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On average, how many different "styles" do you drink in an evening?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MVotter, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. MVotter

    MVotter Sep 9, 2007 New York

    Unless I'm specifically attending or hosting a beer tasting, I have to say two different styles per evening; usually one "hop-dominated" style and one "malt-dominated" style.
  2. gtermi

    gtermi Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I say 2-3. Just depends on what I am in the mood for.
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  3. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    usually 2. Pale Ale or IPA and Imperial Stout.
  4. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    2-3 normally, but they are all fair game on abnormal evenings.
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  5. JamesMN

    JamesMN Jul 12, 2012 Minnesota

    It ranges depending if it's a night where I'm sessioning or "ticking". I average about three different styles which equals three beers usually.
  6. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I usually drink a couple beers a night, and they are usually a different style. So about 2 per night.
  7. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    usually two. start with something interesting, then go to some stouts or some PA/IPA's
  8. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    if it's good and available, would taste em all. I try not to let the moment dictate the beer I consume. On a normal occurrence, I try at least 3 sometimes 4 just to get an idea on what I want to "really" drink.
  9. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Usually start with a Mirror Pond or Sierra Nevada Pale, and move on from there. Depends on the night. My dog passed away today, so I'm hitting the big beers. He would want it that way.
  10. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    my condolences for your loss. It would be hard to replace my dog when the time comes. So cheers to you, you will find another companion that will give you just as much or more joy that this one did. Cheersya.
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  11. mixed_master7

    mixed_master7 May 16, 2012 Florida

    At a beer bar I'll usually look for the best examples of 3-4 different styles in a sitting. At home I usually only have 2-3 RIS and IPA's.

    Sorry for your loss, beautiful pup.
  12. ColinStClaire

    ColinStClaire Jul 31, 2012 Washington

    Again, sorry for your loss. Dogs are just fantastic. Spent the evening with 3 giant golden retrievers and came home to my chiweenie. I'd be devastated as would my wife.

    On topic: usually a few. I like to start with something mellow like a PA or an amber or even a good lager, alternate between bigger beers, usually stouts and ipas, then end with a mellow beer. Maybe I'm OCD, but I HAVE to alternate between styles. I'll almost never drink two of the same style in a row.
  13. patto1ro

    patto1ro Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    None. I drink beer, not styles.
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  14. marquis

    marquis Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    In any case there's often as much variety within a "style" than between two supposedly different ones..
    Mind you, to some people there's more or less a style for each beer.
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  15. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    My range of styles for an evening of drinking is only limited when our tasting group picks a theme. Otherwise there is no rules for it, one beer seems to put me in the mood for another, same or different in style.
  16. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    2 or 3 styles in a sitting.
  17. Derranged

    Derranged Mar 7, 2010 New York

    All depends, whatever happens. Last night I had Fuller's 1845, Fegley's Rude Elf's Reserve, Simple Times Pilsner, SA Whitewater IPA and Allagash.

    And I am hungover as fuck right now. :confused:
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  18. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Around 3 on average. A hop bomb, a big stout aand a barleywine.
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  19. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Sep 5, 2012 Kansas

    I usually only do 1 style per night, considering I usually only have 1 beer per night.
    Maybe on the weekend I'll hit 2 or 3 styles at a craft bar.
  20. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    At least one.
  21. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    1 beer a night on drinking nights so 1 style.

    When I have friends over, we'll usually hit 2-3 different styles- usually stouts and APA/IPAs.
  22. elgiacomo

    elgiacomo Jun 28, 2007 Georgia

    At least two. Like the OP, one hoppy, one malty. Usually IPA and Imperial Stout.
  23. LeRose

    LeRose Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Usually one as I usually only drink one bottle after dinner. On rare occasions, I have lost count of both styles and quantity consumed...wandering through Madison, WI with friends comes to mind...so many taps, so little time...
  24. WinoSapien

    WinoSapien Jun 28, 2010 Texas

    Pale Ale and Delirium Nocturnum on a typical night. Bud Platinum on a broke ass night.:(
  25. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Sorry to hear this.
  26. BS-

    BS- Sep 1, 2012 Singapore

    2-4. I usually start with an IPA then move up the hop level, or porters into stouts, ending with belgian strong dark ales or imperial IPAs.
  27. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Sorry to hear that...beautiful dog.

    On a typical weeknight, I generally have one beer, so only one style. On weekend nights, when the wife and I are sittin around watching TV, etc, or we're out with friends, I'll have anywhere from 3-5, and that's often 3-4 styles, as I like a decent amount of variety.
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I rarely drink the same style twice in a row
  29. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    I hate to take the easiest answer but really I have to say it just depends on what beer I want, within my means. I guess to elaborate a bit further, I have no problem drinking one single style over multiple beers. I also have no problem drinking several beers of a different style each. If the palate calls for a double IPA, only to then request a lager, followed by a sour, I listen to the palate. It would really be impossible to give an average on this topic, but I would say that I generally lean toward variety rather than repeats.
  30. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Depends on what I have in the fridge. I prefer IPAs over all other styles so if I'm overstocked with them, I'll stick to the one style. If not, I'll usually have 2-3 styles, usually an amber or pale ale along with the IPAs. When out at a bar or restaurant, I don't pay much attention to the style of the beer, as I like to have beers that I haven't had before, as long as I like the style itself.
  31. tronester

    tronester Nov 25, 2006 Oklahoma

    Usually 2 styles, because I only drink two beers a day. Occasionally 3 or even 4.
  32. draheim

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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  33. codysjb

    codysjb Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
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    Usually one. I typically drink 2-3 beers a night but usually I'll pick two or three of the same style. Although once a week or so I will have an IPA then a stout.
  34. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    when I get home from work I have two English Pale Ales, except in the Summer when that becomes a Pilsener. After dinner is for Porters/ Stouts, Strong Ales, Old Ales, Dubbels, Tripels, Quads,etc. in the Summer after dinner beers would be Hefes, Kolschs, Vienna Lagers, etc.

    Rarely, ever more than 2 styles in a day.
  35. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I typically only drink on the weekends and when I do I usually have three styles Czech Pils, a nice stout and then a hop bomb.
  36. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    i usually start with a saison ,wit, or hefe then an ipa
  37. DrLasers

    DrLasers Apr 18, 2011 California

    1 style, 3-4 pints per night, per every 3 weeks. I don't feel you can truly experience every nuance of a beer until you finish a pony keg of it.
  38. thenamestsam

    thenamestsam Sep 13, 2012 New York

    It's very interesting to me that some people's habits are so strictly formed-the same number of beers and styles every night. There's no rhyme or reason to what I drink, either in number or in style. Depends what I feel like at the moment I open the fridge door (constrained of course by what I felt like the moment I was at the store).
  39. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    If there is new stuff in the fridge then as many styles as are present.

    If not, I try to stay in the same style if not the same beer.
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