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At Mexican restaurants, yes, I do lean in that direction. Or a margarita, but that's for another thread.

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No disrespect intended--honest question. I haven't found a Mexican beer that has me tracking it down at the grocery--they all seem like generic pilsners to me. I've tried the Negro, the Corona, and Dos Equis (both versions), lime and sans lime. What am I missing?

I think my problem is that I'm rather late to beer. Never drank a drop before I was 21--good Christian boy and all that. But when I started, I couldn't stop--er, I mean, I chose quality (based on reputation: guinness, samuel adams, pilsner urquell) over quantity (anything macro and American: AB, Miller, etc). So I never developed a taste for the lite pilsner that's so ubiquitously available.

And this (plus marrying a European) led me to a greater sampling of European brews, and then on to American micros.

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My first beer was a Blue Moon a couple of years ago when I was out meeting my husband's best friend for the first time. It was a good introduction; a little citric. I like it.

My second beer was Boddingtons...I have heard it called the "silk sheets of beer".

My third beer was Arrogant Bastard Ale...not for the faint-hearted...and I like things spicey!

Since then, I've been on a tour-de-biere, trying all sorts. The first three still remain soundly on my favorites list, and the following have been added:

Old Rasputin stoutNewcastle (a more generally stocked brew)Black Butte

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For all you Blue Moon fans out there, pick up a bottle of Vuuve to try sometime. Its a similar, citrusy spicy witbier, but sticks out in my taste memory as a more unique (and IMHO better) brew.

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Anybody tried one Sam Adams Utopias beer? Goes at about $100/bottle, meant to be drunk in 2 oz portions like a port.

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Anybody tried one Sam Adams Utopias beer? Goes at about $100/bottle, meant to be drunk in 2 oz portions like a port.

::cheers::

Now on my wish list.

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I share the love for Arrogant Bastard, perhaps the hoppiest brew I've ever tasted. At the opposite extreme, I recently discovered Bison Stout - its rich chocolatey taste knocked my socks off.

And, like Alan, I'm always game for a Pilsner Urquell or a Corona. Thanks for the recommendation of Negra Modelo, one I've never tried.

Lastly, while I'm normally not a fan of non-Belgian fruit-flavored ales - it must be very tricky to make these without overwhelming the palate with oversweet fruitiness - I was recently wowed by Kona Brewing Company's Lilikoi (passionfruit) Ale. Their stout was also quite tasty. Alas, it appears from KBC's website that their brews are not available on the mainland. :(

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Anyone ever tried Red Hook's espresso stout? That was one of my favorites in the mid-90s, but I actually don't even know if they make it anymore.

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Sounds like Alan, Jeffrey, and I need to get together some time. First, a Mexican meal with a round of Negro Modelos, followed by a stop at a pub for Newcastles from the tap. Joanna and I eat at a local Mexican place so often that Microsoft Money prompted me to make it a regularly occuring expense. I always get a #25 and a Negro Modelo. That's good stuff.

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However, two beers I really like from the bottle are McEwan's Scotch Ale and Theakson's Old Peculiar.

Crow, IIRC you are from St. Louis. I used to drink Theakston's out on the sidewalk at that place across the way from Blueberry Hill. They have a good selection of UK beers.

There's a couple of places across from Blueberry Hill, Brandt's and Cicero's, that have a good beer selection. I haven't been to Brandt's in a while, but I love the selection at Cicero's. They have two more of my favorite bottled beers, Skullsplitter and Trappistes Rochefort Ten. Those beers have a pretty good kick to them. :)

And I like Chimay as well, especially served in wine glasses, which add just the right amount of class.

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Brandt's. I will have to meet you there sometime in the Spring of 2007. I may pass on the Skullsplitter as we will be staying all the way out in High Ridge.

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And I like Chimay as well, especially served in wine glasses, which add just the right amount of class.

Really, most of the high ABV Belgians should be poured in a goblet. That Rochefort must've had a good kick! I recently tried the 8, and it was very tasty. Skullsplitter, huh? That, I'm sure, sells well on name alone! Not bad flavor, either.

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Brandt's. I will have to meet you there sometime in the Spring of 2007. I may pass on the Skullsplitter as we will be staying all the way out in High Ridge.

Drop me a line when you're in town. They've recently redecorated the inside of Brandt's, it's looking pretty snazzy!

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I happen to live in the town with the greatest beer ever - The Boundary Bay Brewing Company. Unfortunately its not really bottled. So, if you're a beer lover and are in Bellingham, WA stop by Boundary Bay. Heck, give me a call, I'll meet up with you. I never need much of an excuse to head down to Boundary Bay.

As far as bottled beer goes, I'm a fan of Cinder Cone and pretty much everything by Dechutes Brewing Company. Moose Drool and everything at Big Sky Brewing Company is very good. New Belguim consistantly puts out good beer.

Fun fact about me: I grew up in Kalama, Washington, which is the original home of Pyramid Ales. For the first few years I lived there, Pyramid was brewed there. In fact, the first house I lived in Kalama was where Pyramid got it start. The founders started brewing it in their basement and it continued to grow from there.

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I just had to bring this to everyone's attention from the "eye intercourse" thread from Pensicola Christian. The pun was irresistable...

I've attended Christian institutions since my freshman year of high school. High School was the most restrictive, which required a dress code (tucked shirts and collars, people!) and a signature on a code of conduct. My college was less restrictive - no beer on campus allowed, but it was enforced, oh, once in a blue moon.

It's too bad that Blue Moon should have such a negative connotation; it's such an innocent brew.

