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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby canaan on Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:53 am

that worked out well, c2i.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:12 pm

canaan wrote:that worked out well, c2i.


Lulz
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby largegarlic on Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:36 am

stopper40 wrote:
largegarlic wrote:I went to the opening of the Funky Buddha brewpub this past weekend in Ft. Lauderdale. I guess they had a smaller one in Boca Raton, but this one is significantly larger. It was a pretty cool, laid-back place by South Florida standards (i.e. a funk band playing instead of techno, not many dudes wearing half-buttoned, $200 designer shirts). The beer was OK. They had a hoppy Berlinerweiss that I liked the best and decent standards like hefeweizen, porter, and IPAs. They had other more experimental beers like a blueberry cobbler ale and a pina colada ale, and while the girls we were with liked them, I thought they were kinda gross. Bottom line, if you find yourself in Ft. Lauderdale looking for a more chill, out-of-downtown place with decent beer, it's a good pick.



Did they have any of this? I would love to get my hands on some.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16410/62761


Unfortunately I didn't get to try that. They were tapping a couple kegs of their special brews every two hours and that wasn't scheduled until 10:00. I left at 8:00 to watch game 1 of the pens' series. :face: ...probably would have enjoyed the night more with a maple bacon porter than that game.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:56 am

I've never had any Grand Cru before, but my fiancee's boss just gave her a 750 mL bottle of the stuff as a thank you for something or another. Any opinions on it?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:02 am

Rodenbach Grand Cru?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby JoseCuervo on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:50 am

From which brewery? There are a lot of Grand Cru's out there and they vary in style, too (typically a strong belgian ale).
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:52 am

I've only had a few Grand Crus, but the high alcohol taste was a bit much for me.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:06 pm

Rodenback Grand Crus
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:08 pm

It's a sour. Flanders Red. I am personally not a huge fan of it (I'd probably rate it as between good and great), but if you happen to have a bottle of the 2010 Vintage, that is really good stuff, between great and excellent. In any event, my personal opinion aside, it is a very well liked sour.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:34 am

Really digging the Abt 12.

In related news: for all you smart people who are smart about pairing glasses with beer - looking at you, Kraftster - what's a good glass for BSDA and typical stouts?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MWB on Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:57 am

A snifter is good for stronger stouts and probably BSDA's as well. For milder stouts I usually just use a pint glass.

I know a lot of people on here love Abt 12, but it wasn't for me. Not awful, just not something I'd drink regularly. I guess I'm just not a fan of a lot of Belgian beers.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby malkinshair on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:04 am

I had a North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster last night. Was really good. It's a Belgian strong that's maybe a smidge under Duvel, but definitely comparable. I'd never even heard of it before seeing it in Whole Foods, so I gave it a try. Couldn't recommend it more...it's very, very good.
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Also had my first ever Head Hunter. I'd always looked down on Fat Head's offerings for some reason, but wow is that an exceptional IPA. Really bright hops without being overwhelming. We'll have to add that to the summer rotation immediately!
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:57 pm

Just picked up. Harpoon UFO Explorer pack. Wanted to get this last summer, but missed out. I've had the White and the Raspberry hefe, but I'm looking forward to trying the regular hefe and the pale ale.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:35 pm

Has this thread ever attempted to rank beers in certain categories?

Best IPA? Etc...

Just curious what LGP thinks...
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:40 pm

I think we've discussed our favorites before. Best IPA I've ever had is Heady Topper from the Alchemist brewing company. My next 5 or 6 favorite beers are also IPA's and my favorite non IPA is founder's breakfast stout.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MWB on Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:40 pm

IPA: Heady Topper (and #1 overall)
Stout: Samual Smith Oatmeal and Souther Tier Oatmeal
Barrel Aged Stout: Dragon's Milk
Barley Wine: Souther Tier Backburner
Porter: Great Lakes Sir Edmund Fitzgerald
Quad: Three Philosophers
Black: ST Iniquity
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:24 pm

I love 21st Amendment's Lower Da Boom barley wine as well as Flying Mouflan from Troegs
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:12 pm

I'm in Vancouver for a few days (also a city swept in the playoffs).

Any suggestions for local beers?

People here mentioned Granville Island.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:17 pm

So, I'm playing my normal monthly poker tourney tonight and grabbed a six of Del Norte "Mexican style Cerveza".

It's good. But it's hard to describe, it's got this very slight after taste that reminds you of the quinine in Tonic water. Other than that its very tasty.
I'll buy it again.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby BigMcK on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:03 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:Has this thread ever attempted to rank beers in certain categories?

Best IPA? Etc..


Just curious what LGP thinks...


