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  1. cooltouch
    What, there's only two other members who post here anymore? Hehe, well the membership has just increased by 50%
  2. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    Hey Cooltouch. Very good to have another beer drinker. I have had ales from that North Coast brewing including that stout. They are good and they come to the Oregon Brewer's fest in Portland in July. I like to drink stouts now and then though I am addicted to the hoppy IPAs of this area.
    I don't know that I will be trying any Anheuser Busch pretend micro brews anytime soon. there are some other large breweries doing the same thing. Actually Anheuser Busch bought one of the top micro breweries here in Portland several years ago.. Widmere Brewing.
    Don't you know though that one of the top selling beers in Portland is Pabst Blue Ribbon which used to be a Millwaukie original that got sold to some generic brewing company down there in Texas. PBRs baby. Cheap and the people here love it. Not me.
    Dennis
  3. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    Hey Dennis,

    Nice to get your feedback. Like you, I prefer the hoppy brews, like IPAs, when I'm drinking light (as in color) beers.

    Hehe, I used to drink PBR for quite a while. Found it when I lived in Califiornia, but haven't seen it since I moved to Texas 10 years ago. It's not so bad, about the same as Busch, I'd say. Better than lemonade, at any rate.

    There's another smalll brewery here in Texas named Spoetzl. They brew Shiner brand, and their most popular seller is Shiner Bock. Me, I really don't care for most of their offerings, but I have to admit that their most recent, which they call Commemorator (in celebration of their 100th year in business) is quite good. It's an ale brewed in the German "slark" style, and tastes a lot like a stout, although it is amber in color. I'm sipping on one right now. By far their best, IMO. I hope they make it a regular addition to their lineup.

    If you ever have the opportunity to try one of the "handcrafted" Michelob varieties, I'd be interested in your take on them. Really, they're pretty good. They give Sam Adams a run for their money, and I consider Sam Adams to be some of the best widely available brews around.

    Best,

    Michael
  4. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    New Belgium is probably the best of the widely distributed stuff. After having made the mistake of trying the Budweiser American Ale I will never try another big brewer knock off of a good beer I just can't do it anymore (that stuff actually had me close to vomiting on flavor alone)
  5. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    I am pretty sure the convenience store on the corner will have the handcrafted Michelob beers. I might try one tonight but no way am I doing a 6 pack. Guilty till proven innocent.
    Dennis
  6. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    One of my mottos is "Life is too short to drink cheap beer" but I dunno if I'm in your guys league. I'm a beer drinker, and I drink what I like. I don't consider myself to be a connoisseur, but I can hardly get down straight American brews anymore. Hell, I don't even care for Heineken. Becks is better, and I like St. Pauli Girl a little better than Becks. Haven't tried New Belgium -- so far I haven't been a big fan of Belgian beers. Too light (as in flavor).

    Best,

    Michael
  7. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    I am a bit of a beer snob with all the fantastic choices and haven't drank anything but a micro brew in years. But I do like to ask myself, when trying a sub standard beer, if this was the only beer in the world and drinking beer meant I had to drink this beer, would I drink it? My standard drops pretty low when I look at it like that. Actually I think there is a place in the world for coors light. But there is a place for a nice tall glass of ice water too.
    Dennis
  8. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    Bad luck. the only Michelob beer they had at the corner store was Ultra. They did have Budweiser American ale in the 22 oz bottle sitting up there along with the micro brews, but no way I am going to buy a beer that nearly made monkeykoder vomit. So the best I could do was to buy a Widmere Broken Halo IPA. Widmere was one of the original micro brews in Oregon and they are the one that sold out to Anheiser Busch. So I guess it is sort of a Michelob/budweiser. Though I think they have been hands off when it comes to brewing the beer. The real beer snobs would turn their noses up to Widmere Broken Halo on principles but in truth it is a delicious beer.
    Widmere is widely marketed. As well as Bridgeport. Do you have them in Texas? I know they are in New York and can be found even in London. In fact Bridgeport was sold a few years ago to a group out of Texas somewhere. They came up with the marketing concept of "A great Friken Beer"

    Dennis
  9. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    Yup, I see Bridgeport here. I've tried their IPA and their Porter. I like both, but the porter gives me a noticeable hangover the next day if I've had more than a few. Broken Halo can be found here too at some of the better stocked grocery stores. I can't say that I've tried it yet. But now that I hear it's good, I'll have to give it a try. Do you ever see St. Arnold up there? If so, try their Elissa IPA. I'd be interested in reading what you think.

