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Posted: 1/29/2010 11:27 PM

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I had a taste of New Belgium's Blue Paddle the other day. Based on one sip, it was great. I'm looking forward to getting a sixer (8.99 in Memphis) and sampling further.

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Posted: 3/30/2010 2:00 PM

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I had a good laugh when I read this again. My wife went into the hospital a few days before this, due to early contractions. I thought, at the time that we would be home soon. Little did I know that she would be in the hospital, on bed rest for a month, only to give birth to our twins at 32 weeks. Then we would go to the hospital every day for three weeks after that to visit our babies in the NICU. Everyone is home and doing great now, but I still haven't had that second sip of Blue Paddle. Maybe one day soon.

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Posted: 3/30/2010 4:19 PM

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That you're all at home and doing great seems a great reason for that next sip!
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Posted: 3/31/2010 6:52 AM

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It is a perfect reason. If only I could find the time for it. Oh well, maybe when Mz. Mtown stops breastfeeding we can enjoy one together.

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Posted: 3/31/2010 11:40 AM

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I am glad all is well, mtown.

I can only imagine what that must have been like.  My daughter was in the hospital when she was a few months old with RSV and pneumonia, but she was only there a week or so.

With that said, we recently got a new New Belgium product available in NE Indiana...Ranger IPA.  It is solid but not outstanding.  I have not seen Blue Paddle anywhere here.

Not sure where I left off my 'tasting' reviews but I had some Founder's Centennial IPA recently and that was really good.

Victory Hop Wollop remains my current favorite - and it has been my favorite for longer than I have ever had one favorite!

I'll be in Jamaica next week and there I can get one of my other favorites...Dragon Stout...which I cannot get at home!

EDIT:  Oh, and our local brewery brewed a Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout for Valentine's Day...and that rocked!




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Posted: 3/31/2010 12:05 PM

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When I was in Jamaica for our honeymoon we drank a lot of Real Rock. It's nothing real special but I favored it over Red Stripe, which were the two beers that they had for the all inclusive deal on the resort. Easton, IIRC you live in Indiana. Do you have to get these beers in the liquor store, or can you get them at the grocery/convenience store? In Memphis, we can only buy beer, and wine cooler type deals in grocery stores. For wine and liquor, you have to go to the liquor store. I think that there are some beers that we can only buy in the liquor store, but I'm not sure what the alcohol content has to be.

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Posted: 3/31/2010 1:04 PM

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MtownCardfan wrote: When I was in Jamaica for our honeymoon we drank a lot of Real Rock. It's nothing real special but I favored it over Red Stripe, which were the two beers that they had for the all inclusive deal on the resort.

Wow.  I am not a fan of Real Rock.!  pirate  In Jamaica I drink Dragon Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra, Heineken, Kingston Pilsener, Red Stripe, Red Stripe Light (very rarely), etc. and Red Stripe BOLD is brand new and I intend to try that.  It is great, too, because all of the above is actually brewed in Jamaica.

Easton, IIRC you live in Indiana. Do you have to get these beers in the liquor store, or can you get them at the grocery/convenience store? In Memphis, we can only buy beer, and wine cooler type deals in grocery stores.

We can get beer/wine/liquor at liquor stores or most groceries (now) but nothing can be sold at gas stations.  For the more exotic stuff, I need to go to the liquor stores (which now have literally two aisles of micro-stuff) but the grocery store closest to my house has a pretty impressive selection of rare-ish stuff.




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Posted: 4/1/2010 10:17 AM

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easton714 wrote:
MtownCardfan wrote: When I was in Jamaica for our honeymoon we drank a lot of Real Rock. It's nothing real special but I favored it over Red Stripe, which were the two beers that they had for the all inclusive deal on the resort.

Wow.  I am not a fan of Real Rock.!  pirate In Jamaica I drink Dragon Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra, Heineken, Kingston Pilsener, Red Stripe, Red Stripe Light (very rarely), etc. and Red Stripe BOLD is brand new and I intend to try that.  It is great, too, because all of the above is actually brewed in Jamaica.

Easton, IIRC you live in Indiana. Do you have to get these beers in the liquor store, or can you get them at the grocery/convenience store? In Memphis, we can only buy beer, and wine cooler type deals in grocery stores.

We can get beer/wine/liquor at liquor stores or most groceries (now) but nothing can be sold at gas stations.  For the more exotic stuff, I need to go to the liquor stores (which now have literally two aisles of micro-stuff) but the grocery store closest to my house has a pretty impressive selection of rare-ish stuff.

LOL.  The mizzes and I went back in '05 and my tastes have changed pretty dramatically since then.  If I tried Real Rock today I may not like it nearly as much.  I put down the Bud Light a few years ago and haven't looked back.  I would like to taste it again to see, but as far as I know you can't buy it in the states.

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Posted: 4/1/2010 10:54 AM

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MtownCardfan wrote:


LOL.  The mizzes and I went back in '05 and my tastes have changed pretty dramatically since then.  If I tried Real Rock today I may not like it nearly as much.  I put down the Bud Light a few years ago and haven't looked back.  I would like to taste it again to see, but as far as I know you can't buy it in the states.
Nope...but you can now get Red Stripe Light in addition to regular Red Stripe!  You have to search for it, though, as it is a new import.




