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Shawn@PRS
05-07-2012, 10:47 AM
I like to have a beer every once in a while and I enjoy all types of brews. Sometimes I just want a refreshing beer on a hot summer day like Maryland's own Natty Boh, but sometimes I want a more elegant brew like Chimay Rouge.

What are some of your favorites and why?


http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/Boh.jpg

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05-07-2012, 11:04 AM
Dos Equis (XX) Amber is a long standing favorite. Throughout the years - even as Colorado seemed to have a micro-brew on every corner in the mid-90's - that one beer has remained a staple. When it is fresh and cold, it's pretty hard to beat.

There are times lately, I'll admit, where I'll return a 6-pack of Dos Equis. Not sure if those guys keep their beer cool enough but a lot of it seems to go sour these days. That has had me searching for something new.

While I used to enjoy a cool (not cold) Guiness, Grolsch, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, a Murphy's Irish Stout, or a Boddington's Bitter, I am starting to lean away from beer that is skunky, bitter, or too hoppy. I just want a well balanced amber or hefeweizen. Blue Moon (with an orange) is a good summer beer for me but I don't generally care for fruity beer either. And Pilsner's? No thanks.

I just want a beer that is richly flavored when cold and balanced enough that the last warm swig from the bottle (or pint glass) isn't hard to choke down.

Right now, Yuengling is consistently the best beer I've ever had. The problem? I can't buy it in Colorado. :(

http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/kitchen/2010_10_22-Yuengling.JPG

themike
05-07-2012, 11:06 AM
Dude - for some reason I love Natty Bo - I know people say its the bottom of the list but whenever I'm in Baltimore, I always go with the bo. For the price you can't beat it, and I actually enjoy it.

Locally, Blue Point Brewery is within 10 minutes of my house and is perfect from the brewhouse taps. A fresh pour of Toasted Lager or Old Howling Bastard will turn any frown upside down.

About 2 minutes east of Blue Point is another Brewery/Restaurante called Brick House Brewery. Not only is the food good, but they have a few brews of their own that are insane. Their "Summer Buzz" is ~9% alco, but is as smooth as Coors light, yet has the Flavors of a high quality lager. Its crazy.

Mike Duncan
05-07-2012, 12:02 PM
Grolsch has been my latest interest. I don't always drink beer, but when I do...

Not a huge beer drinker, but I do enjoy some of the European offerings.

markie
05-07-2012, 12:04 PM
I like to have a beer every once in a while and I enjoy all types of brews. Sometimes I just want a refreshing beer on a hot summer day like Maryland's own Natty Boh, but sometimes I want a more elegant brew like Chimay Rouge.



Ye Ole Brewmaster himself 8-)

dprather
05-07-2012, 12:05 PM
Shiner Bock.

Texas' best brew, nothing else is required.

Shawn@PRS
05-07-2012, 12:36 PM
Shiner Bock.

Texas' best brew, nothing else is required.

Do you guys export that into the United States? :D I actually like Shiner and had some Ruby Redbird last summer which was very refreshing.

I'm a big fan of the Yuengling brews. They are still Independently/family owned and can stand their ground against the big boys (kind of like PRS).

We have a lot of great microbrews in the area. Fordham (from the Rams Head), Flying Dog, Evo and Dogfish Head just to name a few.

dprather
05-07-2012, 12:59 PM
Shiner Bock.

Texas' best brew, nothing else is required.

Do you guys export that into the United States? :D

nope, it's so good we require you to come get it.

hippietim
05-07-2012, 01:21 PM
Fat Tire, Red Hook, Carolina Pale Ale are some favorites.

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05-07-2012, 01:38 PM
Fat Tire, Red Hook, Carolina Pale Ale are some favorites.
Oooooh... I forgot about Red Hook! I was briefing at an industry conference on the Microsoft campus (about a decade ago) and MS rented out the entire Red Hook brewery to host a party for my team. It was awesome.

andy474x
05-07-2012, 01:43 PM
Now here's a thread I can get into! Glad to hear there's some guys with good taste on here. I don't think I've tried any of the Yuengling brews, but I'll have to check them out. I've also not tried the infamous Natty Boh that I keep seeing on here, but my flights usually layover in Baltimore so maybe I can find a place that has it in the terminal. Anyone seen it in the airport?
I'm originally from the Grand Rapids, MI area, loads of awesome microbrews out there. Founders is a west MI favorite that has expanded distribution to many states now. Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale and Red's Rye are probably my favorites, but all their beers are worth trying. On the cheaper side, Goose Island Honker Ale is a new favorite, and I live within walking distance of the Harpoon brewery in Boston - I was never a big IPA fan but the Harpoon IPA is good stuff. Still trying to find a long enough tap line to secretly run it out of the brewery straight to my apartment :D

sergiodeblanc
05-07-2012, 01:56 PM
I have been getting into cheaper and lighter domestic beers, I figure if you throw a lime in anything it will taste like a Tecate.
However I still don't have the ability to turn down a Newcastle.

hippietim
05-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Fat Tire, Red Hook, Carolina Pale Ale are some favorites.
Oooooh... I forgot about Red Hook! I was briefing at an industry conference on the Microsoft campus (about a decade ago) and MS rented out the entire Red Hook brewery to host a party for my team. It was awesome.

That's how we roll :)

OsirisProtocol
05-07-2012, 02:01 PM
I'm not a big beer drinker but I must admit that I'm a big fan of Dos Equis Lager. It's my go to beer in most cases. I'm also quite partial to Heineken and Guinness which I should probably attribute to my birth roots. Yuengling strikes me as a brew that people either love or hate. In a lot of cases people try it out and hate it and then on the second go around they love it. That's just been my observation in my area though. I'm still in the camp of "not a fan" but I haven't given it a second shot yet. I have recently tried Samuel Adam's Cherry Wheat which I think is great cold but not so much cool.

Goldtop
05-07-2012, 02:13 PM
Hello,

This is my first post, and what a subject to start with!

I don't drink much alcohol now, but years ago my beer preference was Lone Star. I also liked Fosters once it became widely available here in the US, but Lone Star was (and still is) my number one choice. And Budweiser is my 'fail safe, you can find it anywhere' favorite.

I never got into many of the micro brews. I see some now and then that interest me a little, but so far I haven't tried more than a handful of them.

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It's a typical hot Texas day. There isn't a breeze stirring, and the sun is high in the sky. The temp. is 100+ in the shade, and the humidity is in the 90's. The end of a long, hard day. The good kind of tired. You reach into a cooler full of ice and water and pull out a bottle. It's so cold it almost hurts your hand. You open it with your church key and drink it down as the water runs down your arm... Ahhhhhhh.
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Thanks for asking the question and helping me relive a great memory! And thanks to everyone involved in providing us with this forum.

Goldtop

John Price
05-07-2012, 02:19 PM
Lions Head!

Shawn@PRS
05-07-2012, 02:44 PM
Lots to reply to here.

First Goldtop, this is awesome. So descriptive and full of imagery!
It's a typical hot Texas day. There isn't a breeze stirring, and the sun is high in the sky. The temp. is 100+ in the shade, and the humidity is in the 90's. The end of a long, hard day. The good kind of tired. You reach into a cooler full of ice and water and pull out a bottle. It's so cold it almost hurts your hand. You open it with your church key and drink it down as the water runs down your arm... Ahhhhhhh.

HippieTim- I haven’t tried the Carolina Pale Ale, but I certainly will next time I'm down in the Tar Heel State.

Andy474x- I'm typically not a fan of IPA's either, they tend to be too hoppy for me. So how does the Harpoon stand out from other IPA's you've tried?

Yuengling isn't the most amazing beer in the world, but their Lord Chesterfield is pretty tasty. What I like best about Yuengling is their independent ways, they're sort of like a large microbrewer. Wait, does that make sense?

hippietim
05-07-2012, 03:23 PM
HippieTim- I haven’t tried the Carolina Pale Ale, but I certainly will next time I'm down in the Tar Heel State.

Beer's on me if you make it to the Raleigh area.

Goldtop
05-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Lots to reply to here.

First Goldtop, this is awesome. So descriptive and full of imagery!

Thank you sir. Just thinking about it made me want a cold one. I may have to head to the store soon... ;)

Goldtop

John Beef
05-07-2012, 04:21 PM
You East Coasters don't have any of the Deschutes beers. I feel bad for you.

http://www.sh2.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/deschutes-inversion-ipa-e1310240004784-224x300.jpg

Though, when I'm on the East Coast, I like to try to find Saranac Black and Tan. Brings back memories from college.

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05-07-2012, 04:44 PM
You East Coasters don't have any of the Deschutes beers. I feel bad for you.

http://www.sh2.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/deschutes-inversion-ipa-e1310240004784-224x300.jpg

Though, when I'm on the East Coast, I like to try to find Saranac Black and Tan. Brings back memories from college.

WOW! I haven't had that in years. They still make it?

11top
05-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Moose head.

Great beer, but not as interesting as it sounds.

alantig
05-07-2012, 05:17 PM
Not a huge beer drinker, but when I do, I lean towards Molson and Labatts. Or Heineken - I like that as well.

slev
05-07-2012, 07:11 PM
Local favorite would be Resurrection Ale by Brewer's Art. For just about anytime I like Miller High Life or maybe a Sam Adams Boston Lager. As for Natty Boh, for some reason it's particularly good at the Sidebar in B'more. Maybe because it's $2 a pop and the music is loud. :D

Faded
05-07-2012, 07:27 PM
A local Nashville favorite is Yazoo Pale. Very balanced with a full taste.
A personal favorite and old standby is Guiness when I'm at a bar with friends
On a hot day it's Sam Adams Summer
During shows it's whatever's free...usually Coors or Bud light

wilerty
05-07-2012, 07:57 PM
Guinness ... if there is no Jameson ...

Smithwick's is good also ...

themike
05-07-2012, 08:20 PM
Guinness ... if there is no Jameson ...

Here Here!

Joel_P
05-07-2012, 09:52 PM
So many choices.. for me it's about the seasons.

When I'm in Nashville for work I really dig Yazoo Dos Perros. Mild taste, with great overtones.
Summer... I really dig Boulevard Pilsner. Perfect for the times at the BBQ. Light and crisp.. think cooking out.
Import-- Franziskaner Weissbier... great light wheat style beer.. refreshing, very non-typical beer taste, light, smooth.
Dark/Stout- Rogue Shakespeare stout.. FULL flavor.. to me it way out does Guinness. Malty, thick, almost chocolately overtones.
All time favorite... Anchor Steam from SF. Flavor is what I look for in a beer.. has a full beer taste.
Favorite local beer here OKC... COOP DNR or F5... fantastic.

So many great regional beers and micro brews... I could go on and on. I like beer... ;)

slipbeer
05-07-2012, 10:28 PM
I used to be a big American Pale Ale fan - Sierra Nevada comes to mind as a great one.

But then I started spending alot of time working in Belgium and Belgium truly is the Disneyland of beer.

