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Beer Resolutions for 2008

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Jan. 2nd, 2008 | 10:24 am

2007 was a great beer year for me. I tried a ridiculous number of beers, took beer-centric trips to San Diego, Portland, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Bay Area, attended several beer festivals (including my first Oregon Brewers Festival) and met some cool beer people both locally and up and down the West Coast. All the things I've done have substantially increased my beer IQ, but I still have a long way to go. Bearing that in mind, here are my Beer Resolutions for 2008:


  • Buy homebrew supplies and brew my own beer

  • Take several beer trips, including ones to the East Coast, Bend (OR), Portland (for another OBF), Denver (GABF) and either Victoria or Vancouver

  • Write about beer 3-4 times a week

  • Attend as many of the local beer festivals and events as possible and continue to make friends in the local beer community

  • Try at least 200 beers I've never had

  • Give podcasting another go with a new, revitalized format

  • Pay more attention to less hoppy styles of beer

  • Take steps toward being able to leave my current job and make a living doing something beer-related

  • Take list-making and documenting to new OCD heights by keeping track of every beer I drink (see how long that lasts)

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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that sounds really ambitious but amazing! happy new year and i hope to see you soon!

sabina

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The Beer Retard

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from: beer_retard
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I'll be in SF 1/25-1/28 for the Noir City fest at the Castro. Will be hitting the usual spots (Toronado, City Beer) and that new place on 16th...the Monks Kettle. Hope to see you.

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The Dread Pirate Roberts

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from: walktheplank
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Be sure to sample the Surly Bender at the Great American Beer Festival and/or the Oregon Brewers' Festival.

The Furious is good if you like lots of hops (personally, I can't stand it... that shit makes me sneeze), but the Bender is like a cross between a good brown ale and... something else.

http://www.surlybrewing.com

Edited at 2008-01-02 07:31 pm (UTC)

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The Beer Retard

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from: beer_retard
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Surly is on my short list of breweries whose beer I want to try, so if I make it to GABF this year I'll be on it. If I see any cheap fares to Minnesota, maybe I'll have to do a beer weekend there. Lot of good beers to try in the Midwest that we don't get on the West Coast.

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The Dread Pirate Roberts

Midwestern beers

from: walktheplank
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
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James Page is decent, as is Finnegan's Irish Amber.

The Summit Brewing Company is sort of the granddaddy of local micro-brews. Summit EPA tastes like hairspray, but (apparently) a lot of people really like that sort of thing.

Leinenkugels (aka "Leinie's") used to be a dirt-cheap workingman's beer. It's not so cheap anymore, though whether it is actually worth paying craft brew prices for Leinie's Honey Weiss Bier is a matter of some debate. Same thing for Pigseye, though that's still relatively cheap (in the can!).

August Schell's may be family-owned, and it may have been brewed (more-or-less) continually since 1860, but I've always found their beers to be rather tasteless and bland. I much prefer Grain Belt Premium, (though it hasn't tasted the same since Schell's bought 'em out -no more Mississippi river water = no more flowery Grain Belt after-taste!)

I haven't tried Flat Earth beer, which is sort of the new kid on the block.

Surly has only been around for about a year-and-a-half, but they're quickly becoming a local favorite.

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from: heyrocker
date: Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I would think that the list-making would be the easiest and most enjoyable part for such a listologist as yourself. Admittedly, documenting every single one drank would be quite a task. I see people who log every album they listen to (not just the new ones) with rankings(!) and that seems pretty excessive.

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absintheavcscre

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from: absintheavcscre
date: Jan. 5th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
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But Perkins needs you!

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