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Old 02-09-2012, 02:07 AM   #31
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OK two things:

1. Just realized you live in the capital region here in New York; I just moved to Albany a month ago. Good to see other beer lovers in the area.

2. Where did you get the Pliny the Elder? I have never had one, been looking for several years now (i have been moving a lot lately).

3. I am enjoying this chronical-ing of your year long beer journey, keep it up!
A. The 'OK two things' bit was hilarious

B. Welcome to the Capital District. I've lived here 20 years and love it - great people, good times. Lots of opportunities here to love beer. If you haven't done it yet, get yourself to Mahar's on Madison Ave in Albany. Seriously, go now - I'll wait.

3. My brother owns a bar out in Fairport (http://www.donnellysph.com) and he was able to score some Pliny bombers around Christmas (he was nice enough to share). Keep looking for a Pliny - it is a truly superlative beer. Maybe the best beer I've ever had (and I've had lots).

IV. Thanks for following along - should be a great year in beer.

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #32
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February 10, 2012 - McGeary's - Utica Club Draft

Beer as a time machine.

I am a self-confessed (is that redundant?) beer snob. I love great beer. I would sooner shove my own mits up my arse and clap than let any Anheuser-Busch product touch my lips. I have travelled to Ireland more than once just for the Guinness (it is better there - no lie). I look down my nose at the mass produced, under flavored, over advertised swill that corporate brew houses push on the unenlightened. I am a complete and total unabashed beer elitist and I'm proud of it.

That being said, whenever I walk into a bar and see UC, PBR or Genny on tap - I salivate like Pavlov's dog. I have paid airfare just to drink Pliny, yet I'd still step over a burning nun for a frosty cold pint of FX Matt's finest. Dichotomy? Yes. Cognitive dissonance? Maybe. But I have my reasons, and here they are:

When I go after a big, beautiful high OG craft brew - it's all about the taste. I go for complex feature and flavor. The more going on the better. I'm into craft beer for the experience.

When I see a UC, PBR or Genny - it's all about the memories. The memories of my grandfather driving from his house in Utica (always in a Cadillac) to our house in Auburn every holiday, always with a case or two of Uncle Charlie, grenade bottles in tow. I can still see those squat beauties sitting on the end table in my parents living room, appearing for all intents and purposes to be kid-sized, Playschool brews. My grandfather would always let us have a sip or two and it kicked off my so-far life-long love of beer (and Cadillacs for that matter).

I have similar memories of the fridge in our garage full of Pabst and Genesee cans with contingency cases sitting next to it - at the ready.

I have memories of the family parties, with steel tubs full of ice, UC, PBR and Genny. Steel tubs at our level, like kiddie pools full of soon enough. We couldn't wait until we were old enough to thrust a fist in, pull off a tab and take a big swig of "I'm a man now". In fact, we didn't wait - sneaking a can now and then to split between six to eight cousined up co-conspirators. I can't tell you if we thought the beer was good because good was beside the point. We were more interested in washing down the bitter taste of suburban, catholic schooled white bread and a luke warm PBR was just the trick.

I still prefer my big, bad craft beers. But every once in a while it's nice to taste 1977 again and remember a time before micro breweries, before the Yankees traded Craig Nettles, before girlfriends, before babies, before bosses, before anything really mattered...

But alas, time travel is not all beer balls and lawn darts. You have to be careful how long you stay in the back then. My simple rule when it comes to time travel of the UC, PBR, Genny variety is this: One's nostalgic, two's a treat, three's a laxative.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:09 PM   #33
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February 11, 2012 - Franziskaner Dunkle - Wolff's Biergarten
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:46 PM   #34
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February 12, 2012 - Pliny the Elder - Brew Day at home
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February 14, 2012 - Warsteiner Dunkle - Wolff's

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Great writing sir, full steam ahead!

I'm about ready to send you some beers in the hopes that you will post a little more often
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