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I'm a bit of a beer snob and thankfully NC has quite the selection available. Just curious to see what everyone would list as the #1 beer they ever had? I love stouts and IPA's and have a lot that I enjoy... but I finally found my soul mate.
Epic Brewing- Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout... Highly recommend, unless you live in NC (then back away from my reserve)
Total beer snob here too. My favorites are Belgians...dubbels and quads. Best beer I ever had was Westvleteren 12. Of the ones you can actually get here in the U.S., St. Bernardus ABT 12 is my favorite. Love Corsendonk Pater as well. I try new beers every week. There are so many good ones. Not an IPA guy, myself. I get a taste for a stout every once in a while.
Almost every beer from Unibroue (Canada) is fantastic, and I am a big fan of Ommegang (NY). Lots of great local beers here in the Philly area too (Victory, Weyerbacher, Stoudt's).
I like Uinta Brewing Company's (Salt Lake City) Cutthroat Pale Ale. And though not technically a craft beer since it is mass produced, Sierra Nevada Torpedo is excellent.
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Nice, I'm not a big Belgian fan... but my wife loves them so I end up trying a bunch of them. Have you tried Gulden Draak? I did like this one a lot but I believe it's a Belgian Strong Ale and I also didn't mind the Smuttynose Homunculus but again I think that Belgian Ale style. I agree, Victory Brewing IPA's ...my wife was raving about the Golden Monkey as well.
I am more of a Craft guy and less of Belgian drinker... but you hit the nail on the head with Westy 12. By far the best beer I have ever had and truly lives up to the hype. I have only had it once (friend had a dozen that he cellared for 5 years - who has that kind of patience) and we actually drank it in State College because we were there for some little Firkin Festival.
As far as favorite craft... I am more of a situational drinker (go on how I feel that day), but some of the old standby's that I really love are North Coast Old Rasputin (The old classic is still amazing to me), Bell's Expedition Stout, Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, Victory Old Horizontal, Great Lakes Edmund Fitz, Stoudts Pils, Bell's Hopslam, Founder's Breakfast Stout, DFH 90min/Burton's Baton (I actually really liked Squall when they were producing it.), and for summer if I could ever find it again 3 Floyd's Gumballhead.
Same... Hard to say my favorites because it changes depending on season and what mood I'm in... more and more I find myself reaching for the old stand-by things I love now and quality seasonals.
Some of the best things I've had include:
- The Alchemist Heady Topper Double IPA
- Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
- Terrapin Wake-n-Bake / Founders Breakfast Stout (LOVE coffee stouts)
- Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Stand By Great Beers that I always like to have around:
- Bell's Two Hearted
- Founders Reds Rye
- Sierra Nevada Celebration (when available)
- Founders - Making some of the best beers across the board of any producer in the country--especially for something so widely available
- Hill Farmstead (VT) - Had a bunch of their stuff on a trip to Vermont last fall and it all was great
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Pliny the Elder. Double IPA. Russian RIver Valley Brewing.
We are on the same page then...with Founders, Yeti, and Wake n bake. All go to beers if on draft. If you love Coffee stouts though you need to find Big Bad Baptist.... or give New Holland's Dragon's Milk a try.
Epic Brewing Company, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers high point handcrafted beers sold directly from the Brewery and wherever fine beers are sold.
I've had Dragon's Milk which was quite tasty. Haven't had anything from Epic--No Georgia distribution but I've heard good things.
Munchner Kindl Weissbier (wheat)
For domestic wheat beer, Winter wheat from Rochester Mills Brewing Company in Rochester MI.
Troegs Java Head
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout by Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Here's the description from their site.
This complex stout has aromas of bourbon, oak and dark roasted malts. Full-bodied, silky stout aged in Bourbon Barrels for 60 to 90 days. The aging process produces a smoky richness from the deep char of the barrels. Roasted barley flavors of chocolate and coffee develop as the stout continues along. Finishing hints of vanilla and bourbon finds it way down the back of the pallet.
