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MVNYC Jul 10, 2006 08:33 PM

A thread on the California boards got me thinking about my rotation of beers. I was just curious to see what some peoples were. I livein san diego, so that obvioulsy effects what i get.

Here are some of the beers i buy and are usually in my fridge.

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA
Rogue- Dead Guy Ale
These two are what i get at trader joes at good prices for six packs.

I will also have bombers of
Stone Ruination Double IPA
Stone Arrogant Bastard
La Fin Du Monde
Trois Pistoles
Chimay Red and Blue
Rogue Shakespeare Stout

During the summer i like having wheat beers around the house so i usually have a six pack of one of these

Paulaner HEfeweizen
Franziskaner Hefeweiss
Weihenstaphaner Hefeweizen
Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weiss
Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Weiss

If i ever am in the mood for a lager it usually is
Red stripe-nothing more refreshing in my opinion.

Other beers i will buy depending on availability

Guiness cans
Siera Nevada
Siera Nevada Bigfoot Barley wine and Celebration
Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA (when im back on the east coast)

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    yankeefan Oct 11, 2007 10:33 AM

    There are five beers that are ALWAYS in the wet-bar fridge:

    1. Anchor Christmas
    2. Guinness
    3. Anchor Steam
    4. Apricot Ale that brewed @ a brew on premises (modeled after #9)
    5. Fullers London Pride

    Rotation always rolls over with seasonals, stouts, and lambics. Always look to have one of the Dogfish brews on hand as well.

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      naven Oct 2, 2007 09:38 PM

      Oh, and I would keep De Dolle Teve & Stille Nacht in my fridge and drink it everyday if I could afford to.

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      1. re: naven
        Josh Oct 3, 2007 07:16 AM

        Have you tried the De Dolle Oerbier? If not, seek that out around December. It's incredible.

        1. re: Josh
          naven Oct 3, 2007 09:58 PM

          Yeah, I love the Oerbier too. Im a huge fan of De Dolle.

          1. re: naven
            TBird Oct 8, 2007 02:07 PM

            everything dogfish and blue point. sometime six point, but that's usually reserved for my growler from bierkraft.

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        naven Oct 2, 2007 09:35 PM

        I almost always have a six pack of Green Flash West Coast IPA. I love it and Its just a staple in my diet.

        You're also almost certain to find a couple cans Wittekerke. It's light and refreshing and pretty cheap. It's a good beer to give to guests who aren't accustomed to the strong beers I usually drink.

        Other's: Stone Levitation, Old Rasputin, Franziskaner, Hennepin, Rogue Dead guy

        And, usually a Lindemans for my wife :)

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          mystiksc Oct 2, 2007 11:19 AM

          I currently have..

          Year around beers I have in fridge.

          Stone Arrogant Bastard
          Stone Ruination
          Pizza Port Hop 15
          Bear Republic Hop Rod
          Anderson Valley Hop Ottin

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          1. re: mystiksc
            Josh Oct 2, 2007 12:49 PM

            Variety is the spice of life.

            1. re: mystiksc
              kristyn Oct 5, 2007 03:35 PM

              mystiksc, we could be good friends. I think you have a nice spicey variety of hops in your fridge as well. Where do you get your Pizza Port Hop 15? Do they bottle it? I have never seen it here in N.Cal.

              1. re: kristyn
                The Dive Oct 8, 2007 01:54 PM

                They've been bottling it for a little bit now. I have bought it at Ledger's and City Beer. I love that Hop 15....can't wait until RRBC starts bottling Pliny (soon!) to do a proper comparison.

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              Diana Jun 25, 2007 12:43 PM

              Mostly home brew.

