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  1. [Host's note: To avoid an excessive load on our servers this topic has been split. The discussion continues from here] A couple of beers from a relatively recent trip to London. Yakima red ale on draft. Yakima is brewed by Meantime, a brewing company located in Greenwich, using five hop varieties from the Yakima valley in Washington state. The beer was moderately hoppy with a good malt to bitterness balance. Very nice. Beavertown 8 Ball rye IPA, an American-style IPA brewed in London. Love the wild label. It was caramel-colored and had a nice mix of spicy rye and resinous hops. I liked this a lot and want to try the rest of their line.
  2. liuzhou

    Silly Beer

    Picked this up this morning, not because I wanted it, just to add to my collection of silliness. Love the brewery's honesty in their choice of name. My only question is "Why? I mean "Why?'" (to be uttered in a tone of despair). It tastes like some one had a glass of grapefruit juice with breakfast and then forgot to wash the glass before pouring a beer hours later.
  3. Over the years I've been no stranger to drinking. From sipping favorite rums to enjoying a bottle of wine to draining cheap beers past sunrise. I have an internal guage for quantity-based hangovers. But for quite some time I've noticed that certain beers -- almost always minimally processed, hoppy or malty microbrews -- will give me a crippling headache after just one or two. I believe, not certain, that occasionally a red wine will produce this effect also. The latest culprit was two bottles of Rogue Mocha Porter consumed at a trivia contest Wednesday. I left the coffeehouse at 10, and by 11:30 I was in agony. The headache lasted until the following evening. Years ago it was Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. I need to start writing down beers that do this to me and see if there's a common denominator. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it an allergy to a certain strain of yeast, malt or excessive hops?
  4. Bill Poster

    Weiss vs. Wiess

    One is a wheat beer, one is a white beer. But with several European countries producing variations of both(weizen, witt etc), plus the close relationship of the styles, it can be confusing! Some Weiss(wheat) biers have flavours and a cloudy white colour similar to a white beer.. Do these styles overlap or are they an entirely different category?
  5. liuzhou

    Beer History

    500 years ago, Martin Luther started off the Reformation. In a way, this not only changed religious affairs in Europe, but also changed our beer. Article here.
  6. I actually think these types of packaging may be better from a functional standpoint. Cans are opaque, preventing the skunking of even poorly-stored beer, and they're lighter and easier to stack and store. They're probably the most oxygen-resistant packaging, helping to keep beer fresher longer. And they don't break if dropped. The downsides seem to be limited to aesthetics and the fact that they don't contribute to your supply of bottles for homebrew. Wine in tetra bricks is nice because I can close the pack and eliminate most of the oxygen in the process by squeezing the pack as I tighten the top. For someone that rarely finished a bottle in a single day, I like having this option. It also tends to be lighter and more efficient from a storage perspective. Aesthetics stink though, and I know nothing one way or the other on the merits of wine aged in tetra bricks.
  7. Someone sent me this link today and I was blown away by the numbers, for example sales of Michelob down 72 percent over the past 5 years: 8 beers Americans no longer drink
  8. Beer Advocate Magazine rated Ebenzer's Pub in Lovell, Maine, the number one beer bar in America and the world for the last five years in a row. The 7th annual Belgian beer festival runs from August 18th to the 27th and features an incredible meal as a finale: Moules Escargot Prince Edward Island Mussels baked with Trappist cheese, butter Ebenezers grown Garlic 2004 Drie Fontenein Oude Gueuze Magnums Charcuterie Plate Traditional Belgian Head Cheese - Earthmonk infused Sour Cherries, Duck Confit and Fois Gras Terrine with 2009 OerBier Reserva Reduction Smoked Pork Tenderloin – Au Poivre Pickled fiddleheads, Spicy Pickled Green Beans and variuos relishes. 1972 Rodenbach Grand Cru, 2011 Rodenbach Grand Cru Cream of Tsjeeses Chicken Stock, Mirepoix, and Jansel Farm Leeks with Tsjeeses Tripel and Sherman Farm Cream Served with Locally Baked Trappist Bread Fantome La Gourmande Smeus Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Poached Egg, Green Thumb Pureed Potatoes served with Caviar and Tsjeeses Hollandaise Sauce. Val Dieu Triple 6liter Belgian Frites White Truffle Oil, Garlic, Parmesan, red pepper and malt vinegar Stillwater Special Beer Venison Aux Poivrons Vert a la Moutarde Served with green peppercorn mustard sauce. Tsmije 2009 BBB Cask Framboos Sorbet Exhibition Course made with Eggs Whites, Fruit, 1983 Drie Fontienen Framboos and Liquid Nitrogen Saddle of Rabbit With Watou Cheese, Ruccola and dried tomatoes in Tripel Karmeliet, accompanied by crayfish in their gravy and mashed celeriac. Allagash Special Beer Country Salad Veal Kidneys, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Quail Egg and St Louis Kriek 1997 Cantillon Kriek Cheese Selection Ruth Miller’s handpicked selection of World Class Cheese! Orval/Saison Dupont Chocolate Selection Truffles by three of the world’s greatest Chocolatier’s: Pierre Marcolinni, Jospeh Blondeel, and Valentino! Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada/Pannepot Reserva 2008 Goat Cheese White Chocolate Mousse Served with Sugar Glass Sculpture 1997 Rose De Grambinus I hear this event is amazing. Camping is encouraged. Ebenezer's Pub Info Host Note: Click here for the terms under which this event is listed in eG Forums.
  9. Tonight I was in my local chain supermarket and saw the unbelievably high price on Miller Genuine Draft. I then went to Total wines and bought a 6-pack of Pilsner Urquel for the same per-bottle cost as the cost of the MGD at the supermarket. Is it any wonder that I never buy beer at a supermarket any more? Just saying...
  10. Ericpo

