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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

facebook killed this

Sorry, facebook killed us updating this.  Not to mention untappd.

Find us at LTownBrewing

But for a last post, you get a photo of my buddy's save the date card.  Because I like to make fun of him.

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Beer Thursday

New Beer Thursday is a cool untapped badge, a cool website, a cool facebook page and a cool idea.  I already live the idea I guess, considering I am at level 8 on this badge.  Which means pretty consistently having a new beer every Thursday at least 3 weeks out of the month (as well as just about every other day).  But I would love the ability to be online sharing a beer each Thursday with fellow beer drinkers.  Having guest drinkers over.  Posting about it.  The whole nine yards.  I envision a set up in my man cave similar to Wayne's world, but with guitar hero and rock band instead of real instruments.  And a beer dispenser instead of a licorice dispenser.  Ahhhhh, one can dream.  I think I have everything I need except time and a podcast.

On an unrelated note, Nate is heading to Ireland as we speak.  Everyone join me in saying "You Lucky SOB!" since he will be in Ireland and other parts of Europe during St Patrick's Day and the following week.  How cool is that?  So don't expect any more posts from him in awhile.  That one he did last month is all you get for a bit...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Doing better

I've been doing better about going overboard on beer purchases.  My ondeck circle and celler/closet are down to a manageable level, right about 50 beers instead of 80-100.  That of course doesn't include the 20 or so beers in the fridges I have already tried before and bought extras.  Or the 10+ cases of homebrew 22s and 12s in the closet.  Or the three partially full corny kegs I still have on tap.

But like a famous movie line once said "after this case and that case and the next one, we only have two more cases left."  "AHHHH, We're out of beer!"  (or something like that)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Russian River

Russian River tasting at the Green Dragon in Portland last night.  Got to taste Pliny the Elder (still excellent) and for the first time Pliny the Younger (also excellent).  As well as a farmhouse and two sours (all three great, the sours were mindblowing).  And we had their Blind Pig IPA which was great and a few other beers on tap.  Drinking 6-10 oz of each meant we could have plenty of kinds.  Which was awesome.  And could follow it up with a trip across the street to Cascade Brewing Barrel House for some 2oz tastes of a few sours.  And those were equally mindblowing.  I came to the realization that I need to travel to Portland more often for dinner/drinks and stop being so lame and staying in town all the time.  It's not that far, and I am a dumb ass for not realizing it sooner.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Not gone, just busy

We are chief no post.

We are doing another tasting this weekend, but with the creation of a facebook page our attention has shifted to an easier medium to get the word out.

But we may still come back here occasionally until we can get everything here to there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Schwarma!

Nate's Birthday aka: Stout Fest was a great success.  It started off a little sketchy, with a late start, and our plans to stop quickly at Rogue and Wet Dog hampered by zwicklemania crowds.  (It took 25 minutes to buy some sale gear and beers at Rogue and Wet Dog was too busy to get into to) The keg of Abby's Hef 2.0 kicked on Wednesday so we weren't able to try that on the way.  And we forgot a growler of the Lelooska, so I'll have to wait until next week to try that one.  And the blonde ale we tried was not ready yet.

But, we did try batch 2 of our IPA and that was excellent.  And getting there a little late was okay because I guess there was a line at two so getting there late not only did we find a crazy close parking spot which worked well for smoke breaks and IPA tastings later, we didn't have to wait in much of a line to get in.

And then there was the stouts.  We had a lot of them.  We got to try fresh Vortex IPA and go on a mini tour.  We met some new friends from untapped and instagram and met some of the brewers.  Even traded a few beers with Polish and I hope to catch up with him this week to see how he liked the IPA.  I of course ended up having too many tastes, preferring to stay and taste while the others explored the grounds, but all in all it was a good night.  We even had Schwarma Felafels (seasoned lamb) and Willie chanted them all the way home.  Unfortunately we also had oysters (I think) earlier that night, and I ended up tasting all of that twice on the way home.  But I felt great the next day instead of hungover, so I like to see the positive in that.

And as I type this, another memory just floated into my brain.  I'm pretty sure I started a happy birthday song to Nate on the patio at roughly 6ish.  If anyone was there and can confirm this, that would be great.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Supporter

Nate and I are on board as premium supporters of HomeBrewtalk.com.  We should have done it earlier as we wouldn't be where we are today in brewing if it wasn't for that site and all its members.  But there is another contest going on so it was time to sign up.  I'm also signing up to support Untapped, because their app is awesome and deserves at least $5 from me.

Super excited about stout fest on Saturday and I am still going strong on my stout a day quest, although I think I am at 11 through 12 days so need to find an extra to catch up.  Although I will have about 10-14 stouts on Saturday so I guess I'm not too worried.

And Happy Birthday to Nate tomorrow.  I have an excellent surprise for him from his favorite brewery.  One that is named after a color and something in space.  And owned by a much bigger brewery, which I know he loves.  Not to mention I have 4 other beers for him and a few other goodies.  And the Lelooska is ready to drink as is the Hef and OPFApfelwine that we can taste on the way to Astoria.  Should be an exciting Saturday.

