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PostPosted: Wed March 9th, 2016, 00:29 GMT 
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Finest beer city east of the Mississippi plus our boy plus Mavis....Portland is the no-brainer for this tour for devotees of this thread!


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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Finest beer city east of the Mississippi plus our boy plus Mavis....Portland is the no-brainer for this tour!

Wicked easy venue too!


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Hidden Cove
Allagash
Maine Beer Co.
Baxter Brewing
Plus The Great Lost Bear pub in Portland (120 taps) and Smuttynose just down the road apiece in Coastal NH.

My plan is to have one beer for every croonish song in the set. This could end up like that Foghat/Uriah Heap show at the Cape Cod Coliseum in '72!


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That one caught my eye! But this Midwesterners gonna hit Mashantucket I think. I like the casino/oasis/indoors environment. 3rd of July makes it a must-do. Bob and Mrs. Llama and I will have a bobvanniversary to celebrate!


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Have not been to a hop-hash bar.


I usually get my directions for the hashpot from the beer bar. Can't beat help from the locals!


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capecod wrote:
Hidden Cove
Allagash
Maine Beer Co.
Baxter Brewing
Plus The Great Lost Bear pub in Portland (120 taps) and Smuttynose just down the road apiece in Coastal NH.

My plan is to have one beer for every croonish song in the set. This could end up like that Foghat/Uriah Heap show at the Cape Cod Coliseum in '72!


Somehow I thought is was ZZTop/Uriah Heap. That was a while ago Cod! It mighta been around that time. I remember how slimy that floor could get. Hadta cruise up to Miles Standish afterwards to jump into College Pond to wash it all off.


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A Merry Llama wrote:
That one caught my eye! But this Midwesterners gonna hit Mashantucket I think. I like the casino/oasis/indoors environment. 3rd of July makes it a must-do. Bob and Mrs. Llama and I will have a bobvanniversary to celebrate!

Maybe we'll cross. I like to think of casinos as kind of Living History museums.
Like going to Plymouth Plantation...but with lots of smoke and zero happy faces.
Easy venues though. No problem getting in.


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It's high time we cross Bf, I'll be walking with a bottle from Pipeworks in tow. It'll be stout and it'll be unforgettable


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It's high time we cross Bf, I'll be walking with a bottle from Pipeworks in tow. It'll be stout and it'll be unforgettable

That's good, because those CT casinos ain't got any good beer.


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Even better that I travel with a satchel then!


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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You gonna dovetail that trip with a stay in Mass., Llama? We can try to meet up at the Buzzard's Bay Brewery in Westport...great biking around there and it's on a farm, so plenty of room for Li'l Llamas to gambol.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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capecod wrote:

Somehow I thought is was ZZTop/Uriah Heap. That was a while ago Cod! It mighta been around that time. I remember how slimy that floor could get. Hadta cruise up to Miles Standish afterwards to jump into College Pond to wash it all off.


Extensive research reveals that you are correct, Barefoot...this was obviously not the show I was thinking of, but if you remember it, it really wasn't the 70's, right? But check this out from the Heep's website:

Sep 01 - Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA (w/ ZZ Top and Earth Wind & Fire)

Now is that a triple bill or what? Reminds me of a Strawbs/Blue Oyster Cult/Rod Stewart & Faces show I saw in Providence back in the day.

A further look into Heep's tour schedule shows that they played 126 shows that year in the UK, Germany, here, Japan, back here, Scandanavia and the UK again. Uriah Heep was a touring machine!


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For those of you going to the Vienna show(s), there's a nice little brewery called Caboose about 10 minutes from the amphitheater. In addition to a wide variety of styles of brews, they serve pretty good food. I'll probably be stopping there before the shows.


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You gonna dovetail that trip with a stay in Mass., Llama? We can try to meet up at the Buzzard's Bay Brewery in Westport...great biking around there and it's on a farm, so plenty of room for Li'l Llamas to gambol.


Yes, my thinking is we'd spend some time in Westport! And would love to meet at buzzards bay or the nearby winery where they pour buzzards bay freely (by the bottle of course), just up the street from where we reside! Beautiful grounds


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
capecod wrote:

Somehow I thought is was ZZTop/Uriah Heap. That was a while ago Cod! It mighta been around that time. I remember how slimy that floor could get. Hadta cruise up to Miles Standish afterwards to jump into College Pond to wash it all off.


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Extensive research reveals that you are correct, Barefoot...this was obviously not the show I was thinking of, but if you remember it, it really wasn't the 70's, right? But check this out from the Heep's website:

Sep 01 - Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA (w/ ZZ Top and Earth Wind & Fire)

Now is that a triple bill or what? Reminds me of a Strawbs/Blue Oyster Cult/Rod Stewart & Faces show I saw in Providence back in the day.

