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recently tried some brews from Omnipollo out of Sweden, I believe. Really excellent stuff. Highly recommend the Abrahadabra
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Man, I still get thrown by these 130+ IBU beers.
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For starters, this great porter, straight from the fucking can, cause I'm a heathen!..




Then, this BRILLIANT Bwitish imp stout... Balance is world class, truly world class. 9.9% and I'm gulping this down like water...

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Joining the team.. Thanks @Ken icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

be careful with the barleywine.  a lot of it has gone "bad" and Goose is offering refunds. http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-bourbon-county-beers-off-flavors-20160108-story.html 

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Going to be in Burlington, VT over presidents day weekend with my girlfriend. We had a blast checking out some breweries when we went to Portland, ME together.


Any recs for burlington? We're definitely going to get some heady topper when we go to a bar, but I thought it'd be fun to hit up a brewery or two while we're there as well. 

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be careful with the barleywine.  a lot of it has gone "bad" and Goose is offering refunds.

Cheers mate. Well aware of it. I'd be worried had I received 8 BWs or coffees... But with a supposed 40% chance of it being good, and me havng 7 stouts to console me, here's to hoping smile.gif
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Man, I still get thrown by these 130+ IBU beers.


Simtra is one of my all time favourite IPAs.

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Going to be in Burlington, VT over presidents day weekend with my girlfriend. We had a blast checking out some breweries when we went to Portland, ME together.


Any recs for burlington? We're definitely going to get some heady topper when we go to a bar, but I thought it'd be fun to hit up a brewery or two while we're there as well. 

You're gonna pay like $8 for a can of the Topper, bummer that you can't be there on Tuesdays (the day I think they release it to the local co-op). If it's warm enough bike over to have your beers along one North Beach and sit along the rental house. The view of the surrounding islands is beautiful. 

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Last 4 pack of pseudoSue at this particular store


Edited by Pilot - 2/1/16 at 3:40pm
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Man, I still get thrown by these 130+ IBU beers.

You sure it's not the ABV? smile.gif
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ive been finding that IPAs quickly lose their charm if I drink them on consecutive evenings (not really the case for other styles that I love, porters and Gose). I remember taking an IPA break for a month and a half and being stunned by the fresh citrus and aroma.
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ive been finding that IPAs quickly lose their charm if I drink them on consecutive evenings (not really the case for other styles that I love, porters and Gose). I remember taking an IPA break for a month and a half and being stunned by the fresh citrus and aroma.
Ditto. I went on hiatus for months - thought I was basically done with them. Thankfully no. Just needed to let my palette readjust. I do find that some doubles are kind of lost on me after the first 1/2 glass or so.
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Starting to plot out our San Diego weekend.  I'm amazed at the sheer number of breweries simply due to the multiples of Stone, Pizza Port, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Modern Times, etc., not to mention the "smaller" places with only one location.  And there's just a ton of really good looking beer bars (I could visit my second Toronado) and whiskey places too.  The only down side is that we may not even spend any time in San Diego proper.  We're going out to visit my wife's family, and will probably be largely in and around Del Mar.  That said, they will be watching our nearly-two-year-old for a night, so we may get a hotel in San Diego (considering one near the Gaslamp) or La Jolla (@Kid Nickels, George's looks pretty cool and is on my map).  Would the latter be worth doing, @cocostella?

 

And now, onto the recent interesting beers.

 

Good as always, although probably younger / fresher than I've ever had it before, and it had a very noticeable oak flavor to it.

 

Pulled this from the Beer-Vent Calendar due to its low abv.  I know I'd had this on draft a number of times years back in Boston and Cambridge, but I had no memory of what it was -- I would've guessed something stronger, sweeter.  It's nice, pale, hoppy, bitter; overall enjoyable.  The note for this one said it was largely included due to its interesting label and naming backstory; I've read some Gogol, but not this one.

 

This one was kind of weird.  Brewed and bottled for the bottle shop that put together the Beer-Vent calendar, it was a bit off-putting at first when very cold.  It got a bit better when it warmed up, harkening back to saisons, and almost making me think of an odd apple-ish version of Logsdon's Seizoen Bretta.  Glad I didn't dump it after my first sip, as I was initially inclined to do.

 

And another one from the beer Advent calendar.  This one wasn't particularly noteworthy, aside from the fact that I'd never had it before, and the packaging was interesting.  Tasted very much like you'd expect from a doppelbock, and very German.  Also, it gave me a good excuse to use my Pretty Things mini boot.

 

Had two more from Cigar City, and I enjoyed both.  The Florida Cracker, despite the terrible name, was clean, slightly sweet, and very easy to drink.  Wish I had more.  The Helles was similar, without as much going on.

 

And finally, a bunch of aged beers.  The Victory was a gift from my sister from over a year ago, and it had a printed on bottle date of October '12, so it was even older than I thought.  It was enjoyable, a little sweet with some bourbon flavor, but I've never had it young so I don't have much to compare it to.   The next two were from the Beer-Vent calendar.  While nothing special in and of themselves, they'd both been aged for at least a year.  It probably helped the Belzebuth out, as it wasn't super sweet and the alcohol wasn't as pronounced as I remember it being.  The small pour from splitting it three ways probably also helped my opinion of it.  I'm not sure the aging did much for the Velvet Merlin, as I wasn't too impressed -- it just seemed dry and old.  

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@brp2
Plenty of options in Solana Beach, which neighbors Del Mar (Including Pizza Port). La Jolla, not so much. Both are great if you're looking for a beach getaway. Otherwise, I would stay in SD proper and focus my drinking and dining in the South Park community. If you go that route, I'll be happy to point you in the right direction.
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