Name 5 beers you think everyone needs to try

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  1. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Five isn't fair, because I can't go around the world, but...

    Orval--If I have to pick one Belgian, this is the one. Trappist. Almost singularly unique, yet a great representative.

    Old Rasputin--There are better dark strong brews from various styles. But OR is just simple, straight, and accessible.

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale--Others have said it much better than I would.

    Weihenstephaner Festbier--I can't leave Germany off of the list. Festbiers are my favorite German style, because they have some heft but are still lively. This is my favorite of the style.

    Green Flash West Coast IPA--We need a hoppy IPA. This is decidedly West Coast, without ripping your head off.
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  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    ...but, as with all such threads, for most replies it usually becomes just that.
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  3. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Well, if the aliens just showed up in the field behind my house asking about beer I would definitely try to clear some space in the schedule, but I'd still be constrained to what I could get locally. So...

    Scrimshaw pilsner
    Redwood Curtain Vienna Lager
    Cantillon Classic Geuze
    SN Celebration (if this is happening soon)
    or New Glory Ubahdank
    And I've got a 4 year vertical of SN Narwhal in my beer fridge right now, so maybe we could crack into that
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    As an aside, there actually was a science fiction story written about this scenario, except it was wine not beer. The aliens were quite impressed by our offerings. Don't ask who wrote it or the title, I've long forgotten it. I have tried to locate it to re-read it (not recently though) and had zero success.
  5. Smorgasvein

    Smorgasvein Nov 12, 2021 California

    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Tree House Julius
    Pliny The Elder
    Bourbon County Brand Stout
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  6. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Sep 30, 2014 Ohio
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    Obviously, the only correct answer (at least as of today) is:

    Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
    Marshmallow Handjee
    Double Barrel Aged Hunahpu's
    Barrel Aged Abraxas
    Heady Topper

    Or are we questioning the wisdom of the BA crowd? :laughing:
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  7. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    That's a pretty narrow worldview to show our thirsty visitors....
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  8. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I would think the Beers of Fame (15+ years of BA wisdom) would be a little more applicable, and sure enough, some suggestions match those in this thread.

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Younger
    Pliny the Elder
    Fou' Foune
    Bourbon County Brand Stout

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  9. Junior

    Junior May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I tried to pick 5 great beers that I (and probably many others) consider quintessential for five very different styles. None of them were in my top 20 rated beers.
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  10. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Anchor Steam
    Bell's 2 Hearted
    Weihenstephaner hefe
    Old Raspy or Narwal
    Paulaner Munich lager
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  11. G_Harn78

    G_Harn78 Mar 13, 2020 California

    Urban chestnut - Zwickel
    Ayinger pils
    Founders Porter
    Pizza Port - Swamis IPA
    Old Ritterguts Gose
  12. DownyIsHungry

    DownyIsHungry Feb 6, 2015 Minnesota

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  13. jockstrappy

    jockstrappy Feb 18, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Love the Scrimshaw pick! If I were to replace Two Hearted just because of its many mentions, Scrimshaw would get the nod.

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  14. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    Such a tough question and an excellent topic! My choices are based on the thinking that these 5 represent greatness are tangible and availible plus they form a solid launching foundation that has catalyzed and invoked "newer" breweries to rise and flourish.
    Not in any order of importance:
    1. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    2. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
    3. Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
    4. Lindemans Framboise Lambic
    5. Anchor Steam Beer
    (Though stylistically different, a superior alternative if Lindemans isn't found would be any variety of Belgium's Chimay)
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  15. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    The only reason two hearted wasn't on my list is because it doesn't make it out to my market. But at least that forced me to make a slightly different list than everyone else
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  16. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Brooklyn Lager
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Chimay Red
    Anchor Steam Beer
  17. fuzzywarren

    fuzzywarren Aug 7, 2020 Ohio

    That’s a fantastic list. Wide appeal and solid beers.
  18. fuzzywarren

    fuzzywarren Aug 7, 2020 Ohio

    That’s a fantastic list. Wide appeal and solid brews.
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  19. mactrail

    mactrail Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Possibly Philip K Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Geuze?" I know I do.
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  20. Ernest7

