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2012-09-24 08:51:33 PM
No Zima?
 
2012-09-24 08:53:21 PM
NEVER ZIMA.
 
2012-09-24 08:55:04 PM
newkidsonthenet.com

for all seasons motherfarkers
 
2012-09-24 08:55:19 PM
No love for PBR?
 
2012-09-24 08:56:20 PM
List needs more

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-24 08:56:28 PM
hmm, left hand makes one. i love their milk stout. i'll have to go to total wine and look for this.
 
2012-09-24 08:56:40 PM
Weyerbacher Heresy is much more interesting IMO. Even if it's not a traditional Oktoberfest brew.

lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-09-24 08:58:14 PM
Punkin pie, liberty street brewing company, Plymouth Michigan.

Can only take it home in a growler.

Which I do, quite often.
 
2012-09-24 08:58:22 PM
Whiskey doesn't have a season, I win.
 
2012-09-24 08:58:28 PM
The Tumbler is good - having some now, and a great value at 12.99/12pk at Kroger. The best Sweetwater seasonals are yet to come- the Festival ale and Happy Ending stout are marvelous, extremely powerful winter beers.
 
2012-09-24 08:58:43 PM
No Spaten Octoberfest, no Fall beer list. For shame!
 
2012-09-24 08:59:14 PM
I've only tried the Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but I'd love to try some of those others. Unfortunately though, I've only seen 4 of those 16 brands sold at the stores around here. Thinking about beer right now, even though I'm still "working". Hmmmm beer...
 
2012-09-24 08:59:20 PM
I have 5 gallons of Oktoberfest in secondary fermentation right now that I'm going to keg this weekend. My taps have been dry for about two weeks. This needs to change.
 
2012-09-24 09:00:22 PM

fappomatic: Weyerbacher Heresy is much more interesting IMO. Even if it's not a traditional Oktoberfest brew.

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 383x350]


I love their Old Heathen beer. Last weekend I tried the Imperial Pumpkin Ale which was really good. Nice strong cinnamon-y flavor.
 
2012-09-24 09:00:56 PM
Nice, I'm drinking a Victory Festbier right now. Love Oktoberfest marzen style. Also looking forward to trying all the fresh-hopped harvest beers. Plus, another Victory brew that arrives closer to December, Moonglow Weizenbock.
 
2012-09-24 09:00:58 PM
Wha' no Genny Pale Ale????
 
2012-09-24 09:01:13 PM
Just had one of these last night, and it was one of the best beers I've ever tasted.
www.ibabuzz.com
/LOVE this time of year!
 
2012-09-24 09:01:34 PM
Out of those I've only tried Tumbler and the Sam Adams. Both aren't bad. For Oktoberfest beers I prefer Paulaner. I'd try some new stuff but I just spent $80 bucks for a case of Paulaner Oktoberfest and a case of Spaten Optimator. Guess which crappy state I'm currently in.
 
2012-09-24 09:02:44 PM
vintagebooze.com


hotlink
 
2012-09-24 09:02:47 PM
Three Floyds Munsterfest for me.

I am also partial to Paulaner Oktoberfest.


Good list though.
 
2012-09-24 09:02:52 PM

jimpoz: I have 5 gallons of Oktoberfest in secondary fermentation right now that I'm going to keg this weekend. My taps have been dry for about two weeks. This needs to change.


We'll be needing your address. I'll bring a mini of my black lager.
 
2012-09-24 09:02:58 PM
I can't stand about 95% of Marzens, although I was pleasantly surprised by a glass of Two Brothers Atom Smasher last night.
 
2012-09-24 09:03:17 PM
Rogue Brewery: Chatoe Pumpkin Ale
www.totalwine.com

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

And Jubelale from Deschutes also good.

And Brrrrr
and Snowplow.
and.. and.. and..
 
2012-09-24 09:03:55 PM
List fail: my preferred beer is not on there!!
/my local beer is better
 
2012-09-24 09:03:55 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-24 09:04:31 PM

Akuinnen: Out of those I've only tried Tumbler and the Sam Adams. Both aren't bad. For Oktoberfest beers I prefer Paulaner. I'd try some new stuff but I just spent $80 bucks for a case of Paulaner Oktoberfest and a case of Spaten Optimator. Guess which crappy state I'm currently in.



I'm guessing "Sober".
 
2012-09-24 09:05:38 PM
Shandy! Shandy shandy shandy!

Srsly. I don't care that it's fall.

Shandy.
 
2012-09-24 09:05:54 PM

AliceBToklasLives: [newkidsonthenet.com image 395x323]

for all seasons motherfarkers


Now with extra Jheri curl activator coating every can to lock in that fresh malt liquor flavor.
 
2012-09-24 09:06:06 PM
justbeer.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-24 09:06:14 PM
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.
 
2012-09-24 09:06:21 PM
Narragansett Lager. $5.55 for a 16 oz 6-pack.

For the win.
 
