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  1. Continuing on with the rest of my Omaha trip pictures, here are a few more from going out to different places both downtown and out west. My dad and I went to Beertopia for the 2nd time on monday, the day before I left. This time, the guy working was the guy who is an active beeradvocate poster. So we got along well and talked a lot about beer, just as I did with the first guy. He helped me pick out some more stuff that he thought I should try after I told him I was from CA and wanted to try good stuff I can't get there. Then I asked him what kind of stuff I should get at Upstream on tap, since we were planning to go there for dinner, and he said nothing was too exciting there, but we should go seek out the Belgian Blonde on cask at Jobber's Canyon in the old downtown. I of course ordered the beer sampler, 10 different 4oz beers. From bottom left to bottom right: O! Gold Light Beer, Honey Raspberry Ale, Gold Coast Blonde, American Wheat, Capitol Pale Ale, Firehouse ESB, Double IPA, Belgian Wit, Blackstone Stout, and the very tasty unfiltered Saison. For dinner we headed over to Upstream out west where my dad lives. It's really big, with like 3 stories and a large restaurant. The windows to look inside where the magic happened had large black strips holding multiple windows together, so it was hard to get a nice shot of what was inside. Here's the best one. Our bill came to $10.16 AFTER tax. Amazing deal there. We also got some Calamari as suggested by the bartender since it was Happy Hour. My dad and I have tried Calamari many places and it's hard to find good calamari. This was one of the best plates of calamari I have ever had. My dad may have been camera shy, but I'm not. I was happy to see that they served the Belgian Blonde in snifters. The bar and restaurant were completely empty, so we sat down at the little bar and ordered 2 Belgian Blondes. This was the display outside showing what they had. So of course, we took the advice and headed there at around 4pm, before dinner. It's a small nice looking place, looks very new compared to the brick buildings surrounding the rest of the area.
  2. Well, I missed some days of updates while I was in Nebraska, but just got all of the pictures off my camera to start putting them on here while I have time. I also checked a box of beer to bring home because I went to Beertopia the day before I left to fly home. Nothing broke so that was good, but I did also pack 3 beers in my golf bag case that weren't as well packed. Well they made a mistake with that piece of luggage and left it in Vegas. It just turned up today and should be delivered shortly to my residence, so we'll see if those beers are unbroken after all the additional happenings with that bag... I'll start with the stuff I was drinking back in Nebraska... It had very complex flavors. It tasted pretty much exactly like the Eisbock, the mouthfeel was thinner, and the drinkability was a little higher. Not a huge fan of Weizenbocks or Eisbocks if these are two of the best. Aventinus Weizenbock, #59 on the top 100. 8% ABV. I had their Eisbock earlier in the week. It didn't live up to the hype for me. It's on the malty side for a pale, and the hops didn't come through well. The juniper berries add a nice spicyness to it that isn't overdone. It was fairly enjoyable despite its shortcomings. Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale. 5.3% ABV. This is one of their more acclaimed beers, as it is brewed with Juniper berries. It was good. It's very balanced by heavy malts, so it was missing that clarity in the hop character that I like so much about West Coast IPAs. Still good nonetheless. Great Divide's Hercules DIPA. 9.1% ABV. I was happy with the Yeti so I was looking forward to this.
  3. ^^ Wow, props to Union Jacks getting Hop Stoopid on tap, would never have expected that out in Pennsylvania. I tried three more last night from Beertopia. Going over to the Horseshoe tonight in Council Bluffs to play some poker. Wow, it is brutally bitter. It seems a lot more bitter than DIPAs and stuff because the hop flavor isn't pronounced. It's a really good ESB though if you don't mind the bitterness, and lord knows I don't! Rogue's Brutal Bitter. Finally able to find another Rogue brew I haven't tried in a bomber. Reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin because it is quite hoppy for an Imperial Stout. It's a bit more refined though from the oak aging, definitely deserves its spot in the top 50. Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. 9.5% ABV. #49 on the BA top 100. Way out of balance towards the hops side for the style, but that's okay with me. It actually has a really nice grapefruit flavor, very tasty. Hazed and Infused, from Boulder Brewing. It's an American Pale Ale that is dry hopped.