Also, my new years resolution is a bust.  When buying a mardi gras beer last night I couldn't resist buying a few others next to it.  And I bought a few beers on sale at Dollarland the night before.  And I will buying some this weekend in Astoria.  But a little over a month I went without buying more than what I went in for.  And I even went in a few times and didn't buy anything new.  So my willpower is a little better.

Friday, February 8, 2013

365 More Beers (another year in beer)

So back when we originally attempted to drink a different beer every day of the year I ended up not keeping track and posting a final tally.  I'm almost 100% positive that I did accomplish the feat but I had no record of my last 50-75 beers and thus couldn't really claim it.  I've always wanted to attempt it again and thanks to the untappd app on my phone I have accomplished it.  That's right, 365 different beers in the last calendar year.  And we're not talking any of that BMC stuff (well not on purpose anyways, those punks are getting pretty sneaky).  So without further ado, here is my list for my last 365 days of the beer.

1.  10 Barrel Brewing, Apocalypse IPA (5 stars)
2.  Wet Dog Brewing, Bitter Bitch IIPA (4)
3.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, 2013 Bigfoot Barleywine (4.5)
4.  Sound Brewery, Humulo Nimbus IIPA (4.5)
5.  Stone Brewing, Enjoy By 02.15.13 IIPA (4)
6.  Wet Dog Brewing, Poopdeck Porter (3.5)
7.  Snipes Mountain Brewing, Vallee De Poire Saison (4.5)
8.  Bainbridge Island Brewing, Port Blakely Brown (4)
9.  Brasserie McAuslan, St-Ambroise Stout Imperiale Russe RIS (4)
10.  Bellevue Brewing, IPA (4)
11.  North Coast Brewing, Acme California IPA (4.5)
12.  Big E Ales, IPA (4)
13.  Old Schoolhouse Brewing, Ruud Awakening IPA (5)
14.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Nutty Brother (Nitro) (5) Phenomenal!
15.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Rusty Pail Pale Ale (5)
16.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Black Lab Stout (5)
17.  Brickyard Brewing, Masonry Oatmeal Stout (5)
18.  Brickyard Brewing, Scotch Ale (5)
19.  Brickyard Brewing, Brickyard IPA (4.5)
20.  Brickyard Brewing, Stones Throw Pale Ale (5) my favorite of Brickyard
21.  Brickyard Brewing, Concrete Blonde (4.5)
22.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Big Butch Imperial Brown Ale (4.5)
23.  Hilliard's Beer, Amber Ale (3.5)
24.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, 2013 Ruthless Rye IPA (4)
25.  Magic Hat Brewing, #9 Pale Ale (3.5)
26.  Portland Brewing, Winter Hum Bug'r Ale (2.5)
27.  Stone Brewing Co., Levitation Ale (4.5)
28.  Odin Brewing Company, Viking Gold Pale Ale (3)
29.  Redhook Ale Brewery, Long Hammer IPA (2.5)
30.  New Belgium Brewing, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (Lips of Faith) (4.5)
31.  Laurelwood Brewing Co., Workhorse IPA (5)
32.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout '13 (4)
33.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout '13 (4.5)
34.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, KGB Russian Imperial Stout 2013 (4)
35.  Kona Brewing, Koko Brown Ale (5) amazing brown ale!
36.  Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Single Hop IPX Cascade IPA (3.5)
37.  Fearless Brewing, Scottish Ale (2.5)
38.  Alaskan Brewing, Hopothermia IIPA (4)
39.  Southern Tier Brewing, Mokah Imperial Stout (4.5)
40.  Brouwerij Lindemans, Pomme (Apple) Lambic (4.5)
41.  Trader Joe's, JosephsBrau WinterBrew (3)
42.  Lagunitas Brewing, Cappuccino Stout (4)
43.  Lagunitas Brewing, Sucks IPA (5) So good!
44.  Seven Brides Brewing, Hazelnut Bock (3.5)
45.  Hale's Ales, Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged) (4)
46.  Iron Horse Brewery, Quilter's Irish Death Strong Ale (4)
47.  Walking Man Brewing, Knuckle Dragger Strong Ale (4)
48.  L-Town Brewing, Don't Worry, Be Hoppy Session IPA (5) my best homebrew ever
49.  Philadelphia's, Betsy Ross Golden Ale (3.5)
50.  L-Town Brewing, Abby's Hefeweizen 2.0 (4)
51.  L-Town Brewing, Grandma's Apple Pie Ale (4.5)
52.  L-Town Brewing, Peanut Butter Cup Porter (3)
53.  L-Town Brewing, Highlander Smoked Scottish Ale (4)
54.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Skinny Blonde Ale (4.5)
55.  Stone Brewing, 11.11.11 Vertical Epic (5) Amazing!
56.  Black Raven Brewing, Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort (2012) (5) Wow!
