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make it snow is off this week. This Beer Barrel is brought to you by Moose – The End Is Well Nigh!

This is the story of a break for make it snow, and of one’s quest for enlightenment. So that is not really it; it is one weirdo’s evening at a local small brewery. The destination of this worthy quest was the Yak & Yeti; a brewpub with two other restaurant locations. The brew pub is located in an older suburban neighborhood and the clientele is mostly local with a high percentage of regulars. The head brewer studied at Siebel Institute in Chicago, Illinois and the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany where he received his International Diploma from the World Brewing Academy; I like the sound of this. He also plays bass in a band which would seem to be an important qualification. The owner, Dol Bhattarai is from Nepal and chef schooled in India, good chefage qualifications.
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Upon entering and seating myself at the bar I was very hungry, which resulted in immediately ordering a flight of sampler brews. Let’s go ahead and get started; the Himalayan IPA has a pleasant nose, well balanced; not overly hoppy or malty. Almost mild compared to several recent IPAs tasted. Next up was Namaste Pilsner; a light and refreshing, crisp, but unremarkable, a basic American pilsner. The nose is… shit! Actually got some in my nose. I do not recommend snorting this beer. The Sherpa Porter; a very nice nutty taste, hints of oatmeal, chocolate, and roast flavors. Not sweet with a very smooth finish.

As I look around, the crowd in the afternoon appears to be mostly older locals. At this time, in comes a loud woman who backed her car in the closest space and blocked the bike rack. Now, if you are too fucking stupid to fucking back into a space properly, you shouldn’t be driving. Then this same person sits down two seats away from me, damn it. She then blew her nose with the same sound and content of a dying manatee.

Much to my relief and joy the Naan bread arrives; it smells and tastes delicious, expertly cooked in the tandoori. I am through that serving and order another within a few minutes, this time the butter and garlic. Now back to tasting; the Honey Amber is a typical light flavored ale, not sweet, but a slight hint of honey taste, now that my nostrils are cleared of their previous trauma, the nose of this is faint and pleasant. A smooth and clear finish.
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I hear the manager and cook arguing in Nepalese; I interpret this to be a good sign. Now the food arrives I ordered the Lamb Kadai, ordered “between medium and hot spicy”. Holy crap! This is so good. It is also so hot that halfway through it, I develop the hiccups, which the beertendress cures with lemon and bitters. Side note; it tasted great reheated the next day. There are two retired men playing a board dice game in the corner; I just KNOW the fat one is cheating.

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Oscuro Navidad Grand Cru is a Belgian style ale that is very good, has a complex character, a bit sour in a good way. The hostess next to the bar; farm girl thick in a natural pretty ponytail way, a sweet genuine smile that is brought about with a natural easiness, hints of lavender, appears not to have been cask aged (hardened by life’s disappointments).

The Yakety Yak Don’t Talk Bock; a really smooth, delightful bock with a light clean finish. Mild nose. The bar waitress; has a dyed blond hair experiment that doesn’t seem satisfactory to her, stacked up high. Quality arm tattoos, a very nice tall woman walk, hints of sour relationships, worn and hardened, but with bakers’ sugar smoothed edges, very polite, but with a taste of life’s disappointments underneath.

The Purnima Pale Ale; a nice hoppy with some staying power. More to my tastes with a crisp finish. The bar keep; beautiful strawberry haired, sweet, hints of pistachio, a pleasing melodic high voice, voluptuous nose of rose, attentive and sensitive to newcomers and regulars alike, impressions of honey and coriander, singing along with the background music in a light pancake syrup voice tickles one’s aural sensibilities.

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Cuntler
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Lots of political HOT TAEKS below, Yikes. Nice review, Moose. I love that place (usually the one in Westminster), but I hate having to change when I get home because I reek of curry. Cheers!

blaxabbath
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As someone who doesn’t really drink beer (prefer liquor in all of taste, ABV, and fillingness) but is likely going to some breweries this weekend, do I need to know any pointers so I don’t totally stick out like the square that I am?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I would just say to get samplers (“flights”) and find one that you like or at least can put up with and order a pint of that. I’m thinking a pilsner is what you would probably go with. If you like to see how things work and are made I strongly recommend going on the tours, Most craft brewers are passionate about what they do and it is refreshing to see people who love their jobs.

blaxabbath
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I am interested in the tours.

