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Old 01-11-2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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Cool OT: The MAIC microbrewery & beer lovers' thread.

Maybe there's already one of these, I don't know.

If not, then hey let's start one! For all you official beer snobs, and for the rest of we wannabes, what are some of your favorite brews, and why? Maybe we'll do it like this (though I'm open to change):

Beer: Troegs Oatmeal Stout
Origin: Harrisburg, PA
Reason: Rich, smooth, a little bit of a chocolate flavor. Not too hoppy or bitter, love it!


Tried a glass of it at The Pizza Grille in Camp Hill, PA a couple weeks ago, and my wife and I both loved it. No surprise for me, a dark beer guy, but she's a red lager girl (Killian's, etc.) so I was surprised on her account. But I bought a case last night!

Doesn't have to be exclusive to microbrews, macro is fine too.

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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Troeg's makes the rare but popular mad elf holiday ale.

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The Mad Elf, a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The
combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle
spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant
warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious
Ale. The Mad Elf, a jolly and delicious beer for the Holidays.
George found some this christmas and shared it with me.


Good brewery.



I find myself really enjoying aventinus recently.



I'm a huge fan of most any wheat beer, julius echter is probably my favorite followed closely by weihenstephaner.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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I am easy to please. I like all of Old Dominion's stuff out of Ashburn, VA. The Dominion Ale is my favorite. I also like the Hop Pocket.

I also like Julius Echter that lotusdrift mentioned. Good stuff.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:30 PM   #4
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I am easy to please. I like all of Old Dominion's stuff out of Ashburn, VA. The Dominion Ale is my favorite. I also like the Hop Pocket.
Their oak barrel stout is excellent.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:07 PM   #5
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I am easy to please. I like all of Old Dominion's stuff out of Ashburn, VA. The Dominion Ale is my favorite. I also like the Hop Pocket.

I also like Julius Echter that lotusdrift mentioned. Good stuff.

Oak Barrel Stout... hmm good. (like lotus said)
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:42 PM   #6
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I will have to agree with a lot of you on some of my favorites;
-New River Pale Ale (Whitlows on Wilson has it on tap)
-Arrogant Bastard
-Bear Republic's Racer 5
-Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Celebration Ale (you've either heard of or seen these)

And my favorite and by far the most delicious winter brew out there;

Harpoon Winter Warmer (go to total wine and more, but I caution you that you will be extremely lucky to find any left)

Oh and if you like the lighter stuff; I love Stella Artois, a very delicious and smooth belgian beer.

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:13 PM   #7
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Sadly, I'm not as much a beer snob as I am a wine snob. But I'll be the resident guy who tries all the beers mentioned in this thread

Tried:
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Originally Posted by Siper2
Beer: Troegs Oatmeal Stout
Origin: Harrisburg, PA
Reason: Rich, smooth, a little bit of a chocolate flavor. Not too hoppy or bitter, love it!
Comments: This was ok. Very strong oatmeal flavor. "Like drinking a cookie." I don't know if it was the initial sweetness of the oatmeal, but the beer taste was a little too bitter for me.
Turbowife's comment after first taste: "You know, that just really doesn't taste very good."
Turbowife's comment after second taste, about 20 minutes later: "Yes, it still tastes like s***."

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Their oak barrel stout is excellent. {Referring to Dominion Brewery}
Comments: I got to try this after the Troegs Oatmeal Stout. I liked this better. Oatmeal cookie taste was much weaker, but I thought it blended better w/ the stout beer flavor. It didn't seem as bitter as the Troegs.

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Troeg's makes the rare but popular mad elf holiday ale.
Comments: This is a really good beer. The label says its brewed with "Honey & Cherry", & you can tell. Its not overpowering fruity in a Zima kind of way, but has a definite fruity taste. Before I read the label I thought it was strawberry or cranberry, but I liked it then too. It has a very light (not "lite") beer taste, which mixes well with the cherry. Nice & Fruity. I think this would be a great spring/summer beer - it seems like a great thing to drink when you're just hanging out enjoying some warm weather. Is nice & refreshing. I drank this with a Supreme Lean Pocket Ultra (basically a supreme pizza with wheat dough) and it wasn't overpowered by the food flavors at all, which is a good sign.

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I like all of Old Dominion's stuff out of Ashburn, VA. The Dominion Ale is my favorite.
Comments: Good, regular beer. Nothing outstanding, but is a good daily beer. When I'm in the mood for Beer I typically get this just to have around.

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Originally Posted by WRXTransformed
Widmer {hefeweizen} when Pyramid isn't available. Wheat beer > * !
Comments: This is good stuff. My usual Hefeweizen. Little bit of lemon in the glass its party time!

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I find myself really enjoying aventinus recently.
Comments: I have an Aventinus bottle sitting on the counter at home. About a year ago we went out & I ordered it, liked it so much I kept the bottle. It is a dark bottle w/ a purple label. I don't remember what it tastest like though - either cola or chocolate - so this it needs a retry.

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Harpoon Winter Warmer
Comments: Very winter tasting. Reminded me of pepperment. Nice, clean taste.

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Dominion Hop Pocket
Comments: Bad. Extra wheaty, not extra good. Very bitter tasting.

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Troegenator
Comments: Tasted like your regular beers, with just some extra body. A bit thicker tasting, and definitely stronger. Will definitely drink again, and would go better with heavier dishes.

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Stella Artois
Comments: Excellent beer. Very smooth, mellow, even taste. Went down really easily. Turbowife said "it tastes too much like beer" which it does, but I thought it was a toned down beer taste. It reminded me of a good smooth Chardonnay.

