Just finished snow removal and enjoying a Smithwick's Irish Ale as a reward. (Sadly, no Guinness in the stores to concoct a black & tan.) As I sit here, I started thinking about beers which are always pleasing, if not entirely perfect.
The other beer thread is full of amazing, and often esoteric, brews. But let's put on our thinking caps in an attempt to list beers which, push comes to shove, would always be present in your home, especially if they're for you and not someone you're trying to impress.
If possible, please limit it to one or two choices. Just beers which are a constant delight to your palate.
Boddingtons, I love boddingtons.
Fat Tire/1554 from New Belgium Brewery, but they don't currently distribute to New York. One of the few things I miss about living in St. Louis.
if any of you beer guys see the Stone Enjoy By 7-04-13 Double IPA in nassau, suffolk, bergen, NYC, Westchester, Fairfield or New Haven counties, then please LMK. I had the 5-17-13 version and it was the bomb. would drive out of my way to get it.