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2012-09-24 09:24:55 PM

The_Sponge: IMHO, it is the best pumpkin beer out there.


Southern Tier Pumking rules the pumpkin beer category.
 
2012-09-24 09:24:55 PM
i got no time for beer snobs. tastes like crap anyways.

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2012-09-24 09:27:25 PM

gravebayne2: i got no time for beer snobs. tastes like crap anyways.

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Looks like you'd have no time for whiskey snobs either.
 
2012-09-24 09:27:31 PM
GIS for 'budweiser'. I just found my evil twin.

www.budweisertours.com 

Works in all four seasons

www.breakingcopy.com
 
2012-09-24 09:28:08 PM
Haven't drank anything other than Sam Adams OF in the past six weeks, and I don't intend to drink anything else for the next six.
 
2012-09-24 09:28:23 PM
Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.

"Hey, you want another cherry wheat Sam Adams?" No thanks, I'm driving home tonight.

/party was at my house
//yeah yeah, whine about beer
 
2012-09-24 09:28:26 PM

Harmania: KarmicDisaster: New Glarus Fat Squirrel. OK, maybe they make it all year round now, but it used to be seasonal. Of course you can't get it outside of Wisconsin, so sucks to be you but then again you don't have to deal with Scott Walker the douche.

I just had the Staghorn Leap (their Oktoberfest) the other night. Not bad for the genre.


When it comes around in the early spring, try their Road Slush, that's probably my favorite thus far.
 
2012-09-24 09:29:35 PM

nopokerface: gravebayne2: i got no time for beer snobs. tastes like crap anyways.

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Looks like you'd have no time for whiskey snobs either.


i won't lie. i just did a GIS for whiskey. I drink the cheap stuff. whatever will do the job and costs me the least. and yes i drink alone.
 
2012-09-24 09:30:03 PM
Winter is when all of my favorite seasonals come out but I'll admit the sickle & scythe is very good.
 
mjg
2012-09-24 09:30:14 PM
www.saskliquor.com

Paddockwood Brewery
 
2012-09-24 09:30:21 PM

gravebayne2: whatever will do the job and costs me the least. and yes i drink alone.


I recommend Old Taylor. Cheap and not terrible.
 
2012-09-24 09:30:44 PM

Joafu: Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.

"Hey, you want another cherry wheat Sam Adams?" No thanks, I'm driving home tonight.

/party was at my house
//yeah yeah, whine about beer


I think you ignore the mass appeal of their Boston Lager. It's pretty damned good. Their seasonals are hit and miss, I'll grant--but I'll take Sam over "domestic" Bud or Coors any day, and not just because I'm a social beer justice warrior.
 
zez
2012-09-24 09:30:51 PM
I've become a big fan of New Belguim's Red Hoptober.

/drinking Sam Adam's 48 IPA right now and it's kinda meh
 
2012-09-24 09:33:09 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: RogermcAllen: Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 450x600]

A low turnover beer in a green bottle. Mmmm skunked beer.

/I love saison, but Du Pont always tastes like shiat
//I really do want to like it

Maybe you're just not lucky?


He's got a point. Saison DuPont, while OK, is a little lacking in character.

/my saison is better
 
2012-09-24 09:33:36 PM
Have a six pack of the Brooklyn Oktoberfest in my fridge.

I quite like it. Think I'll go get another.
 
2012-09-24 09:33:46 PM
#8 i156.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 09:34:06 PM

lokidecat: And Jubelale from Deschutes also good.

And Brrrrr
and Snowplow.
and.. and.. and..


To be fair, those are winter seasonal beers, even if some may be released before the official winter season.

/well, I don't know about Brrrrr, but I can assume by the name...
 
2012-09-24 09:35:09 PM

residentgeek: Joafu: Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.

"Hey, you want another cherry wheat Sam Adams?" No thanks, I'm driving home tonight.

/party was at my house
//yeah yeah, whine about beer

I think you ignore the mass appeal of their Boston Lager. It's pretty damned good. Their seasonals are hit and miss, I'll grant--but I'll take Sam over "domestic" Bud or Coors any day, and not just because I'm a social beer justice warrior.


What he said. Good old Boston Lager is a solid, if uninteresting beer that's available damn near everywhere.
 
2012-09-24 09:35:58 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 450x600]


This.
 
2012-09-24 09:36:48 PM

ericbo84: My favorite so far this year: 
untappd.s3.amazonaws.com


I've been hearing from a lot of friends that it's outstanding. Haven't tried it yet.
 
2012-09-24 09:37:31 PM

residentgeek:
I think you ignore the mass appeal of their Boston Lager. It's pretty damned good. Their seasonals are hit and miss, I'll grant--but I'll take Sam over "domestic" Bud or Coors any day, and not just because I'm a social beer justice warrior.


Boston Lager is my Airport beer. If I'm flying I rarely see anything worth drinking besides Boston Lager.
 
2012-09-24 09:42:55 PM

YouSirAreAMaroon: residentgeek: Joafu: Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.

"Hey, you want another cherry wheat Sam Adams?" No thanks, I'm driving home tonight.

