bring gifts of beer, but nowadays they needn't bother.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 19, 2013, 05:43:15 PM
Orval.  My favorite of the Trappists.  But when I was in Belgium it was impossible to find.  I tried five different restaurants/pubs, but each time the waiter shook his head and said they hadn't had any delivered in a while.  A few of them said it's because Orval exports so much, leaving little for consumption in the homeland.  As I've said before, these days it's more work to find the really good Belgian beers in Belgium than it is in the US.  I bought the Orval at Hop City, which had at least a few on the shelf--no problem.  On a related note, American beers are getting so good that I've been tempted to bring a few to Belgium to give out instead of the other way around.  It used to be that visitors from Belgium would bring gifts of beer, but nowadays they needn't bother.

Though I have not been to Belgium I surely get what you are saying.  Some amazing beers being brewed in this country right now.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2013, 03:35:42 PM


Last night I had a good BIG beer, the Brash  "The Bullocks" from Mercury brewing company in MA. 

It was good but at 12% I had to take all afternoon and evening to drink it.  I really like this beer...


http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brash-the-bollocks-imperial-ipa/179757/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brash-the-bollocks-imperial-ipa/179757/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 27, 2013, 09:08:06 AM
Where did you find it Mike?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 27, 2013, 09:23:37 PM
Where did you find it Mike?

At Niko's in Snellville

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 30, 2013, 12:42:37 PM


Here is a good one to try.........

Terrapin Side Project Samurai Krunkles


http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/terrapin-side-project-samurai-krunkles/177011/1/1/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/terrapin-side-project-samurai-krunkles/177011/1/1/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Corky on February 07, 2013, 11:45:48 AM
This past w/e my niece came up from Charleston and brought a bunch of bushels of oysters for an oyster roast. To go along with it, my nephew brought several growlers of Stegmeier Porter. Think I found a favorite new porter. I had never had steamed oyster shooters in porter. Really Good!!!
Yesterday I stopped by Blind Murphy in Alpharetta and bought a growler of Red Brick "Lost Years Ale". Wow! I really like this. Never thought I would like a bourbon barrel beer. I'm glad I tried it.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 09, 2013, 07:32:32 AM
Bourbon Barrel aged Ales are some of my favorites. Be wary though, not all are worthy! Like the Innes and Gunn stuff, to me it is like watered down bourbon. And I have tried several times to like I & G.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 15, 2013, 05:14:28 PM


Last night I had a good BIG beer, the Brash  "The Bullocks" from Mercury brewing company in MA. 

It was good but at 12% I had to take all afternoon and evening to drink it.  I really like this beer...


http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brash-the-bollocks-imperial-ipa/179757/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brash-the-bollocks-imperial-ipa/179757/)

This is my favorite IPA right now.. It is some better (right now) for me than Loose Cannon, or Bell's Two Hearted Ale.


BUT GOOD LORD IT IS 12%..   I guess, no wonder I like it..  honestly I like it for the taste.. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 04, 2013, 04:10:15 PM

I picked up a 4 pack of Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co. and I like it quite a bit.

It does have a tendency to develop a HUGE head and needs to be poured slowly and repetitively to fill a big tulip glass but wow, that is a good taste.  It get better as the beer warms up giving those citrus flavors with a bit of bitter on the finish.  If anything it's only sin is that it is over carbonated.   This is a wonderful beer. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/green-flash-rayon-vert-belgian-style-pale-ale/158976/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/green-flash-rayon-vert-belgian-style-pale-ale/158976/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 04, 2013, 04:38:53 PM


Tonight (Monday) I have an old can of Ten Fidy Imperial Stout that has been in the beer fridge for a while. 

This too is an amazing beer, though Stouts are not my beer of choice, this can called my name and out it came.  Wonderful black color with just a bare whisp of head, real chocolate aroma from the glass, this one too is better now than when I opened it 20 minutes ago.    I wouldn't fill my fridges with this one, but daymn it is good. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/oskar-blues-ten-fidy/68107/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/oskar-blues-ten-fidy/68107/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 23, 2013, 07:41:28 AM
This past Saturday the 16th found me at the Suwanee Beer Festival.  So many great things to try. Like the Noggin Nocker (?) from Burnt Hickory Brewery in Kennesaw! The VIP Tent was in full effect.

But on a different note, Thanks to Headsofwool, I am currently stuck on New Belguim's current offering from the Lips Of Faith series: 

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout. My My My!

From the website;
 
Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainably-grown, locally roasted coffee.

Fruits/Spice: Coffee, Chocolate
Body: Medium-Full
Aroma: Rich, with lots of coffee and cocoa/baker’s chocolate aromatics. Lots of roasted and rich dark malts.
Mouthfeel: Smooth lip smacking and mouth coating. Warm, boozy and slight lingering astringency from the espresso.
Flavor: Sweetness upfront, balanced with a welcome mild bitterness in the middle and finish.
Visual: Moonless midnight. Opaque black, with tan foam and firm lacing.

Also worth noting for you IIPA Fans...

Rampant IPA-Imperial IPA at $8.99 a sixer,

A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma.

The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand this beer up, and Rampant’s finish is bone-dry.

Get some and enjoy. Oh, my Imp Coffee Choc Stout went great with the home made chopotle tacos that we made for supper.  But that is a different story....

 
 
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 24, 2013, 09:47:01 AM

I tried Henry Weinhards Woodland Pass IPA

When I see a different label pop up on the shelves, I am drawn to it.  Several days ago I bought a 6'r of this beer and didn't look it up, drank one each night and gave it an okay nod.  Not great but some flavor, a large head, only a teeny bit bitter but a drinkable beverage.  Then I looked it up on Ratebeers.  Here is one time when I either question my taster or disagree with the low marks this beer gets.  I can see it down in the 70's but a 24, I'm shocked.  Taste it and tell me what you think?

