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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I don't generally enjoy going to weddings but if more folks held them at breweries and brewpubs, my attitude towards them might change pretty quickly...
    I'd suffer through a 20 minute service for an open bar at a brewpub!
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    You drink much Atwater?
    Not anymore. I used to work right across the street from their brewery so would go in there for lunch quite often. But I rarely buy their stuff from the grocery store since I prefer most Bells, Shorts, or Founders beers. They do have a few varieties that I really like though (their Mai-Bock, Kolsch, and Dirty Blonde in particular). Is this place owned by the same folks?
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Not anymore. I used to work right across the street from their brewery so would go in there for lunch quite often. But I rarely buy their stuff from the grocery store since I prefer most Bells, Shorts, or Founders beers. They do have a few varieties that I really like though (their Mai-Bock, Kolsch, and Dirty Blonde in particular). Is this place owned by the same folks?
    I don't think they're owned by the same folks.
    Perhaps I got a bad batch, but I did not care for Atwater's Kolsch at all. A kolsch is supposed to be a lighter bodied beer but theirs I found to be excessively so. That and it had an odd aftertaste.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I'm not a huge fan of Atwater, but I think it's just that I like other Michigan brews more.

    Now that I have a nice big basement at the new house, I'm going to start brewing beer. I'm a big fan of beer and it's many varieites, but this will be my first foray into home brewing. For those that do this already, what are the 3 top things a beginner home brewer should know?
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I'm not a huge fan of Atwater, but I think it's just that I like other Michigan brews more.

    Now that I have a nice big basement at the new house, I'm going to start brewing beer. I'm a big fan of beer and it's many varieites, but this will be my first foray into home brewing. For those that do this already, what are the 3 top things a beginner home brewer should know?
    Clean everything, then clean it again.
    Be patient.
    Clean everything.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I'm not a huge fan of Atwater, but I think it's just that I like other Michigan brews more.

    Now that I have a nice big basement at the new house, I'm going to start brewing beer. I'm a big fan of beer and it's many varieites, but this will be my first foray into home brewing. For those that do this already, what are the 3 top things a beginner home brewer should know?
    If you haven't done so already, you should check out the Kuhnhenn Brewing in Warren. They used to offer classes and advice on home brewing and I've heard that they are really helpful. Besides taking advantage of their home-brewing assistance, you can also check out their DRIPA which I just discovered recently and may be the best beer I've ever had.
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    I just found out that Grand Rapids is tied with Asheville NC for Beer City USA.

    It does not surprise me much. It seems that every month we hear about another microbrewery opening up someplace in Grand Rapids. Yes, Founders is still downtown, but now it almost seems odd if you go out to eat and they don't have their own beer. I am also looking forward to Grand Rapids Brewing Company reopening in downtown.
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    Just back from vacation in Montana and Alberta, Canada. The B&B we stayed at offered a free bottle of beer a day as part of their perks. I discovered MOOSE DROOL BROWN ALE from Big Sky Brewing Co. I have to say, that is some dang good beer! I really liked it, and already miss my daily frosty bottle. Combine the availability of great beer and the mountain views, and I'm willing to move.
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    Just back from vacation in Montana and Alberta, Canada. The B&B we stayed at offered a free bottle of beer a day as part of their perks. I discovered MOOSE DROOL BROWN ALE from Big Sky Brewing Co. I have to say, that is some dang good beer! I really liked it, and already miss my daily frosty bottle. Combine the availability of great beer and the mountain views, and I'm willing to move.
    I've had Moose Drool too and thought it was a good beer. Nowadays, with so many brewers appealing to the hop-head/IPA crowd, it's almost a relief to see folks delving into some brown ales once again. It's been a couple months since I last had it, but I recall it having a medium body and a straightforward maltiness that's hard not to like. Drinking it a little on the warmer side really opened up the flavor and did not reveal any of the balance problems some brewers seem to have with brown ales. It gets two thumbs up
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Tried Porch Rocker from Sam Adams.

    Is there anyone who is a fan of a lemonade / beer mixture? It is so bad, I might have to give the other four bottles away. I did have two bottles on two different nights this week as the first bottle was consumed with spicy food and I feared it impacted the flavor of the brew.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Tried Porch Rocker from Sam Adams.