    Home Brewing

    Do any members of eG brew their own beer? I have been wanting to do this for years. I have a starter brewing kit...and I have a group of good friends to help. Just wondering if there are others on eG with experience/desire/or love of homebrewing?
  11. Just bought a 64oz growler. I'm unlikely to finish the entire thing by myself tonight, so does anyone have tips on how to best save the leftovers? How bad will it be if I just recap whats left? I don't really have any smaller glass containers that would work. If anyone is interested, the beer is Nugget Nectar.
  12. I came across news of an extraordinary event taking place in the-middle-of-nowhere, Maine, on Thursday, August 19th. Chris Lively, proprietor of Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine has been collecting rare beers for his Pub for a long time. Last year, he extinguished a couple remaining specimens at this apparently fabulous dinner, held at his establishment. Here is this year's menu (w/pairings). DEFINITELY check this out! Seating is limited to 100, costs $295, and has been sold out for a while. Folks camp out back and keep the party going. In fact, the next day kicks off The 6th Annual Belgian Beer Festival also held at Ebenezer's. I've read some fantastic reports about the camaraderie, the food, the amazingly rare and delicious beer, the mosquitoes, and think hard about how I'm going to make it next year. More info is at http://beernews.org/
  13. I've had it with trying to match wines for Thanksgiving and want to try something different this year. I've been serving quality beers more often with good meals, and think that turkey-n-fixin's might be a great pairing. Imbibe thinks so, too; here's their list of Thanksgiving-friendly beers. What are yours?
  14. We've had these in our market for about two weeks. So far they only come in Coors Light and Miller Lite (rain water and slightly flavored rain water). Each holds 5.7 liters (16 12oz beers $18.99 no deposit) and are fitted with a CO2 widget to dispense as well as keep the beer fresh for a whole month (obviously for amateur drinkers). They sit in your fridge and are dispensed in the horizontal position. The thing in the forefront holds a CO2 cartridge. When twisted clockwise the cartridge is pushed against a pin that punctures it. They are not really a good deal since they cost as much as a 24pk. and are really crappy beers. So why am I telling you about them?! Because.. v v v v v v They are reusable! The whole widget unscrews off the heavy duty P.E.T. container. And while the gizmo which holds the CO2 cartridge is designed to twist in with a ratcheting action to prevent one from unscrewing it, I found that giving it a good yank counter clockwise with a pair of Channel locks, breaks the plastic ratcheting pins, and then it is free. If you don't want to buy an expensive Cornelius setup or you just don't brew big batches, this is the ticket. It can be used to carbonate and dispense any brew, alcoholic or otherwise like homemade ginger ale or soda water. If the PET container is ever damaged, the widget fits perfectly on any 3 liter soda bottle with a wide-mouth opening.
  15. What would people recommend as the best general, basic book on beers. Something readable for someone who wants to take his beer drinking a little more seriously while still a comprehensive reference. I'd prefer suggestions for books in print, because that would be easier to order.
  16. I've been able to find lots of nice rare craft beers on Ebay and I'm curious to know about your experiences (good OR bad) if you've purchased from there.
  17. Found this little brew at the Total Wine in charlotte. The manager told me they'd gotten a small supply in, and the distributer/importer had promptly gone outta business. Being a scottish beer, I figured I'd take a chance Smile Was not disappointed. Pours pale blond, hint of cloudiness from the lees being stirred up (Oops, my bad) Very balanced taste, hint of hops but mostly sweet malt and fruity esters. Medium bodied, VERY easy drinking. Now, the kicker? The stuff 'expired' december 05, so I got my nice Scottish beer pre-aged. I'd love to find a fresher sample to see how the extra time makes a difference. I also plan on culturing the yeast from the lees, just to see what I can do with it
  18. lancastermike