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I like Gulden Draak a lot. Right up my alley there. Haven't had Homunculus.
Golden Monkey is an excellent example of a tripel. Good stuff...I drink it regularly.
Just to make you jealous, the Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA) is having an event this Saturday morning. Here's the draft list:
Terrapin Wake & Bake 2009
Terrapin wake & Bake 2010
Terrapin Wake & Bake 2011
Terrapin Wake & Bake 2012
Founders KBS 2010
Founders KBS 2011
Founders KBS 2012
Founders CBS 2010
Founders CBS 2011
Great Divide Espresso Yeti 2009
Great Divide Espresso Yeti 2010
Great Divide Espresso Yeti 2011
Great Divide Espresso Yeti 2012
Sweetwater Mean Joe Bean 2011
Sweetwater BSP Quad Randallized with Coffee Beans 2010
Southern tier Mokah 2010
Southern tier Javah 2011
Bell's Java Stout 2010
My friend's wife managed to find one Westy 8 and one 12 while in Belgium and she got them back here to the states. We kept thinking the 12 couldn't possibly be everything they say it is....but it totally was. What a beer.
North Coast makes one called Brother Thelonious which i Like a lot. Just had a Great Lakes Eliot Ness the other day, which was solid. Been drinking a few barleywines lately too. Heavy Seas Below Decks was quite good.
Have yet to try any of the Epic beers... Where are you in North Carolina... I'm in Greensboro. Beer is getting better down here, but still way behind parts of the West, Midwest, and Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Hear, hear. Imo, there is no comparison to what Vinnie Cilurzo is doing out there in California. All of his brews are exceptional.
The Alchemist is awesome... I stop there every time I am up that way in Vermont. Do you know if they are still in business. I feel like someone told me that they had to close for some reason.
Nice lineup there... Mean Joe Bean was really really good, didn't hurt that the bottle was Steeler related either. Seriously though that lineup is about as quality as you can get. Jealous indeed.
From everything that I remember... when some of the American beer websites and publications (Ratebeer.com and Beeradvocate.com, etc.) began to hype the Westvleteren beers the Monks found out that there were places selling their ales here in the states and were not comfortable with all the exposure so they basically tightened everything up and made it very hard to get their beer anywhere but the Abbey (brewery) itself. This is the opposite approach that some of the other true Trappist breweries have taken where they have attempted to cash in on their popularity and actually weakened the product through mass distrubution.... errrr.... Chimay, cough. Sort of refreshing in this day and age, but also frustrating if you want to try their stuff.
Nice, I'm in Raleigh... The beer is getting much better in the area (Aviator,Big Boss,Lone Rider, Duck Rabbit are all solid) and I agree still way behind the regions you mentioned. I meant more along the lines of distribution though that we are fortunate to be able to buy these beers from other regions. Some areas/regions you can only buy Bud/Miller/ and Sam Adams at best.
They shut the brewpub down due to the flooding and are focused on their cannery, which is right around the corner. You can buy Heady Topper in cans right at the cannery and at a number of places around Vermont. They opened a new pub in the old Alchemist location and they are the only place to have HT on tap.
Where did you get that? Were you in California?
Dying to get my hands on some of that.
Probably the best IPA I have had. Haven't tried the Younger yet. As I mentioned earlier, I am not an IPA guy, so this isn't that high up on my list, but the quality of it was clear.
Russian River makes a whole bunch of odd beers....Wild Ales, I think they call them, that were aged in wine barrels. Strange stuff. Had the Supplication and didn't like that at all. They make one called Damnation which is more of a Belgian style that I like a lot.
Bud Light Lime for sure. It taste like Sprite!!!
If your close to Silva, NC check out Heinzelmannchen Brewery. I really enjoyed their selection. Their slogan is "fresh hearty ales made with wholesome grains, fresh hops & no preservatives.
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