PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
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.
Dont know if mentioned yet but franziskaner dunked is best.
and nashvilles yazoo sly rye is fantastic.
Augustiner Salzburg, Austria
Had this beer in Salzburg!
Wow everyone, this thread is rivaling an open thread during an OSU game!
I know its becoming pretty standard now, but I have really enjoyed Yuengling since it has starting selling in Ohio. I am actually enjoying their Black and Tan right now. I was looking for something on the cheaper end of the scale at Giant Eagle this week and thought I would take a shot with it - definitely a good choice! Yuengling is quickly becoming one of my "go-to" beers at a bar or restaurant, especially when I haven't looked over the beer list enough before the server or bar tender takes our order.
"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you."
I really enjoyed the Black and Tan at the bar when it was on draft, but haven't been a fan of it in bottle. Overall, I find Yuengling to be a very situational beer. There are times I really like it but it usually has to be on draft, on a hot day, while I'm somewhere in the middle of PA. So in the right situation I really like it but often I don't.
To each their own - I actually take some Yuengling with me in a cooler when I do field work, since it can be so damn hard to find beer in Utah :)
Have you tried Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner? Not bad for a hot day. Discovered that last year when doing field work out there. But I think having Yuengling at the end of a hot day of field work is not a bad idea and is probably one of the situationals where I'd really like the beer.
Haven't tried that but I have given the Wasatch Brewery Co. a shot. Definitely enjoyed it - they had a pretty good amber that I bought last summer.
I'm in the minority for sure- I really don't like IPAs and haven't had a craft brew that was memorable. I think I'm more of a whiskey fan.
If I had my pick, I think nothing beats a pint of Smithwicks.
The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...
Love me some Smithwicks.
Magner's Irish Cider
There's so many good choices listed here.
However, please be advised, avoid inadvertent recycling of beer:
"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes
Damn! You people drink wayyyyyy too much!
Locally, I like Fat Tire and Spotted Cow from WI. My favorite bartender gives me a great bloody on Saturday mornings with a Spotted chaser and refills for no extra. Not bad for $3.75 in northcentral WI.
In the Twin Cities I like Grain Belt Premium and anything Summit.
Next January I will be a month in Europe, ostensibly testing beer on a regular basis from Salzburg to London.
Thanks to everyone for a huge list. I now have goals in life!
Natty Light (Sorry I couldn't resist).
This is definitely a thread I have to bookmark.
Sippin' on a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA and reading the new comments on this thread...awesome. By the way, this beer is really good--a little smoother than Sierra Nevada's other offerings.
Also, if any of you cats have ever been to Athens, check Jackie O's Brewpub. I had their Mystic Mama IPA on draft a Brothers Drake Meadery last year (and somehow wound up as an extra on OWN's Six Little Maghees...), it was exceptional.
Ruthless is a very good rye. I applaud your taste buds.
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Has anyone else had the Third Shift Amber Lager? I heard so many commercials that I had to try it. I had high expectations but was very disappointed. I guess it shows how marketing sells beer better than taste.
Same. I think its alright, but nothing special. Definitely disappointing.
Not yet mentioned but awesome:
Lawson's Finest Double Sunshine IPA
Deschuttes Black Butte Porter
Ale Asylum Bedlam IPA
Hair of the Dog Adam
Pelican Cream Ale
Folks, go to Portland, OR...
Lawson's Finest Liquids, Hill Farmstead, Alchemist
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.
My cousin brought back beer from Belgium, made by monks, can only be obtained going to the cave in mountains where they make it once every so years.
Nothing has EVER come remotely close to the one bottle I was fortunate enough to drink. Wish I had better details. Obviously there was no label on the bottles.
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It's a good chance you scored some Westvleteren 12, probably one of the hardest-to-find beers in the world. Considering it's at (or near the top) of Beeradvocate's rankings, I understand why you've never been able to find something superior.
Hodge, you seem like quite the beer aficionado. How dare you beat me to the punch!
Heheh, it appears that great minds (and by great, I mean "super knowledgable about beer") think alike.
I think 11W needs to do a beer swap.
I wish I had more than 1 Westy XII at my disposal, so i could share with all of my Buckeye fans!
Wow okay you guys are amazing, I think that's precisely it!!! Ill shoot him an email to confirm, the picture is on point and info match up to everything he said. My other cousin and I had a dispute over the last bottle, as she claimed it after he said it was mine. Words can't do this beer justice
It truly is an amazing beer. Try a St. Bernardus Abt. 12 or Rocheforte 10 to qualm the desires! (There are a couple other really good quadrupels, but I've never had them) I, and my untrained taste buds probably couldn't tell the difference between the three if I hadn't done the side by side taste test with them when I had the Westy.
Thanks for the tip... looking these up now!
