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Well here we are again. Happy Friday to all of you.

San Francisco radio personality "Scoop" Nisker liked to end his news spots with the tagline "If you don't like the news ... go out and make some of your own."

It seems like a fine motto to apply to beer. I think I'll finally be brewing this weekend, after months of nothing but store beer.

Tonight I've got Franziskaner hefeweizen, and some Mission Street IPA. I think they've tweaked the Mission St. recipe and added more hops. What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:45:05 PM PDT

  •  Michelob (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    freerad, Ian S, jwinIL14

    Would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy

    I will vote for Obama, and every Democrat I can vote for, in 2012.

    by Food Gas Lodging on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:48:10 PM PDT

  •  That would be Lone Star (2+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14, ruleoflaw

    here in west Texas. Cheap, not too sweet and hard to find.

    •  hi (1+ / 0-)
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      freerad

      Lone Star is hard to find in Texas?

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:59:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I travel all over the state and (0+ / 0-)

        Lone Star is not that popular.  The nearest outlet orders it special for me and a couple of others. It's strange but I know the places to stop for the 12 oz cans all around the state. Also I might mention the long neck bottles are easier to find but not all that popular either so my advice is don't buy them because they are old and retain no pressure and the caps will be rusted.

        •  interesting (2+ / 0-)
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          OkieByAccident, fb

          i was speaking to a visitor from Texas about beer recently. We both hate Shiner Bock.

          "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

          by esquimaux on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:52:59 PM PDT

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          •  Texas (0+ / 0-)

            Produces some great beer. Jester King, Freetail, 512, Live Oak, Real Ale. Even St Armold sometimes.

            But not Shiner. And the worst beer I ever had was Pearl lager.

            Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

            by OkieByAccident on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:27:10 PM PDT

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            •  OMG. Me too. (0+ / 0-)

              I had a meeting once at the Houston Airport. I ordered a Shiner Bock, just because. Then immediately ordered a Guinness---had to wash the taste (or lack there-of) out of my mouth.

          •  Shiner is a product of (0+ / 0-)

            Edward Bernays (father of PR).  The original Spoetzl brewery
            started in the early 20 century brewed some pretty good beer. They stayed afloat selling near beer during prohibition and after never gained much market presence (the big boys moved in with more knowledge of Edward than the locals.

             Attending college in Houston during early/mid 60's, we used to drink a  lot of it (organic and very cheap). The caveat was a trip to Shiner or one of the nearby small towns where it was available.

            The 'Bock ' was only available Feb thru Mar. Maybe someone can elaborate, the rumor was they were cleaning the vats.
            When the brewery was bought in the early 90's, they brewed
            only 'Shiner Bock' and furiously marketed it in college and university towns and the rest is history of how a not very good beer can become well known.

  •  Heven't tried the Mission Street in awhile... (4+ / 0-)
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    psilocynic, jwinIL14, fb, jbob

    I like hoppy flavor so will have to try it again. Been buying all my beer at Total Wine as they have cheap 24 pks of SN pale ale. Also best price on Torpedo 12 pks. Drinking an Alaskan IPA right now as it was a good price too. Last weekend I thought I'd try some Widmer Nelson Imperial IPA. It's pretty decent but I wonder if anyone could recommend an Imperial IPA that is an exemplar of that category for comparison.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:54:18 PM PDT

  •  Cheers all! (4+ / 0-)
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    psilocynic, freerad, mickT, jwinIL14

    brand new local brewery, Anthem, who are specializing in open fermentation. Had a Flanders red at a private party a couple weeks ago and at their official launch tonight had their Golden One farmhouse ale, very tasty.

    Followed by a Left Hand Smoke Jumper smoked porter.

    Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:59:34 PM PDT

  •  Allies Win the War. (1+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14

    Best IPA in the world.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:00:06 PM PDT

  •  Home brew for me! The ESB is ready. (2+ / 0-)
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    mickT, jwinIL14

    Didn't turn out too bad despite having to substitute a few items in the recipe. A little thin, but certainly drinkable.

    Happy brewing this weekend. What's it going to be.

  •  The nearest (2+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14, akeitz

    legal beer is 20+ miles so I tend to 'stock up' as they say, and limit my 'brewing' to transubstantiation and purification of the excess fruit that falls from neighbors trees with a yield of
    ~ 4.5 L/yr. Although I prefer beer, it is a struggle for me because of the daily temperature swings.

