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Discussion in 'Midwest' started by shawnp, Feb 9, 2014.

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  1. HawkeyeNation

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    King Sue was amazing. Very close contender to Abrasive, it was that good. In fact, it was better than Abrasive. And screw Heady at this point. I got a growler of it to take to our bottle share tonight and have been craving some more. That and a glass of MD made for an awesome first trip to Toppling Goliath.
     
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  2. HawkeyeNation

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    Oh and the tekus are boss as well

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  3. shawnp

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    I left around 245.
     
  4. Pintofbrown

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    I have to agree with Hawkeyenation about King Sue. It is that same Pseudo Sue aroma and palate of gushy grapefruit and passion fruit citrus with a dank undercurrent that reminds me of green onions. King Sue is VERY similar to Abrasive on my palate. And as fresh as I had it, I would drink the King over Abrasive, both are obviously EXCEPTIONAL beers.

    And I know this is not the Heady versus Abrasive thread; but after having Heady for a third time on Thursday, that beer is a DISTANT third to Abrasive and King Sue in my opinion. Again, Heady is an awesome beer, but that would be my third choice. It does not pack the complex citrus and dank punch I find in Abrasive and King, nor meet the tremendous mouth feel standard set by King.
     
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  5. Pintofbrown

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    Sorry man, you missed King Sue by about an hour. I hope to meet you on March 8 for the next tapping of Mornin' Delight though!

    Also, a huge thank you to Nicole and Lydia at TG, best bartenders on this god damn planet. I have never left TG not feeling like I am walking on cloud nine, not just the beer making me feel that way either, just outstanding people.
     
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  6. HawkeyeNation

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    Damn, you just missed it :/ came around 330.
     
  7. shawnp

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    Yea I'll definitely be there for the next barrel of MD.
     
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    Yeah me and the wife are going to tag along with you fa sho.
     
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    Agreed. Nicole and Lydia (and everyone from TG I have come in contact with actually) are awesome.
     
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    Anyone get and hints recently if this will be in March or April?
     
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    Neither
     
  12. striker2160

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    Only TG knows for sure but it will be later than April.
     
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  13. rxeight

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    ^ well the brewer said earlier in the thread that they would give 60 days notice. Which if announced today would be Sunday May 27, next Saturday after that is May 3.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully it will be later in the year then. Maybe June or July.
     
  15. maximum12

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    Your calendar math is just a touch off.:D
     
  16. rxeight

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    Sorry meant April 27th, the May 3 part was correct.
     
  17. shawnp

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    I'm not sure this is or would be entirely accurate....either way, it's useless speculating. Wait until Clark or Mike actually say something regarding the release.
     
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  18. striker2160

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    My post was entirely accurate. Mike from TG said on Feb 12th "a minimum of 3 more months"
     
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  19. shawnp

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    And a maximum of..........................
     
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  20. MNPikey

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    They said they will check the barrels in 3 months. And when they know the beer is ready, will give 2 months advance notice for a date.

    So 5 months (minimum)....
     
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    Completely agree, every time I go there, their service is always excellent no matter who is working!
     
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  22. drmcleod10

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    Soooooo… i'll be up in Iowa City this weekend and strongly debating driving through and going to Decorah for the MD tapping and hopefully the last of the King Sue…

    Worth it? It'll be a six hour drive back down to STL.
     
  23. Stevedore

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    If you're going to be driving back that night after drinking all that... probably not. Safety first.

    But, if you've never had Mornin' Delight.. might very well be worth it
     
  24. XmnwildX12

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    I wouldn't, gives me better odds at a pour ;)
     
  25. drmcleod10

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    Nah would stay the night with the GF and drive back Sunday morning
     
  26. Stevedore

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    Well then, I'll be seeing you in Decorah buddy :cool:
     
  27. drmcleod10

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    If I decide to….

    Don't know how the GF feels about it… if King Sue will still be available she will probably be in.
    hmmmmmmm decisions
     
  28. shadetree67

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    King sue is incredible. One of the best iipa I've ever had
     
  29. XmnwildX12

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    Sounds like a good girlfriend, mine is pumped for both.
     
  30. drmcleod10

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    sooooo…. should I get to TG before noon? I am doing some drinking Friday night in Iowa City… then making the trek Saturday morning.. was planning on getting up there around 11:30
     
  31. tourdot

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    Tap room opens at noon. Can we please not start the line up early hype?
     
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    Let me crash this party. I had king sue. Yeah, it was alright, but I wished it was pseudoSue. I really could taste the extra alcohol in this one. Not enough malt/hops to hide it from my taste buds. Returned home and enjoyed the heck outta an IIPA from MN.

    Why mess with perfection?
     
  33. drmcleod10

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    Well... Since I'm driving in from Missouri. It would be nice to know.

    Helpful info would be appreciated
     
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    I say never underestimate the determination of the other guy. Especially when you have a drive like yourself.

    I personally would be there earlier than open if I was putting those kind of miles behind me to have a chance at MD.
     
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    I could not disagree with you more. To my palate, King Sue was perfection. Funny how tastes work.
     
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    I was at TG when they did the Mornin' Delight AND King Sue release. The taproom opened at Noon, did not get there until 1:30 and the place was still half empty.

    This isn't Assassin Day people, relax. Someone isn't going to stroll up to the bar and get ten growlers of MD...
     
  37. redblacks75

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    I'm not going, but, with that said, allot of folks I know that would make the drive are at Hunahpu Day. Keep in mind though, this tapping has been known for three weeks, or so, while the previous keg was only announced a few days in advance.

    I would suspect this factor gave plenty of people enough time to make plans to attend this. You are probably correct though that the taproom will be half empty at 1:30pm.

    You just never know though.
     
  38. Mealhouse

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    Also wasn't the last tapping on a Friday afternoon rather than a Saturday? Not saying there should be a line around the place at noon, but I'm guesing you'd see more people at 1:30 on Saturday rather than 1:30 on a Friday.
     
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  39. XmnwildX12

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    It was also probably the worst day for driving this year, roads were terrible. I'll be there at 8AM, who wants to share some bottles! :p
     
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  40. Stevedore

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    Don't forget its a two chalice pp limit as well.
     
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