What's your favorite beer?
Posted 22 April 2005 - 03:23 AM
In the US, I really enjoy Michelob Honey Lager, Ace Apple Cider, and Shiner Bock. When I did a summer study in France, I greatly enjoyed a Belgian beer called Leffe. Here in Nigeria it's not really culturally approprate for Christians to drink, but when opportunity knocks, there's an excellent Nigerian beer called Gulder (the only good beer made in country in fact).
I absolutely cannot stand the yellow filth known as "domestic light" beer.
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 09:25 AM
I think my favorite beer to recollect is still Pike Place Pale Ale from Seattle--but I haven't had that in forever. It's followed closely by a near-barleywine powerhouse called Bigfoot, brewed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. When available, I'll go for Harp Lager, a subsidiary of the Guinness Group in Ireland. I used to drink Guinness solely, but it wasn't condusive to any of my fitness plans.
Rogue Dead Guy ale is good, but I think I'm partial just because of the name.
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Overall favourite: Chimay: Grande Reserve. It's heaven in a (corked!) bottle. And expensive!
Favourite NW micro (tie): Anderson Valley Brewing: Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale/ Big Sky Brewing: Powder Hound Winter Ale
Favourite come-home-to beer: Deschutes: Mirror Pond Pale
And honourable mentions go to: New Belgium (Abbey, Biere de Mars, Trippel), Guinness (and Harp), Beamish or Murphy's Irish Stout, Boddington's, Anderson Valley (Boont Amber), Alaska (Winter, Amber, Porter), etc, etc, etc...
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Posted 22 April 2005 - 06:11 PM
Ahh, I remember the Sunday afternoon brunches well, so long ago. Two Guinnesses, an omelet and hashbrowns, and the NY Times Sunday edition. It's what drove me to bourbon. That was the early '80's.
But to beer, sparingly. So many brew pubs around here, but I like Tecate, various Samuel Adams seasonal brews without fruit flavors, (dare I say) Amstel Light, Haacker*Pschorr heffe-weisse.
Any fans of malt liquor? Molson Brador (only available in Canada, made me notice this), of American brews, Schlitz is still my favorite if I can find it. Here, it is sadly marketed as a cheap high in poor neighborhoods, but is still a pleasant quaff.
Edited by Rich Kennedy, 22 April 2005 - 06:12 PM.
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:13 AM
Crow you should try it from the pump - even better it goes down far too easily for something that's so alcoholic
Has anyone had the chance to compare these beers (particularly in Guiness) in Ireland, Britain and America. Guiness doesn't travel particularly well ( a bit like tetleys which you haven't really had until you've had it in Leeds), not East at any rate, so I wonder how good it would be in America. Strangely the best pint of Guiness I ever had was in Northern Ireland rather than Eire. The best pint I had in Eire was the Murphy's which was fantastic.
But the pint I most long to sample again is actually a Scottish Stout - Gillespie's only had it twice it;'s been good both times, but the first, in Aberavon rugby club bar was amazing.
Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:43 AM
Rich, what bourbon do you drink? Ever since a beach trip last summer, I've been drinking a lot of Maker's Mark.
Posted 27 March 2006 - 11:26 AM
So here's a quick rundown of a few of my favorites. But I'm not a beer reviewer--I struggle to articulate the nuances of why I like what I like. But here's hoping that you all can help me out.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager--the best of the mass marketed brews, a Vienna lager with an easy drinkability, pours a nice amber, with a nice lacey head that dissipates too quickly. Nice balance and robust finish. Better from tap vs. bottle, but still good to have at home.
Great Lakes Eliot Ness--an amber lager, with a rich red color. Spicier than the Sam Adams, I think it pairs best with richer foods. Only available in the Midwest. Not pasteurized, so if you buy some, make sure its been refrigerated.
Special Occasions (dictated by price )
Coniston Brewery Bluebird Bitter--the best ESB I've ever had. Clean, rich taste, smooth. A light lacing of head, but almost no carbonation. With a low ABV, this is a classic session ale. At 2.99/pint here in Cincinnati, I don't have it often, but when I do I wish I was related to the importer.
Old Rasputin Imperial Stout--wow! I'd given up on stouts after a falling out with Guinness (brown water), but this spicy, fiery, rich, bold stout brought me back to the fold. Expensive, but well worth it. A perfect winter brew, but beware its near 10% ABV.
My absolute favorite:
Westmalle Tripel--the original Trappist tripel. A few years ago, my local independent grocery told me that the importer had lost the contract and they didn't know if they'd be getting any more of this stuff, so I bought a case of it. That case lasted me four years, and this beer got better with each year. A golden tripel, with a rich, fruity, complex taste. Absolutely needs a goblet, but its cloudy goldeness holds a special taste and aroma thats as easy on the eyes as it is on the palate. Brewed by monks, I submit this is the beer that will be served in heaven. You can see a picture of it on my Flickr stream.
Edited by Buckeye Jones, 27 March 2006 - 02:45 PM.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 02:34 PM
But I don't find it that often, so Guinness is the faithful standby. Delivers almost every time (so long as it's on tap, and they know not to chill it.) If that's not available, Beamish is a satisfying (if slightly sweeter) substitute.
From bottles, my favorites are Black Butte Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (the best bottled pale ale), and any of the New Belgium beers, which are just amazing considering that they're bottled. I especially like the Belgian Black Ale called 1554, and their popular Fat Tire never disappoints either. Once, I had their Bier de Mars from the tap, and that was extraordinary.
For a change of pace, I occasionally those cool, small, chubby bottles of Duvel.
On hot summer evenings, my wife has drawn me into her nostalgia for Corona with slices of lime, to accompany a bowl of tortilla chips and salsa.
Edited by Jeffrey Overstreet, 27 March 2006 - 02:35 PM.