The Trubble with Chad Hankee

When Chad Hankee says he's bored, you'd better get ready for some changes. Here's a man whose projects, and indeed life's journey, have been about bending in the wind and changing tack; and that's...

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The Tavour myth machine

A longer post on my experience with Tavour (some of which is positive) is coming soon, but for now just a quick observation or two. Tavour is selling some excruciatingly expensive beers. Many are...

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From Prints to Pints

When one reads the draft list of a brewery that's found in a tucked-away corner of an industrial park north of Fort Wayne, one wouldn't expect the head-brewer and I to have much in common. Only 50%...

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Session #94 – The Round-up

As usual with The Session, some posts are more interesting than others. Here's the round-up for #94 in no particular order. Miguel gives us this post at Amante De La Buena Cerveza. Unfortunately I...

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Session #94 – My Role in Beer

As I said in my announcement for session #94, the question of my role in beer was provoked by a quick tweet exchange where @andrewinski1 suggested that rather than dropping pretty much completely...

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The Session #88 – Beer Mixes

When I first read the announcement post for Session #88 on Boak & Bailey's blog, to be honest, my heart sank. They suggested that in preparation for Session #88 that we, the bloggers, go out and...

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Talkbeer.com

Today I joined the talkbeer.com community. I believe that the site was originally a trading site that grew out of the discontent and disgust at BA, but it now seems to have reached the kind of...

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Atlanta Cask Ale (#ACAT) 2014

So here I am, on the morning of another Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting (#ACAT), but this time I am not getting ready to head to the event later in the day. The #ACAT of 2014 will be the first one that I...

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Pant-wetting fanboys and the US beer scene

Last night I got into a bit of a clumsy discussion on Twitter that ended very unsatisfactorily for me. Frankly it was my own fault, and I wanted to clear up my thoughts a little. In a nutshell, I...

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Ding’s Christmas Wish List 2013

Here I go again with my annual Christmas wish list. The things I want Santa to deliver to my beer world. It goes without saying (I think), that the old chestnuts of me wanting the abuse of cask beer...

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Me on (in) Draft (Magazine)

Last Wednesday I received an email from Chris Staten. Chris is an editor at Draft magazine. He asked me to respond to a few, simple questions about my public beer persona for an article that he was...

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Session #82: Beery Yarns (a REDUX)

Here's my Session #82 post. This month Steve at Beers I've known asks for Beery Yarns. If you recognize this post, you're right, this is a cheat. I've posted it before, but this is such a great...

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Why I’ve stopped going to The Brick Store

After my decision last January not to attend Atlanta Cask Ale ’14 this coming January, the very event that I thought would be the one that kept me sane in terms of real ale in America, I started to...

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Hypocrisy, FRESH and on tap!

It's always heart-warming to be reminded from time to time that there are so many of us out there that belong to the, 'mistreated by beeradvocate.com', club. My own story is well-documented, and...

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Session #80 – The Craft Beer Bubble

The first Friday in October '13 brings us Session #80, where Derek Harrison at It's Not Just The Alcohol Talking asks, 'Is Craft Beer a Bubble?'. I'm no economist, and in any case economics is a...

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Session Beer Day. Reflections

Well that was fun. Actually it was surprisingly uneventful, but four interesting things came out of it. Firstly I was surprised that I didn't lose any Twitter followers, at least I didn't lose any...

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Session Beer Day 2013

So, it's here again, #sessionbeerday, this time on Sunday, April 7th, 2013. Mmmm, well it wouldn't be right for me to let the 2013 'event'* pass without comment (here's 2012's session beer day...

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ACAT 2013 – The follow up

OK, following yesterdays 2013 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, and in the wake of this post, I wanted to follow up with a quick run down of the events and the beer as they unfolded. Firstly it was great to...

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Ding’s Christmas Wish List 2012

Following last years Christmas wish list, here goes the 2012 version. 10. Fresh Cotleigh beer in the Atlanta area, please. 9. Death to all, 'Special' beer 'days' (e.g., 'IPA Day', 'Stout Day' etc.)...