I even managed to end up staying in a hotel that was a block walk away from a place that you can sit by a river and drink Westvleteren 12, which is the 1959 Les Paul of beer only it only costs about 3 Euro a bottle.

My go to beer these days is Duvel, which is a ass knocker of a blond bombshell.
http://duvelmoortgatusa.com/thmb_w.php?img=duvel_33750glass.jpg&W=260

andy474x
05-08-2012, 12:18 AM
Lots to reply to here.

First Goldtop, this is awesome. So descriptive and full of imagery!
It's a typical hot Texas day. There isn't a breeze stirring, and the sun is high in the sky. The temp. is 100+ in the shade, and the humidity is in the 90's. The end of a long, hard day. The good kind of tired. You reach into a cooler full of ice and water and pull out a bottle. It's so cold it almost hurts your hand. You open it with your church key and drink it down as the water runs down your arm... Ahhhhhhh.

HippieTim- I haven’t tried the Carolina Pale Ale, but I certainly will next time I'm down in the Tar Heel State.

Andy474x- I'm typically not a fan of IPA's either, they tend to be too hoppy for me. So how does the Harpoon stand out from other IPA's you've tried?

Yuengling isn't the most amazing beer in the world, but their Lord Chesterfield is pretty tasty. What I like best about Yuengling is their independent ways, they're sort of like a large microbrewer. Wait, does that make sense?

I'm the same with IPA's Shawn, for a long time I just couldn't get into the really hoppy/bitter stuff. Still don't for that matter, but the Harpoon has a nice balance. It has an appropriate amount of hops, and enough sweetness to round it out. It's not a grand champion of beers, but definitely good, a great 6 pack to grab for band practice since most will like it. It's pretty big here in Boston, I would think you could track some down in your area.
Osiris, +1 on the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat! I don't drink much Sam and I wasn't a fan of it the first time I had one, but someone forced one on me in a frosty mug last summer and it was delightful. I guess while we're on the subject of fruity beer, I'll just go ahead and admit that I love to drink Leinie Summer Shandy on a hot day...

MykeWright
05-08-2012, 01:08 AM
Beer should come in barrels, have no CO2 added and be served direct from the barrel or via a handpump at cellar (cool, NOT cold) temperature. That is all :D

I have too many favourites to list, but depending on what the pub is serving it will often be something from a small brewery that I've never tried before and may never see again.

Mikegarveyblues
05-08-2012, 03:54 AM
Grolsh is good... Free strap locks! :)

Some of the Eastern beers like Tiger are growing on me but my current favourite is Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Mmmm!

Drew
05-08-2012, 05:36 AM
Beer....a favorite topic of mine. I used to brew my own....when I had far more free time than I do now. For now I just appreciate what others create and try to hit about 1 or 2 beerfests yearly. Here are some of my favorites I've accumulated over the years

1) Redhook Longhammer IPA: This was my first favorite hoppy brew and I still considerate it a gold standard in the pale ale/IPA category. Crisp with pleasant but not overbearing hop presence. Luckily the brewery is 40 miles away so I can go to there and get it fresh at their pub.

2) Chimay Grande Reserve: The definitive Belgian style triple. Nothing touches it, period.

3) Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA: At the 15 to 18% ABV range, one glass of this usually has me spinning but the intense and surprisingly sweet in lieu of bitter hop flavor makes this beer pure heaven for hop lovers. So much better if you have the RARE opportunity to get it on tap.

4) Fullers Pale Ale: The Brits just know how to make great session beer.

5) Sierra Nevada ESB: Sadly no longer made but I pray for the day it returns.

6) Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin: Mainers make great beer! These guys consistently put out great product but this particular beer is a real home run. 9% ABV wheat based spice beer with real pumpkin. Does get a bit fatiguing after a while but a couple of glasses is a real treat.

Shawn@PRS
05-08-2012, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep ‘em coming.

So far Harpoon IPA and Fuller’s Pale Ale are on my short list.

Phishdog
05-08-2012, 01:07 PM
Since moving to central Oregon I have been trying more and more IPA's...

Boneyard Brewing has one that is good.

Chainbreaker IPA from Deschutes is tasty as is the Red chair they brew.

I had a chance to try Pliny the Elder from a keg at a pub down the street and it was very good...It is a CA beer but delicious all the same.

Lots of breweries around here for sure...

Shawn@PRS
05-08-2012, 02:25 PM
Since moving to central Oregon I have been trying more and more IPA's...

Boneyard Brewing has one that is good.

Chainbreaker IPA from Deschutes is tasty as is the Red chair they brew.

I had a chance to try Pliny the Elder from a keg at a pub down the street and it was very good...It is a CA beer but delicious all the same.

Lots of breweries around here for sure...


I really enjoy Full Sail Amber Ale. I believe they are located in Portland Oregon

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05-08-2012, 02:45 PM
You know, the fact is I just don't drink much beer anymore. I've even stepped away from the big red's. I'm more of a top-shelf Vodka & Tonic guy these days.

hippietim
05-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Gin and tonics here. Hendricks baby.

Aldwyn
05-08-2012, 03:01 PM
Nothing beats Harpoon IPA on tap, if you ask me. Hoppy and full of flavor.

And a close second (even in bottles) is Sam Adams Noble Pils. Less hoppy, but still full of flavor, though now with a wist of citris. Why they stopped making it I dont know... their new spring ale isnt all that good. :(

NorthCoast
05-08-2012, 03:09 PM
Northern Michigan's Finest:

http://beersforfears.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/img_2221.jpg?w=590&h=885

justmund
05-09-2012, 01:36 AM
Gin and tonics here. Hendricks baby.
with cucumber I hope!

Man, all this beer talk and I can't really join in.

Oh well, for reference if anyone is ever in Australia (or even better, Tasmania...)

Aussie Wide:

-Little Creatures Bright - light, slightly sweet/fruity (slightly), the kind of beer you can drink all night and not get sick of.
-James Squire Pale Ale - another lighter beer, a little bit fruity and not as hoppy and big as most pale ales, refreshing, another all night beer
-James Squire everything else - give them all a shot, I'm partial to the IPA and Golden Ale
-Victoria Bitter (VB) - I'd rather drink warm cats urine
-Matilda Bay Fat Yak Pale Ale - similar to the Squire Pale but bigger and punchier, tends to fill me up a bit though
-Crown Lager - don't bother. Local legend is it's just the top scrapings from the VB vat.
-Coopers - good beers, especially the stout. Try them too!

Tassie specific:

Standards:

-Cascade Lager - choice beer in the 80s, made a come back early 2000s, just a really good standard lager
-Boags XXX - an under rated beer, doesn't taste horrible when it gets a little bit warm, nice amount of hop
-Cascade Pale Ale - my standard fridge filler, funny story with this one, they changed the bottle size from 375 to 345ml and tried to capture the 'boutique market' (and charge the same for it). Tasmanian sales dropped massively since we actively boycotted it, Cascade changed back to 375ml and all was normal. Great beer, not fruity like the other pales I mentioned.
-Cascade/Boags Premium - Boags is the pick, but there's better for cheaper

Boutique:

-Moo Brew - started by a professional gambler who built a 200 million dollar museum that's sex and death themed, doesn't charge locals entry and holds a mostly free music & arts festival every year. Yep. All their beers are really good, the limited stout is apparently amazing (at $30 a BOTTLE it should be) but I'm yet to try it.
-Two Metre Tall - they grow the ingredients for their beers, which are fantastic. They do vary a little from bottle to bottle, I had the Derwent Spelt and Heritage Hop Ale the other night and it was great.

Hmm might ride home and drink some beer now, all this typing has made me thirsty!

jcha008
05-09-2012, 02:46 PM
The two that I've been enjoying recently.
http://ciceronito.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/1024106734_a6c738e28d_o.jpg?w=450&h=616
http://www.nikibrown.com/designoblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/peroni3.jpg

mad monk
05-11-2012, 08:42 PM
1- Old Rasputin 12th Anniv
2- Smuttynose Baltic Porter
3- Night Stalker
4- Old Rasputin
5- Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
there's more, but...

Boogie
05-11-2012, 09:10 PM
Dos Equis (XX) Amber is a long standing favorite....

Right now, Yuengling is consistently the best beer I've ever had. The problem? I can't buy it in Colorado. :(

http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/kitchen/2010_10_22-Yuengling.JPG

That's kinda spooky, considering how different those two beers are from each other, and that those are my favs, too. When fresh and on tap, Yuengling is absolutely tops. In fact, I will be picking up a few cases when I pick up a buddy at the Cincinnati airport for Memorial Day weekend. Can't get the stuff in Indy, either. A 3 hour round trip well spent. 8-)

gearhead
05-11-2012, 10:40 PM
In no particular order:

Stella Artois
Blue Moon
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
Red Hook Wit
Stevens Point Belgian White
Stevens Point Horizon Wheat
Marshall Sundown Wheat - this is a local Tulsa beer that is excellent

Shawn@PRS
05-13-2012, 07:43 AM
I went to the Baltimore Lithuanian Festival yesterday and tried some of the local brews.

The blue label is the better of the two, but both are pretty good. I saved the bottles to refill during my next home brewing session.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_3883.jpg

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_3891.jpg

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05-13-2012, 09:58 AM
The photo of the white-labeled bottle is quite creative. :)

Shawn@PRS
05-13-2012, 10:31 AM
The photo of the white-labeled bottle is quite creative. :)

purely coincidental

Aldwyn
05-13-2012, 10:51 AM
Looks like a maypole to me!

veinbuster
05-14-2012, 12:01 PM
I'm starting to think most countries don't export their best beers. This is certainly the case in Canada.
When I'm out I usually order the darkest beer on tap.
At home amongst the experiments I usually have some combination of Amsterdams (most often Nut Brown Ale), Mill St or Guiness with the funny thing in the can that makes it pour a proper head.

swede71
05-14-2012, 02:15 PM
Carlsberg hof,Newcastle brown ale,Spendrups premium lager,Pripps blå

mad monk
05-14-2012, 05:10 PM
Shawn, Shiner Bock is available in MD. I'll bring you a 6 to EXP. Or more if you're so inclined. Just let me know.

Shawn@PRS
05-15-2012, 09:23 AM
Shawn, Shiner Bock is available in MD. I'll bring you a 6 to EXP. Or more if you're so inclined. Just let me know.

That is very generous of you. I'm sure we can find 4 friends to share a beer with us!

lshines
05-16-2012, 08:36 PM
BEER, BEER, BEER - isn't there a song about that? I'm sure it was accompanied on a PRS!
But, I thought y'all were talking about GOOD BEER. On that, when you come to Richmond, VA to play that PRS, you will be privledged to be able to obtain Legend's. You'll never leave - yea, PRS and Legend's - they're both that good.

This is a public service announcement - I'm trying to help my fellow PRS players. Others aren't worthy.

Linwood

justmund
05-16-2012, 09:07 PM
Man, all this beer talk and I can't really join in.

I lied, work are sending me to the US for a week. Looking forward to sampling all of the above!