  4. My dad and I went down to Dundee Dell yesterday, it's a nice place inside. Looks pretty high class and has these bookshelfs with library books and references on them. I didn't know we would stop there for a pint, so I didn't have my camera... I had a pint of Smithwicks, which is new to me, it was pretty good. My dad had a Blue Moon, which is pretty much his favorite. Later last night I tried two new beers from Beertopia. My dad's dog Joey was hanging out with me in the "basement" after the others went to bed. Yummy! This porter isn't over-carbonated like some, and had a nice head. Not sure whether I like Black Butte Porter or this better. Rogue's Mocha Porter. 5.3% ABV. Can't find this one im bombers at BevMo, only six packs, glad they had bombers at Beertopia of this. This wheat was pleasant. Had some nice citrus up front and it fades into some clove and spicyness. The banana is a bit hard to pick out, but it's there too. I liked it. Flying Dog's In-Heat Wheat. About 6% ABV.
  5. Earlier today was my first day in Omaha this summer. My dad and I went down to the beer block near downtown earlier today. This small block is all owned by the same person. There is Beertopia, the best place to buy rare beers in Omaha, and Crescent Moon Ale House, Huber Haus, and Max's Belgian Beer Bar right next door to Beertopia. I was happy with my experience at Crescent Moon Ale House, we had lunch there, I had a sourdough burger that was very tender. Beertopia was pretty sweet too, it'd be nice if it was a little larger, but it had an impressive selection despite that. Onto the pictures... Really nicely balanced IPA. The hops don't come through quite as cleanly as some of the West Coast ones I am used to, but it's sweet up front and has some nice grapefruit bitterness at the end. Overall I've liked the stuff from Boulder so far. Second beer of the night, the Mojo IPA brewed by Boulder. I picked this up from creating my own sixer. 6.8% ABV. It was pretty extreme. It tasted almost like a strong apple cider. Could definitely taste clove, cinnamon, honey, and raisins. Also had a rum type of alcohol flavor and warmth to it. A nice beer but not really up my alley. Back at my Dad's house, later at night, I decide to get out the Aventinus Eisbock I picked up at Beertopia. 12% ABV. Here is the cooler where they allow you to create your own six pack, for $7.99 A great idea I wish BevMo would employ. I took a couple pictures of the coolers inside Beertopia. Here's the first. Here is Max's Belgian Beer bar, also not opened at this time of day... All of their stuff that is available on tap was on this list. Blurry again, I suck!!! Here's some of the new stuff they had. They had the glassware to serve it in too. Kinda blurry but, this is a display of a ton of retired taps they had on the Crescent Moon Ale House's wall. The bar in the Huber Haus. Too bad this wasn't opened yet, maybe we will go back before I leave... Picture 1 of the Huber Haus, they weren't open yet... Boulevard's Cream of Wheat on tap. Boulevard is located in Kansas City, Missouri. This is one of their stouts on top of one of their wheats. It was good. My Sourdough Burger and Fries. Really good hamburger they used in this. First beer of the day, the Hopluia on tap from Spilker Ales in Cortland, Nebraska. An English IPA. Pretty good.
  6. Last night I took some time out of packing to have a beer. My flight leaves at 6pm PST this evening and I will get into Omaha late tonight for a week filled with beer, golf, and hopefully gambling too on the Riverboat casinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was good. It reminded me a lot of La Fin Du Monde, except it wasn't quite as sweet on the front end and wasn't so spicy on the backend. That was welcome for me because I didn't care for that much spice. Highly recommend this. North Coast Brewing's Pranqster, A Belgian Strong Pale Ale. 7.6% ABV. At $5.99 a 4-pack, this stuff is a steal when compared to most belgians.
  7. ^ Did you read the first post of this thread? It reads: ADMIN EDIT: One simple rule about this thread: "If you are posting about drinking and you are underage, your account will be banned." I highly suggest you delete your posts as soon as possible for your own sake.
