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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:45 am

wow...just Beer Advocated (is that a verb?) Heady Topper. I will definitely be asking her to bring me some.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shmenguin on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:54 am

JoseCuervo wrote:
UVM2003 wrote:I said arguably - and personally it's EASILY the best craft city.


I don't think you can make a case for any city. It's a stupid thing to argue and even try to crown a "best place to get craft beer." So much craft is local that you're missing out if you only try what gets distributed to one city.


With enough information, it's an arguable point - just like anything else.

And UVM is pretty damned informed
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MWB on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:57 am

Yeah, had it last winter. Amazing. Just read that they'll be brewing a darker IPA in December called El Jefe which would probably also be worth a try. McNeills is another pretty good small brewery out of Vermont. Im sure UVM can offer other good suggestions. Whenever my parents come to visit they bring some good stuff.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MWB on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:07 am

JoseCuervo wrote:
UVM2003 wrote:I said arguably - and personally it's EASILY the best craft city.


I don't think you can make a case for any city. It's a stupid thing to argue and even try to crown a "best place to get craft beer." So much craft is local that you're missing out if you only try what gets distributed to one city.


I think his point was that Philly has a greater variety of craft brews available from all over the place. Not just local, but hard to find stuff from across the country as well.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby eddysnake on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:42 am

Bells special double cream stout & Anderson valley winter solstice are both awesome and will do terrible things to your head if you drink them all night
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby bhaw on Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:25 pm

So I picked up a case of the Budweiser Project 12 beers. If you haven't seen it, they had each Bud brewery (12 of them) come up with their own brew and whittled it down to 3 winners. The three that made it are an amber ale (6%) from Los Angeles, a light amber bourbon barrel lager (5.5%) from Williamsburg, and a traditional gold lager (6%) from St Louis.

Just opened the amber, and it's actually pretty good.

The case was $12 at WalMart.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby UVM2003 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:29 pm

MWB wrote:
JoseCuervo wrote:
UVM2003 wrote:I said arguably - and personally it's EASILY the best craft city.


I don't think you can make a case for any city. It's a stupid thing to argue and even try to crown a "best place to get craft beer." So much craft is local that you're missing out if you only try what gets distributed to one city.


I think his point was that Philly has a greater variety of craft brews available from all over the place. Not just local, but hard to find stuff from across the country as well.


Yes - this is what I was alluding too. By no means am I advocating ignoring local craft. For example, Pittsburgh has had an uptick in brewers recently. Helltown, out of Youngwood, is doing amazing things. I didn't mean to start a pissing match, I'm just a pretty big beer geek with a fondness for what Philly has to offer for a craft scene in the US, be it a blend of local (victory, for example) or the national/international offerings.

As for other VT stuff - obviously Alchemist Heady Topper has been mentioned is probably the pinnacle of double IPAs at the moment. Hill Farmstead, which is a small brewery located in Greensboro Bend, VT, puts out some of the best saisons and American wilds along with otherwordly IPAs and DIPAs. Now, usually you have to travel to the brewery to get their brews, but a few places in and around Burlington will have some of the year round offerings. The brewer, Shaun Hill, is the former brewmaster of Shed in Stowe and really has honed his craft so that he's now one of the leading brewers in the country, along the likes of Vinnie Cilruzo of Russian River.

Now - who homebrews? I'm about 30 minutes into the boil of a chocolate oatmeal stout that I'm going to age on Blantons soaked American oak. Should be interesting.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:20 pm

Full Pint Night of the Living Stout. Hmm. Odd beer. Hops dominate the smell, taste is malts/coffee, distinctly bitter hops after taste lingers on the tongue (too long). Not sure I'm much of a fan, but then again, I can't handle hops too well so it figures I wouldn't like it.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby stopper40 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:31 pm

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Tonight's lineup for the Steeler game
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby bhaw on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:22 pm

bhaw wrote:So I picked up a case of the Budweiser Project 12 beers. If you haven't seen it, they had each Bud brewery (12 of them) come up with their own brew and whittled it down to 3 winners. The three that made it are an amber ale (6%) from Los Angeles, a light amber bourbon barrel lager (5.5%) from Williamsburg, and a traditional gold lager (6%) from St Louis.

Just opened the amber, and it's actually pretty good.

The case was $12 at WalMart.


Amber Ale > Bourbon Barrel > Gold Lager

For Budweiser, these were pretty good. I'd suggest picking up a pack and trying if you want to take a break from you microbrews without really taking a break. ;)
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MRandall25 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:13 pm

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As my friend calls it, "The Champagne of Beers"

I also didn't realize it was "Once you open it, you gotta finish it", so it looks like I'm having some fun tonight! :face:
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:14 pm

I have the rest of the week off, so I didn't hesitate to crack open a Julius Echter dunkel weiss when I got home.

