OT: Absolute Favorite Bottled Beer?
Two Hearted is easily my favorite IPA, favorite beer, favorite everything.
Stone IPA is a close second
I really enjoy the Cherry Stout, though
...it would be Red Stripe (not the imported version).
I had Bass Ale with steak and kidney pie Saturday as our St Pats night out. (We cannot go out Thurs because 3 kids under 11)
Bass is absolutely my drink of choice out of the tap, but not out of the bottle. It's different somehow.
this was my favorite. I can't pass the beer aisle and see it without getting good vibrations :)
I was a bouncer/bartender at a party last year, and there were three kegs: Budweiser, Yuengling, and Miller Light.
People were actually pissed off when only the Yuengling was left.
I was confused.
Yuengling gets my vote too. Along with Coors Original. The light is good but I'm a man. I don't go for the light stuff that often. I also like Rouge mom hefeweizen
anytime. Not big into the flavored beers, i.e Blue Moon and all that stuff
Yuengling is the best. It's just too bad you can't get it anywhere in Michigan.
I go to Nashville each April to visit friends and run in the 1/2 marathon. Before I leave town I grab a couple of cases to take back.
The root beer...right?
That is seriously good stuff.
But Bell's Oberon is also very good, (actually, anything by Bell's is very good).
When drinking Stella, I'd think the necessary equipment would be...well...necessary.
So, do you have a stemmed-goblet glass with a golden rim?
But, I know what you're talking about. I used to work for Belgians. Every Belgian beer - not just each brewery - has its own glass. Its impressive, considering that such a small country has hundreds of beers.
is so much better out of the tap though. I almost typed it but it's not half as good bottled.
I really really really miss Oberon come springtime. It is definitely one of my favorite beers and it isn't distributed anywhere near me.
Goose Island 312
Not to start a debate or anything, but 312 is one beer that seems to be vastly overrated IMO. Nothing about it really stood out I guess. Most of my friends like it though so what do I know?
If you haven't already tried it, I'd recommend Honker's Ale as well.
by far my favorite wheat, I'm from chicago (home vote, i know) but its just so good, it blows Blue Moon out of the water in my opinion.
Also get your hands on a Matilda if you get a chance
Pyramid's Curveball. It's a seasonal. And it got me through the ND game last year.
When I was in Seattle, I convinced my boss to get a couple kegs of curveball for a work party. Best work party ever.
Awesome call there. I like how even the caps have the little monk on it.
Very good and not as well known as it should be.
I have a Franziskaner glass that I brought home from Oktoberfest a couple years ago. Of the many German Hefeweizen that exist, this one ranks at least in the top 3 for me (Paulaner and Schneider are probably the other two).
Franziskaner is also the beer of choice at the annual German Park fest that takes place 3 times each summer north of Ann Arbor. I'm already counting the days...
sam adams boston lager
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. I dunno if it's my favorite, but it's way up there, and as advertised on the box, made with Michigan cherries.
That beer is simply flawless. It isn't as magically delicious as some of Sam's other offerings, but it is scientifically proven to be flawless. I don't remember the research method, but it is conclusive, trust me.
I would also highly recommend Sam's Boston Ale. It is similarly flawless but bolder and bigger, on account of it being an ale.
Makes me proud to be an American, hehe!
Mainstream beer... Heineken Light... it just goes down smoothly.
I also like ice cold Sol too. I'd throw Leffe blond, or others, but I typically like them off the tap better.
I'm partial to Founder's pale ale right now, and as airvipermb pointed out yuengling is the shiznat
Victory Prima Pils
I've personally met Dick Yuengling many times. Unfortunately, he's a Nit fan.
On a side note, over the Christmas season I was really into Tommyknockers Maple Nut Brown Ale. Can't recommend enough.
Very nice, it's my favorite draft beer personally. I picked up a case of Tommknockers about a month ago, my favorite from the bunch was the butthead bock.
Not available now though...another thing I have to wait for until this fall...
the one in my hand
I've never had any luck with the one in your hand.
(was that dirty?)
I think that is an underrated beer among the foam-head communities. Some people drink it because it is the "American Lager," but lots of people give it no credit because it is so mass-produced. But it is a very good hot-summer-day beer.
Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Garrison Imperial IPA
Probably not that easy to track down Garrison or Carnegie, but they're good.
Is the Carnegie Starkporter a Pittsburgh thing? I've never heard of it. Sounds interesting though.
It's actually Swedish. I don't know the history, but it looks like it is now distributed by Carlsberg Sweden. I think I've had both the 1997 and 2004 vintage and they were yummy. I found them at the Main St. party store in Ann Arbor 3-4 years ago.
