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Broadening Your Beer Horizons

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Neary, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Neary

    Neary Aficionado (170) Ohio Jan 31, 2013 Beer Trader

    So, I've been managing a beer section in a liquor store in Toledo, Ohio with an amazing selection (Almost anything you can buy in the state) for about a year now. I've tried a lot of beers, mainly IPA's, stouts. Been getting more into Belgian triples, pales, and ipas (piraat, duvel, l'chouffe ipa) and even some american belgian-style triples. I just tried the onibroue 17 reserve and loved it. I want to try some different styles but I just don't know what to try, at least of a certain style. Any help and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    What store? I'm in Cleveland and I drive by Toledo all the time.
  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I would do like I do and just try every style you can. See which ones in each style you can get that other folks rate highly and give em a try.
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  4. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,205) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    Welcome to the site and a beer journey!

    To expand on Cavedave's comment just above:

    Click the link near the top of this page that says "beers."
    Then on the new page, click the link that talks about beer styles.
    Pick a style you haven't had and click on it.

    Up will come a description of the style (which is more or less accurate) and a list of the beers available in the database ordered by how often they've been reviewed, which is at least partly related to how widely available they are.

    You can also order the list by its average ratings (adjusted statistically to compensate for how many reviews a beer has had).

    Start sampling at the top of either list and find out
    a) whats available to you and give it a try, and
    b) which you and other BAs enjoy the most.

    This site can be a great place to explore and there's lots of useful information scattered about here and there so while drinking those beers spend a bit of time exploring the various links, etc., etc.
  5. Neary

    Neary Aficionado (170) Ohio Jan 31, 2013 Beer Trader

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  6. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hefeweizen, Dopplebock, Barleywine are a few that I would recommend.
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  7. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (460) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

    My technique is very detailed and requires no planning-I walk into a store(pass the macro-swill section) and start looking for beers I've never heard of. Buy a couple of beers, drink them and THEN research the style. This way you have no preconceived notions or expectations. Hype builds up pretty fast on sites like this and it can cause a person to "want" to like a popular beer. If you don't like it you may question your ability to properly enjoy a beer or wonder why you don't like what everybody else loves.
  8. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Since you work at a store, why not just try different stuff? Figure out what you like and don't like. No need for hand holding...
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  9. Gueuze. Lots of it.
  10. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

  11. Schwartzbier, marzen, kriek( not lindemans!), and Berliner weisse
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  12. Samuel Smith ales to get an idea about English beer. When you have tried those, branch out to more obscure English and Scottish selections- check (darn) Shelton Bros website (also B United Intl). Your store is certain to carry a number of these.
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  13. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    I second that. Just drink a bunch of different beers. It's not hard.
  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Lots of great suggestions so far- but the first thing that came to my mind was that you need to get some Weizenbocks, stat! Go straight to Schneider Aventinus, Ayinger Weizenbock and Weihenstephaner Vitus. If you like Tripels, you'll love those beers.
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  15. Neary

    Neary Aficionado (170) Ohio Jan 31, 2013 Beer Trader

    Well I tried the Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux today and that was amazing. Also made a trip to MI for some short's beers. Either way, it isn't a matter of hand holding. I just wanted to see what other people like or reccommend. Most everyone loves a good IPA or stout and I was just trying to try some different styles.
  16. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (475) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    I just got into Saisons this past summer. I don't see myself drinking them over the cold months here in IL but in the spring and summer they are fantastic: I love Saison Dupont, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, and Tank 7.....
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  17. Lots of great suggestion so far, mine is a bit more long term both for you as a beer advocate, and for your store.

    Start homebrewing/talk to local brewers and friend's with homebrewing experience. This will complement the previous suggestions about trying new beers very well. The ratings/reviews are a great start, but knowing what a style should taste like, and what specific malts, hops, yeast...etc. taste like is an amazing advantage.

    Second, travel to Europe. There's beers and experiences over there that you simply can't get here.
  18. This! I made it my goal to try as many good saisons as I could over the summer and really explore the style for the first time. There certainly are some great beers to be found in that category. Might do the same thing next summer with Belgian IPAs.
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  19. klaybie

    klaybie Savant (295) Illinois Nov 15, 2009

    Buy a different brand or style each time and DO NOT look at the reviews/style description before drinking the beer! That way if you think Lagunitas Sucks actually does suck then your opinion won't be based on anything but your own taste buds.

    For some style recommendations:
    Belgian Strong Dark Ales (Chimay Blue should be readily available)
    Sours (watch the price tag though, these can bust your wallet wide open! Try Rodenbach for a cheap intro sour)
    And seeing as Autumn will soon be upon us: Pumpkin Ale

    Enjoy the journey!
  20. dieBlume

    dieBlume Savant (280) Virginia Mar 18, 2013

    There was a thread sorta kinda like this on reddit the other day. OP asked people about creating their ideal 6pk. Perhaps you'd be interested to see what people say? Link.
  21. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Something I just did which was a lot of fun was go through the 250 and make a list of the ones that are super easy to find. Among them are a ton of imports and wacky styles that I don't think I would have tried otherwise.

    Give Gruit and Rauchbier a try.
  22. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Belgian IPAs! Another winning style! :D
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  23. Mandark

    Mandark Savant (350) Illinois Apr 8, 2008 Beer Trader

    A saison during the first real snowstorm, stuck at home and watching the flakes fall, is a delicious thing. I love stouts, porters, brown Ales, etc in fall/winter as much as anybody, but don't let the seasons limit you. I make sure to have a bottle of Dupont's Bon Voeux on hand every New Year's Eve, as well. Because saisons are awesome.
  24. Buy singles, try everything.
  25. Brenden

    Brenden Champion (860) Ohio Feb 25, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I love Marino's. I actually began, after a couple Sam Adams and the like, with Belgians. It's an interesting place to start. It's really just a matter of trying all kinds of different stuff. I branched out and have discovered that there's at least one beer in every style I've tried that I like. That's not the case for everyone, but nothing gets accomplished without a little experimentation.
  26. saisons, hefeweizens and berliner weisse's