Mmm, beer…

Beers I like:

  • [from 8-23-10]  A couple months ago, me and some friends went up to Tucson to a place called BJ’s.  It is a brew-house restaurant, off of Oracle (look it up, I suck at directions).  They have lots of great beers on tap, but they also MAKE THEIR OWN BEER.  I had the Irish Red, the Porter, and the Stout.  To put it simply, those three beers rock harder than a van full of hippies.  I have not ever had a better beer.  EVER.  GO THERE.  NOW.
  • [from 9-28-08] ANYTHING from the Indian Wells Brewing Company – I have had two of their beers, one named (encouragingly enough) Lobotomy Bock, and both were fantastic.  The Bock had the same rich, invitingly sweet taste as Mojave Red, but packed a punch (10.8%!).  Both have a deep warm flavor, with no unpleasant aftertaste, and no bitterness you might find with a well-hopped beer (which is a flavor I prefer – not too partial to sweet beers).  Still, I have had two of their beers and am gonna go out on a limb here and trust that all the beers they make are just as delicious and satisfying.  I do not think you can go wrong with these guys – just may be a little hard to find, that’s all.
  • [NEW from 7-4-08] New Belgium Brewing Company’s Mighty Arrow – Crisp, bright, and tart, this beer has a mildly fruity flavor and a welcome aftertaste that lingers and leaves you wanting one more.  It is a decently strong beer with an alcohol level of 6%.
  • [NEW from 12-23-07] Samuel Adams Winter Lager – Dark, crisp flavor, possessing a full-bodied smoky sweetness without being overpowering or obnoxious.  A stronger beer at an alcohol level of 5.8%, with enough of a twist to stand out as unique in taste.
  • [New from 12-23-07] Kirin Stout – Dark and hearty, full of flavor and body, and a taste that will never be boring.
  • Kirin Ichiban – Warm, crisp flavor.
  • Kirin Ichiban Dark – Smoky, deep, strong flavor, not overwhelming.
  • Kirin Original Draft – Smooth and warm, richer flavor than Ichiban, not as sweet.
  • Kirin Heartland – a favorite, smooth, slightly bitter, hoppy flavor. Cool and crisp.
  • Yebisu – Smooth, warm, subtle. Expensive.
  • Yebisu Dark – Smoky, robust, moderately complex flavor. More expensive.
  • Asahi – Crisp, easy flavor.
  • Guiness Extra Stout – In the bottle, none of this fizzy soda-pop nonsense. What a fantastic beer – very dark and heavy, very smoky, strong aftertaste lets you know you have just had a real beer.
  • Heineken (Light and Dark) – good, easy beers, but Light tends to develop an unpleasant, almost metallic aftertaste after a couple. Dark is sweeter and smoky, a very good beer.
  • Becks (Light and Dark) – Light is somewhat bitter, but good. Dark is sweeter and more mild, somewhat smoky and very good.
  • Murphy’s – Even stronger and darker than Guiness Extra Stout, this is a beer to sampled once in a while, or you may get accustomed to the strength and find the other lighter beers to be too weak. Very heavy and dark. Expensive to boot, but well worth it.
  • Anchor Steam – One of the most magically delicious beers I have ever had. Smooth, sublime, sophisticated – I do not know how they did it, but it is a close to a perfect beer as I could ever imagine tasting. And it is priced as such, cuz it ain’t cheap.
  • Fat Tire – Sharp, bitter, hoppy and crisp. A good light beer.
  • Tripple (from the same guys that make Fat Tire) – Strong and tangy, almost like a weak brandy. This thing is like a meal by itself, and you will want seconds, but careful – it packs a punch!
  • Orion – An Okinawan original, this has a uniquly warm and mellow taste. Honestly, it seems to reflect the laid-back mind-set of the Okinawans. When I drink it, I taste warm sunshine. A favorite of which I never grow tired.
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Bitter, crisp, hoppy beer – great after mowing the lawn on a hot day, with a strong aftertaste all its own.
  • Boddington’s Pub Ale – Bitter, amber, stout beer – unique flavor.
  • Bayer Bayerator Doppelbock – Strong and dark, 7.5% alcohol, slightly sweet – one at a time, slow and smooth.

