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

  1. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (3,021) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    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:

    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.

  2. black13

    black13 Aspirant (251) Apr 11, 2010 Oregon

    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.
  3. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    It may be delicious but at 2.1% I couldn't call it an alcoholic beverage.
  4. tectactoe

    tectactoe Poo-Bah (1,507) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Why not?
  5. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    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!
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  6. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    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 Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

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

    Bay01 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    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 Poo-Bah (1,507) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

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

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

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

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    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) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    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. standardcherry

    standardcherry Devotee (491) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    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 Crusader (782) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois

    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. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Yes, of course. It seems as if I'm bringing my personal opinions to the wrong table.
  16. standardcherry

    standardcherry Devotee (491) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Societe The Pupil is another one recently that has impressed me a lot.

    JJWIGHT Initiate (199) Feb 14, 2012 Minnesota

    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 Champion (821) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    New Glarus Berliner Weisse
    Uinta Hop Notch
  19. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Michigan

    It's not an opinion to call something an alcoholic beverage. It is or it isn't.
  20. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,428) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Society Trader

  21. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Michigan

    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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  22. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Get a sense of humor will ya?
  23. Acidisco

    Acidisco Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    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?
  24. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,007) Oct 17, 2010 California

    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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  25. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Michigan

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

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

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

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    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.
  28. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    no one ever seems to get your humor as sarcasm is hard to read over the interwebs.
  29. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Meyvn (1,441) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
    Society Trader

    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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  30. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    I have a bottle of this that I'm looking forward to cracking soon!
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  31. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    I know. But apparently I'll never learn.
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  32. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (611) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

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

    mklever42 Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2012 Colorado

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

    SteelersX Disciple (328) Jan 30, 2011 New York

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

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

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

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,339) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    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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  37. Aero

    Aero Initiate (25) May 20, 2013 Illinois

    Just my opinion, but I prefer the Galaxy Hero. Did you try that as well?
  38. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,069) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    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 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    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.
  40. dbc5

    dbc5 Devotee (447) Jun 18, 2009 Arizona

    Avery's recent barrel release, Momi Hiwa. An amazing beer.