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This isn't beer news but I'm going to lead with it anyway.

Huge apartment blaze blamed on man cooking squirrel with propane torch.

There are some really damn stupid people in the world.

All over the northern hemisphere, the arrival of cooler weather starts bringing out a new set of beers. Light, quenching summer styles give way to stronger, darker and maltier. Bavarian Festbier, English nut-brown ale and American pumpkin ale make their annual appearance. If you're in the Pacific Northwest near most of America's hopyards, you might find fresh hop pale ale and IPA. Jay Brooks has a nice column about the hop harvest.

Of course if you're a home brewer you needed to brew your October beer in the heat of August, and should already have your winter special fermenting.

I've got Lagunitas Pils and Lagunitas IPA. If you can get Lagunitas beer make sure you read the fine print on the labels and the bottom of the box, it's always entertaining.

Beer speaks. People mumble.
What are you drinking? Is it speaking? Is it telling you to have squirrel for dinner?
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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:45:06 PM PDT

  •  heh (5+ / 0-)

    too funny.

    I had corn tortilla crusted tilapia tonight, sounds better that squirrel. Actually, it was better that squirrel, not that I've tried squirrel, just an educated guess.

    Right now I'm finishing up a Port Hop 15, my last one. Earlier in the week, or was it last week? I stopped into Port and bought a case of HighTide IPA, love the fresh hopped beers. I've already polished off 4 of them.

    Not sure what I will have next.

  •  I love fall beers (5+ / 0-)

    Nothing better than knowing the Georgia summer is over than seeing dark beers.

    I don't care how hot it is, I'm not a fan of light beers. I would rather have a single beer to sip for hours than the water-like beers of summer.

  •  Bought a case of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA.. (7+ / 0-)

    ...  Wife and I both love it!

    Prost!

    “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

    by LamontCranston on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:00:55 PM PDT

  •  Pumpkin! (5+ / 0-)

    I love a good pumpkin ale. None distribute to Oklahoma, unfortunately. We get some middlin' ones from Shipyard, Lakefront, Southampton. But not the good stuff, I have to travel or trade for them. Schlafly, Southern Tier Pumking, Elysian Great Pumpkin & Night Owl from the pacific NW, Dogfish Head Punkin, Avery Rumpkin...

    And my favorite fall seasonal label, Nosferatu ale from Great Lakes in Cleveland.

    Nosferatu

    Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:04:22 PM PDT

  •  Southern Tier Pumpking (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, SteelerGrrl, Tonedevil

    Sadly, after the DC beer festival last year, the secret behind this upstate New York seasonal got out, and now this amazing imperial pumpkin ale has to be reserved weeks ahead of when it ships.  I swear, I drove all across the VA suburbs of DC and found one place that had even just 2 bottles.

    But if you find it, and like pumpkin, it's just sublime.  It's pumpkin pie in beer form.  Need I say more?

    All your vote are belong to us.

    by Harkov311 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:52:45 PM PDT

    •  Oh hay-ull yeah (2+ / 0-)
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      bsegel, Tonedevil

      Southern Tier is the creme, and I'm picky about my pumpkin ale.  I first tried it last year at a restaurant in PA and have been on a quest for more ever since.  Finally scored a couple of six-packs at my local Total Wine in NC last week -- wish I had the budget to stock up properly!

       I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by SteelerGrrl on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:06:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm enjoying a New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest. (4+ / 0-)

    The label says "...combines a smooth amber body with a clean crisp finish."

    Yes, it does.

    Very subtle, toasty caramel sweetness under the malt.  There's a little hoppy bite at the back end of each sip to keep the flavors in balance.

    The city of New Glarus makes much of it's Swiss heritage.
    It is perhaps the only place in the USA where you can hear first-class Alphorn players and yodelers. I realize that Swiss folk music isn't for everyone, but it grows on you.

    New Glarus is a little slice of rural Switzerland about two hours drive from my house.

    I. Love. Switzerland.

    I've been to Switzerland. The whole country is a live-action post card. Breathtaking scenery, clean & liveable cities with top notch public transit alongside fabulous architecture, some of it going back to medieval times. They have the oldest democratically-elected system of government in the world.
    The cuisine is a splendid combination of German, French and Italian traditions with the best cheeses in the world. The wines are excellent but rarely exported.

