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    What are you drinking right now?

    I picked up a big bottle of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye Ale last week. Just cracked it. Good stuff!

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    Mmm... wish I had the Hop Rod Rye. I'm about to crack open my first Ale Asylum Contorter Porter of the night.

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    Leinenkiugel's Classic Amber. yummy.
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    Coffee.

    Too much Coors Light last night.
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    Waterloo Dark.


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    Dogfish Head chicory stout -- Awesome !

    Breckinridge oatmeal stout -- Very good!

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    Right now as I....

    .........sit in front of the computer.....a Long Trail Ale......Did trail maint this morning with Willsie and Krazcustoms this morning....got my Long Trail and a bowl of homemade "beefed up Barley and Lentil" soup....good combo.....

    enjoyed some Leinenkiugel's last night....Vienna Red....and NutBrown...excellent~



    Quote Originally Posted by 40hills
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    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Jamaican Blue Coffee.........makes Starbucks taste and feel like drinking water
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    I'm drinking a Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat, watching the snow come down out the window.

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    Gordon biersch marzen.Rich smooth and delicious!

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    Im drinking water right now...exciting, I know.

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    Drinking lots of water after a wonderful Sunday ride. Just missed the rain, too. And I thought it was all gone for now....wrong! It's getting all wet again...

    It never rains in So Cal!

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    Deschutes Black Butte porter - delicious

    Coors Winterfest - surprisingly good this year, I haven't had this one in a few years.

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    Anchor Porter. Hands down my favorite beer.

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    An Old Rip VanWinkle Bourbon straight up with a Budweiser.
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    some captain being chased with sweet tea... surprisingly good
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    Flying Dog Road Dog Porter. Delicious.

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    Lessee...I had a NorthCoast Old Rasputin XII earlier (Frickin' fantastic BTW). Right now I'm working my way through a Left Coast Asylum (Belgian Tripel). It's been a good evening.

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    Drinking very happily, a 1999 bottling of Fish Tale Ales "Poseidon's" Imperial Stout, Batch #1 bottle conditioned. Don't bother looking for it, trust me it's good.

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    2 Degree Below Ale.

    Next purchase will likely be Bells Expedition Stout.

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    A great choice for sure. Had a 2007 a couple days ago...yumm me!

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    Had a pint of Guinness at the pub tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pintpedaler
    A great choice for sure. Had a 2007 a couple days ago...yumm me!

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    Very good. Hard to believe this one will get better with age! I have a few stashed away; we'll see...

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    Okocim. Wonderful full strength drop from Poland. I'd forgotten how good it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    Flying Dog Road Dog Porter. Delicious.
    This stuff, again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadbolt
    Very good. Hard to believe this one will get better with age! I have a few stashed away; we'll see...
    I agree! I have one put away but can't believe it will get better. Love it like it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo the Devo
    Okocim. Wonderful full strength drop from Poland. I'd forgotten how good it is...
    That brings back memories. Mocne, Porter, Karmi, Palone...
    I also liked Lech, Lezajsk and Tatra when in country.

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    Though not drinking it right now, these are the provisions for this weekend's party.

    Clockwise:
    Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
    He'Brew Genesis Ale
    Samuel Smith Winter Welcome
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Oskar Blues Gordon
    Kasteel Rouge
    Lindemann's Framboise
    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
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    plus a case of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA


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    Ska Brewing Modis Hoperandi....in a can!

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    nothing!


    ....but after this last final, the drinking starts!!


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    Green Flash West Coast IPA because I just got home and I have it on draft.

    Planning on a ride with some friends on Saturday and cracking into the stash of Winter/Christmas beers

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    I need to try some Dogfishead.

    I just finished a bottle of Lagunitas IPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricofisher
    Jamaican Blue Coffee.........makes Starbucks taste and feel like drinking water
    Most Jamaican coffee is roasted light-medium, because Jamacian and other coffees from Latin America have a lighter body and higher acidity, which have a light mouthfeel and clean the palate quickly, not much lingering going on.

    If you want good strong coffee, french press(drip brewers remove oils, and make terrible coffee) up something bold/extra bold from the pacific islands region, thats a good cup of coffee, nice and earthy,mossy, and lingers for days on your taste buds.

    The only way to drink starbucks coffee, just like any coffee is french pressed. They actually have some awesome beans(pikes is nasty, as is most the latin american beans), its a shame they offer drip brewing unless you ask specifically for French Press.

