Before I can hit your old clubs..
OT, BEER: Kirkland Signature Craft Brews
Life is too short to drink cheap beer. Go for Ruddles, Rouge dead guy, Stone arrogant bastard and Theakston's Old Peculiar.
+1 for Stone if I could. San Diego has some nice microbrews. AleSmith Brewery in SD makes some nice ones, my favorite being Old Numbskull.
I haven't been able to get my hands on any collaborations this year. But for the holidays they did a collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin and Nogne-o.
I have been looking to get into more beers that I can't easily buy in southern California. There are so many I just don't know where to start.
Somehow I read that as "San Diego has some nice eyebrows". WTF me?
Ruddles Best Bitter is a phenomenal beer, and not one most people have heard of (unlike, say, Stone's Arrogant Bastard). Excellent recommendation!
Also suggest staying clear of Double Dead Guy and Double Arrogant Bastard--almost 10 percent.
I love me some Costco. I love me some Kirkland. But the Kirkland beer 24 sample pack is awful. It's the opposite of Fred Jackson describing his RBs. It's the anti tremondous. No, seriously, it's that bad. The Mexican and Beligian variety packs are so much better.
Do you normally care for beers in this style? Because I found the quality to be more than acceptable. I can understand someone not liking them if they don't go in for Hefewiezens and German lager anyway, but I'd be surprised if somebody who normally likes that style didn't care for these at all.
My parents buy these once in a while and I try them out when I visit. I was actually surprised how much I liked the Pale Ale. The others were mediocre, but a nice cheap alternative for sure.
That would be me. I like 3 out of 4 but am no fan of hefewiezens, which kinda kills the deal. I saw it when I was at Costco yesterday but it would be like purchasing 18 beers...
Agree completely, Mr Blazefire. Yeah, if you like the uberhoppy messes that you find down at Founders, this case ain't your bag. But if you like european/eastern european type stuff, this is a great pickup.
I'm totally locked in right now for Dogfish. Tonight drank the 60....I have two four packs of the 90 in the fridge and the bar down the street features 120 on draft. I continue to seek the bottled version of the mythical 120 but have been unable to find it so far.
IMO Dogfish is the finest beer on the planet bar none.
And frankly, that was Hopy enough. I did once find a case of the Midas Touch ... beverage. Whatever it is. Delicious!
My wife, in an effort to ruin the fun of amazing DF 90, went on line and found out that one of those bad boys pack a whopping 420 calories per bottle.
Like a whopper except tastier!
I prefer not to look at the nutrition facts on beer. Bell's Hopslam has something like 750 calories... :\
I really hope that's not true because I just finished my 1st 6-pack of the season.
Still worth it.
ugh. i finished a mini-keg this week. nevermind, not "ugh", "awesome"!
That's a meal!
This is not true unless you drink half and fill the glass back up with melted butter. Which, on second thought...
I live in Kzoo near the brewery and make frequent trips there during Jan/Feb to enjoy this excellent brew. Worth every penny.....
My buddy's ex-wife used to point to his beers and say "there's a sandwich in every one of those".
She's his ex and the dude's in great shape, so everybody wins.
My avatar has a pic of my new and improved wife in it so you can kinda understand why I have to be a little careful on the calories.
And the best part is I got this one after my alcoholic nut-job wife #1 ran off and left me while I was in the hospital recovering from freaking cancer surgury of all things!
Agreed. The 60/90/120 lineup is amazing, plus Sam Galgione is good people. When I was home (Ann Arbor) for Christmas I had "The Liberator" by Short's Brewery. It was rediculously good and I would highly recommend for someone with an IPA liking. I believe their brewery is in the Traverse City area.
Yeah, its a bit north of Traverse City in Bellaire. I love the liberator though, top shelf stuff.
I had some of the Liberator last night, simply fantastic beer. I've always been a fan of the Huma, but I think the Liberator has really won me over. Short's was in Kalamazoo on Friday offering up a beer tasting and I was able to snag a 6-pack of their Woodmaster. I recommend you try to find some of it.
Released for the first time since 2007 the beloved Woodmaster, an Imperial Brown Ale made w/ toasted pecans and Northern Michigan maple syrup, returns to the Short’s brewing schedule. First brewed near the end of 2006, this beer was originally part of our 13 beer Imperial Beer Series. Hand filled, capped, and labeled the original was only available for sale at our Bellaire pub in 750ml bottles. This time we were aiming to make it more readily available for Short’s fans located throughout the state, and decided on doing a special bottle release in 12oz six packs. However, distribution will be extremely limited, so seek out your specialty bottle shops within the next two weeks, and get ready to covet your share of this very tasty brew. Can’t wait two weeks? Then visit our brew pub in Bellaire, where a select number of Woodmaster six packs are already available!’
