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Any beer news from where you are? Anyone brewing this weekend?

Weekly Pint offers a list of great beer stores, although if you live anywhere near one of these you probably already know about it. I've been to three of them and those are all truly special places (City Beer Store in SF, Beer Revolution in Oakland, and Belmont Station in Portland OR, which was years ahead of its time). I'll bet the one in San Diego is the place bsegel has posted pictures of, with a walk-in cooler bigger than some stores.

I don't plan on heading to City Beer or Beer Revolution tonight, but I may have to visit the nearby House of Overpriced Beer for something exotic like Flanders Red.
Tomorrow I'm getting some of the very best kind of beer: Free! One of my bands will be playing at a nearby brewpub. Hope they like us.

What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 06:45:10 PM PDT

  •  Good evening (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, jwinIL14

    I'll have to go check out the list and see if I know the store or not.

    I've just finished a Coronado Idiot IPA and am now sipping on an AleSmith Nut Brown.

    •  hi Bob (1+ / 0-)
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      before visiting the overpriced beer store I visited the overpriced beer bar and indulged my Flanders Red urge (Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge).

      Now I've got Widmer's "Marionberry Hibiscus Gose". Pleasant and rather odd.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:13:13 PM PDT

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  •  Spotted Cows beware ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:01:06 PM PDT

  •  Another Funny (1+ / 0-)
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    You'll need to click through to be able to read it:

  •  Watching Bill Maher And Having (1+ / 0-)
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    a nice porter. Black Butte Porter. Not great but alas in my little town that I can get anything that isn't a Budweiser (I am outside of St. Louis) is a victory in and of itself.

  •  checked out the bottle shop list (0+ / 0-)

    So the San Diego shop listed is down town, in the north part of the city.

    There are so many great places with huge selections of beer in this area now it's crazy.

    The one listed on WP is Bottle Craft, I haven't been to their shop but I am on their mailing list. I'll get by there at some point when I'm down in that area.

    •  I'm lucky (1+ / 0-)
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      The local Safeway has an excellent selection of microbrews, and some are somewhat esoteric (Lagunitas, 10 Barrel, Ninkasi, Rogue, etc.)  Plus, they have a weekly rotating sale that features one or two of the breweries (Big Sky, Deschutes, Widmer, Full Sail, etc.) with 12 packs selling for less than $13.  My wife picked up a 24 (!) of Widmer Hefe last week for under $20!!!!!  BARGAIN!!!

      Tonights brew is a 22 oz. of Pyramid Thunderhead IPA (on sale for $1.99--another bargain).  Maybe I'll chase it with a 12 oz. Deschutes River Ale, after all, it is Friday.

  •  Beer Lately (1+ / 0-)
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    Boulevard 80 Acre
    New Albion Ale
    Cathedral Square Hail Mary Belgian Style IPA

  •  Drinking a blonde ale (1+ / 0-)
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    From a local brewer: Big Time Brewery.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:49:21 PM PDT

  •  Had sauvignon blanc with a salad with chicken (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Grainpaw, Simplify

    but will bottle my Oktoberfest tomorrow.

    The gluten-free sorghum-honey-lemon pale ale is STILL bubbling a little after 19 days. On the bathroom counter in Texas in July! I'll just let it go until it's ready to quit.

    I decided against racking after first fermentation...drink yer sludge, dammit, it's good for you! Full of Vitamin B compounds! Actually, previous efforts have been reasonably clear, especially after priming, a couple of weeks in the bottle at room temp., then some time in the fridge to settle out. And even if I don't drink the first one for another month, there's plenty of hot weather leftmthisnsummer, which goes until early October here.

    Ugh! Bottle cleaning and "sanitizing" tomorrow. But I get to have a beer while I bottle.


    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 19, 2013 at 07:55:20 PM PDT

    •  I'm no fan (4+ / 0-)
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      of sludge, personally. I even rack to secondary for hefeweizen where sludge is to style. Though I'm not as extreme as one guy from the homebrew club who filters his beer (obviously he's kegging not bottling).

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 08:22:48 PM PDT

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      •  My only filter is the hop sock (0+ / 0-)

        I have attached it to the exit end of the tube when racking to another container for bottling.  It catches the big pieces, but doesn't really do much for clarity. Time, patince and gravity are my friends.

        I still say it all drinks just fine.


        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 Jul 20, 2013 at 03:27:01 AM PDT

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  •  Drinking homebrewed Galaxy IPA and (1+ / 0-)
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    my low-gravity Saison (1.030 to 1.034).
    I kegged the second 10 gallons of Saison Thursday, on day 12, to get it conditioning for when the current kegs run out. Even though the grain bill and hopping was different, including a pound of rye flakes, so far it tastes remarkably like the first batch using the Belle Saison yeast. That seems to be the way this yeast acts. Do what you will, that's the flavor, pretty much. Except, the first keg of the first batch was kegged at 8 days, and had less of the horsey/barnyardy taste. It was closer to a normal beer. I think the key to getting a more normal flavor with this yeast is to get the beer off the yeast the moment the fermentation is mostly done. I'll have to try that again on the third batch. The reason I'm using Belle Saison is because it will work in the 80 degree range. It's been in the low 90's this week with about 90%  humidity, and thunderstorms every afternoon. My fresh air fiend wife actually asked me to turn on the air conditioning (as much for the sweet li'l 80 pound long-haired doggies as for her). But that still results in 80 or so in the house, and it won't last once the temps outside are back to the low 80's next week. So my Saison experience continues.

    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 19, 2013 at 08:18:08 PM PDT

  •  Degrees of Ignorance (1+ / 0-)
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    Wal, a feller called me earlier in the week, sed he knew how to make wahn, but wanted it higher octane, wud fo'ur paownds o' shugger per gallon be abaout raht. So I started to explain about sugar levels and yeast tolerance for alcohol plus sugar and osmotic pressure and extra nutrients and time for higher levels, and he said, "Oh, ya need yeast, do ya?"
    So I wuz tellin' abaoht thet in the shop today, and one feller was quite amoozed at it. His problem was he had 3 differnt wahns he started almost two weeks ago. One wahn had never started. He cud tell cause the bubbler never bubbled. He was afraid he'd killed his yeast. He'd been a little short on additives and had to ration them out between the batches. The other two had started but the bubbling was real slow the last few days. I thought maybe he had an air leak in the lid or stopper for the first wine. I asked if he'd gotten a specific gravity reading and he said he'd borrow his buddy's hydrometer, the instructions were still with it. And then it turns out that the wines were on a screened outside porch on the shady side of the house, while the temperatures were in the high 80's and low 90's, when he could just as easily have had them in the basement at 70. I'm thinking there was an air leak in the one that never bubbled, and they all finished completely in the first week, and will taste funky. But I'm sure he has friends who will drink it all no matter what. I sold him some yeast energizer and a pack of Lalvin EC-1118, just in case it was a stuck fermentation.

    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 19, 2013 at 09:28:23 PM PDT

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