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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sind310, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. sind310

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    My father has started battling cancer. Yay dad!( I say YAY since he refused for a while) His physician gave him clearance to have a glass of beer during chemotherapy treatment. Apparently it will stimulate his appetite and will help him relax. Since my dad and I bond over beer, this is one of the upsides. We are both porter, stout and barley wine lovers. What beers do you recommend that are light (under 7% abv)?
     
  2. gtermi

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    Deschutes Black Butte great beer and delicious. Prayers out to you and your father. Cheers
     
  3. sind310

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    I meant 4%, 5 would be the max.
     
  4. canucklehead

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    Look for some milk stouts such as Left Hand as they are usually below 5%.
     
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  5. Chokobo

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    For a Porter lover, I'd try Anchor Porter. It's very flavorful and only 5.60% ABV. I know that's a little bit over the percentage you want, but it's a fantastic brew that hopefully wouldn't be too hard on your dad.
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/28/61
     
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  6. antilite

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    Anchor Steam. And best of luck in the treatments.
     
  7. Hanzo

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    I would go with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, comes in a 5% abv and is delicious, cheap and widely available.
     
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    Stone's Levitation should be easily available and he may enjoy it.

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/147/6301

    Wish your father good luck with the treatments.
     
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  9. drtth

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    While asking the crowd on a site like this might help, finding stuff under 4% will still be a challenge. So I would suggest a bit of additional detective work.

    There are a few styles of beer that are typically supposed to be in the neighborhood of about 4% or less. What the Brits call a session beer. (Most folks on this site think a session beer is anything they are willing to drink more than two of in a row, so obviously they mean something different than do the Brits.)

    If you look at the styles lists you'll find several listed as English styles. One style where you might find a tasty beer under 4% is the English Dark Mild

    http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/75

    This list is ordered by the number of reviews which should be sort of close to its distribution/availability. You can also get the list ordered by ratings from top to bottom. If you print that out and go to a beer store with a wide variety of beers, say 1000 or more, you may be able to find something from the list for him to try. Also if there is a beer person at the store who knows what s/he is doing they may be able to help you narrow the search down more quickly.
     
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  10. TongoRad

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    Picking up where drtth left off, Yards Brawler is a damn fine dark mild- and much more flavorful than its 4.2% would suggest, and there is bound to be some crossover appeal to porter drinkers:
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/450/46504
    Hopefully it's available by you.

    Here's wishing your father success, and that he makes a speedy recovery.
     
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    X2 on the Left Hand milk stout. The people I run with who enjoy porters speak well of the Sierra Nevada porter, at 5.6% alcohol. Best wishes as he undergoes treatment.
     
  12. Mgm54

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    Would be hard to get, but Cantillon's offerings are low ABV
     
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    It'll never make the world-class list by any means, but I think that Breckenridge oatmeal stout is a damn tasty brew to be only 4.9%
    You and your dad stay strong.
     
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    Yazoo Dos Perros is a pretty good malty beer and I still don't get how it's only 3.5%.
     
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    St. Bernardus wit, Hitachino Nest White ale, Bell Winter White, Bells Best Brown Goose Island mild. All I think in the low 5's, don't know of any brews under 5%.
    Here's to your dad's speedy recovery.
     
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    Irish Dry Stouts, nothing wrong with a Beamish, Murphy's, or Guinness Draught, all in the low 4% range.

    If you could go for light and hoppy, my favorite sub-5% beer is Firestone Walker Pale 31

    Good luck to your father!
     
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    O'hara's Irish stout is 4.2 percent
     
  18. sind310

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    Thank you all for the suggestions and thoughts. BA community has been a lot more helpful, than I expected. You guys kick ass :)
     
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    This was going to be my suggestion as well! And pretty much anything from Yuengling usually has a lower ABV and for a "cheap" beer, their offerings are pretty decent.

    I wish your father the best in his recovery!
     
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    I'd like to add the Taddy Porter to Hanzo's suggestion.

    I echo what others have said and also wish all the best for your dad.
     
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    I think Stone Levitation would be my vote here. Your dad is a hero and a champion.
     
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    I think Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is damn good at 4%, not sure others will agree

    Best of luck to your dad. My dad finished serious chemo/radiation 5 months ago, and while he still feels like shit, he scan last week showed no signs of cancer....and he was stage 3b.

    Keep the faith
     
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    I fucking LOVE that beer. One of my favorites from New England, definitely my favorite from OC
     
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    Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter is 5.40% and it is quite good.
     
  25. FosterJM

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    Im gonna go the opposite direction since you are in Orange.
    Go to Total wine off the 57 and load up on Jester King La Petit Price table beer.
    2.9% for a 750ml. Give him 2 of them! Boom!!! Solution solved.

    Cheers!

    PS- Hope you dad kicks the shit outta cancer!
     
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    Fuck cancer! Tell your dad to beat it down. Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout is what I would suggest.
     
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    St. Ambrose Oatmeal Stout by McAuslan is fabulous at 5%abv, as is Samual Smith OS.
     
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    Mean old Tom Maine beer company
     
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