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My First Delicious US Craft Beer

jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 06:52 AM

Sessions Dark Lager was so delicious.

Recommend it, bought in the store in short, circa 1970s domestic beers, bottles.

Session Black Lager | Full Sail Brewing Company

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    LStaff RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 06:56 AM

    You mean Full Sail Session Black Lager?


    Haven't tried that one yet, but I thought the Premium Lager was well made - I just didn't care for the type of hops they used (Willamette?), so have been hesitant to try the Black.

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      jonkyo RE: LStaff Feb 21, 2014 07:33 AM

      It was pure delight as I drank it. Nothing more than that. I went for another as soon as the bottle was kicked. Great flavor, but I was cooking while drinking it, so I did not sit and ruminate on the flavors and taste. Will have to do that another time.

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      jpc8015 RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 07:28 AM

      That is a very drinkable beer. I like to buy it for large gatherings as a way of showing people that dark beers to not always have to be overly heavy and bitter.

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        jonkyo RE: jpc8015 Feb 21, 2014 07:34 AM

        Utilitarian one might say.

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          cwdonald RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 08:11 AM

          Its a great example of a beer that is sessionable.. full of flavor without being over the top in either hops or alcohol.

          Very similar to beers like Kostrizer Schwarzbier, or even Samuel Adams Dark Lager.

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        TombstoneShadow RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 01:25 PM

        Awesome Jonk... one down, several dozen more to go! The US craft brewing industry is alive and well.

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          jonkyo RE: TombstoneShadow Feb 24, 2014 11:01 AM

          For some reason, my taste buds are partial to a these two beers. The proof is how easily they are to pour into my mouth, and quench.

          Thus stated, I cannot take Mexican beers.

          Craft beers, save for the above, do nothing but make me desirous of the 16 oz. bottles of Polish or Eastern European beers.

          Thus stated, I shall look into the specifically noted suggestions posted here.

          I am a discriminate drinker, not an indiscriminate drinker, be it Craft or long standing bought out Domestic and Import.

          Thank you for the suggestions.

        2. MVNYC RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 09:27 PM


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            Josh RE: MVNYC Feb 22, 2014 06:22 AM

            Thanks for the perspective.


          2. deet13 RE: jonkyo Feb 21, 2014 10:03 PM

            Yeah, it's a good beer.

            I ran a review of it last year, and I'm in total agreement with you.


            I like it enough to keep a twelve pack in permanent rotation at my home bar.

            IMO, Full Sail's standard lager is solid as well.

            Also they have a Red Ale (which I wasn't a big fan of), but give it a shot, you might like it.

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              Raffles RE: jonkyo Feb 22, 2014 07:28 AM

              We have been enjoying the Sam Adams family this winter. So many varieties!
              Also Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA...

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                jpc8015 RE: Raffles Feb 22, 2014 03:06 PM

                If you can find it give the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA a shot. Both my brother and I, who both have quite the taste for IPA, consider it to be among the very best out there. At least among those that are widely distributed.

                I happen to think that Pliny the Elder if THE standard but that is for another thread.

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                  Tripeler RE: jpc8015 Feb 22, 2014 04:40 PM

                  My recent IPA favorite is from Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Worthy IPA features five different hops, comes in a can, and after drinking almost an entire case in the past five weeks, I can say that I am still not tired of it.


                  Besides, it puts a whole new spin on the phrase "You're Not Worthy."

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                    Josh RE: Tripeler Feb 23, 2014 04:53 PM

                    Thanks for the tip.

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                      Tripeler RE: Josh Feb 23, 2014 06:20 PM

                      If you can find any, let me know how you like it. What I find appealing is that the hop flavours are very well-defined, and it is sort of like a "salad" in that you can almost identify them individually.

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                      jpc8015 RE: Tripeler Feb 24, 2014 09:02 AM

                      Bend, OR is such an odd little town. It has a population of under 80,000 but for my money is the beer Mecca of the Western Hemisphere.

                      It is a beautiful little town too.

