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Postby gazedo » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:45 pm

Maybe it's the fact it's 100 out, but I wish I could have a keg of this highland Park brewery Italian pilsner in my apartment. No idea what makes it Italian but it rules.
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Postby Classic Dog Avatar » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:08 pm

Pilsners or lagers? Even the best craft pilsners suck
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Postby gazedo » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:52 pm

~> :? :? wrote:Pilsners or lagers? Even the best craft pilsners suck


This is wrong
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Postby shankly » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:07 pm

gazedo wrote:
~> :? :? wrote:Pilsners or lagers? Even the best craft pilsners suck


This is wrong


yeah this is a nuts opinion. i will say from a cost/quality standpoint, a pils from somewhere like Tired Hands is going to be disappointing compared to Prima or Pivo. But then you've got stuff like Mary or the Suarez pilsners which are amazing beers regardless of style.

in general i think the bigger craft breweries are better positioned to brew lagers because they actually have enough tank space to lager without sacrificing production of other beers.

euro pilsners are probably "better" under ideal circumstances, but they're increasingly tough to find fresh
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Postby shankly » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:46 pm

Somehow finding 6 specific nationally available lagers that should seemingly be available in any grocery store takes more legwork than i anticipated, but so far i have:

brooklyn lager
solid gold
summerfest
boston lager
devils backbone vienna lager
great lakes dortmunder gold

Trader Joes has been the most convenient place since they stock most of them and sell singles. Might try one more store tomorrow to track down Kona and Ballast Point, or i might just go ahead tonight with what I have.
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Postby fury » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:56 pm

Finding kona singles might be hard
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Postby warmjets » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:59 pm

Suarez pilsners fucking smoke.
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Postby gazedo » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:06 pm

fury wrote:Finding kona singles might be hard


total wine?
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Postby gazedo » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:30 pm

shankly wrote:Might try one more store tomorrow to track down Kona and Ballast Point, or i might just go ahead tonight with what I have.


should we set a window to do this? maybe keep it running for july? if people post their rankings, i can keep tally.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:32 pm

A fun one for next time could be national distro hazies. :twisted:

And yeah, I'd say end of July is good. Maybe rankings should be done via a Google form to avoid published rankings tainting people's opinions?
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Postby ecto » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:36 pm

Jacks Abby Post Shift Pilsner is so fucking good. And like $9 for a 6 pack of pounders.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:45 pm

Here's a form I made for voting: https://goo.gl/forms/Os7M6HG8cWW4UqJp1

It's pretty simple:
1. Provide a ranking for each beer you tasted. Don't enter more than one response per column.
2. If you tasted a beer not on the list in Q1, proceed to Q2 and write it in.

I would suggest that you rope a S/O or friend into conducting the blind tasting for you. Just ask them to four numbered taster glasses with a pour from each of the four beers. Rank the numbered beers by preference, and once you've worked that out, ask them which beers the numbers correspond to. Then enter your rankings in the form.
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Postby honkduh » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:37 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:A fun one for next time could be national distro hazies. :twisted:



wouldn't be much of a list would it?

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little thing
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger
Sam Adams New England IPA.

that's about all i can think of for national distributed hazies.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:12 pm

There's an Epic NE-style IPA. Not sure how national that is, but it's pretty readily available out west.

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Postby Render » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:14 pm

Guess I'm going to the Mornin' Delight release
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Postby Fullscreen » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:20 pm

can anyone who's well-versed in new england IPAs tell me if hop butcher's brews are representative of the style? their beers are usually classified as just APA or AIPA but are uniformly hazy, creamy, dank.
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Postby cruiserbob » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:54 pm

loving the Great Notion can releases. Ripe is so damn good.
and that's that.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:31 pm

I might move to Bend soon and I am psyched about easier access to Great Notion.
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Postby gazedo » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:12 pm

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/07/324-of-the-best-ipas-blind-tasted-and-ranked.html

another Paste list to criticize. the first thing I thought when i saw this is how do these pictures make these beers look so bad? and I am not even trying to make fun of how hazy beer looks like orange juice. these pictures are objectively bad. did they use a phone? did they use different cameras with different white balance settings? did they purposefully oxide things?

how is this even the same beer?

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Postby jalapeño ranch » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:23 pm

Also, Offshoot is #2 on that list and... no way man. I don't care if it's a blind tasting, they're batting like 3 for 80 with their releases so far.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:27 pm

Going to Total Wine tonight to grab my craft lagers for the tasting.

Who else is in?
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Postby fury » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:12 pm

I’m in. Is there a certain deadline or time it needs to be done
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Postby gazedo » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:20 pm

i am going to do it on the 22nd.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:34 pm

Noticed a couple more that should have wide distro:

Green Flash Sea to Sea
Victory Home Grown

I'm going to add these to the Google form.
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Postby ecto » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:29 pm

gazedo wrote:https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/07/324-of-the-best-ipas-blind-tasted-and-ranked.html

another Paste list to criticize. the first thing I thought when i saw this is how do these pictures make these beers look so bad? and I am not even trying to make fun of how hazy beer looks like orange juice. these pictures are objectively bad. did they use a phone? did they use different cameras with different white balance settings? did they purposefully oxide things?

how is this even the same beer?

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my guess is they used months-old cans and the hop proteins settled
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Postby warmjets » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:58 pm

jalapeño ranch wrote:Also, Offshoot is #2 on that list and... no way man. I don't care if it's a blind tasting, they're batting like 3 for 80 with their releases so far.


I'm done with them for a while. Relax is a great beer though, but not deserving of #2 lol
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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:04 pm

Relax is at Total Wine for $12/4pk, which is... not bad? MT prices.
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Postby gazedo » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:12 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Relax is at Total Wine for $12/4pk, which is... not bad? MT prices.


did you sign up for their emails? its worth it as you pretty much always get 10% off 4/6 packs
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Postby warmjets » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:24 pm

Relax for $12 is great. Paying close to $20 for their other releases, which are hit or miss, is not great.
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:30 pm

The only Offshoot I've actually liked was the 10 Years collar with Highland Park. I don't even really like Relax. It had a really weird bitter finish with the can I tried. Would rather just grab whatever Modern Times is on the shelf and continue ignoring them.

They should probably relax on pumping out multiple can releases every other week and focus on actually making one that tastes good. I've heard the last few releases are actually decent but I'm not willing to give them my money anymore.
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