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Old 01-01-2012, 02:52 AM   #29
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Thumbs up THE bER OF tEXAS

Consumer Reports need to sit down, relax and have a nice cold glass of Shiner Bock
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:25 AM   #30
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The state of Georgia left it up to the communites to vote for beer sales on Suday. My community voted yes, but next door a few miles away they voted no.

Ruben sandwich and beer I had three times over the holidays. I have to agree with that combination.

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:04 AM   #31
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Doug says

"Best beer is Sam Adams Ocktoberfest".


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Old 01-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #32
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Personal favorites are just about anything put out by New Belgium Brewery followed by whatever regional microbrew I happen to be near at the time.

Rumor on the street has it that NB is going to be building an expansion brewery on the East Coast, one of the finalist areas is Asheville, NC Did I hear someone say RALLY?

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chillpoints,

I would have never guessed that Ashville would have been at the top of that list, thats almost a reason to visit right there.

gsmithii,

Thats a long list of tastings, impressive. I also staved off thirst while visiting China with the help of Tsing Tao, even drove past the brewery.

This is good.

Now where is a micro brewery/real true worth the trip pizza joint all in one?

I hear Red Solo Cup playing in the backround.

And next will be a classic from Tom T. Hall:
I Like Beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow, whisky's too rough, champange costs too much and Vodka puts my mouth in gear, this little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact I LIKE BEER!
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:05 AM   #34
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tecate (even in cans) is quite tasty and easy on your wallet
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:46 AM   #35
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Youngs Special - London
Fullers ESB - London
Guinness - Dublin
Schultheiss - Berlin

Amongst many others....
The real ales in England are a real treat... particularly the various bitters. There are lots of local specialties to enjoy as well. Ahh..

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tecate (even in cans) is quite tasty and easy on your wallet
I found canned Tecate with a little salt to be a great hangover treatment on a hot day, way back when hanging out in Juarez was a low-risk activity.
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It is hard to say which one beer is the best.Unless you are brewing your own beer, you can never be sure what goes into your favorite brew. It is great to live in Beer City USA. Not only do we have great locally brewed beer, we have some of the most active home brew associations. They are very helpful and always willing to share some secrets to a great brew. For the winter brewed up two batches. One is an Irish Red the other is a Belgian Triple. I tend to like Ales. the triple had 6lbs of ferment-able sugars including 1 lbs of Belgian rock candy. It brewed out at about 11% so great for a dark winter evening.


If you happen to find yourself in this area do a little research before you arrive. We have plenty of great adventures including the Asheville Brews cruse. Asheville Brews Cruise

I am willing to make recommendations as long as you invite me........
We did the tour last summer with Susan's brother who visits Asheville regularly. The downtown area has a number of micro-breweries and saloons that feature locally produced products. Many within walking distance of one another. Some of the best beers I've ever tasted. We, too, were surprised that all of this existed. It had been a number of years since we were up there and things have certainly changed---a nice added touch to such a great city. We highly recommend a visit.

This "micro-brew culture" was completely new to us. Of course we have had many fine beers from these type breweries before, but had never experienced visiting these establishments directly. In several of the breweries, you literally sit next to the brewing equipment. Enourmus tanks of fermenting glory all around you. You can go in and order a "flight", which is small sample serving of several different beers brewed/served in the establishment. Find one you like and you can order a "growler" of said libation to take with you. A growler is essentially a reusable container that holds maybe about a gallon of beer. Keep a couple handy and get 'em refilled next time your in the area. Needless to say, I was in heaven.

If you're ever near Asheville, go check it out. Great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon.

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Perfect beer for an Airstreamer, you won't be able to say gNOme LOL

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Who buys any of those beers? Microbrews, please... something in a nice IPA, perhaps. Or since it's winter time, perhaps a stout is in order; a good stout with a ham sandwich and pea soup is excellent.

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I can't stand Consumer Reports for many reasons, but this report only reinforces my impression that they are at a full disconnect from the real world. There are so many fantastic beers made right here in the USA. In the 21st century, microbrewers are more akin to vintners. My first experience with beer was Schaeffer, and that put me off of beer (in the sickest way) for about 10 years. "The beer to have when you're having more than one" - seriously?!

