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so Buckeye fans what is the best beer you have ever had?
personally my top two are Pliny the Elder and Dark Lord with Pliny getting the edge.
Left Hand Brewery Sawtooth Ale, Great Lakes Conway Irish Ale, HB Ocktober fest, HB Dunkel. I like Ale's and German beers.
Hoffbrau! Love that stuff, especially the Oktober and the Dunkelbrau
“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” - Woody
La Fin Du Monde, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Rare Vos Amber Ale. Tough to narrow it down beyond that for me.
La Fin Du Monde is good even though I usually hate anything French
But you mentioned earlier that you dig on the poutine...French Canadian is so much cooler than jut standard old French.
I mean, seriously--how can one not like Fin Du Monde and this?
honestly when i first saw this picture i though it was vomit
Audibly judgmental sigh is audibly judgmental.
But seriously, it looks terrible, but tastes delicious.
Food may be the only thing the French have ever done well. It took the North Americans to improve and refine poutine, but I still like a lot of other good French food.
I absolutely love Poutine! They can be had around NYC and Brooklyn. But nothing like having them in Montreal late at night drunk.
Speaking of French-Canadians, St Ambroise makes some great beers in Montreal.
just came back from Montreal and had poutine with sausage and bacon. delicious!
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The last one.
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Let's see if this works...in no particular order
Good call on the Hopslam
Fan of bacon since 1981
Fantastic list. I love Founder's Porter; not quite as robust as Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald, but it's so much smoother. Almost like a cross between an English and American Porter.
I keep hearing about Three Floyds, do they sell their stuff in Ohio?
i dont think it is but if you are going to chicago id highly suggest stopping by any liquor store around that region they will have 3 floyds. i highly suggest from them zombie dust and robert the bruce
Gumballhead, too, is really tasty.
Edmund Fitz is my all around favorite beer. Late afternoons on Saturdays (after a Buckeye win) at Put-In-Bay in late September with a bit of chill in the air and Gordon Lightfoot blasting playing through the boat speakers is the best way to consume this brew. Life doesn't really get much better, IMO.
Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.
5 State distro. Ohio, KY, Illinois are limited with Indiana and Wisconsin having full distro.
FWIW, I can find some of their stuff in Lexington, Ky pretty regularly.
People are saying that I'm an alcoholic, and that's not true, because I only drink when I work, and I'm a workaholic.
Clutch website. Thanks for that link, have an upvote
Wish I had this website the last 4 or 5 times I went on a wild goose chase looking for rare beers in neighboring states. Thanks for the link!
Arctic Panzer Wolf
Three Floyds IIPA
9.5 ABV 100 IBU
Amazingly, one can find 3 Floyds in Madison, WI at a sweet dive of a music venue called Frequency.
Every now and again 1808 (in Delaware) has 3 Floyds on draft. Great beer selection, terrific food, and excellent happy hour. http://www.1808americanbistro.com/
If you're in the area, purchase a growler and take home a few pints.
Yeah Three Floyds is available in Ohio. I work at a grocery and we got about four varieties in last week. We are a little ahead of the curve when it comes to beers but you should be able to find it at most stores with a decent beer selection.
Bell's Oberon and Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse
If I can only pick one beer I'd have to go with Zombie Dust from Three Floyd's. I'm also a fan of their Gumballhead. Big Sky Brewery makes a brown ale called Moose Drool that's almost impossible to find in the midwest but it's fantastic. Fat Tire is another favorite. I could keep going...
i have a half case of zombie dust sitting at home it is truly out of this world
A buddy of mine travels to Chicago a lot for work and called yesterday as he was passing 3F to see if I wanted any. Uhh...of course! It's perfect, imo.
Moose Drool IS fantastic! I don't think you can get it anywhere east of the Mississippi, though.
True. Chuck's Beverage in Chagrin Falls, OH sometimes has some in the vault....I think a customer brings it in though (they can't order any)
love Chuck's. Alot of my work is in Chagrin, nothing like stopping in there after a 12 hour day on a friday or sat. and picking out something iv'e never tried before!
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I thought it was available in Wisconsin but could be wrong. Hands down the best brown ale I've ever had.
It is available in MN east of the Mississippi, if that counts.
I'm not much of a Brown Ale drinker, but I'll need to give that a shot. Ever try Cigar City's Maduro Brown Ale? I just scored a sixer of that, and it's really good.
Not tried that one. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. And to answer your questions above, Three Floyds is not in Ohio. On rare occassions you can find some in Indy liquor stores or downtown bars. The brewery is up near Chicago and everything they do is fantastic. Highly recommended.
i have had some pretty good luck at finding the floyds in indy. i know they have been expanding into more of indy. but during april because of dark lord day its virtually impossible to find any due to dark lord day.
It's virtually impossible to find anywhere. Most liquor stores that carry it have waiting lists so even when they get a couple cases they're already accounted for. Sometimes you get lucky and find a bar with it on tap. Best bet really is to make the drive up and buy the max 2 cases. Best $75 you can spend.
nappy where abouts in indy do you live? i went to about 5 stores in the last few days and they have all had plentiful 3 floyds in stock at least on the north side of Indianapolis that is
I'm near the airport. I work on the northside tho, which stores?
check your inbox
Actually 3F is available in Ohio as of recently. Store I work at has 3 or 4 varieties.