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Dogfish Head Raison d' Etre
Comments: This beer rocked. Very full tasting, without being heavy. Earthy. Probably my favorite so far.

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Magic Hat #9
Comments: Not bad. Not the best, but not the worst. Light tasting with a subtle fruit taste.

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New Castle Brown Ale
Comments: Yummy. Heavier but still smooth. I got a little honey taste. Will probably be better in the colder months, as its almost a little too heavy for summer. Reminded me of a heavier tasting Stella Artois, in that is was very smooth.

Still to Get: (Through Post 46)
Aventinus
Julius Echter (Wheat)
Weihenstephaner (Wheat)
Abita Turbodog
Gordon Biersch Marzen
Pabst Blue Ribbon
New River Pale Ale
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stoudt
Hogs Back Traditional English Ale
Fat Bastard Strong Scotch Ale
Arrogant Bastard
Beer Republic's Racer 5
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Mackeson Tripple XXX Stoudt
Lindeman's Peche Lambic
Pyramid Hefeweizen
Legend Chocolate Porter
Victory Imperial Storm King Stoudt
Victory Golden Monkey
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stoudt
Hop Ottin Ale
Rogue Dead Guy
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Shakespeare Stoudt
UFO Hefeweizen

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:21 PM   #8
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Sadly, I'm not as much a beer snob as I am a wine snob. But I'll be the resident guy who tries all the beers mentioned in this thread
Lush!!!
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:17 PM   #9
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I'm not that great at figuring out why I like them yet, but I'm a fan of richer and more full-bodied ales and lagers.

Two of my current favorites are:

Beer: Abita Turbodog
Origin: Abita Brewery in Louisiana ... http://www.abita.com/
Reason: Abita Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of British pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate-toffee like flavor.

Beer: Gordon Biersch Marzen
Origin: Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant
Reason: It's good!
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:43 PM   #10
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Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon
Origin: Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Reason: Do I really need a reason?

Today, this classic American brew has been adopted by a whole new generation of PBR drinkers. Currently, PBR is one of the fastest growing domestic beer brands. PBR's growth trends are the most encouraging in almost 25 years. When you're this good, quality always comes through-PBR ME ASAP!

During World War II, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans were painted olive drab at the factory for military use. All the canned beer was for the military. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer was not sold to civilians in cans during the war because of tin rationing.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:48 PM   #11
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I am old and I realize taste varies from person to person, however....

New River Pale Ale is the greatest beer ever made.

http://www.newriverbrewing.com/home.html
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:15 PM   #12
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I am old and I realize taste varies from person to person, however....

New River Pale Ale is the greatest beer ever made.

http://www.newriverbrewing.com/home.html

My favorite too. Even better from a keg although hard to get where I am (NW DC).

Victory Prima Pils is good too: http://www.victorybeer.com/Beers/PrimaPils.htm (yes I like hops)

I'm down for a brewery tour trip.
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:07 PM   #13
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Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon
Origin: Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Reason: Do I really need a reason?
agreed.

The best Micro brew I've had

Beer: Fat Bastard
Origin: Silver City Resturant and Brewery, Silverdale, WA
Reason: Very easy going for a dark beer.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:53 PM   #14
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yay jard
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:04 PM   #15
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LIR,

Never had the New River. I'll give it a go, some time.

Best ever? Woo boy, them's fightin' words.

I grew up on Sam Adams and a lot of really good New England stuff...
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Beer = Yuck (last resort)

My choice = WINE! Sweet/Semi-Sweet (Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfindel)
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Beer = Yuck (last resort)

Thank you for that great contribution to this thread about good beers.
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Thank you for that great contribution to this thread about good beers.
Whatever. Guess u didn't see turbojonls's post huh?
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If you mean the one where he said he doesn't know much, but is interested in trying some good ones mentioned here, then yes I did see it.
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:22 PM   #20
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Beer = Yuck (last resort)

My choice = WINE! Sweet/Semi-Sweet (Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfindel)

Forgot to reply to you.

Some people just don't like beer, like some people don't like wine. Or maybe you've had the wrong beer.

I also like wine, and my wife and I lean toward non-dry, sweet-ish reds. We had a very good, Lancaster, PA made Sangria wine a while back. Very tasty.

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I've gone to the Rock Bottom in Bethesda and they have some mighty tasty beer. Last fall or summer, they had a Rye beer that was just amazing. They also have a tasty lager that's brewed all year long. Sam Adams never ceases to amaze me with their sesonal brews either. After all, "Beer is proof that god loves us" - Benjamin Franklin
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I am a big fan of Legend. It is a local brewery here in Richmond and they have a nice Porter as well as a Brown Ale and a Lager.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is good stuff too.
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we should see if we can organize a MAIC Brewery Tour Meet at some local brewers in the mid a.
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I now know the head brewer at the new williamsburg brewery (old one went down, this one is in the same location, not sure of the name). I'm sure once they really get off the ground we could organize a trip there.


Would be a great mid point for another richmond/HR meet
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I now know the head brewer at the new williamsburg brewery (old one went down, this one is in the same location, not sure of the name). I'm sure once they really get off the ground we could organize a trip there.


Would be a great mid point for another richmond/HR meet

Indeed, Richmond has a few good breweries here. Richbrau has a good oatmeal stout and a "Mean and Nasty Porter" . Hops is worth tasting as is Extra Billy's in Midlothian. Also we can't forget Legends Brewery.
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