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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Wed July 10th, 2013, 15:27 GMT 
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Saint Paul, Minnesota - 2013 Show #33


This one looks pretty good. I think I'd start here and see where things go...

Flat Earth Brewing

Flat Earth Brewing offers a variety of hand-crafted beers for any occasion. Every Flat Earth beer is brewed using only the finest ingredients and the capital city's purest water. We skip the market research and brew what we believe is a great beer that people will enjoy. Pair any of our beers with your favorite entree, we think there's something for everyone and every taste.


Angry Planet Pale Ale
This beer is a good example of what happens when old mother nature gets mad. Angry Planet is made with organic American 2-row, C60 and Munich malts. Featuring Cascade hops and a large dry hop addition, together create an aroma of citrus and light toast and carries a nice flavorful punch of citrus hop that is balanced by a slight caramel sweetness which plays off on the hops bitterness. Angry Planet pairs well with yak momo, pizza & pad thai as well as burgers and brats off the grill.
* O.G. 1060
* SRM 14
* ABV 6.00
* IBU 48

Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Our first offering from Flat Earth Brewing Company is this complex Belgian-style pale ale, brewed with Belgian malts that yield a copper-red hue with hints of raisin, cherry and toast. The moderate yeast character marks itself with flavors of clove and spice but finishes dry to leave you thirsting for more. Our Belgian-style session ale is brewed to be enjoyed with a variety of foods, but try it with steamed mussels, a rack of lamb or a chargrilled steak.
* O.G. 1050
* SRM 14
* ABV 5.20
* IBU 25

Cygnus X-1 Porter
Named after a black hole and a song, this is a porter like no other. We took an old English porter recipe, added some rye malt, and our porter was born. This brew floods your palate with hints of chocolate, biscuit and all-around roasty goodness with just a touch of smoke that finishes dry but is not overpowering. Perfect with roasts or fowl. Enjoy by the fire, and it will certainly warm you on any cold evening in the Great White North.
* O.G. 1065
* SRM 25
* ABV 6.50
* IBU 45

Northwest Passage IPA
The hoppiest IPA in the Midwest at 115 IBU! The Northwest Passage, once a virtually impassable route through Canada it has become the "secret" submarine route. Made with Canadian malts and four American hops, Northwest Passage goes well with Pho, Buffalo wings & bon fires.
* O.G. 1065
* SRM 12
* ABV 6.50
* IBU 115

The LIVID Planet Pale Ale
Take our american pale ale The Angry Planet, bombard it with a meteor shower of hops and what do you get? THE LIVID PLANET! Although Cascade hops remain the star of the brew, this unique blend nicely raises the hop level without being a true IPA. THE LIVID PLANET pairs well with any spicy dish or all by itself on a clear evening, while star gazing for the next meteor shower.
* O.G. 1.060
* SRM 13
* ABV 6.00
* IBU 81

Bermuda Triangle Tripel
Only the finest Belgian grains were brewed with Belgian candied sugar and orange blossom honey from the Bermuda Triangle then aged for several months to produce a bright, golden ale bursting with flavors of lemon, spice, and a touch of that orange blossom honey sweetness. This is an ale that is deceptively smooth and easy drinking, so be careful not to lose yourself in the flavors of Bermuda Triangle.
* O.G. 1083
* SRM 6
* ABV 9.10
* IBU 31

Black Helicopter Coffee Stout
A clandestine mission to parts unknown inspired the creation of this fine stout. Black Helicopter has been infused with the finest roasted coffee on the planet. The beans were secretly flown to our roaster in the sleepy hamlet of Minneapolis, where they were transformed into delicious coffee. Enjoy this beer with the closest of friends. You never know who is watching. Malt beverage with coffee added.
* O.G. 1053
* SRM 28
* ABV 5.30
* IBU 25

