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2013-02-28 07:29:40 AM
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-02-28 07:31:36 AM
St Arnold's brews some great beers.
Hop Devil is nice too. Didn't know Utah had so many breweries. The more you know...
 
2013-02-28 08:00:13 AM
/fap
 
2013-02-28 08:01:06 AM
Best limited edition beer I drank recently:

beerstreetjournal.com
 
2013-02-28 08:11:06 AM

OtherBrotherDarryl: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 480x640]


Mmmmm looks tasty... I feel like opening a Dark Lord now... I will have to come up with a special occasion.
 
2013-02-28 08:13:46 AM
Why so many IPA's? Is the IPA used as the poster child for craft brews? If so, I have a sad. Although, I would like to get those Dogfish Head glasses.
 
2013-02-28 08:15:35 AM
oh, and just to share... by far my favorite beer you can buy in a store (in Indiana):

blog.bobbylikesbeer.com
its like a hop nirvana
 
2013-02-28 08:45:32 AM
i1247.photobucket.com

We got it crackin sour style here in Austin!
 
2013-02-28 08:45:53 AM

Perlin Noise: oh, and just to share... by far my favorite beer you can buy in a store (in Indiana):

[blog.bobbylikesbeer.com image 334x350]
its like a hop nirvana


Three Floyds, greatest brewery there is.

/I miss my Samurai Gazebo...
 
2013-02-28 08:49:31 AM
My boss actually brews beer and brings us bottles of it on occasion.

/pretty cool guy
 
2013-02-28 08:56:31 AM

funzyr: Why so many IPA's? Is the IPA used as the poster child for craft brews? If so, I have a sad. Although, I would like to get those Dogfish Head glasses.


When you consider that an IPA is best consumed as fresh as possible it makes sense that it ends up being the poster child for craft beers.
 
2013-02-28 09:01:14 AM
http://www.floridabrewersguild.org/ - Beerfest on Saturday in Tampa, FL.

Last year most of the crowd sat around the Funky Buddha booth and chanted for them to tap the bacon beer. Brought a tear to my eye.
 
2013-02-28 09:07:16 AM
I wish, I wish, I *WISH* that alcohol laws were laxer in my jurisdiction.  Growler clubs are flat-out illegal here, and the only brew-on-premises setups all do shiatty extract beers.
 
2013-02-28 09:16:28 AM
Just when I thought "maybe the Atlantic is useful for something after all", his second "dateline" starts in Utah.
 
2013-02-28 09:18:29 AM

Perlin Noise: Mmmmm looks tasty... I feel like opening a Dark Lord now... I will have to come up with a special occasion.


Which vintage? DL is hit and miss, seems like the even years are the good ones. (I have 4 years + Pappy- '11 and cognac-barreled '12 in my cellar.)
 
2013-02-28 09:32:28 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: Which vintage?


whatever the last green wax was, ....so... what, 4 years ago?
 
2013-02-28 09:36:10 AM

funzyr: Why so many IPA's? Is the IPA used as the poster child for craft brews? If so, I have a sad. Although, I would like to get those Dogfish Head glasses.


IPA's have been a trend in craft beer for a few years now. I don't know why. A lot of craft beer drinkers like the aroma of pine cone in their beards, I guess. Sour beers have been gaining traction too. That's because it's hard to do, the process is unpredictable, aging takes longer than most other beer styles, and the beer that doesn't spoil can be charged at a premium.

Naturally you have craft beer nerds who claim sour beers are the greatest thing ever, because to top a popular beer style that tastes like rotted grass clippings (IPA), why not have a beer that tastes like unripened lemons (sours), and takes almost 2 years to age?
 
2013-02-28 09:38:01 AM

Perlin Noise: whatever the last green wax was, ....so... what, 4 years ago?


That's 2010, a better year. 2009 is decent, 2011 was so-so, 2012 was damn tasty even fresh.

Hopslam seems to do the same, have off years every other. I thought last year's was fantastic but this year and 2011 were pretty forgettable.
 
2013-02-28 09:39:44 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: Pappy- '11


I shared one of the special '11 Dark Lords on a buddies birthday. It was his bottle so I don't remember which one ..but I do remember how tasty it was.
 
2013-02-28 09:42:41 AM

verbaltoxin: funzyr: Why so many IPA's? Is the IPA used as the poster child for craft brews? If so, I have a sad. Although, I would like to get those Dogfish Head glasses.

IPA's have been a trend in craft beer for a few years now. I don't know why. A lot of craft beer drinkers like the aroma of pine cone in their beards, I guess. Sour beers have been gaining traction too. That's because it's hard to do, the process is unpredictable, aging takes longer than most other beer styles, and the beer that doesn't spoil can be charged at a premium.

Naturally you have craft beer nerds who claim sour beers are the greatest thing ever, because to top a popular beer style that tastes like rotted grass clippings (IPA), why not have a beer that tastes like unripened lemons (sours), and takes almost 2 years to age?


