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What's Your Favorite Domestic Beer and Why?

I'm wondering what everyone else likes to choose when they're limited to only domestic beer...

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  1. Allagash Tripel (or is it the Grand Reserve?)

    Anyway, I like it bc it is the closest thing I've had to Chimay Grand Reserve from the US.

    As far as beer-beer goes, the type you drink out of a bottle while watching a football game, I like Lagunitas IPA (but it is still better out of a glass).

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    1. re: whiner

      Whoa, I gotta try this Allagash Tripel then. Chimay Grand Reserve is my favorite beer.

      1. re: camarokyle

        I'd say that Delirium Tremens trumps the Chimay. Although, I've once tried an expertly aged Chimay that was heavenly. It had a kind of Port wine nuance to it.

      2. re: whiner

        Allagash Tripel is nothing like Chimay Grande Reserve. It's stylistically most like Chimay Cinq Cents, which is the tripel of the Chimay line-up. The most Grande-Reserve-like offering from Allagash would be Four, which is an incredible brew in its own right.

      3. Anchor Liberty Ale - because I can get it if I want one. Not a huge beer drinker but I'll drink this and Sierra Nevada.

        1. I have now come full circle and can no longer drink any beer laden with Belgian candi sugar. Quaffable, crisp treats are the rule of the day for me. With that in mind, the beer to end all beers is Prima Pils from Victory(pfff. domestic OR otherwise).

          http://www.victorybeer.com/pils.html

          It suffers from consistency issues for us out here on thewest coast and some bottles have literally exploded on me, but when its good, its ambrosiacal (wait, is that a word?).

          Dry, resiny, crisp malt. Its all I could ask for. Need some. Now!

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          1. re: krushdnasty

            Just about anything from Victory will satisfy me. I love the Hop Devil.

            If I had to choose only from the old line big beer companies, then it would be Schlitz or PBR.

            1. re: RIChowderhead

              Michelob, Lowenbrau. My favorite old-school American macrobrews.

            2. re: krushdnasty

              My boyfriend lives about 30 minutes from the Victory Brew House in Downingtown, PA. I must say that the Whirlwind Summer Ale is my favorite domestic beer.

              1. re: krushdnasty

                Did you see that the NYTimes just declared the victory pils the best of the american pilseners?
                I like it too, but I think I like the lagunitas one better

                1. re: bolivar13

                  I don't think the Times got into this, but Lagunitas makes a Czech-style pils, while IIRC Victory's is German-style.

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    I like both German and Czech style pils about equally. I tried Lagunitas and thought that it was poor. Not saying that one couldn't like it but I didn't find any "Czech" character in it (i.e. Saaz spiciness, earthiness).

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      In my recollection, having only tried it once, I recall Lagunitas Pils being similar to Pilsner Urquell. FWIW, last time I looked, they had similar scores on BA. Do you like PU? Think it's better or worse than Lagunitas?

                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                        Freshness is extremely important with pilseners - I've had Pilsener Urquell one time where it was flowery and amazing, every other time it's been mediocre.
                        With Victory and Lagunitas I've had much more success getting good ones, but there are definitely a number of times where they've been nothing special either.
                        The hop character is the first thing to go, so Chinon00 - you may have just had old beer.

                        1. re: bolivar13

                          I had Lagunitas Czech Pilsner on tap at the same spot so maybe it was a bad keg? I'll try it again in bottle.

                          Thanks

              2. Right now its Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA for the hops and drinkability.

                Ask me again in a week and it will probably be different.

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                1. re: LStaff

                  Second the Bear Republic Racer 5. Also Lagunitas "Freak Out" and Arrogant Bastard and Sierra Nevada in the big bottles. Trumer Pils for clean pilsner style beer.

                2. Loving Pizza Port/Lost Abbey's Old Viscosity right now. Very smooth old ale, with a kick that is hidden - very good on a cold, New England night.

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                  1. re: Truh

                    I agree on the Old Viscosity, had one tonight, it was...awesome!. See if you can get your hands on Old, Old Viscosity...its been bourbon barreled for extra tastiness...Lost Abbey's Lost n Found was amazing with the raisin yeast, quite tasty...