Element 115 Lager
The name Element 115 comes from an undiscovered element on our periodic table. UFO experts claim that it is an essential component that allows UFOs to fly. The brew represents a truly unique American beer style known as California common. This San Francisco style lager is a deep amber color, full of malty goodness and assertively hopped for an exceptionally balanced and smooth beer. This brew marries the full malt character of ale with the smoothness of lager. This beer goes great with just about any food, but try it with your favorite entree slathered in BBQ sauce or a spicy Asian dish. Serve cold, of course.
* O.G. 1055
* SRM 13
* ABV 5.50
* IBU 50

Mummy Train
Mummy-powered locomotives were once a frequent sight throughout Egypt, conveying gold, spices and mystical artifacts across the vast desert sands. They have since faded until innuendo and rumor, their presence diminishing with the power of the pharaohs. Now, the Mummy Train of yore passes by just once a year. You may hear its ancient howl in warmer months, but dismiss it as deja vu. The train's siren song grows through the summer until its unmistakable wail builds to a crescendo in the fall.
* O.G. 1.052
* SRM 13
* ABV 5.20
* IBU 30

Ovni Ale
In 1902, one hundred feet of the Eiffel Tower had to be replaced after it was struck by an electrical discharge. Many believe the source of that surge was from a passing flying saucer. Ovni (flying saucer in French) Ale commemorates the great craftsmanship that went into repairing the tower. This French style bier de garde is made with the finest imported malt and hops. This beer has a substantial malt character with a mild hop bitterness. Ovni Ale pairs well with bouillabaisse, wild game and pasta.
* O.G. 1070
* SRM 16
* ABV 7.10
* IBU 26

Red Cape Ale
A very smooth and refreshing brew, this easy drinking Irish Red pours a dark mahogany brown with a tinge of ruby red in color and carries an aroma of roasted and toasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate. This smooth drinking ale is perfect as a light alternative that wont fill you up and was brewed exclusively for the Saint Paul Winter Carnivals Vulcan Krewe!
* O.G. 1050
* SRM 17
* ABV 5.10
* IBU 25

Winter Warlock
Available in December Winter Warlock was made in the tradition of some of England's great barley-wine ales. Our beer is made with delicious base malt and sugar. We boiled for over two hours to caramelize some of the sugars. The final product is as smooth as freshly resurfaced ice with a subtle hop character. This beer pairs nicely with calamari, ham and quail. Enjoy this beer with someone special on a cold winter's night. Get cozy by a roaring fire, and take time to reflect on how each beer is as unique as a snowflake.
* O.G. 1100
* SRM 7
* ABV 10.10
* IBU 46

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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Wed July 10th, 2013, 16:34 GMT 
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Location: on a rail leading West
I'll do some digging around Phily as the tour heads east.



Today it's Twin Cities! and wow, here's a fine site for beer navigation if I ever saw one.

http://beermapping.com/maps/citymaps.ph ... 176422&z=5

Beer brewing gets good up river with clean water - and I noticed there are three breweries in a row right on the river In Saint Paul - not St. Paul, but Saint Paul.

St. Croix Brewing Company:
http://www.stcroixbeer.com
History: St. Croix Brewery was founded in 1860’s by Gerhard Knipps in Stillwater MN. The brewery was located in north end of Stillwater near the Tamarack House. Like many early pioneer breweries of the valley, it served the local loggers of the area. As Stillwater grew the St. Croix Brewery sold and its operations ceased in the latter part of the 19th century. The buildings and land were used for various mercantile interests until the early 1950’s when it was razed to make room for the Highway 95 realignment. In 1995 the St. Croix Brewing Company was once again reborn by a local homebrewer and came to be known as the St. Croix Beer Company. Introduced that year was the American Original St. Croix Maple Ale. In 2003 Tod Fyten purchased the St. Croix Beer Company and renamed it the St. Croix Brewing Company, LLC. Currently headquartered in St. Paul, plans are to once again build a brewery in the St. Croix River Valley.

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VinePark : a brew it yourself, risky.

Summit is here, http://www.summitbrewing.com,
that's a big one, but not the greatest


and this one has my pick (and Barefoot's too!):
http://www.flatearthbrewing.com/beer.php

Great labels and descriptions - two signs I look for when I'm shooting in the dark.

