questionswhat's your favorite beer?

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Guinness or Boddingtons Pub Ale

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Alright, I just noticed that this question has been posted before, but it's worth revisiting. Sometimes tastes change in two months time.

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Not my favorite (guinness is already up) but fullsteam working man's lunch is really good.

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Guinness and Old Speckled Hen

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Guinness is my favorite, always has been, but Lindeman's Framboise Lambic is a great special occasion brew. Comes in a champagne bottle with a cap and cork. They make a raspberry flavor (framboise), peach (peche) and cherry (kriek).

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I just got stated with home brewing not that long ago, but my beer is not my favorite yet. My recent favorites are brother Theolonious, a Belgian style abbey ale by north coast brewing; Sam Adams Infinium, a very campaign like beer made with only barley, hops, water, and yeast; and Ebel’s wiss a very flavorful and soft Hefeweizen from Two brothers in Warrenville IL.

I am getting ready to start a batch of wheat beer for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to it.

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Hoegaarden. And as odd as this sounds Sweet Water Blue.

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Anything from lost coast is great, but downtown brown is my all time favorite. Runners up would have to be young's double chocolate stout and Abbott ale.

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@rprebel: I am with you on the Lambic ales. Those are great for certain occasions.

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Mass marketed? And for a "session?"

Germany and Canada.

St. Pauli Girl
Labatt's Blue...Light

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@wjfalls: If you like chocolate stout, try this http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/680 It's only brewed in small quantities and there aren't many distributors carry it, but worth finding. Most of my favorites are microbrewery products you can only find in a very small area, such as http://pearlstreetgrill.com/brewhome but http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beer/an-exceptional-family-of-beers/year-round/burning-river-pale-ale is available fairly widely

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@dragondawg: I love Blue Moon and Shocktop, so smoooth - but have to give props to my local Great Lakes Brewery. They make a variety of beers and I've never tasted one that I didn't like. Dortmunder Gold is their flagship beer but my favorites are the seasonal Christmas Ale, the Elliot Ness Porter and the Burning River Pale Ale.

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Polygamy Porter. Why have just one?

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@pg318: :) so I assume you're also from buffalo? I like pearl street's billy bonka alot, I'm not a big fan of imperial stout's though so the Brooklyn chocolate stout was a bit strong for me, its mostly milk stout's that I'm into.

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@wjfalls & @pg318:

Glad to see the fellow Buffaloneans here. Figures it would be the beer question that draws us.

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@wjfalls: Moved away a few years ago, but still have many fond memories, like smuggling cases of various http://southerntierbrewing.com/beers.html products onto golf courses...

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@whatsmypassword: Stella was sold in England for years with the slogan "Reassuringly Expensive" positioning it as a premium brand, but while on vacation in France we drank gallons of it because it was cheaper than the bottled water...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/2815196/Reassuringly-old-Stella-Artois-updates-its-TV-campaign.html

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Hands down, Sweetwater 420 Pale Sale

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Wells Banana Bread Beer, but I'm a person who likes suuuuper flavorful beers, this tastes like liquid banana bread <3 OoooooooYEAAAAAAAA!

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@rprebel: I also agree on the Lambics, like the sparkly sodas of beer <3 All the flavors are awesome but peach is my fav! (Obviously I am a lady with a very sweet palate so these may not be your cup of tea if you are an IPA kind of guy.)

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@mikecris: Yessss.

Devastator is also pretty good if you want to talk about Utah Brewing Co-op beers...

My list of "Favorite Beers" is pretty long, and a lot of them are Wisconsin only beers... I'll try to list where they're from with what I like.

New Glarus: Spotted cow, Road Slush, and Totally Naked (Wisconsin only)
Horny Goat: Stacked milk stout, Exposed, Red Vixen (Wisconsin only currently, expanding outwards)
Sprecher: Special Amber, Stout, (limited availability outside of Wisconsin)
Leinenkugels: Creamy Dark, original (may be available in more places, brewed in conjunction with Miller)
Yuengling: Traditional Lager ( North east area only from what I can tell, but tastey like no ones business)
Utah Beer Co-op: Polygamy Porter, 1st Amendment Lager, Devastator, Provo Girl, Captain Bastards, Chasing Tail (available in more places than before, I can get these in Wisconsin, california, as well. the 2 breweries in this co-op are Wasatch, and Squatters)

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Also Abita Purple Haze (a raspberry wheat beer) and Sam Adams Cherry Wheat beer.

