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Ironduke
03 May 18,, 02:51
Picked up a six-pack of Old Style (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Heileman_Brewing_Company#Old_Style) at the local liquor store. A Chicago domestic lager. Only $5 for a six-pack.

Looking at the can - it's made by Heileman's, established in 1902, it's "Pure" and "Genuine", a "Classic Lager", it's made with "Sparkling Pure Spring Water" using "Old World Methods".

Not bad for $5/six-pack. I think I'm getting my money's worth.

Not quite as nice as the overstock/past sell-by-date craft beer my alma mater's liquor store buys up on the cheap from local distributors, and slings for $10-12/case, but it's not bad either.

If I'm going to drink cheap domestics, I usually go for Grain Belt Premium (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_Belt_(beer)) or PBR. I usually alternate between the two, as the adjunct sweetness of a "Premo" is balanced out by the crispness of the PBR, and vice versa.

I've got to say though, I'm really getting turned on to Old Style. Its taste is somewhat balanced between the extremes of "Premos" and PBRs.

DOR
03 May 18,, 11:10
Barossa Ink, 2016 shiraz

GVChamp
03 May 18,, 14:39
Oldstyle is great stuff. 2nd favorite of the "cheap beers" out there. I keep a case of it in the basement.

Friday night I'm going to the Yardhouse, which is a Baskin Robins of beer. Beer flights, beer samples, 100 beers on tap, beer comes in a yard-long glass, beer beer beer. Probably going to go with some Belgian Doubles!

DOR
03 May 18,, 15:45
Oldstyle is great stuff. 2nd favorite of the "cheap beers" out there. I keep a case of it in the basement.

Friday night I'm going to the Yardhouse, which is a Baskin Robins of beer. Beer flights, beer samples, 100 beers on tap, beer comes in a yard-long glass, beer beer beer. Probably going to go with some Belgian Doubles!

What will you be drinking ?

:=>

GVChamp
03 May 18,, 16:09
ALL THE BEERS

I am going to try Pipeworks "Blood of the Unicorn." Fruity, piney amber ale. It's a bit outside my wheel-house, so looking forward to trying it! After that, I don't know. My wife is the DD, so I will be trying many, many things.

Red Team
03 May 18,, 18:09
Had this stout called the Cape Ann Old Anteater, 11% ABV brewed with cocoa and whole black ants. Gnarly stuff, but if you're into stouts it's definitely a must try.

XLAdept
03 May 18,, 19:35
I used to like the Spaten Optimator Bock but now, frugally, making do with Trader Jose at under $6.00.

Pedicabby
03 May 18,, 20:39
Strongbow dark fruit and tequila at my local Spoons. Will grab a 6 pack of Stella on my way home.

Bigfella
04 May 18,, 10:06
Barossa Ink, 2016 shiraz

You always did like the Barossa. :-)

Bigfella
04 May 18,, 10:24
I don't drink much, so I've been able to become something of a beer snob, courtesy largely of a mate who feeds me some stellar beer.

As we speak I'm drinking a 1914 Strong Ale from Fullers (https://www.fullers.co.uk/beer/explore-our-beers), the best brewer in the world. The friend who got me into this somewhat expensive drop buys straight from the distributor. Through him I was able to score an out of date box for half price - $5 per 500ml bottle. This stuff is just magnificent. I'm not up to describing it, just drink some. 7.3%

My other new fave is the new Zealand microbrewery Garage Project (https://garageproject.co.nz/collections/shop). They use NZ & Australian hops to create some stunning beers. They have singlehandedly saved the IPA from US & Australian microbrewers, who seem to think that lots of hops must equal excessive bitterness. Garage project beers are the best smelling beers ever. Full of fruity hops. The taste isn't as strong, but just as good. Not sure if this stuff will make it stateside, but get into it if you see it.

Once in a while I also pop in to the Moon Dog brewery (https://craftypint.com/brewery/188/Moon-Dog), which is 5 minutes from my house. The pizza van out front is perfect. order, buy a beer, find a table & the pizza is ready. If anyone is ever in the area its my shout.....though if you want to visit the brothel 2 doors down you are on your own. ;-)

Ironduke
05 May 18,, 15:53
Last night, I chased the Green Fairy at a local speakeasy, for the first time in about a year.

Had a swirl glass of St George Absinthe Verte (http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/spirits/st-george-absinthe-verte/).

