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Messages - John B

Who is Where? / Re: Porto
January 23, 2024, 11:17:29 AM
Fantastic report Jay!  :appauding-1:

From the looks of it the beer scene in Porto certainly has greatly improved in recent years. That's wonderful to see.

One thing that seems not to have changed is that warm Portuguese hospitality. That's also a good thing.

Thanks for sharing your and Linda's experiences here Jay. You really do a great job capturing the essence of the places that you've visited.

Cheers! - John
Who is Where? / Re: Porto
January 11, 2024, 04:15:46 PM
It's been about a dozen years or so since I was in Porto. Beautiful city for sure, but yes as far as beery destinations there wasn't much at all to speak of back then. Hopefully that's changed since my visit.

Two things that I know you won't have a hard time finding are places to drink their famous wine, and coffee shops. I remember standing on one street in front of a coffee shop, which was right next door to another coffee shop, which was across the street from a coffee shop, which was across the intersection from another coffee shop. Four coffee shops within spitting distance of each other, lol.

Oh yeah, and codfish. It's everywhere.

Have fun Jay, looking forward to your impressions of Porrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrto (that's how I used to pronounce it to my Portuguese girlfriend at the time).

Saúde! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Duchesse Cherry
January 08, 2024, 05:07:16 PM
Wow Viv, double the cost of the base beer!? I can see why you'll stick to the base beer in the future. I would too.

Cheers! - John
Beer News / Re: De Bierboom
January 06, 2024, 04:58:34 PM
Oh nooooo. So sad to hear this. I wish Rudy and Marina all the best in the future, as well as to the new owners.

Cheers - John
Beer Pub Experiences / Re: De Snelle Duve - Snellegem
January 05, 2024, 01:07:57 PM
Beautiful report Filip!  :appauding-1:

Interesting info about the Duivels beer. Yes hopefully someday their beers will eventually make it over here to the USA.   F_C

Cheers! - John

Chit Chat / Re: Happy New-Year 2024 !
January 01, 2024, 07:44:15 AM
Wishing everyone here a very happy new year. May you find it full of peace, love and happiness.

Cheers! - John
Beer News / Re: 960.000+ views !
December 27, 2023, 04:26:03 PM
That dog in the background is thinking "See, that's what happens when you don't drink from a proper glass".

Cheers! - John
December 25, 2023, 02:17:12 AM
Jay, If that isn't one of the most enticing photographs of a beer that I've ever seen then I don't know what is. I'm having a hard time not licking my computer screen.

Cheers mate! - John
December 24, 2023, 10:33:40 PM
Quote from: Jay on December 24, 2023, 10:09:46 PMMerry Christmas guys, bet you can guess the beer I'll be opening ⛄️


I know the answer, but I'm going to keep Silent toNight and let someone else take a guess.  :chin:

Merry Christmas to you and your family Jay.

Cheers! - John
Chit Chat / Re: Merry Xmas to all from Bruges
December 24, 2023, 11:23:37 AM
A Merry Bruges Christmas for sure! Looks like Santa is certainly enjoying his share of good Belgian beer in that video. Hope he is still able to steer his sleigh in the right direction. "Ho Ho... Whoooops!"

Christmas Cheers! - John
December 24, 2023, 11:17:26 AM
A very Merry Christmas to you and your families!   :smileysdrinkingbeer:

Cheers! - John
Who is Where? / Re: Hamburg
December 12, 2023, 12:39:33 AM
Fantastic report Jay! Your pictures, your descriptions, simply amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share this with us. I truly appreciate it mate! 


Cheers! - John
Who is Where? / Re: Hamburg
December 11, 2023, 04:03:31 PM
Those German Christmas markets are really something aren't they Jay? Thanks for sharing your great photos and remembrances of your trip. Very happy to hear that you're all doing well now too.

Cheers Mate! - John
Beer Tastings / Re: Monk's Cafe Grand Cru
December 07, 2023, 07:53:41 PM
Quote from: Trappist on December 07, 2023, 02:16:32 PMIt is strange that there is no single mentioning of barrel ageing.
Normally, this blend was aged for 6 months in Oak Casks ???

Well, I sure didn't taste any oak flavors here. Maybe they changed things at the brewery?

That's interesting Filip. It's been a long time since I've had this beer, probably at least 7 or 8 years or more if memory serves me correctly, and I do remember the oak flavor being very prominent back then.

It's not a style that I like much these days, which is interesting because years ago I did enjoy it very much. Then all of a sudden my tastes changed and it wasn't. Maybe it's time to go back and give that style another try, if I can find any locally.

Thanks for sharing your tasting impressions Filip.  t_u

Cheers! - John   
Who is Where? / Re: Hamburg
December 06, 2023, 11:43:35 PM
Welcome back Jay, good to hear that you had a nice trip. Sorry to hear to hear that you all got Covid. Hope you recover quickly mate!

Cheers! - John