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BrewDog redux

I think their beers are just fine. Certainly not crap nor revelationary. I will admit when I first heard of them I too thought they were loud mouth attention seeking punks trying to ride their own hype to fortune by making over the top beers and getting into trouble on purpose. And it actually took watching Brew Dogs to see that they are actually passionate about beer and beer making (Jim, they actually filmed an episode in Boston featuring Jim Koch where they brew a lobster beer (!) while on a boat sailing through Boston Harbor. In one scene the three of them strip off their clothes and take a "hot tub" dip in the vat of wort. Jim seems in his element. Seems to really get energy from the youthful antics which was nice to see). Its just they are a little insane but smart enough to realize the reaction this causes is easy to use to their advantage. So more power to em I guess...

Apr 09, 2014
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Search for Everyday-Drinking Pale Ales

ha ha... DIETY not DEITY! What? You mean theres no adjective for "diet like"?? Well I just created one then. And anyway the Deity of Lagunitas Day Time sounds like something straight out of Cthulhu. Although I say its high time we had a Cthulhu beer! Just not a Cthulhu diet beer.

Apr 08, 2014
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Help in Hempstead

Thanks for the recommendations. Wound up going to a brewpub in Franklin Square which was fine if nothing special (beers werent bad). Was curious about their "Hoegaarden Mussels" but played it conservative and got a burger. Works well for teens though. Next time Im in the area will check out Gino's. The pizza is really that good?

Oh and sorry about putting this in the wrong NY thread. I figured if I put it in the NY State thread a bunch of people from Albany and Buffalo would have no clue and that Queens isnt THAT far from western LI but a native recently told me thats not really how it works. Chalk it up to the perspective of a Washingtonian on the road in NY...

Apr 07, 2014
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Old Town Alexandria Happy Hour

I havent been in over a year but I remember Southside 815 having one of the best happy hours in the city. I can remember gorging myself on well made sliders, nachos and oyster po boys (!) and drinks for less than $20. They had some less meat options as well just didnt go in that direction. Not sure if the same happy hour is in place now but its worth a call considering what a bargain it was. You do have to eat them in the bar though which can get a little tight during post work hours.

Apr 07, 2014
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Search for Everyday-Drinking Pale Ales

I feel the same way about Lagunitas Day Time IPA. It seems so thin and a little "diety" even if it does have a hop bite. I would just assume drink a decent pilsner if I want hops without a heavy hit of alcohol.

Apr 07, 2014
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Help in Hempstead

Going to my first Islanders game today and looking for a solid place for lunch for an adult and a teenager. Nothing fancy. Nothing high end. All I see is strip malls and chain places when I look at maps. Anybody familiar with good eats in the Heampstead/East Meadow/Garden City/Franklin Square area?

Apr 05, 2014
Insidious Rex in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

yes but think how much money you saved...

Mar 28, 2014
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Your Favorite Beer Snack?

some good cheeses and some good cured meat or sausage. sometimes diced jalapenos and onion. all towering on some decent crackers.

Mar 26, 2014
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Labels and beer

agreed on Victory. The brewer is german trained and they are one of the best (for any style!) in the country as far as Im concerned. but specifically their lager releases are wonderful (especially if you get up to the brew pub with any regularity and are lucky enough to be around for some of their local only beers. The St. Boisterous (their Maibock) is good and the St. Victorious (Dopplebock) is really nice. Plus they like to release different pilsners from year to year which are almost always worth trying). Other breweries in eastern PA reflect the area as a settlement for German immigrants in the 17 and 1800s. Troegs and Stouts both have some solid lagers available. And frankly there are plenty of breweries that make good quality lagers. They just dont tend to get much publicity about it since this is very much an IPA/extreme culture or at least that seems to be the engine behind the craft brewing trends for now.

When Im in Denver I always try to get to a brewery called Copper Kettle which specializes in good quality lagers. Yet most people outside of the area havent heard of them. Moonlight Brewery in the San Fran area is well known among beerheads for their very good quality lagers. But they only release in kegs and dont really care about distribution or publicity it seems. So theres top notch stuff out there. Just have to know where to look.

Mar 25, 2014
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What country makes the best beers?

definitely a foreign country...

