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  1. I usually just have it in the fridge all day and then take it out and let it sit 10 mins to get to around the right temperature. Sometimes it's still a little too cold perhaps but I drink my beers really slowly to enjoy them so I generally get to experience how it opens up as it gets warmer. It has been a winning strategy so far. I am pulling for the Bruins tonight, hope they win.
  2. "Shake it baby." As you can see from this article: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/06/rumor-duke-nukem-dev-3d-realms-shut-down/ Apogee and Deep Silver will continue work on DNF. Some new screens were just released today: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/05/10/duke-nukem-forever-gameplay-surfaces-requests-we-come-get-some/
  3. I guess my sarcasm escaped you dave! You said you were next to the brewing capital of the world =P
  4. ^^ I never knew San Diego was next to Stafford. Good to see you back Joe, you've been drinking the good stuff. I must say, I just made probably the most exciting BevMo run to date. I am very impressed with their new found effort towards improving their beer selection.
  5. Hoping Kegatron gets his lazy butt on here soon to post some Dark Lord Day pictures. And the winner is the Kentucky Breakfast Stout from '07. The '06 had great flavor but was a little undercarbonated which negatively affected the mouthfeel and aroma. The '07 had better carbonation and the balance of flavors was awesome. The '08 was a little too bourbony for me, but still good. The '09 just tasted way young in comparison, pretty hot on the alcohol impacting both the flavor and drinkability negatively. Also just not that complex (yet) Should be interesting to get to try the regular Breakfast Stout pretty soon here assuming Heath is sending it out to me. And here's a picture of that Kentucky Breakfasts beer I've never heard of before. Something about it being able to cure ailments?! Okay I kid I kid, I have obviously heard of this beer. I was really excited about trying a vertical 06-09 of this beer since I hadn't had it yet. Arbitrator brought it to the tasting cause he's awesome. Next up we had what I brought with me. New Belgium's La Folie. I was surprised to learn at least a couple, maybe 3? Of the 5 total we had there had never had it before. So I guess I picked something okay to bring for once :] Everyone generally liked it a lot, including me of course, I actually prefer it over Consecration... We also had an 07 Double Bastard, which was quite nice aged. And on the left is a 4 pack of some Founders beer I've never heard of before... Something about Kentucky Breakfasts being good or something?! No idea... On the right, label turned, is a 2006 John Barleycorn Barleywine from Mad River, also quite good. A few of us South Bay BA folks had a somewhat informal meetup in downtown Redwood City for a tasting yesterday. I forgot to take pictures of the venue. Oops! Anyway, here's what we drank first. Mark brought some Surly stuff, Bitter Brewer was really different, smelled of raw hops! Coffee Bender is always good. Yum. My uncle and I shared a Pliny last weekend.
  6. It has been a while since I've posted any pictures. I have a bunch but I think I am going to keep it a little bit short and only post the highlights since we've been revisiting a lot of the same beers lately. Wednesday this week I am hoping to get to a BeerAdvocate South Bay Meetup where we will enjoy many fine offerings from Midnight Sun. I am taking the camera and plan to make a post on that sometime in the next week. I think someone else needs to liven this place up once in a while! Nice to see DiSab and brilinjo contributing some different stuff though. And by golly I had forgotten how amazing this beer was when fresh, still one of my favorite IPAs. I know I know, I said no repeats, but I had to post it because we've been having trouble finding fresh batches lately and we found a bomber at Whole Foods with a bottled on date from last month, that's fresh! It was better than I thought it would be. He says the apricot is more overpowering than he wanted it to be and he had hoped for more beer flavor. I would agree with this but the apricot flavor was really nice and the beer was refreshing on a warm night. Then this past weekend my buddy's brother delivered me one of his homebrews. I think this is like his 6th or 7th batch of beer and he's done a good job so far. This was an Apricot Ale. So we went back to BJ's and I finally tried a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale, which I've seen a few different places and always wanted to try. It was tasty for sure, a nice Oud Bruin. We tried to take a picture of the error they had from their Dish TV feed, which is how the Beer Wars movie was distributed, but it didn't turn out so well. They basically claimed the feed they downloaded corrupted their hard drive or something like that. What a crock of poop. We were all very disappointed, but we did get a free movie coupon out of it and a refund. I guess I have to wait for the DVD. This is when we were still excited to see Beer Wars. My coworker J.T., and my coworker Dan's girlfriend pose underneath the sign. And I followed that up with a BJ's PM Porter on Nitro. It's hard for me to pass it up. It's pretty mild but the mouthfeel is great and the flavor profile is well done. I started with a Speakeasy Untouchable Pale Ale, which was nice and fresh. Speakeasy has a sort of dank unique flavor to their hoppy beers. A nice