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Old 06-16-09, 07:06 AM   #1
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Anyone love Beer?

Just thought I would start up a thread today to discuss beer. I figured even the people trying to become super healthy still partake in a beverage now and then. Obviously by my user name I am fairly obsessed with beer, home brewing in particular. And always love have an open discussion on favorite styles, breweries etc. Also since its been mentioned, any other home brewers here?
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Old 06-16-09, 07:18 AM   #2
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My current favorite ( favorites change sometimes hourly )

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Would like to start home brewing once i get settled in my new house
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I love Unibroue's line! I always have a bottle of Maudite or La Fin Du Monde on the fridge for special evenings. I remember when I was really into beeradvocate and writing up reviews, I tried Maudite for the first time and was so blown away I had a hard time critiquing it as it was so complex.

Home brewing is a wonderful hobby, you can keep things simple and turn out some nice offerings. Or you can crank up the complexity and tweak things with as much precision as you want. You can also dive into it for a fairly cheap start up cost. Great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon if you have down time from your bike.

Not self promoting, but I have a blog (that's been lagging behind lately) where I keep up on my adventures if anyone is bored. http://aleforge.wordpress.com/
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Unfortunately, yes.

Fortunately, I'm an hour and a half away from the Brickskellar (google). It's an amazing little place in DC that has a huge selection.

I like Kasteel Donker, Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, Dog Fish Head Raison d' extra, and pretty much anything super hoppy or Belgium.
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Guinness, Bass Ale, Pete's Wicked Ale, or Steven's Point Belgian Wheat Ale from Wisconsin. It tastes as good as Fat Tire, but is half the price, here in the MW.

then for a Pilsner, I like Rolling Rock.

Asian beers, I like Kirin Rice Beer, and Tsing Tao from China.
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I'm a homebrewer myself, though I've been rather lacking in the brewing department since I started riding 5 months ago. I did manage to brew an American Wheat on Saturday and really enjoyed my brew day.

As for favorite beers, I really enjoy most anything. A couple that I have to have if I can find them on tap, are Bell's HopSlam and Schneidier Wiesse. Though there aren't very many beers, other than most American Light Lagers, that I dislike.
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Oh yeah! Bell's Oberon! I love that on tap!
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I was sippin La Fin Du Monde last weekend at the Ale House in Oak Park, IL. Mmmmm!

I think LOVE BEER may be an understatement.

Fat Tire is my current "Go To" brew.

Last month my son and I took a trip to the mountains of Western North Carolina with our prime objective to mountain bike and ingest as many different local micro-brews as possible. When we hit Asheville, there was just no way to get to the end of local brews. It was maddening and delightful all at the same time

I have a Fuller's ESP and a James Boags (New Zealand) chillin for the weekend.
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I like most IPA's, recently discovered Fat Tire. Very good. Fullers ESB is great. Dang I just like beer.
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Nice to see all you guys aren't fizzy water drinkers. I don't consider myself a beer snob and believe all styles have their place. But I know so many people who think bud light is what beer is suppose to be it turns my stomach.

Davin its funny you mention that, I just got started and already biking has derailed several brewing opportunities. Including tonight and a long ride Saturday.

I was becoming a hop-head for awhile but now have changed to more balanced offerings. Although I do love a malty Scotch Ale from time to time.

Edit: Ya fat tire is always good, I like most of new Belgium's line. Good overall company also, kind of like Sam Adams, they mostly put out a good line as well for being one of the bigger guys. I noticed Fat Tire in cans here about a month or so ago, perfect for the parks!
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I was a fairly obsessed home brewer for many years, doing all-grain (no extracts, ever!) 15-gallon batches, growing my own hops, beer fridge in the cellar with taps coming through the door, buying grain in 50 lb. bags.... It was mostly a response to the unavailability of really good beer (and the high price of same when I could find it), but the beer world has evolved in the last fifteen years. I live in Vermont, and we have some really fine brewpubs and micro and mini breweries, which add up to my leaving my hobby to gather dust... and devoting all that time to my family and my health instead.
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I was becoming a hop-head for awhile but now have changed to more balanced offerings. Although I do love a malty Scotch Ale from time to time.
I'm a fan of most styles, though I'm a hophead at heart that is for sure, heck I even grown my own on trellises in my back yard. Hop-fully this year I'll have enough to use in a brew or two (second year Cascade and Willamette are growing like crazy.)

