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Old 06-20-2011, 06:05 PM   #21
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I really liked a lot of the beers I tried and also had some ones that I couldn't stand, but for the homebrews, I really liked a rye pepper pale ale from one of the Ann Arbor, MI clubs and the ESB from Brewmeister's Anonymous. Can't remember anymore that stand out, but we had already hit 5 breweries that afternoon...

At Pro Brewer's night I enjoyed the Coconut Curry Porter that was the Pro-Am for Ballast Point and also the IPA with habanero in it (I believe it was the Sculpin with that infused into it).

Out of all of the local breweries/micros that we checked out, overall I'd have to say that I liked the offerings from Alpine Brewing Co. overall the most, as they had a lot of great beers that I enjoyed like their Irish Red, the Duet IPA and even the Mandarin Nectar Honey Ale. To add to it, they had a killer barrel aged barleywine! As always Port was great as well as AleSmith and GreenFlash was consistent.

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:18 PM   #22
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Some of my club members hit up Alpine and were commenting on how good it was.

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:20 PM   #23
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At Pro Brewer's night I enjoyed the Coconut Curry Porter that was the Pro-Am for Ballast Point and also the IPA with habanero in it (I believe it was the Sculpin with that infused into it).
yeah, those were interesting to try, I wouldn't want a whole 6 pack though
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:25 PM   #24
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We stopped at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing and had an amazing sour, soured with raspberries, can't remember the name but a 375ml bottle costs like $20 and we had our fair share. A great place too, their Mongo IIPA is awesome too.

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Some of my club members hit up Alpine and were commenting on how good it was.
Yeah, it was nice and kind of reminded me of an old sodashop or diner... Also, they supposedly have great BBQ, which we didn't get to try, but did have their battered and fried pickles and green beans (which were awesome).
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Our club served an incredible prickly pear mead at club night. That full 5-gallon keg floated in ~30 minutes....

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We stopped at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing and had an amazing sour, soured with raspberries, can't remember the name but a 375ml bottle costs like $20 and we had our fair share. A great place too, their Mongo IIPA is awesome too.
Framboise de Ambrosia is the LA Raspberry sour. It was $15, I bought 4.

Cable Car at Toronado was awesome, I think someone else called that out.

Alpine was the positive commercial surprise of the trip. Not since my first PtE have I had something which that much hype that lived up. They understand how to make hoppy beers, period.

That peanut butter stout was the winner for me for "homebrew that sounded horrible but I tried it anyway and it was really good".

Well that and the Olive Wheat Beer that won category 21, but I had to drink that because I was judging. It was awesome (as was the second place Jalapeno IPA which an HBT member entered).

I hate to be a groupie but Ken Schramm's Mead was the club night best for me.
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We stopped at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing and had an amazing sour, soured with raspberries, can't remember the name but a 375ml bottle costs like $20 and we had our fair share. A great place too, their Mongo IIPA is awesome too.
Yeah, their mongo is really good! That reminds me, I found this place before we left town called Pubcakes and we had to hit it; check out their I can't believe it's not mango cupcake that has mongo in it - http://pubcakes.com/PubCakes/Flavors.html . I'm vegan, so got the Punkin' vegan, but my buddies got one of each flavor, so will look forward to hearing what they thought, but mine was so flavorful and good; how can you go wrong with something that has Old Stock in it?
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It seems that mead made a big showing this year, even more so than last year.
That is a good thing.

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Our club served an incredible prickly pear mead at club night. That full 5-gallon keg floated in ~30 minutes....
I got a taste of that. It was good...really good.

Soperbrew's IPA in the hospitality booth on Friday was awesome.
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