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Virtual Happy Hour (Brew Pics and Reviews)

Cadence

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Would try any of that

Mostly been sticking to my reasonably priced lagers. Had 20 odd litres down ton17.1.

Took two and a half weeks to polish if 12 hoppy pilsners.
I only have one or two a week usually, so makes it less painful to pay more $ each :)

Here are two more from a trip to DC earlier in the summer (when air travel seemed less insane briefly).

An Erdinger Dunkel Weiss at Old Europe restaurant in DC. Piano playing in the background and a plate of various wursts on the way. And they were really good wursts - if you're ever in DC and like old school German restaurants, check them out. The beer on the other hand was just ok. Beer advocates 84 = Good (3.75/5) seems about right.

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Also tried the tasting menu at Jose Andre's China Chilcano - Peruvian/Chinese/Japanese - restaurant. It was split between being really good and being meh. I hadn't had an Asahi before, and it was better than the Kirin Ichiban I had first. Beer Advocate has the Ichiban at a 64 Poor (2.71/5) and the Asahi at a 76 Ok (3.05/5). Neither would be my choice, but I'd quickly grab either before a mass produced American lager.


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Cadence

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Asahi not to bad for mass produced beer. Would drink again.

German restaurants few and far between.

One of the oldest restaurants in my medium sized home city in Illinois is a rathskeller. I thought they had pretty good German food until I went to that one in DC. My other half isn't a huge fan, so even if we had one here I probably wouldn't get to it often.
 

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Untitled Art + Lua Brewing's Pina Colada Smoothie Seltzer.

Told the local store to pick two mixed six packs for curb-side pick-up with stouts, porters, hefes, dunkel weisses, dunkels, and anything with coconut. I was picturing a beer and not a seltzer for the last one.

First time I've had an alcoholic seltzer... maybe ever. It's pretty darn good (which fits with the dessert stouts I've had by Untitled Art before). Only problem is years ago at poker we would make some actual Pina Coladas and now I want one of those. 5% ABV. Would certainly get this again, because you can't always have banana Cruzan, vanilla or coconut Bacardi, ice, vanilla ice cream, Bacardi frozen pina colada mix, and a blender handy.

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Zardnaar

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Think I posted some seltzers earlier.

Neither of usliked them one was ok the other 2 meh.

Wife hooked into her ciders last night. They're not to bad same company makes good beer as well.
 

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Sgt. Molly American Wheat Ale by 13 Stripes Brewery. With a taste in the background of something like a sour or pine tar something seemed off. Checking beer advocate it's an American pale ale. Wish the can had said that instead of wheat ale.
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5.4% ABV, 26 IBU, no Beer Advocate rating, 3.6/5 on Untapped.

Nice can though: "Here’s to Mary Ludwig. Named Molly Pitcher by the soldiers she risked her life bringing water to during battle. Manning her incapacitated husband's cannon during the Battle of Monmouth, she held her position until the battle was won, Molly only paused to remark, when a cannon ball passed between her feet that she, "was lucky it did not pass a little higher." After the battle, Gen. Washington awarded her the position of NCO. From then on Sgt. Molly was hence immortalized as an American Legend."
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Belhaven Black Scottish Stout. Nitro from Dunbar, Scotland, brewery est. 1719, 4.2% ABV. Beer advocate has it as 86 Very Good 3.81/5. It started off feeling very watery or thin, but has settled down and is pretty good. I'm not a huge nitro fan, but I want to compare this side by side with a Guinness at some point. I want to say this has a lot more stout flavor. Not bad.

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Labor Day in the states is unofficial end of summer and a new pumpkin to try. Pumpkin Spice Yeti by Great Divide in Denver. The top of the pour is spectacular, smooth and rich - almost a dessert stout - and got my hopes up. Once you've gone down a ways it loses quite a bit of that. If there was some way to capture that first two drinks of a pour (or topping off since it's a big can) it would be number one on my pumpkin list. Given the exorbitant amount they're charging for it ($10.99 US iirc) I doubt I'll have another of this one. 89 Very Good, 4.11/5 on Beer Advocate. 9.5% ABV.


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Zardnaar

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Jelly still polishing of all those Baltika 7's. Down to last 9 litres.

Had this last night pictures not good.
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Not a cider fan but this was good.
 

Zardnaar

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Lithuanian beer try reading that. 5.2%.

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Very smooth and easy to drink not much flavour slightly sweet. Reminds me of Budweiser but with a bit more flavour.

8/10 would drink again. Apparently it's dirt cheap so gonna look for some cans.

Forgot about Beer Advocate 79 there so my 8/10 not to bad.


Comments are watery, sweet, faint malt taste. Lithuanian Bud then;). Bit more flavour than bud not by much though.

Easy drinking though hot summer's day you could get messed up fast. Cool can with gold foil top. Classy.
 
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Zardnaar

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From Norway.

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Cool blue can at the supermarket. That the highlight of the beer. Bland, boring and watery with no taste of malt, hops, grain or much of anything.

