BA stereotypes

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by draheim, Apr 25, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Beards will stay, but you watch....tank-tops and elctro indie, summer of '14.
    Giovannilucano and yemenmocha like this.
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,789) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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.

  3. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,343) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    German style beers are pretty popular here in Ohio too, lots of em..
  4. FembotsUnite

    FembotsUnite Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    True. At my bottle shop those three are the big sellers. There's also quite a demand for hop bombs and sours too.
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,789) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am familiar with the tasty German lagers from Great Lakes. Are there other Ohio breweries that have a variety of good German Lagers?

  6. FembotsUnite

    FembotsUnite Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not for long, my friend! We won't have to shop at distributors once the liquor law privatizes later this year.
    kuhndog likes this.
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,343) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    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..
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,789) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “ …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
    · etc.

  9. LeRose

    LeRose Savant (962) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Let's move it up to New England. I kind of think the east coast ends at the Massachusetts suburb of Rhode Island sometimes...
  10. MarshMan71

    MarshMan71 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    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.
  11. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Zealot (501) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    Christian Moerlein out of Cincinnati has some pretty decent lagers.
  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,789) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It sounds like Notch Brewing makes some good lagers. The Notch Cerne Pivo sounds real tasty.

    Have you tried these beers?

  13. pcsnyder

    pcsnyder Initiate (0) May 2, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.
  14. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    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.
    BeerLover99 likes this.
  15. LeRose

    LeRose Savant (962) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    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.
  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,816) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    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:wink:.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,789) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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.
  18. Groomsy

    Groomsy Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Kentucky

    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." :wink:

    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.
  19. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (443) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    Well I already have the tank top down and even crazier is it is a death metal one too!
  20. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,816) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    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.
  21. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (443) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    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! :grinning:

    I love to smash stereotypes as it keeps people on their toes!
    LeRose likes this.
  22. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,165) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    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.
  23. sind310

    sind310 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2011 California

    This would fall under newbie stereotype, but more of a fact.
  24. dan027

    dan027 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.
    pcsnyder likes this.
  25. Kahless

    Kahless Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Kansas

    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.
    alucard6679 and BAstoutsNsours like this.
  26. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    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...
  27. WilliamLee

    WilliamLee Initiate (172) Jun 29, 2010 Mississippi

    I don't like stereotypes.
  28. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    How stereotypical.

    pcsnyder and WilliamLee like this.
  29. Handyandy58

    Handyandy58 Initiate (131) Aug 3, 2011 California

    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.
  30. stealth

    stealth Defender (607) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    There are 2 types of BAs. Those with beards, and women. Don't know why this is such a hard fact to accept.
    Rutager, Kinsman, pcsnyder and 2 others like this.
  31. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Yes, but it's like a 2000:1 ratio.

    (Unless you count the bearded women too.)
    Etan and stealth like this.
  32. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    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
  33. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    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!?!?! :wink: Apparently I was stereotyped as a newb. :slight_frown:
  34. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    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!
    Nectar likes this.
  35. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    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?
  36. cw577enfield

    cw577enfield Disciple (320) Mar 3, 2013 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Who would have thunk?
  37. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    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.
    Onenote81 and loafinaround like this.
  38. SSEngelbrecht

    SSEngelbrecht Initiate (182) Jan 25, 2010 Louisiana

    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.
  39. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I'd buy those beers just for the names.
    SSEngelbrecht likes this.
  40. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Reads like a James Lee Burke novel.
    SSEngelbrecht and draheim like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.