Beers 100

One of my 937 experiences is to taste 100 beers.  This shouldn’t be a problem as I like to try different beers and I should have a lot of time to accomplish it.  I intend to put a picture of each beer in this section, provide a bit of description of the beer, rate it, include the circumstances.

The rating system used will be:
0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it
2 – I would buy one
3 – I would buy more than one
4 – I would buy a six-pack

Note:  ABV = Alcohol By Volume
IBU = International Bitterness Units (from 0 to 100.  Higher the more hoppy flavor)

See #58 100 Beers for completion of my experience and a rating of the top 20 beers.

Beer 1:  Longboard Island Lager (Kona Brewing Company, Kona, HI)

The day I retired (2/29/16), my wife and sister-in-law bought some beer for us to celebrate.  Longboard Island Lager was one.   This beer is from Hawaii.  The taste was smooth with some spicy flavor.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 2: Warsteiner Dunkel

The day I retired (2/29/16), my wife and sister-in-law bought some beer for us to celebrate.  Warsteiner Dunkel was another one.   This beer is from Germany.  The taste was pretty smooth for a dark beer.   The interesting thing is that this beer (and probably other imported beers) was not a full 12 ounces which is normal in the US.     This one is 11.2 ounces.
Kirk’s rating:  1 – Would drink it but I would not buy it.

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Beer 3:  “Office Ale”

On 3/3/16 (and several other days in the past and future) I had an “Office Ale”.  This is the ‘house’ beer for The Office Café and Lounge in Laytonsville, Maryland.  This draft is a wheat beer tasting somewhat like a Shock Top.  The story told to me by the bartender is that this is a mixture of a name brand beer made specially for bars.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one (I can’t rate it a 4 as there is no six-pack to purchase).

Side note about The Office Café and Lounge:  This is one of our favorite restaurants.  It helps that it is located only a 1/4 mile from our house and we can walk to it.  Above that the food is great.  There is good bar food as well as good meals.  The chef creates special items every week which are very popular.  Very well worth the visit.

www.theofficelaytonsville.com

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Beer 4:  Sam Adams Pumpkin Batch (Boston, MA)

On 3/10/16, I sat on the front porch enjoying one of my left over beers from last year, a Sam Adams Pumpkin Batch.  A good wheat beer with spices that remind you of autumn and pumpkins.  As is usual with Sam Adams beers it has a bitter hoppy after taste that prevents me from giving it the ultimate rating.
Kirk’s rating:   2 – I would buy one

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Beer 5:  Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (Blue Moon Brewing Co., Golden, CO)

On 3/11/16, I again sat on the front porch with Mary Ann enjoying a beer (bought last autumn) as the rush hour traffic passed by our house.  The Blue Moon version of a wheat beer for autumn, Harvest Pumpkin Ale, was much better.  Again it had the flavor of spices associated with autumn without the bitter aftertaste.
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack.

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Beer 6:  Avalanche Amber Ale (Breckinridge Brewery, Denver, CO)

On 3/13/16, my son in law, Chris, treated me to an Avalanche Amber Ale.  It was pretty good.  Smooth without a bite.
Kirk’s rating:   2 – I would buy one

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Beer 7:  Hefeweizen (Flying Dog, Frederick, MD)

While out on St Patrick’s Day, 3/17/16, I ordered a Flying Dog Hefeweizen since there was no Guinness on tap at this restaurant.  It was pretty good.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 8:  Guinness (Ireland)

On 3/19/16 while in Nags Head, NC, I had a Guinness at one of the restaurants.  (I have had several times in the past and will have several more in the future).  I really like this beer and I normally don’t like dark beers.  This is different in that it is not harsh, rather it has a smooth, caramel flavor.  For me this is one beer that I can sip and drink slowly.  It doesn’t matter much if it warms up.  However, I am a bit of a stickler with the pour.  There is a certain way to pour the beer from a tap that results in a swirling foam.  If poured properly, when the foam settles, the beer does not taste flat.  So good.

Kirk’s rating:  This cannot be rated as a normal beer because you don’t want to buy it in a can or a bottle.  It is best from a tap.  My special rating is that I will order it when available on tap and will order a few.

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Beer 9:  312 Urban Wheat Ale (Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL)

On 3/23/16, I was on a roll, attempting to empty my beer fridge of orphan beers.  I had a 312 hanging around with no one willing to drink it.  So I sucked it up and drank it while relaxing on my front porch with Mary Ann.  Although I like wheat beers, this ‘urban wheat ale’ is a bit bitter and doesn’t have the flavor I would expect from a wheat beer.  I have heard that the ‘312’ implies the Chicago area code.  I hope they don’t use the water from Lake Michigan to make this beer.  Well I finished the last 312 and I don’t expect to have another one.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one.

