Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Trade 11/9/11

* - extra


Troegs Scratch 47*, Troegs Scratch 50*, Iron Hill Afternoon Delight*, Real Ale Sisyphus*, Firestone Walker Abacus, Firestone Walker Parabola

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghoulschip Release

Allagash released it's 2nd coolship beer today, Ghoulschip.  This was brewed with pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and molasses, then aged three years in a barrel.  I was able to try this beer this year and last at a local bar, so was really happy there was a 10 bottle limit

Trade 10/28/11

Well, not really a trade, but I received a box from my regular trading partner oach

Finch's Beer Company Cut Throat Pale Ale, Founders CBS, Finch's Beer Company Golden Wing

Scot continues to be the man, this time with the CBS hook-up.  Hard to keep up with this guy sometimes!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Locals Only BIF

Received this box today in the Locals Only BIF

Sent by abeerlvr

Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash, Sweetwater Motor Boat x2, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, Sweetwater IPA, Sweetwater Sch'Wheat, McGuire's Irish Red, Abita Jackimo, Abita SOS (Save Our Shore), Terrapin Monk's Revenge x2, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Pensacola Bay pint glass, NOLA pint glass, 2 Abita coozie, Pensacola Bay t-shirt, 3 keychain bottle openers

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vermont trip

Went to Vermont a few weekends ago.  Visited Burlington and Waterbury.  Didn't take too many pictures but here they are:

Beer sampler at Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington

Tower at Magic Hat

Inside Magic Hat in the Tasting Room

Couple of Hill Farmstead single hop IPAs (Rakau and Amarillo) at Blackback Pub in Waterbury

And that's what 2 1/2 cases of Heady Topper looks like!  Unfortunately, not all for me.  Also bought a sweet t-shirt and glass

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Trade 9/17/11

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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII x2, Surly Furious, Bells Two Hearted Ale, 21st Ammendment Back in Black*, Grand Teton Lost Continent*, Brau Brothers Moo Joos*

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Trades 9/9 & 9/10/11

Had a nice streak of 3 days in a row receiving a box


Mikkeller George! Bourbonfadlagret

Probably the closest to a "whale" that I've traded for.  Also my first international trade


Homebrew Cascadian Dark Ale, Kern River Citra, Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter

Can't wait to finally try Citra (definitely looking forward to the other 2 as well!)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Trade 9/8/11

* - extra


DuClaw Misery, DuClaw Naked Fish, DuClaw Black Jack Stout, Central Waters Peruvian Morning*, DuClaw Black Lightning, DuClaw Venom, DuClaw Sawtooth, DuClaw 13 Degrees, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale x4

Not sure which DuClaw were part of the trade and which were extras, but either way I'm excited to try a new brewery!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SMBDC Tasting 8/13/11

The theme was canned beers.  Here are a few pictures from the next morning (people camped out)

Opened some bottles after the cans were gone...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Can Trade

I have an upcoming tasting where the theme is canned beers.  Sought out some tasty brews from Half Acre

* - extra


Half Acre Daisy Cutter x2, Half Acre Gossamer x2, Half Acre Over Ale x2, Founders Devil Dancer*, Yazoo Brewing Sue*, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster*, Deschutes Black Butte Porter*

Stanley Cup BIF Round 4 (Finals)

Received for the Bruins defeating the Canucks in the finals


Homebrew (Imperial stout?), Weyerbacher 16, Weyerbacher 15, Troegs Scratch Belgian Style Saison x2 , Voodoo Brewing Big Black Voodoo Daddy '09, East End Gratitude '09, Troegs Flying Mouflan

Friday, June 17, 2011

Stanley Cup BIF Round 2

Received for the Bruins defeating the Flyers in Round 2


Great Divide Hibernation Ale '06-'09 vertical, Bootlegger's Black Phoenix, Sisyphus Barleywine '07, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Deschutes Jubel 2010, Full Sail Imperial Porter '09

Friday, June 10, 2011

De Struise package

Ordered some beers from the De Struise webshop a few weeks ago and the box arrived this week

Pannepot x3, Earthmonk x3

Really excited to try the Earthmonk.  Although, I really need to start paying attention when I order from this site.  Only ordered 3 because I thought it was the max... it was actually the minimum!

