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mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 17, 2016 - 03:13pm PT
We all knew it was coming, ever since Rainbow Bright posted a never-ending topic, this one was long overdue.....


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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 17, 2016 - 03:24pm PT
Gimme a break! I just walked in the door from Hamid's Acres of Brews! Dude is Da Man!
He stocks 1200+ brews! I only got a sixer of Urquell - being part Czech I am partial to patronizing my homies.
Mike.

climber
Nov 17, 2016 - 03:25pm PT
Right now is coming soon...
Right now is coming soon...
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Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 17, 2016 - 03:25pm PT
Shouldn't you be asking which Koolaid people on this site are drinking?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 17, 2016 - 04:30pm PT
A triple IPA? Man, that's yesterday's beer. You need to drink a quadruple IPA.

Wrong. Quadruple IPA is yesterday's beer. Triple IPAs are already last year's beer.

I'm supposedly on vacation this week, but have to do a bit of work this afternoon. To overcome my distaste for that I needed something beyond a quadruple IPA. I needed something that will get me through today, not yesterday.

I needed a completely bent IPA...

Monk's Indiscretion -- a cross between a strong Belgian ale and a quad IPA.

My visit to Sound Brewery's taproom today was cut short by the need to...
My visit to Sound Brewery's taproom today was cut short by the need to do some work. So I picked up a bottle of Monk's Indiscretion to make the work tolerable.
Credit: Ghost
rwedgee

Ice climber
CA
Nov 17, 2016 - 04:45pm PT
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Credit: rwedgee
Bargainhunter

climber
Nov 18, 2016 - 01:27am PT
Boundary Bay "Cabin Fever" from Bellingham

Bought 3 cases last winter from the restaurant. Cheers!
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2016 - 11:12am PT
Credit: mooch

Early lunch....
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 22, 2016 - 03:12pm PT
Sadly, none. But when I get home I've got some Ballast Point waiting for me.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Sacramento, CA
Nov 22, 2016 - 03:15pm PT
Root
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Nov 22, 2016 - 03:18pm PT
Same Red Racer IPA as always, but a tip of the hat to the Boundary Bay Bistro and Brewery in Bellingham.
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Nov 22, 2016 - 03:22pm PT
not this one since it was still fermenting





guess I'll stick to the tried & true
locker

climber
"STFU n00b!!!"
Nov 22, 2016 - 03:43pm PT


"Root"...

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...

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 22, 2016 - 04:06pm PT
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Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 22, 2016 - 05:04pm PT
Michelob Light
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 22, 2016 - 06:33pm PT
a Speakeasy Prohibition Ale...
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Nov 22, 2016 - 07:28pm PT
Happy to live down - wind of Sierra Nevada brewery. I get to smell them before I drink them. They now have Narwhal in a 12 oz bottle and not as spendy as when it premiered.
Lovin my Narwhal Imperial Stout 10.2%
Lovin my Narwhal Imperial Stout 10.2%
Credit: Timid TopRope
otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Nov 22, 2016 - 07:31pm PT
ummm....Coors light and a shot of Bookers...
Burnin' Oil

Trad climber
CA
Nov 22, 2016 - 07:56pm PT
Ginger..... With Bourbon.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Nov 22, 2016 - 08:41pm PT
Deschutes Autumn IPA
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 22, 2016 - 08:47pm PT
Ain't nothing like it when you want only the best.
Ain't nothing like it when you want only the best.
Credit: Ghost
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 22, 2016 - 09:36pm PT
Nothing fancy. Lagunitas ipa draft. Waiting for the fish n chips.
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2016 - 09:11am PT
Mmmmm......deeeeeeee-licisous!

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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 25, 2016 - 11:02am PT
yesterday

from Off Color Brewing, a 4x IPA: Growl

and

from a Stillwater--Cigar-City collaboration, 21st Century Means

which made for a very early night and a long deep sleep...
Mike.

climber
Nov 25, 2016 - 02:32pm PT
Holy multi-IPAs...

Now in 12 oz cans  thanks, Trader Joe
Now in 12 oz cans thanks, Trader Joe
Credit: Mike.
Cragman

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Nov 25, 2016 - 03:13pm PT
Just back from the Christmas Tree hunt.....eating copious leftovers and knocking down an ice cold Big Wave, from Kona Brewing. Such a refreshing beer.
GuapoVino

climber
Nov 25, 2016 - 06:23pm PT
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 25, 2016 - 07:09pm PT
Might be the best Belgian EVAH! I know thems fightin' werds but I'll stand by them.

Credit: Reilly
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2016 - 01:25pm PT
Spicy lunch
Spicy lunch
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TwistedCrank

climber
Released into general population, Idaho
Dec 7, 2016 - 01:29pm PT
Does it come in pints?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 7, 2016 - 06:24pm PT
A head of Duvel!
A head of Duvel!
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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 7, 2016 - 06:48pm PT
A nice Pinot Noir.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 7, 2016 - 06:53pm PT
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ONE, TWO ROADS
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Dec 7, 2016 - 06:55pm PT
Had my fave this weekend

(not my pic)
Al Matyourdoor

Trad climber
Somewhere on Mateo Tee-pee
Dec 7, 2016 - 07:19pm PT
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Yep Anita, the Heady Topper is alone worth the drive to Vermont!

Al
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2016 - 03:15pm PT
Couldn't resist buying this kit - cute lunch box that would make any kid the king of the lunch room!
Vitamin B!
Vitamin B!
Credit: Reilly
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2016 - 02:09pm PT
T-Crank -

Unfortunately, no. Culture Brewing Co, in Solana Beach, put out a delicious porter that I will never forget. AVB 6.3%, Hard medium barley toasting and a small addition before it went into the bright tank. Great balance with notes of espresso, cocooa and horchata. Only seasonal.

Kern River Brew Company just acquired a new master brewer. Comes from Avery and also Pizza Port. One of his "babies"......Swami's IPA. A personal fave!

Credit: mooch






yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Dec 12, 2016 - 06:40pm PT
Beer right now!
Beer right now!
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johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Dec 12, 2016 - 09:29pm PT
WHAT BEER are you drinking right now?

My fourth one.
JimT

climber
Munich
Dec 13, 2016 - 08:10am PT
Now its past 5 (in the evening) here Im indulging in the usual German after-work beer. Oettinger Export (lager)/5.4% and brewed here in Bavaria without gene manipulated ingredients and $0.56c per liter.
When I crack the next one open Ill drink a toast to the overpriced sh#t you buy in the USA!
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2016 - 08:41am PT
Kinda specific on your opinionated post, right? I think the world over, most brewers love to craft their brew.....not manipulate "genes" of a yeast strain (if that's what you mean). You must be thinking about American wine makers. In brewing, its this simple.....

Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Or wort you aware of it? ;)
JimT

climber
Munich
Dec 13, 2016 - 10:36am PT
If you are replying to me then I meant gene manipulated grains.
Mike.

climber
Dec 13, 2016 - 11:13am PT
JimT, I'm raising my 4.99-a-sixer Boatswain H.L.V. Ale right now with special sentiment for you. F*#k you and cheers! Happy holidays, too!