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Beer 10:  Hoegaarden (Belgium)

On 3/29/16, on my front porch with Mary Ann, I enjoyed a Hoegaarden as we watched the rush hour traffic pass in front of us.   This is a Belgium wheat beer (witbier).  I really like the flavor of this and no bitter aftertaste.  This is another beer that is 11.2 fluid ounces.  Where the heck did the other 0.8 fl go?
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 11:  Candi Belgium Tripel (Old Dominion Brewing Co, Delaware)

On 4/15/16, while at Bethany Beach, Delaware, I had a Candi.  With the prospect of a Belgium wheat beer and an appealing label, I thought would try it.  It was pretty good.  Had a bit of a bite though.
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one.

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Beer 12: Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, MO)

Various days.  April, May, June, July, …2016.  While this is not the best beer, it is one my favorites, kind of like a mood beer.  I need to be in the mood for this…  Watching baseball, watching football, eating a meal, relaxing on a warm day.   It is kind of nostalgic, too.  In college, the one and only beer we drank was ‘Butt in a can’.

The latest version of the bottle (Budweiser has some clever marketing) is the renaming on the bottle to ‘America’.  All the text on the label are American.  Buy a bottle and read it.
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack

 

Waredaca Brewing Company (Laytonsville, MD) –
This brewery is only a few miles from our house.  On 7/3/16 we rode our bikes to the brewery and had a sampler flight of all the beers.  Here is the result:
https://www.waredacabrewing.com/

Beer 13:  Waredaca Brewing Company – Bunkhouse – Light Saison
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack
Beer 14:  Waredaca Brewing Company – Little Dam – Honey Wheat
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack
Beer 15:  Waredaca Brewing Company – White Flag – Belgian Wit
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack
Beer 16:  Waredaca Brewing Company – Beecher – IPA
I’m not big on IPAs so…
Kirk’s rating:  0 – Wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
Beer 17:  Waredaca Brewing Company – Marian – IPA
I’m not big on IPAs so…
Kirk’s rating:  0 – Wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
Beer 18:  Waredaca Brewing Company – Reveille – Coffee Stout
This one was strange.  Coffee beer.  I like coffee and I like beer, but don’t put the two of them together.
Kirk’s rating:  0 – Wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
Beer 19:  Waredaca Brewing Company – 3-2-1-Gose – Gose
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack

Beer 20:  Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager (Jamaica)

On 6/24/16 while at Chili Peppers in Nags Head, NC, I tried a ‘Red Stripe’.   The bottle reminded me of an old Blatz beer.  This was different from other beers.  Pretty good.  Kirk’s rating:   2 – I would buy one

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Beer 21:  Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat (Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, MO)

On July 10, 2016 I was sitting on the poolside looking for a beer in the outdoor beer ‘fridge.  I saw a flavor of a beer I had never heard of before.  I had to try it even though I was not too confident of the result.  I love wheat beers, but this was a Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat.  I took a sip and I couldn’t believe it.  I took another sip and confirmed it was true.  This beer was one of the worst beers I have ever drank.  What were the people at Shock Top, a reputable brewery, thinking?   It was retched.  Who got fired for this?
Kirk’s rating:  0 – Wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 22:  Jailbreak:  Feed the Monkey

On July 13, while out at a restaurant, I had a “Feed the Monkey”.  It is from “Jailbreak”, which is a local brewer in Laurel, MD.  It is a German style Hefeweizen with notes of clove and banana (I found out later).  Again I like wheat beers, but it didn’t taste as good as I thought it would.  Maybe the presentation had something to do with my impression.  Who serves a can of beer in a nice restaurant with a goofy monkey on the can.
Kirk’s rating:  1 – Would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 23:  Jacko Traveler Pumpkin Shandy

On July 16, I checked my friend’s refrigerator for a beer from his eclectic selection.  I tried the Jacko Traveler Pumpkin Shandy.  It was a good tasting wheat beer with the seasonal spice flavors of pumpkin beers.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 24:  Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

On July 16, I checked my friend’s refrigerator for a beer from his eclectic selection.  I tried the Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat.  It was a good tasting wheat beer with the seasonal spice flavors of pumpkin beers.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 25:  Weeping Willow Wit (Mother Earth Brewing)

In August 2016 while down at Nags Head, NC, we were at Chili Peppers restaurant and bar for an outdoor concert.  The “Back of the Rack” was playing.  Great band.  Made up of my buddy, Mark, and our friend, Todd.  It was a hot evening outside and I needed a cold beer.  Thought I would try a local beer, made in North Carolina.  This beer is a Belgium-style wit beer, the kind that I like.  However, it was a bit bitter for me.
Kirk’s rating:  1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 26:  Aviator Brewing Company – Wide Open Red

