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Fatty Talk “Epic Beer Snobbery” by Kapt Dai

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Sans Sheriff 2 years ago on 06/04/11
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Extracts will never be as high a quality as all grain brewing. Sure, you can make some tasty beers from extracts, but they will always have true flavor slightly amiss since extracts do leave a trace behind. Also, you can "make your own extracts". It is the sole reason mash-tuns exist. The mashing/sparging steps in an all grain brewing process provides you with a wort full of flavor which is what these extracts try to replicate by saving you and hour and a half in te process. Our brewing sessions last about 6 hours, almost 2 of which are spent sanitizing everything. I agree with the wise Kapt Dai though, the bonding time brewing with friends provides is priceless.
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fukkake 2 years ago on 06/05/11
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Some of my awesome finds from the International Beer Expo yesterday:

Tommy Knocker's Maple Nut Brown - It didn't taste like maple just a deep honey dark brown beer that was smooth and slightly sweet. LOVED THIS!

Well's Banana Bread Beer - This goes under MOST bizarre in an AWESOME way. It smelled and tasted like banana bread. A great breakfast beer!

Simple Malt's Altbier - I absolutely loved that it had a smooth caramel and smokey flavor with medium hops. I loved that sweet and bitter with the smokey. It was delicious!

Uthaca's Partly Sunny - It your normal Wheat Ale but it really had feel good vibe from start to finish. A great summer beer with a citrus tang!

Young's Double Double Chocolate Stout - I wasn't in the mood (because of the weather) to try a stout so I avoided this until the very end and I am so glad I gave in. This is the true essence of a deep, rich, beautifully crafted chocolate stout!
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Tulip O'Hare 2 years ago on 09/11/11
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Thread needs reviving!

Went to an ale festival over the weekend with brewers mostly from the mid-Atlantic. Winners:
- Flying Fish OktoberFish - A very flavorful and well-balanced marzen that goes down super easy.
- Stillwater Existent Cask - A dark ale with LOTS of flavors going on -- roasty malt, unusual hops (really smooth for hops if that makes any sense), the perfect amount of bitterness, and a touch of complementary dryness. It's almost stout-like, but it's not as heavy in the stomach. I'm keeping my eyes open for Stillwater in the future -- they (actually, he -- it's a one-man gig) also brought a very respectable saison.
- Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Nice strong flavors without the overly-bitter or dirty aftertaste some imperial stouts can have (although it's actually hardly bitter at all, so if you like your stouts bitter this isn't the one for you).
- Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen - Toasty but smooth and an eensy bit sweet. Not quite as good as the OktoberFish but still good.

Losers - bad enough that I feel like the beergoing public needs to be warned about these beers:
- Brewer's Alley Nut Brown Ale - I wish I could recommend this, because it's a nut brown that actually has a nut taste... but it has the tannic dryness of nuts too, so much so that your mouth feels dry and gritty after two swallows.
- Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale - Basically tastes like nutmeg water.
- Everything from Red Brick Brewery - Utterly flavorless. Not one of their beers had a flavor.
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fukkake 2 years ago on 09/11/11
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I am so glad that you said something about Red Brick because when I tried their Red Ale I had no idea I was drinking a red. There hasn't been a red I didn't like up until this point.

Flying Fish Octoberfish was by far my favorite and i am totally excited to have more of it this Harvest Season!
 
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Hunky Dory 2 years ago on 09/11/11
Red brick station has only one amazing beer. It's called the Highlander. It lives up to the name.
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Tulip O'Hare 2 years ago on 09/14/11
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Just now had some Wyder's Pear Cider, a nice addition to the pear cider pantheon. Clean pear flavor (no off-flavors at all), a little dry, just enough sweetness to enhance the pearness. You can't taste the alcohol (5%) whatsoever, which might be a plus or a minus depending on your tastes.

Waitress did tell me it tastes like shit from the bottle, though (local beersnob joint had it on tap tonight).
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Tulip O'Hare 24 months ago on 04/23/12
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BUMP for Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale. OH GOD THIS BEER.

Lemme put it this way -- I'm usually a social beer drinker. I rarely drink beer at home. We bought a a case of this over the weekend (because you basically have to buy cases -- Pennsylvania's alcohol laws are retarded) and I've had at least one every night. It's just that great.
Squarely medium-bodied, rather malty, DELICIOUS scotchy flavors, and 8.5%. For both taste and alcohol content, you are completely getting your money's worth with this beer. Buy it, send the IPA retards home, and enjoy sneering at them like the guy on the bottle does.


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Dirk Gently 24 months ago on 04/23/12
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Dirty Bastard is a old favorite of mine. I'm also partial to Old Chub from Oskar Blues Brewing Co. in Colorado. Old Chub is one of the very few beers that I will drink from a can.

