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I get the same bad feeling in my stomach after a couple IPAs as you guys posted. I always wondered if it was the hops since stouts don't seem to do the same to me. I guess maybe it is the hops. But of course I keep drinking the IPAs despite the bad feeling. :)
I did the same for years and years and then I stopped drinking beer altogether for a while around four years ago when I was trying to lose some weight and figure out why I wasn't feeling great. I thought I might have a gluten allergy or sensitivity but the tests did not reveal any. Nonetheless, I felt much better when I wasn't drinking beer and I never realized how much discomfort I tolerated for the sake of beer until I stopped drinking it for a while.

I have had one or two from time to time since and I have noticed that I don't feel nearly as much discomfort when drinking lagers/pilsners, porters, stouts or wheat beers.

As I've posted before, I have gotten way into hard ciders, and they now make several hoppy ones; and even the craft hard seltzer makers are doing IPA style hard seltzers now. I can tolerate them better than I can tolerate hoppy beers, but I still can't have too many without feeling discomfort, which I attribute to the hops--again.
 
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Please name a few of the 100's of IPA's that are better, I'm looking for some new choices.
I didn't mean there were hundreds of IPAs better, just that I really agreed with the statement that you can find better beers in shops nowadays. If you're looking for some really good IPAs, have you tried any from American Solera and Short Throw? I don't recall those breweries mentioned in here but both have some really good IPAs readily available in CT shops
 
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Eh, why does every craft brewery have to aspire to national distribution? It definitely isn't about getting bought out by the giant breweries anymore & there is now lots of room for local beers to find a niche. The Alchemist & Heady is a bit more than that and certainly profited early from scarcity, but I don't know that they need to be on shelves even all across NE. I'd rather its harder to get and that I have a few on ski trips or occasional cans make their way to MA.
For example, Trillium is building multiple brew houses, buying farms in CT = making quite a bit of $ with no distribution. I think the couples that own the Alchemist and Trillium are doing quite well for themselves and I like the beer vibe (honest part of what we pay for) as smaller, actual & perceived quality implications of harder to get.
Oh I didn't mean it that way at all. I like how breweries don't distribute or don't distribute nationally - I am an Alchemist and Trillium fan so I get all that. I should have been clearer, I was just saying that are a lot of IPAs/beers you can get in stores that are better in 2020
 
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i’m sticking with sixpoint brewery resin, my final answer. clearly not an everyday beer, but my favorite double ipa. bell’s hopslam is similar but way too syrupy.
 
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I did the same for years and years and then I stopped drinking beer altogether for a while around four years ago when I was trying to lose some weight and figure out why I wasn't feeling great. I thought I might have a gluten allergy or sensitivity but the tests did not reveal any. Nonetheless, I felt much better when I wasn't drinking beer and I never realized how much discomfort I tolerated for the sake of beer until I stopped drinking it for a while.

I have had one or two from time to time since and I have noticed that I don't feel nearly as much discomfort when drinking lagers/pilsners, porters, stouts or wheat beers.

As I've posted before, I have gotten way into hard ciders, and they now make several hoppy ones; and even the craft hard seltzer makers are doing IPA style hard seltzers now. I can tolerate them better than I can tolerate hoppy beers, but I still can't have too many without feeling discomfort, which I attribute to the hops--again.
This reminds me of when my youngest son was 3.5 years old. It was a cold spring day, but the outdoor ice cream place had just opened for the season so we got cones. He was shivering, looked up and said ‘Dad, the ice cream is hurting me!’ Then he resumed eating ice cream.
 

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Took a ride to Tree House today. Waited in an hour long car line, but they have the set up down pat - it went as fast and smooth as possible. I was surprised to see license plates from NY, NJ, NH, Penn, VT. I'm thinking The Alchemist may be more legendary, but that Tree House has better overall product. Picked up a mix pack of 24 IPA's - Jjjuliusss, Green, Haze, and Sap - and a jug of their apple cider. For a 35 minute ride, I will be there much more often now.
 

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Eh, why does every craft brewery have to aspire to national distribution? It definitely isn't about getting bought out by the giant breweries anymore & there is now lots of room for local beers to find a niche. The Alchemist & Heady is a bit more than that and certainly profited early from scarcity, but I don't know that they need to be on shelves even all across NE. I'd rather its harder to get and that I have a few on ski trips or occasional cans make their way to MA.
For example, Trillium is building multiple brew houses, buying farms in CT = making quite a bit of $ with no distribution. I think the couples that own the Alchemist and Trillium are doing quite well for themselves and I like the beer vibe (honest part of what we pay for) as smaller, actual & perceived quality implications of harder to get.
Couldn't agree more. This is why I stopped drinking Sip of Sunshine. When it was hard to find/attain, it was much more fun to drink. I know it's great, but there's many great beers now. When they started selling it in Stop & Shop and people I know who had no clue about beer started drinking it, I quit it. I haven't had Sip in years...good riddance. Note to brewers - don't be greedy.

I really hope Heady and Focal are not being distributed to CT. This will ruin the beer. I love the experience of having to go to Burlington 1-2x a year to load up. Good things should be hard to find.
 
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Are they being distributed by The Alchemist, or is someone just taking a ride to VT and selling them in CT?
It's all sanctioned. A bunch of different package stores got it in, although I just read an instagram post saying that the distributer is warning that they're not getting another shipment in until December.
 