In August 2016 while down at Nags Head, NC, we went over to the house of a friend of Mark’s who is a Parrot Head.  I thought I would take a chance and try a local beer out of his refrigerator.  This was a mistake (sometimes you win, sometimes you lose – I lost).  This beer was retched.  I would suspect someone brought this cheap beer, put it in the refrigerator, and then drink someone else’s beer.
Kirk’s rating:  0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 27:  Allagash Saison

While in Maine in August 2016, I thought I would try a beer a well known brewery from the state.  The Allagash Brewing Company is located in Portland, Maine.  I have seen it being sold down here in Maryland.  A Saison type beer is a Belgium farmhouse style ale which was originally brewed in the summer months (Saison means ‘season’ in French).  It taste includes spice flavors.  I liked the beer.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 28:  Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Right around Halloween, I was at the Wine Harvest in Rockville, MD, with my buddy Mark.  Trying something new, I decided to have a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.  It was one of a few that I had during my 5 hour lunch.  Great to be retired.  It was real good.  Like most of these seasonal beers with special tastes, I wouldn’t buy too many.  Just a few.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Brookville Beer Farm

Only 6 miles from our house, it is hard to pass up the opportunity to try some real local beers.  The Brookville Beer Farm is a new microbrewery located in Brookville, MD.  We stopped by on October 30 to get a sample of their beers.  We tried a flight of 7.  I wasn’t so impressed with the tastes of the offerings.  It might have to grow on me.
http://brookevillebeerfarm.com/

Beer 29:  Brookville Beer Farm – Grain Batter – Table beer
Kirk’s rating:
Beer 30:  Brookville Beer Farm – Pilsner
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one
Beer 31:  Brookville Beer Farm – Happen Chance – Witbier
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one
Beer 32:  Brookville Beer Farm – Woody Hills -Altbier
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one
Beer 33:  Brookville Beer Farm – Hallows Harvest – Pumpkin porter
Kirk’s rating:  1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it
Beer 34:  Brookville Beer Farm – Ridiculous – stout
Kirk’s rating:  0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
Beer 35:  Brookville Beer Farm – Interdependence – IPA
Kirk’s rating:  0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me


Beer 36:  Sea Salt Carmel Brown – Flying Dog, Frederick, MD

For Christmas 2016, my daughter and son-in-law gave me a six pack unique beers.  This “Brewhouse Rarity” is a limited release.  I tried this one first as I did not expect to like it.  After all, who would highlight that they have sea salt in the beer.  What is this obsession with adding sea salt to everything.  It made no sense to add it to chocolates and it really doesn’t make sense for beer.
Kirk’s rating:  0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 37:  Harpoon Winter Warmer Holiday Ale (Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Mass)

This beer lived up to my expectations.  The label said it had cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.  It seemed appropriate for the season.  I liked it, but would get tired of it before I finished a six pack.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 38:  Coors Light

On December 27, the weather was not so cold so I decided to take a long walk.  How better end a four mile walk with stopping by the local bar, The Office Café and Lounge.  I earned enough burnt calories to enjoy a few beers, but I settled on one I have not had in a while, Coors Light.  Although popular, many beer drinkers frown on it (and Budweiser).  It is my favorite light beer.
Kirk’s rating:  4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 39:  Yuengling Lager

On 12/29/16 we had just arrived in Illinois to visit Mary Ann’s family.  What better greeting is for Tom, one of my brothers-in-law, to bring me a beer.   Great after a long trip.  Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery, located in Pennsylvania.
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one

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Beer 40:  Jolly Traveler Winter Shanty (Traveler Beer Company, Vermont)

On 12/29/16, Merl, another of my brothers-in-law, had a collection of different beers in his refrigerator.  He offered this Winter Shanty for me to try, saying that it was very different.  I was up for the challenge.  It did have a strange flavor, spicy and fruity.  It was pretty good.
Kirk’s rating:  2 – I would buy one

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Beer 41:  Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout

Merl offered me this one too.  This stout was aged in a whiskey barrel.  It did taste strange having the whisky flavor.  Since I don’t like stouts or whiskey flavored stouts, I did not care for this.  Fun to try, not to drink.
Note the strange glass.  Almost better than a breathalyzer.  If you can drink out of a square glass without spilling, you are not drunk.
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, New Mexico.
Kirk’s rating:  0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 42:  Schlafly Hefeweizen (St. Louis, Mo)

On 12/30/16 In the spirit of St. Louis beers, I bought a six pack to take to the family party.  This was pretty good.  It was not as flavorful of a Hefeweizen, but okay.
Kirk’s rating:  3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 43: Wicked Weed Brewing: Oblivion (Ashville, NC)