2012-09-24 09:07:22 PM

Akuinnen: Out of those I've only tried Tumbler and the Sam Adams. Both aren't bad. For Oktoberfest beers I prefer Paulaner. I'd try some new stuff but I just spent $80 bucks for a case of Paulaner Oktoberfest and a case of Spaten Optimator. Guess which crappy state I'm currently in.


Guam?
 
2012-09-24 09:08:01 PM
www.tailgatingideas.com

I'll have whatever falls into her ... crevices.
 
2012-09-24 09:09:53 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: [justbeer.files.wordpress.com image 384x600]


Is that Marissa "nnngggaahahahahahaa nyuh uh uh huuhhhuhhaahhh" Mayer?
 
2012-09-24 09:10:08 PM
arsonik-were you one table away from me last night???? I had a fresh pint of their Punkin Ale, it was a tad bit too flowery for my taste, initial pumpkin flavor off set other aromatics oddly, really a very dichromatic effect that I didn't care for, but had a nice, light finish
 
2012-09-24 09:11:12 PM

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.


There were lots of things to like about WI, and beer was most of the top ten, but I was glad when I was able to replicate Houdini's best escape: getting out of Appleton.
 
2012-09-24 09:11:50 PM
FTA: The Verdict: I think Sam Adams is an underrated brewery, but this beer, though easy to drink, isn't among their greatest accomplishments.

WTF?

This is probably Sam's best seasonal!
 
2012-09-24 09:13:18 PM
Mmmm, Duck-Rabbit-ator.
 
2012-09-24 09:13:24 PM
There can be only one. 

www.beaus.ca
 
2012-09-24 09:14:46 PM

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
 
2012-09-24 09:15:31 PM
I tend to enjoy "fall" beers more as they are not usually crammed full of hops, but jah help me, any kind of pumpking flavored beer is farking disgusting and I cannot take anyone seriously who drinks it.
 
2012-09-24 09:16:30 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: [justbeer.files.wordpress.com image 384x600]


I simply love that face on non-beerdrinkers. It reminds me that yes, there are different people in the world than me, and they are dumb and uncultured. Just like me.
 
2012-09-24 09:18:40 PM

arsonik: Just had one of these last night, and it was one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

/LOVE this time of year!


IMHO, it is the best pumpkin beer out there.
 
2012-09-24 09:19:21 PM

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: This is probably Sam's best seasonal!


Agreed. Their Summer Ale is sh*t.
 
2012-09-24 09:19:47 PM
My favorite so far this year: 
untappd.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-09-24 09:20:14 PM
Speaking of Fall beers, I've had really mixed experiences with PumKing. I had it on tap once and it was like drinking grandma's pumpkin pie. Had it out of a bottle and it was like eating canned corn off a piece of old cardboard.

Anyway, fall in New England is for cider, and homemade cider is always the best. Super easy too. Much easier than brewing. If I have 25 gallons of cider by November, I'll be a pretty happy man. Unfortunately the sh*tty spring we had apparently borked up the apple crop so cider is kinda stoopid expensive compared to previous years. Oh well, sang McWatt, what the hell.
 
2012-09-24 09:20:58 PM

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.
 
2012-09-24 09:22:18 PM
I can't stand regular Sam Adams,but I enjoy their Oktoberfest. The less hops the better.
 
2012-09-24 09:22:42 PM

The_Sponge: arsonik: Just had one of these last night, and it was one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

/LOVE this time of year!

IMHO, it is the best pumpkin beer out there.


Or maybe extraordinarily overrated. Post Road and Shipyard, not to mention Big Boss, put out far better. But I'm putting my money where my mouth is and making a pumpkin brown in a week.

/I know, to each his own
//Stop liking what I don't like
 
2012-09-24 09:23:36 PM

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?

Karma Chameleon: I tend to enjoy "fall" beers more as they are not usually crammed full of hops, but jah help me, any kind of pumpking flavored beer is farking disgusting and I cannot take anyone seriously who drinks it.


Hmm, I get the feeling I don't belong in beer threads.
 
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.

sipology.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-24 09:27:25 PM

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

[sipology.files.wordpress.com image 270x350]


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.

[sipology.files.wordpress.com image 270x350]

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...
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 09:51:51 PM

Eskurido: There can be only one. 

[www.beaus.ca image 500x500]


That is a delicious beer.

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

navyjeff: List needs more

[i.imgur.com image 222x227]


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
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
/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.
 
2012-09-24 10:43:53 PM

Friend of the Devil: 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!)


That's the only Blue Moon I've had that I'd call truly special. My friends and I nursed the last of those for months after they went out of season this year. Then again, we only get the common Blue Moon varieties around here.


WinoRhino: 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.


This. Sam Adam's specialty or limited styles are often the worst beer you can get in their price tier. The Longshot brews are a trap designed to trick you out of money.

A few of their year-rounds and seasonals are decent values when they're on sale, but you can get a goddamn great beer for $9-12 a bomber or $10/4-pack. Sam Adams anything ain't one of them.  If you see a Sam Adams beer around that price range, you can just about never go wrong by not buying it.
 
