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08/18/2017 - 3:49pm Taxes

Be careful with taxes.  Not sure about tax law in michigan and georgia, but Virginia tax laws hit a lot of people with additional taxes for a situation you describe.  Basically, VA will charge you sales tax for all vehicles purchased while a resident, regardless of where you purchased the vehicle.  For example, if I purchase a vehicle in NC (close tax price) or DE (no taxes), VA will still charge me sales tax for the vehicle I purchased in the other states. This means, I would effectively be paying double the taxes if purchased in NC, or the same amount if purchased in DE (but now I have to get the vehicle back to VA). 

11/06/2016 - 2:44pm uhh...

It was closer than the score indicated.  If I recall correctly, Troy stripped a Clemson player at the 1 and returned it 99 yards for a TD.  This was removed because an official "blew the play dead," when no whistle was blown until the defender was 30 yards down the field.  Clemson scored on the next play.  A massive 14 point swing in the 4th quarter that ultimately was responsible for the outcome, imo.  

10/24/2016 - 2:34pm Umm...

Thread title and the fifth tiebreaker conflict.  PSU's loss lowered their win percentage, so it helped Michigan's chances.

10/20/2016 - 10:41am Then

why are you trying to change it by having them win?

10/20/2016 - 10:40am The Indians

went in 1995 and 1997.  They haven't won since 1948.

09/06/2016 - 2:57pm When

schools such as UVA being around 150 and William & Mary around the 500s, I have a hard time giving any credibility to this list.  I guess at least UM is number 1?

09/06/2016 - 12:09pm Even if he thought the play

was still live, I think he needs to be held accountable for his actions.  Claiming ignorance is not a valid excuse for anything.  There are rules and he broke them.  I get that kids make mistakes, but at some point you have to throw the book at them and let them suffer for their actions.  This hit could have severly injured the Wisconsin player.  I think a several game suspension is warranted. If i was Les, he would no longer be on my football team. 

08/26/2016 - 2:17pm 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.

08/26/2016 - 2:12pm 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?

08/26/2016 - 2:06pm 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.  

08/26/2016 - 1:47pm 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.

08/26/2016 - 1:42pm 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. 

07/27/2016 - 12:39pm 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. 

05/17/2016 - 1:06pm Slaying craft

beer whales and listening to trance and deep house. 

Edit: Apparently someone doesn't enjoy good beer and dancing. I pity you.

04/15/2016 - 3:42pm Verizon FiOS

is where it's at. 100 internet and a very sizable HD TV bundle all for $68 after taxes.

02/20/2016 - 10:59pm 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.  

02/20/2016 - 9:30pm 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. 

02/20/2016 - 9:27pm 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.

02/20/2016 - 8:28pm 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).

02/20/2016 - 7:55pm 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!

02/20/2016 - 7:54pm Don't forget

to get Hill Farmstead! 

02/20/2016 - 7:52pm 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).  

02/09/2016 - 11:31am 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!

01/25/2016 - 3:51pm CJ

Something, something, Craig James...

01/25/2016 - 3:50pm 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.

01/25/2016 - 12:10pm YESSSS

All of the opposing QBs are Dwumfour!

01/18/2016 - 9:09pm Fighting in hockey

It's so true, I had to say it twice.

01/18/2016 - 9:05pm 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?

07/27/2015 - 3:14pm 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!

07/14/2015 - 10:38pm 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!

07/14/2015 - 10:32pm 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.

07/14/2015 - 10:30pm Interesting

As a local, I'm curious as to why you hate it here?  

03/10/2015 - 3:40am 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.

03/10/2015 - 3:38am 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.

03/10/2015 - 3:35am This

Thank you. This is pretty much what I mean.

03/09/2015 - 8:40pm 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.

03/09/2015 - 8:34pm 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.

03/09/2015 - 8:24pm I highly

recommend the app. It's an amazing tool to have.

02/20/2015 - 3:48am Occasionally.

I don't know how big into the scene you are, but my avatar is the HF logo. I previously went up for the annual parties, but now i stick to just winter visits. No one from outside the New England area dares to drive the backroads of VT in the middle of winter, unless you are accustomed to it.  I try to get up there often, but I can't make it as much anymore.  Fortunately, I have a great relationship with the HF staff and ownership. So, I don't miss out on much. I would highly recommend the trip if you ever get a chance.

Edit: If you are trying to get your hand on some HF let me know. I'm sure we could work something out.

02/20/2015 - 3:40am Indeed, I do.

User name is Crent. I'll add you.

02/19/2015 - 10:50pm I think this is spot on.

I find it difficult to drink many IPAs. Not because they're terrible, but because once you get accustomed to the headys, HF's, zombie dusts, and Plinys, everything else just taste bland.

I've noticed that ESBs are the ones that truly given my palate new outlooks. Although, at the end of the day I will always reach for a barrel aged stout.

02/19/2015 - 8:46pm Awesome avatar.

Enjoy your trip up in VT. HF is like a second home to me.  Be sure to find some second fiddle and SoS while in VT (I would imagine you already know that, considering you're drinking Toppling Goliath).

I'm looking forward to all the Alpine being regularly distribued here. Green Flash is building across the street from my house. I see myself spending many nights there.

02/19/2015 - 8:40pm Obviously,

you aren't tasting true grapefruit (unless it is a grapefruit base beer). Although, many varieties of hops give near identical flavor and scent to a grapefruit based upon how they are used. Nelson, chinook, and cascade are great examples of both.

EDIT: It seems as if I missed the sarcasm.

02/19/2015 - 7:46pm There

should be locations still with it. You will have to do some research, but I recall having it all the way until the end of February. Good luck!

02/19/2015 - 7:44pm It's no

Stiegl Radler, but Schofferhofer is pretty tasty. I like using both for beermosas.  Simply replace the orange juice with your choice of grapefruit beer; absolutely fantastic.

02/19/2015 - 7:40pm That's a nice

group of brews.  I wish more Michigan beer were available to me here in VA.  I'm currently drinking an Alewerks Cafe Royale.  If you've never had it, then I highly recommend it. They've been brewing it for about 4 years and it is a solid 4/5 in previous batches, but they changed the barrel provider for the new batch.  It is a near perfect BBA stout now. I would give it a 4.75/5 all day long.

02/04/2015 - 11:39pm Just cracked

open a Westbrook Gose. Anyone else use untappd?

02/03/2015 - 5:14pm Edit

Double post

02/03/2015 - 5:12pm 5

Marshall, Clark, Wheatly, Van Jefferson, and Weber. What if 100 people guess right? Gift card for all 100?

01/31/2015 - 1:45am Edit

Nothing to see here.