On 12/30/16, Mary Ann’s family got together for a New Year’s party. This beer tasted like wine and was real strong (8.7%). I didn’t care for it.
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 44: Boulevard Brewing Co: Tell-tale Tart (Kansas City, Mo)

On 12/31/16, Merl offered me another beer from his refrigerator stocked with eclectic beers. This one tasted good, slightly sour. While I liked the first one, the next day I had another one and I couldn’t handle it.
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 45: Schlafly White Lager (St. Louis, Mo)

On 12/31/16, while at the family New Year’s party, I had the chance to try another Schlafly beer. This was a white lager. Not as good as their Hefeweizen.
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 46: Franzishaner Weissbier (Germany)

On 1/5/17, I was eating lunch at the Olney Ale House.  I decided to try a new beer.   This one tasted good.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 47: Omme Gang: Witte Wheat Ale (Cooperstown, NY)

A bunch of us moved my niece, Elizabeth, into her new apartment in Silver Spring, MD on 1/8/17. Afterwards we went out for lunch and beers. I had this Omme Gang with my meal. I really liked it. There is a downside to it as it is expensive. A few weeks later I saw it for sale at our local beer store for around $19 for a 6 pack. Pretty steep.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack (if I had the money)

Beer 48: Winter Storm Imperial ESB (Maryland)

On 1/15/17, it was a nice day outside. I sat on the front porch and tried another beer from my Christmas six pack. Didn’t like this one, but I did finish it as I was thirsty from splitting fire wood.
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 49: Sierra Nevada: Celebration Fresh Hop IPA (California)

On 1/16/17, I continued my quest trying new beers from my Christmas six pack. This one fell flat on my taste buds. Too hoppy.
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 50: Sam Adams: Winter Lager (Boston, MA)

Since I was still thirsting for a beer on 1/16/17, I tried the Sam Adams Winter Lager. I was not too confident prior to tasting it as I had tried and did not like the 2015 version of Winter Lager. This was better than I expected. This 2016 version was much better as it had hints of orange, cinnamon, and ginger.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 51: Dogfish Head: Beer for Breakfast Stout (Milton, Delaware)

On January 19, 2017, I tried the last of the Christmas 6-pack beers. This one lived up to its anticipated taste. It was horrible. Who comes up with this stuff?
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 52: Annabel Lee White (Baltimore, MD)

On January 25, 2017, we went out to dinner with Jeff and Terry. The restaurant appeared to focus on wines. I begged off the wine and found something better. I had a few Annabel Lee White beers. This beer is a Belgium wit beer, brewed out of Baltimore, MD by Peabody Heights Brewery. Good flavor.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 53: Allagash White (Portland, ME)

On 2/14/17, I drank one of Kristin’s beers. The Allagash White is a Belgian-style wheat beer. I liked it, but it was a bitterer than similar wheat beers, such as Shock Top.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 54:  16 Mile Brewery:  Centennial Ale (Georgetown, Delaware)

On 2/18/17, while we were at Bethany Beach visiting my sister and her husband, we met up with another of my brothers in Georgetown, Delaware.  We went to the 16 Mile Brewery for a few beers and sandwiches.  This Centennial Ale was very tasty, tart, not too strong.  I liked it and would get it again, if they sold it.  This brewery changes their beers around a lot.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 55: Harp (Ireland)

On March 1, 2017, I had a Harp draft at the “Wine Harvest”. It tasted good. Smooth. I also had a few Harps on St. Patrick’s Day.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 56: Flying Dog Numero Uno (Frederick, MD)

When I tasted this as an ice cold draft at the Leprechaun Luau in Frederick, MD (3/4/17), I thought it tasted good. However, I bought a draft of it at a later date in a bar and was told by the bartender that this was Flying Dog’s version of a Corona. That ruined it for me. I tasted it and my mind said this was like a Corona. I don’t like Corona.
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 57: Fresh as Helles, Sam Adams (Boston, MA)

On April 3, 2017, I had a bottle of “Fresh as Helles”. I wasn’t too sure if I liked it or not. A few days later, I had another one. It grew on me so much that I ordered another. It had the hoppyness of the Sam Adams lagers (IBU 18 which is pretty low) but not overpowering. It had a slight orange flavor.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 58: Cold Snap, Sam Adams (Boston, MA)

On 4/5/17, I had another Sam Adams beer, “Cold Snap”. This seasonal beer is great for the winter. It is a White Ale with some spices including orange and coriander. Not hoppy– IBU of 10. Easy to drink.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 59: Optimal Wit, Port City Brewery (Alexandria, VA)

On 4/5/17, I was still in a tasting mood. I had an “Optimal Wit”. This Belgium style White Ale was very good. Since I had tasted this before from a local restaurant, I know it was good so I bought a six-pack.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 60: Mysterium, DuClaw Brewing (Baltimore, MD)

