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NerfLad 01-10-2013 06:12 PM

The Beer Thread
 
I noticed some discussion in the "would you burn your drums" thread about regional/micro beer. How bout a thread where we discuss, share and review our favorite/least favorite beers?

I tend to like ales more than lagers. I'm not terribly picky, but I've grown to like heavy hops. The best beer I've had so far was a Jai Alai IPA made by Cigar City Brewery in Tampa, FL.

Your turn!

Fuo 01-10-2013 06:24 PM

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I like the hoppy stuff too, plus strong ales, and the good stuff from Belgium. Favorites would probably be:

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Duval
Chimay (the yellow/gold/tan label)
La Fin de Monde
Smuttynose IPA (the one with the 2 old dudes on the label)
Troeg's Perpetual IPA
Flying Dog Double IPA (double dog?)

Occasionally I like porters and stouts (Anchor Porter, Guiness, Maui Coconut Porter). btw, i generally hate fruity, flavored beer, but that Maui Coconut Porter is crazy good. The coconut is REALLY subtle.

I generally dislike maltier stuff like lager, brown ale, etc.

wsabol 01-10-2013 06:28 PM

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I love beer. I'm also a hoppy-ale kinda guy.

A microbrewery that gaining some momentum here in Houston is Saint Arnold: the patron saint of beer, haha. Their Elissa IPA and Amber Ale are two of my favorites. I also enjoy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.. hmm

Nickropolis 01-10-2013 06:46 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Great thread, I see this going well into the hundreds if not thousands of posts. :)

My personal beer preference depends on the day, my mood, what I'm eating and how much I plan to drink. I love trying new beers, too. If I had to pick one though, it would be a hefeweizen.

Two micro breweries here that really do a great job are Propeller and Garrison.

Propeller had a hefeweizen that was brewed with clove and banana (it tasted nothing like bananas, don't worry). For some ungodly reason, they decided to stop making it last summer...what I wouldn't give for a personal supply of that stuff...

Recently popular with Propeller has been a Double IPA, hoppy as hell and 9% if my brain remembers, big seller.

Fuo: Good choices on Chimay and Fin du Monde...nothing quite like getting a Fin in Montreal.

NerfLad 01-10-2013 06:46 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Sierra Nevada is a Pale Ale mainstay. I wasn't sure if they were nationwide, though it seems that they are! I think I've only had their green label IPA, but I'm a fan. A similar but sweeter beer from Atlanta is Sweetwater 420. It's great with a meal. Has anyone tried that? I really need to have a Troegs! I've heard nothing but good things.

Fuo 01-10-2013 06:56 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by NerfLad (Post 1096663)
Sierra Nevada is a Pale Ale mainstay. I wasn't sure if they were nationwide, though it seems that they are! I think I've only had their green label IPA, but I'm a fan. A similar but sweeter beer from Atlanta is Sweetwater 420. It's great with a meal. Has anyone tried that? I really need to have a Troegs! I've heard nothing but good things.

Yea Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (the green bottle) is probably the one gateway beer that got me into the good stuff ages ago. I've had Sweetwater 420 when I traveled for work down in SC, but I've never seen it up here (MD has HORRIBLE liquor laws so our selection isn't the greatest), i remember liking it a lot. Troegs is a PA brewery, not sure if they're nationwide.

Kelly! 01-10-2013 07:50 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Gotta go with the dogfish head 90 minute IPA. Perfection...

OrangeAgent27 01-10-2013 07:52 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
There is only one beer I love and that's Bells Oberon, from my home state of Meatchicken.

Thud 01-10-2013 08:02 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Guinness. There is no other drink like it although Murphy's is similar.

mxo721 01-10-2013 08:07 PM

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I always liked Bass Ale, but have discovered a local ale I like even more it's called "805" by firestone brewery, the 805 being the area code for Ventura county. I don't drink very often, so when i do buy beer. I'll spend more for quality.

NerfLad 01-10-2013 08:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Kelly! (Post 1096695)
Gotta go with the dogfish head 90 minute IPA. Perfection...

That's definitely a great one! surprisingly easy (relatively) to find too.

dmacc 01-10-2013 10:26 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
I like many of the micro brews that I've tasted in various parts of the country my wife and I have traveled to. My ultimate favorite is Dead Guy Ale.

At home I generally buy some form of Sam Adams.

In any event, I'm now trying to cut back on my 1-2 bottles per night. The pounds are catching up with me at this age now. Now just trying to settle into 5 bottles per week.