2012-09-24 10:44:13 PM

Dr. Manhattan: Speaking of Fall beers, I've had really mixed experiences with PumKing. I had it on tap once and it was like drinking grandma's pumpkin pie. Had it out of a bottle and it was like eating canned corn off a piece of old cardboard.

Anyway, fall in New England is for cider, and homemade cider is always the best. Super easy too. Much easier than brewing. If I have 25 gallons of cider by November, I'll be a pretty happy man. Unfortunately the sh*tty spring we had apparently borked up the apple crop so cider is kinda stoopid expensive compared to previous years. Oh well, sang McWatt, what the hell.


Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.
 
2012-09-24 10:44:56 PM

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

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

How the heck can I spell that out to the drivethru crew in Brandt Ohio?
 
2012-09-24 10:45:10 PM
I usually go with Magic Hat's fall and winter seasonals, though. Helps that the brewery is about a mile down the road.
 
2012-09-24 10:46:31 PM
I would have had a better reaction when I was in Dexter Ohio but not much.
 
2012-09-24 10:48:53 PM
I got a friend in Pataskala, big city boy, that might kin to your talk.
 
2012-09-24 10:49:40 PM

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

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


Stone's Double Bastard.

It's the beeriest beer that ever beered. It's the beer that beers drink in the fine taverns and hobo tents of beersville, beersylvania. It's like a farking beer singularity.
 
2012-09-24 10:49:59 PM

res_nihil: fappomatic: Weyerbacher Heresy is much more interesting IMO. Even if it's not a traditional Oktoberfest brew.

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 383x350]

I love their Old Heathen beer. Last weekend I tried the Imperial Pumpkin Ale which was really good. Nice strong cinnamon-y flavor.


I'm extremely partial to Merry Monks. Wish I went to the brewery more often when I was in college.
 
2012-09-24 10:50:52 PM

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

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

Stone's Double Bastard.

It's the beeriest beer that ever beered. It's the beer that beers drink in the fine taverns and hobo tents of beersville, beersylvania. It's like a farking beer singularity.


I will try that !
 
2012-09-24 10:50:57 PM

Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.


Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?
 
2012-09-24 10:54:01 PM

Joafu: 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.


The thing with Sam Adams is that they still think like a microbrewery when it comes to their seasonals. A couple of years ago, they used WAY too much grains of paradise in their Summer Ale, and what used to be my favorite beer ended up tasting like formaldehyde and/or Southpaw. This year's Summer Ale was much better, and their Octoberfest is quite good too. That said, I despise their Cranberry Lambic and will only use it for making beer bread (it's very good in that).

The New Belgium, Abita, and Weyerbacher are all on my list of seasonals to try this year, perhaps the Ommegang if I can find it. Sierra Nevada is a maybe, and Sweetwater will hopefully be available when I visit the folks for Thanksgiving.
 
2012-09-24 10:56:19 PM

Skarekrough: People were beside themselves about it.


I've had a similar general experience which leads me to believe my friends are either genuinely impressed with my cidering prowess or are such good liars that they shouldn't be dealing with the likes of me. Either way, I was able to use my cider stock as currency to avoid starvation during last year's late September/early October Snowpocalypse. Anyway, you are correct that now is the time to make contacts. I've got a few leads on where to get "the good stuff" from. We'll see how it plays out.
 
2012-09-24 10:56:31 PM
I miss being able to get New Belgium. Fat Tire is a solid "can't decide on anything else" standby, and I dig the Mothership Wit and 1554. I've heard good things about the Ranger IPA too.
 
2012-09-24 10:56:33 PM

WinoRhino: 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.


White Ale was Sam's best seasonal, and they broke my heart when they got rid of it for Noble Pils.

/Drinking a homemade black IPA
//gonna try to make a ESP (pumpkin bitter) this weekend
 
2012-09-24 10:57:45 PM

WinoRhino: Skarekrough: How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?


start with apples
 
2012-09-24 10:57:57 PM

melopene: This year's Summer Ale was much better


Did you hear that they lost their entire final batch of summer ale? That's why pumpkin and oktoberfest hit the scene earlier than usual.
 
2012-09-24 10:58:56 PM

mudpants: WinoRhino: Skarekrough: How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?

start with apples


*jots down*
Go onnnnn.......
 
2012-09-24 11:01:32 PM

WinoRhino: melopene: This year's Summer Ale was much better

Did you hear that they lost their entire final batch of summer ale? That's why pumpkin and oktoberfest hit the scene earlier than usual.


Huh. I wondered why it was so early.
 
2012-09-24 11:02:44 PM

WinoRhino: melopene: This year's Summer Ale was much better

Did you hear that they lost their entire final batch of summer ale? That's why pumpkin and oktoberfest hit the scene earlier than usual.


WinoRhino: Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it

Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?