    Rolling Rock

    On another site there was some discussion about this. Does Rolling Rock taste the same now as it always did? There were some who said it did not but many of those folks were talking from nostalgia not real taste. We all bemoan the closure of the Latrobe brewery, but does the beer taste any different? A/B is well known for adjunct brewing. Was Rolling Rock from Latrobe adjunct brewed? Is it adjunct brewed by A/B. I will say I tasted no real difference. RR was never any great beer, but was always popular in my area. Any thoughts by those more learned than I am.?
  19. The Drafting Room is hosting an irresistable event with Victory 10 Years Alt which is not even available directly at the brewery. More info here See you there!
  20. David L Geary Brewing Porter takes the top of the heap in a Porter Taste Challenge, Story here in NYT dining, 10/18/06 Visit D.L. Geary Brewing Co. in my foodblog: dining downeast from August 2005.
  21. With a new fish market in town, I've bought oysters a few times lately. Being poor, I can't always afford a 1996 Premier Cru Chablis to drink with them, and I like beer pretty well anyway. Now, I know all about Guinness and oysters, but I'm eating them at home, Guinness is strictly an on-tap beer for me, and I don't really care too much about Guinness anyhow. Here's what I've tried instead: A bottle of Alaskan Smoked Porter that I found in the basement. I try to buy a case of this stuff when I remember, and this was the last of the 2001 vintage. It went pretty well. Same dark-beer appeal as the classic oysters/stout, a little cleaner on the palate, and not so smoky as to get in the way of the brine. Like oysters on the barbeque, without the trouble. A couple bottles of Deschutes Jubelale. Not quite as good a match, but still fine. Here's what I'm thinking for the future: Gueuze. Lindemans Cuvee Rene is available around here, and has some of the characteristics of other things that go well with oysters--bone dry, tart, palate-cleansing. Plus, it's one of my favorites. Drawback: kind of expensive for a beer. Also: Belgians in general. Drank a bottle of this Reinaert Flemish wild ale tonight, and thought it might go. So, my questions to you eGulletonians: What beers do you drink with oysters? What pairings have you had in restaurants that have been successful? What hasn't worked? Lots of hops, or lots of malt? More generally: what characteristics do the beverages have in common--what makes a good match? With wines, it's generally a very dry, sometimes briny white wine, minimal oak--Chablis, Champagne, muscadet etc. Guinness is the opposite--sweetish, rich body. What makes them both work?
  22. From realbeer.com: A-B BUYS STAKE IN OLD DOMINION An Annapolis brewer teamed up with Anheuser-Busch Inc. to buy Old Dominion Brewing Co. of Ashburn, Va. Fordham Brewing Co. and minority partner Anheuser-Busch formed the new joint venture, Coastal Brewing Co., to purchase the brewpub operator and brewer that distributes in the mid-Atlantic region. Fordham will have a 51% ownership. As part of the deal, Coastal Brewing Co. will assume ownership, sales and marketing responsibilities for both the Old Dominion and Fordham brands, including Dominion Ale, Dominion Lager, Oak Barrel Stout, Fordham Copperhead, Fordham Lager, Oyster Stout and others. Coastal Brewing Co. also assumes ownership of the Old Dominion brewery and Old Dominion Brewpub. Discuss.
  23. haresfur

