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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:09 pm

If anyone in the Pittsburgh area spots a case of the new Victory saison give a heads up. Haven't tried it yet but will soon.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:26 pm

Eismann wrote:Couple more new ones for me tonight.

Kasteel Donker
Plead the Fifth imperial stout

Also picked another Westmalle


The Kasteel Donker is very enjoyable. Pretty sweet but not excessive. Rich flavor.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:32 pm

Ballast Point porter is awesome
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:06 pm

Finch's Fascist Pig - American Red Ale. Don't know whether to credit the glass or this is just a really well balanced beer, but I am tolerating the 72 IBU very well. 8% ABV. Pretty nice beer.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:09 pm

Eismann wrote:
Eismann wrote:Couple more new ones for me tonight.

Kasteel Donker
Plead the Fifth imperial stout

Also picked another Westmalle


The Kasteel Donker is very enjoyable. Pretty sweet but not excessive. Rich flavor.


I'm also finding the Westmalle is now too hoppy/fruity following the Donker.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby BadHands71 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:06 am

BigMcK wrote:Goose Island just hit the shelves at the local. Will snag a six.

Looking for a great example of a Black IPA. Just had Green Flash's (a favorite brewery) version and I still don't think there were enough hops to counter the malt to be credited as an IPA.


Blue point Toxic Sludge and New Holland Black Hatter are both awesome.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:19 am

So my program had their open house this weekend for perspective graduate students to come in and see the university and get to talk to faculty and grad students to see if they want to come here for school. They take them to the "nicest" restaurant in town called Zola's. I got there at 6. 7:30 is when dinner starts, so I grab a beer and start talking to perspective students, professors, and other grad students. I look at my watch and realize it's 7:25 so I go to the bar to get a glass of wine to have with dinner. The bar tender says, "You've had 4 10% alcohol content beers in the past half hour, you need to slow down." I get very confused. I explain to him I'm drinking the the Curtain Abby Ale from Gamble Mill which I've had plenty of times before. It's a pretty good beer, slightly sweet for my liking, but it was one of two beers on tap and the other (HB 48 Session Ale from Gamble Mill) has an after taste of fruit loops. So back to me talking to the guy. I explain I've had 3 8% beers in the past hour and a half. He gets very angry with me and sends me away... Again, confused I start talking to some of my friends and of course they have the same "well that's BS." response that I do. So the one guy hands me his wine and goes to the bar, grabs a new glass of wine and then comes back over. He says, "See? That wasn't so hard, you just need to know which bar tender to go to." Just as he says that I look up and the guy that cut me off is staring directly at me, doesn't say a word, just grabs the wine out of my hand and the one out of my buddy's hand and walks away. Then I look at him and he's talking to the lady that's in charge of this whole visitation weekend. She comes over and asks why I'm drunk and trying to drink two glasses of wine at once? Uhhhh...wtf? I explain to her what actually happened, she laughs and says, "This is this guys first time managing a big party like this. He might be a little over zealous." Yeah...ya think?

I sit down to dinner, everyone at my table is ordering wine to have with their dinner, I follow suit and ask my server for a glass of wine. My server brings back wine to everyone at the table but me. Again, wtf? The lady in charge of the weekend is at my table, heard me order the wine, told the server it's okay, I'm not drunk, it was a misunderstanding. The server says her manager, "Told me explicitly not to serve him any alcohol." I just laughed and asked for an iced tea. These people are crazy at this place.

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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:27 am

Come back next weekend completely wasted and puke on the front door. That'll teach them.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:47 am

That's especially uncool, in that it was in the context of your work/career. ie damage to your reputation.
Hire Kraftster and sue the bastards.

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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:51 am

My boss was there, he thought it was hilarious. He kept calling me a drunkard all night. The one other lady that's in charge came over at the end of dinner and gave me a sticker for a taxi company in case I needed a ride home. Everyone was laughing about it as they realized the management was just being ridiculous, so really no harm, no foul as far as damaging my reputation. I'm glad that most of the people in my program are pretty light hearted.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby mac5155 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:21 pm

Leinenkugel canoe paddler is good stuff as well.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:40 pm

mac5155 wrote:Leinenkugel canoe paddler is good stuff as well.

Just looked it up... I've only had one Kolsch before, @ Penn Brewery. It was okay, but didn't have a ton of flavor IMO. Not sure if I'll bother chasing this one down as the reviews on BA seem to indicate this is worse in that dept.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby mac5155 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:44 pm

the wicked child wrote:
mac5155 wrote:Leinenkugel canoe paddler is good stuff as well.

Just looked it up... I've only had one Kolsch before, @ Penn Brewery. It was okay, but didn't have a ton of flavor IMO. Not sure if I'll bother chasing this one down as the reviews on BA seem to indicate this is worse in that dept.

Yeah i cant handle a beer with heavy flavor. This is just right to me.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:54 pm

Tried a couple this evening:

Otter Creek Imperial Russian Stout: Awesome. Just what I'm looking for from this genre.