Shawn@PRS
05-21-2012, 07:37 PM
I tried the Evo Primal Pale Ale this weekend. Its fairly hoppy yet well balanced. Crisp and tasty, perfect for summer.

PRSHB2
05-23-2012, 03:31 PM
OK, it's about time I hop into this thread. Since moving to Portland, OR metro back in 1980 I've had a front row seat while watching the micro brewery industry grow and transform. They say that Portland has more brew pubs per capita than anywhere else in the US. At one point, years ago, I was doing computer/network consulting for Widmer Brewery and was there to see firsthand their installation of the first bottling plant. Way more high tech than I could have thought possible. Over the years I've become quite the beer lover (some might even say beer snob), but over the last 5 years or so my preference is very heavy with IPA. I frequent a couple of different bottle shops along with several pubs that always have rotating taps, and we are talking a LOT of taps. Over 50 in one case. IPAs have such a variety that you can always find something new and tasty, but there are a few out there that don't work for me. My favorites include the following:

http://www.thebarleyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/firestone-walker-double-jack.jpg

http://oregonbeerproject.com/img/bottle/lompoc-c-note.jpg

http://bythepint.com/sites/default/files/images/avery-brewing-maharaja-imperial-india-pale-ale.preview.jpg

http://www.roseys2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Bridgeport_HopCzarPackaging-copy.jpg

I could go on and on, but there's not enough bandwidth available for all of them. If you have a Smartphone, check out the app called Untappd (weird spelling included). Fun app to track and rate beers that you try. I started using it in January and have tapped 84 unique beers since then. Makes drinking even more fun. The best part is that my fiance (ex-wine drinker) loves sampling beer with me, going to beer fests, etc. Makes my life even better. And she likes it when I play guitar too, should have married her instead of that other one.

One last pic, this might give you an idea of how I feel about Hops. I suppose you could say Hops are in my blood.

http://jeffblack.smugmug.com/photos/i-Vqm2Lmm/1/XL/i-Vqm2Lmm-XL.jpg

slowro
05-23-2012, 04:08 PM
I am a lager man, mostly our national drink, tennants lager! Its nothing special but I like it.
I have some loch fyne ales to try after doing a job for them. Il post some pictures of the crate they have me, top people!

Shawn@PRS
05-24-2012, 08:02 AM
Thanks for the info prshb2, I'm going to check out untappd!

Ps- I noticed your tatt in the other thread. Very nice

Bjørn M
05-24-2012, 03:27 PM
One of my favs is this:
http://bloggfiler.no/frkkristel.blogg.no/images/1062969-10-1308224741926.jpg

Generally referred to as Ass Fatbeer :)

james
05-24-2012, 04:09 PM
currently having one of my favs

http://beerbent.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/hop-rod-rye_1.jpg

Shawn@PRS
05-24-2012, 07:58 PM
currently having one of my favs

http://beerbent.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/hop-rod-rye_1.jpg

My man!

Shawn@PRS
05-28-2012, 04:51 PM
Maryland's Own

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/NP.jpg

I stole the beer cap thing from James

SuperFly53
05-29-2012, 10:34 PM
http://i514.photobucket.com/albums/t343/superfly53_Norm/Budweiser-Beer.jpg


Buuuuuuuuurp!!!!!!!


Only beer for me!

Shawn@PRS
05-30-2012, 05:08 PM
Another locally brewed gem, Evo Primal Pale Ale

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/photo1.jpg

SuperFly53
05-30-2012, 07:30 PM
From the Land Of Sky Blue Waters....

http://i514.photobucket.com/albums/t343/superfly53_Norm/Hamms-Premium-can.jpg

Not being snarky fellas..... I just really like a nice cold American Lager...

Serious Poo
05-30-2012, 11:17 PM
The brewery is maybe 15 minutes away, great place to hang with friends and drink a few of these:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/218/runinationipa.jpg

Brian
05-31-2012, 02:25 AM
From the Land Of Sky Blue Waters...I don't really drink it, but I have to give a big thumbs-up to your choice!

Shawn@PRS
05-31-2012, 07:50 AM
The brewery is maybe 15 minutes away, great place to hang with friends and drink a few of these:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/218/runinationipa.jpg

Lucky

Zilmo
05-31-2012, 08:42 AM
Not much of a beer drinker, but I had a Newcastle last night that really helped cool the 100 degree Las Vegas heat.

docbennett
05-31-2012, 09:37 AM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTHKlgfyMniNiH_Y61lVWoNJH2P_J-DekzuKCvEOkDxOFJU-UUBBwd80w (http://bellavinoathens.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Arrogant-Bastard2.png)

hippietim
06-01-2012, 12:24 PM
I had a beer last night. It was good.

Shawn@PRS
06-20-2012, 07:28 AM
I enjoyed the murky goodness of this Leinenkugal

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_4687.jpg

Blackbird
06-20-2012, 08:05 AM
I enjoyed the murky goodness of this Leinenkugal

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_4687.jpg

In college that was known as the Fruity Pebbles beer. Tastes exactly like the cereal.

andy474x
06-20-2012, 08:26 AM
I enjoyed the murky goodness of this Leinenkugal

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_4687.jpg

Leine's makes some good brews. Might just have to have one in a cold, frosty glass tonight... gotta stay hydrated in this heat!

dantedayjob
06-20-2012, 10:47 AM
Mmmm beer....

I have been brewing, both home and pro, since '89. Love it, love the process... Right now I have an Irish-style dry stout and a doppelbock (brewed in the lighter colored Maibock style) in my keg fridge. Here are some pics of other recent brews:

Oktoberfest

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i302/tsuei05/OktoberfestPintPic.jpg

Falconer's Flight Red Ale (Falconer's Flight is a hop blend named for the late Glen Falconer, a brewer from the northwest. Glen was a buddy of mine and I really miss him. This beer was a tribute to him)

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i302/tsuei05/RedAlePintPic.jpg

Helles-ish ... sort of toes the line between a Helles and a German Pils, but made with ale yeast

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i302/tsuei05/2012-02-27161958.jpg

Here is me, white shirt, on the opening day of my first brewmaster's position... fall '96

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i302/tsuei05/GeorgeMickeycopy.jpg

dantedayjob
06-20-2012, 10:56 AM
OH, in answer to Shawn's original question;

I LOVE Sweetwater 420. I think it may be the best beer in America right now... it is refreshingly citrusy from (presumably) the Cascade hops, perfectly balanced between malt and hops with just enough bitterness to finish dry and make you want to keep drinking... the body is light enough to make a great lawnmower/poolside beer while still having FLAVOR... alcohol content is in the sessionable range... just an all around great beer. Highly recommended

BTW, Shawn, didn't know you homebrewed... Nice! Are you on HBT? My screen name there is wailingguitar

Shawn@PRS
06-20-2012, 11:26 AM
Very nicely done! So which brewery do you work for?

I've done some homebrewing using kits, but I certainly couldn't consider myself a "brewer". That would be like calling myself a "Chef" after making a box of Mac and Chee. :)

This fall I may take a stab at making some Amber Ale.

dantedayjob
06-20-2012, 02:43 PM
Very nicely done! So which brewery do you work for?

I've done some homebrewing using kits, but I certainly couldn't consider myself a "brewer". That would be like calling myself a "Chef" after making a box of Mac and Chee. :)

This fall I may take a stab at making some Amber Ale.

Thanks :) Not actually employed as a brewer at the moment -although there is an iron in the fire, we're looking for a location for a pub and if a suitable spot is found we will be doing a brewpub with some keg distribution. Currently I do some freelance industry consulting; system evaluations, assisting with recipe formulation, etc. I have brewed for Bell's (known as Kalamazoo brewing at the time), Rogue Ales, Breckenridge (the pic was from a pub they had in Birmingham, Al, City Breweries (Magic City/Port City/Lexington City), Little Star/Mad Monk and a couple others over the years.

If you haven't ever checked it out, look at HBT/Homebrew Talk.... good online community for homebrewing from the very basic (which end of the malt extract can do I open?) to the seriously advanced (How does the geometry of the fermentation vessel effect flavor profile and conditioning time?). It's a pretty fun community... as always there is the 'grain of salt' thing when 5 people give you 7 answers, but you know how that is!

Shawn@PRS
06-20-2012, 03:32 PM
Congratulations, you keep good company with some of the heavy hitters in the micro brew world!

I've never been on HBT, but I'll check it out. I could certainly use some pointers.

If you're looking for a location for your new brew-pub, Stevensville Maryland should definitely be considered! :cool:

dantedayjob
06-20-2012, 03:34 PM
Thanks, I got lucky to know the guys at Kalamazoo and Rogue, not only do they make great beer, but they're good people too

As for Stevensville, well... Tell Paul if he wants to open one up in the factory there, pub or micro, I'll be more than happy to run it for him! :D

themike
06-20-2012, 04:29 PM
This thread is going to force me to drink more ...

cjmwrx
06-20-2012, 09:04 PM
It's made in Texas. Nuff said.

I started an IV drip of this stuff while at UT.

http://www.theperfectlyhappyman.com/uploads/shiner-bock.jpg

dantedayjob
06-20-2012, 10:46 PM
This thread is going to force me to drink more ...

I don't drink anymore... I don't drink any less, either... :D

dsimms
06-20-2012, 11:20 PM
I don't like the mild American beers. Give me something with some flavor like a Guinness, Tucher Dunkle, or some of the IPAs (Two Hearted, Harpoon). Also like Unibrou's Trois Pistoles for a hearty strong ale. Dammit, now you've made me thirsty and it's late and all I've got left in the fridge is a couple of Sam Adams Imperial Stout! This stuff is very strong and bitter. The Guinness runs away and hides when I pull one of these out.

Gnash
06-22-2012, 06:40 AM
Mmmmmm:
http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/3361/singhabeer.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/singhabeer.jpg/)

The finest!

My Bird's got me on this at the moment though :(
http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/6416/sanmiglightbymarphygd33.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/607/sanmiglightbymarphygd33.jpg/)

It's not bad, but there is just something 'wrong' about low calorie beer......

Tiger Light is OK, as is the full fat stuff.
Myanmar Lager is pretty tasty, which came as a pleasant surprise when I was over in Burma recently. ( I have some pics somewhere... )
Beer Lao when in Laos is pretty good, I know a lot of guys in Thailand who drink it over Thai beer
In Cambodia I'd go for Anchor, not Angkor ( the latter tastes like formaldahyde, as does the Thai beer Chang )
Tsing Dao in China is pretty good, be careful not to sup any of the fake stuff though ( seriously!! )
Obviously San Miguel Light whilst in the Philippines is the tipple of choice.
Indonesia and Malaysia don't have local beer, for fairly obvious reasons :(

Shawn@PRS
06-22-2012, 07:32 AM
I've had plenty of Singha (it's a NAMM tradition), but I haven't explored many of the other Asian beers. It looks like I need to do some research.

Gnash
06-22-2012, 08:37 AM
I've had plenty of Singha (it's a NAMM tradition), but I haven't explored many of the other Asian beers. It looks like I need to do some research.