Oooh, a Beer Troll? Fun.

[StopLikingWhatIDontLike.JPG]
 
2013-02-28 09:46:10 AM

TofuTheAlmighty: That's 2010


I was at Dark Lord day then ...the Dark Lord is good, but the last barrel of Popskull they had there may have been the best beer I have ever had in my life. They were selling small cups for 6 bucks or so and I decided to give it a try. It was so good, when we went back for another, they had to raise the price to $10 for a small cup (almost out), we all asked for 2. It was that good.
 
2013-02-28 09:50:24 AM

The Homer Tax: verbaltoxin: funzyr: Why so many IPA's? Is the IPA used as the poster child for craft brews? If so, I have a sad. Although, I would like to get those Dogfish Head glasses.

IPA's have been a trend in craft beer for a few years now. I don't know why. A lot of craft beer drinkers like the aroma of pine cone in their beards, I guess. Sour beers have been gaining traction too. That's because it's hard to do, the process is unpredictable, aging takes longer than most other beer styles, and the beer that doesn't spoil can be charged at a premium.

Naturally you have craft beer nerds who claim sour beers are the greatest thing ever, because to top a popular beer style that tastes like rotted grass clippings (IPA), why not have a beer that tastes like unripened lemons (sours), and takes almost 2 years to age?

Oooh, a Beer Troll? Fun.

[StopLikingWhatIDontLike.JPG]


I didn't say, "Stop liking what I don't like," I said,

IPA's have been a trend in craft beer for a few years now. I don't know why. A lot of craft beer drinkers like the aroma of pine cone in their beards, I guess.

I don't give a rat's ass if you like IPA's. I'm explaining that I don't like them. I also realize sour beers are hard to make, and thus expensive to produce, meaning they have a shine of luxury, and I know people will flock to that. Just like what happens in every niche interest field everywhere, ever, since the dawn of time.

You should come see the cork-sniffers in a guitar forum sometime.
 
2013-02-28 10:05:22 AM

verbaltoxin: I don't give a rat's ass if you like IPA's. I'm explaining that I don't like them. I also realize sour beers are hard to make, and thus expensive to produce, meaning they have a shine of luxury, and I know people will flock to that. Just like what happens in every niche interest field everywhere, ever, since the dawn of time.

You should come see the cork-sniffers in a guitar forum sometime.


When you start ascribing alterior motives to people who like something other than the fact that they just have different taste preferences than you, you're not just "describing that you don't like them."

It would be as equally absurd as if a hop-head was like "Why don't people like IPAs? I don't know, maybe the bitterness gives them a pain in their vagina." People need to care less why other people like what they like.

To the original question - I think that IPAs are the face of the craft brewing movement here in America for several reasons one of which is that despite the assertions of some, hops vary wildly in flavor - some indeed to taste like pine cones, some are citrusy(even those differ - grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple), some taste like other fruits, some are spicy, earthy, floral. There are so many different hop strains with so many different combinations it allows each brewer to "craft" a really unique taste that is signature to them.

It's my opinion that with many/most other beer styles there's just only so much you can do from a "crafting" perspective. I love all different beer styles, and I love drinking as many different ones as I can. But it starts to get to a point where a lot of them start to taste very similar. Which can be good. If I reach for a brown ale, I generally know what I'm going to get right away. With an IPA, I have the potential to be much more surprised.

I also think that the American IPA is the one truly "American Beer," It kind of embodies the spirit of this country, but that's a more philosophical discussion for another day perhaps.
 
2013-02-28 01:56:26 PM

The Homer Tax: verbaltoxin: I don't give a rat's ass if you like IPA's. I'm explaining that I don't like them. I also realize sour beers are hard to make, and thus expensive to produce, meaning they have a shine of luxury, and I know people will flock to that. Just like what happens in every niche interest field everywhere, ever, since the dawn of time.

You should come see the cork-sniffers in a guitar forum sometime.

When you start ascribing alterior motives to people who like something other than the fact that they just have different taste preferences than you, you're not just "describing that you don't like them."

It would be as equally absurd as if a hop-head was like "Why don't people like IPAs? I don't know, maybe the bitterness gives them a pain in their vagina." People need to care less why other people like what they like.

To the original question - I think that IPAs are the face of the craft brewing movement here in America for several reasons one of which is that despite the assertions of some, hops vary wildly in flavor - some indeed to taste like pine cones, some are citrusy(even those differ - grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple), some taste like other fruits, some are spicy, earthy, floral. There are so many different hop strains with so many different combinations it allows each brewer to "craft" a really unique taste that is signature to them.

It's my opinion that with many/most other beer styles there's just only so much you can do from a "crafting" perspective. I love all different beer styles, and I love drinking as many different ones as I can. But it starts to get to a point where a lot of them start to taste very similar. Which can be good. If I reach for a brown ale, I generally know what I'm going to get right away. With an IPA, I have the potential to be much more surprised.

