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Old 08-26-2017, 02:22 PM
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The problem with pumpkin beer this early is it's impossible for it to be properly made from this year's pumpkins. Fresh is better.

That said, a lot of what we think of as "pumpkin beer" is really more "pumpkin-pie-spices beer", and that of course can be made perfectly adequately at any time of year, so go nuts.

Still, I'm now spoiled by my local brewery's yearly Dromgoole, which involves taking a cartload of actual freshly-baked pumpkin pies and tossing 'em in during fermentation. Everything else pales in comparison.
Yeah, Buffalo Bill's, my personal favorite and yearly Okami companion beverage, seems to have cut down on actual pumpkin and upped the spice content over the last few years in order to get it out of the door quicker. It's disappointing to say the least.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:00 PM
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Perfect thing to have after an April snow storm brings in 6 inches. Iíll let you know later if this tie in is worth going beyond the wall for.

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Old 04-06-2018, 04:56 PM
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I've had a couple of Ommegang's GoT beers a few years ago and they were pretty good.
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Old 04-06-2018, 09:39 PM
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Yeah, I've yet to try one of those that wasn't at least "pretty good". I mean, tie-in or no, it's still Ommegang.
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Old 05-07-2018, 06:08 PM
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Pete Coors would like craft brewers to please stop saying mean things about him.

Rich old white men playing the victim is always the best and worst thing simultaneously.
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Old 05-07-2018, 06:23 PM
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I got a box of Coors Light as a cheap means of getting wasted during Knucklemania.

I will never forgive that man for my mistake
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:35 PM
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I legit thought that photo of that dude was Mike Pence at first.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:04 PM
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Iím at the Mikkeler Bar in San Francisco enjoying a tasty Windy Hill IPA. Itís weird to have a New England style IPA on the West coast, but damned if this isnít one of the better examples Iíve tried.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:29 PM
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I was enjoying a Capital Brewing Oktoberfest beer with dinner, and the kids were making chocolate milk. On a whim I put a little squirt of chocolate syrup into my beer. It turned out pretty good, meshed with the malt heavy flavors. I definitely could see it getting cloying with more syrup, and I wouldnít do this with an actual good beer, but it made a decent chocolate mock boch.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:54 PM
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Apparently there's a brewery in my Chicago neighborhood that specializes on sour beers and tea-inspired beers? I had no freakin' clue and now I'm enjoying a sour dill beer.

Their website is awful, but you can center-mouse click to see their line up. Welcome to Marz Brewing!
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:31 PM
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Reuben's Holiday Gose (a cranberry/orange/spice sour) is delicious and will be a regular part of beer times this season.
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:04 PM
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Marz is really good!
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:25 PM
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So it looks like I haven't gotten around to posting in here in over a year, but I have been religiously recording all my beer adventures in untappd, and they just put out a free year-end stats thing and uhhhhhhh apparently I drank a lot of beer.



In my defense, I checked in a ton of flights and tasters, so I don't think I *actually* averaged well over two full beers a day for the year. But still, that's a lot of new stuff tried. Some comes from festivals and such where I might check in a couple dozen new beers at once, but also the therapist I started seeing this year is literally across the street from a bottle shop that doesn't mark up singles any from the the package price, so I really do tend to buy 4-6 brand new beers for home most weeks (my backlog of age-able ones is getting a little scary), plus of course I try new things whenever possible while eating out.

Anyway that's just the short version graphic they give you to post on social media; they also generate a much longer infographic which I've ripped to text because I wanna share and comment on it:

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Untappd = 2018 = Your Year In Beer

810 Total Beers This Year
606 Unique Beers
214 Different Breweries
111 Distinct Styles

BEERS
Your Top 5 Most Checked In Beers

Brat'ya Baline = Mystery Brewing Company = 17 Check-ins
Red Leader Standing By = Mystery Brewing Company = 11 Check-ins
Mountain King = Mystery Brewing Company = 10 Check-ins
Domestic Goddess = Mystery Brewing Company = 9 Check-ins
Six Impossible Things = Mystery Brewing Company = 9 Check-ins
No surprises here (other than the number of fine-grained "styles" recognized by untappd getting kind of ridiculous). Mystery is my home-town brewery and I love it. Or rather, it was. My big beer story of the year is that they closed in November, and I am suuuuuper bummed about it. Seriously if it weren't for all my romantic disasters it would've been the saddest thing to happen all year.