Edit: Sorry, I'm an idiot. We had some but it was just a leftover from a special order. 3F is not officially available in Ohio, but it is possible to special order it. It's actually easier for us to get their limited edition sort of stuff, like Zombie Dust, than to get their regular brews.
zombie dust has entered their regular rotation in bottles. OUTSTANDING BREW.
CC's King Hunahpu is brilliant! Rivals KBS as my favorite.
Never had the Zombie Dust. I'll have to give it a try.
Good luck finding it. It sells out at the brewery in 1-2 days.
Life changing experience!! Citra hops are no joke.
-Bayern Brewing (Missoula, MT) Doppelbock Lager
-Kettlehouse (Missoula, MT) Cold Smoke Scottish Ale
-Bozone (Bozeman, MT) Plum St. Porter
-Madison River (Belgrade, MT) Salmon Fly Honey Rye
-Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Nice list of Montana beers. Visited Bozeman a couple winters ago. Bozone is very good, I don't normally like the Porters. I also recall learning there that Montana has the 2nd or 3rd highest number of micro-brews per capita in the US.
Great Lake Christmas Ale
Small, local brewery here in Fuquay, NC called "Aviator." They have a Hi-Gravity 9.5% beer called "Devil's Tramping Ground" that drinks like a Coors Lights and tastes like the best golden ale you've ever had. It's pretty much spread across the entire state now, so if passing through, make sure to try it!
Edit: Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Brewing in Oregon is awesome as well.
We talkin' bout practice?! Not the game I love...the game I die for. Practice?!
Sweet deal, thanks.
I've had too many that I really liked to count, and I can't remember most their names until I see the labels.
From the mass produced beers, I tend to find myself returning to New Belgium 1554 and Red Hook ESB.
Fat Tire Amber Ale (New Belgium Brewery, Ft Collins, CO) - great amber ale, good value
Bell's Oberon (Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo, MI) - seasonal summer brew, served with an orange wedge typically, tropical, coriander, great and always love to see it come out in the spring, had my first one of the year last night while watching the Reds game on ESPN
Delirium Nocturnum (Huyghe Brewery, New Flanders, Belgium) - stout, strong, but smooth and delicious, dangerously easy to drink
Chimay (only had the red, blue or triple, not yet tired the golden all have be great so far) (Chimay, Belgium) - various between each but it's almost a mead, very strong
Strawberry Blonde Ale (Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI) - great amber ale, smooth, fruity, coriander is strong in this one
Fat tire Amber Ale.
Also, for OH folks, the "Hoppin Frog Gangster Frog IPA" is very good and extremely fresh right now.
Adnams Broadside in Ipswich England, many great beers to choose from in the UK, but that was definitely my favorite.
Summer = Allagash White and Four Peaks Sunbru
Winter = Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Fall/Spring = Stone Arrogant Bastard, Kentucky Bourbon Ale, Lagunitas Brown Shugga
I'm generally not a fan of IPAs so that will separate my choices from a lot of others.
I don't drink a lot of beers, since I've switched to Hard Ciders but the best I've had was Spotted Cow.
Insert witty remark
I love spotted cow and only get it when my family from Madison come into town or I visit. Great everyday beer.
Class of 2010.
I have a shirt for this beer. My brother was over in Vietnam a couple years ago and brought me back the shirt. Never had the beer though.
Rodenbach if no one's mentioned it yet.
Live outside Frederick, Md.....Flying Dog Brewery is a local with a nice variety of craft and seasonal beers.
They use the art of Ralph Steadman on their labels, who provided illustration for the works of Hunter S. Thompson. The Gonzo Imperial Porter is excellent.
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I'm just happy to be here
"You win with people." - Woody Hayes
Ha! Love it, best "garage beer" to keep on hand.
I had the pleasure of attending a Founder's beer tasting at Studio 35 (which was then followed up by a showing of This is Spinal Tap), where I had a couple beers I could describe as the best I've ever had:
Looking Glass Imperial IPA: Basically, this is their Double Trouble Imperial IPA, but then aged in brandy barrels.
Black Biscuit: Basically, this is a cross between an imperial porter and an old ale, aged in bourbon barrels that had most recently held maple syrup.
Newaygo County Cherry: Michigan semisweet cherries (from Newaygo County) act as the "hops" in this malt-forward beer. It's similar to their summer offering Cerise (which is made with tart cherries), but this one gets aged in the aforementioned maple syrup bourbon barrels. I'm not much into fruity beer, but this is magnificent.
A few others that I really dig:
Bell's Two Hearted: One of my favorite IPAs, a perfect execution of the "Michigan Style", with a very grapefuity/floral flavor.
Wells Bombardier: Since I'm an Anglophile at heart, I love me a good ESB--and if you can score this sucker on tap, do it.
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner: I could literally down an entire case of this in a night, so refreshing, so easy to drink, so good.
A couple I'm holding onto, waiting for the right day to crack it:
Trappistes Rochefort 10: Belgian Quadrupel brewed by Trappist monks, been ageing for three years.
Rivertown Old Sour Cherry Porter: Imperial Porter brewed with sour cherries, and then soured by wild yeast and aged for three months in a bourbon barrel. Bought it a week ago, it probably won't last another few days.
Thanks for mentioning the Scrimshaw. More people need to drink that one; it's what pilsner is supposed to taste like, but so often doesn't.
