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Hatch Chile time at Wegman's

oh thats right its "Woodmore" because they dont want to call it Landover or Lanham. Looks like I just missed it anyway. But thanks.

Hatch Chile time at Wegman's

they arent doing it in Landover or am I missing it?

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

if this was facebook this is just about where the "old man yells at cloud" meme would pop up...

Aug 21, 2015
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Stout Craft Beer Lovers in DC this November

Call RFD which is very close to the convention center. May as well also call Birch & Barley which is maybe 6 or 7 blocks away but will have the best selection in the DC area.

Tasting 3 Root Beers

QUOTE: I don't think you mean "Denatured" - "Denatured alcohol is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) made unfit for human consumption by adding one or more chemicals (denaturants) to it."

ah. well Im certainly no chemist. and I wont admit to consuming anything of the kind but that would explain the blindness and the sterility...

although in all seriousness I can remember using the term in Chemistry 101 (yes many years ago...) and it was used well beyond simply describing adding chemicals to ethanol. it was much more often used in conjunction with destroying protein strands or other long molecules thus changing the nature of a given compound. And I can remember being told not to put olive oil too close to the stove because "itll denature from the heat!" Not sure how accurate that statement is but I got the gist.

Aug 17, 2015
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Tasting 3 Root Beers

I think it comes down to the stripping step. If they get an alcohol base and then denature that and turn that into root beer with the addition of flavoring then its fundamentally different from a traditional beer brewing procedure where the flavors come from the actual ingredients that are being fermented.

Im not super familiar with the actual root that makes root beer (sarsaparilla right? can you actually break down and ferment the root/bark or do you have to distill that into a flavoring?). I did actually make root beer as a kid but the way I made it was using extract I bought through a catalog. I assume the extract was naturally based but who knows. There was clearly vanilla in it I can tell you that. I just put some sugar and yeast (bakers yeast!) in a bottle of water with the extract and let it sit in a warm place for almost a week. I found out as an adult that technically my beverage was about 1% alcohol but I didnt realize that at the time. came out a little tinny and not fully carbonated but I thought pretty good for such a simple effort. And even my preteen effort seemed closer to beer brewing then stripping down fermented malt and sugar and adding artificial flavorings before serving like NYFRB does.

Aug 14, 2015
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Tasting 3 Root Beers

I only hear good things about the taste of NYFRB but just please be aware this is no "brewed" rootbeer in the sense we think of brewing beer. Its a malternative, made from grains and sugars but then stripped of any taste and reflavored artificially. Theres no "root" in that rootbeer. And its a little sleazy that they misrepresent themselves as some kind of carefully crafted pure rootbeer with alcohol. As long as you are quite aware what they actually are then great, I hear they make a great rootbeer float.

more details here... http://www.joesixpack.net/2015/07/02/...

Aug 13, 2015
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Looking for "accessible," entry-level Ethiopian food in DC

Ethiopian cuisine has thus far largely resisted evolving an "americanized" version like almost every other culture's cuisine has when trying to appeal to finicky/mild-spiced preferenced americans. for this reason there probably isnt an ideal restaurant as far as getting access to any kind of training wheel ethiopian menu you are seeking unfortunately. What you can do is seek out places that have staff who are happy to walk you through your experience as easy as possible in conjunction with the kitchen. Since Ive loved the stuff since I was a kid, I cant honestly tell you which place that would be. Is it the berbere that put you off originally? Are you ok with the enjera? I would definitely avoid any kitfo until you feel you are ready for something stronger. Have seen folks react badly to that dish 12 hours later... Stick to lentil dishes and such and ask the staff what kind of spices to expect in the dish itself.

MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

Blue Moon responds: http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/fmb/blue...

All right litigious hair splitters, have at it.

Jul 26, 2015
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The Price Of A Beer At Every Major League Baseball Stadium In 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] | VinePair

would explain a lot about Philly sports fans.

Jul 25, 2015
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Pabst heading back to Milwaukee (well, sort of)

Cant wait for Pliny Blue Ribbon!

Jul 21, 2015
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Jose Andres backs out of restaurant in Donald Trump’s hotel

this would of course be hysterical and part of me would love to see it just for the comedy that would come out of it.