On the plus side wasn't bad as such just totally insipid. Prefer Bud 5/10.

Unranked on beer advocate only one 🥫 moment from an Aussie who pretty much nails it.


Probably better on a hot day bbq but pointless over other better options for same price or cheaper.
 

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NoDa Brewing Coco Loco Porter, brewed with Cocoa Nibs & Coconut. 89 Very Good 3.99/5 on Beer Advocate, 6.2% ABV. Solid porter with just the right hint of coconut. Certainly drinkable, but a bit disappointing because if the base was a better porter it would be spectacular.

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A patriotic brew from 13 Stripes for a Constitution Day - Peggy Stewart Porter:

"The Peggy Stewart was a merchant ship turned bonfire that is forever immortalized as the Annapolis Tea Party. On Oct 14, 1774 she made port in Annapolis Harbor with one ton of contraband tea amongst the cargo in her hulls. The timing couldn't have been worse as this was not the first ship to attempt to unload boycotted tea since the Boston Tea Party the year prior. With patriotic fervor in full swing, local leadership made the decision: the tea was to be burned along with the ship. On the night of the 19th, Capt Richard Jackson set fire to the Peggy Stewart "with all her sails and rigging standing and her colours flying." Although she sank beneath the waters of Annapolis Harbor, her story remains as a lasting reminder of the defiant spirit of our young Nation."

5.5% ABV, 35 IBU. Not enough to be rates on Beer Advocate. 3.74/5 on Untappd. It started of watery, but has gotten better as it's gone along. It's fine, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Listening to friend's reviews of other 13 Stripes brews I haven't tried from others, I almost wish they'd license the can designs out to someone else.

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Zardnaar

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Wolters Pilsner. German.

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Not bad not bad perfectly drinkable.

78 in Beer Advocate. Not to bad for generic macro lager. Strange compulsion to visit Warsaw or Paris. I'll go with BA's rating.
 
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Cadence

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Founders Brewing Panther Cub. 9.2% ABV. 93=Outstanding (4.19/5) on Beer Advocate. I'm not a huge barrel aged beer fan, but this was certainly drinkable. Interested to see what barrel aged fans think of it.

"A robust porter, Panther Cub is aged in the finest bourbon barrels available along with a kiss of maple syrup and vanilla extract. The aroma of maple and vanilla notes combine with a surprisingly deep character to make this rare creature one to gaze upon fondly. Don’t let it fool you, this kitty has claws.

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Zardnaar

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My tastes seem to lean towards generic Eurolager and APAs.

Down to the last 5/22 Baltikas. Kind of sick of it bought a bottle of Krombacher the other night and looking for that Lithuanian beer.

Krombacher and Wolters gonna be my go to I think.
 

Zardnaar

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Nectar of the Gods

Apricot and Mango hazy IPA 6.5%. Not to bad I quite like this one. 8.5 for me.
 

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Cadence

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Helles Hefe Weizen by Tucher, founded 1672 in Nurmberg. 88 Very Good (3.94/5) on Beer Advocate, 5.2% ABV.

The usual hefe banana flavors is much more subtle than many and the flavor is very good. It's interesting in that its quite smooth up front and very dry at the end. Solid choice.

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Cadence

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A friend noted the beer store that usually has fewer singles to pick from had about 13 different Pumpkin beers in their singles selection, while the other had one or two. So I Picked up eight I think are new to me and three good repeats between the two places.

Starting off the year I don't think I'm going to be able to remember enough to actually do a ranking of them all together like I did last season, but I'll put them into tiers (sorted by beer advocate rating within tiers). This is what I have going in to the year so far... and the Warlock I'm having now confirms it's place. I got another Night Owl and Pumking to verify there places.

Pumpkin Beer Tier List

My Favorites:

Southern Tier Warlock (90/4.03)

Solid Pumpkin Choice:
Elysian Great Pumpkin (92/4.15)
Southern Tier Pumking (92/4.13)
Great Divide Pumpkin Spice Yeti (89/4.11)
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale (84/3.73)

Drinkable:
Elysian Dark O' The Moon (88/3.96)

Pass:
Elysian Punkuccino (92/4.17)
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (88/3.95)
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (70/3.03)
 
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Cadence

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King Don's Pumpkin Ale by Catawba. First sip was very strong on the pumpkin spice, second was watery... and then after that it was very nice. Not hoppy, no overbearing alcohol taste, nice pumpkin flavor to complement the nice beer taste that appealed to this usually-a-hefe drinker. And one of the few pumpkins where drinking a few in a row wouldn't be over doing it flavor wise. Tentatively in the "my favorites" tier of the pumpkin beers.

86=Very Good, 3.86/4 on Beer Advocate. 5.5% ABV.

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Cadence

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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin taste up front is fine and you can't tell it's an 8% ABV... but the flavor and body all just kind of all die as it hits the back of your throat.

Beer Advocate gives it an 88=Very Good (3.92/5). Drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it

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