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Posted: 1/16/2009 1:30 PM

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EDIT:  Easton, you've also gotten me into Bells Oberon.  I love that beer!  That is quickly climbing up my list.  Bells Amber is very good also.  I haven't gotten a chance yet to try their other beers, but I am stoked to try the rest (especially their Pale Ale - if you can't tell, I'm on a pale ale, IPA kick).

Oberon rocks.  Most Bell's stuff does, really, but there is nothing like a cold Oberon in a glass while sitting by the lake in the Summer.  Corona with lime?  Pfft...NEVER~!

When I get on my hop kicks it can get interesting.

Case in point...

I found a distributor a year or two ago looking to unload some surplus Sierra Nevada cases that were brought into the region for a festival that ended up being canceled due to weather and, since I was on a MAJOR pale/IPA kick at the time, I called the regional manager directly and negotiated a killer rate ($7.99 per 12 pack, yes 12) and bought 30 (yes, 30) cases (pallets of two 12 packs) of their Pale, Anniversary Pale, and Winter Celebration ales.

It only lasted a few months.




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Posted: 1/16/2009 1:35 PM

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If I had to pick three:

-Smithwick's

-Bell's Two Hearted

-Shiner Bock

Phil-

I haven't seen Schlafly's in IN (I live in Columbus), but you can get Upland (Bloomington, IN) and Bell's (MI) pretty readily.

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Posted: 1/16/2009 1:45 PM

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stlfan72 wrote:

If I had to pick three:

-Smithwick's

-Bell's Two Hearted

-Shiner Bock

Phil-

I haven't seen Schlafly's in IN (I live in Columbus), but you can get Upland (Bloomington, IN) and Bell's (MI) pretty readily.


Oooh...I enjoy Upland Dragonfly IPA as well!




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Posted: 1/16/2009 1:55 PM

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easton714 wrote: OK, a fun game for a Friday...


If you had to choose just three beers that you would be able to drink for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Mine?

1.  Guinness draught (no question),
2.  Mad Anthony's American Red (a local brewery's cross between a red ale and an IPA), and
3.  Pilsner Urquell (you have to have one non-ale, I suppose).


Who's next?


1. O'Fallon 5-Day IPA
2. Founder's Red Rye (Red Ale with a nice dose of hops)
3. Sticking with a lager (although I would rather have another ale) Czechzar
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Posted: 1/16/2009 1:59 PM

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jtj82 wrote:
easton714 wrote: OK, a fun game for a Friday...


If you had to choose just three beers that you would be able to drink for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Mine?

1.  Guinness draught (no question),
2.  Mad Anthony's American Red (a local brewery's cross between a red ale and an IPA), and
3.  Pilsner Urquell (you have to have one non-ale, I suppose).


Who's next?


1. O'Fallon 5-Day IPA
2. Founder's Red Rye (Red Ale with a nice dose of hops)
3. Sticking with a lager (although I would rather have another ale) Czechzar
I drink ales probably 95% of the time, but I just figured I would need one lager just to keep me from getting sick of drinking ales all the time.

I'll have to check out Czechvar.  I don't think I have had it before.

But we were sure thinking about the same country!!




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Posted: 1/16/2009 2:49 PM

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jtj82 wrote:

1. O'Fallon 5-Day IPA

Glad to see someone else is on board with this

I tried it for the first time at the Augusta Bottoms Brew Fest last year and was blown away by it.  I had tried only about half the beers by the time I got to it, and didn't try any more beer because I had found my favorite.
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Posted: 1/16/2009 2:55 PM

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Man, I really need to go to the store...

 




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Posted: 1/16/2009 3:00 PM

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easton714 wrote:
I drink ales probably 95% of the time, but I just figured I would need one lager just to keep me from getting sick of drinking ales all the time.

I'll have to check out Czechvar.  I don't think I have had it before.

But we were sure thinking about the same country!!
I am sure you have heard of it...it was the original Budwesier.  I believe they were in a legal battle years ago because they could not sell in the U.S. under that name.