One of my daughter’s friends brought over a variety of beers on 4/12/17. This sounded pretty interesting. It tasted good but I found that after I finished it, I had no desire to have another one. This is how they describe the beer:
“This mystical, medium-bodied, 5% ABV, light amber Belgian Spiced Ale features subtle malt and hop profiles that complement its complex and spicy blend of flavors. Chamomile, grains of paradise, cardamom and phenols (fruit flavors) produced by a special strain of Belgian yeast combine to make this ale a mystery, and a bottle, you’ll never want to get to the bottom of.”
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 61: Doggie Style Pale Ale. Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)

Also in that gift pack of various beers was this Flying Dog brand. As with most Pale Ales, this was a bit hoppy (IBU 35). I could get used to it, but it would take time. They describe it as: “Flavor notes: Grassy, citrus, and slight perfume hop aromas with subtlety sweet malt body” (Who the heck comes up with these descriptions?)
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 62: Tartastic, New Belgium Brewing Co., (Fort Collins, CO)

On 4/20/17 I found “Tartastic” in my refrigerator. It was advertised as a lemon ginger sour beer. From the makers of the popular “Fat Tire” Belgium White, I would recommend sticking with “Fat Tire”. True to its label, “Tartastic” did have lemon flavor, ginger flavor, and it was sour. Too sour. It didn’t taste like a beer.
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 63: Summer Ale, Sam Adams (Boston, MA)

I was at a discount beer and wine and liquor store, so I took a chance and bought a six pack of Summer Ale. On 5/2/17 I gave it a go and tried it. At first I was not too impressed, but as with other Sam Adams beers, after tasting it a few times it grew on me. It is listed as an “American Wheat Ale”. It is not bitter as it has a low IBU – 7. It has a hint of lemon in the flavor. I liked it.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 64: Cherry Wheat, Sam Adams (Boston, MA)

On 5/6/17 I tried another “American Wheat Ale”, “Cherry Wheat”. I had drank this a few years ago and liked it. Now, I still liked it, but not as much as other Wheat Ales. The cherry flavor was a bit overpowering. I’d still drink it, though. (This had an IBU of 23, so it was a bit hoppy).
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 65: Sunset Peach Wheat Ale, Third Wave Brewing Co. (Delmar, De)

On 6/3/17, we rode in the annual Broad Creek Bike and Brew in Laurel, Delaware. At the finish line we had several local breweries sharing their beers. This wheat ale was especially good. I did not thing peach flavor would be good, but wheat beers have a fruit flavor by definition.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 66: Groove City Hefeweizen, rar Brewing (Cambridge, MD)

On the 6/3/17 Bike and Brew, I also tasted the Groove City. It was a good hefeweizen.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 67: Solar Power, Big Oyster Brewery (Rehoboth, DE)

On the 6/3/17 Bike and Brew, I also tasted the Solar Power. It was a good Belgian-style Witbier.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

 

Beer 68: Porch Rocker, Sam Adams

On 6/14/17, I sat in the TV room and enjoyed a Porch Rocker.  It had a slight lemon flavor, as advertised, smooth, but not real flavorful. I liked it. Not quite as good as the Sam Adams Summer Ale, but very drinkable. (4.5% ABV, 8 IBU)
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 69: Hefeweizen, Sam Adams

Also on 6/14/17, I enjoyed a Sam Adams Hefeweizen.  This was very good. Maybe better than a Hogarden. (5.4 ABV, 14 IBU)
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 70: Sunset Wheat, Leinenkugel (Chippewa Falls, WI)

And again on 6/14/17, I enjoyed a Sunset Wheat, a Belgian-style Witbier. It had a slight blueberry flavor. I tried it a few years ago without success. Now it is growing on me. Although it had a low IBU of 13, it still tasted a bit hoppy.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer break: Rydland Lager, 7 Locks Brewing (Rockville, MD)

No rating on this yet. I added this as an interesting note. A beer named after me! I thought it interesting as the brewery is named after a local destination. I believe “Seven Locks” refers to a particular lock or 7 of the locks along the historic C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio) canal. I spent my teen years swimming at Seven Locks Pool (on Seven Locks Road) and was on the swim team. OK, the beer is not named after the Rydlands. It is really called Redland Lager (possibly named after Redland Road in Rockville). But the draft was written on the erasable board and I convinced the manager to change it for a day in honor of me.

