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Bottled beer recommendations.

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by mountainm, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. mountainm

    mountainm Full Member

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    I'm a tiger..... Grrrrrr!

    America has a thriving micro brewery community but it's mass produced efforts are generally awful.
    (Plus a lot of the American beers we buy are probably brewed in Europe. Coors is brewed in Tadcaster.)
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Most UK beers aren't served at room temperature though. Cellar temperature is normal?
     
  3. brancho

    brancho Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Give it to someone you dont like:yuck:

    Then buy some beer.
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    TBH I don't like any beer at room temperature (72f) Even while I was in the UK, your beer was served "chilled" in the pubs. But not truly ice cold (maybe we have a different idea of "room temperature") As to your question though, British beer tastes good chilled, yes, but not iced; it's just too thick for that. And remember, I said American beer is supposed to be served cold (meaning ice cold) not just chilled.

    I seriously doubt anyone, anywhere, ever liked beer from the first taste. It is after all, something you aquire a taste for. Therefore you're most likely to like the beer you learned to like. I know in my case, I didn't like British beer at all when I first got there. Bitter was well named, it was bitter. Stouts were like drinking motor oil. The lager was the only British beer that tasted right to me at first. But over the course of my tour, my tastes adapted and I began to apreciate most British beers, except bitters (which I never learned to like)

    Remember, most of our brewing tradition, apart from the relatively recent craft beers, is based on German brewing rather than British. And by "our" I mean most of North America, not just the US. It was the German brewmasters that founded most of the large US, Canadian, and Mexican breweries. They were very good up until the 1970s when the trend towards "light" beers started to catch on. In more recent decades, recipes and processes have been further bastardized as the large corporate breweries change ownership and merge. The saving grace of American beer has been the emergence of the aforementioned craft beers and micro breweries which give that diversity of which you speak. Without them, most modern American beer would be very monotonous indeed; with the possible exception of Michelobe Amber Bock (one of the better mass produced beers) which ironically, is brewed by the same brewery that makes the trash, Budweiser (Anheuser Busch)

    All that said, upon reflection I believe I made a mistake when I said that "cold kills flavor in fats." I was thinking fats because the main food I can think of where cold kills flavor is cheeses. However, extreme cold helps other high fat foods such as milk and kills flavor in a no-fat food such as tomatoes, so I guess fat has nothing to do with it.

    As to your question about how to remove the tatse of Budweiser, well, forget about any other beer. Your going to need rum :)
     
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    Tis indeed a great beverage.:beerchug:
     
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    TSA's Double Espresso Beer.

    To challenge your taste buds, try it on a Sunday morning in your favourite coffee cup :)
     
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    As long as you avoid mass produced muck like John Smiths carling etc you are OK with most beer dont confuse Samuel smiths with the other muck though and if you see one of their pubs go in and try some. Same is true for America too Budweiser even has rice added to increase strength without adding to the flavour. Now Budvar Budweiser is a different thing and Budvar black larger is great.
     
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    So nice I drank way too much and ended up married. :eek:
     
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    Just finished an Innis and Gunn and I'm about to open a bottle of Arran Blonde :D
     
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    Ah! Winter must be here; the beer thread is back!

    This year I discovered Bragdy Mws Pws (Purple Moose Brewery) in Porthmadog. Really nice people with an uncanny ability to help you leave with a case of Glaslyn Ale.

    I also discovered something delicious from the Rebellion Brewery in Marlow Bottom in Bucks (very handy if you are passing J4 of the M40). It came in an 18 pint box but for some reason I can't remember much else about it...


    Z
     
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    innes and gunn red label - the shiznit
     
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    Some of my favourite stuff is Fullers London Porter, Fullers Golden Pride, Southwick's Palmerston's Folly, Southwick's Liberation, Acorn brewery's Gorlovka and Old Moor Porter, Hook Norton's Old Hooky and Double Stout. I found a lovely Oyster stout from the Isle of Wight years ago, but can't seem to find that any more.

    There are plenty of others, but these sprang to mind, probably because of the time of the year :)
     
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    Haven't had an Old Hooky for years - must look out for one :D
     
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    I found some the other week in the local (to me, not the brewery) Tesco, and I think I found some in Asda only a couple weeks ago - so it should be easier to find if you are not local to the brewery.
     
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    Everything Mac Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I'm more of a cider man myself but I must say the Arran ales are rather nice. I enjoyed the Red Squirrel the most.

    The Badger brewery beers aren't bad either.

    Andy
     
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    If you can find it over Christmas I recommend the Tuborg Julebier, very nice
     
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    Almost anything that tesco/co-op offer in their "3-for-£5" bottled ale deals.

    Lately I'll pick up at least one bottle of 'Old Craft Hen' though. It's from the chaps who brew Old Speckled Hen, but 2% stronger (more bang for yer buck ;)), even nicer and without the adverts! If I ever find a pub with this on cask, I'll drink myself back to the mud...

    Black sheep is nice as others have said, they also do a bottle called "Riggwelter" which is really, really nice. Think Newcastle Brown but 10x better.
     
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    Harvestman Bushcrafter through and through

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    Just bought some from the Untapped Brewing Company, a new microbrewery that has set up next to my favourite farm shop. I'm hoping for good things. :)

    It's good to support small local suppliers. Especially when what they supply is beer!
     
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    Harvestman Bushcrafter through and through

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    Badger brewery is pretty good.

    Cider deserves a thread all of its own. Highly under-rated stuff.
     

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