what's /ck/ drinking now? any beers you've gotten into lately?
Currently on an international student exchange, so I don't have a proper glass. This shit was great. Worth the price just for the smell.
Last year's Narwhal, drinking really nice.
Drinking this stuff. One of the best US pilseners I've had, if not the best. Fairly priced too.
Currently on a student exchange trip to the Czech Republic for a few months, the birthplace of the modern pilsner. So for the last few weeks I've been trying to taste as many pilsners as possible.
The beer here tastes amazing. The weird thing is, even the very cheap beers still taste good. The beers usually cost about 0.5 euro for half a liter, so its amazing value for money
It's Shiner, so it's drinkable, but nothing special.
You ever have the shinner prickly pear cactus one? One of the all time summer beers ever. I went camping in the Texas heat and I went through like 2 12 packs In a day and half.
Had that today...As you said its Shiner so its decent. Stopped and grabbed some Rodeo Clown on the way home. Also have a few Real Ale Hans Pils i'm going to finish tonight.
this one's not half bad
You should all try this
Yes it is. Such a good ale. I wish it were available year round, but that wouldn't make it a treat for the holidays. May have to go to the local liquor store and see if I can purchase a few cases. Also, I picked up the Miller High Life because I was feeling some day drinking and was tired of Coors Light.
Good stuff. I used to drink that a lot a few years back. Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries. Wookey Jack has been my jam lately.
Do I have bad taste if I think this tastes almost like nothing? Its bland. Im trying to get into beers but all the ones Ive tried have been boring. Granted Ive only had the "typical" American ones like busweiser, coors, yuengling, but I heard Boston Lager had quite a good reputation even among beer snobs. But I dont see it.
I had a sip of an IPA once, and it seemed to have a lot more flavor.
Unless you drinking almost flavorless beer flavored water like light beer I don't see how you could think that and even I could easily tell the difference between light beers. Beer is generally a pretty boring comfort drink. Unless you go for something specifically flavorful like a nice craft beer or whatever else is strongly flavored all over it's not going to be amazing unless you really like said ordinary beer.
Sam Adams really isn't that great. It's always reminded me of beer-flavored soda and just about everything they put out has the exact same body. They have a special place because they were one of the first microbrews to break into the market. Nowadays they can hardly be called a small brewery and honestly they're kind of mediocre at best.
It's a grapefruit IPA. I can easily and distinctively smell the grapefruit but the IPA taste is overwhelming. I think I don't like IPAs. They're too heavy and thick and all the subtle flavors are very underlying.
Anyone recommend a crisper more flavorful type of beer?
I wish I had money to spend on good alcohol ;_;
I'm just stuck with buying the cheapest shit at Aldi.
And I am not gonna get a job because getting a job is what kick-started my alcoholism in the first place.
I'm looking for something similar to this.
Love the kinda licorice flavor it has.
Had this earlier. First cloudwater beer, was really nice. Nice and juicy, as any good American Pale Ale should be.
Anyone has info on the upcoming Chimay Blue Oak Aged? Nothing on their site...
Try Old Rasputin. I'd also recommend trying the Yeti variants too, Oatmeal Yeti and Espresso Yeti are very good. If you're in California, the chances are you can maybe get a bottle of Hangar 24 Pugachev's Cobra. It's my favorite stout.
>on a business trip in west salt lake city with an lds dude
>water pale ale
I guess it's good for helping me cut down, I would be fiending harder if I hadn't made edibles beforehand.
Worst thing is I'm 2 miles away from Uinata brewery but he rented the car and I'm not on the rental.
It's probably entry level but I mixed Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout with some Banana Bread Beer and it tasted pretty good. I prefer just the chocolate stout on it's own but my girlfriend liked the mixture better.
Is it so bad? If the quality goes down, then yeah I'll be pissed then but if it stays the same then who cares? Hell, I'd be glad to see more of their on-tap stuff be bottled/canned. That thai chili Wahoo is GOAT.
I'm a total beer pleb an the only kind of beer I can enjoy are IPAs
Everything else I've tried either isn't flavorful enough or is too fucking heavy like a loaf of bread
Anything recs for other varieties I might enjoy?
Not him, but that's how some 4 and/or 6 packs come nowadays
Not very exciting but it's bottled conditioned if you like that kind of thing
Ales tend to be more flavorful than lagers anon.
Some people don't like the taste of pine resin, or feel like they're drinking flowers.
