The Craft Beer Thread....

DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
edited January 2014 in All Encompassing Trip
So who around here enjoys a good beer...and when i say good beer i'm not talking the Bud, Miller, Coors giants..Nothing against them but i'm talking about a nice handcrafted micro brew...

One of my all time favorites: Troegs Hopback Amber..

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  • bigeye21bigeye21 Posts: 981
    Seattle beer snob here. 8-)

    My favorite local brew:
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  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 29,747
    my favorite beer(s)
    http://www.blvdbeer.com/beer.htm
    good, good beer. wish they sold it down here...but i always take some back when we go visit the family.

    and my other favorite..
    http://www.shiner.com/
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  • PatrickBatemanPatrickBateman Posts: 2,243
    friend recently gave me a Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing company which was pretty delicious
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  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,146
    The great thing about craft beer is it is so regional. The worst thing about craft beer is it is so regional.....

    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    He has turned me onto Russian River beers. The Blind Pig and Elney are two of my favs. I have a Damnation in my fridge that i'm saving for this weekend. It is gonna be awesome! I wish i coudl get those beers here is the south.

    I like some of what Terrapin is doing out of Athens GA they have some neat stuff.

    For my national craft beer Dogfishhead and Flying dog are probably my favs. Both of their IPA's are very nice.

    Asheville NC and the surrounding NC area has some very good stuff going on. I love going there and trying all the new beers.

    Oh and Ommegang usually has very quality beers. I like their 3 Philosophers A LOT, but i've enjoyed all of theirs i have tried ( Hennepin, Abbey Ale, Chocolate Indulgance & Ommegeddon) Although Ommegeddon is just not my style of beer
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  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,300
    intodeep wrote:
    The great thing about craft beer is it is so regional. The worst thing about craft beer is it is so regional.....

    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    He has turned me onto Russian River beers. The Blind Pig and Elney are two of my favs. I have a Damnation in my fridge that i'm saving for this weekend. It is gonna be awesome! I wish i coudl get those beers here is the south.

    I like some of what Terrapin is doing out of Athens GA they have some neat stuff.

    For my national craft beer Dogfishhead and Flying dog are probably my favs. Both of their IPA's are very nice.

    Asheville NC and the surrounding NC area has some very good stuff going on. I love going there and trying all the new beers.


    Oh and Ommegang usually has very quality beers. I like their 3 Philosophers A LOT, but i've enjoyed all of theirs i have tried ( Hennepin, Abbey Ale, Chocolate Indulgance & Ommegeddon) Although Ommegeddon is just not my style of beer


    You listed some good ones!!
  • DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
    intodeep wrote:
    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    i've done a bunch of this as well and was able to get some really nice stuff from the west coast...some good Bear Republic before it was available here in Jersey..

    I was also able to get my hands on some Westy's from Belgium which i'll be hanging on to for a couple of years before i crack those beauties open..

    the IPA's that Dogfish puts out are definatley on point....the 90min and even the 120 min are real nice treats everyone once in a while. i can sit down and drink the 60min all night long...
  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    Sitting in a Denver airport, I recently had New Belgium's (home of Fat Tire) 1558 Black Ale. Damn fine stuff. But the distributors around me in NY can't even order it. Sucks.

    I too enjoy Dogfish Head (Raison D'etre, Punkin' Ale), though not the renowned IPAs, since I don't fancy IPAs at all.

    A note on the Sam Adams Imperial series: I have not been impressed, and generally I enjoy Sams as standby beers. The Double Bock was alright, but the White Ale SUCKED. A two-second explosion of alcohol and mess of spice, etc.
  • DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
    lralle wrote:
    Sitting in a Denver airport, I recently had New Belgium's (home of Fat Tire) 1558 Black Ale. Damn fine stuff. But the distributors around me in NY can't even order it. Sucks.

    I too enjoy Dogfish Head (Raison D'etre, Punkin' Ale), though not the renowned IPAs, since I don't fancy IPAs at all.

