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    Oregon beer thread

    I know there is a beer forum on MTBR, but come on, who does it better that Oregon brewers?

    What do you like? Where are they? List you Favorites...

    Mine...

    Ninkasi - at the top of my list for sure, and the Oatis just rocks. Sleighr is a good one too.

    Fort George - February was Stout month and they had 6 stouts on tap. How can you not love this place.

    HUB - Cool place, love the beer and food's excellent too.

    Lompoc - I'm really getting into these guys. They've really stepped it up and are bottling some great beers. C-Note, Batch 69 Baltic Porter, Special Draft and the Monster Mash that came out around Halloween was excellent. Plus, How can you go wrong with $2.50 pints on various days of the week.

    Deschutes - These guys really went all out with the place in NW Portland, the food is great and I like that they are brewing here in town.

    Walking Man - My all time favorite place to stop after a ride in the Gorge.

    Silver Moon - I've never been to their location but what I've had bottled is really good.

    Terminal Gravity - These guys have my all time favorite Stout, wish they would bottle it.

    Some other places worth mentioning that I like...

    Laurelhust - Portland
    Alameda - Portland
    Roots - Portland
    Barley Brown - Baker City
    Eliot Glacier - Parkdale
    Fearless Brewing - Estacada
    Lucky Lab - Portland
    Southern Oregon Brewing - Medford
    Pelican Brewery - Pacific City
    Full Sail - Hood River
    Mt Hood Brewing - Government Camp

    This is by no means a comprehensive list, it's just what I like and a few places I've been.

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    Walking Man - My all time favorite place to stop after a ride in the Gorge.
    Technically; Stevenson is in Washington; but we just call it the "Gorge". Only difference is the tax-free gas and groceries across the river. Walking Man is the best. Stop by on a weekend afternoon; half the vehicles have mountain bikes on them.
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    Think they have this at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon. They have their own beers on tap as well as guest brews. This is my hometown pub; there's great riding around here; but please don't be a horse's a** and you'll have a great time. Small town; small town values.
    Double Mountain Brewery; it's the local's pub in Hood River. When the wind's blowing and it's a nice day; kiters, sailboarders and bikers come here. Nice place to have a beer and watch the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic criterium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    I know there is a beer forum on MTBR, but come on, who does it better that Oregon brewers?

    . . .

    This is by no means a comprehensive list, it's just what I like and a few places I've been.

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    Great topic! I love Oregon Beer and have had the pleasure of working with some great brewers. Unfortunately I didn't get to work in the brewery, but toiled over the stove and grill instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Technically; Stevenson is in Washington; but we just call it the "Gorge".
    Got me there, should have done some fact checking.


    I'll have to stop by Everybody's Brewing next time I'm out there, would love to find the Terminal Gravity stout a little closer to Portland.



    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Muesl
    Great topic! I love Oregon Beer and have had the pleasure of working with some great brewers. Unfortunately I didn't get to work in the brewery, but toiled over the stove and grill instead.
    Some of these places have some pretty damn good food too.
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    House, you should definitely try 10 Barrel's Brewing. They brew in Bend, but they're bottling 22oz and pouring around PDX from what I hear. They signature beer is the Apocalypse Black IPA. Sounds weird, but very tasty stuff. Malty, hoppy goodness.

    Ninkasi Tricerahops and Total Domination are outstanding. I like Deschutes' limited Bond Street offerings (Hop Trip, Hop Henge, Black Butte XXI, Abyss, Mirror Mirror), and really love their Red Chair. Hoppy with sweet finish...a very unique IPA. Hair of the Dog makes some fine brew, too. Their Blue Spot Double IPA in phenomenal. Walking Man's **** Erectus is a great beer, but it's hard to find in Bend. Hopworks IPA and DOA are great. Lompoc makes fantastic beer. Their C-note and LSD are my favorite, and I'm happy to see they're starting to bottle. Terminal Gravity's IPA, ESB and ESG are all great. Widmer lost their edge, but their 84 Double Alt is very good, as is their W10 Seasonal Black IPA. Good stuff. I also like Full Sail's Amber and Sessions, both great post ride beers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    House, you should definitely try 10 Barrel's Brewing. They brew in Bend, but they're bottling 22oz and pouring around PDX from what I hear. They signature beer is the Apocalypse Black IPA. Sounds weird, but very tasty stuff. Malty, hoppy goodness.

