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The varied peoples of Middle-earth at times found unity in their pursuits, and all too often experienced deep rifts. Engage in lively conversations as we banter about the differences between the Alliances, and recruit for our People as well. Remember, keep it friendly.

Postby Rwryan » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:12 am

Has anyone tried the so called "Pilsener"?

There are a lot lager and beers of different types here in central Europe. Especially in Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria. One who call himself beer-fan should definitely try some. Their unique characteristic is the quailty of being "perfectly drinkable". Sweet flavour supplemented with strong effect.

So you are all invited to gather around the fireplace and have a pint of beer.
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Postby Khor » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:14 pm

MMmmm.... beer..... Yes Rwryn, the Czech Republic has some of the best lagers! I do like Zatec, and if I'm in Prague, then its U Fleku Dark lager!

I'd like to check out one of these Alexander Keith's too!
And I need to get back into homebrewing...

Now, let's talk IPA (India Pale Ale)...
Every year in the United States they have the national college basketball championship playoffs, fondly called 'March Madness'. Well, Brewing News took the concept into the beer realm with the U.S. National IPA Championships. I'm backing the Lost Coast Indica IPA & the Deschutes Inversion IPA because I know them to be good. I've had the Lagunitas IPA too, but for some reason didn't care so much for it. I saw another good one I've had, Diamond Knot IPA, on there but was eliminated by Leatherlips. And I see that Hop Ottin IPA, which I didn't care for, made it to round 2. I would love to try the rest...

So, round one is passed and they are down to the "Sweet Sixteen". After round 2 on March 1st, they will be down to the "Great Eight", and after round 3 on March 5th they will be down to the "Final Four". The winners of this round will go "head-to-head" in the final championship round on March 8th. I doubt my two west coast brews will fare too well though as the judging is done in the east. Good fun though!
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Postby Dunthule » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:15 am

An IPA tourney!! What fun. 8)
I looked and sadly must admit that I have not tried any of the remaining 16 brews. I guess I'll have to change that! :drink:
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Postby gothicus » Thu May 08, 2008 10:51 am

Hey, has anyone tried this Beewythced stuff. I've seen it is about for a while, but only bought some th other day. Its well nice!

It got me thinking on what the best things other than hops with which to flavour a brew, like heather, honey, spices that kind of thing.

Anyone got any thoughts?
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Postby Arassuil » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:28 pm

gothicus wrote:Hey, has anyone tried this Beewythced stuff. I've seen it is about for a while, but only bought some th other day. Its well nice!

It got me thinking on what the best things other than hops with which to flavour a brew, like heather, honey, spices that kind of thing.

Anyone got any thoughts?

Can't say I've tried Beewyched, but I have tried Bee Sting Honey Wheat beer which is quite a good drop. Barons Black Wattle Seed Spiced ale is quite good too. As a sometimes homebrewer, it's quite fun to experiment at times. I made a golden ale that had a dash of cloves in it and was quite tasty. Then again, sometimes a good English ale such as Old Speckled Hen or Spitfire is whats needed to hit the spot.
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Postby mithrandir111 » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:46 am

I am an amateur connosieur of the magnificence that is ale, beer and lager but I am currently working my way through traditional English Ales and some of them are just amazing e.g. Golden glory
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Postby Arassuil » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:46 pm

Wow! Somebody posted after a month! Ah yes, Englise ales! I'm sipping down a glass of Fullers ESB now as I type! Haven't tried Golden Glory myself, but have had the Harvestoun Old Engine Oil and Bitter & Twisted, both ares quite a nice drop.
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Postby Dunthule » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:01 am

I'm thinking of starting another batch of beer.
Does anyone out there brew your own beer and have a suggestion?
Perhaps a good lager or porter?
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Postby Arassuil » Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:35 pm

I have brewed in the past and plan to again! If it were me, I'd start a porter or a spiced porter. Love the dark brews.
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Postby Arassuil » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:07 pm

Things being rather tight here, I got some used equipment from a friend and have set down a simple store-bought tin of Cooper's Dark Ale. I'm hoping it stays cool enough to ferment ok.
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Postby Arassuil » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:50 pm

The Coopers turned out alright.

Since this is a Beer drinkers Guild and not a Brewers Guild, Let me mention in my third post in a row that some of the best beer is the Mt Tamborine line! Love the Bitter!
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Postby Dunthule » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:53 am

Hey, did anyone drink some Irish beer yesterday as part of the St Patty's Day celebration??
I did, though nothing green. :P
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Postby Arassuil » Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:02 am

Irish? No. But I have to say I found a brew worthy of taking the Stout crown away from Guinness. Its Eagle Heights Stout. At 11.5% ABV, its really a barleywine, but it has all the character and body that a good stout should. Its a microbrew and will not get out of the local area, but it has to be something like what the original Irish Guinness had to be like.
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Postby Arassuil » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:51 pm

Its bad form to post after yourself, but I was thinking of starting a Beer Brewers Guild. Wonder if there would be any interest.
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Postby Lanastus » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:54 pm

I are beer drinking heavy is possible for me to join?
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Postby Dunthule » Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:36 pm

Arassuil wrote:Its bad form to post after yourself, but I was thinking of starting a Beer Brewers Guild. Wonder if there would be any interest.


Yes, though I don't frequent TORC that often anymore.
But count me in Arassuil!
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Postby Arassuil » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:01 am

Hey great! Thanks Dunthule! And Lanastus, I'm sure you can join right in as this guild seems to be free right now. I'll work on a Brewers Guild start somewhere between working on an Arnor Confederacy and seeing about getting a new RP off the ground and writing to the RPs I'm currently involved in. Sometimes I think I bite off more than I can chew, but its all good!

