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I don't drink a lot (I know hard to believe with a sailor) except when I travel. Guinness is my go to beer but I like to try all kinds of ales and stouts. Harpoon

Brewery has a great one, Pickwick Ale which is based upon a pre-prohibition recipe. I've only had it during their brewery tour and sure would like to get some. I also like the offerings of brew pubs, like John Harvard's, but most to limited batches so it's hard to find a favorite.

 

My favorite beer: free of course!

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I prefer dark malty beers and stouts.

 

Wychwoods Hobgoblin is always a good find as long as it's on tap. Been getting plenty of Doom Bar locally as well recently which is a damn fine pint, and Ironbridge Stout.

 

Guiness tends to be my safe choice if it's a chain pub or I don't like any of the other options.

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Oh, and wildbill, come on up to Denver for Genghis Con in two weekends and you'll find lots of choices of quite drinkable microbrews. And a pretty good miniatures painting culture.

 

Man, that would be sweet. But I am only able to afford one convention this year :down:, so I am making it ReaperCon. ::):

 

In an earlier post (which is escaping me :grr:), someone mentioned about PBR being hipster-trendy. When did that happen? I have noticed the same thing. Restaurants and such will be sporting PBR on tap. :zombie: I remember in college that PBR was the swill you drank if that was all you could afford. Now it is supposed to be all of that AND a bag of chips? No thanks. *shudder*

 

Wild Bill :blues:

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Oh, and wildbill, come on up to Denver for Genghis Con in two weekends and you'll find lots of choices of quite drinkable microbrews. And a pretty good miniatures painting culture.

 

Man, that would be sweet. But I am only able to afford one convention this year :down:, so I am making it ReaperCon. ::):

 

In an earlier post (which is escaping me :grr:), someone mentioned about PBR being hipster-trendy. When did that happen? I have noticed the same thing. Restaurants and such will be sporting PBR on tap. :zombie: I remember in college that PBR was the swill you drank if that was all you could afford. Now it is supposed to be all of that AND a bag of chips? No thanks. *shudder*

 

Wild Bill :blues:

 

I have no idea how it got trendy, but I think it has something to do with the price, and the fact that it's inoffensive, I mean that's it. It's inoffensive, that's the best I can say. I used to keep it on hand for my non-beer-nerd friends, and for cooking, till I discovered Ballantine, which is the same price, and actually has a bit of character. There's something to be said for a freezing cold can of something on a hot evening, and that's where these fit in. They're still better than the Big 3.

 

If I go to a bar, and all they have on tap is Miller, Bud, or Coors, or even slightly fancy stuff like Blue Moon (yech, I hate wheat beer).... I get a gin and tonic. I'm not even a huge fan of Guinness these days. Once I tried some great milk stouts, like Keegan, or Left Hand...I just lost the taste for the old classic.

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anyone had one of these? I just randomly grabbed a pack from my local Giant liquor store a couple of years ago, I remember I liked it, not much else.

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And then there's this, I about had a fit when I saw this sitting in the cooler, it's the witches that give it the flavor :devil:

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Avery is a good brewery, never had that one, but their Maharaja is a seasonal, and when I see it, I literally scoop all the bottles off the shelf and hoard them jealously. The Monty Python one...well...the bottle is cool. I bought it for the same reason anyone would "OMG HOLY GRAIL AIL!" It's not so good. Kept the bottle though.

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mmm...I cut my beer-drinking teeth on Guinness. I often tell people I like 'em "opaque, warm and chewy." Stouts and other dark beers have a special place in my hea--err...liver?

 

But I also can't wait for Reapercon, as I'll be in the land of Shiner Bock. Can't get it around here, and I'm not sure if that's a distribution issue or a "The Commonwealth knows what's best for you" issue (Pennsylvania liquor law sucks). It's also likely I'll be able to find some Fat Tire for my wife.

 

Pittsburgh is lucky to have The Churchhouse Brewery, a microbrewery and grill in a desanctified cathedral. The tanks are where the altar ought to be; it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And Their beers are very good. We often have a mini-keg of Pious Monk Dunkel at the house.

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mmm...I cut my beer-drinking teeth on Guinness. I often tell people I like 'em "opaque, warm and chewy." Stouts and other dark beers have a special place in my hea--err...liver?

 

But I also can't wait for Reapercon, as I'll be in the land of Shiner Bock. Can't get it around here, and I'm not sure if that's a distribution issue or a "The Commonwealth knows what's best for you" issue (Pennsylvania liquor law sucks). It's also likely I'll be able to find some Fat Tire for my wife.

 

Pittsburgh is lucky to have The Churchhouse Brewery, a microbrewery and grill in a desanctified cathedral. The tanks are where the altar ought to be; it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And Their beers are very good. We often have a mini-keg of Pious Monk Dunkel at the house.

 

How far are you from NJ? Because we get Shiner here, as of a few years ago. Cross the border! Great stuff. There's a bar near here that does five dollar pitchers of Shiner Bock, when they have craptacular bands playing. You'd be amazed at what one can put up with nursing a pitcher of Shiner.

 

Likewise, I'm jealous at some of the stuff you guys get, that NJ can't, due to distribution laws.

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Following on keeping a small beer on hand (PBR or whatever), I keep Old Milwaukee Light at just above freezing in the summer. Best thing on a hot day. Back in the band days we'd have people bring cases of Old Mil tavern bottles to our BYOB parties, it was $7 a case in the late 80s...and you could get a $1.50 return with bottles+hard case. We'd use the returns for lunch the next day :)

 

Like Arachne says, just inoffensive bland american lager. Why pay more for bud or miller? Find the cheap one that suits your palate and go with it.

 

I also tend to like my beer low in alcohol, I don't like getting drunk :)

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I also tend to like my beer low in alcohol, I don't like getting drunk :)

 

You ought to move to Oklahoma then. If you want to purchase beer already cold from any store, then it has to be 3.2% alcohol content. I get full before I drink enough beer to get drunk! If you want real beer, you can get it at a liquor store, but they are required by law to sell it at room temperature. No spontaneous microbrew purchase for Wild Bill!

 

If I do go the cold beer from a store route, then I tend to stick with Coors. Not Coors Light, Coors. It's not awesome, but it's not horrible either. It just is. :devil:

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