Hot!Beer thread 2014

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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/20 20:20:57 (permalink)
The Bros. at BA and general ratings, as well as Ratebeer are great guides for wondering if you should buy a case of something you haven't had before. Pair that with a smart phone, and I rarely get burned at the distributor anymore. Prior, I have had many bad purchases of $30+ beers that would sit in the fridge for months.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/21 07:44:02 (permalink)
Yeah, I really don't care for BA based on many of the things I've read about the brothers that own it, but them and RB are a pretty decent rule of thumb for evaluating an unfamiliar beer on the fly.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 09:50:52 (permalink)
I've never investigated the Bros, just see that they do their own scores and evaluations on certain brews.  Probably going to refrain, since I like their beer taste and don't want to tarnish the guide.  I'll usually take a look before doing a business trip out of town for a few local brews to look for.  Need to restock for the holiday weekend.  I had 2-3 beers all week, but the wife put a severe dent into my stock of 60 Minute.  She's not a fan of the Bitter American, so still have about a 12 pack left.
 
Which ponders the question.  When you have a 12 pack in the fridge, are you;
 
A) Running low
B) Ready to party
C) Need to figure out what to do with all of this beer
 
12 pack is usually when my fuel gauge light turns on.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 10:24:00 (permalink)
Running low. Definitely. Especially this time of year when a barbecue or night of cat fishing can happen at any given time.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 11:50:47 (permalink)
Anyone have Leinie's Lemon Berry or Orange Shandy?  Noticed Duffy's has the variety pack on sale and I like the Summer shandy, esp. around the pool on a hot day. Not normally fond of the "fruity" beers but certain ones are pretty refreshing on a hot day.  These are cans too which is nice poolside.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 12:27:43 (permalink)
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Anyone have Leinie's Lemon Berry or Orange Shandy?  Noticed Duffy's has the variety pack on sale and I like the Summer shandy, esp. around the pool on a hot day. Not normally fond of the "fruity" beers but certain ones are pretty refreshing on a hot day.  These are cans too which is nice poolside.



I don't care for any of that stuff at all.  If I were going for canned pool-side for myself, it'd be Bell's Two-Hearted, Dale's, or Sierra Nevada (bonus points for Torpedo pounders).  If I was buying to please the group, I'd probably just get two different kinds, but to get one catch all, considering that many of my friends' wives and girlfriends like the Blue Moon/Leine/etc. I'd probably go with Bell's Oberon.
 
Oh, and for me, 12 beers is kind of like a quarter tank of gas.  Not dire straits by any means, but time to start thinking about making a trip into town for supplies.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 13:24:12 (permalink)
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Anyone have Leinie's Lemon Berry or Orange Shandy?  Noticed Duffy's has the variety pack on sale and I like the Summer shandy, esp. around the pool on a hot day. Not normally fond of the "fruity" beers but certain ones are pretty refreshing on a hot day.  These are cans too which is nice poolside.



I don't care for any of that stuff at all.  If I were going for canned pool-side for myself, it'd be Bell's Two-Hearted, Dale's, or Sierra Nevada (bonus points for Torpedo pounders).  If I was buying to please the group, I'd probably just get two different kinds, but to get one catch all, considering that many of my friends' wives and girlfriends like the Blue Moon/Leine/etc. I'd probably go with Bell's Oberon.
 
Oh, and for me, 12 beers is kind of like a quarter tank of gas.  Not dire straits by any means, but time to start thinking about making a trip into town for supplies.




A little heavy handed for the "lite/light" beer crowd that usually graces my pool on the weekends.  It would be wasted on them.  Sounds like some stuff I will give a try later in the summer though.
 
Definitely a lower mid-tier beer drinker here.  Have a hard time paying over $30 for a case but can't drink the cheap stuff.  Have to shop the stuff that is on sale.....
Still pulled the trigger on the variety pack and have my straub lager and amber as back-up....and a few Newcastles floating around.
 
Tried to get my co-worker to pull the trigger on a case of Delirium but he wouldn't fork over the $105!
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/23 20:48:28 (permalink)
I'm not much of a drinker, never was, but do enjoy a "good" beer occasionally. I'm also not familiar with some of the terminology you guys are using. Yes, it could be researched, but isn't that important to me. I just finished a beer now that doesn't fit the parameters Porktown mentioned, but as others have written about beers > 4.6%, I will also. Supposedly it's a new beer by Miller, "Fortune", 6.9%. IMO, it was very good.   
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/27 13:13:52 (permalink)
My beer inventory has gone from basically zero to more or less a dozen or so at a time.  I live down the street from a great bottle shop so I usually have a few mixed and matched in the fridge.  Other than that though I usually just have a case at the most.

In my opinion, theres just too much good stuff out there to try that i have a hard time justifying spending $30-40 for a case of just one beer.  Its more economical than buying 6 packs or building your own 6 packs, but its not nearly as interesting. 
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/27 15:09:20 (permalink)
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In my opinion, theres just too much good stuff out there to try that i have a hard time justifying spending $30-40 for a case of just one beer.  Its more economical than buying 6 packs or building your own 6 packs, but its not nearly as interesting. 

