What's Everyone's Favorite Beer?
Posted 10 January 2007 - 02:11 AM
I guess I often order a beer because I like the name but only if I can see what sort of beer it is first. Two that I came to like this way were 'Tanglefoot' and 'Old Thumper'. But that is the sort of thing you do at beer festivals - you have to choose from the hundreds on offer some how, and then try to remember which ones you liked at the end.
I also like the name of Cotleigh's Buzzard but we see Buzzards flying around here most days so that is just an association I like to make with a place I love.
The beer is good too mind.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:42 AM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 07:23 AM
While my tastes have changed over the years as my pocketbook has gotten a bit more amendable to variety I still like many different beers and find that the occasion can dictate my choice. I have recently been reexploring the lambics and Trappist ales of Belgium (and the one lonely, somewhat more commercialzed Trappist ale representative from the Netherlands). Some day I will get back to Belgium and hope to try a Westvleteren 12 but for now I think my favorite is the Westmalle Tripel.
Lambics are sometimes a challenge to come by and my favorite are the fruit lambics, especially the framboise. Lindemans is most readliy available at my location and occasionally Boon so that is what I drink when I have a hankering but would love to find a source for the Cantillon line to try and am particularly fascinated, for reasons I can't explain, with the Blåbær (Blueberry) Lambik reportedly available only at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen. Not sure it is even still available there!
Some people are like a Slinky. They are not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs...
Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:06 AM
The only thing really available in Ecuador is the national beer, Pilsener (the brand and the type), as the alternative, Club, is absolutely ghastly. If I'm willing to drop $3 a bottle, I can sometimes get Heinie or Corona, and for slightly less some truly awful Peruvian skook.
Hence, my current favourite beer is whatever my friend Gareth is brewing at the moment. After my hops bloom, it will be whatever I choose to brew, most likely a chocolate stout. It's all a crapshoot, really, because I malt and oast my own grains, and I'd like to have a shot at doing black caramel malt sometime soon. I will say that I do miss the ales....
Edited by Panaderia Canadiense, 30 August 2011 - 08:08 AM.
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 12:11 PM
Sorry to go on and on about it, but I keep a beer log ("log" sounds manlier than "diary") and this one was the most recent one to blow me away, and is my current favorite.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:48 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:55 PM
Since Fall isn't too far away, has anyone had Southern Tier's Pumking? I missed it last year, but everyone I know who has had it says it's amazing - like a slice of pumpkin pie in a bottle. A friend of mine is picking up a few bombers of it for me today (apparently it's a very limited release this year). I'll let a few sit until the leaves are orange, and another age till next year.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:57 PM
Yikes, cricket33, sorry not Bud. I apologize in advance for any demeaning statements you may find about Bud and/or Bud drinkers across this board when you inevitably start looking around. Sorry.
I like a variety of beers, and there are times when Budweiser does the trick for me. When it's a hot day, and I want something refreshing and quenching, I'll often choose Bud over any number of other beers. Yet, at other times, there are many beers that I'd prefer over Bud ...
Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:23 PM
And I won't talk down Budweiser. It needs more hops, in my opinion. But name me a beer brewed in so many places by so many different brewers that tastes exactly the same everywhere. That is extraordinarily difficult. So while it's not my beer, I respect the care that goes into it.
Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:59 AM
Posted 31 August 2011 - 05:31 AM
Edited by emannths, 31 August 2011 - 05:34 AM.
Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:17 AM
WRT Southern Tier's Pumking: If you're looking for a beer that screams PUMPKIN, this is it. I've only had it once, on tap, and my impression was that it was particularly well-crafted in its balance. Many beers like it don't balance the spices with sweetness or pumpkin, IMO, which make them taste a little...hollow? Pumking, like Southern Tier's Blackwater series of flavored stouts, tastes exactly like what the label advertises. I suspect a good part of this is because ST seems to have no qualms about brewing beers that end up very sweet, which makes pumpkin taste like pumpkin (instead of just spices), chocolate taste like chocolate (instead of coffee or indistict "roasty"), and creme brulee taste like a freakin' creme brulee. The Blackwater beers are generally too sweet for my taste, but a 12oz pour of Pumking each autumn feels just right. For the relatively low $$ (~$7/22oz) that it commands, I say give it a shot.
