What are two discontinued beers that you'd buy if they were re-Introduced?

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  1. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,991) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    3F Geuze j&j Blauw
    LA Isabelle Proximus.

    it’s my fantasy right?
  2. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Poo-Bah (3,563) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    21st Amendment Hop Crisis
    South County Intervals Vic Secret
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  3. Nickholland

    Nickholland Initiate (197) Mar 27, 2012 Missouri

    SN Glissade was good...
    and Sam Adams Noble Pils
  4. pudgym29

    pudgym29 Initiate (161) Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    Berghoff Hazelnut Winter Fest Ale
    Half Acre Over Ale :beer::relaxed:
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  5. M-14

    M-14 Initiate (137) Feb 5, 2014 California

    Stone Double Bastard
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  6. Raj

    Raj Disciple (363) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois

    Pretty things Jack D'Or
    OG Alpine Nelson
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  7. jcoleMA66

    jcoleMA66 Champion (838) May 16, 2015 Massachusetts

    Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine
    Tree House Good Morning
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  8. JimKal

    JimKal Zealot (539) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    NB Ranger (not the Voodoo Ranger)
    SA Nobil Pils
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  9. honkey

    honkey Disciple (348) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona

    Sierra Nevada ESB
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  10. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    I liked Alexander quite a bit, but not as much as the Grand Cru or vintages - for the same reason (my ratings may say otherwise, but reviews are a product of time and place).

    Cherry Duchesse I thought lost a lot of the vinegary bite of the OG, but Chocolate Cherry Duchesse, shockingly, I really loved. It wasn't overpowering with chocolate, and was just richer and smoother.
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  11. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Bold suggestion with Habanero Sculpin ... but I agree! That's a pepper beer so hot it's tough to get through an entire bottle, but damned if it's not truth in advertising. Most pepper beers have almost no heat at all; this one went 180 degrees the other way.
  12. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,062) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Add a shout out to Yards ESA (extra special ale). Still on keg. Not in bottle
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  13. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (227) Jan 8, 2015 California

    My experience as well. Almost instant drain pour and "gifting" to friends.
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,127) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    I thought it was on the mild side.
  15. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,989) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I actually did an NBW review of the Duchesse Cherry in July of 2020, so it's handy to have that impression available:
    So it's been a while since I've even had the opportunity to revamp my thoughts on the original; I usually just get the Rodenbach instead. But since you're mentioning more of a vinegary bite it may be time for me to do a direct comparison and see where it stands now. I'll have to pick up a bottle the next time I'm getting the Grand Cru and give them a blind test. I'll post back when I do.
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  16. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Regular Rodenbach (red, I suppose) is such a tremendous letdown for me, especially compared to Grand Cru or the vintages. As I understand it, it's aged in stainless steel instead of the classic oak foeders - if that's true, it explains the difference.

    It's been a while since I've sat down with a classic Duchesse du Bourgogne, but the sweet-and-sour is what I remember as the predominant characteristic, whereas Rodenbach strikes me as more delicate and complex. But I love all (or at least most) of them, and for the most part, it's splitting hairs.
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  17. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Really? Or is that sarcasm? I've always found it tremendously hot, especially for a beer.

    Mexican Cake has almost no bite anymore; you can't really tell there are any peppers in Prairie Bomb!. Whenever I get a pepper beer nowadays with, you know, heat, I'm very appreciative, but I don't know that I've ever had a pepper beer as hot as Habanero Sculpin (disclaimer: I've had neither Crime nor Punishment).
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  18. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,989) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yes! I could tell they were going for the sweet/sour thing but it just didn't hit me the right way.

    I don't get the Rodenbach Red too much myself, but it's really supposed to be a more casual beer anyway for when you're in that kind of mood. The Grand Cru is a blend of oak aged and fresh, and the Vintage is all oak aged. That's my understanding anyway. They all seem to have their place, but for my money the Grand Cru is the best value of the lot (iow, I don't think the Vintage is 2X as good :wink:).
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  19. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    My two discontinued beers are hard to come up with, mainly because my top two candidates - Wookie Jack and Founders Imperial Stout - have seen re-issues lately. I'd still like to see them widely and readily available, but they're not quite dead yet, it seems.

    Similarly, Double Jack seems to have made a return.