change of pace. Surprisingly, they added a whole two pages to their menu of guest beers on tap. Some really cool stuff too. Last week we attempted to go to see Beer Wars at a local theatre. Beforehand we'd go to dinner at BJ's. Here's their brews. Went to a Sharks game too, last home game of the season, Fan Appreciation night. My first anniversary beer from Firestone Walker opened my eyes. Never before have I experienced so many different flavors in one beer. Blending many beers seems to have that effect. My review can be found at: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/45829/?ba=Bubba83 4.8/5 ain't bad! In my top 5 all time. I don't know why I drank this on a random weeknight by myself, but I was feeling blue so I did it. Firestone Walker XII. My only bottle =[ I cooked my mom a birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago... Bourbon County Stout glazed Cedar Plank Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Garloc Red Mashed Potatoes. As like many things with Sam Adams, it's a solid beer. Nice flavor, but nothing exquisite. Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, from their newly launch Imperial Series. You're jealous. Very jealous. Even though Pliny the Elder is a beer that I drink all the time now since it's so easy to get, I figured I'd post it just to piss you all off. Hey I got a haircut! The beer was amazing. Unlike anything else I've had yet. I wouldn't go in expecting too much different from a really good saison, but boy, it is a REALLY good saison, and the Brett just gives it this little funky/slight sour edge that puts it over the top. Boulevard's Saison-Brett. Part of their crazy good Smokestack Series. Holy crap I let my hair get long. As for the beer, really tasty, it's sort of like if you took an Irish Dry Stout and made it a lager. Very roasty yet light and refreshing somehow? Port Brewing's Midnight Sessions Lager.
  7. That's a good point I hadn't thought of. I guess I am used to just getting torrents of other disc images which utilizes the power of seeders and peers. Can't really use a torrent for the TPR DVDs though because once you do that there's no way to verify payment. Oh well... I guess I'll mail order some more soon then.
  8. Hi Robb, I like the new distribution option of $3.99 for an iPod version of the video, but I was thinking it would be cool to go one step further and offer the actual .iso DVD disk image itself for download. This way, us folk with DVD burners could download the .iso and burn it onto our own DVD-R or DVD+Rs and save the shipping costs. -Kevin
  9. Thanks for the contribution brilinjo! WFChris: Your expectations probably were a little too high, kind of depends what other IPAs you've had before it. It's definitely on the malty side but I think that's a nice change of pace sometimes. I personally like the 60 minute better than the 90.
  10. Yep, and if we're getting technical it looked to me like Breyers Vanilla.
  11. Onto the trip pictures we go. Really crazy how great everything worked out for this trip. Essentially, I had planned to visit my old college buddy Ray for a while in Arizona the next time the Sharks played the Coyotes in Phoenix. That happened to be St. Patrick's Day, so I decided I would go Saturday the 14th, and fly home Wednesday the 18th. About a week later Heath tells me he and Kim are going to be going out to San Diego that very week because she has a work function out there all week long. So I asked my buddy if he wanted to do the San Diego beer thing as he is all about the craft beer as well and we decided on Wednesday we'd drive out to San Diego and meet up with Heath and Kim, perfect! I ended up being gone from Saturday the 14th all the way until Sunday the 22nd, we even hit TPR's West Coast Bash but I didn't feel like dealing with having my camera in the park so we have no picture evidence except for one picture Justin took of us. Nice surprise to see Justin down there too as we had no idea he would be there. Also great to briefly meet Ted Cromwell as he is a craft beer lover himself! Anyway, enough talk, let's see some pictures! A picture of the bar and the taps as Heath writes his review. I forget what beer he got though! Sorry this post doesn't contain any hopface pictures of Kim! It's kind of funny that I had so much NorCal stuff in San Diego for the first time. But they just don't have it near me up there. This was Bear Repulics Apex IPA, outstanding stuff. So much stuff on I would have needed a wide angled lens to get it all in one picture. The tap boards look the same though. Interesting logo, it's all upscale like in here. And our last beer destination in San Diego would be the new Toronado! I also had a hop sausage. The plate didn't look so appealing, but it sure was tasty. The hop sausage also had black currants in it. I decided to try Airdale's Dark and Stormy IRS. I was a little dissapointed. They got the mouthfeel right but it just sort of had flavors that were too mellow and not so complex. Beef it up guys! A picture of their taplist. More stuff on than I expected. We went straight from there to Hamilton's. Alpine's Captain Stout. Pretty good stuff, really roasty, flavorful but not heavy. Followed that up with a new Russian River beer for me. Benediction. It's like a hoppy Dubbel and was outstanding. Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, this was almost as good as Pliny the Elder in my opinion. Even though I had it before, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have Russian River Sanctification again. It's too good. Still one of my top 5 beers and my #1 sour. Three lions are drinking three beers. Tap list picture. It was a special Russian River day. Friday we started early as well, at around 11am we went to O'briens, one of the better beer bars in the area. We had dinner at Coronado Brewing Company. Had to wait a while for a table on a thursday night but it was well worth it. Really good food and beer for a decent price. The San Diego skyline as seen from Coronado Island. They had some shops and a little beach by the pier. The pier. For dinner that night, Heath, Kim and I went to dinner over on Coronado Island. It's the upscale part of town and it's really beautiful. And Heath and I shared a Pizza Port Carlsbad Pizza. Artichoke hearts are fantastic. Heath and I got some Beer Buddies. These are fantastic, I'm craving some right now infact! I got a Revelations Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It was good, but nothing too special. Tap list picture for their beers. Cool looking inside and a really laid back vibe. After that we went to Pizza Port Carlsbad for lunch. And then a taster of Dorado Double IPA. Also great! Followed that up with a taster of Victory at Sea Imperial Coffee Porter. Wow, one of the best beers I have ever had. We started with a cask conditioned double dry hopped Sculpin, which was FANTASTIC! Here's a tap list picture, lots of yummy stuff on that I haven't had. The next day we went out beer hunting while Kim was at work. Ballast Point tap room at 11am for something special! As we were leaving I snapped a picture of the bar area. I really like the way the whole place is setup. So well thought out and executed. Heath and I couldn't pass on the Stone Smoked Porter float. Delicious! My awesome chicken dish. The food is a little pricy, I believe this cost $21, but it was really tasty! Overview shot of the view from our table. I wish I had walked around the gardens before it got dark on us. Such a beautiful place. The sample I had of Sublimely Self Righteous Ale was the best I had that night. Then after that we'd go out into the gardens and have dinner, here was the tap list. I didn't realize they had so many guest beers. I ordered the SuperCaliBelgolistic, which was good. The post tour line of 4oz Stone Pale Ale samples. We were able to ask questions and get as many refills as we liked for free at this point. Yum! I wore my Pliny shirt and he seemed to like that. He showed me where they keep their pliny in the cold storage. They distribute lots of good stuff out of this room to the greater San Diego area! That's a lot of kegs. A lot of kegs. The kegging machine. A quilt on the wall. We need pipes. Lots of pipes! Why hello there barrel aged test subjects. That's a big mash tun. The place was huge. Our tour guide, Ken Wright talks about the ingredients and lets us taste/smell the ingredients. He was a really good tour guide. Wednesday we drove to San Diego and met Heath and Kim at Stone for the private tour Kim had set up for work. Actually really tasty and a little underrated in my opinion, but I do like coffee beers a lot in general. Keep doing what you're doing Japan! Another something something I can never seem to find around here. Hitachino's Espresso Stout that we picked up at Sun Devil Liquors. At the Sharks game on St. Patty's Day. The Coyotes fans are so few and far between that there were almost as many Sharks fans in the arena... Sharks lost 4-3 after almost coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Good game. Apparently this place in the bad part of town is the best beer store in the greater Phoenix area. As you can see, it's called "Liquor". Okay, actually it's Sun Devil Liquors but this sign will have to do! Really awesome selection inside, good prices too. And I had a sandwich for lunch, this foccacia was FANTASTIC. Great food here, good service, great atmosphere, awesome interior, what a great place. I went with New Belgium's Biere De Mars, while Ray went with DFH Aprihop, he didn't like his so much while I liked the Biere de Mars quite a bit. This is what was on tap that day. Amazing tap selection indeed. Obligatory bar picture. I had no idea it was also a bottle shop, and a good one at that! You could even open a bottle and enjoy at the bar for a small fee. A monk welcomed us as we walked in. This place has all sorts of awesome decorations while still maintaining an orderly appearance. We hit Papago on St. Patrick's Day earlier in the day. It's the best brewery/beer bar in the entire area, located in Scottsdale, AZ. I haven't had many of this kind of beer and found it very interesting. Chocolate, Butterscotch, Caramel, and alcohol. A nice change of pace but not a very drinkable beer in my opinion. Then we'd enjoy an Old Chub, which I've also never had. That's Lauren, Ray's wife in the background. It's a pretty different winter warmer. Bready, Caramely, Chocolatey, no dark fruit flavors from what I could tell. Good stuff though. Ray bought a six pack of this a while ago and offered some up to me while I was there since I hadn't had it before. That's the stuff! Ray liked it also but still thinks Wipeout IPA is the best thing on earth. We followed that up with another real winner that he hadn't had yet, Hop 15. Always a winner, and he liked it a lot too. The first thing we did when we got there was made a BevMo run. They get pretty much all the San Diego stuff in the Arizona BevMos, lucky! Here's La Fin Du Monde, since Ray hadn't had too many Belgian styles and I thought he'd love it.
