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    Recent Pick-Ups

    Got a care package from a mid-West acquaintance today, and was going through some of my newer stash, thought a thread dedicated to recently acquired beers would be fun.
    Not the standard weekend sixer, or case to get you through the week, but beers designated for the cellar or special occasion/tasting.
    A lot of these beers are ones that I've had once or twice, and wanted to try again, or beers that might be limited release or harder for me to come by (regional).


    (left to right)
    CucapŠ La Migra, Imperial Stout, 8.5% (Mexico)
    Foret, Saison, 7.5% (Belgium)
    Lips Of Faith Abbey Grand Cru, Belgian Strong Dark, 9.5% (CO)
    Jubilation Ale, Winter Warmer, 7% (Japan)


    Great Lakes Nosferatu, Amer. Stron Ale, 8% (OH)
    Three Feet Deep, Dry Irish Stout, 5.5% (WI)
    Traquair Jacobite, Scotch Ale, 8% (Scotland)
    St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Gueuze, 5% (Belgium)


    Alaskan Perseverance Ale, RIS, 9% (AK)
    Lilja's Sasquatch Stout, Amer. Stout, 7% (WI)
    James Younger 1876 Rye Ale, Rye Ale, ?% (MN)


    Woodcut No. 5, Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad, 11.3% (CO)
    Two Jokers Double-Wit, Witbier, 8% (MO)
    La Choulette De NoŽl, Biere de Garde, 7% (France)


    Old Jackalope, Barleywine, 10.4% (NV)
    Cockeyed Cooper, Barleywine, 11.1% (UT)
    Baby Tree, Quad, 9% (MA)
    Exit 9, Red Ale, 9% (NJ)


    Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious, Imperial Stout, 9% (PA)
    2008 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy, 8.5% (NJ)
    Devious Imperial Pumpkin, Pumpkin Ale, 9% (PA)

    Post em up!
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    I had St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Gueuze, 5% (Belgium) at a sours event here in San Diego 2 weeks ago, my goodness that is good stuff!
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    nice, i didn't know anyone else here was a trader, even a barleywine there i have yet to have, nice.

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    Great idea for a thread. If I get a chance, I'll post some pics of my 30ish pickups this weekend, plus what you sent me that I should be getting today.

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    A special delivery arrived today from jmartino!


    Pliny the Elder, Imperial IPA, 8% (CA)
    Autumn Maple, Fruit Ale, 10% (CA)
    Black Cauldron, Imperial Stout, 8% (ID)
    Conflux No. 2, Belgian IPA, 7.3% (OR)
    Home-Brewed Double IPA & Stout (jmartino)


    The Angel's Share, Amer. Strong, 12% (CA)
    Stoic, Quad, 11% (OR)
    The Abyss, Imperial Stout, 11% (OR)

    Thanks again Josh!
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    Great thread indeed!

    Any tips on packaging the bottles for shipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammerknocker View Post
    Any tips on packaging the bottles for shipment?
    I tend to over do it
    usually, I bubble-wrap each bottle, and use packing peanuts or newspaper to fill the voided areas of the box.
    Or build a foam padded, individually sectioned box, using thermal insulation sheets
    Just pack them to the point that you think they'll survive...then pack them better
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFryauff View Post
    A special delivery arrived today from jmartino!

    Pliny the Elder, Imperial IPA, 8% (CA)
    Autumn Maple, Fruit Ale, 10% (CA)
    Black Cauldron, Imperial Stout, 8% (ID)
    Conflux No. 2, Belgian IPA, 7.3% (OR)
    Home-Brewed Double IPA & Stout (jmartino)


    The Angel's Share, Amer. Strong, 12% (CA)
    Stoic, Quad, 11% (OR)
    The Abyss, Imperial Stout, 11% (OR)

    Thanks again Josh!
    Nice! The Autumn Maple is a current favorite of mine and the Abyss may be my all time favorite. I got to figure out this trading thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammerknocker View Post
    Great thread indeed!

    Any tips on packaging the bottles for shipment?
    JFryauff packed my beers like a true engineer - You could've dropped that box from 5 feet and probably not damaged the beers! He used thermal insulation sheets. Overkill, but effective.

    I like individually wrapping each bottle in those padded envelopes you get from FedEx. It's probably smart to put each bottle in a ziplock bag first, to help prevent any type of leaking. I think the most important thing is the padding between the bottles and the edge of the box - I use cardboard and bubble wrap in layers. Anything that's squishy but doesn't get permanently compressed works well.

    Double-walled cardboard boxes help a lot, and make sure to tape it well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Nice! The Autumn Maple is a current favorite of mine and the Abyss may be my all time favorite. I got to figure out this trading thing.
    Ditto about both beers. I've got a 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Abyss waiting to be cracked at a yet-to-be-determined special occasion.