 

Beer 71: Summer Shandy, Leinenkugel (Chippewa Falls, WI)

On 7/6/17 and other days, I had a Summer Shandy. This is a different kind of beer. You have to be in the mood for a fruity beer. During the summer I had several and enjoyed them. (4.2% ABV, IBU 11)
From their website: Our own unique take on Franz Kugler’s original Munich tavern tradition. Leinenkugel’s® Summer Shandy® is our traditional weiss beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 72: Shoot Out the Lites (Oliver Brewing Co, Baltimore, MD)

On 7/6/17 I was scrounging through my beer fridge and found a beer that one of my daughter’s friends had left. “Shoot Out the Lites” is a “Dry Hopped Ale”. With a low alcohol (4%), it was an easy going beer. I liked it.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 73: Spotted Cow (New Glarus Brewing Co, New Glarus, WI)

At Jesse and Erin’s wedding reception in Bemidji, MN, on 7/7/17, my brother in law, Kevin, brought a cooler of beer. This Spotted Cow is a Farmhouse Ale. It was smooth and I liked it.
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 74: Summit Extra Pale Ale (Summit Brewing Co, St. Paul, MN)

At Jesse’s (Mary Ann’s nephew) and Erin’s wedding reception in Bemidji, MN, on 7/7/17, my brother-in-law, Kevin, brought a cooler of beer. I tried the Summit Extra Pale Ale. I was leery of it as I don’t always like Pale Ales, however even though this was a bit hoppy (5.2% ABV, IBU 49), it was pretty good.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 75: Session Watermelon Wheat Ale (Full Sail Brewing Co, Hood River, OR)

At Jesse and Erin’s wedding reception in Bemidji, MN, on 7/8/17, they had some weird beers. This was one. Watermelon Wheat Ale? It tasted ok. Slight taste of watermelon. I still wonder: Watermelon? Why?  (5.4 ABV, IBU 23)  And what is with the 11 ounces in a bottle.  That ain’t right.
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 76: Alien Wheat, Sierra Blanca Brewing Co (Moriarity, NM)

On 7/22/17 Jane and Merl took us to visit the Sierra Blanca Brewing Co, a small brewing company in New Mexico. The tasting room was outside in the back of the building. We tried different beers. The best I tasted was the Alien Wheat. It was pretty good. Afterwards I started noticing that the beer was sold in several locations – grocery stores and even the airport.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 77: Canoe Paddler, Leinenkugel (Chippewa Falls, WI)

On 7/23/17, while visiting Jane and Merl, I bought a six-pack of Canoe Paddler. I didn’t know what to expect, but I liked a few other Leinenkugel’s so I thought I would take a chance. With a 5% ABV and IBU 11, it came across as pretty smooth and not too strong. However, after one or two beers over the week, it seemed to not taste as good as the first one. The first few sips when it was ice cold was good, but the last few sips when warmer did not taste too good.
From the website: Leinenkugel’s® Canoe Paddler® is a slightly spicy and smooth addition to Leinenkugel’s seasonal portfolio. This Kölsch-style beer is brewed with a touch of rye for a slightly spicy flavor and clean, dry finish. It’s our take on a German classic that’s perfect for winding down and relaxing
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 78: Eleven, (Surly Brewing Co, Minneapolis, MN)

On 7/9/17, Mary Ann and I went to the Surly Brewing Co. for dinner and a beer tasting, based on several recommendations. One unique beer came in a flight of 3 beers: Eleven (10% ABV), Eleven Part A (Belgium Quad, 11% ABV), Eleven Part B (German Bret Wheat Beer, 8% ABV). Eleven was a combination of Part A and Part B. They were a bit strong in alcohol which adversely affected the flavor.
Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me

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Beer 79: Kirby Pucker Sour #16 (Eastlake Craft Brewing, Minneapolis, MN)

On 7/10/17 after riding bikes through Minneapolis, we stopped in for a beer at the Eastlake Craft Brewing Co. This beer, reverently named after Minnesota Twins star Kirby Pucket, was pretty good. It tasted like a tart strawberry kiwi.  Large bottle – 25 oz.  A bit too sour for me, though. (5.8% ABV)
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 80: Lone Star (Pabst Brewing Co/ Miller Brewing Co, San Antonio, TX)

While eating lunch at the Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe on 7/28/17, I was fortunate to find a beer I had not had in a long time. It tasted good. Typical mass produced domestic beer – not hoppy, smooth, crisp, not overpowering flavor. Lone Star.
After looking it up on the Internet, the brewery has been passed around a lot through the years. It started out as Alamo Brewing Co in 1874, bought by Anheuser-Busch, changed to Salinas Brewing, then Champion Brewing, then Muchlebach Brewing Company, renamed Lone Star Brewing Co., Olympia Brewing Co, Stroh Brewing Co, and finally Pabst Brewing Co. Now that it is Pabst Brewing Co, I am not too sure I will continue to like it, but I will get it again when I find it. (Because it is from Pabst, my rating dropped from 4 to 3)
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 81: Miller High Life (Miller Brewing Co, Milwaukie, WI)