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Beer Review: The Bruery, 5 Golden Rings

Ding Points: 77.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: Original Review: 12/07/2013 I always look forward to The Bruery release of the 12 days series,...

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Beer Review: Lazy Magnolia, Indian Summer

Ding Points: 61.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Pour recedes to leave zero head, zero lace. Looks like a lucozade. Really fruity, but not...

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Beer Review: Freetail Brewing Co., Witicus

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 22 oz bottle, tanks go out to @lnashsig for the opportunity to try this one. At first glance...

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, 75 Minute IPA

Ding Points: 67.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouthfeel: 90.00, Global 60.00 Tasting Notes: Had a chance to purchase a bottle at the brewpub in March of this year, but I passed....

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Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery, Fiat Lux

Ding Points: 90.00 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 32 oz growler from AleYeah! Roswell in September, and then about six weeks or so later, as a 32...

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Chad’z Homebrew

So, I'm writing this against my better judgement, but here we go. Chad, of Chad'z video beer reviews, gave me a couple of his homebrews. First off, full disclosure. Generally I'm not a fan of...

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Sweetwater Brewing Co., Danktoberfest

Ding Points: 58.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: The latest in the Dank Tank series. Blue and white checkered motif in a nod to the Bavarian...

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Beer Review: Freetail Brewing Co., 3Tail

Ding Points: 60.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Thanks go out to @lnashsig for the chance to try this. Opened in 2008, Freetail Brewing Co....

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, URkONTiNeNT

Ding Points: 84.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we go with another Dogfish Head experiment. The second one, Noble Rot being the first,...

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Tweason’ale

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: From notes. Purchased as a 12 oz single form the beer store a few miles north of the Dogfish...

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Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Clementine

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Beer looks like a glass of orange juice with a head (the picture below doesn't quite do it...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Tasman Red

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Label has this declaring itself as a 'Red IPA' - more nomenclature nonsense that doesn't really...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Alpine Spring

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Hazed, lemon, orange and golden pour with some nice white head and decent lace. Unfiltered look...

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Beer Review: Ommegang, Art of Darkness

Ding Points: 76.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The usual Ommegang Limited Edition series presentation. Cork pops with modesty. Brewery...

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Beer Review: Unibroue, 17, Grand Réserve

Ding Points: 91.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 100.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Bottled in 2011, No. 2011-100254, best before 12-12-2016. Parchment like label, information on...

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Beer Review: Sam Adams, Thirteenth Hour

Ding Points: 55.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes In the impressive, corked & caged bottle. Part of the Barrel Room Collection. Jet black with...

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Trading Lists

I haven't traded any beer for a very, very long time (maybe more than 2 years), but thought it time to get back to it (a little!). This is mainly motivated by some spring cleaning of the cellar, but...

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Beer Review: Thornbridge, Bracia

Ding Points: 55.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Bottled Winter 2010, best before 12.14. A beer from their Thornbridge 'Hall' series. Black...

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Noble Rot

Ding Points: 83.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: It's strange how coincidence works out sometimes. I had heard about the new, embossed and...

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Beer Snobbery

This is an important post. I'm tired of experience, discernment and real knowledge being mistaken for 'snobbery', and people considering all opinions to be equal and all beer knowledge to be...

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Beer Review: Cains, Cains Finest Bitter

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this from the can several months ago, I wanted to refrain from reviewing it until I...

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Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Seduction

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: Dark brown (close to black) pour with a modest, pitted, light beige colored head. Lace is...

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, ta henket

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL bottle, $10.99 from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. I don't think a huge amount of this came to...

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Ding’s Christmas Wish List 2011

Dear Father Christmas, Here is my wish list for this year. I hope that you can help me with some of these, I would love to find them under my tree. Your friend, Ding. I wish........ 10. That frozen...

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Beer Review: Clown Shoes, Tramp Stamp

Ding Points: 61.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: So, thanks to some more shenanigans related to distribution, Total Wine in GA gets in a bunch...

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Beer Review: The Bruery, 4 Calling Birds

Ding Points: 87.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: OK, here we are with a beer that I've been looking forward to for some time. Definitely a beer...