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally developed for British sailors stationed in India, IPAs were aggressively hopped to help prevent spoilage on long ocean voyages. Now that spoilage isn’t as big a problem, we’ve eased up on the hoppiness just a hair to let the caramel malts shine through. It’s a big beer with big flavor that really lets you appreciate hops in all their glory.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/henry-weinhards-woodland-pass-ipa/184197/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/henry-weinhards-woodland-pass-ipa/184197/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 24, 2013, 02:52:00 PM
Has anyone tried Red Hare's lager?  I like to support local breweries when possible, and I admire quality lagers, but the clincher was the intriguing six-pack packaging.  The cans are held together by a semi-rigid harness made of recycled plastic rather than the usual floppy plastic rings.  I guess it's more environmentally friendly.  The beer itself is fine, though it's not at all a "Bohemian pilsner" as they bill it.  More like the result of an American brewery's predictable inability to resist using too much hops (and citrusy hops at that) and biscuit malt.  It tastes more like an excessively hoppy Oktoberfest to me than a Bohemian pilsner.  I guess subtlety just doesn't sell.  Oh well.  For less money, Yuengling (I'm biased--it was my college beer) fills the craft lager role better.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 26, 2013, 06:42:34 AM
Founders Doom, Allagash Curieux, Terripin Peaotch and a St. Bernardus Triple. Not a bad way to spend the day.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 23, 2013, 08:34:02 AM
Nothing.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 04, 2013, 06:52:20 AM
Bruton Baton. Always worth the entry fee....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 06, 2013, 04:08:34 PM


My wife is cleaning out a back closet and room a bit and found not one but 3 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue, all of them 2004 vintage.  In that same old wooden box was a couple St. Bernardus Abt 12's, probably 8 or 9 years old.  I may have to crack one of those Gouden Carolus just to check it out.   Each of them should be/could be kept for at least 10 years, they are barely "charged" and have nothing to interact with the cork.   

I am moving most of them to the basement for further keeping. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 07, 2013, 07:09:58 AM
Mike,

Looks like you need a Westy to do a comparo with!  Rate Beer gives St. Bernardus a 100 Overall and a 100 for Style! What is the "Best By" date by the way?

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 07, 2013, 05:49:48 PM
Mike,

Looks like you need a Westy to do a comparo with!  Rate Beer gives St. Bernardus a 100 Overall and a 100 for Style! What is the "Best By" date by the way?

Those beers I mentioned are good for about 10 or more  years if handled properly, I am hoping that the deep closet that these bottles were in have left them drinkable.  I'll let you know in a week or so..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: totm on July 07, 2013, 09:07:10 PM
My wife is cleaning out a back closet and room a bit and found not one but 3 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue, all of them 2004 vintage.  In that same old wooden box was a couple St. Bernardus Abt 12's, probably 8 or 9 years old.   
I suggest you pop those St. Bernardus Abt 12s on a Sept 2nd when the feeling is right.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on July 09, 2013, 10:19:10 AM
Mike,

Looks like you need a Westy to do a comparo with!  Rate Beer gives St. Bernardus a 100 Overall and a 100 for Style! What is the "Best By" date by the way?

I've got one or more Westies that have been sitting around for a year or more, and I would contribute if someone wants to do the ol' Westvleteren-St. Bernardus tasteoff, which I've done before.  I've tasted plenty and don't need to hoard.  A beer tasting meetup perhaps?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 09, 2013, 03:11:15 PM
Mike,

Looks like you need a Westy to do a comparo with!  Rate Beer gives St. Bernardus a 100 Overall and a 100 for Style! What is the "Best By" date by the way?

I've got one or more Westies that have been sitting around for a year or more, and I would contribute if someone wants to do the ol' Westvleteren-St. Bernardus tasteoff, which I've done before.  I've tasted plenty and don't need to hoard.  A beer tasting meetup perhaps? 

I'd love to do it..  I have a full, full calendar until August 14th.   I'm not complaining, the grand kids arrive tomorrow for 10 days, the first time we will have all 3 ages 8, 11 & 14, the two oldest are the girl kind and Joe is the youngest. Then it off to my annual tuna fishing trip to San Diego and be on the ocean for 5 days. There is that weekend of July 27th, but I have an idea we (Deanne and I) will need an escape weekend with the kids gone and the house to ourselves. 

I would LOVE to host a 285foodies get together this year, let's think about that, and work on staying healthy and smart. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on July 10, 2013, 11:43:25 AM
Sounds good, Mike.  Belgian dubbels are cool-weather beers anyway.  I would think a St. Bernardus or Westvleteren is the last thing you'd want to drink in summer in Georgia.  Let's put this on the back burner, but don't forget about it.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 14, 2013, 02:05:11 PM
Foothills Brewery Special Release 2011 Sexual Chocolate Boutbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. 9.7%, SRM 70, IBU 85. This is a Stout withcocoa jibs added and aged in Bourbon Barrels. It has a rich chocolat aroma with overtones of vanilla and Oak, black strap molasses, expressly and caramel accentuate a dark chocolate backbone and layers of toffee and dark fruit. In other words: it gets better tasting as it warms. Probably better in the winter but my a/cistern running at 70dg with the ceiling fan on over my easy chair. Great for sipping while watching NASCAR or Drag Boat Racing. Or any Motor Sports for that matter! Wish I had another.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 21, 2013, 07:30:45 PM
RumChata and Ice. Look it up. So good...... Rum and Horchata.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 22, 2013, 12:04:05 AM
RumChata and Ice. Look it up. So good...... Rum and Horchata.....

That sounds really good.   Have you ever made the REAL Horchata?

In Spain, it usually refers to orxata de xufa (horchata de chufa), made from tigernuts, water, and sugar.

Originally from Valencia, the idea of making horchata from tigernuts comes from the period of Muslim presence in Valencia (from the eighth to thirteenth centuries)

Authentic Valencian Horchata, made from imported Tigernuts, is produced locally in New York City by Horxata, Ltd. www.horxata.com (http://www.horxata.com)

GG>-  I have made it over time with many kinds of nuts, I prefer almonds or cashew Horchata.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 11, 2013, 08:38:06 AM
Never made the real Horchata, but it sounds tasty!

