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Old 06-20-2011, 07:52 PM   #31
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Also, they supposedly have great BBQ
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It's far better than average for the West Coast. Does not compare well to average Carolina/Memphis/KC/Texas 'cue though. Definitely good food. My wife's BLAT was outstanding. Great bread, great tomatoes (in June? gotta love California), great bacon.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:04 PM   #32
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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).
Was that with salted brined green olives? Because when we saw that come up on the screen our entire club/table turned to each other and said WTF?!?!?
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:19 PM   #33
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Framboise de Ambrosia is the LA Raspberry sour. It was $15, I bought 4.
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that was it, amazing stuff, I am on a quest to make a beer like that now

can anyone point me in the right direction?

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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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I got a taste of that. It was good...really good.

Soperbrew's IPA in the hospitality booth on Friday was awesome.
yes, I didn't really consider myself a mead guy before this trip but man there was some good ones including the prickly pear and even Saccharomyces 24 day old Serrano and coconut one was great!
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #34
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I almost forgot the Utopias Clone
Oh crap! How'd I forget the Utopias clone? Who brought that? Cape?
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Was that with salted brined green olives? Because when we saw that come up on the screen our entire club/table turned to each other and said WTF?!?!?
Yep. Awesome beer.
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Oh crap! How'd I forget the Utopias clone? Who brought that? Cape?
Yes that was good but certain people with sexy nurse avatars might let it go to their head.
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Yes that was good but certain people with sexy nurse avatars might let it go to their head.
Good point! Yep, that Utopias clone, no good, I could barely gag down the first sip without decorating Gremlyn1's patio with bacon wrapped, bacony goodness. I did NOT like that beer!
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Cape_Brewing's Consecration clone was quite memorable because NORAD is still tracking the cork. I don't know if I have ever seen a beer that carbonated in my life.

PTN's U1 clone sucked as much as I anticipated it would (0% suck coefficient, in fact). I had very few homebrews during the conference, since there was so much great mead around. The sour brown at the CHUG booth I think took the prize for best homebrew. The 2003 Alaskan Smoked Porter was un-freakin-believable, and the Tupelo sack mead from Moonlight Meadery was so good I ordered a 60# bucket of Tupelo honey that should be in later this week... I'm going to make a 1.120 sack mead with D-47 and transfer it to my Rumble barrel to age for six months. I will bring some to next years NHC in Seattle.

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I forgot to mention, I was really impressed with sacc's 22 day old meads.

I would be very interested in a post detailing the process used from start to finish.
I posted the details in AZ_IPA's thread over in the mead forum. Once I get that base mead dialed in I will add it to my dropdown.
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I posted the details in AZ_IPA's thread over in the mead forum. Once I get that base mead dialed in I will add it to my dropdown.
Here's the thread Sacc was referring to.
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The 2003 Alaskan Smoked Porter was un-freakin-believable, and the Tupelo sack mead from Moonlight Meadery was so good I ordered a 60# bucket of Tupelo honey that should be in later this week... I'm going to make a 1.120 sack mead with D-47 and transfer it to my Rumble barrel to age for six months. I will bring some to next years NHC in Seattle.

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now I'm really mad I didn't go to the smoked beer and mead lectures
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