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Angry Planet Pale Ale
This beer is a good example of what happens when old mother nature gets mad. Angry Planet is made with organic American 2-row, C60 and Munich malts. Featuring Cascade hops and a large dry hop addition, together create an aroma of citrus and light toast and carries a nice flavorful punch of citrus hop that is balanced by a slight caramel sweetness which plays off on the hop�s bitterness. Angry Planet pairs well with yak momo, pizza & pad thai as well as burgers and brats off the grill.


This one makes me hope the temperature drops a bit:

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Cygnus X-1 Porter

Named after a black hole and a song, this is a porter like no other. We took an old English porter recipe, added some rye malt, and our porter was born. This brew floods your palate with hints of chocolate, biscuit and all-around roasty goodness with just a touch of smoke that finishes dry but is not overpowering. Perfect with roasts or fowl. Enjoy by the fire, and it will certainly warm you on any cold evening in the Great White North.

And finally, records are good for something. Especially in AmericanaramA

Northwest Passage IPA

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The hoppiest IPA in the Midwest at 115 IBU! The Northwest Passage, once a virtually impassable route through Canada it has become the "secret" submarine route. Made with Canadian malts and four American hops, Northwest Passage goes well with Pho, Buffalo wings & bon fires.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Wed July 10th, 2013, 23:08 GMT 
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Won't do anyone any good if you have a powerful thirst at the moment, but my homebrew supply shop is in Minny. A bunch of their styles are viewable here if you are interested:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/homebrew ... ients.html

They do a great job if you are ever looking for a hobby.


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Jumping ahead to TOMORROW , the venue may have changed, but this brewery remains:

http://www.rhodells.com

should have time to drop by around 3 on the dot...

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They paddled there too!
Wish I could join ya.
Have a barrel of fun Llama!


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it's just down river from Duluth...
no worries, we can wait for a show at the ballpark in Gary.


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A Merry Llama wrote:
it's just down river from Duluth...
no worries, we can wait for a show at the ballpark in Gary.

My favorite town! You remembered?


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I read troub's journal, truth be known.


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Now you're talkin' TroubaLlama.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
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Best Brews on Tour
Toronto, Ontario - 2013 Show #37


It's not gonna be easy to find good brew nearby this Alcatraz Island-like venue...but walking or public transportation is not a bad thing...

Toronto Brewpubs
Here are some (untested) brewery ideas:

Bellwoods Brewery - 124 Ossington Ave, Toronto

Denison's Brewing Company - 164 Evans Ave, Etobicoke

Black Oak Brewing Co. - 1-75 Horner Ave, Etobicoke

Great Lakes Brewery - 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke

Amsterdam Brewing Company - 21 Bathurst St, Toronto

Granite Brewery & Restaurant - 245 Eglington Ave E, Toronto

C'est What? - 67 Front St E, Toronto

barVolo - 587 Yonge St, Toronto

Spearhead Brewing Company - 164 Evans Ave, Etobicoke

Indie Ale House Brewing Company - 2876 Dundas St W, Toronto

Steam Whistle Brewing - 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

Cameron's Brewing Co. - 1165 Invicta Dr, Oakville

Beer Academy - 75 Victoria St, Toronto

Mill Street Brew Pub - 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto

Cheshire Valley Brewing Company - 1-75 Horner Ave, Etobicoke

Black Creek Historic Brewery - 1000 Murray Ross Pky, North York

The 3 Brewers - 275 Yonge St, Toronto

Kensington Brewing Company - 319 Augusta Ave, Toronto

Junction Craft Brewing - 101-90 Cawthra Ave, Toronto

Old Credit Brewing Co. - 6 Queen St W, Mississauga

Saint André - 164 Evans Ave, Etobicoke

Cool Beer Brewing Co. - 164 Evans Ave, Etobicoke

Trafalgar Ales & Meads - 1156 Speers Rd, Oakville

Radical Road Brewing Co. - 1-75 Horner Ave, Etobicoke

Hogtown Brewers - 120 Adelaide St W, Toronto


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Mon July 15th, 2013, 21:29 GMT 
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Just in case you didn't go to the Toronto thread...

