D'You want hops for hops sake or hops for flavor?<br><br>
The legendary Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA [DFH :120] is perhaps the hoppiest there is, at 120 IBU and 20% alcohol. But it is NASTY!!!<br><br>
What Maverick's, Jaws or Teahupo'o are to Big Wave Surfers; DFH :120 is to Hop-Heads ... You have to do it, to say you did it, but you're not doing it every day.<br><br>
I dial it down with the 60-Minute [DFH :60] as my daily, or Victory HopDevil. Stone IPA is nice [Stone Ruination is mega-hopped like DFH :120; listen to the showdown between DFH and Stone on "Speaking of Beer" - podcast #32].<br><br>
Locally, you have Smuttynose, Magic Hat [which I heard are discontuing Blind Faith], Harpoon ...<br><br>
If you can find Lagunitas IPA from Cali that's good, too.
I'm not the most knowledgeable beer drinker, but I'll try just about anything. Sure enjoyed taste-testing in the U.K., Ireland, and The Netherlands. Not too hepped up on the fruity ones, though. Just seems wrong.<br><br>
To answer La T's question, I swear by a Guinness or other stout (Guinness is a stout; right?) pre-race. Ran a PR marathon in Boston last year, a PR HM around the same time, with this day-before prep. Oh, and I'd have a beer with La Tortuga any ol' time.<br><br>
Not sure I want it <i>right</i> at the finish, but fairly soon thereafter. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Any recommendations, RandMart, on British Columbia beer? Anyone?
Rogue, from Portland, is as close as I can get, off the top of my head.<br><br>
Oh, wait, there was one on SoB ... gimme a minute ... <a href="http://www.speakingofbeer.com/2007/10/25/show-39-hop-a-palooza-episode-2-the-return-of-evo-terra/" target="_blank">Granville Island Whitecaps IPA.</a><br><br>
It stuck in my mind because, not only did the guys like it, but the guy got two (2) 22 oz. bottles for $5 in a 7-11.
Belgians, IPAs, Cream Stouts, Cream Ales. Aside from the American macro swill, I've never met a beer style I didn't like or did not find any redeeming qualities.<br><br>
For BC beer, Spinnaker's in Victoria brews up some good ones. There's also a decent brewpub in Yaletown...I forget the name of it.
Not that this lower 48'er isn't somewhat familiar w/Vancouver, but the name is Yaletown brewery......closest place in the Northwest to get decent poutine.<br><br>
I'm a big believer in a glass of suds the night before if you aren't having a glass of wine.....after the race.....little tiny bubbles form Epernay or Reims.
Poutine? Who makes that? I can't find it on ratebeer.com.<br><br>
Huh? Oh. No way! That's dis-gusting!<br><blockquote></blockquote><b><i>Poutine</i></b> is a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with gravy and sometimes other additional ingredients. The freshness of the curds is important as it makes them soft in the warm fries, without completely melting. It is a quintessential Canadian comfort food, especially but not exclusively among Québécois.
<i>Is there a Ted Le Nugente song called "Ween Deen Sweet Poutine?"</i>
I thought Velveeta was recycled into lawn chairs. Or vice versa. Can't remember. <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Poutine is a once-in-a-blue-moon pleasure. If it's possible, the deprivation makes the frites taste even better.<br><br>
So, Hobey, don't be frightened. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> C'mon, I'll share mine.
I'm confused ... what's one got to do with the other?<br><br>
I like beer. I like good beer. It is the lubricant of my soul. It is my fuel. I love and study it.<br><br>
Cheese? Huh? Ask someone else.<br><br>
By the same point; I love bicycles. They got me from school to work and home when we were poor. Other kids had cars. I had a car - a '75 Vega. I sold it to buy a bike.<br><br>
Cheese is an adhesive. It binds my sandwiches to the bread. It makes my omlettes something slightly more than scrambled eggs. Cheese allows me to use something resembling a wood-working tool at 7AM on a Sunday morning. But, my level of scrunity, is way, way down.<br><br>
That being said, I present:<br><br><a href="http://www.phespirit.info/montypython/cheese_shop.htm" target="_blank">The Cheese Shop</a><br><br><i><b>MOUSEBENDER</b>:</i> <i>Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?.</i><br><i><b>WENSLEYDALE</b>:</i> <i>Not today, sir, no.</i>
Its about the ingredients and the process in which it is made...lets look at it like this:<br>
Chimay= finely made cheese, perhaps double cream aged cheddar<br><br>
Velvetta= Bud light or Coors light...ultra pasteurized for the unbeliever<br><br>
I'd hardly ever knock someone for their taste in beer, hell I love Miller High Life on a hot summer day when mowing the grass, after all it is the champagne of beers.
My point was that the things I care about, I care about deeply. Cheese does not fall in that category. Cheese is a laminate.<br><br>
Now, there are people who want everything that they use, touch, taste, read, and know about to be what <i>others</i> have decided that are the best.<br><br>
These people suck. I have no tolerance for them. Knowledge is no substitute for learning.<br><br>
Ahhhh, you've opened the <a href="http://400beers.blogspot.com/2007/06/3-way-dance.html" target="_blank">LawnMower Beer</a> discussion ... well done.
I'm a spoiled microbrew snob here in Fort Collins; wheat beers in particular. The one race that every beer loving runner must run:<br><br><a href="http://www.horsetoothhalfmarathon.com/raceinformation.html" target="_blank">Horsetooth Half Marathon</a><br><br>
Hi Randy and all.<br>
90 minute IPA is my favorite. I have not tried the 120, saw it but bypassed it.<br>
60 minute just doesn't cut it, gotta be 90.<br><br>
I brought home a variety while I was at Mom's over Thanksgiving in DE<br>
They were out of 90 minute believe it or not so I tried Troegs Troeganator Double Bock, Strohs Double IPA and the Victory Hop Devil. The last was my least favorite. I can actually get the Stroh's here at my local beer distributor so happy about that. My brother brought me a six of Duck Rabbit Porter for Christmas from NC. He wanted to bring Imperial Stout but could not find it.<br>
It was delicious too. Are you seeing a trend here? I prefer the higher ABV beers. My local store carries 24 oz Rogue breweries bottles. I like trying those too. The Mocha Porter and the Chocolate Stout are faves.<br><br><br>
DFH :90 is a bit much on the ABV for a daily. Plus the $$$ factor.<br><br>
You like the <a href="http://400beers.blogspot.com/2005/12/tregs-hopback-amber-ale.html" target="_blank">Tröegs</a> do you? Although I can get it in NJ any time, I only partake when I'm in riding in Hershey and it's on tap.<br><br>
Rogue's Chocolate Stout is very good, but to me the benchmark is Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout; a.k.a. <a href="http://400beers.blogspot.com/2005/12/brooklyn-black-chocolate-stout.html" target="_blank">BBChocoStout</a>.<br><br>
DFH Worldwide Stout has <i>insane</i> ABV - 18%, I believe - but is like $8 per 12 oz. bottle.