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Happy Friday again everyone! Come have a beer!

Beer Week is bigger and better than ever and I'm enjoying it very much.

Here's something I'd never heard anyone say until last night:

"Give me the sourest beer you have".
Original Gravity had 13 sour ales, from Germany, Belgium, Italy and Norway as well as California. They actually update that web page every time they change a keg; it shows what's on tap NOW!

FNBBers who will be attending NN13 in San Jose should bookmark Original Gravity; it's about 4 blocks from the Convention Center and seems to be downtown SJ's best beer site.

Wednesday Harry's Hofbrau was taken over by Stone Brewing, with over 25 taps and a visit by the head brewer Mitch Steele. I now have an autographed copy of his book about IPA. They had 5 people behind the bar where there are usually 2 and still there were hour-long lines.

My favorite beer week find is the very sour "Funky Bunch" from Palo Alto Brewing, barrel aged 2 years. They're nearby and I'm hoping that will be available again.

Tonight I've got some Murphy's Stout, and some Firestone Union Jack IPA. What are you drinking?

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  •  Another wine night (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jwinIL14, jjhalpin, OkieByAccident

    I am completely out of beer and forgot to stop and get some on the way home. Fortunately I have a well stocked wine cellar, drinking an '06 Ricochet Syrah.

    Had a great time at last weeks Brewbies Fest. I will scan and post the list of beers in a few minutes.

  •  Sourdough beer bread pretty awesome too. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jjhalpin, Grainpaw, bsegel

    recipe    ( gotta love how they just say 'beer' )

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:05:28 PM PST

  •  Bar in town just tapped a keg of Pliny the Elder (4+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14, jjhalpin, illinifan17, bsegel

    Might go for that.

  •  Boddington's and a couple Tecates... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jwinIL14, jjhalpin, bsegel, greengemini

    ...all in cans so I can recycle.

  •  Beer is able to be so various, I never thought I (5+ / 0-)

    would see all that when I started with Miller High Life many decades ago in Milwaukee.  A friend of my family was one of the models for the 'girl sitting on the moon' on the label and I thought it was the elexir or the Gods.  Now I have tried so many beers that is is beyond belief.  They are all the elexirs of the Gods.  By the way is there a God of Beer?  Or a Goddess of Beer?

  •  Brewbies (3+ / 0-)
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    jjhalpin, Grainpaw, cooper888

    A great fundraiser for breast cancer research. All of these breweries donated the beer, making special beer for just this occasion in many cases. All profits went to the charity.

    •  nice! (1+ / 0-)
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      bsegel

      several on that list I'd like to try, and that's just the weird pink ones.
      one of the north bay brewers does a similar breast cancer event also, maybe next month.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:22:31 PM PST

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      •  In all there (0+ / 0-)

        were 19 pink ones. A bunch were brewed just for this event. The 6 oz pours were actually a bit too much, didn't leave room to try more beers. This fest isn't the typical brew fest where everyone shares, lots of people are not brew fest regulars.

        The gender ratio is at least 50/50 if not leaning a bit to the female side for this one, which isn't normal for most fests. But is very nice, a more causal atmosphere.

  •  I had a couple of Long Trail Ales earlier... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bsegel

    ....but now I'm enjoying a Redbreast Irish Whisky!

    Jim

  •  The foament you've been waiting for (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jjhalpin, bsegel

    BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
    Recipe: Bock of Re-evaluations 1.1 #666
    Brewer: Tod
    Asst Brewer:
    Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
    TYPE: Partial Mash
    Taste: (30.0)

    Recipe Specifications
    --------------------------
    Boil Size: 6.48 gal
    Post Boil Volume: 5.73 gal
    Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal  
    Bottling Volume: 4.78 gal
    Estimated OG: 1.085 SG
    Estimated Color: 24.2 SRM
    Estimated IBU: 47.6 IBUs
    Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
    Est Mash Efficiency: 93.7 %
    Boil Time: 60 Minutes

    Ingredients:
    ------------
    Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU        
    2 lbs 4.0 oz          Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         1        18.4 %        
    8.0 oz                Caramel 135-165 (150.0 SRM)              Grain         2        4.1 %        
    8.0 oz                Caramunich Malt (Cara 45) (45.0 SRM)     Grain         3        4.1 %        
    8.0 oz                Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)               Grain         4        4.1 %        
    8.0 oz                Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)            Grain         5        4.1 %        
    8.0 oz                Special B Malt (180.0 SRM)               Grain         6        4.1 %        
    8.0 oz                Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)                  Grain         7        4.1 %        
    6 lbs                 Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM)        Dry Extract   8        49.0 %        
    1 lbs                 Candi Syrup Amber 80 SRM (80.0 SRM)      Extract       9        8.2 %        
    1.00 oz               Chinook [5.29 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           10       14.9 IBUs    
    1.00 oz               Chinook [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           11       31.0 IBUs    
    0.50 oz               Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min          Hop           12       1.8 IBUs      
    0.72 oz               Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop           13       0.0 IBUs      
    1.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         14       -            

    Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
    Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 4.0 oz
    ----------------------------
    Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time    
    Mash In           Add 6.56 qt of water at 168.2 F         156.0 F       45 min        

    Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.23gal, 3.24gal) of 168.0 F water
    Notes:
    ------

    Created with BeerSmith 2 - http://www.beersmith.com

    Actual OG was 1.085.
    If I were to do it as an all-grain, the base malts would be about 75% Munich malt, about 25% Pilsner malt, as in Doppelbock. The other malts come from Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The hops are from a West Coast IPA. It is due to be transfered to a carboy this weekend, but I don't know if that will happen or not. Another example of the Homebrewing Uncertainty Principle.