Mmmm. Mill Street. Good choice Hal.

Here what they got. I think I'd be ordering the Orgasmic Hellacious Bock for starters...



Tankhouse Pale Ale, 5.2% alc./vol.
Like traditional pale ales, Tankhouse Ale has a deep copper-red colour. We use five different malts to produce a complex malty texture. The most dominant character of our Pale Ale is the hop. The spicy Cascades is used to give an assertive hop flavour, aroma and bitterness to our ale. The result is a satisfying and complex-tasting beer. Our brewmaster developed this recipe 20 years ago and it has remained his favorite drink of choice.

Tasting Notes: Orange-tinged dark amber; aroma shows rich fruity hoppiness (cherry, plum), plus woody notes, and lightly smokey crystal malts.

Suggested food pairing: mussels, fish & chips, curried dishes.



Original Organic Lager, 4.2% alc./vol.
This 100% all natural certified Organic Lager is Ontario’s first organic lager, and contains no pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Brewed with imported malt and hops, this 4.2% European-style pilsner offers a light, crisp and refreshing flavour, with a clean finish.

Tasting Notes: Light, golden colour, light floral hop aroma, pleasant malty/biscuit taste with a well-balanced finish. Very clean, with no aftertaste.

Suggested food pairing: seafood, light pasta, chicken, light vegetable dishes, cheese and fruit.



Stock Ale, 5% alc./vol.
A golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. A brillant golden colour gives a “sparkling” appearance as the gas escapes from the glass. The natural sweetness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops. This beer represents the way blonde ales were made 100 years ago.

Tasting Notes: A golden brilliantly clear ale, light dusting of hops in the nose, light malt flavour in perfect balance with hop bitterness.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled meat, spicy south western-style dishes.



Balzac’s Coffee Porter, 5.5% alc./vol.
Our porter is rich and robust, dark brown in colour with a dark roasted coffee nose, imparting an intense coffee flavour with notes of chocolate. Made with beans supplied by the Distillery District’s Balzac's Coffee, this porter offers a rich, full and unique flavour. Currently, there are no other coffee-flavoured beers in the Ontario market.

Tasting Notes: Dark brown with light brown head. Nice earthy hop finish. Roasted aroma. Very chocolaty.

Suggested Food Pairing: comfort food, stews, roasted meats, oysters and pub fare.


Mill Street Organic Helles Bock, 7.0% alc./vol.
A pale (Helles in German, orange colour), strong German lager brewed with 100% Organic malt and hops. A great big white head gives way to a sweet maltly note which is quickly followed by the aroma of alcohol. A rich malty flavour with hints of current and oranges is found on the first sip. The hops have a gentle bitterness to balance the malt. The alcohol is not a dominate flavour, but you certainly feel it after a glass or two.


Cobblestone Stout 4.2% alc./vol. (Only available in kegs)
We produce a traditional styled Irish Stout that is served using beer gas to produce that familiar creamy pore. This is the same system that draft Guinness uses. Our black stout has a roasted malt flavour and a hint of toasted walnuts and chocolate in the finish. Select imported hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.


Mill Street Pilsner 4.8% alc./vol.
Our organic continental lager has a deep golden hue, a giant rocky white head with a malty sweet nose. The first taste is sweet but leads quickly to a dry hoppy bitter finish. In the German style, Mill Street Pilsner finishes dry and is an excellent accompaniment to food or an excellent thirst quencher on its own.



Mill St Wit Beer 5% alc./vol.
Mill St Belgian style Wit is a refreshing beer made with a unique blend of ingredients. The soft texture and pale colour comes from the use of wheat. Coriander, orange peel and our special yeast produce the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass. This beer is unfiltered. The resulting cloudiness gave rise to the term Wit, or White beer.


