Originally posted by MD_Rn:
... and one of those good beers from the judge... Any personal favorites, kewlnurse?
Tough to pick a personal favorite, i've had over 500 diffenert beers. In general anything from Belguim is fantastic, but somewhat of an aquired taste, Rodenbach's Alexander is awesome, a bit to the lactic side (sour) Sierra Nevada Pale ale is readily availabe and is the American Pale ale (APA) by which all others are judged, or used to be judged, theere is a plethora of great beer out there. Roque's Shakespear Stout and Red ale are memorable, as is Celis's white, and anchor's steam beer. these are all ales, which the exception of the steam beer, which is neither an ale or lager. As far as lagers go, Celebrator from Germany is a good exampel of a dopple bock, Dixie's Blackened Voodoo lager is a great schwartz bier, Brooklyn Brewery's Pilsner is a nice example of the style, as is Pils Urqull from the czech republic, and is by defination the only beer that can be called a pilsner, but it's in a green bottel so if it isn't on tap or you aran't sure of the storage conditions (proper being cool, and dark, no uv light, either from the sun or light bulb, they cause the skunieness) avoid it. And by they way, unlike the way US megaswilleries (ie Bud, Millers, Coors, and Canadien LaBatt's and Molson) beer should not be "ice cold" they tell you to serve their beer that way so your taste buds are shocked and you can't taste how really bad that crap is. Proper temps for ales are 48-52 deg f, the darker they are the warmer they should be, as a general rule, wheat beers are an exception, they can be at the proper lager temps of 38 -44 deg f. Depending on where you live you may have a hard time finding decent beer, but the hunt is half the fun. And contrary to popular belief, dark beers and not higher in etoh than, light beers. For example, Guinness is only 3.5%, Swillweiser is 5%, and there are some trappist ales (Belguim) that are very light in color but are 10-11%Etoh, so get in and have at it, it's fun!