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Hi again beer fans! We've made it to another Friday, stop and have a cold one with me.

Not much happening where I am. Looking forward to a warm spring weekend of digging in the garden; I bought tomatoes and squash, and some low-maintenance perennials to start replacing the mostly-dead lawn in front of the house. And herbs including basil, chives, sage and catnip. I like to plant catnip in a container in the courtyard where I can see the stoned cats make fools of themselves.

I've got some Lagunitas IPA, and some Union Jack, lots of hops to go with the ball game tonight. 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 Apr 19, 2013 at 06:45:08 PM PDT

  •  celebrating the bomber capture with Stoli, frozen (5+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

    by annieli on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:47:27 PM PDT

  •  I saw a bumper sticker (5+ / 0-)

    several weeks ago. "If you don't talk to your cat about catnip, someone else will."
    Drinking an accidental IPA. Just when I was so pleased about having it all worked out with BeerSmith software, and had everything going smoothly, I realized too late that I had grabbed a much stronger bittering hop than the one I had intended for an amber ale. So I dry-hopped it later also. But I'm enjoying being responsible for my mistake.

    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 Apr 19, 2013 at 06:58:54 PM PDT

    •  hi Grainpaw (4+ / 0-)

      the best mistake story I've heard was the guy at the homebrew club who didn't notice that the previous customer at the store had set the digital scale to metric. So he had 7 kilos of malt instead of 7 lbs and finally figured it out when he calculated his efficiency as 130%. He had a "kolsch" with an OG around 1080.

      [since the manager of the store is also in the club and heard the story, he eventually paid the extra $10 or so he owed them].

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:10:11 PM PDT

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      •  Someone in the warehouse (2+ / 0-)
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        reddog1, HeyMikey

        at my main wholesale supplier needs glasses or needs his caffeine taken away. On a pallet order two months ago, I got 5 extra cases of wine bottles instead of two 6-gallon carboys. Two weeks ago I got 16 one pound bags of DME instead of 16 three pound bags. Today I got 10 one pound bags of Cascade hops instead of 10 one ounce bags. That's some money I hadn't planned on spending, but I'd rather keep it than go through the hassle of sending it back. And, I did sell one right away.
        And then I sometimes have UPS Specials resulting from their clumsiness. Remember the Tom Hanks movie "Castaway"? If he'd worked for UPS, it would have been a situation comedy.

        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 Apr 19, 2013 at 07:26:28 PM PDT

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  •  Getting into Mischief (3+ / 0-)
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    campionrules, ninkasi23, HeyMikey

    Mischief Belgian-Style Hoppy Golden Ale, from The Bruery in Orange County CA.

    My birthday is this week, and mrs craiger gifted me a selection of about seven 750 ml craft beers, all of which are entirely new to me.

    "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    by craiger on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:01:25 PM PDT

  •  Odell IPA here (6+ / 0-)

    Preceded by a Boulevard Tank 7 - which is just a fantastic farmhouse/saison. One of my favorite beers, so good.

    I'm so happy to be living in the what I can only describe as the golden era of American craft brewing.

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:25:28 PM PDT

    •  cheers! (2+ / 0-)
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      Those are both great beers.

      Just finished a Solstice D'Hiver barleywine from Canada's Dieu du Ciel.

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

      by OkieByAccident on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:16:41 PM PDT

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    •  that's well said (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm so happy to be living in the what I can only describe as the golden era of American craft brewing.
      second that!

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:20:44 PM PDT

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      •  It's like every trip to the liquor store opens up (2+ / 0-)
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        greengemini, HeyMikey

        a new possibility. My go to store now has 400 individual cold bottles to mix and match, not to mention an extensive bomber selection as well of both craft and imports. I just wish I had the time and the money!

        But yes, in just a few short years we've had a literal explosion of craft beers and breweries willing to push the boundaries. I just sit back, pour another and savor.

        Look, I tried to be reasonable...

        by campionrules on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:39:27 PM PDT

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        •  Thinking the same as I was drinking... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...a Bitter Heart Double Black Imperial IPA from Red Hare Brewery of Marietta, Georgia (Atlanta suburb). What an outstanding beer! Exactly what it sounds like, and the best beer I've had in months!

