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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby peeker643 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:08 pm

Troegs and Yeungling family of beers are really all I could ever need to get by.

Black & Tan, Chesterfield, straight up Yeungling and then the Troegs for some Dead Reckoning, Java head and Mad Elf?

Happy man if all I ever drank again was Yeungling and Troeg's family of beers.

And I'm not trying to piss on GLBC either, but they're getting lapped by some of these other folks. In quality and in price.

They need to get back to their roots instead of brewing them.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:09 pm

jb wrote:Man, I am blanking out the name (ur better at this than I Ricky) , but I think it was the Southern Tier Xmas ale, Krampus maybe? Do I recall that right?


Yep, Krampus. Its part of the their winter rotation - an imperial pilsner. "My" store had it last year and I was too stupid to buy any. I will not make that mistake the second time around. BTW, have to let you guys know I got my hands on a 4-pack of Founders Nemesis 2010. Their Nemesis series (if you can even call it that) is limited, brewed only once, and started last year when it was branded a Wheatwine aged in maple-bourbon barrels. This years edition is a jet black American Barleywine brewed with like 4 or 5 differently malts and a shit-ton of hops. I am going to open one pretty soon and depending how that goes, aging the other bottles for 6 months to a year if the ABV is too prevalent.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:14 pm

peeker643 wrote:Troegs and Yeungling family of beers are really all I could ever need to get by.

Black & Tan, Chesterfield, straight up Yeungling and then the Troegs for some Dead Reckoning, Java head and Mad Elf?

Happy man if all I ever drank again was Yeungling and Troeg's family of beers.

And I'm not trying to piss on GLBC either, but they're getting lapped by some of these other folks. In quality and in price.

They need to get back to their roots instead of brewing them.


Seems like you like Pennsylvania brews. Do yourself a huge favor and try anything from Stoudt's out of Adamstown. They've been around, but the past year or so they have been cranking out some seriously high quality stuff (their DIPA, Hefe, and Fatdog imperial OATMEAL are at the top of my list).
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:18 pm

RNE, I know you have some delicious beers I have never had. Give me a few to look for going on Saturday.

I still can't believe you have never gone to this.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:42 pm

Ziner wrote:RNE, I know you have some delicious beers I have never had. Give me a few to look for going on Saturday.

I still can't believe you have never gone to this.


All my selections from last year still hold true: Russian River, Deschutes, Three Floyds, The Bruery, Founders, Lost Abbey

New ones to try (in which I've had beers from)
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (Chicago, IL) - I don't like a whole lot of Goose Island beers, but this and Big John are awesome
Allagash Brewery (Portland, ME)
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Fl)
Clipper City Brewing (better known as Heavy Seas, Baltimore, MD)
Stone Brewing (Escondido, CA)
Smuttynose Brewing (Portsmouth, NH)
Ommegang Brewery (Cooperstown, NY. Also happens to be owned by Duvel)
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville, NC)
Alesmith Alesmith Alesmith (San Diego, CA)
Victory Brewing (Downington, PA)
The Alchemist Brewery (Waterbury, VT)
Southern Tier (Lakewood, NY)
Fatheads Brewing (North Olmstead, OH)
The Brew Kettle (Strongsville, OH)

Breweries I've heard good things about but never sampled:
The Kern Brewing Company (Kernville, CA)
Pelican Pub and Brewery (Pacific City, OR)
Empire Brewing (Syracuse, NY)
Two Brothers Brewing (Warrenville, IL)
Short's Brewing (Bellaire, MI)
Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA)
Four Peaks Brewing (Tempe, AZ)
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:48 pm

RickNashEquilibrium wrote:
Breweries I've heard good things about but never sampled:
The Kern Brewing Company (Kernville, CA)
Pelican Pub and Brewery (Pacific City, OR)
Empire Brewing (Syracuse, NY)
Two Brothers Brewing (Warrenville, IL)
Short's Brewing (Bellaire, MI)
Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA)
Four Peaks Brewing (Tempe, AZ)


I'll focus on these, I need to set the bar low... I am only sober enough to care/taste for about the first hour, then it is anything goes.

