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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    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.

    Love Smithwicks...pronounced "Smitticks". Also, terrific regional beer here is Sweetwater.

    My eldest daughter recently got a sales position with Sam Adams. Great benevolant company and clearly great perks.

    SO..... I find myself drinking Sam Adams varieties. Most free BTW. I also get to try some sammies that have not been released yet.





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    that's great beer porn!

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    Go to beers for me:

    Spaten (for lagers/pilsners)

    Palm (for ales)

    Btw, bought these beers over the holidays, some REALLY outstanding one's in the group--the Gulden Draak, Ovila Golden, Straffe Hendrick Quadruple Ale and the Red Chimay. The Rogue Bacon Maple Ale (the pink one) was really weird (a couple of sips and you're done) and the Duchesse was very tart


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    Quote Originally Posted by JStokes View Post
    Go to beers for me:

    Spaten (for lagers/pilsners)

    Palm (for ales)

    Btw, bought these beers over the holidays, some REALLY outstanding one's in the group--the Gulden Draak, Ovila Golden, Straffe Hendrick Quadruple Ale and the Red Chimay. The Rogue Bacon Maple Ale (the pink one) was really weird (a couple of sips and you're done) and the Duchesse was very tart


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    Quote Originally Posted by JStokes View Post
    Go to beers for me:

    Spaten (for lagers/pilsners)

    Palm (for ales)

    Btw, bought these beers over the holidays, some REALLY outstanding one's in the group--the Gulden Draak, Ovila Golden, Straffe Hendrick Quadruple Ale and the Red Chimay. The Rogue Bacon Maple Ale (the pink one) was really weird (a couple of sips and you're done) and the Duchesse was very tart


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    The Rogue Bacon Maple is inspired by Voo-Doo doughnuts maple bacon bar. Out in Portland. I've had both. The doughnut is better, much, much better.

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    My go-to beers that are easily accessible:

    Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    My go-to beers that you have to hunt down:

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Shipyard Export Ale, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Harpoon Winter, Dogfish 60 minute, Geary's Hampshire Special Ale, to name a few...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStokes View Post
    Go to beers for me:

    Spaten (for lagers/pilsners)

    Palm (for ales)

    Btw, bought these beers over the holidays, some REALLY outstanding one's in the group--the Gulden Draak, Ovila Golden, Straffe Hendrick Quadruple Ale and the Red Chimay. The Rogue Bacon Maple Ale (the pink one) was really weird (a couple of sips and you're done) and the Duchesse was very tart


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    Do you ever drink normal-sized beers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    Do you ever drink normal-sized beers?
    They just look big 'cause of the scale of Stokes' doll house-sized dwelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southparkcpa View Post
    Love Smithwicks...pronounced "Smitticks". Also, terrific regional beer here is Sweetwater.

    My eldest daughter recently got a sales position with Sam Adams. Great benevolant company and clearly great perks.

    SO..... I find myself drinking Sam Adams varieties. Most free BTW. I also get to try some sammies that have not been released yet.

    What an incredible label. Really makes you want to taste that beer. Very refreshing in the Summer, I bet.

    Congratulations to your daughter on her new job. Sounds like a great gig. Hope she meets with lots of success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    What an incredible label. Really makes you want to taste that beer. Very refreshing in the Summer, I bet.

    Congratulations to your daughter on her new job. Sounds like a great gig. Hope she meets with lots of success.
    PM me an address and I would LOVE to send you a variety case. My gift to you.

    I'm serious.

    I don't need a name..Ill label it.. Borgoguy 2112 Main st etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    They just look big 'cause of the scale of Stokes' doll house-sized dwelling.
    Barbie towers over stokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetPotato View Post
    I always keep a stock of:

    IPA: One of Dogfishead 60 Minute, Smuttynose or Lagunitas
    Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada or Captain Lawrence Freshschester
    Stout: Guinness
    Lager: Blue Point Toasted + Corona
    Porter: whatever looks interesting in the store
    Light beer: Miller Lite

    These are my minimum requirements to satisfy any beer mood I'm in at any given time and covers almost every base any guest at my home may request. Of course I then also rotate an assortment of additional "specials".

