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Beer Nerds - What are you drinking/Brewing?

This idea was spurred off another forum - and I thought...what the heck!
(Disclaimer - this thread DOES NOT promote or encourage drinking & driving. Please read and respond only when you are safe at home and can drink until you pass out - lol).

We are in a 'Craft Brew' age - unlike any other. There are sooo many beers to taste, its overwhelming!! GONE - are my taste for the Coors, Bud, Miller and all of the mass produced beers. Granted - Coors light was my favorite in college. LOL

I don't know about you guys... but we've used a couple different APPS to help keep track (and rate) beers we've had. Currently.... we're using the APP "UnTappd" which seems to be a winner (or us). BeerAdvocate is a nice site - I haven't used it much.

I currently have tried 478 different beers .....I'm not much into the hoppy beers but I'll try anything once. My husband likes the hoppy beers.

What's your Beer Nerd story?
Oh, Anyone from (or near) Waterbury Vermont near the Alchemist Brewery?
Apparently, this is one of the best beers on the planet (according to some beer snobs we know) and is very difficult to get. May need to plan a trip up yonder. :)

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Great topic.
Whenever I travel, I stop at as many local breweries as I can.
Was in Alaska last summer and sampled a half dozen or so.
Then I found out I can get Alaskan Brewery Co in Michigan so now I bring some back to IL share whenever I go.
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Great topic.
Whenever I travel, I stop at as many local breweries as I can.
Was in Alaska last summer and sampled a half dozen or so.
Then I found out I can get Alaskan Brewery Co in Michigan so now I bring some back to IL share whenever I go.
Same here!! Hit the local breweries or pubs when we travel - but rarely take any home (we fly mostly).

Brew Fests are a nice way to sample beers. We've been to several of them in our area - which, after about 3-4 fests over a couple of years, the beers we haven't had are few and far between. But still FUN!!!
If you're looking for a Brewfest near you - I found this site. It might not have all of them listed, but it's a pretty good list.
The Beer Festival Calendar

We always buy tickets a couple months in advance (if possible) or else they sell out fast!!

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Tonight, Worthy IPA. I'm blessed to live in the micro brew capital of the world, Oregon. I try and take advantage of it every time I can.
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I brew my own using Mr Beer and Cooper's kits; shipped through Amazon Prime. Bewitch Amber Ale, Pilsners, Mexican Beer, Weissbier, Porter ; Draugh, Irish Stout, Lager from Coopers are great. Spring Water is the best to make it. Right now I am enjoying Apfelwein (hard cider) with 8.4% according to my hydrometer calculations. Still have left a case of 16oz bottles of Irish Stout and Bewiitch Amber Ale. My next 2 batches are Mexican and American Light Lager. Tried the IPA and suck balls; any IPA suck balls, way too much Hops. Is like drinking a flower bed....

Anyway... Nothing beat a nice fresh brew!
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I'm no beer nerd... but I do like beer. I don't typically try craft beers. I am a Coors Light/Mich Ultra man. Every now and then, I like to pick up some imports. Hoegaarden is a favorite. Drinking Coors Light ATM.

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Tonight, Worthy IPA. I'm blessed to live in the micro brew capital of the world, Oregon. I try and take advantage of it every time I can.
Huge IPA fan here. Sierra Nevada is hard to beat when it comes to IPA's. However, Terrapin's Hopsecutioner (Athens, GA) is one of my favorite craft brews.

Now I just bought New Belgium's Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. Really good stuff.

Most unusual? A micro-brewed stout in a hotel in Wuhan, China. Some of the best I've ever had.

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Living in the top hop producing area in the United States, its no surprise I'm sitting back with an IPA this Christmas night. Bale Breaker's Top Cutter IPA. Yummy.
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During winter, stouts are my go-to. Here are a few staples:

Mother's Winter Grind Coffee Stout (Springfield, MO)
Free State Oatmeal Stout (Lawrence, KS)
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout (Denver, CO)
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout (Manhattan, KS)

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My all time favorite for easy summer drinking.... Linenkugal Berry Weiss. I've purchased case after case after case of that stuff over the years. Sometimes - not easy to get. I'm lucky to find a case and be the first to grab it. Still haven't found something to replace it - my GO TO beer.

Being from Lancaster - I'm not a fan of Yuengling like the locals are. I'd prefer Smithwicks over Yuengling.

I've also grown to enjoy certain porters & stouts - although, I don't prefer the heavy stouts. My local favorite - Big Gruesome by Spring House Brewery here in Lancaster. It's a Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout. It's absolutely tasty out of the tap at the brewery!!

