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Re: Drinking
« Reply #50 on: July 08, 2012, 03:24:23 pm »
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If you like the Left-Hand milk stout I suggest the Duck Rabbit Milk stout.

I'll keep an eye out for it.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2012, 03:30:54 pm »
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Living on the west coast is a dream for micro-brew drinking.  Russian River, 3rd St Aleworks (very local), Lagunitas on tap nearly everywhere...

Like it so much it inspired me to start brewing my own.  Any other beer drinkers take the plunge and start brewing?
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #52 on: July 10, 2012, 04:55:46 am »
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Was training for a drinking marathon, should be starting tomorrow.  Wish me luck!
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2012, 08:36:29 am »
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Was training for a drinking marathon, should be starting tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

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Blitz:
TOWN Wins: ZM11, ZM13
TOWN Losses: ZM3, ZM5, ZM6, ZM8, ZM9, ZM10
SCUM Wins: ZM1
SCUM Losses: ZM4

Total Wins: 3
Total Losses: 7

Normal Games:
TOWN Wins: M3, M5, M6, M11, M17, M28, M32, M105, M108
TOWN Losses: M4, M7, M8, M9, M13, M14, M18, M31
SCUM Wins: M2, M19, M23, M100
SCUM Losses: M15 (SK), M102 (Traitor)

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 10

Other:
TOWN Wins: DM1, BM4, BM4, BM5, BM8, BM13, DoM1, OZ2, RM45
TOWN Losses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM6, BM11, RM3, RM4
SCUM Wins: DM3, BM7, RM1, RM2
SCUM Losses: BM9, OZ1

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 9

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #54 on: July 22, 2012, 08:32:52 am »
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Vermont Brewfest was awesome.... it will now be an annual thing for me

For galzria - here is a list of all of the beers that I tried:

The Alchemist
Heady Topper - American Double IPA - 8% - There is a reason why these guys had the longest line and this beer is the only one to receive a perfect 100 from beer advocate.  Better on tap than it is from the can.

Fiddlehead Brewery
Fiddlehead IPA - American IPA - 6.2% - Uneventful - but I love IPAs
MotherGoose - Collaboration with Angel City - Wheat / Honey / Gooseberries - 6.4% - High Gravity wheat beer -> gross

Harboon Brewery
Leviathan Imperial IPA - 10% - Too much
Imperial Red Squared 9.2% - This one was much better
IPA - 5.9% I can get this normally in bottles - its fine
Rich and Dan's RYE IpA - 6.9% - This was surprisingly good

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Edward - American Pale Ale - 5.2% - After all of the IPAs - this just tasted bland

Lawson's Finest Liquids
Double Sunshine IPA - 8% - This was another brewery with a ridiculous line - and this IPA was gone before the end of the night.  It was fine - but it didn't warrant the line IMHO.  This was actually the first beer that I had - so I know that my reaction wasn't tainted.  If anything, I should have liked it more after standing in the hot sun for an hour.

McNeil's Brewery
Dead Horse IPA - 6.5% - Pretty conventional IPA.  I wish I had tried the sunshine IPA - which allegedly had hints of mango and pineapple.

Otter Creek Brewing Co
Black IPA - 6% - Didn't stand out as much as you'd expect. 

Rock Art Brewery
I wanted to try their pumpkin imperial spruce stout - but it was gone.  Had their IPA (6%) instead.  At this point in the evening I could confirm that it was indeed an IPA

Non Vermont Brewers

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Captains Reserve Imperial IPA - 8% - one of my last beers - but I enjoyed it

Founders Brewing Company
Centennial IPA - 7.2% - Just fine
Curmudgeon - 9.8% - I sipped some of my wifes.  Delicious
Devil Dancer - Triple IPA - 12% - They didn't open this keg until halfway through - so I wasn't exactly unbiased reviewing at this point.  It still made a strong impression.

IPSwitch
IpA - 6.3% - This was one of the only things that I didn't enjoy.  They advertised it as a cross between English and American IPAs.  It has a frowny face next to it.