57.  Black Raven Brewing, Kitty Kat Blues Pale Ale (5)
58.  Black Raven Brewing, Raven de Garde (4)
59.  Black Raven Brewing, Pour Les Oiseaux Saison (4.5)
60.  Black Raven Brewing, Morrighan Stout (5)
61.  Black Raven Brewing, Second Sight Scottish Ale (4)
62.  Black Raven Brewing, Tamerlane Brown Porter (5)
63.  Black Raven Brewing, Trickster IPA (4.5)
64.  Black Raven Brewing, Totem Pale Northwest Ale (4)
65.  Black Raven Brewing, Sunthief Kristallweizen (3.5)
66.  Southern Tier Brewing, 2xIPA (4)
67.  Lagunitas Brewing, New Dogtown Pale Ale (4)
68.  Two Beers Brewing, Persnickety Pale Ale (3.5)
69.  Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale 2012 (3.5)
70.  Anchor Brewing, Liberty Ale (4)
71.  Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale 2011 (3.5)
72.  The Lost Abbey, Gift of the Magi (4.5)
73.  Cascade Lakes Brewing, Cyclops IPA (3)
74.  Stone Brewing, Double Bastard Ale (2012) (4)
75.  Fort George Brewery, North VI Imperial Porter (4)
76.  Coalition Brewing, Hanso Stout (4)
77.  Deschutes Brewery, Obsidian Stout (4.5)
78.  Burnside Brewing, Permafrost Winter Ale (4)
79.  Firestone Walker Brewing, DBA (Double Barrel Ale) (4.5)
80.  Two Beers Brewing, SoDo Brown Ale (1) bad can, soured
81.  Great Divide Brewing, Oak Aged Yeti (5) one of my all time favorites
82.  Scuttlebutt Brewing, Hoptopia IIPA (3.5)
83.  Maui Brewing, Big Swell IPA (4)
84.  American Brewing, Breakaway IPA (4)
85.  Brouwerij Lindemans, Peche Lambic (4)
86.  Redhook Ale, ESB (3.5)
87.  Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Abominable Winter Ale (4)
88.  Deschutes Brewery, The Abyss (2012) Imperial Stout (5)
89.  Boneyard Beer Company, Hop Venom IIPA (5)
90.  Port Brewing, Wipeout IPA (5)
91.  Seven Brides Brewing, Becky's Black Cat Porter (4)
92.  Booth FLD Brewing, Absinthal Gourd Ale (4) one of the most interesting beers of the year
93.  Eel River Brewing, Raven's Eye Imperial Stout (4)
94.  Stone Brewing, 12.12.12 Vertical Epic (5)
95.  Lompoc Brewing, C-Sons Greetings IIPA (4)
96.  Pelican Pub & Brewery, Bad Santa CDA (4)
97.  Ninkasi Brewing, Tricerahops (Dry Hopped) (4)
98.  L-Town Brewing, Barrel Aged Snow Patrol Stout (5) so good, tastes like FW Parabola
99.  New Belgium Brewing, Snow Day Winter Ale (4)
100.  L-Town Brewing, Snow Patrol Stout (4)
101.  Ashtown Brewing, Honey Wit (4) Longview's First Microbrewery!
102.  Alameda Brewing, El Torero Organic IPA (5)
103.  Bell's Brewery, Expedition Stout RIS (5)
104.  Bell's Brewery, Java Stout (4.5)
105.  Founders Brewing, Breakfast Stout (5) Top 5 beer, amazing
106.  Founders Brewing, Red's Rye PA (5)
107.  Full Sail Brewing, Wreck the Halls Winter Warmer (3.5)
108.  NW Peaks Brewery, Cave Ridge Rye (3.5)
109.  NW Peaks Brewery, Easy Peak-an Nut Brown Ale (4)
110.  NW Peaks Brewery, Blewett Smokey Scottish Ale (5) smokey goodness
111.  NW Peaks Brewery, Redoubt Red Ale (3.5)
112.  Reuben's Brews, Imperial IPA (4)
113.  Reuben's Brews, Dry Stout (5)
114.  Reuben's Brews, Roggenbier (2.5)
115.  Reuben's Brews, Robust Porter (4)
116.  Reuben's Brews, American Rye (3.5)
117.  Reuben's Brews, Imperial Rye IPA (5)
118.  Reuben's Brews, Imperial Oatmeal Stout (4.5)
119.  Reuben's Brews, American Brown Ale (4)
120.  Big Time Brewing, Bhagwan's Best IPA (4)
121.  Big Time Brewing, Tinderstick ESB (3)
122.  Big Time Brewing, Hobgoblin Pumpkin Ale (5)
123.  Big Time Brewing, Breakfast Cereal Killer Stout (5) Amazing
124.  Big Time Brewing, Scarlet Fire IPA (3.5)
125.  Big Time Brewing, Yulefest Christmas Ale (2.5)
126.  Big Time Brewing, Makisupa Stout (5)
127.  Big Time Brewing, Icculus IPA (4.5)
128.  Big Time Brewing, Old Wooly Barleywine (5)
129.  Brouwerij Lindemans, Kriek Lambic (4)
130.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Full Nelson IPA (5) full on Nelson Sauvin goodness!
131.  L-Town Brewing, Gnate's Gnarleywine (4) my namesake beer, it will age well
132.  American Brewing, Caboose Oatmeal Stout (4)
133.  Deschutes Brewery, The Abyss (2011) (4.5)
134.  Oakshire Brewing, Dia De Los Rojos Imperial Red (4)
135.  Fort George Brewery, OMEGA TEX IPA (4)
136.  Goose Island Beer, Mild Winter Rye Ale (3)
137.  Firestone Walker Brewing, XVI Anniversary Ale (5) Phenomenal
138.  Stone Brewing / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist, Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout (5)
139.  BridgePort Brewing, Ebenezer Ale (4)