This past week has found me with the following libations:
Founders Mango Magnifico made with mangos and habanero. Not to sweet and not to hot, well balanced but at 15 bucks a bottle I can't afford to make a nightly or session out of it. And, it is one of those limited editions.... Also this week was the Old Chub Scotch Ale from Oscar Blues, a Punkin Harvest Ale from Uinta, Raging Bitch, a Belgian Style IPA from Flying Dog, Hopsecutioner by Terrapin, a Bacon Soda by Lester's Fixin's (I know it is a soda not a beer but whatever),  DogfishHead 90 Minute IPA and some real tasty stuff from Crown Valley Brewery: the Gunslinger DIPA.
Untill next time: LOL, keep them guessing.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 18, 2013, 08:36:11 AM
Was at my local Frontera on Five Forks Trickum last night. Had a Patron Habanero Margerita. Wow. So smooth was the Patron with a nice bit of heat added to the back.  I could get in trouble with this one....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 18, 2013, 02:42:03 PM
From Evil Twin Brewing: Imperial Biscotti Break and from Southern Tier: Creme Brulee. so nice on a rainy day while grilling and watching NASCAR.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 29, 2013, 06:15:54 PM

Not a highly rated but a pretty good beer in the Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, CO. 

Not too bad, and only 6.2%....

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/breckenridge-lucky-u-ipa/108517/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/breckenridge-lucky-u-ipa/108517/)


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 01, 2013, 08:13:04 AM
Yesterday was a great day for cleaning out the cooler. In it I polished off some Stone Imperial Russian Stout,O'Dempsey's Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout and some Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout. Yesterday was a good day in the beer cooler..... Now, what am I going to put back in the empty spots?  As they say, a cooler that has more in it takes less to operate than one that has less in it!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 07, 2013, 03:58:02 PM
Lagunitas Little Sumpin, Yeti Oatmeal Stout, and Founders Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with cherries.cacao nibs and aged in Bourbon barrels. Wow....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 08, 2013, 02:45:28 PM
Lagunitas Little Sumpin, Yeti Oatmeal Stout, and Founders Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with cherries.cacao nibs and aged in Bourbon barrels. Wow....

You do know that Summits is opening a new cask of something every day this month right?


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 08, 2013, 03:05:28 PM
I am trying to get there,Thanks!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 10, 2013, 05:38:30 PM


These are NOT all from tonight:

but I have in the last few days had a

Matilda from Goose Island Brewery in Chicago that was really very good.  I wouldn't drink it all the time but they hammered the Belgian flavors.   I rate it very highly...

Genesis from Hebrew,  I shouldn't like this dern session beer but I do. 

Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing - Damn good beer, my Android Rate Beer app, took a dive so I don't know where it is judged generally but I like it a lot.  A bit too high gravity perhaps for a weekday beer, but a terrific beer.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 17, 2013, 06:08:18 PM


Cricket Hill's Fall Festivus Ale...

Not a winner, way too foamy, overloaded with caramel flavor IMO..

I switched to a know beer..  That Bells Two Hearted Ale is hard to beat. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 22, 2013, 02:58:54 PM
With my selection of pinto beans and ham hocks that is currently on the stove with a little kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper, red onions and fresh garlic, I have decided that a delectable selection of thirst quenching from Great Divide is in order. No corrections necessary because I think that the Oatmeal Yeti has been a great choice to sip between stirring of the pot full of beans. Dang, out of the Oatmeal so what to do? Break out the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti! Now, back to NASCAR! What a beautiful day.....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 22, 2013, 06:45:14 PM


I pulled a (rated 71) off from the shelves at Publix today, it is Honker's Ale beer brewed by Goose Island in Baldwinsville, NY

Not too bad, sure better than the 71 (or so) that  the readers/customers of RateBeers gives it.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 06, 2013, 03:30:29 PM
Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin, an imperial ale aged in Bourbon barrels. Nicely done for a pumpkin and at 10% the price was great at around 8 bucks if I remember correctly to the 22 oz bottle. Score one (or more) if you can find it!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 06, 2013, 06:16:49 PM
Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin, an imperial ale aged in Bourbon barrels. Nicely done for a pumpkin and at 10% the price was great at around 8 bucks if I remember correctly to the 22 oz bottle. Score one (or more) if you can find it!

I'm revisiting an old favorite with Brother Thelonius a delicious not hoppy beverage with deep flavor and a bold APV. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 14, 2013, 08:54:50 PM


A  Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA.. 


Dam good beverage..   


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 20, 2013, 08:57:36 AM
Not a big Barleywine fan but, Lower De Boom from 21st Amendment was an interesting choice for a Saturday afternoon. At 11.5% I prolly understand why they are in 8 oz cans. I won't make that mistake again! I think I paid $9 and some tall change for the 4 pack. If you like this style and want to splurge, go ahead. 21st Amendment has made it so it doesn't fall heavy on the alcohol taste. And the package is pretty interesting too!
Forgot to mention that I am currently enjoying the just in from Cigar City Brewing: Jai Alai India Pale Ale. A beautiful day outside today for being inside watching NASCAR with a nice ice cold beverage. Or six, or ten.....

Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 27, 2013, 04:50:40 PM
Into my stash today with Terrapin's Special Anniversary Ale from 2012.  Gotta love Terrapin.

Also in the pour today was a collaboration ale from Terrapin and Brasserie BFM, Suisse. This was brewed at Terrapin USA in 2011.  2/3 Ale, 1/3 Ale matured in Bourbon barrels.
Thank you Jerome and Spike. It has aged well!

Cheers!

EDIT.....

