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Old 11-10-2011, 05:36 AM   #1
kagythings
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I'm new to brewing and plan to expand my equipment soon to have the ability to brew some of my favorite craft beer. So far I've brewed a Pale Ale and a Witte with decent success. What I'm curious about is those of you that are able to brew just about any type of beer you want to drink, what do you still buy? Or do you still buy beer? Is it too hard to brew their beer or do you just like the way they brew it?

I love Troegs & Dogfish. Knowing a few of the Dogfish brews are quite complicated to brew I'll be purchasing those for a long time before I even try to copy what they make.
So...

What craft brew do you still buy?

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:09 AM   #2
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Anything i feel for drinkining but dont feel like having a large stock of
Brew dog trashy blonde, Salitos cervesa,+anything i havnt tryed before

European pilsner (tuborg, seidel) is cheap, need lagering capasety and is easy to mess up
So it is not something that get priorety in the brewplans
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:18 AM   #3
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Anything fresh hop, Ithaca Flower Power, anything by Pretty Things, a few Troegs offerings (especially Java Head), a new Dogfish that sounds good, some White Birch and Maine Beer Co... other than that, just specialty bombers and the occasional single 12oz. I typically buy things I either really really enjoy or things I've never tried, and that's just about it.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:13 AM   #4
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Anything I haven't yet tried. Drinking new stuff will spawn ideas and keep you thirsting for something different.

I call it research

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Old 11-10-2011, 07:19 AM   #5
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Sierra Nevada is always a great standby for me. I also look for rare beers or uncommon brews like sours and limited releases for the celler. Just picked up a bomber of Weyerbacher's 2010 reserva the other day.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:20 AM   #6
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Anything I haven't yet tried. Drinking new stuff will spawn ideas and keep you thirsting for something different.

I call it research
This. How else would I know what kind of Amber (Kronik), Tripel (Arend), Pils (Trumer), or Stout (Shakespeare) I want to target?
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:22 AM   #7
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Whatever looks good on tap at whatever bar I happen to be at. My LHBS has an awesome bottle shop, so I always leave with something (gotta keep the yeast cold on the way home right?). They've also recently opened a pub with a fantastic rotating tap list. Here's the current lineup:

Oakshire Glen's Hop Vice Imperial IPA
Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidan Imperial Black IPA
Big Sky IPA
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
Stiegl Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
Spaten Optimator
Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale
Deschutes Black Butte XXIII
Nectar Ales IPA
Russian River Consecration
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Two Rivers Huckleberry Cider
Boulder Brewing Planet Porter (on nitro)

And tomorrow night, they're having a Stone tasting.

I still buy a lot of beer.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:50 AM   #8
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I'll buy pretty much anything I haven't tried yet, "St. Peters" was a regular for me for a while, Sam Adams and Thomas Hooker make it into my fridge on a regular basis now, but I'm getting pretty bored of Sam Adams, it's going to way of Magic Hat, which was my previous regular when I lived in VT. Once I drop Sam Adams maybe it will be Harpoon (again). I really miss swtchback and the VPB. Guinness I pick up when I'm out at the bar now that the season has changed.

So to sum it all up - pretty much anything and everything. I think I have a 24pack of Sam Adams at my parents house I picked up for a party that wasnt consumed, so Sammy will get another run, but I've got a vigerous brewing schedule ahead of me so it will be homebrew for quite some time now - Vermont maple porter (aged), blonde (bottles), heffe (secondary), stout (ingrediants), ipa (ingrediants), helles (recipe), wee heavy (recipe), RIP stout (PM recipe), Pinot gris (secondary) - that's my brewing schedule right now, I'm waiting on yeast for the stout, so the ipa may happen next, the RIP stout will be my long term bottle ager as my Vermont maple porter is running out.

I really need to get my co2 filled so I can keg some of these... Also get more starsan... Maybe a portable kegerator... No, I need to stop buying brewing stuff or my fiancée will smother me with a pillow while i sleep.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:41 AM   #9
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I'll buy pretty much anything I haven't tried yet, "St. Peters" was a regular for me for a while, Sam Adams and Thomas Hooker make it into my fridge on a regular basis now, but I'm getting pretty bored of Sam Adams, it's going to way of Magic Hat, which was my previous regular when I lived in VT. Once I drop Sam Adams maybe it will be Harpoon (again). I really miss swtchback and the VPB. Guinness I pick up when I'm out at the bar now that the season has changed.

So to sum it all up - pretty much anything and everything. I think I have a 24pack of Sam Adams at my parents house I picked up for a party that wasnt consumed, so Sammy will get another run, but I've got a vigerous brewing schedule ahead of me so it will be homebrew for quite some time now - Vermont maple porter (aged), blonde (bottles), heffe (secondary), stout (ingrediants), ipa (ingrediants), helles (recipe), wee heavy (recipe), RIP stout (PM recipe), Pinot gris (secondary) - that's my brewing schedule right now, I'm waiting on yeast for the stout, so the ipa may happen next, the RIP stout will be my long term bottle ager as my Vermont maple porter is running out.

I really need to get my co2 filled so I can keg some of these... Also get more starsan... Maybe a portable kegerator... No, I need to stop buying brewing stuff or my fiancée will smother me with a pillow while i sleep.
I see a lot of love for Switchback... every time I've had it it's been a mess of diacetyl mixed with a healthy dose of acetalaldehyde. My buddy loves that it's on tap at a ton of little places near him (NH). Maybe it's just inconsistent and I have bad luck?

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:27 AM   #10
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Anything Schells!
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