    It's important to me that between the above, a fully stocked bar and mixers, that I can cover 99% of requests for anyone who visits. IMO, a good host can provide whatever your heart desires.
    Nice top three beer selection , if ever you are feeling suicidal and need company while you drink that fridge dry, I'm here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    This has been my go to beer of the Winter. Very similar to Sierra's Celebration, only with a milder bitter note. Absolutely delicious and thirst quenching.

    Nice photo Borgoguy ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStokes View Post
    Go to beers for me:

    Spaten (for lagers/pilsners)

    Palm (for ales)

    Btw, bought these beers over the holidays, some REALLY outstanding one's in the group--the Gulden Draak, Ovila Golden, Straffe Hendrick Quadruple Ale and the Red Chimay. The Rogue Bacon Maple Ale (the pink one) was really weird (a couple of sips and you're done) and the Duchesse was very tart


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    I don't have the discipline to organize a group shot ... they go straight to the freezer before appeasing my demons in some human sacrifice rituals...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyahay bus View Post


    Took the LIRR to work today. Going to stopy by Rosa's and get me a big one for the ride home.
    A fine choice, that's a hangover worth having ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsterxman View Post
    I buy a lot of nice beers, but I never end up dancing with my pants on my head if I just stick to Miller Light.
    Funny that, how beer makes us want to wear various below-waist garments on our heads ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Up until recently, Yuengling Lager and Black & Tan were always in my fridge. For the money (I'd get a 12-pack for $9.99) you could not find a more reliable brew.
    That's a cheap deal, you're not going to find that value in NYC ...

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    Like my fellow home-brewers Sourceworx, OrangeJet, Raoul(?), on JI, I tend to drink my share of home grown beer.

    Right now I am brewing lagers (Oktoberfest, Czech pilsner) for summer consumption. (I visited Pilsner, in the Czech republic .. a depressing Eastern European industrial city). Lagers require fermentation at lower temperature than regular ales so winter is a fine time to brew a lager for training camp and installing the air-conditioner.

    I spent my late teens drinking Smithwicks in the Old Country but today my go-to beers are Noche Buena, a seasonal Mexican Beer, Celebration, the seasonal Sierra Nevada beer and my favorite, Little Sumptin's Lagunita's rock star beer ... which makes me want to move to route 1, and watch the Surfers.

    Outside of those winter seasonal beers if I am in a crappy deli in the North East, I know in a worst case scenario there will be Sam Adam's somewhere in the beer section. Yes, I admit the word "Boston" in the Sam Adam's description bother's me but that is something I live with in return for flavor.

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    Hey Borgo, here's a brew that I just tapped. I brewed it to mimic my wife's favorite beer, Kilkenny. It's an Irish ale similar in style to (but way better than) Smithwick's.



    As for my go-to beers if all else fails, I'd have to say Sam Adams Boston Lager or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Simple but tasty and enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gangrene View Post
    Like my fellow home-brewers Sourceworx, OrangeJet, Raoul(?), on JI, I tend to drink my share of home grown beer.

    Right now I am brewing lagers (Oktoberfest, Czech pilsner) for summer consumption. (I visited Pilsner, in the Czech republic .. a depressing Eastern European industrial city). Lagers require fermentation at lower temperature than regular ales so winter is a fine time to brew a lager for training camp and installing the air-conditioner.

    I spent my late teens drinking Smithwicks in the Old Country but today my go-to beers are Noche Buena, a seasonal Mexican Beer, Celebration, the seasonal Sierra Nevada beer and my favorite, Little Sumptin's Lagunita's rock star beer ... which makes me want to move to route 1, and watch the Surfers.

    Outside of those winter seasonal beers if I am in a crappy deli in the North East, I know in a worst case scenario there will be Sam Adam's somewhere in the beer section. Yes, I admit the word "Boston" in the Sam Adam's description bother's me but that is something I live with in return for flavor.


    I'm on a session beer kick lately. In fact I'm developing a Boston Lager type of brew. German malts and hops, fermented as a faux lager. I'm using steam beer yeast to mimic a lager.

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