I would check /r/homebrewing on Reddit as well as the Fark Homebrewer's google group.
 
2012-09-24 11:02:59 PM

WinoRhino: Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.

Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?


All you need is apple juice. Leave it open, and it will ferment into cider. Add some sugar if you want up the proof.

Seriously though, add apple juice to the fermenter, add yeast, wait 6 moths, drink delicious cider. The only hard part is waiting for it properly age (6 months minimum, 1 year is better). My suggestion would be to make two batches. Drink the first one young and think, "Huh, this pretty good". Lose the second one in the back of a closet for at least a year and think, "Damn, this is good. I am so glad I didn't wait to start a second batch. That Roger guy is a genius."

/I guarantee you will think that
//How many cider makers get their start
 
2012-09-24 11:03:41 PM

WinoRhino: How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?


None at all. You only need at primary and secondary fermenter. Buy 5 gallons of soft cider. Make sure its UV pasturized and does not contain any chemical preservatives (they're not bad for you, but they are bad for yeast). Add 1 crushed Campden tablet per gallon (or about half a teaspoon per 5-gal) and 1 tablespoon of yeast nutrient per gallon. Wait 24 hours and pitch your yeast (Cider yeast or champagne yeast are traditional, but be experimental, goddamnit. Try dry-hopping your cider for a real goddamn adventure). Carry out fermentation as you would any other batch. If you want to boost the ABV, add whatever sugar source inspires you (but remember that 1 lb of sugar adds quite a bit of volume). If you want to spice it, I recommend making up a spice tea (or spiced vodka infusion) and adding at bottling time because its hard to predict their effects. Anyway, cider is way easier than beer, but just as enjoyable and everyone should try it right now.
 
2012-09-24 11:03:43 PM

WinoRhino: melopene: This year's Summer Ale was much better

Did you hear that they lost their entire final batch of summer ale? That's why pumpkin and oktoberfest hit the scene earlier than usual.


That's a real shame - but exactly what I meant about how they still think like a microbrewery.

Also, the fact that they gave hops to small breweries during the hops shortage makes them a bunch of badasses.
 
2012-09-24 11:03:47 PM

WinoRhino: melopene: This year's Summer Ale was much better

Did you hear that they lost their entire final batch of summer ale? That's why pumpkin and oktoberfest hit the scene earlier than usual.


Try wheat, barly or oats, not punkins they are for pies or chunkin, not beer. Hops are good but not so much. Rice and other stuff will get you high but they don't make good beer, just miller.
 
2012-09-24 11:04:56 PM

melopene: Fark Homebrewer's google group


Never knew about that one!
 
2012-09-24 11:06:26 PM
Seasonal beers are for seasonal drinkers.
 
2012-09-24 11:06:49 PM
NO DEEP ELLUM BREWERY OR RAHR? WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?
 
2012-09-24 11:10:50 PM
Epic's Fermentation without Representation FTW 

blog.hopbunnies.com
 
2012-09-24 11:11:04 PM

mudpants: Seasonal beers are for seasonal drinkers.


What's wrong with drinking seasonally? Just as with food, seasonal brews are often perfect for that time of year.
 
2012-09-24 11:12:18 PM
Would love to try that Ommegang if I can find it. Still need to try the Motorboat.
 
2012-09-24 11:15:35 PM
www.troegs.com
 
2012-09-24 11:15:37 PM

WinoRhino: Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.

Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?


Pour non-chemically pastuerized cider into carboy
Add yeast
Wait a few months
Add Campden tablets to kill yeast
Transfer to keg and sweeten with sugar dissolved in boiling water to bring FG up to 0.010 or so.
Put CO2 to keg to carb it up

And that's about it. The taste differences are going to be in the yeast and what you use to sweeten it (sugar, honey, brown sugar).

Cider is so easy I almost feel guilty about making it.
 
2012-09-24 11:17:13 PM

Satyagraha: /without a Leinie in the mix, all you got is less


Drinkin' one of those right now. Very good.
 
2012-09-24 11:18:55 PM

melopene: mudpants: Seasonal beers are for seasonal drinkers.

What's wrong with drinking seasonally? Just as with food, seasonal brews are often perfect for that time of year.


I see what you are thinking, pumkins in fall, pinetrees in winter, roses in springtime. But what if I just want beer that tases like beer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 and some odd number a year? I enjoy beer that tasets like beer. I want milk that tastes like milk and chicken that tastes like chicken. I want them all in every season. And I would like beery beer year round. I enjoy Christmas in july, I enjoy turkey on days that aren't thanks givins. Oh, and I like beer that tastes like ... beer!
 
2012-09-24 11:21:51 PM

Dr. Manhattan: Skarekrough: People were beside themselves about it.

I've had a similar general experience which leads me to believe my friends are either genuinely impressed with my cidering prowess or are such good liars that they shouldn't be dealing with the likes of me. Either way, I was able to use my cider stock as currency to avoid starvation during last year's late September/early October Snowpocalypse. Anyway, you are correct that now is the time to make contacts. I've got a few leads on where to get "the good stuff" from. We'll see how it plays out.