Mill St Fruit Beer, 5%alc./Vol
Mill St Fruit Beer is made from a blend of raspberries and a pale beer. This allows the wonderful flavour of the cherries to dominate the taste and aroma with the beer underpinning the natural sweetness of the fruit. The red colour comes entirely from the fruit.


Mill St. Extra Special Bitter (ESB), 4.6% alc./vol
Bitters have been the common drink in English pubs for decades. Mill St ESB uses only traditional ingredients, Marris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England. With light malt and hops in the nose, this copper coloured ale gives rise to a malty body with hints of chocolate and black currents. The hoppiness is always present but never out of balance in this style.


Mill St India Pale Ale (IPA), 6.1% alc./vol
True IPA's were high in both alcohol and hops to survive the long hot voyage from Britain to India. This makes it a big and flavour beer style. Our version is no exception. Traditional English malts and hops are used to give this copper brew a big flavour. This beer has a slightly roasted note with a strong hop bitterness and flavour.

http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/content/our-beers


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Tue July 16th, 2013, 19:16 GMT 

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Thanks for all the great info!

Are there any good places in Philly? Never been there, will see the show in Camden nearby (will see Hoboken and Jones Beach too).


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PostPosted: Tue July 16th, 2013, 19:23 GMT 
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egoBen wrote:
Thanks for all the great info!

Are there any good places in Philly? Never been there, will see the show in Camden nearby (will see Hoboken and Jones Beach too).

Cape Codder is interested too. The Llama was gonna cover that after a little more sleep.
I'll help him out though, if he doesn't come around.

I can see him now, diaper in one hand, IPA in the other.


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New kind of beverage combining beer with the diaper...we'll call it Di-P-A....or I-P-Di....uh, nevermind.

This place looks close to where we are staying...Strangelove's, on 11th, between Walnut & Locust...have not tried many of these on tap....three nites in the City of Brotherly love, should be able to make a dent:

On Draft:

Allagash White
De La Senne Brussels Calling
Thornbridge Jaipur
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
Evil Twin Lil B
Hitachino Commemorative
Manayunk/Strangelove's Duet
Brewer's Art Wuyi
Williamsburg Coffeehouse Stout
Summit Saga IPA
Blaugies Darbyste
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
Loverbeer Madamin
Sly Fox Helles
BFM 225
Leipziger Gose
Benediktiner Weizen

And a place specializing in Belgians, Monk's Cafe at 264 S. 16th:

On Tap
Updated On: 07/05/2013

Allagash White


MAINE - Rob Tod's interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer, Allagash White is brewed with a generous portion of wheat and a special blend of spices, this beer is light and slightly cloudy in appearance, with a spicy aroma. Overall, it is a beer that is very drinkable and smooth any time of the year.



Bear Republic Racer 5


CALIFORNIA - A multi-award winning, well-balanced IPA. Really nice, floral, hoppy nose. Good malt body and nice crisp, hoppy finish. Aromas of citrus from the Columbus & Cascade hops. I really like this beer!



Chimay Triple ( aka Cinq Cent )


BELGIUM - Rich, spicy blonde triple, dry herbaceous finish. Brewed on the grounds of a Trappist Monastary (in the Ardennes Mtns). The hoppiest of their three offerings. Since 1862 the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers (and cheeses!).



De Dolle Dulle Teve


BELGIUM - "Mad Bitch" from the mad brewers. Kris' version of a Tripel. Lots of hops & candi sugar in the nose. Sweet, golden fruit palate. Citrus finish.



Delirium Tremens


BELGIUM - A triple in style. The young drinkers just love the pink elephant logo



DeMolen Bloed, Zweet & Taren


NETHERLANDS - (Blood, Sweat & Tears) English peat smoked malt and Weyerman beechwood smoked malt. Notes of coffee, chocolate & dark fruit with a phenolic smokey edge. 8.1%abv



DeMolen Cease & Desist


NETHERLANDS - Originally named Rasputin, but North Coast Brewery sued over the use of "their" name. Menno named it "Disputin" for a batch or two. Now named Cease & Desist. Russian Imperial stout with a ton of dark roasted malt. Full body. Dark as a moonless night. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Os so very good. 10.7%abv