Mmmmm.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:21 am

Well, I know never to go back to W.R. Hickeys here in State College. Walked in and was immediately asked for ID, so I gave it to the guy. He hands it back and says "What do you want?" I said I'm not sure that I'd like to look around a little bit. "Do you know what kind you want?" I said I wasn't sure again and mention that I'll likely end up with a variety pack. "Well the only variety packs we have are Shock Top and Magic Hat, so do you want one of those?" I again mention that I'd like to just look around, and he finally leaves me alone. I look around a bit and see multiple variety packs and settle on Sam Adams Winter Classics. I pick it up and start carrying it to the counter and the guy comes back, "We'll get that cold out of the back for you." I tell him no thanks, I'd rather have the warm one as I can't fit it all in my fridge. He says, "Nah man, I'll go get the cold ones for you." I figure, I've had it with this place, I'll just take the beer and get out. It's pasteurized beer anyways, so cold, warm, cold won't effect it. I finally go to pay and I know for a fact that this beer is selling at a six pack shop for $18 for a 12 pack. I'm getting two 12 packs, so I'm thinking that this is a distributor, should be $36 or less, right? $40. Like I said, never going there again.

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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:01 am

Southern Tier 2XXMAS was no joke, good stuff. Also had an Old Petrus X-Mas, that was also of the sort I like. I like the thicker spicier x-mas beers as opposed to the Mad Elf sort.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:10 am

Does anyone know if there is any stuff available in PA that someone else would seek out in trade? I guess maybe something like the Weyerbacher Black that was a brewery only limited release? I am just looking for a way to get my hands on some of the stuff I'd like to try but can't get around here.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:31 am

you in the Pittsburgh area Kraftster?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:32 am

Yeah, but I'd be willing to drive a reasonable distance if I can actually get something that would be of interest -- its a lot closer than driving to places to get some of the stuff I want.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:41 am

Fatheads bottles their Headhunter IPA. It just won the West Coast IPA contest this year, so I'd be willing to bet there's a big demand for it around the country. Last time I talked to the guy at the brewery (in Cleveland) he said that they started distributing in the Cleveland area all the way out to Western PA. Might be something to keep an eye out for. Maybe stop by the Southside and see if anyone at that Fatheads location knows where to get bottles.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:48 am

count2infinity wrote:Fatheads bottles their Headhunter IPA. It just won the West Coast IPA contest this year, so I'd be willing to bet there's a big demand for it around the country. Last time I talked to the guy at the brewery (in Cleveland) he said that they started distributing in the Cleveland area all the way out to Western PA. Might be something to keep an eye out for. Maybe stop by the Southside and see if anyone at that Fatheads location knows where to get bottles.


Good call. My uncle is a huge hop head and thinks its one of the best in the world.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Froggy on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:29 pm

ok, picked up a couple different beers tonight...

shock top end of the world midnight wheat-it says it's a wheat beer with chocolate malt, chili, and spices. i kind of got carmelly aftertaste, but couldnt really pick up any other flavors. more of a wheaty smell than a wheaty taste. certainly drinkable, but nothing to write home about. i will say that it hides the alcohol taste pretty well for a 6%

flying dog dogtoberfest marzen- i actually think this one is pretty good. i might actually prefer it to the sam adams octoberfest. i find flying dog to be a totally underrated brand. i LOVE their hefeweizen, and this one is pretty enjoyable too.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Gaucho on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:41 pm

columbia wrote:I have the rest of the week off, so I didn't hesitate to crack open a Julius Echter dunkel weiss when I got home.

Mmmmm.


What do you pay over there for those Franconian and Bavarian beers, if I may ask?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:46 pm

Gaucho wrote:
columbia wrote:I have the rest of the week off, so I didn't hesitate to crack open a Julius Echter dunkel weiss when I got home.

Mmmmm.


What do you pay over there for those Franconian and Bavarian beers, if I may ask?




Anywhere from $3 to $5....I'm sure you can pay a lot more, for more obscure ones.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby legame on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:47 pm

UVM2003 wrote:I said arguably - and personally it's EASILY the best craft city.

But since you questioned my logic: its the Only place outside of NorCal that gets Pliny the younger on release as well as constant barrels of Elder. Cantillon? Yep, all the time. Only place outside of Greensboro Bend that gets Hill Farmstead. Heady topper too. Good luck finding that outside of the cannery.

San Fran is probably the only city in the country that could compete with the distribution that Philly sees.

http://www.seekabrew.com/distro/index.html


Asheville, Austin, and Portland all have craft scenes that blow Philly out of the water. Asheville alone has at least a dozen breweries in town.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Gaucho on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:52 pm

columbia wrote:
Gaucho wrote:
columbia wrote:I have the rest of the week off, so I didn't hesitate to crack open a Julius Echter dunkel weiss when I got home.

Mmmmm.


What do you pay over there for those Franconian and Bavarian beers, if I may ask?




Anywhere from $3 to $5....I'm sure you can pay a lot more, for more obscure ones.


Sounds reasonable. Comparable to what we pay for American specialty beers over here.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby MWB on Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:28 pm

legame wrote:
UVM2003 wrote:I said arguably - and personally it's EASILY the best craft city.

But since you questioned my logic: its the Only place outside of NorCal that gets Pliny the younger on release as well as constant barrels of Elder. Cantillon? Yep, all the time. Only place outside of Greensboro Bend that gets Hill Farmstead. Heady topper too. Good luck finding that outside of the cannery.

San Fran is probably the only city in the country that could compete with the distribution that Philly sees.

http://www.seekabrew.com/distro/index.html


Asheville, Austin, and Portland all have craft scenes that blow Philly out of the water. Asheville alone has at least a dozen breweries in town.


Yes, Asheville has breweries, but are there places you can get the wide variety of craft brews there? If so, I haven't seen it (certainly possible). Shops I've been to there seem pretty limited to mostly local stuff.
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