  8. Last night I had an Arrogant Bastard over at my Uncles. I think I forgot to mention this, but even though I went to BevMo on friday at 2:30pm, they were still stocking everything... I was a little confused because it was an odd time of day to have that much crap sitting in the isles, but I did noticed a few cases of Arrogant Bastard that weren't yet shelved, so I had the stock guy open up the cases for me so I could grab a bomber. That has been a long time coming since I first tried it in Arizona, because the local BevMo sells out of that stuff like it's going out of style. In other news, I'm leaving on tuesday to fly to Omaha to visit my dad. He has lived out there for 5 years or so and I've been visiting him every summer. I've never been a beer lover while being out there though, so I've done my research using BeerFly of course. Beertopia looks like the best store by far to hit up, and I'm excited about it because in that part of the country I'll be able to attain plenty of stuff I can't get here. They also have a "create your own six pack" option with single 12 ouncers that is just a great idea that I wish BevMo would employ. There is also a beer bar named Crescent Moon down there that sounds like a treat, so my dad and I will definitely be hitting both places. He's not a beer guy or anything, but enjoys a good one once in a while. I can only hope I won't wimp out on pictures this time, for the sake of the beer thread. Has anyone else been to Omaha and been to beer places? I'm also thinking we might go to Upstream Brewery, as it seems like that might be the only other place that is really worth it there. Any suggestions for what I buy at the beer store? I'll be there for a week and I'm not really sure I will be able to bring much home, so my selection might be on the small side at the beer store. Help me out guys!!! What do I get? Onto the beers... Damn, this might be the best beer I've ever had. It's a hop lovers dream. It is so pungeant but doesn't overwhelm. The mouthfeel is dry yet smooth. It's one of the lightest IPAs let alone DIPAs I've had, and also the most flavorful. It's close to Hop Stoopid, just a little better in my opinion. I wrote a BA review on this one, my first review... http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/38225 If Derek and Heath were interested in Hop Stoopid, then surely they will be intrigued by this one as well. Kill Ugly Radio by Lagunitas. 7.8% ABV. It's a DIPA that is limited release. This porter is excellent. I'm not sure how it fairs compared to Deschutes Black Butte Porter, because I haven't had that in a while either, but I can say that it was awesome. Porters are definitely one of my favorite styles. Started out tonight with something I hadn't tried before... An Anchor Porter. Porter's are something I've been wanting to familiarize myself with more since I love Black Butte Porter so much. 5.6% ABV. Uhh yeah, still excellent. I was able to taste some cherry and black currant flavor in here. The 7.2% ABV isn't covered that well, nor is it really supposed to be. Warms you up nice but is pretty smooth going down, would be excellent on a cold winter night, has some brandy characteristics. Arrogant Bastard, by far the best labeling/attitude on a bottle. 7.2% ABV. It's a strong ale.
  9. Last night I went over to my Uncle's for a present he got me for finishing school. He managed to find Dad's Root Beer! So now I have a four pack sitting in my fridge. Still my favorite root beer. Of course, we had to drink some beers while I was over there... It hits you with a burnt bitterness that makes the mouth pucker a bit. I wish the background flavor came through with something to balance it out a little more. Guinness Extra Stout. I've tried this many a time also. Still with as nice a flavor as ever, and one of my favorite stouts. Probably just behind Shakespeare Stout, so I guess it's #2 on my stout list. Big Bear Black Stout, an instant classic from a while ago. Quite good, probably my favorite from this brewery so far. As it warms you get some nice fruity flavors in the aftertaste. Preceeding them is some nice toffee flavors. Hobgoblin, from Wychwood in the UK. 5.2% ABV. My Uncle found a six pack fo the stuff. I've never tried it before. I have tried Fiddler's Elbow and Scarecrow though.
  10. Cheddar Beer Kettle Chips... I washed them down with...
  11. Well well well... I didn't think I'd miss that much beer action during finals week, but by golly, I did! Thanks for attempting to take a picture of the Victory Kolsch description Heath, I tried hard, but couldn't really read much of it. I've been reading everyones posts in the beer thread despite my posting absence. I didn't do much beer drinking during finals week, naturally, but I did do some the weekend before it started, and I never got a chance to post the pictures. Since I am just getting back from the obligatory post-finals week BevMo trip, I figured now would be a good time to get caught up by posting the photos from last weekend. Also, Derek and Heath, I picked up some Hop Stoopids for you incase you can't find them somewhere else when you come labor day. I don't really know how I'm going to meet up with you guys yet, I just might not be able to get up to the Santa Rosa area this time. So maybe I can meet you guys at PGA or something like that. Onto the beers... Yeah, it's like that. Some nice light hoppiness that plays nicely on the palate and is dry and crisp. Tire Bite Kolsch, the last of the six pack. Farewell my favorite Kolsch from a bottle friend! Aye, it was love at first sight with this beer. But Racer 5 DEFINES my favorites category. A strong grapefruit hop character makes this IPA a contender in my favorites category... Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin IPA. Quickly becoming a standby for my uncle and I. I didn't like this amber much at all. The flavors don't come through very cleanly and they just sort of all meld together into a flavor I don't much like. Full Sail's Amber. I finally sprung for a six pack of the stuff so I could try something from this brewery. It was okay, but nothing special in my opinion. I'd rather have any of Samuel Smith's other brews. Samuel Smith's Tadcaster Bitter. 3.8% ABV. Back in college before I became such a beer enthusiast, I used to think Fat Tire was one of the most flavorful beers I had tried, now it tastes like water... Started off with a flat tire at my Uncles... Hey Matt! Hey Heath, here's how you take a non blurry picture of small text! Okay okay, it did take me like 20 tries to get the lighting right... Look at those ingredients! It did taste like licorice! Virgil's Rootbeer. This stuff is crazy! It's unlike anything I've tasted. They use all sorts of weird stuff in there. Very good. This is what I ate while enjoying a Hank's Rootbeer. Hank's is a nice classic style rootbeer that reminded me of Dad's. It wasn't bad, infact, it was really good! A nice Barley-Wine that isn't overly sugary sweet, but instead has really nice fruity flavors. Moylan's Old Blarney Barley-Wine Style Ale. 10% ABV. I had this the night after the skunked Moylan's IPA, hoping it wouldn't also be bad.