Ah sweet Singha how I miss you. I only get to sample it on the rare occasions when I'm out and they don't have SanMig L handy. The things we do for love!

One more I'd like to recommend for that highly scientific research was my mainstay when I lived in Cyprus:

KEO!!!!

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/8229/keoe.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/191/keoe.jpg/)

Shawn@PRS
06-23-2012, 10:56 AM
Ah sweet Singha how I miss you. I only get to sample it on the rare occasions when I'm out and they don't have SanMig L handy. The things we do for love!


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You have it made. Singha and authentic Thai food. Nice!

I've never been to Thailand, but it's on my "must see" list.

TGSCAN
06-23-2012, 04:47 PM
[http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7269/7428097714_a5f783a77b_o.jpg

Shawn@PRS
06-23-2012, 07:18 PM
^^^ Artiste' ^^^^

quiltmaster
06-26-2012, 03:43 PM
Fullers ESB & London Pride or Morlands Old Speckled Hen . All premier ales . Cant go wrong with any of them . Givem a go !

Shawn@PRS
06-26-2012, 06:45 PM
Fullers ESB & London Pride or Morlands Old Speckled Hen . All premier ales . Cant go wrong with any of them . Givem a go !

I've had Fuller's London Pride and Old Speckled Hen. Both are top notched English brews! I'll have to track down some Fuller's ESB and give it a try.

Hopeful Sinner
06-26-2012, 11:31 PM
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40066608/bluemoon1.jpg

I've been all over Blue Moon Belgian White w/ orange slices since the weather warmed up and the Pizzeria next to where I work has Magic Hat #9 on tap!

If you haven't had either of these jewels, stop what you're doing, it's libation time...

rugerpc
06-27-2012, 11:08 AM
It's generally Killians or Newcastle for me.

quiltmaster
06-27-2012, 01:19 PM
I've had Fuller's London Pride and Old Speckled Hen. Both are top notched English brews! I'll have to track down some Fuller's ESB and give it a try.

ESB is stronger (5.9%) and bit more fruity than London Pride . Is a fantastic drop IMHO . Absolute Nectar ! Had the pleasure of touring the Fullers Brewery in Chiswick , London a few months agao . Sampled quite a few of their offerings . . Quite enjoyable and then we staggered off !

gearhead
06-27-2012, 05:40 PM
I enjoyed the murky goodness of this Leinenkugal

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/IMG_4687.jpg

Got a couple of these in the fridge right now. Great beer!

Shawn@PRS
06-29-2012, 06:12 PM
Having fun with a Belgian Blonde

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/leffe.jpg

JGreen
06-30-2012, 07:40 AM
After having lived in the UK and Ireland for the past twenty five years, I've become a bit of a European beer devotee...

Becks, Kronenbourg 1664 and of course Guinness (actually a stout) top the list for me.

swede71
06-30-2012, 12:02 PM
Leffe is nickname for Leif in Sweden....i once heard a cool cover on Sabbath Sweet leaf sung in swedish called Svettiga Leffe,translated Sweaty Leif....hmmm with that i will have a cold Norrlands guld

Shawn@PRS
07-20-2012, 08:11 PM
As recommended by James, PRS webmaster and connoisseur of all things cool.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewery KCMO

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/photo-4.jpg

themike
07-20-2012, 08:23 PM
I wish they sold the PRS Pint Glasses in the store - mine from Experience gets HEAVY use and is starting to fade. For some reason beverages just taste better out of that cup than others....

andy474x
07-20-2012, 09:40 PM
I wish they sold the PRS Pint Glasses in the store - mine from Experience gets HEAVY use and is starting to fade. For some reason beverages just taste better out of that cup than others....

+1 to that, I could see a set in my cupboard if they were made available! And Shawn, that Farmhouse Ale looks pretty dang good. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

themike
07-20-2012, 09:45 PM
+1 to that, I could see a set in my cupboard if they were made available! And Shawn, that Farmhouse Ale looks pretty dang good. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I propose a set of pint glasses for sale in the store - one to mark each pinnacle of PRS (Collection Series, Private Stock, PRS Acoustics, PRS US, PRS CAD (US Amps) and PRS SE).

Similar in design style and priced at $50 a set. Done. Ill take 2.

Shawn@PRS
08-10-2012, 05:31 PM
When it's raining at the beach.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/photo-6.jpg

I know it has received a lot of positive attention, but I'm not the biggest Lager fan. Still, Session is pretty tasty

james
08-10-2012, 05:44 PM
Shawn, how did you like that farmhouse ale?

John Beef
08-10-2012, 05:45 PM
I have been drinking this, unless Trader Joe's runs out of it, which happens.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s289/corrnd/Hoosier%20Beer%20Geek/MissionIPA-1-1.jpg

It's a fantastic beer. Everything I want in a good IPA for $5.99.

Shawn@PRS
08-10-2012, 06:28 PM
Shawn, how did you like that farmhouse ale?

The Farmhouse ale is amazing, I really enjoy it!

Shawn@PRS
08-10-2012, 06:30 PM
I have been drinking this, unless Trader Joe's runs out of it, which happens.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s289/corrnd/Hoosier%20Beer%20Geek/MissionIPA-1-1.jpg

It's a fantastic beer. Everything I want in a good IPA for $5.99.

I don't have a TJ's near my house, but I will definitely check this out next time I'm able to.

gear_freak
08-11-2012, 11:58 AM
If you like IPAs, this one is pretty good. I just tried it for the first time last night. Tasty!!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6DpukVz8PMM/UCaOaE3oy-I/AAAAAAAABYQ/0JYcbn7vBKI/s556/hopnotch.jpg?gl=US

Shawn@PRS
08-18-2012, 08:03 PM
Boulevard makes some really great beer. I'm enjoying their wheat beer as well as the Farmhouse Ale and their Sixth Glass.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/photo.jpg

Herr Squid
08-26-2012, 10:55 PM
Mmm..... I loves me some Leffe!



Having fun with a Belgian Blonde

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/leffe.jpg

Herr Squid
08-26-2012, 11:00 PM
Myke Wright should be sainted for bringing these over for Namm '12. They were fabulous!!

http://users.owt.com/dcowley/namm12/namm-bottles.jpg

vchizzle
08-26-2012, 11:07 PM
Oktoberfest is hitting the shelves. My favorite beer of the year. I like Capital Brewery, a local here. Also like Leinenkugel's, which was local but I think partially bought out.

Anyone have suggestion for Maryland micros to try for Exp?

vchizzle
08-26-2012, 11:44 PM
I like pretty much every Ale Asylum concoction -if you're ever in Madison give it a shot. http://aleasylum.com/aboutus-info/brewerybeers/
Hopalicious is my fave when it's hot out, Ambergeddon just about any other time.

Shawn@PRS
08-27-2012, 09:27 AM
Oktoberfest is hitting the shelves. My favorite beer of the year. I like Capital Brewery, a local here. Also like Leinenkugel's, which was local but I think partially bought out.

Anyone have suggestion for Maryland micros to try for Exp?

I like what I'm seeing with Ale Asylum! Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to check them out.

As for Maryland brews, I'd recommend the following:
Flying Dog http://flyingdogales.com/
Evolution http://www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com/
16 Mile http://16milebrewery.com/
Dogfish Head (technically located in Delaware, but located on the same peninsula as us) http://www.dogfish.com/
Fordham (from the Ramshead Tavern where Paul started building guitars) http://fordhambrewing.com/wp-content/plugins/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://fordhambrewing.com%2F

vchizzle
08-27-2012, 12:22 PM
Give me a call if you're coming this way ever, they're very close to where I live. I'll meet ya for one. I'll check out the Flying dog for sure, I've seen it in stores here & maybe some of the others I can try in a couple weeks!


I like what I'm seeing with Ale Asylum! Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to check them out.

As for Maryland brews, I'd recommend the following:
Flying Dog http://flyingdogales.com/
Evolution http://www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com/
16 Mile http://16milebrewery.com/
Dogfish Head (technically located in Delaware, but located on the same peninsula as us) http://www.dogfish.com/
Fordham (from the Ramshead Tavern where Paul started building guitars) http://fordhambrewing.com/wp-content/plugins/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://fordhambrewing.com%2F

Em7
08-27-2012, 12:38 PM
Fordham (from the Ramshead Tavern where Paul started building guitars) http://fordhambrewing.com/wp-content/plugins/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://fordhambrewing.com%2F

Do you know if Fordham Copperhead Ale will be on tap at Experience this year?

Herr Squid
08-27-2012, 08:04 PM
I like what I'm seeing with Ale Asylum! Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to check them out.

As for Maryland brews, I'd recommend the following:
Dogfish Head (technically located in Delaware, but located on the same peninsula as us) http://www.dogfish.com/


Last year when I realized that Dogfish Head was over there in Delaware, I was thinking about making a quick jaunt there over the Experience weekend. Then I realized how long a drive it was, and that I'd be drawn towards their 11%-15% brews and it didn't seem like such a good idea... I'd still love to go. Their World Wide Stout rocks my world!

Shawn@PRS
08-27-2012, 08:18 PM
Dogfish makes some great beers and Sam Calagione, the founder, has done a lot to inspire other microbrewers.

mad monk
08-27-2012, 11:26 PM
Hey Shawn! It's getting close to Experience. I'll be there on Sig Club night with the Shiner Bock. We'll only need 3 other "friends" though. My son is joining us. I'll srop a line on Tues.

vchizzle
08-28-2012, 10:58 AM
Hey Shawn! It's getting close to Experience. I'll be there on Sig Club night with the Shiner Bock. We'll only need 3 other "friends" though. My son is joining us. I'll srop a line on Tues.A man with beer makes many friends:D

Shawn@PRS
08-28-2012, 11:23 AM
Hey Shawn! It's getting close to Experience. I'll be there on Sig Club night with the Shiner Bock. We'll only need 3 other "friends" though. My son is joining us. I'll srop a line on Tues.

Thanks Mad Monk, that is very kind of you. It would be a pleasure to have a beer with you!

Jimbob
08-28-2012, 08:18 PM
Gotta do a plug for my local backyard brew........great stuff!

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh293/jpridx/central-waters-octoberfest.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh293/jpridx/central_waters_amherst_wi.jpg

vchizzle
08-29-2012, 08:37 AM
Gotta do a plug for my local backyard brew........great stuff!

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh293/jpridx/central-waters-octoberfest.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh293/jpridx/central_waters_amherst_wi.jpg

May have to give that a try, I've seen the "Shine On" in stores before.

Jimbob
08-30-2012, 11:15 PM
May have to give that a try, I've seen the "Shine On" in stores before.

Yeah, Shine On isn't bad. It's sort of a robust, but yet a bit lighter than their average beers. I'm not sure where you're at in WI, but I think the distribution is pretty widespread throughout the state these days. If you like ales, Happy Heron is one of the best out there. Their Mudpuppy Porter is very good for a porter, too. But, if you ever see any Bourbon Barrel Stout, be sure to grab some. The guys that brew this stuff are pretty good friends, so I guess I feel a bit partial to their beers.