The Huma is great. Shorts really has a great variety of very good beers. Liberator is a good one. I really like the Magician, too - it's a dark red London ale. I highly recommend stopping by the brewery in Bellaire if you are ever in the area. Usually have 15 - 20 of their beers on tap at any given time and the food is pretty good too.
I thought 120 was only available a few months a year. Is it on tap anywhere in Ann Arbor?
Are you watching brewmasters? I've only seen a few episodes but it's great.
IIRC you can get bottles of the 120 at Ashley's but I'm not 100% on that. I love their "minute" series, but I think I like the Dogfish Head Burton Baton better than those. Its on a similar vein, but I think has a more complex malt profile than the 90 or 120 minute. I like it better.
They make some fine beers for sure. I was at Ashley's here in A2 one night a couple years ago when they were featuring Dogfish beers. One of the features was a Belgian ale, IMMORT ALE, and it is TASTY. And also 11% ABV. Literally for the next 2 years, every time I walked into any store with Dogfish products, I looked for it. FINALLY, I randomly found it once a couple months ago at the Main St Party Store. It comes in 4-paks and I purchased both the ones they had. It is a seasonal beer, and according to Dogfish's 2011 Release Schedule, it won't come out again until November and ONLY in November. I highly recommend it. I drank one 4 already, and I'm saving the other one for a special occasion.... probably the UM/ND night game in September. (Is it here yet?????)
You must work for Costco!
Tonight's brew of choice.
I've never had an "Irish Pale Ale." What's it like?
I don't know the proper terminology, so I'll just say it's tasty.
We bought some of the kirkland beer in Florida for a joke. We drank them on the golf course. I was surprised they were not crap. That said, I would take a Bells any day.
I love Bell's too, and basically "grew up on it", but you won't take a Bell's anywhere for 90 cents a bottle.
Interesting. Guess I'll have to try some Costco beer (!) at some point soon. For now, one of my Canadian favorites...
The McAuslan brews are a good choice; however, I may suggest a few potentially equal or more worthy choices from "our home and native land" I am enjoying today.
1. Le Fin Du Monde (Unibroue)...at 9% abv you don't have too much of this rather worthwhile tripel
2. Dead Elephant (Railway City)...rather delicious
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm currently living in Halifax, NS so I have access to plenty of good Canadian beer. I think the McAuslan Oatmeal Stout is a fav right now because of the cold-ish weather. I've had Le Fin du Monde before, but I'll have to keep an eye out for Dead Elephant (where is it from?). My other favorite of the moment is the Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque. It's a great stout, if you haven't tried it.
I heart the "BEER" tag.
Being drunk helped get me through the coaching search
Sipping on some duck rabbit milk stout. Duck rabbit is the king of the dark goodness IMO.
We had some friends over for a gormet dinner. The wines we drank were Bella Zinfandel, Big River Ranch. 2000 Insignia, Joseph Phelps winery, Napa, CA. $170.00 bottle wine, an excellent wine. Then a 1999 Chateau LABORY De Tayac, Margaux. A Kenwood Merlot. A Tasman Bay Savion Blanc from Australia. Finished off the event with a Gerard Bertrand Cremant De Limoux sparkling Brut! This was a dinner pary of 4! We drank our fair share! Next week a microbrew tasting!!!
I also enjoy the Costco Kirkland variety pack that you speak of very much. I have always prided myself on getting better brew for less. So I hope you see my response.
It appears the others who have responded are willing to pay an additional 50% or more for their brew.
I also like the ales available at Trader's Joes. My favorite is Fat Weasel. Its more similar to the Costco Amber Ale, but quite tasty. To my surprise the alcohol content of it is 7.1%. The alcohol content of the Costo Kirkland variety pack is about 5.6%. I didn't notice this until my brother-in-law tried the Fat Weasel. Being a light beer drinker, after drinking one he immediately started looking for the alcohol content on the label. Fat Weasel also makes a Pale Ale that I have found is available in the San Diego area where my parents live. Trader Joes also has other pale ales available. Most of these beers are $6 /6 pack.
Costco used to carry a variety pack of Goose Island beers and ales that were out of the Chicago area that was priced in the $24/case.
Other reseasonably-priced ales that I will use as a fall back are Labatts Canadian Ale or Budweiser American Ale. These are lighter ales in about the same $6/ 6 pack price range.
