Your Regulars - Winter and Summer?
The first post on the new Beer board! The urge to leave my footprints in the fresh snow is overwhelming.
Winter beers - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager.
I like hoppy beers so Sierra is tops on the list. Liberty Ale is also a favorite for the same reason. Brooklyn Lager is a well made local brew and I need to do my part to support the economy.
Summer Beers - Yuengling Lager and Rolling Rock.
Yuengling is relatively cheap yet it has excellent flavor for a lighter bodied beer. As a bonus, it's brewed in Pennsylvania by a brewery that's been family owned for over 100 years.
Rolling Rock is light and refreshing - the perfect beer to replenish those bodily fluids when you're doing yardwork. People either love it or hate it. I love it.
I love, love, LOVE Leinie's. I'm drinking one now -- but I can only get them when kind people from the Midwest bring them, or when I go myself. In point of fact I can fit two cases of 12 in each of my roller bags with enough room to fit clothes for a weekend if I don't bring any shoes. Then I can come back with 48 bottles.
Year-round: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anchor Steam, Red Tail
Winter: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Anchor OSA
Summer: Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Widmer Hefeweizen, Ommegang's Hennipen
I love my Gorden Biersch Marzen...living in Los Angeles, I don't know what "winter" or "summer" is.....never been a fan of Sierra Nevadas for some reason or another....love the Rouge brews.....yum.
There's really no Winter and Summer in San Francisco proper, but the year around I'm a marcher in the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale parade, too. I also am a fan of Sierra Nevada's Porter, which I think is underrated/overlooked as a worthy representative of a dying genre. I've also never been disappointed in any produck from Mendocino Brewery.
I'm supposed to like Anchor Steam, but really haven't been able to generate any enthusiasm for it since Fritz Maytag tamed it and bottled it.
And oh, yeah, Duvel when I'm feeling rich. But I'll make due with whatever's handy, even if its name is just beer spelled backward:
Like Bob Martinez, I'm a hophead. My standard year round IPA is the Hop Ottin from Andersen Valley Brewing Company. Super hoppy with several layers of aroma and bite.
If not the Hop Ottin, I like the IPA and ESB's from Mendocino Brewing.
Occasionally, I prefer a lighter beer, and like the Warsteiner lager. Clean, lingering malt finish without being overdry.