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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #750 on: November 17, 2017, 08:31:17 PM »
Bumping this up:

Last week I attended the annual local beer festival to benefit the veterans charities around here. The set up is you get in for free but if you want to drink you pay the $40 ($35 if you register online) and you're given 40 tickets that entitle you to one 2oz beer per ticket. I've probably discussed this before.

2014 and 2015 I missed due to other things but another couple we know has gone all four years. Last year I got REALLY into the festival, drank my tickets, my friend's extra tickets, and then a guy I know had to bail due to an emergency and gave me a bunch of tickets. I had to be helped to the car and then it all came back up on the ride home.

For 2017 I couldn't even FIND 40 beers I liked to even get close to that stupid. All told my group found 5 we would buy again, none are available here. Total waste of money from a beer standpoint. They should have just called it "LOL IPA FEST."  Also, they stopped giving sample cups, you had to use your commemorative mug that you get at registration. After 3 or 4 beers, that residual starts to affect flavor, there were no rinse stations other than the foot pump hand wash station by the porta potty. The other alternative was to ask a vendor to use their melted ice to rinse out...which a lot of people were doing. Saliva and germs were a concern for one in our group.

It seems for the beers we do like, we can find people we know in other states to hunt them down, but mailing them here is apparently illegal. Such a bother.

I've decided to do my own gathering of friends for a beer tasting. I've been wanting to do this for years and just never pulled the trigger. Instead of $40 at the local beer fest, we could do this: You're invited to join us for this project. Your budget is $25-30 and to buy that amount in build your own six pack beers. Here they are less than $2 per bottle at the stores. With tax, you're talking about 12-13 beers per person being sampled out. You get 4 people that's 48 beers right there to try. You start adding other couples and next thing you know you're looking at GALLONS of beer. So realistically we can even lower that some more to just bring a six pack. I'm still toying with the idea, but the three I've run it past so far are game.

Just, my place is too small, and everyone else is at least a 30 minute - one hour drive. Someone has to stay sober.

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #751 on: November 20, 2017, 02:42:17 PM »
Here are a couple I have sampled lately:



I thought initially this was a stout and didn't see it was an Imperial Ale. So the cinnamon stuck around a little longer than I thought it would. But I really liked it was a sweet cinnamon instead of a hot cinnamon. Would recommend this but would probably just have a 22 ouncer at a time.




Got these for the Bengals game yesterday, I like that as an APA, it wasn't too hoppy. Not bad, but a little pricey at $13 for a 6 pack.

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #752 on: December 18, 2017, 07:32:19 AM »
Did anybody else know that they now have 40oz in plastic bottles now?!!?



WELL THEY DO!  AND IT GETS EVEN BETTER!  THEY'RE 42 OZ!!!!!!!

I picked up a couple of OE 800's.  I haven't had OE in a long ass time.  I wish the store had had Mickey's, that and Colt 45 are probably my fave cheap malt liquors that I drank in college

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #753 on: December 18, 2017, 08:16:58 AM »
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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #754 on: December 28, 2017, 07:39:25 AM »
Damn that's a classy looking Steel Reserve right there

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #755 on: December 28, 2018, 12:58:02 PM »
Recently a hole in the wall closed down and the building was purchased by a craft beer lover. He's now up and running with 40 on tap. He also has a cooler full of other fun stuff along with the Buds and Millers of the world. 6 of us went check it out last night.

Fun night. I found a few that he'd let me sample where I was like, "I like it, not a pint worth, though." But he is one size seller. Either it's a 10 ounce pour or a pint, depending on the product.

I had a Scottish "Backwoods Bastard" ale done in bourbon barrels that was really good for the first few sips but I couldn't drink it fast enough and it became a chore at the end. I had forgotten to bring a pen so I can only vaguely say he had an IPA that I actually really liked. There was a "Gulfwater Gose" from Florida that was really good. I also had a "Blueberry Crumble" sour that was outstanding.

There's a banana bread beer I see at the fancy grocery store here and it's REALLY good but comes in unrealistically large bottles for one person to drink before it goes warm. He had it on tap and I think it was the last one I drank there before we ran out of cash and retreated to my place to raid Mrs. SFH's IPA stash. (Last week I went grocery shopping at walmart for 2 weeks worth of food, $140. She then went to one of the better stores and only bought IPAs and Belgian wheats and it had to be close to $80 worth of build your owns and prepackaged shit).

It's been so love/hate with me and IPAs this year. For vacation I had "Holy Roller" IPA in the pool and it was amazing. Got really messed up on it. Our friend swears by IPAs and Mrs. SFH is taken to them as well.