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@darthemerald: I got a bottle of Wells Banana Bread Beer for Christmas and it was tasty!

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@darthemerald: If you ever make it to Wisconsin, and want to try a couple Lambics, I have to recommend New Glarus Raspberry Tart, and Belgian Cherry Lambic. They come cork sealed in Wax dipped wine bottles. Very good, and rather indescribable.

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@mikecris: Nice one! It's hard to find alcohol in general in some of the rural areas of Utah (used to travel there a little), but you can always find Polygamy Porter.

I'm a fan of most IPA's, but generally the local brews around the Albuquerque area. I like to keep some Sierra Nevada Torpedo around for the times I can't make it into a local pub.

Anyone get there hands on Sam Adams Utopias 2011? Wondered how it fared against the other years...

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right now magic hat winter howl,old speckled hen, guinness, brooklyn brown.

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@bund9032: I would love to get a Utopias sometime, but the quick sell out, and extreme price usually keep me from getting it. One of these years, I'll have my Utopias, and invite a bunch of friends over to kill it on the deck, whilst smoking some good solid stogies.

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@waltertangofoxtrot: (I see what you did there with your UID.. sweeet) This makes an awesome case for me to come to Wisconsin!

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Seasonally I love the Troeggs Mad Elf, tastes like christmas trees and packs quite the punch!

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@waltertangofoxtrot: I got a bottle in 2009 (the year my son was born) and plan on pushing the limits of how long it will keep by tring to wait til he's 21 (prob more likely be 18...). The company claims it will keep 20 + years if it's unopened. I sampled a friends in that same year, the stuff packs a punch!

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Though strong & expensive (the strongest beer I will drink), Gulden Draak is one of my favorites. I have had it bottled & draft & it is just amazing.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gulden-draak/3958/

For complexity & not too expensive, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
http://www.weihenstephaner.de/index2.html?lang=eng
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/252/731

It is from the oldest continuously running brewery in the world. Close to 1000 years old.

Thank you Yard House!

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IPA's, lately Stone IPA, for splurging, I'll get a Pliney the Elder or a Hop Stoopid

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@bkarlan: Hoegaarden is my personal favorite too. It has a crisp, unique flavor. Newcastle is a close second when its not skunked (which happens too often).

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@darthemerald: There are so many microbreweries in Wisconsin, its impossible to hit them all in one visit. There's a boat trip along the Miwaukee lakefront and river front that hits 6 or 7 brewery tours, with sampling included.

@bund9032: Yeah, figure I'd try to get 2 bottles of it... one to store on a shelf, one to gather the friends around.

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For a beer I can get anywhere, I go Shock Top. But I also enjoy Red Hook IPA and many others.

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I like beers that are unusual or bring out a particular flavor. For this reason, I tend to like ales and to avoid American/German style lagers.

The beers I've brewed are all ales, ranging from a pale ale to an unbelievably great cherry wheat to a belgian tripel, have all been good to very good, but you'll never find them at a store so they aren't an answer to your question.

I tend to experiment quite a bit and will almost always opt for the beer that I've never tried before when shopping at a new place. (Part of this is looking for flavors I like to borrow for my own beers, but it is also due to my desire to try new things.)

However, to finally answer your question, try the belgian-style ales from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. All are very good, but their Three Philosophers (an ale & cherry lambic blend) is most excellent and one that I turn to for special occasions.

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@jethroop369: I actually don't much care for shocktop. to me, it tastes like they left Pinesol in the brew kettle when they were mixing in the mash... When it comes to Hefeweis beers, its Franziskaner, or Hacker-Pschorr for me...

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I'm on a Surly kick right now; Abrasive is fantastic, Furious for a pizza night, Coffee Bender for a splurge/treat.

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Lone Star (it's a Texas thing)

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Duvel. I'm trying to explore more Belgian ales, too.

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Cheap beer, Banquet. Best, Mammoth Epic IPA.

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The one that you buy me:

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish 90 Minute IPA, Boddington's, Guinness, Smithwicks's. I love stouts, and Belgians, and lagers...I....I love most all beer.

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Shiner Bock is really good. Also we have a local favorite here in Omaha Nebraska, Lucky Bucket. Lucky Bucket has a good variety.