Hopeful Sinner
08-30-2012, 11:50 PM
My local grocery store just started carrying Blue Moon. Happy Happy Joy Joy...

Seneca SS
08-31-2012, 07:38 AM
i'm not a big beer drinker and dont care for strong beer--BUT i like tomato juice and a buddy gave me one of these and the hook was set--
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/wyomingta/junk/4090719878_f0b8b73bba.jpg

Danerada
08-31-2012, 08:48 AM
I have been really enjoying Saranac beer lately. Specifically:

http://www.saranac.com/files/images/black-forest/Black-Forest.jpg
http://www.saranac.com/files/images/black-and-tan/Black-&-Tan.jpg
http://www.saranac.com/files/images/india-pale-ale/IPA.jpg

aduayer
08-31-2012, 03:02 PM
well, I like quite a few ones: Samuel Adams, Grolsch, Duvel, Leffe, Affligenn are the ones that comes to my mind. Stella Artois and HEineken are easy to find and I like those very much. Unfortunately, most of the US beers are not available here in Brazil. You can find Budweiser, but I don't like it. A refreshing beer that Shawn introduced to me, and I really like in a hot sunny day (Exprience, here I go) is the Nati Bo. I hope I can try new beers on my trip to Experience and enjoy the ones I already know.

aduayer
08-31-2012, 03:03 PM
I like what I'm seeing with Ale Asylum! Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to check them out.

As for Maryland brews, I'd recommend the following:
Flying Dog http://flyingdogales.com/
Evolution http://www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com/
16 Mile http://16milebrewery.com/
Dogfish Head (technically located in Delaware, but located on the same peninsula as us) http://www.dogfish.com/
Fordham (from the Ramshead Tavern where Paul started building guitars) http://fordhambrewing.com/wp-content/plugins/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://fordhambrewing.com%2F

ok, I got it, now I need to find them

aduayer
08-31-2012, 03:04 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©;10965']Dos Equis (XX) Amber is a long standing favorite. Throughout the years - even as Colorado seemed to have a micro-brew on every corner in the mid-90's - that one beer has remained a staple. When it is fresh and cold, it's pretty hard to beat.

There are times lately, I'll admit, where I'll return a 6-pack of Dos Equis. Not sure if those guys keep their beer cool enough but a lot of it seems to go sour these days. That has had me searching for something new.

While I used to enjoy a cool (not cold) Guiness, Grolsch, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, a Murphy's Irish Stout, or a Boddington's Bitter, I am starting to lean away from beer that is skunky, bitter, or too hoppy. I just want a well balanced amber or hefeweizen. Blue Moon (with an orange) is a good summer beer for me but I don't generally care for fruity beer either. And Pilsner's? No thanks.

I just want a beer that is richly flavored when cold and balanced enough that the last warm swig from the bottle (or pint glass) isn't hard to choke down.

Right now, Yuengling is consistently the best beer I've ever had. The problem? I can't buy it in Colorado. :(

http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/kitchen/2010_10_22-Yuengling.JPG

Yuengling...I love this one, but I can't ask for it, since it's too complicated for me. Hey Hans, I pay and you order, is that a deal?

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©
08-31-2012, 03:12 PM
Yuengling...I love this one, but I can't ask for it, since it's too complicated for me. Hey Hans, I pay and you order, is that a deal?

DEAL!!! :D

aduayer
09-07-2012, 12:33 PM
My favorite domestic (for me it's domestic...LOL) beer


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7950530218_edb4027eba.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/7950530218/)
Bohemia Confraria (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/7950530218/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

Shawn@PRS
09-07-2012, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure which beers will be available, but Maryland brewer Flying Dog will be the beer vendor at this year's Experience!

http://flyingdogales.com/

aduayer
09-07-2012, 01:32 PM
I'm not sure which beers will be available, but Maryland brewer Flying Dog will be the beer vendor at this year's Experience!

http://flyingdogales.com/

I am loving this Experience already

Shawn@PRS
09-07-2012, 02:46 PM
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/beer.jpg

aduayer
09-07-2012, 03:07 PM
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/beer.jpg

you are kidding, right? or those are Brazilian Rosewood Beer with Phase IV caps?

vchizzle
01-07-2013, 10:44 AM
I've been drinking this the past few weeks. It's a nice winter beer. Not super hoppy, not over the top "seasony"...kind of a nice, seems to go with everything beer.
http://www.capital-brewery.com/OurBeers/WinterSkal.aspx

Shawn@PRS
01-07-2013, 11:51 AM
That has a great color Vaughn. Too bad they don't sell it anywhere near here, I'd like to give it a whirl.

vchizzle
07-31-2013, 08:19 PM
The more I drink here: http://aleasylum.com/ the less I like everything else. I love their new bar/brewery. Even other beers I've liked a lot in the past just have been tasting inferior lately. Bedlam is my current favorite. Food is pretty decent too on their limited menu. I've been drinking their ales a long time, but just recently started going to their brewery. I need an endorsement or something:)

Julio
07-31-2013, 09:13 PM
Itaipava (Pilsen): To drink lots of it and fast. Like in a barbecue for example. And I mean LOTS of it.
Heineken (Lager): To drink slowly, at night, with my wife...

frankb56
08-01-2013, 02:31 PM
Anything but Coor's Light...no offense to our Colorado brethren, but I'd rather sip warm urine. I guess that's because I love Stout Beers....gimme a Guinness Draught any day or time. It's the milkshake of beers.

sergiodeblanc
08-01-2013, 02:37 PM
Has anybody tried the Newcastle Bombshell yet? http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/342/93802 Always been a big fan of Newcastle.

RichardJ
08-01-2013, 02:44 PM
Hmmm.... Well this comes from the 'Old Country', many happy hours (mostly a blur) spend drinking Newcastle Brown Ale - aka Newcy Brown - goes down a treat but has a rather 'windy' effect the next day! I wonder if this is the rarer Newcastle Amber Ale, much nicer and less 'incendiary'.

Happy days!

Bill SAS 513
08-01-2013, 02:53 PM
Where to begin...after cutting the grass, I love lime beers...when visiting R&R HoF, found out about LaBatts light with lime...perfect after yard work .tough to find around here though. English raves...Boddingtons, Old Speckled Hen, Hobgoblin, and another I was turned on to in UK, (although not English) Stella, which has taken off around here lately. Love it with a shot of lime juice, which makes my wife cringe...there goes my man card, huh?!?!

John Beef
08-01-2013, 02:57 PM
Anything but Coor's Light...no offense to our Colorado brethren, but I'd rather sip warm urine. I guess that's because I love Stout Beers....gimme a Guinness Draught any day or time. It's the milkshake of beers.
Coors isn't really a Colorado company any more, in fact they're not even domestic ( owned by SAB, headquartered in London). Neither is Budweiser (InBev headquartered in Belgium).

Danerada
08-01-2013, 03:01 PM
Had some of this a few days ago. The label says for best taste to drink from a glass. I tried from the bottle and from a glass and I preferred the bottle.

http://www.porchdrinking.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/baba.jpeg

sergiodeblanc
08-01-2013, 03:32 PM
aka Newcy Brown


Added to the vernacular!


Love it with a shot of lime juice, which makes my wife cringe...there goes my man card, huh?!?!

Whatever! I love lime in beer, I don't care if it makes me a fruitcake... Instantly turns a Bud light into a Corona!

frankb56
08-01-2013, 03:52 PM
Had some Newcastle last night with my poker buddies.....good stuff.

Em7
08-01-2013, 04:17 PM
Added to the vernacular!



Whatever! I love lime in beer, I don't care if it makes me a fruitcake... Instantly turns a Bud light into a Corona!

The practice of putting a slice of lime in a bottle of Corona came about because the beer is shipped in clear bottles; therefore, it's susceptible to being light-struck. Lime juice kills the “skunky” aroma/taste that occurs when the isomerized alpha acids from the hops are exposed to light. Most of the beer that is packaged in green bottles has also been light-struck by time that it is purchased (Heineken is so notorious for being light-struck by the time that it is purchased that most Americans believe that it is part of the beer's flavor/aroma profile). Brewers that want to prevent their beer from being light-struck package it in brown bottles.

Hopeful Sinner
08-01-2013, 04:27 PM
A friend turned me on to Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and it is superb! They also make a porter that I can't wait to try...

RichardJ
08-01-2013, 04:36 PM
The practice of putting a slice of lime in a bottle of Corona came about because the beer is shipped in clear bottles; therefore, it's susceptible to being light-struck. Lime juice kills the “skunky” aroma/taste that occurs when the isomerized alpha acids from the hops are exposed to light. Most of the beer that is packaged in green bottles has also been light-struck by time that it is purchased (Heineken is so notorious for being light-struck by the time that it is purchased that most Americans believe that it is part of the beer's flavor/aroma profile). Brewers that want to prevent their beer from being light-struck package it in brown bottles.

No-one likes a smart arse! Interestingly here on the continent in Europe most beers come in green glass, apart from some of the Spanish ones where, given that it is hotter and sunnier, they should know better! Average French beers come in green, the good ones (abbey brewed etc) come in brown.

'Proper' beer from the 'old country' only comes in brown bottles. Myth also says it has to be warm and flat but I don't go quite that far!

RichardJ
08-01-2013, 04:51 PM
A friend turned me on to Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and it is superb! They also make a porter that I can't wait to try...

Ooh, now good porters are a thing to behold (can you get anything from the London brewers, Fullers or Youngs?) if you really want to go hardcore look up 'Winter Warmers'.

Shawn@PRS
08-01-2013, 06:48 PM
The Pumpkin Ale's are starting to arrive now. Southern Tier Pumpking is most excellent.

Em7
08-01-2013, 09:11 PM
No-one likes a smart arse! Interestingly here on the continent in Europe most beers come in green glass, apart from some of the Spanish ones where, given that it is hotter and sunnier, they should know better! Average French beers come in green, the good ones (abbey brewed etc) come in brown.

'Proper' beer from the 'old country' only comes in brown bottles. Myth also says it has to be warm and flat but I don't go quite that far!

I am not trying to be a smart aleck. I was a hardcore yeast bank maintaining, hop growing, all-grain amateur brewer for almost a decade (I was planning to attend the Siebel Institute and turn "pro" before I met my wife). My wife was amazed when she discovered how deeply I was involved in the hobby. She could not get over the fact that I had built a small all-grain brewery and a small yeast lab in my house.

To the best of my knowledge, I was the first amateur brewer in the United States to successfully plate a complete Ringwood culture. I plated it from a hydrometer sample taken from one of the open fermenters at the old Wild Goose Brewery in Cambridge, Maryland. Ringwood is a multi-strain ale yeast. I transferred single colonies from the plate that I used for single-cell isolation to multiple agar slants and grew these colonies into one-liter cultures. I mixed the different cultures and ran test batches until I had identified the individual strains. Most homebrewers only manage to get the top flocculating strain, which results in a high terminal gravity or a stuck fermentation if used by itself (this strain in pure culture form is diacetyl city). Most homebrewers usually fail to get the high-attenuation strain that is responsible for chewing through the wort.

