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01-12-2012, 04:18 PM
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My gateway beers were

Honey Weiss + Lemon
Blue Moon + Orange
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Summit EPA

From there I just found lots of interesting beers.

The Winter Ale is a brown ale, a lot of chocolate and coffee notes to it. Good stuff. Much better on tap than cold out of the fridge in a bottle IMO.

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01-23-2012, 05:58 AM
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Its almost that time of year again. Pliny the Younger (triple IPA) releases Feb. 3 this year for 2 weeks and it only happens once a year. If you guys can get a hold of Pliny the Younger this year, all the power to you. I know that some random pubs around the U.S. will get a few kegs of it, definitely in Philadelphia on the east coast. Not sure about anywhere else over that way though. One of the best beers in the world! The rest of the year I spend drinking Pliny the Elder (double IPA) which is year round and is also another really good beer by Russian River Brewery. If your a big IPA fan, you owe it to yourself to make a trip out to Philly or California and try these beers before you die. They are simply AMAZING! These two beers deserve my highest recommendation.

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01-23-2012, 01:09 PM
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I'll do some beer-curls tonight.



Thanks for the advice. I've been meaning to try Summit Celebration/Winter Ale because of the responses I've seen throughout this thread. I've been looking for it on tap at restaurants - just in case I don't like it.

Just picked up a six-pack of Leinenkugels Honey Weiss. I really like the citrus flavor it has - especially when I add lemon.
Celebration ale is dead

It was a one time only brew (for now). Hopefully it comes back as a seasonal. I can't imagine them shelving that beer for good since it was universally loved.

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Its almost that time of year again. Pliny the Younger (triple IPA) releases Feb. 3 this year for 2 weeks and it only happens once a year. If you guys can get a hold of Pliny the Younger this year, all the power to you. I know that some random pubs around the U.S. will get a few kegs of it, definitely in Philadelphia on the east coast. Not sure about anywhere else over that way though. One of the best beers in the world! The rest of the year I spend drinking Pliny the Elder (double IPA) which is year round and is also another really good beer by Russian River Brewery. If your a big IPA fan, you owe it to yourself to make a trip out to Philly or California and try these beers before you die. They are simply AMAZING! These two beers deserve my highest recommendation.

http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/
I got to try Pliny the Elder when I was in California last year. It is quite good. I also like their Blind Pig IPA. A trip to Northern California and the Russian River Brewery would be high on my list of trips I'd like to taste.

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It was a one time only brew (for now). Hopefully it comes back as a seasonal. I can't imagine them shelving that beer for good since it was universally loved.
Hear hear! That would immediately become my regular beer if it were available year round.

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01-23-2012, 02:18 PM
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Celebration HAS to be a regular seasonal. Not only did I buy at least half a dozen cases but it got me into Sierra Nevada beers AND into hoppy beers as a whole.

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Anyone had Bell's Hopslam on tap before? Yay or nay?

Burger Mo's has it so I think I'll give it a try when I go there later this week...

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I've only ever heard great things about it. Just make sure that burger has plenty of flavor to keep up. Maybe a jalapeno burger of some sort.

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Anyone had Bell's Hopslam on tap before? Yay or nay?

Burger Mo's has it so I think I'll give it a try when I go there later this week...
Yes, and you will LOVE it. Probably my favorite imperial IPA, so citrussy, and the added honey gives it great balance. Bell's masterpiece.

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Anyone had Bell's Hopslam on tap before? Yay or nay?

Burger Mo's has it so I think I'll give it a try when I go there later this week...
Yay! It's ridiculously good.

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Bell's Hopslam is probably the only IPA I'm crazy about.

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Tried some Bud Light Clamato/Chelada last night.

Terrible. Just... Yeah, terrible.

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Can anyone recommend a good liquor store to buy micro-brews at? I've been going to dinkytown wine and spirits mainly out of habit and I'm sick of their poor prices on good beer and lack of selection.

I live near the east-bank of the umn campus, but I'm willing to drive 10-15 miles if I have to. Maybe something in roseville?

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Ya, I don't get out that way too often so I'm no help. Though, if it were me I would just go stock up on growlers from Town Hall.

