The Six “Best” Beers?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I am attending a small gathering on Saturday where a friend will be brewing some beer and sampling some of his former brews as well as beers found at your favorite beer Mecca.

I will be contributing a sampling of beers, probably six or so and am wondering what would really blow them away. If you had to pick up six brews tomorrow, to really impress a group of budding beer aficionados, what would you bring?


George 12:05 PM  

Well, I'm not sure what you can get in Michigan, but if I was doing this in California and had access to at least a Bev Mo, I'd pick:
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA (OK, its not bottled yet, but the site says it's coming!)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Paulaner Hefeweizen
Craftsman 1903 Lager (OK, not available in bottles, but the best lager I've ever had)

Sorry not much help, I know.

the infamous roger 12:45 PM  

I'd pick up

Green Flash Imperial IPA
Bear Republic Peter Brown (Porter)
Fullers London Pride (ESB)
North Coast Red Seal (APA)
Celebrator Doppelbock
Russian River Damnation or Temptation

George, PtE in bottles is coming. Should be bottled literally any day now. I have seen the pallets of glass and the bottling line.

the infamous roger 12:47 PM  

Oooh. Maybe, maybe drop the red seal and pick up Lagunitas Pils.

Smitty 1:03 PM  

Roger's got a point. That Lagunitas stuff is pretty consistent and really good...

Sopor 1:07 PM  

Well Bob, personally I LOVE to pimp the MI beers, bit there's a couple from out of town that I would get:

Aventinus Dunkel Weizen
Delerium Tremens

Then, I would probably pick these from MI:

Founder's Reds Rye
New Holland The Poet
New Holland Pilgrim's Dole

Lastly, something from Ohio, b/c I can't think of a MI lager that compares:

GLBC Elliot Ness or Dortmunder Gold

(in a pinch I might choose Bell's Third Coast Beer or Lager of the Lakes instead of the GLBC stuff...)

That's all of the top of my head, if I was going to do this myself, I would spend much time not only selecting the brews, but the right snacks to go with them. There is nothing as good as Buffalo wings with a hoppy beer btw!

So you've got some German Wheat, a "normal" Belgian, Hoppy, Dark, Strong, and "clean"... I think that covers the big bases. Short of getting into Imperials, Barrel Aged, or Sours, I think that's a good spread!

Sopor 1:08 PM  

I'll third the Lagunitas, they kick some ass

Sopor 1:09 PM  

Oh jeez, technically the Aventinus is a WeizenBock, not a Dunkel Weizen...

George 2:26 PM  

Thanks for the info, Roger. Very exciting.

And I'd be more than happy to drink from that six pack you put together--always good to see some love for Green Flash.

Mike 6:42 AM  

Hardly a definitive list, but this is what comes to me:

* Ommagang Abbey Ale
* Dogfish Head 90 Minute
* Paulaner Salvator
* Fuller's 1845 Ale
* Coors Light Widemouth Can (ok, just seeing if you're paying attention)
* Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
* Rogue Mocha Porter

The first three would probably make the list anytime I compiled it. The last three just came into my head, but I could be convinced otherwise. Lagunitas does make some fine brews. They have a number of solid IPAs, double IPAs, ales, etc that I love.

Lagunitas & Dogfish Head may be the top American breweries right now, though Stone is pretty damn good too. I suppose I could've picked Ruination for the list.

Rickey Henderson 8:02 AM  

Bud Light
Coors Light
Miller Light
Amstel Light
Heineiken Light
Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic

These are all acceptable choices, yes?

Smitty 8:31 AM  

Har-dee-har, Mr. Henderson. It is to laugh.

George 11:31 AM  

Poor Rickey, being a Mets fan has now ruined his taste, too. Soon he'll be extolling the virtues of James Blunt.

Rickey Henderson 3:34 PM  

Heh, look, for the record, Rickey does enjoy fine beer, but it's still woefully mainstream. Point in case: Rickey purchased a quarter keg of Yeungleng last night for a party. So Rickey's at least trying here, ok? There's one goddamned brewery in all of Westchester, NY, so this limits things a bit, you dig?

Brian 8:01 AM  

wow "ricky" talks about himself in the 3rd person. Sounds like a respectable opinion there...*rolls eyes*

Wheres the Guiness or Blarney's in these recommendations? Can't have beer without them!

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