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The beer thread
« on: 03 Jul 2017, 15:00 »
Hello AGS'ers!

So who out there likes a good beer once in a while? ;) I thought I'd start a thread for beer discussion/recommendation, just generally all things beer related. Even if you don't drink beer, feel free to share a photo of your hometown's brew or your thoughts on beer in general.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #1 on: 03 Jul 2017, 15:01 »
At the moment I'm enjoying this lovely Meantime London Lager. Very very light in appearance, but hoppy as hell. Tastes like an IPA! It's a bit pricey here in Dubai, but definitely worth a splurge every once in a while. 8-)


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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #2 on: 03 Jul 2017, 21:31 »
As a german of course I like beer. This is one of my favourites and has a special place in my heart:


Lausitzer Porter is a very tasty, a little bit sweet and nevertheless spicey dark porter beer from the saxonian city Löbau.
It reminds me of my youth and home.
Actually a german wouldn't dare to admit, but the cherry flavoured mix beer edition named "Kirsch Porter" is even better but not a beer for every day :D

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #3 on: 03 Jul 2017, 22:13 »
One of my favorites from the Pacific Northwest (US) is Alaskan Amber


Re: The beer thread
« Reply #4 on: 04 Jul 2017, 16:32 »
Haven't tried either, but I'll keep an eye out! Unfortunately our selection here is a bit limited. Beautiful colour on that porter!

Tonight I tried this lad. Very smokey flavour and a lingering aftertaste. Not bad, but probably wouldn't get it again.


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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #5 on: 04 Jul 2017, 16:39 »
A friend of mine loves his beers and ciders and most of his Instagram feed is dedicated to them. Check it out: http://instagram.com/bigdaveofbanterbury.


Re: The beer thread
« Reply #6 on: 08 Jul 2017, 05:54 »
A friend of mine loves his beers and ciders and most of his Instagram feed is dedicated to them. Check it out: http://instagram.com/bigdaveofbanterbury.



Nice! Several of those I'd never heard of.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #7 on: 15 Jul 2017, 21:12 »
So I'm having the angry-ass Foster's tonight, a beer which ---if you will indulge me for a moment-- I'd like to comment on.

It's so easy to turn your nose up at Foster's. It's light. It's watery. It's a pop culture beer. However, for several years I have to indeed admit that anytime I'm not really looking for a new experience or a dialogue or a surprise of any sort, Foster's has been there as a go-to lager. Its flavour couldn't be more normal, and maybe this is why it defaults into a good plumb line for all other beers. Foster's is not crap. It's also not great. It's meh. And meh is a very powerful place to be.

So cheers to Foster's. Cheers to mediocracy.




Re: The beer thread
« Reply #8 on: 15 Jul 2017, 23:35 »
So I'm having the angry-ass Foster's tonight, a beer which ---if you will indulge me for a moment-- I'd like to comment on.

It's so easy to turn your nose up at Foster's. It's light. It's watery. It's a pop culture beer. However, for several years I have to indeed admit that anytime I'm not really looking for a new experience or a dialogue or a surprise of any sort, Foster's has been there as a go-to lager. Its flavour couldn't be more normal, and maybe this is why it defaults into a good plumb line for all other beers. Foster's is not crap. It's also not great. It's meh. And meh is a very powerful place to be.

So cheers to Foster's. Cheers to mediocracy.

That's largely how I feel about the beer from my home, Labatt Blue.  I enjoy it, but it's nothing special by any means, and it's a great beer after a game of hockey.

My go-to beer recently is something simple as well.  My brother and I enjoy a Yuengling or 3 when we see each other on weekends.  Nothing fancy.  He usually starts with a high alcohol content double IPA of some sort, but I'm not into that.  I'm not much of a beer snob, but I like beer that tastes like beer, usually a simple lager.

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #9 on: 16 Jul 2017, 10:55 »
I also have nothing against Fosters or Carling or Heineken or any of the mainstream lagers. A cold pint of any of those will make me happy after a day's work. I'm in Japan where a lot of the national brands (Asahi, Suntory, Kirin) get  treated like snot by most of my fellow gaijins. I don't care, I'll drink all of them.

