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Thread: Ymm, Beer

  1. #18621
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    May we interrupt this broadcast to report that RateBeer has, for the fifth consecutive year, rated Hill Farmstead the world's top brewery? Stop by this weekend and watch the UVA game with me, we'll sip some, but bring a warm coat and some fuzzy slippers.
    Wait, I thought you drank almost nothing but Heady Toppers?
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  2. #18622
    Went back to Hardywood to pickup my pre-ordered bourbon barrel aged raspberry stout. Had another flight including the bourbon barrel aged gbs, the port barrel aged gbs and the Caliente gbs. Wondering if anyone from the gbs set group has tried any of the set. The BBA GBs is still my favorite. The Port barrel aged tasted better and sweeter, a bit more complex. But the Caliente really blew me away, cinnamon up front, heat in the back. Really interesting, so much so I picked up 4 more. Never been much for pepper or heat beers, but I keep going back to this. They still have done for sale if anyone is interested in trading.

  3. #18623
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by accfanfrom1970 View Post
    Went back to Hardywood to pickup my pre-ordered bourbon barrel aged raspberry stout. Had another flight including the bourbon barrel aged gbs, the port barrel aged gbs and the Caliente gbs. Wondering if anyone from the gbs set group has tried any of the set. The BBA GBs is still my favorite. The Port barrel aged tasted better and sweeter, a bit more complex. But the Caliente really blew me away, cinnamon up front, heat in the back. Really interesting, so much so I picked up 4 more. Never been much for pepper or heat beers, but I keep going back to this. They still have done for sale if anyone is interested in trading.
    I haven't had any from my set yet except an extra original GBS that I picked up a Total Wine. We're traveling to Ohio and Chicago 2/28 to 3/4 and I'll deliver our son's set that he shared with a friend and I'll likely take a Caliente and one other that he didn't get, most likely the Rye Barrel variant.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  4. #18624
    I know youíll let us know what you think. But the Caliente is one of the most interesting beers Iíve had. Maybe because Iíve never tried a pepper/heat related beer before. Just very drinkable but very different. Sweet but hot.

  5. #18625
    Blueberry Obsession - from Lickinghole Creek brewery here, drinking local. An actual farm/brewery in Goochland VA. An American double stout, 11.5%abv. Pours dark almost black...little foam. Dark roasted malt forward. Advertises hundreds of pounds of blueberries used, the sweetness is more chocolate. I didnít get much blueberry flavor. A good stout, just not much blueberry flavor to me.

  6. #18626
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Richmond, Va
    Enjoying a Raspberry Tart from New Glarus as my celebratory brew after a delicious victory over the Hoos. Incredible flavor that's borderline syruppy. As was our win!!
    Hoos play Holes Monday!! GO HOOS!!! Could put us in sole 1st place. Think we'll be ranked #1 come Monday, but hope we stay 2.

  7. #18627
    Enjoying the newly released Bourbon Barrel Aged Rasberry Stout from Hardywood. So itís a rasberry night in Virginia for Duke fans!

  8. #18628
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by duketaylor View Post
    Enjoying a Raspberry Tart from New Glarus as my celebratory brew after a delicious victory over the Hoos. Incredible flavor that's borderline syruppy. As was our win!!
    Hoos play Holes Monday!! GO HOOS!!! Could put us in sole 1st place. Think we'll be ranked #1 come Monday, but hope we stay 2.
    Quote Originally Posted by accfanfrom1970 View Post
    Enjoying the newly released Bourbon Barrel Aged Rasberry Stout from Hardywood. So itís a rasberry night in Virginia for Duke fans!
    Glad you two are consuming celebratory beverages for me as I'm on call and had a Diet Pepsi and a flute of sparkling grape juice to celebrate a patient's 50th wedding anniversary and the Duke win. Watch out Monday night!
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  9. #18629
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    Sep 2007
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    Just returned from T-Town, and watched the Duke-UVA game from the Black Warrior Tao Room.

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    First up, One & Only Mosaic Pale Ale:

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    Smooth, flavorful and snappy. A full swallow and a nice nose. Next, Lock 17 IPA:

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    Solid IPA, good hops blend and a good bitter balance with the tip-of-tongue malt.

