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HiResDes
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(10-04-2017, 04:51 PM)
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Well there are other reasons why I said fuck Ballast Point, that I'm sure you're well aware of...
codhand
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(10-04-2017, 05:06 PM)
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still worth a visit; fresh draft, hand pump casks, limited releases, did you know that they distill spirits too which are actually quite good? i know theyre owned by constellation brands, but for an out of towner into beer, i see no reason not to at least check it out.


looking at this list, and yeah, you actually cant get this shit anywhere, well except at ballast point that is.
https://www.ballastpoint.com/beers/barrel-aged/
HiResDes
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(10-04-2017, 05:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by codhand

still worth a visit; fresh draft, hand pump casks, limited releases, did you know that they distill spirits too which are actually quite good? i know theyre owned by constellation brands, but for an out of towner into beer, i see no reason not to at least check it out.




looking at this list, and yeah, you actually cant get this shit anywhere, well except at ballast point that is.
https://www.ballastpoint.com/beers/barrel-aged/

Touche, there are just so many breweries in San Diego if I'm not mistaken that I wouldn't personally want to spend what little money I have there.

I mean if I'm not mistaken Alpine, Green Flash, Stone, AleSmith, Mission and even Mikkeller have breweries there.
Chris R
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(10-04-2017, 06:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by HiResDes

Fuck Ballast you can get that shit anywhere.

I'm not paying $16 for a 6 pack of the grapefruit sculpin. Instead, I'll enjoy a single pint or maybe as part of a sampler of it in their taproom :p

Originally Posted by Lotto

Hamilton's in South Park. Tiger!Tiger!, Toronado, and Modern Times in North Park. Bottlecraft in Little Italy (right next to the Ballast Point there,) or the one in Liberty Station. Most of those places carry a pretty good selection to choose from except for Modern Times, but I listed them cause they're gud.

Thanks, was thinking about visiting the North Park area after meetings one night, good to have a few more choices to visit if I do.

Originally Posted by HiResDes

Touche, there are just so many breweries in San Diego if I'm not mistaken that I wouldn't personally want to spend what little money I have there.

I mean if I'm not mistaken Alpine, Green Flash, Stone, AleSmith, Mission and even Mikkeller have breweries there.

I'll look those up. Problem is I'm very limited to where I can travel to and don't have a ton of my own time. Kinda why I asked about the places central to downtown.

Just wanted to see if people knew the area better than me since I've only been to San Diego a single time like 23 years ago.
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(10-04-2017, 06:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by codhand

Yeah but fuck Ayinger because you can get that shit anywhere.

only rar whalez bruh
HiResDes
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(10-04-2017, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Temeculan3000

only rar whalez bruh

Not what I was insinuating at all...But okay
Temeculan3000
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(10-04-2017, 06:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by HiResDes

Not what I was insinuating at all...But okay

I thought you were joking and I was joking along... unless you actually meant fuck Ayinger.

edit: wait your beef is with codhand man lol
ErnieMcCracken
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(10-04-2017, 11:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Temeculan3000

So in case anyone was wondering what the best oktoberfest beer is... it's this one:

Yes it is. Lagers aren't usually my first choice but I thoroughly enjoy this one. One of our local breweries does some damn fine lagers too (including their Octoberfest).
HiResDes
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(10-05-2017, 12:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Yes it is. Lagers aren't usually my first choice but I thoroughly enjoy this one. One of our local breweries does some damn fine lagers too (including their Octoberfest).

I love Fifth and Vine if you're talking about Moerlein. Also their OTR Ale, but maybe that's mostly out of nostalgia.

I also love Paulaner Oktoberfest offerings. I think they're up there with Ayinger.


Erdinger maybe third
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(10-05-2017, 12:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by codhand

still worth a visit; fresh draft, hand pump casks, limited releases, did you know that they distill spirits too which are actually quite good? i know theyre owned by constellation brands, but for an out of towner into beer, i see no reason not to at least check it out.




looking at this list, and yeah, you actually cant get this shit anywhere, well except at ballast point that is.
https://www.ballastpoint.com/beers/barrel-aged/

They don't, the owner of the distillery bought it out and operates it as Cutwater now.