          This follows on a string of excellent IPAs I've had recently. IPAs seem to be trendy now, which suits me just fine, as I'm an IPA lover.

          We truly live in a golden age of beer generally, and IPAs in particular.

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:49:33 AM PDT

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  •  Good Life Sweet as Pacific Ale (3+ / 0-)
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    craiger, ninkasi23, HeyMikey

    This is a terrific pale ale with all New Zealand hops.  Tons of pineapple and passion fruit aroma and flavor. And it comes in cans!  I'll be pouring mine into one of those fancy new Sierra Nevada/DFH IPA glasses I just picked up tonight for $3.99.

  •  allright....don't laugh (5+ / 0-)

    I picked up a sixpack of Rolling Rock, which I haven't drank since my college days back in Ohio.  I was just curious to see what it tasted like all these years later, cause we drank quite a bit of it back in the day.

    It's not the same.  I just did some reading on google, and it seems Rolling Rock sold it's name years ago and no longer really exists as a brewery in Latrobe, PA.

    Should have googled before I purchased.

    _"Love is the rosebud of an hour; Friendship the everlasting flower."_ Brook Boothby

    by Keith930 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:32:41 PM PDT

    •  Can't knock that (2+ / 0-)
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      I drank a metric ton of rolling rock in high school...uhh.. i mean my younger years. For an American adjunct you could do far worse.

      Look, I tried to be reasonable...

      by campionrules on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:40:04 PM PDT

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    •  33 (2+ / 0-)
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      When I was in college Rolling Rock was what all the dudes in punk bands around town drank.  A couple years ago I bought a 12 pack of RR cans one hot summer's day thinking it would go down nicely.  I couldn't get over the DMS aroma when I poured one into a glass and didn't drink anymore of it.

    •  Reminds me... (4+ / 0-)
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      Keith930, campionrules, reddog1, ninkasi23

      The day after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, my work was closed for a day or two while our office buildings were evaluated for safety.

      I went to the local convenience store and found a six-pack of Olympia, which was practically a local beer to a Pacific Northwest Boy like me.  Reminded me of many games of Quarters.  So that was how I spent October 18, 1989, drinking Oly from cans.

      "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

      by craiger on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:55:28 PM PDT

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      •  Oly--OH NO (1+ / 0-)
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        During my military career, I had the misfortune to be assigned to an isolated station that had a dearth of different beers.  The ONLY beer available in the exchange or in the O Club (and the E club, as well), was Oly.  After 6 months  on that miserable rock, I swore I would never, ever, drink another Oly.  I actually broke that promise after about 10 years and bought a six pack, but I haven't done it since.

  •  Originally planned to rip about insensitivity. (3+ / 0-)
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    But, I'm drinking a local beer from New Jersey - Cricket Hill.

    I'm encouraged that in Boston, MA, there is intense and competent law enforcement without being a Police State.

    Maybe I should buy some Samuel Adams tomorrow.

    "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

    by New Jersey Boy on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:49:22 PM PDT

  •  Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA (2+ / 0-)
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    campionrules, ninkasi23

    After the week this has been, I need a really GOOD BEER.  My taste buds are doing a Happy Dance!

  •  Thus fan (1+ / 0-)
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    ninkasi23

    Sam Adams Belgian Session

    Belgian Session

    Yards Saison

    Yards link

    Atlantic Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

    Blueberry

  •  I started off my weekend with the usual (0+ / 0-)

    PBR, but then when I made a big chef's salad for dinner I decided I wanted wine so I'm drinking a Merlot from Corbett Canyon right now. I've always found their stuff to be inexpensive (ok, I'll admit it, CHEAP) and I bought a big bottle.

    But, in light of tonight's events I'm kind of thinking of running to the store for something from Sam Adams. Or a good Guinness. I wish I could be at an Irish bar in Beantown tonight because I'm sure the beer is pouring freely and lots of law enforcement are enjoying it on the house:) As it should be!

    If you encounter rocky soil, plant what will grow there. - Fortune cookie wisdom

    by ninkasi23 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:03:35 PM PDT

  •  Hi (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry I missed everyone last night. My kids had karate events going until pretty late, we didn't get home till after 9:00.

    For anyone who actually reads this, have a great weekend.

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