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#1 SR71

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:43 AM

I love all varieties of Chimay (probably my favorite over any other beer) but I don't drink it too often because at $12-15/bottle, it gets rather expensive.

Guinness is brilliant but I guess that goes without saying. I like a Black and Tan, on occasion.

I've also developed a taste for what I believe is one of the most underrated lagers, Foster's. I've tried hundreds of different beers as probably have many other people here but these are my mainstays.

Cheers! :cheers:

#2 Père Ubu

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:00 AM

You are within a short drive of Real Ale Brewing, you should give them a try. I'm very fond of their Oktoberfest, their Phoenixx ESB, and their Fulll Moon Pale Rye.
Also, Shiner has been putting out some interesting choices lately (I like 101 and 103 so far).
And if you go to Fredericksburg, go to the BednBrew and order the sampler. Just be sure to have a DD handy.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:03 PM

You are within a short drive of Real Ale Brewing, you should give them a try. I'm very fond of their Oktoberfest, their Phoenixx ESB, and their Fulll Moon Pale Rye.
Also, Shiner has been putting out some interesting choices lately (I like 101 and 103 so far).
And if you go to Fredericksburg, go to the BednBrew and order the sampler. Just be sure to have a DD handy.


I'll definitely check out those recommendations. That's for the tips. ;)

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:16 PM

Guinness. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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#5 Père Ubu

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:59 PM

If you stay at the BednBrew don't expect breakfast. As the name says, you get a bed and a beer, or a sampler. I suggest the sampler. Their brewing gear is right behind the bar, and their grub ain't too bad either. It is very self service type of place, so service end at them handing you a key, but I loved staying there. (before we had kids, the don't allow kids since they are techinicaly part of a drinking establishment.)

#6 Absomphe

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:07 PM

Chimay Grande Reserve! :thumbup:

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#7 Père Ubu

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:18 PM

Is that the purple bottle?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:34 PM

It was more like burgundy or maroon, last time I checked.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:52 PM

I meant the one on the right.

Although I'll happily drink all three. :)

Edited by Miguel, 09 September 2011 - 04:53 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:33 PM

Although I'll happily drink all three


I agree! :wave2:
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#11 Joe Legate

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:16 PM

I like Chimay and Guinness but my favorite brews all seem to flow from Big Sky. Their Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout has just become available which should keep me happy until the November release of Ivan the Terrible. This is a tough place to live. ;)

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:26 PM

I meant the one on the right.

Although I'll happily drink all three. :)

Wow, I didn't realize there were so many variations. I'm not much of a beer connoisseur, but my friend swears by Chimay and I've very much enjoyed what he's given me (which I believe is the maroon-labeled one on the left, in that pic).

#13 Absomphe

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:27 AM

I meant the one on the right.

Although I'll happily drink all three. :)


I could've sworn the Grande Reserve had the maroon label back in the 80s-90s.

Shows to go ya how long it's been since I drank one.

Anyway, I'd happily drink all three, as well. :cheers:

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#14 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:30 AM

I like Chimay and Guinness but my favorite brews all seem to flow from Big Sky. Their Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout has just become available which should keep me happy until the November release of Ivan the Terrible. This is a tough place to live. ;)

I'm a big fan of supporting your local brewers. :)

#15 Absomphe

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:48 AM

Me, too, Joe.

And I've drunk enough Ivan to back that claim up. :laugh:


My local brewers?

Not so much.

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#16 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:02 AM

Would think WA (the one north of Oregon, not the western part of oz) would have good local brewers.

#17 Absomphe

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:59 AM

Bellingham has two local brewers.

Chuckanut does marginally passable versions of German style lagers.

Boundary Bay may be the nation's largest brewpub, but their beers are only decent, except for their eminently drinkable Imperial IPA.

If you expand to the Washington State level, there are a surprising number of mediocre breweries, with a few minor gems.

Certainly, Washington doesn't have any breweries of the caliber of a Russian River, Avery, or Dogfish Head, just to name three.

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#18 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 10:34 AM

Don't forget Anchor. Their porter is nice.
Real Ale got some kick ass beers like Full Moon Rye pale ale, Phoenixx ESB, Sisyphus barely wine, oktoberfest, etc. I was very unimpressed with their coffee porter, but you can't have it all.

#19 Alfred Jarry

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:12 PM

Off the top of my head:

Trois Pistoles from Unibroue
Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewery
Peche Mortel from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewery
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Duvel
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
Impaled Ale by Middle Ages Brewery
Stone IPA
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Edited by Alfred Jarry, 10 September 2011 - 12:13 PM.

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#20 Père Ubu

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:16 PM

Elisa IPA ain't too shabby either. one of the best beers from St. Arnold's.

#21 Absomphe

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:32 PM

Off the top of my head


Aren't you afraid you'll look a bit odd? :tongue:


Seriously, very nice beer list.

Edited by Absomphe, 10 September 2011 - 12:35 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:45 PM

I love all varieties of Chimay (probably my favorite over any other beer) but I don't drink it too often because at $12-15/bottle, it gets rather expensive.


I guess I need to try one of these. I love beer, but just don't keep up on it any more. I see them everywhere, and always assumed they were a gimmic, so named because after three or four, she may. :twitchsmile:
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:55 PM

I could've sworn the Grande Reserve had the maroon label back in the 80s-90s.

My understanding, and I think it comes from one of Michael Jackson's books, is that the Grande Reserve is the same beer that's in the small bottle blue label, but in a big bottle w/ cork, and labeled Grande Reserve to imply that it can be cellared. No such distinction between the small and large bottles for the lower gravity red and white. I don't recall ever seeing a maroon label, but let's not treat my memory as any sort of authority.

I love 'em all. A big bottle of the red was the first Belgian beer I ever had, inspired by MJ's writing.

#24 Absomphe

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:36 PM

I first tried the entire range after a day of riotously funny drinking and carousing with MJ and Vince Cottone, a Seattle beer writer, at the Spinnakers Brewpub in 1984. The Chimays were excellent, but Spinnakers' true cask conditioned (cellared) ales won the day.

Edited by Absomphe, 10 September 2011 - 01:37 PM.

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