Some pleasant USA music for your swilling pleasure.

mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2016 - 01:45pm PT
I raise a brew to the craftsmen of The Hinterlands. Taught us English folks how to make the worlds finest IPA's. I'm sure they'd be proud. ;)

Avast ye maties!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 13, 2016 - 02:04pm PT
The usual, Long Trail's Double Bag. Get some and take it home if you're on the east coast.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 13, 2016 - 05:03pm PT
Right now, I'm not drinking any beer. But that's only because I just finished a beer and my glass is empty.

It was a cold day here, and after the ride home from work I was happy to have a keg or two (well, six, actually) right there in the basement where I park my bike. Including a thick, rich stout. Maybe the best one I've brewed.

Perfect on a frosty evening
Perfect on a frosty evening
Credit: Ghost

Credit: Ghost
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 14, 2016 - 01:43pm PT
Nice Ghost! 2-row pale malt, medium roasted barley and chocolate malt were the core?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 14, 2016 - 07:32pm PT
Nice Ghost! 2-row pale malt, medium roasted barley and chocolate malt were the core?

You a brewer?

Base malt is 2-row pale, but that's not saying all that much, cuz there are plenty of choices. I like Gambrinus, but there are other good maltsters. And yes, there is some medium roasted barley and some chocolate, but only 5% each. Way easy to overdo those and get something harsh.

My preference is for stouts that are thick and rich, so I also use a lot of Munich (16%), as well as 5% each of flaked oats and 60L crystal. And mash it fairly hot. Comes out around 10% abv.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 14, 2016 - 07:38pm PT
Delicious White....:0) gotta prob with it?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 14, 2016 - 07:46pm PT
I'm in West Hollywood tonight so I'm drinking Sauvignon. When in Rome...
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 14, 2016 - 08:05pm PT
From the Hilton in Bimini,Bahamas. .

Bimini.  Kalik beer
Bimini. Kalik beer
Credit: 'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Anita nother beer

Anita nother beer
Anita nother beer
Credit: 'Pass the Pitons' Pete
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 14, 2016 - 08:09pm PT
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mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2016 - 08:00am PT
And mash it fairly hot.

160+? Finishing gravity?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 15, 2016 - 08:00pm PT
160+? Finishing gravity?

Do you brew?
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2016 - 11:55am PT
Home and part time work at KRBC.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 19, 2016 - 04:19pm PT
Home and part time work at KRBC.

Stopped at KRBC once, en route to a week in the Needles. Lucky you to be working so close to such incredible climbing.

160+? Finishing gravity?

157 (which is hot for me). OG was 1.100, finishing at 1.030. So about 9.3% abv, and reasonably thick.
Randall_C

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 19, 2016 - 06:43pm PT
Finishing off my last Westvleteren XII all grain clone. No, can't take credit for the recipe, but it turned out great. Bulk aged for 6 months after primary and came in at 10.2% abv. Sure have had a lot of visitors over the last month ;) I do have another batch bulk aging along with a Pliny the Younger all grain clone that I will be bottling next week. Yum!
Peater

Trad climber
Salt Lake City Ut.
Dec 19, 2016 - 08:43pm PT
I live in Utah but I have heard of beer before. I'd like to try it sometime.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2016 - 09:09am PT
Party at Ghost's house!! Nice work! Sounds like Dinner to me.....
slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
Dec 21, 2016 - 10:53am PT
Wireless Warlock
Wireless Warlock
Credit: slabbo

Sorry bad photo
Wireless Warlock from Bristol in CoSprings..part of the Nikoli Tesla series. A very nice bourbon stout
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Dec 21, 2016 - 01:33pm PT
Well. A few minutes ago.
6th Conversation. Discretion Brewery

6th Conversation and Ploughmans Lunch at Discretion Brewery, Santa Cru...
6th Conversation and Ploughmans Lunch at Discretion Brewery, Santa Cruz
Credit: SC seagoat

Beer is no longer simple




6th Conversation
ABV 8.9%
IBUs 27
This is divinely delicious. Its effervescence makes me want to celebrate something, but its so majestic that I almost want to be all alone with it, thinking big thoughts.

They assumed she was paying attention only to the beer till she set her tiles down and said, Triple word score.

Nice, was all they could respond.

Everyone took another sip.

Our Belgian-Style Tripel is unfiltered and golden in color. The aroma is full of fruity esters with a bit of spicy/grassy hops in the background. The flavor begins with a malty sweetness, then finishes with some warming alcohol and a moderately dry hop bitterness.

Susan


GuapoVino

climber
Dec 21, 2016 - 01:41pm PT
Stout in the works. Currently resting on oak bourbon barrel chips and cacao nibs soaked in bourbon.

Credit: GuapoVino
slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
Dec 21, 2016 - 02:11pm PT
Looks very comfortable !
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2016 - 02:37pm PT
Guapo.........'Art in progress'. Dah man!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Dec 21, 2016 - 03:48pm PT
Oh gawd, Guapo....wish I'd never seen that. Kinda like the whole thing about not seeing sausage being made.

Susan.
GuapoVino

climber
Dec 21, 2016 - 04:13pm PT
It's not disgusting, Susan. In fact, it smells really good. The grains soak in water at a certain temp for a certain amount of time (150 for 60 minutes for example) to convert the starches to sugars. The the grains are removed and the remaining liquid (wort) is boiled, typically for 60 to 90 minutes. After that it's cooled to yeast pitching temp, usually around 70 degrees. If you saw it in person you wouldn't be grossed out. Think coffee.

But there are types of beer that go through some really weird types of processes, alternative yeast strains, use different types of bacteria, allow spontaneous fermentation, etc.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 21, 2016 - 06:11pm PT
You mean right now?



With a plate of sauerkraut.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2016 - 08:47am PT
Good process description, Guapo! Yah, brett (wild yeast) is great for making sours or barley wine beer. But BAD if introduced or even remotely near another brew that is fermenting. But that's another topic in itself.

3 weeks to settle, Guapo?
GuapoVino

climber
Dec 22, 2016 - 01:00pm PT
Hey Mooch. I've just recently gotten interested in sours and beers that use brett, so have been sampling a lot of them, for academic purposes. I've been reading about the process and want to try my hand and making one. There's a pretty good FB group called Milk The Funk that is about all those types of beers. Lots of experts and professional Brewers on there. They also have a wiki page that goes very in depth into the processes.

Yeah the stout has been in the secondary carboy going on three weeks. I'm about ready to bottle it. I also have a mead with blackberries going.

Credit: GuapoVino
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 22, 2016 - 02:26pm PT
I've been brewing with brett and various bacteria for years. Also live in a place (Seattle) where these kinds of beers are readily available -- to the point that there's almost always a "sour fest" or "funky beer week" going on somewhere. Often with twenty or more taps devoted to sour and funky.

I'm on the run, but will check back in later, and will be happy to talk funk if you want to.