JUST added the Terrapin/Shmaltz "A Beer For Hope" collaboration Reunion Ale 2012. Cinnamon, Cocoa Jibs and Vanilla. Going great withthe Carney asada I Am trilling!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 03, 2013, 06:42:10 AM
Founders Harvest Ale.  Wet Hopped.  Much anticipated. 
If you havn't found any yet, good luck trying to find it.  You may call around but most of the places I know will already be out. I might try the Smoke Rise Bottle Shop, they had a few 4 packs left on Friday.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 16, 2013, 01:30:34 PM
It is not just beer thirty,  it is honkytonk time!
Founders Backwoods Bastard. Ale aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels.
Get some while there is some left to get.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 16, 2013, 05:46:20 PM
 From the Boulevard Smoke Stack series, the Dark Truth Stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 17, 2013, 10:12:23 AM
Looking forward to trying the Imperial Beet Kolsch from Southern Brewing Company in Athens (They are looking to start building out soon). Well, not today but maybe in 5 or 6 weeks. I understand there may be a little addition of serrano and habanero peppers with a little cayenne pepper for some extra kick!
Check out the facebook page for some pictures of what is to come. Especially the label (hey, who is that face on the label???) and the color of the Kolsch in process. A sneek peek for sure.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthernBrewingCompany
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 19, 2013, 07:30:22 PM
Terrapin White Chocolate MooHoo. Well, not right now, but really soon..... Way really soon!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 21, 2013, 06:40:14 PM
Live from Catch 22 in Athens....
From the Terrapin Beer Company:  White Chocolate MooHoo (the new release), the regular MooHoo randeled with Mint and White Chocolate. What a combo.
And a special surprise, Bourbon Barrel aged Sexual Chocolate provided by a guest!
White Chocolate MooHoo is a keeper, find it when it is released at your fav beer provider...I will be waiting for it myself....
Update:
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster.  WowZa!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 30, 2013, 06:08:56 PM
Terrapin MooHoo and the Terrapin White Chocolate MooHoo.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 25, 2013, 07:37:31 AM
Terrapin's Cinnamon Rolled Wake and Bake, Wake N Bake, Founders Sweet Repute, Breakfast Stout.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2014, 09:21:22 PM
Stone Sublimle Self Righteous Ale. Enjoy this Ale fresh. It is so good.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 18, 2014, 05:54:18 PM
Victory Storm King Stout, Victory Dirt Wolf DIPA, Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner, and New Belgium Fresh Hopped IPA Hop Kitchen.
And it is early.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 19, 2014, 07:31:54 PM
Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Red Rock Ginger Ale. May get to my Cinnamon Rolled Wake and Bake from Terrapin here in a minute. Think: dessert or an digestif!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 22, 2014, 05:10:50 PM

Two nights ago I had a Lagunitas Hairy Eyball Ale, it is also a new contender for go-to beer, at least in the top 15 for sure. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-the-hairy-eyeball-ale/7429/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-the-hairy-eyeball-ale/7429/)


Yesterday I had a bottle (over several hours) of the 50th anniversary St. Bernardus ATB 12 Last evening, it probably will always one of my favorite beers, this one is several years old and still had that wonderful banana, dried/fruit,  flavors, and a completely different beer when warmed a bit.  It truly is like drinking two or three different beers letting it go through the warming stages as you drink it.

 I am not sure I found all of these descriptors >>  plum, fig, apricot, berries, coriander, yeast, floral, apple, pear, smoked meat, woody  << .  But I truly think the beer is awesome.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/st-bernardus-abt-12/2530/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/st-bernardus-abt-12/2530/)

Tonight I am trying a Sweetwater Second Helping I found at Sigman road bottle shop today (I bought several).  Though I was sure I was not going to love it because it says ON THE LABEL that it has juniper berries in it, it is a delightful beverage in every way. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/second-helping/247507/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/second-helping/247507/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 23, 2014, 05:28:14 PM
Just so you know, I have enjoyed them both, esp. the Hairy Eyeball! Second Helping was also very tasty, and the "price is right"!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 24, 2014, 07:40:36 PM
Sierra Nevada Life and Limb (thank you Sam and Ken) and it went well with my grilled Pork Loin that I had Cajun Seasond!
Also on the enjoy plate tonite, the latest from the Stone Brewery, Enjoy By 02.14.14 IPA. Stone kicks ass on these "Enjoy By" limited releases, so if you can get one do so and enjoy the freshness of a quality SoCal IPA.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 26, 2014, 08:44:13 AM
From the ACAT...
1st place from the Wrecking Bar: Mexican Siberius Maximus RIS- a barrel aged 12.5% Russian Imperial Stout with toasted coca nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon bark, and chipotle and smoked serrano beans. I could have camped out on the corner of the table all night!

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/wrecking-bar-mexican-siberius-maximus-russian-imperial-stout/228274/

Then there was the offering from Burnt Hickory: Kolb's Farm "The Burial Truce", a massive 13% bourbon barrel aged coffee, chocolate, honey, oatmeal stout with Trinidad black scorpion peppers and vanilla beans that were added directly to the cask.
Very well balanced to me with the peppers providing some heat that stayed with you on the palate for more than a few minutes. IMO a worthy edition to the Craft Beer World. Now If Scott at BHB would just bottle me some up! I would put this in my rotation!

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/burnt-hickory-kolbs-farm-the-burial-truce/248445/

Many other great beers were had, to many to list.

Thanks Owen! And the volunteers that helped out and the 5 Seasons/Taco Mac and the Fred.
My commercial is over.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 04, 2014, 07:56:59 PM
Evil Twin Brewing's Lil B.  This shit rocks!

Read all about it below. BWTFDIK.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24300/84140/

Now available at the Smoke Rise Bottle Shop. And, it was on tap at Local Republic in downtown L'Ville SaTURDay.

Hopslam, Lagunitas Sucks, and O'Dempseys - Your Black Heart. And killin the mini Weber with some Jamaican Jerk Chicken while rocking the neighbors with some Blues from Terry Evans = "Get Your Lies Straight". Now... Go back to sleep peeps.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 14, 2014, 05:44:27 PM
RJ Rockers new addition to the line up. Read what you must but trust me on this. A worthy addition to your cooler. Or just something else for your to try on your evening walk with the dog.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/rj-rockers-black-perle/114034/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 20, 2014, 07:42:52 PM


What do you folks feel about Bells "Smitten Golden Rye Ale"   ?
I am down to my last bottle and am really not impressed but it is an okay beverage for a fill in. 