2011 Stanley Cup BIF

This is the box I received for the 3rd round.  Bruins over Lightning, 4-3.  Amazing series.  The following was sent to me by:


Cigar City Humidor IPA, Cigar City Guava Groove, Cocoa Beach Brewing "Not Just Some" Oatmeal Stout, Cigar City White Oak IPA, Florida Brewing Swamp Ape IPA, Red Brick Brewing Porter, Cigar City Cubano Expresso Brown Ale, Cigar City Bolita Brown

Also sent along 3 coasters and a puck signed by Martin St. Louis.  Awesome!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Early May trades

During the course of last week, 3 boxes of beer landed on my doorstep:


Three Floyds Gumballhead x6


Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Terrapin Monks Revenge, Bells Amber Ale, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Bells Expedition Stout, Duck Rabbit Barleywine

This box was for the Stanley Cup BIF.  My team (Bruins) defeated the Canadians in the 1st round

And finally, last but certainly not least, this massive and unexpected box showed up from:


Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Firestone Walker Abacus, Half Acre Marty Stouffers Wild America Barleywine, Flossmoor Station Saison and Garfunkel, Goose Island Big John, Three Floyds Dark Lord, New Glarus IIPA, Half Acre Over Ale, Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Oh, and the wrapped beer?  Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout

Insane.  Just insane.  Scot is a seriously kick ass guy/Beer Advocate.  Can't say enough good things about him.  Now I have to plan my retaliation...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter weekend Beer Haul

I went home to CT for Easter and made a few stops:  Colonial Spirits (Acton, MA), Julios Liquors (Westboro, MA), New England Brewing and Amity Liquor (Woodbridge, CT).  Got some pretty good stuff...

New England Brewing Gandhi Bot (growler and 4 pack), New England Brewing 668 4 pack, New England Brewing Elm City Lager, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Firestone Walker 14, Troegs Flying Mouflan, Dark Horse Fore, Port Brewing Mongo and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trade - 4/20/11

* - extra


Columbus IPA x6, Bell's Two Hearted Ale x2, Bell's Amber Ale*, Founders KBS*

Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 March Madness BIF

Came up a few points short this year so I had to send beer out.  Shipped to beavers:

Maine Beer Company Peeper
Maine Beer Company Zoe
Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trade - 3/24/11

* - extra


Bruery Black Tuesday, Russian River Pliney the Elder*, Blind Bat Brewery Hellsmoke Porter*, Troegs Nugget Nectar*

Really excited about landing the elusive Black Tuesday.  A Kate was a fair price to pay...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two more March trades

* - extra


Three Floyds Behemoth '11, Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye, Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye, New Glarus Smoked Rye Ale, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine


Cigar City Humidor Series Cedar IPA, Cigar City Guave Grove, Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale, Cigar City Cubano-Style Expresso Brown Ale, Surly Abrasive*, Bell's Hopslam* (broken in transit), Cigar City snifter

Disc Golf BIF

72oz minimum, at least half in cans and 3 discs.  Received from kzoobrew - March '10

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious, Shorts The Good Samaritan, Shorts Black Cherry Porter, Shorts The Wizard, Shorts Cup a Joe, Shorts Hangin' Frank, Shorts Mystery Stout, Shorts Good Humans, Shorts The Liberator, Bell's Hopslam, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Bell's Third Coast Ale, Founder Imperial Stout, Founders Nemesis '10, Keweenaw Pick Axe Blonde Ale, Keweenaw Lift Bridge Brown Ale, Keweenaw Red Jacket Amber Ale, Keweenaw Widow Maker Black Ale, 21st Amendment Bitter American, 3 discs

Black Booty BIF Vol 4

Such a great BIF.  Changed it up a bit this year as there was a bottle limit (which most exceeded any ways).  For the second year in a row, I didn't get a glass.  Beer is good enough for me though!  Received from normyk - February '10

Laughing Dog Barrel Aged The Dogfather, Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, New Holland Night Tripper, HeBrew Vertical Jewbalation, Bell's Expedition Stout, Bell's Batch 10000, Founders KBS, Founders Nemesis '10, Southern Star Buried Hatchet, Columbus IPA, Bell's Hopslam, Great Lakes Christmas Ale

New Year, more trades

All these trades were done in January and February 2011
* - extra


New Glarus Raspberry Tart, Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Brand Stout x2, Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, Hinterland Pale Ale*, New Glarus Enigma*, Cigar City White Oak Aged Jai Lai*


Deschutes The Abyss, Green Flash West Coast IPA*, O'Dell's IPA*

Bell's Hopslam x6 (my yearly fix)


The Bruery Three French Hens x2, Bell's Batch 9000*, Troegs Troeganator Double Bock*

Secret Santa 2010 BIF

Received from TroyG2352 - December '10

Victory Wild Devil, Iron Hill Winter Wheat Wine Oh!, Cigar City Humidor Series Cedar IPA, Hoppin' Frog Frogs Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, Sierra Nevada Life & Limb, Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast, Terrapin Moo Hoo, Terrapin Wake N Bake, Troegs Scratch 32, Troegs Scratch 35, Troegs Scratch 36, Troegs Scratch 37, Troegs Mad Elf '10 x2, Founders KBS, Southern Star Buried Hatchet, Shorts Smores Stout, Shorts Black Cherry Porter, Shorts Noble Chaos, Heavy Seas Peg Leg, Iron Hill wine glass, Troegs brewers shirt, Troegs coasters, Victory sticker

Trades, with (some) pictures!