Great Divide Titan IPA: Wow. First off, this isn't your typical straightforward hopbomb. A pretty complex flavor that combines a ton of different elements. Awesome brew I would love to have again.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby BadHands71 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:25 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Tried a couple this evening:

Otter Creek Imperial Russian Stout: Awesome. Just what I'm looking for from this genre.

Great Divide Titan IPA: Wow. First off, this isn't your typical straightforward hopbomb. A pretty complex flavor that combines a ton of different elements. Awesome brew I would love to have again.


I love the Titan IPA, like you said, it's got alot of complexity to it. The Hercules DIPA from Great Divide is also killer.

I'm sipping on some Full Pint Night of the Living Stout. It's rich with just the right amount of hoppiness. It was a fall release and I just realized I still had some left. Score. Probably switch it up to a Pale Ale after the game. I think I have a few Founders Pale Ales around here somewhere.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby count2infinity on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:59 pm

picked up a sixer of sly fox's rt 113 IPA in cans. I love the idea of craft brew in cans, so I pick it up when it looks interesting.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:00 pm

count2infinity wrote:picked up a sixer of sly fox's rt 113 IPA in cans. I love the idea of craft brew in cans, so I pick it up when it looks interesting.


Sly Fox is just up the road from me in Phoenixville. Good stuff
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby BadHands71 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:33 am

shafnutz05 wrote:
count2infinity wrote:picked up a sixer of sly fox's rt 113 IPA in cans. I love the idea of craft brew in cans, so I pick it up when it looks interesting.



Sly Fox is just up the road from me in Phoenixville. Good stuff

Pretty solid IPA. Not one of my standout favorites but really good and drinkable.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:17 am

Back from my trip out east. Holy crap. Heck of a bucket list trip as far as beer is concerned. Teresa's is an awesome, awesome bar. I wasn't able to make it in to Monk's, but I honestly don't think that Monk's tops Teresa's, and if it does, it can't be by much. Great, sleek looking bar, good menu (food (antelope burger) was excellent), proper glass selections for beers, perfect pours from bottles, etc.

Teresa's had just gotten in a few bottles (750ML) of Anchorage Brewing Love Buzz Saison -- a saison brewed with brett yeast that has come extremely highly recommended from anyone I know who has tried it. Impossible to get in Pittsburgh, and even very difficult to get in Philly. It definitely delivered.

All told, I got to drink:

Jandrain IV Saison (draft)
Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza (biere de garde) (draft)
Anchorage Brewing Love Buzz Saison (750 ML)
Allagash Interlude (saison (although it struck me more as an american wild ale)) (750 ML)
Allagash Odyssey (BSDA aged in oak barrels) (750 ML)

Those are definitely some nice bottles to add to my collection.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:26 am

Happy you enjoyed Teresa's, Kraft. Wayne is a nice little town, and Teresa's is fantastic. Please tell me you had the truffle fries there?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:29 am

Kraftster wrote:Back from my trip out east. Holy crap. Heck of a bucket list trip as far as beer is concerned. Teresa's is an awesome, awesome bar. I wasn't able to make it in to Monk's, but I honestly don't think that Monk's tops Teresa's, and if it does, it can't be by much. Great, sleek looking bar, good menu (food (antelope burger) was excellent), proper glass selections for beers, perfect pours from bottles, etc.

Teresa's had just gotten in a few bottles (750ML) of Anchorage Brewing Love Buzz Saison -- a saison brewed with brett yeast that has come extremely highly recommended from anyone I know who has tried it. Impossible to get in Pittsburgh, and even very difficult to get in Philly. It definitely delivered.

All told, I got to drink:

Jandrain IV Saison (draft)
Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza (biere de garde) (draft)
Anchorage Brewing Love Buzz Saison (750 ML)
Allagash Interlude (saison (although it struck me more as an american wild ale)) (750 ML)
Allagash Odyssey (BSDA aged in oak barrels) (750 ML)

Those are definitely some nice bottles to add to my collection.



Did you check out Victory? i know you hate hops, but that's an awesome brewery to visit.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:35 am

No, not much spare time. Teresa's, Nick Cave show, and some bar after the show. It was actually really nice also. I can't think of the name, but I think it was in Horsham.

If I had had time to stop at a brewery, it would have been Troegs.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:37 am

Kraftster wrote:No, not much spare time. Teresa's, Nick Cave show, and some bar after the show. It was actually really nice also. I can't think of the name, but I think it was in Horsham.

If I had had time to stop at a brewery, it would have been Troegs.


That would be pretty out of the way.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:38 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Happy you enjoyed Teresa's, Kraft. Wayne is a nice little town, and Teresa's is fantastic. Please tell me you had the truffle fries there?


Nope. If I would have had several hours there I probably would have tried some more food, but we left late as it was, and I only had time to cram in the burger and all of those beers.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:39 am

Troy Loney wrote:
Kraftster wrote:No, not much spare time. Teresa's, Nick Cave show, and some bar after the show. It was actually really nice also. I can't think of the name, but I think it was in Horsham.

If I had had time to stop at a brewery, it would have been Troegs.


That would be pretty out of the way.


Isn't it less than 20 miles from the turnpike?
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