Lately, I've been having a craving for an old favorite of mine. I may have to start scouring beer shops in the city for Adnams Brewery from Suffolk, England. Thiey produce one of my favorite brews EVER. Adnams Broadside. It's a dark ruby colored ale with a orange marmalade/rich fruitcake flavor that is 6.3% ABV. Last time my local bar had this, I AND my father bought all of it, we were that happy. When I visit my family in Britain again, I am making it a point to stop by this brewery.

If you happen to find any Adnams in Philly, drop me a line.

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Johnny Landmine 24 months ago on 04/24/12
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Picked up a couple bottles of Sanktgallen (a fantastic Japanese brewery; don't let the name fool you) El Diablo at my local beer place. I was fortunate enough to get some on tap last time I was in Tokyo and it's real stellar stuff. Gonna drink one of these tonight and put the other away for a rainy day.

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Johnny Landmine 24 months ago on 04/24/12
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As you can tell, this is a pretty old beer - as a barleywine, it can take it, and the bottle design allows for less oxidization than most - so the glass I'm having tonight is mellowed out considerably from the spicy treasure that is El Diablo on tap, but still pretty good. I'm a little disappointed but not at all surprised that the hop character I remembered is significantly diminished (as a general rule I'll be glad to finish off any misguidedly-ordered IPAs left unwanted around the table) but the warming caramel juice it left behind is still totally drinkable.

Super recommended if you ever find it on tap.
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Tulip O'Hare 23 months ago on 05/01/12
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Just tried Great Divide Colette. It's a sweet and somewhat fruity farmhouse ale that weighs nothing in the belly and 7.3% on the brain. Nice stuff!

And got to try a whole battery of IL and WI beers recently, to include:

Goose Island Sofie - A Belgian that's VERY light and super complex -- a bit creamy, a bit spicy, a bit sweet, a bit dry -- really almost champagne-like. Was so excited to drink it I cracked it open without chilling it and it was fantastic.

Goose Island Matilda - An inoffensive but sort of boring Belgian Pale. Flavor's good but weak.

Goose Island 312 - A very flavorful wheat beer, both tasty and poundable.

Tyranena Down & Dirty - A chocolate oatmeal stout that definitely tastes like both chocolate and oatmeal and is so thick it's on the edge of being sludgy. If you like this kind of thing, you know who you are and you'll love this shit.

Two Brothers Cane & Ebel - It's a rye IPA, and they didn't skimp on either of them! It's got the rye tang and sting along with lots of spicy hops. I'm only OK on rye and don't like IPAs but Brian loves both and ADORED this beer.


And for anyone on the cider train, you cannot go wrong with any product by Ace. They apparently have some kind of bad reputation in their home state of Cali, but they make a delicious sweet pear cider, two rockin' apple ciders, and a berry cider. Never had the apple honey or the pumpkin ciders but I'm sure they rule too!
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Senator Hideki 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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For only $6 for a sixpack, Trader Joe's Black Toad is remarkable. It would be a good buy at $9.
 
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Britishly Delicious 23 months ago on 05/04/12
Helloooo BrewDog!



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Tulip O'Hare 22 months ago on 06/29/12
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Aforementioned waitress was fulla shit about Wyder's Pear Cider from the bottle. It's an eensy bit muskier but it's not at all shit.
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Senator Hideki 21 months ago on 07/01/12
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Having dinner at the Yardhouse with a friend in L.A. Waitress suggested I try Magic Hat Number 9. She's now getting a massive tip and is my favorite waitress of all time.
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LeeChan 21 months ago on 07/01/12
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Senator Hideki said:
Having dinner at the Yardhouse with a friend in L.A. Waitress suggested I try Magic Hat Number 9. She's now getting a massive tip and is my favorite waitress of all time.


Aw yay! That was once recommended to me at a place before I started drinking beer and was only drinking cider. They didn't have cider so she suggested I try No. 9 - great stuff!
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Senator Hideki 21 months ago on 07/01/12
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Other than possibly being a tad too sweetness, that beer was just phenomenal. It was like all of Santa's elves jizzed pure joy into my mouth at the same time!
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Creepy Stalker 21 months ago on 07/01/12
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Great post.
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Senator Hideki 21 months ago on 07/09/12
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I have yet to try a Dogfish Bead brewery beer that I 1) didn't find to be a horrible flavor experience and 2) didn't get a massive headache from.

I mean, what the hell, do they add cane sugar to the grain mash in all of their. Refs in a 1 to 1 ratio or something?! Too goddamn sweet.
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jennyfur 21 months ago on 07/09/12
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I'm really digging Voodoo Cowbell (an Imperial stout). Which is weird cuz I'm usually not a big stout person. Even more weird because I don't tend to like sweet things. Though oddly enough, my two favorite stouts are both disgustingly sweet... this and Southern Tier's Creme Brulee stout. Coincidence?

Bonus tip: Do half and half with one of these and a strawberry beer like Samuel Smith's or Fruli's. It's like chocolate covered strawberries in yo mouf mmmm.

Wow this post is girly as shit. I'm almost ashamed haha.

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