  12. FYI guys, I hate to bust the bubble but we were late entering the park after it opened for ERT and they took the Physics Day sign down off of the gate at like 9pm. Me and my buddy Ray skipped Solace in favor of an extra day at SFMM and it was actually saturday that was Physics Day. Funny enough we didn't see anyone for Physics Day on Saturday either inside the park though!
  13. Nice official photo update. Justin, can you post that pic up of Heath and I in here when we saw you and Ted at the X2 line entry? That would be most awesome, I think that's the only picture we were in all day cause we are ninjas, great beer drinking ninjas.
  14. Catching up on some bottled offerings before I make my trip picture post. Tastes quite fresh, lovely hop profile. How are people on BA saying this is underwhelming for them? Followed that extreme hop bomb up with another hoppy beer, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. Don't ask what's with the Eagles gear during the offseason, I just felt like representin'! Revisiting time. A great beer for the money. The complexity here was astounding. Pete, Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel, Smoke, Hints of Bourbon and even a little spice. Some suggestions of dark fruits to round everything out as the alcohol contributes just enough to the flavor profile. What an extraordinary beer. Beermakers take note, a blend of 90% non bourbon barrel aged and 10% bourbon barrel aged is the way to go! We also had a magnum of Anchor's Our Barrel Ale which apparently I was so happy about that I forgot to take a picture. Really great stuff as well. But for me the beer of the night was the other bottle I brought, Boulevard's Imperial Stout. I must say, it sure was fantastic, I was a skeptic as I thought 12 years was for sure too long. "bring" brought us a 12 year old magnum of Hair of the Dog's Fred. This beer was brewed when I was 13 years old. Somehow, it wasn't even oxidized in the slightest. One of the two I brought, Boulevard's Double Wide IPA. Actually tasted sort of oxidized, not really that good to be honest. Someone was good enough to bring a bottle of Dissident, which I thought I had missed out on. It was a very yummy sour. Look familiar Heath? It was good too! Rose and Crown had Blind Pig on tap this time, good stuff as always. I'm a little late as always but hadn't missed too much. Infact I got to finish off this bottle of Nosferatu, which I thought was really good. Rose and Crown, you know the drill. It's that time of the month again, my train ride to Palo Alto, finally sunny when I'm leaving due to the DST change. Not bad but in my opinion, pretty overrated. There's a cake batter flavor here that sort of overpowers everything else. Perhaps too many residual sugars went unfermented. I was pretty excited to try something from this little brewery I've been reading about. Ska Brewing, this is their best rated beer from their normal lineup. Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter. A really nice every day kind of porter with a lot of subtleties and soft complexities. MAC's Blackwatch Porter. And he has a new favorite beer. He just loved the coffee flavor in this badboy, same as me. I found a bottle of Peche Mortel at City Beer somehow. It was expensive, but I just had to share some with my Uncle. I think we may have opened his eyes to what beer can be, he loved it! Can you blame him? We had my uncle's friend try a Rasputin for the first time. I was let down by Pizza Port for the first time. Maybe I was a little overly excited coming in, but that's because all of their other beers are so great. I felt like this one had some chocolate, and alcohol, lots of alcohol flavor and finishes way hot. Over at the uncle's I tried to bring him some more Imperial Stouts to try since that's what he requested. Pizza Port's Santa's Little Helper. Another shockingly great beer. I'm on a roll! My favorite amber to date, amazing hop character here as well as a great malty backbone. Time for some Winter Yulesmith. Red and Green. (That means it's the Amber!) I must say, this beer sort of blew me away. I wasn't expecting it to be so great, but it was. All the great porter flavors were there along with almost a tart characteristic that was just fantastic. HaandBryggeriet's Nissefar. An American Porter made by a company in Norway. I loved it. Better than St. Bernardus Abt 12 in my opinion, not quite as good as Westy though but it can be mentioned in the same capacity. I'm finally trying one of the top quads I hadn't got around to yet, Pannepot Fisherman's Ale. This bottle is 2 years aged.
