Dogfish Head is one of the best breweries in the States ... but the BEST?!? - i dunno ... I'd feel awfully compelled to go with Port Brewing, Bell's, or Stone. I would gladly throw Barley John's in there as well, but they don't distribute so they don't count.

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it's from my own personal research but it is an on going investigation and will gladly re-consider all samples submitted... Smile Cool

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Wow. That's a pretty bold statement, TBird! And one, frankly, with which I disagree. But, to each his own, I suppose... Wink
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i'd easily take stone & port out of the equation, they are both great but neither are comp for DFH.
bell's i have not had. but look forward to trying now. i'll see what's around, thanks!


Bell's has a rather diverse selection. Each November they release approx. 10 stouts ... if you're a stout man, you might be a Bell's man! I also think their Amber Ale is one of the best I've had, and their Two-Hearted Ale (IPA) might be better than Dogfish's 60 min.. Bell's also has an awesome Sparkling Ale, and their Oberon is the best domestic Hefe I've yet to taste (but still not as good as Paulaner). Bottom line: Bell's is good shit!
yeah, i'd say i'm a stout man... Wink this is what a local hole is doing. it's 10:45 am, i'm goin in! Eek

"Happy new year and all that crap. Our annual stoutfest starts today and will run til the black stuff is all drank. The line up is pretty tasty.

1. Goose Island Nightstalker
2. Belhaven?
3. Sixpoint Otis
4. Defiant Imperial (cask)
5. Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
6. Fullers
7. Southern Tier Creme Brulee
8. Guinness
9. O'Haras?
10. Elysian
11. Lagunitas Cappucino
12. Captain Lawrence Espresso

Hope to see everybody soon."


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Bell's has a rather diverse selection. Each November they release approx. 10 stouts ... if you're a stout man, you might be a Bell's man!
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Originally posted by TBird:
yeah, i'd say i'm a stout man... Wink this is what a local hole is doing. it's 10:45 am, i'm goin in! Eek

"Happy new year and all that crap. Our annual stoutfest starts today and will run til the black stuff is all drank. The line up is pretty tasty.

1. Goose Island Nightstalker
2. Belhaven?
3. Sixpoint Otis
4. Defiant Imperial (cask)
5. Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
6. Fullers
7. Southern Tier Creme Brulee
8. Guinness
9. O'Haras?
10. Elysian
11. Lagunitas Cappucino
12. Captain Lawrence Espresso

Hope to see everybody soon."


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Originally posted by Brashley:
Bell's has a rather diverse selection. Each November they release approx. 10 stouts ... if you're a stout man, you might be a Bell's man!

Sounds delicious! Stout always tastes great, but especially during the winter months. Cool
Need some help from my fellow booze makers.

I'm making my own brew, but I want it to have a bit more residual sugar, but all of the sugar I throw in there, the yeast are voracious in gobbling it up. I just get more fizz and not sweetness. What to do?

I'm up to the secondary fermentation portion where I'm chapitalizing in the bottle like them champers
Actually was a little disapointed by the Older Viscosity, was flat (a problem plaguing some Lost Abbey BA beers, though this style doesnt require a lot of carbonation). Also found it a bit thin and one dimensional...Usually I really dig there stuff (especially the Sours)

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Port Older Viscosity


how was this? i've been very curious about it, but kinda balk at the high price. how does it compare to the regular Old Viscosity (which I love, btw)?
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Originally posted by Scubarex:
Actually was a little disapointed by the Older Viscosity, was flat (a problem plaguing some Lost Abbey BA beers, though this style doesnt require a lot of carbonation). Also found it a bit thin and one dimensional...Usually I really dig there stuff (especially the Sours)

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Originally posted by Brashley:
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Originally posted by Scubarex:

Port Older Viscosity


how was this? i've been very curious about it, but kinda balk at the high price. how does it compare to the regular Old Viscosity (which I love, btw)?


thanks, Scuba. Smile
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Bell's Hopslam is a close second....
One of my LWSs has this for $17ish per 6 pack. I think that is a crazy price for beer but I did think about buying some. My rationale is that if I go to a baseball or football game I am going to pay a lot more than that on a per ounce basis for bad beer and I know I've paid more in a bar for beer. Is it really worth the cost?
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Originally posted by chaad:
Bell's Hopslam is a close second....
One of my LWSs has this for $17ish per 6 pack. I think that is a crazy price for beer but I did think about buying some. My rationale is that if I go to a baseball or football game I am going to pay a lot more than that on a per ounce basis for bad beer and I know I've paid more in a bar for beer. Is it really worth the cost?


It's really friggin' good, but I also balk at the price. It's a Double IPA that they use honey to brew.

If Bell's Two Hearted and Three Floyd's Dread Naught ever had a child, it would be Hopslam.

I think it's worth trying, even at that price.
I popped open a Brooklyn 1 with the old "ring bottle." If you go to the New York Times Website and search for "Trademark Battle Brewed in a Bottle ", you'll get the article.

Anyway, this bottle had been aged for at least a year and a half. Maybe two. Its hard to tell. Anyway, it was fantastic. Lively and aromatic. Creamier than I remember the "fresh bottles" being.

I have two more of these that are the old bottles. I'm going to hold on to them for another year at least to see what happens.

Its kinda fun aging beer! I had never tried it before!
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Originally posted by TBird:
d, beerkraft is now pulling them from the basement with quite the sticker shock for having been "aged", but they have some 04-05's that are VERY interesting...


Something to also think about is that according to a 30 second conversation with Garrett Oliver (brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery) at a tasting, they're thinking of coming out with a line of Library Releases from their own stock that they've been holding onto. I would love to see that!

I also have an aged Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse that should be an interesting experiment as I don't think of Weisse when considering an aged beer.

BTW - I have to say that I did not age these myself but discovered them on a dusty rack at a beer shop in Upstate New York. I know they have age because of the bottle design.

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