Long live Feral Hop Hog and Razorback, and Bridge Roads Galaxy! :D
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Postby portia » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:21 pm

There is a new show on the travel channel about craft beers. The program was mostly about Dogfish Head. I could only watch part, but it seemed interesting.,
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Postby Dunthule » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:09 pm

Yes. I first heard of Dogfish some years ago
ANd I believe they were featured with a few other US micro-breweries in the movie 'Beer, Inc'.
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Postby Pandora » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:12 am

Blimey. Alliances and Guilds doesn't get much foot traffic eh..! It's been months since the last post, yet this thread is still on page 1!!!

Anyway. BEER.

I love beer. :love: I have been to beer festivals. In the UK and abroad! My favourite has to be the biggie - the Great British Beer Festival (http://gbbf.camra.org.uk), run every year by CAMRA (CAMpaign for Real Ale), in Earl's Court, London. This year, I have to admit, was pretty good for me - I drank a whopping 20 different beers (half-pints) over the course of 5 hours! :Q One of the best things about this beer festival is that not only do you get to taste a wonderful selection of beers from microbreweries from all over the UK, but some beers from the rest of the world as well - IamMoose, there was one bottled beer from America I tried last year called Moose Drool http://www.bigskybrew.com/Our_Beers/Moose_Drool that was quite good - I think you'd like it! This years winners in the name stakes had to be Raging B*tch and Arrogant B**tard (without the stars, obviously)!

Also, there is a British beer company called BrewDog http://www.brewdog.com that does some really spectacular beers, available now all over the world. They have opened a few specialist pubs around the UK, and I can't wait til the one in Camden, London, opens later this year! They are also known for brewing the world's strongest beer, Sink The Bismarck! at a whopping 41%. Sadly, I have yet to try this (it was a limited edition), but have tried their previous record-holder, at 32%, which goes by the rather fabulous name of Tactical Nuclear Penguin :D It was awesome! Had to sip it from a shot glass... Made a great, unusual Christmas present for my Dad two years ago.

In fact, I love BrewDog so much I recently became an investor... I have faith in the amazingness of the Beer!

Anyway. Beer rules. Just sayin'.

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Postby Arassuil » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:11 am

Sounds like a great beer festival Pandora!

Last weekend I attended 'Armakeggon' at the one of the very few decent beer bars in Brisbane, The Archive Beer Boutique. Had some AMAZING beers! With the exception of several of the fine Kekkeller brews from Norway, the rest were Australian craft brews.

  • Bridge Roads Galaxy Single Hop India Pale Ale
  • Bacchus Cunning Ninja Imperial Black India Pale Ale
  • Holgate UXB (UneXplodedBomb)
  • Kooinda Full Nelson Black IPA
  • Invercargill Men'nskurrts Scottish Ale
  • 4 Pines Rye Pale Ale
  • Holgate Chocolate Temptress


Just to name a few. I think my favourite was the Cunning Ninja, though the Chocolate Temptress on hand-pump was lovely!

I've heard of Moose Drool. Made by the same people who make Big Sky IPA! Would like to visit them one day.

Beer Rulz!
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Postby Dunthule » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:17 am

Great international, national and local beers here this weekend at the Cincinnati Oktoberfest.

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/ :drink:
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Postby Kaya » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:52 am

Being Belgian, it's genetic to love a good beer, I guess. (not that one needs an excuse, but I say it's a good one ;) ). According to wikipedia, we even drink on average 93 liters of beer per year. :shock:

We have around 125 breweries which is not too bad for such a tiny country, and a few of our beers are still brewed by (or under control of) Monks. Like the Westmalle

I'm especially fond of Kriek (made with cherries) which is delightful on a hot summer's day, and others like Kasteelbier, Palm (especially the Dobbel Palm, which is brewed only in November and December) and a good Duvel now and then. :drink:

When is that specialist pub in London going to open, Pandora? I'll be visiting in the early days of November, and discovering new beers seems like a good thing to do during that holiday. :D
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Postby Dunthule » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:37 am

I love the Belgium beers Kaya.
I hope to visit and tour a few of the breweries some day. :)
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Postby Pandora » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:46 am

Kaya, it should be open late September / early October apparently - so should definitely be open by the time you arrive in November! Message me on facebook with the dates and I'll give you my number - I think a drink might be in order :D
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Postby Arassuil » Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:29 am

kaya wrote:I'm especially fond of Kriek (made with cherries) which is delightful on a hot summer's day


My wife loves Bel-Vue Kriek on tap at the Belgian Beer Cafe here in Brisbane. It's the only place we can get it.

I hope to get to Belgium one day. Good beer and lots of family battlefield history from world war 1 and 2.

Sounds like a lovely bar Pandora! Hope you and Kaya can get together for a beer! :)
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Postby scotspine » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:38 pm

I am Scotspine..one of the last ENTS

I am searching for ENTWIFELOST

Have you seen her?
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Postby Dunthule » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:14 pm

Well Scotspine, any luck finding ENTWIFELOST?
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Postby Arassuil » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:59 pm

Wow, an oldbie spammer... :nono: :P

Back to beer.... Thursday is "growler" day at teh Archive Bar in Brisbane's West End! 1.88 litres (½ gallon) of the best craft brew on tap to take home and enjoy! :)
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Postby Dunthule » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:06 pm

Sounds great Arassuil. Sooo, did you take any home? What type?

We have something similar here in Cincinnati. Love it!
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