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23-05-2012, 02:12 PM #161
The idea is, though, ground yourself in one particular area. Once you've got a sense of what a few Light & Refreshing or dry beers are like, try something totally different, dark or hoppy or sweet or...whatever. It'll help you get a good sense of the basic flavours + the differences between 'em.Free speech don't mean unchallengeable speech.
23-05-2012, 02:34 PM #162
Awesome, thanks guys. I'll see if I can track any of those down and report back.
23-05-2012, 04:15 PM #163
So Arrogant Bastard Ale wasn't at all the punch-in-the-back-of-the-throat I was expecting. Not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be.
And I've been fully enjoying trying some more of the Williams Bros ones.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
23-05-2012, 06:56 PM #164
So, summer's finally here. Anyone got any good summery beers to recommend? I'm usually a dark ale/stout person, which doesn't seem right to drink when it's 30 Celsius outside.
23-05-2012, 07:50 PM #165
I had a pint of blonde ale this afternoon, westyfield. Went down a treat in current weather.mickygor, Battlefield 3
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24-05-2012, 01:24 AM #166
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I wish I were British. Then I could participate in this thread.
But screw it! I'm a citizen of a commonwealth realm. Close enough!
My last beer buying expedition saw me returning with not one, but two elephant-related beers. One fairly common one, I gather - Kenyan Tusker. Not a strong flavour, but a very nice clear tropical lager. Did wonders for the lentil curry I had going with it.
The other was Dead Elephant Ale, the St Thomas, ON microbrew in honour of Jumbo the Elephant. They call it an IPA, but it's not quite hopped like one. Tasty, though, and a bit of sweetness to it.
Last week's vacation in Cuba gave me a chance to try two of the big name beers there. Cristal is all right, but if it's cold and you're on the beach, what else matters? Bucanero was surprisingly hoppy - not big time, obviously, but like a better Dos Equis or something along those lines. Either is nice for the afternoon, when you need a break from Cuba Libres and it's not late enough in the afternoon for stronger cocktails.
Errr... As for British things, I had a Samuel Smith multipack recently. If you like oatmeal stouts, that is one good outmeal stout.
24-05-2012, 01:46 AM #167
24-05-2012, 09:31 AM #168
A lot of the European ones, while not necessarily what we'd call ale, are good for this too with Leffe being the obvious example that you'd probably be able to buy.
Fucking love a bit of Leffe Blonde.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
24-05-2012, 03:21 PM #169
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If so (or if there are any other Canadians reading), can you recommend some good Canadian beers? We're going on holiday to British Columbia next month, and I've heard good things about the beers there. Went a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Howe Sound Brewery's output, but we're not going to Squamish this time, so alternatives must be sought.
There's a few west coast breweries that have filtered this far east. Granville Island, Lighthouse, Tree, Nelson. Decent breweries all. If you make it to the BC liquor store, though, look for some Quebec beer - I've yet to go wrong with any of the regional Quebecois breweries. I don't know what you'd find out there from Ontario (my own area of expertise, obviously) but if they've got any Flying Monkeys on hand you are in for a treat. Also there are a number of good American northwest beers, probably very easy to find out there. Rogue from Oregon make some nice ones. As to the style... west coast is pretty much synonymous with very well hopped, in BC as in Washington and Oregon. After all, that is where the hops are actually grown. Basically just ales out there, too.
Just stay away from the nationwide swill like Molson or Labatt's - but you know that already. Sleeman's is quite all right for a mainstream brand. Rickard's is often the most drinkable thing on draught of the "standard" choices. Should morbid curiosity get the better of you, try some of the biggest American breweries. Boy, if you thought the big, bland European beers were bland, they're still nothing on Coors.
Lastly I've heard there's a good selection of east asian beers out there, if you look in the right places. Not exactly local, but something hard to find anywhere else. It is very hard to pass up the chance to try a new and different beer. I've heard you can even find Orion.
25-05-2012, 06:59 AM #170
So, on your advice I spent yesterday evening with a nice group of friends and a pair of bottles of Budvar. They were very pleasant (the bottles, not the friends [or rather both but I'm talking about the bottles in this situation]), and actually slipped down a bit too easily; I was a little bit tipsy by the end of the evening. Excellent shout, gentlemen.
25-05-2012, 01:01 PM #171
Cheers for the recommendations guys, I'll keep an eye out.
28-05-2012, 03:26 PM #172
Another couple of good Williams Brothers ones last night. First off 'Ceilidh' which is a lager they do and was rather good, and '7 Giraffes' an ale but a fizzy-ish one and was also quite refreshing I found. Becoming quite the fan of Williams Brothers.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
29-05-2012, 12:55 PM #173
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You could therefore try the Pilsener style lagers / pale lagers path and see if anything else floats your boat.
Here are some of my favourites of that sort of style...
Vedett (Extra Blonde)
01-06-2012, 12:53 PM #174
Has a pint of 'Wildcat' in the Wetherspoons at Glasgow airport last night. Do Not Recommend.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
08-06-2012, 08:49 PM #175
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If you can find it, Moretti Gran Riserva, which the Morrisons near me has started stocking, is a lovely, malty, complex beer that is a bit lager-y.
I love it. its bloody strong too.
08-06-2012, 09:24 PM #176
Holsten Pils - About half the calories of most other lagers and still cheap compared to the likes of Stella (which btw has been lowered in strength to 4.7 from 5%)
03-07-2012, 01:07 AM #177
03-07-2012, 07:59 AM #178
Becks to me tastes a very salty beer. Has anyone else found this?
03-07-2012, 10:14 AM #179
Most towns in BC seemed to have one or more brewpubs, some better than others. I got the feeling that some of the brewpubs just brewed from pre-made kits rather than brewing from first principles - mainly because they would have a huge range of beers being made in a very small brewing area.
Ones to look out for (although i suspect i might be too late here) are Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver), Steamworks (Vancouver), Yaletown (Vancouver- Great Brewpub), Spinnakers (Victoria), Vancouver Island Brewery (Victoria)
And if you get up to Torfino on Vancouver Island there's a great microbrewery there. Torfino is a fantastic place to visit, my favourite spot of our 3 weeks driving around BC
03-07-2012, 10:18 AM #180