  15. My first TPR event, definitely won't be my last! Awesome event. The fire on X2 helped warm us up :] The hail was a nice bonus. Pretty stark contrast in the crowds from saturday to sunday even in the afternoon. Tatsu was like a walk-on at 3pm still even with X2 down. I wish I could have stayed for the Night ERT but I had to catch my flight back home since I've been off work for a week drinking beer in San Diego!
  16. ^ Hey Matt, you are a brave man adding up your beer expenditures, I don't wanna! I think I wouldn't be too mad at myself if it totalled $2,000 though. Actually, I bet that's what it's around. What did Abra think of that number?
  17. I suppose it's time I post my Montreal pictures. Is anyone else out there? And finally, back at home craving some non-fried food without a large helping of "Pommes Frites", some Fresh Atlantic Salmon, Red Potatoes, and Asparagus. Typical Californian enough for ya? The highlight beer here was easily the amber, which seemed to be hoppy yet well balanced and very flavorful when compared to the others. My awesome plate of food. Fig sauce on the chicken with cheese. Shrimp and rice, with some french fries to boot. The prices on food in Montreal were incredible, we never once had a bad meal and we were eating at regular old bars! From right to left: White, Blonde, Amber, Brown. When presented with a place like this, I always opt for the sampler. The obligatory beer menu picture. They had these weird beer cocktail things that no one ordered. A little peak inside. Pretty small scale setup here, and their capacity isn't big. Their malt bags were just piled up in the front as well next to their little brewing setup. The little display of malts/hops near the host stand before you're seated. We went to The 3 Brewers for dinner on Sunday night, which is a chain in the area. But wait, you didn't really think I would leave without getting a big glass of Peche Mortel Imperial Stout on Nitro did you? Honestly, a little milder than the bottled version, but the mouthfeel made up for that. Not sure if I like Nitro Tap or Bottled version better, too close. And an overview shot as we left. We got there when it opened at 3pm, and left at around 3:45pm. As you can see, 45 minutes after it opens on a Sunday, it's full. A picture of their tiny little brewing area that is quite crammed with fermentation vessels. They have these crazy winged things hanging up. Our bartender said Dieu Du Ciel means "God of the Sky" Miscellaneous pictures of bottles on the wall. Vaisseu Des Songes IPA, the last sample for me on the day. Really liked it, not that happy, sort of reminded me of Inversion IPA but with a belgian yeasty kick. I followed that up with a Rigor Mortis Double. Also quite nice but very different, not a typical double by any means. How about with a sample of their Deesse Nocturne on Nitro? Really nice stuff, quite roasty with a Irish Dry Stout like feel to it. Tap board. Wow, 16 beers on all brewed by Dieu Du Ciel. Where do I start? You know what they say, when in Montreal... By the way, the Canadiens fans were great, very nice to us our entire trip and I thought that was great. Some guy even bought all of us a Molson Export at the game at $10 CDN a pop. 46 shots on goal, their goaltender (Halak) was a beast. We had the highest seats in the entire centre, and we paid a small fortune for them. Still, good fun and a good game despite our 3-2 loss. We seemed to find some other like minded individuals, they also flew out for the game, and one of them was from Sunnyvale too! Awesome! Now in Bell Centre, we walked around and saw some of the history stuff they have in there. Nice arena. A sweet building on the walk to Bell Centre. It was pretty cold while we were there, like -5 celsius for the high was the average. Just as great as I remembered it. I also shared it with my dad and a few of his friends, they all thought it was fantastic. Followed that up with some Spaghetti and La Fin Du Monde from the bottle. As you can see, they had a lot of Unibroue. I went with Maudite on tap. Great stuff. Forgot to take a picture outside, but this was on Saturday when we were at Peel Bar on Peel Street not far from Bell Centre. Since we only get BCS out here, I decided to go with Matilda, which I liked quite a bit. Had no idea until afterwards that brett is used in this beer. Their relatively small selection... It's Goose Island in the O'hare Airport! And it was packed, infact I had to wait outside the place for someone to leave at the bar to grab a bar stool. What's that? It's a bird, it's a plane! We've landed it Chicago O'hare with a nice fat layover before taking off for Montreal. Let's take the conveyor belts across terminals then.
