No BRAINER craft beer choice?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 19etz55, Jul 10, 2021.

  1. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (328) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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    So a friend needs to bring a craft beer
    to a party. He asks your opinion of what
    to bring. What would you recommend
    that would be a safe bet?

    I would say to bring [​IMG]

    What would you tell him/her to bring?
     
  2. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,224) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    Allagash White.
     
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  3. JackRWatkins

    JackRWatkins Crusader (733) Nov 3, 2014 Georgia
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    Fucking Classic
     
  4. JackRWatkins

    JackRWatkins Crusader (733) Nov 3, 2014 Georgia
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    Sierra Nevada Celebration, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Ommegang Hennepin Saison
     
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  5. md3kcn

    md3kcn Devotee (490) Feb 4, 2021 North Carolina
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  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,474) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    In July? :thinking_face:
     
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,484) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Good Luck finding that on the shelves in the U.S. of A. (Well, actually, if you found it, it'd be bad luck). Besides, being a Heineken-owned brand few would call it craft. Exactly who is this "friend" you'd recommend it to? :smiley:
     
  8. Junior

    Junior Champion (847) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Oberon
    Light Hearted
    M43
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen
     
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  9. WCKDVBZ

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,453) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Just about anything from...

    Founders
    Bell's
    Sierra Nevada (if you like hoppy beer)
    Allagash (if you like Belgian beer)
     
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  10. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,952) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Zombie Dust. Close call between that and PseudoSue, but I'd go with ZD by virtue of the fact that you can get it on 12-ounce bottles.
     
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  11. JackRWatkins

    JackRWatkins Crusader (733) Nov 3, 2014 Georgia
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    If possible...
     
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  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,060) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Ayinger Bavarian Pils or Jarhundert bier. Yes I know I misspelled it.
     
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  13. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,474) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Freshness caveat highly expressed here -- nothing like a sour Pils or gushing export strength Helles (voice of experience).
     
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  14. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,147) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Kentucky Brunch, obviously.
     
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  15. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (719) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Our family July 4th Party included the above and surprisingly Stone (popular with youngsters - in their 20s). To be honest, any beer on the 4th of July tasted awesome as we sat in the pool and talked stories.
     
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  16. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,060) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Well at least I preempted the spelling caveat. :wink:
    I'm still seeing Marzen from two years ago at Total Wine. :nauseated_face:
     
  17. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (471) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    SNPA, Allagash White, depending on the crowd I may even just go with Sam Adams Boston Lager
     
  18. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Initiate (151) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey
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    In NJ SNPA or something from Kane or very local.
     
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  19. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,525) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    I don’t know any of my Bud Light drinking friends who wouldn’t call it craft but that’s neither her nor there:sweat_smile:
     
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  20. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,525) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    Junior strikes again with the obviously only correct answers. Sorry everyone else…:laughing:
     
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  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,117) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I thought Lagunitas started brewing this, at least on draught.
     
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  22. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,117) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Anchor Steam would be my first choice though I dearly love SNPA.
     
  23. Junior

    Junior Champion (847) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Preferably a sixtel.
     
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  24. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,484) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yeah, they brew a beer with that Heineken-owned brand name - different recipe, different bottle and certainly not "Imported from England". :wink:
     
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  25. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,368) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Locally? KC Bier's Hefeweizen or Pilsner. Hell, even their Dunkel sells well, and would be a good option.

    German's have known how to session good beer while being social for centuries.
     
  26. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,117) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    And of course, too hoppy. I'm glad that I don't see it around these parts.
     
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  27. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Poo-Bah (1,603) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    SNPA is tough to beat. I echo the Ayinger Bavarian Pils recommendation, too.

    For a summer party, maybe an Anderson Valley gose? They do one called the Yimmie, the Yink and the Holy Gose that is lower in ABV (4.2%) and refreshing. They do some others in the Highway 128 Session series that have some fruit added, with the blood orange one being my favorite. .
     
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  28. DokiDokiLitFam

    DokiDokiLitFam Devotee (491) Jun 3, 2019 New Jersey

    I always start people with Einstoks line-up. Very approachable, not too far in any one direction. Its good to gauge their reaction to certain flavors. Depending on what they like from those you can move them up to something bigger. If they like the Toasted Porter, then they might like Founders Porter or even some stouts. If they like the Wee Heavy, then they might like malty brews and so forth.
     
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  29. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (468) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    First thought would be - what’s the closest brewery to your house, friend? Grab whatever their flagship is - spread the word - local/fresh is best! :beers:
     
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  30. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (185) Nov 8, 2009 New York

  31. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,474) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Ugh. Probably could have used them for 4th of July celebratory displays. :grin:
     
  32. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,525) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    I second this. You would hate to give them some obscure stuff they would have a hard time finding if they decided they liked it. Best off with something available in your area. Cheers.
     
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  33. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,800) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    What do the party members like would be my question. If the goal is just to bring "a craft beer" SNPA is a good choice.










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  34. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,661) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Up here i would suggest Mirror Pond
     
  35. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,409) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    My guess is that the OP is talking about a party with more than craft beer heads in attendance. Sure, you and I would love those beers. But, the answer needs to be something more pedestrian.
     
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  36. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,409) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I've been in this situation several times. For me, the two go-tos are SNPA and Boston Lager. Anything more "interesting" and you're going to lose people.
     
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  37. TheRougeBastard

    TheRougeBastard Savant (942) Aug 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    Bell's Two-Hearted would my first choice.
     
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  38. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Devotee (440) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    White claw☠
    In all seriousness,speaking from experience here, i wouldnt bring shit in Los Angeles. All these bastards( men znd women) are consuming white claws and the like. Kinda sad

    Edit:
    Fremont Ollie or Lush.
    El Segundo Brewing Broken Skull
    LA Ale Works : Anything around 6%
     
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  39. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (735) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Hazy little thing
    Two hearted
    Prima Pils
    Lagunitas IPA
    Boston Lager
     
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  40. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,380) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    The party is in Minnesota, so I'd recommend:

    Surly Furious
    Summit EPA
    Schell's Firebrick