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Old 04-01-2016, 04:57 AM   #126
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Where did you find this? Don't think I've seen it anywhere before. Sounds good
Its an outstanding stout out of Cali. If you like imperial stouts its one of the best in country along with the stuff from Epic (John the Baptist) Clown Shoes (NJ) and Southern Tiers
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I have some family outside of Winchester. Lived there when I was a kid. Probably going back to visit this summer. Besides those mentioned above, what else should I try?
Any of their darks are amazing. I've had their Pils and a Farmhouse Pumpkin and they were solid but not as good as their Stouts and Porters.
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Tonight's choice is this bad boy:

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.



Pours dark, dark brown and a beautiful foamy light head that does not fade. Strong flavor profile with several layers. Very complex mix of malty and roast coffee. It's creamy without being wet. Finishes very clean. It's a bit boozy, but it's a rich beer, so it's like man-dessert. Fantastic.
If you can find that on tap w/ nitro it is even better. The nitro brings out the creaminess even more.
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Does anyone use an app to track the beers you have tried? I meet a guy when I was traveling for business that keep track. Seamed like a interesting idea. If you do what works well?
There is an app called "Untapped" it will track the beers you drink and also give you awards (badges) for trying new beers, different styles, and different breweries. You can write a little review of the beer that way you can remember if you liked it or not.
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Does anyone use an app to track the beers you have tried? I meet a guy when I was traveling for business that keep track. Seamed like a interesting idea. If you do what works well?
Oh man, I tried this with my book club (half about books, half about beers). Each book club meeting, we try eight different beers from four different categories (two imperial stouts, two IPA's, two Belgian Tripels, etc..). After about 4-5 years, the list got so damn long you couldn't make sense of it, and it honestly didn't matter any more.

After about six years of the book/beer club we haven't had the same beer twice (except special annual editions like Old Stock) and the list is overwhelming. Just always try new stuff and keep drinking what you love. Your "favorite beer" is likely to change from year to year.

I know that Anthem Brewing is an Oklahoma brewery and i'm not sure how far they distribute, but at last night's book club we had this one, and it's honestly one of the best beers i've ever had. 17% and it goes for about $17 a bottle, but worth every penny.
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If you can find that on tap w/ nitro it is even better. The nitro brings out the creaminess even more.
It honestly tasted like a nitro, and the head on it was amazing. I kind of found it unnecessary. It was like the perfect stout the way it was. I get my beers from a local liquor store around the corner from where I live. They are privately owned and have an incredibly selections of beers and wines. They go for variety.

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This thread will do for me for now. But I'll try that app out!

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:15 AM   #132
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Oh man, I tried this with my book club (half about books, half about beers). Each book club meeting, we try eight different beers from four different categories (two imperial stouts, two IPA's, two Belgian Tripels, etc..). After about 4-5 years, the list got so damn long you couldn't make sense of it, and it honestly didn't matter any more.

After about six years of the book/beer club we haven't had the same beer twice (except special annual editions like Old Stock) and the list is overwhelming. Just always try new stuff and keep drinking what you love. Your "favorite beer" is likely to change from year to year.

I know that Anthem Brewing is an Oklahoma brewery and i'm not sure how far they distribute, but at last night's book club we had this one, and it's honestly one of the best beers i've ever had. 17% and it goes for about $17 a bottle, but worth every penny.
Books and beer, interesting group. What do you spend more time on, the books or the beer?
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Books and beer, interesting group. What do you spend more time on, the books or the beer?
At the beginning, we actually did spend about a half hour talking ingredients, styles, and brewing techniques but now it mostly happens concurrently.

Everyone gathers, we describe the beers and pop all the caps. Everyone has taster glasses and just drinks while we are greetng everyone. After about an hour of drinking we have a little food and hit the book, and more drinking…

If you have some neanderthal friends that haven't cracked a book in years, I found this is a good way to bring them back around to it. Diversity is the key, get lots of different viewpoints and occupations to keep discussions lively.
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So wait, the book part is real?