Here are some I tried within the past couple months.

Founder's Red Rye - tried it at the Rotten Apple in Grafton...SOLD I am hooked!
Avery Brewing "Ale To The Chief" - American Double/Imperial IPA
Lagunitas Lucky 13 - American Amber/Red Ale
Lagunitas IPA - I love IPA's and this one was pretty good.
Spaten Pils - Ok, probably would not buy it again.  I do want to try Spaten Optimator though.
Smithwick's Irish Ale - Not bad...like Bass better though
New Belgium "Giddy Up!" - American Amber/Red Ale

Bought a 20 pack of the Michelob Craft Collection (why?...it was on sale).  I tried the Pale Ale, Porter, Red Ale, Marzen and Dunkel Weisse.  I would say the Dunkel is the best of that bunch.  I disliked the Porter the most...I am used to Porter's with major flavor...this one had barely any.

I have Founder's Breakfast Stout at home I still need to try.  I have read rave reviews...anyone tried it?
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Posted: 1/16/2009 3:10 PM

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kotheb wrote:
jtj82 wrote:

1. O'Fallon 5-Day IPA

Glad to see someone else is on board with this

I tried it for the first time at the Augusta Bottoms Brew Fest last year and was blown away by it.  I had tried only about half the beers by the time I got to it, and didn't try any more beer because I had found my favorite.
It is a great simple IPA.  Whatever variety of hops they use...it is right on in my book.

Another great local IPA is Charleville Hoptimistic IPA.  Did you see them at the Augusta Bottoms?  I did not go but they may have been there.  They are a winery and microbrew localed in St. Genevieve, MO.  I believe you can grab the Hoptimistic IPA at Whole Foods.  It is only sold in 22 oz bottles.
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Posted: 1/17/2009 7:48 AM

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Here is what I bought last night:


Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Rogue American Amber Ale
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
Rogue Mocha Porter
Belhaven Wee Heavy Scottish Ale
Okocim Piwo Jasne Pelne (Poland)
Ommegang Rare VOS Belgian Amber Ale
Kingfish Lager (India)
Golden Pheasant (Slovak Rep.)


I only tried a couple last night, but I had tried many of these before (and I often have Rogue).

The Rogues are excellent (but I already knew that!).

Wee Heavy is excellent (but I already knew that!).

Okocim from Poland was a little unusual, but good nonetheless.

I'll report on the others later.  I have had some Ommegang stuff before, but never the VOS.

 




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Posted: 1/17/2009 3:32 PM

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jtj82 wrote:

Lagunitas IPA - I love IPA's and this one was pretty good.



Haha it's funny that you put this.  I had just said to stay away from this ;)

To each his own.  FWIW, I didn't think the beer was bad (it actually tasted pretty good).  But, as I said before, I'm on an IPA kick and this was too sweet to be a true IPA (IMO at least).  Good beer, but I think if you're looking for a true to the grain IPA, this may not be the best choice.

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Posted: 1/18/2009 1:49 PM

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Picked up a 6 pack of Michelob Dunkel Weisse. Drank 2 of them on my birthday, very good. I checked three stores looking for Schlafly's pale ale. Nothing. Nobody had ever heard of the brand :( When my grandparents come and visit next month, I'm going to have to have them bring me a couple 6 packs.

The other beer I went with was Amstel Light....one of the better light beers. I couldn't find anything else......not a whole lot of these beers that you guys talk about. I was pretty dissapointed. Its all big brewer stuff in these small local liquor stores.

I'd still like some other things thrown out there to try.

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Posted: 1/19/2009 7:52 AM

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easton714 wrote:

Here is what I bought last night:


Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Rogue American Amber Ale
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
Rogue Mocha Porter
Belhaven Wee Heavy Scottish Ale
Okocim Piwo Jasne Pelne (Poland)
Ommegang Rare VOS Belgian Amber Ale
Kingfish Lager (India)
Golden Pheasant (Slovak Rep.)


