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I'm not sure how this topic was brought up in a politically charged thread, but I consider it my duty to shift the atmosphere to something that welcomes the opposite of a thoughtful, serious conversation... that would be beer, my friends.
My go to beers as of late have been 3 Floyd's Alpha King Pale Ale (a phenomenal brewery from Munster, Indiana), and since I'm a Chicagoan anything Goose Island.
Goose Island's Honker's Ale is a standard around here, but what really shines are their premium beers that come in 4 packs (their Matilda (belgian-style) is one of my favorites, as well as the Pere Jacques and the Bourbon County Stout). Both have great brew pubs with excellent food, if you're in the area.
You like hops? A lot of hops? Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA (or 120 if you're into 10 bottles of beer OUTSIDE of the bar) is a fucking champ, one of the best of it's kind for sure.
As for Belgian Styles, I'm a fan of Delerium Tremens (named after the withdrawal shakes an alcoholic gets when they abstain from drinking)... Duvel is tasty too. Chicago has a fine restaurant called the Hopleaf with, I believe, the largest international beer selection in the city. Food is bitchin', too.
When it gets cold as hell and my balls begin their ascension into my abdomen, I usually go something darker and fuller like a stout or porter to knock them back out. Great Lakes Brewing Company's Edmond Fitzgerald porter is fantastic, and Anchor Steam's porter is delicious as well. I like New Holland's The Poet stout quite a bit, but an Old No. 38 Stout has been my go to towards the end of the winter.
Obviously, I like beer. I can talk about this shit forever, so hopefully there are a few more out there that can do the same.
hahah that is fucking hilarious. i just got back, finished my last A-level-exam, opened a bottle of beer, thinking of how much I love it and then klicked the "lounge"link .......guess its more fun if you've actually been in the situation yourself.....
anyways here's mine.....good ol german "oettinger" pretty much the cheapest beer you can get here in germany. 6 bottles (half a liter each) for 2 Bucks INCLUDING 60 cents of deposit for each bottle
nice variety- I love finding a place that has a huge selection and just going crazy- easy way to blow 50 bucks no doubt.
Can't think of too much off the top of my head but can make some recomendations as far as decent price-
tetleys- nice and creamy english ale
Smokin up some BBQ? Nice sunny hot day? Yuengling is nice and light but flavorful-
Blue Moon- belgian on a budget- sweet creamy -not as heavy than the micro brew or more expencive belgian though- they also started doing other brews like a winter ale and summer ale but I haven't tried em.
I know theres more but it's early
Gloominati, if I go German I usually go Spaten Optimator (usually out of a ginormous 64oz glass boot around Oktoberfest). Beerfrau! BOOT!
Hacker-Pschorr is a perfect spring beer for me... light and crisp as hell. I'll be having a few tonight if all goes well.
DECYPL, Tetley's is pretty tasty... after a few it becomes a challenge to keep all that head off of your nose, haha. You had Fuller's ESB? Great English style pub ale.
Out in Seattle for the workshop I drank the shit out of Red Hook's ESB... that area of the country was a whole new beer heaven for me to explore.
Aw, Oregon. Why I won't move from this grand state. Beer. Craft beer...microbrews......no need to touch the foreign products as the local offerings are so damn good. Screw coffee, the beautiful landscape, the Cascades, the amazing restaurants... I'm here for the beer.
A meal in a pint....
Just looking at that fine brew brings a tear to my eye. sniff.
And Fat Tire is delicious Mark, you're damn right. 1554 is a nice black ale made by the same brewer, New Belgium.
Maybe you can now? Gawd, I hope so. It's a beautiful porter with a hint (just a hint) of chocolate. I've yet to find another porter that beats it in taste.
Anyways, for anyone who likes Fat Tire - there is another option you gotta try: Boont Amber Ale. Higher alcohol content (7%, I believe), so it has a tendency to sneak up on ya. Nice tasty amber ale, too.
the beer of the bahamas kalik- mm so delicious
and while we're at it- red stripe-
As far as cider goes, on a hot summers day, Magners is the champs drink to have in a glass with some ice. There's also Bulmers which I believe was the old name Magners went under in the past, but it's just the same, although a little sweeter if I remember coorectly.:
Additionally, Strongbow, which i'm having a pint of right now:
As far as Ales go, I tried a few when I was down the south of England for a couple of days, but i forget their names. I just remember they were tastey as hell. Black Sheep is is a pretty good ale, though. Good to have when you come in from the rain and cold:
I love the taste of all the I.P.As that i've tried, too. From what I hear, though, most UK I.P.As arn't the real deal compared to the originals, but they still usually have a good strength and taste to them.
For lagers, I prefer Red Stripe. Tastey, and fairly stong, too.
And also Kronenbourg, which is nice and crisp.
Last edited by B u r l; May 15th, 2008 at 12:23 PM.
Stay away from this shit. This is by far the worst beer i have ever had. Its been 3 years since I had it and i still can taste it. I bought it back when i was in colledge. It was finals and me and my buddies were pretty stressed so we deiced we needed some beer to take the edge off. I went to this local corner store and saw this cheap stuff in a 4 pack for $2.00. Well seeing as how that fit into my poor student price range i bought it and took it back to school for consumption. When my one buddy sipped it he almost spit it all over his monitor. this stuff tase like liquid ear wax and urine, its flat and has no tastful qualities.If ever you see it in your town,state, or where ever petition it to be removed quickly!
markwinters- tecate ok..its kind of like the coors lite of mexican beer- drink it ice cold or don't drink it -I'd say pacifico, corona, negro modelo, modelo especial.- there is also something with a name similar to "antonio y cleopatra" but thats not it thats the name of cigars.
Also...there is a secret to Mickey's. They sell it in wide mouth bottles for a reason. It's not a "sippin" beer...you chug it. A six pack shouldn't last you more than ten minutes, and who can taste anything that fast.
I got my dad Mr Beer brew your own beer kit for Fathers Day last year and another brewer this Fathers Day, hes making his own Black'n Tans
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OK, before you guys get carried away, someone explain what it is about beer that is so delicious to them. I've tried plenty of beers over the years and with a few exceptions it all tasted like pissy swill to me... and all the same pissy swill. Guinness (when it's poured well from a nice clean tap) is pretty delicious, and I actually do like Red Stripe.... but ALL other beer I've had just did nothing for me.
I like wine... whites more than reds, and even some rum and other spirits... I just can't get a handle on beer and why it is so popular.
I'm not trying to be negative in this thread, I seriously want someone to explain it to me!
Take wine for example... I know I like certain types over others, but as it is now I can't really determine what makes one better than the other. It's never been my thing. Friends of mine drink only whiskey as well, but I'll be damned if I could figure out what makes a whiskey taste good. I just know I drink it if I feel like getting particularly shitty.
Beer's just always been delicious to me, what can I say. Give a good new beer a chance every once in a while if you've got someone with you who knows where to find it.
there is a place in Dublin called the Porter house that serves beers from around the world on draft
ever notice that beers taste much better when you have them in the country they are brewed in
had Tiger beer in Asia and Heineken in Holland.... no comparison when drinking them back home.
favourite beers Heineken, Tiger, Erdiner (German)
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MarkWinters - try Sol really good or go for the touro drink of choice - dos equis