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Old 12-18-2005, 04:13 PM   #11
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I know what you mean about the commercial off-the-shelf stuff. I travel a lot so I tend to pick them up for sampling.

I also try some based on other recommendation on this forum. Last week I picked up a 6er of Real Ale Pale Ale and I have to say it is way hoppier than I like. I've only had 1 so the remaining 5 are for give away's when company arrives.

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Old 12-22-2005, 05:52 PM   #12
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Hello all! My name is Michael and I'm just getting back into brewing. I used to brew beer and had a few trials at wine. Think I'm going to start a brew of beer this weekend. It's been a while... about 8 years since the last brew. Actually found my equipment last month...got it all but the Carboys... never got into chillers but have a book on how to make all that stuff I started with a friend about 15 or so years ago.

Reading this thread took me back to why we started to begin with. There was not many micros then. The beer choices was very disappointing. Coors... Bud (I shredder at the very thought that Bud is a beer ). I remember sitting back with him and contemplating having a Coors from the fridge and we were like... nah.... theres gotta be something better. Hell.. why don't we just make out own... we can certainly do a better job then Coors (I sit here thinking.... IMAGINE THAT.... just how big of heads did we have at the time you know... ). But thats the thing. As someone in this thread said already... once you know what a good one taste, your criteria jumps a bit.

So where is the criteria now? Well we have had an assortment of micros do thier thing. And many are doing pretty good. However... we know better. And we are holding micros to our criteria because they started out with the same criteria... saying that there is something better and that they could do a better job. However even though a lot of good things are comming out of the micros they still have to appeal to in many ways... "the masses". I am sure you guys have seen it left and right as I have here in the Detroit area... micros are going under.

Anytime this happens, of course, we the creators, can always produce something a bit creative... something that is unique. And if it turns out bad. So what. How much did we loose

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Old 12-28-2005, 03:48 AM   #13
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Well, first, thank god there are micro brews. Otherwise all we'd have is coors and bud (shudder). And really, didn't most of us start because of some great micro we had?
Some good micros I've had: Rogue Dead Guy, Odell Five Barrel Pale Ale, Boulevard Bully Porter, Left Hand Sawtooth Ale, Alleycat Amber Ale...

That being said, I have even in the limited time I've been brewing, created beers that I like more than most of those. But I would never have known what to go for if it hadn't been for beers like those.

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Old 01-02-2006, 08:34 PM   #14
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It's a very local special brew, but I have enjoyed the "Big Hoppy Monster' by Terrapin brewed here in Georgia in Athens.

Yum Yum... but you'd better like hoppy ales!

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Old 01-12-2006, 12:54 AM   #15
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Since my drinkable brews have run out, I am trying a couple more microbrews. The first is Lagunita IPA. First impression, very good. I finally have found one that has cranked up the hops the way I like them. Good aroma, the head is creamy. Overall you can tell this has an adaquate amount of barley malt. Definitely like this one and very much like my own attempts at an IPA, even stronger than my own hops. Wish they rated their IBU's and the ABV. Other IPA's I have tried were weak disappointments.

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Old 01-20-2006, 05:48 AM   #16
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I started with extract kits, usually with extra corn sugar to boost the content. Then did two Braggots one with raspberries, and got both of them to about 15%, and very excellent. Then went on to pale ales using grain and hops with some good results. A couple were batches of Imperial Stout with sweet cherries and raspberries for a really unique flavor. Then did the same with peaches and raspberries that wasn't nearly as good. The two that just finished are extract ales with added pellet hops for extra aroma and slightly more bitterness and that worked very well. Bottom line is: not one drop has ever been poured out and so far everyone has enjoyed them. Sometimes you gotta try different things to figure out what works for you. It's still fun and (usually) cheaper than buying it from the store.

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I tried Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Pretty impressive, though a little light on the ABV at 5.2% Very smooth and malty.

I've been noticing the supply of Lagunitas and Terminal Gravity IPA's is getting depleted. Both seem to be selling well.

Suprisingly, my local store doesn't sell any Sam Adams. Mainly sales are of the megabrewers cheapo swill. Milwaukee's Best, Bush etc. But they do have a few good ones from the micros.

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I think part of the problem is that there was such an explosion of microbrews - seems like everyone thought they could start a brewery. So, naturally some of them will be sub par.

That being said, the quality of beer in America (not counting the macros) is amazing overall. The range of choice is great, too. I travel a lot for work and I love seeking out local brews.

Still, one of my favorite beers is made in a little brewery a few miles from me - "Hopluia.". The name says it all

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Just trying a Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar. It would be a good beer. But I get a taste of skunk. Probably due to green tint bottle and lots of bright flourscent lights in the store. This one says a lot for better things come in brown bottles.

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Old 01-26-2006, 02:31 AM   #20
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Well, I'm pretty well lit again...

I "found" 18 - 1/2 liter bottles of a Kilkenny's Irish Ale that I bottles in Sep 05. I've had them in the garage at 41F for 10 days and, man, whoa!!! I am not driving tonight! I haven't even finished my second one!

Definitely brewing this one again -- double batch... !

In defense of microbreweries...they started like we did...dreamt of sharing our brews with the masses...reality and Federal/State regulations set in...then there's the bank...(Psst! They want their $$$ back and then some)...State regulates your ABV% while you lower your ingredient standards to keep your head above "beer" (you thought I was going to say "water" didn't you???)...

Man, keep it REAL! Continue brewing good homebrew where homebrew should be brewed - at home! (Did I just have like a Yogi Berra moment or what?)

Slante!!!

There was a young man from Kent,
Who's d*ck was so long that it bent,
So to save him some trouble, he folded it double,
Instead of coming, he went!

A'nodder rund fur me boys!

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