Craft Beer Spoken Here

  • I quit drinking Deschutes beers due to their politics, but I agree that the O.S. is a tasty beer, and it does make a good float. My brother in law owns Mexico's largest micro brewery, Minerva ( sounds like a contradiction). They make a American style stout that makes a good float too, but I prefer a slightly sweeter stout, something with a hint of burbon and I'm happy

  • @Scole I have no clue as to political alienation strategems. I guess I just recall a memory from a bitd day... Other than that, and availability, I have not ever heard bad about them. What is what, eh?

    Sounds like you'd groove on brewmeister Corey's Smoked Bourbon Barrel Stout. Or some such permutation. A perennial fave. Weighs in 10-11% abv. Never used it for a float though. Probably should. Likely would be good.

  • Not sure about the smoked, but Bourbon Barrel Stout at 10 -15% sounds good. That is what I like about Lost Abbey, the make strong, dark beers which are often barrel aged. I can't get my brother in law to brew me a private batch.

  • @Scole said in Craft Beer Spoken Here:

    but I prefer a slightly sweeter stout, something with a hint of burbon and I'm happy

    Have you tried any of the stouts from Avery Brewing? I think several of them would match your taste. Particularly their Uncle Jacob's Stout..

    Not for the faint of heart, though, as they run all the way up to 17% abv.

  • I like the Avery beers. I remember one that I think was by Avery called World Wide Stout that was 17%, but they are hard to find on the west coast, and even harder here.

  • @Scole And, to keep this climbing-related: I don't know him, but I believe Adam Avery -- the boss at Avery Brewing -- is, or at least was, a serious climber.

  • @toby said in Craft Beer Spoken Here:

    This may intrigue your palates....

    Ha. My neighborhood bottle shop and tap room in Seattle had 60 taps and over 1,100 different bottles in their coolers. And if that wasn't enough, there were a couple of other similar joints within a 20-minute drive.

    So, yes, I often saw the Huge Arker in the coolers. But never tried it because, a) I'd had an Anderson Valley beer a few years back that didn't do much for me, and b) There were about fifty other heavy-duty stouts to choose from.

    But now that I've retired and moved to a relatively isolated little city on the BC coast, 60 taps and 1,100 bottles is just a dream. However, there are some good breweries in BC, and the local liquor stores do bring in some good stouts (and some Belgian beers at a much lower price than I was paying in the US), so I'm not without good commercially-brewed stout. And even without that, I'd be okay, cuz there's a keg of my own big, thick, rich, strong stout in my beer fridge..

    If you ever find yourself on vacation in Powell River, I'll be happy to pour you the kind of stout you like. And an equally good tripel, if you'd prefer -- no phenolics.

  • @David-Harris

    I do enjoy the Anderson Valley. It's a really big beer so it has to be a when I'm in the mood thing. More up Corey's street. I have an appreciation for craft styles across a wide spectrum A former client is married to a Belgian. Sampled lots of Belgian beers. Some more enjoyable than others. Like most things. Kind of always circled back to the phenolics for me though. That sort of wet cardboard effect. Is such not an inherent byproduct of the triple fermenting process? I don't know much about Belgian brewing mechanics. True to style English Alt Ales captured my imagination during the 80's. I gained an appreciation for Bass Ale, Harp Lager, Watneys, and Guiness draughts at Walk's Place while at UCSD so I guess that whet my palate for English/UK beers. I traveled seasonally afterwards for work. Also had family in Seattle. My earliest craft beer memories come out of the Pacific Northwest, e.g. Newport, Hood River, Pike's Place, and certain parts of CA. Early Full Sail. Early Rogue. Early Bridgeport. These were intriguing counterparts, indeed!

    Folks I knew started hobby brewing. My bro and old man among them. Dad had more time and converted the middle bay of his three car garage into a brewing station. Entered a few local competitions and then onto several medals at the Pacific Northwest Regionals. He brewed a lot of beer over the years. It was an interesting re-discovery of mostly long neglected and all but forgotten brewing techniques. Fast forward three decades and there are recipes for everything under the sun on the net while the craft "brewmeister" down the street looks for new and interesting exotic fruits to make his IPA's not taste like IPA's anymore....

    Yeah, it's been an adventure, for sure, fer' sure... End result is I am the local taste bud authority. Particularly when it comes to India Pale Ales. 🍻

  • Did something this week that I've never done before: entered things in a Fall Fair.

    Didn't know what to expect, but, given that I only entered three things, two Firsts and a Second ain't too shabby.

    And to keep it climbing-related, two of the items were beers!

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  • Backcountry Brewing in Squamish a couple of days ago. Very good beer (although nothing dark or heavy) and a good pizza kitchen.

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  • @David-Harris Rock on BC Ale Trail! 🏔 👍

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    On certain rare occasions I'll split a few beers.
    Out of poilite reciprical neighborly assimilation:
    In order to fit in & be a welcome invitee,
    theres always a few 'Natty-Lites' in the fridge, (Piss-water)

    My wife has been know to produce a Meed that while technically an "Ale" it's was pre-final distill

    No where near as impressive.

    I'm still mixn' my own from the can.

    (some say foundation is important)
    Off-Centered Ales For Off-Centered People.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewers


  • @The-Gnome In recent years Dogfish Head has been in Boise. Not particularly a fan of their stuff - at least at a premium on the craft brew price scale. I'm an "IPA Guy". Their 90 Minute IPA Double/Imperial is too high alcohol for my tastes these days yet their 60 Minute IPA leaves me wanting. Had some of their 75 Minute stuff once and it seemed just right but it is not commonly available.

    In any case, I did not realize they'd been around so long. Made it into the recent Smithsonian American Craft Beer Exhibit. Cool. 👍

  • I'm with Toby re Dogfish Head. I know they worked really hard to advance the whole craft beer thing, but, to me, their beers never lived up to their reputation.

    It might be a geographical thing. Those of us lucky enough to be living in the big west coast cities over the past 20 or 30 years benefited from what seemed like a zillion breweries battling it out to produce beer that was not only new and different, but also really good. My feeling is that if Dogfish Head had been in Seattle or Portland or San Francisco or San Diego, they would either have upped their game or disappeared.


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  • Hillstead farm brewery is about a mile and a half from Isa's farm. Apparently they have won best Beer in the world six years running. Most of isa's air B&B business comes from Beer tourism. People coming from all over the world.

  • Correction. Hill Farmstead.

  • @NickG Cool. 🍻

  • naturally I no longer drink so I can't crawl up the road and stumble back with a belly full of the worlds best beer 😉

  • Too cold and damp to climb outside today, so went for a bike ride. At one point, on a relatively recently developed trail, I saw some kind of wooden sign on a tree.

    I'll post a photo in the "So we can't climb" thread showing the bike and the trail, but here's a close-up of the sign. Maybe someday I'll learn what led someone to put the effort into making this piece of beer art and then fastening it to a tree on one of the most obscure trails in the area.

    Or maybe not...

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