Spent about an hour on that single glass, dropping ice water over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon, until I got it just right.

Definitely a slow sipper, for me at least. Good stuff, but just a once a year or every few months type of thing.

Ironduke
16 May 18,, 02:25
Today I had a pint (20z, the correct size) each of:

Fuller's Extra Special Bitter (https://www.fullers.co.uk/beer/explore-our-beers/esb)
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (https://www.fullers.co.uk/beer/explore-our-beers/bengal-lancer)

Good stuff.

Ironduke
22 May 18,, 19:37
Recovered a couple bottles of Killepitsch I stashed away somewhere a year ago.


https://i.imgur.com/mhgjl1d.jpg

More than 90 fruits, berries, herbs provide the base for this 84 proof Herbal liqueur. Similat to Jaegermeister in color, consistancy, and taste, Killepitsch goes beyond with a much stronger, more complex nature with hints of licorice, anise, and gentian. Great on the rocks, as a shot, or cocktail additive.The name and drink both were concocted at the end of WWII as a need for something new to drink to celebrate new beginnings was in teh air. "If they don't KILL us now, we will have a chance to PiITSCH a few more" was the mantra and from it was born Killepitsch. Killepitsch beat a very prestigious group of herbal liqueurs at the Tasting Institute of Chicago scoring the top mark of 94 points and an "Exceptional" rating.
https://www.winechateau.com/products/killepitsch-liqueur-krauter


KILLEPITSCH - PREMIUM KRAUTERLIKOR

History: The guarded formula for Killepitsch is a recipe of the Busch family, distillers from Dusseldorf, dating back to 1858. The name “Killepitsch” came from Willi Busch who while in an air-raid shelter during the Second World War, promised to toast new beginnings with his friend Hans Müller-Schlösser if they survived. The message to his friend was “If they don’t ‘KILL’ us now, we will have a chance to ‘PITSCH’“ (local vernacular for drink), creating the name “Killepitsch.”

The brand was formally launched in the 1950s. Today, Killepitsch is still produced in Dusseldorf by the family heir, Peter Busch.
http://www.visionwineandspirits.com/brand/killepitsch/

GVChamp
25 May 18,, 23:54
Summer's here and mint is in full bloom. You know what that means: mojitos!

I just do standard Bacardi. They taste great but I tend to double up the mint. 10-12 leaves per pour. Mmmmmm mmmmm good.

Ironduke
26 May 18,, 00:17
In the last few days, I've had:

Todd the Axe Man by Surly (http://surlybrewing.com/beer/todd-the-axe-man/)
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Fresh As Helles (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/260797/)
Summit Maibock (http://www.summitbrewing.com/brews/maibock/)

Last week, I was drinking:

Stingray Imperial IPA (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2447/192660/) by Coronado Brewing Company
Orange Ave Wit (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2447/57631/?ba=bgildea)by Coronado Brewing Company
Seacoast Pilsner (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2447/198553/) by Coronado Brewing Company
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/195/)
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/180820/)
Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/243761/)
Surly Xtra-Citra Pale Ale (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/212431/)
Surly Hell (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/44531/) ("German Style Munich Helles Lager")

And the cherry on top, from supposedly the world's oldest brewery:

Weihenstephan Original (https://www.weihenstephaner.com/beers/original-premium/)
https://www.weihenstephaner.com/our-brewery/history/

GVChamp
26 May 18,, 00:32
How'd you like Surly Hell?

Ironduke
26 May 18,, 01:05
How'd you like Surly Hell?
I love it. I really mix it up as far as craft beers go (separate the wheat from the chaff, learn what's good), but I've been drinking probably about 15-20 Surly Hells a year for the last several years. I lived ~19 blocks from the brewery for 4 years, and now it's 8 blocks of walking, and a light rail transfer away.

My alma mater's big liquor store slings overstock craft beer from across the nation for $6 for a 12-pack and $12 for a case. Surly is unfortunately never on sale there. Lots of craft sampler packs though. I usually get my Surly and other local crafts on tap during happy hours, before switching to regional domestics when happy hour is over.