  12. ^ LOL nicole. You look like someone just stole your last oreo. It sure has been a while since I've posted. Not because of the lack of beer drinking, just because I've been too busy to sort through the pics and post. I think this covers four days worth, including a night at my uncle's this past weekend. I'm really almost out of beer again too though It's the same thing I complained about with the Marin Brews, for some reason it's way overcarbonated, to the point where the whole glass is head, it smells rank and inky, and tastes the same, not even the hops were strong enough to pull through that flavor. It sucks because I really liked their Double and Triple IPA. Moylan's IPA, sigh... 6.5% ABV. Well, the saga of bad beers out of that brewery continues... It's my understanding that Moylan's uses the same facility as Marin Brewing, that company I've had several skunked beers from. I've had plenty of Moylan's without a problem, until now. This is extreme. No other way to put it. They actually did a really great job pushing enough hops in to be able to get that flavor in the background of the sweetness. Green Flash Brewing's Barleywine. 10% ABV. My second offering from Green Flash. One of the better pale ales I've had from across the pond. I thought it was quite nice. Wychwood's Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale. 4.7% ABV. From the UK of course. Yeah, the head is creamy, instead of really sticky/prickly like I'm used to for the belgians. There's not much spice here, but the fruity flavors are quite nice. I like the fact that the head was more creamy, but it's probably considered pretty off-style. Anderson Valley's Brother David's Double, a Belgian Style Ale. 9.0% ABV. Hmm, the head seems frothier than normal. Pissed off as always, this beer is hoppy, deep, and means business. He immediately liked it, didn't have to think about it at all, and he put it in the top five he has tried. While at the local liquor store, my uncle asked me to pick out a bomber I thought he'd like. So I picked up Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale. 9.28% ABV. I think this is the best hefe I've had from a bottle so far. The best hefe I've had though is still the hefe they had on tap at Rock Bottom in Arizona. Ayinger's Hefeweizen. 5.1% ABV. Clove and banana are really apparent in the smell and taste of this one. Thanks Ayinger!
  13. Sup guys, "I beer". Last night my mom and I went out to this little Southwestern order at the counter place that I had been to before. They have a nice selection of single bottles from six packs. I would have taken a picture this time of the selection as I did have my camera but whoever put the beers in there did it so sloppy that you couldn't even see the labels at all. I had to ask what a ton of them were since i couldn't see well enough. Anyway, the food was great as always. Had two crispy blue corn tortilla shrimp tacos with baja style sauce. And I bought a Nectar Ales IPA to take home. I like going to this place cause it saves me some money over buying a six pack to try something. This was a really well balanced IPA, and I mean with hops, not with hop/malt balance. It was very hoppy, and all the hop flavors were there. Citrus, Grapefruit, and Pine. It was really quite nice and well rounded! Nectar Ales IPA. 6.7% ABV. Brewed by Humboldt Brewing Company, interestingly enough, they are located in Paso Robles???
  14. ^ Cool, I love Oatmeal Stouts. Over 3,000 posts about beer and still truckin. Go beer thread go! I have pics from two different nights to post, so here they are... It tasted like sour granny smith apples. Really different than any ESB I've tried before. It doesn't even really fade into toffee/caramel that I can tell, just stays pretty dang sour. It was pretty good regardless. And last night, I had a Thames Welsh Extra Special Bitter. 6% ABV. Clean, Cool, Crisp, and pretty dang flavorful. Flying Dog's Tire Bite Golden Ale. My last bottle of this stuff. It's a nice Kolsch. It's tasty. It's not nearly as spicy as any other Saison I've tried. However it has this really nice sweet pear flavor that is sour almost to the point of being inky at the end. Enjoyable... Bison's 2006 Brewmaster's Reserve Farmhouse Ale. It's a Saison. I poured this as slow as humanly possible, and still ended up with half a glass full of head. Had to wait like 15 minutes before it was proportioned right for the picture. Starting two nights ago, I started out by cooking this dinner with my mom. Salmon with Dill Sauce, assorted Zucchini with Wild Rice. YUMMY!