              Buuttt-on tap, in the fridge or beer closet:
              Some sort of nigorizaki

              Anchor Summer Beer for Summer
              Anchor Steam
              Firestone lager
              young's chocolate stout
              Delerium tremens

              Lindeman's Framboise
              Santa Barbara Brewhouse Chocolate rapberry Stout, Barbara, whatever lager they have
              Hollywood Blonde
              Sam Adams Utopias
              Alaskan Smoked Porter
              Abita TurboDog
              Hair of The Dog Adam
              Anchor's Christmas beers from the last few years

              Lots more..gotta look and see what else

              1. misohungrychewlow Jun 24, 2007 10:58 PM

                Right now -- still on my pilsner jag:

                Sierra Nevada Summerfest

                Urquell is my fallback standby, always available -- I'm bummed because I haven't seen a six of Czechvar for a month now -- may be gone, bye-bye.

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                1. re: misohungrychewlow
                  JessKidden Jun 25, 2007 02:43 AM

                  "Czechvar", in your area, may be suffering from the same problem as many InBev brands reportedly are, since Anheuser Busch got the importation rights of InBev brands and, separately, "Czechvar". A-B is supposedly trying to move these beers to it's own distributors but, while the laws differ from state to state, often when a local distributor has a contract to distribute a beer, it can't simply be moved elsewhere because the owner or importer changes. There's lots of complaints about "lag time" in some locations, for some of the InBev brands while the change-over happens.

                  OTOH, "Czechvar" has already gone through a few importers in it's short life (we discussed that in another thread here IIRC) in the US. Last time I looked for some in the brown 1/2 liter bottle (last month or so) the best I could find was marked "Best by 02 06", so, hopefully A-B's distribution chain will be do better than that. (One can argue about A-B's beers, but they got distribution down...now, whether they pay attention to ALL the brands is debatable, I suppose).

                  1. re: JessKidden
                    misohungrychewlow Jun 25, 2007 08:18 AM

                    Hmm ... wonder if A-B would acquire the rights to distribute Czechvar with the intent NOT to make it available?

                    1. re: misohungrychewlow
                      JessKidden Jun 25, 2007 08:33 AM

                      Hey, I'm as anti-A-B as anyone (as well as being a well-known paranoid <g>) but even I gotta think that's a little far-fetched (and it's been bandied about on the beer sites ever since the deal was made). I think the very name "Czechvar" means A-B "won" in the US and closer ties probably only means the old Communist gov't paranoia of A-B wanting to buy (or, at least, control) the brewery, so they can own the name, might be closer to the truth. If you can't beat 'em, distribute 'em...

                      The way I feel about big corporations is they're not in the business to make beer (or cars or soap or..) but to "make money", and if A-B can make some money selling "Czechvar" (and, assuming, whatever market share they gain is coming out of SABMiller's Pilsner Urquel or InBev's Beck's/Stella Artois or Heineken's hide), they'll do it. I don't think anyone stands in front of the beer cooler thinking "Should I buy the original Budweiser or the newfangled Budweiser from St. Louis...".

                      1. re: JessKidden
                        Jim Dorsch Oct 10, 2007 03:09 AM

                        Furthermore, AB is trying to put craft/import product in the pipeline for its distributors, many of which sorely need it. And if AB has any chance (and they may not, judging from recent news) to buy the brewery, it will disappear if it declines to sell the product it's agreed to import. And I would be surprised if its contract didn't oblige the company to actually sell the beer. They're probably not bound together for eternity as is often the case with state franchise laws.

                        1. re: Jim Dorsch
                          JessKidden Oct 10, 2007 05:34 AM

                          "And if AB has any chance (and they may not, judging from recent news) to buy the brewery"

                          Really? Last I read (one month ago), they were the most likely buyer-

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                  ultramagnetic Jun 24, 2007 10:57 PM

                  In the fridge now:

                  Green Flash West Coast IPA
                  Drake's Expedition Ale
                  Moylan's Hopsickle
                  Deschutes Hop Henge DIPA
                  Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine
                  Green Flash DIPA

                  The rest of the beer is kept in the "cellar" (wine boxes in the closet).