Mar 21, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Ill just note that despite your insistence that american craft brewing influence in europe is an illusion, and that examples provided by americans are meaningless, take the word of your own countrymen/continentmen: In the most recent "European Beer Star Awards," (http://www.european-beer-star.com/ebs.... craft brewers were awarded more than 35 medals, with Firestone Walker taking home the "Consumer's Favourite" award for the second year in a row. If winning a prestigious european beer brewing award doesnt say influence well I dont know what does.

Furthermore, many european breweries are eyeing american breweries for purchase (Like Duvel has with Boulevard) not to take advantage of the american market which is already established but to be on the forefront of the LOCAL EUROPEAN market and other international markets. The owners of Duvel was quoted in the NY Times as saying "...[H]ere in Europe...consumers are getting more and more interested in American craft beers....with this partnership, we will be able to develop the taste for those beers more substantially here [in Europe] and in other countries."

And according to an IBISWorld financial analysis, craft beer imports are expected to grow 35.2% per year for the next five years. Id say thats significant growth not just weirdos and tourists. European brewers would be fools not to explore their business options when it comes to american style or influenced craft beer as a selling point.

And does anyone know is Stone is still planning to build a brewery in Germany? If so, talk about quintessential american craft beer in the heart of Bavaria...

Theres lots more evidence then this and most of it is straight from the mouth of europeans in the industry and not americans. does that still mean nothing to you?

Mar 19, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

full bodied?

Mar 19, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

most american tv is garbage. and Im an american. and at the same rate theres plenty of great american beer that is without doubt influencing plenty of non-american brewers. we wouldnt want the beer equivalent of Bay Watch influencing how European beer makers make their beer. believe me... and thankgoodness that hasnt seemed to happen (even if the Germans do seem to have an inexplicable fascination with the actual program). But the European version of Cheers? MASH? All in the Family? (Im dating myself...) would be just great. So carry on. And tell your British friends to send more good BBC programming over here. Americans are eating that up more and more than ever. And yes that is a metaphor too...

Mar 18, 2014
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OJ & Guinness?

well if you can do Guinness and cider why not Guinness and OJ?

Mar 12, 2014
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What is it about beer and . . .

I think it says more about Kiwis and Ausies then anything else. Although if I had been bitten by a poisonous snake and was worried I only had so much time I might run down to the basement and start chugging those old Dark Lords myself. No sense saving them for the funeral...

Mar 11, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Intriguing. Although it sounds like more of a novelty then a revelation (which seems to be a theme with Brewdog). Was it served right out of the cask or did they bottle it? And Im most amused that Brewdog's owner has his own mackerel trawler.

Mar 11, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Interesting. I know that after WW I, England imposed a tax based on gravity of the beer and alcohol content nose dived leading to the modern english IPA we are more familiar with which usually doesnt exceed 5 or 6%.

Mar 10, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

oooh....

Mar 10, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Recently read a very good article about the myths and truths about the origination of the IPA. It seems India Pale Ale evolved from a brew called "October beer" which was a strong hoppy stock bitter brewed with pale malt and cellared for at least two years. And really this was the beer preferred by the military brass and the civil servants. The troops preferred porter. Sooner or later someone figured out that the temperature fluctuations and the agitation from a sea journey prematurely aged the beer so it became a no brainer to ship young October Beer rather then sitting on it for 2 years before shipping (theres your proto-IPA aging advice Josh!). It was about maximizing profits not trying to preserve the beer for the long journey. The two year old stuff arrived just fine and hops had already been in this brew all along. This went on for the better part of a century then in the 1820's a brewer directly on the Trent river found that the calcium sulfate rich water there was ideal for brewing this "East India Ale" because it extracted less color and more fermentables from the malt (and ironically actually smoothed the hop character). Well that meant they could brew the same beer with less malt. Cost savings again. And this quickly became the beer in most demand among the India colonials. From there other breweries followed suit and imitated this lighter color ale. The term "IPA" didnt come into the lexicon for another 20 years from there. So according to these researches the IPA evolved not so much because it was the only beer that could survive the trip but because for several reasons it was the most cost effective beer to sell them. And obviously today's american IPAs are a completely different animal. Related: Didnt Brewdog or someone do an experiment where they put some barrels of English style IPA on a boat for 8 or 9 months to see what kind of beer they would get? I wonder how it tasted...

