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Happy Friday again! Sorry I wasn't here last week.

Thanks a lot Bob for hosting in my absence. I was just starting to think "damn, I haven't posted FNBB yet" when the site went down, and by the time it came up again I was off drinking beer at the homebrew club.

I have two subjects for tonight: barrel-aged beers, and the business of selling beer.

Anyone familiar with high-end craft beers has certainly noticed the popularity of certain barrel-aged styles, now even mainstream writers have noticed. This week sfgate has a nice article on bourbon-barrel aged ales. You may not be able to find the NorCal beers she talks about, but you may have drunk something similar.

It's sure the new big thing at my homebrew club. One of the other local clubs found a craft distiller (in Texas I think) that ages their small-batch whiskeys in 5-gallon barrels -- the size most desirable for homebrewers. The people who bought barrels from the first shipment have been running barleywine or imperial stout through them and liking the result, and more barrels are being ordered. This is going to be a year of barrel-aged beers at our meetings I think. '

I'm not really a fan of the heavy styles that are suited to whiskey barrels and have not bought a barrel.

My other topic was a follow-up to something azazello said in a comment last week:

BevMo on Broadway is in my neighborhood. They just opened up so their prices are good right now. I'm not going to go there much though, they're a category killer like Home Depot. If they can, they'll run the little guy out of business and then ramp their prices back up.
This is the business model we've seen in other sectors, but in CA I haven't seen BevMo put any local liquor stores out of business. Supermarkets selling booze didn't put small stores out of business. In fact specialty beer-only stores have been opening (City Beer Store in SF and Beer Revolution in Oakland to name just the first two), and local liquor stores have been upgrading their beer selections (for this I probably should thank the distributor more than the store managers but it's still good to see). The only thing I've ever seen put a liquor store out of business is getting busted for selling underage. Repeatedly.

The best reason not to go to BevMo often is that their selection of exotic stuff drives me to buy more, and more expensive, items that I can't find anywhere else. [Which reminds me, I want some Calvados.] I never leave without dropping $60 or more.

pet peeve: all liquor stores and supermarkets these days have a couple dozen flavored vodkas. Blueberry, Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Cheesecake... it's like an ice cream parlor. But none of them carry the hot pepper flavor I like for Bloody Marys; I have to go to BevMo for that. They'll have all the other flavors of Absolut or Stoli though.

I have to make the Bloody Mary mix tonight for tomorrow's tailgate so I'll probably have one of those for quality control purposes. Made with Absolut Peppar. For beer purposes the SN Celebration Ale is here, always my favorite winter seasonal! What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:45:04 PM PST

  •  YES! Picked mine up this week... (5+ / 0-)
    For beer purposes the SN Celebration Ale is here, always my favorite winter seasonal!
    Almost missed it at Total Wine - I was in a rush and made a beeline for the back cooler where I knew the Torpedo was and then the aisle where the 24 bottle case of the Pale Ale was. It wasn't until I was heading for checkout that I saw the SN display at the front of the store with stacks of Celebration. Only drawback is, at $12.99, it's a buck more than the 12-pack of Torpedo. Still a great brew heralding the holiday season!

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:51:31 PM PST

  •  hey esq. How are you enjoying the (4+ / 0-)
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    Ian S, HoundDog, bsegel, OkieByAccident

    absolute destruction of Republican values and their rich benefactors wasting their money. I find it sweeter than any barley pop I have ever enjoyed. Although, I really wanted to celebrate this week.

    “The real truth of the matter is that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson” -FDR

    by You know me man on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:53:53 PM PST

  •  Good evening (2+ / 0-)
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    Kurt from CMH, Grainpaw

    Glad to see you back esquimaux, I figured it was the site going down that did it last week.

    No school today for me or my kids so we headed over to Stone for lunch. It's San Diego Beer Week and Stone had all of their brewers make a special batch each to share with everyone. All of the beers were off cask and were variation so of Stone's regular beers.

    Here's the list:

    I tried the Runination made with grilled pineapple. I'm not a big fan of fruit flavored beers but this really wasn't bad at all. There was just a hint of pineapple.

    Lunch was delicious, Mac & Cheese with Sausage, my son had it without sausage and my daughter just ate pretzels.

    Here are the casks setting on the bar:

    Tonight I'm sipping on an AleSmith Winter YuleSmith. Very tasty.

  •  I found that same comment about BevMo (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, mickT

    a bit odd, there is a BevMo here in town, it's actually just down the hill from Stone Brewery. But it's smaller than the liqueur store that has been in town since the 50's. No way they could "kill" any of the competition in this area. But you are right, in a state where the grocery stores have huge selections there is no way they could.

    I posted this picture to the San Diego Beer Drinkers page on Facebook. I took it at the gas station about a mile from my house. THE GAS STATION!

    Yep, really hard for BevMo to compete in this area.

    •  That looks like a better selection (1+ / 0-)
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      than any three liquor stores would have in my area, not that I've been to the third one yet, nor the first one in 12 years, not counting the Rite Aids. All the same ignorant distributors anyway.

      The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

      by Grainpaw on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:30:38 PM PST

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  •  As a Northern Californian (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, mickT

    Birthplace of the modern craft brewing movement, let me just say that San Diego is now the best beer city in America, and it is not really close -- especially when you consider the density of talented new brewers working there. Yes I have been to Portland (OR), and Denver/Boulder, and Asheville -- all fantastic scenes. Michigan, Ohio, PA, and MN all coming strong. But we still have the very best brewers up here in the greater Bay Area (Vinnie Cilurzo, Rodger Davis, Jesse Houck...) but admittedly San Diego is really so far ahead overall now I could just go down there and die. However, tonight my poison is Healdsburg's Bear Republic Racer X, oh so good in the bottle this year.

    We will never have the elite, smart people on our side. - Rick Santorum

    by easong on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:19:16 PM PST

  •  Drinking the White House Honey Ale, (1+ / 0-)
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    though not fully carbonated yet. A bit of a slightly sharp but floral twang, some noticeable hop bitterness, and a touch of sweetness, a medium amber color. A nicely balanced and interesting sipping beer. Sorree, I have not zee flowery language and descriptors or palate of a trained beer judge. But I like it anyway.
    I found this interesting story when I read that the brewery was for sale:

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:19:17 PM PST

  •  Scuttlebut Gale Force IPA (1+ / 0-)
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    Everett, WA.  Columbus+Goldings+Cascade hops makes a smooth finish.  Refreshing and not as sharp as some IPAs can get.  

    Luvin' my Total Wine store 2 miles from me casa.  No good beers brewed here in SoFla.

    And BTW sorry about the election crap down here, yet again.

  •  Rio Grande Outlaw Lager (1+ / 0-)
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    Courtesy of a friend, because Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca is unheard of in my area (brewed in Albuquerque).  Not hoppy enough for my taste, but a mild, slightly sweet beer with a slightly sour, lightly hopped finish.  A good beer for anyone that likes less hops.  Good enough that I'd like to try some of their other brews.

  •  Night all (0+ / 0-)

    I'm off to watch Captain America with my son, you all have a great evening and a great weekend.

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