I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile. Apparently there were 4 cases of it at the bar near me that I seemingly always talk about, Vintage Estates, over the winter that I did not know about. Now I'm disappointed that I missed trying it out. I'll have to find a way to get my hands on some soon.
Sounds like a Westvleteren XII maybe?
Confirmed, thats the one!
Best Thread Ever
A short list of favorites:
Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Three Floyds Dreadnaught (or anything they make)
Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale
favorite lager: Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager (San Diego is a great place to visit, on top of every thing else there are a number of stellar breweries to tour)
(Currently drinking: Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi)
The Bell's Hopslam is really good. It went down much smoother than I expected. You think it's going to be bitter, but it was a very nice, smooth beer.
If you like the Uinta Oak Imperial Pumpkin Ale, I would like to suggest the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. One of the best pumpkin ales that I've ever had. Maybe it tasted better than usual because I was on a no-beer phase for my workout program and I had that on a cheat day...it was sort of like an Old School moment "It tastes so good when it touches the lips!" but nonetheless, I think it's a pretty stellar ale.
I will put that on the list to try. The Uinta is probably my top pumpkin ale right now.
Pumpkin beer is the 1 true beer that the US invented. Each year the batches get better and better
11W sponsored Drink Too, Brutus?
I am a member of the Elks, and they do a beer tasting event every year where a couple of beer aficionados scour local beer caves, Andersons, etc. and buy something to the effect of 100 to 150 different types of beer. Everyone brings $10 - $20 and we use tiny glasses to sample all night long. Kind of like an upscale power hour. I always need a ride home afterwards.
"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University
Which ever one I crack when I get home tonight will rank right up there!
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I was able to get my hands on a Westy 12 (split a box set with a couple of guys). It was pretty awesome but normally I do not favor that style.
Regular IPA - AleSmith (2 hearted is my go to, stuff is great)
Imperial IPA - Dreadnaught (also a big fan of Hopslam, who isnt?)
Pale Ale - Zombie Dust! (only pale ale that even compares is Alpha King from 3 Floyds also)
Stout - This is hard, so many good ones - KBS or Bourbon County Stout but I love regular breakfast stout and expidition stout. I really want to get my hands on some barrel aged Blackout Stout and some Dark Lord (struck out on tickets again this year)
Other - Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter
(this thing is utterly ridiculous) - Unky Buck
(this thing is utterly ridiculous) - Unky Buck
Right On brother.
Loved this thread, perfect silly season stuff. Cheers.
Thanks for the quote, Lincoln! I stayed away from porters and stouts for a long time because I found them to be too heavy when I was younger. But when I was younger, my goal was to drink as much as I can as and as fast as possible, so those just got in the way. As I've grown, I've come to really love them now and the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter was one of the first I had. It is simply amazing.
I was at the Willoughby Brewery the day after their PBC Coffee Porter was featured on the front page of Yahoo as one of the top ten most unique beers in the US. They didn't even know. I asked and ended up pulling up the page on my phone which then got passed around to the entire staff. Luckily I got the phone back eventually and the bartender was so happy he comped my drink!
Nice story. I'm excited to get to drink it this weekend. I'll definitely be making multiple trips to their stand throughout the day to keep "tasting" that one at my festival. So many beers tomorrow, though, but so little time.
Despite being an hop head, KBS edges out Pliny the Elder, 120-Minute, Dreadnaught, and Green Flash's West Coast IPA as my all-time favorite beer. But I haven't gotten my hands on any Pliny the Younger, so this comes with a disclaimer for "favorite beer so far."
Favorites by style (roughly):
IPA: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Green Flash West Coast IPA,
Imperial IPA: DFH 120-Minute IPA, Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, Bell's The Oracle
Stout: Founders KBS, Founders CBS, Bell's Expedition, Alesmith Speedway Stout
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but this is what's coming to mind without having had any coffee yet.
what do you think of pliny the elder?
I got a 120 at Sergio's in Louisville ( go if you are close). Loved it but I could honestly taste 0 beers after. Including the Pliny the elder, It scorched my tastebuds. I think that's a good thing .
My favorite beer is whichever one I'm drinking.....each beer drinking experience supersedes the last. If not for any other reason.....just the simple fact that I'm enjoying more beer.
I like anything from Zwiec (Poland) to Moretti's, from Guinness to Magic Hat #9. At this point in my career I simply don't have time to dedicate to seeking out and experimenting with a whole lot of microbreweries...it would eat away too much at my beer enjoying time :). Once my company is a little more stable and self sufficient (is there such a thing?) I plan on dedicating MUCH more time spent in micro breweries and vineyards.
Great Lakes Christmas Ale rocks!!!!
I can't stand the likes of the macrobreweries but I'd be remiss if I didnt admit there's nothing like an ice cold Miller Highlife after a day in the sun. Highlife gets a 10 on the chuggability without headache scale.
What a great era we live in. Piss poor economy.....great beer selection.
