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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by draheim, Apr 25, 2013.
Beards will stay, but you watch....tank-tops and elctro indie, summer of '14.
It is more of a Pennsylvania thing and the terminology should be more like enjoy German style lagers. Just like much of the US, hoppy beers like IPAs/DIPAs are likely the preferred beer style.
German style beers are pretty popular here in Ohio too, lots of em..
True. At my bottle shop those three are the big sellers. There's also quite a demand for hop bombs and sours too.
I am familiar with the tasty German lagers from Great Lakes. Are there other Ohio breweries that have a variety of good German Lagers?
Not for long, my friend! We won't have to shop at distributors once the liquor law privatizes later this year.
Great Lakes does them best around here. There's not really another OH brewery that excels with them, but there are always local breweries attempting them, some great, some not. Most of them are on-tap and not bottled, besides Great Lakes. But there's definitely a market for them around here..
“ …there are always local breweries attempting them, some great, some not.” Yeah, it always strikes me that brewpubs often don’t get discussed in beer threads since they such a local thing.
I am very lucky that in SEPA, there are a number of craft breweries that make high quality German Lagers (Pilsners, Bocks, Marzen, Vienna Lager, Doppelbocks, etc.): Stoudt’s, Victory, Sly Fox, Troegs, Penn, etc. that the brewpubs really have to make very good German Style lagers to be able to compete. Local Brewpubs which make very good German lagers are:
· Iron Hill Brewpub (multiple locations)
· Triumph Brewpub (multiple locations)
· Manayunk Brewpub
· Rock Bottom
· Dock Street
Let's move it up to New England. I kind of think the east coast ends at the Massachusetts suburb of Rhode Island sometimes...
I agree.... From the midwest here as well, and I drink alot of IL & WI brews. Just wish stinking WI would ship more of their beers to IL Hint Hint NG
But their are so many great breweries making all sorts of great craft beer ... I just gotta try'em all.
Christian Moerlein out of Cincinnati has some pretty decent lagers.
It sounds like Notch Brewing makes some good lagers. The Notch Cerne Pivo sounds real tasty.
Have you tried these beers?
My tastes seem to swing with the seasons. In the winter, I prefer maltier brews, while I want stuff on the hoppier end of the spectrum in warmer weather. Overall, my favorite styles are usually Belgian. I have noticed that as I get older more experienced, I tend to look for more sessionable beers and save the bigger beers for get-togethers or special occasions.
I suppose the homer stereotype fits me. I drink mainly Illinois, WI, MI & Ohio beers and get really excited over the latest offerings from my hometown favorites.
As for the other stereotypes...well I do own a hoodie.
I have seen them once in a while in stores but haven't tried any yet. I have to do some inventory reduction before I can reload! Somebody seems to think I have plenty of beer in the house...not saying who, mind you. Last time I shopped, local store had their entire line - nice display. Not sure why I passed on at least trying one of the selection.
Believe they are contract-brewed out of Mercury up in Ipswich, MA and their cask product is made in Kennebunkport. Mercury was Ipswich Brewery a while back and they contract brew a bunch of stuff. Some people think they ruined Cisco (can't say because I never had any Cisco beers before Mercury), but I like a lot of the Clown Shoes product they produce and some of the Ipswich products.
In the NYC area the German beers have always tended to move, too- especially Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Paulaner and Spaten. I'm not so sure you will run into the folks moving those beers at your average beer bar or on sites like BA, but the fans are definitely out there. It's really nice being in an area with good turnover of those styles, too. I'm not so sure whether or not this confirms said stereotype, though.
Michael, I have a difficult time knowing whether German beers around me are fresh or not. Just 20 minutes ago I was at my local retail beer distributor. I had both a case of Reissdorf Kolsch and Gaffel Kolsch in my hands. I flipped and rotated those boxed but there was no dating on them. I was not intending to purchase them but with no dates there is no chance for even an impulse buy. The cases of Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch had a best by date of 7/13/13 clearly on that box. I still have part of a Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch 6-pack in my basement so I didn’t buy that particular case.
For me it is pretty clear: no date, no purchase.
P.S. The case of Reissdorf Kolsch was $68 (not including tax). Pretty expensive for a potential case of old beer.
Pretty accurate, haha. I agree with this as a Southerner.