DeMolen Mooi & Meedogneloos


NETHERLANDS - (Beautiful & Ruthless) Dutch quadruppel. Lots of malt, some dark roasted. Notes of dark fruit and chocolate, yet somehow the sublte Czech hops come through. Truly beautiful with ruthless alcohol. 10.2%abv



DeMolen Rook & Leer


NETHERLANDS - Rook & Leer (smoke and leather) I brewed this with Menno back in September of 2011. It's a smoked imperial stout that was aged in Lagavulin barrels for 20 months with brettanomyces. Malts: brown, chocolate, roasted, caramel and beechwood smoked. Hops: Premiant. It is a deeply smoky sour beer. 11.5%abv



Harviestound Engineer's Reserv


SCOTLAND - amped up version of Old Engine Oil. More malt, richer flavor. 9%abv



Lindemans Framboise


BELGIUM - sweet, sparkling, raspberry infused lambic ale



Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale


BELGIUM - That's right, our own private label brewed for us by the family-owned Van Steenberge brewery, just outside Ghent, Belgium. Medium body, red color, somewhat fruity nose, malt flavor with a slight lactic taste. Great Stuff! A real thirst quencher and palate cleanser.



Petrus Aged Pale Ale


BELGIUM - This is a staff favorite in bottle. This beer is aged 18 months in oak barrels, which provides the sour note this beer exhibits. Kegs of this are a real rariety. Both refreshing and bracing.



Port Brewing Older Viscosity


CALIFORNIA - Sort of an old ale/barleywine. 20% of the beer was aged in bourbon barrels. Thick & chewy with the whiskey, oak and vanilla coming through. 12.5%



Russian River Blind Pig


CALIFORNIA - Perhaps my favorite West Coast IPA. Solid hop aromas and finish backed up by the perfect balance of malt. 6.1%abv


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PostPosted: Wed July 17th, 2013, 01:56 GMT 
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Good stuff Cod...
I might be tempted by this one first:

DeMolen Cease & Desist
NETHERLANDS - Originally named Rasputin, but North Coast Brewery sued over the use of "their" name. Menno named it "Disputin" for a batch or two. Now named Cease & Desist. Russian Imperial stout with a ton of dark roasted malt. Full body. Dark as a moonless night. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Os so very good. 10.7%abv


The abv looks killer.


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PostPosted: Fri July 19th, 2013, 19:42 GMT 

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Shark alert! White flag!

On The Pier in Chicago they had a lager called "Landshark". A lager brewed in Florida. Never had that before, might give it a try. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. It was utterly revolting. Threw half of it away and it still almost ruined my entire holiday. Can still remember the vile taste, a week later. The name is pretty good though. This is how it must feel to get your guts ripped out by a great white who has mistaken you for a seal. If I hadn't found my way to the Revolution brewery and Goose Island brewpub, things could have turned out ugly. So, a general warning is in place: Avoid sharks on land at all cost! If you have to get attacked by a shark, see to it that it takes place in the comfort of the sea - not on land!


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Navy Pier is a big mistake as well, unless you're talking about a sunrise bike-ride or a midnight rendezvous. I hope nothing on this thread has ever suggested a lager from Florida is a good idea at any time.

Now, Revolution brewery is what we're talking about. A beautiful neighborhood that is on a national bike route, Logan Square - where they throw an annual Fat Tire beer fest. (don't drink Fat Tire though, drink their other blends).

Great labels and beers from Revolution. Good candor and sociopolitical principles.

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By the way, where's Milkcow been?

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Just found a new one to try out soon. Looks like a good one for the tour.

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Until then, I'm strictly sticking to this one:

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Anything around Mansfield Llama? I don't recall much around there.
More of a BYOB place.


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I was about to say I have no Idea, but then I realized I regularly visit Westport, MA, on the water, where I have sipped some mighty find brews from Buzzard's Bay Brewery.

The brewery is open to the public one day a week. now that's old school. distribution is local.