Have yet to have any of these. My surprise from last year was Uinta from SLC, ever had it?
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:56 pm

As a follow up from my previous email, here are some specific beers to try from those breweries:

Goose Island - Big John and any of the Bourbon County stuff
Allagash - Fluxus, Triple Reserve, pretty much anything they make is gold
Cigar City - Hunahpu Imperial Stout
Clipper City - Red Skye Saison, Arrrsh Impy Oktoberfest
Stone - Sublimely Self Righteous, AGED old guardian barleywine, 15th anniversary Black IPA
Smuttynose - both porters, Hefe, Finest Kind IPA
Ommegong - Hennepin, Gnomegong, 3 Philosphers, Abbey Dubbel
The Duck-Rabbit - Baltic Porter
Alesmith - Just fucking drinking the stuff. Ive never had a bad beer from these guys.
Victory - 12, Yakima Twilight, Braumeister Pils, Helios, Old Horizontal Barleywine, Hop Wallop, Storm King
Alchemist - Heady Topper IPA
Southern Tier - Choklat, Krampus, Creme Brulee Stout(not for the faint of heart), Pumking
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:57 pm

Ziner wrote:Have yet to have any of these. My surprise from last year was Uinta from SLC, ever had it?


No sir. I don't believe they distribute this far east but I am not sure. I will look them up. Any other suggestions out of Colorado or the west coast?
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:41 am

RickNashEquilibrium wrote:
Ziner wrote:Have yet to have any of these. My surprise from last year was Uinta from SLC, ever had it?


No sir. I don't believe they distribute this far east but I am not sure. I will look them up. Any other suggestions out of Colorado or the west coast?


I don't think I have any you havent heard of. Haven't seen a new brewery out this way recently or really any new brews even.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby RickNashEquilibrium » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:14 am

Ziner wrote:I don't think I have any you havent heard of. Haven't seen a new brewery out this way recently or really any new brews even.


Heh, you'd be surprised. There are plenty of breweries that don't distribute to Ohio and I can only do so much trading until the FedEx budget gets exhausted. Colorado brewers ship here (Breckenridge, Boulder, Great Divide, Avery, etc) but still no Oskar Blues. I need Cali crafts like the ones I mentioned before to open up their distribution. I'm jonzing for some Supplication.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:39 am

I have only seen Russian River in bars, and it has only been Pliny the Elder, they don't ship here often. I will keep my eye out for it though.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:06 pm

Just released the beer lists. More reason you should plan to come

Russian River Brewing Company F36
Defenestration
Pliny the Elder
Redemption
Sanctification
Supplication
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby mattvan1 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:41 pm

Anything from Real Ale Brewing Company, Blanco, TX?

This is a great IPA

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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:59 am

^ it is there, I will find it. Report back... as long as I hit that row before I am too far in... then I will surely forget about it.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Acriumpa » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:55 am

Ziner wrote:I have been looking forward to this since I moved here. Checked the website today and tickets went on sale June 1st. I know there are a ton of microbrew lovers on here, I have heard this is Mecca. My friend went last year and refered to it as a 4.5 hour power hour. Let me know if any of you come out.

http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/


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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby Ziner » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:32 am

Just a heads up to any of you assholes, Tickets go on sale Aug 2nd and will be sold out in a week. Everyone should go to this once.
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Re: Great American Beer Festival

Unread postby LarsHancock » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:43 pm

if anyone goes, do yourself a favor and hit the St. Arnold's table. Their Endeavor is one of the best beers ever made, and I spent two hours scouring Austin for 12 bottles of their newly-released Divine Reserve 12 (annual special beer they make, Endeavor was DR11). Or if you're in Texas or New Orleans, get some as soon as you can. The Weedwacker and Lawnmower are phenomenal summer beers too.
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