Others like my self hate their popularity because at times you can go to your favorite brewery and out of 20 beers 10 will be an ipa or variation of one. So for me I just hate seem so fucking many of them. I just want something different.
That is the reason I started to homebrew.
Just picked up some crazy mountain (Colorado) "fir needle" with real pine needle in it. Its kinda of life an esb with pine flavor.
i'm sorry, i can't hear your lager wet tears over the sound of living in wonderful american IPA paradise.
all trolling aside, hop cultivation is easier here in certain american climates. The prevalence of IPAs might also be less about fads/trend and more that it's easier for a microbrew to get a bunch of hops for brewing.
It's not like breweries just see hops are cheap and decide to put extra in to get an IPA. Europe isn't not producing IPA because they can't afford the hops.
I think that the real reason for the popularity of IPA's is the horrible state of lager in the US. Microbreweries want to distinguish their beers from American adjunct lager and an easy way to do that is by brewing a style as different from it as possible. Also, making a good lager takes more work because any mistakes in brewing are obvious compared to ales.
American microbreweries can also be more adventurous than small breweries throughout Europe because of the respective markets. The breweries in Europe are old and people have expectations of what they are going to get. Most people there just want a well made pilsner. The US microbreweries are not established and a lot of the consumers are hoping to go out and find the newest best beer of the week.
Colorado has some really great breweries, but Crazy Mountain isn't one of them. Every single beer I've had from them had a watery off taste, like the water from canned vegetables. Or canned pine needles in this case.
Indulging in one of these at the moment, pretty good desu. Really dry finish though
Had this yesterday. Aged in LAWS barrels. It was bomb. 8/10. $8.99 retail, would buy again.
Pretty good, and it's getting better with every glass. I think it's the flavor and not the alcohol content, though.
I didn't like this one when I tried it, but it might have been because I was very hungover. I'll give it another try and it'll probably be better now that I know someone really likes it
Pretty disappointed in it to be honest.
Glad there was only 3 of them in the 12 pack.
American beer? Is there such a thing? I thought this was a legend.
I've tried New Grist and it's okay. I've bought my gf (who has celiac) a bottle of St. Peter's from the UK, but she never ended up trying it. Some beers like Corona fall under the 20ppm limit, but are made from barley so can't be technically called gluten free. Some gluten free beers like Omission are made from barley, but have had the gluten removed through some process. It's up to you if you want to risk it.
Very hoppy black ipa. Still get some of the dark malts so i like it!
Had this one yesterday, I think I like it even more than Gulden Draak, which has been my favorite for several weeks.
And this one today. Not bad, but nothing too special.
This is literally the first beer I ever had when I turned 21 (excepting the Heinekens and Hoegardens I sipped at my parents' parties as an underagedb&, since I hated the taste at the time). Figured it was time to revisit it and see what I think, now that I can handle the intensity.
7/10 tastes like someone poured a barleywine into a bowl of Raisin Bran instead of milk, pretty damn decent.
the liquor store near me lets you build your own sick-packs, so I can get six new flavors without having to devote myself to a full six-pack.
First up is "Our Special Ale 2015" from Anchor. Both the nose and the taste are very spice-heavy, and the dominant flavor seems to be a minty gingerbread.
stopped drinking S.A. since this douchebag showed up in their ads
yah blew it Madison Avenue
Next is Innis & Gunn "rare" oak-aged pale. I expected to hate this since I'm not a fan of whiskey, or anything oak-aged in general, but it seems to work really well with beer (especially Rodenbach). The bitterness of oak helps to mellow out the malt-heavy sweetness. It didn't blow me away but I could drink this again.
This is the one I had yesterday. The habanero pepper drowns out all the subtlety and complexity of the underlying beer flavors, but that's okay, really. The heat was at a perfect level; it was sharp, but the finish was short, so it wouldn't make you sweat too badly.
I will definitely pick up more of this in the future.
This was decent enough, but not as good as other Tiny Rebel stuff. Had a slightly odd/chalky aftertaste, wasn't a fan of that bit.
I'm back from work, so it's time to start drinking again :^)
next up is Yard's "Jefferson tavern ale," whose label boasts both honey and rye flavors.
This is my favorite of the bunch so far. It tastes like one of those honey-wheat pretzel sticks you can buy in any cheap supermarket. There's a drying aftertaste, so none of the malts or added flavors feel cloying.
Speaking of Sam Adams, this beer is fantastic!