I like all the Lagunitas stuff too. More mainstream, but still tasty.
Hodge, great call on the Bells Two Hearted IPA.
The Rochefort is great. I mentioned it further down, but a slightly cheaper, similar quad is the St. Bernardus Abt. 12.
has anyone had Founders KBS? i have 7 of them at home and i have no idea what to expect my friend who lives in grand rapids said it will put me on my ass
I think I tried some of it at a beer tasting, and it's really forward in it's bourbon taste. It's so thick you'll be picking it out of your teeth. You're basically taking their fantastic Breakfast Stout, and making the ABV higher by ageing it in bourbon barrels--awesome. In my opinion, beers like KBS handle that bourbon barrel flavor much better than Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which--to me, at least--doesn't have enough balance to hold up in the barrel.
KBS is one of my favorites. I think Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout is probably the best imperial stout I've ever had, if you ever get your hands on it.
This...so much this. I'd agree except I've had the Intelligentsia Infused Bourbon County from Goose Island. Probably my favorite beer ever.
I haven't been lucky enough to find the coffee stout (which I'm assuming is the same thing, from the intelligentsia infusion) but I want to try it so badly. This is the best thread ever by the way... Nothing I love more than beer, and Buckeye football!
Two daily website visits for me are 11W and BeerAdvocate.com
I frequent both at least 5x daily! ratebeer.com is a decent second choice for me as far as beer sites go.
Yeah, that's the one. I got lucky that the local beer store in our town had a extra bottle that someone didn't want. So I bought it. My wife also bought the cherry bourbon stout that Goose Island made but we didn't try that...we sent that straight to a brother-in-law that works for a beer distributor in Colorado. If I can get it next year I'd like to try that as well.
But try the coffee stout if you can.
i have a four pack of this what should i expect?
You should expect not to drink it all at one sitting.
But seriously, it is rich, dark, thick (almost like thick cough syrup), slightly sweet and really smooth. The bourbon taste is strong but not overpowering and I think that's due to the 5 year bottle aging. I had another bourbon stout recently and it was too "hot", if you know what I mean.
I suggest sharing a bottle with friends almost like port wine. It's delicious.
I love KBS, but please do not try to drink several of them at a time.
Bourbon flavor is very up front and will cause you to drink it slow. A very good beer, just be prepared for an experience, not chugging.
If you can ever get your hands on their rare Canandian Breakfast Stout I recommend it as well. Similar concept except with maple syrup instead of bourbon. It is very tough to get, and probably not as good as KBS, but still something to try.
That does sound really good, I'm gonna have to pull my passport out and make the 15 minute drive to Canada to find this!
By the way, if you decide you don't want those KBS', I guess I could take them off your hands...
Age them. So much smoother after a year or so.
Still looking for a beer that I don't like.... Here are some I will spend money on.
Belgian - Three Philosophers
Pale / IPA - Southern Tier 2X IPA, Troegg's Nuggest Nectar
Brown - Newcastle Brown Ale - mass produced but the most impossible beer to replicate.
Dark - Hofbrau Dunkel, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
My 2 favorites right now are Goose Island 312 and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
Hop Stoopid by LaGunitas followed by Sierra Nevada's Celebration
If anyone is ever in Pittsburgh, I highly suggest making a visit to The Church Brew Works. An abandoned catholic church that has been turned into brewery. They also serve fantastic food. They have a dozen or so of their own beers on tap and serve a sampler where they serve you eight 8 oz samples. Very cool place.
PranQsters Ale - North Shore Brewing Company simply an amazing Belgium style ale, and a real treat if you are lucky enough to find it on tap. Anyone in Cincinnati area should head to the Cock and Bull to try some on tap.
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.....mmmm delicious bread in a bottle - get some if you're in the southeast
Bell's Best Brown Ale....malty, molasses, brown sugar
Great Lakes Nosferatu...a deep red ale, hoppy, limited availability in Sep/Oct
Delirium Nocturnum - Belgian Strong Ale
Belgium takes their beer seriously. I was at a pub near Maastricht a few years ago and asked for a Stella. The server shook her head. I said, ok, what do you recommend? Bring me your best. Belgium has over 500 craft beers, all unique and wonderful. In Brugge, we had Zot, which means, the Joker, so I think of Zot as my Steve Miller band beer.
"Bruges is a shithole."
"Bruges *is* not a shithole."
"Bruges *is* a shithole."
"Ray, we only just got off the f*cking train! Could we reserve judgement on Bruges until we've seen the f*cking place?"
"Bruges is a shithole."
"Bruges *is* not a shithole."
"Bruges *is* a shithole."
"Ray, we only just got off the f*cking train! Could we reserve judgement on Bruges until we've seen the f*cking place?"
I want to go to Bruges so badly just because of this movie. As they say in the film,
"How can a fairytale f*cking town not be somebody's f*cking thing?"
"How can a fairytale f*cking town not be somebody's f*cking thing?"
Did you have any Flander's Brown Ales (Oud Bruin) out there? Sour beers are criminally underutilized by American craft brewers, in my opinion.
Two more beers for you in Brugge, Hodge:
Jupiler and Leffe, in addition to Zot, of course.
You know that I rely on your encyclopedic knowledge of alcohol for sustenance, so here is a small sample from my experience!
