Which five beer styles would you like to see at a brewery?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by OfficerVZdiver, Dec 19, 2022.

  1. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,093) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    Assuming the Beers are served on tap;
    A Pale lager
    A Pale Ale
    A Dark Lager
    A Dark Ale
    And finally and most importantly, a magical tap that can provide any style of Beer from any brewery during any season that are fresh and reasonably priced. Cheers.
  2. BigIronH

    BigIronH Grand Pooh-Bah (3,526) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    I think we discussed this place in a separate thread not long ago.
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  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Sort of like The Eternal Tap but different:

  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  5. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Pundit (885) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

  6. OfficerVZdiver

    OfficerVZdiver Aspirant (297) Jan 1, 2022

    So to “up the ante” I hear a lot of people mentioning being stuck on an island. So we have our styles, so if you could only drink 5 beers for the rest of you life, what would it be?
    1) Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Dobblebock
    2) Brewery Ommegang Abbey Ale
    3) Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA
    4) Southern Prohibition Mississippi Fire Ant Imperial Red Ale
    5) Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Coco
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  7. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Maven (1,436) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    My ideal list:
    1. Brown ale
    2. IPA
    3. Helles
    4. Baltic Porter
    5. Hefeweizen (or Wit or American Pale wheat beer)
    Assuming the beer is good, such a place could easily be my regular spot.
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  8. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    1. Kolsch
    2. IPA
    3. Vienna Lager
    4. Dunkel
    5. Hefeweizen
  9. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I like this list too!
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  10. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (865) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Good thread, OP

    I’d go with:

    Munich Helles
    English Brown Ale
    West Coast DIPA (Like Double Jack or OG Ruination type vibes)
    Imperial Stout

    That could change if you asked me again tomorrow
    #50 alucard6679, Dec 20, 2022
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2022
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  11. keithmurray

    keithmurray Pooh-Bah (2,721) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What!?! :astonished:

    Plenty of BAs chose to expand the list of five beer styles (did you read the post about the magical tap?) and now you want to constrain it to 5 specific brands? :grimacing:

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  13. Mgh2001

    Mgh2001 Crusader (432) Dec 3, 2021

    Lager (light)
    Open / mixed ferm spontaneous
    Ipa (New England)
    Bba stout
  14. RJLarse

    RJLarse Pooh-Bah (2,259) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    1. American Pale
    2. West coast IPA
    3. Bavarian style hefe
    4. Stout
    5 brewer's choice. New recipes, experiments, one-offs. Variety is the spice of life.
  15. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Ouch. Difficult to decide. Here goes...

    German Pils
    English Bitter
    American Porter
    American Pale Ale
  16. Jow13

    Jow13 Aspirant (252) Apr 5, 2016 Massachusetts

    Faro Lambic

    may as well try things I don’t often have if I’m allowed whatever
  17. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Stout. (A normal one. Preferably nitro)
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  18. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Good point but you might get lonely in a bar with that line-up. :wink:
  19. Quadhunter

    Quadhunter Initiate (15) Nov 8, 2022

    Belgian Quad
    Russian Imperial Stout
    Chocolate Porter
  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    With that username who woulda thunk that your first choice would be a Belgian Quad? :stuck_out_tongue:
  21. LatersFine

    LatersFine Initiate (81) Feb 2, 2020 Pennsylvania

    I have to think in terms of the crew that I enjoy sampling new places with. Let’s go with:

    West Coast IPA
    English Brown Ale
    Vienna Lager
  22. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,274) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa

    Apparently the answer is
    1. Lacto-IPA
    2. Pastry Stout
    3. Milkshake Porter
    4. Corn Syrup Brown Ale
    5. Pancake and Powdered Sugar Sour
  23. JZH1000

    JZH1000 Maven (1,347) Nov 7, 2021 Colorado

    Every day we stray further from God :joy:
  24. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Interesting question considering that I've seen some breweries with 5 plus tap lines that only carry 3 styles (sometimes only 2).
    My list is not for me, it is for the masses out there that get stuck at places like what I describe above.

