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Old 02-07-2007, 05:11 AM   #101
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

jack,

I think portland is a better beer town then Seattle.

All the beers avaialble in Seattle are widely avialable in portland. SOme beer that is available in portland (the more obscure bridgeport and widmer brews come to mind) is difficult to come by in Seattle.

Portland also trumps seattle in number of microbreweries.

Plus Portland has the mission theatre and pub which is basically the best thing ever.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:49 AM   #102
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I am underage, meaning that the only beers I have access to are at my local bodege (which doesn't card, of course). Therefore I have a question to you connoisseurs:

Which of the more common beers do you enjoy? In other words, if you were forced to buy from a limited selection, which of the supermarket-type beers would you go for?

On another note, I tried a japanese beer called "Hitachino Nest" recently and I really enjoyed it.
CMA response: You should not drink underage. It is wrong to break the laws of your state.

I love Guiness. I was never a beer drinker until I found out that all beer was not that watered down Coors/Bud/Stone crap. After drinking a lot of Guiness I realized that I like dark beers. From there I started drinking Killians and Smithwicks (pronounced Smith-icks).

I spent a summer in Maine and whenever I went to a bar I asked "whats good here" they had a lot of local brews on tap. They had a lot of pale ales and some fruity beers, I liked some and did not like others but I am glad I did not simply order a Guiness every time that I went out because I descovered a lot of light beers that were great.

When I came back to school in Ithaca I tried a lot of local brews. I am a big fan of the Apricot Wheat but do not really like the Cascazilla (previously mentioned with two thumbs up by MrWookie).

Why am I telling you this? Because tastes in beer is different. People like different kinds of beer, so try everything. I would reccomend buying a different kind of beer every time you go into the bodega. Find out what you like. It will cost you more than just buying Keystone Light but it will be much more enjoyable to drink.

Keep cheep beer purchases for drinking games and chugging contests. The best way to find good beers in my oppinion is simply trial and error. And when you are of drinking age and you go to a bar ask them if they have any local brews on tap.

If your only options are Sam Adams, Yuengling, Heineken, Coors, and Bud then I would probably pick them in that order but other than a couple Sam Adams brews I don't think that any would come close to qualifying for a 'beer connoisseur' thread.

Oh, and if you ever find Rogue beer. Buy it.
Very very good advice, thank you very much. A friend of mine is a freshman at Cornell (BTW) and he drinks loads of crappy lights, I can't drink that watered down crap and never will. I am not much of a drinking contest/beer pong type of person, I am more of a beer appreciator than a drinker, so my main goal in buying beer is flavor.

I need to try more of the Sam Adams varieties. I do enjoy Yuengling and Heineken, though they are both somewhat boring.

I like some of the Magic Hat beers, what is your opinion of those as someone with a wider beer experience?

I am eagerly awaiting my 21st when I can pick up whatever specialty stuff strikes my fancy.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:50 AM   #103
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Which of the more common beers do you enjoy? In other words, if you were forced to buy from a limited selection, which of the supermarket-type beers would you go for?

They usually have Sam Adams which is okay, as another poster said Sierra Nevada has gotten pretty common, as has Fat Tire, both of which are a notch above Sam Adams but nothing special IMHO. Generally places will have one better/different beer, so just get the one you've never heard of. Keep doing that everywhere you go and you'll soon be a beer expert.

edit : other pretty common gas-station beers that you can fall back on : Red Hook & Guinness

I will certainly try Sierra Nevada, I have never tasted it.

Thanks for the response!
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:31 PM   #104
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

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I think portland is a better beer town then Seattle.

All the beers avaialble in Seattle are widely avialable in portland. SOme beer that is available in portland (the more obscure bridgeport and widmer brews come to mind) is difficult to come by in Seattle.

Portland also trumps seattle in number of microbreweries.

Plus Portland has the mission theatre and pub which is basically the best thing ever.
I agree that Portland is a really great beer town and I've enjoyed every visit to the city. I'm sure Portland has more microbreweries per capita, but I'd be a little surprised if the overall number were greater.

