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what do you drink with your dinner?

pie22 Aug 18, 2009 07:32 PM

so last night i went to total wine in delaware and bought three make your own 6-packs (along with a lot of other stuff).
one of the 6-packs was fully mexican (am i being politically correct? i apologize in advance if not but think presidente, modelo, tecate, etc.) influenced and the other 2 ran a complete gamut of stout to IPAs to belgiums.
tonight i made chicken tacos and with them i drank a presidente (i needed a reminder of my senior year college spring break trip to punta cana, enjoyed it just as much today as i did then - therefore not so much).
afterwards i had a dogfish head 90 minute IPA (have been haring for a while, never actually go the chance to try it out and i enjoyed immensely) and am now sipping a sam adams cream stout.
anyway - MY QUESTION TO YOU - what mainstream beers do you enjoy with your meals?
mainstream as in you can go to your local beer store and purchase it regularly.
example - mexican, italian, chinese, japanese, indian, keep it going!
as a side note - i bought a lot of stuff i had never heard of or just kinda recall the name but this is what tonight yielded for me.
if this topic has been covered, i apologize in advance, nothing came when i ran he search.

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    Shaggy RE: pie22 Aug 19, 2009 11:12 AM

    I tend to go for english pale ales, saisons, browns or pilsners with most dinners, since they aren't too heavy, too hoppy, etc. I'll usually grab some goose island 312 or honkers, sam adams boston lager, three floyd's gumbalhead, dogfish head indian brown or raison d'etre, or some duvel or Westmalle. Those are my standard more commercial types, although I'll always grab something local if available.
    I usually get something rich for dessert, like brooklyn chocolate stout, rogue chocolate stout, hoppin frog boris the crusher, or rochefort 10, or if it's a lighter dessert, something like a dogfish 120 or 3 floyds dreadnaught.

    1. The Professor RE: pie22 Aug 19, 2009 12:01 PM

      At home, since I almost never buy commercial beer, it is always either home-brewed Special Bitter or IPA to accompany a meal. They seem to go with everything quite nicely and are better than anything my liquor store carries anyway.

      When eating out, good choices are always Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager, and occasionally Bass Ale (although the latter certainly isn't the brew it once was). These seem to be available just about anywhere these days. I also very much like Michelob Lager, a very well made all malt lager that deserves much more respect than it seems to get. Unfotunately it doesn't show up on draft all that often in restaurants. If the only beers available are Budweiser, Coors, and the like, I will opt for a glass or three of red wine (shiraz being a new favorite).
      When eating out while travelling, I enjoy trying brews locally made or barring that, regional favorites. I almost always am able to find something I can enjoy.

      1. Josh RE: pie22 Aug 19, 2009 02:31 PM

        Depends entirely on the food. Some of my favorite things to have w/ food are: nut brown ales, marzen, saison, gueuze, ESB, extra pale ale, Belgian singel.

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          juantanamera RE: Josh Aug 22, 2009 12:42 AM

          You mentioned most of my favorite food beers there. I also find a hoppy American amber pairs well with quite a few foods, and a good Belgian witte will complement many dishes.

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            Josh RE: juantanamera Aug 22, 2009 12:49 AM

            Yeah, don't know how I missed Belgian witbier. For that matter, a good German hefeweizen is also hard to beat.

        2. Tripeler RE: pie22 Aug 22, 2009 01:58 AM

          This time of year? Reijoh lager from Echigo Beer, or Yona Yona Ale.

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