Have we had a BEER thread yet this summer?

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  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited August 2015 Posts: 1,806

    You know there's a Bristol in every New England state except for MA. Good thing we know you so well!  Just 25 mins from Franklin Veteran's Memorial Ski Area and only 20 mins from Tenney Mountain  when they reopen.

    https://untappd.com/ShackettsBrewingCompany

    Joshua, do you like how I linked it back to skiing yet again? :)

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • JMaulJMaul advanced
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    It's ALL good. Too many to list (insert woosey feeling here).

    If you can drink local beer, even better.

    Cheers!
    You ski because even if you don't do it well, it's still a blast....
  • bmwskierbmwskier advanced
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    Not to be too communist but does anyone else find the whole Heady Topper thing getting old? I try to go grocery shopping when it's in stock and the lot is filled with folks who drove a long way to drop over 70 clams for a case of beer. It's good, I admit but is it really THAT good? 
    Besides the best beer by far is that either one in a bet or one shared. 
    "Making ski films is being irresponsible with other people's money, in a responsible sort of way..." 
    Greg Stump
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    bmwskier said:

    Heady Topper.... It's good, I admit but is it really THAT good? 




    When Jmaul gives me a can, why yes, yes it is.

    :)]
  • bmwskierbmwskier advanced
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    OK, so it would be THAT good if someone gives you a can-- that I can see. 
    "Making ski films is being irresponsible with other people's money, in a responsible sort of way..." 
    Greg Stump
  • JimKJimK advanced
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    In the summer I like clear/light beer and have been enjoying Heineken and Stella Artois.
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    bmwskier said:

    Not to be too communist but does anyone else find the whole Heady Topper thing getting old? I try to go grocery shopping when it's in stock and the lot is filled with folks who drove a long way to drop over 70 clams for a case of beer. It's good, I admit but is it really THAT good? 
    Besides the best beer by far is that either one in a bet or one shared. 

    It's good, but I don't go out of my way to go find it anymore. There's so many other great beers out there still, I'm just thirsty, so I get and go!
  • BetsyBetsy intermediate
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    ski_it said:

    You know there's a Bristol in every New England state except for MA. Good thing we know you so well!  Just 25 mins from Franklin Veteran's Memorial Ski Area and only 20 mins from Tenney Mountain  when they reopen.

    https://untappd.com/ShackettsBrewingCompany

    Joshua, do you like how I linked it back to skiing yet again? :)

    There is also a nano brewery in Bristol VT on the back side of Sugarbush/MRG.    https://www.facebook.com/hogbackbrew
    Location: Greater Burlington, VT
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
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    What's the best double ipa?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_pale_ale

    If I'm gonna pay big $ I want high content
    ;))
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,806

    Back to skiing again, sorta...

    Blues N Brews Festival by the Westford Rotary at Nashoba Valley Ski Area - August 22, 2015

    http://www.skinashoba.com/blues-n-brews-tickets.html


    I'm with you Bmwskier, it's really good but I'm not driving 300 miles & waiting in line for it. Same can be said for Hill Farmstead, but at least they have expanded their brewery and hopefully the hours.

    I had a Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA this weekend. Pretty good. Not in the Heady category, but up there. It's not far from Ski Ward, MA.

    Betsy, slow down...I can't write that fast :)           


    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,806
    ciscokid said:

    What's the best double ipa?



    The best IDK, I like Lupulin Suplex Double IPA, Flying Goose Pub NH 8.7% ABV - down the street from Mt Sunapee.
    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    ciscokid said:What's the best double ipa?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_pale_ale

    If I'm gonna pay big $ I want high content
    ;))


    Above suggestions all good, hard to find a DIPA that's
    not good.   If you are new to the style I would suggest walk before you run, perhaps Sierra Nevada Torpedo, or the Sam Adams Rebel Rouser (make sure you get the green rebel, the other two suck)   They are both decent, easy to find, and they're priced a couple bucks lower than the stuff that's really in vogue right now.  

    If you go from the Rolling Rocks straight to the Stones or the Victorys you're gonna wonder what happened to your face
  • BetsyBetsy intermediate
    edited August 2015 Posts: 69
    Here are some good VT DIPAs (besides Heady which has been somewhat hard to get this summer-lots of folks coming up from downcountry seeking it!).

    Fiddlehead (Shelburne)  Second Fiddle.  .http://www.fiddleheadbrewing.com/beer/?month=2&day-num=1&year-num=1974 ;
    Usually only available at the brewery...occasionally will get distributed to VT stores if there is any leftover after a release.

    Crop (Stowe)-saw some at Healthy Living in S. Burl yesterday...have heard its good.
    http://cropvt.com/welcome-to-the-family-doubletyme-dipa/

    14th Star (St. Albans) Tribute:
    http://www.14thstarbrewing.com/beer/

    Foley Brothers (Brandon).
    https://www.facebook.com/FoleyBrothersBrewing
    I'm kinda partial to these guys since their latest brew (Prospect DIPA) used malt that my neighbor produces-he uses some of our land to grow barley so you know this beer MUST be good (LOL).