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                    kristyn Jun 24, 2007 09:55 PM

                    You are so lucky to have Stone Brewery in your back yard. We always have a 22oz of Stone Ruination in our fridge. We drink one a week. We always have Sierra Nevada in the fridge. Its very cheap here in Nor.Cal. At winter time we always stock up on cases of Sierra Celebration and mid winter we always drink Sierra Big Foot. Also usually have Speakeasy IPAs in the fridge. If Im in charge of beer, we almost always have IPA's in the fridge.

                    1. braineater Jun 24, 2007 03:11 PM

                      As I work in two positions where we sell alcohol, the selection in my fridge varies greatly from week to week. At this time, I have the following in my fridge:

                      Offshore IPA
                      Ipswich Ale
                      Sierra Nevada Bigfoot '07
                      North Coast Old Stock Ale '07
                      Alesmith Speedway Stout
                      Avery Mephistopheles Stout
                      Dogfish Head Immort Ale
                      De Dolle Oerbier

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                      1. re: braineater
                        Josh Jun 24, 2007 09:11 PM

                        That Oerbier is amazing stuff. I just had the Old Stock Ale, too, the other night - awesome.

                        1. re: Josh
                          kb612 Jun 24, 2007 09:21 PM

                          In my frig right now:
                          Yards Saison.
                          Birra Moretti La Rossa
                          Bud cans.

                          Go figure.

                      2. mr mouther Jun 21, 2007 04:09 PM

                        I haven't found a better beer for $6.50 a six than Alaskan's Summer Ale (says kolsch on bottle but has more fruitiness (very soft) than I remember that style putting forth)

                        i've also been drinking a lot of shipyard's version of ringwood brewery's 'old thumper' (just make sure you get a bottle that is before the drink by date - it REALLY matters)

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                        1. re: mr mouther
                          japhyryder Jun 22, 2007 12:37 PM

                          being here in new england, i like to keep harpoon IPA, longtrail ale, magic hat hocus pocus and the #9 for daytime drinking.

                          i will have to also admit to buying random 22's or something i've never heard of...this drives my wife nuts, but it's fun to roll the dice.

                          1. re: japhyryder
                            chundi Jun 22, 2007 12:40 PM

                            dos X lager
                            dales pale ale

                            1. re: chundi
                              mr mouther Jun 22, 2007 03:25 PM

                              i'm astonished at dos x lager. I think that may be one of the worst beers I've had. a friend of my girlfriend brought some over one time and I tried it. I had to pour it out. and i really wanted a beer.

                        2. number6 Jun 19, 2007 07:04 AM

                          How about "What is in your Commercial Draft System" question.
                          Right now:
                          Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Lager
                          Victory Pils
                          Sierra Summerfest
                          Hoping to get Ayinger Brau Weiss, but waiting on Merchant du Vin to verify that they are really no longer shipping to Texas! That is what my 'beer monger' is telling me.

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                            Chicago Mike Nov 13, 2006 06:14 AM

                            Typical "stockage", on hand almost all the time:

                            Leinie's Berry Weisse (in season),

                            Alpha King (for sweetish IPA jones), (alt: Goose I. IPA)

                            Old Rasputin Stout (for that drier imperial stout fix),

                            everything else is as the spirit moves me

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                            1. re: Chicago Mike
                              MVNYC Jun 18, 2007 09:01 AM

                              Ahh Summer, time for some refreshing beer. I just stocked up and have

                              Six pack Gaffel Kolsch
                              Six Pack Blue Point IPA
                              Dogfish 90 minute
                              Sam Adams Triple Bock
                              Hitachino Red Rice
                              Rogue Shakespear Stout
                              Lindemanns Cassis Lambic
                              Schneidder Weisse

                              1. re: MVNYC
                                Josh Jun 18, 2007 10:14 AM

                                If you haven't, you should seek out Kindl's Berliner Weisse. That could be the ultimate summer beer. My friend just brought me some Brooklyn Lager and Hitachino Real Ginger Beer from back east, and those are both also great for this time of year. I really wish I could get Brooklyn Lager out here.