140.  BridgePort Brewing, Old Knucklehead Barleywine (4)
141.  10 Barrel Brewing, DUB IIPA (4.5) So. Many. Hops.
142.  Deschutes Brewing, The Dissident (2012) Flanders Oud Bruin (4)
143.  Stone Brewing, Imperial Russian Stout (2012) (4.5)
144.  Ninkasi Brewing, Total Crystalation (Fresh Hopped) IPA (3)
145.  Walking Man Brewing, Homo Erectus IIPA (4)
146.  Ninkasi Brewing, Sasquatch Legacy Wheat Wine (3.5)
147.  Gigantic Brewing, Black Friday CDA (4.5)
148.  McMenamins, Black Widow Porter (5)
149.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, Celebration Ale (2012) (4)
150.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, Narwhal Imperial Stout (2012) (4.5)
151.  Lagunitas Brewing, Day Time Fractional IPA (5)
152.  Ninkasi Brewing, Tricerahops IIPA (4)
153.  Avery Brewing, Hog Heaven Barleywine (4.5)
154.  Lagunitas Brewing, A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale (3) Still trying Belgians.  Still not enjoying them.
155.  Ninkasi Brewing, Imperiale Imperial Stout (4)
156.  Pelican Pub & Brewery, Tsunami Stout (4)
157.  Kiuchi Brewery, Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout (4.5)
158.  Deschutes Brewery, Black Butte XXIV Imperial Porter (5)
159.  Elysian Brewing, Dark O' The Moon Pumpkin Ale (4)
160.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Milk Stout (4)
161.  Boneyard Brewing, Diablo Rojo Amber Ale (4)
162.  10 Barrel Brewing, Coffee Stout (4)
163.  Left Coast Brewing, Hop Juice IIPA (4)
164.  Alameda Brewing, Black Bear XX Stout (4)
165.  Trumer, Pils (2.5)
166.  Deschutes Brewing, Chasing Freshies IPA (4.5)
167.  Triplehorn Brewing, Harvest Porter (5)
168.  Triplehorn Brewing, Landwink IPA (4)
169.  Triplehorn Brewing, Folkvang Irish Red Ale (3)
170.  Triplehorn Brewing, Bitfrost Pale Ale (4)
171.  Triplehorn Brewing, Freya's Wit (3.5)
172.  Triplehorn Brewing, Falcon Cloak Blonde Ale (4)
173.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Bedraggled Irish Red Ale (4)
174.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Dirty Amber Ale (4.5)
175.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Dirty Jack Pumpkin Ale (4)
176.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Filthy Hoppn' IPA (4.5)
177.  Dirty Bucket Brewing, Ruski Porridge Oatmeal Stout (5) Amazing
178.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, B.A.B. ESB (4)
179.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Diablo Del Sol Fresh Hop #4 (4)
180.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Diablo Del Sol Fresh Hop #3 (5)
181.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Diablo Del Sol Fresh Hop #2 (4)
182.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Diablo Del Sol Fresh Hop #1 (4)
183.  L-Town Brewing, Fool's Gold Fresh Hop Amber Ale (4.5)
184.  L-Town Brewing, Fresh Hopped Sunset Pale Ale (5)
185.  BridgePort Brewing, Hop Harvest Pilsner (2012) (3)
186.  21st Amendment Brewery, Fireside Chat Winter Warmer (4)
187.  New Belgium Brewing, Red Hoptober Amber Ale (4)
188.  Fort George Brewing, Drunkin Pumpkin Ale (4.5)
189.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Oaktoberfest (4)
190.  Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Industrial IPA (4)
191.  Boneyard Brewing, RPM IPA (5)
192.  Oakshire Brewing, 100 Hops Pale Ale (3)
193.  Georgetown Brewing, Waldman Belgian Pale Ale (4)
194.  L-Town Brewing, 4 Cats Berry Wedding Weizen (5) Amazing blueberry hefeweizen
195.  L-Town Brewing, 4 Cats Hefeweizen (4)
196.  Breakside Brewery, Aztec Ale (3)
197.  Breakside Brewery, IPA (4.5)
198.  Breakside Brewery, Dry Stout (4)
199.  Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Freshmaker IPX IPA (5)
200.  Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Survival 7-Grain Stout (4)
201.  Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), HUB Lager (3)
202.  Gigantic Brewing, The Most Interesting Beer In The World Pale Ale (5)
203.  Gigantic Brewing, The City Never Sleeps Saison (5)
204.  21st Amendment Brewery, Brew Free! or Die IPA (4.5)
205.  McMenamins, Thundercone Fresh Hop IPA (4)
206.  Dry Dock Brewing, Seven Seas Double IPA (4)
207.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Big Chief Imperial Red Ale (4.5)
208.  Southern Oregon Brewing, Big Rack IIPA (4)
209.  Gabriel's Vice Brewing, Blair's A B!#$% IIPA (5) Ian can brew!
210.  Great Divide Brewing, Rumble Oak Aged IPA (3.5)
211.  McMenamins, Copper Moon English Pale Ale (5)
