What's your old reliable?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jo_Renish, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. John-Galt

    John-Galt Initiate (59) Aug 4, 2019 Texas

    1968 or 2021, Truer words have never been spoken. When it comes down to it and it's one of those days you need a beer, any beer will do.
  2. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,746) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'll add a vote for Jack's Abby here - Shipping Out of Boston has been my most recent "go to" when I just want a beer to drink. They have a few candidates in this category for me.

    Specific beers are hard for me to pin down, but the "go to" breweries are Jack's Abby, Founders, and Allagash. Harpoon figures in there somewhere as well - they don't get much love these days, but I find their beers mainly enjoyable, consistent, and certainly priced right. Just had this conversation at home - those four breweries are always represented in our house.
  3. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Two Hearted is like that for me, don’t know what 2H is usually always under 30 days old.
  4. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (296) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Believe me, "everywhere" is relative.
  5. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Every store here, every gas station. Bells not available to you in NM?
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  6. Stoutmaster9

    Stoutmaster9 Aspirant (296) Dec 30, 2016 California

    I had a Miller High Life phase, in days of yore, not bad!
  7. Stoutmaster9

    Stoutmaster9 Aspirant (296) Dec 30, 2016 California

    Guinness ... for Strength! (Soccer ball blasting the goalie into the net painting ftw!)
  8. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Zealot (570) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    I turn to the locals for my old reliables. Dancing Gnome's Lustra and Brew Gentlemen's General Braddock's are dialed in, and always available. If I'm away from home SNPA is my standby.
  9. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (296) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    New Mexico is kind of like Berlin in 1970-one small area(Albuquerque/Santa Fe) are flooded with good beer, the rest of us in small towns have diddley squat. I bet I could find Bells in Albuquerque, but down here we don't even get many of the excellent beers produced in Albuquerque and Santa Fe-Santa Fe Brewery is an exception, kind of-we can find several of their beers in most stores, but they are the exception. La Cumbre brews an excellent selection, all we can get is the IPA and their wheat. Marble is the same, out of their lineup we get the Red Ale, IPA and wit.
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  10. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Initiate (157) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, not only old-reliable but my #1 beer period.
  11. misteil

    misteil Meyvn (1,116) Feb 21, 2019 Ireland

    not quite sure if i have an old reliable, however, it should be noted that your average Irish pub has an abysmal selection of beer, Guinness, Smithwicks, Carlsberg and Heineken are the four constants, pubs very seldom having many or any craft options, even from local breweries, especially outside of Dublin. of the aforementioned four, i guess Guinness is my old reliable, pint of plain is your only man and all that good stuff.
  12. AmeriCanadian

    AmeriCanadian Meyvn (1,065) Jul 5, 2014 Tennessee

    When they were making it on a regular basis, it was always Lagunitas Sucks. Today, thanks to regular distribution to the Nashville market, it's definitely 3Fs Zombie Dust.
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  13. eagles22

    eagles22 Devotee (443) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Half acre daisy cutter pale ale
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  14. 12ArmedGoon

    12ArmedGoon Initiate (56) Sep 28, 2016 Kansas

    Depends on the mood.

    Prairie Bomb! is my favorite shelf beer.

    Arrogant Bastard is the beer that got me into craft beer.

    Hamm's is my lawnmower beer.
  15. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (656) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    I don't have any clear favorite. Must make up my mind :slight_smile:
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  16. Vitacca

    Vitacca Champion (839) Sep 15, 2010 Montana
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    New Glarus Moon Man when back home. Still searching for that fridge staple up here in the last frontier
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  17. Chipotle

    Chipotle Aspirant (204) Apr 23, 2017 New York

    Dirty Bastard or Founders Breakfast Stout.
  18. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Disciple (306) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    100%. it’s the GOAT. I’ve purchased four 18-packs of the pint cans in the last 3 months.
  19. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (4,383) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    Warm weather: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Union Old Pro Gose
    Cold weather: SN Narwhal, Brooklyn BCS, NC Old Rasputin
    Year round: New Glarus fruit beers - any and all
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  20. mickyge

    mickyge Poo-Bah (1,981) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    I'd have to add an other vote for Sip of Sunshine, never disappoints.
  21. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (150) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Pliny. It is always available around these parts. I use Pliny as a bridge while I am waiting for Fieldwork and Alvarado Street to post beers on their website.
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  22. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (6,271) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    Off the top of my head...