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-11-2013 12:01 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Dont like:
Guinness or any other stout. Just too thick and heavy for me.
Budweiser. Seriously, you guys call that beer? I'm down with Millers and Coors and any other US beer I've tasted (which to be honest is not a hell of a lot)....but Bud is an abomination. Tastes like beer flavoured water to me.
Certain home brews by friends who shall remain nameless.
Anything lukewarm......honestly England, get with the program!!

Like:
Pretty much anything else......especially if it's someone else's shout.
I'm sure I'll always stumble across something that is not really to my tastes, but I can always finish it. It just may be time to change to something else for the next round. But all in all, I'm generally pretty happy just to have a beer.....as long as it's ice cold.

Love:
Crown Lager
Heineken
Stella Artois
Peroni
Carlton Draught on tap at the pub.

Anon La Ply 01-11-2013 12:21 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Nerf, there is a ban on discussing matter of religion here ...

DrumEatDrum 01-11-2013 12:27 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
My current favorite is called Black Toad Dark Ale. I Ooly ever find it at Trader Joe's. Not really sure if it available anywhere else, it might be an exclusive to them. And it's relatively cheap for a quality beer. Dark, but not heavy.

Other favorites include
Stella
Samuel Adams
Sierra Nevada.
Red Hook.

Dislikes: Bud, Miller, Coors and most mass produced American Beers.

When it gets over 100 degrees, then it's Corona time, but not unless it's hot.

Also the house beer from Costco is surprising good.

EarthRocker 01-11-2013 12:47 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
I'm really big on IPA myself. I also dig stouts. I really like most stuff from Flying Dog, too but it's hard to find around here.

keep it simple 01-11-2013 12:53 AM

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Patriotism aside, I have to confess, the Belgians have everyone beat to a pulp here. Leffe blonde or brune for the hop heads amongst you. Twice the strength of most beers (that's about 3,000 x the strength of Budweiser or most other commercial American beers), but it's Leffe's balance of flavours that sets it apart from almost anything else on the planet. Beautiful stuff, but don't drink too much of it.

About the only close to drinkable commercial American beer I've found is Sam Adams, although most micro breweries come up with the occasional half reasonable brew.

As for you Oz guys sir Pocket, you chill the crap out of everything because you have no concept of ales, stouts, or bitters. You're limited to largers, & most of it is so acrid it needs chilling - badly. I'll tip my hat to you upsidedownies though, at least your larger's better than most of the US commercially branded fizzy piss ;)

DrumEatDrum 01-11-2013 12:57 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by keep it simple (Post 1096829)
Patriotism aside, I have to confess, the Belgians have everyone beat to a pulp here.

True, the Belgian are the best. But some can be quite pricey here in the USA....

OrangeAgent27 01-11-2013 01:20 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by keep it simple (Post 1096829)
Patriotism aside, I have to confess, the Belgians have everyone beat to a pulp here.

Beer, frites, chocolate and mussels. Love those crazy bastards.

BacteriumFendYoke 01-11-2013 02:09 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Here we go:

I used to live in Lancaster, which had a fantastic local brewery. All of their beers were fantastic: Lancaster Blonde, Red, Redder and Black. Black was my favourite - it was a little like Guinness but with a much heavier burnt malt taste. That was very nice indeed.

Other beers that come to mind are Timothy Taylor, Hobgoblin (their cider, Green Goblin is great), Abbott (and Abbott Reserve) and Doom Bar. I'm sure I could name around a dozen more if my memory were serving me better.

My preference tends to be for Stouts and Porters. Darker beer is generally my preference.

Lager-wise, San Miguel and Corona are fine. Leffe Blonde is nice but lagers and cold-fermenting beers in general are not my thing. I'm all about the old-fashioned warm-fermenting ales.

Kelly! 01-11-2013 03:24 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
When I visited Hawai'i I tried a beer from their local brewing company called Kona. The "pipeline porter" was surprisingly good! But of course, hard to find on the mainland. Or at least here in Tennessee it is. I have to admit though, if I'm drinking to get wasted, natural ice always does the trick. Anyone else?

caddywumpus 01-11-2013 03:58 AM

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I come from the land of micro breweries. A mainstay in Portland is Widmer, who is notorious for their Hefeweizen and their Drifter (a pale ale).

Gosh, there are so many good ones. Amnesia, Bridgeport, Hopworks, MacTarnahans, Deschutes, Full Sail, etc.

