Beercritic asks: Attending Twitter Live Tasting: Stouts?
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Tonight at 6 p.m., EST, I’ll be participating (as twitter username lemasney) in an online tasting event, part of Twitter Tasting Live, more commonly known on

Twitter as #TTL, where people tweet tasting notes all the time, and hash TTL as a way of updating those who are interested.

From time to time, specific beers are chosen for group review, like a book club, and we all get together on a Saturday night, virtually, to participate.

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Tonight, we’ll be tasting two British Stouts, and two American Stouts. They each have garnered 98s on which is no easy task. Rogue‘s Chocolate Stout and their Shakespeare Stout, as well as Samuel Smith‘s Oatmeal Stout and their Imperial Stout. I’ve had all of these before, but am looking forward to having them all again. This will be my first time participating in a group TTL event, but not their first event — I missed that one, and how sad I was.

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Also, I’ve done some math on what I can expect to consume in calories this evening as a single taster who does not intend to throw any of this great beer away:

Brewery and brew	RateBeer	ABV	Price	FlOz	Calories	price per fl oz
Rogue Chocolate Stout	98.	6.30%	$5.99	22	347	$0.27
Rogue Shakespeare Stout	98.	6.00%	$5.99	22	330	$0.27
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout	98.	7.00%	$3.29	18.7	327	$0.18
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout	98.	5.00%	$3.09	18.7	234	$0.17
					1,238	Total Calories
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Beercritic asks: where to go?
01/21/2009, 4:37 AM
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Using postbot to post the question: what is the best place in Philadelphia to get great beer on tap?

Beercritic asks: What is Beer Porn?
01/05/2009, 2:50 PM
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I wanted to give a shout of thanks to Shawn Connelly, aka the Beer Philosopher, who runs a great blog, and started my favorite home-away-from-home at — Shawn recently wrote on his blog about some of my visual work on The Aleuminati, his social network about beer:

John LeMasney, who can also be found on his own blog called beercritic, has consistently been cranking out some jaw-dropping visuals of high-end beers. Almost every day, Aleuminati members are treated to gorgeous photo spreads (nearly 400 of them now) of great beers in the photos section of the site. In addition to the excellent photos, John captures videos of the beers he’s enjoying as they’re poured into their respective glassware. These videos, mostly ranging from 1:00 – 3:00 minutes in length, are a lot of fun to watch. Not only are they well-made; they’re a true (not so) guilty pleasure to the true beer geek.

via Beer Philosopher – Drink Wisely.: LIKE WATCHING “BEER PORN”.

Beercritic asks: is down (but is it out?)
11/04/2008, 7:41 PM
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I’m sad to see the events as they unfolded on recently. First a few weeks or months back, upon visiting the site, Firefox started warning of script redirects. If you wanted to still use RateBeer, you could, but only by ignoring the issues the site was experiencing, or by protecting yourself by antiscripting tools (e.g. the noscript plugin for Firefox) and/or great anti-virus tools. Sigh. Then yesterday, and a day or so before that, each beer listed would run a redirect script upon clicking. For the unprotected, it was more than just a nuisance — it was a threat. For the protected, the site became virtually unusable unless you starting typing in missing parts of URLs stripped by the antiscripting tools. Sigh again.

RateBeer shelf tags were perhaps the first way that I began to discover great beer, and I still use them today. I’m sad to say that it looks like that particular tool and its era are probably gone. The site currently reads:

RateBeer Security Timeout: I need some help!
So far I haven’t found a soul who can help. If you can help, please shoot me an email at joet @ I have recently been laid off, so I am a bit on the hurting for cash side. Anyone who can help here would be greatly appreciated. PayPal donations to would be greatly appreciated.


p.s. thanks for all your support and understanding. 82 was compromised so it was closed.

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Sorry to hear it Joe. Things are tough all over.


Beercritic asks: Where’s my LED light gallery?
06/28/2008, 3:30 AM
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Here it is:

beercritic asks: beer of the month clubs in central NJ?
05/09/2008, 5:31 PM
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Craft beers are on the rise.

Most wine stores who have web sites and shipping options also have a wine club. I’m really intrigued by the idea of a craft beer club. Suppose I gave you $30 a month, like many wine club starter levels, and you find a way to deliver me 3 great 22oz craft beers a month with no repeats for at least a year?

The first month could be a Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye, a Victory Baltic Thunder, and a Ommegang Witte, since you might already have those in stock. After that you could branch out or do themes, like hoppy ales of the Northwest, followed by Double IPAs from the East, followed by European Chocolate Stouts. There’s so many great beers out there, and so few ways to get the special ones, that I think I’m not alone in wanting this service.

I’d also love a six pack sampler option, where you buy 12 special cases of 12 fantastic beers, then mix and match them into 12 packs for $20-30. You could go wild with your sampling options, themes, and pricing there. You could throw in a really special ale or two and offset the cost by way of the method of distribution.

It would mean at least $30 a month you’re not getting right now, but probably a lot more. We want variety, availability, and service, and those are all things you can offer.

Best of luck.