Mission theatre and pub is indeed the best thing ever, and Seattle's lack of anything comparable is an embarrasment to an otherwise almost-perfect town.

I judge a beer-town not just on the number/quality of microbrews, but also on the number/quality of bars. In Seattle you can hit a different, amazing, bar every week for a year. In Los Angeles, which is a much bigger city, I cannot name one. Not one. (there are four or five decent beer places in this city of millions, but anything good in LA tends to get quickly overwhelmed, which ruins the experience).
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:02 PM   #105
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

I haven't seen anyone mention Anchor beers yet in this thread. They're a fairly tasty option.



El Diablo or other SFers--ever had Anchor on draught? How is it?
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:24 PM   #106
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Ty,

supermarket variety beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, like Jack said. Other good choices, Sam Adams, Pilsner Urquell, and Tsing Tao.

Jack,

Great post. I've really started to think about starting a home brew.

As for best beer city, what are some other good ones? I've heard Portland is great. I know Burlington, VT is great (lots of microbrews, most famously Magic Hat). Where else?
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:27 PM   #107
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

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I find Anchor Steam to be pretty bad. I've tried one other Anchor beer, and I didn't like that much either. I don't think I'll spend any more money on their stuff.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:35 PM   #108
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

kc, neuro,

I have been underwhelmed w/ Anchor Steam and Anchor Liberty. I found their Christmas ale pretty much undrinkable, not just uninspired. Their porter, however, I liked alright. I found it tasted more like a milder imperial stout than a porter, though. Their beer is on the expensive side, so you can do better for the price.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:37 PM   #109
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I find Anchor Steam to be pretty bad. I've tried one other Anchor beer, and I didn't like that much either. I don't think I'll spend any more money on their stuff.
I've also had the Anchor Steam - it is not good.

I'll make a few "hopful" suggestions here:

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye - Very hoppy with a nice rye kick. I've reviewed this in the TLDR thread I believe.

Stone Double Bastard - Also reviewed this in TLDR. A great hoppy double IPA with a strong malt backbone. Very nice as it warms, especially if you don't mind the alcohol profile.

Alesmith Yulesmith - Really a nearly perfect beer.

If you want a standard IPA, Drake's makes a great one. Stone's is also solid. At Trader Joe's you can find Boont's Hop Ottin' IPA at a decent price as well. This is one of those beers that never gets old.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:57 PM   #110
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Anyone here tried flemish sour beers - like Rodenbach, Monk's, Duchesse de Bourgogne, or New Belgium La Folie? It is probably the most unique beer style there is, and so tend to be loved or hated. I love them.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:21 PM   #111
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Bear republic, is that in CA?
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:47 PM   #112
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Guys,

Surprised at the anti-Anchor Steam sentiment! I like it quite a bit, but I know some find it a little too bitter for that type of beer. I like Anchor just fine. Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada are two pretty standard taps in SF bars. Maybe you guys are comparing it to "special" beers like the other ones in this thread, but here these are just standard issue beers, and by that standard, I think they are very good.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:19 PM   #113
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

nah.. I expected "standard".. I just can't ever see myself choosing that over Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire, etc.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:24 PM   #114
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

I also really don't like Anchor and would only get it if Bud was my other option.

IMHO the best Bay Area brewer is

http://www.bisonbrew.com/
BISON BREWING

(Russian River is also excellent but they're not really bay area)
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:25 PM   #115
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

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I think portland is a better beer town then Seattle.

All the beers avaialble in Seattle are widely avialable in portland. SOme beer that is available in portland (the more obscure bridgeport and widmer brews come to mind) is difficult to come by in Seattle.

Portland also trumps seattle in number of microbreweries.

Plus Portland has the mission theatre and pub which is basically the best thing ever.
Seconded. Portland is fantastic.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:31 PM   #116
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

No one has mentioned La Maudite (the damned) or Duvel's Golden Ale. These are great beers all on their own, but they are especially useful when you are trying to introduce a friend with conventional beer-buying habits (e.g., bud/miller) to craft beer.