Originally Posted by HiResDes

Touche, there are just so many breweries in San Diego if I'm not mistaken that I wouldn't personally want to spend what little money I have there.

I mean if I'm not mistaken Alpine, Green Flash, Stone, AleSmith, Mission and even Mikkeller have breweries there.

As far as I am concerned Alpine doesn't exist anymore. Green Flash just bought the recipes and that's it.

Mikkeller does have a brewery here but its too expensive and not good enough.

Societe is still great if you're in SD, Rip Current is quite good, AleSmith is the best local brewery, but we have hundreds of them. I could probably name 30 but I think we're up to like 150 now.

Originally Posted by Chris R

Other than the obvious answer of Ballast Point, any breweries/tap rooms in the Downtown San Diego area that are must visits? Visiting in two weeks for business, trying to plan my schedule now since I have limited personal time

Most breweries aren't actually in downtown. You can go to any number of local places that have craft beer downtown, e.g. Neighborhood or Monkey Paw. Don't go to 10 Barrel. That's not actually local, it's just a BMC brewery posing as a local brewery. There is a Ballast Point tasting room in Little Italy, also (which is downtown).

30th Street in North Park you can spend all day on and if you're going somewhere for craft beer that's not downtown, I strongly recommend that's where you go. The Toronado craft beer bar is there (this is where you go if you want to tell your friends you had Pliny the Elder), as is a Rip Current tasting room and a Modern Times tasting room on the same street. If you go up to Adams from there (the street I live on!) you can find the Blind Lady Ale House, which is always one of the top 100 beer bars in America except haha don't actually go there unless you like kids running around everywhere while you drink.
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(10-05-2017, 12:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by Angry Grimace

As far as I am concerned Alpine doesn't exist anymore. Green Flash just bought the recipes and that's it.

Wait, so the founder of Alpine doesn't even work there anymore? That's a shame, it was such a good brewery, as hard to find up here as it was.
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(10-05-2017, 12:43 AM)
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Nothing like the bar down the street pulling out a keg of Lagunita's High West-ified. Probably one of the best and least-Lagunitasish Lagunitas beer. Sad that is is done with.
ErnieMcCracken
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(10-05-2017, 12:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by HiResDes

I love Fifth and Vine if you're talking about Moerlein. Also their OTR Ale, but maybe that's mostly out of nostalgia.

I also love Paulaner Oktoberfest offerings. I think they're up there with Ayinger.


Erdinger maybe third

Taft's. Not really sure the last time I had a Moerlein beer. Love having Taft's new place much closer now.
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(10-05-2017, 12:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by eyeball_kid

Wait, so the founder of Alpine doesn't even work there anymore? That's a shame, it was such a good brewery, as hard to find up here as it was.

It does, I think if you go out to Alpine it's still running but I don't think they brew any of the core beers on site, just the limited ones.
Chris R
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(10-05-2017, 01:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Angry Grimace

Most breweries aren't actually in downtown. You can go to any number of local places that have craft beer downtown, e.g. Neighborhood or Monkey Paw. Don't go to 10 Barrel. That's not actually local, it's just a BMC brewery posing as a local brewery. There is a Ballast Point tasting room in Little Italy, also (which is downtown).

30th Street in North Park you can spend all day on and if you're going somewhere for craft beer that's not downtown, I strongly recommend that's where you go. The Toronado craft beer bar is there (this is where you go if you want to tell your friends you had Pliny the Elder), as is a Rip Current tasting room and a Modern Times tasting room on the same street. If you go up to Adams from there (the street I live on!) you can find the Blind Lady Ale House, which is always one of the top 100 beer bars in America except haha don't actually go there unless you like kids running around everywhere while you drink.

Ya, probably going to hit up 30th Street in North Park on Tuesday night after my meetings and the basically required schmooze fest afterwards.

Would be cool to have more time but it just didn't plan out that way :(
Lotto
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(10-05-2017, 10:40 AM)
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Originally Posted by Angry Grimace

They don't, the owner of the distillery bought it out and operates it as Cutwater now.

This was interesting to me. Completely re-branded and managed to be somewhat of a pioneer in craft spirits here now. I haven't been there yet but they have a newly built place right next to the Saint Archer tasting room/brewery.