That said, there are a lot of craft-beer shops popping up around Tokyo and I've been to a few. The beer is good and you can clearly taste the quality but I refuse to be drawn into snobby hipsterism about it.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #10 on: 16 Jul 2017, 12:13 »
Good points, guys.

Dactylopus, I'm kind of like your brother in that I like the first or second drink to be something to talk about. New flavour? Strong hoppy taste? Interesting aftertaste? It's something to appreciate and dissect, either by yourself or with a friend. By number three (or...on occasion more :-D), your palate really isn't as acute, so that's when I like to flop over to lager, and pretty much anything with some international backing goes (aside from REEB, Busch, and Snow --I'm not a snob but don't get me started on these!)

Stupot, I lived in Shanghai for five years. Your mention of Asahi, Suntory and Kirin brings back memories!! Very cool the craft beer movement is gaining some steam there. Nice to have some variety to pull from.

At the moment, I'm having something called 'Budejovicky', which back home (Canada) is known as Czechvar. It's a Czech beer that interestingly has claimed the name 'Budweiser'. The history from Wikipedia:

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The history of brewing in České Budějovice, dates back to the 13th century Kingdom of Bohemia, when the city received the brewing rights.[6] The original Budweiser Bier or Budweiser Bürgerbräu (Czech:Budějovický měšťanský pivovar), was founded here in 1785. The company began exporting to the United States in 1871.[7][8] In the U.S., Anheuser-Busch started using the Budweiser brand in 1876 and registered it two years later.

A second company (now named Budvar) was established in 1895 in same town by mainly Czech brewers, which also started exporting beer under the name Budweiser (being the German way of referring to something from the city such as a beer, while "Budějovický" means the same in Czech). These exports into the US market led to the Budweiser trademark dispute. Negotiations between the three companies, the two from the original town and the American Anheuser-Busch, about using "Budweiser" reached an agreement in March 1938 that allowed Anheuser-Busch to use the brand "Budweiser" only in North America.[9]

After the fall of communism, both local breweries tried to secure rights to traditional names.

(laugh)

I have to say --and again, no intention of snobbery-- Czechvar tastes much better than Budweiser!
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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #11 on: 17 Jul 2017, 02:50 »
Most beers taste better than a Budweiser!

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #12 on: 17 Jul 2017, 09:47 »
Finally a czech beer!
I can tell you with a hundred percent certainty that every czech beer brewed for longer than 50 years tastes better than 80% of the other beers world wide :D
I have been to prague lately and I tried at least ten beers there (Budejovicky included). Every one tasted different but like a part of what heaven must be like for beer fanatics :-*
Now there are at least 1200 different beers there. (wtf) (wtf) (wtf)

Have a trip to the czech and learn about the taste of the best beers in the world! 8-)
« Last Edit: 17 Jul 2017, 11:38 by Kumpel »

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #13 on: 17 Jul 2017, 10:19 »
I'm going to Prague in August (as well as Vienna and Budapest) so I'll try a few. I've also been to Prague on a sixth form trip and we went to the Staropramen brewery.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #14 on: 25 Jul 2017, 17:31 »
Finally a czech beer!
I can tell you with a hundred percent certainty that every czech beer brewed for longer than 50 years tastes better than 80% of the other beers world wide :D
I have been to prague lately and I tried at least ten beers there (Budejovicky included). Every one tasted different but like a part of what heaven must be like for beer fanatics :-*
Now there are at least 1200 different beers there. (wtf) (wtf) (wtf)

Have a trip to the czech and learn about the taste of the best beers in the world! 8-)

Wow! Nice. Yeah I would LOVE to go one day. I bet they do cool tasting tours where you can learn a bit about the making process too.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #15 on: 25 Jul 2017, 17:35 »
This evening I'm having what I think it one of the only major brews in baby-blue packaging. (laugh)

I like Lowenbrau a lot. Good flavour that isn't overpowering. Very crisp finish. It's the golden boy of lagers, just a real lovable taste.