    Ernest7 Apr 24, 2019 Belgium

    Stille Nacht
    Westmalle Tripel
    Chimay Bleu vieillie en fûts de bois 2015
    Rochefort 8
  21. Stooven

    Stooven May 23, 2013 Illinois

    While thinking on how to approach this, I subbed wine for beer and decided you wouldn't give an alien Yellow Tail chardonnay, so that ruled out the big adjunct lagers. Widely available, though, I think is important hence no Russian River, New Glarus, Alchemist. That said:

    1) Guinness - Draught stout (the one they drink in Ireland). I can't think of another beer that is as ubiquitous and synonymous with a particular style. 364 days of the year, drinking a Guinness lends the drinker a certain kind of character. Whereas if I'm drinking a Bud Light I could be many things: on a budget, bender, or diet.
    2) Bell's Two Hearted -- a lot of people went with Sierra Nevada for a pale ale, but I think THA covers more beer bases without losing any individuality.
    3) Saison Dupont -- Like choosing a favorite child among Chimay, Westmalle, Duvel, etc., however SD is simply delightful. Like God rubbing your tummy.
    4) Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbeer -- Two words: banana bread. I think wheat beer gets a bad rap in the States because it is routinely cranked out as a low-cost, crushable summer beer. Like Saison Dupont, this is one of those beers where after you take a sip, you look at the glass and smile.
    5) Founders - Blushing Monk: Might be breaking my own rules here, but chosen as an expression of beer's potential. Fruit forward but still very much a beer.
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  22. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    This is exactly how drinking saison feels and I just didnt know it until just now.
  23. Ernest7

    Ernest7 Apr 24, 2019 Belgium

    In Flanders, we tend to say: like an angel pissing on your tongue.
  24. beergoot

    beergoot Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    From the mundane to the eye-popping:
    • Budweiser
    • Guinness Extra Stout
    • Pliny the Elder
    • Heady Topper
    • Ghost Face Killah
    I would love to have added a 3 Fontein or Aecht Schlenkerla amongst so many other possibilities, but being limited to five beers, well, these will do...
  25. dcotom

    dcotom Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    After giving the matter some thought, here's what I came up with:

    Le Petit Prince - Jester King
    Zombie Dust - 3 Floyds
    Darkness - Surly
    §ucaba - Firestone Walker
    DeuS - Brouwerij Bosteels

    DeuS is thus far the only beer I have ever bought that came with an owner's manual. The brewing process is very interesting and complex, and the beer is unlike anything else I have ever tried. This is why I have included it here. Unfortunately, I will never buy it again since Bosteels is Budweiser now. Screw them and everybody else AB-InBev owns.
  26. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    1) PBR, because we only get one high school stint.
    2) Corona in a bottle with a lime, because our early 20s are gone in a blink of an eye.
    3) Guinness Draught, because dark beer isn’t necessarily heavy.
    4) SNPA, because, from personal experience, it drags some coors light drinkers from the 1/4 keg at every gathering.
    5) Something from a local brewery or brew pub, because the vibe and the clientele make for a great launch to enjoying and exploring craft brewed beer.

    All the best!
  27. MaltyFlannel

    MaltyFlannel Oct 30, 2020 Iowa

    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Ayinger Celebrator
    Ayinger Pils
    Rochefort 10
    Bells Two Hearted
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  28. fehrminator

    fehrminator Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina

    Bell’s Two Hearted
    Weihenstephaner Hefe
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Saison Dupont
    Cantillon Fou Foune
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  29. SeaCros

    SeaCros Nov 28, 2021 Florida

    Not in any particular order
    1. Treehouse King Julius
    2. Funky Buddha Last Snow
    3. Southern Swell Karate in the Garage
    4. Guiness Stout
    5. Founders Breakfast Stout
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  30. LRinker1

