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    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
    Because I love good beer, and I know some of you bastards have exposed yourselves to things that I've never heard of. Save other people your suffering and pick out the good stuff.

    My contribution:

    Innis & Gunn, an Edinburgh ale aged in oak whiskey barrels and with everything good that could possibly come from that. If you like beer, you'll like this or you're a fool.
    St Peter's Ale, it says "organic" on the label but don't be misled. This isn't hippy-juice, this is a damn fine ale with a great taste and a plenty big bottle for those days when you need lots of refreshment. When they were forced to use a different kind of bottle for a while, they attached an apology note to every single one - these people care.

    You name it, I'll find and try it. Who's with me?
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
    Ale. Lager yeast makes me gassy. Malty rather than hoppy. Homemade if I can get it (or, y'know, make it), something koo-koo by Flying Dog or Dogfish Head if I don't feel like schlepping up to the brew shop.

    Basically: I fucking love beer.
  1.  (204.3)
    Growing up in Oregon left me exposed to a lot of fine beers. I'll drink almost anthing good but my preferrence is for stouts, porters and ales. Some of the best I've had in my time are Rogue's Dead Guy Ale and Morimoto Hazelnut Brown, Stone Brewing Company's Arrogant Bastard, Full Sail's Amber, Deschuttes Brewery's Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Bridgports IPA.

    Unfortunately, most of these are unavailable whereI am now so I can usually be found drinking either Red Tail Ale, made locally at the Mendocino Brewing Company, or Newcastle.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Here in PA, we're fond of our Yuengling. We annoy outsiders with our great love of it. I like both the Lager and the Black and Tan, which is really just a dark beer.
    I'm a big fan of Ontario, Canada's Upper Canada beers as well. Probably the Lager and Dark, but it's been so long since I've had the option to drink them, I can't remember which ones.
    As well as Newcastle Brown, and Smithwick's.
    If want a stronger beer, like 12 or 14% if memory serves, try Quebec's Maudite or La Fin Du Monde. They taste weird and have little floaty bits at the bottom of the bottle, but by the end of your second, I doubt you'll care much.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Some of my favourites include Bitterroot Brewing's Sawtooth, Fat Tire and Swan's Scotch Ale. Except for Fat Tire, they're all pretty hard to find outside of Montana or Victoria. Still, if you're ever in Hamilton, MT, pay eight or so bucks and get a gallon of beer in a nifty growler, it's worth it.
  2.  (204.6)
    Yuengling Black and Tan is a great cheap beer, beat out slightly by McSorley's Dark, a beer brewed specifically for a bar in downtown Manhattan of the same name. Absolutely the best Under-$10 a six-pack beer I've ever had.

    Of course, I know nothing about brewing or microbrewing or Purity Laws, really. I just know that Heineken tastes like shit, Budweiser is undrinkable, Newcastle is good and I can't afford to drink many over-$10 beers, at least not all that often.
  3.  (204.7)
    Leffe (I prefer the Brune version)
    Delirium Tremens

    Dark, meaty, belgium beers with a high percent. This is what I drink when I have money. Otherwise it's whatever's cheapest so carling, carlsberg or fosters which are all fucking piss, but a man's gotta drink what a man's gotta drink.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Oh yeah, seconded on the Belgian beer. Piraat, Orval or the Chimay blue. Mmmm...boozy.
    • CommentAuthorKunundrum
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    I live in Cleveland, and the local Great Lakes Brewing Co. makes a Christman Ale with honey, cinnamon, and ginger. It's 7.9%, and drinking a six pack fucks you up pretty good. It says serve at 55 degrees but I like it much much colder. Sadly it's almost sold out already.
  4.  (204.10)
    St Peter's Ale is a fine drop.

    I've always been fond of Fraoch, the heather ale. Golden Promise is a nice summer beer.

    You've reminded me that I have a mixed case of beers from a Suffolk brewery downstairs...
  5.  (204.11)
    I found a bar in Copenhagen that had several Chimays on draught. Served in the proper Chimay glasses, too. I could have lived there.
  6.  (204.12)
    There's a bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts that has Chimay Red on draft with the proper glasses. I did some severe damage there over the Thanksgiving holiday.
  7.  (204.13)
    If any of you ever come to Brazil, be sure to try Baden Baden
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Victory Ale is pretty nice. I'm also a fan of Dogfish Head and the Saranac Imperial IPA.

    I have to respectfully disagree with Joe Paoli in that Yuengling is pretty mediocre. It's good for a cheaper beer that has some taste, but I wouldn't put it up there with actual good, flavorful beers.

    And then microbrews. There are some great ones around, and it's generally one of the better ways to find good American beer.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Oh, and how could I forget Arrogant Bastard Ale? Great taste, pretty high ABV, and you'll feel like a fucking champ. If Warren hasn't drunk this already, I would be surprised.

    Pricey, but as their slogan says: "We're not too expensive, YOU'RE too cheap."
  8.  (204.16)
    Austria produces a good basic beer called "Gosser" which isn't bad. The Czechs produce a host of good beers, most famously Pilsner Urquell. The Americans have been working on their beer, and it's getting better. The Magic Hat Number Nine from Vermont is excellent, as is the San Francisco-based Anchor Steam.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    I live near Boulder, Colorado which has quite a few microbreweries. So, I basically just drink local stuff most of the time.

    Of those, the Boulder Brewery (Boulder Beer) does a nice hoppy ale called Hazed & Infused which is sold in a few markets around the US.

    My favorite is a total hippy restaurant / brewpub called The Mountain Sun. They have several beers but one favorite is Colorado Kind ale, which is another wonderful hops explosion. Their Java Porter is a yummy coffee-infused porter. Both are usually served on a nitrogen tap to boot. They don't bottle their beer, but if you ever make it to Boulder, be sure to stop in. Their food is pretty great too.
  9.  (204.18)
    I second the Fraoch; great flavor and it goes down quick. I like all of the beers by that company, especially their elderberry dark.

    Hobgoblin Strong Dark Ale is fabulous, as is Black Wych, both from Wychwood Breweries.

    Around here Saranac has come out with their Beers of Winter, and I am stocking up on Caramel Porter and Oatmeal Stout, and giving my guests the Scotch Ales :-).

    We also have a great Belgian ale made nearby called Ommegang, with a nice balance of strength and smoothness to it, and it comes in big bottles :-).
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Chimay is a beautiful thing.

    Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru is delicious and complex. We're lucky enough to have it on draft. We can also get Piraat and Delirium Tremens.

    I'd also like to go on record as a pro Yuengling Ohioan.
    • CommentAuthorSpadiee
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Warmeister (as I believe it is called), specificaly a Dunkel version of it, is very good. Dark without all the chewing.


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