Here is what RateBeer is saying about it..

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-smitten-golden-rye-ale/198506/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-smitten-golden-rye-ale/198506/)


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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 09, 2014, 04:37:15 PM

I am moving my old standard "Loose Cannon" to a top 5 position and am ready to name my new top-dog go-to beer shortly. 

tonight though it is a mix..  a few Lagunitas "Sucks" Brown Shugga Substitute Ale, and a Loose Cannon or two.

<   Wow, Lagunitas Sucks is rated 100  >

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-sucks/158433/ (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lagunitas-sucks/158433/)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 09, 2014, 04:42:26 PM
The Lagunitas Sucks is awesome IMO. Had a couple today as a matter of fact. Currently sipping a Southern Tier 2XIPA. Another nice choice for kicking back after spending time on the grill.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 06, 2014, 05:52:42 PM


A few odds and ends in the back of the fridge.

Ballast Point SCULPIN is way good... 

Lagunitas almost anything is good but Undercover Ale is way, way good.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 06, 2014, 06:13:56 PM
Sculpin today, and the Lagunitas Imperial Stout.
And you are correct about the Undercover Ale....
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 13, 2014, 03:12:54 PM

Putting the pictures back in the body of the messages, CP and I figured it out..  Or not..

An easy-going beer, not a hard favorite but pretty tasty

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/BellsSmitten.jpg)

Very hoppy, and a great drink, could be in my top 50

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/RagingBitch.jpg)

Very foamy, and also a fairly bitter finish.  Good though especially when it is hot outside.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Ranger.jpg)

Dang, this is one good beer.   high gravity but what the heck..

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/Sculpin.jpg)

I am trying to stay away from imported beers but this one is rated highly and is very, very delicious.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Beerlable pics/HardcoreIPA.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 24, 2014, 06:48:02 PM
While intown today I had a chance to stop by Decatur Wine and Spirits and had a good chat with Ori about the new beerz and what is hot and what is to be avoided. 

I got led to the Three Taverns "A Night in Brussels IPA" and put it up there among my top 15 beers, and I have only tasted it once. 

He showed me several more that are trending, I bought several.

He opined that the Lagunitas "Sucks" that is out there today is "old" beer, they have been bottling "undercover for a while now and not "Sucks".   

I really like "Sucks" but did not buy any.  They had pallets full of it in Ohio at Acme/Click.   

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Lorenzo on April 26, 2014, 09:01:11 AM
While intown today I had a chance to stop by Decatur Wine and Spirits and had a good chat with Ori about the new beerz and what is hot and what is to be avoided. 

I got led to the Three Taverns "A Night in Brussels IPA" and put it up there among my top 15 beers, and I have only tasted it once. 
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Three Taverns had a tasting event yesterday evening at their brewery in Avondale to highlight their new quadruple, "Quasimodo." All their beers (http://threetavernsbrewery.com/beer/) are pretty good.  I also tasted their White Hops IPA, which I liked even better than A Night in Brussels. The brewer is a Belgian guy.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 27, 2014, 05:24:22 PM

Here are 5 I picked up a few days ago..   I like almost all of them.

I really like the "A Night in Brussels IPA" and the two with Mosaic hops.  I'm liking the introduction of Mosaic hops into some of the beers.   I like that sortof grapefruit aftertaste and short-lived bitterness. 



(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/Beerlabels/fivebeerz02.jpg)

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 11, 2014, 08:28:37 PM
I will shoot this bottle and add the label to our library. 

I have just consumed the Sweetwater "Johnny HA$H", Double IPA  (IMO) a monster hopped beer I like that style. 

I might have other comments later.   

Have you tried it ?

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on May 18, 2014, 07:32:06 AM
I have had 2 now. Very tasty!

And, I went to see Mom in Myrtle Beach last week. In the back of her cooler I found a Zima! It expired in Aug 2008. And you can still buy them! If you go to Japan where they are still made and selling like hot cakes....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zima

Or Here. Party on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUcq9_IsnXM
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on June 29, 2014, 07:49:29 AM
Terrapin Rye Cubed.
I do not know if I could afford this to be another "session beer" for me. It was great thirst quencher after a sweltering shift at the sugarcane field though! If you like Rye, and a nice bite on the palate, this beer could be for you. I enjoyed it none the less right out of my 34 dg cooler...

http://terrapinbeer.com/brew/monster-beer-tour/rye-cubed/

The Side Project "Guano Loco" from Terrapin is Bat Sh*t crazy!!

"Chocolaty sweetness melds brilliantly with spicy heat to make this beer a fiesta in your glass"

I must find another while there are still some to be had!

http://terrapinbeer.com/brew/side-project/volume-23-guano-loco/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 11, 2014, 05:50:10 PM

Been on a tear since Lincoln Fill House and Home Brew opened 2 miles of the street...


https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lincoln-Fill-Station-Home-Brew/274273192750032

It is worth the trip.. 

I'll make a list of the ones I've tried or brought back a growler.

Tonight is an amazing lager..   