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                        Tripeler RE: jpc8015 Feb 25, 2014 05:48 AM

                        Last time I was in Bend was 1972. I was on a bike trip from SF to the Canadian Rockies. Beer of this type hadn't happened yet. But with Worthy and Deschutes, I would consider it certainly worth another visit. Both are GREAT breweries.

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                          jpc8015 RE: Tripeler Feb 25, 2014 08:02 AM

                          Don't forget Bend Brewing or 10 Barrel.

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                      TombstoneShadow RE: jpc8015 Mar 13, 2014 08:44 AM

                      3 Floyds Dreadnaught is another standard:

                      Also nearly impossible to find unless you're right around the brewery (Indiana - Chicago metro area)

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                      Raffles RE: Raffles Mar 14, 2014 02:26 PM

                      We have given up on SamAdams,never again, no way,...sorry to see them go, but so many new beers to try!

                    5. jonkyo RE: jonkyo Mar 13, 2014 01:56 PM

                      Two taps at this place.

                      this is from a letter, and I added some:

                      "my exposure of the ills of Gentrification, in and around the NYC Boroughs.....brought me to the discussion of Craft Beer.

                      At Formino, I came to more finalize my analysis of the Craft Beer Craze, and its myths, and see that the Italian owner of Fornino has only two taps, both Brooklyn Lager or Ale, etc.

                      [Why would one need any more than two taps, if you can keep them functioning to pour tasty beer.

                      To have 15 or 20 or 30 taps, is un-artistic, and revenue driven, and a short cut. Of course it may be needed to reflect the empty tastes of the clientele. ]

                      Bring a Craft Beer enthusiast to Fornino and he or she will feel empty, and will finally have to come to terms with quality.

                      [The venue exhales quality in all its presence. Makes good sense to allow such a venue to inhale your expendable money. ]

                      There is no need for excessive quantities of taps, if one is focused on quality. This point exemplifies the fact that Italians have succeeded in understanding quality, for centuries, exhibited today, from food, to cars, to leather goods, etc.

                      This history of quality in Italy, should be quite obvious due to the artists, scientists, filmmakers, writers, philosophers, who's productions are easily brought to mind, from Cicero onward, though not excluding what predates the renaissance."

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                        Josh RE: jonkyo Mar 13, 2014 03:10 PM

                        "To have 15 or 20 or 30 taps, is un-artistic"


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                          RB Hound RE: Josh Mar 13, 2014 10:10 PM

                          Josh - sometimes the smartest thing to do is push back your bar stool, step off slowly, and leave.

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                            Josh RE: RB Hound Mar 14, 2014 02:22 PM

                            WTF stands for "Wow That's Fantastic".


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                          MVNYC RE: jonkyo Mar 13, 2014 04:42 PM

                          So did you like the Brooklyn on tap?

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                            Josh RE: MVNYC Mar 13, 2014 07:22 PM

                            [it exhales quality]

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                              jpc8015 RE: Josh Mar 14, 2014 07:19 AM

                              I piss quality.

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                                jonkyo RE: Josh Mar 30, 2014 06:30 AM

                                revenue driven behaviors on the part of venues, along with lack of knowledge on the part of majority of customers, results in the mega or quesi-mega multi-tap crazed bars.

                                Take another Greenpoint venue, the place with Peasant Lard. It is not too difficult to get a delicious tapped pint there. Just choose one from about 3 taps.

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                                  jonkyo RE: Josh Mar 30, 2014 06:31 AM

                                  liquid exhales to the pint.....glass.

                                2. re: MVNYC
                                  jonkyo RE: MVNYC Mar 30, 2014 06:22 AM

                                  loved it.

                                  It was so delicious.

                                  Rarely find it as good from bottles. And have experienced less delicious renditions of at other places.

                                  So, quality is not just the product, it is the way the venue presents it, preparations so to speak.

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                                    jpc8015 RE: jonkyo Mar 31, 2014 07:26 AM

                                    What kind of glass was it served in?

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