Portsmouth Brewery
Bottle Rocket IPA - I had a choice of getting the normal, or a cask version collabortion with another brewery.  I naturally elected for the cask - and while I could taste the vanilla notes that they told me I would experience - and I noticed the difference in natural carbonation - If i could do it again, I would have had the regular.

Stone Brewing Co
They were just down to the Stone IPA and the Stone Cali-Belgique IPA.  I had the regular stone IPA, which I've had plenty of times - but never on tap.  It was just fine.

I probably had some others that I didn't mark down - and I sipped a bunch of beers that other people had, but only one other stood out

Bobcat Cafe and Brewery
saison de cassis (6.2%) - Tranlation: A Season of Blackcurrants.  The guidebook says: This belgian-inspired farmhouse style is brewed with barley from belgium, hops from the usa and germany, and yeast cultivated from a difficult-to-obtain belgian yeast.  A crisp and very dry beer with esters/aromas of earthiness and fruitiness and a suble tart finish from Vermont grown blackcurrants

This beer tasted like the water that drips out of a ripe trash bag that's been under your sink for a week.  Sounded pretty good based on the description though, right?  One sip was enough  - and my wife threw out about 2.5 oz out of her 3 oz. pour.  Yes - for those who just read the above and thought that I had downed 20 beers and am still alive - they were 3 oz pours... I was happy at the end - but not enough to post a 3 page diatribe about my kickball prowess.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2012, 09:40:45 am »
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Epic final sentence. ;)

I'm intrigued by Devil Dancer... I'll have to look into it's availability out West. Were most of the Vermont Brewers regional only, or do they distribute widely? I'm pretty sure that I've tried Leviathan Imperial before.

I'm also interested in The Alchemist, although I'm often wary by the usage of the word "can"instead of "bottle" as I've yet to drink a beer that doesn't have a bitter metallic taste after being poured from the former.

What would be your strongest recommendation out of them all?
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Blitz:
TOWN Wins: ZM11, ZM13
TOWN Losses: ZM3, ZM5, ZM6, ZM8, ZM9, ZM10
SCUM Wins: ZM1
SCUM Losses: ZM4

Total Wins: 3
Total Losses: 7

Normal Games:
TOWN Wins: M3, M5, M6, M11, M17, M28, M32, M105, M108
TOWN Losses: M4, M7, M8, M9, M13, M14, M18, M31
SCUM Wins: M2, M19, M23, M100
SCUM Losses: M15 (SK), M102 (Traitor)

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 10

Other:
TOWN Wins: DM1, BM4, BM4, BM5, BM8, BM13, DoM1, OZ2, RM45
TOWN Losses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM6, BM11, RM3, RM4
SCUM Wins: DM3, BM7, RM1, RM2
SCUM Losses: BM9, OZ1

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 9

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #56 on: July 22, 2012, 10:08:06 am »
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Epic final sentence. ;)

I'm intrigued by Devil Dancer... I'll have to look into it's availability out West. Were most of the Vermont Brewers regional only, or do they distribute widely? I'm pretty sure that I've tried Leviathan Imperial before.

I'm also interested in The Alchemist, although I'm often wary by the usage of the word "can"instead of "bottle" as I've yet to drink a beer that doesn't have a bitter metallic taste after being poured from the former.

What would be your strongest recommendation out of them all?

Heady topper for sure, but I don't think you can get it outside this state.  Most of the brewers are local only.  Long trail, smutty nose,magic hat, harpoon, and otter creek I've seen elsewhere.

I think stone ipa would have been my second favorite - but I suspect you already know how good that is.

Next year I will do no ipas, and try some of the more interesting things.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #57 on: July 22, 2012, 11:04:16 am »
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Epic final sentence. ;)

I'm intrigued by Devil Dancer... I'll have to look into it's availability out West. Were most of the Vermont Brewers regional only, or do they distribute widely?

