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Hi again beer fans! Happy Friday! This week with a considerable amount of beer news to discuss.

Who here has made mead? Sfgate has a good article on making it (the Chronicle building has a rooftop garden with beehives and they used their own honey. I wonder what the smog content is?)

Beer Advocate has a new list of favorites, with something listed above Pliny the Younger!

How can you tell microbrewing has become completely mainstream? Beer Cruise must be a sign.

Weekly Pint tells us about the latest weirdness from Dogfish Head in Raiders of the Lost Ale, re-creating a sort of beerlike substance from ancient times.

I'm off to the homebrew club meeting and will be drinking whatever my associates have brought for tasting. I'll check in later. What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 06:45:06 PM PST

  •  Drinking ye olde standby (5+ / 0-)

    Newcastle.

    God, I miss fresh microbrews at Boise pubs. Alas, here in no man's land, Newcastle is about the best I can get- and even then there are only a couple places that sell it.

    Although I did discover a pretty nice brew, Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. Never had it before, but it's a tasty winter brew.

    I've grown fond of Leinenkugel as of late, since my beer choices are sadly limited but there is usually a sixxer under that brand with my name on it.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 06:53:49 PM PST

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      Where are you that you can get Leinie's but have a hard time finding decent beer?

      •  alternative to Newcastle... (0+ / 0-)

        Red Hare Brewery of Marietta, GA (Atlanta suburbs) produces Watership Brown Ale. It has the color and consistency of Newcastle with a bit more bitterness AND a bit more malty sweetness. I like it very, very much...definitely more than I like Newcastle.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:17:34 PM PST

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        •  Oh, wow (0+ / 0-)

          I had no idea Leinie's distributed that far. Atlanta doesn't have great breweries? That's amazing, it's so big.

          •  Yes, Atlanta has great breweries. (0+ / 0-)

            The Hoplanta IPA by Red Brick, and the Low Ryeder IPA by Sweetwater are my recent favorites. Red Hare's Watership Brown and Coffee Cream Stout, too. Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA is also great.

            "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

            by HeyMikey on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:06:18 PM PST

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  •  Evening all (7+ / 0-)

    I headed over to Stone Bistro after school. Sat at the outside bar, good thing they had the heaters on because it's damn cold for Southern California right now. Anyway, I started with a Stone Drink By IPA then had a Ritual Brewing Company Little Oat Stout with my Mac 'n Cheese.

  •  Nursing a can of MGD here. (Hey it's only 50 cents (4+ / 0-)
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    Ian S, bsegel, Swoof, HeyMikey

    ea. if buying a 30-pack.)  Oh well, y'all please drink something better for me please.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:15:14 PM PST

  •  Trying SN Ruthless Rye... (4+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, bsegel, reenactor, greengemini

    $13/ 12 pack at Total Wine. An interesting departure from my usual Torpedo but great on a chilly night here in Phoenix where it's supposed to dip below freezing later. Brrrr. But the sunny cold has pushed my solar PV generation up significantly today and now that we're well past the solstice, I look forward to banking plenty of peak load credits for the summer heat.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:31:01 PM PST

    •  I've gotta find a place (0+ / 0-)

      with that kind of price, SN is rarely under $15/12 around here.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:40:22 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, I didn't pay much attention... (0+ / 0-)

        when the chain opened their stores because I'm not much of a wine drinker but then I noticed their newspaper flyers indicated they had beer (and spirits) too and their regular advertised price for SN was less than the the best supermarket sales. Even have a 24 pk of SN pale ale for $22. They also seem to beat Bevmo on pricing too. Now I see they have set up a growler station where you can bring a growler in and get it filled with a variety of beers on tap that's a result of a recent Arizona law.

        Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

        by Ian S on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:29:33 AM PST

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  •  Mead (3+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, Ian S, HeyMikey

    I make mead. It's one of the easier beverages to make and conducive to using local ingredients wherever you are. I have 10 gallons in now and 10 more gallons going in next week. Most important things when making mead are temperature control and patience. Drinking? A black IPA of my own devising earlier, now Left Hand milk stout on nitro.