    Is there anyone who is a fan of a lemonade / beer mixture? It is so bad, I might have to give the other four bottles away. I did have two bottles on two different nights this week as the first bottle was consumed with spicy food and I feared it impacted the flavor of the brew.
    That's just wrong on so many levels. I think this country needs a beer purity like Germany has.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Tried Porch Rocker from Sam Adams.

    Is there anyone who is a fan of a lemonade / beer mixture? It is so bad, I might have to give the other four bottles away. I did have two bottles on two different nights this week as the first bottle was consumed with spicy food and I feared it impacted the flavor of the brew.
    Thats a "Shanty" and I'll tell you one thing, that will not be drank by me again.
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    Gotta' love any beer that is described as "blackest" and "viscous".



    Seriously, though, bought a bunch of wheats and sessions to try in the coming weeks. I'll keep you posted.
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    Has anyone else tried the special glasses from Sam Adams. I had a Boston Lager in one the other day, and I was actually surprised at how fresh it tasted. It might be mental, but it was enjoyable.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Has anyone else tried the special glasses from Sam Adams. I had a Boston Lager in one the other day, and I was actually surprised at how fresh it tasted. It might be mental, but it was enjoyable.
    I have one at the house and use it now and then. "Tis a fine drinking vessel.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Tried Porch Rocker from Sam Adams.

    Is there anyone who is a fan of a lemonade / beer mixture? It is so bad, I might have to give the other four bottles away. I did have two bottles on two different nights this week as the first bottle was consumed with spicy food and I feared it impacted the flavor of the brew.
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    That's just wrong on so many levels. I think this country needs a beer purity like Germany has.
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    Thats a "Shanty" and I'll tell you one thing, that will not be drank by me again.

    I know it's sacrilegious, but I actually enjoy a shandy every now and then. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is my shandy of choice and my go to beer when I am at Comerica Park for baseball games and it's hot out or on a summer afternoon after I have been working in the yard.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I know it's sacrilegious, but I actually enjoy a shandy every now and then. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is my shandy of choice and my go to beer when I am at Comerica Park for baseball games and it's hot out or on a summer afternoon after I have been working in the yard.
    I agree. I also enjoy Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.
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    I will third the Leinenkugel summer shandy (I've never had any other type of shandy). A thirst quenching drink if ever there was.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Has anyone tried Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale?
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
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    Fresh back from a two week trip to Belize and am craving Belikin Beer. Its brewed there and is essentially the national beer (though they also bottle Guinness there for local consumption). They make a lager and a stout, distinguishable mainly by the different color cap. If you go into any establishment and ask for a “beer” this is what you get (the lager). Its nothing fancy. Its not a handcrafted artisan beer. Its just a delicious, 3.5% (6% for the stout!) refreshing beer perfectly suited for the sweltering tropical environment. And maybe a side of rice and beans and stew chicken.

    But evidently you can’t get it anywhere in the US except California. Frownie face…
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    For those who like a dark ales, Duck Rabbit Brewery out of Farmville, NC is the best. They specialize in darker varieties like stouts, browns, porters, etc. They recently distributed "Hoppy Bunny ABA" and american black ale that is very, very good. Definitely worth a 6-pack or two. I know beach_bum & Tide shouldn't have a problem finding it, but dandy might.

    http://www.duckrabbitbrewery.com/

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9790/80673
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    Had a housewarming party this past weekend and was lucky enough to be left with about 14 bottles of wine and about 50 beers left over, of many different varieties.

    Theakstons Old Peculiar is probably the best of the bunch, but also got left with some Four Peaks Kiltlifter (an Arizona favorite), a Wychwood Hobgoblin, some Guinness, some Sam Adams Boston Lager, ACE Pear Cider, and some beers that will likely be given away or used for the next time I make brats (Bud Light Limes, etc.).

    I HIGHLY recommend the Old Peculiar if you haven't tried it and enjoy a strong ale.
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    My dad bought my Hubby some Innis and Gunn oak barrel aged beer for Father's Day. They both seemed to enjoy it.

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    WTF? Bottle Beer in a dead stuffed squirrel?

    LINK because it is too bizarre not to share.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    WTF? Bottle Beer in a dead stuffed squirrel?

    LINK because it is too bizarre not to share.
    55% abv baby!
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