I only tried a couple last night, but I had tried many of these before (and I often have Rogue).

The Rogues are excellent (but I already knew that!).  .

Wee Heavy is excellent (but I already knew that!).

Okocim from Poland was a little unusual, but good nonetheless.

I'll report on the others later.  I have had some Ommegang stuff before, but never the VOS.

 

Update now that I have tried all of them...

All of the Rogues were/are excellent.  I'd rank them Shakespeare Stout, Hazelnut Brown, Mocha Porter, then American Amber...but that is probably how I would have ranked them from memory as well.  I have never had anything made by them that was anything less than 'very good', if not excellent.

The Ommegang was excellent.

The Kingfisher was pretty darn good.  I didn't know what to expect from a lager from India.  It just goes to show, though...hot weather climates do tend to make pretty decent/refreshing lagers.

The Golden Pheasant was terrible.  Yuck.  Watered down, bland, a little funky....kinda like "American style lager" in a way. 


I also bought some Goose Island stuff from Chicago while at the grocery on Saturday (it was on sale).  I really don't like it when breweries do not identify the style on the bottle (which is what Goose Island did with "Mild Winter").  "Mild Winter" was a curiously dark mysterious brew.  Ok, presumably higher alcohol content (most 'Winter' varietals are), but you couldn't really taste it.  It was ok.  "Nut Brown", which I had had before, was also 'just ok'.




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Posted: 1/19/2009 6:53 PM

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Just picked up a 6 pack of Sam Adams "Cherry Wheat". The last time I had a sam adams product, I did not like it and it did not sit well with my stomach at all. Does anybody have any experience with it? I just thought it sounded kinda nice, and figured since Sam Adams gets praise on this site here, that I'd give another variety a shot. I'll let you all know what I think once I get it refrigerated.

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Posted: 1/19/2009 7:08 PM

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philskill wrote: Just picked up a 6 pack of Sam Adams "Cherry Wheat". The last time I had a sam adams product, I did not like it and it did not sit well with my stomach at all. Does anybody have any experience with it? I just thought it sounded kinda nice, and figured since Sam Adams gets praise on this site here, that I'd give another variety a shot. I'll let you all know what I think once I get it refrigerated.

Most Sam Adams products are pretty good (for the price), but they are not as good as microbrews.  The only reason I would "praise" Sam Adams is because you can occasionally get it for $5-6 per six pack (one local store sells it one week every two months or so for $4.99) and, for that price, it is a good value.

Cherry Wheat is good but, if you didn't like whatever else of theirs you tried, I will be a bit surprised if you like it.  It is a pretty standard wheat ale with a bright cherry flavor that is a little bit over the top.




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Posted: 1/19/2009 10:21 PM

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Sam Adams isn't bad.  I'll drink it occasionally.  But if you're stomach couldn't handle it, you'll want to venture away from a lot of the beers we've mentioned here I would imagine.

All I can say for someone who is looking to get into beer is: microbrew, microbrew, microbrew.  They are always the best.  Look around locally, as many towns now have restaurants that brew their own beer.  Often it won't be fantastic, but sometime you'll find a place that makes one particular beer that is fantastic, while the rest are just average.  If you're lucky, you'll find a place that makes more than one fantastic beer.  And, if you're really lucky, you'll live in a town with legit micro-breweries (like Fort Collins) and then I would be willing to bet most all of their beer is very good.

One of the most fun things to do when you get into beer is try microbreweries around the country.  Every time I travel somewhere I search for what they have just to say I've had it.  If it's good enough, I drive to the liquor store here in St. Louis that I frequent and ask them if they have it.  If not, I tell them to order it.  Cool thing is that they will (but the owner has to "scrutinize it" beforehand - which is also pretty cool - plus, bringing it to the store has to be cost effective, of course).  But you feel pretty sweet when you can tell a snobby beer store of another good beer they should invest in, especially when they actually follow your word.

