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Virtual Happy Hour (Brew Pics and Reviews)

Zardnaar

Legend
Selection in a small supermarket near me. More the craft beers macro further down the aisle.

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Zardnaar

Legend
May have screwed up. Boughtva double IPA. Didn't realize it was 8%.

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Boundary Road Breweries Stolen Base American Double IPA 8% ABV 3.2 standard drinks.

Wasn't sure about the stolen part or American part. No F-35's bombed me nor marines invading.

Been drinking mostly pale/hazy APAs and generic lager. Bit darker than what I usually drink.

This one's had a bitter after taste. Almost a coffee taste. Lots of bitter hops flavour. Not to overwhelming on the fruity hops taste/smell.

Options were limited at this particular store. Still not bad 7.5/10 for me. Hitting like a Mac truck sheesh.
 

Cadence

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Sometimes the interesting sounding beer is really good, and sometimes you hope your second choice is better... and sometimes you can't finish either one.

DuClaw's #17 in the PastryArchy series is a Banana Bread Pudding Hefeweizen. The smell and start of every taste was spot on and promising... the back was like you got some undercooked banana bread where the nuts taste like they went bad. The first DuClaw I've had that wasn't at least solid, let alone undrinkable (84=Good 3.64/5 on Beer Advocate).

The Snowed In - Cherry, Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout with Chocolate and (Sour) Cherries by Copper Kettle in Denver didn't make it past a third sip. The sour cherry was really strong and didn't go well for me with the barrel aging at all. (Not enough votes for a rating on Beer Advocate; 13.1% ABV).

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Going for something more standard, I picked up Edmund's Oast Dunkelweizen. It's promising up front, but a bit beery (not in a Weizen way) for the finish. So not one that will make my regular list, which makes me sad because dunkelweizens are one of my favorite styles.

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Zardnaar

Legend
Our grocery stores are pretty sad in terms of selection. We have a handful of beer specialty stores though, so I usually just hit one of those.

You should see the wine aisle at that supermarket lol.

We have bottle stores here. You need to go there for spirits and they usually have a better selection of the more artistic craft beers.

Some of the supermarkets have a decent selection but most of it is going to be various types of IPAs, pale ales and "strong" type beers (7-12%).

I got sozzled on a can of beer and wife laughed at me but it was stronger than here wime and 5.7 standard drinks in the can. Had that and another can and it was 9 standard drinks between the two of them.
 

Cadence

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We have bottle stores here. You need to go there for spirits and they usually have a better selection of the more artistic craft beers.

In Illinois, anyone can sell anything in terms of beer, wine, and spirits.

Down here the spirits have to be sold in their own shop. So a lot of specialty stores have two sides, one spirits and one beer/wine and you have to make the purchases separately.
 

Cadence

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Bananas Foster Stout by Untitled Art. 8% ABV. I haven't had bananas Foster in over a decade, so I can't make a good comparison to the desert. It has a taste that I'd believe might be like some combination of caramel and burned off rum... which seems a bit off in a beer. I'd like to get the opinion of someone who likes the dessert. Beer advocate has it 84=Good, 3.71/5. I'll finish it sipping it, but wouldn't buy it again.

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Cadence

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How much does a can like that cost? Here it's about $6-9. Take off 30% for a rough conversion to USD.
About the same with the conversion. I think most of the singles I get are $USD 3-6 a bottle. A few are just below that, and sometimes I'll accidentally grab one that goes up to $10-14... I have yet to find one of those expensive ones worth the money.

I can only afford it because having more than one makes me sleepy, so it's only one a night. And I usually keep a six pack of something standard around for too (entire six packs are $9-12 for the usual suspects like Warsteiner Dunkel, Maisel Weisse, or a good local porter).
 

Zardnaar

Legend
About the same with the conversion. I think most of the singles I get are $USD 3-6 a bottle. A few are just below that, and sometimes I'll accidentally grab one that goes up to $10-14... I have yet to find one of those expensive ones worth the money.

I can only afford it because having more than one makes me sleepy, so it's only one a night. And I usually keep a six pack of something standard around for too (entire six packs are $9-12 for the usual suspects like Warsteiner Dunkel, Maisel Weisse, or a good local porter).

Cheap 6 pack here is around $7.

The 6 Gorkovskaya was $21 NZD for 440ml the 6 Parrotdogs (craft beer IPA/APA). would be $36 nzd. For a normal can.

Generic dozen of a macro lager would be $20-$24 generally.

Price doesn't guarantee quality.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Good George IPA

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Since last post had a couple of so so pilsners.

This one's better than last. 4 beers on happy hour might be hitting me hard. Waiting for steak and garlic bread.
 



Cadence

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Brown Truck Brewery No. 19 Pineapple Belgian Witbier. 3.71/5 on Untappd. 4.2% ABV. There's a hint of pineapple, but I'm not 100% sure I would have guessed that's what it was. It's certainly drinkable, but the pineapple doesn't really fit the rest of the beer.

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Zardnaar

Legend
Brown Truck Brewery No. 19 Pineapple Belgian Witbier. 3.71/5 on Untappd. 4.2% ABV. There's a hint of pineapple, but I'm not 100% sure I would have guessed that's what it was. It's certainly drinkable, but the pineapple doesn't really fit the rest of the beer.

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Not a fan of Witbier.

Few things you post already been there done that.

Mr Boring APAs lol. That and the heers you get aren't in my local supermarket they're all the way "over there" and that involves effort.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Couple of Russian beers aIMG_20211127_094220.jpgt the supermarket.

Siberian Corona? At 5.3% 1litre can.

And I can't read the read one except it says 3 hills beer. Expecting a European macro lager. Kind of comes in a jug.

Red one is an e. 4.9%.

 

Cadence

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A bit more standard, two Oktoberfests.

Loved the name - Uncle Festbier by Savannah River.

"A traditional Oktoberfest that we non-traditionally dry hopped with… you guessed it… German Tradition hops! This beer is bready, toasty, and nutty with just a hint of caramel. Dry hopping with Tradition hops provides a fresh spicy floral character. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is perfect for any Fest!'

3.6/5 on Untappd. I'm not usually a fan of much hops and spice, but this works pretty well. I can see getting singles of this again for the cold weather months.

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Mad Bishop Octoberfest by DuClaw. 80=Good, 3.48/5 on Beer Advocate. Very drinkable, and certainly not as strong as Uncle Festbier (hops/spice is gentler, up front, and fades quickly).

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Zardnaar

Legend
Siberskaya Korona
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Warm day here and been chilling this can overnight.

Perfectly generic and somewhat bland and inoffensive euro lager. Reminds me of Budweiser with a bit more flavour. No strong after taste.

Just a beer. Great on a hot day or student parties I would imagine.

Can't really rate it fairly it's just so inoffensive. Wouldn't give it a 7 but to good for a 6 imho.

Would drink again there's just better beers in the price range and better Russian beers for the price.

The Baltika range (5, 7, Zatecky Gus, Zhighuli) has more flavour.

Extra point I suppose for chugging on a hot day at the beach or binge drinking.
 
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