We live in BEERVANA - So watcha drinkin, watcha brewin ? ? ? ? ?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Watercat, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Okay, so perhaps I'm a bit of a beer snob, but it just goes with the territory . . . . . . I like tasty beer, not to say I won't drink the garden variety brews here and there.

    There are some mighty tasty brews out there and I'll be the first to admit that neither am I an expert, nor have I had the priviledge to sample everthing that PNWet has to offer . . . . .

    Some of these suds are brewery only, some may be bottled and available in some stores, or some bottled as limited release, some are home brewed . . . . .

    There are websites devoted entirely to home-brewing (Neither been there, nor done that, but I'm temped).

    I don't typically buy beer that's $7.00 - $9.00/6pak, and I suppose neither do many of you FFs :rofl

    Winter finds me imbibing primarily Georgetown Porter; Growlers there are a bargain . . . . . Decent beer, nice price.

    Recently found a good sale at the local market on Pike Double IPA combat bottle-1pint6oz. . . . . Good beer, a little pricey.

    Also, found PIke's Monk's Uncle was yummy, also on sale - combat bottle. . . . . A little pricey, but worth it if you like Belgian style tripel ale.

    Oh, and the Caboose Oatmeal Stout from American Brewing Company(same size bottle) was most excellent . . . . .:freaky

    Please add on if you feel the urge.

    So let's here it beer fans - :ear
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  2. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Coors Lite or Miller Lite. :1drink
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  3. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    If you hang around with many FF's, you will soon realize that most of us DO buy beer for $7-9 a 6/pack. Life is too short to drink cheap beer.

    On the other hand, last week, I bottled 10 gallons of my Extra Pale for the wife, and another 10 gallons of an APA.
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  4. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Hey Flashmo i will be over in 3 months to help you drink your supply
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  5. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Okay I'll admit to spending $7.00/sixer but for me it's a bit of a splurge . . . . . . .

    Uh, dare I say it. I'm a teacher ! ! !:evil


    Must be cheaper to home brew . . . . . . . After initial start-up costs - :ear
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  6. HoyaXC07

    HoyaXC07 n00b

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    My favorite beer. And i can get my gallon growler filled with it. Yum :freaky
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  7. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    That's what they tell us to sucker us in...

    I did have a couple interesting beers this week: Monkfish from Reel Ales, and a Nut Brown from Bitterroot Brewing Co.


    bdcorrigan: I doubt it will still be around in 3 months, patience is not one of my virtues...but there will be more beer (gotta start another batch this weekend).
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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    When I really splurge it's going to be Alaskan Smoked Porter. Think I'll save it for the Superbowl.

    They only brew it seasonally in the winter. Haven't yet had it this year - $$
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  9. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    I am fairly partial to Sam Adams offerings, but would love to find a good Berliner Weisse available here.
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  10. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    I moved up here form the true US Beervana (Denver). For some godforsaken reason every hippy-tiedye wearing-organic food eating-yahoo thinks beer has to have 30 times more hops than called for. I swear 80% of the crap they sell up here is garbage.

    Sorry rant off. Im currently drinking Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmel Stout (waaay more oatmeal and stout than blueberry) My favorite is 1554 fomo New Belgium, best thing to be put in a bottle hands down, well tied with Sam Adams Octoberfest.

    Im with you Windmill, juist about everything Sam Adams puts out os more or less palletable.
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  11. AVPU

    AVPU Forever Noob

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    Pyramid in Seattle has a growler refill special on Monday's. $5 any beer and growler. I have not tried to get a competitors growler filled, but that is what I was told by our waiter.

    Georgetown is $6 or $7 depending on the beer. $2 extra to refill a competitors .
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  12. BLU HWY

    BLU HWY Guilty By-Stander

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    Good stuff when you're 19! Recently ripped of by some beer brewing hipsters, heard it on the radio in Bend. :huh

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  13. kitsapian

    kitsapian Miserly Adventurer

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    Agreed, I like a hoppy beer but it seems like a lot of NW breweries go overboard and their beers end up tasting the same. Don't have much time for brewing but my last batch was a Chuckanut Brown from NW Brewers Supply in Anacortes. They have good stuff.
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  14. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Growler refills are the way to go . . . . . . But I'll also pick up the occasional combat bottle of the yummy suds that are produced farther away.

