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Ed Fleming (192.250.112.194)
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 06:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought a 6 pack of their Black Fly Stout a coupe of weeks ago, got home, put it in the fridge, chilled for a couple hours and opened one and it foamed like mad as soon as it hit the glass. I figured maybe it got shaken up on the trip back from the store. The next day I tried one and the same thing, I took a drink from the bottle and got a mouthful of foam. Two weeks later (last night) I tried another and the same thing. Totally over carbonated. I've never had a store bought beer do that. It doesn't look like they bottle condition. Has anyone ever had that happen with Gritty McDuff's beers before?
 

cdb (24.61.151.131)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 01:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

mmm....no, but exactly the same thing w/ McNeil's ESB (Brattleboro, VT)3 times in a row, which is too bad since it's a great beer (which I'll never buy again). I chalked it up to infection, slapped a cap on it and brought back to the store. A little crazy, but I was fired up....
Every time I've had Black Fly, it's been good and normally carbonated...wild yeast infx maybe?
 

Skotrat (24.61.120.214)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 01:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Now,

Yes... I have had some seriously infected and messed up bottled beer from McDuff...

So many that I will not purchase the beers any longer...

C'ya!

-Scott
 

Doug E. Fresh (24.34.218.33)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 01:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I remember right, the bottled stuff isn't made at the brewery in Freeport. They contract it out to someone else and put the Gritty's brand on it. I think that's what the brew guy told me when I went on a tour.
 

cdb (24.61.151.131)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 01:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

maybe it's contracted to McNeil's...that's right BRATTLEBORO, VT....bastiges...

That is all.

-cdb
 

Skotrat (24.61.120.214)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 03:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FARGING ICEHOLES!
 

vigfoot (66.159.176.204)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 03:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

had the same problem w/ a case of ipswich winter ale. p!ss me off. good thing it was only $14. or maybe that's why?!!

always had good luck w/ the black fly, back when i used to like it.

btw, the black fly on tap at the freeport pub is unfiltered and nitro'd.
 

Paul Hayslett (64.252.35.69)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 03:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've had the same experience with Xingu, Fin du Monde, and even Bass Ale, which is "macro-" (or even "mega-") brew enough that you'd think they'd have their quality control down. Gushers happen.
 

chumley (65.102.120.23)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 04:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Personally, I wouldn't even think of buying a beer named "Gritty McDuff's". It is so contrived and calculated, its like living in a subdivision named "the Mews at Hampton's Run". I mentally picture fake antiques and happy yupsters such as one would find at Bennigans, TGI Fridays, and Applebees.

I am guessing this is an East Coast invention?
 

Brandon Dachel (63.238.222.190)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> I wouldn't even think of buying a beer named
> "Gritty McDuff's".

I suddenly have this urge to watch the simpsons.
 

Paul Hayslett (64.252.35.69)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

chumley,

It's a small chain of brewpubs in Maine which now sells bottled beer made under contract. Yes, the name is contrived, but the stout's not bad, esp. at the pub. Head over to beeradvocate.com to see the reviews.

Personally, I find lots of beer/brewer names contrived. "Arrogant Bastard", "Old Crustacean", "Old Horizontal", "Maudite" -- they all seem to come from the minds of adolescent marketing types. "Hey, this name will get us talked about!". As long as the contents are good, I try not to think about the name.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's been a long time since I had a Gritty McDuff's beer. I was briefly in Maine a few weeks back but was fortunate enough to find Allagash beers.

I have a friend who, when he finds himself in a bar or restaurant with an Irish name, makes a point to ask the server or bartender who the place is named after. If they can't tell him he goes elsewhere. There must be a lot marketing MBAs who are Irish or at least are full of blarney.
 

Doug E. Fresh (64.26.197.252)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Say what you will about the dumb name, Gritty's is a great brewpub. The food and beers at the Freeport brewpub are just great. The people, especially the brewers, are super-friendly and were happy to take my wife and myself on a personal tour on a busy Saturday afternoon when all we did was ask, "do you guys do tours?"

Gritty's is mandatory for us on trips to L.L. Bean or points north to visit family.

Doug
 

Doug E. Fresh (64.26.197.252)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 05:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Speaking of Maine micros, has anyone had beers from the Casco Bay Brewing Co.? Their Pilsner and SummerFest beers are just awesome.
 

Brandon Dachel (216.177.117.110)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> they all seem to come from the minds of
> adolescent marketing types.

Holy smokes! Paul, I 100% agree with you (is that a first?) :)
 

JT (24.169.135.171)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There's an "Irish Pub" that just opened up in Rochester called McFadden's. What a joke. The city spent millions to have a company from Baltimore come and revitalize a part of downtown. They only beer you can get is BMC and of course Guiness (for something like $4 a pint). They also serve classic Irish Pub fare such as Cajun chicken and Quisadillas(sp?). And then you can enjoy the DJ spinning all of today's top 40 hits at the decible levels of a jet engine. Again, what a joke. Avoid this place at all costs if you come to Rochester. I can't believe this place stays open while we just lost Empire Brewing which was down the street. What a shame.
 

Shawn Duggan (216.195.139.173)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I much prefer Casco or Sebago to Gritty's.
 

Shawn Duggan (216.195.139.173)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Double post.
 

Doug E. Fresh (66.30.82.193)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dude, it's f'ing Rochester what do you expect? The only thing Rochester is good for is being in the way of gettin to N. Conway!
 

JT (24.169.135.171)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is Rochester, NY.
 

JT (24.169.135.171)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is Rochester, NY. After reading your other posting, (re:I'm getting f'ed up on homebrew)it's easy to see why you may have gotten confused.
Cheers!
 

Doug E. Fresh (24.34.218.33)
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 03:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, I doubt someone in Rochester NH would open a place called Empire Brewing or spend millions on the downtown. I kinda missed that part ;^).

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