Despite others raves about mine I just wasn't a huge fan of it. Then again I do tend to prefer Irish Ciders like Magner's and Strongbow. MIne was much more like Harpoon CIder, which makes sense because the apples are from that area.

My side-gig involves fly fishing and over the Winter I brought a gallon of it to a trade show and doled it out to the fly tiers in the booth next to us. They raved about it and as a result it ended up being currency for tying materials, being taught a few patterns and gave the company a serious edge over other vendors.

Next year I was asked by the owner to have a keg ready for each of the two shows I do. He's having cups printed up with the company logo.
 
2012-09-24 11:21:56 PM

mudpants: And I would like beery beer year round. I enjoy Christmas in july, I enjoy turkey on days that aren't thanks givins. Oh, and I like beer that tastes like ... beer!


You should try a coffee snob thread....
 
2012-09-24 11:23:06 PM
I've given up on these lists...my flyover area of the country gets continually ignored as we brew some of the best beers around. Oh well...more for me.
 
2012-09-24 11:23:18 PM

Skarekrough: WinoRhino: Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.

Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?

Pour non-chemically pastuerized cider into carboy
Add yeast
Wait a few months
Add Campden tablets to kill yeast
Transfer to keg and sweeten with sugar dissolved in boiling water to bring FG up to 0.010 or so.
Put CO2 to keg to carb it up

And that's about it. The taste differences are going to be in the yeast and what you use to sweeten it (sugar, honey, brown sugar).

Cider is so easy I almost feel guilty about making it.


Don't listen to this trash, sweet cider is the devil. You can always sweeten up your cider later on with a dash of Sprite, but you can't unsweetened it. Start dry, work up from there if you really don't like it.

/Team Dry Cider
 
2012-09-24 11:24:42 PM

mudpants: melopene: mudpants: Seasonal beers are for seasonal drinkers.

What's wrong with drinking seasonally? Just as with food, seasonal brews are often perfect for that time of year.

I see what you are thinking, pumkins in fall, pinetrees in winter, roses in springtime. But what if I just want beer that tases like beer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 and some odd number a year? I enjoy beer that tasets like beer. I want milk that tastes like milk and chicken that tastes like chicken. I want them all in every season. And I would like beery beer year round. I enjoy Christmas in july, I enjoy turkey on days that aren't thanks givins. Oh, and I like beer that tastes like ... beer!


Ah, but all beers taste like beer - it's just the style and the additions. Go ahead, enjoy your various stouts, porters, ales, lambics, wheats, etc., but don't knock those of us who appreciate seasonal ingredients and flavors.
 
2012-09-24 11:25:08 PM

nopokerface: mudpants: And I would like beery beer year round. I enjoy Christmas in july, I enjoy turkey on days that aren't thanks givins. Oh, and I like beer that tastes like ... beer!

You should try a coffee snob thread....


are there instant coffee threads?
 
2012-09-24 11:26:12 PM

mudpants: are there instant coffee threads?


No, you have to wait until they go green.
 
2012-09-24 11:29:53 PM

melopene: mudpants: melopene: mudpants: Seasonal beers are for seasonal drinkers.

What's wrong with drinking seasonally? Just as with food, seasonal brews are often perfect for that time of year.

I see what you are thinking, pumkins in fall, pinetrees in winter, roses in springtime. But what if I just want beer that tases like beer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 and some odd number a year? I enjoy beer that tasets like beer. I want milk that tastes like milk and chicken that tastes like chicken. I want them all in every season. And I would like beery beer year round. I enjoy Christmas in july, I enjoy turkey on days that aren't thanks givins. Oh, and I like beer that tastes like ... beer!

Ah, but all beers taste like beer - it's just the style and the additions. Go ahead, enjoy your various stouts, porters, ales, lambics, wheats, etc., but don't knock those of us who appreciate seasonal ingredients and flavors.


The things that don't make it beer? I like a few black and tan, I prefere stouts but the dang flavored stuff isn't very good. It's like making bacon out of turkey. It is just WRONG !
no juniper in beer, no lime, arrrrggg, it is wrong!
 
2012-09-24 11:32:00 PM

mudpants: The things that don't make it beer? I like a few black and tan, I prefere stouts but the dang flavored stuff isn't very good. It's like making bacon out of turkey. It is just WRONG !
no juniper in beer, no lime, arrrrggg, it is wrong!


So you stick to the old-school definition, that's fine. Some of us like to be adventurous. It's the spice of life!
 
2012-09-24 11:33:39 PM

Satyagraha: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 214x235]
/without a Leinie in the mix, all you got is less


I couldn't agree more.

I'm more of a whiskey/rye fan, but when I drink beer it's usually Leinenkugel's. If I want a local beer, I'll drink Nimbus.
 
