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    Had a couple those draft Sierra Nevada Oktoberfests yesterday. Was originally planning to have just one, but it was too good. A local restaurant/bar has a deal with Sierra Nevada Brewery over the hill in Chico, California, and have always featured kegs of their beers, with pints half price during happy hour every day. The restaurant even collaborated on a proprietary beer only sold in the restaurant, AFAIK. I tried it once. It was a good IPA. But then Sierra Nevada is a good brewery.
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    a few years back, my wife and I took every Oktoberfest beer we could find (about 6 Germans and 10 US) and did a series of double-blind evaluations...

    we were shocked at the winner


    we will have to put that winner up against this Sierra Nevada/German partner brew since the SN was not around back then
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    I sampled this Burley Oak DIPA which used Gorrila Snacks, a code term for sticky terpenes. When I think terpenes, I think about dank cannabis or lemon haze for example. Damn this beer tastes like super lemon haze cannabis in a glass. Unique and excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    a few years back, my wife and I took every Oktoberfest beer we could find (about 6 Germans and 10 US) and did a series of double-blind evaluations...

    we were shocked at the winner


    we will have to put that winner up against this Sierra Nevada/German partner brew since the SN was not around back then
    Who won? I've never been able to find 16 Oktoberfest beers at one time.

    A local casino is having an Oktoberfest celebration in a couple weeks. Not all their beers are of the Oktoberfest variety, but they usually have some regional and foreign beers that you don't often see in the local brewpubs or stores. I will drop by and see if they are as overcome with stupidity as they were last year, when they wanted everyone to stand in one line to buy tickets and another line to purchase beer with tickets. If cash doesn't buy beer there, I will go where cash still works. A local brewery is having a punk oktoberfest next month, and while I'm not a big fan of punk, I like beer.
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    Punk as in Punkin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    Who won? I've never been able to find 16 Oktoberfest beers at one time.
    Samuel Adams was the winner over all the Germans and Americans

    if I can find the paperwork, I'll list the ones we double-blind tested
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    Samuel Adams was the winner over all the Germans and Americans

    if I can find the paperwork, I'll list the ones we double-blind tested
    The Sam Adams Octoberfest is surprisingly good. I had one at a bar last week that had it on special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    Samuel Adams was the winner over all the Germans and Americans

    if I can find the paperwork, I'll list the ones we double-blind tested
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    The Sam Adams Octoberfest is surprisingly good. I had one at a bar last week that had it on special.
    I'll second (or third) that! The Sam Adams Octoberfest is one of my very favorite beers, and certainly one of the best Octoberfests I've ever tasted.

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    Love Octoberfest beers, this is always my fav part of the year, coinciding with football season. Love Sam Adams, it is a nice autumnal mead which is full bodied and malty--Dilly Dilly! Also love Leinenkugel's, and Schlafly's versions. Will have to try the Sierra Nevada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Love Octoberfest beers, this is always my fav part of the year, coinciding with football season. Love Sam Adams, Leinenkugel's, and Schlafly's versions. Will have to try the Sierra Nevada.
    Same here.

    Although I haven't had Schlafly's, unfortunately. If I ever come across it, I'll be sure to give it a try now. Same for the Sierra Nevada.

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    ^ Is that the Schlafly's No Sex Ballcrusher Because We Love Jesus Octoberfest? Sorry, haven't had it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ Is that the Schlafly's No Sex Ballcrusher Because We Love Jesus Octoberfest? Sorry, haven't had it...
    That one was not involved in the beer biz, if I get your drift, thankfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ Is that the Schlafly's No Sex Ballcrusher Because We Love Jesus Octoberfest? Sorry, haven't had it...
    I had to google to find out what you meant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Different Schlafly family if I get your drift, thankfully.
    Actually, I think they are related, but...shall we say, incongruent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    I had to google to find out what you meant.
    Most of my jokes take a little work. I'm still surprised no one has picked up on my alucard joke in the RIO 2018 thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Actually, I think they are related, but...shall we say, incongruent.
    Yeah, I had corrected my post. The founder is a nephew (I thought it was a more distant connection) but I'm pretty confidant that they were not in sync politically given what I know about him. And I think Phyllis sued to try to stop them from using the name to sell beer.
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    ok, cant find the papers but off the top of my head I know we included these breweries

    Spaten
    Paulaner
    Weihenstephaner (had to goog the spelling)
    Warsteiner
    Hacker-Pschorr
    and other Germans

    I cant remember all the Merc Fests but there were a bunch and Sam Adams came out on top after several rounds
    we could not believe it (Sams has never won for any style)
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Love Octoberfest beers, this is always my fav part of the year, coinciding with football season. Love Sam Adams, it is a nice autumnal mead which is full bodied and malty--Dilly Dilly! Also love Leinenkugel's, and Schlafly's versions. Will have to try the Sierra Nevada.
    I agree with the Leini's and Sierra Nevada versions too. Both quite tasty. Here in Kalamazoo Bell's Octoberfest is king, but to be honest I think it is rather average. Bell's does not make anything that is bad, but it is pretty middle of the road.

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    I selected all singles in a six pack. The other 5 are:
    “[They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.”

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    nice haul!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    I selected all singles in a six pack. The other 5 are:
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    I tried one of these a few weeks ago:


    https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/beer/hopzeit/

    Not a true Oktoberfest, but a hoppier version of the Märzenbier available seasonally (Aug-Oct) by Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon. A more bitter Oktoberfest, if you will. I found it tasty.

    I was in a liquor store recently and they had only two Oktoberfest beers, Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. But there are other liquor stores, and it is still September.
    Last edited by spellbound; 09-28-2018 at 03:09 PM.
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    Thanks, Alan. I might have to look for that one.

    I've got Summit's Oktoberfest in the fridge right now. It's not the greatest Oktoberfest I've ever had but it's done well enough. In Beer Advocate's description of the style, this sentence struck me as the best definition/experience of the style "Best enjoyed by the half liter in a Bavarian beer garden". It is also important that there is oompah music in the background and the brew is served by sassy women who know how to lead a cheer/chant of "Ein Prosit"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerol
    It is also important that there is oompah music in the background and the brew is served by sassy women who know how to lead a cheer/chant of "Ein Prosit"
    Can I substitute motorik Krautrock and stunning California Girls?
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    Nope, tradition is everything with this stuff. Just be glad that lederhosen are not required.

    We used to go to a wild Oktoberfest in NE Minneapolis. This German restaurant had a massive parking lot and they'd put up a big tent for late Sept/early Oct weekends. Four or five brews on tap, half liter steins that we always took home, pork chops on grill, and a band playing polkas. Family seating, everyone mixing. They'd close the tent at 10:00 pm and hustle everyone inside (residential neighborhood - gotta be a good neighbor) and a new band would take over downstairs. The downstairs had an intensity of a punk bar, sort of a polka moshpit. We'd stagger out of there at midnight and take a couple days to recover.
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    This is much smaller, but I'll check it out again this year:

    Oktoberfest

    I have seen some pretty ladies there in traditional German bier waitress garb.
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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