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I get all of Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Stone and Russian River (just for starters) where I live.

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Have got back onto Staropramen czech lager since the weekend.

 

good lord but its beautiful.

 

Was also given an ale from a local brewery called "side pocket on a frog". with a name like that you have to have a go, right?

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I finally found Hoegaarden! I didn't like it at first, but I'd only been drinking Red Stripe, so it was quite a change. But, after getting used to the taste, it's become one of my favorites.

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Does anyone remember when Celebration Ale normally starts to show up on shelves? It took us a month after it's release to start seeing it here last year.

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Over the last three years, I've gotten it within the first ten days of November - typically around the time Call of Duty is released, oddly.

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I'm more partial to wheat beers myself. My favorites are Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis & Sapporo. I also enjoy Leffe Blonde, Troegs Dreamweaver & Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.

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Does anyone remember when Celebration Ale normally starts to show up on shelves? It took us a month after it's release to start seeing it here last year.

I've got a sixer of it in my fridge.

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There's a local brewery called Spring House that creates, to put it mildly, completely fucked up beers. I've had their Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout numerous times (included tonight, oddly), and loved it. They have a pumpkin ale called BRAAAAAAAINS that's excellent, because it incorporates crust. I bought two bottles tonight for the weekend that I just *needed* to have: Satans Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout and The Martians Kidnap Santa! Eggnog Stout. Never had either, and I have no idea what to expect. I had Stone's mint chocolate stout collab last year, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had. Hoping SBS can match that.

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Over the past few weeks I've had Celebration, New Glarus' Winter Warmer, and Lagunitas' Brown Shugga.  Needless to say it's been a good few weeks.

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It's been an interesting few months, I've discovered quite a few beers that I never want to drink again (Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale for starters). But I've found quite a few that I could drink all day (Magic Hat #9, Hoegaarden, Red Stripe).

 

Right now I'm finishing up a six pack of Samuel Adams Black Lager, and I think I'm going to stick with the Sam Adams brews for a spell. I've really like the White Lantern and Black Lager, and they've got a few others that sound good, Cream Stout and Blackberry Witbier, and their Winter Seasonals also sound pretty good. 

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The Bruery is releasing a beer today, Tout Mais Le Coller, which is supposed to mirror the flavors of an orange creamcicle.

 

Goodbye paycheck.

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If you are in the Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan area you should try Drewry's. It was brewed locally in South Bend until 1973 and was brewed at various other breweries until 1997. Last year a Chicago businessman bought the rights to the name and recipes with the idea of reintroducing it to the local market. I finally got around to finding a bottle of it yesterday. It is really fucking good, the only downside to it is that it doesn't last very long.

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This Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is a fucking madman. They've just now gotten distribution in my general zone. I had one two weeks ago at Deer Park and it was amazing. Then I got a 4-pack up at Service Liquor and it's only 13 bucks as opposed to Ft. Wayne prices ($25!). Also got a case each of Paulaner Pils and Greenbush Sunspot Hefeweizen. When you see quality beers for 5.99 a sixer, you must act. The Paulaner was for Super Bowl cruise control. I have yet to open a Sunspot. This will change. Work got cancelled today even though roads are just fine for me. It ain't easy being cheesy.

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I'm more partial to wheat beers myself. My favorites are Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis & Sapporo. I also enjoy Leffe Blonde, Troegs Dreamweaver & Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.

I wasn't a happy man when that replaced the Erdinger in my local, but it's grown on me steadily.

 

Totally different thing, but I'm pretty much addicted to Innis & Gunn Rum Cask.

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This Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is a fucking madman. 

 

Ten FIDY is so choice.  That's a great price for it as well.  I drove down to the Asheville, NC Winter Warmer Beer Festival 10 days ago and Oskar Blues had a booth there pouring Dale's Pale and a Scotch Ale.  Wicked Weed and French Broad were probably my favorite Asheville local breweries there, great dark sours and porters.  Surly from MN came down with a crazy double oatmeal imperial IPA that was out-of-this-world good.

 

The cherry on top came when the New Belgium guys saw me in my Clutch hoodie and called over to me.  They had a keg of a 9% barrel aged dark sour ale that they had just done in collaboration with Clutch.  Too cool.  Spent more than a little time chatting and drinking with those guys.

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The new Samuel Adams spring seasonal, Cold Snap, is new my favorite beer, hands down. I've learned that I really like Belgian style white ales, and the Cold Snap add the coriander for a peppery taste that just puts it over the top for me.

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Got my case of Sam Adams Rebel IPA cooling in the fridge. If it's any good I'm sure you'll hear all about it in 6 different threads depending on how many movies it lets me watch.

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I saw a couple of seasonals from Sam Adams yesterday, Cold Snap (mentioned above) and Escape Route?  I am curious about both.

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Sierra Nevada's Narwhal is the light and the way.

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At first, I read that as "light" and thought "holy god this guy is nuts". That stuff is straight motor oil, and delicious.

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Yeah, it was a meal in a glass, but gotdamn was it great.  So much depth and flavor, and  just the right amount of smoke.

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That Sierra Nevada IPA Variety is awesome.  It's worth it just for the Nooner.

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That Sierra Nevada IPA Variety is awesome.  It's worth it just for the Nooner.

I got a six of the Ruthless Rye this weekend and it was damn good.  The pepperiness of the rye set off against the hops nicely.

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I am traveling to Chicago next week for work (first time ever going), and might have one day where I'm near a bar(my locations are at the mercy of others) with a strong variety in drinks? What are some good Chicago crafts I need to check out if they present themselves? 

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Two Brothers and Half Acre would be at the top of my list.

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