While stopping by Sterling’s house in Nags Head, NC on 8/11/17, I was parched. Sterling had a bunch of Miller High Life bottles in his refrigerator. I had not had one in years. Ah, the ‘Champagne of Bottled Beers’.  The last time I had it might have been when in college and the guys were at the 94th street high rise condominium in Ocean City, MD. It was ‘case day’ where some of my swimming buddies competed to see if any one of us could drink a full case of beer. Bad idea. Bad idea. I had too many Miller High Life’s and of course not nearly enough to win. Since then I hadn’t had one. That was over 40 years ago.
Another experience I had with Miller High Life was when I was a 10 year old kid visiting my grandparents in Muskegon, MI. The Miller High Life bottle looked like a Verners soda pop bottle (ginger soda). I asked to drink some and my grandfather had a kick of letting me take a swig of his beer. It was horrible then, too.
Anyway, I was a bit surprised with the taste of this beer this time. It was pretty good. However, with my history of this beer I don’t anticipate buying it any time soon. I would buy one if there was no better alternative.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 82: Bud Lite

Nationals Park. 8/16/17. Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Angels. A hot day in the summer. Great day for baseball and a few beers. Mary Ann was nice enough to get me a beer. However, she bought the wrong beer. (I was drinking Bud Lite Limes). I thought, what the heck. A good setting for tasting this beer. I hadn’t had one in years. I preferred either Bud or Bud Lite Lime. Not Bud Lite. Go figure. Anyway, it was hot down by the field and the can was real cold. It tasted pretty good. However, not as good as Bud or Bud Lite Lime. I would buy one if there was no better alternative.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Black Hoof Brewing Company, Leesburg, VA

After a bike ride on the Washington and Old Dominion Railway, we met up with my sister, her husband, and a few friends. We went to the Black Hoof Brewing Company in downtown Leesburg to enjoy a few beers and some live music. I was impressed with the beers. We ordered a flight to start out tasting and went from there. https://blackhoofbrewing.com/

Beer 83: Black Hoof: Bear’s Den Nut Brown Ale (Brown Ale English, 4.9 ABV)
This was my first attempt at a Nut Brown Ale. It tasted good. Very favorable. From the website: “An English Brown Ale with nutty flavors of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts. This beer will transport you to the pubs of Yorkshire and Leeds.”
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

Beer 84: Black Hoof: Reh of Sunshine Helles (Lager – Helles, 5.0 ABV)
This reminded me of the Sam Adams Helles beer. It tasted good. From the website: “A German light lager that you would find in any Bavarian beerhall or beer garden.”
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

Beer 85: Black Hoof: Forest Edge Alter (Altbier 4.8 ABV)
This Altbier was rather weak, not much flavor.
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

Beer 86: Black Hoof: Island Pond Hefeweisen (5.6 ABV)
This was my favorite from this brewery. A good Hefeweisen. From the website: “A traditional German Wheat beer with a balance of banana and clove flavors. Popular with Bavarian Kings, this beer is wonderful during the warm summer months.”
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 87: The Love Wheat Beer (Starr Hill Brewery, Corzet, VA)

On 9/7/17, I celebrated National Beer Day by having a beer given to me by my daughter for my birthday. This Hefeweizen tasted pretty good. Someday I should taste test several beers to determine which is the best Hefeweizen. Regardless of the taste, they should work on the name. “The Love”?  Come on! (5.1% ABV, IBU 9)
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 88: Boulder Bend Dark Wheat Ale (Leavenworth Biers, Olympia, WA)

On 9/9/17, sitting on the front porch, watching the rush hour traffic go by, I tried the Dark Wheat Ale. Dark Wheat Ale? That was a first for me. Never seen one. I was very curious. It did taste really good. It was like having a Guinness (or another stout) with a wheat ale flavor added. (4.7% ABV, IBU 25).
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 89: Circus Boy Hefeweizen (Magic Hat Brewing, Burlington, VT)

Again on 9/9/17, sitting on the front porch, I tried another beer. This Hefeweizen was good too. It advertises a lemongrass flavor. I wouldn’t know. But it definitely had a different flavor. (4.5 ABV)
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 90: Workers Comp Farmhouse Ale (Two Roads Brewing, Stamford, CT)

On 9/10/17, while the fire in the fire pit died down, I drank another beer gift. The Workers Comp Farmhouse Ale. A “Classic Style Belgium Style Saison”. It had a smooth, light flavor. Not real distinctive, but very pleasant.

