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Hi again beer lovers, and happy Friday! I've barely recovered from the long weekend and here it is Friday again.

Here are some beer statistics to discuss: Beer consumption by state (pdf). California is the leading beer producing state, but despite the best efforts of myself, bsegel and nearly everyone I know, remains near the bottom in per capita consumption. North Dakota, of all places, is the leader, and I'd bet that nearly all of that 45.8 gallons per person is industrial lager.

This Friday is the homebrew club so I won't be responding until late. I'll drink what they bring to share. What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, tom 47, Grainpaw, Mostel26

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:45:10 PM PDT

  •  44th? We are lagging. (1+ / 0-)
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    We are number one in making the beer but 44th in drinking it? That's just sad, we have work to do.

    And to that end I am finishing up a local brew, specifically I'm drinking a Coronado Brewing Co, Sock Knocker Imp. IPA. This is a specialty IPA, not one they normally brew. It's not even listed on their website (just a graphic of it on the front page). It's excellent, if you see it in your area pick up a bottle.

    I understand Coronado recently signed a deal to expand their distribution to more states, hopefully it'll be coming to your state soon because they make excellent beers across the board.

    Had a Hungry Bear Turkey sub with my beer tonight, great sandwiches.

    So what is everyone else drinking tonight?

  •  Homebrew Northwest IPA (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, greengemini, Mostel26

    Dinner was a dry salame, avocado, fresh tomato and basil, boursin garlic cheese, mustard and fresh ground pepper sandwich on toasted sourdough.  Washed down with my own brew.

    In the fermenters I have an Oktoberfest (trying to think ahead), and a sorghum- gluten free- honey-lemon-thyme-Citra-hopped IPA.  Only been there 5 days so far.

    Anyone want to persuade me one way or the other about second fermentation?  Especially with the sorghum beer?  I have come down on the side of not worth the bother unless it's something realy complicated, or really dark/long slow fermentation, and needs to get rid of the yeast pillow to get some clarity.  Otherwise, I and all my friends who drink what I make like it and have no complaints.  Open to suggestions that don't require too much effort or additional equipment.

    BTW, I highly suggest anyone try making a sorghum brew, especially in a citrus or IPa or summer type ale.  Very refreshing, and rather addicting.  Easy, and forgiving of experimentation.

    Anyone else?

    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 Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 07:04:14 PM PDT

  •  Clearly at this time of the evening, (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Mostel26

    especially those of you on the west coast, you are all out imbibing, not blogging.


    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 Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 07:06:13 PM PDT

  •  Drinking homebrewed Galaxy IPA (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, greengemini, Mostel26

    courtesy of my brewpal John, and my low-gravity Saison, which is simple to make and gratifyingly palatable, when I am low on brew and it's hard to make anything else at 85 degrees. Mrs. Grainpaw doesn't like air conditioning. Note that the humidity is about 85% to go with that, and thunderstorms about 3/4 of the days in the last month. I'm happy that Saison recipes have so much flexibility. I could make almost any of my favorites and throw the Brewferm Belle Saison yeast in it and end up with something I like to drink.
    Consumption in WV is also likely 95% industrial lager.

    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 12, 2013 at 07:18:38 PM PDT

  •  Some of you may enjoy this: (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, Mostel26

    Our very own Kosack, CleverNickName, AKA actor Wil Wheaton, teamed up with Greg Koch CEO of Stone Brewery and founder Drew Curtis to brew a very unique and special beer.

    It comes out this Monday, I'm looking forward to trying it.

  •  Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Mostel26

    Citrus scent, hoppy, summery flavor.
    My favorite IPA-style beverage.

    Here's an old tune to wet the whistle to:

    Rowdy-dow-do in the morning!

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 08:57:36 PM PDT

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