Figured that just had to be the party line for the wives.
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Actually Colorado has the best, SoCal is trying to replicate the success of craft breweries there. There's so many successful craft breweries in Colorado it's not even funny. So competitive and there's lot of brewfests that happen there. SoCal is getting there but not quite yet. Recently I was in Westlake Village and they've got a couple nice breweries popping up out there. Some decent beer at good prices.

Got me thinking about doing my own home brewing, anyone got any tips or books I should read before starting up?
Not sure if that is just your opinion, man.

9 out of the top 50 are in California compared to 5 for Colorado (still very good for both states)
http://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/50...s-america-2015

Top 25 in the USA, California has 5 to Colorado's 1.
http://coolmaterial.com/feature/the-...d-breweries/2/

Brewfests?
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

Not sure if listed but 90 breweries in OC. I retired from this as I seem to get sick but great time for all...

http://www.ocbrewhaha.com/

Breweries in California are already "there". Not taking anything away from Colorado and even will say our California is much bigger but regardless, we top out. Now if you want to say Per Square Mile, Colorado has it, maybe so.
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Oh man, I tried this with my book club (half about books, half about beers). Each book club meeting, we try eight different beers from four different categories (two imperial stouts, two IPA's, two Belgian Tripels, etc..). After about 4-5 years, the list got so damn long you couldn't make sense of it, and it honestly didn't matter any more.

After about six years of the book/beer club we haven't had the same beer twice (except special annual editions like Old Stock) and the list is overwhelming. Just always try new stuff and keep drinking what you love. Your "favorite beer" is likely to change from year to year.

I know that Anthem Brewing is an Oklahoma brewery and i'm not sure how far they distribute, but at last night's book club we had this one, and it's honestly one of the best beers i've ever had. 17% and it goes for about $17 a bottle, but worth every penny.
I could get into that kind of book club.
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The Craft Brew movement started in San Diego with Anchor Brewing Company and the Maltose Falcons craft brew club. It went from there. I would say based on size, population, etc. and with the GABF being in Denver that Colorado and California are, proportionately speaking, doing equally well with their craft brew representation.
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At the beginning, we actually did spend about a half hour talking ingredients, styles, and brewing techniques but now it mostly happens concurrently.

Everyone gathers, we describe the beers and pop all the caps. Everyone has taster glasses and just drinks while we are greetng everyone. After about an hour of drinking we have a little food and hit the book, and more drinking…

If you have some neanderthal friends that haven't cracked a book in years, I found this is a good way to bring them back around to it. Diversity is the key, get lots of different viewpoints and occupations to keep discussions lively.
Awesome, my kind of group. There has to be something similar in Dallas. If I started this with my friends it would be a drinking club. They would eventually decree that magazines are books and discuss the content on the cover and never make it past page 3.

What kind of books do you read, what is the demographics of the group?
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If they start on beer, I bet the book becomes a pillow. I don't know if this is the coolest nerd group around but I can't think of another like minded combination.
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Tonight I am sipping on this delicious treat:

Elysian Dragonstooth Stout



I've realized I prefer stouts and porters. This is one is an oatmeal stout. I'm not into very strong hops, but this has a strong element that is well balanced and not overbearing. Good char and malt flavor. It drinks very smooth despite being 20 proof. Very good.

I took a four pack of the Old Rasputin to my game night last night for my friends to try and it was a big hit.
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Guess this is a good place to ask for some IPA recommendations. Going to school in San Diego, there's definitely no shortage of options but I want to try as many as possible before I narrow it down to a few favorites to buy consistently. Turned 21 pretty recently so I just started scoping out local breweries.

Appreciate it, fellas!
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Guess this is a good place to ask for some IPA recommendations. Going to school in San Diego, there's definitely no shortage of options but I want to try as many as possible before I narrow it down to a few favorites to buy consistently. Turned 21 pretty recently so I just started scoping out local breweries.