A further look into Heep's tour schedule shows that they played 126 shows that year in the UK, Germany, here, Japan, back here, Scandanavia and the UK again. Uriah Heep was a touring machine!


RE: Strawbs/Blue Oyster Cult/Rod Stewart: Ah yes, before BOC's laser show was banned due to blinding danger or something like that!

Back in the day when ANY beer was considered good.
We didn't know any better! And didn't care!


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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Saki has been known to kick my ass.
Won't be drinkin' it next week to celebrate Bob's 2016 kickoff, but looking for the appropriate brew.


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Well, when I go for sushi, I like to pair it with a ginger beer or Hitachino White ale. Owls always know best. And ginger beer is more Jamaican apparently.

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I'm eying that Espresso Stout.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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And the whole International Date Line & Time Zone thing is gonna drive me to drinkin'!
Beer for breakfast. Isn't that a Willie tune?


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A Merry Llama wrote:
Well, when I go for sushi, I like to pair it with a ginger beer or Hitachino White ale. Owls always know best. And ginger beer is more Jamaican apparently.

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Looks good :)


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And the whole International Date Line & Time Zone thing is gonna drive me to drinkin'!
Beer for breakfast. Isn't that a Willie tune?


Whiskey for my men,
And beer for our horses!


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capecod wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
And the whole International Date Line & Time Zone thing is gonna drive me to drinkin'!
Beer for breakfast. Isn't that a Willie tune?


Whiskey for my men,
And beer for our horses!

Oh ya, Cod, that's similar thinking & good...
Here's a newer "Beer For Breakfast" by another Texas band, JB & The Moonshine Band
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4JzkdMoxruY


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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I also see Popeye's is in the Top 20 in Tokyo, Cod!



Some of the top 20 craft beer bars in Tokyo region

Reviews by James Hadfield

For drinkers who've foresworn a life of Sapporo and Super Dry, Tokyo is a much more welcoming place than it used to be. It's still worth making a pilgrimage to the legendary Popeye in Ryogoku, but you can now find Japanese and import microbrews on tap at countless bars around the city – and some places are even starting to brew their own. Whether you're new to the scene or a hardcore boozehound chasing that next hop high, it's hard to go wrong with the following Tokyo craft beer bars. And if you're looking for more drink options, our pick of the best Tokyo bars has you covered.


Popeye
The undisputed champion of Tokyo beers bars has an unrivalled 70 varieties on tap, all kept in impeccable condition and most of them produced by Japanese microbreweries. There's table seating for groups, but the most fun is to be had at the bar, where the friendly and knowledgable staff entice drinkers with unfamiliar tipples. It isn't the cheapest place in town, and the stodgy food selection falls short of the quality of the beer – but if it's the latter you're after, Popeye is hard to beat.
Ryogoku

Goodbeer Faucets
This spacious, chrome-and-concrete bar opposite Shibuya's Bunkamura complex is the work of Teruya Hori, a major player in the craft beer scene who also built the shop's state-of-the-art tap system. With over 40 craft beers on draught – predominantly Japanese and American microbrews – Goodbeer Faucets has one of the largest selections in the capital, and the prices are generally reasonable. Keep an eye on their Twitter account if you want to catch some of the more unusual offerings, as they tend to go quickly.
Shibuya

Nakameguro Taproom
The first Tokyo pub opened by Numazu's Baird Brewing Company is all brick walls and wood panelling, with a long central table that's ripe for communal drinking. It's primarily an outlet for Baird's own brews, including seasonal beers and staple tipples like the excellent Teikoku IPA and Angry Boy Brown Ale, though you'll also find a few guest beers on tap. In a welcome addition to the menu, the Taproom now also serves New Haven-style pizza – perfect for soaking up all that alcohol.
Nakameguro

Ushitora
Shimokitazawa's high temple of craft beer is actually two shops: Ushitora One is a sit-down affair with a food menu that stretches from sauerkraut to shepherd's pie, while Ushitora Two is a standing bar that serves up kushiage and oden alongside the drinks. Between them, they've got 35 beers on tap, almost all of them from Japanese breweries and some of them practically impossible to find elsewhere.
Shimokitazawa

Craft Beer Market
Planted right in the middle of one of Tokyo's busiest office districts, Craft Beer Market caused a minor sensation when it opened in 2011. Not without due cause, either: with all of its beers priced at a flat ¥780 per US pint, the 40-seater pub is undercutting the competition by a few hundred yen per drink. Choose from 30 draught beers, including local heavyweights like Baird, Aqula and Iwate Kura, plus the occasional imported microbrew. Good food, too. Also check out the Craft Beer Markets in Awajicho, Jimbocho, Nihonbashi, Koenji and Kichijoji.
Shinbashi