From here on out, I have pictures of all (most?) of the boxes I received.  I'm just going to list the hauls now and skip what I sent out
* - extra

oach - August '10

O'Dell's Saboteur, Deschutes Mirror Mirror, Deschutes Black Butte XXI, Surly Furious, Surly Bender, Surly Coffee Bender, Surly Cinic Ale, Surly Bitter Brewer, Rush River Bubblejack IPA, Central Waters Illumination Double IPA, Surly pint glass

Support Your Team BIF - August '10

(some not pictured due to consumption)
From imthatguy83 - Dogfish Head Jiahu '09, Victory Golden Monkey, Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA, Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi, Green Flash Le Freak, Stone Ruination, Victory Hop Wallop, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA, Victory Hop Devil, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, O'Dell IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stone Saison du Buff, Russian River Consecration, Phillies pint glass, Twins pennant.

oach - September '10

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow, Half Acre/Three Floyds The Invasion, New Glarus R&D Gueze, New Glarus R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek, New Glarus Moon Man Ale, New Glarus Spotted Cow, New Glarus Unplugged Abt, Central City Red Racer IPA

 Mystery 750 BIF - October '10

From jyoungsbcp - Ithaca Brute, Terrapin Wake N Bake, Victory pint glass

a74gent - October '10

Shorts Key Lime Pie x2, Shorts Smores Stout x2, Shorts Black Cherry Porter x2, Shorts Strawberry Short's Cake*, Schafly Raspberry Hefeweizen*, Southern Star Buried Hatchet*

oach - October '10

Surly Darkness, Surly Furious, Surly Coffee Bender, Surly Wet, Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA*, Hefeweizen homebrew*

oach - November '10

Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Brand Stout, Surly Coffee Bender, Tyranena Hop Whore, Tyranena Doubly Down N' Even Dirtier, Tyrenena La Femme Amere

More Trades

Last few before I started taking pictures
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oach - May '10

Sent:  New England Brewing Barrel Aged Stout Trooper, Sebago Milestone*, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper*, Maine Beer Zoe*, New England Brewing Gandhi Bot*

Received:  Three Floyds Dark Lord '10, Founders KBS*, Darkhorse Plead the 5th*

 NorthsideFred - May '10

Sent:  Thomas Hooker Liberator Dopplebock x2, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn Stout*, Sebago Milestone*, Sebago Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout*, Peaks Organic Expresso Amber Ale*

Received:  Founders KBS x2, Half Acre/Three Floyds The Invasion*, Flossmoor Station IPA*, Half Acre Gossamer*, Bells Batch 9000*, Great Lakes Glockenspiel*

livewire78 - June '10

Sent:  Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale x2, Maine Beer Company Zoe x2, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn Stout*, Southern Tier Hop Sun*, Central City Red Racer IPA*

Received:  Three Floyds Gumballhead x6, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout '09*, Sun King Osiris*, Bee Creek Hoosier Honey Wheat x2*, Bell's Two Hearted x2*, Mishawaka Jibber Jabber Java Stout*, Atwater Voodoo Vader*

oach - June '10

Sent:  Sebago Dark Wheat Project, Rock Art Manus ete Tamahawkus, Rock Art Sunny and 75, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale, Otter Creek Otter Summer, Peaks Organic Summer Session Ale, Cape Ann Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat, Smuttynose Summer Weizen Ale

Received:  Two Brothers Hop Juice, Goose Island Fleur, Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Tyranena La Femme Amere, New Glarus Unplugged Enigma

This was just a box of summer time beers.  No set beers, just a target price for the box

Helter Skelter BIF

A pretty random BIF.  Beer, glass, beer mag and cigars.  Received from Auslander - April '10

Avery Hog Heaven, New Holland Dragons Milk, The Brew Kettle Old 21, Bell's Two Hearted Ale x2, Bell's Oberon, Founders Double Trouble, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Great Lakes Burning River, Great Lakes Dortmunder, Thristy Dog Old Leg Humper, Thirsty Dog Labrador Lager, Arcadia Anglers Ale, Arcadia Hop Rocket, Victory Prima Pils, Victory Hop Devil, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, New Holland Golden Cap, Great Lakes pint glass, All About Beer magazine, 3 cigars/cigar cutter/water pillows

