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Washington DC

Oh Stateline is excellent too but I would never dream of calling that in the DC area. Its not even in the Baltimore area. Thats more greater Wilmington but definitely stop there if you are coming down 95. They are comparable. I think Perfect Pour might do a little better on the domestics but Stateline has a good Belgian collection (last time I was there). They both do multiple growler fills. Remember getting a growler of Old Rasputin there back in like 2005. It blew my mind.

Jan 16, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

Wheres Elwood Blues when you need him.

"Wrong glass sir"

Jan 16, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

Did some place refuse to serve you a beer because they didnt have the right glass?

Jan 16, 2015
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Washington DC

What Jim said. And I think THE best beer store in the greater DC area is The Perfect Pour but its way up in Laurel/Columbia. So it depends where you are staying and which way you come from (coming south on 95 would make it worth checking out). Norms is a very close second though and a lot closer.

Jan 16, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

So more beer choices but less parking. My guess is beer prices dont go down but parking prices go up.

Jan 15, 2015
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Samuel Adams Brings the Beer for a Dinner at Emeril Lagasse's Stadium in Las Vegas

Emeril has a stadium? I wonder if people will see this is a "mediocre" beer dinner...

Jan 15, 2015
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IPA Lawsuit??

So I talked to a few industry folk since I posted this who say this kind of thing isnt really that unusual and actually side with Lagunitas on this almost universally. I think the initial furor was because this came out in the press as "Lagunitas tries to patent the word 'IPA'" which isnt true. Its specifically about how it looks on the packaging. They feel that the Hop Hunter packaging and font use is too similar to the Lagunitas IPA packaging and font. Eh... Still rubs me the wrong way. But they told me if they hadnt sued and allowed Sierra Nevada to use it (which they are now apparently) that it could be considered abandoned and they could lose it and then someone could turn around and sue THEM. Sounds more like a screwed up system then just Lagunitas being douches. In fact Sierra Nevada holds a trademark on the word "Celebration" that theyve sued for themselves.

Jan 14, 2015
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IPA Lawsuit??

What the heck is up with Lagunitas exactly? Was this for real? Why would they do this? Sure seems to have back fired on them.

http://newschoolbeer.com/2015/01/lagu...

Jan 14, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

If thats happening at a beer bar I can see how it would be annoying. But Im pretty lenient with servers who clearly arent beer experts but seem to be trying to make an effort. Im perfectly happy to sit quietly for 60 seconds and let a new young waitress explain to me basics about the beers like "...its an IPA which is bitter due to the hops..." etc. when I get a sampler or something. My wife hates it and will roll her eyes or interrupt them but I let it go because theres no sense going out of your way to make it clear you know more then the person serving you when they are only doing that because they want to be helpful. Clearly they got a five minute lecture about beers upon being hired and they cling to what knowledge they have so I have no issue hearing that Guinness is a "dark stout" that comes from Ireland when I ask them if they have anything imperial and dark. Oh and speaking of flat beer, I love the warnings about cask ale being "warm and flat" when you order some. It reminds me of when I go to a chinese restaurant and order something strange and spicy and they assume because you are an american that you cant really handle either "weird" meats or truly spicy food so a warning is in order.

Im actually less annoyed by the clueless server and much more annoyed with the smug beer douche server who wants to give me a hard time because he wants to make a point or “educate” me based on something I said. That’s the only time I really push back (similar to your example). Ive had this happen where a bar tender wouldnt serve me a specific beer because I wasnt pronouncing it right... Are you kidding? I bet his ears are still ringing after the tirade I unloaded on him and anyone in the bar who cared to listen.

Jan 14, 2015
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Ballsy brewer crafts whale testicle beer

were they trying to one up Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout? I bet they taste nothing like whale...

Jan 13, 2015
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Crocodile bile beer kills 56 at funeral

This is a horrific story and the death toll now stands at 72. There is a lot of speculation that crocodile bile was not the culprit (it would have taken more crocodile bile to poison hundreds of people then there are crocodiles in Africa) but instead may have been an extract from a common plant in the area which is MUCH more lethal. So it was a straight ahead poisoning on purpose. Terrible... They wanted to test the theory by examining the remaining beer and brew vessel but it has since vanished... And the beer brewer and most of her family (including her two year old son) are among the dead. Now Ive heard some terrible stories about the random vat of homebrew in this country going bad and making room fulls of people sick but this is just off the scale and clearly criminal.