Re: The beer thread
« Reply #16 on: 26 Jul 2017, 20:21 »
I had a few too many of these over the weekend:



It's called Transmigration of Souls from Orpheus Brewing.  It's a Double IPA.  Here is a chart I found while looking for the picture:



Pretty nifty.  10% alcohol.  Shouldn't have had 4 of those and several Yuenglings...  But it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be.  It was a bit on the fruity side is all.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #17 on: 27 Jul 2017, 05:05 »
That sounds really nice but 10%? Must have almost tasted kind of wine-like. Yeah, I love that sharp IPA-citrus link too.

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #18 on: 28 Jul 2017, 07:12 »
Foster's is not crap. It's also not great. It's meh.

Hehe, try a XXXX (Four X) from Queensland, Australia...

As an American mate of mine once asked, after a trip to Australia:

"So that Four-X beer... They wash old socks in that or what?"

It's a true horror!

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #19 on: 28 Jul 2017, 11:32 »
So cheers to Foster's. Cheers to mediocracy.

With the right marketing execs they could make this work as a campaign :=

Affligem Tripel is easily the best beer I've ever tasted. Only seen it in one craft beer shop which has stopped stocking it now though



https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/affligem-tripel/3734/

Has anyone homebrewed before?

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #20 on: 28 Aug 2017, 12:10 »
So cheers to Foster's. Cheers to mediocracy.

With the right marketing execs they could make this work as a campaign :=

Affligem Tripel is easily the best beer I've ever tasted. Only seen it in one craft beer shop which has stopped stocking it now though



https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/affligem-tripel/3734/

Has anyone homebrewed before?

I've never had Affligem Tripel nor heard of it. Can you expand on the taste a bit?

Regarding homebrew, yes I have. My wife and I used to live in a conservative Muslim country and illegally homebrewed a bit, but everything we made didn't taste all that good! We couldn't get kits, so it was down to tutorials we found online and adding ingredients here and there we thought would enhance the flavour.

How about anybody else? Any quality homebrew experiences?

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #21 on: 28 Aug 2017, 12:20 »
I want to post about Chinese pop beer choices for a moment. My wife and I recently came back from a month in countryside China. Chinese beers tend to be watery by international standards (roughly 3% alc) and rural Chinese beers even more so (2-2.5% alc)! Because many parts of China are humid and many Chinese household refrain from turning on the AC, you end up sweating A LOT, so an extra watery beer served ice cold goes down very nicely under these conditions. It is sort of the opposite of that harder bite you want from your beer if drinking in a colder climate.

Anyway, there are several of these beers I like but one you see most places is Suntory Premium (it's actually Japanese by origin) - a really lovely crisp flavour that instantly refreshes any hot humid situation. Also because the alcohol is so low you can sort of crank through these guys pretty quickly without feeling too groggy afterward. Really fits the setting when you've been sweating your ass of in humid East Asian heat all day!


Re: The beer thread
« Reply #22 on: 09 Sep 2017, 15:40 »


Had a Stella weekend here. I've always liked Stella for its somewhat sharp, flavourful take on lager. It's refreshing and a somewhat bold flavour when compared to other pop culture beers.

What are others having this weekend? :P

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #23 on: 09 Sep 2017, 17:50 »
Last night I had an Emergency Drinking Beer, in preparation for the coming hurricanes.  It is produced by Wild Heaven Beer.



Not bad.  Only 4% ABV, and a taste that has hints of apple juice.  Or at least that's what I tasted, not everyone around agreed.

I also had some more of those Orpheus Brewing Transmigration of Souls.  I currently reside in Georgia, and these are both local breweries.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #24 on: 09 Sep 2017, 18:29 »
That sounds great. Cool name. :-D Reminds me of these beers my wife and I used to buy 'Brussels' at Carrefour in Shanghai that included fruit. Flavour wasn't overpowering, so it was sort of a nice hint to otherwise good beer.

