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Author So what kind of beer do you like?
tragedybysyntax
Hello everyone, just though I'd start a thread about beer. I like beer... you do too. So let's yak about it.

I'll start off by saying I usually aim for Belgian ales or IPA's. I dig Chimay, Piraat, Gulden Draak, Delerium, and La Fin Du Monde. IPA side I'm
still seeking the ultimate... however I love Hop Frog, Arogant Bastard, and this new one I'm hooked on is called Houblon? It's a Belgian IPA!!! Could be my favorite beer side by side with Delerium.

>=) CHEERS!!!
Johnisfaster
Pretty much all beer. From Pabst and Miller to Bel Haven Wee Heavy (think I spelled that right)

Although I boycott Coors for personal reasons.
ignatius
i'll drink whatever is in the keg.. within reason but usually i go for pilsners and stouts or whatever is on the nitro tap!

love the Blue Paddle pilsner from New Belgium

murhpy's irish stout easy choice over guiness any day i like stouts but murphy's is sort of my go to stout.. though there are a ton of really good ones in the NW.. murphy's is like home or something.

kilkenny
smithwick's
la fin du monde
coopers ale
(have had a hard time finding it in the USA)

there's a lot of beers i love and no rules.. i'll try them all... even if its something i think i won't like.. gimme a sip!

never have been a fan of IPA's just can't stand the hoppiness. doesn't agree w/me

can't stand MGD (the hangover starts before i'm even drunk), budlight or coors (might as well just drink water).

my friend has a beer tumblr that's pretty good.. funny and lot's of beers local and foreign

http://dumfukr.tumblr.com/
beyourdog
Well, I stopped drinking since a year, but i was getting quite high on:

Chimay bleue (love it, especially the kind of millesime big bottles they sell in Belgium from the previous years),
Kwak directly from the cellar/cask in a Belgium estaminet
Guiness, but only in Ireland
Chouff, quite cheap and good, Guinness ftw!
Microscopial
I like free beer. Always seems to taste nicer
Koelschysizer
Kölsch, simply the best! Guinness ftw!
Do not mind the occasional Weizen or Pilz but hate Altbier!
infradead
I love Kölsch for the summer! Best beer to drink sitting in my backyard ever.

big fan of Session Dark Ale lately..

try not to drink american macro brews..
more sex in a canoe than actual beer..

never have aquired a taste for IPAs. belgien styles are a bit to foo-foo for me. if i have my druthers i'll go with a nice porter or stout..
lordofthebored
Sour ales FTW around my house, I drank lots of Bell's Oarsman ale and Monks Cafe over the summer. Since school started last month all I can afford is Miller High Life. No complaints, love the high life. Just recently I had the chance to try the hazelnut ale made by Rogue and it was really nice, sort of like an alcoholic organic cola.
Koelschysizer
@infradead

Cool!
I was really surprised to find out that Kölsch is available in the states.
In Germany it is centered around the Cologne area only so it is rather a local speciality...

Prost,
Kölschy
essex sound lab
I tend to drink IPAs and Belgian-style American craft brews, although I also like a number of stouts and porters. Some favorite brews include:

DFH Squall IPA - Perhaps the best IPA I've ever had

Founders Centennial

Stone Lukcy Basartd [sic]

La Fin du Monde

Highway 78 (Stone, Green Flash, Pizzaport collaboration)

Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball

Green Flash Trippel

Victory Golden Monkey

Dark Element

Gulden Drak
CursedFrogurt
Recently I've had Troeg's Dreamweaver, and really loved it. I'm not normally a *huge* fan of wheat beers, but it has a really nice complex bunch of flavors that makes me favor it for the fall season. It's very mellow, with some undertones similar to mulling spices like cardamom and the like.

I tend to go for fairly highly carbonated light and amber ales, medium hoppy. Sometimes I can go for an IPA, but it's not often that I'm in the mood for something that bitter. I like mild sweetness paired with a little bitterness for some punch. Hefeweizens always seem to hit the spot. Stouts and Porters are a rare thing for me, although I recently had a Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company and I enjoyed that quite a bit.

