The thing I like most about beer is...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by pieman25, Jun 7, 2013.

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  1. pieman25

    pieman25 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 Ontario (Canada)

    I was just talking to my girlfriend about this yesterday, but the thing I like most is also the thing I hate most about beer - the sheer variety of it all. I could travel the entire planet and sip beer from every country, but I would never be able to try each and every beer out there, there's just too much of it. This aggravates the perfectionist in me, the bit that seeks to know, do, and try everything just because, and to no end either. However, it also drives me further into beer - it is the people's beverage, and just like people are incredibly diverse, so is beer. Even if I can't have EVERY one, that doesn't mean that the endless variety means that i can always try something new, or I could stick with a beer that I have already tried as well if I'm not feeling too adventurous. Of course, there are lots of reasons to drink beer, it's good for you in moderation, it tastes damn good, it goes well with pizza, it's prettymuch liquid history, but the thing I realize now that I like most about it is its endless variety.

    How about you guys? What's your favourite thing about beer, the thing that makes you want another?
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  2. Beeranator

    Beeranator Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 North Carolina
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    It gets me drunk! But in all seriousness its a drink that everyone has a version of, you can travel the world and they have a beer thats native to them, it will always be refreshing, and a welcome sight. I feel like its the working mans wine (although its becoming more snobbish). There are a lot of varieties that can suit your tastes. Its easy and cheap to make.
  3. stealth

    stealth Zealot (508) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    I like the camaraderie it brings when sharing brews with appreciative friends.
  4. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (609) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    The bubbles.
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  5. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Variety is what got me hooked on it in the first place. I drank mostly bourbon for a while, but drinking an entire fifth is a good deal more an endeavor than a single bottle of a mix-a-six. You get to try so much more with beer.
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  6. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,223) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    the culture, history, and variety..sooo manyyy ticks

    and the beards
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  7. EdTheEdge

    EdTheEdge Disciple (392) Mar 26, 2011 California

    You can drink it.
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  8. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 New Hampshire


    Oh and drunk BA beer talk posts, dem too!
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  9. pcsnyder

    pcsnyder Initiate (0) May 2, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The variety or styles, the flavors, and the camaraderie are all great, but I also like the fact that it's a very healthy beverage in moderation. It can lower blood pressure, raise HDL levels, lower LDL, reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, may stave off Alzheimer's, slows calcium loss from bones, could improve kidney function, and can help to rehydrate. Plus, it contains all kinds of helpful vitamins and minerals. Find me one other "health supplement" that does all of that AND tastes good to boot.
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  10. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    It's just flat out fun to drink, and with so many different alcohol levels, different flavors from different malts, yeasts, hops, water chemistry differences, there's an infinite variety! Most beer tastes pretty good, but so many beers taste great, especially in this day and age. Before I was a beer drinker, I'd think, 'hey, wine is pretty good, but I have to be in the mood for it,' and this is the same with spirits and other drinks. I'm always in the mood for beer, every day, and any time of day. It goes well with food, fine or cheap, dessert, breakfast... And to top it off, it makes me feel good, as long as I don't overdo it. :wink:
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  11. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (473) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    The alcohol.

    Be honest people, that's why we drink it.
  12. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    actually not. I usually am not in the mood to get a buzz, but I'll still drink a beer... but only 1. More than 1, I'd get that buzz.
    I like the flavors.... grapefruit, or chocolate, or coffee, or vanilla..... Something for every mood.
    Man I love that grapefruit.
  13. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (473) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    You could, um, eat a grapefruit? A chocolate bar? Cup of decaf? Nilla Wafers?