From the website: A traditional farmhouse ale made with a very expressive yeast strain that contributes an array of tropical fruit, spice flavors and aromatics. Brewed with a variety of harvest grains including barley, wheat, oats and rye as was likely the case with farmhouse brewers of yore. The result is a complex, refreshing and distinctive example of this esoteric style. Intensely fruity (passion fruit, pineapple, mango, lychee), slightly spicy (clove, white pepper)
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Beer 91: Sam Adams Octoberfest (Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA)

On 9/12/17, I was visiting my daughter two doors down and enjoying the evening before dinner. I tasted another Sam Adams beer, Octoberfest. I was a bit disappointed in this beer. It didn’t seem to have much of the flavor that I expect from Sam Adams. It was kind of bland. It didn’t put me in the autumn mood. (5.3% ABV, 16 IBU)
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Beer 92: Newcastle Brown Ale (Heineken, England)

On 9/14/17 I stopped in the Olney Ale House for lunch. Half price Reuben Thursday. To get the half price, you need to buy a beverage. I had been wanting to try Newcastle Brown Ale for a long time and I needed a good excuse. Here it was. The beer is an English brown ale. It had a smooth flavor that had me thinking of getting a second. But I had to get home. Although it was very good, I am not sure that I would buy a six-pack.
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one

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Beer 93: Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen (Lonerider Brewing, Raleigh, NC)

On 9/14/17, hanging out in my kitchen with some time on my hands, I thought I would try the Shotgun Betty. I was a bit disappointed with it. When pouring Shotgun Betty, there was not much head <Insert your joke here>. The taste was a bit flat, too. <Insert your joke here> She definitely did not live up to her drawing on the can. (5.8% ABV, 11 IBU)

From the website: “Part vixen, part vigilante, Shotgun Betty uses her sharpshooting skills to target those that show a weakness for wheat beer with a body that won’t quit. This German-style Hefeweizen features a rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish.”

Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it

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Beer 94: Waulua Wheat (Kona Brewing Co, Hawai’i)

On 9/14/17 I continued my beer quest on the front porch drinking a Waulua Wheat beer from Kona. At first I thought, “Wheat beer from Hawai’i? What gives?) I was surprised by the taste. They brewed it with tropical passion fruit so as to make the wheat beer taste ‘tropical’. It was pretty good. Although I liked it, I doubt I could drink more than one or two. The fruity taste would become tiresome. (5.4% ABV, 15 IBU)
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

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Gordon Biersch Brewery, San Jose, CA / DC

During our day down in DC viewing museums and parades, on 9/16/17, we needed to stop in for lunch. Gordon Biersch Brewery is a good restaurant that has several craft beers. We enjoyed our meal along with a flight sampling of their beers. Below are those we tried.

Beer 95: Festbier (Oktoberfest, 5.3% ABV, 25 IBU)

“Contemporary Munich-style Oktoberfest. Fresh unfiltered lager beer hopped with Hersbrucker.” This tasted pretty good. Mild, but with very little flavor.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 96: Golden Export (German helles lager, 5% ABV, 17 IBU)

“Classic German helles lager made with 100% pilsner malt lightly hopped with a kiss of Hersbrucker. Single malt, single hop.” Mild.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 97: Belgian Abbey Ale (Belgian Ale, 6.5% ABV, 22 IBU)

“Garnet colored Belgian ale exhibiting aromas of dried fruit and spice derived from the use of dark malts and warm fermentation.” This was pretty good. Enough that I bought another one.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 98: Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV, 17 IBU)

“Traditional unfiltered German wheat beer. Fermentation with Bavarian yeast produces esters of banana and clove.” This tasted very good however it had a bit strong banana smell when drinking it.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 99: Marzen (auburn lager, 5.7% ABV, 18 IBU)

“Generous amounts of Munich and caramel malts provide a mildly sweet finish to the beer.” This tasted good even though it had a malty taste – different.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

Beer 100: Standard Stout (5% ABV, 30 IBU)

“Authentic dry stout brewed with roasted barley.” This was pretty good. Can’t beat a Guinness.
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one

 

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Beer 101: Bud Lite Lime (Budweiser, St. Louis, Mo)

How could I forget BLL in my top 100? Since I began this quest, I had periodically drank a BLL. Mostly in the warmer months. I thought I had put it in my list. When I got to 100, I looked in my refrigerator and contemplated drinking one. Then I asked myself “when did you write it up?” I looked over the blog page and found that I had inadvertently missed it. So, my 100 Beers became 101.

There is something about this beer that is appealing. I can drink these like they are lime sodas and not get the positive effects or the negative effects (handover) (4.2% ABV, 7 IBU)

Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

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Ratings:

Kirk’s rating: 0 – I wouldn’t drink it if it was given to me
Kirk’s rating: 1 – I would drink it but I would not buy it
Kirk’s rating: 2 – I would buy one
Kirk’s rating: 3 – I would buy more than one
Kirk’s rating: 4 – I would buy a six-pack

 

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