We also have several breweries that open restaurants/pubs around them, like The Ram and McMenamins.

MikeM 01-11-2013 05:02 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by keep it simple (Post 1096829)
...at least your [...] better than most of the US commercially branded fizzy piss ;)

Psssh! Anyone can like a good beer. What's so special about that? :)

I'm a PBR guy, myself...

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-11-2013 05:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 1096905)
Amnesia, .

I really, REALLY, REALLY want to drink a beer called Amnesia!!

I've had plenty that have that effect.........but none that so boldly......and so proudly claim it from the outset.

Kelly! 01-11-2013 05:48 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeM (Post 1096926)
Psssh! Anyone can like a good beer. What's so special about that? :)

I'm a PBR guy, myself...

Hipster beer lol. Just kiddin... But my god they're all over this city. Riding their hipster ass hipster bikes and such. In their defense, it is the cheapest beer in the bars. $2.00 all day long. Can't argue with that!

DrumEatDrum 01-11-2013 05:58 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 1096905)
I come from the land of micro breweries. A mainstay in Portland is Widmer, who is notorious for their Hefeweizen and their Drifter (a pale ale).

I'm fond of the Widmer Drop top Ale.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeM (Post 1096926)
Psssh! Anyone can like a good beer. What's so special about that? :)

I'm a PBR guy, myself...

I thought it was a crime to live in Seattle and like bad beer!

8Mile 01-11-2013 06:58 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
I generally prefer stouts, porters and ales, although anyone who thinks lagers can't be good has never tasted a Pilsner Urquell.

Our microbrews in Michigan can be excellent. I buy local often. Too many brands to name, but Bell's is very good and started the microbrew trend in the eastern half of the U.S.

I love the Belgians, nothing like a good Trappist ale or framboise. Duval is good. I love German beers of all sorts. For the better-known brands, Bass, Guiness, Stella Artois.

soren-k 01-11-2013 07:01 AM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Most of the lines from New Belgium are great. 1554 (black ale) might be my all time favorite beer. I had one called "2 degrees below" one time that I recall being very tasty. Flat Tire is totally respectable. Their winter lager is good too, but tastes more like an IPA.

Also Newcastle. Love a good brown ale.

Dr_Watso 01-11-2013 07:22 AM

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For some reason I can't pin-point, this beer seems to fit me.

NerfLad 01-11-2013 05:12 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Oh come on, as far as ultra-light adjunct lagers go, PBR isn't that bad... Great responses so far! Especially Watso :)

OrangeAgent27 01-11-2013 05:28 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 8Mile (Post 1096958)
I generally prefer stouts, porters and ales, although anyone who thinks lagers can't be good has never tasted a Pilsner Urquell.

Our microbrews in Michigan can be excellent. I buy local often. Too many brands to name, but Bell's is very good and started the microbrew trend in the eastern half of the U.S.

I love the Belgians, nothing like a good Trappist ale or framboise. Duval is good. I love German beers of all sorts. For the better-known brands, Bass, Guiness, Stella Artois.

Michigan is home to two of the finest microbreweries in the country. Bells and Founders. 'Nuff said.

Shoot, I remember when Strohs was good beer.

NerfLad 01-11-2013 06:06 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Anyone here a fan of the white and wheaty? I loooove Hoegaarden and Shock Top White Ale. Those are macros, though. I don't think I know of any craft-brewed witbiers. I should look around...

TTNW 01-11-2013 06:17 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NerfLad (Post 1096663)
A similar but sweeter beer from Atlanta is Sweetwater 420. It's great with a meal. Has anyone tried that?

I'm in Atlanta and a friend of mine owns a liquor store with a phenomenal selection of beers. The Sweetwater Brewery has a lot of great beers. I dig the 420 but lately I like the "Motor Boat".

Anybody else tried some of the Sweetwater Beers?

Oh, and you can't forget Innis & Gunn. Delicious.

Fuo 01-11-2013 06:29 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NerfLad (Post 1097136)
Anyone here a fan of the white and wheaty? I loooove Hoegaarden and Shock Top White Ale. Those are macros, though. I don't think I know of any craft-brewed witbiers. I should look around...

Yea, I kinda like begium whites occasionally (esp when I need something lower in alcohol for longer sessions). Unibrue's (makers of la fin du monde) is very good (canadian, but begium-style), Blanche de Chambly. Hoegaarden is good. Ommegang Witte (US, but begium-style) is great, but I've only seen it sold in the big champange bottles.