If we're talking it's hot outside and I just want a beer kinda beer, Modelo Especial is hard to beat. There's just something about the Mexican macrobrews that I like, crispy and refreshing but more bitterness and flavor than your average American big brew.
chinard
free beer is the best beer
Babaluma
belgian trappist mainly, especially chimay (red, yellow or blue, it's all good).
electrik noize
These two are my current fav's

Schlafly Kolsch and Tanners Jack
otto_tsr
lately it has been "st. andrews - belhaven" in the pub.
at home it has been "st. eriks pilsner"... should be tried if you are in sweden/stockholm.

love beer.
CursedFrogurt
Babaluma wrote:
belgian trappist mainly, especially chimay (red, yellow or blue, it's all good).


Chimay is yummy!
ignatius
recent beers i like

russian river - damnation (very smooth.. a touch sweet.. nice finish)

lompoc - kick axe soapbox derby pale ale (how many names does it need???) just a good all around beer. a pale ale with a bit of body and weight to it.

firestone - DBA double barrel ale - a bit sweet but really savory and good.

things in the fridge - russian river - pliny the elder - supposed to be amazing.. tons of hype from friends of mine. looking forward to trying it but i have my doubts it'll live up to the hype.

PS - i still totally hate IPAs. sour hoppy mess. i just can't stand them.
ach_gott
Geuzes are my favorites, more like a lambic treat than beer that ignatius should avoid like the plague (sour like nothing else).

I'm very fond of New Glarus these days.

Hoegaarden is my standby followed by Duvel.

Goose Island's Fleur is delicious.
ipassenger
tragedybysyntax wrote:

I'll start off by saying I usually aim for Belgian ales or IPA's.


Pretty much my taste too, blonde, pale or belgian blonde. I like the odd dunkel/tripel style beers too, though I don't like them meaty tasting.

My fave of all time is, chuffin amazing:

http://www.slaapmutske.be/

Bruges is a great place to go drinking and try some new beers but the UK has a really great and growing micro brewery scene.

It is a good time for beer lovers. smile
richard
for me its as much about a brewery that is is really on the case as an individual beer:

Raging Bitch IPA from Flying Dog (US) - amazing blend of bitterness and sweetness and UK/US/Belgian traditions- does it all!

any Thornbridge IPA (UK) - honestly the best british beers I have ever tasted, and you can believe I've tasted most of them - and they bottle well too

anything from Emelisse (NL) especially his Imperial Russian Stouts and IPAs - very small rising star of the new euro micro-breweries

living in Germany makes it hard to keep up with the real action though. Like france and wine, they are stuck in their national traditions so German brewers are largely unaware or uninterested in the micro-brewery revolution going on outside in the world.
whitewulfe
Hmmmm... bottled only (I hate canned beer with a passion!), although I rarely drink beer.

Labatt Blue
Innis & Gunn
Becker's
Heineken

Oh, and Wildwood Pub in Calgary has some really kickass beer on tap, although I forgot which ones I liked the most as it's beer like six years.
robotfunk
I'm rather partial to German Hefen Weize (most brands will do) but recently discovered a nice Belgian tripel : Karmeliet (yum!)
julian
How many of you brew your own beer / wine?

If i drank ethanol, which i dont, i would certainly make my own. Indeed, i used to brew, but then realised there wasnt a lot of point, as i did not drink it myself!
JohnLRice
Root
robotfunk
I've not brewed my own beer, have been interested for ages tho. I have made moonshine a few times with my gf's father, who owns a still in Switzerland smile fun to do (and drink).
julian
robotfunk wrote:
I've not brewed my own beer, have been interested for ages tho. I have made moonshine a few times with my gf's father, who owns a still in Switzerland smile fun to do (and drink).


my (100% legal) methanol still -



(not that there is any condensor fitted in the photo)

Vodka production has always fassinated me. I like the minimalisim of it.

As i say, brewing ethanol concoctions is somthing i think i could get into, if only i liked to drink the stuff!
robotfunk
With a still you can make much more than vodka, helps if you know someone with a fruit tree...
valis
I'm a fan of IPAs and bitter beers. I used to really dig the Belgium beers (Chamay, Coresendonk (?), etc.) but now when I drink sweet beer it gives me a belly ache.

