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6 minutes ago, The Legendary SB said:

I consider myself a beer connoisseur but I don't brew my own (which might disqualify me for that title). 

My favorite styles are IPAs, double IPAs, stouts, porters, and sometimes German style lagers.  

Favorite beer would be Bell's Hopslam which is seasonal and rare.  Perfect blend of hops, malt, with a hint of honey.  Perfectly balanced.

Hopslam is good, however it's scarcity has elevated it above it's actual quality. It has been referred to as Hypeslam. For a double IPA, I really enjoy Cosmic Debris from Creature Comforts. I brewed one many years ago and at the time, did not understand the importance of utilizing plenty of healthy yeast. I do now and plan on doing one soon. I've a lot of southern hemisphere hops I need to use. 

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Hopslam is good stuff. The batch from 2 years ago was better than this year's. They canned it, which messed with the balance. And it's not really that rare anymore. In past years, you had a hard time finding it in Indiana during the release. This year, I found cases upon cases in Phoenix. They've upped the output.

I've brewed, but it isn't worth it. I'd rather drink something that a professional put together.

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2 minutes ago, The Legendary SB said:

That doesn't help me much, I live near Greenville, SC 

But I do love several Stone brews.  

My fav breweries are Bell's, Stone, Southern Tier, Foothills, Grand Teton, and Samuel Smith's.  

But Greenville is not that far from Atlanta. next time in town, you can check it out. Not sure when he will open. Until then, I like Wrecking Bar and Twain's for their IPAs. I have a friend who is opening a brew pub in Chamblee, hopefully by the end of the year. Look for it on Facebook....Hopstyx. 

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2 minutes ago, The Legendary SB said:

Instead of starting a new thread, let me ask this here.  Anyone done cigar and beer pairings?

My neighbor kind of turned me on to cigars recently (I'll have 1 a week) and was noticing that the cigar didn't pair with the beer I was drinking well.

Based on the taste of the cigar (a maduro) I was thinking a stout would be the way to go.  Maduro cigar + nice stout beer would be excellent I would think.  Anyone done any beer + cigar pairings?

I've done some beer and cheese pairing too.  My fav is a Marzen German style beer + jalapeno jack cheese.  It makes the beer taste spicy.  Excellent.  

 

Cigar City has a Maduro brown ale that it really nice. I think might would pair well. Personally, I'm not in to pairing beverage with food or other things. If I enjoy the beer and end joy the food or enjoy the cigar, I can enjoy all. 

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I dig Hefe's.

I love Stone. I go to their Stone Garden in Escondido at least once a year. You can get some good, one-off stuff. This is probably my fav...

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Some other Favs.

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone RuinTen

Three Floyd's Zombie Dust

Ballast Point's Sculpin

Russian River Pliney the Elder

Deschutes Chainbreaker

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

Deschutes Pinedrops

Deschutes Chasin Freshies

Deschutes Hop Trip

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Optimus_Cr1m35 said:

I dig Hefe's.

I love Stone. I go to their Stone Garden in Escondido at least once a year. You can get some good, one-off stuff. This is probably my fav...

17th_front-e1371841061125-200x200.png

Some other Favs.

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone RuinTen

Three Floyd's Zombie Dust

Ballast Point's Sculpin

Russian River Pliney the Elder

Deschutes Chainbreaker

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

Deschutes Pinedrops

Deschutes Chasin Freshies

Deschutes Hop Trip

 

 

 

 

That's a pretty cool spot. I have family in Oceanside, and have been there for dinner & beers while visiting.

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20 minutes ago, Optimus_Cr1m35 said:

The one in Escondido is awesome. The one at Liberty Station isn't as good, but they have some unique stuff. They usually brew some of the Stone staples with small changes...

Yeah, the Escondido spot is where I've been when out that way. The grounds are awesome with the walkways, koi ponds, all the different trees & plants, etc. I've always liked those weird, tall & narrow concave areas by the restrooms with the pebble laid into the surface and a few lights shining down... looks like something from a sci-fi movie when you take a photo of someone in standing in those spots.

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4 minutes ago, k-train said:

Yeah, the Escondido spot is where I've been when out that way. The grounds are awesome with the walkways, koi ponds, all the different trees & plants, etc. I've always liked those weird, tall & narrow concave areas by the restrooms with the pebble laid into the surface and a few lights shining down... looks like something from a sci-fi movie when you take a photo of someone in standing in those spots.

The bathrooms are legit. So was the giant Gargoyle carved into the stone wall. And the brew tour is only like $3...

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