I went from homebrewing beer to homebrewing amps when I started to run out of thirsty friends (I needed a creative technical hobby). Homebrewing was a great hobby, but I have never been a big drinker, so I had to rely on my friends and family to make it possible for me to be able to brew a fraction of my yearly legal quota. I quit the hobby altogether after my kids were born because all-grain brewing is time intensive.

My favorite yeast strain was strain #679 from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) in the UK. NCYC #679 is a lager yeast strain from a Bratislavan brewery. NCYC #679 was a trip to rehydrate, grow, and plate because I had never had to deal with a glass ampoule before I received this yeast culture from the NCYC; however, it produced beautiful, well-attenuated lagers.

I know that most craft beer lovers prefer ales, but continental lager brewing is an art form because lager fermentation requires refrigeration and precise temperature control. I especially loved brewing pre-prohibition-style American lager, which is a radically different beer than what the three megabrewers currently produce. Yuengling Traditional Lager is basically a pre-prohibition-style American lager. Almost all American lager had as much flavor as Yuengling Traditional Lager before prohibition. The beer that the American megas produce today is the product of World War II. The megabrewers lightened the taste of beer to make it more palatable to women. Rice was used in place of corn, and the rest is history. Corn, when used properly in a domestic 6-row malted barley grist, produces a beautiful, tasty, and chill-proof beer.


Anyway, here's one my last all-grain ale recipes:

Fall Pale Ale

Grist (crushed using a roller mill)


9 lbs of pale ale malted barley
1 lb of Munich malted barley
1 lb. of dark crystal malted barley


Mash


Single infusion, 90 minutes @ 150F


Liquor (a.k.a. water)


4 gallons of filtered 172F water (mash-in liquor)
5 gallons of filtered 180F water (sparge liquor)


Hops


3oz whole Goldings 4.3% alpha acid (60 minutes)
1oz whole Goldings 4.3% alpha acid (0 minutes)


Note: The total boil time is 60 minutes after the hot break. The first addition of hops is added immediately after the hot break. The bitterness from this hop addition is felt in the back of the mouth. The final hop addition is added when heat is removed from the kettle. The wort must be chilled quickly to preserve the aroma and taste of the final hop addition.

Yeast


32oz starter of the Charles Wells yeast culture (any decent British ale yeast will do)

gush
08-01-2013, 11:14 PM
I have gotten away from the heavier beers. My top of the list favorite WAS petes strawberry blonde until that brewery was bought out and that beer was discontinued. DANG!!!!!!!!

Blue moon is my go to beer when we go out for dinner. The shocktop stuff is ok too but we where at Morgan street brewery in St. Louis over the 4th and they have a wheat beer that's very good.

Every once in a while I will pick up a 6 pack of miller high life, reminds me of growing up as a teen.

RichardJ
08-02-2013, 01:43 AM
I am not trying to be a smart aleck. I was a hardcore yeast bank maintaining, hop growing, all-grain amateur brewer for almost a decade (I was planning to attend the Siebel Institute and turn "pro" before I met my wife). My wife was amazed when she discovered how deeply I was involved in the hobby. She could not get over the fact that I had built a small all-grain brewery and a small yeast lab in my house.To the best of my knowledge, I was the first amateur brewer in the United States to successfully plate a complete Ringwood culture. I plated it from a hydrometer sample taken from one of the open fermenters at the old Wild Goose Brewery in Cambridge, Maryland. Ringwood is a multi-strain ale yeast. I transferred single colonies from the plate that I used for single-cell isolation to multiple agar slants and grew these colonies into one-liter cultures. I mixed the different cultures and ran test batches until I had identified the individual strains. Most homebrewers only manage to get the top flocculating strain, which results in a high terminal gravity or a stuck fermentation if used by itself (this strain in pure culture form is diacetyl city). Most homebrewers usually fail to get the high-attenuation strain that is responsible for chewing through the wort. I went from homebrewing beer to homebrewing amps when I started to run out of thirsty friends (I needed a creative technical hobby). Homebrewing was a great hobby, but I have never been a big drinker, so I had to rely on my friends and family to make it possible for me to be able to brew a fraction of my yearly legal quota. I quit the hobby altogether after my kids were born because all-grain brewing is time intensive.My favorite yeast strain was strain #679 from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) in the UK. NCYC #679 is a lager yeast strain from a Bratislavan brewery. NCYC #679 was a trip to rehydrate, grow, and plate because I had never had to deal with a glass ampoule before I received this yeast culture from the NCYC; however, it produced beautiful, well-attenuated lagers. I know that most craft beer lovers prefer ales, but continental lager brewing is an art form because lager fermentation requires refrigeration and precise temperature control. I especially loved brewing pre-prohibition-style American lager, which is a radically different beer than what the three megabrewers currently produce. Yuengling Traditional Lager is basically a pre-prohibition-style American lager. Almost all American lager had as much flavor as Yuengling Traditional Lager before prohibition. The beer that the American megas produce today is the product of World War II. The megabrewers lightened the taste of beer to make it more palatable to women. Rice was used in place of corn, and the rest is history. Corn, when used properly in a domestic 6-row malted barley grist, produces a beautiful, tasty, and chill-proof beer. Anyway, here's one my last all-grain ale recipes:Fall Pale AleGrist (crushed using a roller mill)

9 lbs of pale ale malted barley
1 lb of Munich malted barley
1 lb. of dark crystal malted barley

Mash

Single infusion, 90 minutes @ 150F

Liquor (a.k.a. water)

4 gallons of filtered 172F water (mash-in liquor)
5 gallons of filtered 180F water (sparge liquor)

Hops

3oz whole Goldings 4.3% alpha acid (60 minutes)
1oz whole Goldings 4.3% alpha acid (0 minutes)

Note: The total boil time is 60 minutes after the hot break. The first addition of hops is added immediately after the hot break. The bitterness from this hop addition is felt in the back of the mouth. The final hop addition is added when heat is removed from the kettle. The wort must be chilled quickly to preserve the aroma and taste of the final hop addition.Yeast

32oz starter of the Charles Wells yeast culture (any decent British ale yeast will do)

Hey man, it's just my English sense of humor! It was said with love and respect for someone who does indeed know their beers. Sorry if you were offended, really wasn't the intention.

Em7
08-02-2013, 09:06 AM
I wasn't offended by your remarks. The science of brewing beer and studying beer history used to be two of my passions. :)

Speaking of American mega beer, that stuff is incredibly difficult to produce. Most amateur brewers prefer to make heavier and hoppier styles of beer because they mask poor brewing technique and poor biological quality control (stout is a favorite amongst beginning amateur brewers because roasted barley covers a host of cardinal brewing sins). The truly amazing thing is that the megas brew and ferment at high gravity (often 20 degrees Plato) and dilute the finish product in order to maximize brewery throughput. Anyone who has ever attempted to ferment a 20-degree-plus Plato (1.080+) lager wort knows how difficult it is to keep esters and diacetyl (and other ketones) low. A 20-degree wort is equivalent to that of a Belgian Tripel. The brewmasters at Bud/Miller/Coors are some of the best in the world. To be able to do what the megas do with the level of consistency that they do it requires an army of highly-trained biochemists, biochemical engineers, and microbiologists.

RichardJ
08-02-2013, 09:28 AM
I wasn't offended by your remarks. The science of brewing beer and studying beer history used to be two of my passions. :)

Speaking of American mega beer, that stuff is incredibly difficult to produce. Most amateur brewers prefer to make heavier and hoppier styles of beer because they mask poor brewing technique and poor biological quality control (stout is a favorite amongst beginning amateur brewers because roasted barley covers a host of cardinal brewing sins). The truly amazing thing is that the megas brew and ferment at high gravity (often 20 degrees Plato) and dilute the finish product in order to maximize brewery throughput. Anyone who has ever attempted to ferment a 20-degree-plus Plato (1.080+) lager wort knows how difficult it is to keep esters and diacetyl (and other ketones) low. A 20-degree wort is equivalent to that of a Belgian Tripel. The brewmasters at Bud/Miller/Coors are some of the best in the world. To be able to do what the megas do with the level of consistency that they do it requires an army of highly-trained biochemists, biochemical engineers, and microbiologists.

Cool, just checking as sometimes things are misconstrued in 'translation' across the ocean.

If you ever see Pelforth Ambre well worth a glass or few.

John Beef
08-02-2013, 11:02 AM
I wasn't offended by your remarks. The science of brewing beer and studying beer history used to be two of my passions. :)

Speaking of American mega beer, that stuff is incredibly difficult to produce. Most amateur brewers prefer to make heavier and hoppier styles of beer because they mask poor brewing technique and poor biological quality control (stout is a favorite amongst beginning amateur brewers because roasted barley covers a host of cardinal brewing sins). The truly amazing thing is that the megas brew and ferment at high gravity (often 20 degrees Plato) and dilute the finish product in order to maximize brewery throughput. Anyone who has ever attempted to ferment a 20-degree-plus Plato (1.080+) lager wort knows how difficult it is to keep esters and diacetyl (and other ketones) low. A 20-degree wort is equivalent to that of a Belgian Tripel. The brewmasters at Bud/Miller/Coors are some of the best in the world. To be able to do what the megas do with the level of consistency that they do it requires an army of highly-trained biochemists, biochemical engineers, and microbiologists.
And yet, their product sucks! Go figure! :laugh:

Em7
08-02-2013, 04:54 PM
And yet, their product sucks! Go figure! :laugh:

The crazy thing is that American Light Lager outsells all other beer styles in America by almost two orders of magnitude. I am not talking about "light beer" (the "light" beers that are produced by the megas are little more than diluted versions of their mainline brews). American Light Lager is the formal beer style name for domestic American lager.

The megas know what they doing. They produce a lot of brews that are sold as craft beers under phoney brewery names. All of the megas have craft brewing divisions. For example, Blue Moon is brewed by MillerCoors. Inbev/Anhauser-Busch owns 35% of Redhook and Kona. Shock Top Belgian White is produced by Inbev/Anhauser-Busch under a phoney brewery name. Magic Hat and Pyramid are owned by North American Breweries (a.k.a. Genesee). Leinenkugel and Third Shift are MillerCoors products. Have you ever wondered how Pilsner Urquell and Budvar made it into the U.S. distribution network? Until the Inbev merger, Anhauser-Busch had Budvar locked out the U.S. market because Budvar is the the true Budweiser (it's brewed in Budweis, Czech Republic). Anhauser-Busch named their flagship beer Budweiser to differentiate it from Pilsner, a beer style that was also created in the Czech Republic (Pilsner Urqell literally means "Pilsner from the original source").

Shawn@PRS
08-02-2013, 09:03 PM
I agree with John, the Big 3 beer makers generally produce crap. Sliced American cheese outsells Saint Andre and Havarti. White Zinfandel outsells Pinot Noir and Malbec. And don't even get me started on popular music outselling some extremely talented bands. "More" doesn't necessarily equate to "better".