2012-09-24 11:34:00 PM

melopene: mudpants: The things that don't make it beer? I like a few black and tan, I prefere stouts but the dang flavored stuff isn't very good. It's like making bacon out of turkey. It is just WRONG !
no juniper in beer, no lime, arrrrggg, it is wrong!

So you stick to the old-school definition, that's fine. Some of us like to be adventurous. It's the spice of life!


If you stick to the old-old-school definition, all of those "things that don't make beer" are actually what make beer. We've only been using hops for a few hundred years, all of that other stuff has been in there for thousands of years.
 
2012-09-24 11:38:27 PM

RogermcAllen: Skarekrough: WinoRhino: Skarekrough: Ya gotta look around and make connections. The place I get mine gives me a bulk discount. I picked up 11 gallons for about $50.

One batch has a traditional English Ale yeast working on it. The other has a Belgian Saison. If things go well I may do another two batches in a few weeks.

I did my first batch last year. I let it sit until January and the results were awesome. People were beside themselves about it.

Okay folks, talk to me. I brew a LOT of beer and it would knock my wife out if I could make her homemade cider (her preferred booze over beer.) How hard is it, and do I need any special equipment aside from my standard all-grain brewing rig?

Pour non-chemically pastuerized cider into carboy
Add yeast
Wait a few months
Add Campden tablets to kill yeast
Transfer to keg and sweeten with sugar dissolved in boiling water to bring FG up to 0.010 or so.
Put CO2 to keg to carb it up

And that's about it. The taste differences are going to be in the yeast and what you use to sweeten it (sugar, honey, brown sugar).

Cider is so easy I almost feel guilty about making it.

Don't listen to this trash, sweet cider is the devil. You can always sweeten up your cider later on with a dash of Sprite, but you can't unsweetened it. Start dry, work up from there if you really don't like it.

/Team Dry Cider


Dry Cider is for people who hate themselves and feel the need to punish themselves for no good reason.

Actually I did a gallon experiment last year of dry cider and handed off to a buddy who enjoyed it thoroughly.
 
2012-09-24 11:42:40 PM

melopene: mudpants: The things that don't make it beer? I like a few black and tan, I prefere stouts but the dang flavored stuff isn't very good. It's like making bacon out of turkey. It is just WRONG !
no juniper in beer, no lime, arrrrggg, it is wrong!

So you stick to the old-school definition, that's fine. Some of us like to be adventurous. It's the spice of life!


I drink beer like water. I have adventure for adventure. Some of you like to be pretentious. And spelling nazis!

Let's trade moonshine
 
2012-09-24 11:45:44 PM
i115.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 11:48:12 PM

melopene: mudpants: The things that don't make it beer? I like a few black and tan, I prefere stouts but the dang flavored stuff isn't very good. It's like making bacon out of turkey. It is just WRONG !
no juniper in beer, no lime, arrrrggg, it is wrong!

So you stick to the old-school definition, that's fine. Some of us like to be adventurous. It's the spice of life!


I have an adventurous friend who would play frank zappa for weeks if I didn't smack him in the jewels. He is so creative he is predictable. All creative and individual and that makes it all look just alike. What are you wearing now? I have a neice that plays cello.
 
2012-09-25 12:02:23 AM
Anyone tried a Bob's 47 from Boulevard yet? I remember back in the day when Boulevard sucked (very early 90s), and then while I was away from KC, they figured out how to make some really kickass beer.

Weyerbacher sounds interesting. CO has a great selection, but we definitely miss out on the regional gems as well.
 
2012-09-25 12:06:09 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com

/Found in their Autumn Sampler
//Tastes like coffee
 
2012-09-25 12:07:58 AM

Satyagraha: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 214x235]
/without a Leinie in the mix, all you got is less


Leines has been phoning it in the past few years, i think since miller and coors merged, blue moon has been their pseudo-craft beer darling for whatever reason.
 
2012-09-25 12:11:19 AM
untappd.s3.amazonaws.com
On tap yesterday. Damn fine stuff.
 
2012-09-25 12:13:56 AM
Skarekrough:Dry Cider is for people who hate themselves and feel the need to punish themselves for no good reason.

Actually I did a gallon experiment last year of dry cider and handed off to a buddy who enjoyed it thoroughly.


Ahh, cider talk. I was hoping the article would sneak a cider review in there -- they do sell it right alongside the beer for whatever reason -- but no alas... I'll probably end up trying the Fall Woodchuck this year, anyway.

/Wish I could find pear cider somewhere.
//Meanwhile, beer snobbery is fun to watch...
 
2012-09-25 12:16:59 AM
It's all crap, get something with the alc in it and stfu, or go for the taste ya non drinkers. Grease weighers and spoke sniffers. posers, leave room for real drunkards
 
2012-09-25 12:18:28 AM
cider is crap, ya canno get drunk on tha
 
2012-09-25 12:20:37 AM

Canton: Skarekrough:Dry Cider is for people who hate themselves and feel the need to punish themselves for no good reason.

