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Hi again beer lovers! Happy Friday! Come in and join us for a cold one.

Tonight I'll break the rules and lead with a cocktail. Check out this Ultimate Bloody Mary. It looks big enough to last all evening, and includes dinner too!

The $50 Bloody Mary comes with all the trappings of the more-typical version — pickles, celery, onions, olives. Then it ups the ante with sausage, shrimp, scallions, and, of course, bacon-wrapped jalapeno cheese balls.

Finally, to top it all off, the dastardly mixologist brings the delicious pain with an entire fried chicken.

In the beer world, Weekly Pint asks "Is there a craft beer bubble?" FNBB regulars might remember that my answer to this has been YES for a long time now. "Is there such a thing as too much good beer?" No, that's a different question. My issue is that because "drink local" has become such a hot trend, too many brewpubs and small brewers are getting away with making stuff that isn't all that good.

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Deadspin's list of 18 Overrated Beers is entertaining. Only a couple of craft brews make the hall of shame; he's mostly talking about inexplicably popular industrial lagers like Heineken and Stella Artois.

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A number of craft brewers need to get a new calendar: BeerPulse tells us that the pumpkin ale releases are starting already. Dammit, it's just the first week of August! That stuff shouldn't be out until October IMO. (If at all).

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In non-beer news, today is World Cat Day. I told FNBB about the loss of my cat Hillary back in May but never introduced my new housemate. This is S'More, who has been with me since the beginning of June.

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What's up where you are? Is anyone brewing? I've got the "Josephsbrau" sampler from Trader Joe's. What are you drinking?
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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 06:45:02 PM PDT

  •  Awww!! (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Grainpaw

    She's a beauty!

    Drinking a Founders Rubaeus. A raspberry bomb, but I like it.

    We're having a big stout tasting tomorrow. About 15 people and about 35 different beers. Past experience suggests we won't get to all of them... but we'll give it our best shot.

    Beer geekdom is all stirred up this week about the releases of Wild Peach from New Glarus, and Assassin stout from Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa. The latter is a tiny brewery whose stouts and IPAs have become some of the most highly sought beers around. I've had their PseudoSue, a delicious, grassy hoppy treat.

    The NG was only available at the brewery. People lined up beginning early this morning and the tickets were gone by 9:30. Crazy shit. 1500 bottles, 2 per person.

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 07:12:40 PM PDT

    •  hi Okie (1+ / 0-)
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      thanks, I sure think so.

      35 beers! that's a heck of a day's drinking. At the last homebrew club competition we had 25 or so and that was too many for my taste buds to still be working.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 08:22:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How's everyone doing tonight. (3+ / 0-)
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    OkieByAccident, mickT, Grainpaw

    Glad it's Friday, it's been a hard week.

    I'm celebrating Friday with a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, so far.

    I go back and forth on the whole "bubble" in craft brewing thing. We have 90 breweries here in San Diego County with another 36 in the planning stages.

    That's a hell of a lot and like you said, they are not all making great beer. So we do see breweries close down here in San Diego. One that never even tried to make good beer, their whole thing was to be a craft brewery that make crappy lagers like the big guys, just moved out of San Diego and relocated to Nashville. See ya. (if you live in that area, the brewery is Tail Gate, stick with your homegrown craft breweries).

    But the one thing I've noticed is that, at least in this area, people have really become beer connoisseurs. They know what good beer should taste like and I really believe that has forced local breweries to make good beer.

    Most of our local breweries are small operations, they serve the local communities and I think as long as that is your business model and you can make it work, you will be successful, no matter how many breweries are in the area. They aren't going to be the next Stone, but I don't think that is what they are aiming for.

    The thing to keep in mind is that Craft Beer only made up 7.8% of the overall beer sales in the US in 2013. There is actually quite a lot of room to grow there. As more and more people jump ship from drinking tasteless lagers to good tasting hand crafted beers, and yes, supporting local.

    •  hi Bob (1+ / 0-)
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      I admit that anyone drinking local beer at least has the right idea. Part of the issue is that unlike San Diego my area still has relatively few brewers. The only brewpub i can think of that went out of business in the last few years involved a dispute between the owners. Then after being reborn they ran through both brewers and chefs for a while with no consistent approach except having the least-dressed waitresses.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 08:35:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm at beer high tide, for me. (2+ / 0-)
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    I kegged 5 gallons of my brown porter and 10 gallons of cream ale, and made 5 gallons of yummy ginger ale, so all three beer fridge taps are running, and a backup cream ale is carbonating outside the fridge.
    I have ingredients on hand for a Hoegaarden Wit clone and a session IPA. I hope to do the Wit next week.
    Here's an alphabetical list of beer gods and goddesses, and a calendar of beer feast days so we will never lack a reason to imbibe.
    http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/...

    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 Aug 08, 2014 at 07:49:36 PM PDT

  •  BBQ goes better with Great Beers! (2+ / 0-)
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    Mrs PG and I went across the river to the Smokestack Barbecue in NKC, MO. tonight to enjoy a wide sampling of their hickory smoked offerings. My choices from the beer menu were a Boulevard Saison Brett and a Southern Tier double IPA, both on tap and served in some nice glass ware. Beer and barbecue, a great American tradition!

  •  No more homebrew, dammit... (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, bsegel

    ...at least for a while. My partner Leslie has three carboys of rauchbier aging downstairs and I'm considering what I should make next, but the weizenbock and the blueberry ale are gone. I'm consoling myself with a bottle of Widmer Citra; it's got a nice, subtle grapefruit note that I like. Maybe I'll start some porter once the weather cools a bit.

    •  Hi Kiri (0+ / 0-)

      I see you are somewhat of a newbie here at DKos, so a belated welcome.

      We are here, drinking beer, every Friday night at 6:45 pm West Coast Time.

      Obviously you and your partner are beer drinkers, please feel free to stop in every Friday night and let us know what's on tap at your house.

      •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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        bsegel

        We usually have something interesting in the beer fridge, but at the moment we don't have any way of controlling environmental temperature during primary fermentation. We need another old chest freezer that we can modify, like the one that died shortly before we relocated from Michigan. All a matter of money, and time...

  •  Brewpub bubble (1+ / 0-)
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    I understand completely.  We just moved back to central Oregon, not far from "Beertown USA, Bend OR".  There are now 15 (YES, FIFTEEN!) brewpubs in Bend.  Even this beer lover can't fathom that many brewpubs in a town the size of Bend.  Some make really good beer, but I haven't tried them all--yet.  Some of the names will be familiar:

    http://www.bendbrewpubs.com/

  •  I'm appalled at the seasonal beer (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    timing. Winter beer in early November, Spring beers in early February etc. But I just found one that might do better. Labeled as a late summer beer, Sierra Nevada's Flipside Red IPA is a solid entry.

    "In text, use only a single word space after all sentence punctuation." - Oxford Style Manual, Oxford University Press, 2003.

    by shaggies2009 on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:46:23 PM PDT

  •  Sidhe update: (1+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw

    Been a while, methinks!

    Anyway, much is happening, though the pace feels glacial. The new space is secured, rent is being paid, and all the equipment is moved in. The Feds are finally looking at my application, and may issue brewers notice by month end. Local district council is favorable to us, and may help us along at the city level.

    In beer news, I've designed a Mexican lager, at my landladys request. Initial indications are that it's going to be awesome.

    Michele Bachmann
    is a manipulative homophobe. And soon to just be a bad memory!

    by Transactivist on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 06:34:47 AM PDT

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