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Old 04-30-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default DIMETHYL SULFIDE (DMS) in micro brew beers

When I was at the World-Beer festival in Raleigh yesterday I got my first chance to taste beers with a very pronounced vegatable flavor (DMS). I found at least 3 breweries that have a problem with this, as I wouldn't call this a desired flavor in any style of beer (unlike diacetyl). I believe that all of them were NC based microbreweries. But I cannot believe that they would serve a beer with such an obvious defect. This showed me again, microbrew doesn't mean good beer at all. I rather have BMC than these beers and if I would get such a beer in a restaurant, I would return it.

Azalea Coast Brewing Company from Wilmington NC, was by far the worst offender. And when I mentioned to them the vegetable smell in their beers (the Fokker Ale and the Navigator Lager), they didn't even believe me.

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Old 04-30-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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When you mentioned it did you talk to someone who actually makes beer or just some forklift jockey who works there? Given that you had the beer in your hand it would be hard for them to not believe you but if it was jsut some worker bee the might not have understood what you were talking about..

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I got DMS from the Azalea Coast, and just generally though their beers were horrible, but didn't really pick it up from any of the others. I wish there had been more western NC brews there, which are my favorite. Highland and Asheville Pizza Co. are pretty high on my list, though.

On a related note, I don't think I've ever had so many beers shoved under my nose with someone yelling "Hey, smell THIS!" Tootsie roll, cherries, vinegar, and, of course, Kaiser's "This smells like CABBAGE!"

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Old 04-30-2006, 05:26 PM   #4
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It is easier to admit defeat in almost anything then it is to admit that your beer if horrible.

"That can't be, I am a professional."

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Valid point. Besides which I imagine that working that sort of event you end up with whole hosts of homebrewers and beer 'experts' telling you this and that about your stuff. Eventually they must get pretty jaded about critiques from these 'informed' customers.

I've certianly seen that on forums related to games where fans will claim 'this part sucked because' and 'this woudl be easy to fix' kinds of things.

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All I know is that DMS was absolutely horrible in that beer. How a brewery can say they are going to sell that stuff is beyond me. It was terrible.

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I would say that the Kaiser had the worst luck with his beer selections at the festival. That was unfortunate.

My wife had a string of bad luck, too... like that yummy Grand Cru she picked up. TOTAL vinegar.

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"That can't be, I am a professional."
I'm not sure to whom I talked there. But I didn't feel comfortable going to a bewery and telling them there is a serious problem with their beer. Because who am I, just another drunk who thinks that he has to enlighten the pros there. When they said that they don't have a cabage smell problem, I left it at that.

I also had some good beers there. But unfortunately I can't remember which ones I really liked. After drinking so many different beers the palate gets all screwed up and even the well known beers (e.g. SNPA) taste different

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I also had some good beers there. But unfortunately I can't remember which ones I really liked. After drinking so many different beers the palate gets all screwed up and even the well known beers (e.g. SNPA) taste different

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I know what you are saying. When I've gone to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, It gets to the point where all the beers taste the same. The malty ones don't get me so much as the hoppy ones. They say to drink the light ones first and move your way up but that is kinda hard to do. There are so many breweries there that it is almost impossible to go back to them to try their heavier beers.
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My wife had a string of bad luck, too... like that yummy Grand Cru she picked up. TOTAL vinegar.
That one reminded me of making Easter eggs! I had pretty good luck once we got past Azalea Coast (fortunately near the start of our tour).

Oh yeah, major props to the organizers on one thing...I didn't have to wait in line for a port-a-john a single time! But I do have to ding them on layout...it just wasn't possible with the 'tunnel' configuration to get a sample and hangout. I felt like I was being herded from one end to the other.
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