I dig the Leffe Blonde, though I've never had any of their other stuff. Belgian beers are some of my favorites--though they aren't Belgian, Unibroue makes some damn good Belgian-style beer. Even cooler is that they supply Trader Joe's with their annual "Vintage Ale", it's a caged-and-corked 750ml bottle of Unibroue for like $4.99. Stupid good value.
I will pick this up at my nearest Trader Joe's the next time!
In Bruges, one of the best dark comedies ever!
We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!
Colin Farrell, and his crazy freaking eyebrows, in full glory. Begs to be watched again for hidden laughs.
When I'm not drinking scotch, I'm drinking pretty much anything by Ayinger - provided that I can get my hands on it.
Scotch thread coming soon! After this has fully run it's course :)
I recall a thread that dove heavily into scotch actually, can't remember which one. A good chance it came after an Elika (spelling?) Skully that evolved from bacon.
EDIT: I miss her here, I know she tweets alot, but here
I have a list of over a dozen bourbons to get through from that thread, and now I have at least 75 beers as well. I know what the focus of my life is going to be for the next few years . . .
Some favorites that are relatively simple ones (at least in my view) are the following:
Some other, lesser known beers include:
I'll be having my way with a bunch of craft beer at this event on Saturday. Here is the beer list as well. I've got 3 hours to hit up as many of those as I can.
Have you tried the DFH 90 Minute IPA?
I have had the 90 minute. I actually prefer the 60 minute. I think it has a little smoother taste and the after taste is a little better as well. I'm a big fan of IPA's (wasn't always) so I've had a wide array of them.
They have a 120 as well that's just a little too much as far as alcohol (20%) to be really palatable, but I appreciate the science involved.
20% alcohol content. Jeepers. I wouldn't mind trying that, but I just had a discussion with my boss, who I am also related to oddly enough, about beers with that much alcohol content. If you can get the beer to mask the taste, great, but at that point, when you can smell and taste the alcohol, I think it takes away from the actual beer itself.
It almost tastes hot, like when wines have too much alcohol. It's tough to maintain the balance. When I had it, I split one with a friend and we were pushing it away at the end. Too much.
Dogfish Head's Ta Henket was the best beer I've ever had in my life. Also, I don't love IPAs, but DFH has some of the only ones I've enjoyed. Other than that, Great Lakes Burning River tops my list.
I didn't like IPA's when I started getting into more craft beers (not saying that's what you're doing, Buck-I.8). I mostly stuck with the Beglian and brown ales. But the more I drank them, the more I started to enjoy them. I think a bad IPA can really turn people off because they'll be overly bitter.
But yeah, Burning River is a great beer too. I definitely don't drink that enough. I have yet to try the Ta Henket, so next time I head out to my craft beer bar, I'll have to see if they have it and give it a try (or at least buy it and take it home).
Unfortunately, I believe Ta Henket is only available in the taphouses, but I could be mistaken. I tried it when I was in Rehobeth beach a few summers ago and ended up bringing a ton home, but they have a restaurant in Gaithersburg MD also.
I doubt that they have it then. Sounds like a Great Lakes thing where a few beers are only served inside the brewery. Next time I'm out that way, which isn't often, I may need to make a special trip there. I honestly don't know if I have ever had a beer from DFH that I actually didn't enjoy. I'm sure it'll be worth the trip.
I don't know if you've ever been out to Rehobeth Beach, but maybe take the family out that way for a few days if you have one. VRBOs and hotels aren't too expensive in the area, and the boardwalk is like a less trashy/overpopulated Atlantic City. Beautiful in the hot months, and the DFH restaurant is a good time.
My favorite town was Lewes, DE. The first town in the first state. It was usually not busy and was my idea of what old east coast towns should be. We used to travel there a few times a yea when I lived in Delaware and PA.
That's actually where DFH was started, but Lewes and Rehobeth are about 5 minutes from each other and the beaches are probably much better for a vacation in Rehobeth. Though coastal Lewes is much more peaceful.
It is insane what DFH is doing with beers. I was working in Rehoboth and drove by not knowing it was there. I swear there was a damn rainbow shooting out of that place. I had a drink and went on my way. I was lucky enough to go back a couple months later and this time I planned it all out and got a hotel within stumbling distance. I think I ordered three samplers and two or three full size beers. I don't remember all of the beers but they had several beers on tap that were inspired by India. I remember one had curry mixed in which gave a nice spicy kick to the beer. Another was a belgian white aged in red wine casks (Red and White was its name I think). I have seen Midas's Touch in Cbus at various locations but I thought it was really cool because they developed the recipe from residue found on old clay pots in King Midas's tomb.
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I agree that the beaches are better for a family in Rehobeth. I just really like Lewes. And I thought that DFH was from there...I remember seeing the sign down near the end of a street, and their logo is distinctive, but this was around 2001.
Yeah it was started in Lewes, but Rehobeth, being a more populous vacation spot in the summer months, has the largest DFH operation. The few times I've been to that taphouse, it's been packed. I just can't say enough good things about the whole operation and the beer.
I don't have one (yet) but I'm sure I could convince a handful of people to head out that way for a weekend over the summer. Sounds like it'd be well worth it.
Sometimes people annoy me...I don't understand this downvote and I'm even more pissed that it's bothering me...
Serially upvoted you to make up for it. Maybe smbdy fat-fingered you
Thanks Bucks. It has happened often of late so I was frustrated even though I shouldn't be. +1 for the help and understanding.