    Aging beer

    You might be interested in a happy discovery I recently made. I stopped brewing beer quite a while ago – I didn't seem to have time and wasn't drinking enough to get good at it (the former excuse still holds but I'm not sure the later still does). My last batch, christened by my DB as “Trash the Kitchen Imperial Stout” (never let your Imp. boil over) was a disaster in other ways, too. In a mis-guided attempt to sweeten up the recipe, I added too much molasses, not knowing that the molasses flavor results from unformentable chemicals. This resulted in a vile, highly alcoholic watered down blackstrap. So about 8 years later, I found some liter bottles with ceramic caps and a 12 pack of 12 oz bottles of the stuff left in a basement cupboard. I cautiously slipped some from a liter bottle to a beer afficionado who said, “High abv but drinkable.” Sure enough, after almost a decade, the alcohol had kept the beer preserved but the molasses had mellowed away. But wait, there's more. We opened one of the 12 oz bottles with a regular cap and the beer hadn't gotten any worse but there was still an overly strong smack of molasses. My theory is that the cap sealed too well and you needed the little bit of oxidation through the rubber gasket on the ceramic cap to take out the unformentables. Is there a moral here? Maybe that brewing chemistry is way more complex than I understand or that beer-gods are benevolent if you are patient.
  24. Welcome to the Beer forum, where hops and barley reign supreme. This is where you can discuss the beers and ales you drink, from the palest lager to the darkest stout. You’ll also find topics on ingredients and equipment for the beers you make at home. Check out these and other topics: What Gives Guiness Its Thickness; It's Brewing Time Again; What's Everyone's Favorite Beer?; and Beer Glassware. Not a Society member? You’re welcome to read the eG Forums to your heart’s content, but you will have to join the Society in order to post. You can apply to join the eGullet Society here. If you support the eGullet Society’s mission to and wish to help further it, you can make a donation here. Our members’ questions and comments make this forum interesting, exciting and useful – we look forward to your contributions. Before posting, you may want to browse through the forum to read up on current and older topics. If you’re looking for something specific, or wondering if there's already a topic on the subject you wish to discuss, try our Search feature (use the Advanced Usage Help link to improve your results) or our built-in Google Search function. If you would like to post photos, they must be uploaded into ImageGullet. Click here for a tutorial. We encourage food-related external links (hyperlinks to websites or other media outside of the eGullet.org webspace) to the extent that they substantially contribute to the dialogue. Web pages and websites that exist today may not exist tomorrow, and most online articles are often free only for a short period of time. Thus, links to external media should always include a brief summary and/or quotation that makes it possible for readers to understand the spirit of the linked material without the need to follow the link. For more information on our external linking guidelines, click here. The Society is committed to respecting intellectual property rights. Members are responsible for making certain that their posts conform with our copyright guidelines.
  25. John

    Bishop's Finger

    I live in Union, N.J. and remember enjoying an English ale called Bishop's Finger from Shepherd Neame about 10 years ago. I've been looking for it recently and can't find it. Is it still being imported into the U.S? If so, does anyone know where it is available in my neck of the woods? Any help would be appreciated.
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