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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2011
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    That's what I find with Flying Dog. Love the design, completely disappointed by the brew.

    In about three minutes I'll be pairing oven pizza with La Fin Du Monde. I expect beauty in this simple pleasure.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2011
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    Bwuh. That sounds lovely.

    I always used to roll my eyes at the whole "beer 'n' pizza" thing, because it just sounded so... I dunno, so much like something my dad would like, I guess? However, I've discovered that really good (especially really spicy!) pizza is made instantly better with beer. I'm not a huge hophead, and I can only drink so much IPA before I get a headache, but eating a brick oven pizza that's just covered in chopped peppers is one instance where a hop-heavy beer is a gift from heaven.
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    I have made pizza from beer! And it is delicious!

    Pizza de Chambly

    Used Blanche de Chambly. The crust has this amazing almost honey flavour. It's honestly the best fucking pizza I've ever made.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2011
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    OH GOD THIS MAY BE THE BEST THING.

    I've had it before, and it's one of the beers that really just bypasses all the lists of the top beers, and basically just sets up its own genre. God DAMN. I know it's expensive, but just split a bottle with a friend. You will not need more.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2011
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    @DavidLejune

    You're going to taunt us with that picture and description and not give us the recipe?

    For shame, for shame.
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    @taphead--that is indeed a great beer. As a former short-time Lexington resident, I actually prefer Kentucky Ale's Bourbon Barrel Ale. I think the ale covers the superb bourbon flavor less, and adds wonderful vanilla and caramel to the beer. Both are good, though. Very good.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2011 edited
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    Being allergic to the world, I can't contribute to the beer portion of this discussion, but I am ALL OVER the cider world!

    Currently the best ciders I have had come from Crispin. They have a ridiculous line of limited release that I haven't been able to find, but they have a consistent line of artisanal reserves that are amazing. My favorite is the Landsdowne, which is dry and almost beery in nature (molasses and Irish brewer's yeast are to blame). Each one is around 6.9% ABV which, for a cider, is pretty solid.

    The Crispin website is also lovely and has a whole section about what to drink their ciders with.

    As for gluten-free beer, eh, nothing really great out there that I've had yet.

    Edited to add: As for your every day ciders, Strongbow is pretty solid, as is Granny Smith Woodchuck. The Woodchuck seasonal releases are pretty hit and miss, and the regular Woodchuck flavors are entirely too cloying for me. I love a good DRY cider.
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    @RenThing: you mean to say you haven't been reading The Thirsty Wench?

    12oz of Blanche de Chambly plus 4 cups flour for the dough. I messed up and just dumped all the flour into the beer and kneaded it all up, but according to the recipe you're supposed to add only one cup flour, mix it, and then let it rise for a couple of hours and then add the rest of the flour. It seemed to work okay my way.
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      CommentAuthorAmpersand
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2011
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    So. I'm in love with La Fin Du Monde. Also, I'm a big fan of Hobgoblin - I tried it with my boyfriend, and he found it was too much for him, but it was fant-fuckin-tastic in my books. I honestly tend to head toward a few affordable-but-tasty standbys for my regular drinking: Rickard's Red, Keith's Black (since they realized after releasing it that they can't possible call it a stout and had to re-release), Smithwick's, and Kilkenny. I'm a big fan of cream ales and reds, but not so much of whites and blondes. After reading this thread, I'm thinking I've got a few to try!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2011
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    @DavidLejeune

    I apparently have been remiss in my reading. Link me?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2011
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    Today I am relaxing with a nice bottle of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. This past week was incredibly stress making so I decided to hit up my local Bev-Mo (booze mega-store) and picked up two bottles of Chimay and the Rogue. The Chimay is, in my opinion, a fine example of what Belgian beers should be and the Rogue is delicious hoppy/nutty goodness.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2011
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    RenThing - Here's the post on beer pizza dough.

    And Chimay was the first beer that got me started with this whole "Wow, beers can be good!" thing.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2011
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    @Oldhat

    I think I love you. I will have to try this recipe.

    My experience with beers, compared to others (especially in this thread, is still pretty limited; mainly, I like what I like and getting me to try new things is generally difficult. I discovered Chimay when a friend of mine gave me a bottle as part of a birthday present years ago and I've been a fan of it ever since.
    • CommentAuthorMr. Skar
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2011
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    Nothing new on the drinking front for me, just thought I'd chime in (a little late, but hey what the hell) on the hipster vibe Brewdog gives off. I figure it's a lot like the hype that Stone Brewing puts on certain bottles of their beer (the Arrogant Bastard line and Ruination for example) where they go on about, essentially, how huge your balls have to be to drink the previously mentioned two beers. Just marketing really.

    On the drinking front, like I said, nothing really new this weekend. Relaxed with some Stone Cali-Belgique (there may be an accent mark in there, can't recall) and some friends.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2011
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    So much good stuff in this thread, been too busy really to add anything except maybe my most recent tasty find (and apols. if it's already been mentioned herein)
    Robinson's Chocolate Tom

    It's not what you'd call a rarity, being available in most of the supermarket chains, but I do rate it as a nice accompaniment to manly chunks of flame-cooked meat.

    Other good things drank recently:

    Duche De Longueville cider - very apply sparkling cider from Nomandy. I picked this up because it shares a name with my secondary school, but it turned out to be a really nice, crisp and refreshing change from my more usual Ruby/Dark ales of the moment. I suspect as the summer drones on I'll be seeing this as more of a friend than I suspect is good for me.

    The previously mentioned Castle Rock Brewery supplies the city's finer watering holes with a lovely selection of locally brewed beers, I often grab a pint of their Screech IPA when I'm out in town.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2011
     (9928.76)
    Oh my god, I want that Chocolate Tom inside me so badly. That really, really begs to be drunk with dark chocolate and fruit.
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      CommentAuthorAmpersand
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2011
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    I'm going to echo @Alan Tyson on that Chocolate Tom...
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2011
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    @Dorkmuffin--if it's the gluten that ales you*, there are some gluten-free beers that I hear are worth checking out. There's one with a dragon-y name (damn if I can remember) that's pretty well-regarded.



    *I will drink hemlock as my punishment for making a pun. Tell my wife I--actually, don't tell her nothing; she knew what she was getting into, marrying a rocket man.
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    most of what these guys make is pretty solid, although the flambeau red seemed like a bit of a miss to me. then again, the whole "beer costs money" thing generally results in me drinking more of this than is probably recommended, so my palate may not be the most reliable.
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    Tried a few rotating-tap beers last night at my local:

    Ska Modus Hoperandi Double IPA (20oz draught, 6.8%). Actually quite good. Not too strong on the hops, oddly enough for a double IPA, but a nice hop presence and a good, fat body that swells up the tongue. Pretty good.
    Moylan's Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout (12oz draught, 10%). Really disappointed with this, actually. Tastes like a coffee porter, but one that tastes like old coffee grounds. I actually love porter and have had some good coffee porters, but it's not what I expect when I order and imperial stout. Not recommended.
    Left Hand Milk Stout (20oz draught, 6%). A classic. The bar I go to actually has a ice cream beer float on the menu, and they use whatever stout they have--so right now they're using the milk stout. And it is heaven in a schooner.

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