I quit drinking a year and a half ago but then Founder's was not shipping West. I used to make lots of trades for West coast brews with Founder's and Bell's beers. The Devil Dancer was one of my favorites but it's a bit strong for most and it's not one to drink multiples of. Founder's was one of my all around favorite brewers with the Double. Trouble DIPA being my goto beer.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #58 on: July 30, 2012, 11:26:29 am »
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Oh - I finally found Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.  Delicious!
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #59 on: July 30, 2012, 12:31:24 pm »
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Vermont Brewfest was awesome.... it will now be an annual thing for me

Oh I do miss Vermont breweries; I relocated from there to Atlanta maybe 3 years ago, and southern breweries have got nothing on Vermont.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #60 on: July 30, 2012, 02:49:46 pm »
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Oh - I finally found Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.  Delicious!

Would you say the secret ingredient is basil? I always thought it had basil in it.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #61 on: July 30, 2012, 02:56:43 pm »
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Oh - I finally found Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.  Delicious!

Would you say the secret ingredient is basil? I always thought it had basil in it.

I have no idea... I'm not super fancy with my tasting yet.  I just know that I enjoy it!  Whether I could tell it blind from Southern Tier Double IPA - I'm not sure.

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #62 on: August 15, 2012, 01:58:35 am »
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About Founder's, Founder's Breakfast Stout is my favorite beer although it's so heavy I can't drink it with a meal.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2012, 11:18:31 pm »
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Wow. We have a wine bar that got a special order of Dogfish Head 120 on tap (In Silicon Valley? Yessir!)... Absolutely delicious. SO much better than their 90 minute.

... But my goodness, 18%?!?! That hits you HARD!

Gotta drive home now... (Glad I only had the one!)

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Blitz:
TOWN Wins: ZM11, ZM13
TOWN Losses: ZM3, ZM5, ZM6, ZM8, ZM9, ZM10
SCUM Wins: ZM1
SCUM Losses: ZM4

Total Wins: 3
Total Losses: 7

Normal Games:
TOWN Wins: M3, M5, M6, M11, M17, M28, M32, M105, M108
TOWN Losses: M4, M7, M8, M9, M13, M14, M18, M31
SCUM Wins: M2, M19, M23, M100
SCUM Losses: M15 (SK), M102 (Traitor)

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 10

Other:
TOWN Wins: DM1, BM4, BM4, BM5, BM8, BM13, DoM1, OZ2, RM45
TOWN Losses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM6, BM11, RM3, RM4
SCUM Wins: DM3, BM7, RM1, RM2
SCUM Losses: BM9, OZ1

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 9

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #64 on: August 26, 2012, 03:09:39 am »
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Also, if you can get it and are in to Belgiums, I highly recommend Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Company. Incredibly enjoyable, but also on the strong side at 9.4% APV.
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Blitz:
TOWN Wins: ZM11, ZM13
TOWN Losses: ZM3, ZM5, ZM6, ZM8, ZM9, ZM10
SCUM Wins: ZM1
SCUM Losses: ZM4

Total Wins: 3
Total Losses: 7

Normal Games:
TOWN Wins: M3, M5, M6, M11, M17, M28, M32, M105, M108
TOWN Losses: M4, M7, M8, M9, M13, M14, M18, M31
SCUM Wins: M2, M19, M23, M100
SCUM Losses: M15 (SK), M102 (Traitor)

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 10

Other:
TOWN Wins: DM1, BM4, BM4, BM5, BM8, BM13, DoM1, OZ2, RM45
TOWN Losses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM6, BM11, RM3, RM4
SCUM Wins: DM3, BM7, RM1, RM2
SCUM Losses: BM9, OZ1

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 9

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #65 on: August 29, 2012, 12:07:06 pm »
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Following up on another post you made elsewhere, the 10.8% is on the high end (most of what I drink is 8% - 11.5% range), but I dunno. It didn't really jump out at me. I opened with that Friday night and followed it up with Ruination, Sumtin' Sumtin' (not my favorite, but not bad), Racer-5, Ruination, and finished with Hops-on-Rye. The 10th anniversary just... Felt like it had the smallest kick of the group (I'll admit, I split the 22 oz though (11 each) so maybe I didn't appreciate it fully).