                                1. re: Josh
                                  JessKidden Jun 19, 2007 06:54 AM

                                  "If you haven't, you should seek out Kindl's Berliner Weisse."

                                  Yes, seek it out and be prepared to spend a lot ($12-14 a six pack- especially hard if you're a "more bang for your buck" sort of beer drinker, since it's 2.5% ABV) and note that, apparently, B. United (importer) and/or Kindl have stopped bringing it into the US. (And, the "other" Berliner Weisse, Schlutheiss, which is now under the same corporate umbrella as Kindl, isn't exported to the US, either).

                                  I've been buying it when I see it (most has a "Best By" date of 3-07, but BW has a much better shelf life than the 1 year they've given it...) and now kick myself that I only bought one six pack the last time I found it, only to return and find the other 3 gone and the shelf spot taken up by some malternative...

                                  BUT, all is not lost. B. United is bringing in two "new" versions of the classic style (tho' I've yet to find 'em on the shelves in NJ)-



                                  -Note that this one is also available in kegs, which, IIRC, is rare (non-existant?) in Germany.

                                  -Also, a lot of US beer drinkers skip adding the syrups- raspberry or woodruff (much to the surprise of many Germans).


                                  1. re: JessKidden
                                    Josh Jun 19, 2007 07:51 AM

                                    It's such a great-tasting beer I can't even conceive of putting syrup in it. What really needs to happen is a domestic craft brewer needs to start making this style.

                                    1. re: Josh
                                      JessKidden Jun 19, 2007 08:08 AM

                                      For a short while, somebody (importer, distributor, retailer?) was actually taping little bottles of raspberry syrup to six packs in my area, so I did try it but, I agree, besides "tradition", what's the point? (I used to buy it by the case when a friend and I took beer runs to Shangy's for 8-10 cases of beer- one time, not having the syrup during an informal "tasting" with friends, we used Chambord Liqueur. It was good...).

                                      I was happy whenI heard the Brooklyn Brewery was coming out with a beer called "Brooklyner Weisse"- less happy when it turned out to be a Bavarian style weisse...

                                      It is odd that so few craft brewers in the US have tried it- and of those that have, it seems to typically be a brewpub/draft offering rather than bottled, as is tradition.

                                      Maybe they don't want to mess with the lactic acid bacteria? (Altho', they haven't been afraid to "mess with" just about every other yeast, wild yeast, used barrel, fruit, grain, smoke, etc., around...).

                                      1. re: JessKidden
                                        Josh Jun 19, 2007 11:42 AM

                                        I had a similar experience w/ vinho verde. It's a Portuguese white wine that is quite sour and acidic, and hugely refreshing. I used to have to hunt down bottles of it, and apparently it's now becoming trendy. I think if there were a domestic producer of Berliner weisse who marketed it properly, it could be quite successful.

                                        1. re: JessKidden
                                          JessKidden Jun 20, 2007 07:52 AM

                                          Just opened up and read the latest issue of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News (June-July 2007) I picked up the other day (in a store where I specifically went looking for, but didn't find, B. United's1809 Berliner Weisse and/or Bayerischer's BW) and there's a good two page spread about the beer style in which they note that there are more US breweries (mostly in E. PA, along with Southampton, LI, NY and DogfishHead) making the style now than there are German breweries, with the Nodding Head brewpub probably the largest US producer. They don't specify which US BW's are bottled- from poking 'round the 'net, it looks like only the peach-flavored DFH (I'll pass). Unfortunately, MABN isn't online.

                                    2. re: Josh
                                      MVNYC Jun 20, 2007 09:07 AM

                                      I will look for that as i have never even tried the style. It seems pretty interesting to me a si do enjoy tart beers in the summer.

                                      Oh and i had a bottle of that Ginger Beer too, phenomenol. What a fantastic beer if you like ginger. It was king of like a cross between a Caribbean ginger Beer and an American Pale Ale. Really well rounded with a great mouthfeel. Too bad it was $7 or $8 for the large bottle. i look foward to trying the red rice in my fridge.