    Fremont - Lush
    Georgetown - Bodhizafa
    Bale Breaker - Top Cutter
    Sierra Nevada - Torpedo
    Fremont - Dark Star
    North Coast - Old Rasputin
    Deschutes - Black Butte Porter
    Georgetown - 9lb Porter
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  23. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (150) Feb 3, 2019 California

    For Stouts, I sure wish we in the Bay Area had a steady stream of fresh Founders Breakfast Stout.

    We just don't get access to it very often, but when available, it is a staple in my everyday consumption.
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  24. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,266) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    In Virginia, it's been Ardent Pilsner. Back in Massachusetts, I would say Jack's Abby House Lager, Post Shift Pilsner, or Notch's Session Pils. These are beers I can get at the local grocery store. I probably drink these (with the exception of the Ardent) less than them being "Old Reliable."
  25. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I will almost always have at least one from the following list in my refrigerator:

    Summit EPA
    Summit Dakota Soul
    Summit Keller Pils
    Schell's Firebrick
  26. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    If you mean “what to buy if nothing else in the store strikes your fancy” then it's long neck High Life

    If you mean which beer do you consistently return to throughout the year then it's Post Shift, HB Original, and Fuller's porter
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  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,078) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I’m always buying daisy cutter. I also like juicy bits pretty regularly, lately I’ve enjoyed the hell out of a few shipping out of Boston and cosmic crypt.
  28. Jo_Renish

    Jo_Renish Initiate (59) Nov 10, 2020 Vermont

    Sounds like Heady in these parts.
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  29. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Can you see Russia from your house?
  30. jonphisher

    jonphisher Meyvn (1,388) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Alaskan Amber???
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  31. Gi_NN

    Gi_NN Aspirant (209) Mar 13, 2019 California

    Pliny the Elder. If I need a beer that I know will get me from Point A to Point B guaranteed, PtE will do the job.
  32. oldmankoch

    oldmankoch Devotee (473) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    North Coast - Old Rasputin
    Founders - Breakfast Stout
    Saison Dupont
    La Chouffe - Blonde
    Bearded Iris - Homestyle
    Bells - Two Hearted
  33. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (272) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio

    I like Two Hearted as well. I’m a Hemingway fan, so I get it for that reason as well.
  34. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,994) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Like a lot of people here I have a bunch of stuff in the regular rotation these days, no matter the category. It's so great to have so many choices where you know at least one is going to be fresh as well as hit the spot.

    Pale and amber lagers: any number of choices from Jack's Abby, Von Trapp, Zero Gravity

    IPAs, I usually stick to NJ: Kane, Carton, Cape May, Tonewood

    Old standbys (often imitated, never duplicated :wink:): Orval, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Schlenkerla, Dupont (naturally you don't usually stock a fridge with these, but at least one of them will make their monthly appearance).
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  35. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (773) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia

    Gosh, this is a good question! I can't think of just one beer that is a staple, but regular appearances are:

    Bells Two Hearted
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Stone IPA
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
    Elysian Space Dust
    Tree House and Monkish (thanks to my mules)
  36. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,229) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Snake River Zonker Stout, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Melvin IPA, Anchor Steam when it's in town.
  37. jonphisher

    jonphisher Meyvn (1,388) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Ever since deschutes came to NJ I’ve bought more fresh squeezed than any other ipa the past few months. It’s so good.
  38. Giantspace

    Giantspace Savant (983) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The new Prima is very good. While I cant tell you what is different it definitely had a difference that was not better or worse, maybe a bit lighter in body.

    Storm King is on tap now as well as Extra Storm king.....Its the first time in a long time.

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  39. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Not sure, but I think that was the purpose or the reformulation, to make it a bit easier drinking. I’d be all in if it was available.
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  40. jonphisher

    jonphisher Meyvn (1,388) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    That and it is noticeably more floral now as well, at least to my nose. I think you’re right @nc41 weve talked a lot about this change on here and Ron’s reasoning was posted too.

    Though at this point we’re close to the two year mark I believe, spring 2019 was the change news if I remember correctly.