    •  Mead will teach you patience better than anything. (1+ / 0-)
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      greengemini

      There is a quick mead recipe which involves giving the yeast the nutrient dose in thirds or quarters at intervals of 3 or 4 days. I'm not sure what the exact reasoning is, but the yeast get the nutrients just when they need it, instead of one big bite. This is supposed to be ready in six weeks, and quite good.
      I used to do a chocolate mead with baking chocolate powder that was very good. The best thing I have ever done with honey is a dandelion braggot, a honey ale with dandelion flowers used along with the hop additions. Don't worry about picking all the green off the blossoms, it's enough trouble just getting them picked at all. Dandelions will grow bigger and taller in undisturbed, un-mowed ground, such as your garden. Much more worthwhile picking those than crawling on your lawn. I'm working the bugs out of a dandelion catcher, a blade on a frame with a bag to catch, and a handle about 3 feet long to swing it all. Someday I'll do a raised bed just for dandelions.

      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 Jan 11, 2013 at 08:28:27 PM PST

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      •  Staggered nutrient additions (1+ / 0-)
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        Grainpaw

        Are the way to go, most accurately times when measuring gravity and charting percentage toward target gravity but working great just spaced out a little. Chocolate mead sounds nice. My favorites are usually traditional meads and mulberry meads. I have always been daunted by the work of dandelions.

        •  It is better to ferment with dandelions (0+ / 0-)

          and help them fully justify their existence than to fear and kill dandelions due to brainwashing by the lawn chemical industry.

          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 Jan 11, 2013 at 08:49:01 PM PST

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    •  i knew someone here (0+ / 0-)

      would have done mead. My one attempt didn't turn out well.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:31:25 PM PST

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      •  Keep the yeast happy. (0+ / 0-)

        There are almost no nutrients in honey other than the sugar. Pitch an extra-large active culture from a jar made with a complete yeast nutrient, such as the one Wyeast makes for beer. It comes in a plastic tube with a blue cap. It has all the goodies that yeasts crave, nitrogen, zinc, B-vitamins, dead yeast hulls, etc. If you have way expired packs of yeast, the best thing to do is put them in your boiling wort, one per batch.

        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 Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 05:44:24 AM PST

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  •  No jokes please (2+ / 0-)
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    OkieByAccident, HeyMikey

    but I had some holiday fruitcake that had been marinating in a decent bourbon for over a month. The cake was made by a local bakery with organic dried fruit, not those awful glaceed cherries, and I wrapped it in cheesecloth and soaked it.
    So my question is: what kind of beer best washes down a bourbon loaded fruitcake?

  •  I just tried posting on the Daily Pint story (1+ / 0-)
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    Swoof

    but I'm not registered there, and it popped up something that wanted me to sign in on Facebook. Screw that and Twitter too. I'm perfectly capable of wasting all my spare time without handing over personal info and jumping through hoops to set up accounts I don't want. Any site that post things on Facebook pages or wants an F or T sign-in has lost my participation. My shop, The Cellar has a Facebook page, but it was started and is maintained by my wife, who tells me if there is a message or a new "friend" or whatever, and I give her some content to post rarely. Another thing I am Luddite about is rewards card programs. Anybody should be able to walk in and buy an item at the set price. The programs create two classes of customers and discriminate against one of them. I run a shop and have better things to do than keep juggling prices. I have stopped going to several stores because of this. There is a website called CASPIAN that covers this matter. But I digress. Here's what Daily Pint won't get to see:

    Not ancient, but pretty old, is the Cock Ale recipe of medieval times. Boil a chicken, bash open the bones to expose the marrow, marinate 3 days in a strong wine with spices and raisins, put it all in a strong ale that has been working a few days, let finish, rack and bottle. I've done it with chicken and dandelion wine, leftover turkey carcass and Thunderbird, and once with some deer bones and scraps. It works, it's good, you'd never know meat was involved if I hadn't told you. Other old flavors we are missing are clay and leather.