    Best,

    Michael


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  10. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    I think I messed up the Firken beer rather than friken beer. What ever it is Bridgeport has won world awards in Europe with their IPA but as you say it gives a good hang over. I used to hang out in the brewery quite a lot as they had their beers on draft with Nitro. Just down the street from where I live now is that Widmere Brewery with the Broken Halo IPA. They are 2 bucks a pint on monday night so I have drank an awful lot of them. They are most popular in the local pubs for their wheat beer.. Heffeweisen. I might be off in the spelling. really yummy mild beer that is usually served with lemon wedge. A chick beer. You can drink it all night without getting too drunk.
  11. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/ind...n_goes_in.html
    Here is a story that is in this mornings Oregonian news paper. This is why you guys need to make a trip to Portland sometime. Maybe in july when there is the outdoor brewer's festival on the river walk.
  12. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    Portland's a pretty town. I've been there exactly once -- back in the mid-90s. Never knew about the microbrewery/brewpub density there. Yes, doing a pubcrawl there would be just about worth the trip, methinks. Here in Texas, the Baptists ran things for so many years that we still have pretty messed up liquor laws. Not as bad as they were, but . . . For instance, if one wants to open a brew pub, the brews sold there can be sold there only. The brew pub is not allowed to market them outside their business. It requires a separate location, hence a separate brewery, if one wants to market ones brews outside the pub. I dunno, maybe that's the way it is elsewhere too, but it seems pretty stupid to me.

    Best,

    Michael
  13. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    If you're thinking Belgian beers are light in flavor you must have only tried the wit bier. From New Belgium for a drinkable yet cheap (coming from a guy that regularly buys a $15 bottle of beer) and widely distributed beer you'd have to go with the Abbey Ale. If you want to give Belgian beer a serious try you'd have to pick up a bottle of Brothers Thelonious (an American version) or if you want to go all out I'd pick up a bottle of Westmalle preferably the Dubbel. Trippels tend to be lighter in color and a "lighter" flavor meaning they have just as much flavor but tending toward flavors you'd associate with lighter colored beers. Stay away from Wits and Blondes if you're looking for strong flavored beers. North Coast (the makers of Old Rasputin) has is the maker of Brothers Thelonious and it is a good beer, I'd stay away from Pranqster it just doesn't taste quite right to me. Belgian beers are hit and miss sometimes the good examples are quite a good experience the bad examples are hard to even get down. I'd have to say most Belgian beers are interesting and right now I'm trying to perfect a recipe for a Trippel (interestingly enough it is a VERY simple beer ingredient wise but has very complex flavor if done right).
  14. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    Now I have a mission. Luckily there is a great beer store called New Seasons within walking distance and if anyone has those beers they do. I will go tonight. ;-)
  15. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    The only Belgian beer I can specifically recall at the moment is Stella Artois. It was okay, to me, but nothing really special.

    So, monkeykoder, sounds like you're into zymurgy. This is something I've been kicking around for a long time. We have a pretty active brewer's community here in Houston, but I've never attended any of their get-togethers.

    One item I found interesting that I picked up from my nephew's friend -- the one who brewed the dark stuff I mentioned in an earlier post -- he told me that lots of folks are now using the old-style soft drink syrup containers that restaurants used to use. I worked in the restaurant biz way back when, and I remember having to change those things out. Seems like a decent setup for storing lightly pressurized contents, like beer. Have you ever tried using these?

    Best,

    Michael
  16. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    Don't have the money for the setup for soda kegging right now. Stella Artois is a Belgian Wit which isn't the Belgian beer you want to try. A Wit beer would be the beer for those that used to like Budweiser and now think they should be drinking something more expensive
  17. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    They had North Coast brewing at the local store with 4 varieties not Thelonious Bros. I tried the Pranqster and the Old Stock Ale. The Pranqster started out pretty good, too fizzy but nice flavor. By the time the glass had warmed the beer up I hated it. Nasty bitter taste on my lips and tongue, it has kind of a synthetic taste. Lagunitus makes a much better Belgian Ale than that. I expected the Old Stock to be an IPA for some stupid reason and was shocked to find on first sip that it is a Barley wine at 12.5%. I wasn't prepared to drink that strong an ale so I only had a few sips and maybe I will try it tonight.
  18. monkeykoder
    monkeykoder
    I'd say the Brothers Thelonious is their best beer (in my experience of their beers) but I only pick that for a Belgian because it is cheaper than most.
  19. cooltouch
    cooltouch
    Wow, they changed the groups look. Sure is different. I kinda like it a bit better, honestly. More like the forums.

    Best,

    Michael
  20. dpurdy
    dpurdy
    http://www.bearrepublic.com/ourbeers.php
    I went to a party this weekend where they had a keg of Bear Republic Brewing Racer 5. It is from Healdsburg California. Wow what good IPA. I know it pretty well because you can buy it in bottles around town but it is great out of a keg. I was not the driver so I drank 5 pints and was totally looped. Way drunker than I expected to be so I looked it up to see how strong it is expecting maybe 9.5% but it is only 7%. I guess I should have had more to eat. I wasn't the only one who got looped. Great beer though. Give it a try if you haven't.
    Dennis
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