Their cardinal beer is Lizzie's Famous "81 Whacks" red IPA, and BYOB is quite right. You can bring this baby anywhere and won't regret it.

She's the second one down from the left.

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She's good for breakfast lunch or dinner if you didn't happen to pick one up before the show.

I think they named the beer after a pet name that was given to Dylan's Tour entourage one year.

Mrs. Llama's stepbrother and girlfriend (I guess that makes them my stepbrother and girlfriend in law) are at the show tonight. I can't wait for a field report from them.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Tue July 23rd, 2013, 16:27 GMT 
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First, I was shooting in the dark, and found this establishment:
http://www.friscogrille.com/beers.php

Then, I wasn't thrilled with their list, but I read on, because a Llama never quits.
American food is their cuisine.

A label caught my eye, as I have caught the AmericanaramA spirit.

21st Amendment - I haven't tried their beers yet, but I'd like to amend that.

Check out these Americanaramiconic Blends:

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And to seal the deal, check out what Frisco's got on Tap. Catchy name, Frisco, captivating menu.
It's cinched, see you there (in spirits)

Also, look what turns up on an image search for the Hendrick's Imperial Stout
<This beer choice is dedicated to the Rev, who apparently saw the man in Columbia back in the day>

http://21st-amendment.com/assets/SB13_3 ... ont_01.jpg

http://21st-amendment.com/assets/SB13_3 ... ack_02.jpg

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Black-out appearance. Complex biscuit, espresso and nutty aromas. Balanced dark malts, mild sweetness and creamy astringency.
This year’s version made with 139 single shots of espresso from Cole Coffee in Oakland, Ca. introduced warm into the primary fermentation.


Now that's some Imperialism I can get behind!

Why not throw a little West Coast into this East Coast leg,
and while we're in Columbia, let's not forget about our other fellow Americanarama-ins!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Tue July 23rd, 2013, 16:33 GMT 
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Impressive research Llama.
I'm getting very thirsty...


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Wed July 24th, 2013, 19:06 GMT 
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NICE, Llama!

We were floored by the $9 Bud Lights (20 oz but STILL) last night at Merriweather. Those are MLB game prices. We were lucky that the Natty Boh stand - $5 Natty Boh cans, still outrageous but the cheapest there - was right behind us. :) Natty Boh is no longer brewed in Baltimore, but we Baltimoreans still have a soft spot in our heart for it.

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PostPosted: Thu July 25th, 2013, 00:59 GMT 
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Gonna step in for El Llama while he tends to the new offspring....for Philly, anyway.

In addition to Strangeloves and Monk's cafe note by me above, here are some more candidates:

Alla Spina
Translating to "from the tap," Alla Spina is the most casual member of chef Marc Vetri's cabal of Philly Italian concepts. It takes its namesake duties quite seriously, too—just have a look at the gorgeous copper-plated draft system at the triple-sided bar, lorded over by "Alex," the eerily demonstrative sock-wearing pig mascot that lives above the liquid. Gregarious GM and beverage director Steve Wildy (check out his "Weekly Wildy" series on YouTube) fills his draft lines with choices both accessible (house exclusive Hundred Horse, a chestnut ale from PA's Victory) and esoteric (Madamin's Loverbeer, a pucker-inducing pour fermented with wine yeast in oak barrels).

The accompanying bottle list is broken down into unexpected and exacting styles, from fruit ales to Belgian tripels. All this plays nice with chef Mike Deganis' pork-obsessed menu, where agrodolce pig tails join swordfish BLTs and beer cheese-coated pretzel bites.

1401 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia PA 19130 allaspinaphilly.com

Fountain Porter

Perfect neighborhood bars tend to possess a hard-to-codify but easy-to-ID spirit, a bizarre, possibly supernatural air that both relaxes and energizes any thirsty pint-drainer who darkens the doorway. Fountain Porter's only been open since October of last year, but it's got this whatever-you-call-it for days. Industry veterans Evan Clancy and Scott Pawlicky teamed up to opened this small draft-only operation (no bottles/cans) in South Philly, with value as big a concern as variety. "We wanted to keep it honest and keep it grounded," says Clancy. "We didn't want to go the beer snob route."

