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hi there... I like the taste of beer...I like Guiness, Sam Adams, a few lagers. I like Blue Moon, Corona, Labatts... I kinda go with the flow for beer. But, I would like to start trying different ones... any suggestions? I'm from Buffalo NY...so if you're from around there to get an idea of local beers...and if out of the area any major ones that I could find. Or anything online? Thanks...

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    1. Southern Tier
      Weyerbacher
      Dogfish Head

      .. cant go wrong with these craft beers if you want to experiment

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      1. re: yankeefan

        thanks guys... i'll keep them in mind.

      2. What do you like in particular, about the particular beers that you like?

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        1. re: Chinon00

          I like Guiness for the dark heavy taste, but smoothness... Blue Moon is a good medium (tastes really smooth with some lemon) not so much of a hard flavor as the Guiness. blue moon goes good with pizza
          The Corona is a good light beer that everyone enjoys...its goes down easy, it tastes great ice cold with a burger off the grill.
          Other than that... I want to try new flavors and see what else is out there...

          1. re: tdiprincess

            When you try a beer, take a look at beeradvocate or ratebeer and see what others are tasting in it. You can also learn something about beer styles this way.

            1. re: tdiprincess

              definitely seek out other stouts, you will not be let down. I promise:

              victory storm king
              dogfish chicory
              there are so many in the area that you would enjoy

              as suggested, definitely check out beeradvocate

              1. re: tdiprincess

                I gotcha. What I would suggest is that you try stronger and more profound variations of what you already like. That way you'll have recognizable a point of departure and more easily notice the beers features.

                Guinness as you know is a stout so I'd suggest trying an oatmeal stout. These are noticeably richer, smoother and "yummier" (to me anyway) than standard stouts (which I also enjoy btw). A couple that might be distributed your way include: Samuel Smith and Wolavers oatmeal stout.

                You mentioned Blue Moon and I assume that you are talking about their Belgian Wit? If so, then as an alternative I'd suggest a dunkelweizen which like Belgian Wit uses wheat but doesn't have herbs added. Dunkelweizen will also be clove-y and banana-like with roasty darker flavors. Again ones I would suggest include: Ayinger Ur Weisse and Julius Echter Hefe Weissbier Dunkel.

                As for a Corona alternative, well it's pretty tame. And for something completely different (and seasonally appropriate), I'd suggest barleywine. Just think massive! Ones I've enjoyed are: Victory Old Horizontal, and Rogue Old Crustacean. Massive!

                1. re: Chinon00

                  My best suggestion this time of the year, would be to buy a mix-sixer from a good liquor store.

                  My favorites are the ones that go by season, there are ones out there now that have six different seasonals that really differ in style and you can find out what you like without fully committing.

                  Another suggestion is to get to a brewpub that brews their own and make your way through the sampler. Youll learn a lot about what you like and what you may want to try out.

                  Beer is a great thing.

                  1. re: yankeefan

                    These all sound really good...chinon thanks for the help and yankee fan too...and the links. It all sounds really good and Now I have an idea of where to start spreading my beer wings.
                    Thanks again! I'll keep everybody updated when I try new stuff...

                  2. re: Chinon00

                    Wow, talk about completely different! Barleywine as an alternative to Corona. While I would advocate virtually anything as an alternative to Corona, Barleywine is pretty intense for someone in the early stages of beer discovery. Maybe a DIPA, Double Dog, widely available, just something hoppy, isn't Hop Devil in that area?
                    I'll be interested in your experiences. Keep us informed of what you find appealing.

                      1. re: Bobfrmia

                        Barleywine I'd think a lot more approachable that a DIPA hop bomb.

                        1. re: Josh

                          I guess it all depends on which ones.
                          I find Bigfoot to be much heavier, richer, more complex beer than Double Dog.

                    1. re: tdiprincess

                      I'll recommend Old Rasputin Imperial Stout by North Coast to follow the stout category.
                      Trumer Pils for an alt to Corona.
                      Gordon Birsch Marzen might be enjoyed, not to hoppy, not too rich, but great for spring.

                  3. One of the best ways to learn about different beer styles is to learn how they're made. There are tons of great books on homebrewing (a wonderful hobby) that are very useful if you just want to learn about all the categories of beer, even if you don't want to brew your own. Since these books give you the important points for the way your brew should taste, they are an excellent guide to the flavor you'll find in beers brewed by the big (and not so big) pro breweries.

                    Another great place to start is to try sampler packs. Sprecher (Milwaukee, WI) produces sampler packs that are very representative of various styles (I love their "Beers of the British Isles).

                    1. hey there.
                      i'd go into premier gourmet (www.premiergourmet.com), which is in kenmore. they've got, literally, 1,000 different beers. don't let the selection intimidate you, because the staff is super friendly. just tell them the same things you mentioned in your post, and they'll help you out. there's a guy named ethan who's particularly helpful/knowledgeable. some of their prices for european and british beers are pretty high, but they've also got a great selection of microbreweries from across the u.s. As far as local breweries go, I'd agree with the Southern Tier suggestion. They make some great beer, and are relatively local. They're in Lakewood. You can even take a tour!