  18. Nice jokes guys hehe. I will definitely be in contact with you when the stout is ready Rick, it's been way too long since we've met up! I need to clear out some of the pictures of awesome beers I've been drinking at home before I can post my recent trip pictures... So consider this the pre-post and tomorrow I'll do the trip pictures. The result is an outstanding sour that took a while to grow on me. I have trouble sometimes with the balsamic vinegar flavor but once my palate adjusted, I really began to dig it. Dang sour! The next night I had a bottle that I picked up while at City Beer Store in SF. Russian River's Consecration. Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged 6 months in used cabernet sauvignon barrels with currants added. Also, Brett, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus is used in conjunction with Saccharomyces. After Bourbon County Stout two nights before I didn't know what to expect out of another one of these types of beers but I absolutely loved this one. Amazing Whisky flavors but the stout is still there in the background, coming through and creating a depth in the flavor profile that is unmatched. Another beer at home last week from the Omaha Beertopia shipment. BrewDog's Paradox Islay Imperial Stout aged in used Whiskey Barrels. This version was batch 009, which is aged in Ardbeg 1991 casks. I preferred Shakespeare slightly while he went the other way. We both agreed Rasputin is more in your face and perhaps also a better value. Of course my Uncle had to compare it against Rasputin, which is his new thing. It just doesn't get much better than this. All around, pound for pound one of the best in the world. He tried again the next night, buying a favorite of ours from the past. Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. I like the bourbon flavor but I never get much else out of the experience, one of the top rated beers that I just don't really "get". Bourbon County Stout was next, also extremely high ABV. Why doesn't he look first? I don't know. He didn't realize this was such a strong beer, and didn't like it much. I still like it but it's definitely hotter than eleven was. Starting out at the Uncle's last weekend he bought some Stouts at BevMo without really knowing what he was doing. Here's some He'Brew Jewbelation 12.
  19. I can't remember if I did either. It's an American Stout.
  20. As promised, here is the post with the event and a few beer bottling pictures. Sorry there is no picture of the outside/inside of City Beer, I sorta forgot and it was also raining pretty good outside and I didn't want my digicam getting wet. I'll go there again on a less hectic day and try to give you guys a better feel for the place. Sara with some of the now capped 12oz bottles in the background. Unfortunately, the FG was 1.02, higher than I wanted it to be. This leaves the ABV at 4.95%, when I was shooting for 6.0% We tried a sample out of the hydrometer tube and it tasted good, so I think all is okay. Can anyone think of a good name? We had a nice assembly line going with the four of us. Mike rinsing the bubbles out of the bottles before hand, Sara passing the bottles to J.T., who filled them, and me capping them and handing them back to Sara to put back in the box. Good work team! I had some friends over today to help me bottle, and it went a lot smoother this way with the extra help. The siphon to the bottling bucket has been started! Pretty good stuff, but I think it might be better without the raisin addition personally. Mark picked out a bottle for us to open and share to end the day. Lost Abbey's Judgement Day. He surprisingly hadn't had this yet. Now at city beer afterwards picking up some bottles and having a couple beers as well... This is Russian River's Valentine's Day Release. Rejection Ale. A Belgian Black Ale. At 6.0%, it's got good flavor and is very enjoyable. Nice dark fruits and some chocolate/roastyness followed by earth. We tried around 16 different Barleywines, splitting them amongst our group. My favorite was the one seen above, Lost Abbey Angel's Share. However this is the Brandy Barrel Aged version. Quite amazing. My chicken cherry grilled sausage with sweet peppers and grilled onions. It was great! But before I own my liver with some Barleywines, it might be a smart idea to fill my stomach with some tasty sausage from next door at Rosamunde's. Well, it's because of the annual Barleywine Festival during SF Strong Beer Month of course! I know it's quite hard to read the beer names. But you can find a list of some of them here: http://www.toronado.com/events.htm#229 A picture of the pathetic tap board. What happened to Toronado, this thing is usually filled! Second time coming here, first was when Derek, Heath & Kim were visiting. Actually didn't rain too bad on us getting there. So the South Bay BA guys I've been meeting up with recently planned to go to the city yesterday. And we're at Toronado.