Originally Posted by Angry Grimace

As far as I am concerned Alpine doesn't exist anymore. Green Flash just bought the recipes and that's it.

Don't say that :( Nelson just tapped at their brewpub in Alpine! I miss it.
PhoncipleBone
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(10-06-2017, 12:01 AM)
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Harvest Ale AND Enjoy By in shop on the same day? Hell, yeah! Gonna be an IPA weekend.
newdayrocks
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(10-06-2017, 12:42 AM)
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Just popped a 2016 So Happens It's Tuesday from The Bruery, and it's infected as shit. 😭
Temeculan3000
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(10-06-2017, 01:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by newdayrocks

Just popped a 2016 So Happens It's Tuesday from The Bruery, and it's infected as shit. 😭

That's what you get for buying a beer called SHIT
codhand
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(10-06-2017, 10:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by newdayrocks

Just popped a 2016 So Happens It's Tuesday from The Bruery, and it's infected as shit. 😭



sooo, it's a Bruery beer then.
eyeball_kid
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(10-06-2017, 10:11 PM)
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My local just got in Sierra Nevada's BA Narwhal, with coconut and cocoa nibs. Sounds fantastic.
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(10-06-2017, 10:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by eyeball_kid

My local just got in Sierra Nevada's BA Narwhal, with coconut and cocoa nibs. Sounds fantastic.

Narwhal is way better than I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Between it, Otra Vez, and Bigfoot, they churn out some good stuff once in a while.
codhand
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(10-06-2017, 10:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Temeculan3000

That's what you get for buying a beer called SHIT

says the guy named after a dark lord variant
HiResDes
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(10-07-2017, 12:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by newdayrocks

Narwhal is way better than I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Between it, Otra Vez, and Bigfoot, they churn out some good stuff once in a while.

Their Oktoberfest ain't bad either
distantmantra
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(10-07-2017, 12:21 AM)
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As you know Iím nornally obsessively drinking every single fresh hop in existence, but I ended up having unexpected heart surgery last week which slowed me down some. Time to get back on the train.

So far this year I've had
Two Beers - Fresh Hop (Centennial)
Fremont - Field to Ferment Centennial
Fremont - Field to Ferment Amarillo
Fremont - Field to Ferment Citra
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon (Citra and Simcoe)
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon Hazy Pale (Ekuanot and Mosaic)
Reubens - Amarillo FH
Reubens - Mosiac FH
Reubens - FH Crikey
Lagunitas (Seattle) - 90 Miles to Ballard (Mosaic)
Mazama - Fresh Hop Green Magic (Centennial)
Cloudburst - Back and Forth. Forever (Centennial)
Cloudburst/Varietal - Wet Bandits (438 and Cascade)
Breakside - Simcoe FH
Breakside - FH Wanderlust (Cascade)
Holy Mountain - Cone and Cone (Citra and Simcoe)
Aslan - I Stand IPA (Centennial)

I've got cans and bottles of the following on deck:
Holy Mountain/Cloudburst - Wetwired (Mosaic)
Gilgamesh - Fresh Hop Fresh Prince of Ales
Matchless - CLS (Centennial)
Ft. George - Fresh IPA
Three Magnets - Little Juice Smoothie Freshie (Citra and Mosaic)
Gigantic - Sodbusted V (Simcoe)
Founders - Harvest Ale
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Originally Posted by newdayrocks

Narwhal is way better than I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Between it, Otra Vez, and Bigfoot, they churn out some good stuff once in a while.

Yeah, Sierra isn't really a brand I seek out much and now that I think about it, I don't actually see many bottles down here -- most of their beers are things I've had on tap -- but they're a solid brewery. Narwhal in particular is on the higher end of Imperial Stouts IMO.

Originally Posted by distantmantra

As you know I’m nornally obsessively drinking every single fresh hop in existence, but I ended up having unexpected heart surgery last week which slowed me down some. Time to get back on the train.

Fremont - Field to Ferment Centennial
Fremont - Field to Ferment Amarillo
Fremont - Field to Ferment Citra
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon (Citra and Simcoe)
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon Hazy Pale (Ekuanot and Mosaic)

Damn, glad to hear you made it through okay and back in action enough to already be drinking beer again.