Maudite works despite the fact that it is very different from the mass market lagers with which your friend will be familiar. Unlike many 'different' beers that are not well received by mainstream palates (e.g., the good hoppy beers), Maudite has a subtle but tasty caramel flavor that the uninitiated often find appealing. The sweetness is not heavy-handed (e.g., ahem, Adam's Cherry Wheat), so your friend will have no doubts that they are drinking Beer.

Duvel takes a different route. As a light beer, it has some similarities to the lagers your friend will have previously enjoyed. But put Duvel side-by-side to a common lager and the difference in quality will (I think) jump out immediately.

Edit: I should add that I think the difference between getting Maudite on tap and in the bottle is greater than the typical tap/bottle gap among beers. Since it is somewhat rare to get Maudite on tap, you should definitely try it if you find it.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:40 PM   #117
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Maudite is a good beer, and I agree it's a good wake-up to good beer. Some people don't dig the Belgian style, and Maudite isn't my favorite from Unibroue (LFDM or Trois Pistoles win that honor), but it's still solid.

Another variety of beer that's great for waking people up to good beer is a Scotch ale. Generally, these are dark brown, malty, unhopped beers that are pretty agreeable even to people who say they don't like beer in general. I just tried the Kilt Tilter from the Middle Ages brewery and thought it was great. There's a local brewer that also puts out a good one.

Lastly, jack, glad to have you in any and all beer threads .

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Old 02-07-2007, 06:14 PM   #118
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Bear republic, is that in CA?
Yes, very far north I believe.

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nah.. I expected "standard".. I just can't ever see myself choosing that over Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire, etc.
I just wouldn't say Anchor Steam and "connoisseur" really go together. When I said it wasn't good, I really meant I would only pay for it if I were very restricted on options. So at a bar or restaurant that only has, say, Corona, Heineken, a crappy Hefeweizen, BMC, and Anchor Steam, then I'll pay for it. Since it is priced similarly to other much better beers, I will never buy it at a store. Note I've only had Anchor Steam from the Anchor brewery - I'm not talking about the brewery as a whole.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:34 PM   #119
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The very first microbrew I tried when I moved to Seattle five years ago was the Kilt Lifter, a scotch-style ale made by the Pike Place Brewery. At that point I knew next to nothing about good beer, and the Kilt Lifter drew me in.

Strangely similar names.
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I just wouldn't say Anchor Steam and "connoisseur" really go together. When I said it wasn't good, I really meant I would only pay for it if I were very restricted on options.
Well, I agree that for retail prices of $10/6 pack, you can do better--Fuller's ESB comes to mind, for example.

I particularly like the fact that I can get Anchor beers in the big 22oz bottles at my local convenience store. There aren't many non-dreck beers available in the big size.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:07 PM   #121
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I love Anchor Steam
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:53 AM   #122
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:03 AM   #123
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I just wouldn't say Anchor Steam and "connoisseur" really go together. When I said it wasn't good, I really meant I would only pay for it if I were very restricted on options.
Well, I agree that for retail prices of $10/6 pack, you can do better--Fuller's ESB comes to mind, for example.

I particularly like the fact that I can get Anchor beers in the big 22oz bottles at my local convenience store. There aren't many non-dreck beers available in the big size.
Maybe not available in convenience stores, but many of the very best beers in the world come ONLY in 22's or 750 mL bottles.
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:05 AM   #124
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Just picked up some beers (including Delirium Nocturnum, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Young's Oatmeal, Sam Smith's Oatmeal, Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Hitachino Nest Beer).

Started with Young's Oatmeal onto Sam Smith's Oatmeal and I agree with cbloom:

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and then Samuel Smith's Oatmeal is better than Young's Oatmeal.
Not close imo. I think this sums up Sam Smith's Oatmeal very well (from the ba review):

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Edit - oh yeah people don't like Anchor Steam? Got addicted to it as standard beer living in SF.
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:50 PM   #125
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