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Old 09-08-12, 04:27 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Firestone Walker Union Jack... wow.
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Old 09-08-12, 08:28 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

anyone feel like donating to an impoverished student stuck in a state with terrible beer selections? (to be fair, some good ones from Ca and Or do make it here but not many)
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

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Firestone Walker Union Jack... wow.
This! I want to get my hands on more Union Jack so bad. Just absolutely tasty and delicious.
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Old 09-08-12, 09:55 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by fishingleatity View Post
anyone feel like donating to an impoverished student stuck in a state with terrible beer selections? (to be fair, some good ones from Ca and Or do make it here but not many)
Where do you live? Texas is a LOT better than it used to be as far as beer is concerned. Florida, on the other hand, sucked ass when I lived there.
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Old 09-09-12, 07:52 AM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

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Where do you live? Texas is a LOT better than it used to be as far as beer is concerned. Florida, on the other hand, sucked ass when I lived there.
I'm in "Paradise"... (Hawai'i)
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by fishingleatity View Post
I'm in "Paradise"... (Hawai'i)
Just for college or do you live there? Is Kona Brewing good? I've read good stuff about it.

If it was just for college, I think I'd take that trade off. (Or at least I would have at "college age".) No great beer for a few years in a Hawai'i.
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Old 09-09-12, 03:31 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

I'm out here for Grad school, after that who knows.

Kona is good but nothing exciting, Maui has a brewery too -tried two of their beers so far, again good but not amazing.

I can handle the lack of beer selection, but you know if someone wants to help change it I wouldnt be opposed at all
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Florida kicks ass for craft beer now.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by Shamus McAnally View Post
This! I want to get my hands on more Union Jack so bad. Just absolutely tasty and delicious.
Good stuff. Luckily I haven't had any issues finding on shelves....!
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Old 09-13-12, 03:31 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

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Florida kicks ass for craft beer now.
Florida is solid for craft beer, but still has a long way to go.

Cigar City is great (albeit a little over hyped), Funky Buddah is outstanding, Peg's Cantina is solid and Tequesta is supposed to be really good from various reviews but I've never been.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by Quake1028 View Post
Florida kicks ass for craft beer now.
Yeah, it's getting a lot better.

Had no problem finding some Punkin' Ale pretty soon after the ship date.
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Old 09-13-12, 05:41 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

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Florida is solid for craft beer, but still has a long way to go.

Cigar City is great (albeit a little over hyped), Funky Buddah is outstanding, Peg's Cantina is solid and Tequesta is supposed to be really good from various reviews but I've never been.
The way I see it, Florida has one world-class brewery (Cigar City) and some nice brewpubs here and there... but given the damn size of the state, there needs to be another beer other than Cigar City that's widely distributed outside the state. Heck, CC barely makes it out (we MIGHT be getting it here soon though, supposedly... and even then only in Houston from what I hear).

Funky Buddha is great and all, but I've been there and the Freetail Brewpub in San Antonio, TX utterly wipes the floor with them if we're comparing brewpubs that don't distribute.

Texas just has better locals... I mean we're no California, Michigan, or Colorado... but we've got great places like Jester King, (512), Independence Brewing, Austin Beerworks, Karbach, Southern Star, Deep Ellum, Freetail, and the list goes on. We've even got mediocre breweries like the Florida Brewing Company (which makes Swamp Ape, which my dad loves and I call 'Swamp Ass' when I visit) such as South Austin Brewing, Circle, and Big Texas Beer! All bases are covered.

Granted you do have better national beers, imho. Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, and Southern Tier are breweries I would kill to have in this state. The downside is because Florida is so far from California I could never find fresh Sierra Nevada, Stone, or other West Coast IPAs. I routinely get Sierra Nevada beers, in particular, that are 1-2 weeks out of the brewery. I could never do that in Florida.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Fellow Chicagoans, was over at Famous Liquors in Lombard yesterday and came across the following. Will definitely be checking this out since it's right down the road from where I live.

Saturday October 20th
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Fall Beer Tasting of over 50 craft beers. Meet Larry Bell from Bell's Brewing Company. FREE pint glass autographed by Larry Bell(while supplies last) with purchase of a Bell's 6 pack.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

I think I've found a new IPA that tops my list. 10 Barrel's Apocalypse IPA. Amazing balance.