    So that leaves me pondering beers such as Bourbon County Vanilla Rye - which is more of a variation than a truly discontinued brew - or longing for old recipes of still extant, but now different, beers - like Hoptimum, or OG Ruination. It's not that I want the new versions to disappear - I like them, too! - I just want the old ones back. :grinning:
  20. BillAfromSoCal

    BillAfromSoCal Zealot (523) Aug 24, 2020 California

    Smog City Brewing Weather Machine hazy....only brewed for 2 months and the only beer I think I have ever given a "5" overall to.
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  21. beerdog22

    beerdog22 Initiate (48) Mar 16, 2014 Illinois

    Does anyone remember bud's Red Wolf? from the 90's? A cheap fairly passable lager. I'd like to taste it again to see if It wasn't a dream...
    Also Goose Island's Christmas Ale. I used to go around town and buy up as much as I could during the season. They make a Christmas IPA now, but it just not the same...
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  22. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Meyvn (1,229) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    Personally I love hot peppers and beer together and NOT beers that taste like candy. I most definitely go the other way! I recall getting random heat from Hab Sculpin. Every bottle had different heat. Some very light and others quite hot and a few were desert-trippin' hot and took 90 min to drink one bottle. I like that. PLUS it was all coming from the backbone of that beautiful regular Sculpin ale. I really want to try and see more beers on the hot side.
  23. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (15,092) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Green Flash Rayon Vert


    Green Flash Rayon Vert
  24. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Meyvn (1,229) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    I saved this bottle cuz the brew was incredible! 9.5%abv and 100+IBU. I do not remember where I bought it:grin:
  25. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,127) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    When you have had Ghostface Killah, everything else seems mild though...some of the local brewers are pushing forward with the heat. Wyoming beer drinkers seem to love the more strongly peppered beers.
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  26. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,097) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    *Adds to Wants list*
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  27. turfy

    turfy Disciple (325) Mar 17, 2010 Texas

    Erlanger by Schlitz. I bought a six pack on the way to a local lake during Spring Break with my girlfriend who is now my wife of 38 years:slight_smile:, and I still remember how good that beer tasted. The second would be any of the 30th Anniversary beers put out by Sierra Nevada.
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  28. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Poo-Bah (2,083) Apr 5, 2009 Montana

    These are the two that stand out off the top of my head:




    Cheers, BAs!
  29. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Second the Woah Nelly (and other Woahs). I don’t understand why they won’t brew that beer (or series) again. Makes no sense. They make 200 slightly different IPAs a year but they won’t even brew it again once a year (or ever again it seems).
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  30. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Magnify Woah Nelly series
    Stone Escondidian Black ale
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  31. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Oh man I loved Yakima. Not to mention St. Victorious and St. Boisterous (but I already picked my two).
  32. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (3,006) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    So many fondly remembered beers of yore in this thread. Lots of victory stuff and I concur (particularly old horizontal and Yakima glory).

    apologies I’m forgetting the handle of the BA who already mentioned these - if I could get four packs of 12oz bottles of BCBCS and BCBW I would be buying and drinking them all the damn time.
  33. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (795) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    Smuttynose Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout!

    I’ll never understand why they aren’t made anymore.
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  34. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Champion (824) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

    I would like to add Bamburana. Such an amazing beer with a great price point. I wish it wasn't a one-off
  35. pants678

    pants678 Savant (938) Jan 26, 2009 California

    Great Divide St Bridget's Porter & Magic Hat Roxy Rolles. Wanna know if they're near as good as I thought in 2009.
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  36. alexanderplatz

    alexanderplatz Aspirant (252) Jul 5, 2015 Kentucky

    Founders Imperial Stout


    ...more Founders Imperial Stout.
  37. mschrei

    mschrei Poo-Bah (3,297) Jul 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Two from Pipeworks immediately spring to mind:
    Down Unda and Zommelier
  38. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,490) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Gold Eagle Liquors, Libertyville, IL.

    Just saw it on the Binny's website too.

    Not sure where you are in the Land o' Lincoln, but it's still around.
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  39. Stignacious

    Stignacious Crusader (774) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    I plumbed the depths of the 'retired' offerings from the bigger breweries that got me into craft, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Southern Tier, Sixpoint and Saranac topped the list. That merger between Sixpoint, ST, and Victory killed a lot from their respective portfolios, and I'm still upset about Sierra Nevada getting rid of seasonal variety packs, so:

    Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye - Excellent fall IPA
    Southern Tier 2xSteam - a bonkers double california common
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  40. scootercrabb

    scootercrabb Crusader (733) May 2, 2007 Illinois

    Southwest Joliet Plainfield area kinda far for me but thanks
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