Actually I did a gallon experiment last year of dry cider and handed off to a buddy who enjoyed it thoroughly.

Ahh, cider talk. I was hoping the article would sneak a cider review in there -- they do sell it right alongside the beer for whatever reason -- but no alas... I'll probably end up trying the Fall Woodchuck this year, anyway.

/Wish I could find pear cider somewhere.
//Meanwhile, beer snobbery is fun to watch...


Cider? ya pu it in a bucket an wait, how difficult can tha be? enjoy
 
2012-09-25 12:29:48 AM
Thomas Hooker, Great Lakes, and Hacker-Pschorr are sad omissions from this macro-micro list.
 
2012-09-25 12:58:23 AM

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

Southern Tier Pumking rules the pumpkin beer category.

Another good one.


BTW, have you tried Howe's Sound pumpkin ale>

 
2012-09-25 01:07:15 AM
I wish I were a beer snob, but in general, I hate beer.

Then again, I've only had Bud Light years ago and whiff of Old Milwaukee from my alcoholic uncle's breath.

Recommendations?
 
2012-09-25 01:09:43 AM
blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com

AZ represent! Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter.

/Not a fan of pumpkin flavored shiate, but this is amazing
 
2012-09-25 01:16:46 AM

The_Sponge: Another good one.


BTW, have you tried Howe's Sound pumpkin ale>


Yep, and pumking > punkin > Howe Sound pumpkin
 
2012-09-25 01:19:49 AM

zobear: Anyone tried a Bob's 47 from Boulevard yet? I remember back in the day when Boulevard sucked (very early 90s), and then while I was away from KC, they figured out how to make some really kickass beer.

Weyerbacher sounds interesting. CO has a great selection, but we definitely miss out on the regional gems as well.


KC represent!

The new 80-acre rocks. I've probably had Bob's 47, but like most Boulevard it didn't stick out. Zon was pretty good this summer--nice and spicy.

I usually prefer Schlafly as far as Missouri brewers go. Yes, I feel ashamed.

I think the Boulevard master brewer and I simply have vast differences in taste.

Smokestack series is mostly pretty good, though. The much-hyped chocalate ale was stupid and awful, and insanely expensive when you could find it. Not as bad as Sam Adams Hazel Brown, though, which tastes like an even sweeter version of those shiatty Dum-Dum chocolate suckers. So gross. Avoid at all costs.

/ $5 Tank 7 on tap at The Brick FTW.
 
2012-09-25 01:22:37 AM
www.glunzbeers.com

That is all.
 
2012-09-25 01:29:59 AM

jeaux65: I wish I were a beer snob, but in general, I hate beer.

Then again, I've only had Bud Light years ago and whiff of Old Milwaukee from my alcoholic uncle's breath.

Recommendations?


Have a snort of some local moonshine, it is around. then have some tea or lemonade or cider or something that tases good. Moonshine then some pie would be my recommendation.
 
2012-09-25 01:38:45 AM

Canton: I'll probably end up trying the Fall Woodchuck this year, anyway.


It could stand to be a little drier, but the spices are dead on. Quite tasty.
 
2012-09-25 01:42:20 AM

jeaux65: I wish I were a beer snob, but in general, I hate beer.

Then again, I've only had Bud Light years ago and whiff of Old Milwaukee from my alcoholic uncle's breath.

Recommendations?


Yeah- not buying cheap crap designed to make you drunk and nothing else.

Try a pale ale (don't go as far as an IPA), a porter or stout, and an amber (ale or lager). That'll give you a pretty decent range of beer styles. The Pale is hoppy, the porter/stout is gonna be malty, and the amber will be a middle of the road balance. There are variations within each category, of course, but those will generally give you a good assortment.

Does your grocery store have a make your own six pack option? Those are great for trying out new beers, give them a shot. And hey, you're only out ten bucks at most.
 
2012-09-25 01:43:06 AM
Saying "Best Fall Beer" is like saying "Best punch in the nuts" It all sucks.

I love beer, but if there are two beers I can't stand: IPAs and Fall Beers.
 
2012-09-25 01:51:06 AM

Explodo: Saying "Best Fall Beer" is like saying "Best punch in the nuts" It all sucks.

I love beer, but if there are two beers I can't stand: IPAs and Fall Beers.


Try tracking down some black or barrel-aged IPAs.

I do agree that IPAs with nothing to offer but hops are lame. A double/imperial IPA that manages to achieve balance and complexity, though, is a thing of beauty.

Black IPAs:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerstyles/black-ipa/114/

I can vouch for Mountain Standard on that page. It's great. Seasonal, though, IIRC. Try again in 6 months. Any of the others are there are probably very good.

No category on Ratebeer for barrel-aged IPAs. Just google it.
 
2012-09-25 02:16:00 AM

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

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

Stone's Double Bastard.

It's the beeriest beer that ever beered. It's the beer that beers drink in the fine taverns and hobo tents of beersville, beersylvania. It's like a farking beer singularity.

