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I am catching up on updates here- missed a few last weekend-I got a kick ass recommendation from @ScottR a week or so ago- Lagunitas BornYesterday Pale ale- very glad Scott recommended and very glad I bought and consumed it nice and hoppy, juicy and good stuff. I got this one particularly ice cold- so much so it was almost a frozen slushy. Still kick ass. 

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 My nephew who was born in/lives in Germany came over with some of his fellow university students and competed in a Bio/engineering competition at MIT this month. he was nice enough to bring uncle Natch some nice goodies from Trillium Brewery in Boston. 

First up, Meltcher Street IPA. Extremely smooth, the taste is "tight" its not in your face, its juicy, but not overly so,  its just good and smooth and tight. Dont know how else to explain it folks. Mosaic and columbus hops at their finest. This stuff rocks. 7.3% ABV- getting into almost Double IPA territory there. 

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And Trillium's double ipa Mettle- this grapefruit juice looking concoction comes in at 8.4% ABV, smooth as a baby's ass, Amarillo, Citra and Columbus hops, this stuff rocks too. Nothing but praise for this Trillium stuff- gotta get my hands on some more. Their Congress Street IPA is supposedly the schnizzle- but unfortunately it was only available on draft when my nephew was there. 

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@mattharris75 this obnoxious message brought to you by:

this beer (broad street pale ale from ATHENS, GA (which, @mattharris75 happens to be where the Georgia Bulldogs are from :D

did you notice I used GEORGIA script in the cartoon above? 

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and this beer- a recommendation from @ScottR- liquid truth serum from Dogfish Head. (thanks Scotty- good stuff)

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and then this stuff- hey @mattharris75- did you know creature comforts is from Athens, Ga, home of the 2017 SEC Champs Georgia Bulldogs? 

hmmm-tropicalisma. 

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Pearl likes Tiger meat, or eagle meat, whatever- raw-  

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Wow. You don't mind if I'm the casual viewer on your ridiculous adventures in beer right? Do any of these even manage to see much time in the fridge? Not drinking much beer lately. Nice Riesling last night. Couple of Old Rosie ciders.

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8 hours ago, Prostheta said:

Wow. You don't mind if I'm the casual viewer on your ridiculous adventures in beer right? Do any of these even manage to see much time in the fridge? Not drinking much beer lately. Nice Riesling last night. Couple of Old Rosie ciders.

"your ridiculous adventures in beer right"- well- that is all in the mind of whose perspective you are looking at- I am on a craft beer kick, and- my goal in that is to try something new every weekend. I am successful at that goal, however- looks may be deceiving-

" Do any of these even manage to see much time in the fridge?"-the answer to that question is yes/no/maybe. 

Some of the pics I have posted are of singles I have purchased. Some stores let you buy singles (higher price per unit of course- but you can try before committing to a whole 4 or six pack. In this case- a single beer doesnt usually stay long in the frig. 

Some of the pics I have posted are "mixer sixers" where some stores allow you to take six singles and make your own six pack- at a higher price of course- but again- get to try many different beers without committing to whole 4 or 6 pack. 

Some beers I get and I take some of them and share with neighbors, or fellow beer dorks I know here and there. For instance- my nephew brought me those Trillium beer- 2 four packs- I have consumed two singles- four of them were sent to fellow beer dork, and I am saving 2 of them for when my brother arrives in from Germany for Christmas. I have about 10 different beers or so saved for his arrival to share. (pic below)

I like to share- I have two neighbors that are beer dorks like me- we often will "meet up" after lawn mowing in the summer and sample each's finds for the week and shoot the shit. 

What you dont see are the drain pours. If a beer sucks- its hitting the drain. For a while when I started this kick- for every 10 beers I tried- probably 4 or more were drain pours- now- I am a bit more cautious- I look up beers on BeerAdvocate- if its below a 4 out of 5 rating I normally pass. This has decreased my drain pours dramatically- usually now my drain pours are something I take a chance on- like that Oconnee Lions Lamb stuff I bought. Blah- I suffered thru half of one- gave 2 to my neighbors (ha ha) and the other 3 hit the drain. 

 My goal is to find great beer and enjoy the talent some of these brewers have put into their craft. I normally drink about 6 beers a weekend- last night I drank about 12 as we had a big old SEC championship game party at my digs. My frig may have 10-20 beers in rotation as I work thru them. 

since you asked Carl- here is what the frig looks like this morning- this is my beer drawer- and yes- I have carrots and apples in there too. it was stocked crammed with beer only yesterday. (sorry for the fuzzy photo)

ridiculous adventures you say.. .......BEER DORKS UNITE!!!!

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I took a chance on this- Evil Twin Brewing (NYC) Molotov Surprise. It has grapefruit added. Not bad- but will blow your socks off at 12%abv.

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one of the best stouts I have had- Burial's Griddle. Almost too sweet for my taste- but very smooth, very good. better served slightly warm than icy cold like I usually do.

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the stouts are really pouring into the stores lately- but I have noticed some of the prices are crazy high. I passed on Old Rasputin Barrel Aged- 750ml bottle for $18.99 ouch. They had wicked weeds barrel aged milk and cookies stout for $9.99 a 12 oz bottle. I just cant do it. 

madness I tell you, madness. 

