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#441 DevsMan84

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

Here is a nice write-up about a nano-brewery that is set to open up around Memorial Day in Hillsborough: Flounder Brewing.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

Been on reddit for some time now and just realized that there might be a beer subreddit....ofcourse there is..with 40K members. Anyway I have been fishing around it for about an hour and it seems awesome so if you have time to kill and feel like learning a bit more about whats out there check it out:

http://www.reddit.com/r/beer/

Also, on r/beer, I just read that Blue Moon came out with a Blackberry Tart Ale. I enjoy blue Moon if there is nothing else on tap where I am but this sounds pretty dame good to me.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:19 PM

Been on reddit for some time now and just realized that there might be a beer subreddit....ofcourse there is..with 40K members. Anyway I have been fishing around it for about an hour and it seems awesome so if you have time to kill and feel like learning a bit more about whats out there check it out:

http://www.reddit.com/r/beer/

Also, on r/beer, I just read that Blue Moon came out with a Blackberry Tart Ale. I enjoy blue Moon if there is nothing else on tap where I am but this sounds pretty dame good to me.


Reddit, Beer, and hockey!! ALMOST everything you could want in one place! Btw Quinn, I think your estimate was 5 months and 29 days too long, but I passed! Haha

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

Reddit, Beer, and hockey!! ALMOST everything you could want in one place! Btw Quinn, I think your estimate was 5 months and 29 days too long, but I passed! Haha


lol i was just messing with you.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:00 PM

lol i was just messing with you.


I figured as much! Nice call on the Rogue Hazelnut earlier in this thread... Rogue is good stuff!! The Double Chocolate Stout is a personal fav...
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:15 PM

I just loaded up my Mr Beer home brew. I got it as a christmas gift two years ago and never got around to doing it.

Hope its good. Irish stout in 4-6 weeks (I hope!)

Here is a nice write-up about a nano-brewery that is set to open up around Memorial Day in Hillsborough: Flounder Brewing.

Hillsborough Patch



Looking forward to new faces in the scene. I keep trying to get down to Kane's open beer tasting and brewery tour.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:23 PM

I just loaded up my Mr Beer home brew. I got it as a christmas gift two years ago and never got around to doing it.

Hope its good. Irish stout in 4-6 weeks (I hope!)



I have used mine twice. The first time I made the pale ale then the second time I made a dark stout with molasses...well needless to say it was garbage to drink but cooking with it was awesome. Oh and two bottles blew out the bottom and shot like rockets across the basement. Its fun to play around with but hopefully what you come out in the end with is a hell out alot better then my garbage. haha
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:20 AM

Also, on r/beer, I just read that Blue Moon came out with a Blackberry Tart Ale. I enjoy blue Moon if there is nothing else on tap where I am but this sounds pretty dame good to me.

You mean Coors came out with it, Blue Moon isn't a brewery, it's just a name Coors uses to hide the fact that it's not really a craft beer.

As for Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, I just finished one now. I was so excited the last time I was in the store to see that it comes in six packs now! I rarely buy Rogue anymore since I realized that everyone's 22oz bottles tend to be overpriced compared to the 12oz bottles, and almost all of Rogue's beers are only available in 22oz bottles, so it felt good to buy this again without feeling like I'm being raked over the coals.

With regards to homebrewing, my buddies and I just bottled a barleywine and have an IPA fermenting now. We didn't get a brewing kit or anything, we just got some equipment from a store that also sells ingredients and then we boil it in a big pot and ferment it in a five gallon bucket. One of my teammates uses a Mr. Beer homebrewing kit and I don't know if it instructs you to do this or not, but he bottles his beer in plastic soda bottles, which seems to me like it wouldn't keep oxygen out as well as regular beer bottles. It also seems like the recipes they give you are for relatively light beers that are cheap to make, but we like to make beers with more body, so we just look online for recipes. We plan on eventually coming up with our own recipes but we're not that advanced yet. So far we have made a milk stout that came out much hoppier than it should have because we were too drunk to remember to take the hops out, a porter that was fantastic, and the barleywine and IPA that aren't done yet. Without me, my friends made a Belgian that was really good and an imperial stout that was infected but I thought was still very good as long as you referred to it as a cherry imperial stout or something like that haha. It's too bad we will never be able to recreate that one though.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:26 AM