Ironduke
28 May 18,, 01:19
In the last couple days:
Grain Belt Nordeast (http://www.grainbelt.com/ourbeers_info.php?id=29)
Sam Adams Smoked Lager
Sam Adams Noble Pils
Sam Adams Kellarbier
I wouldn't recommend the Smoked Lager. I'll finish the one I just opened, but I just don't care for smoky flavors in my beer. Came as part of a steeply discounted sampler 12-pack.

Also had a Thums Up (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thums_Up) this afternoon, for the first time in 7 years. Was $2 (=135 rupees) for a 300 mL can.

Dazed
07 Jun 18,, 09:42
I have to pass a physical every 6 months and have to do a random pee test every so often. So I limit myself to 3 drinks a week. Not to sound like a sauce hound,

Had a great rum in Panama. See attached photo. Former Japanese student gifts me with Japanese single malts and blends. They are as good as the Scots.

US craft beers hit and miss. In the fall pumpkin beers. Shipyards Smashed Pumpkin or Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale. Also seasonal North Coast LAGUNA BAJA a Mexican style dark lager. Year-round Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout in a tin.

The German Dark Wheat Beer awesome.

For smoked beer, Germany's Aecht Brewery. Their Urbock is like drinking smoked gouda, and their Marzen is pretty good too. Beer darker=better

After work, the crew will gather for a cocktail and scintillating conversation. I like to think of myself as a designated drinker a facilitator of understanding.

Ironduke
07 Jun 18,, 16:49
US craft beers hit and miss. In the fall pumpkin beers. Shipyards Smashed Pumpkin or Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale. Also seasonal North Coast LAGUNA BAJA a Mexican style dark lager. Year-round Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout in a tin.
A lot of trial and error in the US craft beer industry. Also a lot of breweries trying to cash in on the craft beer craze with garbage. By far the worst is the Mihas Brewery in Wisconsin, in my opinion.

My current six-pack is 39 Red IPA (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/38769/159322/) by Beaver Island Brewing of St. Cloud, MN.

Not great, but not bad either. Was being sold in a firesale for $3.99 for a sixer. The beer seems like they're trying to do two things at once, it's not very malty, and not very hoppy either. This is my second six-pack. Only bought it because of its price. I'd recommend a pint at the bar as a taste test, different strokes for different folks.

As long as it's $3.99 a six-pack, I'll keep buying it. Cheaper than a six-pack of Grain Belt, PBR, and even cheaper than the world famous Old Style beer from Chicago.

Albany Rifles
07 Jun 18,, 18:25
Fuller's ESB & Bengal Lancer are great!!! When I can find it.

Hot weather quick drinking....a couple of ice cold Bud Lights are great right after cutting the lawn or doing other yard work.



I am partial to wheats.

Sam Adams Summer Ale is pretty good. We have a LOT of microbreweries here in Richmond-Petersburg area. I like Trapezium White Ale from Petersburg, Also Strangeways Albino Monkey and Blue Ridge Oktoberfest.

My 2 favorite straight up wheats are Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat out of KC and Allagash White out of Maine.

Hands down old time favorite is Golden Flounder from Buzzards Bay Brewery in Westport, MA. Its a little farm town on the Southcoast where I plan to retire (first town east of Fall River). And on a cold January day their West Porter is something to behold.

Ironduke
07 Jun 18,, 18:59
I've found that pretty much anything by Boulevard is good. I've had maybe a case or two of the Unfiltered Wheat, and probably about 10 cases of Zon (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/3278/).

I'd rather have a Hoegaarden, but when your alma mater's liquor store is slinging Boulevard for $12/case (24), I can't pass it up when I get the chance.

Artesh
19 Jul 18,, 13:37
Tea!!!

SteveDaPirate
20 Jul 18,, 15:36
I've found that pretty much anything by Boulevard is good. I've had maybe a case or two of the Unfiltered Wheat, and probably about 10 cases of Zon (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/3278/).

I'd rather have a Hoegaarden, but when your alma mater's liquor store is slinging Boulevard for $12/case (24), I can't pass it up when I get the chance.

If you're ever in the Kansas City area, Boulevard does 45 minute tours of their brewery for $5 and of course the option to try all different kinds of beer. The guides are knowledgeable and they throw in three 5 oz glasses of beer for free with additional ones you'd like to sample for like $2.

I'm not a huge beer drinker myself, but I love me some Jim Beam Red Stag or Jim Beam Vanilla in a cold glass of Coke. The former tastes like Cherry Coke, and the latter tastes like Vanilla Coke!