Category Archives: My Thoughts

April 10, 2014

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Since I finally became the top Hill Farmstead rater on RateBeer, I thought it would be interesting to see how each of these score. I rated these beers at different times in my beer rating hobby and some bottles were old, maybe I ate a spicy taco and then rated Damon and other variables. so […]

March 3, 2014

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It’s both good and bad that readers of this beer blog weren’t following my regular blog. I know about 10 people who have been reading my main blog since 1999 and maybe 50 or so that have stopped in since 2002. While my blog has had different domain names over the years, to be writing […]

February 27, 2014

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In August, I wrote this post about trying to rate every HFS beer. I’ve made some progress in the 6 months since that post but I think things are slowing down a lot. If any of my readers have some of the bottles I haven’t reviewed, please get in touch. I’m now the #2 rater […]

January 5, 2014

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I’ve heard about this mythical amaze-sauce where beer geeks who have way too much beer and way too much time on their hands make variants of Bourbon County Stout using nothing but a french press and literally, crap they find in their fridge. A quick drop at hipster capital of the world, Trader Joe’s will […]

December 31, 2013

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This was a great year in beer. There isn’t a single area of this hobby where I feel too many shortcomings remain at least when it comes to taking on beer. My personal shortcomings and issues of “gotta catch them all” continues to be something I battle with but in my efforts to spend less […]

November 13, 2013

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This is something that won’t happen very much on this blog but I’m going to merge my other hobby, technology and reference a bit of Apple-centric news as it relates to beer. Yesterday, Apple released the Retina iPad mini. It was announced last month but went on sale silently. There was no press release and […]

August 16, 2013

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I wanted to map this out as one of my blogs that’s really a letter to myself working out these problems but this is the stuff I spend my free time thinking about. There are a few tickers out there in the same boat as me. I’m not alone in this one. Here’s every Hill […]

August 15, 2013

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Ya know what? You can save yourself the next 45 minutes of your wasted existence on this Earth and not read the rest of this post because, you know what? I LOVED this year’s collected works. There. Close the window and go back to drinking Sculpin (which is a great beer actually)..um, go back to […]

August 6, 2013

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As I grow older, budgeting becomes more of a priority in my life. This is why beer clubs are attractive to me. When breweries decide to sell beer futures on upcoming batches, it’s good to remember that you’re investing in beer that hasn’t been brewed yet and sometimes the beer you expected doesn’t arrive on […]

April 24, 2013

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Ardmore and neighboring Haverford appear to be two very wealthy towns. Driving to Tired Hands directly from central-Vermont was just over 7 hours after stopping for food and gas and we arrived just as the doors opened. While unloading my car, Jean, head-brewer at Tired Hands yelled out, “the guy with the Heady Topper can […]

April 2, 2013

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Tastes about 3 times as good as BCBS Bramble Rye

February 25, 2013

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Is the Hill Farmstead 2013 Collected Works worth it? Enough people to fill the estimated 150 slots (Correction, 50 slots) have already answered yes and have entered their names into a lottery to be able to purchase their package. So, for them it is worth it and they arrived at this conclusion with or without […]

January 29, 2013

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A lot of guys print their FedEx or UPS labels off at home when shipping off “yeast samples” and a few issues arise. Tape over your label and it makes it hard for FedEx to scan Tape all 4 corners of your label and the label can get wet and tear or dirty and unreadable […]

January 18, 2013

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More and more upstarts are allowing individuals to pre-buy beers on a year-to-year basis. The Bruery out of Southern California wasn’t the first brewery to do this but their Reserve Society is very well known among beer geeks mostly because RS members get some of the most sough after Bruery beers like Chocolate Rain, Black […]

January 14, 2013

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I sort of touched on this a few times before, last in 2011 in this blog post. It hasn’t really been said here why I blog when it comes to beer. For the same reason I have other blogs, content posted here is because it’s fun to share things I’ve learned about home brewing, great beers […]

January 1, 2013

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This post is intended to summarize my last 12 months in beer. I’ve been drinking beer since age 21 but, only in the last 18 months have I taken things a step further and jumped into a community of beer lovers who discuss it, trade it and review it. It has been just another one […]

December 27, 2012

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I got an email from a reader. It was actually more of a conversation and he said, looking at my Flickr page, there’s no way I am getting great beers legitimately. Meaning, I must be “winning trades” or trading away a lot of beer for one or two whales. His example was, “How many bottles […]

December 5, 2012

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I don’t have a lot of input on this other than pointing out how bizarre it is that there are a lot of suspicious 5-star ratings for Guinness on Beer Advocate. These 5 star ratings more defend the beverage than actually give a review. The same goes for RateBeer but not as suspicious.  Beer Advocate […]

December 4, 2012

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It’s common knowledge that the top rated beers of the world are subjected to factors outside of quality. This blog published in 2009 outlined just how different the top 50 global beer list varies between Beer Advocate and RateBeer. How could two different communities decide what is the top 50? Do you think that beer […]

October 31, 2012

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*I actually wrote this post before checking out the raw data on these two beers from RateBeer and Beer Advocate. I think this info is good to start with and it reinforces the picture much better* Cantillon Saint Lamvinus: Aged in oaken Burgundy wine barrels. RateBeer: 3.95/5.00 with 704 Ratings Beer Advocate: 97/100 with 395 Ratings Cantillon Fou’ […]

October 30, 2012

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More misinformation on how I handle trading. Clarification on how I trade almost 100% of the time: Half of my trades aren’t trades. They’re muling for friends and strangers. All I ask for is $5 for gas and packing materials and I do this regularly for anyone that asks. If you ask and I say […]

October 9, 2012

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I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and I love what a Belgian acquaintance of mine wrote on his beer reviewing profile. He reviews a lot of beer and sometimes, politics will get in the way and force us to state just how pointless this hobby is so that everyone realizes that these […]

July 17, 2012

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I don’t whip out the soap box often. In fact, I haven’t done a post like this since April 25th when I came clean about selling beer on eBay, squashed rumors and attempted unsuccessfully to bring the conversation full circle that we are the problem for inflated demand for “rare” beers and we should only […]

June 20, 2012

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My beer reviews on RateBeer look nice. I like them compared to the reviews from others. Not that I’m a great reviewer because I’m not. My palate is still developing and sometimes, I get lazy.  Most reviews on RateBeer are 1-2 sentences and it’s hard to find just the Taste or Smell notes from each. […]

June 5, 2012

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Maybe this isn’t worse. I agree on the negatives of selling via eBay. However, I see trades like this a lot and these tick me off more than anything. I’ve traded Shaun’s beers before. It’s my understanding he doesn’t like that either. I did it in a few trades in one weeks time and traded […]