Jan 13, 2015
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Kirin to reimburse misled consumers

Agreed. If the bottle says correctly where its brewed I dont understand how this lawsuit could go through. So can I sue Guinness now for not being Irish? Better yet, can I sue AB-InBev because my Budweiser was not made in Belgium?

Jan 13, 2015
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sam adams: is it serious beer?? which are best and which are your faves??

Oh yes... As I recall even the hipster was impressed...

Jan 07, 2015
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sam adams: is it serious beer?? which are best and which are your faves??

Interesting reading some of these opinions about Sam Adams from 7 years ago. I agree with most of them and they still apply very well.

I resurrected this thread because it seemed an appropriate place to post this recent article (http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...) by Andy Crouch about Jim Koch's recent episode at a beer bar that didnt carry his beer. Although he came off as a bit of a brat or worse from his reaction, I can feel for the guy. In essence, the craft baby that he helped birth has grown up and gotten used to much finer things and because of that is now turning its back on him. I guess thats the ultimate example of marketing coming back to bite you in the end. And I do bristle when I see his beer described as "mediocre" or "not worth carrying". That attitude just bothers me a lot. On the other hand, no, I rarely go into a bar and seek out a Sam Adams. Am I part of the problem? Does Jim really have a problem? I dont think his sales are down. Is he just mad because hes no longer getting traction in the niches where he used to be the king? If anyone has been to a beer festival or a beer tasting in the past five years and gone up to the Boston Beer Company stand and seen the disdain it gets next to the cool craft beer stands its a little sad. That kind of high brow snide douchery usually was only reserved for the poor guy from AB (pre InBev) who was pouring Bud Light next to someone pouring Arrogant Bastard.

So perhaps Ill now go out tonight and buy a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager. Because I think its worth drinking. And its a tip of my hat to originality and quality which I dont think deserves to be mocked.

Well Maybe Ill buy a 12 pack... But my point still stands!!

Jan 06, 2015
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Best California Breweries

To be honest Ive probably only tried four or five of their beers (California is far from Maryland...) and generally when I do have them its almost always either Death and Taxes, Lunatic Lager or Reality Czech. But I was exposed to those pretty early on (1998?) and therefore was enormously impressed since they were like an ambrosia fountain in a desert at that time. And the fact that theyve remained so consistent in their approach (read: dont seem to care about keeping up with the jonses as far as crazy innovation and exponential growth) is such a breath of fresh air to me. There HAS to be a place for that in this ridiculous 200 mph chest pounding craft beer world and they are one of the few that embraces it. I mean they have no interest in bottling! But they put out really good session style beers year after year. Glad I havent been around enough to have a dud yet.

Jan 06, 2015
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Best California Breweries

No mention of Moonlight Brewing? Always one I seek out when Im in northern California. Perhaps more because its only a tap phenomenon and I find the beers very well constructed. It does tend to go under the radar among the flashier bigger typical Cali product. But Brian Hunt is revered among even the best known brewers as a "brewer's brewer".

Jan 06, 2015
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If You Had to Leave USA. for good...would beer determine you choice.

depends how much beer I actually drank.

Dec 29, 2014
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If You Had to Leave USA. for good...would beer determine you choice.

Such linear thinking. Although I have to say Im completely congruent with your opinion.

Dec 29, 2014
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Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

absolutely as have we both (like a strong IPA after a few years no doubt). Im convinced theres a taste cycle that many craft beer drinkers go through where one of the middle stages is the intense desire for hops. There was a time during my craft beer renaissance where I simply couldnt get enough of them and my taste buds reacted to hop oils in a way only comparable to candy or chocolate. They were so delicious and for a window of time they were largely all I wanted. But theyve definitely changed (not sure if its the taste buds or my brain or both; cant be the beer) and while I still very much enjoy hoppyness in my beer and the occasional extremely hoppy brew, its not a constant mouth watering desire anymore (by a long stretch) and its a lot easier to get overwhelmed by it. I now appreciate a lot of the more subtle styles while still enjoying the heartier more aggressive styles in moderation. Ive talked to a lot of other folk around my age and they tell similar stories. Especially the ones that took it to excess like I did with hoppy beer dominating my beer choices for a while. I wonder if its just the natural effect of aging or if ingesting enough alpha acids over time or in mass quantities over a short period of time can actually alter things on a biological level permanently (I know some drugs do this). But Im rambling. Sorry for popping off at you earlier! Hope your holidays were enjoyable if not TOO hoppy...

