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Originally posted by Shane T.:


A huge +1. I'm always on the look for a domestic comparison...


Ha... what is next? Domestic sparklers that equals Champagne, or domestic Pinot & Chardonnay that can match Burgundy, or even domestic Syrah that is equal to Northern Rhone? Razz Wink

And let's not even mention Bordeaux, Loire, Alsace, Spain, Germany and Italy. Razz Big Grin
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:


A huge +1. I'm always on the look for a domestic comparison...


Ha... what is next? Domestic sparklers that equals Champagne, or domestic Pinot & Chardonnay that can match Burgundy, or even domestic Syrah that is equal to Northern Rhone? Razz Wink

And let's not even mention Bordeaux, Loire, Alsace, Spain, Germany and Italy. Razz Big Grin


LOL

For what it's worth, I think there's an American Trappist brewery in the works...monks & everything.

Here
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
They just closed the Dogfish Ale House in MD. I drank all their beer...... Winner Glad I had a ride. Eek

PH


"I'm an excellent driver", next time please give me a shout. I am really really close. We can then do Joe's noodle house. Winner
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by DirtySouth:
Couple of DIPA's tonight, Lagunitas Sucks...

All phenomenal!!!


Did you pick this one up recently?


ShaneT,

Yes this hit Charlotte about a week ago. I picked up a case and am down to 11 left.
Two days exploring Toronto's craft beer scene with an old friend- had an awesome time!

BarVolo (awesome- similar to Chicago's Map Room for those familiar)
Durham Hop Head IPA (cask)
Sawdust City Alt

Poutini's House of Poutine
Classic Poutine

Bellwoods Brewery (cool spot, more upscale than the others here)
Cat Lady

BQM (Ontario beef burgers)
Kensington Ale?

Get Well (giant Stalin painting inside was interesting...no real explanation from the staff on why it's there other than "it's awesome..."). Came here to try a newer craft beer and it didn't disappoint:
Collective Arts Rhyme & Reason

Real Sports
Boneshaker IPA

The Lakeview (as seen on DD&D)
Cornflake Crusted Chicken

- - -

The Queen and Beaver (Arsenal/ Chelsea match)
Lamb Curry
Fullers London Pride(x6 Smile)

Mill St. Brewing (many disappointments here as I found many of the beers to lack flavor, but outstanding service and genuine pride in the product from their staff). Most of the below were samples offered:
Tankhouse Ale
Original Organic Lager
India Pale Ale
Vanilla Port
Tis the Saison
Weizenbock
Betelgeuse
Frambozen
Cobblestone Stout

Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill
6oz. Ontario Beef tenderloin
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Originally posted by DirtySouth:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by DirtySouth:
Couple of DIPA's tonight, Lagunitas Sucks...

All phenomenal!!!


Did you pick this one up recently?


ShaneT,

Yes this hit Charlotte about a week ago. I picked up a case and am down to 11 left.


Cool. This is one I seek out every year. I guess it's back to the store today...Lagunitas Sucks sells out fast out here.
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Originally posted by Eb56:
Pliney the Elder. I'm not an IPA guy as I usually find the hops to be overbearing, but this was very well balanced. My beer friends out here in Boston thought it was one of the best they have ever had.


+1. This is the best balanced IPA I have come across, with Ballast Point Sculpin & DFH 90 Minute coming close.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:

Cool. This is one I seek out every year. I guess it's back to the store today...Lagunitas Sucks sells out fast out here.


That's too bad. It is plentiful around here. This year may be different, but this lasts about 2-3 months in Charlotte last year. And Sucks is one of the few DIPA's that can handle time without serious degradation.

Good luck in your quest. If you strike out, let me know, but I would imagine there are closer means to get this.
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Originally posted by snipes:
Put together a variety pack this morning with the help of my LWS guy.

Dragon's Milk Stout - New Holland Brewing
Tank 7 farmhouse ale - Boulevard
Cold Mountain winter ale - Highland Brewing company
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier (smokebeer)



Snipes,

2 things....1) enjoy the Highland Cold Mountain. Reminds me of pancakes and maple syrup. 2) Bell's is one of the more solid craft brewers out there. If you haven't tried Two Hearted, I encourage you to do so. It has got to be one of the steadiest/best examples of a widely available American IPA our there. There are several that are better, but few that see distro live Bell's does. 2H is a staple in my fridge.

That said, tried a beer from Port Brewing tonight outside of San Diego. Something like Mongo DIPA. Buddy was just out there over the weekend. It was OK, but a little "harsher" than I like. He brought back a WipeOut IPA as well from the same place. Will see how that is another night. About to open a bottle of wine with my wife and wrap some presents for the kids here shortly.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Some recent notable beers-

- Bruery Black Tuesday. Coming in at a whopping 18.9% abv Eek I was able to get 3 bottles recently. It's complex and wonderful and the only beer from this brewery I have truly enjoyed, but I would take Parabola, KBS or CBS and a few Cigar City stouts over this. That said, I would buy again at $39/bottle.

- Kern River Citra DIPA - Finally got this one and it's straight into my top 5 DIPA list.

- Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus - yes yes yes . (2 bottles)

- Founders Backwoods Bastard - Amazing Scotch/Wee heavy ale (2 4pks)

- Firestone 17th - Their anniversary beers are always great, this is no exception.

- Firestone Velvet Merkin - Complex and filled with the flavors of a great stout, but thin mouthfeel. IMO not worth the $15 price tag, especially when I can load up on Parabola and Sucaba when they're released. I went to the Merkin release at their brewery and they served up some world class beers which will never see the inside of a bottle.

- Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout - 3 4packs. IMO every bit as good as before Inbev purchased Goose Island.

- Alesmith Speedway Stout 2013 - very available and amazing, especially on Nitro.

- Bruery "Bois" - A boozy bomb lacking any distinguishable flavors. Nondescript and I wouldn't pay $30 again for it.

- Brewdog Punk IPA - Insanely good and refreshing lowish ABV IPA.

- 2013 Sam Adams Utopias - Technically a beer but it drinks like a fine tawny port. In fact, I'd rather drink it than tawny port any day of the week.
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Originally posted by mpls wine guy:
Bell's Two Hearted Ale.


What do you think of the Bell's lineup? My guy was talking them up.


Bell's HopSlam should be out any day now. If you like DIPA's this is one to seek out.

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