Appreciate it, fellas!
San Diego is one of the craft beer centers of the US. I'd recommend ditching the IPA proclivity and just checking out the things that locals are into, IPA or not. SD is awesome for beer and food. I'm envious!
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Tonight I am sipping on this delicious treat:

Elysian Dragonstooth Stout



I've realized I prefer stouts and porters. This is one is an oatmeal stout. I'm not into very strong hops, but this has a strong element that is well balanced and not overbearing. Good char and malt flavor. It drinks very smooth despite being 20 proof. Very good.

I took a four pack of the Old Rasputin to my game night last night for my friends to try and it was a big hit.
If you can find elysian split shot stout, do it. I think it's winter seasonal though so it might be too late.
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Thanks for the New Belgium 1554 recommendation Kahn, loved it.
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Dude, that.**** is everywhere. How u no try yet?
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I took a growler to a CSU game. It might look dark but goes down pretty smooth.

For oatmeal stout, I was big on Sam Smith (English).around 1994. Rarely I drink stouts unless in a variety pack but I remember liking that one.
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Guess this is a good place to ask for some IPA recommendations. Going to school in San Diego, there's definitely no shortage of options but I want to try as many as possible before I narrow it down to a few favorites to buy consistently. Turned 21 pretty recently so I just started scoping out local breweries.

Appreciate it, fellas!
Go to the breweries to try as much variety as possible for the cheapest price. My favorites: Ballast point, Alesmith, Green Flash (and if you want something more experimental try their Cellar 3 location in Poway), Port/Lost Abbey, St Archer, Societe, Hess, Modern Times, plus there are a ton of very small micro/nanobreweries in the same general areas as a lot of these. Stone has an incredible brewery and outdoor seating area for its overpriced restaurant, but I personally am not a huge fan of any of their beers.

If you want to try some decent beer and learn something, hit up White Labs. It is the place that produces a lot of the yeast used in brewing, wine making, etc. in the entire US (along with their Boulder, CO location) and they have a tasting room where they have several different base beers that they add 4 different types of yeast to during the brewing process so you get to see how much of an impact the yeast have on the flavor of the beer by trying the same ingredients with just the yeast changed. It's pretty incredible.

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Awesome, my kind of group. There has to be something similar in Dallas. If I started this with my friends it would be a drinking club. They would eventually decree that magazines are books and discuss the content on the cover and never make it past page 3.

What kind of books do you read, what is the demographics of the group?
Just got home from the Big Texas Beer Festival in Dallas and it was a great event. Franconia Brewing (Texas Brewery) was serving two Eisbocks, chilled through ice sculptures. The first one was a 25% Wheat Beer/Eisbock, and the second was a 23% Dunkel/Eisbock. Beautiful weather, and a really fun crowd!

Funny thing - once we did read a critically acclaimed comic book novel named "Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth." I can't really recommend it (pretty dry story), but we gave it a shot.

Last few books were "Everything That Rises Must Converge, Flannery O'Connor," "Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury," and "The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown."

We keep the group around 10-12, and it started with me "the beer guy who likes to read," then I added my buddy who is the ringer. He got his English Lit degree from Columbia, and is the main DJ for our local NPR radio station - he leads the discussions. I have a musician, an engineer, one offshore oil worker, four doctors, a PR specialist, and a couple types of salesmen. Good diversity from several economic and religious backgrounds.
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At the Big Texas Beer Fest, I also got to try some private stock from Unibroue. The rep brought a few personal bottles of 2011 Grande Reserve 17. It's definitely in my top ten, a very flavorful and well balanced Belgian Strong Ale.

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I went overseas this time and tried this guy out:

Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München



This is made according to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity law which really culls the ingrediants allowed in a beer to four: Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast. That's it. The result is a really clean flavor. The taste is subtle. Dunkel's are supposed to be dark, and this is on the lighter side of that, though still qualifies.

Clean pure taste that is understated. It's what a "typical" beer should taste like IMO. It doesn't finish harshly and everything is balanced. Only criticism would be that it's not particularly memorable.
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