Discussion in 'The GatorTail Pub' started by StrangeGator, Jan 30, 2012.
Torpedo, damn it!
I almost went with the Toco growler but they had me with the 6er
God forgive me, my lenten sacfrifice didn't last long. I've got to modify it from a beer fast. I've cracked a hopslam and a jai Alai tonight for my wife, but have done some damage to the snifters myself.
On another note, I think I've hit my hop limit. My palate is wrecked. I'm going stout and dunkelweisen tomorrow.
I always enjoyed Tuchers Dunkel. It actually got just average reviews. And while I don't follow those to regularly, it alerted me to my severe lack of knowledge of one of my favorite types of beers. Ray, channing, 884, strange, recomendations?
Not sure how it officially rates but the Franziskaner Dunkel sort of opened the flood gates for me into craft beer. I would guess I drank a few gallons while in Germany for a 3+ weeks. Also a big fan of Julius Echter and Weihenstephaner.
Following this thread makes me realize how little I know about beer. Looking forward to sampling some of these beers over the next month
Small world. I had my first sitting in downtown Munich the evening before the opening day of Oktoberfest. After the first sip, I turned to my friend and said I just took a sip of Christmas. That's the only way I could describe it.
I drank dunkels for the next few months but could never replicate the ones had on draft in Germany. That's what I'm looking for now.
From what I've tasted, even the same brands won't taste the same here as in Germany. I don't know if they pasteurize it for international shipping but something is missing. I went on a European cruise this past summer which had a bunch of Weizens and they tasted exactly like what I had missed.
I was going to say the franziskaner dunkel as well. Good taste peeps. Erdinger is another .
Yeah, I know I'll never replicate it in the states, I shouldn't have said that. I just want to get as close as possible. Thanks for the recs!
guinness black lager. not bad!
I believe it's the preservatives.
Last night I had some of my home brewed pale ale hopped with Chinook and Citra followed by home brewed IIPA based off Avery Maharaja.
Don't get out to the beer store that often anymore due to having 4 taps of home brew flowing at all times. But I did pick up a bomber of Green Flash Palate Wrecker and Dogfish/Sierra Neveda Rhizing Bines yesterday.
My Bro-in-law home brews most of what he consumes. He really only go into it a few years ago but it amazes me that some of his beer is better than 90% of the stuff I can buy on a shelf. He's brewed a few that were really mindblowing.
Wish I had the patience and time to get into it.
I am bottling my second batch of homebrew this weekend. I make some of the dumb rookie mistakes in the first batch like hopping at too high a temp. I have tried a few and it has some off tastes but it is improving with age. I think the second batch will be great. Need to read up on switching to kegs but I did build a nice DYI kegorator.
Not an IPA guy, but living this close to Asheville and knowing that Highland's Devil's Britches would only be available for a couple more weeks, I sprang for it. Pleasantly surprised at how balanced it was (I've had a very "meh" experience with some of Highland's other stuff). It's got some buzz up front (well, not to the IPA vets in this thread) then mellows out nicely to a slightly too-malty finish. Digging the smell of it though. Lots of pine, a little citrus.
I got about 80 or so batches under my belt so far in the last 2 years. Once you get your process down and learn from your mistakes, things get better pretty fast. My first 8 batches were decent, after that they started getting noticeably better to the point where I stopped buying commercial beer unless it's something special or something I don't want 5 gallons of tying up a keg. If you already have a kegorator I would look into picking up a couple cornie kegs (old soda kegs). Way less work on bottling day to clean/sanitize/fill one keg rather than 50+ bottles. Good luck!
Yeah, had it a few nights ago. Highland never seems to blow my socks off, but all their beer is very solid. This one was no exception. I heard they brew some interesting stuff that doesn't make it outside of Asheville.
Weihenstaphener Dunkel. Followed by a Hopslam. Dang that Hopslam is good. Glad I grabbed a case.