Breaking Bob's Kölsch (beer)

This one is brewed at our local Wrecking Bar..  Bob and this beer are really good.. I could like this as a summer beer.   

http://www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com/Breaking-bob-kolsch

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 12, 2014, 04:53:14 PM
Mike,
While you were at the "Lincoln" today, I was at B&B Hobby! I missed you by litterally 8 minutes! Dang!!
Mark Broe from Yes Face finally got the Peach ESB going, pretty tasty for a 4.5 % alc. A new session beer perhaps!? And this place could be trouble.... after all it is on the way home (sorta) if I miss my first turn! Ha!
These folks did a great job rehabing the old Blimpie,they have great background music and there is not much that goes better with a great beer lineup than a good cigar! Gotta hope that there is enough interest in the home brew supplies and while I was there somebody mentioned to Mark and Tiny about a craft beer that might be steeped with a cigar like flavor. Much like the Smoke Stack Series of beers but I digress!
a growler store, samples of some great beers and a nice selection of beers for sale out of the can/bottle. And how about the Bells Two Hearted Ale in the can!
All of you folks who are OTP and in the area of Snellville, aww what the heck, the Lincoln Fill Station deserves a visit!
IMHO.
and, my commercial is over......
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 13, 2014, 07:34:59 AM
Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA @ 8,6% and for dessert, Breckenridge Brewing's Small Batch 471 Double Hopped India Pale Ale @ 9.2%.
Has anybody ever tried the Catawba Brewing Peanut Butter Jelly Time???

http://beerstreetjournal.com/catawba-peanut-butter-jelly-time/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 02, 2014, 07:28:58 PM

Two things.   One is a suggestion from Lincoln Fill Station and the other is a "put back" bottle of Ballast Point "Big Eye"  from San Diego.   

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 03, 2014, 08:12:36 AM
Mike,
What is " is a "put back" bottle of Ballast Point "Big Eye" from San Diego"?

< wink >

A damn good beer IMO..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 03, 2014, 01:36:10 PM
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Not a Bells, but the Bells Two Hearted Ale is next in the rotation.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 03, 2014, 02:35:26 PM
Ballast Point Sculling IPA. Not a Bells, but the Bells Two Hearted Ale is next in the rotation.

Mine is

Creature Comforts tropicalia IPA  from Lincoln Fill.. 

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/creature-comforts-tropicalia/261571/



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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on August 03, 2014, 04:26:17 PM
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Not a Bells, but the Bells Two Hearted Ale is next in the rotation.

Over the last several years 92 percent of the beer I think while here in GA has been from GA breweries. But that Bell's Two Hearted has been calling my name the last few times I've gone to Hooligans for Team Trivia. Damn good domestic stuff Angry Robert.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 15, 2014, 08:50:07 PM

Lincoln Fill Station has my attention.. 


Humbolt Nectar, in a small growler...   

Delicious but with a "taste" of honey that I'm not sure of.   


http://www.humboldtbrewingco.com/?age-verified=c57e62bcbc

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Bob, they said I missed you by minutes again.  One of these days we will be there at the same time. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 15, 2014, 08:57:32 PM
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Not a Bells, but the Bells Two Hearted Ale is next in the rotation.

Over the last several years 92 percent of the beer I think while here in GA has been from GA breweries. But that Bell's Two Hearted has been calling my name the last few times I've gone to Hooligans for Team Trivia. Damn good domestic stuff Angry Robert.   

 I bet two of my beers would be in your spectrum.

Try a"Heavy Seas, "Loose Cannon"

Loose Cannon

Our flagship beer, Loose Cannon wins people over at first smell. The carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial creates a most fragrant IPA—its nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouthfeel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out the triple-hopped beer. Its nickname, Hop3, comes from the brewing process: our brewers hop Loose Cannon in the boil, the hopback, and the fermenter. It won a second place CAMRA award at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival.

MwS>- Or a Night in Brussels by 3 Tavern beer here in Decatur.  Great Belgian replica, deep flavor

A Night in Brussels IPA
A Belgian-Style American IPA

A Night in Brussels is a Belgian-style American IPA with malts from Belgium, a blend of American hops, pure cane sugar in the best southern tradition, and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. A pleasing marriage of old- and new-world beer cultures, this unique ale is best understood as an American IPA on a Belgian road trip.

ABV: 7.5% | Bitterness: 69 IBUs
Glassware recommendation: Abbey Goblet

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 31, 2014, 10:03:07 AM
Mars from Bell's Brewery, a Double IPA
http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/ (http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/)

And, from Green Flash Brewery, a Triple IPA
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/our-beers/green-bullet/ (http://www.greenflashbrew.com/our-beers/green-bullet/)

So tasty!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on August 31, 2014, 10:28:11 AM
Mars from Bell's Brewery, a Double IPA
http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/ (http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/)


That's the one that looks like grapefruit juice? I had one from Bell's that was. It was one of my more interesting beer experiences of 20 and 14.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 31, 2014, 01:40:24 PM
Mars from Bell's Brewery, a Double IPA
http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/ (http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/)


That's the one that looks like grapefruit juice? I had one from Bell's that was. It was one of my more interesting beer experiences of 20 and 14.
No, no grapefruit looking look like liquid to me. Maybe looking like a really dark skinned pink grapefruit but closer to looking like someone added a little spicy V 8 to a pilsner mebbe, and I am prolly off base on that discription! More like a copper color. This is a relatively new beer in our market and I am happy to have received this special offering. Loyalty has its privileges!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on August 31, 2014, 08:30:58 PM
Now enjoying some NASCAR with a little Founders Dirty Bastard, a Scotch Style Ale at 50 IBU's and 8.5% ALC. Not bad for a Sunday night and no work tomally!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 31, 2014, 09:57:55 PM
Mars from Bell's Brewery, a Double IPA
http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/ (http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/)


That's the one that looks like grapefruit juice? I had one from Bell's that was. It was one of my more interesting beer experiences of 20 and 14.
No, no grapefruit looking look like liquid to me. Maybe looking like a really dark skinned pink grapefruit but closer to looking like someone added a little spicy V 8 to a pilsner mebbe, and I am prolly off base on that discription! More like a copper color. This is a relatively new beer in our market and I am happy to have received this special offering. Loyalty has its privileges!

