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    Last night I stumbled upon some Lost Abbey stuff at my local Crown Liquors. Absolutely couldn't believe it. Picked up a 375 ml bottle of Angel's Share for a bit of coin, but I'm expecting it to be worth it. Also got a bomber of Amazing Grace ale. Never thought I would find this stuff here and my buddy and I were assuming we would have to road trip to Cali to get this.I went in there to get him a bottle of port to celebrate him taking the MCATs and walked out with this. Best trip to the liquor store ever.

    Anybody else a big fan of microbreweries?

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    Yep. Keystone Light always hits the spot for me.

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    Huge fan of the microbrews, but I do try to sample local stuff first and then branch out. I go to the Broad Ripple Brewfest every summer and went to the winterfest they had at the State Fairgrounds this winter too. One of the best beers I've ever had I had at the Winterfest this year. It's a small brewery in Ft. Wayne called Warbird. They make great stuff all around but their Mustang Ale is top flight.

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    My favorite Indiana brewery is Three Floyd's in Munster. Awesome lineup. Then you've got Stone, Bell's, but the best beer I've had to date was Founder's Breakfast Stout. Founder's also has a great lineup.

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    Just two blocks away from my office:

    Upland Brewing Co.

    I love their Wheat and Pale Ale

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    My favorite Indiana brewery is Three Floyd's in Munster. Awesome lineup. Then you've got Stone, Bell's, but the best beer I've had to date was Founder's Breakfast Stout. Founder's also has a great lineup.
    Their Russian Imperial Stout was rated best beer in the world about a year ago.

    I see it's down to #5, now that I look again:

    http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers.php

    I've only had a handful of the beers on this list. That leaves about 95 to find and enjoy.
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    Yes, Dark Lord. Sold one day a year usually in the spring. I wanted to go this year and couldn't make it.

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    Just two blocks away from my office:

    Upland Brewing Co.

    I love their Wheat and Pale Ale
    Upland is pretty good. My favorite part of going to that brewery though are the burgers in the restaurant.

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    The Old Rasputin is the only Russian Stout on that list I've had. There's one that's sold at many bars in Croatia (gov't sponsored vacation) called Tomislav that I wish they'd get exported.

    The Duvel, an ale from Belgium, is pretty commonly available in the states now. It's real nice...worth a try.

    Also, when I do beer belches, I can sound like I'm talking Klingon. Pretty fun.
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    I haven't been much of a beer man since my return from living in Germany. My favorite was this brew we used to get from southern Germany that had a smooth and a bit of a nutty taste called Brauhmenan Draft. It was a very potent brew, but tasted great and never was bitter regardless of its temperature. We used to drive the two hour trip and grab a keg or two every time a guy was going back to the states. Also some super fresh Guinness on tap was good, but it just doesn't taste the same here.

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    Upland is pretty good. My favorite part of going to that brewery though are the burgers in the restaurant.
    Excellent burgers, man.

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    Their Russian Imperial Stout was rated best beer in the world about a year ago.

    I see it's down to #5, now that I look again:

    http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers.php

    I've only had a handful of the beers on this list. That leaves about 95 to find and enjoy.
    I think I had this at the Broadripple Brewpub a couple months ago. It was phenomenal

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    I think I had this at the Broadripple Brewpub a couple months ago. It was phenomenal
    Hold up, WHAT?!?!?!?

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    What does everybody like in the summer?

    I'm partial to Goose Island 312 and Bell's Oberon when the weather turns hot.
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    312 is great. I know a lot of people who like Oberon, but I was really unimpressed when I had it. I thought it was worse than Leinekugel's Sunset Wheat. I also like Gumballhead which is Three Floyd's wheat beer.

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    Hold up, WHAT?!?!?!?
    My fault...I had a Russian Emperial Stout, but I don't know what brand. Didn't realize there was more than one

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    What does everybody like in the summer?

    I'm partial to Goose Island 312 and Bell's Oberon when the weather turns hot.
    Lienie's Honey Weiss.

    Or a Honey Bear - 1/2 Honey Weiss and 1/2 Berry Weiss.

    Living in Chicago, I find Goose Island to be very overrated.
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    Many of the companies are coming out with seasonal brews now....I'll usually sample whatever summer ales come out, maybe stock up on them if there's a deal going on at the store.
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    If anyone comes to Santa Monica/Venice, I'll take you to LIbrary Alehouse. Great beer, great food. Can't miss.
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    Leinies' Octoberfest is amazing for a seasonal beer.

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    http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/index.html

    Info on the Brewers of Indiana Guild Microbrewers Festival July 18th.

    Good time. For $30 you get to sample hundreds of the best beers Indiana Microbreweries have to offer, all in a souvenir glass.

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    Leinies' Octoberfest is amazing for a seasonal beer.
    Yes. Definitely their best brew - especailly since Northwoods is not being distributed these days. I'm not a fan of either their Sunset Wheat or Summer Shandy, and I don't like many of the summer seasons anymore. Their Oktoberfest is probably the best Oktoberfest not brewed in the mother country.
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    http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/index.html

    Info on the Brewers of Indiana Guild Microbrewers Festival July 18th.

    Good time. For $30 you get to sample hundreds of the best beers Indiana Microbreweries have to offer, all in a souvenir glass.
    Deal. I'm there.

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    Beer connoisseur? Isn't that along the lines of military intelligence?
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