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      CommentAuthorMeatgun
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    In Wisconsin drinking beer seems to fill that need for some kind of religious and or spiritual fulfillment.

    One of the best Micro brews from the state is New Glarus which makes a beer called Spotted Cow, a smooth Ale that has a great taste. They also make seasonal beers brewed every two months. Another one of their specialties is Wisconsin Belgian Red it's a cross between a wine and a beer with a strong cherry taste they also make a raspberry version.

    My favorite hometown Micro brew is Pearl Street Brewery their most popular beer is Downtown Brown A nut brown that has a smoky chocolate flavor. The difference I find between it and a lot of other dark beers is that you can drink more than a few without the feeling that you just consumed a ham made out of grain.

    A beer I just recently discovered is SkullSplitter I could describe what it tastes like etc but im just going to point out its called fucking SKULLSPLITTER.

    @ david.marks, Turbo Dog is a terrific beer I can only get it at this Louisiana chain of restaurants that somehow ended up here, Turbo Dog being its main attraction for me.

    @ philnelson, Sadly I must agree with the MidWest PBR comment. Its shit beer, dirt cheap, has a blue ribbon on it like you won it at the god damn county fair. However it has kept me company while all the other beers point out they are to good for me, while im wallowing in my own self pity and urine. <3 PBR. Terrible beer to start a night with, amazing beer to wake up next to, like the ugly girl that just wants to get laid, it just wants to get drank.
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    @ pygmy,
    The PA distributor I worked at for 3 years had the license for both Genny Cream Ale (and everything else by Gennesse) and Black Label. We also provided the county with Schmidts, Piels, Private Stock, Schaefer, and other such tools of the government used against the lower classes.

    We actual had licensed Genny Cream Ale t-shirts which read on the back, "The official sponsor of sausage parties."

    My choice in cheap beer has to be Schaefer, though I haven't walk down that aisle in a while. The actual truck in which I delivered the beer had a big Schaefer ad plastered across it. I always loved their dimwitted slogan too, "The one to have when your having fun." sure.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    @ARES
    completely OT, but Erik the Viking = pure awesome
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (204.4)
    @ARES
    completely OT, but Erik the Viking = pure awesome
    This will be my first time watching it! It wasn't available on DVD until just recently apparently.

    Got two bottles of Double Bastard, one bottle of Chimay (red), and a big Trois Pistoles by Unibroue. Last time I had a chance for DB was four years ago when I purchased 4 bottles around this time of year, 3 for gifting, one for self. I ran into a close co-worker friend, who always bought me fine beers, on the way out the door the day before xmas, and relinquished my first and only chance until today. Now it is my time.

    First sip: Glorious. Amazing. Abfab. Wow. Going to be a night to not remember.
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      CommentAuthorDrunkard
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    One of my worst ever "day after" experiences came from the following bottle.



    Consuming the larger one during a series of phone calls back to the colonies seemed like a good idea at the time until first - the Good Lady Wife came home to find me still on the phone and wildly enthusiastic about life and secondly waking up the next morning not merely afraid that I may die but more importantly terrified that I might live.

    A most terrible Sunday involving staying in bed the entire day slowly trying to regenerate my DNA enough to sit up.

    Still, could have been worse.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007 edited
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    Effin' brilliant. Love your comparison picture too, I've seen the big bottles but have so far backed away slowly, drooling all the while.
    wildly enthusiastic about life
    The movies never portray the exuberant drunk, but I get that way as well. Day to day depression is why sobriety exists.

    Note on current state: halfway through first DB, quite dizzy. This beer is complete magic. The woman was going through old photos and found some of my old dog (died 5 years ago at the ripe old age of 17) and I got a little emotional, but I'm still sober enough to rebound quickly. Hopefully she hid the pictures well for when I'm alone tonight.

    EDIT (the time stamp thingy says this post was created 2 hours ago):

    Never have I had just one beer that has knocked me so thoroughly onto mine ass. I just awoke from what must have been at least an hour's worth of passedoutedness, only to run spinningly to the kitchen in order to chug as much water as possible along with inhaling every bit of pretzeled snack within reach of my daring fists. There are many hours left in the evening that I could drink more, but I know that nothing will recreate the massive buzz I had shortly before passing out. I could not move, but my mind was wild, even if a bit blurry. Any further attempt this evening at drunkedness will surely lead to a full stomach, headache, and thoughts of "why couldn't you be like your brother?!" to the next brew of choice. Thankfully I purchased two bottles, until next time!
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      CommentAuthorDrunkard
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    I'm currently drinking a surprisingly somewhat decent Michelob Marzen brew. The ordinarly profound levels of taste disgust associated with Michelob are currently at war with the on call taste buds who are refusing to bow down to prior expectations. This is not going to end well and may involve a pre-emptive strike on them all by moving towards the rum as a chaser. My liver says to all a good evening and hopes to close the blast doors before the rum shock and awe begins.
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
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    It's been a while since I've had it, but Milwaukee's Riverfront Brewery Riverwest Stein Beer from Milwaukee is one of my favorites. Great aroma, full body, smooth, not bitter, nice easy finish, I can almost taste it now. Been sober almost five and a half years now, but damn, if I went back to it, a Riverwest would be the first I'd have.
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    Interesting video from the NY Times: Edible cocktails: Cucumber Martini.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
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    Just had the Stone 07 Vertical Epic. Decent enough - kind of a Stone cover of Belgian ale. I'm hugely fond of Stone Smoked Porter and Arrogant Bastard. For "everyday drinking" (IE not as expensive) I tend towards either Blue Moon or something from Flying Dog. It's Hunter S. Thompson- themed beer with art by Ralph Steadman - what's not to love?
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      CommentAuthorvideocrime
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
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    I live in St. Louis, so I have an intense hatred for AB products - Bud, Bud Light, et al.

