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It's Friday again! Welcome to FNBB, beer fans! Join us for a cold one.

I shouldn't copy sfgate's photo, so go look at this:

Last time that driver trusts Google Maps. Fun explaining that one to the boss.

Anything beery going on where you are? It's the start of Silicon Valley Beer Week and I've hardly looked at the schedule, there are probably great things happening tomorrow. For now I've got homebrew and San Francisco's original craft beer, Anchor Steam. What are you drinking? Is anyone brewing?

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Grainpaw, tofumagoo, Railfan, ruleoflaw

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 06:45:02 PM PDT

  •  Good beer evening to all (3+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, Railfan, writeofwinter

    I didn't eat much today so I stopped and got a Hungry Bear GIGANTIC sub for dinner. Had a Port Brewing Mongo IPA with it, both were great.

    Following that up with a Stone Collaboration beer, Unapologetic IPA.

    Raining on and off today here in San Diego county. Uncharacteristically hot and muggy the past few days. Computer is in the shop so I'm iPadding it today.

    How is life in your are of the planet?

    •  hi Bob (2+ / 0-)
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      bsegel, Railfan

      good looking sandwich there. I'm still too hot to be very hungry; I have some chicken marinating and just lit the grill.

      I need to find some of that Unapologetic.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:22:05 PM PDT

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      •  You do (1+ / 0-)
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        They used some new experimental hops that don't even have a names yet. It gives this IPA a new taste that you haven't tried before. It's actually pretty damn good.

      •  From the back of the bottle. (2+ / 0-)
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        Grainpaw, Railfan
        When you get three hopheads together to collaborate on a beer, it’s only natural to expect some hopped up liquid incarnation of their lupulin lust to spring forth from such a session. Maybe it seems passé to some—three masters of hoppy beer once again exploring the familiar territory of the India pale ale. After all, who needs yet another IPA, double or otherwise, right? It’s all been done. To those who feel this way, this trio’s reply is: “so what?” In birthing a double IPA made bitter and fruity care of a mélange of new and experimental hops (Azacca, Belma, and yet-to-be-named varieties from Washington’s Yakima Valley), they aren’t staying in a comfort zone—they’re hitting a sweet spot in the name of all that is good, delicious, hoppy and forward-thinking to create an IPA that’s both like and unlike anything they, or you, have ever tasted. Rife with essence of pine, resin, and fruits both citrus and tropical, there’s no need for apologies with this beer. All that’s necessary is a yearning for hops, a sturdy constitution and an empty glass.
  •  Drinking the bourbon & oak Kentucky Common (2+ / 0-)
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    The bourbon has faded in the last week, I think I'll try more next time so a hint lingers. The oak never showed up, it was old and not enough. I still enjoy the beer, though. I never played with bourbon before.
    Tasted the Galaxy Wheat Brown Porter, which I will keg tomorrow. It has brown and carabrown malt and probably needs a couple months aging, so I need to move the 10 gallons of cream ale right along for immediate drinking in another week or so, to give the porter a chance to age.
    I have the ingredients to brew a vienna malt based session IPA, I hope sometime next week.
    I need to make a batch of ginger ale, too. It can be kegged as soon as it's cool.
    Tomorrow I'll be busy with housework and yardwork and equipment repairs, so Mrs. Grainpaw will think I've been doing something useful while she's been away for a few days, instead of the usual daily routine plus needed repairs on my car (which aren't completed).
    I visited this place yesterday. 12 taps, 130 cans and bottles. pretty good for around here, but it's a university town. It has an actual beer list, by brewery and again by style, with a sandwich menu in the back. Nothing is cheap, but it was all good.

    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 25, 2014 at 07:46:45 PM PDT

    •  The prices look about the same (1+ / 0-)
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      as out here. $5 to $7. A pint is normal.

      Crazy, but normal.

      •  But wages are generally less here in WV, (1+ / 0-)
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        unless you're in a top profession or in the gas fields or coal mines. I have made under $10,000 a year for most of the last 40 years (with a B.S. in Horticulture), but somehow managed to pay off a house and stay supplied with used trucks. A place like that bar amounts to a once a year special treat for me. Luckily, my well-off brewpal Sofraj was buying. The tab for two sandwiches and our beers was $38. The same as the 36 pound bag of dog food I bought today, pretty much.
        Regarding my weekend chores above, Mrs. Grainpaw need not expect that there will be any ice cream left when she gets home.

        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 25, 2014 at 08:22:18 PM PDT

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    •  hi Grainpaw (2+ / 0-)
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      Grainpaw, bsegel

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:59:43 PM PDT

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  •  Bell's Oberon Ale (1+ / 0-)
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    Citrus nose and taste. Wheat malt is smooth in the mouth.
    Light spicy finish.

    No better summer ale for the price.

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

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:45:27 PM PDT

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