I've had all the Fremonts and my favorite by far is the Centennial. Unfortunately for me it's already long gone.
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Originally Posted by codhand

says the guy named after a dark lord variant

;) and an epically bad one

But I kinda liked it
codhand
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(10-07-2017, 03:40 AM)
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Originally Posted by distantmantra

As you know Iím nornally obsessively drinking every single fresh hop in existence, but I ended up having unexpected heart surgery last week which slowed me down some. Time to get back on the train.

So far this year I've had
Two Beers - Fresh Hop (Centennial)
Fremont - Field to Ferment Centennial
Fremont - Field to Ferment Amarillo
Fremont - Field to Ferment Citra
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon (Citra and Simcoe)
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon Hazy Pale (Ekuanot and Mosaic)
Reubens - Amarillo FH
Reubens - Mosiac FH
Reubens - FH Crikey
Lagunitas (Seattle) - 90 Miles to Ballard (Mosaic)
Mazama - Fresh Hop Green Magic (Centennial)
Cloudburst - Back and Forth. Forever (Centennial)
Cloudburst/Varietal - Wet Bandits (438 and Cascade)
Breakside - Simcoe FH
Breakside - FH Wanderlust (Cascade)
Holy Mountain - Cone and Cone (Citra and Simcoe)
Aslan - I Stand IPA (Centennial)

I've got cans and bottles of the following on deck:
Holy Mountain/Cloudburst - Wetwired (Mosaic)
Gilgamesh - Fresh Hop Fresh Prince of Ales
Matchless - CLS (Centennial)
Ft. George - Fresh IPA
Three Magnets - Little Juice Smoothie Freshie (Citra and Mosaic)
Gigantic - Sodbusted V (Simcoe)
Founders - Harvest Ale


holy shit, i knew it had to be something on account of it being fresh hop season and all, glad youre still here to tick another day!
theSlacker
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(10-07-2017, 10:29 AM)

Originally Posted by Temeculan3000

;) and an epically bad one

But I kinda liked it

I still have one sitting around. Friend dosn't want to open it for years to see if it develops into something better after we tried one last year. I just want to move on from it.
Lotto
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(10-07-2017, 12:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by distantmantra

As you know Iím nornally obsessively drinking every single fresh hop in existence, but I ended up having unexpected heart surgery last week which slowed me down some. Time to get back on the train.

So far this year I've had
Two Beers - Fresh Hop (Centennial)
Fremont - Field to Ferment Centennial
Fremont - Field to Ferment Amarillo
Fremont - Field to Ferment Citra
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon (Citra and Simcoe)
Fremont - Cowiche Canyon Hazy Pale (Ekuanot and Mosaic)
Reubens - Amarillo FH
Reubens - Mosiac FH
Reubens - FH Crikey
Lagunitas (Seattle) - 90 Miles to Ballard (Mosaic)
Mazama - Fresh Hop Green Magic (Centennial)
Cloudburst - Back and Forth. Forever (Centennial)
Cloudburst/Varietal - Wet Bandits (438 and Cascade)
Breakside - Simcoe FH
Breakside - FH Wanderlust (Cascade)
Holy Mountain - Cone and Cone (Citra and Simcoe)
Aslan - I Stand IPA (Centennial)

I've got cans and bottles of the following on deck:
Holy Mountain/Cloudburst - Wetwired (Mosaic)
Gilgamesh - Fresh Hop Fresh Prince of Ales
Matchless - CLS (Centennial)
Ft. George - Fresh IPA
Three Magnets - Little Juice Smoothie Freshie (Citra and Mosaic)
Gigantic - Sodbusted V (Simcoe)
Founders - Harvest Ale

Glad you're alright man. Had the Citra and Cowiche Canyon so far and they're super good. Gonna try to pick up Centennial and Amarillo eventually. Pretty grateful we had distro for these great beers this time around.
Mitch
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(10-07-2017, 03:03 PM)
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Going to Pittsburgh today for a little weekend beer trip.

