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    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011 edited

    C'est What is definitely one for the books, then. You don't see many microbreweries attached to pubs and such.

    I'm with the family meeting relatives, but if i get a day of freedom and if the offer still stands I'd love to arrange some sort of rendezvous.
    I'm not checking bags on the plane, but if i was, i would feel inclined to smuggle a couple of Brewdog beers...

    I decided to enjoy the death throes of summer today, the last warm rays before autumn with a bottle of-
    Whitstable Bay
    Insanely local, and organic to boot! Light and hoppy, with a nice shortbread malty tone. Big fruity flavours with a whisper of a 'blonde' style beer.

    EDIT: Spellingz am failingz
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    My usual drinking/reading hole has a new season beer. I think I found a friend:

    Grimbergen Dubbel

    Cases against it: the website is only in Flemish and French, and plays music.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011 edited
    Aaaaaeeeeeiiiit's PUMPKIN BEER SEASON, baby!

    First up is America's Original Pumpkin Ale, by Buffalo Bill's Brewery, from the west coast (the bottle lists Seattle, Portland, and Berkeley as brewing and bottling centers, so your guess is as good as mine). When drunk cold, it's got a honey-sweet and refreshing flavor, with a hint of nutmeg. Let it warm up a bit, though, and the pumpkin rolls in out of the fog, putting you instantly in the right mindset for comfy sweaters, football (the kind with the teams with animal names) games on TV, and pleasant hours raking the leaves alone with your thoughts. I love pumpkin beer for its ability to utterly and perfectly transport the drinker to very particular place and time. There are better-tasting, more complex, and certainly more alcoholic brews out there, but as a mental time-machine, nothing stands up to a good pumpkin beer, at least not for my money. AOPA has almost no hop character, though the hops are there in the aroma if you look for them - and believe me, you REALLY have to look for them. For someone like me, who likes hops but doesn't necessarily need them in his beer, that's just fine, but if you're a hophead, this might not be the pumpkin beer for you.

    That would be Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale.

    This baby's got the hops, not necessarily in a strong and powerful way that a pale ale or IPA would, but the hops don't exactly stay on the sidelines for this game, either. What's more, the hops are perfectly balanced by the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors in this beer, creating just the perfect bittersweet base for the pumpkin flavor to rest on. Said flavor isn't as pronounced in the Punkin' as it is in AOPA (in fact, and forgive me if this sounds a little gross, but I actually taste something like turkey, rather than the pumpkin pie flavor you might expect), at least not by itself... what you do if you want a lot of pumpkin, is this. Mix your Punkin' with about two scoops of vanilla ice cream (and mix WELL, believe you me), and just a little bit of butterscotch flavoring. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. PUMPKIN BEER SHAKE. Glory be, it's tasty as hell. Also, I bet this stuff would make a GREAT gravy ingredient to be served over poultry and spaetzle, too.

    Now, I don't actually have any on me, but around this time I do sorely miss O'Fallon's simply-named Pumpkin.

    I've talked about it before, but I really can't express enough how GOOD this beer is. If given a choice, I would even choose it over the Punkin, and as an East Coast beer fiend, that's tantamount to high heresy, but it's just that good, people. It's got more sweetness than most beers would even dare, but it's not cloying, or sticky, or syrupy, or candy-like. This isn't alcoholic soda. It's sweet beer, and it's God-Damned delicious. It's also spicy, with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar (I know, it's not a spice, but the beer is having its naughty, naughty way with me), and what might as well be sprigs of thyme and rosemary, even though I don't think O'Fallon actually included those in the wort. It's Blue-Light-Special Cheap, too, or at least it was where I got it (the local Hy-Vee drugstore's liquor section), and unlike Punkin', it comes in six-packs, not four. And believe me, you'll want six. I tend to call it a night after about three brews, but I've plowed through an entire six-pack of this stuff without batting an eyelash.

    Look, here's the thing: THIS IS REALLY GOOD BEER.

    Alright. I'm starting to hum Hallowe'en songs under my breath, and I'm feeling hoarfrost and twig-thorns growing around my shoulders, pulling me away from the keyboard, so I'm going to go ahead and bid you all a fine farewe-
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    And we're back.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
    I had this tonight. It is amazing.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
    Wood aged... IPA. Wood aged DOUBLED IPA.

    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
    It almost tasted barley wine like. It had an incredibly rich taste. And very strong, do not drink on an empty stomach.
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    Anybody here drink hard cider? I'm a fan of the obvious ones, Woodchuck, Hornsbee's, & Strongbow, but are there any other really good ones out there?

    I specifically enjoy Woodchuck's or Wyder's Raspberry and Hornsbee's Amber.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    Tonight is a friend's bachelor party. There will be beer, possibly a pub crawl. I will try to report when I'm sober.
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    I saw this and thought of all of you.

    Saw This
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    Yay! Thanks Mark.

    So that IPA with the bitter citrus/grapefruit/pineapple notes I mentioned a while back is 'Mud Shark Desert Magic IPA.' I'm pretty sure. I'm not terribly experienced with IPAs so maybe they all taste like that to me.
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    I wooed the great love of my life with pear cider.

    Fun fact: Lone Star is PBR with a different label, and Keystone is Coors. All they change is the packaging.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    Tonight's random beer of the evening:
    Black Sheep Brewery Yorkshire Square Ale. Brewed in proper Yorkshire Squares and very tasty indeed, rich, fruity and a bit sweet and at 5% ABV it's not exactly a light weight, though still at the happily quaffable end of the alcoholic spectrum.
    Contains water, malted barley, sugar, wheat and hops.
    Wheat? isn't that cheating?

    Random beer of the evening

    I think i may have to make a trip up to York one day soon, just for a bit of a walk about and a few pictures - and maybe to find that Black Sheep Brewery pub again.
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    I highly recommend the 1960s recipe Schlitz. After some formative years swilling Blue Bull 40ozes and having experienced the wide variety of High Life/Olympia/Pearl/Natty lite/any other shit beer out there, the new (old) Schlitz recipe is GOLDEN. Better than Bud, if you ask me.
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    Okay, now I have to recant my previous statement. Having a different IPA now and it tastes very much the same. I guess that's just how IPAs taste to me.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    I used to have a real hate hard on for this thread as I can't control my drinking..but if you lot can handle the grog and don't pickle your livers then good on you.'Nuff said o staggering ones..Have a beer for me.

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