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    Craft beer thread

    I'll admit it. I have a sweet spot for good beer. And by god beer I'm not talking your mass produced bullshit like Molson Canadian (if you're in Canada) or Bud (if you're in the US). I'm talking small brewery that you may or may not be able to get outside of your province/state. With that in mind I thought I'd see what you guys are drinking and what you like.

    While I have many brands that I'm a fan of, Rogue Brewery outta Portland is definitely one of my favourites. Their nut brown ale and oatmeal stout are right up there for me.

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    We actually have a beer thread already! Granted, it hasn't had much activity lately. Check it out here: http://threads.dappered.com/showthre...highlight=beer

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      #3
      Since I've included something from Troegs in just about every craft-your-own six pack from Wegman's that I've ever bought, I'm going to have to go with them. Troegenator double bock is probably my favorite. Also scoring points for me lately is Yards. For anyone in the Philly area; the tasting room, brewery tour, and food truck Saturday is a must-do.

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        #4
        3 Floyds out of my home state of Indiana. No bad beers. They don't make some watery ABV Highlife clone or a girly fruited wheat. Nope. Just great beers up and down. Alpha King is a standby for me, it was once a standout IPA and now is a standby since everyone has gone so hop-crazed in the last 5 years. The issue is that they aren't cheap. Their bombers are expensive, but the gap is closing since breweries have learned that people WILL pay more for better beer. Zombie Dust and Space Station Middle Finger are their hot recipes right now.

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          #5
          Saint Arnold out of my hometown Houston is pretty solid. Highly recommend their Endeavor Double IPA and Lawnmower German Kolsch. Karbach (also Houston) seems to be catching on more and more as of late, too -- always pick up a 6er of the Weekend Warrior Pale Ale when I visit home. Think I also heard they're starting to distribute where I'm at now, so might have to take a field trip this weekend and find some...

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            #6
            Originally posted by Alpha King View Post
            3 Floyds out of my home state of Indiana. No bad beers. They don't make some watery ABV Highlife clone or a girly fruited wheat. Nope. Just great beers up and down. Alpha King is a standby for me, it was once a standout IPA and now is a standby since everyone has gone so hop-crazed in the last 5 years. The issue is that they aren't cheap. Their bombers are expensive, but the gap is closing since breweries have learned that people WILL pay more for better beer. Zombie Dust and Space Station Middle Finger are their hot recipes right now.
            Agreed. I can occasionally find Alpha King or Gumball Head in 6 packs around here, but it's spotty. A couple good local pubs have those on tap, and lately I've been able to find Calumet Queen in bombers.

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              #7
              With winter right around the corner, my favorite beer of all time is Hardywood's Gingerbread Stout. I must get at least 4-6 of them. I usually store one for a year. If you can get the barrel aged ones in bourbon or rum even better. It's luscious surrounded by yummy. Highly recommend.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Alpha King View Post
                3 Floyds out of my home state of Indiana. No bad beers. They don't make some watery ABV Highlife clone or a girly fruited wheat. Nope. Just great beers up and down. Alpha King is a standby for me, it was once a standout IPA and now is a standby since everyone has gone so hop-crazed in the last 5 years. The issue is that they aren't cheap. Their bombers are expensive, but the gap is closing since breweries have learned that people WILL pay more for better beer. Zombie Dust and Space Station Middle Finger are their hot recipes right now.
                I'm heading out to Indy for work In a couple weeks. Hoping I can find some alpha king or some other 3F beer at a bottle shop around there to bring back with me.

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                  #9
                  In the craft beer discussion, a good friend of mine owns and is head brewer for a local brewpub out here in NH. He just won a gold medal at the Great American Brew Fest in CO for his brown ale, (in the American Brown Ales category)! Pretty awesome, especially for being such a small and fairly new place.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by drocpsu View Post
                    I'm heading out to Indy for work In a couple weeks. Hoping I can find some alpha king or some other 3F beer at a bottle shop around there to bring back with me.
                    Indianapolis just recently EXPLODED with microbreweries over the last couple years, but sadly a lot of them aren't making good beer. If you're interested in trying a local place, I would suggest Sun King, just because they are the largest and most consistent, but unfortunately I think they are a little boring and middle of the road. I think it might take us a few more years for these new guys to figure out their niches before we get some truly great beer.

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                      #11
                      For my money, Portland has to be one of the better places for craft beer. It seems like every time I'm there, I'm sampling some new beer. In my city they are trying to replicate the Portland model, but the liquor laws are so stringent that I think they are going to have a hard time of it.

                      So has the growler craze hit your part of the world too? I keep wondering if it is a passing trend (thank you hipsters) of if it will be around for a while.

                      [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION] As someone who loves stout beer, that gingerbread stout sounds good. I'm gonna have to look around my parts and see if I can locate any from the breweries here.
                      [MENTION=3886]drocpsu[/MENTION] I didn't do a search before posting my thread. Good find. If you're a mod and have the power, feel free to combine the threads. Cheers.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        For my money, Portland has to be one of the better places for craft beer. It seems like every time I'm there, I'm sampling some new beer. In my city they are trying to replicate the Portland model, but the liquor laws are so stringent that I think they are going to have a hard time of it.

                        So has the growler craze hit your part of the world too? I keep wondering if it is a passing trend (thank you hipsters) of if it will be around for a while.

                        [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION] As someone who loves stout beer, that gingerbread stout sounds good. I'm gonna have to look around my parts and see if I can locate any from the breweries here.
                        [MENTION=3886]drocpsu[/MENTION] I didn't do a search before posting my thread. Good find. If you're a mod and have the power, feel free to combine the threads. Cheers.
                        You can now go to the local total wine, whole foods, etc. and fill a growler. I never attributed it to a craze as it's been around for 8+years here at restaurants etc.

                        If you cannot find some [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION] let me know and maybe we can do a swap for some local craft beer in your area.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                          For my money, Portland has to be one of the better places for craft beer. It seems like every time I'm there, I'm sampling some new beer. In my city they are trying to replicate the Portland model, but the liquor laws are so stringent that I think they are going to have a hard time of it.

                          So has the growler craze hit your part of the world too? I keep wondering if it is a passing trend (thank you hipsters) of if it will be around for a while.

                          [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION] As someone who loves stout beer, that gingerbread stout sounds good. I'm gonna have to look around my parts and see if I can locate any from the breweries here.
                          [MENTION=3886]drocpsu[/MENTION] I didn't do a search before posting my thread. Good find. If you're a mod and have the power, feel free to combine the threads. Cheers.
                          The don't call Portland "Beervana" for nothing.

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                            #14
                            [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION] that is one thing I wish we could do here. Get our beer at the grocery store. The growler craze has been around my parts for four years or so and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. I like it, but it does force me to drink a lot of beer in one sitting.

                            And if we can figure out a way to swap some craft beer, I'd be all over that! Cheers.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                              I like it, but it does force me to drink a lot of beer in one sitting.
                              This is the biggest reason that I rarely get growlers. I just don't want to drink that much beer at one time. I occasionally get them when having people over or to take somewhere with me.

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