    Fortunately, in this region most of us have a craft brewery somewhere near us or on the way home from work.

    Good to know as I'm close to there (Pyramid) ! ! ! :evil

    Elliott Bay Brewing in West Seattle also has a good deal on growlers on Mondays only, the one in Burien on Tuesdays only. I believe in the $5.50 - $6.50 range. Some nice IPAs there (I like their dry hopped).
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  15. awshouse

    awshouse Downwardly mobile

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    Three points:

    1. This is special beer that I only get once a week or so. I like super hoppy stuff:

    Green Flash
    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Racer 5 (Nor Cal brew but damn good)
    Stone IPA
    Supergoose

    I can get them within 2 blocks draft or growler. Stumbling distance.

    2. Ranger is my staple beer. I dislike New Belgium otherwise, but this one rocks.

    3. Hot day of riding or hanging out in the garage requires some kind of race car beer... Amazing how much of that stuff I can drink when I really focus. :)
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  16. pjturbo

    pjturbo Been here awhile

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    Otis!

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  17. darkshadow

    darkshadow Adventurer

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    Man I cant even stomach a beer thats less than 7 bucks a sixer. My splurge is over $10.

    $2 to use a competitor's growler....thats bullshit. I've never heard of that. I have filled my Ram Growlers at over ten different brewery's and never have I been charged extra. Georgetown can keep their beer.
    Friday and Saturday's 1/2 price fills at the Ram. thats about 4.50 a fill.

    your crazy!!!

    When I lived in SoCal my favorites were Sam Adams Boston Lager and RedHooks ESB. I moved up here eleven years ago and discovered IPA's. For the past eight years I've been drinking IPA's 90percent of the time. My favorite IPA is new to the Northwest. It comes from Firestone Brewery in California called Union Jack. They have a double version of this called Double Jack which I can't even justify buying at $9 for a 22oz bottle only found at beer specialty stores.

    I can't touch domestic piss. That is not what beer is supposed to be.

    Watercat has it right. The Northwest is Beervana.

    P.S. Sam Adams finally came out with an IPA last spring: Latitude 48 and it is very tasty.
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  18. bruceo

    bruceo Been here awhile

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    I've been on an IPA kick for awhile now. Some of my current local favorites (not bottled) include Black Raven Trickster and Anacortes Brewery IPA.

    If bottles are required, then I go to Sierra Nevada Torpedo Double IPA and Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.

    :1drink
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  19. smrchief

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    When I'm hanging out in the everglades micros are too dank so Red Stripe, Michelob or even Miller High Life is the bomb.
    When hanging out in our great NW the local microbrews feed my fix. I like the offerings of Walking Man, Laurelwood, Mash Tun to name a few.
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  20. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    Although i don't really care for beer much, i can respect the folks who homebrew it, or carefully select the more "craft brewed" beers. I brew hard cider which was the drink of america pre prohibition. We have a small orchard and source our apples carefully if needed. I really gravitate twards the English dry ciders and try to brew the same in my ciders. It has been recently reported that craft cider is one of the beverages that has had steady demand and increasing sales in this economy. This is very good news in my book. I use alot of vintage and heirloom varieties as well as traditional cider apples to blend into my ciders and most are grown here on our small farm. I know what has gone into my drink and i really like that. This being said i try to brew enough to supply friends and family as well as myself through the warm months of summer. This year was a very good year for us and we managed to ferment 75 gallons of different ciders and 7 gallons of plum wine, which would be the work of my wifey. It is very rewarding and refreshing on a 80 degree day to have a glass or 4 of cider on ice. We will be bottling the last 17 gallons of the late varieties today as this is good to do on a day l;ike today. Thanks Robert for starting a cool thread!!

    Cheers to all!!
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    Here is a picture of my batch 11 one liter flip top from 2011. It has a very good nose of apple and is going to be very good in 3 months after aging. It is bottle conditioned and will have a good sparkle as well.

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