Huh, didn't see that one coming. I'll be on the lookout.
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout.
I don't know about having one absolute favorite. I do know about these:
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
Sam Adams Old Fezziwig
Dundee Honey Brown
I make a beer bread, and the absolute best beer to add to the dough is Dundee Honey Brown. Even thinking about it right now, I can't imagine any brew I've every had make a better beer bread.
Beer bread. I have never heard of this concept but am intrigued.
I love Dundee honey brown...great call! Sounds delicious
I will take Yuengling Black and Tan any day of the week. I lack the palate to discern expensive beers from well-made mainstream beers.
Damn. I guess I'll go with Stone Arrogant Bastard. It's a San Diego beer, and it's fantastic. A couple of these will get you going.
speaking of bastards, Founders Dirty Bastard is one fine brew in its own right
Is that a St. Louis brewery? I've never heard of it, and I see my fair share of beers out here in California. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for it now, though.
And I have to agree with "BlueinSt.Lou"... Dirty Bastard is one great beer. Haven't had it since the Brewery moved from the Brassworks out to 28th street though; hopefully the Dirty Bastard is like an old friend and stays unchanged.
Heaven in a bottle.
Close second: Dragons Milk from New Holland Brewery.
Good call on the Dragon's Milk. Just had it for the first time recently. Instant love.
...but now I am going to need to try Bourbon County Stout. I am assuming it is also aged in bourbon barrels (hopefully un-rinsed)? Regardless, thanks for the heads up.
I've never heard it called that before. Thats pretty good. I like me some Budweiser from time to time.
We call the beers either leaded or unleaded around here. I got the reference, but it was new terminology here too.
We just call it Bud Heavy
I just read 40 posts. I'm up late grading papers, but I'm going to the fridge and swapping my coffee for a beer.
I have Sam Adams Honey Porter right now...brilliant combination.
History tells us that Sam Adams was not nearly the intellect or diplomat his brother was...but the dude knows beer. Even from the grave 230 years later, the dude knows beer.
I'm thinking your students will be grateful for your decision...
I can't choose, so we'll go with a top 5
1. Bell's Oberon
2. Founders Centennial IPA
3. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
4. Rogue Dead Guy Ale
5. New Belgium Tripel
Founders Red's Rye PA is probably my favorite. I've also always had a thing for Hoegaarden too.
Favorite cheaper bottled beer is probably Yuengling. I went on a rafting trip down the New Gorge River in West Virginia last summer and that's basically all we drank. It was awesome.
I don't know if you have ever had Franziskaner.....but if you like Hoegaarden I'd strongly suggest that as well.
a) Dead Elephant (Railway City - St. Thomas)
b) Coffee Porter (Mill Street - Toronto)
c) Grasshopper (Big Rock - Calgary)
Good god yes
...but it's also 10% alcohol, so it's like the equivalent of a 12 pack.
Westmalle Tripel. It's a Belgian Trappist, so if you're not into that style, I understand. But for the style, I honestly don't think there is a better beer on Earth. Just great stuff.
oh heaven yes, Belgian tripel beers. Love an American IPA but it's nice for some contrast once in a while. Can't say I have a favorite but love...
Chimay Tripel (White), Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernardus, Samiclaus, Unibroue La Terrible (actually Canadian), Duvel, Saison Dupont, Delerium Tremens...
Even their mainstream beers such as Leffe and Hoegaarden are awesome. Hop Leaf is the best place for Belgians on tap in Chicago... but guess who's going to Belgium this summer? Woot!
I'm actually a big fan of their Foret Saison (unfiltered organic.) You are one lucky bastard, have fun in Belgium!
Westmalle Tripel is like the beer of the Gods. Actually, any Trappist that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking has been far superior to anything out there. Trappist Westvleteren 8 (dubbel) and Trappistes Rochefort 10 (quadrupel) are just out of this world. I have the fortune of living about 1 mile from a wine shop that carries these beers.
I am thirsty.
My absolute favorite at the moment... Followed closely by whatever else I can find...
Staying local and current, I'll plug the Goose Island Night Stalker as a pretty phenomenal 22. Should age well even with the upfront hop kick diminishing.
I can't see drinking it every day, but it is one very cool ale to for a big game or poker night... or grading homework...
I almost forgot about Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire.....they sell it in 22 Oz. bottles at Hopcat in Grand Rapids and I enjoyed one for New Years Eve last year.....probably the most enjoyable bottle of brew I've ever had. If you're still going to school in Ann Arbor, make a trip out to Jolly Pumpkin.
