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Hi again beer lovers! Happy Friday!

Anyone got any beer news this week?

Me either.

I had one Fuller's ESB and now I've got Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. What are you drinking? Is anyone brewing this weekend?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:45:04 PM PDT

  •  rarely drink beer (when it happens, it's Guinness) (4+ / 0-)

    but used a can of Genesee to cook a chicken vertically this week

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:50:34 PM PDT

  •  Rum n Coke Here (5+ / 0-)

    not that that I have anything against beer :).

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:51:27 PM PDT

  •  I am drinking a glass of my third homebrew (5+ / 0-)

    batch - an amber ale.  I think each batch has gotten a little better.  I have a cream ale in the fermenter right now.  For #5 I will probably circle back to the porter I started with and see if I can improve it.

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

    by illinifan17 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:57:29 PM PDT

  •  Hello (5+ / 0-)

    Started at Stone after work, had an Enjoy By IPA. Very tasty if you can find one.

    Then I headed over to Lost Abby/Port Brewing for a Mango IPA and a Red Oven Pizza.

    Home now watching the Chargers look awful against the Vikings, even though they are winning.

  •  Further developments in the White House ale case. (5+ / 0-)

    http://mashable.com/...
    http://www.inquisitr.com/...
    The link to the petition in this story is not working for me.
    Of course, any homebrewer could substitute a couple pounds of honey for a couple or three pounds of malt in a recipe and come up with a reasonable honey beer, but it wouldn't be the exact same recipe as the president's, and even with the recipe, the honey would never be an exact match. In any event the potion does not appear to confer any magical powers.
    Drinking maple brown ale and cream ale from my brew buddy. He brewed my Kentucky Common Ale recipe Tuesday, and I have 5 gallons of that in the primary. I am somewhat embarrassed to not be brewing myself, but the conditions are not very good right now. Soon I hope to get back in gear. Regardless of whether I am drinking, I feel better when I am brewing - more like myself. I find the process is therapeutic for me.

    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 Aug 24, 2012 at 06:58:09 PM PDT

  •  Cheers all! (3+ / 0-)
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    drinking a 2011 Mad Elf from Tröegs brewing in PA. Their holiday ale, 11% brewed with honey and cherries. It's sweet when fresh and acquires tartness over time. Ms Okie thought she might like it (she loves krieks) but it was too bitter for her so I'm forced to drink it myself. :)

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:16:28 PM PDT

  •  No beer tonight. Doing the local mt. bike race (2+ / 0-)
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    in the a.m.  But i'll have a few Saturday.  Hats off to New Belgium Brewing for sponsoring and covering the Pro Bicycle Challenge in Colorado.  Pro teams from all over the world (along w/ the best US riders) are eviscerating the roads in Colorado!

    New Belgium Brewing

    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 Aug 24, 2012 at 07:20:02 PM PDT

  •  I asked a beer-brewing theologian friend (2+ / 0-)
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    what beers he would brew to express various theologians.  This is what he came up with:

    Karl Barth: an English mild, for two reasons. 1. It's a session beer, and he loved to hang out in bars and talk shop. 2. He was a socialist who spent a lot of time preaching in prisons, and English mild was the pint of choice for the working class. Plus he was Swiss and very much not German, so I'd want to stay away from an overtly German style.

    Paul Tillich: a bourbon barrel aged strong ale. I have it from an impeccable source (my friend Clark Williamson, who was one of Tillich's last grad assistants at the University of Chicago) that Tillich preferred to drink Jack Daniels when he wrote.

    Rudolf Bultmann: a super-hoppy north German pilsner. He was born in Niedersachsen up by the coast, where they brew very bitter pilsners. And it sort of matches his theology - bitter and off-putting for some, a refreshing and exhilarating reminder of what is possible for others.

    James Cone: a millet beer! It's the most traditional style of beer brewed in Africa and was never co-opted by European brewers. I think he would like that.

    Rosemary Radford Ruether: an organic, locally sourced hefeweizen. It's one of the most natural and wholesome beer styles and it always reminds me of spring and new life.