    Stout or Porter
    Rotating style tap (but must not duplicate other 4)
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  25. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is that 'better' than a French Toast beer!?! :thinking_face:

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  26. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I like!
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  27. defunksta

    defunksta Pooh-Bah (2,488) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    A good variety is a must. And sorry, but I think two separate IPAs are as well. Drive these styles home, then expand from this base lineup:

  28. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Pundit (822) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    For my "desert island pub", I'd have...
    1-Trippel, at least a couple;
    2- Imperial Stout
    3- A nice porter like Eddie Fitz
    4- a season floater, like a dopplebock or marzen
    5 and Coors light or Oberon for my son lol
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  29. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Not too long ago I saw a beer description on a label that basically implied that lactose was a defining characteristic of cream ale. I don't know how I failed to see that coming. @jesskidden
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I suppose I may be accused by some BA that I need to read a dictionary (Merriam Webster) but when the Cream Ale style was developed in the latter half of the 1880's it was a lighter colored ale typically brewed with adjuncts (e.g., corn, rice) to create an ale that tasted like the popular Adjunct Lagers being brewed then (e.g., Budweiser). The term "cream" meant absolutely nothing like actual cream (or lactose). The other term for these beers 'back in the day' were Present Use Ales. It was a way for breweries who were not set up to produce lagers to produce beers which could could compete with the popular beer of that day (i.e. Adjunct Lagers like Budweiser).

  31. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Savant (1,161) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    I could definitely live with this as my desert island selection:

    1. Baltic Porter
    2. Dubbel
    3. WCIPA
    4. Saison
    5. Märzen
  32. Jack_14

    Jack_14 Savant (1,136) Nov 2, 2019 Italy

    1) Pilsner or Keller in classic style (in my opinion, they are a valid testing ground for testing a brewery)

    2) American Ipa (I keep it generic, but certainly some beers from this large family)

    3) Porter (to be served in a hypothetical tap room exclusively by pump, for those blessed individuals who take a break from work and want something that satisfies them without making them stagger home)

    4) Farmhouse Ale (with or without the addition of fruit. As long as you feel the rustic, the "countryside")

    5) Barley wine (actually I could have also said Imperial stout, since they are my two styles of beer with which I like to end a tasting journey, which is not a vertical drink of the same beer)
  33. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,989) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    Cask Bitter
    Robust Porter (no added flavorings, please)
    Old Ale (lightly bretted)
  34. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Similar thoughts have been around for awhile:
    Although, I do think the above was meant as a joke, after all local Pittsburgh brewers offered them, too...
    ...but it does illustrate that the question "What the hell is cream ale, anyway?" is not a new one.
  35. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,778) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    1. Czech Dark Lager
    2. Hefeweizen
    3. Pilsner
    4. Wild Ale
    5. Barleywine
  36. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,775) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Dark Lager
  37. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Interesting that there are 2 different perspectives on what season is best for enjoyment. :wink:

    The more things change...
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  38. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,881) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Im on the opposite end of the spectrum. I do buy package or occasionally visit a specialized brewery. However, the beer bars and breweries I visit consistently here (Revolution, Spiteful, The Beer Temple Bar), or every visit out of town for my favorites (Beachwood, AleSmith, The Silver Stamp Bar, 3 Sheeps (Three Floyd’s Taproom RIP)) are on point across several styles.

    I’ll typically order 2-4 beers during a visit, depending on how much time I have (1-3 hours), and usually like to jump across styles, unless I find one I love and then may repeat.

    My answer to the original premise is if a place is limited to five taps, they should always have a solid ale (5-8%), lager and porter/stout available, and rotate the other two taps based on seasonality (lighter styles in Summer, heavier / darker in the winter).

    My dream Five Draft Lines are:
    1. Kolsch
    2. Pilsner
    3. WCIPA
    4. Rye (Ale Spring/Summer, Ryewine Fall/Winter)
    5. Porter/Stout (Nitro Spring/Summer, BA Imperial Fall/Winter)
    Plus One Cask: (ESB)
  39. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Rather than heading out on another style quest, I'd like to be able to go into a beer bar and order a five-beer flight that includes all three of the styles I'm lacking since the last reclassification (Grodziskie, Czech Pale Lager, and Czech Amber Lager). For the other two, I'd take an unfruited lambic and a big bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. And I'd probably drink them in that order. And I'd probably have a meat & cheese tray to go with them.
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  40. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Savant (1,034) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    1) Kolsch
    2) English dark mild
    3) NEIPA
    4) Coffee stout
    5) Barleywine
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