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

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  1. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Pooh-Bah (2,079) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    A good old fashioned west coast IPA
    Maybe a nice brown ale
    Something rye
    A porter
    And like someone above said.. a cask ESB
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  2. DavyJonesXXX

    DavyJonesXXX Pooh-Bah (2,522) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Czech pils
    German Dopplebock
    German Helles
    West Coast IPA
    American coffee stout preferably bourbon barrel aged
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  3. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Pundit (894) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    German Pilsner
    American Blonde Ale
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  4. Tucquan

    Tucquan Grand Pooh-Bah (3,000) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
    Vienna Lager
    American Pale Ale
    West Coast IPA
    English Barleywine
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  5. BruChef

    BruChef Pundit (871) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    It’s funny, the five or so common styles (amber, pale, ipa, porter, stout) that I’d complain about seeing at every brewery 15-20 years ago are the ones I’m nostalgic about now.

    if I had to pick today:
    -Hop forward amber rye
    -Rotating UK beer (brown, dark mild, bitter, pale, Irish red, Scottish schilling)
    -Rotating dark beer (stout, porter, Czech dark, Baltic, Schwarz)
  6. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Savant (1,196) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts

    Dark Mild
    New England DIPA
    West Coast DIPA
    Irish Dry Stout

    My brewery would make no money.
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  7. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Zealot (566) Jul 1, 2009 Scotland

    Best Mild
    Strong Mild
    Pale Mild
    Old Ale
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  9. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Grand Pooh-Bah (3,600) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Pale and balanced
    Pale and hoppy
    Dark, malty, and light bodied
    Dark and heavy
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  10. Metnut

    Metnut Devotee (343) Dec 18, 2013 New York

    Imperial Stout
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
    IPA (East Cost/new style (e.g., what Treehouse and Other Half make))
    Belgian Triple
    Belgian Quad

    I'd be in heaven in this bar for a few hours until I passed out and was hungover for 2 days afterward.
  11. puboflyons

    puboflyons Grand Pooh-Bah (4,153) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    Hmm. Very hard to keep it to five. These are the ones I always look for first when I'm on a brew quest but not necessarily in this order.

    1. Belgian Abbey Quadruple or Strong Ale
    2. Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy
    3. Irish Red Ale
    4. British Bitter or ESB
    5. Traditional German Style Pilsner

    I'd like to give English Barleywine an honorable mention.
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  12. ClicknDrag89

    ClicknDrag89 Initiate (87) Jul 24, 2021 California

    Ditto this for my response!
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  13. Junior

    Junior Pooh-Bah (1,859) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Dark Belgian
    Pale Belgian
    Pilsner/Pub Ale
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  14. iwantyourskull

    iwantyourskull Aspirant (269) Dec 27, 2015 Missouri

    Brett saison
    West coast ipa
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  15. Mitchster

    Mitchster Pooh-Bah (2,270) Dec 25, 2002 Michigan

    After 30 years of going to every brewpub I can find, I've nailed it down to:

    German pils

    Rotating seasonal: Hefe weizen, Belgian Golden Strong, Dopplebock or Barleywine.

    With these 5 beers, I would always have something to keep me happy.
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  16. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,489) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Damnit, you beat me to it. I was gonna go:

    1. Hazy IPA
    2. New England IPA
    3. New England Double IPA
    4. Hazy Triple IPA w/ Lactose
    5. Triple Dry Hopped Double India Pale Hazy Ale
  17. Paulo777

    Paulo777 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2018 Germany

    I’m surprised Hefeweizens aren’t better represented in these lists. Glad to see it included here.
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  18. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,489) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    In all seriousness:

    1. IPA (any kind)
    2. Sour (Kettle or Wild)
    3. Stout (BA or non)
    4. Lager (pale or dark)
    5. Seasonal (Fall: Marzen/Winter: Winter Warmer/Spring: Altbier/Summer: Kolsch)

    And, also in all seriousness, if I saw all these:

    1. Old School Malty IPA
    2. West Coast IPA
    3. ME IPA
    4. Belgian/White IPA
    5. Black IPA

    I'd be pleased as punch. I've seen a few more lately, but Black and Belgian IPAs seemed to be passe for several years and I love them
  19. SethTheViking

    SethTheViking Initiate (30) Jul 16, 2022 Utah

    1. Hoppy pale lager (German or Italian pils)
    2. Dark Lager (Czech dark, Schwarzbier or Dunkel)
    3. American IPA (West Coast style or Northeast)
    4. Imperial Stout
    5. Saison
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  20. KenC

    KenC Pundit (769) Jan 21, 2011 South Carolina

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  21. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Maven (1,377) Apr 30, 2007 Florida