Listbro here. Finally finished it so now I can go back to drinking actual good beers. This is an IPA that the bar collabed with a brewery and made. Very citrus-y and pretty good. Proceeds go to one of the bar employee's kids who has leukemia :(
Also today is my birthday. 27 big ones...
Used to post in these beer threads a lot and the bar I go to has a list of all ~200 of their bottles and drafts. I chronicled my journey and posted pics of all the bottles I was checking off the list. Now that I'm done I get my name on the wall and a personalized mug. Spent a lot of money here but I like it. Haven't really posted much since I finished the list a bit ago.
This one's great if you like sours, but don't believe them when they says the sour flavor "suggests rather than announcing." There's nothing subtle about it, even if it's milder than, say, Festina Peche.
I like sours though so of course this is damn fine to me.
Well I wasn't a huge fan of IPAs before but I really like them now after having to drink so many. Also probably never would have ordered any of the Belgian lambic/fruit beers that are actually pretty tasty.
And as the grand finale, a fruit beer.
The many online reviewers aren't kidding when they call this a "blueberry muffin in a glass." What starts as a very bland pale-ale gives way to the most subtle and teasing of fruit flavors I've perhaps ever tasted in a beer. This is nothing like Rubaeus, which overloads one's senses with raspberry.
Overall while I didn't hate any of the beers in this 6-pack, the ones I want to buy again are the Habanero Sculpin, the Jefferson Tavern Ale, and the Telltale Tart.
I have to be in the mood for them desu. Now that it's getting colder, citrus flavors are becoming less complimentary.
Any brands that really stand out in your opinion? I finally got around to trying some Stone IPAs after I saw them in a documentary, and they're a lot better than the Lagunitas beers I typically frequented for my hophead fix.
This one is ok...
Definitely had much better sours
Well I'm from Michigan and we have a surplus of breweries. Everyone knows founders and bells but Saugatuck has some great offerings, including my favorite, the Neopolitan Milk Stout, which this place has on nitro. So good. Also found I like a lot of beers from Deschutes, namely the Fresh Squeezed IPA.
Going to buy some beer tonight.
What should I get? Im in the mood for something kinda flavorful, so Im thinking an IPA or something. I also dont like fruity/citrusy beers or chocolate ones. Just pretty tasty great beers. I live in PA if that makes any difference
>any beers you've gotten into lately?
Sam Adams because I want to be a total douche bag
Today's beer. Very dark and opaque, coffee flavors, not a fan.
Went to Tall Boys in Leeds. Couldn't take much back but picked up a Brouwerij de Molen Rasputin imperial stout, Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon imperial stout, and their own exclusive Northern Monk collab IPA
A Belgian customer from where I work made good on his promise and was able to sort us out for a few bottles of Grand Cru Rodenbach, so picked up one of those today
I filled up my growler with Mac and Jack's African Amber. Brettyguud beer.
Dark Horse - Boffo Brown
Bonus pups in the background
Just drank the same thing and felt the same way.
This renegade doesn't have a lot of depth but it's a solid beer. Would drink again.
Such a refreshing and fruity drink. Sugar could have been toned down a little bit though.
Somersby is pure arse, it's like diabeetus juice.
Student cider du jour in my locale despite all but a few seem to complain over how awful it is (can't beat those bargain basement prices I suppose)
I love this beer so much, along with another, Paulaner.
German beer is brewed by God's.
Got a whole 12 of these after I got a taste from a variety pack.
I think I posted the variety pack previously ITT, but a mod banned me and deleted all my posts.
Used to prefer this stuff
But Now I think I should've gone with lech
Drinking this tonight. Not the best, but its cheap, and decent strength.
An American here interested in trying out some "real ale". Any idea what to get?
no beer is designed to taste best near freezing
You really only want this with near flavorless lagers as it depresses the terrible carbonated water flavor that takes over as it warms
But these aren't designed to taste good cold, they are just designed to be as cheap to produce as possible and as a result do not taste particularly good
I think ts a very British thing to go to the pub and drink pint after pint of beer all night. A lot of middle aged men will drink 6-8 pints whilst socialising, but not want to get wasted and make a fool of themselves, and still get up for work the next day.
What do you have available?
I have a bit of experience with real ale. I grew up in a pub, worked in a lot of pubs, managed a few, done a little consulting work for a few, although mostly about food.