Rider1260
08-02-2013, 09:29 PM
I like beer in general and love sampling all the different kinds ( Two Brothers has a nice sampler tray at the roundhouse )
But I am a mainly Pilsner fan and I do like Bud, Coors and Rolling Rock also

Em7
08-02-2013, 11:36 PM
I agree with John, the Big 3 beer makers generally produce crap. Sliced American cheese outsells Saint Andre and Havarti. White Zinfandel outsells Pinot Noir and Malbec. And don't even get me started on popular music outselling some extremely talented bands. "More" doesn't necessarily equate to "better".

Sadly, the megas produce what the majority of Americans have been conditioned to drink. Inbev/Anheuser-Busch and SAB MillerCoors are ruthless corporations that have the power to shut out anyone who will not play their game. The three-tier beer system that was put into place after prohibition to prevent monopolization of the market has assisted the megas in monopolizing the market. The megas basically own the distributors because they produce the major beer brands that are consumed in the United States. Jim Koch is not stretching the truth when he says that the megas spill more beer on their bottling lines than he brews. If one examines the beer shelves at any given liquor/beer store closely, one will quickly discover that bulk of the shelf space is consumed by brands that are owned and/or controlled by the megas. There's little to no difference between many of theses beers. The megas create new brands solely to deprive smaller brewers of shelf space.

Anheuser-Busch has two basic beers; namely, Budweiser and Michelob. Believe it or not, these beers are different. Michelob is much closer to a traditional Czech Pilsner than Budweiser. Michelob has a higher malt content than Budweiser, and the hops that are used in Michelob are much higher quality than the hops that are used in Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch created a special hop farm (Elk Mountain Farms) in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho to grow what are known in the brewing community as "noble hops." The hop varieties that are classified as noble hops are Spalter Spalt, Tettnang Tettnanger, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, and Saaz (only Tettnanger, Hallertau, and Saaz are grown at Elk Mountain). Of the four varieties, Saaz is the most noble of the noble hops, as it is the traditional Pilsner hop. Bonner's Ferry, Idaho was chosen because of its latitude. The noble hop varieties are photosensitive; therefore, they do not produce well at lower latitudes (the majority of the world's hops are grown in the Yakima Valley, which is too far south for the nobles).

American craft brewers tend to use hop varieties that are derived from the nobles instead of using noble hops. The American hop varieties Mt. Hood and Liberty were derived from Hallertau via genetic mutation. The hop Hallertau was treated with colchicine, which doubled the number of chromosomes from twenty to forty. The mutated version of the plant was bred back with the non-mutated plant, producing a plant with thirty chromosomes. A plant with thirty chromosomes is known as a triploid. Triploids are genetically sterile; however, the fact that the mother plant is genetically sterile is not a problem because hops are propagated via root cuttings. Mt. Hood and Liberty are both triploids. Another hop that is used by craft brewers is Willamette. Willamette is a triploid version of an old English hop known as Fuggle. Fuggle is a classic British ale aroma hop and bittering hop.

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08-03-2013, 12:48 AM
Fortunately, Colorado went through a microbrew explosion in the early 90's, despite having Coors in our back yard. We have a wide selection of world class beer at every store.

Shawn@PRS
08-03-2013, 06:29 AM
Colorado does certainly have some great brewers. Oskar Blue, New Belgium, Breckenridge, Avery, etc

vchizzle
08-03-2013, 08:54 AM
Colorado does certainly have some great brewers. Oskar Blue, New Belgium, Breckenridge, Avery, etc
I love me a Fat Tire! :cheers:

Em7
08-03-2013, 10:24 AM
The Mid-Atlantic States also experienced a microbrewery/brewpub explosion in the nineties. However, like elsewhere in the U.S., the craft brewing industry in Maryland has experienced consolidation. The Wild Goose Brewery in Cambridge, Maryland brewed a unique product. However, they ran into the distribution brick wall that prevents most craft brewers from growing after expanding their brewhouse to 50 barrels and decided to sell the brand to the Frederick Brewing Company, which, in turn, was eventually sold to the Flying Dog Brewery.

I do not fault the Flying Dog Brewery for taking advantage of the Frederick Brewing Company’s overexpansion. They were competing in a crowded market in Colorado. However, I do fault Flying Dog for discontinuing the Wild Goose beer offerings in favor of the Colorado beers that they originally had contract-brewed by the Frederick Brewing Company. Wild Goose brought craft brewing to Maryland. They produced proper English-style ales, not the West Coast-style ales that dominate the craft beer market west of the Mississippi.

Wild Goose’s brewhouse was designed by Peter Austin and installed by Alan Pugsley. It was a true English-style brewhouse with a brick-enclosed gas-fired kettle, wood insulated mash tun, and open fermenters. Like all Peter Austin-designed brewhouses, Wild Goose used the notorious Ringwood ale yeast. For those who not are familiar with the ales and brewing techniques of Yorkshire, Ringwood is a yeast strain that was developed in the Yorkshire square system. Yorkshire squares are square fermenting vessels that are traditionally made of Yorkshire sandstone or Welsh slate.

A Yorkshire Square

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Yorkshire yeast strains are notorious for coming out of suspension before fermentation is complete. Fermentation byproducts are developed during the early stages of fermentation that are reduced at the end of fermentation. These byproducts are known as esters and ketones. Esters are responsible for the fruity aromas and tastes in ales that do not actually contain fruit. The yeast used by Young’s when the brewery was in London is a heavy ester producer. Young beer fermented with this strain has almost a lollipop characteristic to it (I acquired my Young’s culture on agar slant from the person who brought it into the U.S., but it is now available as Wyeast 1318). The most common ketone is diacetyl (a.k.a. 2,3-butanedione). If not reduced at the end of fermentation, diacetyl leads to buttery or butterscotch notes in the finished product. Anyone who has drank Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale has tasted diacetyl. Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pale Ale is the classic Yorkshire square ale.

Most yeast strains only require aeration of the wort at the beginning of the fermentation process in order to promote exponential yeast cell growth. However, due to their tendency to come out of suspension early, Yorkshire yeast strains require additional agitation/aeration after fermentation has started or the finished product will have a high terminal gravity and an overpowering level of diacetyl. The Peter Austin-designed brewing process re-aerates the wort during the second day of fermentation.

Man, all of this beer geek talk is making me want to start brewing again. It has been almost eleven years since I brewed my last batch of beer. It’s amazing to see the amount of ready-made equipment that is available to amateur brewers today (I sold my brewhouse and lab equipment years ago). Back when I started brewing almost twenty-one years ago, one had to be good friends with a welder who could cut and weld stainless steel because one had to build one's own kettle out of a large stock pot or a sanke keg. Rubbermaid sold a ton of 10-gallon Gott drink coolers to all-grain amateur brewers that were pressed into service as mash tuns and hot liquor tanks. If one wanted a counterflow wort chiller, one had to build it out of copper tubing, pipe fittings, and a garden hose. Now, one can purchase beautifully made counterflow wort chillers and plate chillers that are specifically designed for amateur-scale brewing.

The variety of grains and hops that are available to all-grain brewers today is also mind boggling. Back when I first stated brewing, one could have any base 2-row malted barley that one wanted as long as it was Briess Harrington 2-row malt or Munton & Fison Pale Ale Malt. Most hop varieties were only available in pelletized form, usually what the megas and the craft breweries did not want.

The biggest improvement in amateur brewing has to be yeast. Back when I started brewing, there were no decent dried yeasts and Wyeast offered a limited number of yeast strains in liquid form. If one was serious about brewing true to style beer, one had learn how to plate and store yeast on agar slants, which required learning how to produce autoclaved media and perform sterile propagation techniques in a home setting. Hardcore amateur brewers collected yeast samples from all over the world. These yeast strains were passed from amateur brewer to amateur brewer on agar slants until they wound up in a liquid yeast producer’s yeast bank. I am almost positive that one of the Ringwood slants that I traded with other brewers is the source of what is being sold in the amateur brewing trade today.

Hopeful Sinner
08-03-2013, 11:39 AM
Ooh, now good porters are a thing to behold (can you get anything from the London brewers, Fullers or Youngs?) if you really want to go hardcore look up 'Winter Warmers'.

Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep an eye peeled for those!

I normally just buy Guinness Draught in the cans with the little ball that releases nitrogen or whatever but I'm trying to expand my beer horizon...

sergiodeblanc
08-03-2013, 02:18 PM
I love me a Fat Tire! :cheers:

Yup!

Shawn@PRS
08-03-2013, 02:27 PM
Ooh, now good porters are a thing to behold (can you get anything from the London brewers, Fullers or Youngs?) if you really want to go hardcore look up 'Winter Warmers'.

I'm a big fan of Fuller's London Pride, especially in it's a "real ale" form. I wanted to tour their brewery while in London, but didn't have time. Maybe next time?

RichardJ
08-03-2013, 03:08 PM
'Unfortunately' when I worked in London there was a Fullers pub 5 minutes walk away from my office (The Euston Flyer, on Euston Road opposite the British Library, near Kings Cross Station). Many happy lunchtimes and after work drinks in there. My Fullers beer of choice is ESB, If you like London Pride you'll love it!

andy474x
08-03-2013, 03:40 PM
[FONT=arial] The megas basically own the distributors because they produce the major beer brands that are consumed in the United States. Jim Koch is not stretching the truth when he says that the megas spill more beer on their bottling lines than he brews. If one examines the beer shelves at any given liquor/beer store closely, one will quickly discover that bulk of the shelf space is consumed by brands that are owned and/or controlled by the megas. There's little to no difference between many of theses beers. The megas create new brands solely to deprive smaller brewers of shelf space.

This is a sad reality I've had to come to terms with in the last few years. Being from West Michigan originally, we have quite a microbrew Mecca going in the Grand Rapids area, and the greater Chicagoland area in general. Sadly, some of the great breweries that are locally famous don't get distributed to New England. You mentioned Shock Top as being an A-B brew, which is true. Interestingly, from what I've heard, Shock Top is the black sheep brother of a beer called Oberon, made by Bell's Brewery in W. Michigan (Bell's Oberon is a summer favorite in Michigan and other areas of the Midwest that have access to it). To get distribution, Bell's made a deal with A-B for access to their distribution network. Part of that deal was giving A-B a portion of their Oberon recipe, thus Shock Top was born. Sadly, New England doesn't see any Oberon, because the founder of Bell's loathes Jim Koch, and refuses to do business with anyone in business with him, ie the East coast distributor of Sam Adams.

My more available summer fsvorite this season has been Brooklyn Summer Ale. Has a nice drinkable character without the bittery lemon taste of Sam Summer and the like. Sam Summer is a bit heavy on the lemon flavor this summer IMO. Seems to fluctuate by year. I'be also been brewing a little with a friend lately, which is fun. I'm contemplating brewing something with tea leaves for our next batch - had a great brew with tea leaves used in it last summer at Cape Ann Brewery in Gloucester, MA, and it was unique and excellent, but sadly hard to find.

