Favourites, at least. (I don’t much drink lagers, and dislike IPAs.)
Wheat: Live Oak Hefeweizen (Austin, TX)
Belgian: Trappistes Rochefort 10
Lager: Lakewood Lager (Dallas, TX)
Ale: Riggwelter Strong Yorkshire Ale (Masham, UK)
Porter: 512 Pecan, barrel aged (Austin, TX)
Stout: 512 Cascabel Cream (Austin, TX)
Limited Release: Stone Collaborations Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout (San Diego, CA)
At-Large: St Bernardus Abt 12 (Belgium)
No trouble singling out Trappistes Rochefort 10 as the finest of these.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 8, 2013 @ 2:59 pm
Additional crowdsourcing question: Most Disappointing Beer You’ve Ever Drank
For me, Victory Golden Monkey. Irritating. Although I can also confess to not much liking Chimay of any colour.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 8, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
I don’t know about most disappointing but I completely agree that this is not a good beer. It barely fits the style and to compare it to great tripels…Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet…it is awful. I am local to Victory and they have a lot of great stuff but I never understood this one, or why so many seem to really enjoy it.
That’s an impressive list. I feel that we have entirely opposite taste in beer styles–I’m an IPA guy, though I can appreciate good examples of other styles. I’m also a more recent initiate to good beer, so I don’t think I have nearly the breadth of experience you do. For me:
Saison: Saison Dupont Dry-Hopped
DIPA: Stone Ruination (as well as the more recent RuinTen, which is fantastic) (I might have said Firestone Walker Double Jack, but I feel the need to not just steal all of Eno’s favorites)
IPA: Bell’s Two Hearted / Ithaca Flower Power
Stout: AleSmith Speedway Stout
Red: Lagunitas Lucky 13
Lager: Southern Tier Krampus
Agreed re: Golden Monkey. For me it’d be Stone Arrogant Bastard Oaked–I really like the standard Arrogant Bastard, but the Oaked version has an oaky (duh) flavor which just overwhelmed everything else in the beer and got old after about 3 oz.
Well, I love me both some baseball talk and beer drinking, but a Thursday may cause me a bit of trouble at getting there. I’ll put myself as a definite maybe for right now, since I am unsure of scheduling a full week and change ahead.
And for my actual answer, to Well-Beered’s question (how’s it going WBE?), here’s some of my favorites:
Wheat: Three Floyd’s Gumballhead
Lager: Southern Tier Krampus (totally agree, mustache, it’s delicious)
Dortmunder: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
DIPA: Great Lakes Lake Erie Moster
Rye: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel
Imperial Stout: Two Brothers North Wind, followed closely by Founders Breakfast Stout
Russian Imperial Stout: Old Rasputin
Porter: Bell’s Porter and Founders Porter are kind of a tossup
Scottish: Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce
Pumpkin: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (Although I also enjoy some Pumking)
Limited release: Goose Island Bourbon County is spectacular, but also as smoked stout collaboration that I had from Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina with Evil Twin was amazing.
Basically, I’m from the midwest so that’s most of what I drink.
Dr Caligari! I’d been wondering where you’d gone. Yes, our locations are evident in our choices; I yearn for the day when Founders Breakfast Stout, Krampus, or Three Floyd’s anything are find-able in the South.
I believe my father had Delirium Tremens and reported to me that it is citrusy, or lemony, in an intense way?
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 9, 2013 @ 9:17 am
Talk about bad timing. I live 5 minutes from Fizz, but I’ll be out of town that week. Sounds like a good time.
Yeah, it is strong on a combination of citrus (which really isn’t bad, as I’ve had a number of citrusy beers that I do like) and a kind of floral taste. And that mixture just doesn’t work for me. I think either one of those tastes separately would be ok for me, but that was just not pleasant. Luckily, my buddy paid for it, so it wasn’t a complete loss on my end.
And hopefully I have a bit more time to comment here, as I am done teaching for the semester and have taken care of the couple projects I needed to handle.
Love the Old Rasputin. Also Cigar City’s Zhukov’s Final Push. A current favorite as a summer beer is Carton’s Boat Beer, from Atlantic Highland’s, NJ. Peekskill is a current favorite brewer. I think the guy from Ithaca is there now.
When I moved to New York in 1987, I started getting the old Thomas Hardy’s by Eldridge Pope. Those were amazing. Those and the Corsendonks, Orval’s and Westmalles at a Belgian place in the Village, and Schenkterlas in Yorkville started me on a beer odyssey.
And the Belgian place in the Village was Cafe de Bruxelles on Greenwich Ave and 13th Street. Was there for years then became Lyon in 2010 or 11 and is now a place called Cole’s. More of a cocktail-y place.
A good place for belgians now in Manhattan is B cafe on East 74th, although a tad pricey.
By the way, not sure of the worst beer i ever had, although Buster Poindexter used to do a song, in the style of Noel Coward, called “The Worst Beer That I’ve Ever Had.” Invariably introduced by a story about rehabbing at Duffy’s Dry-Out Clinic on Montserrat and running into Morey Amsterdam.
The lines were something like:
I’ve had Pilsner Urquell brewed in a Communist hell [which after the fall of the soviet union became a “former communist hell”]
I’ve imbibed a Newcastle brown
It’s the only way to bear that old town
and Fosters from down under
that would make an abo chunder
and tie his kangaroo down
Not as great on the page but it was a fun drinking song.
Yeah, Golden Monkey is awful – its a shame they market that one so heavily, because Victory makes a huge huge variety of beer, and while none will blow you away, most are pretty solid in a pinch. Storm King is worth trying if u want one of their big ones. I live in Philly so I’ve had most of what they make at one point or another.
I couldn’t even begin to put a favs list together, but some stuff some notables from lately and general likes:
Deschutes – goin to single out the Black Butter Porter, but anything of theirs is great. Stoked they just started distributing in Philly
Dupont Posco Rustica – if u like their standard saison, get this.
Stillwater – anything they make. If u dig saisons, buy this.
Mission brewing – dig the IPA and the Blonde (which is really more of a kolsch) in particular. The IPA had a big malt backbone that rounds out the hops.
Terrapin brewing – out if Maryland, I think… Was just at a tap takeover & was prett impressed with everything I had.
Great divide Hercules if you’re into hops. One of my fav DIPAs (besides the obvious ones). Also, the Green Flash imperial. It tastes like…umm… College :).
I could go on about beer all day… So I’ll just cut myself off there.