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ShowUsYourRack Dec 31, 2013 05:10 PM

Is there a Beer preference for any of you in here? I only drink Beer every once in a while, so it should be good. I like to have one that I'm gonna enjoy rather than just get on drunk, ya know?

For me, there are 2 Beer brands in particular that I usually get on tap. Gimme a Bud or Coors any day. I usually won't even have a Beer if someone's just carrying Miller. I personally think that Miller brand is just awful though some of you may disagree. Oh well. To each his own. Call your shots!

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    TombstoneShadow Dec 31, 2013 11:43 PM

    "Is there a beer preference for any of you"....

    does the bear shyt in the woods??

    Top 5 beers I've ever tasted: World Wide Stout, Expedition Stout, Behemoth baryleywine, konig-ludwig hefe weizen, dreadnaught ipa, G.I. Bourbon County stout....

    Places 6 to 10 will be occupied by brooklyn choclate stout, anchor foghorn, old horizontal barleywine, and gulden draak....

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      ShowUsYourRack Dec 31, 2013 11:48 PM

      To each his own. As long as it's not Miller. Yes, I can't stand the Miller brand & didn't even drink any for this New Year.

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        SP1 Jan 2, 2014 05:55 AM

        I thought the only reason anyone drank Bud/Miller/Coors was to get drunk? Some of the least flavorful beers available. btw, Miller and Coors are the same company:
        http://www.millercoors.com/

        Give me a Heady Topper.

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          Jim Dorsch Jan 2, 2014 10:27 AM

          I often hear that people only drink these beers to get drunk. What proof do you have of this?

          The beers may not interest you or me, but that doesn't imply that everyone just pounds them down to get drunk.

          I would be quite surprised if any of us didn't look forward to a bit of a buzz when drinking. We like to think we drink just to appreciate the flavor. I don't think that's the case. In fact, I've seen plenty of craft-beer drinkers that have somehow become dead drunk while savoring the flavor.

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            Insidious Rex Jan 2, 2014 10:56 AM

            couldnt agree more. some people use craft devotion as an excuse to hide their alcoholism I have discovered over the years. While I have known many people who would always have one or two buds (or black labels or old styles or high lifes) with dinner just because thats what they were used to long before the craft boom hit. And none of them had drinking issues. However, that being said I do think if you poll the average frat brother about what beer he drinks on friday night when his primary motivation is to get drunk its not going to be an imperial stout...

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              SP1 Jan 2, 2014 12:31 PM

              Not meant litterally, just a little hyperbole. More of statement that the BCM beers are virtually devoid of any dicernable tastes.

              Of course I enjoy the bit of a buzz that comes from any alcoholic beverage. Becoming dead drunk drinking anything is simply a matter of ABV, a 4pk of Heady Topper is going to have a lot more effect than a 6pk of Bud.

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                RB Hound Jan 2, 2014 02:55 PM

                I have a hard time getting drunk from Bud Lights, Silver Bullets, etc. I only can process fluid so quickly, and my liver can pretty much keep up with one BNC light beer per hour.

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                  Jim Dorsch Jan 2, 2014 04:31 PM

                  At my age I get sleepy before I get drunk.

        2. Tripeler Jan 1, 2014 12:26 AM

          You know, I often have trouble distinguishing between Bud, Coors and Miller, so I admire your abilities to perceive differences between them.

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            ShowUsYourRack Jan 1, 2014 01:40 AM

            I taste & enjoy my Beer rather than get drunk off it. If you wanna party & get drunk, yeah, perhaps they all might taste similar, but I really don't drink much. I'm much more of a Social Drinker rather than a Habitual one, ya know? My Dad & Brother kinda drank a few Coors from time to time & I just "Socially" tried a few with them. I still like Coors to this day & I'll go back & forth between them & Bud wherever they might fit. You know, sometimes I'll go to a Ball Game (which is obviously another "Social" event) & have either a Bud or Coors based on what's available. That's about all there is to it.

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              linguafood Jan 2, 2014 03:08 PM

              You can get drunk off of Bud, Coors or Miller? Whoda tunk?

              I always considered drinking those akin to sex in a canoe.....

              About the only thing those beers are good for, if they ever make it into my fridge (through 3rd parties, obviously), is steaming mussels. And even that's a stretch.

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            INDIANRIVERFL Jan 1, 2014 04:34 AM

            You always remember your first kiss. Olde Frothingslosh by Iron City Beer. The pale stale ale with the foam on the bottom.

            And then at university, there was Orbit Beer. Bottled and brewed on the Space Coast of Florida. In that order.

            Living in West Germany, my go to was Andechser Doppelbach from the monastery south of Munich, followed by Ayinger. Licher Brau was delivered to my cellar at 10 DM a case.

            To rehydrate here in the Florida summer, nothing does it better for the price than Natural Lite.