I think there are a few posts about it on the big "Best Beer Ever" thread. Try this for starters: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1612031&msg=2858947#msg2858947
GuapoVino

climber
Dec 23, 2016 - 05:48am PT
That's cool Ghost. I've had a few from the PNW. I need to check out a beer fest up there some time.
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Dec 23, 2016 - 01:03pm PT
Track 7 Blood Transfusion IPA
Credit: crankster
slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
Jan 1, 2017 - 12:24pm PT
very nice
very nice
Credit: slabbo

Precipice of Hops 9.9 abv and 110 ibu 32 oz canned at the bar
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jan 1, 2017 - 12:42pm PT
Had the Black Tuesday from Bruery recently.

Delicious!

The White Chocolate is up next for me from them.

Mooch, you would enjoy both.

The f'd up thing is having a friend brewing. You end up finding rather quickly what you like and don't like.

Remember the good old days when Coors Light was sufficient to make it through a Joshua Tree weekend or a Colorado River visit?
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2017 - 08:58am PT
Munge -

The question begs......do either of them have limes? ;) Have limes, will send. Hurry up Winter.....The Tribe needs a fix!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jan 3, 2017 - 12:34pm PT
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm going to put it in their suggestion box for a summer drank.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2017 - 01:14pm PT
Call it 'Stank Drank'. Tiki-Ger will pony up the label creation :)
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jan 3, 2017 - 01:19pm PT
Stanky beer is Heineken. Don't let anyone tell you diff'nt!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Jan 3, 2017 - 01:40pm PT
Just a heads up......if you have been diagnosed with gout, beer is one of the worst alcoholic beverages you can drink. Found that out this weekend as I know someone with that painful disease. Switch to wine or Grey Goose. :)

Also seafood along with red meat are not something you want to eat. Hey, even 30 year old males can contract gout. Women are less apt to have it.

Now back to your regular channel. I still like both lite and dark Modela.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 3, 2017 - 05:10pm PT
Contemplating Beervana
Contemplating Beervana
Credit: Ghost
slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
Jan 4, 2017 - 12:29pm PT
Lynee- there are several versions of gout, all have different characteristics and symptoms.

Many variables come into play and beer can be a factor in some of them. Your uric acid level (and SED rate) determines treatments for gout and people have all kinds of uric levels.

I have been diagnosed with a form of gout for years,,,primarilly in the elbows, it's a bit hideous.

Beer doesn't change my uric levels at all (unless I went crazy) some foods do however..badly
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 4, 2017 - 01:07pm PT
Yeah, what slabbo said.

I have been dealing with Gout for thirty years or so and a lot of new info has come out in that time but still no "cure". There are some myths that still circulate.

I do ok with Lagers and less hoppy ales. Darker malts seem to be worse also. Red wine or booze that has been aged in wood seems to be harder on me also. When I am having a serious attack I don't drink at all but drinking is not the cause of gout or the attacks.

Slabbo, I started with the classic "big toe" attacks but hardly ever have any attacks there anymore, it has gone on to my ankles, knees and elbows and yes it is worse than the big toe. Good sleep is impossible. A drugged-out delirium is the best I can hope for.







slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
Jan 4, 2017 - 01:31pm PT
Never the big toe, not once. Brown Booze can be really bad...

Allopurinol 300mg baby ! Low $$, effective and few side effects
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 6, 2017 - 07:14pm PT
End of the day, end of my monthly publication cycle, and I'm in my favorite bottle shop/taproom enjoying a small glass of something truly massive and contemplating one of the five stout fridges. It's a cold night, and I want something warming to take home.

Just one of six shelves in one of five fridges of stouts
Just one of six shelves in one of five fridges of stouts
Credit: Ghost

Most of them I know. But the one on the left on that shelf is new to me. "Prestige de Charmes"

And then I saw the price tag. It's hidden by a reflection in the picture, but it was...

Better sit down...

$49.95

I'm sure it's wonderful.
D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Jan 6, 2017 - 07:15pm PT
Stone IPA
Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 6, 2017 - 07:19pm PT
PBR.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 23, 2017 - 09:17am PT
Options for this evening...
The triple play; A Dubbel, Tripel and Quad :-)
The triple play; A Dubbel, Tripel and Quad :-)
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 23, 2017 - 06:38pm PT
Guldenberg - one of the lesser known Belgians but, oh baby, don't spread the word, please!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2017 - 07:37am PT
Seriously WAAAANT that NZ Funk Estate brew!!!

Credit: mooch
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2017 - 12:25pm PT
Shared by Adrian, KRBC's masterbrewer, last night.......TASTY!!

Credit: mooch
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2017 - 07:53am PT
COOL BEER NEWS ALERT

The wort has been start for a new epic brew release from Kern River Brewing Co! A Russian Imperial Stout checking in on the recipe card at 13% and labeled as....

Drum roll please.....

IGOR UNCHAINED....with a special notation on the label to honor Herb Laeger and Paul Clark on the masterpiece they created. Finally, a beer with climbing related name vice all the river references. To be release next year as a seasonal.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 6, 2017 - 09:46am PT
Igor Unchained
Igor Unchained
Credit: Ghost
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Feb 6, 2017 - 10:44am PT
Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Duet most recently. Along with a host of fruit IPA's and wheat beers made by Green Flash. Variety man.....spice of life
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2017 - 11:53am PT
skcredic -

All great beers! Yah, Alpine Boys killed it with those two. I think Green Flash bought them out though, on an FYI note.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 6, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
Kinda fond of the Palate Killer.

Drinking a local Reuben's Gose right now.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 6, 2017 - 04:59pm PT
One of my own quadrupels.

Sampled plenty of good ones at Steve Grossman's home yesterday afternoon/evening.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 6, 2017 - 05:44pm PT
Not much of a drinker but next time I buy one it will be a Bud, a toast to their Superbowl ad. I might not drink it though!



skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Feb 7, 2017 - 07:36am PT
Mooch, I know what you mean. A brewer can't help but put his stamp on a recipe. I can tell there are some homebrewers here and I don't know if you are one but looking at the other "beer" thread I can tell you've got some vision when it comes to beer. Porter with notes of coffee, vanilla, and horchata; THAT's vision.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2017 - 07:59am PT
Thanks! I do homebrew and we actually started a homebrew club with Eric (owner of KRBC) and Adrian (master brewer).....The Saccromyties. "Assisted" with the current release of 'Eddy Flower' (TIPA), checking in at 11.6%. I personally think it's a notch above 'Hop Nookie'. Fruit forward, Simcoe essence, excellent mouth feel, SCM is about a 13. Has that East coast haziness (which I personally like......the Left Coast style is kinda boring to me).
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Feb 23, 2017 - 08:07am PT
That Eastern flavor ? smudged? I'm not sure what it is but
This local brewery has found the balance
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
These seasonal offerings, and their flagship "Road To Ruin" &
"Route Of All Evil "
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
You probably think I'm ruining both to mix them
There's no Tan to this
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
black & tan.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2017 - 10:40am PT
Gnome -

I'm referring to the IPA style, specifically how east coast brewers like to make hop additions at the end of fermentation. Hop sediment, even after they have "crashed" (dropped the temp from room temp to the 30's), the color is more of an opaque golden yellow, rather than fairly clear when done Left Coast style.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 25, 2017 - 05:28pm PT
Has that East coast haziness (which I personally like......the Left Coast style is kinda boring to me).