Guinness is pretty popular around here. I hadn't had it in a very long time (since college?). No offense - but it was NOT what I was expecting. It was pretty watered down and had no flavor. I could name a hundred Stouts that are better than that!! IMO

I'm NOT into sours at all. The worst brew I've had was called a Flemish Sour Ale. That was absolutely horrible, like drinking vinager!

But that's the joy of beer - there are sooooo many different types, soooo many different flavors that appeal to all sorts of different people.

Every year - a friend of ours who lives in DC, gives us a bottle of Bourban Barrell GBS. This stuff is a 'sipper' @ 10.5% alcohol. It's good, just not something you'd drink to 'quench your thirst'. LOL
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Huge IPA fan here. Sierra Nevada is hard to beat when it comes to IPA's. However, Terrapin's Hopsecutioner (Athens, GA) is one of my favorite craft brews.

Now I just bought New Belgium's Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. Really good stuff.

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Sierra Nevada also does one I think is called "Torpedo" It's almost a double IPA and holds up well drinking it over time. When I really need a jolt for an IPA, Ninkassi has a Tricerahops that will satisfy your cravings.
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Sierra Nevada also does one I think is called "Torpedo" It's almost a double IPA and holds up well drinking it over time. When I really need a jolt for an IPA, Ninkassi has a Tricerahops that will satisfy your cravings.
Torpedo is indeed good stuff.
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This idea was spurred off another forum - and I thought...what the heck!
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We are in a 'Craft Brew' age - unlike any other. There are sooo many beers to taste, its overwhelming!! GONE - are my taste for the Coors, Bud, Miller and all of the mass produced beers. Granted - Coors light was my favorite in college. LOL

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I currently have tried 478 different beers .....I'm not much into the hoppy beers but I'll try anything once. My husband likes the hoppy beers.

What's your Beer Nerd story?
Oh, Anyone from (or near) Waterbury Vermont near the Alchemist Brewery?
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I received a 6 pack of the imfamous heady topper from up there. Turned my IPA world upside down. Amazing beer but very difficult to get ahold of
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I received a 6 pack of the imfamous heady topper from up there. Turned my IPA world upside down. Amazing beer but very difficult to get ahold of
Yea....might require a trip up to Vermont but I'd need to do some research first. Can you imagine? Getting up there and still not being able to get any? At least a taste? LOL

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Really got into craft brews about 20 years ago before they started popping up everywhere and everybody though Sam Adams was crafty. We lived in Portland, Oregon for 10 years and there was a brewery on every corner. We really loved going over to Bend and going to the Deschutes brewery. We now live in North Carolina and they are popping up every where here in Charlotte now too. Just went to a new one this weekend call 26 acres. Beer was very good. I am a hopp head so I always try the IPAs but there brown ale was very good too. Asheville is also a good place to go for breweries.
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I've had a lot of different beers in my life (70+) but I always go back to PBR. The "craft" beers are great but over time they lose appeal. I have noticed that some "finer" restaurants don't carry PBR so I go with Youngling from America's oldest brewer.
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I've had a lot of different beers in my life (70+) but I always go back to PBR. The "craft" beers are great but over time they lose appeal. I have noticed that some "finer" restaurants don't carry PBR so I go with Youngling from America's oldest brewer.
Yeungling makes a really good Lager if you are into Lagers. My grandfather used to drink PBR...don't see it much anymore. Before craft brews came out I was still into English and German beers and Ales more than American lagers. Thing is I was young then and those beers were really expensive. When craft brews started coming out they were as expensive as the Imports but with all the competition the prices have gotten more reasonable. The traditional American lagers have gotten dirt cheap to try to hold on to market share.

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I'll try most beers. Not a big Porter or stout guy. This winter I've been drinking great lakes Christmas and Bell's winter white. My usual go to "cheap" case of beer is PBR. I mean, it did win a blue ribbon, even if it was in 1893! I love a cold yuengling on draft. A good imported unfiltered hefeweizen is great too. Not a fan of domestic ones.

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...they are popping up every where here in Charlotte now too. Just went to a new one this weekend call 26 acres. Beer was very good. I am a hopp head so I always try the IPAs but there brown ale was very good too. Asheville is also a good place to go for breweries.
Loads of good beer in Charlotte and Asheville for sure. I love the hop drop and roll. Noda is my favorite brewery in Charlotte. I try and frequent it as often as I can.



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