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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by wesbray, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,747) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Well, since the several posts above mine were talking about a lack of West Coast Lagers, I just wanted to point out that what are possibly the finest Lagers being made in the U.S., are being made on the West Coast.
  2. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    The entire lists for both Pacific and Northwest are almost exclusively RIS, hop-forward ales and sours, with the exception of a couple porters.

    Furthermore, how on earth is that a good reflection of the overall brewing quality of the coast? Hell, the lists for New England and the Mid-Atlantic are rather similar. Top 50 beers? Who cares?

    Everyone always talks about how Portland is the mecca of brewing. I think I can count on one hand the number of Portland breweries who have put out more than one lager that has been reviewed. That's insane! An enormous facet of brewing is completely ignored and unappreciated.

    The lack of overall appreciation staggers me. Don't get me wrong, I love west coast beers, but if you honestly believe that the beer on the east coast is unworthy it is due to a lack of appreciation and a constant need of being slugged in the face with flavors every time you drink without even giving the quality of what you are drinking a second thought. I said this in another thread, but my favorite band (who happens to be from the west coast) sums up my beer feelings perfectly:

    "There's something kind of sad about the way that things have come to be. Desensitized to everything, what became of subtlety?"
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  3. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Yes, and as I pointed out, I think the point is as useless as those who have used Heady Topper as their example that the East Coast is making equally good hop-forward beers.
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,228) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Those I have had from Heater Allen also are quite good.
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  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,028) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    Olde Mecklenburg in Charlotte NC makes the best German-style lagers in the U.S. Everyone knows that....
  6. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    Ever heard of these guys?

  7. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    The guy asked a simple question, and it turned into some stupid West Coast vs East Coast? Really? What are you, a bunch of 90's era rappers?
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  8. jrbchef

    jrbchef Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Connecticut

    You west coasters can get fuzzy baby ducks right? hehe
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  9. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I feel like "No? Oh, that's right. Shut the fuck up." would be an appropriate follow up sentence.
  10. JitsuBrew

    JitsuBrew Aspirant (207) Jan 30, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    i wish we had Surly, Tree Floyds
  11. JitsuBrew

    JitsuBrew Aspirant (207) Jan 30, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    sorry midwest
  12. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,299) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Sorry for what? Please explain your disdain?
  13. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    To answer the OP, I honestly can't think of a single east coast brewery I have access to in Oregon that I've purchased within the past 12 months. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed east coast beer, but I've had to trade for Cigar City, Hill Farmstead, and Pretty Things. As has been eluded too, multiple definitions of good exist. We get Victory sure, Ommegang sits on shelves too as does Allagash, but with a lot of Oregon brewed alternatives I usually buy local. The last east coast beer I bought might have been some Three Philosophers picked up in '11. About $7 a bottle at the time was a screaming deal. Now they're $13 and while still apropriately priced, I just can't bring myself to pay the inflation. There's just so much selection available from Oregon alone it's impossible to drink everything just from this one state.
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  14. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Yes, they're excellent. Not packaged is the excellent Engleberg Pils from Upright as well as Occidental, Block 15, Migration, and The Commons' attempts at various lager styles.
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