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Feb 27, 2008 08:40 AM

Can't drink beer anymore?

So I loved beer all throughout my 20's and would drink everything from lite beer in cans to every kind of craft beer. I could pound the cases with the frat boys or sip snob beer in the gastro-pubs.

31 years of age now, and in the past year or so I find that I don't like beer anymore. Everything tastes stale or has off-flavors or too much hops or is too filling.

I used to love every kind of beer, from hopped-out to malty, light to dark. Now there's only a couple of pilsners, when very fresh, that I like.

Also beer seems like it's getting more expensive.

Beer brought me happiness and brought me together with some great people. I want to like it again, but so much of it tastes "off" now. Say it ain't so...

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  1. this is the saddest post i have ever seen on this board. lets hope you can find something to fill that void.

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      hahaha thanks... you had me laughing for about 3 minutes on that one

    2. I heartily agree, beer is just not as good as when I was in my 20s. And it seems like I get stale beer more and more often. And I just flat out avoid drafts now because I don't trust most places to clean their taps and lines thoroughly. Not to mention I feel totally bloated after the first couple of sips.

      But there are some beers in bottles out there that I can quaff easily, one is labatt, the other is negra modelo. I live in Michigan, so Bell's beer is always an option too for me. And if I feel like really going all out, Fin du Monde is one of those festive occasion beers. Try negra modelo though, especially in Mexican restaurants where the supply is almost guaranteed to be fresh. It's pretty great. I also like Sapporo in the 22 oz can in Thai or Japanese restaurants.

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      1. re: charlesbois

        Thanks for the suggestions. And I had a feeling I wasn't the only one. I don't know if beer is getting staler, or if it's just the palate getting more refined or whatever as you go along. I know I can instantly pick up "staleness" in beer whereas 5 or 10 years ago I might not have noticed (or cared) as much.

        1. re: Budget Palate

          It really depends on where you go. Some places are just not aggressive enough about cleaning their tap lines. There's a relatively new tavern in town that serves one of my favorite local beers, a light version of a Belgian strong ale. I've had this beer at many locations, but it's never tasted better to me than it has at this tavern, or the brewery where it's made. I've had some truly horrible glasses of it, depending on where I've gotten it.

          Bottles are probably going to be your best bet, I think.

      2. Have you gotten any at a local brewpub right off the teat? I mean you can't get any fresher than that.


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        1. re: Chinon00

          True. The last truly good beer I had was a porter from a local brewpub.

          1. re: Budget Palate

            Then you're all set! Welcome back man!!!

        2. This is Draconian, but it might work. For the month of March force yourself to drink only mass marketed mass produced lite beer in can every day. Then April 1st, no foolin', switch back to one of your favor brews and by comparison it should taste great! Sometimes in life one must simply bite the (silver) bullet.
          Good luck!

          1. You don't have to make yourself like something. Maybe you'll find a nice cider you like, or some other beverage. I heard about a sparkling mead a while back ...

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            1. re: Jim Dorsch

              Probably Heidrun. They make mead using methode champenoise, and it's outstanding stuff. No sweetness at all, very dry, with a great honey nose.

              1. re: Josh

                I thought it was Redstone, but I see no evidence that they make such a product. This supposedly came in a six-pack, and I've never seen it, only heard of it.

                1. re: Jim Dorsch

                  Yeah, my understanding is that Redstone is more traditional in their offerings. I recently had a Dutch mead that was really good - 30 proof, and flavored with caraway seed. Can't recall the name offhand.

                  This is the producer I was thinking of: