What's your Beer Happy Place?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by REVZEB, Oct 6, 2019.


    REVZEB Poo-Bah (5,580) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    What is your beer happy place?

    For me it’s Waterbury, VT. Love sipping at blackback pub and others, but also just love walking around from bar to bar as a cool breeze passes through the fall foliage.
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  2. Shanex

    Shanex Meyvn (1,373) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    There’s no place like home.
  3. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (10,350) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    I have several. I love my back porch or by the fire pit. I love my Chistmas/New Years visits to MInnesota. And I really like it at Thanksgiving at my in-laws with their amazing bar, pool table and football on TV.
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  4. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (388) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    First place that comes to mind for a rainy autumn day is Bookhouse Brewing in my neck of the woods.
    It’s probably one of the coziest, chill, and beautiful atmospheres for a brewpub. Getting in a cozy nook in the front room and watching it rain/snow sounds damn perfect right now.
  5. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Waterbury is about perfect, great bars and good food, we stayed at the Old Stagecoach Inn about the only place in town. At the Blackback one night and there’s only 4 of us drinking, 3 were BAs, and his Gf. 2 from Eastern NC, Chicago, and me.
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  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I like drinking beer, playing trivia with my friends at Old Chicago.
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  7. eppCOS

    eppCOS Savant (996) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    El Training around Chicago breweries. All aboard!
    Full stop.
  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    There’s an Old Chicago in Myrtle Beach, great pizza and a huge beer menu, same ownership?
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  9. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (4,388) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    My couch, with my Audezes banging. My favorite places outside my house are probably Foam in Burlington, Cantillon in Brussels and Grimm in Brooklyn.
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  10. pat61

    pat61 Poo-Bah (5,607) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    The bench in front of my house or the table in the garden. In lieu of that, at Dun Angus on Inishmore there is a spot on the cliff overlooking the Atlantic where John Millington Singe sat while thinking about writing Playboy of the Western world. When the rollers come in from Boston they smash into the rocks below and blow straight up into the air a few hundred feet and then a stream of salt spray blows across the island about 4 feet off the ground. If you sit in Singe's spot - it is a smoothed out depression about ass-wide - you stay mostly dry but return to Ti Joe Watt's smelling of salt. Guinness from a can never tasted better.
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  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Nah, different franchisees.
    Check this out. A guy was there that did the most tours that I have ever seen!

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  12. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (5,580) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Nice! Once we move from apartment to house someday we hope to make it that happy place!
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  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,310) Sep 24, 2007 Vatican City

    The Fourth Corner. This magical spot between the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea.

    The rest of the PNW ain't too bad either.
  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,850) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    C'mon, ya never heard the expression:
    "Home is where your beer is." :wink:
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  15. Warwick7

    Warwick7 Initiate (64) May 25, 2019 Maryland

    Avalon, Its a large open field with two trees. Forest all around.
  16. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (1,883) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Basement or backyard. The local watering hole is also a staple for me, and always helps to bring on the weekend.
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  17. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,082) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    The 'Fortress of Solitude' -- my detached garage where I can drink what I want, smoke stogies, listen to my tunes and radio programs, and be at my workbench doing what I do there.
  18. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,943) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I like being at home so I can drink beer and masturbate.
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  19. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,094) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I love my local pub - Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, St. Pete. Great people, great varied beers from around the world on tap, a cooler full of cold beers from around the world, and bottle sharing almost every time I’m there...meeting friends for a share there on Monday 10/7/19 - Come join us!
  20. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,094) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Probably not the only reason they call you ScaryEd...Cheers!
  21. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    There ya go if all else fails. But.. if you married or have a GF there’s better options.
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  22. Shanex

    Shanex Meyvn (1,373) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Maybe he’s found the cheapest option. Beer being quite expensive already anyway.
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  23. DiUr

    DiUr Initiate (188) Aug 14, 2014 Spain

    Not exactly the utopian/idylic kind of place the OP is asking for but I must say I was pretty happy last night while downing half liters of fresh Hofbräu Festbier, Ayinger Maibock and Celebrator to finish my already week long end of project celebrations in good company. You know you are in a happy place when you pass on three different taps from Weihenstephan, and seeing Ayinger Kellerbier 'tapping soon' on the electronic board was the cherry on the cake, as I love that one.

    The kegged version of Hofbräu was phenomenal and inmensely drinkable. Maybe the coldness somewhow 'killed' some of the nuances from the malts but it also added to the refreshment/drinkability and I just couldn´t stop enjoying this balanced brew yet again (first time on tap). Note the girl didn´t serve it too nicely and exceded the 0.5 l line by some margin, robbing me of the pleasure of a proper head. I didn´t complain. :slight_smile:


    I´ve already praised Ayinger Maibock from the tap before. The very definition of a dangerous beer, as you can enjoy it either as a sipper or downright gulp a couple of liters without noticing. This beer defines a style I previously 'hated' in my opinion, and while some experiences from the bottle have not been this impressive you just can´t pass on it when it shows on tap. One of the best this year definitely, and while I do love the seasonal thing it is nice to see it showing in early autumn.


    These two were so good that I didn´t care much for the Celebrator closing it all, the conversation heating up etc. It was also great to 'session' these particular beers on the margins of styles, given the german subtlety when it comes to ABV.