            And Spotted Cow from New Glarus when up in Wisconsin.

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              Jim Dorsch Jan 1, 2014 05:21 AM

              I used to have an Olde Frothingslosh can (as did many others, I suspect).

              All-time fave is Bigfoot.

              It must be nice to have ready access to Klosterbrauerei Andechs.

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                INDIANRIVERFL Jan 1, 2014 07:50 AM

                The Trinkstelle just down the road from Drake Edwards Kaserne had it. I think they put the labels on with spit, as they would be falling off the bottles on the way to the car.

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                  ShowUsYourRack Jan 1, 2014 10:02 PM

                  Hey, maybe that'll help if you get pulled over by the Cops, right...lol?

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                  LStaff Jan 13, 2014 12:09 PM

                  Don't know if they have made it to your area, but Kloster Andechs bottles have been available in the US now for a few months. Dopplebock is so delicious - so lucky to be able to purchase this from my local beer store.

                  .

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                    Jim Dorsch Jan 13, 2014 02:22 PM

                    I haven't seen it. Will have to find out who imports it. Thanks.

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                      JessKidden Jan 15, 2014 06:27 AM

                      Import rights are apparently split between S&H in Colorado and St. Killian.

                      http://www.shbrands.com/#!andechs/c15gl

                      http://stkillian.com/beers/andechs/

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                      ThomasvanDale Jan 14, 2014 03:46 AM

                      You are correct that it is an excellent beer. Out of curiosity, how much does a bottle cost near you? I assume it is the standard 50cl.

                      I don't know if it's available in the US, but a similar beer is made also by Ettal, which is also a monastery and not so far from Andechs. Theirs is called Curator Doppelbock.

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                        Jim Dorsch Jan 14, 2014 04:14 AM

                        sold here, but haven't tried

                        http://bunitedint.com/information/bra...

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                          ThomasvanDale Jan 14, 2014 06:33 AM

                          Thanks for that. Personally I prefer it over the Andechs, but the difference is not so great.

                          There are a fair number of German monasteries that still brew (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klosterb...), actually twice as many as in Belgium.

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                          LStaff Jan 15, 2014 06:58 AM

                          .5l bottle goes for $3.99 at my local store (they give me 10% off for buying 4 or more) I've seen it up to $6 at some stores though. Helles, weisse, and dunkelweisse are also shipped here.

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                            ThomasvanDale Jan 15, 2014 11:16 PM

                            Ok. Thanks for the reply.

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                    Enigma3 Jan 1, 2014 08:41 AM

                    The best beer I ever had (and have a case now) is Kentucky Bourbon Ale. It is now available outside Kentucky. I got my case in NYC at the Whole Foods store on Union Square. They will special order it for you. Indescribably good.

                    Second best is McEwans Scotch Ale. Very dark and no bitterness. Next time I'm in NYC I will get a case.

                    Really not much of a beer drinker anymore. But if I'm at the local pub eating chicken wings I will have one Newcastle Brown Ale.

                    1. linguafood Jan 2, 2014 03:10 PM

                      Spaten and any number of smaller batch German Pilseners that are likely not available around these parts.

                      Stella on tap is doable if it's the only reasonable thing besides the brands you consider your favorites, which are sadly often the only choices. Of course, there's alway "lager" (= Yuengling around these parts, to which I've come around some).

                      Great Lakes Brewery Dortmunder Gold is a nice one, too. But Americans haven't quite figured out the art of a good pilsner style. Or I simply haven't come across it.

                      Suggestions more than welcome.

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                        RB Hound Jan 2, 2014 09:17 PM

                        Samuel Adams Noble Pils (a Czech pilsener) was pretty good the few occasions I tried it. Victory Prima Pils gets lauded. Both of those beers get pretty wide distribution.

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                          ThomasvanDale Jan 2, 2014 11:42 PM

                          To me, there are two different points here: 1. if someone likes beer type X, will these beers satisfy them? and 2. are these beers "well made" and generally enjoyable?

                          I have tasted the Victory Prima Pils and it failed on point one, and scored OK on point 2. I should add that I have tried very few American lagers and I drank the Victory only once.

                          OTOH, the brewer of Moonlight Brewing Company of California, stopped here a few years ago with samples of his beers. I thought that they succeeded on both points.

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                            Tripeler Jan 3, 2014 12:55 AM

                            Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing is considered by many to be quite a master of brewing. You were lucky, Thomas, to enjoy some of his beers, though where you live you have so many world-class brews at your fingertips.

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                              ShowUsYourRack Jan 3, 2014 01:32 AM

                              Sounds like a good time to me.

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                                Tripeler Jan 3, 2014 04:28 AM

                                Speaking of good times, SUYR, have you been able to see any racks yet?

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                                  ShowUsYourRack Jan 8, 2014 11:42 PM

                                  Just as always. They keep stacking up, getting bigger & bigger…lol! They just bounce all around & over to me.