How were you conscious? A bottle of 10th by itself is plenty for me.  :-[
And I really need to get my hands on some Pliny/Heady Topper...

Any homebrewers in here?
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #66 on: August 29, 2012, 12:24:46 pm »
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Following up on another post you made elsewhere, the 10.8% is on the high end (most of what I drink is 8% - 11.5% range), but I dunno. It didn't really jump out at me. I opened with that Friday night and followed it up with Ruination, Sumtin' Sumtin' (not my favorite, but not bad), Racer-5, Ruination, and finished with Hops-on-Rye. The 10th anniversary just... Felt like it had the smallest kick of the group (I'll admit, I split the 22 oz though (11 each) so maybe I didn't appreciate it fully).

How were you conscious? A bottle of 10th by itself is plenty for me.  :-[
And I really need to get my hands on some Pliny/Heady Topper...

Any homebrewers in here?

Heady Topper is amazing - I still have 8 cans in my basement.

I am a semi home brewer - my first batch just finished.... an irish red - kindof a smithwicks clone.  Turns out I don't like smithwicks as much as I remembered though.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #67 on: August 29, 2012, 12:26:35 pm »
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Oh - i just picked up a 6er of Little Sumpin - Wild.  I don't think I like it as much as original.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #68 on: August 31, 2012, 06:53:44 pm »
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Anybody like black IPAs? Currently sitting down with a Black Hops by Blue Hills and it's pretty damn good.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #69 on: August 31, 2012, 08:53:54 pm »
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I am drunk.
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Re: Drinking
« Reply #70 on: August 31, 2012, 09:31:30 pm »
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Blitz:
TOWN Wins: ZM11, ZM13
TOWN Losses: ZM3, ZM5, ZM6, ZM8, ZM9, ZM10
SCUM Wins: ZM1
SCUM Losses: ZM4

Total Wins: 3
Total Losses: 7

Normal Games:
TOWN Wins: M3, M5, M6, M11, M17, M28, M32, M105, M108
TOWN Losses: M4, M7, M8, M9, M13, M14, M18, M31
SCUM Wins: M2, M19, M23, M100
SCUM Losses: M15 (SK), M102 (Traitor)

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 10

Other:
TOWN Wins: DM1, BM4, BM4, BM5, BM8, BM13, DoM1, OZ2, RM45
TOWN Losses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM6, BM11, RM3, RM4
SCUM Wins: DM3, BM7, RM1, RM2
SCUM Losses: BM9, OZ1

Total Wins: 13
Total Losses: 9

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Re: Drinking
« Reply #71 on: August 31, 2012, 09:45:38 pm »
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I'm most the way there.  A friend brought in some 60 minute Dogfish Head, while I was in the middle of my strongly mixed drink.  How rude.  To help smooth over the awkwardness, I had to accept some beer.  Just cuz I'm a gentleman like htat.
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« Reply #72 on: August 31, 2012, 09:54:13 pm »
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I am drunk.

I will join soon.
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« Reply #73 on: September 01, 2012, 12:29:57 am »
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I am not drunk, but I did have a shot of Crown Royal earlier. I love Crown and Coke, and found a recommendation online for a shot of Crown chased with orange juice. It was quite good.
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« Reply #74 on: September 04, 2012, 09:35:09 am »
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So, I tried a six pack of Akiraku, one of the Japanese concoctions known as Happosei liquor -- it was drinkable, but I still haven't found anything in Japan that I can really call a go-to "cheap" beer.  No Rolling Rock here. :)

I'm impressed with the whisky though.  The Suntory whisky is much better than Jack Daniels.

For microbrews it seems like many places in the US are good now -- I'm from the Midwest and I quite like the Great Lakes brews for the most part.  The Columbus brewpub isn't bad.  Apparently my podunk Chicago suburb hometown (Munster) has a nationally-known brewery now (Three Floyds) although I have yet to try any beers from there.
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