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The Style You Come Home To

So, what's the style of beer you default to? Sure, you branch out, you dabble in dry-hopped IPAs or Flanders ales or barrel-aged vintage porters, you have green-bottle-beer phases, and everybody drinks Oktoberfest when it's in season. But what's the style that makes you smack your lips and say, "That hits the spot!"? And what's the beer you think best represents that style you keep coming back to?

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  1. Interesting question. Kind of a toss-up for me between a rich export lager like Ayinger Jahrhundert, or a dry, tart gueuze like Girardin or Oud Beersel.

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    1. re: Josh

      I love a sour beer, but everyday I always gravitate back to Bigfoot, Arrogant Bastard, Gordon. How boring, in today's imperial world ... having said that, I recall one day ordering Arrogant Bastard in a warm bar, and it just wasn't the right beer for a hot, sticky day (doh!). I struggled through it, then switched to something I rarely order: Pilsner Urquell. Worked much better.

    2. IPA. I used to be more into German lagers and altbier and the major Belgian styles, but in the last 3-4 years just can't shake the hop jones. More than half the beer I brew is an IPA of some kind and I have been known to walk out of bars/brewpubs without ordering or just order soda if they don't have a good IPA on tap.

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      1. re: LStaff

        Same here. Call me one-dimensional, but I need the hop, man ... I respect the daylights out of many Belgian beers, and lots of others, but keep going back to the hop (balanced by really good malt).

      2. Belgian-style Tripels and Strong Goldens, British Brown Ales and Porters.

        When I am truely stuck or am not in the mood for something new, I will reach for Fin du Monde, Duvel, Sam Smith Nut Brown and JW Lees Manchester Star. Give me those four any day of the week and I am a happy camper. Fourtunately, three of the above four are fairly easy to find, two are practically common.

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        1. re: Ernie Diamond

          Manchester Star is a fantastic beer. Wish I could find it more easily.

          1. re: Josh

            Call a local retailers and offer to buy a case. Worked for me. They stock it regularly now and at $5 per bottle as compared to $8 at the spot where I was getting it before. It is very hard to find, though. Happily, it does well in the bottle.

        2. a toss-up between hefeweizen and ungespundet/keller.

          1. there's so much good and interesting beer out there, I just go with whatever looks good at the time or is on sale, as long as it's quality