I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!
Cheap Beer - High Life or PBR
Wheat Beer - Boulevard 80-Acre
Euro - McEwan's Scotch Ale
Mexican - Negra Modelo
Canadian - Molson Canadian
IPA - Goose Island
Stout - Left Hand Milk Stout
High Life is disgusting, but to each their own.
In regards to Canadian beers, Moosehead>everything else.
First beer I ever drank, so it does carry sentimental value. Would be #2 Canadian beer for me.
Alexander Keith's IPA rules Canada as far as pounders go.
Moosehead = skunky bouquet.
Two blondes were driving to Disneyland. The sign said: Disneyland Left... So they started crying and headed home.
I usually tell people that have never had Moosehead that the first one you drink in a sitting you have to choke down, the second is a little more palatable, every one after this is quite possibly the best beer you have ever had. Until the next day.
Good call on the Negro Modelo. Love that beer.
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"A troll by any other name is still a troll".
Westvleteren XII is phenomenal if you're ever lucky enough to get your hands on it.
St. Bernardus Abt. 12 is a great alternative to the Westy.
Bell's Hopslam is my favorite IPA.
Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout are both great imperial stouts.
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro is delicious and ridiculously smooth too.
you must tell me how westvleteren XII is. and how did you get it? and how can i get my hands on it
Seconded. I've heard tell that they were expanding sales last year to help finance renovations to their monastery, but after the renovations were complete they were going to scale production back down.
They did a one time US sale as you said, last November I believe, and my friend in Louisiana was lucky enough to win the chance to buy a sixer of it, and he sent me one. I did a side by side taste test with the Westy, Abt. 12 and a Rocheforte 10. I am by no means a beer sommelier, and I'm sure the allure of the Westy influenced my palette, but it was the best beer I've ever tasted, and I didn't want it to end.
Drinking that 2.5 year Rochefort Quad right now, with some sliced cinnamon Tuscano cheese ($5 at Trader Joe's, awesome value!) and salami. Really fantastic!
I was talking to my beer guy the other day, on my weekly excursion to restock my beer fridge, and he said the only difference between the Westy and the Abt. 12 is the type of water they use in the brewing process. I don't know how accurate that is, but it makes a lot of sense, considering how closely they resemble each other.
Hodge, You heard correct about the renovations. NPR did a piece on it.
Worth a listen.
Yup! That's where I heard it!
I agree about the Westvleteren XII. That's my favorite ever. I've also had the VIII which is quite enjoyable. I used to live in Belgium and had a favorite bar that sold it. Even then it was almost six euro/bottle. Compare this to the 2-3 euros for a bottle of Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, Kwak, Delerium Tremens, St. Bernardus, etc. Towards the end of my time there, that last bar stopped selling it. I think the owner would make trips to the abbey to keep his stock up but eventually that ceased. Even now if you go to the abbey, it comes in plain bottles, indistinguishable from the others except for the cap, and in an old wooden crate.
I went to that brewery when I was in London with the family. It was a good time, and very close to the signing of the Magna Carta
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half acre brewery in chicago--lincoln square area. try their daisy cutter and gossamer ale
Daisy Cutter probably currently my favorite daily beer.
I generally lean towards hoppier, heavier beers:
European Heinekin draft (If you've been to the Netherlands you recognize this is as a different beer)
New Holland's Dragon Milk
Founder's Backwood Bastard
Founder's Centennial IPA
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
Home brewed Imperial Pale Ale
"Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out." - Woody Hayes
Good call on dragon milk. Do you live in Indiana?
How Firm Thy Friendship....
New Holland Brewing Co. is in Holland, TSUN. Same with Bell's and Founder's. 3 of only about 4 things to come out of that God awful state.
APA/IPA/DIPA - Three Floyd's Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, Alpha King, Rye Da Tiger, Lagunitas Sucks, Ballast Point Sculpin, Bear Republic Racer 5, Cigar City Jai Alai, Bell's Hopslam, Sixpoint Resin, Fat Head's Head Hunter, Brew Kettle White Rajah , Green Flash Palate Wrecker
Imperial/ Double Red Ale - Oskar Blues G'KNight, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Three Floyd's Brian Boru, Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale
Porter/ Stouts - Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus, Dark Horse Plead the 5th, Founders Breakfast Stout, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
Barleywine - Three Floyd's Behemoth, Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot
Anyone here like the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy? I've heard people talk about it like it's the second coming of Archie Griffin but personally think it tastes like cat piss. Am I alone on that?
Had it twice. The first time was after a round of golf in 95+ degree weather, and it really hit the spot. I tried it again under more normal circumstances and didn't like it nearly as well. I generally don't go for fruity variations, so I'm guessing I would have enjoyed just about anything the first time around.
I think Summer Shandy's are for people that can't handle beers, personally. I try to stay away from fruity beers, hard ciders, apple ales, etc.
Hard ciders and perrys (hard pear cider) can be really good if you can score an authentic English one. They're drank over there almost as much as beer, and they tend toward a much dryer flavor. Crispin's imported English Perry and Fox Barrel are really good perrys, and Angry Orchard's Traditional Dry and even Magner's (though it tends a little sweet) are really good ciders. Try 'em layered with Guinness on top for a Snakebite.