Sorry, went off on a tangent.  Anywho, this past weekend I didn't get much of a chance for beer.  So I'll open it up again next weekend hopefully.

Any suggestions for someone on an IPA kick (and I like stronger IPAs, just as a starting point for the suggestions)?
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Posted: 1/20/2009 2:00 AM

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easton714 wrote:
philskill wrote: Just picked up a 6 pack of Sam Adams "Cherry Wheat". The last time I had a sam adams product, I did not like it and it did not sit well with my stomach at all. Does anybody have any experience with it? I just thought it sounded kinda nice, and figured since Sam Adams gets praise on this site here, that I'd give another variety a shot. I'll let you all know what I think once I get it refrigerated.

Most Sam Adams products are pretty good (for the price), but they are not as good as microbrews.  The only reason I would "praise" Sam Adams is because you can occasionally get it for $5-6 per six pack (one local store sells it one week every two months or so for $4.99) and, for that price, it is a good value.

Cherry Wheat is good but, if you didn't like whatever else of theirs you tried, I will be a bit surprised if you like it.  It is a pretty standard wheat ale with a bright cherry flavor that is a little bit over the top.
I'm not sure what it was about the one sam adams I had bought. I can't remember right off if it was the pale ale or what it was. It was one of their most standard ones I know.

Anyhow, I'm drinking this cherry wheat right now, and there is nothing "thick" about it. The cherry taste is a bit strong, and its slightly watered down tasting even. The flavor is pretty good overall though (minus the extra hint of cherry). Again, nothing like the other sam adams I had tasted. It could very well have been that the beer i purchased was very old and outdated. ANyhow, this cherry wheat ain't bad at all. Its one of the better beers i have tasted (considering I'm not a seasoned beer drinker, I'm sure there are better ones out there). I'd give it a solid B grade.

You know, living here in north central Indiana, its difficult to find a place that sells anything remotely hard to find. Again, any help with some micro brew brands that I might find here in Indiana would be good.

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Posted: 1/20/2009 7:02 AM

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Here's a deal, Phil...

If it works out that we are able to meet up at the TinCaps-River Bandits series in July, I'll make sure to find you some good beer to take home and try.  I have heard that my favorite local brewery is in negotiations to open up a small place inside the stadium...which would be a fantastic idea.

Fort Wayne is a suprisingly large and diverse city to people who have never been here.  Including "suburbs" outside of the city limits (where I live), the population is over 300,000 and have, to date, been largely insulated from the larger recession (knock on wood).  Even our GM full-size truck plant remains fully operational and GM has proclaimed that it is one of their few plants they are not considering for closure.

We are also currently redeveloping downtown (FINALLY!) and the new stadium, opening in April, will anchor the project.




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Posted: 1/20/2009 11:31 AM

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kotheb wrote:

Any suggestions for someone on an IPA kick (and I like stronger IPAs, just as a starting point for the suggestions)?
If you are in StL you can grab the Charleville Hoptimistic IPA at Whole Foods.  It was pretty popular at the Microfest in St. Louis.

IPA's are my favorite style.  I would suggest (if you haven't tried already)Breckenridge 471 double IPA (9.2 ABV), Victory HopDevil Ale (6.7 ABV) and Stone Ruination IPA (100+ IBU's and 7.7 ABV).  I have not had the Stone Ruination...you may have to order online.  It is supposed to be the holy grail of IPA's.  Also, Founders makes some great stuff.  The Centennial IPA is good (7.2 ABV) and the Founder's Devil Dancer will surely kick your butt...major flavor with over 10 hop varieties and 13.0 ABV.  Go slow...1 will mess you up!  If you want a more European version of the IPA, Samuel Smith India Pale Ale is very good.  Let me know if you get some of that Stone Ruination...I would like to know where you found it.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 11:57 AM

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Oooh...I can get Stone stuff at my 'place'.  They had six or eight different kinds the last time I was there.  I'll try to pick up some Ruination tonight!




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