  21. Beertopia ships out directly now. I assume you go to that store regularly? Some pics from Crescent Moon once in a while would be greatly appreciated!
  22. Time to catch up on some more photos. Just going to post the bottles of stuff I've been drinking lately as well as a trip to BJ's. I have a special post coming soon with an event I hit recently that I will post along with pictures of the bottling day on my Stout coming up here pretty soon. And I hope you can tell by my facial expression here that it received a good score. An A+ (4.6) Finished up last night with a St. Bernardus Abt 12. Reviewed it on BA for the first time also. Is all this Pliny making you guys jealous yet? =P Last night I finished off my last Pliny from the Whole Foods run. That head looks enticing doesn't it? Proper glassware would have been nice, but at least we served it at the right temperature. For some reason, I liked it a little more this time than last. My uncle agreed with me on that. Terriffic. And then we'd open the first Abyss I've had since the one Justin gave me last season. I have 3 more bottles left. All about the grapefruit and raw bitterness in this one, but also an amazing malt backbone. Split a Deschutes Inversion IPA on Friday night. I forgot how in love I am with this beer. It's very sweet, and has lots of boozy alcohol character with an earthy finish. It does finish pretty hot but I can't get enough. Later that night on Thursday I had a North Coast Old Stock Ale I've been aging from 2007. Overview shot from our seat. I totally forgot to take a picture of the chicken dish I got but it was fantastic. Their food rocks. I'm sort of willing to look past that though because their beers are actually quite good. This is their PM Porter on Nitro, very sessionable and nice flavor profile. The fake grain silo of doom. The fact that they have all this fake equipment everywhere to make it look like they brew on site bothers many people, including me. Finally back at BJ's in Cupertino on Thursday night after a long hiatus. I was actually thinking my expectation might be too high, setting myself up for dissapointment. However, when I smelled the beer I immediately knew this would not be the case. It's an AMAZING porter. The thing that sets it apart from most is the dry roasty flavors that counter balance the chocolate and coffee. Tuesday would bring another beer from the shipment, Arcadia's London Porter. Highly rated and I love porters so I was understandably excited going in. People seem to have a lot of mixed opinions about Boulder's hoppy beers but I love them. Yes, they are grainy and it's a little rough around the edges, but I don't mind that at all. The hop flavor is pretty ridiculously awesome, with a good balance of the usual hop flavors, very vibrant. On Monday I'd have some Mojo Risin' DIPA from Boulder. Also from the Omaha beer shipment. It's been a little while since our last one and I must say, this stuff is still tremendous. Huge pine and grapefruit with a malty alcohol note that sits well. It was a burn night, so we enjoyed a nice fireside sipper, Moylan's Hopsickle Triple IPA. I'll miss you Jubelale, please sell out of this stuff now Bevmo so we can actually get some Buzzsaw Brown this year... Perhaps our last Jubelales of the season. A really well done beer by Russian River, but it's just not that exciting compared to all of the other crazy stuff they make. Still very enjoyable and a nice way to start the night. And now some Damnation the next night from the recent Whole Foods shopping trip. While the Rasputin was no slacker, we definitely agreed that Yeti was much better overall. It's smoother, more velvety, and more complex. The uncle wanted to see how it held up to Rasputin since we were surprised at how much Rasputin blew Ryan Sullivan's away. Drrr... Dat dere is some good stuff! I'm really happy with this Imperial Stout. All of the flavors I am looking for, and my uncle loves it too, he has declared it his favorite beer. Ooooh Great Divide made a sexy new Yeti label. This beer can only mean one thing, my shipment from Omaha has arrived. The chocolatey flavors paired really nice with the chips. Awesome. Starting out at the Uncle's last weekend. We'd finish off the sixer of Black Butte Porter, paired with Honey Mustard Dirty Chips.
  23. ^ FWIW, I was saying I agreed with the holy crap this is hoppy part, not the potential drain pour part. Personally, I do prefer my barley wines to not be so hoppy though, but if one is over the top hoppy I still like it. Anchor Old Foghorn is probably my favorite and that's pretty dang sweet.
  24. ^ Haha, same thing i said when i had it, I've got two mellowing out from last year though, will probably try one soon. Have you had BigFoot? Similar experience.
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