Also - their new Seasonal Oregon Brown Ale is pretty awesome as well.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by fishingleatity View Post
I'm in "Paradise"... (Hawai'i)
I love Fire Rock Pale Ale. Only other place I've seen it other than Hawaii was at Planet Hollywood (formerly the Alladin) in Vegas.
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Old 09-16-12, 07:14 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

This place has had it on tap a few times that I've seen.

I'll have to try it next time I'm there.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Had a wee little tasting in Michigan Saturday night.

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Bruery Mother Funker
Cascade Apricot
Casecade Blueberry
Three Flyods Sour Brown
Alpine Chez Monieux
New Holland Blue Sunday
Three Flyods Zes Zes Zes
Jackie O's Funky South Paw
New Belgium Tart Lycee
Hermitage 1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale
Two Borthers Hoodwink
Russian River Consecration
Russian River Supplication
Russian River Beatification
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Grand Reserve
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Old 09-17-12, 04:21 PM
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by Decadance View Post
Had a wee little tasting in Michigan Saturday night.

Spoiler:




Bruery Mother Funker
Cascade Apricot
Casecade Blueberry
Three Flyods Sour Brown
Alpine Chez Monieux
New Holland Blue Sunday
Three Flyods Zes Zes Zes
Jackie O's Funky South Paw
New Belgium Tart Lycee
Hermitage 1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale
Two Borthers Hoodwink
Russian River Consecration
Russian River Supplication
Russian River Beatification
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Grand Reserve
That looks amazing.

Went to a nearby beer bar last week, best pour of the night was Lagunitas Fusion X which is a wheat IPA. Straw-colored, lemony, c-hop grapefruit, nice malt balance. Awesome stuff.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by Decadance View Post
Had a wee little tasting in Michigan Saturday night.

Spoiler:




Bruery Mother Funker
Cascade Apricot
Casecade Blueberry
Three Flyods Sour Brown
Alpine Chez Monieux
New Holland Blue Sunday
Three Flyods Zes Zes Zes
Jackie O's Funky South Paw
New Belgium Tart Lycee
Hermitage 1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale
Two Borthers Hoodwink
Russian River Consecration
Russian River Supplication
Russian River Beatification
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Grand Reserve
That's a whole lot of sours. Can we be best friends now?
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

HA. I only brought one (Funky South Paw), but that was because the host wanted to drink through his stock. We actually only managed to put a small dent in it.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Originally Posted by steebo777 View Post
Florida is solid for craft beer, but still has a long way to go.

Cigar City is great (albeit a little over hyped), Funky Buddah is outstanding, Peg's Cantina is solid and Tequesta is supposed to be really good from various reviews but I've never been.
The food and the beer at Peg's Cantina is fantastic--had my birthday dinner there this summer.
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Just spent an hour reading part 1 of the great beer thread. (Particularly my original, hilarious attempt at getting in to craft beer.)

Looking back now, I have SO much regret. Not only did I miss out on all the great beer I could have found around here, but from 2004-2009, I had done SO much traveling, I really could have found so many more beers I could have tried (on the many driving trips, could have brought back). I missed trying beers while in NYC, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Myers, West Palm, Charlotte, Birmingham, Houston, Memphis, and Detroit/Ann Arbor. Not to mention all the places on many of those drives.

If only I had a time machine.....

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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

Loaded up on some things I've heard good things about but never tried...

-Southern Tier Pumpking
-Southern Tier Creme Brule
-Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
-Left Hand Milk Stout
-Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Any suggestions on whether any of these should be aged at all, how to serve, whatever?
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Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop

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Loaded up on some things I've heard good things about but never tried...

-Southern Tier Pumpking
-Southern Tier Creme Brule
-Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
-Left Hand Milk Stout
-Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Any suggestions on whether any of these should be aged at all, how to serve, whatever?
BCS ages nicely, but quite honestly I never have the patience to keep it around too long. Damn good.

Not sure on the benefits of aging the Left Hand Milk Stout - I usually buy that and drink it relatively soon.
Both taste good just lightly chilled, imo - served in a snifter to enjoy the aroma.

Picked up some FFF Moloko Milk Stout last night, along with a four-pack of Founder's Breakfast Stout. YUM!
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Old 10-05-12, 03:07 PM
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BCS ages nicely, but quite honestly I never have the patience to keep it around too long. Damn good.
Yeah...I let one bottle age about 2 hours. Sipping on it now. Shit's like syrup.

Haven't really ventured into the stout world too much. Since I started trying better beers a year or so ago, it's been mostly hoppy stuff. The cooler weather makes it easier.
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