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A good donut? DC/MD

I miss the plump glaze-drowned super yeasty donuts ala Montgomery Doughnuts of my youth. I remember biking to the one in Bethesda, getting one hunny bun and going into a sugar coma for 3 hours. Where can I find anything similar? The thick doughy super yeasty donuts you really only need one or two of. Tired of expensive frufru donuts with candied avacado and rams horn shavings or the melt in your hand airyness of the much loved Krispy Kream. Looking for an old fashioned glazed monster...

Periphery: Where Taste Counts But No Craft

NetCost is a well known Russian and eastern European grocery chain and deli. Thats what they sell... Stuff from that region... Especially the Brighton Beach location you cited specifically which is in a region dominated by Russians (and filled with other Russian stores). Why is it a shock to you that a place that focuses on eastern European food stock would have eastern European beers exactly? How does that say anything about american craft beer exactly? Its like going to an Italian specialty store, finding largely Italian products and concluding that products from any other nationality must therefore be garbage.

Nov 18, 2014
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beer stores how to find good beer...

Yes I liken it more to a Northern German style hard water pilsner like Jever with a serious hop presence (which is probably why he doesnt like it). I do find something about it a bit more crisp and refreshing though than the edgy musky (yet delicious) Jever.

Nov 18, 2014
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Science Proves Seahawks Selling Their Fans Watered-Down Beer

Probably trying to save up for Russell Wilson's inevitable contract extension.

Nov 14, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Thats why Ill never marry a beer.

Nov 12, 2014
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fun dinner near National Harbor?

My vote (and the most obvious one) would indeed be Old Town as its just over the river (and you could actually take a water taxi there if you wanted to) and it more than fulfills the requirements you named (decent restaurants, good pubs and taverns and all within walking distance of each other in a very nice setting). Ill let others give you specific recommendations of restaurants to visit though. Just so long as you dont stay at the Harbor. The place is a sad overpriced convention bubble with a few mediocre options and ridiculous parking policies.

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

"I actually would take a mediocre barleywine over the greatest pilsner ever."

Sounds like a good opportunity for a beer trade to me. I have a lot of mediocre barley wines I can offer you. Hook me up with some world class pilsners I cant get and they are all yours.

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I see your point. But remember there are some of us out here who find a truly well made pilsner more "interesting" (and sublime) then a mediocre barley wine or uneven imperial stout or yet another over hopped IPA.

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Not enough alcohol of course!

Nov 06, 2014
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beer stores how to find good beer...

"That is basically stating that I simply value things due to where they are made."

Yeah so just SAY that dont try to twist yourself into knots trying to convince everybody that american craft beers are not drinkable. Because you come off looking like a buffoon when the truth is 1. you dont like hops and 2. you are biased toward middle of the road european and european style lagers because you think the only true brewing tradition is in Germany and England and various other european countries (including Poland for some reason).

Just because you get dizzy when you see a shelf full of american craft labels or a row of craft tap handles doesnt mean the beer is fundamentally bad. just because you have a hard time with the bitterness of the current american craft trend of super hopping its beer doesnt mean american IPA's/Pale Ales/hoppy lagers/etc are fundamentally bad beer. They are not to your taste and thats your problem.

You make the novice error of assuming anything you dont like must indicate inferiority rather then something about what you dont like...

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

pssh... Theres always time enough for Pilsner.

Nov 05, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I would certainly start throwing the undrunk bottles back at the plane for not picking me up and torturing me with the very same beer for 50 years. How bout a smoothie you MFrs!! But to take your question on THEORY alone (even though I could never do it in practice) I would probably go with something like a St. Bernardus Abt 12 because the stuff is liquid bread as well as delicious and would probably sustain me if nothing else. Would be tempted to say something like Gumballhead which is one of my all time favorite beers but I wouldnt want to get sick of it...

Nov 05, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

are we doing Montalban quotes?? "THIS IS CETI ALPHA V!!!"

Nov 05, 2014
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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

Couldnt choose. I couldnt even choose one beer STYLE to drink forever. And no matter what I chose Id get sick of it after a short while in the same way I would go nuts hearing ONLY my "favorite" song of all time for the rest of my life. The beauty of beer is in its variety and its seasonal application.

Nov 03, 2014
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Dogfish 120, Holy #$%^^

Ive actually heard the ABV is pushing 20%. So yeah you need to be careful although one shouldnt knock you out necessarily. I will drink them but I find them to be cloyingly too sweet for my tastes. Ive actually put a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream in one once and found the combination delightful. The 90 Minute on the other hand I find to be a masterpiece.

Oct 13, 2014
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Do hops smell like hops before they're in beer?

I agree some do. It depends on the hop. Heck have you ever had Smuttynose's Finest Kind? Just smelling that beer brings back memories of college...

Oct 01, 2014
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Starbucks tests beer-flavoured latte

I dont know. Ive had Guinness ice cream before and it was pretty good. I would think if its just a "hint" of beer you wouldnt detect it at all. My guess its going to be more about the body of the coffee then the taste. Imagine a latte milk stout. Or a nitrogen poured latte. Anyway, knowing Starbucks it will probably taste like just another coffee milkshake like all their products do. Ill try it though. Im assuming they are just trying to jump on the craft beer + coffee band wagon and get all the beerheads attention.

Sep 23, 2014
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Starbucks tests beer-flavoured latte

Sounds good to me. If you can make a coffee stout (which are very popular) why not a stout thats a coffee?

