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    Beer of the Week

    I am a huge fan of malted adult beverages and I thought I would gauge interest here on starting a CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week.

    Think of it as Oprah's Book Club for Men. This is what I was thinking. Post a beer of the week (one that I can find in central Iowa at a place say like Cyclone Liquors), then field comments and reviews. I thought it would be great to be able to enjoy a beer with the people on Cyclone Fanatic "virtually" then hear opinions.

    I was hoping that there would be someway to assign this to it's own forum then have a votable "star rating" to each beer / thread so that people can use this as a reference.

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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    I like it and would support it.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    I'm in. Good idea.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Just riffing off your idea, but it would be cool to have a playoff "bracket" of different beers and crown a champion.


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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Probably the best idea I have ever heard!



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    This doesn't have to be the beer of the week, but I noticed Leinie's has a new wheat called Sunset Wheat. I'm not sure if this is supposed to compete with Sunshine Wheat from New Belgium, which is now being distributed to many of the areas that Leinie's calls home, but from the decription, it sounds very similar with hints of corriander and orange peel flavors. Also the names Sunset and Sunshine are interestingly close. Leinies recommends the addition of an orange wedge as does New Belgium. I haven't tried it yet, but I've seen it on tap at my local Buffalo Wild Wings.

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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Sunset Wheat is not new, I know that it was at least out in summer 2006 if not earlier than that. Very good brew though.


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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    I'm not a big fan of the Leinie's. If you want a good wheat, wait for Sam Adam's Summer Ale. It'll be out in a few months, and it's delish.

    The beer club is a great idea, btw. We should limit membership to those who don't drink bud/miller light exclusively though. :)



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    I love it, I'll drink beer if it better informs other Cyclones including myself - it's for educational purposes!!!

    FYI - Smithwicks!!! (Pronounced Smiddix) An Irish beer, similar in consistency with a Boddington's, and the appearance of an amber - it's a red beer though.


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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    I'm not a big fan of the Leinie's. If you want a good wheat, wait for Sam Adam's Summer Ale. It'll be out in a few months, and it's delish.

    The beer club is a great idea, btw. We should limit membership to those who don't drink bud/miller light exclusively though. :)
    I'm a big fan of Goose Island's 312 Wheat.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Sunset Wheat is not new, I know that it was at least out in summer 2006 if not earlier than that. Very good brew though.
    I think being CO, I just don't see it very often out here. None of their beers. I know that the big liquor store North of Denver, Daveco (worlds largest liquor store) has Leinie's beers but until I saw Sunset on tap at BWW, I've never heard of it.


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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    You need to have a "Mystery Six" night. Basically, get a few people to bring a sixer of something they've never had. Split 'em up in sort of a 'sampler' fashion so everyone gets a taste of each beer. I've found a few new favorites that way.

    Keep a running list so a beer doesn't get repeated. That way, you can go for months without having the same brand/style. We had a pretty eclectic list at one time, and over 90% of it was purchased in the Ames area.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Can't disagree - 312 and Smithwick's are good too. God I love beer.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    Budweiser makes a summer brew called Beach Bum. They finally bottled it for the first time last summer but you could find it on tap at some of the bars before that. We toured the brewery in St. Louis in 2006 and tried it at the end of the tour and just loved it. Tried to buy it locally and no one had it so we called their hotline and was told they were not bottling it yet. Then when we did see it this past summer that's about all any of us drank for awhile. It's a lot like Boulevard Wheat but I almost think I like it better.



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    Re: CycloneFanatic Beer of the Week

    I found Beach Bum on tap at a bar once. It's a nice lighter summer beer.



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