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by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

and shout the loudest in a screaming match and everyone will hear you. or will they? doesn't hurt to try something different. just ask Left Field. their styles don't excite me, but you can't question their marketing/concept. did they set out to be best in class or did they just try to wear a funny ...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

That's not logical because you're assuming that if they had played it safe with their initial beer style that they would have hit a home run. Do you really think they'd have been better off or received more notoriety if they had started out with a blond ale? It is hard to produce great beer of any ...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ken Gossman net worth $800 million
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Definitely the richest guy i have ever had a few beers with.
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

Mark, regarding using aggregate sites as a purchasing guide, I've already said twice, that I think that's just fine. But I have a serious problem with you calling out three breweries by name, two of which you've never had, based on descriptions you've read. You can think that's okay, but I sure don...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

Just reading through the latest comments and realizing that there hasn't been this much healthy, substantive debate on here in a while. It's always good to take stock of where our beer scene is at and try to envision what could be done better. Hopefully some of our brewers read these comments and t...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

Re: and such as.

Some really great innovators like Mikkeller are 'gypsy' brewers. His Beer Geek Brunch 'Weasel' is - literally - the cat's ass. The motivation for renting & not owning the bricks-and-mortar facilty can be a very correct reason, like creative freedom with less financial pressure to compromise. Su...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

Mark, Thanks for proving my point. You admit to knowing nothing about a brewery, I'm guessing based on geography you've never had their product, and yet, you're willing to publicly trash them as being gimmicky, based on reading reviews? Well done. This is EXACTLY what I'm talking about, in terms of...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

A gimmick beer is throwing a bunch pf crap in a beer and hoping it tastes good... And even if it doesnt taste good, try to sell it anyways because it is "kooky" and "unique." Avant garde is actually making something unique that tastes good. As i keep saying, i am not interested i...
by markaberrant
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

Mark, While I will also defend Bush Pilot and Spearhead, if you're bound to hating on contract brewing, there's not much to be said. But Radical Road is a contract brewery, in that it's Simon and John, brewing on the same brewhouse they use EVERY DAY at Black Oak, but producing a product where they...
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

are you talking about contract, brewpub or brewery? and i sort of agree with you. sort of. but it isn't like an all-brett blonde is any different than a regular blonde. I'm talking about making good beer, don't care what the setting is. It is all about minimizing variables, can't stress this enough...
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

bringing it back to Ontario and Chris's point: there is nothing innovative about all of these new Ontario breweries putting out a stout or an "ale" as their first 1-3 releases. waiting for someone to be daring and to start off by releasing something cool, like a gose. or, hey! an all-bret...
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

atom, there have been breweries who go after it with their first release. Radical Road started with a barrel-aged wee heavy, Bush Pilot started with a barley wine aged in Calvados that had like 20 ingredients and Spearhead started with a pineapple IPA. I didn't particularly like any of those beers....
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

We'll have to agree to disagree here because I don't view the average passionate beer geek on BA/RB/Untappd to be part of "the ignorant masses." A major reason why I respect the "meta" opinion of BAers and RBers is because the reviews come from thousands of people like yourself ...
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 18354

You guys are leaps and bounds ahead of where you were a few years ago. But it is the old classic where you always want more of what you don't have. The more craft beer I drink, the more I want quality, fresh, local beer. I don't even really care what style it is. I crave quality and freshness, and t...
by markaberrant
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Craft Beer in the Federal Budget
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Pretty sure craft brewers weren't paying any attention to this outdated regulation anyways...

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