    Appreciating alcoholic beverages doesn't mean you drink them to get a buzz. But the alcohol is what gets you interested in beer in the first place, right? Or did you pick up that first can of Natty Ice because you dig the flavor of rat piss? :wink:
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  14. cjs61679

    cjs61679 Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2013 Massachusetts

    Being a new member to BA and in general new to the "hobby", the thing I like most is how much there is to learn. And in learning, getting to drink amazing beers. Sure, I have been drinking craft beer for years, but mostly your typical 6 packs of whatever is available...then backbaybrewer shared a 750 of Cantillon Iris with me and everything has now changed....
  15. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    the hops grapefruit flavor is not the same as the flavor of an actual grapefruit :wink:

    Over the last year or so, I basically stopped drinking most alcoholic beverages altogether because they were too boozy. The most I can manage is beer.... basically because the flavors entice me so... so I turn a blind eye to the booziness.

    never had a BMC beer oddly... proof positive that rat piss ain't too enticing on its own. :slight_smile:
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  16. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,152) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    There is pretty much something out there for every budget, mood, season, palate. Plus, the buzz that some of these high octane brews pack isn't a bad side effect.
  17. backbaybrewer

    backbaybrewer Initiate (148) Feb 26, 2010 Massachusetts
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    It always seems to make my wife look hotter. ;-)
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  18. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    /thread :sunglasses:
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  19. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Meyvn (1,324) Jan 26, 2013 Ontario (Canada)
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    I would have to say the history and decorum (if you will) of beer. It is amazing to learn about each style, and to expand beyond that to each brewer, each glass, and so on.
  20. Burkbom23

    Burkbom23 Zealot (513) Mar 11, 2013 Connecticut

    There is a million things I love about it. But if i had to pick one, it is the variety.
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  21. stella77artois

    stella77artois Devotee (498) Nov 4, 2010 New York

    The buzz (obviously) and the fact that there are SO many varieties and breweries, it's a hobby that you can constantly experiment with.
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  22. Benish

    Benish Savant (976) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Friends and family. And taste.
  23. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    The thing I like most about beer is...

    the belly!
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  24. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    The way it's given us one more thing to bitch about on the internet.
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  25. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (825) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Great beer is cheap!
  26. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    the taste and aftereffects.
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  27. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    Brewing it.
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  28. Xtent

    Xtent Aspirant (223) Jan 16, 2013 California
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    having to piece together the night before
  29. Gregg_Kawakami

    Gregg_Kawakami Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2013 Hawaii

    1) The taste.

    2) The buzz.
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  30. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Devotee (419) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    The taste...
  31. Volsdawg10

    Volsdawg10 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Mississippi

    Mmm..... It'll get you drunk.

    - Samuel Jackson Beer.
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  32. JayORear

    JayORear Savant (932) Feb 22, 2012 California
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    But I could drink all kinds of alcohol--wine, liquor, etc.--if I just wanted to drink alcohol. Like loafinaround, I like the unique flavor profiles of beer, the fact that I can drink relatively more than other types of alcohol without getting too f'd up, and the relative inexpensiveness of beer. Even pricey beer is generally less expensive than good wine. So, no, it's not alcohol that got me interested in the first place.
  33. dianimal

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    the variety of flavors!
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  34. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    All the different styles. It is amazing how many different takes on the same thing you can find. How could one ever grow tired of drinking beer when there are so many different types to have?
  35. jborg

    jborg Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 New York

    It tastes good and sometimes it makes me feel better.
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  36. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It helps me pee.
  37. deekyn

    deekyn Initiate (135) Dec 20, 2011 California
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    Searching for that new favorite. could this be it?
  38. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,307) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    It's amazing the strides in freshness, availability, quality and variety that have been made over the past few decades- these are truly great times and I don't take them for granted for one second. I especially love how even large breweries (such as Pilsner Urquell) are starting to respond to this segment of the market's preference for fresh and dated beer. I hope to see even more of that.

    Also- seasonals!!! Almost too many to choose from these days, but I'll take it. That's the best way to ensure you aren't getting something that has been laying around for too long.
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  39. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Aspirant (207) Nov 19, 2012 Texas

    I enjoy every aspect of beer and the art of making it. The fact that there are so many varieties can seem overwhelming at times, but at the same time, that's also what makes it so exciting. Endless possibilities just waiting to fill your glass.
  40. Ragnarok88

    Ragnarok88 Initiate (0) May 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Beer is easier to get into. Nothing against wine and spirits, but they can be costly and hard to know where to start. Beer is for everyone. You can spend just about any amount to find something you enjoy, and the ability to experiment with different styles allows for it to never get old.
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