And I like dark heavy beers.

Cuntler
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Glad you like your beers how you like your women. Like Moose said, most brewery people are nice if you ask them questions nicely like “what is that Dutch blueberry Gose? How does it taste?” Especially at a brewery, since they usually have a limited selection anyway.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

If you like dark heavy beers then you’ll fit in just fine… and be fairly drunk. Porters and stouts it is.

Doktor Zymm
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Wakezilla
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Hot taek:

I am officially tired of the “2016 is killing everyone I know” crybaby meme.

Audrey Hepburn, Thurgood Marshall, Charlie Gehringer, and Andre the Giant died within a week of each other in January of 1993. By the end of April; Arthur Ashe, Kerry Von Erich, Dino Bravo, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Cesar Chavez, and Brandon Lee had died.

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Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

It’s only a meme because Baby Boomers are dying, and well, they are the most spoiled and self-righteous, self-indulgent generation in history. Plus they control the major forums for public narcissism, er… “grieving.”

theeWeeBabySeamus
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This guy also died during that period of time….less than two months after receiving the ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
Not a dry eye in the house, peepuhl.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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23 years tomorrow. Forgot to mention that part.

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

I guess I should go to bed.

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Mr. Ayo
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Mr. Ayo

Or… hear my out… you could keep posting similar images for a bit

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Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

I wish I had something to contribute this evening.

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

Every single instance of me having a memory or thought of my life pre-Oregon makes me wish I could go to the company in Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind and forget everything. Having to learn how to talk and walk again would be worth never having a single memory that doesn’t make me want to switch places with an African AIDS orphan.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

You are doing well so far.

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

Just reposting my brother’s twitter. The second one was from a shoot he did last week.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

I tried a new Belgian dark that I wasn’t familiar with the other day. I planned to make some notes on it so I could actually make a decent contribution to this column. I decided to save it until my second day off so I could do it with a clear head and palate. It was a really good idea until I got about 12 beers in and was still thirsty. Needless to say, I have nothing of value to contribute this week.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Just some thought and the beer rating sites links with whether you agree or not is plenty good IMO if you had a few too many to put up a post. I like to hear about them.

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JerBear50
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JerBear50

I’m pretty sure it was good. I remember that it was a startling 14%. That’s all I’ve got, including the name.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

14%? Taller AND funnier JerBear.

Unsurprised
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Unsurprised

And a superior lover.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Oh, I didn’t mean to imply that I drank 12 of those if that’s what you’re thinking. I was drinking normal beers to begin with. Mostly these http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/252/215147/ at home, a few Breckenridge porters at dinner, and a couple of these http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29859/102462/ at the bar. Had a bomber of a collaboration called Old Man Old Ale from Cigar City/TBBC but there’s nothing available on it at BA.

By the time I got to the Belgian I was pretty lit, which is why I can’t remember the name. I only had a single bottle of it.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Luckily I’m off tomorrow, so I’ll make sure I study hard.

yeah right
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So damn glad to see your original shit here, Moose.
I’ve loved you like a brother for….

Oh shit we could have children together.
No we probably couldn’t.
Nice fucking job.

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theeWeeBabySeamus
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REM – Losing My Religion
(I’m out….mostly because I can’t type good any more)

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theeWeeBabySeamus
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Fast Forward (moar that just) a little….even as an 80s child I can only take so much….
Green Day – Holiday

theeWeeBabySeamus
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This is all Moose’s fault.
Duran Duran – Girls On Film

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Powerstation – Get it On (Bang a Gong)

SonOfSpam
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Tony Thompson’s a fantastic drummer. Or was. I forget whether he’s dead.

Shit, everyone’s dead.

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theeWeeBabySeamus
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Fuck off dog.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Rogan’d.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Styx – AD1928/Rockin’ The Paradise
(Live…yikes…no wonder they kicked Dennis out)

theeWeeBabySeamus
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OK….studio helps
Styx – Renegade

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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theeWeeBabySeamus
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She’s purdy

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theeWeeBabySeamus
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Oh my…of course you know that this has to come back in some way, shape or form now.
/youtube search for Powerstation

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Wayback machine….
Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Holee sheet….175 comments and we still got the new page bingo going.
Of course this one here is gonna be the one…..losers.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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dammit

Senor Weaselo
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yeah right
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That’s the second time this week!

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