Well, come on over. I've got a keg of... hmmmm... "Beyond East Coast Style" IPA waiting for you. All the things you're talking about, plus 13.5% abv.

As for right now, sipping in the opposite direction:
Farmhouse ale from a local brewery
Farmhouse ale from a local brewery
Credit: Ghost
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2017 - 01:46pm PT
Ghost......time for us to brew! I'll get the rig set up and go halfers on the grain and hops. Fresh Kern River water provided. Photos from last brew sesh. Big Blue Brew Crew working on a recipe for KRBC.....

Mooch, Adrian and John makin' wort
Mooch, Adrian and John makin' wort
Credit: mooch
Credit: mooch
The Rig
The Rig
Credit: mooch
Dats dope!
Dats dope!
Credit: mooch
Simcoe IPA
Simcoe IPA
Credit: mooch
Clean up is easy......just drink a lot of beer! Hire me, I'll "sparge"...
Clean up is easy......just drink a lot of beer! Hire me, I'll "sparge" anything that walks!
Credit: mooch
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 27, 2017 - 05:18pm PT
Ghost......time for us to brew!

I'd love to brew with you, but today is not the day. The time for us to brew will be in the future, when Seattle is not the 400 square mile parking lot that it has become today.

A propane tanker truck overturned on I-5, at the point where it intersects I-90. Both highways have been closed. And if that weren't enough, it began pounding snow at about 15:00. The entire area is gridlocked, wet, snowy, icy, stormy, rainy, cold, wet, and f*#ked-up to the max.

Fortunately, I commute by bicycle. Which was... uh... interesting, I think is the term for it today. But whereas it took me about 40 minutes to peddle very carefully home (instead of the usual 30), anyone who was hoping to drive home in a car... Well, nuff said.

And even more fortunately (this is the "WHAT BEER are you drinking right now" thread, right?) I have an ample supply of just what is needed when I arrive home after such an adventure...

Massively warming.
Massively warming.
Credit: Ghost
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Feb 27, 2017 - 06:03pm PT
Moving toward a Negra Modelo.

Buy all the Negra Modelo you can because once the tariffs go in, dats dat.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Feb 27, 2017 - 06:17pm PT

mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 28, 2017 - 08:47am PT
Munge........who's gonna harvest your grains? ;)
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Mar 1, 2017 - 05:25pm PT
harvest grain?

Costco?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 1, 2017 - 07:17pm PT
One of those days...

Up way early to drop Mari off at the airport, which puts me in the saddle at work way early, too. But that's okay, cuz I can put in a full day and get out by 15:00.

Then to the gym and push weights that are way too heavy, in an effort to numb myself to what I'm going to confront when I get home... Yeah, a house that will feel empty for two weeks until she gets back from Red Rocks. But there is Gulden Draak in the cellar, and a glass while I start preparing dinner numbs my mind to match what the weights did to my body.

Thank you, Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Thank you, Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Credit: Ghost
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 1, 2017 - 07:22pm PT

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 1, 2017 - 07:44pm PT
It's only Bloody Wednesday, you sots!

Just a couple of Trumers Pils for this lightweight. I can't lift anything heavier after rubbing out
the scratch la femme inflicted on my baby Ford.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Mar 1, 2017 - 08:34pm PT
...after rubbing out
the scratch la femme inflicted on my baby Ford.

Ho man. I'm thinking that you calling that rig your "baby Ford" is quite the understatement.

Coronado Islander IPA. Adequate for the task.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 2, 2017 - 07:21pm PT

Randall_C

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 2, 2017 - 07:34pm PT
Not quite ready yet, but:

5 gallons all grain Delirium Tremens clone

6 gallons mixed berry melomel

1 gallon chai spiced cyser

1 gallon tart cherry chai spiced cyser

1 gallon cinnamon cyser

1 gallon cyser

Credit: Randall_C
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2017 - 07:59am PT
Last batch still chillin'. Moved on to making a pilot batch for KRBC......"EZ" Joe Pre-Prohibition Porter. Gonna be big for a porter. 10.3%!!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2017 - 10:15am PT
Anyone out there looking to work in the brewing industry and be super close to world class amazing climbing, white water raft/kayaking and fly fishing?

Kern River Brewing Company opened up an Assistant Brewers position....

https://kernriverbrewing.com/job-opportunities/
eKat

climber
Mar 15, 2017 - 10:38am PT
I just bought some BUD and some limes.

I know.

I know.

BUT. . . the shizzle is GLUTEN FREE. . . and with a squirt of fresh lime. . . well. . . it's an ice cold way to cool off!

:-)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 15, 2017 - 10:39am PT
Damn. If I were only a few decades younger, I'd jump on it.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 15, 2017 - 11:15am PT
Hopefully nothing....ii's noon.
chipperdarl

climber
Mar 15, 2017 - 11:50am PT
i was drinking a tall coors
and i had to pee.
so i held the wheel with one knee
while attempting to align my pee-hole
with the breached tab of a dead-empty-can.

then i thought,
this is about as close as i'll ever come to gay:
shoving my penis at adolf's mouthpiece.

i hold no judgement against anyone whom exists in
neutrality; gay or straight.

as a matter of fact, my closest companions are gay.
though i am not assigned attraction to the same sex,
i adore them.

but if you exist in ignorant bias, i'll not enjoy your company
but rather i will tangle with you and i'm formidable in my conviction.

mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2017 - 12:00pm PT
eKat......this is NOT the 'What SH*T are you drinking right now?' thread. I think that one is lost over in the 'Climber Violate ANL Fire Regulations' thread. Consider yourself "ear marked" by Emperor CMac. ;)
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 29, 2017 - 09:35am PT
Mmmmmmm.......dark chocolate, espresso, black licorice, vanilla bean and cedar notes. 'Igor Unchained' in all its glory....

Credit: mooch
Credit: mooch
Credit: mooch
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 31, 2017 - 01:25pm PT
Not right now, but starting tomorrow...