I have used mine twice. The first time I made the pale ale then the second time I made a dark stout with molasses...well needless to say it was garbage to drink but cooking with it was awesome. Oh and two bottles blew out the bottom and shot like rockets across the basement. Its fun to play around with but hopefully what you come out in the end with is a hell out alot better then my garbage. haha



Well then, guess storing it in my closet while it ferments is out! LOL
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:29 AM

You mean Coors came out with it, Blue Moon isn't a brewery, it's just a name Coors uses to hide the fact that it's not really a craft beer.

As for Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, I just finished one now. I was so excited the last time I was in the store to see that it comes in six packs now! I rarely buy Rogue anymore since I realized that everyone's 22oz bottles tend to be overpriced compared to the 12oz bottles, and almost all of Rogue's beers are only available in 22oz bottles, so it felt good to buy this again without feeling like I'm being raked over the coals.

With regards to homebrewing, my buddies and I just bottled a barleywine and have an IPA fermenting now. We didn't get a brewing kit or anything, we just got some equipment from a store that also sells ingredients and then we boil it in a big pot and ferment it in a five gallon bucket. One of my teammates uses a Mr. Beer homebrewing kit and I don't know if it instructs you to do this or not, but he bottles his beer in plastic soda bottles, which seems to me like it wouldn't keep oxygen out as well as regular beer bottles. It also seems like the recipes they give you are for relatively light beers that are cheap to make, but we like to make beers with more body, so we just look online for recipes. We plan on eventually coming up with our own recipes but we're not that advanced yet. So far we have made a milk stout that came out much hoppier than it should have because we were too drunk to remember to take the hops out, a porter that was fantastic, and the barleywine and IPA that aren't done yet. Without me, my friends made a Belgian that was really good and an imperial stout that was infected but I thought was still very good as long as you referred to it as a cherry imperial stout or something like that haha. It's too bad we will never be able to recreate that one though.



I am going to have the brown nector next, I saw the six packs also when I was at the store last time.

Yea, I normally wouldn't have the patience for doing this but I am bored. Strangely enough I got a magazine in the mail about homebrew yesterday. It was latin to me with all the items in it but interesting to read anyway.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

Well then, guess storing it in my closet while it ferments is out! LOL



I think because I adjusted the recipe by cutting the sugar and replacing with molasses, that is what caused it to burst. I would still put it in a place that if it does happen it wont ruin anything. Just a word to the wise.

DF26, your right I forgot about that but considering it is from the same place that puts Coors out, its really not that bad. Its one of those beers that is the best of the worst so to speak. Like I said, if there isnt anything else better on tap I dont mind drinking Blue Moon.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

http://www.njbeer.or...r_consumers.php

We Need You to Help NJ Craft Brewers and Craft Beer Consumers

For the first time since craft brewing was legalized in New Jersey, there's an opportunity for you to make a difference and help NJ brewers and consumers.

On Monday, March 5th, the New Jersey's Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will meet to vote on S-641. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer. Current regulations highly restrict what NJ brewers can do--especially when compared to the surrounding states of NY, PA and DE.

Among the changes this legislation proposes include: allowing one company to open more than 2 brewpubs; allowing production breweries to sell beer for on and off premise consumption; allowing breweries and pubs to conduct informational tastings on and off premise; and allowing brewpubs to distribute beer through wholesale network.

By Friday, March 2nd, please contact the 5 members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.

For your information, Committee Chairman Donald Norcross is already a co-prime sponsor of the legislation. You should thank Chairman Norcross for his sponsorship and for allowing the bill to be voted on in committee on the 5th.

When calling the other members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love and want more of.

Remember, please call or e-mail these members by Friday, March 2nd to make sure your voice is heard and your support for S-641 is registered.

Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey's craft brewers.

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Members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

Norcross, Donald - Chair
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Greenstein, Linda R. - Vice-Chair
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Bateman, Christopher
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Holzapfel, James W
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Sacco, Nicholas J.
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Thanks for your support of New Jersey's small brewers.


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#453 DevsMan84

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:00 PM

Here is a nice write-up about a nano-brewery that is set to open up around Memorial Day in Hillsborough: Flounder Brewing.

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Just to update this post, it looks like Flounder ran into a problem with his engineer. They basically have to halt construction and instead go with electric instead of gas for their burners. According to Flounder on his Facebook, it looks like this pushed back his "opening" about 2 months so figure about July.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

http://www.njbeer.org/news/we_need_you_to_help_nj_craft_brewers_and_craft_beer_consumers.php



In terms of beer distrubition part of this proposal, I know the guys behind JJ Bittings are the ones really pushing this through and have been for at least a year now.

As for more allowing more than 2 brewpubs in the state, I do remember about a year ago very faint whispers and rumors that Triumph Brewing Company was looking to open up another location in NJ to add to the 3 already open (Princeton, New Hope, and Philly). The rumored location was the Red Bank area but again it was only very faint rumors and haven't heard much about it in a while.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

Bought Sam Adam's Blackberry Whitbier last night just for the hell of it. I usually like Sam Adam's but this one is very....watered down tasting. Burping after tastes more of blackberry then the beer itself. Has anyone else tried this beer before?

They also have a Cherry one that I was debating getting but I went with blackberry.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:36 PM

I tend to avoid any beers with fruit listed as a main ingredient.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:41 PM

Bought Sam Adam's Blackberry Whitbier last night just for the hell of it. I usually like Sam Adam's but this one is very....watered down tasting. Burping after tastes more of blackberry then the beer itself. Has anyone else tried this beer before?

They also have a Cherry one that I was debating getting but I went with blackberry.



Yeah I have a 6-pack of the Blackberry Witbier in my fridge now. I think it is pretty solid, but I still like the Cherry better.

I had a similar experience with what you wrote with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. It has to be the sweetest and by far the most carbonated beer I have ever had. Just to down it because my mouth fills with bubbles when I drink it is pretty hard to do. I am not sure if I have a bad batch or something but for Blueberry I am sticking with Blue Point.

DM- IDK lately I have been really into beers with fruit in them, even during this "winter." I haven't been into the winter beers this winter I guess because the weather is more like early spring than the frigid cold of winter and warming yourself up with a nice Winter Ale or Stout beer. Winter.

Sam Adams also recently released their spring seasonal "Alpine Spring" that is quite good. I like it about the same as last year's Noble Pils but I think the name Alpine Spring makes it sound like a soap.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:45 PM

I had the same reaction to the alpine spring name, haha.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:47 PM

Yeah I have a 6-pack of the Blackberry Witbier in my fridge now. I think it is pretty solid, but I still like the Cherry better.

I had a similar experience with what you wrote with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. It has to be the sweetest and by far the most carbonated beer I have ever had. Just to down it because my mouth fills with bubbles when I drink it is pretty hard to do. I am not sure if I have a bad batch or something but for Blueberry I am sticking with Blue Point.

DM- IDK lately I have been really into beers with fruit in them, even during this "winter." I haven't been into the winter beers this winter I guess because the weather is more like early spring than the frigid cold of winter and warming yourself up with a nice Winter Ale or Stout beer. Winter.

Sam Adams also recently released their spring seasonal "Alpine Spring" that is quite good. I like it about the same as last year's Noble Pils but I think the name Alpine Spring makes it sound like a soap.



I have had Wild Blue before but it was just WAY to blueberry and sweet. If I were to get a Blueberry ale, id go with Sea Dog Bluepaw. I saw Sam Adam's Alpine spring and was thinking the same thing how it sounds like a soap company or something. Ill most likely get that next.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

Two beers I tried for the first time relatively recently and really enjoyed ...

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