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Old 02-25-2009, 08:00 AM   #1
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Last week I had to fly into the SF Bay area to do some work, and met up with an old high school friend and his wife for dinner. They love BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, so I agreed to go there with them.

I'm late due to work, but when I show up the waitress asks if I'd like a beer after greetings and hugs go all around.

"God yes, I need a beer like a drowning man needs air" I said, and after a moment's hesitation, ordered their porter. A nice big glass of it comes and cheers all around and I start to drink. Then I taste it... fusel alcohol...

So on the way out I stop and chat with the manager for a few minutes. Ask him if the porter fermented a little warm. He looked at me like I sprouted a second head and asked me why. I said that I could taste the alcohol-ishness of the porter that probably shouldn't be there. He nods and confirms that this batch did ferment hot. I mentally palmface and remind myself of what I just did.

My thing is that I would think a setup like that was pretty ironclad at proper temperature control. Then again, there have been several times when I have visited various BJ breweries and tasted their brew and it has been just god-awful. It just surprised me, both that it happened, and that my palate has gotten to the point where I can start to identify off flavors not just in my beer, but in other beers.

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:10 AM   #2
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Beer connoisseur. A beer snob would have spat it in the server's face and demanded a refund and palette cleanser.

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Old 02-25-2009, 01:01 PM   #3
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You DID spit it back in his face, didn't you?

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I knew I had forgotten something! Next time I'll "return the beer" by peeing in a glass and handing it back saying that I might have actually improved the flavor.

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That ought to get their attention...................

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Haha i bet his face was priceless when you brought that up to him.

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Niiiiice... I love doing stuff like this.

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Last week I had to fly into the SF Bay area to do some work, and met up with an old high school friend and his wife for dinner. They love BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, so I agreed to go there with them.

I'm late due to work, but when I show up the waitress asks if I'd like a beer after greetings and hugs go all around.

"God yes, I need a beer like a drowning man needs air" I said, and after a moment's hesitation, ordered their porter. A nice big glass of it comes and cheers all around and I start to drink. Then I taste it... fusel alcohol...

So on the way out I stop and chat with the manager for a few minutes. Ask him if the porter fermented a little warm. He looked at me like I sprouted a second head and asked me why. I said that I could taste the alcohol-ishness of the porter that probably shouldn't be there. He nods and confirms that this batch did ferment hot. I mentally palmface and remind myself of what I just did.

My thing is that I would think a setup like that was pretty ironclad at proper temperature control. Then again, there have been several times when I have visited various BJ breweries and tasted their brew and it has been just god-awful. It just surprised me, both that it happened, and that my palate has gotten to the point where I can start to identify off flavors not just in my beer, but in other beers.
Why wouldn't you do that? You're pointing out a flaw in the beer.
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"God yes, I need a beer like a drowning man needs air" I said, and after a moment's hesitation, ordered their porter. A nice big glass of it comes and cheers all around and I start to drink. Then I taste it... fusel alcohol...
I am underwhelmed by many of BJs offerings, though I do go there because I think they are an AHA supporter. Had a Kolsch there that wasn't terrible.
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