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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jeffo, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Jeffo

    Jeffo Advocate (630) Netherlands Sep 7, 2008

    Hi everyone,

    I've started a couple of these over the last few years and people always come up with new and interesting things in beerland. Always an interesting read. Helps me (and others hopefully) keep up with what's new and exciting as well.

    For me, Menno has started a side project called Merciless Brewing. He brewed a Dutch imperial stout called Painful Death and I absolutely love it! Other Dutch breweries make imperial stouts that are tobacco/licorice bombs, and while this one has hints of those flavors, which is actually what makes it "Dutch," they are very nicely balanced with all the other stuff that Menno does so well in his stout beer. Here's my write-up if you're interested: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31695/94979/?ba=Jeffo

    So, what new brew / brewery has gotten your attention? If you're up for it, link a review or beer page so us interested minds can have a read.

    Cheers,
    Jeff
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  2. black13

    black13 Savant (390) Oregon Apr 11, 2010

    De Garde out of Tillimook Oregon is putting out some great offerings. Haven't had a bad one yet, with their cranberry Bu Weisse being my favorite. And at 2.1%, you can drink it all day.
    LynJones, VIDAROSE, cavedave and 10 others like this.
  3. It may be delicious but at 2.1% I couldn't call it an alcoholic beverage.
  4. tectactoe

    tectactoe Advocate (740) Michigan Mar 20, 2012


    Why not?
  5. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Crystal Hero from Revolution Brewing. A recent IPA that blew me away. Now just kicking myself I didn't pick up another bottle or two while in Chicago!
    Boonedog, Envelopes, mxchap and 6 others like this.
  6. For the same reason I never considered 3.2% beer an alcoholic beverage. Not enough alcohol. In fact, I consider everything less than 6% light beer. Just a personal thing, but it's all mine.
  7. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Class of 88 Barleywine. I don't see why people dislike this. I'm a fan.
  8. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (435) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    Revolution/FW Dos Osos - won't blow your face off but I felt like I could drink this forever on a hot day. Light body but enough hop aroma/taste to keep it interesting. Most "session" IPA's I find lacking in flavor and most IPA's aren't that drinkable, this is the first beer I've had to strike that balance almost perfectly.
  9. tectactoe

    tectactoe Advocate (740) Michigan Mar 20, 2012


    But if something is made up of 2.1% alcohol, then it "contains alcohol", no?
  10. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    Crooked Stave Dry Hopped L'Brett D'or
  11. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Savant (395) Texas Feb 16, 2012

    I had the privilege of visiting the Jester King brewery on Saturday and tried a couple of great brews. But really the one that I was surprised most by was Austin Beerworks Heavy Machine DIPA. I never buy anything with out looking it up first (bad experience with purchasing a couple of 10-15 dollars bombs) but I did with this one and was in love!
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  12. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) New Jersey Jul 23, 2010

    El Cuatro from The Ale Apothecary. Harrymel sent me a bottle, and holy shit was that stuff delicious. Got my face all up in it.

    Easily a top 3 Best New Breweries I've tried in the past year or two.
  13. CCB Mango Habanero IPA. I was surprised by the relatively "low" score (87). For what they're calling it it's spot on, maybe the low ratings are people turned off by the heat. It's a spicy beer, but so perfectly balanced with the mango sweetness and hoppy bitterness. I loved it.
  14. pmoney

    pmoney Advocate (595) Illinois Apr 15, 2011

    New Glarus Thumbprint Berliner Weiss really stunned me. I need to work on getting a few cases now considering what an awesome session beer it is!

