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Andrew Deutsch
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I want to pose a question for the beer Aficionados out there.

What is the best micro brew you have had?

I know Bill P. covered this topic a year ago or so but it seems to me, as micro breweries grow, the beer changes so...

I had the Privilege tonight of drinking the best beer I have truely ever had and I feel it deserves some publicity. I went to the Sonora Brew Pub in Phoenix and ordered up one of their special cask ales. It is a hybrid of their Burning Bird, a special cask ale, with Tomohawk hops added to condition the beer. The result was earth shattering.

If you are within 8 hours of this place, go try it, you will not be disappointed.

What is your all time fav.?

AD
 

Michael
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Beer is a state of mind. Lessee', a (few) Full Sail Amber(s) in the Kingdome as the Mariners defeated the Angels to win the AM West in 1995. Yep, a moment locked in forever.

How about several Leavenworth Brewery IPA's after mountain biking all day on Cascade mountain trails. Yeah, that stands out.

I dunno', but I guess for me, the right beer in the right circumstance is what does it.

With that said, I confess that there are a couple that get my vote....one is Maritime Pacific's Nightwatch Ale out of Ballard. Haven't had it in several years, but in the mid to late 90's, seemed like heaven on cold, wet Seattle nights. Heh, heh....

The other would go to Rouge. Fresh on tap in their Public House was awesome. In particular, their American Amber is one of my favs. Love it.

Cheers.

(Message edited by hoppop on October 05, 2004)
 

Frank Marsh
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have to say that mine is the quirky McNiell's Brewpub in Brattleboro VT. Not a really a micro but they do have some limited distribution with 22oz bombers.
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William B Roberts
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 02:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The "Blue Frog" in Fairfield CA, Their Red Ale will bring tears to your eyes, its that good! Small batches, no dieceital, really hand crafted. & a plate of their froglegs & life dosent get much better!
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In the thread last winter I never meant to suggest there was one beer above all others, merely to compile a list of North American independent craft breweries producing generally excellent beer.

As Michael says, beer is a state of mind, and sometimes it's difficult to separate the beer itself from the experience of enjoying it.
 

Don Million
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 05:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My favorite is Flying Dog Brewery's Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. MMMMM!
 

davidw
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 06:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Last fall, sitting in a nice, leather chair at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, sipping on an Avery 10. Life is good.

Ahh yes:

http://www.averybrewing.com/avery/BigBeers/seasonal/ten

(Message edited by davidw on October 05, 2004)
 

Steve Funk
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 08:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A refreshing cask conditioned Ice Axe IPA at Mt. Hood Brewing after shredding snow all day.
 

Denny Conn
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I't really hard for me to just pick one...I guess if I did I'd have to say Terminal Grvaity IPA. But then I wouldn't be doing justice to a LOT of others...
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Gary Muehe
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 12:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As Michael has said "Beer is a state of mind". Two come to mind. Both from a hand pulled beer engine. Flatlanders 80' Scotch (Scottish?) and Goose Island IPA. Both fresh at the brewery.
 

tim roth
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 12:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Three Floyd's Dreadnaught Imperial IPA! Cheers, Tim
 

Sand
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mad Monk pale ale. To bad the brewery is gone.


Sand
 

Marlon Lang
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 01:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wooooo! I'm with DC. Terminal Gravity!
 

Dave Witt
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 02:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm with Gary, GI IPA on cask is absolutely delectible.
 

PaulK
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 02:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ramstein Winter Wheat. 'Nuff said.
 

Dan Listermann
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 03:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mad Monk out of Cincy or the Carolinas?

Dan Listermann
 

David Woods
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

At the Vermont Beer festival I tried Cisco Brewings Baggy Wrinkle Barleywine. The best micro brew I have tried this year.

But the year is NOT over!

David
Onslo: "Get me a beer!"
Daisy: "We're out of beer."
Onslo: "I can't believe it! I'm completely surrounded by NO BEER!"
 

Vance Barnes
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 02:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

To paraphrase from a friend, the best one is the one you're drinking right NOW! Provided it's a micro and not a BMC.
 

PalerThanAle
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Now (thanks Vance) I'm dutifully obligated to say my favorite is the free, cold kind.

-or SNCA but even smaller scale it would have to have been Egan's (now closed) Imperial Stout, if it were legal I would have married it.

PTA
You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.
 

Sand
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan, the only Mad Monk I know of was out of Cincy.
 

Dan Listermann
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The label was sold to someone in the Carolinas. I haven't seen Matt Folan - the owner of the Cincy label - in years. The pale ale was very good. He gave me his surplus bottles to sell in my store. I can't tell you how many we sold.

Dan Listermann
 

Dan Listermann
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I called Matt today. He says that he doesn't have his notes anymore and could not be much help. I think it is a painful subject for him.

Dan Listermann
 

Sand
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 01:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan, from what I read about Mr Folan he has had a shitload of training in brewing. I doubt he forgot how to brew the beers he made!
 

Sand
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 01:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Damn, Dan you have his phone number?!
 

Dan Listermann
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It sounded like it was not something he wanted to discuss. I didn't feel like I should push him about it.

Dan Listermann
 

Chumley
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 03:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are so many, its hard to pick a winner, but for the one I look forward to its release every year, it would be the Oktoberfest brewed by Bayern Brewing of Missoula, MT. It doesn't taste like a German Oktoberfest, to me it tastes like a Czech Dunkel ala U Fleku. I always bring a case to hunting camp the night before opening day of elk season, we grill brats, drink O'fest and hutterite wine, and play yahtzee. Then we get up at 5:00 am and walk up the ridge (~1000 vertical feet), and wonder when we will grow old enough to learn not to drink so much the night before the opening day of hunting season. :-)
 

Geoff Buschur
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 12:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I second Three Floyd's Dreadnaught Imperial IPA and I'll add DFH 90. I must also add that every beer I have had from Bell's makes me sit back in my seat and contemplate how good life is with beer.
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 01:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I very much enjoyed both the beer and the atmosphere the time I visited Bell's Eccentric Café at their original Kalamazoo brewery.

In 1985-86 I made an extended 11-month trip by bicycle throughout Europe. Among the places I visited was Prague. Then it was not the haven it has become for young tourists, although it was (and is) a beautiful old city. One evening I was wandering around looking for something to eat and perhaps a little conversation. I found a place not too far from the university with a big dining area and long tables; it was somewhat crowded. They served soup, bread and big mugs of a well-balanced but not overly full-bodied dark beer. The beer was incredibly cheap, less than 20 cents US for a half-liter. There were enough people who spoke English and I spent most of the evening there, more or less stumbling back to my hotel.

Of course the restaurant was U Fleku (I knew nothing about it at the time), and the beer was the famous dark lager they serve. Since then I may have had beers I rave about more, but that particular night it was the best beer I have ever had.

(Message edited by BillPierce on October 07, 2004)