                                      As to Brooklyn lager, i know live a 10-15 minute walk from the brewery so it is everywhere here.

                                2. Chinon00 Oct 25, 2006 03:04 AM

                                  In my opinion a solid and very inexpensive Pilsner that I've kept around is Bitburger. I can get a case for $17.99 at my local beer distributor. It is certainly not the best “Pils” that I’ve had but it is the cheapest beer to me that qualifies as a true “German Pilsner”. As for other high rotation beers in my refrigerator that would include:
                                  Victory Hop Devil
                                  Yards ESA
                                  Flying Fish ESB
                                  Sly Fox Phoenix Pale
                                  Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

                                  1. mr mouther Oct 24, 2006 06:37 PM

                                    I recently stocked up and got this:

                                    Pizza Port sharkBite red
                                    Wittekirk white
                                    Buzzsaw brown
                                    Stone Levitation
                                    Petrus Golden white
                                    Alesmith ESB
                                    Alesmith Horny Devil

                                    These were all first timers for me and the only ones I will buy again are the Stone and the Alesmith stuff.
                                    Even on the west coast, I'll stick to the Shipyard Export at TJ's.
                                    the Alesmiths have been very impressive. I went back to get more ESB and the place didn't have any so I'm really saving last one. The extremely minimal carbonation of their beers makes them much tastier in my opinion.

                                    When I want something really light to drink, I like Sol.
                                    And Rogue's hazelnut brown has been making more and more frequent appearances, even though the quality has been inconsistent.

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                                      julesrules Oct 24, 2006 01:31 PM

                                      This is the perfect time of year for storing beer in the porch. Currently we have 3 locals:

                                      Mill St Tankhouse Ale (downtown Toronto)
                                      Creemore Springs Lager (100K or so out of town)
                                      Black Oak Pale Ale (suburban Toronto)

                                      Plus, some Guiness that guests brought but didn't drink because they liked the Black Oak so much.

                                      We try a lot of different beers, especially when travelling we always look to try something local. But other favourites include Pilsner Urquell (sentimental favourite from our honeymoon in Czech, but of course never tastes the same), and Newcastle Brown Ale.

                                      1. bitsubeats Oct 24, 2006 06:56 AM

                                        right now in my fridge I have:

                                        budweiser (someone left it at my apartment...I swear!)
                                        yuengling (boyfriend's co-worker brought this up from PA, we live in boston so its not up here)
                                        russian imperial stout

                                        we (boyfriend and I) usually have the following:

                                        houblon chouffe
                                        urthel hop-it
                                        trappiste rochefort 8
                                        westmalle tripel
                                        schwelmer pilsner

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                                          VegaCarpio Oct 24, 2006 01:23 AM

                                          a new addition to our fridge: Southern Tier Heavy Weizen - quite an interesting beer...

                                          1. warrenr Jul 17, 2006 03:30 AM

                                            My regulars:

                                            Saison Dupont or Erpe-Mere
                                            Schnieder Aventinus
                                            Hanssen's, Boon, or Cantillon Geuze
                                            Dogfishhead 90 min. IPA
                                            Duchy Originals Organic Ale (Prince Charles' Brewery!)

                                            I really like trying lots of things, but I keep returning to these beers when I can't find something new.

                                            I used to drink Tremont and Ipswich often when I lived in Boston, but I can't get these in NY. I heard Ipswich started pasturizing, so I miss it a little less now!

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                                              daeglo Jul 13, 2006 09:44 PM

                                              My fridge is stocked with Widmer Bros Heffeweizen $19/case at Costco.

                                              I rotate that with:

                                              Chimay (all 3)
                                              Troegs (whichever I feel like)
                                              Victory (whichever I feel like)
                                              Dogfishhead (Raison d'etre, 60 min IPA, 90 min IPA)

                                              1. The Jeff Next Door Jul 13, 2006 12:39 AM

                                                Lately, I've been keeping LaGunita's Censored, and Anchor Steam. In the cooler weather, though, you're more likely to find Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout back there.