/party was at my house
//yeah yeah, whine about beer

I think you ignore the mass appeal of their Boston Lager. It's pretty damned good. Their seasonals are hit and miss, I'll grant--but I'll take Sam over "domestic" Bud or Coors any day, and not just because I'm a social beer justice warrior.

What he said. Good old Boston Lager is a solid, if uninteresting beer that's available damn near everywhere.


Well, I'll give it another go next time I just don't have anything else to get. Maybe my adult taste buds just hadn't come in yet and I couldn't appreciate it's finer qualities. Sounds like their seasonal is decent.

In happier news, I do love this time of year, and I did like TFA's New Belgian, only one I've tried so far. Yet another excuse to drink copious amounts of beer? Sure.
 
2012-09-24 09:44:46 PM

youngandstupid: No Spaten Octoberfest, no Fall beer list. For shame!


Have to agree with you there, though in this case I think they were sticking with American beers.
 
2012-09-24 09:44:58 PM

KrispyKritter: [vintagebooze.com image 500x533]


hotlink


That is hilarous. Me and my brothers, ages 6,8, and 10 sold a shiatload of Black Label Beer out of the back of a pick up truck at the Widowmaker back in, 82 or so I guess.

Anyway thanks for linking the advertisement, I thought Black Label beer was pretty much like a generic brand.
 
2012-09-24 09:48:50 PM

Jeng: KrispyKritter: [vintagebooze.com image 500x533]


hotlink

That is hilarous. Me and my brothers, ages 6,8, and 10 sold a shiatload of Black Label Beer out of the back of a pick up truck at the Widowmaker back in, 82 or so I guess.

Anyway thanks for linking the advertisement, I thought Black Label beer was pretty much like a generic brand.


I drank a good deal of it in my early teens along with Meister Brau. Terrible stuff.
 
2012-09-24 09:50:16 PM
My Fall favorite...
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2012-09-24 09:51:51 PM

Eskurido: There can be only one. 

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That is a delicious beer.

Hipsters work at the store, so beware.
 
2012-09-24 09:51:59 PM

navyjeff: List needs more

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I love your choice of brewery, not the choice of beer though. As far as fall offereings, I think that Brian doesn't experiment enough. I can't wait for the Christmas Ale to be bottled
 
2012-09-24 09:53:00 PM

lokidecat: Rogue Brewery: Chatoe Pumpkin Ale


Don't mess with Rogue. They'll gitcha.

And Jubelale from Deschutes also good.

And Brrrrr
and Snowplow.
and.. and.. and..


I don't think Rogue ends up on a lot of these lists because they actually wait to harvest their pumpkins and brew their beer, so they don't get in a lot of reviewers glasses before October. I've seen a lot of these other fall brews out as early as August.

/Double Dead Guy is still my favorite. It's not seasonal, but tastes like it should be.
//Also love the Deschutes line. Nothing quite like Brrrr in front of the fireplace on a cold winter's night.
 
2012-09-24 09:53:06 PM
Greenport Harbor Leaf Pile is yummy.
 
2012-09-24 09:54:09 PM
I love Sam Adams Octoberfest, but I think Magic Hat's Hex beats it by a nose.
 
2012-09-24 09:57:54 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
JVD
2012-09-24 09:58:24 PM
It's a shame they didn't have any Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Would have been at the top. Beer Advocate appears to agree.
 
2012-09-24 09:58:48 PM
My current fave:
www.liquorama.net
Shootit right from the bottle.
/Hate my liver.
 
2012-09-24 10:00:28 PM

Ex-Texan: My current fave:
[www.liquorama.net image 430x430]
Shootit right from the bottle.
/Hate my liver.


I was considering trying that. I used to drink a lot of Captain Morgan Private Stock. I like Sailor Jerry or Kraken.. I assume it's similar?
 
2012-09-24 10:01:37 PM
Great. I wanted to get to bed early tonight and now there's a beer thread.

I love how these beer lists never include any beers from countries that have been brewing them for much longer than this country was around. I'm not down on any of those selections (I'll never really criticize a beer) but for once I'd like to see Schneider Aventinus on a list.
 
2012-09-24 10:03:21 PM
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/without a Leinie in the mix, all you got is less
 
2012-09-24 10:12:44 PM
I always think of Fall as a time for hard ciders. As a home brewer, Fall is also a time for fermenting nearly anything imaginable. Over the next 2 weeks, I'll have the majority of my carboys occupied. I've already got wine in progress. This weekend, I'll be hitting the local apple orchards for some cider, and then making Caribou Slobber. And everything should be ready in time for Thanksgiving. Except the wine. That'll be for next Thanksgiving.
 
2012-09-24 10:14:30 PM
I was going to say they forgot Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale, but then ole stoned me realized that it has winter in the name... (but I saw it at a liquor store on Friday!)
 
2012-09-24 10:18:46 PM

Joafu: Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.


Sam Adams was one of the first to get mass market appeal with beers that weren't American adjunct lagers. Boston Lager is an excellent beer. You might not like it, which is completely fine, but it is.

