Reliable Beers Throughout Your Beer Journey

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  1. DaverCS

    DaverCS Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    Is there a beer that you have always considered great and don’t see a time where you will ever stop buying it? Is there a beer that you loved when you first got into craft beer and still enjoy and buy it to this day?

    For me, Hennepin by Ommegang was one of the first revolutionary beers I tried that really got me into the craft beer movement. A couple years into this journey, I still love the beer and will continue to buy it for as long as it is made because, for me, it is one tasty beer!



    What beer is that for you?
     
  2. degbert

    degbert Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2009 Texas

    Fuller's EBS. Real Ale Brewhouse Brown. Odell 90 Shilling. Hops and Grain The One They Call Zoe. Brooklyn Lager. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout.
     
  3. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,585) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Odell IPA. On others... hard. Depends on season/style. *shrugs*
     
  4. vshay

    vshay Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Weyerbacher Merry Monks
    Ommegang Abbey Ale
     
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  5. Ljudsignal

    Ljudsignal Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2013 Massachusetts

    Anything by Notch. Smuttynose Old Brown Dog and Finestkind. Mayflower Porter. Allagash Tripel. Dupont Saison. Ayinger Maibock and Ur-Weisse.

    ...Come to think of it, that's a good chunk of my overall "most consumed beer" list too. Guess it just goes to show that the standbys are standbys for a reason.
     
  6. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,164) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    60 minute IPA
    Storm King from Victory
     
  7. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,302) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina
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    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
    60 Minute IPA
    Victory Prima Pils
    Weihenstephaner helles lager
    Paulaner original lager
     
  8. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    I would have to say Sierra Nevada Pale and Lagunitas IPA are two that have never failed me and have been in my regular rotation since I cut my teeth on craft with SN Pale.
     
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  9. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (306) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Rochefort 10 is typically my go to "treat" beer
     
  10. scottbrew4u

    scottbrew4u Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Harpoon IPA and Black Butte porter for 16 years. I'd say they have been pretty reliable for me and easy going down!
     
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  11. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    Boulevard unfiltered wheat, don't drink it nearly as much as I used to but still love this beer.
     
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  12. Campfire-Kev

    Campfire-Kev Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2014 Arkansas

    This goes back a ways and starts in the 80's. First I'd have to say Widmer Hef. Although it isn't enjoyable for me unless on tap. Others include Bridgeport IPA, Black Butte Porter, Full Sail Amber. I established my craft beer journey with these in Oregon back in the 80's, early 90's and still enjoy them today.
     
  13. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    Bell's Expedition and Founders Imperial Stout stand atop the heap when it comes to consistency in that particular category. Probably the only thing that has changed is their availability. I remember when Expedition was considered limited and hard-to-obtain.

    On the smaller side, I've never been disappointed with Anchor Porter and Founders Porter.

    And while I don't drink them much anymore, I have to say DFH 60 Minute and 90 Minute are still durable, rock-solid IPAs. Fads may come and go, but those two beers still endure.
     
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  14. Beerwolf666

    Beerwolf666 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2013 Maryland

    Shit Man....I Know I always sound like some kind of "Sierra Nevada" Rep...But Honestly,how in the Hell can you do any better Dollar for Dollar? and Their "Pale Ale" & "Torpedo" will ALWAYS have a shelf in My Beer Fridge! :wink:
     
  15. Erlkoenig

    Erlkoenig Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2015 Colorado

    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Zywiec Porter. Both have consistently satisfied since I first got into craft beer. I know Zywiec isn't the best ever, but something about it resonates with me. And Weihenstephaner? You just can't argue a better Hefe.
     
  16. Shafaegalo

    Shafaegalo Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2014 Texas

    Another vote for Weihenstephaner Hefe. This beer is almost perfect everytime I have one. Haven't had another brew with that kind of consistency.
     
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  17. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,150) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    Allagash White is still a great beer as well as FBS.
     
  18. BodiesLexus

    BodiesLexus Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2011 New York

    Anchor Porter. It's simply the first world-class beer I ever tasted, and it blew my doors off at the time, from appearance to aromatics, to solidness of body, to nuance of multiple taste notes achieved. It is a cheap, easy-to-get beer that opened my eyes to what was possible from simple, to-style beers made the right way ... and it continues to be a staple in my fridge. People need to remain aware of what the basis of the style is, and remain aware that modern-day brewers still produce great to-style regular beers that are noteworthy.
     