Some real ale brands are national. You will find them in pubs and supermarkets up and down the UK. And then there tends to be semi-local breweries, although they are available across the UK, typically stocked in pubs local to where they are made since they dont produce the volume to sell all over the country and it also becomes more expensive due to transportation costs.
So when it comes to suggestions, a lot of people will probably be able to tell you about the larger breweries, and then have ale local to them that others dont know so much about.
Champion is literally one of the only good things about living in this piece of shit town.
Id also add, the bottled version of a real ale can be quite different to the tap version. Personally I find the tap verson to be much better.
Something to get you started that may be available to you is Fullers London Pride. I normally drink from local breweries if I can, whereas this is available all over. However, its a pretty decent beer
A big reason American makes almost all of the worlds best beer now is how shitty all the macro beer is. When your beer is merely pretty bad like in non-belgium europe, that incentive to create new better things just wasn't as strong as it was in america at the peak of consolidation in the 80s
I literally haven't purchased any other beer in 8 months.
I think I paid around £0.80 for a single bottle. Pretty reasonable imo.
When buying decent beer/ale, most supermarkets offer 3 for £5, but they are normally 500ml bottles. Craft beer starts at about £2 for a 330ml bottle.
I like celebrator. Its got a nice flavor profile. You get flavors like raisins, caramel, and tobacco in it. I think its a great dopplebock.
Even after drinking a shitload the night before? So the body doesn't need time to "cool off" from heavy drinking?
I really hope that's the case. Last night I tried some new beer, it tasted great and flavorful but I didn't know it was 9% so I got drunk as hell and my head ached like crazy when I woke and still does
>American makes almost all of the worlds best beer now
I'm just guessing that this is what he was referring to, and I don't disagree with him. I do agree with you that the shitty macrobeers have led to all the experimentation in American brewing today though.
>I'm just guessing that this is what he was referring to, and I don't disagree with him
I just don't see how anyone could disagree with this in 2015 unless the only american beer they have tried is Bud
Do anyone other than Americans say its the best?
I've not been hunting for it that hard, but I do keep a look out, and I hardly see any American craft beer in the UK which is a shame. Craft beer is starting to take off here, and I would have thought it would be more common to find American beer by now. Perhaps im not searching hard enough though. I guess im not missing out too much since I dont like really like IPA, but I do enjoy porter/stout and some of the American versions look great.
>Do anyone other than Americans say its the best?
Yes, pretty much everyone who has tried a lot of the best beer around europe and america does regardless of the person's country of origin
Most of america's best brewers do not export though, so a lot of europeans have only been exposed to the multinational companies selling fake american beer like Budweiser (actually sold by a belgian company)
When I was in London back in the spring, I saw some american brews popping up, but I tried to drink just local stuff so I wasn't paying much attention to which american ones were available. I know I saw Founders there, definitely check out their Breakfast Stout if you see it
don't bother arguing with Euros about beer.
They like to pretend that Budweiser represents all beers in the USA, as if we should also pretend that Bitburger represents all German beers
Probably my favorite cider
For a long time it did represent all American beer. And as already mentioned, US craft beer isnt being distributed very much outside of America. So its easy to see why perceptions havent changed.
ive got three more of these left in the fridge and im about to step out and buy more beer because i am an alcohol and its destroying my family.
ill prolly just get one big one instead of a six pack, anything in particular i should look out for? i usually like stouts but im gonna be grabbing dinner too so i dont want anything heavy.
rodeo clown is the shit
Meh to both of these. I really didn't appreciate prickly pear.
Most of the yeti variants are amazing. If you can get prairie (bomb, noir, variants) near you they're great too.
Halia is better. All goose island sisters are pretty good, expensive for what they are though.
dat mikkeller doe
all of these are great
Clown shoes makes too many stouts, but all are pretty cool.
Thunderstruck is a lot better than expected from stone
Neat, I didn't know revolver was bottling.
Me, I'm enjoying Evil Twin finally coming to TX tonight.
I only consider alcoholism if you drink more than 2 beers before 12PM. Normally I try not to drink around noon unless I'm at a beer festival. I wait till around 5-6PM to start drinking on weekdays.
yup me too. i was able to get blood n honey pretty frequently when i was up in denton last year and a half ago and i think it just recently started getting sent elsewhere (im in austin now, pls no bully)
also, its neat to see all these texas beers in here. karbach has been pretty good to mei cant remember anything from them that sticks out too much but i can dig it. and ive enjoyed pretty much everything from real ale. if anyone out there ever comes to austin you should check out oasis brewery its really nice.
i want this. i love shower beers and im glad this company is recognizing the demand.
blaecorn is really good. i just bought flight of the angry beast which is imperial stout blended with barleywine ale.
might be good? we'll see.