    So getting back to the question I could think of several kind of places I´d be happy having a beer; German biergartens in the spring, a nice pub in coastal Cornwall while drinking bitter or IPA with the sight of the sea, and possibly rain...Or one of those lovely cafe bruins in Amsterdam (I have a favourite), the bartender serving Belgian witbier with the foam pouring out from the glass under the candles lightening, a tripel in mind for later.

    That said any place with an exciting line-up will make me happy, as it happened last night!
  24. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (179) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    I have a monthly beer share at a BYOB wood fired pizza place- Always a good a time.
  25. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,943) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    This guy gets it.
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  26. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,603) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    My new space has a photography studio, separate desk/editing space, and quaint reading/drinking area. I find I really enjoy cracking a beer open and enjoying it while I work in the studio area, and then enjoy drinking the beer I just shot in the studio, at my desk. If I don't care to get on to edit, I can splay out on the lounge chair and just sit back with good music and my beer for enjoyment. Cost of operation is great, considering I can bring home quality beer for much, much cheaper than at the bars - and I get to enjoy it in my personally curated setting.

    Honestly, I'm spoiled with this new setup, but it has been a dream so far.
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  27. JTW10

    JTW10 Initiate (45) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    It used to be the Bierstube in Old City(Philly)

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  28. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,195) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Yet another vote for drinking at home here, which is a lot cheaper and less annoying than hitting the bars, not to mention that you are in total control of the music and ambience and can concentrate on the drink in front of you in peace.

    Although I do pine for Rock Bar Mother in Tokyo at times, but that is an entirely different story. I'm generally kinda bummed out that all the time I spent in Japan was prior to my craft beer habit, I do understand that they have some world class ji-biru places in Tokyo these days. Would love to return and check them out some day, but I digress once again...
  29. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (109) Apr 26, 2018 Florida

    Probably just Vermont in general. Heady + Summer + Outside.

    Other than that, my favorite brewery experiences have been Hill Farmstead and Other Half. Other Half always has old school NYC hip hop bangers on with a perpetually amazing taplist. Hill Farmstead is just in a beautiful area and of course the beer is word class
  30. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,350) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Sitting on the pier in Oly on a rainy evening drinking fresh hops is my current favorite beer memory.
  31. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Some bars are just more comfortable than others for whatever reason, but it’s personal to a degree. Blackback doesn’t look like much but it’s comfortable, Burial in Asheville is the same way, it’s humble but a nice place to sip a beer. I’d also say Old Mecklenburg, it’s vast, but this time of year you can sit outside and not be bothered by the crowd and noise. Places I don’t like are SN in Asheville and or Wicked Weed, just frantic and over crowded, noisy you can’t even hear who your with. I also like Resident Culture, but Heist is a bit of a hassle. To each their own.
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  32. iwantyourskull

    iwantyourskull Initiate (47) Dec 27, 2015 Missouri

    There is a few park benches along the Missouri River in Hermann and I’ve only been there twice but it was the most happy I’ve ever been while drinking a beer. Both times was sipping on gulden draak 9000 and had the same person as company so maybe those variables out weigh the spot.
  33. iwantyourskull

    iwantyourskull Initiate (47) Dec 27, 2015 Missouri

    My typical happy place is a picnic in loose park by the pond in Kansas City right after hitting up bks or mikes liquors
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  34. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Savant (926) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    In my attic in front of the stereo when the weather's cool enough, like now.

    When the Wine Spot has something really special on tap (their regular selection is generally fine but every now really snag something unexpectedly primo) or is doing verticals, the people there are knowledgeable and friendly. And it's less than a mile from me.
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  35. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (5,580) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Not utopian or idyllic but that is awesome! Most certainly a happy place! Made me remember fondly the Irish pub where we used to live, beer selection was average at best, but the friends gathered, the music, and all the laughs made it a happy place for me!
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  36. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (201) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Yard work in the summer with a good pils/kolsch/helles or in the fall with a fest/esb/brown ale.
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  37. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Pretty much any Binny's.
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  38. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,401) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    It depends.

    Typically, I'd say home and variable locations within the boundaries. My chair watching sports, reading, or listening to music. Outside cooking, and the few times we've actually used the firepit we have. Once in a while in the hot tub, but after falling asleep a couple times haven't done that as much - high ABV and sitting in warm/hot water...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

    Away from home - we typically vacation at a rental on the water, usually they have a nice deck overlooking said water and that's always special.

    And we enjoy visiting breweries - most have been very positive experiences, a few duds over the years. Jack's Abby and Springdale are usually fun with very good food and good people. Love visiting Allagash when we get up that way. Throwback Brewery was a nice surprise this year - great food, super service, chill vibe, and good but maybe not great beer. Learned it is pretty easy to overdo it when cruising breweries, so we've cut back on that some and are a little more selective vs. trying to do a bunch all at once.
  39. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    My beer happy place is me with a beer in my hand.

    This could be with me sitting on the couch watching the Eagles win their football game. Or it could mean sitting on the deck listening to the birds (real birds this time) singing. Or it could be like last week sitting at a beer garden in the Czech Republic drinking from a dimpled mug:


    It's all good!:slight_smile:

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  40. Oh_Dark_Star

    Oh_Dark_Star Meyvn (1,167) Mar 4, 2015 Washington
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    Except for those poor bastards who's SO's can't handle the beer on your breath. Choosing between the two recreations can be tough sometimes. So here's hoping for alternate positions to come to us beer-drinkers rescue. Cheers!
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