GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby eddysnake on Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:58 pm

picked up a case of Bell's Amber today. It was hard passing up the $29 Oberon again, but I wanted to try something different from Bell's. So far 2 for 2 on the Oberon & 2 hearted ale

edit: 3 for 3, forgot about the double cream stout
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Kraftster on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:01 pm

The Amber is pretty decent. The variety with Oberon, Amber, Porter, and Pale Ale is one of the better readily available varieties out there.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:53 pm

Just found out Harpoon has a "White IPA" that is supposed to be a cross between a Wit and an IPA. Want.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Pitt87 on Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:48 pm

the wicked child wrote:Just found out Harpoon has a "White IPA" that is supposed to be a cross between a Wit and an IPA. Want.


I had high hope for this and they fell a little flat... they have a pack of specialty IPA's, and that one works out to taste closer to a fruit-based pale ale than something belgian...

Did pick up an Atwater block party, but its got a Chocolate Ale and a porter... these don't scream 'summer' to me.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:54 am

Draai Laag report:

They no longer do growlers. Unfortunately, I had taken my SG growler, so it sat lonely on the table all night.

They now offer a Flight of the 5 beers they have on tap, so I went for that first (ranked in order of enjoyment):

Simon Girty
Wild Angels
Ragnarok
Gouden Brugge
St Agnus

They were all great, but some bear further discussion: The Ragnarok is really interesting. Extremely complex, probably the most complex beer I've ever drank. But it was good... I followed up the flight with a full glass. My friend said he could taste the peat smoke in it. I'm not sure what that tastes like, but I do know that every time I took a drink I was tasting more flavors. Yum.

St. Agnus is a holiday style ale, and not sure I could have handled a full glass... I'd describe it as what Harpoon's Winter Warmer wishes it could be. Yeah, it was spiced heavily, but it had a good balance to it as well and was tasty.

They now offer bottles, although they are behind, so they only have 750 mL bottles of Aureus and Simon Girty atm. They also offer 4 packs of Aureus and SG or a hybrid of 2 each, but they are behind, so no dice.

I was originally hoping to get a growler of SG, but since they didn't have Aureus on tap, I went with that for the 750 mL bottle.

These guys are my undisputed kings of local beer right now. If you like Belgian beers, get your ass down there, now. Amazing stuff coming out of that little building.

Also, this helped me earn the "Drinking your paycheck" badge on Untappd. :lol:
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:16 am

Also picked up my ticket for the Millvale Beer Fest earlier todayyesterday. Haven't seen a brewery list yet, but loved the event last year, so I'm in.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby bhaw on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:16 am

New Belgium Trippel = yum

7.8% is pretty solid as well. $8 for a six pack is not bad.

Does New Belgium stuff make it out to Pittsburgh. Fat Tire would be the most recognizable of their beers.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:25 am

Can't say that I've seen them, but I am a sucker for a good Trippel, so I will have to try that if I find it.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:10 am

I thought Fat Tire had national distribution. No?
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:10 am

the wicked child wrote:Draai Laag report:

They no longer do growlers. Unfortunately, I had taken my SG growler, so it sat lonely on the table all night.

They now offer a Flight of the 5 beers they have on tap, so I went for that first (ranked in order of enjoyment):

Simon Girty
Wild Angels
Ragnarok
Gouden Brugge
St Agnus

They were all great, but some bear further discussion: The Ragnarok is really interesting. Extremely complex, probably the most complex beer I've ever drank. But it was good... I followed up the flight with a full glass. My friend said he could taste the peat smoke in it. I'm not sure what that tastes like, but I do know that every time I took a drink I was tasting more flavors. Yum.

St. Agnus is a holiday style ale, and not sure I could have handled a full glass... I'd describe it as what Harpoon's Winter Warmer wishes it could be. Yeah, it was spiced heavily, but it had a good balance to it as well and was tasty.

They now offer bottles, although they are behind, so they only have 750 mL bottles of Aureus and Simon Girty atm. They also offer 4 packs of Aureus and SG or a hybrid of 2 each, but they are behind, so no dice.

I was originally hoping to get a growler of SG, but since they didn't have Aureus on tap, I went with that for the 750 mL bottle.

These guys are my undisputed kings of local beer right now. If you like Belgian beers, get your ass down there, now. Amazing stuff coming out of that little building.

Also, this helped me earn the "Drinking your paycheck" badge on Untappd. :lol:


This is fabulous. And it's, like, 10 minutes away from my house.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby columbia on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:06 pm

Am I the only one who thinks that Murphy's Irish Stout is better than Guinness?
The latter has such a thin aftertaste.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:54 pm

columbia wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Murphy's Irish Stout is better than Guinness?
The latter has such a thin aftertaste.


Murphy's >>> Guinness
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby eddysnake on Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:24 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:
columbia wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Murphy's Irish Stout is better than Guinness?
The latter has such a thin aftertaste.


Murphy's >>> Guinness


Beamish>murphys>guiness
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:28 pm

Beamish is good, I would say Murphy's>Beamish>Guinness.

I actually think Guinness is a pretty solid dry stout, but Murphy's with the edge and Beamish with the slight edge.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:18 pm

I like the taste of Guinness, but agree that the consistency and finish are meh. Haven't had enough Murphy's to judge. Do like McEwan's.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:27 pm

Daughter's family birthday party today. Destroying the Optimator. Danke, Spaten.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:29 pm

The Optimator is good, but my personal favorite is the Dunkel (more personal taste than anything else)
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Eismann on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:34 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:The Optimator is good, but my personal favorite is the Dunkel (more personal taste than anything else)


Need to try that. I'm a huge dunkel fan in general.

Optimator is ridiculous smoov for a 7.6.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:37 pm

I am actually trying Southern Tier 2XStout right now....first time I've had it.

My first thoughts, I like it better than the usual milk stouts I've had thus far (Left Hand, Lancaster Brewing). Is a little more chocolaty, but not in a bad way. Also deceptively strong at 7.2%.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:55 pm

Moving onto Anchor Summerfest. I am normally not a fan of pilsners at all, but this is a good one. Perfect on a hot day.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:57 pm

Loading up on Heavenly Hefeweizen @ Church Brew. Solid hefe. Not in the league of the German hefes, but it's going down smoooooth.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby BadHands71 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:03 pm

Sadly New Belgium Brewing doesn't distribute to PA. I think it has something to do with the liquor laws and such in PA that make it a more challenging state to distribute. Their stuff is awesome though!
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby Froggy on Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:33 pm

the wicked child wrote:Loading up on Heavenly Hefeweizen @ Church Brew. Solid hefe. Not in the league of the German hefes, but it's going down smoooooth.

I was not impressed
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby the wicked child on Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:04 pm

Froggy wrote:
the wicked child wrote:Loading up on Heavenly Hefeweizen @ Church Brew. Solid hefe. Not in the league of the German hefes, but it's going down smoooooth.

I was not impressed

I'm not surprised. It was closer to a Wit than a Hefe to my tastes, but I enjoy those while you seem to not.
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Re: GIVE ME YOUR BEER SUGGESTIONS!!

Postby tjand72 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:40 pm

Hacker-Pschorr is my favorite beer with 4 consonants in a row that doesn't include 'y'.
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