Favorite Beers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by kaelahann, Jun 22, 2013.

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  1. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    Recently, I was promoted to the position of Beer Consultant where I work and I really enjoy it. After months of tasting and research, I have realized I have just scratched the surface of knowledge in the world of craft beer. Today I spoke with several customers as they had me suggest something comparable to (insert preferred beer here). I was just wondering what is everyone's favorite/preferred beer? I would love to learn more about your suggestions so I can try new crafts :slight_smile:
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  2. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Pooh-Bah (1,583) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    My suggestion is always remember it's a world of craft beers, some of which have been crafted long before the craft term became the lexicon of the brewing landscape. There are some great beers across the pond that are losing shelf space to American craft but worst of all to the conglomerate import stuff...
    ...and this is only the beginning, try, taste, enjoy...pass it on, good beer never dies.
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  3. Lorianneb

    Lorianneb Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 New Jersey

    Wow. I think you should try many types in all the styles and see what style you like most. Then, drink all you can find in that style.
  4. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    You are going about this the wrong way. This would be more productive, if you said "name a beer to recommend to someone who likes beer X".

    In fact, we could help you do your job in real time until you can effectively do it by yourself.
  5. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Initiate (0) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    All of them. But seriously, no offense but how in the world were you promoted to Beer Consultant with no real knowledge of craft beer? Beer Consultant for who? Still sounds like a great gig, run with it.
  6. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    My favorite beers are IPAs or Belgians. Founders is now available in Texas and that is top notch Michigan beer. All of it is absolutely fantastic! I would also try Brewery Ommegang, Rare Vos, Gnomegang and Hennepin are my favorites, Three Philosophers is delicious too, but I dont drink it nearly as much.
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  7. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Pundit (979) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I suggest utilizing the beer styles page on this website and look at trying some of the popular representatives of the style. You can usually use the number of reviews to help determine the beer's availability. I suggest not seeking out those with limited production at first because they will be much more difficult to attain. Understanding the diversity in beer in important in determining how it can appeal to a broad audience. Reading will help as well, but exposing yourself to beer is the only true way to fully learn.
  8. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,455) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Tripels.. Oh my god, Tripels.
  9. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    I was promoted by my managers after months of studying and tasting crafts. "No real knowledge of craft beer" is also a vague concept as I know what type of crafts I prefer. I was merely asking what others prefer so that I could continue to teach myself more and explore more beers. This post was just to see what others would say is their favorite beer. When I stated I realized that I had only scratched the surface of craft beers, I was meaning that there are a TON of options out there. I have tried what we have in our store, I know what I like, but that doesn't mean that I am unqualified for the position. Thanks, I am going to run with it. I spent a long period of time today and yesterday speaking with customers about their beers of choice and am always wanting to learn more :slight_smile:
  10. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    That's definitely something I've been doing. I was just interested in other's opinions and choices :slight_smile:
  11. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    That is the question I start off with when I assist customers in the store. It's been pretty effective so far. Sorry if I didn't communicate that thoroughly :slight_smile:
  12. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

  13. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Don't underestimate UK beers. Not everyone is always after west coast hop bombs.

    Black Sheep ale for everyday
    Courage Imperial Russian stout for special occasions
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    The best everyday, anytime, fairly priced, easily available beer? Anchor Steam.
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  15. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Move to Colorado.
  16. jeffjeff1

    jeffjeff1 Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2009 California

    In my opinion, the best IPA's are from California. Russian River, Lagunitas, Stone, Ballast Point are all really great.
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  17. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (1,200) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Founders All Day IPA. The 1st IPA I feel I can drink many of and all day. It has a fruity aroma, nice color, a little kick but not over powering. Goes down easy and isn't filling.
    Also IPA's are the craze as of late so I would learn what you can about them.
    Oak aged in barrels is also big. Many breweries are getting into them now.
    Good luck consulting.
  18. chum_husk

    chum_husk Pooh-Bah (1,887) Feb 21, 2012 Minnesota

  19. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    weihestephaner hefe, st bernardus tripel, st bernardus abt 12, sculpin, hennepin, lagunitas maximus
  20. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    Thanks, everyone! I've tried the majority of the ones you have mentioned but not all so I definitely have more work to do!
  21. Premo88

    Premo88 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,436) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    depending on where you live in Texas, look for:

    Saint Arnold
    Jester King
    Deep Ellum
    Real Ale

    ... and there are others.
  22. IHyphySF

    IHyphySF Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2011 California

    At the end of day it comes down to what your restaurant/bar/store wants to expand on the list for profit or having the new style of craft beer trying to appeal to new or repeat customers.

    But personally Sours/IPA & DIPA/Stouts are my favorites and i know Jester King covers those well.
  23. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    I love all of those! We sell them all at the Spec's I work at so that helps too :slight_smile:
  24. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    Jester King! Ahhh.
  25. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Try some popular craft, but also try some more adventurous fare... Off the top of my head, I'd say
    Flower Power, Sculpin and/or 2 Hearted for IPAs
    Founders Porter, Victory at Sea, and Edmund Fitzgerald for porters
    Speedway Stout, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Old Rasputin
    Sours are a whole different story, there's a lot of variety of styles, but some great ones (IMO, this is all subjective obviously) are Bruery Sour in the Rye, Petrus Aged Pale, Weyerbacher Riserva, Russian River Consecration, DFH Festina Peche, anything by Cascade, Dutchesse de Borgogne...

    Taste obviously varies from person to person, but the majority of beers here are personal favorites of mine that are also (mostly, at least I think) well regarded by most beer-tards such as myself, and most would find at least at least a few agreeable in their respective style. Keeping beer nerds happy is hard work though, because we're fickle as shit. Palettes evolve, etc. we always want to try new things. Just remember that variety is the spice of life. Oh, and if a beer is hard to find, people will go apeshit for it no matter the quality. Hope this helps.
  26. kaelahann

    kaelahann Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Texas

    Thanks for all of the suggestions and help!
  27. DrDaves49

    DrDaves49 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Oregon

    How about listing what "you" have tried and liked, and what's available in your store. Then we could go from there.

    Out of the hundred or so I have tried I found one my Wife loves.
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