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It's all sanctioned. A bunch of different package stores got it in, although I just read an instagram post saying that the distributer is warning that they're not getting another shipment in until December.
I am a huge beer drinker/fan, and I think this is terrible. I hope they really limit the distribution. Kimmiche said he would not sell out or distribute this far. Although I will give him a pass if he's doing this to get through the pandemic without letting any employees go.
 
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Couldn't agree more. This is why I stopped drinking Sip of Sunshine. When it was hard to find/attain, it was much more fun to drink. I know it's great, but there's many great beers now. When they started selling it in Stop & Shop and people I know who had no clue about beer started drinking it, I quit it. I haven't had Sip in years...good riddance. Note to brewers - don't be greedy.

I really hope Heady and Focal are not being distributed to CT. This will ruin the beer. I love the experience of having to go to Burlington 1-2x a year to load up. Good things should be hard to find.
Do you honestly drink beer and think “Wow this would taste so much better if it was harder to find!”
 

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Do you honestly drink beer and think “Wow this would taste so much better if it was harder to find!”
Absolutely...maybe I'm different. To me, the craft beers are partly about exclusivity and being hard to find/attain...in addition to the quality and flavor. Sip of Sunshine is good, but it's so basic now. It's kinda like that hot girl in high school that you want to hook up with - until you find out your buddy already did. Not so hot anymore. Or when you find an awesome pair of sneakers and your boy show ups wearing them after he saw you in them already.
 
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Absolutely...maybe I'm different. To me, the craft beers are partly about exclusivity and being hard to find/attain...in addition to the quality and flavor. Sip of Sunshine is good, but it's so basic now. It's kinda like that hot girl in high school that you want to hook up with - until you find out your buddy already did. Not so hot anymore. Or when you find an awesome pair of sneakers and your boy show ups wearing them after he saw you in them already.
Interesting analogies. Is this the same buddy putting his foot and his ___ into the respective sneakers and high school girl? Do you throw out the sneakers?
The chase and finding the beer is part of the fun, but once I've been to the brewery assuming I had a good experience I become a fan of the brand.
 

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Absolutely...maybe I'm different. To me, the craft beers are partly about exclusivity and being hard to find/attain...in addition to the quality and flavor. Sip of Sunshine is good, but it's so basic now. It's kinda like that hot girl in high school that you want to hook up with - until you find out your buddy already did. Not so hot anymore. Or when you find an awesome pair of sneakers and your boy show ups wearing them after he saw you in them already.
 

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The beer at the XL is infinitely better than the beer at Gampel.
The beer at XL is better than any sporting event I attend. In addition to the basics at various sizes, they have Hooker, 2 Roads, City Steam, and Counter Weight (all in tall cans).
 
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In cleaning out my survival silo, I found a 6-pak of ale that must be at least 5 (probly 10) yrs old. Do you connoissurs think it's 'safe' to drink (ie, w/o a mule kick or worse), or is it destined for the soap suds pile.
 
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In cleaning out my survival silo, I found a 6-pak of ale that must be at least 5 (probly 10) yrs old. Do you connoissurs think it's 'safe' to drink (ie, w/o a mule kick or worse), or is it destined for the soap suds pile.
I just had some beers recently that had to be 5 years old and they were fine.
 

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In cleaning out my survival silo, I found a 6-pak of ale that must be at least 5 (probly 10) yrs old. Do you connoissurs think it's 'safe' to drink (ie, w/o a mule kick or worse), or is it destined for the soap suds pile.
What beer is it? Where was it stored?

I've had beers hold up for more than 20 years if not exposed to light or temperature extremes. If it was hoppy beer, the hops help act as a preservative; but they mellow over time and the beer will likely taste maltier/sweeter as a result.
 

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In cleaning out my survival silo, I found a 6-pak of ale that must be at least 5 (probly 10) yrs old. Do you connoissurs think it's 'safe' to drink (ie, w/o a mule kick or worse), or is it destined for the soap suds pile.
Nothing dangerous can happen inside of a beer can, but nothing good will happen either.

It will likely just taste off.
 
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Nothing dangerous can happen inside of a beer can, but nothing good will happen either.

It will likely just taste off.
I dunno, my company did one of those beer making things (Hopsters) two years ago, they delivered the beers to our offices and a bunch of us took between a week and 3 months to bring them home. No preservatives so they were supposed to have been kept cold. Mine were home within 10 days, then kept medium cold in garage. The first few were ok, but after about 3 weeks and 3 spit-take sips I emptied more beers than any non-keg dumping in my lifetime.
Very possible the beer you make there sucks, but bad beer became putrid.
 
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What beer is it? Where was it stored?

I've had beers hold up for more than 20 years if not exposed to light or temperature extremes. If it was hoppy beer, the hops help act as a preservative; but they mellow over time and the beer will likely taste maltier/sweeter as a result.

Mystic River / Cottrell bottles, in basement - cool / dark.

I opend a similar bottle some years ago that was storesd in a fridge. It slowly foamed over for 30 minutes. Seemed like alcohol content was higher.
 

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Mystic River / Cottrell bottles, in basement - cool / dark.

I opend a similar bottle some years ago that was storesd in a fridge. It slowly foamed over for 30 minutes. Seemed like alcohol content was higher.
Yeah I don't expect that one would be worth drinking any more. It was decent in its day but that day has long passed.
 

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