    Obviously, though, I was pretty drunk and lying on the bar. Like I do.
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  10. #18630
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    Just returned from T-Town, and watched the Duke-UVA game from the Black Warrior Tao Room.

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    First up, One & Only Mosaic Pale Ale:

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    Smooth, flavorful and snappy. A full swallow and a nice nose. Next, Lock 17 IPA:

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    Solid IPA, good hops blend and a good bitter balance with the tip-of-tongue malt.

    Obviously, though, I was pretty drunk and lying on the bar. Like I do.
    Have never heard of Black Warrior. Thanks for the tip/report.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  11. #18631
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    Nov 2007
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    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Wait, I thought you drank almost nothing but Heady Toppers?
    no, love to spread the love around...like going to restaurants with Hill Farmstead stuff on tap, superb stuff as you know...early Valentines dinner tonight with Mrs Womble, will be having at least a pint of Edward to start...

  12. #18632
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    Feb 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    no, love to spread the love around...like going to restaurants with Hill Farmstead stuff on tap, superb stuff as you know...early Valentines dinner tonight with Mrs Womble, will be having at least a pint of Edward to start...
    I'd like to hear/read some about Lawson's Finest Liquids, too. We may have a beer mule taking a northeast beer-cation and I will place a large order with him if he's still agreeable.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  13. #18633
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Chicago
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    no, love to spread the love around...like going to restaurants with Hill Farmstead stuff on tap, superb stuff as you know...early Valentines dinner tonight with Mrs Womble, will be having at least a pint of Edward to start...
    After my recent trip to Stowe, I can strongly vouch for Edward and for Hill Farmstead beers in general. And Heady Topper did not disappoint, either.

  14. #18634
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by luvdahops View Post
    After my recent trip to Stowe, I can strongly vouch for Edward and for Hill Farmstead beers in general. And Heady Topper did not disappoint, either.
    Did you venture up to Greensboro, VT to visit Hill Farmstead?
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  15. #18635
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    Nov 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    I'd like to hear/read some about Lawson's Finest Liquids, too. We may have a beer mule taking a northeast beer-cation and I will place a large order with him if he's still agreeable.
    How timely! I enjoyed rewatching the UVA game yesterday afternoon with a Lawson's Sip of Sunshine IPA...8%, 16 oz can (my preferred format these days). It's one of my favorites...

  16. #18636
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    Nov 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdahops View Post
    After my recent trip to Stowe, I can strongly vouch for Edward and for Hill Farmstead beers in general. And Heady Topper did not disappoint, either.
    in fact our early Valentine's dinner tonight will be in Stowe (Harrison's, which I think you tried)...nice cozy place in the winter...not the biggest beer list, but they have some decent ones...

  17. #18637
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    How timely! I enjoyed rewatching the UVA game yesterday afternoon with a Lawson's Sip of Sunshine IPA...8%, 16 oz can (my preferred format these days). It's one of my favorites...
    Ymm, Beer, indeed. I think when we visited in August, 2014, I had little knowledge of Lawson's and may have passed on that one but have since seen their liquids listed on several beeradvocate Top 100 (fill in the blank) beers.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  18. #18638
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN.
    Last week was a little crazy, so a delayed recap of Winterfest 2019.

    The highlights:

    Sack Lunch - Fountain Square Brewing Company - A peanut butter lager? This caught me by surprise. Normally something I would associate with a stout. Peanut butter flavor was present, but not overpowering. Smooth.

    Hole-In-One - Sour - 4.5% ABV - Brew Link Brewing - Brew Link is based out of Plainfield (suburb of Indianapolis) and known for some exotic concoctions. This beer was brewed in collaboration with a local donut shop and resembles a jelly-filled donut. Sweet and delicious.

    Iridescent - Sour - 6% ABV- Upland Brewing Company - I'm typically willing to try more sours at beer festivals, because I'm not committed to an entire glass. Upland has really focused on their Sours the last few years, so it seemed logical to go for one. Small taste of ginger, definitely more tart.

