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Quick beer review - Nathan
April 18th, 2004
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Quick beer review
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale: What Newcastle would be if it grew a pair.

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From:fyfer
Date:April 18th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Newcastle seems so variable. Someone pointed out that their bottled stuff is often not so great. I wonder if it's because of the clear glass? Anyway, is that a local-to-NE beer or something I have a hope of finding out here?

Do you guys have New Belgium Brewing Co beers back there? (Fat Tire is the most common.)
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From:nathanw
Date:April 18th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Clear glass bottles are generally considered a bad thing for beer, which doesn't help Newcastle any (brown glass, and to a lesser extent green glass, block UV that breaks down some of the hop resins into molecules that produce that "skunky" character. Unfortunately, such UV can often be found in the fluorescent lighting of store coolers).

Dogfish Head is a brewery in Delaware; they mostly distribute on the East Coast but seem to have a little California presence at TJ's and Stone Brewing (see www.dogfish.com). They make fascinating beers; their most pedestrian product is the "Shelter Pale Ale" and it's great. They do a lot of wacky high-end stuff, too. The 120-minute IPA and World Wide Stout are expensive, insanely strong beers (in the 20% ABV range), and are one of the reasons I think it's worth $25 to go to beer festivals and do tastings. Try 'em all!

I'm not sure if we have New Belgium around here or not. Fat Tire certainly *sounds* familiar. I'll look around the next time I'm somewhere well-stocked.
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From:fyfer
Date:April 18th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I knew UV was an issue, but I wasn't sure which things broke down. I should read more. :-)
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