Not Your Father's Root Beer

wow so its all just a big front? this thing is all over social media to the point where Im wondering what the big deal is. i wonder if some of those folks online calling it the second coming of christ are paid off by Phusion. How sleazy...

Jul 13, 2015
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Plans for the Maine Ave Fish Market

Not going to turn into a PIER 39 I hope. Will this make parking harder or easier?

Danish festival recycles urine to make beer

...just waiting for the first Bud Lite joke...

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

bad news kaleokahu... http://www.brewbound.com/news/a-b-inb... expect more buy outs and "crafty" brands.

Jun 23, 2015
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Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

There was more after that first sentence you know... And please feel free to tell the macro brewers that their sales drops are meaningless because they produce such huge volume. the fact is they are collectively experiencing their most dramatic drops in market share in modern history (especially if you look at everything below the "super premium" brands). and you can shrug that off as nothing but if Im a marketing guy for the regular product at Miller or Coors or AB Im sweating bullets (and in fact innovating as they have been doing for several years now. not ignoring the issue because, you know, 90%...). Real clear trends are not "anecdotes". And ignoring that macro dominates in most countries is picking and choosing. Where is the article about why do the Brits/Aussies/Dutch/Russians/etc have such terrible taste in beer?

And they may have 90% of the volume but they only have 80% of the sales money and dropping (since craft beer costs more). In fact it is because of craft that beer trend overall has not turned negative. So say what you want about how insignificant craft beer is in the market place but when you can single handily carry the big boys on your back because of your double digit sales increases, thats saying something... And just wait till craft exporting truly ramps up. Thats something thats just really starting now.

Jun 16, 2015
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Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

this article might have worked 20 years ago but it seems out of place today considering the way craft beer has taken off and how macro beer has dropped off a cliff. Yes I understand the market share for craft beer is still dwarfed by macro beer but craft beer is more or less ubiquitous in our culture today and held in high esteem by most consumers while macro beer is routinely derided in pop culture to the point that macro companies feel the need to brew stealth "micro" beers and/or make ads mocking beer geeks. This article implies that americans wholeheartedly embrace their Buds and their Bud Lights. I dont think thats the case anymore. The regular macro beer drinkers I know seem to all live by the philosophy of "it may not be good beer but its my beer". The craft beer heads seem to be the vocal minority now. The macro regulars do so relatively quietly and many have either moved to craft or wine or liquor over the past 20 years or so. And you have a generation of kids (under 30) who have grown up in a world where variety in beer options is the norm and they are definitely NOT embracing macro beer. And anyway, cheap mediocre beer tends to dominate the top of the market in most countries not just the US. The number one selling beer in Britain is Black Label after all. Not some wonderful bitter. And the number two is Fosters.

Brewdog plans five US bars and brewery

why wouldnt it be a craft brewery? because they have a chain of bars?

Jun 11, 2015
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Pabst Brewing sued by rapper Snoop Dogg

thats a lot of shnizzle.

Jun 09, 2015
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Where to get a pig head in the DMV?

Fresh World definitely has them (and sometimes cow heads...) but as I dont generally buy them I dont recall the price. They tend to sell that kind of thing fairly cheap though so I would definitely call and ask. You can also check with La Mart in Springfield as well.

Dragonfruit - pitaya - help!

Fresh World definitely sells them.

MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

Yeah thats what Im trying to get my head around. Imagining him sitting at the bar saying to himself "Sculpin... Blue Moon... Sculpin... Blue Moon... CANT CHOOSE!!" I mean how can you go into places like Hamiltons or Tiger Tiger and order a Blue Moon and not notice the bar tender or other patrons looking at you funny? Or did this guy never drink out? Did he really do all his beer buying at Ralph's and 7-11? And he's a "beer connoisseur"??

May 07, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

which is a legalize way of saying this guy could be a plant.

May 07, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

what i also dont get about this is that suing because MillerCoors is supposedly unjustly benefiting financially on the backs of "real" craft breweries seems like a much better reason for an actual craft brewery to sue them then an embarrassed single citizen who really isnt out much financially because he ponied over 33 extra cents a bottle on beer he enjoyed anyway. But no craft brewers have ever done that. is there an obvious reason for that? is it easier for an individual to sue on seemingly debatable rational then a company? would they be afraid of being the target of revenge by a corporate monster in their industry that Joe Blow wouldnt have to worry about? could this guy just be a plant?