    EDIT: typed while drink Founders Old Curmudgean. Old Ales & Barley Wines dominate.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hand/of/Midas
    Most Jamaican coffee is roasted light-medium, because Jamacian and other coffees from Latin America have a lighter body and higher acidity, which have a light mouthfeel and clean the palate quickly, not much lingering going on.

    If you want good strong coffee, french press(drip brewers remove oils, and make terrible coffee) up something bold/extra bold from the pacific islands region, thats a good cup of coffee, nice and earthy,mossy, and lingers for days on your taste buds.

    The only way to drink starbucks coffee, just like any coffee is french pressed. They actually have some awesome beans(pikes is nasty, as is most the latin american beans), its a shame they offer drip brewing unless you ask specifically for French Press.

    EDIT: typed while drink Founders Old Curmudgean. Old Ales & Barley Wines dominate.
    on the subject of coffee - i think this is pretty sound advice.

    i do kinda think you might be a wee bit off on the "Latin American" philosophy though. there are some excellent beans to be had from L/A. Jamaica is more what i'd genre-up as "Caribbean" and if that is what you were referring to - i'm not really sure. i have only had a couple of Jamaican coffees and relatively few Caribbean island varieties. Cuban coffee is generally rich & stronger than my Jamaican experiences.

    as far as acidity, Salvadorean coffee is championed by certain Europeans for it's lack of acid & ease on the stomach / digestion.

    where i do think you are right is L/A beans most easily located on shelves tends to be over-refined garbage - and in that regard you are probably correct in terms of the probability of randomly extracting an outstanding brew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclotic
    on the subject of coffee - i think this is pretty sound advice.

    i do kinda think you might be a wee bit off on the "Latin American" philosophy though. there are some excellent beans to be had from L/A. Jamaica is more what i'd genre-up as "Caribbean" and if that is what you were referring to - i'm not really sure. i have only had a couple of Jamaican coffees and relatively few Caribbean island varieties. Cuban coffee is generally rich & stronger than my Jamaican experiences.

    as far as acidity, Salvadorean coffee is championed by certain Europeans for it's lack of acid & ease on the stomach / digestion.

    where i do think you are right is L/A beans most easily located on shelves tends to be over-refined garbage - and in that regard you are probably correct in terms of the probability of randomly extracting an outstanding brew.
    lol, There was some personal bias
    from me there. I"ve had some L/A coffee that i could tell was really good quality,and some that i really enjoyed, i just havent had any that blew me away, only because of my personal tastes. Not saying good L/A Coffees don't exist, Just that they arn't as heavy weight on the tounge as i like, personally. The guy i quoted was talking about weight and viscosity also.

    Dont we have an embargo with cuba?

    Thats interesting about Salvadorean coffee, wonder if theres significant geological differances compared to guatamala that it borders? might hunt some down.

    Have you ever studied coffee preferances in differant societys around the world? It's Funny, us americans are known around the world for liking weak coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hand/of/Midas
    lol, There was some personal bias
    from me there. I"ve had some L/A coffee that i could tell was really good quality,and some that i really enjoyed, i just havent had any that blew me away, only because of my personal tastes. Not saying good L/A Coffees don't exist, Just that they arn't as heavy weight on the tounge as i like, personally. The guy i quoted was talking about weight and viscosity also.

    Dont we have an embargo with cuba?

    Thats interesting about Salvadorean coffee, wonder if theres significant geological differances compared to guatamala that it borders? might hunt some down.

    Have you ever studied coffee preferances in differant societys around the world? It's Funny, us americans are known around the world for liking weak coffee.
    lol. it's all good. i kinda figured it was a little bit tongue in cheek. plus to be honest, you're right in terms of someone looking for super heavy weight, L/A coffee doesn't generally reach that far. i've had some Panamanian (i think simply labeled "Finica") and Costa Rican beans that are heftier (by L/A standards), but for a pot of oily liquid chili beans, there are a couple of Ethiopians i've had that when brewed correctly ...are just monsters.

    no. not studied up, but i know "weak" is typically what is thought of the coffee culture here. i often wondered if it's not a combination what we start out with, how it's roasted and how we brew it. as said Cuban coffee also tends to be heavier but i think it is typically roasted heavier.