I'll keep an eye out for Fat Wasle some time. I like most of the stuff that comes out of Goose Island, especially their 312 Urban Ale, which was surprisingly excellent this summer, so I'd also be excited if my costco had that show up on the shelves at that price.
I've never liked Labatts in the least, but if they can produce a reasonable ale, I may drink it when I'm too poor for something higher grade.
I'm currently drinking Goose Island Honkers Ale and Labatt Blue. Got a 12 pack of the GI yesterday (and drank most of it) and a sixer of the Labatt today, so it's two Blues for every one Honkers.
Love me some Goose Island. Matilda is my favorite, if you've tried it.
If you can find the Goose Island Pere Jacques anywhere, it is a gift from God.
I go to Siciliano's just west of Grand Rapids, and can usually find it there for $3 per 12-ouncer. It would be pricey as a 6er but I usually just take 2 along with an assortment of others.
fyi - im pretty sure that you dont actually need a costco membership to buy alcoholic beverages there, something to do with liquor and alcohol sales in the state of michigan. again not positive, but im pretty sure...
is confirmed! Prescriptions and alcohol do not require a membership.
Thanks for the tip on the Kirkland stuff, thats fantastic. I was nervous about buying something that was so inexpensive.
I don't love the brews from Goose Island. 312 is pretty ok, but I really only like it in the summer. They have one in the Chicago area called Green Line which, IMO, is the best they put out (aside from the Burbon Aged Country Stout at $10/bottle).
I'm from the area and I really wanted to try the bourbon stout over winter break. You're right though, it's 22 a four pack where I'm from (northwest suburbs).
Although I disagree, I'm a big fan of Goose Island.
Thats what makes craft beer so awesome. Two people can taste the same two beers and have completely different views on it. I was actually able to get my hands on a bottle of the stout at the pub in wrigleyville. If you feel like splurging, get yourself a bottle, it's well worth it.
I'm sure it will age well in the bottle too if you get yourself a 4-pack then keep a couple in the celler for awhile.
True, their good stuff cellars for up to five years.
Drank up the last of the Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale last night. Yummy!
....but their steaks and chops are first-rate....
This is the truth. There steaks and chops are so good. They're not too expensive and taste delicious.
the Kirkland. Nice call. At that price point, I haven't found anything that can touch it.
30 oz of happy, and for only 75 cents, that's my "bottled water", hate water, so next best thing..
I'm a big fan of the Costco brews. The case comes with 6 of each, and as the OP highlights, the price cannot be beat.
Grabbed a case prior to a ski/snowboard/wintry cabin weekend last winter and it was ideal.
Also, while we're on the topic, if anybody is a fan of the real Czech-style Pilsen (don't be fooled by Budweiser and Miller calling it a Pilsener), Sam Adams is putting out a first class effort with their Noble Pils. You can find it on sale at a Meijer for $7.50 or so, and it's good stuff. Also Victory Prima Pils.
Spent a few days in Prague a year and a half ago, and drank the real Pilzn drafts and it was the nectar of the gods.
German Lager, Pale Ale, Hefe and one other... was very good.
are okay for the price, but I'm not buying them again. The brewery is Brooklyn Brewery in NY. They went down just fine of course, but not very remarkable. Still beats the shit out of Bud Light though.
I've gone through a couple of the 24-packs over the last year or two. I've come to the conclusion that the value (as in goodness-per-dollar) is very good, but it's a little lower on the curve than I want to buy. I'd rather spend (numbers out of a hat) 50% more for a beer 30% better.
Founders and Shorts make my favorite beer by far. Dogfish head is pretty damn good aswell. I will have to try out the costco stuff sometime though because I did see them the other day and was interested.
The Kirklands are ok, but the Trader Joe's branded beers are much better. $6 for six pack bottles fits this hobo's meager budget. They're all good (brewed by Gordon Biersch), but the Vienna, Dunkelweizen, and the Winterfest Bock are probably my favorites. Also, their Vintage Ale (from Montreal's Unibroue) that comes out every Christmas is always awesome. They offer a nice kolsch in the summer too. Check 'em out, but leave some for me -- I need a break from fortified wine every so often.
The 24-packs in general tend to be good deals at Costco (especially Sam Adams), but Kirkland beer is supposed to be pretty good too. It's brewed by Gordon Biersch, which also brews Trader Joe's beer, although that may be just on the West Coast according to this website.
Trader Joe's beers are totally legit, especially for the price, and of course you can buy them in as little as 6. And their Simpler Times canned beers are terrific too.
This is great if you live within 130 miles of a Trader Joe's, which I don't, because I live in Grand Meijer Rapids.
Can't we just build a Trader Joe's inside a Meijer and just call it good?