The bar at which I work sells Angry Orchard and I can't stand it. The only beer with any hint of sweetness that I've ever enjoyed is Thirsty Dog's Raspberry Ale.
If I could upvote you for recommending a snakebite, I would. I don't generally feel like Guinness should be mixed with anything, but a snakebite with a good cider is the best exception.
Also, I have found that hard ciders from British Columbia (go figure) are quite delectable, especially when made with fruit from the Okanagan.
I disagree completely. I love all kinds of beer, but I really enjoy a nice Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and the Shock Top Lemon Shandy. Especially, the shocktop. I don't know, something about it just says summer and vacation to me. On vacation last year I had no problem sitting next to the pool one day pounding Shandies.
I also have no problem kicking back and having some fat tires or some of Morelein's offerings etc. I don't know, it's just easy to be out in the sun kicking back shandies in the summer time. I also like the new Red's Apple Ale. Those are just a nice change of pace once in a while.
I also enjoy a summer shandy from time to time. It's a nice beer on a hot day. I usually only drink them during cookouts and that sort of thing. It might be because they still taste decent warm.
Sorry BT, I love beer, but the summer shandy is too much lemonade for me.
I agree Buck-I.8. Blue Moon is another fruity beer I cannot stand.
People that like these types of beers, IMHO, are the same people that started the uncool "wine cooler" faze back in the 80s and 90s.
I'm not much of a fan. I wouldn't go so far as to call it cat piss (I reserve that for Natty or other macro adjunct lagers like Bud, Busch, and Miller), but I don't think it's that good.
It would be fun to make one at home. Use a good pilsner, like Scrimshaw or Bohemia, and fresh squeezed lemonade (you could even add a float of Chambord for a "pink" variation).
Micheladas are pretty rad, though. I add a shot of two of tequila to about 12 oz. of Bohemia, lime juice, and a generous dash of salt--it's heaven.
Summer Shandy is lemon flavored piss water. Absolutely terrible stuff.
Please tell us how you really feel.
To paraphrase a true American, Ron Swanson.
"There are two things in this world I hate. Liars and Summer Shandy-which is water that lies about being a beer".
Agreed. So much. If you ever hear someone say "Oh man, I got so drunk last night drinking Summer Shandy", immediatley shank them with the closest shank-like object you own.
I'll take it a step further, the entire line of Leinenkugel's is beer flavored piss water. People in Illinois swear by the stuff. Just because it has a micro brew sounding name doesn't mean its any good. The whole lot of it-Canoe Paddler, Honeyveis, Berryveis, Shandy, all of it. Its a waste of perfectly good water, grain, yeast, and glass.
4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off
I happened to run across Leinenkugel's brewery after finishing work and was able to check the place out. I always like visiting breweries but I agree; I have never been impressed with anything they make.
i hate that beer with a passion. so you are totally not alone on that
I like Summer Shandy because I like shandys and radlers. I often make my own with whatever light lager I have on hand and some CountryTime lemonade. In Spain if you order a cerveza clara you get a beer/lemonade mix instead of what those words literally translate to which is "light beer."
Actually have a recipe called Summer beer. Cheap 4 beers, your choice. 1 can of concentrate lemonade. refill can of lemonade with vodka. mix and serve.
tastes a lot like lemony piss beer but after a couple you are shit faced and having a blast. Women like it because it doesn't taste very strong of vodka or beer. Tastes more like a long island iced tea.
when I'm looking for a cheap buzz, we make some from time to time.
A friend of mine's dad likes to drink the lemon and fruity bears. Anyway. He said you know what I do? I get that Summer Shandy and the Berry Weiss from Leinenkugel and mix them up. I said you don't need to do that, they make a lemonberry shandy. Now that one, I can't do. I bought a 12 back that has the Summer Shandy, Lemonberry Shandy, and an Orange Shandy. They should've stuck with the Summer Shandy though. The others aren't good at all.
I don't mind the Shandy every once in a while. It's different, and I think that's OK sometimes. Wild Blue is the sweetest beer I've ever tried, though. It's almost as if it's not even beer. Bleh. I'll go drink fruit juice if I'm in the mood for stuff like that.
If you ever see it, a framboise is a pretty interesting beer. Its a lambic style, and they use raspberries. it is kind of like a wine and beer mix. I could never drink more than one, but refreshing nonetheless.
I give lambics to my non-beer drinking friends. They taste like fruit sodas.
Haha, I agree to an extent, the higher quality lambics have that bite that a good beer has. I'd rather see them drinking that than a Smirnoff though!
Oh, definitely. Lambic at least has tradition (and class).
Someone last summer was telling me how good it was with ice on a hot summers day. So I bought a six. I threw away 3 of them a few weeks ago. Might be better if you were actually mixing a shandy yourself, but the bottled ones didn't sit well with me.
Don't forget the kentucky bourbon barrel ale..
I prefer the bourbon barrel stout but to each their own. Just love the stouts thick chocolately richness with the sweet taste of bourbon flavor. Just so good.
and since I live in Louisville, I'm going to go grab one later tonight.
Don't know about favorite but one beer I really miss from back in the day is Rhino Chasers.
Flossmoor Station Brewery Pullman Brown Ale
Well in fairness, I'm sure the author MEANT to ask us what we like for breakfast.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I fear my line may have fallen short. I meant Beer is best served as a breakfast food.