A lot of the beers mentioned here seem to be regional. Local IPA? Tap It IPA by far. The cleanest hop smell and taste for a West Coast IPA.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Shyster on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:37 pm

It's not really beer, but I have a recommendation for Red Star Kombucha (http://inglobwetrust.com/) which is made here in Pittsburgh on Troy Hill. Kombucha is tea fermented with a mixture of bacteria and yeast. The one made with green tea has a crisp, refreshing taste that reminds me slightly of a cross between a not-very-strong ginger ale, a lemon-lime soda, and maybe a hard apple cider. It also mixes nicely with whiskey, and I bet it would go well with gin. I haven't tried the other flavors.

Kombucha naturally develops a small amount of alcohol during fermentation (about 1-2% ABV), so the LCB rather nonsensically considers it to be a "beer" even though one would need to drink gallons of the stuff to get drunk. I ran across it in the beer cafe section of the Cranberry Giant Eagle. The extra hoops to jump through are why only the green-tea flavor is available in bottles. I stopped by the brewery today and picked up a case, and one of the co-owners said that they just got back the paperwork that will permit them to bottle the other flavors.

Because the contents are alive and unfiltered (which also carbonates the contents), each bottle develops a little floating glob of yeast/bacteria (hence the url for their web page). I filter it out with a bar strainer when pouring.

Coverage of Red Star:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/lif ... us-640209/
http://franktuary.com/blog/2013/03/what ... -kombucha/
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:24 am

Eismann wrote:Really digging the Abt 12.

In related news: for all you smart people who are smart about pairing glasses with beer - looking at you, Kraftster - what's a good glass for BSDA and typical stouts?


I agree with MWB, snifter is probably the way to go. If you have a particularly carbonated BSDA, I think you could do a tulip also. From what I understand, a tulip encourages head development and retention with both its shape and nucleation points, making it ideal for effervescent beers like saisons, which is why it is my go to glass usually (I had a Hennepin recently in my Ommegang tulip that had about a three finger head and retained a finger of that throughout). There is risk in using a glass like that for a less heady/carbonated beer because the beer end up tasking flat as you consume it. I have had this happen with russian imperial stouts (a definite snifter beer).

I can think of Ommegang XV Anniversary as a bsda that is super carbonated where you could go with a tulip. Pepe Nero, although technically a saison, would be another bsda-type that I'd go with a tulip.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:04 am

ExPatriatePen wrote:Has this thread ever attempted to rank beers in certain categories?

Best IPA? Etc...

Just curious what LGP thinks...


I was thinking about trying to do this for myself recently. I collect all of my bottles and am going to be finally constructing my display "thing" in the next couple of months, so I was going through them to figure out the size I want. Beers I've only had on draft I am usually able to keep track of, but I've probably forgotten a few, though likely not memorable ones.

I am also not sure how to really compare something like a standard saison with a barrel-aged, bacteria-added saison.

Off the top of my head, I would say:

Best overall: Anchorage Love Buzz Saison
Saison: Saison Dupont (Runner up: Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale*)
Barrel/Bacteria Saison: Anchorage Love Buzz Saison (Runner up: Logsdon Farm Seizon Bretta)
American Wild Ale: Russian River Supplication (Runner up: Russian River Sanctification)
Flanders Red: Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge (Runner up: Cascade Kriek)
Lambic: Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus (Runner up: Hanssens Oude Kriek)
Gueuze: Gueuze Tilquin (Runner up: Hanssens Oude Gueuze)
Russian Imperial Stout: North Coast Old Rasputin (Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon)
Doppelbock: Ayinger Celebrator (Runner up: Troegenator)
Stout^: Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout (Runner up: Rogue Chocolate Stout)
Porter: Anchor Steam Porter (Runner up: Sam Smith Taddy Porter)
Schwarz: Kostritzer Schwarzbier (Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier)
Hefe: Ayinger Brau Weisse
Weizenbock: Schneider Weisse Aventinus (Victory Moonglow)
BSDA: Allagash Odyssey (Runner up: N'Ice Chouffe)
BSPA: Ommegang Gnomegang (Runner up: Dupont Moinette Blond)
Tripel: Unibroue La Fin Du Monde (Runner up: Victory Golden Monkey)
Quad: Ommegang Three Philosophers (Runner up: St. Bernardus Christmas)


*- only had on draft, so I'm sort of speculating a bit at how good it would be from the bottle.
^- don't really know how stouts are grouped/subgrouped

Styles I left out I forgot or don't feel qualified to really weigh in on, although some of the above are more of a stretch too.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby legame on Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:33 pm

Have been in Pittsburgh a week and just realized I'm only a 5 block walk to The Sharp Edge. Oh no.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby letsgoalpens on Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:43 pm

Best overall: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Saison: Allagash Interlude
Flanders Red: Rodenbach Grand Cru
Russian Imperial Stout: North Coast Old Rasputin
Doppelbock: Ayinger Celebrator
Stout: Avery Out of Bounds Stout
Porter: Left Hand Smoke Jumper
Pilsner: Left hand Polestar Pilsner
BSDA: Bells Hell Hath No Fury
BSPA: Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien Bière De L'Amitié
Tripel: Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
Quad: Wild Heaven Eschaton
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