    Trading's easy! Find a cool beer connoisseur like JFryauff, exchange info and want/have lists, and send your beer out. BeerAdvocate is a good place to find trading partners. IF you find yourself up in the Burlingame area, I'd be more than happy to share a beer or two with ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Ditto about both beers. I've got a 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Abyss waiting to be cracked at a yet-to-be-determined special occasion.

    Trading's easy! Find a cool beer connoisseur like JFryauff, exchange info and want/have lists, and send your beer out. BeerAdvocate is a good place to find trading partners. IF you find yourself up in the Burlingame area, I'd be more than happy to share a beer or two with ya.
    Appreciate the offer. Yeah, I finally got on BA a couple months back. It's like a whole 'nother level of beer nerdome. I really want to try a lot of the great Midwest beers I hear about that we can't get out here. Unfortunately, a lot of the super rare stuff that makes it's way to places like Beer Revolution, City Beer, etc. never makes its way to Santa Cruz. We get some good stuff but the distributors down this way kinda suck. RR won't distribute down here for instance.

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    I'm a bit late, as I received these beers a week ago, but thanks to JFryauff for the delicious brews!

    Pic 1 - Four of JFryauff's homebrews. Some good beers that make me wanna try making some different styles (like sours.) I messed up the labels because I already drank all four, but they included a witbier, a weissbier, a Flanders Oud Bruin and a single-hop IPA.

    Pic 2:
    Flying Fish Exit 9 - An American Red ale (9.0% ABV) brewed as a tribute to Rutgers University
    Troeg's Flying Mouflan - American Barleywine (9.3%)
    Victory Baltic Thunder - Baltic Porter (8.5%)

    Pic 3:
    Weyerbacher Insanity - English Barleywine (11.10%)
    Weyerbacher Rapture - American Wild Ale (6.7%). Ultra rare!
    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe - Double IPA (9.0%) brewed with Simcoe hops, unfiltered, bottle conditioned.
    Weyerbacher Heresy - Russian Imperial Stout (8.0%)


    Looking forward to enjoying the rest of these beers soon.
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    NICE! Currently working on some sharing as well, it will be the first time i have shipped beer. Excited

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    My girlfriend is bringing these back for me from Florida. She's amazing .

    Bell's Kalamazoo Stout
    Bell's Two Hearted Ale IPA
    DFH World Wide Stout
    Cigar City Improvisacion Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale
    Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer
    Cigar City Guava Grove Saison
    Cigar City Humidor Series Jai Alai Cedar-Aged IPA
    Cigar City 110k + OT Batch #4 Imperial Red Ale
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    You know the story behind the naming of the 110K? It's pretty funny...

    I LOVE the Humidor IPA (one of my favorite IPAs of all time). Bell's Two Hearted is another. The Good Gourd is supposedly awesome, as is the Winter Warmer.

    Guava Grove is the only CCB beer I have ever had that I absolutely hated. They are still my favorite brewery. I have some friends coming in a week and a half and I am getting However much they can fit in their suitcases.

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    Working in NYC these past two weeks, have allowed me to visit a few great bottle shops in NJ/NY-5 Boros...and also spend too much damn money.
    I picked up a bunch of stuff; mostly bombers/cork&cage, 4-packs, and a few singles. Most for me, some for trading.


    Anderson Valley - Brother David Dubbel, 9% (CA)
    Elysian - Night Owl Pumpkin, 6% (WA)
    Voodoo - Gran Met Biere de Garde, 10.5% (PA)


    St Somewhere - Pays du Soleil Saison, 8% (FL)
    Weyerbacher - Tiny, 12% (PA)
    Fegley's Brew Works - Monkey Wrench Saison, 7% (PA)


    Founders - Breakfast Stout, 8% (MI)
    Founders - Backwoods Bastard, 10%, (MI)
    Founders - Canadian Breakfast Stout, 9.5% (MI)
    *Was able to snag two bottles in Brooklyn for retail ($17.99), and almost a third, but the crap-ass bottle shop in NJ jacked up the price to $100/bottle!


    Cricket Hill - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, 6.5% (NJ)
    Russian River - Pliny the Elder, 8%, (CA)
    *A buddy of mine in NYC hooked me up with a bottle, in exchange for some Oberon.