I am learning so much with the growler store (Lincoln Fill Station), close by, with knowledgeable folks behind the counter,  and a constantly changing set of choices.    I love it, though what I have now, is my old stand-by, Loose Cannon...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on September 01, 2014, 07:40:42 AM
Mars from Bell's Brewery, a Double IPA
http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/ (http://bellsbeer.com/planets/mars/)


That's the one that looks like grapefruit juice? I had one from Bell's that was. It was one of my more interesting beer experiences of 20 and 14.
No, no grapefruit looking look like liquid to me. Maybe looking like a really dark skinned pink grapefruit but closer to looking like someone added a little spicy V 8 to a pilsner mebbe, and I am prolly off base on that discription! More like a copper color. This is a relatively new beer in our market and I am happy to have received this special offering. Loyalty has its privileges!

I am learning so much with the growler store (Lincoln Fill Station), close by, with knowledgeable folks behind the counter,  and a constantly changing set of choices.    I love it, though what I have now, is my old stand-by, Loose Cannon...

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Ayup! Tiny and Brad have it going on there! And, Mahony is also doing a fine job I might add... I really enjoy getting in there when I can, and Saturday's (after the Farmer's Market visit) seems to be the ticket! The tapping of fresh from the breweries keg's. Like this past Saturday's visit from Jailhouse Brewing... Beer so fresh the beer doesn't even know it has been kegged!!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 05, 2014, 09:23:28 AM
Well, maybe not tonight....
http://www.theonion.com/articles/pfizer-releases-vintage-caskaged-robitussin,37092/ (http://www.theonion.com/articles/pfizer-releases-vintage-caskaged-robitussin,37092/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 02, 2014, 06:54:48 AM
Prairie Bomb from Krebs Brewing in Oklahoma is an Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chili Peppers Bomb! Do not enjoy this at normal beer cooler temps (mine stays at 34%), I would say a little higher temp like around 43-51 dg BWTFDIK. It scored a 100 on Beer Advocate!
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30356/94350/ (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30356/94350/)
Should be enjoyed in a tulip shaped glass, or a regular pint glass. I liked mine right ought of the bottle. At 13% on the label and I have heard that it has been mislabeled (It should read 14%), I would put this out as better than the Mexican Cake IMO.
As of yesterday, these bottles where on the shelf at the Lincoln Filling Station in Snellville, and there is a keg in the cooler (Mike) that should be going on very soon....
This should also be a great treat for breakfast (instead of the usual coffee/latte glass of milk etc) and would also pair well with a Green Chile Bagel with some Cream Cheese from Einstein Bros. Bagels!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 24, 2014, 07:23:08 AM
No takers eh!?

This morning will find us enjoying a nice tall glass or two of Bloody Mary's. Not just ANY kind of BM though!
Son Richard brought out 2 gallons of some fresh, home made Kimchee (made by his Sous Chef's Mom) and boy is it tasty.
Daughter Brianne will put some of said Kimchee in the blender and puree it up, then strain to get the pulp out. Then add some fresh tomato (or Clamato or V 8) juice), some Sriracha and Worchestershire to taste, maybe a squirt of lime juice and then add to the Kimchee juice. The kicker here is the is the Absolut "Limited Edition" Texas Vodka. It is made with cucumber and serrano chili!
Salt a glass rim, add a little ice, pour and top with a nice Kimchee slice.
Whatta deal....
Kompai or Salud or cheers or whatever.... but enjoy!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 28, 2014, 05:40:40 AM
Bloody Mary's with the Absolut Texas Vodka mixed with a great find: Bloody Mary mix from Ballast Point. For a two part pour, it has all the right stuff without going overboard with a large variety of extra ingredients. Might not be "fresh made" but, but it is well proportioned.
From the Shipyard Gladiator Series:  Hoplomachus Double IPA,
a bourbon barrel aged Double IPA  Interesting enough!
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/139/94525/ (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/139/94525/)
From Cigar City: Caffe Americano Double Stout. World Cass IMO. Read about it!
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17981/132340/ (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17981/132340/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on December 31, 2014, 06:11:15 PM
Bells Brewery: Mercury "The Winged Messenger" Belgian Style Ale. For you session drinkers that like Belgian style stuff, this will grab you at 4.8%. Good luck finding it! I picked mine up yesterday. At Smoke Rise Bottle Shop, there were still some singles left of this highly allocated Bells offering this afternoon. Just another in the series inspired by Gustav Holst's the musical composition "The Planets" Mars to Neptune!
If you like Belgians, hurry to your fav bottle shop and hopefully they will have one waiting for you!  Cheers!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 02, 2015, 06:33:01 PM
Clusters Last Stand.
A colab with Stone and Smuttynose.  An Ale that is right on the edge of not being fresh. Much like a Pliny... This ale is meant to be consumed fresh. Best by date is March of 15.
Ha, still fresh tasting to me!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on January 03, 2015, 03:28:07 PM
From Abita,their Wrought Iron IPA. At 6.9%, this IPA could be my new session beer!
https://abita.com/brews/our_brews/wrought-iron-ipa (https://abita.com/brews/our_brews/wrought-iron-ipa)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 16, 2015, 05:05:11 PM

Creature comfort Tropicália.

Chosen mostly for its low alcohol numbers than anything else but it is a reasonably good beverage.. 

Growler from Lincoln Fill Station.   

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 04, 2015, 07:22:35 AM
Founders annual offering: KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Highly Acclaimed you know!
http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/kbs/

And from Ballast Point, their Habanero Sculpin.
http://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/sculpin-with-habanero/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 04, 2015, 11:15:39 PM
Founders annual offering: KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Highly Acclaimed you know!
http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/kbs/

And from Ballast Point, their Habanero Sculpin.
http://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/sculpin-with-habanero/

Where did you get 'em?   I didn't buy one of the last two KBS bottles at Lincoln, but have only heard of the Sculpin Hab offered here.  I did have a draught of one while I was in San Diego, it was a lemon-grass, Habanero Sculpin.    and VERY spicy.

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on April 05, 2015, 07:07:22 AM
Smoke Rise Bottle Shop, my home away from home. Or, my first stop most days on the way home from work of course!

