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Hi again beer lovers! Hope it's been a good week where you are. Happy Friday.

Tonight I have some more of my beer decorations to show.


I like these flat bottles, these are done by a place in SF called "California Bottles". Or maybe they're in SF; that link goes to "Key West Bottles". Did they move to Florida, or out of Florida? People, keep your web sites updated! These would be better displayed indoors; you can see that the Anchor Steam label has been faded by the sun.

Swing-top bottles are definitely cooler looking than the capped style; oversize swing-tops with funny names even more so. When I found this at BevMo they had an advertising blurb saying the name was "a tribute to the strong pack animals of the American West."



I've got some Sam Adams, and some Hop Stoopid. What are you drinking? Is anyone brewing this weekend?

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:45:07 PM PDT

  •  may I add (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, illinifan17, HeyMikey

    that the new dKos image uploader is the shit. No more Photobucket.

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:53:44 PM PDT

  •  Not brewing or drinking (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, illinifan17, ruleoflaw

    but this looks like the place to ask this question: What canned beer freezes without bursting? We know about Heineken but are there any others? For a week long river trip....thanks in advance!

  •  Hi all (5+ / 0-)

    And happy Friday to you all.

    Headed over to Stone after school, started with a Ommegang Belgian-Style Pale Ale, which is not exactly what I had ordered but I drank it anyway. New beertender and she's cute, I'll give her a break. ;)

    Next up was a Pliny, followed by a Stone Smoked Porter off Cask that one of the bar managers poured for me. Then I had a Ballast Point Sculpin before turning to water for the rest of the afternoon.

    I started out in the garden:

    But it was hot so I headed inside, and ran into some friends:

  •  The flat bottles are interesting...collected a few (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, illinifan17, ruleoflaw

    growlers from some favorite breweries.  Wonder if they could flatten a growler?  some WI micro-brews going w/ the can.  Can't tell much of a difference in taste.  New Glarus Fat Squirrel nut brown ale tonight. In a bottle...

    I'm just wasting a great big Corporation and the entire fund. The girders of Wall Street And the temples of money. And the high priests Of the expense account. And Im wasting the whole thing. J. Strummer

    by bongojazz on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 07:13:51 PM PDT

  •  Homebrew update (3+ / 0-)
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    Still drinking my first batch, a porter, that has been in the bottles for 26 days.  It is definitely getting better.  I bottled batch #2 two days ago, a pale ale - can't wait.

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

    by illinifan17 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 07:28:09 PM PDT

  •  makes me think of my grandfathers stubby and quart (4+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17, bsegel, ruleoflaw, HeyMikey

    bottles from an early memory of about 6 years old.   The bottles were probably as old as my mother. I don't have the bottles but that is ok because I have his capper.

    •  stubbies (2+ / 0-)
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      Shuksan Tahoma, bsegel

      do any American brewers still use those?

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:28:34 PM PDT

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      •  full sail sessions lager yes indeed they do (1+ / 0-)
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        bsegel
        Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It's flavorful, refreshing, and has a touch of that import-style taste. (Which, once upon a time, you didn't have to buy an "import" to get.) Oh, and it comes in a stubby, 11-oz bottle like your grandpa used to buy. So after your next session (surf, jam, gab, whatever), crack open a Session and drink to the good old new days.

        Named World's Best Premium Lager at the World Beer Awards and winner of a slew of other shiny trophies, Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbeque.
        ABV 5.1% IBU 18

        http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/...

        Honestly I found the quote AFTER you asked the question and AFTER I wrote about my grandfather.

        But then, my grandfather didn't buy beer, why would he do that?  He brewed beer.

  •  You learn something new every day (3+ / 0-)
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    Here's an item I found in a Swanson Health Products catalog. This appears in the Joint Health section, which also has things like Glucosamine-Chondroitin, Turmeric Phytosome, Chicken Collagen, and Eggshell Membrane.

    perluxan Alpha Acid Complex from Hops
    A state-of-the-art standardized hops extract that concentrates the levels of alpha acids to soothe bodily tissues and provide natural comfort when you need it most.
    500 mg  Hops Cones Extract (standardized to %30 alpha and iso-alpha acids) per capsule.
    Suggested use 1 capsule 2 times daily. 60 caps $10.99

    This might be handy if you couldn't get your IPA fix for the day. I prefer my natural comfort extracted in a barley juice tincture.
    I just killed the Kentucky Common Ale and started on an American IPA shared by my friend who has our 10 gallon brew system and has been using it on his own because he wants to brew at 4:30 in the morning and finish by 11:00 so he can close the garage door (in the basement) and keep his house cool in this heatwave. I'd be doing well to get there by 11:00.