I due tend to brew less hoppy beers and keep them on tap for family and friends.

I have plans to build a brewing shed this summer and to start doing a few lagers this fall.
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I'm a fan of most styles, though I'm a hophead at heart that is for sure, heck I even grown my own on trellises in my back yard. Hop-fully this year I'll have enough to use in a brew or two (second year Cascade and Willamette are growing like crazy.)

I due tend to brew less hoppy beers and keep them on tap for family and friends.

I have plans to build a brewing shed this summer and to start doing a few lagers this fall.
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Since I see some of you are home brewers, I thought I would pass along that a good whitewater buddy of mine owns a really nice home brew supply business. I bet if you drop my name, you might get a discount

Anyone interested, send me a PM and I will forward his info.
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It saddens me that we are discussing beer and no one has mentioned the gloriousness of Three Philosophers. Shame on you...
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Sure drop me his site, I usually go through Northern, Austin Homebrew or midwest. Always give the smaller guys a chance!

I recently moved last January and had to leave my Hop garden behind. It was finally taking off late in the season. I am sure the new owners axed it though as they were perplexed at what exactly I was growing and WHY? I need to get some new rhizomes in here, but starting to get late.

I also have a kegerator although it only has 2 taps atm, and a SS conical that I have yet to use. I get a ton of pleasure out of brewing and sharing. So hopefully i don't lose interest as times goes on. Been going strong for a few years now though and even though I have lulls it usually creeps back up on me through out the year. My big dream is to build a HERMS system, I finally got some plans laid out but it will be a pretty expensive build. So it will take some time getting it complete! I would love to ship you guys some brew if anyone wants, I only have a few friends locally that drink outside BMC.
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Homebrewer here. Been homebrewing for about 16 years. I bought Charlie Papazian's first book in a small homebrew store in Bar Harbor, ME in 1993 and got hooked. I am a malt extract brewer, the all grain stuff takes way too much time (I have 3 kids). Haven't bottled in about 10 years and use only kegs but will be bottling again this summer. I have a batch of Mead aging comfortably in my basement since last summer. I am growing hops this summer(Cascade and Willamette, the Tettnang didn't grow for some reason). I will be making my Scottish Ale recipe in the upcoming weeks, I call it Dirty Kilt. My favorite beer the past couple of trips to the beer store are Spaten Optimator and Beamish. I am finding Beamish a wee bit smoother then Guiness at the moment. I can no longer drink the Bud Lights or Coors Lights anymore. They taste like water to me.

On a side note. I was once helping out at an aid station of a 50 mile back country MTB race once where racers left thier drop bags. 10 to 20 of the bags had a can of Guiness in them. We would hand them their bags, that would crack open the Guiness, down it, and be on their way.
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I can no longer drink the Bud Lights or Coors Lights anymore. They taste like water to me.

Yep, it's just a matter of time till you are sticking the heroin needle directly into the eyeball

I have the same problem. I was at a party last weekend and all they had was a keg of ML. I couldn't do it I have become the guy who BYOB's and hides his cooler
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I have an Orange Blossom Mead going right now, I love the stuff. I think I am going to buy a floor corker and some interesting bottles for it, some clear ones to show off the hue. Hopefully it will be ready by the holidays and I can give them out.

I do the same thing if a gathering is only offering BMC. I usually will stock up on a few different offerings and share to help open people up. I'm fairly reserved but I do love pushing beer advocacy.
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Yep, it's just a matter of time till you are sticking the heroin needle directly into the eyeball

I have the same problem. I was at a party last weekend and all they had was a keg of ML. I couldn't do it I have become the guy who BYOB's and hides his cooler
I like beer.

I drink anything from $10 singles to $10 cases. I'll drink Miller High Life 40's. When spending time in the pool on the weekends, Bud Light Lime is a great light crisp summer drink. I mean, I hardly want to be chewing down something thick like Rogue chocolate stout on those days. I wouldn't play beer pong with something that cost me $12 for a 6 pack. I have my nights where that's what I want to enjoy though. It's all dependent on the situation.

Natural Light, anyone? It's the perfect tubin' beer. Would you really want an 8% ABV+ hoppy beer while floating down the river? But when I'm at a bar just hanging out with friends, I'd much rather have something like a Boddingtons than a Miller Lite.
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Oh I love Boddingtons, but I too drink about anything.
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