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#1
So I searchbarred and nothing came up but maybe I suck at searching.

Anyway, a discussion in the Pit showed that a beer thread is necessary. This thread is for discussion and recommendation of all types and brands of beer, discussion and recommendation of visits to breweries, etc.

Please, no ignorant comments like "american beer sux ololooool" although I know those are bound to occur.



Well this hasn't become a smashing success.

I think I'm going to start with some basic beer facts (I'll add more as I feel like it):

There are a few different types of beer:
Ale- a top-fermented kind of beer. Tends to be hoppy and a little bitter. The second most popular type of beer, after lager.
Lambic- fermented with wild yeast. Less consistent than most beers, due to this, but tends to be ridiculously flavorful. Can be sour.
Stout- a dark beer made with roasted malt or barley. Typically much more thick, rich, and flavorful (and therefore less refreshing) than most other beers. The roasting of the malt or barley makes this beer a great complement with earthy flavors like coffee and chocolate, which is why there are many coffee and chocolate stouts.
Lager- a bottom-fermented kind of beer. Has a pale variety known as a pilsner, which is what most light/diet beers are.
Wheat- made with lots of wheat also usually has a lot of malted barley. Usually top-fermented.
Last edited by trueamerican at Jul 2, 2011,
#3
Hmm I wonder if they bottle their chicken fried steak (by the way, of course you would like chicken fried steak).

Is it a larger brewery? Would I be able to find it in a good beer store in NY or NJ?
#5
While it isn't related to your question I've had nothing but good results with Bell's Brewery.

I didn't know about them until we got some of their filters in to clean at the place I worked. Their standards far surpassed even FDA standards for cleanliness. I was extremely impressed about that.

I also really like Thomas Creek, which is right down the road from me. Their Red Ale is great.
#8
I've had a Thomas Creek Pilsner, but I don't recall what it was called. Was better than some, worse than others. Not bad, but not great.
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Quote by trueamerican
Hmm I wonder if they bottle their chicken fried steak (by the way, of course you would like chicken fried steak).

Is it a larger brewery? Would I be able to find it in a good beer store in NY or NJ?


Nah, it's a family owned business in Fredricksburg, you'd have to go there to get some, course, Fredricksburg is a popular tourist destination, the cool thing is, they brew the beer right on the serving floor, cause it doubles as a brewery and a restaurant, and they pull the beer right out of the still.
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Quote by ethan_hanus
Nah, it's a family owned business in Fredricksburg, you'd have to go there to get some, course, Fredricksburg is a popular tourist destination, the cool thing is, they brew the beer right on the serving floor, cause it doubles as a brewery and a restaurant, and they pull the beer right out of the still.


That's awesome. They do that at Barrington Brewery also, which is a brewery restaurant in Upstate NY (also pretty awesome). Legit food, and Barrington Brown is amazing.
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Quote by SeveralSpecies
HA!

nononono it's all about Malt liquor. Steel Reserve > all


Bitch please, OE > Steel Reserve.

But there's nothing wrong with some nice malt likkah every nah and then! I actually do like OE
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Quote by trueamerican
That's awesome. They do that at Barrington Brewery also, which is a brewery restaurant in Upstate NY (also pretty awesome). Legit food, and Barrington Brown is amazing.



Speaking of upstate and brewery/restaurants, when I lived in Syracuse there was a restaurant called the Empire Brewing Company. I was all of about 10 at that time, so I never had the beer, but my dad loved the place. Is it still there, do you know?
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Quote by trueamerican
That's awesome. They do that at Barrington Brewery also, which is a brewery restaurant in Upstate NY (also pretty awesome). Legit food, and Barrington Brown is amazing.


I've always found that brewery restaurants tend to be some of the best restaurants in America. I've never been to a bad one.

Makes me want to travel America just to see them all.
#17
Sweet. Yea I remember going there and loving the smell of the brewing process, but didn't have any appreciation for beer.

I'll have to check that place out if I ever go back.
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Quote by trueamerican


Pfft, Keystone and Natty all the way.


I agree with this man.
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lol I can't even jokingly like keystone. Everyone at my school drank that piss and I've had enough of it
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Quote by XgamerGt04
While it isn't related to your question I've had nothing but good results with Bell's Brewery.

I didn't know about them until we got some of their filters in to clean at the place I worked. Their standards far surpassed even FDA standards for cleanliness. I was extremely impressed about that.

I also really like Thomas Creek, which is right down the road from me. Their Red Ale is great.


bells was always my favourate whiskey, unfortunately I drank an entire bottle of it at a party and a whole bunch of other stuff and made myself sick. now whenever i smell whiskey i gag :'(
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Quote by weorge
bells was always my favourate whiskey, unfortunately I drank an entire bottle of it at a party and a whole bunch of other stuff and made myself sick. now whenever i smell whiskey i gag :'(



Replace bells with Jack Daniels and that's my story lol.

I literally puked one time when I smelled Early Times. While sober.
#22
Beer thread.

I can't really think of a favourite beer... but I've been drinking a lot of Erdinger Weiss recently.

Every few months I stumble upon a new beer which I think is the best thing ever, but I don't think I've stuck with one particular brand for a very long time, so I have no idea what I think the best beer in the world is.

In response to the OP, I've never actually had a decent American beer. I will assume your local shit is awesome, but your exports are fucking terrible.

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i heard that in ireland they call what we in britan call 'magners' bulmers. but this confuses me because bulmers is a different type of cider here. anyone know anything bout this?


