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    Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    I went into my local Fareway store last night (which is right across the street from where I live). I saw that they now carry Old Main Brewery beer. I was really surprised by this since I live only 30 mins away from the Mississippi River. I didn't know they were expanding that much. I've never had any of their beer but after all of the beer conversation we've had in the past week or so I figured you guys could help guide me to the right ones. I am a fan of most beer and really like stouts and IPA's. Your guidance will be appreciated when I go back over there to pick up a six pack or 4



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Dinkey Wheat.


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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneG View Post
    Dinkey Wheat.
    What is it comparable to? Boulevard or not?



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallruss64 View Post
    I went into my local Fareway store last night (which is right across the street from where I live). I saw that they now carry Old Main Brewery beer. I was really surprised by this since I live only 30 mins away from the Mississippi River. I didn't know they were expanding that much. I've never had any of their beer but after all of the beer conversation we've had in the past week or so I figured you guys could help guide me to the right ones. I am a fan of most beer and really like stouts and IPA's. Your guidance will be appreciated when I go back over there to pick up a six pack or 4
    Unfortunately they don't make an IPA and the only beer of theirs I like, the Clone Pale Ale is not available in bottles. The three they do offer in bottles all sell pretty well though. I'd try the Long Face Amber if I were you. The scottish ale isn't too terrible either.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Dinkey Wheat is also my favorite. I'd rank it above Boulevard and behind Blue Moon.

    When they first started bottling, it was reported that they were hoping to be all across Iowa in the next few years.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by ribsnwhiskey View Post
    Unfortunately they don't make an IPA and the only beer of theirs I like, the Clone Pale Ale is not available in bottles. The three they do offer in bottles all sell pretty well though. I'd try the Long Face Amber if I were you. The scottish ale isn't too terrible either.
    The Clone Ale is actually one of my least favorites. I wish I did like it because the name and logo are awesome. I really think they need Clone Ale shirts just because of how cool the logo is.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Its awesome that I can find them in the local grocery store when the town I live in is like 3600 in population. I think this is the first microbrew that you can find in town which is great because I can only drink so much amberbock and things like that.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallruss64 View Post
    What is it comparable to? Boulevard or not?
    The Dinkey wheat is ok, but not as good as Boulevard or Blue Moon. It sounds like you prefer dark beers so I guess you should try the Long Face or the Stout.

    You should also be warned that Olde Main's beers are very inconsistent between batches, so you never know what to expect. I have a group that meets their weekly for dollar draws and the beers (especially the dark brews) have a wide range in quality. These days they are good more often then not, but if you are really turned off don't be afraid to try again in a couple months!



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by ribsnwhiskey View Post
    Unfortunately they don't make an IPA and the only beer of theirs I like, the Clone Pale Ale is not available in bottles. The three they do offer in bottles all sell pretty well though. I'd try the Long Face Amber if I were you. The scottish ale isn't too terrible either.
    After reading that I'm guessing they don't bottle the Stout either. Long Face is a good suggestion though.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    The Dinkey wheat is ok, but not as good as Boulevard or Blue Moon. It sounds like you prefer dark beers so I guess you should try the Long Face or the Stout.

    You should also be warned that Olde Main's beers are very inconsistent between batches, so you never know what to expect. I have a group that meets their weekly for dollar draws and the beers (especially the dark brews) have a wide range in quality. These days they are good more often then not, but if you are really turned off don't be afraid to try again in a couple months!
    You would think they would want to get that locked down before they start distributing it.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    The Dinkey Wheat, Long Face Amber, and Scottish Ale are the three flavors that Olde Main bottles.



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    The Scottish Ale is the closest to a stout in flavor that they bottle. I think its excellent, and one of my favorite fall/winter beers, but it's good anytime. I would rate the Dinkey Wheat higher than Blue Moon or Boulevard. It has more flavor, and is VERY refreshing. I'm kind of blah on the Long Face. It's ok.


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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    The Dinkey wheat is ok, but not as good as Boulevard or Blue Moon. It sounds like you prefer dark beers so I guess you should try the Long Face or the Stout.

    You should also be warned that Olde Main's beers are very inconsistent between batches, so you never know what to expect. I have a group that meets their weekly for dollar draws and the beers (especially the dark brews) have a wide range in quality. These days they are good more often then not, but if you are really turned off don't be afraid to try again in a couple months!
    I prefer the clone ale if I drink Olde Main at all, but I am staying away from it because the quality (or lack thereof) has gone way down since they started. It's too bad, but I think they are more focused on churning out as much beer as possible to keep up with demand rather than making a consistently quality product.

    Hub City brewery in northeast Iowa is a good example of a small microbrewery that decided to invest in the processes of producing good beer as opposed to a lot of beer.

    JMHO.....



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Some info from the Olde Main Web site on types and names of available beers, etc.
    Dubuque Native, Olde Main Brewmaster Brings His Product Home Olde Main Brewing Co. Blog



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    Re: Help me out Olde Main Brewery fans

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Dinkey Wheat is also my favorite. I'd rank it above Boulevard and behind Blue Moon.

    When they first started bottling, it was reported that they were hoping to be all across Iowa in the next few years.
    Nothing will ever top Boulevard IMHO. But I am going top try Dinky wheat now :)


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