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Hi again beer lovers! Happy Friday!

In my occasional series showing off my beer decorations, here are some of the steins.

In the summertime, Germans love to drink their beer outside. This resulted in the invention of mugs with lids, to prevent entry of falling leaves and inquisitive insects. But most of us use these heavy clumsy things only for decoration.

I have a couple I bought in Munich, which you'll see some other time. These 3 are some of the gifts I've received from a beer-drinking buddy, and were made for and sold by Anheuser-Busch (made somewhere cheaper than USA, needless to say).

 

This is titled "The Mirror of Truth", and some kind of Greek goddess is discovering Budweiser. She should try again.

I guess these guys are supposed to be brewery workers.

A lot of people think the wolf's head is kind of creepy.

What are you drinking? What are you drinking it out of?

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 06:45:06 PM PDT

  •  It's my last Friday night with only store-bought (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, bronte17, jjhalpin, bsegel

    beer.  My first batch of homebrew has been in the bottles for 5 days.  I plan to chill and drink my first bottle on July 4.  I brewed a porter first.  For now, I have Nashville's own Blackstone's American Pale Ale.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 06:52:11 PM PDT

  •  It's been a Sierra Nevada day (3+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17, bronte17, jjhalpin

    I started with 2 Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA's with lunch then cracked open a SN Southern Harvest when I got home.

    I have a Stein collection too. Most are packed up right now though. I've got one on my dresser at home, I'll try to remember to take a picture and post it when I get home (I'm at my son's karate demo team practice right now).

  •  nice vessels mine was (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, bronte17, jjhalpin, bsegel

    a Stoli day, unfortunately

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 06:57:40 PM PDT

  •  Drinking a nasty IPA and a frosty cold Michelob (2+ / 0-)
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    jjhalpin, bsegel

    would be better. It was 109 today and I worked outside. Hot and tired and a cold-busting beer is necessary to cool down.

    Lenny's would be best, but I've been told Lenny's has packed up and moved back to NY.

    Anyway, I bought a box of old beer steins with pewter lids a couple weeks ago at an auction. One is a Swiss stein with a music box in the bottom of it. The others are German and one is marked "Officer's Club" or something (US military).


    In my honor he pulled out old forgotten dignity and walked straight in a crooked world. ~~poetry of young Barack Obama

    by bronte17 on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 07:47:37 PM PDT

  •  Drinking my first all-grain homebrew.... (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    I'm drinking the first bottle of my first attempt at all-grain homebrew, a Kolsch.

    I decided to try the Brew-in-a-Bag technique as a way to move up from extract brewing, to all-grain.

    The beer has been in the bottle for 12 days.  

    It came out pretty good for a first attempt.  I was shooting for something like Harpoon Summer Beer.  It came out a wee bit heavier, but good none the less...

    I have an American Wheat Ale in the fermenter now, for my second attempt.

    Slainte!

    •  My new beer is lucky too... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I've seen the Red Sox hit 4 home runs in 2 innings since I opened the bottle!

      Jim  :-)

    •  I don't know about (0+ / 0-)

      this "brew in a bag", please inform me. Kolsch is a great style for a session ale.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:23:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Brew in a Bag (0+ / 0-)

        Check out www.biabrewer.info for details.

        In a nutshell, i used a 10 gallon steamer pot, with a perferated basket, that fits inside, for steaming lobsters.

        Line the basket with a very fine mesh fabric bag. Heat 8+gallons of water to 170 degrees. Turn off heat. Add malted grains, mash at 155 for 90 minutes.  Pull the basket, let the wort absorbed by the grain to drain out of the bag into the kettle. Squeeze the bag, set aside.

        Then boil just as you would an extract kit...

        A little more complex than that, but that's the procedure in a nutshell.

        Jim

  •  Stein (1+ / 0-)
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    jjhalpin

    Here is the one stein I have that is not packed away someplace.

  •  MNRG beer glass (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, jjhalpin

    Not sure what I'm going to put in it yet. Cider, perhaps.

  •  Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (0+ / 0-)

    esquimaux, a good friend of mine who lives in Scott's Valley up by you just got done redesigning the Half Moon Bay Brewery's website. Check it out when you have the time:

    http://hmbbrewingco.com

  •  good evening FNBB! (0+ / 0-)

    It's been awhile since I've popped in, but I had to let you all know about some of the beers I enjoyed at our recent craft brew fest here in Medford, Oregon.

    The one that really stuck in my mind afterward was the deep dark rich offering from New Belgium:
    Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole

    Cocoa, malt, and definitely a spicy kick that did indeed linger on my lips! I wouldn't drink this all the time but as a special treat it is pretty nice. My only complaint is that at times it seemed the heat overwhelmed the flavor. But then again, I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to chiles.

    The other one that I would drink readily when in the mood for a dark beer is Stone Brewing's Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. Unfortunately they did not offer the smoked version with chipotle at the festival or I would have tried that too. But this was rich, dark and creamy. The vanilla was balanced well and not overly sweet. Loved the smokiness.

    And I was so grateful to see a tent from a cider vendor! (my sweetie rarely drinks beer and anything too "hoppy" he absolutely hates so you can imagine there was not much at this festival that he liked).
    Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
    offered both their Anthem Cider (pretty traditional cider made from WA & OR apples) and the intriguing Anthem Hop which is a dry hopped cider with Cascade hops. I could barely detect the hops but it was good.

    Hope you all are having a fantastic Friday evening!
    Cheers!

  •  Wolf head stein (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    is splendid, though may be a bit awkward in actual use!
    Probably a great conversational ice-breaker.

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