Oh and this guy poured out an "HPA" beer. Hemporer by New Belgium. I almost threw up (I can't stand the smell) and didn't taste it. The shit smells like marijuana. He warned the two in our group splitting it, "I don't know how to describe it other than it smells like dank weed." I don't know about the "dank" part but have fun explaining that to the cops if you drink too much of it. I'm being a stick in the mud over it, just driving home the point that beer definitely wasn't where I parked my car but for those that are INTO that sorta thing, that might be of interest for you to look into (but yuck :P ).

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #756 on: January 11, 2019, 08:37:16 PM »
Jucifer:



Falls under IPA. It's damn good. It's brewed in Hammond, LA by "Gnarly Barley" but because "craft beer" has one price point and "domestics" have a different price point, no it's not cheaper just because it was brewed two hours east. You're looking at $5-$6 for a 12 ounce can and on tap I've seen as high as $10. Very safe IPA if you're iffy or new to them.

Tonight when I went cash out my bar tab for 8 Juicfers (3 were mine), 2 Bud Ice (I felt nostalgic for college when I saw that), and 3 or 4 bottles of water my tab was $28.

Now, we heard the lead singer order a Jucifer before the show and get charged $2.50, but he's the entertainment, obviously he's getting a deal. And while I know the nice bartender saw me unloading and helping the band set up, I was clearly not in the band. And the tab was under my wife's ID and card.

So we're panicking looking around trying to see what's wrong on the receipt and saw the sign on the wall, "Domestics: $2.50."

Best I can figure this bar got their hands on it because one of their kids told them about it (It's a rural daiquiri shop that pays my friend's band a week's worth of wages in most fields). As long as they're getting their $8 a hit (and more for larger) in daiquiri money, I don't think they much care about us beer drinking folk. I'd still like to know what their ROI is on this stuff for $2.50 a can if other places are charging $5+. It's not like they had back stock either. She told me after the second round she had one 6 pack left and if me, Mrs. SFH, AND our friend were on an IPA mission, we better start rationing or doing some rock, paper, scissors. I switched to Bud Ice then water, friend switched to Miller Lite, water and singing, Mrs. SFH knocked back a few more IPAs then switched to water.

But yes, if you come across it in your area, it's great in the can, bottle, or on tap. I'd imagine you'll never find it for $2.50 though.

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #757 on: February 25, 2019, 10:26:00 PM »
(I referenced this beer in an earlier post)



Very safe starter IPA. I prefer this one as cold as possible but even when it gets to slightly above chilled, it's not torture like a lot of IPAs are for me. It's a local brew so I don't know if it'll be in your location. A 6 pack cost me the standard craft $8-10 depending on where I'm shopping. It was $7.99 at Wal-mart. A smaller store, you can expect to pay $10 but it's worth it.

Now that said, one of the smaller local venues here known for multi-tap beers and live music was serving this on draft the other night. At $8 per pint. It's only got a 6.3% ABV so it's not a heavy hitter, but definitely more character than a light. I'm not into using all the fancy adjectives like on the beer review sites, I'm just saying I'm not an IPA guy and I like this one as much as the last IPA (Jucifer) that I reviewed.

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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #758 on: April 04, 2019, 07:23:45 PM »
Accidentally acted like an adult earlier: "No, we have Ghost at home, pick a different beer."

I was referencing Ghost in the Machine. Another local brew, IPA. It's not as safe as the ones I've endorsed prior, but still pretty damn serviceable if you're on the fence. I will say though, it does represent my biggest complaints with the IPA craze: Once it gets above chilled it becomes wretched. So drink it fast or in an iced drinking container.

I first tried it at a beer festival, and yeah in a 2 oz sampler it's damn near heaven and "I've been so wrong about IPAs." But yeah...if you're nursing anything over a 10 oz glass on draft (specifically a commercially made 12 oz bottle) you're fucked on those last 4 ounces. Well, at least my taste buds anyway. You might like drinking sand. If so, more power to you.

This is not a chugging or tailgating beer, which causes a bit of a problem when you're spending $10.99 for a 4 pack. So, if you find it in your area either be prepared to share or eat shit towards the end of the bottle/pint.




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Re: Beer Thread
« Reply #759 on: April 16, 2019, 04:25:44 AM »
My brother was in Horb am Neckar (a small town in Germany) recently and brought me these. I liked this Herforder but I can't say the same thing for the one on the right, tastes too strong. What a stingy guy. He has enough money to buy commercial property in Berlin but this is the best he can bring to his big brother: two bottles of cheap beer!