Though roughly a quarter of the 20 taps are earmarked for locals (Kenzinger, from Philly Brewing Co., is always $3), the rest of the lines reflect a solid curatorial eye—label mainstays include Jolly Pumpkin, Green Flash, Bear Republic and Firestone Walker, with rotating rarities from the states (Hill Farmstead) and Europe (Dugges, Freigeist). An all-vinyl soundtrack, fed by Clancy's personal collection and regulars who work in record shops, is a unique draw, as is the cheap, intentionally simple food (backyard-style burgers for $5).

1501 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia PA 19148 fountainporter.com


Kraftwork

No one was surprised when Adam Ritter, owner of Graduate Hospital's easy-to-love Sidecar, nailed it a second time with Kraftwork in Fishtown. As tempting as it is to assume that it's an establishment obsessed with emotion-free computer music performed by Teutonic robots, the name's more of an homage to the old-school, hands-on practice of building something from scratch. Note the recurring construction theme of the decor, culminating with the enormous hop bud-etched saw dangling above the bar. It's under this conversation piece that the best work gets done—spunky, knowledgeable bartenders navigate the 24 taps (plus one cask) as drinkers take in the beer menu, displayed on info-packed print-outs designed to resemble a contractor's itemized order form. Recent draft choices included Mikkeler's Drinkin' in the Sun, a low-ABV summer session; and Oxbow's Farmhouse Pale, a smartly balanced saison out of Maine.

541 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19125 kraftworkbar.com


Prohibition Taproom

Years back, restaurateurs Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello installed a cute little brunch spot called Cafe Lift on a dull industrial block of North 13th Street. Since then, they've introduced two additional concepts to the strip—the brand-new Bufad, a wood-fired pizzeria; and Prohibition Taproom, a friendly neighborhood tappie with a well-rounded approach to craft drafts. The bar's most distinct physical feature is its actual bar, which features two odd but accommodating peninsulas jutting out of it. (Staffers take advantage by sliding shots down the polished wood—be ready to receive or cry over spilled whiskey.) The beer selection is also of note, and enthusiastic GM Jon Lyons is the guy to talk to. Oft-overlooked styles like English strong ale (21st Amendment's Imperial Jack) and Russian imperial stout (Monster Mash, from Jersey's Boaks) have slots on the latest draft list, which is small but formidable. One mainstay: Hoppy Lil' Hudson, an eminently drinkable American IPA Philly's own Yards brews especially for ProTap.

501 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123 theprohibitiontaproom.com

Just checked the list at Prohibition...it is kind of small, but I can vouch for the Smuttynose Saison and the Cigar City Brown from Tampa:

Smuttynose Farmhouse Saison8.2%abv Saison

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout15%abv Imperial Stout

Sly Fox Royal Weisse5.4%abv Hefeweizen

Allagash Yukuza9%abv Dry-Hopped Triple

The Brewer's Art Ozzy7.2%abv Belgian Golden Ale

21st Amendment Bitter American4.4%abv American Pale Ale--just speaking of this brewery, weren't we?

Cigar City Maduro Brown 5.5%abv Brown Ale

NITRO: Lancaster Country Cream Ale4.5%abv Cream Ale

CASK: Hoppy Lil' Hudson7% abv American IPA


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Thu July 25th, 2013, 01:13 GMT 
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capecod wrote:
21st Amendment--just speaking of this brewery, weren't we?


One of my favorites.. a very nice, black IPA.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Brews on Tour
PostPosted: Thu July 25th, 2013, 15:13 GMT 
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NIce work Cape Cod - stepping in is most welcome!

I haven't gotten Miles to branch out beyond traditional old world Pilsners.

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He's showing himself to be a man of refined taste.

Thanks for that homage to an old beer Faerie Queen - I have a top shelf spot reserved for empty bottles of Schlitz and Pabst.


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