    A note on the Sam Adams Imperial series: I have not been impressed, and generally I enjoy Sams as standby beers. The Double Bock was alright, but the White Ale SUCKED. A two-second explosion of alcohol and mess of spice, etc.


    Have you tried the Imperial Pilsner....not too bad...nothing crazy
  • Steve DunneSteve Dunne Posts: 4,956
    Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has a beer called Ubu Ale which is out of sight. It packs a whallop too!
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  • gabersgabers Posts: 2,786
    mfc2006 wrote:
    my favorite beer(s)
    http://www.blvdbeer.com/beer.htm
    good, good beer. wish they sold it down here...but i always take some back when we go visit the family.

    and my other favorite..
    http://www.shiner.com/

    So you're from KC then? I like Boulevard too. Anything in particular? My favorite is the Bully Porter. They actually sell Boulevard now here in Houston. Do you guys have any decent liquor stores in Waco? You might want to look around.
  • gabersgabers Posts: 2,786
    lralle wrote:
    Sitting in a Denver airport, I recently had New Belgium's (home of Fat Tire) 1558 Black Ale. Damn fine stuff. But the distributors around me in NY can't even order it. Sucks.

    I too enjoy Dogfish Head (Raison D'etre, Punkin' Ale), though not the renowned IPAs, since I don't fancy IPAs at all.

    A note on the Sam Adams Imperial series: I have not been impressed, and generally I enjoy Sams as standby beers. The Double Bock was alright, but the White Ale SUCKED. A two-second explosion of alcohol and mess of spice, etc.

    The Dogfish Head Raison D'etre is so malty good you forget how much alcohol it has. It sneaks up on your ass. Definitely a truly great American microbrew.
  • adam42381adam42381 Posts: 2,440
    edited May 2009
    One of my favorites is a local brew, Red Oak Amber Lager. Mmmm...

    http://redoakbrewery.com/home.php
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2951/7330 (You should definitely sign up for a Beer Advocate account. Excellent resource for finding new brews).
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  • bmwweirdoguybmwweirdoguy Right of SeattlePosts: 224
    bigeye21 wrote:
    Seattle beer snob here. 8-)

    My favorite local brew:
    mannysPaleSM.gif

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    It seems the Manny's/Mac and Jacks crowds are the Jets and the Sharks of Seattle...me? I'm just happy to have sooooooooo many good beer choices around here! Also, check out Big Al Brewing - http://www.bigalbrewing.com/ It's my friend Alejandro's brewery, and they're making some REALLY good beers!
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  • lephtylephty Posts: 770
    Keegan Ales - Mothers Milk!

    I visited the brewery in kingston ny a month ago... they had a vanilla beer on tap that they don't normally sell. it tasted like awesome!

    i love trying craft beers. there is a distributor in my area called half-time that has hundreds of different beers! its almost overwhelming!
  • DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
    adam42381 wrote:
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2951/7330 (You should definitely sign up for a Beer Advocate account. Excellent resource for finding new brews).

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  • bigeye21bigeye21 Posts: 981
    bigeye21 wrote:
    Seattle beer snob here. 8-)

    My favorite local brew:
    mannysPaleSM.gif

    I'm a Mac and Jacks man myself 7286.jpg
    It seems the Manny's/Mac and Jacks crowds are the Jets and the Sharks of Seattle...me? I'm just happy to have sooooooooo many good beer choices around here! Also, check out Big Al Brewing - http://www.bigalbrewing.com/ It's my friend Alejandro's brewery, and they're making some REALLY good beers!
    I like me some Mac & Jacks too! Thanks for the Big Al's recommendation -- I'll have to check them out. If you ever make it out to Snoqualmie, check out the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery & Taproom: http://www.fallsbrew.com/index.html They make awesome beer and have a good menu for lunch. Watch out for the crowds on weekends though. My favorite is their nitro oatmeal stout: n614141056_1967062_7154.jpg Yummy! Living in North Bend, I'm in there at least once a week. :ugeek:
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  • _Crazy_Mary__Crazy_Mary_ Posts: 1,299
    Does Dogfish Head make Midas Touch? That's an interesting beer; Barley, honey, saffron - definitely worth a try.
    Lately I've been enjoying Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale and Speakeasy's Big Daddy, Also Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale. Yummmm
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  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,300
    It's only 9:30 here and this thread makes me want to have a beer! Hehehehe!