    John Caputo: a soured French saison brewed with salt and rose hips. There's no such style per se, but the ingredients and the style are all ancient and can be combined into something surprising and original, which fits the theme of deconstruction pretty well. The salt represents the prevalence of weeping in his writing and the rose hips represent hope and joy.

    So, which one would you order up?

    If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

    by dirkster42 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:25:19 PM PDT

    •  If I could share could share a pint of my homebrew (2+ / 0-)
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      tonight, it would be with Gerhard von Rad.  My amber ale tastes like traditionsgeschichte.

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

      by illinifan17 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:35:20 PM PDT

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    •  what an interesting discussion (2+ / 0-)
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      thanks dirkster42.

      I'll drink with Barth (not just because he's the only one on the list I've heard of). English mild is a favorite style of  mine, so is hefeweizen.

      bourbon barrel aged strong beers are the current favorite among my homebrew club; a bunch of guys just bought 5-gallon barrels from a distillery.

      your saison idea is damn creative and actually sounds good.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:57:53 PM PDT

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      •  My friend's idea - credit where credit's due. (1+ / 0-)
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        he used to hang out here sometimes (much more on Street Prophets), under the handle "Mahanoy."  Did a great series critiquing Dominionism.

        If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

        by dirkster42 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:34:16 PM PDT

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    •  Ask your friend for his opinion (1+ / 0-)
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      on beer and the Bible. We have so many fundamentalists twisting and squirming to make the Bible fit their views on anything, especially if it disturbs them and they want God to make us sit in a corner. Just this morning my wife was arguing online with someone who posted a video from someone claiming that the Bible fully supports the extermination of Muslims, because, after all, the antichrist is Muslim. No doubt the same sort of Christians who are anxiously awaiting and promoting Armageddon, because that has to happen before Christ comes back, according to the prophecies. Along with her own counterpoints, she posted this Calvin and Hobbes strip at my suggestion, which I thought was a good illustration of the contrived fantasy worlds some of those people live in, which mean nothing in real life, yet they want us to conform to their imaginary world, because  (their interpretation of) the Bible says so. www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes  for Aug. 24, 2012. You might have to use the little calendar or back arrow to get to the right date.
      Here are some links to show what fuss some people put into something that shouldn't be such an issue. The first three guys are reasonably sensible.
      http://www.dannyjbixby.com/...
      We’re Not Drunk, It’s Way Too Early!  about halfway down.
      http://www.civitatedei.com/...
      http://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/...
      http://www.gotquestions.org/...
      http://biblicalresearch.gc.adventist.org/...

      If I'm going to hell just for drinking beer, I'm sure it will be a smoky redneck bar with only Bud Light, and caterwauling on the jukebox. It will also serve as the redneck heaven at the same time, thus conserving resources.

      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 Aug 24, 2012 at 08:25:46 PM PDT

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      •  In the Gospel of John, (1+ / 0-)
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        Jesus' first miracle is turning a fuckload of water into wine.  I think we're good.

        Oh, and then there was the priest who thought Hannah was drunk when she was pouring her distress into prayer (1 Samuel 1), except she was just sad, not drunk.

        Eh - if someone is talking about exterminating a group of people, they need to go back to Jonah and read it carefully.  I seem to remember something about "loving your enemies," too.

        In any case, here's a review of the Catholic Gregory Baum's book on the Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan.

        If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

        by dirkster42 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:42:48 PM PDT

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        •  Hm, link is BAD. (0+ / 0-)

          If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

          by dirkster42 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:59:54 PM PDT

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        •  But the funnymentalist says, (2+ / 0-)
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          "Oh,no! That wahn thet Jeesus made, it din't have no alkyhol in it, it wuz pure!" And so on. Which gets tangled up in 2,000 years of mistranslations from Greek, Hebrew, and whatever, and your basic Babble College brainwashing. On one of the websites I listed, or perhaps another that turns up when you Google "Biblical beer", someone went to great lengths and convolutions to prove, in a more scholarly fashion, that the wine Jesus made was not alcoholic. I swear, if one of those people took a dislike to Argyle socks, they would comb the Bible for months and somehow establish that God agreed with them. Did Jesus wear socks? There's your proof right there. If God wanted us to wear Argyle socks He would have given us plaid sheep.
          As I sometimes say in my homebrew supply shop, Jesus was a winemaker, but He took shortcuts. The rest of us do it the hard way.