Milwaukee has been punishing beer drinkers with bad-tasting, additive-laced swill for long enough!

Beers on my favorites list:

Guinness Draught
Left Hand Milk Stout
Left Hand Polestar
Founders Centennial IPA
Bell's Oberon
Dogfish 90 IPA
Highland Kashmir IPA (almost anything they do is fantastic)
Highland Oatmeal Porter
Widmer's Drop-Top
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Terrapin Monk's Revenge
Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
Magic Hat #9
Old Meck Mecktoberfest
Sam Adams Latitude
Sierra Nevada Torpedo (OMG, so good)
Red Stripe
Sam Smith Imperial Stout
Saranac IPA
Saranac Adirondac
Shiner Bock
Shipyard Fuggles IPA

If you're drinking a case, you're drinking the wrong stuff.
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I can't stand Consumer Reports for many reasons, but this report only reinforces my impression that they are at a full disconnect from the real world. There are so many fantastic beers made right here in the USA. In the 21st century, microbrewers are more akin to vintners. My first experience with beer was Schaeffer, and that put me off of beer (in the sickest way) for about 10 years. "The beer to have when you're having more than one" - seriously?!

Milwaukee has been punishing beer drinkers with bad-tasting, additive-laced swill for long enough!

Beers on my favorites list:

Guinness Draught
Left Hand Milk Stout
Left Hand Polestar
Founders Centennial IPA
Bell's Oberon
Dogfish 90 IPA
Highland Kashmir IPA (almost anything they do is fantastic)
Highland Oatmeal Porter
Widmer's Drop-Top
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Terrapin Monk's Revenge
Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
Magic Hat #9
Old Meck Mecktoberfest
Sam Adams Latitude
Sierra Nevada Torpedo (OMG, so good)
Red Stripe
Sam Smith Imperial Stout
Saranac IPA
Saranac Adirondac
Shiner Bock
Shipyard Fuggles IPA

If you're drinking a case, you're drinking the wrong stuff.
That's a pretty solid list there. I would add some Rogue and Stone varieties and a Lost Coast, probably the Downtown Brown.

But as for the Consumer Reports comments, you reminded me of another funny story I was reading about vehicles when I was car shopping. They commented that one SUV in particular had poor visibility, high center of gravity, and poor on-road driving compared to the same manufacturer's minivan model. Well, there's your problem. You're comparing it to a minivan. They then went on to say that despite all these problems, they didn't understand why it was being bought up at alarming rates and they were impossible to find on dealer lots. They even said, "everyone who buys one seems to love this SUV--they become fanatics". So much for consumer reports.
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I love the local brewers. I find them wherever we go.

Lengthwise is pretty close to my house and an easy bike ride. I'm good friends with these guys. They know BEER. Not only do they have really good beer & food, but they're just really nice guys. They have a small group of guys that restore vintage motorcycles at the brewery once a week. The two restaurants have dozens of original unrestored and perfectly restored to showroom condition bikes. They have helped out other pubs to get up and running. I currently recommend the new Midnight Restoration Ale. But if it's October, you must try their Oktoberfest. I have brought it to a rally before, but had trouble getting it this last year because of the month long Oktoberfest Nights was such a success.

KRBC is a fantastic place that's about a mile from the infamous Kernville Capers Rally!. For last October's rally we rolled into town Thursday evening and within 20 minutes of dropping the trailer I was having a Citra Double IPA, which had just won the gold medal in the Denver Great American Beer Festival. Awesome. They had just tapped the last keg they had and would only serve pints at the bar. It's back now, they have bottles and growlers.

Pismo Brewing a real nice pub in one of my favorite places. Love the Roadster Red and Bolina Brown ales. I owe Melissa a bottle of Citra from KRBC, but not sure how I'm going to pull off the logistics of that before our next run to Pismo in a few days.

SLO Brew is a good place for a quick stop. Very friendly, lots of big screen TV's to take a break and check the scores of the games. A waitress told me their master brewer works for Firestone, and all their beers do taste just like firestone... This is a college town so be warned if you don't like the Beer Pong crowd, but it's usually pretty empty until later in the evening and I've left way before then.

Too many others to list. I will say one thing though. If I'm in the backyard on a hot summer day running the BBQ, an ice cold coors light really tastes good.
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