When the Muscles From Brussels says drink... You drink.
When the Muscles From Brussels says drink... You drink.
Credit: Ghost

Here's the opening day tap list, starting tomorrow, Saturday April 1st at 11AM)

1. Almanac White Label Sour
2. Avery Apricot Sour
3. Avery The Beast Grand Cru (2013)
4. Black Diamond The Twelve Quad (2013)
5. Blackberry Farm Classic Saison
6. Block 15 The Prophecies Quad
7. Boon Oude Kriek
8. Cascade Sang Du Chne
9. De Garde Petit Blanc
10. De Garde Saison Facile
11. Dogfish Head Fort (2015)
12. Firestone Walker Krieky Bones
13. Gulden Draak (on NITRO)
14. Holy Mountain Demonteller
15. Holy Mountain White Lodge
16. Logsdon Cerasus
17. Off Color Apex Predator
18. Oud Beersel Oude Lambik
19. Petrus Quad (on NITRO)
20. Piraat Belgian Strong Ale
21. Rodenbach Alexander
22. Rodenbach Caractre Rouge
23. Schooner Exact Brett Blackberry Sour
24. Three Magnets 2nd Anniversary Sour Red Rye Ale
25. Tilquin Stout Rullquin
26. Triporteur Full Moon 12 Quad
27. TRVE Ancient Bole Saison

And Van Damme movies playing all week long (except with the basketball games are on)
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Mar 31, 2017 - 05:57pm PT
None! Alcohol is bad news.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:03pm PT
Heh. Works for me! I'm downing Beck's mostly these days. It provides the best ROI (return on investment) that I've found so far. I like the lagers and pilsners mostly--and pretty pale ales and wheats. Not a fan of the high IBU stuff.

BAd
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:36pm PT
Big Swill??



yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:39pm PT
Had a Gulden Draak and a Piraat last week. Now I'm we're onto one of these

Abbaye D´Aulne Cuvée Royale
Abbaye DAulne Cuve Royale
Credit: yanqui
scaredycat

Trad climber
Berkeley,CA
Mar 31, 2017 - 07:01pm PT

Credit: scaredycat


All things, especially hops, in moderation.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Mar 31, 2017 - 07:17pm PT
My new favorite, Pfriem IPA
Moof

Big Wall climber
Orygun
Mar 31, 2017 - 07:27pm PT
Just finished a Sierra Torpedo.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Mar 31, 2017 - 08:04pm PT
i am raising a toast, a lumberyard red, to chipperdarl ...
a hit and run cameo appearance from our woodsman/wordsman laureate
whose mark was left here under a screen name that rhymes with floorsqueegian
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 31, 2017 - 10:16pm PT
Ya think???
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 4, 2017 - 08:48pm PT
Climbers walk more miles than the average human, so our mileage probab...
Climbers walk more miles than the average human, so our mileage probably approaches 70 mpg. Or mabye even more!
Credit: Ghost
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Apr 4, 2017 - 09:00pm PT
Methinks the average climber drinks more than 22 gallons per year.
Three 12 ounce beers per day is 100 gallons per year.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 6, 2017 - 07:16pm PT
From Ngne l:
Might be the best porter I've ever had and I like me some porters!
Might be the best porter I've ever had and I like me some porters!
Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 9, 2017 - 08:11pm PT
We're in the process of sorting out moving back to Canada. Finding this brewery where we really didn't expect it may have just made the choice easier...

We're here, and you're not.
We're here, and you're not.
Credit: Ghost

The roads from here extend 12 miles in one direction, 16 miles in the other. As the crow flies, it is only 60 miles from Squamish and 70 miles from Vancouver, but no matter where you start, you can't get here without taking two ferries.

But despite the isolation, the local brewery has 12 taps, and, aside from the usual "Pale Ale" and "Blonde", they're all unbelievably good. The brewer is Belgian, and the owners are serious about real beer. Saisons, farmhouse ales, wild yeasts...
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2017 - 08:29am PT
Shitty little towns with good beer. It seems that at least half the small towns I have visited recently have their own brew pub. Most of them have really decent beer and a few of them really do a good job. The future looks bright.

When I first hit the local pub in Republic it was full of locals of all ages enjoying beer. I didn't really have much in common with most of these folks except we all enjoyed the beer. Home again.
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Apr 10, 2017 - 02:19pm PT
Credit: PAUL SOUZA
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 10, 2017 - 04:31pm PT
Lately I've had:

Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin
Mikkeller SD Sensible Sweater
Mikkeller SD Stacks of Haze
Mikkeller SD Hazed and Amused
Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo
Alpine Exponential Hoppiness (2017)

You guys down with all those hazy IPAs?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 10, 2017 - 06:49pm PT
Shitty little towns with good beer. It seems that at least half the small towns I have visited recently have their own brew pub. Most of them have really decent beer and a few of them really do a good job. The future looks bright.

Well, this ain't no shitty little town. Might be little, depending on your ideas of big and little. But it it isn't like the towns of the same size in the US -- definitely not shitty. And just two hours from town center are five granite domes the size of the Squamish Chief.

Plenty of barrel-aged beers here.
Plenty of barrel-aged beers here.
Credit: Ghost
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2017 - 08:40pm PT
It's funny how a border can really screw with shet.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 10, 2017 - 11:32pm PT


turned out to be rather nicely balanced...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 10, 2017 - 11:35pm PT


OK, easy to drink a lot of... but it does kick my ass...

mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2017 - 05:54am PT
Sure!...."hazy" IPA's are stellar! F*k IPA west coast style (clear with a medium malt color). The best IPA's I've had were mainly east coast IPA's, that have a hazy hue. It really comes down to when you "crash" a brew after fermentation and the yeast that is used. Love me sum American Ale II yeast strains! And this term "hazy" is something that Left Coast brewers use so they aren't seen "mooching" east coast brewer techniques. ;) Ghost, you with me on that thought?
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:35am PT
del-

Sorry if you can only stomach the likss of Old Milwakee ;) No one is marketing a "beer race". Imagine if you were limited to top roping The Trough at Tahquitz.....ho-hum thoughtless 'rice' beer. Boring day on your end?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 11, 2017 - 10:08pm PT
I don't have much truck with "West Coast" or "East Coast". Yeah, sure, there is a "West Coast IPA" style, but with thousands of breweries on the west coast, brewing everything you can think of, plus hundreds of things you could never imagine, and looking for marketing descriptors for each of them, it's become almost useless to try to define anything.

But, for what it's worth, there's a place for both of what Mooch calls West and East Coast style IPAs. Depends on all kinds of things -- is it hot? cold? what food (if any) are you eating with the beer? is it late in the evening with a fire blazing? etc etc etc.

And as to haze, yeah, you can crash it out. But time does a pretty good job, too. Of course, there's haze, and then there's haze.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 12, 2017 - 07:09am PT
4/20 is coming
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/04/9-marijuana-beers-for-420.html
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2017 - 11:24am PT
This one is for you, Ghost! Brewing a Pre-Prohibition Porter on the vertical sculpture......rounding out at 10% ABV.

Credit: mooch
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Jun 8, 2017 - 11:31am PT
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2017 - 11:52am PT
Credit: mooch
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 8, 2017 - 04:12pm PT
Dartmoor Legend - hand pumped olde school ale = no fake carbonation. Smooooth!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 8, 2017 - 09:02pm PT
Thanks Mooch. I can't test-drive your porter, but I raise a glass of Gulden Draak in your honor.

And, to contribute to this thread in a negative way, I offer the photo below of the beer I am NOT drinking right now. And will probably not ever drink.