212.  McMenamins, Black Rabbit Porter (5)
213.  McMenamins, Hard Cider (4)
214.  McMenamins, Purple Haze Fruit Beer (4.5)
215.  McMenamins, RubberHead Fruit Beer (5)
216.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Sucaba (2012) Barleywine (5) should be 6 stars
217.  L-Town Brewing, Fergieweizen Hefeweizen (3.5)
218.  Burnside Brewing, Sweet Heat Fruit Beer (4)
219.  L-Town Brewing, Shaun's Pale Ale (3.5)
220.  Fort George Brewery, Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout (5)
221.  Anheuser-Busch, Wild Blue Blueberry Lager (1) F*ckin Terrible!
222.  Great Divide Brewing, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (5)
223.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, World Wide Stout (4)
224.  Anderson Valley Brewing, Boont Amber Ale (3.5)
225.  Gigantic Brewing / Three Floyd's, Axes of Evil Pale Ale (5)
226.  Southern Oregon Brewing, Pinup Porter (3.5)
227.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Bit O' Beaver Bitter (5)
228.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Civil War Porter (5)
229.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Christmas Duck Porter (5)
230.  Foggy Noggin Brewing, Rufus IPA (4.5)
231.  Stone Brewing, Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers (4)
232.  Stone Brewing, Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean (5)
233.  Silver Moon Brewing, Get Sum Pale (3)
234.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Marionberry Hibiscus Gose (4)
235.  Caldera Brewing, Pale Ale (4.5)
236.  New Belgium Brewing / The Lost Abbey, Brett Beer (Lips of Faith) (4)
237.  Russian River Brewing, Row 2, Hill 56 Pale Ale (5)
238.  McMenamins, Freewill IPA (4)
239.  Terminal Gravity Brewing, X IPA (4)
240.  Epic Brewing, Hop Syndrome Lager (4.5)
241.  Caldera Brewing, Hop Hash Pale Ale (4)
242.  New Belgium Brewing, Somersault Blonde Ale (4)
243.  Elysian Brewing, Space Dust IPA (3.5)
244.  Boundary Bay Brewery, Double Dry Hopped Delta Pale Ale (3)
245.  Oakshire Brewing, 25 IPA (3)
246.  Oregon Trail Brewery, Lavendar Ale (2.5)
247.  Beer Valley Brewing, Oregonberry Wheat Ale (4)
248.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Pineapple Express Collaborator (3)
249.  Red Rock Brewing, Elephino Double IPA (5)
250.  Double Mountain Brewery, Goliathon Belgian Dark Strong Ale (3)
251.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Positive Contact Fruit Beer (2)
252.  Mt. Emily Ale House, Organic Strawberry Honey Ale (4)
253.  GoodLife Brewing, Traditions Oak Aged Pale Ale (3)
254.  Oakshire Brewing, Bourbon Barrel Nutcracker Imperial Porter (5)
255.  Lompoc Brewing, Bomb.com Fruit Beer (4)
256.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, Torpedo Extra IPA (4)
257.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout (2012) (4)
258.  Bridgeport Brewing, Hop Czar IIPA (3.5)
259.  L-Town Brewing, The Judge GYO IIIPA (5)
260.  Georgetown Brewing, Johnny Utah Session IPA (4)
261.  Deschutes Brewery, Twilight Summer Ale (4.5)
262.  Mac & Jack's Brewing, African Amber Ale (5)
263.  Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Summer Shandy (1)
264.  Everybody's Brewing, Cash Stout Oatmeal Stout (5)
265.  Victory Brewing, Hop Wallop IIPA (4)
266.  Ninkasi Brewing, Maiden the Shade (4)
267.  10 Barrel Brewing, Raspberry Sour (1) Bad bottle, I think
268.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Wookey Jack Rye IPA (4.5)
269.  Laht Neppur Brewing, Strawberry Cream Ale (4)
270.  Laughing Dog Brewing, Huckleberry Cream Ale (3)
271.  L-Town Brewing, Mystery GYO Pale Wheat Ale (3)
272.  Spaten, Optimator Doppelbock (3.5)
273.  BridgePort Brewing, BridgePort IPA (4)
274.  Ninkasi Brewing, ReNEWale ESB (4)
275.  BridgePort Brewing, Kingpin Double Red Ale (4)
276.  Stone Brewing, Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale IIPA (4)
277.  North Coast Brewing, Old Rasputin RIS (5)
278.  21st Amendment Brewing, Bitter American Pale Ale (4.5)
279.  BridgePort Brewing, Summer Squeeze Golden Ale (3.5)
280.  Firestone Walker Brewing, XV Annivesary Ale (5)
281.  Fort George Brewery, Vortex IPA (4.5)
282.  Gigantic Brewing, Gigantic IPA (3.5)
283.  Samuel Adams, Latitude 48 IPA (4)
284.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kill Devil Brown Ale (5)
285.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Citra Blond Summer Brew (4)
286.  New Belgium Brewing, Belgo IPA (3)
