|Quoting Avianca (Thread starter):|
easy question, specially as we know that aviation enthusiasts normally drink beer (and not only one) so whats your favourite brew?
My top 5 from the comercials one...
If I had to pick the single best beer I've tasted, it would be Fat Head's Headhunter IPA. However, this has such limited distribution that most on this list couldn't take any meaning from it. I actually tried it (at their Pittsburgh restaurant) before it got really hyped too, which is a nice blind vindication of my taste buds http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/19544/50564
Deviating again from the exact question you've posed, I've spent about 5 weeks in the English Midlands (Derby area) for work. I've never had a better time going from pub to pub seeking out local ales more than I did in this region. For pure flavor, I probably could have come up with a top 5 from these business trips alone.
I've only been able to compile things like this into "top 5", so I'll take from your cue. In reality, I feel obliged to confine this list to products at the "craft" (or higher) scale of production/distribution. My list also changes regularly (apart from the inclusion of Sierra Pale).
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
This is the only beer that has never left my "top 5" when the topic arose. I'm not sure I need to say much more about it given that! While out with some friends in Bath last year I was handed a local brew poured into a Sierra Nevada branded imperial pint glass. I got a chuckle out of that, so the bartender told me to take the glass (unfortunately it was our first stop of the night so I declined). At one point I'd have had Sierra Nevada Celebration on the list beside the traditional pale ale, but I now approach this "top 5" question in the context of "these 5 beers on a desert island", so I go for some variety.
Anchor Liberty Ale
The pale ale is (and will probably forever be) my favorite style of beer. Having said that, there's room in my top 5 for a pale ale that's slightly off the beaten path. Anchor Liberty seems to generate fairly different opinions and flavor sensations in people. I happen to like it quite a bit. I might describe it as a more traditional/restrained Magic Hat #9 type offering, but with more of a nod to conventional pale ale sensibilities (if that's not too wine snobbish).
Samuel Adams Noble Pils
I'm not a huge pilsner fan, though I enjoy some of eastern European and German offerings. However, this beer has more depth than most pilsners and is a nice change of pace (even if it ventures from the traditional pilsner approach). I also "voted" for this Sam Adams offering during one of their brewery tours years ago, so I like to tell friends that they are "welcome" when ordering one. Surprisingly I still have some friends left!
Samuel Smith Organic Ale
This is absolutely delicious. My favorite style of beer oscillates between the nicely balanced English ales and the American interpretations that are cranked up to 11 (at least relative to their English counterparts). I've never had a (somewhat widely available) British beer that I enjoyed more.
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Apart from not being a West coast offering, this is pretty much a mass market reference point (to me) for a "normal" high test American IPA. I could probably say the same about Bell's Two Hearted.
I enjoy the London Pride and this is really a bonus for American beer enthusiasts. Fullers and Sam Smith offerings are generally available on a hand engine, in a larger quantity, and for less money than in the US (I suppose you have to take what deals you can get while in London!). For my own amusement, I tend to play the mind game of looking for things in Europe that are cheaper than in the US. In London, I think I found a select few beers and glass bottled Heinz ketchup for 99p at a Tesco!
|Quoting bongodog1964 (Reply 67):|
UK Stella has become thedrink of choice for the young drinkers looking for maximum alcohol for their money, who then become rowdy troublesome and inclined to fight anyone who might be around, hence its nickname "wife beater"
A friend of mine told me about this in Bristol while out at a club about 5 years ago. We had spent the previous few hours in an infamous cider house and I was in the mood to lighten things up on the palate. After ordering a Stella and taking my first sip, I was told of the "wife beater" connotations and spit/reacted about 3oz on the floor!