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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by PensDevil View Post

    I've found a few beers similar to the Beam Scotch Ale on tap in various locations, but haven't been able to find anything similar that I can pick up at the local store. Any suggestions?
    Highland Tasgall Ale is delicious.

  2. #62
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    Ooh, Mac & Jack's is mighty tasty. Kind of forgot it was a local thing only.

    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!
    My brother is your neighbor (Woodinville), nice area! I'll have to try that ice cream next time I'm out there.
    The Gordog

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Not much experience with Caribbean or S. American or equatorial brews but Kalick(sp?) from the Bahamas is a moderately potent full flavored ale.
    Certainly the better of the two Bahama brews I've had, with the other being Lucyan Lager.

    While visiting Freeport last year, my wife and i decided to go visit the Lucyan brewery. I had found a listing somewhere that tours were at noon. We found the brewery in a rather unpleasant looking industrial-type area. We park and head inside into an empty office area. I yell out "Hello?". A few seconds later a guy walks around the corner with a plastic cup half-full of beer in one hand, and a machete in the other wanting to know what we wanted. He was a bit confused when I I told him we were there for the tour. Luckily the brewmaster (a nice Canadian guy) appeared at that moment. He gave us a tour of the two room brewhouse (complete with a brick insulated tank), before serving up some samples. By serving up some samples, I mean hooking up a tube to the bottom of one of the tanks and filling up some plastic cups for several rounds of drinks with him and his two workers. All in all, it turned out to be a good experience.

  4. #64
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    A lot of great suggestions here. One beer I love is Otter Creek (VT) Copper Ale. They have a nice Octoberfest out now as well...
    The Gordog

  5. #65
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Finally, seasonals: I love Sweetwater Festive and Anchor Christmas Tree. If I could only drink beers from those two breweries for the rest of my life, I think I'd get by just fine (forced to pick one, I'd choose Anchor). Sierra Nevada Celebration is pretty good too. Harpoon's Christmas seasonal (I can't remember the name) is NOT good. WAY too much nutmeg.
    A friend of mine from Boston U introduced me to an interesting seasonal combination a few years back. He mixed equal parts Ciderjack & a Sam Adams winter seasonal brew that was somewhat 'spicy,' (for the life of me, I don't recall what it was!) and it tasted like an alcoholic apple pie!

    Definitely wasn't something you'd drink on a regular basis, but in the basement of the DC Brickskellar on a cold night, it hit the right note.

  6. #66
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Oh, Fat Tire is quite good, one of the better amber ales in the US, I believe. I got a friend of mine converted off heineken several years ago after he had a Fat Tire.
    Okay, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. It's fine, but IMO most brew pubs will have better offerings. And as far as beer that I can get at the local supermarket, I prefer Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Boont Amber Ale. I'm not sure how widely available this is outside of California, but if anyone gets a chance to try it, I highly recommend it (and most other offerings from Anderson Valley).

  7. #67
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    Wow, this thread is very idiosyncratic. At the risk of seeming pedestrian, I'll vote for

    Fuller's ESB
    Sam Smith's Nut Brown
    Guinness
    Smithwick's
    most anything Trappist, maybe Chimay
    Bass
    Newcastle Brown
    most anything Sam Adams
    local amber ales, whatever they be

    And I much prefer draught to bottles.

  8. #68
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    Tasgall ale

    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Highland Tasgall Ale is delicious.
    Agreed. Very smooth, malty, toffee or caraml like. A nice representation of a Scotch ale. Sam Adams Scotch ale also deserves a taste or two. I am not much of a fan of Sam's products as I was several years ago but this one and their Double bock are quite good.

  9. #69
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Gotta second the Mendocino and Rogue recs.
    Also, dark beer lovers, if you ever come across any of the Duck Rabbit beers from Farmville, NC (just down the road a piece from Greenville), I highly recommend them all. They call themselves "dark beer specialists" or something to that effect, and they definitely fit the bill.

