Beers you miss

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  1. ForagedBudLite

    ForagedBudLite Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2019 Michigan

    I miss those so much. Not so much for the historic aspect, but the interesting combinations of ingredients. I really liked the Birra Etrusca. Believe it or not, my local Whole Foods still has bottles of Etrusca that it's trying to sell.

    The ancient ale series is what got me into homebrewing.
  2. joeagain

    joeagain Aspirant (271) Jul 29, 2019 New Jersey

    I'm an old timer (64) who misses not only some old beers no longer around, but also miss the "old man" bars and taverns that are gone or going to the point of near extinction.

    Growing up in NJ, one of my favorite old haunts was a place called Big Stash's located in Linden. No blasting loud music, just a great bar, really good European and American staples, and Pabst, Andecker, Falstaff (occasionaly), and a few German beers on tap.

    Of the lot, I miss Falstaff. Not a particularly excellent beer, but substantial and good with damn near anything you were eating at the time. Andecker was a close second. Though more expensive and of better ingredients, I found Andecker - produced by Pabst, by the way - to be somewhat inconsistent in body and flavor.

    Just curios if anyone out there reading this has ever been to Big Stash's.
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  3. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner and Noble Pilsner
    Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
  4. Bshaw22

    Bshaw22 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 Wisconsin

    Lagunitas - WTF (Wilco, Tango, Foxtrot) recovery ale. This was kind of a hoppy brown ale.

    On the brown ale note - Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Tasted like fall.
  5. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Savant (1,073) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    Westy 12.

    For about a year my brother in law was a pilot who had regular flights to Belgium and had time to be a mule for me.

    I should have drank more when I had the chance.
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  6. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I'll add Rheingold. The beer was dry and crisp, more flavor and nuance than your Buds and Millers.
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  7. JTW10

    JTW10 Zealot (503) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Victory moonglow
    The original version of SN otra vez

    Nothing will compare to bamburana when that disappears though.
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  8. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,577) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Rayon Vert :slight_frown:
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  9. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Savant (1,153) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio

    Mic drop. Whoever decided to change that recipe should be fired.
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  10. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,608) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Not close to the same name, I could see a bitch if a place in Miami was involved. But Wy has a lot of moose’s, wrong to pluralize that? Lol.
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  12. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,608) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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  13. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,608) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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    A Pearl Longneck
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  14. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,608) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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    The Big Stash! Same here in Texas. Different beers. I should be grateful for what I have close by.
  15. ColdPaleAle

    ColdPaleAle Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2016 Texas

    North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale...web site says it is still produced, but for some reason it has disappeared from my area
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  16. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    I’d even go ahead and say their V 1.1 IPA recipe is completely mediocre compared to the classic. They screwed up by overcomplicating those two recipies.

    And screwed up by nixing the RIS, Old Guardian, I mean...the list goes on.
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  17. ColdPaleAle

    ColdPaleAle Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2016 Texas

    Stone Go2IPA...whatever happened to this low cal version that had almost all of the hop intensity of the original?
  18. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,857) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Deschutes yes please thank you

    Timothy Taylor Landlord & Hog's Back T.E.A. also
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  19. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I'm wondering when someone will finally mention a Stone beer. :wink:
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  20. Key-in

    Key-in Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2018 New Jersey

    DFH Chicory Stout
    SA Latitude 48 IPA
    Green Flash West Coast IPA (my gateway into craft beer and now I can't get any GF)
  21. deleted_user_995920

    deleted_user_995920 Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2015

    Michelob Dark; there advertising slogan was "don't be afraid of the dark" I recall it as a super good Dunkel-
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  22. SierraNevallagash

    SierraNevallagash Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2018 Maine

    Tired Hands Invasive 5: Lesser Celandine was the best IPA I ever had. 100% Nelson Sauvign hopped. I'll miss that beer for as long as I live.

    The original Sierra Nevada Otra Vez (Prickly Pear and Grapefruit) was fantastic.

    Definitive Industrial Crossbreeze was one of the best locally distributed NEIPAs in Maine, and it was pulled due to difficulty sourcing specific hops.

    But that Invasive 5... Hurts just thinking about it.
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  23. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,010) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    I've probably tasted over 7,000 beers and the one that I miss is Whitbread Pale Ale. Not that I liked it all that much when it was available because it was only in my top 10 or so, but I also found it kind of weird. However, that weirdness is what I now miss. It wasn't bizarre, it wasn't some funky thing, but there was a twist to it. There was something unusual and special about it. I loved that beer - on occasion.
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  24. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (1,093) Nov 21, 2008 Texas

    The first one that comes to mind is original Stone Ruination. It wasn't about how BIG the beer was. It wasn't a high gravity beer. In fact it barely fit the iipa category criteria, but I loved the pure blast of unapologetic bitterness that the lighter fg beer could deliver. It was a euphoric punch, the "habanero of bitternes", but also a very enjoyable beer.
  25. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    First beer I drank at my first GABF. :slight_smile:
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  26. RobHB

    RobHB Zealot (530) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

    I grew up in Linden, too! Had our bowling banquet (Linden Lanes) at Big Stash's every year, a few middle school and high school event dinners, there too. Even had the post funeral dinnners for my grandparents there, too.