Great Lakes Alchemy Hour and Burning River
New Belguim Ranger and Fat Tire
Bells Hopslam and 2 Hearted
Dales Pale Ale
I cannot put into type how great Alchemy Hour is, if your lucky enough to find it in Cbus area get it.
I forgot to add above, the Magic Hat No. 9 is both delicious and not very pricey. If you don't like hoppy beers I'd recommend it
I love Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. I also love Fat tire.
Okocim - Polish Lager
Zyviec Porter - Polish porter
Kilkenny - sort of a red guinness; It's now being distributed in US, selectively. previously, I could only get it in Canada, Europe, or Africa
Windhoek Lager - Namibian beer, which i don't think is being made anymore.
I completely forgot about Kilkenny. It is a must when I got to Windsor, a Kilkenny and some poutine, mmhmm.
Love the Polish love too. I had a couple of those and some other Polish beers when I was in Warzaw a few years back, get me a couple of those and I have some great stories I could tell about my crazy Polish friends and their drunken/drugged out hijinx.
Sad to hear about Windhoek, they just won a trademark dispute with the USPTO not that long ago that I was researching for a class.
okay, for reals...
I like to go to a nice little brewery right here in Louisville, Cumberland Brew in the highlands. They have some of my faves, first time I had a Hoptimus (not sure of the brewery though), and they have some nice micros too, Nitro porter. One brew I haven't had a chance to taste is one that I am sure most of you would love to try if you have not. If you have, how is it?
I am almost strictly an IPA drinker at this point, and the best I have ever had is Fathead Head Hunter. Besides that, I like Dogfishhead 60 minute IPA and Bell's Two Hearted.
have you ever tried Mad Hatter by New Holland Brewing Co? I like it more than Bell's Two Hearted, the malt character seems more complex, which I like.
Cabin Fever - Brown Ale (New Holland Brewing Co.) winter seasonal
Fire Rock - Pale Ale (Kona Brewing Co.)
Imperial Hatter - Imperial IPA (New Holland Brewing Co.)
I was able to go to a free tasting at Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and really liked their stuff.
They have a great IPA that you can get a bottle of at most places here in cbus, but other than that it's hard to find their stuff.
They had a raspberry heffeweisen that was so good I bought a growler of it. They also have a really good cider that I found a 6pack at whole foods in UA.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel = great
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter = great
I have seen Two Hearted a bunch now and haven't tried it, but from the looks of the forum I guess I need to!
Good call on the Breckenridge. I actually stopped at this place last Friday for lunch (I typically go there for happy hour on Friday's as it is the middle ground between a bunch of our offices but couldn't that day) and was talking to the 2 managers who I have gotten to know over the last 2 years and they were asking me about Breckenridge because it's a beer that they're going to start serving. They're not a craft beer place as their clientele is typically more of your blue-collar kind of guys. But I gave them the run down of Breckenridge and what to expect and they are ordering the Vanilla Porter and a handful of others. I also talked them into a handful of others to test out. Hopefully it works for them!
And I like Harpoon Brewery as well. I never had them until a few years ago at this craft beer festival that I go to each year. Since I've seen them in far more places and have enjoyed most of what I have had. I can't say I remember the names of them, but I do know that I like them.
I was lucky enough to get a job in Breckenridge for work and was able to enjoy an evening at their brewery. It was a really nice place and the beer was great.
Co-sign on the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, that stuff is delicious!
i am shocked no one has gotten their hands on pliny the elder or younger
Where do you find it? I'm an absolute hop head, as I've never seen it in Ohio.
Russian River only distributes to most of California, Denver, and Philadelphia.
They recently pulled out of Washington st. because they couldn't keep up with the demand. Hence no Pliney.
I'm taking a pilgrimage to Lagunitas, Russian River, and Bear Republic in a month. These breweries are all less than 20 miles apart, north of San Francisco. That also just happens to be the Napa and Sonoma wine valley country. A childhood friend lives in Rhonert Park, CA. I'm predicting it will be Epic!
Take part of a day and go up to North Coast Brewing in Ft. Bragg. And then drive down through Anderson Valley and go to Anderson Valley Brewing. It's a beautiful and fun drive and it's neat to go to the places where the beer is born.
Goodness, I miss living kinda close to those places.
I've searched in PA for it, whenever I've been there, and so far have struck out. I had no idea they didn't distribute to WA anymore.. One (two, since I wanna try both?) of my top 5 yet to try beers.
Hit me up on BA and we'll work something out for some Pliney/Russian River. I'm bringing home a haul.
My user name is the same as it is on 11W.
Messaged you on there. Hopefully we can work something out!
When you out in the world, travelling, and happily worn out and powerfully thirsty, perhaps while on vacation, and you have a local, heretofore undiscovered beer (to your palate anyway), THAT is the best beer you've ever had......Cheers
You guys are too sophisticated for me.
I'll always prefer a cold Budweiser after a long, short or even no day of work.
Maui brewing co Coconut stout
Shipyard Brewing co Summer Ale
Rogue Brewing Juniper Berry Ale
Dogfishhead . . . Pretty much anything they make
Zwick'l. It's a kellerbier and by far the best beer I've had in the 3 years I've been in Germany. Even had two racks of it put into our household goods shipment for when we get back stateside.
Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.
Great Lakes Döpplerock is a really good Bock if anyone likes their spring beers.