    Ninkasi Tricerahops and Total Domination are outstanding. I like Deschutes' limited Bond Street offerings (Hop Trip, Hop Henge, Black Butte XXI, Abyss, Mirror Mirror), and really love their Red Chair. Hoppy with sweet finish...a very unique IPA. Hair of the Dog makes some fine brew, too. Their Blue Spot Double IPA in phenomenal. Walking Man's **** Erectus is a great beer, but it's hard to find in Bend. Hopworks IPA and DOA are great. Lompoc makes fantastic beer. Their C-note and LSD are my favorite, and I'm happy to see they're starting to bottle. Terminal Gravity's IPA, ESB and ESG are all great. Widmer lost their edge, but their 84 Double Alt is very good, as is their W10 Seasonal Black IPA. Good stuff. I also like Full Sail's Amber and Sessions, both great post ride beers.
    Haven't seen 10 Barrels in Portland and as far as Black IPA's go, I'm 50/50 on what I've tried. The Deschutes offering was very nice, but the Black IPA I had at Barley Browns in Baker City was the tuffest beer I've ever had to choke down.

    Agree with you on Widmer, them and Bridgeport just don't do it for me.

    I do like the Bond Street offerings from Deschutes, not something I like to drink a 22ozer by myself, but all very good.
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    Thank you sir, may I have another?

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    Next time you're heading out this way, let us know. Ronbo & I live in the Gorge & would be happy to meet you for a ride & some apres brews.

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    I like Ninkasi and I don't care what you like.

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    This is going to be more difficult than asking 'what is your favorite trail'.

    I've been pretty stoked on Ninkasi lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Haven't seen 10 Barrels in Portland and as far as Black IPA's go, I'm 50/50 on what I've tried. The Deschutes offering was very nice, but the Black IPA I had at Barley Browns in Baker City was the tuffest beer I've ever had to choke down.

    Agree with you on Widmer, them and Bridgeport just don't do it for me.

    I do like the Bond Street offerings from Deschutes, not something I like to drink a 22ozer by myself, but all very good.
    Black IPAs are tricky, for sure. I tried the Hopworks Black IPA in bottle form a few weekends ago and wasn't too hot on it. Then a friend of mine went to the brewery and reported that it was fantastic on draft. I will say that Bridgeport set the standard for a balanced IPA, but was quickly surpassed by other breweries who caught onto the hop explosion, creating double, imperial and now black IPA. If you find yourself in NW, stop by Bridgeport and get the cask IPA. It's surprisingly good without the excess carbonation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    House, you should definitely try 10 Barrel's Brewing. They brew in Bend, but they're bottling 22oz and pouring around PDX from what I hear. They signature beer is the Apocalypse Black IPA. Sounds weird, but very tasty stuff. Malty, hoppy goodness.
    I think you are getting their beers mixed up. They have the Sinistor which is the black ale and Apocalypse which is a NW style IPA. I have seen the Sinistor pop up in stores but I have yet to see the Apocalypse. It is too bad as the Apocalypse is outstanding. I highly agree with Andy's recommendation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    I think you are getting their beers mixed up. They have the Sinistor which is the black ale and Apocalypse which is a NW style IPA. I have seen the Sinistor pop up in stores but I have yet to see the Apocalypse. It is too bad as the Apocalypse is outstanding. I highly agree with Andy's recommendation.
    Yep, you're right. I got them mixed up. The good news is that you can't go wrong with either.
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    Personally, I am partial to Laurelwood, Bridgeport, Deschutes, 10 Barrell, and Silver Moon for Oregon brews... They all make good stuff. 10 Barrell has really impressed me. They even opened a brew pub here in Bend on Galveston. Perfect location for after rides!! We are lucky to live in OR.
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    I'm pretty much hooked on Black Butte. I never really enjoyed an IPA until I had a Terminal Gravity.

