Books. Bikes. Boomsticks.
"What fresh hell is this?"
They done took away my Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils. No Magic Hat Blind Faith to be found... I have to settle.I may splurge at get something from Russian River down at Chevy Chase Liquors. Like Damnation
Sam Adams Octoberfest is in season. I might have a second.
...and a tip of the pint glass of ice and Tito's Vodka back at ya!
Theakston's Old Peculier. Not as hoppy, but oh so smooth.
Around these parts, we are partial to Commodore Perry IPA (from the Great Lakes Brewing Company), although I had a Nosferatu (a red ale from the same brewery) with dinner tonight.
Meh. American IPAs? No thanks, I've got a fridge full of Bass and Guinness. Black and tans all around!Oh wait, I'm the only one in the house that drinks beer. Sweet! All for me!
I'm very new to high-end beer. Last Christmas I tried Trader Joe's Vintage Belgian Ale. The only problem I found was that when I went back for more, they were sold out for the year.
At work, alas. On the way home tomorrow, I should pick up either some Unibroque "Terrible" or Dansk Mjød "Viking Blod".
"Meh. American IPAs? No thanks, I've got a fridge full of Bass and Guinness."Bass, while drinkable for a grocery-store beer, is mass-produced Budweiser compared to a good craft-brewed beer.
Agreed, though Bass does make a fine Black & Tan (Much better with Bass than with Harp), and it's very good on tap with most any kind of fish. I may just have to send you postage, and have you mail me some Ruination, Tam. All the suppliers that I ask say it just isn't sent here. Good IPA's are a joy. Sadly, I have found lately that I do have a point of bitterness beyond which I can't quite cross and not suffer. But it's rare that even an American IPA gets there.
Let's all stand up and join hands like the end of a Gaither Gospel special, and sing a chorus of "Oh Hoppy Day".
If you like Ruination, make sure to try the Arrogant Bastard, too. Do not however, try the smoked porter. It tastes like kielbasa.We drink a lot of beer from the Willoughby Brewing Company. Great beer, plus it's very nearby. We're trying to figure out how we can get them to run a tap to our house.
I'll second the recommendation for Arrogant Bastard from the same brewer, along with the seasonal Double Bastard (just before Halloween) and Old Guardian barleywine (Jan)
Comparing Bass, Harp or Guinness to anything that Stone Brewery produces is like comparing a Charter Arms revolver to a fine pre-lock Smith & Wesson revolver.It's all a matter of taste and class.
Ruination isn't too bad, I was a it disappointed though, I'm more a fan of UniBroue, I had a La Fin Du Monde last night, very good. My favorite is Trois Pistoles though. I just wish I could find it in 4 Packs here though, I can only find it in 750ml's.I enjoy Bass as well, but you make a very good point Tam.
I'm having a Red Hook Long Hammer IPA (from Portsmouth, NH).So hoppy it tastes like rusty nails- perfek!
Tamara knows Arrogant Bastard and all things Stone very well. As for me, the best IPA I can lay my hands on is Dogfish Head. IPAs are what those guys do. They're spectacularly good.
I've been fortunate enough to be married to a beer distributor administrator for the last 7 years.My garage fridge is full of all sorts of test samples, in addition to imports. Even with the variety available, I keep a constant supply of Leinenkugels and New Glarus Spotted Cow in there.IPA, regardless of who bottled it, is somewhat last-week in that respect. :)
If you can get your hands on Stone's 10th Anniversary, by all means do so.I hear it rocks.
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