    i'm fortunate in that i also have a couple of friends that buy bean from around the world. i'm not sure if they are "geeks" per say but i assume damn close if not. they sometimes get a handful of guys and buy 100lbs of hard to come bye green beans. not sure if you are familiar but an air popcorn popper can be used to roast beans to your liking... the air actually forces the shed husks to blow out (put a bag in front to catch like a lawnmower throwing clippings to a bag)... you wind up with only beans left in the popper.

    i've also wondered about Salvador's coffee. and to be clear that statement was lifted from something i read years ago - which i assume was speaking in generalities - i'm sure there are some Salvadorean bean productions that have higher or more typical acid counts. i've tried several and they do appear to be less acidic but warning - they were NOT heavier in place of the low acidity!

    i'm not really certain but I know Nicaragua and (believe) Honduras + Costa Rica have volcanic soils and likewise produce tobacco that is highly regarded. i don't really recall anyone ever ranting about Salvadorean cigars - so maybe that's the difference (volcanic soil)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclotic
    but for a pot of oily liquid chili beans, there are a couple of Ethiopians i've had that when brewed correctly ...are just monsters.
    ethiopian yirgacheffe is one of my favorite types!
    Along with Timor,Papa New Guinea, Sumatra that's aged......THAT is what coffee should be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclotic

    i'm fortunate in that i also have a couple of friends that buy bean from around the world. i'm not sure if they are "geeks" per say but i assume damn close if not.
    We've got a group of coffee nerds too. we've done tastings of $100/lb Kopi Luwak, which while being very complex, was overrated. And one guy spends 2 weeks a year on a coffee farm in guatamala. he brings back around 50lb of coffee, roasted two days prior, i personally dont like it,as its roasted pretty light, but he loves it. I used to be a starbucks coffee master, so i know those beans inside and out. It's a fun group of guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclotic
    not sure if you are familiar but an air popcorn popper can be used to roast beans to your liking... the air actually forces the shed husks to blow out (put a bag in front to catch like a lawnmower throwing clippings to a bag)... you wind up with only beans left in the popper.
    I do know about, but haven't done that at all. My fav shop has a roaster, and they are happy to do custom roast profiles to customers liking. They actually will custom roast a few lbs upon request. I've traveled all over drinking coffee and visiting shops,and this place has really impressed me,with both their ambiance,product, and love of coffee. arcedium-coffee.com

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclotic
    i'm not really certain but I know Nicaragua and (believe) Honduras + Costa Rica have volcanic soils and likewise produce tobacco that is highly regarded. i don't really recall anyone ever ranting about Salvadorean cigars - so maybe that's the difference (volcanic soil)?
    You know what, im pretty sure there's a few companies that grow beans, and tobacco in the same field. i've always wanted to pair a nice cigar and good cup of coffee grown from the same soil. i think it'd be interesting to try and note any characteristics that they would share from the soil. I used to be into cigars alot, but then i turned 21 and beer took over the cigar money,but i still enjoy one a few times a year.

    BTW, ill be coming to your area to enjoy the weather and ride in FEB.I've got a class at Specialized and then to ride with my uncle(modesto). know any good coffee/beer stores in San Jose/Morgan Hill area?

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    My last Black Butte Porter XXI.
    So glad i had that on tap when i drove out there. Deschutes really impressed me as a whole. on my top 10 brewery list for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hand/of/Midas
    BTW, ill be coming to your area to enjoy the weather and ride in FEB.I've got a class at Specialized and then to ride with my uncle(modesto). know any good coffee/beer stores in San Jose/Morgan Hill area?
    i'll have to ask - i don't know much at all about the coffee scene in SJ.

    if you happen to come to San Francisco, i'd recommend cruising the bike lane down Valencia St.there are several competing shops that regularly have on hand what it sounds like you enjoy. after a caffeine fix - there's a couple of must see shops (beer) in the same vicinity too.

    you've again reiterated a point i'm suspicious of - when you mentioned your friend's roasted Guatemetecan coffee. my observance has been that L/A coffee in general is roasted to a lighter shade. never really known if that's because the regional bean in general just can't handle heavier or what the deal is on that.

    i've never had a cigar i know is from the "same fields" as the bean, but i've had many a cigars accompanied by coffee from the same countries. i don't get to my cigars as often anymore either but there is a click and you might be surprised how well they pair.

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    After two Racer 5's I decided to have a World Wide Stout. Im gonna be hurtin tomorrow but hey, its Sunday. Buddy of mine bought the case the other day for $194 after tax. Seems a fair price considering... And its from Nov 2008 so i dont even have to sit on it!

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