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|3 days 18 hours ago||Same with me for IPAs.||
Although, the "New England" style IPAs are minimally bitter and have a strong juice consistency and flavor. I would highly recommend the likes of Lawson's Sip of Sunshine, Trillium Congress Street, Trillium Sleeper Street, Hill Farmstead Abner, Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy, anything from Other Half, and anything from The Veil.
For sours, it's all about finding the perfect entry level beer. Cantillon is the best for the style, but I like the mouth puckering offers from Upland and de Garde. A lot of sours now have no presence of sourness and are basically an acidic juice. It's incredible what breweries are putting out right now.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Haha,||
I can definitely understand that. Well, I live near The Veil, so I always have more than enough amazing hoppy beers to share! Are you on Untappd?
|3 days 19 hours ago||Honestly,||
I have a huge cellar and I've logged over 2500 unique beers. I do not like receiving IPAs (because they are almost never fresh). If I do receive IPAs, I would be happy with Monkish, Tree House, or Trillium. Granted, these are all relatively tough to get and are rather expensive ($20+ a four pack). I like sours, but the worst I would be happy with is Upland lottery sours as well as de Garde. For stouts, if its not barrel aged, then I'll pass. The worst I'd be happy with is something along the lines of Trickery, Monsters' Park, etc.
I'm not saying other beers are bad, but I wouldn't drink the stuff below the caliber of beers I listed above.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Don't go with||
Don't go with shelf beer. Two Hearted and Pliny are delicious, but I feel like they aren't anything special in the beer gifting department. I tend to find things that would only be available through a release at the brewery, a ticketed event, or has a large demand in the secondary market. For example, if you are looking for IPAs, the I would recommend Tree House (TH), Monkish, The Veil, and Trillium. All are the standards for the hop scene at the moment. My personal favorite is The Veil, but I'm biased because I live close by.
|3 days 19 hours ago||As a fellow||
As a fellow beer snob, I hate 99.99% of beer gifts. I appreciate the effort, but the odds of someone purchasing a beer that would make me happy is near zero.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Brewer?||
Brewer? Yes. Have been brewering on and off for 6 years.
# of batches? Haven't counted
Batch Size? Usually 5-10 gallons. Brewed a few 3 bbl batches at some breweries that my friends own.
Method? All grain. Death to extract.
Recipe Software? Don't use one. Go by feel and trial and error. I've learned that software can only tell you so much and it's harmed more than helped in my personal experiences. Granted, they're a great tool to help you learn and get a feel.
Future topic ideas? My favorite recipe was a stout aged with red wine. I prefer sours (not opposed to kettle sours), and I think I am enjoying more of the earthy hops as of late, such as Nelson.
Other? I know a lot of people picked up homebrewing to save money. Has anyone actually saved money? I think I'm in the red. I also find that I get more enjoyment out of trying beer, compared to making it.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Slaying craft||
beer whales and listening to trance and deep house.
Edit: Apparently someone doesn't enjoy good beer and dancing. I pity you.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Verizon FiOS||
is where it's at. 100 internet and a very sizable HD TV bundle all for $68 after taxes.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||You'll||
love it. I live close to the beach in VIrginia Beach, but make the 45 (ish) minute drive down to OBX just because of how great the place is. It's a very slow paced area, but the people and food are wonderful.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||HAHA||
YES! That's probably the best way to describe it. I feel like VT is incredibly lucky with their available stuff. When Fiddlehead is the fourth or fifth best brewery in your state, that really speaks volumes about the quality available.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Any time!||
If you drive through Richmond, I'd HIGHLY suggest going to The Answer and Mekong (next door to each other and owned by the same guy). It's heaven for a beer nerd. Their beers are seriously some of the greatest I have ever tried. The IPAs are fantastic, but the stouts are where the greatness is at. Also, be sure to check out Trio in OBX.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Which one?||
I haven't had one since number 5. I think they're up to seven now. Double Citra and Abner are my favorite hoppy beers from them, but Le Sarrasin is the best thing I've ever had from them. Keep an eye out for The Veil opening in Richmond, VA (former assistant brewer at HF, the Alchemist, and did some work at Cantillon).
|27 weeks 2 days ago||No Pliny?||
You aren't out at Hamilton's (and others) to enjoy some Pliny the Younger? Assuming you live in SD based upon your comment about locals and the fact that you're drinking a growler of Societe. Also, Hoppy Birthday!