    But, there is a nice brewery around here, O'Fallon Brewery which makes a delicious Pumpkin Ale and a great 5-Day IPA.

    Schlafly, also from here, makes a very nice Coffee Stout and, a rarity in these parts, a nice Heifeweizen.

    There's a bar/music venue here called Cicero's, which boasts a rather large wall-o-beers, all draughts - recommended are the Kingfisher from India, the Konig Ludwig from Germany, the Maredsous from Belgium and the Golden Pheasant from Czechoslovakia

    My favorite beer thus far is Lev Black Lion, another Czech beer, which no one serves around here anymore. There used to be a rather large beer list at this local Italian joint, Mangia, but they've since changed to a smaller, less impressive list.

    Do any of you think you can find the Black Lion anywhere? I've been dying over here in the Midwest for some of that Czech goodness. I've checked Major Brands, which is our Beer Distributor here in St. Louis and they don't carry it. I've checked all the import stores, none have it. I'll pay for shipping on a crate of that shit, it's that good.
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    I went to a Japanese restaurant that served cold sake with cucumber sticks in it. Usually I like my sake warm, but the cold cucumbers soaked in sake were actually quite delicious.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Here's a few for the Brits, although if you can find them across the pond then I heartily reccomend them.

    Nationally:

    Hopback Summer Lightening is always worth a try. I think they've succeeded in bottling the flavour of stumbling across a beer garden on a scorching summer's day.

    Marston's Old Speckled Hen. Nothing startling, but it never fails to satisfy. All too easy to knock a few of these back with a meal.

    Tim Taylor's Landlord. Only about 3.5% abv, which makes it good for a session without being shitfaced. Simple, balanced, and suppable.

    For those in/around East Sussex or the South East:

    ANYTHING by Dark Star brewery. Particularly their Dark Star ale and Oatmeal Stout. The latter is as smooth as a velvet child. If you ever visit Brighton, be sure to check out The Evening Star, about two minutes from the train station. About ten taps, all with something interesting, and not a pissy generic lager in sight.

    I always find Harvey's brewery worth keeping an eye on. Their Sussex Best bitter is nothing but wholly unremarkable, but they never fail to bring out some really interesting seasonals. Their Bonfire Boy tastes exactly how it sounds, and does well to keep the autumn cold at bay.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Hobgoblin Ale is pretty good, but Fiddler's Elbow is one of the best beers I've had in a while.
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    is newcastle cheap in england? i've been curious lately as i have been drinking a fair amount of that and killian's red. i'm transitioning from the cheapest of the cheap, a few steps at a time.
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      CommentAuthorbschory
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    @ robinleblanc

    Definitely. Fiddler's Elbow is a mighty fine brew, one of my current favorites

    I really dig the shape of the bottle too. It's a nice change from the standard bottles almost everything else seems to come in.

    Fiddler's Elbow
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Marston's Old Speckled Hen. Nothing startling, but it never fails to satisfy.
    Agreed in all kinds of ways.
    Interesting video from the NY Times: Edible cocktails: Cucumber Martini.
    I like this, if only for the reason that he sings the praises of vermouth. Every time I order a martini from a bar it sucks shit because NOBODY puts enough vermouth in them, which of course is only the fault of eejits purchasing said 'tinis and then bitching about "too much vermouth, grody, omg gag me," so the bartenders assume everyone ordering one is a douchebag. So I only drink them if I make them myself these days. Note: when I started drinking martinis I used vodka and very little vermouth like a moron, but I have since learned the errors of my ways. Gin only, a good bit of vermouth, 3 small olives.

    Tonight I go to a pub where Boddington's is on tap. Hooray.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    @bschory Mmm....now I think I'm going to stop off at the liquor store to pick a couple of those up before heading to my boyfriend's house. :P
    • CommentAuthorlude
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    The Traquair Jacobite Ale is my favourite beer though it's getting harder and harder to find in my area. St.Ambroise Oatmeal stout has been my go to beer as of late.

    @Ares Boddington's on tap is a joy. I might need to make a trip tonight as well.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2007
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    @Ares Boddington's on tap is a joy. I might need to make a trip tonight as well.
    Unfortunately they no longer have it as such, oh well. However they had bottles of Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, which just might be the best beer I've had in ages. Amazing stuff, I think I had it before but it was around beer #10 of that particular evening so my recollection of it was not exactly sharp.

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