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    I can't wait for Oprah to come on so I can have a beer.

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    TG - IPA (although the stout is fantastic if you happen to be in Enterprise)
    Ninkasi - both Tricerahops and Total Domination are great
    Walking Man - **** Erectus (not in Oregon, but anything in the gorge should be considered as Oregon

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan

    What do you like? Where are they? List you Favorites...
    Whichever one Randy is buying.

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    Just picked up a barrel of Jabberwocky from Walkabout in Central Point

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon
    Next time you're heading out this way, let us know. Ronbo & I live in the Gorge & would be happy to meet you for a ride & some apres brews.

    Will do, I'm in ski mode now and will be for at least another month till the trails start drying out.



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    Whichever one Randy is buying.

    What's he buying this year?
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    Just got back from Hopworks, had the Session Black IPA and two 7 Grain Stouts.
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    Will do, I'm in ski mode now and will be for at least another month till the trails start drying out.
    Three straight days of powder; I hear ya.
    Try to call in sick Monday and head up the hill. With Daylight Savings Time; you can ski 'till lunch; go for a ride and hit Double Mountain before it gets dark.

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    House, I'm with you on Walking man. I don't care what state it's in We ride near there just to hit it up after. Hopworks and Ninkasi are also favorites of mine.

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    Can't go wrong with anything from HUB. Cascade Lakes is also good, I love their Weissbier, if only they would bottle it!

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    I really enjoy the Caldera IPA. Great stuff.

    there are tons of great local brews, hard to name just one.

    I also dig Lagunitas stuff too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    House, you should definitely try 10 Barrel's Brewing. They brew in Bend, but they're bottling 22oz and pouring around PDX from what I hear. They signature beer is the Apocalypse Black IPA. Sounds weird, but very tasty stuff. Malty, hoppy goodness.
    Agreed about their IPA. I usually salivate over each Deschutes IPA... Hop Trip; Red Chair (before it was turned into it's current version); Hop Henge; Alpha Dog (Oh, my lovely Alpha Dog, please come back!). But all of these are currently on hiatus, or gone altogether. Nothing in the pub currently excites me, IPA-wise.

    So I tried 10 Barrels' Apocalypse out of curiosity, and found it very nice and well balanced. I even got my growler filled up - for only $10, I might add - the other night. Delish! And, agreed with the other post, it's not "Black".

    I will go back for this.

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    best beer I had last year was the Ninkasi Spring Release Ale. for local portland, HUB is the best.

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    Golden Valley in McMinnville. The brewer was the first brewer for Deschutes, and was the developer of many of their main beers. He is also a hell of a cyclist, once one of Oregon's top racers.

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    Three Creeks Brewery, Sisters OR

    Hoodoo Voodoo IPA, Taking a break from shredding the mountain at my favorite skibike friendly resort with an awesome local brew that is truely named for my mountain and my resort. It just doesn't get any better than that!!
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    [QUOTE=OldHouseMan]Will do, I'm in ski mode now and will be for at least another month till the trails start drying out.

    Why don't you let me put you on a bike and come ski with me, there old guy?

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    Two beers with one stone?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeMan
    Time spent enumerating beers is time that could be spent on the much more satisfying past time of drinking them.
    I'm working on a couple new (to me) beers tonight & thought I'd share.