    On to some beers I miss:

    Dogfish Head Raison D’Être - This beer is a classic and at the time I first had it and continued to buy it, I didn’t know the difference between a stout and Belgian Strong Ale, which is what this beer is considered. I just knew that the peculiar ingredients for a beer (at the time) which include Beet sugar and raisons (coupled with the Belgian yeast) made for a rich beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. As the link above describes the beer: “A deep mahogany ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars and green raisins.”

    Samuel Adams Honey Porter - This was one of the first dark beers I remember enjoying and for the years it was available, my favorite year-round offering form the Boston Beer company.

    Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale - I’m not sure the last time I saw this one or had it, but it had to be about 10 years ago, at the most recent, but I recall that Weird eye-catching bottle art from Hieronymus Bosch drew me to the beer, initially. Even before I realized how much I enjoyed Belgian beers, I was enjoying a brown Belgian ale.

    Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat - Discontinued, then re-released in very limited distro not easily available in my neck of the woods. There was a time I’d see Long Trails tasty beers all over the place (this along with Double Bag and Triple Bag are favorites) but not quite as much in recent years. I would always keep Blackberry Wheat and Sam’s Summer Ale in constant rotation from Memorial Day to Labor Day and found their Survival Pack (which included BBW) to be a great variety pack to pick up at a moment’s notice when people came over in the summer
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  27. RobHB

    RobHB Zealot (530) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

    Forgot! Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. I haven't seen fresh bottles of this beer in NJ in about 4 years. I love, LOVE this beer and is arguably one of the best and most faithful interpretations of a Bavarian Hefeweizen made by an American brewery.
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  28. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Pooh-Bah (2,412) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I have never seen that around. I would definitely be excited to try that.
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  29. Stignacious

    Stignacious Pooh-Bah (1,702) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    I went to the taproom in Kreuzberg, had a blast, then ate at a restaurant around the corner...only to find 6 month old canned Stone IPA. Granted it's a different establishment, but needless to say, all the talk at the taproom about the emphasis on the freshness of beer really rang hollow.
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  30. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Devotee (336) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    Founders Imperial Stout. So, so much. Are you listening Founders?
  31. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    There are so many that I just can't get my hands on (or at least, not easily), so I'll only cover the ones that have either completely vanished, or rarely produced, or something along those lines.

    Founders Imperial Stout - not really dead forever, but I haven't had a single bottle since they removed it from their core lineup
    Firestone Walker Wookie Jack (among other CDA/BIPAs)
    Sam Adams Alpine Spring - one of my favorites of their seasonals (and I always hated it when they shifted to Summer Ale)
    Prairie Bomb! during the waxed cap era; pepper has almost disappeared from this one
    Stone IRS and EIRS - yes, I know Totalitarian replaced this one; no, it doesn't seem the same
    Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary - probably my favorite iteration of the anniversary series

    Anyway, those are the ones that quickly came to mind. :slight_smile:
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  32. b33rb3lly

    b33rb3lly Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2005 New Jersey

    Same here. I can get it in 12 oz bottle but cannot find them anywhere in NJ.
  33. Bosmith8

    Bosmith8 Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2019

    Stroh's Signature.
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  34. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Yes, yes they are.
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  35. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    The Schlitz we enjoyed in the 70s-80s had a bit more stuffing balanced by a larger hop influence. Of course back then Premium AALs were all more distinctive than now. Wouldn't turn one down today though.
  36. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Schlitz Encore and Erlanger were both good beers. The Encore was dry, lively and full of flavor.
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  37. 57md

    57md Pooh-Bah (2,587) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    De Molen Moord and Brand Stout - deep, dark & huge stout
    Bourbon County Vanilla Rye - my all-time favorite BC variant
    Victory Earth & Flame - barrel-aged wee heavy
    Firestone Walker Wookey Jack - remember when black ales were all the rage?
    Southern Tier Backburner - I loved both the barrel-aged and non-barrel-aged versions

    As for more sessionable beers, I'd say that I miss the short-lived Pabst's Ballentine IPA.
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  38. gqqg

    gqqg Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 North Carolina

    Victory Hop Wallop (original, not last year's)
    New Belgium Ranger & Rampant - why did they have to mess with perfection?
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  39. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Rheingold was my beer of choice back then also. Didn't think it was better than the other beers, just liked drinking out of the Chug-A-Mugs.
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  40. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Never went there went to Stash's in Newark a lot.
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