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Random Question of the Day


The excitement of my week a few weeks ago was finding out that beer from my favorite brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Company, made it to Washington, D.C. They don't use preservatives in any of their beer, so it's often difficult for them to find distributors in new markets. (They will only work with distributors who are willing to keep the beer refrigerated at all times.) Well, apparently they found the right distributor in January and the beer has been here for 3 months! I don't know where I was for those three months, but apparently I was not at the right bars. The beer is starting to make it to more stores, though, and I was able to pick up a six-pack of their Burning River Pale Ale at my favorite corner store. It was the highlight of that particular week. (I know, my life is thrilling.)

Anyway, it brought a few questions to mind that I thought would make for a fun conversation here on Happy Hour. Are any of you fellow beer drinkers? If so, what's your favorite beer/beers?

The Great Lakes beers are my favorites. Christmas Ale, which is not only my favorite, but also the favorite of many Clevelanders, is available only in November and December, so I'm waiting to see if it will be distributed in D.C. during those months. My second favorite, Holy Moses White Ale, is available only from April-August. I've yet to see it in D.C., but I've heard it's here, just hard to find. My favorite year-round beer is Burning River Pale Ale.

What about you ladies and gentlemen? Which beers do you enjoy and why?

bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 20 weeks
:sick:
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 20 weeks
the champagne of beers!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 20 weeks
You know... until now I didn't realize Great Lakes was shipped outside the Cleveland area... it's huge here, all the gas stations have 2 or 3 kinds. The brewery is gorgeous. My favorite cheap beer has been High Life since I was a teen. Preferably bottled! I like it because it tastes like water, opposed to piss.
GregS GregS 4 years 20 weeks
Lilk - We called it "near beer". Tasted like pppp. When I travelled I always looked for local things. Went to local restaurants, drank local beer and wines. I avoided the major brewers like the plague because I prefer a hoppy brew, or an ale. But if my only choice was major brewers, I'd stick to Sam Adams. I drink Sam Lights (and no fruit in my beer, thanks!). If I'm having drinks only, it's a 12 yo or older scotch or Svedka vodka.
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 20 weeks
or drink... whatever.
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 20 weeks
Sometimes I like to drunk Schmitts Gay...
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 20 weeks
Lilk I was only in CO briefly but there were quite a few breweries. And my mom has mentioned 3.2 beer! She used to live above a convenient store and the guy let her buy the full-strength beer because he knew she was only going upstairs with it. I actually went out last night and bought some Holy Moses... thanks for reminding me how yummy Great Lakes beer is!
starangel82 starangel82 4 years 20 weeks
Maybe I don't like beer because I've never been to a brewhouse. There aren't any around here. Seriously though, I just don't think I'm a beer person. I did however try a mojito for the first time last month. Um, why did I wait so long??
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 20 weeks
I always like to get whatever specialty "martini" they offer... though they're never real martinis...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 20 weeks
On most occasions if we're out I'll drink wine (or bring my own bottle). Or vodka with a twist. But if we're at a brewhouse, or pub type situation then it's beer time.
amybdk amybdk 4 years 20 weeks
Ha, same with me Kim! The beers tend to be at least the same price as a decent glass of wine (or more!). That's why we prefer to drink at home!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 20 weeks
The sad thing is, some of the beers I like are more expensive than some mixed drinks. But yeah, beer isn't for everyone; I hated it the first few times I tried it. (Although, this was at high school parties, so I don't imagine it was very high quality beer I was drinking.)
starangel82 starangel82 4 years 20 weeks
I'm yet to find a beer I like. I've tried several over the years, but they all taste disgusting to me. I don't know why. I guess I'm just a woman with expensive tastes. Ha! :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 20 weeks
Yum, kiki! Those sound good. I've red Rodenbach Redbach, which has a slight cherry flavor. It's pretty good. I'd be interested to try the raspberry and peach ones you mentioned.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 20 weeks
I think I may have asked this before, but do anyone else's parents every talk about 3/2 beer? My parents talk about it all of the time. I guess in Ohio there used to be a law that you could drink beer with 3.2 percent alcohol when you were 18, but you had to be 21 to drink everything else. I imagine it wasn't too tasty.
kikidawn kikidawn 4 years 20 weeks
Found it! Thanks to my SIL Lindemans Kriek ... it's cherry flavored. There is also Lindemans Framboise (raspberry), and Lindemans Pêche (peach). http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/lindemans.html
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 20 weeks
PBR > beast we used to have a whole flowchart for all the milwaukee beers. i don't remember it, but i'm pretty sure miller lite topped the chart, with beast and schlitz at the bottom. it's been a while. it's funny how "what made milwaukee famous" is a bunch of sh!tty beers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 20 weeks
I actually don't mind PBR. My parents LOVE it. It was their cheap college beer, so it reminds them of college days. Milwaukee's Best Light(aka Beast) was our cheap college beer; I'm not sure I could stomach it now, but it would bring back memories. Ah, college, the days when Bud Light was "good beer." And I used to be a big mixed drink drinker; I probably rotate now. I sometimes drink beer, sometimes Gin and Tonic or Vodka Tonic and sometimes Scotch, either straight or on the rocks. (And of course, wine, too.) I guess it all depends on what kind of mood I'm in. And wow, I've made myself sound like a complete alcoholic. the funny thing is, I don't really drink all that often.
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 20 weeks
hahaha MGD is terrible! although i do admit i like MGD64. but it doesn't taste like beer. at all. good for a day-long drinking extravaganza, not good for a one or two beer day.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 20 weeks
I MUST have Dos Equis Amber with a dash of salt if I'm having Mexican food. I imagine MGD to taste like cat piss Snarky.
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 20 weeks
PBR me ASAP. anywho, i drink a bit of everything. my favorite local brew is new glarus spotted cow, but i think it's pretty hard to find outside of WI. honestly, i never know what i'm drinking. unless it's schlitz, cuz that tastes like what i imagine cat pee to taste like
kikidawn kikidawn 4 years 20 weeks
I do not like beer. at all. That said I did find one flavored beer I like and now I can't remember it! I'm more of a mixed drink girl. I love rum! Yummy!! Sarah - I tend to overdo exclamation points! lol ;)
genesisrocks genesisrocks 4 years 20 weeks
Saranac. Especially the caramel and oatmeal stout :)
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 20 weeks
oops sorry, PAULANER... no D
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 20 weeks
I'm not a big beer person but when I do drink beer I like either Paulander Hefewiezen (throwback to Oktoberfest memories) or Sam Adams Light (throwback to college memories!) :)