    A couple weeks ago I was shopping at Trader Joe's & got into a conversation with the check out dude about beer (what are the chances?). He told me, in a low voice so his co-workers wouldn't hear, that Fred Meyer had Bridgeport Hop Czar on sale & as an IPA fan I should give them a try. Today whilst shopping at Freddy's, I found the aforementioned brew still on sale & also noticed a Red Hood seasonal named Mud Slinger. I have to admit what caught my eye was the mountain bike tire splashing through the mud, so I guess those Madison Avenue guys got me. After a long day of home improvement, I am now finishing off my first Hop Czar while my lovely wife is enjoying a Mud Slinger. I did manage to get a pull off her beer before hitting mine & I'm happy to report both are quite enjoyable.
    The Czar is hoppy, although not as much as the Ninkasi which is still in my top 3, & the Mud Slinger, a nut brown, is smooth & tasty.
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    Well Played

    Way to work the ski-bike into a beer thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deweydude
    Hoodoo Voodoo IPA, Taking a break from shredding the mountain at my favorite skibike friendly resort with an awesome local brew that is truely named for my mountain and my resort. It just doesn't get any better than that!!

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    [QUOTE=Deweydude]
    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Will do, I'm in ski mode now and will be for at least another month till the trails start drying out.

    Why don't you let me put you on a bike and come ski with me, there old guy?

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    Hmmm, sounds fun.

    On another note...

    Not that it really needs to be said, but I haven't had a Ninkasi I haven't liked. I'm a hard core Stout and Porter guy, but thought I should try the Tricerahops, it's not to bad at all. Not sure what I like about it, but it's pretty good.
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    [QUOTE=OldHouseMan}

    Hmmm, sounds fun. .[/QUOTE]

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    Way to work the ski-bike into a beer thread!
    Yeah; that's pretty lame.
    At least I'm drinking a Deschutes Inversion or two while I'm editing these photos from the Revolution Snowboard Tour. Gotta jump on it; after three or four Inversions, things get slow and sloppy.

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    As a certified Oregon beer snob and homebrewer, I've gotta put a plug in for the smaller and lesser-known breweries. My favorite is Upright Brewing's 5&7, and thier Gruit at the Organic Beer Fest was just great. Golden Valley's Tannen Bomb is nice, too. Heater Allen also has some excellent Lagers. Oh, and Calapooia Brewing does a nice IPA.

    As a hop-head, I don't think you could get much better than Ninkasi's Total Domination, but I love that we've got some brewers out there really pushing different and creative styles. We're so lucky to have such an amazing array of great beers AND singletrack. Nothing goes together better!
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    My vote is for double mountain. Gotta hit their coming out of Hood. It seems everybody in their did something awesome with their day. Relatively new to Portland and haven't yet been to the Hub or Walking man. Looking forward to hitting up walking man... is their good riding in that part of the Gorge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big JC
    Looking forward to hitting up walking man... is their good riding in that part of the Gorge?
    Not specifically in the Gorge, but Walking Man is a great stop after Falls Creek, Lewis River or the many trails off of Lewis River.

    And how could I have forgotten one of my favorite summertime places...Amnesia, stopped by last night and had a couples beers and a hamburger.
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    Walking Man is great, Double Mountain is great; can't miss either way. A lot of the pubs and restaurants in the Gorge will have either Walking Man or Double Mountain on tap so you can check out just about anywhere from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles on either side of the river and find good beer and food.

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    Deschutes Inversion IPA is on sale at Safeway for $11.99 a twelve pack. As a budget conscious beer drinker, I can tell you that's about as cheap as it gets.

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    Personally, there is nothing better than Double Mountain's "Killer Green" fresh hop IPA on a nice september day. Too bad this beer is only availiable in the fall.

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    NorCal lurker here...Anybody tried Deschutes "Once a Decade" Ale yet? I'm waiting for the right time to drink mine and I haven't heard from anyone that has tried it yet.

