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Old June 25 2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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Calling all beer aficionados

Yeah, this sounds like the kind of thread posted by a drunk guy, but I'm actually sober right now. Which, when you think about it, is kinda why I'm starting the thread.

Last year, I decided to become a beer connoisseur of sorts (no, NOT a drunk). The goal was to try a different type of beer every week and learn the differences between them so I could recommend them to different people or buy a specific one when I was in a certain mood. Unfortunately, about two months into this experiment, I ran out of money and had to resort to crappy macrobrews (although not all macrobrews are bad, since I am a fan of Yuengling).

Now here's where all you beer lovers come in. My suggestion is to post a beer that you like and describe it (is it a bitter hoppy beer, is it light, etc) and when the best time to drink it is. I will then compile this list and drink the beers that catch my eye.

There's also a second challenge. I'm looking for a good summer beer. By that, I mean something light and drinkable (Budweiser has the right idea about the word "drinkability", they were just wrong that it applied to them). It shouldn't taste like water, though (or have a general "bad" taste like Bud). Ideally, it should actually be quite flavorful (the point here is that if you say Guinness you lose).

And with that, I'll start the topic:

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA:
A pretty hoppy beer (the IBU is something like 60). It has a good flavor. Definitely a beer for those who love hops. Not something you're supposed to drink in mass quantities, but to sit back and enjoy or drink with food.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:24 AM   #2
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Re: Calling all beer aficionados

st pauli girl dark,,
a beer that i like.. there isnt a lot of them.
despite it sounding like a pun or something a full bodied beer with depth.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:26 AM   #3
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Re: Calling all beer aficionados

Blue Moon i think is wonderful as a summer beer.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:27 AM   #4
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Boulevard Wheat. Squeeze a lemon in it and enjoy. It's a great summertime beer.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:35 AM   #5
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Sadly, I don't think that brand reaches the east coast.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:37 AM   #6
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Definitely possible. I'm not even sure it's in Illinois yet. I've only ever had it in Iowa.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:38 AM   #7
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Widmer Hefewiezen, another wheat beer that's good for summer.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:39 AM   #8
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Widmer Hefewiezen, another wheat beer that's good for summer.
I love wheat beers, but I must say that this one never did much for me. We even carried it at work for a while, but we had to stop because so few people ordered it.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:54 AM   #9
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I'm surprised. It is an award winning brew. Then again, Budweiser sells an awful lot of "beer".
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Old June 25 2009, 04:55 AM   #10
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Mallory wrote: View Post
Widmer Hefewiezen, another wheat beer that's good for summer.
That's a good beer.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:55 AM   #11
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I'm surprised. It is an award winning brew. Then again, Budweiser sells an awful lot of "beer".
A lot of things tend to be regional, too. I'm not sure why, but Leinenkugels tends to be the wheat beer of choice around here.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:56 AM   #12
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I love a good IPA. Just make sure it is 6% or above, otherwise it's just an IPA poseur.
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Old June 25 2009, 04:57 AM   #13
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New Glarus Spotted Cow

You'll probably be hard pressed to find it out East, but it's damn good year round.
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Old June 25 2009, 05:00 AM   #14
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I think I need to go to the store before the liquor department closes.
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Old June 25 2009, 05:03 AM   #15
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Colonel Green wrote: View Post
I love a good IPA. Just make sure it is 6% or above, otherwise it's just an IPA poseur.
Then you'll like Dogfish Head
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