Archive for January, 2010

January Tuesday Night Beer Club

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This month’s TNBC had a little twist: Ed, the host, wanted to do a blind taste test. I have to admit that I wasn’t completely thrilled with the idea when Ed mentioned that he wanted to go this route a couple of weeks before the event. Ed, I am sorry. I stand corrected.

As customary, Ed had to provide dinner. air jordan 11 Pizza, fried chicken, and fries were washed down by Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA, fall ’08. I didn’t rate any beers from the evening but I can say I wonder how hoppy this beer was when it was fresh. One of a few DIPAs that I have had that still had some hop to it after aging. I have a feeling I will be wondering for a long time what it would taste like fresh.

The first blind taste started shortly after dinner and was of three Quads.

  • Baby Tree by Pretty Things
  • Trappist Westvleteren 12
  • Judgement Day by The Lost Abbey

I rated these in the order of Baby Tree, Judgement Day, and then Westvleteren 12.

The second and final taste taste was of three Barley Wines.

All five of us rated these beers in the same order: Mirror Mirror, Behemoth, and then Barleywine by Green Flash.

Unfortuantely that was the end of the night as it was already getting late with us all havig to work the next day. Besides we were watching Beer Wars. Enjoy!

CHAOS!!! And Double Trouble Reviewed

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

flossmoor station restaurant & brewery chaos!!! belgian ipa

I have start off by saying that I have enjoyed the different IPAs that Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery has put out on what seems to be a bi-monthly basis. Some people don’t like the idea because of the limited release, the limited availability, as well as them not ever making the beer again. air jordan 12 That makes it fun. That makes it worth it. It is the thrill of the hunt. The rarities are what make all hobbies intriguing, wanting, and yes, in some cases, needing. If their weren’t these small releases would people around the country be making long trips and/or turning release days into family vacation?

Enough on that topic, let’s go to the reviews.

I guess I was expecting more out of an IPA named CHAOS!!!, especially with the capital letters and three exclimation points. The Belgian style comes out in this beer with the hops taking the backseat. Once you get over the lack of hops, the beer is really good. air jordan 13 The peppery taste, assumed from the yeast, it a little overdone; after drinking the entire bomber it felt like someone had poured pepper on my tongue. Has orange-red wax to denote. 7/10

For the first time, in a while, I fit a second beer in for the evening. Double Trouble by Founders Brewing Company is their winter imperial IPA. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Lunar Brewing Co. snifter, the beer has a pleasant citrus and floral aroma. The taste shows up with a resinous pine bitterness while the citrus and floral are absent. Sweetness to balance with a light body and ample carbonation. This is a good beer but not up to the standards of some of their other seasonals. 7/10

TNBC tonight, should be some good reviews tomorrow. Enjoy!

American Craft Beer Highest Rated Page Added

Monday, January 18th, 2010

It seems like the site update bug has hit me. The past few days I have been working on the site feverishly to update the site profile pages; which are still lagging. Rich also brought to my attention, via his son, that the site didn’t have an American craft beer highest rated page. You ask for it, you get it. After several hours of tinkering, styling, and writing queries the highest rated American craft beers page is active. air jordan 14 The page displays the top 50 beers by rating and the top 12 styles by rating. Code exists to raise the number of ratings that a beer has to have in order to be considered but now it is set at 1, the minimum.

I have added links to the navigation system and the footer links list so the page can be easily accessed from any where on the site and any where within a page. I am not too sure at this point if this page is a finished product but it is a start.

For fun, I added a pseudo easter egg to the page. If you add /low to the end of the url it will display the top 50 worst rated beers. Since we are not really about showing the bad side, this is the first and last time I will mention that this option even exists. 🙂 Enjoy!

Four Beer Reviews Lead By Black Sun

Friday, January 15th, 2010

three floyds brewing company black sun

Rich and I had our “average” Thursday night talking about the site, about the events we want to attend, where the next brewery hop(s) should be, and reviewing a few quality American craft beers. air jordan 1 femmes Last night was a good line-up of beers that was almost capped off with a Hopslam but we both decided to call it a night after four as we had to go to work in the morning.