I will try that !


I'll just go ahead and say it...
www.capscollection.ru
 
2012-09-25 02:25:21 AM

Blargosaurus: [www.glunzbeers.com image 506x328]

That is all.


Best. Beer. Evar.
 
2012-09-25 03:38:53 AM
Southern TIer Brewing actually does a pumpkin beer in the fall, and it is pretty spectacular (and I normally do not have anything to do with "fruit" beers outside of some lambics and Ephemere). I also give the founders props for starting up a brewery in the heart of Chautuaqua county. They are chest deep in the middle of Bud and Miller country back there. I never would have expected a brewery to start up and not only survive but also thrive. I just wish they had started up before I moved out of the state!
 
2012-09-25 03:44:06 AM
Oh yeah, I am a serious beer snob. I look down upon beers like Bud and Miller, so much so that I will pay for bottled water rather than drink free Bud or Miller. With that being said, I do not look down upon people who drink those beers. I believe that people should drink what they want and be happy. What I do look down upon, though, are people who are unwilling to try something new. I just cannot fathom people who will not try a new beer (and far too many people I knew back home were like that). Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that you should try some super exotic beer that runs $50 a bottle, but if you see a new tap in your local watering hole, be brave. Have a pour. Or if a new beer is stocked in your local grocery store and the price is reasonable. Give it a whirl. What have you got to lose? If you do not like it, then fine. You can back to drinking what you normally prefer. But what if you do like it? Maybe it is better than your normal beer. But, you will never know unless you try it.
 
2012-09-25 08:09:38 AM

lokidecat: Rogue Brewery: Chatoe Pumpkin Ale
[www.totalwine.com image 250x350]

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

And Jubelale from Deschutes also good.

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


"It's like being fisted by a guy with a hand full of poison ivy!"
 
2012-09-25 09:33:25 AM
bigbossbrewing.com
 
2012-09-25 10:30:19 AM
Founders Breakfast Stout (fall seasonal) is the best beer available ever forever. Bought a case Sunday and I might get another tomorrow.

They missed Weyerbacher PunKing.
And even though it is a poor Oktoberfest, totally need the Spaten Oktoberfest. It tastes the way lagers should taste all the time, not just fall.
 
2012-09-25 10:32:23 AM
/ shiat got that wrong.

Weyerbacher PunKing Imperial Pupmkin Ale.
 
2012-09-25 11:02:21 AM
Not usually a big fan of Sam Adams, but their Oktoberfest is damn good stuff.

And I don't care what time of year it is, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is one of the best beers ever made.
 
2012-09-25 11:24:52 AM

lokidecat: Rogue Brewery: Chatoe Pumpkin Ale
[www.totalwine.com image 250x350]

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

And Jubelale from Deschutes also good.

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


You sound... Oregonian.

/cheers!
 
2012-09-25 12:57:10 PM
I like a good local beer - Blackstone Brewing Company's "Nut Brown Ale". Their "American Pale Ale" is good too.

/Look them up
 
2012-09-25 02:21:04 PM
Can't drink anymore due to migraines so you can all go to HELL.

:)

It's the season for it, after all.

Happy Halloween!
 
2012-09-25 04:14:25 PM

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

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


This.
 
2012-09-25 04:29:04 PM

The Dog Ate My Homework: Not usually a big fan of Sam Adams, but their Oktoberfest is damn good stuff.

And I don't care what time of year it is, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is one of the best beers ever made tastes like the milk from a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.

 
2012-09-25 04:31:33 PM
Well, late to the party, as usual. But, as a brewer with a batch of Märzen currently lagering, I got a kick...etc.

Oh, and WinoRhino, nevermind that cider nonsense, make mead! ;)
 
2012-09-25 05:05:59 PM

Mock26: Oh yeah, I am a serious beer snob. I look down upon beers like Bud and Miller, so much so that I will pay for bottled water rather than drink free Bud or Miller. With that being said, I do not look down upon people who drink those beers. I believe that people should drink what they want and be happy. What I do look down upon, though, are people who are unwilling to try something new. I just cannot fathom people who will not try a new beer (and far too many people I knew back home were like that). Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that you should try some super exotic beer that runs $50 a bottle, but if you see a new tap in your local watering hole, be brave. Have a pour. Or if a new beer is stocked in your local grocery store and the price is reasonable. Give it a whirl. What have you got to lose? If you do not like it, then fine. You can back to drinking what you normally prefer. But what if you do like it? Maybe it is better than your normal beer. But, you will never know unless you try it.


Agreed. My earlier post saying Bud (NOT Bud Light!) was good for all seasons was made in all seriousness.

HOWEVER....I do like trying new things, and if I had my druthers, it would be some kind of stout. ANY kind of stout, but preferably...

www.genx40.com 

Though I can't find it anywhere in Maine.

Or...

 beertalking.files.wordpress.com

Yum.
 
2012-09-25 10:28:00 PM
blog.hopbunnies.com
 
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