I almost danced in the beer aisle when we got Stone Ruination in my local store. You West Coast BAs are all like, "Yeah, I won't drink it if it's more than three weeks old."
I'm a bit of a homer as well, though. KY has a few solid breweries with more in the planning process, especially in Lexington. Plus, being an hour from Cincinnati gives me access to some solid brews from there.
Well I already have the tank top down and even crazier is it is a death metal one too!
Honestly, I wouldn't take that chance either, especially not at that price. As far as Kolsch goes, I'm happy with my own local-ish Captain Lawrence, too.
But a lot of the other brands are dated. Plus, even with those that are not- I will see a new delivery fairly regularly- cases come, cases go, repeat... Worse comes to worse- I will just get a single bottle or sixer as a 'test' before committing to a bulk purchase. But the bottom line is- I can't remember the last time I was disappointed by the quality of what I bought, in terms of age/condition. It's probably not like that all-over, but in areas where the quality of the imports is reliable it makes sense that they will be more appreciated.
Well, stereotypes are abound in every faucet of our lives, so it is best not to concentrate on those points. I do have an understanding of homerism in retrospect, being Italian, and knowing the regional love one has for his land.
Personally and respectfully, I believe that stereotypes can be abound regionally in regards to other regions aside from beer. I am thankfully to those midwestern/northwestern BA's showing me kindness and understanding who I am as a metalhead BA. 4balance, WyVN,crossovert, and many others! Please crack a nice beer!
I love to smash stereotypes as it keeps people on their toes!
My local just put in a new growler station with 11 handles. There was a time last week when they were all Hoppy Pale Ales, IPA's, IIPA's, and one hoppy amber (NN). They did this because they know what we like, and if that sinks your stereotype of the East, oh well.
This would fall under newbie stereotype, but more of a fact.
I share your enthusiasm however I fear we still have a long road ahead of us. As I understand it (and I may be wrong) liquor stores will be privately owned but still only sell liquor with the future possibility of also selling beer. As badly as I want the market to open up here like it is in other states, I do feel bad for all of the beer distributors that will be negatively impacted by these changes. Hopefully they too can change their format and still run successful businesses.
More BAs should listen to death metal; beer and death metal go together like wine and the opera.
Now beer doesn't seem to go so well with black metal; tea is superior in that case.
I am as East Coast as it gets and very few people prefer German style lagers in my neck of the woods.
Well, I'm an East Coaster, and I love German styles of beer, especially, Alts, Doppelbocks, Fest Biers, Maibocks, Marzens, Munich Dunkels and the occasional Helles. So I guess I'm an exception to that so-called "rule/stereotype." I also love Belgian styles, English styles...
I don't like stereotypes.
I'm from the midwest, and when I'm looking to just branch out and try something, I definitely go to midwest breweries first. That said, some of my favorite breweries are from out west (CA and CO). I'm also relatively young (though legal), but most of my favorite beers from highest abv/ibu/bba catalog.
There are 2 types of BAs. Those with beards, and women. Don't know why this is such a hard fact to accept.
Yes, but it's like a 2000:1 ratio.
(Unless you count the bearded women too.)
I'm from NJ, THE LAND of stereotypes, and I like everything.
I see what you're saying though, and agree for the most part. Although based on my preferences, I think I should live out west
I was at Rip Current brewing last Saturday, and I was wearing my work clothes (although it's my third time in like four weeks there) and the brewer told me which was the porter and which was the roggenbier when I ordered two beers at once. WHO DOES HE THINK I AM!?!?! Apparently I was stereotyped as a newb.
The world would be a far better place if more people from NJ lived out west.
And I don't even know what that means!
beard, piercings, hoodies, overweight, death metal....
Then there's me. a mom to a 4 year old, wears talbots instead of hoodies, no piercings, tats....
(and no, no beard either...)
ok, well I DO listen to industrial.... Does that count?
Who would have thunk?
Aside from being a white male, I don't fit any of the supposed stereotypes either. I think I know what death metal is, but probably couldn't name a... band? Not even sure if that term applies. Basically, I'm an old fart.
Keep your eyes open for beers from Bayou Teche, Parish Brewing, NOLA, Chafunkta, Mudbug, Tin Roof and Gnarly Barley. The craft movement is blowing up down here too.
I'd buy those beers just for the names.
Reads like a James Lee Burke novel.