Our night began with a beer from The Bruery: Hottenroth Berliner Wiesse. We had both heard good things and were off running waiting to taste this tart wheat beer. A pretty clean beer with lemon and wheat in the mouth and nose, some tartness but not over whelming. Drinkable but low in alcohol and think pricey at $8 for a beer that registers not much over 3% ABV. 7/10

Mortality Stout by ReaperAle Brewing Company was our second beer review. A Foreign Extra Stout, Mortality comes from a style that I don’t have much experience. That said, I found it to be more of a roasted milk stout. Not a bad, just not a beer that jumps out at me and that could be the style itself. Also, not a style/beer that I could have more than one at a time. 6/10

Three Floyds Brewing Company is creeping up on me as one in which I will seek out their beers. I know most are already to that point but I don’t like to jump on bandwagons for the sake of jumping. Black Sun is a stout with a lot of citrus and pine hops that play with the malty profile of a stout. air jordan 3 femmes Similar to Alpha Klaus. 8/10

15th Anniversary Wood Aged by Great Divide Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA that tastes like an Strong Ale. The beer is good but as a DIPA it is really far from it: no real hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. From that aspect disappointing. I left it for last for a reason: I really like DIPAs. Downer. 6/10

The beers as a group weren’t as sensational as some evenings but nonetheless, they were still a good group and fun was had. TNBC this coming Tuesday. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Web Site Updates

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Two Beer Dudes had some site updates made yesterday per a phone call from a friend. He and a co-worker where trying to create accounts but no matter what user name they chose they couldn’t create an account. Oops! A transposed true and false in my code made every user name always used. Maybe this is why no one has joined up lately. 🙁

I still consider the site in a beta stage as not all pages have yet to be converted into the style of the site and there is a lot of user profile code that has yet to be written. I plan on getting to this code sometime over the next month or so. At that point, the site should be at version 1.0 beta. I am waiting for more people to contact me with errors on the site as I am sure there are plenty. Also, feel free to suggest any changes, edits, updates to processes on the site. So get cracking and use the site to help me flush out the bugs. Enjoy!

Long Time Coming: Wednesday Beer Store

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

founders

It seems like an eternity since my last official Wednesday beer store visit. I had been on vacation during the Holidays and last week I was busy after returning to work. I feel like I should be headed to the principals office for skipping school.

I have no idea how busy the beer store was during my time away, but Matt (beer store beer buyer) said before my abscence that they would mostly be restocking the shelves for the Holiday season. So I don’t think there was much that I did miss, if any.

The welcome site of the beer store as I pulled up air jordan 4 femmes had me more excited to see Matt and talk a little shop rather than wondering what new liquid goodness had found its’ way to the shelves. Matt quickly let me know that they had hit a jackpot of beer yesterday. Some were retreads while others were new seasonal and one-time releases.

Run down of beers (not all listed, just the highlights):

A really good beer store visit to start the year off on the right foot. I only wish I had more money but that always seems to be the case. Enjoy!

The Stress Of Home Brewing

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I brewed my third beer on Saturday: Ladies Day. An American IPA in which I came up with the recipe using dried malt extract (DME). The brew day went well and for the first time I believed I didn’t make any mistakes that might foul up my beer.

For my first three batches I have used Nottingham yeast as it is neutral, starts quickly, and finishes quickly. Yes, a nightmare for women! 😉 In my two previous beers the yeast started to bubble up shortly after rehydrating and everything was fine. This time around the yeast just fell to the bottom and never started.

I wasn’t too worried until Monday night, 48 hours after the yeast had been pitched. air jordan 4.5 femmes I turned to brewing friends and the internet for help and received many possiblities. I repitched with another packet of Nottingham. It acted the same as the first. I also found out in my research that they recently had a recall on a bad batch of yeast. Could this be happening again?