Weird.. I can't think of any micro Belgium whites that are actually from Belgium...

larryz 01-11-2013 06:54 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
I dislike beers with a lot of alcohol. Really my favs are

Miller High Life Lite
Michelob Ultra
Yuengling Light (America's oldest brewery..in Pennsylvania too !!)
Hoegaarden
Newcastle Brown

larryz 01-11-2013 06:55 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OrangeAgent27 (Post 1097122)
Michigan is home to two of the finest microbreweries in the country. Bells and Founders. 'Nuff said.

Shoot, I remember when Strohs was good beer.

Fire brewed Stroh's? Ah yes.... the teenage kid's beer of choice. Cheap and plentiful.

alparrott 01-11-2013 07:09 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
I drink nearly any kind of beer, but my favorites are IPAs, stouts and darker ales. I've been involved in homebrewing circles for many years now, and central Washington is home to some of the best brewpub, microbrew, and craft beer offerings on the planet. I was also fortunate enough to do a lot of globetrotting in past years, and have fond recollections of the many fine beers of Belgium, Germany, the UK, and Mexico. I also enjoy a nice, rich glass of red wine now and again, or a fine single-malt scotch. I don't have a drinking problem... I have a drinking dilemma!

OrangeAgent27 01-11-2013 07:19 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by larryz (Post 1097163)
Fire brewed Stroh's? Ah yes.... the teenage kid's beer of choice. Cheap and plentiful.

Lmao. Yessir. It was bought out by someone, I can't remember who, and went from decent to horrible.

tamadrm 01-11-2013 10:13 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold (Post 1096799)
Dont like:
Guinness or any other stout. Just too thick and heavy for me.
Budweiser. Seriously, you guys call that beer? I'm down with Millers and Coors and any other US beer I've tasted (which to be honest is not a hell of a lot)....but Bud is an abomination. Tastes like beer flavoured water to me.
Certain home brews by friends who shall remain nameless.
Anything lukewarm......honestly England, get with the program!!

Like:
Pretty much anything else......especially if it's someone else's shout.
I'm sure I'll always stumble across something that is not really to my tastes, but I can always finish it. It just may be time to change to something else for the next round. But all in all, I'm generally pretty happy just to have a beer.....as long as it's ice cold.

Love:
Crown Lager
Heineken
Stella Artois
Peroni
Carlton Draught on tap at the pub.

I'm pretty much with you mate.Bud is crap and I still can't understand it's popularity.That may change.Since the InBev takeover,it seems they have changed the formula,and by doing so,lost some customers.

We have lots of micro and micro/micro breweries in the NY metropolitan area,who make serious brews.

One such place is the Gaslight restaurant and brewery in South Orange New Jersey.The brewery sits in the back of the restaurant and is enclosed by glass.The food is mostly German,with a little American food thrown in for patrons who don't know what a good Roladin or Jaegerschnitzel mit potato balls tastes like.Must be my German blood.They also won't serve Budweiser.:) If any of you are within an hour or two of the place,it's worth the trip,but bring a designated driver.There's no way you're having just one pint.

A Brief list.I prefer mostly darker lagers and ales
Gaslight black and tan and Octoberfest
Harps ale (for the Irish in ye laddy)
Stella
Spaten
Hacker-Pschorr
South Hampton ale
Brooklyn Lager
Corona(summer only with a lime)
Spaten Weiss Beer(summer only in a pilsner glass with a slice of lemon)
Yuengling (brewed in PA and the oldest brewery in the US)Black and tan,lager and porter.Although I prefer my beer cold,this stuff is so good,you can drink it warm.
Crown lager
Amsterdam (not that light crap)
Blue moon ale

Thats just a short list.There's a beer import store a few miles away that has over 500 different beers in bottle,can,mini kegs,kegs and on tap for you to buy in growlers(large capped bottles)

I don't know how many remember this but in NY City, you used to able to buy tap beer in white cardboard 1 quart tubes,similar to Chinese take out soup containers,for 1 dollar US.

So many beers ......not enough time.But I'm dedicated to the cause.:)

Steve B

MikeM 01-11-2013 10:18 PM

Re: The Beer Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 1096942)
I thought it was a crime to live in Seattle and like bad beer!

I'm pretty sure it is, but with legal 420 and good beer all around, how's a guy supposed to feel outside the law? Besides, I like the way it drinks like fizzy water at practice. Otherwise I'd be morbidly obese and hammered all the time.


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