287.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Palo Santo Marron Brown Ale (4)
288.  Elysian Brewing, Ruin (Rosemary Agave IPA) (4)
289.  Lagunitas Brewing, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale (4)
290.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Parabola (2012) RIS (5) Top 5 Beer
291.  Fort George Brewery, Divinity Fruit Beer (4)
292.  Southern Tier Brewing, Creme Brulee Milk Stout (5) Desert in a glass
293.  New Belgium Brewing, Biere De Mars (Lips of Faith) (3)
294.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale (4)
295.  Avery Brewing, Maharaja IIPA (4.5)
296.  Fort George Brewery, Magnifera Indica Belgae Saison (3.5)
297.  North Coast Brewing, Scrimshaw Pilsner (3)
298.  Fort George Brewery, Spruce Budd Pale Ale (4.5)
299.  Fort George Brewery, Quiet Rye It Pale Ale (4)
300.  Firestone Walker Brewing, Double Jack IIPA (5)
301.  Fort George Brewery, Cavatica Stout (4.5)
302.  Laughing Dog Brewing, Devil Dog IIPA (3.5)
303.  Fort George Brewery, Quick Wit (2.5)
304.  Wells & Young's Brewing, Banana Bread Beer (3)
305.  Oskar Blues Brewery, Deviant Dale's IPA (4)
306.  Abita Brewing, Purple Haze Fruit Beer (4)
307.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Midas Touch (2)
308.  Georgetown Brewing, Manny's Pale Ale (5) #1 pale ale
309.  L-Town Brewing, Abby's Hefeweizen (4.5)
310.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Nelson Imperial IPA (5)
311.  Dick's Brewing, Dick's Imperial IPA (4)
312.  Laurelwood Brewing, Free Range Red (4)
313.  Portland Brewing, Summer Grifter IPA (4)
314.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Festina Peche (3)
315.  Abita Brewing, Turbodog Brown Ale (4)
316.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 90 Minute IPA (4.5)
317.  Hair of the Dog Brewing, Blue Dot IIPA (4.5)
318.  New Belgium Brewing, La Folie (Lips of Faith) (2012) (3.5)
319.  Oskar Blues Brewery, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (4.5)
320.  Silver City Brewery, Ziggy Zoggy Helles Lager (3.5)
321.  Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Organic Raspberry Ale (4)
322.  Fort George Brewery, Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (4.5) smooth
323.  21st Amendment Brewery, Monk's Blood Belgian Strong Dark Ale (5) loved this Belgian
324.  Brouwerij Lindemans, Framboise Lambic (4.5)
325.  Samuel Adams, Griffin's Bow Barleywine (4)
326.  Oakshire Brewing, Perfect Storm IIPA (4.5)
327.  Russian River, Pliny the Elder IIPA (5) Best Beer I've ever had
328.  Sierra Nevada Brewing, Hoptimum (2012) IIPA (5)
329.  Green Flash Brewing, West Coast IPA (5)
330.  10 Barrel Brewing, Cynical CDA (4)
331.  Southern Tier Brewing, Pumking (4.5)
332.  BridgePort Brewing, Hop Harvest Ale (2011) (4)
333.  L-Town Brewing, Brewnette Cream Brown Ale (4)
334.  Burnside Brewing, Oatmeal Pale Ale (4)
335.  Naked City Brewery, Red Hop-ped Stranger (3.5)
336.  Naked City Brewery, NC-17 Malt Liquor (3)
337.  Naked City Brewery, Nighty Night CDA (3.5)
338.  Naked City Brewery, Betsy's Mountain Brown (4)
339.  Naked City Brewery, Duplicity Dubbel (3)
340.  Wandering Aengus, Anthem Cherry Cider (2.5)
341.  Naked City Brewery, Smokey 'Ol Pool Room IPA (4.5)
342.  New Belgium Brewing, Trip XII - Pink Peppercorn IPA (4.5)
343.  Rogue Ales, MoM Hefeweizen (4)
344.  Rogue Ales, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (4)
345.  Ninkasi Brewing, Believer Double Red Ale (4)
346.  Deschutes Brewery, Hop in the Dark CDA (4.5)
347.  New Belgium Brewing, Tart Lychee (Lips of Faith) (5)
348.  BridgePort Brewing, Stumptown Tart (2012) (5)
349.  McMenamins, Hammer Pale Ale (4.5)
350.  McMenamins, Terminator Stout (4.5)
351.  Victory Brewing, Prima Pils (4)
352.  New Belgium Brewing, Shift Pale Lager (4)
353.  New Belgium Brewing, Fat Tire Amber Ale (5) Classic
354.  Burnside Brewing, IPA (3.5)
355.  Southern Tier Brewing, Gemini IIPA (4)
356.  Stone Brewing, Double Bastard Ale (2011) (4)
357.  Stone Brewing, OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale (4.5)
358.  Stoner Brewing, Arrogant Bastard Ale (4.5)
359.  New Belgium Brewing, Dig Pale Ale (4)
360.  Kona Brewing, Wailua Wheat (4.5)
361.  McMenamins, Ruby Ale (5)
362.  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Drifter Pale Ale (5)
363.  Stella Artois, Stella Artois Lager (4)
364.  Rogue Ales, Dead Guy Ale (4.5)
365.  Deschutes Brewery, Mirror Pond Pale Ale (4.5)

