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Here is a place to discuss one of man's greatest inventions in all its glory, beer!
A little about me. I have been brewing beer for a little over 10 years. I like big hoppy beers. My wife says I am a beer snob. I don't care for the watered down mass produced beers like Bud, Miller, and Coors. Life is too short to drink crappy beer! I will drink it if its all that's available but if I have a choice I will always pick a craft beer.
So what is your favorite beer?
This post was edited by HopVol 5 months ago
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I must say I really don't have one favorite beer, I go through spurts with several beers. One of my old fall backs is Torpedo by Sierra Nevada. I'm with you though, the more hops the better the beer. If you feel like you need to chew it up because there is so much hops, I'm probably going to enjoy drinking it!
Abita or Octoberfest on a warm fall football day!
I don't have a favorite either. I love trying new beers. Sierra Nevada is always good. Have you heard about the hop torpedo they invented that led to the Torpedo IPA?
Ahhh Abita! Its not the best craft beer out there but I have a fondness for it. A good friend of mine lives just south of Abita Springs LA. Everytime Im down there we go to the brewery and the brew pub down the street.
Favorite: Sam Adams Summer Ale
Second best: Yuengling
I keep it simple. I used to go to a mini brewery ( who rotated its beer bi weekly) a lot but I hated buying a beer and not liking what I was drinking
First pic enjoying a drink watching the NCAABB NC
Second is best combo in the world lol
This thread makes me happy. I've been brewing beer for about 5 years, and have been doing all-grain for about 2 years now with a guy that has been brewing for about 12-15. We are currently going through the process of starting a brewery down on East Jackson.
We're actually going to have a booth at Thirsty Orange in Johnson City tomorrow, serving an IPA made with smoked malt that normally goes into our Ruachbier. It tastes like hoppy bacon.
Where is thirsty orange because I am in JC and would come by to try it out and talk to a fellow Vol.
That sounds delicious, silver fox!
I've been homebrewing for a little over two years now - still an extract / mini mash brewer, but plan to make the jump to all-grain soon. I love big beers, especially Barleywines and Imperial Stouts. My most recent brew: a Trappist style Belgian (tastes similar to Chimay Blue) that completely exceeded my expectations. Proud of that one!
Sounds good SF! If I'm ever that way Id like to check it out.
For all you brewers out there, I've been thinking recently about giving it a try since I just moved and have a basement with a little extra space now. I know absolutely nothing about where to start though. How did you guys learn? Is there a good book or website to look at first, or is this the kind of thing where you need to have someone teach you live? I'm not looking to be a master brewer in day 1, but I'd like to give something simple a try and see how it goes. Anything you guys can suggest about where to begin would be awesome.
And for the poll question: favorite beer changes often, but 95% of the time it is an IPA or APA. Current favorite is Alpha King (APA) by 3 Floyds out of Indiana.
This post was edited by smasher423 12 months ago
It says that it is outside the Mellow Mushroom, which I'm not exactly sure where that is so I'm going to have to google map that myself before I head up tomorrow. I'll be the guy without red hair at the Ratchet Brew table, come by and say hey! Here is the website for the event...
Thanks! I love me some big beers as well, but dubbels/tripels are some of the beers that I've yet to make, although I would love to at some point.
The board should have a beer get together or bottle swap before some of the games this year.
How to Brew by John Palmer (which you can actually read in it's entirety online) and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian are two great places to start. Charlie offers one of the finest pieces of advice ever that can be applied in a variety of situations..."relax, don't worry, have a homebrew"
The definitive book on making quality beers at home, available online in full text and graphics.
Ewww to all you IPA fans.... I just could never get into them I love a good porter,quad , imperial ale I like my beer like I like my women "strong like OX" and complex I wanna be smacked in the face with the flavor not tasting pine sol lol just kidding you IPA lovers but I ordered a small 2 or 3 gallon kit to play with this summer when I have time it should be fun!
I had a friend I worked with get me started but there is a ton of information online about home brewing. The easiest way to get started is with extract kits and an equipment kit. If you can follow directions and make a cake you can make extract beer. My favorite source is Northern Brewer followed by Midwest Supply. One of the best beginner books out there is How To Brew by John Palmer.
Shock Top Pumpin Wheat
Shock Top Honeyrisp Apple Wheat
In addition to those two places, I would suggest Rebel Brewer as a source for equipment if you are in the Nashville area or making a stop by Allen Biermakens if you are around Knoxville.
+1 for RB. I good source for all grain equipment is Nor Cal Brewing. I bought all the fittings for my all grain set up from them.
I'm seriously into IPAs myself. I took two growlers to the beach with me this week - Lagunista IPA and 90 Minute IPA. Both were outstanding!
I bought a case of the 90 Minute in Pennsylvania back in February and am down to my last bottle, such a great beer. Needless to say I was very disappointed when Dogfish Head quit distributing in Knoxville.
Do you ever go to Hop City in ATL?
I've heard of it but never been. I need to do some serious brewery touring -- Hop City, Sweetwater, Jailhouse, etc., even Terrapin over in Athens.
I get my growlers in craft beer stores. I go to Ale Yeah in Decatur and my son brings me growlers from another store on the Northside, Jugs on Roswell Road.
I haven't been to those places, but I would definitely recommend checking out the growler fill station at Hop City if you happen to be downtown with your growlers. They currently have 60 beers on tap...
They also have a very extensive collection of bottles available.
That's not far from where I work, so I will check it out. Thanks!
Love Hop City. I just wish they had a better pick-six sampler set-up, which is why I like Total Wine if I'm wanting variety. I'm actually going to Red Hare Brewing in Marietta tonight. $10 for six 9 oz pours is a great way to start a night. And straight from the source--even better.
I'm pretty excited about the craft beer growth in the Atlanta area. I recently discovered Burnt Hickory in Kennesaw, and there's going to be Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta and Reformation in Woodstock (I live in Canton, so all of these are right nearby). And of course, there's Sweetwater and Red Brick.
As for favorite, I'm kind of with most of the others being that it changes. But as for standbys, New Belgium 1554 and Sweetwater IPA are two of mine. Cheers!
Another place in Atlanta I swung by before a show at the Masquerade was the Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Moreland Avenue. If the rest of their beers were as good as their Breakfast Stout I had, then you should definitely swing by.
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