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

liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 09:53 AM

...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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    liveloveat34 RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 09:54 AM

    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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      BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 03:01 PM

      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.)

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        mkel34 RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 1, 2009 04:50 PM

        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.

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          jgg13 RE: mkel34 Sep 17, 2009 02:23 PM

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

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          Flaco RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 17, 2009 10:58 AM

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

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            Kenji RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 21, 2009 02:31 PM

            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.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Kenji Sep 21, 2009 03:20 PM

              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.

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                jgg13 RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 22, 2009 07:44 AM

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

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          juantanamera RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 10:00 AM

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

          1. Josh RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 11:20 AM

            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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              juantanamera RE: Josh Aug 22, 2009 12:14 AM

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

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                Josh RE: juantanamera Aug 22, 2009 12:47 AM

                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.

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                  Jim Dorsch RE: Josh Aug 22, 2009 03:59 AM

                  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.

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                    Saddleoflamb RE: Jim Dorsch Sep 28, 2009 08:49 AM

                    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........

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                      Jim Dorsch RE: Saddleoflamb Sep 28, 2009 11:07 AM

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

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                DougOLis RE: Josh Aug 25, 2009 10:46 PM

                Pipeline Porter over Maui's CoCoNut Porter?

              3. Beach Chick RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 11:32 AM

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

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                  liveloveat34 RE: Beach Chick Aug 20, 2009 02:18 PM

                  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!

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                    Kenji RE: Beach Chick Sep 21, 2009 02:34 PM

                    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.

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                      Jim Dorsch RE: Kenji Sep 21, 2009 04:45 PM

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

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                    Bobfrmia RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 06:05 PM

                    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.

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                      liveloveat34 RE: liveloveat34 Aug 20, 2009 06:11 PM

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

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                        juantanamera RE: liveloveat34 Aug 22, 2009 12:12 AM

                        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.

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                          Josh RE: juantanamera Aug 22, 2009 12:48 AM

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

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                        homebrewster RE: liveloveat34 Aug 24, 2009 12:13 AM

                        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!

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                          chuckl RE: liveloveat34 Aug 26, 2009 02:15 PM

                          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.

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                            MDBBQFiend RE: liveloveat34 Aug 27, 2009 12:47 PM

                            Poker night?

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

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                              soultender RE: MDBBQFiend Aug 29, 2009 08:54 AM

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

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                              jbg7 RE: liveloveat34 Sep 2, 2009 09:03 AM

                              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.

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                                juantanamera RE: liveloveat34 Sep 19, 2009 05:11 PM

                                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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                                  DougOLis RE: juantanamera Sep 24, 2009 01:12 PM

                                  Small Bar?

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                                  Solstice444 RE: liveloveat34 Sep 27, 2009 02:19 AM

                                  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.

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                                    NightMan RE: liveloveat34 Sep 30, 2009 10:27 AM

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

                                    Shiner Bock

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