Another beer lover here. I am actually drinking a Ranger IPA right now. We always have a fridge full of Lagunitas. We live 45 minutes from the brewery and go at least a couple times a month for lunch or brunch.
We are incredibly spoiled here in the Bay Area. Lagunitas, Russian River, Drakes, Pyramid, Anchor, Pacific Coast, among dozens of others...
I like a good IPA (my favorite is Sculpin IPA, followed by Lagunitas..), but I am also a big fan of all the wonderful new barrel aged beers (bourbon, wine, etc). Done well they are so yummy!!
Me, but I'm lucky living in Colorado and growing up with a German father. My current favorite beer in a Belgian amber called Leffe. It is to die for! I also really like the Pyramid Apricot Ale. Can you tell I'm partial to wheat beers?
Pondor: 1993 - December 16th, 2011
Sacred Petra (Theo): April 16th, 1995 - January 6th, 2012
Love good beer! My husband hated beer when I met him and I slowly converted him, and now he's even more of a snob than I am. We both like Belgians in general, although he gets more exotic with them than I do. Both love stouts; Guinness was the first beer I got into during my misspent youth, so that's affected me.
Love Goose Island, Ommegang, Rogue and Unibroue. At the moment I'm drinking local--Flying Bison's Blizzard Bock. For easy drinking, I import cases of Shiner Bock every time we visit husband's family in Ohio (they don't sell it in NY), though the local Genesee cheapie Genny Bock is surprisingly good too for less than a buck a can!
I am trying to get more accustomed to IPAs and hoppier beers... I like some hoppiness but not to an IPA point.
I'm half German, so I was raised on good beer. My husband is a home brewer who has plans to open his own brewery. As a nod to me, he's calling it Thirsty Horse Brewing Company, and all his beers have horse themed names.
Living in Colorado, I get to check out a lot of good microbrews, and find I prefer red and amber ales, but I'm developing a taste for IPAs and other styles of beer.
Bottom line-there's a lot of beer drinking in this household.
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Another snob here. The only "cheap" beer I like is Corona, and even then just on the beach, or with spicy Mexican food. I do not like IPAs. LOVE Amber beers. My latest favorite is one I tried at Brixx pizza -- Green Man Porter out of Asheville, NC.
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I am a budding beer snob. I was always more of a wine girl, but I am getting into craft brews! I have 2 microbreweries within a couple miles of my apartment, and about 5 blocks away is a restaurant with 84 beers on tap and 600+ in the bottle. They are constantly rotating the varieties on tap, too! I believe I have a lot of "experimenting" to do.
I live about 45 minutes from Stone Brewery in Escondido. It is a little slice of heaven and we go there about once a month to eat their locally-sourced food, drink in the beer garden, and fill our growlers for take-out. My favorite beer in the entire world is their Imperial Russian Stout. But they always have great new stuff, a recent fave being the "Enjoy By". The Ruination IPA, Double Ruination, and Smoked Porters are also great. I can buy cases of Stone IPA at my local Costco for $25. I think my brother in VABeach pays about $40/case.
Some other favorites: Green Flash IPA (also local in San Diego), the San Diego Mission Brewery had some great stuff when we checked it out a few months ago, Ska Brewing in Durango CO had a good one called Modus Hoperandi, Ballast Point has a couple of good IPAs.
We are pretty snobby on our beers. Even the Sam Adams and Fat Tires of the world just don't pass our standards any more.
I just got into it in the last year or so, when my friend dragged me on a few microbrew tours (including Stone) and forced some IPAs down my throat. Now I'm begging my friends to come with me! Pittsburgh actually has a pretty decent microbrew scene, as I'm discovering.
Stone's Arrogant Bastard
Victory Hop Devil
Yuengling for a cheapie
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden
I worked in a Belgian beer bar in Philly, blogged about beer in DC, worked in an American craft beer bar in DC, and have experimented in homebrewing.
Love it all. But I am a sours girl at heart - gueuzes, lambic, flemish ales. The more sour the better! Pretty much the only type of beer I don't care for are the overly sweetened fruit juice-types (I'm looking at you every blueberry or raspberry wheat ale ever) and pumpkin beers.
I'm in NE Ohio now, so have great access to the Michigan beers and Great Lakes in my backyard. However, I am endlessly envious of anyone with regular access to Russian River.
My husband and I have what I call a micro-nano brewery. It doesn't even have a name. We've been brewing for 15 years or so now, and we make some pretty great stuff. I'll pit our IPA against any of the heavy hitters out there. <toot toot my own horn >
I wish we could drop everything and sell it, but we aren't big risk takers so we end up having brew parties or giving it away.
I will be happy to answer any questions about starting out. It is not difficult to make a good brew. I keep meaning to make a how-to blog.
Just curious who else considers "beers" with names like Bud, Miller, or Michelob complete swill, and who prefer craft brews.
I am a HUGE IPA fan (the hoppier, the better!), but also appreciate many other really good, yummy brews!
Let's hear it for the GOOD beer!!!
Personally I can't stand the stuff but dh likes beer. Unfortunately if left to his own devices he will buy Coors Light. I have told him time and again that if he is going to spend money on beer it had better be quality stuff. So I usually buy the beer and tend to stick to locally brewed or Guinness. I bought an Irish Pub cookbook recently that has a recipe for beef stew made with Guinness, it was really tasty.