I also think that the American IPA is the one truly "American Beer," It kind of embodies the spirit of this country, but that's a more philosophical discussion for another day ...


"My beard smells like pine cone" is an alterior motive to you, and not a joke. Beer. Serious business.

As for the American IPA being the true, "American beer," the IPA was invented by the British, so how is an American variation of someone else's invention "true?"
 
2013-02-28 01:59:09 PM

The Homer Tax: With an IPA, I have the potential to be much more surprised


I used to not care for IPAs. Then I attended the Mammoth Festival of Beer which was dominated with a multitude of different IPAs. It was there that I came to appreciate the variety of tastes one can derive from hops. Amazing.

Not that I can't appreciate just about every other style, but IPAs have become my favorite as of late.
 
2013-02-28 02:08:02 PM

verbaltoxin: I don't give a rat's ass if you like IPA's. I'm explaining that I don't like them.

Be that as it may, your righteous indignation speaks more to "stop liking what I don't like" than "this is my humble opinion".

verbaltoxin: As for the American IPA being the true, "American beer," the IPA was invented by the British, so how is an American variation of someone else's invention "true?"


By that logic, The United States isn't a "true" country, because it's a variation of British rule.

Just let people have their opinions, and don't be such a jerk.
 
2013-02-28 02:37:59 PM

verbaltoxin: The Homer Tax: verbaltoxin: I don't give a rat's ass if you like IPA's. I'm explaining that I don't like them. I also realize sour beers are hard to make, and thus expensive to produce, meaning they have a shine of luxury, and I know people will flock to that. Just like what happens in every niche interest field everywhere, ever, since the dawn of time.

You should come see the cork-sniffers in a guitar forum sometime.

When you start ascribing alterior motives to people who like something other than the fact that they just have different taste preferences than you, you're not just "describing that you don't like them."

It would be as equally absurd as if a hop-head was like "Why don't people like IPAs? I don't know, maybe the bitterness gives them a pain in their vagina." People need to care less why other people like what they like.

To the original question - I think that IPAs are the face of the craft brewing movement here in America for several reasons one of which is that despite the assertions of some, hops vary wildly in flavor - some indeed to taste like pine cones, some are citrusy(even those differ - grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple), some taste like other fruits, some are spicy, earthy, floral. There are so many different hop strains with so many different combinations it allows each brewer to "craft" a really unique taste that is signature to them.

It's my opinion that with many/most other beer styles there's just only so much you can do from a "crafting" perspective. I love all different beer styles, and I love drinking as many different ones as I can. But it starts to get to a point where a lot of them start to taste very similar. Which can be good. If I reach for a brown ale, I generally know what I'm going to get right away. With an IPA, I have the potential to be much more surprised.

I also think that the American IPA is the one truly "American Beer," It kind of embodies the spirit of this country, but that's a more philosophical discussion for another day ...

"My beard smells like pine cone" is an alterior motive to you, and not a joke. Beer. Serious business.

As for the American IPA being the true, "American beer," the IPA was invented by the British, so how is an American variation of someone else's invention "true?"


Our country is an American variation of someone else's country.
 
2013-02-28 03:10:20 PM
Ranger Creek is located in San Antonio, not Houston.
 
2013-02-28 04:46:02 PM

Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: [i1247.photobucket.com image 500x698]

We got it crackin sour style here in Austin!


Gonna be in Austin in April, what breweries should I check out?

/hophead
//lurv the hops
 
2013-02-28 05:07:05 PM
Time for experts to stop ignoring Wisconsin/Illinois.

Yes New Glarus is 28th of American Brewries, but don't forget their entire market is 5 million people,  plus what the rest of us smuggle across the border.
 
2013-02-28 07:05:36 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: Perlin Noise: whatever the last green wax was, ....so... what, 4 years ago?

That's 2010, a better year. 2009 is decent, 2011 was so-so, 2012 was damn tasty even fresh.

Hopslam seems to do the same, have off years every other. I thought last year's was fantastic but this year and 2011 were pretty forgettable.


Meh. Fresh, 2011 was far better than 2010. Just cracked a 2010 a couple weeks ago though and it aged amazingly. Haven't had a 2011 recently. I suspect it will be better than the 2010.
 
2013-03-01 08:46:46 AM

Barael's Blade: Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: [i1247.photobucket.com image 500x698]

We got it crackin sour style here in Austin!

Gonna be in Austin in April, what breweries should I check out?

/hophead
//lurv the hops


Check out Jester King, go on their Saturday tour if you can, well worth it. Check out Real Ale's stuff always good. Also check out Thirsty Planet's Buckethead IPA, good stuff!

So much beer business here in Austin it is very hard to keep up, for the liver that is....

/Check out some good beer pus to like Bangers, Black Star Co-op, & the Draught House, you won't be disappointed!
// Enjoy Austin brotha, bombass place to be...
 
2013-03-01 09:35:43 AM
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