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  19. ahbithwabm

    ahbithwabm Devotee (405) Apr 27, 2013 Illinois

  20. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,882) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Stone IPA. It tastes exactly the same as the first time I ever had it, and that is saying a lot from someone who exclusively drinks IPAs. Sometimes I go months in between drinking it, but it always pulls me back when options are limited.
     
  21. Mlkluther

    Mlkluther Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 Canada (AB)

    Unibroue La Fin du Monde.

    The first time I had this beer it blew me away. I still enjoy it every time I get it - which is often.
     
  22. TheWolf

    TheWolf Disciple (348) May 26, 2015 Delaware
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    Stone IPA
    Bell's 2HA
     
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  23. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (650) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Sierra Nevada just anout anything.

    Sure Its not truck chasing worthy but they always brew consistent and great/good beers. Plus, I can always pick up a 12er of torpedo, pale, summerfest, mix packs etc for $13. Those times I don't have the money or just don't feel like spending $9-11 on a 6 pack Sierra Nevada is always there.
     
  24. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,818) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    For me its yuengling.
     
  25. Himself

    Himself Initiate (0) May 20, 2014 Massachusetts

    Founder's Centennial and Clown Shoes Space Cake
     
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  26. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Came here to say this! The first time I drank it (before looking at this site) I knew it was a special beer. I was at that age where I was used to HG Malt Liquors and Rochefort 10 showed me Around! Still my favorite Brew.
     
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  27. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,867) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    Two Hearted and La Fin du Monde, Allagash Curiuex is my once a year treat
     
  28. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    Almost anything from Sierra Nevada is a reliable beer, Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, Stout, their seasonal beers, especially when it comes to value, Sierra Nevada has great prices.
     
  29. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (2,033) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    Ommegang Hennepin.
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
    Duvel.
    Genesee Cream Ale.
    And then all the rest of the Sierra Nevada stable.
     
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  30. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,243) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Schlenkerla Marzen
     
  31. frozen-1984

    frozen-1984 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2014 Tennessee

    1554 black ale. Still solid.
     
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  32. JTW10

    JTW10 Initiate (61) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    definitely racer 5. also port mongo and anything by unibroue
     
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  33. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,302) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina
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    the beers above i still LOVE but they were my introduction to craft beer, at first i didn't like bitter beers but i have found "gateway beers".

    Lagunitas SUCKS
    Stone Ruination
    Stone Enjoy By
    Duvel
     
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  34. crobinso

    crobinso Savant (922) Nov 21, 2010 Colorado
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    FW Union Jack and Wookey Jack. La Fin due Monde as well.
     
  35. Boomblaze

    Boomblaze Initiate (112) Dec 31, 2010 Massachusetts

    Berkshire Oktoberfest, one of favorite beers for over 15 years
     
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  36. Erlkoenig

    Erlkoenig Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2015 Colorado

    In the same vein, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale was a gateway for me into hoppy/bitter beer. Pretty solid brew.
     
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  37. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,956) Dec 25, 2003 California
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    No matter what airport I am in there is always hope in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and or Sam Adams Lager.
     
  38. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (257) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada Celebration, and Bigfoot for that matter. Prima Pils also comes to mind.
     
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  39. SaltofOH

    SaltofOH Champion (870) Mar 11, 2014 Ohio

    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. Didn't know there was such a thing as craft beer at the time, I just knew the (college) bar I went to charged the same for it as all the other imports, but it was 9% and I was on a budget. Loved it then and love it now (for very different reasons). Same goes for Great Lakes Eliot Ness. When I finally graduated and had two nickels to rub together in my pocket, it was my gateway beer, and I still buy a sixer every fall.
     
  40. Mlkluther

    Mlkluther Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 Canada (AB)

    I can't get Sierra Nevada beers where I live in Canada. I was down in the states last month and I got my hands on SNPA, Nooner, Kellerweiss, and Hop Hunter.

    I brought back a case of Pale Ale and Hop Hunter across the border. I got them for 13.79. To a Canadian to be able to get 12 beer for 13.79 is unimaginable - let alone good beer.

    If I could buy Hop Hunter for 13.79 a case it would be in my fridge always. Always.
     
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