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Happy Friday again, beer fans! Happier Friday even than usual, because this one is the kickoff to SF Beer Week. There are more great beer events near me than ever before, and the next few days will be hard on both my liver and my wallet.

I'm especially looking forward to a couple of sour beer events, an IPA event and a Stone Brewing event billed as offering 28 taps. Pliny the Younger has already been tapped at a few favored locations; I'll make some effort to get one but I won't wait in line over an hour again.

Any FNBB readers in the San Jose vicinity, shoot me a kosmail and maybe we can hoist one.

In other beer news, a story from where beer is a luxury:  Digging up the buried beer at Hotel Timbuktu.

My fridge contains several single beers left over from the Super Bowl party. I know there's one Guinness and one Celebration, I finished the Trumer Pils. 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 Feb 08, 2013 at 06:45:06 PM PST

  •  Guinness: it's not for breakfast anymore /nt (4+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:48:29 PM PST

  •  Nothing yet (1+ / 0-)
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    Probably drink a homebrew or two later.

  •  More humulone news (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, greengemini

    with a comment from me. Gizmag  articles usually don't get many comments, but it seems mine are usually the last word (or people don't respond in the hope that I'll shut up).
    I finally got #666 brewed. The Bock of Re-evaluation has been consigned to the Ark of the Yeast. I'll be able to type better when this cat gets off my lap.
    Drinking a Galaxy IPA.

    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 Feb 08, 2013 at 06:59:56 PM PST

    •  hi Grainpaw (1+ / 0-)
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      I do like that name.
      I am SO glad that my cat doesn't try to get in my lap while I'm at the desk.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:06:53 PM PST

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      •  For a minute there, it was two cats, (1+ / 0-)
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        and I couldn't even see the laptop screen. But thankfully, there was no cat-astrophe. As in the old B. Kliban cartoon, I need one of those new G.E. transparent cats.
        I originally meant to do 666 on Halloween, but I had to do 665 first, and then Hurricane Sandy threatened to flood my shop and derailed both brews. and a week later I hurt my back. I did 665, the Rye Pale Ale, on Dec. 23, then when I realized Super Bowl Sunday was coming, felt that I had to brew to show that I had something better to do than watch a ball game. I had wanted to do 666 as a 10 gallon all-grain, but that wasn't feasible due to weather, etc., so it became a 5 gallon partial mash. Once that was decided, a heavy rainstorm again threatened to flood the shop (thunderstorms in January is just plain wrong) and the day after brewing my wife ended up in the hospital and had a heart catheterization, and will be getting a defibrillator installed on Monday. This has been one tough brew to accomplish.
        It is a combination of the grain bills for Belgian Dark Strong Ale and Doppelbock, but with a moderate amount of Chinook and Cascade, and a pack of Safale US-05 (the standard West Coast ale yeast), which has been fermenting well at 62 down to 56 degrees. I'll copy the recipe for you once I get it entered into BrewSmith. The wort was quite yummy and luscious. O.G. 1.085.

        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 Feb 08, 2013 at 08:06:03 PM PST

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        •  Love that US-05! (1+ / 0-)
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          The basement's where most of my storage space is for fermentation, and here in Ohio in the winter, the basement floor's down around 60 degrees F.  Doesn't faze the US-05; toss a batch in there and a day or two later I have great airlock activity.  Other yeasts really want to be upstairs -- which is a pain in the neck.

          Just got 4 lbs of grain crushed at the LHBS today, gonna brew up a partial-mash "Hop Bomber" later.  26 batches in and I've never really gone big on the hops -- it's definitely time.

          All the children of your children's children, do you ever think what they're going to find? Make tomorrow, today...

          by willy mugobeer on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:11:53 AM PST

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  •  Tomorrow, for sure (1+ / 0-)
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    I just found out that my local craft brewery just got listed by ratebeer as the best new brewer in Arizona. Dragoon Brewing Co. has limited hours, and theirs and mine don't always match, but I will be making a real effort to get there tomorrow.

  •  Mactarnahan's Inkblot Baltic Porter (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, bsegel

    Paired with fresh smoked Chinook salmon and roasted, spiced brussels sprouts and a green salad.

    The Inkblot is thick, smokey, sweet malt with more than a hint of dark chocolate and lightly hopped that is apparant at the finish, which is exceptionally smooth with no alcohol bite.

    The Mactarnahan history is interesting in that Mac was a principal in the old Portland Brewing Company, one of the early Portland micros.  In the early/mid 1990's Portland Brewing was caught up in the massive expansion of the small breweries and got into serious financial trouble because of it.  Bleeding cash, the company hit upon the idea of selling shares, in lots of 100 at $6 per share, to the general public.  The "dividend" was "1 pint per day" to shareholders, redeemable at one of the 2 brewpubs.  Sadly, especially for shareholders close to the pubs, the ploy failed after about 8 years if I recall correctly, and Portland Brewing entered into bankruptcy.  Mactarnahan bought the remainder of the company, renamed it "Mactarnahans", and brought it from bankruptcy as a smaller and wiser brewery.  Another Portland brewery (Northwest) attempted the same ploy, with similar results.

  •  Evening (1+ / 0-)
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    No beer for me tonight, I'm going to a brew fest tomorrow and figure I should take a night off.

  •  Gin tonight (1+ / 0-)
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    Hendrick's with Fentimans Tonic

    I missed out on the opportunity to try beer brewed with charred beef hearts recently when the local tap house had a keg of  it.

    Captain BeefHeart

    The beer started with a malty copper colored base, then added Turkish bay leaf, long pepper, and sixty pounds of charred beef hearts to the kettle boil. Rounding it all out was a fermentation carried out by a soft-finishing Scottish ale yeast. The beer drinks with pleasant aromatics from the spices and has a light minerality accentuated by the pound of salt also thrown in the kettle. 5.85% ABV
    •  Recc'ed for Captain Beefheart (0+ / 0-)

      reference.  He and his band lived next door to my high school English teacher.  They were cited by name and thanked for putting up with him and the band on one o fthe albums (1970-1 or so).

      And Frank Zappa, and Lowell George.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:35:17 AM PST

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  •  Sour Sunday! At Jupiter and Triple Rock (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not drinking tonight, but Sunday is Sour Sunday! at Jupiter and Triple Rock in Berkeley and I fully intend to be at one of those two places.

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