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    to all you beer connoisseurs out there. can you point me in thr right direction in where to go to find a good selection of the quality beers mentioned on this thread? I live in gates,and salem is the closest.i'm especially looking for Ninkasi. rather than going straight to the brewers,any certain stores with a good selection? any info is much appreciated.

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    Jim,

    Salem Costco has Ninkasi Total Domination IPA in 12x22ounce packs. Spendy at $37 but good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jekramerjr51
    to all you beer connoisseurs out there. can you point me in thr right direction in where to go to find a good selection of the quality beers mentioned on this thread? I live in gates,and salem is the closest.i'm especially looking for Ninkasi. rather than going straight to the brewers,any certain stores with a good selection? any info is much appreciated.
    Belmont Station has the best selction around, but they're in Portland. Whole Foods has a really good selection or even New Season has a pretty good selection.
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    I think Fred Meyers has Ninkasi

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    thank you very much for the info guys. much appreciated!

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    Now why can't my local Costco carry Ninkasi? I thought we were doing well at my local Costco with the recent availability of Lagunitas IPA...but I'd much rather have Ninkasi. Last year I bought all flavors at the Ninkasi brewery to bring home (SF bay area) but at my last stop later in the year they said they could no longer sell the double IPA Tricerahops due to Oregon laws (Ninkasi having unfortunately having been reminded of the alcohol content rule apparently). I can expect primitive alcohol content laws in uncivilized places like Utah, but....
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    10 Barrel brewing Apocalypse IPA is now available in bombers. Yeah.
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    i must say gents... i am stuck in the mid west these days with folks that havent even heard of good beer. as an ashland born native oregonian i can boast a whole list of beers from the grub street grill that were absolutely fantastic. i do however always go back to my personal favorite deschutes/obsideon stout. what a fine smotth milk for the hopps gods. none compares in my humble opinion. thanks for the trip down memory lane and god bless the beer brewers of oregon. all the best ,dan

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    Double Mountain's Hop Lava and IRA are both delicious. I also find Deschutes Inversion IPA very tasty. Oregon beer is the best.

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    visited a few breweries on my mtn biking trip in oregon.

    caldera in ashland. good burgers and nachos are some shuttle riding. ipa and hopportunity knocks were GOOD.

    standing stone in ashland. better food, but beer was lacking.

    steelhead ipa and double ipa in eugene, pretty good stuff. The double ipa was sweet, which was weird,.

    deschutes in bend...beer was meh, i have mirror pond all the time and even the waiter agreed with me that hophenge is kinda lacking. food wasn't good.

    10 barrel brewing co in bend....man this place is legit! I had their apocolypse, and then the india summer ale. walked out with a 22 of the apoc ipa, and two GALLONS of the ISA. The food was the best I had all trip too.

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    i should mention in addition to those listed above, i also brought back a ninkasi tricerahops double ipa, a sixer of the ipa and the esg from terminal gravity, 2 bottles of the widmer special reserve prickly pear braggot ale, and a rogue northwestern ale 22.

    ps, I gained 5lbs on this 8 day trip. I guess riding your bike DOWN a mountain and then drinking tons of good beer does that to you. haha no regrets!

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    I must say I'm a Deschutes fanboi, but I've not been there in months. They are at the moment lacking a true, gritty IPA. Ever since their Alpha Dog ran out months ago, I've not been too excited about their current IPA's.

    I can surely survive on Bachelor Bitter, but I hope they get a great IPA soon, and not one in a snifter!

    Agreed about 10 Barrel's Apocalypse... Great stuff

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    Obviously, you're not a golfer.

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    Rouge

    Rouge was selling cases of beer at a huge discount this weekend in Newport. I picked up a case of Somor Ale and a case of Shakespeare Stout for $33. That's 24 - 22 ounce bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    I think Fred Meyers has Ninkasi

    I think that Bi-Mart has Hamm's Special Light, mmmmmmh!

    Actually, I think that Ninkasi is the best, it's MAGIC POTION. But sometimes I got to go white trash. What can I say.

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