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#1 Gen'Buck'Turgidson

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 10:16 PM

I can no longer find the old "Beer" thread. Boo.
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Attn: PhishyBrewer
On Beer in Japan...and your planned trip to Hokkaido and Tokyo, check this out.
NY Times "Rise of Specialty Brewing in Japan"

I missed the beginning of the Microbrewery era in Japan, and I'm a little upset about it. Japanese have an incredible sense of freshness, of quality, of technique, and enjoyment & appreciation of beer. These microbrews could be really really good. I can't wait to get there again someday to drink the living shit out of them.

Tangent:
I once found a place in downtown Tokyo where you could pay 3500 yen for an all you can drink Nihon-shu tasting, which American's call "saw-kee" (Sake). I remember going and paying and tasting a few, then I remember being at a disco, then I remember paying $190 for a taxi ride home and a massive 2 day hangover. Regret is a word that comes to mind.

Second Tangent:
Nihon-shu is usually referred to as a rice wine, but it isn't. It is a brewed (heated to a boil at some point) rice drink, therefore it is more like a beer than a wine (which is fermented without heat). Anyway, Nihon-shu brewing is labor intensive and the techniques have been passed down orally like grandma's recipe from grandpa to son. Those sons were born before the war, and were raised during the occupation lucky to be alive, and took great pride and pleasure in the drink they create. The younger generation isn't willing to work a hard job for relative low pay in an unglamourous job like drink making, so the cast of brewers is rapidly declining. At the same time, the brewing of sake is becoming more and more automated, so the fine flavors the old men of the occupation era created are getting ground down to the lowest common denominator. The old men of the occupation era are dying off, and no one is replacing them.

Conclusion:
The point is TODAY is the point in time where you can find the most variety of flavor and quality in Nihon-shu than at any other time in history.

GO DRINK SOME HAND MADE SAKE NOW. The good stuff is pretty expensive and the bad stuff (Ozeki, i'm talking to you) is like Boon's Farm/Thunderbird. It'll never be as good as it is RIGHT NOW.
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#2 PhishyBrewer

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:24 AM

Ahh... beer and Japan. Two of my favorite things. Unfortunately for me the only day I was going to go beer/bar hoping was on a Sunday. When most places likes craft breweries and pubs were closed. Didn't stop me from going to the 7-11 at the corner of our hotel for a pint.

The next trip I'm all about hitting up Popeye's Beer Club in Ryogoku. It was just east of our hotel. About 2 stops past Akihabara. From the looks of it, this place had some bad ass beer and bar food.

Here are a few photos.
WTF!?
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Kirin Grand Ale
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A tasty Pils at DisneySea
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I can get this shit at home. Why waste my time... and my Yen?
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Asahi Draft MESSED ME UP. It's nothing like the Asahi we get here in the states.
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Suntory has some very flavorful lagers.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:36 AM

Hey Buck, If your looking for a good place to watch a match and get a good pint while your in Sacto, may I suggest Streets of London on J St in downtown.

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Yeah... it's Beamish draft. Not that wussie ass shit people drink called Guinness.
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They've got darts too.
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The decor is warm.
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They've actually got some English dude in the back that makes this shit. Alright they don't, but it still taste pretty good.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:39 AM

If someone can find me some Delirium Tremens memorbilia, I will love you forever.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:43 AM

If someone can find me some Delirium Tremens memorbilia, I will love you forever.


I have a navy hat with the pink elephant on it. Had some coasters, but used them up. Sorry.

EDIT:

It's slightly worn. If you want it I'll just charge you shipping.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 12:06 PM

If someone can find me some Delirium Tremens memorbilia, I will love you forever.

I have a picture of a bottle I had when I was in DC and that place with 100s of beer!
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 12:16 PM

If someone can find me some Delirium Tremens memorbilia, I will love you forever.



E-Bay has a few items up for bid.

http://search.ebay.c...s...op=1&fsoo=1

Also, try here:

Stuffed Sandwich
1145 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Phone: (626) 285-9161
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Hey, Kool Aid!



For the love of beer, it was a pretzel!

#8 PhishyBrewer

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 01:25 PM

The Theme Park Review Beer Thread is one I started years ago. It's basically a post what you drank thread. It's gotten pretty big.

On that note... A Grolsch berfore I head to bed(I work midnights).
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There's Popeye's Beer Club
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Yeah... I take a lot of stupid pictures.

Can you tell I like beer? Brewing it isn't as much fun as drinking it though.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 01:50 PM

I can no longer find the old "Beer" thread. Boo.


That's because you are off trail. D'OH!


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For the love of beer, it was a pretzel!

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 02:42 PM

Pop quiz, hotshot.

Beer Church's Basic Beer Quiz

Beer Church's Advanced Beer Quiz

Another beer quiz

Chilliman Store's Beer Label Quiz
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Halfway around the world and I can't get away from you guys?!?!"


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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:04 PM

If someone can find me some Delirium Tremens memorbilia, I will love you forever.




Ooooooooooooooooooo, Jamsesy's in LOVE! HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!


I have a picture of a bottle I had when I was in DC and that place with 100s of beer!


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BMAB: Drunkenese for By Me Another Beer!
"For fear that one drink will be lonesome, take another to keep it company, and another to keep the peace between them." -Anonymous

Hey, Kool Aid!



For the love of beer, it was a pretzel!

#12 Gen'Buck'Turgidson

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:08 AM

Hey Buck, If your looking for a good place to watch a match and get a good pint while your in Sacto, may I suggest Streets of London on J St in downtown.


Nicely Phishy. I believe my sis has mentioned the place. Have to give it a try over Xmas.

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Fuck that old thread! It's time we got away from it's tyranny anyway!!
(I swear I looked for it for 30 minutes...I suck.)


New article on Beer, this time
The Power in the Cask: Old Ways, New Beer
...about the use of traditional casks for hand made brews rather than metal kegs.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:30 AM

The Power in the Cask: Old Ways, New Beer
...about the use of traditional casks for hand made brews rather than metal kegs.

I've had Cask Ale a number of times in England. They're good, but it's more nostalgia than it is taste.

Is there anywhere in LA that has it?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:39 PM

I've had Cask Ale a number of times in England. They're good, but it's more nostalgia than it is taste.

Is there anywhere in LA that has it?


Totally disagree with you there.

Cask Condition Ales are the real thing. More complex tastes and natural carbonation.
They used to be pretty hard to find here in the States but more brewpubs/pubs are carrying them now a days.

I'm not a fan of the beers of BJ's, but usually they have a cask condition ale once a month and these are pretty good.

Back Street Brewery in Irvine has one on once a month as well.

Pizza Port Brewery has a Real Ale Festival at least once a year. Great Stuff there.

The only bad thing about Cask Condition Ales is they are very popular and don't last too long. :cheers:
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:12 PM

I'm not a fan of the beers of BJ's, but usually they have a cask condition ale once a month and these are pretty good.


BJ's beer sucks! The only reason to visit is for the pizza and MAYBE a bottle Belgian ale.

Stone had some bad ass cask conditioned ales at the 10th anniversary party. So good I can't remember a God damn thing I drank while I was there. :pint:

I have to get back there and get my fill on some Victory brews.
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