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The wild growth of craft brewing, and of the most successful craft brewers, leads some to ask if you can get too big to be "craft".

My opinion is: big is OK, independent is the breaking point. When you're an arm of a huge corporation, then you're not "craft" anymore.

A few weeks ago I felt like half the announcements on BeerPulse were for cider, and wrote about that. This week's most noticeable trend is more and more craft beers being sold in cans. What's the real cutting edge? Obviously,cider in cans.

This is pretty funny: What your beer choice says about you

I'm brewing brown ale tomorrow, and will have pale ale ready to bottle in another week. I'm about to add dry hops, Cascade and Mosaic.  In a month I'll be drinking homebrew, tonight I've got Lagunitas Maximus IPA. What are you drinking? Is anyone else brewing?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 06:48:23 PM PDT

  •  Not brewing, but enjoying an IPA (2+ / 0-)
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    ninkasi23, mungley

    Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Bend, Oregon. Awww....

  •  Drinking Chocolate Porter (2+ / 0-)
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    ninkasi23, mungley

    though it's not noticeably chocoly, and the latest Courage Directors Bitter clone, and sometimes a blend. I ought to brew tomorrow, but Mrs. Grainpaw is stirring herself into a gardening frenzy.
    This is about brewing with yeast swabbed from the dirt on a 35 million year old whale fossil.  While it's interesting that they made something drinkable that way, I'm kind of skeptical about the yeast being that old, and not just something that settled out of the air along the way.

    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 Apr 18, 2014 at 07:12:46 PM PDT

    •  hi Grainpaw (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm near the end of my gardening frenzy, we get to start earlier in CA. Tomatoes, squash, green beans, chard. I'll be planting Sunday too. That's one reason my pale ale has been sitting around for a while waiting for me to rack it. time to go mix a bucket of Iodophor and get the stuff ready. Then I can soak the big carboy all night and it will be ready to refill tomorrow.

      fossil yeast? do we have Jurassic Beer coming?

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:36:54 PM PDT

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  •  Cheers all! (2+ / 0-)
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    Celebrating that Founders is now distributing to Oklahoma. Just had a Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, and had Kentucky Breakfast Stout on Wednesday.

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:36:05 PM PDT

  •  Hi esquimaux! Tonight it's a local microbrew in a (1+ / 0-)
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    CAN!! How serendipitous that you mention that above.

    I stopped by the Harry & David store here in Medford after work for the first time in aaaages. I kick myself for not going more often because I get a 45% discount as an employee and they carry a great selection of local microbrews. I got 6 cans of Calderafor about $1 each. You can hardly get PBR for that around here!

    I got 2 each of the following:
    Ashland Amber
    Lawnmower Lager
    Pilot Rock Porter

    I'm enjoying an Ashland Amber at the moment.


    If you encounter rocky soil, plant what will grow there. - Fortune cookie wisdom

    by ninkasi23 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:37:14 PM PDT

    •  hi ninkasi23 (2+ / 0-)
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      I hadn't thought about Caldera in a long time. For a few years when I was more prosperous I went to Ashland every summer for Shakespeare and remember drinking there.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:40:41 PM PDT

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      •  I have not been over there, but (1+ / 0-)
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        I want to when we get a chance. This is not the easiest town to live in without a car if you want to have any kind of night life. The buses stop running at 8:30pm. Boo.

        But, I have been to Standing Stone in Ashland and that is fantastic as well if you ever get up this way again.

        If you encounter rocky soil, plant what will grow there. - Fortune cookie wisdom

        by ninkasi23 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:11:34 PM PDT

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  •  The Friday Night Brew Card (2+ / 0-)
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    Mrs PG and I went out for dinner tonight. While Mrs PG stuck with her favorite, Raspberry Wheat from 75th St Brewery of KC, MO, I tried Evil Twin Brewery's "Beaster Bunny", Tallgrass Brewery's "Velvet Rooster" and Founders Imperial Stout.

  •  Sadly (0+ / 0-)

    craft beer will crash. Way to much an explosion of breweries, and far too many making absurdly high alcohol IPA's.

    And, in most states, every single one of them is the arm of a huge corporation. Yay the three tier system.

    •  or not so sadly (1+ / 0-)
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      i've said it before, to me craft brewing smells a LOT like Silicon Valley 1999 and the bubble is sure to burst. Too many smaller brewers are getting away with making beer that is local but isn't very good. I woudnt' mind less concentration on high alcohol beers, and wouldn't mind the price rises slowing, either.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:07:43 PM PDT

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  •  On tap at Tucson pub (1+ / 0-)
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    Dragoon / Belgian Tripel / 9.4%
    Sweet malt, soft bitterness with delicate spice notes.

    Also Prime Meridian by Telegraph

  •  Howdy. (0+ / 0-)

    Boont Amber Ale - In a Can!

    Ell River Porter (Bottle)
    and now Full Sail Amber.

    We have taken to having caned beer around for going outdoors. Less chance of a broken bottle.

    Thanks for the diary, as always, Esq

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:29:58 PM PDT

  •  The beer music (0+ / 0-)

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

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:12:27 PM PDT

  •  Not much of a beer drinker, but I just bought (0+ / 0-)

    a case of Chesterfield Ale, made by a very old local brewery. Not really a "craft" beer, but far better quality than 90% of the commercial slop we are told it "beer".

    Whatever, enjoy the weekend. Looks like we will have a Spring after all!

    Les Paul, NOT Rand Paul!

    by old mark on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 05:33:00 AM PDT

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