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England 2011 – The photo dump, part 1

Just got back from my first trip home to England in four years, and as you can imagine I found it to be a trip of much gravity (despite the relatively low gravity!). I'll be blogging about the trip...

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Beer Review: Port Brewing, Older Viscosity

Ding Points: 87.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle. Vintage 2011, dot-matrixed on the neck. Even though this...

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American beers for the English?

OK, which six, American beers to take back home to show (not necessarily 'showCASE') what American brewing is all about in 2011? They need to be either on hand, in the cellar or at the store here in...

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John’s Tasting – a quick summary

Over the years I've organized many tastings, talks and presentations, ranging from the very formal to the much less 'official', but each time catering to the specific needs of the situation or the...

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The REAL thrill of (not) beer-hunting

Following all the ridiculous bullshit associated with the CBS release of last week (that I wrote about here), it was somewhat ironic (and tremendously gratifying) that at an almost simultaneous...

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A beer revolution? No thanks!

If you are really, really 'into' beer and live in the USA, there's no way in the world that you don't know what the (beer) abbreviation 'CBS' stands for. If you are really, really 'into' beer but...

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I’ll be down the PUB; or will I??

DISCLAIMER: I don't know if this post will make much sense since I am trying to get a load of stuff whizzing around my head into focus, but for now this is my best effort. I hope it conveys...

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Beer Review: Full Sail Brewery, Sanctuary

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes It never ceases to amaze me, how a fairly limited set of ingredients, plus the brewing process...

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Beer Review: Full Sail, Elevation

Ding Points: 75.50 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: The 22 oz bottle is adorned with a bright orange label which seems appropriate for the...

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Beer Thoughts

Two weeks solid vacation with some superb beer behind me, it's time to get back to blogging. Some of you may have gathered by now that this blog only exists as a result of me being ejected from...

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Beer Review: Avery Brewing Co., Eighteen

Ding Points: 74.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose; 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: If the truth be known I'm really not a big fan of the bitter, grating unrelenting tastes that...

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Beer Review: Red Brick Brewing, Double IPA

Ding Points: 64.00 Pour: 80, Nose: 60, Palate: 60, Mouth: 70, Global 60 Tasting Notes: God bless 'em, Red Brick (aka Atlanta Brewing Co.) just CANNOT get their packaging right! Despite a whole bunch...

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US beer distribution spreadsheet

While we're on the subject, I forget about this Google Doc Spreadsheet that also originated on beeradvocate.com that summarizes beer distribution in the US. Again, not necessarily gospel, but a...

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Bad Batches, Infection and other QC issues

Some folks over at beeradvocate.com are trying to put together a list of beers with QC issues. They have summarized the collective, anecdotal and factual wisdom in a Google Docs Spreadsheet that you...

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Imposter on Twitter Part 2.

The rogue  Twitter account (@D_I_N_G with extra _ at end) been removed BUT the name has now been changed to use a lowercase 'L' in place of uppercase 'I'. Looks identical to my real account, but is...

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Imposter on Twitter

Please note that there is a child acting up on Twitter. They have created the Twitter account @D_I_N_G_ (NOTE: extra underscore added at the end of the name) and stolen my avatar. Please report them...

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beeradvocate and me – a brief follow up

A few extra thoughts and just to clarify a few things. This will be my last, direct post on the matter for now, then it will be back to beer. 1. Thanks to everyone that has voiced support (both...

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beeradvocate.com and me

Having been locked out of my beeradvocate account for nearly four weeks now (and only having received the most curt reply from Todd about the situation plus having one subsequent email totally...

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My beeradvocate.com account status

This is NOT the 'beeradvocate and me' post that I promised on Twitter last week (which is still in the hopper and goes into much greater depth about my history and relationships with the site - its...

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Beer Review: Brewery Ommegang, Gnomegang

Ding Points: 90.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 100.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90,00 Tasting Notes: 750 mL, corked & caged in the usual Ommegang bottle. Pop on opening is modest, with a...

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