    Location: Greater Burlington, VT
  • BetsyBetsy intermediate
    Posts: 69
    There is sooo much good beer being made in VT right now.  I'm really digging what Burlington Beer Co. has been putting out.
    Location: Greater Burlington, VT
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,806

    And I suggest you walk before you drive too.

     "you're gonna wonder what happened to your face"  ;))  ;))

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • bmwskierbmwskier advanced
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    I'll give it a shot, Betsy but I don't think i've seen it in Montpelier as of yet. 
    "Making ski films is being irresponsible with other people's money, in a responsible sort of way..." 
    Greg Stump
  • DrJeffDrJeff advanced
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    No mention yet of Lawson's Sip Of Sunshine in this glorious DIPA lovefest?

    Right there with Heady, Tribute, 2nd Fiddle for my palate!  And since Lawson's has partnered with Two Roads Brewery in CT for the brewing and distributing it, it is available over a wider area and not just in VT.  Still doesn't mean that one is likely to just walk in to their local package store and find a bunch of it in the cooler though as it is very popular!

    The other thing to remember, especially with DIPA's is that their flavors change with time (and that time is often a few weeks or less) so when a DIPA was canned/bottled/poured into a growler ideally you want to consume it within a few weeks of that date.  Some beers, such as high alcohol stouts/porters get better with some aging, DIPA's tend to go from that desired "juicy" citrusy, hoppy flavor to something more mellow with some malty sweetness taking over from the citrusy hoppiness
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    Betsy said:

    There is sooo much good beer being made in VT right now.  I'm really digging what Burlington Beer Co. has been putting out.

    Indeed, Wizard is yummy!
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    Cisco gonna have a hard time finding any of that stuff in western Michigan.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
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    Cisco gonna have a hard time finding any of that stuff in western Michigan.

    Boy did I open a can of worms

    I'll stick with bug juice

    Where's Trackbiker ?
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    he recommends Yuengling   ;)
  • Posts: 992
    Ah, but what magical microbrews are percolating in those cauldrons up there in the UP that only can be bought there??? Ciscokid may know something we don't! :D
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    Ah, but what magical microbrews are percolating in those cauldrons up there in the UP that only can be bought there??? Ciscokid may know something we don't! :D

    I know there has to be some.. some of our guys were up in the UP building a house a few years ago and loved the local suds.  I just don't know what particular ones..
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,806

    Go to pages 15 & 21 for Michigan.

    http://glbnonline.brewingnews.com/publication/?m=9244&l=1

    A place called Final Gravity Brewing must be for us? 

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,591
    I keep seeing Dragons Breath trucks running around.

    I have delivered packaging to several brewery's over the last 4 yrs but have yet to get any free samples.

    Even Founders wouldn't give me any freebies.

    But I made out like a bandit at Hudsonville ice cream, they have a "damaged" cooler with all kinds of ice cream the guy said take what you want. Also Cream curls and Arnies bakery.

    Believe me IBrake I don't know any more than you do.

    I "upgraded" to Coors light tonight but prefer jersey made RRock.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
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    Ok switching to another beverage form and getting in the mood for fall ( and then winter) what HARD CIDER do you like, we have a new HC brewery 10 minutes up the road. ( I live in an apple growing area north of Grand Rapids called fruit ridge)

    http://www.ridgecider.com/


    That Wood Chuck stuff from Vt was pretty tasty.
  • BetsyBetsy intermediate
    Posts: 69
    Hard Cider?
    Citizen Cider out of Burlington VT. Probably can't get it in MI! ;)

    http://www.citizencider.com/
    Location: Greater Burlington, VT
  • marcskimarcski advanced
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    Hill Farmstead Susan IPA. Outstanding. On tap at my favorite local pub. He now has a dedicated Hill Farmstead line.
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    Citizen Cider is great. Their Dirty Mayor is made with ginger and creates a cider like no other. Full Nelson is dry hopped to give a hoppy taste.

    Mead is something I haven't seen here. I live in Burlington, VT and there is a meadery about 10 minutes away in Colchester called Groenfell, worth a check. There are so many breweries popping up. There is 3 breweries and cidery within a quarter mile of my office. I really can't get enough of the new beer. 14th Star is pushing out some great stuff and there are many other small breweries that have just started to can/bottle (moving further away from just draught accounts). Very impressed with the way tourism has followed these beers. one worry is that I can't get my hands on beers made in my own state, because people are driving up from other states to secure a case, i.e. Heady Topper. There are a few dozen places that get it every week, but people from as far as Virginia are coming up here to buy it. Getting a little out of hand.

    If you want to hear about good beers, I'd recommend looking up Two Brews Podcast, the two guys use to live near Burlington and try some great stuff.
  • Bill29Bill29 advanced
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    Quote: "I had a Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA this weekend. Pretty good. Not in the Heady category, but up there. It's not far from Ski Ward, MA."
    Ski it, Wormtown is brewed in Worstah! And nearby, in Spencer, is a state-of-the-art brewery owned and operated by the Trappist monks of St. Joseph Monastery which brews Spencer Trappist Ale, incase you want to update your map of New England brewery. I'm told it's a little expensive but good. I don't know because I don't drink, quite an admission for a newspaperman of some Irish ancestry.
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