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2 hours ago, westhemann said:

Oh wait... after sitting and breathing a minute in a glass the bite goes away. Not bad at all.

I noticed the same thing when I tried it. I've decided that mostly I like beers better when they are not aged in bourbon barrels. And I keep going back to Founders Breakfast Stout when I want a really good one.

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The old standards are always good. I got some Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout too while I was there. Can't hardly beat that stuff for the price.

 

Also got a pint of Lagunitas Imperial Stout. I'll probably save it for Christmas.

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lets see- Christmas, New Years, College Football Championship game, visiting brother from out of the country- I got a lot of posting to do

its stout season- oatmeal Yeti time

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hazy little thing from Sierra Nevada

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Secret Apollo from Jekyll Brewing- I am discovering I am not a huge fan of Vic Secret hops. 

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Batch 15 from Nowhere in particular out of Ohio. I have had 3 of their brews and this place is putting out decent beer- not epic- but decent. 

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While I love Simcoe hops, I wasnt digging the malt bill on this double simcoe Double IPA from Weyerbacher. They make some great stouts but this was a miss. YMMV

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sometimes choices are limited when your out dining- we went out for sushi and hibachi and I had a sammy adams- something I havent had in YEARs. 

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and a Kirin

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I took my bro out to taco mac so we could sample some brews and watch football for a few hours. My 20yr old son provided chauffeur services.

a founders harvest ale in the back, an empty jekyll light lager (was pretty good actually), Southern juice, Tart Vise (rasberry berliner weisse- this was seriously very good- nice and light- I would drink in summer fo sho) and cooter Brown ale (meh) we also had some ballast point sculpin, alpine duet, and a few others on tap. 

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got my pliney the elder cherry popped this past week thanks to an elf out west. it was everything I hoped it would be. So freaking good. 

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this wheat beer came overseas in my bro's suitcase- Oettinger- tasted sort of like bananas (that is a common description on this type of beer)-not bad- not my cup of tea but glad I tried it. 

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journey without maps Double IPA from Red Brick Brewery in Atlanta Ga. I am not a big fan of Red Brick- but this is good beer. Their best for sure. Citra, Denali and Eukanot hops make for a fruity but very different hop profile. Its different for sure.

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melvin's Hubert pale ale. Another gift from the mad elf out west. Dig it. 

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melvin's IPA. another gift from the brew elf. Christmas extended into the National College football championship game

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Hoppyright infringment from NOLA brewery- digging it and loved the "busted down on bourbon street" ink stamp on the bottom

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Pearl was representing with colors- but sadly it twas not enough to win the game. Luckily there was plenty of beer to wash away the sadness of losing the National Championship. 

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asterik Double IPA from Melvin- I didnt like this one as much. YMMV

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2x4 Double IPA from Melvin- I liked this one. 

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St Feuillin Grand Cru- Belgian strong pale ale via Germany- I am not a big fan of Belgian yeast - but Mrs Natural is. She ended up drinking this (minus my 3 swigs) by herself. The 9.5% ABV kicked Mrs Natch in the butt- as she was until that time drinking corona lights which are something like 3% if that alcohol. Good thing though as again, our beloved Bulldogs failed to grab that prize before them. Twas a sad night. 

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On 12/22/2017 at 8:30 PM, Mr Natural said:

the stouts are really pouring into the stores lately- but I have noticed some of the prices are crazy high. I passed on Old Rasputin Barrel Aged- 750ml bottle for $18.99 ouch. They had wicked weeds barrel aged milk and cookies stout for $9.99 a 12 oz bottle. I just cant do it. 

madness I tell you, madness. 

calling myself out here- yes- I did it. I bought one. And it was delicious. you smell and taste the bourbon, without the punch of a higher abv- this was only 9.5%. I had to know. Was it worth $9.99 for the 12 oz bottle- no. Was the experience worth it. well...yes.....cause I had to know. I am that much of a beer dork. 

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Galaxy hops are in some of my favorite brews- so- even though I have been avoiding Terrapin (big beer bought out-same with the wicked weed)- I had to jump at the opportunity to try a single hop IPA with galaxy hops. 

Beyond the galaxy from Terrapin (athens, ga)- 6.30%- not bad- and I am glad to have tried it. Galaxy hops have a very distinctive "bite" to them. and now I know when I try other beers and experience that bite what it is. 

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i have been giving some local breweries a second chance after writing them off previously. Many people have told me that MondayNight brewing (atlanta) has stepped up their game, changing recipes and putting out some decent beer. 

Slap Fight IPA- listed as a west coast style- its very smooth and not overly pine cone/malty which I dont care for in West Coast Style IPAs. 

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Dust Bunny Hazy IPA- I like this stuff

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Joker and the thief IPA with passionfruit from Southbound Brewing out of Savannah GA. So- this stuff is weird. It came pretty close to a drain pour after the first swig. Super tart- almost like a sour. the smell is well- I am not sure how to describe it. but I stuck with it. and actually finished it. a couple days later had another- same thing- stuck with it. Jury is still out on this. Its different- that is for sure. 

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han brolo pale ale from monday night brewing- this one is different. I am still trying to figure out if I like it or if its a "meh". There is a different yeast thing going on with this one I think- something- is not like any other pale ale I have had. I need more research. 

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