Last night Chuck, a brewing buddy, was gracious enough to stop over with not one but two bottles of yeast that he either made or took from old batches. We had a few of my Pot Licker Chocolate Stouts while letting the yeast warm. Chuck said he was impressed with Pot Licker and ,now, the only way the evening could get better was for the yeast to start fermenting. We pitched it and, of course, before I went to bed checked it several times without any action.

I awoke this morning with nothing on my but getting down to see if the beer was fermenting: movement, krausen, CO2 bubbles, any sign of life. Oh yeah, there was plenty going on and I am excited.

While taking a gravity reading yesterday, I had a chance to waft the aromas of the hops: damn good. Can’t wait to dry hop and give it a taste. Enjoy!

Homebrew

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I will further update on my home brewing experience from this past Saturday after I figure out what is going on with the fermentation as it doesn’t seem like it ever got started. I think I may have a bad yeast packet.

There are obviously many reasons why this could be but my brew day went the same as any other and I used the same yeast I used in the past. The yeast (Nottingham) is a quick starter and finisher and a neutral yeast. The only difference was boiling the cup of water before I put the yeast in (yes, I let it cool to 90 degrees before adding the yeast) per John Palmer’s book in the yeast section on dry yeast.

Usually the yeast “bubbles” up when placed in water before pitching, this time it just sank to the bottom.

Dreadnaught By Three Floyds Is Awesome

Friday, January 8th, 2010

three floyds brewing company dreadnaught

Dreadnaught is the answer to all of my American craft beer dreams. Based on the hop profile(s) I like, this one is perfectly made for my liking.

Three Floyds Brewing Company is known for their abundant use of hops and Dreadnaught is no different. air jordan 5 femmes I am sure this beer is dried hopped as the aroma immediately greeting my nose after the cap removal was a delightful sampling of what was to come. Citrus, peach, pine, and mango hop aromas gave me the feeling it was summer and I was on a beach soaking in the rays on my pasty face. The aroma in the glass was even more pleasing as it was stronger, bigger, and inviting. There was some sweetness to balance in both the aroma and taste with a citrus bitterness to the finish. I really didn’t notice the big alcohol level and, for me, that is a good thing. I don’t want a beer to wear it’s big ABV values on its collar. 10/10

I originally gave it a 9 because I just don’t like giving a beer a 10. In my mind that means it has no room for improvement. It is the pinnacle of American craft beer within the style. After sleeping on it, I am convinced that this is a perfect American Imperial IPA. Enjoy!

Ladies Day IPA Brewing On Saturday

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

old brewing image

Hard to believe but this is already my third batch of beer that I will be brewing. This and the last both being of my own recipe after a little bit of research and advice. The first beer was form a Brewers Best kit. It has been a huge hit and I am down to only six bombers of beer. My second, Pot Licker, a chocolate milk stout, has been in bottles three weeks now and I am getting ancy to give it a try. It will probably be my drink of choice while brewing Ladies Day.

The names of my beers come from my experiences as a caddy while growing up. air jordan 6 femmes So Ladies Day was going to actually be called Cunty Day but my wife gave the veto. This was the affactionate name us caddies gave to Tuesday, which was ladies day. In my experience, ladies took longer on the course, were more demanding, could be bitches, and were hugely cheap. So there was really no reason to want to caddy for them, thus Cunty Day nicely cleaned up to Ladies Day. I guess it is a man thing.

The recipe is, in my opinion, much simplier than Pot Licker.

  • 6.00 pounds light dry malt extract
  • 0.75 pounds Crystal 60L
  • 0.50 pounds Crystal 40L
  • 2.00 ounces Centenial (bittering and aroma)
  • 1.00 ounce Simcoe (aroma)
  • 1.00 ounce Armillo (dry hop)

I am currently working on recipes for black ipa, hefeweizen, and double ipa. Enjoy!

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