Overtime

366.  Deschutes Brewery, Red Chair NWPA (5)
367.  L-Town Brewing, Apfelwein (4)
368.  L-Town Brewing, Barb's Birthday Brew Cream Ale (4)
369.  L-Town Brewing, Erik for Emperor Pale Ale (3.5)
370.  L-Town Brewing, Erik for President Pale Ale (4)
371.  L-Town Brewing, St. Helens Stout (5)
372.  L-Town Brewing, CCWA NWPA (5)
373.  L-Town Brewing, Sacajawea Pale Ale (5)
374.  Fuller, Smith & Turner, ESB (4)
375.  L-Town Brewing, Apocalypso Fruit Beer (4)
376.  L-Town Brewing, Stormtrooper IIPA (5)
377.  Laurelwood Brewing, Gearhead IPA (4)
378.  Southern Tier Brewing, Unearthly IIPA (5)
379.  Hop Valley Brewing, Alpha Centauri Binary IPA (4.5)
380.  Big Time Brewing, Whiny the Complainer IIPA (5)
381.  New Belgium Brewing, Cocoa Mole (Lips of Faith) (5) Amazing
382.  Rogue Ales, Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale (4.5)
383.  Trade Route Brewing, Hoppy Bitch IPA (3.5)
384.  L-Town Brewing, Beach Dog Brown (5) L-Town's First Brew!
385.  Elysian Brewing, Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout (5)
386.  Oskar Blues Brewery, Dale's Pale Ale (4)
387.  Left Hand Brewing, Milk Stout (Nitro) (5)

Lord of the Pints

There should be a drinking contest for dorks somewhere called Lord of the Pints.

These are the kinds of thoughts that distract me while I wait for Friday to be over.  That and wishing I ate 7 meals a day, accompanied by appropriate ales.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stout Month part deux

Found some other cool art for stout month on Fort George's website.
As well as the image for the Stout Fest/Dark Art's Festival we are going to.

Having a stout a day this month is nice, but I am pining for a giant taster tray of stouts and can't wait for next Saturday.  My guess is that I will hit 1300 unique beers during the festival.

Last night I had the Lips of Faith series Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium.  It was too strong on the coffee, not enough on the chocolate for me, but still very good.  I actually saved a little for tonight to see if I like it better.  Might be a little flat but it's stout so should be okay.

On the 4th it was the 2012 Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada.  That was a really good one and I plan to grab another if I happen by the store anytime soon.  Even though I am still pledging not to buy any more beers until I empty out my fridges a little...

On the 3rd it was the Expedition Stout by Bell's.  We were lucky enough to get a few Founder's beers and Bell's beers in trade awhile back.  I am glad I saved a few for stout month but wish I had saved a Founder's breakfast stout too.  Dangit.

On the 2nd it was the Survival 7 Grain Stout by Hopworks.  Which is a great stout and one I don't mind having more than once.  Most of the HUB beers are pretty good so having one or two in the fridge at all times is a pretty good idea in general.  I wish they had bottled some of their crazy blended barrel aged stout (Stagediver I think?) that we had on our tour awhile back.  I would have bought some of that to keep for later.

And the 1st Stout of Stout month was Boatswain Chocolate Stout.  This is one of the trader joe's lineup, and I am amazed how good most of these beers are when they are only a buck for a 12 and 2 bucks or so for a 22.  Crazy chocolate flavor.

I hope to put my whole month's lineup here on the blog.  let's see if I follow through...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Stout Month

Stout Month is going strong at LTown Brewing.  We have one bottle of Mt St Helens Stout I have been saving for this month, aged one year.  We have our White Russian Stout and the barrel aged version we did this winter and both versions should be aged nicely by now.  I also have a number of stouts still in the fridge and in the beer closet aging.  And one of those a day along with other beers to be tasted has me at 1275 unique beers tasted over the past 4-5 years.  And the Festival of the dark arts at Fort George on Nate's birthday should check off at least 10 new ones as well.  The fact they are doing a blind tasting is awesome, and my money is on Nate to win if there is some kind of competition.  My palate is limited to phrases like "oooh, vanilla-e," or "wow, that strong, and good."  But I hope to try my best.  I'm also hoping to trade a couple stouts for other home brews, plus I have one more 12oz DCOIS from James which is aged over a year, so this month is shaping up to be a good one.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

pushing the envelope

I hit 1250 on my beer list last night.  And my untapped list is up to 1220, so just 30 beers to find hidden in there that I missed off my list somehow.  And I am slowly plowing through my ondeck beers.  Which is nice.  With a beer tasting at Nate's place on Tuesday, a few beers while watching the Blazers win last night, a beer/wine tasting event tonight, and Widmer coming with samples and discounts to Hop N Grape Friday, this is proving to be a pretty fun week.  Even if I do have to work all week instead of brew.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Year of Brewing

