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Old 01-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #43
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An amusing beer

As for me, I enjoy porters and Ale's, and micro brews. During our traveling this fall we stopped in a small local pub for a drink & quick bite. Well, after getting our menu's and looking at the choices, I about fell out of my chair laughing. Here we are, in Utah, and one of the beers offered was Polygamy Porter. Well, just had to make a run to the store and buy some to bring back to share with our friends. The beer wasn't too bad, but loved their slogan "Why have just One"! Where else..., but Utah

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #44
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On my first trip to London, decades ago, I fell in with a bunch of Aussies who mainly worked in pubs, so after a while they started inviting me to the pubs at close, at which point they'd draw all the curtains, lock the doors, and then proceed to drink and party on lockdown.

At one of these little occasions, there was quite an international crew; Switzerland, Israel, US, Oz, Germany, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Ireland were all represented, among others. So we decided to drink our way around the world. At some point, someone noticed that the bar had Coors available, and despite my frantic waving and headshakes, decided to honor the US with a round of Coors. They popped the tops, and merrily continued to party.

About five minutes later, the Irish guy leaned over and whispered in my ear, "so...tell me...is this stuff supposed to be any good?" I rolled my eyes and said, "No!" He nodded thoughtfully and said, "Ah. Fair play," chugged the rest of it down, looked around and suggested we move on to Belgium.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #45
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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.
the beer that you gave up for ~10 years is spelled Schaefer.

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Old 01-06-2012, 06:59 PM   #46
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On my first trip to London...
Hey zlee:
On our first trip to London in '03, a friend & I went to a local pub and ask for a local beer, the barkeep ask if we were from the USA, we nodded and he gave us a beer. Well, we struck up a conversation w/ the barkeep telling him, "no offense, but your beer tastes a lot like what we have over the pond" indicating we were somewhat disappointed. Well then we found out when we told him we wanted a local beer, and he knew we were from the USA, he gave us a Coors thinking we wanted something we were familiar with. Well, after that we got some good London brew. !

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A friend who drinks Guinness most of the time, went to the brewery in Ireland. He says it tastes the exact same as it does over here. He said he was actually really surprised since most people swear it doesn't.
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Hee hee! Imagine our consternation to arrive in Ireland and find our host drinking his normal tipple of Michelob.

I was also consternated to discover that its very difficult to find plain potato chips/crisps in Ireland's pubs. I even wrote Taytos to find out if they even made them in Ireland. They wrote back to say that they did, but that the pub owners would have to actually order them. (You can get plain Taytos in the UK, though.)
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Guinness in Ireland, I'm given to understand by my Irish friends and the scion of the Guinness family I once met, usually only tastes different when it's stored and served properly. In these debauched times, that rarely happens, apparently, even in Ireland.
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This is my latest addition to my AS and backyard camp holding a cold one. One day on Antiques Roadshow, they'll look at it in awe and pronounce it cabin furniture worthy of the fireplace but it was fairly challanging to put together, camp saw, hand axe, a few screws and nails, the wood is hickory from the backyard but with two maple legs from Ohio. You can't see it but the center table top log actually has a deer rub on it.

Lots of brews mentioned, this has been a fun read.

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GCinSC2: Nice handcrafted table, but if you keep putting it there someone will end up falling on it going in or out after a few Yuenglings and unless it's some dainty little person the table might not fare too well.
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DBK_SATX,

Agreed, this is just a staged picture to show off the new table. The table will most likely wind up next to the campfire or under the awning if raining.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #53
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I have tried all the fancy ones. Worked my way through the Belgian section and all the micro brews. I keep coming back to hometown favorite. It's beer and nothing more.

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About the only beer I don't like is Coors. Give me a headache. And don't need to have "To many" to get one either. Not that kind of headache. I don't drink much beer so when I do I like a "GOOD" one. Enjoy most German beers, Belgin, Dutch, Norwegian. I do like the weiss beers and they will give you a buzz. So beware.

As far as homegrown I like Yeungling. The only beer I know that has a built in breathalyzer. When you can no longer say it, you've had too many. When I go to a brewery and take their tour I like whatever they are serving in the sample room.
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Interesting thread - don't know how I missed seeing it up to now!

For many years my taste has been more towards UK beers - maybe due to my heritage and also time spent in the UK for several years in the late sixties.

More recently I pretty much only buy craft beers, and ore particularly IPA's

Starting a few months ago I have been setting up to brew my own beer.

I have made wine for many years and did try making beer maybe thirty years ago, but it was a disaster.

This time I will be going at it more seriously. I have acquired a bunch of five gallon stainless kegs, converted a small bar fridge to a "Kegerator" with a two tap beer tower, CO2 system etc.

Made my first five gallon batch over Xmas - a pale ale - very successful, and it sure didn't last long between me and my two sons in law wh were visiting over the holidays!

Once we go and get back from our annual snowbird trip, I will be setting up for more serious production - making the beer from "All grain" recipes, no malt extract. I have been thinking about having a go at growing my own hops as well!


Mmmmmmm ................... Beer !!!




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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Or if you like it even more of a hops kick, try the 90 Minute IPA.
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