    Not gonna, but I will be watching the clock until it's happy hour! :D
  • DrockNJDrockNJ Posts: 43
    Does Dogfish Head make Midas Touch? That's an interesting beer; Barley, honey, saffron - definitely worth a try.
    Lately I've been enjoying Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale and Speakeasy's Big Daddy, Also Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale. Yummmm


    they sure do...Official name is Midas Touch Golden Elixir
  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    gabers wrote:
    lralle wrote:
    Sitting in a Denver airport, I recently had New Belgium's (home of Fat Tire) 1558 Black Ale. Damn fine stuff. But the distributors around me in NY can't even order it. Sucks.

    I too enjoy Dogfish Head (Raison D'etre, Punkin' Ale), though not the renowned IPAs, since I don't fancy IPAs at all.

    A note on the Sam Adams Imperial series: I have not been impressed, and generally I enjoy Sams as standby beers. The Double Bock was alright, but the White Ale SUCKED. A two-second explosion of alcohol and mess of spice, etc.

    The Dogfish Head Raison D'etre is so malty good you forget how much alcohol it has. It sneaks up on your ass. Definitely a truly great American microbrew.

    I'm having one with my hockey tonight!

    Although I can't get so many west coast beers, one of the best things about NY is being able to buy a single beer at a time. Sometimes what I try sucks, but it's only a $2 commitment.
  • jimed14jimed14 Posts: 9,487
    This thread seems to come up about once a month ... might want to do a search to see more opinions ...

    Anyway, I'll post my #1 of the bay area ... I'm a big amber beer fan, so, this is always in my fridge ...

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    when I'm back home in Boston, this is the the one i'll go for (note, this one is seasonal ... sping)

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  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    I was thinking about some good Michigan beers. Motor City's Ghettoblaster. Bell's (out of Kalamazoo, I think) Oberon. You can get Bell's on the east coast, but I haven't seen a Ghettoblaster since I left Detroit.
  • Here are some brewerys that do special things

    Russian River
    Founders
    Troegs
    Victory
    Unibroue
    Avery
    Bells
    Lost Abbey/Port
    Jolly Pumpkin
    Three Floyds
    Dogfish Head
    Deschutes
    Bear Republic
    Stone

    there may be a few bad beers sprinkled in like the 09 aprihop but those are few and far between, chances are your favorite beer is somewhere up there even if you dont know it.
  • Brain of mJBrain of mJ Posts: 786
    intodeep wrote:
    The great thing about craft beer is it is so regional. The worst thing about craft beer is it is so regional.....

    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    He has turned me onto Russian River beers. The Blind Pig and Elney are two of my favs. I have a Damnation in my fridge that i'm saving for this weekend. It is gonna be awesome! I wish i coudl get those beers here is the south.

    I like some of what Terrapin is doing out of Athens GA they have some neat stuff.

    For my national craft beer Dogfishhead and Flying dog are probably my favs. Both of their IPA's are very nice.

    Asheville NC and the surrounding NC area has some very good stuff going on. I love going there and trying all the new beers.

    Oh and Ommegang usually has very quality beers. I like their 3 Philosophers A LOT, but i've enjoyed all of theirs i have tried ( Hennepin, Abbey Ale, Chocolate Indulgance & Ommegeddon) Although Ommegeddon is just not my style of beer


    You're right on about regionality. And Terrapin is great, I love the side project series; Dos Cocoas, and Gamma Ray rocked. Have you seen the new craft beer store in West Midtown, Hop City? It opened up last week and is suposed to be pretty good.
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    I had never been to beeradvocate.com before seeing it in this thread. I love that website! It has every beer imaginable!
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  • pretextpretext Posts: 1,275
    Just bought a six-pack of Left Hand Sawtooth Ale. Hoping for good things!
  • intodeepintodeep Posts: 7,146
    intodeep wrote:
    The great thing about craft beer is it is so regional. The worst thing about craft beer is it is so regional.....