So this month marks the one year mark of Gus and I brewing our first beer together.  That beer was a clone of Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale that we hopped up a little bit.  We named our version after Longview's most famous landmark, Lake Sacajawea.  Since then we have brewed about thirty batches and ended up with roughly two hundred gallons of beer between the two of us.  We started with small, extract-based beers brewed on Gus's stove and moved up to ten gallon all-grain batches as we improved.  Here's a look back at some of our memorable beers we brewed during the first year.

The First Three
After our first three batches had fermented we decided to have a small tasting party at my house.  At this tasting party we debuted our Beach Dog Brown, Sacajawea Pale Ale and CCWA NWPA.  For the most part our beers were a hit.  The Beach Dog could have used some more time to bottle condition and actually turned into a wonderful beer but the Sacajawea and CCWA were both fantastic.  We received a ton of positive feedback from our friends and I feel that really pushed us to keep improving our beers.

My First Recipe
After our first handful of batches I decided that I wanted to try to make my own beer recipe.  My inspiration for this beer was the now defunct Roots Brewing Calypso, a spicy sweet wheat beer that was perfect for some summertime drinking.  I took a basic wheat ale recipe but added a blend of apricots and peaches to sweeten it up with some Serrano peppers to supply a little kick of spice.  The beer turned out pretty good but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for.  I do know that some of my friends really enjoyed it as Matt Jones is constantly asking me when I will be brewing it again.

My Favorite Beer
This is probably the toughest to name as I feel like we've brewed some pretty amazing beers.  Our first barrel-aged beer, Gnate's Gnarleywine is pretty phenomenal.  Our new session IPA Don't Worry, Be Hoppy is also pretty amazing.  St. Helens Stout turned out even better than I thought it would and is definitely one of my favorites.  But if I had to narrow it down to one brew above the rest I would probably have to go with the Judge GYO IIIPA.  We named our triple IPA after a retired judge that sold Gus the all-grain set-up.  Since he wasn't going to be homebrewing anymore he also gave us bags of hops that he had been growing (and continues to hook us up with hops).  We decided to brew a big IPA in his honor as our first all-grain batch we brewed together.  We may not have hit our temperatures and our beer turned out a couple points lower than anticipated but it was still an amazing beer and I would love to have it again.

My Least Favorite Beer
This one is actually a pretty easy call for me.  After Gus and I really started experimenting with our ingredients and different yeast strains Gus decided to brew another version of our CCWA NWPA.  But instead of fermenting it with our original yeast he decided to ferment with a hefeweizen yeast.  The resulting esters left from the yeast totally over-powered everything else in the beer.  If you were a fan of Belgian beers you would probably love this but I went to another tap when it was time for a refill.

Plans for the Future
I feel like we will definitely keep at the all-grain brewing and start to refine our recipes a little bit.  We're also planning on brewing a couple of really, really big beers with some friends we have made in the local home-brew community.  One of these beers will be a Sam Adams Utopias clone and the other will be our take on Dogfish Head's 120 minute IPA.  I'm really excited to see how these monsterous beers turn out.  I'm also in the process of planning my build for my own all-grain setup.  After messing around with Gus on his I was able to really plan out what I wanted and what I didn't.  I probably won't have it built for another year but that will give us time to get our processes all worked out.  I'm just really happy that I've found this hobby and I don't see myself ever quitting.  Cheers!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

a little slip

So first I bought a couple beers at Hop N Grape when I was in for some brewing supplies.  But they were for Abby, so no harm no foul.  Then I was back in there to get two pelican beers to taste along side the other two I have chilling.  And I bought one of the new Widmer beers too.  So again, bought three beers only.  Which is good.  But not exactly NO BEERS like my resolution.  But way better than before.

I plan to have the MacPelican's, the Wee Heavy, the Stormwatcher's, and the Mother of All Storms on one super lineup of beers one of these days.  But it's roughly $50 worth of beer for four beers, and the Mother is 14% ABV and the others are 5%, 8.5% and 12.7%, so it's not a solo mission.  Likely an Erik, Nate and Barb mission.  Probably my dad too.

And after a few days, I'm only up to 1232 because I've had mostly home brew the last couple days, plus found a redundancy or two on my list so it offset a couple new ones.  But I did find a bunch of missed ones on untapped, so now my untapped list is only 30 behind my actual list, so I think I might be able to catch the two up.  And we have tons of homebrew fermenting and are making more this month.  So all is good.