    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 Jul 20, 2012 at 07:51:40 PM PDT

    •  I'm with you (2+ / 0-)
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      I'll take my hops in liquid form thank you very much.

    •  never heard of that either (1+ / 0-)
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      bsegel

      the only "medicinal" use of hops I'm aware of is the one we know and love.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:25:55 PM PDT

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      •  really? try 'hops medicinal benefits' on th google (2+ / 0-)
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        Grainpaw, bsegel

        y'all knew hops and cannabis are first cousins, right?  

        •  Without studying those links (1+ / 0-)
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          I can relate that if you smoke a high alpha hop cone you get a light buzz for a few minutes. I haven't tried that in the last 20 years. The older you get, the more time you spend trying to get back to normal instead of away from it.
          Here's an interesting bit on hop properties:
          http://www.hopsdirect.com/...

          Hops Direct used to sell mixed leaf hops really cheap. I think this was what came out during a change of varieties in the processing machinery. I bought a few pounds once to make a couple hop pillows, which are supposed to promote sleep (I worked night shift for ten years, and never fully recovered). This could be mixed with other sleeping herbs. Perhaps some hop growers still sell a cheap mix. You could always make an IPA, and however hoppy, it will be good.

          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 Jul 20, 2012 at 09:40:57 PM PDT

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          •  I think it is safe to say that beer causes fewer (0+ / 0-)

            cavities than any sugary drink.
            In an issue of Zymurgy from 2011, there was an article with recipes for 5 or 6 Belgian beers. One was a 2% or so table beer developed as a trial beer for schoolchildren, on the theory that it was healthier than anything else they would normally drink. I'd  think a reasonable dose of hops instead of sugar would help to reduce some hyperactivity, also.

            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 Jul 20, 2012 at 10:05:18 PM PDT

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  •  Cheers all! (3+ / 0-)
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    we're doing a tasting tonight that is part of a big circular group trade on Beer Advocate. Gonna be really fucked up when the night's over! A few of the beers.

    Alchemist Heady Topper DIPA
    Firestone- Walker Wookie Jack, Parabola, Sucaba
    Weyerbacher Blashpemy, Riserva, Insanity
    Russian River Consecration
    Bruery White Oak, Smoking Wood
    Lost Abbey Red Poppy
    Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Black, Kolsch
    Cigar City Marshal Zhukov Imp Stout
    Midnight Sun Arctic Devil Barleywine

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:14:41 PM PDT

  •  Old beer news (2+ / 0-)
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    The London beer flood of Oct. 17, 1814
    Where are the historical re-enactments of this when you need them?

    http://badassdigest.com/...

    http://www.h2g2.com/...

    http://www.brewsnews.com.au/...

    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 Jul 20, 2012 at 08:24:22 PM PDT

  •  It is my design to die in the brew-house; (3+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, Shuksan Tahoma, bsegel

    let ale be placed to my mouth when I am expiring, that when the choirs of angels come, they may say, "Be God propitious to this drinker."

                    Saint Columbanus, A.D. 612

    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 Jul 20, 2012 at 08:42:22 PM PDT

  •  Yuengling Black & Tan. (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    The best cheap beer I've found. Cheap enough to simmer the ground beef in for tacos. Good enough to drink with the tacos. Squeezed some fresh lime into the beer--what the hell. Mmmmmmm.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 08:49:54 PM PDT

  •  About to refrigerate pear-flavored cider (0+ / 0-)

    and bottled the Vienna Lager-honey-Oktoberfest-ish last week.

    BUT, I am going to visit relatives near Portland, and go to the Oregon Brew Fest next weekend!  There are 88 + brewers, each with one of their beers.  Not just Oregon, but from all over: Red Tail (CA), Red Rock (SLC), St. Arnold (Houston TX), and another 77 +!  $ to get in and a mug, then tokens at a buck each.  1 token gets a 3 oz. sample, and four gets you a 14 oz. fill-up.  Pus food, music, and amusements.  Looking forward to it.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:16:20 PM PDT

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