I stopped in at the local bottle shop/tap room on the way home to pick up the above-mentioned Gulden Draak, and saw... well, you can click on the photo yourself and blow it up to view the new record price for a single bottle of beer.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, $60 was the regular price of a ...
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, $60 was the regular price of a bottle of first rate Champagne. Too bad I live in this galaxy where beer can go for that price.
Credit: Ghost
MikeL

Social climber
Southern Arizona
Jun 8, 2017 - 09:31pm PT
Ghost: I raise a glass of Gulden Draak in your honor.

Nectar of the gods.
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Jun 8, 2017 - 10:02pm PT
Burwood pilsner - Walla Walla's finest.
F

climber
away from the ground
Jun 8, 2017 - 10:20pm PT

Not necessarily the best pairing with the last fillet of red salmon from last summer, but the sentiment is proper. Gonna go check out a new clambering zone and the. Catch some freshies on the way back. Love those sockeye.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 9, 2017 - 10:32am PT
Pretty lite, I know, but for lunch with some driving to do a half pint...
Pretty lite, I know, but for lunch with some driving to do a half pint was perfect.
Credit: Reilly

Lite in alcohol but not in taste.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2017 - 12:03am PT
It goes down extra well in a 16th century pub, although when you stand...
It goes down extra well in a 16th century pub, although when you stand up you're gonna knock yer noggin if yer 6'-2"!
Credit: Reilly
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2017 - 07:53am PT
no fake carbonation

Inoculate to carbonate ;)

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun....."

- Mary "Brew Master" Poppins



Ghost -

Racking tonight.....going for a horchata finish.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2017 - 02:42pm PT
They've a beer for our Ghost!

And it's quite decent!
And it's quite decent!
Credit: Reilly
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jun 12, 2017 - 03:03pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

Anita ,that looks gud.

Mooch ,I like the cornelius keg top on your half keg vessel.....lol.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2017 - 05:20pm PT
HA! Yah, our fermenting vessel is bomber. Only one problem that day.......I was missing one gasket to fill directly from the heat exchanger. So we transferred through the top. Should do fine regardless.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jun 12, 2017 - 06:04pm PT
It is a great idea. I brew in half kegs,always keg my brew in Cornelius kegs.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 12, 2017 - 06:21pm PT
Knowing someone who works with stainless steel is a big plus for any homebrewer. I've got a 10 gallon milk tank with standard corny keg fittings on top.

But, to get back to what's important, i.e. What Beer Am I Drinking Now, well I started the evening with the latest from Lost Abbey
Lost Abbey's Brett Devo
Lost Abbey's Brett Devo
Credit: Ghost

They've changed the label slightly for their distributed sales, but the beer is still the same -- a fine hot-weather ale with both more hops than you'd expect in a Belgian-style blond ale, but also less "Belgian" than you'd expect. And, while they call it "Brett", the brett is not all that forward.

I'd probably just call it a really good Saison.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2017 - 06:24pm PT
Cheers to you Ghost!! Stuck here at work still :/
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jun 12, 2017 - 06:24pm PT
Still pretty important.
And cheers ,for sure!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 12, 2017 - 07:15pm PT
Cheers to you Ghost!! Stuck here at work still

Well, if you're finished now, and can get to our place in Seattle before about 8:30, I have a fine east-coast IPA on tap for you. But much after that and the lights will be out and all you'll hear from the doorstep will be snoring.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jun 12, 2017 - 07:38pm PT
Coronado Idiot IPA. Go figure.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jun 12, 2017 - 08:07pm PT
Good ol King Cobra.
F

climber
away from the ground
Jun 12, 2017 - 10:16pm PT
Just got back from in a push salmon harvest. One of these should do me after being awake for 40 hours.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 16, 2017 - 02:17pm PT
Credit: Reilly

Mmmmm! Especially Mmmmm in the Victoria, whose previous denizens included Charlie Chaplin and Sir Winston, himself!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jun 16, 2017 - 02:24pm PT
Lost Coast Sharkinator <br/>
White IPA
Lost Coast Sharkinator
White IPA
Credit: T Hocking
Vlada

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Jun 16, 2017 - 04:12pm PT
As a Czech native living in the US, I am partial to Pilsner Urquell. These 4-packs of 0.5L cans sold at Whole Foods are of the best quality (the 6-pack in glass packaging is not sometimes as good).
Pilsner Urquell
Pilsner Urquell
Credit: Vlada
Tadman

Mountain climber
CA
Jun 16, 2017 - 06:07pm PT
Three Weavers!  Blanton's!    Get Some!
Three Weavers! Blanton's! Get Some!
Credit: Tadman
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2017 - 10:27am PT
Here's that toast to you Ghost........just finished with this porter. Soft cocoa, vanilla bean and horchata notes. Big ABV but not hot.......10.4%.

Credit: mooch
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 6, 2017 - 10:26pm PT
What beer am I drinking right now?

Forget it, _any_ real beer would be wonderful right now, to wash out the taste of the horrible crap that was on offer at Jim's Latok slide show earlier this evening.

The climbing tales were wonderful. But the store that hosted the event was offering Ranier Beer in cans. We made the mistake of trying it. Yuck.

So the instant we got home, it was straight to the kegs in the cellar... But enough about bad beer. Let's get back to stuff worth drinking.

This from the post above:
Here's that toast to you Ghost........just finished with this porter. Soft cocoa, vanilla bean and horchata notes. Big ABV but not hot.......10.4%.

Much appreciated, and I raise a glass of my own 13% IPA to you (believe me, to erase the memory of that Ranier, I really want something closer to 100%). But your post brings up a question: What, really, is Porter? I'm familiar with its history, but until we have access to time travel, we really can't know what it tasted like back when that history was being written (or brewed).

Of course, there are hundreds of "porters" available now, but every single one I've ever tried made me think I'd just wasted some money on something about which the only thing that could be said was "Well, yeah, it's brown."

I love stouts. The bigger, gnarlier, stronger, blacker, the better.(Just ask Steve Grossman, with whom I regularly share the darkness.) But every time I drink a porter, I am left with the feeling that the brewer brewed it only because... "Well... yeah... we've got a blond and an amber and a pale, so I guess we should have a porter, too." And then put just enough dark malt into some inoffensive ale to be able to label it "Porter."

You, on the other hand, have obviously brewed something more than "brown beer." So talk to me about porter.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 6, 2017 - 10:30pm PT
Credit: mike m
local. IPA
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 6, 2017 - 10:51pm PT
local. IPA

and brewed by a climber. Or, in a brewery owned by a climber.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 6, 2017 - 11:47pm PT
Uninformed about the climber owner?
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 7, 2017 - 12:07am PT
Forget it, _any_ real beer would be wonderful right now, to wash out the taste of the horrible crap that was on offer at Jim's Latok slide show earlier this evening.

The climbing tales were wonderful. But the store that hosted the event was offering Ranier Beer in cans. We made the mistake of trying it. Yuck.