Trades, part 2

Just rolling through a few more trades here, mostly for references
* - extra

oach - April '10

Sent:  Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA, Portsmouth Milk Stout, Sebago Bourbon Barrel Lake Trout Stout, Peaks Organic Maple Oat Ale, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper, Longtrail Brewmaster Series Coffee Stout*, Longtrail Brewmaster Series Winter White*, Russian River Pliney the Elder*, Portsmouth tulip*

Received:  Three Floyds Behemoth '09, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Bells Batch 9000*, New Glarus Road Slush*, Central Waters Peruvian Morning*

Unfortunately, the "sent" beers above were not what I originally sent.  First box I sent was damaged in transit and discarded by the company.  Whoops.  I felt so bad about the first box breaking, I sent one of the Pliney's that I received in the trade listed below

Sideswipe - April '10

Sent:  Brooklyn Local 2, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn Stout x3, Sebago Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout x4, Maine Beer Spring Peeper*, Bell's Hopslam*, Smuttynose Big A IPA*

Received:  Russian River Pliney the Elder x2, Russian River Blind Pig, Russian River Supplication x2, Ballast Point Sculpin*, Maui Brewing Coconut Porter*, Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA*, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA*, Acme IPA*

Mmm, Pliney...

Black Booty BIF Vol 3

With a few trades under my belt, I decided to try something new - BIF, or Beer It Forward.  Essentially a giant group trade.  You don't know when or who is shipping to you, making the box really fun to open up.  There is a list of requirements.  For this particular one, there was a minimum number of ounces (180?) and the beers were all supposed to be dark.  I you were supposed to send a glass too, but there isn't one in the picture

Sent by heliosphann, March '10.  Every beer was new to me (except Hopslam of course).  Fucking awesome:

Three Floyds Moloko Stout, Green Flash Imperial Stout, Hoppin' Frog BA BORIS, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Terrapin Side Project "Dos Cocoas", Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse Porter, Bell's Hopslam, Bell's Cherry Stout, Bells The Oracle, Bells Batch 9000, Founders KBS, Founders Breakfast Stout '08, Founders Imperial Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout '07 & '09, Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout, New Holland Dragons Milk, Dark Horse Tres


In an effort to free up some space on my BeerAdvocate profile, I'm going to use this blog for trade references.  I've completed about 20 trades and participated in 10 BIFs to date.  Don't have dates for most, just a general time frame.  Most of the earlier trades don't have pictures but I will add those that I did photograph.  Without further ado, my first few trades...

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NorthsideFred - Jan/Feb '10

Sent:  Allagash Odyssey, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn Stout, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper*

Received:  Bell's Hopslam x2, Bell's Java Stout x2

My first ever trade.  Pretty sure it was his first too.  It was a simple, small trade.  Hopslam had just been released and I heard it was amazing.  Needless to say, it didn't disappoint

cmurren25 - Jan/Feb '10

Sent:  Southern Tier Mohka, Southern Tier Jahva, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper*

Received:  Bell's Hopslam x6, Bell's Java Stout*, Victory Yakima Twilight*, Terrapin Wake N Bake*, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster*

Needed.  More.  Hopslam.  This trade also really taught me about extras.  I had read about it before but didn't really understand until I got hit with 4 in one box

oach - Feb '10

Sent:  Bar Harbor Caddilac Mtn Stout, Grittys Black Fly Stout, Longtrail Double Bag, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper, Smuttynose Big A IPA*, Grittys 21 IPA*, Haverhil Leatherlips*

Received:  Bell's Hopslam x6, New Glarus Belgian Red*, Three Floyds Alpha King*, Three Floyds Gumballhead*, Three Floyds Pride and Joy*

The beginning of a great trade relationship.  Scot and I have completed more trades then I can count at this point.  We don't really even agree on trades now, we just ship boxes

PALMEJ1 - March '10

Sent:  Pretty Things Baby Tree, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Smuttynose Barleywine*, North Coast Old Stock '08*

Received:  Sierra Nevada '09 x2, Terrapin Wake N Bake x2, Bell's Hopslam*, Bell's Two Hearted*, Terrapin Gamma Ray*

The beginning

My beer obsession started with two words - The Uprising.  Back on May 1st, 2009, I entered a local bar called Novare Res on a mission.  That mission... to complete their beer list and forever obtain beer glory.  The list contained 230 different beers.  Upon completion, you receive this:

As you can see, I finished on June 4th, 2010.  An intense, often drunken, expensive trip.  But well worth it.  This launched me down a path that has ultimately lead to the creation of this blog.  All beer related activities will be documented here.  Cheers!