Sep 23, 2014
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AB InBev eyes £75bn SABMiller takeover

Seems too big on the face of it. Wouldnt this be an enormous monopoly on distribution? Not that AB-InBev doesnt have that basically now but this would make it worse. Im assuming there would be some slashing of SABMiller product if this took place since that seems to be how InBev operates. Profit through acquisition and cutting the new bottom line as much as possible (Spaten?) rather than actually promoting a product worth drinking. And what would be the new name? AB-InBev-SABMiller? What a monstrosity. ABIBSABM?

Sep 16, 2014
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Search for Everyday-Drinking Pale Ales

I remember when Alpha King was the stuff of folklore hop legend. And Hop Devil was considered a massive hop monster. My how times have changed...

Sep 15, 2014
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BEER, BOURBON & BBQ?

Ive been to it once when it was at National Harbor. Id say its worth going to once. Its about what you would expect. An opportunity to wait in line to taste beers, 95% of which arent that hard to find, rare or extreme. They do give you a healthy pour though. And the bourbons follow along the same lines. Markers Mark brings their trademarked sealing wax so you can dip your tasting glass in it... Dont expect a whole bunch of novel obscure beers or vintage rare whiskeys. And go EARLY or you will be doomed to fighting your way through crowds of drunk 20 somethings screaming at each other unnecessarily. I found the barbacue aspect to be a little limited although they do have cooking demonstrations. The best thing that happened at the event I went to was that my wife was given the demonstration pork belly the cook was working on FOR FREE at the end of the show. The thing must have been 12 pounds at least. Well worth the price of admission. But otherwise the event sounds like it should be amazing but tends to be fairly mediocre as far as food/drinking festivals go.

If you want to experience a truly amazing beer festival locally go to this weekends Snallygaster. The beer line up Greg Engert has managed to pull together is simply astounding. http://www.snallygasterdc.com/documen...

Growing Up In D.C./Balt: Who Else Remembers....

I love nostalgia threads on foodie sites because you basically get a pass to remember mediocre restaurants/stores from your youth like they were the best things on earth. And on that note I miss Shakey's and their tangy sauced pizza with the thick cut pepperoni that would pool grease when it came out of the oven... And I miss Farrells too. Can still almost hear the crazy music when someone ordered one of those giant sundaes that came in a metal bowl bigger than a wrecking ball... And the attached candy store.

And while we are at it I miss Lowens magnificent Toy Store. And being able to ride my little bike from the suburbs of Bethesda all the way "downtown" before the metro and the Wang building appeared and every street wasnt one way the wrong way and parking was actually possible. I remember ditching my mongoose in front of my favorite arcade and playing robotron all day before taking what little money I had left and getting McDonalds across from BCC.

How long does beer last?

yes I prefer to use the terms "old and dubious" myself. Or is that "old and in the way"? Either way it keeps people off my lawn. But Ill admit Ill try this one as soon as I see it. Not expecting to be impressed but part of me always holds out hope when it comes to these things...

Aug 15, 2014
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How long does beer last?

Speaking of Ballantine's IPA... Looks like they are bringing it back... http://eater.com/archives/2014/08/14/...

Aug 14, 2014
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Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

so its a church cafeteria? cash only?

Aug 11, 2014
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Duck Dynasty + Craft Beer =

Ive been there! At least like 5 or 6 years ago when them and Jolly Pumpkin were the under the radar darlings of Michigan. Guess theyve gotten bigger since then...

I remember their facility was basically a double wide trailer with a bar. When I walked in there were some interesting looking patrons at the bar... Lets just say they were at least a few notches down the "rougher looking" scale from your average Harley Davidson rider. But after a few minutes most of them seemed friendly enough and I remember being fairly impressed with the beer. I hate reality TV so Ill probably never watch it but good for them I guess... Maybe they can move out of their trailer. But hopefully they wont want to.

Aug 08, 2014
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The Price Of Beer All Over The World

Yes I'd heard $2 for (roughly) a pint is about normal for Pilsner Urquel in the Czech Republic. Blows the mind considering how good fresh PU is... And that comparable beers are often as cheap as a dollar! Whats really funny is everyone complains there because they say the price has gone up so much recently.

Aug 06, 2014
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why is cider on beer board?

Because theres no cider board?

Beer Camp

So I sucked it up and got a case this weekend. Interestingly, I must have called three or four top notch beer places and they all said they sold out almost as soon as they got them in. But when I went to one of my local supermarkets there was a big stack of them just sitting in the middle of the isle... untouched and passed by endless people going to get bud light and similar. Hide in plain site! And certainly probably spooked by the $24/12 pack price. While Im generally fairly jaded about these things, anytime I can walk into a grocery store in Virginia and see a half case of beer with the names "Russian River" and "Three Floyds" and "New Glarus" and "Ballast Point" on the box I have to take a few seconds to squelch the instinct to grab them all and run. I realize to a lot of you west coasters most of those are readily available but to us its like stumbling across Westy 12 behind the Miller High Life cases at the gas station...

Ive only had a few and I would concur that the ones Ive had were fine so far. Nothing mind blowing. Although I did quite enjoy the Firestone Walker Hoppy Pilsner. That was right up my alley. Wouldnt mind getting a case of that alone. Is it supposed to be pretty much a copy of the Pivo? Or is there an element that SN introduces that makes it different?

Jul 28, 2014
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Avery announces Quintupel Ale

Well I can only imagine the reaction of certain folks to this american abomination... Personally I wont be satisfied until my long dreamed style the Octupel is achieved. Or as I like to call it, The Quad2X...

Jul 28, 2014
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