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget||
to get Hill Farmstead!
|27 weeks 2 days ago||FFF||
It's a Three Floyds hoppy kind of night for me right now. Drinking an Arctic Panzer Wolf right now, then a Permanent Funeral (one of my personal favorite beers).
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Iowa||
Go to Iowa because we don't always get the opportunity to play them (especially when they may be decent). Additionally, you can go to Toppling Goliath!
|31 weeks 16 hours ago||CJ||
Something, something, Craig James...
|31 weeks 16 hours ago||I always stay at||
the Holiday Inn Desert Resort. I stay there during EDC every year (so peak season). I get a two room suite with a large living room (that has a pull out couch) and it costs like $1000 for 3 days. It's right next to the Linq and a quick walk to the strip. Also, these places are villas, so no need to deal with security asking for name and room key to get to the destination. You only need the name and the room number to get into the complex. We fit about 8 in the rooms every year.
|31 weeks 20 hours ago||YESSSS||
All of the opposing QBs are Dwumfour!
|32 weeks 11 hours ago||Fighting in hockey||
It's so true, I had to say it twice.
|32 weeks 11 hours ago||Fighting in hockey||
is totally okay, because it's just hockey. If a football player hits someone like that, then he is definitely a thug. I wonder why such difference exists?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||We are all we need?||
I only logged in to say that I love the avatar and name! I'm a huggggggeeee A&B fan! seen them 10 times in the several months (including abgt 100 at MSG). They are legends!
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I usually||
spend time out at Wintergreen Resort. It's not too far from Charlottesville. If you're a beer drinking, Lickinghole Creek is in Goochland (they have fantastic barrel aged beers). I know neither are in Charlottesville, but they aren't terribly far. Have fun!
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It is worse as of late.||
I usually take the MMMBT and shoot down 664 to 264. The HRBT can be brutal. Especially now that they are doing maintenance.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Interesting||
As a local, I'm curious as to why you hate it here?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thank you.||
I just had a vertical with Dark Lord. Our bottles (3 people) were from 2010-2014. 2011 was perfection, while 2009 died off and 2012-2014 were not peaking.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Well, I am.||
Celebration falls off. Obviously, certain hoppy beers like DDFH 120 Min age well, but that's because they have more characteristics of other styles than IPAs. My comment was towards you general Pale or IPA. Thank you for allowing me to clarify.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||This||
Thank you. This is pretty much what I mean.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||If you live in DC||
I highly recommend going to Churchkey. It's like the Ashley's of D.C. (I'm assuming you live in D.C.) The staff are Cicerone, so they will be able to give you the perfect beer for your taste based upon you describing what your mood is.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Each beer is different.||
First, it depends on style. Anything hoppy, don't sit on it. Consume as soon as possible because the beer fades quickly. Yes, some are fantastic for several months, but they arrent even close to the same as freshly canned/bottled.
Barleywines, stouts, barrel aged beers, and beers of similar styles are cellar possible. Some beer even tell you the necessay cellar conditions. Essentially, keep in a dark and cool location. Yes, it is possible for the beers to get better with age! I have several beers that are 10+ years in age and are still drinkning great. I've notied most drink perfect around 3 years aged, but understand that each beer is different.
Keep in mind, that aging beers is all personal preference. Most brewers and myself believe that if you haven't had the beer upon release, then do not age the beer without having a baseline for its taste.