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Hi beer fans! Stop in and share a cold one with us.

It was great meeting bsegel last week, and not just because he brought me an extremely generous gift of fine San Diego brews. I spent a very pleasant evening with him and his friends TexDem and VeloVixen.  

One of the training sessions I attended at NN was What are you doing on my site? Google Analytics for Tracking and Optimization, which is of great relevance to me in my business as a web designer.  

It's also of great relevance to my favorite "news of the weird" item of this week. The webmaster at Pornhub noticed something interesting in their stats: Boston turns to porn after Game 6 loss in Stanley Cup Final.

In beer news:
 - World travelers can get help from an iPhone app: Beer, please: App teaches travelers important phrase
 - this mobile cooler can take your guests a cold brew and you don't have to get up!

I just popped one of Bob's gifts, Kismet IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co. I don't think anyone could sell lousy IPA in San Diego County; this is another bitter and hoppy West Coast monster.

What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 06:45:31 PM PDT

  •  Tecate. I am in beautiful Mexico. I just had (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, greengemini

    some carnitas from a street vendor, and I am just sitting down to open up a can of Tecate.

    Saludos

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 06:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Moa pale ale (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, greengemini

    Being a Kiwi in California, and seeing it on the shelf I had to sample one. I do like the flavor! I think the soil imparts flavor to the hops, as well as the water. That hop flavor really reminds me of New Zealand beer, though I drink very little any more.

  •  Out of homebrew on tap. (2+ / 0-)
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    ranger995, greengemini

    Will rack the ten gallons of low-gravity Saison Saturday, and probably put one on tap to be conditioning. Drinking peach moonshine on the rocks with my draft ginger ale. Refreshing in hot weather if you don't get carried away. One of the few perks of being a shop owner is that people will bring you samples of their work, a beginning brew or wines from fruit or kits, but entire quarts of shine are actually worth good money.That "reality" show Moonshiners really brought the distillers out of the woodwork. I'm dealing with a whole new kind of ignorance and residual Prohibition bulldookey. People hear that they need malt, but have no idea what that is. At least I can explain grain mashing to them, from years of ten gallon all-grain brews. If I were going to distill, I'd try to make something as close to scotch as I could get, and also some bourbon. I'm good at squirrelling things away for years. But not until a steady brew supply is assured.
    After all my dithering and measuring and imagining connections and pieces and staring at catalogs and websites to refurbish and upgrade my old ten-gallon all-grain system, my brew buddy is giving me custody of our keggle stand and going back mostly to kitchen brewing. Luckily I hadn't bought any parts yet. All I need now is an outdoor shelter and a doorway through concrete block into the deep end of the crawl space, and to cobble up a stand for a sink.

    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 Jun 28, 2013 at 07:16:38 PM PDT

  •  Hoptrocution (2+ / 0-)
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    ranger995, greengemini

    from Apocalypse Brew Works, Louisville, KY.  10% ABV and 170 IBUs. Like biting into a fresh ripe pineapple with a little mango on the side, and with a smoothness that's positively dangerous -- you could drink this by the glass before you notice you're totally blitzed.  Shares a lot of characteristics with a good German Auslese and in fact functions as an admirable dessert beer!  (To my surprise it complemented a berry cobbler despite the unorthodox mixture of tropical fruit notes with cool-climate berries.)

    If you're ever in the lower Midwest, this is definitely worth a major detour.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:23:22 PM PDT

    •  ¿Dessert beer? Never heard of that before. (1+ / 0-)
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      corvo

      I am not a fan of fruity beers, but I must admit my experience is limited to Blue Moon, which I hate, and a Big Muddy Brewing Company's pumpkin beer. I didn't like that very much either.

      "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

      by ranger995 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:25:34 PM PDT

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      •  This is the beer version of transubstantiation: (2+ / 0-)
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        ranger995, Grainpaw

        Cram in enough hops, and the resulting alcohol level wipes out the bitterness, leaving a creaminess that hints at anything from grapefruit to pineapple.  The pine resin notes retreat discreetly into a subordinating role.

        And of course there isn't even a hint of actual fruit in the beer.  It's the blend of hops and the alcohol that create the fruit notes.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:28:09 PM PDT

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      •  dessert beer (1+ / 0-)
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        ranger995

        doesn't need to mean fruity or even sweet. Any stout or porter will have some chocolatey notes that will set off desserts very well.

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

        by esquimaux on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:31:50 PM PDT

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        •  Very true, but as someone (0+ / 0-)

          who doesn't care for stouts or porters, I can't speak from personal experience there.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 03:45:54 AM PDT

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    •  hi corvo (0+ / 0-)

      subtlety isn't one of their goals, I can tell. 170IBU.

      FWIW, I've read that the bitterness scale stops making sense past about 100; you can calculate higher numbers but can't necessarily taste them.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:00:04 PM PDT

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      •  This is also true. That's why I left bitterness (0+ / 0-)

        out of my writeup--there was none there.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 03:46:31 AM PDT

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  •  NN14 (1+ / 0-)
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    ranger995

    The beer guys are going to LOVE Michigan!

    It would have been so cool to hang and drink beer with you guys in SJ. Maybe next year.

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

    by OkieByAccident on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:59:16 PM PDT

    •  hi OBA (2+ / 0-)
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      ranger995, OkieByAccident

      so there's beer in Detroit?

      would have loved to have met more FNBB people, but San Jose is not high on most people's list of places to go.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:33:57 PM PDT

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      •  Detroit (1+ / 0-)
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        greengemini

        I don't know about good bars downtown specifically, but there is a LOT of great beer brewed in Michigan that doesn't distribute far, much less out to CA. Most beer folks know Bells and Founders, but breweries like Shorts, Dark Horse, and Kuhnhenn make some excellent beers. For some reason MI is a hotbed of meaderies too.

        OK, with a bit of research, Grand Trunk Pub is a few blocks from the Cobo Center and has a decent selection, heavy on MI beers.

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

        by OkieByAccident on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:21:24 PM PDT

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  •  I always seem to catch this on Saturday morning (1+ / 0-)
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    greengemini

    Anyway, last night was the Pride Beer Dabbler event in Minneapolis. Or, as I like to call it, the Trifecta of Awesomeness: Beers, Queers, and local food trucks. They recruit 25 local breweries to pair beer with items from 25 local food trucks, and use the event to kickoff Pride Weekend. A total blast. I had beers from Lift Bridge, Big Wood, Indeed, and the Herkimer, plus a really nice sour ale from somebody I don't remember.

    In other news, I'm hopefully about to start looking at spaces for Four Elements. We got our first swag items in: shirts, hats, glasses. I also registered for a Craft Beer Startup class in September, in Bend OR, co-taught by folks from Ninkasi. Kinda exciting.

  •  Hey there (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry I missed the fun Friday night. I was at a dinner party that started at 4:30.

    Glad you're likening the beer. Mother Earth has been getting better & better since they opened a few years ago.

    Cheers.

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