Nah mate, Magners is Magners and Bulmers is Bulmers. I have no idea where you got that from.
#23
Check out Ressurection Ale if you're ever in Baltimore, brewed at The Brewer's Art. Incredible! And strong
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Ahhhh I love Magners.

But yes, our exports are trash, because they consist of macro crap like bud and coors. I firmly believe our micros are the best in the world, however, but as with anything, that's opinion based.

Furthermore, budweiser ran at 6 euros a bottle when I was in Italy. Please tell me no one pays that much for that stuff lol??


edit: ^ Resurrection is good.

My dad always goes on about how Natty boh used to be the shit before being bought out, and about going to O's games when the only beer you could get in camden yards was that stuff (Apparently the owner of the O's also owned the brewery?)
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Quote by ethan_hanus
I've always found that brewery restaurants tend to be some of the best restaurants in America. I've never been to a bad one.

Makes me want to travel America just to see them all.


True. And some of the better breweries I've been to

Plus, they cook with a lot of beer and often pair the beer and food for you. What could be better?
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Quote by trueamerican
True. And some of the better breweries I've been to

Plus, they cook with a lot of beer and often pair the beer and food for you. What could be better?



I can't think of anything better than food cooked in beer, I really can't.

Just for clarification, Miller light, Bud light, Naty light, Milwaukee light, or any light mass produced beer, is just stud horse piss with the foam farted off.

Real beer is not shy of calories. Light beers are for sissys. Dark beer is the best. But I prefer hard liquor. I don't ever drink too much, but God forbid I ever do, cause I would become an alcoholic very quickly.
#30
Tooheys Extra Dry Platinum.

Best drink to get drunk to, best drink to drink to, best drink in general. Its pretty much one of the only beers i like, and can always turn to.
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Quote by ethan_hanus
I can't think of anything better than food cooked in beer, I really can't.

Just for clarification, Miller light, Bud light, Naty light, Milwaukee light, or any light mass produced beer, is just stud horse piss with the foam farted off.

Real beer is not shy of calories. Light beers are for sissys. Dark beer is the best. But I prefer hard liquor. I don't ever drink too much, but God forbid I ever do, cause I would become an alcoholic very quickly.


There's nothing wrong with a lighter beer the most refreshingly amazing alcoholic drink on a nice summer day is a GOOD light beer with lemonade (shandy).
#32
Quote by ethan_hanus
I can't think of anything better than food cooked in beer, I really can't.

Just for clarification, Miller light, Bud light, Naty light, Milwaukee light, or any light mass produced beer, is just stud horse piss with the foam farted off.

Real beer is not shy of calories. Light beers are for sissys. Dark beer is the best. But I prefer hard liquor. I don't ever drink too much, but God forbid I ever do, cause I would become an alcoholic very quickly.



+1

I kinda like Sam Adams light, but based on it's flavor and calorie count, I hardly consider that a light beer


Quote by trueamerican
There's nothing wrong with a lighter beer the most refreshingly amazing alcoholic drink on a nice summer day is a GOOD light beer with lemonade (shandy).


Leinenkugel summer shandy on tap is my choice on a 90+ day. But I still wouldn't consider that a light beer. Lighter, yes, but when I think light beer, I think that watery shit you drink when you're on a diet.
Last edited by SeveralSpecies at Jul 2, 2011,
#33
Mass produced light beer is basically mass produced regular beer, minus most of the little flavor it had to begin with. There are good lighter beers, like a nice Pilsner.
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Quote by trueamerican
There's nothing wrong with a lighter beer the most refreshingly amazing alcoholic drink on a nice summer day is a GOOD light beer with lemonade (shandy).


If it's an ale then yeah, but a beer purposely brewed for lack of calories is just...wrong. It's not right, idk why, it's just not. I've never had a good light beer, to me they all taste flat and bland, just a blah beer taste.
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Quote by SeveralSpecies

Leinenkugel summer shandy on tap is my choice on a 90+ day. But I still wouldn't consider that a light beer. Lighter, yes, but when I think light beer, I think that watery shit you drink when you're on a diet.


That's actually my favorite shandy. Never had it from the tap but it's not bad in cans

And a light beer, not a diet beer, would be like a pilsner, as opposed to a stout/porter.
#36
Maybe I haven't ever had a good light beer because I always opt for the very flavorful stuff.


Hmmmm.


edit: Oh yea, well I can appreciate a good pilsner. But beers that end in "light" usually make me turn the other way.
#37
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#38
This is the one beer that I always go back to:




Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA


It's by far one of the best beers I've ever had, and I've had my fair share of beers.
#39
Yeah, I consider a beer that ends it "light" to be a diet beer. But calling it that isn't the best idea

But Miller Light is probably the best of the worst, IMO. And I actually enjoy High Life as well. Leinenkugel is actually made by Miller and it's legit. Raspberry Wheat Leinenkugel (and shandy) ftw!
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Quote by trueamerican
Yeah, I consider a beer that ends it "light" to be a diet beer. But calling it that isn't the best idea

But Miller Light is probably the best of the worst, IMO. And I actually enjoy High Life as well. Leinenkugel is actually made by Miller and it's legit. Raspberry Wheat Leinenkugel (and shandy) ftw!



Wasn't a fan of the raspberry one.

But I also don't mind high life. And PBR isn't awful IMO, since we're talking hipster beers :P


edit: ^ 60 minute IPA is always a safe choice.