    Finally, seasonals: I love Sweetwater Festive and Anchor Christmas Tree. If I could only drink beers from those two breweries for the rest of my life, I think I'd get by just fine (forced to pick one, I'd choose Anchor). Sierra Nevada Celebration is pretty good too. Harpoon's Christmas seasonal (I can't remember the name) is NOT good. WAY too much nutmeg.

    Last thing--do any Atlanta-area DBRers ever do the Sweetwater afternoon tour/tasting? If so, we should get a group together. I know it's sort of a challenge for the working crowd, what with the 4:20 start and all, but not all of us are 9-to-5ers, so perhaps we could put forth a showing sometime? (*cough* Lavabe *cough*) Not only is it a good deal ($5 for 4 pints), but it's people-watching sans pareil, and you can take your dog too!
    Agreed with the Duck Rabbit brewery. They make some rather pedestrian ales(amber, milk stout and 1 or 2 more). I think their strength lies in their seasonal ales. Their barley wine hits about 11% but is very smooth and drinkable despite the hight octane. Some barley wines are extremely bitter(see Bigfoot) when they are released but age nicely and are smoother 1-2 or even 3-5 years later. Duck Rabbit has also brewed a Baltic Porter and an Imperial Stout which are fine. Their current seasonal is a Scotch Ale and is similar to Tasgall but perhaps not quite as smooth and toffee-like compared to Sam Adams.

  10. #70
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    Anderson Valley

    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Okay, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. It's fine, but IMO most brew pubs will have better offerings. And as far as beer that I can get at the local supermarket, I prefer Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Boont Amber Ale. I'm not sure how widely available this is outside of California, but if anyone gets a chance to try it, I highly recommend it (and most other offerings from Anderson Valley).
    Oops-forgot about this brewery. An excellent selection of beers from their Amber to their Oatmeal Stout and their IPA. I think they also brew some Belgian styles-Dubbel/Double, and Trippel/Triple and they have 'Brothers' in their names. DevilAlumna or someone else mentioned Ommegang and there is a picture in this thread also. This is a brewery in Cooperstown, NY which is owned, I think, my Moortgat(sp?) who makes Duvel(the Devil-now why would any one here NOT be interested in THAT Belgian ale. Excellent representations of several Belgian styles at about 1/2 the cost.

  11. #71
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    Austin, TX

    You guys are killing me!

    About a year ago I figured out that if I cut gluten out of my diet I was a lot less sick--Beer with its malted barley is now off my list of edibles/consummables.

    Right now, I'm left with two beers New Grist and Red Bridge which are both brewed without barley. New Grist reminds me of the Beligian beers I had when I visited, but really folk--this was a hard thread to read through.

    Still, I'm glad to hear of people enjoying the goodness out there. Drink on!

  12. #72
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    Additional breweries

    Victory Brewing company, Downingtown, PA.
    Dogfishhead Brewery, Lewes DE.
    Kalamazoo Brewing company/Bells's ales, Kalamazoo, MI
    New Glarus Brewing company, New Glarus, WI
    Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR

    Look up some of their offerings on their web sites and post you tastings here. There are many other fine small breweries and the number is growing. It seems that more and more are opening and staying open as the craft brewing industry is growing at about 10-12%/year. Gotta go-think it will be a Trois Pistoles night

  13. #73
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebutton View Post
    About a year ago I figured out that if I cut gluten out of my diet I was a lot less sick--Beer with its malted barley is now off my list of edibles/consummables.

    Right now, I'm left with two beers New Grist and Red Bridge which are both brewed without barley. New Grist reminds me of the Beligian beers I had when I visited, but really folk--this was a hard thread to read through.

    Still, I'm glad to hear of people enjoying the goodness out there. Drink on!
    If you make it to Africa, I believe that a few of the honey beers also avoid malted barley.