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                                ThomasvanDale Jan 3, 2014 08:10 AM

                                Yes, it was interesting to taste his beers and see that it was possible for a foreign brewer to make such authentic-tasting beers.

                                And, concidentally, he was here to visit his daughter who was attending university in Utrecht, which is where my daughter is studying now.

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                              linguafood Jan 3, 2014 07:52 AM

                              I've had Prima. It's not bad, but it's not great, either.

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                                MVNYC Jan 3, 2014 12:14 PM

                                Pikeland Pils in cans is a good domestic pils option.

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                                  RB Hound Jan 3, 2014 12:33 PM

                                  I limited myself to pils I've seen distributed nationally. I liked the Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker, but I realize that it probably is hopped up to the point that it may not be a true German pilsener (if that makes any sense).

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                                    linguafood Jan 3, 2014 12:34 PM

                                    That's really one of my issues with American pilseners. They hop the shit out of some of them as if they were ales.

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                                      MVNYC Jan 3, 2014 12:47 PM

                                      The US is not strong for Pilseners. I would guess its a combination of not using the freshest or properly terroir based Noble hops, American love of highly hopped beers and the micro/craft movement being prejudiced to not like "fizzy yellow beers".

                                      That said, the market would be there I think as tastes evolve.

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                                        linguafood Jan 3, 2014 12:49 PM

                                        There's always hope. And Germany/Czech Republic, etc.

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                                          MVNYC Jan 3, 2014 01:08 PM

                                          There is but luckily there are a lot of other styles the US does well. Too bad pilsener is best enjoyed fresh.

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                                            linguafood Jan 3, 2014 01:24 PM

                                            True on both counts.

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                                          Josh Jan 6, 2014 07:26 AM

                                          There are definitely some notable exceptions: North Coast's Scrimshaw Pilsner, Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager, Oskar Blues' Mama's Li'l Yella Pils, Ballast Point's Longfin Lager, and Trumer Pils. I find all of those to be really nice examples of the style, without the punch of something like Pivo or Prima.

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                                            Beachowolfe Jan 6, 2014 08:01 PM

                                            +1 for Mama's Li'l Yella and Trumer. I like Lagunitas' as well.

                                        3. re: linguafood
                                          Insidious Rex Jan 5, 2014 07:29 AM

                                          last time I tried a Jever it was also pretty hoppy. In fact I love Prima for the same reason I love Jever.

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                                            linguafood Jan 5, 2014 11:14 AM

                                            Jever's one of my favorite German pilseners. Nice and bitter. Hoppy in a different way.

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                                              Tripeler Jan 5, 2014 04:08 PM

                                              I think certain versions of Jever Pils are dry hopped with fresh hops, and the effect is wonderfully floral.

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                                          MVNYC Jan 3, 2014 12:44 PM

                                          Haven't had it but I like Firestone Walker Beers so will give it a try when I see it.

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                                            Josh Jan 6, 2014 07:26 AM

                                            Pivo is a great one. Reminds me of Prima.

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                                            TroyTempest Jan 22, 2014 11:19 AM

                                            Another regional Pils that is good when you down to this part of the country in Hans Pils from Real Ale (Blanco, TX).

                                      2. Green_Shartreuse Jan 2, 2014 03:11 PM

                                        Maine 'MO'
                                        Hill Farmstead 'Edward'
                                        Lawson's Double Sunshine
                                        And, of course, Heady

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                                          Green_Shartreuse Jan 3, 2014 04:53 PM

                                          Oh, I also quite like Treehouse 'That's What She Said' milk stout.

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                                          zippypinhead Jan 3, 2014 04:43 AM

                                          My favorite beers?
                                          Free
                                          Followed closely by cold and the one in my hand....
                                          I work in the industry and, especially with the major breweries, it's all marketing anyhow.... Not much real difference between brands/flavors.
                                          I do however have a great respect for the folks in brewing. They've got a great deal of skill to make the beer taste the same not only from batch to batch but from one brewery to another.

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                                            JAB Jan 3, 2014 06:35 AM

                                            It's a conspiracy I tell ya!

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                                              ShowUsYourRack Jan 8, 2014 11:44 PM

                                              I'm sure that they get a nice bonus after work.

                                            2. Paprikaboy Jan 10, 2014 11:05 AM

                                              Landlord - Timothy Taylor Brewery
                                              Tribute- St. Austell
                                              Otter Ale- Otter
                                              Hop Head- Dark Star
                                              Reverand James-Brains
                                              American IPA-Adnams

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                                                ShowUsYourRack Jan 11, 2014 01:26 AM

                                                Nearly one for every day of the week.

                                              2. verslibre Jan 29, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                I'm a fairly loyal patron of the Grimbergen Dubbel, found it on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto once, probably not likely to find it many places, but a solid one in my books.

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