Mar 10, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Yes which is something Ive done way to often in my life... I can tell you that sitting on a Three Floyds Dreadnaught is one of the worst things Ive ever done back in my beer hoarding days... Such a great beer fresh and it turned into this unbearably unevenly malty semi-oxidized tragedy just because I didnt undersatand the chemistry of hop oils back then and thought it would be cool to hide it away for 9 months then pull it out and impress everyone when friends gathered for a tasting... well it didnk work out... Did the same thing to several Pliny's too. Never again!

Mar 07, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Aging barley wines like Old Guardian is understandable. But Ive just never understood the concept of buying a hoppy beer (an IPA or an imperial IPA) with the notion of aging it so that the hops "mellow out". I mean isnt the whole purpose of an India Pale Ale to feature hops front and center? Why buy one thinking this is too hoppy. Maybe it will improve if I dont drink it for a few years... Its like getting a new Mustang and gutting the V8 because it is aggressively powerful and needs a little mellowing. I realize I may be in the minority on this but its flabbergasting to me. Buy a barley wine if you want a barley wine and, as you note, age THAT because at least you have somewhere to go with that beer under proper aging conditions. Aging a highly hopped DIPA just leads to and uneven malt bomb that just tastes incomplete and wasted to me. And Im of the opinion that we age too much to begin with. Only so many beers really can benefit from aging. So many have aspects to them that dont age well or age at separate rates and lead to something less complete than the original. Plus bottle conditioning isnt possible in most bottles of course.

Mar 06, 2014
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Schlafly

Second biggest brewery in St. Louis for whatever thats worth.

Mar 04, 2014
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District of Pi - Report

District of Pi makes very enjoyable pizzas but in my opinion they are not in the same galaxy as good Chicago based deep dish/stuffed pizzas. But then I prefer mine dense and heavy and monstrously cheesy. Which isnt for everyone. I do enjoy the solid beer selection at D of pi though.

Feb 18, 2014
Insidious Rex in Washington DC & Baltimore

District of Pi - Report

Used to work at Armands when I was in college and the pizzas were yummy. Not true Chicago Style but very good eats for what they were. The quality has gone way way down hill in the many (20+...) years since then. Not even worth walking in the place if you ask me.

Sienna's in Rockville does a true "stuffed" pizza about as close to Chicago Style as youll see here. Its mediocre at best though. And the last time I was there was years ago so I cant even vouch for that now.

Feb 18, 2014
Insidious Rex in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best chili in NOVA/DC?

Never new Dangerously Delicious Pie made a chili steak pie. Anyone ever had it?

Feb 07, 2014
Insidious Rex in Washington DC & Baltimore

In Search of Sweet Beers

Aleworks Brewing's Café Royale is the best "sweet" beer Ive ever had. Just a perfect malty bourbony chocolaty coffee beer milkshake done just right. Not too sweet. Doesnt smack you in the face with its coffee taste. And not too bourbony which many of these concoctions invariably slide toward because they think the more the better for some reason.

Feb 05, 2014
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Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

Yeah Im thinking that was an urban thing. Not sure. Ive heard the same thing in LA among kids. But if you were drinking OE in New York (Queens? Brooklyn?) you must have been having a few brass monkeys in there. Or were the Beasties played out by the time you hit high school?

Feb 04, 2014
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Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

Interesting that a number of people mentioned different light beers as being the ones kids of their generation chose in high school/college because of the price point. Was it really cheaper then the regular stuff? For us (mid 80s to early 90s) we bought what ever was cheapest but we excluded anything light as did most of my peers. We saw them as diet beers and shunned them for their regular versions (bud for bud lite, miller high life or mgd for miller lite, coors for coors lite, etc.) which seemed to all have the same price anyway. Although we mostly drank what was considered a notch below like Natty Bo, Old Milwaukee, Milwaukees Best, Genessee, Schaefer, Silver Anniversary with the occasional splurge for a pitcher of Killians or even Sam Adams if we had enough money. And if we wanted to be really cool we'd drink Guinness. That was considered the ultimate beer of my youth. More for the drunken Irish connotations and the cache for handling something "heavy, dark and bitter" then for anything else. It was with amusement that I came to realize in many ways Guinness is anything but all that and is more in league with light beers then non light beers. :D

Feb 04, 2014
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1 Day in LA...

indeed... might just have to go back a second time.

Jan 31, 2014
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1 Day in LA...

Tried to fit that in the first time but wasnt able to. Will prioritize that this time.

Jan 31, 2014
Insidious Rex in Los Angeles Area