    Peanut Butter Pieces - Milk Stout - 8% ABV - 450 North Brewing Company - This tastes identical to Reese's Pieces in liquid form. A tad bit sweet, so better for a smaller pour.

    Big Figgin Tripel - Belgian Tripel - 9.8% ABV Redemption Aleworks - Aged in a cask. Possibly the best beer I had all day. Just everything you want out of a tripel. Need to make a trip to Redemption and see what else they have to offer.

    Lyrical Poet - Stout - 12.2% ABV - Sun King Brewing Company - Stout aged with chocolate and raspberries in whiskey barrels. Lighter than I anticipated it would be for that strong of a stout. Chocolate compliments the raspberry well. Sun King with another wonderful creation.

    Vanilla Bean Milk Stout - Milk Stout - 5% ABV - Cedar Creek Brewing Company - My first beer of the event was an excellent selection. Vanilla is subtle and not overly sweet. Well done.


    Overall it was a well executed festival. Always enjoy these because some of the smaller breweries get exposure that they wouldn't otherwise.

  19. #18639
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    Nov 2007
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    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Ymm, Beer, indeed. I think when we visited in August, 2014, I had little knowledge of Lawson's and may have passed on that one but have since seen their liquids listed on several beeradvocate Top 100 (fill in the blank) beers.
    who is your visiting emissary? I could arrange a visa and proper papers for him or her...

    Since the emergence of Heady Topper, there are several relatively new and similar products on the market which I enjoy, besides Sip of Sunshine:

    Lush Double IPA from Frost Beer Works, Hinesburg, VT
    Green Mountain Haze, Long Trail Brewing, Bridgewaer Corners, VT
    Second Fiddle Double IPA, Fiddlehead Brewing, Shelburne, VT
    Lawson's Double Sunshine

    There is also a Lawson's Triple Sunshine (10.3%, get back, Loretta) which I have no found...but the year is young.

  20. #18640
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by luburch View Post
    Last week was a little crazy, so a delayed recap of Winterfest 2019.

    The highlights:

    Sack Lunch - Fountain Square Brewing Company - A peanut butter lager? This caught me by surprise. Normally something I would associate with a stout. Peanut butter flavor was present, but not overpowering. Smooth.

    Hole-In-One - Sour - 4.5% ABV - Brew Link Brewing - Brew Link is based out of Plainfield (suburb of Indianapolis) and known for some exotic concoctions. This beer was brewed in collaboration with a local donut shop and resembles a jelly-filled donut. Sweet and delicious.

    Iridescent - Sour - 6% ABV- Upland Brewing Company - I'm typically willing to try more sours at beer festivals, because I'm not committed to an entire glass. Upland has really focused on their Sours the last few years, so it seemed logical to go for one. Small taste of ginger, definitely more tart.

    Peanut Butter Pieces - Milk Stout - 8% ABV - 450 North Brewing Company - This tastes identical to Reese's Pieces in liquid form. A tad bit sweet, so better for a smaller pour.

    Big Figgin Tripel - Belgian Tripel - 9.8% ABV Redemption Aleworks - Aged in a cask. Possibly the best beer I had all day. Just everything you want out of a tripel. Need to make a trip to Redemption and see what else they have to offer.

    Lyrical Poet - Stout - 12.2% ABV - Sun King Brewing Company - Stout aged with chocolate and raspberries in whiskey barrels. Lighter than I anticipated it would be for that strong of a stout. Chocolate compliments the raspberry well. Sun King with another wonderful creation.

    Vanilla Bean Milk Stout - Milk Stout - 5% ABV - Cedar Creek Brewing Company - My first beer of the event was an excellent selection. Vanilla is subtle and not overly sweet. Well done.


    Overall it was a well executed festival. Always enjoy these because some of the smaller breweries get exposure that they wouldn't otherwise.
    Always rewarding/educational to read your reviews as we have family in Bloomington and NW In The Annapolis and we will be in Columbus, IN in April for a concert so 450 North Brewing might have to be a stop/tasting. Plus, I think Taxman will be about 7 miles "out of the way" () when we journey from Columbus, IN to Columbus, OH on Sunday.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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