  15. Yes, of course. It seems as if I'm bringing my personal opinions to the wrong table.
  16. Societe The Pupil is another one recently that has impressed me a lot.
  17. JJWIGHT

    JJWIGHT Savant (305) Minnesota Feb 14, 2012

    New Glarus Berliner Weisse. I grew up in Wisconsin and drank a lot of Spotted Cow during college, then I moved away and really got into craft and revisited Spotted Cow and my palate no longer enjoys it. However, every unpluggged 4 pack I have tried has been awesome. Never had a Berliner before and already finished my first 4 pack, with two more 4's in the fridge. Low ABv C ornot,lberliners are wonderful summertime brews.
  18. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (685) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    New Glarus Berliner Weisse
    Uinta Hop Notch
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  19. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Savant (295) Michigan Mar 4, 2013

    It's not an opinion to call something an alcoholic beverage. It is or it isn't.
  20. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Savant (295) Michigan Mar 4, 2013

    I think of light beer being low on calories, not on alcohol. I agree there is a correlation, but a low ABV does not constitute a light beer.
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  21. Get a sense of humor will ya?
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  22. Founders Devil Dancer. I could see this beer being divisive, but in my case, the "wow" was a positive one. So much hopitude in one bottle. How?
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  23. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (585) California Oct 17, 2010

    the new almanac beers are great, but i think word finally got out about htem.

    id say ancorage darkest hour, and priced very well considering prices lately.
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  24. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Savant (295) Michigan Mar 4, 2013

    Ok. Yeah, that weak shit is for pussies.
  25. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I agree that is a fantastic example of the style. Great beer!
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  26. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    Black Tuesday saturday night. Up until that point I really wasn't impressed with to many of The Bruery beers. Thanks to thedrakestlord for sharing it.
    karink and brewconnoisseur like this.
  27. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Savant (395) Texas Feb 16, 2012

    no one ever seems to get your humor as sarcasm is hard to read over the interwebs.
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  28. As was said above me, New Glarus Berliner Weiss. So refreshing on a warm day.

    I really liked Pipeworks' Close Encounter as well. It profiled similarly to Night Stalker according to my taste buds. A nice, hoppy stout.
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  29. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I have a bottle of this that I'm looking forward to cracking soon!
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  30. I know. But apparently I'll never learn.
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  31. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Advocate (610) Indiana Jul 6, 2005

    FFF Permenant Funeral. face melted, then head assploded
  32. mklever42

    mklever42 Savant (300) Colorado Apr 28, 2012

    Yes! Just had #3 and #4 and those were fantastic
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  33. SteelersX

    SteelersX Savant (420) New York Jan 30, 2011

    My latest wow beer was Empire Brewing Co. Cream Ale on Nitro.
    Awesome.
  34. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Savant (355) Alabama Jan 23, 2013

    Westbrook's "Mexican Cake." So unique. And delicious.
  35. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (595) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Trinity redswingline just keeps impressing me. There are so many new beers coming out that I walk right by to get my hands on this little gem. I also just had a 2012 BB angels share. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
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  36. Aero

    Aero Zealot (80) Illinois May 20, 2013


    Just my opinion, but I prefer the Galaxy Hero. Did you try that as well?
  37. And the nominees for best new beers to cross beerandraiderfan's lips in 2013 are:

    New Glarus Berlinner Weisse
    Alpine Keene Idea
    Cascade Oblique Coffee Blonde
    Cascade Chocolate Bourbonic Plague
    Stone Dayman IPA
    Pizza Port IPL
    Hoponious Union
    Southern Tier Schizophrenia
    Alesmith Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout
    Bruery Sour in the Rye w/ Peaches
    Maine Zoe
    Societe Pupil
  38. Benish

    Benish Savant (460) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2013

    Aztec Chipotle IPA surprised me big time. A friend of mine picked this up and I was very skeptical of the beer. Never cared for beers with heat but this was outstanding. Maybe just a subtle spiciness but nothing overwhelming.
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  39. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I did not! If I had seen a bottle of it, I would have grabbed it. Did get a bottle of Double Fist though. Haven't cracked it yet. The juicy/tropical fruit flavors, along with how crisp and clean the beer was, really impressed with with Crystal Hero.

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