  15. Last nights beer of choice was another amber, and my second offering from Ballast Point down in San Diego. This stuff knocks my socks off everytime. It's quite rich and strong. Another bottle of North Coast Brewing's Old Stock Ale. It starts out with a really nice full body of malty goodness, and slowly fades into a leafy cascade hop flavor. The last two ambers I've had have been magnificent! Ballast Point's Calico Amber Ale. 5.0% ABV. I like all the different kinds of fish on their labels. Mmm, drank this while eating a baked potato!
  16. ^^^ Oberon looks pretty awesome, and I really like that serving glass! I had another Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse series last night, I guess I was hoping it would be as good as the first Sonoma Farmhouse I had, the Hop Stoopid Ale. I could smell this beer all day long. It smells amazing. The actual taste is just an extension of the smell. Hello again old buddy! I can't thank Derek and Heath enough for telling me which IPAs to try. I simply love Racer 5. Okay, so, basically all the flavors of a nice Saison are there, but they just aren't bold enough. Also, feels a little watery towards the end. I still enjoyed it, just wasn't a great Saison. But to be honest, what could really beat Hop Stoopid? Well, here it is... Lagunitas Sasion Style Ale. ABV 6.0% Appearance was nice.
  17. ^^ Nice new additions there. Where you say there are exposure problems, I really don't see them. I like what I see! 1280x800 would be great. All pictures would be awesome, but I don't know how willing Robb is to host relatively large .zip files on the site. From a user's standpoint, since I'm on broadband I wouldn't mind something that's even like a 100 megabyte download, it would be worth it to me.
  18. Haha, nice one. I liked the Undercover Investigation Ale too. The story behind it is funny as well. Also, I've never seen that Cappucino Stout by Lagunitas. Pretty cool though. I just kept it nice and light last night with a Pilsener. This was a good Pils. It wasn't knocking my socks off, but I didn't expect it to. It's very clean and effervescent with some nice dry bite. Farmhouse Brewing's Hayloft Pils, from Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world.
  19. Awesome job Jeff, I really can't tell they were stitched together. Are there larger versions of these pictures? At this size it's difficult to make out some details. Maybe you could attach a .zip with the larger sizes if you have them, would be awesome! You definitely captured the beauty of the landscapes on a larger scale which is something most of the other pictures I've seen from the trip lacked.
  20. ^ Congratulations Juggler. I wish I could try some! It will be interesting to hear what Nodders thinks though, since it is usually hard to judge your own labors without being a little biased. I know whenever I cook a meal it tastes better than my mom's cooking to me, but I am pretty certain I am not a better cook, I just appreciate the food more because I cooked it. Last night I went over to my Uncles and tried some more beers he bought from our last BevMo run. You can tell by smelling it that this is going to taste a bit different. And by god, it tastes VERY different than any stout I've had to date. I would have to say the predominant flavor is black licorice, which is cool with me. As it warms, it gets a little less bitey/sour/intense, which works to its benefit. Overall quite nice after the skepticism I had. My Uncle asked me about this one in the store, to which I replied, NO IDEA. The Organic Devout Stout from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. 5.4% ABV. Uhhh, quite simply delicious. Smells hoppy, and tastes hoppy, you definitely get some juicy grapefruit flavor in there. The hoppiest amber I've tried, and also the best, because after the hop kick, it's nice and sweet. Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Boont Amber Ale. 5.8% ABV. I like me their Oatmeal Stout and Hop Ottin IPA, let's give this a whirl! As for my Uncle, he liked it a lot. Especially once it warmed up a bit. I guess doppelbock loving is just in our blood. Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock. Weighing in at 7.9% It's just a good old Doppelbock that tastes, like a doppelbock, go figure!
  21. It has been a while since I've tried a new product from Rogue. So that's exactly what I did last night! Oh, I also finished one out of the money in a poker tournament on PokerStars, what a gross feeling! Oh well. It smells, surprise surprise, nutty! I just love hazelnuts, so this was a real treat. You can definitely tell it's hazelnut, as opposed to other browns where you just get a general nuttyness. My favorite brown so far. Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. 6.2% ABV. Have I ever mentioned how much I like their labeling? My favorite labeling though is still the Sonoma Farmhouse labeling on the stuff from Lagunitas.
  22. June 12th, with my uncle, 8 miles around the city. When was the last time you had a beer?
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