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The Great Beer Thread

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by Andykev, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Andykev

    Andykev I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    But what is your favorite brand of beer? I know this is a screwy question. The newspaper article in yesterdays paper talked about the resurrection of the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer company. It was as good as dead a few years ago, being overshadowed by Bud, Coors, and Miller. The younger crowd in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco have brought it back, and the company has resurged.

    The beer has been described as "good ol' plain beer". The company spend only $427,000 for advertising, mainly ads, and local promotions. Unlike the giants who spend $300 million just to advertise, like at the superbowl and big events.

    There is supposed to be a rebellion, the article stated, against the "naked girls and fast car" ads Budweiser uses.

    Plus the fact that PBR is about $1.50 per drink opposed to almost double that at the local pub for the "brand names".

    I don't think I ever had one, as my favorite are the craft beers, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

    Any votes on what is good or popular in your region. We have members all over this country..so it might be a fun idea to toss out.

    Like Pretty Big Guy - what is FUDD Beer? Your profile says that is the home of it...see, this can be a fun topic!

    BTW here is the link to the article, which gives the full story.

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/business/8254489.htm
     
  2. Cliffhanger

    Cliffhanger New in Town

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    Well, PBR in Tennessee is considered the drink o' the redneck. I find that REALLY interesting that young folks in Seattle and San Fran are bringing it back..

    As far as myself, I am enjoying Michelob more lately. I am not sure why, and my compadres dog me about it. The classics are also good, Bud and the like.

    My two cents...good topic btw.

    Peace,
    Cliffhanger
     
  3. Sergei

    Sergei Gone Home

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    Well through the years my tastes have gravitated to dark beers and dark red wine. I like my wine so dark red I can't see through it like a dark cab or syrah. As far as beers and ales,

    Guinness Stout of course:
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    and Bodington's Pub Ale:
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    And I always support local micro brews like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Mass market beer is well just... too ordinary. Life is short, you have to go for the gusto.

    -Sergei
     
  4. GCR

    GCR New in Town

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    Ahh, Pabst Blue Ribbon. A good friend of mine randomly began to drink PBR back when the Red Sox made it into the playoffs last year. He said it was for good luck. Of course, I inquired as to why PBR would be good luck, and his reply was merely "you'll see" so after a while I stopped asking. Now, let's just say that he hasn't had a PBR for QUITE a long time.:rolleyes:

    I, personally, have sworn off strong drink, except for special occasions. And on said special occasions I usually gravitate towards something with a bit more kick than beer, so I really have nothing constructive to add beyond my short little tale of the PBR.

    Oh, and Andykev, I don't want to give it away, but FUDD beer is the brand rival of DUFF beer, which I believe is bottled in Springfield.

    -GCR
     
  5. Chamorro

    Chamorro A-List Customer

    I'd like to se Olympia come back (my Dad's favorite back when he used to drink) and Blatz (proud sponsor of the Amos and Andy TV Show).
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    I'll have two of those ... ;)
     
  6. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    What happend to Hamm's?
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  7. MK

    MK Founder Staff Member Bartender

    I like ales. New Castle Brown Ale is my first choice. Guiness is close second.
     
  8. Chamorro

    Chamorro A-List Customer

    I hear they do lots of strange things in Shelbyville ...;)
     
  9. PrettyBigGuy

    PrettyBigGuy A-List Customer

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    GCR is correct. FUDD bottled in the fictional town of Shelbyville which is always @ odds with Springfield, home of the Simpsons!
    I've never been a drinker of PBR. When I'm home visiting my folks in Illinois, I will tip a bottle of Leinenkugel or Old Style though!
    PBG
     
  10. Andykev

    Andykev I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    A famous fan of PBR Beer!

    Eddie Robinson having a PBR Beer!!

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  11. CoffeeDude

    CoffeeDude One of the Regulars

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    Make mine a Guinness.
     
  12. Chamorro

    Chamorro A-List Customer

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  13. Brad Bowers

    Brad Bowers I'll Lock Up

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    I prefer darker ales, like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Fuller's London Porter, McEwan's Scotch Ale, or Guinness Extra Stout. When I want something lighter in color, I go for Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. Belgian-style ales make for a welcome change.

    Brad Bowers
     
  14. PrettyBigGuy

    PrettyBigGuy A-List Customer

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    All fictional beer aside, when I order beer @ a bar or resteraunt, I usually get a Bodington Pub Ale, Guiness or Newcastle. In the summertime I tend to drink lighter fare especially Pacifico Clara. There's nothing better then a few of those with lime after a day of surfing!
     
  15. Kilgour Trout

    Kilgour Trout One of the Regulars

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    Bass all the way!!

    After living in the UK for a couple of years...I couldn't forget the taste of Bass Pale Ale. MK..If you like the ales..you have to try it. It has a terrific "Fresh Bread" aftertaste. :D . I'm also partial to Darker beers and would love to try some of the Oatmeal blends.


    Refreshing Regards
    Kilgour Trout
     
  16. CoffeeDude

    CoffeeDude One of the Regulars

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    I really enjoy having an oatmeal blend as my breakfast brew.
     
  17. farnham54

    farnham54 A-List Customer

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    Guinness for me, and little else. It seems to be the type of stout that you either love and defend to the death, or you hate it and the slightest drop on your palet makes you spit. I'm in the latter group, of course.

    However, on occasion, I have indulged in a can of Kieths--I do not care for it drawn from the tap, but I can stomach it quite happily in the can. However, I had it from the tap in a very sketchy Winnipeg pub, and I think based on the opinions of many others, that it is a very good draught beer as well.

    And, of course, let's not forget the good ol' Labatt Blue, which is always a good standby (and reasonably cheap too, if you must provide a lot of it for some thirsty college kids)

    Smithwicks is a nice beer too, but I rarely indulge in it.

    Regards,

    Craig
     
  18. kent

    kent New in Town

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    Warsteiner Dunkel, for the first.
    Guinness is #2
    Ziegen Bock comes in last, but not least on my list.

    These are almost completely eclipsed by Bacardi 151, but that's not the subject here.
     
  19. Kilgour Trout

    Kilgour Trout One of the Regulars

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    Thats a new one!

    Kent: I've never heard of it. What kind of heady brew are we talking about here? Is it another stout, dark ale, lager. Please share some particulars on the character and flavour. It sounds very interesting. I'm going to ask our Liquor Control Board Outlet to try and find it. (Yes, Alcohol is sold only by licenced outlets and provincial government stores...works pretty good! The only government agency that actually makes money LOL .)

    Warm Regards
    Kilgour Trout
     
  20. Michael Mallory

    Michael Mallory One of the Regulars

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    My two favorite beers of all time are, alas, no longer made: Worthington E and Watney's Red Barrel. Both were British, as are most of my favorites. On tap, nothing currently beats Fuller ESB, if you can find it. In cans, Boddington's is good (just about anything with those "widgets" at the bottom of the can is good), and, of course, Guinness. John Courage in the bottle is pretty good. Among American beers I've always had a fondness for Stroh's, which is bottled in Detroit, though it might just be because that's where I come from. It went national several years back then disappeared again. Henry Weinhardts is good, too, but no longer seems available in six-packs. I avoid most mass market American beers, and would die of dehydration in the desert before drinking Miller. (All those elaborate commercials aside, I've never fully understood why people buy Miller Beer when anyone can just get a horse and make their own.) If I really have the choice, though, I'll go to the best (one of the only!) brewpubs in the L.A. area, Crown City Brewery in Pasadena. They serve an absolutely delightful brew called "Mt. Wilson Wheat."
     

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