  •  Cream Ale was one of the original hybrid styles, (3+ / 0-)
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    freerad, mickT, jwinIL14

    an ale done at cooler temperatures, developed by ale brewers in the late Nineteenth Century to compete with the growing flood of lagers from German immigrant brewers. It could also be thought of as a session beer. Maybe it's more of an east coast style; I haven't heard of any from the west. The same grain bill, mainly 6-row malt and some form of corn, if done with an American Lager yeast, is known as Classic American Pilsener (CAP), and the ale version is Classic American Cream Ale (CACA), which some would probably say is an apt acronym. Anyway, it makes a fine hot weather drink when you want a lot of something cold and reasonably tasty that won't leave you wasted before dark. And my wife is a fresh air fiend who curses air conditioning. If that means more beer and ginger ale, so be it.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:33:40 PM PDT

    •  hi Grainpaw (1+ / 0-)
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      Grainpaw

      not a style I like much personally, I'll brew bitter or English brown ale for session beers. I was drinking last weekend at a local microbrewery where "CACA" was their best selling style, and there was a flavor in the malt profile that I just hated. And all his beers had that same flavor.

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:01:18 PM PDT

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      •  If all the beers had it, (0+ / 0-)

        maybe it was the house yeast strain, or a resident infection in some piece of equipment that isn't getting sanitized well enough, or beer lines due for a cleaning.

        The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

        by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:13:45 PM PDT

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    •  Educate me; I thought any beer with "cream" in the (0+ / 0-)

      name used lactose. I'm lactose intolerant now (grrrrrrr), so I avoid these like the plague.

      Are cream ales not necessarily lactose-inclusive? (for lack of better words?)

      •  Lactose is mainly used in Milk Stout. (0+ / 0-)

        It's a non-fermentable (by beer yeasts) sugar that is about half as sweet as regular sugar. It could be used in any beer where a touch of sweetness is wanted, but that is most often done with grain malts. The "cream" is just a flavor or texture descriptor in this case. Look at all the "dog" beers that contain no dog. Names are more often just names than ingredient lists.

        The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

        by Grainpaw on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 06:06:46 AM PDT

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  •  Probably not a self-portrait .... (prolly) (0+ / 0-)

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:58:26 PM PDT

  •  Yeungling (2+ / 0-)
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    akeitz, kissfan

    The nectar of the gods.

  •  Refermented beer. (0+ / 0-)

    Back in the late 80's I took over running the Oktoberfest beer contest from the ladies in the Art Center, who approached the idea about the same as they would a quilt contest. I tried to follow the current styles and procedure of the American Homebrewers Association.
    One year I bought four quarts each of some popular beers (popular with me when I was out of homebrew, anyway, and a bunch of other people were buying them, too) like Strohs, Falls City, Old German, and something else. I put the beers in gallon jugs with fresh yeast and priming sugar as if they were finished homebrews ready to bottle, and then bottled them once they had been bubbling enough to show the yeast was working (one or two days, probably). I put these beers in the Standard American Lager category along with about ten actual homebrew entries, and let them be judged by amateur judges who had at least received some coaching and style descriptions from me, and who had presumably drunk a lot of these beers on their own, as craft beer and imports were rarely seen in West Virginia in those days. One of my ringers scored in first place, and the other three were in the last three places. Unfortunately I don't remember which was which, and the notes on that are probably long gone. The homebrews were still awarded their proper places, but it was an interesting exercise for the judges.

    About four years ago, I used this same concept on about 10 gallons of Icehouse left over from one of the political dinners my wife helped with. I had no say in the choice, and the audience wouldn't have appreciated anything better anyway. Also, there was other wine and booze there. So, what to do with the aerated leftovers? I boiled up some hops with some DME and put it in a couple primaries to work off the oxygen and get some better flavor. But when it was kegged, it was still a sucky beer. I couldn't help it overcome its origins. But it was cheap, and, hating to waste anything, I eventually drank it.
    Tonight I'm having The Last Edme Red Ale, the Red Ale with a jolt of Ginger Ale, as the Red Ale is rather heavy for hot weather, and the Galaxy IPA.
    As ye brew, so shall ye drink.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:19:17 PM PDT

  •  Of beer an enthusiast has said (0+ / 0-)

    that it could never be bad, but that some brands might be better than others.

                  A.A. Milne (1882-1956)

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:32:04 PM PDT

  •  Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat (0+ / 0-)

    I had a lousy work day, so I invited TechSpouse to join me for a coal-fired pizza at Black Sheep in St Paul. I asked for the beer list and decided to take a chance on a heavier sounding beer than I would normally drink in warm weather, and was pleasantly surprised enough to have 3.

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