1559 Lilburn-Stone Mountain Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087 (770) 469-1622
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on November 29, 2015, 06:16:43 AM
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1146/10672/ (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1146/10672/)
So darn tasty!
And this off the chain Noggin Knocker from Burnt Hickory Brewery from out in Kennesaw, Noggin Knocker Rum Barrel-aged Eggnog Milk Stout.
https://twitter.com/BHB_brews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (https://twitter.com/BHB_brews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)
OMG..... This should be on your list of coulda, woulda, shoulda.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 19, 2016, 07:09:04 AM
IPA's (India Pale Ale's) naturally! But, I digress.....

http://vinepair.com/booze-news/if-you-are-a-fan-of-ipa-science-says-youre-more-likely-to-by-psychotic/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost (http://vinepair.com/booze-news/if-you-are-a-fan-of-ipa-science-says-youre-more-likely-to-by-psychotic/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 20, 2016, 05:36:42 AM
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA with 90 IBU's!
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/2093/ (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/2093/)
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 21, 2016, 08:09:33 AM
An industry insider and respected beer expert had an advanced tasting for Abbey of the Holy Goats. He says the female brewmaster is whomping up some of the best craft brew not just in the state--no siree Mad Bob--but the entire country. I hope he turns out to be right.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: TrickyD on March 24, 2016, 02:06:26 PM
An industry insider and respected beer expert had an advanced tasting for Abbey of the Holy Goats. He says the female brewmaster is whomping up some of the best craft brew not just in the state--no siree Mad Bob--but the entire country. I hope he turns out to be right.

Do you know where their location is going to be?  I can't figure it out from their FB page.  Answered my own question by checking out the page again.  Looks to be off Old Roswell Rd, off Mansell over close to North Point.  Kinda far away from complementary businesses (food, bars, etc) but I think it's working for Jekyll Brewing so maybe it will work for them?

In other news, there is a zoning request to change that building across from the Roswell Library to a microbrewery.  Gate City and another brewery within walking distance to downtown Roswell?
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 24, 2016, 03:38:59 PM
Correct Richard. Very soon there will be three breweries in God's Country.
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 25, 2016, 09:53:45 AM


Correct Richard. Very soon there will be three breweries in God's Country.

A slight bit off thread but we here in EastJesus are really fortunate to have the great growler house that is Lincoln Fill station and home brew.   I'm serious.  I hope I post all of their events here so that any and many of you that are true beer lovers get a chance to slide into their place and sample some of the absolute amazing beers this duo is bringing in from far and wide and to experience the kindof pub-like atmosphere that this place has become. 

If you truly want to expand your beer universe do two things, download the app "Untapped" to your device and visit (often) Lincoln Fill Station.   

I used to drink Miller Genuine Draft Light.    I have been shown the light all right.  I had switched to a variety of craft beers some time ago and was entrenched in an IPA sameness that took over what I knew about beer and then along came "Lincoln" with the wide variety ( 60+ beers on draft and rotated heavily ) and now several kinds of wine and a mead.  I have learned the words Shandy and Lambic, explored quads and bitters, have moved to sours for a month and then back to smoked beer and am learning to appreciate the explorations that brewers are making in barrel or wood aged beers.

I see a couple of our 285 folks there but have found a neat place, not too far from home that only serves a few pints per customer, per day (except on special "ticketed" events) ( Snellville City rules abide here), that has a "Cheers" like patronage with hugely knowledgeable beer servers (at least one of them is a studying Cicerone).  A good thing for any neighborhood in my opinion. 

Come out and see some of us at Lincoln Fill Station and Home brew.

http://lincolnfillstation.com/

http://www.craftbeer.com/beer-styles

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 26, 2016, 06:22:52 AM
And, don't forget, if you are a motorsports fan, the Indy 500 and F-1 series race from Monaco (Mike) on May 29th, there will be a special event at the Lincoln.... T'was a lot of fun last year!!!!!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 26, 2016, 02:39:08 PM
And, don't forget, if you are a motorsports fan, the Indy 500 and F-1 series race from Monaco (Mike) on May 29th, there will be a special event at the Lincoln.... T'was a lot of fun last year!!!!! 

I will most likely be there that day (and many others)...

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on October 28, 2017, 04:24:11 PM
Stone Xocoveza.....
I think that it is a little off from last years offering, butt, this bottle in front of me is still tasty. Aged it a couple of weeks in the cooler (a no-no) after the first two bottles, so that might have something to do with it. BWTFDIK!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 31, 2017, 01:52:42 PM
Stone Xocoveza.....
I think that it is a little off from last years offering, butt, this bottle in front of me is still tasty. Aged it a couple of weeks in the cooler (a no-no) after the first two bottles, so that might have something to do with it. BWTFDIK!

We were surprised to see it at a craft beer bar in Germany, it is being brewed in Germany, I guess that was the real surprise.. 

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on February 04, 2018, 08:43:59 AM
Don't know about tonight, but right now I have a tall Basil Hayden Bourbon mixing with Cutwater Spicy Bloody Mary Mix...
with a little ice just because!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Hayden%27s
http://cutwaterspirits.com/mixers/
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 04, 2018, 03:37:16 PM
Don't know about tonight, but right now I have a tall Basil Hayden Bourbon mixing with Cutwater Spicy Bloody Mary Mix...
with a little ice just because!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Hayden%27s
http://cutwaterspirits.com/mixers/

I am not drinking spirits today, but with Lincoln selling ALL of the bottled beer (nearly), I did invest heavily on some 25% off beer, two refrigerators full.  :-)

That does sound really good..  I have meant to go back to a bit of bourbon a week, but I fall down too easily..

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Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on March 26, 2018, 02:08:39 PM
Ah hell, don't do no fallin down. That shit is hard on us Elder than those Folks!
Title: Re: What 'r ya drinkin tonight?
Post by: MadBob on July 20, 2018, 01:31:52 PM
Gotta nice Lagunitas Maximus working it's way across my palate as we speak. A wonderful IPA, especially at 8.2% with 72.41 IBU's and 1.080 O.G., and the price was right!