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My First Delicious US Craft Beer

Sessions Dark Lager was so delicious.

Recommend it, bought in the store in short, circa 1970s domestic beers, bottles.

Session Black Lager | Full Sail Brewing Company

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  1. You mean Full Sail Session Black Lager?


    Haven't tried that one yet, but I thought the Premium Lager was well made - I just didn't care for the type of hops they used (Willamette?), so have been hesitant to try the Black.

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    1. re: LStaff

      It was pure delight as I drank it. Nothing more than that. I went for another as soon as the bottle was kicked. Great flavor, but I was cooking while drinking it, so I did not sit and ruminate on the flavors and taste. Will have to do that another time.

    2. That is a very drinkable beer. I like to buy it for large gatherings as a way of showing people that dark beers to not always have to be overly heavy and bitter.

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        1. re: jonkyo

          Its a great example of a beer that is sessionable.. full of flavor without being over the top in either hops or alcohol.

          Very similar to beers like Kostrizer Schwarzbier, or even Samuel Adams Dark Lager.

      1. Awesome Jonk... one down, several dozen more to go! The US craft brewing industry is alive and well.

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        1. re: TombstoneShadow

          For some reason, my taste buds are partial to a these two beers. The proof is how easily they are to pour into my mouth, and quench.

          Thus stated, I cannot take Mexican beers.

          Craft beers, save for the above, do nothing but make me desirous of the 16 oz. bottles of Polish or Eastern European beers.

          Thus stated, I shall look into the specifically noted suggestions posted here.

          I am a discriminate drinker, not an indiscriminate drinker, be it Craft or long standing bought out Domestic and Import.

          Thank you for the suggestions.

          1. re: MVNYC

            Thanks for the perspective.


          2. Yeah, it's a good beer.

            I ran a review of it last year, and I'm in total agreement with you.


            I like it enough to keep a twelve pack in permanent rotation at my home bar.

            IMO, Full Sail's standard lager is solid as well.

            Also they have a Red Ale (which I wasn't a big fan of), but give it a shot, you might like it.

            1. We have been enjoying the Sam Adams family this winter. So many varieties!
              Also Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA...

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              1. re: Raffles

                If you can find it give the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA a shot. Both my brother and I, who both have quite the taste for IPA, consider it to be among the very best out there. At least among those that are widely distributed.

                I happen to think that Pliny the Elder if THE standard but that is for another thread.

                1. re: jpc8015

                  My recent IPA favorite is from Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Worthy IPA features five different hops, comes in a can, and after drinking almost an entire case in the past five weeks, I can say that I am still not tired of it.


                  Besides, it puts a whole new spin on the phrase "You're Not Worthy."

                    1. re: Josh

                      If you can find any, let me know how you like it. What I find appealing is that the hop flavours are very well-defined, and it is sort of like a "salad" in that you can almost identify them individually.

                    2. re: Tripeler

                      Bend, OR is such an odd little town. It has a population of under 80,000 but for my money is the beer Mecca of the Western Hemisphere.

                      It is a beautiful little town too.

                      1. re: jpc8015

                        Last time I was in Bend was 1972. I was on a bike trip from SF to the Canadian Rockies. Beer of this type hadn't happened yet. But with Worthy and Deschutes, I would consider it certainly worth another visit. Both are GREAT breweries.

                        1. re: Tripeler

                          Don't forget Bend Brewing or 10 Barrel.

                    3. re: jpc8015

                      3 Floyds Dreadnaught is another standard:

                      Also nearly impossible to find unless you're right around the brewery (Indiana - Chicago metro area)

                    4. re: Raffles

                      We have given up on SamAdams,never again, no way,...sorry to see them go, but so many new beers to try!

                    5. Two taps at this place.

                      this is from a letter, and I added some:

                      "my exposure of the ills of Gentrification, in and around the NYC Boroughs.....brought me to the discussion of Craft Beer.

                      At Formino, I came to more finalize my analysis of the Craft Beer Craze, and its myths, and see that the Italian owner of Fornino has only two taps, both Brooklyn Lager or Ale, etc.

                      [Why would one need any more than two taps, if you can keep them functioning to pour tasty beer.

                      To have 15 or 20 or 30 taps, is un-artistic, and revenue driven, and a short cut. Of course it may be needed to reflect the empty tastes of the clientele. ]

                      Bring a Craft Beer enthusiast to Fornino and he or she will feel empty, and will finally have to come to terms with quality.

                      [The venue exhales quality in all its presence. Makes good sense to allow such a venue to inhale your expendable money. ]

                      There is no need for excessive quantities of taps, if one is focused on quality. This point exemplifies the fact that Italians have succeeded in understanding quality, for centuries, exhibited today, from food, to cars, to leather goods, etc.

                      This history of quality in Italy, should be quite obvious due to the artists, scientists, filmmakers, writers, philosophers, who's productions are easily brought to mind, from Cicero onward, though not excluding what predates the renaissance."

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                      1. re: jonkyo

                        "To have 15 or 20 or 30 taps, is un-artistic"


                        1. re: Josh

                          Josh - sometimes the smartest thing to do is push back your bar stool, step off slowly, and leave.

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            WTF stands for "Wow That's Fantastic".


                        2. re: jonkyo

                          So did you like the Brooklyn on tap?

                              1. re: Josh

                                revenue driven behaviors on the part of venues, along with lack of knowledge on the part of majority of customers, results in the mega or quesi-mega multi-tap crazed bars.

                                Take another Greenpoint venue, the place with Peasant Lard. It is not too difficult to get a delicious tapped pint there. Just choose one from about 3 taps.

                                1. re: Josh

                                  liquid exhales to the pint.....glass.

                                2. re: MVNYC

                                  loved it.

                                  It was so delicious.

                                  Rarely find it as good from bottles. And have experienced less delicious renditions of at other places.

                                  So, quality is not just the product, it is the way the venue presents it, preparations so to speak.

                                  1. re: jonkyo

                                    What kind of glass was it served in?