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If you can't find Anchor Steam..

Sweatshirt Guy Oct 4, 2006 11:55 PM

Anchor Steam is my favorite American beer to have when dining and I am not in the mood for wine. What beer taste closest to it. t is hard to find here in NYC.

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    Kevin B RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 5, 2006 12:51 AM

    Flying Dog Old Scratch is close, in fact the label used to poke fun at Anchor's trademark of "Steam." Flying Dog has very wide distribution so you could probably find it.

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      Jim Dorsch RE: Kevin B Oct 5, 2006 01:41 AM

      New England Atlantic Amber might also fill the bill.

    2. warrenr RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 5, 2006 08:52 PM

      you're not going to the right places! i see anchor steam in probably 50% of the restaurants I eat in that offer domestic beers. if they don't have it they usually have sierra nevada pale ale, which i think is a good substitute although a bit hoppier if you don't mind that. flying dog will be much harder to get in a restaurant. although all of them will be easily available in delis and grocery stores.

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        Sweatshirt Guy RE: warrenr Oct 6, 2006 05:45 PM

        You know many places I ate seafood no longer carry it. My favorite budget meal was an Anchor Steam and an Oyster Pan Roast at the Oyster bar. They no longer carry it. The Blue water Grill stopped carrying it also.

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          warrenr RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 7, 2006 02:14 AM

          i love those places. what are they thinking? did they get anything good to replace anchor?

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            Sweatshirt Guy RE: warrenr Jan 16, 2007 09:42 PM

            I drink whatever IPA they have now. Harpoon's IPA is really big here right now.

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        xxlaurlxx RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 6, 2006 07:04 AM

        Fox & the Hound in Edison New Jersey.....

        1. bobjbkln RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 6, 2006 05:49 PM

          Bouillabaisse 126 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn has Anchor Steam and of course, seafood.

          1. Munchkin RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 25, 2006 12:37 PM

            Stella & Amstel Light

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              Jim Dorsch RE: Munchkin Oct 25, 2006 01:49 PM

              How do Stella and Amstel resemble Anchor Steam?

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                Josh RE: Jim Dorsch Oct 25, 2006 03:43 PM

                They come in bottles?

            2. Munchkin RE: Sweatshirt Guy Oct 26, 2006 05:43 PM

              You are correct, Josh. Another observation would be that all three are lagers. Cheers!

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                Josh RE: Munchkin Oct 26, 2006 06:35 PM

                I didn't think it was a lager. Are you sure?

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                  Jim Dorsch RE: Josh Oct 26, 2006 07:41 PM

                  I'm sure you know that Anchor Steam is not a lager beer, but a hybrid: a beer fermented with lager yeast at higher ale temperatures.

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                    Josh RE: Jim Dorsch Oct 26, 2006 09:18 PM

                    Thanks for the clarification. I remebered that there was something unusual about their process, but couldn't recall what it was.

                    This weekend, my favorite local pub is going to be serving an IPL, India Pale Lager. I tried it a couple of years ago at a homebrew festival, and it was awesome. Hybrid styles seem to produce good results in the right hands, I wonder why they're not seen more often.

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                Chicago Mike RE: Sweatshirt Guy Nov 9, 2006 09:32 AM

                I think a medium to higher-end pale ale is a reasonable substitute for aromas and flavors...

                Someone mentioned Sierra Nevada PA, that's pretty close. Anchor Liberty is not that far off. Goose Island Honkers, Bell's 2-Hearted, Great Divide Titan, Anderson Hop-Ottin...

                Any good "non imperial" pale ale would give you a reasonably satisfactory experience I think.

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                  Captain RE: Sweatshirt Guy Jan 16, 2007 10:56 PM

                  I love Anchor Steam, and a world without it would be a much sadder place.

                  I don't really find that an ale tastes anything like the flavor of Anchor Steam. I'd tend to go with something like a Czech lager, perhaps Pilsner Urgell. It's not that close either, but it seems closer to me.

                  In any case, I think it is what you are in the moood for next. There are times I find that I switch from a lager to an ale, from dark to light, or even to something else entirely, if the beer my taste buds want is not available.

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