Schlafly's oatmeal stout-smooth. TB-do they still brew this?
Sweet Georgia Browm-smooth as a Bill Clinton apology(not original, it is on the label)
Brooklyn Brewery makes a few ordinary beers but they have a new brew called "1". It is a Belgian golden ale along the line of Duvel. Guess it is named after the "1" train which I assume goes by/near the brewery.
Wish Sam Adams would revive their home brewers contest. They made some mighty fine home brews and then 'mass' produced them in 'limited' quantities for 'national' distribution. I forget some of their winners but they were quite good.
Red Oak is my favorite (Greensboro microbrew), they have their long-time forthcoming brewery finally built and presumably operating. Yeasty, unfiltered, and tasty.
I have certainly figured out the Blue Moon. For my taste buds, it is the best Belgian wheat I've tasted, with or without the orange slice. The French Broad Laurel Country White (Asheville) might be as good, I just don't get to try it enough.
My favorite bottled beer, if I have one, might be Icehouse. At Mexican restaurants I like the Tecate.
The SO and I have found a new joy -- logging our dives while drinking the local brew. In Honduras, the most popular seemed to be "Port Royal" or "Barena"; In Fiji, "Fiji Bitter" or "Fiji Gold". Mexico - Dos Equis seemed to top the list.
We got to wondering, is there something historical/geographical/agricultural/cultural/financial about lighter, pilsner-type brews being the norm in the equatorial region? I mean, I've not run across a really fantastic, Costa Rican porter or Caribbean IPA, ya know?
How about beers brewed with fruits, like Aprihops by the Dogfishead brewery or any of the Belgian lambics? New Glarus brewery in New Glarus, Wisconsin makes a phenomenal Wisconsin cherry ale(brown) and a Raspberry Tart ale. My wife HATES, HATES, HATES beer but I actually got her to drink 6-8 ounces of the Raspberry tart several years ago and admitted she liked it. Of course, it is about $11 per 25 ounce bottle so I am glad whe did not like it too much
I think most of your good IPA's are British or American with the styles differing mildly to moderately. The UK style is a bit darker and lower in alcohol and smoother than the US brewers who tend to use lots and lots and lots of hops, make it more bitter and higher alcohol content.
sheesh-I feel like Jason 'I never met a post I didn't like' Evans tonite. I have work tomorrow and I just finished a Sweet Georgia Brown and Sweetwater IPA(thank you, Lavabe!) and have not even had a chance to read the on-topic board. More tomorrow perhaps.
I've just recently tried Kona Pipeline Porter, and wow -- it's fantastic. Not sure if you can get it outside of the West Coast. I must say, being in Oregon is fantastic for beer.
When I'm back on the East Coast, I like to knock back a few Magic Hat #9s. That's a good beer! A little fruity and light, very drinkable.
A vote for all products of the Mendocino Brewing Company, especially the Eye of the Hawk. It's my reliable Saturday/Sunday afternoon football beer.
As for beer on tap, Mac and Jack's African Amber, which you can only get on tap, and I think can only get in Washington (the state, not the district), is my draught of choice.
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You're all jealous hypocrites. - Titus on Laettner
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Another good beer delicacy -- at the Redhook Brewery (a scant 1.2 miles from my abode) they've teamed up with a local dairy to create an absolutely scrumptious black porter ice cream. It's kind of caramel-y, but definitely has a beer kick; it is really good with hot fudge and caramel sauces!
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