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  1. #41
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    Portland is for porters...

    ... Bridgeport Brewing Company, that is.

    During our family vacation this year, we stopped by the Bridgeport Brewing Company (good food too). Old Knucklehead, BlackStrap Stout, Beertown Brown, their signature IPA, and the Ropewalk Amber all stood out. Blue Heron Pale Ale was decent, but nowhere as good as the others. Try their sampler. FWIW, their food is actually pretty decent too!

    Devildeac introduced me to Oregon's Rogue Brewery beers a number of years ago ... but Bridgeport was wonderful. The last minute directions to Bridgeport Brew's Portland location were GREATLY appreciated, Devildeac.

    2005's Physical Anthropology meetings were held in Anchorage, Alaska in March ... FANTASTIC location, what with the GLACIER BREWHOUSE. The Amber Ale, IPA, and Oatmeal Stout are in the rotation all year round. The seasonals are nice too. Their Beam Scotch Ale was solid ... their selection requires that you stay in Anchorage at least four nights:
    http://glacierbrewhouse.com/beers2.htm

    Note the RAZZ XXXMAS!

    Schlafly Oatmeal Stout is certainly still produced. The Tap Room & Bottleworks are still in business in St. Louis (15th anniversary Ale comes out in October this year). They are having a Green Festival this weekend:
    http://www.schlafly.com/

    But can you get Schlafly Oatmeal at Blueberry Hill? THROATY?? I heard that they have a Schlafly seasonal. It was so nice when you could get Schlafly at the former KC Masterpiece restaurant!

    After I'm done in Carbondale, will drive to St. Louis ... and Schlafly is on my list of things to do. I am spending less than 24 hours in St. Louis.

    African Beers that I love: Three Horses, Mamba, Kenya's Tusker lager. In most cases, you have to get the beer fresh, as the stuff changes quickly within the bottle. There is nothing like doing a long hike, followed up by a tall 3 Horses. It's a mediocre pilsener by most folks' standards, but it's the one pilsener I love... sentimental reasons. Star Brewery some years ago also had a decent shandy.
    Cheers,
    Lavabe
    Last edited by Lavabe; 10-09-2007 at 07:02 AM. Reason: Rogue Brewery & African roundup

  2. #42
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    Yes, DD, Schlafly still makes the Oatmeal Stout. Had some last moth at the location near Union Station.

    The Durham location of Weeping Radish met its demise before I matriculated. I've only been to the original location in Manteo. Love the Black and the Christmas Bock. The others I can do without. I haven't been to their new brewery up in Currituck somewhere. It wouldn't surprise me if the quality was compromised at the Brightleaf Square location.

    I really miss the northern end of the OBX, come to think.

    Yeah, I've had Fin du Monde and couple other Unibroues.

    Ditto what Breen said about Belgians.

    A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
    ---Roger Ebert


    Some questions cannot be answered
    Who’s gonna bury who
    We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
    ---Over the Rhine

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    What do you recommend instead?

    (And have you tried it while hot-tubbing, after skiing? I, like TampaDuke, discovered that particular concoction in the Colorado mountains....)
    All of their beer is good, it depends for you, of course, on your preferences. The Blue Paddle is good, as is the Sunshine if you like a wheat beer. You can't go wrong with Mothership Witt or if you like darker beers any of theirs of that type are very good. Fat Tire seems to be their signature beer--. I must also defend Shiner Bock--around here it is cheap and readily available--has become one of my favorite "grab a beer and grill" drinks.

  4. #44
    Ceres, Kilkenny, Fat Tire. If I could drink any three beers right now, those would be the calls. Not a ton of variety in rural NC. I suppose absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    Generally stick to the domestics. I do harbor a fondness for Busch Light from my Duke Days and PBR from concerts at the Cat's Cradle.

    I think I would rather kiss a snake than drink another Olympia or Schaffer...

  5. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    In Honduras, the most popular seemed to be "Port Royal" or "Barena";
    Interesting...the last time I was in Honduras, the suds of choice was Salva Vida ("Life Saver"). Not a bad beer at all actually, and of course they were about 60 cents a piece.

  6. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    You may want to try Lavabe via PM. Be sure to have a designated driver as 20-30 samples or more can wreck you real quickly. If you REALLY want to try that many beers, be a nerd and keep a list so you at least have a reasonable chance of remembering what you drank when you recover the next day OR, take your $30 and buy 3 or 4 6-packs of some US micros and share them with several friends. (or 10-15 'singles' and share them the same way)
    Trust me, I already have my game plan together. The list will definitely be in effect. As for DDs, I'll just be walking with my uncle (every bit the beer nerd that I am) back to his house for he and his wife's yearly backyard bash. After that, my mother will be driving me home.