Oregon is the spot for beer though nanners

Oakshire, Ninkasi, Rogue, Deschutes, Pelican, the list goes on and on.
Babaluma
drinking chimay blonde at the moment, as up until very recently it was the only chimay i could find in milano. they have it in my local supermarket. luckily a friend introduced me to a bar recently where they stock the red, blonde and blue, so i am very happy!
valis
Sounds fantastic. Coming from an Italian family, I loved the food and wine. Unfortunately, not so much the beer. Is there any sort of microbrew culture in Italy like in the States?
Babaluma
Not really sure, there are loads of little independent brewers in Italy I think. A famous one in Milan is Lambratte, they have the brewery and a bar about 20 minutes by bus away, but another bar 5 minutes walk away from my place. They have their own beers and other guest beers all the time. Don't even serve wine... wink

And as you may know, all Italian pubs/bars have "happy hour", which is different from happy hour in the UK (which actually only last one hour and means drinks are a bit cheaper during that time), in that it means drinks are regular price, but snack food is provided for free, often all night long!

But TBH, it's all really about the wine here!
Fnord
Guinness ftw! Guinness ftw! Guinness ftw!

I live near a craft beer bar with a constantly rotating lineup on the taps (10 taps and 2 casks!!!), it's rare for me to order the same drink twice in a row, unless it's something world class, because I like to try them all.

Tend to love IPA's, RIS's, sours, strong ales, etc.
tend to loathe lagers in general and pilsners in specific, though there's a few good ones to which I'll make an exception.
valis
Babaluma wrote:

And as you may know, all Italian pubs/bars have "happy hour", which is different from happy hour in the UK (which actually only last one hour and means drinks are a bit cheaper during that time), in that it means drinks are regular price, but snack food is provided for free, often all night long!


haha I didn't know that but I love the concept.
valis
Fnord wrote:

tend to loathe lagers in general and pilsners in specific, though there's a few good ones to which I'll make an exception.


For me lagers and stouts are a rare treat. Although there's a million great microbreweries, there's really no outstanding lagers or stouts (except Rogue's, I suppose). I'm guessing this is mostly due to what hops grow in the area.
Babaluma
valis wrote:
Babaluma wrote:

And as you may know, all Italian pubs/bars have "happy hour", which is different from happy hour in the UK (which actually only last one hour and means drinks are a bit cheaper during that time), in that it means drinks are regular price, but snack food is provided for free, often all night long!


haha I didn't know that but I love the concept.


It's literally mind-blowingly amazing. You can do a bar/pub crawl and be fed for free. I've never known anything like it. smile Happens every night of the week in most bars during the summer months. My local "cool" bar, Mom Cafe, serves the largest Negroni you have ever seen for €7 a pop, you only need two (made the mistake of drinking three, but only once...), and all the food is free all night long. They keep bringing more and more out as the night grows longer. Pasta, rice, brushetta, potato chips, cheese, hams and other various meats, sandwiches, etc...
valis
Wow.That sounds like the most fantastic thing in the history of humanity. I need to emigrate now.
Babaluma
Happy to show you around! lol
valis
All you need to do is show me the place where I can drink and eat brushetta and sandwiches all night. thumbs up
Babaluma
here:

http://milano.tonight.eu/aperitivo_happy_hour/mom_cafe

it's a five minute walk away from my house. the afore-mentioned micro brewery/beer bar (and yes, they also do free food, they make a big plate of it and bring it to your table every hour) is a 30 second walk around the corner from mom cafe.

"hop" (the beer bar) is here:

http://milano.tonight.eu/birreria/hop

seriously, you make it to milan during the summer, and we'll spend every night in one of those places. wink

"mom" is populated by "the cool kids", hipsters, prada employees, and the like, whereas "hop" is all about the punk/indie/anarchist vibe. i like both. 8_)
valis
Sounds fantastic. Thanks for the invite!
mecanikill
Newcastle. thumbs up
Fnord
valis wrote:
Fnord wrote:

tend to loathe lagers in general and pilsners in specific, though there's a few good ones to which I'll make an exception.