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Posted: 4/1/2010 4:23 PM

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I'm going tonight to one of our local microbreweries for the tapping of the "Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale." I'm not sure how I'll like chocolate and beer together, but I like trying new things. I'll let you know.
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Posted: 4/2/2010 10:11 AM

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sport61201 wrote: I'm going tonight to one of our local microbreweries for the tapping of the "Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale." I'm not sure how I'll like chocolate and beer together, but I like trying new things. I'll let you know.

I have had chocolate in several stouts and they were all good.  Young's Double Chocolate Stout is dessert-y, but really good.

The chocolate cherry stout my local brewery made for Velentine's day was also really good.  It was less sweet than Young's, which I liked.

I have also had many a porter and stout  brewed with coffee.




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Posted: 4/2/2010 11:32 AM

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The Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale was a very pleasant surprise! It was a light-colored beer with a distinct dark chocolate taste that finished with the essence of toasted marshmallows. It was slightly sweet, but not a dessert.

This brewery (Great River Brewery) makes several GOOD brews including an Espresso Stout. They are also doing a "barrel-aged" series of very distict brews. They put their beer into used whiskey barrels and let it age for several months, drawing the flavor of the whiskey and the oak out of the barrel. With these, it's usually best to let the beer warm up to near room temperature to get the best flavor.

Their best beer is called "Farmer Brown Organic Ale." It's a nice medium bodied brown beer that always tastes fresh. That could be because I drink it AT the brewery!

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Posted: 4/2/2010 11:52 AM

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Ya'll really know how to make a fella thirsty on a beautiful spring day like this. I'm going to have to sop on the way home tonight. I think I'll get the Blue Paddle since I've been waiting for my second sampling for so long. It's a lighter spring time type of beer anyway.

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Posted: 4/26/2010 7:47 AM

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I had some Mad Anthony HopX this weekend.  It was pretty solid.  For being my local brewery, it was really good.  Drinking fresh draft beer from growlers is almost always better than bottled.

A few weeks back we got New Belgium Ranger IPA.  It was good as well.  It is funny how all NB brews have a hint of common aftertaste/essence/etc.  Because of that, I could pick out a NB brew with my eyes closed, I imagine.

I think that is all that I have had recently that was new, but I like keeping this thread updated.

My favorite at the moment remains Victory Hop Wallop...but it definitely isn't a fridge-stocker.  At $14-15 a sixer, it is an every-once-in-a-while kind of brew.




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Posted: 4/26/2010 1:21 PM

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I've had little or no time for beer drinking or beer shopping but I picked up a six pack of NB Mighty Arrow, while I was out getting a can of formula Saturday. I couldn't remember if I had had it before but it was really good. Nothing super special, but a real nice spring time, drink in the sunshine kind of beer.

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Posted: 5/11/2010 9:45 PM

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I am enjoying my Mad Anthony IPA a bit more than the Cards game at the moment...




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Posted: 6/4/2010 8:53 PM

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Tonight I have some New Belgium 1554 and Mothership Wit.  Excellent.

Anyone else have anything recent worth commenting on?




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Posted: 6/8/2010 6:21 PM

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Been a while since I've posted here, but I'm on a new kick now that I didn't know existed until recently.  I LOVE trappist beers.  Rochefort 6, 8, and 10 may be my favorite beers.  I've tried every trappist that is available in the United States (Rochefort, Chimay, Orval, Westmalle, Achel, and Koningshoeven), but I can't find the 7th anywhere (Westvleteren - I've been told it's not available in the US but I'm not sure).

For those who don't know, the beers are brewed in trappist monasteries.  There are only 7 in the world that brew beer (6 in Belgium and one in the Netherlands), but there are many more trappist monasteries in the world (upwards of 200 or so).  No other brewery can brew a beer and call it a "trappist" if it isn't a trappist monastery and a member of the International Trappist Association.  Most of the beers they brew are ales, and they are called enkel, dubbel, and tripel (single, double, triple).  In basic terms, this just describes the strength of the beer (in alcohol content).  None of the breweries use the term "enkel" anymore, but it was the original term (now it's "Blond" or "5" or "6", depending on the brewery).

So, for example, Rochefort brews a 6, 8, and 10 - single, double, triple.  Most of them also brew what is called a "patersbier," but they apparently are only available locally (it would be the lightest of all the beers they brew).

If anyone has a hankering for good beer, I would highly recommend trying one of these (Rochefort would be the first I'd recommend, but I'm partial).  Be sure to be shocked at the price.  It's typically $4.50-$6.50 for a 12 ounce bottle (yes, just ONE bottle).  But I think it's worth it.

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Posted: 6/8/2010 6:45 PM

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I'll echo kotheb here.  I've only tried Chimay and Orval, but they are unique and pretty terrif.  Upon a time, a celebratory event was marked by a larger bottle of Chimay, and it was well worth it.
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Posted: 6/8/2010 8:22 PM

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kotheb, you'll have to try the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA.  I think it was $12.95...for a 12 ounce bottle!

My closest store just started carrying a line of certified organic beers with whimsical labels that look like Grateful Dead albums and their double IPA is like $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

Prices for GOOD beer are getting outrageous.

You have me wanting to snag a trappist, though.  It has been a while.  I normally prefer hoppy ales.




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