Beers I do not like:

  • Miller (any flavor) – tastes like water filtered through week-old newspaper that was left out in the rain.
  • Negra Modelo – a Mexican beer with a dark, complex flavor, but it packs one helluva headache.
  • Coors (any flavor) – see Miller, only filter through a roll of unused Brawny paper towels to remove any accidental flavor that remains.
  • “Bud”, any derivative – Christ, can it get any more watered down?
  • Corona (any color) – Best with a slice of lime, cuz it has no flavor otherwise.
  • Michelob – Just disgustingly weak. I can think of better ways to get my corn and rice, thanks.
  • St. Pauli Girl – Odd, weak, sweet, bad aftertaste.
  • Mickey’s – Sorry, just weak. Used to be better – did they change something?

Beers I have yet to choke down:

  • [New from 5-29-08] Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Lager – I had high hopes with this one, but was bitterly disappointed (take the pun or leave it).  They boast of using twice-the-this and twice-the-that, but evidently that was not enough to overcome the amazingly skunky taste of this trainwreck.  I didn’t even flinch as I poured the remaining third of the bottle down the kitchen sink (not my sink, hehehe).  Beer is more than just alcohol content.  Thank God I didn’t buy two…
  • Bitberg – weak, sickly sweet, odd almost salty aftertaste – echh.
  • Amber Bock – Bottled vomit, aged and filtered through a dirty mop, would be more appetizing. I retch just writing this. Would you believe some misguided souls ruin a perfectly good Guiness making a black-n-tan with this crap? Pour it down the toilet so you don’t void the warranty on your sink.
  • Dos Equis – Jesus Christ, this stuff is bad. I have yet to encounter something so vile I would rather drink a gallon of gasoline and piss on a campfire, but this came dangerously close.

15 Responses

  1. I agree whole-heartedly with your assesment of Miller. So weak really girly beer.

  2. Pretty Interesting.

  3. You missed your calling. You should have been an artist as your description of Amber Bock is truly a work of art!

  4. they’ll have you suicidal suicida. Andreas Tennyson.

  5. great list! I’ll have to try some of these

  6. I wonder what your opinion would be on the Islandic brand ”Thule”. I loved, very fresh. Typing this down makes me drool already 🙂

  7. Islandic, huh? Sounds good already – I’ll have to look for it.

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  9. have you tried Kingfisher or Cobra or Castle ? (all lagers from the land of India)
    I like Guiness (any) and agree on your views on the Bud..


  10. You should try Macedonian beer called Skopsko with 4.9 % of alcohol. It is brewed since 1922.

    We have this saying in Macedonia: Skopsko, and anything is possible.


  11. I will definitely look for it in the specialty stores, Sharky..

  12. What, you haven’t tried Canadian beer? Many Americans rave about it. I don’t personally drink beer, but everyone says the Canadian beer blows the American out of the water. (And no self-respecting Canadian beer drinker would drink the so-called, watered down stuff called Bud, Coors or Miller.) So try some Molson or Blue sometime and see what you think.

  13. I have tried Moosehead, long ago. Don’t remember now how it was. Same goes for Labatt Blue…

    Maybe now that I am back in the States, I’ll give those another go….

  14. I love you elitist assholes who only find good in private reserves and places few can go. If you smoked cigars, you would, no doubt, be as obnoxious as
    rush Limbaugh.
    On the increasingly rare occassions when I get to upstate NY, I enjoy a local cream ale. When around New Orleans, Abita. But there is not a fucking thing wrong with Bud, Miller of Coors.

  15. Enjoy your water, sir.

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