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Craft Beers, Microbreweries and Homebrewing

  1. Feb 1, 2011 #1


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    I like the craft beers found at various microbreweries like the Rock Bottom Tavern in SD,

    The Big River Grille and Brewing Work in Chattanooga

    Roosters Brewing Company in Ogden, UT

    Stone Brewing Co, North County, San Diego

    The gardens at Stone are a wonderful place to enjoy dinner and several beers. They have one of the best selections that I've ever experienced - including their own and many from the Lost Abbey - http://www.lostabbey.com/lost-abbey-beers/. As a beer connoisseur, one has to try Lost Abbey ales! One has to taste Angel's Share.

    I still need to venture to Brewery Ommegang - http://www.ommegang.com/ :tongue2:

    (split off from Walgreens not-a-beer thread :yuck: )
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    I'll have to make sure to get a sampling of ales and lagers from Oak Pond Brewery next time you're coming through here. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. My favorites are Nut Brown Ale and White Fox Ale.

    If you can hang out a bit, we can do a tour of that little brewery, and taste-test all the brews on tap before buying growlers of whatever brews you like best.

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    Now I feel guilty for starting the Big Flats thread. So I'll attempt to get a little honor back here.

    These are the beers made at my favorite microbrewer:


    In particular, Wheat State Golden.

    They have a good food menu too:

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    Next time I'm out that way, I'll have to check it out.

    I looked into a local distributor to see if I could get Boulevard after Evo's recommendation. Apparently it's not available in the NE.
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  6. Feb 1, 2011 #5
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    One thing puzzles me.

    Are american beers brewed with bottom yeasts or top yeasts?
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    Original brewers were English of course. Irish, German, Czech and Dutch immigrants brought their own methods later.

    I can't vouch for the following, but here is one site's history of American brewing.


    and there's wikipedia


    Perhaps more believeable is the history at BeerAdvocate
  8. Feb 1, 2011 #7
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    I'm still puzzled.

  9. Feb 1, 2011 #8


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    Top or bottom would depend on style. The English Ales would to top-fermenting yeast brews.

    Pilsners (Czech) and German Lagers would be bottom-fermenting yeast brews.


    In the end, it depends of the type of beer and/or who makes it.
  10. Feb 1, 2011 #9
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    There's a lack of microbreweries by me, 5 I think within 50 miles. One just lost their general store to fire, possibly arson.

    Bell's Brewery is quite good
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    Dark Horse (the one that had the fire)
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    Old Hat Brewery & Grill
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    Bilbo' Pizza brew their own, but primarily a restaurant.
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    Their site has nothing on their brewing it seems

    Olde Peninsula Brewpub, another restaurant with brewery
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    Bell's has done some really good beers, and they're experimenting with Brett yeasts and have gotten some decent sour beers.
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    While in Corvallis did you try McMenamins?

    I am partial to thier Terminator Stout.
  12. Feb 2, 2011 #11
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    I have no clue what it is, but yesterday the friends I'm shacked up with here in Chicago brought out a really good Belgian beer. It wasn't too hoppy, but it wasn't sweet either. I'm no fan of beer, but this was OK to me, which usually means that other people love it.

    I'm still surprised these days when American friends have 5 beers in their fridge, and all are different beers! I always thought: America: the choice is 'Bud' or 'Coors'... which is really just a suggestion to drink water.
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    re bold: Wow... terminator?! So named because, having had a 6-pack one's eyes glow red as well?

    Seriously though, when did America start making all of this beer? I'm out of touch in the drinking (socially of course) world.
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    Yes. I had dinner at McMenamins the last night there, and I had the Termination Stout. The Stout is quite good.

    I also visited Rogue Ales Public House in Eugene and Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery in Corvallis.

    According to Beer Advocate:

    1982 For the first time since prohibition, a brewery is allowed to open that not only sells its' beer at its' own bar on premises, but serves food to boot. In Bert Grant's Yakima Brewing and Malting Co., Inc., the Brew Pub is born.

    1984 44 Brewing concerns are operating a total of 83 breweries.
    Micro Breweries begin to spread: Riley-Lyon (AR): Boulder (CO); Snake River (ID); Millstream (IA); Columbia River (OR); Kessler (MT); Chesapeake Bay (VA).

    1996 1,102 craft breweries produce 5.3 million barrels; a record 333 new brewpubs and microbreweries open in one year.

    2001 1,458 breweries produce 6.2 million barrels of beer. Annual dollar volume for craft beer is $3.4 billion. US brewing industry total is $51 billion.

    Current numbers
  15. Feb 2, 2011 #14
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    No later than 1620. When the pilgrims came to America, they brought beer with them.
    Straight Dope (no really)
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    Astronuc, Jimmy: I think I just learned more about the history of marijuana and beer in the USA than I've learned previously in life. Thanks!

    So... these breweries... do you think they'll compete internationally with major brands? It seems that the USA is unfairly labeled (pun) as a "bad beer" country, but clearly that's only true if you want it to be.

    Jimmy: Whoa, they brought more than beer with them! No wonder they were so brave, they were stoned, and swimming in booze. It's amazing though... you went from prohibition "moonshine" and gin, to artisan beers in a very short time. This is part of what is so wonderful in the USA; all of the cultures together mean the food and drinks can be very exciting.
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    Hmmm... Maybe it's time for a trip to the US Pacific Northwest this season. Maybe during the hazelnut harvest in Oregon... I LOVE that.

    Thanks for the links... I have a lot to learn about beer it seems.
  19. Feb 2, 2011 #18
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    This brewery predates the Incas.
  20. Feb 2, 2011 #19
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    Whoa... and people thought prohibition would work. :rolleyes: I'm not much for drinking, but really, it's clearly something people have enjoyed for millennia.
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    My favorite beer is the Ayinger Celerbrator. It has a strong malt taste up front and finishes with a nutty/chocolate taste on the back of your tongue. Too easy to drink; I have to force myself to sip it (at $15/4-pack). I even have the official glassses.

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