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Well when times are tough, nothing is better than a nice beer...
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No doubt the best kind of beer is free beer
I am trying to go to Belgium this year to visit some breweries and monasteries
They go hand in hand. Those early monastic orders produced beer whose recipes are magic to this day. Try to have one of every beer made in Belgium!
Dogfish Head Brewery in Deleware is one of my favorites.
90 Minute IPA / Aprihop / Midas Touch / Palo Santo Marron / Burton Baton
Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA / Maximus IPA / Hop Stoopid
Many other, but those are my favorites!
That one ^
Elsinore Beer you Hosers!
Take Off, Eh.
Tried it once but found a mouse in my bottle, eh.
Since it seems everyone has their personal fave in the Great Lakes line, I'll throw out Commodore Perry as mine as far as the year-rounds go. Nosferatu and rye of the tiger for the seasonals, oh and Blackout stout which makes me think of my personal crazy blackout day story. Should of turned around and headed back to Milwaukee as news was breaking of the blackout, I'll leave it at that.
Sleeman's Original Draught
I'm drinking a Shiner Hefeweizen for the first time right now and I gotta say it's amazing. They just built a new Jungle Jim's down the road so I've gotta to try so many beers. One I really like is the Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold lager. Absolutley amazing. Give it a try if you haven't
My beer experiences for the evening:
5 Rabbits Golden Ale - Pleasantly surprised. I didn't know anything about this brewery prior to this beer.
Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA - I'm not a huge IPA fan but this one was not nearly as hateful as others. Still bitter but much better than others I've had.
After numerous trips to my local Binny's Beverage Depot, I've learned I don't care for European beers. I don't know what it is, I just can't get on board.
I like Exposed Cream Ale. Their "Horny Blonde" has a cool name but there isn't much to it. Argus IPA is a local favorite of mine. Moose Drool is a pretty solid brown ale, but if I had one beer to drink for the rest of my life, (and I know I'm taking the easy way out here) it'd be Boston Lager. I absolutely love the stuff.
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The beer experience is often where you are and whom you are with when you have it. When I am in Europe, they have the best beer. When in Cally (Santa Rosa), Russian River is the best. When in NOLA I really enjoyed the Abita. Every region seems to have a local brew or two that makes them proud, so I try to experience the local flavor. Beer is more than something to drink; it brings people together for great times. As long as people are responsible.
Yeah, I get this. I love Pilsener-Urquell after visiting the brewery in Czech-Repub. with some friends and having a good time there and drinking a lot and having a great dinner (for realllllly cheap) while there. That was a great experience so I often get Pilsner-Urquell here in the states.
I'm partial to Anchor Steam. Great SF beer you can still get locally at Trader Joe's. Summer Shandy is great in the summer grillin steaks and listening to the Reds though! Anyone ready to come over for a Sunday baseball par-tay?
Interesting article about (trying to) score some of Vermont's Heady Topper DIPA in today's Chicago Tribune.
Key West, 95 degree day, just got done kayaking the mangroves, outdoor bar on the dock, I think it was just a Yeungling Lager...but it was the best Yeungling Lager ever. The next 3 were just as good.
Speaking of Key West, my parents just got back from a trip to Florida, and brought me back a sixer of Florida Beer's Southernmost Wheat, it's a Belgian Witbier, brewed with the traditional coriander and orange peel, with some key lime thrown in for good measure. Refreshing as hell, and very non-fruit forward.
moerlein otr, might be my cincy bias but I really enjoy it and the other Moerlein brews.
also could drink Sam Adams Oktoberfest all day along with warsteiner dunkel.
If you guys like craft beer(and according to this thread we all do), hit up yard house in cincy(by the stadiums), 160+ beers on tap. went there after spring game and got something different each time was pretty cool.
I don't want this thread to end! It's so good! Founders Double Trouble season is almost upon us, and I may actually enjoy it more than Hopslam on my DIPA list!
Have any of you guys had a Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang in NY?
I just had my first the other day and immediately went searching to buy more. Really a great depth of tastes.
Their Hennepin Saison, which I have had a few times and is more easily found, is also quite good
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A half-liter stein at the Kreuzberg monastery near Wildflecken, Germany. Sunny, warm day & the monks chatted with the visitors. They also raised St Bernards. The beer was said to have been rated the best in the world by Playboy back in the 70's.
Wildflecken was in the middle of the Fulda Gap where the Warsaw Pact would have invaded Western Europe. I highly recommend a summer trek up the hill , but a liter could make the return treacherous.
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This thread is getting a bump!
I'm heading out to Denver tomorrow and will be there for a week plus. Apparently we have a brewery tour that has been arranged. My friend got it set up so I have no idea where we're going, but I'm hoping it's any one of the 17 microbreweries in the city or even this tour. Needless to say, I'm pumped!
Folks, if you like IPA's.... try troegs Perpetual Ale. You can thank me later.
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