For me lagers and stouts are a rare treat. Although there's a million great microbreweries, there's really no outstanding lagers or stouts (except Rogue's, I suppose). I'm guessing this is mostly due to what hops grow in the area.


Deschutes Abyss Guinness ftw! Guinness ftw! Guinness ftw!
miditerranean
The ones that stick out in my head right now:

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and Éphémère Apple
Odell IPA, Myrcenary, Red Ale, Shenanigans, and others
Deschutes Experimental Hop Henge, Abyss, and others
Lagunitas Hop Stupid and IPA
Surly Furious, Cynic, Smoke, and pretty much everything they make
Tyranena Rocky's Revenge

And my piss water of choice is Coors Light!
neandrewthal
Dragon Stout! Guinness ftw!
Hanz
My all-time faves;
(undoubted #1) - Orval (fantastic trappist, must try if you like IPA)
Duvel (the great standard you always come back to)
Liefmans Goudenband (so glad this brewery came back from the dead!)
La Chouffe (classic hangover potion)
Rochefort 10 (the heaviest beer I know)
Brand Urtyp / UP (Dutch classic style pilsener, so hoppy)
Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser Budvar (the original, not "that other one")
Guinness (it's good for you!)
RSB
A pint of Guinness a day, keeps the doctor away Guinness ftw!
husc
I love Delirium Tremens http://www.delirium.be/en !! Guinness ftw!



They even did a 3D promovideo:



Crazy beer, crazy times!
mono-poly

ciney blond



monk's elixir

These are 2 amazing ones to!
DonKartofflo
Although I like many sorts, I really love kilkenny and alt beer from düsseldorf! Especially kilkenny though, tastes like heaven!
rafe127
Dogfishhead 120 minute.

Also, I love Barleywines.
drip.feed
Guinness. There can be only one. Guinness ftw!
tragedybysyntax
Happy Turkey Day everyone!!!
The beer that I've turned to through these holidays is Southern Tier Pumking Ale. 9.0% Imperial Pumpkin, YUM!!!
numan7
thumbs up happy thanksgiving to you and the rest of us, tragedybysyntax! Guinness ftw!

I still have yet to try the pumpking. But dogfishhead punkin and buffalo bill's american pumpkin ale are among my favorites.

cheers
Dofkev
Beer Thread SlayerBadger!

I live in Saint louis, and this city is owning craft brews these days. All of the following have something interesting to offer:
http://www.perennialbeer.com/
http://urbanchestnut.com/home
http://www.thecivillifebrewingcompany.com
http://www.4handsbrewery.com/
richard
I can't remember if I already posted but anything from Emelisse (Holland) is great, especially the Triple and imperial stouts - my favorite brewery along with Thornbridge (UK) and Flying Dog (US)

Germans should check out Crew IPA, we sell it at Basic Electricity. It is not quite as good as the best US, UK or Dutch/Belgian IPAs but it is really not bad. I expect a lot more German microbrewing and embracing of the Hopfen in the next years... thumbs up

Berliners can check out XPA too, its really okay, but it is a lot stronger than the taste might have you believe so just don't repeat my mistake of downing 6 or 7 of them and then being that funny guy on the street who can't walk straight
Hanz
Reminds me that I still have to try that microbrewery called "De Molen".
Turns out it's located less than 5km from my home (but then again, so is the Heineken factory... largest brewery site in the world, I heard... d'oh! )

Anyway, I hear "De Molen" products are very well regarded... Any suggestions?
richard
De Molen is amongst the best anywhere in the world - some very fine aged imperial stouts for example. But because of their great success quality has become inconsistent. The best Molen is pretty hard to beat but Emelisse has got very very good and has been a more consistent recently...

that is just my perspective, serious dutch beerheads may dispute. I really miss Arundsnest in Amsterdam, my favorite beer house on the planet I think
Kakihara
There's a really good absinthe stout at Les Brasseurs de Montréal microbrewerie... I'm not sure they do that one in bottle tough...

But anything Unibroue is good for me... OR Dieu du Ciel too wink

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