Dec 26, 2014
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Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

Ok you should have just lead and finished with C because it was the only relevant response to my inquiry. You dont drink bud because millions of other americans do so not sure how response A applies at all. And Im aware of basic mass consumerism trends and psychology thank you and the fact that not every human likes the exact same thing. Never asked about any of that. B doesnt really work either since I never said drink water or drink IPAs. Just wondered why you didnt pick one of the dozens of easily accessible lagers that, from the quality of your posts which I had assumed indicated a high level of beer knowledge, Im sure you are aware about. If I had instead perceived you as a normal bud only non craft beer drinker I never would have dreamed of asking that understand...

So thats all I was asking. Now the fact that you got the stuff for FREE makes all the difference and answers my question since I was under the assumption you were seeking it out specifically. There are others who still wouldnt drink it for free. But I am COMPLETELY on board with you in happily chugging a beer like that if it was handed to me or in front of me and I was hot and thirsty. Heck, as noted with the professor, I even BUY Miller High Life now and again as my "bad beer" of choice. Im guessing thats a level of slumming it that even YOU wouldnt brag about ;). And I generally drink it in the same way as you note. I find once its been in the can/bottle for more than say 3 minutes it becomes a dicey prospect as to if its worth finishing. But that first blast of ice cold weak beer taste pouring down your throat is wonderful.

Dec 23, 2014
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Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

Professor I think you mistake my response to be about why ANYONE would drink bud by choice not why zin specifically would. Please dont try to lump me in with the "bud sucks; IPAs rule" crowd and then lecture me about mass consumerism because if you have noticed anything about my posts youll see thats hardly me at all... (especially as Im usually the only one here that brags about drinking Miller High Life on occasion when its hot and Im thirsty...)

Im aware millions of americans are faithful to their budweiser and have no issue with that. Im also aware what AB does (with budweiser) is both technically "quality" and certainly professional and in many ways an impressive achievement considering the consistency of their product across distance and across time. Im just wondering why one specific person who is aware of LOTS of different tasty LAGERS would choose Bud first and foremost of all those lagers. Thats all. And he answered that question when he said he gets it for free.

Dec 23, 2014
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Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

But there are literally dozens of better lagers that you could use for this purpose. Why resort to Bud?

Dec 22, 2014
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Rogue Hot Stout

Ive also been told it was the "kimchi of beers". Still processing that statement frankly... Although it does sound like it could make for the base of a pretty good marinade. Of course you could always cook with sriracha and cut out the middle man...

Dec 15, 2014
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Truth Be Told... Further Evidence Local Brews Superiority Over... Port Jeff

And no sense even bringing up manneken pis. Something can be entirely classical AND of debatable "taste".

Dec 15, 2014
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Prices getting stupid

Theres definitely some extremes out there. That high end Guinness beer being priced at $34 was enough to scare me away. But the old argument about beer on average still being quite cheap compared to wine can still apply. I dread the day when they equalize. Perhaps we are already there if you look at cost per ounce.

Dec 12, 2014
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Delta Wants to Get You Drunk on Craft Beer

Another sign that we are slowly taking over the world...

Dec 09, 2014
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Florida Breweries?

Theres Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale. I know some places up in Boca but that may be too far from you.

Dec 03, 2014
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Brewery hits back at ‘racist’ lager claims

Obviously the concept of the descriptive "term" used (its not even the name its the slogan of the beer!) being racist is completely ridiculous as you can see by the label. In fact part of me wonders if this was all set up for marketing purposes because Ive seen this case filtering through beer groups and on social media and pissing people off to the point of them declaring they intend to now buy this beer to show support. Now I do wonder if they ever get any backlash about it being too sexual or perverse. I would imagine there are now actually some conservatives who would otherwise find this label borderline who will now fully embrace it in the name of "fighting PC nazis".

Dec 02, 2014
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Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

well the ones listed in the article were just plain stupid. Not wise in any way. And Im going to make the assumption that he is talking about typical american macro swill (even if Ab-InBev is Belgian and SABMiller is South African...) not american craft beer necessarily which he is likely clueless about. Of course its easy to be that way when you have fresh Pilsner Urquel at your beck and call whenever you feel like it.

Nov 25, 2014
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Science Proves Seahawks Selling Their Fans Watered-Down Beer

The Red Porch at Nationals Stadium often has 90 Minute on tap. Was floored the first time I saw it (especially at "basic craft beer" prices). But then I realized its probably not high on my list of beers to drink while sitting in the 90 degree outfield sun for 9 innings. So I stuck with some good local lagers.

Nov 21, 2014
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