    Drinking a Galaxy IPA with a dash of homemade ginger ale.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 15, 2013 at 07:26:25 PM PST

    •  Fermented in primary (1+ / 0-)
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      bsegel

      at 62 to 56 degrees with US-05. We'll have to see what the weather is in the spare room during the secondary.

      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 15, 2013 at 07:39:37 PM PST

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    •  hi Grainpaw (1+ / 0-)
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      bsegel

      you've made up a style there, really. No judge would agree that it was a Belgian, with those hops and an American yeast.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:15:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I had to pick a style to work with (0+ / 0-)

        on the design tab in BeerSmith, as there doesn't seem to be a freestyle selection. I'm not calling it a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's a What If? experiment conjured up for the occasion of my brew #666. I couldn't do just something ordinary for that.
        Whatever it is, it will be strong, dark, luscious, and hoppy (maybe like one of those French lop-eared rabbits), and it's the world's best example of its kind. I only regret that the weather will be hot by the time it is at its peak condition, and that it wasn't a ten gallon all-grain batch. But it's just a starting point. The next one will be better. That's it, i could put a bunny in the next one for an Easter beer, maybe a chocolate bunny. But probably not this year.

        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 Feb 16, 2013 at 05:35:01 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Samuel Adams Alpine Spring. (3+ / 0-)
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    jjhalpin, bsegel, greengemini

    Tasty.  I'm going to keep drinking it as long as my local convenience store has it cheap. :)

  •  session lager stubbie (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel
  •  Good evening! Rolling Rock here! (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    ...Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall.
    Blog hard, community harder!

    by cooper888 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:07:24 PM PST

  •  Friday Night Beer (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    Mrs PG and I stopped by the Blind Tiger Brewpub in Topeka, KS. We tried their Chocolate Milk Stout, Kolsch, Raw (unfiltered) Wheat, Zwickel Maibock and a couple others. The crowd cheered for every pour of their More Cowbell Stout.

    If only the state's politics were as good as the beers from Lawrence' Free Sate Brewery and Topeka's Blind Tiger.

  •  Cheers all! (0+ / 0-)

    That's quite an IPA lineup at Original Gravity! Palate Wrecker is aptly named. We just got our first beers from Green Flash in Okla this month, we're very happy about that. We're expecting Palate Wrecker and Rayon Vert in April.

    Earlier tonight at dinner, Boulevard Rye-on-Rye (brown rye ale aged in rye whiskey barrels), and a classic: St Bernardus ABT 12.

    A couple in our local beer group are heading to Colorado next week to catch Pliny the Younger. I'm jealous!

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:24:55 PM PST

  •  Since I can't drink beer I never come in here (0+ / 0-)

    I just wanted to note I am never able to read your title in the recents correctly. ;)

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:25:31 PM PST

  •  Still drinking my homebrew. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Grainpaw

    Tonight, one British IPA and one White House Honey Porter.  I bottled the latter on election night and am down to my last six-pack.

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

    by illinifan17 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:36:51 PM PST

  •  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for me tonight... (0+ / 0-)

    For once, I could actually afford it!

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 10:15:20 PM PST

  •  I've been working through a Shiner FM966 (0+ / 0-)

    farmhouse ale six-pack the last two weeks (don't drink much).
    It's pretty good stuff, spicy, citrusy, like triple-hopped.
    Damn, good beer, but a fucked up Flash*-heavy main website there, Shiner.

    *Lot of us old bitslingers consider Macromedia/Adobe Flash a virus, and do not allow it to run.

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans!!. . Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

    by Bluefin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:45:17 AM PST

  •  Good night last night, beer wise (0+ / 0-)

    I had a Jolly Pumpkin sour (good); a Steel Toe Dissent (good); and a Grand Cru (taste buds are still rejoicing).

  •  Have been drinking my gluten-free pale ale (0+ / 0-)

    (with a bit of honey and lemon) - - great for the spring, if it'll ever get here!  If i run out,there's some Oktoberfest and my porter.  And I think I still have some pear-apple cider from last summer hanging around.  Need warmer weather to drink that (after planting vegetables in the garden, for example).

    Have a batch of West Coast-style pale in the fermenter right now.  Helped a friend brew up a batch of Scottish ale a couple of weeks ago, with some added honey and a touch of brown sugar (should have a good healthy gravity).

    Prosit!

    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 Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:06:53 AM PST

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