    LRinker1 May 16, 2020 Michigan

    1) Old Nation M-43, the gold standard by which all other NEIPAs are measured

    2) Bell's Two Hearted, the best high voltage IPA on the planet

    3) La Fon Du Monde Tripel

    4) Big Lake Brewing Blood Orange Hazy IPA

    5) Pilsner Urquel
  31. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey

    I experience that every Memorial Day!
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  32. budsNpils

    budsNpils Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Paulaner Festbier
    6 Points Puff Puff
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  33. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    1. SNPA - agree with OP on this choice. I will go one step further and say this is the OG of craft beer, IMO.

    2. Boston Lager - OG of Lagers and a good one at that.

    3. Tröegs Perpetual IPA - this is a great presentation for an IPA and a staple in Central PA.

    4. Guinness - a nice introduction into the dark side.

    5. Hoegaarden - great representation for a wit.
  34. defunksta

    defunksta Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    1) Bells' Two Hearted IPA

    2) Great Lakes Dortmunder Lager

    3) Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue (or King Sue if you prefer)

    4) Surly Hell Lager

    5) Boulevard Tank 7

    Those are all American-brewed. I could probably make a new list for German Exports.
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  35. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Founders - KBS
    Orval - Orval
    Drie Founteinen - Golden Blend
    Stone - Arrogant Bastard
    Aecht Schlenkerla - Rauchbier Märzen
  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    If you can assuredly obtain those beers fresh for the aliens that would be worthwhile. :slight_smile:

    I personally would not offer those aliens the old beers that are being sold at my local beer retailers. :slight_frown:

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  37. Immortale25

    Immortale25 May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    All right, this was a tough one, but I dig the challenge. What it boils down to is to introduce the alien to what are, IMO, the core 5 elements of beer: Hops, Barrel, Yeast, Sour/Funk, Clean

    Hops - Lagunitas Born Yesterday. Of course it needs to be fresh, but I feel that this is a great, and easily available representation of hops that isn't too strong in alcohol. I decided to go with a more straightforward American IPA and, if the alien likes it, then introduce them to the NE IPAs. If they're going to get into beer, it should be in a chronological fashion

    Barrel - BCBS. It remains a benchmark in great representation of BA Stout that is readily available and would also spark a conversation about conglomeratization, a concept which the alien may or may not already be familiar with.

    Yeast - Tucher Hefeweizen. My favorite readily available Hefeweizen. If the alien is going to like the esters of Belgian/Hefeweizen/Saison yeast, this will be the gateway. Then I'd introduce them to La Fin Du Monde, Saison DuPont, Chimay White, etc.

    Sour/Funk - Cascade Apricot. Cascade remains one of my favorite wild ale producers in the world, and their Apricot is quite readily available, and a great introduction to the sensations of sour, funk and fruit IMO.

    Clean - Brevard Bohemian Pilsner. I haven't had it in a couple years, but assuming they're still brewing it consistently well, this is my favorite North Carolina Lager. What better way to introduce the alien to North Carolina beer and crisp, clean lagers at the same time?
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  38. zid

    zid Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    "Barrel" is a core element of beer but water and grain/malt aren't? :worried: :slight_smile:
  39. Beergeeknut

    Beergeeknut Dec 14, 2003 New York

    Saxo- Belgian strong pale ale
    Ballast Point-Victory at sea
    Ayinger- Celebrator Dopplebock
    Mahr's- Mastodon
    Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
  40. jageraholic

    jageraholic Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby Post Shift Pilsner - to show Americans can make incredible pilsners too and it's just a great drinking beer
    Stone IPA - probably will get flack here, but it's still an incredible west coast IPA
    Founders Breakfast Stout - wonderful flavored stout, although that may not be everyones cup of tea
    Firestone Walker Parabola - personal opinion, the most well done BA Imperial Stout
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude 2 - what's more american than a black IPA, and this version nails it 100% on all factors. the mouthfeel alone is worth the journey.

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