Drinking Sessions

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by char005, Apr 4, 2013.


session preferences

  1. One style/beer

    5 vote(s)
  2. Variety

    37 vote(s)
  1. When you plan on having more than a couple beers in a session, say on a weekend with friends, do you folks prefer a variety of beers or to stick with a single style/beer? I have found that while I used to like to never drink the same beer twice at a craft beer bar, my palate would get fatigued and I couldn't appreciate the later beers as much. One style/beer for a session or a variety?
  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Whenever I have a buddy over and we decide to have a few it is usually just a variety of stuff that sounds good.
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  3. I usually start with a fresh IPA or saison and go on to stout/porters or belgian ales.
  4. Revenant

    Revenant Savant (350) Minnesota Aug 8, 2012

    Usually a mix of IPA/DIPA/Sours/Stouts.
  5. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,045) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Verified

    I like to keep it within the ballpark. I find that when I mix up pale ales and stouts for instance, my palate gets fatigued a lot more quickly. So I'll keep it to IPAs/DIPAs in a cluster and porters/stouts in another. Belgians, sours (depending on the specific kind) and barleywines sort of make up another cluster. Occasionally we'll switch from one to another in one session but once we do that we aren't planning to go back.
  6. Swik

    Swik Savant (290) Indiana Oct 2, 2012

    IPA all the way!!!
  7. If I am going to drink, for example, six beers in one night, it usually goes like this:

    Beer 1: Czech Pils/German Lager
    Beer 2: Czech Pils/German Lager
    Beer 3: Imperial Stout, Quad or some kind of large format "special" beer split between people
    Beer 4: DIPA
    Beer 5: Czech Pils/German Lager
    Beer 6: Czech Pils/German Lager
  8. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poobah (1,065) California Jan 4, 2013 Verified

    If I am at a place with a shitty beer selection, I'll usually stick to 1 style. But a lot of places around me have really extensive bottles lists, so I tend to try a bunch of different stuff.

    I'm getting nervous, though. Lately, when I switch up my beers, I am getting nasty hangovers.. I am getting old..
  9. hopsputin

    hopsputin Advocate (625) New Jersey Apr 1, 2012 Verified

    Usually only have 1 or 2 per session but the second one is always different from the first
  10. I chose variety because I do most of my drinking at home and I just drink whatever I am in the mood for that night, often starting lighter, lower ABV and moving up and then ending the night with a lower ABV beverage.

    When I go out I usually find one beer and keep going on that throughout the night, but truthfully I rarely go to places with great variety.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Usually there is no order to my drinking, just whatever sounds good at the time.