    Drinking my Entropy Strong Dark Belgian Ale and a Maple Brown ale. Tasted the White House Honey Porter. It will be good for Inauguration Day, but too young and warm to start on now.

    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 Jan 11, 2013 at 08:06:01 PM PST

    •  I still want (0+ / 0-)

      to hear about the cock ale in more detail. What does the meat contribute to the product?

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:42:00 PM PST

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      •  The best theory I've heard is that the meat may (0+ / 0-)

        contribute nitrogen for the yeast, esp. in a stuck fermentation. One has to wonder how this was discovered, back in the days when  yeast was put in the beer with the magic stick which had soaked in the previous batch, and later when yeast was called Godisgoode. Was it a cooking accident, or the better batch of ale was later found to have a drowned lemming in it? The cock ale does have a substantial sense of health and nutrition about it, and a touch of a winey taste, of course, and a blend of spices. It's probably better for you than a regular beer.

        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 Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:05:51 AM PST

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  •  hey n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    OkieByAccident

    "Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." - Mark Twain *which is odd, because I've never seen I Republican and thought, gee that person looks happy

    by You know me man on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:15:28 PM PST

  •  YES! (1+ / 0-)
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    OkieByAccident

    I got in the beer thread before everyone else had left for once!

    I've been thinking about doing mead for a couple years now but so far have just gotten by receiving bottles of it every now and then from pals of mine.

    Yesterday UPS dropped off a box containing a small selection of Cigar City ales.  I'm about halfway through a Tocobaga Red Ale and I'm really liking it - a nice amber ale with a punch of citrusy hops.  I'm going to crack open a Jai Alai white oak-aged IPA next.

    Regarding the newly minted best beer on BA, it's nice to see The Alchemist up and running and pumping out Heady Topper again after what happened to them in the flooding from Hurricane Irene.  I'd love to get some sometime.

    •  Excellent! (1+ / 0-)
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      Swoof

      Cigar City is awesome. Oddly I just had a White Oak Jai Alai last night. Last time I visited their tasting room they had a smoked version of Tocobaga on tap that was to die for.

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

      by OkieByAccident on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:47:11 PM PST

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      •  Very nice (1+ / 0-)
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        OkieByAccident

        I got a really good coupon from Let's Pour with free shipping and decided to try some stuff I've never had.  I'm happy with my choices so far.

        I just cracked the Jai Alai and the white oak give a nice vanilla flavor and a detect a hint of dill which sounds odd but it works with the muted hops and the vanilla.

        Smoked Tocobaga sounds awesome.  I love smoked beers, which reminds me that I still have a six pack of oak-aged smoked Baltic porter I brewed last winter.  Should be nice and smooth at this point.  Now I just need to remember where I stored it.

    •  hi Swoof (1+ / 0-)
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      Swoof

      always good to have another homebrewer drop in.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:43:46 PM PST

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  •  Top 100 (1+ / 0-)
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    greengemini

    I've actually had 35 of those, with 2 more in my cellar waiting to be shared with friends. The list just got shuffled quite a bit due to  some re-programming.

    Heady Topper is worthy of #1. But you almost need 2 lists - one just for hoppy beers!

    Drinking a standby - 2012 SN Celebration.

    Cheers!

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:22:13 PM PST

  •  Elysian The Immortal IPA (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    Not a mead, but a very nice Pacific Northwest beer.

    Not a true mead, but Portland Brewing (when they were still Portland Brewing) bottled a really nice "Oregon Honey Beer" under their label.  Sadly, it disappeared.

    •  Sam Adams has multiple IPAs out... (1+ / 0-)
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      greengemini

      My brother (I love him) gave me a 6-pack for Christmas with 2 each of 3 different Sam Adams bitter ales. Latitude 48 IPA, Whitewater IPA, and something else I'm sorry to say I can't recall, but it was really good.

      They also have a Hopology 12-pack out. Gotta go get one.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:27:08 PM PST

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  •  Found another new brewery (0+ / 0-)

    Backpocket in Coralville IA. Drinking their Sling Shot dunkel. Pretty tasty.

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