I drink cheap beer sometimes but that was bad. I hadn't a Rainier in years had and now I'm glad. We had real German beers after that to wash that out.
newport

Sport climber
UK
Jul 7, 2017 - 09:10am PT
We dragged a couple of bottles of skullsplitter up the Old Man of Hoy with us last week- I think this is available in the US. A great small brewery on mainland Orkney, this one has won quite a few prizes
That's St. Johns Head in the background- home to the Longhope route an...
That's St. Johns Head in the background- home to the Longhope route and various other epic big wall-style routes
Credit: newport
A modest 8.5%
A modest 8.5%
Credit: newport
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Jul 7, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
From the land of pale ale...
From the land of pale ale...
Credit: rottingjohnny
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Jul 7, 2017 - 01:04pm PT
A couple too many of these last weekend then got cut off at the bar. Woops.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 26, 2017 - 08:34pm PT
Time to get this back where it belongs -- on the front page.

We were doing some grocery shopping in a part of town we don't often get to, and, once done, I said something about how hot it was, and how a beer would taste pretty good, and Mari replied with a vague memory of reading about a new brewery/taproom somewhere around here...

Fifteen minutes of trying to figure out where we were, and where this new brewery might be relative to the only landmark we were familiar with in the area (another pub), had us wondering if we might as well go home and see what was in the fridge. But then, just as Mari pulled the car over, saying something like "F*#k this. Let's stop and sort this out," I saw the sign...

NW Peaks Brewery and Taproom.

Right! Out of the car, across the street, and up to the bar!

Photos below, but the short version is that a PNW climber (Kevin Klein, I think) started a brewing project a few years ago, eventually winding up with a taproom in Seattle's Ballard district. He did his brewing in space leased here and there from other breweries, but, a year or so ago, jumped in when another small brewery (Spinnaker Bay Brewing) went out of business in another part of the city.

We didn't know anything about all this history, just stumbled into the place more or less by accident. But if you're a Seattle-area climber, and a lover of beer, you owe it to yourself to seek out the NWPeaks brewery and taproom in the Hillman City district. Good beer, good ambiance, good folks...

...and I even did a new route on one of the peaks he's named a beer after!

So. Brewery and taproom is at 5718 Rainier Ave S Seattle. Pretty easy to get to from most places.

The space is really pleasant.
The bar &#40;imported from prohibition-era Chicago&#41;
The bar (imported from prohibition-era Chicago)
Credit: Ghost

And the comfy area
Credit: Ghost

4 oz tastings, at $2 each
Credit: Ghost

The brewery
Where it all happens
Where it all happens
Credit: Ghost

More of the same
Yup, real barrels.
Yup, real barrels.
Credit: Ghost

And the for-sale T-shirt
Home of the MountainBeers
Home of the MountainBeers
Credit: Ghost
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
^^^^^ Bump for the weekday crowd -- and some support for a local climber-turned-brewer.
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:52pm PT
Wish I was sipping on one of these right about now

Studly

Trad climber
WA
Aug 28, 2017 - 01:02pm PT

Might want to make sure your beer is fluoride free..
https://m.facebook.com/fluoridefreebeer/posts/902717516470406
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2017 - 01:27pm PT
Ghost -

Nice taproom! Cool atmosphere, especially that "Comfy Chair" off on the side.....

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 28, 2017 - 03:48pm PT
Just about beer-thirty here in Quilcene with some Deschutes Black Butte Porter patiently waiting. Had some of their Obsidian Stout last week in John Day. That was really good. Didn't know they are the 8th biggest craft brewery and 15th biggest overall! I guess big can be good.

BTW, if you come through Quilcene do yerself a favor and eat at the Timber House. Boy, howdy, that was some gud eatin'! Best scallops I've had in yonks. The oysters didn't cut the scallops any slack either!

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 28, 2017 - 05:49pm PT
Just about beer-thirty here in Quilcene...

Quilcene? What are you doing in Quilcene?

It's not on the way to or from anywhere, unless you're the kind of weirdo who likes to climb in the Olympics...

...oh, wait. You _are_ the kind of weirdo who likes to climb in the Olympics. Or, you were. A hundred years ago.

So what are you doing in Quilcene?
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Aug 28, 2017 - 06:20pm PT
lol.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 28, 2017 - 09:15pm PT
So what are you doing in Quilcene?

Visiting an old rope mate. He has Parkinson's and makes me look a punter, at least in terms of his attitude and fortitude. Man, talk about an unprotected runout on heinous choss! He's laughing at it. If you saw his property and house you'd switch inna heartbeat.

Kind of a tough neighborhood though as shot last week on his lawn...
There was a pair of 'em.  I was somewhat circumspect going out to take...
There was a pair of 'em. I was somewhat circumspect going out to take a piss last night. Meeow!
Credit: Reilly

Besides, any place with an intersection like this is OK in my book...
Credit: Reilly

Local literary relevance...
Credit: Reilly
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2017 - 08:00am PT
On the "menu", last night......

Credit: mooch
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Aug 30, 2017 - 07:22am PT
Credit: Scole
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 30, 2017 - 04:29pm PT
^^^^^ I don't know about the Nessie Monster Mash, but I'll gladly let you pour me a glass of the Lagavulin that's lurking in the background.

And right now, to celebrate the transition from a trying day to a pleasant evening (while at the same time doing something for the environment -- see the link at the bottom of this post), I am enjoying a lovely blonde...

Gnomegeddon Blonde
Gnomegeddon Blonde
Credit: Ghost

About the environmental thing. Check out the Ommegedon Brewery comments on this beer. They're donating a dollar to the Nature Conservancy for every bottle they sell. Here's the story: http://ommegang.com/blog/gnomegeddon-one-small-sip-for-conservation/

Credit: Ghost
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 30, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
I'm gonna start snorkeling Deschutes porter so I can breathe this air in the Pasayten!

Credit: Reilly
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Aug 30, 2017 - 05:11pm PT
I'll gladly let you pour me a glass of the Lagavulin that's lurking in the background.

I'm sorry, this is a beer thread. If you want to try the lagavulin you will need to go to the Scotch thread
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Aug 30, 2017 - 05:14pm PT
Credit: Scole

Credit: Scole
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Aug 30, 2017 - 05:17pm PT
Ommegang stands alone for sure,good stuff.

Right now....
Credit: wilbeer
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 30, 2017 - 08:35pm PT
Deschutes Black Butte Porter

I may never drink another kind of beer
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Aug 30, 2017 - 08:45pm PT
Black Butte will get old on you after awhile, you'll grow tired of the chocolate.

A cool "heads up" from Studly on the fluoride free beer. The website is even better. At 3 beers a day (I know, trying to get it down to 2) I think I'll go without the fluoride additive thank you.

Arne
zBrown

Ice climber
Aug 30, 2017 - 08:48pm PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 31, 2017 - 06:16pm PT
Credit: Reilly
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 5, 2017 - 07:08pm PT
I am on the edge of giving up beer.

Not that I want to give up beer. I love beer. But unless I can somehow delete what I saw yesterday from my memory, I don't know if I'll ever be able to raise a glass again.

Yesterday, at the end of the afternoon, we went to The Beer Junction. I'd call it a bottle shop, but it's far more than that. With over 1,300 bottles and 50 taps, and just 10 minutes from my home, it's been my go-to beer joint for the last five years.

But yesterday?