    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    He has turned me onto Russian River beers. The Blind Pig and Elney are two of my favs. I have a Damnation in my fridge that i'm saving for this weekend. It is gonna be awesome! I wish i coudl get those beers here is the south.

    I like some of what Terrapin is doing out of Athens GA they have some neat stuff.

    For my national craft beer Dogfishhead and Flying dog are probably my favs. Both of their IPA's are very nice.

    Asheville NC and the surrounding NC area has some very good stuff going on. I love going there and trying all the new beers.

    Oh and Ommegang usually has very quality beers. I like their 3 Philosophers A LOT, but i've enjoyed all of theirs i have tried ( Hennepin, Abbey Ale, Chocolate Indulgance & Ommegeddon) Although Ommegeddon is just not my style of beer


    You're right on about regionality. And Terrapin is great, I love the side project series; Dos Cocoas, and Gamma Ray rocked. Have you seen the new craft beer store in West Midtown, Hop City? It opened up last week and is suposed to be pretty good.

    Nope. Looks like i'll be making trip into the city sometime soon!

    I heard and confirmed that New Belgium will have distribution in Georgia soon (like within a month). It will be nice to have their beers here.
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  • Brain of mJBrain of mJ Posts: 786
    intodeep wrote:
    intodeep wrote:
    The great thing about craft beer is it is so regional. The worst thing about craft beer is it is so regional.....

    I have a buddy out west and we ship some beers to each other. Which is illegal i think, but so is speeding.

    He has turned me onto Russian River beers. The Blind Pig and Elney are two of my favs. I have a Damnation in my fridge that i'm saving for this weekend. It is gonna be awesome! I wish i coudl get those beers here is the south.

    I like some of what Terrapin is doing out of Athens GA they have some neat stuff.

    For my national craft beer Dogfishhead and Flying dog are probably my favs. Both of their IPA's are very nice.

    Asheville NC and the surrounding NC area has some very good stuff going on. I love going there and trying all the new beers.

    Oh and Ommegang usually has very quality beers. I like their 3 Philosophers A LOT, but i've enjoyed all of theirs i have tried ( Hennepin, Abbey Ale, Chocolate Indulgance & Ommegeddon) Although Ommegeddon is just not my style of beer


    You're right on about regionality. And Terrapin is great, I love the side project series; Dos Cocoas, and Gamma Ray rocked. Have you seen the new craft beer store in West Midtown, Hop City? It opened up last week and is suposed to be pretty good.

    Nope. Looks like i'll be making trip into the city sometime soon!

    I heard and confirmed that New Belgium will have distribution in Georgia soon (like within a month). It will be nice to have their beers here.

    Yeah, New Belgium is coming out next week I think. They're going to start by sellling 22oz. bottles, then roll-out draft and 6packs later this summer.
  • fotdfotd Posts: 490
    Almost all the New Belgium beers are really good and O'Dell Brewing Co. just started selling a few of their beers here in AZ and I think their IPA is the their best beer that's available outside of CO. Dale's Pale Ale is pretty damn tasty aswell. seriously out of the hundreds of beers I've enjoyed I gotta say the ones from CO take the cake. A couple summers back a cousin and I spent a week driving around the CO trying various beers.
    Here in AZ Four Peaks brews some damn good brews including Kilt Lifter. San Tan Brewing Co. has some really tasty ones as does Nimbus down in Tucson.
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  • adam42381adam42381 Posts: 2,440
    I had never been to beeradvocate.com before seeing it in this thread. I love that website! It has every beer imaginable!
    It's very rare to find a beer that isn't on Beer Advocate. While I only use the ratings as guidelines, it can be very helpful when you want to try something new. I usually try to make a list from BA then go to my local Total Wine to create my own six pack.
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