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What is your go-to 6 pack to take to a get together....

...let's say poker nght, or a evening with friends. What do you bring and why?

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing responses :-)

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  1. i thought i'd respond to my question first- Left Hand anything, I guess cuz I live in Boulder and the beer is good. Might say I'm showing some Longmont, CO pride.

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    1. re: liveloveat34

      When Left Hand is available, I'll grab some, though it's hard to come by in Boston. And for the same reason: Skyline High class of '87. (Or I would have been if I hadn't moved after the 8th grade.)

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Left Hand is and has been available for years now. I remember buying Left Hand Milk Stout about 5 years ago at Yankee in Attleboro. Nowadays its available at most decent beer stores.

        1. re: mkel34

          Only a few of their things (including the milk stout) are readily available around here these days though.

        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Left Hand Sawtooth Ale just showed up in my hood... awesome!

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            I have seen Left Hand's brews in that place (Liquor World?) in Porter Square, Cambridge, and at the Cambridge Whole foods on River St.

            1. re: Kenji

              Yeah, River Street WH is the only place I've ever consistently seen Left Hand brews around here: unfortunately, I'm not there often. My one disappointment with Martingetti's as my go-to liquor store is that I wish they had a deeper beer selection.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                The Harvest CoOp in central square almost always has them, as does Supreme in Central.

        3. I often grab Stone Levitation, a tasty, hoppy amber with relatively low alcohol.

          1. When it's available, I like Kona's Pipeline Porter. I also like New Belgium's Skinny Dip, Victory Prima Pils, and Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB.

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            1. re: Josh

              Is Stoudt's available in California? I don't recall ever trying anything from that brewery.

              1. re: juantanamera

                It was for an all-too-brief time. I think I picked that one up at Whole Foods in Hillcrest. Wish I could get it again.

                1. re: Josh

                  Chances are it would often suffer from being so far from home. It's hard for a small brewery to keep on top of freshness in those situations.

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    This is what i was told the reason why Carol Stoudt pulled their beers from distribution in NC some years ago..........unfortunately for us here in NC.........when living in PA and/or making my way north years later I always made a pilgrimage to Adamstown.........back in the days when all their brews were in the 750ml chapagne bottles........

                    1. re: Saddleoflamb

                      I used to do the same thing, drive by Stoud't and pick up a case of 750ml from their cooler.

              2. re: Josh

                Pipeline Porter over Maui's CoCoNut Porter?

              3. Mission Pale Ale from Trader Joe's...
                Love anything Allagash...pricey and hard to part with..

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  ah i wish we had a tj's in CO- can u believe there are absolutely none here! as a Californian (the NJ, then NYer) i miss it so much!

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    I like Mission's IPA, also available at TJ's.

                    "My" TJs carry Sierra Nevada's pale ale, porter, stout, and anniversary ale. If only they would stock the Torpedo.

                    1. re: Kenji

                      There was that lengthy supply issue with Torpedo. Perhaps that's the problem at your store?

                  2. Right now I can buy Big Sky IPA for 6.99. Can't beat that. If they're out, or it's off sale, Single Wide IPA is usually 6.50, also a good beer at a good price.

                    1. full sail is pretty reasonably priced- about 6 bucks for a 6 pack...has anyone tried it? how is it?

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                      1. re: liveloveat34

                        Full Sail makes generally solid but unspectacular beers - good for the price, enjoyable but not, IMO, the best of the best. For me the exception is the LTD Series Recipe #3, one of the best pilsner style beers I've tasted.

                        1. re: juantanamera

                          You should try their special releases, like Son of Spot IPA, or Nugget IPA. Those are some damned good bottles.

                      2. Anything from Deschutes- this time of year I'm partial to their Twilight Ale.

                        But really... who am I kidding? I'm gonna take over my latest homebrew batch (Saison, this week) and sit around expectantly waiting for compliments!

                        1. Lately for me it's been Mirror Pond from Deschutes (on sale at Safeway for $6.99 a sixer). Failing that, my old reliable is Eye of the Hawk from Trader Joes for the same price.

                          1. Poker night?

                            Cans of Yuengling Lager to chase the Irish whiskey or rye.

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                            1. re: MDBBQFiend

                              Oh, yes! Yuengling Lager (I also bring a 6 of light). Also pairs well with cigars!

                            2. I try to bring something that most of the people have never had before (which often includes me). I mix it up, but it is usually in the Pale Ale, IPA category. I try not to drink the same thing over and over if I can help it - there are too many good beers out there and you never know what you'll stumble on.

                              1. Just found a great new sessions beer - New Belgium Hoptoberfest. They call it a golden ale, though to my taste it's very close to an American pale ale. A very good ale, either way, with a great hop character and an interesting, somewhat bready malt character. A lot of flavor in a refreshing, easy to drink beer.

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                                1. A Saranac 6 pack, or variety pack. I always enjoy their seasonal 12 packs, and they have that year round 6-pack variety pack as well, I think it's called trail mix? Pretty much everyone in my group of poker friends enjoys Saranac. I used to bring Ithaca beer more often to introduce people to it, but haven't recently.

                                  1. St. Arnold's Fancy Lawnmower- It's a Kolsch. Brewed in Texas.
                                    St. Arnold's Summer Pils

                                    Shiner Bock