My god. It was...

Well, you decide. Steve and I had picked up our pints at the bar and then found a place to sit. But, having got myself seated, and taken the first sip, I looked around...

...and saw this:

Beer butt!
Beer butt!
Credit: Ghost

I don't know if the photo will convey the enormity, but... butt... Holy Beer Butt, Batman!!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 11, 2017 - 07:37pm PT
After the enormity of the beer butt in the above post, there was only one thing to do...

Brew!

The hop farm (a patch in my garden) was ripe for harvest...

Okay, it's not 500 acres in Eastern WA, but it's what I have.
Okay, it's not 500 acres in Eastern WA, but it's what I have.
Credit: Ghost

Looking so good...

Hop heaven
Hop heaven
Credit: Ghost

With that available, I mashed up what will become a mid-strength (~7%) east coast style IPA, and, once the boil was well under way, dumped in about two-thirds of this...

Lupulin overload
Lupulin overload
Credit: Ghost

Added the other third at flame out.

If you're in Seattle about three weeks from now, and thirsty, there'll be fresh-hop IPA on tap.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 11, 2017 - 08:01pm PT
Dale's Amber Ale?  I think there's a reason I've never heard if it.  T...
Dale's Amber Ale? I think there's a reason I've never heard if it. The Donkee glass didn't help either.
Credit: Reilly

Now, two nights ago in Pinedale things were MUCH betta!
"Yes, son, this is how you get yer cowboy on."
"Yes, son, this is how you get yer cowboy on."
Credit: Reilly

Ghost, my nephew's crop in Columbia City...
A benefit of owning a three story condo!
A benefit of owning a three story condo!
Credit: Reilly
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 11, 2017 - 08:20pm PT
my nephew's crop in Columbia City...

What will he do with all that green goodness?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 11, 2017 - 08:27pm PT
Same thing you would. His last batch equals anything I've had from Belgium! If he didn't have a good day job he would have a future in brewing.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2017 - 10:46am PT
Ghost -

What hop varietal you growin'?? Citra?

Here's to Ammon!......raising a few pints to you, Sir! Heal fast.

Credit: mooch

guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 13, 2017 - 11:12am PT
Right now you can get 24 packs of Hamms......"From the land of sky blue waters" .... for $11.99.

serve it up ICE cold, in a glass, and enjoy.

I find that those go a lot farther when your at Stoney Point and the thirsty lads ask whats in the ice chest.


And Ghost.... I had to quit brewing beer because if I did not, my butt was going to look like that.....

nice hops, i wish I was going to be in Seattle in 4 weeks.

Do you bottle it in 12oz? Or?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 13, 2017 - 12:41pm PT
What hop varietal you growin'?? Citra?

It's a mix of hops, most of which I can't even remember. There are six plants in that patch, at least four varietals -- maybe five. Centennial for sure, maybe Cascade, Chinook, Nugget, Mt. Hood, Willamette... Can't remember what got into that patch and what didn't. But definitely no Citra or Mosaic or anything cool and modern.

Do you bottle it in 12oz? Or?

Keg.

And Ghost.... I had to quit brewing beer because if I did not, my butt was going to look like that.....

Quite a lot of big butts (and big guts) in the beer joints around here. That one just stood out because of the way it was encased.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 13, 2017 - 02:07pm PT
Keg.... good to know.

If I ever start up the old Brewery again it will be Keg only.

When I was doing it a ton, it was only bottles, lots and lots of bottles. Washing and sterilizing 66 bottles was a pain....

opening up and sampling all of the different beers was making my whole body grow in size... so I gave it up "for climbing."





Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 13, 2017 - 07:38pm PT
If I ever start up the old Brewery again it will be Keg only.

Kegging is a lot easier and more convenient in many respects, but there is also a place for bottles.

Still, there is the issue of the keg farm in my cellar...
There is no such thing as too much beer!
There is no such thing as too much beer!
Credit: Ghost

And then there are a few more kegs in the fridges...
Pilsner on the left, IPA on the right. Tripel in the little round-shou...
Pilsner on the left, IPA on the right. Tripel in the little round-shouldered fridge on the far right.
Credit: Ghost
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2017 - 09:08am PT
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 14, 2017 - 01:09pm PT
Ghost..... nice set up.
GuapoVino

climber
Sep 14, 2017 - 05:00pm PT
Credit: GuapoVino
locker

climber
Sep 14, 2017 - 05:04pm PT



"Holy Beer Butt, Batman!!...


LOL!!!...



and...

just one more big plus for "Burning"...

ZERO calories!!!...

;-)



EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Sep 14, 2017 - 05:58pm PT
Bourbon 🥃
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 14, 2017 - 06:11pm PT
Enjoying a Singha with my spicy red curry. Mmmmmm Good!!!

DMT
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2017 - 12:05pm PT
Credit: mooch
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 12:11pm PT
So, Ghost, The Nephew got 5 lbs of buds which dried out to 1.5 lbs, enough he says for 40 gallons? Whoa! Might be time to visit him again in a couple months!
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 12:48pm PT
Excuse the plastic, I brought it (the KBS) over to a friends house so we could share. This is probably the best beer in the world at this moment:

Credit: Roughster
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Oct 4, 2017 - 05:46pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

East Coast IPA,at it's finest......
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Oct 4, 2017 - 07:19pm PT
Keister Ice
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 4, 2017 - 11:19pm PT
Just got home after four days in the land of sh#t beer and sh#t coffee and am enjoying one of my own IPA's before bed, and looking forward to real coffee in the morning.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Oct 7, 2017 - 03:56pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

Vermont.......man.

The Brewhouse
Credit: wilbeer
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Oct 7, 2017 - 06:49pm PT
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 7, 2017 - 09:07pm PT
^^^^^ Hoyne Brewing appears to be in Victoria, BC. Not far from where we'll be living next year. Here's what they say about their Dark Matter IPA:

DARK MATTER
Deep inside the Hadron Collider physicists hurtle sub-atomic particles with lightning speed on a collision course with each other. They do so in the pursuit of pure science, in the hope of one day being able to unlock the mystery of the elusive unseen fabric upon which our universe is embroidered: Dark Matter.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Oct 7, 2017 - 09:40pm PT
Chico beer week started with my friend and Pullins bike shop owner, Steve O'Brian donating his time tuning up bikes in front of my favorite place for fresh pints and deviled eggs, the Winchester Goose. Sierra Nevada Brewery October fest may be sold out tonight but downtown is "hopping".

Here's old school Nita getting in her usual mode
That New Belgium awning was in the Valley last week for Facelift.
That New Belgium awning was in the Valley last week for Facelift.
Credit: Timid TopRope
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2017 - 10:07am PT
If you're in the neighborhood, say coming back from a day of climbing at The Needles and such, here's the place to be to enjoy good times and some great craft brews from over 25 brewers in and around the state of California. Hope to see some of you there!

Credit: mooch

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockin-river-beer-and-music-festival-tickets-35840126784

You can spot me wearing our brew club tee....

Credit: mooch
Credit: mooch

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