A little late for oktoberfest but it was a descent price for a 24 at costco
what glassware do you guys like?
I'm looking for a good set of tulips for parties but I'm not sure what brands are good, every one seems to have some problem where the base breaks or the glass scratches really easily or something
Told myself I wasn't going to drink tonight since I got wasted last night. But then the ex texted me so I'm in the process of pounding some pic related
Just takin it easy with an American classic
Had this one with breakfast today, fucking amazing.
I agree that this is pretty good after a year of cellaring. I still might think that fresh narwhal is better vs. fresh old rasputin and that aged narwhal is also better than aged old rasputin. Might have to do a blind taste test one day. >>7078688
I am curious about how long you've been drinking beer. Sculpin is a standard IPA and grapefruit sculpin is hardly an IPA with the amount of grapefruit they're adding to the beer. IMO your problem isn't about not finding the right beer(s) for you, it's more of inexperience. I may be making huge assumptions, but you really should just stick with the recommendations people make/have made. Most hardcore beer drinkers went through a phase of liking crap beer or not liking beer entirely before getting to the point that they're at. Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin are both pretty great beers when fresh, but Grapefruit has a bit of a longer shelflife since the grapefruit flavor is the main focus. Go for some really solid entry level beers that are not IPAs. Grab some Lindemans Cuvee Rene or Gueuze Fond Tradition. Grab a Black Butte Porter. Experiment with beer. Try it at different temperatures and with different amounts of time on each bottle. Maybe even try some IPLs if you want flavorful while refreshing/crisp? Fathom and Pivo Pils are both good options. Both also could help you develop a taste for hops
So I bought a can of Guinness today, and to my disappointment it was completely flat. I mean it didn't have any carbon dioxide, no fizz at all. The thing in the did work, it had a nice creamy head and all.
Is Guinness draught supposed to have carbon dioxide?
It's supposed to have nitrogen and carbon dioxide, meaning it has very fine bubbles. I don't know if yours was defective or you're just not used to the texture. Guinness Extra Export Stout or whatever they call it doesn't have the little nitrogen widget in it, you might like that better. Of course, there are much better stouts out there.
first time I had a Guinness it seemed like it was flat but once you get used to it it's a pretty great session beer, there are better options for a Friday night though
kinda wish more imports shipped in opaque bottles instead of shitty green ones, here in the US it seems like you can't enjoy an authentic pilsner because they're all ruined by the time they arrive
Innis and Gunn original, 660ml bottles going for £2.50 in Tesco so i picked up a few
So lately, Oregon's biggest newspaper did a thing where the staff chose their top 50 Oregon craft beers (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/the_oregonianoregonlives_top_5.html#incart_river_index).
Following that, they've started a readers choice thing among Oregonian readers of the paper for their best craft beers. So far readers have made the following decisions in:
Session beer (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/breakside_lunch_break_isa_wins.html#incart_maj-story-1)
Belgian Style: (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/mazama_saison_detre_is_peoples.html#incart_maj-story-1)
And Red/Amber/Brown beers: (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/double_mountain_ira_is_peoples.html#incart_maj-story-1)
They are currently voting on Paler Ales: (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/whats_oregon_best_paler_ale_vo.html#incart_river_index)
What do you guys think?
>I'm a bong
Oh. Nice selection! Blue Chimay is better tho. I'm no fan of westmalle, but Gulden Draak is one of my favorites. I have yet to try the deleriums, never heard of the others.
Had this earlier. Nice stout, very smooth. Coffee was a nice touch.
If I could get it in MN I would. The can is cool. We have a local one called War and Peace that's also great. Wisconsin fags, pick it up when you see it hit your shelves. It's from Fulton
>drink a 740ml of these
>get a stomach ache
>drink 4 more
Worthy Adversary. It's a little hoppy at first so I usually let it sit. Also Patience if you like barleywines. Sweet child of vine is a solid ipa. Really anything from them is going to be at least decent. The only thing I didn't like from them is their rye saison
In the US it's referred as cask beer. Craft-centered bars tend to have casks tapped at special times during the week, at least where I live they do. (San Diego, CA)
I just had some Beechwood Beers at a bar earlier. They make some aggressively hopped IPA's. Also tried pic related. Delicious.