Our list so far is:
Winghart's for lunch
Brew Gentlemen
Voodoo Brewery
Hitchhiker Brewing
Dancing Gnome
Grist House
East End
Southern Tier
Church Brew Works

Any others worth checking out?
ErnieMcCracken
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Originally Posted by Mitch

Going to Pittsburgh today for a little weekend beer trip.

Our list so far is:
Winghart's for lunch
Brew Gentlemen
Voodoo Brewery
Hitchhiker Brewing
Dancing Gnome
Grist House
East End
Southern Tier
Church Brew Works

Any others worth checking out?

Fat Head's?
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(10-07-2017, 08:04 PM)
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Voodoo would be probably my number one destination, always wanted to try one of their hyped stouts. You can get Big Black Voodoo Daddy and Cowbell right now.
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Yes it is. Lagers aren't usually my first choice but I thoroughly enjoy this one. One of our local breweries does some damn fine lagers too (including their Octoberfest).

And Taft's just won gold for Vienna-Style Lager at GABF... Their shit is just solid.


https://twitter.com/draftmag/status/916714479357792257
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(10-07-2017, 10:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

And Taft's just won gold for Vienna-Style Lager at GABF... Their shit is just solid.


https://twitter.com/draftmag/status/916714479357792257

Can I buy a growler of it? Gonna check it out
ErnieMcCracken
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Originally Posted by HiResDes

Can I buy a growler of it? Gonna check it out

Should be able to at both locations. They have a lot of good stuff on right now. Fresh hop, Oktoberfest, Skronk was reworked and is even better now. Might head there after work tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Fat Head's?

I live in CLE and go there quite often, so we didn't have that on our list.
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(10-09-2017, 06:33 PM)
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Not a bad trip to the store today. Bottles of Bruery for $5? OK.

codhand
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(10-09-2017, 07:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Bottles of Bruery for $5? OK.

pretty soon theyll just be paying you to take them off their hands
HiResDes
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(10-09-2017, 10:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Not a bad trip to the store today. Bottles of Bruery for $5? OK.

WHERE????
ErnieMcCracken
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(10-09-2017, 11:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by HiResDes

WHERE????

JJ Fairfield.
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(10-10-2017, 10:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by ErnieMcCracken

Not a bad trip to the store today. Bottles of Bruery for $5? OK.

Always a bit of a gamble on infected bottles but hey, amazing value.

3 Fonteinen tho, nice
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Originally Posted by Spuck-uk

Always a bit of a gamble on infected bottles but hey, amazing value.

3 Fonteinen tho, nice

A friend just opened a bottle of Rueuze and it was fine. I'll open an Oude Tart soon to check it out.
Chris R
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(10-17-2017, 03:38 AM)
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Call me crazy but I think I'll grab the deal with the devil box set... But fuck $300 for 6 750ml bottles is steep
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Originally Posted by Chris R

Call me crazy but I think I'll grab the deal with the devil box set... But fuck $300 for 6 750ml bottles is steep

$50 a bottle? Nah, fuck that. The one time I managed to get it I loved it, but not $50 loved it.
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(10-17-2017, 05:17 AM)
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Recent pick ups. Trying to make up for my down time with as many fresh hops as I can.
newdayrocks
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(10-17-2017, 10:28 AM)
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Had surgery last week that will keep me off beer completely for 3+ months, and I'll never be able to drink more than a pint at one time.

Whatta bummer.
Mitch
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(10-17-2017, 11:31 AM)
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Being healthy trumps drinking multiple beers, imo.
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(10-17-2017, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mitch

Being healthy trumps drinking multiple beers, imo.

For real. After having open heart surgery I was ready to give up drinking if necessary but the doctors said itís not an issue. My heart is healthy other than a busted valve. Iím on Warfarin (blood thinner) for a few months (had my valve repaired, if they had to replace it with something mechanical or from an animal Iíd have to have to be on them forever) so no crazy bottle share binges but otherwise reasonable drinking is just fine.
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Originally Posted by PhoncipleBone

$50 a bottle? Nah, fuck that. The one time I managed to get it I loved it, but not $50 loved it.

It's six different versions though, four of which won't be sold any other way ;_;

Or I might just show up and have a single glass on tap, idk.

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