DevilCraft
Opened by a trio of American homebrew enthusiasts in the summer of 2011, DevilCraft immediately stood out on the increasingly crowded Tokyo craft beer scene, for a simple reason: it was getting noticed because of its food. While you can always count on finding some top-grade offerings amongst the 15 draft beers on offer – sometimes including contract-brewed recipes by the owners themselves – it feels as though many customers are going for the Chicago-style deep dish pizzas as much as the beer.
Nihonbashi

Delirium Café Tokyo
The first Tokyo outpost of Belgium's famed Delirium Café is located in the heart of the Kasumigaseki office district, meaning that it's crawling with salarymen on most nights of the week. Though it can't hope to rival the 2,000-plus beer selection of its Brussels counterpart, it boasts upwards of 60 bottled varieties, with around a dozen available on tap. The food menu includes Belgian staples such as steamed mussels and carbonnade flamande beer stew alongside tortilla, cured ham and Hokkaido venison.
Kasumigaseki

Lush Life
Easily one of the most stylish additions to the Tokyo craft beer circuit, Lush Life looks more like a high-end dining bar than a pub, all soft-lit pale wood surfaces and minimal decor, with an ornate siphon coffee maker perched at one end of the bar. There are a dozen beers on tap, including both Japanese and international microbrews and some rare-in-Tokyo selections. The food menu looks considerably less interesting at first, but even run-of-the-mill offerings like beer-battered onion rings and peperoncino spaghetti are done with real flair.
Sakura-Shinmachi

The Aldgate
Welcome to that rarest of Tokyo British pubs: good music, no ersatz trappings, no chain-smoking salarymen, and a good range of beers and ales on tap, with regulars like Old Speckled Hen, Yona Yona Real Ale and Baird IPA jostling alongside a selection of guest tipples from Japanese and foreign microbreweries. The kitchen's baked potato with beans, toad in the hole and fish and chips will have the limey contingent yearning for home, and the results are invariably tasty, even if they aren't always entirely accurate.
Shibuya

Vivo! Beer + Dining Bar
One of the forerunners of the Tokyo craft beer boom, Vivo! has both relocated and dramatically increased the number of brews on tap since it first opened in Ikebukuro in 2003. The generic decor of its basement location leaves a bit to be desired, but there's no faulting the selection of domestic and imported microbrews – which (unusually) you can order in both US and UK pint glasses.
Ikebukuro

Watering Hole
In 1998, Ichiri Fujiura became the first non-American to win the Homebrewer of the Year award – too bad that homebrewing is actually illegal in Japan. 14 years on, the suds enthusiast got the last laugh when he opened a craft beer pub that was to house his very own 'nano' brewery. The Tharsis Ridge Brewing Company project never came to anything, but Fujiura's bar nonetheless continues to serve up to 21 draft microbrews (a couple of them hand-pumped) from Japan and overseas.
Yoyogi

Craftheads
The sister shop of Kawasaki craft beer haven Sal's Bar isn't quite as snooty as its counterpart, though the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a wine bar than a beer hall. The draft selection – a fairly equal split between American and Japanese microbreweries – gets served in 200ml and 350ml glasses that encourage drinkers to sample a wide variety, and it's the only place in town that serves bottled and draft beers from Indiana's Three Floyds Brewing.
Shibuya

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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Tue April 5th, 2016, 19:38 GMT 
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a very nice list - reminds me of my latest trip to florida - where good beer was finally not all that hard to find!

this is not relative to Japan, but at least to the month of April.

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I am bothered that i have to taste this before I can complain about it - the flavor palate looks too good to dismiss.
BUT, just like the overly commodified event that is Record Store Day, this beer title is just too much too take.
some things shouldn't be packaged or titled. the natural relationship between mind altering toxins and music is one of them.
do we really need to label that and put it in a box? such a trump thing to do. they should have used a Phil Collins song instead of a Phish song, even that bothers me. fittingly, it's a song picked from their biggest 'sellout' period.

http://mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/02/ ... beers.html


the proper thing to title your beer if you want 'beer to drink music to' is to name it after a jazz great or a Bob Dylan song.
e.g. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/38868/171853/


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Tue April 5th, 2016, 23:07 GMT 
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A Merry Llama wrote:
a very nice list - reminds me of my latest trip to florida - where good beer was finally not all that hard to find!



Really? Florida? Florida is usually one of the worst places in The Americas to find good beer!
Did the Anheuser-Busch cartel finally give way?

I'm passing through FL next month Llama, so please pass on some suggestions on what is considered "good" beer found in Florida these days. I'm all ears!


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