Craft Beer Spoken Here

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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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  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2020

    Seasonal triple IPA from Sierra Nevada. IBU off the charts. 10.6% ABV. Nicely balanced. Not overwhelming. Recommended. 👍


  • In 1888, Cecil Rhodes founded the De Beers mining company, and not long after, whether Rhodes' idea or someone else's, De Beers launched a marketing campaign that is still considered one of the greatest ever -- a campaign that convinced hundreds of millions of people worldwide that paying a huge amount of money for an essentially worthless stone was not only a great idea, but a social necessity.

    Sure, diamonds are pretty useful industrially, and obviously worth more than sand or chunks of limestone or granite, but many generations of young people somehow bought into the myth that unless their proposed marriage was marked with a diamond, they would forever live in shame.

    There have been other, similar, marketing boondoggles, but, at least until now, none have been directed at beer drinkers. Yes, one can buy a six-pack of Bud for $5, and many Bud drinkers probably think you are pretty stupid to pay $15 or $20 for a single bottle of Big Bad Baptist stout. But your decision to make that purchase was not influenced by a marketing campaign paid for by whatever brewery makes Big Bad Baptist. You tried it on tap somewhere, or tried something similar, and decided that the difference between it and a bottle of Bud was worth the extra cost.

    But, time does not stand still, and a brewery in Ontario (Canada) has come up with a De Beers-level marketing scam. Link to a CBC piece on it below, but the gist is this: Lake-of-the-Woods Brewery has brewed a stout, aged it for 11 weeks in the brewery (with some wood chips added), then bottled it in 1,000 750ml bottles.

    So far, so good, right? Might be okay, might be crap. Who knows. But, on 1 November they put those bottles in a big metal cage and sank them to the bottom of their local lake. Which will freeze over during the winter. Then, in May, they will lift the bottles out and sell them for $50 each, under the name Deep 6 Stout.

    They've already pre-sold 1/3 of the batch.

    But what does storage at the bottom of the lake actually do?

    Absolutely nothing that storing them in a refrigerated room at 4° C wouldn't do just as well... except for adding $40 to the price tag.

    Yeah, the water temp at the bottom of the lake will be 4°, but the beer is in waterproof bottles. No magical essence of lake water (or Trout piss, or whatever) will permeate the stout and magically make it worth $50 a bottle any more than storing it a refrigerator at that temp would.

    Cecil Rhodes would be proud of these guys.

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