    If it's good enough for the Bushmen, it's good enough for me!
    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  14. #74
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    Anderson Valley Brewing Company . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Okay, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. It's fine, but IMO most brew pubs will have better offerings. And as far as beer that I can get at the local supermarket, I prefer Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Boont Amber Ale. I'm not sure how widely available this is outside of California, but if anyone gets a chance to try it, I highly recommend it (and most other offerings from Anderson Valley).

    They have a distributor in Charlotte, NC. We have a chance of getting some!

  15. #75
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    Anderson Valley

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnboy View Post
    They have a distributor in Charlotte, NC. We have a chance of getting some!
    We have more than a chance-they are available at Whole Foods and Total Wine/Beverage in Raleigh, at least.

  16. #76
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    Lexington, KY

    Which one of these is not like the other?

    Check out my dilemma at Blueberry Hill's draught Saturday night in U-City:

    New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    New Belgium Fat Tire
    New Belgium Seasonal Tap
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Schlafly Hefeweizen
    Schlafly Pale Ale
    Schlafly Seasonal Tap

    Which one of these .... is not like the other?!?!?!!

    Assuming I get some New Belgium at Schnuck's, what should I get on draught?

    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  17. #77
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    Norfolk, VA
    Here are some excellent beers from my side of the World:

    San Miguel (Philippines)
    Asahi Super Dry (Japan)
    Singha (Thailand)
    Tiger (Singapore)
    Victoria Bitter (Australia)

    And one of my favorite beer drinking cities is Hong Kong. Typically, you can find the beers listed above in the many fine pubs of Hong Kong (and some seedy bars as well, not that I'm admitting to ever having been in seedy Hong Kong bars).
    Bob Green
    United States Navy (Retired)
    @JBobGreen

  18. #78
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    Draught beers

    Quote Originally Posted by Lavabe View Post
    Check out my dilemma at Blueberry Hill's draught Saturday night in U-City:

    New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    New Belgium Fat Tire
    New Belgium Seasonal Tap
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Schlafly Hefeweizen
    Schlafly Pale Ale
    Schlafly Seasonal Tap

    Which one of these .... is not like the other?!?!?!!

    Assuming I get some New Belgium at Schnuck's, what should I get on draught?

    Cheers,
    Lavabe

    easy answer-a sampler or all of the above(except the PBR, of course )

  19. #79
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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    easy answer-a sampler or all of the above(except the PBR, of course )
    We wound up not staying at B Hill, as the wait on a SatNight was over an hour. We wound up eating in the Central West End ... I had a very nice Schlafly Oktoberfest brew with my stuffed grape leaves.

    As for the brew selection I brought home:
    New Belgium Fat Tire
    New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    Schlafly American Pale Ale
    Schlafly Pale Ale
    Schlafly No. 15 (amber)

    I passed on bringing home the Hefweizen and the Coffee Stout. I did, however, bring home their seasonal special brew ... their pumpkin ale.

    I'm not usually into pumpkin ale, but I'll give it a try with Schlafly.

    And the trunk stink was gone, so all brews are in good shape cooling off in the basement.
    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  20. #80
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    ymm, beer

    Quote Originally Posted by Lavabe View Post
    We wound up not staying at B Hill, as the wait on a SatNight was over an hour. We wound up eating in the Central West End ... I had a very nice Schlafly Oktoberfest brew with my stuffed grape leaves.

    As for the brew selection I brought home:
    New Belgium Fat Tire
    New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    Schlafly American Pale Ale
    Schlafly Pale Ale
    Schlafly No. 15 (amber)

    I passed on bringing home the Hefweizen and the Coffee Stout. I did, however, bring home their seasonal special brew ... their pumpkin ale.

    I'm not usually into pumpkin ale, but I'll give it a try with Schlafly.

    And the trunk stink was gone, so all brews are in good shape cooling off in the basement.
    Cheers,
    Lavabe

    Sounds like a tasty assortment. I will look forward to making arrangements for pick-up/delivery service sometime in the near future. Coming up to be a good luck charm for a game at WW any time soon?

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