    WC IPA
    Rye IPA
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  22. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Maven (1,341) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    1. a west coast ipa like Comrade's Superpower
    2. a helles like Bierstadt Lagerhaus
    3. a saison like Baere Brewing's
    4. a milk stout like Left Hand's
    5. a cask ESB like Hogshead's

    I don't know a brewery that has matches for all of these, but fortunately I'm within a few miles of all except Left Hand, and I'm within a mile of 3 places that serve that milk stout on tap...
  23. XsoldoutX

    XsoldoutX Pooh-Bah (2,300) Mar 23, 2013 Pennsylvania
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  24. XsoldoutX

    XsoldoutX Pooh-Bah (2,300) Mar 23, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    My answer was an easy one to come to:
    Cream Ale
    Brown Ale
    Wheat Ale made with fruit

    Be safe out there everybody!
  25. Warren2621

    Warren2621 Pooh-Bah (1,571) Sep 26, 2014 Indiana
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  26. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,273) Apr 5, 2009 Montana
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    Good thread, @OfficerVZdiver !

    After some deliberating, I decided my top 5 would include:

    - Barleywine (preferably English, but I won't discriminate)
    - Doppelbock
    - Black IPA
    - Quad/BSDA
    - Imperial Red Ale

    These are styles I would almost never pass up if offered- Cheers! :beers:
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  27. Billet

    Billet Zealot (748) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan

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  28. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'm not going to look back in this thread to verify this, but it sure seems like a whole lot of us put pilsner in our list, and it seems like frequently it's in the first position (if that means anything in this scenario). That's a lotta' love for that style which surprises me!
  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    It seems like every year (for the past few years) some folks would predict that this year (2022, 2021, 2020,..) is the "Year of the Pilsner". It sure does seem that for the BA subset of the craft beer market there is appreciation for Pilsners but I wonder:
    • From a beer volume perspective, are BAs purchasing Pilsners in volume or is it just a few 'vocal' folks here?
    • How popular are Pilsners for the broader (i.e., non-BAs) craft beer market?
    There is likely some market data out there but based upon product occupying shelf space at my local beer retailers it sure seems that beer types like hoppy beers (e.g., IPAs) and flavored beers (e.g., pastry Stouts) are quite popular.

    I was at a local craft brewery last evening and I drank a Grüngeist Pilsner served via a Lukr side-pull faucet. This is the first time I have seen a locally brewed beer which featured Grüngeist (means Green Ghost in English) hops.

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  30. Hat_Fulla_Beer

    Hat_Fulla_Beer Pundit (969) Dec 14, 2015 Canada (AB)

    Lager/Kolsch/Pilsner, American Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Imperial Stout, Flanders Red Ale should just about cover it.
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  31. macandrewsRIP

    macandrewsRIP Devotee (375) Oct 28, 2007 Massachusetts

    •English best bitter
    American Red ale
    Australian stout
    Scottish shilling
    American blonde

    which is bit different than most breweries around me:

    NE IPA
    Double NE IPA
    Triple NE IPA
    NE IPA but w/ a different hop bill
    Barrel-aged turnip & asparagus sour w/cocoa nibs
  32. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Maven (1,460) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    Fun game — and original choices.

    In my early years of exploring Belgian beer, I was always a winner b/c every brewery I was trying had a blond, a double, a triple, and a couple something else. :slight_smile:
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  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is that a stout brewed by a brewery in Australia?

    Or are you claiming there is a 'new' beer style of Australian Stout?

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  34. KenjiN

    KenjiN Crusader (416) Sep 19, 2019 Massachusetts

    1) Saison
    2) Export Stout
    3) Dunkelweizen or Dunkelweizenbock
    4) Dubbel or Tripel
    5) Strong Pils
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  35. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Not ISO!!!!!
  36. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Maven (1,460) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    OK, I should play based on current thinking...

    American IPA

    aaaand I will still swing by the other nearby brewery with the proper pils
  37. Shiredave

    Shiredave Maven (1,415) Aug 29, 2002 New York

    I would drink at your bar sir.
    My personal selection would differ just a bit:
    1- Imperial Red 8+% please
    2- West Coast type IPA 7+% please and ty
    3- Robust Porter - just make it chewy
    4- RIS/ IMP IPA/ BW - It's my last 8oz. - they all work
    5- Cask - Bitter/ Special Bitter/ Ruby Mild - but only if the brewer know what he/she is doing.
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  38. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Small smart breweries should make a spreadsheet out of this thread and look at the statistical results. With a grain of salt of course because this is a pretty unique population here. Still might give some insights though.
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  39. Hotajax

    Hotajax Initiate (169) Oct 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    That's a nice selection.
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  40. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,898) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Ehh I doubt it. BA users are such a small portion of beer drinkers, they're better off sticking to what the masses will buy. They'll throw on the occasional fun thing for those who like something different