                                                1. streamwise Jul 11, 2006 11:34 AM

                                                  I have a wine fridge, so I buy beer I can store in there instead,.i.e., 750ml bottles.
                                                  I keep a rotating stock of:
                                                  Delirium Tremens
                                                  La Fin du Monde
                                                  Ommegang (any kind that's available)
                                                  and usually one bottle of Lindeman's fruit Lambic.

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                                                    Bobfrmia Jul 11, 2006 12:18 AM

                                                    In my fridge right now.
                                                    Three Floyds - Alpha King
                                                    Three Floyds - Pride and Joy
                                                    New Belgium _ Trippel
                                                    Shiner - Hefeweizen
                                                    Bud Light, for those hot afternoons when I'm working outside, gonna knock down a few, and don't want a buzz.
                                                    Iowa has some goofy ass law that you can't import micro brews with an alcohol content above something the hell or other. But it prevents me from getting the Dogfishhead 90 min. I like the 60 min, but I'm wanting to try the 90.
                                                    I have been told the Three Floyds Gumballhead falls under the same problem, though I didn't think it had a high ABV.
                                                    Don't get the point of the law. Just prevents me from getting to try a lot of different brews.

                                                    1. OCAnn Jul 10, 2006 09:03 PM

                                                      I also like the Hacker Pschorr line of beers. We also like Wiesen Edel Weisse, Erdinger HefeWeizen & Allgauer.

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                                                      1. re: OCAnn
                                                        TongoRad Jul 11, 2006 01:55 PM

                                                        Agreed re: Hacker-Pschorr's whole line- their helles Edelhell (the word Munich is featured much more prominently on the label than Edelhell, fwiw) is the superior one that I can get my hands on. If I see it at less than 6-7 months old I'll always pick up a case or two. It's a great beer that just gets better with each successive one, not surprising since it is meant to be consumed by the liter ;)

                                                        Lately Sly Fox Pikeland Pils (in the cans) has become my pils of choice. I always seem to have that one around.

                                                        I've been enjoying Sierra Nevada's beers since they've been available on the east coast and I still can't get enough of the Porter, Stout and Bigfoot. You really do have to be a stickler about the bottling dates, though, because once those hops mellow out they are just not the same beers (though still enjoyable).

                                                        In the Pale Ale and IPA territory I keep coming back to Victory Hop Devil and Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (again in the cans).

                                                      2. Josh Jul 10, 2006 08:48 PM

                                                        I don't keep a ton of beers on hand - fridge space is limited and the boss gets mad if I take up too much space with beer.

                                                        That said, the beer I do keep in the fridge is always chosen with food-friendliness in mind, since I normally only have one with dinner.

                                                        My most recent sixers:

                                                        Stone Levitation
                                                        Port Sharkbite Red
                                                        Victory Prima Pils

                                                        I'm also still working on Anchor and Anderson Valley's Christmas Ales that I bought last year to have on hand.

                                                        I also like to keep some good darker beers around for grilled meat. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, Taddy Porter, Fuller's London Porter - I always have those. I also keep a few bottles of gueuze in the pantry as well - that's great for hot weather.

                                                        A great brown ale I had recently came from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido (I too am in San Diego): Moinette Brune. A really tasty Belgian brown ale, definitely worth a try.

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                                                        1. re: Josh
                                                          MVNYC Jul 10, 2006 09:21 PM

                                                          I like other voctory beers but have not had their pils. I will have to look out for that.

                                                          1. re: MVNYC
                                                            Josh Jul 10, 2006 10:20 PM

                                                            The Pils is really good. I got it at Whole Foods.

                                                            1. re: MVNYC
                                                              braineater Jun 21, 2007 12:32 PM

                                                              I'll throw in my support of Prima Pils as a delicious, fresher-than-import, pils. I wish it sold better where I work, but it just sort of sits there, so I'm rotating it out of our selection for now.

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