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Old 10-14-2008, 11:42 PM   #1
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Ok, so I am not even sure where to start, other than the fact that I have an idea. I really need to brew a special beer to pass out to celebrate my daughter's birth (currently slated for 12/15)

I know I am kind of late, but it just now struck me that handing people an "It's a Girl" beer would be WAY cooler than cigars.

So I am looking for something to brew that would be three things.

1) memorable
2) not so dark/hoppy/strange that a normal craft brew drinker would hate it
3) able to be enjoyed in December, but also maintain its character for a year (so I can have the last 6 pack with some friends on her first birthday) EDIT - Going to make two beers one for now, one for aging, so leave this out.

Anyone have any suggestions?

EDIT - First crack at a drink now recipe is here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/901319-post19.html


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Old 10-14-2008, 11:46 PM   #2
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Congrats! My first is due 12/2. Been thinking about the same thing.



 
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:00 AM   #3
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I'd suggest a nice porter, maybe something similar to Descheutes Black Butte but a bit higher on the oG? Not too hoppy, nice balance of chocolate malt flavor and should hold up to aging well. Plus it's a nice winter beer.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:13 AM   #4
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Is Descheutes Blacke a mild beer as far as darks go? I am a big fan of stouts and porters, but a lot of people I know aren't. I might have to do two batches the more I think about it...either that or maybe this would be a good opportunity for me to try and brew my Boulevard Nutcracker clone.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:17 AM   #5
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If you are appealing to craft drinkers, then a porter should be fine. If you are appealing to the BMC crowd and also want a beer that will be good in a year, then I'm not sure what to do.

Maybe make it simple, name her Amber and brew an amber.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:21 AM   #6
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Geez, when I read that it read like you wanted to pass out from drinking beer to celebrate. As we discussed before, the placenta harvesting might make you pass out anyway. I need lessons on reading comprehension.

That said, a porter sounds right nice.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:30 AM   #7
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Anything that you want to last a year should probably be pretty hefty. But also anything hefty won't be done by 12/15.

Quite a tussle you're in.

I'd go with a Robust Porter (like Jamil's) - it's hearty enough to last a year maybe, and good to drink in 6-8 weeks.
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I'd do Orfy's Hobgoblin clone or something along those lines. Those English Brown ales are tasty and may last the year if stored properly, although I'm not sure. I doubt I could let a Hobgoblin sit that long anyway

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:56 AM   #9
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Thanks for the comments guys - Maybe I will just drop the year thing. I think its more important to have a beer that will be good that week than it is to have one that will last. I can still save a bottle as a momento.
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Geez, when I read that it read like you wanted to pass out from drinking beer to celebrate. As we discussed before, the placenta harvesting might make you pass out anyway. I need lessons on reading comprehension.

That said, a porter sounds right nice.
LOL - I think hand out to friends would have been a better choice of words


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