This is them (can't get them here though):

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #25 on: 22 Dec 2017, 22:03 »
Back to my native land (Canada) for Christmas. I have the chance to get back to a few of my hometown/province brews, so thought I'd share here. First up I tried a Bobcaygeon brewery Common Loon:



It's a full, lager-y feel with mild citrus finish and hoppy aftertaste that lingers, which gives it a sort of lager-IPA mix to it. Slight cloud in appearance. Not an entirely unique flavour but a flavour that appeals to most palates.

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #26 on: 22 Dec 2017, 22:26 »
Reviews aren't great, but I'm quite partial to it. Kind of sweet, a little malty, and devoid of that unpleasant yeasty taste I get from most beers.


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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #27 on: 23 Dec 2017, 03:16 »
I'm from Canada, too, but I don't drink a lot of local beer aside from Steam Whistle (and only because it's the only beer on tap at my local drinking hole).  I used to experiment quite a bit with European beer: my favourites were usually the Irish and the Czech beers, with Polish and German beers a close second.  These days I've become less adventurous, though.  In summer I almost always drink Corona with a very large quantity of lime juice added.  In winter I tend to go more for the comfort beer these days: Stella, Guinness if it's really cold outside, and my especial favourite Boddingtons.  I forget how I got hooked on Boddingtons - no one I know likes it, and I've never been anywhere near Manchester.  But there's something about that creaminess and subtle carbonation that just warms the soul.


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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #28 on: 23 Dec 2017, 05:43 »
I like that you call Stella a comfort beer. You know we call that Wife-Beater in the UK.

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #29 on: 23 Dec 2017, 07:03 »


:-D

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #30 on: 23 Dec 2017, 15:38 »
I'm from Canada, too, but I don't drink a lot of local beer aside from Steam Whistle (and only because it's the only beer on tap at my local drinking hole).  I used to experiment quite a bit with European beer: my favourites were usually the Irish and the Czech beers, with Polish and German beers a close second.  These days I've become less adventurous, though.  In summer I almost always drink Corona with a very large quantity of lime juice added.  In winter I tend to go more for the comfort beer these days: Stella, Guinness if it's really cold outside, and my especial favourite Boddingtons.  I forget how I got hooked on Boddingtons - no one I know likes it, and I've never been anywhere near Manchester.  But there's something about that creaminess and subtle carbonation that just warms the soul.



Yes, I like Boddingtons too. Funny story: just this past summer I bought some for my father in law (Chinese). He had only had watery Chinese beer in his day but really like Boddingtons a lot and it sparked an interest in more flavourful ales, which we tried during the time my wife and I were visiting.

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #31 on: 23 Dec 2017, 15:38 »
I like that you call Stella a comfort beer. You know we call that Wife-Beater in the UK.

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #32 on: 23 Dec 2017, 15:39 »
I like that you call Stella a comfort beer. You know we call that Wife-Beater in the UK.

It can be two things! :=

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #33 on: 23 Dec 2017, 21:40 »
Boddingtons! I haven't heard of that in years! I really only know it because of the tv adverts from the 90s, this one in particular which parodies ad tropes of the time and also made me fall in love with Melanie Sykes:

Ben There, Dan That! Special Edition & Time Gentlemen, Please! bundle for £3:
Steam or GOG

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #34 on: 24 Dec 2017, 01:52 »
You wanna fleeeek with that loov?

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #35 on: 24 Dec 2017, 12:52 »
You can show people actually drinking in an English TV ad? (mind blown)

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Re: The beer thread
« Reply #36 on: 24 Dec 2017, 23:02 »
Wait... there are a serious amount of beer ads without people drinking the stuff? O.o

Re: The beer thread
« Reply #37 on: 25 Dec 2017, 12:27 »
Wait... there are a serious amount of beer ads without people drinking the stuff? O.o
Yeah, I think tight-assed Canada/US might be the only two, but it's been strictly forbidden to actually drink beer in any advertisement as long as I've known.