They've got a spot on Main Street now. And Bam Noire is my favorite of theirs, by far. Good call
~60 replies and no one has answered zima. Shame on you mgoboard.
I've had quite a bit of Shiner's 101 Czech style pilsner. It might actually be a better pilsner than Urquell, which is insanely tough to do.
It's not my absolute favorite per se ... but for whatever reason, a bottle of Stroh's is hard to beat (and hard to find). If a bar serves Stroh's out of the bottle, you can bet where my money is going.
amen brother. (formerly) Detroit made.
Really expensive but damn...so good.
Not sure if anyone has any reason to visit Minnesota, but if you can get a hold of any of the following you'll never leave the state:
Finnegan's Irish Red
All Minnesota local, all better than anything you can find in Wisconsin.
Dortmunder Union Original. Wow, I couldn't get enough. Unfortunately, the Export, which is the only kind I can find around her, just isn't the same.
Think there's an actual difference in the beer, or is it like the Guinness in Dublin thing?
But, I think there is actually a difference in the beer.
'County Guinness', as it is called, does not get the same preservatives and has something different about how it goes into the keg than the stuff that gets exported.
When I lived in London some Irish guys on my soccer team took me to a pub that apparently sort of smuggled the County stuff into the UK and they gave me the low-down. You could taste a difference and the place was always full of Irish people as a result, so there is likely some truth to it.
Thats true, I never cared for Guinness until I went to Ireland, it's much better there. The bartender I talked to said it was a preservative thing as well.
...a bottle of Dos Equis Amber (with a little lime). I'm sure there are better brews out there, but this is my summer time beer of choice after mowing the lawn.
Here's what's in my fridge right now:
1. Rogue Dead Guy Ale
3. Magic Hat Howl Winter Lager
4. Bell's Oberon (a single bottle left over from last season)
That Magic Hat selection was something that I bought completely at random (meaning that I thought the bottle and 6-pak carton looked really cool), and I liked it quite a bit. But the others are staples of my fridge, in addition to any number of Belgians (fave is probably St Bernardus Abt 12, or maybe Tripel Karmeliet), which I need to restock!
Good beer is one of life's greatest joys.
I had a Dead Guy Ale in my hand tonight and then placed it back on the shelf. Have you had it before and would you recommend it?
Dead Guy Ale is an absolute favorite. I discovered it probably about a year or so ago. It is sooooooo drinkable (whatever that actually means). I'm not into super-mega-hoppy beers, and Dead Guy has (for me, anyway) just the right touch of hops flavor.
Next time, make sure it leaves the store with you. I highly recommend it.
Perfectly set. You take some crabpots down to the pier, throw them in the water, then hit the brewery. After a beer or two, you go check and see if there are crabs in the pot. Usually, the crabbing sucks, but the Dead Guy is cold and the brewery is warm ...
That sounds outstanding. The last time I was in PDX visiting friends, I had not yet discovered Rogue beers, and was retroactively bummed that I'd missed out. Next trip for sure!
I live in Corvallis and trips to Newport are a regular occurrence for us. Luckily my wife understands my passion for Rogue and she supports our trip there each time.
1. Blue Heron Pale Ale (Bridgeport Brewing)
2. Full Sail Pale Ale (Full Sail Brewery)
3. Rogue Oregon Ale (Rogue Brewery)
4. Widmer Bros Heffeweizen (Widmer Brothers)
5. Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone Brewery)
Yeah...I'm kind of an ale guy...Dead guy is good, I just prefer lighter beers.
Also just missing the list is Mirror Pond Pale Ale (or hell, anything from the Deschutes Brewery)
Lucky you being in Oregon, a state that brews some fine, fine beers.
I first had Widmer Hefe at a hotel bar in San Diego when I was there on business. I immediately declared it tasty and refreshing, upon which I sat there the rest of the night and drank one after another. Hefeweizen are my favorites for sure, and Widmer quickly became part of my hefe rotation in my fridge. I was thrilled to find it in bottles here in Michigan!
Many don't like the fact that' it's unfiltered and tends to have particulate in it. I drink it fast enough that I don't care. It's my summer drink of choice...goes good during backyard parties.
Blue Heron is great year round though. I just finished off a 6 pack of it last night.
Oregon is a terrific place to live for microbrews. Before I lived out here, I was a poor college kid who thought Labatt was good stuff....Blech I'm a total beer snob now. Totally spoiled. Best part is, Oregon's terrific breweries were mainly started by seed money from the state lotto. Same with the wine industry. Good economic programs back in the 90s here. I applaud it.