May 07, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

according to the logic of this lawsuit bad micro breweries could still go ahead and make bad beer and call it craft even though it is potentially worse then Blue Moon... because they arent big. But MillerCoors cant used the word "crafted" in connection to one of their beers because they make lots and lots of other bad beer.

May 06, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

>There isn't one, nor is there a necessity for one. >Colloquial definitions are typically fine for guiding >suits like this

really? then why all the fuss about whats officially "organic"? the USDA has official guidelines about what you can call organic and what you cant. before those were set up, it was basically a free for all. why werent people suing left and right regarding the "colloquial" definition of organic? the term was widely abused with no repercussions. I think that term is even more specific and implies something more concrete then "craft" or "crafted". the USDA nor any other government body has any rules about what the term "crafted" means and what standards you have to hit to use it on your packaging. So I dont understand the difference really. the same is true for the terms "artisanal" (which strikes me as even more specific then "craft"), "gourmet" and "natural"! none of them have legal terms and are used (and misused) with abandon. How come I cant sue Bubbu Burger for marketing their highest priced frozen burgers as "gourmet style"? clearly they are just engaging in marketing slight of hand so they can overcharge innocent consumers while using the very same meat source as their basic burgers. how come I cant sue my favorite soda company for putting a giant "FAT FREE!" label on my non-diet soda of choice? which while technically true certainly could confuse me into thinking this product, which uses enough sugar to choke a donkey, is somehow healthy for me! But I can sue based on the use of the term "crafted", not because its any less healthy or because they put strychnine in it or make declarations about it curing cancer but ONLY because Im guessing I spent 33 cents more on it then, in my opinion and maybe according to some hazy undefined "industry standards", it deserves?

I guess where you see shocking subterfuge I see just another corporation carefully marketing their product in order to maximize sales. I think if you walked through any grocery store isle you would quickly count dozens of products where you could point out something at least dubious if not outright laughable on the label. why is the focus only on this then as if this is fundamentally different? to me its a joke to consider Blue Moon a craft beer any more then you would consider Landshark a "premium" lager. But thats exactly how both are packaged. And by the way if you go to the web site for Landshark, it says its brewed by "Margaritaville™ Brewing Co". Nothing about Anheuser-Busch. How come no one is suing them for that exactly? Is that this jokers next suit?

And in the end what you seem to be saying is that it doesnt matter if this is a silly lawsuit, he will still win because Miller will settle. And we think thats a good thing? I guess we can enjoy that the victim in this case is one of those evil macro brewers but it doesnt make the lawsuit any more noble or the plaintiff any less of an opportunist as disingenuous in his declaration of being SHOCKED that Blue Moon is NOT a craft beer as MillerCoors is for selling it as such.

May 05, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

You cant make the declarative (and legally binding) statement that the cost of making Blue Moon is the exact same cost of making Coors Light when you are simply guessing at numbers using averages. Are the numbers given somewhere in MillerCoors business materials? Would they even make that public? Id love to see real numbers. And Id love to see the legal definition of the term "craft". Has that been established? And whats it source? The FDA? BA defines "craft brewery" but is that legally binding and is that the same as "craft"? And seems like theres a million ways of making loop holes even if they do. Is "craft microbrew" safeways term or Miller's? All I see in connection with Blue Moon as far as their packaging is the word "crafted" (also occurs in their commercial). Now they could certainly use the word "craft" in other marketing material but I havent searched too hard.

May 04, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

I dont get where the $2 figure comes from and how its verified? Does this guy know how much it costs MillerCoors to produce and distribute Blue Moon? And is the term "crafted" really a legal term?

May 04, 2015
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MillerCoors sued for marketing Blue Moon as craft

yet this guy seemed to love the stuff until he was TOLD who made it. thats ridiculous to me. I have no respect for him. why didnt BA or any "true" craft brewer make this law suit years ago if its such a huge financial loss for them and for gullible beer drinkers?

May 04, 2015
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