    Could be an, um, interesting Saturday to say the least.

  7. #47
    A place around the corner from my apartment in Florence has Trappist Ales which have been by far my favorite beers so far. All with 8% or 9% alcohol but a great smooth flavor.

    Back home I had a Belgian beer called Lucifer right before I left. IIRC it had like 10 or 12% alcohol content with an odd but really enjoyable spicy aftertaste.

    I will reserve further comments until after my trip to Belgium November 30th - December 3rd.

  8. #48
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    Gotta second the Mendocino and Rogue recs.
    Also, dark beer lovers, if you ever come across any of the Duck Rabbit beers from Farmville, NC (just down the road a piece from Greenville), I highly recommend them all. They call themselves "dark beer specialists" or something to that effect, and they definitely fit the bill.

    Finally, seasonals: I love Sweetwater Festive and Anchor Christmas Tree. If I could only drink beers from those two breweries for the rest of my life, I think I'd get by just fine (forced to pick one, I'd choose Anchor). Sierra Nevada Celebration is pretty good too. Harpoon's Christmas seasonal (I can't remember the name) is NOT good. WAY too much nutmeg.

    Last thing--do any Atlanta-area DBRers ever do the Sweetwater afternoon tour/tasting? If so, we should get a group together. I know it's sort of a challenge for the working crowd, what with the 4:20 start and all, but not all of us are 9-to-5ers, so perhaps we could put forth a showing sometime? (*cough* Lavabe *cough*) Not only is it a good deal ($5 for 4 pints), but it's people-watching sans pareil, and you can take your dog too!
    Last edited by wilson; 10-09-2007 at 11:57 AM.

  9. #49
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Last thing--do any Atlanta-area DBRers ever do the Sweetwater afternoon tour/tasting? If so, we should get a group together. I know it's sort of a challenege for the working crowd, what with the 4:20 start and all, but not all of us are 9-to-5ers, so perhaps we could put forth a showing sometime? (*cough* Lavabe *cough*) Not only is it a good deal ($5 for 4 pints), but it's people-watching sans pareil, and you can take your dog too!

    Wilson, I'm in. does this take place every day? I'll do this in a heartbeat. Let's make it so. Next week? Week O' the 15th?

    -EarlJam

  10. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    A belated thank you for the ride to the Duke-WFU game on Saturday. If only a Duke victory had been the final result. I am glad you liked the Pecan Harvest Ale you had. I wish you had liked the 'Hummer' I gave you. Oops, that did not come out as I thought it would... To explain, a 'Hummer' (as in microbrew) is a Belgian white ale brewed by the Sweetwater brewing company in Atlanta. Kinda like a Hoegaarden(sp?) from Belgium. Never mind, this is too embarrassing already...
    You're welcome!

    That was the only "Hummer" I've ever had that I did not like. Oh, wait. There was one in my very early college years that had a bit of a bite to it....
    Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!

    Go To Hell carolina, Go To Hell!
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  11. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlJam View Post
    Wilson, I'm in. does this take place every day? I'll do this in a heartbeat. Let's make it so. Next week? Week O' the 15th?

    -EarlJam
    Now that I look at the website, it appears that they've now pushed the start time back to 5:30. The tours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Last time I went, it was $5, though it says nothing on the website and may well have gone up a buck or two (still well worth it...though back in the day, it was free). http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com/about.php?section=tours
    I'll be there this Thursday with the prettiest girl who's ever stayed interested in me for this long. You should bring a lawn chair/beach chair/whatever. We'll throw back some brews, shoot the breeze while watching trains go by (a definite added bonus...the brewery's right behind the tracks). Logistical details to follow.

  12. #52
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Now that I look at the website, it appears that they've now pushed the start time back to 5:30. The tours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Last time I went, it was $5, though it says nothing on the website and may well have gone up a buck or two (still well worth it...though back in the day, it was free). http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com/about.php?section=tours
    I'll be there this Thursday with the prettiest girl who's ever stayed interested in me for this long. You should bring a lawn chair/beach chair/whatever. We'll throw back some brews, shoot the breeze while watching trains go by (a definite added bonus...the brewery's right behind the tracks). Logistical details to follow.
    Dayyyyyyyyymn. That sounds awesome. There is an 84.5 percent chance I will make this. Let me discuss with the gods. Lavabe, can you make it?

    Any others?

    Oh, and the high temp for Thursday is 74. Perfect!

    -EarlJam

  13. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    Funny you should mention that. This is one of the pics I snapped of the Belgian section at my local fancypants wine/beer place:


  14. #54
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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlJam View Post
    Dayyyyyyyyymn. That sounds awesome. There is an 84.5 percent chance I will make this. Let me discuss with the gods. Lavabe, can you make it?