Lion Lager (from sri lanka)
Lion Stout (ditto)
Pretty much anything Bell's or Goose Island
(Man I've really lost my touch with my beer snobbery)
I stumbled upon Lion in Toledo a few weeks ago while visiting home. Truly a fantastic product, and I was shocked to find out it's from Sri Lanka.
Life & Limb.
I purchased a Worldwide Stout tonight that I will be tasting in a few days...
Smithwicks or Blue Moon are my beers of choice
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale. Technically might not count for this thread (because it only comes in a can; not a bottle), but man is it ever good.
i never comment here, i just read the info and move on, but i had to comment on this one. quite frankly, the best beer i've had out of the bottle has always been and still is labatt blue. absolutle genius. however, i have been a big fan of bell's hopslam and two-hearted lately. both are solid. certain leinenkugals are good as well. but i still think labatt blue in a bottle is the best beer you can drink.
p.s. oberon is overrated and at the lower echelon of bells beers.
I've got some in the fridge right now. Hmmm, still early enough?
(Labatts Blue I meant.)
1. Broken Halo IPA
2. Speakeasy Double Daddy
4. Bridgeport IPA
5. Dead Guy IPA
P.S.-best memories of St. Patty's in college were the annual pilgrimages to Chicago.
- the worst: green crap the next day.
Not to nitpick, but Dead Guy isn't an IPA.
Highland Oatmeal Porter
Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
Fat Tire Mother ship Wheat
Corona Extra (summertime/hot weather)
Beamers Irish Stout (actually in a can though)
You sir must be from North Carolina! Highland Oatmeal Porter is solid. Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter is outstanding, but rare. You ever try any of the Pisgah beers?
Not sure anyone mentioned:
Old Rasputin Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing
Raison D'etre by Dog Fish Head (heck anything by Dog Fish Head)
My home-brewed IPA The Categorical ImBEERative is my favorite out of the bottle. Commercial brews: Two-Hearted.
There was an Irish import I loved called Caffrey's Irish Ale. Smoothest beer I've ever had. Can't get it now. Apparently Coors acquired the US distribution rights and stopped importing it to kill it from competing against Coors' own Killian's Irish brew.
I hate you Coors.
Caffreys was pretty awesome. I didn't know Coors had rubbed out it's competition...bastards.
Westvleteren 12, a Trappist ale from Belgium.
It is almost impossible to find in the U.S., and it will run you about $10 for one 12 oz. bottle, but it is worth it. I would pay $30 for a bottle, it is that good.
I know of a place that sells it. It's called Merchant's Fine Wines, on Mack Ave in Grosse Pointe Woods. And you're right: $10/bottle. but worth it.
In no particular order:
1. Shiner Bock (Outstanding on draft as well)
2. Shiner Black
3. Dragonmead Final Absolution
5. Sam Adams Winter Ale
On Draft, Guinness replaces Sam's Winter.
Grain Belt beer is awesome...
And don't ever let the PBR fools tell you otherwise.
1. Old Speckled Hen (better out of a can to a glass)
2. Hacker Pschorr
3. Magic Hat
5. Bells Two-Heart Ale
... and a clothespin firmly clamped onto the nose. The economical man's choice.
1) Oberon is my drinking beer. It's relatively inexpensive compared to my other choices and easy to find.
When money is no object my preference is:
2) Huma Lupaliscious
Also, really like Bell's Oracle but drank my last of the secret stash a month or so ago. :(
1. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (Porter)
2. Founder's Porter
3. Sam Adams Oktoberfest
4. Troegs Troeginator
5. Delirium Nocturnem
6. Sam Adams Boston Lager
7. Gordon Biersch Schwartzbier
8. Bell's Expedition Stout
9. Great Divide Titan IPA
10. Bell's Oberon
I really like wheat beers, so I always used to have Blue Moon or Widmer Heffeweizen in my fridge. But last summer I ran into Leinenkugel's Harvest Wheat and that's been the main beer I buy now.
Stone Double Bastard (from a bomber).
Worth the price. No question.
Historically, I have been a Sam Adams Boston Lager drinker. However, I recently tried the Michelob Amber Bock and have a new mistress. Anyone tried it and what did you think.
Just bought a 6 pack of Dead Guy Ale from a wine store in Livonia. This thread has had me dying to try a new beer and that one seems to be getting positive reviews all around. Still waiting for the beer to get cold before I can give it a whirl.