Shawn@PRS
08-03-2013, 05:19 PM
'Unfortunately' when I worked in London there was a Fullers pub 5 minutes walk away from my office (The Euston Flyer, on Euston Road opposite the British Library, near Kings Cross Station). Many happy lunchtimes and after work drinks in there. My Fullers beer of choice is ESB, If you like London Pride you'll love it!

I'll have to stop in The Euston Flyer next time around. I did hit up The Ships Tavern in Holburn, O'Neils near St. Pancras station and the Red Lion near Westminster station. The Ships Tavern being my favorite.

Dirty Bob
08-03-2013, 06:22 PM
Got another vote for the Brooklyn range for the summer...also been drinking Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA and Whale's Tale Pale Ale out of Nantucket.

Soul.com
08-04-2013, 12:22 PM
Grolsch has been my latest interest. I don't always drink beer, but when I do...

Not a huge beer drinker, but I do enjoy some of the European offerings.

Grolsch, the large(r) bottles for the included guitar strap fastening washer/grommet!
http://youtu.be/8xy5DLD6QX8

Otherwise, if I don't need the free strap grommets, less of an issue with PRS's relatively enormous strap buttons than tiny-button brands, I've been enjoying Heineken and domestically, the original Coors Banquet in bottles, which is plenty wonderful after hours in Texas high 90s and 100s, Fahrenheit.

John Beef
08-05-2013, 11:43 AM
I had one of these in San Diego a couple weeks ago. The "bottled on" date was three days before we opened it. It was pretty incredible!

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Shawn@PRS
08-09-2013, 08:10 PM
Saw this today and thought it was pretty cool. Two pages of animated beer labels!

http://beerlabelsinmotion.tumblr.com/

that_brianm_guy
08-10-2013, 02:49 PM
oh, man, where to start?

Shawn, Shiner Bock is available on draft around MD... and goes stunningly well well BBQ :)

Mu current summer beer is Augustiner Brau Munchen... or Reissdorf Kolsch.

Looking forward to this year's Oktoberfests - last year's weihenstephaner was disappointing, although to 2011 was excellent. (Last year's best Oktoberfest? Sam Adams. Go figure)

Also looking forward to Abita Satsuma - my fave football watching beer.

I also love a good Guinness - but good Guinness is hard to find. I spent my sophomore year of college in Dublin. Ruined for life :)

I do like to make a black and tan with Guinness and a good Oktoberfest...

and come Christmas time I love DuPont's Avec Les Bon Voeux, especially with a good parmesan, maybe some soppressata...

I'm also a big fan of Cain's MIld Dark and also their bitter, if you like classic English beers.

If you're still homebrewing, I know a few people in the MD homebrewing community... let me know!

TGSCAN
08-10-2013, 02:55 PM
fave as of late.. thx BAY AREA !

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jfb
08-10-2013, 03:18 PM
fave as of late.. thx BAY AREA !

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/9481908468_5a7796d765_b.jpg

What's the name of that stuff we drink at Tsunami???

Logo is a statue peeing fountain or something.

It's mega tasty.

TGSCAN
08-10-2013, 03:54 PM
What's the name of that stuff we drink at Tsunami???

Logo is a statue peeing fountain or something.

It's mega tasty.

cannot remember buddy

jfb
08-10-2013, 04:01 PM
cannot remember buddy

Found it.


Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

RichardJ
08-10-2013, 07:02 PM
I'll have to stop in The Euston Flyer next time around. I did hit up The Ships Tavern in Holburn, O'Neils near St. Pancras station and the Red Lion near Westminster station. The Ships Tavern being my favorite.

Tell me when and I'll pop over and buy you a pint.

Coop
08-10-2013, 08:47 PM
I like to drink locally whenever possible. Here's a few from the Minneapolis area that I enjoy.

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Fulton is great. I enjoy the Lonely Blonde (Blonde Ale) and the Sweet Child of Vine (a very approachable, yet satisfying, IPA).

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I've yet to meet a Surly I haven't liked. Furious is one of their staples.

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Summit is the local big guy. They've been around a long time, but the Saga IPA is amazing.

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Another newer player in this area, but the pale ale is good.

If I'm having something more national I'll stick with Bell's Two Hearted, New Belgium Ranger IPA or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Torpedo IPA. Leinie's Amber is also good. Truth be told I also like High Life out of a bottle on a hot summer day.

vchizzle
08-10-2013, 10:16 PM
I've been hitting the Oktoberfest this past week or so. Of the 4 I've had I like them in this order.
1)Capital Brewery(local)
2)New Glarus Brewing Staghorn(local)
3)Sam Adams
4)Leinie's - really used to enjoy this but it's taken a turn for the worse. Last 12 pack seemed really bland.


I like to drink locally whenever possible. Here's a few from the Minneapolis area that I enjoy.

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I enjoy the Lonely Blonde
Don't we all? :D

Steve59
08-11-2013, 10:13 AM
I love beers with flavor.

All time favorite = Austiner Edelstoff - I can't buy it in Indiana unfortunately. I learned to love it living in Munich.
One of my favorite Wheat beers. Great on a hot day. = Erdinger Weissbier
Great winter lager = Paulaner
Great US beer on a hot day = Leinenkugel Summer Shandy or Blue Moon.
One of my current favorites = Magic Hat #9
Best beer brewed at home was a Nut Brown Ale made from ingredients purchased from Northern Brewers Supply house.

Many others depending on the occasion.

Steve59
08-11-2013, 10:21 AM
Forgot about two others I highly recommend people try.

Trey Pistoles is awesome. It's been one of my go to favorites for about six years.


Another great one I discovered about a year ago.

Tank 7 farmhouse ale.

Shawn@PRS
08-11-2013, 12:49 PM
Tank 7 is fantastic. In fact, I like everything I've had from Boulevard Brewery!

daveyisgreat
08-11-2013, 12:58 PM
I just had some Goose Island Oktoberfest. It was awesome.

jfb
08-11-2013, 01:04 PM
Tank 7 is fantastic. In fact, I like everything I've had from Boulevard Brewery!

I've been known to drink plenty of The Sixth Glass (http://www.boulevard.com/BoulevardBeers/the-sixth-glass/). Boulevard is pretty popular in these parts. Especially given their proximity.

11top
08-11-2013, 01:09 PM
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/iamnotawesome/Moosehead.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/iamnotawesome/media/Moosehead.jpg.html)

Shawn@PRS
08-11-2013, 04:46 PM
Picked up this today. I'll enjoy it when the weather gets a bit cooler.

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John Beef
08-12-2013, 10:42 AM
We tried several attempts at brewing pumpkin beers, none were great, sadly. It was really interesting how you have to go about it. The pumpkin needs to be roasted to extract the sugars and intensify the flavor. Then it goes in some hot water, maybe 140 degrees, with an enzyme and sits for around an hour. The enzyme digests all the fiberous pumpkin material and leaves you with a pot of smooth pumpkin liquid that is the base of your boil. It's actually kinda gross having something digest your food for you before you drink it, but then it's not much different than yeast turning sugar into CO2 and alcohol. :)

jfb
08-12-2013, 05:37 PM
Picked up this today. I'll enjoy it when the weather gets a bit cooler.

395

Pumpkin is pretty popular around here when the weather gets cooler. I just have a hard time putting down the Guinness to drink anything else.

alantig
08-25-2013, 05:45 PM
http://www.tignanelli.com/images/trooper01.jpg

Had this last night at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH while watching Vintage Trouble. I'm not a big beer drinker, but it was pretty tasty - maybe a bit on the sweet side.

Rosewoodsteel
09-14-2013, 08:09 AM
What kind of beer is being served at this year's Experience?

vchizzle
09-14-2013, 11:36 AM
What kind of beer is being served at this year's Experience?Believe Flying Dog is back again, not sure what else. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed their Dogtoberfest last year. I forget what else they had.

PlayPRSs
09-14-2013, 12:24 PM
San Diego has become a hot bed of local breweries. I propose a west coast brewery tasting / PRS Experience where I hereby promise to keep buying Shawn beers until he gives in and does another run of the forum truss rod covers...

jfb
09-15-2013, 02:11 PM
I can't wait to hit MD Wednesday. I haven't had a beer since the weight loss contest started. I am due. Big time.

sergiodeblanc
09-15-2013, 03:07 PM
The liquor store around the corner from me was blowing out sixers of that Newcastle "Bombshell" ale for $2.99... I think I overpaid. :mad:

Boogie
09-15-2013, 03:40 PM
The liquor store around the corner from me was blowing out sixers of that Newcastle "Bombshell" ale for $2.99... I think I overpaid. :mad:
That one did nothing for me, but the Founder's Ale I enjoyed quite a bit.

I'm a monster fan on Yuengling lager, especially on tap or in the 22 ounce bottles (not available outside PA, I think). But since I can't get it in Indiana, I'm easily amused by Stella on tap, XX on tap, and Newcastle...including their Founder's Ale. But the best deal around here is a hugely popular microbrewery called Sun King (used to be situated 6 blocks away from my office...BAD situation). I can't get enough of Wee Mac.

On a whim, I picked up a six of Third Shift, from Band of Brewers of Ft. Worth, TX. It's an amber lager (yes, there's a theme here) that was a complete surprise. Cheap as hell and has lots of flavor and character. If ales are your thing, for the money, this isn't half bad.

Boogie
09-15-2013, 03:48 PM
double post...sorry!

Brad737
09-20-2013, 01:09 AM
I brew beer at home from time to time. My preferences lean heavily towards ales versus lagers. My favorites are India Pale Ales.

Rosewoodsteel
09-20-2013, 08:34 AM
Believe Flying Dog is back again, not sure what else. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed their Dogtoberfest last year. I forget what else they had.

I had a few Belgium IPAs, last night. VERY GOOD!

vchizzle
09-22-2013, 05:48 PM
I had a few Belgium IPAs, last night. VERY GOOD!
I drank every variety besides Bud/Bud light, several at Tsunami bar that I don't remember the names of. It's was a solid 3 days of beer.

jfb
09-22-2013, 06:01 PM
I drank every variety besides Bud/Bud light, several at Tsunami bar that I don't remember the names of. It's was a solid 3 days of beer.

Blanch de Bruxelles (http://www.brasserielefebvre.be/en/product/3/blanche-de-bruxelles) is what we were knocking back like animals at Tsunami.

vchizzle
09-22-2013, 07:07 PM
Blanch de Bruxelles (http://www.brasserielefebvre.be/en/product/3/blanche-de-bruxelles) is what we were knocking back like animals at Tsunami.
I'm not usually into whites much, but that was pretty solid. Had a West Coast IPA and 1 other IPA I don't know the name of.

jfb
09-22-2013, 07:13 PM
I'm not usually into whites much, but that was pretty solid. Had a West Coast IPA and 1 other IPA I don't know the name of.

It tastes better when you're not getting yelled at I heard.

sergiodeblanc
09-22-2013, 07:22 PM
It tastes better when you're not getting yelled at I heard.

That's why I switched to "Bee's Knee's".