    Any others?

    Oh, and the high temp for Thursday is 74. Perfect!

    -EarlJam
    60-40 chance for this Thursday ... I have to leave EARLY Friday AM for Carbondale, IL. I was last at the Brewery in August. It used to be free back when they were in South Cobb. Yumm... but stay away from the Pilsener.

    70-30 chance for next Thursday ... but I'd be a little late (lab ends a little late in the afternoon, and I am on the MARTA plan). As I said in a previous post, I'm looking into the Fest-of-Ale at the Gardens. I'm a member there.

    I believe that SweetWater is trying to become more visible in Southern college markets.

    Ommegang: I sense trouble. I can get Three Philosopher's in my local Publix supermarket.

    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  15. #55
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    Yeah, in general the South is a beer wasteland. There are a few island of brewed yuminess but it's an uphill climb. NC and GA only got rid of their 6% laws recently and MS still hasn't. In Starkville, we had to go to Memphis to get real beer.

    A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
    ---Roger Ebert


    Some questions cannot be answered
    Who’s gonna bury who
    We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
    ---Over the Rhine

  16. #56
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavabe View Post
    I've heard that Purple Haze (mentioned earlier in the thread) may actually have some pulp in it every now and then. Having said that, I avoid the fruit too.

    DA: You come from the land that gives us Pike's Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. I saw it in a Forks, WA store next to Moose Drool.

    I have never figured out Blue Moon.
    Cheers,
    Lavabe
    Purple Haze is good stuff - I am okay with beer brewed with fruit notes/content. It's just that bars serve Belgian wheats with lemon/orange slices and sometimes even serve Bavarian weiss beers with the same. Its a sad, sad thing to do to such a good beer.

    Exiled
    Now I'm 33, my back hurts, and I just don't care who does what in Cameron. - Throatybeard

  17. #57
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    Durham, NC
    HOoray Kona brewing company. Kona pale ale was astaple of mine when I lived in Hawaii. Recently I tried thier Hula Girl Hefeweissen, and it was excellent too. They make good stuff.
    Now I'm 33, my back hurts, and I just don't care who does what in Cameron. - Throatybeard

  18. #58
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exiled_Devil View Post
    Purple Haze is good stuff - I am okay with beer brewed with fruit notes/content. It's just that bars serve Belgian wheats with lemon/orange slices and sometimes even serve Bavarian weiss beers with the same. Its a sad, sad thing to do to such a good beer.

    Exiled
    Purple Haze is a little wine-coolerish for my taste, but I do like the TurboDog. Check our the brewpub in Abita Springs if you're ever north of the old Pontchartrain.

    A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
    ---Roger Ebert


    Some questions cannot be answered
    Who’s gonna bury who
    We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
    ---Over the Rhine

  19. #59
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    The SO and I have found a new joy -- logging our dives while drinking the local brew. In Honduras, the most popular seemed to be "Port Royal" or "Barena"; In Fiji, "Fiji Bitter" or "Fiji Gold". Mexico - Dos Equis seemed to top the list.

    We got to wondering, is there something historical/geographical/agricultural/cultural/financial about lighter, pilsner-type brews being the norm in the equatorial region? I mean, I've not run across a really fantastic, Costa Rican porter or Caribbean IPA, ya know?
    I've got to second this one - I had a job that sent me around SE Asia for a while, and all the hot, equatorial countries had their own pilsners.

    Amusingly, as far as I recall, IPA's are so called because the coloration happened to Pale Ales as they were shipped to India from the UK.* One would think that this would have popularized the style in those climes.

    *wikipedia corrects me: IPA's are hoppy ales, brewed to survive the voyage to the tropics. No longer popular in India.
    Now I'm 33, my back hurts, and I just don't care who does what in Cameron. - Throatybeard

  20. #60
    Quote Originally Posted by Lavabe View Post
    ...
    2005's Physical Anthropology meetings were held in Anchorage, Alaska in March ... FANTASTIC location, what with the GLACIER BREWHOUSE. The Amber Ale, IPA, and Oatmeal Stout are in the rotation all year round. The seasonals are nice too. Their Beam Scotch Ale was solid ... their selection requires that you stay in Anchorage at least four nights:
    http://glacierbrewhouse.com/beers2.htm
    I second the Glacier Brewhouse. Not a bad brew on tap. My favorite ended up being the Beam Scotch Ale (quite possibly my all time favorite), followed by something that was on cask at the time, and the oatmeal stout. The bread made from the spent grains was rather tasty too.

    I've found a few beers similar to the Beam Scotch Ale on tap in various locations, but haven't been able to find anything similar that I can pick up at the local store. Any suggestions?

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