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Took a flyer on a $10 6-pack from Dogfish Head Brewery, their "Raison D'Etre" belgian style ale. Not a bad flyer--low carbonation, lacey head, rich brown color (mahogany?), with a full bodied taste (a hint of sweetness, from the raisens its brewed with) and a crisp lingering finish. 9% ABV, so only had one (and a half; my wife wimped out). 12 oz bottle, in to a (sacrilege!) Chimay goblet.

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I have, and it is hit or miss in all three places. (And it partly depends on who is pouring it.) I haven't been too impressed by Guiness distribution in the UK. For all you Guiness fans, try this Scottish bevvy on for size. Just pull a pint of Guiness and snag a small glass of port. Drink a bit off the top of your Guiness and dump the port right in. Sounds crazy, but it is killer.
FWIW I used to drink Guiness Cider and Black at Uni - well once or twice anyway.

FWIW I found the Guinness in Dublin disappointing, although I didn't try it from the brewery. However in Northern Ireland it was amazing. In SW IReland I think I prefered the Murphy's

Boddington's was th ebeer no-one had heard of until the 90s when

1 - they got bought out by Whitbreads

and more importantly

2 - they had the funniest TV Ad ever. Ever.

When you guys talk about Newcasetle, do you mean Newcastle Brown Ale?

Finally Alan - you said about Czech being the country that invented beer. How do they know that? I mean it's old enough to fingure in the bible so reciorsd as to it's origins must be pretty unreliable.

Matt

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Boddington's was th ebeer no-one had heard of until the 90s when

1 - they got bought out by Whitbreads

and more importantly

2 - they had the funniest TV Ad ever. Ever.

This has been marketed pretty well over here, too. No TV ads, but almost every store I shop in has it on shelf. Really cool cascading head effect, but I thought the taste was only so-so.

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I wish I was a beer expert, but I'm not. Still, some of my favorites:

Chimay Grande Reserve

pretty much anything Samuel Smith, especially the Oatmeal Stout

anything Church Brew Works

anything Penn Brewery

Leffe Blond

I love Dogfish Head pale ales

Czechvar

Rogue Dead Guy ale

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In the US, I really enjoy Michelob Honey Lager, Ace Apple Cider, and Shiner Bock.

When I was in Houston a couple years back I had Shiner Bock ice cream. It was surprisingly good. My wife and I have a friend from the Houston area who moved to the Northwest and would return with Shiner Bock anytime she went back to Texas. She doesn't have to do that anymore as I've noticed it on our grocery shelves in the last six months. It's not bad stuff. It's got a unique taste, especially since its not a type I normally drink. Recommended here as well.

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Anyone tried mead (fermented honey)? Doesn't sound good to me, but...

I had it for the first time last week. I'm not a wine fan, so I had my doubts, but I actually enjoyed it. I would consider it a cross between a cider and wine. I tried three kinds: blueberry, orange, and regular honey. Orange was probably my favorite followed by the honey. The blueberry variety tasted too much like wine for my palatte.

If you get a chance Alan you should try it. The worse that could happen is you don't like it.

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My dad starting making mead a few years into his wine-making adventure. I guess it was probably soon after he got his bee-hives...:) It's been hit and miss. He did a number of kiwi meads, which used a combination of hardy northern kiwi juice and honey. One was decent, but others were pretty bad...leading to a funny and embarassing story involving my future inlaws. However, in the last few years he's done a few rounds of pure honey mead, and some of them are VERY good. Very sweet, too. For me, it's like a desert wine. I don't want too much too often, but it has a place.

I'm not familiar with any commecial varieties.

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I picked up a 6-pack of Negra Modelo over the weekend, and it's a good 'un - a more complex flavor experience than other Mexican brews I've tried in the past (and I quite enjoy the occasional Corona).

My newest discovery, which I'm quite excited about, is Hitachino Nest Beer's White Ale. It's a Belgian-style beer out of Japan, with a very summery taste, containing a strong but not overpowering citrusy flavor. I quaffed one this evening at a local Japanese restaurant, and it's definitely one I'll be looking for, during my next visit to Asheville's specialty beer shops. Looking at the Kiuchi Brewery website, I see they brew nine other varieties, including a sweet stout and a red rice ale. Mmmm....

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Boddington's was th ebeer no-one had heard of until the 90s when

1 - they got bought out by Whitbreads

and more importantly

2 - they had the funniest TV Ad ever. Ever.

Is that the 'want a flake with that, love?' one? Funnier than the Blackcurrant Tango advert? You have to be kidding...

Does this call for a funniest-ads ever debate?

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When you guys talk about Newcasetle, do you mean Newcastle Brown Ale?
Yes.
Really? You mean it there are people who like it beyond the age of 20? (Actually I have one friend who stil drinks it)

Finally Alan - you said about Czech being the country that invented beer. How do they know that? I mean it's old enough to fingure in the bible so reciorsd as to it's origins must be pretty unreliable.

Well, I am certainly not being objective here, but Czechs did pioneer the modern "lager" style of beer (Pilsner) as opposed to ale, which has a much older origin. Bavarians also played a role, but it was the Czechs who perfected it.

OIC Thanks

Boddington's was th ebeer no-one had heard of until the 90s when

1 - they got bought out by Whitbreads

and more importantly

2 - they had the funniest TV Ad ever. Ever.

Is that the 'want a flake with that, love?' one? Funnier than the Blackcurrant Tango advert? You have to be kidding...

No I meant the "By 'eck, y'look gorgeous tonight petal" one.

Although I can't remember the Blackcurrant Tango one.

: Does this call for a funniest-ads ever debate?

No

Ok it might do

Actually it should be the second best advery ever debate. The first place is already decided.

Matt

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