I think your accounting professors are rolling in their graves (if dead)...  Can't justify $30-$40, but can justify $50.  Just kidding, I know what you are saying.  The only bottle shop near me is a Giant Eagle.  If I had one down the road, I might change my buying as well.  A case of beer typically lasts my wife and I a little over a week, depending on what is going on.  So, I'm not too disapointed in not having variety for a week, unless I buy a dissapointment case (see Beer Advocate note above).  Throw a neighborhood/soccer get together in the mix and the supplies can drain quickly.  Now that it is Summer time, I'll start buying a case of good beer and a case of beer to drain after a game or around a campfire.  Usually Yeungling Light for the cheapo case, which is so watered down, good for a post game brew.  Also a fan of supporting the PA beers.  Troeg Pale Ale is my current other case.
Eyes, I was the same way for a while, wanting to keep my spending under $30.  Duffy's usually has something decent under $30.  Although, they do have stretches of putting garbage on sale, and have to pay the $32-$35 tag for something good.  Now, I am used to spending that much, that I try to keep it under $40.  Trying to keep under $30 has burned a ton of times on buying a disappointment case that sits in the fridge.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/28 01:43:17 (permalink)
So what is the scoop on BA? Are they Browns fans or something?
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/28 08:22:49 (permalink)
Have a hard time paying over $30 for a case but can't drink the cheap stuff.

 
I may have some bad news for you...
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/29 11:11:14 (permalink)
Told ya, mid-tier....cheap to me is Black Label, PBR, Keystone, etc...
 
My beer tastes aren't quite as refined as yours....obviously.  Mid 20's to low 30's $ a case is just fine for me....
 
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/29 11:16:01 (permalink)
Who has tried North Country Brewing out of Slippery Rock?
 
Owner is an old friend, try it, all 4 beers they can are good. 
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/29 12:19:30 (permalink)
I'm going to to Slippery Rock for a weekend in june.  I'll be drinking many of their beers.  Very excited to try them.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/29 13:36:58 (permalink)
North Country Beers are now available in cans at many distributors.  Priced around $30 range.  Paleo IPA & Slimy Pebble Pils are my choices.
 
They built an entire new brewing/canning facility from the ground up last year.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/30 17:49:37 (permalink)
Hit it twice in late April/early May after day trips to fish...great stuff.  First trip I only had a pint or two, second trip I got a sampler.  All of it was great, but my personal faves were the pils and the firehouse red from the cask.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/30 21:10:39 (permalink)
If you like porters give this a try. One of my favorites.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/30 22:03:59 (permalink)
There is so much good stuff out now. New breweries popping up left and right. Really reaching the peak of the craft brewing movement. I often wonder how much expansion the market can take.
Stuff I've has lately that I was digging- All Saints Dark Angel Dunkel-weizen , Fat Heads Spooky Tooth, anything Made by Left Hand brewing. And having on of favorites now. East End Eye Opener Coffee Porter.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/31 14:30:52 (permalink)
eyesandgillzHave a hard time paying over $30 for a case but can't drink the cheap stuff.



LOL.  and there are very few things in the $30 range that I get anymore!  Glad the wife likes this stuff too or she'd kill me.  Last few purchases were a case of Founders KBS, case of Southern Tier Choklat and Southern Tier Mokah and 2 cases of Founders Rubaeus.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/31 15:57:30 (permalink)
You were lucky to get a case of KBS. Got blanked this year. Abscense makes the heart grow fonder.
My old lady loves the Southern Tier creme brûlée.
Not really off topic here but has anyone been to Copper Kettle brewing in pittsburgh? It's kind of cheating since it is kind of recipes with half grain and half extract- but really interesting as it gives you some insight in to making beer. We made a Russian Imperial Stout a few weeks ago that came out well.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/05/31 16:54:11 (permalink)
Yea. I was surprised to get the call about the KBS. I got a case of Creme Brulee too. Seems that Southern Tier can do no wrong! Lol
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/03 13:33:48 (permalink)
Southern Tier is top notch in my book.  I also have a fishing buddy who works there.  When invited on his boat it's always good times.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/07 00:32:56 (permalink)
Their 2X One will likely end up being my standout beer of 2014.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/11 16:24:43 (permalink)
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Their 2X One will likely end up being my standout beer of 2014.



Surprisingly, I haven't had this yet.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/12 11:15:51 (permalink)
For those of you in the Mon Valley, theres a new brewery that just opened up in braddock (of all places).  They are just doing growlers and drafts at the moment but the beer is real good and its not a bad place drink at all...even given the oddball location.  i believe the place is called the brew gentlemen
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/12 11:29:26 (permalink)
Southeern Tier used to have a nice little tour of the place complete with samples.
 
Perhaps the best swallow of beer i ever had was Phin and Matts right from the tank on their tour. Mmmm like fresh bread.
 
Next time i am in Grand Rapids i have to visit Founders. They are amazing.
 
Got a good taste of their Cenntenial last evening. So good.
 
"Beer is proof that there is a God, and that He loves us" ....Ben Franklin
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/20 08:08:18 (permalink)
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Their 2X One will likely end up being my standout beer of 2014.



Surprisingly, I haven't had this yet.


Duffy's is clearing out their stock.  $26/case.  8% ABV shouldn't really make a difference on freshness.  Made March and April, so not too old anyway.  Good taste, but too strong for me.  I prefer their Live, but to each his own.  Had about 10 cases as of yesterday @ 7PM.
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/25 19:13:06 (permalink)
Out of curiosity: has anyone tried the brand Dogfish Head [Ale?] and what did you think of it? I am considering getting a case as a gift for a friend who is a beer drinker and cherishes all beers for what they are on their own. I'd really be grateful for some feedback on this one! As mentioned earlier, I'm not much of a beer drinker so the opinions of you guys [and women] that do drink beer will be treasured. Thanks in advance to anyone that replies as it will be cherished!
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Re: Beer thread 2014 2014/06/25 21:27:03 (permalink)
Dogfish is a big name in craft brewing. They make lots of different varieties that vary greatly in flavor and price. Which one were you thinking of?
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