    Flying Fish - Oktoberfish, 5.5% (NJ)
    Fort Collins - Chocolate Stout, 5% (CO)
    Lakefront - Fuel Cafe Stout, 6% (WI)
    New Holland - The Poet, 5% (MI)
    Climax, Nut Brown, 5% (NJ)


    Troegs - Java Head Stout, 7.5% (PA)
    Ithica Brewing - Gorges Smoked Porter, 7.5% (NY)
    Keegan Ales - Mothers Milk, 6% (NY)
    Weyerbacher - Blithering Idiot, 11% (PA)
    Weyerbacher - Double Simcoe, 9% (PA)
    Weyerbacher - Merry Monks, 9% (PA)


    Harpoon - Leviathan Uber-Bock, 9% (MA)
    Bell's - Oberon, 6%, (MI)
    Founder - Harvest Ale, 6.5% (MI)
    Six Points - Autumnation, 7%, (NY)


    Yeast Hoist/Brouwerij Sterkens - St Sebastiaan Golden Ale/Belgian Abbey, 8% (Belgium)
    *Special edition bottle artwork by American artist Ron Rege Jr
    Dogfish Head - World Wide Stout, 18% (DE)
    Brew Dogs - Paradox Islay Batch 008, 10% (Sctoland)
    Dogfish Head - 120 Minute, 18% (DE)
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    A few 4-pack/bomber pick-ups from this weeks NYC trip...


    Hair of the Dog - Adam, Old Ale, 10% (OR)
    Harpoon - Leviathan Series, Baltic Porter, 9.5% (MA)
    Goose Island - Sofie, Saison, 6.5% (IL)
    Goose Island - Matilda, Belgian Strong, 7% (IL)


    Evil Twin - Disco Beer, IIPA, 10.5% (Denmark)
    Dogfish Head - Palo Santo Marron, Brown, 12% (DE)
    Van Steenberge N.V. - Monk's Cafe, Oud Bruin, 5.5% (Belgium)
    Dogfish Head - Olde School, Barleywine, 15% (DE)
    T Gaverhopke - Koerseklakske, Saison, 5.5% (Belgium)


    Mikkeller - Beer Geek Breakfast, Imperial Stout, 7.5% (Denmark)
    Southern Tier - Mokah, Imperial Stout, 11% (NY)
    Maine Beer Co. - Zoe, Red Ale, 7% (ME)
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    Stopped at a NJ bottle shop on the way home today...


    Stone - Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Strong Ale, 7.2% (CA)
    Harpoon - Leviathan Series "Triticus", Wheatwine, 11.5% (MA)
    Mikkeller/BrewDog - I Hardcore You, Imperial IPA, 9.5% (Scotland)


    Jolly Pumpkin - La Parcela, Pumpkin Ale, 6% (MI)
    Southern Tier - Creme Brulee, Imperial Stout, 9.5% (NY)
    Stone - Double Bastard, Strong Ale, 11% (CA)


    Terrapin - Tomfoolery, Saison, 7.3% (GA)
    Pennsylvania Brewing - Harvest from the Hood, Wet Hopped APA, 6.5% (PA)


    Ithica Beer Co. - Excelsior 12, Quad, 10% (NY)
    Schlafly - Biere de Garde, Farmhouse, 7.5% (MO)
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    Seriously, 2 bottles?!?!! Umm, yeah, one word...congrats.


    BTW, I'm on the west coast and trade pretty often. If your looking for west coast brews, i'm here to trade with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S/X Runner View Post
    Seriously, 2 bottles?!?!! Umm, yeah, one word...congrats.

    BTW, I'm on the west coast and trade pretty often. If your looking for west coast brews, i'm here to trade with.
    I got very lucky

    Thanks for the offer, I will keep it iin mind...and if you're looking for anything specific from the East, let me know as well.
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    A few gathered over the past week...


    Brooklyn - Black Chocolate, RIS, 10% (NY)
    Weyerbacher - Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin, 8% (PA)
    Van Steenberge - Piraat, Belgian IPA, 10.5% (Belgium)
    Southern Tier - Pumking, Pumpkin, 8.5% (NY)


    Stillwater - Stateside Saison, Farmhouse, 7% (MD)
    Brasserie De Cazeau - Saison Cazeau, Farmhouse, 5% (Belgium)


    Fegley's Brew Works - Rude Elf's Reserve, Spiced Beer, 10.5% (PA)
    Troegs - Mad Elf, Belgian Strong, 11% (PA)


    Laughing Dog - The Dogfather, Imperial Stout, 11% (ID)
    Speakeasy - Butchertown Black, American Black, 8% (CA)
    Sierra Nevada - Northern Hemisphere, Wet-Hopped IPA, 6.5% (CA)
    Roosterfish - Hop Warrior, IIPA, 8% (NY)
    21st Ammendment - Fireside Chat, Winter Warmer, 8% (CA)
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    Speaking of Pumking...

    I just did a trade with a guy in Albany for some Southern Tier as well as some Sixpoint, Captain Lawerence and some 120 Dogfish Head.

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    I think I've MAYBE seen 2 of those locally. I'd love to trade, but I've got very little to offer. Not much stuff gets distributed out my way.

    There's a brewery in Houston called St. Arnold's and I see a bit of their stuff up my way.

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    St Arnold has some solid offerings, I'd love to get some of their Pumpkinator and Reserve series stuff...I think they do a barrel series as well.

    Jester King is another great brewery in Texas, but I am not sure how close you are to Austin, or how widely it is distributed outside of the Austin area.
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    so many beers, so little time...
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