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Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by unskilled, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. unskilled

    unskilled Monkey

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    So I recently turned 21. I'm looking around for a good beer. Unlike most kids my age, I am not all about going out and getting to the point where I can't remember my name or stand. I do enjoy a casual drink or two. So my charge to you is to suggest a good beer that isn't one of the main distributors. Some sorta brand that is a smaller chain. I enjoy supporting small business. Have a friend who microbrews in the PA area and makes a quality product? I would love to know what people are enjoying these days.
     
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  2. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    have you visited our beer forum here?

    As for a suggestion, it's like advocating your LBS -- see spinteck, you uptight sandy vag! ;) -- find a bar that has 100+ beers and start drinking, umm, err... that sounded bad.

    Order flites (flights?)... several beers, 4oz each.
     
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  3. rogue22

    rogue22 Chimp

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    dude you're in pa, get yeungling! So pissed they won't distribute to ohio. But for higher quality just start trying microbrews, there's so many out there but locals will be the freshest and therefore more satisfying. See if you can find one you like that sells growlers and then get them refilled. Cheap and so good.
     
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  4. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    find places that have build your own 6 pack, and just pick 6 beers that sound good...thats what i usually do....then i walk up to the front with that and my 12 pack of pbr that cost just as much for those nights that i feel cheep
     
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  5. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    First of all, don't get all caught up into what kind of beer you like.

    Secondly my first recommendation would be to just find your local brewpub or similar. Sample each or their beers, if there is one that stands out try the same type at the grocery or store or other place. Don't worry if you don't like something but keep an open mind. Certain types of beers don't mix well with a younger palette. I'm not trying to be some grouchy old man but peoples tastes definately change as they get older. Some faster than others but there are not too many 21 y/o that can appreciate all beers. I guess what I am trying to say is if you find something you do not like give it a shot a few years later, you might like it.
     
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  6. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    FTW

     
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  7. Eggzoi

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    Well I'm in Australia so good luck find these but James Squire Golden Ale is like an orgasm in my mouth and Little Creatures Pale Ale is pretty close behind.
     
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  8. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I don't know who James Squire is, but I would not like him (or any guy, for that matter) anywhere near my mouth. I guess you all do it different down under, though.

    Beer, like women are all beautiful on some level. But some women are far more beautiful after many beers.
     
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  9. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    There are so many choices.

    I suggest going to a local liquor store and asking an employee to recommend something. Let them know you're interested in trying microbrews.
     
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    OGRipper Turbo Monkey

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    West and IAB are right on. You will be well served if you create good relationships with local purveyors who over time will understand what you like and continue to make recommendations.

    One of most enjoyable aspects of beer for me is the incredible variety of high quality product. Rather than seek one particular favorite, seek to keep an open mind and be continuously trying new things, paying attention to what you like and don't like. Even if you don't like an individual choice, you will learn from the experience - and chances are good you'll have another beer in the near future. I guess what I'm saying is don't become a Foster's drinker or whatever, become a beer drinker.

    This approach will sustain a lifetime of exploration. (Also works for wine, food, and life in general...your results may vary.)
     
  11. BikeGeek

    BikeGeek BrewMonkey

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    Where in PA? There are a lot of small local breweries throughout the state.
     
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    berkshire_rider Growler

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    That lil creatures is one of my all time faves. :D
    Cascade (from tassy) do a pretty reasonable range too.
    Try to find local micro brewers if you can, they tend to be run by folks who actually give a sh*t about what they make.:cheers:


    Hmm this thread needs partsy of VB's input, I'd guess they'd be the Aussie beer experts. :beerjam:
     
  14. Westy

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    Tastes like chicken or just salty?
     
  15. ito

    ito Mr. Schwinn Effing Armstrong

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    Man, I must of gotten some skunked Lil Creatures or something, I thought that stuff was wretched. Coopers though, they had some awesome beers and James Squire was a good one when I had some extra cash.

    Loads of good smaller breweries in the New York area. Check out your local grocery store and visit the beer aisle. Pick up anything that strikes your fancy. You'll lose on a few, but I bet a lot of them will become favorites.
     
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    partsbara Turbo Monkey

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  17. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    James Squire was pretty much all I drunk when I was back home. Their porter and amber ale are spectacular.
    Amber ale

    Porter
     
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    here are a couple beers i enjoy that would be worth checking out, i too have a "young palate."

    otter creek stovepipe porter
    long trail hibernator, ale, and doublebag
    magic hat jinx
    boulder beer hazed and infused

    in my efforts to compile this list, i have realized that i need to start switching it up and explore different beers.