Anyway Brat'ya was an Imperial Stout that came back out in an aged version that was amazing, both Red Leader and Goddess are sweet cinnamon ones, Mountain King was an aged sour, and Six Impossible Things was their signature winter chocolate/coffee stout and would've had way more check-ins if they'd been open into December.

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STYLES
Your Top 5 Most Checked In Styles

Stout - Imperial / Double = 56 Check-ins
Sour - Ale = 47 Check-ins
Stout - American Imperial / Double = 44 Check-ins
Stout - Milk / Sweet = 40 Check-ins
IPA - American = 39 Check-ins

Your Top Rated Styles
4.44 AVG = Stout - Imperial / Double
4.42 AVG = Sour - Flanders Red Ale
4.38 AVG = Stout - American Imperial / Double
Yup, I still like a good stout. Been getting more into sours over the last several years and stumbled onto several amazing Flanders Reds this year. The big story is IPAs cracking the top 5 which would've been unthinkable previously, but they're my ex-gf's preferred style so I tried a ton in 2018 and discovered I kinda actually like some hazy NE IPAs (citrusy ones mainly) and DIPAs (where the high alcohol and malt balances the hop bitterness more).

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BEERS
Top 5 Most Checked In Breweries

Mystery Brewing Company = 152 Check-ins
The Glass Jug Beer Lab = 24 Check-ins
Fullsteam = 16 Check-ins
Terrapin Beer Co. = 14 Check-ins
Hi-Wire Brewing = 14 Check-ins
God I miss Mystery so much. Yeah a lot of it was home-town pride and atmosphere but they genuinely made a ton of beers I really liked. Glass jug is the aforementioned bottle shop I started visiting weekly and they have their own microbrewery. Fullsteam is a Durham staple and their beer has gotten *way* better for my taste since they got a new head brewer a few years back. Terrapin is down in Athens GA and was mostly from the beginning of the year; pity they got bought by a big conglomerate. Hi-Wire is from Asheville but just opened a great new taproom in Durham where I've gotten flights a few times, good stuff.

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VENUES
Top 5 Most Checked In Venues

Mystery Brewing Public House, Hillsborough, NC = 200 Check-ins
The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Durham, NC = 71 Check-ins
Pour Taproom, Durham, NC = 29 Check-ins
Nash Street Pub, Hillsborough, NC = 27 Check-ins
Beer Study, Durham, NC = 23 Check-ins
So Fucking Much, guys, seriously. Mystery's pub was literally my favorite place to hang out in the world and while we'll carry on at other places it'll never be the same without them.
Glass Jug we've been over, Pour is a self-service place in Durham where you can get yourself any size amounts from several dozen taps so that 29 is like 3-4 visits, Nash Street is a little place just a few doors down from where Mystery was and while the selection is rarely great it's a convenient hangout, and Beer Study Durham is nice spot I've now hung out at several times that *does* tend to have a great tap list as well as being at outlet for Starpoint, another local brewery.

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Where do you like to drink?
58 Unique Venues
5 States (NC, GA, CA, TN, MO)
1 Countries

BADGES
884 = Badges Earned
Not a ton of travel this year. TN was just an airport stop. MO was probably my last visit to where I grew up, as I was helping my parents move out. My whole immediate bio family is in CA now.

Finally, badges are silly but I have a lot of them.

Figures my first effort-post for anything in well over a year was about beer, I guess.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:24 PM
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I drank some Fentiman's Lemon Shandy. Back in March...? It was interesting.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:08 PM
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Oh yeah I forgot I was going to mention one of my other beer discoveries from the past year. Pohjala brewery. Estonian. Every damn thing they make is utterly weird and very delicious.

Meanwhile tonight while I was out with friends I had a Sexual Chocolate from 2015 that was fantastic and a Dead and Berried blackberry stout that was also fantastic. And now I'm home on my couch tipsily drinking a Jade IPA for stupid sentimental reasons.
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:01 PM
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shiner bock has a smores beer for some reason and it is the most smores tasting thing ive ever had that wasnt a smores
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