As a brewery, they are good and bad in my book. Good because they make a wide variety of beers in a very basic, easily approached manner. Never had a rauchbier? Try their "Bonfire Beer". Saison? They had one of those as well recently. They are a great entry point to getting to know different styles. The more people get to know different styles, the more they will be in demand. The more demand, the better quality of brew pubs and tap selections at the local water hole.

The bad thing is they do too many styles, and the ones they throw out there (both of the above mentioned ones, for example) are mediocre. Their Saison was awful in my opinion. The rauchbier was the "look ma, I put smoke in it!" version of a real rauchbier. The "longshot" winners are novelty acts that annoy me.

So while I am conflicted, and almost seem to contradict myself, it still goes a long way in explaining why they are popular. Good core beers for the loyal following, and for neophytes who want to do something "edgy" with their selection, they can do so and "Sam Adams" is their safe word.
 
2012-09-24 10:19:32 PM
My favourite:

www.saintarnold.com
 
2012-09-24 10:23:04 PM
craftcans.com

love me some Baxters
 
2012-09-24 10:30:10 PM
Is there some unwritten law that every review of craft brews must have one Sam Adams and one New Belgium in the list??
 
2012-09-24 10:30:27 PM

WinoRhino: I love how these beer lists never include any beers from countries that have been brewing them for much longer than this country was around. I'm not down on any of those selections (I'll never really criticize a beer) but for once I'd like to see Schneider Aventinus on a list.


Meh, sort of justifiable since we're pretty goddamn good at beer.

Unlike wine.

So let us keep this one domestic, OK?

/ American beer and South American wine FTW
// Someone in Colorado please tell Oskar Blues to start shipping to Missouri! So yummy.
/// I do think a lot of our beer is too unsubtle/lacking in nuance, though; lots of "POW, HERE'S ONE FLAVOR!"
/\ And I swear to god the next time that flavor's banana, yet-a-farking-gain, I'm dumping it out.
 
2012-09-24 10:33:11 PM

WinoRhino: Joafu: Am I the only one that just doesn't get why Sam Adams is profitable? And even the description in TFA was kinda sad. It's the only brewery I'll ever turn down, and that's after I've tried a good dozen of their flavors; the final straw was after trying the cherry wheat. It was just stinky, never before had I choked down a beer- nor since- usually if it's foamy and has alcohol, I'm game.

Sam Adams was one of the first to get mass market appeal with beers that weren't American adjunct lagers. Boston Lager is an excellent beer. You might not like it, which is completely fine, but it is.

As a brewery, they are good and bad in my book. Good because they make a wide variety of beers in a very basic, easily approached manner. Never had a rauchbier? Try their "Bonfire Beer". Saison? They had one of those as well recently. They are a great entry point to getting to know different styles. The more people get to know different styles, the more they will be in demand. The more demand, the better quality of brew pubs and tap selections at the local water hole.

The bad thing is they do too many styles, and the ones they throw out there (both of the above mentioned ones, for example) are mediocre. Their Saison was awful in my opinion. The rauchbier was the "look ma, I put smoke in it!" version of a real rauchbier. The "longshot" winners are novelty acts that annoy me.

So while I am conflicted, and almost seem to contradict myself, it still goes a long way in explaining why they are popular. Good core beers for the loyal following, and for neophytes who want to do something "edgy" with their selection, they can do so and "Sam Adams" is their safe word.


Exactly. They're great for introducing you to different styles, but they do very few of them well. Octoberfest and Winter Ale are their best offerings, IMO. I don't care for their spring and summer styles, though the Latitude 48 IPA isn't too bad.
 
2012-09-24 10:34:08 PM

fallingcow: And I swear to god the next time that flavor's banana, yet-a-farking-gain, I'm dumping it out.


Yeast is the new hop. ;)
 
2012-09-24 10:34:45 PM
And if a brewery's going to bother to make a Doppelbock, why not go the extra mile and spell the damn word correctly?
 
2012-09-24 10:35:02 PM
As long as they taste like beer. Not pumkin, not cinimon,
not apples, not freekin pounds of hops with more hops. B freekin eer!
I like beer that tastes like BEER.
When I want it to taste like something else? I will drink something else.
I like rum, wine, whiskey, vodka ... lotsa things. But I want a beer that tastes like beer.
Not like mint jeelaps, I don't want beer that tastes like limes,
I don't want beer that tastes like eucalyptus for crisssake.
I want b e e r thet tastes like BEER. Can I make it more clear? I
f I just want alcahol I don't want the flavor, if I got no time to savor.
It's everclear if I'm in a hurry. When I need to make my mind all blurry.
But I want BEER, a beer that tastes like beer. ya hear?
 
2012-09-24 10:38:56 PM

Mr. Chainsaw: Octoberfest and Winter Ale are their best offerings, IMO. I don't care for their spring and summer styles, though the Latitude 48 IPA isn't too bad.


I really liked Noble Pilsner. But Sam Winter is solid, yeah.
 
2012-09-24 10:42:33 PM

mudpants: But I want BEER, a beer that tastes like beer. ya hear?


When I am feeling that way: Weihenstephaner Original. Beer. Simple. Perfect.
 
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