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Apr 9, 2007 01:58 PM

A keg for everyone?

I'm planning a party and am trying to decide on a couple of quarter kegs that will please the majority of beer drinkers. Any suggestions? I'd prefer not to go the Bud/Miller route.


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      1. re: ihearteats

        That's hard to answer without knowing more about the beer drinkers in question. If you have a crowd that's used to Bud/Miller/Coors, Sierra Nevada will likely prove to hoppy and heavy for their palates.

        Sam Adams is probably a safer option. It's a lager with a stronger malt/hop character than the standard macorbrews. You might also see if Gordon Biersch will provide 1/4 kegs. Their beers are tasty, but very approachable.

    1. You really can't go wrong with a keg of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. An excellent California beer, and one of my absolute favorites. It's a great beer, but not so unusual that it would be unpalatable for your typical Budweiser drinker. Go try a 6-pack and see if you love it.

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      1. re: theviolet

        I second the Sierra Nevada suggestion. Another option would be Session Lager from Full Sail...there is a thread on Session on Chowhound here:

        1. re: theviolet

          totally bad idea. I know, b/c ive done it. WAY TOO HEAVY for a crowd unless the crowd loves SNPA . . .

        2. Go local. Go with great beer. Mark Jilg makes great beer at Craftsman Brewery in Pasadena -

          For the "majority of beer drinkers", their 1903 lager or their Hefeweizen would probably be best. For other tastes, Mark makes other beer styles - ask about availability.

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          1. re: gtring

            Is it possible to get growlers of Mark's beer? (I work in Pasadena so this would be great)

            1. re: mr mouther

              I don't believe Mark sells growlers of Craftsman Beer. The smallest amount you can get is a 5 gallon keg. For the current availability of beer styles, call 626-296-ALES (2537). I recommend ordering days in advance to make sure the beer will be ready for you.

              1. re: gtring

                OK - are there any bars in the area that sreve his beer (I rarely have the need for a keg)

          2. If you want it really local, go to Angel City Brewery. They share space with Alpine Village. Excellent beers. I'd go for the Pilz for average beer drinkers, the IPA for medium, and the Abbey for those who love Belgian beers.


            1. If you can get it get a keg of DeKonik- it pleases the least saavy to the most saavy and you'll love it!

              Other than that- Bells Oberon if you can get it, New Belgium Sunshine Wheat if you can get that