          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 Aug 24, 2012 at 09:12:59 PM PDT

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  •  Homebrew and Art (2+ / 0-)
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    "Willard arrived shortly before I packed up and left for the East; we had a convivial few weeks, and as a parting gesture, I left him a five-gallon jug of beer that I did not feel qualified to transport across the nation. It still had a week or so to go in the jug, then another few weeks of aging in quart bottles, after which it would have had a flavor to rival the nectar of the gods. Willard's only task was to bottle it and leave it alone until it was ready to drink.

    Unfortunately, his thirst threw a heavy shadow on the schedule. He was living on a hill overlooking the southern section of the city, and among his neighbors were several others of the breed, mad drinkers and men of strange arts. Shortly after my departure he entertained one of these gentlemen, who, like my man Willard, was long on art and energy, but very short of funds.

    The question of drink arose, as it will in the world of art, but the presence of poverty cast a black light on the scene. There was, however, this five-gallon jug of raw, unaged home brew in the kitchen. Of course, it was a crude drink and might produce beastly and undesireable effects, but ... well ...

    The rest is history. After drinking half the jug, the two artists laid hands on several gallons of blue paint and proceeded to refinish the front of the house Willard was living in. The landlord, who lived across the street, witnessed this horror and called the police. They arrived to find the front of the house looking like a Jackson Pollock canvas, and the sidewalk rapidly disappearing under a layer of sensual crimson. At this point, something of an argument ensued, but Willard is 6 feet 4, and 230 pounds, and he prevailed. For a while ..."

    From The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson

    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 Aug 24, 2012 at 07:31:36 PM PDT

  •  Left Hand Oktoberfest (1+ / 0-)
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    dirkster42

    A new ESB recipe is in the bottles. Got about two or three weeks left before it's ready, though. Hate the waiting.

  •  We seem to have a local homebrew movement (1+ / 0-)
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    Last year at the ag fair I and one other person took some initiative and entered our home brews.  This year I did it again and my wife, who checked in the entries, tells me that there was fifteen entries!  Makes me wonder how the tasting is going to turn out :^)

    The ones I entered were just what I had on hand, a red and a basic summer beer as I call it--just one type of pale malt and one type of hops.  

    I did brew today, my usual IPA with just a bit of chocolate malt.  I call it ABC, for Arrogant Bastard Clone.  

    I'm starting to think it's time to form a local brew club.  

    Cool, hey?

    How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

    by pdknz on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:06:23 PM PDT

  •  New microbrewery in Minneapolis (1+ / 0-)
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    Indeed Brewing just opened. Had two of their Summerfest Ales, plus a 750 mL to take home. The first parts for my Brutus are starting to arrive. Have spoken to a welder, so frame should happen soon. With a little luck, I'll be brewing again by the new year. Also, picked and dried my Willamette hops, and am gearing up for cider pressing next weekend. Finally, there's around 20 gallons of meads and pyments finishing up their primaries right about now.

  •  Sorry I wasn't in last night (0+ / 0-)

    I had my usual, a stout.

    Tonight I'm sampling the Sam Adams Summer brews, since I'm running very short on homebrew.

    I wish I wasn't so short on cash, I really want to make my own. But that means a long drive to the brew shop I feel comfortable in (seriously, the closer one makes me feel like I have to hurry, it's get your stuff and get out, and I'm still new to the game), and that's something I can't afford. If there was one in town, it would be different.

    Get 10% off with KATALOGUE2012 at my shop, or go to the Kos Katalogue!

    by LoreleiHI on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 04:12:45 PM PDT

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