Speaking of growlers my parents were up in Duluth last weekend, went to Fitgers and picked me up one of each of their IPAs and then their winter Black Solstace which I've never tried before. Will have to crack those open this weekend. For sure the double IPA. Maybe more depending on how many friends come over...

Also, that Hopslam was very good the other night.

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Can anyone recommend a good liquor store to buy micro-brews at? I've been going to dinkytown wine and spirits mainly out of habit and I'm sick of their poor prices on good beer and lack of selection.

I live near the east-bank of the umn campus, but I'm willing to drive 10-15 miles if I have to. Maybe something in roseville?
it doesn't take 15 minutes to get to Thomas Liquors from the U...Go there. very friendly guys. Lots of single bottles everywhere...don't just look in the coolers. I live in Roseville and Thomas is a million times better than anything I've found there, so i still go. If you don't see something there just ask and they'll tell you when they're getting it in or if they can get it.
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Ale Jail is nearby too...you can make both easily in the same trip.

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Not a beer but bought some Captain Morgan "Long Island" mix. Should be interesting.

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Ya, I don't get out that way too often so I'm no help. Though, if it were me I would just go stock up on growlers from Town Hall.

Speaking of growlers my parents were up in Duluth last weekend, went to Fitgers and picked me up one of each of their IPAs and then their winter Black Solstace which I've never tried before. Will have to crack those open this weekend. For sure the double IPA. Maybe more depending on how many friends come over...

Also, that Hopslam was very good the other night.
Next time you're in duluth, give the thirsty pagan across the border in Superior a shot. Their De-railed ale is a pretty solid beer they brew year-round, and have a strong seasonal collection usually 6-8 total beers.

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Said this before but once again support Midway Liquor! they have a new location on Prior and University...great stuff.

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Can anyone recommend a good liquor store to buy micro-brews at? I've been going to dinkytown wine and spirits mainly out of habit and I'm sick of their poor prices on good beer and lack of selection.

I live near the east-bank of the umn campus, but I'm willing to drive 10-15 miles if I have to. Maybe something in roseville?
Surdyks is just down at universty and hennepin. Great liquor store

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Surdyks is just down at universty and hennepin. Great liquor store
Really? I thought their beer selection was quite lacking.

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I'm so confused here...I've tried beer multiple times and I just cannot like the taste.

Coors, Key Stone, Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and maybe one or two others but I did not like any of them at all.

I want to like beer simply because thats what is mostly had at parties and functions but jesus I can't drink it without feeling sick. Tips?

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I'm so confused here...I've tried beer multiple times and I just cannot like the taste.

Coors, Key Stone, Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and maybe one or two others but I did not like any of them at all.

I want to like beer simply because thats what is mostly had at parties and functions but jesus I can't drink it without feeling sick. Tips?
DRINK GOOD BEER. that's the tip. avoid cheap beer in kegs, especially, if you're worried about taste. i get gutrot easily now from crap beer. (coors, keystone, bud, etc. )

Don't feel pressured into liking beer at all--I know plenty of people who either hate it or are best indifferent. Try a Witbier...I know a few people that don't like beer in general but will drink it.

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Celebration ale is dead

It was a one time only brew (for now). Hopefully it comes back as a seasonal. I can't imagine them shelving that beer for good since it was universally loved.
It's a seasonal. I've been drinking Celebration Ale for about 3 years now. Always comes out around November.

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Really? I thought their beer selection was quite lacking.
They have a good selection, better than your average MGM style store.

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Can anyone recommend a good liquor store to buy micro-brews at? I've been going to dinkytown wine and spirits mainly out of habit and I'm sick of their poor prices on good beer and lack of selection.

I live near the east-bank of the umn campus, but I'm willing to drive 10-15 miles if I have to. Maybe something in roseville?
Just go to Surdyk's down University between Central and Hennepin. Huge selection of microbrews as well as wine and hard liquor.

When I lived in Dinkytown my roommates and I would go Dinkytown Wine and Spirits for the cheap, convenient stuff and Surdyk's for the good stuff. Once timed it having one person go to each liquor store from our place and it took the same amount of time.

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