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      04-17-2011 11:56 AM #2626
      Stone smoked porter run through a DFH Randall filled with knob creek soaked vanilla beans. Very nice, smooth and subtle.

      Also Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine was really nice. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out great!
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      04-17-2011 12:31 PM #2627
      Point Cascade Pale Ale. Thought it might be my next go to 12er of cans. Not gonna happen
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      04-19-2011 02:59 AM #2628
      Quote Originally Posted by kweetech View Post
      Point Cascade Pale Ale. Thought it might be my next go to 12er of cans. Not gonna happen
      Aww...come on Matt. Why not? If it's good enough for me........


      This weekend I finally got my hands on my first cask ale. Titletown Brewery's IPA with cardamom, F-ing delish. That's a Sno-Cap chillin' in the background too.



      Thanks to(mod) Matt for the heads up on where to find 'em.

      BTW, I was right----they don't advertise the cask ales at all. They aren't on the beer list or chalkboard above the bar.

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      04-19-2011 01:21 PM #2629
      Bought a sixer of this over the weekend. Pretty good.

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      04-20-2011 10:34 AM #2630
      Hefeweizen (hay-fa-VEIT-sen)
      This traditional German wheat beer is left unfiltered to bring out its sparkling, yet subtle notes of banana & clove.


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      04-20-2011 11:00 AM #2631
      My buddy Jeff started a brewery here in DC - DC Brau - and I finally got a chance to try it last night. Smooth hoppy flavor, very very tasty. If y'all are in town, stop by Meridian Pint on 11th in Northwest - they've got it on tap.

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      04-21-2011 02:16 AM #2632
      Just had this Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers. Deeelish. 8.6% Will be getting this one again.

      A couple weeks ago I had this collaboration beer from New Belgium and Elysian called Trip 8. It was an imperial IPA too if I recall. That one was like 10.5% and you could taste the alcohol a bit but it kinda just increased the bitterness. This one was surprisingly smooth.
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      04-21-2011 02:31 AM #2633
      Drank a River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus. It was decent. But to me it was average compared to a lot of the IPA's I have had.
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      04-23-2011 09:01 PM #2634


      my new favorite beer.

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      04-24-2011 10:26 AM #2635
      Drank a 6er of these yesterday while tailgating before the Rangers game:


      great session beer at only 4ish% ABV and kind of like a pale ale meets a hefeweizen.
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      04-24-2011 09:55 PM #2637
      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      Drank a 6er of these yesterday while tailgating before the Rangers game:


      great session beer at only 4ish% ABV and kind of like a pale ale meets a hefeweizen.
      one of my favorite fishing beers when I'm out west...even though I can get it here now, I still only buy it in Montana
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      04-25-2011 02:02 AM #2638
      Victory golden monkey, awesome beer.

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      04-28-2011 02:23 AM #2639
      Just had the Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Very tasty imo. Another good cali beer. Just waiting on that extra special imperial ipa from Sierra Nevada to make it's way this way...

      And it looks like I have a couple pages to catch up on.
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      04-28-2011 02:54 AM #2640
      well, this sucks:

      Quote Originally Posted by Dogfish Head
      The distributors in the states we are pulling distribution from (Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island) have already been notified of our decision. If your favorite pubs and beer outlets are no longer able to obtain Dogfish products, we are sorry that we are no longer able to supply them. Thanks for understanding and we are hopeful for your ongoing support.
      i understand their predicament, but it just sucks the decided to pull out of markets completely, instead of just limiting supply.
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      04-28-2011 08:58 AM #2641
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      well, this sucks:



      i understand their predicament, but it just sucks the decided to pull out of markets completely, instead of just limiting supply.
      A few other breweries are doing the same thing. I know Avery is pulling out of several markets and I cannot remember who else.
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      04-28-2011 09:30 AM #2642
      A buddy of mine brought me a bottle of Old Rasputin this weekend. I'm not a big dark beer guy, but that was delicious! My new favorite stout

      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      A few other breweries are doing the same thing. I know Avery is pulling out of several markets and I cannot remember who else.
      Oof. What's the reason behind that?

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      04-28-2011 09:48 AM #2643
      Quote Originally Posted by odj View Post
      A buddy of mine brought me a bottle of Old Rasputin this weekend. I'm not a big dark beer guy, but that was delicious! My new favorite stout



      Oof. What's the reason behind that?
      Supply cannot equal demand. I just remembered the other one - Allagash. They pulled out of at least Texas.
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    19. 04-28-2011 10:14 PM #2644
      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      Supply cannot equal demand. I just remembered the other one - Allagash. They pulled out of at least Texas.
      Bingo. Allagash, DFH, and Great Divide have all recently decreased their distribution area. Back when these popular, well established breweries were getting started craft beer wasn't nearly as popular. In order to sell all the beer they were able to brew they had to spread themselves out since individual markets weren't able to sell enough product. Things have changed a lot in the past few years and they just can't meet demand now. It's a way better situation to have well stocked shelves in a small distribution area then to have hit or miss availability over a large area.

      Oh ya, support your local brewery above all else.

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      04-28-2011 10:32 PM #2645
      and a lot of it has to do with what it takes to remain a craft brewery. in the US, they can't exceed 15,000 US beer barrels. otherwise, taxes, as well as other things, take a significant hike.

      we can thank the beer lobbyists in washington who fight for the "big three" when craft beers make up such a minuscule percentage of the market, in comparison. Beer Wars really helps understand this concept if anyone hasn't seen it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326194/)

      welcome to the layer cake

    21. 04-29-2011 07:25 AM #2646
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      and a lot of it has to do with what it takes to remain a craft brewery. in the US, they can't exceed 15,000 US beer barrels. otherwise, taxes, as well as other things, take a significant hike.

      we can thank the beer lobbyists in washington who fight for the "big three" when craft beers make up such a minuscule percentage of the market, in comparison. Beer Wars really helps understand this concept if anyone hasn't seen it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326194/)

      the definition has changed now thanks to sam adams becoming so big. http://www.brewersassociation.org/pa...brewer-defined

      I can't speak for other breweries, but Allagash and DFH are both adding in new fermenters and expanding production as fast as they can.

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      04-29-2011 10:51 AM #2647
      ah yeah, i remember hearing about that, but hadn't seen anything about it lately.
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      04-29-2011 04:21 PM #2648
      Absolutly love this
      Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout


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      04-29-2011 04:55 PM #2649
      After watching Beer Wars I have sworn off the "big three" so have started looking into more local breweries and crafts. I have really latched on to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Four Peaks Kilt Lifter and just tried San Tan Breweries Devil's Ale.
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      04-29-2011 05:09 PM #2650
      that reminds me, i finally grabbed a case of Sierra Nevada Glissade. i missed it the past two years, and i'm definitely glad i managed to get some this year. so much so, i'll definitely be buying more! incredibly good.



      i wish i could afford to not buy from the big ones, but being a broke job-hunting college grad means i have to make do with natty light until i can afford good craft beer all the time.
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