In no oder
Black Ops Brooklyn Brewery
Black out Stout Great Lakes
Very Mad Cow Revolution Brewery
Fourth Dementia Kuhnhenn
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel Aged Cigar City
The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel) Lost Abbey
Uncle Jacob’s Stout Avery
Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel
which year did you have darklord? the last bottle i cracked out was one of the most coffees'st beers i have had where is the year before it was basically perfect
The ice cold Abita Amber I just finished.
An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches
Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale.
I personally thought that was very average. Nothing offensive about it but it didn't make me want to run out and buy more.
I remember working a hot dusty day in west Texas and being served an ice cold Coors by a beautiful young woman busting out of her t-shirt and very short cutoff jeans. Now Coors isn't necessarily a great beer but that one was my favorite.
I haven't had to many different kinds of beers yet, I am trying to venture out when I can, But Abita Brewing company in Louisianaa has some pretty good beers, Jockamo IPA, Turbodog, andygator are pretty good I like the Purple Haze one also but it is fruity. They do also make really good Root Beer it is probably the best I have ever had. I do have a preference of darker beer, I usually get Killians and newcastle if I am going to bring some beer home.
+1 for the Abita shout out.
I kinda enjoy an Abita Strawberry on a hot summer day..
Just had Abita on a recent trip to NOLA, and liked it so much I had it with every dinner. Great beer served in an ice cold mug.
Abita Brewery getting some love. I like it!!!! +1 all around
I've always loved German Hefeweizen and Guiness from the heart of Ireland. They're both good in the U.S., but even better when you can get it fresh!
For at least one summer, Great Lakes bottled Grassroots Ale. It was a really great farmhouse ale, but I haven't seen it on the shelves in years.
Class of 2008
Everday- Moosehead/Labatt (easy to pound, inexpensive, and neither of these taste bad)
Others: Newscastle Brown Ale
Guinness Holiday Ale
Great Lakes: Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald, and Commodore Perry.
Blue Moon (another solid every day beer)
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and their Torpedo IPA
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock and Winter Lager
Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale (had this when visiting family in Park City, it's super fruity, but damn did it taste good)
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Kentucky Bourbon Barrell Ale and Stout are fantastic...
The Green Flash Palate Wrecker is an amazing IPA also Caldera's IPA is top notch
But there's something to be said about a go-to beer. For me - here in Nashville - that's Yazoo's Hop Project. The recipe changes slightly with each new batch. They're on #19 now and I love it because it's always good but with each new batch comes different eccentricities and subtle flavors that make it a new experience each time.
The one I hoisted with my dad the day my oldest son was born.
What an outstanding topic.
For me: Ayinger Celebrator. It's a German doppelbock.
Cheap: I'm quite partial to Old Milwaukee (for some reason). Even Schlitz, although I haven't been able to find that for some time.
I love Sam Adams because they're always releasing new styles of beer for each season.
Beer I've been looking for: He'brew Vertical Jewbelation (if for the name alone)
"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"
co-sign on the celebrator. Extra co-sign for the toy goat you get with the bottle.
I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me
Oh, you just reminded me! Have you had Alaskan's Kolsch style Summer Ale? I haven't been able to get it in a few years (like most of my favorite beers), but it's definitely one of my favorite seasonals.
What's wrong with you guys - Bleeding Buckeye Red
In no order:
Mirror Pond IPA from Deschutes Brewery. Actually, anything from Deschutes is superior.
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue.
Headstrong. From a brewery in Montana that doesn't exist anymore. Insane.
Basically any product from Odell or Nimbus breweries.
Bedhead, ever have the Double Dead Guy Ale? Basically the same, but more pronounced hops (I love hops)
No, but damn that must be good. I'll look for it!
Great post, Bedhead. Portland has a ton of great breweries, too.
I always seem to go back to the Widmer's for some reason...
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout is awesome but not as awesome as their Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, which is infused with Intelligentsia coffee. You can't afford to drink it often (economically or liver-wise), and it's difficult to get, but it is amazing.
For everyday drinking I really enjoy Half Acre Daisy Cutter.
I enjoy Anderson Valley Brewing Co.'s Boont Amber Ale and many small craft beers I've had now and again.
And North High Brewing, (was called Brü earlier this year) at the north end of the Short North, has a great milk stout and also IPA.
I'm a college student, I've never had a good beer.
In the words of Led Zeppelin, "Your time is gonna come".
Dare I say that you've never truly had good beer until you've brewed it yourself.
The taste for good beer has to be acquired. In college I nearly puked at the sight of an IPA. Now I'll try anything that says beer somewhere on the label.
I think where I'm going with this is that you drink cheap beer in college that doesn't taste good (i.e. Natty Light) because we don't have the money or resources to get the good stuff.
no brainer..... pabst blue ribbon
Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.
It won a blue ribbon...
Fire Brewed, Ice Cold Strohs .......all we need is a camp Fire and a creek near by to pull our six-pack out of. We really need to get together for a cookout soon ABL. give me a heads up before you have some free time and are back in town, some weekend coming up. We should misplace the top to the bottle of Jameson's again. Urban Meyer is the man, btw. So is Braxton Miller.
Stone Ruination, Victory hopwollop, Dogfish Head 120 minute is gold in a bottle, Dragons Milk will put hair on your knuckles.
Wherever you are, there you be!
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