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  1. dpurdy
    There was a Watermelon Wheat at the Oregon brewer's festival. I didn't try it because there are so many brews to try there that I skip all the flavored fruit varieties. I wonder if 21st Amendments was the one.
    Duh Ok I looked it up and it was the one there.

    Tonight after a hard day on my feet all day in the darkroom I decided to try some ales and I got two IPAs..
    Elysian Imortal IPA from Seattle Washington and ..
    Sculler's IPA from Skagit River Brewing in Mount Vernon Washington
    Both English style IPAs (I thought all IPAs were English style)
    Both beers delicious but the Scullers much better than Elysian. Skullers is very rich by comparison with more hops and more malty. The Elysian though is very good and just suffers by comparison. Both $3.50 for 22 ounces.... as in 7.00 for both.
    Dennis
  2. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    I'll have to say the Watermelon Wheat is a very good beer if cold enough drops almost to substandard if not.
  3. Toffle
    Toffle
    "I did a bit of research on the Mill St Brewery and it looks like it is a very busy popular place with somtimes really long lines to get in. Do they distribute kegs to other pubs?"

    I don't know... Though I had heard of it, I hadn't tried it until my son picked my up a couple of sixes for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. (one of the benefits of teaching your kids to have good taste in art, culture, food and beer is that they grow up and bring exciting new things to your door. )

    Mill St. have only recently been picked up by the Ontario Brewers Retail for general distribution. I don't know how it works in other areas, but here there is a fairly complex bureaucracy that keeps new brewers on the sidelines. When they finally get a break and win a distribution deal, the big boys either try to swamp them or buy them out.

    Cheers,
    Tom
  4. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    Ha yes. When my spouse's daughter turned 21 I gave her four 22oz bottles of fine micro brew. Now she works in one of the best pubs in Portland and when I go in I get the brews for employee cost, which is very cheap.

    Anheuser-busch bought at least the distibution rights to one of the top Micro breweries here. Actually I think they gradually bought the Brewery. Funny to see them trashing micro brews in their marketing and now they have come out with their own American Ale which they say is dry hopped ale. I haven't tried it yet. I mean it is a Bud.
    Dennis
  5. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    I find that drinking a Bud every once in a while really makes me appreciate the craft brewing industry and the value of the money I put into it. Anybody here brew their own beer? If so any favorite recipes.
  6. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    I just went for a retry of Deschutes' Mirror Pond and have to say it isn't at all like I remember it maybe I just forgot what it was like it turns out it is an excellent beer.
  7. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    Where are you monkeykoder? Here in Portland Mirror Pond has become one of the most common taps in taverns or pubs that don't carry a lot of micro brew. I remember when it first hit the market in the early 90s it was a dependable good brew. Then the Brew master for Deschutes went to work for Full Sail and Mirror Pond became pretty uninteresting while Full Sail suddenly started having some really good ales.

    I went to a restaurant just last week and had to wait for a table so I wandered across the street into a foul smokey sports bar with people ordering PBR in the can. I asked if they had a micro brew and they had Mirror pond and Bridgeport. The Bridgeport tasted sort of sour or like plastic hose or something. That same sports bar has 2 dollar pints tonight so I might wander down there and try the Mirror pond. Hopefully it has been improved as you say.
    Dennis
  8. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    It may not have been it may just be my cold. As for my location I'm about 500 miles south of you. I'll also have to say my experience with pale ales is on the lower side they're not my favorite type of beer I tend to drink more Belgians and other more robust beers.
  9. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Had a decent beer weekend tried some Delerium Nocturnum and some stuff by North coast Pranqster and Brothers Thelonius (yes I'm sure I spelled something wrong). I'll have to say I wasn't impressed by the Pranqster it isn't as good as even the first tripel I made however the Brothers Thelonius was one of the better beers I've ever had. The Delirium was pretty damned good too.
  10. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    I googled those beers. North Coast brewery I have seen but I haven't tried those two. They sure have some amazing descriptions of them on their web site.. sounds more like they are describing wine. The thelonius one is very strong at 9%. I will have a look for them down at the store. I am guessing they go for about 5.00 a 20oz bottle. thanks for the tips.
    Dennis
  11. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Belgians tend to have very wine like descriptions. They also tend to be a bit rich and on the strong side also on the expensive side. I can't remember about the Brothers Thelonius but the Delerium Nocturnum was $9.99/750ml bottle.
  12. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Hrmmm... Not many people seem too interested in the subject of fine brews.
  13. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    That is the way it seems. Here in Portland there is such a culture of micro brews and brew pubs that there could be quite a lot to talk about with new brews around town all the time. And I know that Northern California has excellent brews too. I just tried the first I have seen of this year's Winter ales. Deschutes Brewery Jubelale. It is a standard that has been released every winter for many years. Really nice ale.

    Do you see the Deschutes brewery products down there?
    Dennis
  14. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    They're available in most of the stores I go to for beer and they're available at the local WinCo (and for some reason the gas station at my parent's house...)
  15. Toffle
    Toffle
    At this moment, I'm enjoying a Wychwood Bah Humbug "Christmas Ale"... Interesting cinnamon tones. hmmmmmmm.......

    (not micro, but definitely not run of the mill)
  16. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Every christmas beer I've ever had has been pretty so-so I might have to try that one.
  17. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Looks like no one on this forum likes beer.
  18. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    The holiday beer festival begins today, or maybe yesterday, in down town Portland in an outdoor public square. I was thinking of going but last year it was so crowded that you had to stand in long lines for the 2oz taste. I have drank a bit of Full Sail Wassail christmas ale and it is really run of the mill everyday kind of beer. Tonight might be a good night to go in search of a holiday brew I haven't tried.
    Dennis
  19. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Hrmmm I'm having a beer slushie right now... Next time we don't try to quick cool the beer and then go for a long walk... Have fun with the christmas beer there are very few good examples of flavored beer out there I hope you find some.
  20. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    I don't think a good holiday ale has to be flavored. In fact I absolutely avoid those. I did find an ale I had never tried tonight in a pub just 4 blocks walk from home. It was made by a Brewery called Hopworks Urban Brewery. The problem is even after I asked the waiter the second time, I couldn't understand what he said it's name was. On the tap it just had HUB. It was a holiday ale in that it was made just for the season and it is very malty and yet very well hopped. I absolutely loved it. I think I will go back in a day or two and try it again and try to get the name of it.
    Dennis
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