Well, I have three 22oz bombers of it sitting on my desk as we speak. By me, they are closer to $9 after deposit and tax, but well worth it if the hype is true. I'm normally not a big fan of "sweet" beers, but I think in this context it might be right.
Also, Pliny the Elder was mentioned. That's a beer I've been wanting to try, but apparently the Russian River Brewing beer's don't make it to the East Coast all that often. If you are a hop head, you gotta check out Stone's Ruination. Their regular IPA is VERY good, and Ruination is fantastic and very hoppy.
Edited by TheNoodleIncident, 31 August 2011 - 06:21 AM.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:57 PM
Dark Belgians: Gouden Carolus classic, Cuvée van de Keizer, and Christmas beer; Kasteel Donker/Bruin, Rochefort 10 (but that's sort of obvious right?), Gulden Draak
Light Belgians: more obvious choices: Duvel, Delirium Tremens, La Chouffe
Wheat: Hoegaarden, Weihenstephaner,
English ales: Fuller's ESB, Ringwood Old Thumper, Coniston Blue Bird Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier, Shepherd Neame Spitfire
Others: Guinness, Red Stripe, Kozel, Pilsner Urquell, anything by Spaten, Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre/d'Extra, Unibroue Fin du Monde and Maudite
Of all of these I'd say the Cuvée van de Keizer is my all time favorite though
Posted 04 October 2011 - 11:23 PM
Some favourites, tho'
Australia: White Rabbit (both the white and dark ales), Coopers Sparkling, Coopers Strong Vintage Ale, James Squire Golden.
Belgium: Saison Dupont, Chimay Grand Reserve
Ethiopian: St George
France: 3 Monts
Germany: pretty much any wheat beer
Japan: damn near all of them I've tried
Harare, Victoria Falls and some places in between
Posted 04 October 2011 - 11:32 PM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 11:38 PM
Since arriving in Canada I've come to like Alexander Keiths Pale Ale, and in Australian beers I love James Boags and Bluetongue Pale Ale.
When I'm partial to stout, I love the burnt chocolatey notes of Cascade Stout. After two I feel like I've had a fourteen course meal though.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:37 AM
Now that's a lot of beer you have tried. I want to try other imported beers that are popular on each country like Germany, France or any other parts of the world. So far, I tasted only a couple of few.
In Germany, honestly I saw more Beck's and Weihenstephaner than anything else. That being said this was in Berlin, which is not in the heart of German beer country. As for French beers, by far the most popular is Kronenbourg (Krono), which is not very good.
As for Corona, I've never been able to get to the bottom of the bottle without saying "yuck". For a similarly styled beer, my favorite is Sol
Edited by Hassouni, 05 October 2011 - 09:39 AM.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:29 AM
Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:49 AM
Fantastic beer from my local brewery
I used to live in Fordingbridge and was a big fan of the Ringwood beers. The nearby and new Sixpenny Handley brewery is highly recommended.
I now live in NE Hampshire, and am a committed Triple FFF drinker. The brewery tap is only two doors from my house! The owner's a great guy, and has organised brewery tours for my group of friends quite often, including my birthday last year, which was a fabulous day, although my memory gets pretty hazy by lunchtime...
*edited for awful spelling*
Edited by mr_meanor, 05 October 2011 - 10:51 AM.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:41 PM
Summer- Working outside in the summer heat calls for a crisp American lager. This year it has been Bush beer. Previously Keystone Premium.
Fall- Shorter days with cool nights have me thinking about beers with more body. Need a taste of some brown Belgiam abbey ales. Our local selection of these is pittiful, so for now, I'm enjoying Chimay Grand Reserve in my Berliner Weiss glass; it brings out the myriad of fruit smells.
Winter- Stout time! Last winter had me buying Guiness Export Stout. Very different than the watered down pub draft. It almost has a sour note which comes through the wonderful black patent malt.
Spring- Starting to wean off the black stuff and transition to some middle ground. Just love the English ales= Whitbread, Old Speckled Hen, Holy GrALE, & Theakstons Old Peculiar!
I don't look to start a troll war here, but I find most American Micro's to be trendy cr@p!
There, now I'll get off my soapbox.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:14 AM
I may have just gotten used to it but I REALLY like it and I don't have to feel guilty when I drink it.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:09 AM
Absolute favorite is harder, and there is so much more out their to try, but I really do enjoy Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, and the Lagunitas Maximus IPA.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:19 AM