    So what's not to like in Switzerland?
    The beer is lousy.
    I had assumed that a culture with so many ties to Germany would have strong beer-brewing traditions and high quality standards. Nope.

    If the New Glarus brewery were to open a branch in the old country, they would overwhelm the competition in short order.

    Despite their mediocre brews, I still love the Schwiezer.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:01:50 PM PDT

    •  I'm with you (2+ / 0-)
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      ruleoflaw, Tonedevil

      Switzerland is awesome. I was just telling a friend the other day that he and his wife should take a trip there.

      When the train conductor tells you your next train will leave 4 minutes after you arrive in the depot and it's three tracks over, you better move your butt because it will be leaving in 4 minutes.

      •  Everything you need to know about Schweiz. (2+ / 0-)
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        bsegel, Tonedevil

        A public toilet stall in Switzerland has walls and a door that go all the way to the floor. The door latches tightly. The stool, floor and everything else is very, very clean and built to last a long time. A fairly-paid public employee in a neat uniform is responsible for keeping these facilities clean and maintained. He takes pride in his work and it shows. The rest of the country has the same attitude.

        Gasoline is frightfully expensive but you can live there without an automobile, even in rural areas. Local light-rail streetcars, high speed trains, busses, and even the mountain cable-cars are integrated into a nation-wide system. It's efficient, easy to use and cheaper than driving a car. They are, essentially, energy independent.

        The electricity that powers all this comes from hydroelectric dams on rivers of glacial meltwater. Nothing pisses the Swiss off like Global climate change. If the glaciers disappear, they are screwed.

        I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

        by ruleoflaw on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:41:53 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Switzerland's beer used to be a lot better (2+ / 0-)
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      ruleoflaw, Tonedevil

      Then Carlsberg and Heineken came in and screwed things up. They now control 2/3 of the Swiss market.

      http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/...

      There are still a very few gems, but they generally don't get exported.

      Taste Samiclaus if you want a glimpse of what Swiss brewers were once capable of.

  •  What a Dumbass (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, No Exit, Tonedevil

    Everyone in the World Knows that the Best way to
    cook Squirrel is to slow cook it in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven.

    Not sure what Brew would would go with Squirrel.

    Last time I had Squirrel for Dinner, I was camping in the
    Hills of Kentucky. The beverage of choice was a clear,
    distilled beverage made by the locals. No Label.
    Served in Mason Jars. Limit 1 Per customer.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:08:54 PM PDT

  •  Brooklyn Lager tonight... (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, No Exit, Tonedevil

    at a substantially reduced price!

    I have lived my whole life in the Borough so I have a special affection for their work!

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:09:04 PM PDT

  •  Not to be a downer but expect higher hop prices (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    Craft brew is expanding at a huge pace and hop growers are having a hard time keeping up with demand. The most popular American and European hops (e.g., Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, Hallertauer) are already becoming scarce or are impossible to get.

    This is mostly going to affect smaller craft brewers who don't have the economic clout or didn't have the foresight to get their hop contracts locked in early.

    Barring a bad crop, the situation will be better next year as more hop acreage matures - it takes 2-3 years for a hop yard to reach full production.

    For consumers, my ignorant guess is that small brewers won't be able to offer as many hoppy beers, will be making beers with hop varieties you've never heard of before, or will be charging a premium for their hop bombs. The bigger craft brewers will probably be unaffected, but they might need to raise prices or cut back on highly-hopped one-off beers.

    Also, the good news is that the increase in prices is entirely demand driven. It's not like it was a couple of years ago when a fire at a major hop warehouse and bad harvests combined to produce an actual hop shortage.

  •  Tastes awesome (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    but even if it was swill I'd drink it just for the name:

    Surly Darkness

    Sounds like a Marvel villain or a roller derby heroine, doesn't it?

    "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

    by For Dean in Dixie on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:42:25 PM PDT

  •  Ninkasi (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Tonedevil

    Has become my favorite brewer and since I live nearby the tasting room is a great place to spend an hour on Sunday afternoon.

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