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Brightfires Dec 4, 2008 07:56 PM

Hi guys-

I'm trying to put together a bit of a Christmas care package for my father-in-law, who's a big fan of interesting beers... The trouble is, I'm not a beer-drinker myself and I don't know the good from the bad. So I need some opinions...

What local beers would you send to a fellow who's a fan of Alaskan Amber and Fosters?

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    AlbertaHound Dec 4, 2008 10:01 PM

    Alaskan Amber: Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale or MacTarnahan's Ale
    Fosters: Session Ale

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      Mallory Dec 5, 2008 05:39 AM

      I'm a fan of Bridgeport IPA ,it has a quality that sets it aside from most other IPAS. Rogue also has something he might like.

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      1. re: Mallory
        Leonardo Dec 5, 2008 06:05 AM

        Full Sail Amber.

      2. paulj Dec 5, 2008 07:55 AM

        How about one of Grants's beers to highlight the use of NW hops?

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          Kenji Dec 6, 2008 05:57 AM

          Are the Grant's beers still being made?

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            Jim Dorsch Dec 6, 2008 06:59 AM

            I'm thinking that someone might have tried to revive them recently, unsuccessfully.

            What a shame that Bert Grant's pioneering beers came to this.

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              Kenji Dec 6, 2008 08:13 AM

              Yeah, I miss them. Particularly the imperial stout and the dark winter ale flavored with honey & Mt. Hood hops.

        2. tracylee Dec 5, 2008 09:44 AM

          My SO loves Rogue Ales, but as I'm not a beer drinker, I couldn't tell you which is closest to Alaskan Amber or Fosters - I've always found the people at the brewery very helpful, so they might be able to help out.


          Rogue Ales Brewery
          748 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

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          1. re: tracylee
            Kenji Dec 6, 2008 05:59 AM

            Rogue's American Amber is a beautiful brew - so much more flavorful than most beers that bear that name -- though Full Sail's amber is also very fine.

          2. bbqboy Dec 5, 2008 10:09 AM

            caldera is obscure but tasty.

            1. jetetway Dec 5, 2008 10:18 AM

              I've always liked Pyramid Beers.

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              1. re: jetetway
                MOREKASHA Dec 6, 2008 07:44 AM

                I used to love Pyramid. It seems as if they decided to go down the middle of the road lately. They dont' even make their pale ale anymore.

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                Rene Erm Dec 6, 2008 07:47 AM

                Rogue Dead Guy for a change of pace.

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                  tracylee Dec 6, 2008 01:02 PM

                  When I mentioned this thread to my SO last night, that was his recommendation. It's pretty easy to find in our local grocery stores also (Salem, OR)

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                  Luwak Dec 7, 2008 04:31 PM

                  I love Rogue Ales, although some of them are pretty radical in terms of flavor intensity. Full Sail Amber seems like an excellent recommendation. You might also look for Fish Tale Ales. Their Oganic Amber Ale is widely available, and you may be able to find Winterfish Ale this time of year, for a more full-flavored brew.

                  1. bbqboy Dec 8, 2008 08:47 AM

                    Don't know where you are and where your dad is, but you might include Ninkasi from Eugene, Weed from Weed Ca., and Lagunitas-stretching it, but regional and always interesting. Also there are some upper end Deschutes currently that are cool, though pricey.

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                      Brightfires Dec 23, 2008 02:16 AM

                      Thanks guys. This has helped a lot. XD

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